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2014 NFL Mock Draft

By: Robert Davis | Updated: 5/8

  1. Houston - Jadaveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    With all the questions surrounding the quarterbacks, the Texans grab the unquestioned top talent in the draft. Clowney and JJ Watt together is an offensive line's worst nightmare.

  2. St Louis(Was) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    Robinson will provide some insurance just in case Jake Long isn't ready to go by the opener, but more than likely will step in at right tackle. His dominant run blocking ability will upgrade the Rams rushing attack, and give him time to develop his pass blocking skills.

  3. Jacksonville - Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
    Without a franchise QB in the draft, a standout pass rusher makes the most sense for the Jags on draft day. With Clowney off the board, they nab Mack, who should be a playmaker early in his career as well.

  4. Cleveland - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    The Browns have struggled to find a consistent option across from Josh Gordon and you can never have too many playmakers. Watkins would thrive in single coverage between Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron.

  5. Oakland - Mike Evans, WR, Texas AM
    Playmakers in the passing game are needed for the Raiders, and Evans brings a massive target for newly acquired Matt Schaub.

  6. Atlanta - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    Trading up from here is a possibility for the Falcons, whether it be for Clowney or Robinson. With the price tag looking too steep, the Falcons opt to stay put and select Lewan. While he may not be as powerful in the running game as Robinson, his agility and ability as a pass blocker is a step ahead. Matt Ryan was hit too often last year and they must keep him upright and give him time to throw the football.

  7. Tampa Bay - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas AM
    One of the bigger questions on draft day will be about the possible destinations for Manziel. His playmaking ability is unquestioned, and the Bucs hope he it carries over to the professional level.

  8. Minnesota - Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt
    There are too many questions on the QBs to take one here, although Blake Bortles upside is worth this selection. The Vikes are hoping to land the next John Randle with the pick by selecting Donald.

  9. Buffalo - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas AM
    Matthews could go as high as #2 to the Rams but the Bills are happy with his availability at 9. He could step in at right tackle, but may be a better fit on the left side with Cordy Glenn shifting to RT.

  10. Detroit - Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
    Mike Evans is the guy the Lions want, but they'll settle for the electric Beckham. The signing of Golden Tate gives them another solid option, but the playmaking ability of Beckham will really take the offense to another level.

  11. Tennessee - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
    Upgrading the pass rush is the best way to improve your defense in short order. Barr is an explosive upfield pass rusher, but will need time to develop his all around skills.

  12. NY Giants - Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
    Upgrading the offense line is going to be a priority for the Giants, and adding someone with Martin's versatility is ideal. He's got the skills to play left tackle, but has questionable length. If he doesn't fit there, he could be a great right tackle, or dominant interior linemen. He could legitimately play all five offensive line positions in the NFL.

  13. St. Louis - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    There is questionable depth at the safety position this year, so Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor will be in high demand. Clinton-Dix's ability to cover ground and make plays would fit well next to the big hitting of TJ McDonald in St. Louis' secondary.

  14. Chicago - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    The top two safeties have come off the board, and there is a sizeable drop after them. The defensive line could still use some work, so Ra'Shede Hageman might draw some consideration here. The back end of the defense was just as bad. Pryor is a playmaker and there will be better options on the defensive line the rest of the draft than there will be at safety.

  15. Pittsburgh - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
    The Steelers get their pick of corners at this spot, and they will go the consensus top guy at the spot. Gilbert has some consistency concerns but has the size, athleticism, and speed to be a real playmaker at the position.

  16. Dallas - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
    Upgrading the defensive front continues to be a priority for the Cowboys. The signing of Henry Melton could pay off huge, but his return from injury is a question, and there is still a need for help around him. Hageman is as physically gifted as any tackle in this draft but may take a little time to reach his potential. He has the athleticism and quickness to collapse the pocket but can also clog running lanes.

  17. Baltimore - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    Dennis Pitta will be back, and Owen Daniels was signed to a one year deal this off season. Neither will get in the way of Ebron and his ability, however. The Ravens do a great job of landing value on draft day, and Ebron is great value at this point. He is a tight end, but he is gifted enough to split out wide and give the team the big, physical target they have lacked since Anquan Boldin was shipped to San Francisco.

  18. NY Jets - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
    Cooks or Ebron may be the two guys the Jets are targeting at this pick, so as long as one is available, they will be happy. Cooks gives them an explosive weapon in the passing game, something they have lacked for years.

  19. Miami - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
    Shazier's speed and ability to cover ground has him rated highly. You need linebackers that can play in space in today's NFL, and Shazier is the best at that in this years draft. The Dolphins would love for a tackle to fall, but it doesn't happen, and they'll address the line later.

  20. Arizona - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    Bortles was once under consideration for the top pick in the draft, but some polish and accuracy concerns have him sliding. There may be some moves with teams around this part of the draft to grab some quarterbacks, but the Cardinals would love to have Bortles fall here. Sitting behind Carson Palmer for the year wouldn't be the worst thing for his future.

  21. Green Bay - CJ Moseley, LB, Alabama
    This would be one of the better picks in the draft. The Pack are looking to improve at inside linebacker, and Moseley is the draft's top at the position by a mile.

  22. Philadelphia - Marqise Lee, WR, USC
    Wide receiver is definitely near the top of the wish list for the Eagles, and they may even try to move up for one. They luck into Marqise Lee, who at this time last year was projected as a top ten pick. Nothing has changed physically with Lee, and Chip Kelly knows just how good he is.

  23. Kansas City - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
    The Chiefs surprised many last year, but they won't sneak up on teams this year. The offense needs more weapons in the passing game, so WR will be a position they target early. Latimer has been a late riser in draft circles, and would give the Chiefs a good sized receiver that has some speed to burn. Teddy Bridgewater may draw some consideration here if the team feels it is not going to be able to sign Alex Smith to an extension, as he hits free agency next off season.

  24. Cincinnati - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
    Roby could contend for the top corner spot if his play wasn't so up and down this year. His natural cover skills and fluidity are top notch, and the Bengals will hope he puts it all together in the NFL.

  25. San Diego - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
    A nose tackle like Louis Nix will be hard to pass on here, but with the amount of teams opening up their passing attacks, the Chargers must upgrade their secondary. More bodies and talent are needed at corner, and Dennard would be great value and fill a big need at this spot.

  26. Cleveland(Indy) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    This would be a great match. Bridgewater would be a steal this low, and he would walk into a team with a bunch of weapons at his disposal and a standout left tackle protecting his blindside.

  27. New Orleans - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Saints may be tempted to get Drew Brees another weapon in the passing game but they'll opt to get better on defense. Fuller would be great value and give them a corner capable of stepping in right away.

  28. Carolina - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
    Protecting Cam Newton and finding weapons for him will be the theme for the Panthers on draft weekend. Moses provides the Panthers will great value and someone who can play the left tackle position. The depth at WR should allow them to get a player capable of playing right away.

  29. New England - Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
    Tuitt was considered a potential top ten pick entering the season, but has slipped as his effort and conditioning fell off. He's athletic, strong, can play in multiple fronts, but he has to want it. Bill Belichick will love to get his hands on a talent like Tuitt and get the most out of him.

  30. San Francisco - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
    The 9ers are loaded with ammo to move up and grab an elite player this year, possibly at WR. If they are unable to swing a deal, they have the luxury of going best player available, but would also like to address the corner position. Verrett has everything you want in a corner aside from great size. His tenacity and instincts make up for it, and would be an upgrade to the 9ers defense.

  31. Denver - Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
    Bitonio has been on a steady rise throughout the season and draft process because of his versatility and toughness. There may be some questions about him playing left tackle, but he can play any other position up front. That ability will help out a Bronco line that was decimated by injuries last year.

  32. Seattle - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    Adding a WR may be considered with the departure of Golden Tate. Ealy would boost depth at DE, and he can shift inside for some snaps, and may grow into a DT down the road as well.

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