Kevin Robert’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft
The NFL Combine is over. It’s onto free agency and then the 2014 NFL Draft will be front and center. With prospect stock shifting a bit based on Combine results, though, now is a good time to try to get our finger back on the pulse of the draft.
Things will absolutely fluctuate over the next couple of months, but mocking is too fun to not do it when things are in motion again. The Combine gives us the excuse to take another plunge. Join me as I mock the first round.
1. Houston Texans – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
I’m set on the idea that the Texans will take a quarterback. No prospect is without their question marks, so they might as well take a chance on the position they badly need to address. For me, it’s between Manziel or Blake Bortles. Johnny Football offers more upside and is a hometown hero, so he remains my pick to go #1 overall. Take that, Ron Jaworski.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Redskins) – Greg Robinson, T, Michigan
Rodger Saffold is a free agent and Jake Long shredded his knee. For the longest time I had Jadeveon Clowney here, but now I believe he’s only going #2 if a trade goes down. I don’t do trades in mocks, so Robinson makes sense with the Rams’ need for tackle help.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
I really want the pick to be Blake Bortles here, as Jax badly needs QB help. However, their head coach is a defensive mind and they need help in their pass-rush. Clowney gives them a once in a decade type talent and they can try to grab their passer in round two.
4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Cleveland needs a QB but they seem to actually be high on Brian Hoyer. They can always add the insanely talented Watkins and grab a passer with their second first rounder. Yes, I think they might.
5. Oakland Raiders – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Oakland can’t play games. One way or another, if an elite passing prospect is here, they need to pull the trigger. Thankfully the Jags and Browns are drafting ahead of them and Bridgewater actually stands a chance to slide here.