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2014 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32

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The 2014 NFL Draft class is one of the best we have seen in years, which means this draft is much more difficult to predict. The quarterback class is the great unknown. Just like every other year, many teams are looking for their next franchise QB, but is he out there?

Many 2014 mock drafts have 4 QBs going in the top 10 picks. While many GMs still have the 2011 draft fresh in their minds where QBs taken in the first round (Cam Newton, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, & Christian Ponder) have not offered much return on investment with the exception of  Newton in Carolina.

To give you an idea of the quality of this years draft eligible QBs, many scouts believe that 2013 2nd round pick Gino Smith (Jets) would have been the top QB prospect in the 2014 draft. My feeling is that teams in the top 10 are going to pass on the QBs early and take a talented player from another position, then look to take a QB by trading back in to the bottom half of the first round or with their 2nd round picks.

See picks 1 – 16

17. Ravens – Jimmie Ward – Northern Illinois

The Ravens are looking for a safety to pair with 2013 1st round pick Matt Elam. Ward had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and with Clinton-Dix, and Pryor off the board Ward fits for the Ravens.

18. Jets – TE Eric Ebron – North Carolina

The Jets have a lot of holes to fill, as mentioned in Part 1 of my mock draft Ebron while athletic has turned some teams off with his lack of desire to go over the middle and questionable hands. So this seems like the type of guy the Jets would grab.

19. Dolphins – OT Cyrus Kouandjio – Alabama

After the Martin/Incognito disaster from 2013, the Dolphins need help at both OG spots and RT. The Dolphins would have already missed out on the top OT prospects and would be over-drafting for need here. Kouandjio looks the part of an NFL tackle but some teams were worried about an arthritic knee condition discovered during his combine physical exam.

20. Cardinals – ILB C.J. Mosley – Alabama

The Cardinals need a replacement for the departed Karlos Dansby and Mosley is the best ILB prospect available. Well rounded player that can help right away

21. Packers – ILB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State

Mosley could be an option for the Packers if still on the board. The Packers need to get faster at LB and Shazier is athletic, relentless and possesses 4.3 speed.

22. Eagles – WR Brandon Cooks – Oregon St.

I have Odell Beckham Jr, falling in this mock draft and I like Marques Lee better but I feel like Cooks is the right fit for Chip Kelly’s offense. Not a big WR but great athlete with big time speed.

23. Chiefs – WR Marques Lee – USC

Lee was considered a top WR prospect after big freshman and sophomore seasons but struggled with injuries this past season. Talent wise I would put him right behind Watkins and Evans in the 2014 WR draft class. KC has been looking for a WR to play opposite Dwayne Bowe for a few years now.

24. Bengals – CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State

The Bengals have aged at CB and Dre Kirkpatrick hasn’t been healthy since being drafted. Roby was involved in a legal matter recently which is never a good thing so close to the draft.

25. Chargers – DT Louis Nix – Notre Dame

Here is where things can get interesting, a team looking to get ahead of the Browns to choose a QB could trade up to this spot (Houston? Bortles?) If the Chargers keep this pick they need a Nose Tackle to replace Cam Thomas who left as a Free Agent. Nix is a better fit than Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan due to size.

26. Browns – QB Blake Bortles – UCF

If nobody trades up ahead of the Browns, I think they will have their choice of QBs originally thought to be gone by this point in the draft. Bortles has the prototypical size most teams look for but has also been compared to draft bust Blaine Gabbert.

27. Saints – Odell Beckham Jr. – LSU

I think this is where Beckham’s fall ends and he finds a home opposite Marques Colston, with Kenny Stills playing the slot. Catching passes from Drew Brees is a great place to start a career.

28. Panthers – OT Morgan Moses – Virginia

The Panthers will likely be disappointed having seen the top 5 WRs and top 5 OTs off the board at this point. They could reach for WRs Jordan Matthews or Kelvin Benjamin, but protecting Newton should be the priority and Moses can replace the retired Jordan Gross.

29. Patriots – DT Ra’Shede Hageman – Minnesota

We never know what the Patriots will do, more often than not they will trade this pick, possibly to a team still looking for a QB. With DT Vince Wilfork returning from an achilles injury DT should be the priority if they keep the pick. Hageman is tall but big and powerful, which again gives him the advantage over Timmy Jernigan.

30. 49ers – DE Dee Ford – Auburn

The 49ers are becoming just like the Patriots in they are a team that will pick someone nobody expects. But with the off field issues surrounding Aldon Smith, DE is a need this season. I give Ford the nod over Kony Ealy who is a former teammate of Aldon Smith’s at Mizzou.

31. Broncos – OG Xavier Su’a Filo – UCLA

The Broncos need a OG to replace Zane Beadles. Su’a Filo made 40 starts at UCLA and should help protect Peyton Manning right away.
32. Seahawks – OG Joel Bitonio – Nevada

It seems normal at this point that the Seahawks and rival 49ers are often fighting over the same players, they both have OG has a need. Bitonio was a college OT who impressed at the Senior Bowl practices at OG. I could easily see the last 2 picks flip flopping.

As the draft heads into the 2nd round I think the QBs will fly off the board, I would not be surprised to see Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberger, Tom Savage and A.J. McCarron selected in the top half of the 2nd round. And QBs Jimmy Garoppolo and Aaron Murray in the 3rd round.

Biggest drop has to be Florida St DT Timmy Jernigan who I didn’t have picked in the first round.

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