NFL Mock Draft 2014: Keith Beebe's #MockMonday 4.0

Tired of the countless 2014 NFL Mock Drafts currently in circulation? That's too bad! It's Mock Monday, so let us throw yet another first-round draft projection your way. You can thank The Phinsider later.

Apparently this another #MockMonday entry. I don't know what that means, but there's a hashtag involved, so get excited, people.

The only item I want to address prior to getting into my following mock draft is the scenario in which St. Louis trades its No. 2 selection. Unlike two years ago when the Rams swapped the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins months prior to the draft, I believe there won't be a transaction involving St. Louis' selection unless the No. 1 overall pick is announced with South Carolina pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney still on the board. If so, the No. 2 pick will be open for business, and I believe there's a particular team that loaded up its defense in Free Agency with the intent to round out its front seven with Clowney. We'll get to that momentarily. In the meantime, my latest first-round projection. As always, complaints and grievances in the comment section.

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Houston Texans
Battle Red Blog
Blake Bortles QB 6'5" 230 Central Florida
Conventional wisdom suggests that the Texans will lean toward quarterback on draft night. Bortles' availability should lock down that scenario.
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St. Louis Rams
Turf Show Times
Jake Matthews OT 6'5" 310 Texas A&M
Again, Clowney's availability will dictate whether the Rams move this pick (or if someone falls in love with Khalil Mack—it could happen).

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Jacksonville Jaguars
Big Cat Country
Khalil Mack OLB 6'2" 250 Buffalo
A high-profile, do-everything outside linebacker for a defense that needs to remodel much of its front seven. Mack might also be an eventual candidate for Gus Bradley's "Leo" pass-rush role.

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Cleveland Browns
Dawgs by Nature
Sammy Watkins WR 6'0" 211 Clemson
Cleveland can take a cue from in-state rival Cincinnati and use the No. 4 selection on the draft's highest-profiled receiver.

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Oakland Raiders
Silver and Black Pride
Greg Robinson OT 6'5" 330 Auburn
Bridgewater will be in play here, but with Jared Veldheer no longer in town, the Raiders can bring in Robinson and inject much-needed strength and attitude into its offensive line.

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Atlanta Falcons
The Falcoholic
Jadeveon Clowney DE 6'5" 265 South Carolina
Here's your Rams trade partner. Falcons did much this offseason to bulk up its front seven; now comes the cornerstone piece. I believe Carlito's Way said it best: "Here come the pain!"

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs Nation
Teddy Bridgewater QB 6'2" 215 Louisville
Tampa has basically said it will look at quarterback, and with a proven QB developer like Jeff Tedford on the Bucs' staff, why not use this selection to bring in a high-end passer prospect like Bridgewater?

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Minnesota Vikings
Daily Norseman
Aaron Donald DT 6'0" 285 Pittsburgh
Johnny Manziel? Not so fast. New head coach Mike Zimmer knows the value of a powerhouse 3-tech, and Donald certainly fits that bill.

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Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Rumblings
Mike Evans WR 6'4" 230 Texas A&M
Evans' status as a prototypical power forward at receiver means he likely won't fall out of the top 10.

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Detroit Lions
Pride of Detroit
Justin Gilbert CB 6'0" 200 Oklahoma State
A long, fiercely agile corner prospect for a team that sorely needs talent and upside on its defensive perimeter.

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Tennessee Titans
Music City Miracles
Anthony Barr OLB 6'5" 255 UCLA
Forty-yard-dash times notwithstanding, Barr has used this offseason to re-cement his status as a promising, upside-laden defender and edge-rusher.

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New York Giants
Big Blue View
C.J. Mosley ILB 6'2" 230 Alabama
Injury concerns will play a factor in Mosley's draft stock, but he'd represent an incredible upgrade for the Giants' beyond-porous linebacker crew.

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St. Louis Rams
Turf Show Times
Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix S 6'1" 208 Alabama
A premier safety prospect of Clinton-Dix's caliber would solidify a young, ferocious Rams defense.

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Chicago Bears
Windy City Gridiron
Darqueze Dennard CB 5'11" 200 Michigan State
Aaron Donald would make it no further than Chicago at No. 14. But with the big defensive tackle off the board, the Bears can use this pick to boost its other major defensive hole: cornerback. Dennard flashes shutdown ability, and his straight-line speed is better than advertised.

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Pittsburgh Steelers
Behind the Steel Curtain
Taylor Lewan OT 6'7" 315 Michigan
Character concerns considered, Lewan is a burly tackle prospect who would fit right in with the Steelers.

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Dallas Cowboys
Blogging the Boys
Kony Ealy DE 6'4" 275 Mizzou
With Demarcus Ware off the roster, Dallas can rebuild its pass-rush with a freak athlete of Ealy's caliber.
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Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Beatdown
Odell Beckham Jr. WR 5'11" 198 LSU
A big-play threat to complement Baltimore's other big-play threat, Torrey Smith. Yikes.

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New York Jets
Gang Green Nation
Eric Ebron TE 6'4" 250 North Carolina
A much-needed playmaking threat for an offense that was incredibly stagnant last season.

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Miami Dolphins
The Phinsider
Marqise Lee WR 5'11" 190 USC
Branden Albert's presence means the Dolphins don't necessarily need to use this selection on an offense lineman (though they could still do that). Lee is a knockout prospect in regard to what the Dolphins want to do on offense. Great route-runner; underrated speed and gamebreaking ability.

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Arizona Cardinals
Revenge of the Birds
Zack Martin OT 6'4" 308 Notre Dame
I previously mentioned Veldheer's presence in Arizona, but there's still work to be done on the Cardinals' offensive line.

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Green Bay Packers
Acme Packing Company
Ra'Shede Hageman DE/DT 6'5" 305 Minnesota
With defense a priority for the Packers in this draft, Hageman can bring size, strength and impressive football IQ to Green Bay's defensive trenches.

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Philadelphia Eagles
Bleeding Green Nation
Jason Verrett CB 5'9" 189 TCU

Cornerback was a major weakness for Philly last season. Verrett might be the most underrated perimeter defender in this class.

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Kansas City Chiefs
Arrowhead Pride
Brandin Cooks WR 5'9" 189 Oregon State
An explosive receiving threat for an offense that could use more pop on the outside.

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Cincinnati Bengals
Cincy Jungle
Calvin Pryor S 5'11" 205 Louisville
Pryor has the range and take-on ability to serve in multiple roles on the back end.

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San Diego Chargers
Bolts from the Blue
Bradley Roby CB 5'11" 195 Ohio State
The Chargers don't have a cornerback of Roby's caliber on the roster.

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Cleveland Browns
Dawgs by Nature
Johnny Manziel QB 5'11" 200 Texas A&M
Why select Manziel at No. 4 overall when you can select him at No. 26 overall?

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New Orleans Saints
Canal Street Chronicles
Morgan Moses OT 6'6" 315 Virginia
Terron Armstead's time spent protecting Drew Brees' blindside last fall indicates that the Saints desperately need to reinforce its tackle spots. Moses would certainly do that for New Orleans.

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Carolina Panthers
Cat Scratch Reader
Donte Moncrief WR 6'2" 220 Ole Miss
Moncrief's size and speed make him worth a first-round selection, and the Panthers need new receivers real bad.

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New England Patriots
Pats Pulpit
Troy Niklas TE 6'7" 270 Notre Dame
Needless to say, the Patriots must address its tight end position this offseason.

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San Francisco 49ers
Niners Nation
Louis Nix III DT 6'3" 345 Notre Dame
An elite-caliber space eater and run killer for an already-stacked front seven? OK!

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Denver Broncos
Mile High Report
Timmy Jernigan DT 6'2" 295 Florida State
The Broncos should carefully consider landing a big defensive tackle like Jernigan at this spot. And yes, that's with Sylvester Williams in town.

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Seattle Seahawks
Field Gulls
Dee Ford DE 6'2" 244 Auburn
No Chris Clemons, no problem. Michael Bennett is a big-time pass-rusher, no doubt. But Ford has the potential to be the guy in Seattle's "Leo" front.
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