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2014 NFL Draft: Full 1st-Round Mock Draft 4.0

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2014 NFL Draft: Full 1st-Round Mock Draft 4.0

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The NFL Draft is less than a month away. The event, which takes place from May 8-10, is home to the best young talent the college ranks has to offer, and this year's draft is has some of the best talent in recent memory. Here is a 2014 NFL first-round mock draft.

1. Jadeveon Clowney

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1. Jadeveon Clowney

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Chances are the Houston Texans are going to use the first overall pick to select a quarterback, however, in a mock draft that highlights where players should be drafted, there is no doubt that Jadeveon Clowney should be the top overall pick in May’s draft. Clowney is an athletic monster, and his potential as a force across from J.J. Watt could be limitless.

2. Greg Robinson

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2. Greg Robinson

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Yes, the St. Louis Rams were able to re-sign Rodger Saffold, and yes, the team still has Jake Long on the roster, however, Greg Robinson might have just too much talent too pass up. Robinson is a fantastic athlete, and with Long recovering from a torn ACL, Robinson could fill the void.

3. Teddy Bridgewater

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3. Teddy Bridgewater

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It’s no secret that the Jacksonville Jaguars desperately need an upgrade at the quarterback position. While Teddy Bridgewater may not be the flashiest player available, he is the safest quarterback in the class, and could give Jacksonville the franchise quarterback they've been lacking.

4. Sammy Watkins

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4. Sammy Watkins

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While it’s certainly a possibility that the Cleveland Browns select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, in this mock, Sammy Watkins is the clear pick for the team. Putting the explosive Watkins across from star receiver Josh Gordon would give the Browns the best young receiving duo in the NFL.

5. Johnny Manziel

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5. Johnny Manziel

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Although the Oakland Raiders traded for former Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub earlier in the offseason, the team knows he isn't the long-term answer at the position, and that’s why they go with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel with this pick. Manziel is an explosive playmaker, but could really benefit from a season of learning behind Schaub.

6. Khalil Mack

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6. Khalil Mack

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Last season, the Atlanta Falcons had the NFL’s 27th-ranked defense mainly due to the lack of any semblance of a pass rush. That said, by picking up Khalil Mack with this pick, not only are the Falcons adding a bona fide star as a pass rusher, but also a player who could develop into one of the league’s most complete linebackers.

7. Mike Evans

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7. Mike Evans

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Now that Mike Williams has been traded to the Buffalo Bills, the need for a second option in the Tampa Bay passing game is bigger than ever. Mike Evans has been Johnny Manziel’s go-to option over the past two years, and has the talent to thrive at the next level.

8. Blake Bortles

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8. Blake Bortles

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As far as QB prospects are concerned, UCF’s Blake Bortles may be the most talented player in the entire draft. However, Bortles is much too raw to contribute as a rookie, and it’s important that the Vikings allow him to sit behind and develop behind Matt Cassel until Bortles is ready to step in.

9. Jake Matthews

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9. Jake Matthews

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On the left side of the Bills' offensive line, Cordy Glenn has actually been an extremely solid player, however, he is a much more natural fit for the right side of the line. That’s why the Bills will be doing backflips with Jake Matthews available here, as he has the talent to step in right away and allow Glenn to shift over to his more natural position.

10. Justin Gilbert

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10. Justin Gilbert

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The Detroit Lions have needed help in the secondary for quite some time, and with the 10th overall pick, the Lions finally decide to address the cornerback position with Justin Gilbert. Gilbert is a lightning-fast player with great ball skills, and he could be an immediate starter for Detroit.

11. Anthony Barr

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11. Anthony Barr

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The Tennessee Titans managed just 36 sacks last season, good enough to tie for 21st in the NFL. Anthony Barr is extremely raw as an outside linebacker, but his potential is obvious.

12. Eric Ebron

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12. Eric Ebron

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Although there are a million different ways that the New York Giants could go with this pick, the smart money is on Eric Ebron being the pick here. Ebron is the best pass-catching tight end in the draft, and could provide Eli Manning with the type of explosive tight end the team has lacked.

13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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13. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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The St. Louis Rams addressed the offensive line with their first pick, and with their second first-rounder of the day, the team should focus on the free safety position where the team lacks any true starters. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has the athletic ability and ball skills to make a big impact.

14. Aaron Donald

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14. Aaron Donald

14. Aaron Donald
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The loss of Henry Melton really opened up a pretty big hole in the center of the Chicago Bears' defensive line. However, by adding a disruptive force like Aaron Donald with this pick, Chicago fans will quickly forget about Melton.

15. Taylor Lewan

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15. Taylor Lewan

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Although it’s a distinct possibility that the Pittsburgh Steelers could to go with a defensive player here, with a player like Taylor Lewan on the board, it would be hard to pass him up. Lewan could become the Steelers’ next great tackle.

16. Timmy Jernigan

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16. Timmy Jernigan

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The signing of Henry Melton earlier in the offseason will definitely help the Dallas Cowboys’ defense, however, with a player of Timmy Jernigan’s caliber available here, the Cowboys would be foolish to pass him up. Jernigan still has a lot of growing to do as a player, but he has the natural talent to dominate.

17. Marqise Lee

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17. Marqise Lee

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Although the team signed Steve Smith in free agency, the receiver position should still be targeted come draft day. Marqise Lee is an explosive weapon in the passing game, and could join with Torrey Smith to give the Baltimore Ravens one of the best playmaking duos in the league.

18. Jace Amaro

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18. Jace Amaro

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In free agency, the New York Jets went out and signed former Denver Broncos receiver Eric Decker to a deal. While it remains to be seen how well that move will pan out, there is no doubt that the team would benefit greatly from continuing to add weapons to their offense. Jace Amaro is pretty much an extra receiver on the field, and would give young quarterback Geno Smith a great security blanket.

19. Zack Martin

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19. Zack Martin

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Although the Miami Dolphins picked Branden Albert to shore up the left tackle position, their work on the offensive line isn't done with yet. Zack Martin can play almost any position on offensive line, and possesses All-Pro potential as either a guard or a tackle.

20. Kony Ealy

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20. Kony Ealy

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Kony Ealy, a defensive end out of Missouri, is an athletic freak capable of dominating on any given day. That said, he is a bit raw as a prospect, and would benefit greatly from a year of learning behind veteran John Abraham. However, this is an easy pick for the Arizona Cardinals.

21. Calvin Pryor

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21. Calvin Pryor

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As it stands right now, the safety position is the weakest part of the Green Bay Packers’ defense. That said, with Calvin Pryor available here, the pick becomes rather obvious. Pryor is reminiscent of Earl Thomas and Eric Berry, and could become one of the league’s top young safeties.

22. Darqueze Dennard

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22. Darqueze Dennard

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The Philadelphia Eagles desperately need help in the secondary, and with Darqueze Dennard available, this pick is an obvious one. Dennard has all the tools to become a shutdown NFL corner, and he could instantly turn the Eagles’ secondary around.

23. Odell Beckham Jr.

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23. Odell Beckham Jr.

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In the 2013-14 season, the Kansas City Chiefs took major strides forward, making the playoffs just one season after being the worst team in the league. That said, if the Chiefs really want to become contenders, they need to continue building the offense, and that’s exactly what this pick should do. Odell Beckham Jr. is a speedy, physical receiver with a knack for making tough catches, and could add a whole new dynamic to Kansas City’s offense.

24. Jason Verrett

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24. Jason Verrett

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Although he stands at just 5-foot-9, former TCU cornerback Jason Verrett plays like he’s five inches taller. An outstanding coverage man with the skills to be a very effective nickelback, Verrett could immediately help out the Cincinnati Bengals’ weak secondary.

25. Louis Nix III

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25. Louis Nix III

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After the the San Diego Chargers lost Cam Thomas in free agency, it opened a void in the middle of their defensive line. That said, by picking up Louis Nix III here, that void is more the filled. Nix is the best nose tackle in this draft, and has enough talent to make an impact from day one.

26. Derek Carr

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26. Derek Carr

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Although Cleveland passed on a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick, they still find their franchise signal caller in the form of Derek Carr with this pick. Carr has a huge arm and great upside, and with Josh Gordon and No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins on the outside, Carr could be the quarterback the Browns have been looking for.

27. Dee Ford

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27. Dee Ford

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The New Orleans Saints need to add more speed on the edge, and Dee Ford is just the player who the Saints should be targeting. Ford is pass rushing monster, and has the type of athletic ability that Rob Ryan loves in his players.

28. Cyrus Kouandjio

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28. Cyrus Kouandjio

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Yes, wide receiver is a big need for the Carolina Panthers, but left tackle is actually an even bigger necessity as the retirement of Jordan Gross put the team in a rather tough situation. Cyrus Kouandjio’s durability is certainly a concern, but he has the talent to play either tackle spot, and it would be foolish for the Panthers to pass him up.

29. C.J. Mosley

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29. C.J. Mosley

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With the loss of Brandon Spikes to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, all of a sudden, there is shockingly little depth in the New England Patriots' linebacking corps. C.J. Mosley is by far and away the top inside linebacker in this year’s draft class, and could be an excellent rotational linebacker for the Patriots.

30. Brandin Cooks

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30. Brandin Cooks

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Although the San Francisco 49ers currently have both Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin on the roster, the offense is still missing a receiver with truly elite speed to compliment those two receivers. Brandin Cooks is exactly the type of player the 49ers need to take their offense to another level.

31. David Yankey

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31. David Yankey

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Right now, the Denver Broncos have one solid offensive guard in Louis Vasquez, however, the other side of the interior offensive line is a cause for concern, as Ben Garland is currently penciled in as the starter. David Yankey isn't as good as Jonathan Cooper a year ago, but he would be a massive upgrade over Garland.

32. Kelvin Benjamin

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32. Kelvin Benjamin

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The Seattle Seahawks lost a great red-zone weapon this offseason when Golden Tate left to join the Detroit Lions. That said, with Kelvin Benjamin on the board here, this pick becomes an easy one. Benjamin could not only provide the type of red-zone talent Tate did, but he could also give the Seahawks a great option across from Percy Harvin.