2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round, Week 13 Edition
Week 13 Full First-Round Mock
There are still five months before the clock starts ticking, but 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 hold for us 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 May finally rolls around.
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 Jake Matthews 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 Johnny Manziel handing off to Adrian Peterson?
Whether or not your imagination works that way, mock drafts are here to do the work for you. So enjoy.
Here is this week’s first-round mock draft and what player(s) your favorite team could choose to add to their roster 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
Different week, same story. The Jaguars need a franchise-caliber quarterback moving forward, and Blaine Gabbert isn’t the answer. Bridgewater is the best passer available, so put the pieces together.
2. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
While their offense hasn’t been terrible, the Texans have fielded a poor defense this season. With a player like Clowney in the fold, though, that would turn around in a hurry.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
All year long, the Falcons have been without a decent pass rush. They need that to change in the future, and drafting a player like Barr would certainly help in that department.
4. Minnesota Vikings: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
It’s time for the Vikings to take a step into the modern NFL, which means they could use a dynamic, mobile quarterback. Mariota has been a star this season, and fills a gapping need in Minnesota.
5. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Once Sam Bradford returns from his ACL tear, he’s going to need some serious protection to stay healthy. Matthews is the best blocker in the 2014 class, so why not draft the Aggie?
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Especially if Greg Schiano is fired, the Buccaneers might not be sold on Mike Glennon. Instead, they look for a new quarterback and nab the dynamic Manziel to elevate their offense.
7. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Giants need a new left tackle, plain and simple. By drafting Lewan, they’d be adding a proven protector who has the nasty demeanor and strength needed to be effective in the NFL.
8. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns need to find their quarterback of the future, and Carr appears to be it. The experienced passer is a great fit for the Cleveland offense, and appears primed to go early.
9. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
So far this season, the Raiders’ wide receivers have been inconsistent to say the least. With Watkins aboard, they’d have an electric weapon for either Terrelle Pryor or Matt McGloin to use.
10. Buffalo Bills: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Even with several capable pass rushers in the mix, Buffalo could use another upgrade. Mack is an elite edge rusher and playmaker who deserves to go early. Why not keep him local with the Bills?
11. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
If Geno Smith is going to succeed, the Jets need to add another big weapon to his arsenal. Evans is a physically dominant receiver who will catch anything that comes within his reach.
12. Miami Dolphins: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Koa Misi isn’t cutting it anymore for the Dolphins, who need more consistent play at linebacker. Mosley is a legitimate Top 10 talent who will immediately upgrade the Miami defense.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Heath Miller is a great tight end, but he’s no spring chicken and is constantly injured. The Steelers need a young, healthy tight end, and Amaro is arguably the best one of the 2014 class.
14. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
With both of their tackles overpaid, often injured and headed for free agency in 2015, the Titans need to put a contingency plan in place. Scherff is a dominating tackle who fits the bill.
15. San Diego Chargers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Throughout the season, the Chargers have fielded arguably the worst secondary in the NFL. They need an upgrade at cornerback, and Ekpre-Olomu makes too much sense for San Diego.
16. St. Louis Rams: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
With an outstanding pass rush already in place, the Rams adding a disruptive force in the middle like Nix would give them arguably the best defensive line in the NFL.
17. Baltimore Ravens: David Yankey, G, Stanford
It’s clear as this season nears an end that the Ravens need an upgrade along the offensive line. Left guard has been a particular concern, and Yankey has the talent to start immediately.
18. Green Bay Packers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Jermichael Finley might be done with the Packers, and they don’t have any reliable options at tight end. That’s why bringing in arguably the best tight end in the 2014 class makes plenty of sense for Green Bay.
19. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Bears’ defensive line has been ravaged by injury throughout the season, which means the team must address the front four this offseason. Tuitt is a versatile, powerful lineman who seems to be a great fit.
20. Detroit Lions: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
No matter who is starting, the Lions have fielded a pitiful secondary this season. If they want that to change in 2014, they need to upgrade the cornerback spot and Verrett is an exciting prospect.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The safety position has been a mess for the Eagles in 2013. Unless they want to continue playing subpar pass defense, Philadelphia must address the safety spot. Clinton-Dix is a steal at No. 21.
22. Dallas Cowboys: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
With DeMarcus Ware on the decline and the defensive line in shambles, the Cowboys need a boost to their pass rush. Beasley is explosive off the edge and would give their defensive front a spark.
23. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Now that they have their quarterback of the future on the roster, they need to make sure to protect him. Kouandjio has the potential to be an elite blocker, and should pay massive dividends in Cleveland.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
Surprisingly, Carson Palmer has held his own this season. That’s why the Cardinals go for protection instead of passing, nabbing an underrated tackle in Ogbuehi to keep the quarterback clean.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Due to injury and age, the Bengals have been worn thin at cornerback. If they want to maintain their standing as a top defense, Cincinnati should acquire a talented cover man like Roby.
26. San Francisco 49ers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Heading into the 2014 season, the wide receiver position will yet again be a glaring concern for the 49ers. Lee is an elite talent who should develop into a sparkplug for the San Francisco offense.
27. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Plain and simple, the Patriots need help along the defensive line. They were starting two rookies, and even traded for an aging veteran in hopes of filling the void. Hageman is versatile and very powerful.
28. Carolina Panthers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
As great as their defense has been this year, the Panthers could still use some help at cornerback. Dennard is moving his way up draft boards, and brings the physicality Carolina loves on defense.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
While quarterback is also an area of need, wide receiver could definitely use some help. With little upper-echelon talent at the position, adding Robinson to bring some reliability is a smart move.
30. New Orleans Saints: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
After making the move to the 3-4, the Saints need more tools to work with along the front seven. Sutton is a versatile defensive tackle who can move all along the line and wreak havoc on offenses.
31. Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
The Broncos’ biggest issue on defense this season has been their lack of a pass rush. Even with Von Miller back, they need another playmaker like Murphy to keep quarterbacks from getting comfortable.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
With Brandon Browner likely done in Seattle, the Seahawks need to bring in a new cornerback to fill the No. 2 role. Fuller is physical and relentless, things the team covets in its defensive backs.