2014 NFL Mock Draft

2014 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Who Are the Experts Picking?

Ryan RiddleCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2014

2014 NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Who Are the Experts Picking?

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    QB prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny Manziel
    QB prospects Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr and Johnny ManzielAssociated Press

    With free agency winding down and the draft almost a month away, it's time to round up some of the brightest minds within the NFL draft world and display their picks side-by-side for the entire first round. 

    This diverse collection of opinions should help give us a better picture of all the various scenarios that could take place on May 8. 

    For the sake of not overcomplicating things, the option for trades has been eliminated. 

    Here is the panel of experts:

1. Houston Texans

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    Jeremiah: Jadeveon Clowney

    Brooks: Clowney

    Kiper: Khalil Mack

    McShay: Blake Bortles

    Burke: Bortles

    Farrar: Clowney

    Miller: Bortles

    Brinson: Bortles

    My Pick: Manziel

    According to Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei, the Texans are looking to move down in the draft to accumulate more draft picks without having to put all their eggs in one basket. This move will require a number of pieces to fall perfectly in place, but it would be smart if the Texans think quantity over questionable quality here.  

    If they're unable to lure a worthy trade partner, most people believe Houston is going to take a quarterback. If that's the case, Blake Bortles is supposedly the guy they prefer. But after Manziel’s pro day, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Texans pulled the trigger on the flashy in-state product with the swagger to take the league by storm.

    Sure, Manziel lacks the ideal stature of an NFL quarterback, but he shows more promise than Michael Vick did when he was the first overall selection back in 2001. Unlike Vick, Manziel seems capable of growing into a dangerous pocket passer and team leader.  

2. St. Louis Rams

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    Jeremiah: Greg Robinson

    Brooks: Jake Matthews

    Kiper: Robinson

    McShay: Jadeveon Clowney

    Burke: Clowney

    Farrar: Robinson

    Miller: Sammy Watkins

    Brinson: Watkins

    My Pick: Clowney

    The Rams need help on the offensive line badly, especially with Sam Bradford fresh off a season-ending ACL injury. But they just can’t pass up the opportunity to draft a rare, transcendent athlete like Jadeveon Clowney.

    With a lot of talk about his motor/effort during games, my tape study suggests that effort is in no way an issue here. Though he may not have the highest motor in football, it isn’t a liability.

    It's good to see the majority of the experts agree with the Clowney pick here. 

    Greg Robinson could be a serious candidate at play for St. Louis, but there should be talented blockers available when the Rams pick again at No. 13. Prospects like Clowney only come around once every decade, so when they land in your lap, you take them.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Jeremiah: Sammy Watkins

    Brooks: Khalil Mack

    Kiper: Jadeveon Clowney

    McShay: Teddy Bridgewater

    Burke: Bridgewater

    Farrar: Bridgewater

    Miller: Bridgewater

    Brinson: Clowney

    My Pick: Mack

    Mack is an elite player who shined in every aspect of the evaluation process. There's no doubt he has the talent to possibly be the first overall pick in this draft.

    Picking him third overall may surprise many since the Jaguars desperately need a quarterback, but it could be more of a possibility than most seem to think. Don't expect him to be available outside of the top five. 

    Bridgewater is the consensus pick among experts. This is a high probability outcome, although his questionable pro day could cause a more drastic free fall come draft day. 

4. Cleveland Browns

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    Jeremiah: Jake Matthews

    Brooks: Sammy Watkins

    Kiper: Blake Bortles

    McShay: Johnny Manziel

    Burke: Greg Robinson

    Farrar: Manziel

    Miller: Manziel

    Brinson: Teddy Bridgewater

    My Pick: Bortles

    If Blake Bortles is available here, it would be hard for the Browns to pass him up. They have to understand that their shot at drafting one of the big-name quarterbacks will not be an option if they wait until they pick again at No. 26.

    If the need for quarterback wasn't already dire enough, they have already said goodbye to former first-round pick Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. 

    Brian Hoyer, the most experienced quarterback remaining on the roster, is not the answer as the face of an organization—even an organization that is largely considered inept from the top down.

5. Oakland Raiders

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    Jeremiah: Blake Bortles

    Brooks: Greg Robinson

    Kiper: Teddy Bridgewater

    McShay: Sammy Watkins

    Burke: Watkins

    Farrar: Watkins

    Miller: Jadeveon Clowney

    Brinson: Johnny Manziel

    My Pick: Robinson

    Reggie McKenzie seems like the type of conservative general manager who would use this pick on an offensive tackle, especially after the mishap with Rodger Saffold not passing his physical. 

    Wide receiver Sammy Watkins is the consensus pick by the experts, and he makes a lot of sense. But if the Raiders are seriously considering giving DeSean Jackson big money to sign alongside their other free-agent acquisition James Jones, that wouldn't leave much room for Watkins here.

    If Jackson signs elsewhere, suddenly Watkins becomes a much more reasonable option. 

6. Atlanta Falcons

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    Jeremiah: Khalil Mack

    Brooks: Anthony Barr

    Kiper: Jake Matthews

    McShay: Greg Robinson

    Burke: Mack

    Farrar: Matthews

    Miller: Robinson

    Brinson: Mack

    My Pick: Sammy Watkins

    With Roddy White and Julio Jones currently on the roster, it may not a make a lot of sense for Atlanta to draft Watkins here. However, White is getting up there in age at 32, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff loves explosive playmakers. 

    The Falcons could use a pass-rusher here, but Anthony Barr doesn't seem to fit their defensive scheme and Clowney is already taken. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan brought in some 3-4 principles after joining the Falcons, but his base has been a 4-3 look. 

    The best player available in this scenario is Clemson's Sammy Watkins. Imagine how tough it will be trying to defend these three wideouts at the same time.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Jeremiah: Taylor Lewan

    Brooks: Lewan

    Kiper: Sammy Watkins

    McShay: Khalil Mack

    Burke: Eric Ebron

    Farrar: Mack

    Miller: Jake Matthews

    Brinson: Greg Robinson

    My Pick: Teddy Bridgewater

    With the last of the big-name quarterbacks falling here, the Bucs will likely be tempted to trade down, as several QB-needy teams pick up their phones in hopes of jumping into the seventh spot and stealing Teddy Bridgewater.

    Lovie Smith and Co. don’t appear to be sold on Mike Glennon as their quarterback of the future, which is partly why they added Josh McCown in free agency.

    He is 34 years old and would make a great mentor to a guy like Bridgewater, giving the rookie a chance to work his way into the starting role without being thrown into something he wasn't ready for.

    The experts seem to think Taylor Lewan is a possible choice for the Bucs at No. 7. He certainly had the type of combine that justifies him as a top-10 selection. 

8. Minnesota Vikings

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    Jeremiah: Johnny Manziel

    Brooks: Aaron Donald

    Kiper: Manziel

    McShay: Justin Gilbert

    Burke: Manziel

    Farrar: Bortles

    Miller: Derek Carr

    Brinson: Jake Matthews

    My Pick: Gilbert

    The Vikings need a quarterback badly. They would probably be one of the teams mentioned in the previous slide who try to trade up with the Bucs to snag Bridgewater at No. 7. With the best quarterbacks already yanked off the board, Minnesota may consider reaching for Derek Carr here but would hopefully come to their senses and try for him in later on in the first round instead.

    Justin Gilbert is unanimously considered one of the best corners available, although I personally thought Jason Verrett had the most impressive tape of the CBs. Gilbert should go first when you consider he has ideal size at 6'0", 202 pounds for the NFL and is neck-in-neck with Verrett in football ability.

    He would be a nice complement on the opposite end of one of last year's first-round picks, CB Xavier Rhodes. 

    If Manziel, Bortles or Bridgewater is available here, I'd imagine the Vikings take any one of those guys. 

9. Buffalo Bills

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    Jeremiah: Mike Evans

    Brooks: Eric Ebron

    Kiper: Taylor Lewan

    McShay: Jake Matthews

    Burke: Matthews

    Farrar: Calvin Pryor

    Miller: Khalil Mack

    Brinson: Lewan

    My Pick: Anthony Barr

    Per B/R's Dan Pompei, rumor has it that the Bills could be interested in trading up for the first pick in the draft. If there's any truth to this, you have to think they have their eye on Clowney or Khalil Mack. 

    Buffalo is not likely to abandon its investment in EJ Manuel so soon, and Watkins doesn't sound like the player it would be targeting with a trade up to the first spot. 

    If such a trade never materializes, Buffalo could very likely go with an enticing Plan B in Anthony Barr. He would provide an intriguing pass rush on the outside that could take this defense to the next level.

    Manuel needs weapons in the worst way to help give him some early confidence. Mike Evans could help make this offense much more dynamic and would pair nicely alongside Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods.

    Of all the picks from above, Pryor seems like the least likely scenario here. I just don't see him as a prospect worthy of a top-10 pick.  

10. Detroit Lions

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    Jeremiah: Justin Gilbert

    Brooks: Timmy Jernigan

    Kiper: Mike Evans

    McShay: Evans

    Burke: Anthony Barr

    Farrar: Gilbert

    Miller: Evans

    Brinson: Gilbert

    My Pick: Evans

    The Lions did give big money to Golden Tate in free agency, which would make the addition of Mike Evans somewhat of a luxury pick at this point. But he could also turn Detroit's offense into one of the most dangerous units in the NFL. 

    Just think about what the Bears and Falcons have been able to do with having two dynamic pass-catchers in their offense. 

    Evans, Tate and Calvin Johnson would make the most dangerous trio of wide receivers in the NFL. Imagine the size mismatches in the secondary. Such possibilities make it hard not to consider Evans with the 10th overall pick.

    Cornerback is a big need as well, but with Gilbert gone, it may make sense to address this need later on, especially with the availability of Evans here.

11. Tennessee Titans

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    Jeremiah: Anthony Barr

    Brooks: Justin Gilbert

    Kiper: Barr

    McShay: Barr

    Burke: Aaron Donald

    Farrar: Donald

    Miller: Barr

    Brinson: Barr

    My Pick: Donald 

    With the switch to the 3-4 defensive front, a defensive lineman and capable pass-rusher becomes a huge priority for the Titans.

    Grabbing Aaron Donald here has to feel good for the organization when you factor in his enormous production at the collegiate level. He is a physical freak who can be unblockable at times for an undersized interior lineman. The key here is that he would have to be allowed to penetrate and not be used as a primary two-gapper, or else his talents will be wasted. 

    Anthony Barr would also be a nice pick here if he happens to drop out of the top 10. Of all the edge-rushers in this draft, he had the highest speed/weight grade, which averages the player's times in the 40-yard dash, short shuttle and three-cone drill and then factors that time with his weight, per NFL.com.

    When it comes to his tape, there are some rough patches, but he’s certainly a positive value outside of the top 10 here.

12. New York Giants

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    Jeremiah: Eric Ebron

    Brooks: Mike Evans

    Kiper: Ebron

    McShay: Taylor Lewan

    Burke: Evans

    Farrar: Anthony Barr

    Miller: Kony Ealy

    Brinson: Aaron Donald

    My Pick: Ebron 

    The Giants have a lot of holes to fill after losing Hakeem Nicks and Justin Tuck. Their offensive line is also a glaring weakness that they may not be able to ignore with this pick. 

    With that said, if there was a true defensive end with dynamic pass-rush skills available at this point, the Giants would probably consider taking him here.

    Eric Ebron is a special football player who can change the dynamic of the Giants offense. If he is the pick, he would help quarterback Eli Manning, who is coming off his worse year as a pro. 

13. St. Louis Rams

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    Jeremiah: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Brooks: Clinton-Dix

    Kiper: Clinton-Dix

    McShay: Calvin Pryor

    Burke: Clinton-Dix

    Farrar: Mike Evans

    Miller: Taylor Lewan

    Brinson: C.J. Mosley

    My Pick: Lewan 

    After snagging Clowney with the second pick, the Rams can now turn their attention toward the future of the offensive line. With the selection of Lewan here, this could be the future replacement for Jake Long, who can't seem to stay healthy at this point in his career. 

    Lewan's tape does not confirm him to be a blocker who does all the extras like hustle downfield or finish his blocks. In addition, blocking for a run-first quarterback presented a difficult challenge for scouting his pass-protection abilities, given the erratic movements and tendency to break the pocket. This appears to cause opponents to slow-play the rush.

    The Rams also need a safety badly. If Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix happens to be available here, don't be surprised to see the Rams jump on either one of them. 

14. Chicago Bears

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    Jeremiah: Timmy Jernigan

    Brooks: Ra'Shede Hageman

    Kiper: Aaron Donald

    McShay: Donald

    Burke: Jernigan

    Farrar: Louis Nix III

    Miller: Justin Gilbert

    Brinson: Jernigan

    My Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    The Bears would love to replace the loss of Julius Peppers with this pick, but the right value for a defensive end just isn’t available here. Look for that move to be made in Round 2 or 3—unless of course they trade back into the bottom half of the first round and seek out Dee Ford.

    The Bears need help at safety and could improve the back end of their defense by adding a solid center fielder like Clinton-Dix. 

    It makes sense to take the best safety off the board here considering the talent is so deep at other positions. Clinton-Dix is a well-rounded field general with good size who makes the most of his opportunities for big plays.

    He may not be the best athlete at the position, but he shows impressive playmaking instincts and can navigate center field with impressive command. 

    Interior line seems to be the most pressing need for Chicago, but the available talent may dictate the terms with the 14th overall pick. With Donald already drafted, Jernigan could be too big a risk to take this early, and Nix is not ideal for a 4-3 front. Of the available inside guys left in this scenario, Hageman may be their best option if they absolutely must fill that hole. 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Jeremiah: Odell Beckham Jr. 

    Brooks: Darqueze Dennard

    Kiper: Justin Gilbert

    McShay: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Burke: Justin Gilbert

    Farrar: Dennard

    Miller: Kelvin Benjamin

    Brinson: Dennard

    My Pick: C.J. Mosley

    There are a few directions the Steelers could go here at No. 15. The youth movement must commence on the defensive side of the ball where there are a lot of areas of need.

    Mosley would be a great pickup for the Steelers at No. 15. He is clearly the most complete inside linebacker in the draft and has the versatility to be an every-down guy. 

    If there is a position in this draft that has a huge drop-off quickly, that position would be inside linebacker. He is by far the best available interior guy and plays a position of need. Pittsburgh can still grab a quality receiver in Round 2 who can end up being a talented starter.

16. Dallas Cowboys

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    Jeremiah: Aaron Donald

    Brooks: Kony Ealy

    Kiper: Timmy Jernigan

    McShay: Jernigan

    Burke: Louis Nix III

    Farrar: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Miller: Donald

    Brinson: Nix

    My Pick: Jernigan

    For a big man, Timmy Jernigan has impressive fluidity and moves well. He reminds me of a former teammate of mine, Brandon Mebane from Cal.

    It would be nice to see Jernigan make more plays behind the line of scrimmage, but he does have the build, strength and athleticism to excel at the next level.

    The risk is whether or not he’ll put it all together and become a dominant player. From his tape, it appears as though the Cowboys are drafting a solid starter here. But when you need interior help on the defensive side like Dallas does, you might have to sacrifice great prospects for suitable ones.

    Besides, Jernigan does seem to fit the mold of an ideal Tampa 2 player.

17. Baltimore Ravens

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    Jeremiah: Calvin Pryor

    Brooks: Zack Martin

    Kiper: Brandin Cooks

    McShay: C.J. Mosley

    Burke: Taylor Lewan

    Farrar: Lewan

    Miller: Eric Ebron

    Brinson: Ebron

    My Pick: Pryor

    The reloading project is currently under way in Baltimore. Last year, the Ravens drafted a safety in the first round, and he struggled at times. They might have to make it back-to-back years where they take a safety with their first pick. The departure of James Ihedigbo in free agency leaves a big hole that Pryor can fill nicely.

    He is an aggressive tone-setter on defense who brings a swagger and some big hits to the secondary.

    Keep in mind though, there are holes in his game in terms of coverage, awareness and lateral movement, but he should be an asset when taken as a whole.

    We’ve seen these types of players have a lot of success in recent years at the NFL level with Dashon Goldson, Kam Chancellor and Donte Whitner. The only question is: Is he worth a first-round grade?

18. New York Jets

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    Jeremiah: Brandin Cooks

    Brooks: Marqise Lee

    Kiper: Odell Beckham Jr.

    McShay: Lee

    Burke: Darqueze Dennard

    Farrar: Lee

    Miller: Beckham

    Brinson: Mike Evans

    My Pick: Lee 

    With so many receivers in this draft to choose, from it's hard to say which guy the Jets like the most. Beckham seems to be a hot name right now, but I can totally see Marqise Lee being the favorite for the Jets. 

    He probably is the most talented receiver after the catch in this draft class. He also had one of the more productive college careers of the group.

    Brandin Cooks could also be considered here. The Jets seem intent on adding a quick receiver who can stretch the field ever since they lost out on Tavon Austin a year ago.  

19. Miami Dolphins

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    Jeremiah: Zack Martin

    Brooks: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Kiper: Martin

    McShay: Martin

    Burke: Martin

    Farrar: Martin

    Miller: Nix

    Brinson: Clinton-Dix

    My Pick: Jake Matthews

    The experts seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of Zack Martin here for the Dolphins. This decision was determined by each because Jake Matthews was not available in their scenarios. 

    In my mock draft, Matthews is still available after falling much lower in the draft than expected. But every year, the draft is full of surprises like this one. I think the media have Matthews rated higher than NFL teams do, but he still should be taken before Martin. 

20. Arizona Cardinals

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    Jeremiah: Bradley Roby

    Brooks: Dee Ford

    Kiper: Darqueze Dennard

    McShay: Dennard

    Burke: Calvin Pryor

    Farrar: Ford

    Miller: Ford

    Brinson: Ealy

    My Pick: Derek Carr

    When it comes to the expert panel, Dee Ford was the popular choice for the Cardinals here. I do understand the need for outside rushers, but he strikes me as a prospect who could end up struggling with a transition to outside linebacker. He is not a guy I would consider a surefire first-round draft pick. 

    While Carson Palmer plays out the last few years of his career, the Cardinals have a chance to grab a big-arm prospect in a similar mold to Palmer.

    Derek Carr is determined not to follow in his brother’s (David Carr) footsteps by fading away into oblivion in disappointing fashion. Like his brother, Derek has a world-class arm and comes from Fresno State. However, he has the added advantage of learning from his brother’s experience and mentorship regarding the business of the NFL and the quarterback position as a whole. 

    The big concern is his tendency to shrink under duress to an alarming degree. Poise is a critical trait for an NFL quarterback, and it seems to be one that unfortunately eludes Carr.

21. Green Bay Packers

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    Jeremiah: C.J. Mosley

    Brooks: Calvin Pryor

    Kiper: Mosley

    McShay: Eric Ebron

    Burke: Mosley

    Farrar: Mosley

    Miller: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    Brinson: Pryor

    My Pick: Darqueze Dennard

    The Packers have more pressing needs at other positions beyond cornerback, but I'm guessing they didn't expect a player like Dennard to be available this late. Sometimes you have to go with the best guy on your board.

    Besides, in a passing league, can you ever have a surplus of top-quality cover guys? Perhaps a surplus in this area will make up for the deficit at the safety position.

    The recent acquisition of Julius Peppers and the re-signing of B.J. Raji take some pressure off the defensive front. Inside linebacker is an area of focus, but the matching talent is not available here if the draft plays out in this way. I doubt the Packers would pass up on C.J. Mosley or Eric Ebron if either should be available at No. 21, and it seems the panel agrees with those sentiments. 

22. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Jeremiah: Darqueze Dennard

    Brooks: Bradley Roby

    Kiper: Calvin Pryor

    McShay: Roby

    Burke: Odell Beckham Jr.

    Farrar: Kony Ealy

    Miller: Pryor

    Brinson: Jason Verrett

    My Pick: Brandin Cooks

    Chip Kelly and the Eagles are difficult to peg down here, considering we only have a sample size of one year. That year did seem to reveal a strong bias toward Pac-12 prospects in 2013. With that said, Kelly saw what Brandin Cooks can do firsthand while coaching in the Pac-12. 

    The receiver position suddenly became a pressing need with the recent release of DeSean Jackson. Plus, the Eagles have no idea what type of player Jeremy Maclin will be after returning from an injury that sidelined him all of last season. 

    With the combination of top-tier production and a blazing sub-4.4 40-yard dash time, it doesn’t matter that Cooks doesn’t show up well on tape. NFL personnel men tend to be blinded by blazing speed and huge numbers in college.

    I'm personally not a huge fan of Cooks as an option here, but in an attempt to predict the NFL's tendency, he is likely going to be picked somewhere in the late first round.

    He is similar to Jackson in that they are both undersized and incredibly fast, but Jackson has the edge in his ability to make defenders miss after the catch. Cooks seems like more of a straight-line runner who lacks the agility to be truly elusive, but his explosive speed should be a dangerous addition to Philly's high-powered offense. 

23. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Jeremiah: Marqise Lee

    Brooks: Odell Beckham Jr.

    Kiper: Lee

    McShay: Beckham Jr.

    Burke: Lee

    Farrar: Beckham Jr.

    Miller: Ra'Shede Hageman

    Brinson: Beckham Jr.

    My Pick: Beckham Jr.

    The Chiefs could consider one of the many talented receivers available at this pick, or they may opt for a corner. At some point throughout the draft, they will need to address these areas.

    Alex Smith needs some more weapons, and Odell Beckham Jr. is a playmaker with incredible potential. Most analysts believe that he is the better of the two receivers from LSU as he makes a late push into first-round consideration.

    It seems most of the experts agree that the Chiefs will be looking to add a wide receiver. The questions now become: Which receiver do they prefer, and which ones will actually be available?

24. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Jeremiah: Kyle Fuller

    Brooks: Ryan Shazier

    Kiper: Shazier

    McShay: Fuller

    Burke: Kony Ealy

    Farrar: Jason Verrett

    Miller: Darqueze Dennard

    Brinson: Bradley Roby

    My Pick: Dee Ford

    I can understand the pick of Ryan Shazier here for the Bengals. They have been in need of a speedy linebacker who can cover just about any position on offense.

    However, with Michael Johnson moving onto a more lucrative contract and James Harrison being released earlier this week, a talented young pass-rusher at an affordable price could be a wise move for the Bengals at No. 24.

    Dee Ford is quick and explosive despite being undersized at 6’2”, 252 pounds. He’s been climbing up draft boards ever since his impressive performance all week during the Senior Bowl, where he capped it off with being named MVP of the game. 

    The Bengals could be looking at a defensive tackle, but there isn’t a prospect who fits the bill here.

    If you’re thinking Ra’Shede Hageman is a good option here, I would disagree based on his lumbering and lazy quality consistent with his tape. He does intrigue teams with his size and strength, but it rarely translated into disruption on a football field. With that said, teams can certainly value his upside more than his questionable effort and quickness.

25. San Diego Chargers

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    Jeremiah: Louis Nix III

    Brooks: Kyle Fuller

    Kiper: Bradley Roby

    McShay: Jason Verrett

    Burke: Verrett

    Farrar: Hageman

    Miller: Verrett

    Brinson: Fuller

    My Pick: Verrett

    It seems the panel is in agreement with at least the position San Diego should be considering here. 

    The Chargers are in a great spot to grab whom I believe is the most impressive cornerback in this draft class in terms of his tape and athleticism.

    The only question about Jason Verrett projecting to the next level is his less-than-ideal height, measuring just under the 5’10” mark. Even though he is short in stature, he reduces that concern with an incredible vertical jump of 39 inches.  

    He is incredible at breaking on the ball and knocking down passes. He’s also a physical tackler who rarely misses.

26. Cleveland Browns

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    Jeremiah: Teddy Bridgewater

    Brooks: Jason Verrett

    Kiper: Kelvin Benjamin

    McShay: Brandin Cooks

    Burke: Derek Carr

    Farrar: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Miller: Marqise Lee

    Brinson: Lee

    My Pick: Bradley Roby

    Roby is a rare physical talent with a few off-the-field issues to contend with. His resume on film is inconsistent, as he seems to turn it on and off at times. If you put this guy in the hands of the right coach and motivator, he has the assets to become a star in the NFL.

    Are his potential character concerns likely to clash with what Cleveland is trying to build? Quite possibly. 

    Jeremiah has the most intriguing scenario here with Teddy Bridgewater sliding all the way down to the Browns at No. 26. This is unlikely considering a team would probably trade up to draft a sliding quarterback long before he falls this far. 

27. New Orleans Saints

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    Jeremiah: Dee Ford

    Brooks: C.J. Mosley

    Kiper: Ford

    McShay: Morgan Moses

    Burke: Ryan Shazier

    Farrar: Kyle Fuller

    Miller: Mosley

    Brinson: Ford 

    My Pick: Kyle Van Noy

    The Saints can go in several directions here, as evidenced by the panel of experts. 

    More than anything, though, they need pass-rushers on defense. Many people have Kyle Van Noy going in the second or even third round, but I see nothing but a player with first-round talent and a productive career at BYU. I'm not sure he will be a first-round pick, but I am sure he deserves to be. 

    If you were to bottle up what Tyrann Mathieu has and infuse it into an outside linebacker's body, you would essentially create Van Noy. I believe he will ultimately have a better NFL career than Anthony Barr and could be a top candidate for rookie of the year in 2014-15.

    It's hard to imagine any scenario where the Saints don't think defensively in the first round, even with them needing a wide receiver at some point. Other possible candidates include Stephon Tuitt, Ra'Shede Hageman or Dominique Easley. 

28. Carolina Panthers

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    Jeremiah: Kelvin Benjamin

    Brooks: Cyrus Kouandjio

    Kiper: Kouandjio

    McShay: Benjamin

    Burke: Morgan Moses

    Farrar: Kouandjio

    Miller: Zack Martin

    Brinson: Martin

    My Pick: Allen Robinson

    The Panthers must give quarterback Cam Newton weapons in this draft. The sooner they do this, the better. Fortunately for Carolina, this draft is deep in receivers, which should give it a plethora of options to pick from even at No. 28. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers elect to grab two receivers before the draft is said and done.

    A lot of people are underestimating the potential and overall talent of one of my favorite receivers in the draft, Penn State’s Allen Robinson. At 6’2”, 220 pounds, this guy has all the makings of an All-Pro wide receiver at the next level. He is one of the more dangerous weapons with the ball in his hand and can turn a quick slant into a 60-yard touchdown, breaking four or five tackles along the way.

    Robinson had quality hands, but he will drop the occasional ball. In many ways he shows similarities to the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant and the Colts’ Hakeem Nicks.

29. New England Patriots

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    Jeremiah: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Brooks: Louis Nix III

    Kiper: Ra'Shede Hageman

    McShay: Hageman

    Burke: Dee Ford

    Farrar: Eric Ebron

    Miller: Jace Amaro

    Brinson: Hageman

    My Pick: Hageman

    When All-Pro tackle Vince Wilfork went down with injury last year, the Patriots deteriorated defensively to the point where they finished last in the league in rush defense. Luckily, the Patriots and Wilfork have managed to work out their differences and agreed to terms on a new, more cap-friendly contract. 

    As mentioned in the video, Hageman reminds some of the one-time Patriot great, Richard Seymour. Strength and power are certainly traits this guy has in abundance. If he can become a consistent player in terms of effort, his upside is something to get excited about. 

30. San Francisco 49ers

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    Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks
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    Jeremiah: Jason Verrett

    Brooks: Brandin Cooks

    Kiper: Kyle Fuller

    McShay: Louis Nix III

    Burke: Fuller

    Farrar: Cooks

    Miller: Cooks

    Brinson: Kelvin Benjamin

    My Pick: Benjamin

    Kelvin Benjamin has the size and athleticism to dominate in the NFL, especially in the red zone, which happens to be an area the 49ers could use significant improvement. But if this prospect is to ever reach his full potential, he'll need to improve his hands and route running. 

    At the very least, he would provide Colin Kaepernick a huge target that can haul in passes like a power forward. 

    The 49ers could also use this pick to address their need at cornerback, which has become a heightened priority after Chris Culliver was charged with a felony hit and run, per Bill Williamson of ESPN.com.

    This is bad timing for the 49ers after the release of Carlos Rogers and losing both Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner to free agency—nearly the entire secondary of the 49ers is being overhauled this offseason. They did bring in safety Antoine Bethea and corner Chris Cook, but depth and youth are in order in the back end of that defense.

31. Denver Broncos

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    Jeremiah: Ryan Shazier

    Brooks: Travis Swanson

    Kiper: Chris Borland

    McShay: Kony Ealy

    Burke: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Farrar: Timmy Jernigan

    Miller: Jernigan

    Brinson: Su'a-Filo

    My Pick: Shazier

    The Buckeyes produce back-to-back selections in the latter portion of the first round. Like Roby, there’s no doubt Shazier is the type of physical freak who comes around once every few years. But this athletic dynamo is more impressive in shorts than he is in uniform. 

    The Broncos could use serious help at the linebacker position. Inside linebacker is their primary need, but Shazier has the skills to play any of the linebacker positions. His explosiveness and sideline-to-sideline ability should give the Broncos a significant upgrade on defense—especially when paired with all of the big-name free-agent acquisitions over the last few weeks.

32. Seattle Seahawks

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    Jeremiah: Morgan Moses

    Brooks: Kelvin Benjamin

    Kiper: Stephon Tuitt

    McShay: Xavier Su'a-Filo

    Burke: Brandin Cooks

    Farrar: David Yankey

    Miller: Cyrus Kouandjio

    Brinson: Cooks

    My Pick: Moses

    The Seahawks should be a more explosive passing attack in 2014 with a healthy Percy Harvin, but they also need to replace the losses of Golden Tate and Sidney Rice at some point in this draft. 

    Morgan Moses is an underrated tackle who I felt had the most impressive tape of all tackles not named Greg Robinson. Effort and consistency are the primary assets in his game. He also knows how to completely shut down talented pass-rushers—which is a valuable asset to have against the formidable NFL West defenses. 

     

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

    Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player who now writes for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter for more draft info. 

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