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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  • Sgt HEY NOW

    Amaro over Ebron? I think that’s a stretch. The consensus is Ebron is the top rated TE by a wide margin.

    Here are the latest grades according to Scouts Inc – Ebron 92, Seferian-Jenkins – 87, Amaro 82. Would be disappointed to see the Jets take the wrong TE.

    • Paul Newbold

      Bleacher Report has it Amaro, Ebron. Jenkins. Depends on the source. Amaro is a bit bigger at 6’6″ to Ebron’s 6’4″. Ebron is supposed to be faster, while Amaro a bit more physical. Either way, I think the Jets would be sitting good if they were to grab one in the first.

      • Sgt HEY NOW

        While I agree with your opinion that different sources will have different grades, I don’t think Bleacher Report is anywhere near as credible as Scouts Inc (ESPN’s scouting service), nor does Bleacher Report have the scouting resources or the personnel Scouts Inc has.

        Plus Amaro is 6’5″ and Seferian-Jenkins is actually 6’6″. In any event, I think you take the more dynamic receiving threat, and that is Ebron.

        • Paul Newbold

          Like you said sources differ. I wasn’t implying Bleacher report was a better source. I’m sure if we hunted around we might find a source that would put Jenkins ahead of the other two, though the limited film I’ve seen of him, makes me believe he is more of a project and could go as late as the latter second or third. Just my amateur view of him though. The other 2 I think would be better suited for the Jets needs, as every TE on the roster is eligible for free agency,

        • Vincent Hall

          Could be, and I wouldn’t be disappointed with either one (Amaro vs Ebron). I do know that if you look at the numbers, Jace Amaro is something like 3rd in the nation for receivers, let alone tight ends for catches, and yards, and top 5 or 10 for TD’s. Ebron by comparison is down closer to 75th in the nation. A lot of that has to do with scheme, but it does show a pattern of SEC teams game planning to stop Amaro, and still not being able to do it. That alone gives him an advantage in my mind.

    • Vincent Hall

      I like both Ebron and Amaro. I think they will both be good. I’m not a scout, and don’t pretend to be.. I just know every time there is a game, Amaro shows up. He doesn’t just make big plays, he eats up catches, first downs, and yards. That and his bigger size, and similar speed to Ebron make me think he might be a better fit for New York.

  • Paul Newbold

    VincentHall, You have Clinton Dix going # 20 in the draft. Do you think that there is any chance the Jets might go after him? Rex does need help there as well. I like TE in the first, just curious.

    • Vincent Hall

      I think that Antonio Allen improved over the season, particularly against Jimmy Graham in the Saints game and also Gronkowski. He’s proven that he can hang with the elite tight ends. Landry on the other hand can be upgraded, and Ed Reed might play one more year. The offense on the other hand was close to last statistically. I don’t see any way the team wouldn’t tab offense early and often in the draft.

      • Paul Newbold

        Thanks for the feedback Vincent Hall. I like Allen, as you said he has improved, he definitely is a hard hitter, but more of a SS then a free safety. Landry definitely needs to be upgrade, he was victimized over the top constantly. I do have my doubts about Reed, he surely has lost a couple of steps from his prime, and took some terrible angles at times, he too was beat deep. I think he might be better served to be kept as some sort of assistant CB coach. I mention Clinton Dix only because of the secondary woes, Dix is scouted as the top sfety by far, but agree offense in the first three picks at least.