2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Free Agency Edition
By Dave Searles
Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) jogs off the field following their win over the North Carolina Tar Heels at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
6. Atlanta Falcons
Defensive End, South Carolina
Previously: Khalil Mack (Outside Linebacker, Buffalo)
The Atlanta Falcons would go crazy if they are able to get Jadeveon Clowney without trading up. Clowney is not expected to slip outside the top-three picks, but if no teams trade up for him and quarterbacks go early, it is possible. Atlanta needs to enhance its pass rush. Clowney is the most intriguing defensive player in this draft and could be used both as a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB in their hybrid offense.
The Falcons were so thrilled to see the most talented defensive prospect in years slip to the sixth pick, the pick came in as soon as the Raiders confirmed the Watkins selection. Jadeveon Clowney is a scheme amoeba, with the pass rushing ability to put his hand in the dirt in a 4-3 and athletic enough to stand up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 should Atlanta ever decide to change alignments.