Minnesota Daily Mock Draft

Daily Sports staff

This weekend’s 2014 NFL Draft marks the beginning — the beginning of many young players’ professional careers and the beginning of a quest for 32 teams as they attempt to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of next season.

It all starts with the 2014 NFL Draft, a three-day spectacle that kicks off Thursday night.

Because the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft fell on same day of the final print edition of the school year, the Minnesota Daily sports staff decided it had to at least take a stab at predicting the first 32 selections.

Now, make no mistake. This mock draft, much like the others that have been floating around the Internet for the last month, will not be correct — not even close.

Still, here’s our (likely frugal) attempt to delve into the minds of general managers across the NFL.

So feel free to agree, disagree, laugh or criticize, but as a whole, we hope our readers enjoy it.

Thanks for the readership. As always, it’s much appreciated.

1. Houston Texans 
Jadeveon Clowney, DL
South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams
Sammy Watkins, WR
Clemson

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack, LB
Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns
Johnny Manziel, QB
Texas A&M

5. Oakland Raiders
Greg Robinson, OL
Auburn

6. Atlanta Falcons
Jake Matthews, OL
Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Aaron Donald, DL
Pittsburgh

8. Minnesota Vikings
Blake Bortles, QB
Central Florida

9. Buffalo Bills
Mike Evans, WR
Texas A&M

10. Detroit Lions
Justin Gilbert, CB
Oklahoma State

11. Tennessee Titans
Darqueze Dennard, CB
Michigan State

12. New York Giants
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S
Alabama

13. St. Louis Rams
Taylor Lewan, OL
Michigan

14. Chicago Bears
Zack Martin, OL
Notre Dame

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Calvin Pryor, S
Louisville

16. Dallas Cowboys
Anthony Barr, LB
UCLA

17. Baltimore Ravens
CJ Mosley, LB
Alabama

18. New York Jets
Brandin Cooks, WR
Oklahoma State

19. Miami Dolphins
Cyrus Kouandjio, OL
Alabama

20. Arizona Cardinals
Ryan Shazier, LB
Ohio State

21. Green Bay Packers
Eric Ebron, TE
North Carolina

22. Philadelphia Eagles
Kyle Fuller, CB
Virginia Tech

23. Kansas City Chiefs
Odell Beckham Jr., WR
LSU

24. Cincinnati Bengals
Jason Verrett, CB
TCU

25. San Diego Chargers
Louis Nix III, DL
Notre Dame

26. Cleveland Browns
Marqise Lee, WR
USC

27. New Orleans Saints
Dee Ford, LB
Auburn

28. Carolina Panthers
Cody Latimer, WR
Indiana

29. New England Patriots
Ra’Shede Hageman, DL
Minnesota

30. San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Matthews, WR
Vanderbilt

31. Denver Broncos
Bradley Roby, CB
Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks
Stephon Tuitt, DL
Notre Dame