AJ and I will be watching the NFL Draft together, and we will be updating the picks by each team along with their stats and attributes.
1. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, 6’7″ 305 lbs
– Eric Fisher is the most athletic tackle in the draft. It was reported that the Chiefs were going to select Luke Joeckel, but they switched their pick today to Fisher because of his athleticism. He had one of the fastest 40-yard dash times for lineman with a 5.05.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, 6’6″ 306 lbs
– Many experts had Joeckel as the number 1 pick in the draft. Joeckel is a superb blocker and is great at getting to the second level. He blocks in one of the best conferences in the nation and has the experience against elite players. Joeckel ran a 5.3 40-yard dash and benched pressed 27 reps at the combine.
3. Miami Dolphins (traded from OAK)- OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon, 6’6″ 248 lbs
– At the last second, the Raiders traded their 3rd overall pick to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins then picked Dion Jordan, a young, versatile linebacker from Oregon. Jordan played less than 50% of defensive snaps last season and also has shoulder issues. Besides his inexperience, Jordan is fast (4.6s 40) and is great off the edge.
4. Philadelphia Eagles- OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, 6’7″ 303 lbs
– Lane Johnson is the third tackle to come off the board. He had a great combine workout, where he ran a 4.72 40 yard dash and did 28 reps on the bench press. The Eagles were looking for a lineman for Chip Kelly’s new fast-paced offensive scheme.
5. Detroit Lions- DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU, 6’5″ 271 lbs
– Ansah did not start playing football until his sophomore season at BYU. He first walked on to the track team there and was then introduced to the basic techniques of football. Ansah has progressed very quickly and his stock quickly rose after a great outing at the Senior Bowl (7 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 FF). Ansah is very inexperienced with the game, but after being developed, he could be a great player.
6. Cleveland Browns- DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 6’4″ 241 lbs
– Mingo is a raw player from LSU, but has plenty of upside. He played defensive end, but many think he will be converted to a linebacker. He ran a 4.58 40 and is very skilled on the edge.
7. Arizona Cardinals- G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6’2″ 311 lbs
– Cooper is one of the quickest offensive lineman in the draft. He is known for his explosive feet and elite quickness. He also gets to the second level very fast and gets a great jump off the ball. He ran a 5.07 and benched 35 reps.
8. St. Louis Rams (traded from BUF)- WR Tavon Austin, WVU, 5’8″ 174 lbs
– Austin is one of the best players at making tacklers miss. He is lethal when he has space and can just run around everyone. He plays multiple positions, returner, running back and wide-out. He ran a fast time of 4.34 and is a great pick to trade up for.
9. New York Jets- CB Dee Milliner, Alabama, 6’0″ 201 lbs
– Milliner is by far the best defensive back in the draft. He is great at 1-on-1 coverage and can hold his own against elite receivers. He has the physical tools necessary to be a great d-back. Milliner has great closing speed and ran a 4.37 at the combine.
10. Tennessee Titans- G Chance Warmack, Alabama, 6’2″ 317 lbs
– Warmack is the 5th offensive lineman picked in the top ten. Warmack is known for his great run blocking ability, and has great experience playing for the elite Alabama team. He ran a 5.49 40 and McShay once said that he was the best guard he has seen since Steve Hutchinson.
11. San Diego Chargers- OT DJ Fluker, Alabama, 6’5″ 339 lbs
– Fluker is the third straight Alabama player picked in the draft. Fluker has been starting since his freshman year at Alabama. Fluker is a big, strong offensive lineman and will provide great protection for Rivers.
12. Oakland Raiders (traded from MIA)- CB DJ Hayden, Houston, 5’11” 191 lbs
– This is the pick that the Raiders traded down for with Miami. Hayden has good ball skills and great awareness, but he is not a great tackler. Hayden actually had surgery on his heart that he overcame quickly. Hayden should be a solid corner for the Raiders.
13. New York Jets- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, 6’2″ 294 lbs
– The Jets decided to skip over Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd to get Richardson. I guess the Jets see something in him that analysts do not. Don’t get me wrong, Richardson is fast and makes big plays all over the field, but he wasn’t the best defensive lineman on the board at the time.
14. Carolina Panthers- DT Star Lotulelei, Utah, 6’2″ 311 lbs
– Lotulelei was considered a top 5 pick before he had heart problems at the combine. He is a great run stopper, but he needs to develop skills to rush the passer.
15. New Orleans Saints- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, 6’0″ 214 lbs
– The Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year. They need a defensive presence. Kenny Vaccaro has great coverage abilities and covers a lot of space.
16. Buffalo Bills (traded from STL)- QB EJ Manuel, Florida St., 6’4″ 237 lbs
– EJ Manuel is a two year starter out of Florida St. and studied behind Christian Ponder before starting. He is very athletic and has great mobility. Experts had him ranked below other quarterbacks, but the Bills liked what they saw in Manuel.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia, 6’2″ 245 lbs
– This was a perfect pick for the Steelers. The Steelers’ defense is deteriorating and they need some young players. Jones is considered one of the best linebackers in the draft.
18. San Francisco 49ers (traded from DAL)- S Eric Reid, LSU, 6’1″ 213 lbs
– Reid is a big hitter type of safety. He has great aggressiveness and toughness at the safety position, but he needs to improve his coverage ability. He ran a fast 4.49 40 as well.
19. New York Giants- G Justin Pugh, Syracuse, 6’4″ 307 lbs
-Pugh has great athleticism for a lineman an is quick off his feet. The Giants needed a lineman to fill in for the aging starters. Everyone thought the Giants were going to go with a defender, but this is a solid pick for them.
20. Chicago Bears- G Kyle Long, Oregon, 6’6″ 313 lbs
-Long is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long. Kyle Long has a great background, but needs to be developed a little more. He will be a good addition and help for Cutler and Forte.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, 6’5″ 250 lbs
– Eifert is the best TE in the draft. He is very versatile, lining up at WR as well at Notre Dame. Eifert has great hands and goes up to get the ball. This will give Andy Dalton another target and will take some heat off of AJ Green.
22. Atlants Falcons (traded from STL)- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington, 5’11” 190 lbs
– Trufant, also, has a great family background, with his brother going to the Seahawks. Trufant is considered the best coverage corner in the draft. The Falcons needed a third cornerback after losing a couple, and the Falcons traded up to make sure they got a good corner.
23. Minnesota Vikings- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida, 6’2″ 297 lbs
– This is an outstanding pickup for the Vikings. Floyd was projected to go 3rd overall in the draft, and he dropped down to 23. He has great explosiveness and works hard in the trenches.
24. Indianapolis Colts- DE Bjoern Werner, Florida St., 6’3″ 266 lbs
-Werner is compared to JJ Watt because of his swatting ability from the line. He did not have a great combine at all and that might be a reason why he fell a little bit.
25. Minnesota Vikings- CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St., 6’1″ 210 lbs
-Rhodes has great size for his position. He has to improve on his tackling and coverage ability. A lot of experts had the Vikings going with a linebacker here to fill their gap up, but they got a cornerback with many positives.
26. Green Bay Packers- DE Datone Jones, UCLA, 6’3″ 283 lbs
– Jones can play any position on the defensive line. He had a great Senior Bowl along with a good combine. He was a big sleeper pick for Gruden of ESPN.
27. Houston Texans- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6’1″ 214 lbs
– Hopkins is a great athlete. He has amazing hands to go along with his speed. He absolutely tore up the field against LSU, an elite team, last year to prove he can play with the big boys. The Texans needed another WR to play along side Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos- DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, 6’2″ 313 lbs
– Williams is an all-around great defensive player. He has great burst speed off the line and disrupts every play. Williams is a great addition for the Broncos to help out Von Miller.
29. Minnesota Vikings (traded from NE)- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, 6’1″ 216 lbs
– Patterson is best once he has the ball in his hands. He makes everyone miss and makes cuts that running backs make. He still needs to develop as a route runner, but good pick by the Vikings.
30. St. Louis Rams (traded from ATL)- ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia, 6’2″ 242 lbs
– Ogletree has converted to linebacker after starting his career as a safety. He has great range for a linebacker and is an above average coverage linebacker. He had over 100 tackles last season and is going to be a great contributor to that linebacker corps.
31. Dallas Cowboys (traded from SF)- C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, 6’3″ 312 lbs
– The Cowboys filled one of their needs with this pick. They went through several centers last year and need an everyday player at that position. This pick will help protect Tony Romo.
32. Baltimore Ravens- S Matt Elam, Florida, 5’9″ 208 lbs
– Matt Elam is now going to have to fill some big shoes. He has to replace future Hall of Famer, Ed Reed. Elam is very athletic and has natural instincts to be a good safety.