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2014 NFL Draft: Picks, Rumors and Analysis

We'll be keeping track of all 32 picks here, as well as the latest rumors that could affect the draft.

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Bengals cut Josh Johnson; Sign 10 UDFa

Johnson's spot on the roster was already in jeopardy after A.J. McCarron was drafted in the fifth round.

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Bleacher Report Grades Bengals Picking Will Clarke

The B/R crew breaks down the Bengals picking West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Hue say there's still room for BenJarvus on Roster

The Bengals don't appear ready to cut ties with BenJarvus Green-Ellis after drafting Jeremy Hill.

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Marvin Lewis happy with Bengals' NFL Draft class

Lewis has now been a part of 12 NFL Draft classes with the Bengals.

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Bengals introduce Darqueze Dennard (video)

The Bengals introduced Darqueze Dennard to the media soon after spending the 24th-overall pick on him.

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Ken Zampese talks about drafting AJ McCarron

The Bengals selected the former Alabama QB with their fifth-round pick.

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Sports Science test gave McCarron edge over Teddy

ESPN's Sports Science compared AJ McCarron and Teddy Bridgewater's results after putting them through a series of tests and gave McCarron the slight edge.

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ESPN’s Highest-Rated NFL Draft Telecast Since 1993

The top-10 metered markets for ESPN’s three days of NFL Draft coverage included Columbus, Ohio (4.1), Cleveland (5.6) and Cincinnati (4.0).

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CBS on Bengals taking A.J. McCarron

The CBSSports.com NFL Draft crew breaks down the Cinncinati Bengals' fifth round pick for AJ McCarron

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Lavelle Westbrooks is the final pick of Bengals

The final 2014 draft pick of the Bengals came in the form of Lavelle Westbrooks out of Georgia Southern.

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Michael Sam drafted by St. Louis Rams

It's great to finally see Michael Sam get what he deserves, and that's to have an NFL team spend a draft pick on him.

Regardless of any of the media distractions that may come with the first openly gay NFL player, he's earned the right to make a living for himself playing football at the highest level.

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NFL Draft Round 5 and 6 Recap

Round 5

5 1 141 Philadelphia Eagles DL Taylor Hart Oregon
5 2 142 Washington Redskins WR Ryan Grant Tulane
5 3 143 Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State
5 4 144 Jacksonville Jaguars LB Telvin Smith Florida State
5 5 145 Minnesota Vikings OG David Yankey Stanford
5 6 146 Dallas Cowboys WR Devin Street Pittsburgh
5 7 147 Atlanta Falcons CB Ricardo Allen Purdue
5 8 148 Carolina Panthers CB Bene Bewikere San Jose State
5 9 149 Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Kevin Pamphile Purdue
5 10 150 San Francisco 49ers EP Aaron Lynch South Florida
5 11 151 Tennessee Titans LB Avery Williamson Kentucky
5 12 152 New York Giants S Nat Berhe San Diego State
5 13 153 Buffalo Bills OG Cyril Richardson Baylor
5 14 154 New York Jets LB Jeremiah George Iowa State
5 15 155 Miami Dolphins TE Arthur Lynch Georgia
5 16 156 Denver Broncos LB Lamin Barrow Louisiana State
5 17 157 Pittsburgh Steelers CB Shaquille Richardson Arizona
5 18 158 Detroit Lions DL Caraun Reid Princeton
5 19 159 Jacksonville Jaguars EP Chris Smith Arkansas
5 20 160 Arizona Cardinals DL Ed Stinson Alabama
5 21 161 Green Bay Packers C Corey Linsley Ohio State
5 22 162 Philadelphia Eagles S Ed Reynolds Stanford
5 23 163 Kansas City Chiefs QB Aaron Murray Georgia
5 24 164 Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron Alabama
5 25 165 San Diego Chargers NT Ryan Carrethers Arkansas State
5 26 166 Indianapolis Colts EP Jonathan Newsome Ball State
5 27 167 New Orleans Saints S Vinnie Sunseri Alabama
5 28 168 Atlanta Falcons LB Marquis Spruill Syracuse
5 29 169 New Orleans Saints EP Ronald Powell Florida
5 30 170 San Francisco 49ers CB Keith Reaser Florida Atlantic
5 31 171 Miami Dolphins LB Jordan Tripp Montana
5 32 172 Seattle Seahawks DL Jimmy Staten Middle Tennessee State
5 33 173 Pittsburgh Steelers OT Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt
5 34 174 New York Giants LB Devon Kennard Southern California
5 35 175 Baltimore Ravens OG John Urschel Penn State
5 36 176 Green Bay Packers WR Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin

Round 6

6 1 177 Houston Texans DL Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama
6 2 178 Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger Louisiana State
6 3 179 New England Patriots OG Jon Halapio Florida
6 4 180 San Francisco 49ers CB Kenneth Acker Southern Methodist
6 5 181 Houston Texans RB Alfred Blue Louisiana State
6 6 182 Minnesota Vikings CB Antone Exum Virginia Tech
6 7 183 Chicago Bears QB David Fales San Jose State
6 8 184 Minnesota Vikings CB Kendall James Maine
6 9 185 Buffalo Bills WR Robert Herron Wyoming
6 10 186 Washington Redskins RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor
6 11 187 New York Giants CB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
6 12 188 St. Louis Rams CB E.J. Gaines Missouri
6 13 189 Detroit Lions WR T.J. Jones Notre Dame
6 14 190 Miami Dolphins WR Matt Hazel Coastal Carolina
6 15 191 Chicago Bears P Pat O'Donnell Miami
6 16 192 Pittsburgh Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt UCLA
6 17 193 Kansas City Chiefs OG Zach Fulton Tennessee
6 18 194 Baltimore Ravens QB Keith Wenning Ball State
6 19 195 New York Jets CB Brandon Dixon Northwest Missouri State
6 20 196 Arizona Cardinals WR Walter Powell Murray State
6 21 197 Green Bay Packers CB Demetri Goodson Baylor
6 22 198 New England Patriots EP Zach Moore Concordia-St. Paul
6 23 199 Seattle Seahawks OT Garrett Scott Marshall
6 24 200 Kansas City Chiefs OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif McGill (CA)
6 25 201 San Diego Chargers RB Marion Grice Arizona State
6 26 202 New Orleans Saints OT Tavon Rooks Kansas State
6 27 203 Indianapolis Colts LB Andrew Jackson Western Kentucky
6 28 204 Carolina Panthers RB Ty Gaffney Stanford
6 29 205 Jacksonville Jaguars C Luke Bowanko Virginia
6 30 206 New England Patriots CB Jamea Thomas Georgia Tech
6 31 207 Denver Broncos OG Matthew Paradis Boise State
6 32 208 Seattle Seahawks S Eric Pinkins San Diego State
6 33 209 New York Jets WR Quincy Enunwa Nebraska
6 34 210 New York Jets EP I.K. Enemkpali Louisiana Tech
6 35 211 Houston Texans FB Jay Prosch Auburn
6 36 212 Cincinnati Bengals LB Marquis Flowers Arizona
6 37 213 New York Jets QB Tajh Boyd Clemson
6 38 214 St. Louis Rams QB Garrett Gilbert Southern Methodist
6 39 215 Pittsburgh Steelers NT Daniel McCullers Tennessee
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2014 NFL Draft: Bengals select Marquis Flowers

The Bengals have taken Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers, who appears to be in a similar prospect to that of Emmanuel Lamur when he came into the NFL.

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2014 NFL Draft: Bengals select Bama A.J. McCarron

The Bengals finally got a QB in Alabama's A.J. McCarron.

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2014 NFL Draft: Round 4 picks

4 1 101 Philadelphia Eagles CB Jaylen Watkins Florida
4 2 102 Washington Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland Clemson
4 3 103 Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman Florida State
4 4 104 New York Jets WR Jalen Saunders Oklahoma
4 5 105 New England Patriots C Bryan Stork Florida State
4 6 106 San Francisco 49ers WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina
4 7 107 Oakland Raiders NT Justin Ellis Louisiana Tech
4 8 108 Seattle Seahawks DE Cassius Marsh UCLA
4 9 109 Buffalo Bills CB Ross Cockrell Duke
4 10 110 St. Louis Rams S Mo Alexander Utah State
4 11 111 Cincinnati Bengals C Russell Bodine North Carolina
4 12 112 Tennessee Titans NT DaQuan Jones Penn State
4 13 113 New York Giants RB Andre Williams Boston College
4 14 114 Jacksonville Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin Oklahoma
4 15 115 New York Jets WR Shaquelle Evans UCLA
4 16 116 Oakland Raiders CB Keith McGill Utah
4 17 117 Chicago Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona
4 18 118 Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant Clemson
4 19 119 Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens Iowa
4 20 120 Arizona Cardinals QB Logan Thomas Virginia Tech
4 21 121 Green Bay Packers DE Carl Bradford Arizona State
4 22 122 Tennessee Titans S Marqueston Huff Wyoming
4 23 123 Seattle Seahawks WR Kevin Norwood Alabama
4 24 124 Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas Oregon
4 25 125 Miami Dolphins CB Walt Aikens Liberty
4 26 126 New Orleans Saints LB Khairi Fortt California
4 27 127 Cleveland Browns CB Pierre Desir Lindenwood
4 28 128 Carolina Panthers S Tre Boston North Carolina
4 29 129 San Francisco 49ers CB Dontae Johnson North Carolina State
4 30 130 New England Patriots RB James White Wisconsin
4 31 131 Chicago Bears S Brock Vereen Minnesota
4 32 132 Seattle Seahawks LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College
4 33 133 Detroit Lions CB Nevin Lawson Utah State
4 34 134 Baltimore Ravens DL Brent Urban Virginia
4 35 135 Houston Texans QB Tom Savage Pittsburgh
4 36 136 Detroit Lions DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg
4 37 137 New York Jets OG Dakota Dozier Furman
4 38 138 Baltimore Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina
4 39 139 Atlanta Falcons LB Prince Shembo Notre Dame
4 40 140 New England Patriots OG Cameron Fleming Stanford
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Eagles have traded Bryce Brown to the Bills

The deal is reportedly for a fourth-rounder that can be upgraded to a third round.

Brown has had some memorable games in his first two NFL seasons. including a 2-game stretch as a rookie in which he rushed for 178 yards rushing on 19 carries, 2 touchdowns against the Panthers and 169 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Cowboys they very next week.

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Bruce Ellington and Ross Cockrell drafted

Patriots selected FSU C Bryan Stork at  No. 105

49ers selected South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington at No. 106

Raiders selected Louisiana Tech DT Justin Ellis at No. 107

Seahawks selected UCLA DE Cassius Marsh at No. 108

Bills selected Duke CB Ross Cockrell at No. 109

Cockrell was a technically-sound corner who thrived at breaking up passes thanks to his quick hands and ball skills. He finished his college career with 12 interceptions and 53 pass breakups and was First-Team All-ACC in 2013.

Perhaps the highlight of his career came in Duke’s last game of this past season, the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where Cockrell was matched up with highly touted Mike Evans and held him to 72 yards and zero touchdowns on four receptions, the same Evans who went No. 7 overall to the Buccaneers.

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A center to watch for?

The Bengals need to draft a center at some point, and North Carolina's Russell Bodine may be a player to watch for.

Bodine started the past two seasons for the Tar Heels, earning honorable mention All-ACC accolades in 2013. Primarily a center, he also started one game at guard in 2013.

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Jaylen Watkins, Bashaud Breeland off the board

Eagles selected Florida DB Jaylen Watkins with the No. 101 pick.

Redskins selected Clemson DB Bashaud Breeland with the No. 102 pick.

Falcons selected Florida State RB Devonta Freeman with the No. 103 pick.

Jets selected Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders with the No. 104 pick, a player I personally liked for the Bengals later in the draft.

Sanders weighs in at a mere 5'8" and 164 pounds, but caught 61 balls for 729 yards (12.0) and 8 scores in 2013. He also returned was an electric returner with 31 career punts for 465 yards (15.0), including three scores.

Give him a 1-2 years in an NFL weight-room and time to develop and he could become a quality player, and he could make an immediate impact with the Jets.

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2014 NFL Draft: Recap of every Day 2 Pick

Round 2

2 1 33 Houston Texans OL Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA
2 2 34 Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence Boise State
2 3 35 Cleveland Browns OT Joel Bitonio Nevada
2 4 36 Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr Fresno State
2 5 37 Atlanta Falcons DL Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota
2 6 38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
2 7 39 Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marqise Lee Southern California
2 8 40 Detroit Lions EP Kyle Van Noy BYU
2 9 41 St. Louis Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner Florida State
2 10 42 Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt
2 11 43 New York Giants C Weston Richburg Colorado State
2 12 44 Buffalo Bills OL Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama
2 13 45 Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson Colorado
2 14 46 Pittsburgh Steelers DL Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame
2 15 47 Washington Redskins DE Trent Murphy Stanford
2 16 48 Baltimore Ravens DL Timmy Jernigan Florida State
2 17 49 New York Jets TE Jace Amaro Texas Tech
2 18 50 San Diego Chargers DE Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech
2 19 51 Chicago Bears DL Ego Ferguson Lousiana State
2 20 52 Arizona Cardinals TE Troy Niklas Notre Dame
2 21 53 Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams Fresno State
2 22 54 Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey Washington
2 23 55 Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill Louisiana State
2 24 56 Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer Indiana
2 25 57 San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State
2 26 58 New Orleans Saints CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
2 27 59 Indianapolis Colts OT Jack Mewhort Ohio State
2 28 60 Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy Missouri
2 29 61 Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson Penn State
2 30 62 New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois
2 31 63 Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry Louisiana State
2 32 64 Seattle Seahawks OT Justin Britt Missouri

Round 3

3 1 65 Houston Texans TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa
3 2 66 Washington Redskins OT Morgan Moses Virginia
3 3 67 Miami Dolphins OT Billy Turner North Dakota State
3 4 68 Atlanta Falcons S Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
3 5 69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims West Virginia
3 6 70 San Francisco 49ers C Marcus Martin Southern California
3 7 71 Cleveland Browns LB Christian Kirksey Iowa
3 8 72 Minnesota Vikings DE Scott Crichton Oregon State
3 9 73 Buffalo Bills LB Preston Brown Louisville
3 10 74 New York Giants DL Jay Bromley Syracuse
3 11 75 St. Louis Rams RB Tre' Mason Auburn
3 12 76 Detroit Lions C Travis Swanson Arkansas
3 13 77 San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland Wisconsin
3 14 78 Washington Redskins OG Spencer Long Nebraska
3 15 79 Baltimore Ravens S Terrance Brooks Florida State
3 16 80 New York Jets CB Dexter McDougle Maryland
3 17 81 Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson Mississippi State
3 18 82 Chicago Bears DL Will Sutton Arizona State
3 19 83 Houston Texans NT Louis Nix III Notre Dame
3 20 84 Arizona Cardinals DE Kareem Martin North Carolina
3 21 85 Green Bay Packers DL Khyri Thornton Southern Miss
3 22 86 Philadelphia Eagles WR Josh Huff Oregon
3 23 87 Kansas City Chiefs CB Phillip Gaines Rice
3 24 88 Cincinnati Bengals DL Will Clarke West Virginia
3 25 89 San Diego Chargers OG Chris Watt Notre Dame
3 26 90 Indianapolis Colts WR Donte Moncrief Mississippi
3 27 91 Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown Pittsburg State
3 28 92 Carolina Panthers OG Trai Turner Louisiana State
3 29 93 New England Patriots OG Brandon Linder Miami
3 30 94 Cleveland Browns RB Terrence West Towson
3 31 95 Denver Broncos OT Michael Schofield Michigan
3 32 96 Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern
3 33 97 Pittsburgh Steelers WR Dri Archer Kent State
3 34 98 Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers California
3 35 99 Baltimore Ravens TE Crockett Gillmore Colorado State
3 36 100 San Francisco 49ers OL Brandon Thomas Clemson
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Bengals Mock Draft: Projecting the Day 3 Picks

We take one final crack at projecting who the Bengals will draft on the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Day 3 TV info, stream, start time and Draft Order

All you need to know for watching or listening to the final day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Why Jeremy Hill Is the Most Talented Running Back in 2014 Draft Class

Garrett Baker of Bleacher Report breaks down LSU running back Jeremy Hill, whom the Bengals drafted with the 55th-overall pick.

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With The No. 55 Pick, Bengals Select Jeremy Hill

The Bengals nabbed Jeremy Hill in the second round.

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Ravens grab defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan

The Baltimore Ravens grabbed Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan at No. 48. Jernigan once considered a first-round prospect fell in draft projections due to a "diluted sample" drug test at the NFL Combine. He joins linebacker C.J. Mosley for Ravens picks in the 2014 NFL draft. Per NFL.com:

STRENGTHS Strong for his size and clogs the middle. Has disruptive ability. Bends his knees and plays with leverage. Able to stack, locate and shed. Wraps and rips down ball carriers. Coordinated hands and feet. Is difficult to engage -- has quick, active paws. Can slap, rip and swim to beat blockers and turns up the heat on passing downs. Good foot athlete for his size -- changes direction well, gives effort in pursuit and ranges outside the box. Will be a 21-year-old rookie.

WEAKNESSES Has a fleshy midsection. Lacks ideal height and overall body length. Average get-off. Can be overpowered at the point or neutralized when bigger, longer blockers get into his frame. Limited two-gap ability. Average playing range. Stiff-legged and does not change direction easily, as confirmed by 4.84-second 20-yard shuttle time at the combine (tied for slowest among DTs). Could stand to improve his stamina. Was a rotational player prior to junior season.

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Steelers go defensive line with Stephon Tuitt

The Pittsburgh Steelers are determined in rebuilding their defense, selecting the Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier on Thursday -- he is projected to play the weakside inside linebacker. In the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, the Steelers snagged Stephon Tuitt at No. 46. Tuitt is versatile enough to play defensive tackle and defensive end in a base 4-3 defense. Per NFL.com.

STRENGTHS Looks the part -- has prototypical dimensions for a five-technique. Long-armed to play off blocks. Holds his ground at the point of attack. Can stack and shed. Has excellent movement skill for a man his size. Plays on his feet. Coordinated and in control of his body. Knee bender able to flatten or redirect efficiently. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme and position versatile -- played end and tackle in even and odd fronts. Notched 20.5 sacks in 28 career starts. Disrupts passing lanes. Did 31 bench-press reps at the combine.

WEAKNESSES Monotone edge rusher -- not a quick-twitch athlete (average get-off quickness). Can play with more consistent leverage. Hip and shoulder stiffness shows when he attempts to bend the corner. Can do a better job shooting his hands with authority to jolt blockers. Needs to become a better hands fighter and develop pass-rush moves. Can play with more violence. Average intensity and relentlessness.

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Giants grab Weston Richburg; Bills nab Kouandjio

With the 43rd-overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected Colorado State center Weston Richburg. Regarded by many as the draft's best center prospect, Richburg was someone thought to be on the Bengals' radar, but they'll have to look elsewhere if they want to find a center to challenge Mike Pollak for the starting job.

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Another player the Bengals probably were considering was Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, but he went off the board to the Buffalo Bills with the 44th-overall pick.

At one point, Kouandjio was a lock to go in the first round, possibly in the Top 15, but medical red flags surrounding his arthritic knee arose at the NFL Scouting Combine, and his stock has been dropping ever since.

If the Bengals want to add depth at offensive tackle, they'll have to look elsewhere now.

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Falcons steal Ra'Shede Hageman; Bucs nab ASJ

The Atlanta Falcons got one of the biggest steals of the second round when they selected Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman with the 37th-overall pick.

Dan Kadar of SB Nation wrote how Hageman is one of the best interior pass-rushers in this draft class:

As a pass rusher, Hageman was at his best when Minnesota split him out wide against an offensive tackle. That allowed him to take advantage of his power/quickness combination much more so than when he lines up inside. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Hageman said his favorite position was playing a loose five technique to go one-on-one against offensive tackles.

On the outside, Hageman is a bull rusher. On the inside, Hageman has a solid swim move that allows him to slip past blockers.

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With the 38th-overall pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Danny Kelly of SB Nation had this to offer:

Seferian-Jenkins is a huge target with excellent body control, an oft-overlooked aspect to athleticism. He might not have breakaway speed or explosive acceleration, but he has the tools that every NFL coach looks for. Washington believed in his athleticism in space enough to feature him on screens. Past the ability as a move tight end though, his potential as a complete Y tight end who can line up and block in-line, but still get down the field to catch passes, is enticing.

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Oakland Raiders have selected Derek Carr

The Oakland Raiders have selected quarterback Derek Carr out of Fresno State with the 36th-overall pick.

Carr threw for 12,842 yards and 113 touchdowns at Fresno, including more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns with just eight interceptions as a senior. He's been a very productive player his entire career, and though he may be a little overrated heading into the draft, he certainly is an upgrade over Matt McGloin and possibly even Matt Schaub.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn is very high on Carr with his evaluation:

Carr has the best arm talent of any quarterback in this 2014 NFL Draft. That may seem like a strong statement, but he proved it time and time again throughout the last two seasons. Even when his mechanics fail him, Carr can put the ball in any spot on the field with velocity, timing and accuracy. Additionally, Carr has exceptional touch and accuracy on his deep passes.

Comparing Carr to Matthew Stafford or Jay Cutler is not a stretch in this department. Regardless of his arm slot, footwork or the spot on the field he's throwing to, Carr can put the appropriate velocity on the ball. He's also an accurate passer in most areas of the field.

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Browns have selected tackle Joel Bitonio

The Cleveland Browns seemed like they'd be a lock to take a wide receiver at this spot, but with the 35th-overall pick, they instead took Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio.

Viewed as one of the most versatile lineman in this draft, Bitonio could play tackle, guard or center in the NFL. With the Browns though, he's likely going to start at right tackle.

An excerpt of Nolan Nawrocki's scouting report on NFL.com:

Plays with vinegar and seeks to bury defenders -- nasty finisher who runs his feet on contact and consistently blocks defenders off the screen. Extremely tough and durable. Highly versatile -- can play any position on the line. Outstanding personal character and football character -- work ethic, leadership and responsibility are all exemplary. Produced the best 10-yard split (1.69 seconds) and 20-yard split (2.80) of any offensive lineman at the combine.

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Cowboys move up to take DeMarcus Lawrence

The Washington Redskins traded the 34th pick to the Dallas Cowboys for the 47th and 78th picks. With this pick, the Cowboys took Boise State defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

A brief excerpt of Danny Kelley's scouting report on Lawrence on SB Nation:

Lawrence moves like an undersized defensive end prospect but plays with the physicality of a much bigger player. The long-armed, meat-hook-handed former Bronco is best rushing the passer -- he still has a little work to do in the run defense department -- but what I like most about him is his style of play: violent and aggressive, mean-spirited.

Lawrence does a good job of mixing speed moves to the outside with inside pressure and a bull rush.

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Texans have selected Xavier Su'A-Filo from UCLA

With the first pick of the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected UCLA offensive guard Xavier Su'A-Filo.

Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation totes how X's agility/movement skills are what makes him special:

Su'a-Filo's movement skills set him apart from other guards in this class. Not only did he have the athleticism to hold the edge at left tackle, but when he played guard, Su'a-Filo got to the next level with smooth, controlled movement. He has a lot of balance to his game and that helps him move efficiently across the line of scrimmage and within the second level of the defense. He has really quick feet and is able to move off his block in a hurry.

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Thursday Trades Recap

Just to recap, here all of the Thursday trades:

Bills move up to No. 4, draft Sammy Watkins

  • Bills get: No. 4 overall
  • Browns get: No. 9 overall, 2015 first round pick, 2015 fourth round pick
Browns jump back up, take Justin Gilbert
  • Browns get: No. 8 overall
  • Vikings get: No. 9 overall, No. 145 overall (5th round)
Saints move up, take Brandin Cooks
  • Saints get: No. 20 overall
  • Cardinals get: No. 27 overall, No. 91 overall (3rd round)
Browns trade up again, take Johnny Manziel
  • Browns get: No. 22 overall
  • Eagles get: No. 26 overall, No. 83 overall (3rd round)
Vikings trade up for Teddy Bridgewater
  • VIkings get: No. 32 overall
  • Seattle gets: No. 40 overall (2nd round), No. 108 overall (4th round)
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Darqueze Dennard thinks he is NFL-ready

Darqueze Dennard believes he is NFL-ready and can help the Bengals in his rookie season.

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Report: Josh Gordon facing season-long suspension

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension after a second failed drug test.

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AFC North NFL Draft Grades: Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens took C.J. Mosley with their first-round pick, but how does he fit with them?

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Bengals Mock Draft: Projecting Day 2 and 3 Picks

The Bengals have nine more picks in this year's NFL Draft. Who will they take?

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Bills trade Stevie Johnson to San Francisco 49ers

The Bills are shipping Stevie Johnson to the 49ers in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

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Where Bengals draft a QB reflects faith in Dalton

The Bengals may or may not be sold on Andy Dalton being their franchise QB. We'll have a better idea of how they feel about him after Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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AFC North NFL Draft Grades: Steelers

Did the Steelers miss big time with their first pick?

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Draft Rumors: Derek Carr favored to be a Texan

Essentially an extra first-round pick, the Texans have their choice of several players with first-round grades, including Missouri DE Kony Ealy, Virginia OT Morgan Moses and Fresno State QB Derek Carr.

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NFL Draft TV info, stream, start time, Draft Order

All you need to know for watching or listening to the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Draft Grades: AFC North Day 1 Picks

The Browns added a pair of impact players in Round 1. Did they make the grade?

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Bengals select MSU CB Darqueze Dennard

The Cincinnati Bengals have selected MSU cornerback Darqueze Dennard with the No. 24 pick of the 2014 NFL draft.

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Arizona Cardinals nab Dee Ford with 23rd pick

The Arizona Cardinals tabbed Auburn defensive end/outside linebacker Dee Ford as their first-round pick.

Ford was a terror off the edge for a resurgent Tigers team that won 12 games after winning just 3 in 2012. That was the same year Ford was on his was to having a great season. He started 7 of 11 games at DE, totaling 34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and six sacks with a batted pass and forced fumble and blocked a field goal, but suffered an abdominal injury that hindered him the second-half of the season.

Ford exploded in 2013 with 10.5 sacks to go with 14.5 tackles-for-loss.

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Browns snag Johnny Manziel at 22

The Cleveland Browns moved up from pick No. 26 to 22 to select Texas A&M's quarterback Johnny Manziel, who went 300-of-429 for 4,114 yards (70.0) with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while rushing 144 times for 759 yards (5.3) and nine TDs in 13 games in 2013.

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Packers get huge steal in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

The Green Bay Packers needed safety help in the worst way, and they may have gotten the best one in this year;s NFL Draft in the form of Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

In 11 games last year as a junior, Clinton-Dix finished fourth on the team in tackles with 46 and recorded two interceptions. He was a second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC pick. As a sophomore in 2012, Clinton-Dix played in every game and led the SEC with five interceptions.

Clinton-Dix came in at No. 10 on SB Nation's top 200 big board, and was the top safety to be featured.

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Saints add speed with Brandin Cooks

The New Orleans Saints, picking No. 27 in the 2014 NFL draft, decided to get involved earlier by reaching an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals in a trade. Both teams swapped first-round picks -- the Cardinals getting No. 27 and the Saints grabbing No. 20 -- with Arizona acquiring New Orleans third-round pick.

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There was a feeling that the Green Bay Packers, who lost James Jones, and the Philadelphia Eagles were looking at Brandin Cooks. So the Saints leapfrogged 'em all and snagged Cooks for themselves. Cooks, despite just shy of 5-foot-10, is a burner who ran a Combine-best (among receivers) 40-time at 4.33.

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Jets solidify secondary with the top safety

Another target, gone.

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, who the Bengals showed decent interest in during the predraft process, is heading to New York after the Jets used their No. 18 selection on him.

Pryor is viewed as the top safety prospect in the 2014 NFL draft and first taken off the board. A good player to fit in the Rex Ryan atmosphere, Pryor plays physical against the run but plays a bit reckless -- especially in cuts.

Will be an interesting addition in Ryan's attempt to add talent on a third-ranked defense against the run but 22nd against the pass.

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Ravens add linebacker C.J. Mosley

Three of the four AFC North teams have made picks in the 2014 NFL draft, with the Baltimore Ravens selecting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley at No. 17. According to ESPN, Mosley is graded as the top inside linebacker heading into the draft, strong in run coverage and a three-down linebacker that can cover.

Like the Steelers selecting Shazier, the Bengals will find it tougher to run the ball in the division even though offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is determined to pound the football.

All three selections in the AFC North have been on defense, with the Cleveland Browns grabbing Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert earlier.

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Steelers follow tradition at LB with Ryan Shazier

The Cincinnati Bengals lost one of the two expected Ohio State players that were favored when the Pittsburgh Steelers selected linebacker Ryan Shazier -- perhaps the best three-down backer in the 2014 NFL Draft. Shazier is expected to be an inside linebacker, per Mike Mayock on the NFL Network broadcast. On the other hand, Pittsburgh needs to replace the departed Lamarr Woodley.

Cincinnati was reportedly showing heavy interest in Shazier, but will now stare down the former Buckeyes in the form of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham will have their opportunities but Shazier is quick and agile.

If the Bengals employ bigger bodies at left guard and center, it might neutralize the speedy and somewhat undersized backer if he plays inside; Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth tend to struggle with speedy rushers.

Still. Strong pick for the Steelers.

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Rams get Aaron Donald at 13; Bears nab Kyle Fuller

The St. Louis Rams have gotten arguably the best interior defensive lineman in this class in Pitt's Aaron Donald with their second first-round pick, this one being 13th-overall.

In 2013, Donald became a major force. The lineman led the league in tackles for loss, became a winner of the Bronko Nagurski and Outland Trophies and was named a unanimous All-American.

Donald was ranked second among all defensive tackle prospects on the SB Nation top 200 big board and No. 13 overall.

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One prospect who the Bengals hoped to have still on the board at pick No. 24 was Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, but he went 10 spots higher to the Chicago Bears at No. 14.

Fuller was rated by some as the top-overall cornerback prospect.

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Titans get Taylor Lewan; Giants snag Odell Beckham

The Tennessee Titans got some much-needed offensive line help by selecting offensive tackle Taylow Lewan with the 11th-overall pick.

Stephen White took the Wolverines to task in his breakdown of Lewan's game tape:

I didn't see much of that in the five games that I watched. Furthermore, why in the HELL did Michigan keep a tight end to Lewan's side so damn much? He obviously didn't need the help. The quarterback was right-handed anyway (with bootlegs you like for the tight end to be lined up to the side of the quarterback's throwing hand), and they could have potentially had a wide receiver there instead of a tight end. It would've increased the chances of success on passing downs as well as run downs if you get the opposing defenses to spread themselves out. But is that what Michigan did?

HEEEEEELLLLLL NOOOOOOOO

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As for the New York Giants at No. 12, they grabbed Odell Beckham out of LSU, arguably the most dynamic receiver/returner in this draft.

Beckham was the Paul Hornung Award winner as the nation's most versatile player in 2013 when he broke the LSU single-season all-purpose yards record (2,315) and snagged 59-1,152-8 (19.5) in 13 starts.

He offers versatility to go between "X," "Z" and the slot given his ability to stretch the field and run after the catch. .

He also returned 68 career punts for 557 yards (8.2), including two scores, and 42 kickoffs for 1,044 yards (24.9).

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Vikings grab Anthony Barr; Lions snag Eric Ebron

Mike Zimmer's first draft pick as an NFL head coach came in the form of UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. Regarded as one of the top defensive prospects, Barr came in at No. 22 on SB Nation's top 200 big board, second among all outside linebackers behind only Khalil Mack.

In 2013, Barr recorded 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks en route to being named a 2013 All-American

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The Detroit Lions added another pass-catcher in the form of of North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, who was No. 2 in the nation among tight ends with 62 receptions for 973 yards last year. For his efforts, he was named a second-team AP All-American and a first-team All-ACC performer.

As for the Titans who are picking at No. 11, they 'almost' traded that pick:

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Browns CB duo now Justin Gilbert and Joe Haden

The Cleveland Browns swapped first-round picks with the Minnesota Vikings, improving one spot while handing the Vikings a fifth-round pick, grabbing Oklahoma State cornerstone Justin Gilbert at No. 8 overall.

Chris Pokorny with Dawgs by Nature writes:

On the surface, I really don't know why you trade up one spot to get him...were we really worried about somebody else getting Gilbert? Going defense first will not make some fans happy, but we knew that cornerback was a real possibility in the first round for Cleveland, just not this early.

Cleveland does a nice job solidifying their cornerback position, putting Gilbert and Joe Haden together against Cincinnati's wide receivers. However, Gilbert, the first cornerback selected in the 2014 NFL draft, was viewed as the third-best corner behind Darqueze Dennard and Kyle Fuller, according to ESPN.

As a Bengals fan, this makes our intra-divisional games interesting. A.J. Green and Joe Haden remains one match that transforms battles into all-out warfare.

The Browns were projected to select Johnny Manziel, but the poor kid just watches. Cleveland will pick again at No. 26.

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Buccaneers pairing Mike Evans with Vincent Jackson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have one of the most intimidating 1-2 combos at wide receivers after they drafted Mike Evans out of Texas A&M to pair him with Vincent Jackson.

As SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn writes in his scouting report, size is Evans' biggest weapon on the football field.

For a player his size, Evans displays excellent body control along the sideline. He's very aware of where he is on the field. More importantly, he does a fine job coming back to the football and getting proper body position on cornerbacks and presents a big target for his quarterback. Evans doesn't have any issues tracking the ball and adjusting his body to make catches over either shoulder.

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Falcons nab Jake Matthews at #6

The Atlanta got arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft in Texas A&M's Jake Matthews with the sixth-overall pick. Matthews was in contention with Auburn's Greg Robinson to be the first offensive lineman selected, but he fell into the Falcons' lap at #6.

One of the top traits looked for in offensive line prospects is consistency, and former NFL defensive end Stephen White, who has plenty of experience trying to get past them,thinks Matthews has all the consistency you could ask for.

Every kick step (initial movement off the snap for an offensive lineman to get depth and width) for a wide rusher was the same. Almost every kick step to an inside rusher was also the same. He was so good that I only saw one pressure he gave up in [the five games I watched] ...

Think about what I'm saying here. Matthews only lost on a pass-blocking assignment one time in the five games. Now look at the teams I watched him play against -- you don't think LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss or Missouri have good pass rushers?

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Bills trade with Browns and take Sammy Watkins

The Bills made a shocking trade to move up and nab Sammy Watkins.

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Jaguars grab the first quarterback

The Jacksonville Jaguars dropped the first bombshell (if you can call it that), selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles at No. 3 overall. Bortles was considered the top quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft, but higher profile quarterbacks like Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater sipped their ice cold beverage waiting for their respective names to be called.

As for Jacksonville, they get a quarterback with good size that might be viewed as a reach.

Who cares.

After a season with Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert (now with the San Francisco 49ers) as your quarterbacks in 2013, the Jaguars needed a future at quarterback. Alfie Crow at Big Cat Country writes:

Picking a quarterback is a surprise to most, but it's a move that makes a ton of sense if you consider where the Jaguars would be picking in the second round of the draft.

Most expected the Jaguars to pass on a quarterback in the first round, but it's clear the Jaguars had their guy at the position and didn't think he would fall to them in the second round

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Texans nab Clowney; Rams get Greg Robinson

Texans nab Jedeveon Clowney while Rams snag Greg Robinson.

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Bengals unsure of Bradley Roby?

The Cincinnati Bengals appear favored to snag a cornerback in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.

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Ryan Mallett may get traded to Houston Texans

The obvious connection here is new Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, who coached Ryan Mallett in New England during his rookie season.

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