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NFL mock draft 2014: Final Mel Kiper NFL mock draft has Jadeveon Clowney first

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is expected to go to the Houston Texans with the first pick.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is expected to go to the Houston Texans with the first pick.
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NFL mock draft 2014 news is more popular than ever. In the final 2014 NFL mock draft by ESPN expert Mel Kiper, Jadeveon Clowney is projected to be the first overall selection by the Houston Texans. There could be quite a few surprises coming during the first round, but according to SB Nation on Thursday (May 8), the biggest one could be that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is projected to fall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 7.

Jadeveon Clowney is projected to be the first player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Jadeveon Clowney is projected to be the first player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Kiper feels that the Cleveland Browns are going to go with Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins with the No. 4 selection, with the team choosing to go after a quarterback later in the day. He projects that the team will select Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville with the No. 26 pick in the first round that used to belong to the Indianapolis Colts. It would give the team two offensive weapons in the first round alone.

The second quarterback projected to come off the board is Blake Bortles of Central Florida at No. 20 to the Arizona Cardinals. These projections shave led to quite a few trade rumors, especially with so many teams in need of a new quarterback. It could lead to some of the better teams trading out of the first round in order to get more picks later in the weekend. As for the number of quarterbacks selected in the first round of this 2014 NFL mock draft, Mel Kiper has it at just three now.

Regarding which players are expected to fill out the rest of the top five selections, Kiper has Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson going to the St. Louis Rams at No. 2, Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3, and Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5. This late prediction that the Cleveland Browns won't target Johnny Manziel will be interesting to watch as it plays out Thursday night.

The first day of the 2014 NFL Draft begins at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN and NFL Network Thursday night (May 8).