NFL Mock Draft 2014: First Round Projections After The Combine

Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles is one of the candidates to be taken with the top pick in the NFL Draft. Reuters

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, giving teams a better idea of who they might draft on May 8. Following the four-day event, a few players have seen their stock rise.

Prior to the combine, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel had been the favorites to be taken with the No.1 overall selection. Now, Blake Bortles might be the most likely choice to go to the Houston Texans.

In Indianapolis, the former UCF quarterback impressed with his throwing ability. Manziel may have had the more star-studded college career, but Bortles has the tools that most general managers look for in an NFL quarterback. He was stellar in his passing drills, showcasing good arm strength and accuracy.

Even if Manziel doesn’t go with the first pick, his combine performance didn’t hurt his draft stock. The quarterback may not have thrown, but he showed off his incredible athletic ability. He’ll likely be a top five pick.

Below is a mock 2014 NFL Draft, following the Scouting Combine.

1) Houston Texans, QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

2) St. Louis Rams (via Washington), DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

3) Jacksonville Jaguars, QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

4) Cleveland Browns, QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

5) Oakland Raiders, WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

6) Atlanta Falcons, OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

8) Minnesota Vikings, OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

9) Buffalo Bills, TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina                                                       

10) Detroit Lions, CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

11) Tennessee Titans, OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

12) New York Giants, OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

13) St. Louis, DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

14) Chicago Bears, DE Dee Ford, Auburn

15) Pittsburgh Steelers, DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

16) Dallas Cowboys, ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

17) Baltimore Ravens, DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

18) New York Jets, WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

19) Miami Dolphins, WR Marqise Lee, USC

20) Arizona Cardinals, DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

21) Green Bay Packers, CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

22) Philadelphia Eagles, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

23) Kansas City Chiefs, C Marcus Martin, USC

24) Cincinnati Bengals, DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

25) San Diego Chargers, S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

26) Cleveland (via Indianapolis), WR Odell Beckham, LSU

27) New Orleans Saints, CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State

28) Carolina Panthers, OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

29) New England Patriots, TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

30) San Francisco 49ers, WR Davante Adams, Fresno State          

31) Denver Broncos, CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida

32) Seattle Seahawks, OG David Yankey, Stanford

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