With the 2014 NFL Draft just a mere hours away, it’s time to take a look at my final 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the season.
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.
With the depth in this draft I expect to see a lot of movement in the first round.
But let’s take one final look at predicting where the future fantasy football stars will end up.
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, which I doubt they do, 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: Khalil Mack
Position, School: LB, Buffalo
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 Sammy Watkins.
Jacksonville needs a playmaker in the worst way with Justin Blackmon’s troubles, but ultimately I think they will lean towards the disruptive Mack.
The Jags could use a solid tackler and use a dynamic pass-rusher. Mack is a three-down player who can make an impact right off the bat.
4. Cleveland Browns
Player Name: Sammy Watkins
Position, School: WR, Clemson
The temptation is here to take Johnny Manziel, but the Browns will elect to target a playmaker like Watkins and get their future quarterback later on.
Watkins gives the Browns a dynamic talent, a player who really can help any quarterback. They surely could use Watkins’ size and speed combination opposite Josh Gordon.