2014 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Complete 7-Round Projections

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterDecember 31, 2013

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Complete 7-Round Projections

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    The 2013 NFL regular season is in the books, and for the 20 teams not headed to the playoffs, it's officially NFL draft season.

    The draft order for the top 20 picks is set, and already we have underclassmen declaring their intentions for the upcoming season. With that information starting to come together, what better time to unleash the first full seven-round mock draft of the year?

    Why do a mock draft before the playoffs even begin? It's important to start the education process for the fans of the eliminated teams. And while a Dec. 30 mock draft won't be heavily accurate, it does show current team needs before free agency and matches those needs up with the current value of draft-eligible players.

    A few notes on mock drafts, especially those coming this early in the process:

    — The draft order is based on the current top 20 picks, plus playoff seedings.

    — Declared and assumed underclassmen are included. 

1. Houston Texans

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    The Pick: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

    The Houston Texans are starting over in 2014 with a new head coach and ultimately a new philosophy. They also need to start over with a new quarterback.

    Neither Matt Schaub nor Case Keenum is the long-term answer here, and with the first overall pick in the draft, it's wise for general manager Rick Smith to find his guy at the position. Heading into the pre-draft months, no player looks more like a franchise quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater.

    The Louisville junior has it all from inside and outside the pocket, and if the Texans want a quarterback who can get the ball out to playmakers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, this is their guy. Bridgewater isn't the biggest quarterback, but his poise and accuracy make him a future star.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

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    The Pick: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

    The St. Louis Rams have plenty of needs to address this offseason, but they will also be heavily favored to trade out of the No. 2 spot before the draft begins on May 8.

    General manager Les Snead typically does a good job moving up and down the board, and the last two drafts in St. Louis have netted several young starters on both sides of the ball. But if the Rams do keep this pick, what would Snead do with it?

    The conventional move would be to snag left tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M and pair him with Jake Long once he returns from ACL surgery. That would be a solid pick, but the franchise-changing move would be to give Sam Bradford a go-to wide receiver capable of big plays before and after the catch.

    That's Sammy Watkins' game. He would give the Rams instant credibility on the edge and finally match Bradford up with a wide receiver who has Pro Bowl ability.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    The Pick: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

    A little bit Andrew Luck, a dash of Ben Roethlisberger and a whole lot of talent. That's Blake Bortles.

    The Central Florida quarterback might not be a household name, but among NFL teams, he's a well-known entity. And in a class desperate for quarterback talent at the top of the first round, Bortles' ability as a mobile passer is just what the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the market for.

    Bortles isn't the crazy runner that Johnny Manziel is, and he doesn't have the downfield arm of Derek Carr, but he's accurate, poised, and even though he's pro-ready, he still has room to grow as a quarterback.

    The Jaguars have one goal in the first round of the 2014 draft, and that's to find a quarterback. If Teddy Bridgewater is off the board, Bortles is the next-best option.

4. Cleveland Browns

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    The Pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

    It's easy to connect the dots on this one. The Cleveland Browns desperately need a spark on offense and a savior at quarterback. Johnny Manziel represents both.

    The Texas A&M quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner is polarizing, but with the controversy comes a ton of potential and production. Manziel may need to change his penchant for running at the next level, but what he won't have to alter are his instincts and feel for where to attack a defense. That, as much as anything, is what has stood out about Manziel the last two seasons—he's an attacker.

    The Browns need an attitude on offense, and Manziel will give them a ton of swagger alongside top-tier quarterback ability.

5. Oakland Raiders

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    The Pick: QB Brett Hundley, UCLA

    There is no guarantee that Brett Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, will enter the 2014 NFL draft. But if he does, teams will fall all over themselves for a chance to grab his pro-ready arm and considerable athletic upside.

    Hundley isn't NFL-ready from a footwork or field vision perspective, but he'll get there in due time. The reason he's worthy of the No. 5 overall pick is because you see on film a player that's so close to getting it, and in the meantime, he's able to attack with his arm and legs as a mobile, attacking quarterback.

    The Oakland Raiders need a franchise quarterback in the worst way, and they'll be comfortable learning with Hundley along the way. But in Hundley, they're getting a passer who would easily grade out higher than any of the quarterbacks drafted in the 2013 class and a player with considerable upside.

6. Atlanta Falcons

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    The Pick: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

    The draft order has been kind to the Atlanta Falcons. Sitting at pick No. 6 overall, general manager Thomas Dimitroff is able to select the No. 3 ranked player in the class after the run on quarterbacks to kick things off. 

    The Falcons are desperate for help on both lines, but they can't afford to pass on Jake Matthews if he's still on the board. The athletic offensive tackle has NFL bloodlines and proved in his four years at Texas A&M that he's capable of being a dominant presence on the edge of the line.

    Matthews is a Day One starter for the Falcons at left or right tackle, but his long-term fit is on the blindside. With his length, athleticism and control as a pass-protector, Matthews is one of the few blue-chip prospects in the 2014 class.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    The Pick: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have invested draft picks at the defensive end position in the past, but never in a prospect with as much upside as Jadeveon Clowney. As the franchise looks to a re-boot with a new general manager and head coach, stealing Clowney with pick No. 7 is a great way to start things off.

    Clowney is a top-tier athlete, and he comes with amazing potential, but the new coaches in Tampa must be prepared to get the most out of him. If they can motivate him—something he seemed to struggle with in 2013—they'll have a premier pass-rusher on the edge of an already talented defense.

8. Minnesota Vikings

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    The Pick: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

    The Minnesota Vikings will start the offseason with a new head coach. That man will be tasked with helping general manager Rick Spielman find the team's franchise quarterback, just three seasons after they invested a first-round pick on Christian Ponder. Starting over at the position comes with the pressure to get it right this time around.

    The Vikings find themselves on the bottom of all the teams needing a quarterback in the first round. Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland will have all likely selected a passer by this time, and barring any trades, the Vikings will simply be handed whomever is left.

    Of course, if that's Derek Carr, they shouldn't complain. Carr may fall on draft day due to his last name—he's the younger brother of David Carr—and because his footwork in the pocket isn't the picture of consistency. But Carr has a pro-style arm, body and IQ. He's been productive while executing two very different offenses at Fresno and comes with the most pro-ready game in the draft outside of Bridgewater.

    This may feel like a consolation prize, but the Vikings would be lucky to have this scenario play out on draft day.

9. Buffalo Bills

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    The Pick: DE Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    The Buffalo Bills were able to dial up a surprising amount of pressure in 2013 with players like Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson, but can they consistently out-scheme their talent? Few NFL teams can, which is why adding athletic pass-rushers is always at a premium in the NFL draft.

    The Bills have a need for more speed on the edge of their defense—be it at linebacker or defensive end. In finding a player to fill that role, they won't have to travel far. Buffalo's Khalil Mack has been a non-stop terror on the edge at the collegiate level, and his showing against Ohio State answered many doubters as to his ability to stack-up against NFL-level competition.

    Mack may not have the big name or come from an elite program, but his ability to attack the backfield is elite.

10. Detroit Lions

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    The Pick: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

    Jim Schwartz is out as head coach in Detroit, and whomever the Lions hire as the next head man will inherit a talented roster with few top-level holes. The biggest issue on the depth chart comes at cornerback, but the 2014 draft has a few good ones the Lions can consider with the No. 10 overall pick.

    The type of cornerback drafted will depend largely on what type of defense the new coaches install, but the safe bet is going with the most athletic man-coverage cornerback in the class. That's Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert.

    Gilbert has everything you want from an NFL cornerback. He's big enough to handle outside receivers but shows the quick feet and hips to work through transitions and double-moves in man coverage. And to top it all off, he's brilliant at attacking the ball and making plays once he has the football in his hands.

11. Tennessee Titans

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    The Pick: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

    The Tennessee Titans find themselves at a crossroads. After a 7-9 season, it would be easy to call this a team on the rise, but they face an offseason full of question marks. Do they keep Jake Locker? Is cornerback Alterraun Verner worth top-five cornerback money? When do they draft to fill future needs at offensive tackle?

    Those questions will be addressed between now and the May 8 draft, but as of today, the best value that fills a need comes at defensive end.

    Missouri's Kony Ealy will draw comparisons to Aldon Smith, and they aren't far off. Ealy is long but has strength on his 275-pound frame to attack blockers, runners and passers. He's also versatile enough to play outside the tackle, head-up or even inside as a three-technique on passing downs. That type of do-it-all pass-rusher is what the Titans desperately need next to Jurrell Casey.

12. New York Giants

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    The Pick: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

    The number of teams at the top of the draft with needs at quarterback will inevitably push other top-tier players down the board. That's good news for the New York Giants.

    With five quarterbacks selected in the top eight picks, the Giants are in a position to sit back and let the best defender on the board fall to them. Whether that's an outside linebacker or defensive end, both could fill an immediate need on the Giant defense.

    With Anthony Barr available, the choice is easy. The Giants need an athletic, rangy outside linebacker who can cover tight ends and attack the backfield. This former running back can do it all on the edge and brings much needed speed to the Giants' front seven.

13. St. Louis Rams

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    The Pick: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

    With their original pick in the first round, the St. Louis Rams can look to fill the other need considered with the No. 2 overall pick—offensive tackle.

    General manager Les Snead aggressively signed left tackle Jake Long before the 2013 season, but a late ACL tear has Long's availability for the 2014 opener in question. Outside of that, the Rams need help at right tackle and could look to mirror the decisions of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars in drafting a top-tier tackle with the plan to move them to the left side down the road.

    That would work with Cyrus Kouandjio. He's been a force for Alabama at left tackle but has the body type and strength to work well as a conventional right tackle, too. If needed, he could fill in for Long and then slide to the right tackle spot or come in as a Day One right tackle with an eye on a move later on.

14. Chicago Bears

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    The Pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

    Alabama's C.J. Mosley ranks as one of the best overall players in the 2014 draft, but the number of quarterbacks selected early on makes him available for the Chicago Bears with pick No. 14. That's a steal for a team in need of a young, fast outside linebacker.

    General manager Phil Emery addressed two of the team's three linebacker positions in the 2013 draft when he selected Jon Bostic (ILB) and Khaseem Greene (WLB), but there is still a need for a future at the strongside linebacker position. That's where Mosley comes in.

    The Bears would instantly have one of the league's brightest young linebacker corps with this lineup and could return the team to the days of dominant linebacker play.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    The Pick: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

    The Pittsburgh Steelers tried addressing the offensive tackle position by selecting Mike Adams in the second round of the 2012 draft, but that move hasn't panned out and provided the team with a long-term answer at the position. Now, they're back to square one, and a fresh start at left tackle is needed.

    The 2014 draft can provide the answer. Redshirt sophomore Greg Robinson has the athleticism needed to protect the edge in today's NFL, but he's also shown in the Auburn offense the nastiness to step in as a run-blocker. Robinson hasn't yet declared for the draft, but as a top 15 prospect, he's considered likely to toss his name into the lottery after the BCS National Championship Game.

16. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Pick: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M

    The Baltimore Ravens will flip a coin with the Dallas Cowboys to determine the order of their picks, but for today's mock draft, it's decided by alphabetical order.

    With pick No. 16, the Baltimore Ravens will be faced with several tough decisions. The biggest need on this roster heading into free agency, though, comes at left tackle. Quarterback Joe Flacco must be protected for Baltimore's down-field passing game to take flight. Even after a trade for Eugene Monroe, the Baltimore line never clicked. Now, with Monroe a free agent, the team could look to get younger and cheaper at the position.

    If left tackle is the pick, Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi offers the best value and most upside of the remaining players. He started at right tackle in 2013 but shows incredible athleticism and the footwork to make an easy transition to the blindside. Ogbuehi doesn't have a ton of experience, but his skill set is established. 

17. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Pick: DE Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State

    You might not know the name Benardrick McKinney, but you will as soon as he enters the NFL draft.

    McKinney has the quick first step and long, athletic frame that scouts dream of from a pass-rusher. And in his two seasons at Mississippi State, he's proven his ability to get into the backfield and make plays. Athletic enough to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt, McKinney is the type of playmaker the Dallas Cowboys need opposite DeMarcus Ware.

    Whether the Cowboys will run a 4-3 or 3-4 defense in 2014 remains to be seen, but by adding a pass-rushing prodigy like McKinney, they have scheme versatility and a ton of speed up front.

18. New York Jets

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    The Pick: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

    The New York Jets will have continuity at head coach heading into 2014, but now they must look to improve the overall talent around quarterback Geno Smith. The rookie from West Virginia showed promise down the stretch, but he was working with sub-par players around him. The Jets' front office has a mandate to find Smith weapons.

    Texas A&M's Mike Evans leaves school as a productive red-zone threat and dominant match-up receiver. At 6'4" and close to 230 pounds, he has the size to separate from defenders and make plays in traffic or in space. 

    Evans' ability to box out defenders and make plays in the end zone is exactly what the Jets are missing.

19. Miami Dolphins

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    The Pick: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

    The Miami Dolphins are building a monster offense, but they still need a few more pieces to the puzzle. While a left tackle might seem like the obvious pick here, that's a need they're likely to address in free agency. What they can't find on the open market is a tight end with Vernon Davis-like speed and moves.

    Eric Ebron leaves North Carolina as an athletic freak of a tight end. He's big and strong but is also very smooth and agile. Ebron may drop an easy pass or two, but the junior's upside is tremendous. He showed some of that potential in 2013 by improving as a blocker and working to better his route-running skills. Now, he's a little seasoning away from being a dynamic threat in the NFL.

20. Arizona Cardinals

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    The Pick: OT Cameron Erving, Florida State

    The Arizona Cardinals finally moved on from Levi Brown this season when they traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, the team faces an offseason where finding a left tackle is the No. 1 need on its list.

    Free agency is expected to feature several available quality blindside protectors, but there's no guarantee the Cardinals will be able to lure one to the desert. Instead, drafting the future at the position is the smart move for Steve Keim and co.

    Cameron Erving is a top-shelf athlete, and in the Florida State offense, he's been asked to handle one-on-one assignments in pass protection and the run game. He's a pro-ready mauler with the length and quickness to handle his own on the edge.

21. San Diego Chargers

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    The Pick: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

    San Diego needs a physical, aggressive man coverage cornerback. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard fits the bill, and in this draft, he's available at pick No. 21.

    Dennard is super aggressive in coverage and has shown the ability to hang with receivers down the field at the college level. While he's not the fastest cornerback in the draft, Dennard's technique is solid and gives him a projection as a Day One starter once in the NFL.

    For the Chargers, that's a best-case scenario. Dennard would step into the team's No. 1 cornerback role, where he could flourish thanks to the pass-rush presence of the front seven.

22. New Orleans Saints

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    The Pick: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State

    The move to a 3-4 defense worked well for the New Orleans Saints throughout the 2013 regular season, but they're still missing the high-profile parts to make it into something special.

    That's where Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier comes into play. The junior linebacker has the best first step in college football, and he's proven to be a menace coming off the edge. While Shazier isn't the big, heavy pass-rusher some teams prefer in a 3-4 set, he's quick enough and strong enough to shed blockers and still make plays in the run game.

    The Saints are building something special on defense, and adding Shazier could help put them over the top.

23. Kansas City Chiefs

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    The Pick: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro plans to declare for the 2014 NFL draft after the National University Holiday Bowl, per ESPN.com's Joe Schad, and NFL teams will be ready to pounce.

    Amaro is an athletic, moving tight end perfect for today's game. He can play flexed out in the slot, almost like an oversized wide receiver with the speed to beat defenses and the size to box out coverage. Amaro would be perfect for a passing attack like the one in Kansas City.

    It just so happens that the Chiefs will be looking to add weapons to the offense, and Amaro is an ideal fit at tight end. His red-zone ability and after-the-catch upside would give Alex Smith his Missouri-version of Vernon Davis to open up the Kansas City passing game.

24. San Francisco 49ers

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    The Pick: WR Marqise Lee, USC

    The San Francisco 49ers are built around a tough defense and a punishing run game, but as Frank Gore ages, the team will need to rely more and more on the passing game. For that to become a reality, the Niners need more weapons at wide receiver.

    The team didn't hit on Mario Manningham's signing—somewhat due to injuries—and will look to replace Anquan Boldin in the near future. While wide receiver might not be a 2014 need, the 49ers draft for the future, and wide receiver is on their list of impending needs.

    Marqise Lee has top-10 potential, but a shaky 2013 could hurt his stock. He was injured for part of the year, and when healthy earlier in the season, he struggled with dropped passes. Those two issues are fixable but could also push him down the board, right into the 49ers' hands.

25. Green Bay Packers

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    The Pick: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

    The Green Bay Packers may throw a party in their draft room if Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is still on the board by the time they're picking in May. 

    Not only is free safety a major need for the team, but Clinton-Dix is an exceptional value pick at No. 25 overall. And like Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro from the 2013 class, the Alabama safety can step in and make an impact from his first day on the job. That's exactly what Green Bay needs.

    Clinton-Dix would give Dom Capers' staff the rangy, ball-hawking safety they need, but he'll also come up and pop runners. That three-down threat is what playing safety in the NFL today is all about, and Clinton-Dix has it down.

26. Cincinnati Bengals

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    The Pick: CB Jason Verrett, TCU

    The Cincinnati Bengals made the playoffs for a third straight season on the backs of a young roster—and that's a credit to the front office. Now, they'll look to bolster a defense that's been a strength for them while looking to distance themselves from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens within the AFC North.

    The Bengals need to get younger and better at cornerback. Adam Jones and Terence Newman are on their last legs, and top starter Leon Hall has struggled to stay healthy as of late. That leaves the inconsistent Dre Kirkpatrick as the team's most dependable player for the future.

    Jason Verrett is the type of aggressive, in-your-face cornerback the team would love to pair with Kirkpatrick, Brandon Ghee and Hall long term. He can play inside or outside in coverage and excels in man situations. Verrett has a little attitude, but so does the rest of the Bengals defense. He'll fit right in.

27. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Pick: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson

    The depth chart for the Philadelphia Eagles looks impressive at outside linebacker, but when you dig in and evaluate the play of Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin, you see a need for a dominant defensive player. Signed in the 2013 offseason, Barwin was solid all season, and while Cole and Graham can get to the quarterback, they've been inconsistent—especially Graham.

    What the defense lacks is a speedy pass-rusher the offense must prepare for each week. That's the type of player who can change a defense, and that's the type of player Vic Beasley is.

    With a first step that few tackles can compete with, Beasley is able to dominate off the ball. But he's not just a speed-rusher, as the Clemson end shows good hand use and smart instincts when attacking the ball. Beasley would give the Eagles a truly dynamic defender to stand out on an otherwise solid group.

28. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)

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    The Pick: WR Odell Beckham, LSU

    Using the selection they stole from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for running back Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns will look to continue their rebuild on offense. With pick No. 4 overall, they added quarterback Johnny Manziel, but now they'll give him a weapon to work with.

    LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. plays football like a power forward trapped in a point guard's body. He's mean, physical and aggressive as a route-runner—especially when going over the middle. He's fearless but is also athletic enough to take the ball to the house on short catches.

    Pair Beckham with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, and you have an exciting trio of pass-catchers for Manziel.

29. Carolina Panthers

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    The Pick: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

    The Carolina Panthers have a stud wide receiver in Steve Smith, and his chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton is a big part of the reason the team won the NFC South. But Smith turns 35 years old this spring. The Panthers need to start identifying his replacement before they're left without a go-to receiver.

    With pick No. 29 overall, they can add that future go-to guy in Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks. A smaller receiver like Smith, Cooks has the speed to beat defenses vertically and can also make plays after the catch on shorter routes. Additionally, he's shown great awareness when asked to break off routes and adapt to the quarterback—two big assets when stepping into an offense with a running quarterback.

    Cooks may never be able to completely replace Steve Smith, but he's a damn good option for the Panthers' long term.

30. New England Patriots

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    The Pick: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

    All season, we've heard how great Tom Brady is considering the little talent around him at wide receiver. The New England Patriots must fix that as Brady nears the end of his brilliant career. The Super Bowl window is closing, and to capitalize on it, Bill Belichick must find Brady a go-to outside receiver.

    To find that guy, Belichick can call up his old assistant Bill O'Brien at Penn State. In that offense, they have Allen Robinson, a 6'3" wide receiver with the speed to break open the field and the size to stretch defenses vertically. Robinson in an offense with Brady's talents would flourish. On the flip side, give Brady an athlete like this who is already familiar with New England-style route concepts and good things will happen.

31. Denver Broncos

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    The Pick: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

    The Denver Broncos have a load of talent on defense, but they're mostly playing on the edges. There's no lack of speed here, but they do lack the big nasties in the middle of the trenches. John Elway should look into head coach John Fox's past and see his ability to develop war daddies at defensive tackle and quickly make the pick to get Louis Nix from Notre Dame.

    Nix is a mammoth man in the middle, but he's not all size and strength. Like a poor man's Vince Wilfork or Dontari Poe, Nix has shown the lateral agility and quickness to make plays in the backfield. He'll contribute as a lane-clogging run defender, but don't sleep on his pass-rushing moves.

    That's what the Broncos need, too. Someone in the middle to draw attention away from Von Miller and friends on the outside.

32. Seattle Seahawks

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    The Pick: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

    What do you give the team that has virtually everything? A tight end who can do it all.

    Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't have great production in 2013, but he showed his three-down ability as a run-blocker, pass-catcher and red-zone nightmare on a consistent basis. Seferian-Jenkins is a throwback to the days when tight ends actually blocked, and using his 275-pound frame and long arms, he's shown a knack for knocking defensive ends and linebackers off their spot.

    Placed into the Seattle offense, Seferian-Jenkins could become an instant red-zone threat.

Round 2

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    The 2014 NFL draft class figures to be very deep at key positions like cornerback, running back, wide receiver and outside linebacker. That carries over into the second round thanks to a record number of underclassmen entering each season.

    Teams looking for starters don't have to focus only on the first round anymore, as plenty of Week 1 starters can be found here on Day 2.

    2014 Second Round
    1Houston TexansOLB Trent MurphyStanford
    2WashingtonILB Shayne SkovStanford
    3Cleveland BrownsDE Stephon TuittNotre Dame
    4Oakland RaidersDT Will SuttonArizona State
    5Atlanta FalconsDE Michael SamMissouri
    6Tampa Bay BuccaneersWR Jarvis LandryLSU
    Jacksonville Jaguars RB Tre Mason Auburn 
    Minnesota Vikings DT Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota 
    Buffalo Bills FS Calvin Pryor Louisville 
    10 Tennessee Titans OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee 
    11 New York Giants DT Ego Ferguson LSU 
    12 St. Louis Rams QB A.J. McCarron Alabama 
    13 Detroit Lions WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt 
    14 Pittsburgh Steelers WR Kelvin Benjamin FSU 
    15 Dallas Cowboys QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois 
    16 Baltimore Ravens WR Davante Adams Fresno State 
    17 New York Jets OLB Adrian HubbardAlabama 
    18 Miami Dolphins OT Taylor Lewan Michigan 
    19 Chicago BearsCB Bradley Roby Ohio State 
    20 Arizona Cardinals QB Zach Mettenberger LSU 
    21 San Diego Chargers OG Cyril Richardson Baylor 
    22 New Orleans Saints OT La'el Collins LSU 
    23 San Francisco (from Chiefs) SS Ahmad Dixon Baylor 
    24 San Francisco 49ers CB E.J. Gaines Missouri 
    25 Green Bay Packers OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals FS Dion Bailey USC 
    27 Philadelphia Eagles WR Paul Richardson Colorado 
    28 Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss 
    29 Carolina Panthers CB Loucheiz Purifoy Florida 
    30 New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley Florida 
    31 Denver Broncos WR Devante Parker Louisville 
    32 Seattle Seahawks CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech 

Round 3

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    Round 3 is where teams generally find steals. This is the round for the running back who might be a step slow in the 40-yard dash but has the vision to excel at the next level. This is where the 6'1" quarterback gets drafted and then becomes a star.

    Don't overlook the value here. The third round features starter-quality players ready to become household names.

    2014 Third Round
    1Houston TexansRB Carlos HydeOhio State
    2WashingtonOT James HurstNorth Carolina
    3Oakland RaidersWR De'Anthony ThomasOregon
    4Atlanta FalconsTE C.J. FiedorowiczIowa
    5New York Jets (from Tampa)OT Jack MewhortOhio State
    6Jacksonville JaguarsDE Jackson JeffcoatTexas
    Cleveland BrownsRB Lache SeastrunkBaylor 
    Minnesota Vikings OL Zack MartinNotre Dame
    Buffalo Bills TE Marcel JensenFresno State
    10 New York GiantsRB Ka'Deem CareyArizona 
    11 St. Louis RamsDE Kareem MartinNorth Carolina 
    12 Detroit LionsFS Lamarcus JoynerFSU 
    13 San Francisco (from Titans)QB Tajh BoydClemson 
    14 Baltimore RavensCB Aaron ColvinOklahoma 
    15 Dallas Cowboys OG Gabe JacksonMississippi State
    16 New York JetsRB Andre WilliamsBoston College
    17 Miami DolphinsRB Bishop SankeyWashington
    18 Chicago BearsQB Brett SmithWyoming 
    19 Cleveland (from Steelers)CB Vic HamptonSouth Carolina
    20 Arizona Cardinals OLB Christian JonesFSU 
    21 San Diego Chargers OLB Aaron LynchSouth Florida
    22 New Orleans Saints CB Marcus RobersonFlorida 
    23 Kansas City Chiefs WR Kasen WilliamsWashington 
    24 San Francisco 49ers DE Ed StinsonAlabama 
    25 Green Bay Packers DT DaQuan JonesPenn State 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals OLB Dee FordAuburn 
    27 Philadelphia Eagles SS Hakeem SmithLouisville 
    28 Indianapolis Colts DE George UkoUSC 
    29 Carolina Panthers OG Anthony SteenAlabama 
    30 New England Patriots C Travis SwansonArkansas 
    31 Denver Broncos SS Deone BuccanonWashington State 
    32 Minnesota (from Seattle)DE Scott CrichtonOregon State

Round 4

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    The fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft is one loaded with talent. Here, you can find a developmental quarterback who might be a year or two away from the field or a talented inside linebacker who's just a little short for NFL standards.

    Whatever the case may be, we'll see a high number of rookie starters coming out of the fourth round this year.

    2014 Fourth Round
    1Houston TexansILB Chris BorlandWisconsin
    2WashingtonDT Kelcy QuarlesSouth Carolina
    3Atlanta FalconsRB Marion GriceArizona State
    4Tampa Bay BuccaneersOT Sean HickeySyracuse
    5Jacksonville JaguarsWR Brandon ColemanRutgers
    6Cleveland BrownsOLB Morgan BreslinUSC
    Oakland RaidersSS Craig LostonLSU 
    Minnesota Vikings OG Xavier Su'a-FiloUCLA
    Buffalo Bills DT Aaron DonaldPitt 
    10 St. Louis RamsCB Antone ExumVirginia Tech 
    11 Detroit LionsDE Chris SmithArkansas 
    12 Tennessee TitansQB Aaron Murray Georgia 
    13 New York GiantsTE Xavier GrimbleUSC 
    14 Dallas CowboysDT Daniel McCullersTennessee 
    15 New York JetsCB Chris DavisAuburn
    16 Miami DolphinsOG Brandon ThomasClemson
    17 Chicago BearsDE Trevor ReillyUtah 
    18 Pittsburgh SteelersFS Anthony HarrisVirginia 
    19 Jacksonville (from Ravens)DT Timmy JerniganFSU
    20 Arizona Cardinals WR Jared AbbrederisWisconsin 
    21 San Diego Chargers WR Mike DavisTexas 
    22 New Orleans Saints WR Josh HuffOregon 
    23 Kansas City Chiefs DE Taylor HartOregon 
    24 San Francisco 49ers OLB Jeremiah AttaochuGeorgia Tech 
    25 Green Bay Packers TE Arthur LynchGeorgia 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals QB David FalesSan Jose State 
    27 Philadelphia Eagles CB Pierre DesirLindenwood 
    28 Cleveland (from Colts) CB Jaylen WatkinsFlorida
    29 Carolina Panthers OLB Carl BradfordArizona State 
    30 New England Patriots ILB Yawin SmallwoodUConn 
    31 Denver Broncos CB Rashaad ReynoldsOregon State 
    32 Seattle Seahawks WR Devin StreetPitt

Round 5

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    The key to building a championship team isn't just hitting on your first-round picks, but also in building depth and finding steals in the later rounds. That starts with Round 5.

    Here, you'll find talented players with character red flags, athletes who maybe lack size or speed and developmental players who simply need time and coaching. But make no mistake, there's plenty of talent here.

    2014 Fifth Round
    1Houston TexansOT Seantrel HendersonMiami (Fla.)
    2WashingtonC Tyler LarsenUtah State
    3Tampa Bay BuccaneersOLB Boseko LokomboOregon
    4Jacksonville JaguarsOG Chris BurnetteGeorgia
    5Cleveland BrownsFS Terrence BrooksFSU
    6Seattle (from Oakland)OLB Telvin SmithFSU
    Atlanta FalconsOG Jon HalapioFlorida 
    Minnesota Vikings WR Robert HerronWyoming 
    Buffalo Bills OT Ja'Wuan JamesTennessee 
    10 Jacksonville (from Detroit)CB Keith McGillUtah
    11 Tennessee TitansRB Charles SimsWest Virginia 
    12 New York GiantsC Weston RichburgColorado State 
    13 St. Louis RamsC Bryan StorkFSU 
    14 New York JetsFS Kenny LadlerVanderbilt 
    15 Miami DolphinsOT Joel BitonioNevada
    16 Chicago BearsDT Anthony JohnsonLSU
    17 Pittsburgh SteelersOLB DeMarcus Lawrence Boise State 
    18 Dallas CowboysRB Jeremy HillLSU 
    19 Jacksonville (from Baltimore)OT Morgan MosesVirginia
    20 Arizona Cardinals DE Josh MauroStanford 
    21 San Diego Chargers DT Calvin BarnettOklahoma State
    22 New Orleans Saints ILB Lamin BarrowLSU 
    23 Kansas City ChiefsFS Nickoe WhitleyMississippi State 
    24 San Francisco 49ers TE Joe Don DuncanDixie State 
    25 Green Bay Packers CB Stanley Jean-BaptisteNebraska 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals DE Marcus SmithLouisville 
    27 Philadelphia Eagles FS Ty ZimmermanKansas State 
    28 Indianapolis Colts OLB Jordan TrippMontana
    29 Carolina Panthers FS Tre BostonNorth Carolina 
    30 Philadelphia (from Patriots) QB Stephen MorrisMiami (Fla.) 
    31 Denver BroncosOG Chris WattNotre Dame 
    32 Seattle Seahawks DT Caraun ReidPrinceton

Round 6

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    You've made it to Round 6, which means you're a die-hard fan. This is where the backbone of your team is built. It's also where you find Tom Brady or Alfred Morris if you're lucky enough to trust your scouts.

    The sixth round isn't sexy, but it's solid. Players drafted here might not have ideal NFL measurables or production, but they're generally one or two fixable traits away from being long-term contributors.

    2014 Sixth Round
    1Houston TexansWR Jalen SaundersOklahoma
    2WashingtonWR L'Damian WashingtonMissouri
    3Jacksonville JaguarsC Gabe IkardOklahoma
    4Cleveland BrownsOT Wesley JohnsonVanderbilt
    5Oakland RaidersRB Jay AjayiBoise State
    6Atlanta FalconsOLB Christian KirkseyIowa
    Chicago Bears (from Tampa)SS C.J. BarnettOhio State 
    Minnesota Vikings CB Ross CockrellDuke 
    Buffalo Bills WR Jeremy GallonMichigan 
    10 Tennessee Titans ILB Max BulloughMichigan State 
    11 New York Giants DE James GayleVirginia Tech 
    12 St. Louis Rams DT Danny SheltonWashington 
    13 Detroit Lions RB James WilderFSU 
    14 Miami DolphinsCB Deion BelueAlabama 
    15 Chicago BearsFS Marqueston HuffWyoming
    16 Pittsburgh SteelersILB Andrew JacksonWestern Kentucky 
    17 Baltimore RavensOLB Prince Shembo Notre Dame 
    18 Kansas City (from Dallas)WR Rashad GreeneFSU 
    19 New York JetsSS Sean ParkerWashington
    20 Arizona Cardinals OG Ryan GroyWisconsin 
    21 San Diego Chargers RB Isaiah CrowellAlabama State 
    22 New Orleans Saints DE Deandre ColemanCalifornia 
    23 Kansas City Chiefs QB Jeff MathewsCornell 
    24 San Francisco 49ers NT Ryan CarrethersArkansas State 
    25 Green Bay Packers OT Billy TurnerNorth Dakota State 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals OT Charles LenoBoise State 
    27 New England (from Eagles) TE Rob BranchflowerUMass 
    28 Indianapolis Colts CB Carrington ByndomTexas
    29 Carolina Panthers OT Cornelius LucasKansas State 
    30 New England Patriots CB Bene BenwikereSan Jose State 
    31 Denver Broncos OLB Jonathan BrownIllinois 
    32 Seattle Seahawks WR Cody HoffmanBYU

Round 7

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    Round 7. The final picks of the 2014 NFL draft. By this point, most broadcast networks aren't even covering the draft anymore, but that's their loss. Your team is going through the process, trying to find that diamond in the rough. 

    The seventh round produces talented players each year, so it's no surprise that this year's crop has many players that stand out as future NFL starters in the right system. Whether it's a developmental player or a character risk, these picks are calculated, weighed and thought-out before the card goes to the commissioner.

    2014 Seventh Round
    1Houston TexansCB Bennett JacksonNotre Dame
    2WashingtonCB Andre HalVanderbilt
    3Cleveland BrownsDT Eathyn ManumaleunaBYU
    4Oakland RaidersOT Jeremiah SirlesNebraska
    5Atlanta FalconsWR Tevin ReeseBaylor
    6Tampa Bay BuccaneersQB Logan ThomasVirginia Tech
    Jacksonville Jaguars TE Colt LyerlaOregon 
    Minnesota Vikings RB LaDarius PerkinsMississippi State
    Buffalo Bills TE Jacob PedersonWisconsin 
    10 New York GiantsOLB Denicos AllenMichigan State 
    11 St. Louis RamsOT Austin WentworthFresno State 
    12 Detroit LionsOLB Kevin Pierre-LouisBoston College 
    13 Tennessee TitansCB Ricardo AllenPurdue 
    14 Dallas Cowboys (from Bears)OLB Devon KennardUSC 
    15 Pittsburgh SteelersRB Silas ReddUSC
    16 Dallas CowboysWR Ryan GrantTulane
    17 Indianapolis (from Ravens)C James StoneTennessee 
    18 New York JetsQB Keith PriceWashington
    19 Miami DolphinsCB Shaq RichardsonArizona
    20 Oakland (from Arizona)DE Chaz SuttonSouth Carolina 
    21 San Diego Chargers FS Jemea ThomasGeorgia Tech 
    22 San Francisco (from Saints) WR Shaq EvansUCLA 
    23 Dallas Cowboys (from Chiefs) OT Kenarious GatesGeorgia 
    24 San Francisco 49ers OT Donald HawkinsTexas 
    25 Green Bay Packers WR Noel GrigsbySan Jose State 
    26 Cincinnati Bengals C Jonotthan HarrisonFlorida 
    27 Philadelphia Eagles WR TJ JonesNotre Dame 
    28 San Francisco (from Colts) DT Beau AllenWisconsin 
    29 San Francisco (from Carolina)FS Jeremy DeeringRutgers 
    30 New England Patriots WR Michael CampanaroWake Forest 
    31 Denver Broncos RB Jerome SmithSyracuse 
    32 Seattle Seahawks QB Kenny GuitonOhio State

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