2014 NFL mock draft: Five wide receivers figure in mock first round
Led by Sammy Watkins in a receiver-deep draft, five WRs are first-rounders, including Odell Beckham, who pairs nicely with fellow ex-Tiger Dwayne Bowe in KC.
From now until the draft in May, you'll get a new mock draft from me every Wednesday. What changes? Gossip. Workouts. Talking to scouts and personnel men, plus they are fun to do and fun to pick apart.
But don't get so worked up over these early mocks. They're just a way to try and sift through what is now a long process.
Last week, I had the Rams trading back with the Falcons. Not this week. This time I have the teams staying in their spots and making their picks. There are some changes, but not a lot.
Hey, when it's one a week, am I supposed to change just for the sake of change?
Coming next week: Mock draft No. 4, which will be a day after the opening of free agency, which might lead to some changes.
1. Houston Texans -- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: I just think in the end they will go with the prototype at the position.
2. St. Louis Rams -- Greg Robinson, T, Auburn: He fills a need and he has a chance to be special. He is so athletic.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: I think they would race the card up to the podium if this happens. Clowney would fill a huge need.
4. Cleveland Browns -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: There is too much talent on that roster to not have a quality starting quarterback. Bridgewater is worth a look.
5. Oakland Raiders -- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: I think they would trade down to get him, but in this one they are stuck and they take him.
6. Atlanta Falcons-- Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M: They have to fix that line and Matthews is a solid player who will be a 10-year starter.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers --Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: They have to get some sort of pass rush off the edge. He can provide that.
8. Minnesota Vikings -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: They have to get better at quarterback and Manziel would bring excitement to the new stadium.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: They will give E.J. Manuel all the weapons to succeed. This would be a great pick.
10. Detroit Lions -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: They need help outside, so they take the best cover corner in the draft.
12. New York Giants -- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: They have to get more athletic at linebacker. Barr is that and more.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: After landing a tackle, they come back and take a big receiver to complement their smaller ones.
16. Dallas Cowboys -- Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State: I will stay with Jernigan to the Cowboys. It just makes too much sense.
19. Miami Dolphins -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: They need help on the offensive line, but the value isn't here. So they opt for a defensive lineman who can take over inside for Randy Starks if he leaves.
21. Green Bay Packers -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: With Jermichael Finely a free agent coming off injury, they have to get a threat in the middle of the field.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: He is a big-hitting safety who would fill a major need if they don't land one in free agency.
24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Fuller is on the rise after a nice combine and the Bengals need corner help.
26. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis) : Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State -- They have to get faster at linebacker. That is a must.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Edge help is a need for their defense. Ford can provide that.
29. New England Patriots -- Ra'Shede Hageman, DE-DT, Minnesota: His versatility makes him an attractive option for a defense that values flexibility.
31. Denver Broncos -- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: They need help up front on their line in a big way. Tuitt has talent but was out of shape last year.
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