TC’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft v3.0

We are less than two months away from the 2014 NFL Draft now, and the pieces are starting to fall in place. The past two weeks of free agency haven’t disappointed, but it has shaken up some teams’ main targets come draft day. A lot of changes in v3.0, but a lot has remained the same too. If you haven’t seen the other versions yet, you can check out TC’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft v1.0 here and and Mock 2.0 here.

1. Jadeveon Clowney
DE | South CarolinaTexans
I don’t think a first overall pick has been this wide open since 2006, when ironically enough, it was the Texans. I’m leaning towards Clowney again because he’s just too good to pass up, and while teams leak things intentionally and keep their secrets, I don’t see any team enamored enough with any one of these QBs to take #1 overall.
2. Sammy Watkins
WR | Clemson

Rams

(from Washington)

If the Rams go offensive line here and gamble on getting Mike Evans later, I think they lose that gamble because Evans’ stock seems to be rising. Get the best WR available while you can. That being said, I’m convinced this pick will be traded if Houston goes a different direction than Clowney.
3. Blake Bortles
QB | Central Florida
Jags
The Jags free agency period has focused on building Gus Bradley’s defense, and he was even able to lure two of his guys to Jacksonville from Seattle in Red Bryant and Chris Clemons. Henne was signed to a backup QB deal so expect the Jags to take a QB at some point. I think Bortles here makes sense.
4. Khalil Mack
OLB | Buffalo
Browns
The Browns reportedly haven’t interviewed any of the perceived top three QBs. Paul Kruger wasn’t the player Cleveland expected after signing him to a big contract last off season, and the Browns need to pressure the QB to compliment Joe Haden on the outside.
5. Mike Evans
WR | Texas A&M
Raiders
After a disastrous first few days of free agency, the Raiders have quietly done a good job of rebuilding/adding depth to their O and D lines and grabbing Matt Schaub. Knowing Reggie McKenzie, he’ll probably trade down in this spot if possible. If not, get the big red zone threat the Raiders haven’t had since Randy Moss.
6. Anthony Barr
OLB | UCLA
Falcons
In an ideal situation, the Falcons would land Khalil Mack here. With the signing of Tyson Jackson, it’s almost inevitable that the Falcons will be implementing a 3-4, or at least a multiple front. Barr will excel as a OLB in the NFL in that scheme.
7. Greg Robinson
T | Auburn
Bucs
Greg Robinson is way too good to fall to #7 overall, but that’s the mystique of the NFL Draft. The Bucs get their new bookends in Anthony Collins and Greg Robinson.
8. Teddy Bridgewater
QB | Louisville
Vikes
In the last mock I mention there’s a chance that one of the top three QBs fall here, and now more than ever, I believe that it’s probable that the Vikings will have their choice of two, maybe even three. Christian Ponder needs to be pushed.
9. Eric Ebron
TE | North CarolinaBills
The Bills went ahead and resigned Scott Chandler, but Ebron creates mismatches. No offense to Chandler, but he’s not going to give nightmares to opposing defensive coordinators.
10. Justin Gilbert
CB | Oklahoma StateLions
The Lions at #10 are able to fill one of their biggest voids with the best available player at the position.
11. Jake Matthews
T | Texas A&M
Titans
Another situation where I’m not sure Jake falls this far because he’s way too talented, but if he does, the Titans will scoop him up without hesitation.
12. Taylor Lewan
T | Michigan
Giants
This is the pick that literally is consistent with just about everyone doing a mock draft. That being said, I’m sorry Giants fans because it’s really really boring to read mock drafts this year.
13. HaHa Clinton-Dix
S | Alabama
Rams
Back to my original pick here. Not sure if the Rams want to reach on Zack Martin here after the top offensive lineman just go off the board before this pick. Rams have a couple of needs in their defensive secondary at both S and CB with the departing Cortland Finnegan.
14. Aaron Donald
DT | Pittsburgh
Bears
I’m sticking with the Bears going on the defensive line with this pick as their biggest need now that Henry Melton has left for Dallas, but I’m changing the player. I think Aaron Donald will ultimately be the first DT drafted in this year’s draft.
15. CJ Mosley
MLB | Alabama
Steelers
Back in my v2.0 mock, I felt that Mosley was a little bit of a reach for the Steelers, but it made sense. After two weeks of free agency, I think it makes a ton of sense. The Steelers were able to sign Lance Moore and Mike Mitchell to help with WR and S leaving a gaping hole at the MLB position still.
16. Calvin Pryor
S | Louisville
Cowboys
Even though the Cowboys were able to sign Henry Melton, their defensive line is still a mess. Both Ware and Hatcher are gone, but Dallas still has a huge need at S too. With the signing of Melton, I could see the Cowboys leaning towards S now.
17. Timmy Jernigan
DT | Florida State
Ravens
The Ravens were able to resign Eugene Monroe shoring up their offensive line for the next few years, and I think they were smart in signing a pissed off Steve Smith. Haloti Ngata is getting up there in age, and it’s a mystery as to if Terrance Cody will be back this year. Jernigan fits the bill here if available.
18. Brandin Cooks
WR | Oregon State
Jets
There are a ton of rumors swirling around that DeSean Jackson may get traded to the Jets (and I for one believe it will happen), but until it does happen, the Jets need to find a compliment to newly acquired Eric Decker.
19. Zack Martin
T | Notre Dame
Dolphins
So not only were the Dolphins able to resign Brent Grimes, but Cortland Finnegan dropped into their lap as well making last mock’s Darqueze Dennard pick now unlikely. They were able to land Brandon Albert via free agency which was huge, but there’s still a lot that needs to be done to that offensive line.
20. Darqueze Dennard
CB | Michigan State
Cards
The Cardinals, in my opinion, have had the best off season that nobody is talking bout. They won 10 games last season in the toughest division in football and have added Cromartie, Veldheer, and Ginn. With the addition of Cromartie, I don’t think it’s a sure fire thing Arizona goes CB here, but if Dennard is available I think they pull the trigger.
21. Louis Nix III
DT | Notre Dame
Pack
The Packers were surprisingly able to get Raji back, but it’s only a one year deal. I think it still makes sense to take Nix here to rotate the two big fellas in and out this season and have Nix moving forward just in case they can’t get anything long term agreed upon with Raji.
22. Bradley Roby
CB | Ohio State
Eagles
The Eagles were able to add Malcolm Jenkins to help with their defensive secondary issues, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I’m pretty confident the Eagles go with a CB here, it’s just a matter of who they have as their highest rated.
23. Xavier Su’a-Filo
G | UCLA
Chiefs
Kansas City’s offensive line was just flat out decimated during the first two weeks of free agency having lost Braden Albert, Jon Asamoah, and Geoff Schwartz. WR is a huge need also as I’ve pointed out in mock v1.0 and v2.0, but offensive line is top priority now. Look for Chiefs to try and trade back here and get Su’a-Filo later.
24. Kony Ealy
DE | Mizzou
Bengals
I’m going to stick with the Bengals need for depth at the DE position after losing Michael Johnson to the Buccaneers, but I’m going to change it up to Kony Ealy. Ealy had a pretty impressive pro day to help out his below average combine performance.
25. Ra’Shede Hageman
DT | Minnesota
Chargers
A few different directions for San Diego to go here. I could see them going with WR, CB or DT. Hageman is a freak of nature with a lack of production. Some team is going to take him thinking they can get the most out of his abilities.
26. Johnny Manziel
QB | Texas A&M

Browns

(from Indianapolis)

As the draft gets closer, I’m more and more convinced that one of the top three QBs will fall to this position. I don’t think that any team is 100% sold on any of the three, but the value here for Manziel is apparent.
27. Dee Ford
DE | Auburn
Saints
The Saints off season has been interesting. They let go of a few defensive veterans, and they shockingly let Darren Sproles go. They must have a RB in mind to replace Sproles, but not here. If a pass rusher like Ford is available, they’ll be happy to grab him.
28. Marqise Lee
WR | USC
Panthers
I literally have no idea what the Panthers are doing this off season. Cam Newton’s top FOUR receivers from last year are all gone. Carolina can’t go any position here but WR, can they?
29. Kyle Fuller
CB | Virginia Tech
Pats
The Patriots were able to get Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but my guess would be that Revis will only be there for one year. Assuming the Patriots are to get back to the Super Bowl, they’ll probably need to get past Denver, and as Seattle proved, you need a deep secondary.
30. Jason Verrett
CB | TCU
49ers
With the loss of Mario Manningham it opens up the discussion of the 49ers taking a WR with this pick. With Boldin and Crabtree, I could see San Francisco taking a guy like Odell Beckham here to stretch the field, but I think CB is more of an immediate need with the departure of Tarell Brown.
31. Odell Beckham, Jr.
WR | LSU
Broncos
Peyton Manning only has a few years, at most, left in the tank. Denver is more than happy to get him the weapons he needs now to get back to the Super Bowl.
32. Kelvin Benjamin
WR | Florida State
Seahawks
Russel Wilson needs more help with his receiving unit after both Tate and Rice were not resigned by the team. They have their home run threat in Percy Harvin, and now they get their big red zone target.

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