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2014 NFL Draft First Round Analysis

May 9th 2014 03:55
2014 NFL Draft First Round Analysis


Lots of surprises and trades and teams jockey for the next NFL star

1 – Houston – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina – they will have to hope he gives full effort every Sunday and learns to be a real pro – he’ll be a star if he does

2 – St. Louis – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn – should have gone with the Matthews kid but he’s a great mauler and will get pro training to improve his pass protection

3 – Jacksonville – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida – surprise pick has been in a pro offense and should be NFL ready but doesn’t have the magic of Johnny Manziel – although they should have went with WR Sammy Watkins to fill an even bigger need position

4 – Buffalo – trade with Cleveland – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson – great and unexpected move for a franchise that needs a playmaker of Watkins caliber, he will be an all out difference maker

5 – Oakland – Khalil Mack – LB – Buffalo - they get a solid pass rusher and a run stopping linebacker all in one - best available for sure, but a tackle was probably needed more

6 – Atlanta – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M - can’t pass up instant starter to help their offense produce more – great pass protector

7 – Tampa Bay - Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M - basically a Vincent Jackson clone for the other side of the field, a great pick

8 – Cleveland – trade with Buffalo then Minnesota- Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma State - can’t pass up the best corner in the draft, very safe pick

9 – Minnesota – trade with Cleveland from Buffalo - Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA - they will take the best pass rusher available to make up for the loss of DE Jared Allen

10 – Detroit – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina – another great receiving option is a smart move if they can’t have Watkins or Evans

11 – Tennessee – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan - pending legal issues aside, a risk worth absorbing if it means help for a need position

12 – New York Giants – Odell Beckhamm Jr. – WR – LSU – maybe reached a little but get a solid #2 receiver who can contribute as a returner too, a rare combo

13 – St. Louis – Aaron Donald – DT - Pittsburgh – interesting pick could give the Rams one of the best D lines for years to come, all first rounders

14 – Chicago – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech – comes from an NFL family and will contribute right away to a veteran group, but should have grabbed a run stopping safety or linebacker

15 – Pittsburgh – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State – continues the tradition of solid all-around attacking linebackers, but should have went CB here as it’s more of a need

16 – Dallas – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame – defense is a much bigger need area but Martin is definitely the best tackle left undrafted, a secondary need filled

17 – Baltimore – C. J. Mosley – LB – Alabama - could play all LB positions and definitely the best available talent at this pick, will contribute immediately

18 – New York Jets – Calvin Pryor – FS – Louisville – had to take the best available and he can add wrinkles into the defense with his blitzing

19 – Miami – Ja’Wuan James – OT – Tennessee – big reach on this one with better offensive line talent out there and some really good cornerbacks too

20 – New Orleans trade with Arizona – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State – great move by the Saints to get a quick and polished weapon for QB Drew Brees

21 – Green Bay – Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix – FS – Alabama – Clinton-Dix falls into their lap with tremendous value and they can’t pass him up at a need position, brings a thumper into the secondary

22 – Cleveland from Eagles - Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M – as much as I like local guy Brian Hoyer, they just can’t pass up on the possibilities and magic that come with Johnny Football and they were able to get him at a lower pick

23 – Kansas City – Dee Ford – DE – Auburn – solid pick of a high motor guy who pursues very well and gets in the backfield often

24 – Cincinnati – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State – they needed help on the D line but can’t pass up the next best CB after Justin Gilbert with their veteran CBs aging

25 – San Diego – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU – best available at a need position has speed, great change of direction and great instincts

26 – Philadelphia from Colts via Browns – Marcus Smith - DE – Louisville – speed, high motor, and can penetrate, this guy can be a difference maker with pro coaching

27 – Arizona trade with Saints – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington St. – 15 NCAA INTs and lots of plays made. Surprising a QB wasn’t taken but this does fill a need

28 – Carolina – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State – stock rose a lot after an NCAA National Championship at Florida State; this guy is big and has a huge catching radius that will be very much appreciated for Cam Newton with a dearth of receivers

29 – New England – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida – not sure what New England was thinking with this pick of an under-sized and injury-prone player with Jernigan and Hageman available

30 – San Francisco – Jimmie Ward – SS – Northern Illinois - gets a versatile playmaker to help with departure of Donte Witner and fits the mold of a top, physical defense

31 – Denver – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State - best available at a need position has speed and gives the Broncos some much needed hard-nosed talent on the outside

32 – Vikings from Seattle – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville - will be added to the mix of Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel to see who rises above in training camp

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