2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round, Week 12 Edition
Week 12 First-Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft
Who cares if it's over five months away? The 2014 NFL Draft is still worth our attention at this point in the season.
Both the NFL and NCAA seasons have given us a glimpse into what the world of football could look like by next August. They’ve shown us which players to keep an eye on, and which ones aren’t worth all of the hype. They’ve also started to shape what we can expect from the 2014 NFL Draft when the time arises.
Have you ever wondered what your favorite college players would look like on your favorite NFL team? Well with mock drafts, you can do exactly that. It’s an opportunity to gauge stock of the top talents from around the country, get an idea of what teams around the NFL need as the season progresses, all while using your imagination to picture top prospects playing for particular teams.
Could you see Jadeveon Clowney donning the blue and white of the New York Giants? How about Marcus Mariota sporting the pewter and red of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Or Sammy Watkins with horns on the side of his helmet?
Whether or not your imagination works that way, mock drafts are here to do the work for you. So enjoy.
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 it’s been since the season kicked off. The Jaguars don’t have a reliable passer on their roster, which makes Bridgewater a perfect fit as their quarterback of the future.
2. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Although defensive end is far from their biggest need, the Texans can’t pass up one of the best prospects of the last decade. Clowney and J.J. Watt together would give quarterbacks nightmares.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Not one of the three quarterbacks currently on Minnesota’s roster is a long-term answer. If the Vikings have any plans of being competitive in the not-so-distant future, they need a passer like Mariota.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Throughout the 2013 campaign, the Falcons have been without a reliable pass rush. If that’s going to change in 2014, they need to bring a sparkplug like Barr to the defense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
All season long, the Buccaneers have been without a reliable edge rusher. Mack is a dynamic talent whose stock is still on the rise. Tampa Bay would be wise to scoop him up here.
6. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
If the Rams plan on taking care of Sam Bradford when he returns, they need to make a few upgrades along the offensive line. Matthews is the best blocker in the 2014 class, so this just makes sense.
7. Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Bills have their quarterback of the future in place, but need to put some more weapons around him. Watkins is one of the most exciting offensive talents in the draft, and Buffalo would be a great fit.
8. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
One part of Eli Manning’s early season struggles stemmed from his lack of pass blocking. The Giants have other holes to fill, but Lewan is a tremendous blocker and would be an immediate upgrade.
9. Oakland Raiders: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Clearly Nick Roach isn’t the answer at middle linebacker. The Raiders need a tone-setter moving forward, and Mosley has all of the physical tools to be a dominant Mike in the NFL.
10. Cleveland Browns: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Even if Brian Hoyer does come back healthy, the Browns still need a young quarterback who can develop into their franchise passer. Hundley is a raw talent just overflowing with potential.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
One of the Steelers’ weakest links is at left tackle, where they still can’t get any sort of solid play. Luckily for them, there are numerous prospects like Kouandjio would can step in and start from Day 1.
12. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
With the offensive line addressed earlier, the Rams need to add some more pieces to their defense. Defensive tackle isn’t a glaring concern, but adding Nix would give them the best line in the NFL.
13. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Clearly Joe Flacco needs more weapons to be efficient moving forward. Torrey Smith is a field-stretcher, which means they now need a big, physical presence who can haul in jump balls. Insert Evans.
14. Tennessee Titans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Titans are considering moving on from Jake Locker after another disappointing season from the young passer. In this instance, they take a risk and roll the dice on the polarizing Manziel.
15. San Diego Chargers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
There’s a reason the Chargers have one of the worst pass defenses in the league – their cornerbacks aren’t cutting it. San Diego must find an upgrade, and Ekpre-Olomu is exactly that.
16. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Geno Smith has some serious potential, but needs more talent around him moving forward. Stephen Hill has been a bust thus far, so adding a playmaking receiver like Lee should be a top priority.
17. Miami Dolphins: David Yankey, G, Stanford
No matter what position they address first, the Dolphins need help along the offensive line. While left tackle is also an option, Yankey is a dominant guard who can take Richie Incognito’s place.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Cowboys must upgrade their defensive line this offseason. Tuitt is one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the 2014 class, and makes too much sense here for Dallas.
19. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
With Jermichael Finley out and no reliable options available, the Packers should take a long, hard look at the tight end spot. Amaro has shot up draft boards this season, and is a great fit in Green Bay.
20. Philadelphia Eagles: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
For years, the Eagles have been waiting for their handful of young safeties to pan out. It hasn’t happened, which is why drafting a player like Clinton-Dix is a must.
21. Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
While targeting a quarterback here also seems logical, the Cardinals can’t keep them upright with a legitimate left tackle. Erving has proven this season that he’s exactly that and more.
22. Detroit Lions: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Lions desperately need an upgrade in the secondary. The offense is explosive, but they lack a quality cornerback like Verrett who can keep opposing offenses off the scoreboard.
23. Chicago Bears: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
After all of the injuries this season, the Bears must address their issues along the defensive line this offseason. Hageman is a disruptive force who has the versatility to play all along the Chicago front.
24. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
With only one cornerback under contract in 2014, the 49ers might want to add some talent at the position. Roby has struggled this season, but has the potential to be an elite cover man.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Injuries and age are hurting the Bengals at cornerback. If they want to get back to having a dominant secondary in 2014, bringing aboard a smart, physical player like Fuller is a no-brainer.
26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
The Browns have their quarterback of the future, but now need to find a way to better protect him. Richardson is a tenacious blocker who is only available right now because of the position he plays.
27. New England Patriots: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Even with all of their young talent at receiver, the Patriots could still use a proven playmaker who can make an immediate difference. Robinson is an underrated talent who would start from Day 1.
28. Carolina Panthers: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Enough with the Panthers trying to get this three-headed monster at running back to work. Thomas is lightning in a bottle, and would give the Carolina offense a new dimension moving forward.
29. New Orleans Saints: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
As great as their defense has been this season, the Saints could certainly use some help at outside linebacker. Murphy is a ferocious pass rusher but also excels at slowing down the running game.
30. Kansas City Chiefs: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The only reason doubts remain about the Chiefs is their lack of an upper-echelon quarterback. Alex Smith isn’t the long-term answer, so Kansas City should give a young gun an opportunity to steal the job.
31. Denver Broncos: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
One of the Broncos’ biggest concerns this season has been their lack of a consistent pass rush. By bringing aboard a speedster like Beasley, their pressure on passers would significantly increase.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
As we’ve seen this year, the Seahawks’ lack of offensive line depth has been a big problem. With Ogbuehi in the mix, they'd have a legitimate swing tackle who can push Breno Giacomini.