2014 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Disappointments of the First Round

2014 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Disappointments of the First Round

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Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books, and we have already had plenty of head-scratching moments. Fans can take solace -- or agonize, depending on their favorite team's draft history -- in knowing that it was only the first round. There are enough picks left over the next two days to get things right or make it so bad that fans start countdowns to the 2015 draft.

5. No RB Selected in Round 1

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5. No RB Selected in Round 1

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For the second straight draft no running back heard his name called in the first round. Some will say that coaches in the NFL are less willing to invest a lot of money into one player at a position that they feel they will need at least two or three guys for success. The best prospects in this years class, Bishop Sankey and Carlos Hyde, are good but not head and shoulders above the rest of the prospects who may be available in rounds two through six.

4. Some Big Reaches

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4. Some Big Reaches

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It's not that prospects like Eric Ebron, Ja'Wuan James, Marcus Smith or even Blake Bortles don't have the potential to be talented NFL players, but fans of teams that selected these players have to wonder what was going on in the draft rooms to make these selections. Maybe they could have traded down and gotten the player later or stayed and drafted for a more pressing need.

3. Buffalo Bills Gave Up Too Much To Get Sammy Watkins

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3. Buffalo Bills Gave Up Too Much To Get Sammy Watkins

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Sammy Watkins has the talent to be special, but it's not like the Bills were on the cusp of the playoffs and he was the missing piece. This team still has too many holes on the roster, and Bills fans may be excited this weekend but they will soon regret not having that first-round pick in 2015 when they are back in the same position.

2. Dallas Cowboys Passing on Johnny Manziel

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2. Dallas Cowboys Passing on Johnny Manziel

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It would have been must-see TV if Jerry Jones would have pulled off this selection. As Manziel continued his slide, most of social media began to formulate the joke "what if Dallas drafted him." And while he would not have made the team better this year and may have started a quarterback controversy with the fans when Romo messed up, you cannot deny that it would have been entertaining to see how the Cowboys fans would have reacted.

1. The Fall of Teddy Bridgewater

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1. The Fall of Teddy Bridgewater

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While it started shortly after his lackluster pro day, it seems as if everyone was looking for a reason not to draft the talented Teddy Bridgewater Not only was he the third quarterback drafted, but he was the third Louisville Cardinals player selected behind safety Calvin Pryor and defensive end Marcus Smith. Scouts and draft experts can sometimes outsmart themselves, and this is a perfect example. They will regret passing on him.


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