Mark Craig's 2014 NFL mock draft

  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 7:20 AM
hide

The 2014 NFL draft prospects line up on the awning of Radio City Music Hall for a photograph in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The draft, which takes place at Radio City Music Hall, will start on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Photo: Seth Wenig, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview largerrr

The first mock NFL drafts for 2015 will have to wait until Sunday morning.

OK, Saturday night.

Until then, focus, people. The NFL draft sneaked up on us again. It arrives at 7 p.m. Thursday, continues with Rounds 2-3 at 6 p.m. Friday and wraps up with Rounds 4-7 at 11 a.m. Saturday. You and your mom are on your own Sunday, although the NFL does ask that the two of you submit your draft “winners” and “losers” first.

Below, you will find the John Calipari-approved — One-and-Done — Star Tribune Mock Draft 1.0ver.

Mocks 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 were considered, but fellow Vikings reporters Matt Vensel and Master Tesfatsion were quickly duct taped and wrestled into a nearby closet before the virus spread any further.

We’re pretty sure no one else was infected, although I do find it strange that I now have a 2015 Big Board and a red flag on Jameis Winston for consumption of unpurchased crab legs.

Now, here’s some serious highlights/lowlights from our guesstimate below:

• Three Texas A&M players will be picked. Johnny Manziel will be the last when the Cowboys take him 16th.

• The Vikings keep it simple, remembering how they blew those five leads in the final minute of regulation. Picking a cornerback sends their QB of the future to professional purgatory: Cleveland.

• Once again, offensive tackles are a hit. Three will go in the top six picks.

• The Vikings will start the run on five corners taken while contributing to only two QBs being taken.

• As many as seven teams head into the draft with receiver as their top need. And seven WRs will be taken.

Without further delay, here’s Mock 1.0ver:

1 Texans

Top need: Quarterback

Trade potential: Down, even though they have 11 picks.

The pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Why? Freakish upside too tempting.

 

2 Rams

Top need: Offensive line

Trade potential: Down. Anybody smell that Johnny Football smoke screen?

The pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Why? Jeff Fisher taps a Hall of Fame bloodline to fix the O-line.

 

3 Jaguars

Top need: Quarterback

Trade potential: Unlikely

The pick: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Why? Justin Blackmon’s issues have the Jaguars looking for a new No. 1 wide receiver.

 

4 Browns

Top need: Quarterback

Trade potential: Unlikely. With six of top 106 picks, it’s time to pull some triggers.

The pick: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

Why? Gun-shy Browns take the best player and wait to take a quarterback at No. 26.

 

5 Raiders

Top need: Pass rusher

Trade potential: Down. Looking to bail with Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack gone.

The pick: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Why? It’s a reach saying the Raiders won’t reach, but we’ll give them the best value here.

 

6 Falcons

Top need: Offensive tackle

Trade potential: Unlikely.

The pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan.

Why? It’s time for the Falcons to complement all those skill players.

 

7 Buccaneers

Top need: Receiver

Trade potential: Down. They have a new GM, Jason Licht, and only six picks.

The pick: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Why? Vincent Jackson is about all the Bucs have. And he’s 31.

 

 

8 VIKINGS

Top need: Quarterback of the future.

Trade potential: Down. Trader Rick Spielman can get what he wants outside of the top 10.

The pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why? Reaching and missing on a QB? Been there, done that (See: 2011). So let’s step away from that pitfall and focus on that league-worst scoring defense. Hmmm. Let’s see. A year ago, the Vikings blew five leads in the final minute of regulation. Five! Why? Primarily because the only corner who could cover anyone was Xavier Rhodes. And often he was hurt. If last year’s team had more reliable corners, it could have won 10 games. Gilbert is a great playmaker with exceptional hands, instincts and timing. He’s everything Chris Cook wasn’t and more. Somewhere in Tampa, Leslie Frazier is shaking his head at the possibility of the Vikings putting Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and Gilbert on the field at the same time.

 

 

9 Bills

Top need: Receiver

Trade potential: Up. Like everyone, they love Sammy Watkins. But they also only have six picks.

The pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Why? Bills fill need for a big target by taking the best tight end.

 

10 Lions

Top need: Pass rusher

Trade potential: Unlikely.

The pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Why? New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin gets another raw rusher to experiment with.

11 Titans

Top need: Edge rusher

Trade potential: Down. They have no third-round pick and only six overall.

The pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Why? New defense can build around a guy who appears to be rising.

 

12 Giants

Top need: Offensive tackle

Trade potential: Unlikely.

The pick: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Why? Giants go offensive line in the first round for the second consecutive year.

 

13 Rams

Top need: Cornerback (Assuming they take an offensive tackle at No. 2).

Trade potential: Still down. Still shopping pick for Johnny Football?

The pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Why? Race begins to see who will become the better CB: Flashier Justin Gilbert or steadier Dennard.

 

14 Bears

Top need: Defensive tackle

Trade potential: Down. With Donald gone, Bears look to bail.

The pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Why? FS Chris Conte has poor combo: Hurt and bad.

 

15 Steelers

Top need: Receiver

  • related content

  • Read the replay: Access Vikings Live Mock Draft

    Thursday April 17, 2014

    See who was selected by the fans -- for the Vikings and other teams -- with the first 10 picks of Thursday's NFL draft. And see what our football writers,...

  • Selecting QB with top-10 pick would be franchise first for Vikings

    Thursday May 8, 2014

    GM Rick Spielman stands between the Vikings’ ever-present need for a franchise quarterback and a streak not drafting one among the top-10 picks reaching a 54th year.

  • Vensel: Who are mock draft experts picking for the Vikings?

    Wednesday May 7, 2014

    A day out from the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, which names are being linked to the Vikings in mock drafts? Well, there’s still a lot of UCF...

  • The Houston Texans’ top need is at quarterback, but Jadeveon Clowney might be too good to pass up.

  • Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert goes through drills prior to an NCAA college football game against Texas San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: OTK

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley 12
San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos 9 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: J. Manship 6
Texas - LP: N. Tepesch 1 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis 2
Boston - LP: J. Peavy 3 FINAL
Toronto - WP: J. Happ 7
Miami - WP: J. Turner 6 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: M. Minor 5
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 0 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 6
Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez 4
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 8 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino 2
Kansas City - WP: B. Chen 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 2
Washington - WP: C. Stammen 7 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Brown 4
Detroit - LP: P. Coke 4 FINAL
Arizona - WP: E. De La Rosa 5
Houston - WP: D. Downs 3 FINAL
Oakland - LP: F. Abad 2
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 4 FINAL
LA Angels - LP: M. Morin 2
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 3 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 1
Calgary 7/24/14 8:00 PM
Edmonton
Winnipeg 7/25/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 7/26/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Toronto 7/26/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Winnipeg 7/31/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Tulsa 93 FINAL
San Antonio 95
Atlanta 108 FINAL
Minnesota 112
Indiana 57 FINAL
Chicago 60
Phoenix 89 FINAL
Seattle 71

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which uniform will Kevin Love wear next season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close