Dan Pluta (@DPluta08) has put together his latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft and it has literally been months since the last edition. So much has changed and the scope of the Draft is really in place now with the order set and NFL Combine having been completed.
This edition of the mock draft is based on the official 2014 NFL Draft order of picks. This list is subject to change and will throughout the NFL offseason as free agency gets under way and the Combine and Pro Days occur. These selections will more than likely be incorrect as all mock drafts typically are. Don’t let Mel & Todd tell you otherwise.
2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT Volume 8.0 (2 Rounds)
1.) HOUSTON TEXANS: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF – This is still up for debate. The Houston Texans could do a number of things here, and listing all of them would be senseless because we all know what every option is. I think given the QB class, and the inability (right now) to pick a truly #1 between Bridgewater, Manziel, Bortles and heck, even Mettenberger, McCarron and Carr, really makes it possible that Houston trades this away to grab one of them a few picks later. Or, realistically, Houston could just nab Clowney and be over with it – I’m sure J.J. Watt is lobbying for that pick. Nonetheless, it makes too much sense for the Houston Texans to grab a new QB given Schaub’s disappointing 2013 and a new coaching hire in Bill O’Brien. The question becomes, is this a veteran or a newly drafted QB? O’Brien had success in his first year at Penn State with Matt McGloin, maybe that was McGloin’s own doing or O’Brien’s coaching – nonetheless, Blake Bortles is the pick. Matt Schaub will be owed upwards of $14.5 million next season. It makes a lot of sense to say goodbye and utilize that money on free agency. Bortles brings a physical skill set that is tops in his class, plus a big arm and winning track record. Bortles showed some impressive stuff at the combine, and although Bridgewater is more NFL-ready than Bortles, I think the Texans take the UCF signal-caller.