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April 6th, 2014 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 14:05

1) Houston Texans- DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina- Clowney is the best player in this year's draft.  He has the rare talent to be a premier pass rusher and disruptive defender that must be game planned for.  Romeo Crennel has the enviable task to pair him with J.J. Watt and figure out how best to use Clowney in Houston's 3-4 defensive scheme.  The Texans will likely use multiple fronts and Clowney has the athleticism to rush the quarterback from a two or three-point stance.
2) St. Louis Rams- OT Greg Robinson, Auburn- Robinson is a dominant run blocker and has the quick feet to develop into a good pass protector.  He will add power and size to a St. Louis offensive line that could use a young, blue-chip prospect.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars- QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A & M- The Jags struck out with Blaine Gabbert, but are convinced that Manziel has the skills and moxie to develop into a star.  The former Heisman Trophy winner's exciting style of play will also sell lots of tickets.
4) Cleveland Browns- QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida- The Browns turn the corner when they find a quality quarterback.  Bortles has the size, arm strength, work ethic and poise to win tough divisional games in the AFC North.
5) Oakland Raiders- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson- The Raiders want to win now and providing Matt Schaub with a stud number one receiver is a start.
6) Atlanta Falcons- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A & M- Matthews is a very safe pick and providing Matt Ryan with better protection is a must.
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- WR Mike Evans, Texas A & M- Evans will pair with Vincent Jackson to provide Josh McCown with a pair of big, physical receivers who can win contested battles for the ball.
8) Minnesota Vikings- QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville- Bridgewater's passion for football appeals to Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner believes he fits his timing based system.
9) Buffalo Bills- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan- The Bills add a bookend tackle to join Cordy Glenn and have the foundation for a very good offensive line.
10) Detroit Lions- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State- The Lions need a lot of help in their secondary.  Gilbert has the size and speed to cover big receivers found in the NFC North.
11) Tennessee Titans- DE Kalil Mack, Buffalo- Tennessee adds a much needed edge rusher with a knack for causing fumbles.
12) New York Giants- TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina- The Giants addressed the offensive line and secondary in free agency.  However, there is a gaping hole at tight end.  Ebron has the athleticism to stretch the seam and be a weapon that Eli Manning relies upon.
13) St. Louis Rams- S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama- The Rams bolster their backend to better complement a talented front four.
14) Chicago Bears- DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh- The penetrating Donald puts some bite back into the middle of Chicago's defense.
15) Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State- The Steelers are old in the secondary and Dennard's physical style of play is exactly what Mike Tomlin is looking for.
16) Dallas Cowboys- DE/OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA- Demarcus Ware is gone via free agency and Dallas needs a young edge rusher.
17) Baltimore Ravens- LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama- Ozzie Newsome likes to take the best available player and the former Alabama tackling machine fits the bill.
18) New York Jets- WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State- The Jets added a fine possession receiver in Eric Decker through free agency.  Cooks provides the Jets with explosive speed and a wide receiver that can take a short pass and turn it into a big play.
19) Miami Dolphins- OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame- Ryan Tannehill was hit way too often last season.  Martin can play a variety of positions on the offensive line and is a step toward protecting their young quarterback.
20) Arizona Cardinals- OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama- The Cardinals play some of the best defensive fronts in pro football twice a year thanks to a brutal division.  The addition of Jared Veldheer as a free agent helps the offensive line, but more is needed.
21) Green Bay Packers- S Calvin Pryor, Louisville- The hard hitting Pryor adds toughness to Green Bay's secondary.
22) Philadelphia Eagles- WR Marqise Lee, USC- Lee does not replace DeSean Jackson's speed, but the former Trojan has the route-running ability and run-after-the-catch skills to thrive in Chip Kelly's offense.
23) Kansas City Chiefs- WR O'Dell Beckham, LSU- Andy Reid wants a burner to join Dwayne Bowe at receiver.  Beckham has plenty of speed and is also a dangerous kick returner.
24) Cincinnati Bengals- DE Kony Ealy, Missouri- Michael Johnson left via free agency and Ealy is a talented replacement.
25) San Diego Chargers- DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame- The Chargers seek an anchor for the middle of their defense to better defend the run.  Nix is massive, powerful and has surprisingly good feet.
26) Cleveland Browns- CB Jason Verrett, TCU- Verrett is a fiesty cornerback who makes plays.  He will pair with Joe Haden to form a fine tandem.
27) New Orleans Saints- DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn- The Saints are building a good defense.  Ford is an undersized defensive end with a burst who Rob Ryan will convert to outside linebacker.
28) Carolina Panthers- OT Morgan Moses, Virginia- Jordan Gross retired and Moses has the long arms, athleticism and frame to develop into a solid left tackle.
29) New England Patriots- DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State- Jernigan has the size, power and quickness to play in New England's mixed fronts.  The Pats continue to build on defense.
30) San Francisco 49ers- WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State- Benjamin is a huge, strong and raw receiver who can learn the tricks of the trade from Anquan Boldin.
31) Denver Broncos- CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech- Denver continues the emphasis on defense with the addition of a good-sized cornerback that can run and tackle.
32) Seattle Seahawks- G Xavier Su'a-Filo- UCLA- The Super Bowl champions want to stay true to their roots and continue to run the ball well.  Su'a-Filo is an excellent run blocker and strengthens Seattle's offensive line.

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