Updated May 6th | The DraftSeason staff rotates picks to bring you the Ultimate version of the 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Check out the full first round below as each guru takes pride in sniping players from each other. Check back throughout the draftseason as we will update on a regular basis and continue to add rounds.
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FINAL | 2014 2 Round NFL Draft Projections
1. Houston Texans (Lupagus) – Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
If the Texans don’t trade out of this pick they have to go with Clowney. He is a rare talent, who if he reaches his awesome potential could be one of the best and most dominating players in the league, for a very long time.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) (Lomas) – Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M
Matthews is the best tackle in this draft in terms of ability to start on day one. Matthews is a very talented tackle that can play either side of the line, and if Fisher is going to draft and OL I have to think there are just too many checks in the pro column for Matthews to pass him up.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Onebar) – Khalil Mack LB, Buffalo
While the Jags need a quarterback the value of Mack could be tough to pass on. Jacksonville invested heavily on defense in free agency and Mack would be icing on the cake.
4. Cleveland Browns (Lupagus) – Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
I think the only way the Browns pass on a QB here is if Watkins is still on the board. He’s one of the top 5 best players in this draft, and pairing him with Josh Gordon and Cameron Jordan would make life easier for whoever ends up starting at quarterback for the Browns.
5. Oakland Raiders (Lomas) – Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
Donald was the single most dominant defensive player in college football last year bar none. Clowney and Mack are both more intriguing prospects who player in more valuable spots, but Donald could very easily end up as the ROY, and in my mind is almost a lock for DROY.
6. Atlanta Falcons (Onebar) – Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
While the Falcons want to add a pass rusher this would be their 2nd best scenario. To get possibly the best offensive tackle at 6 would be a steal. A guy like Robinson would help get this team back where it should be.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Lupagus) – Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M
The Bucs get a huge target to pair with Vincent Jackson. Evans would start opposite V-Jax from day one, and with those two in the fold, even average passers like McCown and Glennon should find success.
8. Minnesota Vikings (Lomas) – Blake Bortles QB, UCF
With people down on Bridgewater, Bortles seems to have come out as the favorite to be the first QB taken. There have been murmurs of the Vikings trading up for Bortles, but in this scenario he just falls into their lap.
9. Buffalo Bills (Onebar) – Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
Bills pass on a few offensive playmakers to shore up the offensive line. With Lewan’s nasty style of play he would be a solid pairing with Cordy Glenn. Look for the Bills to add more firepower to the offense in the 2nd.
10. Detroit Lions (Lupagus) – Ha Ha Clinton Dix S, Alabama
While many have been pegging a corner here like Justin Gilbert, Dix is the overall better prospect and gives the Lions a little more bang for their buck. He can come in and be a legitimate playmaker in a secondary that desperately needs one.
11. Tennessee Titans (Lomas) – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Bridgewater is one of the best quarterbacks to come out in the past three years and despite taking a huge stock hit for a bad pro day and a small frame, he would revolutionize the Titans offense. Consistency and elite short/intermediate accuracy mixed in with two new coaches (Whisenhunt and Horton) that have shown they can turn teams around quickly, would put the Titans in the race for the AFC South that has been tighter than most remember the past two years.
12. New York Giants (Onebar) – Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina
Giants are in serious need of a playmaking tight end. Ebron is physical freak that can stretch the field and would be a great fit in the Giants offense. Type of well rounded tight end that could put up big numbers early in his career.
13. St. Louis Rams (Lupagus) – Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
The Rams shock everyone and go with Johnny Football here. Sam Bradford hasn’t proven he can be a successful QB in this league nor can he stay healthy. The Rams may just decide it’s time to move on and get their QB of the future who will bring a ton of excitement to the organization and make the NFC West even more interesting.
14. Chicago Bears (Lomas) – Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State
Gilbert is a prototypical CB, but he doesn’t really shine in any one area on defense. He is a good player that can be exception if he lands in the right situation. Also, with Hester gone, the Bears could be looking for an explosive return man and Gilbert is that over everything else.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (Onebar) – Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
If the Steelers can get their hands on 1 of the top 2 corners I think they pounce. With an aging secondary the Steelers will look to dip into the 2014 draft class more than once. Dennard is a tough physical corner who would be a great fit for the Steelers.
16. Dallas Cowboys (Lupagus) – Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU
The Cowboys signed Henry Melton in the offseason but that was to just a one year deal. Jernigan is a disruptive, explosive penetrator who will help this Cowboys Tampa 2 defense be much more effective.
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