Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (R) talks to Pittsburh Panthers Aaron Donald (L) during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft DiMaio 3.0

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The end of the 2014 NFL Mock Draft season is less than a week away.

Finally.

Here’s one last shot at how things might unfold on Thursday night at the 2014 NFL Draft.

 

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina

Clowney remains the pick here. And it’s really not a tough choice. Clowney is a generational talent who could become a very special player. I can’t say the same with confidence about any quarterback in this draft. The thought here is the only other option would be trading the pick, but it would have to be an incredibly enticing deal.

 

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson
OT, Auburn

The Rams have a nice young core, but if they want to compete in the NFC West, they need to figure out how to slow down the Seahawks and 49ers’ defensive lines–two of the best defensive lines in football. Robinson can help in that department.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack
LB, Buffalo

The Jags can draft their QB in the second round or trade back into the first round later on, so Gus Bradley goes with what he knows best: defense. The Jags can’t afford to miss this early in the draft and Mack will make an impact immediately.

 

4. Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel
QB, Tex A&M

I still think this going to happen. The Browns need a quarterback. Plain and simple. Manziel is their guy. Given his ability to make plays with his legs, he seems like a natural fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense–think RGIII’s rookie season.

 

5. Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins
WR, Clemson

The Raiders may be tempted to go QB here, but Sammy Watkins is just too special to pass up. Matt Schaub gets a big-time weapon to aid with his transition to his new team.

 

6. Atlanta Falcons
Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A&M

Thomas Dimitroff would have loved to see Clowney or Mack drop to this spot, but Matthews should also bring a smile to his face–Matt Ryan’s too. Ryan needs more time to find Julio Jones and Rhoddy White, and Matthews looks like he has the talent to become an elite left tackle in the NFL.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans
WR, Texas A&M

McCown is penciled in as the Bucs starting quarterback. McCown played really well with two big receivers, Alshon Jeffrey and Brandon Marshall, with the Bears. With Mike Williams traded to the Bills, Smith makes his quarterback feel at home by bringing in another big outside threat to pair with Vincent Jackson.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings
Blake Bortles
QB, UCF

With a lot of needs throughout the roster, it might make sense for the Vikings to trade down and acquire more picks, however if there are no suitors, Bortles is a solid pick here. The Vikings may be able to mask some of their needs with good quarterback play and most would agree that Matt Cassel isn’t the long-term answer.

 

9. Buffalo Bills
Eric Ebron
TE, North Carolina

The Bills get a serious weapon for E.J. Manuel by drafting the best tight end in the draft.

 

10. Detroit Lions
Darqueze Dennard
CB, Michigan State

The Lions have a big need at cornerback and Dennard is as talented as they come. He’s a polished CB who could start Week 1 and make an impact.

 

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
Taylor Lewan
OT, Michigan

Despite being aggressive to shore up their offensive line in free agency, the Giants still need to add talent. Lewan could be a top-tier blindside protector for the rest of Eli Manning’s career.

 

13. St. Louis Rams
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
S, Alabama

There is work to be done in the secondary and Clinton-Dix is the best safety in this draft class. The Rams gave up the highest pass completion percentage and most yards per attempt in 2013, due in large part to poor safety play, which featured primarily undrafted guys for most of the season. Ha Ha has prototypical size, excellent ball skills and top-tier athleticism and could man either free or strong safety spots.

 

14. Chicago Bears
Aaron Donald
DT, Pittsburgh

With Henry Melton gone, the Bears immediately replace him with Donald. Though a bit smaller than your typical 3-tech (6’1″, 285 lbs), Donald is a freak athlete who can get after the QB from the inside–an invaluable asset in a division with Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.

 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Justin Gilbert
CB, Oklahoma State

Ike Taylor is an old man. It’s time bring some youth to the cornerback position. Gilbert is the full package. He’s fast, long, a terrific athlete and has good instincts. Steelers are lucky he’s still on the board here and they don’t hesitate to take him.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys
Timmy Jernigan
DT, Florida State

Adding Melton was a good signing, but he’s coming off a serious injury and the Boys still need to do some work on the defensive line regardless. Jernigan is a powerful DT with a nice burst. He should be able to step in and make an impact at either DT position in Dallas’ defense.

 

17. Baltimore Ravens
Zack Martin
OT/OG, Notre Dame

The Ravens locked up their left tackle, Eugene Monroe, but still need a starting caliber right tackle. The NFL-ready Martin could fill that need immediately, but he could also play any other position on the line if need be.

 

18. New York Jets
Brandin Cooks
WR, Oregon State

While a bit on the small side (5’10″, 190 lbs), Cooks has the blazing speed and ridiculous athleticism to be the perfect complement to newly acquired WR Eric Decker.

 

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
Odell Beckham Jr.
WR, LSU

With the departure of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles find a speedy replacement to play outside.

 

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 need 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)
Xavier Su’a-Filo
OG, UCLA

After landing Manziel, the Browns add the best guard in the draft to help keep him upright and maul in the running game. The Browns could be pretty good in 2014.

 

27. New Orleans Saints
Bradley Roby
CB, Ohio State

Adding safety Jairus Byrd to pair with Kenny Vaccaro was a big-time move, but the Saints can’t stop there. Roby is an aggressive corner with good size and world-class speed. He’d give the Saints another quality option in the 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
Ryan Shazier
OLB, Ohio State

Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower and Jamie Collins look like a top-tier starting trio at linebacker, but there is basically no depth behind those three. Shazier is easily the fastest LB in this draft class. He ran a 4.38. That is fast for a wide receiver. Shazier would add a quality sideline-to-sideline linebacker to an already talented group but would also indirectly create depth at defensive end–which is another area that needs depth behind Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. With Shazier in fold, New England could let Collins and Hightower rush the passer from the defensive end spot more often–something they both had success with in college (Collins played almost exclusively at DE for Southern Miss as a senior while Hightower rushed part-time in sub-packages for Alabama).

 

30. San Francisco 49ers
Louis Nix III
DT/NT, Notre Dame

With the top WRs off the board, the 49ers take the best player on the board and add yet another immensely talented defensive lineman to an already elite defensive line.

 

31. Denver Broncos
Joel Bitonio
OT/OG, Nevada

The Broncos have a big hole to fill at left guard with Zane Beadles now a Jacksonville Jaguar. With Xavier Su’a-Filo off the board, Bitonio is an excellent backup plan. Primarily a tackle at Nevada, Bitonio projects as a guard at the next level. He plays with excellent technique and has surprising athleticism for his size. A smart player with a mean streak who is ready to play in the NFL; he’ll be a nice replacement for Beadles.

 

32. Seattle Seahawks
Stephon Tuitt
DE, Notre Dame

Pete Carroll understands the importance of pressuring opponents QBs and the success of his team is predicated on it–just ask Peyton Manning. Carroll continues to add disruption to his defensive line by taking the explosive and versatile Tuitt here. He’s stout against the run and can create pressure at basically any position along the defensive line. The rich get richer.




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  • Johnny

    Like the ILB CJ Mosley.. Definetily best available at a need.. With the top 4 Tackles off the board, got to go with CJ Mosley… The only question:;; with CJ Mosley available and the Phins get a call to trade down and acquire another 2nd round pick.. Do they???
    1. Pick CJ Mosley
    or
    2. Trade down (extra 2nd rnd pick)

    Tough call IMO..

    • James D.

      Well depends on the trade. Surely they wouldn’t JUST get a second round pick lol that doesn’t make sense. I mean if they got a 2, 3, and 4, and then maybe a 6 I would lean towards doing it–they have a lot of needs.

      • Johnny

        From someone in the back end if the first round… Be lucky to get just a 2nd round..

        • James D.

          Uh, think I’m missing something. Are you saying they would trade their first round pick for just a second round pick? That doesn’t happen. They’d acquire multiple picks if they found a suitor. A 1 for a 2 is completely ludicrous.

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            He’s saying that they trade down in the first and get at least a second round as well. The dolphins have the 19th overall pick and in no way would they be able to trade down and get anything more than a 2nd or 3rd round by trading back, they wouldn’t trade out of the first round. Trade back with the 49ers and get one of there 2nd rounders as well for example.

          • James D.

            Gotcha. Totally missed that. I thought I was losing my mind for a second there. Yes, I would do that.

          • Johnny

            No bro… They swap picks in the 1st round.. Phins move to the back end of the 1st round… AND receive their 2nd round pick… It all depends on who drops… I’m thinking maybe Cleveland picks WR Watkins and hope a QB falls.. We are in a prime spot.. Cause if Johnny Football, Bortles, or Carr drops to 19… They might want to trade up to us to avoid Arizona from picking that QB.(since Zona picks right after us) It’s rumored Zona might be looking for their future franchise QB.. That would be the best case scenario… Depend how desperate they are to land a certain player..
            :::: SO:: they get our 19th pick
            We get their 26th pick AND their 2nd round pick…
            So basically their move up and swap of 1st rounders will get us their 2nd round pick…

            So we will pick at 26th in the first round AND have 2 2nd round picks (instead of just our only 1 pick in the 2nd)…

            I hope I explained it for you bro..

          • James D.

            Ha, yeah I got it. I missed that, sorry. Thought I was losing my mind.

            I would do it.

          • Johnny

            Hey… I lose my mind all the time.. lol..

  • john

    Please watch my friends video

  • Howard Willis

    No way Dallas takes Jerrigan at 16, now in the 2nd round I am ok with it, would rather have Martin or Pryor here if no trde donw scenerio exists.

  • Michael Davis

    I hate Jernigan at 16. Option 1 trade pick. Option 2 pick OT/G Martin. Martin is a better value pick at 16 and is still a position of need for Cowboys.

  • Amar S.

    This is a great mock, I love the Shazier pick for NE. Belichick loves his LBs! Maybe not Shazier first round, maybe they get a DE early and go Telvin Smith (I think that’s his name) the fastest LB in the draft later rounds for depth. Overall, good job!

  • Richard Ciesielski

    Somehow I don’t feel right about Johny at four for Cleveland, after developing a line to protect the passer getting one who seems best out of the pocket doesn’t sit well, that and the two QB’s they added on now make think the need isn’t going to be as bad is people want it to be. I would even have Bridgewater over Johny. That said if Sammys there Cleveland would and should jump on him or Mike Evens to spread out teams defenses against Cleveland with him or Evens on one side and Gorden or Cameron on the other, it’ll open the run game and that’ll help Cleveland slow the games down for us and help the team learn how to win. I love the pick for 26

  • David

    James no offense but you clearly do not know much about Dallas and their drafting philosophy. Jernigan is a 1 tech and Dallas does not value the 1 tech as high as other premium spots on the defense. That is why they pased on Floyd last year. They will not take Jernigan unless they feel he can play DE which I doub as well.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    The Pats would have a lot of options on defense with Ryan Shazier on the field…it would be a good pick but I expect BB to trade back and get additional picks in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th rounds. The talent is crazy deep in the first four rounds and BB could fill multiple holes with top quality players….hope some team is desperate enough to make BB an offer he cannot refuse.

  • Jarod Cook

    It seems more and more likely that if Manziel is available at #4 the Browns are going to take him. I personally am not a big fan, and would rather see them take a skilled player like WR Evens or Watkins, or OT Robinson or Matthews. If they do take Manziel I hope they don’t try to rush him into service like they did with their last few 1st round QB’s. They’ve got Hoyer who they can use as a stop gap this season, and let Manziel develop and adjust to the NFL. They can’t afford to take another 1st round QB and destroy his confidence, by feeding him to the wolves before he’s ready.
    At #26 I personally would like to see them draft Shazier. He’s a true 3 down player who can play multiple positions, rush the QB, and drop in coverage. Pettine would find multiple ways to get him on the field, and turn him into the next Kiko Alonzo. If all the top CB’s are of the board already then I’d agree with your pick. Although stay away from Roby, IMO he’s a 2nd/3rd round talent. OSU mostly played zone and very little man to man, he tends to give to much space to receivers and doesn’t contest for the ball enough. Also he bites on pump fakes and double moves to often, luckily he has the speed to recover, but he’ll be exploited in the NFL. Wait till #35 and take a WR there since it’s a deeper class at that position.

  • nc0gnet0

    If Watkins falls out of the top three, Lions will be all over the phone making a trade, most likely with cleveland. Anyone that has Detroit picking a CB/Safety in the first round hasn’t done their homework and are just looking at the teams needs, not past history. Denard, while a good player, is not worthy of a top ten pick. Lions are looking for an immediate impact player, not a db that typically taks two years to develope.

  • ahrcshaw

    The Panthers will select a WR only if there is not OT worth having left.