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

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  1. St. Louis Rams: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
    The Rams spent a first-round pick on a defensive tackle in 2012, but they could do so again sometime soon. Kendall Langford, signed to a 4-year, $24 million contract last offseason, has been a disappointment. He won’t be around much longer at his high salary if he continues to struggle.

  2. St. Louis Rams: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
    The Rams signed Jake Long, which will move Rodger Saffold to right tackle. For the time being anyway. There’s some speculation that St. Louis could trade Saffold. Regardless, Saffold will be a free agent in March 2014.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
    Tank Carradine was discussed as a possible option for the Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft because both Jared Allen and Brian Robison have expiring contracts next spring. It’ll be very difficult to retain both of them.

  4. Chicago Bears: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
    Speaking of options that were discussed in the 2013 NFL Draft, there was some speculation that the Bears were interested in Sylvester Williams, considering how thin they are at defensive tackle. It won’t get any better with Henry Melton set to hit free agency.



  5. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
    The Steelers’ search for an inside linebacker finally comes to an end. They wanted Kevin Minter in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and had their eyes on Dont’a Hightower the year before. Going with another Alabama prospect would work.

  6. Miami Dolphins: Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
    The Dolphins were reportedly looking closely at defensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft because both Randy Starks and Paul Soliai have expiring contracts this upcoming March.

    The 370-pound Daniel McCullers would fill Soliai’s void, as Miami continues to add 3-4 personnel.

  7. Green Bay Packers: Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
    Ted Thompson’s M.O. is to wait patiently as the dumb teams drafting earlier allow a stud prospect fall right to him. That’s what happened in the 2013 NFL Draft with Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, and that’s the case here with Kyle Van Noy.

    I couldn’t find a spot for Van Noy, but he should have been off the board around the 16th pick. Van Noy logged 13 sacks in 2012. He was espcially hot down the stretch, recording 5.5 sacks in his final three games. He’ll add depth to a thin 3-4 outside linebacker group and challenge Nick Perry for a starting job if the USC product disappoints in 2013.

  8. New Orleans Saints: Adrian Hubbard, DE/OLB, Alabama
    The Saints had several holes to fill in the 2013 NFL Draft, so they weren’t able to obtain a pass-rusher until the sixth round with Rufus Johnson. They’ll probably need to do so earlier next April.



  9. Cincinnati Bengals: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Taylor Mays was so bad at safety that the Bengals had to move cornerback Nate Clements over to the position during the 2012 campaign. If they can’t find an upgrade at safety this offseason – I’m not sure if third-rounder Shawn Williams counts – they’ll have to do so the following spring.

    Haha Clinton-Dix, named after what happened in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, has two brothers who are also promising prospects, Lol and Lmfao.

  10. Houston Texans: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
    The Texans could use a cornerback for depth, but the primary need for one at this juncture would be for the future. Kareem Jackson will be a free agent in March 2015, so Loucheiz Purifoy would be able to sit behind him for a year before stepping in as a starter. Some of the guys on the forum complained about my habit of looking at contract dates in my mock drafts, but the Texans’ sole purpose for selecting Whitney Mercilus a year ago was because they knew Connor Barwin would leave.

    A 6-1 corner with a potential high 4.3 40, Loucheiz Purifoy is a beast on special teams in terms of blocking kicks. He had two blocks in 2012.

  11. New York Giants: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    One area the Giants neglected in the 2013 NFL Draft that I thought they should have addressed was the cornerback position. As it stands now, Corey Webster is projected to start, which is not good news based on how frequently he was torched this past season.

  12. Atlanta Falcons: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
    As with the Giants and the cornerback position, the Falcons didn’t address defensive tackle even though they have a hole there next to Jonathan Babineaux. Peria Jerry will be given one more chance to prove himself.



  13. New England Patriots: Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
    The Patriots were another team to surprisingly avoid the defensive tackle position in the 2013 NFL Draft. They’ll find help there once Tommy Kelly inevitably fails.

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Deshazor Everett, CB, Texas A&M
    The 49ers can afford to take one of the best players available on the board with this pick because they have fewer needs than most teams. They could stand to find help at cornerback, especially given that as a 33-year-old, Carlos Rogers will be due more than $6 million. Also keep in mind that Nnamdi Asomugha and Tarell Brown have expiring contracts next March.

  15. Denver Broncos: Scott Chrichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State
    The Broncos had their choice of Sylvester Williams and Tank Carradine at No. 28 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. They opted for the former, prompting them to sign Shaun Phillips. The former Charger is just a temporary solution at defensive end.

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
    The Seahawks made some savvy moves by signing Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril this offseason, but they were brought in for short-term deals. Seattle needs long-term pass-rushers.



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