2014 NFL Mock Draft: Phil Thompson
1. Houston Texans: QB Blake Bortles, UCF
-The Texans need their franchise QB and Bridgewater looks like the best in this class.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
-With Jake Long's status up in the air the Rams should take a long look at Jake Matthews if they don't trade back (which is what they should do).
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
-The Jaguars are coaching Derek Carr down at the Senior Bowl and from the sounds of it could be falling in love with him. This seems high, but this franchise is desperate for a top QB.
4. Cleveland Browns: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
-The Browns could go a couple different ways, but it could be tough to pass on Manziel here.
5. Oakland Raiders: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
-The Raiders could go QB or WR here, but it would be tough to pass up Clowney.
6. Atlanta Falcons: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
-The Falcons have to rebuild this defense and their top priority is finding a pass rush. Mack gives them the edge rusher they lacked this year, and has tremendous upside.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
8. Minnesota Vikings: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
-The Vikings are desperate for a franchise signal caller and Bortles has incredible upside.
9. Buffalo Bills: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
-The Bills could go a couple different ways but they should focus on the defensive side.
10. Detroit Lions: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
-This would be a great pick-up for Matt Stafford, pairing Wakins with Calvin Johnson would almost be unfair.
11. Tennessee Titans: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
-The Titans need an impact pass rusher and Barr has the chance to be just that.
12. New York Giants: CB Aaron Gilbert, Oklahoma State
-The Giants line was a major weakness last year, bringing in another lineman helps turn that around.
13. St. Louis Rams: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
-Dennard would give the Rams a stud in their secondary and someone to build around back there.
14. Chicago Bears: DT Aaron Donald
-The Bears need to replace Melton who is a free agent.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
-Steelers have to find a LT to protect their franchise quarterback.
16. Baltimore Ravens: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
-The Ravens missed Anquan Boldin quite a bit last year, Evans could replace him as the big physical target and chain mover.