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2014 NFL Mock Drafts

Every week, maybe every day, until draft day in early May, numerous mock drafts will be produced. Good discussion fodder for NFL geeks. Nothing wrong that.

Player rankings and mock draft orders change after the NFL combine, held on February 22 to 25.

http://www.nfl.com/combine

Sites

Week of Jan 6

Week of Jan 13

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20140115/2014-nfl-draft-big-board-jadeveon-clowney/?sct=obnetwork

  • http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/draft2014/story/_/id/10283026/2014-nfl-draft-mel-kiper-unveils-first-mock-draft
    • Mel Kiper predicts Johnny Manziel will be picked first by the Houston Texans or whoever moves up to number one. A few weeks ago, Mel rated Manziel has having an "adequate NFL arm." Last weekend in the divisional playoff round, the eight starting quarterbacks, I doubt their arms would be rated as "adequate." I don't see how an adequate arm can be worth a number one pick. Mel also said that Manziel's arm strength could be increased with better mechanics. I doubt it. Arm strength is natural born. Accuracy may be improved with mechanics.

1. Texans
Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville
2. Rams (from WASH)
Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
3. Jaguars
Blake Bortles, QB UCF
4. Browns
Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M
5. Raiders
Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina
6. Falcons
Anthony Barr, LB UCLA
7. Buccaneers
Greg Robinson, OT Auburn
8. Vikings
Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
9. Bills
Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
10. Lions
Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
11. Titans
Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo
12. Giants
Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M
13. Rams
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama
14. Bears
Kony Ealy, DE Missouri
15. Steelers
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama
16. Cowboys
Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
17. Ravens
Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
18. Jets
Vic Beasley, DE Clemson
19. Dolphins
Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
20. Cardinals
C.J. Mosley, LB Alabama
21. Packers
Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
22. Eagles
Marqise Lee, WR USC
23. Chiefs
Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota
24. Bengals
Jason Verrett, CB TCU
25. Chargers
Zack Martin, OG Notre Dame
26. Browns (from IND)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State
27. Saints
Trent Murphy, LB Stanford
28. Panthers
Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State
29. Patriots
Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech
30. 49ers
Travis Swanson, C Arkansas
31. Broncos
Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt
32. Seahawks
Louis Nix III, DT Notre Dame

NFL MOCK DRAFT - 1/14/2014
ROUND 1

1. HOUSTON TEXANS

(2-14) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: Local star Johnny Manziel is the more dynamic athlete. Central Florida's Blake Bortles may possess an even higher upside and new Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien was quite complimentary of him after he and the Nittany Lions faced UCF in September. But due to his accuracy, underrated athleticism and experience in a pro-style scheme, Bridgewater appears to be the best fit in O'Brien's offense. With the immediate results expected in today's NFL, adding the draft's most consistent and pro-ready quarterback to a roster already teeming with talent seems too logical not to occur.
2. ST. LOUIS RAMS (FROM WASHINGTON)

(7-9) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: Owners of this lofty pick due to the Robert Griffin III trade, the Rams are in a terrific position to improve their team immediately or for the future. The Rams already boast one of the league's top defensive end tandems in Robert Quinn and Chris Long but that may not stop them from adding the draft's most talented player in Clowney or trading the rights to this pick to whichever team offered the greatest bounty to take South Carolina's superstar or one of the quarterbacks.
3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

(4-12) Blake Bortles, QB, UCF: The Jaguars may have the least talented roster in the NFL but the team played hard under head coach Gus Bradley and were a respectable 3-5 on the road. Improving at home could get a kick-start with the selection of Bortles, a local standout and prototypically-built pocket passer whose consistent improvement has his stock skyrocketing.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS

(4-12) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Regardless of the identity of Cleveland's next head coach, the Browns are expected to draft a quarterback with this pick. A passionate fan base might love the idea of Johnny Manziel, but the gusts and grass of FirstEnergy Field may not be the best fit for a quarterback so reliant on his mobility and lacking elite size or arm strength. Otherwise, pairing the most dominant run blocker in the draft in Robinson with All Pro left tackle Joe Thomas could give the Browns the bookend tackles to make a quarterback drafted later likelier to enjoy success.
5. OAKLAND RAIDERS

(4-12) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: With general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen each on the hot seat, big changes could be coming in Oakland. Regardless of who's in charge, an upgrade at quarterback is necessary. The late Al Davis would have loved Manziel's magical playmaking ability and considering this club's lack of identity on offense, no team is more in need of a lightning rod like Johnny Football.

26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS)

(4-12) Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Until the identity of the Browns' next head coach is known, projecting which quarterback they'll add in the offseason is going to be difficult. Carr's struggles against Southern Cal in the Vegas Bowl has his stock in flux but he possesses as much arm talent as any quarterback in the 2014 draft class, including projected No. 1 overall pick Teddy Bridgewater.

Player Rankings

As of Jan 15, 2014

http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft

How the players are rated not how they are projected to be selected.

SCOUTS INC.'S TOP 32 FOR 2014
Player Pos. School Grade
1. Jadeveon Clowney* DE S Carolina 96
2. Jake Matthews* OT Texas A&M 95
3. Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 95
4. Sammy Watkins* WR Clemson 94
5. Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo 93
6. Greg Robinson* OT Auburn 93
7. Timmy Jernigan* DT Florida St 93
8. C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 93
9. Marqise Lee* WR USC 93
10. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 92
11. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma St 92
12. T. Bridgewater* QB Louisville 92
13. Stephon Tuitt* DE Notre Dame 92
14. Eric Ebron* TE N Carolina 92
15. Blake Bortles* QB UCF 91
16. H. Clinton-Dix* S Alabama 91
17. Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame 91
18. Johnny Manziel* QB Texas A&M 90
19. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan St 90
20. Mike Evans* WR Texas A&M 90
21. Cyrus Kouandjio* OT Alabama 90
22. Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 90
23. Morgan Moses OT Virginia 89
24. Marcus Roberson* CB Florida 89
25. Scott Crichton* DE Oregon St 89
26. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 89
27. Loucheiz Purifoy* CB Florida 88
28. Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State 88
29. Kelvin Benjamin* WR Florida St 88
30. Kony Ealy* DE Missouri 88
31. Zack Martin OT Notre Dame 88
32. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 87

2014 Draft Order

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/111719/2014-draft-order-wild-card-round

As of Jan 15, long before the wheeling and dealing.

Based on current record and current strength of schedule (SOS). Positions 1 through 24 are finalized (barring the Dallas-Baltimore coin flip). Positions 25 through 32 will be determined by the remaining playoff games:

No. Team W-L SOS
1. Houston Texans 2-14 .559
2. St. Louis Rams** 7-9 .551
3. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-12 .504
4. Cleveland Browns 4-12 .516
5. Oakland Raiders 4-12 .523
6. Atlanta Falcons 4-12 .553
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-12 .574
8. Minnesota Vikings 5-10-1 .512
9. Buffalo Bills 6-10 .520
10. Detroit Lions 7-9 .457
11. Tennessee Titans 7-9 .504
12. New York Giants 7-9 .520
13. St. Louis Rams 7-9 .551
14. Chicago Bears 8-8 .465
15. Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8 .469
t-16. Baltimore Ravens^ 8-8 .484
t-16. Dallas Cowboys^ 8-8 .484
18. New York Jets 8-8 .488
19. Miami Dolphins 8-8 .523
20. Arizona Cardinals 10-6 .531
21. Green Bay Packers 8-7-1 .453
22. Philadelphia Eagles 10-6 .453
23. Kansas City Chiefs 11-5 .445
24. Cincinnati Bengals 11-5 .480

No. Team W-L SOS
25. San Diego Chargers 9-7 .496
26. Cleveland Browns# 4-12 .516
27. New Orleans Saints 11-5 .516
28. New England Patriots 12-4 .473
29. Carolina Panthers 12-4 .494
30. San Francisco 49ers 12-4 .494
31. Denver Broncos 13-3 .469
32. Seattle Seahawks 13-3 .490
**Acquired in trade with Washington
# Acquired in trade with Indianapolis
^Dallas and Baltimore will flip a coin
Source: ESPN Stats & Information

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