It’s only Week 3 of the season and mock drafts begin to fly around because Mel Kiper and Todd McShay think they know all the answers. Well, The Quarterback Blog doesn’t know any of the answers to who each team will draft next May. But, without much thought, or any research, here’s the latest (and greatest) NFL Mock Draft volume 1. This list is subject to change and will throughout the NFL season and subsequent offseason. NFL Draft order based on an alternating AFC/NFC team position using my “power rankings” and the Denver Broncos winning the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks.
2014 NFL Mock Draft Volume 1.0
1.) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – So, here’s the thing about the Jacksonville Jaguars… They’re not good. One of the reasons they’re not good is that they have Blaine Gabbert at QB. Oh, and when Gabbert gets a boo-boo on his finger, they get to play Chad Henne at QB. I think there’s plenty of options for Jacksonville when they’re inevitably the first on-the-clock to pick, but I don’t think Jadeveon Clowney helps them as much as Bridgewater does. If Teddy isn’t the pick, Tajh Boyd is.
2.) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – This isn’t where Greg Schiano envisioned his Bucs being at this point in the season. There’s mutiny in the clubhouse (haha pirates, boats, mutiny) and nobody knows who to blame. Josh Freeman is struggling on and off the field and the Bucs simply cannot win. Winning games is what the people want. Jadeveon Clowney might not be able to win games on his own but he certainly has the ability to change the way offenses will prepare for him. Clowney can be dominant on the field, and as we all know – he can hit an offensive player like a truck.
3.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – Boyd has high-upside as he can run and throw. Boyd has 95-TD’s in his career at Clemson through just 31-starts, where he boasts a 24-7 record. Boyd can win big games and will serve as a solid replacement to Brandon Weeden, and a much younger and talented one.
4.) CAROLINA PANTHERS: Marqise Lee, WR, USC – Steve Smith is aging and will be 35 next spring. The running game isn’t reliable and there’s no clear-cut #2 receiver aside from TE Greg Olsen. Lee factors in perfectly giving Cam Newton a solid route-runner with great speed and athletic ability.
5.) PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – Easily can flip-flop with the Panthers’ selection at #4. Another solid route-runner who can stretch the field and create plays for Ben Roethlisberger.
6.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA – Barr can play DE in the Vikings 4-3 and spend time learning from Jared Allen who turns 32 next year (assuming he is re-signed). The Vikings can use help on the D-Line (with or without Allen) and Barr fits the bill.
7.) NEW YORK JETS: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame – He’s a big body that can plug holes. Nix fits at NT for the Jets allowing Kenrick Ellis to sit down. This could provide the Jets with a strong, physical front 3 on D with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson.
8.) ARIZONA CARDINALS: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – I’m not thrilled about this pick. The Cardinals have mediocre linemen in place, but nothing is too glaring right now. I think a pass-rusher is ideal but it’s too early to take Khalil Mack or C.J. Mosley. So, the Cardinals take the best offensive lineman in the draft, who most likely won’t last this long.
9.) OAKLAND RAIDERS: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington – As it stands right now, the Raiders have a win and I can’t put them much higher than this. Ultimately, reality will set in and the Raiders will be picking a speedster with the 3rd pick of the draft, or something like that. However, in this spot, the Raiders do something nobody would ever dream of – draft a Tight End. Seferian-Jenkins is one of the best TE prospects in some time though and will play the role of a Gronk or Jimmy Graham in the Raider offense.
10.) ST. LOUIS RAMS: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – I like Lewan and think he will fill in nicely for Rodger Saffold across from Jake Long.
11.) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama – Another solid OT as lineman begin to fall off the board. The Chargers can use a whole mess of these guys as they try to protect Rivers and Mathews as they line up in the backfield. This kid will work hard and earn his spot on the field, then he’ll keep it.
12.) ST. LOUIS RAMS: Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo – Formerly the pick of the Washington Redskins, this was the remnants of the RG3 trade. With their second pick in the first 12-selections, I think the Rams and Jeff Fisher can make a riskier pick with Mack. He’s unproven with the exception he made Ohio State’s O-Line look like Pop Warner players. We know that Mack has talent and can play, so it’s fitting to select him knowing they’re already locking up a 1st-Round talent in Taylor Lewan two picks prior.
13.) TENNESSEE TITANS: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon – The Titan’s pass defense is wretched and Verner will be a free agent. I like Blidi Wreh-Wilson and he has a hyphenated last name which should work well for the Wreh-Wilson/Ekpre-Olomu duo.
14.) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama – Would be one of my favorite defensive players coming into the Draft but Alabama LB’s always seem to look better than they actually are. Don’t get me wrong, Mosley is a phenomenal player, but see Nico Johnson, Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower. Ultimately, I think Mosley will fall to late 1st/early 2nd Round.
15.) BALTIMORE RAVENS: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Joe Flacco needs another receiver in the worst of ways. Anquan Boldin may have been overlooked in Charm City and another possession receiver is necessary. Enter Mike Evans. Johnny Manziel’s favorite target fits like a glove here and will provide Torrey Smith some freedom and Flacco another good option.
16.) DALLAS COWBOYS: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame – Tuitt sits at 310-pounds right now and will be the new guy inside on the D-Line. He’s versatile to play DE, but has the size to plug inside.
17.) BUFFALO BILLS: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama – Ha Ha is right that the Bills pick the 17th overall. I think Manuel and his crew can win enough games to not make the playoffs and pick this late. Clinton-Dix can take over for Jairus Byrd if he’s traded or doesn’t get his contract. If Byrd is retained, Searcy can move back into his backup role.
18.) DETROIT LIONS: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – A Buckeye coming up to Wolverine country? Yep. Roby projects to be the top DB on the board here and the Lions can use him.
19.) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee – Andy Reid goes from basement to just missing the playoffs. Albert might not be back and Eric Fisher needs another anchor on the other side.
20.) CHICAGO BEARS: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida – The Bears are the last team out again! Peanut Tillman and Tim Jennings are both entering free agency, you have to think one won’t return. Purifoy will take over.
21.) MIAMI DOLPHINS: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State – Has the ability to be a Top-10 pick, but it’s a climb for the Seminole who will factor in the competition to find a true LT in Miami with Tyson Clabo and Jonathan Martin.
22.) NEW YORK GIANTS: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida – The other Gator DB goes to Tom Coughlin. The G-Men have 0 wins but the division is fickle and they might be able to rattle of a 9-7 season and make it into the playoffs.
23.) CLEVELAND BROWNS: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon – This should be the Colts pick but the Browns will take pick #23 for Trent Richardson. I, personally, don’t agree with the trade. But, it doesn’t matter what I think and De’Anthony Thomas becomes the new Darren Sproles in Cleveland.
24.) GREEN BAY PACKERS: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina – The Packers don’t really need anything bad, but they also have a lot of mediocre spots on the depth chart. Aaron Rodgers gets sacked a lot more than most people think and despite the secondary hurting a little bit, I think O-Line is the pick.
25.) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Anthony Judson, DT, LSU – Fits Bill Belichick’s system. Nobody knows what they’ll do.
26.) ATLANTA FALCONS: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida – The Falcons need youth and bodies on the pass-rush. Lynch is the best available at this point and has huge play-making ability.
27.) CINCINNATI BENGALS: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma – Colvin is a big, Richard Sherman-type CB who will fit the Bengals up-and-coming defense.
28.) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State – The improved Saints D will still need more help getting after the QB. Crichton can do that.
29.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Adrian Hubbard, LB, Alabama – Rush LB who can get after QB’s and make tackles. Will help protect the middle of the field also behind Watt and Spencer (if Spencer returns).
30.) SAN FRANCISCO 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, Washington – Aging corners and DB’s forces Coach Harbaugh to draft a reliable corner in Jason Verrett.
31.) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: Kyle Van Noy, DE, Brigham Young – I like how Van Noy fits in Carroll’s clubhouse, he’ll bring a different dimension to the pass-rush providing a ton of pressure to opposing QB’s.
32.) DENVER BRONCOS: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee – The Bronco D is in need of some remodeling. Peyton is fine as long as his line is healthy, he has the weapons to succeed. I’m torn between DB or LB here, and Johnson is best on the board.