2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mulvihill Version 2.0

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Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN,South Carolina Gamecock Jadevon Clowney runs the shuttle during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 

1. Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

It’s been hard for anybody to get a read on what Houston will do with the top pick, but the idea of pairing Clowney on the same defensive line as J.J. Watt might be too much for the Texans to pass up. Quarterback is also an obvious need for the team, but the Texans would be best served to roll the dice with Zach Mettenberger or Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.

In a lot of drafts, the best player available doesn’t go number one, but that won’t be the case this year if the Texans take Clowney. In his junior year with the Gamecocks, Clowney couldn’t live up to the impossible hype. If drafted first, he should come out hungry to prove himself in the NFL.

 

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

 Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

The Rams are sticking with Sam Bradford until his contract runs out, so it’d be a good idea to protect him after his history of injuries. Greg Robinson’s stock rose as Auburn kept winning last season, and after a strong combine, he’s seen as the best tackle prospect in the draft, with scouts loving his size and upside.

The other consensus top tackle, Jake Matthews would make sense here as well, and I could see a wideout such as Sammy Watkins. There’s also a trade possibility here too, as the Falcons would be scrambling to trade up to grab Clowney should Houston take a QB. The again, that would mean the Rams trading the no. 2 pick two out of three years, which seems unlikely.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Manziel is the single hardest player in this draft to mock because he’s such a love/hate prospect. But one undeniable truth about Johnny Football is that he’s a marketable face of the franchise and can be a complete game-changer on the field.

One team that could use a game change would be the Jaguars, who have spent the last four or five years as an irrelevant team with miserable QB play. There are good pieces in Jacksonville, especially if Justin Blackmon can stay out of trouble. Head coach Gus Bradley got to see Russell Wilson for a year in Seattle, maybe that will swing him to take the similar Manziel.

 

4. Cleveland Browns

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Bortles is seen as the highest upside QB in the draft, and the Browns are in a nice position to take a gamble after a decade of turmoil. Everyone loves Bortles’s arm and size, and after a great combine, he seems like a sure top five pick.

Expect the Browns to go flashy with this pick, whether that means QB or pairing Sammy Watkins with Josh Gordon at wideout. One knock on Bortles is that he might have to sit a year, but with Brian Hoyer in the mix, Cleveland would be alright, and take a huge step toward rebuilding.

 

5. Oakland Raiders

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The Raiders added some nice veterans this offseason on both sides of the ball, and it looks like the team will roll with Matt Schaub at QB for 2014. Schaub should be serviceable with a change of scenery, so why not help him out by drafting the best wideout available?

Watkins is an absolutely dynamic playmaker who can be Oakland’s Dez Bryant. With the veterans on defense, and an offense of Watkins, Denarius Moore, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, the Raiders would have quietly put together a nice team in the very tough AFC West.

 

6. Atlanta Falcons

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons would love to see Jake Matthews available at no. 6, assuming they don’t trade up to try and snag Clowney. Atlanta is a talented team that had a really tough year in 2013, and the team’s biggest needs start on both lines.

With left tackles always prized commodities in the draft, it’s hard to see a versatile lineman like Matthews falling outside the top 10. All signs point to him being a franchise tackle, something that the Falcons, and Matt Ryan especially, would desperately need.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Evans here at no. 7 marks our third Aggie in the draft. With Evans, the main comparison you here is Vincent Jackson, so why not pair him with the man himself? We all saw last season how good Josh McCown can be with two big wideouts.

The Bucs added Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner to a defense that already had some nice pieces, and having Lovie Smith in charge will help the D as well, so offense should be the mindset with this selection. Wideout was already a need in Tampa, and with Mike Williams gone now, drafting Evans might just be a necessity.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

In a world where pro days get overrated at the expense of game film, the Vikings will benefit. Bridgewater was seen as a top overall pick before the combine, his pro day, and possibly the Wonderlic Test hurt his stock. But he’s still the most NFL-ready QB available and the Vikings would be thrilled if he fell to no. 8.

Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson are enough weapons alone to get any rookie QB excited, and Bridgewater could also revive Greg Jennings after a lost year in his first season with the Vikes. Even though Bridgewater’s skill set screams start-right-away, the Vikings will give Matt Cassel a chance to compete for the starting job after signing a two-year deal.

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  • joe

    Chip Kelly believes in Bennie Logan. Doubt they get nix.

  • BlueBoltFan

    Not a bad draft. I like Kyle Fuller more for the Chargers at #25, but Jernigan isn’t a bad pick either.

  • gdubb

    This mock Draft is makes more sense then the others I’ve seen

  • Jarod Cook

    You most hate the Brown’s, cause your picks are atrocious. Black Bortles at #4, Why? A top 5 pick is a player who can step in and provide an immediate impact to a team. Not a QB who fits the mold but needs a lot of coaching to become a great player. Hint, It never works out. Then at #26 you have them taking possible the most overrated WR in the 1st round. Cooks stats where inflated by the gimmick offense that Oregon State runs. He gets shut down by physical CB’s, which he’ll see on a consistent basis in the NFL. And not to mention he shy’s away from contact, he’s more willing to fall to the ground or run out of bounds even if there’s still yards that can be made. If the Brown’s make these picks come draft day they deserve to be picking in the top 5 next year as well.

    • Ross

      Blake Bortles is the only QB in the draft who has the ability to be a franchise type player. It’s the Browns own fault if they can’t develop someone with his talent. The Browns haven’t had a viable quarterback in like 40 years. Why wouldn’t they pick the best qb in this draft if he’s available at 4?

      • Jarod Cook

        Hate to burst your bubble but he has as much a chance at being a franchise QB as the other 20 or so QB’s who are expected to be drafted this year. If history has proven anything just cause a guy was taking as the first or second QB off the board, doesn’t mean he’s the next great QB. Especial in recent history with teams finding successful QB’s in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
        The Browns are a team in need of players who can provide an immediate impact on the field this year. And using the #4 pick on a QB who they plan on sitting for year or two is just a waste. Considering he has as much Boom/Bust potential as any other QB this year.

        • Phillip

          I think you sound a little lost and a little too dazzled by the top positional guys in the draft when your team could really use a QB. Blake Bortles makes as much sense at #4 as anybody. Sorry to burst your bubble buddy but that’s just 2 people who agree with the writer that Bortles is a viable option at #4. Like Ross just asked, when’s the last time the Browns have had a viable QB??? Vinny Testeverde or Bernie Kosar??? And the sad part is that’s not even a joke, that for real. If you think there are 20 other QB’s in this draft that have the potential of Bortles, you truly are lost dude. I guess that must have been the Browns thoughts for the last 30 or so year huh??? And Brandin Cooks overrated??? Do you even know anything about football??? If i was a Browns fan with the potential on D, the solid OL there, adding Tate and having Gordon and Cameron already, adding Bortles at 4 and Cooks at 26 would make me a really happy guy.

          • Jarod Cook

            A QB drafted at #4 shouldn’t need a year or two of development, he should be able to step in and take the reins day 1. If he can’t then he should have stayed in collage another year. And everything I read about any of the top QB’s in this draft is they all need time to develop. That’s what you say about 3rd and 4th round prospects not players taking in the top 5. They’ve tried several times to get a QB since coming back into the league, what’s going to make this time different? Very rarely do players like Luck and RG3 come threw the draft, who you know are going to be elite players. The rest of the time it’s shifting threw trash like this years lot to find treasure.
            And yes Cooks is overrated I’ve watched several of his games. And my personal annalist of skills are correct. His numbers are skewed by the gimmick offense, and the fact he played most of his games against PAC-12 teams(Where defense is an after though). Not to mention he seems to be afraid of contact, and tries to avoid it at all cost. You also have to take into account the offense Shanahan runs is based on the abilities of outside WR’s, so why would they take a guy who’s primarily a slot threat? When they went and signed Hawkins in FA, and have Travis Benjamin coming back from injury who can fill that roll. Grabbing a big physical outside WR like Robinson, Benjamin, or Matthews makes more sense scheme wise.
            As for the state of affairs of the team. They do have a lot of young talent and are a few pieces away from digging them selves out of the basement. But taking a project QB at #4 and a scheme WR at #26, is just going to keep them there longer.

  • Viking Fan

    Although I really like the pick of Teddy Bridgewater to the Vikings that is only if Kahlil Mack is off the board which he isn’t.

  • Armand

    What are you media CLOWNS not getting?

    AT WHAT point in Giants history have they shown a willingness to draft a guy with Issues such as Lewen? AT WHAT POINT?

    ESPECIALLY with a monster weapon for Eli like Ebron available?

    WHY WOULD THEY DRAFT LEWEN?!

    ENOUGH

  • Phillip

    Happy to see another mock with Green Bay getting Mosley. It’s obviously the consensus with guys who make mock drafts. It’s something we really need on D, and if he was to go before 21, hopefully nobody steals Ryan Shazier before then, i think in the long run he might even have more upside than Mosley, he don’t have the injury history and he’s easily 1 of the most physically gifted players in this draft, dude could probably make a conversion to Safety as athletic and fast as he is, and he would probably make a beast Safety, 4.38 speed, 6’1 238 lbs, just hypothetical, i’d be happy Green Bay drafting him at 21 to play inside for us.

  • First and Skol

    There is zero chance that if Mack is there at #8 that Minnesota takes Bridgewater over him! I understand the need for a QB but that’s one of the weakest LB units there is