Posted September 24, 2013

2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

NFL Draft, NFL draft 2014
Teddy Bridgewater headlines a talented class of quarterback prospects.

Teddy Bridgewater headlines a talented class of quarterback prospects. (David E. Klutho/SI)

Mock drafts are an inexact science even 24 hours before the actual event occurs. At eight months out, there is an unlimited amount of guesswork.

An important point here: The draft order was cobbled together from a combination of where teams currently stand and a projection of where they might be at the end of the year. The goal is less to pinpoint exactly which players each team will wind up with, and more to look at what each franchise needs and where potential draftees fall in the current landscape.

As you’ll notice, there are five quarterbacks “selected” in the top 10 and four in the first five picks. Given what we saw in 2013, when every QB not named EJ Manuel plummeted further than most expected, that’s a stark reversal.

It may be an unrealistic one, too, because at least a couple of the teams slotted to take QBs in Mock 2.0 — Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Philadelphia — could stick to their current guns or wait until the later rounds. There is so much talent at quarterback, though, that a repeat of 2013′s very delayed run on the position is highly unlikely.

With that, away we go on Mock Draft 2.0

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

If the Jaguars wind up in this slot — and there’s certainly no reason to think otherwise through three weeks — then they’ll have two choices. The first is the most obvious: Take Bridgewater, thus far the clear top quarterback in the class, and build around him. The second? Go with Jadeveon Clowney (yes, he’s still a viable No. 1 pick) and take advantage of a deep QB class in Round 2.

2. Oakland Raiders: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Terrelle Pryor has given the Raiders a little bit of life at quarterback. The jury is still out on whether or not he can be a consistent, full-time starter in this league. But for the moment, Oakland has to like what it is seeing. That means the Raiders can focus more attention on a defense that clearly needs a talent infusion. Clowney up front and D.J. Hayden in the secondary would be a decent starting point.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

Had a tough time with this pick, mainly because it seems like the Buccaneers are far higher than most on Mike Glennon. Obviously, if they deem him their QB of the future, this pick heads elsewhere — likely on one of the top offensive tackles or wide receivers. Barring that, this team still needs a quarterback.

4. Cleveland Browns: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

The Trent Richardson trade obviously makes the Browns an extremely intriguing team to watch approaching the 2014 draft. Assuming Bridgewater lands No. 1, Cleveland needs to pick its guy at QB and go for broke to get him. Will that be Mariota? Hundley? Johnny Manziel?

5. Minnesota VikingsTajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

The Christian Ponder experiment is on its last days — the home fans chanting for Matt Cassel in a Week 3 loss to Cleveland might have been the final blow. So either here or in Round 2, the Vikings have to roll the dice on a quarterback. Given how quickly that position may come off the board, waiting would be a massive gamble.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Rodger Saffold is a pending free agent and, more to the point, he has been unable to stay healthy over the past three seasons. Matthews could drop right in at right tackle for a couple years, then slide over to left tackle when Jake Long’s St. Louis days are up.

7. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Anyone who’s watched the Steelers this season (or for the past couple seasons) knows that their offensive line is in shambles. Since neither 2012 second-rounder Mike Adams nor 2011 second-rounder Marcus Gilbert really has settled in, maybe Lewan could. Bonus: He’s blocked for Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner, so adjusting to Ben Roethlisberger’s movement in the pocket would be old hat.

8. Arizona Cardinals: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

The Cardinals have no chance to really take any substantial steps forward until they fix their offensive line. Kouandjio finally could kickstart that renovation, as a blindside protector for Carson Palmer and a force in the run game.

9. Carolina Panthers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

The NFC South is no place to have so many lingering question marks in the secondary. Roby remains the top cornerback prospect in the 2014 class (though Jason Verrett’s right there), so this is a natural one for the Panthers.

Johnny Football in Chip Kelly's offense? Watch out.

Johnny Football in Chip Kelly’s offense? Watch out. (John W. McDonough/SI)

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Mariota is the rather obvious match here — he played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and is thriving in the offense Kelly left behind. The MMQB’s Greg Bedard reminded us, though, that Kelly recruited Manziel partially because Johnny Football played in a high school offense similar to Kelly’s attack. This one would be a lot of fun if it happened.

11. New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

The Giants have tried to find a middle linebacker for several years now, from signing Chase Blackburn off the street to putting Mark Herzlich in over his head. Mosley is a phenomenal talent — Alabama had him spy Johnny Manziel — and he could be a 100-tackle guy from the outset.

12. San Diego Chargers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The Chargers have some nice pieces cobbled together at wide receiver, but not a ton of top-flight talent. Watkins would be just the type of player coach Mike McCoy needs to really open up his playbook.

13. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Mario Williams remains an imposing pass-rusher at defensive end, but the Bills are still trying to find him a little help. Barr very well may come off the board in the top 10 — maybe even top five — come May. The early QB run pushes him down here, and the Bills reap the benefits by nabbing the still-developing former running back.

14. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Jets appear to have their new franchise quarterback in Geno Smith. Now it’s time to give him a few toys. Pairing Lee with Stephen Hill and veteran Santonio Holmes would open up a lot of possibilities for Smith in Year 2.

15. St. Louis Rams: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Truth be told, I had Clemson QB Tajh Boyd penciled in here initially. It’s still hard to justify the Rams simply throwing in the towel on Sam Bradford, though. The D-line, meanwhile, could use another body to rotate with Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers. Easley can be a dominant force.

16. Tennessee Titans: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

The Titans upgraded the interior of their line prior to 2013, so it only makes sense to beef up on the edges before 2014. The current starting tackles, Michael Roos and David Stewart, are 30 and 31 years old, respectively. Both have voidable years on their contracts upcoming, too.

63 comments
chrismurf1
chrismurf1

Falcons have no oline and no dline.  No way they take a linebacker unless 1990 Ken Norton Jr. surfaces

AlexRicker
AlexRicker

I don't think the Raiders will be picking #2 ... top 5 sure, but not #2, so Clowney won't be heading there. Just as long as they are range of a top QB so they can trade down and pick up more assets.

Sicko123
Sicko123

OH No All The Way Down To #2 for Clowney I guess he is stock is "Falling" *Sarcasm* lol

When you actually have TALENT people will deal with and over look a lot of your flaws and with Clowney the talent overshadows the Flaws!

JoshKnepshield
JoshKnepshield

Marcus Mariota is a beast and he is playing. What are you talking about? He is better than Hunley and he is a top 5 prospect.

will moffatt
will moffatt

How can you have Roby in the top ten too with his problems this past offseason? No one drafts a DB in the top ten with off field issues, learn the history. 

will moffatt
will moffatt

This mock lost all respect when you have Marcus going third overall. His a good football player in all but his a version of Kaepernick and he is not playing well.  Hunley is the best UCLA prospect at QB since Aikman, there is no way even if the Bucs would take a QB would take Marcus over Hunley, Boyd, or Carr. 

blaker73
blaker73

i am a big 10 fan, but Jadeveon Clowney is by far the best player to come out in years.

blaker73
blaker73

5 qb's in the first 10 picks no way, wont be 5 in the whole first round.

John4
John4

Grant - never said he did.  The article stated that Marcus Mariota would be the obvious choice (but probably won't be available this late).  Then the article said that Johnny Manziel played an offense in High School similar to what Kelly runs.  Try reading the article.  Then commence with your idiotic comments.

GrantMatthewWarner
GrantMatthewWarner

Johnny Manziel never played for Chip Kelly... Get facts straight.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Cant wait till the 2020 mock draft comes out soon 

seaj253
seaj253

Money! That is who every Seahawks die hard wants. Lyerla would look sick in the Hawks offense!!!

yadda71
yadda71

You don't have Keith Price in the first round? That's a problem. 

RicoSpilaggio
RicoSpilaggio

I'll take Johnny Football over any of those other QB's, 

Drew92410
Drew92410

The fact that he has a QB being selected with 4 of the first 5 picks should indicate how little this guy knows about the recent history of the NFL Draft and the transition from college to the NFL. The 2012 draft was one of the most talented drafts for QBs in history, yet only 4 were taken in the entire 1st round. And this guy believes that 4 will be taken with the first 5 picks in this draft? Ok then.....

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Why don't you just list the Best college prospects in order its just silly no Stupid to think some of those teams will finish even close to those slots.. You are looking like a dolt thinking some of those teams will draft those players. You have the internet take advantage of it, who knows better about a team than a die hard fan... ask them what their team needs.. I promise you your draft selection would look a lot better and people will think you know something about football.

PhilsEagles6ers
PhilsEagles6ers

A little early for a mock draft, but as an Eagles fan you have to look forward to the next Franchise QB

ColinKing
ColinKing

All you say this is a waste of time, and yet took the time to read it....smh

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Mock draft after 3 games, WOW you guys with this mock draft are good

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

Wow. There is REALLY nothing else to write about is there?

2001mark
2001mark

Mock NFL draft in Sept?  lols... that's a clown posting bro.

Seriously though, keep the eligible player rankings - just kick any team rankings away until at least Dec.  You can easily add 'which teams need him most' tags under every single player.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

I like Ted's pocket poise and decision-making (UL), but so far it's been quiz-time (competition).

Still largely a disconnect here between college excellence at the QB spot and professional play (NFL).  Kaep crams to catch up on D-read, former fleet-of-foot RG3 may never be same, Tebow & Young are outta’ the game and injury-plagued Michael hangs on.

The savvy GM (and draft prognosticator) digs deeper in future NFL draft pools for the vanishing breed of pocket passer, preferably with mobility, rather than spend a high-RD pick on another run-QB development project (Manziel, Boyd, Mariota, Hundley), whose ‘athleticism’ won’t often enough set him apart in a business where speed is prevalent.

ackpffft
ackpffft

This seems like a waste of time.

CokaCokaCoh
CokaCokaCoh

Mock draft in September? Why not fire off a couple more mocks for 2015 and 2016? They'll be just as relevant.

goosegeese
goosegeese

Colt Lyerla was out last week and no one knows why; might have been due to stomach flu, might have been disciplinary. That could be something to watch with him.

Jim21
Jim21

Wow, already a SECOND mock draft and we are barely 3 games into the NFL season... Can we at least wait until the draft order is in before speculating on where these guys will end up?

MarkD99
MarkD99

Buffalo takes a cornerback. 

metalhead65
metalhead65

the bucs are not drafting a qb with their pick. even if the regime that picked him is not here he has not been given a chance yet to see if he was worth the pick they made in him. you don't just throw away a pick like him without seeing if he is any good or not. and the browns pick from the colts will not be before the 20th pick at the earliest.

rick259g
rick259g

CJ Mosley for the Giants?  I know the Giants are starvin' for LBs, but this guy was suppose to follow Johnny football and they scored 42 points? Sounds like he's fit right in to what the G-Man are doing now.  No thanks!

dtfgfyuigfij93
dtfgfyuigfij93

@blaker73 sorry im an sec fan but what has clowney done this year? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, and his work ethic is horrible AT BEST.

John4
John4

@seaj253 If Lyerla is so good - which he is - then why would he last to 31?  He won't.  

The_Sports_Dude
The_Sports_Dude

@Drew92410 Take it with a grain of salt.  Being that we're only in week 4 of the NFL and college football, it's a lot easier to see QB holes in the worst NFL teams and which college QBs project to be prospects.  It's a given that some offensive/defensive linemen and other defensive players will shoot up the draftboards, but it usually takes a season's body of work and/or combine performance to happen.

btcvsolo
btcvsolo

@ColinKing How do you know? The title of the article tells anyone all they need to know without reading the whole thing...

mjhellund
mjhellund

@KeysSteven Aaron Murray is clearly a better passer than any of the QBs on this list.

John4
John4

@CokaCokaCoh No, the mock for 2014 is coming into focus.  The 2015 and 2016 drafts (and their mocks) have too many variables at this time.  

Wil_Myers_Rays_Savior
Wil_Myers_Rays_Savior

@metalhead65 Yes they are, Freeman is a POS, and Glennon is more inconsistent and incompetent than Free. Mariota doesn't fit the system, so I'd lean more towards Boyd

penguinfarmer
penguinfarmer

Because Mosley is supposed to be covering Mike Evans?  You're a moron.  Mosley is one of the best case scenarios for the Giants.

coreyb333
coreyb333

@dtfgfyuigfij93 @blaker73  If Clowney sat on the bench the rest of the year he would still be the top player in this year's draft. You must be a Georgia fan.

dtfgfyuigfij93
dtfgfyuigfij93

@jjstrokes35 @yadda71 you're an idiot im no washington fan but he's UNDERRATED idk what you're smoking, if anything braxton, mariotta, and manziel are BY FAR the most overrated

Matthew W
Matthew W

@The_Sports_Dude @Drew92410  

 True....the writer was up against a deadline and had to come up with something in a hurry when he had nothing to write about. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@mjhellund @KeysSteven Murray is a hell of a player and by the end of the season he will probably have re-written several SEC passing records, but he is going to run into that stigma against smaller QBs. Manziel is smaller, but he compensates with mobility.