1. HOUSTON TEXANS (2-14) Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Texans may want to trade out of this spot but having the number one overall pick could not hurt you, the team basically has three choices, trade the pick that begins the domino effect of many trades to come, pick the top pick of this year’s draft or just fill in the need that will impact the team not only now but in the future. Bortles fits the need immediately he may not be the best pick in the draft but the Texans may regret not taking him.
2. ST. LOUIS RAMS (FROM WASHINGTON) (7-9) Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Rams can also go a few ways and may also move to trade out of this pick but if they pick the best choice would be to provide their quarterback Sam Bradford another solid target and the top in this class. Watkins is strong receiver that can become the favorite overtime for Bradford. But before addressing that need, they understand they need to give Bradford protection and Robinson is the top lineman in the class.
3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (4-12) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Jaguars desperately need a quarterback but looks like that they have not fell in love with anyone as of yet to be worthy of their first selection of the draft and they need help all around. They look at the best player available and go with Clowney.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-12) Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Browns are another team that may be looking at a quarterback but they figure they have two picks in the first round and decide to select their future signal caller later in the round. Whoever, is behind center next season providing him a much needed target on the opposite side of Josh Gordon will make the quarterback succeed in the NFL better.
5. OAKLAND RAIDERS (4-12) Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Raiders got their quarterback in free agency so they now can focus on that in a later round. Now it’s time to focus on future components of placing all the pieces together for the future. With the top wide out gone they decide to grab the best player on the board Kahil Mack that will fit right in with veterans Lamarr Woodley and Nick Roach in their linebacker core. The Raiders are another team that might trade down since they only have four picks in the first 6- rounds.
6. ATLANTA FALCONS (4-12) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matt Ryan did not have the best year last season and it was great deal to the lack of protection. The Falcons must address that need. With selecting Matthews that fill in the gap on the blind side and provide Ryan the much needed security. Matthews is a solid lineman who will be on their line for a good 10 years.
7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-12) Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bucs needs to have decent receivers but no true number one target for Mike Glennon to throw the ball to. Mike Evans is a solid big talented receiver that may become one the top NFL receivers in the league in time.
8.MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-10-1) Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Christian Ponder days are numbered and Matt Cassel is a safety button they need a quarterback of the future. Despite Manziel’s size he is the top quarterback in this year’s draft and has the ability to find a way to win and only wants to improve.
9. BUFFALO BILLS (6-10) Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Bills just gave up a draft pick for a receiver now they can focus more on defense in the first round leaving no room to make a mistake in his first overall selection on his new team. The Bills need a pass rusher that can come off the edge and get to the quarterback. Barr has an ideal athletic body and is a beast on defense and has a special way of getting to the ball carrier.
10. DETROIT LIONS (7-9) Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
The Lions need to add more youth to their defensive back field. The secondary last season was horrendous and aging. The team did sign James Ihedigbo at the safety position but it’s time to place some strength and speed at the corners so the Lions focus on this in the draft by adding Gilbert. In adding the youth to the mix Gilbert is at top of his class at his position. He has outstanding size-speed ratio and athletic ability that will fit well against the top receivers in the NFL.
11. TENNESSEE TITANS (7-9) C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The team is moving to a 3-4 defense and they need a pass rusher who can start right away and get to the quarterback. Last season they wer one of the teams with the fewest sacks in the NFL. Mosley played on top caliber team in SEC and will come into the NFL with a especially high football IQ. He is very explosive and plays with an excellent knee bend, balance and base.
12. NY GIANTS (7-9) Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Last season for the Giants offensive line it was the season of struggles. From injuries to both offensive tackles to simple inconsistency it was just a mess and Eli Manning struggled from the lack of protection. Lewan may be the most athletic offensive lineman in this year’s draft and one of the smartest picks of the draft for any team especially the Giants in this spot.
13. ST. LOUIS RAMS (7-9) Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
St. Louis needs an upgrade at the safety position; Rodney McLeod was one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL this past season. T.J. McDonald wasn't the greatest either, but has some potential being that last season was his rookie year. Clinton-Dix has great speed and flexibility to match up with wide-receivers and tight-ends in the NFL well.
14. CHICAGO BEARS (8-8) Darquize Dennard, CB, Michigan State
During free agency the Bears manage to lose their defensive tackle Henry Melton to the Cowboys but happen to pick up former Oakland defensive tackle LaMarr Houston also they signed Jared Allen to contain the defense end spot. The defense still has another major hole to repair and that’s in its secondary. Dennard is a solid upgrade and places some youth in the aging Chicago secondary.
15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (8-8) Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Steelers had major issues in stopping the run all season last year, they didn’t seem like the Steelers of old. In the defense is aging upfront it’s time for some new blood on LeBeau’s defense. Donald is the top defensive tackle in this year’s draft and will learn from some of the greats around him to become even better.
16. DALLAS COWBOYS (8-8) Kony Ealy DE, Missouri
The loss to long time player defensive-end DeMarcus Ware in free agency the Cowboys need to fill in the missing gap off the edge of the their defense with Monte Kiffin at the helm. Ealy is an explosive play-maker who has a good combination of pass rush and run stop abilities and will replace Ware right where he left off.
17. BALTIMORE RAVENS (8-8) Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens offensive line fell in the sea last season. Losing promising guard Kelechi Osemele to a year-ending back injury was not only unexpected but costly The is progressively working this offseason in developing their holes on the line as they re-signed Eugene Monroe but lost Michael Oher to the Titans. Martin will fit right in where Oher left and off he is flexible of his feet and with great blocking skills to seal running lanes.
18. NY JETS (8-8) Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
Jets need another solid target for Geno Smith. Lee will help plug that hole and provide quarterback Smith with a solid ball handler, something that was missing from the offensive weapons last season. Lee is an explosive receiver with excellent vision and great fluidity to elude corners.
19. MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-8) Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Miami suffered last season with all the craziness surrounding their offensive line off the field. Now most of the trouble makers are gone. Now it’s time for the Dolphins to shore up the offensive line and start fresh and by selecting the best offensive lineman available on the board.
20. ARIZONA CARDINALS (10-6) Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
The Cardinals still need a hard-hitting safety, Pryor will jump right in to the defense and boost their defensive backfield from the start. Pryor is a lights out hitter with incredible instincts and will excel well in the NFL.
21. GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-7-1) Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Packers can use a replacement for Jermichael Finley at the tight-end. Green Bay makes a quick decision to fill in the gap and provide quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a big target. Ebron is Agile and dangerous after the catch and creates quick cuts to make defenders miss. Ebron may need to develop his blocking skills at his position but he is the top tight-end in his class and he has the potential to have a great NFL career.
22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-6) Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Eagles need an additional wide receiver with the releasing of DeSean Jackson but with a deep class they can easily select a talent one in the future. The team also has another major weakness and that is in their linebacker core. Shazier gives them an outside linebacker with speed and good coverage skills. The Eagles' defense didn’t seem balanced at time last season, but will be much better in 2014.
23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (11-5) Odell Beckham Jr., WR LSU
In free agency the Chiefs still have not landed a top wide receiver and need one to play opposite of Bowe to provide Alex Smith with another target up field. Beckham Jr, has tremendous speed and good acceleration. In the NFL he will use his solid footwork, timing and depth in his routes to create separation and catch the ball between defenders.
24. CINCINNATI BENGALS (11-5) Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Bengals must replace Michael Johnson, at defensive-end the team selects the best player on the board at that position. Ford is edge rusher that coaches love to have and they can use in multiply ways to get to the ball carrier.
25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (9-7) Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Chargers need to improve in the cornerback position they had a few deficiencies in their secondary last season. Verrett is exactly what the Chargers need to strengthen their depleted secondary.
26. CLEVELAND BROWNS (FROM INDIANAPOLIS) (4-12) Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
With a new coaching staff in place they may decide to select Manziel earlier but he appears not to be their guy, Bridgewater fits with their personal more. With Josh Gordon and Sammy Watkins giving a new quarterback two outstanding young targets this will open the opportunity for Bridgewater to succeed in the NFL.
27. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (11-5) Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Cooks will provide another big target for Drew Brees, he is light on his feet with terrific balance. He sinks with his hips with ease and pops out of breaks to separate well from defenders. Cooks set single-season Pac-12 records with 1,730 receiving yards and 128 receptions.
28. CAROLINA PANTHERS (12-4) Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama
Jordan Gross has retired the Panthers cannot wait any longer they need to fill in the gap in the offensive line to protect Cam Newton. They get the best available OL the board though Su'a Filo is a Guard but he has the ability to shift to tackle if need be.
29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-4) RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
If the Patriots lacked something last season it was their pass rush defense. The Patriots 30th in run defense, the defensive tackle depth chart is plagued with question marks. With two aging veterans Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilford the Pats got pushed around up front for most of last year. Hageman is a big, athletic, fitness three-technique player, with intriguing dimensions and movement skills that will fit well in system like New England in the NFL
30. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (12-4) Kelvin Benjamin WR, FSU
With Manningham flocking to the Giants in free agency the need to add another receiver across from Michael Crabtree is the step in the right direction and re-signing Boldin fixing a small gap on the receiving core. Benjamin looks more like a tight-end than a wide receiver he has enormously large wingspan, giving him the catching radius that is probably on-par with anyone at the NFL.
31. DENVER BRONCOS (13-3) Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Broncos highlighted NFL Free Agency by selecting top solid veteran performers to help and fill in the noticeable holes on defense but they failed to respond to fixing adding more depth to the cornerback spot.
32. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (13-3) Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Super Bowl Champs, may have no desperate need or hole to fill and may try to trade this pick out of the first round with a team without a first round draft pick or team that wants to move up to draft quarterback David Carr. But if Seattle does decide to pick they look to provide Russell Wilson with a weapon that was opened with the loss to Ben Tate in free agency. But they decide to get a long term replacement for Red Bryant on the defensive line.
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