1. Houston Texans-Jadeveon Clowney DE: A lot of talk recently has the Texans either taking a defensive player or trading down in the draft and stacking picks. I think they will take arguably the best player in this year’s draft and help to solidify their defensive line.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)- Greg Robinson OT: The Rams could go in multiple directions here. But if they aren’t going to trade away their pick, I think taking Robinson would be their best bet. With Bradford coming off an injury and playing in the best division in football, with some of the best pass rushing teams in football. They are going to need to add some depth to their offensive line.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars- Khalil Mack OLB: What can we say about the Jaguars? Well, they need help in quite a few places. Mack would help fill at least one void. And while they do need a QB, I see them taking one with their first pick in the second round, Garoppolo or Tom Savage being a good option.
4. Cleveland Browns- Blake Bortles QB: The Browns have struggled at the quarter back position for years. And Bortles could be the guy that they’ve been looking for, having failed recently, drafting Brandon Weeden in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. Look for Bortles to redeem them.
5. Oakland Raiders- Sammy Watkins WR: The Raiders have made some decent moves this offseason, most notably trading for QB Matt Schaub. While the Raiders have some decent receivers, they do not have a clear number one guy. Watkins will be that number one target for Schaub.
6. Atlanta Falcons- Jake Matthews OT: The Falcons offensive line struggled last year to protect Matt Ryan. With Clowney, Robinson and Mack gone, Matthews makes sense for them at six. He’s a versatile line man, who can pass and run block very well. Matt Ryan should be happy with this pick.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mike Evans WR: While the Bucs could be tempted to maybe trade down, or go in a different direction here, maybe even selecting a CB or TE, Evans will fit right in, especially after they traded away a similar wide receiver in Mike Williams.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Johnny Manziel QB: The Vikings had three quarterbacks taking snaps from the center last year, so it only makes sense that they would be looking for some stability at that position and Manziel has impressed quite a few teams and scouts as of late. Even though he decided not to throw at the combine, he more than made up for it, with his showing at the Texas A&M pro day.
9. Buffalo Bills- Taylor Lewan OT: E.J. Manuel performed better than most expected last year, but missed a few games due to injury. Drafting Lewan will help keep Manuel in the pocket and well, protected.
10. Detroit Lions- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S: The Lions struggled in the secondary last year, giving up a lot of deep balls and Clinton-Dix is an instant upgrade and gives them the ball hawk that they badly need.
11. Tennessee Titans- Justin Gilbert CB: In my opinion Gilbert is best cornerback in this year’s draft and after losing Alterruan Verner to the Buccaneers, the Titans wisely fill that need with their first pick.
12. New York Giants- Eric Ebron TE: The Giants have had a few tight ends over the past three years, but none have worked out like they had hoped. Ebron is a special talent though, who can create match-up problems with his size and agility. He will be a nice addition to the weapons they already have.
13. St. Louis Rams- C.J. Mosely ILB: With this year’s receiving draft class so deep and not a lot of great value left at this point, the Rams should fill another need with Mosely. His only real blow against him are his health concerns, having been hurt a few times during his career at Alabama.
14. Chicago Bears- Aaron Donald DT: Having lost their longtime franchise player Henry Melton to the Cowboys and having been riddled with injuries last year, Donald will fit in perfectly. As he is your classic 3-technique defensive tackle.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers- Darqueze Dennard CB: Dennard is arguably the purest man-to-man cornerback coming out this year and the Steelers number one need is just that, cornerback. Dennard will be a nice addition to their once feared secondary.
16. Dallas Cowboys- Timmy Jeringan DT: The Cowboys added Henry Melton, but he’s up there and in age and only has a couple good years left in him. Jernigan instantly improves their defensive line and gives them a guy up the middle for years to come.
17. Baltimore Ravens- Morgan Moses OT: After losing Michael Oher, Moses will be welcomed with open arms by Joe Flacco. And Although Moses played a lot at left tackle in his college career, he’s versatile enough to switch if asked.
18. New York Jets- Brandin Cooks WR: The Jets struggled last year on the offensive side of the ball, in part because of their rookie QB Geno Smith, but it was also due to the fact that they had receivers that would be number two and three guys on most teams. Cooks, while he’s not your tallest receiver, he has sure hands and the ability to stretch the field with his speed.
19. Miami Dolphins- Zack Martin OT: The Dolphins had a few issues with their offensive lineman last year, on and off the field. Tannehill was the most sacked QB last year and Martin is the best available OT left. He’ll help to shore up the Dolphins right tackle spot for the foreseeable future and just maybe keep Tannehill on his feet.
20. Arizona Cardinals- Calvin Pryor S: While there are rumors that the Cardinals could take a QB here, with Pryor still on the board. I think they jump at the opportunity to take the best player available and wait till the second round to take a quarterback.
21. Green Bay Packers- Anthony Barr OLB: The Packers need help at TE and Safety, but with no real value at either of those positions here, I see them filling that weakness and adding another solid pass rusher to play alongside Clay Matthews.
22. Philadelphia Eagles- Odell Beckham Jr WR: For whatever reason the Eagles decided to let go of DeSean Jackson after having his best year and needless to say they now have a hole that they need to fill. Drafting Beckham gives Foles another weapon and is the best WR left at this point.
23. Kansas City Chiefs- Marquise Lee WR: Lee gives Alex Smith another solid route running wide out to throw to and after losing Dexter McCluster to the Titans via free agency, look for the Chiefs to fill that void here.
24. Cincinnati Bengals- Bradley Roby CB: Roby’s draft stock has recently gone up and the Bengals desperately need help in the secondary. Roby isn’t the tallest, but he does have one of the highest ceilings of the cornerbacks left.
25. San Diego Chargers- Jason Verrett CB: This one is almost a no brainer, the Chargers need some depth at corner back and they have supposedly had contact with Verrett and his agent. Verrert finds a new home in sunny San Diego.
26. Cleveland Browns (from INDY) - Kelvin Benjamin WR: Even though the Browns need a running back, I don’t see any RB going in the first round. And Benjamin will be a nice addition, playing alongside Josh Gordon, who led the league in receiving yards last year. While Benjamin is a very raw talent and still has some developing to do, he will be a great red zone target for the newly drafted Blake Bortles.
27. New Orleans Saints-Kyle Fuller CB: The Saints were statistically one of the worst defenses last year, while they did add Jairus Byrd and the already have Kenny Vaccaro. The Saints still need some depth in the secondary and specifically at the cornerback spot. Fuller has the size and speed to come in and make a difference right away.
28. Carolina Panthers- Allen Robinson WR: The Panthers need a receiver bad, even after adding Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery. Robinson has the height to be the red zone threat Cam Newton needs.
29. New England Patriots- Jace Amaro TE: Brady loves him some tight ends, but unfortunately for the Patriots, their number one tight end and target for that matter, Gronkowski, has not been able to stay Healthy. And Amaro gives Belichick the versatility he likes with players, being able to lineup at wide out and in the slot, he will fit right in.
30. San Francisco 49ers- Jordan Matthews WR: Matthews already has a connection with San Francisco, being that he is the cousin of the greatest receiver ever, Jerry Rice. With Crabtree’s contract coming to an end in 2014, the Niners take Matthews as a very solid insurance policy in case the Niners and Crabtree are unable to reach an agreement in the future.
31. Denver Broncos- Kony Ealy DE: The Broncos added DeMarcus Ware early on in free agency, adding the depth that they gravely needed to their less than stellar defensive line. Ealy will profit from playing alongside Ware, the longtime DE standout.
32. Seattle Seahawks- Rasheed Hageman DT: The Seahawks don’t need much help and having recently resigned Sydney Rice, I think they wait to take a receiver. Drafting the best DT left at this point, Hageman is a big guy and has a surprising quick first step. Hageman should be a staple in the middle of that defense for years to come.
The 2014 NFL draft airs May 8th and goes through May 10th. Stay tuned for more draft coverage and let us know what you think.
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