2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT - Round 1

  • 1

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    Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

    In looking at the Texans defense, the chance that Clowney plays as a stand up rush linebacker and succeeds is not a good one. He is better with his hands in the dirt. Mack is almost a perfect fit and would be a better pass rusher from the edge. Mack burst onto the scene against Ohio State having 2.5 sacks against the Buckeyes and really pushing the Buckeyes offensive line to have no answer on how to stop him. Mack has rare talent of size, speed and strength and is fluid enough to use them all together. Mack also can provide coverage that Clowney cannot and so its best if the Texans take the guy that is going to help them in all facets and not just the pass rushing areas. 
  • 2

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    Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

    The Rams might be able to find a trade partner with a few prospects on the board here, but ultimately, the Rams will want Sammy Watkins. Watkins has been the best WR in this drafts since day 1 and proved it at the combine and pro day workouts. The Rams are in need of a true #1 WR so they can move Austin to the slot which is his natural position. Watkins has the blend of speed and explosiveness that will be hard for the Rams to pass up so they can compete in the NFC West. 
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    Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    The Jaguars signed back Jason Babin, but he might have to take a reserve role if Jadeveon Clowney lands to the Jags at 3. The ideal pass rusher for a Gus Bradley defense would make the Jags scary on defense considering who they added. Clowney is the best talent on the football field in the draft, but if he doesnt fit the scheme, its a waste. Clowney will fit the scheme of the Jags and will also fill some seats as the Jags open the season. Clowney will thrive in this defense and should see a lot of playing time right away for the Jags. 
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    Derek Carr, Fresno State

    This is a toss up for the QB spot, but its clear that the pick has to be a QB. Ultimately, I think the Browns settle on Carr. He has a ton of upside and put up fantastic numbers. He has the NFL arm but more importantly, he is accurate. He does well on timing patterns and can surely get the ball downfield to his receivers. Carr would be a great fit for the new coach in Cleveland and the fans may have a franchise QB, finally. 
  • 5

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    Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

    I think this is the best option for Johnny Manziel. The Raiders need hope that they can win some games and having Johnny Football play for a team that is storied with tradition, to try and salvage that tradition, is what Dennis Allen needs. Manziel is a playmaker and will certainly need to do so for the Raiders to be competitive but wil also find the ways to win. Manziel has too much confidence in himself to fail, and that is why the Raiders will settle in on him at #5. Especially after trading Terrelle Pryor. 
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    Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

    Matt Ryan was under constant duress last season and if the Falcons are not able to trade up for Clowney, look for them to take an OT that can pass block. Sam Baker is probably not the best fit at LT for the Falcons. Robinson showed just how good he is throughout this last season for Auburn in their passing game and run game, helping to lead them to the National Championship game. Robinson would be an upgrade at LT and potentially moving Baker to the RT spot where he would be a better fit.
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    Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

    The Bucs have not been silent about adding a prolific WR and that could mean trading up to get one or taking one a bit early. Either way, adding Mike Evans to your WR corps certainly brings a different dimension to your offense. Evans is 6'5 and can fly but has the ability to go and grab the abll out of the air.
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    Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

    The Vikings signed Matt Cassel back as insurance, but they might be in the market for a franchise QB. Bortles showed a lot of gumption this season especially in the win over Louisville which really made his draft stock rise. He is a big armed, tall QB that keeps his eyes downfield and has a pocket presence. Needs a bit of touch on his passes, but in the end he just has to hand the ball off the AD and sit back and watch. 
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    Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

    While the Bills have Cordy Glenn and Crhis Hairston it might be likely that the Bills will take the premier RT in this draft. They had planned on starting Hairston last season but he got injured. Matthews is a pure OT that can get out in space and also pass block. He has the legacy from a HoF OT in Bruce Matthews being his uncle. Matthews may not be a huge need but will certainly be an upgrade over what they have now in protecting E.J. Manuel. 
  • 10

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    Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

    The Lions are set at TE, right? Petigrew has not lived up to what he was drafted to be, and Joseph Fauria is still a developmental project. Ebron is one of those rare TE talents that has speed, can catch and line up just about anywhere. Adding this kind of under route runner will keep the defenses honest and not lean towards Calvin Johnson or Golden Tate, and will give Stafford some reliable relief other than throw it up to Johnson and hope that it sticks.
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    Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

    The Titans are switching to a 3-4 and they will need to add some pass rushers to the defense that are going to make an impact right away. Anthony Barr is a raw talent that has the knack for rushing the passer from a standing position. 
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    Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

    The Giants defense is predicated on the pass rush from the front 4 and with this position in the draft, the Giants could pick up a very disruptive pass rusher. Donald had a tremendous Senior Bowl and blew up at the combine to really show that he is the real deal. Perry Fewell will love scheming with Donald as a focal point. 
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    Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

    For the longest time, the Rams have been mocked a S to pair with T.J. MacDonald who was a bright spot for the Rams before he got injured. Clinton-Dix is by far the best S in the draft and the Rams are able to take him with their original pick. Having MacDonald and Clinton-Dix as your safety tandem will certainly help in their standings in the NFC West competing with offenses like the Niners, Cardinals and Seahawks. 
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    Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

    The Bears lost a number of starters on their offensive line and they will need to replenish their line if they want to have a chance of being competitive in the NFC North. Peppers is now with the Packers, Melton is omcing off injury and Wooten has left as well. While they picked up Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston they should pair someone with Stephen Paea. 
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    Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

    If the Steelers are going to want to keep Ben Roethlisberger healthy and upright, they are going to have to upgrade Kelvin Beachum on the blind side. Lewan did not have a great year but that was due to Michigan having a poor offense. But Lewan did have a good senior bowl and performed well at the combine to keep him in the top 3 of the elite tackles. 
     
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    Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

    The Boys have lost 3/4ths of their defensive line. Hatcher went to the Redksins, Ware is on the Broncos. Spencer is  a free agent. The Cowboys are hurting for a pass rush and they will need to add a few pieces in the draft to fit Kiffin's defense. Kiffin is not subject to caring to much for a 1T, but Jernigan has a high motor and plays whistle to whistle. He would make a great centerpiece to the Boys defensive line. 
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    Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

    The Ravens have been concerned with adding more weapons to their arsenal which is why they went and got Steve Smith. But is he really the answer to your WR corps. Ozzie Newsome will trust his board and still draft a WR here if there is not a S on the board. What he will get out of Beckham is a elusive YAC type WR who will catch anything near him. 
  • 18

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    Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

    With the loss of Cromartie, the Jets will need to find another CB to take the spot. Dmitri Patterson should not be the starting CB and would be best if moved to the slot. Having Gilbert and Millner on the corners would really help the pass defense of the Jets especially in this pass happy league and in the division that houses Tom Brady. 
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    Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

    With Jonathan Martin gone, the Dolphins have Jason Fox on the roster slotted to start, but he is not starting material. That also meant the Dolphins had to go out and grab a LT, Brandon Albert. Tannehill was sacked a LOT last season and I think that he would like to reduce that by a little bit this year. It will help his production and growth in the league if he has protection to throw. 
  • 20

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    Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

    John Abraham is 35 years old and his back up is Lorenzo Alexander who is 32. The Cardinals could use someone opposite Sam Acho who will give the Cardinals a legitimate pass rush. Ford was pivotal in Auburn's national championship run and was exceptional during the combnine and senior bowl. 
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    Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

    The Packers are not in need of a lot of pieces but they do need a reliable pass catching TE. Amaro was one of the most productive TE's in the nation last season as he put up WR numbers. Quarless is a solid #2 but does not have that experience and ability to push to be that dependable blanket for Rodgers when he is trying to put a drive together. 
  • 22

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    Marqise Lee, WR, USC

    With the loss of DeSean Jackson and Maclin coming off ACL injury, the Eagles will be in the market for a WR that is not as much of a me player as Jackson was, which might be the reason why Kelly didn't want him in his locker room. Lee didnt have the year that he expected but scouts still saw his talent. He can be that productive WR so long as he has a QB that can get it to him. Foles will be the man for the Eagles this season. 
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    Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

    I am not sure that I would want Jeff Linkenbach as the starting RG protecting Alex Smith. With the loss of Asamoah the Chiefs will certainly look to replace the RG position with a young draft pick that can come in and be a nasty presence on the line opening holes for Charles and ensuring that Smith will have time to throw. 
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    Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

    Carlos Dunlap was given an extension which left Michael johnson expendable. The Bengals elected not to bring him back and could be looking for a new DE in the draft. With Ealy on the board, its hard to not count him as the pick for the Bengals. Ealy was productive for the Tigers this season with 7.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL's. A high motor dependable end the Bengals will need to replace Michael Johnson. 

Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

Parys Haralson signed a 1 year deal after not living up to his contract he got prior to this one. The Saints will certainly be in the market for an OLB that can rush the passer and get in the backfield. He is quick to under cut tackles and strong enough to shed blocks. Consistent motor that never stops attacking the backside to get to the QB. Certainly an upgarde over Haralson. 
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    Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

    The Panthers are seriously in jeopardy of having no WR's on the roster that anyone recognizes. They signed Jason Avant, who I think is underrated as a WR. They also slgned Jericho Cotchery and still have Tavarres King on their roster. But they dont have that true #1 WR that will have that established relationship with Cam Newton as they build for the future. Benjamin is a physical freak and while he runs a bit slow he is tall and will help blocking and going up and getting those jump balls. 
  • Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

    Parys Haralson signed a 1 year deal after not living up to his contract he got prior to this one. The Saints will certainly be in the market for an OLB that can rush the passer and get in the backfield. He is quick to under cut tackles and strong enough to shed blocks. Consistent motor that never stops attacking the backside to get to the QB. Certainly an upgarde over Haralson. 
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    Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

    The Panthers are seriously in jeopardy of having no WR's on the roster that anyone recognizes. They signed Jason Avant, who I think is underrated as a WR. They also slgned Jericho Cotchery and still have Tavarres King on their roster. But they dont have that true #1 WR that will have that established relationship with Cam Newton as they build for the future. Benjamin is a physical freak and while he runs a bit slow he is tall and will help blocking and going up and getting those jump balls. 
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