2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 - Cory Bonini

by Cory J. Bonini on April 17, 2014 @ 17:43:25 PDT


The upcoming NFL Draft is inching closer with every passing day, and the mock draft season couldn't be livelier. My latest update features several significant changes and a few surprises. Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is absent from the opening round, unless someone trades back into the first to grab him. Call it what you will, but I don't see a spot for him without a deal happening. There are a lot of teams in the top half of the second round that could take a quarterback. That is where I expect Bridgewater to be drafted, along with several other passers.

Team Player name
School Notes
Houston Texans Blake Bortles
Central Florida I really believe the smartest move here is to trade down, but Bortles is the most sensible choice if they keep the pick. I have serious questions about Jadeveon Clowney's dedication and his fit with this team.
St. Louis Rams (from WAS) Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina Trading down is easily their best choice, and I think Atlanta will try to acquire this pick. I don't like to project trades, so Clowney joins the Rams' already crazy-good pass rush.
Jacksonville Jaguars Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M Greg Robinson makes so much sense here, yet I believe Manziel will ultimately be their guy. Shad Khan is a businessman and knows a profit-producing commodity when he sees it. The Jags sure could use a few more butts in the seats, and winning a couple more games can't hurt, either.
Cleveland Browns Greg Robinson
Auburn Robinson allows the Browns to move RT Mitchell Schwartz to offensive guard. Quarterback is entirely in play here -- even Derek Carr -- and so is Sammy Watkins.
Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins
Clemson Khalil Mack is in play, but Watkins makes all sorts of sense for the Raiders, even after signing WR James Jones. After an offseason of bolstering their defense, Oakland will focus on offensive playmakers early in the draft.
Atlanta Falcons Khalil Mack
Buffalo I think the Falcons, if they don't trade up, will be perfectly happy with Mack. Don't be shocked if Sammy Watkins is their guy, should he slip to them.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Aaron Donald
Pittsburgh Lovie Smith will want to better his interior pass rush, and Donald is just the man for the job with his Cover 2 skill set.
Minnesota Vikings C.J. Mosley
Alabama Most people see Mosley as an outside 'backer in a 4-3, but I am confident he can thrive in the middle. Minnesota has so many options; I really don't think quarterback will be their main focus.
Buffalo Bills Eric Ebron
North Carolina RT Chris Hairston's ankle recovery could force their hand. Doug Marrone needs to give EJ Manuel more options in the passing game, and Marrone is familiar with what an elite tight end can do for an offense from his time with the Saints.
Detroit Lions Calvin Pryor
Louisville Cornerback is probably a sound option, although I think Detroit is pleased with their current crop. They absolutely need a rangy free safety, which makes Pryor a shoo-in for this pick.
Tennessee Titans Justin Gilbert
Oklahoma State Tennessee needs all the help they can get at cornerback right now, and Gilbert is a fine option, assuming he makes it by the Lions.
New York Giants Anthony Barr
UCLA Barr probably won't make it this far, but he fits a need and could be the best player available at this point.
St. Louis Rams Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Alabama Assuming they go w/ Clowney at No. 2, could the Rams target a wideout here? I have plenty of doubts. Free safety is a must-address position, so it's time to take one of the best options in the draft.
Chicago Bears Mike Evans
Texas A&M A deep WR class may mean this pick is a cornerback, which is also a fairly strong position, so it really comes down to what Chicago is comfortable with. I can see a defensive tackle, too. Evans gives the Bears a great future option in case they let Brandon Marshall walk in 2015.
Pittsburgh Steelers Darqueze Dennard
Michigan State This pick could go a number of directions. DE a big concern, so Kony Ealy may be their man.
Dallas Cowboys Jake Matthews
Texas A&M This would move Doug Free to guard. Defensive tackle or a pass-rushing end are possible, if the value is there. Then again it is Jerry Jones drafting! Don't count out wide receiver.
Baltimore Ravens Timmy Jernigan
Florida State Jernigan could rotate at nose tackle and learn the ropes before transitioning into a full-time starter. Terrence Cody returns on a one-year deal and likely isn't the future at the position.
New York Jets Marqise Lee
USC I like how Lee fits into their offense. This pick is fluid, however. TE and depth at linebacker are also considerations.
Miami Dolphins Ryan Shazier
Ohio State Right tackle isn't nearly as big of a need as some people are making it out to be. Shazier could be an immediate impact player for the Dolphins.
Arizona Cardinals Kony Ealy
Missouri He could help with their defensive end rotation and eventually take over as a starter. This is kind of a luxury pick.
Green Bay Packers Ra'Shede Hageman
Minnesota Hageman is a great 3-4 DE convert. Could go in a few directions. I think they're a great trading partner for teams looking to get back into the round.
Philadelphia Eagles Brandin Cooks
Oregon State David Yankey would be a smart choice to eventually replace Todd Herremans, but Cooks is too explosive to ignore since losing DeSean Jackson.
Kansas City Chiefs Odell Beckham
LSU KC definitely needs wide receiver help, but I see their draft position to be a coveted spot for teams looking to trade back into the round. If the Chiefs stay put, going to the LSU well one more time isn't such a bad thing.
Cincinnati Bengals Kyle Fuller
Virginia Tech This is kind of a luxury choice, to a degree, but back-end help is necessary for this defense.
San Diego Chargers Louis Nix
Notre Dame The Bolts need a big-bodied presence at nose tackle, and Nix is an ideal candidate to fill the role.
Cleveland Browns (from IND) Derek Carr
Fresno State I really won't be surprised if Carr is Cleveland's choice at No. 4. I can also see them using this pick to trade up to land him earlier.
New Orleans Saints Dee Ford
Auburn A DE convert, Ford will help the Saints' pass rush from Day 1 as a rotational player. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't make it this far, though.
Carolina Panthers Taylor Lewan
Michigan When a team's top WRs are Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, it is natural to assume they will target that position here. Left tackle is far more important at this point. Wideouts will come -- several of them -- in subsequent rounds.
New England Patriots Jace Amaro
Texas Tech Subject to change ... a million times. A pass-rushing defensive end is a must. Scott Crichton could be that player. Nevertheless, Tom Brady needs weapons, and Rob Gronkowski is a liability at this point.
San Francisco 49ers Bradley Roby
Ohio State Cornerback has to be their top defensive target right now. The question is really down to the player, not the position, in my opinion.
Denver Broncos Davante Adams
Fresno State Despite signing Emmanuel Sanders, Adams is a sensible choice for the Broncos. WRs Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are both unrestricted free agents after this season, and Sanders has battled with injury issues in his career.
Seattle Seahawks Cyrus Kouandjio
Alabama Seattle could go one of many directions. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins? Don't discredit another receiver, even though Sidney Rice re-signed, and cornerback could be on their radar, too.


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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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