2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

We are less than 48 hours away from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft—which means there’s still time for last-minute mocks. With some teams placing the priority on different positions with their top picks and others reacting to the players coming off the board, some new names have climbed their way into my 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0. These first-round projections are based on team needs as of May 6 and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

1) Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Most athletically-gifted player on the board—and the one with the biggest upside. Forget about scheme fit, you find a role for his kind of talent.
Mock Draft 3.0: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Mock Draft 2.0: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Mock Draft 1.0: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2) St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
Tackles are going to fly off the board in the first round. The Rams stay put to get their choice of blindside protectors.
Mock Draft 3.0: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
Mock Draft 2.0: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mock Draft 1.0: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

3) Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Option 1A when it comes to best defensive player available. Suffice to say, the Jaguars don’t have a problem with that.
Mock Draft 3.0: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Mock Draft 2.0: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Mock Draft 1.0: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

4) Cleveland Browns: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn
Probably the biggest upside out of all of the tackle prospects. Still has to grown into his own as a pass protector, but can pave the way for the run game.
Mock Draft 3.0: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn
Mock Draft 2.0: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn
Mock Draft 1.0: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

5) Oakland Raiders: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Raiders have their choice of top receivers. They go with the big receiver’s measureables and upside.
Mock Draft 3.0: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mock Draft 2.0: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Mock Draft 1.0: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

6) Atlanta Falcons: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
The Falcons not only get a cornerstone for their line, they get an enforcer for their offense.
Mock Draft 3.0: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Mock Draft 2.0: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M
Mock Draft 1.0: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Tampa lands an explosive playmaker that will jumpstart their struggling offense.
Mock Draft 3.0: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Mock Draft 2.0: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Mock Draft 1.0: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

8) Minnesota Vikings: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Addresses the glaring weakness in the middle of the Vikings defense with tough tackling, uncanny instincts and a high football IQ.
Mock Draft 3.0: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Mock Draft 2.0: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Mock Draft 1.0: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

9) Buffalo Bills: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Landing the top safety on the board fills a critical need in deep coverage and run support in the box.
Mock Draft 3.0: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Mock Draft 2.0: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Mock Draft 1.0: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

10) Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Lions have their choice of cornerbacks and take the physical press corner.
Mock Draft 3.0: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Mock Draft 2.0: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Mock Draft 1.0: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

11) Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Titans get a skilled cover corner with speed, quickness and playmaking ability.
Mock Draft 3.0: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Mock Draft 2.0: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Mock Draft 1.0: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

12) New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Giants grab the big, athletic target to open up the passing game.
Mock Draft 3.0: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Mock Draft 2.0: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Mock Draft 1.0: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn

13) St. Louis Rams: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
St. Louis strengthens their secondary with the hard-hitting, ball-hawking centefielder.
Mock Draft 3.0: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Mock Draft 2.0: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
Mock Draft 1.0: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan

14) Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The first defensive tackle off the board shores up Chicago’s run support and interior pass rush.
Mock Draft 3.0: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Mock Draft 2.0: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Mock Draft 1.0: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

15) Pittsburgh Steelers: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame
Pittsburgh solidifies their offensive line with the versatile tackle who can also slide in to play guard.
Mock Draft 3.0: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Mock Draft 2.0: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Mock Draft 1.0: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

16) Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The athletic pass rusher can play standing up or with his hand on the ground as a hybrid defensive end for Dallas.
Mock Draft 3.0: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame
Mock Draft 2.0: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Mock Draft 1.0: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

17) Baltimore Ravens: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
With the top tackles off the board, Baltimore opts for the dynamic receiver to add more firepower to their offense.
Mock Draft 3.0: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
Mock Draft 2.0: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame
Mock Draft 1.0: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame

18) New York Jets: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The physical corner is an ideal fit for the aggressive Jets defense.
Mock Draft 3.0: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Mock Draft 2.0: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Mock Draft 1.0: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

19) Miami Dolphins: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Miami continues rebuilding their offensive line with the versatile guard who can also slide out to tackle.
Mock Draft 3.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Mock Draft 2.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
Mock Draft 1.0: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

20) Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
The blazing-fast linebacker can move inside for the Cardinals and play sideline to sideline.
Mock Draft 3.0: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mock Draft 2.0: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mock Draft 1.0: Dee Ford, DE Auburn

21) Green Bay Packers: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
The small-school product with single-high range and slot-corner coverage skills upgrades the safety position for Green Bay.
Mock Draft 3.0: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
Mock Draft 2.0: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Mock Draft 1.0: Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Eagles add the speed rusher with sudden quickness to get after the quarterback.
Mock Draft 3.0: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Mock Draft 2.0: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Mock Draft 1.0: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

23) Kansas City Chiefs: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Kansas City adds a deep threat element to their offense with the speedy receiver.
Mock Draft 3.0: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Mock Draft 2.0: Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota
Mock Draft 1.0: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

24) Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The versatile end can set the edge for the Bengals in their base defense and slide inside in the nickel.
Mock Draft 3.0: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Mock Draft 2.0: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Mock Draft 1.0: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

25) San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The big defensive tackle can be an impact player at the nose for the Chargers.
Mock Draft 3.0: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Mock Draft 2.0: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
Mock Draft 1.0: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

26) Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns still have their choice of signal callers late in the first and take the prolific passer as their quarterback of the future.
Mock Draft 3.0: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Mock Draft 2.0: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Mock Draft 1.0: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

27) New Orleans Saints: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
The Saints reload their offensive weaponry with the inside-outside target.
Mock Draft 3.0: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
Mock Draft 2.0: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Mock Draft 1.0: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

28) Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, T, Virgina
The mammoth tackle steps in as day-one starter to anchor the left side of the Panthers offensive line.
Mock Draft 3.0: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Mock Draft 2.0: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Mock Draft 1.0: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

29) New England Patriots: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
The under-the-radar defensive end has a pro-ready build, a high motor and the versatility to play in multiple fronts.
Mock Draft 3.0: Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, Minnesota
Mock Draft 2.0: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Mock Draft 1.0: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

30) San Francisco 49ers: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
The 49ers get a big, physical receiver with speed to stretch the defense.
Mock Draft 3.0: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Mock Draft 2.0: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Mock Draft 1.0: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

31) Denver Broncos: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
His physical tools and potential make this a value pick for the Broncos.
Mock Draft 3.0: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Mock Draft 2.0: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Mock Draft 1.0: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

32) Seattle Seahawks: Joel Bitonio, T, Nevada
Plays with a mean streak and addresses one of the few weak spots for the Seahawks.
Mock Draft 3.0: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Mock Draft 2.0: Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama
Mock Draft 1.0: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

011314-underclassmen-cpThanks for reading!

 

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