The Chiefs are on the clock. Will they go with Joeckel, Fisher or a surprise pick? There’s many ways this draft could go. I expect a lot of trades.
1 – KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Franchising Albert and releasing Winston says Joeckel plays right for a season and takes over at left tackle year two. He could end up on the left side this season if KC trades Albert. Safe pick should be the anchor for years to come.
2 – JAX: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon Jags need a lot. Left tackle is a bright spot with Monroe. So Fisher wont come off. Jacksonville’s Defense is a mess. Dion Jordan is an athletic pass rushing End/Outside linebacker. Jordan will only get better as he fills out his very athletic 6’7′ frame. Team guy who adds character
3 – OAK: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah The heart condition has been cleared. Oakland lost much of its line this offseason. Lotulelei will be an instant starter and upgrade. Stout against the rush. Moves the pocket against the pass.
4 – PHI: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan Jason Peters is coming back after missing last season. He’s now 31 years old. Right tackle Todd Herremans is 30 and often injured. Eric Fisher could go here Sliding Herreman’s to the middle & adding depth. Will take over left side in a few seasons.
5 – DET: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU Ansah is a versatile player and athletic freak. Played multiple positions last season. Only started 9 games in his 3 years because he is newer to the game. 13 tackles for a loss last year.
6 – CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama Milliner has been starting for Alabama for a while. Early on it was mostly at nickle. But he became a full time starter in 2012 and was a first team all-american and All SEC pick. He has great speed and size.
7 – ARI: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma Arizona clearly needs a Quarterback. They don’t seem too interested in Geno Smith. The offensive line was a mess last season. Bobbie Massie made strides on the right side in his rookie season. Lane Jonson has gone from tight end to right tackle o left and looked good doing it. He should only get better as he gets more at home with the position.
8 – BUF: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia Buffalo is looking for their franchise QB. Smith has taken a lot of criticism lately. He has his flaws, but there’s a lot of upside. He’s pretty accurate with his throws and his velocity is good. He can get rattled under pressure but I’ve seen him make nice throws when pressured as well. He has the size teams like at 6’3′ 220lbs. His footwork needs adjustment which will help his throws. I think Smith can be a solid starter.
9 – NYJ: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama The Jets need to upgrade a lot of the roster. Warmack has a big athletic body and got 5 starts at Alabama as a true freshman. Never looked back after that. 40 career starts. Big mauling guard who can get to the second level well.
10 – TEN: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri defensive tackle is a position of need. Richardson has solid size at 6’2′ 295lbs. Academic issues slowed the start of his career. Was dominant vs top SEC competition.
11 – SD: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina Fills a huge hole for the Chargers at guard. Big Athletic guard who gets to the second and even third level to make blocks. Starter since his redshirt freshman year. Helped Giovani Bernard rush for an average of 122.8 rushing yards per game.
12 – MIA: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State Rhodes is a terrific athlete who moved from WR to CB at FSU. Good size at 6′. had 8 career interceptions. Great press man cover corner. Fills a need for Miami.
13 – NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU Mingo is athletic player who will have to play rush linebacker in the NFL. That will fit his game better due to his size at 240lbs. redshirted his first season. Played in all games in 2010 and got four starts in 2011. That season Mingo had a team leading 15 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks which was good for second for the Tigers. Last seasons numbers weren’t eye popping. Started playing football as a junior in high school.
14 – CAR: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida Floyd could go as high as number two. But I don’t think he deserves it. Very similar size as Sheldon Richardson. Seems a second late to make tackles in the backfield at times. Can play multiple positions along the line. Wont rack up the sacks, better against screens and will move the pocket.
15 – NO: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State The Saints were a disaster on defense last year. Werner is one of my personal favorites in this draft. Werner is a hard hitting sack machine. People are over analyzing Werner, saying he can’t play standing up. I think he can and will be a pro bowler. He wont drop into coverage much. He’ll be fine dropping into flats and covering tight ends. He had 8 pass break-ups last season. But he’ll spend most of his time chasing down quarterbacks.
16 – STL: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia The super athletic small framed receiver can make plays all over the field. Helps ease the loss of Amendola. Should give the Rams another good weapon with Chris Givens who showed big flashes in his rookie year.
17 – PIT: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia Jones was a top five pick a few months ago. Talked about as a top 5 pick at one time, Jones has slid down boards after injury and a bad pro day. Very good college player who can rush the passer and stop the run.
18 – DAL: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas versatile safety is a big hitter and solid in coverage. Good sized player for the position. Two time All-Big 12 selection. Likes to take the big hit at times.
19 – NYG: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia Ogletree is one of the most complete linebackers in the draft. The former safety can drop into coverage and rush the quarterback. He’s versatile and great against the run. Some character and injury concerns to address. I think the Giants grab him anyway.
20 – CHI: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State After transferring from Miami to K-State, Brown put up two 100 tackle seasons. His size is his only negative at 6’1′. Very athletic linebacker gives him the edge over Te’o.
21 – CIN: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama Fluker is a monstrous player who has been starting games since his freshman year at Alabama. Better run blocker than pass. Should be a great addition to a young and upcoming team.
22 – STL: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama Lacy is a one year starter because he was behind two first round backs until this past season. Big back who makes you earn every tackle. North South runner. His straight line speed could knock him out of the first round. Good vision, Loves the spin move.
23 – MIN: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee Patterson has only one year of major college football under his belt. His route needs some work. But the Vikings add a playmaker here. He scored a touchdown 4 different ways last season. His 1,858 all-purpose yards got him a first team all SEC selection. Good size at 6’3′ 205 lbs, boom or bust player.
24 – IND: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina Sylvester is a big interior defensive lineman. He will add size to the line and can play nose in the 3-4.
25 – MIN: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame Te’o had a great career at Notre Dame. All anyone remembers is his last game and pretend girlfriend. He should be a solid player at the Next level.
26 – GB: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame Eifert is the most complete tight end in the draft. Good run blocker who can line-up in multiple spots. He’ll take over for frying pan hands Finley whose days are dwindling in Green bay.
27 – HOU: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee Drafting Hunter could finally give Andre Johnson the complement he’s needed for years. Hunter is 6’4′ 200lbs and could put on some weight as he gets older. He got good speed and leaping ability. Another boom or bust Tennessee guy
28 – DEN: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA Jones has good size for the position at 6’4′ 280lbs. Jones had a nice showing at his week at the Senior Bowl. 19 tackles for a loss last season.
29 – NE: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International Cyprien is a physical safety with good cover skills. He has good size for the position at 6’0′ 210lbs. Plays full speed all of the time. Big time hitter against the runningbacks and receivers. Looked great in Mobile during Senior Bowl week. 45 career starts at FIU so durability isn’t a concern. Gives the Patriots a young strong safety for years to come.
30 – ATL: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, Trufant has great speed and solid height at 6 feet. He had a good showing senior bowl week. Solid against the run. Plays both man and zone coverages very well. Has two brother in the league
31 – SF: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama Big plug in the middle for the 49ers defense. Williams should end up as a good nose tackle shutting down the run. Wont have a ton of impact against the pass. If he gets in good shape he could end up helping collapse the pocket. Very strong player.
32 – BAL: Eric Reid, FS, LSU The Ravens don’t have much for depth at safety. They’ve lost both starters and another to a 4 game suspension. Reid is a big safety who can play the centerfield. Matches up well against tight ends and bigger receivers. Big time hitter, but can miss at times.