2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0, First Round

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9.  Buffalo Bills

C.J. Mosely, ILB, Alabama

1.0  pick: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

The Bills could go with a tackle here, but the best two (Robinson and Matthews) are already off the board. I know the Bills have Kiko Alonso, but Mosely is the best player available at this point and he would definitely help the Bills’ defense immensely. Alonso and Mosely would make one of the best inside linebacking tandems in the league, if Mosely will turn out like everyone thinks he will.

10.  Detroit Lions

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

1.0  pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Most people have the Lions taking a cornerback here, and I did in my previous mock draft. But Detroit wasn’t able to re-sign Louis Delmas, and safety now becomes a bigger need than cornerback. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best safety prospect in the draft by far, and now that Delmas is in Miami, I don’t see the Lions passing on Clinton-Dix.

If Detroit is able to add safety Chris Clemons in free agency, things might change and I could have them drafting a cornerback again. But Clemons and Clinton-Dix would be a nice tandem on the back end if the Lions are able to land both. Clinton-Dix has the potential to become an Earl Thomas-like player, as he’s rangy, fast, and has great on-field awareness and decisiveness.

11.  Tennessee Titans

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

1.0  pick: Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California

Tennessee thinks its quarterback situation is fine with Jake Locker. I disagree, but the jury is technically still out. Barr is a pure 3-4 outside linebacker, and the Titans might decide to go with a 2-gap, 3-4 system defensively. If that is the case, then Barr would be a perfect fit in Tennessee. His play slips off a bit in run defense, but I think he will be stellar in passing downs – he was good in coverage and was a great pass-rusher at UCLA.

12.  New York Giants

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

1.0  pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Eli Manning struggled mightily in 2013, and one of the main reasons for that was due to bad pass protection. I actually thought that the Giants’ defense was not bad last year, and the team just signed Walter Thurmond III and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so I highly doubt this will be a defensive pick. I think Lewan is the next-best tackle behind Robinson and Matthews, so the Giants will look to upgrade a bad offensive line.

13.  St. Louis Rams

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

1.0  pick: Taylor Lewan

Fuller’s speed is not an issue. He ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, and it really doesn’t look like he’s slow at all on tape. A lot of mocks are leaving him out of the first round (and I was guilty in my previous mock), but I think that he’s pretty much a lock to be somewhere around a top-20 pick.

The Rams could use someone opposite of Janoris Jenkins. While I think Trumaine Johnson is a little above average, Fuller could probably be an upgrade. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is off the board, and I would not take any other safety here – it’s not that great of a need for St. Louis to reach for someone like Jimmie Ward or Calvin Pryor here.

14.  Chicago Bears

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

1.0  pick: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Defensive line is still the biggest need for the Bears after free agency. Run defense was especially bad for the Bears last season, and a presence on the interior line is necessary. Donald is “small” (6-2) – but he’s widely regarded as the best defensive tackle prospect in the draft, and I agree with that. Donald, as a defensive tackle, will aid the Bears’ bad run defense.

The Bears could use this pick to upgrade the secondary, but cornerback isn’t as much of a need as safety is – the Bears don’t have as much of a need at corner, and there aren’t any safeties that are worth reaching for at 14th overall.

15.  Pittsburgh Steelers

Odell Beckham, Jr, Louisiana State

1.0  pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

It looks like Troy Polumalu will be staying in Pittsburgh, so I don’t think the Steelers would look to take a safety anymore. That can wait. But someone needs to replace Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders and Jericho Cotchery are both gone due to free agency, and the Steelers lack a second target behind Antonio Brown. Beckham isn’t a big receiver, but he isn’t afraid of contact. He also generates separation so easily. One thing that Ben Roethlisberger struggled with last year is leading receivers – if a receiver generates separation easily, it will obviously help Big Ben with his issues last year.

16.  Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

1.0  pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

I don’t know where to start when it comes to evaluating the Cowboys’ defense. It was absolutely horrendous last year. The defensive line has obvious issues (17 different starting defensive linemen last year!?!), but after watching Dallas’s defense more, it looks like safety is as big of an issue.

I know Calvin Pryor is a reach here, but it’s one that might be necessary. Pryor is a bit of a ball hawk, and Dallas struggled to get takeaways (or even get off the field) last season. Dallas hasn’t had a solid starting safety in a while, and Pryor, although he’s a reach at 16th overall, it is absolutely necessary that the Cowboys get a playmaking defensive player with their first pick.

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  • Wayne Davis

    I actually could see this happening especially since this draft is deep with defense ..with the FA signings so far we could easily short up some dept on defense an still pick up another QB in the 3rd or even Fales in the 5th …it feels as though Zimmer can tighten up the failures of the defense so a big impact offensive weapon for Turner could be huge

    • Don Andrew Halvorson

      No way Spielman doesn’t sell that pick for a bevy of picks is Watkins is available.

      • Wayne Davis

        Don I would not be at all surprised by that either nor would I be upset…live draft game I’ve traded back twice in the first round an picked up 3 extra 2s and a 3rd & 4th an took Carr at 30…. http://Www.firstpick.com be careful that game is additing

        • Wayne Davis

          My latest draft

          Round 1 Pick 30 (S.F.): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (B+)
          Round 2 Pick 8: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (A)
          Round 2 Pick 10 (TENN): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn (A)
          Round 2 Pick 24 (S.F.): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin (B+)
          Round 2 Pick 31 (DEN): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (A)
          Round 3 Pick 8: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (B-)
          Round 3 Pick 13 (S.F.): Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington (A)
          Round 3 Pick 31 (DEN): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (A)
          Round 3 Pick 32: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (A)
          Round 4 Pick 8: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU (A)
          Round 5 Pick 8: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame (B)
          Round 6 Pick 8: David Fales, QB, San Jose State (B-)
          Round 7 Pick 8: Dri Archer, WR, Kent State (B)

  • Old Frog

    Three OG’s positioned to go in the 1st round and we take a safety? I hope not.

    • Rishi Pochiraju

      Cowboys? I don’t think they would go with offensive line at all. Really the only positions they should go for is any DL position (if Donald is there at 16, I’d take him) and safety. That defense really needs help.

  • Paul Newbold

    Ebron would be great for the Jets, even one of the top WR’s would be nice. They seemed to have tied their hands at CB though. Failing to land a replacement for Cromartie during free agency, may force them to go CB in the first round. Rex loves corners, and his scheme relies on them heavily, without top level corner play his defenses suffer mightily! With no legitimate starter after Milliner and Wilson, the Jets have to find a starter, I’m not too certain they can do that if they wait to the second! Hopefully Idzik has a plan before then, because either Beckham or Ebron would be a great boost for the offense!

  • Spencer Davis

    The Vikings don’t have a starting quarterback on the roster? Matt Cassel is definitely a starting quality QB. He should of been from day one last year. Don’t make judgments on the man from last year because he was tossed around the starting lineup by a flailing coaching staff. That said, I don’t think there will be more than two quarterbacks taken in the first round this year. They’re all overrated because of how weak the class is. I would love Watkins though no matter how solid our WR corps is. Remember when we drafted AP and everyone was wondering why so when we had Chester, Chester….. oh what’s his name? Ha! Take the best player available regardless of your team needs.

    • Matthew

      Just because Cassel is under center when the first play is run doesn’t mean he should be a starting QB. Not that I think the Vikings should reach for a QB or anything. Just don’t sound in disbelief when someone else says he sucks.

    • bbies1973

      Cassel could have been a good QB. Unfortunately, after he left the Patriots, I think he got ruined by playing on incomplete teams under poor leadership. I don’t know if he can come back from it all. Flynn was under that same threat, but he was able to get back to the Pack in short time.

  • Matthew

    While I don’t exactly follow Minny, my guess would be that they would trade back if Watkins was there at #8. Not that he will be or anything.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Yeah I hear ya about the Raiders picking Mack, but they just picked up three very solid pass rushers in free agency. Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Smith. What about Greg Robinson? Im not sure if the two O-lineman they picked up in free agency will be enough. Howard is okay, and Penn was starting to digress so maybe he will come back plus Watson. The loss of Veldeer is why I’m thinking Greg Robinson. Or if Sammy Watkins is available I would take him all day over any linemen considering they need to have weapons right now especially with Matt Schaub and what he can do. No way Johnny football makes it to the second round being that he’s unique quarterback that can do things no other quarterback can do. If he could translate that to the NFL level he will be a superstar. There are a lot of teams right now with a question mark as far as the quarterback position goes so yeah taking Johnny football at 36 would be a dream but not likely to be there.

  • Wayne Davis

    He’s more like 3rd behind Gilbert & Denard

  • mlc43

    This is the worst mock I have seen this year. It’s almost like they are going too far away from the consensus just to be different. Good God, some of these picks make absolutely no sense at all.