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1. Kansas City Chiefs- QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
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1. Kansas City Chiefs- QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
1. Luke Joeckel- Brandon Albert is decent, often hurt, and expensive. If the Chiefs can find another QB they can take a LT starter from day 1.
2. Star Lotulelei- The Chiefs defensive line is terrible, if they can find a LT and QB elsewhere, Star makes sense.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St.
1. Star Lotulelei- The Jags may want to increase the productivity inside instead of outside, especially with Terrance Knighton being a FA.
2. Damontre Moore- Just another pass rushing option for the Jags if they grade him out higher.
3. Oakland Raiders- DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
1. Bjoern Werner- The Raiders really need D-line help, and if Lotulelei goes first they should jump on Werner
2. Geno Smith- The Raiders are reportedly high on Smith, and it would give them a chance to try a dual threat QB and cut Carson Palmer and that ridiculous contract.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
1. Staar Lotulelei- If he makes it this far, the Eagles should take a serious look at finally getting stronger along their D-line
2. Eric Fisher- If Joeckel is gone and they really want a LT, Fisher may just be worth pick number four.
5. Detroit Lions- DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
1. Bjoern Werner- While i'm skeptical that he would actually make it this far, there is no way the Lions could pass him up.
2. Dee Milliner- The Lions are in serious need of CB help and Milliner is the best available.
6. Cleveland Browns- OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
1. Barkevious Mingo- Another option to fill the hole at OLB
2. Dee Milliner- Would look mighty good in a Browns uniform across from Joe Haden.
7. Arizona Cardinals- OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
1. Tyler Wilson- The Cardinals may decide that they are in need of a QB and will take one at this pick despite the value.
2. Mike Glennon- Seriously, if the Cardinals don't get a LT it's going to be a QB
8. Buffalo Bills- QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
1. Mike Glennon- If the Bills don't like Wilson they can take their QB in Glennon
2. Cordarrelle Patterson- The Bills could use a game breaker across from Stevie Johnson and Patterson would fill that need.
9. New York Jets- DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
If they Jets want to return to the playoffs they'll need a defense that can carry Mark Sanchez. That's how they used to do it, and they need to go back to that. Mingo is an uber athletic pass rusher who can play all over the defense. Rex Ryan will love the opportunity to line him up all over the field and let him pin his ears back.
1. Dion Jordan- Another versatile pass rusher if Mingo goes in Jordan's spot earlier.
2. Dee Milliner- If Revis and/or Cromartie leave the team they could look for Milliner to step in and start right away.
10. Tennessee Titans- CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
The Titans have a couple of starting CB's in place but one of them, Alterraun Verner is entering his contract year. Milliner is number six on my big board and the Titans will see that they need more corners and Milliner can challenge to be a starter for day one. The Titans were ranked 24th in passing defense so they do need help.
1. Kenny Vaccaro- They could use the help at safety and Kenny is the best one in the draft.
2. Chance Warmack- Help CJ2k out by giving him the best player in the draft to block for him.
11. San Diego Chargers- OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
I do think this is a reach, but I don't know that the Chargers can do anything else. The Chargers O-line is horrendous. Philip Rivers may not be very good anymore, but we'll never know behind that line. There are better guards available, but I think the Chargers should swing for the fences. Johnson is incredibly athletic for a LT and the Chargers have to hope he pans out.
1. Jarvis Jones- Could replace Shaun Phillips at OLB
2. Johnathan Hankins- A new NT wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for the Chargers.
12. Miami Dolphins- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
The Dolphins need some help in their defensive backfield but they need even more help with their wide outs. Patterson is the best WR in this class. He has great size, good speed, and exceptional hands. HC Joe Philbin is an offensive guy and he likes what he has in Tannehill. Having no receivers will stunt his growth, so help the kid out.
1. Kenny Vaccaro- The Dolphins need a safety and Vaccaro would start from day one.
2. Sharrif Floyd- WIth Starks a free agent and Odrick out of favor, a dynamic DT could be on the menu for Miami
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.
Bucs HC Greg Schiano loves physicality and toughness. The Bucs also desperately need a CB. They score both here with Xavier rhodes who is a big physical cover corner that likes to press at the line of scrimmage and body up on receivers.
1. Johnathan Banks- I really think the Bucs should take a CB and Banks is just another option.
2. Chance Warmack- The Bucs are becoming an excellent running team and Warmack would help take them to the next level.
14. Carolina Panthers- DT Sharriff Floyd, Florida
Year in and year out it seems like the Panthers need a DT. Well, this is the draft to finally get one. Floyd has a great chance of shooting up boards after the combine. He is a DT that can get penetration at the point of attack and should instantly shore up the middle of the Panthers D-line.
1. Sheldon Richardson- They need a DT and have multiple options here
2. Cordarrelle Patterson- If he's still here they should take a good look. He could be the number two they need and he could be the number one when Steve Smith leaves.
15. New Orleans Saints- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
The Saints are switching to a 3-4 defense and are lacking two spots for it. One is nose tackle but it may be too soon to take one. The other is a rush line backer. Jarvis Jones has the talent of a top five pick, but he also has spinal stenosis. He was at USC before the doctors there advised him to give up football because of his condition. He transferred to Georgia and was a beast there, but did he chew up two years of health he can't get back? The Saints have to take that chance and swing for the fences.
1. Ezekiel Ansah- Another pass rushing option on the outside for the Saints
2. Johnathan Hankins- Brodrick Bunkley may not be a NT so they could look for a replacement.
16. St. Louis Rams- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
The Rams have already stated that they want to upgrade the safety position. They will certainly be thrilled to see Kenny Vaccaro available with their first, first round pick. This is a deep and talented draft for safeties, and Vaccaro is head and shoulders above all the rest. He is a sure tackler and a great cover safety. If the Rams want to improve the safety position, here is a starter from day one.
1. Chance Warmack- Jeff Fisher traditionally doesn't take O-linemen in the first round, but Warmack could be an exception to the rule.
2. Cordarrelle Patterson- If he some how makes it this far I think they should capitalize.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- DE/OLB Ezekiel Ansah, BYU
This pick is really up in the air. If Casey Hampton is gone then they need a NT and there are a few available. They may fall in love with a corner like Johnathan Banks and upgrade that position. They are also losing James Harrison and I think the strength of the team is their front seven so that's what they have to focus on. Ansah is a huge physical Pass rusher who is athletic enough to stand up as a OLB and I think Pittsburgh will like him a lot.
1. Kenny Vaccaro- Clark and Polamalu are getting older and are always hurt, drafting Vaccaro is great value and adressing a need before it officially becomes one.
2. Jarvis Jones- If he falls this far because of the spinal stenosis the Steelers could draft James Harrison's successor.
18. Dallas Cowboys- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
The Cowboys are transitioning to a 4-3 defense and need a lot of help on the defensive line. Anthony Spencer is a free agent and going to be expensive, while Jay Ratliff has now coupled his poor play since his huge contract extension with a DUI. The Cowboys can take the best D-linemen available and start him on day one.
1. Johnathan Hankins- They may grade Hankins out higher which would make him the pick here.
2. Alec Ogletree- One of the few prospects that has the physicality and speed to be an OLB in the 4-3.
19. New York Giants- LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
The Giants have made it very clear that they want better play out of their linebackers next year, and I think it has to start in the middle. Chase Blackburn just isn't going to cut it. Ogletree has the speed and strength to be a do it all MLB that will start from day one.
1. Johnathan Hankins- Maybe they want to fix the interior line.
2. Eddie Lacey- One of the few chances a RB goes in the first round. Lacey and Wilson could be a nice one-two punch.
20. Chicago Bears- OT DJ Fluker, Alabama
If the Bears want to get any better anytime soon they need to keep Jay Cutler clean. They need help all along the offensive line and while there is a better guard available, Fluker makes sense. He can start at RT day one, and if he progresses he can be the cornerstone LT. But even if he doesn't, they have a long time starting RT.
1. Chance Warmack- He plays inside but would still address the need along the O-line
2. Tyler Eifert- He can help in the blocking game with his huge size and Cutler could use a steady TE.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- S Eric Reid, LSU
The Bengals are a good team with few glaring holes. One of those holes is at middle linebacker, however with Ogletree gone they should address their serious need at safety. Reid is a large, athletic safety who can hit just as well as he can cover. The fact that he could succeed in the SEC just bolsters his resume that much more.
1. Manti Te'o- If Ogletree is gone and they want a MLB, Te'o may be the guy.
2. John Cyprien- Safety should seriously be in play here and Cyprien is one of those players shooting up draft boards.
22. St. Louis Rams- WR Keenan Allen, Cal
Brandon Gibson and Danny Amendola are free agents. Even if they lose both of them, their young nucleus of Chris Givens, Brian Quick, and Austin Pettis. Keenan Allen is one of my favorite wide outs in the draft. He is a day one starter and a possession receiver, which is what that receiving core needs. Sam Bradford will love having him.
1. Chance Warmack- He's still here if Fisher will go O-line
2. Arthur Brown- If through the combine the Rams can decide he can play OLB he's the guy here.
23. Minnesota Vikings- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
The Vikings may be losing Percy Harvin, they may not be. Either way they still need more dynamic wide outs. They need to take pressure off of Adrian Peterson as much as they need to help Christian Ponder as much as possible. Hopkins a steady receiver. No peaks and valleys, just a solid number two.
1. Johnathan Hankins- The Vikings could use some new D-linemen and Hankins fits the bill.
2. Terrance Williams- Another option for them at WR if they like him more than Hopkins.
24. Indianapolis Colts- OG Chance Warmack
1. Jonathan Banks- They could use just about anything on defense and Banks can start for them at corner from day one.
2. John Jenkins- He has the potential to be a top flight NT and could help them stuff the run.
25. Seattle Seahawks- DL Jesse Williams, Alabama
This is a gut feeling pick for me. The Seahawks always go against the grain. They like physical, nasty, tough, kind of wacky guys, and that's what they get. They also like every one of their players to either be ridiculously fast, or incredibly strong. Williams is very, very strong and even fills a need on the interior D-line.
1. Terrance Williams- They could use some receivers for Russell Wilson to play with and Terrance Williams could blossom in to a star.
2. Johnathan Hankins- D-line is a strong probability for them, and if they like Hankins over Williams, they could take him.
26. Green Bay Packers- CB Jonathan Banks, Mississippi St.
This is a pure value pick here for the Packers, not to mention it helps their weaker side of the ball. They need a lot of work on defense but banks should be able to challenge to be a starter right away and would be a great tandem partner with Tramon Williams.
1. Desmond Trufant- Another CB option if that's the way they want to go.
2. John Cyprien- They could really use a safety and he is a good one.
27. Houston Texans- LB Arthur Brown, Kansas St.
1. Tavon Austin- If they like what the smaller playmaker can bring to the table, they can grab him.
2. Terrance Williams- A large WR prospect who they could put across from Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Champ Bailey looks like his time has finally come to a close. Tony Carter is a free agent and his future is up in the air. The defensive line needs to get stronger but not as badly as they need a CB. A great Senior Bowl shot Trufant all the way up to being a first round pick.
1. Blidi Wreh-Wilson- They could really use a CB and he's another option.
2. Johnathan Hankins-They've needed help on the interior for a while and he could be the answer.
29. New England Patriots- DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.
The New England Patriots will take a long look at WR Tavon Austin here but decide they need a more physical WR and there isn't a good choice. They will then look at being better in the middle of their defensive line. Hankins represents versatility which is what New England loves in their defensive players. Hankins can play DT in the 4-3 and DE in the 3-4. If something were to happen to Wilfork, Hankins could even play NT.
1. Tavon Austin- He could be electric in the fast paced Patriots offense as both a RB and a WR.
2. Matt Elam- The Patriots could really use an enforcer in their secondary.
30. Atlanta Falcons- TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
Atlanta has very few holes. They would like to strengthen the defensive line, but now that Tony Gonzalez is gone, they have a hole they need to fill at TE first. Ertz is more of a pass catcher than a blocker, but he is a serious threat. He stretches the field and he has excellent hands. He's no Tony Gonzalez, but he can play.
1. Tyler Eifert- He is another option at TE to fill the hole left by Gonzalez.
2. Sam Montgomery- He can play the DE in their 4-3 which is where they need depth.
31. San Francisco 49ers- S John Cyprien, Florida International
The 49ers are as solid a team as there is. With Kaepernick leading this team, the offense can be dynamic. It's still tough to run on the 49ers but it is getting easier and easier to throw on them. The way this draft has fallen, there just isn't a good CB option here. They also need safety help, it's just hard to tell which safety spot they need. Donte Whitner is becoming a liablity at the strong safety, but he is under contract. FS Dashon Goldson is a free agent and will demand a huge contract, and the 49ers are determined to keep him. If they can keep Goldson, then they should draft John Cyprien out of Florida International to replace Whitner at SS. Cyprien hits hard and is very fluid and fast with the ability to cover. He will be a major upgrade at the safety position. There will be OLB prospects later in the draft, as well as good prospects at WR, DL, and CB, but I do think to cupboard will be bare at safety by the 49ers second round pick.
1. John Jenkins- NT Isaac Sopoaga is a free agent and wasn't getting that much push at the end of the season.
2. Tavon Austin- Once again the 49ers are weak at WR. They will have to pat Crabtree soon so they can't spend big on more wide outs. Austin is unbelievably quick and could take over punt and kick return duties with Ted Ginn Jr. gone. A.J. Jenkins is still developing so the 49ers need a right now WR prospect.
32. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Te'o just sneaks in to the first round as the Raven replacement for Ray Lewis. This is a massive drop off, but it's about their only choice. They are going to have to shell out the dough just to keep Flacco and Boldin which means they will have to replace Lewis through the draft. I think Te'o has tackling issues as well as a lack of speed which drop him to the bottom of the first. However, since the Ravens play a 3-4 defense, Te'o will have help manning the middle, so he won't be exposed as badly as he was in the National Championship game.
1. Matt Elam- He is one of the very good safeties in the draft and could help replace Ed Reed if he leaves.
2. John Jenkins- It's been three years and Terrance Cody is still not producing. It may be time for a new NT.
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