2014 NFL Draft: Updated 2-Round Mock Draft
NFL draft fans, it is time for a shiny new update, and now it includes 100 percent more picks! That's right, a full two-round update this time around and from this point forward.
Draft order is determined by a team's current record as well as the winning percentage of its opponents. In the event of a tie on both counts, a coin flip decided the order.
Again, this incarnation is chock full of quarterbacks, and short of some drastic change, it will stay that way. My philosophy on drafting a quarterback is to get one early or don't get one at all. With that, there is nothing at all wrong with seven first-round quarterbacks, even if all those signal-callers aren't graded that highly. Keep in mind, this is not any sort of personal prediction but a prediction of what a team may do.
So sit back and enjoy this latest update...and be on the lookout for updated positional rankings in the coming weeks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville
The Jacksonville Jaguars hop back into the top spot, and with it, they return to the front position for Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater. The question is: Is it a lock that Bridgewater goes to the Jaguars if he's on the board?
There is no such thing as a lock when talking draft in November.
But it's important to note that underclassmen quarterbacks are going to drive the top of this draft, so all it takes is for one or two to choose to return to school to throw the whole thing off. However, for this exercise, Bridgewater is in the draft, and he's in teal.
2. Minnesota Vikings
Marcus Mariota, Quarterback, Oregon
There is a tremendous amount of debate about just how good Oregon's Marcus Mariota can be in the NFL. What there is less debate about is just how awful the Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks have been. Should things continue to trend this way, a quarterback must be a top priority.
Of all the underclassmen quarterbacks in this draft, Mariota appears most likely to return to school. He doesn't come across as a player who is in any rush to get to the NFL and appears to genuinely enjoy the college experience.
3. Atlanta Falcons
Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina
It has been hard to watch the Atlanta Falcons this year. They appear to have lost their will to win, and that has to point back to the head coach, Mike Smith. He looks like he's lost his message to his squad, and the Falcons seem beaten before opening kickoff.
I'm not sure that a single draft pick can turn that around, but if you want excitement and playmaking, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would do the trick.
One cannot rule out an offensive tackle like Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, but in terms of purely the best player on the board and best bang for the buck, Clowney is the man.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tajh Boyd, Quarterback, Clemson
It's hard not to waffle on whether to give the Buccaneers a quarterback. And it's all quarterback Mike Glennon's fault. For stretches in games, he looks like he can be a starter in this league, and then he regresses, forcing the discussion of his replacement. Clemson's Tajh Boyd is the best quarterback in the country whom no one seems to like.
He's penalized for parts of his game that he shares with many of the top prospects but they are excused for, and he doesn't get nearly enough credit for what he's done. It won't shock me if he takes a tumble on draft day, but he has the potential to be an exceptional NFL starter.
5. Houston Texans
Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA
With three quarterbacks coming off the board in the first four picks, I'm not comfortable putting another one here for the Houston Texans. They don't know what they want to do at quarterback this season, so no one else should pretend to know what they are going to do next year. To save confusion, let's remove quarterback from the equation altogether.
Instead, let's turn to the defensive side of the football. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr continues to impress as the season goes on, and more importantly, he has captured national attention. Whether he's worth a top-five pick is still up for debate, but the pass-rusher would make a formidable duo with defensive end J.J. Watt.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Khalil Mack, Linebacker, Buffalo
For all of the problems that the St. Louis Rams have, the play of their outside linebackers is among the most suspect. It's too early to write off linebacker Alec Ogletree, but the thought of having him on one side, linebacker James Laurinaitis on the inside and Buffalo's Khalil Mack on the other is enticing.
Mack is one of the most disruptive players in college football and excels in all facets of the game.
7. Buffalo Bills
C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama
When you look at the Buffalo Bills roster, it has some nice pieces in place. It's hard to look at replacements for players who just might need another year of seasoning to get up to speed. However, when you look at both outside linebacker positions, there is room for improvement.
Alabama's C.J. Mosley is one of the best all-around defenders in the country. He has the build to play either weak side or strong-side linebacker and can do a little of everything on the field.
8. San Diego Chargers
Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Making a pick here for the San Diego Chargers presents a bit of a challenge. On one hand, the team has positions of need, including an outside linebacker. But on the other hand, if Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews is still on the board, he would represent the best value for the pick.
The Chargers have a nice tandem of tackles in King Dunlap and D.J. Fluker, but when you consider their injury situation, there is a lot to like about drafting Matthews here.
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
This looks to be a prime spot for a trade. If the Steelers are picking here and Matthews is off the board, Pittsburgh certainly look to deal down to a team wanting a quarterback. However, should the Steelers stay and the draft plays out like this, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins would be far and away the best player available.
If wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery leave via free agency, the position of wide receiver could become a need. A tandem of Watkins and wide receiver Antonio Brown would be a scary proposition for opposing defenses.
10. Oakland Raiders
Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU
Much like the Buccaneers, the Oakland Raiders have no idea what they are going to do about their quarterback situation. From week to week, it seems a different quarterback is either the savior or the goat. Ultimately, a team's success is tied to its quarterback play, so if it is so inconsistent, it's probably time to look elsewhere.
No quarterback in the country may have progressed more in a year than LSU's Zach Mettenberger. He is a more classic pocket-passer prospect, but he has a great arm and has cut his teeth against the best defenses in college football.
11. Baltimore Ravens
Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
If giving a big contract to quarterback Joe Flacco did one thing to the Baltimore Ravens, it hamstrung them as far as adding skill players. Flacco and this entire team are struggling in part due to inconsistency from those spots.
Enter Texas A&M Mike Evans. He is a massive, athletic target who is nearly impossible to miss on the field. His stock has been rising steadily with every acrobatic catch he makes.
12. St. Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Should the St. Louis Rams choose to take Lewan at this spot, it would allow them to move tackle Rodger Saffold inside to right guard and afford them to have tackle Joe Barksdale as a quality backup at both tackle spots.
Sure, the Rams could decide that quarterback Sam Bradford is a lost cause and shake up the world and draft a quarterback here, but I'm counting on them giving him the chance to come back and play well.
13. Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
It feels like the Cleveland Browns have been trying to rebuild their roster for decades. Failed attempt after failed attempt has left the fanbase defeated. However, as this season has gone on, one thing is clear: This defense is good.
I mean really good.
That means it is time to bring the offensive up to speed, and that means a new quarterback. With two first-round picks, the Browns can be a little risky here and snatch up Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Realistically, this might be too high, and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr might be a better fit, but it will be hard for a team wanting to win now to pass on a kid who just finds ways to make plays.
14. Tennessee Titans
Antonio Richardson, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
While the biggest need for this Tennessee Titans team appears to be quarterback, their fanbase continue to cling to the hope that Jake Locker can salvage his career. With that, the Titans turn their attention to right tackle, where David Stewart has not played as well as they would have hoped.
Tennessee has an excellent left tackle in Michael Roos, and so it makes sense to add a player like Richardson to pair up with him. As the season has progressed, Richardson has developed as as a pass protector. He has cemented his spot in the first round.
15. New York Giants
Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Inconsistent offensive-line play has crushed the New York Giants' season on some level. Rookie tackle Justin Pugh is coming along more slowly than expected, and fellow tackle Will Beatty has been very up and down, emphasis on the down.
Even if he returns to form, adding a tackle like Alabama's Kouandjio would give the Giants some flexibility, especially if they chose to move Pugh inside to replace guard David Diehl.
Kouandjio was a little slow out of the gate this season, but over the course of the past month, his game has improved. He's showing more quickness and a much better first step as a result.
16. Green Bay Packers
HaHa Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
Here is the second prime trade spot in the first round. The Green Bay Packers' primary needs appear to be at safety and tight end. It is hard to say how many tight ends or safeties are graded this highly, so when the Packers are on the clock, they might look to move back a few spots and try to pull in an extra pick or two. However, should the Packers sit tight, Alabama's HaHa Clinton-Dix would be a nice pick.
A couple of tight ends would also be in consideration, but Clinton-Dix is the safer pick. There's no doubt he can play, and he seems to be improving down the stretch. He would likely be an immediate starter for the Packers.
17. Miami Dolphins
Cyril Richardson, Guard, Baylor
It isn't even fun to talk about all the nonsense going on with the Miami Dolphins this year. From a strictly football perspective, this team is minus a starting guard and tackle, so whichever position represents the best value at this point must be the pick.
Some interesting tackle prospects are still left on the board, but Baylor's Cyril Richardson is a rare type of athlete at the guard position. He represents a great value at this point in the round.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Louis Nix III, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
It is hard to say how confident the Dallas Cowboys are in their interior defensive line, but I do know that the foundation of a great 4-3 defensive line is a big, penetrating defensive tackle. Notre Dame's Louis Nix III fits the bill.
At Notre Dame, he has played nose tackle almost exclusively, but someone with his talent could slide over and play a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. He is an explosive player who uses his hands and leverage well and has shown he is capable of beating the double-team with his quickness.
19. Arizona Cardinals
Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
The story of the Arizona Cardinals runs similar to that of the Cleveland Browns: emerging defense, exciting skill players and fundamental questions about their quarterback. Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr would be a nice fit for the Cards here.
He has a strong arm and high football acumen. He needs to improve on some soft skills, but he would be coming into a situation with some talent around him, which would allow him time to develop.
20. Chicago Bears
Anthony Johnson, Defensive Tackle, LSU
If you were to ask Chicago Bears fans which position they feel like is the greatest need, the answers would vary from quarterback to cornerback. However, one trend that would make sense is adding a big, strong defensive tackle who can rush the passer from the interior.
LSU defensive tackle Anthony Johnson is going to be drafted more on measurables and potential than on production this season. There's little doubt he has the skills to be an elite defensive tackle, but whichever team drafts him must do so flying a little blind on this past season.
21. New York Jets
Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, USC
Now that the New York Jets have moved forward with quarterback Geno Smith, there's no better move they can make than to give him a target. USC wide receiver Marqise Lee has slid some during the course of the season—in most cases by no fault of his own—but the Jets would be elated to snatch him up. He is not only a valuable possession receiver, but also the best run-blocking wideout in the draft.
22. Philadelphia Eagles
Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State
It seems strange to see the first cornerback come off the board this late in the round, but the fact is that this is not a great class of cornerbacks. As for the Philadelphia Eagles, cornerback is a need, and a player like Ohio State's Bradley Roby would provide them with elite speed on the outside as well as a solid man-cover corner. He must improve play recognition, in particular in the zone, but his physical gifts are enticing.
23. Detroit Lions
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Cornerback, Oregon
It's a regular run on cornerbacks as they go back to back. The Detroit Lions secondary continues to be abused, and for a front so good, it's wrong they don't get any help on the back end.
Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is a dependable man corner with a background as a safety, and so he doesn't shy away from contact. His size isn't ideal, but he makes up for it with physical play and solid instincts.
24. San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt
No position on the San Francisco 49ers roster is in greater need of an overhaul than wide receiver. Even with the return of wide receiver Michael Crabtree some time in the future, an upgrade is a must.
Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews is a sensational all-around prospect with nice size and the ability to make catches even when they are contested. He's a great weapon for a quarterback because he goes hard for the football every time and never gives up on a play.
25. Cincinnati Bengals
Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier represents a long-term solution for the Cincinnati Bengals at outside linebacker. Drafting him would allow the Bengals to move linebacker Vontaze Burfict to the strong side, and Shazier could slide to his spot at weak-side linebacker. Shazier is a high-motor guy who has proved to be productive in multiple roles for the Buckeyes.
26. Carolina Panthers
Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver, LSU
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is having a fantastic year. He's starting to show the type of progress that many expected out of him last year. Last season, the Panthers focused on retooling their defense via the draft, so this time around let's take a look at giving Newton another weapon in the passing game.
LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry would be an excellent value here and an eventual replacement for wide receiver Steve Smith. He would pair up nicely across from fellow LSU Tiger Brandon LaFell.
27. New England Patriots
Ra'Shede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
The Patriots are depending on rookies this year at both defensive tackle and wide receiver. Of the two groups, the one that the Patriots can count on more is the wide receivers. So instead. they turn their attention to enhancing the interior defensive line.
Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is starting to turn heads with his play. His body type means he can play multiple spots both inside and outside in any base defense, and we all know that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick loves versatile players like him.
28. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
Odell Beckham, Wide Receiver, LSU
The rebuilding of the Cleveland Browns offense continues. After drafting a quarterback earlier in the round, the Browns now go after someone for him to throw to. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham would be an exceptional complementary wide receiver for young star Josh Gordon. Beckham runs excellent routes and is dynamic after the catch.
The Browns haven't had two great wide receivers at the same time for a while. And Beckham has the potential to have an impact even as a rookie.
29. New Orleans Saints
Vic Beasley, Linebacker, Clemson
It's tough to find a lot of holes on this New Orleans Saints roster. Their offense is so explosive and just packed with talent. On defense, the transition to the 3-4 has been smooth, and paired with aggressive play-calling, it has netted excellent results.
However, adding an explosive pass-rush specialist like Clemson's Vic Beasley would open the door for even more variety in their defensive options. There is a lot to love about Beasley's game, and it would be fun to see him cut loose in that Saints defense as a rush outside linebacker.
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Brett Hundley, Quarterback, UCLA
It's clear that the Kansas City Chiefs aren't overrated because they played a lot of backup quarterbacks early in the season. It's because they have one starting for them. The Chiefs don't have a ton of talent at the wide receiver and tight end spots, but the team has enough for an adequate quarterback to be successful.
Hundley is raw and will need some time in the league before he's ready to contribute, but the tools are all there with proper coaching. Don't rule out a wide receiver here as well.
31. Denver Broncos
Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU
When you are picking this late in the round, it's obvious the team is talented. This is the case for the Denver Broncos. Looking at the roster, the Broncos could add another pass-rusher, but for this exercise, their need for a cornerback wins out.
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett is a polished coverage player who overcomes some physical weaknesses with excellent technique and instincts. There's no player better for him to learn under than cornerback Champ Bailey.
32. Seattle Seahawks
Trent Murphy, Defensive End/Linebacker, Stanford
Looking at the defensive philosophy of the Seattle Seahawks, it's obvious they want players who can fill multiple roles, be situational players and provide the defensive with flexibility.
Stanford defensive end/linebacker Trent Murphy fits the bill. He's big and strong enough to line up as a defensive end and athletic enough to stand up as an outside linebacker. He has imposing size, room to grow and a high football IQ, which head coach Pete Carroll will love.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jace Amaro, Tight End, Texas Tech. He's the top pass-catching tight end in the draft.
2. Minnesota Vikings: Will Sutton, Defensive End, Arizona State. An explosive interior player.
3. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Scherff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa. This fast riser could end up in the first round.
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Michael Sam, Linebacker, Missouri. He's an explosive pass-rusher who can play defensive end or outside linebacker.
5. Houston Texans: Shawn Oakman, Defensive End, Baylor. A massive 3-4 defensive end prospect with huge upside.
6. Washington Redskins: Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker, BYU. The Redskins need a versatile pass-rusher like Van Noy.
7. Buffalo Bills: Gabe Jackson, Guard, Miss. State. The Bills improve their high-priced interior offensive line.
8. San Diego Chargers: Christian Jones, Linebacker, Florida State. An explosive pass-rush linebacker.
9 Pittsburgh Steelers: Cedric Ogbuehi, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M. He's an immediate upgrade at left tackle.
10. Oakland Raiders: Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State. The Raiders steal first-round talent early in the second with Robinson.
11. Baltimore Ravens: Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina. Baltimore adds another weapon for Flacco.
12. St. Louis Rams: Craig Loston, Safety, LSU. The Rams get a smart, hard-hitting safety to bolster the secondary.
13. Cleveland Browns: Ka'Deem Carey, Running Back, Arizona. Carey is a complete back who should be early contributor.
14. Tennessee Titans: Kony Ealy, Defensive End, Missouri. The Titans attempt to improve the pass rush with Ealy.
15. New York Giants: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington. The Giants look to add a weapon in the passing game.
16. Green Bay Packers: Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford. Skov is a smart, aggressive interior linebacker.
17. Miami Dolphins: Michael Bennett, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State. The Dolphins must replace losses in free agency.
18. Dallas Cowboys: De'Anthony Thomas, Athlete, Oregon. Thomas is an excellent complement for running back DeMarco Murray.
19. Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Erving, Offensive Tackle, FSU. He's a raw but athletic prospect to groom to play left tackle.
20. Chicago Bears: Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech. The Bears get a steal with Fuller this late.
21 New York Jets: Jackson Jeffcoat, Defensive End, Texas. The Jets add even more to a solid defense with this pass-rusher.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Paul Richardson, Wide Receiver, Colorado. He is an excellent fit in the Eagles system to replace potential losses.
23. Detroit Lions: Brandon Coleman, Wide Receiver, Rutgers. A big target to line up opposite Calvin Johnson.
24. San Francisco 49ers: Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State. The 49ers address second biggest need with the speedy Gilbert.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Colvin, Cornerback, Oklahoma. The Bengals could convert Colvin to his original spot at safety.
26. Carolina Panthers: James Hurst, Offensive Tackle, North Carolina. The Panthers take the best player on the board with local star Hurst.
27. New England Patriots: Deone Bucannon, Safety, Washington State. The Patriots get a hard-hitting safety to bolster the secondary.
28. Indianapolis Colts: Seantrel Henderson, Offensive Tackle, Miami. The Colts need help on the offensive line, and Henderson has huge upside.
29. New Orleans Saints: Stephon Tuitt, Defensive End, Notre Dame. Tuitt slips some but is a natural 3-4 defensive end.
30. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, Florida State: The 49ers could move Jernigan to defensive end.
31. Denver Broncos: Jeremiah Attaochu, Defensive End, Georgia Tech. The Broncos steal an underrated pass-rusher.
32. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, Guard, Stanford. The Seahawks add an athletic lineman who can play multiple spots.