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Published: May 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

2014 Rookie Predictions

The 2014 NFL Draft has concluded and I don’t know about you, but it’s now going to be a long doggone time until the start of training camp. So with that in mind, we will now use this time for some unfounded, some might say reckless, speculation. So here are my predictions for the upcoming 2014 rookie class:

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  • Indianapolis Colts 33

    Stephan Savoia/Associated Press

    Indianapolis Colts

    Colts GM Ryan Grigson will announce that the trade for Trent Richardson and the team’s 2014 first round pick was really just a psychological experiment. And we’ve all been taken to school.

  • Washington Redskins 32

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    Washington Redskins

    Morgan Moses is going to make "fear the beard" a very popular phrase among Washington fans.

  • Seattle Seahawks 31

    Butch Dill/Associated Press

    Seattle Seahawks

    The Seahawks will attempt to trade out of the 2015 NFL Draft altogether. I guess when you have all that money locked up in the secondary, you can't afford players. But watch out for Kevin Norwood.

  • San Francisco 49ers 30

    Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

    San Francisco 49ers

    Was San Francisco the only team interested in improving over the weekend? Well, the joke will be on the 49ers when they have the last pick of the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft.

  • New England Patriots 29

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    New England Patriots

    Tom Brady will start to feel some competition from Jimmy Garoppolo. Not as a challenger to his starting quarterback position, but rather his position as the most handsome quarterback in New England.

  • Carolina Panthers 28

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    Carolina Panthers

    The Panthers will finally chuck it all and play one-receiver sets with Kelvin Benjamin. I mean, it's not a bold prediction to say he will lead the team in receptions because he's figuratively the only receiver on the team.

  • Arizona Cardinals 27

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    Arizona Cardinals

    Logan Thomas has a strong arm but is often careless with the football, which means he's a perfect complement to Carson Palmer. But Thomas would be a standout tight end.

  • Philadelphia Eagles 26

    Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

    Philadelphia Eagles

    Jordan Matthews will have a fantastic rookie season, which will lead the Eagles to put him on the trade block prior to next year's draft.

  • Denver Broncos 25

    Ed Andrieski/Associated Press

    Denver Broncos

    Cody Latimer will be blamed for the aforementioned interceptions. Because it's never Peyton Manning's fault. Never!

  • San Diego Chargers 24

    Tomasso DeRosa/Associated Press

    San Diego Chargers

    Jason Verrett won't be a true Chargers cornerback before he goes through the rite of passage where he intercepts Peyton Manning. Verrett will make it happen in the first meeting.

  • Cincinnati Bengals 23

    Al Behrman/Associated Press

    Cincinnati Bengals

    Darqueze Dennard will have the most interceptions of anybody in 2014. But that's only because he gets to go against Andy Dalton in practice every day.

  • Kansas City Chiefs 22

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    Kansas City Chiefs

    Wait, the Chiefs had a first-round selection? I couldn't tell because the Dee Ford pick came right after Johnny Manziel was selected and I thought the first round had ended right there.

  • Green Bay Packers 21

    Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

    Green Bay Packers

    The Bears passed on Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but it will be the Packers who get the last -- wait for it -- laugh when Clinton-Dix repeatedly intercepts Jay Cutler. Laugh puns will dominate Wisconsin newspaper headlines for years.

  • New Orleans Saints 20

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    New Orleans Saints

    Brandin Cooks will score nine touchdowns this season. Not one of them will come when he is in your fantasy starting lineup because, Saints.

  • Miami Dolphins 19

    Associated Press

    Miami Dolphins

    Third-round pick Billy Turner will outplay first-round pick Ja'Wuan James on the team's offensive line.

  • New York Jets 18

    Associated Press

    New York Jets

    Jace Amaro will have more receptions than Eric Decker this season.

  • Baltimore Ravens 17

    Associated Press

    Baltimore Ravens

    C.J. Mosley and Tim Jernigan will have outstanding NFL careers with multiple Pro Bowl bids. I mean, if Ozzie Newsome drafted them, then they are already earmarked for NFL greatness. Seriously, how does this keep happening?

  • Dallas Cowboys 16

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    Dallas Cowboys

    Greg Ellis had a fine career for the Cowboys, but he will always be known as the guy who the Cowboys drafted instead of Randy Moss. Welcome to your life, Zack Martin.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 15

    Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    Ryan Shazier will torment the two Ohio teams for a decade just to really rub it in.

  • Chicago Bears 14

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    Chicago Bears

    The Bears just missed on Aaron Donald and Tim Jernigan, but it won't matter. Will Sutton will go down as the top defensive tackle of this draft.

  • New York Giants 13

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    New York Giants

    Odell Beckham will lead all rookie receivers in receptions and yards. But he will still trail teammate Victor Cruz in signature end zone celebrations.

  • Tennessee Titans 12

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    Tennessee Titans

    No matter how long Taylor Lewan plays in the NFL, he will end up as the host of "Total Access" once his playing career is over.

  • Detroit Lions 11

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    Detroit Lions

    With the addition of Eric Ebron, the Lions will run the football nine times this season. Not figuratively, literally nine times the entire year.

  • Minnesota Vikings 10

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    Minnesota Vikings

    Anthony Barr has played defense for just two seasons, but that will make him a great fit in Minnesota where they don't play defense anyway. But Barr will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

  • Cleveland Browns, Part 2 9

    Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

    Cleveland Browns, Part 2

    Johnny Manziel is going to eventually sign a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins at some point in his career, right?

  • Cleveland Browns 8

    Associated Press

    Cleveland Browns

    The Browns got Johnny Football! Johnny will set the football world on fire! The Browns will make the playoffs. LeBron James will come back to the Cavaliers. And, wait, what happened to Josh Gordon? Oh man, never mind.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7

    Associated Press

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Josh McCown will extend his mark of most passes thrown to a player taller than 6-foot-5 with the arrival of Mike Evans and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in Tampa Bay.

  • Atlanta Falcons 6

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    Atlanta Falcons

    We won't officially feel old until Jake Matthews' sons start playing in the NFL. But the Falcons got the best value and the team returns to the playoffs in 2014.

  • Oakland Raiders 5

    Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

    Oakland Raiders

    Khalil Mack will show up to Oakland with great excitement to be teammates with all of the players his grandparents grew up watching.

  • Buffalo Bills 4

    Associated Press

    Buffalo Bills

    Robert Woods will welcome Sammy Watkins to the squad, if for nothing else because he will have someone to commiserate with when EJ Manuel can't get him the ball.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars 3

    Associated Press

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    Blake Bortles vs. Ryan Tannehill will be nice. But the true rivalry down the Florida coast will be between Lindsey Duke and Lauren Tannehill.

  • St. Louis Rams 2

    Associated Press

    St. Louis Rams

    Wow. St. Louis really did a great job with some smoke screens, some deception, and overall, a general improvement of the squad. Greg Robinson and Aaron Donald will be outstanding. But, uh, is Sam Bradford still the quarterback? He is? Yeah, St. Louis will go 8-8.

  • Houston Texans 1

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    Houston Texans

    Derek Carr will have an outstanding career for the Oakland Raiders and the Texans will kick themselves for passing on him. And it will mark the second time in history David Carr screwed the Texans.

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