2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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1. Houston Texans

Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before facing the Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

There’s all sorts of possibilities here, ranging from Jadeveon Clowney to home-state QB Johnny Manziel to trading the top pick, it’s safe to say the Texans have options. Still, conventional wisdom says take the guy who looks like the best NFL quarterback, and that’s Teddy Bridgewater.

Louisville’s Bridgewater is the right combination of size (6-3), athletic ability and accuracy that we’ve seen prove successful for quarterbacks in the NFL. He’s a pocket passer who became more accurate in college each year, while also increasing his yards per attempt. Although he doesn’t prefer it, Bridgewater can scramble for  positive yards if he needs to. With all the attributes we saw him display at Louisville, the right draft comparison for Bridgewater is Aaron Rodgers.

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  • Jared Myers

    While I’m worried that Clowney dropping to the Raiders is a pipe-dream, this Mock actually shows (IMHO) a realistic chance of that happening. Here’s hoping it happens this way.

  • Paul Newbold

    Lee is not the answer for the Jets at #18. As you pointed out he is not the elite WR Watkins is, and with “so – so” hands, the Jets should pass. He’s struggled with injuries, and the last thing the Jets need is another injury pronged receiver. I think a better option would be to go TE at 18. ALL the Jets are free agent eligible, with none of them really earning a new contract. With Amaro, Ebron, and Jenkins still on the board (according to your mock), the Jets would be foolish not to add an elite tight end to Geno’s weapons! The wide receiver talent is deep this year, while the TE prospects being rather thin.

  • Gunnar Martin

    It’s Ra’Shede Hageman, not Hagman. Just so ya know…