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1. Atlanta Falcons (from Houston) -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The biggest buzz leading into the 2014 draft is what Houston will do with the No. 1 pick. Clowney is the frontrunner to go No. 1 overall, but the Texans run a 34 defense, and Clowney is suited for a 43 defense. Atlanta and Jacksonville are his best fits in the top 10, with rumors leading to speculation that the Falcons may attempt to move up to select him. Such a move isn’t unprecedented for Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff. In 2011, he traded two first-round picks and a third-round pick for the right to select Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. A similar offer to Houston could net him Clowney.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Selecting Robinson allows the Rams to move Jake Long to right tackle and keep recently re-signed Rodger Saffold inside at guard. Robinson solidified his status as a top 10 pick by doing a masterful job against Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy in the SEC championship game. He further enhanced his draft stock with a solid combine workout. This pick will be a hot spot for trade activity, but the Rams won’t be able to drop far down and still land the player they want. They’ll need to decide whether they want extra draft picks, the draft’s best tackle prospect, or its best receiver prospect.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
Drafting a quarterback remains in the cards for Jacksonville, but head coach Gus Bradley is a defensive-minded man, who comes from an organization (Seattle) that found their franchise quarterback in the third round. His preference -- especially with Andrew Luck in the division -- is likely to build a defense in the image of Seattle. Mack would give him the elite athlete to center his defense around, while also addressing the franchise’s seven-year pass-rush need.
4. Cleveland Browns -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Instead of reaching for a quarterback with the No. 4 selection, Cleveland may opt to choose the best player available. Robinson and Watkins are the likely candidates, pending what St. Louis does with the No. 2 selection. Watkins followed up an historical Orange Bowl performance (16 catches, 227 yards, and 2 touchdowns) with a sensational combine workout. Pairing the dynamic athlete with Jordan Cameron, Josh Gordon, and the recently signed Andrew Hawkins gives Cleveland one of the league’s top receiving arsenals. Now if only they could find a quarterback.
5. San Francisco 49ers (from Oakland) -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Imagine a receiving corps consisting of Evans, Anquan Boldin, and Michael Crabtree. That’d be a nightmare for any defense to defend, even without Vernon Davis at tight end and one of the best offensive lines in football paving the way for Frank Gore. It’s also within the realm of possibility. The 49ers have five picks on day two to go along with their first-round choice. They could trade the No. 29 overall pick with both their seconds to tempt somebody in the top five. The Raiders could be a willing partner, as they need to inject youth into their roster, after going without a first-round pick in 2011 and 2012.
6. Houston Texans (from Atlanta) -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Moving down allows the Texans to target a quarterback with their first pick. They seem to favor Bortles and Manziel, with the latter having more momentum.
7. Dallas Cowboys (from Tampa Bay) -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
With San Francisco jumping ahead of Tampa Bay to draft Evans, the Buccaneers could turn their attention toward North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, or they could move down. The Dallas Cowboys make for a hypothetical trade partner. They’d have to give up their second-round pick to get this high, but they’re not going to land Donald without making a bold move.
8. Minnesota Vikings -- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
The Vikings are desperate to find a young signal caller to develop. They haven’t shown as much interest in Bortles as they have other quarterbacks, but it could all be a smokescreen. In 2011, Minnesota targeted Jake Locker with their top pick, but the Titans took him four picks ahead of them. Bortles and Locker are very similar prospects.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The 49ers and Cowboys jumping into the top 10 would undoubtedly lead to an offensive tackle (or two) falling down the board, as neither Dallas nor San Francisco is likely to select an offensive tackle. Under this scenario, the Bills would gladly sit back and watch the action, as they’ll have their choice between Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.
10. Detroit Lions -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Speculation is Detroit’s top priority is finding a complimentary pass catcher to pair with all-pro receiver Calvin Johnson. As a result, they’re a contender to move up for either Evans or Watkins. Ebron is a good contingency plan should they fail to trade up, as he demonstrates all the tools to develop into a stud tight end.
11. Tennessee Titans -- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
As they switch to more of a hybrid defense, Tennessee will need to re-shape their front seven. Barr has enough athleticism to transition from college defensive end to pro outside linebacker. He can drop in coverage and is versatile enough to play multiple positions, giving the Titans an asset to use to create mismatches upfront.
12. N.Y. Giants -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Maybe the biggest benefactor of any wheeling and dealing in the top 10 is the Giants. Unless somebody (Miami) makes a bold play for an offensive tackle, it’s possible that Lewan drops all the way to No. 12, where the Giants would gladly end his slide.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
St. Louis neglected the safety position last off-season. It’s a mistake they could repeat if they don’t address the position in this year‘s draft. Clinton-Dix has good size and is physical enough to play in the box. He’s also a natural enough athlete to thrive on the backend. He could step into Fisher’s defense on day one and help the Rams compete with San Francisco and Seattle in the NFC West.
14. Chicago Bears -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
After addressing their defensive line throughout free agency, Chicago may turn their attention to their defensive backfield. Pryor is a hard-hitting safety with a nose for the football. He somewhat compares with Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu. He’d have an early impact on a defense that needs to improve if they’re to reach the postseason in 2014.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
With Ike Taylor regressing last year, Pittsburgh finds themselves in the market for cornerbacks. The Steelers finished tied for 29th in interceptions last year, so they need to generate more turnovers. This makes Gilbert an enticing option. He‘s this draft‘s biggest playmaker in the defensive backfield. He’s still developing, but the Steelers aren’t afraid to develop a raw talent.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Dallas) -- C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Many regard Mosley as one of the elite prospects of this draft, but linebackers tend to fall on draft day, and the Alabama tag makes him a little overrated. Still, he’s an excellent tackler and takes good angles to the football. He and David could be to Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay what Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs were for him in Chicago.
17. Baltimore Ravens -- Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Losing right tackle Michael Oher -- who was one of the league’s most overrated players -- in free agency creates a void at right tackle for the Ravens. They can fill it by drafting Martin, who was outstanding at the Senior Bowl where he displayed enough versatility to project as a guard or tackle. Martin could slide into Oher’s old job.
18. N.Y. Jets -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Pairing Benjamin with the recently signed Eric Decker gives the Jets a pair of big receiving threats on the outside. Benjamin, who has outstanding hands, is 6-foot-4 and 232 pounds. He’s still developing, but he made significant progress in 2013, especially as a route runner
19. Cleveland Browns (from Miami) -- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Expect the Browns to select a quarterback with their second pick if they opt to pass on one at No. 4. They won’t want to wait around, though, as Arizona and Oakland are potential landing spots for Carr, who has first-round momentum.
20. Arizona Cardinals -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Dennard thrives is man-coverage and uses his physicality to disrupt receivers downfield. The Cardinals already have Antonio Cromartie, Patrick Peterson, and Tyrann Mathieu, but Cromartie signed for just one season and Mathieu tore his ACL last December. Adding another cornerback is a viable option.
21. Green Bay Packers -- Ryan Shazier, ILB, Ohio State
Another high-rising prospect is Shazier. The Packers are looking to get more athletic on the defensive side of the ball, hence their signing of Julius Peppers. Shazier, who is blazing fast, played outside linebacker at Ohio State, but the Packers could play him as an inside linebacker in their 34 defense. The ability to play all three downs makes him a day one pick.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
You don’t release DeSean Jackson without having a plan in place to replace his production. That plan (if it exists) could involve Cooks, who has the blazing speed to play in Kelly’s offense. Cooks reminds me of Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb, though he also compares with Jackson. His size (5-foot-10 and 187 pounds) could concern the Eagles, but in the last two years, he’s caught 195 passes for 2,881 yards. He’s also scored 23 touchdowns. Kelly coached against him in 2012.
23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
Hageman has excellent size (6-foot-6 and 310 pounds) and is versatile enough to play 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle. His inconsistencies suggest that he’s not yet ready to make an immediate impact, but Kansas City head coach Andy Reid values defensive and offensive lineman in round one. Reid has drafted a defensive or offensive lineman in the first round in eight out his last nine attempts.
24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Short-arm defensive tackles tend to drop on draft day. It happened to Sharrif Floyd last year and it could happen to Jernigan -- who has just under 32-inch arms -- this year. Cincinnati doesn’t have a lot of pressing needs, so they can take the best player available. Plus, Domata Peko is a tad overrated. The Bengals could inject fire into their defensive line by lining Jernigan up in Peko’s one-technique (nose tackle) position and pairing him with the returning Geno Atkins.
25. San Diego Chargers -- Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Upgrading the defense is a priority for San Diego, especially since they play in the same division as Denver does. Drafting a cornerback is a legit possibility, but their defense would really benefit from having a true nose guard. At 6-foot-2 and 342 pounds, that’s exactly what Nix III is. He’ll stuff the run and absorb double teams, making San Diego’s inside linebackers (Donald Butler and Manti Te’o) better players.
26. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland) -- Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Most teams peg Su’a-Filo as the top guard prospect of his class, but Miami could be incline to try him at right tackle. Regardless of where he plays, the Dolphins are upgrading their offensive line with him.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
The Saints made major strides defensively under Rob Ryan, but his unit still needs more talent. Bringing in a rusher capable of winning one-on-one battles with opposing offensive lineman is a good start. Throughout Senior Bowl week, Ford displayed enough athleticism to shift from defensive end to outside linebacker. His ability to accelerate around the edge may give him the advantage over BYU’s Kyle Van Noy here.
28. Carolina Panthers -- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
With a Super Bowl caliber defense in place, Carolina turns their attention to upgrading their offense via the draft. The need for a receiver only grew after the organization parted ways with long-time starter Steve Smith. Beckham does a great job of going up and battling for the football. He’s also versatile enough to play outside or the slot, while athletic enough to get deep.
29. Oakland Raiders (from San Francisco) -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
This off-season has been one of the most active in recent memory for Oakland. They’ve signed several veteran free agents on both sides of the ball, causing some to question the way general manager Reggie McKenzie is building his team. Perhaps he is creating a veteran environment to ease the transition for a young signal caller. Bridgewater is a polished passer who is ready to step in and push Matt Schaub immediately. His game tape is vastly superior to Bortles.
30. New England Patriots -- Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Surrounding Tom Brady with better skill players is a priority for New England. They need somebody versatile enough to play inside and outside, while athletic enough to stretch the field. Turns out there’s quite a few players like that in this draft. Lee is one of them. He didn’t play as well in 2013 as he did in 2012, but that was mainly due to injuries. When he’s fully healthy, he’s a dynamic threat who is terrific after the catch. Brady could turn him into a star.
31. Denver Broncos -- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
A strong combine performance elevated Roby back into the first round, after he disappointed in 2013. Roby ran a sub 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and scouts like his upside to develop into a quality NFL starter.
32. Seattle Seahawks -- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Seattle’s front seven is so good that drafting Ealy may be overkill, but the Seahawks won a Super Bowl by building a deep front seven. They flirted with signing Jared Allen in March, so they remain committed to adding to their dominate defense.
33. Houston Texans -- Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
34. Green Bay Packers (from Washington) -- Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
35. Cleveland Browns -- David Yankey, OG, Stanford
36. Oakland Raiders -- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
37. Atlanta Falcons -- Morgan Moses, OT, West Virginia
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
39. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
40. Minnesota Vikings -- Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
41. Buffalo Bills -- Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
42. San Diego Chargers (from Tennessee) -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
43. N.Y. Giants -- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
44. New Orleans Saints (from St. Louis) -- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
45. Detroit Lions -- Keith McGill, CB, Utah
46. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
47. Washington (from Tampa Bay) -- Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
48. Carolina Panthers (from Baltimore) -- Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
49. Denver Broncos (from N.Y. Jets) -- Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
50. Miami Dolphins -- Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
51. Chicago Bears -- Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
52. Arizona Cardinals -- Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Washington) -- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, EIU
54. Philadelphia Eagles -- Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
55. Cincinnati Bengals -- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
56. Oakland Raiders (from San Francisco) -- Daquan Jones, DT, Penn State
57. Tennessee Titans (from San Diego) -- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
58. St. Louis Rams (from New Orleans) -- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
59. Indianapolis Colts -- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
60. Baltimore Ravens (from Carolina) -- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
61. Oakland Raiders (from San Francisco) -- Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
62. New England Patriots -- Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
63. N.Y. Jets (from Denver) -- Marcus Robinson, CB, Florida
64. Seattle Seahawks -- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
65. Houston Texans -- Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
66. Washington -- Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
67. Oakland Raiders -- Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
68. Houston Texans (from Atlanta) -- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
70. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Dominique Easley, DE, Florida
71. Cleveland Browns -- Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
72. Minnesota Vikings -- Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
73. Buffalo Bills -- Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
74. N.Y. Giants -- Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
75. St. Louis Rams -- Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
76. Detroit Lions -- Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
77. San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) -- Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
78. Dallas Cowboys -- Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
79. Baltimore Ravens -- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
80. N.Y. Jets -- Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
81. Miami Dolphins -- Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
82. Chicago Bears -- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
83. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland) -- Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
84. Arizona Cardinals -- Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
85. Washington (from Green Bay) -- Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
86. San Diego Chargers (from Philadelphia) -- Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
87. Kansas City Chiefs --Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
88. Cincinnati Bengals -- Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
89. Tennessee Titans (from San Diego) -- Caraun Reid, DE, Princeton
90. Indianapolis Colts -- Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
91. St. Louis Rams (from New Orleans) -- Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
92. Baltimore Ravens (from Carolina) -- Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
93. Dallas Cowboys (from New England) -- Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
94. San Francisco 49ers -- Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB, Texas
95. N.Y. Jets (from Denver) -- Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
96. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) -- Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
97. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
98. Green Bay Packers -- Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
99. Baltimore Ravens -- Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
100. San Francisco 49ers -- Terrance West, RB, Towson
-- Atlanta acquires the No. 1 overall pick from Houston in exchange for Atlanta’s 2015 first-round pick and the No. 6 and No. 68 overall picks.
-- San Francisco acquires the No. 5 overall pick from Oakland in exchange for the No. 30, No. 56, and No. 61 overall picks.
-- Dallas acquires the No. 7 overall pick from Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 16 and No. 47 overall picks.
-- Cleveland acquires the No. 19 overall pick from Miami in exchange for the No. 26 and No. 83 overall picks.
-- Green Bay acquires the No. 34 overall pick from Washington in exchange for the No. 53, No. 85, and No. 161 overall picks.
-- San Diego acquires the No. 42 overall pick from Tennessee in exchange for the No. 57 and No. 89 overall picks.
-- New Orleans acquires the No. 44 overall pick from St. Louis in exchange for the No. 58 and No. 91 overall picks.
-- Washington acquires the No. 47 overall pick from Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 53 and No. 142 overall picks.
-- Carolina acquires the No. 48 overall pick from Baltimore in exchange for the No. 60 and No. 92 overall picks.
-- Denver acquires the No. 49 overall pick from N.Y. Jets in exchange for the No. 63 and No. 95 overall picks.
-- San Diego acquires the No. 86 overall pick from Philadelphia in exchange for San Diego’s 2015 second-round pick.
-- Dallas acquires the No. 93 overall pick from New England in exchange for Dallas’ 2015 third-round pick and the No. 119 overall pick.