Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles throws the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Bortles is Number One


1. Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
The Texans are reportedly going with a QB with this pick, and unless there’s an upset between now and May, it looks like this pick will be Bortles. The recent trade of Matt Schaub to the Raiders seems to indicate the Texans are ready for their QB of the future and Bortles is the hot name as of now.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Rams will likely have some trade offers for this pick, especially if the Texans pass on Khalil Mack or Jadeveon Clowney. If they stay put, Watkins is a smart choice. He adds another dimension to the St. Louis offense.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo 
The Jaguars have significantly beefed up their defensive front in free agency, and that’s why they go with Mack here. Mack can play linebacker or end and give the Jaguars an enviable defensive pass rush weapon.

4. Cleveland Browns: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Browns pass on the available QBs to take a more talented overall prospect in Greg Robinson, who would help give them some of the best bookend tackles in the NFL potentially.

5. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Raiders have made some highly questionable moves this offseason, including a recent trade for Matt Schaub, the former Texans QB. Schaub will be the Raiders’ QB for 2014 but if he starts to flop they need a fallback plan, and they need a future solution. Manziel could be that guy for the Raiders.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
I could see the Falcons trading up a few spots to make this pick, because there’s no guarantee Clowney gets past pick #3, but if he were to fall to them they would likely jump for joy. He fills their biggest need in the pass rush department.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Bucs signed Josh McCown, and I don’t think that Mike Glennon is viewed by the new regime as the QB of the future. If they go into the draft with that as their belief, they need to snatch up a QB early on. Bridgewater is arguably the top QB prospect in this draft, so getting him here is seemingly good value.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Vikings just drafted Cordarrelle Patterson, but I don’t think they are done adding playmakers to their offense. With Greg Jennings also out there, adding Evans to a group that includes Adrian Peterson and Kyle Rudolph would give the Vikings an enviable set of young skill players.

9. Buffalo Bills: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matthews could push to be the starting left tackle in Buffalo and move Cordy Glenn to the right side, or he could be a dominant right tackle. This would be a great pick.

10. Detroit Lions: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan could push Riley Reiff over to the right tackle position, or he could simply step in and start there himself. I think the Lions need an upgrade at tackle in a bad way.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Moving to a 3-4 defense, the Titans need some more edge rushers. Barr has been one of the best in the country at doing just that over the last two seasons.

12. New York Giants: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Nix is an extremely athletic nose tackle who has great size and quickness, and could beef up a Giants defensive line that lost a huge piece (literally) when Linval Joseph bolted for Minnesota.

13. St. Louis Rams: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Rams come away from this first round with a playmaker on offense (Sammy Watkins) and a big time playmaker on defense and special teams in Justin Gilbert. Getting the best WR and CB out of this draft would be a nice haul for the Rams.

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald is as quick as they come from the defensive tackle position, and would give the Bears a powerful weapon up front to add to some of their other new toys defensively.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Steelers have lost Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders in the last couple of seasons, and with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton now the featured targets, adding Marqise Lee would give the Steelers an additional weapon in the passing game as well as the return game.

16. Dallas Cowboys: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
The Cowboys need to take the top defensive player available, which in this case is Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The problem is, Jerry Jones doesn’t usually have the same board as most draft analysts.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Ravens need a true #2 receiver of the future and Cooks can provide that. He has excellent speed, burst, and reliable hands. He would do well learning from Steve Smith.

18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Jets need to find a big time offensive playmaker with this pick, and Ebron has that potential. He has great speed from the TE spot and can be a versatile weapon for them.

19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Martin could start for the Dolphins year one as a right tackle or guard, and with the departing of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, they certainly need to look for some upgrades.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
It’s hard to pinpoint the Cardinals’ top need, but with the secondary they are putting together, why not add another huge piece to it? Pryor is considered by some the top safety in the draft, and adding him to a group that includes Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson, and Antonio Cromartie is an exciting prospect.

21. Green Bay Packers: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Packers need to add some punch to their defensive line, and Jernigan has some versatility in that regard. I think this would be as teal getting him at this point in the 1st round.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Dennard has fallen in this mock a bit, but he could go as high as the top 10 in the draft so the Eagles would love to snatch him up here. The Eagles had one of the league’s worst pass defenses last season.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU
Dynamic playmaker with strong hands who would add a ton of speed to the Chiefs’ offense. This would be a great pickup for them.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Physical cornerback who doesn’t have great size but can lock down opposing receivers at times. Has a chance to be a lock-down nickel corner if they choose to use him in that role.

25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Fuller is a guy that a lot of people are growing very fond of. He’s got all the measurables you look for at the position, and a very high ceiling.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns fortified their offensive line with their first pick, and here they get the QB they reportedly like the best. Carr has the strongest arm in the draft potentially and would love slinging the ball deep to the likes of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron.

27. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE/LB, Missouri
Big, athletic defensive end prospect could play down for the Saints or could potentially play some outside linebacker in Rob Ryan’s scheme.

28. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Panthers are desperate at receiver, and that’s what this pick reflects. Benjamin might be better value in the second round but Carolina can’t wait that long.

29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
The Patriots shored up their secondary with the additions of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, and now they need to upgrade the defensive line. Hageman has great value at this point and is a guy they could move around the line.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Tuitt is a prospect that I think could really fit well on the 49ers’ defensive front. It’s not their most pressing need but he’s an athletic big man who can upgrade their pass rush up front.

31. Denver Broncos: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Some might consider this the most ideal scenario for the Broncos in the draft, getting a guy in C.J. Mosley that was once thought to be a lock for the top 10 picks. If Mosley falls here, it would fill arguably the Broncos’ top need and give them the best player at the ILB position in the whole draft.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Seahawks continue to add speed and pass rush ability to their already talented defense. Dee Ford had a huge week at the Senior Bowl cementing his first round status.

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  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Packers may pick Hageman, Mosely or Beckham!

    • SayreBedinger

      I don’t see DT or MLB being even close to the top of the Panthers’ needs. Beckham would be great but he should be long gone.

  • aceside420

    Jets fan: but if cooks still there I rather get him in the #1rd if possible the best CB( that can play Pressman that got hands) available in the #2rd best tightend availabl #3rd the rest of the draft picks fill up holes like olb, s, or Rutgers wr Brandon Coleman my fault if I spell his name wrong I trust my gm 8)

    • SayreBedinger

      Wow you think so? I view the offensive side of the ball as the most obvious need area for the Jets. Playmakers needed at all positions.

  • Paul Engleson

    The Vikings will pick CB Justin Gilbert OSU NOT Mike Evens The Vikings need help in the Defensive Secondary Not WR I think they will pick a QB in the 2nd Round

    • SayreBedinger

      I think the Vikes have a solid young group started with Xavier Rhodes and Captain Munnerlyn but Gilbert is certainly a possibility.

      • Paul Engleson

        I still think back to the 49ers championship with their killer defensive secondary with Erick Davis & Ronnie Lott Et All You can never have enough good DB’s

      • Gary Stewart

        as a ram fan i would be fine with gilbert and if he is gone like most believe the rams most likely would go with haha dix and fix that gaping hole at free safety!!

  • Old Frog

    Bortles can’t possibly be number one with that tongue action.

  • Earl

    These mock drafts that have the Bucs picking a quarterback are reading the tea leaves all wrong!! No way Bucs pick a quarterback in the first round!! Best available player. Say you heard it here first. Look for Murray, the South Car quarterback, Wyoming QB or Fales.

    • SayreBedinger

      It is certainly possible if not undeniable that in this particular case Bridgewater would be–by far–the top player on the board.

      • Earl

        I posted this comment originally. Not sure why it says guest. Anyway, what I mentioned before, Matthews would be the pick based on best available player. The Bucs will draft a quarterback but the new GM states that it probably not the ones mentioned as first rounders.

  • Bob

    No way in HELL the Raiders take a QB at number 5. Try again.

    • SayreBedinger

      The Raiders are in the business of making terrible decisions, so perhaps you’re right.

      • Bob

        This would mean that needing depth everywhere, the Raiders would spend a number 1 and number 5 on a QB and $10M, plus whatever the number five gets on QBs. Why not stock the team this year and look at the QB of the future next year ala Seattle…

        • SayreBedinger

          I certainly wouldn’t discount taking a QB at #5, but I think there are options at this spot like you mentioned before. I could see this pick being traded if some team falls in love with a QB as you mention the Raiders have a ton of needs.

      • Mr. C

        It is obvious that journalists impartiality doesn’t exist with. It’s sad that your editor hasn’t seen this in your previous articles. All Davis has done more for the NFL than all but 1% of the owners today. He got old and made an few mistakes. But keep in mind it wasn’t to sell more tickets or to stroke his ego, it was too try to win the SUPER BOWL! What’s the excuses for the other 80% that are never trying to improve. In fact I’m will to bet you don’t even have a team. Your probably a bandwagon fan.

    • Mac Attack

      Especially Manziel !!!!

  • Earl

    Totally disagree with you. Tampa Bay will not be picking a quarterback in the first round. “NONE” of the so-called top quarterbacks in this years draft should excite anyone! Here are some names for you; Brett Smith, Conner Shaw, Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger. All can sit a year or two and would not be forced to start right away behind McCown and Glennon. Yes, Glennon will get a shot and learn from Tedford and will be a servicable QB. But, given what he had to work with last year, not only talent wise, but coaching, he was fortunate to come out of it alive. There’s is no way the Bucs will draft a quarterback in the first round. You heard it here first!

    • SayreBedinger

      Actually someone already said that, and I see your reasoning, but I viewed Bridgewater as the BPA at that slot.

      • Earl

        According to your draft, Bridgewater would not be the top player on the Bucs draft board. Matthews, Evans, Donald and Evans would more likely be targeted before any of these quarterbacks. According to your draft, Matthews woould be the pick.

  • Ken Tomlin

    I’ll give you credit, for going against what every other mock draft has the Vikings taking at 8! That being said, WHY would the VIKINGS take a WR, when QB, CB, and LB are our biggest needs!! Yes, we signed Cassel and Munnerlyn, but Cassel is not our long term solution and Munnerlyn and Rhodes are the only good CBs we have! You know who the bottom 2 CBs in the league were last year in YPC from the slot position? Hint: they both played on the Vikings!! Munnerlyn will start outside then move to the slot in nickel situations. That leaves a huge hole on the outside then!! Like Paul, I believe it’ll be Gilbert at 8. If they go QB( which I doubt, unless Norv love him) it’d be Carr. Personally, I think they’ll wait till rd 2or 3 for QB! As for the WR, they might get one later in draft, someone like a Herron or Latimer. Not at 8 though!! Kudos for being different. Just not going to happen.

  • tru

    That’s two really good picks for the Rams. The best mock as of yet. If only it were true. Sammy Watkins and Justin Gilbert? Wat a dream

  • 3kolu

    Mosley falling to #31, I just don’t see that.

    • Gary Stewart

      yea 3k no way mosely falls to 31 thats denver bias my guess or sayre got to the end and said uh oh i forgot mosely and instead of redoing his mock just threw him in there at 31 very poor!!

  • 3kolu

    Lions need help with their secondary for at least the past decade, I’d be surprised if they passed on Justin Gilbert.

  • Brian Huth

    Sayre Bedinger, can’t accept a little criticism? Nice job pulling my comment.

  • TrippinTheCripple

    Thanks, ESPN. Your anchors just announced that if I were to do a Google search of Blake B … You would instead get pictures of his girlfriend before the “O” was entered. As usual, you missed the mark. As so as I hit “B” Blake’s name came up. But No. 2 was his girlfriend.
    Don’t know how athletic she is, what her high-jump is, etc. But I have an excellent insight on what her 40 is/are.

  • Idaham Cooper

    So the author is saying LB Sam is no longer a 1st rounder? Bias much? No mentioning of him now shows the challenges (unspoken) Sam will face.

    • anon76returns

      Not sure he was ever considered a first rounder. Not before coming out, not after, certainly not after his combine performance, and not after his pro day (though that helped mitigate his combine results). What mock has him going in the first round? I’ve universally heard 3rd-6th rounder.

  • C.Steele

    I couldn’t help but chuckle at the Vikings drafting Evans. You do have a point with all the talent they would have on offense, AD Peterson, and a stable of receivers…. And, no quarterback to ‘Throw Them The Damn Ball’ (Thanks Keyshawn). That is just a ludicrous sight that makes me chuckle. Interesting draft board though. Not sure how I feel about your projection for my Chargers. I kinda want Verrett or best OL available.
    #GoBolts!

  • P2THAR

    I love this for Buffalo! Matthews would be a great pick! Plus all the guards and Jordan Matthews are still available.

  • Jared Myers

    There is pretty much 0.01% of a chance that Oakland passes on Clowney if he’s there. It’s feasible that Clowney will make it to #5, but no chance this side of Hades that the Raiders take someone else (ESPECIALLY not Manziel).