2014 NFL Mock Draft: Mock v. 1.0 from Jesse


Jesse Bartolis becomes the last of our three NFL Draft gurus to weigh with a ridiculously early 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

It's time for my inaugural mock draft and I can guarantee it will be at least as accurate as drawing names out of a hat is with all the analysis of a guy who has no idea what he's talking about.

Ahh mock drafts. In all seriousness, my approach to mock drafting, especially this early in the process, has always been to explore different options you won't see in every mock draft and even though I'm called an idiot plenty, I've actually been very accurate in the final mocks (relative to the non-idiots). I think too many people making mock drafts speak in absolutes and with arrogance, whereas I know that I know very little about what teams are actually thinking and that I've been surprised and confused by teams selections more often than anyone has been right.

Also keep in mind that since the rookie salary cap has gone into effect the  number of trades in the first round has been very high so it's likely teams will move around (well not the Giants, but other teams).  So with that premise in mind here goes.


Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Everyone assumes this is going to be a quarterback, but owner Bob McNair just said Clowney is a "once in a decade prospect". It could be Clowney.


Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson I think this is a trade down and pick.  If they stay Jake Matthews makes a lot of sense. They have Austin but still haven't found Bradford's true No. 1 typewide receiver.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville Well that Blaine Gabbert experiment didn't work. Time to load up and try again.


Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M Quarterback is the smart bet here.


Oakland Raiders Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida Bortles has everything teams look for in the quarterback position. Anthony Barr is intriguing here as well.


Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A & M I don't think there'd be much hesitation here in this instance.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Eric Ebron, TE, UNC I'd go Khalil Mack here if the new coach wasn't Lovie Smith. I don't think it's a great fit. Can you name the Bucs starting tight end this year?


Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA Best defensive athlete available for the new coach's system.


Buffalo Bills Mike Evans, WR, Texas A & M Stevie Johnson may have outwore his welcome in Buffalo and they need a true No. 1 wide receiver.


Greg Robinson, T, Auburn I think he generates more buzz as draft season progresses and it shouldn't surprise anyone if he ends up higher.


Tennessee Titans Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri Perhaps the first real surprise pick in this mock. Titans don't have a good edge rusher and they will have a new defensive system. I think Ealy might be the combine standout this year.


Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State He fills two needs at once, cornerback and return man. Dynamic player. I think OL is addressed multiple times n free agency. Kony Ealy intrigues me here too as a potential NYG target, but he's already gone.


St. Louis Rams Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan The "next Jake Long" could replace the Jake Long that played last year on the Rams.


Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo The Bears need to take a defensive player at any position.


Pittsburgh Steelers Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State I feel like I mock cornerback to the Steelers every year, and one of these years they're going to take one.


Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota They passed on Shariff Floyd last year to trade back and take a center, this year they take the talented defensive tackle prospect.


Baltimore Ravens Marqise Lee, WR, USC Torrey Smith had 1,128 yards receiving no one else as much as 600.


Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama The OL used to be a strength, but is no longer. Kouandjio is good value here.


Miami Dolphins Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville Pryor is a name that is buzzing already. He could end up much higher than people think.


Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame The Cardinals have a talented team, but they still don't block great. The return of Jon Cooper and addition of Martin should change that.


Green Bay Packers Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame The Packers could always seem to use more help on defense. Jace Amaro intrigued me here as well.


C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama He just slipped in this mock because of positional value and team needs.


Kansas City Chiefs Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech The Chiefs add a dynamic play maker who is listed as a tight end, but plays more like a wide receiver.


Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama Their biggest need in my humble opinion is quarterback. Very talented team otherwise, they just take BPA here.


Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame He's young, big, and talented. Not much on the Chargers defense inspires me. Secondary more of a need, but not as much value here.


Timmy Jernigan, DL, FSU I had him much higher on the board than either 'Raptor' or 'Invictus' and think he has a good shot at going somewhere in the first round.


Will Sutton, DL, Arizona State As long as Brees is throwing the football the Saints should focus on continuing to improve their defense. OL might be a possibility here as well.


Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU A big red-zone threat, and nice complement to Steve Smith for Cam Newton.


* Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Here's just a name of a player to watch who hasn't got a ton of publicity, but is a dynamic player who will generate buzz between now and the draft.


* Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington Gronk is hurt again. The Patriots are talented, but very young at wide receiver, and Hernandez isn't coming back. Jenkins is best offensive weapon left.


* Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU The Seahawks wide receivers are just purely offensive (see what I did there).


* Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

Mid-first round football talent, in a Day 3 body. He's not an athletic freak, but he's just a good football player.

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