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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