Dom's 2014 Mock Draft 1.0
It’s that time of year again. It’s Draft week! There are many other mock drafts out there so here’s my Round 1.
1st pick, Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney (DE, South Carolina)
Unless there’s a trade offer, this is a certain. There’s no denying it. Clowney is without a doubt the best available rookie in this years draft. While the Texans have other more pressing needs, I don’t think it would be possible for them the pass up the opportunity to draft in Clowney here. Pairing him up with J.J.Watt One of the major requirements for the Texans this offseason is for that franchise quarterback, but the could easily fill this need in Round 2. There could even be potential that Jonny Manziel doesn’t go in Round 1 (I know, controversial, but I did correctly predict that Geno Smith wouldn’t be taken in the first round last year), but even a selection like AJ McCarron would be a great pick up for the Texans.
2nd pick, St Louis Rams – Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn)
Again, unless there’s a team looking at a trade up, I feel St Louis will look to give Sam Bradford some more protection at right tackle and a long term replacement for Jake Long on the left. There’s potential that this pick go do on a WR with the ideal candidate being Sammy Watkins out of Clemson, but let’s not forget that the Rams do still have a 2nd pick in the first round at pick 13 where they could still potentially pick up one of the top WRs in this draft, or even with the 12 pick of Round 2.
3rd pick – Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack (OLB, Buffalo)
Jacksonville, as they seem to be each year, are a team that have multiple needs but Mack is too good a selection for the Jags to pass up.
4th pick – Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson)
While the Browns should ideally pick up a QB here, they could easily take one with their next pick at pick 26. Taking Watkins and pairing him up with Josh Gordon would give the Brownsl a scary duo, not to mention with Jordan Cameron at TE.
5th pick – Oakland Raiders – Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan)
Another team with many holes, after adding Matt Schuab in the offseason, it seems unlikely that they would want to take another QB so high in the draft. It’s far more likely that they’ll look to bring in an offensive tackle to replace Jared Valdheer.
6th pick – Atlanta Falcons – Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M)
After a year that saw Matt Ryan sacked 44 times, the Falcons need to protect him and give him the time in the pocket to do what he does best. Matthews is the most ideal tackle, from a huge Football family, and could potentially be a more rounded player than Luke Joeckel was this time last year.
7th pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M)
With the departing Mike Willams, the Buccs have left a huge gap at their WR2 slot. Mike Evans has the size, speed and agility to cause problems in the NFC and he seems an ideal fit in Tampa Bay.
8th pick – Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles (QB, Central Florida)
I know, controversial prediction. The first QB taken is not until the 8th pick… and it’s not Manziel! From watching Blake Bortles play at college and then his overall performance at the combine, I saw him as an ideal fit at either the Texans or the Vikings.
9th pick – Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina)
It would be very tough for the Bills to pass up on taking the best TE in the draft with this 9th pick,
10th pick – Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert (CB, Oklahoma State)
Detroit’s secondary has been in need of a solid cornerback for a while now, with Rashean Mathis being in his 11th year in the NFL and Chris Houston in his 7th. If they don’t take Gilbert here it will be Darqueze Dennard out of Michigan State.
11th pick – Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr (OLB, UCLA)
If the Titans pick up Barr here, he will be the best pass-rushing player on the roster and an instant starter. Which the Titans have holes in other areas of the roster their mission this off season has been strengthen their defense, and they’ve done that. Adding Barr into that mix will give the Titans strength to compete in the AFC South.
12th pick – New York Giants – Zack Martin (OT, Notre Dame)
The Giants need to get some more protection for Eli, especially on that left side, and the best available tackle at this stage is Zack Martin out of Notre Dame. Martin can come is as a Day One starter, as an upgrade for Will Beatty.
13th pick – St. Louis Rams – Calvin Pryor (FS, Louisville)
The Rams need to bolster their secondary, and bringing in the Louisville product with the 13th pick does just that.
14th pick – Chicago Bears – Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh)
The first DT to go in this draft, the Bears need to add something to their defensive line and they do just that with a dynamic player in Donald.
15th pick – Pittsburgh Steelers – Odell Beckham (WR, LSU)
While Big Ben could use some targets to throw the ball to, after losing several of his targets over the last couple of years. They did bring in Lance Moore in the offseason but adding in a player like Odell Beckham with speed will allow Ben to start slinging the ball all over the field.
16th pick – Dallas Cowboys – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (FS, Alabama)
The Cowboys have needs for a defensive lineman and a cornerback in this draft, but the can hardly turn down the opportunity to pick up the Alabama safety here.
17th pick – Baltimore Ravens – C.J. Mosley (ILB, Alabama)
Back to back picks out of Alabama, Baltimore pick up Mosley here in an attempt to solidify that middle linebacker slot once occupied by Ray Lewis. Mosley has it all. Consistency, instincts, toughness, energy. He has it all.
18th pick – New York Jets – Darqueeze Dennard (CB, Michigan State)
The Jets may be tempted to take a WR here to add some speed which will allow Decker to sit underneath, but I still see them taking Dennard with this pick and holding out for a WR in round 2.
19th pick – Miami Dolphins – Cyrus Kouandjio (OT, Alabama)
Alabama are know for there offensive line, and the 6′ 7″ 322lb tackle is of that same mold. He’s massive and has enough strength to survive on the left side of the line, but he might be better suited on the right side of the Miami line.
TRADE ALERT – Cincinnati Bengals trade up to 20th pick, Arizona Cardinals drop to 24th
20th pick – Cincinnati Bengals – Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State)
With Cincinnati in need of a cornerback, I can see them trading places with the Cardinals and taking Bradley Roby. The Ohio State corner is definitely a talent (although needs a little taming).
21st pick – Green Bay Packers – Ryan Shazier (OLB, Ohio State)
While the Packers do need a TE in this years draft, as well as a safety, I fell they’ll opt to take Ohio States playmaking linebacker and fill their other holes later in the draft.
22nd pick – Philadelphia Eagles – Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State)
The Eagles will be replacing DeSean Jackson with a much bigger target in Benjamin. This 6’5″ receiver has strength and a wide catching radius which will demand extra coverage from the opposition.
23rd pick – Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee (WR, USC)
The Chiefs will pick up a vertical threat receiver in Lee, one that compliments Dwayne Bowe very well.
24th pick – Arizona Cardinals – Brandin Cooks (WR, Oregan State)
After trading down and picking up another pick later in the draft, the Cardinals will look to take the best player available. Taking Cooks here will give them a very fast, nifty-footed playmaker who can be utilised in both the slot or as an outside receiver. The Cardinals will look to take a QB in round 2 – 3.
25th pick – San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett (CB, TCU)
Taking a cornerback here is a smart move for San Diego. Which Louis Nix could potentially be an option at NT, Jason Verrett’s name being called here is the right call.
26th pick – Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville)
No, I didn’t mean Manziel. I still strongly feel that Bridgewater is the most pro-ready of all QB class despite dropping down most of the medias draft boards. Adding Bridgewater in and giving him targets like Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron and newly-drafted Sammy Watkins starts to piece together the beginning of something new in Cleveland.
27th pick – New Orleans Saints – Marcus Martin (C, USC)
While adding a CB with this pick might be more likely, I still can’t get past the Saints taking Marcus Martin our of USC. Rumour has it that the Saints are big on Martin, so they may look to secure him now and take a cornerback in the next round, someone like Jean-Baptiste.
28th pick – Carolina Panthers -Morgan Moses (OT, Virginia)
6’6″, over 300lb with long arms and can be a great replacement LT for the departing Jordan Gross to take care of Cam’s blind side.
29th pick – New England Patriots – Ra-Shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota)
It’s hard to find athletic defenders with Hageman’s physical tools. While his general effort and desire may be cause for concern, I think Bill Belichick could take a chance on a “boom or bust” prospect with great potential with the 29th pick.
30th pick – San Francisco 49ers – Louis Nix III (NT, Notre Dame)
Can be used in both a 4-3 and a 3-4 front at the NT position, he’s quick and agile but has strength and size. Can push the pocket and is strong against the run.
31st pick – Denver Broncos – Joel Bitonio (OT, Nevada)
Intelligent, good awareness, good balance, tough and is proven to be strong against pass rusher, which is definitely what Denver needs in order to give Manning enough time in the pocket to work his magic.
32nd pick – Seattle Seahawks – Xavier Sua’a-Filo (OG, UCLA)
A perfect fit for the Seahawks, he fits their scheme of physical football. Probably the best true guard in this years draft, and a great upgrade for the Super Bowl Champions.happy wheels game