2014 NFL Mock Draft

Updated 12/20/13. Link for the second round is at the bottom of this page.

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All underclassmen that are eligible for the draft have been included with the exception of Marcus Mariota and Melvin Gordon who have explicitly said they were not coming out this year.  I don’t mock trades as it is impossible to predict, even though it is inevitable.

  1. texansb_logoHouston Texans–Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville.  Really, at this point, this should be a no brainer for the Texans.  Not Teddy Bridgewater, mind you, just whoever the top QB is on their draft board, whether its Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles, or Carr.  Case Keenum is not the answer.  Realistically, hitting on a franchise quarterback makes the Texans the team to beat again in the AFC once Peyton and Brady retire.
  2. ramsb_logoSt. Louis Rams (from Washington)–Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M.  Like I noted earlier, I don’t mock trades.  That said, there is no way in hell the Rams pick here unless they decide Sam Bradford isn’t the future at QB.  Otherwise, they will auction this pick to the highest bidder.  In this scenario where there are no trades, Jake Matthews makes the most sense in terms of value and positional need.  Joe Barksdale has been pretty solid since replacing Rodger Saffold at RT but Saffold is a free agent and Barksdale could slide in to play guard while Matthews takes over at RT.
  3. jaguarsb_logoJacksonville Jaguars–Blake Bortles QB UCF.  The Jaguars need to move on from Blaine Gabbert and while I like Chad Henne, he’s more of an elite backup than a starter.  Bortles reminds me of a slightly watered down Andrew Luck.  He might end up being my top QB come May.
  4. raidersb_logoOakland Raiders–Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina.  While it’s clear that Matt McGloin is not the answer at QB and Terrelle Pryor has taken two steps back since his impressive first quarter of the season, the Raiders need talent, period.  I wouldn’t be shocked if they took a QB here but I think they go best player available here.  Clowney would give the Raiders the pass rush they desperately need.
  5. brownsb_logoCleveland Browns–Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M.  J Money will be the most polarizing player in this class.  Personally, he reminds me of a hybrid of Tony Romo and Russell Wilson.  I make that comparison not because of their body types or height but because he has Romo’s knack for escaping and Wilson’s improv skills.  His mechanics improved by leaps and bounds this season and that is a reflection of his work ethic.  Obviously, the Browns can’t go into another season with Brandon Weeden.  Jason Campbell is an elite backup and while Brian Hoyer was solid in his limited starts, it won’t deter the Browns from drafting a franchise QB.
  6. falconsb_logoAtlanta Falcons–Anthony Barr DE/OLB UCLA.  Barr isn’t a strong fit in a 4-3 defense, his natural position is as a 3-4 OLB.  However, he’s such a talented player that I don’t think he will have any problem bulking up to around 260 lbs and being the pass rusher the Falcons have needed for years.  Clowney or Mathews could be options if they slide to here.
  7. Bucsb_logoTampa Bay Buccaneers–Trent Murphy DE Stanford.  Murphy has been a terror in the Pac-12 this season as he leads the nation in sacks.  The Buccaneers haven’t gotten much pass rush from their defensive ends this season and need to improve in this area in 2014.
  8. vikingsb_logoMinnesota Vikings–Derek Carr QB Fresno State.  The Vikings are in the same position as the Jaguars.  They need to move on from Christian Ponder and while I like Matt Cassel, he’s more of an elite backup than a starter.  Carr would be a good fit for this offense as there are a ton of screens called, something Carr is used to at Fresno State.
  9. titansb_logoTennessee Titans–Greg Robinson OT Auburn.  David Stewart has a voidable year after this season and isn’t a lock to be back next season.  Meanwhile, Michael Roos is a free agent in 2015, so the offensive tackle will need to be addressed sooner rather than later.  Robinson is somewhat raw as a prospect but has a very high ceiling.
  10. billsb_logoBuffalo Bills–Eric Ebron TE North Carolina.  Some might think this is a little early for a tight end but in today’s NFL, an elite tight end gives an offense so many advantages that I think we will start seeing them go higher.  Scott Chandler is a free agent and is easily replaceable.  Ebron makes highlight reel catch after highlight reel catch.  He would be a great safety net for E.J. Manuel.
  11. giantsb_logoNew York Giants–Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama.  The Giants have gotten some of the worst offensive line play we have seen in recent memory, according to ProFootballFocus.com.  Kouandijo is arguably the best offensive lineman on the board.
  12. steelersb_logoPittsburgh Steelers–Cameron Erving OT Florida State.  Marcus Gilbert has already given up 10 sacks and hasn’t started every game.  Solidifying the offensive line has to be a priority for the Steelers.  Louis Nix would be a very intriguing option here.
  13. jetsb_logoNew York Jets–Sammy Watkins WR Clemson.  Get Geno Smith some weapons.  Stephen Hill has been very slow to develop and I’m not holding my breath that he ever turns the corner.  Watkins is the unanimous top receiver in this class.
  14. ramsb_logoSt. Louis Rams–Darqueze Denard CB Michigan State.  Cortland Finnegan has completely fallen off a cliff this year.  The Rams need a corner to pair with Janoris Jenkins to keep up with some of the explosive offenses in the NFC.
  15. lionsb_logoDetroit Lions–Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon.  The Lions need to address their secondary if they are to keep up with the talented receivers in the NFC North twice a year.  Seriously, have you seen who’s in that division?  Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and that;s not even touching on other guys like Cordarrelle Patterson or Greg Jennings.  The Lions can’t keep up with the guys they have now, although I like Chris Houston but he’s having a down year.
  16. cowboysb_logoDallas Cowboys–Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo.  I see almost no way the Cowboys don’t fire Monte Kiffin, he’s done a terrible job with a pretty talented roster.  The Cowboys would be smart to go back to a 3-4 defense to better utilize the talent they currently have.  Mack is easily the best player available at this point who has actually garnered some DeMarcus Ware comparisons.
  17. chargersb_logoSan Diego Chargers–Vic Beasley OLB Clemson.  The Chargers have no pass rush.  Larry English is a bust, I think it’s safe to label him that now.  Beasley has a lot of Bruce Irvin in his game, without the character risks.
  18. packersb_logoGreen Bay Packers–Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech.  Jermichael Finley most likely will not be back as he is a free agent this year.  Tight end has been a complete black hole for the Packers this season. Amaro is the kind of vertical threat that can attack the seam that the Packers always wanted Finley to do.
  19. dolphinsb_logoMiami Dolphins–Taylor Lewan OT Michigan.  Jonathan Martin was never a fit for LT and will almost assuredly never play for the Dolphins again.  Ryan Tannehill can’t continue to get sacked like he has this season.  The Dolphins will probably have to double dip at this position in this draft.
  20. cardinalsb_logoArizona Cardinals–Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M.  The Cardinals have been brutal at every spot on their offensive line this season.  Getting Jonathan Cooper back next season will definitely go a long way to improving the line, but they will need to address the rest of the line early and often in the 2014 draft.
  21. eaglesb_logoPhiladelphia Eagles–Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix S Alabama.  Patrick Chung and Nate Allen form the worst safety tandem in the league.  The Eagles would be wise to move on from them.  Clinton-Dix is versatile enough to play either safety position.
  22. bearsb_logoChicago Bears–Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State.  The Bears have gotten almost nothing from their defensive line this season, they have been incredibly easy to run on.  Jernigan is the top defensive lineman on the board that fits into their defense.
  23. ravensb_logoBaltimore Ravens–Antonio Richardson .  Eugene Monroe has been exceptional since coming over from the Jaguars but he’s a free agent, as is RT Michael Oher.  There is a decent chance that neither return next year.  The Ravens will need to solidify the tackle position.
  24. brownsb_logoCleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)–Mike Evans WR Texas A&M.  I don’t believe WR is one of the most pressing needs for the Browns, with the emergence of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.  However, there are two things we have to consider.  The Browns desperately need someone that can help move the chains outside of those two as Greg Little and Davone Bess can’t stop dropping the ball.  They also drafted Johnny Manziel earlier in this draft and he obviously has a great rapport with Evans.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide to draft a RT, CB, OG, or Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix here.
  25. bengalsb_logoCincinnati Bengals–C.J. Mosley LB Alabama.  Rey Maualuga sucks, plain and simple.  Vontaze Burfict has been terrific but the Bengals lack another playmaker in their linebacking corps.  Some have been hyping Mosley as a top-15 pick but I just don’t see it.
  26. panthersb_logoCarolina Panthers–Marqise Lee WR USC.  Steve Smith can’t play forever and Brandon LaFell is average at best.  It’s about time the Panthers actually attempt to help Cam Newton and get him a weapon.  I wouldn’t be shocked if Lee goes ten spots earlier.
  27. 49ersb_logoSan Francisco 49ers–Louis Nix III NT Notre Dame.  Glenn Dorsey has filled in admirably after Ian Williams went down early in the season.  However, I don’t see how the 49ers can pass up on a talent like Nix this late.  Perfect fit for their defense.
  28. chiefsb_logoKansas City Chiefs–Austin Sefarian-Jenkins TE Washington.  The Chiefs would do well to add a playmaker for Alex Smith, they are really lacking the receiving corps and at tight end.  I wouldn’t be shocked if ASF was the first tight end off the board, all three of the first round tight ends are ranked pretty closely together.
  29. patriotsb_logoNew England Patriots–Stephon Tuitt DE/DT Notre Dame.  I could see Bill Belichick falling in love with Tuitt’s versatility as he could play in any scheme.  Tuitt has garnered some Richard Seymour comparisons.  This is as low as he’ll go, he will probably end up in the top 20.
  30. saintsb_logoNew Orleans Saints–Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State.  Shazier is more of a weakside inside linebacker in the Saints 3-4 defense than an edge rusher.  He possess excellent range to drop in coverage and attacks the line of scrimmage better than any linebacker in this class.
  31. broncosb_logoDenver Broncos–Kony Ealy DE Missouri.  Shaun Philips has given the Broncos double digit sacks this year but he’s toward the end of his career and is a free agent.  Meanwhile, the Broncos haven’t gotten much pass rush from their other defensive ends.  The Broncos really miss Elvis Dumervil.
  32. seahawksb_logoSeattle Seahawks–La’el Collins OT LSU.  The Seahawks really need to move on from Beno Giacomini.  Collins would provide a nice bookend with Russell Okung.  The Seahawks have some options here and could go with a DT or a WR.

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15 thoughts on “2014 NFL Mock Draft

  1. I doubt the Bucs will take an under-tackle type. Looks like they will once again be seeking some sort of speed-rusher.

    Thanks for the mocker!!

  2. Rampage,

    You’re absolutely right. For some reason I thought they only traded three first round picks, forgot it was four. I’ve updated the mock to reflect it. Thanks for pointing it out.

  3. Pretty sure Jags would trade out of #2. If Clowney is as good as hyped. Someone will want to trade up and grab him. Besides I doubt we’ll even be able to beat the Raiders this week. 0-16 is easily achieveable with this year’s Jaguars team

  4. If you’ll check the performance of left tackles in the NFL this season, you’ll learn that Cordy Glenn is performing about as well as any body. Pretty good for someone who should be a guard.

  5. Alan,

    Glenn has been decent enough so far this season but the Bills have gotten absolutely atrocious guard play from Colin Brown. While Glenn could be a solid left tackle, he could be an all-pro at guard. Some liked him more than David DeCastro last year at the guard position. I think the Bills are really kicking themselves for not re-signing Andy LeVitre.

  6. Lamichael James isn’t a bust and we don’t know what we have with Lattimore yet. Taking in first just won’t happen, not when we are in need of corners and WR’s considering we will barely have any under contract

  7. Colan,

    LaMichael James is almost certainly a draft bust. He has a hard time just netting positive yardage when he plays. He’s had a bunch of injury issues and even if he overcomes all of those things, he doesn’t have the size to be an every down back. Maybe Marcus Lattimore will have a career like Willis McGahee’s, but would you bet on it? The 49ers are built to play smash mouth run-the-football. Can they do that with an older Gore, two undersized backs in James and Hunter, and a lottery ticket in Lattimore? This is an early mock draft and the 49ers have plethora of draft picks next year, I do think they address the RB position in the first three rounds.

    • Ryan,

      I actually caught that myself and changed it but for some reason it didn’t get updated. I have re-corrected my mistake, thanks for the catch!

    • Mike,

      Murphy has been a stud this year. I think the closer we get to the draft, the more he closes the gap between himself and Clowney/Barr/Mack.

  8. Just FYI under the Browns pick of Mike Evans you said Jordan Campbell when it should be Jordan Cameron. Not trying to nit pick, I got the point, just thought you’d like to know. Also, good mock by the way. I agree with almost all of it :)

    • Matt,

      A few weeks ago, an announcer on CBS called Jason Cambell Josh Cambell and then Jordan Campbell, ever since I have been messing up and mixing up Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon, and Jason Campbell, I appreciate the heads up. Might need to hire an editor :)

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