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PewterReport.com 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

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This year's draft has a great amount of talent at wide receiver, tight end and offensive line, all of which are positions of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. Here is Eric Dellaratta's first-round mock draft for all 32 NFL teams.
With the 2014 NFL Draft under two weeks away, teams are in the final stages of their draft preparation and mock draft season is in full swing. The draft, which is slated to kick off on Thursday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m, will feature an incredibly deep group of young talent waiting to enter the league.

This year's draft has a great amount of talent at wide receiver, tight end and offensive line, all of which are positions of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014. Here is Eric Dellaratta's first-round mock draft for all 32 NFL teams, which differs from Scott Reynolds' 2014 Bucs' 7-Round Mock Draft. Dellaratta will post his mock for Rounds 2-3 later this week on PewterReport.com.
1. Houston Texans – DE Jadaveon Clowney – South Carolina
Clowney is a rare prospect that will be very difficult for the Texans to pass on. Clowney and J.J. Watt would form the most terrifying defensive line in football.

2. St. Louis Rams – OT Jake Matthews – Texas A&M
Up front, the Rams were an absolute mess last season. In this mock, the Rams opt for the safer and more versatile Matthews instead of Robinson.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars  – OLB Khalil Mack – Buffalo
The Jaguars pass on a quarterback in the first round of this mock draft. Mack has an incredible motor and offers versatility for Gus Bradley’s defense.

4. Cleveland Browns – OT Greg Robinson – Auburn
Cleveland opts to take an elite O-line prospect to pair with Joe Thomas instead of a QB. Robinson is a menace in the running game and has the most upside of any player in the draft.

5. Oakland Raiders – WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson
If Matt Schaub really is the starter in Oakland they will need to get some weapons for him to throw to. Watkins is a game-changing receiver with elite qualities.

6. Atlanta Falcons – OLB Anthony Barr – UCLA
The Falcons miss out on one of the “big five” and opt to take an edge-rusher for Mike Nolan’s defense. Barr offers great speed off of the edge.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M
In this mock draft, the Buccaneers pass on the top quarterbacks and opt to go with stud wide receiver Mike Evans, a game-changing receiver to pair with veteran Vincent Jackson.

The Buccaneers traded their number two receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, leaving a big hole opposite Vincent Jackson. With Louis Murphy as the current number two receiver, Evans would be a massive upgrade if the team chooses to take him with their seventh overall selection.

At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans is a mammoth receiver that can physically dominate defensive backs. The Texas A&M product is excellent at the catch point and comes down with almost every jump ball. He’s a sneaky athlete that is capable of creating separation on downfield and underneath routes.

8. Minnesota Vikings – QB Blake Bortles – Central Florida
The first quarterback to come off of the board goes to Mike Zimmer and the Vikings, who can’t afford to enter the season with Christian Ponder as their starter if Matt Cassel struggles or is injured.

9. Buffalo Bills – TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina
Ebron gives quarterback E.J. Manuel another playmaking target to throw to. He has great athleticism and offers some decent blocking ability.

10. Detroit Lions – CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State
The Lions secondary was horrible last season. In order to compete against great passing attacks they will need to find some guys who can cover.

11. Tennessee Titans – QB Derek Carr – Fresno State
Jake Locker hasn’t worked out for the Titans. The new regime could draft a new quarterback and they have show significant interest in Carr.

12. New York Giants – DT Aaron Donald – Pittsburgh
The Giants are fond of taking the best available player and love to bolster their defensive line. With Linval Joseph out, the Giants could draft Donald to fill the void.

13. St. Louis Rams – S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – Alabama
Clinton-Dix stands out as the best safety in a weak safety class. The Rams need a play-making safety to add to their defense.

14. Chicago Bears – MLB C.J. Mosley – Alabama
The Bears linebackers played extremely poorly last season, especially against the run. Mosley offers the versatility to play multiple positions and is clearly the best linebacker in the class.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Taylor Lewan – Michigan
It seems like every year the Steelers need help up front and it’s no different in 2014. Lewan can step in and play at either tackle position for Pittsburgh.

16. Dallas Cowboys – DT Timmy Jernigan – Florida State
Dallas needs to give defensive line coach Rod Marinelli more talent on the defensive line, which is undergoing a massive overhaul this offseason.

17. Baltimore Ravens – WR Odell Beckham – LSU
Beckham is an extremely talented receiver with outstanding hands that would be a great fit opposite Torrey Smith for the Ravens.

18. New York Jets – WR Marqise Lee – USC
The Jets need more weapons in the passing game. Lee along with Eric Decker would be a nice overhaul New York this offseason.

19. Miami Dolphins – OT Zack Martin – Notre Dame
New general manager Dennis Hickey will lead the charge on fixing the Dolphins offensive line, and adding a solid, versatile lineman like Martin would be a smart move.

20. Arizona Cardinals – LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State
After losing Karlos Dansby, the Cardinals could use an addition at the inside linebacker position. Shazier is one of the best linebackers in a weak class at the position.

21. Green Bay Packers – TE Jace Amaro – Texas Tech
Jermichael Finley left in free agency but he wasn’t a big-time threat. The Packers could use a threat at the tight end position, which currently features Andrew Quarless.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State
The Eagles get a fantastic replacement for DeSean Jackson. Cooks is electric with the ball in his hands and would be a perfect player for Chip Kelly.

23. Kansas City Chiefs – S Calvin Pryor – Louisville
The Chiefs miss out on the top receivers but choose to go with the hard-hitting Calvin Pryor to help out a resurgent defense.

24. Cincinnati Bengals – CB Darqueze Dennard – Michigan State
Cincinnati’s cornerback play was sub-par last season and Dennard is a good value at this selection with his toughness and playmaking ability.

25. San Diego Chargers – NT Louis Nix III – Notre Dame
San Diego lost Cam Thomas to the Steelers in free agency, so adding a nose tackle is a priority heading into the draft. Nix is a massive, athletic nose tackle that fits great with the Chargers.

26. Cleveland Browns – QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
Manziel slides to number 26 in this mock and the Brown get a nice value on a top quarterback to go with Greg Robinson in the first round.

27. New Orleans Saints – CB Jason Verrett – TCU
Verrett is a physical corner with excellent coverage skills. He would be a higher pick if he were a few inches taller, but he's ideal for the slot in nickel defense.
28. Carolina Panthers – WR Cody Latimer – Indiana
The Panthers miss out on some of the big receiver names like Beckham, Lee, and Cooks in this mock. Latimer is a big target and a hot name that could end up being a first-round pick.

29. New England Patriots – C Weston Richburg – Colorado State
This might seem a bit high for Richburg but he’s the real deal at the center position. The Patriots could upgrade the interior of their offensive line.

30. San Francisco 49ers – CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech
Fuller is an NFL-ready cornerback that could step in and play right away for the 49ers, who have a surplus of draft picks in 2014.

31. Denver Broncos – DT Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota
Hageman next to Von Miller and Demarcus Ware would be very difficult for offensive lines to handle.
32. Seattle Seahawks – OT Ja’Wuan James – Tennessee
James is a hot name shooting up draft boards and the Seahawks love to surprise in the draft. They lost starting right tackle Breno Giacomini to the Jets in free agency.

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    As usual, the comments are more entertaining than yet another Mock Draft. Once again Horse refers to players as "a reach" simply because he doesn't like them. Let me define the term for you. REACH: verb, The act of a general manager, coach or owner (Jerry Jones) choosing a player for whom virtually no other evaluator has graded high enough to warrant selecting him this early in the Draft. It's when the immediate reaction by the rest of the football world is "What the f are they thinking?" When virtually every so-called "expert" gives WR Mike Evans a top ten grade, he's at least, at the time he is chosen, not a "reach." An example of a "reach" would be if the commissioner steps to the podium next Thursday evening and says, "With the seventh pick in the first round the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select, WR Kelvin Benjamin. Not to say the 'Nole isn't going to maybe one day be better than Evans, it's just that his grade is too low at that point in the Draft. An example of a reach for our mighty Bucs? 1978 2nd round- OG Brent Moritz. Now if you want to talk Buccaneer "busts", we have more examples than the original Hooters. But not Gerald McCoy.
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    jongruden, good points; I still like Bortles over Evans.
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    People saying "Manziel is like Tebow" don't have a clue about football period, not going to go into anymore than that. As for this mock draft I love it alot way better than the hideous draft by Reynolds who tried to make us Fres St in the pro's. Mike Evans in the first and maybe a guard or qb in the next two rounds makes me a very happy fan
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    I think Manziel is a lot like Vince Young. Young ad lib in collage and so did Manziel. That's fine in collage, that's what made them great. But, in the NFL, they are faster and hit harder. I just think Johnny Football will not last long in the NFL.
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    Johnny "Football" will have the same career Tim Tebow did...two years of everyone saying he's the best quarterback ever to live on this planet (except coaches, GMs, other players, etc), and then out of the league.
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    Except there isn't nearly the criticism about Manziel's ability to play pro football that there was on Tebow. Manziel actually has one of the stronger arms in the class and a good release which were not strengths of Timmy Tebow. So yeah, other than the fact that coaches and GM's were far more united in their dislike in Tebow than Manziel and Manzirel's biggest hurdles are injury and off-the-field distractions which weren't a concern about Tebow they are identical, I guess.
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    Not a fan of picking a WR at 7 with so many other good WR in the draft. Not a fan of picking a QB this year as like EastEndBoy stated, there are better QB's next year. I guess that leaves me with A. Donald or trading back. I believe that trading back and getting more picks would be the way to go even if we could get some 2015 picks and help us get the best QB next year. Going to the draft again this year at Ray J, guess I will be disappointed as usual.
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    You will be disappointed with that attitude! Give this new coaching staff a chance and see. I know I have been a fan for many many years and realize that it gets old also. I am convinced that if we stay with Lovie and give him a chance , he will make us a contender in two to three years!
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    @EastEndBoy My only problem with your scenario is that although the QBs next year might be a better fit theres no guarantee that we finish with a bad enough record to have a chance at drafting them. Im on the Manziel bandwagon bc ppl have pushed Garropolo's stock so high that we would have to overdraft/move up to select him. So since I think we would have to reach to get a QB that fits our offense i'd rather reach on the player with more talent in Manziel.
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    @stlbucsfan....I think that's right....and while I've said before that I'm sure Evans will be a fine WR in the league, I also can't help but think Lovie's plan cannot possibly be to recreate what Chicago has....he didn't hire Tedford for nothing and I think our offense is headed in a different direction than the two big-book end WR model. I think WR (unless @kram's scenario somehow unfolded) will be addressed later in the draft where lots more talent exists. As for Johnny Football (or any of the top QBs for that matter) - and while I think the top 3 prospects next year (Hundley, Winston and Mariota) are all better than anyone this year - any of the top 3 prospects this year are miles better than what we have now...no offense to McCown but the long track record (10 years of not cracking a line up) says a lot more to me than a few good (not great) games last year. Do we really think that our offense led by McCown is better than Brees, Ryan or Newton's offenses - even with their shortcomings...we need to get A LOT better on offense and that may need another off season and draft (Mr Hundley in 2015?????) - nevertheless, I like what we've done so far and we should be much better even if we have to go with McCown....GO BUCS, man the off season is long.....
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    Wouldn't it be something if the Bucs took Evans at # 7 and the Bucs somehow found a way to get back into the latter half of the 1st round and took Manziel.
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    The only receiver the Bucs would draft at seven is Watkins. Tedford's offense does not require bookend big receivers, plus this draft is loaded with wide outs, get better value going another direction. If they take their future Q.B., I'll be happy, but my feeling is A Donald is a perfect fit here.
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    If the first 6 follow this I do think the best player at 7 is Evans, and he happens to fit our needs best too. I hope they do not take a QB in first round. I also don't see Manziel being there past 10 or 12. Evans will make huge impact on our offense immediately. I think we have some good young speedsters. Having VJax and Evans would present big probs for defenses.
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    The reason Lovie Smith didnt last in Chicago was bc he couldnt solve the problems at QB and on offense. He wont make the same mistake twice, Johnny Football fits perfectly in this scheme and drafting him at 7 or trading back into the 1st if falls should be the plan. Martavious Bryant has the same talent as Evans IMO but he had a worse QB and an offense focused on Watkins(for obvious reasons) so I'd rather solve our QB problem 1st and then find weapons second.
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    @Horse, I agree with your evaluation of the QBs. Bortles is my favorite as a top ten pick. My next favorite is Carr but it would be a reach to take him this high. @pinkstob, it is a need pick. Barr is the third best edge pass rusher and the other two are gone. Edge pass rusher in the era of the QB is a must have and elevates players similar to the way QBs are elevated and overrated.
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    If this rolls out this way, I predict the Bucs swap with Oakland so they can draft Sammy Watkins. Watkins is a better fit and possibly the number one player in the draft, certainly the number one offensive player.
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    @kram.....wouldn't that be a nice scenario!!!!
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    This mock draft is as good as any, but two things that I cannot ignore is that you have A. Barr severly overrated and D. Dennard severly underrated. What do people see in Barr at this point. I see why he was highly ranked coming into last season, but he was invisible during most of his games. Those 10 sacks he got represent half of all the snaps that I saw him have a positive effect on the defense and he was involved in 100's of snaps. Dennard is just great all around. If you look hard you can find flaws in his performance in shorts, but you can't find flaws in his game. If you do find a minor flaw you'll find the same flaws in D. Revis and C. Bailey.
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    I am so tired of mock drafts. This should all be over and decided by now. Since every pick beyond 32 is unpredictable I believe that the Bucs at 7 will take a WR or OL. They will take a QB in the mid rounds who they can let mature for a season or two. I doubt if we see any trades from Tampa in the first round and I truly believe the Bucs knew who they were going to pick the day after the Williams deal. The rest is all smoke screens and mirrors. I'm tired, it's time to get on the clock.......
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    The best QB in this draft is the third QB off of the board and falls all the way to the Browns at 26? If Manziel is there at 7, I sure hope the Bucs pull the trigger.
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    I am not feeling Mike Evans over Blake Bortles. Evans is another Vince Jackson and I don't see that need right now. I would be okay to take Bortles so he could sit a year and learn. He's the only QB I would consider taking at spot 7. Both of those selections are reaches so I am trading down no matter what.
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    Horse- What's wrong with having two Mike Evans? Does Chicago have the same type of wr's in Jeffries and Marshall how is that working out? Az has Fitz and Floyd also same type of wideouts, If you have two 6'5 230 lb guys who can run man do you give the secondaries some serious problems, and don't kid yourself Evans is faster and stronger than Jackson how does that tickle your fancy?
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