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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: 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 king's ransom to pry this pick from the Texans and I just don't see another team doing that this year.

2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Projected Trade between Titans and Ravens

17. Tennessee Titans: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Interesting spot here for the Titans: They were able to trade down and still have their choice between a top corner or a QB. I think they take the CB here and hope that one of the QBs they are interested is still available to them in the second round.

18. New York Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Jets need to give whoever their QB is this year some additional weapons to work with. They started to address that this offseason by adding Eric Decker, but now they add an explosive receiver to complement him in Cooks, who had the fastest 40 time at the combine.

Projected Trade between Dolphins and 49ers

19. San Francisco 49ers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

While the 49ers may want to move all the way up to get Watkins or Evans, that is a big move and may prove to be a little too costly for their liking. Instead, they move up 11 spots to secure Lee, who at times looked like the best receiver in college during his career.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

Shazier was just an incredibly productive player in college and if you ever watched an Ohio State game, you couldn't help but notice him out there because he was always around the ball. He reminds me of Lavonte David coming out of Nebraska and if he can be anywhere near the player David is in the NFL, the Cardinals will have hit a home run here.

21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

This is a perfect example of need meets value here. Mosley is widely considered to be one of the top-tier prospects in this draft class, so the Packers are thrilled that the best player remaining in the draft happens to fit their biggest need.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Since Chip Kelly decided to part ways with the teams' leading receiver from last year and Jeremy Maclin is recovering from a torn ACL, wide receiver has become a big need for the Eagles this offseason. Look for them to address that with Latimer, who Chip Kelly personally went to see workout in Indiana, and has the size and speed to thrive in his system.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

I don't buy the QB talk surrounding the Chiefs right now. This was the team that had the biggest turnaround last year and I look for them to try and continue to build on that by pairing maybe the best cover safety in the draft with Eric Berry to form a dynamic duo.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Bengals could go corner, but I think Pryor is too good to pass up here and the Bengals need help in their secondary overall which Pryor will immediately provide.

25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Going up against Peyton Manning twice a year certainly will make you look at your secondary pretty hard and the Chargers need to add some pieces there. Even though Roby had an off-the-field issue leading up to the draft, his performance at the combine should be enough to solidify his spot here in the first round.

26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA

The Browns were able to get their QB with their first pick of the round, now they help protect him. Su'a-Filo is considered to be the best guard in the draft and will provide an immediate upgrade to the Browns offensive line.

27. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

Rob Ryan loves to get pressure on the QB and Ford is the best player available in the draft to do that. Ford stepped up in one of the biggest games with two sacks vs Texas A&M.

28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Panthers have glaring holes at both offensive tackle and wide receiver. At this point in the draft, Moses provides better value to the Panthers so they go tackle here and will look to address receiver with their next pick.

Projected Trade between Patriots and Vikings

29. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

With the Texans looming at the start of the second round, the Vikings come back into the first round to take their guy. I think the Patriots will be a willing partner to any team looking to trade back into the end of the first round.

Projected Trade between Dolphins and 49ers

30. Miami Dolphins: Joel Bitonio, G/T, Nevada

The Dolphins need to address more than one part of their offensive line and Bitonio is a perfect fit for that. He can play right tackle, or has the flexibility to move inside on the line as well.

31. Denver Broncos: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Reports are that John Fox loves Hageman and he would be a good addition to the depth of the Broncos defensive line and great insurance going forward as the current starting defensive tackles for the Broncos are both in a contract year.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Tuitt provides Seattle with another piece on an already talented defense. He has shown flashes of being a top-10 pick, but after a down year for him perhaps due to injury, he falls to the Super Bowl Champions who will find a way to utilize his talent right away.

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