NFL Draft 2014: Predictions for Day 1

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NFL Draft 2014: Predictions for Day 1
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If you're looking for draft "hot takes," head elsewhere. 

Everyone has a mock draft or a general idea of how they believe the first round (or rounds) will go—either for their team or overall. Some of these opinions are based on personal preference or hope, others are based on doggedly following every draft expert and beat reporter on the Internet as to try and read the tea leaves of an unknowable future event. 

This, in short, is my general idea of how the draft's first round is going to go. 

I've provided some of it from the player perspective and some from the team perspective as well as looking at some general trends along the way.

Some of these predictions are sure to go wrong, because that's the nature of the beast. The draft is, at its core, an inexact science. Even the best mock drafts get submarined by a trade or some unforeseen pick—that's not just the media, that's the teams as well. So, some of these thoughts may get dashed early on.

Because of that, it's a fine line between trying to be "right" and making these predictions a little too safe. I've erred on the side of right, but tried my best to paint with broad-enough brush strokes so as not to pretend that I have some crystal ball. 

Think I'm wrong? Think I'm crazy? Put your predictions on how the first round is going to go in the comments below. 

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