Jan 25, 2014; Mobile, AL, USA; South squad quarterback Derek Carr of Fresno State (4) walks off the field after throwing a touchdown pass to South squad tight end Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State (not pictured) against the North squad during the first quarter at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update With Trades: Setting Fire to Smokescreens


For the purposes of this mock draft exercise, we’re going to take a look at what it will be like if there is fire where all the smokescreens seem to be popping up in trade rumors, player rumors, and everything in between.

1. Atlanta Falcons (f/HOU): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Falcons trade up to get their guy, the most talented prospect in this year’s draft and a huge upgrade to their pass rush.

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

The Rams have been rumored to really like Mack. It’s easy to understand why when you think about what their pass rush is, and what it could be with him in the fold.

3. Detroit Lions (f/JAX): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The heaviest rumor for the Lions is that they want to trade up to get Sammy Watkins at all costs. They pay the price to move up ahead of Cleveland here.

4. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

The Browns are threatening to take Carr at #4 overall, is the rumor. They won’t be able to snag him in the late 1st round is the rumor. So, get your guy now if you want him bad enough. Carr the first QB off the board? It’s anyone’s guess.

5. Minnesota Vikings (f/OAK): Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

The Vikings had dinner with Bortles and his PARENTS. It’s like they’re trying to marry the kid. I think this has some serious substance. Plus, the Raiders would like to trade down.

6. Houston Texans (f/ATL): Aaron Donald, DL, Pittsburgh

So you think Aaron Donald can be a top 10 pick? How about sixth overall? Donald has been called the best defensive prospect in this draft by some. With J.J. Watt in Houston, he could be a beast.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Bucs reportedly have Johnny Heisman on their short list. It would make for a really interesting start to the Lovie Smith era.

8. Oakland Raiders (f/MIN): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Do the Raiders really prefer Lewan to every other tackle in the draft? It’s hard to believe, but they preferred DJ Hayden to every other corner in last year’s draft, so it’s possible.

9. Buffalo Bills: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

The Bills cash in on the fall of Greg Robinson here. He has a chance to go in the top 3 picks.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars (f/DET): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Jags are suffering through picking Justin Blackmon a couple of years ago. They get a big time playmaker at receiver here who compared himself to Brandon Marshall, and could have a heck of a crew if Blackmon can screw his head on straight.

11. St. Louis Rams (f/TEN): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Rams trade up ahead of the Giants to get Jake Matthews and fortify their offensive line after taking Khalil Mack with their first pick.

12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The rumor is the Giants aren’t (or shouldn’t) let Ebron past their pick. So why not?

13. Tennessee Titans (f/STL): Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Most mock drafts have the Titans picking Barr this year. Last year, most mocks had them picking Chance Warmack. Are the Titans predictable?

14. Chicago Bears: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Bears have a need at the KR position but Gilbert can fill so much more than that. He could contribute for them in a similar role to what Patrick Peterson contributes to Arizona.

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

The Steelers could go with a defensive back or lineman here as well, but Beckham is too good to pass up on.

16. Miami Dolphins (f/DAL): Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame

The Dolphins trade up here to get the guy they’ve had the most connection to in mock drafts. With the Ravens’ reported interest, moving up to get Martin makes sense.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Ravens and GM Ozzie Newsome love ‘Bama prospects, and Clinton-Dix happens to be the BPA who fits a position of need.

18. New York Jets: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Well no more do the Bradley Roby rumors make sense if rumors of his DUI are true. Dennard is clean. And he’s probably a better prospect anyway.

19. Dallas Cowboys (f/MIA): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

After their trade down, the Cowboys get a hard-hitting safety and a hot prospect in Calvin Pryor. This would be a good pick but they could also try and find someone to fit their front seven.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Cardinals are rumored to be taking a QB with one of their first two picks. Why not take advantage of Bridgewater’s fall here?

21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

This might be the player Packers fans want the most. He also happens to be the best player on the board. Go figure.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Marqise Lee does the same things DeSean Jackson did for the Eagles, but I think Lee is a better prospect and eventually will be a better player than Jackson ever was or will be.

23. San Francisco 49ers (f/KC): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

With a million picks in one draft, it makes sense to move up. Getting Kyle Fuller is a great snag for the Niners who have a short list of needs but CB is one of them.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Jernigan would be a great value for the Bengals here, and they’re always looking for that top value. Since San Fran moved up ahead of them and got Kyle Fuller, I think Jernigan would be a great pickup to fortify that defensive front.

25. San Diego Chargers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Chargers need CB and DL as well as pass rusher but they also don’t have an elite group of wide receivers. Pairing former Cal WR Keenan Allen with another Pac 12 stud in Brandin Cooks who has a very complementary style of play would make Philip Rivers very happy.

26. Cleveland Browns (f/IND): Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

The Browns picked Derek Carr with their first pick, so why not take his college teammate with their 2nd? Adams has some rough edges to work on, but pairing him with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate, and now Derek Carr is very intriguing.

27. New Orleans Saints: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The Saints continue their defensive backfield overhaul with potentially the best slot corner in the draft. This would be a great pick for them.

28. Carolina Panthers: Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada

The Panthers have gotten some band-aids in free agency for their WR woes, so they need to really address OT with their top pick. Bitonio is a versatile, athletic player who would fill their biggest need.

29. New England Patriots: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

This situation would be similar to the Packers taking Aaron Rodgers in the first round when Brett Favre’s time was winding down. The smoke here is that New England reportedly loves Savage. Well, this is their time to get him if they want him.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (f/SF): Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

The Chiefs have lost some major pieces of their offensive line this offseason. Getting Su’a-Filo might be boring but it’s necessary and a solid pick.

31. Denver Broncos: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

What’s the smoke here? I think the Broncos wouldn’t hesitate to add a WR in round one, one with size, and I think Latimer’s name is among the hottest in draft circles. He could easily go at the bottom of round one and replace Eric Decker for Denver.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Moses was invited to the draft, and some believe him to be a top 15 player. The Seahawks would love to make him their new right tackle.

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  • Erik Lambert

    Wow, you must have read my mind about Carr possibly going to Cleveland at #4. I like the Gilbert pick to Chicago but I personally feel they’d take Clinton-Dix over him.

    • Jake

      Hope not! I like Donald Gilbert or Pryor! But I trust emery so I’m excited to see who he thinks will help us

      • Erik Lambert

        Well Donald was drafted in this scenario. I really like Pryor too but at #14 I don’t know if he’s worth it due to his deficiencies in coverage. Clinton-Dix has the size, range and can tackle. Gilbert is a great long-term pick but for a first round player we need somebody who can contribute right away. Clinton-Dix can do that.

        • DiscountPCRepair SATX

          Truthfully, I would be THRILLED with either Gilbert or Clinton-Dix.
          I am leaning more on Gilbert because i think Bucannon will be there in round 2.

          I keep wondering if there is a way to get another early 2nd round pick where they can possibly take Hagemann or Tuitt.

          • Erik Lambert

            I sincerely doubt we can get a high 2nd but a low 2nd isn’t out of the question. I feel Bucannon won’t last until pick #51 simply given the bad depth of this class. Teams will try to snatch their safeties up early and most of the top ones should be off the board before the second half of the second round. So you have two options at that point. Take Clinton-Dix at #14 or trade back and take Bucannon late in the first and use the extra picks to bolster the defensive tackle, cornerback and linebacker positions.

        • Jake

          It’s just those Alabama players that scare me iv seen so many just flop big time if it weren’t for that id say the bears trade back and snag mosely so when Briggs retires our lbs would be mosely bostic and Greene provided no one else gets brought in I still have high hopes for bostic tho everyone sayone bostic flopped I think any rookie plugged into that bears defense disaster last year would have been set up to fail

          • Erik Lambert

            Bostic walked into a no-win scenario last season. There was little veteran leadership around him to help and the defensive line in front of him was gutted by injuries. Yet he still managed 57 tackles, two sacks and an interception. I just think he’s out of position. His speed and athleticism are better served on the outside.

            I don’t think Mosley is being over-hyped like other ‘Bama guys. I’ve seen some of his film. The kid flies to the football and always seems to be in the right place. I believe Clinton-Dix didn’t have much production last year too because the Bama pass rush was nowhere to be found. Not every Alabama player is a flameout like Mark Ingram or Dre Kirkpatrick. Eddie Lacy and D.J. Fluker did pretty well last year. Marcel Dareus and Julio Jones are big parts of their teams. It’s just a question of weeding out which ones raised the water and which ones were raised BY the water.

  • TommyT

    I’d much rather take Savage over Bridgewater.

  • Jake

    Still not sold on the idea of Min taking a QB in the first. They’ve been giving a lot of attention to the 2nd and 3rd round guys like Savage and Garappolo. And I don’t think it’s in Spielman’s nature to move up like that without already having excess picks to deal with. If they were coming into this draft with 10 picks on day one I’d say they might make a trade like this but it’s going to cost them at least two additional picks this year and maybe one next year to swing a deal like this. I don’t see Spielman making this sort of move. I still think they’re going to trade back if unless the board is lined up perfectly for them at number 8. I honestly don’t think they will be making any pick at #8.

    • Ken Tomlin

      Took the words right off my keypad. Spielman won’t trade up and even if we can’t trade down from 8( which I believe we will), Spielman and Zimmer won’t draft a QB that high. It’ll be DEF at 8. Mack will most likely be gone, so it’ll be 1of 3 players: Gilbert, Mosley, or Dix/Pryor( I know that’s 4 players, but I don’t know which S they have rated higher). Also, no team will draft a player in the top 5 or 10 to ” sit and develop”. Player drafted that high must be able to contribute/start or you’ve wasted that high pick.

    • Gordon Guffey

      I could be wrong here ~ But my gut feeling is the Vikings go defense in the first 2 rounds ~ Could be they trade down and take HaHa or Mosley or one of the top 2 DB’s ~ Or stay at 8 and take Barr cause Mack will be long gone ~ If they could trade down and pick up some extra picks that would be great ~ I for one believe Spielman has done a fine job with the draft sense he took over as GM with full say ~ People keep wanting to blame him for drafting Ponder even though we all know that Ponder was drafted under the TOA ~ Whats up with that ~ Spielman was only the VP not the GM ~ With that being said I haven’t given up on Ponder ~ I believe he gives the Vikings to opportunity the bypass taking a QB in the first 3 rounds ~ Cassel is the starter and I believe both will improve working with Norv ~ Hopefully they will be able to add a good all around RB and a left OG ~ Thats all I’m hoping for in this draft on offense ~ If they could trade down and get they pick number up to 10 that would leave 8 picks to spend on defense ~ I believe Spielman~Zimmer~Turner will give the Vikings a very good chance at a great draft ~

      • Jake

        I agree that they will likely look toward defense in the first round unless they are able to trade back to toward the end of the first. If they trade back to the middle of the round (or hold at 8) I expect a defensive pick. If they trade back into the mid to late 20′s I expect a QB pick. Someone like Savage or Garappolo; someone who is a solid 2nd round pick and not too much of a stretch for the 1st round. I disagree that they will wait until the 3rd round to draft a QB. I feel like if they go defense in the 1st round they will go QB in the 2nd. I don’t think they are satisfied with Cassel and Ponder. I’m still not convinced Ponder will make it to the regular season on this roster. It seems to me that they are OK starting Cassel only if it is truly necessary but I think they would prefer to find a QB in the 2nd round or late 1st round that can come in and compete for the starting role. All that being said I still don’t it’s out of the realm of possibility that they make a trade for someone like Mallet. Then and only then would I say they will go defense in the first two rounds, because Mallet would likely cost them a 3rd rounder.

  • 619chargers4life

    Chargers WR 1st round . Lol yeah ok .

  • Kevin Dellinger

    No way Carolina takes a reach like this one in the 1st. If he’s the best option at 28, they better find someone who is wanting back in the 1st like Houston or Washington or Jacksonville and pick up extra picks.

    • SayreBedinger

      Yeah teams never make surprising picks in the 1st round, even though this one wouldn’t be surprising.

  • David Mallow

    knowing they won’t trade up anyways..I’m still curious, what exactly did Minnesota give up to move up 3 spots to 5??

    • SayreBedinger

      8 future first round picks, Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Mike Zimmer

      • David Mallow

        Why such a douchenozzle answer…. Guess that’s what I get for asking a half assed writer a serious question. ?

        • SayreBedinger

          You said they aren’t trading up anyways, so why does it matter?

  • djkhford

    Chargers are not taking a WR in the 1st round. Does anyone look to see what a team needs are???

  • David

    If Dallas could trade back and still get Pryor I would be all for that.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    The Pats will not draft a QB with the 29th pick, especially not Tom Savage. The window for Brady is closing quickly, 3 years maybe, and there are bigger needs immediately especially at TE, interior O-line and DE & DT on defense. The Pats will select a defensive player if they use the 29th pick… but I believe BB will trade the pick for additional picks in the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th rounds. There is a great parity of talented players throughout the first four rounds and BB could fill many holes on both sides of the ball with early multiple picks. There is a 75% chance BB trades the 29th pick and gets a plethora of young talented players.

  • Thomas Eric

    The pats have mallet tho….

  • mike

    Bortles might be the best qtb pick for the Vikes but I still don’t like it. To many quality defensive people out there. Plus if you want to do that why not go all the way for Mack or really go insane and get Clowney.