Who will be No. 1 pick in 2014?
December, 4, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN.com
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesWith Marcus Mariota returning to school, Teddy Bridgewater is now the top QB prospect for 2014.The number of potential No. 1 overall picks for the 2014 NFL draft shrunk by one Tuesday afternoon, with the announcement that Marcus Mariota will be returning to Oregon for his redshirt junior season.
With Mariota no longer in the equation, who will go No. 1? Let's answer that question by looking at the most logical picks for the six likeliest teams to land the top pick in the 2014 draft.
One note before we get started: It is still very early in the draft process, and I'm just scratching the surface with my evaluations at this point, especially when it comes to the quarterbacks. I still have nearly all of the 2013 season tape to study, in addition to background checks, measureables, pressure drops tests, etc. But what follows is a look based on what we know right now.
We've ordered the teams below based on which are likeliest to land the No. 1 pick, according to Football Outsiders' projections.
1. Houston Texans
Needs: QB, OT
Likeliest No. 1 pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Case Keenum is not the long-term answer at quarterback for the Texans. I think it would have been easier for Houston to take Mariota as its QB of the future, given his elite potential, especially since there are some long-term durability concerns with Bridgewater because of his frame. So there's a chance they would instead choose to address their offensive line and take Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews at No. 1.