2014 NFL Mock Draft, Complete 1st Round, V 4.0

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2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Jadeveon Clowney
Defensive End, South Carolina

Yet ANOTHER 2014 NFL Mock Draft, Complete 1st Round, V 4.0

Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; South Carolina Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) runs through the line during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s consider the surrounding circumstances facing the Rams. They’re in an NFC West division with three grueling defenses. Head coach Jeff Fisher has enjoyed his most successful seasons when his Tennessee Titans defenses were plentiful along the defensive front with capable defensive backs throughout the entire secondary. While many outsiders and experts look at this offense and think of a pick No. 2 and 13 combination that includes OT plus Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins plus OT / Zack Martin, I’m expecting the Rams to either trade out of No. 2 or use No. 2 and 13 to load up on defense. That starts with Jadeveon Clowney, who may remind Coach Fisher of Jevon Kearse.

 

 

 

 

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  • Erik Lambert

    You’re the first mock drafter I’ve seen have the Bears take Fuller. Not a bad pick, but I don’t think he’s worth the 14th selection. If they traded back a bit first and got him, I’d be thrilled.

    • Joshua Huffman

      This draft is full of players who appear like fringe top-20, top-30 talents. For teams drafting around 11-20, it’s a great year to *try* and trade back, acquiring another mid-round pick. I’ve noticed a lot of fans saying the same things.

      • Erik Lambert

        It will depend on who is available when the Bears pick and whether a team wants to jump up to get them.

  • Justin Graver

    What about Greg Robinson at 11? I know Oher plugs the whole at tackle- for now. But he’s really a mediocre player at best and Roos is getting up there in age. I could see them going with Robinson

    • Joshua Huffman

      It wouldn’t completely shock me. It’s very good value. He just kept falling down in my mock because of the pass-rush extravaganza toward the top 12. However, drafting an offensive tackle and letting him sit on the bench for a season or two is usually reserved for mid-round or late-round projects.

      Titans pick is hardest to project. So many ways they can go. I’ve got Ebron at No. 11 but I’ll admit that it’s way too high for him. I don’t see them letting Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr go if either slides to 11.

      The problem with having the No. 11 pick in this draft for TEN is that I’m not seeing anyone as a major Year 1 Contributor. Almost everyone would be a rotational piece (Barr, Ebron) or backup (Robinson). I’m hoping they can trade back. If not, you can’t rule anything out (except RB or interior OL at No. 11. No way they do that).

  • Dewight Mitchell

    no mike evans

  • Phillip

    Wow, you just pretty much suggested Oakland goes full retard in the 1st. Donald is a solid player, but 5th pick, that would be insane, especially with Watkins available.

    • Joshua Huffman

      Reggie McKenzie was gonna take DJ Hayden at No. 3. He passed up on Lotulelei & Richardson for a project cornerback with tons of red flags. Al Davis or not, Raiders rarely ever follow public logic (nor do their first-round risks ever pay off). I’ve almost come to expect them to take Martavis Bryant over Sammy Watkins at No. 5. Almost.

      • Phillip

        Haha, it’s insane, but it’s true.

      • Phillip

        If you get every pick wrong in this mock, i sure do hope you got pick 21 right.

        • Joshua Huffman

          Hopefully. Packers and Titans are my favorite teams so I know it’s hard to predict what TT is thinking. But it sounds as though Micah Hyde will start at safety. They just took Datone Jones last year so I’m not seeing another first-round DE like Hageman. None of the NTs are worth 21. Many experts say they need TE but Quarless is perfect for getting that ground game going. Use Bostick for the passing game. They don’t use first-rounders on offensive skill-position players (love the idea of Brandin Cooks with Aaron Rodgers though). So that leaves me with C.J. Mosley, Ryan Shazier, Kyle Van Noy or a trade down.