The Football Educator has never been a big fan of the “mock draft” and has made it known time and again in the past. But for pure entertainment purposes and understanding the anticipation and excitement of prognosticating where this year’s talent pool might supplement some of the needs of NFL clubs, we’ve decided to break with tradition and present a peek into where some of the best of the best that college football has to offer might land.
Eric Galko of OptimumScouting.com has taken his staff’s early evaluations and coupled them with a very early look at the 2014 NFL Draft order to come up with what might likely be some good fits in the long run. Here’s also a look at projected #1 QB Teddy Bridgewater of Louiseville vs Kentucky, as compiled by DraftBreakdown.com’s Aimal Arsalla.
2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT: SEPTEMBER 25TH UPDATE
By Eric Galko – OptimumScouting.com
We’re just three weeks into the NFL season, and trying to predict which prospects will end up at first rounders this early in the process is far too difficult to feel overly confident in this first Mock Draft of the year.
In one of the most talented drafts in recent years, the 2014 Top 10 is loaded with quarterback and elite offensive and defensive line talent. With the draft order based on current Super Bowl odds, the Jaguars take the top spot and find their franchise quarterback, along with two other teams doing so in the Top 5.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville*
The Blaine Gabbert experiment has long run its course for the Jaguars. With a new general manager, new head coach, and plenty of new faces on the roster, they’re ready for their franchise quarterback. Bridgewater is the 2014’s best passer as of today.
2. Oakland Raiders – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina*
The Raiders are talent depleted across the roster, and they could go a number of directions throughout the 2014 draft class. However, Terrelle Pryor has proven he has the tools to be an NFL quarterback. If that’s the case, they can pass on a quarterback to secure the best defensive prospect in the country.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon*
The Bucs are already looking to trade their current quarterback Josh Freeman, and they may soon realize that 2013 3rd round pick Mike Glennon isn’t the long term answer. While I prefer Brett Hundley over Mariota as a quarterback prospect, Mariota’s upside and his ability to bring his experience in the Chip Kelly, up tempo offense will certainly be intriguing for many teams.
4. Minnesota Vikings – Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame*
The Vikings certainly could be in the quarterback market, especially if they’re back in the Top 5. However, after a playoff berth last year, I doubt Leslie Frazier is fired if he struggles this year, though he will be put on the hot seat. If that’s the case, he may be more apt to add a defensive impact prospect like Nix then draft a young quarterback that won’t pay dividends for a few years.
5. Cleveland Browns – Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA*
After trading Trent Richardson, the Browns made it clear that they’re focused on the future, not the 2013 season. Building this team starts with finding this new regime’s franchise quarterback, and Brett Hundley has the arm strength, athleticism, and pocket passing upside to give Rod Chudzinski the passer he needs.