Mark Craig's 2014 NFL mock draft

  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 7:20 AM
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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)

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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

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Houston - LP: D. Keuchel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 3
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 1 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 4
Detroit - LP: D. Price 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb 1
Arizona - LP: O. Perez 0 FINAL
Washington - WP: R. Soriano 1
San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: T. Wada 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 8 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: D. Holmberg 0
LA Angels - WP: M. Shoemaker 2 FINAL
Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa 0
San Francisco 4 Bottom 5th Inning
Chicago Cubs 3
San Diego 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Los Angeles 0
Pittsburgh 21 4th Qtr 1:30
Philadelphia 31
Carolina 8/22/14 6:30 PM
New England
NY Giants 8/22/14 6:30 PM
NY Jets
Jacksonville 8/22/14 6:30 PM
Detroit
Oakland 8/22/14 7:00 PM
Green Bay
Chicago 8/22/14 9:00 PM
Seattle
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:00 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
Montreal 8/22/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Washington 73 FINAL
Indiana 78
San Antonio 53 4th Qtr
Minnesota 65
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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