2014 NFL Draft: Final Mock, the first 100 picks

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

We finally made it.  The last days before the NFL Draft gets going.  Between the extra two weeks and the talent in this draft, no one is sure of anything and everything seems to be up in the air, possibly to the last minute.  Nevertheless, here is guess as to how things will work out for the first three rounds.  Enjoy.

1. Houston Texans
Khalil Mack
Outside Linebacker, Buffalo
Analysis: A decision that may have come down to close to the last minute, the Texans opt to take the better fit for what they want to do while having less potential risk.  Mack is an elite prospect that can do everything they want.  The Texans really do seem to want to trade down and then take Blake Bortles if they can.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Johnny Manziel
Quarterback, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Rams have been building a spread in the NFL and it seemed to be for Sam Bradford, but Jeff Fisher makes a strong push to bring in Manziel to replace Bradford and suddenly put an interesting twist on the Robert Griffin III mega deal.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jadeveon Clowney
Defensive End, South Carolina
Analysis: The Jags and general manager David Caldwell find an unexpected surprise sitting there in the form of Clowney.  He becomes one of the building blocks for Gus Bradley’s defense there.

4. Cleveland Browns
Derek Carr
Quarterback, Fresno State
Analysis: With the hire of Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator, the Browns should have a system that caters to Carr’s skill set much like it did for Jay Cutler and Jake Plummer in Denver.  Carr has all the tools to succeed and the arm to thrive in the AFC North if he can be consistent with his footwork.  The Browns appear to want Khalil Mack, but if they cannot get him, they will likely try to move down a few spots to then acquire Carr.

5. Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins
Wide Receiver, Clemson
Analysis: The Raiders need talent first and foremost and while I do not agree with it, the expectation is that Watkins will go in the top few picks.  He has a nice combination of speed, power and hands that could allow him to be a dynamic playmaker in the NFL and gives Matt Schaub someone to throw the ball.

6. Atlanta Falcons
Jake Matthews
Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Falcons appear to be trying to do everything in their power to move up to presumably draft Clowney, but if Clowney and Mack are gone, they may go to the other side of the ball and continue to rebuild their offensive line.  Matthews is one of the few elite prospects in this class and can immediately step in and should play at a high level from the word go.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Evans
Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Buccaneers would really like to see a pass rusher here and if there is a quarterback they love, they should take them.  Since moving Mike Williams to Buffalo, the Bucs could use another receiver and while Evans is extremely similar to Vincent Jackson, covering two of them is a tough task for anyone.

8. Minnesota Vikings
Blake Bortles
Quarterback, Central Florida
Analysis: Bortles is the last of the top group of upper echelon quarterbacks available and like with Christian Ponder, the Vikings scoop up Bortles.  The good news is that Bortles comes into a great set up for him to succeed with a good running game and weapons on the outside.  Additionally, Norv Turner is an excellent coordinator and will be of huge value for the rookie.

9. Buffalo Bills
Greg Robinson
Offensive Tackle, Auburn
Analysis: The Bills have created a big, mean offensive line but have an issue at tackle.  They have an excellent left tackle in Cordy Glenn but the right tackle spot is iffy.  Robinson is exactly the type of the player the Bills love and their massive line would be equipped to run the opponent down like grass, opening holes for their running game as well as protecting E.J. Manuel.

10. Detroit Lions
Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix
Safety, Alabama
Analysis: Everyone seems to want to give the Lions a corner but they have corners they can work with in Darius Slay, Chris Houston and Dwight Bentley.  Their safety position is a mess and a talent like Dix could really give them a dynamic presence.  Dix is an impressive defender with upside, but what really stands out is his range that gives the impression of the defense having extra players on the field.

11. Tennessee Titans
Anthony Barr
Outside Linebacker, UCLA
Analysis: With the hiring of Ray Horton, the Titan defense will likely be altered significantly as he really likes to use the 3-4 even if it is never really a traditional 3-4 look.  Farmer swears by small, speedy guys that can hit and with no real obvious pass rushing threat on their roster right now, Barr would give them someone they can move around and attack the quarterback.

12. New York Giants
Aaron Donald
Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
Analysis: The Giants seem like a lock to take a lineman; the question is which side of the ball, which would seemingly come down to whoever is highest on their board.  Donald is an incredible technician with quickness and functional strength that could be plugged in next to Jonathan Hankins next year and keep that proud defensive line tradition alive and well.

13. St. Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan
Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Analysis: The Rams need to protect their new quarteback after failing to protecting their old one over and over again.  Additionally, the Rams have been notorious for betting on talent over character since Fisher was hired.  With Lewan, Roger Saffold and as much as they can get out of Jake Long, they could be pretty good out of the gate.

14. Chicago Bears
Jason Verrett
Cornerback, TCU
Analysis: The Bears have to fix their defense and Tillman fits the type of corner they have liked to use in the past.  He is really impressive with his vision and instincts when he is facing the line of scrimmage and can come up and attack it.  His size is a question but he is always around the football and an aggressive player.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Ebron
Tight End, North Carolina
Analysis: Ben Roethlisberger is the only thing keeping the Steelers from falling completely apart, so getting a big weapon like Ebron would be huge for them.  It also gives them the opportunity to take some pressure off of Heath Miller and use multiple tight ends to create more opportunities for their receivers.  Ebron is an incredible athlete, but his hands have to improve.

16. Dallas Cowboys
Kony Ealy
Defensive End, Missouri
Analysis: Ealy has great length and athleticism that is a natural fit in Monte Kiffin’s defensive scheme.  He has a terrific motor and can chase plays down from all over the field.  He can play both at end and potentially move inside and rush the passer in sub packages if the Cowboys want to put more speed on the field.

17. Baltimore Ravens
Ra’Shede Hageman
Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Analysis: Ozzie Newsome has had a knack for grabbing up as many talented 300lbers as he can get his hands on and while raw in a number of areas, Hageman’s physical talent and potential is remarkable.  For the Ravens, they have a great environment for him to learn and develop and Hageman can play both end and tackle in their system in various situations.

18. New York Jets
Odell Beckham Jr
Wide Receiver, LSU
Analysis: The Jets need all the offensive weapons they can get for Geno Smith.  Beckham is not only a dynamic playmaker that runs routes well and has great hands, but he could also be a weapon in the return game.

19. Miami Dolphins
Zack Martin
Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Analysis: The Dolphins needed line help before the mess in their locker room.  Branden Albert gives them someone that can play left tackle but Martin could play guard or right tackle for them and help produce some running lanes as well as protect Ryan Tannehill.  Playing the Bills and Jets twice a season with their defensive line strengths, this is a must if they want to compete.

20. Arizona Cardinals
DeMarcus Lawrence
Outside Linebacker, Boise State
Analysis: The Cardinals were able to address the left tackle position in the offseason, so unless they make a move for a quarterback, getting a pass rusher is the next big need they have.  Lawrence is a terrific technical player that has shown he can play the run and be a young, dynamic outside rushing threat, which is really the only thing that defense is missing.

21. Green Bay Packers
C.J. Mosley
Inside Linebacker, Alabama
Analysis: The Packers got a nice year out of A.J. Hawk but the inside backer spot has been lacking for years.  If they do not take another lineman, they have a chance to really bolster the middle of that defense and give them an instinctive play maker with range and athleticism.

22. Philadelphia Eagles
Bradley Roby
Cornerback, Ohio State
Analysis: The Eagles have found a pleasant surprise in Brandon Boykin this past season, but their corner situation is still precarious.  Roby had a down year, but not nearly as down as some seem to think.  He is still a terrific player and should be a great NFL corner for quite a while.

23. Kansas City Chiefs
Jimmie Ward
Safety, Northern Illinois
Analysis: No one could blame the Chiefs if they took a receiver here but with the overwhelming depth there and the relative shallow pool of safety talent, they may want to go ahead and find Eric Berry a running mate back there.  That is really the only thing that defense is missing and a dominant defense could get even better.

24. Cincinnati Bengals
Teddy Bridgewater
Quarterback, Louisville
Analysis: I am not going to pretend I understand this whole issue with Bridgewater but if he actually falls and the Bengals are smart enough to grab him, they go from having a bad quarterback being dragged into the playoffs by a great supporting cast to having a potentially great quarterback that could make them a contender to win the Super Bowl.

25. San Diego Chargers
Kyle Fuller
Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Analysis: The Chargers are still recovering from a mass exodus of corners and need to fill in the gaps.  Fuller missed time due to injury, but he has a great combination of coverage ability, savvy and physical play that could allow him to be a great player for them and defensive coordinator John Pagano.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
Xavier Su’a-Filo
Guard, UCLA
Analysis: If the Browns and specifically Mike Pettine are to be believed, the team does not view tackle as a hole.  In other words, they are not done with Mitchell Schwartz in that capacity yet.  Nevertheless, the right guard spot struggled last year and Su’a-Filo gives them a ton of talent that can fit their newly established zone scheme and give them a big time boost in the running game for Ben Tate as well as protecting their quarterback.

27. New Orleans Saints
Kyle Van Noy
Outside Linebacker, BYU
Analysis: Parys Haralson was brought in as a stop gap and Van Noy can be a terrific player who can do a little bit of everything across from Junior Galette.  Van Noy was incredibly impressive on tape as well as in Mobile and just shows an incredible knack for making plays.

28. Carolina Panthers
Joel Bitonio
Offensive Tackle, Nevada
Analysis: The retirement of Jordan Gross put the Panthers in a spot where they need to find a replacement in the draft.  Bitonio is arguably the least heralded of the tackle class, but he fared well against tough competition and brings a nasty demeanor to the running game, which would fit what Carolina does well.

29. New England Patriots
Jace Amaro
Tight End, Texas Tech
Analysis: The Patriots have been great investing in tight ends under Bill Belichick.  This pick could be from a few different players, but the immediacy of the impact may be of more importance because of the age of Tom Brady.  Amaro should be able to contribute immediately as a joker tight end.

30. San Francisco 49ers
Louis Nix III
Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Analysis: The 49ers have impressive depth most everywhere on their team  with the exception of nose tackle.  Nix could give them a player that can potentially start for them right from the get go, but should at least be a tremendous rotational option.  This gives defensive coordinator Vic Fangio that many more options to use when it comes to defensive linemen.

31. Denver Broncos
Ryan Shazier
Outside Linebacker, Ohio State
Analysis: Shazier fits what the Broncos want to do defensively like a glove.  They put a huge premium on speed, range and being able to cause turnovers.  As a team that is so often playing with a lead, they want guys who can fly around and cover while teams try to come back.  Shazier is also a good run defender that can make plays all over the field.

32. Seattle Seahawks
Morgan Moses
Offensive Tackle, Virginia
Analysis: The Seahawks love to beat opponents up, run the football, and throw off of play action.  They need to find a better option in the long term at right tackle to keep their offense going the right way.  Additionally, they were stretched that much further when Russell Okung went down.

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  • Old Frog

    As I Cowboys fan it pains me to see two players I covet, Zack Martin and Tre Mason, both going to the Ravens one pick after us.

    • Michael Davis

      Yes should have taken Martin in 1st and Crichton in 2nd.

  • Sam Gold

    ?!?!? Is this what you think will happen or should happen?

    • David

      Either way its a mess.

      • Pete Smith

        Probably.

        • Jake

          So you have the bears taking verret at 14 or Tillman at 14? God do us all a favor and stop writing for the bears lol “Tillman fits the type of corner they liked to use in the past” first off verret is not worth a 14 pick period I should rest my case on that but u compare him to Tillman who is 6’2 and verret is 5’9 I think Jennings is a better comparison but Jennings was also not a first round pick so for your info I did not finish reading the mock instead jumped straight to comments to read all the bears fans rip you a new ass but since they haven’t allow me u suck stop including the bears in anything u write becuase u are an embarrassment I will no longer read anything that isn’t by Erik lambert he may occasionally write for the enemy( green gay faggers) but atleast he knows what ha talkin about or atleast does his homework to sound like he does hope u lose this job becuase if someone is paying u to do this …… Well enough said

          • djn

            This is my 1st trip to fansided in quite awhile. Now I remember why I usually pass it by.
            Is there an editor here? The author and editor should be very embarrassed by this ridiculous waste of effort. Obviously, talent isn’t the criteria used in this mock draft. Was it favorite mascots? Jersey colors? Giant bowl of ganga and names in a hat?

    • Pete Smith

      My guess on what will happen.

  • David

    So you have the Cowboys reaching badly in all three rounds. Good god I hope not.

    • Pete Smith

      I think Will Sutton is really, really good. At 295 and in terrific shape, he is going to be come out really well a a rookie in my opinion. Really impressed after speaking with him.

      • Michael Davis

        Sutton would be a good pick for Dallas in the 3rd but in the 2nd? I agree with David on this.

      • David

        I think he has the potential to be really good to but its still a reach in the mid 2nd round.

      • djn

        What is that sentence?
        Nice work here Pete! LMAO!
        Really really, really nice work.
        Which is better than really nice work. Right? LOL

  • Bobby Postma

    I don’t agree with this. … The jaguars have way too many holes to fill to pick 2 defensive lineman with the first 2 picks

    • Pete Smith

      The Jaguars are virtually nothing but holes. That’s sort of the problem, so I attacked their lines.

  • dolphinmofo

    What makes you think Calvin Pryor will fall that far. Just curious.

    • Pete Smith

      Personally, I wouldn’t draft him at all. He is so hit and miss, will take bad angles, and fans on as many plays as he makes. Nevertheless, I expect him to go early because of his aggressiveness and amazing speed, so I compromised. Similar deal with Justin Gilbert.

  • nc0gnet0

    Everybody wants to have the lions taking a DB/SS/CB. Ain’t going to happen, not in the first round. Lions white boards has Watkins>Evans>Ebron in that order, and they will trade up if necessary to grab one of those three.

    • Scott

      In this mock they can grab Ebron at their pick which I hope is the case. Personally, I’d prefer to see the Steelers take Dennard or Beckham Jr. at 15.

      • Pete Smith

        Dennard went to the Steelers in round 2

        • Scott

          I realize that but I just dont see Dennard lasting to pick 47 and if the pick comes down to Gilbert, Dennard, Beckham Jr. and Ebron then Ebron is option #4. Lions picking him at #10 takes him out of the equation.

        • djn

          ROFLMAO at that placement.
          Do you understand the NFL? The emphasis on needing cb’s in a pass happy league.
          Obviously not, because the #1 cb drafted in your MOCKERY is a smallish kid that is best suited to being a zone nickel back. the league is going to CB’s that can play press or man off. Corners like Gilbert, Fuller, Roby. Dennard. Also the league prefers big corners. Not tcu midgets.

  • Chris

    This may be the worst mock I have seen this pre-draft season.

    • Pete Smith

      Thank you. I appreciate the support.

      • djn

        Might be?
        No. IT IS!
        A paraplegic monkey a color coded dart board will be 75% more accurate.

  • Ken Tomlin

    As a Viking fan, I understand why most mocks having us take a QB at 8, but our biggest needs are still on defense. LB, CB, S, and you had the VIKES going OFF with 1st 3 picks. While, I like Mathews, that seems a waste. T. Smith, D. Bucannon, Dennard are all still there at 40. I don’t agree with your draft, but it is interesting.

    • Pete Smith

      Like I said before, I think everything about this draft rides on making the QB work. Generally, that comes with additional picks on that side of the ball. If I was going to change one, it would be the Seastrunk pick for more defense, but Jordan Matthews is really, really good

  • nc0gnet0

    I looked at six different mock drafts today, each of which had the Lions taking someone different (watkins, evans, ebron, ha ha, gilbert, denard….) lets face it, you guys don’t have a clue.

    • Pete Smith

      I will tell you right now I don’t have a clue. This year’s draft is one of the most difficult to predict. Nevertheless, for what was available, I feel good about them taking Clinton-Dix.

  • daddeeekip

    You are definitely smoking crack if you think, what is considered the two best CBs are going in the 2nd round. And have no clue whatsoever if you think the Steelers will draft Ebron before CB. The Steelers are going to draft Kyle Fuller at 15, only way Steelers draft Ebron is if they trade back.

    • Pete Smith

      Could be. We’ll see. Who is the last 1st round corner they took?

  • 3kolu

    So you have the Vikings going offense the first 3 picks and then Tyrannosaurus Rex with their second third rounder. The Vikings problem was defense last year. They need a CB, Safety and an OLB. They have 3 inside LB’s Cole, Mauti and Brinkley, so Ty Borland just doesn’t sit well with me and either does the rest of your Viking picks.

    • Pete Smith

      They have to get a quarterback and what usually comes with that is making picks to try to make his transition easier. I get the beef with it and I could be dead wrong, but that was my thinking. Spielman’s job is riding on the QB (Bortles as it sits) succeeding

      • djn

        You’re an idiot. this is why I hate mock drafts. the clowns making the picks have no friggen clue about the direction the team is going. qb, wr rb with the 1st 3 picks, and then they draft to the most stocked lber position on the team. dude, get a new job. Your reasoning behind this strategy is generic and absurd

      • gagu

        The only possible way they take a WR with the 40th pick is if one they really love falls to them and they can’t pass him up. As you said, they already have Patterson and Jennings. Now add Jarius Wright in the slot and they are in good shape at WR with bigger needs at LB, CG, S, TE, RB and LG. The argument that they need to bolster the offense for Bortles is kind of a long shot. Cassel will likely be the starter in September, with Ponder coming in second. Zimmer has stated, and I beleive him, that he wants to give a QB pick time to learn the ropes before throwing him into the fire. The development of both Pomder and Tarvares Jackson was hindered by putting them on the field as rookies. In any case, whomever the QB is, he would be much better served by having a top LG protecting his back than having a 4th WR.

  • powderBLUE801

    You have dennard dropping that far? No way he falls past 15.

  • Josh Hart

    I’d probably cry if the Browns took Carr and the Bengals ended up with Bridgewater. We’d once again be the doormat of the AFC North for another decade +.

  • djn

    this mock is hilarious.
    Jason Verrett off the board in the top 15 while gilbert and Dennard last into the middle of round 2?
    An Olber goes #1 overall? yes, that has happened exactly once in the last 20 years.
    OMG, I am embarrassed for you! next year, watch some college games. Maybe you’ll be able to formulate a worthy opinion. Buwaahahaha! Jason verrett, 1st cb off the board. that is ludicrous.

    • DiscountPCRepair SATX

      This MOCK is full of REACHES and first rounders in the 2nd round.
      It makes no sense to me.

  • David Hofstedt

    Mosley over Shazier and Brooks over Pryor for Green Bay? NO WAY! I don’t know why I bother looking at these. Brandon Cooks in round 2? To quote the boys on ESPN Sunday Morning Countdown, “Common Man”!

  • ApexSteel

    Jason Verrett in the first with Dennard and Gilbert in the second? That’s pretty bad.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    This is horrible.

    Justin Gilbert in round 2???

  • Bob

    Mercy!!!! Are you sure the Texans don’t take Zumwalt?

  • Willy

    We’ll see soon enough but in my mind you only have about 3 of them correct. You have to take team needs into account & there are far too many picks here that completely disregard this. You also have to take the value of the player into account & you have too many players that are 2nd round picks, not first in there. There should be a number of trades in this draft and most of the QB’s will be picked later vs sooner except for maybe Manziel who I expect to go in the top 10 but only him.

  • dieselman

    Sure hope you’re 100%wrong with your Browns’picks. Taking Carr at 4 and Lee at 35 is equivalent to taking Weeden and Gregg Little. Carr does badly under pressure, and Lee has the same butterfingers as Little. The UCLA O-lineman is worthwhile, but the rest of these picks suck — bypassing major talent for no-names. Are you a Steelers’ fan? Ebron for them is brilliant (dead serious)!

  • Justin Cibik

    It’s blatantly obvious ur more of a writer than a sports writer. U aren’t very intuative of football/players/players values or teams actual needs. Idk if ur just lazy and went with popular opinion of what yer should go where or if ur literally trying to mock all mock drafts or if u actually believe this is the way it should all go down. Anyway, it’s bad. Like Sanchez butt fumble bad.

    • Justin Cibik

      *Player

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Clearly, you didn’t notice that the Rams are gonna run a balanced offense. Johnny Football is a mistake of a pick here at #2