2014 NFL Mock Draft: Seven WR’s In Round One, Major QB Falls!
The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight at 8:00 pm on ESPN and NFL Network. It’s one of the most anticipated nights of the year for die-hard NFL fans, like myself. The hype, the excitement, and the eagerness are what makes the NFL Draft what it currently is: An anticipated major television show. And when you have an NFL draft that is as deep as it this one is, you are in for one great night in front of the television. This is the deepest draft in recent memory, according to most experts, and it’s also being called one of the deepest drafts EVER. That speaks volumes to how great all these players are. The position that is deepest, and there’s no argument against this, is the wide receiver position. This draft has many skilled wide-outs who project to be very good regulars in the NFL.
You have the top two guys in Clemson’s Sammy Watkins and Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, then you have the next batch of guys like USC’s Marqise Lee, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., Oregon State’s Brandon Cooks, and Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews. The third tier group of WR’s isn’t shabby either and project to be solid contributors to whoever drafts them and they are Penn State’s Allen Robinson, Fresno State’s Devante Adams, LSU’s Jarvis Landry, Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman, Clemson’s Martevous Bryant, Wisconsin’s Jared Abbredaris, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, and Indiana’s Cody Latimer, who has skyrocketed up most draft boards in the past few weeks. This draft is so deep at WR that we have seven of them going in round one alone.
The biggest question headed into this years draft is who is going #1 overall? The Houston Texans hold the number one pick this year and have a few nice options. The main players in the conversation to be selected #1 overall are South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, and Central Florida QB Blake Bortles. There’s an outside shot for guys like Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, Auburn OT Greg Robinson, and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews to go #1. The latest reporting has Clowney as the likely #1 pick. This is the Texans though and they have shocked people before when they had the #1 pick. Back in 2006, the Texans were expected to take USC RB Reggie Bush #1 overall, with the possibility that they might take USC QB Matt Leinart or Texas QB Vince Young instead. Instead, they ended up shocking the world and taking North Carolina State DE Mario Williams. In the end though, that ended up being the correct choice as Bush never made it in New Orleans, Leinart faltered in Arizona, and Young never made it big after winning the 2006 Rookie Of The Year award in Tennessee. Williams instantly became one of the most feared pass rushers in the NFL and became one of the greatest players in the Texans’ brief franchise history, before bolting for Buffalo in free agency in 2012.
The other big question is where will Johnny Manziel land? The popular QB can do some amazing things on the football field, but also some head scratchers on and off the field. His size will hurt him, although not that much since Russell Wilson just won the Super Bowl at basically the same height. A lot of executives don’t like how reckless Manziel plays but others love how he can always turn nothing into something. Manziel would love to go #1 overall and stay in the state of Texas, but that doesn’t seem likely right now. Manziel could go anywhere from #3 overall to Jacksonville, or fall to the early second. He’s very hard to project, but I projected him to not last past 20.
Like last year on NFL Draft Eve, I enlisted the help of two friends who love football and follow the NFL and college level’s very closely and love the draft as well to mock with me. It also makes the process more fun and unpredictable because you don’t know who the other two guys are going to pick before you pick again. My friends are Kevin and Joe, Kev’ will be picking first overall and Joe second, which leaves me third, and the pattern will continue that way. You can reach Joe on twitter at @TweetingTheJets, which he uses for all sports related tweets. Kevin doesn’t use a single form of social media, weird right? But who else can you say that about? It’s different and I kind of wish I could do that. So let’s get started on this years NFL Mock Draft…
Don’t miss out on a possible round two being added today before draft time!
1.Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – Kevin.
2.St.Louis Rams: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Joe.
3.Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – Steve, Myself.
4.Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – Kevin.
5.Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Joe.
6.Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Steve.
7.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M.
8.Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida.
9.Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.
10.Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State.
11.Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA.
12.New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina.
13.St.Louis Rams: HaSean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama.
14.Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh.
15.Pittsburgh Steelers: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU.
16.Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville.
17.Baltimore Ravens: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama.
18.New York Jets: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State.
19.Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame.
20.Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State.
21.Green Bay Packers: Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State.
22.Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC.
23.Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Cooks, WR, Oregon State.
24.Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech.
25.San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame.
26.Cleveland Browns: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State.
27.New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri.
28.Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama.
29.New England Patriots: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU.
30.San Francisco 49ers: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana.
31.Denver Broncos: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame.
32.Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.