2014 Final Round 1 NFL Mock Draft

Johnny-ManzielHere is my final round 1 edition.  It doesn’t include trades.  However, I expect there to be a lot of them.  Atlanta, Philly and others may look to move up.  While teams in the back end could move out of the first round.  Which could lead to more quarterbacks going toward the end.  Houston is on the Clock…

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.

2 – STL – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Many speculate a tackle here. But 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 Mack will only help. He’s an athletic playmaker who will start from day 1.  Jacksonville can land a QB in round two

4 – CLE – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
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.  He wont have to be the savior of the offense.

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 St.
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 – UCLA
Barr is a big, athletic pass rusher who made the switch from runningback at UCLA. He was a standout from the jump of his position switch.

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 trasitioning from older to young. Martin is a versitle 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 – DT – 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′ 210lbs.  Gives the Steelers a shot of youth.

16 – DAL – Stephon Tuitt – DL – Notre Dame
The trendy pick here is a pass rusher. I think Tuitt adds a massive body, who is scheme versatile.  He’ll help stuff the rush and collapse the pocket.

17 – BAL – Deone Buchannon – S – Washington St.
Big hitter and solid pass coverage skills will give the Ravens two young safteys.  Linebacker and receiver could also be options here.  Offensive line could get a look if someone falls to them.

18 – NYJ – Odell Beckham – WR – LSU
Jets need some more weapons.  If there’s a corner on the board they like they may wait until next pick.  Beckham has average size.  His hands and route running are very good.

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 – Dee Ford – DE/OLB – Auburn
Ford fills a need on the defense. Tough pass rusher who wont need to start day one and can fill into the rotation. Should be a starter by the end of the season.  Star at the Senior Bowl.  It wouldn’t shock me to see a QB go here.  Palmer has one year of big money left.  Next year he will cost much less to cut.

21 – GB – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech
With the three top safetys off the board, this pick makes too much sense. Amaro is a big target. A solid blocker who uses his hands and size well on smaller defenders. Moves all around the offense.

22 – PHI – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri
Gives the defense an edge rusher. Safety is a big issue and it would not shock me to see them trade up and get one. receiver is another area they could address here.

23 – KC – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon St.
One of my favorites in this draft. Speed with hands to match. Lines up all over. 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.  Loss of teammate Marcus Wheaton (Drafted by Steelers 2013) didn’t hurt his production at all.

24 – CIN – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State
Shazier is a special player. He’s a high motor, high energy player. Always looks to punish the ball carrier.

25 – SD – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan St.
Great add for this defense. A tough defender against the rush and pass.  Not an elite athlete.  But his drive is what makes him special.  Only scholarship offer was from Michigan State.  Plays with a chip on his shoulder.

26 – CLE – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida
Browns could grab a QB with the fourth overall pick. If they do, Defense has some holes to be filled.

27 – NO – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Pass rusher is a need. But I’m taking the corner here if I’m the Saints. 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 – NE – 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 could learn from and 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 for New England.

30  – SF – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State
Speedy athletic corner. Has had some off-field issues that could land him in the second round. receiver is an area that could be looked at.

31 – DEN – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – 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.


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