2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: Bortles falls far

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 4, 2014 at 03:32 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    The athletic freak remains the choice for the Texans due to his disruptive potential as a pass rusher. With J.J. Watt on board to provide some veteran leadership, Clowney could quickly become the player most envisioned when watching him dominate the SEC as a youngster.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Greg Robinson could be in play, but Fisher's intimate knowledge of the Matthews family could make the difference in this scenario. Matthews is a "plug and play" prospect with the skills to be a Pro Bowler early in his career.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Manziel isn't a Russell Wilson clone, but he could intrigue Gus Bradley with his athleticism and playmaking ability.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    WR
    Clemson
     
    Ray Farmer has promised some curveball moves; this would certainly qualify with Teddy Bridgewater still on the board. However, Watkins would team with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron to give the Browns an explosive aerial attack.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    OT
    Auburn
     
    Reggie McKenzie could reach for a quarterback or take a franchise-caliber offensive tackle to secure the offensive line for the next decade. Robinson is an athletic marvel with the nasty disposition needed to dominate on the edges.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Michigan
     
    Protecting Matt Ryan is Thomas Dimitroff's top priority after watching the Falcons surrender 44 sacks a season ago.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    The argument could be waged that Buffalo LB Khalil Mack is a more polished product at this point, but Barr's length and athleticism make him a better fit as a SAM linebacker in Lovie Smith's defense.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Louisville
     
    The presence of Norv Turner at offensive coordinator leads the Vikings to take the most polished pocket passer in the draft. Bridgewater's experience in a pro-style, vertical passing game could help the Vikings hit the ground running in Mike Zimmer's first season.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    The Bills desperately need a playmaker in the middle of the field to foster EJ Manuel's development. Ebron is the most athletic tight end in the draft, with the size and athleticism to make life easier for the Bills' franchise quarterback.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    The Lions need a lockdown corner to stabilize a secondary that has struggled in recent years. Gilbert is a ball-hawking corner with size, speed and athleticism to match up with the big-bodied receivers dominating the NFC North.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    The Titans would be delighted to see Mack fall out of the top 10. The Buffalo standout would give new defensive coordinator Ray Horton a versatile playmaker to feature in his 3-4 scheme.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    Adding Evans to the mix would give Eli Manning a big-bodied receiver to target in the red zone. With vivid memories of Plaxico Burress terrorizing NFC East opponents in his hey day, Jerry Reese could make a wild-card selection to help his quarterback get back on track.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    Conventional wisdom would suggest that the Rams need a No. 1 receiver, but Fisher's defensive background could lead him to take the top press corner in the draft to keep up with the elite defenses in the NFC West.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
     
    The Bears desperately need to rebuild their defense along the frontline. Jernigan is a high-motor defender with outstanding strength and athleticism.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    FS
    Alabama
     
    With Ryan Clark unlikely to return, the Steelers need to add a pure free safety to the lineup. Clinton-Dix is an instinctive playmaker with the speed and athleticism to eliminate the deep balls between the numbers.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    Rod Marinelli will energize the Cowboys' defense with his forceful personality, but he needs a disruptive three-technique in place to make the Tampa 2 scheme work. Donald is a beast at the point of attack, with a non-stop motor and explosive first-step quickness.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Gary Kubiak's arrival as offensive coordinator will force the Ravens to tweak their blocking schemes to feature more zone-based concepts. Martin is a terrific position blocker capable of making contributions at offensive tackle or guard.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    USC
     
    Geno Smith will never reach his potential until the Jets surround him with a talented supporting cast on the outside. Lee is a dynamic receiver with all of the tools to develop into an explosive No. 1 receiver as a pro.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    NT
    Notre Dame
     
    The Dolphins elected not to place the franchise tag on NT Paul Soliai, leaving a huge void in the middle of the defense. Nix is a disruptive force at the point of attack.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    It would likely take a wild scenario for Bortles to be available at this stage of the draft, but the Cardinals need a young quarterback in place to succeed Carson Palmer in a year or so. Bortles is not only the right fit for Bruce Arians' system, but he undoubtedly would benefit from a year on the sidelines before being thrust into action.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    FS
    Louisville
     
    The Packers' safeties were awful against the run and pass a season ago. Pryor addresses an obvious need, while giving the Packers a presence in the middle of the field that's been missing since Nick Collins roamed between the hashes.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Roby is arguably the most gifted corner in the 2014 class. He is a natural No. 1 corner with the skills to match up with elite receivers.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    LSU
     
    The Chiefs need more speed and explosiveness on the perimeter. Beckham is a speed merchant with a polished overall game.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DE
    Auburn
     
    The potential loss of Michael Johnson could put the Bengals in the market for a pass rusher. Ford is an explosive edge player with the non-stop motor and burst to become a disruptive force off the corner.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    TCU
     
    Verrett might be the most complete corner in the draft. He is at his best locking down receivers in man coverage, but his willingness to thump runners on the edge makes him a likely starter from Day 1.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    RB
    Ohio St.
     
    The Browns could certainly opt to take a quarterback at this point, but the presence of Brian Hoyer and a possible fascination with a small-school trigger man (Jimmy Garoppolo) could lead to another surprising pick. Hyde would give the Browns a rugged runner to lean on, while also allowing Ray Farmer to build up a supporting cast that's capable of carrying a young quarterback through his inevitable struggles.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DE
    Missouri
     
    Rob Ryan needs more pass rushers in the stable to wreak havoc on opponents with his blitz-happy schemes. Ealy is raw, but his combination of speed and athleticism could make him a force as an edge player in an attack scheme.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OT
    Virginia
     
    The retirement of Jordan Gross makes it imperative for the Panthers to solidify their offensive line. Cyrus Kouandjio could be a fit, but Moses is a superior athlete and better equipped to deal with elite pass rushers off the edge.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    Bill Belichick would love to add beef to his defensive line. Hagemen is a big, athletic defender with the ability to play anywhere along the frontline.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are a solid starting duo, but the 49ers need to add a speed receiver to the mix to open up the field for Colin Kaepernick. Cooks is a burner with tools to be an exceptional playmaker from the slot.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    John Fox would like to field a faster, more athletic defense in 2014. Mosley is an instinctive defender with the speed and quickness to roam as a sideline-to-sideline playmaker.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    The Seahawks played musical chairs at left guard for most of the season. Su'a-Filo shores up the biggest need on the frontline, while adding some athleticism and nastiness to the unit.
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