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

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

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The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft was full of surprises and unpredictable selections. Let's break it down and see which teams were able to find the best value at their respective draft positions. Here are the 5 biggest steals of the first round.

5. New England Patriots- Dominique Easley

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5. New England Patriots- Dominique Easley

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This pick could go either way. It's the classic case of a high-risk, high-reward type player. Easley is an explosive interior rusher with a high motor. He's versatile and can play anywhere on the defensive front. However, two ACL tears will be a huge concern. If Easley is healthy, then the Patriots got a top-15 talent at No. 29. If not, this could be Rasi Dowling 2.0.

4. Oakland Raiders- Khalil Mack

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4. Oakland Raiders- Khalil Mack

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Oakland was surprised to see Mack available at No. 5 and did not hesitate to jump on the talented linebacker. Mack may very well be the second-most talented player in this year's draft class. He rushes the quarterback consistently and can drop back in coverage as well. His speed and quickness coupled with his size makes him a prototypical linebacker. Mack is an outstanding pick for the Raiders who desperately need playmakers.

3. Green Bay Packers- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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3. Green Bay Packers- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

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Clinton-Dix is a great pick for the Packers at No. 21. He's got great range and has an aggressive nature. A fluid athlete, he is able to snatch the ball out of the air wherever he is. Green Bay is lucky he slipped out of the top 20. He should be able to solidify the Packers' secondary.

2. New York Jets- Calvin Pryor

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2. New York Jets- Calvin Pryor

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Calvin Pryor is the best safety in the draft, and he could have easily been a top-10 pick. He's a strong, hard-hitting safety with good instincts. The Jets filled a huge hole in their defense with this huge playmaker. At No. 18, the Jets must have been thrilled to see Pryor still there.

1. Cleveland Browns- Johnny Manziel

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1. Cleveland Browns- Johnny Manziel

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The Cleveland did not just get a steal at No. 22 with the Johnny Manziel pick; they got a steal because they were able to get the best cornerback in the draft, Justin Gilbert, and get the QB they wanted. Browns have strengthened their defense by adding a terrific young corner to play across from Joe Haden and Johnny Football. Not a bad draft for the Browns.


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