Thursday, February 13, 2014


The college season is over , the NFL playoffs are done, the college all star games are done , and the Seattle Seahawks are the Superbowl champs . That means the first 32 picks (except for a possible Baltimore/Dallas coin flip) are set now. The combine is on the horizon . This is the calm before the storm . A record number of underclassmen (98) has made this draft special . Unlike last season the 2014 draft has the potential to be great . With anywhere from 2 to 5 potential franchise QB's , 3 possible top 10 OT's, and 3 pass rushers with top 5 ability, and a few possible # 1 WR's . Many of those players would probably have been more worthy of the # 1 pick than any player from the 2013 draft .NFL Player comparisons have been added .So next to each player is the NFL player we feel they will most resemble in their prime if they are a hit. The comp is for on the field play only ,and the higher they are ranked the more likely we think they will reach that comparison. This is not a ranking of top picks though. This is how we see the draft going whether we agree with the picks or not. This draft is really deep at RB  ,WR ,and O-line . So if your team needs any of those there should be plenty of quality players throughout the top 2 rounds at those positions . After all the medicals & background checks are done by teams I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with over 40 players with a 1rst round grade this season. Last year we only had 19 players rated as 1rst round picks .Jacksonville did everything it could to screw up their chance at the best possible franchise QB.  The Jags double beat down of Houston has cost themselves Bridgewater ,and the Texans are now in the driver seat. They should take him and we believe their new coach will feel the same . Now that both Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley are going back to school QB's are at even more of a premium. Congratulations to the Seahawks and all their fans.

* Is for a player with possible injury issues now or in his past.
#Is for a player with possible character or maturity issues now or in his past.

1.HOUSTON-TEDDY BRIDGEWATER-QB-NFL COMP-LOUISVILLE-AARON RODGERS-GB- yep... they lost twice to the jags...okay? Anyway, it helps them a ton so their fans should be happy as Teddy officially declared for the draft on new years day. They are now getting the clear cut #1 QB in the draft and a guy who has what Matt Schaub doesn't . Schaub's guaranteed portion of his contract is about done. The Texans didn't win this season, and although they were kind enough to let him start the final after he had already lost his job, his time as a Texan should be up . Bridgewater not only has the high football IQ and accuracy that Schaub showed in his prime, but he also has the strong arm, quick eyes, pocket presence, poise,  and foot speed that Schaub has always lacked. If this happens I expect the talented Texans to get healthy and make a quick turnaround like the Chiefs did this year. Bridgewater is younger and has a higher upside than Alex Smith though. To be clear I see Teddy as a clear cut franchise QB that ANY team should be falling all over themselves to pick.  I bet coach O'brien (a QB guru) will take Teddy if the choice is up to him . O'Brien has had pocket passers throughout his coaching career, Bridgewater is the best pocket passer in the draft. The only thing that could count against Teddy is his size. Most of O'briens past QB's had bigger frames than Bridgewater . If the Texans take him this could be the pick that finally puts their franchise over the top. The only argument anyone can make to justify taking Manziel over Bridgewater is to please the Texas fan base by taking the hometown boy . While I am a Manziel fan I grade Bridgewater at a 97 out of 100 just based on football ability , and Teddy is clean off the field . I grade Manziel at a 93 before I even take into account his rebellious attitude and off the field worries . Will they make the smart decision , or will they worry more about ticket and memorabilia sales ?

***TRADE*** The RAIDERS trade their 1rst round pick (#5 )and 3rd(#67) in this draft and their #1 pick in 2015 for the RAMS #2 overall pick***

2.RAIDERS-(stl,wash)-*JOHNNY MANZIEL-QB-TEXAS A&M-NFL COMP-FRAN TARKENTON-(ret)- Hopefully by now the raiders have realized Terrell Pryor is a great athlete that could  (think MEGATRON  type talent) a elite receiver with some coaching, time, and effort .Matt Mcgloin looks like he could develop into a solid backup but he doesn't have "IT". Love him or hate him (and I have found myself feeling both from time to time) Manziel makes big plays at the best times , and he definitely has "IT". "JOHNNY FOOTBALL" is a proven winner in big games in college, and he doesn't turn the ball over. His lack of height (reportedly (6 foot 1 or 6 feet ) and potential off the field troubles make it likely he goes behind the reliable Bridgewater . If he stays out of trouble his leadership, poise, almost supernatural ability to extend plays & avoid the rush make me think he could be a winner in the NFL too. That was before this seasons improvements. Already this year he has shown improved mechanics, an improved ability at reading defenses , and a stronger arm . Even more surprising is his new willingness to buy time with his feet, and then throw the ball, instead of just taking off running like last season. He will ignite the fan base and spearhead a quick turnaround for a talented team. If he stays out of trouble , learns how to run some plays from under center, and stays healthy this gamble could pay off long term. The raiders finally have the cap room to make some positive off season moves  . Resigning DE Lamar Houston and Tackle Jared Veldheer should be their first priorities. After that they now have the cap room to fill holes with veterans and be competitive. Dennis Allen deserves at least one shot with a legitimate NFL roster .

3.JACKSONVILLE-#*JADEVEON CLOWNEY-DE/OLB-S.CAROLINA-NFL COMP-MARIO WILLIAMS-BUFF-. With the only 2 QB's worth a pick this high off the board the Jags take the once a decade DE for coach Bradley's defense. With Jason Babin having a down year this season , turning 34 next year, and having a 6 million dollar salary as well, this makes even more sense. Barring one of them screwing the pooch in the pre-draft process I feel confident that Bridgewater ,Manziel, Clowney , and Bortles will be the first 4 players off the board . The only question is what teams they end up on and in what order. They really need to take a QB in the 2nd though.

4.BROWNS-BLAKE BORTLES-QB-UCF-NFL COMP-STEVE McNAIR-retired-Since they let pocket passing QB guru Norv Turner leave for Minnesota I played along with the Johnny Manziel rumors for a couple of weeks, but I still think this is just one big smoke screen . The browns leaking to multiple outlets they want Manziel screams that they are hoping to get someone to trade up with or ahead of them for him . I was thinking maybe they would sign or trade for(Ryan Mallet?) or draft a QB with their second first rounder.  I really didn't think they would take any QB besides Bridgewater or Manziel at #4 ... until they signed Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator . That rules out Manziel for me. Shanahan has his merits .You can say he was instrumental in the development of Matt Schaub into a pro-bowl QB , and that he was instrumental in RG3 having the best season a rookie QB had ever had until he  hurt his knee the first time . Now you might think that since Shanahan has already mentored a mobile , strong armed, charismatic, high profile , Heisman trophy winning QB , with a gift for creatively ad-libbing , into to the greatest rookie season in history is exactly why they should take Manziel . Seems like sound logic , but there are 2 reasons I disagree . The second reason is Kyle Shanahan's micromanaging & controlling personality. RG3 was considered a genial guy that could get along with anybody. Heck , some say he wants to even be a politician . Shanahan and Griffin then engaged in a season long tug of war that was continuously leaked to the media by someone on both sides . A guy with Manziels reported anti-authority streak and ( even greater than RG3's )creative streak would be stifled and I doubt it would end happily . While I wouldn't take Blake this high I now believe they might .Bortle's doesn't have the same rep or polish of RG3 or Manziel , but his upside is higher than both. He doesn't have the skins on the wall the other 2 did either . He will probably be grateful for Kyle's tutelage for at least a couple of years . Since I no longer doubt that Bortles will last outside the top 8 they should take him here if they want him. The recent firing of their GM and club president make me believe that they are definitely taking a QB now. Will they sit here and take the one that falls to them is the question .Minnesota or Tennessee could take a liking to him and trade up with the Rams/Falcons to steal him away from them . Their worst case scenario should get them the 3rd QB on their board . Although(this should be a ludicrous proposition, but you never know)  if they have a choice between Clowney and Bortle's they would be raving lunatics to pass on Clowney . With 3 picks out of the top 35 they can get a receiver or right tackle with their next 2 picks .

5.RAMS-(oak)-GREG ROBINSON-OT-AUBURN-NFL COMP-JOE STALEY-SF-The rams have made it clear they are willing to move back and get even more picks. If they can pull it off and still get Matthews or Robinson (that probably means just Jacksonville , Cleveland or Oakland) that would be a coup . In this case it worked and they now have 2 first round picks this year , and one next year. Roger Saffold will probably sign for more money with a team that's willing to pay him more to play tackle. If Jake Long isn't fully healed from his torn ACL by next season Robinson can fill that void .He has the power to play guard out of the gate and then slide over full time when Long is done. After the 2015 season they can cut Long with very little dead money anyway, and right tackle Joe Barksdale is a free agent after this season as well .Robinson has a higher grade than any of the tackles in last years draft in our opinion, and they went 1rst, 2nd and 4th in the overall. He would be an upgrade at every spot on the O-line considering the uncertainty of Longs health . Robinson is a mauler that will  help keep Ryan upright and greatly improve their push in the run game. Robinson has had a great year ,but in a really run heavy offense ,and until recently he wasn't someone I saw as a threat to enter this years draft. After the rumors of him coming out this year started circulating I started doing my due diligence on him, but I only had 3 games of his still left on my Tivo plus the then upcoming National championship game. The first game film of his that I broke down forced me to give him the nick name of "pancake". That's how brutal a finisher he can be  when run blocking, especially when he is collapsing down from the side or going up field.  He has played pretty well when I have seen him pass block ,but at less than 20 pass snaps a game I am not as confident about him starting out well in the NFL on the blind side .  I have the more polished ,versatile, and steady Jake Matthews ranked ahead of him .So many teams are going to love Robinson's upside that I know think he goes ahead of Jake .  I wouldn't be surprised if he started out at right tackle . After the national championship game I still feel the same ,although I am sure that NFL O-line coaches are lining up to man crush on a player that plays with his physicality , athleticism , and mean streak . After watching 16 of his games over the last 2 seasons I am comfortable in my assessment . Robinson is an elite athlete for his size that can anchor this O-line for a long time if he can fulfill his potential, but he is not all there yet . At the very least he will probably be a dominant run blocker at whatever position they put him at if he is blocking down , up field, or on the move.  Keep this in mind though -he was straight up overpowered heads up in-line blocking against Florida states Mario Edwards in the National championship game on  multiple occasions . Against stronger DE's he may struggle to get a push heads up.Since Sam Bradford was knocked out for the season again it's about time protecting him became their top priority.

6.ATLANTA-(clev)-JAKE MATTHEWS-OT-TEX A&M-NFL COMP-DUANE BROWN-HOU--The Falcons were replacing the entire right side of their line at the start of the season . RT Tyson Clabo was their best lineman and they cut him before the season in a salary cap move . LT Sam Baker is inconsistent, injury prone, and after week 10 he was put on season ending IR. Baker's replacement Lamar Holmes was much worse. Add the fact that 2 rookie corners were counted on to be key players this year and the falcons weren't too good this year . Quite frankly, I was surprised that Matt Ryan survived the year without missing any serious time due to injury after watching that line  .This son of a HOFer is the Teddy Bridgewater of O-lineman. Matthews is smart, polished, does everything well, and can play in any scheme . Jake can start the season at right tackle if Sam Baker is healthy and switch over to the left side if Bakers hurt or plays badly again . To be honest he could probably start at any position on the O-line and do a good job of it . Just like his dad . .The falcons badly need pass rush help ,multiple O-lineman, and a new TE. Don't be surprised if they trade back to gather more picks to fill those needs.

***TRADE NYJ TRADE their 1rst rd(#18) 2nd rd(#49 )and 3rd (#80) to TAMPA BAY for their 1rst round pick (#7)***

7.NYJ-(tb)-KHALIL MACK-OLB-BUFFALO-NFL COMP-BRIAN ORAPKO-WASH- Not only has Quinton Coples been miscast as a 3-4 OLB but 33 year old past his prime Calvin Pace is on the other side. Neither does enough to help the pass rush and the Jets have to blitz too much to compensate, These dominoes keep falling by forcing DB's in single coverage to cover too long. Mack would help the Jets defense on every level.  Now that the Jets are out of salary cap hell ,and can fill some  other holes in free agency(their probably won't be anybody really good available at rush OLB) , I expect them to go after a edge rusher in the draft . With the extra 3rd round pick the Jets have from the Darrel Revis trade they cab spend some picks to get what they want most .When a guy from a smaller school is the best player on the field against a powerhouse like Ohio St. everyone takes notice, and Khalil Mack was that guy to start the season and kept being the man all year long . The best player available is Mack for the Jets scheme.  Khalil is an elite athlete who has the strength, frame, and agility to play in either 4-3 or 3-4  . While he can drop into coverage and make plays against the run they should try to let him rush the passer. If he is put in a Von Miller role I don't think he will make the same impact , because is not quite the athlete that Von is. Long term Anthony Barr has more upside but if I needed an edge rusher right now among the 2 players right now I would take Mack .

8.VIKINGS-CJ MOSLEY-ILB-ALABAMA-NFL COMP-DERRICK JOHNSON-KC-I want to start by saying if for any reason Bridgewater or Manziel falls to here they should run to the podium and take either . They would probably take Bortles as well but with him being gone in this scenario they improve their LB core . Erin Henderson had a bad year last season , especially in coverage . Henderson made the decision to move on from him even easier after a couple of run ins with the law in January .  Mosley is a fast sideline to sideline MLB that can QB a defense for a long time, and be one of the leagues better coverage LB'S from day one . He is a basically just a playmaker on any down in any situation . With defensive guru Mike Zimmer now the head coach I am betting he will want this unit to live up to his standards right away . That's hard to do without a great player at every level of the defense and the Vikings have no one even close at LB right now .

9.BUFFALO-STEPHON TUITT-DE/DT-N.DAME-NFL COMP-RICHARD SEYMOUR-(fa)-I was discussing last years draft ,and the players in this one that I would have taken number one off their previous tape if they had entered the draft last season, with a friend this weekend , One of those guys who went back to school was Tuitt and while he was worth the # 1 pick in that draft he is worth a top 10 pick in this one . Off last years tape he was elite, and he played much better than Nix & Teo against Alabama in the national championship. He was coming off a sports hernia surgery and started slow because of it . While his season this year wasn't up to par with his 2012, he still made more plays this year than the similarly skilled Ra'shede Hagemen .Hagemen wasn't healing all that should be even more evidence of Tuitts talent . I am now expecting him to be fully healthy at the combine and be taken where he deserves . 31 year old Kyle Williams is the only DE the Bills have ,who not only gets a pass rush , but who is also a above average player .Unlike the perennially overachieving Williams , Tuitt has prototype size for the position , and is one of the more talented players in the entire draft . Adding Tuitt to Williams & Marcel Dareus would give them 3 pro bowl caliber players on the front line .

***TRADE*** 49ers TRADE their 1rst round pick(#30) and KC's 2nd  round pick (#56) Tennessee's 3rd round pick(#77) and their own 7th round pick to the LIONS for their first round pick(#10)  this year   ***

10.SAN FRANCISCO-(lions)-#SAMMY WATKINS-WR-CLEM-NFL COMP-PIERRE GARCON-WASH-The 49ers have too many picks and not enough needs. Right now the best option the 49ers receiving core has to run by the defense is (30 years old next year) TE Vernon Davis. Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree . Crabtree are more big bodied move the chains guys . Boldin & Mario Manningham are also free agents after this season . Watkins is the consensus #1 WR in this draft. Big enough , fast , inside, outside, bubble screens , deep balls, slants ,end arounds, returning kicks, etc... You name it, he can do it. He opens up the entire offense in so many ways. It would be hard for even the cannon-armed Kaeperneck to overthrow him.

11.TITANS-ANTHONY BARR-DE/OLB-UCLA-NFL COMP-DeMARCUS WARE-DALL-I believe Barr has the athletic ability to play a Von Miller role in a 4-3 if needed . Moving down to the line of scrimmage to rush the passer on obvious passing downs would be his main contribution , but he has the speed to play SLB and drop into coverage . His 6 foot 4 frame is also plenty big enough to add on another 20 pounds and be a 4-3 end in time, However his best use is as a 3-4 OLB rushing the passer. New coach Ken Whisenhunt prefers to run a 3-4 . The only guy currently on his roster who profiles well there is Akeem Ayers ,and he was the SLB in their 4-3 last season . Barr is a steal this late and the titans should run to the podium for him .

12.GIANTS-TAYLOR LEWAN-OT-MICHIGAN-NFL COMP-JAKE LONG-RAMS-The giants O-line was abysmal last season. Even former perennial all-pro Chris Snee played badly , although injury was a part of that , and he ended up missing most of the season .Still he will be 32 next season and is on the decline .  LT William Beatty played well enough to get a new contract in 2012, but played like crap after he got it. 1rst round draft pick Justin Pugh played right tackle poorly for the 1rst half of the season but he did improve in the second half . His short arms make me think he would be a better fit inside anyway .With David Diehl finally put out to pasture and Kevin Boothe  shuffled between LG and center they need at least 1 new O-lineman . Lewan might be the best lineman on the roster by mid season .  Putting him at right tackle allows the G-men to put Pugh at left guard and Boothe at center. Improving 3 positions at once seems like a good idea to me.

13.RAMS-HA'HA CLINTON DIX-S-ALABAMA-NFL COMP-HARRISON SMITH-S-MINN-In the last 2 years under Jeff Fisher the rams have made a large jump in talent thanks to the RG3 trade and a few free agent deals. The area they have neglected is safety with only the injured TJ McDonald being brought in through the draft. Why they cut Quintin Mikel is beyond me and this will probably be a need . Dix has been a great player, in a great conference, against top competition. 

 14.CHICAGO-TIMMY JERNIGAN-DT-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-JURRELL CASEY-TENN-Henry Melton was playing this year under the franchise tag before an ACL tear, and who knows if he will be brought back next year . Even if he is resigned they are still running the Tampa 2 ,and front four pass rush is crucial to that defense. Another pass rushing DT next to Melton is a huge need even if they do keep him . Jernigan is strong enough to play the one technique next to Melton . He also is quick and athletic enough to blossom into an elite 3 technique . If his knee(injury was from 2012) checks out for the long term he could go even higher.

15.STEELERS-JUSTIN GILBERT-CB-OKLA.ST-NFL COMP-PATRICK PETERSEN-AZ-Ike Taylor has had a great career for Pittsburgh but his once great speed is fading . Add that he had a horrible year , that this defense desperately needs to get younger,  that the cash strapped Steelers can save 7 million by cutting him , and I doubt he will be back next season. Gilbert would give them a new big ,young, healthy, physical corner to cover the AJ Greens & Josh Gordons of the division . Gilberts improvements this year is staggering. Throw his kick returning ability in the mix and Pittsburgh has a new # 1 corner. 

***TRADE****  The CHARGERS Trade their 1rst(#25) and 2nd(#57) picks to DALLAS for their 1rst(#16) and 5th round picks***

16.SAN DIEGO(dall)-DARQUEZE DENNARD-CB-MICH-ST-NFL COMP-JOE HADEN-CLEV-I believe the Chargers top 4 corners are the worst set in the league. Rather than wait and get a lesser corner , or overdraft someone at #25 , the chargers go up and get a guy that is either the 1rst or 2nd best corner in this draft . Dennard would give the Chargers the chance to have one corner play decent man to man against Denver. He's a playmaker that has played his best ball in the biggest games , has shut down the other teams top receiver multiple times, and is absolutely fearless anywhere on the field.

***TRADE*** CLEVELAND TRADE's the 1rst round(#24) pick they acquired from the COLTS  and the 3rd round pick they got from PITTSBURGH(#83) and their own 4th round pick to BALTIMORE for their 1rst(#17) round pick***

17.BROWNS-(balt)-#MIKE EVANS-WR-TEXAS A&M-NFL COMP-VINCENT JACKSON-With the browns deciding to reach for Blake Bortles at #4 another weapon to make his transition to the big time easier couldn't hurt . Pair him with Josh Gordon & Jordan Cameron and any decent QB coming in is going to have a good shot at success .Like Gordon , Evans also profiles as a # 1 receiver . Evans is the same height as TE Jordan Cameron at  6"5". That means  6"3" WR  Josh Gordon would be the little guy among the trio .The chances of stopping Evans, Gordon, and Cameron is a really "TALL" order. Bazinga ! Zing ! "Thank you very much . I'm here all week . Don't forget to tip your waitress" .

18.TB(nyj)-ERIC EBRON-TE-N.CAR-NFL COMP-DWAYNE ALLEN-INDY- In todays NFL tight ends are sometimes the # 1 receivers on their teams .If a NFL teams # 1 TE only had 61 catches for 630 yards it would be just serviceable.  That is what ALL the TE's on the buccaneers roster combined produced last season .With Jace Amaro's past being a worry Ebron is the clear cut #1 TE in the draft . This is definitely a steal and Bucs fans should be rejoicing . Ebron isn't just a high level receiving threat . Although he is a mismatch for any defense , he is also a willing blocker  and they would be getting good value for this pick . Its unlikely they take a DE with this pick because of a lack of value . They started the day with only 5 picks so the trade back gives them ammo to put in players that better fit what new coach Lovie Smith wants, and also gets them better value for their first rounder .

19.MIAMI-ZACK MARTIN-T/G-N.DAME-NFL COMP-JORDAN GROSS-CAR-Miami was already getting subpar play from their OT's before the Richie Incognito scandal. Now they need a guard and a tackle. . Considering that the only long term lineman they can count on is center Mike Pouncey a versatile one would be the best fit . Martins positional flexibility would give them a better chance at getting their best 5 lineman on the field at the same time. Zach pulled off a amazing feat this bowl season ; he actually won the MVP award of a bowl game ! Thats right! An O-lineman was acknowledged as the main man of the new era pinstripe bowl ! Being a former O-lineman and coach of O-lineman myself, I must admit Zach is now my favorite player in the draft. I saw him as more of a second rounder who might be a better fit at guard and his short arms make it harder to stay at tackle . However, after being MVP of the bowl game I say let him play tackle and see if he can hang with quicker guys outside. He also kicked ass and took names at the senior bowl . So tackle it is.

20.ARIZONA-CYRUS KOUANDJIO-OT-ALA-NFL COMP-JASON PETERS-PHIL-While I expected the cardinals offense to be much improved with Carson Palmer ,he threw way too many picks this season. Even then Carson was much better than everyone else they have had since Kurt Warner retired , but he would have been better with more time to throw .The cards are a good team , but the NFC west is now the most talented division in football. The 49ers and Seahawks are likely legitimate perennial super bowl contenders . The young and talented rams would be a playoff contender in every other division in my opinion and they are only going to get better from this drafts 2 high first rounders. The cards finally gave up on former LT Levi Brown early in the year, and turned the blindside over to preseason waiver wire pickup Bradley Sowell. That hasn't gone very well either. I thought Kouandjo would have been better off returning to school for his long term prospects. Considering how inconsistent he has been this year it was a surprise he came out. I think the fact that Ogbuehi . Erving , and Collins returned to school and thinned out the OT talent pool( making him close to a lock in the 1rst round ) probably ended up guaranteeing his early entry though . While I am not convinced he is a NFL left tackle right now , and wouldn't take him in the top 20 in a draft this deep, I think someone will. I do believe in his long term potential as a RT at the very least . He would still probably be a upgrade over anyone the cards have at LT right now.

21.PACKERS-CALVIN PRYOR-S-LVILLE-NFL COMP-KENNY PHILLIPS-NYG-The Packers definitely need help at safety even if Morgan Burnett returns to form . Add that CB Sam Shields is a free agent after the year and the Packers definitely need help in the secondary . Some might think this is a little high for Pryor but he is a complete safety
that gets more impressive with each film we watched  .Calvin can not only save you in the back half he is a physical intimidator that offensive skill players should come to fear in the near future.

 22.EAGLES-LaMARCUS JOYNER-CB/S-FLA.ST-NFL COMP-TYRANN MATHIEU-AZ-No safety on the Eagles roster played worth a damm last year. Even once promising Nate Allen has never returned to form after the injury that sidelined him late in his rookie year. Chip Kelly likes to show a lot of looks and blitzes, but he can't do it without someone that he can depend on as the last line of defense.  If I were the eagles I would try to bring in 2 new starting safety's. One in free agency and one in the draft. The versatile Joyner can play both corner & safety . He is also the kind of guy that will push everyone around him to play better .

23.CHIEFS-*MARQUISE LEE-WR-USC-NFL COMP-TORRY HOLT-(retired)-The best thing about Dwayne Bowe is his blocking. His hands are suspect ,he is getting slower by the year, and he got arrested with weed last season. Although, as a #2 in a run first offense he is a good fit . Donnie Avery is injury prone and his best roll would be as a #3 in the slot. Add that Andy Reid has shown a willingness to draft WR's high and this is a good fit . Lee was the clear #1 WR going into this season. Due to Layne Kiffin's bad play calling, iffy QB play, and injuries Lee had a down year . He played (along with everyone else at USC)  a lot better after Kiffin''s departure . After a lot of silly drops early on he had his best games at the best times  . Lee can be the #1 WR this offense needs and also help out in the return game.

24.BENGALS-*LOUIS NIX-NT-N.DAME-NFL COMP-VINCE WILFORK-NE-BENGALS-Stalwart DT Domatta Peko has wil be 30 next season, has had back-to-back down seasons, and they could save close to 4 million of this years cap by cutting him. Add that recent high draft picks Brandon Thompson & Devon Still have been underwhelming, that Geno Atkins is coming off a tore up knee, and this pick is a good fit . Nix is a better fit as a 3-4 nose tackle but he also gets enough of a pass rush to play the one technique in the Tampa two .

25.DALLAS-(sd)-AARON DONALD-DT-PITT-NFL COMP-LA'ROI GLOVER-(retired)-With the injury prone and bitter Jay Ratliff finally cut & free agent to be ( who says he will go wherever the most money is) Jason Hatcher over thirty , and Dallas sticking with the Tampa 2 defense , DT is a huge need. Pressure from the front 4 is essential in this defense  and Dallas has a horrible cap situation .It's on the D-Line where the cowboys have had an unprecedented rash of injuries so it should be somewhere on the D-line that they use multiple picks in this draft. A replacement for coming off a franchise tag (and an almost completely lost season )Anthony Spencer might also be a possibility . It is even possible future HOFer Demarcus Ware could be cut in a salary cap move. He is still very good ,but after back-to-back injury riddled down seasons can they afford to pay him a 12 million plus base salary , or push that money farther into the future ? Even though they had a historically bad defense under Monte Kiffin . Dallas finally demoted Monte , but new D coordinator Rod Marinelli worked closely with him this year anyway . Still Dallas is keeping this scheme  around to see if they can make it work with a healthy D-line.  I really expected Aaron Donald's size limitations to make him available at the top of the second round. However, after he dominated the Senior Bowl he probably should get his just due and go higher. Dallas has many needs and a tight cap situation. Trading back is probably the smartest thing they can do .

26.RAVENS-(clev,indy)-JACE AMARO-TE-TEXAS TECH -NFL COMP-JEREMY SHOCKEY-retired-When the ravens offense was at it's best during its superbowl run they were primarily a 2 TE run first offense . The top 3 TE's on their roster (Dennis Pitta, Ed Dickson, and Dallas Clark )are all free agents this off season . Pitta is coming off a serious injury. Dickson has never become the blocker this offense needs . Clark has never been a blocker  ,and will be a past his prime injury prone 32 next year .GM Ozzie Newsome is always a threat to trade back and entering this draft with only 4 picks makes it likely at least once.  He could go a lot higher and I firmly believe Amaro is a player that is only available this late because of a past off the field incident . The Ravens history of taking guys with character flaws and it working out is well documented . Jace would also give them an elite athlete that would be a mismatch for opposing defenses ,and a young TE who shown the willingness to block in those rare snaps when he was lined up as an inline blocker. Sky's the limit for this kid if he wants it .

27.SAINTS- DEE FORD-OLB/DE-AUBURN-NFL COMP-CLAY MATTHEWS-GB-The saints switched to a 3-4 this season and the out-for-the-year Victor Butler was their best fit as an OLB. Junior Gallete did have his moments this season, but I still think they need an upgrade on the outside. Pass rush is the entire key to the Saints defensive scheme and Ford is the kind of versatile pass rusher that can play multiple roles in the Saints defense. I was surprised when Ford showed up at the senior bowl and measured in at 6"2" and 243 lbs. Despite being a playmaker on film I thought he was closer to 6"1" and 225 pounds. , and that he would only be a situational pass rusher in the NFL until he bulked up.   If he just bulked up recently it certainly didn't hamper him any . He has dominated the the senior bowl practices and game . We are betting 3-4 teams that miss out on Anthony Barr or Khalil Mack will be giving him a good long look. Some 4-3 teams may even be thinking he can play a Von Miller role.

Like the Houston Texans before them the panthers seem destined to wait far too long to draft a top receiver to pair with their aging # 1 guy. Steve Smith is past his prime & undersized, but he is still the best WR on this team . You would think they would want to do everything they can to help their young franchise QB succeed, but they sure are going about it in a weird way. Benjamin can give Cam a new big possession WR that can win jump balls, move the chains, and give the team a future #1 receiver.  He is a huge guy that will be at least a lethal red zone target right away .

29.PATRIOTS-#RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN-DT-MINN-NFL COMP-JOHN HENDERSON-retired-It goes without saying that an elite TE to pair with perennially injured Rob Gronkowski would be their first choice. The only TE in this draft with a(Eric Ebron) 1rst round grade who doesn't have major off-the field questions is gone this scenario.  Sorry Pats fans . Jace Amaro's red flags probably put him off limits to you . Amaro really shouldn't be available this late in the draft, but if he is I know they will want to take him. But can they? The only reason he could fall this far is because he was accused of a major off the field incident in his past. He's was accused of being a thief not a gang banger but can they take a tight end with character concerns so soon after Hernandez?  Bill Belichick has always preferred to run a 3-4 defense ,but has lacked the personnel to do so for the last couple of years. Hagemen is that rare prototype 5 technique DE that can set the edge against the double team, but still provide a pass rush. Belichick would covet a player with his physical gifts , and he always believes he can get the most out of players that haven't lived up to their talent.  Add, that he can slide inside and do the job when they go to nickel , and this pick makes a lot of sense if he's there when they are on the clock. Since they are the Patriots a trade back is likely if they don't have someone they really covet left on the board when their turn comes.
30.LIONS-(49ers)-#LOUICHEIZ PURIFOY-CB/S-FLA-NFL COMP-CHARLES WOODSON-OAK-The lions have relied on veterans Rashean Mathis and the overrated Chris Houston to play significant minutes this year. Mathis is already near the end and cheap , but Houston will be 30 next season and his salaries from his new contract are going to keep getting more expensive. The lions drafted a corner in the 3rd in 2012, and in the second round this year. Neither has played that well so far ,so maybe its time they got one in the first round. Louicheiz is a talented playmaker in the secondary that can also play safety . To win a division with Aaron Rodgers in it you can always use more talented corners. Purifoy is a tall speedy corner that is a lights out special teamer,  and he can even play offense if you need him to .

31.DENVER-KONY EALY-DE/OLB-MIZZOU-NFL COMP-OSI UMENYIORA-ATL-The 2 best pass rushers in Denver last season were Elvis Dumervill and Von Miller. Between Dumervill's agent making a mistake that cost him his spot in Denver , Von Miller's drug suspension , and now Millers tore up knee they have very little they can count on for a pass rush . Will Miller be the same guy without the chemical help and coming off a major knee injury? Don't know , but even if he is they need someone else that can rush the passer off the edge. Ealy is a versatile player who can rush off the edge , move inside on obvious passing downs, and he also has the athleticism to drop into coverage if needed . Their lack of a pass rush was obvious in the Superbowl. Their defensive stat line not only read no sacks , they didn't even have a hit on the QB .

32.SEATTLE-SCOTT CRICHTON-DE-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-RYAN KERRIGAN-WASH-(retired)-First and foremost Pete Carroll is a defensive coach who wants to attack. The hawks have deservedly become a destination for players seeking a ring now. They ended up getting both Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett on short term deals at a reasonable price last off season .Both had excellent years rushing the passer, but Bennett's deal was only for 1 year, as opposed to Avril's 2 year deal. The Seahawks have a lot of young cheap players right now due to excellent drafting, but they aren't very far away from free agency ,and are going to get a lot more expensive soon . Just to keep the core pro bowlers that are going to be free agents very soon like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Earl Thomas is going to be very expensive in 2014-15-16. Bennett's great year is going to make him a lot of money in free agency that they can't match if they want to retain those core player long term , The man got his ring so it was well worth it! .Since I highly doubt he will take another 1 year deal (even for a hefty raise ) they are going to need a replacement . Crichton plays with the strength to hold down the strong side , and has the relentless motor of a NFL pass rusher . He will fit right in with Pete's excitable bunch.

33.HOUSTON-MORGAN MOSES-OT-VA-NFL COMP-PHIL LOADHOLT-MINN-If you are going to draft a new QB it stands to reason that you would want to protect him . Between Derek Newton and Ryan Harris the Texans right tackle position was a problem last season . Moses has played both left & right tackle . but he looks more like a right tackle to me . He would team with Brandon Brooks to put some beef into the run game on the right side .

34.WASHINGTON-*BRADLEY ROBY-CB-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-LEON HALL-CINC- Now that Washington is free from the Illegal corrupt penalty given to them by the colluding owners I expect them to be big players in free agency this year . Even so there are only so many DB's they can sign in free agency .The problem is they didn't have one player play above average in the entire secondary last season . Throw in that starting corners Deangelo Hall and Josh Wilson are both free agents this year and a DB with this pick is a must. Roby is quite possibly the fastest player in the draft . He missed his bowl game with a knee injury , but if he is healed up by the combine he could go a lot higher .

The browns have gotten poor play from both right guards this year. If they can resign Alex Mack, and Mitchell Schwartz can keep getting better ,the Browns would have one of the leagues elite O-lines.  Martin played center this year, but he was previously a guard . He can start at guard , but if they can't resign Alex Mack Martin can move inside .Martin was a surprising late entry into the draft. His surprising entry along with Travis Swanson's bad senior bowl (Swanson is definitely only a center now and only in a zone scheme if you want him to play right away ) puts Martin in the drivers seat at center right now .He will be one of the first interior lineman off the board .

36.OAKLAND-JASON VERRET-CB-TCU-NFL COMP-BRENT GRIMES-MIA-The Raiders definitely need help at corner & safety , even if the timeless Charles Woodson can play another season. The 37 year old Woodson wasn't just their best safety he was their best DB altogether . Verret is a smart ball hawk that seems to always be making plays somewhere .He can also cover outside or in the slot .

37.ATLANTA-*DEMARCUS LAWRENCE-DE/OLB-BOISE.ST-NFL COMP-SHAUN PHILLIPS-DENV-The Falcons lack of a pass rush was obvious to anyone who watched them this year. Their young corners played very well when you consider how long they had to cover too often .Lawrence is the kind of high motor player who plays bigger than he is and makes players around him better .

38. TAMPA BAY-RYAN SHAZIER-OLB-OHIO ST-NFL COMP-THOMAS DAVIS-CAR-Lovie Smith is back in Tampa Bay , but this time he is the head coach. While he has Levonte David on the weak side he lacks another LB with the speed to cover in the middle. Shazier is a playmaker that is a better fit on the weak side in most 4-3 schemes, but in the Tampa 2 you need a guy who can run straight back at the snap and cover the deep middle. Shazier is a sideline to sideline playmaker that can get it done as long as he is protected and allowed to run to the ball . Shazier is also a steal this late .

39.JACKSONVILLE-JIMMY GAROPPOLO-QB-E.ILL-NFL COMP-KURT WARNER-retired-I no longer have any faith in Blaine Gabbert to be a NFL starter. If they had brought in Tebow they would have at least won more games and sold tickets. This year they had a golden chance at the #1 pick and the franchise QB they needed in Teddy Bridgewater, but they beat the Texans twice and pissed the dream away . With both Bridgewater and Manziel gone they took the best player available in Clowney at #3 . Clowney(at#3) and Garroppolo(#39) are definitely a better combo than Bortles at #3 and the best edge rusher they could get at this point. Jimmy is a gamer with a good football IQ, accuracy, and a lightning quick release . Think Kurt Warner with more mobility  .

40.MINNESOTA-DEREK CARR-QB-FRES.ST-NFL COMP-TONY ROMO-DALL-Christian Ponders injury history and fragile psyche worries me. He missed significant time this year, the Vikes had a bad record, and he didn't play that well anyway . Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman both got a shot this season too and neither did anything to win the long term job . The Vikes need a QB badly ,and while I am not a big fan of Derek Carr's,  the Vikings need somebody . The Vikes have a strong O-Line and running game .Plus you know Zimmer will make their defense better.  Those are things that give a young developing QB a good chance at success . Throw in QB Guru Norv Turner and maybe Carr's happy feet and inability to make plays under pressure can be fixed .

41.BUFFALO-Ja'WUAN JAMES-OT-TENN-NFL COMP-ERIC WINSTON-KC-Right tackle Erik Pears is serviceable as a pass blocker but in this run first offense you need a push he just doesn't give. James would be an upgrade in both areas and protecting EJ Manuel and opening holes for CJ Spiller/Fred Jackson should be this franchises main concern. As a 4 year starter at right tackle for the Vols there is no denying that James was a stalwart in the SEC. I believe he can play the left side with some practice ,although he doesn't have great feet right now. 

42.TENNESEE-#CARLOS HYDE-RB-OHIO.ST-NFL COMP-DUECE McCALLISTER-Ken Whisenhunt is going to want to run the ball , and I doubt they pay the underachieving Chris Johnson's 8 million dollar salary this year. With the talent on this O-line any talented back should put up big numbers, even with Jake Locker as the QB . Hyde is a large well rounded power back that wears down defenses , and looks strongest late in games. He's a closer that would take a lot of pressure off of Locker .

43.NYG-ALLEN ROBINSON-WR-PENN ST-NFL COMP-DEZ BRYANT-DALLAS-Hakeem Nicks seems to have checked out this season. Usually guys playing for a contract blow up, but he has looked tentative. Considering what they are already paying Victor Cruz to man the slot it stands to reason that they would need a new #1 outside receiver. Robinson can give Eli a bigger stronger explosive outside threat. Eli is going to keep just throwing it up downfield when the rush comes . In that case they should get him some guys with the mentality and ability to go up and get it .

44.RAMS- JORDAN MATTHEWS-WR-VANDY-NFL COMP-JORDY NELSON-GB- In back to back years the rams have used 2 high picks on receivers. A 2nd and 4th in 2012 and a 1rst and a third in 2013. While all are still young none of them look like a #1 receiver to me , although Tavon Austin and Steadman Bailey do look like long term contributors . Jordan Matthews is the most polished receiver in this draft ,and could be the last piece the Rams need to give Sam Bradford a real shot at taking this team to the playoffs.

45.LIONS- DEVANTE ADAMS-WR-FRES.ST-NFL COMP-CORDARELLE PATTERSON-MINN-Back before the Lions finally found their long term #1 WR in Calvin Johnson in the 2007 draft they had already taken three other guys in first round with very little success. From 2003 #2 overall Charles Rogers, 2004 #7 Overall Roy Williams , and 2005 #10 overall Mike Williams they got the equivalent of 2 good seasons and a whole lot of pissed off fans. Although in addition to being the one guy who gave them 2 good seasons Roy Williams at least brought them a haul of draft picks when Jerry Jones foolishly gave them way too much for his disappointing talents. Since Calvin came along they have struggled to find a #2 wide receiver. Whether its through free agency or the draft no one has measured up for a myriad of reasons. Johnson has routinely been double/ triple teamed by anyone with a brain because no other Lions receiver has been successful enough to make them back off him. New coach Jim Caldwell will see the same thing and this is the best way to remedy the situation. The explosive Adams would open up the entire offense across the board .

Two thirds of the once elite front 3 of the Steelers have retired in recent years. With Brett Keisel in his mid thirties, the last of the Mohicans could fall soon. Easley was a possible top 10 pick in this draft before his injury. He has the talent to be an elite 5 technique DE or a great 4-3 DT. It would be the least use of his talents but he could also be a 4-3 strong side DE . His versatility will put him in great demand if he can show up healthy to the combine . Even if he isn't fully ready yet I just can't see him surviving longer than the 2nd round .

 47.RAVENS-XAVIER SU'A-FILO-G/T-UCLA-NFL COMP-VERNON CAREY-MIA-In 2013 Gino Gradkowski became the starter at center by default and played horrible. It had to look even worse to his teammates than it was , and that's saying something . After years of watching future HOFer Matt Birk previously man the pivot the comparison had to be even more striking.  Su'a is a mature , intelligent, versatile lineman that could probably play all 5 spots along the O-line, but I think his best fit is inside . While I haven't seen him play center I believe he could do so with a little practice. Even if they play him at a guard spot it might allow them to kick Marshall Yanda outside to tackle .If you are going to pay Flacco 20 million a year you better keep him clean . Right now Eugene Monroe and Yanda are the only 2 blockers they can count on .

48.DALLAS-WILL SUTTON-DT-AZ-NFL COMP-KYLE WILLIAMS- If Sutton got back under (or even at 300 pounds) I think he would rival Aaron Donald as the drafts best 3 technique. As a junior Sutton reportedly played around 280-285 and his dominance was similar to Donald's this year. In a bid to show himself as more than just a penetrator he returned to school and ballooned up to as much as 325 according to some reports. He was still disruptive periodically but not near his level the previous year. He weighed in at 315 pounds at the senior bowl and looked a little better than he did during the regular season .If Sutton shows up in better shape at the combine ,and Dallas actually took both of them, they could have an elite interior D-line for years to come. Sutton at 300 pounds might be powerful enough to play the one technique, and if he returns to last years form he is a top 20 value. With Donald at the 3 ,and Sutton at the one a healthy Demarcus Ware free of constant double teams could dominate again. This same drafting strategy was the main reason Carolina(Star Lotulelei at#14 and Kawann Short at#44) went from a 7 win team to a 12 win team in 2013.

49.TAMPA BAY-(nyj)-DAVID YANKEY-G/T-STAN-NFL COMP-MARSHALL YANDA-BALT- Carl Nicks was once the best guard in football but a really bad staph infection has limited him to 9 games in two years. His career may even be in jeopardy. Right guard Davin Joseph has always been one of the more overrated guards in the game on the other side . The versatile Yankey could play either spot and even fill in at tackle for the short term if needed .

50.MIAMI-ANTONIO RICHARDSON-OT-TENNESEE-NFL COMP-ANDRE WHITWORTH-CINC-Taking Zach Martin in the first round only alleviates part of the problem .They still need at least one more lineman to make it work . I finished my film study on "TINY" this week and was disappointed compared to last year . Richardson was the left tackle on one of the top O-lines in all of college football , but after a down year I think he is a better fit as a right tackle . He was reportedly coming off an injury so that could be part of the problem . He should at least be a better pass blocker than what they currently have , and will help keep Tannehill upright .

51.BEARS-KYLE VAN NOY-OLB-BYU-NFL COMP-KJ WRIGHT-SEA-I am convinced the intelligent and smooth Van Noy can play any linebacker spot in a odd or even front. After the retirement of Urlacher the Bears turned over the middle to rookie 2nd rounder Jon Bostic .  The results weren't pretty. I am not saying to give up on him just yet ,but someone young that can play the middle if he falters again would be wise. 31 year old James Anderson was just plain bad last year . Future HOFer Lance Briggs is 34 and near the end of a great career. Van Noy would be an upgrade somewhere in the bear LB core.

52.ARIZONA-*ZACH METTENBURGER-QB-LSU-NFL COMP-JOE FLACCO-BALT-While I expected the cardinals offense to be much improved with Carson Palmer , and while he was better than what they had before, he did throw 22 picks . Even then they are a solid team... but the NFC west is now the most talented division in football. The 49ers and Seahawks are legitimate perennial super bowl contenders now ,and the young and talented rams should be a playoff contender next year .  Metteneburgers improvement under new OC Cam Cameron was impressive last season, but a torn ACL knocked him back some. He also played in a pro system, in a tough conference, and has a cannon attached to his shoulder. He is an ideal fit for Bruce Arians vertical offense and he could take his time to heal up and learn the offense while Palmer manned the ship to start the season .

53.GREEN BAY-TROY NIKLAS-TE-N.DAME-NFL COMP-JASON WITTEN-DALL- The pack needs someone to replace Jermichael Finley. Finley is as talented as they come but his mental errors. inconsistent hands, injury history, and lack of will to help out blocking make him expendable . Throw in a possibly career threatening neck injury and we wonder if he plays anywhere next year. Niklas is a big fast athletic man who has already shown much better hands than Finley, but he needs time to work on his route running . Troy is also a excellent blocker who would allow Gronk to spend more time wreaking havoc downfield , improve their new running game  ,and help keep Rodgers healthy. Adding his receiving ability to what they already have would give them a offense to rival Denver's.

54.EAGLES-*MARCUS ROBERTSON-CB-FLA-NFL COMP-TRAMON WILLIAMS-GB-Robertson was the most impressive corner in the SEC early this season . Another in a long line of injury's tripped him up again. If Robertson can stay healthy he can be a physical corner for the eagles and also help out in the return game .

55.BENGALS-AJ McCARRON-QB-ALA-NFL COMP-MATT RYAN-ATL-The Bengals have one of the 3 most talented rosters from top to bottom in the league. They also have a top 5 O-line and a ton of talent at the skill positions. What they lack is a QB that can avoid turning the ball over too much , and come through in the clutch. I truly believe if any of the other QB's in the playoffs were the Bengals starter they would have been the AFC favorite to go the super bowl. They could also trade up for/sign a veteran QB to compete for the starting QB job , because Dalton does not make enough money to preclude them adding a more expensive QB. This is definitely Daltons last chance to come through in my opinion .McCarrons last bowl game being the rare exception, AJ is known for playing his best in the biggest games in the SEC, and for not turning the ball over. That makes him the opposite of Dalton .AJ is a college winner who has always been overlooked despite his success, has a huge chip on his shoulder, a high football IQ, and a supermodel girlfriend. No pressure, but that kinda sounds like Tom Brady's bio . Except AJ was more successful in college and got the girl even earlier . Now if he would only stop listening to his agents about things like skipping the senior bowl . This week there is even talk that he won't workout at the combine . That's why we have him being the 6th QB being drafted in this scenario ,even though we earlier ranked him as the 3rd QB overall off of just pure film study .Something tells me Brady would have competed no matter what. To be honest I would still take him over Derek Carr even if he waits to throw until his pro day .

56.DETROIT-(,49ers,kc)-JIMMY WARD-S-N.ILL-NFL CPOMP-EARL THOMAS-SEA-With the Lions being a bit tight on their salary cap Louis Delmas may be a luxury they can't afford. He is a good enough player to be a starter, but he is overpaid for his level of production , and has had injury issues in the past . I think the 5 million they can save off the cap by getting rid of him makes a new safety a distinct possibility in the draft . The surprising Ward is a player that I liked more and more with each additional game that I watched.

57.DALLAS(-sd)-BRANDIN COOKS-WR-ORE.ST-NFL COMP-PERCY HARVIN-SEA-Dallas wisely spent their 2 first picks on their woeful defensive line . In this scenario they use the extra second round pick they got from the chargers to take the best player available. Dallas drafted Terrence Williams last year to be a deep threat and eventually replacement to Miles Austin. He showed the ability to fill both spots over the course of the season, but he isn't the burner this offense has lacked for a long time. Cooks would not only replace the just average and limited Cole Beasley out of the slot , he can also play outside . Brandin could also open up their offense with reverses/end arounds, returning kicks & punts ,and give them a player that the defense just can't catch .Throw in the elite speed, quickness, separation, and change of direction he possesses and it's a wonder he is still on the board . All of these make him too good to pass up .

58.SAINTS -STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISTE-CB/S-NEB-NFL COMP-RICHARD SHERMAN-SEA-Jabari Greer will be 32 in a week , is coming off a torn ACL, and the Saints will be able to save 4 million off the cap if they cut him this off-season .The large framed Baptiste is one of the next wave of big cover corners coming into this copycat league because of the success of Seattle .His All-star game success has probably moved him into the first 2 rounds. The scarcity of corners after the first 50 picks makes it much more likely .

59.COLTS-BRANDON THOMAS-T/G-CLEM-NFL COMP-JOSH SITTON-GB-It's really good that Andrew Luck is a big strapping mobile QB . Otherwise I doubt he would have survived the season intact with the horrible way his guards and center played this year . You think Luck's great now ? Imagine him with time to throw without a couple of dudes about to smack him in the teeth , and a lot less bruises. The colts need to draft a guard and center with their first 2 picks (and maybe even sign another in free agency) to give him a chance to reach his vast potential .Thomas has tackle feet & quickness to along with the toughness of a guard.

60.PANTHERS-#JACK MEWHORT-OT-NFL COMP-DAVID STEWART-TENN-. I not only doubt current right tackle Byron Bells long term potential on the outside, but underrated long term left tackle (and should be future HOFer) Jordan Gross will be 34 this year .I believe Mewhort is a better fit at right tackle , but he has a chance to actually make it as a left tackle if given some time to try it out . Either way he is a physical player that will help restore the teeth to the Panthers running game .

61.SAN FRANCISCO-KYLE FULLER-CB-VA,TECH-JASON McCOURTY-TENN-While Carlos Rogers is still a decent corner he will be 33 next season, overpaid for his current production, and the 49ers can save about 5 million off their cap if they cut him. Fuller is a tough guy corner that battles every snap in the run and passing games .

62.PATRIOTS-CJ FIEDOROWICZ-TE-IOWA-NFL COMP-MERCEDES LEWIS-JAX-DALL-The entire offense the Patriots want to run is predicated on 2 tight end sets . Right now even if Gronk is completely healthy for the season he is called on to block a lot , because he is far better than any other blocking TE the pats have .Fiedorowicz is also a good blocker who would allow Gronk to spend more time wreaking havoc downfield . CJ is also sure handed and athletic enough to also be a threat as a receiver as well .

63.BRONCOS-TERRENCE MITCHELL-CB-ORE-NFL COMP-BYRON MAXWELL-SEA-With future HOFer Champ Bailey on the verge of being 36, coming off an injury, played poorly this year, can save the Broncos about 10 million off their cap, and has said he will not move to safety . I don't think he can keep up at corner anymore so the Broncos might need a new corner in the draft . Throw in that Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent this off-season and it actually might be their biggest need come draft day . Mitchell is a little bit too physical and handsy, but after seeing how much the Seahawk corners get away with I think more corners will go that route next year .

64.SEATTLE-GABE JACKSON-G-MISSISSIPPI ST-NFL COMP-LARRY WARFORD-DET-Russell Wilson's mobility and pocket awareness save him from a lot of bad blocking. To really take their offense to the next level , and let Wilson continue to grow , they are going to need to get better up front . As of now  Okung and Unger are the only above average blockers on the Seahawks roster . Jackson has been a longtime stalwart  at guard in the SEC . And the rich get richer .


  1. As a Bears fan, those picks looked right on. Louis Nix might be a choice if they switch to a 3-4,and his knee checks out. Chicago needs more help at linebacker even if Shea McClellin switches from DE. Regardless of the scheme, Briggs will be gone in a year or 2 and safety should be addressed in free agency, thus Van Noys would be a nice pick for the Bears if they can get him in the 2nd rnd.

    1. First off . Thanks . I haven't heard anything about the bears switching schemes, but Nix could play the one technique even if you do stick with the Tampa 2 . Its got to be tough on a fan to have 2 HOF linebackers nearing the end of their careers at the same time . Personally I doubt McCllelan is fluid enough to be a 3-4 rush backer if you made the switch .I am sure they will address the LB position in the draft/ free agency , or maybe in both . Safety and corner are easier to address if you stay in this scheme as long as you are getting a rush up front . Personally I would cut Peppers, because he is no longer worth anywhere near his salary . Then you would have the money to resign Melton and a DE. I would throw some of that money at either Michael Bennett / Michael Johnson to fill one DE, spot, and Shea could play the other. .