1: Houston Texans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Not the pick I would make, but all reports seem to suggest that teams are warming to Bortles as the number one quarterback prospect available. He has the prototypical size and arm strength that you would want in an NFL quarterback. He can make all the throws and is mobile enough to escape pressure. Not the finished product, but arguably has the highest ceiling of all QB prospects.
2: St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Rodger Saffold is a free agent this offseason, who knows whether he'll be brought back, and Jake Long tore his ACL & MCL late in the year. The Rams need to address their offensive line as a whole, and it begins with the drafting of Robinson. The Auburn product has the potential to be one of the more dominant tackles in the league, but is still a little raw technique wise.
3: Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Jags are almost certainly going to take the top quarterback available come May. They showed spirit down the stretch finishing 4-4 after an 0-8 start, and just need competent quarterback play to start their ascent back to relevancy. Bridgewater is the most 'pro-ready' of the quarterback prospects, and questions over his size and build are overblown.
4: Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The consensus top offensive prospect in the draft, Watkins is a born playmaker and would be a welcome addition to the Browns offense opposite Josh Gordon. The Browns have some faith in ex-Cardinal Brian Hoyer under center, but do need to select a young passer to develop somewhere along the way, but they can't pass on Watkins here.
5: Oakland Raiders: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Much like Cleveland, the Raiders need to get a young quarterback in the draft at some point, but passing on a truly elite talent in Clowney would be foolish. Clowney is a beast of a man, with terrific explosion off the edge and will always be a problem for linemen. Oakland would look to someone like Jimmy Garoppolo or Zach Mettenberger on Day 2 to solve their QB problems.
6: Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
The Falcons' need at offensive tackle is real, but Mack fills an equally big need in the pass rush area. Mack had a terrific combine and heavily impressed NFL scouts, and NFL Network's own Mike Mayock claims he would 'take Mack number one overall'. That's some high praise. Mack is naturally gifted at both rushing the passer and dropping back into coverage and would be a great fit in almost any scheme.
7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Mike Glennon did enough this past season to earn the starter's job for the 2014 season, but he needs better protections up front. Donald Penn's future in Tampa is not assured, and he could be cut altogether. Due to earn over $6 million both of the next two seasons, cutting him would save $7.4 million against the cap this year, replacing him with Matthews would be a cheaper option.
8: Minnesota Vikings: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Matt Cassel opted out of his contract to leave Minnesota, paving the way for them to address the position in the draft. With it being no secret the Vikes want to bring in a young quarterback this offseason, Johnny Football is a playmaker outside of the pocket, but he needs to learn to trust his reads and work through his progressions better at the next level.
9: Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The number one objective should be building the offense around E.J Manuel to give him the best chance to succeed in year two. Ebron is the top tight end available and would be an immediate upgrade over Scott Chandler and be a safety blanket for Manuel over the middle where they lack a real presence.
10: Detroit Lions: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
They have holes across the secondary, but finding a partner for Megatron is a must for Detroit. Evans is a big-bodied receiver who snags the ball from the air at it's highest point, and impressed scouts with his deceptive speed in the 40. He has drawn comparisons to Vincent Jackson, and rightfully so. Good luck defending these two monster receivers.
11: Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Barr hasn't got as refined a game as Khalil Mack does, but if coached well, Barr could become the superior player at the next level, and there isn't a better coach to help with that than ex-Cardinal DC Ray Horton. He has a rare blend of size and explosiveness, along with tremendous athleticism. He is an ideal fit in the Titans' new 3-4 defense.
12: New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Giants like a lot of teams need to upgrade their offensive line, but there is a real surplus of prospects at tackle that they could find a solid starter in the second round. Mosley can have a big impact from Day 1 in a poor linebacking group outside of Jon Beason.
13: St. Louis Rams: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
The team are high on T.J McDonald, but other than him, their safety group is awful. With options available in free agency also, the Rams don't have the cap room to make a big move for a T.J Ward or Jairus Byrd. HHCD is my top safety in the draft and has tremendous ball skills and is growing into a coverage role.
14: Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, NT, Florida State
Boasting the league's worst run defence, the Bears need some help up-front. With Henry Melton heading out the free agent door it seems, a move for a replacement early in the draft makes a lot of sense. Jernigan absorbs blocks well and creates lanes for linebackers to make plays in the run game, a real beast down the middle.
15: Pittsburgh Steelers: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Too many ageing vets earning money which exceeds their worth on the Steelers defense. A lot of players will be let go, and it starts with Troy Polamalu, who has a $10.8 million this season. This shouldn't be happening. Pryor would be a like-for-like replacement with his ball skills and hard hits on the second level.
16: Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The increased salary cap means the Cowboys could probably afford to keep Demarcus Ware at his current wage, but probably not free agent Anthony Spencer. Ealy would be a great replacement in their four man front and is a natural pass rusher, relieving some of the pressure on Ware who only tallied six sacks this past season.
17: Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The player whose stock experience a great rise at the combine was Michigan star Taylor Lewan, cementing his first round status with an impressive, athletic showing. Michael Oher won't be brought back, and the Ravens hope Eugene Monroe returns, but they need help at tackle regardless, and Lewan would be a great plug at RT.
18: New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Jets offense is devoid of talent, which we expect to change this offseason if they have any hope of Geno Smith succeeding. With Jeremy Maclin now off the market, the Jets are reportedly keen on making a play for Emmanuel Sanders, which would help. Lee's dynamic long speed gives him an advantage against most defensive backs, and his contribution on special teams should help the Jets score more points.
19: Miami Dolphins: Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame
It appears neither Richie Incognito or Jonathan Martin are returning to the team for the 2014 season, which just gives the Dolphins more problems along their already abysmal offensive line. Martin is the top lineman available and his ability to play at both guard and tackle is a huge plus. Questions as to whether he can make it as an NFL LT are legit, but if he fails to impress there he can kick inside with ease.
20: Arizona Cardinals: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Cardinals are thin at corner, with Jerraud Powers instated as CB2 as we enter the offseason. He has a $4.75 million cap hit this season, he is just not worth it. The Cards need to address corner at some point and find someone to partner with Patrick Peterson. Gilbert is the top corner on many teams' boards.
21: Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
With B.J Raji set to test the free agent market this offseason, there's every chance he won't be a Packer for the 2014 season. Nix is a great value pick at this stage and will go a long way to fill the huge void left by Raji.
22: Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Having tied down the majority of their offense down to deals running through 2016 or beyond, the emphasis is well and truly on the defensive side of the ball. The Eagles could use some pass rush help, but Dennard is a steal at this stage. His underwhelming combine may cause him to slide on draft day, but he is a solid Day 1 starter.
23: Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU
The Chiefs have found a reliable starter for the foreseeable future in Alex Smith. Their offense is designed to exploit their players' yards-after-catch ability, which is an ideal fit for ODB. Beckham Jr. has pace to burn and when given space can make people miss and take it to the house. He's the playmaking complement they need to partner with Dwayne Bowe.
24: Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
With three of their corners either 30 or older, they need to get younger in the secondary. Dre Kirkpatrick has yet to develop into a full time starter, so the Bengals need to draft a young player to compete with him. Verrett has a very impressive combine and is the best corner available at this stage.
25: San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Off the back of a down year by his own standards, Roby's stock took a hit in the draft process, but he made up for it with a great showing at the Scouting Combine. He is a first round talent on many boards, and will be an immediate upgrade in the Chargers secondary which struggles against the pass.
26: Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Reports suggest that the Browns 'love' Derek Carr so waiting on him at the bottom of the first would be an ideal scenario for them. Carr has the arm to make all the throws, and is sneaky athletic. With Josh Gordon, Sammy Watkins & Jordan Cameron to throw to, the Browns' malignant offense has been given a much needed spark.
27: New Orleans Saints: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota
The Saints need some depth on their defensive line. With Cameron Jordan a free agent next offseason, who knows whether he sticks around, but bringing in Hageman would give them a safety net. His ability to play in a number of positions is a great asset, giving opposing linemen problems on every down.
28: Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The need to give Cam Newton weapons so they can make that next step is real. With now legit outside threat, Kelvin Benjamin will be a much needed addition for the Panthers. He is a raw talent but has the ideal size to be a truly dominant player in the NFL. He and Cam can grow together and become an elite partnership.
29: New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
We are all aware of how the Patriots like to use multiple tight end sets on offense. Their offense took a major hit losing Aaron Hernandez and then Rob Gronkowski through injury, they need a long term partner for Gronk. An uninspiring combine means he might slide into the second round, but he is decent value at the bottom first. Another much-needed playmaker for Tom Brady.
30: San Francisco 49ers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Mario Manningham won't be brought back, and the future of Anquan Boldin is unknown, so the Niners need to attack a wideout early in the draft. Cooks has electric speed and can blow the top off defenses. A refined route runner, Cooks is a real threat in space over the middle, and is a danger on special teams.
31: Denver Broncos: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Champ Bailey is over the hill and injury prone, who knows how much longer has has in the NFL. The Broncos' pass defense is horrible anyway, and needs improving. Fuller is the top corner available at this stage, and could step in for Bailey when he decides to hang up his cleats. The Broncos also need to retain ex-Cardinal corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
32: Seattle Seahawks: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The Seahawks' offensive line was woeful this past season, and they need to upgrade especially on the right side. Moses has been rising up teams' draft boards in recent weeks and would start right away at RT.
Possible Cardinals options in the second round:
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington. Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State. Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois. Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois.
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