2014 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 17-32

Posted Thursday, March 6, 2014.

I did this the past three years, and I thought it would be pretty fun to do it again. It’s exactly what it sounds like – if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I’ve excluded all the free agents who are either restricted or franchised.

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2014 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 1-16

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Daryl Smith, ILB, Ravens. Age: 32.
    Daryl Smith is one of the top players available, so why not keep him in Baltimore? Smith played very well in the middle of the Ravens’ defense this past season, so it’s not a surprise that Baltimore wants to retain him.

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  2. New York Jets: Aqib Talib, CB, Patriots. Age: 28.
    The Jets obviously need offense, but the top free agents available are all on the defensive side of the ball. Besides, the cornerback position needs to be addressed, and I’m sure New York would love to steal away someone from the Patriots.

  3. Miami Dolphins: Evan Dietrich-Smith, C/G, Packers. Age: 28.
    The Dolphins obviously need offensive line help, and the best lineman available is Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, who can play both center and guard. Dietrich-Smith would be stationed at guard initially, but he may have to slide to center depending on what happens with Mike Pouncey in the wake of his off-the-field troubles.

  4. Arizona Cardinals: Karlos Dansby, ILB, Cardinals. Age: 32.
    I apologize for another boring pick, but the Cardinals want to bring back Karlos Dansby. The stud inside linebacker is one of the better free agents still available.



  5. Green Bay Packers: Donte Whitner, S, 49ers. Age: 29.
    Green Bay’s secondary was disgraceful for most of the season. This is an area that desperately needs to be fixed; otherwise, it doesn’t matter whether or not Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy all year.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Tarell Brown, CB, 49ers. Age: 29.
    The Eagles obviously need secondary help. Cary Williams won’t be around much longer, while Bradley Fletcher struggles to stay healthy. One of the top players available is a corner, so this is a nice match.

  7. Kansas City Chiefs: Chris Clemons, S, Dolphins. Age: 28.
    Kendrick Lewis has regressed, so the Chiefs are looking for another safety to pair with Eric Berry. Out of the top 10 available free agents, Chris Clemons is really the only one who makes sense.

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Hatcher, DT, Cowboys. Age: 32.
    The Bengals could use some insurance at defensive tackle. Geno Atkins is one of the top players at his position, but he’s coming off a torn ACL. Domata Peko, meanwhile, will be hitting free agency after this season.



  9. San Diego Chargers: Paul Soliai, DT, Dolphins. Age: 30.
    What I wrote in my 2014 NFL Mock Draft mostly applies: “The Chargers currently lack a starting-caliber nose tackle, so they’ll be thrilled if Louis Nix falls to them.” Just replace “Louis Nix” with “Paul Soliai.”

  10. Cleveland Browns: Ben Tate, RB, Texans. Age: 26.
    Michael Lombardi was highly interested in Ben Tate, but maybe the Browns still feel that way even though Lombardi is gone. After all, Cleveland is desperate for a new running back, and Ben Tate is the best free agent at the position.

  11. New Orleans Saints: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Broncos. Age: 28.
    The Saints were thrilled with Keenan Lewis’ performance this past season, but they need another cornerback. Jabari Greer was released, so Corey White is currently slated to start across from Lewis.

  12. Carolina Panthers: Eric Decker, WR, Broncos. Age: 27.
    Ron Rivera highlighted the receiver position as something the team had to address. Some publications have Eric Decker higher than this, but he was a product of Denver’s system. It’ll be pointed out that he scored eight touchdowns in the Tim Tebow year, but touchdowns are fluky.



  13. New England Patriots: Red Bryant, DE/DT, Seahawks. Age: 30.
    The Patriots have been connected to Red Bryant, so I’m going to connect him to them in this free agent mock draft. New England could use some defensive line help, and Red Bryant is the type of player Bill Belichick looks for.

  14. San Francisco 49ers: James Jones, WR, Packers. Age: 30.
    From my 2014 NFL Mock Draft: “Anquan Boldin was re-signed – go here for my Free Agent Grades – but he won’t be around much longer. Also, Mario Manningham is about to hit the market. San Francisco needs another wideout.”

  15. Denver Broncos: Austin Howard, OT, Jets. Age: 27.
    There’s some talk that the Broncos may move Orlando Franklin inside, which would open up a hole at right tackle. Austin Howard would fit in nicely.

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Tuck, DE, Giants. Age: 31.
    The Seahawks will probably re-sign Michael Bennett in real life, but they don’t have the chance to do that in this free agent mock draft. Here’s Bennett’s potential replacement.





    2014 NFL Free Agent Draft – 33-40:

  17. Houston Texans: Anthony Spencer, DE, Cowboys. Age: 30.
  18. Washington Redskins: Antonio Smith, DE/DT, Texans. Age: 32.
  19. Cleveland Browns: Major Wright, S, Bears. Age: 26.
  20. Oakland Raiders: Henry Melton, DT, Bears. Age: 27.
  21. Atlanta Falcons: Brian De La Puente, C, Saints. Age: 29.
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B.J. Raji, NT, Packers. Age: 28.
  23. Jacksonville Jaguars: Wesley Woodyard, OLB, Broncos. Age: 28.
  24. Minnesota Vikings: Stevie Brown, S, Giants. Age: 27.

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