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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Brendan Donahue
Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
     
While the 2014 NFL Draft two weeks later than normal, we are now less than two weeks away from the start of the draft.

Here is Brendan Donahue's first-round mock, version 2.0:

1. Houston Texans (draft history): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

While I believe that the Texans do have interest in possibly moving this pick, Clowney is a once-in-a-decade type of talent so it will take a kingís ransom to pry this pick from the Texans and I just donít see another team doing that this year.

2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)(draft history): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

The Rams will be disappointed that Clowney is selected first, not that they wanted him, but because that will devalue their pick to the point where they stay put and get a staple on their offensive line to protect whoever the QB is for the next 10 years.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

With it sounding more and more likely that Justin Blackmon will be missing the entire season, the Jaguars desperately need to add some weapons to their offense, so they take the best one in the draft in Watkins.

Projected Trade between Browns and Falcons

4. Atlanta Falcons (draft history): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Falcons really wanted Clowney but are happy not to mortgage their entire draft and still get the other premiere defensive player in the draft.

Projected Trade between Raiders and Bucs

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

With Watkins off the board, Tampa must trade up to ensure nobody moves in front of them to take the player that they truly covet. With the loss of Mike Williams, receiver is a must-have for Tampa and they get what many consider to be the next Vincent Jackson.

Projected Trade between Browns and Falcons

6. Cleveland Browns (draft history): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Browns take a calculated risk here by moving down because I do think they really want Manziel and the Rams certainly are a possibility to move back up. Only moving back to 6, they are able to still land their franchise QB and make the splash of the draft.

7. Oakland Raiders (draft history): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Oakland is able to gather more picks, which they desperately need since they have a lot of holes on their roster, but they are still able to land the tackle that they have rated the highest on their board, according to reports from the Oakland Tribune.

8. Minnesota Vikings (draft history): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Donald has absolutely nailed the draft process and teams have really started to notice just how good he was in college last year. Although the Vikings may have a bigger need at QB, they can address that later on in the draft.

9. Buffalo Bills (draft history): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Bills, who are rumored to want to move their pick, will be thrilled that maybe the safest player in this draft has fallen to them at No. 9. Matthews is NFL-ready now and based on his lineage, he should be in the NFL for many, many years to come.

Projected Trade between Lions and Rams

10. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU

Whether Sam Bradford is the QB of the future or not for the Rams, they still need to add a legitimate No. 1 receiver to their roster and that is exactly what Beckham has the potential to be.

Projected Trade between Titans and Ravens

11. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Ebron is clearly the No. 1 tight end in the draft and it is rumored that the Ravens would love to add him to their roster. If that is the case, they will need to move up here to get him because there is a good chance he will no longer be available at 17.

12. New York Giants (draft history): Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

The Giants certainly are one of the teams that would be in play for Ebron. Since he is gone, they will address another big need for them (offensive line) and grab one of the most versatile lineman in the draft in Martin, who can play either tackle or guard.

Projected Trade between Lions and Rams

13. Detroit Lions (draft history): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Lions, who rarely do the sensible thing, finally do something sensible and trade back to accumulate more picks while still addressing their biggest need, which is at CB.

14. Chicago Bears (draft history): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Bears have a few holes that they need to address on defense, but since the best DT is gone, they go with the best safety in the draft. Clinton-Dix will become an immediate starter on Day 1 for them.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Steelers are able to address a need area with a Pittsburgh Steeler-type of player who likes to play physical.

16. Dallas Cowboys (draft history): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

The Cowboys are woefully thin in the front-7 and Barr is the type of player that Jerry Jones traditionally loves. Even though he still has some work to do to improve, his upside is too great for the Cowboys to pass up here.

> Continue to picks 17-32 here

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