Lance Zierlein's NFL 2014 Mock Draft 2.0

By Lance Zierlein
April 8, 2014

Lance Zierlein has finally dipped his toe back into the mock draft water, and he's got Johnny Football to Jacksonville, the Jets taking a QB and Timmy Jernigan falling out of the first round.
  • 1.  Houston

    Jadeveon Clowney

    DE | South Carolina

  • 2.  St. Louis

    Jake Matthews

    LT | Texas A&M

  • 3.  Jacksonville

    Johnny Manziel

    QB | Texas A&M

  • 4.  Cleveland

    Teddy Bridgewater

    QB | Louisville

  • 5.  Oakland

    Derek Carr

    QB | Fresno State

  • 6.  Atlanta

    Greg Robinson

    OT | Auburn

  • 7.  Tampa Bay

    Khalil Mack

    DE/OLB | Buffalo

  • 8.  Minnesota

    Sammy Watkins

    WR | Clemson

  • 9.  Buffalo

    Taylor Lewan

    LT | Michigan

  • 10.  Detroit

    Bradley Roby

    CB | Ohio State

  • 11.  Tennessee

    Anthony Barr

    DE | UCLA

  • 12.  NY Giants

    Aaron Donald

    DT | Pittsburgh

  • 13.  St. Louis

    Mike Evans

    WR | Texas A&M

  • 14.  Chicago

    Ra'Shede Hageman

    DT | Minnesota

  • 15.  Pittsburgh

    Eric Ebron

    TE | North Carolina

  • 16.  Dallas

    Zack Martin

    OT/OG | Notre Dame

  • 17.  Baltimore

    Justin Gilbert

    CB | Oklahoma State

  • 18.  NY Jets

    Blake Bortles

    QB | Central Florida

  • 19.  Miami

    Odell Beckham, Jr.

    WR | Louisiana State

  • 20.  Arizona

    Ryan Shazier

    LB | Ohio State

  • 21.  Green Bay

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    S | Alabama

  • 22.  Philadelphia

    Dee Ford

    DE/OLB | Auburn

  • 23.  Kansas City

    Brandin Cooks

    WR | Oregon State

  • 24.  Cincinnati

    Calvin Pryor

    S | Louisville

  • 25.  San Diego

    Jason Verett

    CB | Texas Christian

  • 26.  Cleveland

    Xavier Su'a-Filo

    OG | UCLA

  • 27.  New Orleans

    Darqueze Dennard

    CB | Michigan State

  • 28.  Carolina

    Morgan Moses

    OT | Virginia

  • 29.  New England

    Stephon Tuitt

    DT/DE | Notre Dame

  • 30.  San Francisco

    Marqise Lee

    WR | Southern California

  • 31.  Denver

    Kyle Fuller

    CB | Virginia Tech

  • 32.  Seattle

    Joel Bitonio

    OT/OG | Nevada

Quick Hits

  • Word around league circles is that the Cleveland Browns have a great deal of interest in Derek Carr.  While this may be true, I'm hearing they are also high on Teddy Bridgewater who is a safer option.  The Browns need a safe selection at QB who can take care of the ball and get the ball down the field to Josh Gordon and Bridgewater fits.
  • You might be surprised by the Jets taking Blake Bortles and I was surprised I ended up putting him there, but keep in mind that the Jets just fell into Geno Smith in the second round and they might not be married to him after watching him for a year.  It’s all about getting the QB position right and if the Jets like Bortles they could take him over one of their primary need positions.
  • The Eagles love speed and with Trent Cole getting up there in age, I could see Chip Kelly and the Eagles locking in on one of the quickest pass rushers off the edge in this year’s draft – Dee Ford.
  • The more I dig around on the CB position with scouts and front office men around the league, the more I’m hearing that Darqueze Dennard could fall much further than most people think.  I put him with the Saints in that spot, but that could easily be Kyle Fuller there with Dennard falling to the back end of the first or even out of the first round.
  • The Broncos might be thrilled to see C.J. Mosley fall to them at 31.  However,  with some medical concerns out there surrounding Mosley, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him fall out of the first round into the early part of the second.  In this scenario, I’ve got the Broncos going with a huge need selection at CB with Kyle Fuller.
  • The Seattle Seahawks really don’t care how you do things because they have their own way of drafting.  While I wouldn’t take Joel Bitonio this highly, he is a good athlete with outstanding tenacity who can likely fit into the RT or LG positions for the Seahawks.  The Seahawks need to improve their pass-blocking and overall consistency on the offensive line and Bitonio might be their kind of fit.
  • I ended up having some “name” players fall out of the first round.  Alabama LT Cyrus Kouandjio has medical concerns and didn’t play as well in 2013 as he did in 2012.  I’ve already covered C.J. Mosley’s potential fall out of the first.  I was told by a source inside the league that Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan could “fall like a rock”.  I didn’t question the source, I just left him out of the first round.  Missouri DE Kony Ealy could end up going in the first round, but he doesn’t have the strength to make it as a 3-4 DE yet and I don’t see the edge speed that would excite teams looking for a first round DE.