Saturday, March 8, 2014

Updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft (Top 10 Picks)

1. Houston Texans

Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M

The Texans have not hinted which way they are headed with this one yet. I believe that ultimately Manziel and Clowney have the best potential in this draft and the Texans will go with the position they need more urgently upgraded. Manziel fits best with Houston or Minnesota, two teams that aren't as far away from being a playoff team as Jacksonville. If Houston is smart, they will grab Johnny Football at #1.

2. Saint Louis Rams

Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

The Rams would be thrilled with Clowney here. Although they did essentially give up RG3 for this pick, Clowney has a chance to revolutionize his position. A great combine means he is a lock for a top 2 pick.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles, QB Central Florida

The Jaguars are certainly opting for a QB here. Bortles seems to fit well in their offense. Based on his interviews he seems like he has the head on his shoulders to navigate a terrible situation and eventually turn it around. Look for the Jags to win 6 or 7 games next season if they get Bortles here. While I don't think Bortles will ever take a team at a Super Bowl like Manziel or Bridgewater could, he has the mentality and skill set to transform a bad team into a consistent playoff contender.

4. Cleveland Browns

Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo

I think Cleveland will be split between Mack and Watkins here. Mack's incredible combine will sway them in the end. He would be a huge boost to this defense and be a playmaker as an OLB or DE right away.

5. Oakland Raiders

Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

This Raiders team is a long way away from being a contender, or even relevant. They should be excited with Sammy Watkins here. He would be a great asset to stockpile as they continue to attempt to rebuild. May not be what Raider fans want to hear, but I think barring a trade-up, this is their best option.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M

The Falcons are hoping to bounce back from a disappointing season, finishing last in their division. Matt Ryan was sacked nine times by the Panthers in one game. The statistics say the O-Line needs an upgrade big-time, and Matthews and Robinson seem like a coin-flip, despite Robinson having a slightly better combine. Look for Matthews to receive more acclaim as he works out for individual teams.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Greg Robinson, OT Auburn

The Buccaneers will take the best player on the board here. OT isn't their number one concern, however with chatter that they may release Donald Penn, that could change come draft time.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville

The Vikings just announced that they are bringing back Matt Cassel for next season, but that won't change their mindset come May. Look for them to put pressure on Cassel to perform by taking a Quarterback, assuming they can get one of the top three on the board. They would be happy with any of the three, but Manziel or Bridgewater would be ideal for a team with a few stars already.

9. Buffalo Bills

Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M

Mike Evans is in an interesting spot in this draft. With Watkins almost certain to go above him, history says he will fall as the 2nd best receiver. However, if the Bills are set on EJ Manuel as their centerpiece, Evans would be a great endzone threat at 6'4''. The question is if his deep threat potential we saw some of in college will translate to the pros.

10. Detroit Lions

Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA

Many have the Lions looking at a receiver to line up aside Megatron here, but if Watkins and Evans are both off the board, Barr is a great selection for them. His freakish size and athleticism would significantly add to the pass rush and complement Suh's run stopping nicely.

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