2014 NFL Draft:Pre-Playoffs 1st Round Mock Draft

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Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A

Before the shenanigans of the off-season talent judging contest, this is the way the draft shakes out to me.

1 Texans – Johnny Manziel QB- Most say Bridgewater. I’m guessing Manziel in a slight shocker. He’s a Texas guy already, he’s exciting, smart, takes chances, and will give the offense a swagger for years.

2 Rams- Jake Matthews OT- The Rams have had a bad history with tackles from #2 pick Jason Smith, to injured Jake Long. That doesn’t stop them from getting Matthews to help this team.

3 Jaguars- Teddy Bridgewater QB- The rebuilding officially starts here. Bridgewater provides an NFL ready QB that is already as good or better than Gabbert or Henne. Only difference is he will be better than both by the end of his first season. Jags fans will rejoice with Bridgewater to Blackmon TD’s.

4 Browns- Blake Bortles QB – Browns swung and missed with Brandon Weeden, and Cutler is off the market. Trading for Kirk Cousins could cost a 2nd round pick, so drafting a player with Bortles upside makes sense. On a side note, I have a feeling Mark Sanchez could end up in a Browns uniform competing for a starting job with Bortles.

5 Raiders – Greg Robinson OT- I’m not sure if Robinson has declared for the draft yet, but if he does he’ll be the 2nd best tackle in it right now. Raiders need a line more than they need another first year QB. This is also my second and final choice for a Sanchez landing spot. A return to California could boost his play. The Raiders have a 3 way competition between Sanchez/Pryor/McGloin for the starting job.

6 Falcons- Jadaveon Clowney DE- Falcons have a great offense, but were killed by injuries and an off-year. They will be the bounce back team of 2014. Clowney is a steal here, and can play LE or RE either replacing Umenyiora, or Massaqui and providing an edge rusher that they desperately need since John Abraham left.

7 Buccaneers- Sammy Watkins WR – The Bucs have a new coach in Lovie Smith. First thing they need is to give young QB Glennon another receiver to make his job easier. Watkins provides more offense to combat the Saints, Falcons, and even Panthers strong offenses. Vincent Jackson has a new buddy.

8 Vikings-Darqueze Dennard CB – Minnesota gave up the most completions, and passing yards in an NFC North that has potent Green Bay, Detroit, and improving Chicago passing attacks. They need a franchise QB, but elect to stop the bleeding in the passing game first with the best corner available since there are no franchise QB’s at this point.

9 Bills- Khalil Mack LB – The Bills are pretty solid in the front 7 despite the fact they are not so good against the run. Nigel Bradham is not the answer and neither is Moats. Khalil Mack from Buffalo is a local guy that will make tackles and put more juice into an improving Bills defense.
10 Lions- Anthony Barr OLB- Lions really need a corner, but they settle for a guy to man the strong side and generate a little pass rush.

11 Titans- Cameron Erving OT – The Titans are well coached, but have a lot of middle of the pack guys. They upgrade with best available, and replace David Stewart while continuing to build that offensive line.
12 Giants – Mike Evans WR – Hakeem Nicks is going to leave, and the Giants aren’t going to pay a lot for another starting receiver. Evans will give Eli Manning the big receiver at a cheaper price than Nicks, while still letting Victor Cruz get his catches.

13 Rams- Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB- This corner fills two needs. He is a replacement for Cortland Finnegan who wasn’t very good this year. He is also a great tackler as evidenced by his 78 this past season. The physical 49er’s and Seahawks require as many good tacklers on the field for St. Louis as possible. He also is a return man.
14 Bears- CJ Mosley ILB – In the second draft steal of the night, the Bears find the future middle linebacker in what the NFL has for MLB university. Mosley has speed, is a leader, and is the first step in rebuilding that defense. Bears will go offensive line and pass rush after that.

15 Steelers- Cyrus Kouandjio OT – Rumor is Emanuel Sanders is leaving and the Steelers need a starting receiver. They can get one later as Kouandjio is the best offensive line prospect available. He will help keep Big Ben upright, and also he will increase a run game that we may see more of next year.

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