Weekly Friday FoS 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Central Florida quarterback

Blake Bortles

throws the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

1. Houston Texans
Blake Bortles, QB

The Texans decide between Bortles and Clowney and the value of the QB position wins out. Clowney also may not fit exactly into the rigid structure of the Romeo Crennel defense, though they could make him fit. For Bill O’Brien he can draft Bortles and let him sit and develop while Matt Cassell, Matt Schaub or another QB holds down the fort.

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

For the Rams this could be a trade down with the Falcons but we are not projecting trades here and can see the Rams wanting to not miss out on Robinson. While Jake Matthews is also a stud tackle the Rams may want to swing for the fence with this gift high pick from the Redskins. On the other hand the Rams could see a trade down as a huge boon to their talented young roster.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jadeveon Clowney

We expect Clowney off the board in the top 2 picks by the time of the draft, and may in the future include trades. The guess is that the rumored Falcons/Rams trade has been leaked for a reason by one of the teams. For the Jags they could look to draft a QB here but instead focus on the dominate edge player. If Clowney is off the board the Jags will decide between the 2 QBs that are left or Mack with the defender having a slight edge at this point.

4. Cleveland Browns
Sammy Watkins, WR

Something we never expected to be predicting but after his Combine and from the comments from Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine it is clearly possible that the Browns skip over a QB here. Watkins is a dynamic athlete that can run the entire route tree. He isn’t the biggest receiver, in height or girth, but would partner with Gordon and Jordan Cameron to give Brian Hoyer, or whoever the QB is, weapons all over the field. Clowney or Robinson are options as well if they fall.

5. Oakland Raiders
Teddy Bridgewater, QB

Early in the draft process Bridgewater was compared to Aaron Rodgers. Reggie McKenzie, who was with the Packers buys into this comparison and takes Teddy to give the Raiders an identity. While Manziel would be an option here, and a likely Raiders pick under Al Davis, the Raiders take the sure thing in Bridgewater.