Updated April 7th | The DraftSeason staff rotates picks to bring you the Ultimate version of the 2014 NFL Mock Draft. Check out the full first round below as each guru takes pride in sniping players from each other. Check back throughout the draftseason as we will update on a regular basis and continue to add rounds.
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2014 3 Round NFL Draft Projections
1. Houston Texans (Onebar) – Blake Bortles QB, UCF
It is obvious the future quarterback of the franchise is not on the current roster. As of now Bortles is the favorite to land with the Texans at #1, he fits the mold of previous O’Brien quarterbacks and has the tools to help get the Texans back on track. This pick is far from etched in stone, many other players are still in the mix at #1.
2. St. Louis Rams (Lomas) – Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
Matthews is the best tackle in this draft at this moment. Robinson may have more upside, but Jeff Fisher needs to win games and win them now or else his mediocre coaching will catch up to him.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Lupagus) – Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
The Jaguars could easily go with a QB here like Manziel or Bridgewater, but it would be a shock to see Gus Bradley pass on a rare defensive talent like Clowney. The Jags already brought some pass rushers in free agency so Clowney wouldn’t be the focal point of their pass rush right away, just an explosive part of their rotation.
4. Cleveland Browns (Onebar) – Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Way to much value in Watkins to pass at 4. They add a big-time playmaker to play opposite Josh Gordon and instantly give them a top young WR duo. With 5 picks in the first 3 rounds they can still find their franchise quarterback, and who ever it may be they are entering a WR situation that will help them succeed.
5. Oakland Raiders (Lomas) – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Raiders were dangerously close to bringing in Robinson here, but Bridgewater just plays a more valuable position.
6. Atlanta Falcons (Lupagus) – Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
This is tough call for the Falcons as they could easily go with Khalil Mack here. Ultimately they decide to protect their franchise QB Matt Ryan with a guy who they didn’t expect to available be here in the first place.
7. Tampa Bay Bucs (Onebar) – Khalil Mack LB, Buffalo
Bucs get the steal of the draft. Mack could end up being the most talented player out of the 2014 bunch. The Bucs already have a good young base on defense and Mack helps solidify an already up and coming defense.
8. Minnesota Vikings (Lomas) – Johnny Manziel QB, TAMU
Not the best scenario for the Vikings but they still get a very dynamic quarterback here. With CB, LT, WR, and DL essentially covered they can afford to reach on a quarterback that will frustrate defenses with his ability to beat you with his arms or legs.
9. Buffalo Bills (Lupagus) – Mike Evans WR, TAMU
The Bills will want their young QB from a year ago to succeed, and the best way to do that will be to surround him with weapons. Evans is a huge target with vice like hands, and will give young EJ Manuel a nice safety valve.
10. Detroit Lions (Onebar) – Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma St.
With the offense in pretty good shape look for the Lions to go defense early and often. The secondary needs help and if they get a crack at the top corner in the draft I think it’s a no-brainer. Gilbert is fast and has size to lock down some of the big receivers the NFC North has to offer.
11. Tennessee Titans (Lomas) – Eric Ebron TE, UNC
The Titans miss out on all three of the big name quarterbacks, and with the edition of Sean Phillips the Titans now have a pretty underrated group of pass rushers. With no real needs aside from quarterback and running back, the Titans take the best offensive player on the board. Whizenhunt can now use Ebron and Delanie Walker like he used Ladarius Green and Antonio Gates (94 rec, 1,240 yards, 64 first downs, 7 TDs).
12. New York Giants (Lupagus) – Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
The Giants love drafting defensive lineman and could use some more depth on their line with both Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph bolting in free agency. Donald is extremely quick off the snap and will destroy a ton of pockets.
13. St. Louis Rams (Onebar) – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
The Rams have a good safety in TJ McDonald but still need a playmaker to play next to him. Clinton-Dix has proven to have good range and can come up with big plays. The Bama safety would be a solid addition to an up and coming defense.
14. Chicago Bears (Lomas) -Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State
The most aggressive and active cornerback in this draft, Dennard is NFL ready now. He can press, play off, go in the slot, blitz, do whatever a team needs him to do and the Bears need youth at the cornerback position badly.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (Lupagus) – Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
The Steelers miss impact play at safety they haven’t gotten since Troy Polamalu’s hey day. Pryor is a bit hitter who will restore some nastiness to the Steelers secondary.
16. Dallas Cowboys (Onebar) – Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame
Even with the addition of Henry Melton the Cowboys still need a big tackle to throw next to him to complete the new 4-3. Nix is big at 6’2, 342 lbs but can move well and isn’t just a guy who will clog up the middle, can make plays when needed.