FoS Weekly 2014 NFL Mock Draft – 1st Round

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Oct 17, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs for a touchdown as Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antonio Crawford (21) defends in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
Eric Ebron

  • Ebron could easily be off the board at this point and the Browns have a lot of options here as well. With Jordan Cameron and Ebron the Browns would have the best TE duo in the next couple years. Ebron is athletic and big that can be split out, on the slot or in line.

27. New Orleans Saints
Dee Ford
LB, Auburn

  • Ford has been the standout so far of the off-season and gets drafted in the perfect spot. Rob Ryan finds many places for his players to excel and will do so with Ford. In Ryan’s UFO formations Ford can rush the passer from a variety of positions.

28. Carolina Panthers
Odell Beckham Jr.

  • Beckham is a strong receiver who can compliment Steve Smith and learn from the star receiver. With Cam Newton, a stable of running backs and not much cap space the draft is the best place for the Panthers to add their #2 WR.

29. New England Patriots
Will Sutton
DT, Arizona State

  • With tight ends off the board the Patriots beef up their defensive line with Sutton. The Patriots have run both the 3-4 and 4-3 which will allow Sutton to succeed early in his career. Kelvin Benjamin or other wide receivers are also options here but Bellichick has struggled drafting players on the outside.

30. San Francisco 49ers
Louis Nix III
DT, Notre Dame

  • The 9ers don’t have a great deal of roster spots and have some extra picks. Expect them to try to move up from this spot with those extra picks. Nix provides the 9ers with another solid defender in their front 7. Nix can play inside and outside in the 3-4 and will be put to good use in situations for the 9ers and their Super Bowl goal.