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|
|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 Titans||C.J. Mosley||ILB||Alabama|
|12||New York Giants||Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State|
|14||Chicago Bears||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Louis Nix III||DT||Notre Dame|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Ra'Shede Hageman||DT||Minnesota|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||FS||Alabama|
|18||New York Jets||Kony Ealy||DE||Missouri|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Zack Martin||OT||Notre Dame|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Florida State|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Odell Beckham||WR||LSU|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Jason Verrett||CB||TCU|
|26||Cleveland Browns (from IND)||Calvin Pryor||FS||Louisville|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Ryan Shazier||OLB||Ohio State|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Marqise Lee||WR||USC|
|29||New England Patriots||Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oklahoma State|
|31||Denver Broncos||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||Stephon Tuitt||DE||Notre 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.