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1 - HOU: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Expect the Texans to try and trade this pick as there is no clear #1 pick in this draft. Bill O'Brien has a veteran QB in Matt Schaub and a young prospect in Case Keenum. Both QBs are better fit to lead the resurgence of the Texans next season than any QB in the draft. Matthews can step in and start at any position on the O-line next season.
2 - STL: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Sam Bradford needs more weapons if he is going to have any type of success in the NFL. The Rams need to improve the offensive line but can find help later in the draft. Sammy Watkins would have an instant impact on the offense. Sammy Watkins is a future All-Pro WR.
3 - JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Jags will look to draft a QB. Bridgewater is a Florida native and has all the tools to be a starting NFL QB. The Jags should sign Tim Tebow, draft Jadeveon Clowney and see what can happen. Unfortunately for Bridgewater the end of his career and NFL dreams will start when he is drafted by the Jags.
4 - CLE: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Johnny Football has the potential to completely change the fortunes of the woeful Browns organization. He also has the potential to be a huge bust. As an organization the Browns are completely clueless and unless Johnny Football can perform miracles, expect the Browns to continue to be at the bottom of the NFL for the next decade.
5 - OAK: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
The Raiders could look to draft a QB. The Raiders have so many problems that will not be solved overnight with a new QB. They should draft Clowney and after next season part ways with Dennis Allen. Let the new coach draft the signal caller of the future. Clowney is just too good of a prospect to pass on. He would be an excellent piece to start with if they would like to eventually put a competitive team on the field.
7 - TB: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron might be seen as a bit of a reach with the #7 overall pick. He would be a great target for QB Mike Glennon as he continues to develop as the Bucs signal caller. Glennon played extremely well for a rookie last season. I expect the Bucs to make a quick turn around under Lovie Smith. Bucs could also look to draft OT Taylor Lewan who would be an upgrade over either of their current starting OTs.
8 - MIN: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
This is even more of a reach then when the Vikings selected Christian Ponder with the 12th pick in the 2011 draft. Bortles has potential but the Vikings would be better served to draft a pass rusher or offensive lineman. QBs with potential can be found in later rounds with David Carr, A.J McCarron or Tahj Boyd. Bortles will most likely lead to the Vikings using another high draft pick on a QB in 2016 or 2017. Adrian Peterson should request a trade and leave this dysfunctional franchise.
9 - BUF: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills need to protect QB E.J Manuel. Lewan needs to be coached and disciplined but has all the tools to be a starting LT immediately at the next level. He is a tough nasty competitor who can pass block and is a mauler in the run game.
10 - DET: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
Like the Texans, the Lions will be a better team just with a coaching change and Jim Caldwell was an excellent hire. The Lions do need to get better in pass coverage playing in a division with QBs Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler. Dennard is an all around player and possibly the best defender in the draft. Yes, better than Clowney. He is a leader and playmaker on the field and doesn't take plays or games off. Will start from day one in Detroit. The Lions will win the NFC North next season.
11 - TEN: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
OTs Michael Roos and David Stewart will both be 32 years old after next season. Although they have both declined over the last couple of years they can both still play and I would not expect Robinson to come in and take one of their jobs immediately. Robinson will have the opportunity to learn and improve his pass blocking skills. Auburn featured a smash mouth running game with Robinson paving the way. Robinson is an absolute beast in the run game.
12 - NYG: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
The Giants need help in many areas but Mack is such an intriguing prospect. He is a playmaker and game changer on the defensive side of the ball. Mack has a non-stop motor and is always in the mix of things. Excellent as a pass rusher and run stopper but needs to improve in coverage to be successful in the NFL.
13 - STL: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Sam Bradford needs to be better protected. I expect Jake Long to bounce back and have a better season next year. Kouandjio can play either tackle position but will begin his career on the right side. In the first round with Watkins and Kouandjio the Rams will improve the offense significantly. Unfortunately for the Rams they play in the NFC West, currently the best division in the NFL.
14 - CHI: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Chicago drafts the best player available. Even though the Bears never seem to be able to fix their offensive line and protection of Jay Cutler, there is not an OT left on the board worthy of the #14 overall pick. Barr is a ferocious pass rusher and can make an instant impact on the defensive side of the ball. Lance Briggs will be 34 years old after next season and Barr would be an excellent replacement.
15 - PIT: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Troy Polamalu will be 33 years old and Ryan Clark will be 35 years old at the end of next season. The Steelers need young talent across the board in the secondary, especially at CB. With no CB left available worth this high of a pick Clinton-Dix makes sense. The Steelers will have to look to improve the O-line via free agency or trades.
16 - BAL: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
Going into the college season Lee was a legitimate Heisman contender. Injuries, a QB carousel and eventual coaching change resulted in a drop in his production. He could possibly be the best WR in this class. Ozzie Newsome looks like a genius again by providing a much needed weapon for Joe Flacco.
17 - DAL: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
The Cowboys defense needs to get much better if they want to be able to stop anybody. Poor pass rush and poor coverage results in the worst defense in the NFL this year. In a weak CB draft the Cowboys will select the best available defensive player on the board. Ealy coming off one edge and DeMarcus Ware off the other will be a nightmare for opposing teams.
18 - NYJ: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Jets have the worst group of WRs in the NFL and pretty much no other offensive weapons to compliment. Mike Evans will need some work but is an excellent prospect. I don't believe Geno Smith is the answer at QB and expect both him and Rex Ryan to be looking for work elsewhere in the near future.
19 - MIA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Fins lost two starting lineman last season with the Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito situation. Zach Martin could be the best offensive lineman in the draft but projects as a guard, not a tackle in the NFL. A great lineman and would add character that seems to be lacking in the Fins locker room.
20 - ARI: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Carson Palmer is 34 years old and accounted for 28 turnovers last season and the Cards still finished 10-6. Carr has the talent and can be groomed for a year or two behind Palmer until he is ready to step in full time. The Cards could also look to draft an offensive lineman but Carr's potential will be hard to pass on. This would be an excellent pick for the Cards who need to find a young QB for the future.
21 - GB: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Nix is a true NT and a perfect fit for the packers 3-4 defense. He is a big body that clogs up holes and takes on blockers allowing for the linebackers to make plays. He was injured most of this season but was a key reason why the Irish defense was so good a year ago when they went 12-1.
22 - PHI: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Eagles will look to have a better record next year with Foles being the starter from day one. The offense was explosive and efficient. Chip Kelly turned out to be an excellent hire. Philadelphia doesn't have too many needs to address as another year in Kelly's program will show better results all around. It is still a tough competitive division and Jernigan would be great in rotation with the other defensive lineman already in place. Great combination of strength and speed.
23 - KC: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The Chiefs needs more weapons for Alex Smith. Matthews is a big reliable target and will step in immediately at the #2 wideout position. The Chiefs could also look to draft a TE but Travis Kelce was an excellent pick in the 3rd round last year but spent the entire season on the IR.
24 - CIN: Ryan Shazier, LB , Ohio State
The Bengals do not have any urgent needs on either side of the ball. The Bengals have done a great job in terms of personnel decisions in recent years. Shazier is a great prospect but needs to get stronger at the point of attack and work on his technique. He would not be forced into the starting line-up from day one and could be coached up to take a larger role next season.
25 - SD: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The Chargers are solid on both sides of the ball with the most apparent weakness being the offensive line. Richardson is a big mauling offensive lineman who would start from day one at OG. Lined up beside D.J Fluker on the right side and Ryan Matthews will be in the hunt for his first NFL rushing title in 2014.
26 - CLE: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Johnny Football is going to need weapons around him if he is going to succeed. Josh Gordon, Benjamin and Cameron Jordan would form an excellent trio of targets for Manziel. The Browns could also look for help on the offensive line, especially if Alvin Mack leaves via free agency.
27 - NO: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE , Washington
The Saints will most likely franchise tag TE Jimmy Graham instead of giving him the long term contract he has earned. Regardless, defenses would be hard pressed to stop a TE duo of Graham and Seferian-Jenkins. Brees could be looking to regain his passing yard title next year and a record 4 consecutive seasons with 5,000 passing yards. Another pass rusher is also an option with this pick.
28 - CAR: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
Steve Smith will be 35 years old heading into training camp. Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. are both complimentary weapons but neither the heir apparent for Steve Smith. Cooks is a playmaking WR that the Panthers need in order to take the focus off of Smith. Cam Newton does need better weapons and the Panthers never seem to address their issues at WR.
29 - SF: Allen Robinson, WR , Penn State
Boldin will leave via free agency, Mario Manningham is inconsistent, Jon Baldwin continues to disappoint and Richard Sherman was right to say that Crabtree was a mediocre receiver at best. The 49ers need to add talent to the WR position. Robinson can flat out ball. He is a consistent player, runs good routes and has great hands. Could come in day one and take the #1 WR job.
30 - NE: Jace Amaro, TE , Texas Tech
Tom Brady needs some offensive weapons. The Pats made it to the AFC Championship with Brady having WR Julius Edelman as the #1 option in the passing game. Danny Amendola did not play well last year and we all know about Gronk's inability to stay healthy. Amaro would be a great pick up for the Pats who will also look to free agency to surround Brady with a better supporting cast for next year.
31 - DEN: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
The Broncos need to get better on the defensive side of the ball. Teams have figured out that the key to beating them is to run the ball, control the clock and keep the ball out of Peyton's hands. It is the only strategy that actually has proven effective. The Broncos need to fix this problem before it comes back to bite them. Donald is an all around playmaker on the defensive line. He might need to add some weight for the NFL.
32 - SEA: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
Adding depth to the best defense in the NFL. The Seahawks need to address problems on the offensive line but can look to later picks or free agency.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:39 PM
Below Average -- Way too high for Ebron. If TB is targeting him they could trade down a few spots and still get him.

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