2014 NFL Mock Draft
Last Update: April 14, 2014


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texans
clowney
DE
South Carolina


I finally caved in and am thinking that Houston is going to take Jadeveon Clowney. Although everything they have done this offseason is making me think they will look at a quarterback, the potential of adding a talent like Clowney is too much for the Texans to pass up. Jadeveon Clowney has all the tools to become a dominant pass rusher in the NFL. He is a freak athlete who can beat linemen with his speed or his power. His motor and effort has been questioned, but if J.J. Watt's work ethic can rub off on him, Jadeveon Clowney could become the best pass rusher in the NFL.




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rams
watkins
WR
Clemson


This pick may be traded for a team looking for a QB or to a team who wants to grab Jadeveon Clowney, but since I don't predict trades I think the Rams will either take Greg Robinson or Sammy Watkins. As helpful as Greg Robinson would be I think they take more of an impact player with Sammy Watkins to pair with Tavon Austin. Sammy Watkins looks to have all the makings of an elite WR. He has good size and great speed. He is not only able to go up and get the ball but he is a playmaker with the ball in his hands after the catch. He is already a solid route runner who can create separation and should be able to contribute right away.




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jaguars
manziel
QB
Texas A&M


It is possible that the Jaguars look at a player like Khalil Mack with this pick, but they also need a quarterback and a face to their franchise. By selecting Johnny Manziel the Jaguars get a guy who will put people in the seats, while giving them a chance to win on the field. Manziel is the most polarizing figure in the draft and is a sure to get a lot of criticism, however he is a special player with a knack for making big plays. Manziel will have to improve his mechanics and decision making, but he greatly improved his accuracy and ability to throw in the pocket last season and he could become a star.




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browns
bortles
QB
UCF


I think the Browns would like to select Sammy Watkins, but with him off the board they turn to their most glaring need at quarterback. Blake Bortles would give the Browns a prototypical quarterback who could grow with their young team and potentially be their franchise guy. Bortles has the ideal size and build for a NFL quarterback. He has good footwork and surprising athleticism. He may lack great arm strength but he can make all the throws and even when on the move he keeps his eyes downfield. He is a clutch player and a good leader who could develop in Cleveland.




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raiders
robinson
OT
Auburn


The Raiders got Matt Schaub, but that by no means makes them out of the market for a QB in the draft. It does, however, give them the luxury of being able to pass on one in round one. After losing Jared Veldheer to free agency and Rodger Saffold to a failed physical the Raiders signed Donald Penn, but they still have need at tackle and they are in a position to get an elite prospect in Greg Robinson with this pick. Robinson has the ideal size and great natural talent at LT. He is a phenomenal run blocker and is no slouch in pass protection either. He is still young and a little bit raw but he looks like he could become a top five left tackle in the league in a few years.




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falcons
mack
OLB/DE
Buffalo


The Falcons had a disappointing season last year and given their history to be aggressive during the draft I wouldn't be surprised to see them move up to try and get Jadeveon Clowney. They also could take a left tackle for Matt Ryan, but with the Falcons potentially moving towards a 3/4 defence, a versatile player like Khalil Mack would be a perfect fit. Mack is a very complete player and is one of the most versatile and complete players in the draft. He is big, strong, and athletic. He can play OLB or DE and is able to drop into coverage or get after the QB. He comes from a small school but has been so productive and dominant that teams will not be able to pass him up.




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bucs
evans
WR
Texas A&M


I had considered Mike Evans at this spot with earlier mocks, but after trading Mike Williams I think it is an obvious selection. Mike Evans is often compared to Vincent Jackson so why not pair them together to make a great combo for Josh McCown. Mike Evans had a breakout year this season and posses the ideal size in a WR. He has a huge frame much like Calvin Johnson. He has great hands is able to go up and get the ball and win any jump ball. He showcased himself very well at the combine and looks to be a lock for a top 10 pick.




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vikings
mosley
ILB
Alabama


More and more reports are coming out that say Minnesota prefers to wait on quarterback and grab a linebacker with this pick. It is a believable idea, and although they would ideally want Mack, C.J. Mosley would be a great player to lead and anchor their defence for years to come. Mosley is one of the most NFL ready prospects in the draft. He is a very instinctive linebacker who is a natural leader in the middle. He is strong tackler and is good at dropping in coverage as well. The only concern surrounding Mosley is injuries, but if team doctors clear him, he should be one of the safest picks in the draft.




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bills
matthews
OT
Texas A&M


Buffalo doesn't have a huge need at receiver and they may look at a TE like Eric Ebron but they could really help their offense by adding another major piece. With Mike Evans the Bills would be giving E.J. Manuel weapons to be able to succeed and have a high powered offense with Spiller, Johnson, and Woods already in the mix. Matthews returned for his senior season and it paid off as he showed he can not only play on the right side but also on the left. He has good size and quick feet. He is rarely put off balance and has great awareness. He has NFL bloodlines and has a nasty side to him which teams like to see in offensive linemen.




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lions
clinton-dix
S
Alabama


The Lions signed Golden Tate to be a threat opposite of Calvin Johnson, which allows them to focus on getting help for their secondary with this pick. Gilbert may be the pick, but they have a gaping hole at safety and maybe there is a reason they are leaving that hole, and that reason is Haha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix is the top safety prospect in this year's draft. He has good size and speed and is good in run support or in coverage. His biggest weakness will be in man to man coverage, however his strong tackling skills, good recognition and awareness, as well as his ability to drop into zone coverage will help him be successful in the NFL.




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titans
bridgewater
QB
Louisville


The Titans have Jake Locker and don't have a huge need at quarterback, but I can't help but wonder what they would do if Teddy Bridgewater fell to them. After seeing Locker for three years I think in this situation they decide to move on from him and make Bridgewater their new quarterback. Bridgewater may not possess a great arm but he surprised people at the combine after bulking up and he is also very tough and is the type of guy you want leading your team. He is accurate and can make all the throws. He is athletic but is definitely a pocket passer and is not afraid to stand in there to deliver a throw. He is a student of the game and that projects well for him moving forward.




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giants
ebron
TE
North Carolina


The Giants did a good job adding help to their offensive line in free agency but they still need to get Eli Manning more weapons, and have a big need at safety. Eric Ebron can solve both those problems and could be a great player to pair with Manning and Cruz. Ebron is the type of tight end that has become very popular lately. He is not much of a blocker but a great big-bodied receiver. He has big play ability and good speed for a guy his size. He is able to catch anything thrown to him while still able to pick up yards after the catch and he has a chance to be a special player.




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rams
lewan
OT
Michigan


The Rams pass up on Greg Robinson with the 2nd overall pick in favor of Sammy Watkins, and now are able to grab their tackle with their later pick. Taylor Lewan has top ten talent and being able to pair him with Watkins would have the Rams off to a great start in the draft. Taylor Lewan looks like a prototypical left tackle. He has great height and weight to go along with long arms. He is established as a good leader and a very experienced player. He has struggled at times with speed rushers but he is a well-rounded player with a nasty streak in him.




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bears
donald
DT
Pittsburgh


The Bears will likely be focusing on the defensive side of the ball with several aging players. They have added some pieces in free agency, but after losing Henry Melton to Dallas they will be looking to replace him and Aaron Donald is the perfect player to do that. Donald is a great athlete with great range and a constant motor. He uses leverage well and is very disruptive in the backfield and is a rare DT prospect who can create a pass rush from the interior. Aaron Donald is a little small and doesn't possess the ideal bulk teams traditionally want in a DT prospect but he has been able to overcome that in college and will do the same in the NFL.




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steelers
gilbert
CB
Oklahoma State


The Steelers started adding youth to their aging defence last year and will have to continue that effort in this draft. They could look at Louis Nix III at this pick or a linebacker like C.J. Mosley, but they have a need at corner and Justin Gilbert would be a good value for them here. Gilbert had a disappointing junior season but was one of the best corners in the country this season. He has good size and speed to go along with excellent ball skills. He is a solid tackler and is good in either man to man or zone coverage. He has the athleticism and instincts to be a great corner at the next level.




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cowboys
ford
DE
Auburn


The Cowboys will be looking to add talent to the defensive side and they could look at a safety like Calvin Pryor, but I think they most pressing issue is at defensive end. Many people won't have Dee Ford this high, but he would be a perfect fit in Dallas' defence and he could be a defensive ROY candidate. Ford is a player who finished the season great then carried that success to the Senior Bowl where he received game MVP. He is very quick off the line and was a dominant pass rusher against some of the best college talent. He showcased his great speed and range at his pro day and after letting go of DeMarcus Ware, he fills a huge void.