Here’s the entire 1st Round NFL Draft Results
1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE/South Carolina – After all the rumors, the Texans do the sensible thing and take the most talented player in the draft. For all those who dreamed of a defense with JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, your wish is now a reality.
2. St. Louis (from Washington): Greg Robinson, OT/Auburn – The team’s top priority going into 2014 was to protect quarterback Sam Bradford. Well, they got the perfect person for that in Robinson, who is a mountain of a man with freakish athletic ability. He can occupy a spot at either tackle spot for the next decade.
3. Jacksonville: Blake Bortles, QB/UCF – The first surprise of this draft! Many people thought the Jaguars would take Johnny Manziel here, but no. It’s the big man out of Central Florida who will stay in state and play for Jacksonville. The Jags have their man for the future.
4. Buffalo (from Cleveland): Sammy Watkins, WR/Clemson – WOW. The Bills pull off the stunner, dealing a first and fourth-round pick in 2015 to draft Watkins right now. Buffalo is getting the best receiver in this draft and he can step in and immediately contribute with a suddenly impressive cache of receiving weapons in upstate New York.
5. Oakland: Khalil Mack, LB/Buffalo – The Raiders were reported to have wanted Watkins at this spot, but instead they’ll settle for what many people believe to be the best defender in this draft. Mack might have played at a small college (Buffalo) but he has the tenacity and skills to create havoc. He’s a quality option who can last in this league.
6. Atlanta: Jake Matthews, OL/Texas A&M – He’s the first of the trio of elite prospects from Texas A&M to go off the board. Many feel Matthews is the best tackle in this draft class and he’ll immediately help cure some of the offensive line woes in Atlanta. Another member of the legendary Matthews to go pro, this guy has the bloodline and the talent to be perennial powerhouse.
7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR/Texas A&M – The Buccaneers decided against going with a quarterback here. No problem at all, since Evans is this draft’s 1A receiving option behind Watkins. Tampa’s offense will look scary with this rookie paired with Vincent Jackson on the outside.
8. Cleveland (from Minnesota): Justin Gilbert, CB/Oklahoma State – Another Manziel scare here, but no dice. The Browns got back in the top 10 by working a deal with Minnesota and then took the big-sized cornerback. Cleveland now has another quality cover man opposite Joe Haden. This defense is starting to come together.
9. Minnesota (from Buffalo): Anthony Barr, LB/UCLA – Barr wanted to be the top pick in this draft, but he’ll have to be satisfied with No. 9. That’s one heck of a consolation prize, eh? The Vikings are getting a guy who is still learning the linebacker position, but his size, quickness and versatility can’t be ignored. Barr can develop into a stud fast.
10. Detroit: Eric Ebron, TE/North Carolina – The Lions have had a sketchy history when they go offense in the first round, but Ebron is no slouch. The best tight end in this draft, he will immediately be that big Jimmy Graham-like target that quarterback Matthew Stafford will grow to love. Detroit just rocked it and now have yet another weapon to add to Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. Great pick.
11. Tennessee: Taylor Lewan, OT/Michigan – If the Titans stick with quarterback Jake Locker, they’re going to do everything in their power to keep him on his feet this season. Lewan rocketed up draft boards with his impressive workouts this offseason and is being rewarded for it. Some expected the Titans to go with a cornerback here, but it didn’t happen.
12. New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr., WR/LSU – The Giants lost Hakeem Nicks via free agency this offseason, but it looks like they just found his younger replacement. Beckham doesn’t have great size (6-0), but he has soft hands, great speed and can be a factor in the return game. This guy’s a burner and Eli Manning has to be happy to have this weapon at his disposal.
13. St. Louis: Aaron Donald, DT/Pittsburgh – You can’t get much better than this beast out of Pittsburgh. Imagine this: The Rams’ defensive front will now have Chris Long, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and Donald plugging up the middle. This unit is up there with the best in the league as the arms race in the NFC West continues.
14. Chicago: Kyle Fuller, CB/Virginia Tech – Chicago has an aging secondary and it seems they just got way younger. Fuller stands tall for a cornerback at 6-0 and makes up for his relative lack of strength with solid speed and great hands. Fuller is another member of his family to enter the NFL and he seems primed for great success.
15. Pittsburgh: Ryan Shazier, LB/Ohio State – The Black and Gold have also been battling an age problem on defense and adding the hard hitter out of Ohio State can help make up for the loss of LaMarr Woodley this offseason. Shazier has insane speed for a linebacker and has a nose for the ball. Expect to hear his name called a lot this fall.
16. Dallas: Zack Martin, OT/Notre Dame – Jerry Jones had America holding its breath as he took the full amount of time to NOT take Johnny Manziel. The wait continues for Johnny Football, but Big D’s offensive line just got much better. Martin is an oustanding talent who will come in handy to open up holes in the running game and to keep Tony Romo healthy.
17. Baltimore: C.J. Mosley, LB/Alabama – The Ravens love their linebackers and Mosley can hang on the inside with the best of them. The young man has a high football IQ and can step right in and take over the spot that Ray Lewis occupied in Baltimore for years and years. Mosley doesn’t have the greatest size, but that can come with time.
18. New York Jets: Calvin Pryor, S/Louisville – Well, the Jets needed secondary help and Pryor is just what the doctor ordered. Nicknamed the “Louisville Slugger,” Pryor is a vicious hitter and a punishing tackler in a smaller frame. He might lead the league in fines at one point, but having a guy like him back there roving free and unafraid to take on anyone is a boon for Gang Green.
19. Miami: Ja’Wuan James, OT/Tennessee – Remember how the Dolphins had offensive line issues last season? Well, they signed a couple names through free agency and have now added the 6-6 tower out of Tennessee. Some might think this is a little bit of a reach here, but the Dolphins must know something we don’t.
20. New Orleans (from Arizona): Brandin Cooks, WR/Oregon State – The Saints lost Darren Sproles this offseason, but guess what? They just added the Biletnikoff Award winner from 2013. Cooks has amazing speed (4.33 seconds in the 40) and reliable hands. Can you imagine him on the turf in the Superdome catching passes from Drew Brees? We can, too. What a great fit.
21. Green Bay: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S/Alabama – The Packers defense had all kinds of problems last season and adding Clinton-Dix is one step towards fixing things up. The Alabama product is a fierce tackler and isn’t afraid of sticking his nose in there. Has a good chance of starting right away.
22. Cleveland (from Philadelphia): Johnny Manziel, QB/Texas A&M – Many smart people thought the Browns would end up with Johnny Football and they did … just at 22, not with the fourth pick. The most polarizing player in this draft tumbled down the draft board, but Cleveland’s front office orchestrated a last-minute deal to flip draft spots with Philadelphia. Fun fact: The Browns have a quarterback history with this pick. They took Brady Quinn at 22 back in 2007 and Brandon Weeden at the same spot in 2012.
23. Kansas City: Dee Ford, DE/Auburn – Kansas City already had an imposing defensive front seven. Now you add the very underrated Ford to the mix and this unit has the potential to be terrifying. The Auburn product has excellent speed and burst off the snap and can beat blockers with ease. With so much protection around him on the Chiefs defense, expect Ford to make an impact right away.
24. Cincinnati: Darqueze Dennard, CB/Michigan State – This is a great pick at this spot. The Bengals are in pretty good shape on offense, so defense was the direction to go right here. Dennard is solid corner who has good cover skills and isn’t afraid of making plays in the run game. Cincy did well for itself.
25. San Diego: Jason Verrett, CB/TCU – Good move by the Bolts. With their secondary in shambles, Verrett can almost be guaranteed to start immediately. With his blazing speed and eye for interceptions, the Chargers got themselves a potential star.
26. Philadelphia (from Indianapolis): Marcus Smith, DE/Louisville – Who? Hey, you better learn his name. Smith is a solid pass-rusher and has great agility as a former high-school quarterback. Some people may say Smith is going too early here, but they would probably be wrong.
27. Arizona (from New Orleans): Deone Bucannon, S/Washington State – The Cardinals defense was a bright spot in 2013 and the acquisition of Bucannon turns the spotlight up more. Arizona’s secondary already has playmakers such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Bucannon and his hard-hitting ways will be a perfect fit.
28. Carolina: Kelvin Benjamin, WR/Florida State – Cam Newton lost a lot of weapons this offseason. At least team management did the right thing and drafted a big target. Benjamin’s size and soft hands will be a security blanket going forward for Newton if the former can adjust to the speed of the NFL game. He’s got the potential, now he just has to live up to it.
29. New England: Dominique Easley, DT/Florida – What a story. Easley’s productive college career was hampered by two ACL surgeries. In fact, he’s currently recovering from the second surgery, but the Patriots weren’t concerned. Bill Belichick and Co. must have been afraid that someone would grab the talented defensive tackle since they scooped him up here. Easley is well on his way to being 100 percent and when he gets there, look out. This guy has the skills and the heart to be a beast on the next level.
30. San Francisco: Jimmie Ward, S/Northern Illinois – You can’t just keep losing defensive backs. Several have departed the Bay Area over the last year and at some point, the 49ers had to replace some. Enter Jimmie Ward, who played safety at Northern Illinois but could switch to cornerback in the NFL. A Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, Ward has quick feet and isn’t afraid to get physical. That will work well with head coach Jim Harbaugh.
31. Denver: Bradley Roby, CB/Ohio State – Defensive backs were a popular choice in this first round and Roby is yet another promising option. The Broncos decided not to go with a receiver here, instead going with another need at corner. Roby had a decorated career at Ohio State and has freakish speed. He can shadow most anyone out there and should be able to thrive in Denver.
32. Minnesota (from Seattle) – Teddy Bridgewater, QB/Louisville – The Vikings did what they had to do since they didn’t want to risk letting the Texans get Bridgewater with the first pick of the second round. So, they made a deal with the Seahawks and got that 32nd selection. Bridgewater will immediately compete with Matt Cassel for the starting job, although he’ll have a rough time playing outside in that freezing Minnesota weather.