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NFL Mock Draft 2014: New York Jets Select Darqueze Dennard

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With the eighteenth overall pick in the 2014 Canal Street Chronicles community mock draft, the New York Jets (represented by Monkey Poop Battle) select...

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Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Sometimes teams draft the best player available. Sometimes teams draft a player that fills a pressing need. With Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard still on the board, the New York Jets have a chance to do both.

After a disappointing season, the Jets cut cornerback Antonio Cromartie. With a stacked free agent class at cornerback, the Jets likely assumed they would snatch up someone to upgrade the position. The Jets flirted with free agents Vontae Davis, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Darrelle Revis, but after everything shook out, they found themselves without a date to the dance. The best they were able to get was Dimitri Patterson on a one-year, $3 million deal.

If this was how the draft played out, the Jets would be thrilled. Darqueze Dennard most likely will not fall to 18 when the draft actually takes place, but if he does the Jets will almost certainly snatch him up. As winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given to college football's top defensive back, Dennard has achieved more than enough during his time at Michigan State to warrant a high draft pick. Going to a Rex Ryan coached defense would only help him translate his skills to the pro game.

The Jets have some serious needs on offense, particularly at the wide receiver spot. With a player as talented as Dennard falling this far, and a deep pool of talented wide receivers available in the later rounds, the Jets would not hesitate to instead fill a defensive need with the best player on the board.

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Thanks to all the CSC members who participated in this year's community mock draft. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.

Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2014 CSC Community Mock Draft Hub.

Pick Team Selection Team Representative Approval Rating
1 Houston Texans QB Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Tee Word 30%
2 St. Louis Rams DE Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina Kevin Sean Held 57%
3 Jacksonville Jaguars QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M Alex Swift 59%
4 Cleveland Browns WR Sammy Watkins - Clemson Shadow Flash 80%
5 Oakland Raiders LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo Khannar 71%
6 Atlanta Falcons OT Greg Robinson - Auburn Dave Choate 80%
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Blake Bortles - UCF russty 31%
8 Minnesota Vikings CB Justin Gilbert - Oklahoma St. JackMarzullo 50%
9 Buffalo Bills OT Jake Matthews - Texas A&M Letloosethedogsofwar 88%
10 Detroit Lions WR Mike Evans - Texas A&M Monkey Poop Battle 49%
11 Tennessee Titans LB Anthony Barr - UCLA Lostastic 60%
12 NY Giants TE Eric Ebron - UNC Khannar 78%
13 St. Louis Rams S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama hooahsaint2.0 74%
14 Chicago Bears NT Aaron Donald - Pittsburgh BlackandGold4ever 82%
15 Pittsburgh Steelers NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame saintmanumit 36%
16 Dallas Cowboys DE Kony Ealy - Missouri Ryan Edwards
17 Baltimore Ravens OT Taylor Lewan - Michigan Tee Word
18 NY Jets CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan State Monkey Poop Battle
19 Miami Dolphins
Letloosethedogsofwar
20 Arizona Cardinals
Alex Swift
21 Green Bay Packers
BlackandGold4ever
22 Philadelphia Eagles
organictallman
23 Kansas City Chiefs
coldpizza
24 Cincinnati Bengals
coldpizza
25 San Diego Chargers
Lostastic
26 Cleveland Browns
Shadow Flash
27 New Orleans Saints
Dave Cariello
28 Carolina Panthers
Ryan Edwards
29 New England Patriots
Shadow Flash
30 San Francisco 49ers
saintmanumit
31 Denver Broncos
Alex Swift
32 Seattle Seahawks
saintmanumit