1. Houston Texans- QB Blake Bortles: The Texans are in desperate need of a quarter back after trading away Matt Schaub to the Raiders for a sixth round draft pick. Bortles has only improved his draft stock since the combine and his pro day. I expect him to be the very first player off the board.
  2. Atlanta Falcons (Trade with the Rams)- OLB Khalil Mack: Mack jumped up on most everyone’s “big board” after his impressive showing at his pro day, and the Falcons could use all the help they could get at linebacker.
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Jadeveon Clowney: Even though the Jaguars need help at the quarterback position, Clowney is arguably the best players in this year’s draft. I don’t see them passing that up.
  4. Cleveland Browns- QB Johnny Manziel: The Browns have a large gap at the quarterback position, with only Bryan Hoyer remaining. They have the receiver in Josh Gordon and tight end in Jordan Cameron. They just need the quarterback. Manziel should fit right in.
  5. Oakland Raiders- Greg Robinson: Yes the Raiders have picked up four lineman already through free agency, but Robinson is potentially a game changer and you can never have too much depth on the offensive line.
  6. St. Louis Rams (Trade with the Falcons)- OT Jake Matthews: The Rams play in the best division in football and with Bradford coming off an injury, they’re going to need to keep him upright against the pass rush in the vaunted NFC West.
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- ILB C.J. Mosely: Lovie Smith loves him some stout inside linebackers, and at 6’2” 234 pounds, the playmaking Mosely, could be their future star in the middle of the field for the foreseeable future.
  8. Minnesota Vikings- QB Derek Carr: Carr impressed on his pro day, and the Vikings brought back Cassel for another two years. At eight the Vikings would want him to start, but if he did falter at all, Cassel wouldn’t be a bad fill in, at least temporarily.
  9. Buffalo Bills- WR Sammy Watkins: Stevie Johnson hasn’t been the healthiest reciever the past couple of years. EJ Manuel could use another target and Watkins is the best receiving prospect in a deep class.
  10. Detroit Lions- S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: The Lions got what they wanted in Golden Tate, someone to hopefully take some of the attention from Megatron on Sundays. While we could go back and forth about Tate’s ability’s, I don’t think anyone would say that the Lions don’t need a safety.
  11. Tennessee Titans- OT Taylor Lewan: The Titans offensive line has been a point of emphasis for what seems like a couple years now, and Lewan could have been the top rated tackle had he decided to enter the draft in 2013.
  12. New York Giants- LB Anthony Barr: The Giants have made some key additions through free agency thus far, but desperately need an upgrade at linebacker and Barr without a doubt accomplishes that.
  13. St. Louis Rams- CB Darqueze Dennard: The Rams really haven’t made any additions via free agency, and well they released Cortland Finnegan, look for them to fill that need with Dennard.
  14. Chicago Bears- DT Aaron Donald: The Bears lost defensive tackle Henry Melton to the Cowboys recently. Even though they have added Lamar Houston, they still need help in the trenches and Donald is the most explosive defensive lineman, only behind Clowney.
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers- WR Mike Evans: The Steelers receiving core took a hit when they lost Emmanuel Sanders, and while they did add Lance Moore, he is at best the number three option. The 6’4” Evans will be a great addition playing opposite Antonio Brown.
  16. Dallas Cowboys- DE Kony Ealy: Having lost their long time standout Demarcus Ware, due to cap issues. Look for the Cowboys to fill that need in the first round, with arguably the second best defensive end.
  17. Baltimore Ravens- OT Zack Martin: The Ravens were unable to bring back right tackle Michael Oher, and while Zack Martin lacks the ideal strength to play the “blind side”, he’ll more than be a viable replacement protecting Flaccos right side.
  18. 49ers (Trade with the Jets) - CB Justin Gilbert: The 49ers lost Tarell Brown to the team across the bay and released Carlos Rogers to save money. Needless to say they are lacking at CB. And Gilbert has the size, speed and covering ability to be a staple in their secondary for years to come.
  19. Miami Dolphins- OT Morgan Moses: Saying the Dolphins have had issues on the offensive line this past year, well, would be an understatement. Moses should comfortably fit in, hopefully anyways.
  20. Arizona Cardinals- S Calvin Pryor: The Cardinals addressed a major need through free agency, picking up left tackle Jared Veldheer. So they can take the best player available, and that is the run stopping Pryor. And with backs like Gore, Lynch and Stacy in their division, he should acquiesce well.
  21. Green Bay Packers- TE Eric Ebron: Not knowing whether or not Jermichael Finley is even going to play football again and having lost receiver James Jones to the Raiders, Aaron Rodgers could definitely use the 6’4”, 250 pound pass catching machine.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles- CB Jason Verret: The Eagles need help at safety and cornerback, but the top safeties have all been taken at this point and they could address that need in the second round with Jimmie Ward or Deone Bucannon.
  23. Kansas Chiefs- WR Marqise Lee: Alex Smith started to gel with Dwayne Bowe towards the end of last year, but could still use another sure handed wide out and Marqise Lee is just that.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals- CB Bradley Roby: The Bengals have been just a couple pieces away from really making a run in the playoffs the past couple of years, and cornerback is one of those. Roby isn’t the tallest, bust has one of the higher ceiling’s for cornerbacks coming out in this year’s draft.
  25. San Diego Chargers- CB Kyle Fuller: This one is a no brainer, the Chargers need a cornerback and Fuller is the best one left at this point.
  26. Cleveland Browns- WR Kelvin Benjamin: The Browns got Manziel early already and he played with another tall wide out in college, Mike Evans. Benjamin and Manziel should be a match made in heaven.
  27. New Orleans Saints- OLB Ryan Shazier: The Saints played worlds better last year on defense, only a year removed from being one of the worst in NFL history. While Shazier isn’t the biggest of the bunch, he plays sideline to sideline and can cover most running backs and tight ends.
  28. Carolina Panthers- WR Odell Beckham Jr: The Panthers receiving core was absolutely gutted. Beckham has good size, speed and has more potential than any receiver left on the free agent market at this point.
  29. New England Patriots- TE Jace Amarro: The Patriots used the two tight end set more than anyone in the NFL, just two years ago. But that was when they had some healthy/decent ones. While they still have Gronk, he hasn’t been healthy as of late. Amarro will fit in well with Brady and the bunch.
  30. New York Jets (Trade) - WR Jordan Matthews: The Jets signed Eric Decker through free agency, and while that’s a good start to solving their need at wide out, it’s not the end all be all.  Matthews could be though, he is also the best receiver left and raised his draft stock at the combine running a 4.46 40 yard dash time, faster than everyone thought he would.  Not to mention he happens to be the cousin of the best receiver to ever play the game, Jerry Rice. And regardless of who’s throwing the ball to him, Smith or Vick, Matthews will be a playmaker.
  31. Denver Broncos- DE Dee Ford: I don’t remember the Broncos ever breathing on Russell Smith in the Super Bowl, it was kind of a sad thing to watch. While they did add Demarcus Ware, a nice addition to their pass rush, he is not the long term answer by any means. Ford could be that, and will benefit from playing alongside the veteran.
  32. Seattle Seahawks- DT Rasheed Hageman: The Seahawks don’t really need help in a lot of places, they are the Super Bowl champions for a reason. They did bring in Henry Melton the defensive tackle however, and for whatever reason, were unable to sign the veteran. Hageman happens to be the best player left at this point and I would expect the Seahawks to draft him without a whole lot of hesitation.

 

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