2014 NFL Mock Draft by FFToolbox Writer, Mark Niemi

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2014 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1 (part 2) of 2 Rounds

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17. ATL: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia*
The Falcons could use a pass rusher, and Leonard Floyd of Georgia is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end who can rush the passer or drop into coverage.
18. IND: Taylor Decker, LT, Ohio State
Pass protection for Andrew Luck remains the biggest issue in Indianapolis, and a starting caliber tackle like Taylor Decker of Ohio State would help solidify their offensive line.
19. BUF: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky*
With Mario Williams wearing out his welcome in Buffalo, the Bills should be in the market for another defensive end. Shaq Lawson of Clemson would immediately help fill Williams' role.
20. NYJ: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
If the Jets can't find a way to land one of the top four quarterbacks who are projected to go in the 1st Round, and the flurry of trades up to suggest that may be the case, New York will be looking to find an impact edge pass rusher. Noah Spence had some off the field issues early in his career that caused him to be dismissed from Ohio State, but he was a better pass rusher than Joey Bosa during his time in Columbus. By all accounts, Spence appears to have kept himself clean over the past year and a half.
21. WAS: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
TWashington's defensive line needs an upgrade. Sheldon Rankins of Louisville is not only big enough to stuff the run, but he's quick enough to be nice interior pass rusher, kind of like a poor man's Ndamukong Suh.
22. HOU: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor*
The Texans are looking for a speed receiver to play opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Local product Corey Coleman of Baylor is the elite deep threat in this year's draft class, and would be an ideal complement to help pull coverage away from Hopkins and open up Houston's passing game for new quarterback, Brock Osweiler.
23. MIN: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi*
The Vikings have several nice pieces at wide receiver, but they are all more in the mold of complimentary players. Adding a true #1 receiver like Laquon Treadwell of Mississippi would give Teddy Bridgewater a much needed go-to target that he can trust to get open and catch the ball in key situations.
24. CIN: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
Cincinnati has relatively few needs heading into the draft, but they do have holes at free safety, wide receiver and maybe even defensive end. Josh Doctson of Baylor is a bit raw coming out of a simplistic offensive system at TCU, but he has the size, speed and production to ultimately become a nice compliment to A.J. Green.
25. PIT: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State*
Pittsburgh has a huge need in their secondary, as they have had for the past several years. Eli Apple is a highly gifted athlete who has the size and speed to become a starting cover corner in the NFL.
26. SEA: Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana
The Seahawks need to find a left tackle to replace Russell Okung. Jason Spriggs does not get the hype that some of the other left tackle prospects are getting coming out of a school like Indiana, but he's big and athletic enough to become a starter protecting Russell Wilson's blind side from day one with a little coaching from offensive line guru, Tom Cable.
27. GB: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State*
The Packers need to figure out what they're doing at inside/outside linebacker and find Clay Matthews a forever home. Green Bay would like to move Matthews back outside after he's rotated from inside to outside the last two seasons depending on the situation. Darron Lee played outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme at Ohio State, but has many of the same attributes that Matthews brought to inside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme in terms of coverage and blitzing. The only question is whether his blazing 40 yard dash time of 4.47 at the Scouting Combine will put him out of Green Bay's reach come pick #27.
28. KC: Vernon Butler, DT, LA Tech
The Chiefs could go in many directions, but in a defensive tackle heavy draft, Vernon Butler of Louisiana Tech would make for an awesome pairing alongside Dontari Poe.
29. ARI: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson*
Cornerback Mackensie Alexander of Clemson is a polarizing figure. You can praise him as a lock down corner based upon his 33% completion percentage, or you can criticize his ball skills for never intercepting a pass in college. One thing is for certain, he's in for an ego check once he gets to the NFL. For some teams, that could keep him out of the 1st Round, for other teams, you just let the guy play and take his lumps as he adjusts to the NFL.
30. CAR: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Carolina's stunning release of Josh Norman may just be a power play by the organization to get him to realize that they are one of the few teams who can afford to pay him this season. On the other hand, that would be an awfully risky move for a playoff contender if they weren't already intent upon moving on in a different direction. That leaves a huge hole in the Panthers' secondary, but William Jackson, III of Houston has the type of athleticism and ball skills to ultimately replace Norman's production.
31. DEN: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi*
Denver needs to find a five-technique defensive tackle to replace Malik Jackson, who was lured away to Jacksonville with the promise of big cheddar. While Robert Nkemdiche of Mississippi has some off the field issues that will keep him from getting selected in the early part of the 1st Round, he has the talent to project as an immediate starter in Denver�s 3-4 defense.

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