Bryan Ferrer’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN,South Carolina Gamecock Jadevon Clowney runs the shuttle during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Hello and welcome to Bryan Ferrer’s annual NFL mock draft! As always these mock drafts are done by what I would do if I was in charge of each franchise. To keep things simple, there won’t be any draft pick trading in my mock as that is too tough to predict. Mock 2.0 takes into consideration free agency and without further ado the Houston Texans are on the clock!

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina

Nothing changes here as I would still take Clowney first overall, but the gap is shrinking as selecting a franchise quarterback  here is tempting.

 

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson
Tackle, Auburn

It didn’t take long for a change to be made from Mock Draft 1.0. Being able to re-sign Roger Saffold in free agency is a great start to help making sure Sam Bradford has time to throw the ball. Drafting Robinson here gives the Rams extra comfort when Bradford drops back in the pocket.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnny Manziel
QB, Texas A&M

This is without a doubt the way the Jaguars need to go here at 3. The Jags beefed up their defensive front line in free agency and by trading Blaine Gabbert was the icing on the cake to open to the door to draft your franchise QB, “Johnny Football.”

4. Cleveland Browns
Sammy Watkins
WR, Clemson

The Browns essentially swapped D’Qwell Jackson for Karlos Dansby and TJ Ward for Donte Whitner. The addition of Whitner is an absolute great move in free agency. The signing of running back Ben Tate confirms that if I were the Browns I would not draft a running back in round one. Quite frankly, I don’t think any team should draft a half back in round one this year especially with the way the NFL has become such a passing league. Drafting Watkins would be the key addition that should give Browns fans realistic expectations of a playoff berth sooner rather than later.

5. Oakland Raiders
Justin Gilbert
CB, Oklahoma State

Strongly considered taking Teddy Bridgewater here, but signing Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley are nice additions to Oakland’s defense. Here at 5, it’s time to focus on that third level on the defensive side of the ball and draft who I believe is the best CB in this class and has untapped potential. Facing the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers twice a year is a challenge for any defense.

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  • Jarod Cook

    I like the idea of taking Watkins at #4 and pairing him with Gordon. But i can see the Rams taking him at #2, if they do that would put the Browns in a interesting situation. Do they take best player available(which is what front office is saying it’s going to do), or do they take a QB. The best available would be OT Robinson, and Matthews, or ILB Mack. They could take 1 of the OT and move Schwartz to RG, where i think he’s a better fit in the zone blocking scheme. Or they can take Mack and have him or Mingo/Kruger move into play ILB. I hope they stay away from QB at #4, cause none of these QB’s deserve to be drafted in the top 10, wait till the 3rd rd and draft a project QB.
    At #26 drafting Fuller would be a good pick up, I was sick and tired of watching are 5’9″ CB’s getting abused in coverage last season. The only concern I’ve got on Fuller is his lean body size, which means he’ll have trouble putting on muscle and getting any bigger. Also because of his size he has durability concerns with his physical style of play(suffered a sports hernia last year). In your Mock you have Bortles falling down to #20, I could see the Browns making a move up and trying to acquire him. They have the ammunition to do it and IMO of the the top 3 QB’s he’s the best. He reminds me a lot of Roethlisberger, big guy who’s hard to take down with a strong arm, and he can sit behind Hoyer while he develops. My order of preference at #26 if they take Watkins is OL/LB/CB/QB, then at #35 same preference.