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Posted: Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:10PM

NFL Mock Draft #4



(WGR 550) -- The 2014 NFL Draft is under a month away and the season for sifting through all the rumors is upon us.

Since the last mock draft attempt, plenty of waves have been made about the top quarterbacks and where they may end up going. If a quarterback isn't taken first overall, how far might they fall?

And what does that mean for the Buffalo Bills selection at ninth overall? In the third mock draft, the Bills went after Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. Since then though, the team traded for wide receiver Mike Williams which might make wide receiver less of an option. 

How did it play out this time around? Here is another look at what the Bills might do.

Keep in mind, mock drafts should always be considered to be for entertainment purposes only. With that written, on to the mock! 

Round 1
1)  - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
- After three mock drafts with Blake Bortles atop the list, it seems a rather large shift in favor of Jadeveon Clowney is happening with those that cover the team. His talent is thought to be too overwhelming to pass on him.

2)  (from WSH) - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
- A little bit of a curveball, but the Rams can add an impact offensive lineman with their second pick in the draft and land the top wide receiver talent available in 2014. Watkins would become Sam Bradford's new best friend.

3) TRADE  (from JAX) - LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
- The Vikings seem to be heavily interested in acquiring Mack, but it doesn't appear that there is any way that he gets to them at 8th overall. They make the move without giving up their second round pick in 2014, which gives them the ability to draft a quarterback if they so choose.

MIN gets: 3rd overall
JAX gets: 8th overall, 72nd overall, 2015 1st round pick


4)  - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
- After the Browns signed Paul McQuistan it eliminated any potential push to take an offensive tackle at fourth overall. The quarterback doesn't appear to be the top target for Cleveland, so they add Mike Evans to go along with Josh Gordon.

5)  - QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
- They would probably like to move down from fifth overall, but Bortles being available gets them to re-consider and they stand pat and take him. GM Reggie McKenzie needs to formulate some future plan at quarterback. The time has come.

6)  - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
- The Falcons could clearly use some help in the form of a pass rusher, but both Clowney and Mack are off the board at this point. That gives the Falcons their pick of the litter of offensive tackles and Robinson settles in as Matt Ryan's blindside protector for the forseeable future.

7)  - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
- A new era in Tampa Bay will likely mean a new quarterback at some point, and Manziel mixing with a head coach (Lovie Smith) that has a background on the defensive side of the ball seems like the best thing for all parties. They already have a Mike Evans in place in Tampa Bay as it is in the form of Vincent Jackson.

8) TRADE  (from JAX via MIN) - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
- The tackles went a bit later than expected and the Rams pounce on the opportunity to add Jake Matthews to their offensive line. If they don't move to 8th overall, the Bills will almost assuredly take him. The Jaguars trade away the pick they acquired in the Minnesota deal and upgrade it to an early second round pick.

STL gets: 8th overall, 72nd overall
JAX gets: 13th overall, 44th overall


9)  - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
- This won't be a popular pick amongst Bills fans, but Lewan fits into the mold that the Bills are trying to install on offense. He'll help as a run blocker, which will help the team's run-heavy philosophy. Eric Ebron is a very intriguing option at ninth overall, but do the Bills value tight end that highly? Both positions have their merits, but an old-school approach on offense might swing the favor back to tackle, despite him being the third-best option available in 2014.

10)   - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
- The Lions are looking to add a target to take some pressure off of Calvin Johnson. They'll be able to split him out wide and keep Brandon Pettigrew on the line next to the tackle if they're going for a two tight end look. Ebron offers a lot of versatility.

11) TRADE  - LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
- Grooming a pass rusher to take over for Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil should be a huge focus for the Ravens this off-season, making the trade-up for Barr as one that makes too much sense.

BAL gets: 11th overall, 112th overall
TEN gets: 17th overall, 48th overall


12)  - DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

13)  (from STL) - WR Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
- With the uncertainty surrounding Justin Blackmon and his future with not only the team, but in the NFL as well, pairing Beckham with Cecil Shorts will give Chad Henne and the offense a fighting chance. If Blackmon turns it around, the Jaguars have a phenomenal three-headed attack at wide receiver and a player in Beckham that can do a little bit of everything on offense.

14)  - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

15)   - ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
- The Steelers desperately need to upgrade their inside linebacker position next to Lawrence Timmons, and Mosley is the perfect schematic fit.

16)  - DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

17)  (from BAL) - OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
- Raw pass-rushing talent does not usually last all that long in the NFL Draft, making Attaochu as a prime "surprise first-round" candidate. The Titans were able to move out of 11th overall and flipped a fourth-round pick for a second-round pick in the process.

18) TRADE  (from NYJ) - OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
- Sure, the Panthers need help at wide receiver. They need even more help along the offensive line in a class that falls off a bit after the first five or six names. Knowing there are other teams likely targeting the position, the Panthers make the move up from 28.

CAR gets: 18th overall, 115th overall
NYJ gets: 28th overall, 60th overall


19)  - OT/G Zack Martin, Notre Dame

20) TRADE  (from ARI) - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
- This trade comes from an entirely believable report from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, stating that Bill Belichick and the Patriots would like to add a top receiver type to help Tom Brady in his final years in the league. With all the potential in the world, the Patriots grab the monstrous Kelvin Benjamin.

NE gets: 20th overall, 120th overall
ARI gets: 29th overall, 62nd overall


21)  - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

22)  - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

23) TRADE  - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
- One of the weakest units in football during the 2013 season was the secondary of the Washington Redskins. While a rookie cornerback won't necessarily turn it around overnight, the value of a playmaker like Gilbert being available at this point in the draft forces the Redskins to jump up and grab him.

WAS gets: 23rd overall, 124th overall
KC gets: 34th overall, 66th overall


24)  - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

25) TRADE  - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
- Even though the public perception is that the Browns are smitten with Derek Carr, the Titans don't take any chances with securing Bridgewater for themselves. Armed with an additional second round pick, the Titans trade both for the right to grab what they hope will be the perfect fit for Ken Whisenhunt's offense.

TEN gets: 25th overall, 89th overall
SD gets: 42nd overall, 48th overall


26)  (from IND) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
- The Browns have a few nervous moments, especially when the Titans trade into the pick ahead of them. Ultimately, Cleveland gets their guy.

27)  - DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn

28)  (from CAR) - WR Marqise Lee, USC

29)  (from NE) - DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
- This also goes right in line with the logic that players that are disruptive from the edge in college usually find a home sooner rather than later in the NFL Draft. The Cardinals need one that offers the versatility that Lawrence appears to provide.

30)  - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

31)  - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

32) TRADE  - QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU
- After Houston declined to take a quarterback with the first pick in the draft, and with Bridgewater and Carr both going off the board in the 20's, Minnesota might not be able to afford to wait for their second round pick to get Mettenberger. Trading into the back-end of the first round makes a lot of sense if it's for drafting a quarterback. Why, you ask? It's all about the fifth-year option. If the quarterback is a very good pick, you can avoid the contract squabble until just before his sixth year in the league. It buys you some time to decide if you're ready to give that player a full financial commitment. It's just another reason that should make teams want to add their quarterbacks in the first round over other avenues.

MIN gets: 32nd overall
SEA gets: 40th overall, 96th overall


Round 2
33) TRADE  (from HOU) - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
- The Jets need playmakers on offense and seem to love Amaro. A combination of Lee and Amaro would be a huge win for the Jets on draft weekend.

NYJ gets: 33rd overall, 101st overall
HOU gets: 49th overall, 60th overall


34)  (from WSH) - WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

35)  - ILB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

36)  - DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

37)  - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
- With Tony Gonzalez out of the picture, Matt Ryan is going to need a new safety blanket type of tight end. Seferian-Jenkins has all the talent to be a solid contributor to the pass-heavy attack.

38)  - WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

39)  - G Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

40)  (from MIN) - OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

41)  - DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
- As it was outlined in the 'Bills Draft Outlook' series, Buffalo should heavily consider adding a pass rusher within the first two days of the 2014 NFL Draft. Past Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, there isn't much depth to speak of. With Hughes entering his contract year, it only justifies selecting an early round pass rusher even more. Crichton needs to develop some additional moves in rushing the passer, but he shows a great burst off the snap, violent hand usage against offensive tackles, a non-stop effort throughout games and has the length teams covet in a defensive end.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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