Last update: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Major changes.
Next update: Next week. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
The order of this 2014 NFL Mock Draft is somewhat random.
St. Louis Rams: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Chance Warmack, G and Cordarrelle Patterson, WR
The Rams spent a first-round pick on a defensive tackle in 2012, but they could do so again sometime soon. Kendall Langford, signed to a 4-year, $24 million contract last offseason, has been a big disappointment. He won't be around much longer at his high salary if he continues to struggle.
Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Sheldon Richardson, DT
Anthony Spencer is a free agent, so the Cowboys will attempt to find another complement for DeMarcus Ware this offseason. If they can't, they'll definitely need to do so the following spring.
Aaron Lynch is a dynamic pass-rusher, but didn't play in 2012 because he transferred from Notre Dame to South Florida. He had 5.5 sacks in limited action as a freshman for the Irish.
Two of Chicago's key defensive tackles, Henry Melton and Amobi Okoye, will be free agents in March. Losing Melton would be especially painful, so if that happens, they'll need to find a solution sometime soon.
What's better than one Stanford offensive tackle? Two Stanford offensive tackles! Jonathan Martin, who played well on the blind side at the end of his rookie campaign, will permanently slide over to that position if Jake Long is not re-signed. That'll open up a big need at right tackle.
Taylor Mays was so bad at safety that the Bengals had to move cornerback Nate Clements over to the position during the 2012 campaign. If they can't find an upgrade at safety this offseason, they'll have to do so the following spring.
The Ravens wanted Dont'a Hightower, but the Patriots moved ahead of them and stole him. Maybe Ozzie Newsome will select another SEC linebacker as a successor for Ray Lewis and/or potential replacement for free agent Dannell Ellerbe sometime soon.
The Falcons had some poor linebacker play this season, save for Sean Weatherspoon. Stephen Nicholas cannot be allowed to be on the field all three downs, as he struggled immensely in pass coverage.
San Francisco 49ers: Scott Chrichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Matt Elam, S
The 49ers can afford to take one of the best players available on the board with this pick because they have fewer needs than most teams. They could stand to find depth at the rush linebacker position.
I've been told the Texans have a good amount of interest in nose tackle John Jenkins, but they strongly want to pick an inside linebacker in the first round this April. If they pass on a nose tackle, they may look for one the following spring.
The Steelers have to get it right with one of these first-round five-techniques at some point. Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward have shown very little throughout their brief NFL careers, so Pittsburgh will have to bring someone in to challenge them if they disappoint yet again in 2012.
New York Giants: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Alec Ogletree, LB
As I've written repeatedly in my 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Prince Amukamara looks like the real deal, but the Giants need help across from him. Corey Webster, who has been torched often this year, could be cut this coming offseason because he'll be due $7 million in 2013.
Green Bay Packers: Adrian Hubbard, DE/OLB, Alabama 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Keenan Allen, WR
The Packers selected Nick Perry in the first round last April, but he hasn't done crap yet. If he's a no-show again in 2013, Ted Thompson may take a mulligan and opt to use another early selection on a rush linebacker.
New Orleans Saints: Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB
The Saints are never shy about spending an early selection on a cornerback. They'll have to do so again soon, as two of their top three shaky corners will be entering contract seasons in 2014.
New England Patriots: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers 2013 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 2/7): Kawann Short, DT
The Patriots' receiver position is a mess. Wes Welker is a free agent in his mid-30s, while the disappointing Brandon Lloyd won't be around much longer. It's so bad that even Randy Moss is being discussed as a possible solution. Bringing him in would make things so much worse.
The Broncos have a huge void in the middle of their defense. They have to upgrade their interior lineman, safeties and inside linebacker positions. Keith Brooking was a huge liability in pass coverage this past season.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.