Evan Covello's Mock Draft (Round 1)
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Evan Covello's Mock Draft (Round 1)

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1 - HOU: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This was a tough call right off the bat in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft, but I can’t see the Texans going in a different direction right now. Manziel has things about his game that he needs to work on, like consistent release and footwork on throws, but he improved greatly this past season at Texas A&M. I think the fact that Johnny Football is a Texas native will help his case greatly, especially when the ownership level of the Texans considers their options at number 1.
2 - STL: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
Thanks to RG3 and the Redskins, the Rams have the 2nd overall pick in the draft. It is extremely hard to imagine a situation where Jeff Fisher would pass up on the best pass rushing prospect since Mario Williams. It isn’t a top need for the Rams, but they like to rotate their defensive line, so this should add unbelievable depth to this already great St. Louis defensive line.
3 - JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
I believe the Jaguars have more options than taking a QB with this pick, especially when looking at WR prospect Sammy Watkins. But when it’s all said and done, a QB being selected by the Jaguars is the most likely scenario. Teddy Bridgewater is NFL ready, with great mental makeup, accuracy, and toughness; Bridgewater will find a way to contribute positively to a horrific Jaguars offense.
4 - CLE: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
For the first time in a while, the Browns have enough pieces on offense to be able to support a rookie QB! I still believe that Hoyer needs a second chance, but that seems more and more unlikely, and in this mock draft, they take the UCF QB, Blake Bortles. Bortles has a very good arm and has great mobility. He will provide a spark on Cleveland’s offense, especially with a great target, Josh Gordon, on the outside.
5 - OAK: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Watkins has a great skill set that the Raiders would love to have. Watkins has great speed and big-play ability, and his hands are very good as well. The Raiders would love to add this great play-maker to their currently underwhelming offense.
6 - ATL: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Football fans wonder why the Falcons did so poorly last season, and here is the answer. The Falcons are in a division with QB’s Drew Brees and Cam Newton, so finishing 29th in the NFL in sack totals will not get the job done. Khalil Mack’s stock has been rising greatly as of late, and his athleticism makes him extremely versatile. The Falcons must use this pick on a pass rusher.
7 - TB: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Robinson’s stock has been on the rise recently, and the Buccaneers should take him at this spot. Young QB Mike Glennon appears to have the starting spot locked up for next season, so the Buccaneers need to look to add offensive linemen who can protect him consistently.
8 - TEN: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
TRADE- I have projected the Minnesota Vikings to trade down. THis is because they needed one of the top 3 QB's, and if they can't trade up for one of them, they should shop the pick. Barr would be a perfect fit in the Tennessee defense, and should make an immediate impact on the Titans.
9 - BUF: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Bills are getting a great offensive tackle with this pick. EJ Manuel is the starter in Buffalo, so the Bills will do what ever it takes to protect him. Matthews was an excellent blocker for Johnny Football this past season, and I expect to see a great starter out of Jake Matthews.
10 - DET: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
This was a tough call between Justin Gilbert and Evans, but the Lions have selected Evans. When I think of a player on the Detroit Lions, I think of big, hard hitting, physical players. In the 6’4-6’5 220lbs range, Mike Evans is a Lion. Calvin Johnson can’t do everything by himself, and adding another big target on the opposite side of Megatron would be great for the Lions. Now that Jim Schwartz is gone, this team will be able to compete.
12 - NYG: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
It's no secret that the Giants need to protect Eli Manning better, so they take Taylor Lewan at this spot. He did a fairly good job against Clowney last season, so they will take Lewan at 12, a gift for Eli Manning.
13 - STL: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
The Rams take Lee, a polished route runner, and has great agility and speed. Bradford needs all the help he can get, so taking Lee at this spot is a great pick, and he should make an immediate impact.
14 - CHI: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Bears defensive line needs to get younger, and Jernigan is the pick here. He is coming off of a very good season, and he is a very good fit in the Bears defensive scheme. I've come to like his quickness off the snap more and more as I've watched him play.
15 - PIT: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
I love this pick. Martin is very underrated and the Steelers need him. He is extremely versatile, and the Steelers need to keep that offensive line healthy for Big Ben.
16 - BAL: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron's stock has been rising recently. Pitta will most likely be resigned, but Ebron adds another vertical threat to this Raven's offense. He has great athletic ability, and it's tough to pass up on him at this spot.
17 - DAL: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
I would consider this a steal. Nix is a huge run stuffer, and would immediately help this dilapidated Dallas defensive line. Last season, the Dallas' defensive line was a disaster, and it was filled with injury. Nix adds depth, and will be great in this run heavy division.
18 - NYJ: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Jets fans don't be angry with me. Beckham isn't a big name yet, but he is in the position to have a great combine. The Jets need a WR for Geno Smith to have a chance at succeeding, everyone in the organization knows that. Look him up, he will soon rise up big boards.
19 - MIA: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Who ever heard of an offensive line stealing the headlines? I guess it's a regular thing in Miami now. Time to get a replacement. Kouandjio is a very powerful tackle, but raw. If he is coached up, then he can be a very effective right tackle.
20 - ARI: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
This is a huge steal. Hard to pass up on the top corner in the draft, and this is a great pick by the Cardinals. Arizona adds depth with Gilbert, and he will be needed in such a strong division.
21 - GB: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Green Bay needs to clean up the secondary, and they'll look no further than Haha with this pick. He is good in coverage, and the Packers will like his athletic ability.
22 - PHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Eagles have been in a great need of a safety, and they finally get one. Pryor's stock has been rising, and he may even move past Clinton-Dix.
23 - KC: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
The Chiefs could use another weapon for Alex Smith. This is a team with not a lot of needs, so why not add more depth behind Dwayne Bowe, and get another playmaker on the outside?
24 - CIN: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
Dennard is slightly undersized, but he is a good cover corner. He's also the top player available, solid pick by the Bengals.
25 - SD: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
The Chargers could use more depth at the corner position, and more consistancy. Joyner had a good season last year, so they take him at 25.
26 - CLE: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Kelvin Benjamin is raw, but he would be another good fit for Cleveland. He is a big target, and will at least be a solid redzone target.
27 - NO: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
Great pick by the Saints. Adding depth at the interior offensive line position makes Cameron Jordan's life a little easier. Jordan had a good season last year, and another threat on the inside would give him more pass rushing opportunities.
28 - CAR: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
It's time for the Panthers to start looking for targets other than Steve Smith. Cooks is the pick here.
29 - NE: Jace Amaro, TE , Texas Tech
Unless Hernandez is coming back from prison, the Patriots will look for his replacement.
30 - SF: Stephon Tuitt, DL , Notre Dame
Tuitt is a good option here. Arguably the best player on the board, and is a fit on the 49ers defense.
31 - DEN: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
Ealy has shown great athletic ability, and his stock is rising. Great value pick by Denver.
32 - SEA: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE , Washington
I've really liked what I've seen out of Seferian-Jenkins. He's big and shows good speed. His ball skills are pretty solid too.

User Comments

Monday, February 17, 2014 8:33 PM
Above Average -- Good picks all around exccept Nix does not fit a Marinelli scheme. I like the Beckham call!
Monday, February 17, 2014 8:59 PM
Poor -- Horrible
Monday, February 17, 2014 11:16 PM
Poor -- boo
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:20 AM
Above Average -- Love the cincy pick and your top 10 is goood
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:10 AM
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:07 PM
Above Average -- Tuitt to the 9ers is a good spot for him

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