2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1/7/14 Update

Based (at least in part) on the availability of Radio City Music Hall in New York City next April, the 2014 NFL Draft will be held from May 8-10. This mock draft will be updated from now until draft day with changes, as needed, and additional rounds will be added as we get closer to the draft.

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Here is my 2014 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Houston Texans (draft history): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Loaded with much more talent than their record suggests, the Texans were a popular pick to win the division and possibly get to (or even win) the Super Bowl. Instead, the Texans have set a franchise record for their longest losing streak (14 games), fired their head coach and benched starting quarterback Matt Schaub.

Neither Schaub nor Case Keenum is the long-term answer at quarterback, but the good news is Bill O'Brien and the new Texans coaching staff own the top pick to start the next era with their guy.

While some may question his frame and/or his level of competition, Bridgewater, who recently announced he will declare for the draft, is a highly accurate passer with the ability to make all of the throws and possesses all of the intangibles and leadership you'd want in a franchise quarterback.

2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)(draft history): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

In my previous update, the Rams went with Texas A&M's Jake Matthews here and that is certainly still a possibility considering that Jake Long tore his ACL and Rodger Saffold will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. While they may try to trade down from here to stockpile additional picks, they currently hold two top-13 picks in this year's draft and can add an offensive tackle in the middle of the round.

Not only was Clowney's motivation and effort questioned this season, but his production dropped significantly — 23.5 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks in 2012; only 10.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks this year. Certainly not the biggest of off-field concerns, the junior has a couple of speeding tickets over the past month that could technically lead to a suspension of his license, which adds some questions about his judgment.

With all that said, Clowney, the top prospect on our consensus big board, is a physical freak and arguably the best defensive line prospect in a decade.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history): Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

After an 0-8 start before the bye, the Jaguars went .500 in their final eight games and have a few reasons to be optimistic about the direction of the team. One of the reasons for optimism is not their quarterback play. Whether or not Blaine Gabbert is back in 2014, he is not the long-term answer and he is scheduled to become a free agent in 2015.

With prototypical size for the position, Bortles threw for 3,581 yards, 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season and led the Knights to a win in the Fiesta Bowl over Baylor by throwing for 301 yards and rushing for 93 yards as he accounted for four total touchdowns.

4. Cleveland Browns (draft history): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Browns have several young talented players, but it's been a long time since they've had a franchise quarterback despite (the previous regime) selecting Brandon Weeden in the first round in 2012. Collectively, Browns signal-callers have thrown for more than 3,000 yards in only four seasons since 1990. All four of those 3,000-yard seasons were by different quarterbacks.

One of the most exciting and polarizing players in college football, Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, threw for 3,732 yards, 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and ran for another 686 yards and eight touchdowns this year.

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