1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
According to reports, the Chiefs are down to four players for the number one pick, and you have to figure it’s four big men. Joeckel is certainly among the finalists, and he’s been a favorite for this pick for a while now, especially given Branden Albert’s situation.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
The Jaguars had one of the worst pass rushes in recent memory last season. Jordan is the kind of guy that can come in and immediately demand attention up front and give them what they’ve been looking for.
3. Oakland Raiders – Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders traded for Matt Flynn, so I don’t think this will be a QB here. Floyd is a perfect fit for Dennis Allen’s defense and will be an instant impact player for one of the worst defensive fronts in the league.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Fisher may be the most talented pass protector in this year’s draft, and the Eagles certainly can’t have enough of that. They could easily go QB with this pick, but they may let the board play out.
5. Detroit Lions – Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Losing Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch will hurt the Lions’ DL, so they need to start developing a young guy. Ansah is extremely raw but he can flourish with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley commanding a ton of attention up front.
6. Cleveland Browns – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner paired with Joe Haden for the future is looking more and more realistic, and that has to excite the Browns. They made some great moves to upgrade their pass rush this offseason, and getting Milliner would help this defense reach the next level.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The addition of Carson Palmer doesn’t eliminate the Cardinals from the QB pool in round one, but I don’t think they’d take one at seven. Maybe they would, who knows. I think the bigger need is on the OL. Carson Palmer can still be really solid if given time, and he has some good WRs in Arizona to play with.
8. Buffalo Bills – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
The Bills signed Kevin Kolb to a two year deal, proving they are more comfortable with the second tier of QBs in this year’s draft, in my opinion. I think the next best option is to replace Andy Levitre up front with a guard who can do it all. Cooper is more athletic than Chance Warmack, so he gets the nod here.
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
The Jets are a sleeper to take a QB here, especially with a new GM, but I think pass rush needs to be addressed and maybe they can try to trade back into round one for a quarterback. Mingo is a speedy pass rusher who fills a huge hole on their roster.
10. Tennessee Titans – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Titans pair Warmack on the inside with Andy Levitre, and I think they would be back in business as one of the best OL in the NFL. Warmack is an elite guard prospect and it’s rare to see one guard go in the top 10, much less two, but this is that kind of a draft class.
11. San Diego Chargers – Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
This could be one of the first shockers of the first round. The Chargers do not hesitate to reach on a guy they like, and Watson is receiving a ton of hype. I think protecting Philip Rivers is priority number one, and this guy could be the LT they’ve been looking for.
12. Miami Dolphins – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Dolphins need to replace Sean Smith on the outside, and Rhodes is a good fit to do so. He’s a big, athletic corner prospect who fills the Dolphins’ top need after an exciting free agent spending spree.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei’s heart health has checked out, so I could see him going anywhere from first overall to the middle of the first round. I think the Bucs are a good fit especially with the top two CBs off the board, and Tampa in hot pursuit of Darrelle Revis. If this pick is traded to the Jets, expect them to take Geno Smith.
14. Carolina Panthers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Panthers need some pass rush from the interior of their defensive line after the great season by their bookend DEs. Richardson is a guy who has great athletic ability, and could be a great fit for Ron Rivera’s defense.
15. New Orleans Saints – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Saints missed out on some of the best pass rushers in this class, and so they turn their attention to protecting their passer. Jermon Bushrod bolted for the Bears, and Fluker is coming from a fantastic OL at Alabama and can play the RT spot with Charles Brown taking over at LT.
16. St. Louis Rams – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Rams want to get dynamic offensively, and they now need to replace Danny Amendola. I think Austin is the type of guy who could really shock the league as a rookie. This would be a great pickup for St. Louis.