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2014 NFL Mock Draft DiMaio 1.0

The 2014 NFL Mock Draft season is officially upon us. By now, you’ve probably read dozens of mock drafts and seen the same names next to the same teams ad nauseam. Hopefully this one is a little more refreshing. Feel free to sound off and question my picks in the comment section.


1. Houston — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina  — Choosing the wrong quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick could quickly destroy a head coach’s career. I know the connections are limitless with Blake Bortles and the need is there, but first-year head coach Billy O’Brien goes with the sure thing here. Clowney and J.J. Watt on the same team? Yikes.


2. St. Louis Rams from Washington Redskins – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson  — After drafting Tavon Austin No. 8 overall last year, the Rams get Sam Bradford another big-time weapon with Watkins. Watkins will take care of the outside while Austin does his work between the numbers.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF  — The Jaguars need a quarterback bad. They land the best one in the draft. Let’s hope this works out better than Blaine Gabbert.


4.  Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville  — After releasing Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell in the first week of free agency, the Browns all but announced they were drafting a QB. Luckily for them, Bridgewater is still on the board.


5.  Oakland Raiders – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M  — Call me crazy, but I still think the Raiders are going quarterback here even after trading for Matt Schaub. Schaub is a stopgap, nothing else. Raiders fans need a little excitement after watching their team miss the playoffs for over a decade. Manziel will bring excitement if nothing else. He also could turn out to be one hell of a quarterback.


6. Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo  — The Falcons got some more beef up front with veteran free-agent additions DT Paul Soliai and DE Tyson Jackson but they still need a legitimate edge rusher who can get after the QB. Mack may be the very best in the draft at doing just that.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn  — Anthony Collins was a nice addition in free agency after the Bucs released long-time tackle Donald Penn, but adding another bookend at offensive tackle would be a smart move with their first selection.


8. Minnesota Vikings – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.  – This is a reach in the eyes of many (including my own), but the Vikings need a quarterback–Matt Cassel isn’t the answer–so this is probably going to happen.


9. Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron, TE, UNC  — The Bills get a serious weapon for E.J. Manuel by drafting the best tight end in the draft.


10. Detroit Lions – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M   – Calvin Johnson can do it all by himself, but that doesn’t mean he should be expected to. Golden Tate was a good signing in that regard, but Mike Evans has a chance to be a special player, especially considering the coverage attention Johnson demands.


11. Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – With the Titans expected to transition to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, adding a legitimate edge rusher makes sense. Why not a freak athlete who was successful in a similar defense at UCLA?


12. New York Giants – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M  — The Giants would be thrilled to see Matthews available at this spot. Too much value to pass up.


13. St. Louis Rams – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – After getting Bradford another offensive toy, the Rams focus on keeping their QB upright and take the best available offensive lineman on the board.


14. Chicago Bears – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State  – Charles Tillman re-signed with the Bears on a one-year deal but he’s 33 and coming off a season-ending injury. Dennard is the most talented defensive back in this draft and could quickly become of the best in the NFL, especially if he learns the ropes from guys like Tillman and Tim Jennings.


15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State  — The Steelers’ defense is just plain old. Youth is needed all over the defense. The secondary is particularly long in the tooth so they take the best CB on the board here.


16. Dallas Cowboys – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS/SS, Alabama — While drafting defensive line at this spot would seem to make sense, the Cowboys needs safety help just as bad and if the best one is sitting on the board at No. 16, they’ll likely take him.


17. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame — The Ravens need to replace Michael Oher after losing him to the Titans in free agency. With experience at guard as well, Zack Martin has the positional flexibility the Ravens covet, but he’s also just a hard-nosed, tough football player. He should be able to start at right tackle immediately.


18. New York Jets — Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU  – The Jets probably would have liked Dennard to slide to this spot after cutting ties with Antonio Cromartie and missing out on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency, but they are happy to take Beckham here. With Eric Decker in fold, adding Beckham would really give Michael Vick/Geno Smith a nice offensive arsenal.


19. Miami Dolphins – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama — I like the Phins going defense here and shoring up their linebacker depth. They spent tons of money on linebackers last offseason and didn’t really get the results they hoped for. Mosley is a terrific inside linebacker with great instincts–he could certainly help.


20. Arizona Cardinals — Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri –  John Abraham had a great season last year, leading the Cardinals with 11.5 sacks, but the old man (he’ll be 36 in May) can’t do it forever. Time to inject some talented youth. Ealy was an absolute beast for the Tigers at defensive end and has the athleticism to transition to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme–versatility the Cardinals will value.


21. Green Bay Packers — Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – With M.D. Jennings signing with divisional rivals Chicago Bears this offseason, the Packers need to find a quality safety to pair with Morgan Burnett. Pryor has ideal size and athleticism for the position, is explosive against the run and is strong in coverage. He would not only replace Jennings, he’d be an upgrade.


22. Philadelphia Eagles — Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – After fielding a rather timid secondary last season, the Eagles are likely looking to add some toughness. Adding Roby, who plays with intense aggressiveness, would immediately inject toughness to Philly’s secondary as well athleticism and speed–something else they sorely lacked.


23.  Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California — The Chiefs don’t have an impact wide receiver on their roster–Dwayne Bowe included. They get an explosive down-field threat in Lee.


24. Cincinnati Bengals – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn — The Bengals lost a lot of pass rush when Michael Johnson signed with the Bucs. In Ford, the Bengals get a player who can help alleviate that loss while also landing a player with a much higher ceiling.


25. San Diego Chargers – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – The Chargers needs to upgrade at corner badly. It doesn’t help that Peyton Manning is in their division. In Fuller, the Bolts get a lengthy, physical corner who hopefully can line up against a team’s top option and be competitive.


26. Cleveland Browns from Indianapolis Colts – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA – After landing Bridgewater, the Browns get the best guard in the draft to help keep him upright and maul in the running game. Watch out for those Browns!


27. New Orleans Saints – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU – Adding safety Jairus Byrd to pair with Kenny Vaccaro was a big-time move, but the Saints can’t stop there. He may lack ideal size (5’10″, 190 lbs) but has elite speed and athleticism. He’d give the Saints another quality option in their secondary.


28. Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State  — After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn, Jr. to free agency, Cam Newton is without his top three wide receivers from a season ago. Benjamin would give Newton a massive target (6’5″, 240) who could make an immediate impact in the redzone with potential to develop into a No. 1 option.


29.  New England Patriots – Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, Notre Dame  — After loading up in the secondary with the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the Patriots turn their focus up front. Tuitt is unique in that he is massive at 6’5″, 305 lbs but has rare burst and athleticism for his size which allows him to be effective all along a defensive front. Primarily used as a DE in Notre Dame’s 3-4, he could also line up as 3-tech DT and even at DE in a 4-3.  The Patriots deploy both three- and four-man fronts on the regular, so Tuitt’s versatility make him a natural fit.


30. San Francisco 49ers – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State  — The 9ers add another explosive athlete to Colin Kaepernick’s receiving corps. Probably best suited for the slot, Cooks has the the speed to play outside as well.


31. Denver Broncos – Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State  — After losing Wesley Woodyard to the Titans, the Broncos have a void to fill at LB. While it’s not a 1-to-1 swap–they are different players–Shazier would add some of the speed and coverage ability that they lost with the departure of Woodyard.

32. Seattle Seahawks – Louis Nix III, DT/NT, Notre Dame – The Seahawks find their big-bodied defensive tackle to replace Red Bryant. Nix should be able to step in Week 1 and be an effective run stopper.

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  • Carl Eagan

    The Steeler’s defense is old? Obviously your not paying attention or know alot without cutting and pasting from old posts.

    • James D.

      Thanks for reading Carl, but you don’t think they are a little old? Troy Polamalu – 33 in April, Ike Taylor – 33, William Gay – 30. Seems old to me.

      • ApexSteel

        That’s 3 of 11 players…How is that old?

        • James D.

          There are plenty more, but my point was that most of their good players are old, particularly in the secondary, do you disagree? It’s time to start filling the pipeline with talent. It’s a normal cycle in the NFL.

          • ApexSteel

            There aren’t plenty more. They and Will Allen are literally the only players on the defense over 30 . Even the secondary only has two starters over 30 so I can’t even give you that. Now I do agree that Ike needs to be replaced, but that whole “old defense” thing should’ve been retired last year.

          • James D.

            I disagree. You need to consider the team they actually fielded last year, current free agents included. Ryan Clark was 34 last year! The average age of their starting secondary was 32 years old in 2013, Apex. To say their secondary was anything but old last year would be a fallacy. Now if you want to argue the youth movement has begun this offseasn, that’s fine, but their starters last year were old, and their current “young backups” aren’t very good.

          • ApexSteel

            Your point was that the Steelers IS old which is simply untrue. I can’t argue with you about last year, but you never mentioned last year you only spoke about now. Now like I said this year Ike should be replaced, but as of now the average age of the starting secondary is 29 with Shamarko Thomas waiting to take Polamalu’s spot. I agree with the pick, but you should refine your reasoning.

          • James D.

            “Now” is the NFL offseason. We don’t know what the team looks like until September. The only thing you can compare to is last year, Apex. That’s all we have. I don’t know if some guy is going to step up. Perhaps I should have chosen different words, but my point is they need to get younger and more talented in the secondary.

          • ApexSteel

            So you’re using players that aren’t on the team anymore to form your opinion on how it is now?

          • James D.

            Nope lol. I’m saying they need to change from last year. Maybe that means a guy that is already on the roster, but I don’t think they are very talented, hence investing in the secondary via a high draft pick. But this clearly isn’t going anywhere, so I’ll stop while we’re ahead. Thanks for checking it out.

          • Laurent_Vergne

            Apex is right. ARyan Clark is not here anymore. Mike Mitchell has been signed to replace him, and he’s 26. So, on 11 starters with the way their roster looks now, there is only 2 starters over 30 : Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor. Their linebackers will be Worilds (26), Jones (24), Timmons (28) and Williams (24). For the rest of the defense, Cortez Allen is 25, Cameron Heyward 25, Mike Mitchell 26, Steve McLendon 28. So I don’t think it(s right to say their defense is old. It used to be but the last two seasons, they part ways with Farrior, Harrison, Keisel, Clark, Hampton and Foote, all starters over 30. But in the end, I agree with the pick: a Cornerback. Not because they need to get youger, but because they need a better one.

          • Laurent_Vergne

            Sorry for my english, but I’m French. I’m trying my best ;)

  • 3kolu

    The Vikings won’t reach for Carr. If they like him, they’d trade down. Carr actually reminds me of Ponder, but with a strong arm. The issue if if they miss with him, Spielman is gone and Zimmer will be under fire. With that being said, if Carr can clean up his footwork, adapt to a pro-style offense and learn how to manuvre in the pocket, he could be a star.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Reggie is not going to just throw away a pick just like that, he will trade down and receiver additional picks
    Our remaining six picks are all top of the rounds , I’m sure he will work with other teams looking to move
    Up the draft, and I am sure they will not draft Johnny football.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    Cowboys need DLs.. Not a safety…if Aaron Donald is still avaliable, is a basphemy!!AARON DONALD OR BUST

    • David

      And who is going to cover the back end of the field. Wilcox, Heath or Johnson???? Please give me a break already…

      • rodgers rules

        Jones will do whatever does not make sense.

      • Phillip

        It don’t matter who’s covering if the QB has 8 seconds to throw, Dallas can get a capable Safety in the 2nd or 3rd, guys like Ward, Bucannon or Reynolds, you aren’t getting another Aaron Donald or Kony Ealy in the 2nd or 3rd, getting pressure can help the backend, but adding backend talent without pass rush isn’t gonna help a damn thing, and after losing Ware, Spencer and Hatcher, Dallas needs major help up front, Melton is a question mark coming off major knee injury, have no clue what you’ll get out him, n plus he really wasn’t looking that great at the start of last year before tje injury either. Dallas would be smart to start up front.

  • Kenneth Kumerle

    Pryor, Dix, Cooks, Ebron, Mosely & Benjamin would be good options for the Packers!

  • TylerMcMullen

    Finally, a mock that does not have Miami reaching for Martin at 19. There is a god. :)

  • David

    It would be a refreshing revelation to see Dallas finally address the FS position in the 1st round. They have had horrible play there for seemingly ever. The last time they drafted a safety in the 1st round was the last safety they had in the pro bowl minus the token pro bowl Hamlin got…Although I do like Pryor a bit better.

    • James D.

      I agree David. Safety play has been horrific for the ‘Boys for a long time. Yeah, I seem to go back and forth between Clinton-Dix and Pryor–guess I am high on Clinton-Dix at the moment. The way I see it, you can’t go wrong with either one. I think I lean toward Clinton-Dix because he played in a pro-style defense at Alabama.

      • David

        James either one would walk on and probably be the best safety on the team. However I like Pryor a little bit better as I believe he lays the wood better and has slightly better hands..Watch some tape on Pryor, in the film I saw of him he played the single high safety which is what he would do with Dallas.

  • Paul Newbold

    Jets have pushed themselves into a corner with the hole at CB. I wouldn’t be surprised if they traded up to grab either Gilbert or Dennard. Rex Ryan relies heavily on his corners to make his scheme work. He currently has no competent corner to man the side opposite Milliner. While I’d love to have one of the top WRs at #18, they may have to wait until round two. They need an immediate starter at CB, and will probably revisit the position again later in the draft for depth.

    • Phillip

      Jets should take a chance on Jackson, they do really need a WR, really could use a true #1 cause Decker will be more valuable as a #2, then they could go CB.

      • Paul Newbold

        Jackson is still a possibility, though I think the bidding will quickly drive them from the market. They may have to wait until the second for a receiver. I’d still like to see them add a veteran receiver before the draft.

  • Tony Hernandez, III

    You are way off in many picks with this mock. Dallas for instances will never pick a Safety in the first round. If Donald is there at 16, Dallas will jump on him. If he is not, they will trade with the Jets moving up to just 2spots to 18

    • James D.

      Thanks for reading Tony. You may be right, but that is a “mock” draft after all. Impossible to be “way off” at this point–the draft is in May!

    • Brian Barker

      How does Anyone Know Who Will Pick Who Opinions Are Like Assholes Everyone Has One We Will See How The Chips Fall On Draft Day

  • gdubb

    James D you must not be researching any of these teams before guessing your picks.1st of all the Texans run A defensive scheme that wouldn’t fit your pick.2nd the Raiders have too too many needs to Draft Qb.i suggest you research

    • James D.

      An NFL defensive coordinator that can’t fit a talent like Clowney into their scheme is a flat out bad defensive coordinator.

      I’m assuming you are suggesting he is more of a 4-3 defensive end than a 3-4 outside linebacker. Valid point, but I respectfully disagree. I think given his off-the-charts athleticism, 3-4 OLB may actually be his best fit, or perhaps a hybrid role. Here’s a nice piece looking at both sides of the argument:

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, gdubb.

  • Sterling Archer

    I would argue that the Raiders do not go with a QB in the first, nor a WR as many have suggested. I can see them Trading back or finding those missing pieces. I could see them trading back to the 8-10 range and Grabbing Ebron to help out Schaub or attempting to get one of those Coveted DB’s. Seattle Showed that Defense is still what wins Championships and D. Allen is a defensive guy…

    • The Putting Edge

      You need to the GM…Ebron would be a nice ChessPiece…Reggie should do well…we need for DA to step up…playing scared vs Titans and Eagles especially.

  • dolphinmofo

    I might be in the minority but I don’t like mosley that high. Trade back for extra picks. Draft offensive line in first round. Pick telvin smith along the way. Him along with our front seven options could be scarey.

  • DJ_One_Stop

    The Bears will not take a CB at 14.

    • Eddie Currie

      Yes they will, especially Gilbert.

    • ManGod

      I agree at 14…I think the Bears will look at DT and go with Stephon Tuitt or Kelsy Quarles. I also think the Bears will be trading down or out of the first round and pick up the extra 2-3 selections in this draft. This is a draft deep in talent across the field in regards to what the Bear’s need on both sides of the line. I feel like the moves they made in FA have placed them in a very strong position where they can go with the best player available at this point and still address the main defensive and offensive needs this year….DT, S/FS/ CB on defense and C, TE, OL (lg/lt) on offense. And I think Emery will draft a C by the Bears 3 rd pick regardless of round or selection #.

    • Alex Darden

      Granted I am a cowboy fan that is tired of seeing Donald go at #14 just before falling to us. I read one article that said if Gilbert or Dennard are there that’s who they’re taking. And yes in case you were wondering it was an “anonymous source, close to the bears” which probably makes the story garbage but since I really want Donald I’m hoping its true.

  • Johnny

    Like the Phins pick… ONLY if T/G Zach Martin doesn’t get to them at 19.. Or TE Ebron.. Only if their gone.. Especially Zach Martin… And wow!! T Mathews falls to 12 to Giants??? That’s a steal.. Doubt it will happen though… But Zach Martin will be the pick at 19.. There’s just too much players at skill positions to be taken for Martin NOT to drop to 19.. Which a month ago was a reach.. Now?? I guess the Phins will be lucky for Martin to slide to 19.. Do agree with the LB situation… Ireland left a lot of gifts to the Phins… Overpaid big time on Ellerbe and Wheeler at LBer (not to mention WR Wallace’s huge contract).. But if they do sign LB Mosley, they can cut either Ellerbe or Wheeler next year, so there won’t be as much dead money if they cut them this year.. Plus it gives Mosley a redshirt year to learn and adjust to NFL speed… Not bad..

    • Ryan

      I’ve seen that Mathews to giants on like 10 other mocks

      • Johnny

        I see Mathews to Atlanta on 20 other mocks..

  • Dropping knowledge

    HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHA, No Aaron Donald in the first 32 picks. Bro just take this down and never make another mock draft again in your life.

  • Ryan

    Roby to birds would shock me. Not being a dick but this draft is filled with really mainstream stuff like Jake Mathews to giants and then what look like bad guesses. Don’t get what you’re trying to do but it didn’t work for me

  • Jarod Cook

    I’m hoping the Browns show some patience and stay away from QB at #4, come draft day these QB’s are going to drop like they did last year, I personal hope they go with Greg Robinson at #4. He’s not the sexy pick of a Flashy WR, a standout defender, or a QB and most fans will be angry. But he’s a player who will make a immediate impact on the team and if the Browns are actually trying to BUILD A TEAM, this is the best available pick at #4. I can see him being the next Willie Roaf and holding down the RT position for years to come, or grooming him to be heir apparent for Thomas at LT.
    At #26 I know the’re going to go QB if they passed on one early. Even though I’d still like them to show patience and wait till the 3rd round and draft a QB. I’ve seen plenty of mocks that have Bridgewater, Manziel, and Carr still on the board here. Personal like them to draft a WR, CB, ILB, OL with this pick. Also like to see them maybe trade up and go after CB Dennard or Gilbert, or Safeties Clinton-Dixon or Pryor.

  • Letterman007

    The browns aren’t taking a QB at #4 or probably not at #26 either! You people like to dream the way you want it to come out instead of taking into consideration the team who’s drafting!! There is not a quarterback worth a top 10 pick in the entire draft!!

    • David Mallow

      you’re high if you don’t think they are taking a QB.. Whos on the roster? Hoyer THAT’S IT… so to say they won’t take a QB is idiotic.. if not 4, 26 is a guarantee

      • Letterman007

        I said the same thing the GM has been saying, you got ears? They may not take a QB in the first round!! He is not as enamered with the supposed big three as you are, quite frankly neither am I !! Not in any rush to pick the next Quinn or Weeden !! He said he has his eye on a QB and I’m sure they will draft one, heck in my mock I have them taking two!! But not until the second and last round!!

  • Alan Nolt

    I still feel that the #1 need of the Browns is speed on defense so I would not be disappointed if the Browns took Mack or even Clowney. As bad as our offense has been the last couple of years how many halftime and even fourth quarter leads did the Browns defense fail to keep? With a solid defense the Browns could have had an 8-8 or better record last year
    . I even go back to Weeden’s 1st game in 2012 against the Eagles. Weeden had a terrible game and that is all people wanted to talk about on the postgame shows. But as bad as Weeden was, the Browns had the lead at the end of the game with the Eagles stuck on the 7 yard line and the Browns defense allowed Michael Vick to take the Eagles 93 yards for the winning touchdown.
    I am tired of losing but I still believe in the truth of the statement that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. It would really be dumb to take Watkins at 4 with the wide receiver position being as deep as it is .Some feel Beckham or Evans are as good and I saw one scout saying he felt 15 wideouts in this draft would start for their team.

  • stillerlady

    The Steelers have so many holes to plug. I just hope they take the best available player and not reach. Since they have so many holes there should be a grade A player for one of the positions, instead of searching for one player to plug one specific need. I’d prefer one of the 2 top CBs, but if they’re off the board select the best player to fill another need not reach for another CB. We desperately need a very good draft class.

  • ryan theroux

    The raiders will take Mack before manziel if they were to draft it would be a project qb in later rounds and draft a defensive playmaker or a receiver. Tom savage or mettenberger would be better value picks than maniel at 5