1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M University
Reason: The Chiefs have done a solid job in rebuilding their team from the hiring of new head coach Andy Reid, acquiring quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, and re-sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. With current left tackle Branden Albert currently on the trade block, protecting Smith's blindside becomes an immediate need.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE/OLB Dion Jordan, University of Oregon
Reason: The Jaguars have hired former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as their new head coach. Based on Bradley's background and the Jaguars need for an upgrade to their pass rushing unit. It is rumored that the Jaguars are down to selecting one of two players with their selection and that Jordan is one of them.
3. Oakland Raiders – QB Geno Smith, West Virginia University
Reason: The current duo of Matt Flynn and Terrell Pryor is average at best. The Raiders should consider selecting Smith with this pick and allowing for a true open competition for their starting quarterback for the upcoming season.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan University
Reason: With new exciting head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles will look to pursue acquiring the necessary players to make this a dynamic offense. While Fisher lacks the sex appeal of a Chip Kelly type of player, the need to protect the quarterback is extremely important. There is very little separating Joeckel and Fisher in terms of talent so this becomes a great value pick for the Eagles.
5. Detroit Lions – DE Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young University
Reason: While the Lions might select top cornerback Dee Milliner with this pick, they have the luxury of selecting a talented cornerback in a deep class later in the draft. With the desire of upgrading their pass rush after the departure of Cliff Avril, the Lions could select Ansah.
6. San Diego Chargers* – OT Lane Johnson, University of Oklahoma
Reason: The Chargers trade up in order to select offensive tackle Lane Johnson ahead of the Arizona Cardinals. The Chargers need to acquire players that can protect quarterback Philip Rivers.
7. Arizona Cardinals – G Chance Warmack, University of Alabama
Reason: The Cardinals have finally acquired someone that should be a starting quarterback as opposed to another team's third stringer starting for them with the acquisition of Carson Palmer. While he is no long term solution, the Cardinals have the luxury to select a player other than quarterback with this pick. After the laundry list of injuries to the offensive line last season, Cardinals need to select someone with the ability in protecting Palmer.
8. Buffalo Bills – QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse University
Reason: Rumors have been heavily circulating that the Bills might reach for Nassib in the event that they can not trade back into the later half of the draft to select Nassib.
9. New York Jets – DE/LB Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana State University
Reason: The Jets are in dire need of acquiring versatile pass rushers to fit into Rex Ryan's defense. With reports stating that Ryan is “smitten” with Mingo, I am sure that he selects his man.
10. Tennessee Titans – CB Dee Milliner, University of Alabama
Reason: The Titans should select Milliner as they should prioritize finding a starting cornerback alongside Jason McCourty. As Milliner is widely considered the top cornerback in this class, the Titans happily select him with this pick.
11. Cleveland Browns* – DT Star Lotulelei, University of Utah
Reason: The Browns trade back to acquire extra assets and still are able to select the right player for what they currently need. Lotulelei has the talent to create an impact for a defense immediately.
12. Miami Dolphins – OT DJ Fluker, University of Alabama
Reason: The Dolphins are currently in discussions with the Chiefs about acquiring offensive tackle Branden Albert so this selection might change. In the event they are unable to acquire Albert, the need to replace Jake Long and protect Ryan Tannehill becomes a top priority.
13. Dallas Cowboys* – DT Shariff Floyd, University of Florida
Reason: The Cowboys trade up ahead of the Panthers to select the widely regarded top defensive tackle in the class with Floyd. As they transition to a 4-3 front, the need to acquire the right personnel becomes important.
14. Carolina Panthers – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia University
Reason: The Panthers look to find another weapon for quarterback Cam Newton in Austin. While wide receiver is not the biggest need, he is too talented to pass up.
15. New Orleans Saints – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State University
Reason: The Saints continue to change their personnel to fit their new 3-4 alignment under aggressive playcaller Rob Ryan. Rhodes not only fills a need for the Saints but also will thrive in Ryan's scheme.
16. St. Louis Rams – G Jonathan Cooper, University of North Carolina
Reason: The Rams have to upgrade both their offensive line and wide receivers to ensure quarterback Sam Bradford's success. With two picks in the first round, the Rams have the luxury of addressing both needs. They should select the versatile Cooper with one of their two selections.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – DE/LB Jarvis Jones, University of Georgia
Reason: The Steelers will employ the best player available strategy with this selection. Jones has top ten talent but with questions over health, he falls right into the laps of a franchise that operates efficiently.
18. New York Jets* – WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson University
Reason: The Jets trade back with the Cowboys and are able to select a talented offensive weapon in Hopkins. They need to significantly upgrade their offensive weapons.
19. New York Giants – DT Sheldon Richardson, University of Missouri
Reason: The Giants are always finding excellent lineman and Richardson is no different. They are interested in upgrading their defensive line and Richardson will definitely help improve their depth.
20. Chicago Bears – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame University
Reason: The Bears simply pick the best player available in Eifert. While they signed Martellus Bennett in the offseason, Cutler will easily love throwing to both Bennett and Eifert.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – S Kenny Vaccaro, University of Texas
Reason: The Bengals have been slowly building into a legitimate playoff contender the past couple seasons with wise decisions. Another wise decision will be selecting Vaccaro to upgrade their safety position.
22. St. Louis Rams – LB Alec Ogletree, University of Georgia
Reason: In terms of talent, Ogletree might be one of the top players in this class. In terms of character, he is an undrafted free agent. However, the Rams have a need and might be able to tame him with the right support group.
23. Minnesota Vikings – DT Sylvester Williams, University of North Carolina
Reason: The Vikings need to get younger along the defensive line. Williams has the measurables and has been compared to Kevin Williams –luck should have that the elder Williams can become a mentor to the younger Williams.
24. Indianapolis Colts – DE/DT Datone Jones, University of California-Los Angeles
Reason: The Colts will be in search of upgrading their defensive line, especially at the 3-4 defensive end. The Colts will surely love what Jones can bring with his speed and size combination.
25. Minnesota Vikings – S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International University
Reason: The Vikings continue revamping their young defense and find a partner for Harrison Smith in Cyprien. They might have the talent to become the second best safety tandem behind Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas of the Seahawks.
26. Green Bay Packers – DE/LB Tank Carradine, Florida State University
Reason: The Packers are expected to address their pass rushing needs alongside Clay Matthews as Nick Perry continues to recover from his injury that ruined his rookie season last year. Carradine continues to rise up the charts.
27. Houston Texans – WR Cordarelle Patterson, University of Tennessee
Reason: The Texans need to strongly consider upgrading their wide receivers behind Andre Johnson. As Johnson continues to get older, the need to find a legitimate compliment becomes more critical. Patterson was widely considered a top 15 selection but has slowly slid down the charts but this is a great landing spot for him.
28. Denver Broncos – LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State University
Reason: The Broncos could look to upgrade their linebacker corps next to Von Miller. The versatile Brown will fit in nicely for the competing Broncos.
29. New England Patriots – CB DJ Hayden, University of Houston
Reason: The Patriots select Trufant to help improve their secondary. Hayden has been receiving much buzz lately and might even be selected way before the Patriots selection.
30. Atlanta Falcons – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State University
Reason: With the departure of cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson, the Falcons will need to address the position early in the draft. In addition to being one of the top cornerbacks in this draft class, Taylor is also an excellent fit into Mike Nolan's defensive scheme.
31. San Francisco 49ers – S Eric Reid, Louisiana State University
Reason: It is extremely difficult to project what the 49ers will do with this selection because they have several top 100 selections. I believe if they keep this pick, they could look to select a safety after the loss of Dashon Goldson.
32. Baltimore Ravens – WR Justin Hunter, University of Tennessee
Reason: The Ravens lost an excellent passing target in Anquan Boldin during the offseason because of salary cap issues after re-signing franchise quarterback Joe Flacco. As a result, the need to acquire a red zone target for Flacco becomes extremely important and having someone as talented as Hunter falling to them makes this an ideal selection.
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