2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock Draft 6.0: Four-round projection

By Bucky Brooks |

NFL Media analyst

Published: May 1, 2014 at 04:09 p.m.



The 2014 NFL Draft is a week away, so teams are putting the finishing touches on their draft boards and going through the possible scenarios that could occur on draft day.

Although it's impossible to fully prepare for the madness, the process of mocking how the draft could shake out is one of the most important exercises conducted in war rooms during the week of the draft. In these intense practice sessions, decision makers will consider all of the possibilities before selecting the player that represents the right fit and value at the pick.

With my peers running through this exercise in meeting rooms across the league, I thought it would be a good opportunity to unveil a three-round mock to see how the draft could shake out next weekend. Here's my take:

Complete Rounds 1 through 4
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    A defensive front line featuring Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus would catapult the Texans defense to the top of the AFC.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    Robinson is A dominant run blocker with the athleticism to quickly develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber offensive tackle on Sam Bradford's blindside.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Gus Bradley would welcome the energy and spectacular playmaking ability that Manziel would bring to Jacksonville.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    WR
    Clemson
     
    Adding an explosive weapon such as Watkins to a lineup featuring Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would make the Browns offense downright scary to defend.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    Matt Schaub could regain his Pro Bowl form in 2014, which would allow the team to slowly develop Bortles for a key role down the road.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Upgrading the protection around Matt Ryan is a priority for the Falcons after watching the franchise quarterback get 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
     
    The Vikings would love to give Mike Zimmer a dynamic linebacker to incorporate into his aggressive scheme.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    Giving EJ Manuel a dynamic weapon at tight end should help the young quarterback dramatically improve as a pocket passer in his second season.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    Dennard is a tough, gritty cover man with the instincts to thrive behind the Lions' dominant frontline.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    Ray Horton's success with Patrick Peterson in Arizona could prompt the Titans to add an athletic cover corner with exceptional ball skills.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    The G-Men captured a pair of Super Bowl titles behind a dominant defensive line. Donald is the disruptive force the team needs to bolster a pass rush that needs an infusion of athleticism and talent on the interior.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    FS
    Alabama
     
    Gregg Williams' best defenses have always featured a disruptive safety in the middle of the field.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    FS
    Louisville
     
    Pryor is the forceful presence the Bears need to upgrade a secondary that's lacked a Pro Bowl-caliber safety for years.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    LSU
     
    The Steelers need another playmaker on the perimeter to alleviate the pressure on Antonio Brown to carry the passing game.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Barr would be a nice fill-in for DeMarcus Ware off the edge.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    OT
    Michigan
     
    Ozzie Newsome is one of the best in the business at finding Pro Bowlers at every stage of the draft. Lewan would be the next in line, if he is available at this pick.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    USC
     
    Adding an explosive playmaker like Lee would help Geno Smith and Michael Vick become better playmakers 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 line.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    DE
    Auburn
     
    Ford could serve as an apprentice for John Abraham before replacing the venerable veteran as the Cardinals' designated pass rusher.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    Dom Capers would tap into Mosley's versatile skills as a three-down linebacker in the Packers' exotic 3-4 scheme.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Virginia Tech
     
    Adding a long, rangy athlete like Fuller would help the Eagles employ aggressive bump-and-run tactics to slow down the elite receivers in the NFC East.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Andy Reid had success with DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia, so it's possible that he envisions Cooks adding a dynamic element to the Chiefs' passing game.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    Shazier is a disruptive defenders capable of wreaking havoc off the edges as a designated pass rusher.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Roby's recent off-field transgression could plummet his stock on draft day, but he is so talented the Chargers would have a tough time bypassing on a potential lockdown corner.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Louisville
     
    GM Ray Farmer is comfortable taking a number of quarterback prospects at this pick. Bridgewater is the most pro-ready of them all, despite his slide on draft boards across the league.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DE
    Missouri
     
    Ealy isn't a polished player at this point, but he shows tremendous promise as a designated pass rusher.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OT
    Alabama
     
    The departure of Jordan Gross could force GM Dave Gettleman to focus his efforts on finding a blind-side pass protector for Cam Newton.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    It's hard to find athletic defenders with Hageman's physical tools. Effort and desire are concerns, but Bill Belichick could take a chance on a "boom or bust" prospect with immense potential.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    CB
    TCU
     
    Verrett is arguably the top corner in the draft, but size concerns could make him available at the bottom of the first round.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    After watching his offensive line bullied at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, John Fox insists on adding a beefy blocker with a nasty disposition.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    OT
    Virginia
     
    The Seahawks overcame a patchwork offensive line to claim their first Super Bowl title. Moses would fill a huge void at right tackle as an athletic edge blocker ideally suited for a zone-based blocking scheme.
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