2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Two-Round Projections for Every Team

Alessandro MiglioFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Two-Round Projections for Every Team

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    RAINIER EHRHARDT

    Draft season has reached DEFCON 1.

    We have had enough time to tear every top prospect down, build them back up and commence a second demolition. Let's cut through the noise, shall we?

    Much has changed in the two months since my first mock draft; team needs and desires have changed, and we know much more about the prospects.

    Click through for a fresh new mock draft, still sans trades since they are so difficult to predict.

     

    All height/weight and combine information courtesy of NFL.com.

1. Houston Texans

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    Pick: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

    The Houston Texans are stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

    Ideally, trading down will be the best option for them on draft day. Unfortunately, trading down from the No. 1 pick has proved difficult in recent years, and this year's draft will likely be no different.

    Getting stuck at the top of the draft will mean the Texans have a choice between addressing the quarterback position—their biggest need this offseason, especially after shipping Matt Schaub off to the Oakland Raiders—and taking the best player in the draft (South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney).

    It wouldn't be surprising to see Houston select Clowney with this pick and let him tee off on opposing offensive lines across from J.J. Watt, who is arguably the best defensive player in the entire league. But this is an increasingly quarterback-driven league, and waiting until the second round to take your signal-caller of the future is too risky.

    As the Houston Chronicle's John McClain noted in the above video, the Texans are likely going to take a quarterback with the first pick in the draft. McClain thinks UCF's Blake Bortles is the front-runner, and that wasn't the first time he said that to Bleacher Report.

    Hence, Bortles is the pick here.

    Bortles is the least polished quarterback at the top of the class, but he has a great combination of size (6'5", 232 lbs) and athleticism that might be too good for the Texans to pass up. It would be far more palatable if the Texans could trade down and still get him, but at least they have their pick of the litter.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

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    Pick: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

    Perhaps the St. Louis Rams can pull off some more trade magic on draft day.

    While the No. 1 pick may be difficult to trade, the Rams have proven they can move the No. 2 pick. They made out like bandits just two years ago, when they traded the second overall pick to Washington for a king's ransom.

    Of course, we are dealing with hypotheticals here, and it's difficult to tell which team, if any, would move up to No. 2 this year. We are sticking with a trade-less mock draft, though, so the Rams are stuck picking here.

    If the Texans take a quarterback at No. 1 and the Rams are forced to pick here, it will be an excruciating decision. Jadeveon Clowney would still be on the board, but the Rams have little need at defensive end and far more needs elsewhere.

    So, they will bite the bullet here and take Auburn's Greg Robinson. The big offensive tackle has proven himself as a run-blocker, and the Rams ran the ball at the 10th-highest rate last season. He is a bit of an unknown as a pass-blocker, but he is an athletic specimen at his position, as evidenced by his explosive combine performance.

    The 6'5", 332-pound offensive tackle ran the 40-yard dash in 4.92 seconds and posted a 9'4" broad jump, which are both huge numbers. His all-around performance raised eyebrows and vaulted him into a battle with Jake Matthews for the honor of being the first offensive tackle selected.

    St. Louis does have a nice tackle duo already in Jake Long and Joe Barksdale, but Long suffered a torn ACL and MCL at the end of last season. That injury could keep him out for most of the 2014 season, and it's unclear how effective he will be when he returns. Long has also been injury prone over the past several years.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    However the first round pans out before this pick—assuming the Jacksonville Jaguars can't or won't move the selection—we will get a true sense of the quality of the quarterback class.

    It's true that the Jaguars were busy stockpiling defensive linemen in free agency, but could they resist taking Jadeveon Clowney if he is still available at this point?

    Simply put, Clowney is a once-a-generation player who, according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, is being smeared by draft propaganda. Perhaps that propaganda will be a reason he falls a couple of spots—or, as in this case, it could also be due to the fact that it makes too much sense for the top-two teams to go in a different direction.

    Whatever the case may be, adding Clowney to an already-improved defensive line would be marvelous for the Jaguars, albeit at the expense of the quarterback position.

4. Cleveland Browns

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    Pick: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

    What more does quarterback Johnny Manziel need to do to prove himself?

    Questions have droned around the Texas A&M product for months now—whether they are about his off-field exploits, his size (6'0", 207 lbs) or his penchant for leaving the pocket. There is one thing that isn't in question, though, and that is whether or not Manziel was electrifying in college.

    Will that be enticing enough for a team to take him in the top five? It is here.

    As the Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot mentions in the above video, general manager Ray Farmer wouldn't be disinclined to select Manziel with the No. 4 pick just because he has Brian Hoyer in the fold. Hoyer did play well last season, but it was a rather small sample size to judge from, as he was knocked out for the year with a torn ACL in just his third start of the season.

    Manziel, meanwhile, represents exciting possibilities for the Browns, who have been in quarterback purgatory for 15 years now. 

5. Oakland Raiders

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    Pick: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

    This is a bit of an awkward spot for the Oakland Raiders, who were busy during free agency. Drafting a quarterback makes sense, but they did just trade for Matt Schaub, who is capable of holding down the fort for a few years, if necessary.

    The Raiders reportedly love Derek Carr out of Fresno State, and Teddy Bridgewater is still available here as well. 

    Bridgewater's draft stock has been dragged through the mud for months now, though Bleacher Report's Matt Miller says teams might be intentionally tanking Bridgewater's stock with the hopes that he will fall to them. But what if it's working? Or what if there is fire where we see smoke?

    And as for Carr, will he be worth a top-five pick? 

    Then there is the fact that, as previously mentioned, Oakland traded for Matt Schaub earlier this offseason. He might not be a world-beater, but Schaub has proven himself in the past. His presence on the roster might be enough to preclude the Raiders from going with a quarterback this high.

    The Raiders will get lucky later in this draft, but at this spot, Sammy Watkins is the man. The dynamic receiver out of Clemson is battling Texas A&M's Mike Evans for top honors at the position in this class, and it might be too tempting for general manager Reggie McKenzie to pass Watkins up at this point.

    Watkins would be a great pairing with James Jones, whom the Raiders signed this offseason. Jones came over from the Green Bay Packers, and he and Watkins would form a nice one-two punch at receiver.

    Of course, if last year's draft is any indication, McKenzie might be willing to take a discounted return to move down and grab the best quarterback available later in the first round, even with Schaub in the fold. 

6. Atlanta Falcons

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    Pick: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo

    The Falcons have two major needs in the trenches, as they need offensive line help as well as a pass-rushing specialist.

    Unless they figure out this cloning thing quickly, however, they won't be able to address both needs with one pick at the top of the NFL draft. Offensive tackle Jake Matthews almost made it here, but the team's pass rush needs more help. Hence, Khalil Mack is the pick at No. 6.

    The former Buffalo outside linebacker isn't a perfect fit on that defense, but he is the best pass-rusher behind Jadeveon Clowney in the draft.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Pick: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

    What do you do in the draft if you spent money like Paris Hilton on a shopping spree in free agency?

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were, by far, the most active team in free agency. Big splash after big splash took care of many team needs, to the point where they almost have a luxury with the No. 7 pick.

    Well, the Buccaneers didn't take care of every need, and finding a No. 2 receiver is the most glaring one left after their spending spree. Fortunately for them, the position is stacked in the draft.

    It's likely that either Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins—perhaps even both—will be available at pick No. 7. It seems elementary that the Buccaneers will draft a running mate for Vincent Jackson early in the draft, and Evans will be that guy.

    Evans is a great, big-bodied (6'5", 231 lbs) receiver who will be a nice complement to Jackson, providing Josh McCown or Mike Glennon—whoever winds up starting at quarterback for the Buccaneers—with another great weapon.

8. Minnesota Vikings

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    Pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

    Well, well, well, look what we have here.

    Maybe the Minnesota Vikings have no shot at selecting Teddy Bridgewater at No. 8or perhaps all the negativity surrounding the former Louisville quarterback will cause him to drop just enough for the Vikings to score.

    That's what happened here, as Bridgewater's loss is Minnesota's gain.

    The Vikings need to reboot the quarterback position. Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder are simply not franchise guys, and it would be a boon for a guy like Bridgewater to fall into the team's lap.

    Of course, there is the real possibility that Bridgewater might pan out like Ponder has, but he has far better tape than Ponder did coming out of college. 

9. Buffalo Bills

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    Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

    It's high time someone took Jake Matthews. 

    The Buffalo Bills don't have a huge need at offensive tackle, and taking Matthews to pair with Cordy Glenn is too good to pass up in this situation.

    Glenn played well at left tackle, but he is versatile enough to move over to the right side successfully if Matthews is ill-suited there.

10. Detroit Lions

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    Pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

    For years, the Detroit Lions have needed help in the secondary. Will Justin Gilbert be an answer for that desperate plea?

    The Lions were almost destined to draft a wide receiver before inking Golden Tate to a five-year deal. It would still be nice to grab a receiver in the draft—Kris Durham makes for a poor No. 3, after all—but Tate's presence on the roster shifts the team's most prominent need to the defensive side of the ball.

    Detroit doesn't have a hole at the position, per se, but Rashean Mathis, Dwight Bentley, Darius Slay and Chris Houston aren't striking fear into opposing quarterbacks.

    That isn't to say Gilbert would instantly transform the cornerback corps in Detroit, but they need better players at the position, and Gilbert would be an improvement.

11. Tennessee Titans

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    Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

    The Tennessee Titans need new blood up front on defense, with new defensive coordinator Ray Horton implementing a 3-4 scheme. As a result, outside linebacker Anthony Barr might be perfect here with the 11th pick.

    Tennessee might need a new quarterback, depending on how you feel about Jake Locker—though he did seem to turn a corner last season before getting injured. Also, the team's top running back on the depth chart is Shonn Greene.

    However, there aren't any running backs worth taking in the first round, let alone the top 15, and the top tier of quarterbacks has already been picked clean.

    Barr is a bit raw, given that he has only played the position for two years—though he did register 13.5 sacks in his inaugural season as a pass-rusher. But there is no doubt that he oozes upside that is going to be difficult to ignore for many teams in the top half of the first round.

    He is too good a talent and too good a fit to pass up here.

12. New York Giants

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    Pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

    It was a surprisingly busy offseason for the New York Giants, who nabbed a number of quality free agents.

    They weren't able to hang onto young defensive tackle Linval Joseph, however, as he left to join the Minnesota Vikings. New York also lost long-time Giant Justin Tuck, who landed across the country with the Oakland Raiders.

    With all the work they've done elsewhere, the Giants need help along the defensive line. Aaron Donald is an excellent choice for them should he be available at No. 12.

    Donald is a bit undersized at 6'0" and 285 pounds—a far cry from the 6'4", 325-pound Joseph—but he more than makes up for it with his athleticism.

13. St. Louis Rams

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    Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

    The Rams addressed a need at offensive tackle with the No. 2 pick, and they need to address their glaring hole at safety here.

    St. Louis drafted T.J. McDonald to play strong safety last year, and he had a bit of a roller coaster season. He wound up near the bottom of the league in Pro Football Focus' rankings (subscription required), but he also suffered a broken leg in September that caused him to miss six games. His partner in crime, Rodney McLeod, was just one spot better, and he didn't have a broken leg interrupt his season.

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the draft and a great option for the Rams with their second pick of the first round.

14. Chicago Bears

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    Garry Jones

    Pick: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

    The Chicago Bears needed to improve defensive personnel in a big way this offseason. They have upgraded their pass rush, which should help their secondary, but safety is still a big position of need, even with M.D. Jennings and Ryan Mundy signing on as free agents.

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be an ideal pick, but he was swiped out from under the Bears' nose with the previous pick. However, Calvin Pryor is a pretty good consolation prize.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Pick: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

    The Steelers have several needs, so this pick is wide open.

    If the draft plays out at all like this, guys like linebacker C.J. Mosley and tight end Eric Ebron would certainly be in play here. But the Steelers need a new big man in the middle to fill Casey Hampton's old shoes, and Louis Nix III could be the man to do it.

    Nix is the draft's best prospect at nose tackle, and there wouldn't be immediate pressure to perform for the former Notre Dame lineman. The Steelers signed Cam Thomas this offseason, and they also have incumbent nose tackle Steve McLendon as well.

    That doesn't preclude them from using Nix on a rotational basis as a rookie in order to develop him as their anchor in the middle for years to come, however.

16. Dallas Cowboys

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    Pick: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

    The Dallas Cowboys were forced into some tough cuts this offseason because of cap issues. Most notably, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher—both Cowboys stalwarts—were shown the door.

    Owner Jerry Jones found a nice replacement for one of them, as he was able to sign defensive tackle Henry Melton to a cheap deal because of a knee injury. But the Cowboys need to do something to shore up a weakened pass rush, and Dee Ford is the man to do it here.

    At 6'2" and 252 pounds, Ford is a bit of a tweener. However, his measureables aren't too far off from Ware's—the former Cowboy is 6'4" and 258 pounds—and those worked out just fine for him. Ford was fantastic at the Senior Bowl and flashed his athleticism at the combine, perhaps making himself irresistible for Jones if he falls here.

     

17. Baltimore Ravens

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    Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

    The Baltimore Ravens were able to lock down left tackle Eugene Monroe to a five-year deal this offseason after trading for him in the middle of last season. They let right tackle Michael Oher go, however, leaving a hole on Joe Flacco's right side.

    Of course, Oher wasn't exactly a brick wall on the right side, so he may not be missed much. The Ravens will still need to patch up that side of the line, though, and Taylor Lewan is a fantastic candidate to do just that.

    Lewan has been dealing with some potentially serious off-field issues this draft season, as noted by ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein, otherwise he might be a lock for the top 10 in the draft. 

18. New York Jets

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    Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

    The New York Jets needed an offensive overhaul this offseason, and this pick would be a continuation of said overhaul.

    Ebron would give the Jets a fantastic seam threat to complement new receiver Eric Decker. Odds are Ebron doesn't last this long on draft day, but stranger things have happened.

    The Jets did re-sign Jeff Cumberland, but how could they resist taking the draft's top tight end and upgrading quarterback Geno Smith's arsenal? 

19. Miami Dolphins

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    Pick: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

    This year's draft will be interesting for the Miami Dolphins now that general manager Jeff Ireland was finally voted off the island.

    It is difficult enough trying to predict how a general manager will proceed when he has been with a team for years. But with a new general manager in Dennis Hickey, the Dolphins could go in any direction.

    So, why draft an outside linebacker here?

    Well, for starters, Ryan Shazier might be the most all-around athletic player in the draft.

    Selecting a guy like Shazier would bolster a front seven that should already be pretty good. If last year's first-round pick Dion Jordan can get on the field, the Dolphins will have two athletic outside linebackers who are capable of covering guys like Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski.

    Then there is the fact Miami's shiny new linebackers Phillip Wheeler and Dannell Ellerbe weren't very good last season. 

20. Arizona Cardinals

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    Pick: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

    Having taken care of the left tackle problem by signing Jared Veldheer in free agency, the Arizona Cardinals can turn their attention elsewhere in the draft.

    It was tempting to slot a quarterback here—Derek Carr, in particular—with Carson Palmer being 34 years old and all. If that were to happen, it would give Carr a chance to develop behind a quality veteran, and the Cardinals would have some security at a position that has been volatile for them in recent years.

    Palmer might have a few good years left in him, though, and the Cardinals have more pressing needs. Linebacker is one of them.

    Karlos Dansby was an unexpected boon for Arizona last season, but he plies his trade in Cleveland now. Mosley could step right in and fill Dansby's shoes alongside Daryl Washington.

21. Green Bay Packers

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    Matt Cilley

    Pick: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

    It seems like the Green Bay Packers have been looking for upgrades on defense ever since they won Super Bowl XLV. The secondary has been particularly problematic, and the safety position has been the primary culprit. 

    Jimmie Ward might be a small-school wonder, but he can add a lot to any team. He is a versatile free safety that can line up deep or cover someone out of the slot, which is the kind of prospect that could allow a defensive coordinator to give a lot of different looks.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Pick: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

    It will be interesting to see what head coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles do in the upcoming draft.

    Much of their offseason action came before free agency hit, as they re-signed big-time contributors to ensure stability on offense, including offensive tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce, receiver Riley Cooper and receiver Jeremy Maclin.

    The defense is another matter, howevera problem Kelly inherited and was able to overcome enough to make the playoffs last year.

    The Eagles were the worst pass defense in the league in 2013, and Nolan Carroll, whom the team signed this offseason, is hardly a major upgrade at cornerback. The question is: which cornerback do they take in the draft?

    There should be plenty of good options available in the first round, even at No. 22. Here, the Eagles just happen to have their pick of everyone after Justin Gilbert.

     

23. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Pick: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame

    Kansas City watched its roster get plundered this offseason, particularly on the offensive line.

    The cap-strapped Chiefs lost 60 percent of its starting offensive line when Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah left for greener pastures this offseason. While they still have last year's No. 1 pick Eric Fisher in the fold, there are gaping holes in what was a strong unit last season.

    Zack Martin might be the perfect draft pick for the Chiefs at this stage in the first round, should he last this long and general manager John Dorsey stays put at No. 23. Martin is a versatile offensive lineman who might be better suited to play guard at the next level, but he could fill in at right tackle if needed.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Pick: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

    Cincinnati's secondary is aging and falling apart quickly. Leon Hall tore his Achilles for the second time in three years last season; Terrence Newman is 36; Adam Jones is a declining 30-year-old who continues to make the wrong kind of headlines; and Dre Kirkpatrick has failed to live up to his first-round billing.

    The Bengals didn't do much in free agency, either, so drafting a cornerback is almost a must at this point.

    Jason Verrett is a tad undersized at 5'9" and 189 pounds, but he makes up for it with fantastic athleticism. He is best-suited for a nickel role, which is a good place for him on the Bengals defense as they slowly inject youth into the secondary.

25. San Diego Chargers

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    Pick: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

    The San Diego Chargers boasted the fourth-worst passing defense in the league last season, allowing 4,139 passing yards to opposing offenses. The secondary needs help.

    Bradley Roby to the rescue!

    The former Ohio State cornerback had a bit of a disappointing season as a junior before coming out for the draft; otherwise, he might have been on track to be a top-15 pick. He did have a fantastic combine, however, and he has the potential to be great at the next level.

    At this point, the Chargers will take what they can get at the position. It will be a surprise if they don't draft a cornerback with their first-round pick.

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

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    Pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

    It seems we have a nice little run at cornerback going here.

    The Browns addressed the quarterback position with their first pick, so now the team will turn to the defensive side of the ball.

    Joe Haden fell off a bit last season, so the Browns need help at cornerback. Darqueze Dennard is the best available cornerback left at this point, and he could help shore up that secondary immediately. 

27. New Orleans Saints

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    Pick: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

    There are several holes on the New Orleans Saints roster, but perhaps the biggest one comes at pass-rusher. 

    All of the top pass-rushing options are gone by this point, but Kyle Van Noy could provide some sneaky value here. Van Noy has fallen off a bit after some buzz surrounded him at the beginning of draft season, but he is a solid pass-rusher out of BYU. 

    Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan could find all sorts of ways to utilize the versatile defender.

28. Carolina Panthers

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    Pick: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

    Pick a receiver—any receiver.

    The Carolina Panthers spent much of free agency watching the world turn thanks to limited cap space. That included letting stalwart receiver Steve Smith go along with his cohorts Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr.

    Carolina finally stopped the bleeding by signing Jerricho Cotchery, but the Panthers still need a ton of help at the position. Odell Bekcham Jr. was the best receiver left on the board at this point, and the Panthers will race to the podium to draft him here.

    Left tackle is also a need after Jordan Gross retired, but there is more value in drafting Bekcham Jr. here than taking a second-tier offensive lineman.

29. New England Patriots

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    Pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota

    Again, it was tempting to slot a quarterback in here for the New England Patriots with Tom Brady entering the twilight of his career at 36, but the team's championship window is still wide open.

    A hole is also open at defensive tackle, where Vince Wilfork needs a partner. Wilfork is no spring chicken himself at 32 years of age, and he is coming off a season-ending Achilles injury. Assuming he can get back to form or close to it, he could still use some help in the middle.

    Enter Ra'sShede Hageman out of Minnesota.

    The massive (6'6", 310 lbs) defensive tackle is a bit raw, but leave it to head coach Bill Belichick to mold him into a dominant force in the middle alongside Wilfork.

30. San Francisco 49ers

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    Pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

    The San Francisco 49ers needed some help at wide receiver entering the offseason, and they have done little to address the situation.

    Sure, they brought Anquan Boldin back and resurrected a franchise ghost when they signed Brandon Lloyd, but a geriatric receiving corps is not exactly exciting.

    They need a quality receiver that can play in the slot, and Brandin Cooks fits that bill perfectly. Don't believe me? Just read this scouting report from Bleacher Report's Matt Bowen.

31. Denver Broncos

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    Ted S. Warren

    Pick: Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada

    The Denver Broncos were busy in free agency, signing several prized free agents in a bid to win it all during the Peyton Manning window.

    Lost in their spending spree, however, was the fact they lost several key players, too. Most notably, Pro Bowl offensive guard Zane Beadles bolted to Jacksonville, leaving a hole on the interior of the Broncos offensive line. 

    There has been speculation that the Broncos might move tackle Orlando Franklin over to Beadles' old spot at left guard, per Mike Klis of the Denver Post, but why put a square peg in a round hole when you can fill it with a proper draft pick?

    Well, in fairness, Joel Bitonio played offensive tackle in college, but he is projected to move inside at the next level. The big lineman played all over the line during Senior Bowl week, and he did a nice job to boot.

    Bitonio was one of the combine's best performers among the big uglies, showing off the explosiveness he brings to the table. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com calls him "extremely tough and durable" and "highly versatile," which are qualities that the Broncos could use right about now.

32. Seattle Seahawks

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    Victor Calzada

    Pick: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

    Like the team they beat in the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks need to shore up the interior of their offensive line.

    Sure, it might seem like they need a wide receiver after Golden Tate signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, or perhaps they need a defensive end after Red Bryant and Chris Clemons departed. However, their strength lies in a good running game that is powered by a solid offensive line.

    Xavier Su'a-Filo is a fine candidate, though he might not be Seattle's first choice here. The Super Bowl runner-up Broncos might have stolen the draft's best guard a pick before this one. Still, Su'a-Filo would provide versatility on the interior of the offensive line, which is increasingly becoming a priority for teams dealing with NFC West defenses.

    Of course, the Seahawks did just fine with subpar play at guard last year, so who knows if this is even a priority? It's all gravy for the Super Bowl champs at this point.

Round 2

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    Gary Kazanjian

    1. Houston Texans: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

    The Texans lose out on the top outside linebacker options, but Kony Ealy isn't a bad consolation prize. Like they would need to do with Jadeveon Clowney—should they choose to draft him first overall instead of a quarterback—the Texans would need to figure out how to use Ealy in their 3-4 defense.

     

    2. Washington: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

    Washington finally gets to pick here after losing their first-round pick in the trade that brought Robert Griffin III to D.C. Barry Cofield mans the middle of that defensive line right now, so this is a bit of a stretch, but this would be a "best player available" situation.

     

    3. Cleveland Browns: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

    The Browns have addressed quarterback and cornerback in this draft, so it's high time they add another weapon to complement wide receiver Josh Gordon. Marqise Lee's draft stock took a tumble after a poor junior season, but his loss could be Cleveland's gain here.

     

    4. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

    Given how much the Oakland Raiders reportedly love Derek Carr, per David White of the Fresno Bee, this outcome might be too good to be true.

     

    5. Atlanta Falcons: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

    The Falcons shored up their pass rush in the first round, so it is time to nab their starting right tackle. The massive lineman played on both sides of the line in college, and landing him after Khalil Mack would be a coup for Atlanta.

     

    6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

    Though the Buccaneers signed Brandon Myers, they could use a long-term solution at the tight end position. Jace Amaro is a nice all-around player, though he is not an athletic wonder.

     

    7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

    The Jaguars nabbed arguably the best player in the draft when Jadeveon Clowney fell to them at No. 3, and now they get their quarterback of the future. Zach Mettenberger may not be the top option in the draft, but he has plenty of potential.

     

    8. Minnesota Vikings: Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State

    Minnesota needs to pair Harrison Smith with a quality free safety, and Lamarcus Joyner has the potential to be quite good at the next level. 

     

    9. Buffalo Bills: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

    Jairus Byrd flew south to New Orleans this offseason, leaving a gaping hole at safety for the Bills. 

     

    10. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

    Finally, a running back gets taken. Carlos Hyde has off-field concerns otherwise he might crack the first round. The big back will serve as a replacement for Chris Johnson, whom the Titans recently cut.

     

    11. New York Giants: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

    The Giants signed Geoff Schwartz and J.D. Walton to bolster the interior of their offensive line, but they still need another quality guard. Dozier could be that man as a rookie.

     

    12. St. Louis Rams: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

    More facelifting for the St. Louis secondary here, which needs help at cornerback as well as safety.

     

    13. Detroit Lions: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

    The Lions might have signed Golden Tate, but they need to upgrade at the No. 3 receiver spot. 

     

    14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

    The Steelers have an aging Ike Taylor and the inconsistent William Gay to go along with solid Cortez Allen at cornerback. They could use a young, solid player to add to that group.

     

    15. Baltimore Ravens: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame

    It's time to start thinking about the future at defensive end in Baltimore with Chris Canty and Haloti Ngata both getting up there in age. Stephon Tuitt is a versatile lineman coming out of Notre Dame who could blossom into a nice player for the Ravens.

     

    16. Dallas Cowboys: Terrence Brooks, S, USC

    Free safety is among Dallas' needs this offseason, and Terrence Brooks is the best available rookie at this stage. 

     

    17. New York Jets: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

    Two offensive picks to start the draft for the Jets? This might be the most unrealistic part of this mock draft. They do need help all over the place on that side of the ball, however, and Allen Robinson could develop into a nice No. 2 option across from Eric Decker.

     

    18. Miami Dolphins: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

    The Dolphins still need to address the offensive line, particularly with embattled Richie Incognito finally out of the picture. Gabe Jackson has the potential to be a Year 1 starter on the interior of that line.

     

    19. Chicago Bears: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

    The Bears could use some more young blood at inside linebacker in their second year without Brian Urlacher. D.J. Williams is getting old himself, and second-year man Jon Bostic is a bit undersized. Plus, Borland has a motor like Zach Thomas coming out of college.

     

    20. Arizona Cardinals: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

    It was too early to take a shot at a quarterback in the first round, but Jimmy Garoppolo is a great developmental pick here for a team with a 34-year-old quarterback.

     

    21. Green Bay Packers: Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State

    The Packers need a center with Evan Dietrich-Smith gone. 

     

    22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

    This could be a big steal for the Eagles. Chip Kelly was high on Dion Jordan last year before the Dolphins jumped ahead of the Eagles to take him. Jeremiah Attaochu isn't Jordan, but he is a versatile pass-rusher with fantastic athleticism. It wouldn't be surprising to see him drafted much higher than this come May.

     

    23. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

    The 49ers lost Tarrell Brown and Carlos Rogers in free agency, and Chris Culliver might be in trouble with the league office after his recent arrest. They've taken shots on Chris Cook and Parrish Cox, but San Francisco needs to bolster the cornerback position.

     

    24. Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

    Losing Michael Johnson will sting for the Bengals, but Scott Crichton will be a little salve out of the second round should he last this long.

     

    25. San Diego Chargers: Ego Furguson, DE, LSU

    The defensive line needs some help in San Diego, and Ego Furguson is a nice fit on that defense.

     

    26. New Orleans Saints: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

    Marques Colston isn't getting any younger at 30, and Lance Moore and Darren Sproles are gone. The Saints could use an additional weapon or two, and Martavis Bryant is one of the draft's hidden gems at receiver.

    Despite being 6'4" and 211 pounds with 4.42-second 40-yard-dash time, Bryant lived in the shadows of Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins at Clemson. If he is coached up, Bryant could be an incredible complement to Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills on that New Orleans offense.

     

    27. Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Martin, OC, USC

    The Colts finally get to pick here after trading away their first-round pick to Cleveland for the rights to a running back named Trent Richardson, who averaged 2.9 yards per carry last season.

    They have a big need at center, and Marcus Martin is the best choice available. This is quite possibly the least sexy pick in this mock draft.

     

    28. Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

    As stated earlier, Carolina's two biggest needs are at receiver and offensive tackle. With a receiver in the books from the first round, it's time to address the tackle position.

     

    29. San Francisco 49ers: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

    The 49ers drafted two injured players last year—running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive end Tank Carradine—with the hope that they could contribute down the line. In other words, drafting a guy like Dominique Easley would be in their recent modus operandi.

    Easley tore his ACL this past Septemberearlier than when Carradine and Lattimore were injured in the final collegiate seasonso he could theoretically contribute as a rookie. More importantly, he could be a huge steal for whoever takes him. 

     

    30. New England Patriots: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

    Two years ago, the Patriots had an embarrassment of riches at tight end. Today, it seems like an embarrassment. 

    Aaron Hernandez is imprisoned, and Rob Gronkowski is a walking M.A.S.H. unit. Gronkowski is on track to return, but can he stay healthy?

    It might be a good idea to hedge their bets at the position, and the Patriots could be targeting Niklas early. The big tight end is a good all-around player, which sounds like a poor man's version of Gronkowski.

     

    31. Denver Broncos: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

    Chris Harris and Aqib Talib make for a nice tandem at cornerback in Denver, but they could use some solid depth at the position. Breeland might not be available this late come May 9, but he made it to the Broncos here.

     

    32. Seattle Seahawks: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

    There has been a bit of an exodus along the defensive line in Seattle, with Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald signing elsewhere this offseason. The Seahawks courted Jared Allen, who wound up with the Chicago Bears, so it stands to reason they will target a defensive lineman early in the draft.

     

    All combine results courtesy of NFL.com