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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Moves Your Team Is Sure to Make on Draft Day

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Moves Your Team Is Sure to Make on Draft Day
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With pro-day workouts winding down and offseason programs set to begin this April, there's never been more buzz surrounding the 2014 NFL draft than now.

May 8's first round is less than a month away as all 32 NFL franchises continue to scout and develop their big boards and begin last-minute preparations. 

Below, I'll run through all 32 first-round picks, breaking down the moves your team is sure to make on draft day.

 

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

It remains to be seen whether the Houston Texans' need at quarterback will prevent them from taking South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall. However, there's no doubt that the freak athlete is the top talent available in 2014.

USA Today's Nate Davis agrees:

By nearly every account, he is the best player in a loaded draft despite the red flags from a lackluster junior season. Clowney's showings at the scouting combine and his pro day have diminished lingering questions about his intangibles. The Texans are obviously in the market for a quarterback but can get a quality prospect atop the second round if they don't trade out of the No.1 slot first.

If the Texans are looking for the best on the board, Clowney will be the pick. 

 

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

Watch for the Rams to take advantage of 2012's trade with Washington to acquire a franchise cornerstone in offensive tackle Greg Robinson. St. Louis already has a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford but could target other needs at wide receiver and safety early on as well.

 

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

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If Houston passes on Central Florida's Blake Bortles at No. 1, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be licking their chops, as they need a franchise quarterback following the failed Blaine Gabbert experiment. 

 

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

Another team in desperate need of a quarterback, the Cleveland Browns will likely have a shot at both Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel. Neither is guaranteed to have success at the next level, but Bridgewater's accuracy and pocket poise should set him apart from the risky Manziel.

 

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

Despite making some impressive moves in free agency, the Oakland Raiders can't expect to turn things around without a quarterback. Trading for veteran Matt Schaub gives the Raiders an experienced option, but he's hardly the answer to Oakland's question mark under center.

Manziel comes with a bit of risk, but his potential and playmaking ability are undeniable.

 

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

There's always the chance that Atlanta finds a way to trade up before draft day, but in this scenario, the Falcons settle on Buffalo pass-rusher Khalil Mack rather than trading up for a shot at Clowney.

Either player is sure to bolster Atlanta's lackluster pass rush.

 

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

The Bucs have needs up front on offense, and with Robinson off the board, Texas A&M's Jake Matthews is a no-brainer at No. 7. He and Robinson are without a doubt the top two tackles coming out this spring.

 

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

Minnesota will more than likely be looking to get its hands on a quarterback in Round 1. With the top three available passers already off the board, Fresno State signal-caller Derek Carr is a potential pickup. 

The Vikings could also address needs on the offensive line and at safety. 

 

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

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The Bills are the first team on the clock with a serious need at wide receiver. They'll be fortunate if Clemson speedster Sammy Watkins is still on the board at No. 9. 

However, Detroit has significant interest in Watkins, according to Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett. Watkins even commented on the possibility of playing with the Lions:

It'd be definitely a blessing playing with Megatron and Golden Tate, having Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford. They're doing a great job with the program with all the coaches. If I ever go there, sky's the limit...Anything can happen,” Watkins said. “You don't know what team's jumping up for the first pick, anybody can be jumping up, so who knows? You never know.

In addition to his speed, Watkins' ability to separate and bring down any ball in his vicinity sets him apart from every other wide receiver in this draft class.

 

10. Detroit Lions (7-9): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Detroit's biggest needs are in the secondary, where the Lions ranked 23rd against the pass in 2013. Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be a huge upgrade at the safety spot and provide a boost against today's pass-happy offenses. 

 

11. Tennessee Titans (7-9): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Titans are in need of a replacement for Pro Bowler Alterraun Verner in the secondary and could fill that void with Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, who can star as an explosive return man as well.

 

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

New York's once-dominant defensive line has undergone a serious makeover in recent years. Therefore, the Giants would be smart to pursue a disruptive defensive tackle who could help fill the void left by the departure of Linval Joseph in free agency.

 

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

After nabbing a lineman at No. 2, the Rams could potentially bolster their wide receiving corps by adding a big, physical target in Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

At 6'5", he could immediately become a chain-moving possession receiver. 

 

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

The Bears could use some additional talent and depth in the secondary. And there's no question that Michigan State star Darqueze Dennard would provide just that. The first-round talent is an elite cornerback prospect who boasts tremendous instincts as well as excellent cover and ball skills.

 

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

In today's pass-first league, talented cornerbacks are valuable. For a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have seen their aging defense fade in recent seasons, adding a young talent like Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby would be huge.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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The departure of DeMarcus Ware in free agency has left a big hole up front on Dallas' defensive line. 

One of the best defensive ends in the country is Mizzou's Kony Ealy, who has first-round potential and would be a great fit with the Cowboys. 

 

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

Losing veteran tackle Michael Oher in free agency has opened up needs on the offensive line in Baltimore. Notre Dame's Zack Martin projects to be a guard at the next level and could help the Ravens jump-start their running game in 2014.

 

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

Oregon State's Brandin Cooks would bring speed and a much-needed change of pace to the New York Jets' wide receiving corps. With Watkins and Evans already off the board, he'd make a lot of sense at No. 18 overall.

 

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

Miami's offensive line was in shambles last season and could use Xavier Su'a-Filo's versatility up front.

The Dolphins could go in other directions in Round 1 but would be wise to target offensive line help after acquiring Knowshon Moreno in free agency.

 

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

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The Cardinals play in the toughest division in football and need a tough safety to keep them in the mix. Louisville's Calvin Pryor is a hard-hitting safety who often shines in run support.

 

21. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn

Adding veteran defensive end Julius Peppers in free agency was big, but he is heading into the twilight of his career, and the Packers' pass-rush was disappointing in 2013. 

Auburn's Dee Ford impressed at the Senior Bowl last January and brings a nonstop motor to the table.

 

22. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

The Eagles are among the few teams that need linebacker help in Round 1. With UCLA's Anthony Barr slipping all the way to No. 22 in this scenario, Philly would more than likely snatch him up to address its needs on the defensive edge.

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

After losing two quality guards in free agency, the Chiefs are likely to target an offensive lineman in Round 1. Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson could provide help in the running game as well as in pass protection. 

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5): Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Losing defensive end Michael Johnson in free agency was a big blow for Cincinnati's defensive line. Adding a young talent like Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt in the first round would supply the Bengals with incredible size and strength on the edge.

At 6'5", 300 pounds, he is a physical specimen who also offers versatility up front.

 

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

Wide receiver and defensive tackle are big areas of need for the Chargers, but San Diego's lack of depth in the secondary is likely a bigger concern heading into 2014. 

TCU's Jason Verrett would be an excellent fit at No. 25, considering he plays bigger than his 5'9", 190-pound frame.

 

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis (11-5)): David Yankey, G, Stanford

Other than quarterback, guard and running back are notable needs for Cleveland. With the Browns likely taking a quarterback early, look for them to target offensive line help with the Colts' first-round pick later on. 

 

27. New Orleans Saints (11-5): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Ohio State's Ryan Shazier would fill a big need for the Saints at outside linebacker. It doesn't hurt that he was exceptional against the run and on third downs in college.

 

28. Carolina Panthers (12-4): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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Carolina will need to address the departures of Mike Mitchell and Captain Munnerlyn in the secondary this spring. Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller is an intelligent cornerback who can set the edge in run defense and make plays with his superb anticipation. 

 

29. New England Patriots (12-4): Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Bill Belichick and the Patriots are likely to fall in love with Odell Beckham Jr.'s pro-style experience, route-running skills and speed. Not to mention that New England has obvious needs at wide receiver. 

 

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

USC playmaker Marqise Lee has the in-game speed and game-breaking ability to lift the Niners offense over the top in 2014. Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are big-time targets, but Colin Kaepernick needs another weapon to threaten opposing defenses. 

 

31. Denver Broncos (13-3): C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Adding depth at the linebacker spot would provide a big boost to Denver's defense. The Broncos added a key piece to their secondary by landing Aqib Talib in free agency, but Alabama's C.J. Mosley is an unbelievable interior defender who has demonstrated maturity on and off the field

 

32. Seattle Seahawks (13-3): Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

The significance of releasing Red Bryant this past February can't be overlooked if you're the Seahawks. After all, Seattle's dynamic pass rush was essentially the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.

Therefore, Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix III makes perfect sense for the Seahawks to conclude Round 1. He is sensational against the run and plays with excellent quickness for a 330-pounder.

 

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