Seahawks reporter Todd Dybas' 2014 NFL mock draft

Staff writerMay 4, 2014 

Seahawks beat reporter Todd Dybas predicts what players will be drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:

Projections updated Wed., May 7, 2014.

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

  • Height: 6-6 Weight: 266
  • Comment: Too much potential to overlook.

2. St. Louis Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 211
  • Comment: The Rams were 25th in the league with 36 sacks allowed, so they skip a lineman and go to the best receiver.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

  • Height: 6-3 Weight: 251
  • Comment: Gus Bradley knows it starts with defense and none of the QBs compel the Jags enough in this spot.

4. Cleveland Browns: Jake Matthews, OG, Texas A&M

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 308
  • Comment: Browns play it safe with Matthews, a sturdy if not splashy selection.

5. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

  • Height: 6-0 Weight: 207
  • Comment: The outlaw joins the formerly outlaw franchise and brings some life to the moribund Raiders.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 332
  • Comment: The Falcons are a mess, as they showed against the Seahawks last season. Offensive line always a good place to start.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 231
  • Comment: Bucs can be effective when they spread it out and throw it around. Evans helps that.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 255
  • Comment: Oddly, Barr seems under the radar in this draft. He claims he should be in consideration for the top pick.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

  • Height: 6-4 Weight: 250
  • Comment: One of the athletic freaks of the draft, but can he catch? Can he block? A pick loaded with potential.

10. Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 208
  • Comment: Clinton-Dix can help the Lions do what every NFL team needs to do now: put a lid on over the top.

11. Tennessee Titans: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

  • Height: 5-11 Weight: 199
  • Comment: The Titans decide to get Alterraun Verner some help from Dennard, the best corner in the draft.

12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Notre Dame

  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 285
  • Comment: The Giants have all sorts of problems. Drafting Donald will at least help sure up their defensive middle.

13. St. Louis Rams: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

  • Height: 6-0 Weight: 202
  • Comment: After grabbing Watkins earlier, the Rams go back to defense. Gilbert helps the Rams move on from mediocre corners.

14. Chicago Bears: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

  • Height: 5-11 Weight: 207
  • Comment: Pryor brings wheels and menace to the Bears’ secondary, fitting right in with legacy of tough defense in Chicago.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

  • Height: 5-10 Weight: 189
  • Comment: After superb combine and Pro Day workouts, Cooks moves up and bring memories of Hines Ward for Steelers fans.

16. Dallas Cowboys: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

  • Height: 6-2 Weight: 234
  • Comment: Was a force in the SEC which will help make him a force in the NFL. Injuries a concern.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

  • Height: 6-7 Weight: 309
  • Comment: Lewan comes with tremendous ability and off-the-field concerns. The latter causes him to drop.

18. New York Jets: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 211
  • Comment: Rapidly moving up since the combine, Bucannon shows up here in a surprise from the Jets.

19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

  • Height: 6-4 Weight: 308
  • Comment: If you’re an offensive lineman drafted by the Dolphins, are you excited?

20. Arizona Cardinals: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 232
  • Comment: The end is near for Carson Palmer and the Cardinals decide to take their next quarterback this season.

21. Green Bay Packers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

  • Height: 6-5 Weight: 262
  • Comment: A reported sub-4.6 40-yard dash, size and hands make many realize Seferian-Jenkins’ draft demise has been greatly exaggerated.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

  • Height: 6-0 Weight: 192
  • Comment: Chip Kelly takes a look at Lee and sees a speedy guy who can make things happen. Just what he’s looking for.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

  • Height: 5-11 Weight: 198
  • Comment: Beckham is very fast in and out of breaks, but doesn’t have top-end speed.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Timmy Jernigan, NT, Florida State

  • Height: 6-2 Weight: 299
  • Comment: The Bengals add an internal disruption who is strong but needs to get in better overall shape.

25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

  • Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
  • Comment: Comes from a family of football players, with two brothers who have NFL experience. Needs to smooth out technique.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

  • Height: 6-2 Weight: 214
  • Comment: He drops, but not out of the first round. Too much talent there.

27. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

  • Height: 6-4 Weight: 273
  • Comment: Overshadowed by the Michael Sam talk, Ealy is an excellent late-round option.

28. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

  • Height: 6-1 Weight: 212
  • Comment: One of the surprises of the first round is the Panthers taking Adams to fill Steve Smith’s spot.

29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota

  • Height: 6-6 Weight: 310
  • Comment: If his ferocity matches his frame, the Pats will have something.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

  • Height: 5-9 Weight: 189
  • Comment: The weakness of the 49ers’ defense is its cornerbacks. They address that with Verrett.

31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OL, UCLA

  • Height: 6-4 Weight: 307
  • Comment: A versatile lineman with some nasty to him, the Broncos get another piece to protect the statue in the backfield.

32. Seattle Seahawks: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

  • Height: 6-3 Weight: 251
  • Comment: With Su’a-Filo gone, the Seahawks grab Lawrence knowing Cliff Avril may not be back after 2014.

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