2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round, Week 10 Edition
Week 8 First-Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft
Year after year, we continue to see some of college football’s brightest stars make the jump to the NFL and provide an immediate impact for their respective teams. While it’s no guarantee that these players will be starters or even contributors from Day 1, the intrigue they provide is astronomical.
That’s exactly the case with the 2014 NFL Draft, which could offer one of the most talented classes in recent history. From several potential first-round quarterbacks to elite defensive prospects across the board, there’s plenty of reason to believe this year’s draft will be full of excitement – as well as some head scratching.
For now, though, the main point of mock drafts is to gauge the current draft stock of the nation’s top college talent and point out the roster needs of teams around the NFL. In between now and May, there are bound to be plenty of factors that will dramatically affect what teams decide to do on draft day. Not to mention, free agency will begin between now and then.
Either way, it’s interesting to imagine where these players will land in the NFL. Could you see Johnny Manziel taking snaps for the Dallas Cowboys? Or De’Anthony Thomas returning kicks for the Cleveland Browns? Mock drafts pose plenty of curious questions that we can ponder over the next five months.
Here’s a look at this week’s first-round mock draft and what player(s) your favorite team could hypothetically select when the 2014 NFL Draft rolls around in May.
Note: Draft order is determined by current record, with ties broken based on net points on the year.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
It’s the same story as the last couple of weeks. The Jaguars still need a legitimate starter under center, and Blaine Gabbert clearly isn’t it. Bridgewater is the best quarterback on the board – for now.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Buccaneers could have a long-term starter in Mike Glennon, so the focus turns to the defense. They’ve lacked an edge rusher this year, which makes Clowney a terrific fit for a solid Tampa Bay D.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
None of the three quarterbacks on the Vikings’ roster are worthy of the starting job. Mariota would bring a spark to the position while also ushering Minnesota into the modern era of NFL football.
4. New York Giants: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Teamed with players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, there’s no telling how good Barr can be off the edge. His presence could help revive what was once a truly dominant Giants pass rush.
5. Houston Texans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
With Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton constantly injured, the Texans could use a solid addition at middle linebacker. Mosley is a dynamic talent who has the physical tools to excel in the NFL.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
As we’ve seen this season, offensive line is a huge weakness in Pittsburgh. So why not upgrade the left tackle spot by drafting Matthews, arguably the best blocker in the draft?
7. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
All year long, the Falcons have failed to put consistent pressure on opposing passers. With Mack coming aboard, they’d immediately have a pass-rushing presence who can take pressure off the secondary.
8. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Right now, the Bills have Cordy Glenn at left tackle, but he’s a better fit for the right side. By bringing in Lewan, they can stick him on the left side instead while adding some serious physicality to the equation.
9. St. Louis Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
None of the Rams’ recent wide receiver picks have really panned out, and Sam Bradford needs more weapons when he returns. Watkins is a sparkplug who can ignite the St. Louis offense moving forward.
10. Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
While Denarius Moore and Rod Streater have been pleasant surprises, the Raiders need a reliable weapon to haul in jump balls in big situations. Evans is a proven playmaker who fits the bill.
11. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
It’s no secret the Rams need help along the offensive line. While Jake Long and Roger Saffold are solid tackles, St. Louis should upgrade at guard and Richardson is a legitimate Top 10 talent.
12. Baltimore Ravens: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Without Dennis Pitta, Joe Flacco has struggled to make plays in the passing game. By adding a dynamic weapon like Ebron to the mix, Flacco can earn his big contract and get the Ravens back on track.
13. Cleveland Browns: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
One way or another, the Browns need a new quarterback. Even if they opt to stick with Brian Hoyer, they can develop a rookie behind him until they feel he’s ready. Mettenberger is an intriguing option.
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
After trading away Isaac Sopoaga, the Eagles are left without a proven nose tackle. While Bennie Logan could be an option, Philadelphia would be better off grabbing the dominant Nix here.
15. Arizona Cardinals: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
Plain and simple, Carson Palmer isn’t the answer. Bruce Arians needs a new, young gunslinger to mold, and Fales is an underrated passer with the potential to develop into a standout starter in the NFL.
16. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Especially with their recent off-field issues, the Dolphins are going to need help along the offensive line. Kouandjio is a dominant blocker who still has more potential to unlock, so why not?
17. Tennessee Titans: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
At the end of this season, the Titans could lose three of their offensive tackles. That’s why they need some insurance, and local product Richardson is a pretty outstanding fallback plan.
18. San Diego Chargers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Despite their offense’s sudden efficiency, the pass defense is still a major concern moving forward. By adding a player like Ekpre-Olomu, they’d provide themselves an immediate upgrade at cornerback.
19. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
It’s obvious that Geno Smith is the future at quarterback in New York, but the Jets still need to provide him with some reliable weapons. Whenever Lee has the ball, fireworks are about to go off.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The secondary has been a mess in Dallas this season, and free safety has been one of the weakest links. When you have an undrafted rookie playing big snaps, a player like Clinton-Dix is a solid selection.
21. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
After losing Henry Melton and Nate Collins this season, the Bears need more talent along the defensive line. By bringing in Tuitt, they’d add a versatile defender who can play all along the front four.
22. Detroit Lions: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Mental lapses continue to hold him back, but the physical tools are definitely there with Roby. Unless Darius Slay and Dwight Bentley step up soon, the Lions will need some more help at cornerback.
23. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Injured and set to be a free agent, Jermichael Finley might not be back in 2014. Andrew Quarless is a solid backup, but the Packers need a legitimate No. 1 moving forward and Amaro makes sense.
24. Carolina Panthers: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Enough with the riding aging running backs in Carolina. The Panthers need a sparkplug runner who can make plays all over the field. Why not Thomas, who can score whenever he touches the ball?
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
With Leon Hall on IR and Terence Newman near the end of his career, the Bengals are going to want some fresh legs at cornerback. Purifoy has had an up-and-down season, but has tons of potential.
26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
With their new quarterback in place, the Browns need to upgrade the receiving unit. Josh Gordon is a solid piece moving forward, but Greg Little isn’t. Robinson would be an excellent No. 2 in Cleveland.
27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
The Saints’ new 3-4 defense has been a pleasant surprise, but they could still use some extra talent at outside linebacker. Van Noy is an exciting talent who could help New Orleans bring heat off the edge.
28. San Francisco 49ers: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
While help at wide receiver would be nice, the 49ers need to improve the defensive line. Justin Smith is nearing retirement, which makes Hageman a terrific fit considering his versatility and explosiveness.
29. New England Patriots: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
The loss of Vince Wilfork is a sign the Patriots need a new face on the interior of the defensive line. Ferguson has flown up draft boards this season and could be the run stuffer of the future in New England.
30. Denver Broncos: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Champ Bailey is at the end of his rope and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie doesn’t have much more time. Verrett is a young, exciting cornerback who can start a youth movement for the Broncos defense.
31. Seattle Seahawks: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
With the way these last few weeks have gone, it’s clear the Seahawks could use extra bodies at guard. Jackson is a terrific blocker, and could immediately push James Carpenter for the starting job.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
By all appearances, the Chiefs’ reason for success is their defense. Alex Smith is great at avoiding turnovers, but he’s limited physically. Boyd would be a long-term upgrade in Kansas City.