2014 NFL Mock Draft: Long Final

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) carries the ball for a three yard touchdown against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NFL Draft is now just days away! With that being said, I want to take this time to publish my final NFL mock draft of the year.

Overall, I feel very comfortable with this mock draft. There are a few surprises in there, but I think that all of the picks make sense.

Well, here it is!

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney is an absolute freak of nature. He has everything that you want in a pass-rusher. He has top-notch speed, agility, power, and size. It’s very possible that the Texans opt to go with a quarterback here, but I get the impression that Clowney is just too good to pass up.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Sammy Watkins
WR, Clemson

With the 2014 NFL draft just two days away, the St. Louis Rams are sitting pretty with the number 2 overall pick. They’re in the perfect position to field trade offers and, if nobody can pull off a deal, have their choice of talented prospects.

Since I’m not projecting trades, I have the Rams snagging Sammy Watkins at number 2. He’s supremely talented and would provide Sam Bradford with a reliable target across from Tavon Austin.

Greg Robinson is a strong possibility here, too.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack
OLB, Buffalo

I was really close to giving the Jacksonville Jaguars a quarterback with their first pick, but the Jags are a team that needs more than just a QB to turn things around. That’s why I gave them Khalil Mack out of Buffalo.

Mack has the potential to be the best pass rusher in this class and would seemingly fit perfect with the defense that Gus Bradley is trying to instill in Jacksonville. He has the ability to play with his hand in the dirt as a 4-3 pass rusher. He is also capable of standing up and rushing the passer out of 3-4 sets, too.

But if the Rams go Robinson at two, then I think the Jags go with Watkins at three.

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

With Sammy Watkins off the board, life for the Cleveland Browns draft personnel becomes a lot easier. I foresee the Browns taking a shot on one of the biggest boom-or-bust players in NFL draft history, Johnny Manziel.

The presence of Manziel would breathe new life into the Cleveland sports scene and would also give Josh Gordon & Jordan Cameron an automatic upgrade at the quarterback position.

5. Oakland Raiders
Greg Robinson
OT, Auburn

I’m sure the Raiders would love to have Clowney, Mack, or Watkins fall to the 5 spot, but that’s simply just not the case in this mock draft. With those players off the board, the Raiders would still be getting an excellent player in Greg Robinson.

Last year’s draft had offensive tackles taken at one and two. I believe that Robinson is better than both of those players. Oakland would be getting a bargain on Robinson at 5.

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

Assuming they don’t move up and snag Clowney, I have the Atlanta Falcons grabbing Jake Matthews at number 6. Protecting Matt Ryan should be the number one priority for the Falcons.

Atlanta should feel comfortable with picking Matthews at number 6. He has the physical ability and skillset to lockdown one of the tackle positions for the next decade or so.

Much like the Raiders, the Falcons would be getting a bargain with Matthews sliding to the 6 spot.

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

I struggled with this pick. I really like the idea of the Buccaneers taking Aaron Donald at 7. Donald is talented and would fit Lovie Smith’s defensive game plan perfectly.

The possibility of teaming up Mike Evans with Vincent Jackson was too good to pass up, though.

The receivers have very similar bodies (Mike Evans: 6’4” 231 lbs. Vincent Jackson: 6’5” 230 lbs.) and Evans would seemingly benefit from learning behind Jackson, too. This pick would give the Bucs two legitimate weapons on the outside.

8. Minnesota Vikings
Blake Bortles
QB, UCF

Just like with the Buccaneers, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Vikings pull the trigger on defensive tackle, Aaron Donald. But I don’t have them doing that; I have them grabbing the quarterback out of UCF, Blake Bortles.

The Vikings still possess the best running back in football and would be wise to draft a quarterback to go along with him. Bortles has the size you want in a franchise quarterback and would benefit by having a star running back like Adrian Peterson to lean on while he develops.

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  • David

    Can I get an amen on Pryor..

    • Rich

      No you can’t. It’s not going to happen.

      • David

        And why is that. Other than taking Barr or an OT there, who else are you projecting there. Please give me your football knowledge here.

        • Rich

          Dallas did not bring Pryor or Dix in for a visit. I think they are only interested in Ward and Joyner. If Barr, Donald and Martin are gone I suspect they will be trading back.

          • David

            Who cares if they did not bring them in for a visit. Sometimes teams dont like to tip their hands with visits. Dallas has drafted plenty of people in the early rounds that never made a visit. Great logic tho. Wow.

          • Rich

            The only players in the last 10 plus years that they drafted in the first round without having in for visits were Ware and Claiborne. They thought they had no chance at Claiborne until he started dropping and they got on the phone to trade up. They originally were going to grab spears with the first pick the year Ware was drafted but when Ware fell Jerry decided to grab Ware and hope that Spears fell to their 2nd 1st rd pick which he did. I could see them taking Pryor if they traded back in the 1st but not at 16. Even on a trade back I suspect they would prefer Ward over Pryor.

          • Alex Darden

            I believe cowboys brass is much more inclined to give Wilcox another year while making the D better in other places. That is why other than Ward making it to us all the way in the 2nd (which I seriously doubt will happen) I don’t see us taking a safety early.

          • Rich

            I think so too. They may even have a little hope that Johnson(The Unicorn) might work out if Wilcox fails. Likely Ward and Joyner if either falls to 47 and if no others they like better are there. Just an opinion.

          • Michael Davis

            Wilcox is more athletic then the two top safeties Dix & Pryor. That doesn’t mean will will have a better future then either but just saying.

          • David

            LOL you are one of the only guys on the planet that likes Ward over Pryor. But Im sure you and your vast knowledge know more than all the guys involved in the NFL.

          • Michael Davis

            No he isn’t the only one on planet that thinks that. I don’t necessarily think they like Ward better then Pryor but I don’t think Dallas likes any Safety at 16. Ward is the best Safety that there is a % chance he is there at 47 which is the earliest I think Dallas is considering a Safety.

          • David

            Find me any legit person who has Ward over Pryor or Dix please. Most have Pryor and Dix in the top 20 overall players.

          • Michael Davis

            I’m not disputing that. I just think Dallas wont grab either Dix or Pryor at 16. I think they would consider Ward at 47 over Pryor or Dix at 16.

          • David

            And they may not. But I dont think they will ever be a top legit defense with what they have now. They have tried to find players with FA and mid round small school project players. Or in Church and Heaths case UDFA. It has not worked and safeties have been the weak link on this team since well Roy Williams. And when the league became pass happy he was a liability. Lets put it this way, pryor to getting Smith and Frederic the Dallas O-line had been borderline horrendous for many years. Dallas tried to fix the O-line in FA and by drafting O-linemann in the mid to late rounds some from smaller schools. Their line is just now getting better because they are investing 1st round picks on the O-line and they are from top programs. Dallas changed their philosophy in drafting O-lineman and they need to do the same with the safety position. Especially the single high centerfielder safety. That safety position is one of the top six most important positions on the defense.

  • Rich

    I knew Latimer was rising but 1st rd? WOW! A couple of months ago he was thought to be a 6th or 7th rounder. I do like the kid a lot though. I think your mock is realistic but I don’t see the Cowboys taking pryor I think both Martin and Beckham will be gone by 16 as well. Barr might just fall to us. Dream scenario.

    • Josh Hart

      Teams probably never had him that low. Media overlooked him due to the injury.

  • Johnny

    Love the CJ Mosley pick to Phins at 19.. Doubt he’ll drop that far.. So, trade down is the best option… Some team will trade up for QB Bortles, afraid Arizona will take him the next pick.. Prime spot for a trade down…

  • Leslie Hoerwinkle

    No way does that team take that player. No way.

  • Josh Hart

    This would be about my least favorite way the draft could go for the Browns. Don’t hate the Manziel pick, but I don’t believe in him either. I’d rather have a QB with skills that translate like Bridgewater. Also, Benjamin just reminds me of a slightly better version of Greg Little, except he doesn’t block as well. He’s too inconsistent for my taste. Give me a Latimer, Robinson, Lee, or Landry over him.

  • Carl Eagan

    It would be insane for the Steeler’s to take Ebron a tight end who can’t block, can only catch from the slot and is a sloppy route runner, yep thats a Tomlin draft choice but bad for the team.

  • nc0gnet0

    Lions will not draft a db/cb in the first round. Won’t happen, sorry my friend. Also, no trades in the top ten? Seriously? Lions white board looks like Watkins, Evans, Ebron..Only if clowney or mack where to fall would they go Defense with the first pick.

  • joe

    Stop mocking cooks to eagles. Don’t want him. Overrated.

  • ApexSteel

    Ebron doesn’t block. That’s a Steelers tight end’s job first and foremost.

  • William Plaster

    The Browns absolutely CANNOT tolerate another “boom or bust” player in the #4 position. Manziel has wome negative attributes if one can separate the “media darling” status. He may do well in the NFL, but the Browns cannot take the risk of taking a risk at #4. Take a player who will make an immediate impact.

  • Richard Hough

    I would like to see the Fins trade up to get Taylor Lewan. He would automatically bolster the offensive line and could be a left tackle of the future.