2. Jacksonville Jaguars Select, DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders Select, DT Shariff Floyd, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles Select, OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
5. Detroit Lions Select, OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
6. Cleveland Browns Select, CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals Select, OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
8. Buffalo Bills Select, QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
9. New York Jets Select, DE/LB Zeke Ansah, BYU
10. Tennessee Titans Select, DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
11. San Diego Chargers Select, OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
12. Miami Dolphins Select, WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Much like the Chargers, there are several ways that the Fins could go here. They could take Jonathan Cooper to improve their interior line, but they likely will have already improved the line quite a bit come this pick after the imminent Branden Albert trade goes through. They could take Xavier Rhodes or Kenny Vaccaro to bolster their weak secondary. Or, they can continue to surround their young QB with playmakers. Tavon Austin has huge playmaking potential and has even begun to be considered worthy of a top ten pick. It would be hard for the Dolphins to pass on him at 12.
13. New York Jets Select, QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
WOAH! The Jets surprise everyone by taking Geno Smith here. Everybody knows how bad the Jets QB woes have been, and with Ryan Nassib going off the board way ahead of his graded slot the Jet might fear a run on QBs that will leave them without one. So Rex Ryan will try to revive the Jets with Geno Smith who has been evaluated as being similar to everything from Donovan McNabb to Alex Smith to Akili Smith. This is a high risk/high reward type pick that the current Jets regime will make to try and save their futures. Go big or go home.
14. Carolina Panthers Select, DT Sheldon Richarson, Mizzou
15. New Orleans Saints Select, OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams Select, Kenny Vaccaro S, Texas
17. Pittsburgh Steelers Select, Eddie Lacy RB, Alabama
18. Dallas Cowboys Select, Jonathan Cooper G, North Carolina
19. New York Giants Select, Xavier Rhodes CB, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears Select, DJ Fluker OT, Alabama
21.Cincinnati Bengals Select, Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
22. St. Louis Rams Select, Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennessee
23. Minnesota Vikings Select, DeAndre Hopkins WR, Clemson
24. Indianapolis Colts Select, Bjoern Werner DE/OLB, FSU
25. Minnesota Vikings Select, Sylvester Williams DT, UNC
26. Green Bay Packers Select, Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee
Seems as though many people are picking the Packers to take a wide receiver with this pick, and for obvious reasons as one of Aaron Rodgers go to guys, Greg Jennings, departed this year for division rival Minnesota Vikings. Justin Hunter is a tall lanky receiver with an ability to go up and get it. He seems to be in that category of late-round receivers that have heavy boom or bust potential, luckily for him and the Packers he has much more potential to pan out thanks to the MVP caliber arm that will be throwing to him.
27. Houston Texans Select, Tyler Eifert TE, Notre Dame
Everybody knows that the Texans desire a wide receiver to lineup opposite of Andre Johnson, in fact, Andre even requested it himself. Unfortunately for the Texans, three of the best receiver options have been taken. Still on the board are Cal WR Keenan Allen, or USC WR Robert Woods, who each have been given first round consideration by many. I would imagine they would settle with one of them in most cases, but there is a glaring name still on the board as well. Tyler Eifert has a much higher all around grade that the available receivers at this point, and still has an ability to greatly help the passing game in Houston. Despite Houston's ability in the past to develop late-round Tight Ends, the talent that Eifert brings is too hard for Houston to pass up with the 27th pick.
28. Denver Broncos Select, Darius Slay CB, Miss St.
UPDATE: It has been reported that Slay tore his meniscus but will not require surgery. This could scare away a team from picking him in the first round but I think Denver likes him enough to work through it. If they do get scared, look for Denver to take DJ Hayden out of Houston or Trufant out of Washington, both smaller corners but the skill to be an NFL shut sown corners.
This pick is tough as there is a plethora of CB's that aren't separated by much. If there is one thing we have seen from John Elway's leadership is picking the guy that fit's their system best and not necessarily who all the experts think is best. My expert pick would be Trufant, he has NFL pedigree and is all around a solid corner. The only thing that keeps him out for the Broncos is he does not have very good size and isn't that physical. Denver has been outspoken about being intrigued by what is going on in Seattle in that big, tall, physical corners are the way to go. Slay is a kid that caught a lot of eyes at the combine because of his size, speed, and ball skills. Slay is a 6' CB who runs a 3.4 and is extremely athletic being a converted RB. I like this pick because Slay can jump right in and contribute, but will not be thrown into a #1 or #2 starter job. Perfect match for the team and the player.
29. New England Patriots Select, Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
In recent years, Wide Receivers have not been as valued in the first round, however there is a good chance that this first round has a run on wide receivers because there are several guys at similar talent levels as well as several teams with wide receiver as a top need. The Patriots have their anchor tight ends and Danny Amendola on the inside, but they need someone to stretch the field on the outside. They get a tremendous value here with Keenan Allen, who is thought by some analysts as the second best receiver in the class. He gives Brady a more physical downfield threat when not throwing to his slot receivers or tight ends.
30. Atlanta Falcons Select, Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Scouting reports on Sam Montgomery seem to swing all over the place. Some are very high on him, some are very low on him. I see him as a good option for the Falcons and their pass rushing woes. This is a good spot to take a guy who can develop behind some veterans and get in on pass rush packages. Sam Montgomery's size and physicality bring a lot to a defense, especially if he can play a little looser.
31. San Francisco 49ers Select, Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, FSU
Tank Carradine missed a lot of the pre draft process while rehabbing a torn ACL surgery. The concern over that may have scared several off, but once Carradine finally worked out he was very impressive. The torn ACL is slowly becoming a full recovery type injury as we have seen several athletes come back even better such as Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Carradine's size, strength, and athleticism make him a great weapon on the edge for the 49ers, and this should be considered a steal if he falls to here.
32. Baltimore Ravens Select, Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Ok so let me just get this out there, we know this guy is kind of weird. However, I think that Ozzie Newsome will have the ability to look past the controversy and the underwhelming combine results to understand that Te'o is capable of anchoring a defense in the middle. The departure of Ray Lewis leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the vaunted Raven defense, however, the system is still one that can consistently develop linebackers, and it is a great fit for a guy like Te'o who has talent and is in need of rebuilding his image. Plus, the guy has a smokin' hot girlfriend! Wait....what?