2014 NFL mock draft rounds 1-3


The 2014 NFL Draft takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York from May 8-10.

Round 1

1. Houston Texans-Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

The Texans have a strong receiving corps, the talent of the team is there, all they need is a quarterback to tie it all together. Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s scheme will fit well with Bortles because his game is a hybrid of Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady and O’Brien was the Offensive Coordinator for Tom Brady from 2007 to 2011.

2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The Rams need weapons for Sam Bradford. The weak receiving core would be upgraded by Watkins who is considered by many to be the best receiver in the draft. Even with the recent addition of Kenny Britt, Watkins still serves as a good pick for them.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Even though Manziel lacks the physical stature of a prototypical quarterback he is an upgrade over the aging Chad Henne. He is an explosive player with an even more explosive personality. If the Jaguars can keep him under control off the field, he will be a solid player on the field for years to come.

4. Cleveland Browns- Jadaveon Clowney DE, South Carolina

Clowney is the most highly anticipated defensive end prospect since Mario Williams in 2006. He has been highly regarded as a potential No. 1 pick. However his work ethic has been called into question after an underwhelming junior season following his monstrous sophomore year. He will fall to the Browns where he will instantly upgrade their defensive line and will haunt quarterbacks in the AFC North for years.

5. Oakland Raiders- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

He is an instant improvement on the Raiders offensive line which has been adequate for a while. After the Rodger Saffold embarrassment this offseason, the Raiders desperately need an upgrade on their line. He will also help improve the running game for Darren McFadden.

6. Atlanta Falcons- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Falcons defense is in desperate need for help at OLB. He is the best OLB prospect in the draft and will be paired up with Sean Witherspoon. The defense was the downfall of this team last year. They need an edge rusher to pressure the quarterback and Mack would be a perfect fit.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

He is the best offensive lineman still available in this mock draft. The Bucs have many holes to fill on their offensive line. Even with the addition of Anthony Collins in free agency, Matthews will be a strong addition to the team and will be a good blocker for Doug Martin.

8. Minnesota Vikings- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The Vikings have offensive weapons in Cordarrelle Patterson and Adrian Peterson, all they need is someone to throw the ball to them. He’s the last of the top 3 quarterbacks in this draft and QB is their biggest position of need. The Vikings are a quarterback away from contending in the NFC North.

9. Buffalo Bills-Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

The Bills truly go with the best player available here. It helps that this pick fills a position of need. An upgrade in the linebacker position is just what this defense could use to be a contender in the AFC East.

10. Detroit Lions-Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Gilbert is one of the top cornerbacks in this draft and fills a huge need for the Lions. The defense completely destroyed the team’s chances for a conference title last year. The Secondary last year was atrocious and the addition of Gilbert will help tremendously.

11. Tennessee Titans-Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Titans lost their No. 1 receiver in Kenny Britt to free agency and their best receiver left is Nate Washington. Mike Evans will definitely be the #1 receiver in Tennessee and he is the best player available at this point.

12. New York Giants-Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

The Giants haven’t been able to replace the production of Michael Strahan since he retire five years ago. Donald excelled at the Senior Bowl and made a name for himself. With major losses on their Defensive Line this offseason, Donald will fill a huge need for the Giants as they try to get back to Super Bowl form.

13. St. Louis Rams-Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Clinton Dix is the best Safety prospect in this draft. A rangy ballhawk in the secondary is what the Rams need for their defense. The defense was solid last year but they need an upgrade at FS and Clinton Dix is that upgrade.

14. Chicago Bears-Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

He is the best available DT in this draft. The defense was lackluster last year as they couldn’t stop the run. Nix is a run stuffer much like BJ Raji, and he’s a big body. Defensive line will be an improvement with this addition.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Pittsburgh has a large hole to fill at the WR position with the loss of Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery. Lee is a big WR that will serve as a nice weapon opposite Antonio Brown and Lance Moore. Although he may need time to develop into a downfield receiving threat, he will serve as an immediate red zone threat with his height.

16. Dallas Cowboys- Timmy Jernigan, NT, FSU

The Cowboys have a huge need on their defensive line with the departure of Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware. Jernigan is big-bodied tackle that can make an impact in a hurry in a division that occupies so many potent runners.

17. Baltimore Ravens- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

This is a very necessary pick at number 17 because the Ravens offensive line is very lacking even with Eugene Monroe signing an extension. The departure of Michael Oher to the Titans leaves a huge hole that Lewan can fill opening up the running game once again for the Ray Rice and Bernard Pollard.

18. New York Jets- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

At any rate, Jeff Cumberland is not an acceptable answer at number 1 TE. They need playmakers on offense for Geno Smith. Even with the addition of Eric Decker, Ebron can serve not only a down field weapon, but short yardage.

19. Miami Dolphins- Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

The Dolphins may have good additions at RB in Knowshon Moreno and the returning Lamar Miller. Problem is Miller only had a couple 100 yard games and Moreno comes from an offense in Denver where he was a 1000 yard rusher. The common denominator is the Dolphins offensive line. With Brandon Albert on one side and Martin on the other, the two Dolphins RBs will run freely all over the AFC defenses.

20.Arizona Cardinals- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

With Dennard on one side and Patrick Peterson on the other and Tyran Mathieu up the middle at safety the Cardinals will have a very tough secondary. They can defend better against a tough NFC west with features returning Super Bowl Champs Seattle Seahawks, Wild Card berth San Francisco 49ers, and emerging talent St. Louis Rams.

21. Green Bay Packers- Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Packers’ safeties were among the worst in the league. They had no interceptions and many break downs in coverage. Pryor will step into a starting job vacated by M.D. Jennings who departed for the division rival Bears. Pryor is a hard-hitting, ball-hawking safety that will improve the Packers defense.

22. Philadelphia Eagles-CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Philadephia has huge holes to fill on defense and adding Mosley would help stop the run game and provide pass rush in a division with good quarterbacks. Mosley is an immense talent but lack of need at his position is the cause for his fall in the draft.

23. Kansas City Chiefs-Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

The Chiefs need a top receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe and Beckham serves as a good #2 option for Alex Smith. Even though the Chiefs had a potent offense last year, their embarrassing playoff loss to the Colts showed their lack of a good second option at receiver. Beckham is a big, fast receiver to run downfield.

24. Cincinnati Bengals-Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Ealy is coming from a 4-3 scheme and will fit nicely into the 4-3 of the Bengals. They need to replace Michael Johnson on the Defensive line and provide youth for a good, but aging Bengals defense. The pass rush will be much improved with this pick.

25. San Diego Chargers-Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

If Verrett was four inches taller, he’d be the top cornerback in this draft. What he lacks in size he makes up for in agility and ball skills. The Chargers need to upgrade the Cornerback position and Verrett instantly brings youth and speed to this defense.

26. Cleveland Browns (via IND)-Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Is there any doubt that the Browns need help at Quarterback? Derek Carr has long been rumored as the favored QB of the Browns and he will fall to them at 26. Perhaps his brother, David Carr, is the reason for his fall in the draft as he was a bust with the #1 overall pick in 2002. The Browns need someone to pass to Josh Gordon.

27. New Orleans Saints- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Drew Brees needs to be protected in the pocket and an improvement to the Tackle position is much needed. Kouandjio boasts great size and agility and is one of the top offensive linemen in the draft. He had a poor showing at the Combine but he can play.

28. Carolina Panthers-Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Panthers lost their top three wide receivers to free agency this year and they desperately need options for Cam Newton. Their best receiver on the roster right now is the tight end, Greg Olsen. Cooks is a speedy option on the outside that fits well with the fast paced Carolina offense.

29. New England Patriots-Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Vince Wilfork is an old player and his best days are behind him. Youth on the defensive line is what this team needs to get back to the Super bowl. Hageman is one of the better defensive tackle prospects in the draft this year and will be a productive NFL player.

30. San Francisco 49ers-Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State

He can be a stand-up OLB or down DE and he can fit into the Niners defense and will fit in for Aldon Smith in case he gets suspended or gets arrested. Lawrence comes from a 3-4 defense at Boise State and will fit nicely into the 49ers defense. A good pass rusher off the edge, this guy can help improve their defensive line.

31. Denver Broncos-Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

The Broncos draft the best available player here. They don’t have many needs to fill but the Broncos could use some added depth in the linebacking core and Shazier provides that depth.

32. Seattle Seahawks-Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame

Tuitt is a hybrid defensive lineman who can play both tackle and end. Seattle lost some depth at defensive line and he will supplement the loss of Red Bryant and provide a good pass rush. Even though the Seahawks need weapons on offense, supplementing the already stellar defense is a good option.

33. Houston Texans- Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

34. Washington Redskins- Kyle van Noy, OLB, BYU

35. Cleveland Browns- Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

36. Oakland Raiders- Zack Mettenberger, QB, LSU

37. Atlanta Falcons- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

39. Jacksonville Jaguars- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

40. Minnesota Vikings- Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

41. Buffalo Bills- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

42. Tennessee Titans- Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

43. New York Giants-Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

44. St. Louis Rams-Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

45. Detroit Lions-Jimmy Ward, S, Northern Illinois

46. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

47. Dallas Cowboys- Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

48. Baltimore Ravens-Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

49. New York Jets- Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

50. Miami Dolphins- David Yankey, OG, Stanford

51. Chicago Bears- Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

52. Arizona Cardinals- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

53. Green Bay Packers- Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

54. Philadelphia Eagles- Dominique Easely, DT, Florida

55. Cincinnati Bengals- Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

56. San Francisco 49ers- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

57. San Diego Chargers-Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

58. New Orleans Saints- Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

59. Indianapolis Colts-Austin Sefarian Jenkins, TE, Washington

60. Carolina Panthers-James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

61. San Francisco 49ers- Marcus Martin, C, USC

62. New England Patriots- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

63.Denver Broncos-Keith McGill, CB, Utah

64. Seattle Seahawks-Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

65. Houston Texans-Ju’Waun James, OT, Tennessee

66. Washington Redskins- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

67. Oakland Raiders-Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

68. Atlanta Falcons-Gabe Jackson, OL, Mississippi State

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

70. Jacksonville Jaguars-Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

71. Cleveland Browns-Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor

72. Minnesota Vikings-Dion Bailey, S, USC

73. Buffalo Bills- Billy turner, OT, North Dakota State

74. New York Giants-Louichiez Purifoy, CB, Florida

75. St. Louis Rams-Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

76. Detroit Lions-Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

77. San Francisco 49ers-Ego Ferguson, DL, LSU

78. Dallas Cowboys-Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

79. Baltimore Ravens- Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor

80. New York Jets-Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

81. Miami Dolphins-Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

82. Chicago Bears-Tre Boston, S, North Carolina

83. Cleveland Browns-Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

84. Arizona Cardinals-Craig Loston, S, LSU

85. Green Bay Packers-C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

86. Philadelphia Eagles-Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota

87. Kansas City Chiefs-Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

88. Cincinnati Bengals-Stanley-Jean, Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

89. San Diego Chargers- Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

90. Indianapolis Colts-Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

91. New Orleans Saints-Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

92. Carolina Panthers-Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

93. New England Patriots-Terrence Brooks, S, FSU

94. San Francisco 49ers-Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

95. Denver Broncos-Trai Turner, OG, LSU

96. Minnesota Vikings-Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State

97. Pittsburgh Steelers (comp)-Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

98. Green Bay Packers (comp)-Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

99. Baltimore Ravens (comp)-Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

100. San Francisco 49ers (comp)-Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida