NFL Draft: McShay Mock Draft 1.0

McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Houston Texans 

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It’s been a brutal year for the Houston Texans, falling from Super Bowl contender to the NFL’s worst team through Week 15. But even after a campaign that saw the Texans part ways with coach Gary Kubiak and bench starting QB Matt Schaub, hope springs eternal each offseason -- particularly when you have the No. 1 draft pick.

But if the Texans do finish the season in dead last, whom do you pick?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Texans. The most urgent: QB, OT and secondary. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Houston at No. 1 overall.

McShay Mock Draft 1.0: St. Louis Rams 

December, 18, 2013
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The season may not have played out the way Jeff Fisher and the youthful Rams would have liked after an offseason of offensive upgrades and high hopes, but they can thank the Washington Redskins for a very nice consolation prize -- the No. 2 overall pick. Paired with the Rams’ own first-rounder (currently slotted at No. 14 overall) St. Louis can considerably bolster its depth and fill some holes.

So who could the Rams target?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Rams. The most urgent: O-line, defensive secondary, running back, receiver … and even QB. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for St. Louis at No. 2 and No. 14 overall

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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Oakland Raiders 

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Many pundits were picking the Raiders to finish the season in the NFL’s basement, so even a four-win season could come as a step in the right direction. Particularly when the offensive line fell apart before the season even began. A combination of cap concerns and a lack of past draft picks have left the roster thin -- and without a clear franchise QB. At least now they’ll have a high selection in a well-regarded draft class to try to get the organization back on course.

But where do they invest that pick, which is projected at No. 3 overall based on the current standings?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Raiders. The most urgent: quarterback, defensive end, wide receiver and offensive tackle. So what direction do the Raiders turn?

Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Oakland with the No. 3 overall pick

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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Jaguars 

December, 18, 2013
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What started as a season that seemed destined to go down as one of the worst in NFL history has turned around to provide some hope for the future. A streak of four wins in five games gives the Jags something to hold on to as they restock this offseason and continue their rebuild.

The needs are many and, in some cases, glaring. But with so many holes to fill in, where do you start?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Jags. The most urgent: QB (shocking), defensive end, offensive tackle, wide receiver and running back. Fortunately for Jacksonville, the draft projects to be quite deep at those first two position groups, particularly at the top of the draft. So what direction do the Jags turn?

Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Jacksonville with the No. 4 overall pick.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Atlanta Falcons 

December, 18, 2013
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Age and injuries caught up with the Falcons just when they thought they were on the cusp of a Super Bowl. It was a cruel campaign that exposed just how little depth the team had after expending needed draft capital to land Julio Jones. Though the move has given Atlanta one of the top receivers in the NFL, it also contributed to the high-ceiling, low-floor season in which everything was riding on its starting lineup.

The blessing in disguise is that a high pick -- currently No. 5 overall based on current standings -- should help shore up the roster. But what area will the Falcons look to reinforce first?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Falcons. The most urgent: defensive end, offensive tackle, offensive guard, tight end, and even QB. After all, even though Matt Ryan was one of the few QBs who stayed healthy in 2013, if he goes down to injury, what happens to the Falcons? A deeper roster won’t help much without a capable QB.

Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Atlanta with the No. 5 pick.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Cleveland Browns 

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After a disappointing season that provided no clarity to their QB situation -- the Brandon Weeden era appears to be over as quickly as it began -- the Browns are back at the draft in a familiar position. They’re the owners of a high pick looking for assets to aid a roster that (yet again) finished in the bottom third of the league.

The upside is that the cupboard is not bare, with promising players like Joe Haden, Josh Gordon and Barkevious Mingo forming an admirable future foundation. Add in the first-rounder obtained from the Colts in the Trent Richardson trade, and the Browns should be able to continue to stock that pantry come draft day.

But if they hold onto the No. 6 and No. 23 overall picks, as the standings currently dictate, who should they select?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Browns. The most urgent: QB, running back, receiver, corner and offensive guard.

Here are McShay's picks for Cleveland with the No. 6 and No. 23 picks, with analysis on each.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Buccaneers 

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The season went off the rails early, but the Bucs have righted the pirate ship in the second half. While their playoff hopes went unrealized, they’ll be able to claim some reinforcements with another high draft pick. And given Mike Glennon's encouraging performance replacing the ousted Josh Freeman, Tampa likely won’t be compelled to spend that pick -- currently No. 7 overall -- on a QB.

But where will the Bucs invest that pick if not in the signal-caller of the future?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Buccaneers. The most urgent: defensive end, offensive tackle, offensive guard, tight end, and yes, QB. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Tampa with the No. 7 pick.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Minnesota Vikings 

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After a 10-6 campaign last season in which they made the playoffs, things haven’t gone according to plan for the Vikings this season. Christian Ponder hasn’t taken the next step and has been benched in favor of Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel. Youth in the secondary and an aging defensive line have contributed to five blown leads in the final minute of games. The Vikings would have a top-10 pick if the season ended today.

Whom should the Vikings take?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Vikings. Minnesota needs help at QB, defensive end, guard and strong safety opposite Harrison Smith. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Minnesota in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Buffalo Bills 

December, 18, 2013
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The 5-9 Bills won’t make the postseason, but look to have a potential franchise QB in 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel and what appears to be a very strong 2013 class overall. Second-round pick Kiko Alonso has solidified the middle of the defense, while wide receivers Robert Woods (second round) and Marquise Goodwin (third round) have been weapons on the outside. Buffalo has been competitive most of the season, even with Manuel missing a month due to a knee injury, but the defense hasn’t lived up to expectations.

So who should the Bills draft in 2014?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Bills: offensive tackle, safety and defensive end. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Buffalo in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Tennessee Titans 

December, 18, 2013
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It’s been a disappointing season in Tennessee, where the 5-9 Titans won’t make the playoffs and still don’t know if Jake Locker is a franchise QB after he was lost for the season with a foot injury. Tennessee has a strong defense, but could use some help at the skill positions and along the offensive line. Whether Chris Johnson remains with the team is a big offseason question, along with whether Mike Munchak will be back as coach.

So who should the Titans draft in 2014?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Titans. Tennessee needs help at offensive tackle, QB, inside linebacker, safety, corner and defensive end. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Tennessee in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: New York Giants 

December, 18, 2013
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An offensive line like a turnstile, a struggling star receiver, a backfield corps that couldn’t stay healthy -- it all added up to a frustrating season for the Giants that included some truly lopsided losses. While his play has been more erratic than usual in 2013, Eli Manning should at least provide hope that a quick recovery may be possible … but only if the G-men can address a plethora of needs this offseason. An unexpected high draft pick should at least help in that regard.

But who do the Giants target with a pick that currently projects as No. 11 overall, based on the current standings?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Giants. The most urgent: offensive guard, tight end, center and running back. So what direction do the G-men turn?

Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for New York with the No. 11 overall pick.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Steelers 

December, 18, 2013
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The 6-8 Steelers barely remain alive in the playoff hunt, but it's been a disappointing season by Pittsburgh standards. After starting the season 0-4, Pittsburgh has righted the ship behind better play from QB Ben Roethlisberger. But the defense has struggled mightily and needs a lot of help, especially on the back end.

Who should the Steelers draft in Round 1?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Steelers. Pittsburgh needs help at offensive tackle, cornerback and safety. Here's McShay's pick and analysis for the Steelers in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: New York Jets 

December, 18, 2013
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The circus in New York hasn’t stopped for the 5-9 Jets this season, even with Tim Tebow gone. Geno Smith has been up and down as a rookie QB, despite a dearth of skill position players on the outside. Rex Ryan’s team has a terrific defensive line, led by 2013 first-round pick Sheldon Richardson, and a strong defense overall. However, first-round CB Dee Milliner had struggled at times. The big question in New York, though, is the same as it has been in recent years: Do they have a franchise QB on this roster?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Jets: wide receiver, outside linebacker, safety, quarterback, tight end and offensive tackle. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for the Jets in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Detroit Lions 

December, 18, 2013
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Roller coasters require maintenance, so the draft always seems crucial in Detroit. At least last year’s class will have them optimistic. Few teams have seen greater returns from the 2013 draft than the Lions, who received Pro Bowl-caliber play from guard Larry Warford, and have seen Ezekiel Ansah improve and Darius Slay put in major reps at cornerback. Even down-the-board picks Devin Taylor (DE) and Sam Martin (P) have played big roles. But as is often the case with the Lions, needs remain.

Where will they turn in the 2014 draft?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and identified the biggest areas of need for the Lions: linebacker, cornerback and wide receiver. The back end of the Lions’ defense has been a major issue in recent weeks. Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Detroit in Round 1.


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McShay Mock Draft 1.0: Dallas Cowboys 

December, 18, 2013
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It’s been a typical maddening season for the 7-7 Cowboys, as Tony Romo has looked terrific at times … and has also managed to throw critical interceptions to cost Dallas several games. However, regardless of whether Dallas wins the NFC East and makes the postseason, there are wholesale changes that need to occur on a defense that has been awful this season. Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr haven’t lived up to expectations and DeMarcus Ware isn’t getting younger along what was a thin defensive front before injuries piled up.

The Cowboys have a lot of needs on defense, so where should they turn in the draft?

Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Cowboys. Not surprisingly, Dallas’ top four needs are on defense: defensive end, defensive tackle, cornerback and safety (along with right tackle and guard). Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for the Cowboys in Round 1.


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