2014 NFL Mock Draft #1

Written By: David Maziasz - Nov• 30•13

For this first mock draft, I prioritized schematic fits between these prospects and these NFL teams. A curious dilemma I faced was finding an ideal fit for some high profile players like OT Jake Matthews and QB Teddy Bridgewater. Perhaps you can find a fit for them that I overlooked.


(Updated 11/30/13) -

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Decision Makers: David Caldwell, Gus Bradley

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Khalil Mack | OLB | Buffalo


The most dominant and pass rusher in the game, according to the Pass Rusher Rating, is an excellent fit if Gus Bradley wants to install the Seattle defensive scheme down in Jacksonville.

2. Houston Texans

Decision Makers: Rick Smith, Gary Kubiak

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Derek Carr | QB | Fresno St

.Evaluating QB’s is not what I’d call my strongest suit, but from what I have seen, David Carr’s younger brother has mobility, arm strength, touch. The Texans may choose to look at the their quarterback situation after the season, in which case, they should have a wide selection of choices sitting at #2 overall.

3. Atlanta Falcons

Decision Makers: Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Anthony Barr | OLB | UCLA

The Atlanta defensive front has found it difficult to get to the quarterback this season. Their front office likes great athletes with length and leadership. Barr is a team captain who has converted from RB to a strong pass rusher.

4. Minnesota Vikings

Decision Makers: Rick Spielman, Leslie Frazier

–Drafts primarily for: ???

Jadeveon Clowney | DE | South Carolina


Clowney would pair with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and friends to create an elite unit. The Vikings’ Tampa Two defense requires consistent pressure to set the tone, and they still could use a bit more help.

5. St. Louis Rams (from WAS)

Decision Makers: Les Snead, Jeff Fisher

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Sammy Watkins | WR | Clemson

Despite using substantial resources on receivers, the Rams are still in need of offensive production. Sammy Watkins is the type of explosive, yet surprisingly physical option that St. Louis’s GM appreciates.


6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Decision Makers: Mark Dominik, Greg Schiano

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Cyrus Kouandjio | OT | Alabama

Big, power blocking linemen are preferred in Tampa, which indicates the biggest of the Big Three (Kouandjio, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan) would be the guy. Their front office wants “long, strong, and powerful” players, and Cyrus Kouandjio is precisely that.

7.Cleveland Browns

Decision Makers:Michael Lombardi, Rob Chudzinski

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Marcus Mariota | QB | Oregon

The Browns’ seem dissatisfied with their quarterback situation. After choosing to pass on selecting one early last draft, they may feel they can no longer go with out going after one of the premiere prospects in the 2014 draft. Few quarterbacks have such impressive athleticism as Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who has some similar traits to coach Chudzinski’s former QB Cam Newton.

8. Buffalo Bills

Decision Makers: Doug Whaley, Doug Marrone

–Drafts primarily for: ???

C.J. Mosley | LB | Alabama

Far from a no-brainer choice, but outside linebacker could use depth. C.J. Mosley is a fantastic football player with instincts and understanding of the game. As far as available talent here, offensive linemen would make sense, but Buffalo is actually pretty set in that area.

Oakland Raiders (NFL.com)

9. Oakland Raiders

Decision Makers: Reggie McKenzie, Dennis Allen

–Drafts primarily for: Height, Weight, Speed

Stephon Tuitt | DE | Notre Dame

GM Reggie McKenzie said in a press conference: “It is hard to find 6-6, 311-pound defensive linemen that are athletic. And then to top it off, that are good. So if you get a chance to get one, you take him.” To me that sounds an awful lot like Stephon Tuitt, (6’6″/ 312). The Oakland staff has a very large defensive line capable of running multiple looks. Tuitt has the size to play inside, and sometimes shows the athleticism to play outside.

10. New York Giants

Decision Makers: Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin

–Drafts primarily for: Production/Leadership

Taylor Lewan | OT | Michigan

I find it difficult to spot many weaknesses on this Giants squad, except when considering the potential free agents after this season. The offensive line has several players, thus drafting who I think is the best pass blocker of the bunch in Taylor Lewan. Suddenly, the Giants have three athletic tackles in Justin Pugh, Will Beatty, and Lewan to experiment with.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    texans would never draft derek carr…..Public relations disaster

  2. David Maziasz says:

    Funny you mention that because I did briefly take that into consideration. I do think he is a good fit based on his skill set.

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