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2014 NFL Draft Preview: Who Will Be Drafted #1?

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The 2014 NFL Draft kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. with the first round of picks.

As of right now, the Houston Texans are on the clock with the first pick, but that’s if they decide not to trade down.

If they stay put, the Texans are expected to select South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the top pick.

Other top prospects include Auburn Offensive tackle Greg Robinson, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.

The St. Louis Rams currently hold the second and 13th picks in the first round, with the second pick coming as a result of a trade with Washington that allowed the Redskins to draft Robert Griffin III in 2012.

It has been speculated that the Rams will take either an offensive tackle or one of the high rated quarterbacks with the number two pick, but they could end up with a shot at both Greg Robinson and Johnny Manziel.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders finish out the top-five picks this year barring any trades before or during the first round.

Another story to watch for is Missouri defensive end Michael Sam who is projected as a middle round pick. Sam would become the first openly gay player in the NFL after coming out earlier this year.

The New York Giants hold the 12th pick, the Buffalo Bills will pick 9th and the New York Jets have the 18th selection.

Rounds two and three will be held on Friday night and final four rounds will be on Saturday afternoon.

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