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17) Baltimore Ravens - Ra'Shede Hageman (DT/DE Minnesota) Ra'Shede Hageman 2014 NFL Draft

With the resigning of Dennis Pitta and the free agent pickup of Steve Smith it now seems unlikely that the Ravens will select an offensive weapon as we've previously been predicting. Shifting back to defense there are a lot of different ways the Ravens could go with this pick with safety, linebacker and defensive line all being viable options. One of the more underrated losses in free agency was Arthur Jones who had a breakout season for the Ravens last year, leaving the Ravens with no proven depth behind Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty. With the defensive line being a concern for the first time in a long time, expect Baltimore to quickly remedy that situation in the draft. 6'6" 310 Ra'Shede Hageman is a perfect fit for Baltimore as a 3-4 five technique defensive end with the size and athleticism that they covet.

18) New York Jets - Darqueze Dennard (CB Michigan State) Darqueze Dennard NFL Mock Draft

After losing Antonio Cromartie this year, Darrelle Revis this year, and missing out on all the top corners in free agency Rex Ryan was reportedly "pissed". However, there's no need to panic as the Jets sit in a perfect spot to take a shutdown cornerback in the draft. This year's draft is loaded with cornerbacks and in our mock draft we have them taking Darqueze Dennard who we actually have ranked ahead of Justin Gilbert. Dennard has a bulldog mentality and makes life hell on opposing receivers every snap and every play. He dominates in press coverage and answered all doubts about his speed by running in the 4.4's at the combine. The Jets could still use help at receiver and tight end, but the signing of Eric Decker gives them some options.

19) Miami Dolphins - Taylor Lewan (OT Michigan) Taylor Lewan Mock Draft

Miami made a big move in free agency by signing free agent left tackle Brandon Albert, but their overhaul of the offensive line shouldn't stop there. Miami's success is tied to young QB Ryan Tannehill, who has never been able to feel comfortable behind the sieve of an offensive line the Dolphins have put in front of him. Taylor Lewan would be an immediate upgrade at right tackle for the club as one of the draft's elite pass protectors and an excellent value at 19. Before a recent charge for his role in a fight last year there was talk that Lewan could end up in the top ten on draft day and that some viewed him as the class' second best offensive tackle. His stock has settled in the teens to early 20's and would be an excellent pickup for a team like Miami.

20) Arizona Cardinals - Dee Ford (OLB Auburn) Dee Ford Auburn

With the addition of Jared Veldheer and the return of last year's first rounder Jon Cooper, the Cardinals may finally have a decent offensive line for the first time in a long time. With the O-Line not being nearly as much of a need as it used to be, the Cardinals can move on to adding a young impact pass rusher in the draft. Last year they leaned on 35 year old John Abraham to be their top edge rusher, and though he performed admirably it's time they infused some talent into the position. Dee Ford has truly elite speed for a linebacker which he uses to beat offensive tackles right off the snap and fire into the backfield. Haha Clinton-Dix or Ra'Shede Hageman would be two other defensive options for the Cardinals here.

21) Green Bay Packers - C.J Mosley (LB Alabama) CJ Mosley 2014 NFL Draft

Reports recently have suggested that C.J Mosley could fall on draft day due to injury concerns, but I'm not buying it. We hear this every year prior to the draft as teams spread misinformation in an attempt to scare people away from the players they actually want. I refuse to believe that Mosley's two biggest injuries; a dislocated elbow and hip (neither being in the last two years) will derail his draft stock. I tend to agree with Dick Butkus who says the team that draft's C.J Mosley will be "pretty damn lucky." Mosley is a perfect fit for the Packers who have been looking at A.J Hawk's play at steadily precipitate with each passing year along with Brad Jones clearly in over his head as the other starter.

22) Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks (WR Oregon State) Brandin Cooks NFL Draft

You wouldn't think that wide receiver would be top of mind for the Eagles but Desean Jackson is gone and Jeremy Maclin is back on only a one year deal coming off a torn ACL. Aside from the fact that wide receiver could become a need sooner rather than later, Brandin Cooks is the absolute dream receiver for Chip Kelly's offense. Essentially a younger and more mature version of Desean Jackson, Cooks is an underneath receiver who has blazing speed (4.33) and dynamic playmaking ability. Not just a speed demon, Cooks was able to catch 128 passes last year on his way to winning the Biletnikoff Award thanks to his strengths as a route runner and hands catcher.

23) Kansas City Chiefs - Odell Beckham Jr (WR LSU) Odell Beckham 1st Round
Outside of Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs two best receivers were actually running backs in Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster. McCluster is now in Tennessee and it would behoove the Chiefs to add a weapon to pair with Bowe and take some of the burden off Charles. As we continue to say this year's class of wide receivers is unbeleivably good, which is evidenced by everybody's favorite Odell Beckham Jr still being available at this point. Beckham is a big play waiting to happen from anywhere on the field. His 4.3 speed allows him to beat defenses over the top or turn any simple slant pattern into a touchdown. He'd be a perfect compliment to Dwayne Bowe who profiles more as a possession receiver.
24) Cincinnati Bengals - Kony Ealy (DE Missouri) Kony Ealy NFL Draft

It was a tough call on this pick between a defensive end in Kony Ealy or a cornerback in Kyle Fuller. Kyle Fuller is probably the slightly better prospect but defensive end is a slightly more pressing need. The defensive end position took a hit with the loss of Michael Johnson in free agency but they still have a measure of depth at the position. Cornerback is also an area to look at too when you consider Leon Hall is coming off another serious injury, but they still have Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones. I like Kony Ealy for the Bengals because he fits their prototype as they look for bigger and stronger defensive ends who can set the edge in run support. Ealy fits that nicely at 275 pounds and still has a lot of untapped ability the Bengals can get out of him.

25) San Diego Chargers - Kyle Fuller (CB Virginia Tech) Kyle Fuller 1st Round

Philip Rivers' resurgence carried the Chargers to a remarkable season which included a playoff win, but in the end they just didn't have enough juice. A major reason for that was their secondary which ranked 28th in the regular season. Thankfully for San Diego, the 2014 NFL Draft is loaded with stud cornerbacks, and they'll have a chance to pick up an elite prospect late in round one. Kyle Fuller's stock went into a bit of a lull over the past few months as some nagging injuries hampered is 2013 season. However, after a tremendous combine and a realization that a healthy Kyle Fuller was arguably the top cornerback in the nation, he's back into the first round. He's tough, physical and excels playing man-to-man coverage.

26) Cleveland Browns - Marqise Lee (WR USC) Marqise Lee 2014 NFL Draft

As much as we like to make fun of the Browns, they actually have a pretty solid roster in place and are just a quarterback away from being contenders. Granted you could say that about a lot of teams in the league, and Cleveland fans have heard that for a long time. When you look at the roster there is a lot of talent, especially on defense, but on offense they could really use a secondary weapon to compliment Josh Gordon. Marqise Lee has top 15 talent but saw his 2013 season get derailed by nagging injuries. Now that he's back to 100% Lee could wind up being a steal on draft day as the electric wide receiver is a true home-run hitter. He has elite speed and instant acceleration to go along with the elite route running skills customary of USC receivers.

27) New Orleans Saints - Kelvin Benjamin (WR Florida State) Kelvin Benjamin 1st round

New Orleans' defense made huge strides in year one under Rob Ryan defense ranking 6th and 9th respectively in scoring defense and yards allowed. I actually believe their biggest need at this point is for a wide receiver to take some pressure off Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston. Funny because Colston is the guy who a lot of people are comparing Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin to. Standing 6-5 240 pounds, Benjamin is virtually unstoppable in the red zone, regularly coming down with jump balls in double and triple coverage. Despite his size Benjamin also has some quickness and good burst which allows him to effectively run slant patterns and work the middle. He could learn from Colston for a year or two before eventually taking over for him.

28) Carolina Panthers - Zack Martin (OL Notre Dame) Zack Martin NFL
For a team that won their division last year and earned themselves a first round bye, the Panthers sure are a team with a lot of holes. Wide receiver is a massive need for this team with all three starting wideouts from last year gone, including franchise icon Steve Smith. The secondary looks absolutely awful at this point, and they weren't helped out by long-time left tackle Jordan Gross decided to hang up the cleats. Carolina could go any number of different ways in the draft and will decide on whichever player they have highest on their board. With a run on receivers just before their pick in our mock draft, Notre Dame's Zack Martin stands out as the clear-cut best available prospect. He's a guy who could easily be a top 15 pick as teams love his versatility and well rounded game.
29) New England Patriots - Scott Crichton (DE Oregon State) Derek Carr 2014 QB Draft

Scott Crichton is a guy I don't think enough people are talking about and could wind up being one of the bigger sleepers in this year's draft. He doesn't have the elite measureables you look for, and isn't a workout warrior but the guy is a proven producer who has racked up over 14 tackles for loss in each of his three seasons in college. Crichton is a complete defensive end who can win with quickness or power, and stands out as a pass rusher and also in run support. He fills a big need for the Patriots who are lacking a pass rushing threat outside of Chandler Jones. New England needs to dedicate this draft to the defensive line as they also have a big need inside at defensive tackle.

30) San Francisco 49ers - Louis Nix III (NT Notre Dame) Louis Nix 2014 NFL Draft

Talk about the rich getting richer! Recent reports have Louis Nix in for a draft day tumble because people feel he's only a 'zero/one technique.' I don't buy into that whatsoever. Louis Nix is an underrated athlete and is so much more than you're run of the mill fat guy. We still have him as a top fifteen prospect and I think he'll be a success no matter what scheme he plays in. He's a major coup for the 'Niners because not only are they getting a great value but they'd love a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle to anchor their front seven and rotate in with Glenn Dorsey. As San Francisco looks to get younger on defense Louis Nix would give them a cornerstone to build around and help segway them into a slightly younger era.

31) Denver Broncos - Jason Verrett (CB TCU) Jason Verrett 2014 NFL Draft

Denver got a big pickup in free agency with Aqib Talib, but they also lost D.R.C so they aren't any deeper at the cornerback position. Secondarily, Talib's contract in Denver is only 11.5 million guaranteed, and it's all in the first year, meaning that his time as a Bronco could be short lived. Either way, the Broncos could use some help at cornerback, and it's one of the deeper positions in the 2014 draft so it should work out good for them. No cornerback has broken up more passes the past two seasons than TCU's Jason Verrett thanks to his aggressive style and top notch instincts. Verrett is one of the best pure man-to-man cover corners in the draft, and he helped show why when he ran a 4.38 40 at the combine.

32) Seattle Seahawks - Morgan Moses (OT Virginia) Morgan Moses Virginia

What do you get the guy who has everything? Seattle is one of the toughest team's to project in this mock draft because it's so hard to find a need on their roster, and you know John Schneider is always going to do something unexpected. For now one area that makes sense is offensive tackle because right tackle Breno Giacomini is going to be a free agent, and the 2014 draft class has a pretty solid selection of tackle prospects. Morgan Moses is an underrated prospect on the rise, but really turned a lot of heads in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. An imposing figure at 6-6 and 325 Moses does not get pushed around and he is exceptionally light on his feet which allows him to excel in pass protection.

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