2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 13 Breakdown

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 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 13 Breakdown
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With Week 13 wrapping up and the NFL regular season winding down, teams are starting to figure out where they will be making picks during the NFL draft in May.

Meanwhile, the conference championship games will be taking place next week in college football, and a number of pro prospects are starting to see their draft stock rise.  Of course, all eyes will be on all of these SEC and Pac-12 players, but others from smaller conferences are starting to emerge as well.

Below is a complete first-round mock draft for all 32 NFL teams.  Keep in mind that the draft order for this particular mock is based off of win percentage for each team after Sunday Night Football.  In the event of a tie, the teams are ordered by point differential, and the final two picks are the top teams in the AFC and NFC.

Let's get started.

 

If Texans get No. 1 pick, who should they take?

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1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Houston Texans need a quarterback, but when Jadeveon Clowney is available, you can't pass up on him.  Plus, with how many quarterbacks are available in this class, the Texans could grab one early in the second round with players like Zach Mettenberger or Brett Hundley still on the board.

Having both Clowney and J.J. Watt on that defense would instantly make the Texans one of the most intimidating teams in the AFC.

 

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

There's no doubt that the Jacksonville Jaguars need a quarterback.  Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert should not be starting in the NFL, but luckily for the Jaguars, they can grab a talented prospect with this pick.

As the top QB prospect in the draft, Teddy Bridgewater is the most polished of these talented quarterbacks.  He has some terrific accuracy and is capable of making throws on the run.  While it would be no easy task, Bridgewater has the potential to help turn the Jaguars around.

 

3. Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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It's been a tough season for the Atlanta Falcons, with injuries killing their team.  However, they can hit the reset button after this season and come away with a high draft pick to fill a big need.

Anthony Barr is the perfect fit for the Falcons, giving them someone to address the pass rush while also being able to stop the run.  Barr has been fun to watch during his time at UCLA, and he looks ready to take the next step into the NFL. 

 

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

It's crazy to think that the Washington Redskins gave up three years of first-round draft picks for Robert Griffin III, but the St. Louis Rams certainly won't mind, because they would get a top-five pick in this scenario.

The offensive line for the Rams isn't doing a very good job right now.  Adding this year's top offensive tackle could certainly help with that, especially due to his versatility at the position.

 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Just a few weeks ago it looked like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to have to draft a quarterback, but Mike Glennon appears to be the answer at the position, even if he struggled this week.

By adding a player like Taylor Lewan, Tampa Bay can protect their young quarterback's blind side and give him a chance to continue to develop as a passer.

 

6. Minnesota Vikings: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

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Much like the Jaguars, the Minnesota Vikings desperately need a quarterback.  Their situation at the position is a complete mess, and they need someone to get the ball to these talented receivers.

While Marcus Mariota has struggled recently, he's still a great prospect.  Keep in mind that he's just 20 years old and still developing as a passer, making what he's done this year even more impressive.  His upside is tremendous, and having him along with Adrian Peterson in the backfield could be a lot of fun to watch.

 

7. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Brandon Weeden needs to go.  Plain and simple, he's not the answer at quarterback, and the Cleveland Browns need to address the situation now instead of later.

While he doesn't come from the biggest program, Derek Carr has proved that he's worthy of a first-round pick.  He has a tremendous arm and strong accuracy that NFL scouts love to see.  With Norv Turner as his coach and Josh Gordon as his No. 1 weapon, Carr would have the tools around him to become a star at the next level.

 

8. Oakland Raiders: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Matt McGloin has looked good in flashes, but the Oakland Raiders shouldn't depend on him as the long-term starter.

Tajh Boyd has looked quite impressive while at Clemson.  He's a tough quarterback with composure in the pocket and a big arm to make huge plays when needed, and that's something that the Oakland Raiders would love to see in their quarterback.

 

9. Buffalo Bills: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills added a ton of young talent on offense in last year's draft, which gives them the opportunity to draft defensive players this year.

Local Buffalo fans will certainly enjoy this pick, but it has more to do with talent than proximity.  Khalil Mack is a menacing pass-rusher who made his presence felt against the MAC as well as Ohio State this season.  

 

10. New York Jets: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Geno Smith has been bad, but can you really blame him with the talent that's around him?  The New York Jets have no offensive weapons around the young quarterback, but that could change after this offseason.

As the top wide receiver in the draft, Sammy Watkins is an exciting player and a deadly vertical threat.  He does a nice job picking up yards after the catch and would give the Jets some help on a struggling offense.

 

11. New York Giants: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

Opposing defenses have been able to put a lot of pressure on Eli Manning this season, and that needs to change if the New York Giants want to make another Super Bowl run.

Cameron Erving knows a thing or two about blocking for talented quarterbacks, as he's protected guys like E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston.  He has solid footwork and surprising quickness that will help him stay in front of these athletic pass-rushers at the next level.

 

12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

The Pittsburgh Steelers have given up 37 sacks this season, and that's just not acceptable.  The offensive line has been a big weakness, and they should draft someone to help protect Ben Roethlisberger's blind side.

Cyrus Kouandjio has struggled at times this season, but he's still shown a lot of promise as an offensive tackle.  With a lot of the big names at the position already taken, the Steelers can still feel good about this pick.

 

13. Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

While it's not the most glaring need, selecting C.J. Mosley this late should be considered an absolute steal.

Mosley is a very versatile and aggressive linebacker who's capable of making plays in the backfield.  He has an ideal body type and mentality for the position, and he could help strengthen the front seven of the defense for the Titans to help compliment their secondary.

 

14. San Diego Chargers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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The San Diego Chargers have a need at cornerback, and they have the potential to add another top-tier defensive back out of this draft class.

As I continue to watch Justin Gilbert, I continue to be impressed.  He's one of the fastest rising prospects in this draft, and with a 6'0'', 200-pound frame, he'll be able to guard all kinds of receivers at the next level.

 

15. St. Louis Rams: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

I know that Chip Kelly would love to draft his former player, but the Rams would be very smart to use their second pick on Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

The Oregon cornerback just keeps making big plays in the secondary.  He's a physical player who has no problem covering corners on the outside or in the slot, giving the Rams a big boost on defense.

 

16. Green Bay Packers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Without Aaron Rodgers, a number of weaknesses have been exposed with this team, but the one that was there even before the injury was the secondary, particularly at safety.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is easily the top safety in this draft, and it's really not close.  He's a speedy player at the position who can close in on opposing receivers and make big plays, forcing turnovers and incompletions while also making big hits.

 

17. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Defensively, the Chicago Bears have been a mess this season, having the worst run defense in the league.  Henry Melton will be back, assuming the Bears re-sign him, but they need some more help on the defensive line.

The quickest fix for the run defense would be to bring in Stephon Tuitt.  At 6'5'' and 303 pounds, he can play either defensive end or defensive tackle, swallowing up players in the backfield on a consistent basis. 

 

18. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa

Ryan Tannehill is being tossed around more than any quarterback in the NFL this year, and it's pretty obvious that he needs better offensive linemen to protect him.

While not a huge name, Brandon Scherff continues to creep up draft boards as an intriguing prospect at offensive tackle.  Considering how much the Dolphins are struggling in pass protection, they have to add an offensive tackle with this pick.

 

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

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Without Anquan Boldin, the Baltimore Ravens haven't been the same offensively.  They need a physical wide receiver who can also be a reliable red-zone threat in order to make another Super Bowl run in 2014.

There's no more perfect fit to replace Boldin than Mike Evans.  At 6'5'', he can leap up and snatch balls out of the air while also possessing the footwork to keep his feet inbounds on sideline catches.  He's not as fast as a guy like Watkins, but he would be a productive player for the Ravens as soon as he was drafted.

 

20. Philadelphia Eagles: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

The Philadelphia Eagles like players with a lot of speed, but they also need help on defense.  They could combine the best of both worlds by taking Bradley Roby.

Arguably one of the most explosive defenders in the country, Roby has some ridiculous speed that helps him keep up with even the fastest of receivers.  He's had some shaky games, but given what we've seen from him before, he's still worth a first-round pick.

 

21. Dallas Cowboys: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

A bad pass defense has kept the Dallas Cowboys from taking over the NFC East, but they could fix that by picking up a cornerback.

He may only be 5'10'' and 176 pounds, but Jason Verrett plays like he's bigger.  He has a great set of skills at the position and is aggressive enough to play well in man coverage.

 

22. Arizona Cardinals: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

I still think that the Arizona Cardinals should at least consider drafting a quarterback, but there are few appealing options with this pick, and they could work on protecting Carson Palmer instead.

Antonio Richardson is known best for shutting down Jadeveon Clowney back in 2012, and he has some nice speed and athleticism that makes him one of the better offensive tackles entering this year's draft.

 

23. Detroit Lions: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

The defensive line certainly isn't a problem for the Detroit Lions, but they need help in both the secondary and with their linebackers.

Perhaps the most underrated first-round pick in this one. Ryan Shazier is an extremely talented and versatile linebacker.  He does a very good job getting to the passer or stopping the run, and he could play either outside or inside linebacker for this team.

 

24. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis): De'Anthony Thomas, OW, Oregon

Carr will have some help offensively with Gordon, but why not add another offensive playmaker like De'Anthony Thomas with their second first-round selection?

During his time at Oregon, Thomas has arguably been the most explosive player in the country.  He isn't the biggest player, but due to his speed and athleticism, he could find a home with the Browns much like Tavon Austin has found a home with the Rams.

 

25. Cincinnati Bengals: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

The Cincinnati Bengals don't have a ton of glaring needs, and they could look for the player at the top of their board with this pick.  Given how the rest of the draft has gone, I'm sure the Bengals would be ecstatic with this pick.

While he's dealt with some injuries this season, Lee has shown that, when healthy, he's one of the best wide receivers out there.  Putting him with A.J. Green could make this one of the most deadly one-two combinations at the position in the league.

 

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

Even with Michael Crabtree back, the San Francisco 49ers still need to add some depth at the wide receiver position.  If one player goes down, it could be nice to still have weapons to work with in the passing game.

Jordan Matthews would be a very fun player to watch in the 49ers offense.  He has very nice size at the position at 6'3'', and he's worked on becoming a faster receiver this season.  He is a pro-ready wide receiver now, and he could help Colin Kaepernick feel more comfortable in the offense.

 

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

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There is a big debate about who the best tight end is in this draft class, and personally, it's almost a tie.  However, given what the New England Patriots are looking for, I like the idea of Eric Ebron in this offense over Jace Amaro.

Both players are great athletes, but Ebron is a more physical player.  He does a great job running routes and making difficult catches while also developing into a solid blocker.  He's a perfect compliment to Rob Gronkowski in that offense, and the Patriots could start running deadly two-tight end sets once again.

 

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Remember that other tight end I was talking about?  Amaro could fit well with the Kansas City Chiefs, who really need an impact player at the position.

Much like Ebron, Amaro is a ridiculous athlete.  He is an ideal pass-catching tight end who could create a serious mismatch against opposing defenses, giving Alex Smith a great weapon in the offense to go along with Dwayne Bowe.

 

29. Carolina Panthers: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Defensively, the Carolina Panthers are in great shape, and while Cam Newton has done a good job leading the offense, this team could be so much more deadly with another wide receiver.

Enter Jarvis Landry, who has caught 75 passes for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns at LSU this season.  He's a vertical threat who can burn defenses deep while grabbing additional yards after the catch, and that's exactly what the Panthers could use right now.

 

30. New Orleans Saints: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford

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Everything seems to be going well for the New Orleans Saints, especially their defense.  With Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, they continue to improve on defense, although they could use another big-time pass-rusher.

If you've watched Stanford play, chances are you've noticed Trent Murphy.  He's a monster who can play outside linebacker or defensive end and still get to the quarterback, recording double-digit sacks once again this season.

Based off of the remaining players on the board, I really can't imagine a more perfect fit for Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme.

 

31. Denver Broncos: Michael Sam, DE, Missouri

Von Miller can't do everything defensively for the Denver Broncos.  They could use some help in the secondary as well, but adding another pass-rusher would make things a lot easier for the defensive backs.

Much like Murphy, Michael Sam could play either defensive end or outside linebacker, but given his frame, he could add some weight at the next level and be great in a 4-3 defense.  He can use his strength to push back offensive linemen and could add some extra pressure on opposing quarterbacks for the Broncos.

 

32. Seattle Seahawks: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

There aren't a ton of needs for the Seattle Seahawks right now, but imagine just how much scarier that defensive line would be if they added some help to go along with Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

Ra'Shede Hageman would be great in the middle of that defense, helping out against the run and making plays in the backfield.  The defense is solid enough as is, but a talented defensive tackle like Hageman could make it even better.

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