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.
He’s the best player in the draft. ... Rafael Palmeiro-style “Period!" He makes that defense straight-up terrifying. Bill O’Brien made it work at Penn State with a
(Matt McGloin) so I suspect he’ll give it a go with Schaub for a year and take a QB
project in the later rounds, say Derek Carr or Zach Mettenberger.
Thought about Anthony Barr here, but they need an anchor to
protect the fragile Sam Bradford. They’ve swung and missed in the draft (Jason Smith) and in
free agency (Jake Long), and while Jake Matthews is the safer pick, when you watch film on
Robinson you realize he’s just a straight-up freak.
I was tempted to go Teddy Bridgewater here. They need a QB, but word
is they’re not in love with either Bridgewater or Manziel. They can get their guy next year in what should be
a deeper crop of trigger men. They need a pass rusher about as bad as any team in the league.
I know word is Cleveland loves Manziel, but by the time the
process works itself out, Bridgewater will be the guy. He throws a beautiful ball, he’s got the arm
strength to cut through that AFC North wind, and even though some are worried about his
slender frame, he’s still close to 6-foot-3, and one of the best pocket passers we’ve seen in college
football in a long while.
They need a QB, and Johnny Football fits the Raiders as well as any
team in this league. His strengths fit better in the AFC West than in a ground-and-pound-it-out
AFC North with the Browns. This team still needs weapons around him, so they better strike in
free agency while hitting a home run with darn near every pick in this draft.
They need OL and DL help, and there’s more value here with Matthews. He
grades out even or ahead of the top two tackles taken in last year's draft had he come out, and Matt
Ryan desperately needs the protection.
Mike Glennon was a surprise in 2013 and showed he deserves
a full training camp and a shot to be the signal-caller for the long term. They desperately need a
pass rusher and more talent on the edges of that defensive line, but Watkins is straight-up value
here. He can play opposite Vincent Jackson for a serious dual threat at the position and
immediately upgrades their return game.
I’m not in love with the pick. I feel like I’ll change it for the next
iteration, but at this moment, they need a QB in the worst way. Bortles has great upside, the
measurables, and he’s going in the first round. They’re set on offense everywhere else, but the
Christian Ponder disaster has to still linger.
I feel better about this being the pick than any other in the top 10. I
like their talent at all levels of the defense, and they have playmakers at every other skill position
on offense. They need a tight end, and Ebron will be the guy.
Like the Buffalo pick, this one seems to be a perfect fit. They need a
corner and the No. 1 guy at the position is on the board.
They got the best offensive lineman in the draft last year with
guard Chance Warmack. The new coaching staff gets
a look at a protected Jake Locker to see if he’s the long-term answer by settling that LT/RT position with Lewan.
They need linebackers, and Mack is really good. I’d be surprised if he lasted this
They got their O-lineman at the top of the draft. Here’s where they get the
playmaker. Lee was the No. 1 WR in college football in 2012. Injuries have tempered that
excitement, but expect it to return through the draft process.
It’s almost too good to be true. Between the injuries to Henry
Melton (and his price tag) and Stephen Paea, they need a difference maker on that DL. Jernigan
It’s between a safety and a corner, and I suspect Clinton-Dix
will really show out through the process. The back end of that defense is really old and needs to
Pick a position on defense and the Cowboys need help. Safety is a major concern as explosive plays really took the top off their unit. They’d love Clinton-Dix, but he's already gone.
When you pay Joe Flacco more than any other player in the history of the NFL, you better get him some weapons to target.
It’s been a long time since they had a No. 1 receiver on Gang Green.
Evans is a bit raw, but still a huge target that Geno Smith can throw a ball up for and he’ll go get
Pick a tackle, any tackle. The Dolphins have to fix one of the worst
OL units in all of football. Their highest-rated tackle still available here will be the
Their OT situation is in line with Miami's. With the return of a healthy Jonathan Cooper, adding
Martin at OT will make a weakness into a strength.
Green Bay always manages to come up with a steal in
the draft. In the case of ASJ, Ted Thompson will be called out for “reaching." By Week 8 the rest
of the league will know why Aaron Rodgers has a new best friend.
The offense is in great shape. Even the offensive line looks
sound. They need help on defense, particularly in the secondary. Dennard is good value here.
They need a corner, but a 3-4
DE is high
on the list, too. Tuitt is a perfect fit with his versatility. WR is also a possibility, but
the position is so deep, they can afford to wait until the second round.
Injuries on the defensive side of the ball show the need for
some depth. Put a playmaker at the linebacker position in the passing game and an already good
Bengals defense gets even better.
Even if he got torched by Jared Abbrederis in a nationally televised
contest, Roby is still a pretty darn good CB. The Chargers are likely to have a “defense” draft,
starting with their No. 1 pick.
They’ll get their RB in the late rounds, or just sign Ben
Tate. Here they pair an explosive receiver to play opposite their franchise playmaker, Josh
Gordon, and Teddy Bridgewater has a host of weapons around him as he begins his NFL
Sure, Terron Armstead was a cute story coming out of
but this is Drew Brees' blind side we’re talking about. They need to make
sure that LT position is on lockdown.
Cam Newton needs help in the passing game. Cooks is going to be
compared to Steve Smith because of his size, and some might want to see a big target for the
red zone here, but Cooks will show himself to be elite in the draft process and will be a value
Remember when Tom Brady threw 41 percent of his passes to his tight
ends? They need a replacement at the position, and Amaro is a stud.
Justin Smith is old, Ray McDonald is old, and they put a band-aid on
the DT position by signing Glenn Dorsey. It’s time to invest in that defensive line to complement
Were it not for a rogue fax machine and a sketchy agent situation, they
wouldn’t have to use a No. 1 pick on a defensive end. So it goes.
Sure, they gave up a pick for Percy Harvin and plan to have him back
next season. Still, Russell Wilson needs that big target, and
Robinson with his 6-foot-3 frame provides just that.
- 2014 NFL Mock Draft Central