1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – The Texans can be right back in the playoffs with a solution at quarterback. Bridgewater is the best out there, despite rumors to the contrary.
*TRADE* St. Louis trades #2 to Cleveland for #4, #35, and 4th round pick
2. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – Cleveland must get out of this draft with “their guy” and I firmly believe that’s Johnny Manziel. Bridgewater going #1 would have them on the edge of their seats.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Jaguars defense needs to add as much talent to their front seven as possible. Clowney at 3 is a coup.
4. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – Physical mauler who Zac Stacy could run behind for years. Run him out at tackle to start with, but he’s an All-Pro guard if that doesn’t work.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – This pick is made with a bit of planning ahead in the draft when it comes to their next pick. Watkins has been making average QB’s look viable for a while.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – ATL is tied to Matt Ryan for better or worse, and Ryan needs talent around him. Sam Baker and Lamar Holmes are turnstiles on the left side.
*TRADE* Tampa Bay trades #7 to Detroit for #10, 3rd round pick
7. Detroit Lions: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Detroit should be willing to get aggressive if Khalil Mack falls this far. He adds versatility to an already talented front seven for a defensive coordinator who can use it.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida – If there’s a team in the league who needs a QB more than Minnesota, I have yet to find it. The Vikings have the offensive talent to ease Bortles in if he has to start day one.
9. Buffalo Bills: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame – Zack Martin in the top ten may surprise some, but I think teams may like him even more analysts after a phenomenal week at the Senior Bowl.
10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina – If the new front office and coaching staff in Tampa are going to roll with Mike Glennon, they have to add talent around him. Ebron is a game-changer.
11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – Tennessee and new defensive coordinator Ray Horton would be a phenomenal fit for Barr, whose raw athleticism needs to be patiently developed.
12. New York Giants: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – With Martin off the board, the Giants simply need the player who will have the biggest impact next season. Dennard can pair with Amukamara and help a poor defense.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama – This is a race to the podium scenario. If the Rams get out of day one with Robinson, Clinton-Dix, and a pick at the top of the second round, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher will sleep well.
14. Chicago Bears: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame – There should be long odds on the Bears going any direction but defensive line with their first round pick. If Nix circles back to his 2012 form, he’s a steal here.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama – Pittsburgh must get younger on defense. They could opt to pair a 3 down backer in Mosley with in-place Lawrence Timmons to try and mimic the way the 49ers built their 3-4 defense.
16. Baltimore Ravens: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – Evans is more athletic than he’s thought of. An Evans and Torrey Smith pairing with Joe Flacco’s deep ball would strike fear into opposing secondaries.
17. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – Jason Hatcher re-signing would change this plan, but Aaron Donald is a viable first round defensive tackle who can be highly disruptive from the interior.
18. New York Jets: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – Is this overdrafting a raw talent? Yep, but the Jets are tied to Geno Smith whether they like it or not. A receiver who can catch contested balls would help.
19. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – Lewan wasn’t as dominant as expected as a senior, but he’s a physically talented tackle. If his off-field issues check out he should be a first round pick.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn – Ford would bring an explosive dimension to a group of Arizona pass rushers who don’t play anyone away athletically. His big Senior Bowl week will mean something.
21. Green Bay Packers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – It’s a safety that the Packers need in the worst way, but a talent like Bradley Roby is difficult to pass on. He could be in line for a switch to safety regardless.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – Philly needs all the help it can get at a safety position which hasn’t been the same since Brian Dawkins left. Pryor is a class strong safety who plays like a missile.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC – Without a 2nd round pick, it seems KC must get out of the first two rounds with a pass catcher. They could move Lee all around the field and have a dynamic athlete.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – Gilbert vaulted himself into this range with a phenomenal senior season. The Bengals have health issues at cornerback and may no longer have hope for Dre Kirkpatrick.
25. San Diego Chargers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State – Bringing in a dynamo like Cooks would allow SD to cut Eddie Royal and add talent to a receiving corps that is being carried by Keenan Allen at this point.
26. Cleveland Browns: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU – Investing in WR talent is the best way to make Manziel successful and bring along developmentally. Beckham’s large catch radius and run after catch ability make him a complement to Josh Gordon.
27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU – Van Noy is the most versatile defender in the class and can play in the various fronts Roby Ryan likes to employ. His knack for making game-changing plays is a big plus.
28. Carolina Panthers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU – Most of the Panthers secondary will hit free agency, so an instant impact cornerback will be needed. Verrett’s versatility and competitiveness will make him effective on day one.
29. New England Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota – New England is an optimal landing spot for a supremely talented yet raw defensive tackling in the mold of Hageman. He’s also shown the ability to play from multiple techniques.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois – Teams may start to go after a strong safety pairing, which is easier said than done. With Ward paired with Eric Reid, San Francisco’s wobbly secondary could be stabilized.
31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA – If Denver wants one last run with Peyton Manning, the offensive line must be fortified. Su’a-Filo could replace Zane Beadles at left guard or slide out to tackle in a pinch.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri – If Michael Bennett and Chris Clemons aren’t to return, Seattle will have to find viable replacements to keep a stable rotation of edge defenders. Ealy fits the mold.