Steve Shoup's 2014 NFL Mock Draft
About Steve Shoup, Fanspeak's Resident NFL Draft Expert
Steve has been a diehard football fan and obsessively watching the NFL Draft since 1992 (when he was just 9 years-old). But Steve is more than just a fan who likes to follow the draft. He studies game video, analyzes players and has truly made this his calling. Besides being the Content Manager for Fanspeak.com and our resident NFL Draft expert, he has been credentialed media at the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, has been a guest on several FAN and ESPN Radio Affiliates for interviews, and a guest on other Draft related Podcasts.
1. Houston Texans: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville:
My Take: The Texans have to start fresh with a quarterback here and Bridgewater is the top one on the board. Bridgewater would go to a good situation here as he'd have some really good weapons to work with and some talent in front of him along the offensive line.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
My Take: The Jaguars need to come away with a quarterback here. With Marcus Mariota back in school it comes down to Johnny Manizel and Derek Carr. While there are some concerns with Manziel, Ithink he's got big upside and would be a major draw at the box office for Jacksonville.
3. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
My Take:Due the Rams need a LT with Jake Long already on the team? No not at all, but given the rookie wage scale they can grab Matthews and play him at right tackle. They can definitely look to trade back or draft a quarterback here, but passing up on Matthews could be tough.
4. Atlanta Falcons: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
My Take: The Falcons need a boost to their pass rush and there is no easier way to do that than drafting the top defensive end in the draft. Clowney would be a massive upgrade to the Falcons defense and would help balance out this team going forward. Offensive tackle is another big need and they could go for Matthews if he's available.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
My Take: The Bucs land a star pass rusher here in Anthony Barr. While he's probably not a good DE fit for the 4-3 system he could be used similar to Von Miller with the Broncos.
6. Buffalo Bills: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
My Take: The Bills are getting great production out of Mario Williams, but they need to bring in a guy who can complement him. Jerry Hughes has emerged as an option, but he’s a former failed first round pick, and Buffalo might not want to pass up an elite prospect like Barr in the hopes that Hughes isn’t a fluke.
7. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
My Take: The Steelers have tried investing in the offensive line the last couple of years, but they’ve yet to find a true left tackle. That should end here by adding Kouandjio who can be a day one left tackle for the Steelers. Not only will he protect Ben Roethlisberger’s blind side, but he should be a major upgrade to the Steelers run blocking, allowing Pittsburgh to regain the balance in their offense.
8. Oakland Raiders: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
My Take: The Raiders could have to replace star LT Jared Veldheer and if that is the case should fill that need in the draft. Oakland has a lot of needs to fill, so where they go will depend a great deal on what happens in free agency. They should be considered a top team to trade back and stock pile picks.
9. Minnesota Vikings: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
My Take: Wide receiver is still a need in Minnesota despite the addition of Greg Jennings and the drafting of Patterson last year. Watkins would give the Vikings a refined receiver to step in day one and have an impact. Obviously Minnesota would still need to find a quarterback, but if they can do that they will finally have the weapons needed for him to succeed.
10. New York Giants: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
My Take: The Giants could look to help their secondary here or perhaps bolster the offensive line, but the best pick they could make would be linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley could play either inside or outside, but either way he’d be a major upgrade for one of New York’s weakest units.
11. St. Louis Rams: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
My Take: The Rams need secondary help and the Courtland Finnegan signing is something the Rams need to get out of as soon as possible. Ekpre-Olomu is a great investment into the position and has true shutdown potential.
12. Cleveland Browns: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
My Take: Quarterback is definitely on the Browns wish list here, but they could look to go in another direction with this pick. Wide receiver Mike Evans would be a major upgrade to the Browns receivers and would be a great player to pair with the speedy Josh Gordon.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Cameron Erving, Florida State
My Take: The Dolphins offensive line is in complete shambles right now and overhauling it has to be the focus of this offseason. Drafting Erving can go a long way to helping the rebuild of the line and will be a welcome sight for quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
14. Baltimore Ravens: DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
My Take: Haloti Ngata has a massive contract increase coming due next year and if it’s not renegotiated the Ravens may be forced to part ways with their star defensive lineman. Even if they do work out a deal to keep Ngata, adding Nix could still make sense. The Ravens love to use Ngata more as a DE in their system and they could have Nix at the nose tackle spot to make that happen.
15. Tennessee Titans: S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama
My Take: The Titans added some stopgap safeties this past year, but they never really addressed the position long term. Drafting Clinton-Dix would be a big boost to the backend of the Titans defense and could really help turn this into a top unit.
16. San Diego Chargers: OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
My Take: The Chargers did a nice job upgrading most of their offensive line this past season, but they still need a left tackle. Richardson is a guy who could come in day one and provide that blindside protection for franchise quarterback Philip Rivers.