The Ultimate 2014 NFL Draft Guide

Ty Schalter@tyschalterNFL National Lead WriterMay 8, 2014

The Ultimate 2014 NFL Draft Guide

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    You've never gone so long without football.

    For months, you've wandered across a parched and barren wasteland. No wings. No beer. No fat-guy touchdowns. With your mind being assaulted by hype, spin, rumors and tail-chasing news cycles, you trudged forward as best you could for as long as you could manage.

    Now, with parched mouth and bleary eyes, you're crawling toward autumn with the last of your strength. Suddenly, you look up and see a radiant neon beacon of art-deco glory: the Radio City Music Hall.

    The NFL draft is finally here, and your suffering is over.

    Let Bleacher Report's crack NFL staff help you up, dust you off and give you a VIP tour.

    We have all the must-know info. We have the big boards and big names, mock drafts and expert analysis. We have the latest news and rumors, in-depth profiles on the most intriguing prospects and firsthand accounts of what it feels like to go through the process. We have team-by-team primers for all 32 NFL squads and up-to-the-minute predictions from our top NFL experts.

    Now straighten your hair, fix your tie and get ready for three straight days of glitz, glamour, glad-handing and gridiron on the NFL's grandest stage.

Where, When and How to Watch

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    Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York City

    When: Thursday, May 8 (first round), 8 p.m. ET; Friday, May 9 (second and third rounds), 7 p.m. ET; Saturday, May 10 (fourth through seventh rounds), noon ET.

    How to Watch: ESPN, NFL Network (on TV), Bleacher Report TeamStream (live video analysis on mobile).

Complete Draft Order

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    By now, most hardcore NFL fans know exactly where their team is picking in the first round—but tiebreakers, coin flips and compensatory picks make figuring out the order of every single draft pick a chore.

    Fortunately, Bleacher Report hasn't just put together a seven-round, 256-pick list of the entire 2014 NFL draft but a full breakdown of all the teams that are most likely to move up or down. In that list, it's easy to see exactly where (and how) your chosen NFL squad holds precious draft selections; stay tuned to find out if they stand pat or take control of the board.

    If you still hadn't heard where your team is slotted, or you just want to see where the others ended up, here's the complete first-round order:

    1. Houston Texans 
    2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) 
    3. Jacksonville Jaguars 
    4. Cleveland Browns 
    5. Oakland Raiders 
    6. Atlanta Falcons 
    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
    8. Minnesota Vikings 
    9. Buffalo Bills 
    10. Detroit Lions 
    11. Tennessee Titans 
    12. New York Giants 
    13. St. Louis Rams 
    14. Chicago Bears 
    15. Pittsburgh Steelers 
    16. Dallas Cowboys 
    17. Baltimore Ravens 
    18. New York Jets 
    19. Miami Dolphins 
    20. Arizona Cardinals 
    21. Green Bay Packers 
    22. Philadelphia Eagles 
    23. Kansas City Chiefs 
    24. Cincinnati Bengals 
    25. San Diego Chargers 
    26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts) 
    27. New Orleans Saints 
    28. Carolina Panthers 
    29. New England Patriots 
    30. San Francisco 49ers 
    31. Denver Broncos 
    32. Seattle Seahawks

Matt Miller's Top 100 Big Board

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    You want to know who the best players available are? You want to know just how much value your team got with each of its picks throughout the draft?

    Bleacher Report NFL Draft Lead Writer Matt Miller has published his 365-prospect final rankings, and his top 100 big board is right here:

    Top 100 Rankings
    1Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville6'2"214
    2Jadeveon ClowneyDESouth Carolina6'6"266
    3Sammy WatkinsWRClemson6'1"211
    4Greg RobinsonOTAuburn6'5"332 
    5Khalil MackOLBBuffalo6'3"251
    6Jake MatthewsOTTexas A&M6'5"308
    7Justin GilbertCB Oklahoma State 6'0"202 
    8Mike EvansWR Texas A&M 6'5" 231 
    9Kony EalyDE Missouri 6'4" 273 
    10C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama 6'2" 234 
    11Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh 6'1" 285 
    12Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M 6'0" 207 
    13Eric Ebron TE North Carolina 6'4" 250 
    14Anthony Barr OLB UCLA 6'5" 255 
    15Derek Carr QB Fresno State 6'2" 214 
    16Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama 6'1" 208 
    17Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU 5'11" 198 
    18Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech 6'0" 190 
    19Dominique Easley DT Florida 6'2" 288 
    20Jason Verrett CB TCU 5'9" 189 
    21Blake Bortles QB Central Florida 6'5" 232 
    22Taylor Lewan OT Michigan 6'7" 309 
    23Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State 5'11" 199 
    24Dee Ford DE Auburn 6'2" 252 
    25Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State 6'2" 299 
    26Zack MartinOT Notre Dame 6'4" 308 
    27Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State 6'0" 230 
    28Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama 6'7" 322 
    29Calvin Pryor FS Louisville 5'11" 207 
    30Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois 5'11" 193 
    31Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State 5'10" 189 
    32Bradley Roby CB Ohio State 5'11" 194 
    33Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech 6'5" 265 
    34Cody Latimer WR Indiana 6'2" 215 
    35Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU 6'3" 243 
    36Davante Adams WR Fresno State 6'1"212 
    37Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State 6'1" 237 
    38Morgan Moses OT Virginia 6'6" 314 
    39Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA 6'4" 307 
    40Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech 6'3" 252 
    41Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State 6'3" 251 
    42Marcus Martin USC 6'3" 320 
    43Weston Richburg Colorado State 6'3" 298 
    44Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota 6'6" 310 
    45Charles Sims RB West Virginia 6'0" 214 
    46Zach Mettenberger QB LSU 6'5" 224 
    47Louis Nix IIIDT Notre Dame 6'2" 331 
    48Will Sutton DT Arizona State 6'0" 303 
    49Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood 6'1" 198 
    50Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington 6'5" 262 
    51Antonio RichardsonOT Tennessee 6'6" 336 
    52Joel Bitonio OT Nevada 6'4" 302 
    53Tre Mason RB Auburn 5'8" 207 
    54Bishop Sankey RB Washington 5'9" 209 
    55Scott Crichton DE Oregon State 6'3" 273 
    56Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi 6'2" 221 
    57Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin 5'11" 248 
    58Jarvis Landry WR LSU 5'11" 205 
    59Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee 6'6" 311 
    60Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State 5'8" 184 
    61Allen Robinson WR Penn State 6'2" 220 
    62Marqise Lee WR USC 6'0" 192 
    63Phillip Gaines CB Rice 6'0" 193 
    64Aaron Murray QB Georgia 6'1" 207 
    65Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois 6'2" 226 
    66Jaylen Watkins CB Florida5'11"194 
    67Martavis Bryant WR Clemson 6'4"211 
    68Terrence Brooks FS Florida State 5'11" 198 
    69Deone Bucannon SS Washington State 6'1" 211
    70Trent MurphyOLBStanford6'5"250
    71Storm Johnson RB Central Florida 6'0" 209 
    72Trai Turner OG LSU 6'3" 310 
    73Devonta Freeman RB Florida State 5'8" 206 
    74Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State 6'5" 240 
    75Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame 6'6" 270 
    76Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina 5'9" 197 
    77Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas 6'3" 247 
    78Kareem Martin DE North Carolina 6'6" 272 
    79Marcus Smith DE Louisville 6'3" 251 
    80Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt 6'3" 212 
    81Jeremy HillRBLSU6'1" 233 
    82AJ McCarron QB Alabama 6'3" 220 
    83Kevin Norwood WR Alabama 6'2" 198 
    84Terrance West RB Towson 5'9" 225 
    85Robert Herron WR Wyoming 5'9" 193 
    86Jordan TrippOLBMontana6'3" 234 
    87Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame 6'5" 304 
    88George Uko DT USC 6'3" 284 
    89Paul Richardson WR Colorado 6'0" 175 
    90Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State 6'1" 250 
    91Telvin Smith ILB Florida State 6'3" 218 
    92Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB Boston College 6'0" 232 
    93Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State 6'3" 336 
    94Ed Reynolds FS Stanford 6'1" 207 
    95Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa 6'2" 233 
    96Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State 6'6" 309 
    97Ego Ferguson DT LSU 6'3" 315 
    98DaQuan Jones DT Penn State 6'4" 322 
    99Ahmad Dixon SS Baylor 6'0" 212 
    100Marcus Roberson CB Florida 6'0" 191 

Matt Miller's Final Mock Draft

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    You know how Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer Matt Miller ranks the top 365 draftable prospects. Now, find out which teams he thinks they best fit with in his final seven-round mock draft.

    For this mock, he drafted each prospect based on what he thinks each team should do, not necessarily what he's hearing the team will do.

    Miller has also turned in a last-day mock of the first round—his ultimate guess at where the biggest names will end up. If you want to know how the board will break for your team on Thursday night, hit up Miller's final mock here.

Bleacher Report Expert Predictions

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    The draft can be one of the craziest, most unpredictable events on the entire NFL calendar. From wild reaches to stunning falls, blockbuster trades to missed-pick snafus, the draft is notoriously tricky to predict—why else would mock drafts flood the Internet every spring?

    The Bleacher Report crew of NFL experts banded together to predict the unpredictable.

    In a series of 26 prop-bet style categories, from "First Quarterback Taken" to "College Conference with Most First-Round Picks," our experts projected and predicted all of the headline-grabbing twists and turns of the draft.

    They predict a long, grim time in the green room for a certain quarterback, a trade-heavy first round and the most likely landing spots for top prospects like Sammy Watkins, Carlos Hyde and Eric Ebron.

Expert Draft Notebooks

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    Among Bleacher Report's NFL lead writers are three of the most tuned-in reporters in the business, and they have all the latest news, notes and nuggets from around the NFL—plus their own insightful analysis.

    Dan Pompei's Read Option column is a weekly must-read, and his draft-week installment is no different. It starts with an in-depth look at why Khalil Mack is a serious candidate for the No. 1 overall pick, contains news about the latest trade rumors and takes a hard look at eight polarizing prospects whom NFL scouts just can't agree on.

    Mike Freeman's 50-Point Stance, a PED-enhanced "fabulously awesome draft week edition" of his usual 10-Point Stance column, lives up to the billing: It has 50 points' worth of analysis, facts, news, rumors, speculation, videos and tweets. It's not just about the draft, either; Freeman talks about Ndamukong Suh, concussions, Darren Sharper and a host of other topics.

    Matt Miller's Scouting Notebook is always full of great tidbits. This week's edition has quotes from NFL scouts who took a look at Miller's draft board and gave him valuable, anonymous feedback. To see where real NFL teams agree and disagree with Miller, check out his final, predraft Scouting Notebook.

The Stars of the 2014 NFL Draft

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    In every draft, there are a few names that everyone can't wait to hear called.

    Not just the top few picks but the electrifying talents, bigger-than-life characters and enigmas. There are players who were college superstars, but whose talents may not translate to the pro game. There are players who carry vague baggage, and we won't be sure how far down draft boards it'll take them.

    The biggest name is the one that has been on the lips of the football-watching world ever since the hit in the above video: Jadeveon Clowney. 

    His name has been shouted from the rooftops as a once-in-a-generation talent and whispered in dark tones as a potential problem child. While some analysts chipped in their two cents with their opinion of his character or lack of production, Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer Michael Schottey broke down Clowney's tape to find out the truth.

    Of course, the best name in the draft won't be called by Roger Goodell on the Radio City Music Hall stage at all: "Johnny Football." Johnny Manziel's nickname was well-earned in his two years as Texas A&M's starting quarterback. The Heisman Trophy on his mantle would capture plenty of interest, even if his off-field exploits and debatable field-reading skills didn't make his draft stock a moving target.

    Bleacher Report Lead Writer Matt Bowen, who spent seven years breaking down quarterback play as an NFL safety, analyzed exactly what Manziel brings to the table—and where he needs to improve to become as brilliant in the pros as he was in college.

    Jason Cole broke down everything else about Manziel, from the off-field issues that dogged him to the current mindset of NFL decision-makers.

    Quarterbacks are always a big draw; a first-round quarterback can set a franchise up for 15 years—or set it back three years. Teddy Bridgewater was penciled in as the No. 1 overall pick of this draft practically since before the 2013 draft, but his stock has taken a tumble after his rough pro day.

    Bleacher Report NFL Analyst Gary Davenport broke down Bridgewater's fall, and I broke down his film to explain why his doubters will be proven wrong once he gets on an NFL field.

    Another quarterback who just might be the first signal-caller off the board, Derek Carr, is in a hauntingly familiar situation. Cole broke down the story of how Carr escaped the shadow of his big brother, 2002 No. 1 overall pick David.

    One of the most interesting figures in the draft class is Khalil Mack. At every step in his young football life, he was an unheralded nobody who blew everything up whenever he got a chance. Now, as Schottey tells Mack's tale, the pass-rusher out of tiny Buffalo has a legitimate shot to be drafted No. 1 overall.

    A lot less is said about Anthony Barr, who at times in the draft cycle has been alongside Mack as a top-tier pass-rushing linebacker prospect. Schottey looked at why Barr both intrigues and repels evaluators.

    What about Jake Matthews? Manziel's protector at Texas A&M and the son of a Hall of Famer, he's slipped from a lock for the first few picks to the bottom half of the top 10—and maybe the third left tackle off the board. I wrote about why he could be the biggest steal of the draft.

    Another guy who could be the first off the board at his position or fall much farther than that: Darqueze Dennard, the physical cornerback from Michigan State who could be the best man-to-man corner in the draft or a penalty machine. Bowen broke down film to find Dennard's ceiling, floor and scheme fit.

    One last name to watch: pass-rusher Michael Sam. Next season, we should expect that a player's sexuality, whatever it might be, isn't worth mentioning. If and when a team turns in a draft card with his name on it, Sam will be the first openly gay player in the NFL.

    Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer Michael Freeman explained why that's so important—for NFL players like Wade Davis, who had to live in the closet, as well as for future rookies who won't have to face Sam or Davis' burden.

Bleacher Report Scouting Database

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    Whether you're doing last-minute info-cramming on your favorite prospects, looking to go in-depth on players available at a certain position or shouting "Who?" at your TV after your favorite team just turned in a card, the Bleacher Report Scouting Report Database has you covered.

    Draft experts Ryan Lownes, Ryan McCrystal, Alex Dunlap, Darren Page and Ian Wharton teamed up to fill out extensive scouting reports for hundreds of prospects; with more than a dozen (or two or three dozen) prospects scouted at every position, it's a comprehensive guide to every prospect you'll want to know more about.

Team-by-Team Draft Primers

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    Now this, right here? This is what you really came for.

    As fascinating as the big names, big personalities, poker-game gamesmanship and stage hugs can be, what you really want to know is what picks your team has, what kinds of players it needs and who'll likely be available at each of those spots.

    Bleacher Report's NFL Divisional Lead Writers Knox Bardeen, Erik Frenz, Brad Gagnon, Andrea Hangst, Christopher Hansen, Zach Kruse and Tyson Langland, along with NFL Analyst Gary Davenport, have put together team-by-team draft primers that'll give you the information you're really after.

    1. Dolphins primer (Frenz)
    2. Jets primer (Frenz)
    3. Bills primer (Frenz)
    4. Patriots primer (Frenz)
    5. Steelers primer (Hangst)
    6. Ravens primer (Hangst)
    7. Browns primer (Hangst)
    8. Bengals primer (Hangst)
    9. Raiders primer (Hansen)
    10. Broncos primer (Hansen)
    11. Chargers primer (Hansen)
    12. Chiefs primer (Hansen)
    13. Colts primer (Davenport)
    14. Jaguars primer (Davenport)
    15. Titans primer (Davenport)
    16. Texans primer (Davenport)
    17. Cowboys primer (Gagnon)
    18. Redskins primer (Gagnon)
    19. Giants primer (Gagnon)
    20. Eagles primer (Gagnon)
    21. Vikings primer (Kruse)
    22. Lions primer (Kruse)
    23. Packers primer (Kruse)
    24. Bears primer (Kruse)
    25. 49ers primer (Langland)
    26. Seahawks primer (Langland)
    27. Cardinals primer (Langland)
    28. Rams primer (Langland)
    29. Falcons primer (Bardeen)
    30. Buccaneers primer (Bardeen)
    31. Saints primer (Bardeen)
    32. Panthers primer (Bardeen)

View from the Draft Floor...and the Front Office

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    Lost in all the TV lights, tickers, sidebars and highlight packages are the actual human beings who are involved in this process.

    Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer Matt Bowen went through the process as a prospect; here's his take on the experiences and emotions of that day.

    Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Greg Gabriel was on the other end of the draft-day phone calls—in NFL war rooms as a scout and executive. Here's his insider's guide to draft day.

Day 1 Predictions

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    Bleacher Report NFL Lead Writer Michael Schottey has been covering the draft for more than a decade, and he's seen a lot of wild stuff go down.

    His predictions for the first round contain surprises big (Aaron Donald goes in the top 10) and small (four cornerbacks will be taken in the first round). He also has an interesting thought on who'll be the first quarterback off the board.

    Hit it here for all of Schottey's first-day draft predictions.

Ultimate Draft Hype Tape

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    You probably thought you were ready for the NFL draft.

    You probably thought you were excited for the NFL draft.

    But after hearing all the unfamiliar names, the dry facts and figures, and the weights, measures and statistics for four long months, here's a vivid reminder of what the NFL draft is all about: football.

    College football's most exciting players are about to make the NFL that much better, and Bleacher Report's video team has put together a killer hype tape to get you amped for the possibility of seeing these players on Sundays.