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    2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    Its that time of year again, folks!

    Time for the Moderator Mock Draft.

    Our distinguished panel of amateur draftniks will take you through the first 2 rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft and project (without trades) where the top prospects might land this year.

    This thread is for selections only. There will be a separate thread for comments. Be critical. Be candid. Be contrary. But, please, be constructive!

    Here is this year's panel:

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    *The official start time of the Mod Mock is 9:00 a.m. (EST) on 4/8/2014*


    Here's the order:
    Round 1

    1. Houston (2-14): Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    2. St. Louis - from Washington (3-13): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    3. Jacksonville (4-12): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
    4. Cleveland (4-12): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    5. Oakland (4-12): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    6. Atlanta (4-12): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    7. Tampa Bay (4-12): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
    8. Minnesota (5-10-1): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    9. Buffalo (6-10): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
    10. Detroit (7-9): C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
    11. Tennessee (7-9): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    12. New York Giants (7-9): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    13. St. Louis (7-9): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
    14. Chicago (8-8): Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    15. Pittsburgh (8-8): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
    16. Dallas (8-8): Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
    17. Baltimore (8-8): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    18. New York Jets (8-8): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
    19. Miami (8-8): Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
    20. Arizona (10-6): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    21. Green Bay* (8-7-1): Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame
    22. Philadelphia* (10-6): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
    23. Kansas City* (11-5): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    24. Cincinnati* (11-5): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    25. San Diego* (9-7): Louis Nix, III, DT, Notre Dame
    26. Cleveland - from Indianapolis* (11-5): Marquise Lee, WR, USC
    27. New Orleans* (11-5): Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State
    28. Carolina* (12-4): Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
    29. New England* (12-4): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
    30. San Francisco* (12-4): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
    31. Denver* (13-3): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
    32. Seattle* (13-3): Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

    Round 2

    33. Houston (2-14): Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
    34. Washington (3-13): Rashede Hagerman, DT, Minnesota
    35. Cleveland (4-12): David Yankey, OG, Stanford
    36. Oakland (4-12): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    37. Atlanta (4-12): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
    38. Tampa Bay (4-12): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    39. Jacksonville (4-12): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
    40. Minnesota (5-10-1): Lamarcus Joyner, DB, FSU
    41. Buffalo (6-10): Dion Bailey, S, USC
    42. Tennessee (7-9): Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
    43. New York Giants (7-9): Marcus Martin, C, USC
    44. St. Louis (7-9): Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
    45. Detroit (7-9): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU
    46. Pittsburgh (8-8): Dominique Easley, DE/DT, Florida
    47. Dallas (8-8): Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
    48. Baltimore (8-8): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
    49. New York Jets (8-8): Jimmy Ward, S, Northern Illinois
    50. Miami (8-8): Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
    51. Chicago (8-8): Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
    52. Arizona (10-6): George Uko, DT, USC
    53. Green Bay* (8-7-1): Terrence Brooks, FS, FSU
    54. Philadelphia* (10-6): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
    55. Cincinnati* (11-5): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
    56. San Francisco - Kansas City* (11-5): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
    57. San Diego* (9-7): Keith McGill, CB, Utah
    58. New Orleans* (11-5): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
    59. Indianapolis* (11-5): Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
    60. Carolina* (12-4): Davonte Adams, WR, Fresno State
    61. San Francisco* (12-4): Philip Gaines, CB, Rice
    62. New England* (12-4): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
    63. Denver* (13-3): Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
    64. Seattle* (13-3): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 1st pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the Houston Texans select.....
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    Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

    Houston has to answer 2 questions:

    1) franchise QB or defensive freak? If the answer is D-freak, then the 2nd question is Clowney or Mack. But if the answer is QB, the 2nd question is Bortles or Manziel (who is making a run up many boards based on recent interviews).

    I think the answer is QB, because while neither QB is a better overall prospect than either of the D-freaks, this team does not have a franchise QB. Yates, Keenum, and Fitzpatrick. That's a great law firm, but there's no answer to QB in that group. I think Bortles gets the nod over Manziel or even Bridgewater because of upside and translation to the pro game. At the end of it all, Bortles may be the only long-term franchise QB in this draft.

    Clowney or Mack (who Mayock is predicting at #1) will upgrade the defense, but unless they became the 2000 Ravens defense (which they're not), they will not win games without a QB. Bortles can be that QB.
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 2nd pick, in the 2014 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams select....



    Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    It's all about options. In my opinion, Clowney represents the player who can give the Rams the most options throughout the rest of the draft and going forward on defense. We can pick him and then trade him to a team that wants him, or we can pick him and set him to work as what some evaluators are calling the most dominant defensive player to come out of college in decades.

    Assuming he stays a Ram, Clowney would be used rotationally to begin with, and on passing downs, kicking Long inside to DT or spelling one of our two stud ends. He's going to be a fierce and complete defensive end in this league - and perhaps the best in a few years time. I'd be excited to see what a Quinn/Long/Brockers/Langford/Hayes/Carrington/Clowney DL rotation would do to opposing offensive units. Good luck, Russell Wilson.

    In a world outside this mock, a trade back at #2 makes the most sense to me. We're not projecting trades, so the Rams stay put, take the near-consensus best player in this draft, and mull their many, many options.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 3rd pick in the 2104 Mod Mock Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:



    Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

    The Jaguars need a QB, but I sense that they might not be high enough on Johnny Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater to pull the trigger this early. There should be decent options in Round 2. Instead, they go with Mack, who projects as an impact player at OLB. Given that the Jaguars tied for last in the NFL in sacks last year as a team, Mack fills an important need.


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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the fourth overall pick, the Cleveland Browns select...



    JOHNNY MANZIEL
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    Cleveland is in an interesting position, due to their two first-round picks of this draft. They could opt to select a non-quarterback, where the value is probably greater. A receiver like Sammy Watkins makes a lot of sense to pair with Josh Gordon, or the Browns could look for a right tackle upgrade by selecting Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews.

    However, I have the Browns going with Manziel, for a number of reasons. One, Cleveland has a desperate need for a quarterback. There's an old saying when it comes to the draft: if you don't have a franchise quarterback, then you need to draft one. Secondly, they've already tried the skill position first, QB second route when they took Trent Richardson early in the first round and Brandon Weeden later in the first round a couple of years ago. Clearly, that hasn't worked out.

    Love him or hate him, Johnny Manziel would bring a lot of energy and excitement to a franchise that is in need of a shot in the arm. The Browns can come back around at the bottom of the round to add protection or a weapon for him.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

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    With the 5th selection in the 2014 NFL Draft...


    The Raiders are in desperate need of an Offensive Tackle, after losing Veldheer to the Cards, and missing out on Saffold (thank you Lord). Only question here is Matthews or Robinson, and we all know their relative plusses and minuses, but the Raiders always swing for the fences, and will take Greg Robinson...

    Oh wait, uh...this is the Raiders. Sammy Watkins will be wearing Silver and Black next year.
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 6th selection in the draft, the Atlanta Falcons select.....


    Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

    The Atlanta Falcons still have a big contract with Sam Baker and they re-signed Mike Johnson, but at this point, Robinson is the top prospect on the board, and they need a huge upgrade. Most of that line needs to be redone, and Robinson gives them an immediate answer and a potential long-term franchise LT.
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 7th pick, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...



    Mike Evans, WR, Texas A & M

    The Bucs would love dearly for Sammy Watkins to be here, but Mike Evans isn't a bad consolation prize. Maybe only a whisker below Watkins in terms of overall talent and ability, Evans is a tall, rangy wideout who reminds me a lot of the Bucs' only other known commodity: Vincent Jackson.

    Josh McCown is going to need more than just Jackson to throw to, and Evans represents a great combination of both value and need after the trade of Mike Williams.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 8th pick in the 2014 Mod Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select...



    Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

    The selection of Christian Ponder has left Vikings fans weary... feeling small. With this pick, they're hoping that like a Bridge(over troubled)water, Teddy will ease their minds.

    At the end of the college season, Bridgewater was viewed as the clear cut top QB in the draft. Now, after months of scrutiny, mediocre Combine and Pro Day performances, and the rise of other signal callers, he's dropped in the eyes of many. In the end, though, it only takes one team to make a match.

    The Vikings have demonstrated a great deal of interest in Bridgewater, and will welcome him to an offense that has some talent, but needs a quality QB to bring it all together.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 9th pick, the Buffalo Bills select...



    JAKE MATTHEWS
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    The Bills would like to add some weapons to help young quarterback E.J. Manuel, but they also need to improve the protection around him. Cordy Glenn has one tackle spot locked down, but Buffalo could stand an upgrade over Erik Pears at the other. Jake Matthews is just what the doctor ordered. He could step in immediately and be very comfortable on the right side, or he could swap with Glenn if the Bills think Cordy would do better on the left side. He's a safe, outstanding pick for an organization building around a young passer.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 10th selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select:

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    C.J. Mosley, Alabama

    Detroit needs help on defence, particularly in the secondary, losing Delmas to free agency, and still being fairly young at corner, but Mosley will bring immediate help playing at the Middle Lnebacker spot.
    Plus, how often do you have C.J. Mosley playing behind C.J. Mosley on the same team.
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 11th pick, the Tennessee Titans select....


    Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

    The Titans lost Verner to free agency, and need another starter opposite McCourty. Wilson may be given a shot, but even so, they can not pass up Gilbert to solidify their secondary.
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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 12th pick, the New York Giants select...



    Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

    The Giants could look in a number of directions here, but for me it's come down to two players: Aaron Donald and TE Zach Ebron. For all its depth at receiver, in the secondary and along both lines - all areas the G Men have needs - this is a fairly weak draft at both Tight End and Defensive Tackle. Beyond Ebron, there are a few second round prospects worth a look, so Donald becomes the best fit of value and need here.

    He's on a huge upswing after being in the backfield on what seemed like every play for PItt in 2013, and even though he's squatty, he's proved he can really push the pocket in College. An ideal 3-technique, Aaron Donald is the pick at 13.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 13th pick in the 2014 Mod Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select:



    Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

    It came down to three players: Dennard, Taylor Lewan and Hasean Clinton-Dix.

    I eliminated Clinton-Dix because I think there will be some good options at safety in later rounds, including, potentially, Jimmy Ward, Ed Reynolds and Terrence Brooks.

    I was very close to going with Lewan, but I think the Rams may instead opt to target a combination OT/OG in a later round.

    That left Dennard. I was not sure I wanted to go back-to-back defensive players... unless I was convinced he was the BPA. So I did a little digging. Here's what I found. Michigan State allowed a completion percentage of 47.1 (2nd in the country), 5.2 yards per attempt (2nd in the country) and a (NCAA) passer rating of 92.28 (1st in the country). Dennard was the anchor of that pass defense.

    So, he's my pick.

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    Re: 2014 Mod Mock Draft *THE SELECTION THREAD*

    With the 14th pick, the Chicago Bears select...



    Hasean Clinton-Dix
    S, Alabama

    Chicago lost Major Wright to the Buccaneers, but even had they retained him, they'd still have a big need at the position. The Bears would have loved to see Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald slip to them, but they'll be just as happy to have their choice of safeties with the 14th pick. Clinton-Dix is a versatile safety who offers a lot of athleticism in coverage while also being able to come up and play the run. His ability to cover tight ends should be appealing to a team that has to face Kyle Rudolph and Brandon Pettigrew twice a year.

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