I know this draft order is not possible, but I created it by using Evan Silva’s pre-draft roster rankings. This mock is for fun. Please do not take it as a possible round projection for the prospects listed. Spotlighting has not taken place.
1. Tennessee Titans
QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon - I think Mariota would have been the No. 1 pick in 2014, even over Clowney. Not due to pure talent necessarily, as Clowney should still hold that title, but Mariota had a legitimate shot at being the unanimous top ranked quarterback. Unless he gets the “quiet” treatment that Teddy Bridgewater received.
2. Oakland Raiders
QB Jameis Winston, FSU - Matt Schaub is not the answer, despite 2014’s regime thinking he is for the upcoming season. I expect a new staff to take over if they do find themselves with the number one pick. It is no certainty Winston declares, but he is fearless in the pocket and has exceptional eye level. Nitpicking will take place.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
DL Leonard Williams, USC - Some might (already) question the scheme fit, but Williams can line up as a three technique or closed end. He is a force on the inside, winning with quickness and power.
4. Houston Texans
T Andrus Peat, Stanford - Duane Brown’s cap number grows after the 2014 season, and the Texans can save money as early as the 2015 season. Will this happen? Maybe not, but cap situations are always fluid, especially with some large contracts on the horizon.
5. Minnesota Vikings
S Landon Collins, Alabama - Collins emerged in 2013, taking over for the injured Vinnie Sunseri. He is a legitimate cover man in the deeper portions of the field and is extremely aggressive and physical moving towards the line of scrimmage.
6. Cleveland Browns (via Buffalo Bills)
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama - We still do not know the fate of Josh Gordon. Cooper was limited in 2013 by injuries and McCarron’s lack of a vertical arm. Johnny Manziel has shown he is willing to throw downfield. Cooper should emerge in 2014.
7. New York Jets
T Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M - D’Brickashaw Ferguson likely will not be cut before 2016, but this is getting ahead of a need. Ogbuehi is the real deal, and has right tackle experience. Watch him at left tackle in 2014. He is an extreme athlete for his size.
8. Cleveland Browns
Edge player Vic Beasley, Clemson - Paul Kruger can be cut to save money at any point after the 2014 season. Beasley and Barkevious Mingo would offer a dynamic edge rushing duo. Beasley has plenty of edge speed, but also displays an inside arm bar to keep his opponent on skates.
9. St. Louis Rams
QB Connor Cook, Michigan State - A surprise name for the third quarterback off the board? Possible, but I think Bryce Petty and Brett Hundley are extremely overrated at this point. Cook really impressed me last year, and hopefully his development continues.
10. Tampa Bay Bucs
Edge player Randy Gregory, Nebraska - Gregory started coming on strong last season, and I expect his development to continue. He flashes strength and speed around the edge.
11. Atlanta Falcons
Edge player Shawn Oakman, Baylor - My dude. Oakman will have a full-time role in 2014. Watch out. He has great speed and extremely strong hands to keep his opponent off balance and on skates.
12. Dallas Cowboys
Edge player Devonte Fields, TCU - Fields had a troubled 2014 campaign. However, the talent is there. The Cowboys could be desperate for edge rushing help.
13. Miami Dolphins
RB Todd Gurley, Georgia - A first-round running back? The 2015 class will be loaded with running back talent. The question is not if one goes in the first-round, it is how many.
14. New York Giants
Edge player Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State - The Giants have been forced to go young on their defensive front for 2014. They will need to add talent there moving forward. Calhoun’s career is on the upswing.
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Carolina Panthers
T Brandon Scherff, Iowa - The Panthers need a left (and right) tackle right now. That is not going to happen, but Scherff is a powerful run blocker who is improving in his pass set.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon - Many expected Ifo to enter the 2014 draft. He displays physicality in both man and off coverage.
18. Washington Redskins
Edge player Noah Spence, Ohio State - Welcome back to the first-round, Redskins. Spence and Joey Bosa make up a nice defensive front for the Buckeyes. Expect to hear Spence’s name much more often this season.
19. San Diego Chargers
C Hroniss Grasu, Oregon - Nick Hardwick’s contract is up at the end of 2014. Expect Grassu to receive more buzz with Mariota being in his last year.
20. Kansas City Chiefs
CB Ronald Darby, FSU - The Brandon Flowers situation is up in there, especially with Alex Smith’s (possible) impending contract. The Chiefs added edge rushing, but will likely lose either Tamba Hali or Justin Houston after 2014.
21. Baltimore Ravens
DL Mario Edwards, FSU - The Ravens are about to need some depth, or even potential starters, up front. Edwards had tremendous flashes and hopefully that turns into consistency when working more on the inside.
22. Detroit Lions
RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin - Think Jamaal Charles. Gordon would have been the top ranked running back in 2014 if he had left after his redshirt sophomore season. Easily.
23. Chicago Bears
RB Mike Davis, South Carolina - A compact runner, Davis has plenty of power to be first contact and even showed enough long speed to be a threat when breaking away. He has some receiving ability as well.
24. Indianapolis Colts
OL Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M - He will only be a redshirt sophomore after the 2014 season, but Ifedi is moving from guard to tackle and has a ton of upside.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
WR Rashad Greene, FSU - There is a lot of Desean Jackson to Greene’s game. I know they just added Matthews and Huff, but Maclin is on a one year deal, and neither truly offer the same yards after catch ability (outside of screens) that Greene does.
26. Cincinnati Bengals
OL Cameron Erving, FSU - I don’t love Erving at this time, but the Bengals will need OL help at some point. Andrew Whitworth could be in his last year, or could move inside following 2014. He looked good there last year.
27. Green Bay Packers
TE Devin Funchess, Michigan - Funchess has been fun to watch, when given an opportunity. That is the question, will he receive enough targets to warrant this kind of a pick. He has plenty of talent.
28. New Orleans Saints
G Tre' Jackson, Florida State - Jackson is kind of in the same spot as Erving. I have not spotlighted either, but each will receive a lot of attention this season.
29. New England Patriots
Edge player Markus Golden, Missouri - Golden could be the breakout star for the Tigers in 2014. He has lined up outside and inside. The Patriots need to build a rotation up front.
30. San Francisco 49ers
31. Denver Broncos
OL La’El Collins, LSU - I know the Broncos added a few offensive linemen in the draft, but Collins is a massive man who is improving in pass protection and can create push in the running game. He might wind up inside in the NFL.
32. Seattle Seahawks
WR Dorial Green-Beckham, (likely) Eastern Illinois - Green-Beckham has tons of talent. The Seahawks don’t really care about the consensus when it comes to drafting. Do I expect this to happen? Of course not, it is May. But the talent could warrant a first-round pick.