Highlights: Star falls towards the second half of the first, one QB taken, Bears find a new TE
1. KC - Luke Joekel LT TAMU
The rumors are stirring and the misdirection in full swing, but Alex Smith ends up in Kansas City. Luke Joekel looks too good on tape to pass up.
2. Jacksonville - Bjoern Werner DE FSU
Pass rush is king. Damontre Moore disappointed just enough on the bench to question his floor and Jarvis Jones feels too risky at number 2 amid injury cocerns. Bjoern gets the nod, for no other reason than the perceived floor. He did just enough to not disappoint in the combine. That said, there is a lot of talent in the pass rushing department, there is no consensus number one 4-3 pass rusher (at least in my eyes).
3. Oakland - Sharrif Floyd DT UF
I can still see this pick going for Geno Smith, but there are too many needs on this team and Sharrif Floyd at least gives some continuity to the Defensive Line.
4. Philadelphia - Eric Fisher LT Central Mich
Vick restructured his contract and holds on to his starting role in Philly, unlike the football. Bell sucked and you can't trust Jason Peters to come back 100%. There isn't much separating Fisher and Joekel and this gives the Eagles insurance if Peters never returns to form. RT is also the 'blindside' for Vick, currently held by some scrub named Herreman. Herreman is a guard at best.
5. Detroit - Dee Milliner CB Bama
This defense has holes. The secondary chief among them. Couple Milliner with Bentley and there might be some hope yet for the hapless cellar dwellers of the NFC North.
6. Cleveland - Barkevious Mingo DE LSU
I want to put Dion Jordan here, but injury concerns make Mingo more attractive. Both players will be good pass rushers in a 3-4 system.
7. Arizona - Lane Johnson LT OU
Lane Johnson was a workout warrior this last weekend and probably raised his stock. Warmack would be another good pick here, but drafting Lane Johnson allows Levi Brown to make the move to guard and Nate Potter gets to develop as a swing tackle. Kolb will have to be good enough for at least another year.
8. Buffalo - Geno Smith QB WVU
The Bills get the Mountaineer and part ways with Fitz.
9. NYJ - Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
New York gets Jones who I expect to be the best defensive player out of this draft by the time the rookie contracts need to be renewed.
10. Tennessee - Chance Warmack G Bama
Warmack is a beast.
11. San Diego - Jonathan Cooper G UNC
San Diego needs to keep Rivers upright, they miss out on picking one of the top 3 LTs and instead go for Cooper, neglecting all ZBS warnings.
12. Miami - DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
WR is an obvious need.
13. Tampa Bay - Damontre Moore DE TAMU
DE help just became a big need. They'll look to add talent in the secondary in the latter rounds.
14. Carolina - Sheldon Richardson DT Mizz
Carolina's defense looked weakest on its interior defensive line. Sheldon surpasses Star, but he definitely ain't goin number one overall.
15. Gnawlins - Dion Jordan Tweener Oregon
Will Smith will not be in NO next year. The Saints will have some good pass rushers left by the time they're on the clock. Dion Jordan is a great tweener for a 3-4 switch. He's already drawing comparisons to Aldon Smith.
16. St. Louis- Cordarelle Patterson WR Tenn
Sam Bradford will never be anything more than average, but in the meantime they have to surround him with help and target line help in later rounds.
17. Pittsburgh - Tavon Austin WR WVU
Pittsburgh is in dire need of fresh talent on both sides of the ball, the Steel Curtain elects to find Wallace's replacement instead of reloading their defense.
18. Dallas - Ansah DE BYU
Dallas's switch to 4-3 is made worse by their cap constraints. The Boys look to infuse some talent opposite of Demarcus Ware.
19. NYG - Arthur Brown LB KState
Manti impresses on his interview, but not his 40. Arthur Brown is brought in as the first ILB off the board.
20. Chicago - Tyler Eifert TE ND
The Bears will look for help, but an early run on OLinemen means that we get a weapon Cutler can actually use come day 1. Spoiler alert: this draft goes heavy on Offense.
21. Cincinnati - Alec Ogletree LB UG
Cincinnati is renowned for taking on a problem child and finding good value from their risk.
22. St Louis - Fluker T Bama
They found a Receiver earlier, now they try and add help on that line.
23. Minnesota - Star Lotulelei DT Utah
Their defense blazed the trail for last year's playoff berth and now they become that much scarier with Star.
24. Indy - Larry Warford G Kentucky
The Colts front among the worst units in the NFL last year. Warford provides a much needed upgrade at one of their worst positions last year.
25. Seattle - Zach Ertz TE Stan
Surrounding Wilson with big targets will only accelerate his development.
26. Green Bay - Eric Reid S LSU
GB's secondary is atrocious. Period.
27. Houston - Keenan Allen WR Cal
Houston addresses a position of need that should have been dealt with last year.
28. Denver - Xavier Rhodes CB FSU
Champ Bailey is not only pass his prime, but should be put to pasture. He had a horrible game against Baltimore.
29. New England - Jesse Williams DT Bama
The Patriots need to focus on developing a lineman worthy of standing next to Vince Wilfork.
30. Atlanta - Eddie Lacy, RB, Bama
Lots of needs for this team, but they decide to go with the best RB in the draft to replace Turner.
31. San Fran - Matt Elam S Florida
They need an upgrade over Dashon Goldson.
32. Baltimore - Menelik Watson T FSU
Manti didn't impress Harbaugh and doesn't get drafted day 1. This pick allows McKinnie to walk,
2nd round 50th Pick: C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
There is no tackle left at this point that makes a day 1 impact and Frederick anchors this line for the next decade.
4th Round: RB Knile Davis Arkansas
Davis shows enough power for the Bears to take him in the 4th and dish Bush to make cap room.
5th Round: Keith Pough LB Howard
6th Round: G Earl Watford JMU
Late value that brings home the bacon. This kid is an absolute steal.
*This supposes that Lach is back, Melton signed, and hopefully some free agent competition brought in on the OLine. Levitre might be a little too rich.