2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0
- Atlanta Falcons 2014 1st Round Pick (6th Overall), 2015 1st Round Pick, 2014 2nd Round Houston Texans 2014 1st Round Pick (1st Overall)
1st Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons (from Houston Texans)
Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Carolina
Clowney is a freak athlete who could change games in one single play. He’s an instinctive player who will read plays and running backs very well. He’s a rare defensive player that you may only see once in a decade. Teams will be trading up for him.
2nd Overall Pick – St Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
Sammy Watkins – Wide Receiver – Clemson
Watkins is one of the best receivers to come out of college in the last few seasons thanks to very good athleticism, explosiveness and flawless receiving skills. He need to work on his fundamentals, especially his route running, but this guy is probably going to be a star at the next level, and Sam Bradford could use an all around threat to throw to.
3rd Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
Teddy Bridgewater – Quarterback – Louisville
Bridgewater is a very technically sound quarterback who makes some very good reads with the football. He has the ability to become a franchise quarterback for almost any team. The Jags desperately need a QB and he, in my opinion, is the best one on the board, despite the iffy pro day.
4th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns
Blake Bortles – Quarterback – UCF
Bortles improved his stock with a great performance at the combine, and he could be the guy the Browns need. He’s a big-bodied quarterback with a strong arm that can stretch the field. He’d be the perfect guy to throw Josh Gordon the ball.
5th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders
Khalil Mack – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Buffalo
Khalil Mack has been receiving a lot of attention, despite the fact he’s from a small school. Mack is an athletic, lean athlete with very good explosiveness and bend. He’s agile and can get around the corner with quickness and with ease. He’s going to be a very good player at the next level and should be in a few pro bowls.
6th Overall Pick – Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons)
Johnny Manziel – Quarterback – Texas A&M
Believe it or not, I think Johnny Manziel is less of a risk than Blake Bortles, but Bortles could end up being the better QB, which is why he goes ahead of Manziel. However, Manziel is one of the best dual threat QBs to come out of college in the last few seasons. He has a very strong arm, and has extremely quick feet. He’s going to be a very good QB in the NFL.
7th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans – Wide Receiver – Texas A&M
Having Mike Evans as the number 2 receiver shows just how talented this receivers class is. The Bucs traded their current #2 receiver Mike Williams and they have no one slated to compliment Vincent Jackson. Evans is a big bodied receiver who saved Johnny Manziel on numerous occasions during his career at Texas A&M. He could be the huge playmaker they need to get their offense to the next level.
8th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Donald – Defensive Tackle – Pittsburgh
The Vikings lost the Williams wall over the last few seasons (Kevin this season), and now they have a hole up the middle. Aaron Donald impressed everyone with his amazing combine and he put together a solid 2013 campaign to back his combine. He has very good potential and could start from Day 1 for the Vikings.
9th Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Greg Robinson – Offensive Tackle – Auburn
It may seem crazy that a guy like Robinson falls to Buffalo. The fact of the matter is, if St Louis doesn’t pick him (which I think they shouldn’t), then the 8 teams above won’t need to pick him as offensive tackle isn’t a need. For Buffalo, offensive tackle is a very big need as their QBs were sacked 46 times last year (in the top 4). Robinson could come in and dominate from Day 1; he’s that special.
10th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Justin Gilbert – Cornerback – Oklahoma State
The Lions lack a consistent and strong secondary. Rashean Mathis was their top cornerback last season, and although he didn’t play badly, his career is almost over and he’s a free agent. They need a cornerback desperately. They have a great front 7, but they need a secondary to complete that defense and make them a playoff team.
11th Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans
Anthony Barr – Outside Linebacker – UCLA
Anthony Barr is now in 2nd place in the Barr vs Mack race, but it doesn’t mean he’s not a good player. His stock has fallen a bit in the last couple of months, but he’s still a very athletic player who’s learning the position. His potential is endless and he could be a stud in the Titans’ new 3-4 system. Shaun Phillips isn’t going to be around for much longer and I don’t think Wimbley is a 3 down starter. Barr is the guy they need.
12th Overall Pick – New York Giants
Eric Ebron – Tight End – North Carolina
I’m not a big fan of drafting tight ends early, but Eric Ebron is a rare tight end. Ebron completely tore up the combine, and had a very productive season with UNC. He could be the perfect playmaker for Eli Manning.
13th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan – Offensive Tackle – Michigan
I see Lewan as the number 2 offensive tackle, and his only weaknesses are minor ones that could be corrected. He has the ability to be a top 5 left tackle in the league, and if drafted by the Rams, could start out playing the right side, and has the run blocking skills and strength to be a good right tackle (to start out his career, before making the switch).
14th Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Ha’sean Clinton Dix – Safety – Alabama
The Bears haven’t had a good safety in several years. Major Wright was one of the worst starting safeties in the league last season. Haha Clinton Dix was a playmaker with Alabama, and could be the perfect piece for this defense.
15th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers
CJ Mosley – Inside Linebacker – Alabama
The Steelers regressed on defense last season and that’s because they didn’t have a presence up the middle. Timmons was decent last season, but they need someone with a bigger impact. Mosley is an instinctive, athletic linebacker who can make plays and the read the field. He’s someone to watch for in the defensive rookie of the year race.
16th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Kony Ealy – Defensive End – Missouri
The Cowboys are still trying to get comfortable in their 4-3 system, and they need more playmakers on that defense. They can add a big piece to their defense by drafting Ealy, a difference maker who can come in and play right away.
17th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
Jake Matthews – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M
The Ravens don’t have many tackles on the roster, much less good ones. They have Monroe at left tackle, but they don’t have anyone slated at right tackle and the current guys on the roster aren’t capable of manning that spot. Matthews is one of the most consistent players in the country and can have a huge impact on any team.
18th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Darqueze Dennard – Cornerback – Michigan State
The Jets lost Cromartie and Revis the year before, and although they did draft Milliner last season, they need someone else in that secondary, because it’s a mess. Dennard is one of the best players available and was a stud on the best defense in the country. He read plays perfect and has the great athleticism you look for in a cornerback.
19th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Zack Martin – Offensive Tackle – Notre Dame
The Dolphins spent big money on Brandon Albert, and he’ll be the left tackle, but the Dolphins desperately need a right tackle, and Martin is a talented tackle. He’s one of the best in this draft. Drafting Martin would shore up the majority of their offensive line.
20th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Shazier – Outside Linebacker – Ohio State
The Cardinals spent a lot of money on offense this offseason, and now it’s time for them to improve their front 7. Their defensive line is very good, but they lack edge defenders. Shazier is ridiculously athletic and had a huge impact for the Buckeyes. He would become the Cardinals starting OLB and have a big impact over time.
21st Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Calvin Pryor – Safety – Louisville
The Packers get a bit of a gift here in Pryor. The Packers lack a presence at safety and only have 2 safeties on the roster. Pryor is a good all around safety and could give the Packers a dangerous advantage on defense.
22nd Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Louis Nix III – Defensive Tackle – Notre Dame
It’s hard to have a successful 3-4 defense without a strong nose tackle. The Eagles have built a decent defense, but they need that big body up the middle, and that’s exactly what Nix is, he’s a big guy who can plug up the middle and cause problems.
23rd Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs
Brandin Cooks – Wide Receiver – Oregon State
Brandin Cooks is my favorite prospect in the draft, and have been saying that since early October, where he was dubbed a 5th round pick. Cooks is a slightly undersized receiver who plays much bigger and has all the intangibles you expect from an all pro. He could be a star at the next level and he’d be the perfect compliment to Dwayne Bowe.
24th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Bradley Roby – Cornerback – Ohio State
Roby is a very instinctive cornerback, who surprised me at the combine, putting together one of the best performances amongst the defensive backs. Roby can come in and have an impact right away and could be the perfect player to compliment Leon Hall.
25th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Jason Verrett – Cornerback – TCU
Verrett is one of my favorite defensive backs, as he’s extremely athletic and has great instincts. The Chargers could use a playmaker next to Eric Weddle in their secondary. The Chargers need some secondary help and he could help right away.
26th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts)
Odell Beckham Jr – Wide Receiver – LSU
Beckham is a talented receiver who made a lot of noise at LSU. He’s good all around player (must work on his route running) who could have an impact from Day 1. If the Browns draft a quarterback, expect them to give that QB some (other than Josh Gordon) weapons to work with.
27th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints
Kyle Van Noy – Outside Linebacker – BYU
The Saints got rid of Will Smith and essentially have no consistent players on the roster to man one of the edge defenders spots. Van Noy is an underrated prospect that has been consistently good for the last few seasons. He could start for them right away.
28th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Lamarcus Joyner – Cornerback / Safety – Florida State
The Panthers lost some key players in their secondary this offseason, and have done very little to replace those lost players. Joyner is a versatile player who can play both safety and cornerback, but could provide a lot of help at cornerback.
29th Overall Pick – New England Patriots
Timmy Jernigan – Defensive Tackle – Florida State
The Patriots lost Wilfork last season to injury and had a lot of trouble trying to fill his hole. He’s back this year, but has probably one good year left in him. Jernigan is a big defensive tackle who was the anchor of the Seminoles’ front 7 and made a ton of big plays in the latter portion of the season. He could start right next to Wilfork from Day 1.
30th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Stephon Tuitt – Defensive End – Notre Dame
Justin Smith is creeping closer to retirement, and they don’t really have anyone to replace him, or to rotate in right now. In short, they lack depth on their defensive line. Tuitt is a very big, relatively athletic force who did a very nice job while at Notre Dame. He could end up being a star with the proper coaching and training.
31st Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Chris Borland – Inside Linebacker – Wisconsin
Borland is a smart linebacker with above average intangibles. The Broncos desperately need an inside linebacker after losing Wesley Woodyard. Borland could come in, make their front 7 respectable. Borland could start from Day 1 and have a big impact next season.
32nd Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks
Dee Ford – Defensive End – Auburn
The Seahawks lost Chris Clemons and Red Bryant this offseason and have a bit of a hole at defensive end. They do have Avril and Bennett, who are both starters, but they have no depth and they have no long-term answer. Ford had some monsters games this year as well as a big Senior Bowl, and could surprise many next season.
33rd Overall Pick – Houston Texans
David Yankey – Offensive Guard – Stanford
Yankey is a versatile offensive lineman who would provide great help to the Texans interior o-line, who have a hole at guard with Wade Smith departing.
34th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins
Ra’shede Hageman – Defensive End – Minnesota
The Redskins need some help up front, and although adding Jason Hatcher was good, they need a guy to compliment him on the other side, and Hagemen is fully capable of playing in a 3-4 and is perhaps the best player available on the board.
35th Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns
Jimmie Ward – Safety – Northern Illinois
The Browns need someone to play next to Donte Whitner, and after spending two picks on offense; it’s time to give the defense some love. Ward is one of the best available here.
36th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders
Marqise Lee – Wide Receiver – USC
Lee drops a bit here and is a perfect fit for the Raiders who could use another receiver to play with James Jones. He’s one of the most dynamic receivers in this class.
37th Overall Pick – Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons)
Jace Amaro – Tight End – Texas Tech
This pick makes sense. Amaro is one of the top players on the board and he would give new QB Manziel a big target to throw to (with Graham) at tight end.
38th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Xavier Su’a Filo – Offensive Guard – UCLA
The Bucs got rid of Davin Joseph and they need a new guard to come in and protect McCown. Su’a Filo is arguably the top guard in the draft.
39th Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
Cyrus Kouandjio – Offensive Tackle – Alabama
The Jaguars could use another tackle to compliment Luke Joeckel because they don’t have a good one on the roster. Kouandjio has great size and potential in the NFL.
40th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
Derek Carr – Quarterback – Fresno State
A team will definitely trade up to take Carr in the middle of the first round, but I don’t want to start predicting trades this late, so because of that, Carr, falls to 40 in a minimal trade 1st round.
41st Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Tre Mason – Running Back – Auburn
The Bills always like to have depth at running back and with Fred Jackson very close to retirement; it leaves them with almost no one behind CJ Spiller. They’ll need a guy to replace Fred Jackson and Mason is the best running back in the draft.
42nd Overall Pick – Tennessee Titans
Kyle Fuller – Cornerback – Virginia Tech
The Rams could use some help at cornerback as Finnegan is gone, and Janoris Jenkins doesn’t seem like a good fit as a #1 cornerback.
43rd Overall Pick – New York Giants
Scott Crichton – Defensive End – Oregon State
The Giants could use another pass rusher to play across from JPP and Crichton is an underrated defensive end who can start from Day 1.
44th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Pierre Desir – Cornerback – Lindenwood
I know the Dolphins just signed Finnegan, but he’s not a very good option, and the Dolphins did lose Nolan Caroll in the offseason. Getting Desir gives them a long-term option at cornerback.
45th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Fresno State
The Lions added Golden Tate, and they obviously have Megatron, but they could still use another receiver to give Matthew Stafford some options. They need to give him more options other than Megatron.
46th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers
Joel Bitonio – Offensive Tackle – Nevada
Bitonio was a great player at Nevada, and is a very clean prospect. He has very good athleticism and is smart. He could be the perfect player for the Steelers, who need an offensive tackle badly.
47th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
Daquan Jones – Defensive Tackle/Defensive End – Penn State
Jones is a big-bodied defensive lineman who was very good at Penn State. The Ravens lost Arthur Jones this offseason and have not done anything to replace him.
48th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Kelvin Benjamin – Wide Receiver – Florida State
Robinson has some technicalities that he needs to fix up (catching with his body and explosiveness to name a couple), but he has great potential and is a playmaker.
49th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Austin Seferian Jenkins – Tight End – Washington
The Jets only have Cumberland, and he hasn’t done much in the last 2 years. They have no depth. Seferian Jenkins would add a big target to an offense that has done their best to try and rebuild.
50th Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Bashaud Breeland – Cornerback – Clemson
The Saints are doing a lot to fix their defense. They added some players to their front 7 and they added Byrd to their safety duo. Now, they should add Breeland to their cornerback group and he could have an impact in his rookie year.
51st Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Dominique Easley – Defensive Tackle – Florida
The Bears lost Henry Melton this offseason and lack a big presence up the middle. Easley would help fill that need and play extremely well next to Allen.
52nd Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals
Bishop Sankey – Running Back -- Washington State
The Cardinals only have Ellington and don’t have a good change of pace back. Sankey is a great, quick running back who could end up seeing the majority of the loads by the end of the season.
53rd Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Donte Moncrief – Wide Receiver – Ole Miss
The Packers lost James Jones this offseason and now they are starting to get short on receivers. The Packers love to draft receivers, and Moncrief is one of the best players on the board and can contribute from Day 1.
54th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Allen Robinson – Wide Receiver – Penn State
The Eagles could use a receiver to replace Desean Jackson. He won’t need to be relied on from day 1, and could be developed into an animal.
55th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Jimmy Garoppolo – Quarterback – Eastern Illinois
How many years does Andy Dalton have left? He only has one on his contract, and who knows if he’ll be back. Garoppolo is an underrated QB who with the right development can be a starter in this league.
56th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)
Demarcus Lawrence – Outside Linebacker – Boise State
Lawrence is a talented pass rusher who could surprise many in his first year. With Aldon Smith’s future being hazy, getting a guy like Lawrence early on can be a big positive going forward.
57th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Marcus Martin – Center/Offensive Guard – USC
The Chargers need to do whatever they can to improve their offensive line. It got much better last season, but they need a little more help inside. The Falcons did a pick like this a couple of years with Peter Konz and he worked out pretty well. The Chargers should do the same.
58th Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints
Keith McGill – Cornerback – Utah State
McGill has a rare combination of size, athleticism, explosion and arm length that teams look for. He should help out the Saints at a postion they need help at. McGill could be their longterm starter.
59th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts
Deone Buccanon – Safety – Washington State
The Colts need a safety very badly. Even Coach Pagano said that they’ll look to the draft for a safety. Buccanon has very good size and arm length. He was also one of the top performers at the combine and is great in coverage.
60th Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Antonio Richardson – Offensive Tackle – Tennessee
The Panthers need a right tackle very badly and Richardson has the ability to be a starting right tackle from training camp. He’s one of the best players on the board and would make perfect sense for the Panthers.
61st Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Stanley Jean Baptiste – Cornerback – Nebraska
The only weak spot on the 49ers defense is their cornerback group. That group has regressed over the last couple of seasons and they need to add some young talent to that pool. Baptiste has great size and strength to be good in press coverage.
62nd Overall Pick – New England Patriots
Troy Niklas – Tight End – Notre Dame
The Patriots have no good tight ends behind Gronkowski, and if he goes down, they’re in trouble. Niklaus is a big, pass catching tight end who has great potential in the NFL and can be a very good option for Brady.
63rd Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Jerry Attaochu – Outside Linebacker / Defensive End – Georgia Tech
Attaochu is not a perfect fit with the Broncos, but as we’ve come to learn with the Broncos, they don’t mind too often. Attaochu is a great pass rusher, and can be a good player to compliment Demarcus Ware.
64th Overall Pick – Seattle Seahawks
Gabe Jackson – Offensive Guard – Mississippi State
The Seahawks lost Paul McQuistan in the offseason and their interior offensive linemen aren’t great. Jackson would be a good option for them, and he could start in his rookie year.
65th Overall Pick – Houston Texans
Trent Murphy – Outside Linebacker – Stanford
66th Overall Pick – Washington Redskins
Phillip Gaines – Cornerback – Rice
67th Overall Pick – Oakland Raiders
AJ McCarron – Quarterback – Alabama
68th Overall Pick – Atlanta Falcons
Morgan Moses – Offensive Tackle – Virginia
69th Overall Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Terrence Brooks – Safety – Florida State
70th Overall Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars
Carlos Hyde – Running Back – Ohio State
71st Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns
Jack Mewhort – Offensive Tackle – Ohio State
72nd Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings
Zach Mettenberger – Quarterback – LSU
73rd Overall Pick – Buffalo Bills
Cody Latimer – Wide Receiver – Indiana
74th Overall Pick – New York Giants
Weston Richburg – Center / Offensive Guard – Colorado State
75th Overall Pick – St Louis Rams
Brock Vereen – Safety – Minnesota
76th Overall Pick – Detroit Lions
Jordan Matthews – Wide Receiver – Vanderbilt
77th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans)
Jarvis Landry – Wide Receiver – LSU
78th Overall Pick – Dallas Cowboys
Ja’Wuan James – Offesnive Tackle – Tennessee
79th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens
CJ Fiedorowicz – Tight End – Iowa
80th Overall Pick – New York Jets
Preston Brown – Inside Linebacker – Louisville
81st Overall Pick – Miami Dolphins
Cameron Fleming – Offensive Tackle – Stanford
82nd Overall Pick – Chicago Bears
Tom Savage – Quarterback – Pittsburgh
83rd Overall Pick – Cleveland Browns (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
Trai Turner – Offensive Guard – LSU
84th Overall Pick – Arizona Cardinals
Marcus Smith – Defensive End / Outside Linebacker – Louisville
85th Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers
Paul Richardson – Wide Receiver – Colorado
86th Overall Pick – Philadelphia Eagles
Anthony Johnson – Defensive Tackle – LSU
87th Overall Pick – Kansas City Chiefs
Ego Ferguson – Defensive Tackle – LSU
88th Overall Pick – Cincinnati Bengals
Jared Abbredaris – Wide Receiver – Wisconsin
89th Overall Pick – San Diego Chargers
Kareem Martin – Defensive End / Outside Linebacker – North Carolina
90th Overall Pick – Indianapolis Colts
Travis Swanson – Center – Arkansas
91st Overall Pick – New Orleans Saints
Martavis Bryant – Wide Receiver – Clemson
92nd Overall Pick – Carolina Panthers
Marcus Roberson – Cornerback – Florida
93rd Overall Pick – New England Patriots
Billy Turner – Offensive Tackle – North Dakota State
94th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers
Ed Stinson – Defensive Tackle – Alabama
95th Overall Pick – Denver Broncos
Loucheiz Purifoy – Cornerback – Florida
96th Overall Pick – Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
Shayne Skov – Inside Linebacker – Stanford
97th Overall Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers (Compensatory Pick)
Trevor Reilley – Outside Linebacker – Utah
98th Overall Pick – Green Bay Packers (Compensatory Pick)
Adrian Hubbard – Outside Linebacker – Alabama
99th Overall Pick – Baltimore Ravens (Compensatory Pick)
Chris Smith – Outside Linebacker – Arkansas
100th Overall Pick – San Francisco 49ers (Compensatory Pick)
Cyril Richardson – Offensive Guard – Baylor