By Cody Milligan
The 2014 NFL draft will go down as one of the best in league history as an astounding 20 of the first 36 picks have at least one Pro Bowl nod to their name. Though less than normal, there are still many busts sprinkled throughout the first round with some players not even making it through their rookie contract.
After earning the Dallas Cowboys’ trust in the 2013 draft with the selection of All-Pro Travis Frederick, Vice President of Player Personnel Will McClay hit it out the park with his first two selections the next year. As such, Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence don’t escape the top ten in Jonah Tuls of The Draft Network’s 2014 redraft of the first round.
Original Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The number one concern coming into this draft for Atlanta was finding a way to better protect franchise quarterback Matt Ryan. Jake Matthews was a good pick, but the Falcons could have made this a great pick by taking Notre Dame’s Zack Martin, who has been an All-Pro every year of his career.
Some analysts might balk at the idea of taking an interior offensive lineman within the top ten picks. However, football games can’t be played with positional value and All-Pros at any spot help a team. Just ask the Indianapolis Colts and their 2018 selection of offensive guard Quentin...