Weekly Friday FoS 2014 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix speaks to the media during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadum. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

16. Dallas Cowboys
Louis Nix, DT

The Cowboys could look for Donald here if he falls but need to buttress their defense with some line help. The possibliy of Demarcus Ware being cut and Anthony Spencer as a free agent could look for a edge rusher. Nix is a big man who could fill the nose role in a 3-4 but will occupy blockers in the Cowboys 4-3.

17. Baltimore Ravens
Eric Ebron, TE

The Ravens with a somewhat shocking pick here after resigning Dennis Pitta. The Ravens have tried to get two tight end sets going but struggled on the other side. A big wide receiver like Benjamin could fit here as well but Ebron’s athletic ability over the middle is too hard to pass up.

18. New York Jets
O’Dell Beckham, WR

The Jets need weapons on offense and go with Beckham who lit up the Combine with his speed. Beckham can quickly develop into Geno Smith‘s primary target, though receivers take a little while to develop. All Mock Drafts should have a receiver of some kind here. Ebron could be a unique pickup for Smith as well.

19. Miami Dolphins
Zack Martin, OT

An offensive lineman fits here. Pick the best one available and plug him in. Cyrus Kouandjio could make up for his poor Combine performance and put himself in the conversation here. Martin can play guard as well but the Dolphins will hope he fills a tackle role.

20. Arizona Cardinals
Johnny Manziel, QB

The Cardinals are coached by Bruce Arians and have the aging Carson Palmer behind center. Manziel may not be a prototype for Arians’ downfield passing game but is a dynamic playmaker for the risk taking Arians. Arians gets to play with his new toy for a year or two before turning over keys to the kingdom to Manziel who will benefit from the dome in Arizona and Larry Fitzgerald. This might be the best spot for him to fall.