1. Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - While Schaub's passer rating was a pathetic 73, he was right on par with Joe Flacco. As bad as it was, with the aid of Case Keenum, this team finished 15th in the league in passing yards. Meanwhile, they were tied for second to last in sack production with just 32 (tied w/ Atlanta). While Clowney not only ranks out as the BPA, he addresses the biggest need this team has. They can grab a QB later, and should.
2. Rams (via Redskins) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn - The Rams happen to play in the best division in the league right now, one blessed with guys who can get after the QB. While Jake Long was acquired to play LT for a while, he tore his ACL and was already on the backslide prior to the injury. While Les Snead would and will trade this pick for the right suitor, it may be hard to do so with Clowney off the board. Robinson toyed w/ Missouri's Kony Ealy, a DE who'll get Round 1 looks.
3. Jaguars - Blake Bortels, QB, UCF - The Jaguars are very similar to the Texans when you look at the numbers. They finished 22nd in the league in passing yards, while tying with the Bears for the league's worst sack production with 31 total. I love Khalil Mack, and could see why he'd get the nod here based on his freakish talent. However, the Jaguars went nuts in FA, adding Red Bryant, Chis Clemmons, Ziggy Hood, and re-signing Babin. The front seven is still a focus of concern, but not nearly as much. The Jaguars need someone to build the franchise around. Bridgewater was underwhelming at his pro day, making way for Bortles.
4. Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson - The Browns managed over 4,000 yards passing despite inconsistent play by their QBs and O-Line. This stat alone shows that they can look at a different position with this pick. While their O-Line was suspect last year, Sammy Watkins is a great WR who will make this team more dangerous.5. Raiders - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M - Without looking at a stat sheet, can anyone tell me who the leading WR was for the Raiders last season? I actually asked this of a few of my football buddies, and they had no clue...neither did I. If Watkins were available, I'd have him slated here. Since he isn't, Manziel nicely fits the bill. The Raiders need a long-term answer at the QB spot.
6. Falcons - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo - As stated above, the Falcons tied the Texans in sack production with 32 total...no bueno. While losing Kroy Biermann early on didn't help matters, this team needs needs more star power off the edges. Mack has plenty of that. The team is moving to a 3-4 scheme, and there isn't a better prospect in the draft at the 3-4 OLB spot. While there is a need for O-Line help, the $ spent on Sam Baker may keep from them addressing said need in Round 1.
7. Bucs - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M - The Bucs have one of the worst passing games in the NFL, desperately needing more players to make things happen. With Watkins off the board though, they can address another need. While Anthony Collins was signed to replace Donald Penn, Matthews can man the side opposite of him.
8. Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - Despite some real good play by their DEs, the Vikings were victimized through the air last season, allowing almost 4,600 yards passing. They obviously need help in their secondary. To make matters worse, they lost Jared Allen. With all that going on, they are unsettled at the QB position. Despite the needs on defense, I see them going with one of the top-3 rated QBs if available.
9. Bills - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - The Bills need O-Line help, as they allowed 48 sacks this past season. While they have needs in other spots as well, I highly doubt much credence will be given to them with Lewan available. Whether at LT or RT, he'd operate opposite of Cordy Glenn and help bolster this O-Line.
10. Lions - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State - The Lions desperately need to get more receiving options for Stafford, relying on Megatron way too much. While I could see both a WR and TE being selected this year by the Lions, I'm not sure either occurs in Round 1. This is a deep CB draft, but I feel the drop off from Round-1 to Round-2 talent is more pronounced at CB than the other two positions. Gilbert is a great CB who comes off of a terrific combine showing.
11. Titans - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA - The Titans will be operating out of a 3-4 scheme, so they'll need players who either fit that scheme physically, are at least have familiarity with it. I see Barr as a player who fits the bill in both regards. The Titans have talent in their LB corps, but Barr brings a blend of youth and talent that is unmatched. He stands 6'5 and tips the scales at 255lbs, capable of being an edge threat they need.
12. Giants - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh - The Giants need help at DT, needing youth as well as someone to replace Linval Joseph. While undersized, some of the top O-Lineman in this draft said that Donald was the best DT they faced this season.
13. Rams - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M - Only one player on the Rams' roster had more than 600 yards receiving, and he plays TE (Jared Cook). The Rams have invested picks at the WR position, and none have really panned out yet. Evans is a big guy who can really move for his size. He'd be hard to pass up here.
14. Bears - Timmy Jerningan, DT, Florida State - While It was painfully easy for teams to run the ball against the Bears, they also were horrible at creating sacks. Their D-Line simply has to improve. Jernigan went nuts in the National Championship, and could really help this team out.
15. Steelers - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State - The Steelers needhelp need help in a few spots, maybe none more so than at CB. Dennard is an aggressive player who fits the Steelers' type of play nicely.
16. Cowboys - Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville - The Cowboys need to add some players on defense, specifically on the D-Line and in their secondary. Pryor is a great prospect to come in and operate next to Barry Church.
17. Ravens - Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame - The Ravens need OT and WR help. While grabbing a WR could be the play, Newsome does an excellent job of spotting O-Line talent. Martin is a gifted player who can slide in anywhere.
18. Jets - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina - The Jets offense leaves a lot to be desired, lacking receiving targets. While Ebron didn't wow at the combine as expected, his performance in games shows just what this kid can do. A CB is also a distinct possibility, as they need major help there too.
19. ***TRADE*** Browns (via Colts, via Dolphins) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State - I have the Browns passing on a QB with their 4th overall selection, but trading up here to grab Carr. Carr is a gifted pocket passer who just had quite the showing at his Pro Day.
20. Cardinals - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - The Cardinals need an upgrade over Powers at CB. While undersized, Verrett's game tape is as good as any CBs in this draft.
21. Packers - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota - The Packers simply need more help and talent on their D-Line. Hageman is a big guy who can play at DT or as a base DE in a 3-4 line up.
22. Eagles - HaHa Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama - The Eagles need more help on defense, especially in their secondary. Teams moved the ball too easily on them through the air. HaHa covers the back-half well, seemingly better than Allen.
23. Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR, USC - Charles led the team in both receptions and receiving yards...as a RB. The Chiefs need help at WR. Lee is very talented and wouldn't fall this far in a normal year. Hoe does so in 2014, and the Chiefs reap the benefits.
24. Bengals - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - The Bengals could use some help at CB, and Fuller is a solid CB. I see a run on CBs happening, and the Bengals responding accordingly.
25. Chargers - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri - The Chargers need to create more pressure off the edge. While Ealy needs to add strength to defend the run better, he knows how to wreak havoc.
26. Dolphins (via Browns) - Xavier Su'a-filo, OG, UCLA - The Dolphins need for O-Lineman is well known. Su'a-filo is the nation's best OG, capable of stepping in and starting as a rookie.
27. Saints - Dee Ford, LB/DE, Auburn - The Saints can still do damage on offense, but their defense needs depth. Ford is a gifted DE who can do a little bit of everything. He tested extremely well at his Pro Day.
28. Panthers - Odell Beckham, WR, LSU - The Panthers need a receiver, and Beckham is a great player. He tore up the combine, easily looking like one of the best WRs there.
29. Patriots - Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame - The Pats need to think about replacing Willfork, so they grab his clone right here. Nix has his limitations, but could fit exactly what the Pats need.
30. 49ers - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State - The 49ers are stacked, but I could see them landing a WR or CB here. Cooks has crazy speed and can operate from any WR spot out there. He would instantly make the 49ers even scarier to defend.
31. Broncos - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama - The Broncos get a complete steal here in Mosley. While I feel that he is a top-20 prospect, positional needs are greater elsewhere for most of the teams.32. Seahawks - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State - The Seahawks have talent everywhere, but they do need help at WR. While Robinson ran a pedestrian 40-yard dash, he plays fast and looked in good at everything else he did in Indy.