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Arrowhead Pride Final Mock Draft of 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is just days away at this point and with the Draft being 2 weeks later than last year, the people of Arrowhead Pride are going crazy. The 2014 NFL Draft has all of the pieces in play to be a one to remember. With big name prospects such as Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, and Sammy Watkins it is a sure guarantee that football fans will be delighted this next Thursday night. The Kansas City Chiefs are in a very odd draft spot this year, the Chiefs only have six picks, but on the other hand they could potentially land a super star with the 23rd overall pick. It will be interesting how this draft shapes out not just for the Chiefs, but for the rest of the league. Here is a full 1st round NFL Mock Draft that to my extensive research has each NFL team grabbing a player that is a logical pick.

1. Houston Texans- Jadeveon Clowney: DE, South Carolina

The Houston Texans are in a spot that could potentially shake of the rest of the draft. If the Texans were to take someone other than Clowney, each team following the Texans' pick is going to have to debate pulling the trigger on taking Clowney. Many have the Texans taking a quarterback at this spot, but keep in mind the Texans have the 33rd overall pick and a quarterback such as Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr or Johnny Manziel have the possibility of falling to the second round. Jadeveon Clowney may not fit the Texans' scheme, but the staff will surely figure out a way for arguably the best draft prospect of all time to fit their defense.

2. St. Louis Rams- Jake Matthews: OT, Texas A&M

With the second pick in the draft, the St. Louis Rams are in a position to draft a top offensive tackle in Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews or grab a speedy play maker in Sammy Watkins. The Rams end up taking Jake Matthews here who has been linked to the team. Matthews immediately upgrades a shaky offensive line that has been keeping QB Sam Bradford up at night since he was drafted 1st overall in 2010.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Khalil Mack: LB/DE, Buffalo

The Jacksonville Jaguars in a position that could define their team for the next decade. The Jaguars could roll the dice and draft Johnny Manziel whom would bring immediate excitement to a franchise that has had nothing to cheer about since Fred Taylor. However, the Jaguars also need to solidify a dismal defense that has pressing needs on the front seven. Khalil Mack is not only a safe pick, but his sky is the limit, Jaguar fans should be ecstatic about this pick even if Khalil Mack's name isn't Johnny Manziel.

4. Cleveland Browns- Sammy Watkins: WR, Clemson

A lot of experts have the Cleveland Browns selecting a quarterback here, but the Browns cannot miss out on the premier offensive play maker of this draft class. Sammy Watkins brings much needed excitement to Cleveland Browns team lacking just that. This pick would give the Browns one of the better receiving corps in the NFL, alongside Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, Sammy Watkins' talent would give the Browns offensive explosiveness they haven't had in a while. *NOTE It was recently reported that if Johnny Manziel was to fall to the number four pick, the Browns would draft him, however I firmly believe that it is a smokescreen.

5. Oakland Raiders- Mike Evans: WR, Texas A&M

The Raiders might be looking to trade out of this spot, but it would be hard for them to pass on a receiver that has the skill set that Mike Evans has. Mike Evans gives the Raiders a play maker at receiver that they haven't had in ages.

6. Atlanta Falcons- Greg Robinson: OT, Auburn

The Falcons trade effort to get Jadeveon Clowney fails, but they should not be too disappointed. There is absolutely no way the Falcons will pass on a linemen like Greg Robinson if he were to fall to this spot. Greg Robinson might be the most NFL-ready player in this draft class as he possesses a rare combination of size, strength, speed, and above all power that will make him a day 1 starter in this league. Matt Ryan should be jumping in joy with this pick as he will now have a stalwart up front protecting him for the rest of his career.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Taylor Lewan: OT, Michigan

With the two top tackles in the draft gone at this point, Taylor Lewan fits the bill for the Bucs- a team with huge holes on the offensive line. The Buccaneers could draft a quarterback here, but it looks as if new coach Lovie Smith is going to let second-year QB Mike Glennon hold onto the reins for the 2014 season.

8. Minnesota Vikings- Blake Bortles: QB, Central Florida

The Vikings are in a very interesting draft spot at the 8th overall pick. I can see the Vikings looking to trade out of this spot, but if Blake Bortles were to be on the board at this time, expect Minnesota to consider drafting the Central Florida product. Mike Zimmer would be crazy if he had confidence at the quarterback position with Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder at the helms. Mike Zimmer and the Vikings brass add more competition and potentially a solid-starter with the addition to Blake Bortles.

9. Buffalo Bills- Eric Ebron: TE, North Carolina

The Buffalo Bills could look to shore up their offensive line here, but with three of the top offensive tackles off the board, the Bills draft Eric Ebron who might be the best player on the board at this time. Eric Ebron gives young quarterback EJ Manuel a nice security blanket at tight end.

10. Detroit Lions- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: S, Alabama

As tempting as it might be for Jim Caldwell to add another weapon for Matthew Stafford, the Vikings must be logical and draft a defensive back. The Lions had one of the worst defensive backfields in all of football this past year and Ha Ha Clinton Dix is the best defensive back available in this draft. If the Lions want to make the playoffs, they have to go through Aaron Rodgers and it all starts with covering those Green Bay receivers.

11. Tennessee Titans- Anthony Barr: OLB, UCLA

Outside of defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, the Titans have relatively no pass rush and drafting Anthony Barr from UCLA could potentially fix that. Anthony Barr is a freak of an athlete and the Titans could team him up with former Bruin teammate Akeem Ayers at linebacker or use him much like the Broncos use Von Miller in their 4-3 scheme.

12. New York Giants- C.J. Mosley: ILB, Alabama

The New York Giants have one of the weaker linebacker units in the NFL and C.J. Mosley would be an immediate upgrade to the Giant defense. C.J. Mosley is one of the most underrated prospects in this stacked draft class as he draws comparisons to 49ers star Patrick Willis. Mosley might be the most NFL-ready player on this defensive side of the ball in this years draft.

13. St. Louis Rams- Calvin Pryor: S, Louisville

The St. Louis Rams have arguably the best defensive line in football with Chris Long, Robert Quinn, and Michael Brockers rushing the QB. Many have the Rams picking a receiver at some point in the first round, but keep in mind they also have a second and third round pick and a defensive back in Calvin Pryor is destined to be selected in the first round. The Rams could make a solid defense great with the addition of Calvin Pryor to their defensive backfield.

14. Chicago Bears- Aaron Donald: DT, Pittsburgh

For a team known for defense, the Chicago Bears struggled to find an identity in the 2013 season with Brian Urlacher and Henry Melton not on the field. Aaron Donald has the strength, speed, and skill set to be great in the NFL. Aaron Donald is an immediate boost to the Bears' defense as he holds a special set of pass rushing skills on the defensive line.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Justin Gilbert: CB, Oklahoma State

The defensive backfield of the Pittsburgh is currently lead by a 34 year old in Ike Taylor and a 33 year old in Troy Polamalu and the departure of safety Ryan Clark doesn't help the state of the Steelers' defensive backfield. The Steelers must be thinking to draft a safety or corner at this spot and Justin Gilbert would be a perfect fit for the team. Gilbert is the best corner back in this draft class as he possesses all of the tools to be a successful corner in this league.

16. Dallas Cowboys- Stephon Tuitt: DL, Notre Dame

The Dallas Cowboys had the worst defense in all of football last year and the departures of Pro-Bowl defenders DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher don't help. The Cowboys must draft a defender with their first pick and fixing the front seven is a must if they want to make the playoffs. Stephon Tuitt is the best defensive lineman on the board and if the Cowboys want to fix their 32nd ranked run defense, Tuitt would be a smart pick.

17. Baltimore Ravens- Zack Martin: OT, Notre Dame

If the Baltimore Ravens want to make another Super Bowl run in the coming years then they must keep Joe Flacco upright. Joe Flacco took a beating in 2013 as he was sacked 48 times. The Ravens are in dire need of some new offensive linemen especially with the losses of tackles Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher. If Zack Martin were to be still on the board at this point, the Ravens would be crazy not to draft him.

18. New York Jets- Darqueeze Dennard: CB, Michigan State

Many people have the Jets picking a wide receiver with their first round pick, but they need help on the defensive side of the ball. The Jets currently have an aging defense and the losses of defensive backs Ed Reed and Antonio Cromartie must have the Jets thinking defense as their top priority in the draft. Darqueeze Dennard was a big part to one of the best defenses in college football as Dennard led the Spartans to a Rose Bowl victory this past year. Dennard would pair with Dee Milliner to give the Jets a solid pair of corner backs to lead the future of their defense.

19. Miami Dolphins- Xavier Su'a-Filo: OG, UCLA

The Miami Dolphins made a splash early this off-season with signing former Chief Branden Albert to a big contract, but that won't stop the Dolphins from upgrading the offensive line. The Dolphins for the past few years have had one of the worst rushing games in all of football and are in need of linemen who are good run blockers. Xavier Su'a-Filo might be the best run blocking offensive guard in this draft and could solve the Dolphins' running woes. Alongside Branden Albert and Mike Pouncey, Su'a-Filo would round out an up and coming Dolphins offensive line.

20. Arizona Cardinals- Ryan Shazier: ILB/OLB, Ohio State

The Arizona Cardinals had one of the best defenses in all of football this past year, but the departure of leading tackler linebacker Karlos Dansby has the Cardinals reconsidering their 2014 draft plans. Ryan Shazier is a stud of an athlete as he would provide some explosiveness to the Cardinals defense and fill the void Dansby left. However, Shazier may need to pack on a little more weight if he hopes to be the day one starter.

21. Green Bay Packers- Austin Seferian-Jenkins: TE, Washington

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has the potential to be the next Tony Gonzalez, but teams might be uninterested due to some character concerns. However a team like the Green Bay Packers could be a perfect fit for the Washington product. A team led by professionals in Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy would be ideal for Seferian-Jenkins as he could be Rodgers' leading target one day.

22. Philadelphia Eagles- Marquise Lee: WR, Southern California

The Philadelphia Eagles will either draft the best receiver available in this draft class or draft a defensive player, but with the loss of DeSean Jackson via free-agency, Chip Kelly is probably wanting to go offensive with his first pick. Marquise Lee would pair up nice with Jeremy Maclin to give Nick Foles two solid targets as he attempts to get use to life without DeSean Jackson.

23. Kansas City Chiefs- Brandin Cooks: WR, Oregon State

After actively pursuing receivers Emmanuel Sanders and DeSean Jackson this off-season it is evident that Andy Reid is looking to add another weapon for QB Alex Smith. Brandin Cooks has burning speed and would give Kansas City that reliable receiver that they have been looking for for years. However, if Brandin Cooks were to be drafted before the Chiefs could select him, expect the Chiefs to do whatever they can to trade out of this pick.

24. Cincinnati Bengals- Kyle Fuller: CB, Virginia Tech

The Cincinnati Bengals could be looking to trade down from this pick, but if they can't. drafting a corner back in Kyle Fuller would be a wise choice for the Bengals. The Bengals will need replacements in the coming years for corners Adam Jones and Terrence Newman and Kyle Fuller possesses rare athleticism that will make him a solid starter one day.

25. San Diego Chargers- Louis Nix III: DT, Notre Dame

The San Diego Chargers don't have many pressing needs, but shoring up the defensive side of the ball could be in store for them. The Chargers pick the best available defensive linemen in Louis Nix III with this pick as he will provide a big presence on the front lines.

26. Cleveland Browns- Johnny Manziel: QB, Texas A&M

Like I stated earlier, the Browns were recently reported in saying they want to take Johnny Manziel with the 4th overall pick, but I can't see any other team that selects after the browns 4th pick taking Manziel. Johnny Manziel would immediately resurrect the Browns fan base. It isn't a coincedence either that the Browns just days ago went out and signed two mobile in QBs Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen...

27. New Orleans Saints- Kony Ealy: DE/OLB, Missouri

Another team that doesn't have many pressing needs, the New Orleans Saints could be looking to trade out to acquire more picks. However, the Saints will not pass up on the talents and pass rushing ability that defensive end Kony Ealy has. Ealy alongside Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette would be a nightmare for quarterbacks.

28. Carolina Panthers- Odell Beckham Jr.: WR, Louisiana State

Cam Newton says "HALLELUJAH" as the Panthers pick Odell Beckham Jr. with the 28th overall pick. The Panthers are in desperate need of a receiver and if Odell Beckham Jr. were to fall in their lap they would be ecstatic. Odell Beckham Jr. comes in to replace Steve Smith as the Panthers top priority in this draft will be to get weapons for Cam Newton.

29. New England Patriots- Ra'Shede Hageman: DT, Minnesota

With Stephon Tuitt and Louis Nix III off the board the Patriots will take a look at drafting mammoth defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman (6'6 310). Many consider Hageman to be a boom or bust player from this draft class, but I like the fit with the New England Patriots.

30. San Francisco 49ers- Jason Verrett: CB, Texas Christian

The San Francisco 49ers had one of the best defenses in football in 2013, but the corner back position is their biggest hole on the defensive side of the ball and the team. The 49ers lost corner backs Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown to free-agency and Jason Verrett is the best corner available and NFL ready at this point.

31. Denver Broncos- David Yankey: OT/OG, Stanford

After breaking the bank in free-agency, the Denver Broncos on paper don't have many needs, but keeping Peyton Manning healthy should always be a priority. David Yankey has been sky rocketing up draft boards lately and he would provide depth and smarts to a up and down Broncos offensive line.

32. Seattle Seahawks- Cyrus Kouandjio: OT, Alabama

Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory, but it wasn't easy for him, Wilson was sacked 44 times in 2013. Cyrus Kouandjio is a massive man at 6'7 322 and paired with a healthy Russell Okung would give the Seahawks a solid pair of bookends. Kouandjio would also be an immediate upgrade over Breno Giacomini at right tackle.

OTHER PROJECTIONS:

Offensive Rookie of the Year- Sammy Watkins: WR, Clemson

Defensive Rookie of the Year- Aaron Donald: DT, Pittsburgh

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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