2014 NFL Mock Draft: Latest Plays for Entire 1st Round

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 2, 2014

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in action during their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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College football superstars Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel will continue to be the talk of the 2014 NFL draft until Round 1 kicks off on May 8. 

But the two polarizing talents aren't the only impact players ready to have their names called this spring. 

Here, we'll run down the entire first round, projecting the latest plays for all 32 picks. 

*All free-agent signing info according to NFL.com. 

1. Houston Texans (2-14): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

There's no denying Jadeveon Clowney's athleticism and potential to blossom into a star at the next level.

The Houston Texans could go a variety of different directions with the top pickthey could even trade out of it—but by adding Clowney, they would be building the league's most formidable defensive line. And as the Seahawks showed in 2013, a dominant pass rush can take you places. 

Recently, first-year head coach Bill O'Brien hinted at the possibility of taking Clowney No. 1 overall but stopped short of making any guarantees, per Deepi Sidhu of the Houston Texans' official website: "If we decide to draft this guy, we’re not just going to play him at one position. We may start him off at one position but use him in a lot of different ways. He’s a unique talent but again, that’s if we draft him."

If nothing else, the Texans have at least given Clowney some serious thought. 

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington 3-13)): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

With the top talent available off the board in this scenario, look for the Rams to bolster their offensive line by drafting Auburn's Greg Robinson, a physical tackle who can excel in the running game as well as in pass protection. 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12): Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida 

The Blaine Gabbert experiment in Jacksonville was a complete and utter failure. Now, the Jaguars are set to begin a new chapter with a new signal-caller.

Central Florida's Blake Bortles possesses prototypical size and, according to many experts and analysts, is the best quarterback available this spring, per CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler:

4. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 

Like Jacksonville, Cleveland has major unanswered questions under center. Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater may not bring the same physical prowess to the table as Bortles, but his accuracy and his poise in the pocket will make him an attractive piece for the Browns.

5. Oakland Raiders (4-12): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - SEPTEMBER 28:  Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws a pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The Aggies defeated the Razorbacks 45-33.  (Photo by Wesley Hi
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Manziel's star power and playmaking ability are simply too good to pass up for a team in need of a franchise quarterback, especially with Bortles and Bridgewater already off the board.

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is one of many who believe Manziel's game can translate to the NFL:

6. Atlanta Falcons (4-12): Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Atlanta desperately needs some speed and power off the edge, and there's no question that Buffalo's Khalil Mack could provide it. A dominant outside linebacker with very few weaknesses in his game, Mack is flexible when pursuing off the edge and can change directions in a hurry.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Buccaneers could go a variety of different directions with their first-round pick, but the offensive line is a problem area Tampa Bay will want to address.

Texas A&M's Jake Matthews stands right alongside Robinson as one of the best tackles available in 2014. 

8. Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Minnesota is among the handful of clubs in need of a franchise quarterback this May. Christian Ponder has proved to be a bust, and with Bortles, Bridgewater and Manziel all off the board in this scenario, Fresno State's Derek Carr is a possible pickup. 

9. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

If Sammy Watkins is somehow still available at No. 9, Buffalo will have no choice but to take him with its first-round selection. With his combination of breakaway speed and soft hands, he has the potential to become a franchise receiver at the next level.

10. Detroit Lions (7-9): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Despite boasting one of the league's most explosive offenses, Detroit's turnover and defensive woes have prevented the Lions from making noise in the NFC. 

Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert might be the top cornerback out there this spring, and if he's there at No. 10, the Lions would be foolish to pass on him. In addition to demonstrating ball skills on defense, Gilbert is a special teams playmaker who made countless plays as a return man in college.

11. Tennessee Titans (7-9): Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

In an effort to ramp up their pass rush, the Titans should give UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr a long look at No. 11. Some are still on the fence about whether Barr or Mack is the best linebacker available this spring, and many, including The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, like Barr at this spot:

12. New York Giants (7-9): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Keith Srakocic

Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald is a special player who can wreak as much havoc as an interior pass-rusher as he can plugging up running lanes. Donald would be an ideal fit with the New York Giants, who've had numerous losses up front on defense.

13. St. Louis Rams (7-9): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Texas A&M's Mike Evans would provide St. Louis with another offensive weapon and a reliable possession receiver. The Rams selected Tavon Austin in Round 1 a year ago, and adding a big, tall wideout makes perfect sense for a team looking to make up ground in the NFC West.

14. Chicago Bears (8-8): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Bears will need to shore up their defense this offseason in order to contend in the NFC in 2014. By adding a skilled cornerback in Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, Chicago will be on its way to slowing down the NFC North's prolific passing attacks in Detroit and Green Bay.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Michael Conroy

Age has become an issue on defense for the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially on the back end, where Pittsburgh's secondary has developed soft spots over the years.

Ohio State's Bradley Roby isn't always talked about, but he has the combination of ball skills and instincts to become a building block for Pittsburgh on defense.

16. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Dallas could really use an instinctual defender to protect the end zone and send a message to opposing receivers. Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be that guy at No. 16 overall.

17. Baltimore Ravens (8-8): Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Baltimore needs to bolster its offensive line heading into next season, and Notre Dame's Zack Martin will more than likely be available at No. 17. Martin is somewhat overlooked heading into May's draft, but he has tremendous college experience and held his own against quality rushers.

18. New York Jets (8-8): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

With Michael Vick on the roster, the Jets have a veteran quarterback to push the ball down the field. But even with the addition of Eric Decker in free agency, New York lacks the weaponry to put defenses under pressure. 

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks would be a check mark in that category.

19. Miami Dolphins (8-8): Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

Miami's offensive line was in shambles last season. By selecting the ultra versatile Xavier Su'a-Filo out of UCLA, the Dolphins would be shoring up a weak spot.

20. Arizona Cardinals (10-6): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 14:  Calvin Pryor #25 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Playing in the league's toughest and most competitive division, the Arizona Cardinals experienced firsthand how tough it is to make the playoffs in the NFC, missing out on the postseason despite going 10-6 a year ago. Therefore, Arizona must continue to load up on defense, especially in the secondary, where the Cardinals have a pressing need at safety.

Louisville's Calvin Pryor is hard-hitting safety who would fit in perfectly in the desert.

21. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1): Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Getting back to the big game starts on defense for the Green Bay Packers, who will pose a threat offensively as long as Aaron Rodgers is on the roster.

Therefore, Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman would be a good fit for the Packers. At 6'6", 310 pounds, Hageman is an outstanding athlete who is also quick and durable. 

22. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Defense will never be Chip Kelly's strong suit, but the Eagles have a need at linebacker. Ohio State's Ryan Shazier is a productive player at that spot and a nightmare for opposing offenses on third down. 

23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Kansas City's offensive weapons pale in comparison to Denver's, which is why the Chiefs should target a wide receiver in Round 1. With top difference-makers Watkins and Evans already off the board, LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. has the speed, ball skills and big-play ability to warrant a selection. 

24. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Losing defensive end Michael Johnson in free agency has opened up a need on defense, and Mizzou's Kony Ealy is a stud who would be an incredible value pick for the Bengals at No. 24 overall.

25. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

San Diego was able to make an impressive playoff run last year despite a porous secondary. But if the Chargers want to contend with Denver and Kansas City for the AFC West crown in 2014, they'll need to add pieces on the outside of their defense. TCU's Jason Verrett is an underrated but stellar cornerback who could help tremendously in that area.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis (11-5)): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

With the Indianapolis Colts' first-round pick, the Cleveland Browns would be wise to add a key piece to an offensive line that will likely be assigned the task of protecting a rookie quarterback in 2014.

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

The Saints could use a dynamic pass-rusher to help out defensively. With most of the big names off the board by this point, Auburn's Dee Ford, whose stock rose quickly at the Senior Bowl back in January, would be a worthwhile investment. 

28. Carolina Panthers (12-4) Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Mark Humphrey

Parting ways with Steve Smith will no doubt deliver a big blow to the Panthers offense, and in an effort to fill the void, Carolina could potentially look to another possession receiver in Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews. 

29. New England Patriots (12-4): Marcus Martin, C, USC

The Pats inked Vince Wilfork to a three-year deal, so it doesn't make a ton of sense for them to draft Notre Dame's Louis Nix. But New England still has needs at center and wide receiver. 

USC's Marcus Martin is arguably the best center available and would help shore up the offensive line. 

30. San Francisco 49ers (12-4): Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Concerns about Marqise Lee's knee injury and declined production in 2013 could cause him to slip in the draft. But if he's on the board when San Francisco comes on the clock at No. 30, he'll be an excellent value pick for a team that needs a playmaker on the outside. 

31. Denver Broncos (13-3): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Signing Aqib Talib in free agency will certainly provide Denver's secondary with a big boost. But in today's NFL, depth on the back end is vital. For that reason, Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller makes a lot of sense for the Broncos in Round 1.

32. Seattle Seahawks (13-3): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State 

With Golden Tate signing with Detroit in March, Seattle is in need of a wide receiver. Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin makes a lot of sense for the Seahawks late in Round 1. At 6'5" and 240 pounds, Benjamin possesses a massive frame and could become a tough cover at the next level.

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