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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1
The 2014 NFL Draft season is in full swing, with free agency shaping rosters and mock drafts alike. Here is my updated release for Round 1.
Seattle has options here, but they are weak at right tackle. Kouandjio will slide and be a nice value pick.
Cornerback could be an option, but I lean wideout here. Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker are both free agents after this season.
I wanted to mock a head coach here, but cornerback will have to suffice. Now that Anquan Boldin has re-signed, secondary help is a logical place to start.
A big-bodied, athletic freak who can do a little bit of everything ... Sounds like a player Bill Belichick will covet, especially given the interior DL problems he has to hammer out.
Carolina seems to have neglected the WR position at every turn this offseason, so why not one more time?
Ford is an idea DE-to-OLB 3-4 convert prospect. He could give the Saints an instant pass rush addition to help Junior Galette.
I think Cleveland would be just as happy (and maybe better off) with Derek Carr. Bridgewater is tough, but he isn't more than a borderline starter in the NFL.
Nix's injury history will cause him to take a bit of a hit on draft day, resulting in a huge win for Chargers fans.
A serious Leon Hall injury, a 1,000-year-old Terence Newman, Adam Jones being a mistake away from suspension ... Cincy needs a cornerback they can rely on. DE could be an option.
WR makes a ton of sense, but I have a feeling KC lands DeSean Jackson. For now, I'll pencil in Beckham. Defensive line help is also possible.
Yankey could learn behind Todd Herremans in Year 1 and replace him at right guard in 2015. WR is in play if DeSean Jackson is indeed dealt or cut.
Mosley is the definition of a football player. If Minnesota doesn't take him at No. 9, I can see him falling to Green Bay. Don't rule out WR, even though it is un-Ted Thompson-like.
It was apparent to anyone who watched the 2013 Cardinals offense that a quality left tackle was sorely lacking.
Offensive line upgrades can wait. This offense needs more punch at wide receiver, and Benjamin improves the position out of the gates as a red zone threat.
Cornerback is an option, but the Jets still have to add more weaponry into the passing game. Stephen Hill was a failed pick, Jeremy Kerley has a limited skill set, and Eric Decker isn't a true WR1.
I really don't believe Matthews will fall this far, because someone would trade up for him; I don't see a great fit for him before the Ravens' pick, unless it is ATL. Subject to change.
Donald has been soaring up draft boards of late and has the necessary tools to be a Day 1 impact player. This defense is lacking an interior presence.
This is a tad early for Ealy, but Pittsburgh has to address their defensive end position. I won't be surprised if they hold off, though, especially if a cornerback or linebacker falls to them.
Stupid, right? Not so fast. Brandon Marshall is 30 and entering his final year. Do they want to pay him big money to return, or opt for a cheaper option to team with Alshon Jeffery?
A quality replacement for Cortland Finnegan, Dennard's aggressive style of play should fit nicely into this defensive scheme.
Very underrated, Jernigan will go higher than most people realize. However, with all of NYG's needs, do they look his way? Subject to change.
Dynamic and athletic, Gilbert could replace Alterraun Verner. Gilbert has shutdown corner potential.
It will be Calvin Pryor or Clinton-Dix here. I really don't see a way around it. Maybe Detroit goes with a cornerback instead, but FS is their biggest need right now.
Head coach Doug Marrone knows what a game-changing tight end can do for an offense and a young quarterback. FS could be an option, too.
Will Minnesota really take another QB in the top 10? I have my doubts. They seem content with Matt Cassel, but he's not the future. Pencil in Manziel for now. C.J. Mosley might just be the pick.
Lovie Smith and Co. will not be able to pass up Barr. He should enter as the favorite to start at strongside linebacker and shine in the Cover 2 base.
Defensive end, linebacker, offensive tackle, cornerback ... All could be argued as bigger needs, but I see little chance Pryor slides past the Falcons. The need a defensive stud something fierce.
Despite the addition of James Jones, Oakland could stand to upgrade the position in a major way. Watkins gives newly added QB Matt Schaub a franchise target.
Mitchell Schwartz is a problem at right tackle. Robinson would give the Browns a formidable pair of bookends to help pull this line out of the pits of despair.
Clowney could slide several spots if the Jags don't sink their teeth into him with the No. 3 pick. I have mild confidence in this mocked selection.
While I am sure the Rams would like a strong rotation at DE to keep Chris Long and Robert Quinn fresh, upgrading SLB is more important.
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