NEPD Editor: James Christensen
This 2014 NFL Mock Draft will be the final one of the season here at NEPatriotsDraft.com and marks the longest pre-draft season in history. It is finally here. Draft day. Eat your pancakes.
FINAL MOCK – Updated 5/8
1) Houston Texans- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
Clowney is a freak athlete that—alongside JJ Watt—will be a terror for AFC South offenses. He will be fun to watch when playing up to his ability.
2) St. Louis Rams - Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
If the Rams trade back here, they should target Matthews, one of the safest picks in the whole draft, to anchor their line for the next 10 years.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack DE/LB Buffalo
Sammy Watkins will be tempting, but you can’t go wrong adding a player like Khalil Mack. He plays the game at full speed and can help you win in so many different ways.
4) Cleveland Browns - Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
Taller, longer and a better jumper than Alshon Jeffrey, Mike Evans and Josh Gordon are going to be the best receiver duo in the NFL, provided they keep their heads on straight.
5) Oakland Raiders - Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
The Raiders have so many holes that they really can’t go wrong. If they eschew a lineman, adding Watkins is the best way to help their offense.
6) Atlanta Falcons - Greg Robinson OT Auburn
The Falcons are not shy about trading up. If they can go get the mammoth Greg Robinson, I think they’ll pull the trigger.
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
Tampa Bay may have to trade up, but they will make a splash with Johnny Manziel. Pair him with Vincent Jackson—his new Mike Evans—and let him do his thing.
8) Minnesota Vikings – Aaron Donald DL Pittsburgh
The Vikings need to hit on their first-round pick and Aaron Donald is a safe pick that has a lot of upside in the middle of the defensive line.
9) Buffalo Bills – Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
The Bills have needs at a lot of positions, but they won’t get an offensive lineman the caliber of Lewan later in the draft.
10) Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
I’m not a big fan of Gilbert, but the Lions do have a need at corner. Detroit could easily overdraft him here.
11) Tennessee Titans – Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
I really have no idea where Bortles ends up, but Ken Whisenhunt seems like he would be a fan.
12) New York Giants - Zack Martin OL Notre Dame
Martin is the perhaps the most versatile lineman in this draft and could even go higher than #12. The Giants could plug him in at nearly any position.
13) St. Louis Rams – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix SAF Alabama
Like Gilbert, I’m not a huge Clinton-Dix fan. That said, I’ve heard that the Rams are enamored with his game.
14) Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor SAF Louisville
The Bears need an eraser in the defensive backfield and Calvin Pryor can be that guy. He hits like a truck and has enough coverage ability to avoid being a liability.
15) Pittsburgh Steelers - Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
The Steelers’ corners aren’t getting any younger. Fuller provides some youth at the position and will create some turnovers for Mike Tomlin’s defense.
16) Dallas Cowboys - Tim Jernigan DL Florida State
Anthony Barr and Ryan Shazier were nearly the picks here, but Jernigan provides the beef in the middle that the Cowboys will need—both now and in the future.
17) Baltimore Ravens – Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
Ebron—along with Dennis Pitta—would give Joe Flacco two of the better receiving tight ends in the AFC. Flacco needs the help.
18) New York Jets - Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
The Jets might have to trade up a bit to land Beckham, but what he’d bring to the table—a receiver with no true weaknesses—would be invaluable to Geno Smith.
19) Miami Dolphins - Ja’Wuan James OL Tennessee
Cyrus Kouandjio makes a lot of sense here as well, but James’ health beats out Kouandjio’s upside. James had a very good season for an underperforming Volunteer squad.
20) Arizona Cardinals – Anthony Barr LB UCLA
Barr is a tough prospect to project—his raw talent is immense—but if the Cardinals don’t want to invest in a quarterback, than his upside is too hard to pass up on here.
21) Green Bay Packers – CJ Mosley LB Alabama
Unless Mosley’s medicals don’t pan out—very possible—I’m not sure there is a better fit in the draft than the pairing of the Packers and this linebacker.
22) Philadelphia Eagles – Marqise Lee WR USC
Marqise Lee can’t replace Desean Jackson the player, but he can certainly replace the production in Chip Kelly’s offense.
23) Kansas City Chiefs – Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
St. Louis gets Tavon Austin, but the Chiefs may have one-upped them with Cooks. He is a waterbug that excels with the ball in his hands.
24) Cincinnati Bengals – Jason Verrett CB TCU
An injury might scare some teams off, but—despite his size—Verrett is one of the best corners in this class. His technique is unmatched in this group.
25) San Diego Chargers – Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
The Chargers’ secondary left a lot to be desired in 2013. Dennard brings some toughness and tenacity that should shore up the position in 2014.
26) Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr QB Fresno State
Paired with Evans, Gordon and Jordan Cameron, Carr could find success as a rookie for a new-look Cleveland team.
27) New Orleans Saints – Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
Shazier’s athleticism is just too rare to pass up on here. Put him in a Rob Ryan defense and let him shine.
28) Carolina Panthers – Joel Bitonio OL Carolina
Bitonio offers some athleticism and versatility for a team that has needs all over their offensive line. The Panthers could also use a receiver here if one falls into their lap.
29) New England Patriots - Dominique Easley DL Florida
Easley is a disruptor. With the defensive backfield ready to go, the Patriots just need a little more pass rush to put them over the top. With medicals reportedly looking strong on both of Easley’s knees, this is a no-brainer.
30) San Francisco 49ers - Cody Latimer WR Indiana
If the 49ers can’t trade up, Latimer makes a lot of sense for a team needing another weapon for Colin Kaepernick.
31) Denver Broncos – Ra’Shede Hageman DL Minnesota
Hageman has some serious “Boom” potential, but could just as easily “Bust”. Paired with the Broncos defensive linemen, he could have a big impact as a rookie.
32) Seattle Seahawks - Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
Lawrence gives the Seahawks another talented pass-rusher to complement their stout defensive backfield.