NFL Mock Draft Central

How might the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft shake out? A number of intriguing prospects could populate the draft board on the event's first day, and the debate starts right at the top with several prospects in contention to become the first player selected on May 8 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Our analysts take a stab at projecting the first round.

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Mock Draft Round 1

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Houston Texans
2
St. Louis Rams
3
Jacksonville Jaguars
4
Cleveland Browns
5
Oakland Raiders
6
Atlanta Falcons
7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8
Minnesota Vikings
9
Buffalo Bills
10
Detroit Lions
11
Tennessee Titans
12
New York Giants
13
St. Louis Rams
14
Chicago Bears
15
Pittsburgh Steelers
16
Dallas Cowboys
17
Baltimore Ravens
18
New York Jets
19
Miami Dolphins
20
Arizona Cardinals
21
Green Bay Packers
22
Philadelphia Eagles
23
Kansas City Chiefs
24
Cincinnati Bengals
25
San Diego Chargers
26
Cleveland Browns
27
New Orleans Saints
28
Carolina Panthers
29
New England Patriots
30
San Francisco 49ers
31
Denver Broncos
32
Seattle Seahawks
  1. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    April 21, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      QB is still in the discussion in Houston, but it will be difficult for Texans to pass on draft's best pass rusher.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      It will be a tough choice with Sammy Watkins still on the board, but elite OTs are hard to find.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Fans will clamor for QB Johnny Manziel or WR Sammy Watkins, but Jags go with nasty defender.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Expect the Browns to address QB need later, adding a passer to throw to this dynamic star from Clemson.
    5. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Too good a player to pass up here ... still believe UCF QB Blake Bortles is under consideration.
    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      OT is a must for Falcons, but if Mack is still available ... in any event, Lewan brings toughness desired by Atlanta brass.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Vincent Jackson gets his "Mini Me" (OK, not so Mini) running mate.
    8. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      So much discussion about a QB going here, but with new head coach Mike Zimmer, a longtime defensive coordinator, in town, a defender gets the nod.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Hard to pass on the chance to help young QB EJ Manuel with this talented Tar Heel.
    10. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Unexpected, but the 2015 option on starting DT Nick Fairley's contract was not picked up this offseason. CB or safety could be the pick here, as well.
    11. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      Hello! Big noise will be heard at Radio City Music Hall if the Titans make this pick. Some see QB Teddy Bridgewater getting picked here.
    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Giants continue to retool offense, and need to keep Eli Manning protected. Martin can play LT or OG.
    13. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Despite the need for a WR or safety, Rams opt for the former Aggies playmaker.
    14. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Bears seeking patrolling free safety to combat passing attacks of Green Bay and Detroit. Clinton-Dix fits the bill.
    15. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      My top-ranked CB heads to the Steel City to fortify a secondary that needs supporting.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      One of the top pass rushers in the draft and a bargain pick for the Cowboys, who might make him a full-time DE.
    17. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Seen as an enforcer, this Louisville Slugger can also roam in coverage. Will pair with last year's first-round selection, Matt Elam.
    18. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Jets need a "jet" to help loosen coverages for WR Eric Decker to exploit underneath.
    19. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Has been steadily rising in recent weeks. He can be a complete CB, and is very good on special teams, too.
    20. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Current starter Carson Palmer says that he's OK with his replacement being picked. Cards GM Steve Keim obliges.
    21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

      TE

      Washington

      Packers buy into getting the 2012 ASJ model -- a dynamic, physical, fast player with big-time hands.
    22. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

      Not the speedster that many anticipate, but it appears that the Eagles are seeking size, too.
    23. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Cooks' 4.33 speed in the 40 is exactly what Kansas City needs to continue to open up its offense.
    24. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Bengals are only too happy to welcome him as they continue to fortify their talented defense.
    25. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      To beat Denver, you must match up with their pass-catchers, and Fuller has the size and toughness to do so.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      QB is the pick now, and Bridgewater is eager to prove he should have been the first QB off the board.
    27. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      In the NFC South, Atlanta, Carolina, and Tampa Bay will seek to run. "Irish Chocolate" helps discourage them from using that plan.
    28. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      The history of USC WRs with the Panthers has not been great, but this is a player that Cam Newton will welcome.
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Pats always believe they will bring out a player's full potential, and Hageman has plenty.
    30. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Niners select speedy OLB, who might convert inside ... just as NaVorro Bowman did out of Penn State.
    31. Joel Bitonio

      OT

      Nevada

      Smart, tenacious OT who can play OG, too -- the pressure Seattle applied in the Super Bowl lingers.
    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      One of my favorites, his physical nature fits perfectly into Seattle's philosophy.
  2. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    April 9, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Clowney is the premier talent in this draft class and I will be surprised if he isn't the top pick.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      I think the Rams will trade out of this spot, but if they are stuck then Robinson would provide a physical element to their offensive line.
    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Manziel's playmaking ability would fit nicely in Jedd Fisch's offense.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      The Browns wait on a quarterback and nab the top pass catcher in the draft to pair with Josh Gordon.
    5. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      The Raiders solved a lot of needs in free agency, which will free them up to take the best available player.
    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Protecting Matt Ryan gets the nod over upgrading the pass rush.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Following the Mike Williams trade, the Bucs are very thin at receiver.
    8. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Bortles showed massive improvement in his footwork during his pro day and that has teams excited.
    9. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Mosley and Kiko Alonso would form one of the top young linebacker duos in the league.
    10. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      I could see the Lions grabbing a cornerback or safety, but protecting Matthew Stafford is always a top priority.
    11. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      The Titans lost Alterraun Verner in free agency and Gilbert would be a nice fit in Ray Horton's scheme.
    12. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Ebron would be a perfect compliment to Victor Cruz and hopefully help Eli Manning return to form.
    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Clinton-Dix would put up big numbers roaming the middle of the field in this defense.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Donald is undersized, but he has rare explosiveness and instincts for the position.
    15. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Roby had an up-and-down season, but he has as much upside as any cornerback in the draft.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Cowboys are desperate for edge rushers and Barr would be an excellent value at this spot.
    17. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      The Ravens could look at the receiver position here, but safety is a higher priority.
    18. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Beckham is a complete receiver and he is also one of the top returners in the draft.
    19. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      I keep trying to come up with another player for the Dolphins, but I can't see them passing on a clean player like Martin.
    20. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      This might be a bit of a surprise choice, but Carr has the skill set to fit nicely in Bruce Arians' offense.
    21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

      TE

      Washington

      Seferian-Jenkins needs more polish, but his combination of size, catch radius and high-point skills will make him an immediate impact player in the red zone.
    22. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

      The Eagles want to get bigger on the outside and Benjamin fits that description.
    23. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Andy Reid's offense is at its best when he has a vertical threat in the passing game.
    24. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      The Bengals have a loaded roster, which will allow them to take the top available talent.
    25. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Marqise Lee would be tempting here, but the Chargers need to upgrade their secondary.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      I wouldn't be shocked if the Browns chose Jimmy Garoppolo with this pick (there's a lot of chatter connecting the two), but I'll stick with Bridgewater right now.
    27. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Lee is too good to pass up at this point in the draft.
    28. Davante Adams

      WR

      Fresno St.

      The Panthers are desperate for help at wideout and Adams is a smooth route runner that can also stretch the field.
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork are getting up in age, and Hagemen would add some youth and athleticism to the Patriots' front.
    30. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Dennard is a very physical player and he would fill an important need for the 49ers.
    31. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Keep an eye on Nevada guard Joel Bitonio with this pick, but Shazier's athleticism would be tough to pass up.
    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      Su'a-Filo loves to get after defenders in the run game, and he'd fit nicely in Seattle's ground and pound offense.
  3. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    April 15, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      A frontline featuring Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus would make AFC quarterbacks shake in their boots facing the Texans.
    2. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Greg Robinson is the better athlete and offers more upside, but it could be hard for Jeff Fisher to pass on the more polished Matthews, based on his relationship with the family.
    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Regardless of his flaws, there is no doubt Manziel would energize the Jags with his presence and spectacular playmaking ability.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Adding Watkins to a lineup featuring Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would give the Browns the top receiving corps in the AFC North.
    5. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      With Matt Schaub set to lead the team in 2014, the Raiders can afford take a patient approach with Bortles.
    6. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Protecting Matt Ryan is the team’s priority after watching him pummeled in the pocket a season ago.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      The Mike Williams’ trade paves the way for the team to add Evans as a complement to Vincent Jackson in the passing game.
    8. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Linebacker isn’t an obvious need, but the Vikings could elect to take the best player available at this pick.
    9. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Bills could elect to take a tight end, but the defense could use a versatile SAM linebacker/pass rusher to complement Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes off the edges.
    10. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Jim Caldwell’s experience with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis could prompt him to surround Matthew Stafford with explosive weapons on the perimeter.
    11. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Ray Horton’s success with Patrick Peterson could persuade the Titans to take a rangy, athletic CB with superb ball skills.
    12. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Mosley’s athleticism and versatility would bring another dimension to a defense that’s struggled the past few seasons.
    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Jeff Fisher would be wise to give Gregg Williams an aggressive safety with playmaking skills based on Williams' past success.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Donald is an ideal 3-tech in the Bears’ Tampa 2 scheme due to his speed, athleticism and quickness.
    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The Steelers need a replacement for Ike Taylor as the designated No.1 corner; Dennard is an ideal fit with his grit, toughness and ball skills.
    16. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pass rusher is a top priority, but Pryor is rated higher than any available DE at this point.
    17. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Lewan has all of the tools to be a dominant player at his position, which makes him a no-brainer at this point.
    18. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Adding a dynamic weapon like Lee in the middle will help Geno Smith and Michael Vick become more efficient from the pocket.
    19. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Martin’s versatility makes him an ideal fit for the Dolphins as a potential swing player along the offense line.
    20. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      John Abraham is on the backside of his career. Ford could serve as his apprentice for a season before taking over as the team’s designated pass rusher.
    21. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Shazier is a versatile playmaker with the ability to blitz, run or cover from multiple spots on the front seven.
    22. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Roby is a talented cover man with the speed, athleticism and movement skills to thrive in an aggressive scheme.
    23. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Andy Reid desperately needs an explosive playmaker on the perimeter to make the Chiefs’ version of the West Coast offense pop.
    24. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      Marvin Lewis fills Michael Johnson's void by taking a young, athletic rusher in Ealy.
    25. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Chargers need a long, rangy cover corner to match up with the big-bodied receivers that dominate the AFC West.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      A franchise QB falls into Ray Farmer's lap. Bridgewater gives the Browns a legitimate signal caller to build their playoff aspirations around.
    27. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Sean Payton's creative offensive mind won’t allow him to bypass a talented playmaker like Cooks.
    28. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      Jordan Gross' departure could force GM Dave Gettleman to the focus his efforts on a blindside protector for Cam Newton.
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Although effort and desire are huge concerns, it’s hard to find big, athletic defenders with Hagemen’s physical tools.
    30. Demarcus Lawrence

      DE

      Boise St.

      Aldon Smith's future is in question. Lawrence is a fluid athlete capable of rushing the passer from a three-point stance or upright position.
    31. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      After his offensive line was bullied by the Seahawks, John Fox insists on adding a beefy blocker with a nasty disposition.
    32. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      Moses addresses a void at right tackle and is a perfect fit in the ‘Hawks’ zone-based blocking scheme.
  4. Mike Huguenin

    Full Analysis

    April 10, 2014

    1. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      I might be only one, but I think Bill O'Brien and Texans would regret not taking a QB.
    2. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Rams in prime position to trade down. If they don't, Jeff Fisher knows all about the Matthews family.
    3. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      The Jags certainly would not mind if this guy fell to No. 3. He would fill a huge need.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Watkins-Josh Gordon duo at WR would strike fear into hearts of opposing defensive coordinators.
    5. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      The Raiders need a quarterback, and Johnny Football with that fan base certainly would be entertaining.
    6. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      The Falcons -- and Matt Ryan, especially -- need to find a left tackle who can block.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      The Bucs need a wide receiver, and Evans would pair nicely with fellow "big receiver" Vincent Jackson.
    8. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder? Please.
    9. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Mack, a Florida kid, would get to stay in Buffalo. And he would be getting paid now.
    10. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Most analysts say Gilbert is best corner in draft. If Lions agree, they take him because they need a good CB.
    11. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Titans could use a pass-rushing outside linebacker, and Barr would fill that need.
    12. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      The Giants' O-line too often resembled a subway turnstile in 2013, and Lewan should help in that regard.
    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Clinton-Dix looks to be a good fit. Picking a WR would be tempting, though.
    14. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      The Bears signed two likely starting DEs in free agency and should go the draft route to shore up weak interior.
    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Dennard is most physical corner in draft, meaning he should fit in with Steelers, who have aging CBs.
    16. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Rod Marinelli tutored some big-time DTs when he was with the Bucs. Here's his next big-time DT.
    17. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pairing Pryor with Matt Elam? The Ravens would have some big hitters at safety, that's for sure.
    18. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      The Jets need a WR, too, but Ebron is best TE in draft. And, man, the tabloid media would love the quotable Ebron.
    19. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Miami is in the midst of rebuilding its O-line and Martin could start at LT, RT or either guard spot -- and with a minimum of fuss.
    20. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Pairing Fuller with Patrick Peterson potentially would give the Cardinals one of the best CB duos in league.
    21. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      The Packers could use a thumper at inside 'backer in their 3-4. He's the best ILB in this draft.
    22. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      The Eagles need a playmaker on the outside to replace DeSean Jackson; if this guy is there, Chip Kelly should weep with joy.
    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      The Chiefs are another team looking for WR help. Lee had a great 2012 but was uneven in 2013.
    24. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Shazier has speed to burn and could be a special playmaker in the Bengals' aggressive scheme.
    25. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      The Chargers need a big, physical nose man, and the affable Nix would fit nicely.
    26. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      The Browns get their quarterback. His learning curve would be eased by a Gordon-Watkins tandem at WR.
    27. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      The Saints need a pass-rushing end, and he's the second-best of those in this draft. He's also OK vs. the run.
    28. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      The Panthers have a huge need at WR. Cooks has potential to quickly develop into a No. 1 receiver.
    29. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      Ford is a one-trick pony, but that one trick is valuable: He knows how to rush the passer.
    30. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      The 49ers let Carlos Rogers go in free agency, and Verrett can slide right into Mr. Rogers' old neighborhood. (Hey, no groaning over that line.)
    31. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      A CB or WR would be tempting, but Su'a-Filo is best true guard in draft and would end any concerns about position.
    32. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      He's a boom-or-bust guy, but when you're the champs, you can afford to take risk on guy who could become star.
  5. Chase Goodbread

    Full Analysis

    April 8, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Maybe not the safest pick, but could be safer than any of the quarterbacks.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Rams could easily take Jake Matthews here, but Robinson is the more powerful player.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Mack is an impact defender who would be on the field all three downs, in more than one role.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      There are worse ways to start a franchise turnaround than with a human highlight reel on offense.
    5. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      A quarterback prospect will be around later; a pass protector like Matthews won't.
    6. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      Barr valuable in that he, like Mack, will be on field in every situational package.
    7. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Josh McCown signing gives Buccaneers a trusted veteran who can bridge a QB transition, but is not a long-term solution.
    8. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Picture Johnny Football in purple, and extra hard to corral on turf.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Whether it's EJ Manuel or someone else, the Bills' quarterback could use a downfield tight end threat.
    10. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Double team Megatron now.
    11. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      A Bridgewater/Jake Locker quarterback battle would be one of most intriguing in the league.
    12. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Best cover man in the draft is a good value at pick No. 12, plus a need filled for Giants.
    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson in the division, Rams pick up a center fielder to combat extended pass plays.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Hard to find upside for an interior pass rusher, and Donald has it.
    15. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      A super value pick for Pittsburgh, if Lewan isn't gone in the top 10.
    16. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pryor gives Dallas much-needed help at safety and will bring an enforcer's attitude.
    17. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      With defensive lineman Arthur Jones moving on, this pick makes good sense for Baltimore.
    18. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      A silky-smooth threat on the outside, be it Lee or someone else, is a must for Geno Smith's development.
    19. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Martin has more versatility to play multiple spots up front than any offensive lineman in draft.
    20. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      This is a great value pick for the Cardinals here, as Dennard could go to Pittsburgh at No. 15 or even higher.
    21. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Packers fans will love Mosley's lunch pail work ethic and keen ability to defend the pass.
    22. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      Eagles stick with defense here and fight temptation to replace DeSean Jackson too soon; plenty of solid receivers in Round 2.
    23. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Beckham is a poor man's Sammy Watkins, in the most complementary sense.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Outstanding combine helped solidify Roby as a first-round talent.
    25. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Buckeyes fall on back-to-back picks as Chargers get athletic stopper to help league's 13th-ranked third-down defense.
    26. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      Browns not waiting another 10 picks to address this need in second round.
    27. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      Ford would do well to remind older Saints fans of Pat Swilling.
    28. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      QB Cam Newton needs an explosive new weapon in the passing game.
    29. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      Vince Wilfork is back, yes, but the Bill Belichick defense starts in the middle. Nix bridges a key position upon Wilfork's final exit.
    30. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      If Fuller isn't the best cornerback available at this point, it will have been a long day for those ahead of him.
    31. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      Ealy is a versatile athlete who could play every down in a variety of roles in the Broncos front.
    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      Su'a-Filo is a good fit for Seattle as a more athletic offensive line makes sense for Russell Wilson's ever-moving pocket.
  6. Matt Smith

    Full Analysis

    April 3, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Even after all the Bortles hype and Manziel's pro-day workout, Clowney’s still the best prospect in the draft.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      If Clowney is on the board, they jump at the chance. If he’s gone, I like Robinson over Watkins.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Don’t get the feeling they want to go QB at No. 3. Mack is one of four elite prospects in the draft and fits with what Gus Bradley does best -- create havoc on defense.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Yes, they need a quarterback, but you put Watkins opposite Josh Gordon with a fresh-legged Ben Tate in the backfield, and you feel real good about the future.
    5. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      They would have preferred Watkins, but he’s gone. Selecting an OT looks bad for GM Reggie McKenzie, who let Jared Veldheer go when a reasonable deal could have been reached. Swing for the fences.
    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      They used free agency to upgrade the DL. They'll use this pick to do the same for the OL.
    7. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Just like Atlanta, they addressed the holes on the defense with a pile of cash. Time to fix the offense.
    8. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      They have a Pro Bowl LT in Kalil, a Hall of Fame RB in A.P., and two solid receivers. The need is a QB who is able to navigate all of those tools as efficiently as possible.
    9. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Evans' talent was overshadowed by Johnny Football at his pro day. He would be a great target for EJ Manuel.
    10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      With all the pressure the front four creates, you can get away with drafting a corner later.
    11. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      They addressed the LBs in free agency. Gilbert fills the hole left by Alterraun Verner's departure.
    12. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Giants can't figure out how he fell this far.
    13. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Yes, they have other needs -- they can sort them out later. The idea of a front four with Michael Brockers next to Donald while Robert Quinn and Chris Long fire from the edges is too good to pass up.
    14. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      Donald is a better fit, but he’s off the board. Jernigan isn’t a bad consolation prize at a position of need.
    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      The WR position is deep enough to wait, and they’re excited about Markus Wheaton in Year 2. Dennard fills a need and is talented enough to take at No. 15.
    16. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Signing Henry Melton helped the DL. Time to address a porous secondary that helped clear the way for Josh McCown to cash in this offseason.
    17. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      They would have loved to take one of the two safeties here. With new OC Gary Kubiak, a two-TE set of Dennis Pitta and Ebron could be very attractive.
    18. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      This is the year. We say it before every draft ... "The Jets have to draft offense." In 2014, Rex finally acquiesces.
    19. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      They got their OT in free agency with Branden Albert. Solidifying one side of that line by plugging the hole between him and Mike Pouncey turns a 2013 weakness into a 2014 strength.
    20. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      You have to stop the pass rush in the NFC West. Add him to a mix that includes Jonathan Cooper and Jared Veldheer, and, like Miami, the position group is now a strength.
    21. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      They addressed their need at OLB/DL with the Julius Peppers signing, but they desperately need ILB help/depth.
    22. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Chip Kelly’s flirtation with Pac-12 players continues. While he was HC at Oregon, Lee only stuck him for 344 yards and 3 TDs in two contests.
    23. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      The WR position is very deep and can be addressed later. Hageman is a freak that can move up and down the DL.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Terence Newman, Pacman Jones, disappointing Dre Kirkpatrick, two Achilles tears for Leon Hall ... yep, they need a corner.
    25. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      Cam Thomas departed, and they need help all over that defense. Nix is higher on the board than CBs Verrett or Fuller at this point.
    26. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      One of the “Big 3” QBs is going to slip, and there’s an awful lot of tape that shows Bortles is the least ready of the trio.
    27. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      Rob Ryan has to love how Ford plays, and he fills a major need.
    28. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      There are holes all over this roster. They need multiple receivers. Good news for Cam Newton -- it’s a deep draft at the position and Beckham is something special.
    29. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      Can move up and down that DL and contribute at multiple positions.
    30. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      A position of need combined with a talented player available -- it fits for San Francisco.
    31. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      They spent big money for Aqib Talib. They can offset that expense in the draft and lock up the other side.
    32. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

      They have needs on the offensive line, but Benjamin is that “tree” they need to complete their WR corps.
  7. Bryan Fischer

    Full Analysis

    April 1, 2014

    1. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Tough to pass up a talent like Clowney, but Bortles has the physical tools to develop into a franchise QB.
    2. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      If the Rams don't trade down and take an OT, they'll grab the best available player in Clowney.
    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Jags will fall in love with Manziel's intangibles and production. He'll put people in seats in Jacksonville and sell jerseys in London.
    4. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      WR/QB help can come later; the Browns won't pass on a polished OT like Matthews.
    5. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Robinson makes sense, but it would be tough to pass on the top WR in the draft.
    6. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Robinson's pass blocking isn't fully developed, but he'll boost the run game right away.
    7. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Lewan can play in any scheme and will be a good cornerstone up front.
    8. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      In need of a LB who can be a pass rush threat, Vikings grab Mack to do just that.
    9. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Bills would love if Robinson fell to them, but Martin would also be an instant upgrade for their O-line.
    10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Evans is a possibility, but their need in the secondary will push them to reach a bit for Clinton-Dix.
    11. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      Ex-UCLA DC Lou Spanos is the Titans' LB coach and should lobby hard for Barr, who could be a star at the next level.
    12. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Manning gets a huge weapon in Evans, who should be a long-term upgrade over Hakeem Nicks.
    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Gilbert could get a look, but Jeff Fisher will opt for the hard-hitting Pryor first.
    14. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      He'll complement Tim Jennings nicely and slide right into Devin Hester's role on returns.
    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Steelers got a good look at Dennard at his pro day, and that should be all they need to confirm what they saw on tape.
    16. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Some knock his size, but Donald leaves college as the most dominant interior defender since Ndamukong Suh.
    17. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Ebron gives Joe Flacco a new outlet and helps free up newly signed Steve Smith.
    18. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Fuller's toughness and versatility fit what Rex Ryan needs from a cornerback in this division.
    19. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Other positions might be more pressing needs, but Mosley fits as a top LB and best player available.
    20. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      Not a ton of holes on this defense, but Ealy would be a nice addition to their front-seven depth.
    21. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      B.J. Raji will be a short-term rental as the Packers groom the more athletic Jernigan to clog the middle.
    22. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      The fast-rising Ford will be ideal for a team looking to get longer and faster.
    23. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Beckham's 4.43 speed will stretch defenses and provide an option in the return game.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      A trade down is possible, but Roby has too much upside for the Bengals to pass up on.
    25. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Chargers strike gold again with a Pac-12 receiver in Lee, who'll be a great fit in this offense.
    26. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      The Browns like Carr and need to grab him here before other QB-needy teams trade up to get him.
    27. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      The speedy LB will be great coming off the edge in a blitz-happy defense.
    28. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      O-line is a bigger need, but Cooks is the best player available and will be a good replacement for Steve Smith.
    29. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      Pats need to infuse some youth along the defensive line. Nix has the quickness you look for at the position.
    30. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      He's a bit undersized but can flat-out cover any receiver you throw at him.
    31. David Yankey

      OG

      Stanford

      Yankey would be a perfect Zane Beadles replacement who can pick up the offense quickly.
    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      An immediate boost at guard, Su'a-Filo could also play tackle in a pinch.

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