2014 NFL Mock Draft by FFToolbox Writer, Mark Niemi

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2014 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1 of 2 Rounds

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1. LAR: Jared Goff, QB, Cal*
The Rams have decided to address their need at quarterback by trading up to the #1 overall spot. By all accounts it's Jared Goff, and not Carson Wentz, that the Rams are targeting as the more NFL ready signal caller.
2. PHI: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Philadelphia was one of the teams thought to be in the mix in terms of trading up with Tennessee for the #1 overall pick, so it isn't surprising that they pulled the trigger on a deal with Cleveland to get a potential franchise quarterback. Carson Wentz of North Dakota State has the size and character, if not the experience, to become a long term starting quarterback in the NFL.
3. SD: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss*
Assuming that the Chargers didn't fall in love with Jalen Ramsey following the Scouting Combine, they should be the prime beneficiary of the Rams trade up to #1, as they may now be in a position to snag an elite left tackle like Laremy Lunsil of Mississippi.
4. DAL: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State*
Legendary Cowboy GM Gil Brandt has reported that Jerry Jones has informed him that the Cowboys are not looking at a quarterback with their #4 overall selection, and I tend to believe what Brandt has to say. If Dallas intends to ride with Tony Romo for the next several years, he could use another target at wide receiver like Luquon Treadwell of Mississippi to help open up the offense.
5. JAX: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State*
Joey Bossa's production never quite lived up to his hype at Ohio State, but he is still highly regarded by many scouts based upon his length, athleticism, versatility, and potential. By playing opposite of Dante Fowler, Jr., Bossa could actually put up some decent sack totals early in his NFL career.
6. BAL: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
DeForest Buckner would give the Ravens a high impact defensive end who could give them an elite inside/outside presence that they've been lacking in recent years.
7. TEN: Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame*
After trading out of the #1 spot, the Titans have the ammunition to move up from pick #15 and targeting a player that they like in the top ten. A left tackle like Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame would allow the Titans to move Taylor Lewan over to the right side, which better fits his skill-set.
8. CLE: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis*
It's sounding more and more like the Browns are going to try to trade down multiple times in order to accumulate as many additional draft picks as they can. Depending on how far they are able to drop, Paxton Lynch of Memphis could be in play at quarterback. While Lynch is nowhere close to being NFL ready, possibly making him a potential bust, he also has the strongest arm in this year�s draft.
9. TB: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida*
Tampa Bay had the second worst secondary in the NFL last season. The question that the Buc's need to address is whether or not to solve that problem by adding a talented corner or improving their pass rush. For now, Vernon Hargreaves of Florida represents a better value as the best pure corner on the board, as opposed to settling for the third or fourth rated defensive end.
10. NYG: Jack Conklin, LT, Michigan State*
The Giants did a great job of revamping their defensive line in free agency, but still need to address the right side of their offensive line and their running game. While Ezekiel Elliott might be a tempting option, you can't pass on an elite tackle prospect of Michigan State.
11. CHI: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Chicago could use a 5-technique defensive tackle to help stuff the run. Rumors suggest that the Bears are intrigued with defensive tackle Jarran Reed of Alabama.
12. NO: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA*
New Orleans' defense has been an issue for several years now. If Myles Jack falls to them at #12 due to a knee injury that ended his final season at UCLA, the Saints could be "all in" as they try to accumulate elite talent.
13. MIA: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State*
Miami has been trying to find a bell cow back all off season. While the 1st Round is not exactly the time or the place to select a running back, if Ezekiel Elliott is on the board when they pick at #13 the Dolphins would find it nearly impossible to pass on him.
14. OAK: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
After upgrading their defensive front in free agency, the Raiders could look to improve their back seven in the draft. Reggie Ragland of Alabama would give Oakland a much needed quarterback for their defense.
15. SF: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
The 49'ers are in quarterback purgatory. Despite some false reports going around, Connor Cook is a high character quarterback and strong leader. Cook is NFL ready in that he can go through pro-style progressions and stand tall in the pocket, and his footwork is heads and shoulders above that of any other quarterback prospect in this draft class. While Cook did have some accuracy issues, particularly on some of his shorter throws, he's also been very safe with the football throughout his career. Cook is probably not a good fit for a west Coast offensive system, but should flourish with a team that employs a vertical passing attack.
16. DET: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson*
Offensive tackle and defensive end are the teams two most pressing needs. Ideally, the Lions would like to find a left tackle to allow incumbent starter Reilly Reif to slide over to the right side, but that may not be an option unless they trade up, which does not seem to be the style of new GM Bob Quinn. In that case, look for the Lions to try and trade down, or select the best available pass rusher, like Kevin Dodd of Clemson.

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FFToolbox 2014 NFL Mock Drafts

FFToolbox Writer Dated Predicted 1-2-3-4-5-6
Matthew Brandon Apr-25 J. Goff, C. Wentz, L. Tunsil, J. Ramsey, J. Bosa, M. Jack
Mark Niemi Apr-22 J. Goff, C. Wentz, L. Tunsil, J. Bosa, J. Ramsey, D. Buckner
Mark Morales-Smith Apr-22 C. Wentz, J. Goff, J. Ramsey, J. Bosa, L. Tunsil, M. Jack
Matt De Lima Apr-22 J. Goff, C. Wentz, L. Tunsil, J. Bosa, J. Ramsey, M. Jack
Forrest N Long Apr-22 J. Goff, C. Wentz, L. Tunsil, J. Bosa, J. Ramsey, D. Buckner
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