Jan 18, 2013; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars new head coach Gus Bradley speaks as owner Shad Khan and new general manager Dave Caldwell listen during a press conference at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Trade Central Station

Trading has become a regular part of drafts.  With that in mind this 2014 NFL mock draft will offer some speculation on how they could impact the action.

#1 – Jacksonville Jaguars (from HOU) – Jadeveon Clowney

Trade yield:  Texans get JAX #3, 3rd round pick in ’14, 1st and 3rd in ’15

Gus Bradley made no secret of his growing fascination with Jadeveon Clowney and since his Jacksonville Jaguars have a wealthy of salary cap space and extra late round picks, they feel safe enough to aggressively pursue the highly talented defensive end.

#2 – St. Louis Rams (from WSH) – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn

With all the quarterbacks still on the board and Clowney gone, the St. Louis Rams will have a hard time trading down.  Instead they scoop up Greg Robinson.  The Auburn left tackle is already dominant against top competition and will only get better.

#3 – Houston Texans (from JAX) – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel dared the Houston Texans to pass on him.  In the end they don’t call his bluff.  They scoop the young quarterback and keep him in the state of Texas.  His mobility, leadership, confidence and poise will be welcome additions to their offense.

#4 – Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Ray Farmer said he had his eyes on one or two quarterbacks in draft.  If Manziel was one, Bridgewater should be the other.  Despite questions about his thin frame and quiet exterior, the Louisville quarterback is talented, polished, intelligent and a winner.

#5 – Oakland Raiders – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M

Jared Veldheer is expected back at left tackle but that won’t solve the offensive line problems for the Oakland Raiders.  Pairing him with Texas A&M star Jake Matthews just might.  The Aggies product has plenty of experience to go along with talent.

#6 – Detroit Lions (from ATL) – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson

Trade yield:  Falcons gets DET #10, 2nd round picks in ’14 and 2nd in ’15

Nobody would expect the Detroit Lions to be so aggressive but the facts are clear.  Their roster is ready for a Super Bowl run.   All they need a couple missing pieces.  Putting the dynamic Sammy Watkins across from Calvin Johnson would solve one of those problems.

#7 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan

Lovie Smith is put into a dilemma.  None of the remaining pass rushers fit his 4-3 system very well and it’s too early to take a tight end.  So the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beef up their front with the strong and nasty Taylor Lewan.

#8 – Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF

No words were minced when it came to the Minnesota Vikings.  They fully plan to add a quarterback.  Blake Bortles has the size, the arm but most importantly the coolness under fire to become a fixture at the position for the next ten years.

#9 – Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo

Kiko Alonso could really use help up front while Mario Williams needs assistance carrying the pass rush.  Khalil Mack is talented and versatile enough to help the Buffalo Bills solve both problems.  Such players are very hard to come by.

#10 – Atlanta Falcons (from DET) –  Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA

Having gotten some extra picks the Atlanta Falcons knew they stood a reasonable chance of getting what they wanted, which was a tackle or a pass rusher.  Anthony Barr is long, athletic, explosive off the edge and instinctive towards finding the football.

#11 – Tennessee Titans – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State

If Ray Horton is planning a shift to the 3-4, and there is reasonable signs to think so then he is going to need reliable cornerbacks who excel in press coverage.  Justin Gilbert made that his M.O. at Oklahoma State thanks to speed, fluidity and good hand-eye coordination to steal the football.

#12 – New York Giants – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State

Lost in the situation facing the New York Giants is they stand to lose three cornerbacks to free agency on the current roster.  They need youth at the position.  Darqueze Dennard has what they want which is agility and length but also a good degree of intelligence to never get caught out of position.

#13 – St. Louis Rams – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama

Jeff Fisher has a good defense in place but he’s still lacking a true center fielder at safety who can take advantage of the St. Louis Rams pass rush.  Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix has the range, height and savvy in coverage to provide exactly what the team is missing.

#14 – Miami Dolphins (from CHI) – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Trade yield:  Bears get MIA #19, 3rd and 7th round picks

With a big overhaul to accomplish on defense, the Bears need more picks.  Surprisingly, the Miami Dolphins make a strong push to move up, claiming the last legitimate left tackle on the board.  Cyrus Kouandjio is still very young and raw but his physical ceiling is near limitless with enough coaching.

#15 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame

The corners are exhausted so the Pittsburgh Steelers instead look to solve their inconsistent run defense by adding nose tackle Louis Nix.  The Notre Dame product is tailor made for their defense with the size to swallow up running space and the quickness to eat up double teams.

#16 – Baltimore Ravens – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M

Joe Flacco did some of his best work when he had a big, strong target to throw to at wide receiver like Anquan Boldin.  Mike Evans has a 6’5″ frame but also the bulk to go with it.  He’s deceptively quick, can make tough catches and can explode up in the air for the football on money downs.

#17 – Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Controlling the line of scrimmage is crucial if the Dallas Cowboys want their defense to work.  Getting a defensive tackle who commands attention would be ideal.  Timmy Jernigan did every bit of that for Florida State, stuffing the run and creating problems for blockers in pass protection.

#18 – New York Jets – Marqise Lee – WR – USC

A dynamic threat on offense was something the New York Jets were missing most of 2013.  Marqise Lee can become that player for them.  His speed, agility and polished route running allow him to beat corner with regularity and take seemingly simple passes to the house.

#19 – Chicago Bears (from MIA) – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

Not only did they get a couple extra picks but the Chicago Bears also did the right thing by taking Kony Ealy.  Not only does he fill a big need on their defensive line with his athleticism and explosion off the edge, but it’s smart pick considering how thin the 2014 NFL mock draft is on defensive ends.

#20 – Arizona Cardinals – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn

The Arizona Cardinals can appreciate that sentiment too, but Dee Ford is much better suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker which the Cardinals badly need to help bring some pass rush off the edge.  That is what Ford does best.

#21 – Green Bay Packers – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville

Expected to use free agency to improve up front, the Green Bay Packers can then use the draft to bolster their secondary.  In need of a presence at safety, they scoop up Calvin Pryor out of Louisville.  Know for his physical tackling and hitting ability, he’s also come on quite quickly in his coverage responsibilities.

#22 – San Francisco 49ers (from PHI) – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota  

Trade yield:  Eagles get SF 3rd (94th) and 6th round picks

With so many picks to spare the San Francisco 49ers were bound to move up eventually.  They finally strike in a deal with Philadelphia to jump up and nab Ra’Shede Hagemen.  The Minnesota defensive tackle is still a work in progress, but his athletic potential could surpass any of the several Pro Bowlers already on the 49ers defense.

#23 – Kansas City Chiefs – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State

Speed rising in the draft and Andy Reid is one of those coaches who loves to have it on the field.  Brandin Cooks exhibited plenty of it all of 2013 for Oregon State.  He reminds many of All-Pro Steve Smith and it’s a piece the Kansas City Chiefs would love to add.

#24 – Cincinnati Bengals – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama

Once again the heady drafting continues for the Cincinnati Bengals who land a potential steal at #24 with C.J. Mosley.  The Alabama linebacker is not only atheltic and versatile, he is a leader on the field with great intelligence who can help in a myriad of ways.

#25 – San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Pass defense was a major problem for the San Diego Chargers all season and the main culprit was the cornerbacks.  They need better ones, period.  Jason Verrett is a little shorter than ideal but his natural skill in coverage shows up every time on tape.

#26 – Cleveland Browns (from IND) – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame

With their quarterback in house the Cleveland Browns have to make sure he’s protected in order to develop.  Zack Martin is a skill blocker out of Notre Dame with the technique to play tackle but the bend and power to become a stalwart at guard.

#27 – New Orleans Saints – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

The linebacker position wasn’t terrible for the New Orleans Saints in 2013 but they still could use a better presence on the outside.  Kyle Van Noy boasts loads of speed and elite-level instincts that make him an nuisance in coverage or rushing the passer.

#28 – Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

Cam Newton needs a serious upgrade at wide receiver if his Carolina Panthers want to take that next step towards a championship.  Kelvin Benjamin is not only huge at 6’5″ but he’s also sneaky fast and a serious danger at all levels of the field.

#29 – New England Patriots – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Tom Brady suffered a lot without having playmakers at tight end with the New England Patriots.  With Rob Gronkowski iffy moving forward, the team looks to add insurance with the athletic and explosive Eric Ebron out of North Carolina.

#30 – Philadelphia Eagles (from SF) – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Having gotten some additional draft help, the Philadelphia Eagles look to bolster their pass defense on the back end.  Marcus Roberson is not the most physical corner but his ability to cover man-to-man is ideal for their 3-4 system.

#31 – Denver Broncos – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

An inability to consistently rush the passer doomed the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.  Even with Von Miller due back they need to get more dynamic up front.  Stephon Tuitt is both big and fast, boasting the ability to move all around the line to create pressure from different angles.

#32 – Seattle Seahawks – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

Zach Miller has been adequate at tight end for the Seattle Seahawks but if they want to stay on top they should think about adding more playmaking potential at the position.  Jace Amaro has the size, speed and production to provide that.

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  • Ryan

    Good call on Texans and eagles trading down I agree with both of those. The Texans are in total rebuild so the more picks, this year and the next couple, the better. The Eagles are all about best talent available. More picks means more talent. The two teams taking their spots are good as well. The jags want clowney they have made that clear to this point. The 49ers have an abundance of picks so why not get who you want in the first round. Only problem with them is they may want to go higher. Otherwise good job

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you, Ryan.

      • Scott.

        Sorry my above question was for you.

    • Zachery Klausman

      Please explain how the Texans are in total rebuild mode? Lol

      • Ryan

        I should have said on offense. Rb is a ? Q is a ? Wide out is getting old and aside for one is a ? TE can’t stay healthy and is a you guessed it ? The o line sucks and gave up like a million sacks over the past two years. So I would say total rebuild but on offense. Their d is actually petty good despite having the first pick. I guess it true defense really does win championships

      • Ryan

        O and I almost forgot to add that stupid lol at the end so the texans offense is lol as a result of all that. They missed their window buddy don’t expect them to be good for another 2 years. LOL

  • Scott.

    Ryan just a question cause I’m not sure but giving up those picks seem a lot to move up 2spots. I know it’s the first pick but I’m curious what the trade chart(points per draft pick) say. The jaguars seem to be many years away and my personal opinion is they need to stay put, pick best player available and keep their picks. My question for you is do u see any chance that dallas/49ers make a similar trade like last year(2nd rounder this year Jerry).

    • Erik Lambert

      Everything depends on perceived value of the given player. Every draft is different. Clowney has the label of a once-in-a-generation talent. Therefore the demand for him will likely go up for teams in need of a pass rusher (and there are several). Jacksonville has proximity to the top, which will interest Houston and a host of later picks to soften the blow of the deal.

      • Gary Stewart

        fill a need or best player avail is also a toss up, there are teams that always do one, and teams that always do the other. the best drafting teams will do both at times. as long as after #42 the rams have added at least 3 starters i will be fine even if the dont trade and just hit 2 13 and 43.

    • Ryan

      Honestly it would not surprise me at all so yes I think they do

  • [email protected]

    Disagree with the Steelers selection of Nix at 15. IF Gilbert, Dennard, and Clinton-Dix are gone by then (which granted is possible and would be the worst case for Steelers) I don’t see us passing on the ‘tall WR’ that GM Colbert says is in the cards this year. That means Mike Evans, which isn’t a bad consolation prize despite our glaring need for help in the secondary.

    • Erik Lambert

      A fair point, it’s just I feel their run defense wasn’t where it needs to be in order to unleash that famous blitzing scheme. They were at their best when Casey Hampton was in the middle. Nix has that kind of potential.

      • [email protected]

        No doubt, I think we are all feeling the absence of Hampton now. Just seems like awfully high to take a nose tackle, and Nix fell off drastically last year after hurting his knee. Don’t know that a NT will be on the field for more than two downs and LeBeau rarely plays rookies (although that could change this year). Just seems that we could get this later in the draft vs. #15.

        • Erik Lambert

          True, but the corners and Clinton-Dix are off the board and you took a pass rusher last year. The only other area of the defense that needs a definite upgrade is nose tackle. Nix is the best on the board despite his recent injury. They could go for a receiver, but that and the corner classes are much deeper while finding a quality nose tackle will get much harder in later rounds.

          • [email protected]

            Wow, you guys must get tired of having people argue with you!!! :-) Anyway, not sure NT is the ONLY thing we need on D, although I agree with you that the Steelers are in better shape on D than most know. Our S and CB needs new blood for sure, and I think one of the 3 (Gilbert, Clinton-Dix, and Dennard) will be there at 15. All depends on Titans and whether or not they take a QB, which I think is a 50/50 shot. There are a lot of good CBs, but Gilbert in particular I think fits the mold of the prototypical long, rangy Steelers CB. With Nix, McCullers from Tennessee, Carethers from Ark State and Ellis from LA Tech we should be able to get a good NT in Rd 3 or Rd 4 and I think we have to get a NT for sure because it solves 2 problems at once (moving McClendon to his more natural position at DE once the NT is in place).

  • Casey Harris

    Worst draft day trade ever conceived. Epic fail from 3 to 1 overall. I feel much better when you actually think you know the Jaguars and stop mocking them.

    • Erik Lambert

      I know what I hear Casey and I hear Gus Bradley really likes Jadeveon Clowney. He’s a defensive coach. The Jaguars have a ton of cap space to address other problem areas and a host of mid to late round picks to fill out the depth with talent. It’s aggressive but it’s for a potential Hall of Fame caliber player.

      • Casey Harris

        I didn’t mean anything personally and I respect your opinion. Hell, I even agree with the player selected. Just not thrilled about giving up picks (to a division rival no less) that we so badly need to build the depth up on this team that so obviously needs it in the worst way possible. So, with that I commend you for taking the leap of faith on the trade up, but I wouldn’t hold my breathe for it when Houston will probably be taking a QB as they are built to win NOW as opposed to Jacksonville being 1-2 years out of even Division contention, let alone playoff contention. I feel pretty strongly Clowney will be available to us at #3, unless he runs a sub 4.4 forty next week.

        • Erik Lambert

          If Clowney doesn’t go #1 then I’m convinced the Rams will either get somebody to trade for him at #2 or simply take him themselves.

    • Gary Stewart

      actually the worst may have been the redskins decision to trade up to #2 with the rams who are still adding players and now have the #2 pick again 2 years later courtesy of the redskins terrible 2013 season as a result of the trade we have brockers jenkins bailey ogletree stacy (we also got pead and rok watkins one is gone the other is close to gone) and this year if we trade down we may add another 2-3 starters all from that one trade that was a monumental mistake by the skins!!

  • John Brodie’s Ghost

    There is zero chance of SF trading up to get a DL in round one. I can see them moving up to target either Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert, but a trade up to add depth at the D-Line? Ridiculous…

    • Erik Lambert

      Not just depth but a future starter in waiting. Justin Smith turns 35 this year, John. He’s not going to last forever. Hageman has the same size and strength but may actually be a better athlete than Smith, making him a perfect pick for them. After all, San Francisco built their strength on the front seven and the cornerback class is very deep this year.

      • John Brodie’s Ghost

        And they added a rejuvenated Glenn Dorsey and two studly young D-linemen in Tank Carradine and Corey Lemonier. They reeeally aren’t going to trade up for a DL in this draft.

  • dave

    No matter the QB on the board, the Vikings WILL NOT be taking one. Their first pick is guaranteed to be defensive. The QB they will hit on in round 2 thru 4…Carr, Fales, Garoppolo, Murray (who in my opinion is the most NFL ready QB in the Draft) But they are going to trade down probably between 11 and 15. I like Dennard, Gilbert, Hageman or Mosley

  • Gary Stewart

    well as a ram fan i hope we are able to trade down… if we cannot than robinson makes sense at 2 and i love dix at 13 to get a road grader for the offense and a center fielder for the defense would be great ! if they could trade down and still get robinson or matthews and dix plus add a pick or two it would be even better!!

    • Erik Lambert

      I know you do, Gary and there is a chance they could but I feel the early rush for Clowney might interest Houston to move first, which would off-set any hopes of St. Louis doing the same. They might be able to trade down from #13 on the other hand and still get Dix or Pryor.

      • Zachery Klausman

        I honestly feel like the Rams are the only team guaranteed to move down in this draft. The Texans need a QB and will not pass on Teddy Bridgewater would could come in for the Texans and lead them to a playoff birth like Andrew Luck. The Texans are very well equipped and Bridgewater could come in and manage the game and make the NFL throws or the Texans take Clowney off the board. The Jags will not trade up because they could go either way they have to many options at 3 and needs to match. Even if Clowney is off the table the Jags could still go after Mack or Barr or a QB which is needed also. I see the Rams trading with the Falcons for Clowney or another team like Cleveland who wants to land their specific QB.

      • Gary Stewart

        i wish it was as simple as that erik, but first i do not think dix and pryor are interchangeable the rams have settled in other instances , it never seems to work out too good and while adding a pick by trading down sounds good with chi dal pit all needing a safety no way do i recommend taking that chance no way!!

  • Rick Tilves

    Greatly Disagree on Nix to Steelers. Too Many Reportsth at he is fat/lazy and does not go full speed on every play. I and I think the Steelers are going Big WR. like Evans or Benjamin or maybe TE Ebron.

    • Erik Lambert

      Those can easily be smokescreens released by other teams, Rick. One thing that cannot be overlooked is the eye test. Nix is big but on tape he certainly doesn’t look fat. He’s tailor made for their defense and a nightmare to deal with due to his size-quickness combination. Imagine how much more dangerous the Steelers can be knowing he’s there to snuff out any hints of trying to run the ball. It could be Casey Hampton all over again.

      • Rick Tilves

        Erik Lambert, I guess we will just have to wait and see if it is smoke or Fire around Nix. I would still want that Big WR (or Ebron) to help Ben and Antonio Brown make the O. really Roll ! They can use the rest of higher picks on D. Just my opinion Erik.

  • Rick Tilves

    I think Steelers may go with Big WR like Evans or Benjamin or possibly Ebron to play with Heath Miller. The remainder of Draft they can pick up DEF. help.

  • Chris Osborne

    Yet again you are a moron. No way Jax gives up all that for a player that would fall to them and they keep all their picks. You have no clue what you’re doing. Nobody would give up that much to take a defensive end. I don’t care how much hype he has. Just flat MORONIC!!! The Jags have way too many needs to give up their first and second round picks. Especially when there is so much depth in this years draft on ALL the positions of need for them. Just go find a new job man you have no business doing mocks. Or just use the simulator and you’ll have better results.

    • Erik Lambert

      Yet again your name calling won’t affect me, Chris. I refuse to believe Clowney will make past the 2nd pick in the draft. He’s too talented. Either Houston or St. Louis will find a trade partner who will take him and if it’s not Jacksonville then the Jags will settle for a quarterback. I think Gus Bradley will feel the long-term potential of Clowney is worth the picks, especially since he has plenty of cash and late round choices to further upgrade the overall talent of the roster. Perhaps you should re-evaluate your assessment of how you treat people since it’s clear you probably don’t have a lot of friends.

      • Chris Osborne

        Pointing out someones lack of intelligence is not name calling. My point is being made by you for me. The point about Clowney is you don’t throw away the BUILDING OF YOUR FRANCHISE for a maybe guy. You have them just giving away all their building block picks for two years. Sure if they were a playoff team why not burn the picks. The fact is they are not. So there for you are wrong. If you did any real work besides blasting your lame opinion all over this site you might have some money to buy some friends or an education. I’d go with the education first if I was you. Gus Bradley doesn’t make the draft choices, but to prove you wrong again. Both Gus and Dave have said they want high character hard working football players. Guys that want to play just because they want to play. Which your buddy Clowney does NOT fit. I know I know it sucks being wrong be sure your “friends” bring you a fresh pillow for you to cry yourself to sleep.

        • Erik Lambert

          Wow. I have to say, Chris that you certainly bring a fresh approach to debating. Then tell me this. It’s clear you’re a Jaguars supporter (my apologies) and you clearly have the pulse of their team plans. So let me pose this to you. If you could trade an extra first and two third round picks for, say, Lawrence Taylor, Reggie White or Bruce Smith, would you do it? Let me stop you before you answer because nobody wants to hear it. Three picks is not the building block of a franchise. Clowney is one guy, sure, but he’s also the most talented prospect, offense or defense, produced in the last ten years. Players like that help a team win championships. Has Jacksonville ever had a player like him? Not to my recollection. High character players are all well and good but there comes certain times when a “slight” question of character is trumped by talent. Feel free to thump your chest and trumpet how right you are, but I know what I see. Bradley may not make draft choices but he runs the team and has big say in the types of players he wants. Clowney can be his building block for the next ten years. Yet you don’t think they should take him because it sacrifices three picks that are no guarantees to produce good players anyway. Sorry, but that’s way too short-sighted for me to fathom.

          • Chris Osborne

            Anybody would with hind sight, but you don’t give up the ability to build your team for one hit or miss guy. And as far as have we had any dominating DE’s. Yes we have. Paul Spicer, Tony Brackens, Renaldo Wynn, and Bobby McCray. Those are all just drafted guys that had double digit sack years. Clowney isn’t the be all end all fix for our pass rush. There are plenty of other players in this draft that can get the job done all the same. Some are even better. They just don’t have the media circus with them. You giving up not one, not two. but three “blue chip” players for one guy who has red flags is not a smart move for longevity.

        • Gary Stewart

          actually saying someone is a moron is name calling when you could have said something as simple as “you show a serious lack of intelligence in your comments” calling someone a moron sounds worse. but if you feel the need to use the word in context tell him his ideas are moronic.

  • DoubleD

    The Chiefs didn’t have problems scoring points over the last 4-5 games of the season. If Pryor or Mosley are still on the board, it’s hard to see them passing over guys who can improve their pass defense.

    • Erik Lambert

      Of course, but according to this mock both Pryor and Dix are gone, as are the best corners. Therefor adding a dynamic threat on the outside can’t possibly hurt.

      • DoubleD

        My bad, I thought I saw that Pryor was still on the board.
        Nevertheless, because the Chiefs run a WC-style, ball control offense, a TE like Ebron would add more horsepower than a wide out. Still, I think Mosley is the better fit because of his solid coverage skills and the fact that a longterm replacement for Derrick Johnson also needs to be considered.

  • jmover

    YOUR CRAZY AS HELL !!!! If you think Dave Caldwell the GM of Jacksonville is giving up that much to the TEXANS for them move up 2 spots to CLOWNEY !!!! What in the hell are you SMOKING—-GET OFF IT !!!!