Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Deseret News 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Where are the quarterbacks going to go?

By Brandon Judd, Carter Williams, Trent Christiansen, Jay Yeomans, Lafe Peavler, Nate Gagon, Andrew Aragon, Chris VanCampen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, May 7 4:01 p.m. MDT

 Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Nam Y. Huh, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Soon, the speculating of who's going where and the breakdown of players' strengths, weaknesses and combine numbers will be over when the NFL Draft commences on Thursday.

Until then, though, there will be plenty of prognosticating about how the draft will shake out.

In honor of when the NFL traditionally holds its draft, the Deseret News sports staff broke down how it thinks the first round will play out in late April. Here's a look at what the staff had to say then, and it still applies now.

Will BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy come off the board on Day 1? Could former Timpview lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo find himself taken in the first round?

This year, unlike last year with BYU's Ezekiel Ansah and Utah's Star Lotulelei, there are no surefire first-round prospects from Utah, adding intrigue for the Beehive State.

The NFL's eight divisions were divided up with each writer taking a division. We drafted over the course of two days using email. Here's how it went down and why. Did we make the right picks? Let us know in the comments section.

VIEW ENTIRE 1st ROUND MOCK DRAFT HERE.

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1. patriot
Cedar Hills, UT,
April 23, 2014

this much I know - Johnny Football is too small for the NFL and I wouldn't waste a first round pick on the kid. He has the heart but not the size. A few hits and he is on the disabled list for good. I would take him in the third round but that's it.

2. 2020
Herriman, UT,
April 24, 2014

Russel Wilson will have GMs and coaches overlooking size, at least for a while.

3. Wally West
SLC, UT,
April 24, 2014

to 2020

RW played in a pro style at Wisconsin and NC state. Plus, he doesn't rely on his improvisation /mobility.

4. Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA,
April 24, 2014

patriot:

I totally agree with you. Manziel may go in the first round -- he does come with a lot of hype -- but I don't see him as a franchise QB due to two facets. One, as you'd already mentioned, is his size. He's too small. I'm surprised he didn't get hurt while in the SEC. And the second...he's a prima donna; not a team player. Like Favre. Only Favre DID have "NFL QB" size.

And speaking of "prima donnas"....Jadeveon Clowney. I know he's got a ton of talent, but are the coaches going to be prepared to put up with this guy? Might he become a cancer in the locker room? How badly does Houston really need a DE?