Let's imagine for a minute that every NFL GM played Madden - like a lot. Keller and I put our Madden hats on and drafted as if every NFL GM played Madden, and were exclusively drafting to help their respective virtual teams in franchise mode. I present to you the Madden Mock Draft for 2014! 1. Houston - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M While the real life Bill O'Brien might opt for a more prototypical quarterback, Manziel is the pick here. His elusiveness in the pocket and ability to run zone read will keep the chains moving, allowing the Texan's stout defense to rest up. Furthermore, he'll provide a huge fan interest boost, and sell tons of jerseys in his native Texas. 2. St Louis - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina Hard to envision the Rams picking Clowney with guys like Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the roster but you don't pass up on a talent like this. Won't have a high motor every single snap but elite first step acceleration and other worldly speed for a 6'6 266 pound athlete coupled with disruptive bull rush and block shedding abilities make this a no brainer. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson It's hard to envision a scenario in which Sammy Watkins isn't a downright Madden stud. Possessing great speed, acceleration, and route running ability, Watkins is also a nightmare in the open field with high elusiveness and the ability to break tackles. Doubling as a return threat, there's simply too much Madden value here for the Jaguars to go in any other direction. 4. Cleveland - LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo Cleveland isn't going to overpay for less than a surefire thing at QB, especially since they have another pick in the 1st round, albeit later. Here they want an impact player and Mack is a safe bet to be one. 6'3 250 pounds and has versatility to play all over the place in both 30 and 40 fronts. Great play recognition, first step acceleration, and a wide variety of finesse pass rushing moves including swim and spin. Relentless pursuit, a violent hitter and has a motor that never stops. 5. Oakland - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M After putting their faith (and wallet) behind former Texans signal-caller Matt Schaub, the Raiders are in dire need of offensive weapons. Despite bringing in WR James Jones and HB Maurice Jones-Drew, the Raiders still lack that game-changing Madden talent Run DMC was supposed to be. Evans is a young Vincent Jackson, with deceptive athleticism and burst, and with what should be elite strength and jump ratings. Couple that with his massive physical frame, and Evans will be a nightmare for gamers trying to play red zone defense against the silver and black. 6. Atlanta - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M Matt Ryan was sacked a career high 44 times last year and while Auburns OT Greg Robinson gets some consideration for his athleticism and ability to maul in the run game, the Falcons can't pass up on the surest tackle in the draft. He played in a spread offense against the best competition in the SEC and is versatile enough to play any position along the offensive line. He's the only tackle in this class that doesn't have any holes in his game. You won't find this combination of reliability, versatility, pass block & run block skills, and athleticism anywhere else. 7. Tampa Bay - WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU The Bucs desperately need a compliment to Vincent Jackson, and Beckham fits the bill. Beckham should have solid speed, great acceleration, juke move, and a tremendous elusiveness rating - making him a terror in the open field. Beckham should also be equipped with a good return rating, adding increased Madden value to this pick. 8. Minnesota Vikings - QB Blake Bortles, UCF The Vikings are in dire need of a consistent signal-caller, as AP's window of dominance is slowly closing. Bortles projects to have good throw power, elusiveness, short accuracy, medium accuracy, and potential - all whilst having a quick release and a decent amount of speed, both of which can be vital in Madden. I expect Bortles to have a lower awareness rating, as he's shown an unwillingness to stay in and step up in the pocket.. His biggest ratings flaw is bound to be his deep ball accuracy. 9. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Shazier, Ohio State He ran a 4.36 unofficial time at his Pro Day at 6'1 237 pounds and ever since then Madden gamers are anxious to get their hands on a linebacker with this sort of athletic ability. Speed, acceleration, agility, man coverage, zone coverage and tackling should all be off the charts for a linebacker so Shazier gives the Bills the type of playmaker that can lock down the middle of the field, run with athletic tight ends with his athleticism and play sideline to sideline against the run or screen game. 10. Detroit Lions - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State Gilbert is an elite Madden talent; a player whose combination of athleticism and technique can change the course of a game completely. With great speed and acceleration ratings, Gilbert should also have great press and man coverage ability. His zone coverage is a perceived weakness, as is his overly aggressive nature, the latter of which will surely be taken into consideration with player traits. Gilbert will also be arguably the drafts best kick return option. 11. Tennessee Titans - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville Jake Locker is not the answer in Tennessee and Madden fans can certainly appreciate an accurate passer such as Bridgewater. Teddy doesn't have the huge arm that many Madden gamers want but he will have much better traits than the likes of Manziel and Bortles including favorable Tight Spiral, Senses Pressure, Tuck and Run, Throw Ball Away and possibly even the coveted Clutch trait. He'll have the best short throwing accuracy in this crop of QBs as well as adequate Medium Accuracy but expect his Deep Accuracy to be lower than Manziel. Bridgewater has a great skill set to build upon, only hampered really by his lack of elite arm strength. 12. New York Giants - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina Hard to believe how much Madden talent is left on the board - Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, and Greg Robinson will all be dangerous in the hands of a talented gamer. Despite all of them fitting a need for New York, Eli is in need of more weapons, and Ebron fits that bill. Ebron is as close to Vernon Davis as we've seen since the former Terrapin lit up the combine in 2006. The Tar Heel is a willing and underrated blocker with tons of athleticism and good hands. Though his blocking and strength ratings might come in a bit low, with high development, it's hard to imagine Ebron not finding success with Eli, who made Kevin Boss look like an All Pro. 13. St Louis Rams - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn The Rams can go a lot of ways with this pick and it feels like they could easily go defense again to pair with Clowney especially with great players still left on the board but Sam Bradford needs help. The Rams offensive line needs re-energized with Jake Long going down last season blowing out his knee. Hopefully he can return to form but even if he can, a top OT makes sense especially with the emergence of Zac Stacy last year in the running game. Greg Robinson is an absolute mauler in the run game with elite athleticism for his size. He'll have excellent strength, impact blocking and run blocking while leaving something to be desired in his first season or two as a pass blocker. 14. DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh Interior pressure is a great way to set yourself up for success on the virtual gridiron - no player can offer said pressure quite like Aaron Donald. Though I'm tempted to take Alabama S Clinton-Dix here, Donald provides way too much Madden value to pass on. With elite acceleration, block shed, and power moves, Donald should be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Despite being a bit undersized, there are really no chinks in his armor, as his penetration will also serve him well in the run game. Adding Donald to the mix should give the Bears an absolutely fearsome defensive line. 15. Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State Darqueze Dennard was considered here but without that top end speed which is needed in Madden, Bradley Roby is easy to fall in love with when you look at his measurables. Roby has prototypical size, fluidity and speed so expect mid 90's across the board in speed, agility and acceleration. Couple that with good balls skills, production in both man press, zone and off-man versatility, and an aggressive on field attitude and you have yourself an excellent corner to try and build a defense around. 16. Dallas Cowboys - OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA As of this moment, George Sevlie is Dallas' best edge rusher; this situation needs to be resolved asap. The Cowboys are hosting Barr for a visit as I write this, and the pick is a nice combination of need and Madden value. Barr is reminiscent of the recently departed DeMarcus Ware, as he combines length with freakish athletic ability and burst. Barr should have insane acceleration, block shed, and finesse move in Madden, and will be a terror coming off the edge. In order to be a complete player, however, gamers will have to invest in xp upgrades to Barr's strength and zone coverage (if he stays at linebacker). 17. Baltimore Ravens - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan WR isn't as much of a need as it was prior to Free Agency with the signing of Steve Smith and further I can't see the Ravens going Safety with their top pick in back to back years so Clinton-Dix will have to keep waiting. Lewan makes the most sense to protect that hefty investment in Joe Flacco and give the offense time to get the ball down field to one of the best deep threats in Madden, WR Torrey Smith. Lewan had the top 40 time at the combine of any offensive lineman so expect him to have excellent quickness to be able to get to the second level as well as polished pass blocking. He lacks the ability to really maul in the run game but he's a superb fit in Gary Kubiak's zone blocking scheme. 18. New York Jets - FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville Though many believe Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix is both the better Madden player and the faster player, I can't help but think Pryor feeds right into what Gang Green and Rex Ryan love - smashmouth football. Pryor is more versatile than Dix, and can absolutely lay the lumber. Happy hit sticking, Jets fans!. 19. Miami Dolphins - DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame The Dolphins let Paul Soliai walk to Atlanta and Randy Starks is no spring chicken so this is a no brainer in Miami. Nix represents excellent value for a player with his ceiling at this point in the draft. Nix will have excellent strength, blockshed and surprising acceleration for a man his size but will need to develop some pass rushing moves/traits as well as work on his stamina. Overall though, there isn't a better run stuffer in this class and Miami should have an excellent player that will contribute from day 1. 20. Arizona Cardinals - OLB/DE Kony Ealy, Missouri The Cardinals really lack a pass rusher opposite Sam Acho, and Ealy's athleticism should translate very well in Madden. I expect Early to have very good speed, excellent acceleration, solid block shed, and tremendous finesse move. Where he will struggle in this scheme is dropping back into coverage. 21. Green Bay Packers - S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix This is a slam dunk for Green Bay - the Packers get the consensus best Safety prospect at a position of great need for them. Clinton-Dix has excellent instincts and quickly reacts to plays so expect his pursuit, play recognition and zone coverage to all be the best among this draft class. He's an excellent tackler as well, albeit not as big of a hitter as some might expect coming out of Tuscaloosa. Clinton-Dix is just an average athlete however, probably in more of the Jairus Byrd framework but lacking the ballhawking production. 22. Philadelphia Eagles - WR Marquise Lee, USC Much like the Green Bay pick, this is a perfect combination of Madden value and need. Lee, once thought to be a sure-fire top 5 pick, fell off the radar to an extent - in part because of general turmoil at USC, and in part to inconsistent quarterback play and injuries. While not possessing top end speed of, say, a Sammy Watkins, Lee is a dynamic playmaker who will come into Madden 15 a very polished route runner, great catch in traffic, elite acceleration and elusiveness. With the loss of DeSean Jackson, this pick is a no-brainer for virtual GMs. 23. Kansas City Chiefs - WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss The Chiefs are stuck in a bad spot with so many WR's going before this pick but need dictates the choice and the height/weight/speed of Moncrief is too tantalizing to pass up. Moncrief clocked in a 4.40 flat and is a bigger WR at 6'2 221 who showed good ability to get deep in the SEC. Expect Moncrief to be an excellent big bodied deep threat with good speed, acceleration and release but expect average catch in traffic, spectacular catch and even below average route running - which Madden gamers know is relatively easy to progress. 24. Cincinnati Bengals - CB Darqueze Dennard, MSU When Terrence Newman and Pacman Jones are your two starting cornerbacks, the position has to be a focus in the draft. Dennard should have very solid press and man coverage skills, good acceleration, and solid speed as well. Where Dennard could stand to improve is in his tackling ability and his zone coverage, both of which should be rated quite a bit lower than the rest of his attributes. 25. San Diego Chargers - CB Jason Verrett, TCU San Diego probably cringed when they saw Dennard go just one pick ahead of them but the need is tremendous and luckily for them Verrett has the kind of speed that Madden gamers covet. Verrett is undersized at only 5'9 but has outstanding quickness so expect all of his speed, acceleration and agility attributes to be among the best in this CB class. He may have shaky confidence however, as displayed in some games over the course of his college career so Madden gamers will have to overcome that as well. 26. Cleveland Browns - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State Put simply, the Browns have to solve their quarterback problem immediately. Carr combines great size and pedigree with an excellent arm - the latter of which is paramount in Madden. He tends to get a little bit erratic when faced with a heavy rush, which will be reflected in his accuracy rating and QB traits. Most importantly, however, Carr will likely have "fast" or "superstar" development rate, enabling gamers to compensate for these deficiencies with rapid xp upgrades. 27. New Orleans Saints - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech The Saints are unfortunately pretty desperate for a Corner, even with the signing of Champ Bailey, so Fuller is a bit of a reach here but still capable of developing into a good player. He ran a 4.49 at the combine and is a tad stiff in his hips so expect average speed, agility and acceleration for Fuller. However, Fuller is a willing tackler in run support and displayed excellent zone and off-man coverage skills as well as special teams ability in his years at Virginia Tech 28. Carolina Panthers - OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame There's been speculation that Martin lacks the size to be a tackle in the NFL, but he is arguably the most NFL ready offensive lineman in this draft. Martin should have excellent run and pass block ratings, as well as acceleration and awareness. Martin, however, needs to get his strength up to realize all of his potential. With Jordan Gross retiring, this is a huge need for the Panthers. 29. New England Patriots - DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State The Patriots lack pass rushers and Lawrence fits the bill with his natural ability. He lacks top end strength at the point of attack and won't hold up against double teams but has a variety of finesse pass rush skills including swim and spin as well as showing ideal first step acceleration and closing speed. His production behind the line of scrimmage at Boise State was fantastic and he fits a big need for the ever present Patriots. 30. San Francisco 49ers - DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame Justin Smith can't play forever; the perennial Pro-Bowler, whose production is critical to the Niners scheme, is now 34. Tuitt is a disruptive pass rusher that is scheme versatile and can play both the 5 technique and 3 technique. Though he will lack elite acceleration, he should have excellent strength, speed (watch his 77 yard fumble return against Navy), and block shed. His motor is a question mark, but if can get going on a consistent basis, he will be a force to reckon with. 31. Denver Broncos - LB CJ Mosely, Alabama The Broncos are priming themselves for another deep playoff run and they have shuffled around a lot of pieces this offseason. One area they were unable to address is linebacker and they would be elated to find themselves a tackling machine in CJ Mosely. Expect Mosely to be an instant success on the Madden gridiron with excellent play recognition, pursuit, tackling and has a high motor. Mosely is fairly average athletically, clocking in the 4.6's for his 40 time at his pro day. He'll need to bulk up to move inside and with his narrow frame at times his blockshedding is not what you'd expect from a top shelf linebacker. Overall though, this might be the steal of the draft for Peyton's Broncos 32. Seattle Seahawks - OT Morgan Moses, UVA The Seahawks got zero consistency out of the right tackle spot last season, and saw Russel Wilson often hiding this deficiency with his scrambling ability. RT is arguably the most important position in Madden, and stability here is paramount for any gamers trying to win back to back superbowls with Seattle. Moses should have excellent acceleration and pass blocking ability, but I would imagine his strength and run blocking ability, both of which are questioned by NFL scouts, will need to be developed.