Its the day of the NFL Draft, and although tonight is only the first round, here is what could play out. I only made one fictional trade, where Atlanta trades their first and third round picks in 2014 and a first in 2015 for St Louis’ number 2 overall pick.
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater-QB: The top is the best option with only Chad Henne as a quarterback. Bridgwater is one of the best talents in a long time and could finally get Jacksonville above eight wins
2. Atlanta Falcons (possible tradefrom St. Louis): Jadeveon Clowney-Edge Rusher: Atlanta is known for trading up, and they go for the best defensive prospect on the board to restock their defense. Clowney boosts that pass rush to beyond what they’ve had for many years.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel-QB: The biggest hole of the draft is at QB in Houston, who have Ryan Fitzpatrick. Manziel will stay home and bring a new style of offense to the Texans and allow them to get back into playoff competition.
4. Cleveland Browns: Blake Bortles-QB: The Browns need needs a QB and go after the big armed passer of the class. Bortles fits everything they could wants in their QBs.
5. Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack-Edge Rusher: The best pass rusher behind Clowney, and can do so much more. Strong against the run, and fluid in coverage. Mack becomes a movable chess piece for the Raiders to boost their defense to another level.
6. St Louis Rams: (possible trade from Atlanta) Greg Robinson-OT: With Jake Long coming off an ACL and a recent dreadful showing of the offensive line, Robinson is the best option. A punishing run blocker who shined in the National Championship, Robinson can play at either guard or tackle and eventually succeed Long.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins-WR: A refined route runner who can outmuscle any defenders, Watkins helps take attention away from Vincent Jackson and gives the Buccaneers a great weapon to replace Mike Williams with.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Evans-WR: With the top QBs gone, the Vikings will take a receiver to finish up their offensive skill group. With Cordarrelle Patterson’s speed and Greg Jennings’ route running, Mike Evans heigh and jump ball skills bring another monster to defend in Minnesota.
9. Buffalo Bills:Eric Ebron-TE: With EJ Manuel still learning, a strong run game and defense, the one missing piece to the Bills is a game changing tight end. While they have plenty of threats at the WR position, they lack a bigger threat over the middle. Ebron is a great receiving threat and is a decent blocker.
10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard-CB: With many hit and misses trying to fix their secondary, the lions can finally get a decent shot at fixing them with some local talent. Dennard is one of the most physical corners in this draft class, and easily can cover any receivers the NFC North throws at him.
11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr-Edge Rusher: Barr has alot of knocks on him, but he is a talented edge linebacker, which is something the Titans are stocking up on as they move to a 3-4 defense.
12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald-DT: Despite getting many upgrades, the Giants still continue to rotate medicocre options in the middle of the defensive line. Donald is a powerful, quick tackle that can be a foundation piece and take pressure off their young edge rushers.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton Dix-S: With an offensive tackle, the Rams can attempt to fix their defense. With only T.J. McDonald a guaranteed starter as of now, Clinton-Dix is a true centerfield player that can cover all over the field
14. Chicago Bears Justin Gilbert-CB: With all their corners over 30, the Bears need a injection of fresh blood into their secondary. Gilbert is a tall corner with long arms who can take on any receiver and keep up with them all over the field. Hes a good weapon to take on Calvin Johnson.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jake Matthews-OT: The Steelers need more to protect Roethlisberger, and if not for Greg Robinson’s surge at the end of last season, Matthews wouldve been the top tackle. An outstanding pass protector, Matthews is Todd Haley’s dream.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy-Edge Rusher: A long athlete who can keep tackles off him, Ealy is exactly what they Cowboys need. With an injured Anthony Spencer and George Selvie as their current starters, the Boys need someone like Ealy with the athleticism to take over opposing tackles.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Marqise Lee-WR: Although they signed Steve Smith, the Ravens still need weapons to surround the $100 million man, Joe Flacco. Lee had a bad final college season, but he is a precise route runner with great hands. Great underneath receiver to complement the deep threat Torrey Smith
18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr-WR: Similar to the Ravens, the Jets would like to give their young quarterback weapons to work with. They signed Eric Decker and have Jeremy Kerley, but Beckham has great deep speed to burst defenses.
19. Miami Dolphins: Zach Martin-OG: Losing 4 of their 5 offensive line starters, the Dolphins are in a serious state of rebuild. They signed Brandon Albert to be left tackle. They have only two other starting caliber lineman to replace the spots. Martin is a powerful, quick offensive lineman. At left guard, he could get to Pro Bowls.
20. Arizona Cardinals: CJ Mosley-LB: With Daryl Washington possibly in line for a longer suspension, and Karlos Dansby in Cleveland, a new linebacker is a serious need. Mosley can cover sideline to sideline and make a major impact on an already elite defense.
21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor-S: The most glaring deficiancy in the Packers the past two seasons has been their safety play. Although Morgan Burnett is an OK starter, but they need someone next to him. Pryor isnt a true centerfield like HaHa Clinton-Dix, but he can cover the field well and lay the wood.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Fuller-CB: With some incredibly underwhelming corners, the Eagles turned their defense around last year. Fuller is an incredibly smart defender who plays bigger than his size. He may not be as fast, but he knows how to study receivers and make plays on the ball.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandin Cooks-WR: Cooks is one of the most explosive receivers to come out. His speed is scary, and after the catch, hes a nightmare. That kind of playmaking ability is something the Chiefs need to threaten the division. He is essentially everything they thought they could get out of Dexter McCluster.
24.. Cincinnati Bengals: Timmy Jernigan-DT: Jernigan is a powerful tackle. Hes a very fluid athlete who is still working on his pass rush technique, but is a fluid athlete with a nonstop motor. Cincinnati could line him up next to Geno Atkins and wreck havoc to opposing offensive lines.
25. San Diego Chargers: Taylor Lewan-OT: With a glaring need at left tackle, Lewan is a no brainer for a team that somehow managed to win a playoff game without Phillip Rivers being killed by King Dunlap. Lewan is a nasty player who can take on any pass rushers that come at him.
26. Cleveland Browns: Kelvin Benjamin-WR: While his speed has knocked him down some, Benjamin is still a giant of a receiver. Has a monstrous catch radius and body control. The Browns need someone opposite Josh Gordan, and with his jumping ability, Benjamin can double their offense up.
27. New Orleans: Saints Dee Ford-Edge Rusher: With Junior Gallette as their only true healthy outside linebacker, the Saints need someone to help bring pressure from the edge. Ford is a quick athlete who can bend easily and chase quarterbacks all over
28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses-OT: With only turnstile Byron Bell capable of starting at either tackle spot, the Panthers need some offensive line help, even way more than they need receiver or cornerback help. Moses is a big blocker who can step in from day one
29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro TE: The rich get richer. With underwhelming second year rookies, an injured Rob Gronkowski, and slot man Julian Edelman, the Patriots can revive their old two tight end tricks with Jace Amaro, who is a precise route running catch first tight end, like Aaron Hernandez, except without the murdering.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Ra’Shede Hageman-DT: Hageman can be described with one word: power. He manhandles offensive lines by overpowering them and driving into backfields. He would make a great addition for San Francisco to plan for the future behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
31. Denver Broncos: Bradley Roby-CB: Although Roby’s final season in Columbus didn’t go as expected, he is still a top rate cover corner with the physicality and smarts to match up with NFL WRs. Just make sure Jared Abberderis isnt on the opposing team. With only Aqib Talib, the Broncos need another outside corner to make another deep playoff run.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Allen Robinson-WR: With Golden Tate gone, the Seahawks now have no outside receivers. Robinson is a great athlete who can bully opposing defenders and work his way through a secondary. This is exactly the kind of receiver Pete Carroll wants
|33||Houston Texans||Louis Nix||DT||The Texans havent had a true nose tackle since they went to a 3-4 defense. Romeo Crennel likes a big body plugging up the middle.|
|34||Washington Redskins||Xavier Su’a-Filo||OG||Heady guard who the Redskins will need to implement their new power run offense|
|35||Cleveland Browns||Carlos Hyde||RB||With their first three picks, the Browns now have restocked their whole offense. Hyde will flourish under Kyle Shanahan.|
|36||Oakland Raiders||Dom Easley||DT||If it werent for a torn ACL this past year, Easley would have been a top 5 pick. His rehab has come a long way and he can still be a dominating interior tackle|
|37||Atlanta Falcons||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||A big punishing blocker who can immediately step in and take over the right tackle job, and with coaching, eventually become the left tackle|
|38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Austin Sefarian-Jenkins||TE||Brandon Myers as your starter? No thanks. Get ASJ, who can dominate over the middle.|
|39||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jason Verrett||CB||A small, but smart cover corner who isnt afraid to take on bigger receivers, the kind of player Gus Bradley loves|
|40||Minnesota Vikings||Derek Carr||QB||Carr is a first round talent, and the Vikings get him in the second to finally get rid of Christian Ponder|
|41||Buffalo Bills||Jimmie Ward||S||Ward is a quick cover safety, and can also line up as a slot corner guy. Great fit in Buffalo where he can roam all over and replace Jarius Byrd|
|42||Tennessee Titans||Charles Sims||RB||Matt Forte clone with great vision and hands. Could put up monster numbers if used right.|
|43||New York Giants||Marcus Martin||OC||The first center off the board, and he is a great one, since the Giants won’t likely want to open with JD Walton at the pivot|
|44||St. Louis Rams||Billy Turner||OG||A monster of a blocker, Turner can either fill in at right tackle or one of the guard spots. Now St. Louis just needs a new offensive coordinator|
|45||Detroit Lions||Jarvis Landry||WR||A speedy, saavy route runner, Landry is likely more built for the slot, but in the Detroit offense, he could put up big numbers and with all the attention given to Calvin Johnson|
|46||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cody Latimer||WR||With an injury way behind him, Latimer rose quickly in attention, and has the size and speed teams love. The Steelers get a big receiver finally and someone to take the place of Emmanuel Sanders|
|47||Dallas Cowboys||Joel Bitonio||OG||A generally nasty player who could use some work, but eventually could become thea starting guard or right tackle in Dallas|
|48||Baltimore Ravens||JuWuan James||OT||With defensive end fulfilled, a new left tackle is next. James has been rising up draft boards and could go this early.|
|49||New York Jets||Kyle Van Noy||Edge Rusher||With rotating bodies at OLB, Van Noy can step in and settle it down. Not an elite pass rusher, but very productive, as well as top notch run stuffer and cover linebacker.|
|50||Miami Dolphins||Jack Mewhort||OT||They now have a full offensive line, since Jason Fox isn’t the best option at RT|
|51||Chicago Bears||Ryan Shazier||LB||Playmaking WLB who can be groomed to take over for Briggs|
|52||Arizona Cardinals||Zach Mettenberger||QB||Cardinals prepare for the post Palmer era by grabbing the big arm from LSU.|
|53||Green Bay Packers||Troy Niklas||TE||The best all around tight end. Niklas can block and catch everything. Hes like a younger Jason Witten, which would help the Packers amplify their run game|
|54||Philadelphia Eagles||Davante Adams||WR||Give Chip Kelly a speed freak like Adams, and defenses will get scared.|
|55||Cincinnati Bengals||Jimmy Garropolo||QB||The Bengals arent sold on Andy Dalton, and Garropolo gives them a better option for the future|
|56||San Francisco 49ers||Jordan Matthews||WR||Originally tailed as the best receiver before a lackluster final season. Matthews is a good route runner with solid hands, for the eventual departure of Anquan Boldin|
|57||San Diego Chargers||Demarcus Lawrence||Edge Rusher||With some aging bodies on the edge, the Chargers need someone to come along and step up with Melvin Ingram to increase the sacks off the edge|
|58||New Orleans Saints||Weston Richburg||OC||Undrafted Tom Lelito at center? Drew Brees needs a smart person to call out protections and Richburg is that guy|
|59||Indianapolis Colts||Terrence Brooks||S||Losing Antoine Bethea was a big hit, and Brooks easily fixes it, was one of the better defenders on FSU’s championship team|
|60||Carolina Panthers||Donte Moncrief||WR||If he had a better QB in college, Moncrief would have put up monster numbers, but now he gets to step into a feature role on a team devoid of perimeter pass catchers|
|61||San Francisco 49ers||Stanley Jean-Baptiste||CB||Big tall, smart corner. They need corners with Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers gone, and Culliver being a bonehead|
|62||New England Patriots||Gabe Jackson||OG||Despite being a big guard, not as nasty and physical, but the Patriots can shape him into a top tier guard|
|63||Denver Broncos||Carl Bradford||LB||Although he played as a edge player at ASU, Bradfords, lack of pass rush and high football IQ suggest he would fit well as a middle linebacker, something the Broncos could use|
|64||Seattle Seahawks||Trai Turner||OG||Extremely powerful guard who needs some work in pass pro, but could easily take a starting job with his run blocking|
|65||Houston Texans||Antonio Richardson||OT||A fine pass blocker who stonewalled Clowney. With proper coaching, he can hold down the offensive line opposite Duane Brown.|
|66||Washington Redskins||LaMarcus Joyner||CB||Joyner is a smart, rangy player that can play corner or safety, and the Redskins would move him all over|
|67||Oakland Raiders||Andre Williams||RB||Powerful tank of a runner, could easily get the majority of carries in Oakland.|
|68||St Louis Rams (from Atlanta)||Phillip Gaines||CB||Big , smart cover guy who has the smarts and technique to match up with anyone, will help raise Rams defense into upper echelon|
|69||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Will Sutton||DT||Penetrating tackle who can team with Gerald McCoy to finally give Tampa a pair of productive DTs|
|70||Jacksonville Jaguars||Christian Jones||LB||A classic weakside linebacker who can make plays in the run game or in coverage. Natural fit.|
|71||Cleveland Browns||Chris Borland||LB||His size knocks him down the board, but he is a tough smart player who can lead a defense|
|72||Minnesota Vikings||Bishop Sankey||RB||Despite AP being their workhorse, the Vikings need a viable backup to give him a breather|
|73||Buffalo Bills||Telvin Smith||LB||Despite being undersized, Smith is as physical as a defensive lineman. He takes on blocks well and covers the whole field. Gives the Bills defense some great versatility|
|74||New York Giants||Deone Bucannon||S||Tackling machine with decent instincts in coverage, can allow for more three safety looks|
|75||St. Louis Rams||George Uko||DT||A bit undersized for what the Rams do on defense, but Uko is quick for a defensive tackle, and can be used as a subpackage rusher until he bulks up to be a full time starter.|
|76||Detroit Lions||Scott Crichton||Edge Rusher||Under the radar pass rusher who has impressed numerous scouts. Gives Lions a viable option opposite Ansah|
|77||San Francisco 49ers||Jeremiah Ataochu||Edge Rusher||Extremely athletic rush linebacker with long arms, natural pass rusher, and incredibly smart. Would be a valuable reserve behind Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks, especially if Smith gets suspended for off the field transgressions.|
|78||Dallas Cowboys||Dion Bailey||S||playmaker type free safety with good ball skills and a violent run defender. Bailey can play all over the formation, and his only knock is his mission for the knockout blow instead of a form tackle. Can easily slide into Dallas’ secondary and make plays|
|79||Baltimore Ravens||Stephon Tuitt||DT||With Chris Canty and Haloti Ngata on the wrong side of 30 and the only reserve behind them is DeAngelo Tyson, the Ravens need to think about their DE position. Tuitt is one of the few ever to play a 3-4 DE in college, and can help out the Ravens for the future while he learns to pass rush|
|80||New York Jets||Pierre Desir||CB||Desir may be a small school player, but has the intelligence and instincts to keep up in the NFL and would develop nicely alongside Milliner|
|81||Miami Dolphins||Bruce Ellington||WR||May be a smaller receiver, but has great speedy and body control with agility to make defenders miss after the catch. Would be a versatile reserve in Miami, with eventual goal of being the slot receiver|
|82||Chicago Bears||Jeremy Hill||RB||Similar to the Vikings, the Bears have no viable backup to Forte now, and Hill is a far better version of Michael Bush, who was mostly their short yardage hammer back|
|83||Cleveland Browns||Jaylen Watkins||CB||Not the most physical of corners, but Watkins has speed to burn and can keep up with any receiver, even though he will be tested frequently opposite Joe Haden|
|84||Arizona Cardinals||Marcus Smith||Edge Rusher||For years the Cardinals have been trying to find viable answers at OLB through the draft, and its led to a lot of backups on the team. Smith should change that. He is a explosive rusher who can bend around tackles with ease|
|85||Green Bay Packers||Tyler Larsen||OC||A smart, old school center who knows how to make any protection calls and excels in pass protection, which are the two most important things with Aaron Rodgers|
|86||Philadelphia Eagles||Kevin Pierre-Lous||LB||Highly athletic linebacker who can go sideline to sideline, and if he is powerful in run defense, could make Demeco Ryans expendable|
|87||Kansas City Chiefs||Logan Thomas||QB||With a big arm and fast legs, there was no way Andy Reid is letting a prospect like that go undeveloped|
|88||Cincinnati Bengals||Keith McGill||CB||Tall, lanky corner who can develop into an eventual stater behind the top veterans in Cincy|
|89||San Diego Chargers||Martavis Bryant||WR||With not many other options, Bryant can step in and be a vertical route runner to complement Keenan Allen|
|90||Indianapolis Colts||Marcus Roberson||CB||Excellent coverage who can slide in without high expecations behind Vontae Davis and Greg Toler|
|91||New Orleans Saints||Dri Archer||RB||A younger and faster version of Darren Sproles, will allow for more exotic plays on offense|
|92||Carolina Panthers||Bashaud Breeland||CB||With no other options at corner, the Panthers get a local boy who can take advantage of their dominant front seven|
|93||New England Patriots||Tom Savage||QB||The Patriots need to think of the future, and Savage has a much stronger arm than Brady, and can learn from the mind of the best until Brady retires|
|94||San Francisco 49ers||Walt Aikens||CB||San Francisco needs more corners, Aikens is an experience corner who can help put San Francisco in a top 5 ranking|
|95||Denver Broncos||Cameron Fleming||OT||With Orlando Frankin moving to guard, and reserve Chris Clark now at RT, the Broncos are paper thin at tackle. Fleming could eventually push for the RT job|
|96||Minnesota Vikings||Trevor Reilley||LB||Jasper Brinkley penciled in at MLB, the Vikings want a younger, more athletic option to play Mike, and Reilley canbring the wood inside a defense and lead the team|
|97||Pittsburgh Steelers||Antone Exum||CB||Decorated corner from Virginia Tech who is an extremely physical press corner, something the Steelers miss.|
|98||Green Bay Packers||Jordan Tripp||LB||The Packers want to upgrade from Brad Jones and AJ Hawk, and Tripp is an underrated, quick LB to fix that issue|
|99||Baltimore Ravens||Wesley Johnson||OC||Strong, smart center who can give come consistency inside the Ravens offensive line|
|100||San Francisco 49ers||Travis Swanson||OC||Not much burst, but has good blocking technique and decent strength to flourish in the Niners power run scheme.|