NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones
With football season officially underway, it’s time to take an initial look at how the 2014 NFL Draft may play out. The draft order used for this mock is based on Vegas’ projected win totals, featuring my own predictions for the AFC and NFC Championship Game participants, as well as the Super Bowl participants.
Last updated: September 10th, 2013
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*
Drafting Bridgewater is a consideration, but Clowney has freakish physical talent.
2. Arizona Cardinals – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Incumbent Levi Brown has been one of the worst blindside protectors in the league.
3. Oakland Raiders – QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*
It’s unlikely that any of the four quarterbacks currently on roster will become quality starters.
4. Cleveland Browns – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*
Another athletic man coverage cornerback to start opposite stud Joe Haden would be ideal.
5. Buffalo Bills – LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine implements plenty of linebacker blitzes into his defense.
6. New York Jets – LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley is the type of scheme-versatile linebacker that should appeal to GM John Idzik.
7. Tennessee Titans – DE Trent Murphy, Stanford
Drafting a productive pass rusher would allow Tennessee to part ways with Kam Wimbley.
8. Carolina Panthers – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Lewan would provide a massive upgrade over Byron Bell and help Carolina pound the ball.
9. Kansas City Chiefs – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*
Left end Tyson Jackson offers little to nothing as a pass rusher, which makes Tuitt appealing.
10. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*
Lee, who played with QB Matt Barkley, could replace impending free agent Jeremy Maclin.
11. St. Louis Rams – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
The 6’5”, 335-pound Richardson could complete St. Louis’ offensive line, currently missing a LG.
12. San Diego Chargers – OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama*
Kouandjio kept D.J. Fluker on the right side at Alabama and could do the same in San Diego.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame*
Playing next to a 350-pound space eater would elevate star Gerald McCoy to another level.
14. Minnesota Vikings – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*
An incredibly athletic weakside ‘backer, Shazier would join Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson.
15. Detroit Lions – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan’s man-blocking scheme favors Richardson’s size and power.
16. Miami Dolphins – OT Cameron Erving, Florida St.*
So far, the idea that Jonathan Martin is Miami’s left tackle of the future remains unsubstantiated.