Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Geno Smith (West Virginia) is introduced as the number thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Many mock drafts don’t include trades because it is really hard to do. Honestly. Weighing team needs with available players and trying to figure out how much they value a player is quite tough.
Still, I wanted to give it a try and see if I could pull one together that made sense. So here is a 2014 NFL mock draft first round with trades that will hopefully make everybody happy! (I know that’s not possible, but a man has to try)
2014 NFL Mock Draft: First Round With Trades!
#1: Houston Texans – Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M
- Unable to get the value they want for the #1 overall pick, the Texans pick Johnny Football. Houston will select a pass rusher later on in the draft.
#2: St. Louis Rams – Jake Matthews, OT Texas A&M
- Matthews may be the safest player in this entire draft. He can step in and start immediately while playing at a high level. The Rams need to protect their QB better.
#3: Jacksonville Jaguars TRADE to Atlanta Falcons – Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina
- Atlanta sees Clowney fall to #3 and pulls the trigger on a trade to get them the pass rusher that they need. Without giving up the house, they get their top player.
#4: Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson
- While some folks believe the Browns are a lock to select a QB with their first pick, they could easily get a guy like Carr or Garopolo with a later pick.
#5: Oakland Raiders – Blake Bortles, QB UCF
- If there’s one thing the Raiders love, it is hype. Bortles rose to fame after an excellent bowl game, combine, and pro day. If only his game tape were as good.
#6: Jacksonville Jaguars FROM Atlanta Falcons- Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville
- The Jaguars trade down and still get a potential franchise quarterback. They picked up additional picks and finally have a passer that they can build around.
#7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers TRADE to Minnesota Vikings – Khalil Mack, OLB Buffalo
- The Vikings see a player that can fill a huge hole for them, and move up one spot to make sure they can get him. Mack will help solidify that linebacker group.
#8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers FROM Minnesota Vikings – Mike Evans, WR Texas A&M
- The recent trade of Mike Williams makes room for a much better option at wide receiver. Evans is a massive target and will help out Glennon at QB immediately.
#9: Buffalo Bills TRADE to Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr, OLB UCLA
- A pass rushing linebacker is exactly what is needed in Tennessee. They decide to give Jake Locker one more year at a QB as a chance to prove his worth.
#10: Detroit Lions – Darqueze Dennard, CB Michigan State
- While I personally would have the Lions take an offensive tackle, cornerback is also a huge need. If Detroit can improve their secondary, they can contend in the NFC North.
#11: Buffalo Bills FROM Tennessee Titans TRADE with Baltimore Ravens – Greg Robinson, OT Auburn
- The Ravens need an offensive tackle to play opposite Monroe. When they see Robinson sliding, they do what they can to move up and get him. Oher just wasn’t an option anymore.
#12: New York Giants – Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh
- Losing Linval Joseph to Minnesota is going to hurt, but they can do their best to plug the hole with the hole with the top defensive tackle prospect with a huge upside.
#13: St. Louis Rams – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, S Alabama
- The Rams take care of their two biggest team needs with their top two picks. Clinton-Dix will be a starter immediately to help T.J. McDonald in the secondary.
#14: Chicago Bears TRADE to New York Jets – Kelvin Benjamin, WR Florida State
- The Jets were panicking a bit when both Watkins and Evans went off the board early and didn’t want to miss out on a potential #1 wide receiver. Benjamin can be that guy.
#15: Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert, CB Oklahoma State
- Cornerback was a terrible position for the Steelers last year. Ike Taylor shouldn’t be an NFL starter and they need to upgrade the position IMMEDIATELY.
#16: Dallas Cowboys – Dee Ford, DE Auburn
- Dallas has many needs along that defensive line, but they have to try to replace the production they will lose from the departure of Demarcus Ware first.
#17: Buffalo Bills FROM Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Pryor, S Louisville
- Losing Byrd hurts, but they get a hard hitting safety that could make them forget about him. Pryor is a monster in the secondary and will help Buffalo right away.
#18: Chicago Bears FROM New York Jets – Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State
- Chicago needs a guy that can get a push from the middle of the defensive line. Jernigan may not have the massive size of some DTs, but he fits the bill for the Bears.
#19: Miami Dolphins – Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan
- Miami needs to get that offensive line figured out, and Lewan is both the best player available and fills a HUGE need. The guard spots can be figured out later.
#20: Arizona Cardinals – Zack Martin, OT Notre Dame
- While there is some concern about Martin’s ability to play offensive tackle at the NFL level, the Cardinals can’t risk going into the season with the guys they have on the roster.
#21: Green Bay Packers TRADE to San Francisco 49ers – Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State
- San Francisco has the picks to trade and a need to fill. Cooks will fill the slot role for the 49ers and add a valuable weapon for Kaepernick in the passing game.
#22: Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech
- Fuller would be looked upon to the the Eagles’ #1 corner. They lacked a player that could cover other team’s #1 wide receivers, and Fuller is physical enough to handle them.
#23: Kansas City Chiefs – Jason Verrett, CB TCU
- A nickel corner is exactly what the Chiefs are looking for, and Verrett could be the best one in this year’s draft. He is a physical playmaker with an aggressive mean streak.
#24: Cincinnati Bengals – Kony Ealy, DE Missouri
- After losing Michael Johnson, the Bengals need to find a pass rusher that can work hard enough to fill the gap. Ealy is exactly what Cincinnati loves in a player.
#25: San Diego Chargers – Louis Nix, DT Notre Dame
- The big run stuffer and space eater is a solid pick for the Chargers, who were hoping that one of the top tier cornerbacks would fall to them at this point.
#26: Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
- Not only did the Browns get the wide receiver they wanted, but the also snagged one of the top quarterbacks with their second pick. This Browns offense could surprise folks.
#27: New Orleans Saints -Scott Crichton, OLB Oregon State
- Crichton is a pass rusher and and playmaker that fans may not be super familiar with. His skill set and motor make him a perfect fit for the Saints defense.
#28: Carolina Panthers – Marqise Lee, WR USC
- At one time, Lee was seen as a lock to be a top 5 pick. If the Panthers can get Lee’s full potential, they’ll have a steal and a true #1 receiver at a bargain price.
#29: New England Patriots – Eric Ebron, TE North Carolina
- The Aaron Hernandez pick didn’t exactly work out for New England, but they can return to their two-TE sets if they bring in a receiving threat at the position like Ebron.
#30: Green Bay Packers FROM San Francisco 49ers – C.J. Mosley, ILB Alabama
- Safety is the top need for the Packers, but Mosley’s slide and a need for a thumping middle linebacker make this a perfect fit. The Packers need to build that defense back up.
#31: Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State
- Denver needs someone to play opposite Talib in that defense. Other players are aging, but the only real question about Roby is his size, which the Broncos don’t seem to worry about.
#32: Seattle Seahawks select Allen Robinson, WR Penn State
- The Seahawks need to rebuild their receiving corps after losing Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Robinson is a big target that could take some of the pressure of Percy Harvin and Russell Wilson.
- Jacksonville trades #3 overall pick to Atlanta in exchange for the #6, #38, and #102 overall picks in the 2014 draft.
- Tampa Bay trades #7 overall pick to Minnesota in exchange for the #8 and #96 picks in the 2014 NFL draft
- Buffalo trades the #9 overall pick to Tennessee in exchange for the #11 and #107 picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Buffalo trades #11 overall to Baltimore in exchange for #17 and #49 picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Chicago trades #14 overall to the Jets in exchange for #18 and #82 picks in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Green Bay trades #21 to San Francisco for the #30, #94 and #129 picks in the 2014 NFL draft.