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2014 NFL Mock Draft

Last update: Thursday, May 2, 2013. Round 2 added.
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  1. Oakland Raiders: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    The Raiders are terrible for many reasons, and it all starts at the quarterback position. They have nothing there. Matt Flynn is not a starting-caliber player because of his physical limitations, while fourth-round rookie Tyler Wilson is nothing more than a career backup for similar reasons.

    Teddy Bridgewater definitely doesn't have those restrictions. He's capable of being chosen No. 1 overall despite Jadeveon Clowney's presence, given how important it is to find a franchise quarterback.

  2. New York Jets: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    I slotted a quarterback to the Jets in my 2014 NFL Mock Drafts prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, but they definitely won't go in that direction now that Geno Smith is on the roster. Instead, they'll go with the top defensive prospect in an incredibly long time.

    Jadeveon Clowney is the obvious pick with quarterback not being a need. The Jets have a nice interior pass rush with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Drafting Clowney would give them a nice bookend on the exterior with Quinton Coples. New York would suddenly go from being somewhat mediocre in terms of getting to the quarterback to being one of the best teams in the NFL in that regard.

  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    Anyone who thinks Johnny Manziel is too small to be chosen in the top five is completely mistaken. Manziel currently stands at 6-foot-1, 200. That's taller than Drew Brees and Russell Wilson. Robert Griffin (6-2, 220) is pretty much the same size as Manziel will be following next season. Manziel also boasts a very good arm and great accuracy. There's no reason why he can't be a top-five selection if he continues to play as he did in his Heisman campaign.

    The Jaguars easily have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL. New general manager David Caldwell said that he believes in building around Blaine Gabbert. This means one of two things: He's either completely clueless or he's cunning enough to tank the 2013 season in order to land one of the stud quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft. For Jacksonville's sake, I hope it's the latter.

  4. Tennessee Titans: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
    It's no surprise that Jake Matthews returned to school, given that his father, Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews, wanted his son to earn his degree. Plus, it's not like Jake needed the money.

    The Titans are fine at offensive tackle right now, but Michael Roos and David Stewart will be free agents in 2015 and 2014, respectively (the latter has a voidable year after this upcoming season). They'll need to retool at the position if they don't re-sign either of the two.

    Quarterback will be a big need if the Titans are drafting fourth overall, but someone has to sign Josh Freeman. Perhaps it'll be the Raiders and Freeman's former offensive coordinator, Greg Olson, but Tennessee will also be in the mix.

  5. San Diego Chargers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
    The Chargers go back to Alabama for another offensive tackle. This time, they nab a prospect capable of protecting Philip Rivers' blind side.

    It's a shame for Rivers that the Chargers couldn't obtain a left tackle. Rivers has been in rapid decline partly because of poor protection, so San Diego better hope that he's not completely ruined by the 2014 NFL Draft.

  6. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    The Arizona beat writers repeatedly tried to tell everyone that the Cardinals felt content at the tackle position, given that Levi Brown was coming back from injury and Bobby Massie improved tremendously in the second half of his rookie campaign (he didn't allow a single sack after Week 8).

    That's all good, but what if Brown struggles again? Left tackle will definitely be in play, so Arizona may consider Taylor Lewan, who probably would have been the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft had he declared.

  7. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
    The Bills spent a ton of energy addressing their offense in the 2013 NFL Draft, but they didn't do anything to help their pass rush. That would explain why they traded for Jerry Hughes a couple of days afterward. Go here to see my grades for the Hughes-Sheppard trade.

    Anthony Barr should really help Buffalo's efforts to get to the quarterback. A former running back, Barr played defense for the first time this past season and made an instant impact, recording 13 sacks. The sky's the limit for him, as he'll only get better at his new position.

  8. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
    Alex Smith probably won't perform well in 2013, but Andy Reid is a stubborn guy, so he may blame Smith's predictable struggles on a lacking receiving corps. The Chiefs have Dwayne Bowe, and that's pretty much it. They signed Donnie Avery, but they're about to find out how inefficient of a wideout he really is.

    Marqise Lee has enjoyed a terrific 2012 campaign and is currently projected to be a top-10 pick despite the recent USC wideout failures.

  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    The Buccaneers want an upgrade at the tight end position. Luke Stocker hasn't developed, and acquiring a talented intermediate target would really help Josh Freeman (or Mike Glennon).

    It's not usual to see a tight end go this high, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins is an absolute stud. He'll be a matchup nightmare, much like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. It's worth noting that Seferian-Jenkins was arrested for a DUI on March 9, but that was just one incident. I don't think it'll have too much of an impact on his draft stock if he appears remorseful.

  10. Philadelphia Eagles: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
    The quarterback position is still Philadelphia's greatest need - something that will be even more prevalent next spring once the current signal-caller is dumped after another season of countless turnovers. Matt Barkley was drafted, of course, but if the Eagles considered him a long-term solution at the position, they would have spent an earlier pick on him. The fourth round is usually when backup signal-callers are chosen (Kirk Cousins, for example), so I don't think Barkley is in Philadelphia's future plans outside of being a No. 2.

    It's early, but Tajh Boyd will likely garner top-15 consideration - especially from a team like the Eagles. Boyd would be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly's offense. The 6-foot-1 Clemson product is not just a runner; he completed 67.2 percent of his passes last year while maintaining a 9.1 YPA and a 36-to-13 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

  11. Cleveland Browns: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
    Browns' fan JohnnyAllStar commented that Cleveland should move up for a quarterback in today's comment thread. I can't project trades this early, but the Browns can still land a promising signal-caller at the No. 11 spot.

    This class is rich in quarterback prospects, which includes David Fales, who is coming off a tremendous season for San Jose State.

  12. Detroit Lions: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    Wide receiver is not Detroit's biggest need, but Martin Mayhew is not one to attack holes on his roster. He believes in taking the top player on his board, and that could easily be Sammy Watkins.

    The Lions could stand to grab another stud wideout. Calvin Johnson is unstoppable, of course, and Ryan Broyles projects as a nice slot option, but there's nothing across from Megatron. Watkins could really enhance Detroit's offense, making its aerial attack absolutely potent.

  13. Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
    I have no idea what the Cowboys were thinking when they passed on Sharrif Floyd at No. 18 overall. Moving down and then selecting a third-round guard made it clearer than ever that they need a real general manager. In the meantime, Jerry Jones will continue to run the team into the ground.

    Perhaps Jones will suddenly realize that Dallas has a glaring need on the interior of its defensive front. Stephon Tuitt would be a nice fit as Monte Kiffin's three-technique - just as Floyd would have been.

  14. Baltimore Ravens: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    I slotted the Ravens here in my power rankings before they signed Elvis Dumervil and Michael Huff. I guess I should have had more faith in Ozzie Newsome. I'll have an updated order next week.

    The Ravens didn't address the cornerback position in the 2013 NFL Draft until Marc Anthony in the seventh round. They'll need to do so next year if Jimmy Smith doesn't improve. He's been very disappointing in his first two seasons.

    Bradley Roby considered declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft. If he had, he may have been a top-six selection, which should tell you how much better this class is compared to last year's. Roby had a ridiculous 17 pass break-ups as a redshirt sophomore.

  15. Carolina Panthers: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
    The Panthers need tons of cornerback help. Chris Gamble retired, so the Panthers are in obvious need of a new No. 1 cornerback.

    Aaron Colvin, who had 11 pass break-ups in 2012, is a tall cornerback - something that is very much in vogue now based on what Seattle has done.

  16. Indianapolis Colts: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    The cornerback run continues, as the Colts did nothing in the 2013 NFL Draft to address that position. They'll have to endure Greg Toler's struggles at the No. 2 corner position in 2013.

    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a third-team All-American, intercepted four passes and had 16 pass break-ups as a sophomore.

    Go to 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

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

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Michael R 04-09-2014 03:59 am (total posts: 1)
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While some may think drafting a right tackle is dumb as high as the 4th pick. Let's remember a few things about the Browns, the last 4 years the right side of the offensive line has been beyond horrible. Secondly, Greg Robinson is not a normal right tackle on most teams he would be playing on the left side, but Cleveland already has All pro Joe Thomas there. This means with Thomas and Robinson being book ends at tackle we have both great protection for whoever is the QB and great run blocking. So drafting Greg Robinson at No.# 4 isn't so dumb after all.
Vikes fan 04-09-2014 03:13 am (total posts: 1)
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Bridgewater, Jackson, and McKinnon are great picks. Bridgewater is the best QB in the draft, Jackson is the third best guard after Su'a Filo and Yankey, I'd consider him in the second; and McKinnon is a steal but still well suited to play second fiddle.

That said, I am lukewarm with Lawrence only because of taking him so high. Then, much more so when you take Telvin Smith later; what!? Your own justification refutes you on this one. If the only good thing on the Vikes LB core is Greenway on the strong side, and we took Lawrence to cover the weak side, what the hell are they doing drafting Telvin Smith? They'd need an ILB not an OLB. Crichton or Fuller in the second along with Telvin Smith too later to cover the weak side makes tons more sense. If we pass on Fuller while drafting two OLBs like that I'll be looking like Steve Spurrier in a rage on draft day. If you somehow think Lawrence is a scheme fit or must go there or whatever, then taking EJ Gaines makes much more sense than taking Telvin Smith.

Also, I very much doubt the Vikes get a safety that high. The Vikes have five safeties under contract. I grant Jamarca Sanford is very average, but our holes at linebacker and corner are filled with some very below average players. The Vikes will likely either address this next year when some contracts are up, or if they do address it this year it's with a late round prospect. Someone like a Kenny Ladler in rounds 6-7. I'd personally like a safety high, but I'd be shocked if it happened unless an elite prospect falls quite far.
kenny V 04-09-2014 01:37 am (total posts: 1)
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I doubt the giants will ignore their problems on the offensive line. You really think they want Eli taking as many hits as ryan tannehill? I think the go Sua-Filo, Kouandjio, lewan, or Z martin. I'm also thinking Donald will fall to the bears at 14, and if he doesn't, emery will not use his 1st round pick to shore up to add competition to a reasonably competitive secondary; therefore I lean toward them grabbing Jernigan if hes still on the board. If both are gone, then I think the likelihood is that Clinton-dix is selected at 14, being that he's the highest rated player at a position of need, but if you've noticed off season emphasis has been on the defensive line an playmakers with the bears, why wouldn't they add another nasty piece to the mix?
Ming 04-09-2014 01:22 am (total posts: 1)
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What's really funny about his bashing of "inept" organizations is that he's bashing his own projected picks for them.
John Brodie's Ghost 04-09-2014 12:28 am (total posts: 9)
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I will be lighting candles between now and the draft that my beloved 49ers don't select ANY of the players mocked to them here. If I wasn't sure that Walter is unbiased, I would think that the 49ers picks were made by a Seahawks fan who wanted to get under 49ers fans' collective skin by intentionally torpedoing their draft.
Darius 04-09-2014 12:12 am (total posts: 2)
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Dam I hope the saints draft Davante Adams
Tom 04-09-2014 12:09 am (total posts: 4)
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Chris, you wanna talk Fat Mike Wiliams comparison look at Benjamin. ten pounds heavier than Evans, slower in every running event at the combine, not as good in the vert (32.5 vs 37). Benjamin struggled with effort, struggled to learn a playbook after a redshirt year, made little to no impact in his RS freshman year (12/14 games 3 receptions or less). Evans on the other hand had at least 4 catches in every game he played
blueNorange88 04-09-2014 12:04 am (total posts: 1)
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The Giants haven't addressed cornerback yet, seriously ????
Don 04-09-2014 12:02 am (total posts: 2)
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It has been heard that a Packer scout considers Boyd undraftable.
Find another QB for the Packers please. Nice draft otherwise.
Tom 04-08-2014 11:52 pm (total posts: 4)
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I don't think a single pick changed for the 49ers. 3rd round by far the best, ASJ & Desir are great value there. Not a fan of Benjamin, McGill doesn't play inside in the nickel, and would prefer Bradford to Martin since he can play inside and outside, would help until Bowman comes back.

49ers need a nickel CB as much as any other spot right now. They're looking at Perrish Cox, Eric Wright or Daryl Morris right now
egghead 04-08-2014 11:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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Glad you changed the Pack's 2nd round pick to a safety.
wilby31996 04-08-2014 10:56 pm (total posts: 35)
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I can understand mocking us a S in the 3rd, meaning that we will probably select an ILB in 2015, but I would rather see the Redskins reverse that order. I believe that Chris Borland/Christian Jones ILB are better than Terrence Brooks S. I also believe that Landon Collins is better than Jabari Hunt-Days. So looking long term the Redskins can acqiure more tlent by drafting an ILB in 2014 and then drafting a S in 2015.

I also feel like you should mock the Redskins some more O-Linemen. My ideal draft would be.

2rd. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT. he is a bit of a sleeper due to his injured knees, but the reports that I have read say that is is just cartilage in his knees that happen to most O-Linemen at some point. Plus he could be a fantastic RT like D.J Fluker was this past season.
3rd. Chris Borland, ILB. He is just like London Fletcher, the guy we are trying to replace.
4rd. Billy Turner, G/OT. He would play RG and be a potential starter.
5rd. Gabe Ikard, C. Kory Lichtensteiger is being moved to a harder position and will likely be cut. Making Mike McGlynn our starting C for the year and allowing Gabe Ikard to learn for a year and be our long term starter.
6rd. Ron Powell, OLB. The Redskins should acquire more depth here.
7rd. LaDamien Washington, WR. Big, tall. If he can get his route running down, he could be great depth in the future.
Jeff St. 04-08-2014 10:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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If you're going to do a new "live draft" maybe update the write ups as to why the hell they are picking them (yes everytime). Also, Clowney to Falcons is not real, get rid of it. It changes the entire draft's landscape and it's not even that realistic.3
LF Atlanta's 2nd 04-08-2014 10:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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You gave ATL 2nd (35) to STL.
Jeremy 04-08-2014 10:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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While I would like Watkins at #4, this is a deep wr class. Therefore Robinson at rt would make more sense for Cleveland. I am not sold on any of these qbs. My choice would be to finish the right side of the o-line, shore up inside lb, and grab a wr with the first three picks (4,26,35). The Browns have two picks in the 3rd and 4th rounds. They could find a qb there with less risk.

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