2014 NFL Mock Draft Version 2.0 – Post Free Agency Edition

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M offensive lineman Jake Matthews runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jake Matthews
Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

Previously: Sammy Watkins (Wide Receiver, Clemson)


There are three very good options here for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jake Matthews (best offensive player available), Khalil Mack (best defensive player available) or Derek Carr (best quarterback available). Matthews is one of the best offensive tackle prospects of the last five years and probably the safest pick at spot number seven. He could immediately take over at RT for the Bucs, replacing Demar Dotson.


Jake Matthews is likely the safest offensive lineman in the 2014 NFL Draft, who would have likely still been a top-15 selection had he declared last year. Watkins was the primary target, but with him off the board Tampa selects a versatile player and excellent pass blocker in Matthews who will immediately contribute as a day one starter at right tackle.