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NFL Mock Draft 2014

Updated on March 4, 2014

The Top 5

The NFL draft is just months away, and I dive into an evaluation of the top 5 draft picks, as we'll give my mock draft on the complete first round.

First Overall Pick

Who will the Texans select with the 1st overall pick

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Houston Texans

After an awful 2013 season, the Houston Texans have landed the 1st overall pick. Many people wonder how a team with so much talent had such a bad season after many experts predicted that they would finish top of their division and into the playoffs. After starting 2-0, Houston managed to lose 14 straight games, and find themselves to be the embarrasemnt of the league, even with guys like Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt. Main reason for Houston's struggles had to be from the quarterback position. Schaub appeared to be the guy, but was benched do to poor play throughout the beginning of the season. Case Keenum did a good job stepping into the quarterback spot, but failed to win games, and isn't what the Texans have in mind for the future. Now the questions arises, who will the Texans select with the first overall pick?

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

The first pick of the 2014 NFL draft by the Houston Texans is Johnny Manziel, quarterback from Texas A&M. Houston needs a quarterback, and Johnny may be their guy. He had stellar stats through his first two season at Texas A&M, and his mobile game and pocket passing game give him what he needs to be a great NFL quarterback. Out of all of the quarterbacks in the draft, Manziel appears to be the best well rounded quarterback, as he ran for over 700 yards last year at A&M, and completed 76% of his passes in the pocket. The Texans need a quarterback, and they hope Manziel can be the answers to their prayers. If they pass on Manziel and the Jaguars take him, it could be very bad for the Texans, as the Jaguars are in the same division as the Texans are. The Texans need a quarterback, and Manziel is the guy for the job.

Robert Quinn

St. Louis Rams

After a disappointing 2013 season, the young Rams team has the 2nd overall pick. If I were a Rams fan, I would be pretty optimistic for the 2014 season, as the Rams have many young, talented players. Tavon Austin showed flashes of brilliance and can be a great player if he continues to develop, and Robert Quinn was an absolute beast on the defensive line. After the Rams previously signed Jake Long, the team is looking to be in good shape as long as they can stay healthy. Sam Bradford will be recovering from a torn ACL, and he needs to be healthy in order for the Rams to have a great 2014. Zac Stacy looked very good at times in 2013 once he became the Rams #1 running back, and if he looks to be great in 2014, the Rams need to be great on the O line. Not only to block for Stacy, but to give Bradford time to pass. The Rams, with the 2nd overall pick will select…..

Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews

Jake Matthews, offensive tackle fromTexas A&M. Two aggies will be selected with the first two picks. The Rams need to be stronger on the O line, and Jake Matthews is the best overall O line in the draft. Matthews is athletic, has great footwork, and understands the game very well. He was a huge reason in why Manziel had so much time to pass the ball, and why he had over 5,000 all purpose yards. Some experts think they will take Greg Robinson from Auburn who plays OT, or go with Jadeveon Clowney who would add to an already fierce defensive line. However, If Matthews can transition well into the NFL and give Bradford time to pass and Stacy room to run, then the Rams can be a team to look out for in 2014, who already have many talented guys that give this Rams team potential for the future.

Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville Jaguars

After several years of poor teams, Jacksonville looks to turn things around. After Blaine Gabbert didn't live up to expectations, the Jaguars are in need of a quarterback. With the third pick of the draft, Jacksonville has many options that they can choose from. It seems very likely that Jacksonville will go for a quarterback as they are in desperate need for one, and the quarterbacks in this draft are very highly rated. Although Jacksonville doesn't have many talented, young guys, they did compete in a lot of their games this year, and managed to win 4 games. Plus, if Justin Blackmon can stay out of trouble and Jacksonville finds someone who can get the ball to him, Jacksonville may be on the rise. With the third pick of the 2014 draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select…….

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback from Louisville. If Bridgewater isn't selected first overall by the Texans, then it seems likely that he will fall to the Jaguars. Bridgewater has a great arm, can be mobile, and has a great football I.Q. He lead Louisville to a 12-1 record last season, and threw a touchdown pass in 23 of his 24 games played at Louisville. Again, another quarterback who has great potential, and can transition very well in the NFL. If Bridgewater is selected first overall by the Texans, then he'll be more likely to succeed early on, as the Texans have a far more explosive and talented offense. Even if he slides to the 3rd or 4th pick, he can still lead struggling teams like the Jaguars or Browns to a promising future.

Josh Gordon

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns have been struggling for many years now. The defense has been bad, and the offense has been unable to score points. The main reason the offense hasn't been able to produce points is because of the weakness at the quarterback position. After Brandon Weeden failed to live up to expectations, the Browns are desperate for a quarterback. They are looking for a quarterback who can lead their team from the ashes and into playoff contention. If they can find a quarterback who can produce good numbers in the NFL and live up to high expectations, then the Browns could be in good shape, as they already an emerging young wide receiver in Josh Gordon. With the 4th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select…….

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles

Blake Bortles, quarterback from UCF. Prior to the 2013 bowl season, you likely never heard of Blake Bortles. He quietly had a great year at UCF, as he led his team to a 12-1 record, including a win verse Baylor in the Fiestas Bowl. He has a great arm, and is surprisingly mobile for his size. His physical attributes and game play are similar to Andrew Luck. Bortles rose up the mock draft boards do to his great arm, and great football I.Q. He took a struggling UCF team who was projected to finish in the middle of their conference, to a conference championship and a BCS bowl win. He has the ability to be great in the NFL, and if deleted by the Browns, he has one of the top receivers in the NFL in Josh Gordon.

Next Big Thing

Which quarterback will have the best rookie season?

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Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders have been average to below average for the last few years. In need of a quarterback, Oakland would like to take a quarterback, but unless Manziel, Bridgewater, or Bortles falls to 5, there's no one worth taking that early. Oakland is in an extremely tough division with the Broncos, Chargers, and Cheifs, who were all in the playoffs in 2013, and if they want to copete with them, then they need a guy who can take games over and be a huge difference maker. The Raider's offense is in need of an explosive Wide Receiver who can take games over, and Sammy Watkins would be that guy, but Oakland will not take him if this guy is still on the board. With the 5th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…….

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end out of South Carolina. If not taken earlier in the draft, Clowney may be a steal at number 5. Yes, Oakland would love an offensive weapon like Watkins, but Clowney may be to good to pass up on. His strength and speed has NFL scouts and teams drooling over him, as he can alter games just by his presence on the field. He's quick, and has great moves that get him to the quarterback. The addition of Clowney can make the struggling Raiders a playoff contender. If they do take Clowney at #5, it would be likely to see them go after Boyd in the second round, as they're in need of a quarterback.

Rest of Round 1

Pick #
Team
Player
6
Atlanta Falcons
Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
8
Minnesota Vikings
David Carr, QB, Fresno State
9
Buffalo Bills
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
10
Detroit Lions
Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State
11
Tennessee Titans
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
12
New York Giants
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
13
St. Louis Rams
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
14
Chicago Bears
Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
15
Pittsburgh Steelers
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
16
Baltimore Ravens
Marquise Lee, WR, USC
17
Dallas Cowboys
Timmy Jerrnigan, DT, Florida State
18
New York Jets
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
19
Miami Dolphins
Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20
Arizona Cardinals
RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
21
Green Bay Packers
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
22
Philadelphia Eagles
Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
23
Kansas City Cheifs
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
24
Cinncinati Bengals
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
25
San Diego Chargers
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
26
Cleveland Browns
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
27
New Orleans Saints
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
28
Carolina Panthers
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
29
New England Patriots
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas A&M
30
San Francisco 49ers
Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
31
Denver Broncos
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
32
Seattle Seahawks
Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
 
 
 

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      Lee and Aleesa Mowry 3 years ago from Casper, Wyoming

      I like your choice of Johnny M. over Teddy.... I get the feeling that Teddy is not going to pan out as well as most people think, which would be very sad, specially since I think same as you he will more then likely end up in Jacksonville and they need HELP!!!!

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      Nick Sharpe 3 years ago from Michigan

      Yeah whoever gets drafted by the Texans is going to be put into a very good situation with the talent they have. Whoever goes to teams like Jacksonville and Cleveland will struggle a bit.

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