2014 NFL Draft Predictions: Updated Projections for 1st-Round Prospects

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies warms up before taking on the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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The excitement surrounding the 2014 NFL draft is through the roof, and with the event beginning Thursday with the first round, football fans from across the league are sharing their predictions for where the top stars will land.

With teams doing their homework for possible trades and finalizing their draft boards, the anticipation about which potential stars and possible busts will end up on your favorite team has football fans nervous.

Here are the complete first-round projections and the prospect who will cause the most noise.


2014 NFL Draft -First-Round Predictions
Pick Team Player Position College
1 Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2 St. Louis Rams Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
4 Cleveland Browns Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
5 Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
6 Atlanta Falcons Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
8 Minnesota Vikings Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
9 Buffalo Bills Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
10 Detroit Lions Greg Robinson OT Auburn
11 Tennessee TitansC.J. MosleyILBAlabama
12 New York GiantsTaylor LewanOTMichigan
13 St. Louis RamsJustin GilbertCBOklahoma State
14 Chicago BearsAaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
15 Pittsburgh SteelersLouis Nix IIIDTNotre Dame
16 Dallas CowboysRa'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
17 Baltimore RavensHa Ha Clinton-DixFSAlabama
18 New York JetsKony EalyDEMissouri
19 Miami DolphinsZack MartinOTNotre Dame
20 Arizona CardinalsCyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
21 Green Bay PackersEric EbronTENorth Carolina
22 Philadelphia EaglesDarqueze DennardCBMichigan State
23 Kansas City ChiefsKelvin BenjaminWRFlorida State
24 Cincinnati BengalsOdell BeckhamWRLSU
25 San Diego ChargersJason VerrettCBTCU
26 Cleveland Browns (from IND)Calvin PryorFSLouisville
27 New Orleans SaintsRyan ShazierOLBOhio State
28 Carolina PanthersMarqise LeeWRUSC
29 New England PatriotsJace AmaroTETexas Tech
30 San Francisco 49ersBrandin CooksWROklahoma State
31 Denver BroncosTimmy JerniganDTFlorida State
32 Seattle SeahawksStephon TuittDENotre Dame


Prospect to Watch on Draft Day: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel comes into the 2014 NFL draft as one of the most talked about prospects of the 2014 class. With the raw talent to be a star in the NFL, there is also a concern about his size, style and off-field behavior.

Love him or hate him; everyone is talking about Johnny Football.

While many expect Manziel to be taken in the first round, exactly where he lands is anyone’s guess. As the draft approaches, though, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the feeling is Manziel will go No. 3 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars:

That would be a blockbuster move.

As Jim Corbett of USA Today reported, Jacksonville’s general manager Dave Caldwell only added fuel to the fire with his comments:

The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the league again last year, and the franchise’s run of futility is staggering. Not only would Manziel come into the organization and give it a face to market, but he would also be an instant upgrade at the quarterback position with a serious chance to blossom into a star at the next level.

If Jacksonville can rebuild its offensive line over the next two years and offer Manziel adequate time in the pocket, the perennial afterthoughts would become legitimate playoff contenders once again.

After racking up 4,114 yards through the air, 759 yards on the ground and 46 combined touchdowns last season at Texas A&M (not to mention his gaudy numbers during the Heisman Trophy winning freshman season), the Jaguars would find the franchise quarterback it has lacked for years.

Manziel needs time to develop and learn on the job, and a rebuilding team like Jacksonville would be an ideal landing spot. Johnny Football would shine in teal and black.

Where Manziel Lands: No. 3 Jacksonville Jaguars


Stats and combine information via NFL.com.