Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the number four overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Bold Predictions

As of this writing, we are less than 48 hours away from the 2014 NFL Draft.  With all the mock drafts and rumors going around, I figured it would be fun to make a handful of predictions about things that will happen this year that could surprise some folks.  While these are just guesses, I really believe that the following events will really happen.

Here are my five bold predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft:

  1. Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) waits for the snap against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

    The #1 overall pick will not be a quarterback or a defensive end.  Instead of going with the favorite right now in Jadeveon Clowney or one of the top quarterbacks in the draft, the Houston Texans will take the best pass rusher with the most upside.  That is University of Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.  This will cause a frenzy of teams trying to trade up to #2 for Clowney, where the Rams cash in again with a big trade down.

  2. Dec 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) reacts to a fourth-quarter interception against the Duke Blue Devils in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

    Johnny Manziel will be #3.  No, I’m not saying that Manziel will be the third overall draft pick this year.  Manziel will be sitting while he hears the names of two of his teammates at Texas A&M called before him.  Both offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans are top prospects and neither one have many big question marks surrounding them like “Johnny Football” does.

  3. Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans center Marcus Martin (66) and defensive end J.R. Tavai (58) celebrate after a 47-yard field goal by Andre Heidari (not pictured) with 19 seconds left against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Stanford 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    There will be a center taken in the first round, but no running backs.  Much like last year, there are some excellent running backs in the draft class, but I don’t see any of them being selected until the second round of the draft.  However, I do see a team picking up Marcus Martin from USC near the end of the first round.  That will be one of the many surprises of this year’s draft.

  4. Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    The Jets trade up…for Odell Beckham, Jr.  While the Jets haven’t hidden their love for Beckham, I personally thought that he would be available when New York picks at #18.  Like many folks say, if you like a player, go up and get him.  Even though I personally disagree with this move because I think it is a poor value to trade up at that point in the draft, it is something that will happen.

  5. Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles (5) against the Baylor Bears during the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Central Florida defeated Baylor 52-42. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    The Vikings pass on a quarterback at #8 overall.  Vikings fans have argued back and forth about who the best quarterback in the draft class is and who the best fit for Minnesota’s offense.  But none of that will matter when Minnesota turns in their card at #8 and select a defensive player.  But fear not, Minnesota will trade back into the 1st round and grab their quarterback so they get the 5th year option on him.

Do you have any BOLD predictions for this year’s draft?  If so, let me know in the comments of this article.  I’m curious what you guys feel will happen that would knock the socks off other folks.

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  • J Christian Larsen

    I predict you will be right on at least 2 of the 5. Clowney is the next Big Daddy Wilkinson… better to go with Mack. Manziel is so not NFL quality. He should have stayed in school two more years.

    • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

      To be honest, I think Manziel had to come out this year. I think his production would have taken a big drop without Mike Evans at WR and Matthews at OT. He made the right decision, in my opinion.

  • Jswanbe

    Vikings trade back (maybe cowboys) then select cj Mosley or haha then used said cowboys picks to trade back for qb but this plan could be dependent on the browns taking qb early

    • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

      I like it. I would be a fan of this strategy!

  • Eddie

    Outside of Khalil Mack or QB? at #8 the choice will be Ryan Shazier. Drop a few spots and get him, it’s not Mosley or HaHa etc.

    • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

      I thin people are really sleeping on Mosley a bit. I think he’ll be picked a lot earlier than people think.

  • Eddie

    Anyways to finish thought….it occurred to me last night hearing Spielman talk. Yes…Donald is in play, Verrett, Fuller etc….but outside of Mack at LB Shazier is the Vikes Target. Right it down!!!

  • Eddie

    Write lol

  • Daniel Laxen

    #1 Clowney.(Trade)..#2 Manziel (Trade) , #3, Mack, (Tarde) All 3 of the 1st three picks are taken via trades!…That’s how you make a BOLD prediction Adam!