The French Guy's 2014 NFL Mock Draft
posted Apr 26 2014, 11:42AM
story by David Loret
posted in NFL, Analysis

Like last year, the NFL draft is coming fast and like last year, this is my mock draft but this time, it will cover the first two rounds ! Before you start reading it, you should be informed that there will be no trades in this version (even if i cover the possibility in the write-up. I will consider doing a first round version with trades later this week.) and that I am fully aware that I am not an NFL GM or a so-called expert. These picks and my views are mine.

Round 1

Houston (2-14) - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Of course, the Texans have an obvious hole behind Center but that’s not the way I believe they will go with the 1st pick. Much like they did in 06, they will go with the best player (a defensive end … like in 06) rather than taking a big gamble on a QB. Clowney and Watt will form a devastating duo on paper and Houston will be able to select its QB later.

 

 

St. Louis - from Washington (3-13) - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Here, the Rams have a few options : trading down for a team wanting either Clowney (if the Texans select a signal caller), Bortles (Oakland, Cleveland, Vikings) or even Khalil Mack (like Jacksonville). They would draft Clowney if available OR draft either Greg Robinson, Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins. And the logical choice would be Watkins. While they may have drafted Tavon Austin last year, St. Louis still doesn’t have a potential franchise receiver on its roster. Picking Watkins would allow Sam Bradford to have the best offensive weapon on the board and a go-to receiver (I don’t believe in Kenny Britt.) plus allow the Rams to have a clear answer on the question everyone has been asking since 2010 : Is Sam Bradford really the guy ? One last thing, remember that they still have a top 15 pick left to fill other needs.

 

 

Jacksonville (4-12) - Khalil Mack, LB/DE, Buffalo.
And the Jaguars … don’t take a QB. With Watkins off the board (a pick that would have healed the Justin Blackmon-headache a bit), the Jags have two obvious options : Mack or Bortles. Jacksonville was the worst pass-rushing team in the NFL last year and the upgrade is needed. Plus, they will be able to get a pretty decent prospect to compete with Chad Henne for the starting job in the 2nd round. So why not go with the best player available and fill one of its biggest holes ?

 

 

Cleveland (4-12) - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This time the Browns don't select a 28 year old QB. The need is obvious, even if Brian Hoyer was a decent QB when he played last year, the Browns still need a face for the franchise and a potential franchise signal caller. This pick is an obvious high risk high reward but at this point and with the franchise at this state, it almost has to be done. Note : I had a hard time deciding between Manziel and Derek Carr.

Oakland (4-12) - Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The QB need is obvious, Bortles will thrive under Greg Olson and the Raiders will have a potential elite QB for the first time since Rich Gannon. While Bortles might need some time to develop, the potential is clearly there for the Central Florida product and he will be able to grow under one of the best QB guru in the NFL to maximize that potential.

Atlanta (4-12) - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Barr or Robinson here. If the draft plays out this way, the Falcons will have a tough time choosing between the two prospects. But since their biggest need is upgrading their pass rush, Barr is the pick.

Tampa Bay (4-12) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Is Mike Glennon a potential franchise QB ? No, he isn’t. Does he deserve another season to prove that he is ? Yes, he does. Tampa goes with the best player available here and will be able to start Robinson as a guard before taking over as a Left Tackle in a few years.
 
Minnesota (5-10-1) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Another obvious need is filled here as the Vikings get its signal caller. Reports indicated that Minnesota would try to trade up for Blake Bortles (Oakland or St Louis) but Derek Carr wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

Buffalo (6-10) - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews is the best player on the board and the player that makes the most sense for the Bills. He's able to start right away at Right Tackle and Buffalo would be able to fill its other needs in the following rounds
 
Detroit (7-9) - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans starting across Calvin Johnson with Golden Tate in the slot sounds like a very very good plan for the Lions. The WR need for the Lions was obvious when Calvin Johnson missed games last year and Evans fills the need for having a secondary huge target for Matt Stafford.

Tennessee (7-9) - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
They lost Alterraun Verner (Tampa) and need a new starting cornerback. An easy pick with Gilbert still on the board and being one of the best players left.

New York Giants (7-9) - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Linval Joseph left for the Vikings and the Giants will be able to replace him with the rising defensive tackle from Pittsburgh.

St. Louis (7-9) - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
I said earlier that St. Louis would be able to fix their needs with their second pick in the first round and luckily for them, that’s exactly what happens here. Lewan fills a need and could be groomed under Jake Long.

Chicago (8-8) - Haha Clinton-Dix, S, Alambama
The Bears pick the best defensive player available and fill one of their biggest needs. Clinton Dix will be able to help Chicago’s secondary and maybe he helps prevent another late season secondary collapse like last year vs Green Bay.

Pittsburgh (8-8) - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
An offensive play-maker might just be what is needed for the Steelers and Ebron makes a lot of sense for Pittsburgh. The soon-to-be former Tar Heel falls to the 15th pick and i think he won't get past this spot. The obvious need for an offensive spark would be filled … but Pittsburgh also has interest in Bradley Roby.

Dallas (8-8) - Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
The need for a batter pass-rushing option is obvious with the departure of longtime Cowboy Demarcus Ware and with Dallas opting not to re-sign Anthony Spencer. Jeremy Mincey won’t be enough for Dallas if they want to have a shot at the NFC East, especially considering that they will have to stop the high-flying Eagles.

Baltimore (8-8) - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Boldin left the Ravens and all of the sudden, Flacco wasn’t as sharp as he was in that Super bowl run.  Steve Smith won’t bring much to the table and Cooks will be a very good option starting across Torrey Smith.

New York Jets (8-8) - Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
This could have very well be Calvin Pryor or Bradley Roby but the Jets need to surround Geno Smith with the playmakers. Eric Decker coming to town should solve half of the issue, Beckham will solve the other half starting across the former Broncos WR. On a deeper note, much like the Rams with Bradford, this would also allow the Jets to see if Geno Smith is their QB of the future, working with much improved supporting cast.

Miami (8-8) - Zach Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
In the wake of the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin incident, it was obvious that the Dolphins needed help with their offensive line and this is exactly what Martin will provide them. He will be able to play either right tackle, guard or, in the best case scenario, left tackle for Miami and will continue the upgrade of the offensive line after the signing of Branden Albert.

Arizona (10-6) - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Yeremiah Bell hasn’t been re-signed by the Cardinals so a natural replacement is needed and Calvin Pryor is still on the board.

Green Bay (8-7-1) - CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
No safety is worth taking at this point so, despite the need at the position, Green Bay will have to look to fill another need and CJ Mosley is the best player that fills one of the remaining needs.

Philadelphia (10-6) - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Eagles entered the draft with a need at corner and with this pick, they would have a prospect that could have gone way earlier while filling one of its biggest needs.

Kansas City (11-5) - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
The Chiefs didn’t retain their free agents guards and Su’a-Filo will fill the void left. There’s a good chance that KC uses this pick to select a receiver but protecting Alex Smith is a priority, especially considering that there will be some good receiving options in the later rounds.

Cincinnati (11-5) - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
At this point, two of the best players left on the board are cornerbacks as Dennard and Kyle Fuller are still unselected at this point. Enters the Bengals with a need at the position  and without Mike Zimmer, the new head coach of the Vikings, an upgrade is needed over Terence Newman and Pacman Jones.

San Diego (9-7) - Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame.
The Chargers needs a nose tackle and Louis Nix will provide just that. He will be able to eat double team to free Luiget and the rest of the pass rushers while being a huge run-stopper, a much needed upgrade after the departure of Cam Thomas.

Cleveland - from Indianapolis (11-5) - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
It’s funny to think that Cleveland got this pick for … Trent Richardson.  The Browns got their man in Manziel earlier in the draft and they immediately need another offensive weapon across Josh Gordon.  Kelvin Benjamin will provide a lot of size/speed and upside and will, in a way, be the same kind of big threat that Manziel had in College Station with Mike Evans.

New Orleans (11-5) - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Yes, the Saints signed Champ Bailey but he isn’t a long term solution for them. Kyle Fuller has the potential to be a starting CB and would contribute to the re-construction of the Saints secondary after signing Jairus Byrd.

Carolina (12-4) - Marquise Lee, WR, USC
A receiver to the Panthers might be one of the most obvious picks in all the draft. They haven’t been able to get any potential #1 receivers via free agency and help is definitely needed in Carolina. That help will come in the form of USC receiver Marquise Lee who will be an instant starter.

New England (12-4) - Ra’Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
Someone like Tuitt or Dee Ford is an option here but the Patriots will go with someone that will help the interior of their defensive line while upgrading their pass-rush from here AND help an aging Vince Wilfork.

San Francisco (12-4) - Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
A quick note about SF, I decided to go for a mock draft without any trades but considering the number of picks that the 49ers have, they are a prime candidate to do so. The pick might surprise but I do think that Aldon Smith might blow up his NFL career sooner or later and one of the best players on the board would be the perfect answer to that. Plus, Justin Smith will be 35 when the season starts and Dee Ford could start across Tank Carradine… If Aldon Smith isn’t out of the league by then. Note : There is no receiver worth taking here but I can see SF trading up for Mike Evans or Justin Gilbert.

Denver (13-3) - Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
After a great free-agency, the Broncos have to fill the remaining needs in its roster. One of them is the linebacker position as Wesley Woodyard left the team to sign with the Titans. Shazier is an instant upgrade as well as being a tremendous athlete (he ran a 4.36 at his pro day).

Seattle (13-3)  - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The Seahawks let Breno Giacomini walk and he signed with the Jets. The SB Champs need help in their offensive line and Moses will be able to start at right tackle right away.

 

Round 2

Houston (2-14) - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Washington (3-13) - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Cleveland (4-12) - Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Oakland (4-12) - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Atlanta (4-12) - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Tampa Bay (4-12) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Jacksonville (4-12) - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Minnesota (5-10-1) - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Buffalo (6-10) - Joel Bitonio OT/G, Nevada

Tennessee (7-9) - Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

New York Giants (7-9) - Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State

St. Louis (7-9) - Dion Bailey, S, USC

Detroit (7-9) - Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

Pittsburgh (8-8) - Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon Stat

Dallas (8-8) - Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Baltimore (8-8) - Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State

New York Jets (8-8) - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Miami (8-8) - Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

Chicago (8-8) - Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Arizona (10-6) - Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech

Green Bay (8-7-1) - Marcus Martin, C, USC

Philadelphia (10-6) - Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Cincinnati (11-5) - Dominique Easley, DE, Florida

San Francisco from Kansas City (11-5) - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

San Diego (9-7) - Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

New Orleans (11-5) - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Indianapolis (11-5) - David Yankey, G, Stanford

Carolina (12-4) -  JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee

San Francisco (12-4) - Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

New England (12-4) - Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Denver (13-3) - Keith McGill, CB, Utah

Seattle (13-3)  - Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

 

David Loret
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