Weekly FoS 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round (4-7-14)

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Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, center, talks with Jim Brown (left) and his son Aris before a game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports`

The Cleveland Browns signed Nate Burleson, which shouldn’t have a huge impact on the NFL Draft. Maybe they are less likely to pick 2 wide receivers early but in general Burleson is a decent 4th receiver option over Greg Little. We shared our 7 Round Cleveland Browns 2014 NFL Mock Draft with you over the weekend. That draft is done using FanSpeak’s Mock Draft Simulator. Today we give you our expectations for the 1st Round, with not as many changes as recently seen:

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans go with the player with the most upside and hype. Pairing Clowney with J.J. Watt will be huge for the Texans. This pick seems to be down to Clowney or Blake Bortles but the Texans could surprise. Could they tempt fate and target Derek Carr later in the 1st, in a trade up, or in the 2nd round?

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson

Keeping it simple so far. Robinson addresses a need on the offensive line, with Jake Long‘s age and injury history. Robinson is a stud player whose floor could be as a All Pro guard but should be a franchise tackle.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles

The Jaguars go with a QB that they can develop the same way the Seahawks did Russell Wilson. The Jags want to run the ball and win with defense. Bortles will get time to develop behind Chad Hanne and won’t be asked to do too much when he does get in.

4. Cleveland Browns
Khalil Mack

The Browns could go in a number of directions but go with a defender that they can put in a number of positions in a hybrid defense. Mack can play inside, can move Paul Kruger inside and can cause havoc all over the field. The smokescreens that the Browns have created have worked, with recent reports that this could be Derek Carr.

5. Oakland Raiders
Sammy Watkins

Matt Schaub is the QB, for now, in Oakland. Getting him weapons is imperative. Watkins could have an immediate impact but also have a long term future if the Raiders select a QB later.

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  • Letterman007

    Sorry, just not fond of Kalil Mack! He takes plays off and has trouble shedding blockers! He looked very pedestrian against Baylor! Got caught inside and had all kinds of trouble, not impressed!! Would rather have Mathews or Watkins or trade down a couple spots and get another 2nd rounder!!

    • Jarod Cook

      I agree with your assessment on Mack, he needs a lot of coaching to become a great player. He’ll be a little overwhelmed his first 2 or 3 years, while adjusting to the NFL. I like his potential and versatility, but see him as a mid 1st round pick.

      • Letterman007

        The Browns need players in the first three rounds that can play next year, not wait one or two years ! Khalil Mack might turn out to be a really good player,but we need people who are ready now, or closer to it!! I really think that there is not that much difference between Mack and Borland or Skov! They are second or third rounders.

        • Jarod Cook

          I agree with all your points. I’m just saying that who ever drafts him is going to be getting a project. And if he goes in the top 10 they are going to be over drafting him.

          • Letterman007

            I agree with you!

  • Richard Ciesielski

    I think the first two teams with decide the order of the draft. If they go quarterbacks then they’ll set other teams after them, if they don’t then odds are I think linemen will make up the first eight of ten. I’m a Cleveland fan, I think you go after Watkins first, reason being to me if you go quarterback first your back to square one with the drama thats way way past old.. To EVERYONE. I still think to that they play Little and Skrine on the wrong sides of the ball, let Little defend, drops don’t matter there, and let Skrine recieve. This way both fellows help the team. Part of playing smart is not giving the other team more yards then they make, I think both have speed and talent, you got to work with peoples strengths. I’m not one for trading down though. If there really is a lot of depth in this draft I hope the best for us where we’re at. I want to see Watkins a Brown at number four. After him either make Bridgewater or Carr a Brown at twenty six.

  • Chris McLafferty

    Can’t see that happening. We already have a top 6 pick (Mingo), a guy we’ve spent a ton of money on (Kruger) AND Sheard (a 2nd rounder who every one seems fond of) at OLB. No Way is Mack the pick.

    • Jarod Cook

      I agree don’t see them taking Mack at #4, with the personnel they already have. I do see them picking up someone tho play ILB in the 3rd or 4th round though.

      • Chris McLafferty

        Oh definitely. Bridgewater at 26 is perfect. I’m all about Manziel but let’s say he’s drafted ahead of time I would love Bridgewater there. I’ve watched him a few times and I thought he looked good. Yeah he’s got a a ton of questions to answer, which is why 26 is good, but I think he could be a solid quarterback.

        • Jarod Cook

          Personal I don’t like any of the top 4 QB’s, and think they should wait till the 3rd round and draft Mettenberger, McCarron, or Murry.
          My first 3 picks are.
          #4 OT Robinson(if available) or Matthews
          #26 CB Fuller or Verret or LB Mosley or Shazier
          #35 WR Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson
          All of these players would provide immediate impact to the team. Instead of a QB who needs to sit on the bench for the next year or two.

  • paulbip

    Mack and Teddy would be perfect. Right now, Mingo is a bust and Kruger plays like the second stringer that he is.

    • Jared Mueller

      I think Mingo can improve, but I also not one who expects big things from rookie and second year players. Mack or Kruger also have the ability to play inside, Kruger was solid against the run last year, so that is helpful.