A 2014 NFL Mock draft a day after the 2013 NFL draft has concluded. How stupid! Anyway, here it is, on April 29, 2013. How did this experiment work out last year? Well, of these 32 picks on May 2012, eight went in the first round, two stayed in school, and three (Tyler Bray, Chase Thomas, and Da’Rick Rogers) went completely undrafted. Also, this order is what I think will happen this NFL season. So yes, the Seahawks win the Super Bowl.
1. Oakland Raiders – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Once-in-a-generation stud. Just watch this hit. Over. And Over.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. He makes it look easy. Wish he played tougher competition, though.
3. New York Jets - Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson. Jets feel like they’re about to go 4-12, and Geno was only a 2nd round pick. Panthers took Clausen in the 2nd round, then snagged Cam Newton the next year.
4. Buffalo Bills – Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida. Sat out last year after transferring from Notre Dame, but was dominant as a freshman. Jared Allen-like.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon. Carson Palmer turns 34 in December. Very curious to see Mariota’s follow-up to an fantastic freshman season … without Chip Kelly.
6. Cleveland Browns – David Fales, QB, San Jose State. Fales was quietly dominant last year – check those numbers against good teams, too.
7. Tennessee Titans – Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame.
8. Miami Dolphins – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.
9. St. Louis Rams – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. The Sam Bradford experiment is over. The Rams could be a playoff contender next season if Bradford were any good.
10. San Diego Chargers – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. Gave serious thought to QB as Rivers continues to struggle.
11. Detroit Lions – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. Arguably better than any LB on Detroit’s roster right now.
12. Carolina Panthers - Marquise Lee, WR, USC. He’ll be the new Steve Smith.
13. Chicago Bears – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU. Lance Briggs turns 33 in November.
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Difficult to see Maclin and Jackson returning in 2014.
15. Baltimore Ravens – De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR/KR, Oregon. Don’t have a position for him yet. Offensive weapon?
16. Minnesota Vikings – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA. In a year with high expectations for QBs, it’ll be interesting to see how Hundley does without his star RB, but with a more experienced offensive line.
17. Rams (via Washington Redskins) – Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor. At 5-10, 210, he reminds of a smaller Michael Turner. Seastrunk topped out at 10.81 100 M as a senior in high school.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA. I know Woodley is signed through 2016, but how that tandem of Jones/Barr for a decade? Scary.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford. Best kept secret in the Pac-12?
20. Atlanta Falcons – Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona. Led the country in rushing last year, ran a 4.4 40 in high school. Needs to avoid off-the-field incidents.
21. Tampa Bay Bucs – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. I don’t think they look at a QB to replace Freeman – not after he takes them to the playoffs.
22. Kansas City Chiefs - Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas. Yes, it’s lunacy to have the Chiefs in the playoffs. But the roster has rapidly improved.
23. New York Giants - Will Sutton, DL, Arizona State. Because they always draft a DL, right?
24. Houston Texans – Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama. Will there be talk of a QB here if Schaub can’t get them to a Super Bowl?
25. Green Bay Packers - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington. Offseason arrest is obviously a bad look but he could be the best TE in the nation. Could replace constant headache Jermichael Finley.
26. New England Patriots - Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU. Because “trade the pick” just isn’t as fun.
27. Indianapolis Colts - Trey DePriest, LB, Alabama. The next great Alabama linebacker.
28. New Orleans Saints – David Yankey, OT, Stanford.
29. Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. Bengals fall just short of Super Bowl, go out and get a No. 2 receiver – one who ate up the SEC last year. He lost his QB to graduation, so expect a drop-off.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State.
31. Denver Broncos – AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama. Oh yeah. They’ve got two young QBs in Osweiler and Dysert, but McCarron – please don’t compare him to Greg McElroy – will be better than both.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Ishaq Williams, LB, Notre Dame. Three Irish defenders in the first round seems high. I think all of these three project as better pros at their position than T’eo does.