1) Kansas City Chiefs - OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)
The Chiefs say they are looking at both offense and defense with their first pick. Joeckel is a potential Joe Thomas selection and virtually impossible for the Chiefs to pass up with the first overall pick. Albert's future remains uncertain and Alex Smith will need a reliable tackle to cover his blind side.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars - DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon)
No matter which way you slice it, the Jaguars need defensive line and pass rushing help. They will be hard pressed not to select Sharrif Floyd, but Jordan has too much upside remaining and is quickly becoming the obvious pick.
3) Oakland Raiders - DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)
The Raiders will waste no time in getting the man they have circled in the green room, should he fall past the Jags. The Raiders have needs all over their defensive unit, but Floyd is a solid pick and will be an anchor within the line during his year in Oakland.
4) Philadelphia Eagles - OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)
The Eagles need better pass protection regardless of how long Vick remains the starter next season. Fisher is a kid I actually rate higher than Joeckel. He has good size and lateral agility and won't back down on any run or passing down.
5) Detroit Lions - DE Ziggy Ansah (BYU)
The Lions' need for a defensive end will control this selection. They lost both Avril and Vanden Bosch earlier this off season and the BPA at this point per position is Ansah. He could actually step into Avril's role with a great amount of success.
6) Cleveland Browns - CB Dee Milliner (Alabama)
There's talk of his shoulder issue dropping his stock value, and that's simply a bunch of cloak and dagger rubbish. His shoulder can be restored prior to the pre-season and the Browns want and do need another solid corner across from Joe Haden.
7) Arizona Cardinals - DT Star Lotulelei (Utah)
The Cardinals will entertain taking Lane Johnson with this pick, but Star Lotulelei can't be passed up at this point. The Cardinals would have a well built unit with Star Lotulelei at defensive tackle. No matter which way I flip the picks, the Cardinals take him as the BPA.
8) Buffalo Bills - QB Matt Barkley (USC)
The Bills are looking for a QB that can successfully run the west coast set. The Bills may attempt to trade down and get either Barkley or Nassib for less on signing day. But, if they remain in the 8th slot they will make the first reach pick for a quarterback and Barkley is the better choice.
9) New York Jets - DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU)
One of their two first round picks following the Derrelle Revis trade. The Jets need help along the defensive front and over the middle third. They are likely in a rebuilding mode and will bring in fresh legs while dumping out older inflated contracts. Mingo can give them a presence off the corner or any LB position.
10) Tennessee Titans - OT DJ Fluker (Alabama)
This is an interesting pick. Fluker can player either tackle position and the Titans stand to lose their best after next season. Fluker can step right in an make an impact that can bolster both Jake Locker's and Chris Johnson's numbers in 2013. Lane Johnson is another possibility but the hype of him being a top 10 picks is sounding like just hype, scouts don't agree with him being a top 5 pick.
11) San Diego Chargers - OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)
Lane Johnson has been locked in for the Chargers at #11. If he falls they scoop him up quickly. Johnson has yet to reach his max potential and is a bit raw, which is why he won't go in the top 10. The Chargers are desperately in need of an offensive tackle and will take the risk.
12) Miami Dolphins - C/G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)
A very impressive inside weapon for the offensive line. The Dolphins have shown they will take interior linemen early in the draft ala Mike Pouncey. The best tackles are off the board so barring a trade (potentially with Cleveland) the Dolphins take the best offensive lineman on the board, and he fits a big need within the Dolphins offense.
13) New York Jets (via Bucs) - WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)
The Jets need an explosive weapon down field and Austin has deadly speed and great hands. His test score wont lower his stock and the Jets offense covets a receiver. Chance Warmack is a strong possibility too as the Jets need interior line help.
14) Carolina Panthers - DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
The talk around that the Panthers aren't into him as earlier reports stated is false, the Panthers need a DT most of all and Richardson is the BPA at the position and is one they have been eyeballing all off season. Richardson's addition would give the Panther's defense a huge lift.
15) New Orleans Saints - CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)
The Saints made a nice signing with Pittsburgh's Keenan Lewis, but they still showed interest in upgrading the other corner back position when they brought in Nnamdi Asomugha and Tracy Porter.
16) St. Louis Rams - WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)
I'm going with a less popular pick here at #16. The Rams have spoken twice with Hopkins and are said to be very high on his potential with the team. Hopkins would give the Rams the down field weapon they have been missing. Anything that can ease Bradford's job is key. The other potential pick here is LB Alec Ogletree, since the Rams lacked production from the strong side least season.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers - OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)
This is an obvious pick considering the Steelers are lacking pass rushing LBs with the departure of James Harrision to the Bengals. Their LB core has youth but also some seniors that need to go. Jones can pass rush with the best and fill the void left by Harrision. The only question mark around him is the spinal stenosis, which can easily be aggravated with the right contact or motions. Regardless, the Steelers are drafting Jones.
18) Dallas Cowboys - OG Chance Warmack (Alabama)
Talk about obvious selections, the Cowboys offensive line was horrible and that in it's own right is an understatement. They must address adding some picks to strength the offensive line whether exterior or interior. Warmack will allow Romo to breathe easier, if only for a second.
19) New York Giants - CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)
Giants need defensive help everywhere, but at this point the best defensive lineman are off the board and the next big need is a replacement for Corey Webster who had a dismal season. Trufant can make an impact but needs to strengthen his upper body before the preseason starts.
20) Chicago Bears - TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)
The Bears like what Eifert has to offer as a receiving TE opposite of Bennett. They are all but locked onto Eifert with Austin off the board. A good first step into their rebuilding phase.
21) Cincinnati Bengals - S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)
Its very possible that Vaccaro will fall into the Bengals awaiting arms. The Bengals needing a safety last draft and addressed it in the 5th round, but that simply didn't pan out. They also need a LB and Ogletree is available, but the less problematic and more reliable pick is selected.
22) St. Louis Rams - S Eric Reid (LSU)
The Rams second biggest need is at safety and Reid is a safe pick as he wont be there in the 2nd round with the 49ers and Ravens eyeballing safeties as well. Reid is a solid pick for the Rams and fills a big need to further strengthen their defensive unit. He also covers well in zone and man packages.
23) Minnesota Vikings - DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
DT is a huge need for the Vikings, since their depth over the middle is nearly non-existent. The Vikings also need receivers but choose to take Williams off the board and secure the defense first.
24) Indianapolis Colts - DE/DT Datone Jones (UCLA)
The Colts were hoping for an interior offense lineman to fall, but with those picks off the board they shift their attention to the biggest defensive need, their defensive line. Jones can line up either as a DT on situational downs or as a DE as a pass rusher on almost any defensive set of downs. Colts snag themselves a great player this deep into the first round.
25) Minnesota Vikings - WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)
I had half a mind to go with Te'o here but the Vikings need for a solid starting receiver outweighed any defensive picks. Patterson is a great receiver with soft hands, speed, and agility. He should step right in and make an impact for the Vikings and form a good chemistry with Ponder.
26) Green Bay Packers - RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)
It makes perfect sense, the Packers running game was HORRIBLE last season, and they can't consider getting back to the Super Bowl without an immediate improvement. Lacy is hands down the best back in this year's class and quite honestly has the most upside as well. He will fit right in with the Packers scheme and rescue a running game that went nowhere last season.
27) Houston Texans - WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)
Texans need a #2 option WR and have been in need for years. Hunter elevated himself into first round consideration, and the Texans won't waste any time scooping him up. Its a no brainer pick.
28) Denver Broncos - DE Tank Carradine (Florida State)
I don't feel very secure about this pick. I know the Broncos need a DE, but they also have a staggering need for a LB too and Ogletree is still on the board. ACL tear vs. DUIs and locker room issues, it's a tough choice and I would not be surprised if the Broncos trade up or out of this pick. I go with Carradine for the biggest need.
29) New England Patriots - CB Jamar Taylor (Boise State)
Taylor will bring back some youth and coverage the Patriots were missing down the stretch last season. He does have trouble getting beat off the snap but that's coachable, otherwise he's an excellent find with the 29th overall selection.
30) Atlanta Falcons - DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)
It surprises me how far down Werner has dropped since initially being considered a top 10 pick. You can't falter the Falcons for scooping him up when DE is their biggest need entering the draft.
31) San Francisco 49ers - S Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International)
The 49ers secondary is a mess and they need to add a players like Cyprien, who can play well in short and deep zone packages and also watches the running lanes like a hawk. Cyprien's value has lifted since the early off season and with the secondary needs the 49ers possess, he is the perfect pick.
32) Baltimore Ravens - S Matt Elam (Florida)
The Ravens lost their top CB Williams and S Eric Reed. They also lost LB Kruger and have holes to fill at every defense slot (front, mid, sec) and Matt Elam can fill the void left by Reed's departure. Whether or not he pans out is another question but the Ravens scoop him up none-the-less.