* Is for a player with possible injury issues.
#Is for a player with possible character or off the field issues
1.KC-SHARIFF FLOYD-DT/DE-FLA-NFL COMP-MUHAMMAD WILKERSON-JETS- Today the chiefs placed the franchise tag on left tackle Branden Albert . That probably rules out a offensive tackle here. They could cut right tackle Eric Winston, but he is still a very good player and is affordable . If a team wants Joeckel or Fisher bad enough a trade back is in play . They won't get a RG3 type haul for a OT though and it's unlikely they would even get Jimmy Johnson trade chart value either. They pulled the trigger on a deal for Alex Smith so a QB is now definitely out. Floyd is considered the best 3-4 DE possibilty in the draft. KC has 2 top 5 picks at DE that have never lived up to their draft status. Glen Dorsey has been OK, but Tyson Jackson has been a huge bust . Jackson should be cut and Dorsey is a free agent. Last years top pick Dontari Poe will play the nose in this scenario .If they prefer Star Lotulelei then he can play the nose and Poe can slide over to end .Milliner is the other guy who makes the most sense if they stay at this spot, but he would have to be a super elite corner who also returns kicks to go #1 in my opinion, and thats's not Dee.
2.JAX-*STAR LOTULELEI-DT-UTAH-NFL COMP-HALOTI NGATA-BALT-BALT-Thier run defense up the middle is bad right now and this guy clogs the middle by just breathing . They have Mincey and Babin on the outside now, and I doubt they have given up on Andre Branch(last years second round pick) already,so that should improve their outside pass rush . Star can also push the pocket from the inside and improve the overall rush as well. Until we hear otherwise we have decided to operate under the belief that Star will be fine. My brother is in PA school and he said the reasons Star's agent gave for the heart readings is logical. Dehydration and quick weight loss can cause all those symptons.
3.OAK-*DION JORDAN-DE/OLB-ORE-NFL COMP-JEVON JEARSE-RET-GB-Pass rush is a weakness in Oakland, especially on the outside where they have some DT size guys coming off the edge. Kelly and Seymour are both leaving and that makes DT their chief priority now,but the 2 worth this pick are off the board . So they get value in the versatile Jordan. He should be healed from shoulder surgery when the season starts and he worked out well at the combine despite his injury. More than any other team in this draft they are likely to move back if the chance to acquire more picks and fill more needs comes up.
4.PHIL-LUKE JOECKEL-OT-TEX A&M-NFL COMP-JOE THOMAS-CLEV-A massive amount of O-line injuries wrecked their season last year. Peters will be back and they can move Hereman back inside if they can get someone else on the outside.With Vick the logical starter at QB the right tackle is protecting the QB's blindside .They need a CB too, so Milliner is a possibility. DRC is a free agent and Nnamdi is way overpaid for what he has done there.
5.DET-*DeMARCUS MILLINER-CB-ALA-CHARLES TILLMAN-CHI-They have had crappy CB play for years and only improved one side last year with Chris Houston,who is now a free agent . If the coach and GM want to keep their jobs they should get CB help right now.
6.CLEV-SHELDON RICHARDSON-DT-MOU-NFL COMP-CULLEN JENKINS-PHIL- Jaball Sheard regressed as a pass rusher last year and Juqua Parker is near the end. With the medical check of Jarvis Jones going badly right now they go another direction . Sheldon Richardson is the drafts best interior pass rusher right now and the athletcisim he shows making plays sliding along the line of scrimmage would work well as a 3-4 end. For the record I would take Warmack if I was them. 4 out of 5 of their starting lineman are good pass blockers, only 1 is a good run blocker, and none blow people of the ball like Chance.
7.AZ-GENO SMITH-QB-W.VA-NFL COMP-WARREN MOON-HOF RET.- The cards are claiming Levi Brown is their left tackle next year, so it's more likely they go in another direction. Geno has the arm for Bruce Arian's verticial sytem and the mobility to have a better chance to survive the rush than any of the QB's they have. Ignore the RG3 comparisons. He's not that type of an athlete. He is a good athtlete for a QB though, but not the elite runner that Griffin is. He's mobile but is always looking to throw first. Not an elite franchsie QB prospect like Luck or RG3 ,but the best in this class. If your AZ he's a lot better than what you have. Smith has a strong arm ,good accuracy when he's set, is clean off the field , is a great athlete, and doesn't throw interceptions. Needs work on mechanics ,handling the blitz,pocket awareness, and being a more vocal leader right now. Also needs to add weight and learn a pro system, but he has the football IQ to do it. .
8.BUFF-EZEKIAL ANSAH-DE-BYU-NFL COMP-JASON PIERRE-PAUL-NYG-Mark Anderson was hurt a lot this season. Add a young edge rusher to a healthy Williams bros & Dareus and they might have the leagues best front four ,with a perfect blend of youth and veterans up front. Ziggy is probably only a situational pass rusher right now and I wouldn't take him in the top 20 ,but I would be surprised if he got out of the top 10 in this draft. People this physicslly gifted rarely come along, but he is raw .
***TRADE- Rams trade 1rst round pick(#16) and 2nd round pick(#46) and 6th round pick(#176) for Jets 1rst (#9)and 4th(#105)
9.RAMS-(jets)-ERIC FISHER-OT-C.MICH-NFL COMP-JOE STALEY-SF.- The rams need to make sure that they get one of the top 3 OT candidates. This pick also allows them to franchise tag Roger Saffold and see if he earns a bigger deal , or negotiates in a manner that reflects what he has done so far. Fisher can play either side and that gives them a lot of options .He also profiles better as a left tackle as opposed to Safford. They could easily address this in free agency as well.
10-TENN-JOHNATHAN COOPER-G/C-N.CAR-NFL COMP-ANDY LEVITRE-BUFF-None of the 3 guards who started for them played well last year, even future HOFer Steve Hutchinson. With this draft having so few players who are elite at their position, a guard in the top 10 won't shock us at all, and even 2 is an outside possibilty. Trading down or going after a CB/ edge rusher are also viable options ,but Warmack or Cooper here is a steal. Since their head coach is a HOF guard he should realize it. With Jake Locker being so mobile, and the type of run plays they prefer ,the more athletic Cooper is a better fit .He can even play center in a pinch if it's needed.
11.SD-LANE JOHNSON-OT-OKLA-NFL COMP-NATE SOLDER-COL-Another BAD O-line . 2 years ago the left side of their line was elite with Dielman and McNeil. 2 injury retirements later and Phillip Rivers is a wreck. This guy is an athlete. He started juco ball as a QB but kept growing. Then he was a TE and DE. Finally settled in as a RT as junior at OKLA, and LT as senior. Might be a small reach ,but this isn't a strong draft, He has more upside than Joeckel & Fisher, and they are desperate on the left side. Hopefully their new front office will go after any and all top O-line free agents.
12.MIAMI-.*KEENAN ALLEN-WR-CAL-NFL COMP-JORDY NELSON-GB-Randy Starks received the franchise tag today and that probably makes D-line a less urgent need than before.They do need a number one WR though. This guy looked great even with bad QB play and constant double teams. Even if they resign Hartline, or go after Mike Wallace a young receiver to grow with Tannehill is needed on the other side.
13.TB-XAVIER RHODES-CB/S-FLA ST.-NFL COMP-NnAMDI ASOMUGHA-PHI -Definitely a bit high right now but they traded their best CB last year and they need another big corner now. Rather than reach they might go D-line or trade back.They might prefer Desmond Trufant ,but I doubt it. If Bennett leaves in free agency then Bjoern Werner might be in the mix because he is stout enough against the run to play the strrong side.
14.CAR-SYLVESTER WILLIAMS-DT-NC-NFL COMP-MARCELL DAREUS-BUF-Carolina not only has bad run defense , but also needs leadership and toughness up the gut. This local guy is a big,quick, mature beast of a man who gives them all of that.He even improves the pass rush.
15.NO-KENNY VACCARO-S-TEX-NFL COMP-KERRY RHODES-AZ-safety, corner, OT, NT, rush OLB are all needed for their move to a 3-4. Some of those holes wil be filled in free agency. This one probably won't be.This defense was horrible last year. Rob Ryans complicated scheme especialy requires smart safetys that can cover. If Vacaro falls this far it's a steal.
16.JETS-(rams)-CORDARELLE PATTERSON-WR-TENN-DEZ BRYANT-DALL-Former GM Mike Tannenbaum gave them this pick on the NFL network ,and the trade back makes it more likely. If anybody knows what they are thinking it's probably him. It also allows them to finally cut overpaid, injury prone ,malcontent Santanio Holmes. Another trade back to acquire even more picks could happen.
17.PITT-BARKEVIOUS MINGO-DE/OLB-LSU-NFL COMP-JASON TAYLOR-(ret)- James Harrison is 34 , has a big salary, and has been injured a lot recently. Lamar Woodley wasn't too hot last year either. So we are giving them a edge rusher with a lot of potential ,despite a lack of production. Also Larry Foote was a liabilty last season so a ILB is a possibilty. Ogletree has the talent to warrant this pick and would give them another 3 down LB to go with Timmons, he is versatile enough to play all the LB positions and add some youth & speed to an aging defense. .Ogletree has been suspended before though and he just had a DUI. A trade back to acquire picks also makes sense considering the age of some expensive players on a roster with cap problems, and the holes they aleady have before any cuts are even made.
18.DALL-CHANCE WARMACK-G-ALA-NFL COMP-JAHRI EVANS-NO-There are no tackles worth this pick left in this scenario,so how about a plug an play guard? Dallas fans rejoice! Your prayers are answered.Even Jerry Jones couldn't screw this one up, but if he does any claims to being a legitamate GM would die the day he passed on Chance Warmack at # 18 . Don't worry though, he's not acually an idiot, just an egomaniac . The right side of the Dallas O-line needs an upgrade. Warmack or Cooper are both a fit, but Warmack fits their power man scheme better at guard, and the value of getting the best player in the draft at # 18 is enormous. I am sure Dallas fans are sick of seeing Romo run for his life, this guy could help immediately. It's safe to say Lane Johnson would be in play if he fell here.
19.NYG-BJOERN WERNER-DE-FLA ST.-NFL COMP-DERRICK MORGAN-TENN.-GM Jerry Reese is known for taking the best player available, or guys with big upside , and in this case it fits a need. The Osi and Tuck era has likely come to an end,and even if they keep Tuck he was not even close to being the guy who dominated 2 superbowls last year. JPP can handle one side, but unless they move Kiwanuka down to the line they are short a starting DE. Pass rush was the main reason they won 2 superbowls in 4 years and I am sure they know it.
20.CHI-DJ FLUKER-OT-ALA-NFL COMP-ANDRE WHITWORTH-CINC- I expect them to acquire an O-lineman or 2 in free agency, but this at least covers right tackle. As of now RT Gabe Carimi fits better inside at guard. Fluker is big strong and has ridiculously long arms. He also is a fierce run blocker. Henry Melton received the franchise tag, so if the top 6 O-lineman are gone Alec Ogletree or a DB make sense. We doubt they would reach for Larry Warford or Menelik Watson this early in the draft.
21.CINC-CINC-TAVON AUSTIN-WR-W.VA-NFL COMP-PERCY HARVIN-MINN-This mans lightning in a bottle on the field. Running, catching, and returning are all in the toolbox. Explosive and would take some pressure off Dalton to Green. If a RB blows up the pre-draft process that is also a possibility.
22.RAMS-(wash)JUSTIN HUNTER-WR-TENN-NFL COMP-SIDNEY RICE-SEA-The rams have a lot of young WR talent. and claiming Titus Young and his attitude didn't help much, as they just cut him. However Amendola is the only one with any polish. He's also a FA, and he is often injured. Hunter was a likely top 10 pick before his ACL injury. He didn't look quite the same this season, but at the combine he put on a show. Ususally the second year(most people aren't Adrian Peterson) after a knee reconstruction is when a player returns to form.
23.MINN-QUINTON PATTON-LA.TECH-NFL COMP-RODDY WHITE-ATL - They need anyone who can take attention away from Adrian. Percy Harvin is probably going to to be traded unless he has an attitude adjustment, and with his injury and attitude history they should get what they can now anyway. This guy can run block too and you need that on this team.
24.INDY-DESMOND TRUFANT-CB-NFL COMP-JASON McCOURTY-TENN-Probably the 3rd best CB after the senior bowl,and they need CB help badly. Ran well enough at the scouting combine ,although his other drills were a bit sketchy to me, but need will likely push him up draft boards either way . If a good O-lineman rises ,or one falls who shouldn't that should come first ,but we see them adressing that in free agency. Luck got hit consistently all season. They are a candidiate to trade up for a lineman just in case they don't address it in free agency.
25.SEA-DATONE JONES T-DE/DT-UCLA-NFL COMP-JUSTIN TUCK- Chris Clemmons is not only 11 years in, but he just hurt his knee . Bruce Irvin is more of an undersized pass rushing specialist, so they need an everydown guy who can play the strongside . Pete Carrol may have lost out to UCLA recruiting Jones in college, but this time he gets his man. Datone is versatile enough to help in all the different looks this defense likes to show, and even move inside when called upon.
26.GB-TYLER EIFERT-TE-N.DAME-NFL COMP-TONY GONZALEZ-ATL- The ubertalented but usually dissapointing Jermichael Finley will probably be gone this year in free agency. Eifert is consistent as a receiver ,and despite not being a great blocker right now, the effort is there. He is already a much better blocker than Finley will ever be .They need some OT help, but I don't have any graded high enough yet in this scenario. Both starting OT's will return from injury as well ,so that might fix the problem.
27. HOU-JESSIE WILLIAMS-DT-ALA-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE-Nose tackle is their largest weakness. This Australian import is big, strong, fits the bill, and can play all over their D-line. He is also raw but has a huge upside. The shaded nose Wade Phillips likes to run is ideal for Williams.
28.DEN-#ALEC OGLETREE-LB-GA-NFL COMP-LAWRENCE TIMMONS-PITTS-DJ Williams is in his 30's and was suspended twice last season. Ogletree is a 3 down LB that can play all 3 positions in a 4-3. If not for his off the field issues(Including a DUI last week) he would go top 10 in this draft, but Denver has a strong veteran locker room. Champ Bailey is still a good player despite his last game, but he will also be 35 next season. So a corner is also a possibility.
***TRADE-JETS-2nd round pick(#39)-6th round pick(#169) and their 3rd round pick next season
to the PATRIOTS-for their 1rst sround pick(#29)
29.NYJ-(pat)-**MATT BARKLEY-QB-USC- NFL COMP-ANDY DALTON-CINC-It's actually more likely they trade into the bottom of the 1rst round for him than wait and hope he falls. The Jets run a west coast offense and Barkley is a perfect fit in one. Barkley will be the odds on favorite for rookie of the year if this goes through.Yes, it's another USC QB, but unlike Sanchez this one is a 4 year starter with a high football IQ.
30.ATL-SAM MONTGOMERY-DE/OLB-LSU-NFL COMP-ANTHONY SPENCER-DALL -Just cut John Abraham is 34 on the weak side and Kroy Bierman is nothing special on the strongside as far as Atlantas DE's . There are rumors Abraham might be brought back at a lower price, but they still would need help outside. Tony Gonzalez is saying he is probably done and if retires,Zach Ertz can slide right in and give similiar production right away as a receiver. If he comes back the best available edge rusher is a good fit. Montomery does everything good but nothing great. He can also play either side in a 4-3.
31.SF-JOHNTHAN BANKS-CB-MISS ST-NFL COMP-RICHARD SHERMAN-SEA-Not a lot of needs with the 49ers, but this fills one. The way Flacco lit them up in the super bowl this is probably the chief one. Despite not having the best combine Banks is a tall lanky corner that can press, and that fits what they do. Thier elite D-line is aging and Issac Sopoaga hit the wall last season. With the age of Smith and Mcdonald ,and Smith's tricep injury , a D-lineman is also a possibilty.
32.BALT-JARVIS JONES-OLB/DE-GA-NFL COMP-CLAY MATHEWS-GB- GM Ozzie Newsome loves value and tends to find a way to get it. Even if Jones ends up only playing 4 good years this pick is a steal for a player with top 5 talent. Terrell Suggs is still a good player, but lacks explosion due to age & his repaired achilles.Paul Kruger is a FA and Courtney Upshaw is a solid guy but will never be a top tier pass rusher. As long as a doc says he can play at least 4 years this just makes too much sense.
33.JAX-LARRY WARFORD-G-KY-BOBBIE WILLIAMS-BALT-With MJD coming back from injury ,and Gabbert still not living up to his draft status, it would be probabaly be nice for both to have some room to do their jobs. Both starters at guard underwhelmed last season. Warford will put some nasty in the middle of the line. Don't be shocked if it's a QB though.
34.SF-(kc)-ZACH ERTZ-TE-STAN -NFL COMP-TODD HEAP-AZ-the 49ers offense is at it's best whend they are exploiting mismatches. It took awhile for Colin Kaeperneck to find Vernon Davis
but he finally did. Ertz would give them a second mismatch down the seem, and the former Stanford cardinal would be able to slide right into his former coaches offense.
35.PHIL-EJ MANUEL-QB-FLA-ST-NFL COMP-DONOVAN McNABB-(ret)-This is not only the best QB for Chip Kelly's sytem, it's the guy with the highest upside. With a Kaepernick-like year to sit and learn , he could have a Kaepernick-like impact down the road.Even in this offense he needs mechanical work and time to learn.
36.DET-COREY LEMONIER-DE-OLB-AUB-NFL COMP-ANDRE CARTER-OAK-Cliff Avril is a FA and Vandenbosch looks done and was released. Lemonier needs to get bigger and play lower for an NFL 4-3, but he could be a solid starter early.
37.CINC(oak)-KEVIN MINTER-ILB-LSU-NFL COMP-TAKEO SPIKES-SD- Rey Maulaluga was bad in 2011 and much worse last year. It used to be he lacked quickness in coverage but he didn't even play the run well last year . Minter could be the missing piece that makes this already talented defense elite.
38.AZ.*EDDIE LACY-RB-ALA-NFL COMP-MARSHAWN LYNCH-SEA-Could it be? Can the cards actually draft a RB high and he stays healthy? Beanie Wells has either been hurt or underperformed and Ryan Williams didn't look as explosive when he cam back from knee surgery. Lacy is a bell cow back who can also help in the passing game
39.NE-(jets)-TERRANCE WILLIAMS-WR-BAY-NFL COMP-STEVE JOHNSON-BUFF- They may not pay Welker, but at least they have Eidelman in the slot as a possible replacement. Lloyd is older and not very physical. This guy can stretch the field ,fights for the ball, was highly productive, and has reliable hands. I won't be surprised if the Pats trade back again. After years of stockpiling picks for next season the patriots went the other way last year. They are without a 4th,5th,and 6th coming into the draft. In this trade they acquire a 6th rounder this season and a 3rd rounder for next year while still filling a need.
40.TENN-MATT ELAM-S-FLA-NFL COMP-QUINTIN MIKELL-STL-Micahel Griffin was moved around last year and he was terrible.Even if he returns to form he's more of a FS. Elam is more of a SS type but he just seems to make plays no matter where he is on the field. Improving the pass rush would help the secondary a lot too, so maybe a D-lineman could be in play.
41.BUFF-RYAN NASSIB-QB-SYR-NFL COMP-STEVE McNAIR (ret)- Let me seee....hmmmm...new coach from college ... needs a QB.... coaches former QB in draft and already knows offfense. DUH! Since he knows the offense he is more valuable to this team than anyone elses. His rookie year could be better than Tannehills in a similiar situation.
42.MIA-KAWANN SHORT-DT-PURDUE-NFL COMP-ANTONIO GARAY-SD-Thier D-line is aging and even though they are bringing Randy Starks back for at least one more year ,they need more of an interior pass rush & some youth inside. If they can get Short to rev his motor up every play he could be elite .Since we have heard they are willing to spend some money in the FA market this year we beleive it likely they get a #1 WR there.
43.TB-GAVIN ESCOBAR-TE-SD ST-NFL COMP-JIMMY GRAHAM-NO-Dallas Clark is well past his prime ,and without that consistent mid field target that Kellen Winslow had once been, Josh Freeman backslid last season. Escobar will have to work more as a blocker in this offense , but he has the frame to pull it off, and the coach to drive it in to him .
44.CAR-(kc)ROBERT WOODS-WR-USC -NFL COMP-REGGIE WAYNE-INDY-Steve Smith is near the end and a small guy to boot. Woods gives Cam Newton a bigger reliable downfield threat with a penchant for high pointing the ball and route running . Woods is smart, can catch, and will go after the ball.
45.SD-AARON DOBSON-WR-MAR-NFL COMP-MICHAEL CRABTREE-SF-Give Phillip Rivers a steady receiver for years to come.This guy is physcial , runs good routes has reliable hands, and can even block.
46.JETS(rams)-MENELIK WATSON-OT-FLA-ST.-NFL COMP-JASON PETERS-PHIL-Their RT Austin Howard just doesn't have the feet to play on the edge ,but he is a solid run blocker . Moving Howard inside would definitely help him. Stud RG Brandon Moore will be 33 when the season starts, is a free agent, and they are in cap trouble. Watson is an agressive strong run blocker, with the athletic ability to be an upgrade as a pass blocker, and the long term answer at right tackle. He also is raw , new to football, and a wild card in this draft. If Chris Faulk can show he's healthy by the time the draft roles around then he would go here instead.
47.DALL-JONATHAN CYPRIEN-S-FIU-NFL COMP-RESHAD JONES-MIA- Gerald Sensabaugh was nothing special at either safety spot and was just cut. Barry Church is coming off major surgery , even though he did play well before being hurt last season. Last years 4th rounder Matt Johnson couldn't stay healthy. Cyprien will probably be the best safety on their roster as soon as he learns the defense.With Anthony Spencer getting franchise tagged again ,an edge rusher is probably not needed anymore this year. Unless the tag was applied to trade him.
48.PITT-AURTHUR BROWN-LB-KAN ST-NFL COMP-JON BEASON-CAR- This is a perfect fit. Browns recent weight gain now makes him available to 3-4 teams too. He is strong in coverage and is a 3 down LB in either defense. Pairing him with Lawrence Timmons makes them a pair to potentially rival Willis/Bowman and Lee/Carter as the leagues best inside LB duos.
49.NYG-JAMAR TAYLOR-CB-BOISE ST-NFL COMP-TRAMON WILIAMS-GB- The giants lose defensive backs like a little kid with marbles. Almost every DB on the NYG roster is coming off injury, a possible cap casulaty, is in some state of free agency, or some combination thereof.
50.CHI-SIO MOORE-LB-UCONN-NFL COMP-JEROD MAYO-NE-Urlacher and Briggs are long in the tooth. You need really athletic LB's to run the Tampa 2 right and this guy is athletic enough to play all 3 spots just in case they bring both back. Long term he can be their answer in the middle.
51.WASH-TERRON ARMSTEAD-OT-ARK.PB-NFL COMP-TYRON SMITH-DALL-RT has been a weakness for washington ever since they traded for Jamall Brown. He immediately showed why the saints were willing to let the former Pro Bowler go.Armstead is the raw elite athlete who took the combine by storm. The fact that he also showed good play on the field on tape, then at the east/west game, and even held his own at the senior bowl makes me believe he could go even higher. He looks and moves like a giant TE. WIth a year or 2 in an NFL weight room and with NFL coaching he could easily be a Pro Bowl blindside protector.A perfect fit in Washington's zone blocking scheme.
52.MINN-AKEEM SPENCE-DT-ILL-NFL COMP-KYLE WILLIAMS-BUFF-Perrenial pro bowler is Kevin Williams is over 30 now and its starting to show. He is still good but might not be worth his high salary for long. The more film we watch on Spence the more he grows on us. Add a good combine in the mix and we think he's off the board in the second round.
53.CINC-*GEOVANI BERNARD-RB-N.CAR-NFL COMP-CJ SPILLER-BUFF- Another speedy playmaker to open up the offense. The law firm of BJGE is an inside grinder , but he's not much of a threat to bust a long one, or help out in the passing game. Bernard gives them what he can't.
54.MIA(indy)-DAMONTRE MOORE-DE/OLB-TEX A&M-NFL COMP-JOHN ABRAHAM-ATL-Someone needs to play on the other side of Cameron Wake. Some of the dolphins coaching staff have ties to Texas A&M. Moore has talent, but looked lazy and out of shape at the combine. Like he hadn't been training for it. Add that he didn't do very well last season when being blocked by top OT's, and the fall was bound to happen.
55.GB-JHONATHON HANKINS-DT-OH ST.-KEVIN WILLIAMS-MINN-To run the 3-4 you need a NT and they don't have a good one, becaue Raji ususally plays end for some reason .Hankins is huge and super talented, but he needs to get in better shape . He has the talent to be a 3 down player but his gas tank / effort on every play is a worry. He would be a first round lock if he had even a solid motor.
56.SEA-KHASEEM GREENE-OLB-RUTG-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR-Leroy Hill's recent arrest probably makes any decison about bringing him back easy.This former safety has the coverage chops and smarts needed for Pete Carrols defense.
57.HOU-DEANDRE HOPKINS-WR-CLEM-NFL COMP-PIERRE GARCON-WASH-Every year we think they are going to draft a reliable # 2 to go with (and take the coverage away from) Andre Johnson, and it never happens. This is the year.
58.DENV-BW WEBB-CT.WILL&MARY-NFL COMP-TRAMON WILLIAMS-GB-Champ Bailey is still a good player despite his last game, but he will also be 35 next season. This corner played well in the senior bowl and tested well at the combine. He can also provide value in the return game and who better to learn from than the champ?
59.NE-MARGUS HUNT-DE-SMU -NFL COMP-CALAIS CAMPBELL-AZ-His talent and frame are undeniable. If he added 20-30 pounds he would still be quick, but 6"8" 277 and running a 4.6 forty is nuts. With long arms and the height Bill Belichick prefers this raw unmolded talent is probably too good to pass up here.
60.ATL-BLIDI WREH-CB/S-WILSON-NFL COMP-TERREL THOMAS-NYG-Cutting Dunta Robinson leaves a huge hole at corner. Brent Grimes is returning after missing last season but he is a free agent, and who knows if he will even be the same player right away ,if ever.
61.SF-*BARRET JONES-C/G/T/-ALA-NFL COMP-MAX UNGER-SEA- The highly decorated Barrett can also play every position on the O-line if it's needed. Right tackle Anthony Davis is a free agent and they don't have a replacement handy.He comes from a winning program to a team that is a superbowl favorite. Natural fit.
62.BALT-MANTI TEO-ILB-N.DAME-NFL COMP-STEPHEN TULLOCH-DET- The freefall finally ends and he will probably end up being the steal of the whole damm draft.This is the best place for Manti . He needs a locker room that will build him up, support him, and have his back against all comers. It looked like his confidence was shot in the National championship game, and since we now know he found out the truth that would explain his bad play. Before that he was worth a top 20 pick off his play on the field this season.He should be drafted higher on his talent, but we really feel most teams will avoid him just because of the distraction he causes.
63.KC-MARKUS WHEATON-WR-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-STEVE SMITH-CAR-A deep threat and slot guy to go with the just resigned Dwayne Bowe.Steve Breaston was cut too, so a WR is must. He can also provide excellence in the return game.
64.JAX-ANDRE ELLINGTON-RB-CLEM-NFL COMP-LESEAN McCOY-PHIL-We doubt MJD holds out this year but he does have a lot of carries on him and they got very little from his replacement while he was hurt. Ellington is a home run hitter and can at least take a 3rd down role if MJD is healthy.
65.DET-*TANK CARRADINE-DE/OLB-FLA.ST.-NFL COMP-SIMEON RICE(ret)-If he checks out medically before the draft , at least enough that teams believe he would be the same player he was pre-injury at the start of the season, he will go in the 1rst round. Until we know more we are guessing he starts the season on the PUP list and only plays half a season at best. Long term this guy is a steal this late ,and we won't be surprised if he is gone way before now.
66.OAK-BRANDON WILLIAMS-DT-MOU-S-ST-NFL COMP-JOSH PRICE-BRENT-DALL
Both starting DT's will be gone when the season starts. After his strong senior bowl we went searching for everything we could find on the small school standout, and were impressed by him on film. Add a good combine in the mix and we think he's gives the raiders some stoutness in the middle of the field .
67.PHIL-#JORDAN POYER-CB-ORE ST. -NFL COMP-CORTLAND FINNEGAN-RAMS-With both of last seasons starting corners still up in the air . Chip Kelly should also be familiar with a kid who played against him every year in college.He will also irritate every receiever he covers with his mouth.
68.CLEV-ZAVIAR GOODEN-OLB.-MOU-NFL COMP-WESLEY WOODYARD-DEN-A linebacker who can cover would really be appreciated for their nickle defense. With NFL teams regularly spending half their time in nickel the athletic Gooden could see a lot of playing time as a rookie. We are betting Weeden gets one more year. Otherwise Mike Glennon would go here.
69.AZ-VANCE McDONALD-TE-RICE-NFL COMP-ZACH MILLER-SEA-Todd Heap was hurt again last season and probably can't be counted on this late in his career. McDdonald has displayed all the qualities of a two way tight end , and we think his best football is still ahead of him.
70.TENN-DALLAS THOMAS-G/T-TENN-NFL COMP-TODD HEREMANS-PHIL-Tennesee still needs another guard to go with Cooper, and Thomas can also play tackle. This positional flexibilty could be very useful considering the age of their starting OT's.
71.BUFF-CHRIS HARPER-WR-KAN.ST-NFL COMP-ANQUAN BOLDIN-BALT-Strong hands, blocker, and a physical presence that could allow Stevie Johnson more time in the slot. Plus a young QB can always use more weapons.
72.JETS-JAMIE COLLINS-OLB-S.MISS-NFL COMP-BRIAN ORAPKO-WASH-Calvin Pace is gone and I have no idea if Aaron Maybin can be consistent. Collins is a phenomenal athlete and fits much better as 3-4 OLB . Explosive and pass rush is his best asset. If he can be trained on pass rush techniques and go hrad on every play he could be special. Watch for another trade back to replace their 4th round pick.
73.TB-LOGAN RYAN-CB-RUTG-NFL COMP-RONDE BARBER-TB-A corner that can tackle is paramount in this defense and this guy plays the run like a safety. It probably doesn't hurt that he reminds me off a future HOFer who is a Tampa Bay legend .
74.SF(car)-ROBERT ALFORD-CB-SE.LA-NFL COMP-LADARIUS WEBB-BALT-Another corner to help shore up the secondary and breed competition in the deep end of the defense. Alford is also an excellent return man, and with Ted Ginn possibly leaving that could be needed.
75.NO-*BRANDON JENKINS-DE/OLB-FLA ST-NFL COMP-ALDON SMITH-SF-The saints forfeit of their second round pick came at a really bad time. Before his injury Jenkins was a probable 1rst round pick.
76.SD-#*TRAVIS KELCE-TE-CINC-NFL COMP-JASON WITTEN-DALL-.Anthony Gates is just about done,and even at his best he was never a blocker. If Kelce was clean off the field ,and had 2 years of solid production on tape instead of one ,he would easily be the first TE off the board. An elite athlete and a strong blocker with a ton of questions.
77.MIA(indy)-DAVID AMERSON-S/CB-N.-CAR ST.-ANTONIO CROMARTIE-JETS-The fins need help at safety and CB. They also prefer big CB's which Amerson certainly is. If you watch his 2011 tape he's a top 10 pick as a corner. After spending this year trying to jump routes to break the interception record I am not sure what he is now. Last season he looked like a safety playing corner. At # 54 he's worth the risk and might be able to help you at both positions. He lit up the combine so don't be surprised if he goes higher.
78.STL-LE'VEON BELL-RB-MICH ST-NFL COMP-MICHAEL BUSH-CHI-Steven Jackson opted out of his deal and his career as a Ram may be over. With him possibly looking for a contender to play for they need an everydown back. Bell is a good fit becuase he is kind of like a younger poor mans Steven Jackson .
79.PITT-ERIC REID-S/LB-LSU-NFL COMP-KENNY PHILLIPS-NYG-Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark are both past 30, and with the injuries they sustain like clock work every year a pick at safety is needed now. He can also be a long term replacement at one spot.
80.DALL-BRYAN SCHWENKE-C/G-CAL-NFL COMP-WILL MONTGOMERY-WASH-Phil Costa resinged this week but he hasn't shown the ability to stay healthy. Schwenke can also play guard and team with Warmack to actually make their interior line strong for years to come.
81.NYG-*CHRIS FAULK-OT-LSU-NFL COMP-ANTHONY DAVIS-SF-I saw Faulk as a possible first rounder before his injury. Now that they resigned Will Beatty on the left side they could go after a long term replacement at right tackle.
82.MIA-DAVID BAKHTIARI-OT-COL-NFL COMP-JORDAN GROSS-CAR-Jake Long might not be back and the dolphins will need another tackle if they lose him. Even if they keep Long the athletic Bakhtiari can be at least a swing tackle.
83.MINN-*#KIKO ALONSO-LB-ORE-NFL COMP-KARLOS DANSBY-MIA-Alonso has the talent to go a lot higher, but his off the field problems and his injuries, make that unlikely. This late he is worth the risk and he can also play multiple positions.
84.CINC-DARIUS SLAY-CB-MISS ST-NFL COMP-DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE-PHIL-The bengals have drafted really well towards the future these last few years.Pacman Jones will be 30 when the season starts , and Terence Newman will be 34. Even if Dre Kirkpatrick is healthy this season the future of the secondary needs to be addressed.
85.WASH-JUSTIN PUGH-G-SYR-NFL COMP-ERIC WINSTON-KC-If Pugh's arms were 34 inches long he would be a first round pick this year . As it is his feet are left tackle ready. In the zone scheme Washinton runs a technician like him is invaluable. Whether he ends up at RT or guard is the question, but his arms are too short to man the strongside.
86.INDY-#KYLE LONG-G-IOWA-NFL COMP-CLINT BOLING-CINC-Hopefully they will address the O-line in free agency. Long is an elite talent with a lack of experience that needs to be coached up. With his athetcism & agression it's only a matter of time until he's a starter, if he can keep his nose clean off the field, and listen to his coaches.
87.SEA-#DA'RICK ROGERS-WR-TENN-NFL COMP-ERIC DECKER-DENV-Another super talented guy with off the field trouble. Pete Carrol always tends to see the best in people and often gets the best out of them. Russell Wilson needs more weapons.
88.GB-MONTEE BALL-RB-ORE-NFL COMP-PIERRE THOMAS-NO-The packs running game has been atrocious for years. Ball has the pass protection chops and Wisconsin ties to be a natural fit.
89.HOU-KEVIN REDDICK-ILB-NC-NFL COMP-DESMOND BISHOP-GB-When Brian Cushing was lost their defense was greatly reduced. They need another guy who can QB the middle of the defense if Cushing isn't ready ,or goes down again. Reddick has the toughness and football IQ to play inside in either front.
90.DENV-BENNIE LOGAN-DT-LSU-NFL COMP-JURELL CASEY-TENN-Both starting DT's will be over 30 when the season starts. Logan has a quick first step, he can penetrate against the run, and he can provide some inside pass rush.
91.NE-SF-DJ SWEARINGER-S-S.CAR-NFL COMP-TJ WARD-CLEV-They can move McCourty back outside if they have another safety. My guess is they will pursue Ed Reed if he becomes a free agent and have 2 new safetys. DJ can learn at the feet of the master.
92.ATL-DAVID QUISENBERRY-T/G-SJSU-NFL COMP-HARVEY DAHL-RAMS-Not only is Sam Baker a free agent ,he is injury prone and inconsitent .With a year in a NFL weight room and with good coaching I could see Quisenberry as the long term answer to protecting Matt Ryans blindside.
93.SF-JOHN JENKINS-DT-GA-NFL COMP-JAMALL WILLIAMS-(ret)-The 49ers need a new nose tackle to replace Isacc Sopoaga and infuse some youth into their D-Line. Justin Smith and Ray Mcdonald can set a great example for this giant and hopefully inspire him to get in better shape.
94.BALT-TRAVIS FREDERICK-C/G-WISC-NFL COMP-JAKE GROVE-(ret)-Matt Birk is retired and hopefully he will end up in the hall of fame like he deserves. Gino Gradkowski might be the answer or not. Frederick can also play guard if need be. With the exception of Marshall Yanda it seems their whole O-line is in flux and even the coaches don't know who's going to play where yet.