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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

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Drew 04-08-2014 04:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx81.6 (total posts: 1)
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Love the "seven hells" reference in the Mike Evans content.
Kyle 04-08-2014 03:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 4)
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Thank god you are not in charge of the draft for the Giants
Alfredo Cota 04-08-2014 03:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.96 (total posts: 1)
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Stop mocking Carr to the Raiders at n
Dolphin fan 04-08-2014 03:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.59 (total posts: 3)
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I have come to a conclusion that Walt looks at teams needs then takes whatever player is highest on his rankings and plugs them to that spot not considering for a second the scheme fit. Ever wonder why players are Pro Bowlers on one team and not with another Walt? It has to do with the scheme and how that player fits into the system. Anyone can make a player ranking list and just plug in players based off needs. It takes skill to breakdown that players game and see if they fit that teams schemes or not.
Neil 04-08-2014 03:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.39 (total posts: 4)
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Texans need a nose tackle!
SOX 04-08-2014 03:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.217 (total posts: 10)
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ChuckD - That is not bad looking, though I really don't like waiting until Rd 6 to get another RB. Tate is nice but will likely miss 3-5 games. I'd be much happier seeing something like this -

1a. Sammy Watkins WR
1b. Bradley Roby CB
2. Gabe Jackson/Su'a-filo G
3a. Tom Savage QB
3b. Shayne Skov ILB
4a. Charles Sims RB
4b. Cassius Marsh DE
5. Billy Turner OT
6. Cody Lattimer WR
7. Andrew Jackson ILB
Chuck 04-08-2014 03:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.85 (total posts: 1)
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There is no "if they cut Chris Johnson." They cut him a week ago!
@ChuckD 04-08-2014 03:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.255 (total posts: 1)
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They can still move mitch to the other guard spot. Both were trash. This would sure up oline since I doubt mack will leave. Lets make the smart secure move. Then get Mlb. I can see mosley falling then QB or WR.
Alex 04-08-2014 02:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.47 (total posts: 1)
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I just dont see the redskins taking a safety in round 3, they have Phillip Thomas back and this pick would see them give up on rambo, perhaps in the later rounds they will draft one but here i would rather see them fill a need such as linebacker, cornerback or even center

HTTR
ChuckD 04-08-2014 02:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 31)
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I have a few min. so now I can explain why you are so full of $#!% in mocking the Browns. The Browns will take Watkins over Robinson because Mitch Schwartz did not play bad the second half of the season for the Browns. The problem on that side was S. Lavao! He has been replaced by McQuistan. Nate B. was not brought in to be the #2 receiver but to add depth and experience in the room. Watkins is still the best available if he is on the board at 4, plus it gives the Browns insurance in case Flash Gordon screws up!If Texas takes Blake that means they will not take Jimmy Garoppolo in 2nd round which means the Browns can get Xavier Su'a-Filo at 1b and Jimmy G in the second round. Those three picks are better than what you have for the Browns hands down! And if Jimmy G is not there I can think of three QB that are better than Johnny football. Mettenberger, A.J. McCarron, and Boyd. Boyd is a bigger version of Russell Wilson! A lot of you Johnny fans were raving about his pro day. What I saw was a guy with a weak arm on long throws taking a skip step, heaving the ball in a high arch with receivers running in place to make it look like he was on the money. In the NFL those are interceptions or incomplete!
1a. Sammy Watkins WR
1b. Jimmy Garoppolo QB
2. Xavier Su'a-Filo G
3a. Cameron Fleming OT
3b. Shayne Skov ILB
4a. Walt Aikens CB
4b. Shaq Evans WR
5. Tyler Larson C
6. Lorenzo Taliaferra RB
7. Cris Watt C

I will address the rest of your picks the next time I have time.
Blake 04-08-2014 02:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.58 (total posts: 1)
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Blake bortles is a bust hes just like blaine gabbert i was reading an article on him being a bust from a nfl scout and i went back and watch the film on him and its true
509Hawk 04-08-2014 02:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.59 (total posts: 1)
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Good call on Bitonio @ 32 for the Hawks.
sandbun 04-08-2014 02:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.233 (total posts: 6)
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Good job finally figuring out the Vikes need a LB in either round 1 or 2 instead of focusing on offense so much.
PCouzynse 04-08-2014 01:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.15 (total posts: 1)
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The CB will not pick Taylor L they need a DL DE and Guard now more than a tackle. I do not think he is that great regardless.
Bob McNair 04-08-2014 01:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.40 (total posts: 1)
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You're crazy if you think I am taking a RB in the second round. We have bigger needs than that!





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