2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock draft 5.0: Manziel to Titans

By Matt Smith |

NFL Media analyst

Published: May 7, 2014 at 10:22 a.m.



  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
    It’s the only pick (I think) that hasn’t changed from start to finish in this process.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
    They’ve been too open with their pursuit of Manziel, so I’m calling smokescreen. Robinson is elite, (wasn't Jason Smith considered elite, too? Uh-oh). Protect Sam Bradford, your $78 million man.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OLB
    Buffalo
    Tempted to go Sammy Watkins here, but Mack seems like a perfect Gus Bradley player.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    WR
    Clemson
    Browns fans might want Johnny Manziel, but you put Sammy Watkins opposite Josh Gordon, and AFC North DCs will shudder at the thought of trying to slow them down. They’ll get their QB at No. 26.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    WR
    Texas A&M
    They believe in QB Matt Schaub, so get him a No. 1-caliber WR.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Texas A&M
    Sure, they gave big money to LT Sam Baker last offseason, but GM Thomas Dimitroff hasn’t had much success drafting OL talent. Matthews has the ability, and genes, to really test his failure rate.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    DT
    Pittsburgh
    Might be my favorite pick in the first round. I think of what Lovie Smith did with Tommie Harris in Chicago. You put his motor and relentlessness next to Gerald McCoy, and you sort of get a two-for-one, with Donald himself, and the increased production from McCoy.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    FS
    Alabama
    The DL was addressed in free agency as was CB. With Harrison Smith and Clinton-Dix securing the back end of that defense, Mike Zimmer has a shot to have a special unit in the NFC North.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OT
    Michigan
    They invested in the QB last year, now protect EJ Manuel this year, and see what you have at the position.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Michigan St.
    Jumps Justin Gilbert as the top corner in the class. Great instincts, and with the Lions' pass rush, he could quickly become very special.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Texas A&M
    You look at this roster, and they’re only some solid QB play away. Why does Manziel slip this far? The “best player available” selection is too tempting with all the talent at the top of this draft.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Notre Dame
    They’re tempted to take C.J. Mosley or Calvin Pryor, but that OL need is too great, and Martin has acquitted himself well throughout the draft process.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    FS
    Louisville
    They get their O-lineman, and they get their safety. It’s a wildly productive first round for GM Les Snead.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    SS
    Washington St.
    Remember, everyone said GM Phil Emery "overdrafted" Shea McClellin and Kyle Long. He's going to pick the guy he likes. Bucannon has been on the Bears' radar all through the draft process. He has a high football IQ, was a three-time WSU Captain and never missed a game. Plus, he’s coming off a Pac-12 leading 111-tackle, 6-interception season.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
    Their corners are old. Gilbert isn’t.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    OLB
    UCLA
    They lose DeMarcus Ware, but gain Barr. Their measurables, by the way -- Ware: 6-foot-4, 258 pounds. Barr: 6-5, 255.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    WR
    LSU
    How in the world does it always happen for the Ravens? I know they love Eric Ebron, but they never imagined a talent like Beckham slipping this far. Kudos to GM Ozzie Newsome for being in the right place (again) at the right time.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    North Carolina
    I know Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee are still on the board, but there is depth at the WR position. Ebron is a massive upgrade over Jeff Cumberland, and one heck of a safety valve for Geno Smith.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    That offensive line needs a dramatic makeover, and taking the best guard in the draft to plug between Branden Albert and Mike Pouncey is a marked improvement.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    QB
    Central Florida
    They’re tempted by Ryan Shazier and Morgan Moses, but Bortles is too much in the mold of a QB that coach Bruce Arians loves, and it won’t hurt a bit to sit behind Carson Palmer and learn for a season before he’s called upon.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    ILB
    Alabama
    Add him to a group with Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk and Julius Peppers, and look the heck out.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    CB
    Virginia Tech
    Chip Kelly is tempted to take a WR to replace the departed DeSean Jackson, but he can address the position in the second round. CB is a more pressing need, and Fuller is rising up draft boards.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    Oregon St.
    They have a ton of holes thanks to free-agent departures. Dwayne Bowe’s disappointing 2013 increases the need for a new target to keep defenses honest so Jamaal Charles can get to work.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    OLB
    Ohio St.
    Take the most talented defensive player on the board and do what you do best, Marvin Lewis.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    WR
    USC
    They have needs all over the defense. But the idea of pairing the most dominant WR from the Pac-12 in 2012 with the most dominant receiver from the conference in 2011 (Keenan Allen) is too much to pass up.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Louisville
    I still can’t figure out how a pro day cost him as much as it did. He’s the No. 1 QB on too many scouts' boards to fall out of the first round. Steps into a great situation with Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Ohio St.
    They really, really, really need CB depth. ... Did I mention they need help at CB?
  28. Pick No.
    28
    OT
    Nevada
    That offensive line is depleted. This is a start on a darn near complete makeover.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Minnesota
    Versatile and productive. Just how Bill Belichick likes his D-linemen.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    CB
    TCU
    Addresses a position of need, and he brings good value at pick No. 30.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    OT
    Virginia
    Peyton Manning will stare daggers through his front office if it doesn't add a protector for him. Moses is the highest-rated OL left on the board.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    DE
    Missouri
    Pete Carroll likes versatile and productive linemen that can get after it, too.
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