The Chiefs’ choice is down to Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel. Half of the draft experts think the Chiefs will take Fisher. The other half believe Joeckel will be the choice. If the Chiefs trade LT Branden Albert to the Dolphins, Joeckel makes the most sense. If they don’t, the choice might be Fisher. Either way, Joeckel and Fisher both will hear their names called early. They are the best players in this draft.1 Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. Whether it is Fisher or Joeckel, he will be only the fourth offensive tackle ever drafted No. 1 overall.2 Jacksonville Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan. The Jaguars do need a pass rusher, having gotten only 20 sacks last season, and Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah could be the choice. But Cam Bradfield needs to be replaced at RT, and Fisher (or Joeckel) is the best player on the board.3 Oakland Raiders: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon. The Raiders would love to have Fisher or Joeckel. But the Raiders had only 25 sacks last season, and players who had 17 of those are gone.4 Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma. DT Star Lotulelei is another option, as is a trade down. RT Todd Herremans, 30, could move to RG to solidify the line that returns LT Jason Peters, C Jason Kelce and Herremans from injuries.5 Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama. He fits a need, opposite Chris Houston, a three-year starter who re-signed as a free agent in March.6 Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU. The Browns have had nine top-10 picks in the 13 previous drafts for a reason. Mingo is the pass-rusher the Browns think they need.7 Arizona Cardinals: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama. The Cardinals, who allowed 58 sacks last season, are likely to draft a lineman. LT Levi Brown returns after missing last season with a torn triceps, and tackles Nate Potter and Bobby Massie improved greatly late in the season as rookies. So guard might be a bigger need.8 Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse. He makes sense for the simple fact that he played for Doug Marrone in college. But if they pull the trigger on him at No. 8, Nassib better be a franchise QB.9 NY Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU. The Jets are rebuilding. Ansah should be a good place for new GM John Idzik to start, considering the Jets had only 30 sacks last season.10 Tennessee Titans: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina. The Titans would prefer Warmack but will settle for Cooper. They signed Andy Levitre to a six-year, $46.8 million deal, but they need a physical guard to battle J.J. Watt for the next few years.11 San Diego Chargers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: The Chargers could try to move up to get one of the top offensive linemen in the draft. Their biggest need is a starting LT. Otherwise, they’ll have to “settle“ for one of the top defensive linemen.12 Miami Dolphins: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: The Dolphins could trade this pick for Chiefs LT Branden Albert. But if they stay, a cornerback makes sense, considering they had only three interceptions by their corners last season.13 NY Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia. He would give the Jets three first-round QBs on their roster… at least until Tim Tebow is released. Mark Sanchez can begin looking over his shoulder.14 Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida. The Panthers would prefer Star Lotulelei, but since cutting nose tackle Ron Edwards, coach Ron Rivera has talked about finding a space-eater up front to keep blockers off Luke Kuechly.15 New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia. The Saints set the single-season record for most yards allowed in a season with 7,042, which is why they hired Rob Ryan. They need an upgrade on Victor Butler, Junior Galette and Martez Wilson as their OLBs.16 St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas. Tavon Austin could be the choice here, but the Rams might be able to wait on him. It has to be safety first, if the Rams want to assure themselves of getting the top player at that position.17 Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame. Vaccaro could be the pick if he still is on the board. But Heath Miller, 30, is coming off major knee surgery.18 Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri. The Cowboys would love to trade down if Chance Warmack and Jonathan Cooper are off the board, as expected. Kenny Vaccaro is a possibility if he doesn’t go earlier. But one of the top DTs would allow Dallas to rotate Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff at the 3-technique.19 NY Giants: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia. DE Tank Carradine is a possibility as is OT D.J. Fluker, but the Giants haven’t drafted a linebacker in the first round since Carl Banks in 1984. It’s time.20 Chicago Bears: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama. With only five picks, the Bears will be looking to trade down. Fluker could be the choice wherever they end up, considering RT continues to be a weak spot with J’Marcus Webb moving over from LT.21 Cincinnati Bengals: Eric Reid, FS, LSU. The Bengals are hoping Vaccaro falls. If he doesn’t, they will have a decision to make. They have a huge hole at safety and need someone to pair with Reggie Nelson.22 St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia. He might not last this long, and if Austin is indeed gone, WR Cordarelle Patterson or RB Eddie Lacy could be the choice.23 Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee. It is possible the Vikings could go for a corner after releasing Antoine Winfield, and Desmond Trufant is a possibility. But Minnesota also has a need for a receiver even after signing Greg Jennings. The Vikings can do better than Jerome Simpson, Jarius Wright and Stephen Burton.24 Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, OLB, UCLA. The Colts signed Erik Walden and have Jerry Hughes back, but Jones could be Dwight Freeney’s heir apparent. He had 5.5 sacks last season.25 Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame: The Vikings have no middle linebacker after backup Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals. GM Rick Spielman loves Notre Dame players, with five on his roster, so Te’o is expected to be a Viking whether it’s at 23 or 25.26 Green Bay Packers: Matt Elam, S, Florida. The Packers have M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian as candidates to take Charles Woodson’s spot. They need an upgrade, and Elam reminds them of Chuck Cecil.27 Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson. The Texans have neglected their offense, using only two first-round picks on offensive players since 2003 when they drafted Andre Johnson. (The other was tackle Duane Brown in 2008.) They released receiver Kevin Walter, leaving them with Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean.28 Denver Broncos: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. The Broncos need another pass rusher after releasing Elvis Dumervil. Werner had 23.5 sacks in his career. Werner’s FSU teammate, Cornellius Carradine, will be the choice if Werner is gone.29 New England Patriots: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston. The Patriots will be looking to trade down and could end up with Robert Woods. But one of the draft’s best cornerbacks looks like the choice if they stay put.30 Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: The Falcons very well could trade up for a corner, a need with with Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes no longer around. TE Zach Ertz is a possibility if they stay put.31 San Francisco 49ers: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina. The 49ers likely will trade up. But if they stay put, Williams looks like a good fit with DT Justin Smith in his 30s.32 Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU. The Ravens seem comfortable with Manti Te’o, and he would be a possibility if he is on the board. Whoever the Ravens draft to replace Ray Lewis will have big shoes to fill. Information from The Sports Xchange was used in this report.
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