The long, drawn-out build to the 2014 NFL Draft is complete. It is draft day. After today, we'll go months without hearing from anonymous scouts. Sources will be extinguished. The hottest of takes will be cooled.
Before that can happen, though, there is time for one last mock draft. Well, two last mock drafts. Matthew Fairburn and I are morally contracted to turn in a one-round mock draft the day of the draft. If we do not, the world would cease to exist.
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The hottest rumor of the day is that the Rams could nab Manziel at No. 2, but the Jaguars, Bucs and Vikings may be in play as well.
There are a few surprises in our final first-round mock drafts. Those surprises aren't at the top where Jadeveon Clowney is the choice for both of us for the Houston Texans. His fit with J.J. Watt can be argued. Clowney's place as the top prospect in this year's draft cannot. We also matched picks for the St. Louis Rams at No. 2 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3.
From there, things get mixed up, especially with Fairburn throwing a daring trade into his fictional scenario. Trades in the actual draft are impossible to predict, even though plenty are expected. This one involves the San Francisco 49ers, a team with 10 picks and a roster that may not be able to take on 10 rookies.
In these mocks, we both managed to get four quarterbacks in the first round. The order in which they come off the board varies greatly. That's the very nature of the 2014 NFL Draft. For as many mock draft as we've done – and we've done plenty – the landing spots for these players is wildly unpredictable. Here's our final guess for 2014:
|1.||Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE||Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE|
|2||St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT||St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars - Sammy Watkins, WR||Jacksonville Jaguars - Sammy Watkins, WR|
|4||Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel, QB||Cleveland Browns - Mike Evans, WR|
|5||Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB||Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB|
|6||TRADE San Francisco 49ers (from Atlanta) - Mike Evans, WR||Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Eric Ebron, TE||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnny Manziel, QB|
|8||Minnesota Vikings - Blake Bortles, QB||Minnesota Vikings - Aaron Donald, DT|
|9||Buffalo Bills - Jake Matthews, OT||Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron, TE|
|10||Detroit Lions - Odell Beckham Jr, WR||Detroit Lions - Odell Beckham Jr, WR|
|11||Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr, OLB||Tennessee Titans - Blake Bortles, QB|
|12||New York Giants - Zack Martin, OL||New York Giants - Zack Martin, OL|
|13||St. Louis Rams - HaHa Clinton Dix, S||St. Louis Rams - HaHa Clinton Dix, S|
|14||Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald, DT||Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor, S|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers - Justin Gilbert, CB||Pittsburgh Steelers - Justin Gilbert, CB|
|16||Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy, DE||Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Barr, LB|
|17||Baltimore Ravens - Jimmie Ward, S||Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Lewan, OT|
|18||New York Jets - Calvin Pryor, S||New York Jets - Kyle Fuller, CB|
|19||Miami Dolphins - Xavier Su'a-Filo, G||Miami Dolphins - Ryan Shazier, LB|
|20||Arizona Cardinals - Derek Carr, QB||Arizona Cardinals - Derek Carr, QB|
|21||Green Bay Packers - , MLB||Green Bay Packers - , MLB|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles - Darqueze Dennard, CB||Philadelphia Eagles - Marqise Lee, WR|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR||Kansas City Chiefs - Brandin Cooks, WR|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals - Teddy Bridgewater, QB||Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Dennard, CB|
|25||San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB||San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB|
|26||Cleveland Browns - Taylor Lewan, OT||Cleveland Browns - Teddy Bridgewater, QB,|
|27||New Orleans Saints - Dee Ford, DE||New Orleans Saints - Bradley Roby, CB|
|28||Carolina Panthers - Kyle Fuller, CB||Carolina Panthers - Joel Bitonio, OL|
|29||New England Patriots - Ra’Shede Hageman, DL||New England Patriots - Ra’Shede Hageman, DL|
|30||TRADE Atlanta Falcons (from SF) - Demarcus Lawrence, DE||San Francisco 49ers - Cody Latimer, WR|
|31||Denver Broncos - Ryan Shazier, LB||Denver Broncos - Xavier Su’a-Filo, G|
|32||Seattle Seahawks - Morgan Moses, OT||Seattle Seahawks - Morgan Moses, OT|