NFL Mock Draft for Teams Who Missed the Playoffs: Better Luck Next Year

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NFL Mock Draft for Teams Who Missed the Playoffs: Better Luck Next Year
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Andrew Luck will change the fortunes of an NFL franchise. The only question is if that will be this year or if he will return for his junior year.

Although the season has officially ended for the twenty teams who failed to make the playoffs, it has really only just begun for them. Obviously there are holes on their rosters, with some teams having more than others. These teams can shift their focus from game-planning to scouting as they make that vital decision on who they will become their new poster child for renewed hope come next fall.

It remains to be seen exactly who will declare for the draft, but it is certain that these potential early entries are among some of the biggest names in NFL circles and are likely to dominate the top five picks. Notable underclassmen include Andrew Luck, Nick Fairley, Patrick Peterson, A.J. Green, Da'Quan Bowers, and Heisman winner Cam Newton. I would expect most, if not all of them, to declare, so I will consider them all in the mock.

If you agree or disagree with your team's choice, please comment and give me as much information why as you can. Saying "I hate Cam Newton" isn't going to make me reconsider where I've put him, but give legitimate reasons and I'll be sure to reconsider. Without further adieu, it's time for the mock.

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