Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is flying up NFL Draft boards.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s only September, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start projecting the next year’s NFL Draft. Compared to 2013 the ’14 draft features franchise quality talent and star potential at a number of positions. The 2014 class is especially deep at pass rusher, offensive tackle and even Quarterback. There will be no shortage of immediate NFL impact from this draft class.

Check out who your team could end up with in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Updated September 16

(Order is based on projected standings at the end of the year)

1) Oakland Raiders- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Oakland rebuild is going to take a long time and patience is needed. Clowney is the best player in the draft and while the Raiders need a QB, they aren’t in a position to pass up a sure fire stud like Clowney.

2) Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Jaguars luck out and are able to get their hands on the best QB in the draft. Jacksonville has some nice pieces in place on offense, but they will continue to be an NFL doormat unless they get a real QB. Bridgewater has franchise QB potential and all the skills to take the Jaguars to the next level.

3) Buffalo Bills – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Bills could go in a lot of directions here, but continuing to build a strong offensive line is the best bet. Drafting a versatile and athletic OT like Matthews would allow Buffalo to move Cordy Glenn to the right tackle or inside.

4) New York Jets – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Jets have built one of the better young DL in the NFL. But, the success of Rex Ryan’s defenses are usually built around pressuring the QB. Anthony Barr would be a great fit in the Jets hybrid 3-4 defense. Barr is an athletic freak that is just scratching the surface in terms of potential.

5) Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Cleveland could opt for a QB like Mariota in this spot, but I think Brandon Weedon gets one more year with better tools around him. Adding a dynamic and versatile player like Sammy Watkins to a core of Trent Richardson and Josh Gordon makes the Browns much tougher to defend.

6) Arizona Cardinals – Cyrus Kounandijo, OT, Alabama
The Cardinals started the rebuild of their offensive line this year by drafting Jonathan Cooper 7th overall. The team still lacks long term tackle talent. Cyrus Kouandjio and Jonathan Cooper is enough to turn a weakness into a strength.

7) Pittsburgh Steelers – Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
A perfect fit between player and team. Louis Nix is the best pure Nose Tackle to come out in a long time. The powerful and athletic behemoth can plug in the middle and become the centerpiece of the new Steelers defense.

8) San Diego Chargers – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Roby is the best cover corner in the draft and the Chargers can use all the help on the backend they can get. Derek Cox was a nice addition, but the Chargers lack talent and upside at the other corner position. Roby has the chance to be a special player and a shut down NFL corner.

9) Minnesota Vikings – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Mariota is flying up draft boards and could go even higher thanks to the changing NFL game. It’s a copy-cat league and teams are going to try and mimmick the success of RG3 and Colin Kaepernick. Mariota is a sensational athlete with legitimate passing talent. Imagine Adrian Peterson and Marcus Mariota running a zone-read offense.

10) Carolina Panthers – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Carolina has started to build a young and talented front seven, but still have major holes on the backend. Their safety play over the last 2-3 years has been suspect and cost them in crunch time. Clinton-Dix is an impact NFL defender and should have teams fighting for the right to draft him. He’s a good fit in Carolina where he can team up with Luke Kuechly and Star Lotulelei to make the Panters strong up the middle for years to come.

11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
It’s no secret that the Buccaneers struggle to rush the passer. I don’t see a solution on the current roster, which means it’s imperative they draft a young pass rusher. It could be Tuitt or someone else, but this is an area they will address in the draft.

12) Detroit Lions – CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Lions defense lacks leadership and talent at the LB spot. Mosley can fill both holes as he is a versatile and consistent player that can be counted on each game. Mosley would have been a first round pick if he entered the 2013 draft and won’t fall much further than this in 2014.

13) Tennessee Titans – Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
Purifoy is a bit raw to be an immediate shutdown NFL corner, but with his frame and natural athleticism he will become one with improved technique. The Titans can use help all over the defense and Purifoy is the most talented defender at this point in the draft.

14) Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Besides Dwayne Bowe the Chiefs are severley lacking WR depth and speed. Marqise Lee gives Andy Reid a player similar to Desean Jackson to stretch the field, exploit matchups and take some of the load off of Bowe.

15) Miami Dolphins – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Jeff Ireland had the chance to fill the biggest hole on his team last year and opted to pass on offensive tackles early in the draft. Whether Ireland is around to make this pick next year remains to be seen, but there is no doubt the Dolphins will be targeting Left Tackles and Lewan is a good one.

16) St. Louis Rams – Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
The Rams added an athletic LB last year in Alec Ogletree, but still have a huge hole at the other OLB position. Shazier is every bit the athlete of Ogletree and has much better instincts and overall football technique. The Rams defense would be scary fast and young by adding Shazier to their front seven.

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11 Responses to “Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0”

  1. John says:


    What about Ebron from NC? Crazy upside and his background appears to be more stable than Lyerla’s and ASJ’s. Anyway he could leap-frog both of them on the Pat’s draft board, due all the recent off-the-field issues? Or are Lyerla and ASJ just too talented to pass up?

    Also, if the Patriots were to take a DB in the 1st, who would you want them picking?

  2. Bilious Brown says:

    Correct logic for Chicago choice, but wrong player. Marcus Roberson is the better choice. Bigger kid, less of a project.

  3. steve earle says:

    Oh boy, draft talk. It would be great to get Seferian-Jenkins in the first rd. My question is, does anyone besides me think he will be long gone by the time Bill gets to pick?

    • acm says:

      Well, I guess the Q to ask then is “Where is Bill gonna be picking?” (alluding to how pointless albeit fun draft mocks are at this time of the year 🙂 ) … and he certainly would be there if he continues with his DUIs and/or has an underwhelming 2013 season.

      • steve earle says:

        If the DUI’s continue sure, but if they do is this a guy to dumb for the Pats? I see a couple early mocks with him in the top half of the draft. The other consideration being will the rookies come around in time to prevent us from drafting in the top half?

        • acm says:

          too many variables in play right now – who’d have thought Ansah would go at #5 and D. Moore would drop to the 3rd round this time, last year?
          Senior season productivity counts for A LOT (see Buchanan) and the best mocks are done after the combine, now it’s little more that just a time-killing exercise.

  4. DraftHobbyist says:

    It’s interesting that you have Oakland picking #1 when Jacksonville just lost to Oakland. It says updated the 16th, but maybe you just didn’t change that around or maybe you think Jacksonville is going to win some games. Personally, I don’t think they will.

    Also, I think you should reconsider your explanation of the Jets pick. If they are picking #4 overall, Rex Ryan most likely isn’t the coach anymore.

    • DraftHobbyist says:

      Also, I’m a Packer fan. Packer fans have huge confidence in Casey Hayward, and frankly, I’m not sure why you don’t. This is a guy who was a 2012 October Rookie of the Month and a 2012 Rookie All Pro (Pro Football Weekly). He had 6 INT’s and 1 FF with 40 tackles, many of which were in run support. Opposing QB’s had a 31.1 passer rating against him, he was 3rd in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he was on the NFL All-Joes Team. What more do you want from the guy?

      Tramon Williams, on the other hand, I can see your gripe with. He simply hasn’t been the same since his shoulder injury that damaged nerves. I don’t think he’ll ever gain the strength back in his arm. He used to be a physical corner and now he’s a corner that plays off and finesse. He could play in the NFL, but he’s not a #1 at all.

      The Packers are also pretty happy with the burner Sam Shields who has learned to play more physically, is growing every year since he played very little CB in college, and is a solid #2 CB. Davon House presents some promise for depth, but he is still inconsistent and could still bust out.

      Finley will likely be let go due to money. If Austin Seferian-Jenkins is there it could be pretty hard to let him go. I know this is a Patriot site so you guys probably want to mock him to the Patriots, but the Packers would scoop ASJ up in a heartbeat IMO.

  5. S.W. McMahan says:

    Mike, I’m jacked and pumped to startup some draft talk!!!

  6. Brendon says:

    No way Boyd gets past Cleveland!!!

  7. Jagsman says:

    man it would suck to not end up with Clowney. this Pass rush is God AWFUL.

    QB is awful as well but we can get a guy in the 2nd or wait till the next draft. this jags rebuild is gonna be a long-term thing.

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