2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 1.0: Johnny Manziel to Raiders

By Matt Smith |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Jan. 19, 2014 at 04:41 p.m.

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.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
    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 walk-on (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.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
    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.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OLB
    UCLA
    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. Barr fits.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    QB
    Louisville
    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.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Texas A&M
    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.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
    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.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    WR
    Clemson
    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.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Central Florida
    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.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    North Carolina
    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.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
    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.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    OT
    Michigan
    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.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OLB
    Buffalo
    They need linebackers, and Mack is really good. I’d be surprised if he lasted this long.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    USC
    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.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
    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 is one.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    FS
    Alabama
    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 be addressed.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    FS
    Louisville
    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.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    WR
    Florida St.
    When you pay Joe Flacco more than any other player in the history of the NFL, you better get him some weapons to target.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Texas A&M
    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 it.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Alabama
    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 selection.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Notre Dame
    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.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    TE
    Washington
    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.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Michigan St.
    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.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    DE
    Notre Dame
    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.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    ILB
    Alabama
    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.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
    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.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    WR
    Colorado
    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 career.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    OT
    Tennessee
    Sure, Terron Armstead was a cute story coming out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but this is Drew Brees' blind side we’re talking about. They need to make sure that LT position is on lockdown.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    Oregon St.
    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 here.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    Texas Tech
    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.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    NT
    Notre Dame
    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 the linebackers.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    DE
    Missouri
    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.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    WR
    Penn St.
    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.
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