2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full First Round, Week 15 Edition
Week 15 Full First-Round Mock
Believe it or not, there are only five months until the 2014 NFL Draft gets 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. We’ve also been allowed to shape our ideas of what could go down in May when the 2014 NFL Draft arrives.
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 Teddy Bridgewater slinging the football for the Cleveland Browns? 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: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The ownership in Houston appears to be set on Case Keenum, so why not grab the most physically gifted player in the draft by making Clowney the No. 1 pick of 2014?
2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Rams need to make sure that Sam Bradford is well protected when he returns, and drafting Matthews would be a great way of upgrading his pass blocking.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
An explosive edge rusher with the skills to make plays all over the field, Mack would help give the Falcons a pass rush that they’ve been missing all too much in 2013.
4. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Vikings desperately need a new quarterback, and get lucky enough to watch Bridgewater, the 2014 classes’ top passer, slide to them at No. 4.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
As we’ve seen this season, the Raiders are a bit lacking in the offensive weapon department. They need a reliable receiver who can create sparks, and Watkins is the best the 2014 class has to offer.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Unless the Jaguars plan on being a sub-.500 team again in 2014, they need to find a new quarterback. Carr is suddenly the second-best in a depleted class, so he’s headed for Jacksonville.
7. Cleveland Browns: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
As much as I don’t agree with Bortles going in the Top 10, the suddenly-thin quarterback class could make this a reasonable landing spot as the Browns are in need of a capable starter under center.
8. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
One of the more overrated players in the draft, Barr possesses outstanding physical tools but doesn’t have a polished game. Still, the Bills would love to have him coming off the edge.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
All season long, the Buccaneers have had some issues along the offensive line. While they aren’t necessarily at tackle, Kouandjio has the size and strength to play anywhere he’s needed.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Steelers need a new left tackle in the worst of ways. Lewan has the physical tools and experience to start from Day 1 and help keep Ben Roethlisberger in an upright position.
11. Tennessee Titans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
It seems as though the Titans are ready to move on from Jake Locker this offseason. Manziel, while polarizing, is one of the most exciting prospects of the class and brings a dynamic quality to the offense.
12. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Questions have arisen towards the end of the season regarding Evans’ separation abilities, but who needs those when you can out-jump any defender? The Rams would be glad to have him aboard.
13. New York Giants: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Another offensive line-needy team, the Giants would be ecstatic to see a talent like Robinson fall into their laps. A late-season stud, he’s shooting up draft boards and looks like a Day 1 lock.
14. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
If Geno Smith is ever going to succeed in this Jets offense, he needs more weapons around him. Bringing Lee in would give him a terrific target to throw to.
15. San Diego Chargers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
A fast-rising stud in the 2014 class, Dennard would bring physicality and man coverage skills to a Chargers secondary that is seriously lacking in both at this point in the season.
16. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
With Jermichael Finley likely done in Green Bay (or the NFL) and no reliable replacement, the Packers must find a new weapon for Aaron Rodgers to work with from the tight end spot.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
A proven playmaker with plenty of production to his name, Robinson would be a terrific compliment to the speed that Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones bring to the table.
18. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Bears’ defensive line needs more depth and flexibility, and having Tuitt on the roster would boost both aspects while giving Chicago a physical presence along the front four.
19. Detroit Lions: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
No matter what they do at the position, the Lions can’t seem to get any sort of consistent play from their cornerbacks. Adding Verrett to the mix would certainly help moving forward.
20. Dallas Cowboys: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
The Cowboys have suffered from a lackluster defensive front all season long, but the addition of the disruptive Sutton would do wonders for their ability to slow opposing offenses in 2014.
21. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
Following their midseason drama, the Dolphins were faced with numerous question marks along the offensive line. The young, raw Erving has the answers.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
One of the Eagles’ biggest weaknesses this season has been their secondary, which needs an upgrade or two. Gilbert has flown up draft boards in the last couple of months, and seems like a great fit for Philly.
23. Arizona Cardinals: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
Even if Carson Palmer has another season or two in his arm, the Cardinals need to plan for the future. Fales is an intriguing prospect with all of the tools to develop into an NFL starter.
24. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
With their new quarterback in place, the Browns need to keep him protected. They already have Joe Thomas on one end, and now get an outstanding blocker on the other end in Ogbuehi.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
With so much uncertainty surrounding the cornerback spot, the Bengals would be wise to snag one early during the draft. Ekpre-Olomu would help give them a brighter future at the position.
26. Carolina Panthers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Mike Mitchell hasn’t exactly been an impactful player for the Panthers this season. If their defense is already this good, imagine what it would look like with the best free safety in the 2014 class.
27. San Francisco 49ers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
All season long, the 49ers have suffered from a lack of reliable targets for Colin Kaepernick. Having a sparkplug like Beckham to throw to will certainly help the young quarterback moving forward.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Since the loss of Tony Gonzalez, the Chiefs haven't had a dynamic talent at tight end. With Ebron a part of the passing game, Alex Smith would have less of an excuse when he underwhelms.
29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
It’s not very often that a Top 10 talent falls to No. 29, but leave it to the Patriots to scoop it up. Nix’s stock has fallen due to injuries, but there’s no denying he can be dominant for New England’s defense.
30. New Orleans Saints: Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
As good as their defense has been this season, the Saints could use an extra bit of pressure off the edge. Murphy is a big-time playmaker who can play either defensive end or outside linebacker in New Orleans.
31. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
The future holds some uncertainty for Sam backer K.J. Wright, who will need surgery to fix a foot injury. Mosley is a steal at No. 31 and who would fill in nicely and eventually take over for Wright.
32. Denver Broncos: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
One of the Broncos’ biggest weaknesses this season has been a lack of consistent pass rush. With Beasley in the fold, they’d have a reliable rusher opposite Von Miller capable of collapsing pockets.