The Armchair Quarterback's Guide To The NFL: 2014 Draft Bargains

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Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Charles Sims (3) out runs Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Jansen Watson (2) for a touchdown during the second quarter at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Armchair Quarterback’s Take Of The Week

The Best Bargains On Draft Day Are Found Outside Of The First Round

As the 2014 NFL Draft draws closer most die hard NFL fans find themselves suffering from a severe case of “Draft Fever”. At this point everyone and their mother has a first round mock draft that you can check out (you can find mine from last week HERE), and while the top picks will get most of the media attention and analysis, the drafts that typically help a team the most are the ones where a team was able to find talented players later in the draft.

Since so many first round picks don’t ever live up to the hype they receive its best that a team not put all of their hopes for success in that one player. A draft class as a whole should inject a team with new talent. The more talented players that a team can find in one class, the better off they’ll be. So while you can find countless articles and scouting reports of the probable first round picks, I thought this week it might be nice to focus on some players that I believe can be starters (or at least key contributors) despite going in days two and three of the draft.

There’s no way to know for sure where a player will go next month, but if the “experts” are correct all the players on this list will be drafted in the second round or later. I believe that the teams that draft these players will have landed themselves bargains that will outperform their draft position. So if you are looking for some players for your favorite team to target outside of the first round, here are some options beginning on the offensive side of the ball.

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