Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass between Duke Blue Devils cornerback Ross Cockrell (6) and Kyler Brown (56) during the second quarter in the 2013 Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Where Will Top QBs Land?


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

The Texans are making a last ditch effort to increase the value of this pick in a trade, but it is going to come down to one of Johnny Manziel, Khalil Mack, or Jadeveon Clowney. The Texans have a really tough choice but Clowney is too tough to pass on.

2. St. Louis Rams (f/WSH) – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

With one of the picks received in the RGIII trade, the Rams take another Heisman winner of their own. Sam Bradford’s injury history and the unreal length of time it’s taking him to ascend to the level they need him to be is grounds for this regime to move on.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The Jags are planning on Justin Blackmon being out all year. If he’s not, they’ll have a heck of a young trio with which to work in the passing game.

4. Cleveland Browns – Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

I haven’t mocked this before but it would make for a really interesting pick a year removed from picking Barkevious Mingo in the top 10. They have Jabaal Sheard and Paul Kruger as well, but Mack has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher in the NFL.

5. Buffalo Bills (f/OAK) — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

**TRADE**

The Bills trade up from their #9 spot with the Raiders in order to snag the best OT in this year’s draft…as well as start a run on OTs.

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

The Falcons fail to trade up in this mock draft, and wind up taking Jake Matthews who will start out at RT but eventually end up blocking for Matt Ryan’s blind side.

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

The Bucs add a huge complement to Vincent Jackson, a guy who compared himself to Brandon Marshall. This would be a really fun WR group to watch.

8. St. Louis Rams (f/MIN) — Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

**TRADE**

The Rams trade up five spots from that #13 pick to get Zack Martin, a player who could start at either guard or tackle but has scouts drooling right now. This would solidify their OL and the protection for new QB Johnny Manziel.

9. Oakland Raiders (f/BUF) – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

The Raiders are able to trade down and still get one of the best defensive playmakers in the draft. Donald is a very disruptive force on the defensive interior.

10. Detroit Lions – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

The Lions take Lewan, a local product, and plug him in at left tackle moving Riley Reiff over to the right side.

11. Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

The Titans have long had a connection to Barr in the mock draft world, and at this point it almost seems like it would be an upset if they failed to come away with him.

12. New York Giants – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Every year, there are some picks that shock us a bit. Morgan Moses hasn’t been mocked in the top 12 picks before to my knowledge, but Todd McShay said he’s a top 15 player and the more you look at him the more you can see it. He has great size, great feet, and has been compared to Ryan Clady.

13. Minnesota Vikings (f/STL) — Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

The Vikings trade down a few spots and still secure the QB who best fits their offense in this year’s draft. Bortles has drawn comparisons to Ben Roethlisberger and could thrive in Norv Turner’s offense.

14. Chicago Bears – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

The Bears seem to have an offensive unit on the rise, but the defense needed to be rebuild. One step is getting a leader and enforcer in the middle to replace Brian Urlacher, a tall task for any young player. Mosley may be the best non-pass rushing LB in the draft.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert is a CB prospect with great size, speed, and playmaking ability. He’s also a heck of a return specialist.

16. Dallas Cowboys – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Cowboys stand pat and take the top safety on the board to complement Barry Church. This Dallas defense needs a makeover in the backfield, and really at all areas. They could address a few situations here.

17. San Francisco 49ers (f/BAL) — Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

**TRADE**

As is typical for the Ravens, they obtain a bevy of extra picks while the 49ers deal away some of theirs in an effort to find the right formula of picks that will allow them to have a shot at keeping all of them on the roster. With this pick, the Niners don’t address a glaring need but they add some speed to the edges of the WR position and get a guy who can provide some more explosiveness.

18. New York Jets – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

The Jets take a bit of a risk here, but snag Roby and get a guy who can complement last year’s first rounder Dee Milliner. Roby has all the tools you look for in a top CB prospect and Rex Ryan is the coach to get the potential out of him.

19. Miami Dolphins – JuWuan James, OT, Tennessee

The rumor train is out of control when it comes to James and Miami. I’m not talking about LeBron, I’m talking about JuWuan. This would give the Dolphins a new right tackle to pair with free agent prize Branden Albert, and although it’d be a bit of a surprising pick based on big boards across the draft community, the Dolphins would be getting a very athletic young lineman with phenomenal size.

20. Arizona Cardinals – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

The Cardinals make some headlines here, picking a QB after Carson Palmer’s solid year. However, this team needs something long-term at the position and Derek Carr would be a nice fit for Bruce Arians’ offense.

21. Green Bay Packers – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Packers replace Jermichael Finley with an ultra-athletic mismatch in the passing game. Ebron can stretch the field and this is a pick that would make Aaron Rodgers a very happy man.

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Eagles need to upgrade one of the league’s worst pass defenses from a year ago, and get a guy here in Fuller with size, speed, and the ability to make plays on the ball. This would be a very solid pick.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Chiefs get a hammer to pair with Eric Berry on the back end, although Andy Reid going after an offensive guard here is seeming more and more likely by the day. Someone could trade up to snag Pryor here.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

The Bengals get a new weak-side linebacker to fill up the stat sheet week in and week out. Shazier will be a tackling machine in the NFL, and he’ll be among the draft’s best defenders. He is so athletic and such a hard worker. He is a candidate for DRotY.

25. San Diego Chargers – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Chargers take advantage of the fall of Dennard here, a guy who would start for them immediately. Their CB position was not good at all last year, and despite some additions this offseason, there’s no way San Diego can pass up on this kind of a player here.

26. Cleveland Browns (f/IND) — Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Browns get their guy. After going with Khalil Mack at that top spot, Bridgewater falls to the bottom of round one and gives Cleveland someone to build the franchise around, yet again.

27. New Orleans Saints – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Speed, strong hands, route running ability. Cooks is the whole package at WR save for being 6’3″ or bigger. He could be a fantastic addition to the Saints’ offensive attack.

28. Carolina Panthers – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

With literally every top OT off the board, the Panthers could go for versatile Joel Bitonio here, or they could go for a WR with some intriguing potential. Latimer has size, speed, and the ability to win when the ball is at its highest point.

29. New England Patriots – Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

The Patriots upgrade their defensive line and get a potential future replacement for Vince Wilfork.

30. Baltimore Ravens (f/SF) – Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Ward has some of the same type of skills as Kenny Vaccaro, and could be a steal here for Baltimroe who acquired a great deal of value in extra picks in the mock trade with San Francisco.

31. Denver Broncos – Marqise Lee, WR, USC

This isn’t a popular opinion, but the Broncos have to take the best player on the board and in my eyes it is a no-brainer at this point. Marqise Lee has the look of a Reggie Wayne type of stud in the NFL, and he can also provide value in the return game.

32. Seattle Seahawks – Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Versatile OL who could play RT immediately for the World Champs.

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  • Armando Cuesta

    I Like it, I like it! …….EXCELLENT CHOICE!

    Marqise Lee to Den? To be paired w/ DT, Emmanuel, and Wesley? It’s an unstoppable aerial attack. Plus, we can always draft a MLB (Kyle Van Noy, Christian Jones, Preston Brown, Lamin Barrow, etc) or a CB (Pierre Desir, Marcus Robinson, Keith McGill, Antone Exum, etc) in Rounds 2 – 4.
    We can also draft an OL in those same rounds e.g Gabe Jackson, Dakota Dozier, David Yankey, etc.

    I’d be curious to see your 2nd & 3rd RD mochs.

  • SDAZT.STEEL66

    In Dick LeBeau’s catch-and-tackle scheme, Gilbert’s playmaking ability would be wasted on the defensive side of the ball. If taken, Gilbert’s deficiencies (tackling, shedding blocks, inconsistent feet etc.) would be highlighted more than his strengths (speed, ball-skills and ability to play man coverage) would be masked. While he could certainly work on his aforementioned issues, by the time he’d actually see the field in LeBeau’s veteran-friendly defense, most of his rookie contract would have expired.

    • SayreBedinger

      Very interesting. That’s a fair assessment who would you take instead?

      • SDAZT.STEEL66

        I apologize for the long-winded response, but here we go:

        Of the top cornerbacks, I’d like to see Jason Verrett (or even Kyle Fuller) taken instead. Verrett is the most complete CB in this draft, can play both man & zone schemes, and gained plenty of experience playing in space in the pass happy Big XII.

        Pittsburgh’s defense has been victimized in space, and in 3rd & medium-to-short passing situations, when LeBeau’s antiquated defensive scheme is spread. So with that in mind, they need a guy who can shut things down against some of the AFC’s best slot receivers. In addition, Verrett’s tenaciousness, ball-skills, and quick hips should help him be a solid player outside the numbers as well and help w/Cortez Allen to fill two of the team’s top three CB spots heading into the 2015 campaign and beyond.

        Of course, I want this team to avoid taking defensive players high due to the tremendous depth at the CB position, and the fact that they will ride the bench for most of their rookie deals w/the franchise unless a rash of injuries occur due to LeBeau remaining as the DC.

        Would love to see Beckham or Amaro at 15, then someone like Davante Adams (if they don’t go WR in round one), Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin or Dante Moncrief with a developmental CB peppered in as well during rounds two and three (S. Jean-Baptiste, P. Desir, P. Gaines, J. Watkins, or W. Aikens).

        Good depth exists for developmental DE prospects too, and Taylor Hart, Josh Mauro, Brent Urban and Ed Stinson would be the types of grinders who could push Brian Arnfelt, Nick Williams, Hebron Fangupo and Cam Thomas for playing time as five-techniques. I also like Caraun Reid as a rotational player in an Al Woods-role who could supply pocket collapse from the D-Line.

        Double-dipping at CB, particularly late would be a must, and Dontae Johnson and Antone Exum have the versatility to chip in as members of sub-packages due to their length and experience at both the cornerback & safety positions.

        Finding an under-the-radar and versatile offensive lineman like Wesley Johnson is a must too. Five of Pittsburgh’s six top offensive linemen will have their contracts expire over the next two offseasons (Pouncey & Gilbert in 2015 and Foster, Adams and Beachum in 2016). Thus, adequate depth and potential starters must be found as well next week.

        • SayreBedinger

          This is a fantastic response. If you want to write for our site shoot me an e-mail. Being 100% serious.

          • SDAZT.STEEL66

            I really appreciate the offer. Unfortunately, I had to quit the writing gig I had w/Fansided about a month ago due to work restrictions. If I ever get the appropriate time freed up, I would love to work for this draft site though.

  • Daniel Sutter

    I dont see Latimer is taken before Lee. He has risen to far in my opinion and I think GMs will agree…like that you have Dennard falling into the Chargers lap and even though Im a huge Fuller fan, once again I dont see Roby or Fuller taken before Dennard…

    • SayreBedinger

      Thanks for the comment, Daniel. Crazier things have happened. I think in a draft that has such depth in the entire talent pool, you could see some weird things like this depending how people’s boards go. Roby/Fuller are both more athletic than Dennard so you could see a scenario like this one.

  • Johnny

    Wow… You messed up the Tackles!!! You got Martin going before Lewan… You got my Phins taking T James at #19??? Why would you take the 7th best Tackle anywhere in the first round.. TE Ebron still available.. Phins take him at #19… And probably get a Tackle in the 2nd round.. Maybe Cyrus… But James at #19 is more then just a reach!

    • SayreBedinger

      Bro I didn’t mess them up, I’m following the rabbit trail of rumors! For the ‘Phins, you should check out some of the reports. They are highly interested in James. With the run on T’s, might have to reach in rd. 1

      • Scott

        If you follow a rabbit trail you end up in rabbit $hit! If someone is feeding you the line about James they’re blowing smoke up your backsides. Johnny is completely spot on about your tackle evaluation!

      • Johnny

        Rumors are just rumors bro..

  • David

    I woud rather have Pryor but Dix would be great too.

    • SayreBedinger

      Hard to go wrong there. Talking about your pick of the litter at S could even trade down.

  • roger paul

    The Rams WILL draft a QB….but it WON’T be Manziel at #2

    • SayreBedinger

      I had heard the rumors, which could well be smokescreens, but I thought I’d at least check out what that scenario could look like. I agree, definitely WILL take a QB, might not be Manziel but I think the idea is at least intriguing.

  • loverpoint

    So you have the 49ers moving up from #30 to #17 and giving up picks to take a WR Beckham , then you gift Denver with Lee at #31.
    I think you are doing to the 49ers what happened to them last year . They moved up from #31 to #18 to take Eric Reid which was not necessary.
    Beckham is not a not worth it in a draft deep in WR’s

    • SayreBedinger

      Oh man I’d disagree. Everything I’ve seen from Beckham I love. I would definitely use those extra picks they have to move up and get him but what’s your opinion of him? What do you think he lacks other than 6’3″ size?

  • ryan theroux

    Thank you for not having the raiders draft a qb this time. I follow them religiously and know for a fact they will not take a qb with their first two picks.

    • SayreBedinger

      That is bold, Ryan. Really bold.

      • ryan theroux

        I was wrong aboit the raiders not drafting a qb but i thought there was no way carr would fall to us in the second round

  • Letterman007

    The Browns will in NO way draft another linebacker with #4. The offense needs the most help and therefore if this spins out like you have it, they will take Evans at#4 no matter what you think!! They will get the linebacker they need in the third round!!

    • SayreBedinger

      Evans would be a fantastic pickup! I made this pick based on the opinion of one of my most trusted Browns gurus.

      • Letterman007

        After the lackluster performance of the offense, and the defense performing fairly well and having enough linebackers in camp to field a baseball tea, we don’t need anymore in the first few rounds as other needs are more eminent !!

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    The BEARS are not going to pass on Clinton-Dix and Gilbert at 14 for Mosley.

    • SayreBedinger

      Wouldn’t surprise me either way to be honest. All good players. Perfect spot to trade down.

  • Gary Stewart

    the rams may be ready to move on from bradford and manziel may be a good choice but to select him at #2 is wasting a chance to trade down and pick him later also the rams still have high hopes for barret jones on the o line and to give up picks to move up for martin is another bad move 0 for 2 on the rams plus you wasted another pick in the trade so essentially you gave up a #2 a #13 and a #44 for a #10 and #20 prospect at best very bad

  • Yusef Uno

    Every Cleveland Browns supporter should pray that the upcoming NFL draft comes out like this mock. I am very excited about the Browns prospects for this coming season. I am also very impressed with Jimmy Haslem. He has the ship moving in the right direction. He has the right coach, and the right GM, in place to get the job done. The Browns are gonna be good THIS season! GO BROWNS!!

  • Dewight Marice Mitchell

    Odell Beckham Jr over Taylor Lewan