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The Locker Room 2014 NFL Mock Draft

"The 2014 NFL Draft"
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1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - In a decision between Jadeveon or a QB the Texans choose Clowney.

2. St. Louis (WAS): Greg Robinson, LT, Auburn - If the Rams are going to find out if QB Sam Bradford is their QB, St. Louis has to protect him.

3. Jacksonville: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – The new regime needs a franchise QB, but are in desperate need of a #1 WR in light of Justin Blackman's issues.

4. Cleveland: Jake Matthews, LT, Texas A&M – In need of a franchise QB the Browns select the highest rated player on their draft board. Matthews could start at right tackle to give the Browns two bookend offensive tackles.

5. Oakland: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – In need of an impact player on both sides of the ball, the Raiders select a difference maker on defense. Mack would instantly upgrade the raiders pass rush and give the MAC Top-10 picks in back-to-back years.

6. Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, LT, Michigan – QB Matt Ryan sacked 44 times, hit 100 times and hurried on 206 plays. Matthews could be the Falcons LT for the next 10+ years.

7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – WR's Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams were productive in 2013, but the Bucs did not have a speed Receiver to stretch the field, Evans has deceptive long speed to fill that need.

8. Minnesota: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – In need of a franchise quarterback the Vikings select the most exciting quarterback in college football in 2013. Manziel must adjust his game in the NFL.

9. Buffalo: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC – The Bills are in need of a big, physical wideout who can make plays down the field and in the red zone, with Mike Evans off the board the Bills select the top rated tight end.

10. Detroit: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville – The Lions played well defensively, but need help at safety. Pryor could replace Louis Delmas and solidify the backend of the Lions defense.

11. Tennessee: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – The uncertainty of QB Jake Locker's health and lack of depth at the position makes quarterback a huge need. The Titans look past Bridgewater's Pro Day workout, focus his game tapes and select the former Louisville Cardinal.

12. New York Giants: Zack Martin, LT, Notre Dame – QB Eli Manning under constant pressure threw 27 interceptions and sacked 39 times, both career highs.

13. St. Louis: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama – After providing protection for their franchise quarterback the Rams add a Free Safety to play next to T.J. McDonald and solidify the backend of a talented defense.

14. Chicago: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – The Bears lost DT Henry Melton and are in need of someone to help plug the inside as well as provide an interior pass rush.

15. Pittsburgh: Stephen Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame – The Steelers are in need of a cornerback, although the run defense was terrible. The pick up of NT Cam Thomas in free agency was huge, but it is time to replace Brett Keisel and solidify the DE position opposite Cameron Heyward.

16. Dallas: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois – The Cowboys could trade up or down. The Cowboys need to improve a defense that gave up the most yards, most passing yards and first downs in team history. Ward is well rounded safety known for his man coverage skills.

17. Baltimore: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – The Ravens add a playmaker that could replace WR Anquan Boldin and start opposite deep threat WR Torrey Smith.

18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU – The Jets need receivers in the worst way; Jeremy Kerley, their leading receiver had 43 catches – the fewest by a Jets leading receiver since 1979.

19. Miami: Cyrus Kouandjio, LT, Alabama – The Dolphins allowed a franchise-worst 58 sacks.

20. Arizona: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – The Cardinals are solid defensively, but their best pass rusher, John Abraham, is 35 years old.

21. Green Bay: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama - The Packers are after help at safety, tight end and defensive end. No player at those positions rate high enough to take at this spot so the Packers select a the top rated inside linebacker after that position was depleted in the 2013 NFL Playoffs.

22. Philadelphia: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State – The Eagles in need of help at Outside Linebacker and select the the third highest-rated Outside Linebacker in the draft to replace Trent Cole who struggled on the outside in 2013.

23. Kansas City: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – The Chiefs have three solid corners in Brandon Flowers, Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper, but in today's NFL you need more.

24. Cincinnati: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – The Bengals lost cornerback Leon Hall to injury in 2013. Terrence Newman was one of the 10 most targeted corners in the league, but had few very breakdowns. Due to age the Bengals are in need of depth at the position.

25. San Diego: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – The Chargers had issues in the secondary in 2013; blown coverages and missed tackles were the norm until late in the season.

26. Cleveland: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State – The Browns were without a starter when RB Trent Richardson was trade and scored only four rushing touchdowns and struggled in short yardage situations. Hyde is a workhorse running back that would help the Browns eliminate the issues with the running game.

27. New Orleans: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State – The Saints linebackers were active and aggressive under first-year Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan, Victor Butler will return from injury, but the unit is in need of depth.

28. Carolina: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State- The Panthers had a pieced-together secondary in 2013, the weakest unit coming into the year, that held up very well. Dennard could start and be a playmaker opposite LCB Captain Munnerlyn.

29. New England: Jace Amaro, TE - Texas Tech – The Patriots are hopeful that TE Rob Gronkowski will be healthy enough to start in 2014. Amaro would allow the Patriots to run their two tight end offense.

30. San Francisco: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt – The 49ers are in need of depth at wide receiver behind Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree & Quinton Patton and decide to select a big, physical receiver who is a solid route runner with good long speed who also happens to Jerry Rice cousin.

31. Denver: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State – The Broncos in need of getting the taste of "35" (the amount they lost the Super Bowl, by. 43-8) out of their mouths choose to replace Eric Decker with the sixth highest rated wide receiver.

32. Seattle: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame – Seahawks Tight End Zach Miller had 33 receptions in 2013 and battled some nagging injuries. Seattle needs depth at the tight end position.

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