NFL Draft Insiders: Mock Draft 2014 Entering Season
1. Jacksonville Jaguars Teddy Bridgewater QB-Louisville
- The Jaguars would find their much needed franchise quarterback, which has been a long time process, in Louisville quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater. The Blaine Gabbert experiment has been an epic failure and the best QB prospect in two years would be an excellent choice for the Jaguars to build around for the next decade.
2. Oakland Raiders- Jadeveon Clowney- DE- South Carolina
- The top defensive player in a decade to come out of college, would be a welcomed addition to the Raiders' defense, that continues to build from their poor performance in 2012. With the rise of Terrell Pryor, a quarterback is no longer too big of a need.
3. Cleveland Browns-Tajh Boyd QB- Clemson
- The Browns land there much needed franchise quarterback, like Jacksonville. Brandon Weeden is simply not talented enough to be a playoff team's starter and Boyd is similar to Cam Newton, who current Browns' head coach, Rob Chudzinski had success with in Carolina. He is NFL ready, fits the read option fad and is simply an excellent quarterback.
4. New York Jets- Marqise Lee- WR- USC
- Geno Smith is the future quarterback for the Jets, but he needs weapons and Lee is the best receiving prospect in a few years, despite the poor play of the USC quarterbacks this season.
5. Arizona Cardinals- Cyrus Kouandjio- OT- Alabama
- Levi Brown is not the answer at left tackle and should have been upgraded a long time ago. The Cardinals need a franchise left tackle and would find one in Kouandjio, who could be an elite player for them for a long time.
6. Tennessee Titans- Louis Nix- DT- Notre Dame
- A needed defensive tackle to boost the Tennessee defensive line, Nix is an excellent fit, as he is a true force on defense. He could be a star on an improving Titan defense, who seem to be building through their lines. However, a quarterback is certainly in play, if Locker struggles.
7. Buffalo Bills- Jake Matthews- OT- Texas A&M
- Cordy Glenn would be best at guard and the Bills could use a franchise left tackle to protect EJ Manuel. Moving Glenn to guard to replace Andy Levitre, while adding an elite left tackle prospect, would improve their offensive line in two places and turn that unit into a big strength.
8. Minnesota Vikings- Brent Hundley- QB- UCLA
- Christian Ponder is not the answer and if he fails this season, they should draft a new quarterback, as three years is more than enough to prove to a team that a quarterback is not right for their team or talented enough. They played it safe last time with Ponder and would be wise to go with the upside of the UCLA quarterback.
9. San Diego Chargers- Taylor Lewan- OT- Michigan
- They drafted their right tackle in DJ Fluker, but still need a left tackle and Taylor Lewan could combine with Fluker, to create one of the best tackle duos in the NFL.
10. Miami Dolphins- Loucheiz Purifoy- CB- Florida
- The Dolphins still need help in the secondary and if they could land a cornerback of Purifoy's caliber, they could land their number one cornerback for years, which is a big need, since they lost Sean Smith.
11. Detroit Lions- Antonio Richardson- OT- Tennessee
- The Lions are another team that will desperately be seeking a left tackle and Richardson could become that for them. Protection is needed for quarterback Matthew Stafford and their offensive line is arguably the team's biggest weakness.
12. Philadelphia Eagles- Anthony Barr- OLB- UCLA
- Barr could go far higher than 12, but if he is available, the Eagles should not wait to pounce. He’s arguably the top pass rusher in the draft after Clowney and would fit perfectly in their new 3-4 defense.
13. Kansas City Chiefs- Sammy Watkins- WR- Clemson
- The Chiefs seem to have found their quarterback in Alex Smith, but he could use more weapons and while Dwayne Bowe is a very nice receiver, they need a starter next to him and the explosive Watkins could be a star.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Haha Clinton Dix- S- Alabama
- The Cowboys have needed a star safety for years and HCN would be a day one starter. They have their cornerbacks in Carr and Claiborne, but they still need a top end safety to make their secondary complete.
15. St. Louis Rams: Cameron Erving- OT- Florida State
- The Rams have Jake Long at left tackle, but they may lose Roger Saffold and would need a right tackle to replace him, but even if they drafted Erving, they could move Saffold to guard and improve in two places.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers: De'Anthony Thomas- RB- Oregon
- The Steelers are getting old and do not have much explosion in their offense and even though they just drafted Le'Veon Bell in the second round, the running and receiving capabilities of Thomas, could really give this offense a needed boost. Not a typical Steelers pick, but he may be too enticing to pass up on.
17. Carolina Panthers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu - CB- Oregon
- The Panthers still need a number one cornerback and Ekpre-Olomu could be a day one starter and fill that need within a year or two.
18. St. Louis Rams- Anthony Johnson- DT- LSU
- The Rams have the makings of an elite defense, but could use talent and depth on the defensive line and Johnson could be special.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Timmy Jernigan- DT- Florida State
- The Buccaneers need help on their defensive front and Jernigan would be a fine addition to their growing defense and would create an excellent pairing with McCoy in the middle of their defensive line.
20. Indianapolis Colts: Adrian Hubbard- OLB- Alabama
- The Colts could use an elite young pass rusher and Hubbard is an excellent fit in their 3-4 defense.
21. New York Giants: CJ Mosley- ILB- Alabama
- The Giants continue to have a need at middle linebacker and Mosley is the top one in this draft and would instantly fill that role and could man the middle for a decade or more.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Stephon Tuitt- DE- Notre Dame
- The Ravens' defense is getting younger and they could use a dominant 3-4 defensive end and Tuitt fits the bill
23. Cincinnati Bengals: Ed Reynolds- S- Stanford
- The Bengals are still in need of safety help and Reynolds would be an excellent addition. Safety is by far their biggest weakness on their defense.
24. Seattle Seahawks- Scott Crichton - DE- Oregon State
- The Seahawks only signed Bennett and Avril for one year and need a long-term starting defensive end and Crichton is an excellent pass rusher.
25. Chicago Bears: Bradley Roby- CB- Ohio State
- Almost all Bears cornerbacks will be free agents after the 2013 season and assuming they cannot resign them all, the team will need depth and maybe even a new starter. Also, Charles Tillman is not getting younger, so an investment needs to be made on the position and Roby could start as a rookie if they lose one of their starters.
26.New Orleans Saints- Brandon Coleman- WR- Rutgers
- The Saints could use a big receiver to help their already elite passing game adding a lethal weapon for Drew Brees, especially in the end zone.
27. Houston Texans- Donte Moncrief- WR- Mississippi
- They drafted DeAndre Hopkins in the first round last season but they could still use more talent in the wide receiver corps and Moncrief could add another weapon to an excellent offense. A big upside move.
28. Atlanta Falcons- Austin Seferian-Jenkins- TE- Washington
- Tony Gonzalez is back for at least one more year, but they need his replacement and Seferian-Jenkins is an elite tight end prospect and a nice replacement for the Hall of Famer.
29. San Francisco 49ers- Aaron Lynch- DL- South Florida
- Lynch could be an excellent young piece on the defensive line and could take over for Justin Smith when he retires and is very nice value this late in the draft and would make a difference on this elite defense in a small role at first, but become a key piece of the defense in the years to come. Improving an already elite defense is never a poor move.
30. Denver Broncos- Ryan Shazier- LB Ohio State
- Linebacker is an area of the Denver defense where they could use added depth and youth and Shazier, could be the next excellent Ohio State linebacker in the NFL.
31. Green Bay Packers- Gabe Jackson, G- Mississippi St.
- The Packers continue to have problems with their offensive line and could use an elite guard prospect like Gabe Jackson.
32. New England Patriots: David Yankey, Stanford
- The Patriots, like the Packers could use a big time young talent in the interior of their offensive line.
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