2014 NFL Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2014: Latest Expert Mock Results from Around the Internet

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks walks off the field at the end of the first half of 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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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2014

The 2014 NFL draft could play out in any number of ways, and that is evident when examining the latest expert mock drafts from across the Internet.   

Mocks have overtaken the web since before the college and NFL seasons even came to an end, but things are now starting to come into focus with the draft on the horizon. Even with all the information that is out there, however, there is still plenty of uncertainty among those who know the teams and prospects best.

With that in mind, here is the latest look at some of the most high-profile 2014 NFL mock drafts on the web along with trends worth keeping an eye on.

 

Latest Expert Mock Drafts

Expert First-Round NFL Mock Drafts from Across the Web
Pick No.TeamMel Kiper (ESPN.com)Bucky Brooks (NFL.com)Matt Miller (B/R)Mike Chiari (B/R)
1Houston TexansJadeveon ClowneyJadeveon ClowneyJadeveon ClowneyJadeveon Clowney
2St. Louis Rams (via WAS)Greg RobinsonGreg RobinsonSammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
3Jacksonville JaguarsSammy WatkinsJohnny ManzielTeddy BridgewaterBlake Bortles
4Cleveland BrownsJohnny ManzielSammy WatkinsJohnny ManzielJohnny Manziel
5Oakland RaidersKhalil MackBlake BortlesGreg RobinsonKhalil Mack
6Atlanta FalconsTaylor LewanJake MatthewsKhalil MackGreg Robinson
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersMike EvansMike EvansMike EvansMike Evans
8Minnesota VikingsBlake BortlesKhalil MackBlake BortlesTeddy Bridgewater
9Buffalo BillsJake MatthewsEric EbronJake MatthewsJake Matthews
10Detroit LionsOdell BeckhamDarqueze DennardJustin GilbertJustin Gilbert
11Tennessee TitansDarqueze DennardJustin GilbertAnthony BarrDarqueze Dennard
12New York GiantsAaron DonaldAaron DonaldEric EbronAaron Donald
13St. Louis RamsHa Ha Clinton-DixHa Ha Clinton-DixHa Ha Clinton-DixHa Ha Clinton-Dix
14Chicago BearsJustin GilbertCalvin PryorAaron DonaldCalvin Pryor
15Pittsburgh SteelersZack MartinOdell BeckhamTaylor LewanAnthony Barr
16Dallas CowboysCalvin PryorAnthony BarrKony EalyDee Ford
17Baltimore RavensEric EbronTaylor LewanZack MartinTaylor Lewan
18New York JetsBrandin CooksMarqise LeeOdell BeckhamEric Ebron
19Miami DolphinsC.J. MosleyZack MartinC.J. MosleyZack Martin
20Arizona CardinalsDerek CarrDee FordDerek CarrKony Ealy
21Green Bay PackersRyan ShazierC.J. MosleyJimmie WardC.J. Mosley
22Philadelphia EaglesKelvin BenjaminKyle FullerDee FordOdell Beckham
23Kansas City ChiefsMarqise LeeBrandin CooksBrandin CooksBrandin Cooks
24Cincinnati BengalsKony EalyRyan ShazierKyle FullerMorgan Moses
25San Diego ChargersAnthony BarrBradley RobyDarqueze DennardKyle Fuller
26Cleveland Browns (via IND)Kyle FullerTeddy BridgewaterCody LatimerXavier Su'a-Filo
27New Orleans SaintsCody LatimerKony EalyDavante AdamsRyan Shazier
28Carolina PanthersMorgan MosesCyrus KouandjioMorgan MosesMarqise Lee
29New England PatriotsRa'Shede HagemanRa'Shede HagemanDominique EasleyStephon Tuitt
30San Francisco 49ersJordan MatthewsJason VerrettAllen RobinsonDavante Adams
31Denver BroncosJason VerrettXavier Su'a-FiloRyan ShazierJason Verrett
32Seattle SeahawksStephon TuittMorgan MosesJason VerrettCyrus Kouandjio
ESPN.com, NFL.com, BleacherReport.com

*Mel Kiper's mock draft courtesy of ESPN Insider (subscription required)

*Bucky Brooks' mock draft courtesy of NFL.com

*Matt Miller's mock draft courtesy of Bleacher Report

 

Biggest Mock Draft Storylines

Jadeveon Clowney Tabbed as Consensus Top Pick

The overarching feeling among talent evaluators seems to be that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is the best prospect in this draft, and that thought process is reflected within the expert mock drafts. Clowney is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans in each of the highlighted mocks and it is easy to see why.

Clowney has the potential to be the next Bruce Smith or Reggie White, so Houston may not be able to pass up that type of talent. Even though defensive end isn't a big need for the Texans and Clowney may not be an ideal fit for their defense, teams find a way to make things work with a player of his caliber.

Despite the consensus among all four mocks, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport doesn't rule out the notion that Houston could still trade out of the No. 1 spot if it isn't all in on Clowney:

If the Texans do trade down, then one can only assume that the team they strike a deal with would be moving up to select Clowney. Regardless of who ends up selecting at the top of the draft, Clowney is the name that viewers are expecting to hear first.

Pass-rushers are at a premium in the NFL these days, which makes Clowney a very popular man provided there is a belief that he will reach his full potential.

 

Uncertainty in Quarterback Ranks

Most consider the 2014 draft class to be a strong one in terms of quarterbacks, but nobody seems exactly sure which signal-caller is the best and which NFL teams prefer. All four of the above mocks feature at least three passers going off the board in the first round, with Miller opting for four in the form of Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Derek Carr.

Bridgewater is a particularly interesting case since he was initially viewed as the No. 1 quarterback, but his status has taken a hit in the wake of a poor pro day. The opinion runs the gamut on Bridgewater with Miller giving him to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 while Kiper has him falling outside the first round altogether.

One person who hasn't bought into Bridgewater's fall from grace is NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, who still rates him as the best quarterback in the draft:

Three of the four mocks have Johnny Football going No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns with the other linking him to the Jags at No. 3. Also, Bortles is off the board inside the top 10 in each of the mocks as well. Carr is a potential late first-rounder to boot, but it will ultimately come down to what the Browns do at No. 4 and how teams like the Arizona Cardinals feel about taking a quarterback.

It is safe to assume that at least three quarterbacks will be selected Thursday night, but predicting the order and identity of those signal-callers is a crapshoot at best.

 

Wide Receivers Dominate First Round

Much like the quarterback position, it is unclear how many wide receivers will fly off the board in the first round, but anywhere from five to eight is a safe prediction based on the featured mocks. All four mock drafts have a varying amount of receivers being selected, with Brooks on the low end at five and Kiper at the high end with eight.

Everyone agrees that Sammy Watkins will be the first pass-catcher to go with the St. Louis Rams, Jaguars and Browns all looking like realistic options from No. 2 through No. 4. The freakish athlete is likely coveted by teams throughout the first round, though, so a draft-altering trade up could be in play.

One talent evaluator who has been openly bullish on Watkins is Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

"Sammy's a very talented guy," Mayhew said. "He would fit us; he can make plays. His track record speaks for itself, I think."

It would take a certain amount of ammunition for the Lions to move up from No. 10 into a position where Watkins is a possibility, but the thought of pairing him with Calvin Johnson is enticing to say the least.

Aside from Watkins, all four mocks are in agreement that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are smitten with Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans at No. 7. The likes of Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks and Marqise Lee are also viewed as likely first-rounders, but their positioning could fluctuate significantly. 

Names like Cody Latimer, Jordan Matthews, Davante Adams and Allen Robinson could also come into play, but they are certainly borderline. If several of the highly touted receivers in this year's class ultimately pan out, though, the 2014 NFL draft may one day be viewed as the gold standard in terms of wide receiver talent.

 

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