1. Houston Texans: Jadaveon Clowney DE South Carolina Clowney is simply too good to pass up. The Texans can come back and grab a quarterback (Mettenberger) in the second round. There is also a possibility that they coordinate a trade with another team in the top five that really wants Clowney (Atlanta).
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson OT Auburn The Rams have not been able to keep Sam Bradford upright. They will go for the higher upside tackle instead of Jake Matthews. Robinson is a ten year cornerstone that will be an instant impact player, especially in the Rams rushing attack.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville Bridgewater stays in Florida and the Jaguars get their quarterback. Bridgewater has experience when it comes to spearheading an organizational turn around. He did just that at Louisville.
4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Watkins and Josh Gordon instantly become one of the best receiver tandems in the NFL, very similar to Roddy White and Julio Jones. Defenses, pick your poison.
5. Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M The Raiders make a splash by selecting Manziel. Matt Schaub signed a new contract and that allows Manziel to continue to develop as a quarterback. He will compete for the starting job in year two.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M Matt Ryan was sacked 44 times last year. The Falcons need help on the offensive line in a major way. Matthews is a prototypical plug and play prospect. He will start right away and protect his $100 million quarterback.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Adding Evans gives the Bucs a legitimate receiver opposite of Vincent Jackson. These two players will give opposing defenses fits with their size. Their catching radius will allow new quarterback Josh McCown to duplicate some of the success he had in Chicago.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Bortles reportedly declined to work out for the Vikings which is something that I find hard to believe. He is the perfect match for Norv Turner’s downfield passing scheme. Turner typically likes working with big body quarterbacks with deep ball accuracy.
9. Buffalo Bills: Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo The Bills defense only gets better with the selection of Mack. He gets to stay home and will be a welcome addition to pass rush department. He will team with Kiko Alonso and become one of the more athletic linebacker combos.
10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State The Lions have been in search of a shutdown corner for quite some time. Gilbert is one of the best cover corners in the draft and will be a play maker in the return game for them as well.
11. Tennessee Titans: Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State The Titans lost Alteraun Verner and are very thin at the corner back position. Dennard is a physical press coverage corner that gives them an added degree of toughness in the secondary.
12. New York Giants: C.J. Mosely ILB Alabama This pick just makes too much sense. The Giants have been in need of a playmaking inside linebacker and would like to pair Mosely up with Jon Beason. Mosely is the kind of linebacker that brings a much desired degree of athleticism to the defense.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama The Rams get a very rangy safety in Clinton Dix. He will step right in and be the quarterback of the secondary. Thanks to his time at Alabama, he has a high football IQ and can play in coverage or in the box.
14. Chicago Bears: Taylor Lewan OT Michigan There was an improvement in the amount of sacks that the Bears line gave up from 2012. Jay Cutler and McCown were sacked a combined total of 30 times last year. Lewan will solidify their offensive line and will start right away.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bradley Roby CB Ohio State Ike Taylor is aging and the Steelers need to get their heir apparent. Roby is a very athletic corner that excels in press or off man coverage. He will be an upgrade over the other corners on the roster. Roby also plays special teams and has blocked punts.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh This is another natural match. The Cowboys could use a young stud like Donald to go alongside Henry Melton. Donald is one of the best prospects in this class and he is a perfect fit for the 4-3 base scheme that the Cowboys have.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Calvin Pryor S Louisville Pryor is a hard hitting safety that also has enough range to play in single high coverage. He will team up with Matt Elam and form one of the harder hitting safety duos.
18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham WR LSU The Jets add more speed to their offense with the selection of Beckham. He is a silky smooth player that can make plays from the slot but is more of a down field threat from the outside. His ability to take the top off of the defense. That will benefit whichever player that wins the starting job.
19. Miami Dolphins: Eric Ebron TE North Carolina They say a quarterback’s best friend is a tight end. Ebron will get to fill that role for Ryan Tannehill. Joe Philbin was able to get a great deal of production from the tight end position when he was with the Green Bay Packers. Now he has a playmaker at the tight end position and can focus on repeating that success.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State The Cardinals add another athletic linebacker to their defense. Shazier will give them a viable replacement for Karlos Dansy. Selecting him makes them more athletic and faster. Shazier will be able to rush the passer from a stand up position and can drop back in coverage.
21. Green Bay Packers: Louis Nix NT Notre Dame B.J. Raji has lost the luster that he had originally. Nix was dominant at times when he played at Notre Dame. His ability to generate a pass rush from the interior position is similar to Raji. Nix has the size and strength to bull rush his way to the quarterback. He also has a high motor and is light on his feet which will allow him to make plays against the run.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Barr OLB UCLA The Eagles will be delighted to take a player that was once looked upon as the second best pass rusher in this draft. He will need to continue to develop more pass rushing moves but Barr is perfectly suited to rush the passer from the outside linebacker position.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Andy Reid will give Alex Smith the perfect weapon. Cooks can catch the short pass and take it the distance. Smith is one of the better quarterbacks when it comes to anticipating his throws and hitting receivers in stride on underneath routes. The selection of Cooks will make Smith’s job that much easier.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy DE Missouri The Bengals lost Michael Johnson so they need a pass rusher off the edge. Ealy is able to get a good jump on the ball and can use his speed to get to the quarterback. Having Geno Atkins pushing the pocket back into the quarterback’s lap will flush him outside for Ealy to register sacks.
25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Fuller gives the Chargers their top corner. He is a physical player that can cover the slot receiver and line up outside on the boundary. His versatility also extends to special teams. That is a given for any defensive back that comes out of Virginia Tech.
26. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr QB Fresno State The Browns complete their first round by adding their future quarterback. Carr has a big arm and will be able to showcase it when throwing the ball deep to Josh Gordon and hitting Sammy Watkins in stride on in breaking mid range routes.
27. New Orleans Saints: Marqise Lee WR USC Lee gives the Saints another young playmaker that runs really good routes and understands route concepts. He excels at screens and will pick up some extra receptions that will open up due to the departure of Darren Sproles. Lee will benefit from a quarterback like Drew Brees that won’t hesitate to put the ball up there for his receivers. Brees can throw his receivers open and that is a perfect match for Lee.
28. Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Koundjio OT Alabama The Panthers lost their share of offensive lineman. Cam Newton just had ankle surgery and will be back but it is mandatory that they add a player that can protect his blind side.
29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman DT Minnesota The Patriots always seem to be able to pluck stud players at the back end of the first round. Hageman is a monster when he is motivated. Bill Belichick is the perfect coach for Hageman because he will not accept anything less than going hard every play.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Verrett CB TCU The 49ers get one of the best corners in this draft. There have been questions about his size but his tenacity and elite athleticism make up for that. Verrett may not be the first option to play outside but when it comes to the nickel, he is the perfect match. The 49ers need a nickel corner and Verrett more than fills that need.
31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo OG UCLA Su’a-Filo is a road grader that will help clear the way for Monte Ball. He is a great value pick at the bottom of the first round. He is athletic enough to fit the blocking scheme that the Broncos have and he can absorb the bull rush that most interior linemen will use against him.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Zach Martin OT Notre Dame Pete Carroll gets one of the more versatile players in the draft. Martin can play any position along the offensive line and that is a great thing for the Seahawks. They used a rotation at guard last year and could have used better play from their right tackle spot. Martin can compete at guard or tackle but would be likely to take over at right tackle.