1. Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - Let's look at the numbers to determine where the greatest need lies; QB or DE. While Schaub's passer rating was a pathetic 73 (10 TDs vs. 14 INTs), right on par with Joe Flacco's. As bad as that 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.
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 last year, he tore his ACL and was already on the backslide prior to that happening. 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 - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville - 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. However, this team doesn't have anywhere near the talent that the Texans do. Simply put, the Texans can get by with marginal QB play, while the Jaguars need someone to build the franchise around. Bridgewater is the most pro-ready QB in the draft.
4. Browns - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M - The Browns actually have a very strong roster, capable of being a very competitive team. What they lack is a quality starting QB who can take this team on his shoulders and lead them. Despite shoddy play from the QB and O-Line this past year, they still managed over 4,000 yards passing, thanks to their receiving corps. Manziel is a special guy who can help turn this ship.
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. 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 - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA - 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. Sack production is an area of concern for this squad. While McCoy was a monster w/ 9.5 sacks, the DE's offered up very little. Barr stands 6'5 and tips the scales at 255lbs, capable of being an edge threat they need.
8. Vikings - Blake Bortels, QB, UCF - 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 could lose two of those DEs in FA. 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 - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M - 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 Matthews 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 just came off a terrific combine showing.
11. Titans - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama - 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 Mosley as a player who fits the bill in both regards. The Titans have talent in their LB corps, but Mosley brings a blend of youth and talent that is unmatched.
12. Giants - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan - The Giants need help everywhere, with their O-Line possibly being the greatest concern. Lewan has some character flaws, but he's still a very good OT. He tested out very well at the combine.
13. Rams - HaHa Clinton-Dix - 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. Luckily, this is a deep WR draft, so they can address the position later if they want. At this juncture, they can focus on the Safety spot. HaHa is a solid player who'd upgrade the back half of their defense.
14. Bears - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh - 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. While Donald is undersized, he offers up the best blend of speed and power out of any of the DTs in this draft.
15. Steelers - Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame - The Steelers need to improve in the trenches. I could see them going DT or OT here. Nix is the nation's best true NT, and could really help this team out. However, I wouldn't be shocked to see Zack Martin get snatched up.
16. Cowboys - Timmy Jerningan, DT, Florida State - The Cowboys need to add some players on defense, specifically on the D-Line and in their secondary. Jernigan is an explosive player who really flashed in the National Championship.
17. Ravens - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M - The Ravens need OT and WR help. Grabbing a receiving threat makes a lot of sense, especially when it's Evans. He's a big guy who could pair with Smith nicely.
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.
19. Dolphins - Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame - The Dolphins will have a new GM calling the shots, so there's no telling what will happen. Even if they ink a LT in the off-season, Martin can play anywhere on a line that needs upgrades at almost every spot.
20. Cardinals - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State - What the Cardinals do in Round 1 may be based on what happens in FA. If Dockett does in fact become a cap casualty, then they may fill his DT/DE hybrid void here with Hageman. However, I see the CB spot being a big need too, and Dennard is the higher rated player.
21. Packers - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota - The Packers simply need more help and talent on their D-Line, which will be an even bigger need if Raji walks. If so, Hageman just makes too much sense.
22. Eagles - Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville - The Eagles need more help on defense, especially in their secondary. Teams moved the ball too easily on them through the air. Pryor is a hard-hitting player who covers the back-half well.
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 - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU - The Bengals could use some help at CB, and Verrett is a very good player. If he were two inches taller, he'd be sought after in the top-10 selections.
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. Browns (via Colts) - Xavier Su'a-filo, OG, UCLA - The Browns need O-Line help. They gave up 49 sacks, and a ton of QB hurries this past season. Su'a-filo is an excellent O-Lineman who can play at OG, or OT in a pinch.
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. O-Line is a consideration too, so Su'a-filo or Yankey are guys to look at as well.
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 - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech - Amaro's stock is jumping around all over the place. As a whole, he's a good player who could fit the exact role that the Patriots would need. He's capable of carving up defenses underneath.
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 - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - The Broncos continue to look poor against the pass, especially when it comes to the play of their secondary. Fuller is a solid CB who should be able to step in and immediately contribute.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.