NFL MOCK DRAFT – March 7, 2014
1-HOUSTON TEXANS (2-14) Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Of course Jadaveon Clowney is the top player in the draft without a doubt. But with a new head coach in town and a desperate need for franchise quarterback in the long run the Texans select the top prototypical quarterback in the draft and that happens to be Blake Bortles.
2. ST. LOUIS RAMS (FROM WASHINGTON) (7-9) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Rams may trade this pick and that is still up in the air, certainly with the many picks they have. Selecting the best lineman is the correct decision certainly when the player is special and athletic. Robinson is the top offensive lineman in the draft, and Rodger Saffold is a free agent this is a solid pick.
3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-12) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Arguably the best player in this year’s draft, is finally off the board, filling a giant hole for the Jaguars and they decide to select Blane Gabbert challenger in the next round.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-12) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Browns are skeptical of Manziel, they recognize his quality as a leader on the field, and when it's all said done after his private Pro-Day, the Cleveland staff sees something special in him.
5. OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Raiders are another one of the teams in the draft looking for a franchise quarterback, they can also use a number one receiver or top edge pass rusher. With coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie contemplating their pick they have no room for error. With Bridgewater on the board, he is their selection at five.
6. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-12) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Falcons may try to trade up for Clowney, but regardless the team needs to fix their offensive line and Matthews is a solid pick and will be 10-year starter for Atlanta.
7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-12) Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Mack is an edge pass rusher and with one of the top prospects still available Buccaneers go with a need and select the top prospect on the board. A beast at his Pro-Day he was clocked an unofficial 4.45 second forty on one longtime NFL scout's watch.
8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-10-1) Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Christian Ponder was never the answer in Minnesota the team has gotten a top notch quarterback to excite the offense Carr knowledge to lead them back into contention.
9. BUFFALO BILLS (6-10) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
With the Raiders, Buccs and Rams both passing on the number one receiver in the draft the Bills provide quarterback E.J Manual with another solid target.
10. DETROIT LIONS (7-9) Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Cornerback is a position that has escaped Detroit for some time. They have tried to land a top notch cornerback in recent drafts, but have not been able to draft one. Detroit finally lands a talented defensive back and decides on the best cover-corner in the draft.
11. TENNESSEE TITANS (7-9) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Tennessee finished with only 36 sacks on the season. The Titans can use some pass rushers to get to the opposing quarterback. Barr is very talented, was a dominant player in college and looks to continue his dominance in the NFL.
12. NY GIANTS (7-9) Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Eli Manning just looked a bit lost last year getting him solid protection to bring them back is the best move for the Giants in the first round look for the team in the next round to select an edge rusher to bring the defensive unit back to life.
13. ST. LOUIS RAMS (7-9) Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
After selecting the top offensive tackle with their first selection , they come back and take a big receiver to complement their other targets for quarterback Sam Bradford.
14. CHICAGO BEARS (8-8) Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
With Charles Tillman a free agent and the safeties inconsistent in 2013 the first pick for Chicago is to concentrate on trying to improve their secondary. Going with Dennard to go on the opposite side of Tim Jennings fills a need immediately.
15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-8) Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
With Troy Pulmalu grabbing an extension Ryan Clark is likely to be released, so they have to get somebody with range in the middle of the field. Selecting Dix would only make their defensive backfield even stronger.
16. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8) Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Jernigan to the Cowboys, this just fits perfectly and makes Jerry Jones happy while filling a need in the defensive front.
17. BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-8) Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
With tight-end Dennis Pitta resigning with the team this past week, its not the most important requirement to fill Joe Flacco with more weapons, but to provide him with solid protection has become a primary need here and a more valuable selection.
18. NY JETS (8-8) Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
Time to provide Geno Smith with a big weapon, Lee can definitely bring that to the Jets.
19. MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-8) Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
Look, the Dolphins desperately need a solid group of offensive lineman but that doesn’t mean they are going to select them in the draft certainly with the first round choice and with lots of cap room. Therefore, the team decides to switch gears and go with the best prospect on the board at defense and go with Donald to fill a need there at defensive tackle.
20. ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-6) C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mosley is a talented linebacker, who can run and hit. The Cardinals are a team that likes to blitz from the middle making this a match in heaven to help with their defense.
21. GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-7-1) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
With tight-end Jermichael Finely a free agent coming off injury, the team needs to a threat in the middle of the field to secure another target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Ebron fits that need well.
22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6) Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Eagles have secured their needs a wide receiver by resigning Jermey Maclin and securing up Riley Cooper. Coach Chip Kelly can now focus on fixing the secondary in the draft by selecting the best safety available on the board. Pryor is a big-hitting safety who fills a key need.
23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-5) Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Chiefs need to find another weapon for quarterback Alex Smith opposite of Dwayne Bowe and Beckham secured his place as a first rounder in the NFL combined last month.
24. CINCINNATI BENGALS (11-5) Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Bengals need to add depth on the offensive line, but most likely they wait till the later rounds to cover that need. Another need is in the secondary at the cornerback position. Fuller is one of those players that are shooting up the draft board and he can provide the Bengals with the cornerback help they need.
25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS(9-7) Jason Verrett CB, TCU
The Chargers biggest need this offseason is at the cornerback position. No surprises here folks. Verrett has worked his way up to the first round having a solid showing in the NFL Combine .
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS) (4-12) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
The recent release of solid veteran D'Qwell Jackson may have provided the Browns with flexibility under the cap, but it also created a significant hole in the middle of their defense at the linebacker position. Shazier provides the Browns with speed in the middle of the defense the team desperately needs.
27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-5) Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Picturing how the 6-foot-2, 243 pounder could wreak havoc off the edge and get the opposing ball carriers. Is exactly what Saints' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan understood from seeing Ford dominate in the Senior Bowl. Ford is a tremendous pass rusher and will continue to strive in the NFL.
28. CAROLINA PANTHERS (12-4) Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Many people believe that the Panthers will draft another target for quarterback Cam Newton, but with the wide receiver class deep the team decides to hold off on it. The Panthers can also provide Newton with some protection up-front. Su’a-Filo spent most of his college career at offensive tackle at UCLA, and he showed the versatility to play all across the line when attrition arose he’s a good fit here with the 28th selection being the top guard in the draft.
29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-4) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
With Vince Wolford and Tommy Kelly both aging and coming off injuries the Patriots can use some young blood on their defensive front. Plus the Patriots run defense was horrendous it was ranked 30th in the NFL. Nix provides New England with a big body in the middle plus he gives them versatility they need at that position.
30. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-4) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Cooks, fits right into 49ers already potent offensive weapons and provides Kapernick with another target. Cooks, is a remarkable athlete with excellent agility and speed to make an immediate impact offense and special teams.
31. DENVER BRONCOS(13-3) Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame
The Broncos had no answers for Seattle during the Super Bowl especially on the defensive front. Denver needs a drastic improvement at the defensive tackle position in a big way to place quarterback Peyton Manning and his offensive unit on the field giving them more time to score. Tuitt is a gifted defender with a tremendous upside that will feel right at with Von Miller, Derek Wolfe and Sylvester Williams.
32. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (13-3) RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Seahawks may go with a receiver here if they are unable to bring Golden Tate back to Seattle. But the team also need’s to upgrade their pass rushing capabilities. Hageman may not be on board at #32 since he is a rare talent and continues to move up the charts. His outstanding versatility makes him an attractive option to Pete Carroll and his staff.
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