2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full Seven-Round Projection
Mocking All Seven Rounds
With the NFL season drawing closer to its end and college football wrapped up, the draft season is upon us and it’s time for more coverage of the top prospects than one human can possibly handle. One of the best ways to get your fix of 2014 NFL Draft coverage is via a mock draft.
Except this is a seven-round mock, including all 224 current picks from all 32 teams.
While it’s far too soon to even come close to effectively predicting where this year’s crop of prospects will land, a seven-round mock draft gives us an opportunity to see what each team’s needs are and where the biggest names in college football could land based on their current stock.
It’s also an opportunity to let your imagine run wild. What would it be like if Johnny Manziel was playing for the Minnesota Vikings? Or if Darqueze Dennard was intercepting passes as a part of the San Diego Chargers’ secondary? Maybe even Jace Amaro catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady? So many possibilities to mull over in the next four months – that’s what makes the NFL Draft so exciting.
Here’s a look at all seven rounds of the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and the players who I believe will come off the board before all is said and done.
Be aware that there will be more draft picks once all of the compensatory picks are announced in the next couple of months. Only underclassmen who have declared or are expected to declare are included in this mock draft.
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
While there are plenty who don’t like Bridgewater, it’s hard to imagine the Texans going any other direction with this pick considering their question marks at quarterback.
2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Imagine an offensive line with Jake Long on one end and Matthews on the other. It would make it much easier for the Rams to protect Sam Bradford after he returns from his torn ACL.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Jaguars desperately need to find a way to sell tickets moving forward. What better way to fill the seats than adding one of the most electrifying prospects of the 2014 class. Plus, it addresses their biggest need.
4. Cleveland Browns: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
At this point, it’s hard to see the Browns passing up on arguably the best talent in the class. Clowney isn’t a quarterback, but would bring a dynamic dimension to the Cleveland pass rush.
5. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
It’s clear the Raiders aren’t sold on either of their two quarterbacks after subpar performances down the stretch. Carr is an exciting prospect who can step in and start from Day 1.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
The Falcons will continue to live at the bottom of the NFC South barrel if they don’t address the pass rush this offseason. Mack is a rising star who excels at getting to the quarterback.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
One of the most electrifying players of the 2014 class, Watkins has the ability to be a dynamic receiver. Teamed with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, Watkins would take the NFL by storm.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
No matter what they do this offseason, the Vikings need to put a new quarterback under center in 2014. Bortles is the best passer available, and brings the athleticism we’re seeing throughout the modern NFL.
9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
An intriguing talent with the physical tools to be a star, Barr still has a lot of ground to gain before he’s a true weapon in the NFL. The potential is definitely there, though, for him to be a difference-maker.
10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
A shutdown cornerback with unparalleled aggressiveness, Dennard can shine in coverage and against the run. The Lions desperately need an upgrade, and found one right down the street.
11. Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
While middle linebacker isn’t their biggest concern, Mosley would easily upgrade the spot. He’s a Top 10 talent who would bring a physical presence and leadership to a young Tennessee defense.
12. New York Giants: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Considered by some to be one of the best tackle prospects in recent history, Robinson could come off the board much sooner than this. The Giants immediately find themselves a franchise left tackle.
13. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
No matter how many draft picks the Rams have invested in receivers in recent years, Evans is too good to pass up. He’d provide Bradford with a big target to throw to who always comes down with the ball.
14. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Bears need a big, dominant defensive lineman who can be a difference-maker on every down. With Henry Melton injured and headed for free agency, Tuitt would be welcomed into that role.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
If there’s one team that needs a left tackle, it’s the Steelers. The position was a carousel this season, but bringing a player like Kouandjio into the fold would certainly help keep Ben Roethlisberger upright.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
An underrated playmaker, Robinson is a deadly weapon with the ball in his hands. Along with Torrey Smith and a healthy Dennis Pitta, Robinson would remove all excuses for Joe Flacco.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
As we saw this season, the Cowboys need a lot of help along the defensive line. Nix is among the best in the nation at disrupting offenses, which is why he’s such a great fit for Dallas.
18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Before the Jets decide to throw in the towel with Geno Smith, they need to give him more weapons to work with. Lee is a dynamic receiver who can go the distance every time he touches the ball.
19. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
A rising star who possesses outstanding athleticism and footwork, Erving has the tools to be a starter on the blindside from Day 1. With so many problems along the line, the Dolphins seem to be a great fit.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
It looks like character issues will drop Lewan down the first round, but it’s hard to ignore his natural talent. Big bodied and very strong, the former Wolverine can be mauler at the next level.
21. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Arguably the best tight end in the 2014 class, Amaro is an outstanding weapon in the passing game. While his blocking needs some work, Aaron Rodgers would love to him stretching the seam in Green Bay.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
A close second to Dennard for the top cornerback ranking, Gilbert possesses similar physicality and coverage prowess. The Eagles boasted a subpar secondary, but would get better with this pick.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Since the departure of Tony Gonzalez so many years ago, the Chiefs have been missing an impact tight end. Ebron makes plays all over the field, and would be a valuable weapon for Alex Smith.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
As good as the Bengals defense has been this season, it can always get better. With James Harrison growing old, Cincinnati needs a replacement and Shazier seems like a solid choice.
25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Chargers have fielded one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and that needs to change. Verrett is small, but brings outstanding instincts and coverage abilities to the table.
26. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, OLB, Missouri
Another underrated talent who excels at getting to the quarterback, Ealy won’t wait long to make an impact at the next level. He’s a great fit for the Saints’ 3-4 defense and should rack up sacks quickly.
27. San Francisco 49ers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Despite spending numerous picks on the position, the 49ers are still thin at receiver. Beckham is a proven playmaker who does a great job of getting open and picking up yards after the catch.
28. Cleveland Browns: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
The Browns need a franchise quarterback after watching Brandon Weeden quickly develop into a bust. Mettenberger is recovering from an ACL tear, but has the tools to be an NFL starter.
29. Carolina Panthers: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
This season, the Panthers have fielded one of the best defenses in the league. The cornerback position, however, might need an upgrade this offseason. Gaines has the talent to contribute immediately.
30. New England Patriots: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
When it comes to the Patriots defense, versatility is key. Jernigan has the tools to play all along the defensive line, and has shown recently that he’s capable of being a disruptive force.
31. Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
Whenever Von Miller isn’t on the field, the Broncos struggle to pressure opposing passers. Murphy is a terrific pass rusher as well as run defender who makes plays with smarts and instincts.
32. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, G, Stanford
All season long, the Seahawks have been hindered by a lack of offensive line depth. By bringing Yankey aboard, Seattle would suddenly have an elite backup who can push the starters for serious playing time.
|33||HOU||G Cyril Richardson||Baylor|
|34||WAS||ILB Shayne Skov||Stanford|
|35||CLE||RB Lache Seastrunk||Baylor|
|36||OAK||FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||Alabama|
|37||ATL||DT Aaron Donald||Pitt|
|38||TB||TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins||Washington|
|39||JAC||RB Tre Mason||Auburn|
|40||MIN||DT Ra'Shede Hageman||Minnesota|
|41||BUF||OT Antonio Richardson||Tennessee|
|42||TEN||QB Tajh Boyd||Clemson|
|43||NYG||WR Kelvin Benjamin||Florida State|
|44||STL||OLB Adrian Hubbard||Alabama|
|45||DET||WR Brandin Cooks||Oregon State|
|46||PIT||WR Jordan Matthews||Vanderbilt|
|47||DAL||OLB Michael Sam||Missouri|
|48||BAL||OT La'el Collins||LSU|
|49||NYJ||G Zack Martin||Notre Dame|
|50||MIA||Gabe Jackson||Mississippi State|
|51||CHI||CB Loucheiz Purifoy||Florida|
|52||ARI||QB Brett Smith||Wyoming|
|53||GB||DT Will Sutton||Arizona State|
|54||PHI||WR Jarvis Landry||LSU|
|55||SF||CB Bradley Roby||Ohio State|
|56||CIN||CB Terrance Mitchell||Oregon|
|57||SD||WR Davante Adams||Fresno State|
|58||NO||OT James Hurst||North Carolina|
|59||SF||RB Ahmad Dixon||Baylor|
|60||IND||FS Calvin Pryor||Louisville|
|61||CAR||WR Paul Richardson||Colorado|
|62||NE||TE C.J. Fiedorowicz||Iowa|
|63||DEN||ILB Christian Jones||Florida State|
|64||SEA||OLB Vic Beasley||Clemson|
|65||HOU||OLB Kyle Van Noy||BYU|
|66||WAS||WR Bruce Ellington||South Carolina|
|67||OAK||DE Chris Smith||Arkansas|
|68||ATL||TE Arthur Lynch||Georgia|
|69||NYJ||CB Lamarcus Joyner||Florida State|
|70||JAC||DE Scott Crichton||Oregon State|
|71||CLE||ILB Yawin Smallwood||Connecticut|
|72||MIN||G Xavier Su'a-Filo||UCLA|
|73||BUF||SS Deone Bucannon||Washington State|
|74||NYG||TE Marcel Jensen||Fresno State|
|75||STL||CB Kyle Fuller||Virginia Tech|
|76||DET||OT Jake Mewhort||Ohio State|
|77||SF||DT Ego Ferguson||LSU|
|78||BAL||C Travis Swanson||Arkansas|
|79||DAL||WR Robert Herron||Wyoming|
|80||NYJ||WR Donte Moncrief||Ole Miss|
|81||MIA||RB Ka'Deem Carey||Arizona|
|82||CHI||FS Dion Bailey||USC|
|83||CLE||WR Jared Abbrederis||Wisconsin|
|84||ARI||RB Andre Williams||Boston College|
|85||GB||OLB Dee Ford||Auburn|
|86||PHI||FS Terrance Brooks||Florida State|
|87||SF||C Tyler Larsen||Utah State|
|88||CIN||FS Marqueston Huff||Wyoming|
|89||SD||DE Trevor Reilly||Utah|
|90||NO||FS Nickoe Whitley||Mississippi State|
|91||SF||OT Joel Bitonio||Nevada|
|92||IND||ILB Chris Borland||Wisconsin|
|93||CAR||OT Seantrel Henderson||Miami (FL)|
|94||NE||WR Mike Davis||Texas|
|95||DEN||RB Charles Sims||West Virginia|
|96||MIN||RB Marion Grice||Arizona State|
|97||HOU||RB Carlos Hyde||Ohio State|
|98||WAS||G Anthony Steen||Alabama|
|99||ATL||RB Storm Johnson||UCF|
|100||TB||DE Marcus Smith||Louisville|
|101||JAC||OT Billy Turner||North Dakota State|
|102||CLE||G Ryan Groy||Wisconsin|
|103||OAK||ILB Jordan Zumwalt||UCLA|
|104||MIN||ILB Max Bullough||Michigan State|
|105||BUF||G Jon Halapio||Florida|
|106||STL||QB Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois|
|107||DET||OLB Boseko Lokombo||Oregon|
|108||TEN||OT JuWuan James||Tennessee|
|109||NYG||DE Jackson Jeffcoat||Texas|
|110||DAL||OT Morgan Moses||Virginia|
|111||NYJ||SS Craig Loston||LSU|
|112||MIA||ILB Lamin Barrow||LSU|
|113||CHI||DT DaQuan Jones||Penn State|
|114||PIT||CB Aaron Colvin||Oklahoma|
|115||JAC||WR Brandon Coleman||Rutgers|
|116||ARI||TE Joe Don Duncan||Dixie State|
|117||GB||DE George Uko||USC|
|118||PHI||G Kadeem Edwards||Tennessee State|
|119||KC||QB David Fales||San Jose State|
|120||CIN||QB A.J. McCarron||Alabama|
|121||SD||OLB Jeremiah Attaochu||Georgia Tech|
|122||NO||C Weston Richburg||Colorado State|
|123||SF||QB Aaron Murray||Georgia|
|124||CLE||FB Jay Prosch||Auburn|
|125||CAR||OLB Jordan Tripp||Montana|
|126||NE||DE Josh Mauro||Stanford|
|127||DEN||DT Calvin Barnett||Oklahoma State|
|128||SEA||WR L'Damian Washington||Missouri|
|129||HOU||SS Jimmie Ward||Northern Illinois|
|130||WAS||DE Demarcus Lawrence||Boise State|
|131||TB||G Brandon Linder||Miami (FL)|
|132||JAC||CB Pierre Desir||Lindenwood|
|133||CLE||RB Bishop Sankey||Washington|
|134||SEA||TE Xavier Grimble||USC|
|135||ATL||OT Wesley Johnson||Vanderbilt|
|136||MIN||CB Vic Hampton||South Carolina|
|137||BUF||CB Keith McGill||Utah|
|138||JAC||SS Hakeem Smith||Louisville|
|139||TEN||CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste||Nebraska|
|140||NYG||G Chris Watt||Notre Dame|
|141||STL||SS Anthony Harris||Virginia|
|142||NYJ||RB De'Anthony Thomas||Oregon|
|143||MIA||OT Charles Leno||Boise State|
|144||CHI||QB Connor Shaw||South Carolina|
|145||PIT||FS Ty Zimmerman||Kansas State|
|146||DAL||G Brandon Thomas||Clemson|
|147||JAC||RB Antonio Andrews||Western Kentucky|
|148||ARI||DE James Gayle||Virginia Tech|
|149||GB||ILB DeDe Lattimore||USF|
|150||PHI||QB Stephen Morris||Miami (FL)|
|151||KC||DE Taylor Hart||Oregon|
|152||CIN||DT Dominique Easley||Florida|
|153||SD||CB Rashaad Reynolds||Oregon State|
|154||NO||DE Kareem Martin||North Carolina|
|155||SF||CB Chris Davis||Auburn|
|156||IND||WR Devin Street||Pitt|
|157||CAR||WR Ryan Grant||Tulane|
|158||PHI||ILB Preston Brown||Louisville|
|159||DEN||CB Jaylen Watkins||Florida|
|160||SEA||CB Antone Exum||Virginia Tech|
|161||HOU||OT Justin Britt||Missouri|
|162||WAS||CB Ross Cockrell||Duke|
|163||JAC||OLB Denicos Allen||Michigan State|
|164||CLE||WR Willie Snead||Ball State|
|165||OAK||CB Carrington Byndom||Texas|
|166||ATL||OT Kenarious Gates||Georgia|
|167||CHI||OLB Morgan Breslin||USC|
|168||MIN||DE Ben Gardner||Stanford|
|169||BUF||CB Marcus Roberson||Florida|
|170||TEN||DE Aaron Lynch||USF|
|171||NYG||OLB Christian Kirksey||Iowa|
|172||STL||G Dakota Dozier||Furman|
|173||DET||CB Bennett Jackson||Notre Dame|
|174||MIA||DT Kelcy Quarles||South Carolina|
|175||CHI||C Bryan Stork||Florida State|
|176||PIT||DT Caraun Reid||Princeton|
|177||BAL||TE Jacob Pedersen||Wisconsin|
|178||KC||WR Cody Hoffman||BYU|
|179||NYJ||OLB Ronald Powell||Florida|
|180||ARI||G John Urschel||Penn State|
|181||GB||DT Ryan Carrethers||Arkansas State|
|182||NE||C Marcus Martin||USC|
|183||KC||FS Kenny Ladler||Vanderbilt|
|184||CIN||CB Bene Benwikere||San Jose State|
|185||SD||OT Cornelius Lucas||Kansas State|
|186||NO||DT Daniel McCullers||Tennessee|
|187||SF||WR Jeff Janis||Saginaw Valley|
|188||IND||DE Larry Webster||Bloomsburg|
|189||CAR||FS Tre Boston||North Carolina|
|190||NE||TE Rob Blanchflower||Massachusetts|
|191||DEN||CB Ricardo Allen||Purdue|
|192||SEA||FB Trey Millard||Oklahoma|
|193||HOU||RB Jerick McKinnon||Georgia Southern|
|194||WAS||WR T.J. Jones||Notre Dame|
|195||CLE||ILB Glenn Carson||Penn State|
|196||OAK||DT Shamar Stephen||Connecticut|
|197||ATL||TE Jake Murphy||Utah|
|198||TB||OLB Prince Shembo||Notre Dame|
|199||JAC||TE Colt Lyerla||Oregon|
|200||MIN||DT Deandre Coleman||Cal|
|201||BUF||FS Elisha Olabode||TCU|
|202||NYG||C Gabe Ikard||Oklahoma|
|203||STL||G Antwan Lowery||Rutgers|
|204||DET||C James Stone||Tennessee|
|205||TEN||OT Jeremiah Sirles||Nebraska|
|206||DAL||FS Avery Patterson||Oregon|
|207||PIT||DE Brent Urban||Virginia|
|208||DAL||QB Keith Wenning||Ball State|
|209||IND||RB James Wilder Jr.||Florida State|
|210||NYJ||G Zach Fulton||Tennessee|
|211||MIA||DT Eathyn Manumaleuna||BYU|
|212||OAK||OT Austin Wentworth||Fresno State|
|213||GB||QB Jeff Mathews||Cornell|
|214||PHI||CB Marcus Williams||North Dakota State|
|215||DAL||DE I.K. Enemkpali||Louisiana Tech|
|216||CIN||ILB Keith Smith||San Jose State|
|217||SD||RB Tyler Gaffney||Stanford|
|218||SF||WR Jeremy Gallon||Michigan|
|219||SF||OLB Devon Kennard||USC|
|220||SF||QB Adam Kennedy||Arkansas State|
|221||SF||DE Cassius Marsh||UCLA|
|222||NE||G Austen Bujnoch||Cincinnati|
|223||DEN||CB Nevin Lawson||Utah State|
|224||SEA||SS Shamiel Gary||Oklahoma State|