NFL Draft Order 2014: Final 7-Round Predraft Breakdown

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 14:  Johnny Manziel #2 of Texas A&M Aggies drops back to pass during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on September 14, 2013 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Perhaps the only thing fans around the NFL have truly learned during the draft process is to expect the unexpected starting on May 8. The lack of certainty surrounding the draft class should make for quite a spectacle with the potential for numerous surprising selections.

For example, most of the early focus was on the quarterbacks. Not only does it remain the single most important position on the field, but several teams near the top of the draft order need an upgrade. So the expectation was a quarterback-heavy start to the draft.

Alas, Peter King of reported in the weeks leading up to draft day that most of those franchises were considering going in another direction in the first round and then grabbing a quarterback later in the draft:

I've heard that at least four quarterback-needy teams—Houston (first pick), Jacksonville (3), Cleveland (4) and Oakland (5)—are strongly considering passing on quarterbacks with their first picks and waiting until their second or third selections. Simple reason: They're not in love with any of the quarterbacks, and there are too many other good players who are surer things than a quarterback you have sincere doubts about. For that reason, there could be more quarterbacks taken in round two than round one.

In turn, the entire outlook for the opening round changed and some of the top quarterback prospects went from top-10 potential to maybe slipping into Round 2. The opposite was true for coveted players at other positions, who have seen their stocks rise as the quarterbacks fell.

Even Jadeveon Clowney, who's been the most common choice for the top overall prospect in the class, hasn't been free from criticism. Although his athletic ability is off the charts, especially for a player of his size and strength, questions remain about his work ethic.

Although he won't be able to answer those questions until he joins a team and goes through his first full season at the NFL level, he remains confident in himself. David Newton of ESPN passed along comments from the South Carolina defensive end following his pro day:

I can pretty much do it all. Anything on defense I can help. I can be a playmaker. I am a playmaker. I've got what it takes, I believe, to go out there and set the tone for the next guy coming up. And to help my team out winning games.

Every team I've ever played with, we've never had a losing season. Never. Before I got there, I watched them lose. Not just here. Back in high school, middle school. I was like, 'Man, that ain't going to be my team when I play on that team.'

Clowney joins Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the most polarizing prospects in the class. Both players have undeniable playmaking ability and star power, but whether that will translate to long-term success in the NFL is up for debate.

Ultimately, the draft should wind up being seven rounds of intrigue as certain players get selected well before the projections and others slide well beyond when they were expected to come off the board. Every team's task is trying to maximize value amid the chaos.

Above all else, it should make for a very interesting event, which is important when it comes to keeping fans involved for over 250 picks across three days.


Complete 2014 NFL Draft Order


NFL Draft Order 2014
11Houston Texans
12St. Louis Rams (from WSH)
13Jacksonville Jaguars
14Cleveland Browns
15Oakland Raiders
16Atlanta Falcons
17Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18Minnesota Vikings
19Buffalo Bills
110Detroit Lions
111Tennessee Titans
112New York Giants
113St. Louis Rams
114Chicago Bears
115Pittsburgh Steelers
116Dallas Cowboys
117Baltimore Ravens
118New York Jets
119Miami Dolphins
120Arizona Cardinals
121Green Bay Packers
122Philadelphia Eagles
123Kansas City Chiefs
124Cincinnati Bengals
125San Diego Chargers
126Cleveland Browns (from IND)
127New Orleans Saints
128Carolina Panthers
129New England Patriots
130San Francisco 49ers
131Denver Broncos
132Seattle Seahawks
233Houston Texans
234Washington Redskins
235Cleveland Browns
236Oakland Raiders
237Atlanta Falcons
238Tampa Bay Buccaneers
239Jacksonville Jaguars
240Minnesota Vikings
241Buffalo Bills
242Tennessee Titans
243New York Giants
244St. Louis Rams
245Detroit Lions
246Pittsburgh Steelers
247Dallas Cowboys
248Baltimore Ravens
249New York Jets
250Miami Dolphins
251Chicago Bears
252Arizona Cardinals
253Green Bay Packers
254Philadelphia Eagles
255Cincinnati Bengals
256San Francisco 49ers (from KC)
257San Diego Chargers
258New Orleans Saints
259Indianapolis Colts
260Carolina Panthers
261San Francisco 49ers
262New England Patriots
263Denver Broncos
264Seattle Seahawks
365Houston Texans
366Washington Redskins
367Oakland Raiders
368Atlanta Falcons
369Tampa Bay Buccaneers
370Jacksonville Jaguars
371Cleveland Browns
372Minnesota Vikings
373Buffalo Bills
374New York Giants
375St. Louis Rams
376Detroit Lions
377San Francisco 49ers (from TEN)
378Dallas Cowboys
379Baltimore Ravens
380New York Jets
381Miami Dolphins
382Chicago Bears
383Cleveland Browns (from PIT)
384Arizona Cardinals
385Green Bay Packers
386Philadelphia Eagles
387Kansas City Chiefs
388Cincinnati Bengals
389San Diego Chargers
390Indianapolis Colts
391New Orleans Saints
392Carolina Panthers
393New England Patriots
394San Francisco 49ers
395Denver Broncos
396Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)
397Pittsburgh Steelers
398Green Bay Packers
399Baltimore Ravens
3100San Francisco 49ers
4101Houston Texans
4102Washington Redskins
4103Atlanta Falcons
4104New York Jets (from TB)
4105Jacksonville Jaguars
4106Cleveland Browns
4107Oakland Raiders
4108Minnesota Vikings
4109Buffalo Bills
4110St. Louis Rams
4111Detroit Lions
4112Tennessee Titans
4113New York Giants
4114Jacksonville Jaguars (from BAL)
4115New York Jets
4116Miami Dolphins
4117Chicago Bears
4118Pittsburgh Steelers
4119Dallas Cowboys
4120Arizona Cardinals
4121Green Bay Packers
4122Philadelphia Eagles
4123Cincinnati Bengals
4124Kansas City Chiefs
4125San Diego Chargers
4126New Orleans Saints
4127Cleveland Browns (from IND)
4128Carolina Panthers
4129San Francisco 49ers
4130New England Patriots
4131Denver Broncos
4132Seattle Seahawks
4133Detroit Lions
4134Baltimore Ravens
4135Houston Texans
4136Detroit Lions
4137New York Jets
4138Baltimore Ravens
4139Atlanta Falcons
4140New England Patriots
5141Houston Texans
5142Washington Redskins
5143Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5144Jacksonville Jaguars
5145Cleveland Browns
5146Seattle Seahawks (from OAK)
5147Atlanta Falcons
5148Minnesota Vikings
5149Buffalo Bills
5150Jacksonville Jaguars (from DET)
5151Tennessee Titans
5152New York Giants
5153St. Louis Rams
5154New York Jets
5155Miami Dolphins
5156Chicago Bears
5157Pittsburgh Steelers
5158Dallas Cowboys
5159Jacksonville Jaguars (from BAL)
5160Arizona Cardinals
5161Green Bay Packers
5162Philadelphia Eagles
5163Kansas City Chiefs
5164Cincinnati Bengals
5165San Diego Chargers
5166Indianapolis Colts
5167New Orleans Saints
5168Carolina Panthers
5169New Orleans Saints (from NE via PHI)
5170San Francisco 49ers
5171Denver Broncos
5172Seattle Seahawks
5173Pittsburgh Steelers
5174New York Giants
5175Baltimore Ravens
5176Green Bay Packers
6177Houston Texans
6178Washington Redskins
6179Jacksonville Jaguars
6180Cleveland Browns
6181Houston Texans (from OAK)
6182Atlanta Falcons
6183Chicago Bears (from TB)
6184Minnesota Vikings
6185Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from BUF)
6186Tennessee Titans
6187New York Giants
6188St. Louis Rams
6189Detroit Lions
6190Miami Dolphins
6191Chicago Bears
6192Pittsburgh Steelers
6193Kansas City Chiefs (from DAL)
6194Baltimore Ravens
6195New York Jets
6196Arizona Cardinals
6197Green Bay Packers
6198New England Patriots (from PHI)
6199Cincinnati Bengals
6200Kansas City Chiefs
6201San Diego Chargers
6202New Orleans Saints
6203Indianapolis Colts
6204Carolina Panthers
6205Jacksonville Jaguars (from SF)
6206New England Patriots
6207Denver Broncos
6208Seattle Seahawks
6209New York Jets
6210New York Jets
6211Houston Texans
6212Cincinnati Bengals
6213New York Jets
6214St. Louis Rams
6215Pittsburgh Steelers
7216Houston Texans
7217Washington Redskins
7218Cleveland Browns
7219Oakland Raiders
7220Atlanta Falcons
7221Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7222Jacksonville Jaguars
7223Minnesota Vikings
7224Buffalo Bills
7225Carolina Panthers (from NYG)
7226St. Louis Rams
7227Detroit Lions
7228Tennessee Titans
7229Dallas Cowboys (from CHI)
7230Pittsburgh Steelers
7231Dallas Cowboys
7232Indianapolis Colts (from BAL)
7233New York Jets
7234Miami Dolphins
7235Oakland Raiders (from ARI)
7236Green Bay Packers
7237Philadelphia Eagles
7238Dallas Cowboys (from KC)
7239Cincinnati Bengals
7240San Diego Chargers
7241St. Louis Rams (from IND)
7242San Francisco 49ers (from NO)
7243San Francisco 49ers (from CAR)
7244New England Patriots
7245San Francisco 49ers
7246Denver Broncos
7247Seattle Seahawks
7248Dallas Cowboys
7249St. Louis Rams
7250St. Louis Rams
7251Dallas Cowboys
7252Cincinnati Bengals
7253Atlanta Falcons
7254Dallas Cowboys
7255Atlanta Falcons
7256Houston Texans