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2014 NFL Draft: Projecting the Top 10 Draft Order – Week 15 Edition

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Predicting the Top 10 Spots in the 2014 NFL Draft

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While many teams across the NFL are fighting hard for playoff position, there are also many teams 'fighting' for the top pick in next year's draft. Tanking isn't the most common practice in the NFL, but you have to wonder if it's on some of the bad teams' minds at this point in the year. But how important is the top pick in 2014?

I think it's safe to say that 2014 isn't going to be another 2012. That seems to be the year that everyone points to now when it comes to franchise QBs. There's also the class of 1983, but most recently, 2012 sets the standard.

You can't say for sure, but it doesn't look like there are any Andrew Luck or Russell Wilson-caliber QBs this year. It once seemed like 2014 would have a very strong QB draft class, but that's now very much in question because of a couple torn ACLs and decisions by players to return to school.

But even if your favorite team can't land a franchise QB (if they're in need), there are still many great talents to look at. Sometimes it's a blessing in disguise if the position you need isn't available at your spot. It's impossible to project who all the franchise players will be and sometimes teams end up with All Pro guys when they weren't even really targeting them throughout the draft process.

So with nearly 15 weeks of NFL action in books, who are the teams in position to fight for a top spot in next year's draft? In this slideshow we'll take a look at the current top 10 projections for 2014:

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10. New York Giants

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If the season ended today, the New York football Giants would find themselves with the No. 10 pick. Which side of the ball will they choose to add help to?

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9. Tennessee Titans

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The Titans are rumored to not be sold on Jake Locker anymore. Could they go QB at No. 9?

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8. Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings need a franchise QB in the worst way, but they're certainly not a lock to go QB in round one.

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7. Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons went from a conference title game in 2012, to last place in the NFC South in 2013. At least they'll get a top 10 pick to help ease their pain.

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6. Cleveland Browns

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Year after year, the Browns find themselves in the top 10. Will they finally land a franchise-changer in 2014?

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5. Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jaguars are headed in the right direction under Gus Bradley. Another solid top five pick should propel them closer to playoff contention next season.

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4. Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders don't have the greatest track record on draft day. Can they finally land a solid building block player in 2014?

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3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Bucs will be hoping to score another player the caliber of Doug Martin in 2014. As of now, they'll have that chance in the top three spots.

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2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)

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The Rams scored big time with their decision to trade the rights to the No. 2 pick in 2012. Now, they're likely to end up with two-top 15 picks in 2014.

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1. Houston Texans

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It's been a terribly disappointing season in Houston, but the Texans should get a solid consolation prize in the form of the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.