NFL Draft Order 2014: Selection List and Top Trade Candidates to Monitor  

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Bill O'Brien speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of the Houston Texans at a press conference at Reliant Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With one of the deepest classes in recent memory set to enter the NFL via the 2014 NFL draft, the annual spectacle is more interesting than ever as teams jockey for position to land "their" guy.

It's quite intriguing because a bevy of trades could happenor none at all, as teams are willing to sit and wait, thanks to the depth at most positions.

Draft-day trades usually come down to the wire while teams are tasked with actually walking to the podium. During the extensive remainder of the wait until the big day, here's a look at a few teams to observe with a keen eye.


Pos. Team
1 Houston Texans
2 St. Louis Rams (from Redskins)
3 Jacksonville Jaguars
4 Cleveland Browns
5 Oakland Raiders
6 Atlanta Falcons
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8 Minnesota Vikings
9 Buffalo Bills
10 Detroit Lions
11 Tennessee Titans
12 New York Giants
13 St. Louis Rams
14 Chicago Bears
15 Pittsburgh Steelers
19 Dallas Cowboys
16 Baltimore Ravens
18 New York Jets
17 Miami Dolphins
20 Arizona Cardinals
21 Green Bay Packers
23 Philadelphia Eagles
24 Kansas City Chiefs
25 Cincinnati Bengals
22 San Diego Chargers
26 Cleveland Browns (from Colts)
27 New Orleans Saints
30 Carolina Panthers
28 New England Patriots
29 San Francisco 49ers
31 Denver Broncos
32 Seattle Seahawks


No. 1 Houston Texans 

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Bill O'Brien speaks to the media after being introduced as the new head coach of the Houston Texans at a press conference at Reliant Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

It seems that every year, dust kicks up concerning the possibility of the No. 1 overall pick being dealt, and this year is no different—especially with the media and draft community split on the top quarterbacks.

Houston currently clutches the top spot after a 2-14 campaign but may be looking for an out, according to Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei:

Word from the NFL meetings is the Texans are trying hard to deal the first pick in the draft. They want to move down and acquire extra selections. Sources say they might have a trade partner in the Bills, who appear interested in moving up. It is unclear who the Bills would want in a trade-up scenario. Some believe they would move up for a quarterback. They also could make good use of an offensive tackle such as Greg Robinson. And it would be something to see them pair Mario Williams with either Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack.

Let's focus on the Texans for now, a team that quietly has a very talented roster already. Quarterback is an obvious need, but the front office surely feels confident it can get a guy it likes at No. 9 overall should Buffalo agree to terms.

The stock report for the likes of Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles and Teddy Bridgewater are all over the place, and odds are that one falls. There's also no other prospect outside of Jadeveon Clowney who is worth the top pick for Houston, and he doesn't make a ton of sense provided he is unproven at linebackernot to mention at the pro level as a whole.

Any picks are good picks in such a deep class, so it makes sense Houston wouldn't mind a drop if it means more quality depth via the 2014 class. It's a long shot, but watch things in Houston.


No. 9 Buffalo Bills

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Let's get out of order here briefly to check on the Bills. 

Buffalo has numerous needs overall, so it's interesting to hear the front office is potentially interested in moving up. Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins makes a lot of sense if the team wants to better surround second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel with more talent.

The recent addition of Mike Williams via a trade with Tampa Bay, as illustrated by ESPN's James Walker, doesn't change much in that regard:

Defense is also a strong possibility, as pairing Clowney with Mario Williams would lead to interesting results, especially considering that it would be a much better schematic fit than if the South Carolina product landed in Houston.


No. 6 Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons enter the draft with a few obvious needs such as help in the offensive trenches and a new pass-rusher to help supplement a versatile defensive unit that touts various fronts each game.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Atlanta may be willing to move up to best hit one of these two needs—or a surprise:

If Atlanta feels strong enough about, say, offensive tackle Greg Robinson or linebacker Khalil Mack, it makes sense the staff would look to move up and secure what they may consider to be a missing piece.


No. 23 Philadelphia Eagles

John Raoux

The same applies to Philadelphia.

With DeSean Jackson gone, the Eagles may want to take a jump in the proceedings to secure a top wideout such as Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, there are rumblings the Eagles would be willing to trade up for the latter:

Jeremy Maclin is currently the No. 1 wideout, but he's coming off a serious injury. If the Eagles believe someone like Evans or Watkins will truly help the franchise take the next step, then gunning their way into the top 10 is not all that outlandish.

That, or the team is serious about continuing to rebuild the defensive side of the ball and wants to move up in order to guarantee itself a top safety like Louisville's Calvin Pryor or Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Regardless, the unpredictable Chip Kelly and his Eagles are a team to circle on the draft order.


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