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NFL 2014 Consensus Mock Draft (Picks 1-32)

Drafttek.com uses a computer model to simulate a 7-round 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Each team has an analyst who supplies data on 2014 NFL Draft team needs. The team needs are matched up against a list of 2014 NFL Draft prospect rankings (aka "Big Board") in order to generate each selection in our 2014 NFL Mock Draft.


2014 Consensus Mock Draft - 7 Rounds
CMD #11
April 16, 2014


Here is the decision facing the Texans:

Draft a would-be franchise QB from among Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater. All three have glaring flaws to offset their college production. The result will be that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the season, and continue to play as long as the Texans are in contention.

Or:

Draft the top rated player in the draft and put him on a defensive line with JJ Watt. Jadeveon Clowney need not worry about double teams with Watt on the other side. Starting at QB will be Fitzpatrick, but this time the Texans defense is frightening. In this scenario, Fitzpatrick is good enough at QB to game-manage the Texans into the playoffs.

Maybe deep into the playoffs.


1 Houston
Jadeveon Clowney
    South Carolina
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
266
Alternate Pick #1
Teddy Bridgewater
Alternate Pick #2
Sammy Watkins
HC Bill O'Brien has made some statements that 1) the Texans may not select a QB in the 1st Round and 2) they may select more than one QB in the draft. After blazing a 4.53 forty (at 266 lbs.), leaping a tall building (well, at least 37.5") in a single bound, and recording a standing broad jump of 10'4", no one can doubt the explosion of Superman! Although most pundits feel Clowney is better suited as a 4-3 DE, new HC Bill O'Brien stated in a recent interview that his defensive philosophy employs "multiple fronts", rather than a 3-4 or 4-3 exclusively. Houston's team defense ranked 28th in the League, tied for 29th with only 32 sacks, and ProFootballFocus gave them a -44.4 grade in pass coverage (due largely to the lack of QB pressure). As for the Texans' need at QB, this scenario assumes Ryan Fitzpatrick (acquired in Free Agency) can hold down the fort, and a "QB of the Future" will be drafted later to be groomed.
2 St Louis
Greg Robinson
    Auburn
    ROT
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
332
Alternate Pick #1
Sammy Watkins
Alternate Pick #2
Jake Matthews
The Rams' selection of Greg Robinson is occurring with greater frequency in many mock drafts, this one included. In reality, there's much uncertainty surrounding the number 2 pick in the draft. The Rams have four viable options to consider: Standing pat and selecting an elite prospect (Sammy Watkins, Greg Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney), or trading down. With only 3 weeks remaining until the draft, the Rams have revealed very little regarding their preferences or intentions. Every indication suggests they're keeping all options open. Without a glaring need at any of the three positions - OT, WR, DE - the Rams select Robinson, who may be the most talented - and safest - player in this draft. Robinson compares favorably to recent Hall of Fame inductee Walter Jones; a rare combination of power and athleticism. Historically, players with Robinson's gifts enjoy long, productive careers in the NFL.
3 Jacksonville
Teddy Bridgewater
    Louisville
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
214
Alternate Pick #1
Sammy Watkins
Alternate Pick #2
Johnny Manziel
This is that time of year where we tend to overanalyze draft prospects. That being said, the former Louisville signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater's stock has been all over the place these past weeks. Some prognosticators have him falling to the 2nd round, while some Draft Gurus have him going #1 overall. The truth of the matter is there is no clear-cut #1 quarterback; however, there's no denying that Bridgewater is the most NFL-ready QB in this draft. While he may be slight of frame and lack the "Wow Factor" that Manziel possesses, Bridgewater does all things well and would serve as the long-term answer and a definite upgrade to the Quarterback position. ~Darrol F Beamon, Jags Draft Analyst
4 Cleveland
Sammy Watkins
    Clemson
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
205
Alternate Pick #1
Johnny Manziel
Alternate Pick #2
Blake Bortles
Had any of the Quarterbacks in this class projected to be the second coming of Andrew Luck, the Browns would've traded half of their draft to lock him down. Alas, none are worthy. Drafting the best player available (BPA) has proven to be the best strategy, and that player is Watkins. Watch this Gauntlet Drill at the NFL Combine. The thing that sets Watkins above the other receivers is his soft, quiet hands that register as whispers. Listening is key. That ball hitting the hands of others sounded like gunshots. Adding Watkins to Josh Gordon and TE Jordan Cameron allows the Browns to draft a game-managing QB later. ~Mike Sudds, Browns Analyst
5 Oakland
Khalil Mack
    Buffalo
    OLB43
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
251
Alternate Pick #1
Jake Matthews
Alternate Pick #2
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
With a revamped defense comprised primarily of over-the-hill veterans, Dennis Allen may see the missing piece in this downhill playmaker. Paired with 2013 3rd round selection Sio Moore, Mack could be a lethal force on the outside. The only hesitations would be that Kevin Burnett, who recorded 105 tackles, was an adequate if unspectacular starter for the struggling defense, and the team has a more significant need for a #1 receiving target. However, if Sammy Watkins and his 4.43 speed are gone by the time the Raiders pick at #5, it is far more likely that Reggie McKenzie opts for the linebacker version of Andrew Luck in the sure-thing from Buffalo rather than reaching for Mike Evans or another target who represents less value at the spot.
6 Atlanta
Anthony Barr
    UCLA
    OLB34
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
255
Alternate Pick #1
Jake Matthews
Alternate Pick #2
Darqueze Dennard
ProFootballFocus is painfully blunt in their assessment of the Atlanta Falcons' defense during the 2013 season: -8.9 in run defense, -44.4 in pass rush, and -35.1 in pass coverage for an UN-grand total of -70.6 in total defense. Will the much-anticipated switch from their traditional 4-3 base alignment to more 3-4 schemes correct this deficit? Not unless some of the plethora of Defensive Ends on the current roster can advance past Cro-Magnon status and play the OLB34 position on 2 feet. Both Clowney and Mack are off the board, but UCLA's Anthony Barr played OLB in the Bruins' 3-4 scheme and he is at his best rushing the passer . . . and, with his quickness, draws comparisons to a young DeMarcus Ware. Before drawing your conclusions, watch the Bruin's highlights from last year.
7 Tampa Bay
Mike Evans
    Texas A&M
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
225
Alternate Pick #1
Johnny Manziel
Alternate Pick #2
C.J. Mosley
Evans is settling in as the popular pick du jour for the Buccaneers. DraftTek's recent front page poll shows Evans collecting 56.7% of the votes, with 6 other candidates splitting the remaining 43.3%. And why not? Evans and Vincent Jackson, both 6'-5", will present formidable weapons for opposing secondaries to try and defend. Johnny Football continues to get all the glory among Texas A&M prospects, but more than one pundit thinks it was Mike Evans who made Johnny Manziel, not the other way around. But despite our fan poll, Evans is by no means a lock for this pick. The QB situation for HC Lovie Smith is by no means settled, and the Bucs have been linked to both Manziel and Derek Carr. Another option? If Smith thinks that the protection of whomever they line up at QB is the highest priority, then Jake Matthews also becomes a viable candidate.
8 Minnesota
Johnny Manziel
    Texas A&M
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
207
Alternate Pick #1
Blake Bortles
Alternate Pick #2
Darqueze Dennard
Johnny Football. We all know the criticisms. The off-field antics, the questions on maturity, the possibility that a big pay day will cause him to fall into a downward spiral of unending drunkenness and debauchery... Right. We also know what he brings to the table on the field: a decent, but not great, arm, solid mechanics and accuracy, below average size, good mobility and other-worldly creativity. Yes, he's an enigma. But can this team win with him at the helm? That is the question. Yahoo! Sports breaks this down rather exhaustively here . When I look at the Vikings, I think Manziel can fit here. He doesn't need to be the focal point of the offense. He can make plays when plays aren't there. Having him and AD as a dual-threat, running the football, could be effective. There are a lot of positives. Will it happen on draft day? Maybe. Either way, here's hoping the next QB turns out for Minny, regardless of who it is.



9 Buffalo
Jake Matthews
    Texas A&M
    ROT
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
305
Alternate Pick #1
Eric Ebron
Alternate Pick #2
Kony Ealy
Evans, Manziel, Matthews! Buffalo selects the third Aggie in a row, opting to first protect "Knee-J" Manuel's health above all else. Matthews is the second tackle drafted solely because of Robinson's high ceiling, but from Day One, Matthews will be a starter for ten-plus years on a line that Marrone says will help run the Bills run into the playoffs. Matthews has started every game his last three seasons, including three at RT. I like Matthews better than Robinson for the Bills for four reasons: 1) his pocket awareness with a mobile QB (see Football, Johnny) is outstanding; 2) Matthews' scheme recognition is more sophisticated, 3) he's quicker to adjust to blitzes and Bills were 4th-worst in sacks; and 4) at least for now, Matthews is the more technically-sound pass protector. We'll see in ten years, but a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. As was evident last year, the Bills need more time to throw and wider lanes to rush through. ~Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst
10 Detroit
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix
    Alabama
    FS
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
208
Alternate Pick #1
Kony Ealy
Alternate Pick #2
C.J. Mosley
This is such a tough pick to project! LB Anthony Barr, CB Justin Gilbert, CB Darqueze Dennard, OT Taylor Lewan, or even DT Aaron Donald are all available in this DRAFTSIM. Ideally, the Lions would trade back a few spots, where many of the aforementioned prospects will still remain available. Unfortunately, finding a trade partner has proven fruitless thus far. The Lions could trade up five spots with Oakland for OLB Khalil Mack. The cost, according to our up-to-date Interactive Trade Value Chart would be the 10th pick, plus a third-round pick this year, and in 2015. Could Oakland make such a deal? Is Mack too expensive? We'll stick with the value pick here, Alabama's outstanding cover safety, until the draft. ~Mike Sudds, Lions Analyst
11 Tennessee
Louis Nix
    Notre Dame
    DT34
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
331
Alternate Pick #1
C.J. Mosley
Alternate Pick #2
Jeremiah Attaochu
After addressing the Right Tackle spot in Free Agency with the signing of Michael Oher, Tennessee doesn't have any true "needs," other than one glaring spot: Nose Tackle. In new Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton's scheme, the Nose Tackle is one of the most important roles, as it frees up the rest of the front seven to shine. In Arizona, Darnell Dockett was perfect for eating space and creating pressure, and allowed players like Daryl Washington and Calais Campbell to dominate in their roles. Tennessee has some exciting players on defense, like Jurrell Casey and Zach Brown who could blossom under Horton. With this in mind, a player like Louis Nix is perfect for the Nose Tackle role and can potentially have a similar impact that Dockett had. Nix has incredible size and length, and is very quick for a man of his mass, which allows him to force teams to double- and triple-team him, opening lanes for the players around him to bring down the ball carrier.
12 NY Giants
Taylor Lewan
    Michigan
    LOT
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'7''
Weight:
309
Alternate Pick #1
Eric Ebron
Alternate Pick #2
Aaron Donald
Many Giants fans want the G-men to take the polarizing defensive tackle Aaron Donald out of Pittsburgh because of how dominant he was in college (a ridiculous 28.5 tackles for loss), but he is just about maxed out at 285 pounds. Everything the Giants have done the past two off-seasons is focusing on getting bigger in the trenches, not smaller. The Giants gravitate towards the prototype players, which is Taylor Lewan. Lewan is 6'7 309 pounds with 33 7/8" long arms. He's a mauler with the athleticism of a franchise left tackle. There are questions about his character stemming from an incident following the Ohio State/Michigan game. The Giants have added a number of pieces to the offensive line this off-season, but there are still questions about the long-term viability of the unit. Lewan is a prospect that many, including Greg Gabriel, have said is better than any of the tackles last year and at #12 would provide excellent positional value.
13 St Louis
Justin Gilbert
    Oklahoma State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
202
Alternate Pick #1
Marqise Lee
Alternate Pick #2
Odell Beckham Jr.
Justin Gilbert has been quietly inching up draft boards throughout the offseason. He's now being regarded as a potential Top-Ten pick. In a class that includes Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby, Kyle Fuller, and Jason Verrett, Gilbert stands out due to his combination of size, athleticism, and experience at the collegiate level. He's debatably the premier cornerback prospect in this year's draft. Gilbert was a starter for three of his four years at Oklahoma St. In the pass-happy Big 12 conference, Gilbert gained plenty of experience defending large, physical receivers, for a team whose defensive schemes called for him playing press coverage 70% of the time. Gilbert turned heads at the NFL Combine, running the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.37) among all defensive backs. At 6' 202 lbs. Gilbert has the size to match up with NFL receivers. Rams DC Gregg Williams runs an attacking, aggressive defense, one which emphasizes man, press coverage. Justin Gilbert is an excellent fit for his schemes.
14 Chicago
Aaron Donald
    Pittsburgh
    DT43
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
285
Alternate Pick #1
Darqueze Dennard
Alternate Pick #2
Timmy Jernigan
At this point, any self-respecting Bears fan should be well versed in the exploits and talents of Mr. Donald. His 4.65 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine is already something of legend, while his highlight reel has him spending enough time in opponents' backfields to qualify as their backup RB. Donald is a machine, blessed with outstanding speed, quickness, foot work, and hand speed. This blend of skills has led to a wheelbarrow full of awards and eye-popping numbers for a DT, both in in 2013 and over his entire career: 28.5 TFL in 2013, 66 for his career; 11.0 sacks in 2013, 29.5 in his career. Some question his size (285, slight for the position) and his arm length, but there is simply no better 3-technique in this draft. Despite some excellent signings in FA, that is still a need the Bears would love to fill.
15 Pittsburgh
Darqueze Dennard
    Michigan State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
191
Alternate Pick #1
Jason Verrett
Alternate Pick #2
Marqise Lee
Once more the Steelers are able to get one of the guys on their board in the middle of the round. With Ike Taylor set to make his reduced salary farewell tour in 2014, the Steelers need a top corner more than any other position. Dennard is the very definition of a shut-down corner. One scouting service calculated that he only allowed 0.88 yards per target -- a record in the BCS era. Dennard is strong in run support and was a leader on a very tough Spartan secondary. Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau would surely like to have a corner that can play on an island so he can roll coverages to the rest of the field and get after the passer.
16 Dallas
Timmy Jernigan
    Florida State
    DT43
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
299
Alternate Pick #1
Kony Ealy
Alternate Pick #2
C.J. Mosley
Yes, Dallas signed Henry Melton, a "quick-twitch" 3-technique DT for Marinelli's defense; however, Timmy Jernigan has the size to play the 1-technique as well as the pass rush skills to slide over to the 3. He earned 1st Team All-ACC honors from league coaches and 2nd Team All-American in 2013, starting all 14 games and recording 63 tackles, 11 of those for losses, and 4.5 sacks while constantly facing double-team blocking. Jernigan was a leader in the Seminole locker room, which meets HC Jason Garrett's definition of "RKG" (Right Kinda Guy), and threw in 9 tackles during the BCS National Championship Game for good measure! DC Rod Marinelli wants flexibility from his "Rush Men" and he'll get it from Jernigan. Jason Hatcher is an UFA, taking his 11 sacks, 7 QB hits, and 33 QB hurries from 2013 to the Deadskins . . . da 'Boys need an injection of youth into their DL!

Traded Round 1 Picks:
St Louis gets Washington 1st round pick (Robert Griffin)
Cleveland gets Indianapolis 1st round pick (Trent Richardson)

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11 Darqueze Dennard
Michigan State
CB
33 Ryan Shazier
Ohio State
OLB43
34 Ra'Shede Hageman
Minnesota
DE34
36 Bradley Roby
Ohio State
CB
39 Allen Robinson
Penn State
WRF
49 Carlos Hyde
Ohio State
RBF
53 DaQuan Jones
Penn State
DT34
82 C.J. Fiedorowicz
Iowa
TE
89 Jared Abbrederis
Wisconsin
WRF
92 Jack Mewhort
Ohio State
ROT
98 Cody Latimer
Indiana
WRF
99 Chris Borland
Wisconsin
ILB
101 Christian Kirksey
Iowa
OLB43
104 Stanley Jean-Baptiste
Nebraska
CB
120 Jonathan Brown
Illinois
OLB43
156 Denicos Allen
Michigan State
OLB43
167 Max Bullough
Michigan State
ILB
171 Beau Allen
Wisconsin
DT34
178 Isaiah Lewis
Michigan State
SS
206 Ricardo Allen
Purdue
CB
207 Brock Vereen
Minnesota
SS
218 Jacob Pedersen
Wisconsin
TE
228 Jeremy Gallon
Michigan
WRS
237 James Morris
Iowa
ILB
239 Christian Bryant
Ohio State
FS
244 John Urschel
Penn State
OG
245 Corey Linsley
Ohio State
OC
247 Ted Bolser
Indiana
TE
249 Ryan Groy
Wisconsin
OG
252 Glenn Carson
Penn State
ILB
254 Quincy Enunwa
Nebraska
WRF
259 Dezmen Southward
Wisconsin
SS
264 Kain Colter
Northwestern
WRS
275 Venric Mark
Northwestern
WRS
281 Kenny Guiton
Ohio State
QB
288 Jeremiah Sirles
Nebraska
ROT
294 Spencer Long
Nebraska
OG
302 Anthony Hitchens
Iowa
OLB43
303 Jeff Budzien
Northwestern
K
307 Andrew Norwell
Ohio State
OG
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