The Armchair Quarterback's Guide To The NFL: 2014 Mock Draft 2.0

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Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Armchair Quarterback’s 2014 Mock Draft 2.0

This week’s Armchair Quarterback will be a little different than the norm because with the initial wave of free agency over it’s it’s time for my second mock draft of the offseason. You can check my first attempt HERE.

With most of the key free agents off the market at this point, the landscape of the NFL has changed since my first version immediately following the combine. Besides that, this time around I’ve predicted some trades that shake things up a little.

I’ve tried my best to study each team for their team needs and spent time looking over the top prospects including watching at least some game footage of everyone in my first round mock. However, I will readily admit that I don’t know your favorite team as well as you do (unless your team is the Chiefs). So if I have your team picking someone at a position that you don’t agree with or you think there is a different player available that would be much better suited for your team, please let me know.

I’ll take all that info into account when I release my final version before the draft next month. Likewise, if you’re a die-hard fan of the college that one of these prospects is from and you think I have evaluated him wrong, let me know.

All criticism/suggestions are welcome. A pet peeve of mine is mock drafts where the person who created it clearly has no knowledge of my favorite team. So help me to not be that person.

The mock draft starts on the next page.

After reading the mock draft don’t forget to check out the “Armchair QB Odds and Ends of the Week” for my beer review of the week (Samuel Smith’s India Ale) plus my rant of the week.

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  • gdubb

    Ya right St Louis giving up the 2nd overall pick for the 7th pick and a 2nd Rd for clowney. Seams to me who ever wants clowney better bring the house..

    • Fangface

      I hope they’re not dumb enough to give up Clowney for a two. We’d be better off keeping him.

      • Tyler_KC_Fan

        I feel bad for any team who does “bring the house” for Clowney. Clowney is extremely overrated. I watched him all last year and he wasn’t a threat or he left the game half the time because he was gassed and would only play maybe half the game. His stat line is average and his conditioning is terrible. He may have a burst if speed, but against NFL talent he won’t do much if anything.

        He is a pass rusher, yet he only had 2 sacks last year. Khalil Mack will be a better NFL talent then Clowney. Clowney needs to donate a quarter of his rookie contract to ESPN for being his sponsor and making him as big as they did. Without his hit against Michigan he is just another DE and not as popular as he is now.

        • Josh Carley

          I agree 100%. Over rated. Remember Jamarcus Russell that’s what lazy gets u!!

        • Fangface

          Ok Hodge! U would know..STL should only give up a number two then. Ya rt?

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            …I have no clue what you just said…

            If STL is smart they should trade back for the team who thinks Clowney is going to be great. Get as many picks out of the deal as possible. The draft is deep in defense, WR and they can get a QB in the 2nd or 3rd that can stay healthy unlike Bradford. Fisher is a smart head coach and he can get a lot if he plays it right.

          • Fangface

            Merill Hodge is the other person that agrees with you on Clowney. That was the point though. They would be crazy to give up only a second round pick as was stated in this moch. Clowney is a possible number one overall pick. He’s no where near the bust you describe. Get what the second slot is worth or don’t get anything at all.

          • Tyler_KC_Fan

            He honestly hasn’t done anything to be excited about, besides his one hit. He was a diva all last year and his stat line isn’t something to drool over. The perfect example of him is Brian Bosworth. So much hype while he played against younger, small, non NFL players and as soon as he got to Seattle Bo Jackson introduced him to the league. Bosworth played awhile in the league, but he wasn’t on anyone’s radar as a player that should be feared. Georgia, UCF, Arkansas, Missisppi State and Clemson shut him down. He had maybe 1 tackle in those games and ZERO sacks. He’s fast and he’s got a large wingspan, but he doesn’t have the motor as a Jarrod Allan, Reggie White, Robert Mathis, JJ Wyatt or any HOFer (Alshon Jefferys said Clowney is a HOF…). When you can’t play a full game, you aren’t a threat because you aren’t on the field. Clowney isn’t going to live up to his hype and he hasn’t done anything to back up all his hype.

          • Fangface

            Bosworth? Seriously? Just because you name off one player that busted and a couple of pro bowlers you think you’ve got a handle on this huh? All you’re doing is rambling. First, anyone that knows even a little about football knows the real reasons for his down year. And anyone that knows even a little about football knows that if they wanted to see the real Clowney they would go back and look at his sophomore year. Second this whole conversation is about whether the Rams would move out of the second spot to any team for only a second round pick and the answer is still NO. Nobody is that dumb. Period!!

    • Lyle Graversen

      I think the opinion on Clowney is more mixed than that. Some teams may love him and others may be scared away. I can’t see the Rams taking him with Quinn and Long so if you can get a comparable player at #6 then you might as well trade down and pick up a second rounder.

  • Bob

    Finally. Tired of people saying Oakland will take a QB at number 5.

  • David Mallow

    Jimmy Ward IS NOT a 1st round talent.. hes got some skills but is raw…mid to late 2nd round at best… but I would love to add Clinton-Dix

    • Lyle Graversen

      Agree to disagree, I think the gap between him and Pryor is way less than most people think. Pryor is a little more stout against the run and Ward is a little better in coverage.

  • mike

    I would never give a Chefs fan to much grief being a Raiders fan.

    I will assume your first 4 picks are correct. If so, I think the Raiders see Watkins/Robinson/Mack/Matthews as top ten talent left on board. They would look to trade but no further than 8th to avoid missing out. If they stay and can’t trade then I say they take Mack over Watkins. Mack is special and other WR’s are there in later rounds. Raiders want to get after the QB and Mack would do this as well as play hard on every down.

    OAK does not take a QB (unless Carr slips to them in the 2nd and very doubtful) in the first 3 rds. 4th maybe Fales or 7th Savage.

    • Lyle Graversen

      I strongly considered Mack to Oakland, but ultimately I think their entire season relies on Schaub getting back to his old ways. I won’t be shocked at all if they take Mack (or trade down), but my money would still be on Watkins if they stay put.

  • Alex Darden

    I could see Jerry being scared to pull the trigger after the Mo situation blew up on us. But Mack is absolutely the way we should go if we can mk that happen for a 2nd and 7th. Sean Lee please sit down

  • Zach Barker

    I like the idea of Carolina trading up for Lewan, but it won’t happen. Jerry Richardson won’t draft guys with character issues. Depending on how things shake out, I could see them moving up to get Zach Martin. In all honesty, though, I would put my money on them drafting BPA at #28. If they go WR in the first round, there could be options like Antonio Richardson or Morgan Moses in the second. If they move up, that’s probably where it would happen. Too expensive in first round, IMO.

  • kenneth

    Atlanta can afford the trade because we have 10 picks with only 3 untadeable we don’t have the roster space so even if we kwwp them all then all of them will not make the roster my preditiction is atlanta wins the nfc by beating seattle to set up a superbowl 33 rematch with denver which atlanta narrowly loses don’t sleep on the falcons we comming back with a vengance rise up atlanta we back

  • TommyT

    I would like to see the cards trade down for sure to acquire an additional early pick. I’d rather see the following scenario and please tell me if you all agree or if it a fait trade:

    1) Cardinals trade the 20 pick with Cleveland, which can help them secure their QB without waiting.

    2) AZ and Cleveland swap the second round picks, which would put AZ picking early in 2nd (mettenberger?)

    3) Cleveland give us their 3rd or 4th round pick.

    IMO, this is more than fair