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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Kevin Hanson
Updated: Sunday, January 19, 2014
     
Below are picks 17-32 of Kevin Hanson's 2014 NFL Mock Draft:

17. Dallas Cowboys (draft history): Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

It's unclear what scheme of defense the Cowboys will be playing in 2014. Although they switched from a 3-4 (2012) to a 4-3 (2013), their defense was so bad this year that it's hard to imagine Kiffin returning in 2014. Either way, Hageman has the versatility to play in either front, but the concern has been the (in)consistency of his effort.

As one NFL personnel executive tells NFL.com's Albert Breer, "[Hageman] is big, athletic -- he flashes top-10 talent. He's just inconsistent with his motor and his overall play style."

18. New York Jets (draft history): Marqise Lee, WR, USC

It was a disappointing season for Lee, but that was the case for the Trojans as a whole. In 2012, Lee won the Biletnikoff Award (see past winners) as the top receiver in the nation with 118 receptions for 1,723 yards and 14 touchdowns. That said, Lee had his best game of the season in the Las Vegas Bowl with seven catches for a season-high 118 yards and two touchdowns.

While Geno Smith played inconsistently (and to be expected as a rookie), he had one of the league's least talented group of weapons at his disposal. No player had more than 43 receptions or 523 receiving yards (Jeremy Kerley) for the Jets this season.

19. Miami Dolphins (draft history): Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Not only did the Dolphins lose two-fifths of their starting offensive line this season, but it seems unlikely that either Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin will play for the team ever again. No team allowed more sacks last season than the Dolphins (58).

20. Arizona Cardinals (draft history): Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Three Cardinals players had more than 5.0 sacks this season, but two of those guys are over 30 years old: John Abraham (turns 36 in May) and Karlos Dansby (32). In addition, Dansby will be a free agent in March. In other words, adding a prospect that can get to the quarterback would make sense (although that always makes sense).

Beasley, who will switch to OLB at the next level, is one of the best pass rushers in college football. Beasley has 13.0 sacks, which is tied for third in the nation, and 23.0 tackles for loss, which ranks fourth in the country.

21. Green Bay Packers (draft history): Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Not only is Nix a nice value at this spot in the draft, but defensive tackle B.J. Raji is due to become an unrestricted free agent in March. Either way, the Packers ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing defense and 27th in yards per carry last season.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history): Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

One of the most versatile safety prospects in this year's draft class, Pryor (6-2, 208) is a devastating hitter at the position and he had eight career forced fumbles. With solid coverage skills as well, Pryor had seven interceptions in his collegiate career and could easily hear his name called at some point in the first round.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history): Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Tuitt will be able to step in for starting defensive end Tyson Jackson, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

The Bengals could use reinforcements at cornerback as Leon Hall suffered his second torn Achilles in three years, Terence Newman will turn 36 in September and Dre Kirkpatrick has not lived up to his first-round draft status.

25. San Diego Chargers (draft history): Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Only three teams allowed fewer sacks than the Chargers (30) last season, but a large part of that was Philip Rivers getting the ball out quickly. One year after drafting their right tackle of the future (D.J. Fluker), the Chargers could look for a long-term upgrade over King Dunlap, who will become a free agent after the 2014 season.

26. Cleveland Browns (via IND) (draft history): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Even though he was suspended for the first two games of the season, Josh Gordon led the league in receiving and broke the club's single-season receiving record. That said, Gordon is only one mishap away from a year-long suspension under the league's substance-abuse policy. Not only Matthews give the Browns an upgrade opposite Gordon, but he gives them insurance in the event that he misses more time.

The cousin of Hall-of-Famer receiver Jerry Rice, arguably the greatest player in NFL history (at any position), Matthews had an SEC-record 107 receptions for a school-record 1,334 yards and five touchdowns this season.

27. New Orleans Saints (draft history): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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Under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, the Saints went from the worst defense in the NFL to one of the league's best in just one season. Last season, they were ranked fourth in both scoring and total defense. One of the most instinctive and best coverage linebackers in the country, Mosley is like a coach on the field and a tremendous value at this spot.

28. Carolina Panthers (draft history): Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

While the Panthers rank second in the NFL in both overall and scoring defense, the Panthers ranked 29th in the league in passing offense and they could use more playmakers on the outside. Not only do they lack playmakers, but their best receiver, Steve Smith, will turn 35 years old in the middle of May.

29. New England Patriots (draft history): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Amaro could certainly be off the board by the middle of the first round so he's an excellent value here and gives the Patriots a player that they could similar to the way they used Aaron Hernandez in the past. Much better as a receiver than as a blocker (but then again, what tight ends aren't these days?), Amaro was a first-team All-American choice with 98 receptions for 1,240 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

30. San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The strength of the team's defense is its linebacking corps and front-seven in more general terms. It would make sense for the 49ers to add reinforcements to their secondary, especially at cornerback, as starting cornerback Tarrell Brown is due to become a free agent in the offseason.

31. Denver Broncos (draft history): Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Far from the biggest of linebackers, Shazier is one of the more athletic linebackers in the draft. At Ohio State, he was extremely productive as he recorded 23.5 tackles for loss, tied with Stanford's Trent Murphy for second in the nation, and 144 tackles, third in the country.

32. Seattle Seahawks (draft history): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Ealy's production on the field may not have matched his athleticism and upside, but you can never have too many pass-rushers and the Seahawks add another one here.

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