2015 NFL DRAFT

2014 NFL Mock Drafts

Dane Brugler
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NFLDraftScout.com Analyst


Merry Draft Day! It feels like we've been preparing for this draft for years now, but after much speculation and countless number of mock drafts, the top 32 picks will be revealed Thursday night.

And even with only a few hours left until the Texans are on the clock, the top pick was still very much a mystery.

Jadeveon Clowney is the favorite, but Khalil Mack, Greg Robinson and a trade back are enticing options. The Texans control the draft with the first pick and could shake things up pretty quickly if they surprise everyone and take someone other than Clowney at No. 1.

I haven't predicted any trades in my previous mock drafts, but one possible deal is the Cowboys looking to move back and the Browns possibly looking to trade up to secure the quarterback they want.

NFL Mock Draft - 5/8/2014
Round 1
1. Houston Texans

(2-14)
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Texans are keeping the phone lines open here and there is still a chance a team could blow them away with an offer, but if Houston stays put at No. 1, I think they'll go upside over safe and take Clowney over Khalil Mack.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

(7-9)
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: The Rams are sticking with Sam Bradford and they need to keep him healthy. What better way to do that than to take the top offensive lineman in the draft?
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(4-12)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Where does Johnny end up? It could be Jacksonville, which is searching for an identity at quarterback. The speculation of Manziel to the Jaguars has been quiet, but I think the interest is real and he'll inject offense immediately.
4. Cleveland Browns

(4-12)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: My guess is that the Browns trade back from this spot, but if stuck here at the No. 4 pick, I'm leaning Watkins who could pair with Josh Gordon to give Cleveland a dynamic wide receiving duo for whoever is at quarterback.
5. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: The Raiders need upgrades at several positions, including pass rusher. And Mack is a versatile talent with low risk and should step in and contribute from day one in Oakland.
6. Atlanta Falcons

(4-12)
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: The two favorites for this pick is either a pass rusher or offensive tackle and with Clowney, Mack and Robinson off the board, Jake Matthews, Anthony Barr and Lewan are the main candidates. Lewan gets the nod for me, bringing a physical style of play to Atlanta and blocking Matt Ryan's blindside.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4-12)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: The Bucs needs more weapons on the outside for Josh McCown and Evans could give him his own version of Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery in Tampa with Vincent Jackson and the former Aggie.
8. Minnesota Vikings

(5-10-1)
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Best player on the board or quarterback? The Vikings desperately need an identity at quarterback, something Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater could bring to Minnesota. But more of a "sure thing" might be the direction here and Aaron Donald would be Mike Zimmer's new Geno Atkins.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the resume, bloodlines and overall ability of Matthews.
10. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: The Lions have invested several early round picks on the position in recent drafts, but Detroit might not be able to pass on the athletic tools Gilbert offers.
11. Tennessee Titans

(7-9)
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Moving to a 3-4 base, the Titans need stand-up pass rushers and Barr is a talented player worth groom in Ray Horton's scheme.
12. NY Giants

(7-9)
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame: The Giants drafted a versatile tackle/guard last year in the first round (Justin Pugh), could they do it again this season? If that player is Martin, then yes, the top offensive lineman on the board here.
13. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: The Rams added a blocker to help keep Bradford on his feet with the No. 2 pick and could go offense again here to help Bradford, giving him another offensive weapon.
14. Chicago Bears

(8-8)
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville: The Bears addressed the defensive line in free agency and if Aaron Donald is gone, Chicago will mostly likely look to upgrade the secondary. Cornerback is a possibility, but Pryor gives the Bears a quick fix at strong safety.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers

(8-8)
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The current cornerback talent in Pittsburgh isn't going to scare any opposing offense and in a division with Josh Gordon and A.J. Green, a physical, aggressive cornerback like Dennard could change that.
16. Dallas Cowboys

(8-8)
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State: The Cowboys could nab LB Ryan Shazier here with Anthony Barr and Donald off the board, but if they slide back with Cleveland, Lawrence is a nice fit. Lawrence gets the edge over Kony Ealy and Scott Crichton because he would play right end and the others are left ends in Dallas' scheme.
17. Baltimore Ravens

(8-8)
Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: Could the Ravens go safety in back-to-back years? Why not, that's one possibility with James Ihedigbo gone. GM Ozzie Newsome is an Alabama guy and Clinton-Dix seems to be an ideal fit next to Matt Elam at safety.
18. NY Jets

(8-8)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Brandin Cooks could be the pick, adding weapons for whoever is at quarterback, but Ebron also helps the passing game and should develop into a Pro Bowl type at the tight end position.
19. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: If the Dolphins go offensive line here, look for the pick to be Ju'Wuan James, but if they decide to not reach on need, Shazier is a likely candidate here.
20. Arizona Cardinals

(10-6)
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: Carson Palmer is the Cardinals starting quarterback in 2014, but beyond that is a question mark and Arizona might be tempted to secure that long-term answer in this draft with Bortles.
21. Green Bay Packers

(8-7-1)
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Green Bay likes instinctive, good-sized cornerbacks and Fuller would be a gift for the Packers if he's still around with this pick.
22. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: Chip Kelly, who watched Roby in person at Ohio State's pro day last week, wants to get faster and tougher on defense and the former Buckeyes' cornerback will help accomplish that with his natural speed and aggressive mentality.
23. Kansas City Chiefs

(11-5)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Andy Reid and John Dorsey will be looking to add explosive weapons on offense and Cooks is much more than just a slot receiver.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

(11-5)
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: Although shoulder surgery will likely keep Verrett shelved until training camp, he is an outstanding cover man who will be able to help the Bengals immediately in the secondary.
25. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Despite his off-field activities in the news, Roby is still likely to land in round one and the Chargers have the need and have shown the interest.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

(4-12)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Cleveland will contemplate moving up to 16 in a deal with Dallas that would almost surely guarantee they get Bridgewater. If GM Ray Farmer rolls the dice, he could still get his man here.
27. New Orleans Saints

(11-5)
Marcus Martin, C, Southern California: New Orleans' window is closing with Brees taking as many hits as he does, any help to keep him upright and healthy would be welcome here.
28. Carolina Panthers

(12-4)
Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada: This pick will most likely be to help surround Cam Newton with help, either a left tackle or a wide receiver. Bitonio is tough, scrappy and while it doesn't always look pretty, he finds a way to get the job done.
29. New England Patriots

(12-4)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: Good players frequently seem to fall to New England and that's absolutely the case here. Mosley has been dinged due to injuries, but he's so advanced mentally for the position with a strong understanding of his responsibilities.
30. San Francisco 49ers

(12-4)
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: Look for San Francisco to trade up and try to get Odell Beckham in the teens, but if they're stuck here, Lee wouldn't be a bad plan B.
31. Denver Broncos

(13-3)
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Teams can always get better at pass rusher and Ford would have the opportunity to learn from Demarcus Ware firsthand.
32. Seattle Seahawks

(13-3)
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: The Seahawks have issues at a few spots on the offensive line with issue at both tackle and guard, making Su'a-Filo a logical pick with his experience at both spots.
Round 2
1. Houston Texans

(2-14)
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: With Clowney at No. 1, most peg a quarterback here, but Houston can get Tom Savage in the third round, get the behemoth nose tackle.
2. Washington Redskins

(3-13)
RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: The physically gifted Hageman has the tools to line up as a full-time five-technique while also taking some snaps at the nose.
3. Cleveland Browns

(4-12)
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice: Mike Pettine wants a physical, speedy corner who can line up opposite Joe Haden and Gaines fits the bill.
4. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: The Raiders decide to wait on quarterback and Carr falls in their laps in the second round.
5. Atlanta Falcons

(4-12)
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: If the Falcons don't address the pass rush in the first round, look for them to do so here and Atlanta has shown interest in Ealy.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4-12)
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: The Bucs have a few questions at offensive tackle and young depth is never a bad thing.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars

(4-12)
Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville: If the Jaguars go quarterback in the first, they can land their pass rusher here.
8. Minnesota Vikings

(5-10-1)
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson: A tall, rangy corner who has his best football ahead of him, the Vikings could use that.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: The Bills need to continue and help out their young quarterback, going tackle in round one and tight end here.
10. Tennessee Titans

(7-9)
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois: The Titans have been doing their homework on this quarterback class and Garoppolo could be an intriguing developmental option.
11. NY Giants

(7-9)
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: If the Giants don't land Aaron Donald in the first round, Jernigan in the second would be a nice consolation prize.
12. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State: St. Louis plays Tyrann Mathieu twice a year so they understand the value of versatile defensive back who can cover and hit.
13. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: The Lions lost several defensive ends to free agency, including Willie Young and Crichton would help them rebuild the depth at the position.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers

(8-8)
Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame: Pittsburgh needs to revamp their front-three and Tuitt was made to play the 5-technique spot in a 3-4 scheme.
15. Dallas Cowboys

(8-8)
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida: The knee durability is certainly a red flag, but when healthy, Easley is a dominating interior presence who can live in the backfield.
16. Baltimore Ravens

(8-8)
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young: The Ravens have shown interest in the versatile BYU linebacker, who could be a jack-of-all-trades type in Baltimore's scheme.
17. NY Jets

(8-8)
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois: The Jets get a steal this late with a player who can line up in the nickel or safety and Rex will love the versatility.
18. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee: The player I almost gave to Miami in the first round, they're able to land here in the second round.
19. Chicago Bears

(8-8)
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood: Current starting cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings are over 30, and youth is needed at the position.
20. Arizona Cardinals

(10-6)
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina: The Cardinals had a private workout with Ellington and he could be the slot option that opens up the middle of the field for Arizona.
21. Green Bay Packers

(8-7-1)
Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State: It will be defense, defense, defense for Ted Thompson and the Packers in the early rounds and Brooks is a day one starter at safety.
22. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech: Chip Kelly wants to upgrade the pass rush position and Attaochu is a very talented rush linebacker who would be a steal this late.
23. Cincinnati Bengals

(11-5)
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: With Anthony Collins moving on, the Bengals could use added depth on the offensive line.
24. San Francisco 49ers

(12-4)
Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State: San Francisco loves mean, nasty linemen up front and Turner can be groomed to be an eventual starter.
25. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State: Nick Hardwick will be 32 years old this season and Richburg is a plug and play type who can also line up at guard.
26. New Orleans Saints

(11-5)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: Asking defenses to cover tall trees like Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston and Benjamin would be almost unfair.
27. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State: The Colts need to replace Antoine Bethea in the secondary and Bucannon is the top safety on the board.
28. Carolina Panthers

(12-4)
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: Carolina needs to add targets and Adams isn't a bad option at this point in the draft.
29. San Francisco 49ers

(12-4)
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida: San Francisco needs help on the outside on defense and are expected to add youth at cornerback in the early rounds.
30. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame: The Patriots are expected to add a tight end at some point in the first few rounds and Niklas fits really well as a secondary option there.
31. Denver Broncos

(13-3)
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: With Eric Decker no longer in Denver, the Broncos could add some young talent to the wide receiver position.
32. Seattle Seahawks

(13-3)
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: The Seahawks are always looking for tall, long cornerbacks who fit their scheme and Jean-Baptiste could be that prospect.

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