2014 NFL mock draft: Revisiting team needs after free-agent moves
After a brisk start to free agency, some teams' draft priorities might have changed. Pat Kirwan udpates his mock draft accordingly.
1. Houston Texans -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Texans have to have a quarterback they like for a later round to pass on Bortles here, but if they don't take Clowney there will be no one close to his skills and potential in a later round.
2. Cleveland Browns (from St. Louis) -- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: The Browns passed on Ben Roethlisberger years ago and have been haunted ever since. Bortles is big and possesses a strong arm.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: The most accurate QB in the draft and will grade out better than Manziel. Bridgewater has qualities similar to Russell Wilson .
4. St. Louis Rams (from Cleveland) -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Watkins is a game breaker with Julio Jones traits. The Rams got Rodger Saffold back on a strange failed physical by the Raiders.
5. Oakland Raiders -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: The Raiders failed with Saffold and it could be a blessing in disguise as they now can take a terrific young tackle who can start for 10 years. Look for the team to sign or trade for a QB like Matt Schaub or Mark Sanchez and draft a QB a little later. Take a look at the bottom of the round!
6. Atlanta Falcons -- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: The Falcons can finish the offensive line project they started in free agency. If the Falcons protect Ryan, they win a lot of games.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: The Bucs have QB Josh McCown under contract and he knows how to distribute the football. Evans makes the Bucs receivers a very dangerous group.
8. Minnesota Vikings -- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: The Vikings did re-sign Everson Griffen but they need another pass rusher. Mack can rush the passer and play coverage. A true hybrid candidate.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: Doug Marrone is a line coach by trade and he knows the value of a big left tackle with a nasty streak. EJ Manuel will be a better QB with Lewan on the field.
10. Detroit Lions -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: The Lions haven't signed a corner in free agency and Gilbert is a Day 1 starter for the Lions.
11. Tennessee Titans -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: The Titans lost CB Alterraun Verner to the Tampa Bay Bucs and need a plug-and-play guy.
12. New York Giants -- Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA: The Giants always like pass rushers in the draft. They just lost Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora left a year ago. It's time to rebuild a pass rush that was once great.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama: The Rams could take an offensive tackle but the best safety in the draft, a plug-and-play player with range, is sitting right there.
14. Chicago Bears -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: There are two first-round safeties in this draft and one of them is already gone.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- C.J. Mosley , LB, Alabama: Larry Foote is gone and Mosley is the top inside backer. The Steelers signed a safety ( Mike Mitchell ) and need to keep improving the defensive side of the ball. Some believe a wide receiver is the call here but there is quality depth at WR and they can get one later.
16. Dallas Cowboys -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Donald is the most explosively quick inside player in the draft. He is what Rod Marinelli needs at the 3-technique position.
17. Baltimore -- Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota: The Baltimore Ravens lost Arthur Jones in free agency and Haloti Ngata is starting to feel the wear and tear on his body. Hageman is inconsistent, but at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds he has plenty to work with over the next few years.
18. NY New York Jets -- Marqise Lee, WR, USC: Granted the Jets signed WR Eric Decker , but they need at least another wide receiver for Geno Smith to have a chance. Lee and Decker would make a dangerous combination, and the Jets should not look at Decker as a No. 1 receiver.
19. Miami -- Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame: The Miami Dolphins paid big bucks for Brandon Albert to play left tackle, and maybe they don't take an offensive lineman here. But Martin can play either guard or even right tackle and Miami's O-line needs help.
20. Arizona -- Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State: Darnell Dockett can't play forever and Jernigan can get in the D-line rotation as a rookie and take over in a year or two.
21. Green Bay -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Green Bay Packers ' passing game is already dangerous, and Ebron would give the safeties fits. If Green Bay continues to sign tight ends then this will not be the pick, but for now it looks like a great addition.
22. Philadelphia -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: I thought the Philadelphia Eagles might think about Darrelle Revis , but they passed. Getting a big corner like Fuller to go along with the free-agent acquisition of Malcolm Jenkins at safety really helps a weak secondary.
23. Kansas City -- Odell Beckham, WR, LSU: The Kansas City Chiefs lost three good pieces off their offensive line and could look at down linemen, but they also need a wide receiver and Beckham is a high character guy with talent.
24. Cincinnati -- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Michael Johnson is gone to Tampa Bay even though the Cincinnati Bengals wanted him back. He needs to be replaced. Ealy has a chance to be the right guy. Cincinnati also needs a few offensive linemen and position coach Paul Alexander is going to have to dig deep for good players.
25. San Diego -- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: Free agent Cam Thomas , the San Diego Chargers ' nose tackle, is a visiting teams. Nix is a 3-4 nose tackle who takes up space and will force some double teams.
26. Cleveland -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: A big receiver opposite Josh Gordon and with Bortles under center, a new regime begins.
27. New Orleans -- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: The New Orleans Saints put a lot of money into the safety position when they signed Jairus Byrd , but they still need pass rush help. Ford had an impressive Senior Bowl and pro day. He told me he's better than Clowney.
28. Carolina -- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: Jordan Gross retired and a left tackle is critical. I watched Cyrus in a few games. He's raw but talented. If the Carolina Panthers pass on him it's a long way to the next tackle.
29. New England -- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: It doesn't look like Brandon Spikes is coming back and Shazier had a great pro day. He has the speed and production to be a solid OLB next to Jerod Mayo .
30. San Francisco -- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: Carlos Rogers was released and the San Francisco 49ers didn't pick up a corner in free agency. Verrett is short but a solid cover corner.
31. Denver -- Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame: The Denver Broncos could use a big man who can play anywhere across the defensive front. These types of players are hard to find in later rounds.
32. Oakland (from Seattle) -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Seattle may stay in the spot but won't reach for a player it knows can be had later. If Manziel is still on the board the Seattle Seahawks will get calls. I like Manziel, but look at the first round and ask yourself if Oakland doesn't take him at No. 5, who takes him? He could easily fall just like Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees .
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