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. ROUND ONE1. Houston Texans – DE Jadaveon Clowney – South CarolinaClowney 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&MUp 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 – BuffaloThe 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 – AuburnCleveland 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 – ClemsonIf 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 – UCLAThe 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&MIn 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 FloridaThe 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 CarolinaEbron 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 StateThe 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 StateJake 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 – PittsburghThe 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 – AlabamaClinton-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 – AlabamaThe 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 – MichiganIt 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 – LSUBeckham 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 – USCThe 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 DameNew 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 StateAfter 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 TechJermichael 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 StateThe 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 – LouisvilleThe 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 StateCincinnati’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 DameSan 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&MManziel 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 – TCUVerrett 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 StateThis 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 TechFuller 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 – MinnesotaHageman 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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