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2014 NFL Draft: Full First-Round Mock, Post-Combine Edition

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Post-Combine First-Round Mock Draft

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With the 2014 NFL Draft about two and a half months away, scouts and prospects flocked to Indianapolis to take part in the 2014 NFL Combine. The event provides NFL hopefuls an opportunity to impress teams, performing various shows of athleticism, strength and speed.

While many will cite the idea that film should trump workout numbers, what NFL prospects do during the Combine can be the difference between a first-round and a third-round pick. It can be the difference between a small-school player going in the fourth-round or not even hearing their name called when the draft rolls around in May.

Basically, it’s the biggest interview in the young lives of these football players.

Most players partake in the 40-yard dash, a test of straight-line speed and acceleration. The results can have a huge impact on where many teams and scouts grade a particular player. Prospects also partake in the bench press, putting up 225 pounds as many times as possible. Other positional drills such as catching balls, mirroring rushers and making drops are watched closely and heavily scrutinized.

As mundane as many of the drills seem, they all have a particular purpose in the evaluation of prospective NFL players. An offensive lineman’s ability to mirror a pass rusher or a defensive backs ability to flip their hip fluidly are some of the miniscule skills that can turn a team on or off of a particular hopeful.

Here’s my latest take on what the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft could look like, with the latest developments from the 2014 NFL Combine factored in.

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1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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11. Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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11. Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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13. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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13. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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16. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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16. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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17. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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17. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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19. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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19. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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20. Arizona Cardinals: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

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20. Arizona Cardinals: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

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21. Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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21. Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

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23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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26. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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28. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

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28. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

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29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

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29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

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30. San Francisco 49ers: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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30. San Francisco 49ers: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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31. Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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31. Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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32. Seattle Seahawks: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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32. Seattle Seahawks: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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