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2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

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Number 1: Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater QB – Louisville

Against what appears to be common belief I am keeping Teddy Bridgewater as my number one overall pick in this year’s draft. I’m not buying into all of this hype that the Texans will draft either Jadeveon Clowney or Johnny Manziel. While they’re both very talented players, Bridgewater is not only the most NFL ready, but also has the highest upside in my opinion. The Texans biggest hole is the quarterback position and Bridgewater is the best one available. Unless Houston can find a trade partner, I truly believe they will take Bridgewater.

Number 2: St. Louis Rams (from Washington) – Sammy Watkins WR – Clemson

If you saw the Orange Bowl, you would realize that Sammy Watkins is an absolute stud. He would be Sam Bradford’s best receiver that he has had in his career. Watkins, Austin, Cook and Stacy would give St. Louis one of the better group at the skilled positions in the league. At first, I believed that St. Louis will go with an offensive lineman, however, this draft class is loaded with very good prospects at that position. The Rams hold the 13th pick as well. Expect them to fill the need at offensive line then.

Number 3: Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles QB – Central Florida

The Jacksonville Jaguars have an obvious need at the quarterback position. Instead of selecting Jadeveon Clowney, they will go with Bortles off the simple fact that next year’s quarterback class isn’t as strong. Blaine Gabbert clearly hasn’t panned out as expected and Chad Henne is nothing more than a solid NFL backup. Bortles is practically a hometown kid that could not only win the Jaguars some games, but also sell tickets and ultimately get the fan base excited again.

Number 4: Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel QB – Texas A&M

With the top two quarterbacks off the board the Browns will select Johnny Manziel. Even though I am not high on Manziel at all, there is no question that he will be one of the top picks. He will bring a much needed swagger and energy to the city of Cleveland. Although I wouldn’t want Manziel it is still a clear upgrade to what they have.

Number 5: Oakland Raiders – Jadeveon Clowney DE – South Carolina

The Raiders are really lucking out with this. All three of the top quarterbacks will most likely be off the board at this point, however, the best prospect is still available. The Raiders can temporarily survive with Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin. Drafting Clowney will do wonders for this franchise. He is one of the best prospects to come out of college in recent years and for the Raiders to be able to select him 5th is just a true blessing.

Number 6: Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack LB – Buffalo 

The Falcons will be searching for a dynamic pass rusher to add to their team. Khalil Mack is an absolute beast and would instantly be a huge upgrade for the Falcons.

Number 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Eric Ebron TE – North Carolina  

Eric Ebron might not even be here at seven come draft day (Atlanta needs a TE), but if he is, then Tampa will take him. They already have Vincent Jackson and a very good group of running backs. The only thing missing for Mike Glennon is a tight end that can open up the middle of the field. Ebron would be the ideal pick for a Tampa offense that could end up being very good next season.

Number 8: Minnesota Vikings – Anthony Barr LB – UCLA

With Jared Allen due a bunch of money this offseason the Vikings might be looking to deal him or let him go. They need to get younger and better in terms of rushing the passer. Unless Minnesota wants to reach for a quarterback again, Anthony Barr would be a suitable pick for them. He brings a lot to the table in terms of his ability to get to the quarterback. He could be a big time player for the Vikings for years to come.

Number 9: Buffalo Bills – Greg Robinson OT – Auburn

The Buffalo Bills have a huge spot that needs to be filled on their offensive line. Much like the Raiders, the Buffalo Bills will be getting a steal. Greg Robinson is arguably the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft. The Bills will instantly fall in love with Robinson’s ability to protect E.J. Manuel (who they just spent a first round pick on).

Number 10: Detroit Lions – Mike Evans WR – Texas A&M

The Detroit Lions have lacked a legitimate second receiver over the past few seasons. Mike Evans would come in and give Detroit another big bodied receivers. Not only would he take off tons of pressure from Megatron, but he easily be able to catch 70-80 balls in his rookie season. This should be an easy one for Detroit. With the team recently releasing Nate Burleson they will be on the lookout for a young receiver and Mike Evans fits that need perfectly.

Number 11: Tennessee Titans – Jake Matthews OT – Texas A&M

The Tennessee Titans currently have a lot of money invested in their offensive line. They still have Michael Roos at left tackle and David Stewart at right, however, Stewart’s production has dropped a bit and his sizeable contract might call for a release this offseason. Tennessee can play Matthews at right tackle and then move him over to left in his second season as Roos will be a free agent lineman in his 30s.

Number 12: New York Giants – Darqueze Dennard CB – Michigan State

Throughout last season the New York Giants really struggled at times in terms of defending the passing game. Darqueze Dennard is arguably the top cornerback prospect coming into this year’s draft. Corey Webster will most likely not be back with the team next season. The Giants need to find a replacement for Webster and Dennard is a great potential replacement.

Number 13: St. Louis Rams – Taylor Lewan OT – Michigan

This is the pick that I was referring to early. Now that the St. Louis Rams have officially rounded out their skilled positions, they can immediately upgrade their offensive line. With Sam Bradford coming off a torn ACL, it is important that the Rams do whatever they can do to keep him upright and protected.

Number 14: Chicago Bears – Timmy Jernigan DT – Florida State 

Tim Jernigan was absolute dominate in his last season with the Seminoles. Many have questioned Jernigan’s work ethic after we all saw him clearly winded in the fourth quarter of the National Championship, however, it has since come out that he was battling an illness. Jernigan is a big body that the Bears would love to have up front.

Number 15: Pittsburgh Steelers – HaHa Clinton-Dix S – Alabama

Due to the fact that they have one of the oldest secondary’s in the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to get younger. Ryan Clark recently admitted to the fact that his days in Pittsburgh might be numbered. Clinton Dix would be a very good fit for the defensive style in Pittsburgh and can fill the hole that could be left by Ryan Clark.

Number 16: Dallas Cowboys – Calvin Pryor S – Louisville

Last season the Dallas Cowboys had a historically bad defense. One of their weakest spots on the defense was the secondary. It is without question that their biggest hole in the secondary is the safety position. With Clinton-Dix off the board the Cowboys will have to go with the next best thing; Calvin Pryor. That might not be such a bad thing, however.

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  • Julien Bélair

    so the Chargers take Roberson before Gilbert….right

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Seriously.

  • chas territo

    From the end of season I’ve wanted Ebron at #9 for my Bills, but since he may be gone to TB, I will be happy with Robinson at #9. He’s a great 2nd choice that if Ebron wasn’t there would have been our 1st pick anyway. GO BILLS!!

    • Justen Rosenberg

      I’m glad we can finally agree on something regarding the Bills! As always, thanks for the comment, Chas!

  • Old Frog

    The Cowboys take a safety in the first instead of a lineman? I hope not….

  • Dan Onti

    Lions take a wideout when Jake Mathews is on the board?Bull -chit.

  • Paul Newbold

    Jets pass on Lee, if Ebron is gone, they go Amaro. Injury concerns, a bad habit of allowing the ball into his body, and a less then spectacular final year make Lee more of a gamble, then one of the TE’s. I see the Jets being active in the WR FA market, lessening the need to gamble on a first round receiver.

  • Loudawg

    Louis Nix doesnt get drafted in the first round?
    i would be happy seeing him in a chargers uniform, just destroying the raiders OL
    sorry guys, daydreaming here, cause we all know there isnt a chance, Nix will fall all the way to #25 on the board … comments, dreams, opinions, relationships with hot chicks are always fun yet usually dont amount to jack s#&* haha

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I was thinking the same thing… but I don’t think Telesco would go for Nix.

      • Loudawg

        that is interesting that you would think that … anyone that can collapse the pocket and demand double teams, seems like someone i would want around .. i was reading about his knee injusry and everything seems great short term and long term .. what is your reason why you believe Telesco wouldnt want him IF he fell that far haha just curious, not trying to banter .. if it is just a gut/instinct thought that is cool as well, no need to fabricate : p
        always interested in what/why people think : )

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          I guess you could say it’s a little gut, a little bit that he would take a CB, and a little bit of the knee injury. Keenan’s minor injury is one thing.. but Nix injury seems more serious in the long run. Plus, I think there will be Gilbert, Dennard, Roberson, or Verrett sitting there. Mostly, I think this year’s crop of DT’s isn’t strong. TT had Lotuleilei sitting there last draft, and didn’t even sniff him. Something tells me he won’t take one until next season, as the crop of free agent nose tackles is pretty good this season. Not to say that I would be mad if they picked Nix.. I just think there would be better players there at 25.

          • Julien Bélair

            Gilbert over Nix all day long for me. You draft Gilbert and you don’t look back

  • Milliken Steeler

    I honestly hope the Browns choose Manziel. He is a bust in waiting, He knows he isnt NFL ready and isnt leading squat to the Superbowl in his rookie season. He is talking non stop to get that big contract somewhere and bank the guaranteed money.

    He isn’t mature enough and his 200LB frame soaking wet is going to get himself injured the way he plays if and when he does finally step on the field.

    • John Duquette

      screw you Steeler guy admittedly our best years are ahead of us but you guys don’t look to be tearing it up for the near future. hopefully the only stooge left will see the light and listen to the new GM ,Ray Farmer who I think will not take Manziel at all.

      • Milliken Steeler

        Screw you? That is your retort to Manzeil? Did you come up with that between shifts playing counter jockey at the local 7-11?

        Now, if you want to talk football, here is my reply. This will tell you how far the Browns have come. If they pass on Johnny bust, you know they are on the right track, if they pick the new uber bust in waiting…….its the same old Browns.

        We don’t look good for the future? The Browns had there opportunity with the two 8-8 seasons and now that opportunity is gone. Despite injuries and an 0-4 start, we finished four games a head of you. We hired hof’er lineman Mike Munchak who will help tremendously with the line development. I wouldn’t worry about us to much as I would Mr Haslam.

        Again, if they select Manzeil? Business as usual. If they don’t despite Haslam’s impending indictment, they could be on the right track.

        • John Duquette

          all right I am backing off the “Screw You” thing probably a little over the line but don’t forget I am life long brownie so I got lot of pent up frustration when it comes to the Steelers. There is so much on the line this year we gotta get it right and most fans know Manziel is not the answer The plan as outlined by Justen looks great and some of the faithful also spelled out what they would like to see and trust me I don’t think anybody wants Manziel and his baggage. Finally if Mr. Haslam goes to the pookie tough noggies do wrong and you do time. Oh crap I gotta go my cat is getting sick on the carpet

          • Milliken Steeler

            Lol Okay John, I understand. Good luck to the Browns and I think we agree, passing on Johnny bust, would be a great start to the draft.

            He will be the first rookie to lead his team to a superbowl victory he says? smh I need to keep an eye on the sports books, because if there are odds on that one….I’m dumping some money on it.

    • Steve Batchelor

      I had my doubts about Manziel too but when he turned down corporate money to attend the SB and instead made the choice to stay in San Diego and train with George Whitfield I saw the light at the end of the tunnel for Johnny…He progressed from his Heisman year to last year and became more of a pocket passer…I don’t know what Manziel is going to turn out like but the boy can play. His intangibles with the right team can succeed. He has to have the tools around him though…In a Chip Kelly offense he would be pretty damn good.

  • John Duquette

    Justen,loved the analysis and the insight for each possible selection. I really hope you are wrong about Manziel, I think he is a train wreck waiting to happen. In your analysis Clowney would be available at the 4 slot if so I doubt there is a living breathing Browns fan who would not be overjoyed to see him playing for us. Good job please keep us posted on future developments. This is potential breakout year for the Browns with the draft picks we got

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Thank you man! I appreciate the comment! Totally agree on Manziel. I don’t think his game is going to translate into success in the NFL. Maybe his first season just based off the fact that it is something different. Once teams figure him out, I think it will all go downhill.

  • ahrcshaw

    Interesting pick for Carolina Panthers, but if there is a OT available Mr G will go that route. But even is Captain is kept with the team and I believe he will be. I think they would be stupid not to get a good CB out of this group. Talent is in the mind of the beholder, and when all it takes is opportunity sometimes. Not every top 10 draftee makes it to the next level.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      They definitely need to address the position, no doubt. I just don’t see an OT worthy of them drafting at their position. Even if there is, they might want to go receiver to get Cam some more help. Unless they trade up in the second to snag Landry or Adams.

      • ahrcshaw

        I have confidence in Mr G and Rivera to have their draft board listing of all top talented players, indicating priorities, and keying off specific players, just like they did last year. Then who ever is open at the time of their pick, the will jump on that person. Mr G said, a lot of times the person you need is on your bench, and we do have some young good players there. Not have the knowledge of these players makes it difficult for “Me’s” to determine who we need.

  • Jarrett

    While the Vikings do need help on defense I find it highly unlikely they that they would go defense in the 1st round. They need a quarterback and they are most likely going to take Carr or bortels if they can. Although with the new mallet trade rumors anything could happen.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      The Mallet rumors are quite interesting. I don’t know if they will want to reach for Carr. If anything they can trade down with a team that would want to grab Barr or Mack if they are available.

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  • Nick Mansoor

    SD takes Roberson over Gilbert? Is this dude on crack?NO WAY IN HELL THAT IS HAPPENING

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Haha, not exactly. I appreciate the comment though.

      • Nick Mansoor

        Just saying haha. But honestly, if Gilbert is available when the Chargers are up, expect them to pick Gilbert up.

        • Justen Rosenberg

          You never know. A lot can happen from now until May and every year you always see someone’s draft stock unexpectedly drop.

  • Lizzie

    My bet is the Panthers will take a WR, and it will be Robinson, or maybe a TE (Amaro?) in the first round.

    • Justen Rosenberg

      No way they draft a tight end, they have Olsen. He is still quite young and very productive. I could easily see them drafting a receiver, though.

      • Beth

        You’re probably right. I’m hoping they draft a WR. I think they should trade down for Watkins, Evans or Lee. Allen Robinson seems like a safe pic. Not crazy about Benjamin.

    • Steve Batchelor

      Amaro wouldn’t be a bad pick…Seems to have worked in New England with 2 TE’s…Besides, Amaro is a mismatch for almost any defensive back and is too fast for a LB. He lines up in the slot as much as he does at TE. I think you mean trade up for a few of the WR’s but I don’t see them doing that…This WR class after Watkins and Evans is pretty much pickem as they all seem to have their own pluses and minuses.

  • Steve Batchelor

    Justen…If Matthews is there at 7 the Bucs will take him and either trade or cut Penn and add 8 Mil to their Cap. While they could use Ebron I don’t he’s who they would take. I would much rather have Watkins at 7 and don’t really see the Rams taking him at 2…They’ll go OT. Long is too injury prone and is no sure thing to be ready when the season starts. Besides this draft is WR heavy and the Rams can get a good one at 13 or even in the 2nd round

    • Justen Rosenberg

      Appreciate the comment and love the insight.