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2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
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The best college football players from a year ago will be the main attraction once the NFL Draft begins in just over two months, but it is the NFL teams that are making the picks that have the most pressure in this annual spectacle.

All 32 NFL teams are entering the main phase of their draft plans as they start to narrow down a long list of prospects into just the few that best fit their team and their particular schemes. Following the Combine two weeks ago in Indianapolis and the showcase games like the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl, teams now only have the individual players' pro days remaining in order to determine for sure whether these players are solid fits for their franchise.

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, and for each gem selected like Peyton Manning, there are busts like Ryan Leaf that can turn back franchises for years to come. Even the most consensus picks can backfire immediately, or the unheralded selections can turn into great picks as well. Take the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, while the team missed on a few high-round selections, they hit it big in their late picks that would ultimately lead them to the Super Bowl championship.

With information changing everyday regarding any of the hundreds of players who can be selected, all we can do now until May 8 is to speculate what the first 32 picks will look like. Much like the major analysts such as Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd Mcshay, I will attempt to do just that with my second version of my mock draft. Several things have changed since my first one more than a month ago. Here now is what I feel will happen in the first 32 picks in the NFL Draft.

Version 1: http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/02/06/nfl-mock-draft-1-0/

Brian Kalchik is a writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and connect with him on Google.

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

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With the first pick in the draft, the Houston Texans select the best available player regardless of position in South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

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2. St. Louis Rams (From Washington): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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With their pick obtained from the Washington Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade, the St. Louis Rams select the best offensive lineman in the draft in Auburn's Greg Robinson.

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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Needing a spark to their franchise and to fix years of inept quarterback play, the Jacksonville Jaguars select the best quarterback in this year's draft in Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

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4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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With the Cleveland Browns lacking a franchise quarterback since their move back to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns select the most NFL-ready quarterback of this year's class in Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.

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5. Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

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With a defense mostly comprised of veteran castoffs, the Oakland Raiders select the next best pass rusher in this year's draft in Buffalo's Khalil Mack.

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6. Atlanta Falcons: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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The Atlanta Falcons offense struggled last year due to their offensive line woes, and with the second-best offensive tackle still on the board, the Falcons select Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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On an offense that lacks a true playmaking wide receiver, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select the best wide receiver in this year's draft in Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

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8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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With quarterback struggles dooming the Minnesota Vikings last year, the Vikings select their franchise quarterback and the last of the elite prospects in UCF's Blake Bortles.

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9. Buffalo Bills: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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The Buffalo Bills have a very good and young defense, but another corner would be a nice addition. Along with former first-round pick Stephon Gilmore, Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert would give the Bills two shutdown-caliber corners.

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

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With the cornerback position being a major need for the Detroit Lions the past few years, the Lions select the next best corner in this year's draft in Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard.

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11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

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With the Tennessee Titans changing their defensive scheme this year, the Titans can use another pass rusher like UCLA's Anthony Barr, who can line up anywhere and wreak havoc to opposing offenses.

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12. New York Giants: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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The New York Giants' offensive line was one of the worst units in football last year, and a player like Texas A&M's Jake Matthews can provide some form of stability to an unstable unit.

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13. St. Louis Rams: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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With the Rams selecting the best offensive lineman in the draft at number two, the Rams, with their own first-round pick select the second best receiver in the draft in USC's Marqise Lee.

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14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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With the Chicago Bears losing so many defensive tackles last year, the Bears need to find a young player, and with the best defensive tackle in the draft still available, the Bears select Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald.

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers' safeties aging quickly, the Steelers need to find their replacements, and with the best available safety still on the board, the Steelers select Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

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16. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

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The Dallas Cowboys have not had a legitimate playmaking safety on their team since Darren Woodson, and with the second best safety still available, the Cowboys select Louisville's Calvin Pryor.

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

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With the Baltimore Ravens offensive line struggling mightily last year, the Ravens need a player who can fill in at multiple positions, and the most versatile offensive lineman in this year's draft is Notre Dame's Zack Martin.

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18. New York Jets: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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With the New York Jets having the worst receiving corps in the NFL, the Jets need a serious upgrade, and with the last of the three elite receivers still available, the Jets select Texas A&M's Mike Evans.

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19. Miami Dolphins: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

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With the Miami Dolphins top six offensive lineman either being free agents or bound for punishment from the NFL in wake of the bullying scandal, the Dolphins select Virginia's Morgan Moses to be their next left tackle.

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20. Arizona Cardinals: Kony Ealy, LB, Missouri

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The Arizona Cardinals have a great defense, but their best pass rusher, John Abraham, doesn't have many productive years left in him, and another young pass rusher is a necessity. With one of the best pass rushers still available, the Cardinals select Missouri's Kony Ealy.

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21. Green Bay Packers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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The Green Bay Packers need a playmaking tight end who can replace Jermichael Finley and Andrew Quarless should both leave in free agency. With the best tight end prospect still available, the Packers select North Carolina's Eric Ebron.

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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The Philadelphia Eagles' secondary needs a major upgrade, and with the most underrated cornerback in this year's class still available, the Eagles select TCU's Jason Verrett.

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23. Kansas City Chiefs: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

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The Kansas City Chiefs need a complimentary inside linebacker to play with Derrick Johnson, thus making the Chiefs defense one of the best in the NFL. With the best true linebacker in this draft still available, the Chiefs select Alabama's C.J. Mosley.

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24. Cincinnati Bengals: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

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With starting defensive tackles Geno Atkins recovering from a torn ACL and Domata Peko starting to regress, the Cincinnati Bengals can select the best defensive tackle available, which is Florida State's Timmy Jernigan.

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25. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame

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All the San Diego Chargers are missing on a great defense is a great nose tackle, and with the best nose tackle still available, the Chargers select Notre Dame's Louis Nix.

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26. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis): Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

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With the Cleveland Browns selecting their franchise quarterback with their first pick, the Browns, with the second first-round pick from the Trent Richardson trade, need a complimentary receiver to Josh Gordon and that receiver is LSU's Odell Beckham.

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27. New Orleans Saints: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

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The New Orleans Saints' defense had a major turnaround last season from one of the worst in league history in 2012 to one of the best in the NFL in 2013. In Rob Ryan's multiple defense, an inside player like Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman can play everywhere on the Saints defensive line and be a disruptive force up front.

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28. Carolina Panthers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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With two of the Carolina Panthers' top cornerbacks schedule to be free agents, the Panthers need to find a true shutdown corner late in the first-round, and the best corner available is Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller.

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29. New England Patriots: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

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The New England Patriots' pass rush struggled mightily last year when it mattered most, and with a great pass rusher still available, the Patriots select Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

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30. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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The San Francisco 49ers have not had a true shutdown corner in the Jim Harbaugh era, and with a great corner still on the board, the 49ers have no choice but to select Ohio State's Bradley Roby with their first pick.

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31. Denver Broncos: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

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With free agent receiver Eric Decker unlikely to return and quarterback Peyton Manning starting to run out of chances to win his second Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos select Florida State'sKelvin Benjamin.

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32. Seattle Seahawks: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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With Golden Tate scheduled for free agency and Percy Harvin's injury history, a slot receiver like Oregon State's Brandin Cooks can make the Seattle Seahawks' passing game come to life.