2014 NFL Mock Draft: New Risers and Fallers

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New England Patriots former player Joe Andruzzi (left) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell make a Boston Strong presentation during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

As with most offseasons, Free Agency has had a significant impact on the NFL Draft. Many teams addressed their needs through the acquisition of veteran players. This frees them to pick from a wider pool of players and a wider pool of positions on draft day. With some needs addressed and other needs created, what can we expect in May’s  NFL draft?

The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a very interesting situation. They have addressed the defensive line heavily in free agency by signing multiple rotational players and one true expected starter (Henry Melton). Even with these acquisitions, the DL is priority #1 this May. DeMarcus Ware departed for Denver and Dallas lacks anything resembling a speed rusher on the team. The Cowboys can go after a speedy weakside defensive end to replace DeMarcus. It’s hard to imagine any sort of a pass-rush without one. They could also look to add a big body to play the 1 technique DT. A traditional 1 technique isn’t flashy but it’s needed. Offensive line could use some help too. Safety has been a troubling situation for years. The Cowboys could finally take care of that.

Let’s take a look at this week’s mock draft and see what the Cowboys do.



Jan 1, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Central Florida Knights quarterback Blake Bortles runs into the end zone for a fourth quarter touchdown 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

1. Houston Texans

Blake Bortles


Blake Bortles is a big strong prototypical QB worthy of the #1 spot. Clowney is extremely tempting to the Texans but O’Brian knows this team is only a signal caller away from contention and will be pushing hard for the top QB.

Manziel seems risky with his nontraditional style of play and his small personal stature. Teddy Bridgewater looks even riskier after his pedestrian Pro Day. If the pick is QB, the player is Bortles.


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