JT The Brick's 2014 NFL Mock Draft
1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
This will be Bill O’Brian’s 1st Draft selection as the head coach in HOU and he will pay it safe by picking Clowney, who will bolster their already stacked Defensive Line. They already have a playoff roster and they need a QB, but O’Brian doesn’t want to tie his name to any of these signal callers…
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
I think St Louis wants to get QB Sam Bradford a big-play WR in Sammy Watkins, but Greg Robinson is a bigger priority to shore up an O-Line that is average at best.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Jaguar fans were upset when they didn’t get Tim Tebow. How upset would they be Shahid Kahn passed on Johnny Football? He will instantly sell out the stadium and unite a fan base that has no national or local appeal. If Jacksonville passes on Manziel, they deserve another 10 years of bad luck.
4. Cleveland Browns - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Cleveland is also desperate for a franchise QB and Blake Bortles is the prototype future franchise QB who is physical enough to sustain the beating he will take in the physical AFC North.
5. Oakland Raiders - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Oakland has several needs but fortunately acquired 10 new starters via Free Agency. GM Reggie McKenzie needs to hit a HR with this 1st round pick and Watkins is a can’t miss prospect…I believe he’s the next Terrell Owens without the baggage.
6. San Francisco 49ers (via trade from Atlanta) - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
In a bold move by Trent Baalke, the 49ers trade their #30 1st Round Pick, 2 of their 11 2014 picks (Round 2 and 4), and their #1 in the 2015 Draft for the right to draft Khalil Mack, a possible replacement for injured NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, whose future is uncertain do to legal issues.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans had a fabulous career at Texas A& M being Manziel’s number 1 WR. Evans will work well with McCown or Glennon, whoever wins the starting QB job for Lovie Smith.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Teddy Bridgewater was the obvious choice 2 months ago, but his draft stock has dropped since his pro day while Carr’s has only risen.
9. Buffalo Bills - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The best player left is Jake Matthews. He’s ready to start and ready to protect E.J. Manuel and be the cornerstone to the Bills' O-Line for years to come.
10. Detroit Lions - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Battle tested after playing several seasons for the best Defense and Defensive Coach in Nick Saban. He'll help out a secondary that has held the Lions back for years.
11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA
The Titans are desperate for star power in their front 7 and Anthony Barr is the best available player. He immediately brings credibility to this anonymous squad.
12. New York Giants - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Giants have lost Justin Tuck, their only well-known defensive lineman, and they need an immediate replacement.
13. St. Louis Rams - Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Rams need a bigger weapon to compliment Tavon Austin and the rest of the WR corps. Beckham can challenge Austin for return duties and bring a dynamic the NFL hasn’t seen before.
14. Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Chicago is known for having a physical secondary, and with the loss of Major Wright, Pryor will fit right in with tremendous tackling skills.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Heath Miller turns 32 this season and the Steelers would love for Heath to take a nice young weapon under his wing. The Steelers can deploy a 2 TE sets and keep their veteran fresh during the season if he needs it.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State
Dallas had one of the worst defenses in history last season. Their secondary was non-existent and Justin Gilbert is the best CB available in the draft.
17. Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Taylor Lewan may be the best O-Lineman available, and the Ravens are always looking to control the clock. Lewin is a steal at #17.
18. New York Jets - Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
The Jets are trying to rebuild their running game and Zack Martin can fill in almost anywhere on the O-Line making him the most valuable player available.
19. Miami Dolphins - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Dolphins may be concerned about his health, but C.J. can help the defense to stop New England's offense.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Cardinals make a surprising pick and get a guy that can start for them immediately. Teddy has the skills to deliver to one of the best WR corps in the league.
21. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio St.
The NFC North is only getting better at offense and the struggling Packers Defense could use the 3-down consistency of Shazier if C.J. Mosley is already taken.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Bradley Roby CB, Ohio St.
Back to back Buckeyes drafted as Bradley Roby is the best CB available at this spot and the Eagles can finally get a grasp on defending a division that is strong in wideouts.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Chiefs made it to the playoffs with their defense, but their offense needs some help. Cooks is a speedster that will help stretch the field deep for Alex Smith.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Geno Atkins is now a blue chip player that needs insurance and Jernigan can make the Bengals a team that is impossible to run on.
25. San Diego Chargers - Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
He may not be the best pass rusher but Nixon can still be a strongly needed presence in the middle of Peyton Manning's division.
26. Cleveland Browns - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
If they address QB with their #4 pick, Kelvin may make perfect sense as a huge WR that would compliment Josh Gordon and stretch the field.
27. New Orleans Saints - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan
A player that should be drafted by many teams in the earlier part of the round, Dennard provides excellent value.
28. Carolina Panthers - Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Out of necessity, Lee gets drafted because the Panthers need a receiver as they have no one who has more star quality than Marqise Lee.
29. New England Patriots - Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
The AFC East's rushing attack is becoming healthy and more competitive, making the rushing defense as important as ever. Ealy can learn a lot from Wilfork before eventually taking over as his heir.
30. Atlanta Falcons (via trade from San Francisco) - Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Atlanta can perform the steal of the Draft by getting a great O-lineman like Xavier that immediately improves a team that already has the offensive playmakers.
31. Denver Broncos - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Thought of as the best DE in the draft behind Jadeveon Clowney, the Broncos will jump on Ford to help replace the 10 sacks they got from Shaun Phillips before he signed with the Titans in the offseason.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
With Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond gone, Seattle needs to find someone to play opposite Richard Sherman outside of the numbers. Fuller is a physical DB that played Safety and LB in college, and he'll fit in perfectly with the Seahawks aggressive defense.