Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update, First Round: Who Is Trading Up?


1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Texans take the top athlete on the board in Jadeveon Clowney, pairing him with J.J. Watt for a fearsome pass rush duo.

2. St. Louis Rams (f/WSH): Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo 

Taking a page out of the Texans’ playbook here, the Rams use one of their top two picks on who some believe to be the best defensive player in the draft. He could play a Von Miller type of role for St. Louis’ defense which already features Robert Quinn and Chris Long.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

The Jaguars miss out on Mack and Clowney, so they take the best QB on their board who just so happens to live not too far away from where he’ll play pro ball.

4. Detroit Lions (f/CLE): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

**TRADE — Browns trade pick #4 to the Lions for pick #10, #76, and future 3rd round pick.** The Lions trade up despite having paid a pretty significant amount for Golden Tate to get the top playmaker at the wide receiver position in this draft. The Lions have been heavily connected to Watkins in this draft, so if they want him bad enough they’ll have to pay up to get him.

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

This would qualify as the first real shocker pick of the draft. Leave it to the Raiders. Oakland has a desperate need at the QB position despite trading (still hard to believe) for Matt Schaub. Oakland is trying to win as soon as they can but they need to think long-term at the QB position.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA

At a loss with Clowney and Mack off the board, the Falcons snag Barr here at 6 overall and get a guy who can be a big time playmaker in the NFL if he continues to develop. Atlanta needs badly to upgrade their pass rush.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Buccaneers get a big wide receiver here and a guy who can give them a pair of twin towers with Vincent Jackson and now Mike Evans. This would be a really interesting pick.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Vikings admit defeat on Christian Ponder and begin the Teddy Bridgewater era. He might not be their top choice at QB but he’s good value at this point.

9. Buffalo Bills: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

The Bills get a steal with the draft’s top offensive tackle in Greg Robinson. He’s extremely athletic and has unlimited upside.

10. Cleveland Browns (f/DET): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

After trading down and accumulating some additional picks, the Browns end up taking one of the best tackles in the draft to pair with Joe Thomas.

11. Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert is the top CB available, and after losing Alterraun Verner, the Titans could look to address that area early on. This would be a very solid pick.

12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The Giants upgrade their offensive line with the big, athletic left tackle out of Michigan who could start for them immediately.

13. St. Louis Rams: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Rams fortified their pass rush even further with Khalil Mack, and now they get one of the draft’s top defensive backs to reap the benefits of that pass rush.

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

One of the best interior rushers in the draft goes to Chicago, who added some other key pieces to the defensive line this year in Jared Allen and LaMarr Houston.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

The Steelers replace some of what they’ve lost at WR over the last couple of years by taking Odell Beckham, one of the hottest names in the draft and most dynamic playmakers.

16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

The Cowboys need to find a way to replace DeMarcus Ware, and Ealy is an athletic end with great size that can help do just that.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame

The Ravens add a versatile piece to their offensive line and get one of the smartest players in the draft. Martin could immediately start at right tackle for them.

18. New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Jets take a dynamic playmaker at the tight end position, a position they desperately need to upgrade.

19. Miami Dolphins: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Dolphins get Clinton-Dix to pair with ReShad Jones in the back of their secondary despite having just signed Louis Delmas. Clinton-Dix is the best player available and Delmas signed for just one season. This is a long-term solution.

20. Cleveland Browns (f/ARZ): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

**TRADE — Cardinals trade pick #20 to Browns for pick #26, #76 (f/DET), and #145** The Browns move up a little bit here with the Cardinals to take their new QB of the future and the teammate of their first pick, Johnny Manziel. Manziel is the most talked about player in the draft and would be an exciting fit for the Browns.

21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Packers need some kind of remedy at the safety position. Pryor is the best one on the board and fills their biggest need.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Eagles replace DeSean Jackson with a speedy receiver that catches everything thrown his way. This would be a really good pick for them in the first round.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

The Chiefs take advantage of Mosley’s fall in the first round and get a young inside linebacker with huge potential to pair with Derrick Johnson.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

The Bengals upgrade their pass rush after the departure of Michael Johnson with a guy who blew up the Senior Bowl in Dee Ford.

25. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

The Chargers get Manti Te’o’s friend from Notre Dame and a big body who can plug up the middle of their improving defense.

26.  Arizona Cardinals (f/CLE via IND): Demarcus Lawrence, DE/LB, Boise State

The Cardinals take a pass rusher with some potential here in Lawrence, who has really grown as a prospect and has jumped into the first round discussion of late.

27. New Orleans Saints: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Saints upgrade their #2 wide receiver spot with Lee, who has been one of the best playmakers in college football over the last three yeas.

28. Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

The Panthers, desperate for a solution at the WR position, select Robinson who has great size and good speed, and can be a red zone mismatch.

29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

The Patriots take a versatile defensive lineman who would be a great fit for their defensive scheme. Hageman has a ton of potential.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

The 49ers have some really interesting offensive weapons and Benjamin could be the deep threat they need. He has fantastic size and could develop into an eventual #1.

31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

The Broncos take the smart route with this mock pick and shore up their left guard position. There’s nothing sexy about the pick, but after they shored up the defensive side of the ball in free agency, the Broncos missed out on settling the score with their offensive line. This pick solidifies the left guard position for a long time.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

The Seahawks end Kouandjio’s fall and get a solution to their right tackle position at the bottom of round one.

*** SECOND ROUND ***

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  • Craig F

    You have Calvin Pryor drafted twice…?

    • Craig F

      Never indenturing…changed it

  • kyle

    This would be great! Another great player front 7 player to make the Chiefs front 7 one of the elite groups. Add secondary in 3rd and later rounds to help build a dominant D. I love this pic personally, hopefully he does fall to us.

  • David Zientarski

    There is not a trace of logic in the Browns trade scenarios. None.

    • SayreBedinger

      Really? Weird because I put no thought into it whatsoever!

      • Julio Echeverria

        Though into it? Ya wearing a donkeys shirt. be objective u mule.

        • SayreBedinger

          The Broncos are my team. Doesn’t mean I’m not objective in mock drafts. It’s all about exploring the scenarios.

      • David Zientarski

        That much is clear. No sense in pointing out the obvious.

        • SayreBedinger

          So why did you? Make your own mock draft and send it to me so I can rip it apart and make you feel bad about it.

  • Julio Echeverria

    Predominantly orange… That explains your “expert” assessment of the Raiders pick. I mean God forbid a QB could shake off a bad year right? Leave it to the Raiders… Leave it to a donkey to be bitter after getting blown out at a SB again.

    • SayreBedinger

      Raider fans should know about getting blown out in the Super Bowl.

      • Julio Echeverria

        Hahahaha! That’s your comeback? Ok, lets see, we lost 1 Super Bowl. it was by a margine of 17 points. For your sake, we’ll call it a blow out. You have the 2 worse SB losses in history. The closest margin was 19 points. So u were saying?

        • SayreBedinger

          All I am saying is the Raiders are terrible, and have been for 12 years. What’s keeping you around? The 70s?

          • joe VICE

            Passion, loyalty, and respect for one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Doesn’t matter if we go 12 more years of losing. Raiders fans will always be there!
            You’re a coward for trying to degrade Raider Nation. Would love to see you talk that shit in Oakland. You’re not even worthy to be considered a donkey. More like donkey turd

          • SayreBedinger

            I would never go to Oakland.

          • David Kirlin

            We are still around through thick and thin because we are loyal and we understand football. The pieces are falling together for another run at it.

        • rh

          Raiders are moving to London 2016 lmao bettah pack your tooth brushes bitches hahahahaha

      • David Kirlin

        We were blown out once, Broncos 5 times. NFL record.

  • gdubb

    Sayre your just as wack as your wack @$$ mock Draft

    • Julio Echeverria

      Well what do you expect? They’re still trying to walk straight after what Seattle did to them… Oh and don’t think this guy’s gonna reply, typical donkey behavior, throw a stone, hide the hand.

      • SayreBedinger

        Interested to know who your favorite team is, Julio.

        • Gary Stewart

          i have no dog in the fight as a ram fan but why would cleveland trade the number four down to ten for peanuts i think the trade makes sense but the value doesn’t match up.

          • SayreBedinger

            They could certainly get more value I’ll keep that in mind.

      • Matthew Heuser

        He’s a raider fan moron. Get your shit straight before you start using the worst over used nickname for a team.

        • gdubb

          Julio likes soccer and is a Cowboys fan I’ve seen him comment on all the D bags stuff

    • SayreBedinger

      Thanks gdubb! Good to hear from you.

      • gdubb

        Sorry about my comment. It’s crazy to think the raiders would Draft Carr with their 1st pick. Everybody is in titled to have opinions but mine says no Qb in round 1 for my Raiders..

        • SayreBedinger

          It’s okay

  • TopGearRules

    No way are the Browns trading out of the 4th pick unless Bortles, Carr, Watkins and Clowney Are all gone and even then : I think they’d only be willing to move 2-4 spots down and then grab the best available player. I think it is a lot more likely they trade up to 2 to grab Bortles if the Texans pass on him.

    • docmike

      While picking 4th, one of those guys would still have to be there.

  • thuglife83

    This has to be the worst mock draft ever to be typed by a retard. Were you dropped on a hard floor as a new born? We (Raider Nation) are not in a “desperate” need of a QB for this season. I do not see us drafting a QB this draft unless it’s

    • Joe

      You need to draft a new franchise. The raiders suck

    • SayreBedinger

      The Raiders are terrible. Terrible franchises make terrible decisions, like trading for Matt Schaub. If you think drafting Derek Carr at #5 overall is a terrible decision, then I’d say that’s right on par with the Raider Way.

      • Julio Echeverria

        What’s ur greatness? Losing SB by getting torn a new one? Ur fans when u win, where r all the donkeys today? Our franchise has brought more positive change than any other in any sports. What have u done? Oh ya, get Manning, win regular season games and choke on a huge one. Ya, I’m ok being part of the only Nation.

        • SayreBedinger

          I’d rather at least win regular season games. I don’t expect you to understand, though, foreign concept for the Raiders.

          • Matthew Heuser

            I like you man. Right get em! Go broncos!

          • David Kirlin

            The Broncos hold an NFL record for losing Superbowls.

          • Matthew Heuser

            I wasn’t replying to you. I was talking to sayre but thanks for giving me a stat that I wasn’t old enough or even born to remember. And reminding me what happened a couple months ago. Real nice of you. As if I needed that.

          • SayreBedinger

            Don’t care, wasn’t even alive for most of ‘em.

          • David Kirlin

            Maybe you guys should draft a quarterback? How long will Manning last? And at least our fax machine works.

          • SayreBedinger

            Nice try, David.

      • TommyT

        Derek Carr at number 5 to the Raiders is bad for Derek Carr. All these QB’s need time two develop, including manziel.

  • Nate raider

    I don’t see the point of all these mock draft write ups

    • SayreBedinger

      Looking at as many scenarios as possible.

  • Alter Ego

    I actually like this mock…Nix at #25 is an excellent pick for the Chargers. The 2nd round is loaded with defensive talent – something I believe the Bolts will benefit with as well.

    San Diego adds the defense pieces needed to dismantle Manning’s rampage through the draft.

  • Old Frog

    No way Ealy is ranked higher than Martin when chosen by the Cowboys which means this draft is more about perceived need to try and replace Ware than BPA. “…one of the smartest players in the draft” is very important. Look how well Frederick has done. Build on that success.

    • SayreBedinger

      Martin would be a fine option for the Cowboys.

  • mitch696969

    This will not be the draft board

    • SayreBedinger

      I am almost 100 percent sure you’re correct.

  • TommyT

    Exactly what I responded to in a post the other day about the Cardinals. In your scenario what do the Cardinals game in the later rounds?

  • Daniel Sutter

    Why would the browns trade up from #26 to #20 to take Maziel? No teams from 20-25 will be looking at the QB position…I guess its cuz they are the Browns????

    • SayreBedinger

      This is a common theme. Teams trade up to get players because they know other teams are talking about doing it also. It’s as much about the other teams that COULD trade up as the ones drafting ahead of them.

      • Daniel Sutter

        I get that but it wont happen because the teams you have not taking a QB that need a QB, wont trade away a good portion of their picks to come back and get another first round pick. Looking at the big picture and what it would cost to come back into the first, it doesnt make sense at all. Even the browns know that…

        • SayreBedinger

          Uh, yes they will…They do it all the time.

  • 1961 Fan

    You are like all fans, you don’t have a clue what each team is going to do in the draft.

    • SayreBedinger

      As long as we’re on the same page.

  • docmike

    Rams will not draft all defense in 1st round. Well known they need elite O-line help to see if Bradford is the guy they thought he was when he was drafted. They will not pass on one of the top 3 OT in top 13 picks. Will also look for top OG in 2nd-3rd round.

    • SayreBedinger

      Just exploring some options but I definitely like Mack to the Rams.

  • BobbyLight

    Whisenhunt already said the Titans will not be drafting a CB in the first round they are happy with Blidi and Sensabaugh fill in the hole left by Verner

    • SayreBedinger

      Do you have a link to that? I didn’t read that so I guess if he did say that I’ll take it into account. Could also be a smokescreen.

  • john lips

    manziel falling to 20? lmao.

    • SayreBedinger

      Ever heard of Aaron Rodgers?

  • Gordon Guffey

    People are going to be so shocked when the Vikings dont draft a QB at #8 and if they did it want be Bridgewater ~ At #8 the Vikings go defense ~ At 40 is more likely where the Vikings draft a QB ~ Who ever it is will be setting for the first year at least ~ Why would they draft a play who is going to set his first year ~ Maybe his first two years ~ Not one of these rookies with so mant question marks are going to come in and beat out Cassel ~ In fact Norv has said he is very happy with Cassel an what he can do and he hasn’t given up on Ponder either ~ Yeah you heard me right ~ Smoke screen you say ~ Not this time around ~ It been pointed out many times the offense scored 22 points a game in all but 1 of Ponders starts ~ And the offense avg. 24+ points in most of Cassels starts ~

    This team needs defense then a left OG then a true #2 RB who can pass block and catch the ball in the flats or down the seem ~ By the time a rookie from this years class is ready to start AP will be hanging it up ~ There is no Luck or RG3 ~ They would be better off draft one of the big left OT’s and playing him or Kalil at left OG ~ Just to much talent to pass up on to pick for need ~

    Fans who are sold on the Vikings drafting a QB in round one ((( unless they trade back into the 1st ))) are going to be throwing things at their TV’s when the pick is announced ~ Case it isn’t going to be a QB no matter who is left on the board ~

    Now if they can move down to the middle of the first round or even the upper 20′s then maybe they draft their QB while picking up a few extra picks ~

    • SayreBedinger

      You could definitely be right, but boy I’d be afraid of the possibilities of who WON’T be available when the Vikes pick in the 2nd.

  • Jaime Olguin

    Constipation of the brian and diarrhea of the mouth, is about the nicest thing I have to say to you

    • SayreBedinger

      Not surprised, considering you’re a Raiders fan.

  • Dewight Mitchell

    this make sense because browns doesn’t like the qb

  • Todd Limpert

    Why would Cleveland trade a top 5 pick for a 3 rd pick and another next year what are you Smoking? And if thats not bad enough they trade down for Manziel when they could get him in the 3 rd round and Jimmy G still on the board!!!! Dude get areal job you no nothing about Football