2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 10 Breakdown

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 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 10 Breakdown
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With 10 weeks in the books, major needs for each franchise are well documented. 

The order may change drastically in the coming weeks, but glaring holes will not.

For example, it's far too obvious the Miami Dolphins will be seeking offensive line help when the draft rolls around as Ryan Tannehill remains the most-sacked quarterback in the NFL at 35 total.

Here's a look at how the 2014 draft will unfold after 10 weeks of action based on a projected order. Enjoy.

 

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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Believe it or not, the Jacksonville Jaguars actually rank in the middle of the pack in terms of passing yardage per game, but rank near last on the ground.

Expect that to change with Justin Blackmon's future suddenly very cloudy.

Regardless of other needs, a franchise in the infancy stages of the NFL's biggest rebuild needs to start at the most important position of all. Teddy Bridgewater it is.

 

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

Greg Schiano's team is a mess, and by the time the draft rolls around he likely won't be in town.

As per the usual, a new regime means a new franchise quarterback.

Look, Mike Glennon has done well for himself considering the cards dealt, but a talent such as Marcus Mariota is difficult to pass, and quarterback depth is as important as ever (Hi, Green Bay).

Mariota is the pick.

 

3. Minnesota Vikings: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

Brett Hundley has not exactly been blowing away the competition as of late, but with the top two quarterbacks off the table, it's panic time for a messy Minnesota team.

The Vikings also need a franchise makeover at the most important position of all, and Hundley's tremendous upside is what makes him the right selection here.

It's tough to pass on a guy like Jadeveon Clowney with Jared Allen headed to free agency, but quarterback trumps all other positions.

 

4. New York Giants: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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Jason Pierre-Paul has been an absolute disappointment in 2013 and Justin Tuck is an unknown at this point, so it only makes sense for the defensive-end-happy Giants to pull the trigger on Jadeveon Clowney.

The combo of Pierre-Paul and Clowney will rekindle the old magic that won the Giants their most recent Super Bowl.

Pass protection is a major need for the slumping Eli Manning, but Clowney is too good to pass up.

 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Kelvin Beachum and Mike Adams are simply not the answer on the left side of the line, and Ben Roethlisberger once again remains one of the NFL's most abused quarterbacks.

With such a horrific season almost over, Pittsburgh can take advantage of a very high pick to make its first smart offensive line decision in years.

Of course, Jake Matthews takes no decision at all. For a team that needs its hand held when it comes to picking offensive linemen, Pittsburgh is in a good spot.

 

6. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Sam Bradford's knee and all of St. Louis hate to see Jake Matthews come off the board, but Taylor Lewan is a great find at this point as well.

With two picks in the first round, shoring up a major need and protecting Bradford for the long term is the smart play here.

It would be nice to see Lewan keep his hands clean and not hurt his team with personal fouls, but Jeff Fisher has dealt with worse.

 

7. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA

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Anthony Barr is arguably the most talented pass-rusher in the draft, and in a pass-happy league, a premium has been placed on guys who can get to the quarterback in a hurry (just ask Seattle and Bruce Irvin).

Before Kroy Biermann went down with a torn Achilles, he was the hybrid pass-rusher that made the lives of the secondary behind him that much easier.

That role now belongs to Barr, who is a major upgrade.

 

8. Houston Texans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Has Case Keenum done enough to be given an extended shot at proving he's a franchise quarterback?

Maybe, but head coach Gary Kubiak may not be around much longer with the way the team is losing, and a feel-good story here seems like the obvious choice.

Johnny Football is a local commodity, he's in the midst of a better season than his Heisman campaign and he enters a quarterback-friendly situation. What's not to like?

 

9. Oakland Raiders: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III is a bad man and the type of player who makes everyone around him better.

For a franchise with a plethora of holes one draft simply cannot address, Nix's ripple effect on the linebackers and secondary behind him makes him the obvious choice.

Sio Moore is one of the most promising young linebackers in the NFL, and with the 340-pound Nix taking up multiple blockers on each play, Moore and Co. receive a massive boost.

 

10. St. Louis Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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See what the Cincinnati Bengals did for Andy Dalton?

St. Louis would be wise to take the same approach with Sam Bradford, meaning surround him with as many weapons as possible so he has no excuse.

That's not a shot at Bradford's ability—he was arguably having the best season of his career before his injury. Coming back from said injury, an elite prospect like Sammy Watkins in combo with Jared Cook and Tavon Austin will make his life that much easier.

 

11. Arizona Cardinals: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

With the way the quarterback position unfolded at the top, Bruce Arians and Arizona can stomach one more season with Carson Palmer under center.

That's especially the case if Arizona can land a top-tier offensive line prospect, which is exactly what happens here.

With the emergence of Andre Ellington and the continued effectiveness of the receivers, the Arizona offense is just missing timing to get the ball down the field.

 

12. Philadelphia Eagles: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Nick Foles is the main story in Philadelphia right now thanks to his seven touchdowns two weeks back, but an 11-of-29 for 80 yards line in Week 7 has to ring loudly in the minds of the coaching staff. 

Chip Kelly surely has another year to prove his collegiate style can work, and it's hard to say with 100 percent confidence he thinks Foles is truly the answer despite sound play in consecutive weeks.

Tajh Boyd has done much to hurt his draft stock, but he's a sound option here for an offensive-minded team.

 

13. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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Joe Flacco has hardly thrown more touchdowns than interceptions this season as the defending champions have looked anything but contenders. 

The offense in Baltimore desperately needs a big-bodied target like Anquan Boldin for Flacco to be productive, so Texas A&M's Mike Evans, who has gone a long way in helping Johnny Manziel look great, is the only option.

 

14. Buffalo Bills: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Jairus Byrd suffers from plantar fasciitis, Buffalo's starting safeties are Da'Norris Searcy and Jim Leonhard and Byrd's future with the team is unknown.

Time to grab the draft's top safety.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is an immediate upgrade in a porous secondary, and even if Byrd sticks around he'll find plenty of playing time.

 

15. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

As mentioned in the intro, Ryan Tannehill gets hit an absurd amount of times.

Miami has done little in recent years to properly address the trenches on the offensive side of the ball, but that changes in a major way here.

Antonio Richardson has little trouble steamrolling SEC opposition each week, and that will translate well to the NFL as he becomes an immediate starter and gives Tannehill time to operate.

 

16. Tennessee Titans: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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Khalil Mack can be best described as a weapon.

Mack wreaks havoc on the, well, MAC and is easily one of the top defensive players in the draft. That suits Tennessee just fine here as there are no major needs to hit on offense.

One of the NFL's elite pass defenses gets that much better when Mack is on the field to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

 

17. Chicago Bears: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

The Brian Urlacher era is over, and it has been an up-and-down affair at best since his departure.

Jon Bostic has the makings of a future star in the middle, but the 'backers around him are beginning to age and are oftentimes ineffective.

Ryan Shazier is not only the perfect fit next to Bostic, he's an immediate difference-maker who will give fans flashbacks to the golden linebacker era in Chicago rather quickly.

 

18. Cleveland Browns: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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Cleveland has found an effective stop-gap solution with veteran Jason Campbell, but it's hard to imagine the team has anything invested in Brian Hoyer in regard to the long term.

In today's NFL, teams must get quarterbacks as early as possible, and the run here in this draft in particular has not been kind to Cleveland.

LSU's Zach Mettenberger has plenty of upside, he's not 30 years old and fits well with the vertical-oriented attack. In Cleveland, Mettenberger is a franchise quarterback.

 

19. New York Jets: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Rex Ryan's defense is once again elite thanks to guys in the trenches such as Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, but the secondary has been a mess.

There's a building block in Dee Milliner present, but veteran Antonio Cromartie has been horrific. Another talent infusion such as Bradley Roby is a smart investment.

Offensive weapons are a must at some point in the draft, but the good news is Geno Smith has hinted at being a quarterback who can elevate the play of those around him. It can wait.

 

20. Carolina Panthers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Don't look now, but Carolina has an under-the-radar MVP candidate in Cam Newton and may push for a playoff spot in the NFC South, but the building blocks on offense are far from in place.

With a top-five defense for years set in place, it's time to upgrade the offense. Steve Smith is 34 and no, don't say Brandon LaFell is a star in the making.

That would be Marqise Lee, who can start right away across from Smith while taking place under his wing for a few years.

 

21. San Diego Chargers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

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The offense in San Diego is just fine, but one of the NFL's worst secondaries not counting a guy named Eric Weddle needs some work. 

Philip Rivers cannot be expected to hoist a mediocre defense up at his current elite pace for much longer. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is a contender for best corner in the draft and enters San Diego as an instant starter.

Across from Derek Cox, Ekpre-Olomu will make a difference quickly.

 

22. Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

There is plenty of talent in the Dallas secondary, but fans wouldn't know it based on how horrifically the unit performs.

Said unit can be helped with the addition of more talent in the front seven, and in that regard, it's hard to find a more talented prospect than Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt.

Regardless of the exact usage the coaching staff has in mind for Tuitt, he's a game-changer in the trenches.

 

23. Detroit Lions: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama

It doesn't matter where, but the Detroit Lions need to upgrade a shoddy defensive unit.

As far as impact defensive leaders go, it does not get any better than C.J. Mosley in the linebacker corps.

Next to the effective duo of Stephen Tulloch and DeAndre Levy, Mosley fits right in on a nasty front seven that can help to cover for a horrific secondary that will have to be addressed at a later time.

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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Leon Hall is lost for the season for the second time in three years with a torn Achilles, Dre Kirkpatrick has yet to prove worthy of a starting spot, Adam Jones has his known struggles and Terence Newman is climbing the age ladder. 

So yes, it's time for Cincinnati to once again address the cornerback position in the first round.

If it all works out, Jason Verrett will play the Leon Hall to Dre Kirkpatrick's Jonathan Joseph.

 

25. Green Bay Packers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Jermichael Finley's tumultuous time with the Green Bay Packers has potentially come to an end with a trip to free agency on the horizon after a season-ending injury, per Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel.

With that in mind, it makes sense for the Packers to address the position even if Finley does make a return to the team.

Tight end has become a two-man race in this class between Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Eric Ebron, but the former wins out here as a strong fit.

 

26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

With a new franchise quarterback under center thanks to an earlier pick, it's time Cleveland gets serious about protecting their investment.

John Greco and Shawn Lauvao are miserable as starters, if they can even be classified as such, and Cyril Richardson is the classic case of an elite prospect who falls because the NFL does not value his position highly.

That's just fine with the brass in Cleveland.

 

27. New England Patriots:  Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Tom Brady has seemingly recovered from his horrific first half of the season, but there is no reason to stop adding talent for him to work with.

Rob Gronkowski is the star of the show backed by a strong committee of backs and a promising receiver in Aaron Dobson, but the absence of Aaron Hernandez is still felt.

Pair elite prospect Eric Ebron with Gronkowski and New England becomes that much more unstoppable. Scary.

 

28. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

San Francisco is a run-first team, but when push comes to shove, quarterback Colin Kaepernick must be able to get things done through the air.

Anquan Boldin has helped and will assuredly work even better with Michael Crabtree on the field, but Boldin is getting up there in age.

A developmental prospect such as Jordan Matthews is a smart stash pick for one of the NFL's deepest rosters.

 

29. New Orleans Saints: Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson

The New Orleans defense has been better than expected with Rob Ryan running the show, but there is only so much he can do with the talent he inherited. 

Last year Ryan and Co. hit a home run with safety Kenny Vaccaro, and they will surely do the same here if Vic Beasley is the pick.

Beasley can fill a hybrid role in Ryan's amoeba defense and apply constant pressure next to talented guys like Junior Galette.

 

30. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

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Another wickedly deep roster resides in Kansas City, but help is needed along the offensive line if the eerily efficient offense led by Alex Smith is to keep things going. 

Cameron Erving is far from a bad pick at this stage of the round and has the experience and intangibles to start right away.

With so little to address, Kansas City does well here to upgrade in a fundamental way.

 

31. Seattle Seahawks: De'Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon

We've only just begun to get a taste of the Seattle offense with Percy Harvin yet to lace up his cleats, but another weapon for Russell Wilson to utilize can't hurt.

Seattle has a top-five rushing attack thanks to Marshawn Lynch and a promising youngster in Christine Michael, but Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas can play multiple roles.

Another offensive weapon in Seattle means Wilson can take fewer risks as a runner. Thomas, Harvin and a complementary set of receivers spreading defenses thin for Lynch to abuse is a scary thought, if not a little unfair.

 

32. Denver Broncos: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

Time to recapture the magic.

We're only getting a taste of Denver's pass-rushing attack with Von Miller back in the fold after a suspension and life after Elvis Dumervil.

Danny Trevathan is a promising player, but another talent such as Kyle Van Noy will do wonders for the Broncos defense. Additional pressure on quarterbacks means one of the league's worst pass defenses has less time to be exposed.

 

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