1) Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel dominated SEC competition in 2012 and that says enough about the most talented tackle in the draft. He is a finesse tackle who displays great footwork and is the kind of tackle that new head coach Andy Reid loves.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars – Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
Ansah has the most intriguing skill set of any defensive player in this draft. He has rare closing speed and will defend the run immediately while pressuring the passer from the LEO LB position in Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defensive scheme. He can alter the game in a variety of ways and will help to get the defense off of the field on third downs.
3) Oakland Raiders – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is a massive interior lineman with an incredible get off and the power to disrupt the opposing teams back field. He is going to anchor this defensive line for many years and is versatile enough to play multiple positions along the defensive line.
4) Philadelphia Eagles – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
New head coach Chip Kelly is all about speed and Mingo brings that, and then some. Mingo can get unleashed in their new 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker and a player who will terrorize the opposing quarterback.
5) Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher fills a need for the Lions as he has the ability to improve two positions along the offensive line. The addition of Fisher allows the Lions to move last year’s first rounder Riley Reiff to the right side. While I view defensive end as a bigger need, the ability to lock down the offensive line for years helps quarterback Matthew Stafford and it makes sense as Stafford is only 25 years old.
6) Cleveland Browns – Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
Jordan is an athletic freak with longs arms and an impressive burst off the edge. The Browns need to get more pressure on the quarterback and Jordan gives them that ability as an outside linebacker. He is also very versatile as he can move well enough to be used all over the field.
7) Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Johnson comes to the Cardinals and immediately improves the play of the offensive line. Newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer needs a clean pocket to step into, and Johnson helps now, and in the future.
8) Buffalo Bills – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Warmack is a monster inside and one of this draft’s safest picks. He can blow open holes for the running back and is more than capable of sealing off the inside of the offensive line to protect the quarterback.
9) New York Jets – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Smith is this draft’s best pocket passer and a player that the Jets can bring in to improve the quarterback play in New York. This selection signals the end for Mark Sanchez, and starts the rebuild for the Jets.
10) Tennessee Titans – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Titans bring another defensive end into the mix and immediately improve their pass rush. The Titans can pair Werner with Derrick Morgan and get a consistent pass rush from both spots on the defensive line.
11) San Diego Chargers – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Chargers dramatically improve the back end of their defense with the selection of Vaccaro. Not only does he help in the back end, but he can also lock up the slot receiver as well. Vaccaro improves the defense from the first day.
12) Miami Dolphins – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner is a tough press cover corner who has good ball skills and has shown the ability to stuff the nation’s best tight end in the national championship game. Milliner locked up Tyler Eifert and eliminated him, and that will be critical in the AFC East against tight ends like Rob Gronkowski.
13) New York Jets – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Jets traded their best cornerback to Tampa Bay and acquired this pick, and with it they select a big cornerback with long arms that can stay with the big receivers in the NFL, and the movement skills to stay on the smaller slot types as well.
14) Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Panthers need to find playmakers in the middle of their defensive line to go with their talented group of defensive ends. Richardson is explosive off of the ball and poses a threat along the interior of the defensive line.
15) New Orleans Saints – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones is a natural fit for Rob Ryan’s newly installed 3-4 defensive scheme. He can pressure the passer and is a player who can really threaten the edge. With the medical concerns cleared, Jones fits the Saints new defense perfectly.
16) St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Austin is this draft’s most explosive offensive player and a perfect addition to the offense in St. Louis. Austin is a gifted play maker who can help the Rams offense in multiple ways. He is a matchup nightmare because of his speed and he can be an asset as a slot receiver, a running back and in the return game.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Brown is a gifted playmaker who can go sideline to sideline to make plays. He will be very productive run stopper in the Steelers defense and is as athletic as any linebacker in this class.
18) Dallas Cowboys – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Cooper is one of the safer picks in this draft as a guard who can really make plays out in space, and a player who can make the move to center as well. He instantly improves the Cowboys offensive line and their ability to run the ball.
19) New York Giants – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Giants add yet another piece on their defensive line to wreak havoc in the opposing backfield. Williams has a great first step and can hold up at the point of attack, giving more room to their edge players to attack the quarterback.
20) Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Fluker comes to the Bears and tremendously improves the offensive line play for quarterback Jay Cutler. Not only can Fluker hold down the right side of the line, but he can go inside and play guard and potentially be dominant if he needs to.
21) Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Cyprien fills a need for the Bengals as he brings smooth, fluid movement skills to the back end of the defense. He is a big hitter as a run defender and very reliable in pass coverage and he improves the secondary play instantly.
22) St. Louis Rams – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams really need a tight end to get the ball to down the seams, and most importantly in the red zone. Eifert is a value for the Rams at this point in the draft because of his ability to stretch the field and get jump balls and is a player that really helps Bradford to take the next step in his development.
23) Minnesota Vikings – Keenan Allen, WR, California
Allen helps to mitigate the loss of Percy Harvin. He gives the Vikings a No. 1 target for quarterback Christian Ponder. The Vikings need a playmaker in this draft to help their offense, and Allen is exactly that.
24) Indianapolis Colts – Sharif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd brings an element of playmaking ability to the Colts defense. He is capable of holding up at the point of attack and penetrating gaps to disrupt plays in the backfield and is a nice addition to the 3-4 defense the Colts employ.
25) Minnesota Vikings – Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Jones is a powerful defensive e end capable of beating tackles outside with speed and inside with power. The Vikings are aging on their defensive line and Jones adds youth while being a good value here.
26) Green Bay Packers – Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
The Packers have struggled to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers for some time and while Armstead is considered a small-school prospect, he has the size and movement skills that could make him a valuable piece at left tackle for the Packers. Considering how well Rodgers moves, Armstead would be a great addition to the offensive line.
27) Houston Texans – Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The Houston Texans have lost considerable talent along their offensive line, and while Watson is a project, he has rare physical skills to consider for the position. He fits the Texans blocking scheme nicely and will start in year one as a right tackle and could move to the left side and potentially be a steal at this point in the draft when we look back on it.
28) Denver Broncos – Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
Carradine is a great value here and he eventually will replace the production the Broncos lost when Elvis Dumervil left for the Baltimore Ravens. He will need a little time to fully recover from the torn ACL, but eventually he will be a big piece of their defense.
29) New England Patriots – Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods enters the picture in New England and adds talent to the depleted receiver group. He is a talented player that quarterback Tom Brady can rely on immediately, and going forward to get open all over the field.
30) Atlanta Falcons – Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
Taylor is a smooth, fluid cover corner who helps to mitigate the loss of both Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes. Taylor is a complete cornerback who will help the Falcons defense right away.
31) San Francisco 49ers – Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
The 49ers are stacked, but they need to address a few positions that let them down last year. The pass rush wasn’t great at the end of the year and Lemonier is a great value as a compliment to Aldon Smith.
32) Baltimore Ravens – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Te’o is a talented player with solid coverage skills as an inside linebacker. He brings an element of character and playmaking ability to the Ravens and fills a need as a replacement for the retired Ray Lewis.