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2014 NFL Draft: Where will former Mizzou players end up?

The 2014 NFL Draft begins tonight! The first round takes place on Thursday, followed by the second and third rounds on Friday and rounds 4-7 on Saturday. Besides Kony Ealy, what other Missouri Tigers might get drafted?

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We should have already had the NFL draft by now, but since we haven't, we have more time to idly speculate talk about players we have inherent bias toward and how we think they should be drafted. Some of us even have pro teams we fantasize selecting our former college stars.

This is feels like a unique year for Mizzou football prospects because the team went 12-2 and pretty much destroyed everyone not named Auburn and defiantly proved they belonged vs the top talent in the SEC. Teams that good are usually stocked with future NFL players.

Mizzou is sending a variety of players to the NFL, many at key positions such as DE, WR and undrafted QB. The fun part of that is that variety means there's a chance for many to find homes in the league. The not fun part is many of them may go late in the draft because they don't fit ideal size/speed/production stereotypes NFL GMs and coaches look for and they are competing against a host of other college players yearning for the same chance.

I know we all want nothing but the best for Henry Josey, but the position of running back has been drastically devalued lately unless you're a once in a decade athlete like Adrian Peterson.

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I know many people feel very strongly about Michael Sam and if he can translate his multi-sack games into consistent production in the NFL.

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I know L'Damian Washington is a popular late round pick for teams needing a deep threat, high character guy to bolster their WR corps.

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I know E.J. Gaines can be a starter in pros based on his tenacious attitude, speed, and abilities as a zone defender.

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri - Big Blue View

We know Justin Britt was a solid left tackle for Mizzou and has all the size you'd love to see, but many think he'd have to move inside to make it in the NFL

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Justin Britt, Missouri The Tigers' left tackle might be one to watch if you're looking for a mid-round breakout candidate like Bakhtiari in this year's draft. Projected in the middle rounds, Britt's footwork is good and his in-line blocking is a positive. However, he could move to guard in the pros because of a perceived compact frame and lack of athleticism. Britt stands 6'6" and weighs in at 315 pounds, though, and certainly could prove to be a versatile and effective reserve lineman.

Beside the obvious choice of Kony Ealy, who has fluctuated between being a top 10 pick to being an early second rounder based on team needs, who do we feel are locks to be drafted and where?

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Mizzou Players in the 2014 NFL Draft

*Kony Ealy DE rJR Carolina Panthers
Pick #60 LINK 6-4 273
E. J. Gaines CB SR St. Louis Rams Pick #188 LINK 5-10 190
Justin Britt LT rSR Seattle Seahawks Pick #64 LINK 6-6 325
Michael Sam DE rSR 6-2 261
L'Damian Washington WR rSR 6-4 195
Marcus Lucas WR SR 6-4 218
James Franklin QB SR 6-2 230
*Henry Josey RB rJR 5-8 194
Eric Waters TE SR 6-3 244
Andrew Wilson ILB rSR 6-3 239
Matt White FS rSR 5-11 195
Jaleel Clark WR rSR 6-3 218

I'll update each player as they are selected.