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

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5. Oakland Raiders

Player Name: Khalil Mack
Position, School: LB, Buffalo

Nov 5, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) during the game against the Ohio Bobcats at University of Buffalo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

There really isn’t a quarterback worth drafting here unless the Raiders want to reach on Carr. Instead, Mack is a steal here.

There may be other needs, but Mack has the opportunity to turn into an outstanding NFL player. The Raiders could use a solid tackler and use a dynamic pass-rusher. The addition of Matt Schaub gives the Raiders the chance to draft the best player available, and they certainly need an addition to the pass rush. Mack is a three-down player who can make an impact right off the bat.


6. Atlanta Falcons

Player Name: Taylor Lewan
Position, School: OT, Michigan

I doubt that the Falcons stay here, but if they do, there biggest need is a franchise caliber tackle to protect Matt Ryan. The pick is between Lewan and Jake Matthews and I’m giving a slight nod to Lewan.

Lewan is a prototypical left tackle who has the strength and long arms needed to hold the edge and protect Ryan’s blindside.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Player Name: Mike Evans
Position, School: WR, Texas A&M

I was tempted to throw a curveball here and have the Bucs go with a quarterback like Blake Bortles, but the need for another playmaker is too great.

Evans is a big body (6’5″, 225) who the Bucs could use and one that would probably flourish in single coverage against second-tier corners. He uses excellent size and ball skills to be a threat all over the field and will be a great fit for this Tampa Bay offense.


8. Minnesota Vikings

Player Name: Blake Bortles
Position, School: QB, Central Florida

The Vikings likely target a quarterback here and the pick for me is between Bortles and Carr. At the end of the day though I think the Vikings would be thrilled to land Bortles here, a guy that still could ultimately go with the No. 1 overall pick.

Bortles could be the long-term answer for a team that already has decent talent at other positions. He is a very good athlete with excellent pocket instincts and can benefit from his ability to create with his legs as well.

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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