Lance Zierlein's NFL 2014 Mock Draft 1.0

By Lance Zierlein
February 27, 2014

Will the Texans go with Jadeveon Clowney after he blazed his 40-yard dash at the Combine? Or are they dead-set on the Quarterback position? Lance Zierlein's Mock Draft 1.0 has the answer.

Will the Texans go with Jadeveon Clowney after he blazed his 40-yard dash at the Combine? Or are they dead-set on the Quarterback position?

  • 1.  Houston

    Blake Bortles

    QB | Central Florida

    The Texans will be tempted to take a Jadeveon Clowney here due to his explosive traits and ability to get after the QB which is has been an issue off the edge for the Texans.  However, I wouldn’t just dismiss work ethic as a potential downfall for Clowney in this spot because Bill O’Brien is on record as saying he wants guys who are team guys who love football and if the Texans aren’t sold that Clowney can be that guy, they will likely pass no matter how much potential or talent Clowney has.  I think Bortles arm strength has been overstated and he still needs seasoning, but he’s smart with size the type of fit that I can see O’Brien pushing all of his chips in on since B.OB. has a background of working with QBs.  And I don’t care how often you hear it, the fact that George O’Leary will likely give Bortles a strong endorsement will absolutely matter to his protege’ - Bill O’Brien.  Coaches trust their eyes and the tape, but they also trust other coaches.

  • 2.  St. Louis

    Greg Robinson

    LT | Auburn

    Robinson is the most dominant run blocking tackle I have seen come into the league in a long, long time.  Sure, he has flaws in pass protection, but he has the length, foot quickness and mass that you look for in an elite left tackle and his pass protection issues are all very coachable.  It will be very interesting to see if the Rams are willing to move this pick for more picks like they did with RG3 two years ago or if they will lock in on a need selection (tackle) with rare physical traits like Robinson.

  • 3.  Jacksonville

    Jadeveon Clowney

    DE | South Carolina

    This pick will depend entirely on how the Jaguars have the top three QBs graded in this year’s draft since GM Dave Caldwell said that “having a franchise guy makes the world a lot easier... it can erase a lot of mistakes you make. But if you force it, you can screw it up.”  The Jaguars understand that they have to be able to get after Andrew Luck within the division and Clowney is an incredibly explosive edge talent who might respond favorably to Gus Bradley’s style of coaching.  As a wildcard, keep Khalil Mack in mind for this spot as well since he is the absolute perfect fit for Bradley’s “LEO” spot.

  • 4.  Cleveland

    Teddy Bridgewater

    QB | Louisville

    In this scenario, I don’t see how the Browns wouldn’t take a QB and my guess is that they will look for what they might consider the “safest” of the prospects.  The last couple of years have been very embarrassing for Cleveland and they can’t afford to miss here considering the massive turnover we’ve seen across the board.  Bridgewater was able to take snaps in the most pro-style offense of the “Big 3” and he fits into the offenses that new OC Kyle Shanahan is used to running.

  • 5.  Oakland

    Johnny Manziel

    QB | Texas A&M

    The Raiders could look at Jake Matthews or Sammy Watkins here as well, but the Raiders understand that they don’t have their QB of the future on their roster and Manziel gives GM Reggie McKenzie a playmaker with a highly competitive nature.  OC Greg Olson featured 32% of his running plays and 73.4% of his passing plays from the shotgun.  I don’t think it is a stretch to say that Oakland could easily tweak their system to fit around the talents of Manziel.

  • 6.  Atlanta

    Khalil Mack

    DE/OLB | Buffalo

    The Falcons could use help on both fronts, but with this year offering a deeper choice of offensive tackles than in years past, it will be hard for Thomas Dimitroff to pass on an edge-bender with the explosiveness of Mack.  Whether it is Mack or Jake Matthews, the Falcons would be in good shape and I think they would be ill-advised to consider moving up and giving away picks in a draft as deep as this one.

  • 7.  Tampa Bay

    Jake Matthews

    OT | Texas A&M

    Tampa’s offensive lien was a massive disappointment last year and while they may want to pull the trigger on “best available” player Sammy Watkins to pair next to Vincent Jackson, passing on the draft’s premier technician in Matthews would be a poor choice for a team needing to improve immediately up front.

  • 8.  Minnesota

    Sammy Watkins

    WR | Clemson

    With the QBs gone, the Vikings could have their choice between Watkins or UCLA DE Anthony Barr.  Barr fits a need and gives the Vikings a chance to get after the QBs inside the division, but Watkins will likely carry the higher grade.  Minnesota needs to be able to move the ball through the air more effectively and Watkins would step into the WR1 spot right away creating a lethal pairing with Cordarrelle Patterson.

  • 9.  Buffalo

    Taylor Lewan

    LT | Michigan

    The Bills have a solid WR corps and showed great improvement on defense, but we all know they have to get E.J. Manuel going this year.  One of the best things the Bills can do for Manuel is solidify the tackle position which Lewan would help to do (guard needs help too, by the way).  Lewan’s athleticism would be a great fit with what the Bills would like to do on offense and Cordy Glenn should be able to bump to the right side.

  • 10.  Detroit

    Justin Gilbert

    CB | Oklahoma State

    The Lions have to get better on the back end and Gilbert offers them an athletic, cover CB with good size and ability to make plays on the ball.

  • 11.  Tennessee

    Anthony Barr

    DE | UCLA

  • 12.  NY Giants

    Zack Martin

    OT/OG | Notre Dame

  • 13.  St. Louis

    Mike Evans

    WR | Texas A&M

  • 14.  Chicago

    Aaron Donald

    DT | Pitt

  • 15.  Pittsburgh

    Ra'Shede Hageman

    DT/DE | Minnesota

  • 16.  Dallas

    Timmy Jernigan

    DT | Florida State

  • 17.  Baltimore

    Eric Ebron

    TE | North Carolina

  • 18.  NY Jets

    Marqise Lee

    WR | Southern California

  • 19.  Miami

    Louis Nix III

    DT | Notre Dame

  • 20.  Arizona

    Darqueze Dennard

    CB | Michigan State

  • 21.  Green Bay

    C.J. Mosley

    LB | Alabama

  • 22.  Philadelphia

    Kony Ealy

    DE | Missouri

  • 23.  Kansas City

    Dee Ford

    DE/OLB | Auburn

  • 24.  Cincinnati

    Ryan Shazier

    LB | Ohio State

  • 25.  San Diego

    Bradley Roby

    CB | Ohio State

  • 26.  Cleveland

    Brandin Cooks

    WR | Oregon State

  • 27.  New Orleans

    Jason Verrett

    CB | TCU

  • 28.  Carolina

    Cyrus Kouandjio

    OT | Alabama

  • 29.  New England

    Jace Amaro

    TE | Texas Tech

  • 30.  San Francisco

    Stephon Tuitt

    DT/DE | Notre Dame

  • 31.  Denver

    Odell Beckham

    WR | LSU

  • 32.  Seattle

    Xavier Su'a-Filo

    OG | UCLA