2014 NFL Mock Draft: Texans Take Bortles, Manziel To Browns And A Clowney Trade

The 2014 NFL Draft is still more than two months away, but that will not prevent the constant chatter of what may come. 2014 NFL Mock Draft predictions are readily available across each and every website, and Boston Super Blog is no different. While this will change as often as every other self-proclaimed draft expert’s, here is how I see things after the NFL Draft Combine just concluded in Indianapolis. Some players ticked up quite a few boards, while others may have seen their names fall off of the first round board of many teams. With this draft class looking particularly deep at quarterback as well as at wide receiver, offense could be a theme, at least early on in this year’s draft. Defense is always at a premium, especially after teams watched how a dominant defense can completely shut down a record-breaking offense in Super Bowl XLVIII. Of course, these are just my projections, and many things can change, including free agency, pro days and a few draft day trades. Regardless, here is a look at my entire first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:

1. Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Knights
2. Atlanta Falcons (Mock Trade with St. Louis Rams) – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Gamecocks
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Tigers
4. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Aggies
5. Oakland Raiders – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville Cardinals
6. St. Louis Rams (Mock Trade with Atlanta Falcons) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Aggies
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Tigers
8. Minnesota Vikings – Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo Bulls
9. Chicago Bears (Mock Trade with Buffalo Bills) – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Seminoles
10. Detroit Lions – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Aggies
11. Tennessee Titans – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Bulldogs
12. New York Giants – Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA Bruins
13. St. Louis Rams – Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan Wolverines
14. Buffalo Bills (Mock Trade with Chicago Bears) – Marquise Lee, WR, USC Trojans
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
16. Dallas Cowboys – Darqueze Denard, CB, Michigan State Spartans
17. Baltimore Ravens – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State Cowboys
18. New York Jets – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Tar Heels
19. Miami Dolphins – Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
20. Arizona Cardinals – Cyrus Kouandjio, OL, Alabama Crimson Tide
21. Green Bay Packers – C.J. Mosely, LB, Alabama Crimson Tide
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, DB, Alabama Crimson Tide
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Odell Beckam Jr, WR, LSU Tigers
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU Cougars
25. San Diego Chargers – RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Golden Gophers
26. Cleveland Browns – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State Seminoles
27. New England Patriots (Mock Trade with New Orleans Saints) – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Panthers
28. Carolina Panthers – Dee Ford, DT, Auburn Tigers
29. New Orleans Saints (Mock Trade with New England Patriots) – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee Volunteers
30. San Francisco 49ers – Stephen Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
31. Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State Buckeyes
32. Seattle Seahawks – Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Tigers


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Rob Kelley

Rob Kelley is a sports reporter for various newspapers in Florida, and is trying to break back into the sports writing game after a brief hiatus following the publishing of his first book, I'm Not a Quitter. He recently resigned as Editor-in-Chief and lead writer for The South Shore Magazine to pursue better opportunities. You can follow him on Twitter @RobKelley24.