In April of 2014, it was a lock that Jadeveon Clowney would be the first pick to the Houston Texans in the NFL draft. While injuries have kept him from proving his skills, other defensive players have dominated from week one of their rookie season. These players are Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald. Both players are All-Pro players in just the second year of their careers. Would the Texans elect one of these players to play alongside JJ Watt? Meanwhile, quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Derek Carr appear to be the NFL’s future at their position. If the Texans decide to go quarterback, who will they pick? Following the Texans choice, what other players are most prepared to be a top 10 pick? Let’s answer these questions in our 2014 NFL Re-Draft!
|Pick||Team||Original Pick||New Pick|
|1.||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, South Carolina||Blake Bortles, QB, UCF|
|2.||St. Louis Rams||Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn||Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt|
|3.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Blake Bortles, QB, UCF||Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU|
|4.||Buffalo Bills||Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State|
|5.||Oakland Raiders||Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo||Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo|
|6.||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M||Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame|
|7.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M||Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan|
|8.||Cleveland Browns||Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville|
|9.||Minnesota Vikings||Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA||CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama|
|10.||Detroit Lions||Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina||Malcolm Butler, CB, West Alabama|
|11.||Tennessee Titans||Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan||Joel Bitonio, OG, Nevada|
|12.||New York Giants||Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU||Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State|
|13.||St. Louis Rams||Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt||Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M|
|14.||Chicago Bears||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech||Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA|
|15.||Pittsburgh Steelers||Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State||Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State|
|16.||Dallas Cowboys||Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame||Trai Turner, OG, LSU|
|17.||Baltimore Ravens||CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama||Corey Linsley, C, Ohio State|
|18.||New York Jets||Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville||Deone Bucannon, S, Louisville|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Ja’wuan James, OT, Tennessee||Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State|
|20.||New Orleans Saints||Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State||Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson|
|21.||Green Bay Packers||HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama||Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, South Carolina|
|22.||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M||Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn|
|23.||Kansas City Chiefs||Dee Ford, DE, Auburn||Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU|
|24.||Cincinnati Bengals||Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State||Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU|
|25.||San Diego Chargers||Jason Verrett, CB, TCU||Jason Verrett, CB, TCU|
|26.||Philadelphia Eagles||Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville||HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama|
|27.||Arizona Cardinals||Deone Bucannon, S, Louisville||Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State|
|28.||Carolina Panthers||Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State||EJ Gaines, CB, Missouri|
|29.||New England Patriots||Dominique Easley, DT, Florida||Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina|
|30.||San Francisco 49ers||Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois||Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State|
|31.||Denver Broncos||Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State||Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech|
|32.||Minnesota Vikings||Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois|
Breakdown of the Top 10:
- Houston Texans
Original: Jadeveon Clowney, OLB, South Carolina
New: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Discussion: Clowney seemed like the obvious choice here to compliment JJ Watt, but injuries have kept him off the field. The Texans instead lock up their future quarterback that they have been desperately searching for.
- St. Louis Rams
Original: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
New: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Discussion: Greg Robinson has not reached his potential yet, so the Rams look to the defensive line instead by picking Aaron Donald, a player they drafted 13th overall in this draft. Donald is a contender for Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and it makes the most sense.
- Jacksonville Jaguars
Original: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
New: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Discussion: With Bortles off the board, the Jaguars opt to take Odell Beckham Jr., one the league’s best wide receivers. They could go quarterback, but OBJ has all the talent in the world for his position.
- Buffalo Bills
Original: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
New: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Discussion: While Sammy Watkins is still on the board, the Bills decide to pick their quarterback in Derek Carr. Having a breakout season in 2015, Carr has a bright future in the NFL.
- Oakland Raiders
Original: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
New: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Discussion: Like I said going into the 2014 NFL Draft, Khalil Mack would be the best player of the bunch. After being an All-Pro player in two positions (DE and OLB) in 2015, the Raiders have no doubt about their pick.
- Atlanta Falcons
Original: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
New: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Discussion: The Falcons decide to improve their offensive line by picking Zach Martin of Notre Dame. Martin has had a great career with the Cowboys and is one of the NFL’s best interior linemen.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Original: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
New: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Discussion: The Buccaneers could go with Mike Evans again, but their offensive line needs some work. Taylor Lewan would be the perfect pick to help their pass protection.
- Cleveland Browns
Original: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
New: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Discussion: Cleveland has had bad luck in recent drafts, and this included Gilbert. The Browns have needed a quarterback for several years now, and Bridgewater is their best bet.
- Minnesota Vikings
Original: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
New: CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Discussion: Anthony Barr has been great since his rookie season, but one linebacker on the board is better. CJ Mosley is a top 5 inside linebacker, a position that needs improvement as soon as possible.
- Detroit Lions
Original: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
New: Malcolm Butler, CB, West Alabama
Discussion: Eric Ebron has been a disappointment, so Detroit elects to pass on him. Instead, they bring in one of the best young cornerbacks in the NFL, Malcolm Butler. Although he is known for this game-winning play of SBXLIX, Butler has improved every week playing as the number one cornerback for New England.