2014 Mock Draft

Updated - 5-5-14

By: Ryan Stern

 

PICK
TEAM
PLAYER
POS.
SCHOOL
COMMENTS
1
Houston
Texans
Jadeveon Clowney
DE
South Carolina
I keep wanting to put someone other than Clowney at #1 and have done so in my past few mocks, but I know deep down he should be the guy to go at the top. Sure there are motivation and motor questions, but no one else is close to being a "once in a generation" player.
2
St. Louis
Rams
Greg Robinson
OT
Auburn
Robinson is as physically gifted, dominating, and pro-ready an Offensive Tackle as there has been in my few years of covering the draft. Matthews is intriguing because of the connection with his father and Jeff Fisher, but Robinson is the better player. I see the Rams trading out and taking maybe less than face value for the pick.
3
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Johnny Manziel
QB
Texas A&M
I still have Bridgewater as my top rated QB, Pro Day and all, but I think Manziel will be the 1st one taken. I can't put my finger on what type of QB he's going to be in the NFL. He can make the throws, he can run, he can do a lot, including make poor decisions. He will make the Jags a relevant team in the media and in the fan base. 
4
Cleveland
Browns
Sammy Watkins
WR
Clemson
While the Browns are in need of a QB, I think they see the QBs like I do (not much separation between Top 3 and next tier) and would rather pair up a next tier guy with Watkins. Watkins isn't the Brandon Marshall stature WR, but he is a true playmaker and will give the Browns a Top 3 WR duo in the entire NFL.
5
Oakland
Raiders
Khalil Mack
LB
Buffalo
The Raiders are in need of a QB of the future, as Matt Schaub is just a temporary fix at the position. But as I said, I don't think there's a great deal of separation between the Top 3 and the rest. Mack has all the tools to be a star in the league. He can pass rush, he can defend the run, he can drop in coverage. If Watkins is off the board, I'd love for this to be the pick.
6
Atlanta
Falcons
Jake Matthews
OT
Texas A&M
If the top 2 pass rushers are off the board, which in this scenario they are, I fully expect the Falcons to take the top Offensive Tackle. Matthews is the most complete OT in the draft, but doesn't have the upside Robinson has. Great bloodlines, and he will be a mainstay on the Atlanta OL for years to come.
7
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Mike Evans
WR
Texas A&M
I am going back and forth between whether I think the Bucs will take Evans or Taylor Lewan. I chose Evans because I think there are Right Tackles to be had in the 2nd round. No Tackle has the tools that Evans can bring to the field. Josh McCown flourished with 2 big WRs in Chicago, now he has Evans & VJax.
8
Minnesota
Vikings
Blake Bortles
QB
Central Florida
Norv Turner, the Vikings new OC, loves to throw the ball down the field. And though I have Bridgewater as my top QB, I think Bortles' size and arm are more of a fit for the purple and gold. He physically reminds you of either Big Ben or Philip Rivers, who Norv had a ton of offensive success with.
9
Buffalo
Bills
Eric Ebron
TE
North Carolina
The Bills can go in a number of different directions. They may trade up to get a Clowney or Mack, or possibly a WR. They can take a Tackle, but this draft is loaded with solid guys there. There is no Tight End with as much upside as Ebron. If he can learn how to block a little bit and cure some of his dropsies, he can become a franchise player.
10
Detroit
Lions
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
S
Alabama
I'm really wondering if the rumors that the Lions are interested in moving up to take either Watkins or Evans. If they don't and they stand pat here, I think they go with the Centerfield Safety from Alabama. Though I have Pryor as my top Safety, and I think his physical play is a fit for the Detroit defense, I think the guy who can read the QB better is the pick here.
11
Tennessee
Titans
Justin Gilbert
CB
Oklahoma State
Teddy Bridgewater really intrigues me at this pick. But there are plenty of QBs to be had in the later rounds. The loss of Alterraun Verner is a key one and they will need to fill that hole. I like Gilbert's game as a fit in Tennessee. He's a playmaker in the passing game and in the return game.
12
New York
Giants
Taylor Lewan
OT
Michigan
This is a steal for the Giants. Lewan has been as high as 6 in some mocks that I've read. He will slide right into the Left Tackle spot moving Will Beatty to the right side, and Justin Pugh inside to either Guard or Center. Don't be surprised if they are thinking Aaron Donald too.
13
St. Louis
Rams
Darqueze Dennard
CB
Michigan State
This draft is far too deep at WR to warrant reaching for one here. I think Dennard is a great fit for the physical nature of Jeff Fisher's defense. He is teriffic in man/press coverage, and is long like the new wave of CBs is tending to be. I have him as my top CB in this draft.
14
Chicago
Bears
Aaron Donald
DT
Pittsburgh
The more I think about it, the more I believe that if the Bears really want Donald, they're going to have to trade up for him, because I think the Cowboys may look to do the same. Donald is a clone of Geno Atkins and may be a little quicker than him. There's nothing about him I would change, even him being undersized, because that's part of what makes him the player he is.
15
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Zack Martin
OT
Notre Dame
I can see the Steelers moving down if possible if this is how the board shapes up. Do they reach for a WR or CB? I don’t think so. The Pittsburgh offensive line has been in shambles in recent years and Martin will help solidify it. He can play 4 or 5 positions on the line and at a high level of compete too.
16
Dallas
Cowboys
Calvin Pryor
S
Louisville
Pryor is my top Safety in the draft. He is a big hitter, a great run stuffer, and an above average cover guy. While I think addressing the Defensive Line is the top priority for the Cowboys, I don't see anyone worthy of this pick as Ford, Ealy, and Jernigan project more as late 1st/early 2nd round picks.
17
Baltimore
Ravens
C.J. Mosley
LB
Alabama
This is a steal for the Ravens. The Ravens desperately need help on the OL, but I think this draft is deeper there than on the Linebacker list. Mosely is a sideline to sideline player. He's not Ray Lewis, but he will ease the pain of not having him as a 3 down player.
18
New York
Jets
Odell Beckham Jr.
WR
LSU
The Jets biggest need is a pass catcher, maybe more than one. Beckham is a playmaker before and after the catch. He is a great route runner, can run past single coverage, and is great turning a short gain into a long one. He may end up being more of a #1 WR than newly acquired Eric Decker.
19
Miami
Dolphins
Morgan Moses
OT
Virginia
This mock draft is what I think teams will do, not what I would do if I were them. Nothings screams that more than this pick. Everyone I know has Moses screaming up boards. I don't see it. I think his footwork sucks, his hips are too tight, and he gets beat by the smaller edge rusher. But he will be placed on the right side in Miami and figures to be a better run blocker than a pass blocker. Miami needs help desperately on their O Line.
20
Arizona
Cardinals
Teddy Bridgewater
QB
Louisville
If Teddy Bridgewater falls out of the Top 15, some team is going to get a steal. I wouldn't be shocked if someone trades up into this area if he is still on the board to grab him. This is a perfect fit for the Cardinals. They will be able to groom him behind Carson Palmer for a year or 2. They don't have any glaring holes that I see them needing to take a certain position. Maybe Anthony Barr?
21
Green Bay
Packers
Anthony Barr
LB
UCLA
This is value that is just too great to pass up. The Packers need another pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews in the Linebacking corp. Barr has been extremely productive at a position he has only played for 2 years. Now he gets to learn from one of the best in the NFL.
22
Philadelphia
Eagles
Cody Latimer
WR
Indiana
I love this kid's game. He is big (6'3" 215 lbs), he is a great route runner, and is fast (4.38 40 at his Pro Day). Forget about his lack of production in 2013. His QB situation at Indiana was awful. Look at what he can do, and that is be an under the radar #1 WR.
23
Kansas City
Chiefs
Brandin Cooks
WR
Oregon State
I love watching tape of Cooks. The best attribute for most fast wide receivers is normally his step to go inside. I love his step to go outside. The spring in his legs is special. He is also extremely fast, shown by the fact that he ran the fastest 40 at the Combine. He will quickly become a favorite of Alex Smith as he can play outside as effective as he plays in the slot.
24
Cincinnati
Bengals
Kony Ealy
DE
Missouri
Ealy is helped due to the fact that this is a pretty poor class for Defensive Ends after Clowney. However, he is worthy of a 1st round pick in my opinion. He is the reason Michael Sam won the SEC DPOY. His prowess took eyes away from Sam. He will step in right away and fill in for the departed Michael Johnson.
25
San Diego
Chargers
Jason Verrett
CB
TCU
Verrett is my favorite Cornerback in this draft. I love his physicality and his reads on balls in the air. He isn't the new Richard Sherman sized CB, but he plays much bigger than he is. His vertical makes up for some of what he lacks in height. The Chargers need help in their secondary immediately.
26
Cleveland
Browns
Derek Carr
QB
Fresno State
I think this is the kid they want anyway. He has shown that he can run the west-coast offense at an exceptional level. But for me, the west-coast is the only offense he will be able to run as I don't see him adjusting well when pressure is put right in his face. He's got a great arm is a film-a-holic. Will that be enough to bring the Browns back to relevance.
27
New Orleans
Saints
Ryan Shazier
LB
Ohio State
Shazier is a perfect fit for a Rob Ryan defense. He can play either inside or outside Linebacker, whether that be the Will or Sam. If he came out 10 years ago, he'd be a top 15 pick, but the need for Linebackers has decreased with the amount of 3+ WR sets in the league.
28
Carolina
Panthers
Marquise Lee
WR
USC
If Lee had stayed healthy throughout the 2013 season, he'd be higher on my board. His production was down before the injury, but I think that was due to inconsistent play at QB. He will immediately step into the #1 spot in Carolina as the Panthers have Wide Receivers who made 0, yes ZERO, catches for them last season. Sorry Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, and Tiquan Underwood, this kid is better than any of you.
29
New England
Patriots
Austin
Seferian-Jenkins
TE
Washington
ASJ just reminds you of Rob Gronkowski, physically. 6'6", 260 lbs, and is athletic. I don't know if he has the hands of Gronk, but he will either take over for Gronk, or get the Pats back into a regular 2 TE rotation, which is what they had when they were going good over the last few years.
30
San Francisco
49ers
Kyle Fuller
CB
Virginia Tech
I wish I had seen more games from Fuller like he played against Alabama. If there was more tape like that game, he may be considered the #1 Cornerback in the draft. At 6'0", 190, he fits the new style of big CBs. I also love how good a tackler he is and how well he plays the run.
31
Denver
Broncos
Xavier Su'a-Filo
G
UCLA
The Broncos really did a nice job in filling their holes in Free Agency. I would love to see the Broncos trade back 10 spots or so and take a kid like Chris Borland as Mike Linebacker is their biggest need and I don't know if he is worthy of a 1st round pick. But here, I can see them upgrading the depth on their O Line especially since they lost Zane Beadles to the Jags.
32
Seattle
Seahawks
Cyrus Kouandjio
OT
Alabama
Kouandijo was a top 3 or 4 OT when the draft season initially hit us. He was almost a lock Top 12 pick, but then had a poor final 3 games of the season, including getting beat a bunch in the Crimson Tide Bowl Game vs. Oklahoma. But he has all the tools to be a great Right Tackle in this league, and that's where he'd play with the defending Champs.
           
   
ROUND
2
   
1 (33)
Houston
Texans
Zach
Mettenberger
QB
LSU
The Texans get their QB of the future with the big armed kid from LSU.
2 (34)
Washington
Redskins
Joel Bittonio
OT
Nevada
The Redskins depleted Offensive Line gets some new life.
3 (35)
Cleveland
Browns
Dee Ford
LB
Auburn
Ford will come in with a cihp on his shoulder after falling out of the 1st. He is a very confident kid who will play with a high motor
4 (36)
Oakland
Raiders
Kelvin Benjamin
WR
Florida State
The Raiders add a big weapon and will look to add a QB in rounds 3 or 4.
5 (37)
Atlanta
Falcons
Demarcus
Lawrence
DE
Boise State
If the Falcons don't trade up to get Clowney, they'll settle for this under the radar guy who will instantly upgrade their Defensive Line.
6 (38)
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Timmy Jernigan
DT
Florida State
I am not as high on Jernigan as most. I think his footwork is poor, his stamina leaves more to be desired, and he doesn't get to the QB as often as you'd think.
7 (39)
Jacksonville
Jaguars
Donte Moncrief
WR
Ole Miss
The Jags give new QB Johnny Football a shiny new weapon in this kid who is a playmaker.
8 (40)
Minnesota
Vikings
Chris Borland
LB
Wisconsin
Borland may be the defensive version of Justin Pugh from last year's draft. Small arms, not great measurables, yet is just super productive. Possibly a 1st round pick.
9 (41)
Buffalo
Bills
Jimmie Ward
S
Northern
Illinois
Ward plays much bigger than he is (5'11" 193lb) and is a playmaker. He will fill in nicely for the departed Jarius Byrd.
10 (42)
Tennessee
Titans
Stephon Tuitt
DL
Notre Dame
Tuitt is a versatile Defensive Lineman who can play DE or DT. He will fit into a nice rotation at both positions in the Bills base 4-3.
11 (43)
New York
Giants
Troy Niklas
TE
Notre Dame
Back to back Irish come off the board as the Giants take the talented, well-rounded Tight End from South Bend. Niklas may be the best blocking TE of those who are considered above average pass catchers as well. His game translates very well to the NFL.
12 (44)
St. Louis
Rams
Ra'Shede Hageman
DT
Minnesota
I doubt he falls this far, but if he does, it is extreme value for the Rams. Will look great in between Long and Quinn.
13 (45)
Detroit
Lions
Bradley Roby
CB
Ohio State
His recent off the field incident has dropped him out of the 1st. He's not a great technical corner, but he gets the job done. The Lions have now upgraded at Safety and Cornerback.
14 (46)
Pittsburgh
Steelers
Louis Nix
NT
Notre Dame
Nix is the best true Nose Tackle in the draft. He has fallen here due to injury concerns and lack of 2013 production. But his 2012 tape is off the charts and shows what he truly is.
15 (47)
Dallas
Cowboys
Scott Crichton
DE
Oregon State
The Cowboys need to find a replacement for some of the sack production lost by the departure of Demarcus Ware. Crichton has a very high motor and puts and emphasis on forcing fumbles (10 in career).
16 (48)
Baltimore
Ravens
JaWuan James
OT
Tennessee
While most people had been talking about Tiny Richardson on the Volunteer Offensive Line, they overlooked the best player there, and that is James. I think he can be a Day 1 starter for the Ravens at Right Tackle.
17 (49)
New York
Jets
Jace Amaro
TE
Texas Tech
I'm not as high on Amaro as others are. I think he's a very nice pass catcher, but for someone who is 6'5" 265 lbs, he doesn't block well at all. I think Rex Ryan is a nice fit for him as a coach because he is a motivator.
18 (50)
Miami
Dolphins
Gabe Jackson
G
Mississippi State
Not an athletic Guard, but he is a physical run blocker and above average pass blocker. An upgrade over anything the Dolphins have.
19 (51)
Chicago
Bears
Deone Bucannon
S
Washington St.
This is the last of the Safeties that have a chance to start right away next year. This kid is a big Safety and plays even bigger.
20 (52)
Arizona
Cardinals
Allen Robinson
WR
Penn State
Doesn't have great top end speed, but size and leaping ability will make him a tough cover for any Cornerback.
21 (53)
Green Bay
Packers
Stanley
Jean-Baptiste
CB
Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste's stock has risen maybe not because of anything he did, but looking at what he may become with the league falling in love with big, athletic Cornerbacks.
22 (54)
Philadelphia
Eagles
Lamarcus Joyner
CB
Florida State
Joyner can play either Corner or Safety so his versatility will come in handy for the secondary depleted Eagles.
23 (55)
Cincinnati
Bengals
Jimmy Garoppolo
QB
Eastern Illinois
Garoppolo has great poise, footwork, and arm strength. If he had produced the way he did at Eastern Illinois at a major school, he'd be a Top 20 pick. The Bengals will put some pressure on Andy Dalton to perform at his best.
24 (56)
San Francisco
49ers
Jordan Matthews
WR
Vanderbilt
Matthews was all Vandy had, and still was one of the most productive Wide Receivers in the SEC. At 6'3 215 lbs, he has the ability to be a tough cover if he can show he has top end speed.
25 (57)
San Diego
Chargers
Kyle Van Noy
LB
BYU
His stock has been rising quick so I don't know if he reaches down here. But the Chargers will take advantage and jump on him. Perfect fit in the Chargers base 3-4 as an OLB. Good pass rusher and run defender.
26 (58)
New Orleans
Saints
Jarvis Landry
WR
LSU
The Saints turn down the road to get their newest weapon for Drew Brees. Landry fell because he didn't run fast. So what? He is the toughest WR in this draft and his hands are outstanding.
27 (59)
Indianapolis
Colts
Terrence Brooks
S
Florida State
The Colts are going to look to trade down as they only have 5 picks in the draft. They need help at Safety and if they are forced to pick here, he's the best on the board.
28 (60)
Carolina
Panthers
Jeremy Hill
RB
LSU
The Panthers need help at Offensive Tackle, but I don't see any worthy of being picked here. They get younger, stronger, and quicker at Running Back with Hill who I think is the best in the class.
29 (61)
San Francisco
49ers
Weston Richburg
C
Colorado State
Since he is the top Center in the draft, he may get pushed up some boards. But I have him falling here. He will start there from day 1.
30 (62)
New England
Patriots
Pierre Desir
CB
Lindenwood
This is the kind of kid that Bellchik loves. Long, athletic, productive, and under the radar. This small school kid is going to be a real good player.
31 (63)
Denver
Broncos
Carlos Hyde
RB
Ohio State
The loss of Knowshon Moreno leaves a hole in the depth at RB for the Broncos. Hyde is a between the tackles runner with surprising quickness. Most importantly, he's good at picking up a blitzer.
32 (64)
Seattle
Seahawks
Dominique Easley
DT
Florida 
A major knee injury ended his 2013 season too early. He could've been thought in the 1st round if he was healthy and productive. The Seahawks lost some depth on the Defensive Line and they add to it with this big kid.

 


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