2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 3.0: No QB picked in top four

By Matt Smith |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 5, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    Clowney's the best prospect in the draft. That's who you take with the first pick.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    Only helped to solidify his standing at the combine; an elite athlete with perfect measurables at the position.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    WR
    Clemson
     
    Sure the draft is deep on recievers, but Watkins assured us that he's in a class by himself. The Jaguars can't miss on another first-rounder. With a high floor and a higher ceiling, he's safe while also still having that potential to be a superstar.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    Mike Pettine is a defensive guy and the Browns defense is close to being downright scary. He helped Rex Ryan get to two AFC Championship Games using a dominant D combined with a ball-control offense.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    I don't buy the Derek Carr conversation. Sure they need a QB, but also some excitement around the worst team of the last 10 years.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    Both lines are in need of upgrades, and he's the best player on the board for either group.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    QB
    Louisville
     
    Mike Glennon isn't their guy. Getting a player that could have made the case to be the No. 1 overall pick is how you want to launch a new era of Bucs football.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    Big and strong; it might take him a year to get settled in, but they have time before that new stadium opens, and he's got big-time upside.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    He's slipping for no reason other than Mack is rising. A big coup for the Bills to land what is a top-five talent.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    Only helped solidify what we already knew pre-combine: He's the No. 1 player at the position, and there's a big gap before you get to No. 2.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    I like Akeem Ayers. I like Zach Brown. With Mosley, this unit is solidified with an anchor in the middle.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Michigan
     
    Just one piece of what needs to be a completely remade unit.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    I love the idea of pairing Evans with Tavon Austin. Let's see what Sam Bradford's got to offer once and for all.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
     
    I'm just wondering if he'll still be around after that combine performance, and all the momentum he already had going into Indy.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    FS
    Louisville
     
    They're in a serious cap conundrum. They'll need to fill some holes on that defense, and safety will be one.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    They could roll the dice on Henry Melton coming off an ACL injury with a big-money offer in free agency, but drafting Donald makes a lot more sense.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    FS
    Alabama
     
    As bad as they need a wide receiver, it's a deep group and the Ravens can fill that need in later rounds. Clinton-Dix slipped because of a bad combine, but he'll be in good position come May.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    LSU
     
    Talk about a "wow" factor. Beckham looked great on tape and exceptional at the combine. He's got the perfect size/speed combo you want at the position.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Martin fills too big a need and is too good a player for the pick to be anything else.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    I know they'll take a long look at offensive line and cornerback, but having Ebron slip this far is too good to pass up, and still fills a major need.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    They tried with their first-round pick last year in Datone Jones, it didn't work out ... yet. They'll try again with a super freak of an athlete this time around.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Bad 2013 tape caused him to be mentioned as a second-rounder. Great combine combined with great 2012 tape gets him back into the first round.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Solidified himself as a first-rounder at the combine. Need plus talent makes it a perfect fit.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DE
    Auburn
     
    Just screams Cincinnati Bengals, doesn't it? And with the "Defensive Whisperer" in Marvin Lewis, you know he'll be a force with which to be reckoned.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    Slips behind Roby post-combine, but still a great fit for the Chargers in that division.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Fresno St.
     
    I buy what they're selling. Take the big-time talent with the No. 4 overall pick, and use the gravy pick from the Colts to roll the dice on your QB of the future.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DE
    Missouri
     
    Versatile player that fills a need and fits what they do on defense perfectly.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    USC
     
    Post-combine he's slipping. I thought he would put on a show. He looked fluid, and there's a lot to be excited about -- a big-time value at this spot.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    Washington
     
    Slips because of the medical at the combine. He's way too good to be on the board this late, and the Pats have a need.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    CB
    TCU
     
    Great tape at TCU combined with the show he put on at the combine make it a four-corner first round.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    WR
    Vanderbilt
    I know they have needs on both lines, but there's too big a drop in the position groups by the time they pick. Eric Decker is gone, and Matthews looks "plug and play."
  32. Pick No.
    32
    WR
    Florida St.
     
    Put him with Percy Harvin and the reliable Doug Baldwin, and watch him make plays. Russell Wilson needs that big red-zone target desperately.
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