2014 NFL Mock Draft Update With Trades: Clowney Takes Top Spot

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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

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
This pick is starting to make more and more sense. The Texans have a REAL need at the QB position. They traded Matt Schaub and are going to be all-in on Ryan Fitzpatrick this season unless a rookie comes in and wins the job. That being said, I think Houston covets the pass rush duo of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney enough to the point they are willing to forego the need at the QB spot until later in the draft in order to make that dream come true.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The Rams could go a number of directions here. They could take an offensive tackle, despite having just invested a ton of money in Jake Long/Rodger Saffold. They could  take a WR despite having traded up in last year’s draft to get Tavon Austin. OR, they could take arguably the top defensive player in the draft, Khalil Mack.

I really love Mack’s potential fit as an edge rusher in the NFL, and he’s not to be limited to a scheme either way. We saw a similarly gifted athlete a couple of years ago in Von Miller, and I think Mack can be that type of player in the Rams’ 4-3 alignment despite playing a lot of DE in college.

3. Oakland Raiders (f/JAX): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
**MOCK TRADE — Jaguars trade #3 overall to Raiders for #5 overall, #67 overall, and 2015 4th round pick**

The Oakland Raiders have plenty of needs, but they also filled a lot of needs with this year’s 30-plus club in free agency. They didn’t hurt themselves for the future financially, but they need to bring in some guys that can make plays NOW because they are clearly not adding these veteran players to wait around to win. Sammy Watkins fits the bill as a player who can stretch the field, contribute as a returner, and give you blazing speed at the WR position. Why do they trade up? The Browns would take Watkins at #4 overall, in my opinion.

4. Cleveland Browns: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Forced in between a rock and a hard place, the Browns take what some perceive to be the top QB on the board. Bortles has been compared to the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck, so I’d say he’s in decent company there. Bortles could compete for starting duties immediately with Brian Hoyer or sit behind him for part of a season.

5. St. Louis Rams (f/JAX via OAK): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
**MOCK TRADE — Jaguars trade #5 overall (from OAK) to Rams for #13 overall, #44 overall, and #110 overall**

The Rams could wait and take what’s leftover at the OT position, or they could jump back up into the top 5 picks and get the best one in the draft. While that’s an arguable point for some, there’s no denying Robinson is a heck of an athlete, fills a void for the Rams at RT, and can be a staple left tackle in the future. Why do they make this trade? As I said before, if they stand pat at #13 overall, they could get stuck with leftovers or no one at all.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Falcons, in a good position to take one of the top tackles on the board, settle with Jake Matthews as their new RT and LT of the future. Matthews is one of the most NFL-ready linemen in this year’s draft, and some consider him the top OT overall. This would be a solid pick for a team that needs to invest in their protection of Matt Ryan.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans has been compared mostly to current Bucs WR Vincent Jackson. In this scenario, he becomes his teammate. The Bucs and new head coach Lovie Smith would be able to re-create with Evans/Jackson the ‘Monsters of the Midway’ that was spawned in Chicago with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
The Vikings are giving their defense a new look this offseason, and with former Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer the team’s head coach, you can expect he’ll be pulling for one of the top defensive players in the draft at this point. Rick Spielman is still attached to Christian Ponder, and has a fallback plan at least for this year in Matt Cassel. This pick could be a QB still but I’m going with Barr in this scenario, as the Vikings need to significantly upgrade their pass rush.

9. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills could really go a number of directions here, but Taylor Lewan seems like a really solid pick for them. He could allow Cordy Glenn to move to the right tackle spot, or play there himself, and would provide the Bills with a potentially dominant left tackle with impressive athletic ability.

10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
I’m not completely sold on the Lions taking a CB at this point, but Gilbert is almost unquestionably the top prospect on my board here, and the Lions certainly could use a playmaker like this on the back end. With Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans gone, the sexy WR pick options are gone. With the top OTs off the board, that’s no longer an option either. The Lions could try and trade up or maybe even move down here, but Gilbert’s athleticism, playmaking ability, and special teams prowess are a good fit.

11. Tennessee Titans: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Bernard Pollard re-signed in Tennessee, but an upgrade is still needed next to Michael Griffin. The Titans are a wildcard team to take a QB here as well, but Pryor is a guy who’s really beefed up his stock in recent months. He is a very good strong safety prospect who hits like a ton of bricks, and could be a really nice addition to this Tennssee D, now coached by Ray Horton.

12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Giants could look to the defensive line here, but instead they go with the sexy pick and take the ultra-athletic and speedy Eric Ebron, the TE out of North Carolina. With Hakeem Nicks gone, targets will open up in New York and Ebron could eat them up. He can play in line or out wide, and is a versatile offensive weapon.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (f/STL): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
After obtaining additional 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round picks as well as a future pick, the Jaguars finally settle on ‘their guy’ in Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater is considered the most pro-ready QB in the draft by some, and with a little bit of pressure taken off him by this particular draft slot, Jacksonville is a place he could slowly develop and excel if given the proper time.

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
This pick is one of those ‘no-brainer’ selections you have in every draft. Aaron Donald is a beast on the interior defensive line, showing incredible pop and quickness off the snap. In Chicago, he would ‘Bear down’ with Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston, Chicago’s top free agent toys. Together, they would make up a strong, hard-nosed front that would revitalize the Bears’ defense.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Ike Taylor’s play has deteriorated, and the Steelers now need to look to depth on the back end of their defense. They are a great landing spot for arguably the top corner in the draft, a guy who was a leader and arguably the best player on the best defense in college football this past season. This seems like a very natural fit.

16. Green Bay Packers (f/DAL): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama 
**MOCK TRADE — Dallas Cowboys trade pick #16 to Packers for pick #21, #85, and #161**

The Packers trade up ahead of Ozzie Newsome and the Alabama prospect loving Baltimore Ravens to get the best free safety in the draft to fill their biggest need defensively. Clinton Dix can hit, he can cover, and most importantly he can make plays on the ball. Paired with Morgan Burnett, he’d give the Packers a nice young safety duo.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

The Baltimore Ravens have an obvious need at the WR position even with the signing of Steve Smith this offseaso. How many years does Smith have left? Will Torrey Smith emerge as a true #1 receiver with Joe Flacco at QB? Beckham Jr. is one of my favorite prospects in the entire draft, combining strong hands with speed, toughness, versatility, and pro-readiness.

18. New York Jets: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Jets seem smitten with Bradley Roby, the Ohio State cornerback who has all the tools and upside but couldn’t quite put it together enough to cement a top 10 selection. Roby is as gifted as any corner in the draft, and if anyone can get the best out of him it’ll be Rex Ryan and his staff.

19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
This pick hasn’t changed for a considerable amount of time. Zack Martin is a smart, versatile lineman that could start immediately at right tackle. The Dolphins could certainly go other directions with this pick, but Martin is possibly the best player on the board at this point and would fill a need for them.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Demarcus Lawrence, DE/LB, Boise State
The Cardinals need to add edge rushers at some point, and Lawrence is a guy that is really rising on a lot of boards. He racked up 72 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks this past year at Boise State and has a lot of upside.

21. Dallas Cowboys (f/GB): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Cowboys traded down in this mock draft, and still end up getting one of the best defensive end prospects in a draft that has plenty. Ealy is a big prospect who would step into the slot left empty by Cowboys legend DeMarcus Ware, now a Denver Bronco. This is a dynamic athlete who, when all is said and done, could go much higher than this.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Eagles took a pass on DeSean Jackson, who is now a Washington Redskin, and need to replace him. They signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin back, but also let go of Jason Avant. Wide receiver is a big spot of need for them, especially considering Maclin could leave after this season. Lee replaces a lot of what Jackson could do. He is an explosive playmaker down the field, and can return kicks/punts.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Guard is a top need for the Chiefs, who signed Jeff Linkenbach for depth but at this point in the draft, they cash in on the top guard prospect in the draft and a guy who is a plug-and-play. It’s not the most attractive selection, but an absolutely necessary one.

24. San Francisco 49ers (f/CIN): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
**MOCK TRADE — The Bengals trade pick #24 to the 49ers for pick #30, #129, and #170**

The 49ers have a clear need at the CB position with Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown now departed. Fuller is a very good corner prospect with a physical style of play that will fit right in with San Francisco. The 49ers make this trade because there is no way they are fitting 12 picks on their current roster, so they move up to get a guy that can be an immediate starter for them.

25. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Chargers continue to use high picks to rebuild that defensive front. Louis Nix is graded by some as a top 12 player in this draft. He would re-join fellow Notre Dame star Manti’ Te’o in the middle of that San Diego defense where I think he could really be great.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Browns pair their new QB with a new speedy, dynamic receiver prospect. Cooks is one of my other favorite receivers in this draft. He catches everything thrown his way, is dynamic after the catch, and finds ways to get open. He is a great value at the bottom of round one and a nice complement to Josh Gordon.

27. New Orleans Saints: Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/LB, Georgia Tech
Another team that needs to add some edge rushers in this draft is New Orleans, who cashes in on the rise of Jeremiah Attaochu here. Very athletic player who is still somewhat raw, but gives a lot of effort and plays with some nastiness. He’d be a bit of a surprise first rounder, but you have those every year.

28. Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The Panthers have a difficult choice here between offensive tackle and wide receiver. This draft is potentially deeper in the 2nd and 3rd rounds at WR than it is at OT, so I gave them the best OT on the board. Kouandjio has cleared up some concerns about his health, but he still sees a fall because of poor workouts. The Panthers would hope he could be a left tackle at this draft slot, but he may be best off on the right side.

29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
This has been a popular pick for the Patriots, who don’t have a ton of glaring needs on their roster but we all know how great this offense was when two tight ends were playing well. Amaro is the type of guy that can split out and play receiver if the need arises, and he presents a great size mismatch for New England, however they want to use him.

30. Cincinnati Bengals (f/SF): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Verrett might be small in terms of his height, but he plays bigger than a lot of cornerbacks nowadays. I love his potential in the NFL and with the Bengals, he’s a great value at the bottom of round one and they pick up a couple of extra mid-round picks in the process. This is a nice value for them.

31. Houston Texans: (f/DEN): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
**MOCK TRADE — Broncos trade pick #31 to Texans for pick #33, #101, and #181**

Here’s the draft bombshell. Johnny Manziel has seen a huge fall in this draft which is certainly possible, but he could also go within the top 10 picks. Instead, he goes to a team that picked in the top 10 but still gets both of their guys. Houston would be willing to deal a couple of mid-round picks to jump back into the first round, as other teams like Minnesota, Oakland, Tampa Bay, or Tennessee could also come calling here.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Seahawks let Golden Tate go this offseason, their leading receiver from 2013. They aren’t necessarily a passing offense by any means but Russell Wilson is steadily improving and they could use a big body on the outside. Benjamin is one of the biggest receivers in the draft, and fills a major need for Seattle.

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  • Nevin Paustian

    Yep….Ted Thompson will not trade 4 picks to move up 5 spots in the first round.

    • SayreBedinger

      Correct. Traded three for one. Did you actually read?

      • Nevin Paustian

        Oh I’m sorry…well that changes everything! Let me change my response:

        Yep…Ted Thompson will not trade 3 draft picks to move up 5 spots in the first round.

        There. Is that better?

        • Pridenpoise

          The guy is a moron, he majored in basket weaving, and someone thought it was a good idea to let him spout his irrelevant opinions about sports on here.

          • SayreBedinger

            Yeah, what a shame! Never thought basket weaving would take me this far.

          • Pridenpoise

            And how far is that, posting your obvious flawed opinions on Fansided, I’ve got news for you it’s not the Washington Post, but way to go Poindexter.

        • SayreBedinger

          Yep, good to know you went back and corrected your error.

          • Nevin Paustian

            If anything, with pryor and ha ha gone by 21, he would trade back into the early 2nd round for more picks and draft bucannon or ward and also draft Tre Boston in a later round for added safety depth, just like last year when he drafted both Lacy and Franklin at RB. Some think that thompson will take mosley if available, but there are reports that GB has shown a lot of interest in ILB Christian Kirksey who is rated in the third round. Either way, thompson puts a lot of value in his draft picks and will not give up picks in one of the deeper drafts in league history.

  • David

    So Dallas has a huge need at FS with Dix sitting there and you have them trade back to take Kony who is still a bit of a reach there??? And then they dont even get a 2nd pick for the trade. And then to make things worse they take Hageman in the 2nd round. Good lord I hope the Cowboys dont play it that way.

    • SayreBedinger

      Cowboys fans get mad if you take a safety and not a defensive end, and they get mad if you take a defensive end and not a safety in mock drafts. Just face it — Jerry Jones is gonna make a worse pick than I am.

      • Ashley Coonfield

        I think that’s basically a dream scenario for Dallas. With Donald gone and Pryor gone trading back and getting more picks and STILL landing both Ealy and Hageman is wonderful.

  • Avery

    Why would Houston trade up to get manziel when neither seattle nor denver are going to take him?

    • Bryan Staley

      But do you think that Denver or Seattle would be willing to trade their pick to another QB needy team? The writer is saying that may be the case so the Texans felt the need to beat them to it! Makes sense to me……..

      • Avery

        ah you got me. I didn’t fully read the explanation, I just immediately commented. thanks for the explanation

    • SayreBedinger

      I made mention of that in the post. Because other teams would also want to trade up to that spot.

  • Old Frog

    If the boys trade down and miss both Donald and Martin then I’m hoping the grab Su’a-Filo, otherwise I’m going to be on pins and needles for the rest of the day waiting for them to add to the O line.

  • Charles Spencer King

    Entertaining gobbly goop..If the Bears take a running back in the second round I will kiss your ass at midfield opening day……

    • aj

      And Stephon tuitt is still on the board at this point? Come on. No way they pick a rb in the second.

    • James William Smith Sr.

      Be careful. This is what got Roddy White in trouble lol

  • Pridenpoise

    The Raiders trading away two picks, to move up two spots is not only ridiculous it’s not happening, especially when we don’t even know who they are picking, but they are certainly not giving away picks that they cannot afford to lose, another comical “mock”.

    • SayreBedinger

      I just think it’s funny how ‘smart’ Raiders fans think their front office is.

      • Brutus

        Nobody mentioned smart. It is more a matter of looking at what Reggie has done in first two years. He turned five picks (three were compensatory and not tradable) into six in 2012 and seven (one was compensatory) into 10 last year. Not surprisingly, he operates very similar to his former employer Ted Thompson who doesn’t make flashy moves for top players in free agency or the draft. I just don’t see the Raiders or Packers giving up draft picks to trade up in the first based on the history of the two GMs. The win/loss record will eventually define whether Reggie has made smart choices with the cap room and draft picks, but the moves made his first two seasons appear smarter than most of the ones made by the team the past 12 years – so there is reason for optimism.

        • SayreBedinger

          That is a fair assessment, I’d say.

      • Pridenpoise

        I thinks it’s funny that any asshole with a computer can pass themselves off as writer, or should I say “blogger”.

        • SayreBedinger

          I couldn’t care less what you call me. I’m fine being a blogger you’re the one leaving nasty comments on a blog. Not sure what’s more embarrassing I’ll let you decide.

          • Pridenpoise

            You’re the embarrassment, I don’t need to say anything your “Blog” speaks for itself.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    The Patriots will trade out from the first round and they will not get a TE in that round anyway. This class has talent but they’re not good enough to be trusted that high.

  • aj

    Honestly. In the first round i would pick up a cb like dennard or roby. Heck even fuller. Then in the second I’d grab a DL in tuitt. We all now emery wants versatility and players who transcend scheme.

  • Brutus

    If the Raiders make a trade in the first, it will be to move down. Reggie believes in building through the draft, so he is not going to trade a 3rd in this deep draft and a 4th next year to move up two spots. If he wants a receiver and can’t trade back, he can always take Evans if Watkins is gone – he may even prefer Evans. He may trade up in a later round, especially if he trades down in the first and gets some extra picks. I don’t see Reggie making any moves that leave him with fewer draft picks the next two years than he currently has, especially not one that results in him giving up a 3rd and 4th rounder to move up two spots.

    • gdubb

      AMEN Raider brother. No way we’re trading up.

  • Roc

    Chiefs are not going to pick a guard in the first round. They need a quality WR opposite of Bowe and they also could use either a cb or safety. A decent guard can be taken in the third round. I see the chiefs trying to trade back and pick up either a second rounder or another third or grab the best WR available in the first if nobody bites on a trade.

    • Bryan Staley

      Guard is a bigger need than WR. I actually kinda like this pick! There are a ton of WR’s to be had in rounds 3-5 but the really good guards will be gone by the end of the second round/beginning of the third (IMO). I am of course hoping for a trade back to get extra picks, but if that isn’t possible, I like the idea of Stephon Tuitt

  • Jarod Cook

    I don’t see the Browns drafting a QB at #4, instead they play the waiting game and see which QB’s fall to #26. Wouldn’t be surprised if QB’s fall again this year in the draft, probably only 1 or 2 taking before the #26 pick. Personal I’d prefer they wait till the 3rd round and draft one of the supposed second tier QB’s. IMO they’re no better or worse then the top rated QB’s of this draft. At #4 I see them drafting OT Robinson or Matthews to secure the RT position, and groom into the LT of the future when Thomas retires. They move Schwartz into RG where I fill he will be a better fit in the zone blocking scheme. And have now drastically improved the OL from what it was last year.
    As for the #26 pick I’d prefer a CB, WR, or LB, but I know they’ll go QB if they passed on one at #4. The only QB who’s probably not going to be there for sure is Bortles, and a 50/50 on Manziel and Bridgewater not being there. Carr should be there, and rumors are that they like him. And it’s a bit of a stretch to grab Garoppolo.
    At #35 since they’ve already taking a QB, and a OL, I believe they stay offense early and take a WR. I prefer Jordan Matthews, who IMO is the most NFL ready WR outside Watkins in this draft. Also Robinson and Adams should be there come draft day, any of them would be a nice fit at WR2.

  • Alex Darden

    Cowboys get Ealy and Hageman in the 2nd?! Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming

  • David A Maupin

    Guarantee CJ Mosely will not be available for the 6th pick in the second round. Top 20 for sure. Also Chicago isn’t going to pick a RB in the second round.

    • SayreBedinger

      He might not. They might not. Or maybe he will. Or maybe they will.

    • TommyT

      My Bear fan homey REALLY wants the Bears to take Carlos Hyde in the second if he’a there. I want my Cardinals to take him. How can you not imagine a larger Eddy Lacey type in your backfield?

  • Josh Carley

    Everyone is crazy to think clowney won’t bust. A sleeper is Kyle van noy from byu. Recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two touchdowns, one interception for a 17-yard TD return, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick in BYU’s Poinsettia bowl win vs. San Diego State
    That was one game!!! A bowl game

  • Josh Carley

    That’s more than clowny did his whole career

  • Johnny

    Everybody (like 20 mocks) have T Zach Martin going to #19 Dolphins… Even though I love that pick , I doubt he’ll drop to them.. I can see the Giants or even Baltimore (one spot ahead of us) taking him.. In that case I can see the Fish going BPA at need with ILB CJ Mosley, the top ILB in the draft… Then go OLine, maybe T Moses in the 2nd round.. That would be the best case scenario.. But if T Zach Martin does drop #19, the Phins can’t pass on him with his versatility.. He can start day 1 at either Guard positions or RT if they don’t sign FA T Eric Winston..

    • SayreBedinger

      I agree. I may experiment with some mocks where he goes earlier just to explore the other options. Thanks for your comment.

      • Johnny

        Good post..

  • Paul Newbold

    Don’t you think its a bit of a reach for the Jets to grab Roby in the first? I wouldn’t hesitate to use a second on him, but he didn’t play rather well last season and is only a junior. The Jets are in desperate need of a starting corner (Patterson isn’t cutting it), I’d like them to chse Gilbert or Dennard in the first if they decide to go corner. Roby has a huge upside, but I don’t know if the Jets can afford to gamble with their #18.

    • SayreBedinger

      That was a bit of a wildcard pick for this mock and I think the Jets would reach a bit for Roby but I could be wrong.

  • Letterman007

    If I were the Browns, I’d rather have Allen Robinson or Davonte Adams at #26 than Cooks, Ijust don’t think he is as good as these two! also, I believe the Browns will either draft Carr with #4 or #26 not Bortles!! Another mock where The team drafts someone that the writer likes instead of best available!!!

    • SayreBedinger

      I would rate Bortles as the #2 QB in this class and Carr at #4, personally. I think plenty would agree that Carr is not higher ‘rated’ than Bortles at this point.

      Regarding the WRs, I view Robinson and Adams as solid 2nd round picks and Cooks as a sure-fire first rounder. That would be best available but I suppose that’s my personal preference as well.

      • Letterman007

        Bortles is OK but needs more work than Carr, although he does remind me of Rothlesbergerin some ways I just think the Browns like Carr better!! As far as cooks, he catches a pass and runs OB !! He doesn’t get much yardage after the catch YAC. Therefore I rate hom no better than a second rounder, but someone will probably take him sooner, I just hope It’s not The Browns!!

  • Crusader10

    I do not see the Raiders trading up in this draft. If Watkins is gone when they pick, they can get A&M’s receiver or, more likely, if these are the picks made ahead of them, they trade DOWN.

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  • Vick Mcfadden

    Clowney and Manziel hell yes.