Here is our second 2014 NFL mock draft that takes free agency, and the roster changes from it, into account. This 2014 NFL mock draft has added more feature stories on the players themselves. Rumors are flying everywhere about all the top prospects, this team is scouting this guy, that team is sold on player X.
1. Houston Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Not the biggest need, yes I know. But how can you pass this up? What a pairing he’d have with JJ Watt- DOMINATION! Of course, as I reported earlier, We know the supposed controversy about Jadeveon Clowney and his “motor” has “no there there” as Gertrude Stein would say. Clowney was just worried about not getting hurt and costing himself millions of dollars. It’s only natural. He’s truly the best player available, as that sub 4.5 40 is just inhuman for a man his size. Gotta go Clowney.
Bill O’Brien is a quarterback whisperer. He brought blue chip recruit Christian Hackenberg along into a star right away. He took the pile of garbage that was Matt McGloin and made him a fringe NFL guy, who accomplished the greatest passing season in PSU history. BOB can get a QB in round two and mold him into what he wants.
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2. St. Louis from Washington, Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
I say the Rams go pass protector for Sam Bradford in my 2014 NFL mock draft.
Auburn’s phenomenal season has seen this guy’s draft stock shoot way up through the roof. He’s a franchise type tackle prospect now. He’s bunched up there together with Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews, any of the three could go first, and the order of the three is in flux. Overall, the triad grade out higher than Lane Johnson, Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher did last year. Even though they all went top five. This year the OTs (thank god! we don’t need another fat boy draft like we had last year) won’t go as high because there’s blue chip prospects at the other positions of need.
3. Jacksonville, Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Is Johnny Manziel the next Brett Favre? That’s what Trent Dilfer, the game manager of all game-managers thinks. Ron Jaworski doesn’t like Manziel, but so what? Jaws thought Brandon Weeden was a lock to be a star in the NFL. I’ve had more than one evaluator say he’s going to be a top-5 pick, some suspect the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. He had a great Pro Day, so that solidifies his place.
4. Browns, Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
What’s with receivers increasing their NFL Draft stock versus the OSU secondary? First Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin took himself from obscurity to a mid-round prospect against Bradley Roby and company. Watkins played himself into a top five pick with his lights out Orange Bowl performance. It’s looking like the Browns want to use their second first-rounder on Derek Carr, or wait until the second round to grab their QB.
Teddy Bridgewater did not have a good pro day. Very disappointing. It’s interesting that Bridgewater didn’t want to show off that he’s the best signal caller in this draft though, given his comments that he believes he’s the best quarterback prospect in this class. Is he “pro ready Teddy”?
Probably. But maybe not. We’ve heard the Raiders have a man-crush on Derek Carr…smokescreen?
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6. Atlanta Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
Kiper Jr: “I’ve liked him from the start and he grades out as #7 on the big board.” I’ve seen him as high as #6 in some of the better, more established mocks. Mack is underrated because he’s from a small mid-major school. The key for him is how he fits into both a 3-4 or a 4-3 team. I like how he could fit with the Titans 4-3.
Maybe “Return of the Mack” will make them a playoff team again?
Best player available and an upgrade over Mike Glennon. SI’s Peter King:
“The fastest rising quarterback in the first round, should he choose to come out, is fourth-year junior Blake Bortles of Central Florida. I’ve spoken to a team that’s likely to have a top 10 pick, and they like him better than any quarterback in this draft.”
No discussion of Blake Bortles is complete without bringing up his scorching hot girlfriend Lindsey Duke. (pictured below) but here’s more pictures. And here’s some Lindsey Duke video. She even came up as a discussion topic at the Combine.
8. Vikings Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
I don’t know if they’ll over reach for a quarterback again. And taking Carr this high is over-reaching. Believe me. At the same time though, no position is more over-drafted than QB, and I’m not sold on Matt Cassel; I don’t think they are either. Supposedly the Vikes are smitten with Bridgewater. Maybe Pro Ready Teddy will still be there?
9. Buffalo, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Best player available might not even fall this far. A franchise cornerstone.
Matthews comes from the blue blood of NFL families. Bruce Matthews, Clay Matthews, Casey Matthews etc. Dave Matthews….oh wait, not that last one. Matthews is a right tackle turned left tackle and shows the ability to be a franchise building guy. He can play both Tackles positions but projects as a big money Left Tackle protecting the blind side..
10. Detroit Lions, Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St
Solidified his place as the first corner taken with his official 40-yard dash. Gilbert was outstanding in coverage this year, and the only criteria that will make him rise above Darqueze Dennard is who works out better at the combine and pro days. Right now they’re pretty much CB1a and CB1b.
11. Tennessee Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
This guy seems to be high on almost everyone’s 2014 NFL mock draft boards. This college football season he has shown the potential to be a star next-level edge-rusher. He’s only building on his huge 2012 season and increasing his stock each week. Kiper has him as one of the the top three picks in the 2014 NFL mock draft. Your draft priorities are always quarterbacks first, then pass protecters, pass rushers, and then pass-catchers and shutdown pass defenders. Those are the main priorities, every thing else is ancillary. He has 13 TFL and six sacks through nine games this season.
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12. New York Giants, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald ran a 4.68 40 which is PHENOMENAL for a guy his size. His 35 reps on the bench press was second most in his position group. The Giants group of pass-rushers have expired or are largely expiring, so it’s time to revamp the group. GM Ike Reese is a value GM, best player available type, so this would fit both molds.
13. St. Louis, Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
This guy needs to give a huge cut of his salary to Johnny Manziel, who’s made all this money for him. Eli was terrible this season, time to give him something more to work with. Plus Ike Reese is a value GM, and he’ll go best player available.
Scouts like Hageman’s length and girth, abt 6-6, 311. He’s a nose guard, who makes an interesting 3-technique prospect in the NFL.
“He had a great off week, and we worked out on his fundamentals,” said Gophers Interim Head Coach Tracy Claeys. “He’s a big part of what we do, because others prepare for him.”
Hageman said he did a lot of drills working on technique and hand-work. And he needs works on his technique. Very much so as it looks like Hageman plays off every now and the, The Gophers are pretty deep at DL, and Rashede disappears or awhile. He needs more consistency.
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ESPN Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him as the sixth best prospect on his big board. “a guy who has done a tremendous job from a production standpoint, he’s consistent, he shows up every week, he studies. For a NFL Defensive Coordinator, he’s someone who can come in and cover and so much on the field and play every down,” Kiper said. And what’s a 2014 NFL mock draft without the Steelers taking a linebacker?
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My god that Dallas defense is a train wreck among train wrecks. Did you see Josh McCown score on all eight possessions in the Siberian version of Soldier Field? Josh McCown! ‘Boys must go D BPA in the first round. Defensive best player of available. Safety is the primary need, but safeties don’t usually go in the first round. Unless it’s Ha Ha Clinton Dix, who very well might end up here. I
MSU had the #1 defense in the nation, and Dennard is the #1 most NFL ready on that squad. Made himself some good money in the Big Ten title game. Wow did he look good. The “No Fly Zone” can make himself even more money by dominating the Stanford WRs in the Rose Bowl.
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But you’ll seriously want to see my pics from inside the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders locker room,
They need help at RT and this is a tremendous value pick. So it’s both needs and value. I think Lewan’s stock might drop a bit given the Federal Government is involved in an investigation of his alma mater, focusing on someone that he was close to.
Lewan denied the allegation that he was involved with the Brendan Gibbons rape situation at the NFL Scouting Combine and added that he was “not here to defend Brendan Gibbons.” And then on March 21st, he was charged with assaulting two Ohio State fans following the regular season finale. More on this incident.
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18. New York Jets, Marqise Lee, WR, USC
I’d rate Lee higher but it’s all about health with him. He’s suffered a fair amount of injury during his time in Troy, and he needs to show that he’s 100% at the combine. No worries about him producing a lot of big numbers or possessing talent. He’s proven that already; he’s not just a beneficiary of Matt Barkley, he proves that he can play regardless whatever Trojans QB is throwing to him.
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Martin had a great Senior Bowl and will probably end up going to either Miami or Arizona, somewhere in the first round. I’m guessing Miami as they need big bodies to help protect QB Ryan Tannehill. And of course appease his wife, model Lauren Tannehill. The big three tackle prospects: Greg Robinson of Auburn, Jake Matthews of Texas A&M and Taylor Lewan of Michigan will all be long gone by the time the Dolphins are on the clock.
“Zack Martin to me would be the guy because you could play him at left tackle, at right tackler, you can could put him at guard, he started 50 plus games, he’s durable,” ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. said on media conference call a couple days ago.
Here’s more in depth on why Miami taking Zack Martin makes sense
20. Arizona, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Fills a need and is about the exact time that Ebron should be picked anyway. However, he might not even be there, I could see him going to the Ravens at #17. More on Ebron from Walter Football:
There is no denying that Ebron is an exceptional athlete with a special combination of size and strength. He flashes the ability to be a dangerous receiver and impact blocker.
His name is worth being a number one pick alone. Don’t worry too much about the suspension. All he did was seek money for doing his job. A situation that magically changes 180 degrees in a few months. Namewise Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is right up there with college football players Hingle McCringleberry, Ozmataz Buckshank, Tyroil Smoochie-Wallace and LeCarpetron Dookmarriot. Of course, those three players don’t actually exist. They’re characters in a Key & Peele sketch.
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22. Philadelphia, Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
The Eagles defense is actually better than you might think it is, but it’s also got to be the way that Philly goes in round one. And I could see this position being one they would want to upgrade. Chip Kelly sort of endorses this very site you are reading. It happened at the Rose Bowl. Read the whole quasi-endorsement here.
23. Kansas City, Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
I don’t think it would surprise anyone if the Chiefs went pass-catcher in the first round, specifically with someone who can play on the outside. In Benjamin, they get a guy who’s draft stock has shot way up during the historic perfect season they had in Tallahassee, so this pick makes sense in my 2014 NFL mock draft. Does it make sense in real life?
Well, you know how these things play out…what’s logical is often the opposite of what happens.
He got off to a rough start this year, because he wasn’t healthy. Then he dominated the USC game. Stephon Tuitt pretty much won the USC game for Notre Dame. ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. sees Tuitt has a great prospect and said that he didn’t like the targeting rule that kept Stephon Tuitt out of the Pitt game, and he mentioned that the absence of Stephon Tuitt pretty much cost Notre Dame the Pitt game. Kiper believes Tuitt could step in and start right away.
Here’s a summary of what ND players should get drafted, signed as free agents
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25. San Diego, Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
I could see the Chargers going shopping for some Irish Chocolate in round one. They have a front-seven that needs some revamping and Nix will be a first rounder, despite missing some time at the end of the season and some previous weight issues. He showed that he’s healthy now. And at his Pro Day he checked in 331 pounds and looked pretty slender; by his standards.
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26. Browns from Colts, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
I’ve seen this guy a lot higher in a whole lot of mock drafts. However, I just don’t buy it. I think conditioning is an issue. He’s someone who could Burger King himself right out of the league if he isn’t extremely disciplined.
27. New Orleans, Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
His former team and position group mate Michael Sam gets 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times the publicity; for obvious reasons. However, it’s Ealy who hear his name called on draft night one, night two at the latest. Why the Saints? Well, Rob Ryan did wonders with them, but I think he’d still like to reshape the units personnel with more of this own guys, and this is too good a prospect at this point to pass up.
28. Carolina Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
As you might have heard, the Panthers need help at this position. It’s more than the departure of Steve Smith; there are issues all up and down the position group. Beckham was a combine monster. Meausurables man. And likely a good fit in Charlotte.
With his size and versatility and the trendy way that tight ends are being used in the NFL today, you have to see this guy being a first round pick.
“so much flexibility with Amaro, you flex him out, and with how long he is, and how big his hands are, I think Jace Amaro goes in the first round I think New England could look at him at pick 29,” said Mel Kiper Jr. on media conference call the other day.
30. San Francisco, Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
This guy ran into the first round with 40 at Indy. It probably now goes Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Marqise Lee, Kelvin Benjamin and Cooks. Broke combine records in the 20- and 60-yard shuttles while running a Sonic the Hedgehog like 4.33 in the 40-yard dash.
31. Denver, Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer gave a PR statement of his former star linebacker: “Ryan is one of the most incredible young men I’ve ever been around . He’s got a heart of gold.”
Shazier could be a very good kid. He might be the nicest guy in the world, and Ryan Shazier the person may be just as great as Ryan Shazier the college football player. Because there’s no denying Shazier is really good. However, a character endorsement from Urban Meyer is…..See Aaron Hernandez
32. Seattle, Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
For the rationale I turn it over to our comrades on Walter Football:
The Seahawks need another edge rusher. Cliff Avril will be a free agent after this upcoming season, and Seattle probably won’t be able to afford him.
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