2014 NFL Mock Draft: Entire First Round with Trades, Final Edition

Final First-Round Mock Draft with Trades

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It’s May 7 and the 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us. With all of the film watching, rumor swirling and speculation spreading out of the way, it’s time to get down to the real deal. There’s still a day left, though, so that’s more than enough time to get in one final mock draft.

With that in mind, here’s my final first-round mock draft, with trades included to add some extra sizzle.

1. Houston Texans: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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1. Houston Texans: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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The Texans start the 2014 NFL Draft off with a bang, selecting Mack instead of Clowney. While some might be surprised by this pick, Mack is arguably the best talent available, so it makes sense.

2. Atlanta Falcons (via WAS through STL): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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2. Atlanta Falcons (via WAS through STL): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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After watching Clowney slip to No. 2, the Falcons move up four spots to grab the elite defensive end. They immediately upgrade their pass rush and give themselves a brighter future.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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With Justin Blackmon unlikely to play much in 2014, the Jaguars need a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Watkins is a dynamic threat in the passing game, so taking him here seems logical for Jacksonville.

4. St. Louis Rams (via CLE): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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4. St. Louis Rams (via CLE): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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After moving down, the Rams move back up to snag Robinson. Not only do they net a couple of extra picks, but also get an elite offensive tackle – a position of serious need.

5. Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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5. Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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This seems to be the popular pick as of late, especially considering the Raiders’ need at receiver. It might be a stretch for Evans, but it’s worth the risk considering his upside.

6. Cleveland Browns (via ATL through STL): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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6. Cleveland Browns (via ATL through STL): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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Not only did the Browns move down, but they nabbed the player they were targeting all along. Now Cleveland has their face of the franchise and a legitimate quarterback at the helm.

7. Chicago Bears (via TB): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

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7. Chicago Bears (via TB): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

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Desperately in need of a legitimate safety, the Bears move up from No. 14 to select Clinton-Dix, this year’s top player at the position. Chicago can finally stop settling for mediocrity on the backend.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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Put simply, the Vikings can’t ignore the quarterback spot during the draft. While taking one in the first round is a risky move, Minnesota will be happy with what Bortles brings to the table.

9. Buffalo Bills: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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9. Buffalo Bills: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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Not wanting to reach on a tight end or receiver, the Bills instead go for value with Matthews. He’s a well-rounded blocker who can step in and start from Day 1 wherever they need him most.

10. Detroit Lions: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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10. Detroit Lions: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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While linebacker is far from their biggest need, the Lions aren’t going to reach here. Instead, they take Mosley, who can step in at any of the three linebacker spots and become a Pro Bowler.

11. Dallas Cowboys (via TEN): Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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11. Dallas Cowboys (via TEN): Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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The Cowboys have shown huge interest in Donald during the pre-draft process. So instead of letting the Giants get him at No. 12, they trade up and steal the defensive tackle away.

12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Based on what we saw last season, Eli Manning could use another weapon or two. With Donald off the board, the Giants choose to upgrade his arsenal with the seam-stretching Ebron.

13. St. Louis Rams: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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13. St. Louis Rams: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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One of the Rams’ biggest weaknesses last season was at cornerback, where they routinely got burned. By adding a player like Dennard to the mix, though, the chances of that happening again drop significantly.

14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via CHI): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via CHI): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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After missing out on Watkins and Evans, the Buccaneers move down and still grab a top-tier receiver in Beckham. Now Josh McCown will have more than just Vincent Jackson to throw to in 2014.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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As we saw last season, cornerback is a huge need for the Steelers. Although his injury history is concerning, Fuller is a special talent who could start from Day 1 in Pittsburgh.

16. Tennessee Titans (via DAL): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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16. Tennessee Titans (via DAL): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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The Titans manage to not only add extra picks to their 2014 haul, but also grab a player who fits their defense perfectly. Barr is still raw, but has the potential to develop into a devastating edge rusher.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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17. Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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While the Ravens need help at receiver, this loaded draft class allows them to go for an offensive tackle instead. They need a new starter at right tackle, and Lewan is a great value at No. 17.

18. San Francisco 49ers (via NYJ): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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18. San Francisco 49ers (via NYJ): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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The 49ers waited to see who slid, and traded up with the Jets to select Gilbert, arguably the best cornerback of the class. Their secondary needs a lot of help, and Gilbert can provide it.

19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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Even after free agency, the Dolphins have a number of concerns along the offensive line. Martin is the perfect fit because he’s extremely versatile, and can fill in wherever he’s needed most.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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After watching Bridgewater slide down the first round, the Cardinals get the biggest steal of the draft. Even if he doesn’t start right away, Bridgewater will be the best quarterback of the 2014 class.

21. San Diego Chargers (via GB): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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21. San Diego Chargers (via GB): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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With few options remaining at cornerback, the Chargers move up to take Verrett. While his size is a concern, he’d be the first shutdown cornerback for San Diego in some time.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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One of the Eagles’ biggest weaknesses in the passing game is inconsistency. In hopes of alleviating that issue, Philadelphia adds Cooks to the mix, who is as reliable as they come.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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23. Kansas City Chiefs: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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The Chiefs need a consistent playmaker who can step up when Dwayne Bowe is slumping. Robinson is an underrated receiver who can create sparks after the catch and is extremely productive.

24. Carolina Panthers (via CIN): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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24. Carolina Panthers (via CIN): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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After their offseason purge, the Panthers need a dynamic difference-maker at receiver. They start to fly off the board, so Carolina moves up to snag Latimer, who should become the No. 1 target right away.

25. Green Bay Packers (via SD): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

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25. Green Bay Packers (via SD): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

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The Packers slide down a few spots and still get their original target. Shazier is a gifted athlete with the skill set to kick down inside in Green Bay, which would immediately upgrade that position.

26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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The loss of T.J. Ward cannot be ignored. Even with Donte Whitner in the mix, adding an intimidating force like Pryor to the backend will keep the Browns’ defense running smooth in 2014.

27. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin, C, USC

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27. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin, C, USC

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In the biggest surprise of the first round, the Saints go center – much like the Cowboys did last year. Martin is a quick-riser who should help supplement the loss of Brian De La Puente.

28. Cincinnati Bengals (via CAR): Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

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28. Cincinnati Bengals (via CAR): Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

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The Bengals have serious concerns along the interior of the offensive line. After trading down a few spots, they grab Su’a-Filo, the top guard prospect who is a true road grader.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (via NE): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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29. Jacksonville Jaguars (via NE): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Instead of risking Carr going to the Texans at No. 33, the Jaguars move up with the Patriots to grab the best quarterback on the board. They can finally stop settling for Chad Henne under center.

30. New York Jets (via SF): Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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30. New York Jets (via SF): Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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After moving down and stockpiling picks, the Jets are in a perfect position to add some offensive firepower. With such a deep receiver class, they upgrade at tight end with the underrated Niklas.

31. Denver Broncos: Chris Borland, ILB, Denver Broncos

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31. Denver Broncos: Chris Borland, ILB, Denver Broncos

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Even though Borland isn’t a first-round talent, the Broncos' need at middle linebacker is too severe. Instead of waiting and hoping Borland falls to No. 63, they gamble at No. 31 and get their guy.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

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32. Seattle Seahawks: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

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The Seahawks love versatility and value, and get plenty of both here. Bitonio is an underrated talent who can play all along the offensive line, and Seattle could use help at a couple of positions.


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