Monday, May 5, 2014

Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft Top 10 Picks

A lot has changed since my last mock draft. The biggest story has been Bridgwater falling to the second round by most estimates. I still have him as my 2nd QB, but it was clear that he was a big question mark for being considered the top pick for so long. Nobody was really talking about him, with Manziel stealing most of the spotlight. Manziel's pro day has made him a lock as a top 8 pick. I don't see him falling to the Vikings at 8, but if he does, the entire fan base is praying we grab him. Reports coming out that we have Bortles as our #1 was not what I wanted to see. I would be okay with us taking him, just not at 8. Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, and Anthony Barr all seem like better picks there. I would love to see us take one of them at 8, and then trade up into the late 1st/early 2nd and go for Bridgewater, but I don't see our front office doing something so logical. The most likely scenario is probably us taking Bortles at 8, or maybe trading down to 16ish and hoping to get him there. This is a draft we really need to get right. I know one guy only has so much impact on a team, but we are only one or two guys away from being a playoff team. There should be no scenario where we don't end up with one of Manziel/Bortles/Bridgewater/Carr. A top linebacker or corner in addition would put us in the playoffs within 2 years.

This is my final mock draft of the top 10 picks, look for more to come immediately post-draft.

1. Houston Texans

JaDeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina

The Texans have not hinted which way they are headed with this one yet. I believe that Manziel and Clowney have the best potential in this draft, but Clowney is the safer pick. The guy is a freak of nature and is a lock to be a top 5 DE at some point in his career.