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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Clowney Rises to Number One

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Greg Robinson runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Houston Texans — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans are in need of a QB, but with the questions rising of whether or not any of them are worthy of a number one selection, I think adding Clowney is a huge move for them. He’s undoubtedly the best player in the draft, in my opinion, and the Texans could look to other QB options at least for another year. They won’t be able to get a guy like Clowney again.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
After the athleticism he showed at the Combine, combined with his potential and size–not to mention the Rams’ need–Robinson seems like an ideal fit to be their new left tackle, or right tackle depending on the status of Jake Long.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars — Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Jaguars get the QB people are touting as the next Ben Roethlisberger, and he doesn’t have to go too far away from UCF. Bortles is an intriguing player and the Jaguars obviously need a QB of the future.

4. Minnesota Vikings — Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
**TRADE** The Vikings did a lot of wheeling and dealing last year, and I don’t think they are done yet. Rick Spielman’s butt is on the line, and he’s not going to let Christian Ponder put him out of a job. At least trading up and making a move for Bridgewater would symbolize a future for the Vikings.

5. Oakland Raiders — Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Raiders reportedly liked what they saw from Manziel. I personally feel like he has the highest ceiling of any QB in the draft but there are obvious risks. Putting him in Oakland is a questionable move but the Raiders need to take action to fix their QB spot.

6. Atlanta Falcons — Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo
Behind Clowney, there may not be a better defensive player in the draft. Some people even think he’s worthy of the number one pick. Mack is a pass rusher, and a really productive one at that. The Falcons’ defense would be immediately upgraded.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
This mock pick is assuming the Bucs release Donald Penn, but if they don’t I could also see them going with a WR here, or the best pass rusher. They could be in the market to trade up for Khalil Mack or Jadeveon Clowney. The Bucs get Jake Matthews, a guy who should be a starter at left tackle for a long, long time in the NFL.

8. Cleveland Browns — Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
**TRADE** In the trade down with the Vikings, the Browns get a big receiver in Mike Evans to complement Josh Gordon. That would give them two of the best young playmakers at the WR position in the league. They just need someone to get them the ball.

9. Buffalo Bills — Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Physically, Lewan is extremely impressive. He would be an immediate upgrade on the offensive line for the Bills and help protect E.J. Manuel, and if they can do that, they have plenty of speed and playmaking ability to get the ball to.

10. Detroit Lions — Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Pairing Sammy Watkins with Calvin Johnson seems like a luxury, but if Calvin goes down the Lions have really struggled. Getting an explosive playmaker like Watkins is a steal for Detroit.

11. Tennessee Titans — Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
The Titans upgrade their pass rush and LB position with the addition of Anthony Barr, who can be moved all over the formation. He was extremely productive in two years on defense at UCLA.

12. New York Giants — Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State 
Gilbert is an impressive athlete with great size who has a ton of potential at the next level. He’s got some work to do on his technique, but he is a playmaker with size and speed, and also gives added value in the return game.

13. St. Louis Rams — Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Rams have the pass rush, now they need to upgrade in the secondary a bit. They already have some nice young pieces but Cortland Finnegan’s play has significantly dropped off. Dennard was arguably the best player on the best defense in college football last year.

14. Chicago Bears — Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald isn’t a mammoth in terms of size, but he’s the best athlete of any defensive lineman in this draft, potentially even including Jadeveon Clowney. His speed, strength, quickness, and production are attractive to the Bears, and this is a great pick.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers — Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Nix is a space eater, but he’s also quick off the ball and can apply pressure from the nose tackle position. This seems like a perfect fit.

16. Dallas Cowboys — Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The run on DTs continues with the Cowboys taking Jernigan, a guy who can do it all from the defensive interior. He is still developing, but he has a ton of potential and could wind up being a dominant defender in the near future.

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  • Jared Mueller

    Just wondering what the Browns Vikings trade would entail in your mind. Browns get the Vikings second? Trade their later 3rd and #4 for the Vikings #8 and 2nd? Just wondering what the value is there.

    • Ken Tomlin

      Jared, it won’t happen, they’d have to give up their 2nd and VIKES would get Browns 4th. At least according to the draft trade chart. We’d be foolish to take a gamble like that. Our DEF is in waaaayyyy worse shape than our QB needs. If we don’t trade down( which I think we will) we’ll take someone on DEF at 8. Then we’ll look at QB in RD’s 2-4. My hope if we stay at 8, is we take Gilbert. Him with Rhodes and our CB issues would be fixed for the next 8-10 yrs.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        Plus, why should we trade up with two QBs still on the board at 4? It’s pretty likely the Raiders will grab one of the elite players available instead of take another QB.

  • Fangface

    Rams aren’t taking OT at 2.

    • Rees Britton

      If they stay at #2 they will take a tackle

      • Fangface

        18 yrs of Jeff Fisher says you’re wrong.

        • Rees Britton

          Once again, Fisher said the fact that none of his teams have taken a lineman in the first round in his nearly two decades as a head coach is more a matter of happenstance than design. “I have no reservation whatsoever,” Fisher said. “The only position I would not draft would be a punter or a kicker in the first round.”

          He hasn’t drafted a lineman because he either didn’t need one or had a more glaring need with the best player available fitting said need.
          If he doesn’t go OT – WR or flip those, he should be fired!

          • ricdram

            I agree RB. The Rams NEED Robinson @
            #2 more than Watkins.

          • Rees Britton

            A RB at #2??? lol… have you watched the draft in recent years?

          • Rees Britton

            Then maybe theyll draft a punter at 13!

          • ricdram

            Read AGAIN my agreeing with “YOU” :
            “I agree with YOU RB(ReesBritton). The
            Rams NEED Robinson @ #2 more than
            Watkins.”RB” = YOU. Not Running Back.

          • Rees Britton

            Hahahahaha. My bad bro!

          • Fangface

            Regardless of what fisher says, fact is they feel they can coach up there OL that’s why they haven’t drafted one early in 20 yrs. Don’t be surprised if we don’t again until the 2nd or 3rd rnds. Look at where the first two tackles off the board last yr rated at the end of the yr then lmk if you think we still can’t wait

          • Rees Britton

            Joeckel broke his ankle after making 5 starts and Fisher started 13 games and played pretty well I might add.
            Then lets not forget that Rams could lose as many as 3 starters from the offensive line, Jake Long had an injury late in the season and the salary cap isn’t your best friend this year… You ad in a make or break year for Bradford and why wouldn’t you try to keep him upright and give him an actual #1 WR to throw to… I highly doubt that they stay at #2 but even if they swap with ATL, we are right back to square one.

          • Fangface

            First fisher finished the yr rated as one of the worst RT in the league. Just cause you say it doesn’t mean it’s true. I get what you’re saying but Long and Barksdale are our tackles. They rated top 5 and 12 at there positions. Any tackle we bring in is moving inside. We’re not drafting a player at number 2 to play guard for two yrs when we have other pressing needs. Now if we do end up at six I think now you will see OL come into play but I still doubt it. No way does snisher let Clowney/Watkins go if we stay at 2. You said it yourself. #1 WR is what the Rams need…

          • Rees Britton

            I think the rating may be a bit harsh, especially for a rookie that started 13 games for a playoff team. Long is a great player, but he is going to miss most if not all of next season. Barksdale is a UFA after next year and you might lose both guards and center… I think O-line my be of some importance! There are a bunch of good receivers in this class, and lets be honest, you do not win in the NFL without a good o-line. Clowney is another one I just don’t understand them taking. You already have two really good DE, so why take a player that has question marks at #2 when you don’t need a player at that position? If they are going to go defense then Id say they trade down and get a DT, Safety, etc…

          • Rees Britton

            And out of last years first rounders, who had a real standout year?

          • Fangface

            Stop typing!!! Get your facts before you type again pls.. Long is on track and they are hopefull he’s back for the start of the season. Speculation is that if he misses it will only be a couple of games. As for Clowney. In that scenario were stuck at 2. And c’mon if you don’t already know. We already have two good DE?As far as WR. We can just pick anyone rt? If Watkins is that true #1wr the Rams have been looking for we should pass on him because there’s plenty of WR in this draft? Look I agree with you on the OL but it’s not happening with #2. I think we’re all hoping we trade back

          • Rees Britton

            Im not sure where you get off telling someone to stop typing… umm no thanks…
            My only problem with taking Watkins that early, is that you used the 8th pick last year on a WR. So now you go back to back… who are you guys, THE LIONS?
            And is watkins ready to be a true #1 in the league year one? WR is one of the hardest position to translate college success to nfl success right away. I mean look at Austin last year or Calvin Johnson’s rookie year. The more I look into it I don’t like Tackle either, so what would be their next need?

  • Old Frog

    Clowney with JJ Watt?!!! That would really be something every fan and every team could be jealous of.

    • Bugs Mahoney

      Every team would fear it for their qb’s sake.

  • TheTrueBlu

    You have Mike Evans over Sammy Watkins. Sammy Watkins is the better receiver by far.

    • Bugs Mahoney

      Browns trade for him, getting a player they want for scheme reasons I believe…

      • Aaron

        What I would like Cleveland to do:
        Resign Alex Mack
        Sign Jarius Byrd
        Sign Sam Shields
        Trade Rd. 4 pick 6 for Cousins, open competition with Hoyer
        Draft Khalil Mack at 4, Receiver at 26, Guard at Rd. 2 pick 3, RB at Rd. 3 pick 7 and possibly look for another Receiver or Linebacker at Rd. 3 pick 19.

        Farmer gets his boy Mariota next year if Cousins/Hoyer don’t cut it

  • Bugs Mahoney

    Manziel needs to learn to stay in the pocket. They better pray they can coach it outta him or he’s a dead man.

  • Ken Tomlin

    There is no way, the Vikings trade up for any QB!! For just the reason you said” Spielman can’t miss on a QB or he’ll be fired” ( my paraphrasing) Spielman has sd repeatedly he wants 10 draft picks, and with all the holes on DEF and with the ability to get a QB later, he won’t trade up. If they don’t take Gilbert at 8 or Mack, they’ll try to trade down. Probably somewhere from 13-19. Get an extra 2 picks( 2nd&3rd), take Gilbert( if he falls that far, but seriously doubt it) or Dennard/Pryor/Nix. If a QB they want is still there at bottom of 1, they’ll trade back into 1st rd, if not look for them to target a QB in RD 2 or RD3.

  • Sterling Archer

    Raiders aren’t taking Manziel, RM already stated that the only QB he think is 1st round material is Bridgewater…..

  • Juanito Juanito

    so, this mock draft means that the bears let go henry melton in free agency, good for cowboys, they could lock the interior of defensive line with melton and jernigan, awesome

  • Kyle Smith

    I would love to see my Vikings draft Teddy B. That part of the draft I would agree with and hope for vividly.

    However, Mike Evans over Sammy Watkins? Not so much… Not even close.