Welcome to the first of my many 2014 NFL mock drafts here on CSNbaltimore. The plan between now and May 8 – a.k.a. Day 1 of the draft – will be to provide analysis, insight and gut reactions on what the Baltimore Ravens might wind up doing as well as the other 31 teams for the first and second rounds.
Expect mock draft updates every other week to start, but the frequency will pick up as we move closer to May or because my boss says so. In addition, there will be posts on specific players, rankings, team needs plus reaction to news and rumors. Cool? Cool.
Now, some details and then, the mock.
• Some of you might be thinking, “why would CSN have the Wizards and college basketball guy talking NFL Draft?” Legit question, which I can best answer with this link (check No. 3 on the right side of the page).
• Johnny Football goes No. 1 to the Houston Texans, at least for now. Fascinating prospect who also offers box office appeal. Whether Manziel’s on-field potential is deemed starry enough for a team to take a shot at those dollars while passing on the other prominent QB talents or South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is the question.
• As you’ll soon see, the Ravens end up with USC wide receiver Marqise Lee at 16 and Arkansas center Travis Swanson in the second round. The passing attack lacked weapons last season, so whether it’s Lee or North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, this area must be addressed. On the assumption free agent Dennis Pitta remains in Charm City, the Baltimore takes a wide receiver and here, one with big play capability. More on all of this in the days and weeks ahead.
For the full mock draft, click here.