2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0


If you follow the NFL Draft, you know how quickly things change. The draft’s two most prominent analysts, Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have over 5 drafts done already. I figured with 3 days to go, I will do my final mock draft, since things have changed a bit since then.

So without further ado, the Houston Texas are on the clock!

1. Houston Texans – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Best player in the draft. Best defensive prospect in a long time. Will be a force opposite J.J. Watt

2. St. Louis Rams – OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

In order to find out if Sam Bradford is their man, they must protect him.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Blake Bortles, University of Central Florida

This is a bit of a surprise pick for me, but I believe it. They’ve been too quiet about this. Bortles makes sense here.

4. Cleveland Browns – QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

I think Manziel is the best QB in the draft and he fits perfectly into what Cleveland is trying to do.

5. Oakland Raiders – WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Best offensive player in this draft falls right into Oakland’s hands. Something finally goes right for them on draft day!

6. Atlanta Falcons – LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Scheme issues make Mack fall this far. He should be the 2nd player taken, but he falls right where he fits in Atlanta.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Tampa can now take best available player. I think that is Evans. Evans and VJax are a scary combo.

8. Minnesota Vikings – DT Aaron Donald, Pitt

Look at how far Donald has come. Was once looked as a 2nd/3rd rounder. Now top 10. Zimmer would cry tears of joy!

9. Buffalo Bills – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Another talented blocker that comes from a rich family tradition in the NFL. Will sure up the OL in Buffalo.

10. Detroit Lions – DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

Detroit desperately needs secondary help. Dennard is to the rescue.

11. Tennessee Titans – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA

This kills me as a Cowboy fan, because I want him in Dallas. Barr’s potential and the scheme fit make too much sense here.

12. New York Giants – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The Giants need OL help and would be so excited to see a player of this talent fall to them.

13. St. Louis Rams – S Ha’sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama

Not my favorite safety in the draft, but he fits with St. Louis. He’d be a big player for them for years.

14. Chicago Bears – MLB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Would be a top 10 player if it weren’t for injury concerns. It’s worth it for Chicago who is looking for the new Urlacher.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

Pittsburgh’s corner core is aging. They have serious problems and Gilbert has the explosion needed for the aging group.

16. Dallas Cowboys – OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Martin makes sense here. Can play G this year and then switch to T next year when Doug Free becomes a FA.

17. Baltimore Ravens – WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Baltimore would love to add another weapon for their overpaid QB. Beckham is a monster.

18. New York Jets – TE Eric Ebron, UNC

Jets need TE, WR and DB. TE is probably 3rd on that list, but Ebron is a top 10 player that slides right into their hands.

19. Miami Dolphins – OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA

Bit of a reach here. This would be a nightmare situation for Miami. I could see them trading back. If not this is the best OL.

20. Arizona Cardinals – QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

They need a young QB to build around. Carr could become special learning from Palmer.

21. Green Bay Packers – S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Pryor’s speed and energy could do wonders for the Green Bay secondary.

22. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Desean Jackson who? In comes the younger version of their former star.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – WR Marquise Lee, USC

I’m not a huge fan of Lee, but he’s the best WR left and boy do they need another.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

Great player that would fit right in here. Behind that monstrous DL he’d be an instant contributor.

25. San Diego Chargers – DB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 

Could become the draft’s best corner. San Diego might have to hope for that at this pick.

26. Cleveland Browns – DB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Off the field issues and inconsistent play sends him to a late first rounder. Still immensely talented.

27. New Orleans Saints – DE Dee Ford, Auburn

I feel like this is exactly the kind of player Rob Ryan looks for. Tons of energy and a high motor.

28. Carolina Panthers – WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

Catches everything thrown his way. A team without any above average WRs can really use this.

29. New England Patriots – DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

In comes Wilfork’s replacement.

30. San Francisco 49ers – DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

With the issues surrounding Aldon Smith, they can let Ealy develop into something special and then cut Smith.

31. Denver Broncos – S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

Best cover safety in the draft. That Bronco secondary needs this.

32. Seattle Seahawks – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

The only hole on their offense gets clogged.

There you have it! My final mock draft before the big day Thursday. I will be doing a draft review following the draft this weekend, so stay tuned!!

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