Mock Drafts: Teddy Bridgewater overwhelming first pick
According to those who publish NFL mock drafts, Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater is the overwhelming projected first overall pick in the NFL Draft. We come to that conclusion after munching together 62 mock drafts updated between January 6, 2013 and January 12, 2013.
The NFL Mock Draft Database, the Internet’s original mock database that first appeared 14 years ago on the web, currently lists 192 mock drafts for the 2014 NFL Draft. The Database is the largest on the web and is updated a few times per week.
After munching together the 62 most recent mock drafts, 72% of the mock drafts project Bridgewater to be the first overall election. DE Jadeveon Clowney was second with 16% of mocks projecting him first overall. The Houston Texans hold the top pick and new head coach Bill O’Brien commented on the quarterback position in Houston, but did not make any commitment to specific position. Still, it is highly probably they will nab a QB in a quality QB draft.
“I just got in the building,’’ he said. “There are so many scenarios. We draft a quarterback there, we trade the pick to someone who’ll give us a lot for it, or we take another position. Lots of time to figure that out.”
The St. Louis Rams benefits from a crappy Washington Redskins season, as they will selection second overall. The Rams acquired the Redskins 2014 first round pick int he trade that gave Washington the draft pick in which they acquired QB Robert Griffin III. The Rams have an opportunity to make significant impact on their roster, holding picks #2 and #13. When munching the mocks, 63% of mock writers expect the Rams to select OT Jake Matthews. Matthews is easily slated by most NFL Draft sites as the top left tack in the draft. 24% of mocks have St. Louis taking Clowney at second overall.
Jacksonville holds the third pick in the draft and most mock drafts expect the Jags to pick a quarterback. QB Blaine Gabbert was selected with the 10th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been a bust in Jacksonville and has failed to lock down the starting job and make himself the franchise quarterback. He lost his starting job this season to Chad Henne. Blake Bortles is the quarterback who seems to have rocketed up the mock drafts and the quarterback position rankings. 37% of the mocks project Bortles to go third overall to the Jags. 19% project the Jags to take Bridgewater, should he fall out of the first two slots. 45 of the 62 mock drafts project the Jags to take a quarterback.
Cleveland owns the fourth pick in the draft. News out today is the Browns, despite not having a head coach, are tending to favor Texas A & M QB Johnny Manziel.
For the second time in a month, a report has surfaced indicating the club has a strong interest in drafting the dynamic Texas A&M star who is turning pro with two years of college eligibility remaining, and that its coaching hire may be made with that in mind. This time, it’s cbssports.com reporting the interest. A couple weeks ago, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote something along the same lines.
We shall see. 39 of the mocks project the Browns to select Manziel. Bortles is second among mock drafts at 23%.
Rounding out the top five is the Oakland Raiders. Who the hell knows what they will do. We see that year to year. However, the mocks are scattered between a possible Clowney fall to #5, Manziel, WR Sammy Watkins, and QB Derek Carr.