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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  • unclejesse40

    Exum as a safety would be a nice pick up in the third round. And would allow us to get two players of need in the early part of the draft WR with the 1st and FS in the 3rd. I would be happy with that. Still hope the Chiefs can move out of the 23rd pick and get their 2nd round pick back and a couple other in this one or another in this draft and an extra in next years.

  • unclejesse40

    So let me throw out a hypothetical, would people go crazy in Chiefs land if Teddy Bridgewater slides down the draft to pick 23 and the Chiefs draft him? Personally I would to have him sit behind Smith for a couple of years and take over, much like Rodgers did behind Favre in GB.

  • TAZMOSIS

    Why are these idiot hoodlums not held accountable? So, the cops made some arrests. Now what? Somebody needs to get jail time and make restitution. How about the poor schmuck that left his car in the danger zone? Look, if these people want to do damage, why not stay home and set your own sofa on fire?