Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney looks on during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
We have decided to push back our weekly 7 Round NFL Mock Draft for the Cleveland Browns to Monday’s to space out the draft information overload. We also waited for awhile today to complete our Weekly FoS Weekly 2014 NFL Mock Draft to make sure no huge moves were made in free agency, and one just was: Steve Smith signed with the Baltimore Ravens. This move may not stop the Ravens from drafting a WR in the first round but gives them the flexibility to take the best player available at that point.
1. Houston Texans
The Texans have done a good job of not tipping their hand in regards to this pick. It is quite possible they go with a quarterback that they can develop with Bill O’Brien, an offensive tackle to anchor the line or Khalil Mack over Clowney. When unsure go with the highest rated player and for most that is Clowney.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
The Rams also are now a very interesting team in the first round. Bringing back Rodger Saffold, who they may play at guard, could allow the team to still take a offensive tackle here.Yet Watkins looms large at this point. Pair him with Tavon Austin allows the Rams to really see what Sam Bradford can do.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have added to their defense quite a bit this off-season, and if the first two picks go in this direction could see plenty of action from the Falcons and Bucs looking to move up for Mack. Since we don’t predict trades at this point and time we have the Jags picking the versatile Mack to add to a defense that all of a sudden could change the landscape in Jacksonville.
4. Cleveland Browns
Either the best or the worst possible scenario for the Browns depending on how you see the quarterback class. The Browns could look to trade down with the Bucs or Vikings who could be looking for a QB here but its possible neither have the QBs high either. Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews could also be in play here, as could Mike Evans. For those, like this writer, who like Blake Bortles check out this Big Lead article for more information that could change your mind.
5. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders were hopeful for the solid, if unspectacular Bridgewater here, instead get the left tackle they need for the long term in Robinson. The Raiders are in a similar position as the Browns were when they drafted Joe Thomas. There may be better skilled players on the board but they need to build through their lines.