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THIS IS NOT
A 2014 NFL MOCK DRAFT
. Click the link to see my real 2014 NFL Mock Draft. This is a 2014 NFL Not Draft - a compilation of popular mock picks that, in my opinion, will not happen. For the record, I was wrong about zero "not" picks in my 2012 Not Mock (which means I was right about none of my projections not happening).
2014 NFL Not Draft: Picks 1-16
Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
I had a tough time figuring out a "not" pick for the Ravens, but I eventually recalled a couple of entries on the NFL Rumors page that linked Kelvin Benjamin to Baltimore. Benjamin would be an option in the second round, but this is just too early for him.
New York Jets: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
I've come to learn that some Jet fans - not all of them - are completely delusional, and can't seem to grasp that there's a very good chance their team will have one of the top two picks next spring (as you can see here in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft). These same Jet fans - again, not all of them - seem to think their team will just snatch Eric Ebron off the board at No. 18. That's not happening because Ebron is highly unlikely to fall this far. New York would have to trade up for him.
Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
There was a ridiculous entry in the NFL Rumors page linking the Dolphins to Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 19. Forget the fact that Kouandjio isn't likely to be a first-round pick because of knee issues; he is a very poor fit for Miami's blocking scheme.
Arizona Cardinals: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Some may consider C.J. Mosley an option for the Dolphins or Cardinals, but there are some concerns with him that we've detailed over the past couple of months. It's probable that he'll fall into the 30s or 40s. I just can't see him going this high.
Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
A successor for B.J. Raji? Sure, why not? But don't count on it to be Louis Nix. After getting shellacked by the 49ers over the past couple of years, the Packers' mission is to get faster on defense. Nix wouldn't allow that to happen.
Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
I mocked Marqise Lee to the Eagles about a month ago, but I regret that selection. Chip Kelly wants a big, fast receiver. The problem is that Lee is neither very big, nor very fast. Kelvin Benjamin is more likely at this juncture. Even more probable is Martavis Bryant or Donte Moncrief on Day 2.
Kansas City Chiefs: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
On top of C.J. Mosley probably falling to the end of the first round or beginning of the second round, the Chiefs aren't likely to use this selection on the Alabama linebacker because Andy Reid just doesn't believe in addressing that position early in the draft.
Cincinnati Bengals: Any Quarterback
I don't see the Bengals spending their first-round pick on a quarterback despite Andy Dalton's impending free agency and ridiculous contract demands. They'll take a signal-caller later, but they're not going to give up on Dalton just yet.
San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Bradley Roby is a popular pick for the Chargers, but there are two reasons why this won't happen: First, Roby's stock has risen, so he probably won't make it to No. 25. Second, the Chargers' new front office really values character players, so they won't like Roby's off-tbe-field issues.
Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
There have been reports indicating that the Browns want to take Sammy Watkins or Greg Robinson at No. 4 and then Derek Carr with the 26th choice. Sounds like a cool plan, but given that three teams in the top 10 have Carr as their No. 2 quarterback, the Fresno State product is unlikely to last this long.
New Orleans Saints: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
There's a chance the Saints will spend their first-round pick on a receiver. If they do, it probably won't be Brandin Cooks. New Orleans wants big receivers, so Cooks doesn't fit that description.
Carolina Panthers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
I've seen it suggested that the Panthers could draft another tight end at this spot. That would be a nice thought if they weren't so boned at receiver and left tackle. Teams don't draft for top needs, but Carolina has such huge holes at those spots that it needs to focus on them. Besides, it's not like Jace Amaro is going to be the top player available, or anything.
New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
This is another "not" spot for Jace Amaro. I don't see Amaro going in the first round - especially not to New England. Amaro just doesn't fit what Bill Belichick has looked for in prospects over the years. A more likely selection is C.J. Fiedorowicz in Rounds 3-4.
San Francisco 49ers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
I mentioned earlier that Darqueze Dennard could fall. If he does, don't expect the 49ers to snatch him. They won't move up for him either. San Francisco drafts prospects with long arms. Dennard's 30 3/4-inch arms will keep him off the front office's draft board.
Denver Broncos: Any Quarterback
Teddy Bridgewater and/or Johnny Manziel could slip. If they do, would the Broncos take either to be their heir apparent to Peyton Manning? I don't think so. Denver has spent its entire offseason acquiring pieces to win now. Using this selection on a quarterback of the future would be counterproductive.
Seattle Seahawks: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
I have Timmy Jernigan falling into the second round. Would the Seahawks consider him if he does become available at No. 32? I highly doubt it. Seattle has drafted specific players based on athleticism and some other factors. Jernigan would just be a poor fit.
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