NFL mock draft 2014 news from Sports Illustrated reveals some post-combine changes. At the top of this latest 2014 NFL mock draft is still Teddy Bridgewater, as the analysts suggest that the Houston Texans will target the Louisville quarterback. According to the report from Wednesday (Feb. 26), he will be followed by Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson going to the St. Louis Rams. This could lead to many NFL trade rumors, because the Rams have suggested they would trade down if Jadeveon Clowney is still on the board at No. 2.
Despite being really impressive at the scouting combine, S.I. has Clowney dropping to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3. The team could change its culture on defense with the South Carolina product and he would also be playing pretty close to home. He has noted that he would prefer to play for the Atlanta Falcons, so maybe a deal could be struck as the big day approaches. Rounding out the top five picks are Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel to the Cleveland Browns at No. 4 and then Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
Things start to get interesting at the sixth spot in this Sports Illustrated 2014 NFL mock draft, as there is some real talent still left on the big board. They predict that Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews will fall to the Falcons there, netting the team a really good front line player to protect quarterback Matt Ryan for many years to come.
At No. 7 they have Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles going to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8. That's three quarterbacks in the first eight picks. Two more offensive players come off the board next, with North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron going to the Buffalo Bulls at No. 9 and then Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans going to the Detroit Lions at No. 10. If it plays out like this, there would only be two defensive players off the board in the first 10 selections.
According to this first post-combine version of the SI NFL mock draft, the next six players would then be on the defensive side of the ball.
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