Updated March 6th | 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 (Lupagus) – Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
While I think the Texans should go with a QB here, all the momentum at this point in the Draftseason is with Cloweny going first. He’s a rare specimen and pairing him with JJ Watt is down right terrifying.
2. St. Louis Rams (Onebar) – Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
While it it would be a surprise if the Rams didn’t trade out of 2, if they do manage to stay put it would be tough for them to pass on Robinson. The Rams have question marks at both offensive tackles in 2014 and Robinson is a franchise tackle caliber prospect.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (Lomas) – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Bridgewater is the best QB in this draft even though he might not be selected first. Combining TB’s accuracy and football IQ with the Jaguars underrated offensive unit makes a ton of sense here.
4. Cleveland Browns (Lupagus) – Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
The Browns need playmakers and Watkins is the biggest one in the draft. While it’d be hard for them to pass on Manziel or Bortles, rumor has it they prefer Derek Carr anyway. So expect them to make a play for him at the end of round 1.
5. Oakland Raiders (Onebar) – Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
Oakland has made their love for Johnny Football known. Not only does it fill a big need but helps provide a jolt to Raider Nation. Manziel is a boom or bust type of player but well worth the risk at
6. Atlanta Falcons (Lomas) – Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
Matthews is an elite prospect at both left and right tackle, and despite the emergence of Greg Robinson, he is still a top-five talent. Matthews gives the Falcons a top end player to protect Matt Ryan.
7. Tampa Bay Bucs (Lupagus) – Khalil Mack LB, Buffalo
The Bucs pass rush needs a serious boost and with Mack still on the board this pick is pretty simple. He can provide pressure off the edge and make this Tampa 2 scheme of Smith and Frazier really click.
8. Minnesota Vikings (Onebar) – Blake Bortles QB, UCF
I’m sticking to my guns and saying if a top 3 quarterback is still on the board at 8, regardless of which one it is the Vikings pounce. Bortles has the big body and arm that could make him one of the top quarterbacks in the NFC.
9. Buffalo Bills (Lomas) – Mike Evans WR, TAMU
The Bills need a big target on the outside on the offense, and if Evans falls to nine then Buffalo could get a steal here. A base offense with Evans, Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson as the starting wide receivers would make E.J. Manuel look great.
10. Detroit Lions (Lupagus) – Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma St.
The Lions are either going to go corner or wide receiver here. With Evans sniped to Buffalo the choice becomes much easier. Gilbert has rare blend of size, speed, and elite ball skills. He is also a top notch return man.
11. Tennessee Titans (Onebar) – Anthony Barr LB, UCLA
At this point if Mack or Barr are on the board it becomes a no-brainer for the Titans. Both would add a needed outside pass rush for the Titans. Barr is still a bit raw but could have the highest ceiling in the entire draft.
12. New York Giants (Lomas) – C.J. Mosley LB, Alabama
The Giants need a new face for their defense after JPP’s fall off and Tuck’s disappearance and subsequent free agency. Mosley can be a leader and a physical presence on all three downs, and he can be a cornerstone on that defense for the next 10 years.
13. St. Louis Rams (Lupagus) – Ha Ha Clinton Dix S, Alabama
The Rams need a playmaker in the secondary and while I think Calvin Pryor is closing the gap, Ha Ha is still the top safety in my mind. His coverage and ball skills would be a welcome addition to the Rams defense.
14. Chicago Bears (Onebar) – Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
The Bears have huge needs along the defensive line and will be looking to make upgrades early in the draft. Donald has cemented himself as one of the top interior lineman in the draft, very explosive off the ball and can get in the backfield in a hurry.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (Lomas) – Eric Ebron TE, UNC
The Steelers need a safety or possibly a defensive lineman here, but Ebron is easily the BPA. Big Ben is running out of people to throw the ball too, and with Heath Miller aging it is time to give him a new vertical TE to throw to.
16. Dallas Cowboys (Lupagus) – Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU
The Cowboys switched to a 4-3 defense last year but didn’t quite have the parts to make it work. Jernigan didn’t have a great combine but is a penetrator who can collapse pockets, and create interior pressure.