2014 Round 1 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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This is a no trade mock draft. Houston and Atlanta are the hot talk for a trade.  That would most likely send Jadeveon Clowney to the Falcons with the first overall selection.  If Houston is sitting at six I think they will go for a QB like Manziel or Bortles.  Minnesota, Cleveland and Tampa Bay could all grab Quarterbacks early.  Cleveland could wait until the second selection in the first round.  This is a deep draft at many positions.

1 – HOU – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
It wouldn’t shock me if Houston traded this pick. A team like Atlanta could Trade up to get Clowney. Houston can wait until later in the draft to grab a QB if they stick here.
2 – STL – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Sam Bradford needs a top guy to throw to and Watkins has all the ability in the world. It’s a deep receiver class. I think it’s pretty deep in linemen still come round 2.
3 – JAX – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo
A quarterback is obviously an issue. But the Jags a building a young up and coming defense and Mak will only help. Jacksonville can land a QB in round two
4 – CLE – Jake Matthews
Cleveland’s QB situation last year was a mess. Brian Hoyer looked good when he got the starting nod. But an injury made that a short stint behind center. Hoyer is back and the Browns have two first round picks.Mathews played mostly on the right side at A&M. He can play both sides in the NFL. But with Joe Thomas holding down the blind side Mathews should play right unless there’s an injury.
5 – OAK – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
Raiders need help in many areas. Securing a top left tackle will help. Defense could be addressed here if a player like Mack should fall.
6 – ATL – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
I think Atlanta has a plan to move up. If not the most likely scenario is grabbing a tackle. Lewan is big, physical and could play right or left side.
7 – TB – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
Other than Vincent Jackson there’s not much going on in the receiving department. Evans is a huge target who can line up all over. Offensive line needs an upgrade. But with the top 3 tackles off the board the Bucs have a great addition here in Evans
8 – MIN – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
The Vikings are a QB away from challenging for a playoff spot. There’s a few holes in other areas but Manziel can make all the throws and create plays with his feet.
9 – BUF – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina
The Bills have a young core of offensive talent. If Manuel ends up working out, Giving him a tight end who can move all over the field is an exciting addition. A top safety could get a look here as well.
10 – DET – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State
Good cover corner with nice size. Adds as a kick returner. Lions have been terrible against the pass for years.
11 – TEN – Anthony Barr – OLB/DE – UCLA
Barr is a big, athletic pass rusher who made the switch from runningback at UCLA.  He’s been a stand out at the position for the last two years.  Barr has great size for the position at 6’5” 250lbs.
12 – NYG – Zack Martin – OL -Notre Dame
Last season the Giants added youth to the O-Line when they grabbed Justin Pugh. Martin will be another good you addition to a line transitioning from older to young. Martin is a versatile lineman who could play guard or tackle.
13 – STL – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – S -Alabama
Excellent defender in pass coverage. Clinton-Dix started playing for the crimson tide when he was just a true freshman. He can lay a hit on receivers over the middle too.
14 – CHI – Aaron Donald – DL – Pittsburgh
Aaron Donald was a Senior Bowl standout. Not just in the game but in practice. Donald is smaller for the position at 6’1′ 288lbs. He handles double teams very well. Uses his quickness and strength to beat the double teams.
15 – PIT – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville
Physical hitter in the run game. Very good in pass coverage. Pryor has very good size at 6’2′ 201lbs
16 – DAL – Stephon Tuitt – DL – Notre Dame
Tuitt is a big physical player who can play inside or out on the line. Cowboys need to find a pass rusher also.  Big, strong player with great length.
17 – BAL – Odell Beckham – WR – LSU
When i look at the Baltimore Receivers I see Smith who is good and not great. An aging Steve Smith who’s lost his fast ball. Beckam runs well in and out of breaks. Soft hands and dangerous after the catch. Average size.
18 – NYJ – Darqueze Dennard – CB – MSU
Jets need some more weapons. But there’s a big hole at corner. Dennard has solid size at 5’11 199lbs. He’s a tough defender against the pass and rush. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Michigan State was his only Scholarship offer from a big school. He started 3 seasons in East Lansing.
19 – MIA – CJ Mosley – LB – Alabama
Offensive line is a priority. Multiple picks should be used to address the line. here it’s best player available. Smart player and sound tackler. He doesn’t need to come off the field because of any weak areas. Could play weak side or in the middle.
20 – ARI – Trent Murphy – LB – Stanford
Adding a young pass rusher would be a good move. A QB who falls could get a look here. palmer is old and after this season is much less of a cap hit. Murphy is a two-time all-american. He is also capable of dropping into coverage.
21 – GB – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech
Amaro is a big target at 6’6”. A solid blocker who uses his hands and size well on smaller defenders. Moves all around the offense.  Good hands
22 – PHI – Deone Bucannon – S – Washington State
Good size for a safety. big hitter who can shut down the run game. Pass coverage skills are solid. Fills a big need for the Eagles.
23  – KC – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State
One of my favorites in this draft. Speed with hands to match. Lines up all over and runs the entire route tree. Not a big receiver but Cook is in tremendous shape. He reminds me of a young steve Smith./ Never missed a game at Oregon State.
24 – CIN  – Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State
Shazier is a special player. He’s a high motor high energy player. Always looks to punish the ball carrier.
25 – SD – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Smaller CB, But he’s as good as they come in this draft. Tough competitor who always fights for the ball.
26 – CLE – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida
I really don’t expect Bortles to last this long. Cleveland could grab him at 4 if they like him enough, or if Houston Swaps picks with Atlanta that will likely be a landing spot.
27 – NO – Kyle Fuller – CB – VT
Pass rusher is a need. But i’m taking the corner here if i’m the Saint. Champ Bailey isn’t a long term solution. May not even be a short term solution at this point.
28 CAR – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia
If you can’t protect Newton, He can’t throw. Weapons will have to wait. Morgan is big, athletic and will start right away.
29  – Louis Nix  – DT – Notre Dame
Nix is a massive player at 6’2” 331lbs.  His size and strength help clog up gaps.  He wont be sacking the QB much. His non-stop motor will help collapse the pocket.  Nix had some knee issues at Notre Dame.  If Nix embraces his health, strength and conditioning he will have a long career.  Seems like the perfect hand off from Wilfork who he should model his game after.  Patriots are aging and thin at the position.  No sure thing Nix is available here.  A trade is always an option.
30  – SF – Marquise Lee – WR – USC
Lee is a good route runner with good hands. Gives the 49ers another legit target. Not the biggest physically. Not sure he’s a number 1 receiver. But could be a damn good complement.
31 DEN – Kyle Van Noy – LB – BYU
Van Noy is a good enough athlete with great instincts. Excellent in pass coverage. Reminds me a bit of Mayo in New England.
32 – SEA – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OL – UCLA
Su’a-Filo is experienced at guard and tackle. Quick on the pull and always sustains his blocks well. Seals off running lanes. Solid in pass Protection.
Final Mock wil be out next week.

 

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