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

2014 NFL Draft 5 Biggest Losers

2014 NFL Draft 5 Biggest Losers
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The inexact science of the NFL Draft always leaves room for debate after selections are made. Often times that debate turns negative when teams take players not projected to go at a certain spot in the order, and that is what got these five teams in trouble during Round 1 on the 2014 NFL Draft. These are the five biggest losers from the first round.

5. Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers
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5. Carolina Panthers

Kelvin Benjamin Carolina Panthers
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The Carolina Panthers badly needed a wide receiver, but with Marqise Lee on the board and a ton of depth left at the position, they needed to find someone to protect Cam Newton. If the Panthers can't protect Newton, then it simply won't matter who is playing wideout for this team. Benjamin has a ton of upside, but it wasn't the right pick in this spot.

4. New York Giants

Odell Beckham Jr New York Giants
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4. New York Giants

Odell Beckham Jr New York Giants
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The New York Giants had some major defensive needs that they wanted to address. But instead of doing that, they decided to go with a wide receiver who simply reminds me of the ones they currently have. Sure, this should help out Victor Cruz, but if they really wanted Beckham Jr. I believe that they could have traded back and actually picked up some additional picks that could have helped out their defense.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Dee Ford Kansas City Chiefs
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3. Kansas City Chiefs

Dee Ford Kansas City Chiefs
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It wasn't a hidden fact that the Kansas City Chiefs badly needed a wide receiver for Alex Smith and to take some pressure off of Dwayne Bowe. When it finally got to their pick and Marqise Lee was on the board, I was ready to pencil it in. Surprise, surprise, though; the Chiefs decided to go a completely different direction. I'm still shocked by this pick, and I can't believe the Chiefs (who don't have a second-round pick) didn't draft a wideout.

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Marcus Smith Philadelphia Eagles
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2. Philadelphia Eagles

Marcus Smith Philadelphia Eagles
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Most of the draft experts had Marcus Smith as a mid to late second-round pick, or possibly even a third-rounder. Apparently the Philadelphia Eagles thought otherwise, as they decided to trade back in the first and grab him. Many expected a wide receiver here, but they also decided to pass on Marqise Lee, just like every other team in the first round did.

1. Miami Dolphins

Ja'Wuan James Miami Dolphins
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1. Miami Dolphins

Ja'Wuan James Miami Dolphins
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It's obvious how badly the Miami Dolphins wanted a lineman after the scandal from last season. They need someone to protect Ryan Tannehill, but this was a reach. The Dolphins were projected to pick a big steal in Zack Martin, but the Dallas Cowboys beat them to the punch and grabbed the lineman. The Dolphins could have traded back here in my opinion and still gotten Ja'Wuan James.

Jeff Smith is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSM8ith, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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