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

Last update: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. Major changes in all 3 rounds.
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  1. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
    It’s amazing that the Cardinals are 4-4 despite how poorly Carson Palmer has played in most games. He has been guilty of multiple turnovers in six of eight games. Arizona needs to find a franchise quarterback before Larry Fitzgerald loses his mind, and I feel like Derek Carr has shown enough to warrant a selection in the middle of the first round.

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    Pick change; previously Khalil Mack, DE/OLB

  2. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
    The Chargers’ pathetic defense has made every single quarterback look like a Pro Bowler this year. They have a dreadful cornerback situation, which could be remedied with the use of a first-round pick in May’s draft.

    Pick change; previously Marcus Roberson, CB

  3. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
    Henry Melton, an impending free agent, tore his ACL earlier in the season. This could make it easier for the Bears to keep him, but they’ll need a replacement if he walks. Charlie Campbell recently reported that a scout believes Timmy Jernigan will be a late first-round pick.

    Pick change; previously Jason Verrett, CB

  4. Detroit Lions: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
    I slotted a receiver to the Lions in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft, and I’m going to use the same reasoning here: We all saw what happens to Detroit’s offense when Calvin Johnson is unavailable. The Lions need an insurance policy of sorts. Besides, having a solid No. 2 across from Megatron would make the Lions’ scoring attack even more explosive.



  5. New York Jets: Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
    New York will go with the top player on its board, and that could be Kyle Van Noy. The Jets have a nice interior pass rush with Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson. Drafting Van Noy would give them a great bookend on the exterior with Quinton Coples. New York’s pass rush could be the league’s best.

  6. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
    I have no idea what the Cowboys were thinking when they passed on Sharrif Floyd at No. 18 overall. Moving down and then selecting a third-round center made it clearer than ever that they need a real general manager. In the meantime, Jerry Jones will continue to run the team into the ground.

    Perhaps Jones will suddenly realize that Dallas has a glaring need on the interior of its defensive front. Anthony Johnson would be a nice fit as Monte Kiffin’s three-technique – just as Floyd would have been.

  7. Carolina Panthers: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    The Panthers have tried out several cornerbacks across from Captain Munnerlyn, but none of them have performed very well. Carolina has a fantastic defense, but this is one position that needs to be upgraded.

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has done a great job of getting the most out of Terence Newman and Pacman Jones, but the Bengals will have to get younger at cornerback sooner or later. Leon Hall’s second torn Achilles makes this an even more pressing need.

    Bradley Roby, who is yet another player who screwed up by not declaring early, has taken a tumble in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft because of poor play. He still has tremendous talent though, so maybe the Bengals will think they can turn him around.



  9. Green Bay Packers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    With Jermichael Finley heading for free agency, Green Bay could grab a replacement. Eric Ebron has been fantastic year and has passed Austin Seferian-Jenkins as the top tight end on the board. He’d likely provide the Packers with more consistency at the tight end position.

  10. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Johnson, ILB, Tennessee
    The Browns have a great front seven, but the one liability in the group is Craig Robertson, who has been abused in coverage this season. A.J. Johnson is the best player available and happens to fill a big need.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Scott Crichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State
    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.

  12. New England Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a dynamic athlete. He has the potential to be a matchup nightmare, much like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. With Aaron Hernandez gone forever, the Patriots may want to bring in another talented tight end.



  13. San Francisco 49ers: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
    The 49ers have to consider spending their first-round pick on a pass-rusher. Aldon Smith, who spent some time in rehab, has a pretty cloudy future with numerous off-the-field issues. San Francisco needs to protect itself in case Smith can’t stay out of trouble.

    Pick change; previously Kyle Fuller, CB

  14. Denver Broncos: Cyril Richardson, G/OT, Baylor
    What’s better than Peyton Manning and four awesome targets? Peyton Manning and four awesome targets with upgraded protection. Zane Beadles, the weak link on a solid Denver front, is an impending free agent.

  15. Seattle Seahawks: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
    The Seahawks’ biggest issue right now is pass protection, as we all saw a couple of Monday nights ago. They have so many injuries on the offensive line, but that was an area that had to be upgraded even before multiple blockers went down.

  16. Kansas City Chiefs: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
    The Chiefs just spent the No. 1 overall pick on the disappointing Eric Fisher, but they’ll need a bookend for him once Branden Albert moves on. If you don’t think Kansas City would draft two consecutive offensive tackles with its first-round picks, well, remember who’s making the decisions now.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Erving, OT



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