2014 NFL mock draft: Going with the right feeling on Jadeveon Clowney and more

Forget the rumors or the speculation. This week's mock draft is all about what feels right. In the cold draft process, let this week's mock draft be your warm blanket.

This week's mock draft is all about comfort. Forget the trades – teams don't even know them yet. Forget the rumors – many of which currently surround the hot stock of Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer or Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage. Heck, even forget doing two rounds – the accuracy of these things for even one round is suspect.

Some of the picks in this mock you'll be used to seeing. Others are too easy to ignore. The mock draft this week, less than two weeks from the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, is all about what feels right.

What feels right to you? Send in your own mock draft in the comments and let us know what you think is right and wrong with this mock.

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
If Houston holds onto the No. 1 pick in the draft, it's starting to look more and more like Clowney will be the choice. If nothing else, he would give the Texans another good three-down player. If there are issues with his effort, J.J. Watt should certainly rub off on him.

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Rams at No. 2 should be another team that considers trading off its top choice. Jake Matthews, who some consider better than Robinson, could be had a few picks later and give the Rams just as much in 2014. If they stay with the second pick in the draft, Robinson offers more potential and athleticism.

Notebook: Greg Robinson wants your lunch money

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Jacksonville is just as hard as any team in the top five picks of the draft to predict. A popular choice for the Jaguars has been Johnny Manziel, and it's understandable why. If the choice isn't a quarterback, though, Mack should be the selection. He can fit a few spots on Jacksonville's defense, whether it's the Sam linebacker or Leo position. Regardless of where he's lined up, Mack can make plays because of versatility and athleticism.

Notebook: Kahlil Mack is ready to wreak havoc

4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Like many teams in the top 10 of this year's draft, the Browns need a quarterback. But after working out several of them, there has been little indication the Browns will take one with the fourth pick. Should they not, it becomes a best player available scenario between Watkins and Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. Watkins could have the greater impact. He gives Cleveland a strong second option at wideout and a player who can be a factor on special teams and on gadget plays.

Notebook: Sammy Watkins will make you smile
Scouting report: Meet the best offensive skill player in the draft

Scouting Johnny Manziel 

5. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
If quarterbacks in this year's draft drop, Oakland has its choice of whomever it wants. No, Matt Schaub shouldn't stop the Raiders from drafting a quarterback, even if he returns to previous form. Why Manziel, though? There's just something sinister fun about him playing for the Raiders. If the Raiders stick to the best player philosophy, the choice should be Matthews.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
While many believe the Falcons are going to trade up, this mock has no trades. If Atlanta stays at six, going for Matthews is no consolation prize. He's one of the most pro-ready players in this year's draft and able to play the left or right tackle spots. The Falcons are only going to be as good as Matt Ryan is, so keeping him upright will be critical.

Notebook: Jake Matthews is the model of consistency

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
After Vincent Jackson, the Buccaneers have little talent at receiver -- that includes wideout and tight ends. If Tampa targets weapons, Evans is the best one here. He's a talented outside receiver who can pull in bad passes.

Notebook: The passion and volatility of Mike Evans

8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Minnesota has one of the poorest quarterback situations in the NFL. If Bortles is there with the eighth pick -- and he may not be -- he should be the choice for the Vikings. No other position will make as much of an impact on the franchise.

Scouting report: Blake Bortles is everything you could love in a quarterback

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Although Ebron may not be a wide receiver, he'll act as one in Buffalo's offense. He and Scott Chandler can be on the field at the same time with Ebron in the slot or out wide.

Scouting report: Is Eric Ebron the next game-changing tight end?

10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
If moving higher in the top 10 for a wide receiver is too cost prohibitive for the Lions, there will be plenty of quality players available at 10. Gilbert recently visited Detroit and would give the Lions a playmaker in the secondary.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Tennessee is a sneaky team to take a quarterback in the first round of the draft. But if the Titans don't, going defense makes sense. Although Barr is an inconsistent player, his potential as a pass rusher is enormous.

Notebook: Anthony Barr and the importance of effort

12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan was one of many prospects the Giants recently brought in for a visit. Will Beatty is no sure thing on the line, and if New York waits, a good replacement may not be there in the second.

Notebook: Deciphering Taylor Lewan

13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Hey look, it's Clinton-Dix to the Rams. St. Louis should just start drafting the contract now.

Scouting report: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix is the best safety in his class

14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald to Chicago is another choice that's become a regularity. The risk, though, is that Donald may be off the board before Chicago picks. There is some buzz about Donald as a top-10 player. If he's not here for the Bears, a defensive tackle like Louis Nix or a safety makes sense.

Notebook: Aaron Donald is a master technician
Scouting report: An interior lineman with elite athleticism

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Cornerbacks have been the popular choice for the Steelers, but there has been a lot of buzz about wide receivers for Pittsburgh. Beckham is a speedy receiver who would go nicely with Antonio Brown.

Scouting report: How high can Odell Beckham Jr. go?

16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Ealy can be used a variety of ways on defense. He can line up as a traditional four-end, move inside on nickel plays and even move out to linebacker on occasion. He would help the Cowboys replace the pass-rush presence lost in the DeMarcus Ware release.

Notebook: Is Kony Ealy really a first-round pick?

17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
Martin is going to be a coveted player on draft day. He's capable of playing offensive tackle, starting four years there for Notre Dame. But at Senior Bowl practices, he showed he can line up inside and be a powerhouse guard. Martin could play either spot on the right side, which makes him an asset if the Ravens want to try Kelechi Osemele at tackle.

Notebook: Zack Martin will be great, wherever he plays
Scouting report: But what's the best spot for him?

18. New York Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Jets' offense needs another outside playmaker to go along with the free-agent signing of Eric Decker. In most mock drafts, that player has been Beckham. With him gone in this scenario, Cooks is the next best option. He can go over the middle or stretch a defense vertically.

19. Miami Dolphins: C.J. Mosley, MLB, Alabama
The Dolphins could be in trouble if Martin comes off the board before their choice. This is a bit too early for Cyrus Kouandjio and Mosley could be the game-changer at the position the Dolphins want. Mosley can play inside or outside and would be a steady presence on Miami's defense.

Scouting report: C.J. Mosley is complete

20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
If there is one team that could benefit from quarterbacks dropping, it's Arizona. And it's not like Carson Palmer will get his feelings hurt if a quarterback is brought in. He expects the Cardinals to pick a signal-caller. The real question could be whether or not Arizona would take Bridgewater before Fresno State's Derek Carr.

21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Safety play has doomed the Packers for some time. If Mosley is off the board and Pryor is on it, this shouldn't be a difficult choice. Pryor could come in and start immediately and be a tone-setting force in the back half.

Scouting report: Calvin Pryor can knock you out

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Eagles need better cornerback play next season and have few good long-term options on the roster. Dennard is a physical cornerback, but he's athletic enough to work on zone plays. Could this be a landing spot for rising wide receiver Cody Latimer?

Scouting report: Darqueze Dennard is lockdown and physical

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
Marqise Lee has been getting a staggeringly low amount of buzz leading up to the draft. That may mean he's dropping in the first round. Make no mistake, though, he's a highly talented player who was often the victim of injury or poor quarterback play at Southern California.

Scouting report:Was Marqise Lee exposed?

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Cincinnati has a lot of older pieces at cornerback. In a draft that's rich in top-level talent at the position, the Bengals should strike. In some mock drafts, Fuller has been the first corner off the board. The Bengals may be lucky if he drops to No. 24.

25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
For a team that runs a lot of zone, Verrett is the perfect fit. He's a playmaker with the best instincts of any cornerback in this year's draft. San Diego has a great need at cornerback going into the draft, and Verrett is arguably the best at his position this year.

Scouting report: Size the only thing holding back Jason Verrett

26. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
If there is some magical scenario in the NFL Draft where no trades occur, the Browns may be in luck to get a quarterback at No. 26. Carr has been a popular pick for the Browns, and even some (gross) speculation about him being the choice at No. 4. He could take advantage of Josh Gordon's ability to go deep, as long as the pocket stays clean.

Scouting report: Derek Carr has everything a team could want

27. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
Pass rushing comes at a premium in the NFL Draft. Ford is a somewhat limited player, but his pass-rushing ability is without question. Because of that, he could find himself in the first round. A team like the Saints could bolster their rotation with Ford, who can play end or outside linebacker.

28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
There is so much depth at wide receiver in the draft this year that the Panthers could wait until the second round to find one. If so, offensive tackle is obviously the team's second-biggest need.

29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Louis Nix is the exact kind of player the Patriots need. He's obviously good enough to play over the nose on three-man fronts, but has the skills to be a 4-3 player as well.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Roby's recent OVI charge shouldn't doom his draft chances too much. He reportedly blew 10 times less than the legal limit. Even so, his talent would be hard for San Francisco to pass up. While the 49ers could trade up for a cornerback, they'd be hard-pressed to find one with more talent than Roby.

Scouting report: Bradley Roby is gifted, but undisciplined

31. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Shazier could come into Denver's defense and step into the middle linebacker position. Shazier's athleticism is impressive for a linebacker. He's the type of player who can truly play sideline-to-sideline and drop in coverage on a tight end.

Scouting report: Is Ryan Shazier the next Lavonte David?

32. Seattle Seahawks: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
There is some fear with Kouandjio because of a reported knee injury that popped up at the NFL Combine. He's still a good player, however. If his knee holds out -- and indications are that it will -- the Seahawks would get a starting piece on the offensive line.

Scouting report: Cyrus Kouandjio is an enigma

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