2015 NFL DRAFT

2014 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
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The 2014 draft offers immediate help at pass rusher, offensive tackle, receiver and defensive back -- premier positions in the increasingly pass-oriented NFL.

The quarterback crop is also intriguing. It offers better quantity than quality, which could lead to clubs opting for safe picks at other positions early and causing Johnny Manziel and the rest of the quarterbacks to tumble.

It could make for a roller-coaster of a first round. Buckle up. The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is finally here.

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

(2-14)
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Texans' primary need is at quarterback not pass rusher but it appears that Bill O'Brien and Rick Smith have narrowed their choice to top pass rushers Clowney and Khalil Mack. Clowney isn't as polished out of the two-point stance as Mack but he's the premier talent of this class.
2. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: To compete in the ultra-physical NFC West division, priority No. 1 for the Rams must be to get tougher at the line of scrimmage. Robinson is a work in progress in pass protection but he's a dominant run blocker who could step in at right tackle or guard and be groomed to ultimately take over for Jake Long on the left side.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars

(4-12)
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: After taking the safe route with offensive tackle Luke Joeckel a year ago, the Jaguars are on the prowl for a player likely to make a bigger impact with this selection. Mack (or Clowney, if available) offers immediate impact ability as a proven edge rusher who projects nicely as a LEO defensive end in Gus Bradley's scheme.
4. Cleveland Browns

(4-12)
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Manziel would excite the fan base and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan had success with the similarly dynamic Robert Griffin III in Washington. General manager Ray Farmer may want to start his tenure with a safe pick first, however, and they don't come much safer than Matthews, who teamed with Joe Thomas and Alex Mack, would give the Browns the best offensive line in the AFC North.
5. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Taking a young quarterback here would make sense but aggressive spending in free agency is a strong indication that Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie is feeling the pressure to win now. Watkins' vacuum-like hands and first-step acceleration make him a big play waiting to happen.
6. Atlanta Falcons

(4-12)
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: The Falcons could certainly use a pass rusher and may make the bold trade up to get one but given the investments made in the skill positions, Lewan would be a terrific consolation prize here. He has the length and physicality to play on the right side and provide an insurance policy in case incumbent left tackle Sam Baker once again struggles with injury.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4-12)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: No one attacked free agency like Tampa, which gives head coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht plenty of options with this pick. Wide receiver is probably the likeliest scenario given the jettisoning of Mike Williams. Evans is a virtual clone of current Tampa star Vincent Jackson and would provide the Bucs with a monstrous duo of pass-catchers similar to the Brandon Marshall-Alshon Jeffery pairing Josh McCown enjoyed great success with a year ago.
8. Minnesota Vikings

(5-10-1)
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Put yourself in new head coach Mike Zimmer's position. He inherited Adrian Peterson. How can is the head coach to convince the game's best running back that Minnesota is trying to win now by taking a rookie quarterback here? Adding Donald, who some compare to former Vikings' great John Randle, sends the right message and is more in line with Zimmer's aggressive style.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame: A four-year starter at left tackle for the Irish, Martin possesses the aggression, agility and versatility to start immediately in the NFL. Whether pushing Cody Glenn to the right side or switching positions, himself, his addition would provide an upgrade over current Bills' right tackle Eric Pears, providing young quarterback E.J. Manuel the bookend blockers to aid in his development.
10. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin inherits a unit that was terrible a year ago in creating turnovers. Safety Louis Delmas led the team with three interceptions and he's no longer on the roster. Veteran Chris Houston was the only cornerback on the team to intercept a pass. Gilbert is a proven playmaker who led the Big 12 with seven interceptions in 2013 and returned six kickoffs for scores over his collegiate career.
11. Tennessee Titans

(7-9)
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: The Titans tied for 21st in the NFL with 36 sacks recorded in 2013 with defensive tackle Jurell Casey chipping in a disproportionate 10.5 of them. With the Titans expected to transition to a 3-4 defense under Ray Horton, Casey's numbers are likely to fall, creating a need for more pass rushers. Only two years removed from playing on offense, Barr lacks the polish to rank as a top 10 pick for everyone but his tremendous blend of size (6-5, 255), speed (4.44) and flexibility made him a star rush linebacker in UCLA's 3-4 scheme.
12. NY Giants

(7-9)
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Giants are looking for better protection and big play targets for Eli Manning and could see Ebron as capable of helping in both areas. With new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo expected to feature the position in his attack, Ebron's athleticism could make him an instant hit.
13. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville: The Rams are expected to use their NFL-best three picks among the top 44 to fill their biggest areas of need - OL, WR, and FS. With the massive Greg Robinson added at No. 2 overall and the receiver class so deep, the Rams get their pick of the litter at safety. Pryor isn't quite as fluid in coverage as some of the other safeties in this class but to play for Jeff Fisher and in the NFC West, physicality is the priority.
14. Chicago Bears

(8-8)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: Given the additions of defensive linemen Lamarr Houston, Jared Allen and Willie Young via agency, the Bears are likely to focus on the back seven in the draft. Possessing rare read and react skills and fluidity, Mosley is capable of starring at virtually any of the three linebacker roles in Chicago's 4-3 alignment.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers

(8-8)
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The once-proud Pittsburgh defense has fallen off in recent years and reinforcements are needed at all three levels. Given his polish, aggression and schematic fit, Dennard would make a lot of sense.
16. Dallas Cowboys

(8-8)
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Cowboys need lots of help on the defensive side of the ball but could Jerry Jones pass if the local hero was still on the board? Tony Romo's contract complicates matters but Jones hasn't been one to let finance (or logic, for that matter) ruin his flair for the dramatic on draft day.
17. San Francisco 49ers (from Baltimore)

(12-4)
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU: With one of the league's deepest rosters and 11 picks to play with, expect the 49ers to be aggressive on draft. Moving up to add a dynamic pass-catcher and returner like Beckham to complement Colin Kaepernick's big arm and possession wideouts Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin would make a lot of sense.
18. NY Jets

(8-8)
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: The Jets could use a playmaker on the offensive side of the ball it is easy to envision Oregon State's Brandin Cooks or Southern Cal's Marqise Lee in New York. Rex Ryan's success is built on defense, though. Verrett lacks the height scouts would prefer but he's a top 20 talent in every other way, demonstrating the pure athleticism and tenacity Ryan loves.
19. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: With millions invested in free agents Branden Albert and Shelley Smith and the top four offensive linemen off the board, the Dolphins may elect to look elsewhere rather than reach for a strongside blocker, as most presume. Miami added talented but injury-prone former Detroit Lions' free safety Louis Delmas but Clinton-Dix is a more fluid athlete and would be a nice value selection at this point in the draft.
20. Arizona Cardinals

(10-6)
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State: John Abraham led the Cardinals with 11.5 sacks in 2014 but next season will be his 15th in the NFL. Lawrence is a bit of a gamble. He was suspended three times in just two years at Boise State but is a gifted pass rusher who may just be scratching the surface of his potential.
21. Green Bay Packers

(8-7-1)
Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State: Given how the Packers' lack of speed was exposed by San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick to end each of the past two seasons, GM Ted Thompson is likely to target a back-seven defender here. Bucannon would be a surprise, but he's an intimidating hitter with size (6-1, 211), ball skills (15 career interceptions), durability (four-year starter) and leadership (three-time captain).
22. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Chip Kelly's offense is built around speedy playmakers who can defeat opponents one on one. After releasing Desean Jackson, Kelly and general manager Howie Roseman are expected to make finding a similarly gifted athlete a priority in the draft. Half of the Eagles' 2013 picks came from the Pac-12. Kelly may once again rely on his experience in the conference to target another former rival in Cooks, the reigning Biletnikof winner.
23. Kansas City Chiefs

(11-5)
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: With three blockers lost to free agency -- including Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert -- former offensive line coach Andy Reid's top priority may be addressing the front wall. Su'a-Filo is reliable in pass protection and has the athletic ability to get out and block at the second level, traits that make him an ideal fit in Andy Reid's screen-heavy offense.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

(11-5)
Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: With one of the league's deepest rosters, the Bengals are one of the true wildcards of the 2014 draft and could go in a number of directions with this pick. Shazier's instincts, speed and athleticism make him an ideal candidate for the WILL linebacker role in Cincinnati's 4-3 alignment, prompting a potential shift of Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga, respectively, to their more natural middle linebacker and strong-side positions.
25. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: The Chargers boast young standouts at every level of the defense but cornerback is an obvious area of concern. Fuller is an instinctive, physical defender whose aggression and short-area quickness make him well-suited to defensive coordinator's zone-heavy scheme.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

(4-12)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: If the board falls as I have it, the Browns' gamble that a talented quarterback would fall would certainly pay off. Carr's selection over Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater would surprise some but he has plenty of suitors around the league would love his arm, athleticism and experience in both spread and pro-style principles.
27. New Orleans Saints

(11-5)
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California: The advancing age of Marques Colston and surprising trade of Darren Sproles means that the Saints are in the market for playmakers. Lee doesn't have the momentum of other receivers in this draft but savvy scouts haven't forgotten his dynamic athleticism.
28. Carolina Panthers

(12-4)
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Adding weapons for Cam Newton would seem to be Carolina's top priority but that appeared to be the case a year ago and it didn't stop Dave Gettleman from investing top picks in defensive linemen Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Roby has the athleticism and physicality to emerge as this year's top corner, an area of concern for the Panthers after losing top cover man, Captain Munnerlyn, to free agency.
29. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: The Patriots attacked holes in their secondary via free agency and the offense has grown reliant on slot receivers and tight ends across the middle. With Rob Gronkowski proving unreliable, Amaro could offer a more immediate impact option at this point in the draft.
30. Baltimore Ravens (from San Francisco)

(8-8)
Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois: With eight picks already at their disposal, the Ravens don't need to trade down but could take advantage of San Francisco's aggression to add more and still land a playmaker at a position of need. Ward's deep range and ability to cover up receivers in the slot would make him an ideal complement to last year's first round pick Matt Elam, a natural in-the-box safety.
31. Denver Broncos

(13-3)
RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: Head coach John Fox is reportedly enamored with Hageman's raw tools and it isn't difficult to understand why as the 6-6, 310-pounder offers unbelievable athleticism and raw power. Forcing him to compete in a rotation like the one in Denver could be the best way to maximize Hageman's undeniable potential.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Seattle)

(4-12)
Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: The Seahawks only have six picks and with free agency chipping away at their roster, Pete Carroll and John Schneider will be looking to move out of this pick. The Jaguars, Texans and Raiders could each be willing to move up slightly to nab the talented, but raw Bortles. This pick, like all others in the first round, would come with a fifth-year option on the rookie contract.
Round 2
1. Houston Texans

(2-14)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: While his slight frame could push him into the second round, Bridgewater's accuracy and intelligence fit in O'Brien's scheme.
2. Washington Redskins

(3-13)
JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee: An undersized offensive line was pushed around too often a year ago with RT Tyler Polumbus weaker than most. James, a four-year starter, would be a relatively safe pick who could help immediately.
3. Cleveland Browns

(4-12)
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: With Josh Gordon one failed test away from a year-long suspension and Greg Little as likely to drop a ball as catch it, the Browns can't afford to let big, talented receivers slip by.
4. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: The Raiders spent heavily on the defensive line in free agency but that won't keep them from adding a talented and versatile young defender like Ealy.
5. Atlanta Falcons

(4-12)
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan gets the dynamic edge rusher he needs.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(4-12)
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Smith loves to rotate his defensive linemen and Jernigan is a first-round talent.
7. Seattle Seahawks (from Jacksonville)

(13-3)
Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada: Bitonio's grit and versatility would make him a welcome addition given the Seahawks' losses up front in free agency.
8. Minnesota Vikings

(5-10-1)
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young: Adding a playmaking linebacker to complement star Chad Greenway would help Zimmer turn around the Vikings' defense quickly.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington: Young quarterback EJ Manuel needs big, sure-handed pass-catchers to aid in his development and the Bills have expressed interest in Seferian-Jenkins, the reigning Mackey Award-winner.
10. Tennessee Titans

(7-9)
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: Their switch to the 3-4 likely means a focus on front seven defenders in the draft. Nix carries some red flags but would be a nice schematic match.
11. NY Giants

(7-9)
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: Tom Coughlin will appreciate Sankey's no-nonsense approach and three-down reliability.
12. St. Louis Rams

(7-9)
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: The Rams add to their overall physicality with the most bullish runner in the draft.
13. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State: There is a steep drop-off behind Calvin Johnson and free agent addition Golden Tate. Adams is physical, athletic and a reliable hands-catcher.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers

(8-8)
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: Big Ben gets his big target with a popular and polished local product.
15. Dallas Cowboys

(8-8)
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: After swinging for the fences with their first pick, the Cowboys add a blue-collar pass rusher to help their beleaguered defense.
16. Baltimore Ravens

(8-8)
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: GM Ozzie Newsome loves size and versatility at tackle and Moses possesses both.
17. NY Jets

(8-8)
Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville: A passionate and natural pass rusher, Smith would provide the Jets insurance in case Calvin Pace isn't able to duplicate last season's production.
18. Miami Dolphins

(8-8)
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Questions about his medical could push Kouandjio out of the top 50 picks but his tape and upside certainly argue otherwise.
19. Chicago Bears

(8-8)
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida: Roberson lacks the speed scouts would prefer but he's physical, fluid and competitive.
20. Arizona Cardinals

(10-6)
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina: Ellington's agility, toughness and natural hands could make him an ideal slot receiver to complement Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
21. Green Bay Packers

(8-7-1)
Dominique Easley, DT, Florida: With one of the league's most talented rosters, the Packers are looking for playmakers. If healthy, Easley is a potential difference-maker.
22. Philadelphia Eagles

(10-6)
Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame: An inconsistent junior season has Tuitt's stock slipping but his length and physicality make him an intriguing five-technique candidate.
23. Cincinnati Bengals

(11-5)
Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State: The Bengals are talented enough up front to adjust after the release of Kyle Cook but could see Richburg as an ideal replacement.
24. San Francisco 49ers

(12-4)
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice: Few gamble on athletes like Baalke and Gaines is both fast and physical.
25. San Diego Chargers

(9-7)
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska: The Chargers appear to be one of the teams most intrigued by Jean-Baptiste's raw tools and may see him as quite the value here.
26. New Orleans Saints

(11-5)
Marcus Martin, C, Southern California: With veteran Brian de la Puente signing with the Chicago Bears, the highly physical, aggressive Martin could be counted on to start as a rookie.
27. Indianapolis Colts

(11-5)
Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State: The Colts might see the athletic and instinctive Brooks as a cheaper version of free agent defection Antoine Bethea.
28. Carolina Panthers

(12-4)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: Due to the extraordinary depth at the position, the Panthers can wait until the second round and find a receiver with first round tools.
29. Baltimore Ravens (from San Francisco)

(8-8)
Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech: The Ravens' pass rush gets a little younger with the pick gained in San Francisco's projected bold move up for help at receiver.
30. New England Patriots

(12-4)
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois: Brady isn't getting any younger and Garoppolo's quick decisions and release make him an ideal protege.
31. Denver Broncos

(13-3)
Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State: Protecting Peyton Manning should be a top priority and Jackson would be a steal at this point in the draft.
32. Seattle Seahawks

(13-3)
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt: A polished route-runner with excellent hands, Matthews would provide depth at a position in which the Seahawks have more questions than answers.

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