2014 NFL Mock Draft

Mock Draft 1.0: Manziel heading to Dallas

By Mike Mayock |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: May 7, 2014 at 03:05 p.m.

  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    South Carolina
     
    Both Khalil Mack and Clowney fit here, but the upside of Clowney will sway Houston. He's the most talented defensive lineman on the planet, including NFL players. If he wants to be it, he's got a chance.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    OT
    Auburn
     
    The NFC West is the most physical division in football, Robinson is the most physical lineman in the draft. He'll give the Rams that presence they need.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    OLB
    Buffalo
     
    Mack is my No. 1-ranked player. Remember where Gus Bradley comes from -- the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks. Mack has got an edge and fits this defense better than anyone in the draft.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    OT
    Texas A&M
     
    There's some talk of taking a QB here, but I think the Browns will go with lineage. They'll take Matthews and put him opposite Joe Thomas, and get their QB at No. 26.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    WR
    Clemson
     
    This could be Johnny Manziel, but the Raiders don't have much at WR right now, and Watkins is the most explosive WR in the draft. He's got to be there to help Matt Schaub.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    OT
    Michigan
     
    The Falcons need edge rushers, but the two best are off the board. Lewan is the most athletically gifted tackle in the draft, a plug-and-play tackle who'll play 8-10 years. He'll immediately make Matt Ryan a better QB.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    WR
    Texas A&M
     
    Manziel and Bortles are possibilities, but the best playmaker on the board is Evans. With his height, vertical ability and great catch radius, he's too good a positional player to pass on.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    CB
    Oklahoma St.
     
    Mike Zimmer loves his corners, and the No. 1 corner is Gilbert. The Vikings were No. 32 in points allowed last year. Gilbert immediately steps in and helps their defensive backfield.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    OT
    Notre Dame
     
    Eric Ebron is possible, but I would take Martin. You can play him at tackle or guard, even center, and he'll do it at a high level. He will help make E.J. Manuel a better quarterback.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Michigan St.
     
    With Gilbert off the board, the Lions fill an area of need with Dennard. He's a plug-and-play corner who is best in press coverage.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Central Florida
     
    The Titans want a corner, but I think Bortles is Ken Whisenhunt's guy. He'll need that redshirt year, but the Titans could let Jake Locker play, then come back the next year and have their quarterback of the future.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    TE
    North Carolina
     
    Eli needs a buddy. The Giants were No. 28 in points scored, and Ebron is the most gifted tight end I've seen in a while as a vertical threat. If he's willing to work at blocking, he's a Pro Bowl tight end.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    WR
    LSU
     
    St. Louis needs to complement its first pick. Robinson will keep Sam Bradford healthy, Beckham gives him another weapon.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    FS
    Louisville
     
    This was one of the worst defensive teams in football last year. Pryor reminds me of Bob Sanders with the way he flies all over the field, and he'll stabilize the back end of this defense.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    CB
    Virginia Tech
     
    The Steelers could trade down, but if they don't, Fuller is their guy. Ike Taylor is 34; Fuller can play inside or outside, press or off.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    QB
    Texas A&M
     
    If it's my pick, I'd upgrade this defense with Donald or Clinton-Dix. But this is Jerry's world. Tony Romo is 34 and coming off his second back surgery, and I think this team is further away from winning a championship than people think. Can Jerry Jones pass up on this kid? I don't believe so.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    ILB
    Alabama
     
    Mosley is a great fit for the Ravens -- an inside linebacker who played in a 3-4 at Alabama. He makes this defense better immediately.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    WR
    Oregon St.
     
    Along with Beckham, Cooks is the best route runner in this draft. He brings explosion after the catch and gives Geno Smith another target outside.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    OT
    Alabama
     
    A trade down is possible, but if they sit, they've got to rebuild their offensive line. Kouandjio helps them get better and will be the fifth OT off the board.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    OLB
    UCLA
     
    Derek Carr will be an option, but the Cardinals probably feel they're close enough to be in the title hunt with Carson Palmer if they add another player or two. Barr is the ultimate replacement for 36-year-old John Abraham. He's going to be a phenomenal player in two to three years.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    OLB
    Ohio St.
     
    Shazier is a linebacker made for today's NFL. He has 4.38 speed at 237 pounds and can play inside in the base and all over the place in sub-packages. He'll be an immediate playmaker.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    FS
    Alabama
     
    If the Eagles want to be a Super Bowl team, they have to get better on the backend. Clinton-Dix can play free safety and strong safety, and improves defensive coordinator Billy Davis' secondary.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    WR
    USC
     
    The Chiefs lost Dexter McCluster, a wideout and return man. They can upgrade and get younger with Lee. He runs great routes and can also help in their return game.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    DT
    Pittsburgh
     
    Quarterback will be a consideration, but if Donald -- my No. 12-ranked prospect -- slides this far, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will jump up and down and grab him here.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Ohio St.
     
    This team needs a corner desperately. Roby is the second-most physically gifted corner in the draft. He has some issues off the field, but I think he can be a corner with upside in San Diego.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    QB
    Louisville
     
    The Browns come back and draft their QB of the future at No. 26. Bridgewater is the long-term answer, but could redshirt a year behind Brian Hoyer, giving him time to add to his frame and get comfortable at the pro level.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    WR
    Florida St.
     
    Basketball on grass continues for this team, as Benjamin joins Meachem, Colston and Graham. Along with Evans, he has the best catch radius in the draft and will complement what Sean Payton likes to do.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    QB
    Fresno St.
     
    Projected trade to Raiders

    *Projected trade with Carolina

    With the tackles and WRs in the draft decimated, the Panthers find a trade partner with Oakland, which trades from No. 36 and gives up a fourth- and sixth-round pick. The Raiders get a QB to develop behind Schaub, while the Panthers can still get a tackle like Joel Bitonio in the next round.

  29. Pick No.
    29
    TE
    Texas Tech
     
    If the Pats stay put, Amaro makes a ton of sense. At his size he's a glorified wide receiver who can split wide or play in the slot, and gives Brady another young weapon.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    DE
    Notre Dame
     
    I see the 49ers trying to trade up, but if they have to stay here, Tuitt is a perfect fit in a physical division, and Justin Smith is 35 years old.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    TCU
     
    Verrett is one of my favorite players in the draft. His only issue is he's 5-9, but with Chris Harris' injury, Verrett can step in from Day 1 in the nickel and also compete on the outside.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    Jean-Baptiste is a former wide receiver like Richard Sherman, but has the size of Brandon Browner. He fits what Seattle does as a long corner and has significant upside.
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