2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round, Week 14 Edition
Week 14 Full First-Round Mock
In five months, the first team will be officially on the clock and the 2014 NFL Draft will be under way.
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 our expectations for 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 Khalil Mack racking up sacks for the Dirty Birds? Or maybe 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.
The draft order is based on regular season records, with the worse records picking earlier. Ties are broken based on strength of schedule.
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Even though Case Keenum has played well, he’s not getting the Texans wins. They need a dynamic quarterback who can win games, and Bridgewater is the best gunslinger available.
2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Using their extra first-rounder from the Redskins, the Rams need to upgrade their offensive line. Protection is so crucial in the NFL, and Matthews is pretty good at providing it.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Despite their late-season success, the Jaguars can’t continue to settle for subpar quarterback play. After Marcus Mariota opted to stay in school, though, they must gamble and go with Manziel.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Falcons have been without a consistent pass rush this season, but that will all change when they land one of the top talents of the 2014 class in Clowney. Upgrade complete.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
While their defense has been solid this season, the Buccaneers haven’t gotten the pass rush they need. Mack is an explosive edge player who should step in and be a difference-maker from the get-go.
6. Minnesota Vikings: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
The dwindling quarterback class doesn’t help the Vikings, who desperately need a new man under center. Hundley is a raw-yet-promising talent who has the tools to be a star.
7. Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The amount of speed the Raiders have at wide receiver is great, but they need a big, physical presence in the passing game. Evans is exactly that, and would give Matt McGloin a reliable option out wide.
8. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns still have yet to find their quarterback of the future, which is why Carr makes sense here. He’s flying up draft boards right now and could be Cleveland’s future if he pans out.
9. Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
While the Bills have a number of weapons at wide receiver, none of them can provide the spark that Watkins brings with him. If E.J. Manuel is going to succeed, adding a sparkplug like Watkins is necessary.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Until the Steelers add a reliable left tackle to the mix, Ben Roethlisberger will never be completely comfortable in the pocket. Lewan is a dominant blocker who would step in as a starter from Day 1.
11. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Despite his midseason meltdown, Geno Smith is the future in New York. If he’s going to get the job done in 2014, he needs more weapons and Lee is a lethal one when he’s at 100 percent.
12. San Diego Chargers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
At this moment, the Chargers have the worst pass defense in the NFL. If that’s going to change next season, bringing a tremendous cornerback like Dennard into the mix is a must.
13. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Even though their pass defense is solid, the Titans could afford to upgrade their pass rush. Barr is an outstanding talent who will need some work, but who brings a dynamic presence off the edge.
14. St. Louis Rams: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
This season, the Rams have gotten horrendous production from their cornerbacks. Unless they enjoy getting burned by the passing game, drafting a cover man like Ekpre-Olomu makes sense in St. Louis.
15. New York Giants: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Plain and simple, the Giants need an upgrade at left tackle. Will Beatty isn’t cutting it anymore, which is why a big, physical blocker such as Kouandjio is a necessary addition to the offensive line.
16. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Assuming Jermichael Finley is done with the Packers, the team will be looking for a new No. 1 tight end. Amaro is a big receiving threat who can also block, which makes him a great fit in Green Bay.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
If Joe Flacco is ever going to live up to his huge contract, the Ravens must provide him with more weapons. Robinson will help round out a Balitmore receiving corps overflowing with speedsters.
18. Chicago Bears: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The Bears are desperate for help all along the defensive line, and will take whatever they can get in terms of talent. Nix is a Top 10 talent, but falls into Chicago’s lap due to a late-season injury.
19. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
With all of their questions along the offensive line following the Jonathan Martin drama, any help would be welcomed. By bringing in Erving, Miami would immediately upgrade the left tackle spot.
20. Detroit Lions: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
At this point, Mosley is a huge steal for the Lions. He’s a Top 10 talent with outstanding insticts, and should have no problem stealing the strong-side linebacker spot away from Ashlee Palmer.
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
All season long, the Eagles have been extremely inconsistent in coverage. That’s why they should find a new starting cornerback, and Gilbert has worked his way up draft boards lately with impressive play.
22. Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
It’s no secret the Cowboys could use an upgrade or five along the defensive front this offseason. Tuitt is a versatile defensive lineman who has size/strength combo to be a big disruption to opponents.
23. Arizona Cardinals: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
As good as Carson Palmer has been this season, he’s not a long-term answer at quarterback. The Cardinals need a young gunslinger, and Fales is flying up draft boards due to his accuracy and leadership.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
The Bengals haven’t been as good at getting to opposing quarterbacks as you’d think. Murphy would change all of that with his explosiveness off the edge and outstanding instincts.
25. Cleveland Browns (via IND): David Yankey, G, Stanford
With their new quarterback now in the mix, the Browns need to figure out how to protect him. Yankey is the best interior lineman in the 2014 class, and should have no problem keeping Carr upright.
26. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Considering that the majority of their cornerbacks are headed for the open market, the 49ers might want to bring in a few bodies at the position. Verrett might be small, but he’s a proven playmaker.
27. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
If the Chiefs are going to stick with Alex Smith as their quarterback, they need to upgrade his arsenal. Ebron is an explosive seam-stretcher who can bolster the Kansas City passing game from Day 1.
28. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
While the Carolina passing game has been solid this year, Cam Newton needs some younger targets to throw to. Matthews has proven in 2013 that he’s a big-time player, and makes sense for the Panthers.
29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The Patriots love versatility no matter what side of the ball, and Hageman brings plenty of it to the table. He has the ability to play all along the defensive line, which makes him a great fit in New England.
30. New Orleans Saints: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
So far this season, Malcolm Jenkins has been one of the weakest links in the New Orleans defense. Clinton-Dix is by far the best safety in the 2014 class, and would be an immediate upgrade for the Saints.
31. Denver Broncos: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri
Even with Von Miller back with the team, the Broncos have lacked a consistent pass rush. They need a young, capable edge rusher to collapse pockets, and Sam is pretty good at doing just that.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
As we’ve seen this season, the Seahawks don’t have the greatest depth along the offensive line. Ogbuehi is a sensational talent with the tools to develop into an elite blocker, so why not roll the dice here?