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Arthur Arkush: 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) celebrates with fans after defeating Clemson 31-17 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

Which NFC North trades up to grab the draft's best wide receiver? Arthur Arkush takes his first crack at a 2014 NFL Mock Draft.

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Jadeveon Clowney,DE,South Carolina

They managed a league-worst 11 takeaways in 2013. Deep QB class will present solid options at No. 33.

WATCH:Hub Arkush breaks down Jadeveon Clowney, Chicago Football's top prospect.

2. Lions (projected trade with Rams)

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Detroit foregoes bigger defensive needs for luxury pick that gives it best WR corps in football.

WATCH:There are a lot of talented WRs in this draft. Watkins is clearly the best one.


Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Gus Bradley’s ascending defense acquires its cornerstone piece.

WATCH:Mack has separated himself from a pack of solid LBs.


Blake Bortles, QB,Central Florida

Team in perennial rebuild mode takes passer with most tantalizing upside.

WATCH:Is Bortles good enough to be the No. 1 pick?


Johnny Manziel, QB,Texas A&M

Taking Greg Robinson would just make too much sense for the unconventional Raiders.


Greg Robinson,OT,Auburn

This is an ideal situation for Matt Ryan, who was battered last season.

WATCH:Hub Arkush breaks down Chicago Football's top offensive linemen prospect.


Mike Evans,WR,Texas A&M

Evans replaces jettisoned Mike Williams, gives Josh McCown a QB-friendly WR tandem like he had in Chicago.


Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Mike Zimmer is quietly stockpiling a young and explosive group of pass rushers.

WATCH:Barr is a tremendous athlete who is in this draft's group of top LBs.


Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Letting Jarius Byrd get away for $9 million annually looking better and better.

WATCH:Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor have separated themselves from the other safeties.

10.Rams (from Lions)

Jake Matthews,OT,Texas A&M

Les Snead strengthens reputation for draft-day larceny while still addressing top need.


C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Ray Horton thrilled to get arguably the draft’s most instinctive, NFL-ready defender.

WATCH:Chicago Football's No. 3 LB still may be a top 10 pick.


Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Ebron misses out by arriving one year after Mike Pope’s departure, but Eli Manning gets dynamic, much-needed tight end.

WATCH:How long will the best TE in the draft be on the board?


Calvin Pryor,S,Louisville

Rams acquire first-rounder in 2015, plus two Day One starters at glaring need positions.

WATCH:Two safeties stand out this year; Louisville's Pryor is one of them.


Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Bears in ideal position to have aging No. 1 CB “Peanut” Tillman mentor his succesor.

WATCH:Will the top CB in the draft be on the boards for the Bears?


Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

In its heyday, the Steelers defense was impenetrable up the middle with Casey Hampton clogging inside. This is Nix’s specialty.

WATCH:Hub Arkush profiles the top DT on Chicago Football's draft board: Louis Nix.


Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Henry Melton is coming off reconstructive knee surgery, plus the Cowboys need multiple penetrating linemen.

WATCH:Aaron Donald has been rising up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. How high will he go?


Taylor Lewan,OT,Michigan

Lewan is an upgrade over Michael Oher and should add tenacity to a toothless run-blocking offensive line.


Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Benjamin and Eric Decker would make an intriguing perimeter tandem for whoever is under center for Gang Green.

WATCH:Hub Arkush profiles Chicago Football's No. 2 WR prospect.


Zack Martin,OT,Notre Dame

Miami continues turning page on cancerous offensive line situation from a year ago. Martin is a plug-and-play opposite newly-acquired Branden Albert.


Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Bruce Arians knows Carson Palmer is a placeholder, and Carr boasts the arm talent to excel in Arians’ vertical attack.


Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Shazier could slide inside for the Pack and bring speed and playmaking ability that A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones simply can’t.


Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Chip Kelly again goes back to the Pac-12 well for Lee, a playmaker in space that can help replace Jackson and thrive in Philly’s wide-open offense.


Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Alex Smith needs more weapons, and Beckham is a solid complement to physical possession receiver Dwayne Bowe.


Teddy Bridgewater,QB,Louisville

Cincinnati isn’t sold on Andy Dalton. Many NFL clubs aren’t sold on Bridgewater, who falls into Bengals’ lap.

WATCH:Will Chicago Football's No. 2 QB fall to the bottom of the first round?


Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

The Bolts’ secondary was a mess in and they cut high-price free agent Derek Cox. Dennard has the length and physicality that coordinator John Pagano covets.

WATCH: Kevin Fishbain profiles the No. 2 CB on Chicago Football's draft board.


Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Ben Tate lacks durability and Hyde gives them another bruiser in between the tackles to make ground game the feature attraction while young QB develops.

WATCH:Hub Arkush breaks down the only RB Chicago Football gave a first-round grade.


Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Rob Ryan can’t have too many players that know the way home, and Ealy could be perfect fit as rush ‘backer in Saints’ attacking scheme.


Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Perhaps the draft’s worst-kept secret is Carolina’s desperate situation at receiver. Cooks brings the speed and competitiveness that left with Steve Smith.


Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Versatile five-technique for a 'D' that needs help.

WATCH:Chicago Football gave three Notre Dame prospects a first-round grade.


Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Bradley Roby is a better prospect, but the Niners’ off-field issues lead them to a safer pick to reinforce their unstable defensive backfield.


Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

Denver’s offensive line was badly exposed in the Super Bowl, and Su’a-Filo can start immediately for the departed Zane Beadles.


Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi

Seattle must find a replacement for Golden Tate, and a strong contingency plan for fragile Percy Harvin. Moncrief looks the part of a potential No. 1 wideout.

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