2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, April 3, 2014. Major changes in all 5 rounds.
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  1. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    The Ravens spent last year’s first-round pick on a safety, but they’ll strongly consider doubling up if they can get Calvin Pryor. Darian Stewart is currently favored to start next to Matt Elam, and he was a Rams’ cast-off. That should tell you how dire the situation is.

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  2. New York Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
    The Jets need to add more play-makers to the roster because Geno Smith was surrounded by the worst supporting cast in the NFL last year. Eric Decker was signed, but New York needs more receivers. The top weapon who can be added to the roster is Brandin Cooks, who blew up the Combine. For more on the Jets potentially choosing Cooks, check out the 2014 NFL Draft Team Rumors page.

  3. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame
    Zack Martin had an outstanding Senior Bowl, and there’s talk that despite his short arms, he could be used at left tackle. Worst-case scenario, he’s a stud guard or a right tackle. Miami needs help at both positions in the wake of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin incident.

    Also, here’s something to keep in mind: As Charlie Campbell noted on our NFL Draft Rumors page, “Dennis Hickey has a huge inclination to go for high-character players. If a player is perceived to be a thug, gang-banger or have a drug issue, that could knock them off Miami’s board. I could see Zack Martin being a fit.”

  4. Arizona Cardinals: Ra’Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
    Darnell Dockett, 33 in May, is due $5.75 million this upcoming season. He’s no longer the pass-rusher he once was, and Arizona lacks a long-term replacement for him. That would change with the selection of Ra’Shede Hageman, who was a monster for Minnesota this past year. Even if the Cardinals keep Dockett at his high price, they could definitely use Hageman as a depth rotational player in 2014 before asking him to start in 2015 and beyond.



  5. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
    The Packers could address the defensive end, linebacker or safety position at No. 21. Of those positions, C.J. Mosley is the best player available despite Charlie Campbell’s report in the draft rumor mill that says Mosley is expected to go much later than most think. Green Bay just needs more speed in the middle of its defense to combat the scrambling quarterbacks it hasn’t been able to stop.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
    The Eagles will definitely be looking hard at the wide receiver position at this juncture now that DeSean Jackson has signed with the Redskins (click the link for that signing grade). Philadelphia will have to find a new starting wideout for 2015 and beyond, as Jeremy Maclin is signed on for just one more year.

    It’s a close call between Marqise Lee and Odell Beckham, but Chip Kelly has shown a penchant for collecting Pac-12 players.

  7. Kansas City Chiefs: David Yankey, G/OT, Stanford
    The Chiefs would like to select a guard, but they can probably do so after trading down. They just signed Jeff Linkenbach, but I’m told that they view the former Colt as a backup. Right guard is a huge hole.

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    Mike Zimmer did a great job of getting the most out of Terence Newman and Pacman Jones, but he’s moved on to be the head coach in Minnesota. The Bengals will have to compensate with some new corners. Bradley Roby has some off-the-field concerns, but that’s not going to stop Marvin Lewis from selecting him at No. 24.



  9. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
    The Chargers currently lack a starting-caliber nose tackle, so they’ll be thrilled if Louis Nix falls to them. This has a good chance of happening, as many teams won’t be interested in Nix because he’s not very good at rushing the passer. San Diego won’t care though, as it needed an upgrade over Cam Thomas, who signed with the Steelers.

    Pick change; previously Jason Verrett, CB

  10. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    BOOM. Johnny Manziel has been in the top 5-8 of almost every single mock draft published on the Internet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he fell on Draft Day. It’s happened to other quarterbacks before, and it could certainly happen to Manziel, as there are concerns about many things, including his party lifestyle, the manner in which he plays, his mechanics and his durability (size).

    If we had heard this from one team, I might just consider it smoke, but multiple teams selecting early have issues with Manziel. Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer also expressed his concerns with Manziel, so that’s another team in the top 10 that won’t pick him.

    This is why I could see Manziel take a tumble into the 20s (it’s no coincidence that the Patriots brought him in for a visit). If that occurs, perhaps the Browns will scoop him up at No. 26, or maybe one of the teams in the early portion of Round 2 will trade up for him.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
    Considering that New Orleans has to deal with Matt Ryan and Cam Newton twice per year, the team could stand to bolster its pass rush. The Saints can’t count on Victor Butler, who is coming off a torn ACL. Butler will be a free agent following the 2014 season anyway.

  12. Carolina Panthers: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
    The Panthers’ receiving corps is a joke right now. They’re so desperate for a wideout that they may have to as Nate from the Play 60 commercials to catch passes from Cam Newton (as posted in my April Fools Mock Draft). They almost have to go with a wideout, so perhaps they’ll move up for someone like Odell Beckham.



  13. New England Patriots: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    This pick makes no sense from a current needs standpoint, but NFL teams drafting for immediate needs is a myth. They often take the top player available on their board as long as that prospect makes sense for them. And Kyle Fuller makes sense for New England.

    Darrelle Revis is in New England for just one season, while Brandon Browner is one infraction away from being suspended for an entire year. The Patriots don’t need to address the cornerback position, but they could certainly add someone like Fuller, who fits the characteristics of a Bill Belichick player.

    Pick change; previously Louis Nix, NT

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
    Anquan Boldin was re-signed – go here for my Free Agent Grades – but he won’t be around much longer. Also, Mario Manningham just signed with the Giants. San Francisco needs to add a deep threat at wideout, and Kelvin Benjamin certainly fits that. The 49ers like Benjamin, so they may trade up for him.

  15. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
    Wesley Woodyard signed with the Titans, but he looked out of place trying to play middle linebacker. Paris Lenon is a disaster. This is an area Denver may want to upgrade to help improve its defense, which couldn’t get off the field in the Super Bowl. Ryan Shazier ran a 4.36 at his Pro Day, and I know that one team in the 20s is very high on him, so the Broncos should be happy to land him at No. 31.

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
    The Seahawks need another edge rusher. Cliff Avril will be a free agent after this upcoming season, and Seattle probably won’t be able to afford him. Chris Clemons is no longer with the team either.



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