|13.||Brandon Harris from Miami (Fla.) |
The Lions have done a fantastic job rebuilding this team through the draft lately but there are definitely still some holes to fill. Although Cornerback is one of the most difficult positions to project into the NFL, the Lions really need some help there. If Harris is able to separate himself as the 3rd best CB after Peterson and Amukamura watch for the Lions to take him.
If they opt to take another position I could easily see them going DE or OT here depending on who is available. All three positions have somewhat of a logjam right now and hopefully over the next three months we see these prospects at CB, DE, and OT start to separate themselves.
|17.||Cameron Heyward DE from Ohio State|
This pick is going to be a DE. I give the nod to Heyward instead of Jordan or Watt because of his continued dominant play and versatility. Heyward is also more athletic than the other two. The Pats need help at the Defensive End position and the Offensive Tackle position. Fortunately they have 900 picks in the first three rounds this year and 3 picks in the top 33 overall. I'm pretty sure they'll be able to fill whatever holes they have with this year's bounty.
|19.||Akeem Ayers OLB from UCLA |
Akeem Ayers is a very fast and very productive Linebacker. After losing a starter at Linebacker in each of the last 2 seasons they have been patching things together but Ayers could come in and be a play-maker right away.
The Giants are probably also going to consider an OT here so it really depends who is available but I think Ayers is a much better prospect at OLB than any of the available Lineman are at their respective positions. They may even consider going with Pouncey here due to his ability to play any interior line position.
|21.||Derek Sherrod OT from Mississippi State|
The Chiefs had a tremendous draft last year which means they can focus on the most glaring needs and for Kansas City, that's the Offensive Line. Poor Matt Cassel was under pressure all season long and if he had to do anything more than just toss the ball up to Bowe they were in trouble. The should take Derek Sherrod and move Brandon Albert back to Guard or slide him over to the Right Tackle position. Sherrod will help give Cassel more time and help Charles get a few more yards before he has to start bouncing off of guys.
|25.||Ryan Mallett QB from Arkansas |
Seattle might be rethinking it's QB future after seeing how good Matt Hasselbeck played in the playoffs this season. However, just because they spent a 3rd round pick on Charlie Whitehurst last year doesn't mean they won't look for QB here. Hasselbeck does have another few years left in him so this could be a great place for a developmental QB prospect like Mallett to end up. Mallett obviously has all the physical tools but he needs to be trained how to play QB in the NFL and by going later in the 1st round he should have some time to develop behind a veteran QB.
The Seahawks need real help in a few places and they could look for a more immediate need like the Offensive Line, DT, or DE.
|28.||J.J. Watt DE from Wisconsin|
Watt is listed as a DE but can also play DT if need be and from what I've seen, he can even bump out into zone coverage at times. His size, athleticism, and versatility make him a great pick for the Patriots here. They'll be able to really continue their defensive youth movement by taking Watt and Heyward with their 2 first round picks. Both are smart, versatile, and played at a high level in college which is just what the Patriots like to draft.
|29.||Gabe Carimi OT from Wisconsin |
The Bears surrendered the most sacks of any NFL franchise this season and while some of the blame is Cutler, I think a lot of that has to condemn the offensive line. Carimi would be a great pickup for the Bears. He can start immediately at Right Tackle and eventually move over to Left Tackle. This will free them up to move their talent to where it works best. If Offensive Line Coach, Mike Tice sticks around for another year, this could become a very good group.
|31.||Stephen Paea DT from Oregon State|
Paea probably won't last this long but if he did, the Jets wouldn't waste any time making this selection. They have lost their starting Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins to season ending knee injuries the last 2 years so they'll be looking to solidify that position and what do you know, the best NT in the draft falls right into their lap. Paea is stronger than he is fast, but he gets off the ball quickly and never stops pursuing the ball. He'll be able to disrupt offenses straight up the middle while the Jet's edge rusher funnel all the action back to him.
|32.||Adrian Clayborn DE from Iowa|
Clayborn along with Raji and Matthews will be a very potent pass attack in Green Bay. The Packers have a great defense in place now but teams are always looking for pass rushers. Clayborn is very quick for his size and was able to give Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi a hard time when they played by getting around him on a pure speed rush. Clayborn didn't look as dominant as teams thought he would this season so he slips to the end of the first round here but he is a very good player and will love the tenacity of the Packer defense.
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