Todd McShay NFL Mock Draft 2014: Notable Picks from ESPN Guru's Fifth Mock

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 02:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to the NFL draft and the prospects hoping to be selected, but ESPN's Todd McShay has proven throughout the years that he usually knows what he is talking about.

The college football and NFL draft analyst has used the latest information from team personnel and his own scouting reports to create what he believes will be the perfect fits for each organization selecting in the first round. Of course, there are still plenty of surprises when compared to other opinions surrounding the draft.

Here is a look at McShay's fifth NFL mock draft (subscription required) with a breakdown of some of the more interesting picks.     

Todd McShay's 5.0 NFL Mock Draft
PickTeamPlayer
1Houston TexansJadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2St. Louis RamsGreg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3Jacksonville JaguarsSammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
4Cleveland BrownsJohnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
5Oakland RaidersKhalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
6Atlanta FalconsJake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
8Minnesota VikingsBlake Bortles, QB, UCF
9Buffalo BillsTaylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
10Detroit LionsEric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
11Tennessee TitansDarqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
12New York GiantsOdell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
13St. Louis RamsHa Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
14Chicago BearsAaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
15Pittsburgh SteelersKyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
16Dallas CowboysCalvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
17Baltimore RavensZack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
18New York JetsBrandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
19Miami DolphinsMorgan Moses, OT, Virginia
20Arizona CardinalsC.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
21Green Bay PackersRyan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
22Philadelphia EaglesJustin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
23Kansas City ChiefsMarqise Lee, WR, USC
24Cincinnati BengalsJason Verrett, CB, TCU
25San Diego ChargersAnthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
26Cleveland BrownsCody Latimer, WR, Indiana
27New Orleans SaintsBradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
28Carolina PanthersJoel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
29New England PatriotsRa'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30San Francisco 49ersKelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
31Denver BroncosKony Ealy, DE, Missouri
32Seattle SeahawksStephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
via ESPN.com

 

Johnny Manziel Taken No. 4

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There have been few prospects in history that create as much of a reaction as Johnny Manziel. Some think he is the best player in the draft, while others would not take him for any reason.

However, there at least seems to be some consensus when it comes to ESPN's top two analysts:

This comes after Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer broke down his opinion of Manziel, via Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal:

He’s different. He’s not the quintessential guy who everybody points to and says, ‘This is how you would draw it up, this is the packaging you want.’ That speaks to a lot of what Johnny has been his entire life, is different. It’s not how you think about playing the position and being effective from the pocket.

According to Marc Sessler of NFL.com, Farmer also called Manziel an "exciting, electric" player.

The Browns appear likely to take a quarterback at either No. 4 or No. 26, so they might as well grab the best player on the board as soon as possible and get the player of their choice at the position.

Manziel's landing spot will be a focal point on draft day, but McShay believes he won't have to wait long to hear his name called.

 

Odell Beckham Jr. to the New York Giants

It is not surprising to see Odell Beckham Jr. rise up draft boards. The LSU star was overlooked originally due to his lack of size at 5'11" and 198 pounds, but teams are starting to realize that he makes up for his small stature by being a complete receiver in every way.

He has great speed and agility that allows him to turn a short pass into a long touchdown. He also has the leaping ability to go up and pluck passes away from his body:

However, sending him to the Giants is relatively strange. New York has a bunch of needs after a disappointing 7-9 season, but receiver should not be high on the list. Sure, the squad lost Hakeem Nicks in free agency, but Victor Cruz is still a focal point and Rueben Randle is ready to step up and have a successful year.

Instead, the Giants are more likely to upgrade either the offensive or defensive lines with the secondary also being a position of need. They could also target tight end if they are seeking another pass-catching weapon.

Beckham is much more likely to fall to the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles or other teams in need of offensive playmakers.

 

Teddy Bridgewater Out of First Round

In McShay's fourth mock draft (subscription required), he had Teddy Bridgewater going to the Tennessee Titans at No. 11. However, he appears to be lower on the Louisville quarterback and has him dropping out of the first round altogether.

He explained on SportsCenter the Houston Texans are likely to take him with the first pick in the second round.

While this would be a great move for Houston, it seems unrealistic that every team would pass on the talented passer in Round 1 or that another team wouldn't trade back into Round 1 to select him late. Bridgewater was once considered the best quarterback and one of the top overall players in the class, but his offseason workouts have seen his stock drop.

On the other hand, NFL Network's Curtis Conway thinks one team will be lucky, via Bryan Fischer of NFL.com: "If Teddy Bridgewater ends up in the second round, you're talking about a bargain. He will definitely be the best bargain in this draft."

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is one person that has not changed his opinion on Bridgewater:

Bridgewater is going to prove a lot of people wrong and a lot of people right. Only time will tell who fits into which category.

 

Six Offensive Tackles in First Round

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 22: Former Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson takes part in a drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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This is not a change from McShay's last mock draft, but it is still a bit surprising to see this many tackle prospects being taken in the first round.

Joel Bitonio is the last of these picks as someone who could be drafted by the Carolina Panthers to provide a much-needed upgrade to the offensive line. As Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated notes, he is one of the more explosive players in the draft at his position:

Morgan Moses is another player who has recently found himself climbing up draft boards, as noted by Peter Schrager of Fox Sports:

With Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan all likely to be taken in the first 10 picks, this could be another very good draft for the big men who spend their time in the trenches.

 

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