Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) runs off the field after the second quarter of the Capital One Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Jadeveon Clowney: Are 2014 NFL Draft Projections Too High?

Jadeveon Clowney will be looked at as a top-five prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft until May, but is it possible that he could fall outside of the top-10?

Here’s a look at a scenario that might fall into place once team’s are able to take the stage at Radio City Music Hall.

1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

5. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

8. Minnesota Vikings: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, EIU

9. Buffalo Bills: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Is the above “mock draft” likely to happen? Probably not. The point is, it can…very easily.

Looking at 1-7, it all makes sense. Teams will draft according to need in this draft, and that’s exactly what happens here. Looking at Minnesota, do they really have another choice? Unless the Vikings trade up with St. Louis, it seems as though they have to reach for a quarterback. Don’t forget – Minnesota is no stranger to reaching for quarterbacks – they went after Christian Ponder very high in 2011.

Mack going before Clowney makes perfectly good sense, contrary to what many might believe. Is Clowney more talented? Yes. Is Mack a safer selection? Absolutely.

Mack’s skill-set isn’t as fine-tuned as Clowney’s, but it’s not as far away as many project. Teams are taking a risk selecting the South Carolina playmaker, something that might scare a team like the Bills away. Mack is a home-town guy, he absolutely lit up the highlight reels throughout his college career, and he doesn’t have the type of question marks that Clowney has.

If this does turn out to be a “draft by need” type of draft, Clowney might end up slipping down the list. Often times, team need will outweigh talent. Don’t look now, but it might be a long first round for the former South Carolina playmaker.

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  • Victor streetz

    The Vikings will never draft jimmy that high he’s not a 1st round grade your idiot….Lol

  • Victor streetz

    If Clowney some how drops to the 8th pick the Vikings will never pass up a freak of nature but he won’t get out of the top 5

  • Kyle Smith

    Absolutely no way on earth that Clowney gets passed by the top 5 let alone top 10 teams…

    Where is the logic in this? He is the best player in the draft. 10 teams aren’t going to pass him by.

    I’m a minnesota fan, and we have major DE questions. The fact that you said we’d reach again for a QB, is absurd. Especially if Clowney was available at the #8 pick that would be a STEAL considering our current defensive situation. Especially when this draft is so stock full of QB’s. We could easily land AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray, Tahj Boyd etc in the later rounds.

    Not trying to trash your ideas or efforts here but there is no way this happens. Absolutely no way.

    • Joe Wedra

      Hey Kyle,
      This isn’t my projection at all, simply a possibility. I even said that this isn’t likely, it’s just something to think about that’s all. This is for some thoughts like these. Let’s think about the possibility of this and weigh if it’s a possibility or not.
      It probably isn’t, but at-least we’re think about all of the “what-if’s” and looking at every possible scenario.
      Thanks for the comment and I hope you decide to keep reading!