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2014 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Major changes in all 5 rounds.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

The order of this 2014 NFL Mock Draft is based on the full seven-round 2014 NFL Draft Order.

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    *** 2014 NFL Mock Draft (5 rounds) updated April 16. This NFL Mock Draft will be updated at least once per week (Tuesday afternoons and other times for important events.). Check out old versions of this 2014 NFL Mock Draft in the archived mock draft section. Follow @walterfootball for NFL Draft updates. ***

  1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    I've said all along that the Texans were 50-50 between Jadeveon Clowney and Blake Bortles, so Charlie and I decided that it would be a good idea to have our mocks begin with each of those players. That's going to change now, as it appears as though Houston is inching toward selecting Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

    The Texans aren't 100-percent settled on Clowney just yet. They still have a pre-draft visit with Bortles coming up, and that could sway their decision. But from what I'm hearing, it seems like Houston believes there isn't enough of a difference between the first- and second-round quarterbacks to warrant passing on the greatest pass-rushing prospect in years.

    Besides, there's actually a chance the Texans can grab either Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel at No. 33; especially the former. Multiple teams believe both Manziel and Bridgewater will fall.

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    Pick change; previously Blake Bortles, QB

  2. St. Louis Rams: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
    This is what St. Louis' preferred options look like, in order:

    1. Trade down with a team wanting Jadeveon Clowney or Blake Bortles.
    2. Draft Clowney if available.
    3. Draft either Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins.

    Most mocks have Watkins or Greg Robinson here, but the Rams are deciding between Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins at No. 2 barring a trade or Clowney being available. They are also "falling in love" with Mack, per Charlie Campbell's report. And for those wondering, this is not a smokescreen; it's the same source that gave us Alec Ogletree in 2013, which is why both Charlie and I had the Georgia linebacker mocked to St. Louis last year.

    Pick change; previously Sammy Watkins, WR (No. 6)

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    TRADE! The Vikings are primed to trade up for Blake Bortles, as Charlie Campbell reported. While a move to No. 2 is more likely, there's a chance Minnesota can swing a deal with the Jaguars. It's been reported that Jacksonville loves Jimmy Garoppolo and wants to wait until Round 2 to take a quarterback, so the team probably would be very willing to move down, especially if both Jadeveon Clowney and Khalil Mack are off the board.

    Bortles has been Minnesota's quarterback of choice this entire time, as he fits exactly what Norv Turner looks for in a signal-caller. Unfortunately, the Vikings are currently out of position to take him, as Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland, Oakland and Tampa Bay could all snag the Central Florida product. Two second-round selections (2014, 2015) to move from No. 8 to No. 3 would do the trick.

    Pick change; previously Teddy Bridgewater, QB (No. 8)

  4. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    There have been many reports linking the Browns and Derek Carr. It was speculated earlier that Cleveland would take the Fresno State quarterback at No. 26, but as I wrote about a month ago, I've been hearing more and more that multiple teams in the top 10 prefer Carr over both Teddy Bridgewater and/or Johnny Manziel. We're trained to think that Bridgewater and Manziel will go before Carr because of what we've heard on TV or read on news-aggregator Web sites, but "strange" things happen on Draft Day because teams simply think differently at times. This was confirmed by Charlie Campbell's report that three teams in the top 10 have Derek Carr as the No. 2 quarterback.

    Though some may deem Carr a reach, the Browns need to take him if they believe he can be their new franchise quarterback. They need to give their morbid franchise some sort of spark. Besides, there's no way Carr is lasting until the 26th-overall pick.

    Pick change; previously Greg Robinson, OT

  5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    The Raiders would love to trade down, but if they can't move anywhere, they may have a tough choice between Sammy Watkins and Greg Robinson. I had difficulty deciding between the two, but I ultimately went with the former. Oakland has a hole at right tackle, so Robinson would be a great choice, but it has a potential solution in Menelik Watson. Meanwhile, there is nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver on the roster, so Watkins makes a bit more sense.

    Either way, the Raiders can't go wrong - though they'll strongly consider Blake Bortles or Derek Carr if either is available at No. 5.

    Pick change; previously Derek Carr, QB

  6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    It's been speculated that the Falcons want to move up for Jadeveon Clowney, but that's no longer a possibility if the Texans just take him. Thus, if Houston does go with Clowney, it's likely that Atlanta will just stay put at No. 6 and draft the best player available who makes sense for them.

    The Falcons would prefer a pass-rusher like Clowney or Khalil Mack, but Greg Robinson is not a bad consolation prize. He would fill an immediate need at right tackle and would eventually move over the blind side, unless Mike Tice does a great job of coaching up Sam Baker, which could easily happen. Either way, Matt Ryan's protection will improve tremendously.

    Pick change; previously Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB (No. 2)

  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    There are three quarterback-needy teams I know of who won't draft Johnny Manziel in the top 10. However, there are six quarterback-needy teams overall in that span, meaning I don't know anything about what the other three organizations want to do pertaining to the former Heisman winner. One such franchise is Tampa Bay.

    As recently written in the NFL Draft Rumors page, there have been reports linking Manziel to the Buccaneers, as Lovie Smith has talked up the Texas A&M signal-caller. Adam Schefter also said that Manziel will go in the 3-13 range. Considering that I can confidently cross some teams off, that only leaves a limited amount of landing spots.

    Pick change; previously Mike Evans, WR

  8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
    The Jaguars moved down for two second-round picks. If they really wish to wait on a quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo until Round 2, they can just settle on the best available player who makes sense for them.

    There's a chance that could be Mike Evans. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely, and Jacksonville has reportedly been conducting business as though it doesn't expect him to be back anytime soon. Even if Blackmon does return, having Evans on the team would give Garoppolo a very potent trio of receivers to work with.

    Pick change; previously Khalil Mack, DE/OLB (No. 3)

  9. Buffalo Bills: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
    The Bills filled some of their holes in free agency, but there are three glaring positions of need that still have to be addressed: wide receiver, tight end and right tackle. Buffalo will likely choose the top player available who can fix those needs. As it stands in this mock draft, the order would likely be Jake Matthews, Mike Evans and Eric Ebron.

    Matthews is just too good to pass up. He'd start instantly and could eventually be moved to the left side if the Bills think Cordy Glenn would be better at right tackle.

  10. Detroit Lions: Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
    I've mocked Justin Gilbert here in the past couple of updates, but the Lions have a couple of young cornerbacks they like, so they may opt to go in a different direction even though I consider the Oklahoma State product to be the best player available at this juncture.

    One such direction is Anthony Barr. Jim Caldwell discussed the need for a pass-rushing linebacker, and Barr fits perfectly. Also, Detroit has shown a lot of interest in Barr, so the team could draft him if Mike Evans isn't available.

  11. Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    The Titans addressed a bunch of areas on their roster this offseason, but one position of need that they didn't get to fix was cornerback. They lost Alterraun Verner to the Buccaneers, so they need a new starter across from Jason McCourty. Tennessee has to get past Andrew Luck to win the AFC South, so acquiring as many talented corners as possible is a must.

    Justin Gilbert, the consensus No. 1 cornerback, also happens to be one of the top players available, so that means this pick makes more sense.

  12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    These are the defensive tackles currently on the Giants' depth chart: Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn. Think the team needs an upgrade at the position after losing Linval Joseph to the Vikings?

    Aaron Donald is the best player available who makes sense for New York. He had a dominant 2013 campaign and has since strengthened his draft stock with strong showing at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

  13. St. Louis Rams: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    Bradley Roby at No. 13 may surprise some, but there's been talk of the Ohio State product moving up in the first round. Though Roby had a poor 2013 campaign, his 2012 film was excellent. He has character issues, but St. Louis won't mind them.

    Taylor Lewan is a strong option, as he falls because of off-the-field problems as well. However, Jeff Fisher believes that he can take offensive linemen later in the draft, so he could pass on Lewan if he likes Roby or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix enough.

    Pick change; previously Darqueze Dennard, CB

  14. Chicago Bears: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    The Bears will be going with the top defensive player available who makes sense for them, and by my estimation, that's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Chicago has a huge void at the safety position; Major Wright is a free agent, while Chris Conte's ineptitude was quite apparent in the win-and-in season finale versus the Packers. Clinton-Dix fits what the Bears look for in their draft prospects.

  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    The Steelers will never pass up the opportunity to grab a great offensive play-maker if one is available to them. I mocked a receiver to them for quite some time - and they will take Mike Evans if he somehow fell to No. 15 - but they're likely to go with another position now unless they move up.

    Eric Ebron could be considered the top prospect available who makes sense for Pittsburgh. He would serve as a great intermediate weapon for Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben currently loves throwing the ball to Heath Miller, but Miller appears to be on his last legs. Besides, the Steelers can have Miller and Ebron on the field at the same time in the short term.

  16. Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    This pick may not make much sense on the surface, but hear me out. Doug Free is coming off a solid season, but he has just one year left on his contract. He was also tried at the guard position before the 2013 campaign began, so perhaps Jerry Jones will want him to shore up a huge hole at one of those slots. Free would be able to move there with this selection.

    Taylor Lewan has the talent to be the sixth pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but character issues could drop him some. Jones has proven recently that he's willing to take chances on players with concerns, provided they're not too egregious.

    Go to 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

    Sorry for cutting this 2014 NFL Mock Draft into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwith.

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