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2014 NFL Draft: Which prospects are first-round locks?

The 2014 NFL Draft is finally here, and after months and months of discussing prospects, we're very close to knowing which teams will be drafting various players. All it takes is one team to fall in love with a prospect, and with so much talent on the board this year we could be in for a turbulent first round Thursday night.

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NFL Media analyst Charley Casserly said a number of front offices take a look at mock drafts to get an idea of what players will go in the first round and see what direction teams might take. To that end, we went through the latest NFL.com mock drafts, listened to all the latest rumors and considered what team is talking to what prospects.

What we came up with is a list of first-round locks; other players who are likely to go in the first round (but could slip); those who are under consideration to go late in the first round; and a few fringe candidates who could find their name called on the first day.

Top 10 locks


Jadeveon Clowney

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: No. 1 overall
High/low: 1st overall

Greg Robinson

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 3rd
High/low: 2nd/5th

Khalil Mack

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 4th
High/low: 2nd/8th

Sammy Watkins

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 4th
High/low: 3rd/5th

Mike Evans

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 7th
High/low: 5th or 7th

First-round locks


Jake Matthews

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 6th
High/low: 2nd/12th

Taylor Lewan

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 8th
High/low: 6th/17th

Johnny Manziel

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 11th
High/low: 3rd/31st

Eric Ebron

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 12th
High/low: 9th/18th

Zack Martin

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 13th
High/low: 9th/19th

Justin Gilbert

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 13th
High/low: 8th/25th

C.J. Mosley

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 14th
High/low: 8th/21st

Calvin Pryor

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 14th
High/low: 13th/23rd

Aaron Donald

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 14th
High/low: 7/24

Darqueze Dennard

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 15th
High/low: 10th/27th

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 15th
High/low: 8th/22nd

Anthony Barr

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 15th
High/low: 8th/20th

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Blake Bortles

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 17th
High/low: 5th/26th

Odell Beckham

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 17th
High/low: 13th/28th

Kyle Fuller

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 19th
High/low: 11th/25th

Marqise Lee

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 22nd
High/low: 18th/25th

Brandin Cooks

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 22nd
High/low: 18th/30th

Ryan Shazier

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 22nd
High/low: 19th/27th

Bradley Roby

No. of mock drafts: 10/10
Average position: 25th
High/low: 24th/27th

Likely first-round picks


Xavier Su'a-Filo

No. of mock drafts: 8/10
Average position: 27th
High/low: 19th/32nd

Jason Verrett

No. of mock drafts: 8/10
Average position: 29th
High/low: 25th/31st

Possible first-round picks


Cyrus Kouandjio

No. of mock drafts: 7/10
Average position: 24th
High/low: 19th/28th

Morgan Moses

No. of mock drafts: 7/10
Average position: 30th
High/low: 28th/32nd

Stephon Tuitt

No. of mock drafts: 6/10
Average position: 29th
High/low: 21st/32nd

Teddy Bridgewater

No. of mock drafts: 5/10
Average position: 26th
High/low: 26th

Derek Carr

No. of mock drafts: 4/10
Average position: 24th
High/low: 20th/28th

Fringe first-round picks


Louis Nix

No. of mock drafts: 4/10
Average position: 25th
High/low: 21st/29th

Kelvin Benjamin

No. of mock drafts: 3/10
Average position: 27th
High/low: 22nd/32nd

Joel Bitonio

No. of mock drafts: 3/10
Average position: 30th
High/low: 28th/31st

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

No. of mock drafts: 3/10
Average position: 30th
High/low: 27th/32nd

Timmy Jernigan

No. of mock drafts: 2/10
Average position: 16th
High/low: 16th



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Austin Seferian-Jenkins

No. of mock drafts: 2/10
Average position: 25th
High/low: 21st/29th

Kony Ealy

No. of mock drafts: 2/10
Average position: 30th
High/low: 27th/32nd

Jace Amaro

No. of mock drafts: 2/10
Average position: 31st
High/low: 29th/32nd

Deone Bucannon

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 14th

Dee Ford

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 20th

Marcus Smith

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 27th

Marcus Martin

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 27th

Dominique Easley

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 29th

Cody Latimer

No. of mock drafts: 1/10
Pick: 30th

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