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

Last update: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Some changes in both rounds.
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The order of this 2014 NFL Mock Draft is based on my NFL Power Rankings.

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  1. Carolina Panthers: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
    The Panthers need tons of cornerback help. Chris Gamble retired, so the Panthers are in obvious need of a new No. 1 at the position.

    Aaron Colvin, who had 11 pass break-ups in 2012, is a tall cornerback – something that is very much in vogue now based on what Seattle has done.

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  2. St. Louis Rams: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
    The Rams spent a first-round pick on a defensive tackle in 2012, but they could spend another early selection on one 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.

  3. Chicago Bears: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
    The Bears will have to address their two cornerback positions next offseason, as Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings both have expiring contracts.

    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.

  4. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
    The Steelers were targeting Dont’a Hightower in the 2012 NFL Draft, but just couldn’t resist David DeCastro when he inexplicably dropped to them. Maybe they’ll finally end up with an Alabama linebacker.

    Pick change; previously James Hurst, OT



  5. Atlanta Falcons: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
    Steven Jackson is obviously not the long-term solution at running back, but this pick has more to do with drafting a dynamic play-maker who could line up at multiple positions on the field. De’Anthony Thomas is capable of going the distance every time he touches the ball, so he’d make Atlanta’s offense even more lethal.

  6. New York Giants: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    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.

    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a third-team All-American, intercepted four passes and had 16 pass break-ups as a sophomore.

  7. Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
    Rush linebacker is not an immediate need, but Terrell Suggs will be entering his contract year in 2014. What if he slows down at 31? What if Courtney Upshaw and John Simon don’t develop?

    Ozzie Newsome lands the best player available. I wanted to slot Kyle Van Noy around the 16th pick, but couldn’t find a spot for him. Van Noy logged 13 sacks in 2012. He was espcially hot down the stretch, recording 5.5 sacks in his final three games.

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
    The Bengals just drafted Margus Hunt, but they have Michael Johnson hitting free agency soon. With Carlos Dunlap recently extended, it’s very unlikely that Johnson will be retained.



  9. Indianapolis Colts: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
    The Colts did nothing in the 2013 NFL Draft to address the cornerback position. They’ll have to endure Greg Toler’s struggles at the No. 2 corner position in 2013.

  10. Houston Texans: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee
    The Texans really wanted to add some inside linebackers in the 2013 NFL Draft, but never got around to it (Arthur Brown was snagged off the board right before they picked in Round 2). They remain pretty thin at the position.

    Pick change; previously C.J. Mosley, ILB

  11. New Orleans Saints: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
    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.

    Pick change; previously Adrian Hubbard, DE/OLB

  12. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
    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.



  13. Green Bay Packers: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
    The Packers released Desmond Bishop earlier in the offseason. On top of that, the rapidly aging A.J. Hawk will have an expiring contract soon. Ted Thompson will have to address the inside linebacker position in the near future.

    Pick change; previously A.J. Johnson, ILB

  14. New England Patriots: Ra’shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
    Bill Belichick loves size in his defensive linemen. Ra’shede Hageman fits the bill at 6-6, 310. The Patriots could definitely stand to upgrade the interior of their defensive line.

  15. Denver Broncos: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Considering what happened at the end of the Baltimore playoff game, it was shocking to see the Broncos fail to address the safety position in the 2013 NFL Draft. Something tells me they’ll regret that.

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

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
    The Seahawks signed Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril this offseason, but both were inked to short-term deals. Seattle will have to find a long-term successor for Chris Clemons.



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