2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 4.0: Bortles in free fall

By Matt Smith |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 3, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.


  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    Even after all the Bortles hype and Manziel's pro-day workout, Clowney’s still the best prospect in the draft.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    If Clowney is on the board, they jump at the chance. If he’s gone, I like Robinson over Watkins.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    Don’t get the feeling they want to go QB at No. 3. Mack is one of four elite prospects in the draft and fits with what Gus Bradley does best -- create havoc on defense.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    WR
    Clemson
     
    Yes, they need a quarterback, but you put Watkins opposite Josh Gordon with a fresh-legged Ben Tate in the backfield, and you feel real good about the future.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    They would have preferred Watkins, but he’s gone. Selecting an OT looks bad for GM Reggie McKenzie, who let Jared Veldheer go when a reasonable deal could have been reached. Swing for the fences.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    They used free agency to upgrade the DL. They'll use this pick to do the same for the OL.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    OT
    Michigan
     
    Just like Atlanta, they addressed the holes on the defense with a pile of cash. Time to fix the offense.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Louisville
     
    They have a Pro Bowl LT in Kalil, a Hall of Fame RB in A.P., and two solid receivers. The need is a QB who is able to navigate all of those tools as efficiently as possible.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    Evans' talent was overshadowed by Johnny Football at his pro day. He would be a great target for EJ Manuel.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    FS
    Alabama
     
    With all the pressure the front four creates, you can get away with drafting a corner later.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    They addressed the LBs in free agency. Gilbert fills the hole left by Alterraun Verner's departure.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    The Giants can't figure out how he fell this far.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    Yes, they have other needs -- they can sort them out later. The idea of a front four with Michael Brockers next to Donald while Robert Quinn and Chris Long fire from the edges is too good to pass up.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    NT
    Florida St.
     
    Donald is a better fit, but he’s off the board. Jernigan isn’t a bad consolation prize at a position of need.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    The WR position is deep enough to wait, and they’re excited about Markus Wheaton in Year 2. Dennard fills a need and is talented enough to take at No. 15.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    FS
    Louisville
     
    Signing Henry Melton helped the DL. Time to address a porous secondary that helped clear the way for Josh McCown to cash in this offseason.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    They would have loved to take one of the two safeties here. With new OC Gary Kubiak, a two-TE set of Dennis Pitta and Ebron could be very attractive.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    This is the year. We say it before every draft ... "The Jets have to draft offense." In 2014, Rex finally acquiesces.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    They got their OT in free agency with Branden Albert. Solidifying one side of that line by plugging the hole between him and Mike Pouncey turns a 2013 weakness into a 2014 strength.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    You have to stop the pass rush in the NFC West. Add him to a mix that includes Jonathan Cooper and Jared Veldheer, and, like Miami, the position group is now a strength.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    They addressed their need at OLB/DL with the Julius Peppers signing, but they desperately need ILB help/depth.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    USC
     
    Chip Kelly’s flirtation with Pac-12 players continues. While he was HC at Oregon, Lee only stuck him for 344 yards and 3 TDs in two contests.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    DT
    Minnesota
     
    The WR position is very deep and can be addressed later. Hageman is a freak that can move up and down the DL.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    Terence Newman, Pacman Jones, disappointing Dre Kirkpatrick, two Achilles tears for Leon Hall ... yep, they need a corner.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    NT
    Notre Dame
     
    Cam Thomas departed, and they need help all over that defense. Nix is higher on the board than CBs Verrett or Fuller at this point.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    One of the “Big 3” QBs is going to slip, and there’s an awful lot of tape that shows Bortles is the least ready of the trio.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    DE
    Auburn
     
    Rob Ryan has to love how Ford plays, and he fills a major need.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    WR
    LSU
     
    There are holes all over this roster. They need multiple receivers. Good news for Cam Newton -- it’s a deep draft at the position and Beckham is something special.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DE
    Notre Dame
     
    Can move up and down that DL and contribute at multiple positions.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    CB
    Virginia Tech
     
    A position of need combined with a talented player available -- it fits for San Francisco.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    TCU
     
    They spent big money for Aqib Talib. They can offset that expense in the draft and lock up the other side.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    WR
    Florida St.
     
    They have needs on the offensive line, but Benjamin is that “tree” they need to complete their WR corps.
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