Kayvon's 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
posted Jan 15 2014, 12:04PM
posted in NFL, Analysis

It's that time of the year again! Here is my first 2014 NFL Mock Draft. I went three rounds deep, and made the picks based on who I think the teams would take given their needs and the strength of the draft at those respective positions.

The 2014 NFL Draft is highlighted by a trio of pass rushers (JaDeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack) that will be Pro Bowlers and disruptive forces for years to come. 


*Disclaimer*
No mock trades were included when compiling this draft.

 

ROUND ONE

  1. Houston Texans: QB Teddy Bridgewater, 6'3", 196, Louisville – Safest QB; is truly dedicated to his craft, at worst will be a serviceable starter.
     
  2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): T Jake Matthews, 6'5", 304, Texas A&M – Need a tackle; current LT Jake Long tore his ACL & MCL & RT Rodger Saffold is a free agent and must be replaced.

     
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE JaDeveon Clowney, 6'6", 275, South Carolina – For a team that needs to generate more pressure, and was last in the league in sacks what better way to improve that than to add a 6'6" physical specimen who runs faster than most WRs? Like Manziel, I worry about his dedication to the game, but his Combine performance will make him the consensus #1 pick.
     
  4. Cleveland Browns: QB Johnny Manziel, 6'0", 210, Texas A&M – Browns seem to be enamored with Johnny Football, but before I would feel comfortable taking him he would need to prove he is willing to put in the necessary time off the field to be a NFL QB. 
     
  5. Oakland Raiders: WR Sammy Watkins, 6'1", 205, Clemson – Raiders have holes on both sides of the ball, but they also have lots of cap space, so why not take the best play maker in the draft? 

     
  6. Atlanta Falcons: DE Anthony Barr, 6'5", 248, UCLA – Falcons need to retool their defense, as a whole, but particularly their D-line. I can see him playing outside in a 34, but with the Falcons he will have his hand in the dirt full-time; Barr is going to be special.

     
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaners: DE Khalil Mack, 6'3", 248, Buffalo – Bucs need to generate more pressure and Mack is truly a beast. 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles are gaudy college numbers, regardless of the level of competition.

     
  8. Minnesota Vikings: QB Derek Carr, 6'2", 215, Fresno State – My top QB prospect in this class; happy feet in the pocket is a concern, but his quick release and strong arm reminds me a lot of Aaron Rodgers.

     
  9. Buffalo Bills: TE Eric Ebron, 6'4", 245, North Carolina – Ebron is a great athlete and the best TE prospect in the class; huge target with with big play ability - Vernon Davis is a natural comparison

     
  10. Detroit Lions: CB Darqueze Dennard, 5'11", 197, Michigan State – Lions need help in secondary and Dennard with his physicality would be a great fit.

      
  11. Tennessee Titans: QB Blake Bortles, 6'4", 229, UCF – New coach, new QB is usually the sequence; Jake Locker has yet to prove himself as a franchise QB, and is in the last year of his deal.
     
  12. NY Giants: T Greg Robinson, 6'5", 320, Auburn – Offensive line needs help all over, but Giants will be lucky if Robinson falls out of Top 10.
     
  13. St. Louis Rams: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, 6'1", 210, Alabama – Rams need help all across secondary, and Clinton-Dix is the best safety in a shallow safety class.
     
  14. Chicago Bears: LB CJ Mosley, 6'2", 238, Alabama – Bears have holes all over defense; Mosley flies all over the field making plays and will be asked to start immediately. 
     
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Louis Nix III, 6'3", 357, Notre Dame – Steelers need an anchor to their 3-4 D that has been missing since the departure of Casey Hampton.
     
  16. Baltimore Ravens: WR Mike Evans, 6'5", 225, Texas A&M – Big bodied WR will be perfect complement to Torrey Smith; Evans is a huge upgrade over Marlon Brown.
     
  17. Dallas Cowboys: DE Kony Ealy, 6'5", 275, Missouri – D-line was devastated by injuries in 2013 (DE Anthony Spencer, DT's Tyrone Crawford and Jay Ratliff didn't play a snap for the Cowboys all season); replacement to Ware needs to be found sooner rather than later, as well, so Ealy makes too much sense here.
     
  18. NY Jets: WR Marquise Lee, 6'0", 195, USC – Jets need a lot of help on offense, and Lee is as dynamic as they get in this class at WR.
     
  19. Miami Dolphins: T Cyrus Kouandjio, 6'6", 310, Alabama – Martin/Incognito debacle caused a huge hole along offensive line; Kouandjio got outplayed in Alabama’s bowl loss to Oklahoma, but overall had a great career in Tuscaloosa.
     
  20. Arizona Cardinals: T Taylor Lewan, 6'8", 315, Michigan – Cards need to replace Eric Winston; Lewan would pair with last year’s first round pick, Jonathan Cooper, to form a solid foundation for the Cards line for the foreseeable future.
     
  21. Green Bay Packers: DE Timmy Jernigan, 6'2", 292, Florida State – Packers have several big free agents (literally and figuratively) along their D-line (Mike Neal, BJ Raji, John Jolly, Ryan Pickett). So, depending on who the Pack bring back in 2014, Jernigan may be a vital cog along the front line in Green Bay.
     
  22. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Justin Gilbert, 6'0", 200, Oklahoma State – Eagles need to get better in secondary, and Gilbert is arguably the best CB in the draft.
     
  23. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Kelvin Benjamin, 6'5", 234, Florida State – Though Alex Smith is limited as a vertical passer, that doesn't change the fact that the Chiefs receiving corps is subpar, at best. Enter Benjamin, with his huge frame he will bring an added dimension to the KC offense. 
     
  24. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Jason Verrett, 5'10", 176, TCU – Terence Newman is going to be 36, Pacman Jones will be 31 and former first rounder Dre Kirkpatrick hasn’t lived up to the billing, so Verrett would be a smart pick here.
     
  25. San Diego Chargers: LB Ryan Shazier, 6'2", 222, Ohio State – Bolts will be lucky to land Shazier at this spot; I expect him to rise after the Combine since his 40 time should be in the 4.4s.
     
  26. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis): G David Yankey, 6'5", 311, Stanford – Browns desperately need to improve the guard position, and Yankey is best in the draft. Perfect match.
     
  27. New Orleans Saints: T Zack Martin, 6'4", 308, Notre Dame – Saints likely will need another tackle with Zach Strief and Charles Brown possibly gone, both are free agents.  
     
  28. Carolina Panthers: WR Allen Robinson, 6'3", 210, Penn State – Carolina needs to provide Cam Newton with better weapons in the passing game (Steve Smith will be 35 and Brandon LaFell is a FA)
     
  29. New England Patriots: TE Jace Amaro, 6'5", 260, Texas Tech – Gronk’s banged up & Hernandez’s locked up, time to find another TE for Brady in New England.  
     
  30. San Francisco 49ers: CB Lamarcus Joyner, 5"8, 190, Florida State – Joyner’s versatility playing outside, nickel and safety will make him invaluable in the NFL; height (5'8") may cause some teams to pass on him.    
     
  31. Denver Broncos: DE/OLB Trent Murphy, 6'6", 261, Stanford – Led the nation in sacks (15) and will provide a dangerous pass rushing duo paired alongside Von Miller in Denver.
     
  32. Seattle Seahawks: G Cyril Richardson, 6'5", 335, Baylor – Hawks look to have holes at guard and tackle heading into 2014. Richardson is a mauler and will provide an immediate upgrade over Paul McQuistan, but I worry if Richardson will have the lateral quickness to play in Seattle's zone blocking scheme.

    ​​​ROUND TWO
     
  33. Houston: DE RaShede Hageman, Minnesota
  34. Washington: OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
  35. Cleveland: RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
  36. Oakland: DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
  37. Atlanta: DT/DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame 
  38. Tampa Bay: G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA 
  39. Jacksonville: RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
  40. Minnesota: G Anthony Steen, Alabama
  41. Buffalo: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
  42. Tennessee: RB Tre Mason, Auburn  
  43. NY Giants: G Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State
  44. St. Louis: CB Marcus Roberson, Florida  
  45. Detroit: WR Odell Beckam Jr., LSU  
  46. Pittsburgh: WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt 
  47. Dallas: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
  48. Baltimore: T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
  49. NY Jets: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
  50. Miami: S Ed Reynolds, Stanford  
  51. Chicago: OLB Dee Ford, Auburn   
  52. Arizona: LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
  53. Green Bay: TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
  54. Philadelphia: S Deone Bucannon, Washington State  
  55. Cincinnati: DE Trevor Reilly, Utah  
  56. San Francisco (via Kansas City): C Travis Swanson, Arkansas
  57. San Diego: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State
  58. New Orleans: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech   
  59. Indianapolis: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
  60. Carolina: T Jack Mewhort, Ohio State
  61. San Francisco: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
  62. New England: DE/DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
  63. Denver: LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
  64. Seattle: WR Jarvis Landry, LSU  

    ROUND THREE
     
  65. Houston: LB Christian Jones, Florida State  
  66. Washington: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State  
  67. Oakland: QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU
  68. Atlanta: DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State
  69. NY Jets (via Tampa Bay): RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
  70. Jacksonville: QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
  71. Cleveland: WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
  72. Minnesota: CB Louchiez Purifoy, Florida
  73. Buffalo: T James Hurst, North Carolina
  74. NY Giants: WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson
  75. St. Louis: CB EJ Gaines, Missouri  
  76. Detroit: TE CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa
  77. San Francisco (via Tennessee): S Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
  78. Dallas: DT Dominique Easley, Florida
  79. Baltimore: DE/OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
  80. NY Jets: G/T Joel Bitonio, Nevada
  81. Miami: G Chris Watt, Notre Dame
  82. Chicago: CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
  83. Cleveland (via Pittsburgh): OLB Marcus Smith, Louisville  
  84. Arizona: QB Brett Smith, Wyoming
  85. Green Bay: OLB Michael Sam, Missouri
  86. Philadelphia: WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
  87. Kansas City: S Dion Bailey, USC  
  88. Cincinnati: DE Chris Smith, Arkansas
  89. San Diego: CB Keith McGill, Utah
  90. Indianapolis: DE Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
  91. New Orleans: OLB Telvin Smith, Florida State
  92. Carolina: S Craig Loston, LSU  
  93. New England: C Weston Richburg, Colorado State
  94. San Francisco: WR Josh Huff, Oregon
  95. Denver: CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma*   CB Victor Hampton, South Carolina  
  96. Minnesota (via Seattle): QB AJ McCarron, Alabama

 

* Tore ACL at Senior Bowl 

Kayvon Padidar
I am 24 years old and a military veteran. I recently graduated from The Ohio State University and was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I am a sports...





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