01. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Eric Fisher [Central Michigan]. Quite a ride up the draft board for Fisher. Who had this guy going first overall six months ago? Nobody. He's a terrific athlete with a nasty edge and smart, to boot. Should be a perennial all star candidate. Almost certainly a hit, very unlikely to be a bust.
02. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Luke Joeckel [Texas A&M]. You know this is a passing league when left tackles go one and two in the NFL Draft. [Hasn't happened since 1968.] You also know that there are no great quarterbacks in this draft. Joeckel is excellent in pass protection, sustains his blocks, gets to the second level easily and destroys defenders when he arrives. Easily best left tackle in Jacksonville since the heyday of Tony Boselli, who was also drafted second overall, 18 years ago. Almost certainly a hit, very unlikely to be a bust.
03. Miami Dolphins [from Oakland Raiders]: DE Dion Jordan [Oregon]. When the Dolphins traded up here I thought they were trying to get Lane Johnson, the third-best tackle in the Draft and filling a major need for Miami. Instead, they take the pass rusher. He's got great size and speed for a 3-4 outside linebacker. But can he play DE in the NFL? I think he will need to gain some weight and strength to do it. He missed a lot of plays and games in college so I wonder if he can hold up to the rigors of an NFL season. Terrific pass rushing potential and can run down quarterbacks and running backs. I see high bust potential here, though, and I still think the Dolphins need a left tackle for their young franchise quarterback.
04. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Lane Johnson [Oklahoma]. So, 3 of the first 4 picks are left tackles. [Although Johnson can play right tackle equally well.] Terrific athlete with great speed and can really get to the second level. The Eagles have had injury problems at tackle and Johnson should immediately fix that problem and be one of the top tackles in the NFC. I don't see much of a difference in talent between Johnson, Joeckel and Fisher. Not a glamorous pick for the start of the Chip Kelly era in Philly, but a solid, sensible pick.
05. Detroit Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah [BYU]. Has any football player ever come from so far to be a top 5 pick in the NFL Draft. Did nothing before this season, but has incredible athleticism and his potential as a pass-rusher is almost impossible to overstate. Has a great motor, will work hard and play anywhere he is told to play. Is extremely raw and knows nothing about how to play defense in the NFL. I love his character and work ethic so his chances of being a great player are better than they otherwise would be, but so much is unknown about Ansah due to his utter lack of experience that the chance of a bust here cannot be overlooked. This pick is all about athleticism and potential. If it works, he can be one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL for a decade. If it doesn't, the Lions will regret this pick for a long time.
06. Cleveland Browns: DE Barkevious Mingo [LSU]. Will probably move from DE to OLB in Cleveland's 3-4 defense. Great athlete and speed and a very versatile player. Ran a 4.6 in the 40 at the Combine. Very productive for years on the best or second-best defense in college football for years. Very solid player for the Browns, but I wouldn't have taken Mingo this high.
07. Arizona Cardinals: OG Jonathon Cooper [North Carolina]. Probably the right pick for the Cardinals. The top guard in this draft and also versatile enough to play center. Started 48 games in college and very productive. Has power and quickness and can pull at his size. Great upper-body strength. Very good run blocker, but even better in pass protection. Arizona had arguably the worst offensive line in the NFL last year. This doesn't solve their tackle problems, but does make the overall line much better immediately.
08. St. Louis Rams: [from Buffalo Bills]. WR Tavon Austin [West Virginia]. Good pick by the Rams to move up and get the best wideout in the draft. Austin is incredibly quick, but very small. He should make a fine option in the passing game for Sam Bradford and with his speed on that fast track in the dome in St. Louis, he could prove to be very explosive. Austin had 214 catches in the last two seasons and can be used in the return game, as well. Rams should get the ball to him any way they can because he's so explosive. His size is a concern, but he's so quick it is difficult to get a good hit on him. In a league where defenders are barely allowed to touch receivers anymore, Austin's speed and elusiveness should prove very valuable for the Rams.
09. New York Jets: CB Dee Milliner [Alabama]. I love this pick for the Jets. The trade of Revis leaves the Jets with a need at CB and Milliner is easily the best corner in this draft. He's a terrific cover corner, but can also force the run and tackle well. Tough, smart, athletic, he's got it all. He's not going to lead the NFL in interceptions because he's got poor hands, but he has everything else you want in a cornerback. This is a very solid addition to the NY defense.
10. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack [Alabama]. Back-to-back picks from the Crimson Tide. Also fifth offensive lineman taken in the top 10. Not a hugely fast man, but huge in every other way and he plays faster than he times. Enormously powerful and strong and a true road-grader in the running game. Not too shabby in the passing game either. Wasn't great at the Combine, but was great in his pro day and, most importantly, was great on game day in college. Will start immediately and play at a star level soon. Nice upgrade to an otherwise suspect offensive line.
11. San Diego Chargers: OT DJ Fluker [Alabama]. Back-to-back-to-back picks from the Crimson Tide, including two in a row from the offensive line. He's 340 pounds and he played even heavier in college. He's a big upgrade to a poor offensive line. Dominated Barkevious Mingo and other top pass-rushers in college. Finishes plays, has a nasty streak and dominated the LSU defensive line. Can protect the QB well, but is truly devastating in the running game. Perhaps the Chargers are going to a more power-offense attack. Fluker is ideal for that.
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