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2014 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
By Pete Prisco
CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist


Why can't I believe the idea that the Houston Texans will pass on a quarterback?

I just don't buy it -- no matter how good many of us think South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be on the next level.

That's why I will keep Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles going in the No. 1 spot in next month's draft, despite the growing sentiment that the Texans might be leaning toward Clowney with the top pick. This is mock draft No. 9 for me, with three more to go. Will I change my mind down the road? Maybe. But the quarterback spot is way too valuable, and the Texans don't have one.

I also have three quarterbacks still going in the top 10, even though that is unlikely. That's the premium of the position. I don't buy the falling talk for all these guys. Quarterbacks are overdrafted, not underdrafted

NFL Mock Draft - 04/17/2014
Round 1
1. Houston Texans

(2-14)
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: Yes, I am stubborn to keep him here.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

(7-9)
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: He could play right tackle or even guard for a year.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(4-12)
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: He might go first, but if he doesn't the Jaguars would be dumb to pass him up.
4. Cleveland Browns

(4-12)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: They would pair him with Josh Gordon for a dynamic 1-2 punch.
5. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: They have to get a big-play receiver who can threaten down the field.
6. Atlanta Falcons

(4-12)
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: He would give the new-look defense that big-time pass rusher.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4-12)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: People talk about the Jaguars needing to sell tickets. What about Tampa Bay?
8. Minnesota Vikings

(5-10-1)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: He fits with what Norv Turner wants to do on offense.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Their offense lacks that elite tight end to help take the pressure off outside. Ebron could do that.
10. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: They have to get better outside with their pass coverage.
11. Tennessee Titans

(7-9)
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: I still think they need to find an edge rusher, even if some say his stock is falling.
12. New York Giants

(7-9)
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: You can never have enough good linemen as the Giants saw last season.
13. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: Range, range and more range. They have to get better on the back end.
14. Chicago Bears

(8-8)
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: I will keep him in this spot. It just fits.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers

(8-8)
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: He is athletic and can step in when Ike Taylor is done and play some nickel right away.
16. Dallas Cowboys

(8-8)
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: He would be a perfect fit in their defense. And they have a big hole inside on that line.
17. Baltimore Ravens

(8-8)
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: They have problems on the right side. He would fix that.
18. New York Jets

(8-8)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: They have to get some playmakers outside.
19. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: I will keep him here. They have to get more athletic at linebacker.
20. Arizona Cardinals

(10-6)
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville: He could be their Kam Chancellor, a big thumper on the back end.
21. Green Bay Packers

(8-7-1)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: Where is the speed on that defense? Shazier has it.
22. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: With Desean Jackson gone, they have to get speed outside.
23. Kansas City Chiefs

(11-5)
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois: He would be a nice match to go with Eric Berry.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

(11-5)
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: They need a young player outside with age creeping into the position.
25. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: They need to get a power player in the middle of their defense.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

(4-12)
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: He would be a nice complement to Joe Haden and if he can't beat out Buster Skrine, he could play the nickel.
27. New Orleans Saints

(11-5)
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: They have to get help for that pass rush.
28. Carolina Panthers

(12-4)
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: He can play left tackle as a rookie, which they badly need.
29. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: He has been compared to Richard Seymour, who they drafted in 2001.
30. San Francisco 49ers

(12-4)
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: They have some concerns on the corner, and this kid is a big, physical player.
31. Denver Broncos

(13-3)
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young: They have to get more athletic at linebacker. He could help.
32. Seattle Seahawks

(13-3)
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: Pete Carroll knows those USC kids and Lee would be a big help to the offense.

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