2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 2.0: Jags, Browns snag QBs

By Matt Smith |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Feb. 19, 2014 at 01:59 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    While quarterbacks are valued higher by draft slot than on a vertical rankings board, Clowney is far and away the best prospect in the draft.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    I don't suspect the Rams will be picking here, instead trading the selection to a team that wants either Clowney or a quarterback. But this is the player they want, and if not Robinson, wherever they land in the first round there are a few elite left tackles to choose from.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    Manziel said Russell Wilson did wonders for shorter quarterbacks and he's right. Wilson was a first-round talent that got dinged for his height. That's it. To think you'll find another player like him in the third round is unrealistic. The Jaguars need a quarterback, and Johnny Football will do for this franchise what so many fans hoped Tim Tebow could. Difference is he can play the position considerably better.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    QB
    Louisville
     
    I know Brian Hoyer is making the rounds and Mike Pettine is singing his praises, but the Browns need a FRANCHISE QB to plug into an offense that has talent. I suspect a free-agent running back like Ben Tate will be discussed, or perhaps Carlos Hyde with the second-round pick is an option. But Teddy would be a great fit.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    WR
    Clemson
     
    They can't miss on a QB. When I interviewed Blake Bortles at the Super Bowl, I looked like a middle schooler next to him. He's huge, but there is still a little too much risk for a team with so many holes. Watkins is a talent that helps the offense, special teams, and will have an immediate impact. He's about as can't-miss as you'll find in this draft, save Clowney. They can get a QB project at the top of the second or third rounds and dip into the free-agent market for a stop-gap with that $53 million of cap space.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    He grades out even or ahead of the top two tackles taken in last year's draft. Matt Ryan desperately needs the protection, and with those downfield threats in the passing game, time to let the routes to develop is imperative.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Think of all the defensive talent Lovie Smith was pumping out in Chicago. From his linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, to defensive linemen like Henry Melton and Tommie Harris. You give Smith a talent such as Barr and he'll turn him into a threat that nobody wants to contend with.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    As I mentioned with the Raiders, there is some risk taking a raw talent such as Bortles this high. But he's going in the first round, and if he lasts this long it will be a bit of a surprise. Like the Browns, there's talent all over that Vikings offense, if they can get the position settled they're right back in the conversation in the NFC North.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    From Buffalo to Buffalo; Bulls to the Bills. They're building a scary defense in Buffalo and it gets scarier with a talent like Mack. I still think Eric Ebron is a very real possibility here.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    Even with a new offensive background head coach, they have a monster need at the position and if the No. 1-rated cornerback is on the board, it's a formality.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    I like Akeem Ayers. I like Zach Brown. The unit is solidified with an anchor in the middle, and like the Bears did with their linebacking corps of the 2000s the Titans are set for the next 5-8 years at the position.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Michigan
     
    The league's thinnest offensive line got thinner this offseason. They need to help Eli Manning out and help make that $100 million contract start working for them.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    USC
     
    I like him more than Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans. Post-combine we're going to hear a lot about how high Lee might climb up the draft board.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
     
    Too perfect a fit. The only issue might be that he climbs up the board after the combine and won't be available here. If that's the case, I could see Ha Ha Clinton-Dix being the pick as safety is a serious need, too.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    WR
    Florida St.
     
    I don't see the Steelers paying Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown has turned into a legit No. 1 receiver. Getting Benjamin to play opposite Brown makes sense.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    FS
    Alabama
     
    It's between him and Calvin Pryor. But they need a safety in the worst way. Clinton-Dix has the edge right now, but that could change after the combine.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    Joe Flacco is the highest-paid player in the NFL, so why not help that investment pay off.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    The Jets need a receiver, but there is some talent in the free-agent pool this year, not to mention depth in this draft. Geno Smith just needs pass catchers, and Ebron is the second-most talented one of those in the draft behind Sammy Watkins. Ebron offers good value and fills a major need.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Post Senior Bowl, Martin got some traction, and passed up Cyrus Kouandjio. Left tackle will be the pick here, it's just a question of which one.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Virginia
     
    Like Martin, Moses jumps into this spot after a good week in Mobile. The Cardinals might look at tight end and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but offensive line is a more pressing concern.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    TE
    Washington
     
    Sure, I'm Pac-12 biased, but the kid is an immense talent. Green Bay always manages to come up with a steal in the draft, this is that player.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    They need help in the secondary, and Dennard might be the top corner remaining on their board. To get a need and a talent this late in the first round is a big win for the Eagles.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Dwayne Bowe got all the money. The Chiefs made a run at talent unrealized in A.J. Jenkins, and Dexter McCluster is hitting the market. They need a pass catcher to help Alex Smith out. Cooks was special in Corvallis, and he's a high-floor prospect. There is not much concern that Cooks won't make the transition and be productive on Sundays.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DE
    Notre Dame
     
    The Bengals could use a corner, but really need a pass-rushing defensive end. Tuitt might be more suited as a 3-4 defensive end, but Marvin Lewis will want the talent at a bargain in this slot. Tuitt is versatile enough to make it work.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Roby is the best corner on the board at this point. He'll get his stock up at the combine considering what a tremendous athlete he is.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    WR
    LSU
     
    I love Paul Richardson, and suspect he'll make the team that drafts him awfully happy they did. But he's sliding at the moment while Landry's stock is rising. The Browns need to find a weapon opposite Josh Gordon, and the player that's highest on their board will be the selection.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    FS
    Louisville
     
    Pair him up with Kenny Vaccaro and you've got a Seattle-like tandem at the back end of that defense.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    Fresno St.
     
    As last year was an offensive tackle first round, this year it will be wide receiver that dominates Day 1. Adams is flying up boards with his size/speed combo.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    Texas Tech
     
    Tom Brady likes pass catchers at the tight end position. He threw 41 percent of his passes to his tight ends two years ago. The Patriots need reinforcements and Amaro is it.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    NT
    Notre Dame
     
    Justin Smith is old. Ray McDonald is old. Louis Nix III is not, hence the pick.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OT
    Alabama
     
    Remember what the Seattle defensive line did to that group. Kouandjio is slipping, but he won't fall out of the first round.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    DE
    Missouri
     
    They will lose some of that defensive talent to free agency, so it's time to lock in the next round of replacements. Pete Carroll loves to get after the quarterback without blitzing, and Ealy is quite talented at that particular skill.
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