2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: Manziel has dramatic fall

By Brian Baldinger |

Published: April 24, 2014 at 01:50 p.m.


  1. Pick No.
    1
    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. Pick No.
    2
    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. Pick No.
    3
    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. Pick No.
    4
    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. Pick No.
    5
    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. Pick No.
    6
    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. Pick No.
    7
    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. Pick No.
    8
    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. Pick No.
    9
    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. Pick No.
    10
    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. Pick No.
    11
    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. Pick No.
    12
    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. Pick No.
    13
    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. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    The Bears were last againts the run in 2013 and tied for last in sacks. Donald helps in both areas.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    Dennard is a natural Steeler -- a lock-up man-to-man defender and the best tackling cornerback in the draft.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    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. Pick No.
    17
    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. Pick No.
    18
    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. Pick No.
    19
    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. Pick No.
    20
    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. Pick No.
    21
    TE
    Washington
     
    Jermichael Finley is in doubt of ever returning. Aaron Rodgers needs a monster target to work the middle of field.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Florida St.
     
    The Eagles replace DeSean Jackson with a much bigger target, and Chip Kelly wants to get bigger at that position.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    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. Pick No.
    24
    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. Pick No.
    25
    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. Pick No.
    26
    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. Pick No.
    27
    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. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    LSU
     
    Time to stock the shelves for Cam Newton at a weak position that was further depleted in the offseason.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    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. Pick No.
    30
    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. Pick No.
    31
    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. Pick No.
    32
    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.
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