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This mock draft is from before the combine, and will be updated throughout the draft process.

1 - HOU: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
If I were the Houston Texans, I would draft Jadeveon Clowney and not look back. I think Clowney is by far the best prospect and would be a nightmare with JJ Watt on the other side. But, I am not the Houston Texans and I have heard that they will likely draft a QB. From what I am hearing, it is between Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. I think Manziel has the bigger upside, but I also think he could be a giant bust. I like what I see from Bortles, and think he’d be a good pick to replace Schaub.
2 - STL: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
I will admit that drafting Sammy Watkins at number two would be high, but I think he’s the best WR prospect since AJ Green and Julio Jones. I think he will be a star. He has great hands, route running, and athleticism. I can understand the Rams drafting an OT (Robinson or Matthews), but I see the Rams trading back and drafting Watkins. I don’t know where they would trade to (possibly with Atlanta moving up for Clowney), but I think Watkins will end up on the Rams one way or another.
3 - JAX: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
Jadeveon Clowney is the best player in the draft. He did have a down year as a junior, but he has all the talent in the world. He has great speed, athleticism, and power. He should be the number one pick, but needs at QB will likely push him back a few picks. Jacksonville also needs a QB, but someone will have to take Clowney. Gus Bradley is a great defensive mind and I’m sure he could find ways for Clowney to succeed all across the defensive line. Even in Jacksonville, Clowney will be a star.
4 - CLE: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Johnny Manziel is the most controversial prospect in this year’s draft (more than Clowney and Michael Sam). Some people love him, other people hate him. Johnny Football has been great on the field, the only on-field concern is his size. Russell Wilson is shorter and just won the Super Bowl, so that helps Manziel. Other concerns for Manziel are off the field issues. If Johnny focuses on football, he can be a star. Cleveland needs a QB, and if Manziel could help them win right away.
5 - OAK: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater is one of the more intriguing prospects in the draft. Some viewed him as the number one pick before the draft and by far the top QB prospect, but he has flown under the radar throughout the draft prospect. He is still a very good QB prospect, but he is not seen as the top prospect by many anymore. He has good size and athleticism. I think he’ll be solid, but I like both Manziel and Bortles more. He is still an upgrade over what Oakland has, and should help them early.
6 - ATL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Greg Robinson may be the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft. He was a star at Auburn, which was arguably the best offensive line in the best conference in college football. That is a huge plus for Robinson. The Auburn Tigers loved to run the ball, and were the best in the country at that. Robinson showed this year he can run block, and his great athleticism should translate well to pass protection. The Falcons need to help protect Matt Ryan, and Robinson could be their guy.
7 - TB: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Khalil Mack is a great pass rushing prospect who is flying up many team’s boards. Mack has great athleticism and power, and was completely dominate this past season. He did not play the greatest competition while at the University of Buffalo, but he did play against Ohio State and was the best player on the field. He can play with his hand on the ground or even standing up, and his versatility will help him get drafted extremely high. Tampa needs pass rushers and he could start from day one.
8 - MIN: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Derek Carr is the brother of former number one overall pick (and giant bust) David Carr, but could be even a better prospect than his brother. David failed somewhat for reasons out of his control, but Derek has skills to be successful in the league. The Vikings need a QB, and fans might think that the Carr pick would be similar to Ponder, but I think Carr could be an upgrade over Ponder. Carr can go anywhere from top 10 to second round, but I don’t think the Vikings are reaching drafting him.
9 - BUF: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
C.J. Mosley is the next great linebacker prospect from Alabama. Mosely to me is one of the most complete linebacker prospects in a while, he can stop the run, cover the pass, and rush the passer. Some people compare him to former Alabama linebacker Rolando Mcclain (bust), but I think Mosely is a much better prospect. Buffalo has one great young linebacker (Alonso), but they could use another young talented linebacker next to him. They could be a great linebacker due like Willis and Bowman in SF.
10 - DET: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
Darqueze Dennard is arguably the best NFL cornerback prospect in the 2014 draft. He has size, good athleticism, and looks like he could be a shutdown press corner. With the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl with massive corners, I’m expecting bigger corners to get more of a look from teams. Dennard was dominant on a great defense and he is almost six feet tall. He could help out a struggling Lions secondary from day one.
11 - TEN: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Anthony Barr is one of the most athletic freaks in this year’s draft. He is a great pass rusher, can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB at the next level. He reminds me of Dion Jordan from last year’s class (who wasn’t great as a rookie but should be in the future), as well as guys like Jason Pierre-Paul and Aldon Smith. He is an absolute athletic stud, having only played defense for two years. He switched from RB a couple years ago, and now he is a possible top ten pick. Barr will fit well in Tennessee.
12 - NYG: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews is one of the great offensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft. Matthews has great bloodlines, with his dad being in the hall of fame and having many other family members who have been in NFL or are in the NFL. Matthews played right tackle two years ago while future number two pick Luke Joeckel played left tackle, but then he made the seamless transition to left tackle last year. He is a great athlete and would be a great fit for the Giants.
13 - STL: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is arguably the best safety prospect in this year’s draft. He dominated last year at Alabama, in the SEC against the greatest teams. He is an all-around talented safety, he can cover, tackle, and play zone. There is nothing that he can’t do. He isn’t the most complete prospect, he does have some holes in his game. There is no doubt in my mind that he can come in day one and learn on the job. The rams have a great front seven but need secondary help, and Ha Ha would fit well.
14 - CHI: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Tim Jernigan is one of the best defensive tackle spots in this year’s draft. He was dominant on a national championship team, but was not in the national championship game. Auburn’s extremely fast offensive made him look tired, slow, and out of shape. I’m sure he will work hard on getting in better shape, but his game is so good it compensates for that. Chicago needs help on the interior defensive line (especially if Melton leaves), and Jernigan would fit well.
15 - PIT: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Louis Nix is a very talented defensive tackle prospect from Notre Dame. He is a big man, and has good movement for his size. He is extremely powerful inside and could be dominant in Pittsburgh. He can play 3-4 DE, 3-4 NT, or 4-3 DT. The Steelers desperately need young defensive talent, and Nix could anchor that defense and defensive line. He needs some work as a pass rusher, but he is very talented at stopping the run. He can help Pittsburgh from day one at all three defensive line positions.
16 - BAL: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans is a giant WR prospect in the 2014 NFL draft. Giant is an understatement, this guy is a six-foot five-inch wide receiver who can get the jump ball like no other. He is a raw route runner and doesn’t have the greatest hands, but his hands are good enough and his route running should improve. He reminds me of the WR version of Jimmy Graham, both raw coming out of college with great intangibles and measurables. Baltimore could use a WR, and he could develop into a great WR for them.
17 - DAL: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
Kony Ealy is a great defensive end prospect from Missouri. Being overshadowed recently by his openly gay teammate Michael Sam (who is also a defensive end), Ealy is a great player in his own right. Sam will likely be picked in rounds 3-5, Ealy is a guy who could be picked anywhere from middle of round one to round two. Ealy isn’t the most polished prospect in the draft, but he is still very good at getting to the QB. Dallas could use some help rushing the passer, and Ealy would be a great fit.
18 - NYJ: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
Marquise Lee is one of the best WR prospects in the 2014 NFL draft. Last year his teammate Robert Woods was drafted, and most experts believed that Lee was the better player and prospect. Lee wasn’t dominant this year like some expected, but he has all the tools to be a stud at the next level. He has good hands and is a very solid route runner. He finds ways to get open and makes the most of his opportunities. He is a very good athlete. The Jets need WRs, and he can help right away.
19 - MIA: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Taylor Lewan is a great offensive tackle prospect from Michigan. I like what I see from his tape. He is a fluid left tackle and can dominate in both the run and pass game. He does not have perfect technique, but I like where he is at this point in his career. He is a very good athlete for his size, which will allow him to flourish at offensive tackle. I think he is ready to start right away. Miami has huge offensive line issues, and they need a lot of young talent like Lewan to turn it around.
20 - ARI: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Cyrus Kouandijo is one of the best offensive tackle prospects in this year’s NFL draft. He was dominant at Alabama in run and pass blocking. He is a good character guy and is a winner. I think he can succeed at either tackle or guard. His versatility will help him. I like what I see from his college tape, but I have a few concerns that might push him out of the first round. First, he is not a great athlete and may have to move to guard. He also has injury issues. Still, he can help out Arizona.
21 - GB: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Eric Ebron is the best TE prospect I have seen since Vernon Davis came out of Maryland. He reminds me of Davis. He is a great athlete and a huge mismatch problem. He isn’t as fast as Davis, but he may be more athletic and more of a complete TE. He may need to bulk up to help his blocking, but he is fantastic as a receiving TE. I think he could go in the top 10, but now I have him sliding to the Packers. Green Bay needs a TE especially if Finley leaves, and there isn’t one better than Ebron.
22 - PHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Calvin Pryor has been flying up draft boards recently. He is a very talented safety out of Louisville, and is finally getting the credit he deserves. I am not sure what made him so unknown until recently, but he has all the tools of being a first round pick. He is a very good athlete, he can cover and hit. There isn’t much on the football field that Pryor can’t do. His tape is very impressive and shows that he can be a star. The Eagles need help at safety, and Pryor can help right away.
23 - KC: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kelvin Benjamin is one of the better wide receiver prospects in this year’s draft. He isn’t the most polished WR prospect, but he has great measureables and upside. He is very tall (6 feet 5 inches) and has good hands. He is inconsistent at times, but had the game winning catch in the National Championship Game. He is a winner and he plays big in big games. Kansas City could use another WR outside of Bowe, and with Bowe and Benjamin together they would have the twin towers.
24 - CIN: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Justin Gilbert is a very talented cornerback from Oklahoma State. Many believe he is the best corner in the draft (I have him slightly behind Dennard), and the Bengals would be extremely lucky if he fell to them with the 24th pick. He has the size, speed, athleticism, and smarts you would want out of a cornerback. His technique could use a bit of work, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I think he can start day one and will really help the Bengals struggling secondary.
25 - SD: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
Jason Verrett is one of the better cornerback prospects in the 2014 draft. People seem to have varying opinions on him, some believe he is the best corner in the draft and others believe he is borderline top five. I think he’s the third best cornerback prospect (behind Dennard and Gilbert) and should be a late first round pick. The San Diego Chargers had a surprising run to the playoffs last season. The Chargers may have the worst secondary in the league, and Verrett could help them a lot.
26 - CLE: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Odell Beckham Jr. is a very intriguing prospect in this year’s draft. He has good size and great athleticism, but he is a very raw wide receiver. He does not run the greatest routes and his hands can be inconsistent at times, but a team that drafts him knows they are getting a player with great potential. He can be elite if he works hard and corrects his flaws. Drafting him late in the first round would be a risk, but it could turn out to be a great choice. Beckham would fit well in Cleveland.
27 - NO: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
Dee Ford is one of the most athletic defensive ends in the 2014 NFL draft. He is a bit undersized, but has great speed for a pass rusher. His freakish athleticism makes him appealing to both 4-3 teams (where he’d play DE) and 3-4 teams (where he’d play OLB). He helped anchor a defense that almost won the National Championship, but now can help anchor a defense in the NFL. New Orleans runs a 3-4 and needs OLBs to rush the passer, and Dee Ford can be that guy.
28 - CAR: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
Bradley Roby is one of the better cornerbacks in this year’s draft class. He was graded as a high first round pick by most going into the season, but injuries and inconstant play has dropped him out of the first round in most experts’ opinions. However, he is now healthy and could shine during the draft process. He has made mistakes in his past, but has the talent to overcome them and be a high pick. He should excel at the combine. Carolina needs secondary help, and Roby would fit nicely.
29 - NE: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL , Minnesota
Ra’Shede Hageman is a great defensive line prospect from Minnesota. Listed as a defensive tackle, I think he could play anywhere on a defensive line. He seems strong enough to play 3-4 nose tackle (although I wouldn’t play him there), and could play both ends in a 3-4. He is perfect for a 4-3 DT, but could slide to end in the 4-3 as well. His versatility and great athleticism makes him a fit for all defenses. New England could use a guy like him to help anchor their defense for years to come.
30 - SF: Jace Amaro, TE , Texas Tech
Jace Amaro is one of the best tight end prospects in this year’s draft. Amaro is a very good receiving tight end, but needs to work on his blocking. He has the size to be a really good blocker, he just needs to be coached up in the NFL. Once he learns the proper technique, Amaro could shine. Jace came on the scene this year at Texas Tech but it looks like his status as a one year wonder won’t hurt him. San Francisco needs a TE to go along with Vernon Davis, and Amaro could be that guy.
31 - DEN: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald is one of the best defensive tackle prospects in this year’s draft. Unlike most defensive tackles above him, he is an exceptional pass rusher. He is an interior pass rush specialist. He isn’t great against the run but he holds his own pretty well. He has shot up draft boards recently, and his good athleticism should help him out as well. He is a bit undersized, but in a passing league it is important to have guys who can get to the QB. Denver could use a guy like Donald.
32 - SEA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Zach Martin is one of the best o-line prospects in the draft. He can play all 5 positions. Seattle needs help on the o-line. They have a LT Okung and C Unger that are set, but the other 3 positions are up for debate. I like the two young rookies (from last year) Bailey and Bowie, who are tackles that played both RT and guard. I think they could start at guards and leave only RT as a position of need. That’s where Zach Martin comes in, I think he could start there next year.

User Comments

Sunday, February 9, 2014 1:17 PM
Average -- Solid!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 10:54 AM
Above Average -- carolina will take an OT
Thursday, February 13, 2014 3:21 AM
-- carolina needs help in the secondary, but OT would also be a smart pick.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:21 PM
Above Average -- Nice!
Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:02 PM
Above Average -- Good! I think Carolina moves up a few spots, and snags a WR to compliment Steve Smith.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 7:27 PM
-- i like the receiver depth in this draft so i see carolina getting a WR later, but that is a possibility.
Friday, February 14, 2014 3:08 AM
Excellent -- i like it!
Saturday, February 15, 2014 5:44 PM
Below Average -- rams will not go watkins they will go ot
Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:07 PM
-- i think they get watkins but not at #2. im not gonna project trades but i think watkins is WR talent that doesn't come around often, there isn't an OT with that talent.
Monday, February 17, 2014 2:27 AM
Excellent -- watkins is a little high but the rest is good
Monday, February 17, 2014 4:24 PM
Average -- Roby isn't really first round material and I don't think the jags will pass on a quaterback and the positional value isn't there for cj mosley
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:56 AM
Above Average -- pretty good. i think detroit would take gilbert over dennard but its all good as long as we get a CB.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:26 AM
Average -- I don't understand the Bills pick, I would've loved to read your comments for the picks but there aren't any
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:59 PM
-- I got Roby going late 1 cuz i like his ability. jags have so many needs i say they get great players first then add QB. they aren't winning soon anyways. and i
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:43 PM
-- think mosley is a great talent. buffalo has 1 great young linebacker but they need others. i think mosley would be good next to alonso. i will add comments to this draft soon.
Friday, February 21, 2014 2:12 PM
Average -- a couple players dropping a bit far for my taste, but good stuff
Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:32 PM
Excellent -- wow. i like the detail and insight. disagree with a few things but its pretty good.
Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:13 PM
Above Average -- except for koujandio not bad
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:48 PM
Excellent -- good descriptions. don't agree with everything but well done
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:18 PM
Below Average -- New England picks 29th and SF 30th
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:26 AM
Above Average -- On Watkins, Rams' GM says no WR early. Defense on first pick, OL later. Like your work though...
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:45 AM
Above Average -- Good work just Kouandjio and Watkins too high
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:42 PM
-- I adjusted Watkins and Kouandjio in my mock draft 2.0. Check it out!

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