The 2014 NFL Draft has officially wrapped and now is the time where the fans look forward to the preseason to see how the new players perform on the field. For the next few weeks, I’ll be covering each position and the notable players selected.
Earlier today I covered wide receivers, which you can check out here.
While the NFL appears to be all about the quarterback these days, it’s also important to have strong defensive players who can take down the quarterback in critical moments. The 2014 NFL Draft had four defensive linemen selected in the first round, including first overall pick defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. It’s rare for a quarterback not to go first overall, but Clowney was the clear standout in this year’s draft class.
Obviously Kansas City Chiefs fans know all about the defensive linemen taken, as the Chiefs snatched up Auburn defensive end Dee Ford with the 23rd overall pick. Fans had mixed reactions on this, as they wanted the Chiefs to focus on beefing up the offense. As the quarterbacks in the NFL continue to prove it’s a passing game, it never hurts to add a strong player who can rush the passer.
The Missouri Tigers had several pass rushers in this draft, including Kony Ealy and Michael Sam. Ealy went 60th overall in the second round to the Panthers and Sam made headlines everywhere when he became the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. The Rams picked up Sam in the seventh round.
The biggest steal in this draft would go to the Houston Texans for drafting Louis Nix in the third round. Not only did the Texans get a beast in Clowney, but they added Nix to their already scary defense that also includes 2011 first round pick J.J. Watt. The Texans had a solid draft and should improve immensely from their 2-14 record in 2013.
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