Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Luke Kuechly
1. Oakland Raiders- Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
The Raiders haven't looked good so far, and neither has their aging quarterback, meaning its time to bring in some new blood under center. Barkley doesn't have the physical tools that most number one overall quarterbacks have, but he still possesses great intangibles is the best bet to successfully adapt to the pro game out of all the quarterbacks in his class.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
If the Jaguars are picking this high, its fair to say Gabbert has cemented himself as a bust. The Jaguars would hopefully look to avoid selecting other quarterback prospects similar to Gabbert and go for a safer option. Like Barkley he isn't a great physical specimen, but if Wilson can return from his injury and still play well without Petrino, he could rise up the boards.
3. Cleveland Browns- Barkevious Mingo, DE, Louisiana State
The Browns are just a bad, bad team. Mingo is a great athlete, and although risky, if he pans out he could be one of the best in the league at a position the Browns desperately need to upgrade. Weeden's week two performance may be indicative that he is not completely over his head, although if he reverts back to his week one performance he could be on his way out after only a year.
4. Kansas City Chiefs- Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Tyler Bray is far from polished as his performance versus Florida showed, and I am not his biggest fan, but nonetheless he has the tools to be a franchise quarterback. With Barkley and Wilson gone, the Chiefs are left with little other choice.
5. Minnesota Vikings- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei is probably the premier defensive prospect in the draft. Gifted with great athleticism and strength, he is one of the few such prospects whose performance on the field can match his measurables. For years Minnesota possessed a dominating interior with the Williams pair, and with Pat Williams retired and Kevin Williams soon to be nearing that age, Lotulelei would be a step in continuing the tradition.
6. Indianapolis Colts- Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
If there is any competition for the best overall defensive prospect for Lotulelei, it would come from Jarvis Jones. Jones is an elite pass rusher, dominating even his best competition. He should quickly emerge as the unquestioned best pass rusher of this class, and should give the Colts the kind of blindside terror they haven't had since Dwight Freeney's good years.
7. Tennessee Titans- Sam Montgomery, DE, Louisiana State
The other highly rated Tigers' defensive end is Sam Montgomery. Whereas Mingo possesses the greater pure athleticism, Montgomery possesses the greater strength and aptitude against the run, making him perhaps the safer pick for a 4-3 system, and should be an upgrade over the current Titans' starters.
8. Miami Dolphins- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
If the Dolphins want Tannehill to live up to his draft pick, they will need to majorly upgrade their receiving corps. Hunter is the best receiver in the SEC, a big yet athletic target. Robert Woods would be in contention, but the upside to Hunter's game should win out.
9. New Orleans Saints- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
The Saints performance so far should show just how good of a coach Sean Payton is. That being said, the problems plaguing the Saints, namely the offensive line and defense as a whole, would be hard for even him to greatly improve with the talent at hand. Bjoern Werner is a great pass rushing prospect, and although he will probably want to gain most of the weight he lost back, he should be able to fit nicely into a 4-3 system.
10. St. Louis Rams- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Jason Smith proved to be a complete bust and Saffold is oft-injured, thus the Rams desperately need a reliable franchise left tackle. Joeckel should prove to be just that. He has played outstandingly at Texas A&M, and should be able to keep blind-side rushers off of Bradford for years to come.
11. Buffalo Bills- Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't going to lead this team anywhere great. I am not a fan of Logan Thomas at all, but many others in the draft community are, and ultimately that is what matters. Logan Thomas is the best overall athletic specimen in this quarterback class, but he is even less polished than Tyler Bray. Will have to work greatly on accuracy and decision making to ever make it in the league.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Given their performance so far, I wouldn't be surprised if Schiano leads the team to a better record than this pick indicates. That being said, the Buccaneers could do with upgrades along the defensive line. Gerald McCoy has proved to be a bust, and Kawann Short could prove to be a nice replacement. Short is a big prospect who can both defend the run and rush the passer effectively.
13. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS)- Eric Reid, S, Louisiana State
The Rams could opt to further assist Bradford with a legitimate number one target, but its hard to pass up Reid given their current crop of safeties. Unquestionably the best in this class at his position, Reid is a great center-fielder who can also can up and assist the run when need be.
14. Carolina Panthers- Johnathon Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Panthers have potentially the best linebacking corps in the league with Beason, Kuechly, Davis and Anderson, but they need a dominant tackle to help that group reach their full potential. The Panthers have been without a quality tackle for some time now, and Hankins could full that void. He isn't a premier pass rusher, but his ability to clog the middle could greatly help the Panthers overall defense.
15. New York Jets- Jackson Jeffcoat, LB, Texas
The Jets look like they could soon have the best 3-4 defensive line in the league. But to fully take advantage of such talent, they will need a premier pass rusher. Jeffcoat possesses great athleticism as well as topflight genes, and he could be the guy the Jets need.
16. Seattle Seahawks- Robert Woods, WR, Southern California
Russell Wilson looks like he will be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Seahawks, but they will need quality targets for him to throw to. Woods is probably the most NFL ready of any receiver in the class, possessing great route running skills. He doesn't have the upside of some other receivers, but should nonetheless prove to be a reliable receiver for years to come.
17. Cincinnati Bengals- Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
Buchanan is a prospect who was overshadowed by his teammate Whitney Mercilus last year, but is talented in his own right. The Bengals could do with either a pass rusher or a running back, but with runners become increasingly devalued in the league, pass rusher is the way to go. Buchanan is very athletic and would constitute a major upgrade at the position.
18. Dallas Cowboys- TJ McDonald, S, Southern California
Although a move to address the offensive line is possible, safety seems the most logical area of concern. Even though he is not quite the prospect that Reid is, McDonald looks like he has what it takes to be a reliable NFL starter. McDonald will likely be slotted into the strong safety position, where his hitting ability will be made best use of.
19. Arizona Cardinals- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Kevin Kolb has gotten off to a surprisingly adequate start in the desert. Despite that, I wouldn't expect it to last. The Cardinals have shown their quality when they get decent quarterback play, so it would only make sense to try and address the position in the long term. Smith will be questioned because of the system he plays in at college, but he still has shown that he has the tools to make the move so long as he can cope with the system change.
20. Detroit Lions- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner has gotten off to a great start this season and if he keeps it up will likely be the first corner selected. The Lions cornerback situation isn't very good and they will need to upgrade it if they want to remain competitive in their division, playing against the likes of Rodgers and Cutler multiple times as season.
21. Chicago Bears- Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
If the Bears don't acquire a new starting left tackle in either free agency or the draft, they don't deserve a franchise anymore. Webb is obviously awful. Sadly for the Bears this tackle class features more right tackles than left. Wagner is the best bet to start on the blindside after Joeckel, and consequently should be the Bears pick.
22. San Diego Chargers- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Similarly to the Bears, the Chargers would likely prefer a left tackle to a right tackle. With Wagner gone however, the Chargers should target the next best option, even if he is likely better suited for the right side. Matthews does not possess the athleticism of his teammate Joeckel, but at the same time he is a better run blocker.
23. Denver Broncos- Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Te'o really should go higher than this, it just happens with the current draft order that other needs prevailed. The Broncos could easily opt for a safety as well, but outside of Von Miller, the Broncos linebacking corps also desperately could use an upgrade. Te'o could easily end up one of the best players in this draft.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- David Amerson, S, North Carolina State
Amerson's performance versus Tennessee shows he likely lacks the athleticism to play corner in the pros. He still could end up a great safety prospect, however. Switching to the middle would allow him to take more advantage of his playmaking ability and would provide the Steelers a needed improvement at free safety.
25. New York Giants- Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Barrett Jones is one of my favorite prospects in the draft. He is a player who could realistically start anywhere on the offensive line although his best position in the pros will be one of the interior spots, which happens to be an area worthy of improvement for the Giants. The Giants could look at a pass rusher here, but most of the premier prospects are gone so offensive line would be a better option given the remaining talent.
26. Philadelphia Eagles- Robert Lester, S, Alabama
Despite not-too-great performances by Michael Vick, the Eagles still look like a strong and talented team. One area needing improvement is safety, however. Lester alongside Milliner is a key part of Alabama's so far great secondary. Not the prospect former teammate Mark Barron was, but he is still worthy of first round consideration.
27. Baltimore Ravens- Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Ray Lewis isn't going to play forever, and its time to start looking for a replacement. Skov isn't the most talked about prospect, but he is a key cog and likely the best player in Stanford's stifling defense. Skov already has experience playing inside in a 3-4 and has a similarly tough, physical playing style as Lewis.
28. New England Patriots- Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama
Although I prefer Jones, Warmack could end up the more highly rated of the Crimson Tide interior lineman. He is a big, physical player who could greatly bolster the Patriots offensive line.
29. Green Bay Packers- Johnathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Like the Lions, the Packers need to improve their cornerback depth in order to deal with the quarterback-strong division they play in. Banks should compete with Milliner for the number one corner ranking, and would likely be a week one starter for Green Bay.
30. Atlanta Falcons- Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
With Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White, the Falcons have one of the best passing attacks in the league. Their running game simply doesn't compare. Michael Turner is wearing down, and Jacquizz Rodgers likely isn't the whole answer either. Lattimore is a prospect who in years past would have gone much higher, but with the devaluing of running backs, he has slipped into the Falcons lap. He can run, block and catch all at a high level. The Falcons could look at offensive line, linebacker or a replacement for the retiring Gonzalez, but it would be hard to pass up the talent Lattimore would bring.
31. Houston Texans- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Texans have added a number of pass rushers over the past few seasons, so an upgrade in the interior off the defensive line may be the next step. Somewhat overshadowed, Williams has been key to the Crimson Tide's defensive success these past two years. He already has experience at the 3-4 nose tackle position and could easily start from week one.
32. San Francisco 49ers- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Its really hard to find a weak spot in the 49ers. The most obvious one would be at right guard. Leonard Davis and Alex Boone can't be relied upon as long term answers, and thus enter Cooper. Cooper has lots of starting experience and great athleticism for an interior lineman, making him one of the top prospects at his position.
As for how the draft order was decided, its based off of ESPN's power rankings with a few minor tweaks. So please, I don't mind if you comment that you think your team will be in a different spot come draft day, but don't focus solely on that.
Sig by Matthew Jones