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.

» Live draft coverage begins Thursday, May 8 on NFL Network.

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. Mike Mayock

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Both Khalil Mack and Clowney fit here, but the upside of Clowney will sway Houston. He's the most talented defensive lineman on the planet, including NFL players. If he wants to be it, he's got a chance.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      The NFC West is the most physical division in football, Robinson is the most physical lineman in the draft. He'll give the Rams that presence they need.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Mack is my No. 1-ranked player. Remember where Gus Bradley comes from -- the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks. Mack has got an edge and fits this defense better than anyone in the draft.
    4. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      There's some talk of taking a QB here, but I think the Browns will go with lineage. They'll take Matthews and put him opposite Joe Thomas, and get their QB at No. 26.
    5. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      This could be Johnny Manziel, but the Raiders don't have much at WR right now, and Watkins is the most explosive WR in the draft. He's got to be there to help Matt Schaub.
    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      The Falcons need edge rushers, but the two best are off the board. Lewan is the most athletically gifted tackle in the draft, a plug-and-play tackle who'll play 8-10 years. He'll immediately make Matt Ryan a better QB.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Manziel and Bortles are possibilities, but the best playmaker on the board is Evans. With his height, vertical ability and great catch radius, he's too good a positional player to pass on.
    8. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Mike Zimmer loves his corners, and the No. 1 corner is Gilbert. The Vikings were No. 32 in points allowed last year. Gilbert immediately steps in and helps their defensive backfield.
    9. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Eric Ebron is possible, but I would take Martin. You can play him at tackle or guard, even center, and he'll do it at a high level. He will help make E.J. Manuel a better quarterback.
    10. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      With Gilbert off the board, the Lions fill an area of need with Dennard. He's a plug-and-play corner who is best in press coverage.
    11. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      The Titans want a corner, but I think Bortles is Ken Whisenhunt's guy. He'll need that redshirt year, but the Titans could let Jake Locker play, then come back the next year and have their quarterback of the future.
    12. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Eli needs a buddy. The Giants were No. 28 in points scored, and Ebron is the most gifted tight end I've seen in a while as a vertical threat. If he's willing to work at blocking, he's a Pro Bowl tight end.
    13. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      St. Louis needs to complement its first pick. Robinson will keep Sam Bradford healthy, Beckham gives him another weapon.
    14. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      This was one of the worst defensive teams in football last year. Pryor reminds me of Bob Sanders with the way he flies all over the field, and he'll stabilize the back end of this defense.
    15. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Steelers could trade down, but if they don't, Fuller is their guy. Ike Taylor is 34; Fuller can play inside or outside, press or off.
    16. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      If it's my pick, I'd upgrade this defense with Donald or Clinton-Dix. But this is Jerry's world. Tony Romo is 34 and coming off his second back surgery, and I think this team is further away from winning a championship than people think. Can Jerry Jones pass up on this kid? I don't believe so.
    17. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Mosley is a great fit for the Ravens -- an inside linebacker who played in a 3-4 at Alabama. He makes this defense better immediately.
    18. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Along with Beckham, Cooks is the best route runner in this draft. He brings explosion after the catch and gives Geno Smith another target outside.
    19. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      A trade down is possible, but if they sit, they've got to rebuild their offensive line. Kouandjio helps them get better and will be the fifth OT off the board.
    20. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      Derek Carr will be an option, but the Cardinals probably feel they're close enough to be in the title hunt with Carson Palmer if they add another player or two. Barr is the ultimate replacement for 36-year-old John Abraham. He's going to be a phenomenal player in two to three years.
    21. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Shazier is a linebacker made for today's NFL. He has 4.38 speed at 237 pounds and can play inside in the base and all over the place in sub-packages. He'll be an immediate playmaker.
    22. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      If the Eagles want to be a Super Bowl team, they have to get better on the backend. Clinton-Dix can play free safety and strong safety, and improves defensive coordinator Billy Davis' secondary.
    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      The Chiefs lost Dexter McCluster, a wideout and return man. They can upgrade and get younger with Lee. He runs great routes and can also help in their return game.
    24. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Quarterback will be a consideration, but if Donald -- my No. 12-ranked prospect -- slides this far, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will jump up and down and grab him here.
    25. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      This team needs a corner desperately. Roby is the second-most physically gifted corner in the draft. He has some issues off the field, but I think he can be a corner with upside in San Diego.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      The Browns come back and draft their QB of the future at No. 26. Bridgewater is the long-term answer, but could redshirt a year behind Brian Hoyer, giving him time to add to his frame and get comfortable at the pro level.
    27. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

      Basketball on grass continues for this team, as Benjamin joins Meachem, Colston and Graham. Along with Evans, he has the best catch radius in the draft and will complement what Sean Payton likes to do.
    28. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      Projected trade to Raiders

      *Projected trade with Carolina

      With the tackles and WRs in the draft decimated, the Panthers find a trade partner with Oakland, which trades from No. 36 and gives up a fourth- and sixth-round pick. The Raiders get a QB to develop behind Schaub, while the Panthers can still get a tackle like Joel Bitonio in the next round.

    29. Jace Amaro

      TE

      Texas Tech

      If the Pats stay put, Amaro makes a ton of sense. At his size he's a glorified wide receiver who can split wide or play in the slot, and gives Brady another young weapon.
    30. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      I see the 49ers trying to trade up, but if they have to stay here, Tuitt is a perfect fit in a physical division, and Justin Smith is 35 years old.
    31. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      Verrett is one of my favorite players in the draft. His only issue is he's 5-9, but with Chris Harris' injury, Verrett can step in from Day 1 in the nickel and also compete on the outside.
    32. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

      CB

      Nebraska

      Jean-Baptiste is a former wide receiver like Richard Sherman, but has the size of Brandon Browner. He fits what Seattle does as a long corner and has significant upside.
  2. Daniel Jeremiah

    Full Analysis

    May 8, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Clowney is the most talented player in this draft class and I expect Houston to select him if they canít trade out.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      I mentioned a few weeks ago that Manziel could be in play with this pick. I still believe thatís a real possibility but Robinson would be tough to pass up.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      This decision will likely come down to Mack and Watkins. They canít go wrong with either player.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      This decision will likely come down to a choice between Watkins, Manziel or Matthews.
    5. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      The Raiders are smitten with Evans, but Derek Carr could be in play here as well.
    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      I think the Falcons will make an effort to move up for one of the top pass rushers but if they stay here, one of the offensive tackles seems to be the likely choice.
    7. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Aaron Donald would be tempting here, but Manziel could be the long-term answer at QB for Lovie Smith.
    8. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      The Vikings pair up Gilbert with last yearís first-rounder, Xavier Rhodes.
    9. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      The Bills need to help out their young quarterback in this draft. Matthews would team up with Cordy Glenn to give the Bills an outstanding set of young offensive tackles.
    10. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Eric Ebron would be tempting with this pick, but they need to upgrade their secondary.
    11. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      I think the Titans will bring in some competition at quarterback, but theyíll wait to do so in the middle rounds. Ebron would add a dynamic weapon in the passing game.
    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Martinís stock has continued to rise throughout the spring. He is capable of playing all five spots on the line.
    13. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Adding Donald to this DL would be scary.
    14. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pryor would be a massive upgrade at safety.
    15. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Steelers would be bypassing several outstanding WRs in this scenario but they can circle back for a pass catcher in a later round.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      The Cowboys need to address their pass rush and Barr brings plenty of production and upside.
    17. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Mosley would be an outstanding value with this selection.
    18. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Beckham would team up with Eric Decker to give Geno Smith (or Michael Vick) a talented pass-catching duo.
    19. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      There isnít an offensive tackle worthy of this spot and the Dolphins decide to take the explosive Ohio State linebacker.
    20. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      This is an ideal situation for both Carr and the Cardinals. He can sit behind Carson Palmer for a year before taking over the job.
    21. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      The Packers add another weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
    22. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      The Eagles need more playmakers in their secondary and Clinton-Dix would be an ideal fit.
    23. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Cooks has the speed Andy Reid is looking for at the wide receiver spot.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Roby comes with some baggage, but heís as physically gifted as any cornerback in the draft class.
    25. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      The Chargers could nab Louis Nix with this selection but the need to upgrade the cornerback position is tough to ignore.
    26. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Bortles and Watkins would provide a nice 1-2 punch for the Browns' offense.
    27. Marcus Smith

      OLB

      Louisville

      This is probably a little early for Smith, but heís an intriguing edge rusher.
    28. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      The Panthers need wide receiver help, but they are in desperate need of tackle help, too. They go tackle with this spot and address the receiving void in following rounds.
    29. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      Su'a-Filo is the top guard in the draft class and heíd be a great fit in NE.
    30. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

      CB

      Nebraska

      I doubt the 49ers will be selecting right here. I expect them to trade up for a cornerback or wide receiver.
    31. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Hageman has a huge upside and would benefit by playing in a talented defensive front in Denver.
    32. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      Tuitt would be a nice replacement for Red Bryant.
  3. Charles Davis

    Full Analysis

    May 6, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      He'll be the first pick in the draft whether it's Houston making the selection or a team that traded into this slot.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Rams secure top-rated OT, although Johnny Manziel might be too much for them to resist here.
    3. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Most dynamic playmaker in the draft. Khalil Mack will get heavy consideration, as well.
    4. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Keep hearing the Browns want their QB at pick No. 26, but Johnny Football is a splash pick that won't wait.
    5. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Raiders need an impact player with this pick, and this young man is it.
    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Falcons seeking toughness, and they get it with this Michigan Man. But, Jake Matthews is a good alternative.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Pairs with WR Vincent Jackson to challenge the NFC South secondaries. OT a strong possibility here, too.
    8. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Mosley is one of the top 10 players in the draft. Vikes pass on QB (Teddy Bridgewater?) here to build defense.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Bills need to help young QB EJ Manuel, and the best TE in the draft will provide.
    10. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Lions need help in the secondary, and Gilbert's size will come in handy against divisional rivals.
    11. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Titans have a few highly rated CBs to choose from. Hearing they really like this former Hokie.
    12. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Giants can't believe their luck. They land a "plug and play" OT to help QB Eli Manning.
    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Had thought safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be the pick here, but have been convinced that Rams like the "Louisville Slugger" better.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Draft board plays out perfectly for Bears, who get the guy they wanted.
    15. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Could be a CB here, but Steelers "throw" Big Ben a speedy target.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      He's not DeMarcus Ware (yet), but Cowboys are excited about his potential.
    17. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Will pair with last year's first-round pick, Matt Elam to give Baltimore a formidable last line of defense.
    18. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Speed needed to help free up Eric Decker underneath. Cooks has plenty to spare.
    19. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Could play OT, G, or even C. He fills a screaming OL need.
    20. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Carson Palmer, meet -- and tutor -- your eventual replacement. No pressure for the rookie to start right away bodes well.
    21. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Packers think TE, but defense gets speedy, versatile defender that can be a playmaker.
    22. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Thrives on press-man coverage, and is supremely confident in his abilities.
    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      The Chiefs welcome this complement to WR Dwayne Bowe.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Bengals want a playmaking corner, and they like Ohio State players.
    25. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

      Chargers get bigger, and younger, up front on defense.
    26. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      Browns get a tackle to pair with Joe Thomas and help Johnny Football acclimate.
    27. Stanley Jean-Baptiste

      CB

      Nebraska

      Long, rangy CB that is needed to match up with big WRs of division rivals Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
    28. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      WR is the popular need pick here, but with retirement of LT Jordan Gross, this big man assumes "Cam duty".
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      His flash plays really stand out, and Pats tend to bring out best in their players.
    30. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      Has the size and length to be a force on the D-line. Plus, he can learn from All-Pro Justin Smith.
    31. Joel Bitonio

      OT

      Nevada

      Intelligent technician who has played well against good pass rushers. Exactly what the Broncos need.
    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      The best true guard in the draft, Su'a Filo fits exactly what the reigning Super Bowl champs like to do on offense -- be physical.
  4. Charley Casserly

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Best talent in draft, but not ideal for the 3-4 defense. Trading back for Khalil Mack is a possibility. All the focus now is on trading up for a QB at the end of the first round.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Robinson is the best tackle in the draft. Play him on the right side and then he can eventually replace Jake Long on the left side.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Sammy Watkins is a possibility here, but Mack is too good of a pass rusher to pass up.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      This would give the Browns two dynamite receivers.
    5. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Mike Evans is a possibility here, too.
    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      The Falcons improve their pass protection immediately. I think they will try to deal to get a pass rusher.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      The Buccaneers could use a receiver, but don't count out Aaron Donald here.
    8. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      The Vikings are going to take best defensive player on the board.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Ebron gives the Bills a threat at tight end. Best player available at this point in the draft.
    10. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      The Lions have needed cornerbacks for years. They get a good one in Gilbert.
    11. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Anthony Barr has to be a consideration, too.
    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      The Giants need to get a tackle. Martin is an immediate upgrade on the left side.
    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pryor fills a weak spot on the team.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      They need a defensive tackle who can get upfield.
    15. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Ben Roethlisberger needs a big-time weapon. Cornerback is also a consideration.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      He will help their pass rush.
    17. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Will be a good complement at safety to Matt Elam.
    18. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      They need speed opposite Eric Decker. I see a trade up for Beckham.
    19. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      The Dolphins need help on the offensive line, especially at right tackle. Does he pass the physical?
    20. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      I think they take Anthony Barr if he was here. Bortles will be the quarterback of the future.
    21. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      Packers add to D-line.
    22. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      I see the Eagles trying to trade up for Beckham.
    23. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Chiefs would probably trade back to take a receiver later in the draft and try to recoup a third-round pick.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Bengals need a cornerback. Roby has talent that needs to be refined.
    25. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      Cyrus Kouandjio has to be a consideration if he passes their physical.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      The green room wait stops for Bridgewater.
    27. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      The Saints need a cornerback and outside linebacker, but the first-rounders have run out at those positions.
    28. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      Kelvin Benjamin could come into this discussion.
    29. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

      Projected trade to Raiders
      Trade with New England here. Raiders move back into first round for Carr.
    30. Cody Latimer

      WR

      Indiana

      They need a speed receiver.
    31. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Projected trade to Jaguars
      Jaguars trade with Denver to get back into first round and land Manziel.
    32. Jace Amaro

      TE

      Texas Tech

      They could pick a defensive lineman here, but probably will trade back with a team needing a quarterback.
  5. Bucky Brooks

    Full Analysis

    May 1, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      A defensive front line featuring Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus would catapult the Texans defense to the top of the AFC.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Robinson is A dominant run blocker with the athleticism to quickly develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber offensive tackle on Sam Bradford's blindside.
    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      Gus Bradley would welcome the energy and spectacular playmaking ability that Manziel would bring to Jacksonville.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Adding an explosive weapon such as Watkins to a lineup featuring Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would make the Browns offense downright scary to defend.
    5. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Matt Schaub could regain his Pro Bowl form in 2014, which would allow the team to slowly develop Bortles for a key role down the road.
    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Upgrading the protection around Matt Ryan is a priority for the Falcons after watching the franchise quarterback get 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

      The Vikings would love to give Mike Zimmer a dynamic linebacker to incorporate into his aggressive scheme.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      Giving EJ Manuel a dynamic weapon at tight end should help the young quarterback dramatically improve as a pocket passer in his second season.
    10. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Dennard is a tough, gritty cover man with the instincts to thrive behind the Lions' dominant frontline.
    11. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Ray Horton's success with Patrick Peterson in Arizona could prompt the Titans to add an athletic cover corner with exceptional ball skills.
    12. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      The G-Men captured a pair of Super Bowl titles behind a dominant defensive line. Donald is the disruptive force the team needs to bolster a pass rush that needs an infusion of athleticism and talent on the interior.
    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      Gregg Williams' best defenses have always featured a disruptive safety in the middle of the field.
    14. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Pryor is the forceful presence the Bears need to upgrade a secondary that's lacked a Pro Bowl-caliber safety for years.
    15. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      The Steelers need another playmaker on the perimeter to alleviate the pressure on Antonio Brown to carry the passing game.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      Barr would be a nice fill-in for DeMarcus Ware off the edge.
    17. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      Ozzie Newsome is one of the best in the business at finding Pro Bowlers at every stage of the draft. Lewan would be the next in line, if he is available at this pick.
    18. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Adding an explosive playmaker like Lee would help Geno Smith and Michael Vick become better playmakers 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 line.
    20. Dee Ford

      DE

      Auburn

      Ford could serve as an apprentice for John Abraham before replacing the venerable veteran as the Cardinals' designated pass rusher.
    21. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Dom Capers would tap into Mosley's versatile skills as a three-down linebacker in the Packers' exotic 3-4 scheme.
    22. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Adding a long, rangy athlete like Fuller would help the Eagles employ aggressive bump-and-run tactics to slow down the elite receivers in the NFC East.
    23. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Andy Reid had success with DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia, so it's possible that he envisions Cooks adding a dynamic element to the Chiefs' passing game.
    24. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Shazier is a disruptive defenders capable of wreaking havoc off the edges as a designated pass rusher.
    25. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      Roby's recent off-field transgression could plummet his stock on draft day, but he is so talented the Chargers would have a tough time bypassing on a potential lockdown corner.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      GM Ray Farmer is comfortable taking a number of quarterback prospects at this pick. Bridgewater is the most pro-ready of them all, despite his slide on draft boards across the league.
    27. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      Ealy isn't a polished player at this point, but he shows tremendous promise as a designated pass rusher.
    28. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      The departure of Jordan Gross could force GM Dave Gettleman to focus his efforts on finding a blind-side pass protector for Cam Newton.
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      It's hard to find athletic defenders with Hageman's physical tools. Effort and desire are concerns, but Bill Belichick could take a chance on a "boom or bust" prospect with immense potential.
    30. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      Verrett is arguably the top corner in the draft, but size concerns could make him available at the bottom of the first round.
    31. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      After watching his offensive line bullied at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, John Fox insists on adding a beefy blocker with a nasty disposition.
    32. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      The Seahawks overcame a patchwork offensive line to claim their first Super Bowl title. Moses would fill a huge void at right tackle as an athletic edge blocker ideally suited for a zone-based blocking scheme.
  6. Brian Baldinger

    Full Analysis

    April 24, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      After all the talk and all the posturing, I think the Texans go with the best and most talented player in the draft. Romeo Crennel and J.J. Watt get the most out of his abilities. Watch out, Andrew Luck.
    2. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Matthews' Pro Football Hall of Fame dad was a teammate of Jeff Fisher's at USC. The Rams don't have to overthink this one; take what you know. Put him on the right side with Jake Long at left tackle and build Sam Bradford a wall.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      David Caldwell was in Atlanta when the Falcons took Matt Ryan, but Caldwell knows there is no Matt Ryan in this draft. Gus Bradley wants an edge rusher at OLB and Mack is the best one in this draft.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Brian Hoyer's coming back as the quarterback and the Browns know they can win games with him. Give him Watkins to add with Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon, and now you have some offensive weapons to compete in a defensive-minded division.
    5. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      They need a quarterback, but I think Matt Schaub can win them some games. And he can win a lot more games if he's protected. The best tackle available is Robinson.
    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      The Raiders' pick of Robinson really spoils things for Atlanta, which really needs a tackle. But Lewan is not bad. You can play him at right tackle and help protect Matt Ryan.
    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      Outside of Vincent Jackson, there aren't a lot of offensive weapons for Josh McCown. Evans makes a lot of sense, especially when you think about the success McCown had in Chicago last year with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
    8. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      Mike Zimmer has always done it through defense everywhere he's been. As much as they need a quarterback, Barr would be a great fit for Zimmer. He's only played linebacker for two years, but I think his upside is all in the NFL. Two years from now I think he'll be a Pro Bowl player.
    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      The Bills have pretty good wide receivers, but tight end is a big need. Ebron would really help that offense and its young quarterback, EJ Manuel.
    10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      It's never a draft unless the Lions look for a defensive back. Justin Gilbert is sitting there, but I have my reservations about what he's going to be in the NFL. Clinton-Dix fills a position of need.
    11. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      The Jake Locker era is winding down and Ken Whisenhunt has shown an ability to work with quarterbacks and to protect them.
    12. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      The Giants need a leader on defense. They acquired LB Jon Beason last year, but it's time to add a natural middle linebacker.
    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      Defense defines the NFC West and the Rams are closing the gap on the Seahawks, 49ers and Cardinals. Add another fierce hitter to a fast, young, talented defense.
    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      The Bears were last againts the run in 2013 and tied for last in sacks. Donald helps in both areas.
    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Dennard is a natural Steeler -- a lock-up man-to-man defender and the best tackling cornerback in the draft.
    16. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

      The Cowboys need to strengthen the trenches. Jernigan has violent hands and can help plug holes to free up the linebackers behind him.
    17. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      The Ravens were poor offensively last year and the biggest issue was the poor play of the line. Martin will be the consistent right tackle the Ravens were hoping Michael Oher would be.
    18. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Rex Ryan collects corners because his defense doesn't work if they can't lock up. The Jets have lost Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis in back-to-back years. Wide receiver can wait until Round 2.
    19. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

      If the medicals on Kouandjio's knee check out, this is a good pick for Miami. He is a dominant player and a great run blocker when healthy. And he can start at right tackle immediately.
    20. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Todd Bowles has a good defense built on speed, and Shazier would make the Cardinals even faster. Bowles could play him in nickel with Daryl Washington.
    21. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

      TE

      Washington

      Jermichael Finley is in doubt of ever returning. Aaron Rodgers needs a monster target to work the middle of field.
    22. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

      The Eagles replace DeSean Jackson with a much bigger target, and Chip Kelly wants to get bigger at that position.
    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      Andy Reid wants to throw the football and the Chiefs need better targets to throw to. They would be ecstatic if Lee were available.
    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      The Bengals scout Ohio State every weekend and loved what they saw from Roby. It's an area of need with the injury to Leon Hall and the age on Terence Newman and Adam Jones.
    25. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      The Chargers have to revamp this position especially in that division, where they are chasing the Broncos and all of their aerial weapons.
    26. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      We all know the owner has been in love with Manziel from the very beginning. In this scenario he slips. On May 8?
    27. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      Keep the weapons coming for Drew Brees and Sean Peyton. Attack. Attack. Attack. The Saints can always get a cornerback in the second round.
    28. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      Time to stock the shelves for Cam Newton at a weak position that was further depleted in the offseason.
    29. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

      Age up front and injuries made the Patriots vulnerable to the run a year ago. Tuitt would add size and some pass rush to a group that has to get younger and more talented.
    30. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Justin Smith can't keep doing this forever. It's time to add talent, size and potential. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula can get the most out of this kid.
    31. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      The Broncos lost left guard Zane Beadles in free agency. They have to make sure Peyton Manning gets all the protection he can. Su'a-Filo helps keep the wall strong.
    32. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      The Seahawks lost Breno Giacomini in free agency, and right tackle is a huge hole. The massive Moses steps in and adds size and talent to a line that is so important to the Seahawks' style of play.
  7. Matt Smith

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

      Itís the only pick (I think) that hasnít changed from start to finish in this process.
    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

      Theyíve been too open with their pursuit of Manziel, so Iím calling smokescreen. Robinson is elite, (wasn't Jason Smith considered elite, too? Uh-oh). Protect Sam Bradford, your $78 million man.
    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

      Tempted to go Sammy Watkins here, but Mack seems like a perfect Gus Bradley player.
    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

      Browns fans might want Johnny Manziel, but you put Sammy Watkins opposite Josh Gordon, and AFC North DCs will shudder at the thought of trying to slow them down. Theyíll get their QB at No. 26.
    5. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

      They believe in QB Matt Schaub, so get him a No. 1-caliber WR.
    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

      Sure, they gave big money to LT Sam Baker last offseason, but GM Thomas Dimitroff hasnít had much success drafting OL talent. Matthews has the ability, and genes, to really test his failure rate.
    7. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

      Might be my favorite pick in the first round. I think of what Lovie Smith did with Tommie Harris in Chicago. You put his motor and relentlessness next to Gerald McCoy, and you sort of get a two-for-one, with Donald himself, and the increased production from McCoy.
    8. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

      The DL was addressed in free agency as was CB. With Harrison Smith and Clinton-Dix securing the back end of that defense, Mike Zimmer has a shot to have a special unit in the NFC North.
    9. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

      They invested in the QB last year, now protect EJ Manuel this year, and see what you have at the position.
    10. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

      Jumps Justin Gilbert as the top corner in the class. Great instincts, and with the Lions' pass rush, he could quickly become very special.
    11. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

      You look at this roster, and theyíre only some solid QB play away. Why does Manziel slip this far? The ďbest player availableĒ selection is too tempting with all the talent at the top of this draft.
    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

      Theyíre tempted to take C.J. Mosley or Calvin Pryor, but that OL need is too great, and Martin has acquitted himself well throughout the draft process.
    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

      They get their O-lineman, and they get their safety. Itís a wildly productive first round for GM Les Snead.
    14. Deone Bucannon

      SS

      Washington St.

      Remember, everyone said GM Phil Emery "overdrafted" Shea McClellin and Kyle Long. He's going to pick the guy he likes. Bucannon has been on the Bears' radar all through the draft process. He has a high football IQ, was a three-time WSU Captain and never missed a game. Plus, heís coming off a Pac-12 leading 111-tackle, 6-interception season.
    15. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

      Their corners are old. Gilbert isnít.
    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

      They lose DeMarcus Ware, but gain Barr. Their measurables, by the way -- Ware: 6-foot-4, 258 pounds. Barr: 6-5, 255.
    17. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

      How in the world does it always happen for the Ravens? I know they love Eric Ebron, but they never imagined a talent like Beckham slipping this far. Kudos to GM Ozzie Newsome for being in the right place (again) at the right time.
    18. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

      I know Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee are still on the board, but there is depth at the WR position. Ebron is a massive upgrade over Jeff Cumberland, and one heck of a safety valve for Geno Smith.
    19. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

      That offensive line needs a dramatic makeover, and taking the best guard in the draft to plug between Branden Albert and Mike Pouncey is a marked improvement.
    20. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

      Theyíre tempted by Ryan Shazier and Morgan Moses, but Bortles is too much in the mold of a QB that coach Bruce Arians loves, and it wonít hurt a bit to sit behind Carson Palmer and learn for a season before heís called upon.
    21. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

      Add him to a group with Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk and Julius Peppers, and look the heck out.
    22. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

      Chip Kelly is tempted to take a WR to replace the departed DeSean Jackson, but he can address the position in the second round. CB is a more pressing need, and Fuller is rising up draft boards.
    23. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

      They have a ton of holes thanks to free-agent departures. Dwayne Boweís disappointing 2013 increases the need for a new target to keep defenses honest so Jamaal Charles can get to work.
    24. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

      Take the most talented defensive player on the board and do what you do best, Marvin Lewis.
    25. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

      They have needs all over the defense. But the idea of pairing the most dominant WR from the Pac-12 in 2012 with the most dominant receiver from the conference in 2011 (Keenan Allen) is too much to pass up.
    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

      I still canít figure out how a pro day cost him as much as it did. Heís the No. 1 QB on too many scouts' boards to fall out of the first round. Steps into a great situation with Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins.
    27. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

      They really, really, really need CB depth. ... Did I mention they need help at CB?
    28. Joel Bitonio

      OT

      Nevada

      That offensive line is depleted. This is a start on a darn near complete makeover.
    29. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

      Versatile and productive. Just how Bill Belichick likes his D-linemen.
    30. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

      Addresses a position of need, and he brings good value at pick No. 30.
    31. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

      Peyton Manning will stare daggers through his front office if it doesn't add a protector for him. Moses is the highest-rated OL left on the board.
    32. Kony Ealy

      DE

      Missouri

      Pete Carroll likes versatile and productive linemen that can get after it, too.
  8. Chase Goodbread

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

    3. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

    5. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

    6. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

    8. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

    9. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

    10. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

    11. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

    13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

    15. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

    17. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

    18. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

    19. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

    20. Derek Carr

      QB

      Fresno St.

    21. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

    22. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

    23. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

    24. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

    25. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

    27. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

    28. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

    29. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

    30. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

    31. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

    32. Kelvin Benjamin

      WR

      Florida St.

  9. Mike Huguenin

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

    2. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

    4. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

    5. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

    8. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

    9. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

    10. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

    11. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

    12. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

    16. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

    17. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

    18. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

    19. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

    20. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

    21. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

    22. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

    25. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

    26. Teddy Bridgewater

      QB

      Louisville

    27. Marcus Martin

      C

      USC

    28. Morgan Moses

      OT

      Virginia

    29. Dominique Easley

      DT

      Florida

    30. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

    31. Ra'Shede Hageman

      DT

      Minnesota

    32. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

  10. Bryan Fischer

    Full Analysis

    May 7, 2014

    1. Jadeveon Clowney

      DE

      South Carolina

    2. Khalil Mack

      OLB

      Buffalo

    3. Johnny Manziel

      QB

      Texas A&M

    4. Greg Robinson

      OT

      Auburn

    5. Sammy Watkins

      WR

      Clemson

    6. Jake Matthews

      OT

      Texas A&M

    7. Mike Evans

      WR

      Texas A&M

    8. C.J. Mosley

      ILB

      Alabama

    9. Zack Martin

      OT

      Notre Dame

    10. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

      FS

      Alabama

    11. Anthony Barr

      OLB

      UCLA

    12. Taylor Lewan

      OT

      Michigan

    13. Calvin Pryor

      FS

      Louisville

    14. Aaron Donald

      DT

      Pittsburgh

    15. Darqueze Dennard

      CB

      Michigan St.

    16. Timmy Jernigan

      NT

      Florida St.

    17. Eric Ebron

      TE

      North Carolina

    18. Odell Beckham

      WR

      LSU

    19. Xavier Su'a-Filo

      OG

      UCLA

    20. Ryan Shazier

      OLB

      Ohio St.

    21. Louis Nix

      NT

      Notre Dame

    22. Kyle Fuller

      CB

      Virginia Tech

    23. Marqise Lee

      WR

      USC

    24. Bradley Roby

      CB

      Ohio St.

    25. Justin Gilbert

      CB

      Oklahoma St.

    26. Blake Bortles

      QB

      Central Florida

    27. Jason Verrett

      CB

      TCU

    28. Cyrus Kouandjio

      OT

      Alabama

    29. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

      TE

      Washington

    30. Brandin Cooks

      WR

      Oregon St.

    31. Joel Bitonio

      OT

      Nevada

    32. Stephon Tuitt

      DE

      Notre Dame

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