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NFL 2014 Mock Draft by Dan Wickline

I’ve been watching the NFL for years and following the draft since 1996. Each year I mentally figure out who I think each time will pick and read all the ‘Mock Drafts’. I don’t know what makes someone qualified to make a mock draft… who is Mel Kiper anyway? Regardless, I decided I was going to sit down and do my own mock draft. Once I had it done, I figured I’d share it along with my reasons with the world.
If you are a football and draft fan, you’ll notice my mock doesn’t start with Jadeveon Clowney nor does Johnny Manziel show up in the first round. I think the “win now” attitude of the league along with how coaches are hogtied to their picks will make for a few less reaches. I don’t see a clear cut top 10 quarter back nor do I see hands down first pick. I think the issue of Clowney’s taking plays off and poor senior season will affect his placement. Where I think the question of the competition Khali Mack played against goes away when you look at the actual numbers he produced.
That said… I didn’t take into account trades though I think it’s likely the Falcons will try to move up and get Clowney, especially if he isn’t the first pick. If my first three are right then I almost guarantee Atlanta jumps over Oakland to get the DE.
Here is my list, we can see on Thursday how right or wrong I am.

1)      Khali MackHouston Texans                 If they don’t trade out of this spot then I think they are going to take Brown as he is the better fit in their system and is known as a high motor guy.
2)      Sammy WatkinsSt. Louis Rams             This is the last chance for Bradford to prove himself and Fisher has to give him weapons.
3)      Greg RobinsonJacksonville Jaguars    This is a tough pick but their need at O-line is too strong to pass up on Robinson.
4)      Jadeveon ClowneyCleveland Browns The media will make a lot about this, but Clowney’s drop in production last year made him drop in the draft… but he’s too good to drop far.
5)      Jake MatthewsOakland Raiders           At this point I think Matthews is a bit better than the rest and will get the nod from the silver and black.
6)      Taylor LewanAtlanta Falcons                 There may be depth at OT in this draft, but keeping Ryan on his feet is too important to wait on.
7)      Zach MartinTampa Bay Buccaneers    If you are going into a season with a journeyman quarterback, you need to give him all the time you can.
8)      Blake BortlesMinnesota Vikings           Bortles has the most pure upside and is in the same mold as the last time the Vikes had a good QB back with Daunte Culpepper.
9)      Mike EvansBuffalo Bills                            Evans makes the Bills one of the best receiving corp in the AFC and is a great way to help a second year QB.
10)   Justin GilbertDetroit Lions                      Detroit has the offense to win games but the defense needs help in the secondary and Gilbert will fit the system.
11)   Eric Ebron Tennessee Titans                     Every team needs a great tight end and Ebron is too good to let drop any further.
12)   Aaron Donald New York Giants              The Giants go with need and pick up the big defensive tackle here.
13)   Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – St. Louis Rams          Fisher already improved the offense, grabbing the best safety now is a no brainer. Two of their three big needs covered.
14)   Darqueze Dennard Chicago Bears        Bears need to seriously upgrade their secondary and Dennard is as close to a steal as you get at this point of the draft.
15)   Anthony Barr Pittsburgh Steelers          The Steelers need to get pressure on the opposing quarterbacks so Barr makes a lot of sense right here.
16)   Calvin Pryor Dallas Cowboys                   Cowboys need major help on their D-line but safety is a problem as well and Pryor is a good fit.
17)   C J Mosely Baltimore Ravens                  Ravens have always been built from the linebackers out and it’s time to start refilling the cupboard.
18)   Brandin Cooks New York Jets                  Cooks is a good possession receiver for a second year quarterback like Smith to build with.
19)   Morgan Moses Miami Dolphins             After last year’s O-line implosion, the Dolphins have to address it in the draft and Moses has a lot of upside.
20)   Bradley Roby Arizona Cardinals             Corner is the biggest need for the Cardinals and Roby is a bit of a stretch but he fills that need.
21)   Odell Beckham Jr Green Bay Packers  Adding new targets for Rodgers is almost unfair to the rest of the NFC North, but they’re going to do it anyway.
22)   Ryan Shazier Philadelphia Eagles          Eagles needs to shore up their front seven and Shazier will bring some nice pop to the linebacking corp.
23)   Marqise Lee Kansas City Chiefs             Alex Smith needs some new targets with some of the offseason departures and Lee will work well in their system.
24)   Kyle Fuller Cincinnati Bengals                                One of the better defenses in the league gets to plug one of the few holes here with Fuller.
25)   Jason Verrett San Diego Chargers        San Diego really needs a corner so they are willing to reach a little here to make sure they get their need filled.
26)   Teddy Bridgewater Cleveland Browns                The last coach got fired after one season. There’s no way you take a risk at QB. Bridgewater is the most likely to start day one.
27)   Kyle Van Noy New Orleans Saints         This isn’t their biggest need but it’s the best player available that fills a need.
28)   Cyrus Kouandjio Carolina Panthers      Gettleman proved last year that he likes to bulid from the line and isn’t worried about possible health problems.
29)   Kelvin Benjamin New England Patriots This may be the happiest day for Brady since he met Gizelle. A big, strong wide receiver can put the Patriots back on top.
30)   Ra’Shede Hageman S F 49ers                  Best player available at a position of need. No sense reaching for a center or a wide receiver here.
31)   Chris Borland Denver Broncos                                Fox has to work on getting the defense up to match the offense if he wants to avoid games like the Super Bowl.
32)   Cody Latimer Seattle Seahawks             Latimer is a good choice to pick up for Tate without getting a lot of pressure put on him.

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