2014 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting The Top 10 Picks in the First Round
The 2014 NFL draft is rapidly approaching!
Let's take a look at how the Top 10 picks should unfold.
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1. Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: The Texans need a quarterback and he’s the most polished in the draft. Bill O’Brien, a former quarterback coach, isn’t going to pass on this opportunity. Well, at least he shouldn’t. If he does, there are plenty of other teams who will send Houston a thank you card.
2. St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Sam Bradford has yet to have a full season where he was protected. Until then, you can’t give up on him at quarterback. Matthews could slide in right away and keep the signal-caller upright. If Bradford still doesn’t pan out, you have an elite offensive tackle for the next 10 years or so to protect the next guy.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Jacksonville needs help just about everywhere. So, why not go with the best overall prospect in this class? Clowney is an impact player the moment he steps on the field and is a nice building block for the future. You can’t miss with this pick.
4. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: Cleveland has a lot of nice pieces but really needs a QB. Manziel would not only put fans in the seats and bring excitement to the franchise for the first time in forever, but he may be the guy who could put an end to a long list of quarterbacks who failed. Johnny Football to save the day!
5. Oakland Raiders – Blake Bortles, UCF, QB: Some mock drafts have Bortles going first overall to the Texans, so, he can’t be that bad. He brings ridiculous upside to a franchise that is usually considered the laughing stock of the league every season. You must like this pick as a Raiders fan. Unfortunately, the felling may not be mutual.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: The Falcons defense was beyond terrible last season. Barr is somebody who can rush the passer and add some explosive plays, both of which were lacking for Atlanta a year ago. He’s a polished defensive player who should be in the league for 10-plus years.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Tampa Bay may have found its quarterback in Mike Glennon, now you need to provide him with some weapons. Watkins is the best receiver in this class and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Bucs can’t go wrong with this pick at all.
8. Minnesota Vikings – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: A change at offensive coordinator is a sign there will be a change at quarterback. Carr can throw a nice deep ball and has a ton of upside. He could be the answer to the Vikings offense that has potential. Worst case scenario, he’s better than his brother David Carr.
9. Buffalo Bills – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: Drafting the hometown kid makes sense. Not only would he make fans happy, but he’d make game-changing plays for a Bills defense that was brutal against the run. The tackling machine could help turn things around quickly. After all, he led college football with 16 forced fumbles.
10. Detroit Lions – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Another hometown pickup that makes too much sense. Detroit was ranked 23rd against the pass last season and allowed big play after big play. Dennard is a physical corner who could make a big difference on the defensive side of the ball for the Lions.