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2014 NFL Draft: Five Wild Card Teams Who Might Surprise

By Erik Lambert - Jan 23rd, 2014 at 9:30 pm




Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL,
 Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley before the start of their game against the Buffalo Bills at EverBank Field.
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Every year there is a set of teams that don’t stick to the script.  The 2014 NFL draft won’t be any different.  Which franchises could do just that?
 
Jacksonville Jaguars – Need:  Quarterback – Surprise:  Defensive end
 
Gus Bradley is a smart man and he has to understand the Jacksonville Jaguars need a change at quarterback.  With the #3 pick he should have his pick of almost anybody he could want at that position.  However, one thing that must be remembered is Bradley is a former defensive coordinator.  His thinking runs through that side of the ball, and with a chance to possibly draft a top pass rusher like Jadeveon Clowney, the question must be asked whether he will be able to pass it up, even for a quarterback?  Jacksonville needs a lot of help up front on defense and the running idea may spread that they can find a suitable passer early in the second round.  That would certainly create some chaos.
 
Cleveland Browns – Need:  Quarterback – Surprise:  Outside linebacker
 
The same situation holds true for the Cleveland Browns expect theirs is more pronounced.  Unlike Jacksonville, they have hold of two first round picks.  If they were to pass on a quarterback at #4, they would be waiting again at #26 to solve the quarterback position.  In fact they have enough draft maneuverability to move up from that spot if they wish.  There is certainly no lack of temptations available to them, particularly at outside linebacker with Anthony Barr out of UCLA and Khalil Mack from Buffalo.  Imagine how either of them might look playing across from promising Browns rookie Barkevious Mingo.  That could form a dynamic pass rush combination Cleveland could build around for years.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Need:  Defensive end – Surprise:  Quarterback
 
Lovie Smith is a veteran of head coaching.  He had a long run of success in Chicago and hopes to achieve even higher goals with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  His team has some talent to work with but clearly need help with their pass rush, especially at defensive end.  However, there is the one other aspect of Smith’s tenure with the Bears, and that’s his problems finding stability at quarterback.  Already rumors have surfaced about whether Mike Glennon is the answer in his mind.  If he isn’t, then suddenly the Bucs become an additional piece on the chess board in the quarterback derby expected in the top ten.
 
Chicago Bears – Need:  Defense – Surprise:  Wide Receiver
 
Speaking of the Chicago Bears, nearly every expert worth their salt is convinced the team will use it’s #14 pick, and maybe its entire draft on retooling the 30th ranked defense in the 2014 NFL draft.  However, based on several mock lineups there could be a tantalizing opportunity for the Bears to turn one of their team strengths into a potentially dominant force.  Wide receiver is not a need for them by any means.  Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall both made the Pro Bowl, so it wouldn’t make much sense to draft another one high.  But what if that one were, say, a Sammy Watkins or Marqise Lee?  Unlike Jeffery and Marshall who bring size their calling cards are speed, acceleration and home run capability.  That was one of the few things the Bears offense lacked to a degree in 2013.  They said Jay Cutler is their focal point moving forward.  What would giving him a lineup like Jeffery, Marshall and Watkins/Lee do to defensive game plans?
 
Dallas Cowboys – Need:  Defensive line – Surprise:  Quarterback
 
Tony Romo had another solid statistical season for the Dallas Cowboys but once again failed to come through when it mattered most.  Obviously most of the blame will get directed at the defense, which is no surprise given how awful it was, especially up front.  Everyone expected them to reload that area in the early rounds, but there is still that nagging recognition that Romo turns 34 before the draft in May and has taken a pounding throughout his career.  Maybe Jerry Jones, unpredictable as he can be, might suddenly realize the time is coming for change.




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« #1 : January 24, 2014, 06:27:42 AM »

It's not really a surprise to me.

You've got someone else's third round doughboy who won all of four games(three if you don't count a five turnover game)...and lovie should be committed to him?

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« #2 : January 24, 2014, 06:36:27 AM »

I wouldn't call it a surprise either, a lot depends on how the draft falls. If 3 quarterbacks and 2 defensive ends are off the board by the time we pick, I could see the Bucs taking a OT or WR depending on who we like more. We basically have 4-5 needs (which could change after FA), and while not exactly equal, any would be worth a 1st round pick. Frankly, this might be a good draft for a trade down offer.

The Bucs are in a very flexible position IMO.

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« #3 : January 24, 2014, 06:37:28 AM »

i dont think lovie should be committed to glennon.  but i also dont think lovie should be committed to drafting a qb.  only things he needs to be committed to is mccoy and david.

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« #4 : January 24, 2014, 06:41:15 AM »

..and a first round qb doesn't help guys like them?

Pretty sure they're tired of being on the field all the time.

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« #5 : January 24, 2014, 07:07:02 AM »

Is rather take the #1 WR than take the #3 QB/DE. Watkins looks like the real deal. If Bridgewater, Bortles, Manziel, Clowney, Barr, Mack are all off the board I'm hoping for Sammy or a trade back for Ebron.


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« #6 : January 24, 2014, 07:45:35 AM »

Fix the OLine

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« #7 : January 24, 2014, 08:06:18 AM »

..and a first round qb doesn't help guys like them?

Pretty sure they're tired of being on the field all the time.
quite possibly could.  but im against drafting a qb just to draft a qb.  if there is the right guy, ill certainly be a fan.  if its a qb just to get a qb, then im against it.

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« #8 : January 24, 2014, 08:17:11 AM »

Bucs: dont think any of us would be shocked with any pick outside of safety, corner, DT
Jags: wouldnt be shocked if they waited until the 2nd to grab a QB
Bears: a WR would be a surprise
Browns: they drafted Mingo last year...its probably QB or bust for them with their 1st pick
Cowboys: hard for me to see them taking a QB in the first

Additional: Wouldnt be shocked if the Falcons trade back and target Ebron.  Their GM is a wild card who likes to ignore needs.

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« #9 : January 24, 2014, 08:25:15 AM »

..and a first round qb doesn't help guys like them?

Pretty sure they're tired of being on the field all the time.
quite possibly could.  but im against drafting a qb just to draft a qb.  if there is the right guy, ill certainly be a fan.  if its a qb just to get a qb, then im against it.

Who says they are drafting qb, just to draft a qb?

A lot of talent in that first round, and IF lovie and tedford believe we need a qb, that's good enough for me.

If you don't like the qb's there, do you think lovie will care? Just because you or another fan thinks the value etc, etc isn't there, doesn't matter.

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« #10 : January 24, 2014, 09:04:30 AM »

drafting a QB isn't exactly "Disregarding Need"
We "Need" help at several positions, so nobody should be surprised if we take one of several players

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« #11 : January 24, 2014, 09:06:11 AM »

..and a first round qb doesn't help guys like them?

Pretty sure they're tired of being on the field all the time.

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« #12 : January 24, 2014, 09:14:24 AM »

I just can't fathom any situation or scenario where the Texans, Browns, Raiders, and Jags all pass on a QB.


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« #13 : January 24, 2014, 09:17:00 AM »

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« #14 : January 24, 2014, 09:54:25 AM »

QB is absolutely a need

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