2014 NFL Mock Draft: Where future fantasy stars will end up

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With the 2014 NFL Draft just a mere days away, it’s time to take a look at another one of my 2014 NFL Mock Draft’s.

Unlike some drafts in the past, this one really has a lot of unpredictability about it as from the first pick on down to the final pick, anything can happen as nothing appears to be set in stone.

Nov 16, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) leaves the field following their 19-14 win over the Florida Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

With the depth in this draft I expect to see a lot of movement in the first round.

At the end of the day future fantasy football stars will find new homes.

With that being said let’s get right into it as the Houston Texans are on the clock.

1. Houston Texans

Player Name: Jadeveon Clowney
Position, School: DE, South Carolina

The Texans need a franchise signal caller and in a draft that is top heavy at the position it makes sense for new head coach Bill O’Brien to target his quarterback of the future. However with none of the quarterbacks separating themselves and worthy of the No. 1 pick, I expect the Texans to take the best player on the board if they can’t move out of the spot.

That guy is Clowney.

Clowney that has the rare blend of speed, strength and potential rarely seen in a prospect will turn out to be a steal. It is not often that a Lawrence Taylor-type of prospect is on the board and Clowney is that rare type of player. If the Texans stay at No. 1, the pick is easy.


2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

Player Name: Greg Robinson
Position, School: OT, Auburn

If the Rams stay here they can go multiple directions, including Buffalo’s Khalil Mack. However I look for them to make the safe pick in Robinson.

Aside from perhaps Clowney, Robinson is the most physically impressive prospect in this class. His performance at the Combine was outstanding and his stock is way up. St. Louis needs to get more physical in the offensive trenches, and Robinson will certainly help with that. It doesn’t hurt that he possibly has more upside than anyone else in the draft.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Player Name: Sammy Watkins
Position, School: WR, Clemson

With Clowney off the board, the Jaguars could use a quarterback here or just take the best player on the board. To me the decision comes down to Mack or Watkins.

Jacksonville needs a playmaker in the worst way with Justin Blackmon’s troubles. I think they will take the best player at what is probably at a position of need, and I like the Watkins fit. Watkins gives them a dynamic talent, a player who really can help any quarterback. Given the uncertain future of Blackmon, they could use Watkins’ size and speed combination.


4. Cleveland Browns

Player Name: Johnny Manziel
Position, School: QB, Texas A&M

With Watkins off the board I think the Browns go quarterback here. If Watkins were still in play I could see them taking the playmaker and grabbing their quarterback later in the first round.

The pick comes down to Manziel or Derek Carr. At the minimum, Manziel will at least add a jolt of excitement to a franchise that hasn’t had any excitement to speak of in years. There were rave reviews about Manziel after his pro day, so he won’t likely make it past this spot.

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  • Dewight Marice Mitchell

    lol dude

  • Jarod Cook

    I have to disagree with you about your #4 pick. With new GM Farmer in town he’s not going to gamble with such a big Boom/Bust player as Manziel and Carr is to much of a reach with his first ever pick. Instead they wait and see who falls to #26 and take a QB there. At #4 they take a skill player Watkins is off the board, but IMO I think Evens is the better of the 2 prospects and will fit better scheme wise. Or they can add an elite OT in Matthews who will secure the right side, and be heir apparent to Thomas at LT when he retires. Either of those two players have far more value being picked at #4 then any of these QB’s.

    At #26 Lee would be a great value pick and add another weapon to the receiving core. But with such a deep draft at WR they could wait till #35 and still get a great #2WR. I’d rather see them take Shazier who can play multiple positions on defense, and can rush the passer as well as drop back in coverage. I think he would fit well into new HC Pettine’s defense, and he would find multiple ways to employ him. This pick is all predicated on what happens at #4, if they pass on QB early they defiantly will take one here.

    • Matt Shetler

      If Watkins is there at 4 it is a no-brainer and I also agree with possibly targeting Evans or a LT there. Manziel pick is more of a gut feeling provided Watkins is off the board

  • David Mallow

    good read.. one thing, Barr is atrocious in coverage… now having said that, I like the Bortles pick. I wanst sold on him,but I’m getting there,he looks the part of what we need. just curious about that deep ball . good pick though

    • Matt Shetler

      Thanks David. Barr is bad in coverage but is athletic enough where i think he improves fairly easily. He can be a very good player long-term given he has only been on the defensive side of the ball 2 years. Lots of upside there

  • Viking Fan

    I absolutely don’t believe the Vikings target a 1st round QB unless they trade into the late 1st for one. That is only the fallback option if we don’t get Mack and can’t trade back for Mosely or Gilbert. That is just my opinion based off my knowledge of the team and needs/priorities.

    • Matt Shetler

      I agree that trading back makes more sense. The Vikes are a hard team to predict given they can go in so many directions. Agree QB doesn’t make sense there but just have a feeling they may