2014 NFL mock draft: In which I pick names out of a hat

Jonathan Daniel

For my 2014 NFL mock draft, I literally picked names out of a hat. Here are the results.

For the second year in a row, I decided to put together my mock draft by simply picking names out of a hat. Last year, my out-of-a-hat mock draft produced some crazy picks (like Geno Smith going to the Detroit Lions), but it actually got two selections correct. Considering how unpredictable the first round turned out to be, that was quite good all things considered.

For this year's out-of-a-hat mock draft, I took the top 32 players from SB Nation's top 200 rankings and put the names into a hat:

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I then went through the first round by picking a name out for each pick. Once again, this method produced some crazy picks that will never actually happen -- Louis Nix going to the Lions at 10, for example -- but there are a few selections that do seem plausible. Check it out:

# Team Player Pos. College
1 Houston Texans Mike Evans
WR
Texas A&M
2 St. Louis Rams (From WAS) Bradley Roby
CB
Ohio State
3 Jacksonville Jaguars C.J. Mosley
MLB
Alabama
4 Cleveland Browns Cyrus Kouandjio
OT
Alabama
5 Oakland Raiders Blake Bortles
QB
UCF
6 Atlanta Falcons Teddy Bridgewater
QB
Louisville
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Taylor Lewan
OT
Michigan
8 Minnesota Vikings Stephon Tuitt
DT/DE
Notre Dame
9 Buffalo Bills Ra'Shede Hageman
DT
Minnesota
10 Detroit Lions Louis Nix
DT
Notre Dame
11 Tennessee Titans Eric Ebron
TE
North Carolina
12 New York Giants Marqise Lee
WR
USC
13 St. Louis Rams Darqueze Dennard
CB
Michigan State
14 Chicago Bears Aaron Donald
DT
Pittsburgh
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Calvin Pryor
S
Louisville
16 Dallas Cowboys Jimmie Ward
S
Northern Illinois
17 Baltimore Ravens Zack Martin
OT/OG
Notre Dame
18 New York Jets Ryan Shazier
OLB
Ohio State
19 Miami Dolphins Kony Ealy
DE
Missouri
20 Arizona Cardinals Jadeveon Clowney
DE
South Carolina
21 Green Bay Packers Odell Beckham Jr.
WR
LSU
22 Philadelphia Eagles Khalil Mack
OLB
Buffalo
23 Kansas City Chiefs Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
S
Alabama
24 Cincinnati Bengals Jake Matthews
OT
Texas A&M
25 San Diego Chargers Dee Ford
DE/OLB
Auburn
26 Cleveland Browns (From IND) Johnny Manziel
QB
Texas A&M
27 New Orleans Saints Xavier Su'a-Filo
OG
UCLA
28 Carolina Panthers Jason Verrett
CB
TCU
29 New England Patriots Sammy Watkins
WR
Clemson
30 San Francisco 49ers Anthony Barr
OLB
UCLA
31 Denver Broncos Justin Gilbert
CB
Oklahoma State
32 Seattle Seahawks Greg Robinson
OT
Auburn

The point of this exercise is obviously not to put together the most accurate 2014 NFL mock draft possible. Instead, it's simply a nod to the unpredictability of the actual draft. In many cases, you're better off picking a name out of a hat than trying to actually predict what will happen, as last year showed us.

For this year, let's go ahead and set the over/under at 1.5 for how many picks the out-of-a-hat mock draft will correctly predict. Are you taking the over or under?

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