Updated October 18th | 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 1st Round NFL Draft Projections
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (Onebar) – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Jaguars seem poised to start from scratch at the quarterback position in 2014. In a draft so thick with QB talent it would be shocking for them to pass if indeed they end up with a top 3 pick.
2. Tampa Bay Bucs (Lupagus) – Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
This depends on whether or not the next coaching staff in Tampa are believers in Mike Glennon. If they aren’t then a QB like Mariota would be the choice here. If they are then they may decide to upgrade the pass rush with the most dominating defensive end to come out since Julius Peppers.
3. Atlanta Falcons (Lomas) – Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
One of the biggest issues that the Falcons have had this year is their inability to keep pressure off of Matt Ryan. This team needs help in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and if they can’t get Clowney they will be happy “settling” for Matthews.
4. Minnesota Vikings (Onebar) – Anthony Barr DE/LB, UCLA
The Vikings have a handful of holes on offense and defense and clearly need a quarterback. But their best option might be to go best player available especially if a talent like Anthony Barr is available. Barr is the type of player that can completely turn around a defense.
5. Houston Texans (Lupagus) – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Surprised to see Mariota on the board here at pick 5, and so are the Texans. Case Keenum has been a pleasant surprise so far and if he keeps up his solid play the rest of the season the Texans could look at a different position here like maybe NT Louis Nix III. If Keenum starts to cool off the Texans will gladly add Mariota and his strong arm and quick release.
6. Buffalo Bills (Lomas) – Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
Despite Mack’s rise to the top-15, he is still underrated. Mack reminds me a lot of Jarvis Jones but thicker and with a better arsenal of rush moves. If the Bills can roll out a front-seven with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Kiko Alonso, and Khalil Mack everyone in the division would be shaking in their boots considering the bad OLs in the AFCE.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers (Onebar) – Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
The Steelers need to get back to basics and pound the ball. Although they have swung and missed recently offensive line help will be a must in 2014. Lewan fits the Steelers style of play, plays with a mean streak and can dominate opposing defenders.
8. St. Louis Rams (from Wash) (Lupagus) – Louis Nix III DT, Notre Dame
This is a bit of a luxury pick for the Rams as a defensive line made of Chris Long, Michael Brockers, Nix, and Robert Quinn would be an absolute panty dropper, but there is not value at OT here with both Lewan and Matthews off the board. They could look at WR like Sammy Watkins, but after taking one early in last year’s draft it’s hard to see them going that route again.
9. Oakland Raiders (Lomas) – Brett Hundley QB, UCLA
A bay area QB that has a ton of upside, Hundley would be a great fit in Oakland. The Raiders have some protection issues to sort out, and they should probably add more weapons on offense but you have to start building somewhere and I don’t think Pryor is a long-term option.
10. New York Giants (Onebar) – Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama
Giants have had some serious issues along the offensive line in 2013. If one of the top big boys fall to the Giants it will be very tough for them to pass. The chance of getting a franchise tackle in round 1 and prolonging Eli Mannings career might be too attractive for the G-Men.
11. St. Louis Rams (Lupagus) – Ha Ha Clinton Dix S, Alabama
The Rams think long and hard about Sammy Watkins here but instead again address the defensive side of the ball. This team desperately needs a playmaker in the secondary and Ha Ha brings exactly that with his combination of size, speed, and ball skills.