|2014 NFL Mock Draft: Kevin Hanson|
|Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013|
Based (at least in part) on the availability of Radio City Music Hall in New York City next April, the 2014 NFL Draft will be held from May 8-10.|
Below you will find the 2014 NFL mock draft from EDSFootball.com owner Kevin Hanson. This mock draft will be updated from now until draft day with changes, as needed, and additional rounds will be added as we get closer to the draft.
The order of this mock draft is based on the inverse order of our 2013 NFL Consensus Power Rankings.
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Here is my 2014 NFL Mock Draft:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Jags are averaging only 7.8 points and 224.0 yards per game, both of which are league lows. Fortunately for them, this year's draft class is full of potential franchise-changing quarterbacks and Bridgewater is the head of the class.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Although Clowney is the best prospect in this year's draft class, it's possible that a quarterback or two is taken before him.
3. Oakland Raiders (draft history): Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
Perhaps Terrelle Pryor is the answer at quarterback, but Hundley has all of the tools to become an elite quarterback.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Steelers seem to have the worst luck with the health of their offensive linemen, but Lewan is one of three elite left tackles in this year's draft class.
5. New York Giants (draft history): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The son of Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews, Matthews has the versatility to play left or right tackle and will help improve the protection of Eli Manning, who is on pace to be sacked 56 times this season.
6. Minnesota Vikings (draft history): Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Christian Ponder is not the long-term answer at quarterback and selecting Boyd will help take some of the pressure off Adrian Peterson.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history): Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
Having played for Chip Kelly as a freshman, Mariota is a perfect fit in Kelly's offense and Michael Vick will be a free agent after the season.
8. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)(draft history): Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
While Kouandjio has the tools to be an elite left tackle, starting right tackle Rodger Saffold will become a free agent at the end of the season.
9. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
With three other first-round defensive linemen (Chris Long, Robert Quinn and Michael Brockers), Nix can be a dominant force on the interior of their defensive line with that group.
10. New York Jets (draft history): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Jets get a huge bargain here with Barr, a converted running back. Barr was tied for second in the nation in sacks (13.0) last season.
11. Arizona Cardinals (draft history): Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Although they missed out on a top-three offensive tackle in the draft, they add a potential franchise left tackle to go along with guard Jonathan Cooper, their first-round pick in 2013.
12. Carolina Panthers (draft history): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Panthers have one of the league's worst secondaries and Roby is the best cornerback in this year's draft class.
13. Buffalo Bills (draft history): C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Although a little under-sized, Mosley is an athletic, intelligent, well-coached and versatile linebacker.
14. Cleveland Browns (draft history): Marqise Lee, WR, USC
After posting a stat line of 118/1,721/14 last year, Lee has just 30 receptions for 385 yards and one touchdown in five games this year, but the team's offense has struggled as a whole.
15. Atlanta Falcons (draft history): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
One of the most productive linebackers in the country, Mack has had 20-plus tackles for loss in consecutive years and had a monster game against Ohio State to start the year.
16. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
One of the best playmakers in the country, Watkins may be long gone by this pick, but he gives the Ravens a playmaker to go along with Torrey Smith.
17. Dallas Cowboys (draft history): Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
As the Cowboys have transitioned from a 3-4 to 4-3 under Monte Kiffin, the selection of Johnson here would make sense and is a good value.
18. San Diego Chargers (draft history): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Although he's not the biggest cornerback (5-10), he was tied with Alabama's Dee Milliner and Utah State's Will Davis for the national lead in passes defensed (22) last year. The Chargers have the league's fourth-worst pass defense (312.3 YPG allowed) this year.
19. Tennessee Titans (draft history): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Perhaps the Titans won't select a wide receiver high three years in a row, but Kenny Britt won't be back and Evans (6-5, 225) has drawn comparisons to Tampa's Vincent Jackson.
20. Houston Texans (draft history): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Clinton-Dix is currently suspended from the Crimson Tide, but he's the top safety prospect in this year's draft class and will give the Texans a formidable duo with the hard-hitting D.J. Swearinger.
21. Green Bay Packers (draft history): Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
With Jermichael Finley set to hit free agency after this season, the Packers secure his replacement with the athletic Lyerla.
22. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
Not the biggest of linebackers, Shazier is one of the fastest, though.
23. Miami Dolphins (draft history): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Dolphins signed Dustin Keller to a one-year deal, and although he was lost for the season, the versatile Charles Clay has stepped up. The Dolphins get more a traditional TE with ASJ.
24. Detroit Lions (draft history): Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
Ekpre-Olomu ranked sixth in the country in passes defensed (20) and added four interceptions last year.
25. Cleveland Browns (via IND) (draft history): Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Browns traded Trent Richardson for this pick and it's possible they use both of their first-rounders to move up for a franchise quarterback instead of adding depth to the defensive line.
26. San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
While Matthews may be no Jerry Rice, he is his nephew and one of the most productive receivers in college football. The 49ers could certainly use additional playmakers in their passing offense.
27. Chicago Bears (draft history): Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
Both Charles "Peanut" Tillman and Tim Jennings are due to become free agents next offseason and the Bears will look to add a CB early if they don't re-sign both or either.
28. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history): James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
Although Hurst currently plays left tackle for the Tar Heels, he may fit better on the right side. With Branden Albert potentially becoming a free agent in 2014, the Chiefs can slide Eric Fisher to the left side and use Hurst on the right.
29. New England Patriots (draft history): Cyril Richardson, G/T, Baylor
Richardson is the best guard prospect in this year's draft class, but he has the versatility to play a few positions along the offensive line.
30. New Orleans Saints (draft history): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
The Saints defense is much improved under Rob Ryan and the Saints continue to rebuild their defense with Van Noy here.
31. Seattle Seahawks (draft history): David Yankey, G/T, Stanford
Yankey was a second-team AP All-American and winner of the Morris Trophy, best offensive lineman in the Pac 12, last season as a left tackle, but he was moved back inside to guard for Stanford this season. Having played four of the five offensive line positions, Yankey gives the Seahawks versatility.
32. Denver Broncos (draft history): Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Champ Bailey will be 36 years old before next season, the final of his contract, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be a free agent in 2015 (although 2014 is a voidable year).
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