2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock Draft 5.0: Texans get Clowney, McCarron

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 15, 2014 at 01:13 p.m.



The draft is less than a month away, but scouts are still working hard to put the finishing touches on draft boards across the league. With team visits, private workouts and background searches nearly completed, we can begin to make solid assertions on what might transpire in the first two rounds of the draft. Here’s my latest mock draft based on what we've learned over the final month through pro-day performances and private workouts.

» Complete Rounds 1 and 2
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    A frontline featuring Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus would make AFC quarterbacks shake in their boots facing the Texans.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Greg Robinson is the better athlete and offers more upside, but it could be hard for Jeff Fisher to pass on the more polished Matthews, based on his relationship with the family.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Regardless of his flaws, there is no doubt Manziel would energize the Jags with his presence and spectacular playmaking ability.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    WR
    Clemson
     
    Adding Watkins to a lineup featuring Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would give the Browns the top receiving corps in the AFC North.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    With Matt Schaub set to lead the team in 2014, the Raiders can afford take a patient approach with Bortles.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Auburn
     
    Protecting Matt Ryan is the team’s priority after watching him pummeled in the pocket a season ago.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    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. Pick No.
    8
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    Linebacker isn’t an obvious need, but the Vikings could elect to take the best player available at this pick.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    The Bills could elect to take a tight end, but the defense could use a versatile SAM linebacker/pass rusher to complement Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes off the edges.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    Jim Caldwell’s experience with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis could prompt him to surround Matthew Stafford with explosive weapons on the perimeter.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    Ray Horton’s success with Patrick Peterson could persuade the Titans to take a rangy, athletic CB with superb ball skills.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    Mosley’s athleticism and versatility would bring another dimension to a defense that’s struggled the past few seasons.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    FS
    Alabama
     
    Jeff Fisher would be wise to give Gregg Williams an aggressive safety with playmaking skills based on Williams' past success.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    Donald is an ideal 3-tech in the Bears’ Tampa 2 scheme due to his speed, athleticism and quickness.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    The Steelers need a replacement for Ike Taylor as the designated No.1 corner; Dennard is an ideal fit with his grit, toughness and ball skills.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    FS
    Louisville
     
    Pass rusher is a top priority, but Pryor is rated higher than any available DE at this point.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    OT
    Michigan
     
    Lewan has all of the tools to be a dominant player at his position, which makes him a no-brainer at this point.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    USC
     
    Adding a dynamic weapon like Lee in the middle will help Geno Smith and Michael Vick become more efficient from the pocket.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Martin’s versatility makes him an ideal fit for the Dolphins as a potential swing player along the offense line.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DE
    Auburn
     
    John Abraham is on the backside of his career. Ford could serve as his apprentice for a season before taking over as the team’s designated pass rusher.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    Shazier is a versatile playmaker with the ability to blitz, run or cover from multiple spots on the front seven.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Roby is a talented cover man with the speed, athleticism and movement skills to thrive in an aggressive scheme.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    LSU
     
    Andy Reid desperately needs an explosive playmaker on the perimeter to make the Chiefs’ version of the West Coast offense pop.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DE
    Missouri
     
    Marvin Lewis fills Michael Johnson's void by taking a young, athletic rusher in Ealy.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Virginia Tech
     
    The Chargers need a long, rangy cover corner to match up with the big-bodied receivers that dominate the AFC West.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Louisville
     
    A franchise QB falls into Ray Farmer's lap. Bridgewater gives the Browns a legitimate signal caller to build their playoff aspirations around.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Sean Payton's creative offensive mind won’t allow him to bypass a talented playmaker like Cooks.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OT
    Alabama
     
    Jordan Gross' departure could force GM Dave Gettleman to the focus his efforts on a blindside protector for Cam Newton.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    Although effort and desire are huge concerns, it’s hard to find big, athletic defenders with Hagemen’s physical tools.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Boise St.
     
    Aldon Smith's future is in question. Lawrence is a fluid athlete capable of rushing the passer from a three-point stance or upright position.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    After his offensive line was bullied by the Seahawks, John Fox insists on adding a beefy blocker with a nasty disposition.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OT
    Virginia
     
    Moses addresses a void at right tackle and is a perfect fit in the ‘Hawks’ zone-based blocking scheme.
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