2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: Johnny Manziel to Browns

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Jan. 15, 2014 at 12:20 a.m.

Note: The 2014 NFL Draft order is not yet official. Selections Nos. 21-32 are determined by the results of the playoffs. A coin flip between the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will determine picks No. 16 and No. 17.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    Bill O'Brien bypasses the chance to take a quarterback to pair Clowney with J.J. Watt to create a formidable frontline.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    Jake Long's injury prompts Jeff Fisher to secure a franchise tackle to protect Sam Bradford.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Louisville
     
    General manager David Caldwell tabs Bridgewater to be the new face of the franchise.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Johnny Football would energize an organization desperate for a legitimate franchise quarterback.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    Bortles is not a finished product, but the Raiders could view him as an upgrade over Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Barr could give the Dirty Birds a pass-rushing presence that was absent in 2013 after the departure of John Abraham.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Lovie Smith would like to find a pass rusher to solidify the defense, but Matthews would complete a physically imposing offensive line.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    The Vikings defense needs an infusion of youth and athleticism along the frontline. Mack fits the bill as a versatile linebacker capable of rushing the passer or dropping into coverage.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    General manager Doug Whaley will look to add an explosive weapon in the middle of the field to help foster the growth of E.J. Manuel.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    he secondary has been the weakest link of the Lions defense for years. Gilbert will not only upgrade the back end, but he would become a star playing behind a ferocious frontline that creates persistent pressure on the passer.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    FS
    Alabama
    It's time for the Titans to had a playmaker in the middle of the field. Clinton-Dix is capable of thumping runners in the hole, while also floating over the top to eliminate the deep ball.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Michigan
    General manager Jerry Reese and coach Tom Coughlin will look to add a skilled big body to an offensive line desperate for a franchise player on the edge.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    OLB
    Ohio St.
    The Rams could add an explosive defender to a dominant frontline that features a host of young, athletic disruptors.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
    The lack of a dominant 3-technique rendered the Bears defense helpless against the run. Jernigan fills that void and gives the unit an energy player along the frontline.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Michigan St.
    As a former defensive back coach, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin recognizes the need to add a standout corner to an aging secondary.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DE
    Missouri
    Jerry Jones has been known to gamble on a player with significant upside. Ealy is as talented as they come, but his production doesn't match his athleticism at this point.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    WR
    Clemson
    A big-bodied receiver could be in play, and it would be hard for general manager Ozzie Newsome to bypass the top receiver in the draft at this point.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    USC
    Several receivers enjoyed better 2013 seasons, but the memory of Lee dominating the Pac-12 for two full seasons could prompt the Jets to pull the trigger on the explosive playmaker.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Notre Dame
    The Dolphins' offensive line struggled well before the Jonathan Martin incident, so identifying a solid offensive tackle is a top priority. Factor in Martin's ability to play inside or outside, he could be the ideal pick in Joe Philbin's mind.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    TE
    Washington
    The Cardinals need a legitimate threat in the middle of the field to take the passing game to the next level. Seferian-Jenkins is a big-bodied pass catcher in the mold of Rob Gronkowski.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    NT
    Notre Dame
    A safety could be in play at this pick, but a stout anchor in the middle would alleviate the pressure on the linebackers in the running game.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    FS
    Louisville
    The Eagles' secondary hasn't been right since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Pryor is a firecracker with the skills to shine as a run or pass defender in the Eagles' scheme.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    LSU
    Beckham's explosive running skills makes him a terrific fit in Andy Reid's version of the West Coast offense.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    ILB
    Alabama
    Marvin Lewis could look to add a three-down linebacker with versatile skills to young, athletic defense.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
    Roby would bring much-needed athleticism and playmaking ability to a Chargers secondary that struggled in pass coverage in 2013.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    WR
    Texas A&M
    Why not add Johnny Football's favorite target to the mix to alleviate the pressure on Josh Gordon on the perimeter? Evans would not only alter coverage, but he would give Manziel a jump-ball specialist to lean on in the red zone.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    TCU
    Rob Ryan dramatically improved the Saints defense with his exotic blitz schemes. Verrett would encourage more man coverage with his versatility and skill.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    Oregon St.
    Cam Newton would love the opportunity to throw to a Steve Smith clone on the perimeter. Cooks might be the best "catch and run" playmaker in the draft.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DE
    Notre Dame
    Bill Belichick could view Tuitt as a Richard Seymour clone capable of wreaking havoc in the Patriots' hybrid defensive scheme.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DT
    Minnesota
    Hageman is the kind of athlete capable of blossoming in the 49ers' program. Far from a finished product, Hageman has the size, speed and athleticism to be a dominant player on the interior.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    C
    Arkansas
    If Peyton Manning returns for 2014, it is imperative to add a solid body on the interior to fortify the middle.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    WR
    Florida St.
    The Seahawks are lacking a big receiver on the outside capable of wreaking havoc in the red zone. Benjamin is a Calvin Johnson-like playmaker with the size, speed and athleticism to succeed on the NFL.
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