2014 NFL Draft: Pre-Scouting Combine Mock Draft Update

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2014 NFL Draft: Pre-Scouting Combine Mock Draft Update
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The NFL Scouting Combine is just around the corner, and that means that it is time to update the old mock draft. This time it's a quick one-round update that reflects current positional rankings and possible best fits for each franchise.

A mock draft needs to be a balance. Ideally, it is purely a predictive tool. However, things are never quite that simple. In many cases, the personal biases of the analyst spill over into the draft. This creates a sort of mishmash of predictions and respective best-case scenarios.

With that being said, the positions of strength in this draft class remain constant. It still appears that quarterbacks will rule the top of the draft. And positions like cornerback, wide receiver and offensive tackle will be well-represented.

The very top of the round continues to be completely up in the air. The Houston Texans are sitting at No. 1 with some serious decisions to make.

Do they go for a fresh start at the quarterback position? If so, they would have their choice of several, but Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater makes a lot of sense.

Or would it be better to give quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Case Keenum another season and instead draft South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? This will be a storyline to watch from now until May.

Here is a tweet from the official ESPN account that illustrates the divide among experts about the top pick.

There are so many permutations once that first pick drops that it boggles the mind. If the Texans go chalk and select a quarterback, this would put the St. Louis Rams in a spot where they could select Clowney to pair up with defensive end Robert Quinn.

However, the phones in the Rams' war room would be ringing off the hook if Clowney is available, and they could consider trading down to stockpile picks. 

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Moving down in the first round, you see other positions of strength appear. Wide receiver is a crowded class with as many as six or seven going in the round. This group comes in all shapes and sizes, so finding the right wide receiver shouldn’t be hard.

There are no real surprises in this latest update. However, once the combine is in the books and individual workouts begin, you can expect information, both real and imaginary, to start to seep out. Once that happens, it’s up to everyone to do his best to sort out what is real and what is simply a diversion.

Enjoy this quick mock draft update and be sure to keep an eye out for coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine and everything leading up to the NFL draft.

One-Round Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
1 Houston Texans Teddy Bridgewater Quarterback Louisville
2 St. Louis Rams (from Washington) Jadeveon Clowney Defensive End South Carolina
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Blake Bortles Quarterback Central Florida
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel Quarterback Texas A&M
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack Linebacker Buffalo
6 Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews Offensive Tackle Texas A&M
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sammy Watkins Wide Receiver Clemson
8 Minnesota Vikings Derek Carr Quarterback Fresno State
9 Buffalo Bills C.J. Mosley Linebacker Alabama
10 Detroit Lions Mike Evans Wide Receiver Texas A&M
11 Tennessee Titans Dee Ford Defensive End Auburn
12 New York Giants Greg Robinson Offensive Tackle Auburn
13 St. Louis Rams Taylor Lewan Offensive Tackle Michigan
14 Chicago Bears Ra'Shede Hageman Defensive Tackle Minnesota
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Gilbert Cornerback Oklahoma State
16 Baltimore Ravens Cyrus Kouandjio Offensive Tackle Alabama
17 Dallas Cowboys Aaron Donald Defensive Tackle Pittsburgh
18 New York Jets Marqise Lee Wide Receiver USC
19 Miami Dolphins Zack Martin Offensive Tackle Notre Dame
20 Arizona Cardinals Anthony Barr Linebacker UCLA
21 Green Bay Packers Eric Ebron Tight End North Carolina
22 Philadelphia Eagles Darqueze Dennard Cornerback Michigan State
23 Kansas City Chiefs Kelvin Benjamin Wide Receiver FSU
24 Cincinnati Bengals Jason Verrett Cornerback TCU
25 San Diego Chargers Kyle Van Noy Linebacker BYU
26 Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) Odell Beckham Jr. Wide Receiver LSU
27 New Orleans Saints Bradley Roby Cornerback Ohio State
28 Carolina Panthers Jace Amaro Tight End Texas Tech
29 New England Patriots Timmy Jernigan Defensive Tackle Florida State
30 San Francisco 49ers Jarvis Landry Wide Receiver LSU
31 Denver Broncos Ryan Shazier Linebacker Ohio State
32 Seattle Seahawks Austin Seferian-Jenkins Tight End Washington

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