1-Houston Texans-Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Rumors have surfaced that Bill O’Brien prefers the style of QB Blake Bortles, but Bridgewater is the most NFL ready QB, and can succeed in any system. This will be an easy pick. As ridiculous as it sounds, I wouldn’t be surprised if Manziel is here when it’s all said and done.
2-St. Louis Rams-Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
I think based on last year, we can expect the Rams to make some moves here, but since there are no trades, and Chris Long would account for $17.7 million against the cap,
3-Jacksonville Jaguars-Jadeveon Clowney, DE, USCe
The Jags strike gold here. Clowney has been picked apart, but we’ll see how special of a player he is when he’s no longer being double & triple teamed every play. Gus Bradley is a defensive head coach and proved this year they can win in spite of the QB. I don’t think the Jags “reach” for a QB
4-Cleveland Browns-Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
This is probably where I’ll lose a lot of readers. But all signs point to Josh McDaniels as the head coach, and we know how he likes to take chances on QBs. There’s no question the Browns will need one, Hundley is a fantastic talent but needs some refining. McDaniels will craft his offense around him, and though it might start off rocky, Hundley & Gordon will be a great combo for years to come.
5-Oakland Raiders-Derek Carr-QB, Fresno State
The Raiders have holes all over the roster, but it starts with the QB. Carr screams Raiders. Big, strong armed QB that can make all the throws. Questions have surfaced about his pocket awareness and ability to handle the blitz, and though we could see a different staff in Oakland, I guarantee whatever scheme Carr is in next year in the NFL will be 20x better suited for him than his college offense.
6-Atlanta Falcons-Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
It seems popular to mock an OT here, but the Falcons just signed Sam Baker to a 6 year deal before the season. The Falcons pass rush was pathetic this year, and the Osi Umenyiora signing flopped. Barr gives them versatilty in that he can play the run and set the edge, as well as give them a much needed edge rusher on passing downs. Barr is a very good athlete that is developing into a great player.
7-Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
With Lovie Smith coming to town, I expect the Bucs to play much more of their Base Defense, so this means they’ll need to upgrade their SAM LB. Mack is a great fit here. He’s great when he’s coming forward. He’ll be a disruptive player and will be able to come off the edge on passing downs. An instant upgrade to a team that needs more help outside of Gerald Mccoy
8-Minnesota Vikings-Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The last time the Vikings “reached” for a QB, they failed. This time, there’s more pieces around to protect the QB, allowing him to succeed. Manziel has an incredible football IQ, and knows where to go with the football. He leaves the pocket too early at times, but I’m convinced we’ll see a complete 180 on the QB that we saw at A&M. He understands where to go with the ball and is the QB of the future for the Vikings.
9-Buffalo Bills-Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
The Bills defense has been very good this year, and Robert Woods looks like a competent starter. The Bills RT situation can be upgraded, and Ogbuehi would give them 2 great bookend tackles for years to come. Erik Pears had a down year, and is only under contract for another year. The run game took a step back with Joe D’Alessandris leaving, but Ogbuehi has long arms, good balance and is a superior athlete and will help immediately.
10-Detroit Lions-Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Lions benefit by the other teams grabbing a QB. Watkins falls in their laps and can you imagine an offense led by Ken Whisenhunt(potentially) where he calls plays with Watkins, Megatron, Stafford & Reggie Bush? Scary. But the Lions can’t afford to have Kris Durham playing 970 snaps again, so this is an easy decision, unless they address this via Free Agency.
11-Tennesee Titans-Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Since it was reported that the Titans RT won’t be back, and LT Roos is 32, Robinson is the easy choice here. We know the Titans want to pound the ball, and Robinson is one of the better run blockers in the country. They continue to solidify the OL with this pick.
12- New York Giants-C.J. Mosley, MLB, Alabama
LT Beatty just signed a new deal, & they just drafted Pugh at RT. Mosley can play Will in the Giants system, since they acquired Jon Beason. He is incredibly instinctive and his value in the passing game is second to none. Mosley is the best player on the board and an instant upgrade.
13-St. Louis Rams-Darqueze Dennard-CB, Michigan State
Courtland Finnegan signing was a bust. The Ram like physical corners who can play the run, look no further than Dennard. Dennard seems like a perfect scheme diverse CB the Rams need. This will allow ’12 3rd round pick T. Johnson to slide into the slot.
14-Chicago Bears-Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
The Bears might have the worst safety duo in the NFL, and individually the worst safety in the NFL. Clinton Dix is an instant upgrade, and much needed in a division that features some great pass catchers.
15-Pittsburgh Steelers-Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Ike Taylor had a rough year, is getting older, and has 1 year left on his contract. Verrett can come in and play the slot, and be very good at it. He has very good change of direction skills, and is a willing tackler. The Steelers are 29th in the NFL in DVOA against the other teams #1 WRs, a CB here makes sense.
16-Baltimore Ravens-Ju’Wuan James, OT, Tennesee
Ozzie Newsome drafted a WR in the 1st round in 2005, it didn’t work out, and he hasn’t made the same mistake again. Michael Oher is slated to be a FA, and hasn’t played well enough to resign. This is a surprise pick to some, with Lewan & Kouandjo on the board, but James is a safer pick and if he fixes his pad level, can be a special player.
17-Dallas Cowboys-Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
As well as Jason Hatcher has played, Nick Hayden has been equally as bad and that allowed teams to run all over the Cowboys. We don’t know what scheme Dallas will run next year, but we do know Hageman is scheme diverse, and is a very disruptive player. Hageman can line up all up and down the line, and is an explosive athlete. He’ll upgrade the Cowboys front instantly.
18-New York Jets-Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
There’s no polite way to put it, the Jets skill position players aren’t very good. Evans is very good on underneath routes, even though he’s not quick/sudden. He can also bail a QB out because he’s always open, even when he’s not. Evan is great at high pointing the ball and would be a good addition to the Jets offense.
19-Miami Dolphins-Cyrus Kouandjo, OT, Alabama
We saw the Kouandjo struggle in the bowl game with speed rushers. But the Dolphins need a LT and one that can run block. The team was terrible at run blocking this past year, and Cyrus would be an upgrade over Bryant “what’s effort” McKinnie.
20-Arizona Cardinals-Cameron Erving, OT, FSU
The Cardinals OL was tough to watch in 2013. By far the worst pass blocking OL, and in an offense where Bruce Arians loves to throw the ball(sometimes to a fault) they’ll need a lineman who can win 1-on-1. Erving is that guy. Erving is still developing as a player, but would be an easy upgrade. He’s a great athlete with long arms and would protect the blindside of Carson Palmer.
21-Green Bay Packers-Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
The Packers DL didn’t get the job done this year, they were 26th in adjusted line yards, and have a quite a few scheduled for Free Agency after next year. Nix helps solidify the middle of the Packers defense and should really help the run defense as a hole.
22-San Diego Chargers-Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
The Chargers signing of Derek Cox in the offseason was one of the bigger misses in free agency. The team has failed time after time against #1 WRs. They are 31st in DVOA vs. #1 WRs & 32 in DVOA vs. #2 WRs. Ekpre-Olomu is a fantastic talent, that will be the best CB on the team the moment he’s drafted. He’s a very smart player with great route recognition, as well as being active in the run game.
23-Kansas City Chiefs-Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
I’m sure receiver is sexy pick, but there is plenty depth at the position. The Chiefs have been great on defense all year, but they need a deep safety that fits their aggressive style defense. Pryor would be an instant upgrade of Kendrick Lewis and allow Bob Sutton to continue to be aggressive.
24-New Orleans Saints-Lamarcus Joyner, FSU, S/CB
Malcolm Jenkins is set to be a free agent and Joyner would give Rob Ryan 2 incredibly versatile safeties. Joyner, like Vaccaro, could come down and guard the slot, as well as blitz off the edge, and play the deep safety.
25-Philadelphia Eagles-Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Eagles are another team that has struggled in the secondary. I’d expect them to upgrade the position by getting more athletic, and better talent. Gilbert fits both of these needs and is a potential lock down cover corner at the next level. A very gifted athlete, with great ball skills & route recognition.
26-Cincinnati Bengals-Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Michael Johnson wasn’t extended, and I don’t see them giving him a big deal in the offseason. So they’ll need to replace him, and Ealy is the man for the job. Ealy is a better pass rusher than Johnson and is an incredible athlete that will fit perfect in Mike Zimmer’s defense.
27-Cleveland Browns-Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Browns need help beside Josh Gordon. Though I’m not as high on him as others, Lee is an incredibly explosive player and has tremendous YAC ability. Focus drops are a concern, but Lee would be a good security blanket on underneath routes for Carr.
28-San Francisco 49ers-Odell Beckham Jr, LSU, WR
Beckham is an incredible talent that probably should be higher. The 49ers are set to have Anquan Boldin become a free agent, this would allow Crabtree to return to working underneath, and Beckham stretching the field. Beckham is far from a just a vertical WR. He’s a very underrated route runner and makes spectacular catches.
29-Denver Broncos-Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
I don’t believe the Broncos will re-sign Eric Decker, making WR a need. Robinson is an incredible route runner that catches the ball well, works well in zone, and just fits what Denver likes to do on offense.
30-Carolina Panthers-Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The WR train continues. Steve Smith is getting up there, and Cam Newton needs help, so why not draft a clone of Smith? Cooks could be the steal of the draft. He’s explosive, plays like he’s 6’3 the way he high points the ball, and is an attacking route runner. Cooks can lineup anywhere and should make life easier on Newton.
31-New England Patriots-Dominque Easley, DT, Florida
Chris Jones has been a serious let down here. The Pats get a top 10 player in the draft that is a one of the more disruptive lineman in the past few years. Belichick loves versatile DL, and Easley can play all up and down the line. He’s most disruptive when he’s closer to the ball.
32-Seattle Seahawks-Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
If you watch the Seahawks, you realize that Russell Wilson is constantly running for his life. I just don’t see how you pass up Ebron at this point in the draft. Zach Miller is the 33rd best TE in DVOA, Ebron would add another dimension to this offense. He’s explosive and can turn 10 yard out routes to 70 yard TDs. The value of this pick is too good for Seattle to pass up.