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NFL Draft Analysis (Updated w/ Day 3)

by DJ Boyer on May. 11, 2014

Picks By Team

 

AFC East

 

New England

1(29) Dominique Easley DT Florida

2(62) Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois

4(105) Bryan Stork C Florida State

4(130) James White RB Wisconsin

4(140) Cameron Fleming OT Stanford

6(198) Zach Moore DE Concordia (Minn.)

6(206) Jamea Thomas S Georgia Tech

7(244) Jeremy Gallon WR Michigan

Day One Analysis: Easley does fit a need for the Patriots but a pair of ACL tears makes this a very risky selection, especially in the first round. Ra'Shede Hageman and Louis Nix on the board would have been safer and the upside was still there. Not a huge fan of this selection.

Day Two Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo is a nice fit for New England and many were surprised the Patriots took a quarterback so early. This essentially sends signal that Tom Brady has about two or three seasons before retirement and now the Patriots can try to trade current backup Ryan Mallett (to Houston as rumored?) while they can still receive compensation before he is a free agent at the end of the year. Good pick but with an host of 4th and 6th round picks, Day 3 is where we see just how effective this draft will be for New England.

Day Three Analysis: The Patriots were concentrating on getting bigger along the lines and it was a point that wasn't hard to see. Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming seem to be fantastic picks. There really wasn't a pick we could find fault with and the final selection of Jeremy Gallon even looks like one that will pay dividends sooner rather than later.

 

Miami

1(19) JuWaun James OT Tennessee

2(63) Jarvis Landry WR LSU

3(67) Billy Turner OT North Dakota State

4(125) Walt Aikens CB Liberty

5(155) Arthur Lynch TE Georgia

5(171) Jordan Tripp LB Montana

6(179) Jon Halapio OG Florida

6(190) Matt Hazel WR Coastal Carolina

7(234) Terrence Fede DE Marist

Day One Analysis: The Dolphins were in no man's land with this pick. They reached for second or third round talent to fill a need. The top lineman were gone and it was too early to select a guard with Zach Martin gone and that would have been an even bigger reach.  There will be a lot of pressure on James to produce from day one.

Day Two Analysis: Two picks in and both choices were major reaches for the Dolphins. Looking like one of the teams that may be left with egg on their face thus far. Miami redeemed itself with Billy Turner, a prospect that could project as a guard versus a tackle but Miami needs help at both positions.

Day Three Analysis: The Dolphins seemed to finally right the ship after a couple of days that left fans bewildered. We thought Miami could have done more with their final selection but aside from that, no glaring criticisms for the final day. Walt Aikens and Jon Halapio were the picks that seem to offer the most hope for the club.

 

New York Jets

1(18) Calvin Pryor S Louisville

2(49) Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech

3(80) Dexter McDougle CB Maryland

4(104) Jalen Saunders WR Oklahoma

4(115) Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA

4(137) Dakota Dozier OG Furman

5(154) Jeremiah George LB Iowa State

6(195) Brandon Dixon CB NW Missouri State

6(209) Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska

6(210) I.K. Enemkpali DE Louisiana Tech

6(213) Tajh Boyd QB Clemson

7(233) Trevor Reilly LB Utah

Day One Analysis: It looks like this pick came down to everyone in the organization wanting a receiver and coach Rex Ryan wanting someone for the secondary. A cornerback was preferred but with all the safeties available taking Calvin Pryor was welcomed. The last time the Jets took a safety from Louisville it was Kerry Rhodes and the Jets are hoping history repeats itself.

Day Two Analysis: We love the Jace Amaro pick as DraftSite had that on the final mock. A young quarterback's best friend is a tight end and Amaro was the second off the board overall. McDougle seems like a reach but when healthy he is one of the fastest players around. New York seems to be having a nice draft thus far.

Day Three Analysis: Three wide receivers stand out for the Jets, who overall had a solid draft. The selection of Dakota Dozier in the fourth round was amazing value and, while Tajh Boyd doesn't look like a superstar, he is going to a pretty good situation in New York.

 

Buffalo

1(4) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

2(44) Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama

3(73) Preston Brown LB Louisville

4(109) Russ Cockrell CB Duke

5(153) Cyril Richardson OG Baylor

7(221) Randall Johnson LB Florida Atlantic

7(237) Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (Fla.)

Day One Analysis: This was definitely a need for Buffalo but there was a very high price tag attached to the pick. We know EJ Manuel approves and this may turn out to be a good pick if Buffalo gets him some protection to go along with the new added weapon.

Day Two Analysis: We said yesterday the Bills had to get bodies to block for E.J. Manuel and they did just that with the addition of massive Cyrus Kouandijo. Preston Brown seems like a reach but he fits the Bills scheme. The trade of Stevie Johnson to San Francisco is showing the commitment Buffalo has for turning their fortunes around. Still feel like they gave up too much for Sammy Watkins as this will be one of the most analyzed moves of the draft over the next couple of seasons.

Day Three Analysis: With Cyril Richardson and Seantrel Henderson it looks like the Bills are making a huge effort to increase their size along the offensive line. We like Bryce Brown and feel the deal acquiring him from Philadelphia will result in big things for Buffalo, but the price tag seemed steep. The third day was forgettable compared to what many did, especially within the AFC East.

 

AFC Central

 

Cincinnati

1(24) Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

2(55) Jeremy Hill RB LSU

3(88) Will Clarke DE West Virginia

4(111) Russell Bodine C North Carolina

5(164) A.J. McCarron QB Alabama

6(212) Marquis Flowers LB Arizona State

7(239) James Wright WR LSU

7(252) Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern

Day One Analysis: An absolute steal for the Bengals as nobody thought Dennard would be on the board at #24. The most physical corner in the draft, he will help an aging secondary and can be paired with Dre Fitzpatrick to give the Bengals a solid and young foundation at the position.

Day Two Analysis: Interesting draft for Cincinnati as the Bengals grab a running back immediately after the first one (Bishop Sankey) was taken at #54. This makes the second consecutive year the Bengals have grabbed a running back in the second round. The Bengals hit paydirt with Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill looks to be the eventual replacement for BenJarvis Green-Ellis. Love the selection of Will Clarke and the length and playing diameter he offers with his wingspan. Cincinnati continues to have a nice draft as we wait to see whether they add a quarterback to put a little pressure on Andy Dalton for day three.

Day Three Analysis: The Bengals were looking to make some noise and they did with the A.J. McCarron selection. Andy Dalton is in the final year of his contract so this will be an interesting one to watch develop. Russell Bodine is a more than capable lineman that can play guard or center, and Marquis Flowers is a sleeper out of Arizona State. The last linebacker the Bengals took from that school was Vontaze Burfict, so I would say history is on their side.

 

Baltimore

1(17) C.J. Mosley LB Alabama

2(48) Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

3(79) Terrence Brooks S Florida State

3(99) Crocket Gillmore TE Colorado State

4(134) Brent Urban DE Virginia

4(138) Lorenzo Taliaferro RB Coastal Carolina

5(175) John Urschel OG Penn State

6(194) Keith Wenning QB Ball State

7(218) Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest

Day One Analysis: The Ravens were in a good position to take the best player available. Many, myself included, thought this would be a safety but getting a quality inside linebacker is something that you cannot fault them for. A solid and safe pick for Baltimore who seem to prefer Alabama prospects.

Day Two Analysis: Ozzie Newsome continues to show how it's done as the Ravens are hitting a home run with their selections at this point. The Ravens are taking top end talent at key positions they were targeting going in. Expect Baltimore to concentrate on the offensive line today to complete their bonanza.

Day Three Analysis: The Ravens did a great job of covering a lot of areas on the football field and spreading their picks around. John Urschel and Brent Urban seem to be the best fits for Baltimore. We aren't very high on Keith Wenning but it is an upgrade from impending free agent Tyrod Taylor.

 

Pittsburgh

1(15) Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State

2(46) Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame

3(97) Dri Archer RB Kent State

4(118) Martavis Bryant WR Clemson

5(157) Shaquille Richardson CB Arizona

5(173) Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt

6(192) Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA

6(215) Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee

7(230) Rob Blanchflower TE Massachusetts

Day One Analysis: Shazier gives the Steelers a solid presence inside and they were disappointed with the production they got from Jarvis Jones a season ago. This is a good pick but I thought the Steelers could have explored a trade to move back as Shazier would have been on the board at least another 4-5 picks.

Day Two Analysis: Stephon Tuitt is going to the perfect team in Pittsburgh and this was another point for the DraftSite mock draft. Dri Archer is an interesting pick and we want to see just how he will be used in Pittsburgh. We anticipate Archer will be used more as a receiver versus a runner but he can do both and contribute in the return game. Look for Pittsburgh to find some secondary help and a tight end early during the final day.

Day Three Analysis: The Steelers look like they really improved their team with players like Jordan Zumwalt and the huge Daniel McCullers, a player that looks tailor-made for Pittsburgh. Thought we would have seen more secondary help but the players the Steelers took all look like they have a realistic chance to contribute.

 

Cleveland

1(8) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

1(22) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

2(35) Joel Bitonio OT Nevada

3(71) Christian Kirksey LB Iowa

3(94) Terrance West RB Towson

4(127) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood

Day One Analysis: The Browns hope the third time is the charm selecting a quarterback at #22 (Brady Quinn and Brandon Weeden). Manziel was good value at #22 and while Gilbert is not our favorite corner, getting someone to pair with Joe Haden is a very smart move and should not be overshadowed by the selection of Johnny Football.

Day Two Analysis: Very puzzled as to why we have yet to see a receiver with the impending Josh Gordon suspension and now the news Nate Burleson broke his forearm during mini camp. Kirksey seems to be a major reach at #71 but the Terrance West pick looks like it could pay huge dividends for the Browns. Still a very effective draft but not nearly as eye-catching as day one.

Day Three Analysis: The Browns made most of their noise on days one and two and only had one selection for the final day. The choice was a good one with Pierre Desir. We are not convinced he will be a cornerback, as he may end up being a safety, but he can play and should have a roster spot where he contributes immediately. 

 

AFC South

 

Indianapolis

2(59) Jack Mewhort OG Ohio State

3(90) Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi

5(166) Jonathan Newsome DE Ball State

6(203) Andrew Jackson LB Western Kentucky

7(232) Ulrick John OT Georgia State

Day One Analysis:  No Picks

Day Two Analysis: Jack Mewhort was a pick that made you say....really? To wait 59 selections to grab a tackle that many feel has to move inside and is inconsistent made you scratch your head, but the return on Donte Moncrief was phenomenal. Moncrief looks like a steak at #90.

Day Three Analysis: With only five picks, Indianapolis had to make a statement and it looks like they failed to do so. Andrew Jackson was a nice selection but the other selections on day three were perplexing and we felt they would have been available as free agent signees to bring into camp. The rest of the division looks like they are closing the gap on paper.

 

Tennessee

1(11) Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

2(54) Bishop Sankey RB Washington

4(112) DaQuan Jones DT Penn State

4(122) Marqueston Huff S Wyoming

5(151) Avery Williamson LB Kentucky

6(178) Zach Mettenberger QB LSU

Day One Analysis: Smart selection as the Titans bolster an area that already seems to be a strength for the team. A corner was probably a bigger need but the Titans took the best player on the board and they will be happy for years in doing so.

Day Two Analysis: Score another one for the mock draft as we had Bishop Sankey going to Tennessee. This was expected with the release of Chris Johnson, but what was unexpected was this being the first running back pick of the entire draft. Tennessee seems to be getting their men thus far, so fans are hoping day three offers more of the same.

Day Three Analysis: Tennessee looks like a team that flew under the radar and had a very solid draft.  DaQuan Jones and Marqueston Huff were outstanding value picks in the fourth round and SEC picks Avery Williamson and Zach Mettenberger both look like selections where the players can contribute in the not too distant future. Tennessee is a team that doesn't have gaping holes and are close to winning the division. If Tennessee has stability in coaching and at quarterback, they could be the surprise of the NFL season.

 

Jacksonville

1(3) Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

2(39) Marqise Lee WR USC

2(61) Allen Robinson WR Penn State

3(93) Brandon Linder OG Miami (Fla.) 

4(114) Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

4(144) Telvin Smith LB Florida State

5(159) Chris Smith DE Arkansas

6(205) Luke Bowanko C Virginia 

Day One Analysis: We thought this was a Khalil Mack slam dunk with the Gus Bradley influence on this team. If not Mack they went the right direction and got the best quarterback available. We like the selection but Bortles will always be tied to Khalil Mack and this will be viewed as a failure if Mack turns out to be more successful than Bortles.

Day Two Analysis: They may be coached by Gus Bradley but the obvious focus on offense is shining through. If you spend a round grabbing a pair of receivers you can't do much better than Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson. Brandon Linder was wonderful value in round three. Jaguar fans have obvious reasons to be excited.

Day Three Analysis: Aaron Colvin was a huge selection in the fourth round, as a number of teams were targeting him, even though he will be sitting out the year. With some late selections in Telvin Smith and Chris Smith, the Jaguars are showing they still made getting after the quarterback a priority. We are huge fans of what Jacksonville accomplished over the three days.

 

Houston

1(1) Jadeveon Clowney LB South Carolina

2(33) Xavier Su’a Filo OG UCLA

3(65) C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa

3(83) Louis Nix DT Notre Dame

4(135) Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh

6(177) Jeoffrey Pagan DE Alabama

6(181) Alfred Blue RB LSU

6(211) Jay Prosch FB Auburn

7(216) Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt

7(256) Lonnie Ballentine S Memphis

Day One Analysis: We still feel Mack may be the better and safer pick but waiting for a quarterback and taking Clowney was the right thing to do. Reminiscent of when the Texans chose Mario Williams over Reggie Bush. That wasn't a popular selection but it was the right one.

Day Two Analysis: Houston has done a great job in sprinkling their picks around to different areas on the football field. Every selection for the Texans looks like a winner and the value the Texans received on the Louis Nix pick is mind boggling. The Texans are looking like one of the big winners after the second day.

Day Three Analysis: The Texans get their quarterback one round later than we projected (Tom Savage round 4 versus round 3). Even Mr. Irrelevant Lonnie Ballentine was a strategic pick where much thought went into the selection. Andre Hal and Jay Prosch were outstanding value picks. This was a very solid draft for the Texans who showed there was more substance here than just the top overall pick.

 

AFC West

 

Denver

1(31) Bradley Roby CB Ohio State

2(56) Cody Latimer WR Indiana

3(95) Michael Schofield OT Michigan

5(156) Lamin Barrow LB LSU

6(207) Matthew Paradis C Boise State

7(242) Corey Nelson LB Oklahoma

Day One Analysis: It didn't take the Broncos long to make this selection and Broncos fans will see why. This may end up being one of the best picks in this entire draft. Roby comes with some baggage but this is a safe gamble at #31 and the Broncos get the most physically gifted corner the draft has to offer.

Day Two Analysis: Cody Latimer seemed to surprise a lot of pundits but it was to be expected that the Broncos would take a receiver by the third round in an effort to replace the void left by Eric Decker. Michael Schofield is a “grab your lunchpail” type workhorse that Denver wants along the front line. Solid yet unspectacular day two performance.

Day Three Analysis: A solid draft for the Broncos as day three was devoid of outstanding picks but all three were certainly solid and the Broncos didn't reach for anyone. Matthew Paradis was the biggest need for Denver and we like that they didn't go crazy trying to add more targets for Peyton Manning. A solid overall effort.

 

San Diego

1(25) Jason Verrett CB TCU

2(50) Jeremiah Attaochu LB Georgia Tech

3(89) Chris Watt OG Notre Dame

5(165) Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State

6(201) Marion Grice RB Arizona State

7(240) Tevin Reese WR Baylor

Day One Analysis: Wonderful pick for San Diego because Verrett and his physical presence fits what the Chargers try to do. The emphasis San Diego puts on getting to the quarterback will ensure the size of Verrett is not detrimental.

Day Two Analysis: Jeremiah Attaochu is an obvious fit as he embodies the type of pass rusher the Chargers have been looking for. Not a big fan of the Chris Watt selection but this is an area San Diego had expressed an interest in upgrading. Solid draft for the Bolts to this point.

Day Three Analysis: We were a little perplexed by the Marion Grice going to San Diego where there is a crowded backfield. Ryan Carrethers is perfect in San Diego and Tevin Reese will have a chance to showcase his speed in San Diego. A solid draft effort.

 

Kansas City

1(23) Dee Ford LB Auburn

3(87) Phillip Gaines CB Rice

4(124) De'Anthony Thomas RB Oregon

5(163) Aaron Murray QB Georgia

6(193) Zach Fulton OG Tennessee

6(200) Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff OT McGill

Day One Analysis: The Chiefs are looking for pressure off the edge but Ford looks to be a square peg in a round hole unless there is a fundamental change in scheme in Kansas City we are unaware of. The Chiefs had a few wide receiver targets that would have been a better fit at #23.

Day Two Analysis: Phillip Gaines is a player that was in high demand but there are still some question marks. The Chiefs have more picks today, as the jury is still out about their selections thus far.

Day Three Analysis: Aaron Murray may have the best situation of all the SEC quarterbacks that were drafted late, as Alex Smith and his contract extension are far from being hammered out. Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff will probably spend a year on the practice squad but he seems to be a very safe gamble. Felt the Chiefs could have looked more towards the secondary but this is still an above average draft.

 

Oakland

1(5) Khalil Mack LB Buffalo

2(36) Derek Carr QB Fresno State

3(81) Gabe Jackson OT Mississippi State

4(107) Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech

4(116) Keith McGill CB Utah

7(219) Travis Carrie CB Ohio

7(235) Shelby Harris DE Illinois State

7(247) Jonathan Dowling S Western Kentucky

Day One Analysis:  The Raiders have to be ecstatic getting a player like Khalil Mack falling into their laps at #5. Mack will have a chance to make an impact right out of the gate and is our early favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Day Two Analysis: Just shocked at the effectiveness displayed by the Raiders. Usually before the halfway point of the draft we are left scratching our heads and asking what the hell the Raiders are doing. Things couldn’t be going better for Oakland thus far, which is unfamiliar ground with this franchise.

Day Three Analysis: This is the best Raiders draft in years, where they didn't lose much steam on day three as the momentum seemed to carry over. The Raiders took all defense on day three and didn't take a flyer on one wide receiver which was very surprising. The Raiders are showing they want to win through fundamentals and not make the sizzle and splash as in years past.

 

NFC East

 

Philadelphia

1(26) Marcus Smith LB Louisville

2(42) Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

3(86) Josh Huff WR Oregon

4(101) Jaylen Watkins CB Florida

5(141) Taylor Hart DE Oregon

5(162) Ed Reynolds S Stanford

7(224) Beau Allen DT Wisconsin

Day One Analysis: The Eagles started on a bright note by moving back four picks and obtaining an extra third round selection in the process. The biggest need for Philadelphia was an outside linebacker that can pressure the quarterback but reaching for Marcus Smith was puzzling since he should have been available when their second round selection rolled around.

Day Two Analysis: The Jordan Matthews pick was as good as the Marcus Smith pick was bad. If you invert the picks the draft would be wonderful thus far. Josh Huff was a little surprising in that the Eagles seem to be putting off secondary needs. They have been doing more through free agency though rather than the draft the last few years in this area. Philadelphia will lead off day three as they have obtained some extra picks, something they said they were targeting going in.

Day Three Analysis: Many people were shaking their heads after two of the first three picks in Philadelphia were wide receivers, but Chip Kelly showed he knows an improved defense is what it will take to get the Eagles over the hump in the NFC. Ed Reynolds was a steal and has a realistic chance at starting or playing a huge chunk of time as a rookie. Very strong draft for the eagles.

 

Dallas

1(16) Zach Martin OG Notre Dame

2(34) Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State

4(119) Anthony Hitchens LB Iowa

5(146) Devin Street WR Pittsburgh

7(231) Ben Gardner DE Stanford

7(238) Will Smith LB Texas Tech

7(248) Ahmad Dixon S Baylor

7(251) Ken Bishop DT Northern Illinois

7(254) Terrence Mitchell S Oregon

Day One Analysis: The Cowboys have now selected an offensive lineman in the first round in three of the last four drafts. Martin was someone we were torn on because he looks like an effective guard but at tackle we were worried he would struggle. It looks like Dallas wants him for the guard spot so this looks like a sound pick. Dallas needs to start running the ball more to optimize their selections.

Day Two Analysis: Dallas ended day two early, moving up to grab Demarcus Larwrence, essentially replacing one DeMarcus (Ware) for another (Lawrence). This was an obvious area of need but we felt there were other players (Kony Ealy) that would have been a better fit without the off the field baggage Lawrence offers.

Day Three Analysis: Not sold entirely on the draft but Dallas did use the bevy of 7th rounders to improve themselves, as the selections of Terrence Mitchell and Ahmad Dixon were magical.  The secondary value was off the charts while the other positions seemed to be so-so.

 

New York Giants

1(12) Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU

2(43) Weston Richberg C Colorado State

3(74) Jay Broley DT Syracuse

4(113) Andre Williams RB Boston College

5(152) Nat Berhe S San Diego State

5(174) Devon Kennard LB USC

6(187) Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame

Day One Analysis: Beckham was a player targeted by a number of teams so if the Giants wanted him they had to act because a trade was coming for his services. With Aaron Donald on the board we were puzzled why the Giants wouldn't go there to offset some of the free agent losses. The jury is out on this selection because Beckham won't have the luxury of coming along slowly.

Day Two Analysis: Weston Richberg was a little surprising but there were a few teams clamoring for his services and the Giants have made a commitment to rebuilding the offensive line. Jay Bromley seemed to be selected way too early but again this was an area of need and one the Giants publicly said they would target. Expect more defensive line and secondary selections on day three.

Day Three Analysis: Not a huge fan of the day three selections. Andre Williams does serve an area of need but there are questions about his burst through the hole. The best pick was the last one as Bennett Jackson has problems with consistency but when he is on, he is second round value.

 

Washington

2(47) Trent Murphy DE Stanford

3(66) Morgan Moses OT Virginia

3(78) Spencer Long OG Nebraska

4(102) Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson

5(142) Ryan Grant WR Tulane

6(186) Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor

7(217) Ted Bolser TE Indiana

7(228) Zach Hocker K Arkansas

Day One Analysis: No picks

Day Two Analysis: We heard Morgan Moses was a target for their pick at the top of the round and the Redskins still got their man in the third round and acquired an extra selection. The Redskins worked the board masterfully and are in wonderful shape, a really solid effort especially since they did not have a first round selection.

Day Three Analysis: The picks made by Washington didn't blow anyone away but they were solid and they did a great job getting some picks back after going without a first rounder again. Ryan Grant and Lache Seastrunk should really help the offense as key role players.

 

NFC Central

 

Green Bay

1(21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama

2(53) Davante Adams WR Fresno State

3(85) Khyri Thornton DT Southern Mississippi

3(98) Richard Rodgers TE California

4(121) Carl Bradford LB Arizona State

5(161) Corey Linsley C Ohio State

5(176) Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin

6(197) Demetri Goodson CB Baylor

7(236) Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State

Day One Analysis: Nothing funny about this pick, especially for the rest of the division. The safety play in Green Bay has been so uneven and taking a player from Alabama worked out last year as second round running back Eddie Lacy was the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Day Two Analysis: Aaron Rodgers is excited to have a pair of new targets to sling the ball at, and with a few receivers entering the final years of their contract, it made perfect sense. Khyri Thornton may have been a round or two early but he seems to be a wonderful fit along the Green Bay defensive line.

Day Three Analysis: We love the Carl Bradford selection but we feel the Packers got a few too many weapons for Aaron Rodgers. Getting more pressure on the quarterback should have been the focus, although it's hard to argue the value over Jeff Janis in Round 7, he was one of the top small schoolers in the entire draft process.

 

Chicago

1(14) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech

2(51) Ego Ferguson DT LSU

3(82) Will Sutton DT Arizona State

4(117) Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona

4(131) Brock Vereen S Minnesota

6(183) David Fales QB San Diego State

6(191) Pat O'Donnell P Miami (Fla.)

7(246) Charles Leno OG Boise State

Day One Analysis: The Bears were atrocious in the secondary down the stretch and it cost them the division title. Fuller was flying up the boards and the Bears grabbed a position of need but the jury will be out since prospects like Darqueze Dennard, Jason Verrett and Bradley Roby were still on the board when they made the pick.

Day Two Analysis: Thought the defensive focus would be more geared towards the secondary but a pair of defensive lineman isn't necessarily a bad thing. Both Ferguson and Sutton have some questions about their consistency but the natural talent showed by both is off the charts.

Day Three Analysis: Nice value picks with David Fales and even punter Pat O' Donnell, as a few teams were primed to take him or take a serious look. Ka'Deem Carey is still my favorite running back in this entire draft and he could be one of the gems of this draft when we look at this class a few years from now.

 

Detroit

1(10) Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

2(40) Kyle Van Noy LB BYU

3(76) Travis Swanson C Arkansas

4(133) Nevin Lawson CB Utah State

4(136) Larry Webster LB Bloomsburg

5(158) Caraun Reid DT Princeton

6(189) T.J. Jones WR Notre Dame

7(229) Nate Freese K Boston College

Day One Analysis: If you wanted Ebron this was the time to take him. The puzzling part here was with Taylor Lewan on the board the Lions had a slam dunk they passed on and a number of corners. We don't feel Ebron will have the same type of impact out of the box but he is an elite talent at tight end.

Day Two Analysis: The Swanson selection was one we had right in our final mock and Kyle Van Noy was one we had in previous versions. Solid but unspectaular would be the best description. If the Lions grab some secondary and offensive line help on day three this draft will be viewed as a huge success.

Day Three Analysis: The Lions get another receiver as T.J. Jones was a great pick in the 6th round. The Lions may also have an athletic freak on their hands in Larry Webster who could be converted into an athletic tight end. Caraun Reid was the #1 small school player on our board all season long and he should see valuable time in Detroit as changes are coming in the middle of the line. A nice effort by the Lions.

 

Minnesota

1(9) Anthony Barr LB UCLA

1(32) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

3(72) Scott Crichton DE Oregon State

3(96) Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern

5(145) David Yankey OG Stanford

6(182) Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech

6(184) Kendall James CB Maine

7(220) Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut

7(223) Brandon Watts LB Georgia Tech

7(225) Jabari Price CB North Carolina

Day One Analysis: The selection of Johnny Manziel may get more attention but Minnesota shouldn't get overlooked for their aggression. Bridgewater is fantastic value since they got what they truly needed with Anthony Barr, the man who could turn out to be the gem of the draft.

Day Two Analysis: Not as sexy as the day one selections but overall the Vikings still seem to be above expectations. Scott Crichton is an underrated run stuffer at the defensive end position and Jerick McKinnon is a converted quarterback athlete that Minnesota will more than likely ask to be a running back.

Day Three Analysis: The Vikings come away as one of the big winners over the course of the three day draft process. The Vikings finally addressed the secondary and got three very good corners with Antone Exum being first round talent in six and he will be huge in he can stay healthy. Shamar Stephen has been up and down in his career but with some steady coaching he could respond and offer some quality time to Minnesota. An outstanding draft overall.

 

NFC South

 

Carolina

1(28) Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State

2(60) Kony Ealy DE Missouri

3(92) Trai Turner OG LSU

4(128) Tre Boston S North Carolina

5(148) Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State

6(204) Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford

Day One Analysis: No question Carolina needs receivers but they missed their chance to get an elite tackle first and then concentrate on receivers for the next few rounds. Benjamin has serious bust potential but Carolina gets a tight end-sized receiver, so if Cam Newton misses him there are some serious accuracy issues.

Day Two Analysis: Kony Ealy was one of the best value picks we saw on day two. Carolina still got some help along the offensive line later with Trai Turner but they could not ignore Ealy in round two. Still need some offensive tackle help but this performance is an upgrade over how we feel the Panthers performed on day one.

Day Three Analysis: You can make a case for all 3 day three selections being major reaches. The Panthers didn't have an awful draft but it seemed to be way behind what many of their division counterparts were able to do.

 

New Orleans

1(20) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State

2(58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska

4(126) Khairi Fortt LB California

5(167) Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama

5(169) Ronald Powell LB Florida

6(202) Tavon Rooks OT Kansas State

Day One Analysis: New Orleans had drafted defense six years in a row so it was probably time for a new receiving target. Teams were starting to jockey for Cooks so this was the time to make their move. New Orleans didn't have to give up the farm to make the selection so we are a fan of the selection.

Day Two Analysis: Only one selection on the second day but the Saints got an athlete that sounds like he belongs in New Orleans. Jean-Baptiste is a converted wide receiver that is massive but some feel he is more of a safety prospect. The Saints have needs at both positions so this seems like a great fit for his services.

Day Three Analysis: I like the pick of Brandin Cooks in the first round more now since New Orleans went defense for the rest of the draft. The near back-to-back selections in round five of Vinnie Sunseri and Ronald Powell look like they have a chance to make a big impact in New Orleans. Not a fan of the reach for Tavon Hooks in round six but every other selection looked on point for the Saints.

 

Tampa Bay

1(7) Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

2(38) Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington

3(69) Charles Sims RB West Virginia

5(143) Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State

5(149) Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue

6(185) Robert Herron WR Wyoming

Day One Analysis: The Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson combo should scare a few teams. This was a very nice pick for the Buccaneers, about as good as they could do staying put at #7.

Day Two Analysis: Not enough people are talking about the Buccaneers and the job they have done to date. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was once thought to be a top 15 selection and Charles Sims is a wonderful all-around back that seems to be the workhorse Lovie Smith will enjoy. Time to focus along the offensive and defensive lines but this looks like a great start to the Lovie Smith era in Tampa bay.

Day Three Analysis: The third day wasn't as solid as days one and two but overall this was a productive draft and Lovie Smith is off to a great start in Tampa Bay.  Kadeem Edwards may be pushing for starting time right away if he has a great camp.

 

Atlanta

1(6) Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

2(37) RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota

3(68) Dez Southward S Wisconsin

4(103) Devonta Freeman RB Florida State

4(139) Prince Shembo LB Notre Dame

5(147) Ricardo Allen CB Purdue

5(168) Marquis Spruill LB Syracuse

7(253) Yawin Smallwood LB Connecticut

7(255) Tyler Starr LB South Dakota

Day One Analysis: There was talk of Matthews slipping as he is not as athletic as some of the other top lineman. Matthews is pro ready and the safest pick the Falcons could have made. He was tailor-made for this situation and will start from day 1.

Day Two Analysis: Ra'Shede Hageman is a versatile lineman that seems to have just scratched the surface on his talent. Hageman was the most surprising first round omission based on potential and the amount of teams that were interested in his services. Southward was a head scratcher although with Thomas DeCoud gone drafting a safety was expected.

Day Three Analysis: This was a deep draft for the Falcons and the fourth round selection of Devonta Freeman may turn out to be one everyone will go back and point to as a real game changer. Freeman could be splitting time when the season opens up and he offers receiving ability out of the backfield. The last selection Tyler Starr is one that seems perfect for Atlanta. This was a great draft for the Falcons as they try to shake off their first losing season under Mike Smith.

 

NFC West

 

Seattle

2(45) Paul Richardson WR Colorado

2(64) Justin Britt OT Missouri

4(108) Cassius Marsh DE UCLA

4(123) Kevin Norwood WR Alabama

4(132) Kevin Pierre-Lewis LB Boston College

5(172) Jimmy Staten DT Middle Tennessee State

6(199) Garrett Scott OG Marshall

6(208) Eric Pinkins S San Diego State

7(227) Kiero Small RB Arkansas

Day One Analysis: No Picks

Day Two Analysis: Seattle is doing a wonderful job moving down the board and stockpiling picks, something we feel will continue on day three. Paul Richardson is one of the fastest prospects at wide receiver and the prospect of having him on the field with Percy Harvin could be frightening. Justin Britt is a solid body that can play multiple positions so Seattle looks to be doing what they need to do up to this point.

Day Three Analysis: Seattle seemed to fall off the wagon on day three. Seattle did a wonderful job dealing and acquiring picks earlier in the draft process but they didn't do enough with their opportunities. The draft wasn't a bust but the other three teams in the division all knocked it out of the park. On paper the Seahawks lost ground to everyone in the division.

 

San Francisco

1(30) Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois

2(57) Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State

3(70) Marcus Martin C USC

3(77) Chris Borland LB Wisconsin

3(100) Brandon Thomas OG Clemson

4(106) Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina

4(129) Dontae Johnson CB NC State

5(150) Aaron Lynch DE South Florida

5(170) Keith Reaser CB Florida Atlantic

6(180) Kenneth Acker CB SMU

7(243) Kaleb Ramsey DT Boston College

7(245) Trey Millard FB Oklahoma

Day One Analysis: It looked like Marqise Lee was staying in California as we heard many rumblings about a wide receiver but this is a terrific pick. Pairing Ward with last year's solid selection of Eric Reid ensures the Niners are set at the safety position for years to come.

Day Two Analysis: San Francisco has the right to be selective with the amount of picks they had entering the process. We are expecting some cornerback help on the third day but a big fan of what the Niners have done thus far making some predictable picks. We knew the 49ers would not be able to resist a running back with what was available and Marcus Martin was a player we had going to San Francisco in our mock. Chris Borland was a little curious and we want to see how San Francisco feels he will fit and Brandon Thomas is a luxury pick that we may be talking about as a steal in a few seasons.

Day Three Analysis: It's one thing to have a ton of picks, it's another to strike gold with them. Players like Aaron Lynch and Trey Millard offer a lot of promise and the 49ers had the luxury of taking some chances on players who seem to be ever-so-close to showcasing all their talent and promise. San Francisco did a great job of wheeling and dealing and putting themselves in position for big names. Dontae Johnson is someone the Niners put a lot of faith in and it's apparent the 49ers are using the tactic of drafting for secondary size like their Super Bowl winning division rivals in Seattle. A masterful draft in San Francisco.

 

Arizona

1(27) Deone Buchanon S Washington State

2(52) Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame

3(84) Kareem Martin DE North Carolina

3(91) John Brown WR Pittsburg State

4(120) Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech

5(160) Ed Stinson DE Alabama

6(196) Walt Powell WR Murray State

Day One Analysis: There was a lot of talk about Arizona reaching for this pick but we couldn't disagree more. The Cardinals traded back and still got an impact player. We were a little surprised it wasn't RaShede Hageman as the Cardinals seemed to like him a lot but Buchanon was the biggest hitter at safety in the class and in such a tough division this could put the Cardinals over the hump and into the playoffs for 2014.

Day Two Analysis: Arizona has been doing their homework and they are a team that has done notoriously well over the last 5-6 drafts, and the results have been showing on the field. Kareem Martin was a solid pick as the Cardinals didn't hide their affinity for him leading up to the draft and grabbing a tight end was something we felt they would do. The loss of Andre Roberts left a hole for a receiver that could stretch the defense and they got that with John Brown. Yes he is a small school prospect that is rough around the edges, but that is exactly what Roberts was when the Cardinals drafted him out of The Citadel.

Day Three Analysis: Arizona had a nice couple of days to start the draft so they took some players they can try to develop and take chances with on day three. Logan Thomas is safe since if he doesn't work out at quarterback he has the frame to be converted into an h-back or tight end with a good attitude about it. Ed Stinson and Walter Powell both have immense talent and could turn out to be diamonds in the rough. Arizona continues to be one of the better teams drafting , something they have been doing the last five or six years.

 

St. Louis

1(2) Greg Robinson OT Auburn

1(13) Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

2(41) Lamarcus Joyner S Florida State

3(75) Tre Mason RB Auburn

4(110) Mo Alexander S Utah State

6(188) E.J. Gaines CB Missouri

6(214) Garrett Gilbert QB SMU

7(226) Mitchell Van Dyk OT Portland State

7(241) C.B. Bryant S Ohio State

7(249) Michael Sam DE Missouri

7(250) Demetrius Rhaney C Tennessee State

Day One Analysis: Great night for the Rams, in fact they might be the big winners. Robinson was not the best lineman available in our opinion but he is a dominant run blocker and seemed to fit the Rams better than anyone else. Donald now gets paired with Michael Brockers at tackle and with Robert Quinn and Chris Long at defensive end....wow, what a defensive line. The rest of the NFC West is now on notice.

Day Two Analysis: The Rams continue to hold the torch as the team that has had the best draft overall up to this point. The move for Lamarcus Joyner made perfect sense and we expect the Rams to use him as a safety versus a cornerback. Tre Mason was fantastic value in round three. Look for some linebacker help and possibly a quarterback taken during the stages of day three.

Day Three Analysis: We declared the Rams winners of the first two days of the draft. For the overall process I think it is a title they share with Minnesota. Of course all eyes will be on the selection of Michael Sam and the Rams were a team we had him going to in a few mocks as we said it would be St. Louis, Chicago or Tennessee. The selection of quarterback Garrett Gilbert may be the one that people will look at over time and marvel at how he was available in the 6th round. The Rams took some chances on players late in the 7th round but they had the luxury to do so with the volume of picks and the effectiveness with the work they did early.