2014 NFL Mock Draft: Manziel only QB in Round 1, Watkins moves up
Pat Kirwan has Johnny Maziel as the only quarterback taken in the first round in his latest mock.
1. Houston Texans -- Jadeveon Clowney, OLB/DE, South Carolina: Clowney stays on top, which is tough in an environment full of rumors and speculation about the No. 1 selection. Clowney has elite skills, but it's too bad it didn't show much in the 2013 season. Getting Andrew Luck to the ground is the top priority in the AFC South and Clowney should help, but there is risk.
2. St. Louis Rams -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: No one in this draft changes field position like Watkins. He is terrific after the catch, can run deep routes well, and after watching the Ohio State game again I'm convinced he's the right guy for the Rams.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo: Mack is a rare athlete who can play multiple spots and he loves football. He will be a factor in the pass rush right away as a pro and many are starting to believe he's better than Clowney.
4. Cleveland Browns -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Both Phil Simms and Jon Gruden told me Manziel can make the transition to pro football. Cleveland needs a quarterback and a face of the organization.
5. Oakland Raiders -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Robinson's upside is unlimited. He could be a 10-12 year starter in the NFL and the Raiders can put him at either tackle spot. Moving down and getting more picks is a possibility.
6. Atlanta Falcons -- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: The Falcons are in a great spot to take a pass rusher or a 10-year starting left tackle. Today it's the pass protector and a guy who gives Matt Ryan the best chance to succeed.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: The Bucs traded away Mike Williams and they are too far down the draft board to get Sammy Watkins so it's the next best thing. Evans is a faster, more explosive version of Vincent Jackson. You better have big corners when you play Tampa.
8. Minnesota Vikings -- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama: Why take a quarterback here and ignore a position where the Vikings need a day one starter? They can come back in the second round for Zach Mettenberger.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan: Buffalo can't pass up a 6-foot-7 tackle with athletic ability and a nasty streak. Doug Marrone is a former offensive lineman and line coach and he knows how rare these guys are in the league.
10. Detroit Lions -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: I've said corner all along for the Lions and talks about trading up for Watkins is just that -- talk. Why would Detroit give away this year's first, next year's first, and a second to grab a receiver when they have to cover the great receivers in the NFC north?
11. Tennessee Titans -- Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA: Barr is just an emerging pass rusher and solid defensive player with untapped potential after just two years on defense. He fits any scheme.
12. New York Giants -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Donald is the best inside pass rusher in the draft and he has a chance to be a double-digit sack guy early in his career. He runs like a linebacker and can play end as well as tackle.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: The Rams already got their offensive tackle earlier in the draft and now plug in safety. Pryor hits like a strong safety and covers the deep middle like a free safety. Jeff Fisher gets a versatile back end guy to complement the rest of a pretty good defense.
14. Chicago Bears -- Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State: The top two safeties are gone but a top corner in Dennard is still on the board. Charles Tillman isn't getting any younger.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: The more I watch Roby the more I like him. He can play off coverage and really close on receivers. He is a willing tackler and has range in coverage.
16. Dallas Cowboys -- Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State: The Cowboys are desperate for quality players in the defensive line and many believe Jernigan is the next best after Donald. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli could fool all of us with a different person in this spot, but for now all I can tell Jernigan is that he better be in great shape for his new coach.
17. Baltimore Ravens -- Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame: Martin had a very good pro day after a solid Senior Bowl. The Ravens have to do a better job of protecting Joe Flacco and Martin is pro ready now at guard or tackle.
18. New York Jets -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: It doesn't matter if it's Michael Vick or Geno Smith under center, the Jets' quarterback needs more weapons. A flexed tight end like Ebron helps the running game as well.
19. Miami Dolphins -- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama: If Martin is gone and they are really interested in protecting Ryan Tannehill, Kouandjio could be the answer after a solid pro day showing. He's young, very talented and on the rise.
20. Arizona Cardinals -- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri: Ealy has the talent to play on the edge and the size to move inside when the Cardinals want to slide the front around. For now he's in a rotation with Darnell Dockett and a year from now he's the man.
21. Green Bay Packers -- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama: A couple of good linebackers to choose from at this point in the draft. Mosley can line up at a number of spots in Dom Capers' scheme and be effective. Last week it was Ryan Shazier at this spot and it might very well be him again before May.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Odell Beckham, WR, LSU: Beckham is a very solid citizen and a polished receiver. If the Eagles decide to hold off on receiver and go defense there are a number of solid defenders left on the board. The Eagles reportedly tried to trade for Dion Jordan last year and that should indicate their desire for defensive help at pass rusher.
23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Here's a solid young man who handles himself like a pro already and he plays a position the Chiefs need to upgrade. Andy Reid will see the 'DeSean Jackson' model in Cooks.
24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: The in-state linebacker has speed, production and is a three-down player. He can play WLB on run downs, Mike in the nickel and he has pass rush skills. Cincinnati would be lucky if he's still on the board.
25. San Diego Chargers -- Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame: The Chargers need a nose tackle and might believe Nix is the best. I'm not so sure but for now he's a Charger.
26. Cleveland Browns -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: The Browns got their quarterback earlier and now the big receiver opposite Josh Gordon. Manziel has been throwing rebound balls to Mike Evans and now he has another 6-foot-5 guy.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Ford is a versatile hybrid edge rusher who put on a show at the Senior Bowl. Rob Ryan will use him in many different ways. Some tell me Ford is fading from the first round.
28. Carolina Panthers -- Marqise Lee, WR, USC: The Panthers might lose out on a left tackle in this draft if they stay in this spot, but since they need a big-time wide receiver as well there will be a player like Lee falling to them and they should take him. Forget 2013 and look at 2012. Lee had 118 receptions and 14 touchdowns.
29. New England Patriots -- Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota: Some feel Hageman has fallen out of the first round but Bill Belichick has a long history of taking big defensive linemen in the first round. Hageman's motor may run hot and cold but at 6-6 and 320 pounds, he's worth a shot for a team with an old front.
30. San Francisco 49ers -- Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame: The 49ers could take a receiver like Benjamin, but there is depth at the position and the Niners have aging starters at the defensive five techniques. Tuitt is a big man who can run and has 41 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 35 games.
31. Denver Broncos -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Fuller is a physical corner and the Broncos will get him on the field early. For a big corner he has good man-to-man skills and will look good in press technique.
32. Seattle Seahawks -- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: I believe the Seahawks like Amaro and he brings a dimension their offense really doesn't have as a flex/slot tight end who creates matchup problems. Russell Wilson will love having a 6-5 guy with 106 receptions last year roaming the middle of the field.
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