2014 NFL Re-Draft

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:

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

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