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Chris Brown's 9th annual mock draft

Posted May 7, 2014

Bills Insider Chris Brown details how he thinks the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft will play out.

Below is my 9th annual NFL mock draft on buffalobills.com. This is how I believe things could play out in round one on Thursday night.

While I do expect there to be some movement in the top 10, I’m not going to predict trades - this should help provide a better feel for what other teams will be looking to address in terms of position need.

Enjoy the draft, Bills fans, and follow our wall-to-wall draft coverage at buffalobills.com/draft.

Team

Top 3 Needs

Possible Selections

1. Houston

QB, OL, DT

Top choice: DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina
QB Blake Bortles – Central Florida

There are more pressing needs, but Clowney could be this generation’s Bruce Smith. An iffy QB class helps the decision.

2. St. Louis

OL, DB, WR

Top choice: OT Greg Robinson – Auburn
WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson

If the Rams knew they could land OT Zack Martin at 13, they would take Watkins, but Robinson fits Fisher’s desire to run the ball. QB Johnny Manziel isn’t out of the question.

3. Jacksonville

QB, WR, RB

Top choice: WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson
QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M

The Jaguars desperately need a leader on offense and Manziel adds that and sizzle, but GM David Caldwell sticks to his board.

4. Cleveland

QB, CB, RB

Top choice: QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
OT Jake Matthews – Texas A&M

The Browns top 10 defense allows them to take a swing at a boom or bust wild card QB like Manziel.

5. Oakland

OLB, OL, QB

Top choice: OLB Khalil Mack - Buffalo
QB Blake Bortles – Central Florida

Mack would pair nicely with free agent pickup Lamarr Woodley and dramatically improve Oakland’s pass rush.

6. Atlanta

OT, DL, RB

Top choice: OT Jake Matthews – Texas A&M
OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

After giving up 44 sacks last season the Falcons fortify the offensive front for Matt Ryan.

7. Tampa Bay

WR, LB, OL

Top choice: WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M
TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina

Evans and Jackson pair could resemble Josh McCown’s receiving duo in Chicago last year of Marshall and Jeffery.

8. Minnesota

QB, LB, S

Top choice: QB Blake Bortles – Central Florida
S Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama

With Manziel off the board, the Vikes invest in Bortles as their QB of future while Matt Cassel plays in 2014.

9. Buffalo

OT, LB, TE

Top choice: TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina
WR Odell Beckham - LSU

The Bills will try to move up for Watkins or Evans, but Ebron gives Buffalo one of six elite talents in the class. Beckham and Martin will be secondary considerations.

10. Detroit

S, CB, OL

Top choice: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama
OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan

A safety capable of covering is a dire need for the Lions’ secondary.

11. Tennessee

CB, RB, OLB

Top choice: LB C.J. Mosley - Alabama
CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan St.

Losing Alterraun Verner in free agency might mandate the top cover corner, but Mosley is a versatile talent.

12. NY Giants

OT, WR, TE

Top choice: WR Odell Beckham – LSU
OT Zack Martin – Notre Dame

The Giants wait to address their offensive line and grab one of the most polished wideouts in the class.

13. St. Louis

DB, WR

Top choice: CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan St.
S Calvin Pryor - Louisville

Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams love physical corners and Dennard provides that and more.

14. Chicago

DT, CB, WR

Top choice: DT Aaron Donald - Pitt
CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma St.

The Bears were a disappointing 25th against the run in 2013. Donald provides them with an ideal penetrator up front.

15. Pittsburgh

CB, OL, DL

Top choice: OT Zack Martin – Notre Dame  
S Calvin Pryor - Louisville

Martin addresses a positional need and is one of the safest picks in the class.

16. Dallas

DL, S, CB

Top choice: S Calvin Pryor - Louisville
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

The Cowboys have a more pressing need on the defensive line, but the value doesn’t fit, so Pryor is the play.

17. Baltimore

OT, CB, LB

Top choice: OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

Baltimore cannot believe their good fortune as Lewan’s slide gives the Ravens a plug and play tackle.

18. NY Jets

CB, OLB, WR/TE

Top choice: WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

The Jets have to help a passing game that is more devoid of weapons now than they were at this time last season.

19. Miami

OT, S, OL

Top choice: OT Morgan Moses - Virginia
LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

The Dolphins might be reaching a bit here, so if Moses isn’t the best on their board, Shazier might be.

20. Arizona

LB, DE, WR

Top choice:  OLB Anthony Barr - UCLA
LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

The Cards would prefer to slide back as the value isn’t perfect, but Barr is their best need option here.

21. Green Bay

LB, S, TE

Top choice: LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State
CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma St.

Shazier is a versatile linebacker who could help in multiple roles.

22. Philadelphia

CB, WR, OLB

Top choice: WR Cody Latimer - Indiana
CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma St.

The Eagles return speed to the receiving corps while also adding size and power in the Hoosier wideout.

23. Kansas City

WR, OL, LB

Top choice:  WR Marqise Lee – USC
WR Jordan Matthews - Vanderbilt

Lee helps make up for the loss of Dexter McCluster as an inside receiving threat.

24. Cincinnati

CB, DE, OL

Top choice: CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma St.
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

Gilbert is a good value here to add some much needed youth to the Bengals cover unit.

25. San Diego

NT, OLB, WR

Top choice: NT Louis Nix – Notre Dame
WR Jordan Matthews - Vanderbilt

Nix is coming off a down year, but he’s perfect for San Diego’s 3-4 front.

26. Cleveland

CB, RB

Top choice: CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

Roby has off the field concerns, but he’d provide Mike Pettine with the cover corner needed opposite Joe Haden.

27. New Orleans

CB, OLB, WR

Top choice: WR Jordan Matthews – Vanderbilt
CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

Matthews is ready to step in and contribute and be the heir apparent to aging veteran Marques Colston.

28. Carolina

OT, WR, CB

Top choice:  OT Joel Bitonio - Nevada
CB Kyle Fuller – Oklahoma St.

The Panthers offensive line is screaming for tackle help. GM Dave Gettelman has to pull the trigger on Bitonio.

29. New England

DT, TE, LB

Top choice: DT Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota
LB Kyle Van Noy - BYU

An athletic big man that eats up space is just what Bill Belichick needs with two aging vets at defensive tackle.

30. San Francisco

OLB, CB, WR

Top choice: CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
CB Jason Verrett - TCU

Fuller is the type of ‘mix it up’ corner that Jim Harbaugh needs for his defense to compete with Seattle’s.

31. Denver

CB, LB, OL

Top choice: DE Kony Ealy - Missouri
CB Jason Verrett – TCU

The Broncos add more pass rush behind DeMarcus Ware after seeing how effective it was for Seattle in the Super Bowl.

32. Seattle

OL, WR, DL

Top choice: DE Stephon Tuitt – Notre Dame
DT Timmy Jernigan – Florida St.

Tuitt is a more athletic fit for the Seahawks scheme and could help make up for the loss of Red Bryant in free agency.