From now until the day of the draft, each member of our staff will be releasing their very own mock draft. Each mock will be split up into five different sections, so that you get a part of it each week. Here’s how it will work:
Part 1: Picks 1-7
Part 2: Picks 8-14
Part 3: Picks 15-21
Part 4: Eagles’ Pick (No. 22 overall)
Part 5: Picks 23-32
Here are the first seven picks of my mock draft for 2014. Be sure to check out Tyler’s first seven picks from yesterday.
1. Houston Texans
Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Why: Houston needs a QB badly, but there is absolutley no way you can pass up on a talent like Clowney. The Texans will be able to grab a signal-caller in the second round, so adding Clowney to go along with J.J. Watt is the move here.
2. St. Louis Rams
Pick: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Why: The Rams need to protect Sam Bradford, and they’re only going to be able to do that if they take one of the top offensive line prospects in this year’s draft. Robinson will start right away and immediately upgrade the St. Louis line.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Why: I think Kahlil Mack is the better prospect at this stage of the game, but I can’t see the Jags passing up on Manziel. Not only do the Jags need a QB, but the hype surrounding Johnny Football will make Jacksonville relevant again.
4. Cleveland Browns
Why: With the most dynamic QB in Manziel off the board, the Browns go wide receiver here. Sammy Watkins along with Josh Gordon is a scary thought, and with another pick at No. 26, Cleveland can then grab its QB.
5. Oakland Raiders
Pick: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Why: Even with Mack still on the board, I think the Raiders act like the Raiders here and go with a bit of a reach. I think Bortles is a top-10 pick, but I’d go elsewhere if some of this talent was still available.
6. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Kahlil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Why: Not much explanation is needed here — Atlanta desperately needs an edge rusher. They gamble heavily by not trading up to get one, and Kahlil Mack falls right into their lap.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Why: The Bucs traded away Mike Williams, so they are in the market for a play-making wide receiver. They could go offensive line here, but Evans’ combo of size and speed is too hard to pass on.