2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 2.0: Lions get sidekick for Megatron

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Feb. 21, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    Coach Bill O'Brien could certainly opt for a quarterback at the top spot, but passing on a mercurial talent like Clowney could be hard to justify down the road.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Questions about Matthews' overall athleticism could prompt the Rams to take Greg Robinson at this pick. However, coach Jeff Fisher's relationship with Bruce Matthews could sway the Rams in this direction.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Coach Gus Bradley has seen the impact of a diminutive playmaker with exceptional skills after spending a season with Russell Wilson in Seattle. With Manziel displaying similar athletic traits and a dynamic personality, Bradley could hand the keys to the Jaguars offense to the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    QB
    Louisville
     
    Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's adaptable offense makes Bridgewater a terrific fit in Cleveland. The Louisville star is a polished pocket passer, but is athletic enough to execute the movement-based passing game that's a staple of Shanahan's system.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    Coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie are under strict orders to win in 2014 or risk losing their jobs. Hitting a home run on a quarterback could earn a reprieve from the firing line.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Auburn
     
    GM Thomas Dimitroff has openly discussed the need to improve in the trenches after seeing Matt Ryan get sacked 44 times. Robinson is a dominant edge player with the strength, power and athleticism to pummel defensive ends on the perimeter.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Coach Lovie Smith will make getting after the passer a priority in Tampa. Barr is an explosive linebacker with blitz skills. Additionally, he has the size and athleticism to match up with the big-bodied tight ends that dominate the NFC South.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    Expect coach Mike Zimmer to put a huge emphasis on playing great defense in Minnesota. Mack is a disruptive defender capable of helping the Vikings produce more turnovers in 2014.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    The Bills offense features intriguing weapons on the perimeter, but a threat down the middle would take the passing game to another level. Ebron is an athletic playmaker with the size and speed to overwhelm defenders between the hashes.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    WR
    Clemson
     
    The Lions desperately need a home-run hitter opposite Calvin Johnson to take advantage of the one-on-one matchups on the backside. Watkins is a big play waiting to happen with the ball in his hands.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    The Titans could look to upgrade the secondary by adding a playmaking corner with size, speed and athleticism. Gilbert also brings value as a dangerous return man in the kicking game.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Michigan
     
    GM Jerry Reese needs to fortify the frontline after watching Eli Manning nearly beaten to pulp in the pocket. Lewan is an underrated athlete with a game that is quickly rounding into form.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    The rise of press coverage in the NFC West could lead Jeff Fisher to add a young, physical corner to the mix. Dennard is technically sound with a gritty demeanor that ideally suits new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
     
    The Florida State star is an ideal fit as a three-technique in a penetrating 4-3 scheme. Jernigan would shine in a system conducive to his skills as a disruptive defender.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    FS
    Alabama
     
    The Steelers have to find a replacement for Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu in the back end. Clinton-Dix is a perfect fit as a playmaking safety with outstanding ball skills and awareness.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    FS
    Louisville
     
    Finding a playmaking safety in the deep middle is a top priority for the Cowboys. Pryor is a hard hitter with underrated playmaking ability.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    The loss of Anquan Boldin robbed Joe Flacco of a big-bodied receiver to target in the red zone. Evans is a jump ball specialist with the length and athleticism to dominate smaller defenders on the perimeter.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    USC
     
    The Jets desperately need a playmaker on the perimeter to help Geno Smith take his game to the next level. Lee is super explosive with the ball in his hands.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    The Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin scandal leaves the Dolphins with a huge void along the frontline. Martin is a versatile player capable of excelling at guard or tackle for the 'Phins.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    TE
    Washington
     
    The Cardinals have developed a lethal passing game under Arians, but a big-bodied pass catcher between the hashes would create more room for Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    NT
    Notre Dame
     
    Defensive coordinator Dom Capers returns as the defensive coordinator, but the Packers need to replenish the defensive line to help the defense return to prominence. Nix is a stout run stuffer at the point of attack, with enough athleticism to provide a push against the pass.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Coach Chip Kelly's explosive offense is built around speedy playmakers on the outside. Cooks is a big play artist with the speed and quickness to excel as a vertical threat or "catch and run" specialist.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    LSU
     
    The lack of speed and quickness on the perimeter prevents the Chiefs from pushing the ball down the field in the passing game. Beckham, Jr. is a speedster with exceptional quickness and burst. Plus, he shows excellent running skills with the ball in his hands. Those traits are coveted in coach Andy Reid's version of the west coast offense.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DE
    Missouri
     
    Michael Johnson is unlikely to return as a high-priced free agent, leading coach Marvin Lewis to lean toward taking the ultra-athletic Ealy to serve as his replacement.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    TCU
     
    A porous secondary limited the Chargers' ability to open up the defensive playbook. Verrett could allow the team to incorporate man-to-man coverage with his natural instincts and cover skills.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    New general manager Ray Farmer has promised to throw some curveballs in the draft. Drafting Roby would rank as a surprise to some, but adding a top-notch corner opposite Joe Haden would ensure the Browns are capable of matching up with high-flying offenses dominating the AFC.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DE
    Notre Dame
     
    The recent release of Will Smith creates another void along the Saints' frontline. Tuitt is an athletic five-technique with the size and length to occupy multiple blockers at the point of attack.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OT
    Alabama
     
    The possible retirement of Jordan Gross could force the Panthers to use their first selection on a big-bodied edge blocker. Kouandjio moves defenders off the ball and exhibits enough lateral quickness to hold up in pass protection.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    Texas Tech
     
    It's critical to give Tom Brady a few more weapons on the perimeter to make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl. Amaro is a sneaky athletic tight end with strong hands and outstanding ball skills.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    The 49ers would love to pair Aldon Smith with a young athletic defender with exceptional size and length. Hageman has been a bit of an underachiever at Minnesota, but his natural talent is undeniable.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    John Elway will look to remake the Broncos defense with an emphasis on young, athletic playmakers. Mosley is a versatile linebacker capable of staying on the field in every situation.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OG
    Stanford
     
    The presence of a dominant running game sets the table for Russell Wilson and company. Yankey is a powerful run blocker at the point of attack, yet also shows the athleticism to execute pulls and traps on the move.
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