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2014 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1 of 2 Rounds

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1. HOU: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida*
First year head coach Bill O'Brien will be calling the offensive plays and needs to upgrade under center. Matt Schaub will likely be released and Case Keenum is a gunslinger best served to be a backup. In 2013, Bortles completed 68% of his passes for 3,581 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder has a strong arm with good size and athletic ability but some question his passing mechanics / accuracy / footwork.
2. STL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn*
Washington traded this selection along with its first-round selection (6th overall) in 2012, its second-round selection in 2012 and its first round selection in 2013 (22nd overall) in exchange for St. Louis' first-round selection (2nd overall) in 2012 (QB Robert Griffin III). The Rams have major issues at the tackle position as Jake Long tore his ACL and MCL in December and Rodger Saffold is a free agent. In 2013, the redshirt sophomore consistently showed quickness and good feet to be a pass-blocker in the NFL. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder is very strong to push defensive linemen at the point of attack.
3. JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville*
Let's hope this turns out better than the Blaine Gabbert selection in 2011 (10th overall). Jacksonville GM Dave Caldwell needs to secure one of the top four signal callers in this draft. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder is considered to be a solid pocket passer with above average accuracy and decision-making. In 2013, Bridgewater completed 71% of his passes for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions.
4. CLE: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M*
Newly hired OC Kyle Shanahan could look to trade for Washington's Kirk Cousins but it's more likely the Brownies try to secure a franchise QB in round 1. He'll be on the search for a QB that can run the zone read. Brian Hoyer surprised in 2013 before he tore his right ACL in October but is best served as a backup. Johnny football's fit for this system is a question mark but the upside is off the charts despite his questionable maturity and smallish frame. While Manziel's running ability gets a lot of attention, 2013 showed that his passing skills are improved as the redshirt sophomore completed 70% of his passes for 4,114 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He added 923 rushing yards (759 net) with nine touchdowns on the ground. In 2012, the redshirt freshman won the Heisman after he completed 68% of his passes for 3,706 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. In his first collegiate season he rushed for an eye popping 1,571 yards (1,410 net) with 21 touchdowns.
5. OAK: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
If Clowney is still on the board, expect Atlanta to consider a trade up. If Oakland stays put, they should go best player available. Oakland's defense allowed 28 PPG last season. Defensive end Lamarr Houston is a free agent and the best player on their defense should be franchised. Oakland could also go QB here if any of the top 3 prospects are available.
6. ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Protecting franchise QB Matt Ryan should be a priority on draft day. LT Sam Baker (6-year, $41 million contract) was a bust in his first season with Atlanta. RT Mike Johnson has struggled to stay healthy. Adding a pass rusher like OLB Anthony Barr is also a possibility.
7. TB: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson*
Mike Williams likely returns after an injury plagued 2013 season but this will likely be his final season in Tampa after the former coaching staff questioned his dedication to the team. Lovie Smith and first year OC Jeff Tedford (Cal head coach) will need to add weapons opposite 31 year old Vincent Jackson.
8. MIN: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
First year head coach Mike Zimmer (former Bengals Defensive Coordinator) could go QB here but this is a Ponder like reach (12th pick in 20111) if Carr is the best available. LB Erin Henderson played both middle and strong-side linebacker in 2013 but was released following two DUI arrests. Mack (6-3, 248) entered 2013 with 56 career tackles for a loss and should continue to be a downhill play-maker at the NFL level. The senior recorded 10.5 sacks, 100 tackles, five forced fumbles, seven passes broken up, three interceptions and 19 tackles for a loss this year.
9. BUF: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina*
Scott Chandler is a free agent and the Bills 28th ranked passing game is in dire need of playmakers. The UNC junior finished the 2013 season with 62 catches for 973 (16 YPC) and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-5 250 pounder ran very well at the combine (4.5) and some have compared him to Vernon Davis.
10. DET: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State*
Detroit's 23rd ranked pass defense could use an upgrade. LCB Chris Houston was benched late in season and rookie Darius Slay was replaced by 33-year-old Rashean Mathis (due to hit free agency).
11. TEN: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M*
Newly anointed head coach Ken Whisenhunt could look to add more talent at WR to pair with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. In 2013, the redshirt sophomore had 69 receptions for 1,394 yards with 12 touchdowns including a monster performance against Alabama (7 catches for 279). He has prototypical size (6-foot-5, 225-pounds) with elite run after the catch ability. Profiles to be a Vincent Jackson-type receiver at the next level. Finding a replacement for CJ2K is also likely to be a priority but not in round 1.
12. NYG: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
New York could use help all three linebacker positions . Re-signing MLB Jon Beason is advisable but upgrading from WLB Spencer Paysinger and SLB Jacquian Williams would go a long way in improving the G-men's mediocre run defense.
13. STL: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Rodney McLeod was one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL and 3rd round rookie T.J. McDonald also struggled. In his 2013 junior season, Clinton-Dix had 50 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up in 2013. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound safety has the size / ball skills to defend big receivers.
14. CHI: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Henry Melton is a free agent and the Bears run defense tanked after he suffered an ACL tear in week 3. Chicago finished with the worst run defense in the NFL allowing 161 YPG on the ground. Melton has had off-the-field incidents, so the Bears might be able to retain him at a discount but if not they must address the position early in the draft especially playing in a division with Adrian Peterson and Ed Lacy.
15. PIT: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Former Titans coach Mike Munchak will coach the O-line and will look to upgrade a line that allowed 43 sacks in 2013. The Steelers interior line is solid (LG Ramon Foster, C Maurkice Pouncey, and RG David DeCastro) but the tackle position is the major issue as Mike Adams (2012 second-round) and Marcus Gilbert (2011 2nd rounder) have struggled.
16. DAL: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State*
In 2013, Jason Hatcher excelled at 3-technique DT totaling 11 sacks and 33 QB hurries but he's a 32 year old free agent and Dallas could look to infuse youth into their interior D-line.
*Underclassmen

 
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FFToolbox 2014 NFL Mock Drafts

FFToolbox Writer Dated Predicted 1-2-3-4-5-6
FFToolbox Apr-19 J. Clowney, G. Robinson, J. Manziel, S. Watkins, K. Mack, J. Matthews
Mark Niemi Apr-18 J. Manziel, J. Clowney, S. Watkins, K. Mack, G. Robinson, J. Matthews
Mark Morales-Smith Apr-17 T. Bridgewater, G. Robinson, J. Manziel, J. Clowney, S. Watkins, J. Matthews
Matt De Lima Apr-10 J. Clowney, G. Robinson, B. Bortles, J. Manziel, S. Watkins, K. Mack
Ricky Dimon Apr-08 B. Bortles, J. Clowney, K. Mack, S. Watkins, J. Manziel, G. Robinson
Rob Warner Mar-20 B. Bortles, G. Robinson, T. Bridgewater, J. Manziel, J. Clowney, J. Matthews

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