2014 NFL Draft: Mocking the Entire First Round in Reverse

Backwards First-Round Mock Draft

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At this point in the draft season, you’ve seen more than your fair share of mock drafts for the 2014 NFL Draft. But have you seen one where the order is backwards? Instead of the Houston Texans having the first pick, they fall to No. 32 while the 2014 NFL champion Seattle Seahawks get first dibs. While it certainly isn’t a “fair” scenario, it’s an intriguing one.

With that in mind, here’s my backwards 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

1. Seattle Seahawks: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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1. Seattle Seahawks: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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As if the Seahawks defense isn’t already deadly enough, the addition of one of the most lethal talents in recent history would make Seattle a team that no one is interested in playing against.

2. Denver Broncos: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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2. Denver Broncos: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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Could you imagine a pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Mack? The Broncos may have had trouble getting to the quarterback in 2013, but that certainly wouldn’t be an issue in 2014.

3. San Francisco 49ers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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3. San Francisco 49ers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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For years, the 49ers have been looking for a dominant receiver to compliment Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. With Watkins, they get a player who can create sparks after the catch.

4. New England Patriots: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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4. New England Patriots: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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The Patriots need a big, physical presence in their passing game to counteract the small overachievers and speedsters. Evans is a definite reach here, but he can be a stud with Tom Brady throwing to him.

5. Carolina Panthers: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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5. Carolina Panthers: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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Following the retirement of Jordan Gross, the Panthers are rather thin at left tackle. Drafting Robinson, however, would immediately ease any concerns on the blind side.

6. New Orleans Saints: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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6. New Orleans Saints: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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Terron Armstead showed some promise at left tackle last season, but might not be the long-term option the Saints need. Matthews is a great value at No. 6, and would start right away in New Orleans.

7. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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7. Cleveland Browns (via IND): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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It’s time the Browns brought in a quarterback who can be the face of the franchise for years to come. While there are certainly questions remaining, Manziel can be that difference-maker under center.

8. San Diego Chargers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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8. San Diego Chargers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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This is a bit of reach, but the Chargers can’t afford to not upgrade their pass defense. Dennard is a tough, physical cover man who can be a Day 1 starter in San Diego.

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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9. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

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After losing Michael Johnson to free agency and watching Geno Atkins work his way back from an ACL tear, the Bengals need some insurance along the defensive line. Donald is a playmaker who can produce immediately.

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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10. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Seeing how the passing game struggled in 2013, the Chiefs need to add more weapons to Alex Smith’s arsenal. Ebron is a matchup nightmare who can stretch the seam or be a threat down low.

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

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

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It’s time for the Eagles to make an upgrade at free safety. It’s arguably their biggest area of need, and Clinton-Dix is the top player at the position in this draft class.

12. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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12. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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It’s been some time since the Packers had a legitimate inside linebacker to be the foundation of their defense. Mosley is a proven leader, ferocious tackler and instinctive player who fits their scheme.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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13. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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The Cardinals need help along the offensive line, and can’t continue to settle for mediocrity. Lewan has Top 10 talent, and can fill in along the line wherever Arizona needs him the most.

14. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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14. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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After watching their offensive line fall apart at the seams last season, the Dolphins can’t ignore the front five here. Martin is a tough, versatile blocker who can play wherever the team needs him.

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

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

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No matter who’s under center in 2014, they’ll need some more weapons to work with. Lee has had an up-and-down collegiate career, but is a proven playmaker who can be a reliable target in New York.

16. Baltimore Ravens: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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16. Baltimore Ravens: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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The Ravens’ defense isn’t getting any younger, and will soon need some new bodies in starting roles. Whether he competes for a starting end job or a pass-rushing linebacker role, Ealy will contribute early.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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17. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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After losing DeMarcus Ware this offseason, the Cowboys need a reliable pass rusher who can be a difference maker. Barr is raw, but has the physical tools to be a double-digit sack guy.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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The Steelers need a physical, tenacious cornerback to take over as a starter, and Fuller fits the bill. On top of being an aggressive defender, he has arguably the best coverage skills in the 2014 draft class.

19. Chicago Bears: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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19. Chicago Bears: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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With age and injuries both hindering their current cornerbacks, the Bears are due for an upgrade. Gilbert offers great value at this point and should have no trouble earning a significant role in Chicago.

20. St. Louis Rams: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

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20. St. Louis Rams: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

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While tackle is a bigger need, Su’a-Filo offers the Rams more value at this point. He’s this class’ top interior offensive lineman and would give their running game a true road grader at guard.

21. New York Giants: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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21. New York Giants: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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The loss of Linval Joseph this offseason hurt the Giants more than you know. They need to replace that big body in the middle, and Nix is the top nose tackle prospect of 2014 by a mile.

22. Tennessee Titans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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22. Tennessee Titans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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With a new regime in town, the Jake Locker experience has come to an end. Ken Whisenhunt wants a new quarterback to mold, and Bridgewater is a huge steal at this point in the draft.

23. Detroit Lions: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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23. Detroit Lions: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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The Lions didn’t get the dynamic wide receiver they were hoping for, but Verrett is an excellent consolation prize. He’s small, but plays with tremendous physicality and is an underrated cover man.

24. Buffalo Bills: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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24. Buffalo Bills: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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Even with Mike Williams in the fold, the Bills still need more weapons for E.J. Manuel to work with. Beckham is an athletic, explosive receiver and would be an excellent addition in Buffalo.

25. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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25. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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The Vikings get the guy they’re believed to be targeting, and now don’t have to pay him as much as they would have had to if they had gotten Bortles at No. 8.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Even with the signing of Josh McCown, the Buccaneers need a quarterback of the future. Carr is the best passer available, and lands in an ideal situation with a team on the rise.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

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27. Atlanta Falcons: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

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After failing to produce a consistent pass rush in 2013, the Falcons add an interior force with the potential to be a star. Hageman has all of the physical tools to shine, but must get motivated.

28. Oakland Raiders: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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28. Oakland Raiders: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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Despite the addition of James Jones, the Raiders need a legitimate No. 1 receiver. Robinson is very productive, and has a rare combination of size and speed. Plus, he’s excellent after the catch.

29. Cleveland Browns: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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29. Cleveland Browns: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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With Manziel now in the mix, the Browns look to upgrade his weapons. Cooks is a consistent, explosive receiver who would complement Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron nicely.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

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30. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

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The Jaguars desperately need an upgrade at quarterback, and can’t wait until the end of the second round to grab one. So they go with Garoppolo, who many consider to be their top target.

31. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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31. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

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Year after year, the Rams miss on their receiver prospects. In 2014, they take another shot with Latimer, the quick-riser who has the speed/size combo to be an explosive pass-catcher in the NFL.

32. Houston Texans: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

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32. Houston Texans: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

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Between Brian Cushing and Mike Mohamed, there isn’t much stability at inside linebacker for the Texans. While Shazier is considered an outside backer, he’d fit perfectly in the middle of their 3-4 defense.

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