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

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

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Predicting the future is nearly impossible, but everyone is entitled to an opinion in their own right. Credibility always factors in as well, and that's what my analysis is here to do -- make my opinion credible. Honorable mention in this category goes to the Philadelphia Eagles for selecting Marcus Smith, but Chip Kelly at least grabbed an additional pick in order to move down and select the guy they were probably set on to begin with.

5. Zack Martin, OT - 16th Overall

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5. Zack Martin, OT - 16th Overall

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Building from the inside out is never a bad thing, but Dallas lost their leader in DeMarcus Ware on a defense that already ranked dead last in Yds/G in 2013. Not to mention, the second (Eagles) and ninth (Redskins) ranked offenses from 2013 are still in their division, and Washington only got more dangerous by adding DeSean Jackson. Martin will be a solid player, but for my money, a safety or linebacker makes more sense here.

4. Dominique Easley, DT - 29th

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4. Dominique Easley, DT - 29th

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It's difficult to question Bill Belichick's motives, as he's an outstanding football mind who appears to have an affinity for Florida Gator products. Easley is undersized and an injury risk, and he will likely be roadblocked by Chandler Jones and Vince Wilfork. He should provide good depth, but the Patriots are by no means rebuilding. One would think they would add someone with an immediate chance to start and be impactful.

3. Justin Gilbert, CB - 8th

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3. Justin Gilbert, CB - 8th

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Something tells you Cleveland was not totally set on trading up for Johnny Football. Their passing defense ranked 8th best in the NFL last year with Joe Haden, and they replaced TJ Ward with Donte Whitner. I think the Browns were surprised to see Manziel fall, otherwise they would have added another weapon like Watkins, Ebron or fellow Aggie Evans for chemistry and support at No. 4 overall. He was worth a top 15 pick -- just not for Cleveland.

2. Blake Bortles, QB - 3rd

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2. Blake Bortles, QB - 3rd

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It was only 2011 when the Jaguars traded up to select Blaine Gabbert 10th overall. Now, they take a similar QB with a much slower 40 time seven picks earlier only three years later? Gone is the franchise in MJD. Justin Blackmon is a huge question mark, and the OL gave up the second most sacks in the league last year. Where is the supporting cast? The Jags could be in L.A. by the time Bortles flames out.

1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE - 1st

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1. Jadeveon Clowney, DE - 1st

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A workout warrior -- perhaps Vernon Gholston or Dion Jordan 2.0? In the scheme, Khalil Mack makes more sense, and Clowney is a bust. You need to play with a big, hungry heart in the NFL trenches, and game film shows he lacks a consistent motor. He is used to being at the top of the food chain on any gridiron. Clowney's going to be a deer in the headlights of the NFL, especially when asked to drop into coverage. He's not even a Mario Williams.


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