NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Updated: February 18, 2014

1. HOU – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Best overall player in this year’s draft. Texans need a franchise QB but instead decide to draft a dominate DE to pair with with Watt, Mercilus and company.

2. STL – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. Greg Robinson has a higher upside but Matthews is the more polished player right now. With 2 first round picks the Rams only need to go BPA here to be in good shape.

3. JAX – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Best QB in this year’s class IMO. Jags get their franchise QB and Bridgewater is a perfect fit for Jedd Fisch’s offense.

4. CLE – Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M. Despite the front office turnover I still think the Browns covet Manziel. Size and pocket presence is my biggest concerns but he has the talent of a top 5 pick.

5. OAK – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Raiders could go QB here but for a team that lacks a true #1 receiver Watkins is too good to pass up here.

6. ATL – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn. Huge upside but needs a lot of coaching up on his technique. Has elite LT potential.

7. TB – Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo. Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense relies on getting pressure with the front 4, Mack can help there.

8. MIN – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. The Vikings need a franchise QB and I think they reach here to fill that need.

9. BUF – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. Bills could go for a skill position player here but I think they take Mosley to pair up with Kiko Alonso.

10. DET – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Matthew Stafford loves to throw jump balls which Evans excels at. Number 2 receivers to pair up with Megatron.

11. TEN – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. The Titans are moving to a 3-4 and could use some help rushing the passer.

12. NYG – Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri. BPA at a position of need for the Giants. Pass rush was nonexistent for most of last season.

13. STL – HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. Most complete safety in this year’s class. Can play centerfield or in the box.

14. CHI- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Quick, pass rushing 3-technique to replace Henry Melton assuming he isn’t re-signed. If he is, they could go CB here.

15. PIT – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. Ike Taylor is getting up in age and has lost a step or two so he should be moved to safety. Verrett is small but has elite potential.

16. BAL – Marqise Lee, WR, USC. Joe Flacco needs weapons; Lee can be a solid #2 next to Torrey Smith.

17. DAL – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. For Cowboys fans hopefully Jerry Jones see’s the glaring need at DT.

18. NYJ – Eric Ebron, TE, UNC. Steal at #18, super athletic tight end who will be a matchup nightmare. Go to guy for Geno Smith.

19. MIA – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. The Dolphins offensive line was a mess last year. Need someone to protect Ryan Tannehill’s blindside.

20. ARZ – Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn. Situational pass rusher his rookie year who will eventually replace John Abraham.

21. GB – Jimmie Ward, S, NIU. Best man to man cover safety in this class. Packers desperately need help at safety.

22. PHI – Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech. Can rush passer, play in space. Versatile player that Chip Kelly will love. Eventual replacement for Trent Cole.

23. KC – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU. Dwayne Bowe had a down year and was not the #1 receiver Alex Smith needed. Beckham Jr. can develop into that; has dynamic playmaking potential.

24. CIN – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Leon Hall has torn his achilles twice in 3 years. Terrance Newman and Pacman Jones are getting up there in age.

25. SD – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. Tall, long corner. Questionable long speed but would be a day 1 starter in San Diego.

26. CLE – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU. Greg Little is too inconsistent to be a #2 next to Josh Gordon. I’m not as high on Benjamin as other but his size makes him a viable option.

27. NO – Lamarcus Joyner, S, FSU. Replacement for Roman Harper; can play free or strong safety and slot corner. Forms a good young tandem with Kenny Vaccaro.

28. CAR- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. Panthers could lose Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn in free agency. Big target for Cam who could become a #1 receiver.

29. NE –Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. Steal this late in the first round. Has the power and quickness to play NT or 5-techinque.

30. SF – Allen Robinson – WR, Penn State. Anquan Boldin and Mario Manningham are both scheduled to become free agents. I expect Boldin to be back, Robinson can sit and learn from him.

31. DEN- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame. Injuries and age make defensive end the Broncos biggest need.

32. SEA – Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame. Can play right tackle or guard which are two positions the Seahawks could upgrade.

Written by LaDarian Blake

Covering the NFL and NFL Draft. Currently attending Chesapeake college on the eastern shore of Maryland where I’m pursing a career in sports writing. Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers fan.