NFL mock draft 2014 news has ESPN analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper revealing an updated list of projected picks. Their latest 2014 NFL mock draft was revealed live on ESPN Tuesday morning (April 29), with the college football experts weighing in on which key players teams are targeting. As reported by SB Nation, the top seven selections are almost identically projected. In fact, the top five picks are indeed exactly the same for McShay and Kiper as the big day draws even closer.
As things start to settle when it comes to projections, fans of teams near the top of the board could really start to see specific names that could be playing for their favorite teams next season. It is starting to look pretty clear that the Houston Texans are targeting South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney with that first overall selection. There could be a few surprises in the next few picks, though, depending on how teams decide whether to meet roster needs or select the best player available.
Below is a list of the top five players expected to be taken according to the latest ESPN 2014 NFL mock draft. It's rare that Todd McShay and Mel Kiper agree on so much, so it is also likely that fans pay close attention to how it plays out. As for after the top five, they think that either Taylor Lewan or Jake Matthews will go to the Atlanta Falcons and that Mike Evans would then go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That would mean quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, and Blake Bortles would remain on the board.
The first round will take place on May 8, rounds two and three will be on May 9, and the remaining rounds will play out on May 10. The full draft order can be found on the main NFL site.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is expected to become the first overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Houston Texans have quite a few holes on the roster, but the thought is that the franchise cannot pass up the best defensive player on the board.
The St. Louis Rams have the No. 2 pick that used to belong to the Washington Redskins due to a prior trade. The current expectation is that they will use the selection to take Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson. Alternatively, they could also target Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a tough choice to make with the No. 3 selection, as there are many places where the team needs to improve. The current projection is that they will target Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins to give the offense an instant boost.
The Cleveland Browns need a quarterback. That is no secret and currently Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have them selecting Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel with the fourth overall selection. It could end up being a controversial choice with fans.
The Oakland Raiders also have a lot of needs that could be addressed with the No. 5 selection. McShay and Kiper feel that they will go after Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack with this pick. Previously they had been linked to tackle Jake Matthews and quarterback Blake Bortles.