The 2014 NFL Draft is loaded with talent at key positions. The later date has resulted in some fatigue but in some regards added to the intrigue. The quarterback position is getting hype from all angles as prognosticators stated at one point that three quarterbacks would be drafted in the top ten - to now stating that no quarterback will be drafted until the late first round. The bottom line is that the quarterback position is critical and as such at least one quarterback will go in the top ten. The tension will be thick throughout a deep and talented draft. Although mock drafts are not our specialty, it is a fun exercise regardless. The mock does not reflect our rankings or opinions, instead just simply projections. Enjoy:
1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - Clowney is an outstanding pick and player. There are some concerns but too much of a talent to pass up.
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn - Robinson has a huge upside, especially with pass protection a major need.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- Johnny Football will infuse talent and enthusiasm into a team lacking steam.
4. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson - Watkins is a potential game breaker but not a big separation from the rest of the class. Quarterback is the biggest need.
5. Oakland Raiders - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida - Bortles is risky to some degree but has a high ceiling. Be patient with him as he could be the quarterback of the future.
6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo - Mack falls just a bit, which thrills Falcons fans and he will be a dynamic force.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M- Matthews is the best pass protector in the class. Lovie Smith will not pass on a franchise left tackle.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh - Donald is a tremendous player and will be a great fit in Mike Zimmer’s system. Not a position of need, but talent too great to pass on.
9. Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina - Ebron will be a tremendous target for second year quarterback E.J. Manuel and has all the tools to be an elite tight end.
10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert ,DB, Oklahoma State - Gilbert is an outstanding athlete and will be a difference maker on the back end, filling a major need in Detroit.
11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA - An outstanding pass rusher, our No. 1 rated outside linebacker will fit in nicely in Ray Horton’s defense.
12. New York Giants - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame - Nix is a massive run stopper and will help take the pressure off the Giants’ linebackers.
13. St. Louis Rams - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M-Evans is a huge target with tremendous hands. Can he get open? He will at least be a great red zone target for Sam Bradford.
14. Chicago Bears - Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota - Hageman fills a major need. The Bears reach a bit but the ceiling is very high. When focused, he is a tremendous player.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama - Mosley has the ability to be an All-Pro level linebacker, a perfect fit in the Pittsburgh 3-4 defense.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama -Dix provides some much needed help on the back end and is a tremendous safety against the pass and the run.
17. Baltimore Ravens - Zach Martin, T, Notre Dame - Martin is a versatile lineman and a very good pass blocker. He will be a major addition to protect Joe Flacco’s blind side.
18. New York Jets - Darqueze Dennard, DB, Michigan State - Dennard is a very physical tough corner and a perfect fit for Rex Ryan’s scheme.
19. Miami Dolphins - Morgan Moses, T, Virginia - Moses is somewhat of a reach, but Miami must improve their line. Moses is a massive player who could develop into a high level tackle.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - Arians gets his wish in Bridgewater. Teddy will serve as an understudy for a year behind Carson Palmer.
21. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State - Not a position of need necessarily, but Shazier is an outstanding fit as an inside backer in Dom Capers scheme.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Dee Ford, LB, Auburn - Ford is a good candidate to transition into a 3-4 outside linebacker. An explosive pass rusher , he will be a major addition to the Philly defense.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - Cooks is a gritty, Steve Smith type receiver and a perfect fit for Andy Reid. He will be a difference maker.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Fuller, DB, Virginia Tech - Fuller possesses good size and is a very physical corner who fills a major need for the Bengals.
25. San Diego Chargers - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - Lewan could be picked anywhere from the top ten to late first and has good talent but some effort questions. He would be a good fit in San Diego.
26. Cleveland Browns - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State - It will be tough to convince Browns fans on this pick and rightfully so.
27. New Orleans Saints - Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU - Van Noy will be a fan favorite out of the gate and is a great effort player. He will be a perfect quiver for Rob Ryan’s bow.
28. Carolina Panthers - Odell Beckham JR, WR, LSU - Beckham will be a good fit in the Panther offense and Cam Newton will be thrilled with this pick.
29. New England Patriots - Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville - There are several ways for Belichick to go. If Pryor is there, he is too much of a talent to let slide.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Marquise Lee, WR, USC - Lee is a tremendous talent and slipped a bit after a sub par season, but a steal here for the Niners.
31. Denver Broncos - Jason Verrett, DB, TCU -Verrett is a scrappy, gritty corner who is a bit undersized but will compete and be a good fit in the Bronco defense.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech - The Seahawks need to upgrade their targets for Russell Wilson and Amaro is a great step in that direction. He will produce in the NFL.