Mark Craig's 2014 NFL mock draft

  • Updated: May 8, 2014 - 7:20 AM
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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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Tennessee 13 FINAL
Jacksonville 21
Philadelphia 12/20/14 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 12/20/14 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Utah 6:00 PM
Orlando
Charlotte 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
Brooklyn 6:30 PM
Cleveland
Washington 6:30 PM
Miami
Minnesota 6:30 PM
Boston
Toronto 6:30 PM
Detroit
Chicago 7:00 PM
Memphis
Portland 7:00 PM
San Antonio
LA Clippers 8:00 PM
Denver
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
New Jersey
Anaheim 6:30 PM
Ottawa
NY Islanders 6:30 PM
Detroit
Boston 7:00 PM
Winnipeg
Dallas 8:00 PM
Calgary
Wilberforce 12:30 PM
Youngstown St
Jackson State 1:00 PM
Tulane
Siena 5:00 PM
Radford
Stillman 6:00 PM
Alabama
Case Western Reserve 6:00 PM
Bucknell
Niagara 6:00 PM
Buffalo
SD Christian 6:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Concordia (MI) 6:00 PM
Central Mich
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Dartmouth
North Florida 6:00 PM
Florida A&M
Hiwassee 6:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Tennessee St 6:00 PM
Hampton
NC A&T 6:00 PM
Kent State
Central Penn College 6:00 PM
Liberty
Bethune-Cookman 6:00 PM
Mercer
Eastern Ky 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
Northern Ky 6:00 PM
Morehead State
Northern Ariz 6:00 PM
Norfolk State
MD-Eastern Shore 6:00 PM
Old Dominion
St Marys-CA 6:00 PM
St Johns
Clemson 6:00 PM
South Carolina
Tenn Tech 6:00 PM
Tennessee
Washington-MD 6:00 PM
William & Mary
Furman 6:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
South Dakota St 6:30 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Milligan 7:00 PM
Lamar
LSU-Alexandria 7:00 PM
ULM
Southern Utah 7:00 PM
Loyola-Chicago
Chattanooga 7:00 PM
Middle Tennessee
Seattle 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Lipscomb 7:00 PM
Princeton
Winthrop 7:00 PM
SE Louisiana
Dickinson State 7:00 PM
North Dakota
New Orleans 7:05 PM
Southern Ill
TX-Pan American 8:00 PM
Creighton
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Denver
Alabama A&M 8:00 PM
Marquette
Ark-Pine Bluff 8:00 PM
Texas Tech
Eastern Wash 9:00 PM
California
Idaho State 9:05 PM
Utah State
Arizona 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 10:59 PM
Chaminade
Nevada 12/20/14 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 12/20/14 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 12/20/14 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 12/20/14 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 12/20/14 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Ohio Valley 33 FINAL
Youngstown St 84
East Tenn St 30 2nd Half 15:21
UNC-Wilmington 37
Louisiana 11:00 AM
Alcorn State
Cal-Irvine 16 1st Half 3:32
Purdue 26
Campbell 12:00 PM
Stetson
Jacksonville St 1:00 PM
Charleston Southern
Denver 1:30 PM
Wright State
Texas State 2:00 PM
Bethune-Cookman
Blue Mountain 2:00 PM
Central Arkansas
Albany 3:00 PM
Pepperdine
TX-San Antonio 3:00 PM
Houston
Yale 3:30 PM
Bucknell
Northern Colorado 3:30 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Belmont 4:00 PM
Mercer
Massachusetts 4:00 PM
Georgia State
George Mason 4:05 PM
Winthrop
Portland State 4:30 PM
Princeton
UCLA 5:00 PM
Samford
Mobile 5:00 PM
Alabama State
Nicholls 5:30 PM
Texas Tech
Toledo 5:30 PM
Nevada
UMass Lowell 5:30 PM
(13) Duke
St Marys-CA 6:00 PM
Virginia
McNeese State 6:00 PM
Rice
McMurry 6:00 PM
Houston Baptist
NJIT 6:00 PM
Seton Hall
(6) North Carolina 6:00 PM
Maine
Lafayette 6:00 PM
Stony Brook
Siena 6:00 PM
Binghamton
Longwood 6:00 PM
Clemson
Savannah State 6:00 PM
Florida State
(19) Syracuse 6:00 PM
(9) Baylor
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Manhattan
Ohio U 6:00 PM
La Salle
Canisius 6:00 PM
Michigan
Davidson 6:00 PM
NC State
Northern Ky 6:00 PM
Delaware
Saint Louis 6:30 PM
Austin Peay
(25) DePaul 6:30 PM
(2) Connecticut
Florida Atlantic 7:00 PM
Long Beach St
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
Tulane
Miss Valley St 7:00 PM
Memphis
Ark-Pine Bluff 7:00 PM
UAB
Bowling Green 7:05 PM
Illinois State
Arkansas State 7:05 PM
Missouri State
ULM 7:05 PM
Wichita State
(16) Oregon State 8:00 PM
Southern Ill
Utah Valley U 8:30 PM
Montana
Pacific 9:00 PM
New Mexico St
No Dakota State 9:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Utah State 9:00 PM
Sacramento St
Bethesda (CA) 9:00 PM
Fresno State
LSU 9:30 PM
UC Santa Barbara
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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 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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