NFL Mock Draft 2014: Sticking to my guns

Andy Lyons

Many believe the stock is dropping for Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but he is still the best quarterback in the draft class.

For months, the top three picks in the 2014 NFL Draft have been Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney and Teddy Bridgewater, in that order. While speculation that Bridgewater could slide as far as the second round has recently run rampant on the Internet, I'm sticking to my guns. He's the best quarterback in the class, and while I believe the Texans will prefer Blake Bortles due to his prototypical size, I can't understand why the Jaguars would pass on the opportunity to take him.

So my mock draft will continue to reflect Bridgewater as the No. 3 pick until I have a more legitimate reason than a mediocre pro day performance to do so:

# Team Player Pos College
1 Houston Texans Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
2 Atlanta Falcons (via WAS thru STL) Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
4 Detroit Lions (via CLE) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5 Oakland Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6 St. Louis Rams (via ATL) Greg Robinson OT Auburn
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8 Minnesota Vikings C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
9 Buffalo Bills Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
10 Cleveland Browns (via DET) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
11 Tennessee Titans Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
12 New York Giants Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
13 St. Louis Rams Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama
14 Chicago Bears Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
16 Baltimore Ravens Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
17 Dallas Cowboys Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
18 New York Jets Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
19 Miami Dolphins Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
20 Arizona Cardinals Derek Carr QB Fresno State
21 Green Bay Packers Calvin Pryor S Louisville
22 Philadelphia Eagles Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marqise Lee WR USC
24 Cincinnati Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25 San Diego Chargers Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
26 Cleveland Browns (via IND) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
27 New Orleans Saints Jason Verrett CB TCU
28 Carolina Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
29 New England Patriots Xavier Su'a-Filo G UCLA
30 San Francisco 49ers Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
31 Denver Broncos Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
32 Seattle Seahawks Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
33 Houston Texans Dee Ford OLB Auburn
34 Washington Redskins Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
35 Cleveland Browns Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State
36 Oakland Raiders Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
37 St. Louis Rams (via ATL) Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Christian Jones LB Florida State
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

Note: I projected two trades in the mock: The Falcons moving up to acquire Jadeveon Clowney and the Lions moving up to acquire Sammy Watkins. While I didn't work out compensation, I assumed that trading from No. 6 to No. 2 would cost the Falcons their No. 37 selection.

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