2014 NFL Mock Draft
by DJ Boyer
2014 Mock Draft v2.4
** San Francisco currently has a 3rd round selection from Kansas City (Alex Smith) which escalates into a 2nd rounder if the Chiefs win 8 games, a clause I feel they will achieve in 2013.
1. Jacksonville Marcus Mariota QB Oregon
Conventional wisdom has been putting Teddy Bridgewater as the top quarterback taken. Mariota is completing nearly 75% of his passes and 15% of those throws are going for 25 yards or longer. Combine that with supreme athleticism and amazing acceleration and you can see why numerous NFL executives are left drooling.
2. Minnesota Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
Bridgewater is seen as the most complete quarterback of the impressive 2014 draft class but the pressure that comes with intense scrutiny looks like it is starting to get into his head. With more and more scouts attending games Bridgewater seems cognoscente of the attention and little mistakes are starting to add up. Bridgewater is a very good quarterback but when you are taking a franchise player in the top 10 you don’t want good, you want great.
3. NY Giants Jadaveon Clowney DE South Carolina
One of the areas that doesn’t show immediate deficiencies for the Giants is the defensive line. New York is always retooling and they employ constant rotations, needing at least 4 healthy defensive ends who see the field constantly. Clowney is the top player available in this draft from a pure talent standpoint, the only question here would be can he handle the spotlight that comes with New York City.
4. Tampa Bay Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
If you are looking for a can’t miss prospect with a proven NFL bloodline than Jake Matthews is your player. Matthews has just the right mix of superior technique sprinkled with a touch of nastiness that leaves defenders frustrated and ineffective. Matthews is the one player in this draft that virtually fits all 32 teams.
5. Oakland Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
The Raiders have ignored the offensive line for far too long. One way to alleviate that issue is by drafting a four-year starter from Michigan. Lewan is equally effective in the running and passing game while playing with a nasty edge that many who don the silver and black possess.