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

Published: Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:09 p.m. MDT

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 May 8.

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.

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BYU Fan in DC
Washington, DC

Van Noy in the early second round to the Chargers. Imagine a LB core in SD with Van Noy and Teo!

Wally West
SLC, UT

Miami will not take a WR in the 1st. It will be Zack Martin or Ebron.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

the NFL is a black dominated league. Not as much as the NBA but getting close. Look at the first round and you see 75% black to 25% white. Obviously blacks are better athletes than whites but I wonder if liberals will file a discrimination suit against the NFL in behalf of whites? NOT A CHANCE!! Perhaps have quota's where every team must have so many whites on it? NOT A CHANCE!! Where is Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the other race hustlers? The ACLU? No where to be found. I'm not suggesting that any law suit be filed - quite the opposite. Let the market decide who the best most talented players are. If they are all black - so be it. I just wanted to point out the complete hipocrisy in liberlism in America. Completely one-sided. The phony racism used in this country by the left is always one sided.

UtahBruin
Saratoga Springs, UT

I don't know who put this list together, but my opinion is that it is way off.

ajweston
Murray, UT

With the exception of Miami's pick, why do I feel like I've seen this EXACT mock draft before?? Miami needs OL help and a LB. Maybe substituting 1 pick and 31 of someone else's allows you claim this as one's own.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

In regard to Bortles and Bridgewater, there are some strange physical characteristics which are affecting their consideration. Teddy has small hands and this is of concern to many general managers. If you look at a picture of Bortles, you can see that he has thin lower legs. In fact, he has the "piano legs" of Babe Ruth. Ruth had a great upper body which Bortles will develop. However, his lower leg development is of concern.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

Manziel could turn out to be another Fran Tarkenton (Minnesota Vikings). He was one of the best QBs around during his career, and he, like Manziel, was only 6'. Tarkenton could run you to death and did for most of his career, but the linemen back then were mostly big and lumbering and tired easily when running around trying to catch him. Today, they are more physically fit and very fast.

It will be very interesting to see Manziel do his escape act in the pros with (4.5-6 in the 40) faster linemen chasing him.

jpjazz
Sandy, UT

I will be surprised if the Bills take a linebacker, while they have many needs, the defense is the most solid part of their lineup. This is the the year that will make or break QB EJ Manuel, look for them to take an offensive tackle or a wide receiver.

Many Bills fans hope they move up to take Evans. EJ needs a downfield target survive his sophmore season.

Striker
Omaha, NE

Minnesota isn't getting a QB in the first round. It is a need, but defense is their main need. There are many good QB's in this draft, and they have already said they likely will not draft a QB in the first round. Look for the QB in second or third round, but not the first.

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Blake Bortles was terrible early in the year but gradually improved. South Carolina and Clowney worked him over. Coach George O'Leary did a great job. If he gets the coaching, then he will show improvement. However, all pictures show his upper body. He is tall and strong. However, I have seen pictures of his lower body. He has Babe Ruth piano legs. The Babe did not need legs with a massive upper body. However, is not all about setting up and throwing any longer. He will have to run and in that aspect, he is vulnerable. He is also very vulnerable to injury from hits such as Clowney.

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