NFL Draft: 1st Round Overview

There were story lines galore going into the first round of the draft and much was answered. Quarterback Jameis Winston was the top pick by Tampa Bay and then the intrigue began.

How did tonight's first round draft unfold? Well, the quarterbacks were taken one-two, the running back hex was broken and that mass amount of trades didn't happen. Of course there were some surprise picks.

Here's an overview of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Height: 6'4
Weight:231
Hometown: Bessemer, Ala.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 SO
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Lovie Smith
2014 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft to the Buccaneers. It’s the fifth time Tampa Bay has had the first overall pick. Winston will soon become the Bucs 38th starting quarterback in 38 seasons. Winston had an amazing two year starting run at FSU, going 26-1, losing in his final game against Oregon. In 2013 he led his team to an unbeaten season and a national title. Winston showed some struggles this past season, throwing 18 interceptions. Still, when Florida State needed him, Winston came through in big ways leading the ‘Noles from behind in many games. There are not many that question Winston the player, the teammate or leader. This kid works hard and some say he’s a football savant. It’s Winston the person that has people worried. Does he have character flaws or just maturity issues? He will be counted on to come in and earn the starting job. Winston should have an easier transition than most coming from the Jimbo Fisher pro-style system and learning from new Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. He has size, strength in the pocket, a good arm and throws with good anticipation. It will that he will have two huge wide receiver targets in veteran Vincent Jackson and sophomore Mike Evans.

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2
Tennessee Titans

Height: 6'4
Weight:222
Hometown: Honolulu, Hi.
College: Oregon
Class: 2014 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt
2014 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: Mariota is the pick for Titans as Tennessee makes a huge commitment for their franchise hoping this former Duck can soon realize his vast pro potential. Mariota had a storied career for Oregon, starting every game (41) and won the school’s first ever Heisman Trophy. He finished with 10,796 passing yards (68.6%) for 105 touchdowns and only 14 picks. He also rushed for 2,237 yards and 29 scores. He’s a superior athlete who runs so well. Mariota has shown that he’s a tremendous leader who makes great decisions with the ball. He has incredible NFL upside but his game will take some time to develop. Mariota possesses good arm strength, field vision, and he has shown the ability to throw with anticipation. But he comes from the Oregon spread and never had to really take command in a huddle and take a snap from under center. There will be an adjustment period but he should transition well in time. All the tools are there for Mariota.

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3
Jacksonville Jaguars

Player: Dante Fowler
Height: 6'3
Weight:261
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
College: Florida
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Gus Bradley
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: Dante Fowler gets the call over the draft’s top two rated prospects in Leonard Williams and Amari Cooper. He’s the top pass rusher in this draft and plays with an incredibly high motor. Fowler is big, long and very athletic. I once saw Fowler play quarterback, fullback, tight end, wide receiver, defensive end and defensive tackle in a high school game. That athleticism made him one of the most coveted recruits in the class of 2012. Now he enters the NFL with the same distinction. Fowler looks ideal as an outside ‘backer in a 3-4 defense. He’s freaky on the edge, quick and explosive. At 260-pounds he ran 4.6 [forty] at Combine. That’s smoking fast and he can re-direct in space.

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Oakland Raiders

Player: Amari Cooper
Height: 6'1
Weight:211
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: Amari Cooper was brilliant in Tuscaloosa, leaving Alabama with 228 receptions for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns in three seasons with the Crimson Tide. He may not be the biggest wide receiver in this draft class but he does everything exceptionally well. Cooper runs terrific routes, has soft hands, and very good speed, strength and quickness. He can play the slot or the outside position. His work ethic became that of legend at Alabama. There are no sure things in this business but this former four-star recruit from South Florida is as safe as they come from this draft class. Cooper should make a huge impact in Oakland and pair nicely with the Raiders young quarterback Derek Carr.

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5
Washington Redskins

Height: 6'5
Weight:319
Hometown: Denison, Ia.
College: Iowa
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jay Gruden
2014 Record: 3-13

ANALYSIS: This was perhaps the surprise pick of the first five selections, as the Redskins picked offensive lineman Brandon Scherff over defensive end Leonard Williams and pass rusher Vic Beasley. He’s another high profiled offensive line prospect from Iowa’s football program. In fact, this former Hawkeye won his share of post-season hardware including the Outland Trophy. He had a spectacular 2014 campaign giving up only once sack. Scherff was credited with 93 knockdowns, 16 touchdown-resulting blocks, and a Big 10-best 90.88% grade for blocking consistency. He projects as a right tackle, guard or both. It’s that versatility that makes him even more draft valuable. Many believe he can have the same rookie impact that Dallas guard Zach Martin had. The Redskins need right tackle.

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New York Jets

Height: 6'5
Weight:302
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Fla.
College: USC
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Todd Bowles
2014 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: Are you kidding me? The 'Big Cat', Leonard Williams, slides to the Jets at No. 6? Wow. Truly incredible luck for New York. Williams is the top prospect in this draft. He’s a fit into any front, can play tackle, end and even over the center. This former high profiled four-star recruit from the Sunshine State started 35 of 39 games at USC, where he racked up 21 sacks and 36.5 tackles for a loss. Williams is strong, quick and fast. He has violent hands and shows rare explosion for a 300-pound defensive lineman. Many compare his style and game to that of Richard Seymour. He’s ideal as a DE in a 3-4 scheme and new Jets coach Todd Bowles will have so much fun moving him around and creating havoc. Williams becomes the 78th Trojan to be a first round draft pick, a record among the college programs.

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Chicago Bears

Player: Kevin White
Height: 6'3
Weight:215
Hometown: Plainfield, N.J.
College: West Virginia
Class: 2014 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: John Fox
2014 Record: 5-11

ANALYSIS: The Bears quickly find their replacement for the departed Brandon Marshall in Kevin White. This former junior college standout had a killer two year run in Morgantown where he caught 144 passes for 1,954 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. White had a terrific pre-draft run up during the off-season, running 4.35 [forty] in Indy at combine. He has good size (6-3/215) and explosiveness for this position. White is a deep threat and also a physical wide receiver. He’s also stout after the catch, though he’s not much of a shake and bake guy. White is more power than finesse with the ball in his hands. There will be a learning curve in terms of route running and reading coverages.

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Atlanta Falcons

Player: Vic Beasley
Height: 6'3
Weight:246
Hometown: Adairsville, Ga.
College: Clemson
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Dan Quinn
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Falcons had to bolster their pedestrian pass rush. Help is on the way to Atlanta if from Clemson star Vic Beasley. This outside linebacker prospect had a big time career with the Tigers, finishing with 33 sacks (Clemson’s all-time leader) and 52.5 tackles for a loss. He tested off the charts at the Combine and on his pro day and looks like he will be one of the top pass rushers taken. He has quickness, strength and speed to play either position but will need some time to transition to the outside linebacker spot. Beasley is athletic and agile and can play well in space but will need time to develop his coverage skills.

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9
New York Giants

Height: 6'6
Weight:329
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Miami
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: The Giants just selected a big brick for their front wall to protect quarterback Eli Manning and open up some running lanes in Ereck Flowers. He’s a is local talent from south Florida that elected to stay home and play for the Hurricanes. There, he developed into one of the game’s top offensive tackles. At 6-foot-5, 339-pounds, he gets off the ball incredibly well. Flowers has good feet, strength, quick hands and a long reach. He shows the ability to move people off the ball and mirror defenders in pass pro. He projects as a right tackle and some believe he could be destined to play guard before it’s all said and done. At Miami he played both tackle positions.

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10
St. Louis Rams

Player: Todd Gurley
Height: 6'1
Weight:222
Hometown: Tarboro, N.C.
College: Georgia
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2014 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: I love this pick by the St. Louis Rams in grabbing running back Todd Gurley. He’s a franchise back that if healthy, could be a difference maker. Gurley has it all as a runner – size, strength, speed and athleticism. He has vision and balance and he can run between the tackles and outside on the perimeter. He’s also a superior kick return guy. In a physical and tough division like the NFC West Gurley will be a huge addition to the Rams. He has a chance to be something special on Sundays.

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Minnesota Vikings

Player: Trae Waynes
Height: 6'1
Weight:182
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: If I am the Vikings I would go get the draft's top cormerback in Trae Waynes, thinking how lucky I would be that he's still on the board.

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12
Cleveland Browns

Height: 6'2
Weight:339
Hometown: Auburn, Wa
College: Washington
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Browns improved their dead last run defense with this one pick of nose tackle Danny Shelton. He was a beast as the anchor in the Huskie defense. He played in 53 games at Washington, starting 42 [39 at nose guard]. He’s clearly the top nose guard in this class and an ideal centerpiece for a 3-4 front. For a player of his size [340-pounds] he’s surprisingly nimble, light on his feet and displays excellent lateral quickness. Shelton is so strong and shows some explosiveness. He commands a double team and often times can’t be moved off his spot. Shelton has the sheer strength to occupy multiple blockers. Last season he accounted for 94 tackles. Shelton has a chance to make an immediate and enormous impact in Cleveland and fans will love him on the Dawg Pound.

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New Orleans Saints

Player: Andrus Peat
Height: 6'7
Weight:313
Hometown: Chandler, Az.
College: Stanford
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 29
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: I thought the Saints would go wide receiver or get some help on defense. Instead, New Orleans opts to go get a terrific tackle in Andrus Peat. He was a three and out player for the Cardinal who is a future right tackle in the NFL. This former four-star recruit was one of the most coveted linemen in the class of 2012. Peat has enormous size, good length (34 3/8) and large hands (10 5/8). He also has a massive lower body and is still filling out up top. Peat can be strong at the point of attack and shows a good punch. He’s nimble, especially for a bigger cat. Once he bulks up and plays with better balance Peat could and should become a Sunday force in the trenches. Look for Peat to make a quick impact in the Big Easy.

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14
Miami Dolphins

Height: 6'3
Weight:209
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Joe Philbin
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: Miami picked a terrific wide receiver from Louisville in DeVante Parker. Parker hauled in 156 passes for 2,775 yards and scored 33 touchdowns for the Cardinals. He has good size and long arms so he plays bigger than his 6-foot-3 frame. Parker gets off the line well and shows good deep speed. He’s also terrific in the air [36.5 vertical jump] and knows how to use his body. Parker is also smart and showed the ability to play and master three spots [flanker, split end and slot] at Louisville. Parker missed with first six games in 2014 with a foot injury and still produced big numbers. This is a great player going to a great fit who should pair extremely well with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

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15
San Diego Chargers

Height: 6'1
Weight:215
Hometown: Kenosha, Wis.
College: Wisconsin
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike McCoy
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: When was the last time a team traded up for a running back in today’s NFL? I love it. Gordon and the Chargers seem like an ideal match. How much money did Gordon make for himself by coming back for his senior season? He finished with 2,587 yards (7.81 yards/carry), and 29 scores in 2014. Against Nebraska last fall he rushed for 408 yards! He possesses good size (6-1/215) and excellent balance and vision. Gordon has good speed and a terrific burst once a hole opens up. He has excellent short area quickness and agility and shows the uncanny ability to make defenders miss or plant and drive right by would be tacklers. Gordon is going to make Phillip Rivers a better quarterback and will take some pressure off of this veteran signal caller.

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16
Houston Texans

Height: 6'1
Weight:175
Hometown: Clarksville, Md.
College: Wake Forest
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 36
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Bill O'Brien
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: Most felt the Texans would go wide receiver. I had a cornerback mocked to them this week but I picked the wrong one. In the real thing Bill O’Brien opted for a complete player in Kevin Johnson. He is as experienced as any defensive back in this draft class. This former Wake Forest cornerback started 41 of 47 games for the Demon Deacons. There, he recorded 190 tackles, seven interceptions and 35 pass deflections over the course of his career. Johnson possesses very good size (6-0/188) and he runs well enough. He’s instinctive, aggressive and has good short area quickness. Johnson tested well at the combine and had excellent numbers in the vertical jump (41.5) and broad jump (132-inches). He can play everywhere and in any coverage. Barring injury, Johnson should be plug and play for the Texans.

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17
San Francisco 49ers

Height: 6'7
Weight:292
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Oregon
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Jim Tomsula
2014 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The 49ers moved back two spots and picked up a couple of mid-round picks and still landed former Duck star defensive end Arik Armstead. This five-star from Elk Grove, Calif. had a nice college career at Oregon. He’s enormous at 6-foot-7, 292-pounds. Armstead didn’t put up huge numbers but certainly had an impact on the Ducks defense. He will be a defensive end at the five-technique position in the 49ers defense. Armstead has very good feet and athleticism for a bigger man. He’s so long and moves so well. He played two seasons of college basketball at Oregon, which says something about his ability. This is a club that has lost a lot this off-season and their first pick goes to re-fortifying the trenches.

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18
Kansas City Chiefs

Height: 6'0
Weight:197
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
College: Washington
Class: 2014 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Andy Reid
2014 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: There’s no question that Marcus Peters is one of the top defensive prospects in this class and he’s now headed to KC. He’s a ball hawking cornerback that is physical and versatile. When he played Peters was a super talent on the Huskies defense. Peters had 48 third down stops and five on fourth down against the pass. He also showed the ability to reroute wide receivers almost 44% of the time. Peters finished with 129 tackles, deflected 25 passes, and had 11 interceptions. This is an explosive cornerback with good size (6-0/197). He can flip his hips, turn and run with anyone. Peters has a quick burst, is terrific in the air and is not afraid in run support. He also had anger issues and was kicked off the Washington team last fall because of arguing with the Huskie coaching staff. If his head’s on straight then the Chiefs just landed a top-10 talent at the No. 18 spot.

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Cleveland Browns

Height: 6'5
Weight:313
Hometown: Moultrie, Ga.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 31
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine loves to players that can bring versatility and play multiple positions. Look at his last draft in Cleveland. Offensive lineman Cameron Erving brings that kind of versatility. He’s a converted defensive lineman. The south Georgia standout was terrific in Tallahassee when he transitioned to offensive tackle. In 2014 he made a virtually seamless transition to center. He’s the consummate team player who made the move because the Seminoles needed him there. Erving excelled and became the first ACC offensive linemen to ever win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (most outstanding linemen) award twice at two different positions. Erving will give the Browns unbelievable value because of his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive front. He can line up everywhere.

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20
Philadelphia Eagles

Height: 6'0
Weight:198
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
College: USC
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: The Eagles needed to land a wide receiver and they get a very talented one from USC in Nelson Agholor. He got plenty of action, starting at both flanker and split end at USC. He played in 40 games, starting 30 times and finished with 179 receptions for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns. This former running back worked hard to make the full time conversion to wide receiver. To be honest, he turned himself into one of the best route runners in this class. Agholor has good size (6-0/198), strength and speed numbers. He catches the ball cleanly. He’s also can create after the catch and is tough to defend in the air. Agholor should put up good numbers in Chip Kelly’s offense.

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21
Cincinnati Bengals

Height: 6'5
Weight:306
Hometown: Allen, Tx.
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 85
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
2014 Record: 10-5-1

ANALYSIS: This could be a reach for the Bengals because Cedric Ogbuehi suffered a knee injury during his bowl game to end his career at Texas A&M. Perhaps they could have gotten him later. Regardless, Ogbuehi was the selection. He played very well at both tackle spots and guard during his career at Texas A&M, though his play dropped off in 2014. Some feel he was just going through the motions and waiting on his pro career. When Ogbuehi is on his game he displays all the traits you love to see in a tackle - size, athletic ability, length, agility and balance, etc. If Ogbuehi's hungry he could be a steal for Cincy. For the third year in a row a A&M offensive tackle was taken in first round.

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22
Pittsburgh Steelers

Player: Alvin Dupree
Height: 6'4
Weight:269
Hometown: Irwington, Ga.
College: kentucky
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 28
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: While the Steelers need secondary help they could also use another pass rusher. Not only did they get that in Kentucky’s Alvin Dupree, he could turn out to be the steal of the first round. Dupree was recruited to Kentucky to play tight end, eventually transitioning to the other side of the ball. This past season he recorded 74 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 12.5 tackles for a loss for the Wildcats. Dupree tested off the charts. At 6-foot-4, 269-pounds, he ran 4.56 [forty], had a vertical jump of 42-inches and a broad jump of 138-inches. Those are outstanding numbers combined with good production in Lexington. Dupree is an outstanding talent with tremendous upside. He looks like an ideal ‘SAM’ linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Dupree has a chance to be something special.

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23
Denver Broncos

Player: Shane Ray
Height: 6'5
Weight:313
Hometown: Moultrie, Ga.
College: Missouri
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Denver made a bold move, moving up five spots to land the troubled defensive end from Missouri, defensive end Shane Ray. Ray has a foot issue and he was also cited for marijuana possession earlier this week. He’s got speed and strength off the edge to be an elite pass rusher. Ray can also make plays down the line showing his outstanding agility. At times he’s explosive, showing a great get off and closing speed for a big man. Ray only started 13 games at Missouri yet still posted 19 career sacks, 29 pressures and 36 tackles for a loss. He joins some excellent pass rushers in the Mile High City and will have a learning curve with the new Broncos defense.

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Arizona Cardinals

Height: 6'5
Weight:307
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
College: Florida
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 43
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Cardinals just picked an offensive tackle that can play on both the right and left side in former Gator D.J. Humphries. He’s big and very long. More importantly, Humphries has incredible feet. He had trouble adding weight [until of late] and struggled early [MCL]. He started 20 of 30 games at left tackle and graded out at 88.1% and had 67 knockdown blocks. In 2014 Humphries only gave up two sacks (both to Shane Ray from Missouri) in 2014. He shocked many by weighing in at 307-pounds at the Combine. There is still a ton of upside with Humphries. He has all the tools but needs to continue to develop and mature physically.

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25
Carolina Panthers

Height: 6'0
Weight:228
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
College: Washington
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 39
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Ron Rivera
2014 Record: 7-8-1

ANALYSIS: I love this Panther pick – linebacker Shaq Thompson to Carolina. You could make a strong case that Thompson is one of the finest athletes in this draft class. He’s a converted running back that projects as a weakside linebacker or strong safety depending on scheme. I see him as a more athletic Lavonte David (Bucs LB). The two have very similar measurables at the same stage. Like David, Thompson is somewhat undersized to be a linebacker but plays with outstanding closing speed, instincts and aggression. He makes plays all over the field and plays with a relentless attitude and terrific motor. I know he didn’t test well but just watch the film. Thompson is a big time player who will shine on Sundays in the pass happy league that is the NFL. He’s game is greatly suited for today’s game.

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26
Baltimore Ravens

Height: 6'2
Weight:212
Hometown: Lithonia, Ga.
College: UCF
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 50
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2014 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: Breshad Perriman was one of the fast risers over the past few months. He’s a wide receiver that played better and better each season at UCF. He posted some impressive numbers, finishing with 115 receptions for 2,243 yards and 16 touchdowns. To match his production are his measureables – Perriman is 6-foot-2, 212-pounds and ran exceptionally well at his pro day (sub-4.3). This is a physical receiver with deep speed and soft hands. He’s the son of former Miami Hurricane great Brett Perriman. There is one knock – too many dropped passes over his college career. He needs better concentration and consistency.

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27
Dallas Cowboys

Player: Byron Jones
Height: 6'1
Weight:199
Hometown: New Britian, Ct.
College: Uconn
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 30
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: While Dallas needs a running back they also have to revamp their defense at all three levels. Here, the Cowboys go and get a talented defensive back from UConn in Byron Jones. He was one of the Combine darlings after he nearly jumped out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a broad jump of 12-foot-3. That’s extraordinary. This is an explosive and versatile defensive back that played well at both safety and cornerback at UConn. He has a nice combination of size (6-1/199) and speed. Jones plays with good instincts, shows range and is good in run support. He started 40 games and finished with eight interceptions and 223 tackles.

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28
Detroit Lions

Height: 6'3
Weight:323
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
College: Duke
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 33
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: In somewhat of a surprise selection Detroit went the offensive line route. This wasn’t the shock. I figured they would go for a tackle. Instead, Detroit went the guard route in Laken Tomlinson. He started in 53 straight games for the Blue Devils at guard. This past season he graded out at nearly 90% and recorded 124 knockdown blocks and 14 touchdown resulting blocks. This kid is athletic, strong, smart and really knows how to use his hands in the trenches. He gets off the ball well and shows toughness and plays scrappy. Tomlinson can drive block and pull and trap in the run game and shows the ability to be a good pass protector on the inside.

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29
Indianapolis Colts

Height: 5'10
Weight:185
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
College: Miami
Class: 2014 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 56
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Chuck Pagano
2014 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: Phillip Dorsett smoked the Lucas Oil Stadium turf, running a 4.33 [forty] at the Combine and now he’s headed to the Colts as their first round pick. Dorsett had a solid career with the Hurricanes, with 29 starts. He finished with 121 receptions for 2,132 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Dorsett's game is very similiar to former Miami great Santana Moss. Speed. Speed. Speed. I was very impressed with how he caught the ball in Mobile at Senior Bowl. He showed soft hands and good body control. Dorsett will bring some more lighting to Indy and Andrew Luck. Think about that receiver corps now – TY Hilton, Phillip Dorsett, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and some good tight ends. Wow.

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30
Green Bay Packers

Height: 5'11
Weight:196
Hometown: Pensacola, Fla.
College: Arizona State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 46
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Packers continue to revamp their secondary. This pick goes to another safety in former Sun Devil Damarious Randall. He made his way to Arizona State via the junior college route. In the desert he started 24 of 25 games playing both cornerback and safety. That should bode well for him in the NFL. As a Sun Devil Randall finished with 177 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 12 pass deflections. He has excellent closing speed and very good cover skills for a safety. He plays bigger than his 5-foot-11 frame when you factor in his 38-inch vertical and his strength (14 reps of 225-pounds). He’s a better cover safety than Landon Collins but not as good as the former Crimson Tide star in run support.

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New Orleans Saints

Height: 6'3
Weight:243
Hometown: Wadesboro, N.C.
College: Clemson
Class: 2014 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 40
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2014 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Saints need help defensively and here New Orleans goes with a terrific inside linebacker in Stephone Anthony. He played virtually all four years at Clemson, starting 36 times. He racked up an impressive 330 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 34.5 tackles for a loss. He has good size and is thick, strong and compact at 6-foot-3, 243-pounds. Anthony plays downhill and is physical. He can play inside-out and get to the perimeter to make plays on the outside. Anthony is also an effective defender in coverage.

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New England Patriots

Player: Malcom Brown
Height: 6'2
Weight:319
Hometown: Brenham, Texas
College: Texas
Class: 2014 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 193
Pos Rank: 17

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
2014 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Patriots find their replacement for the departed Vince Wilfork in Malcom Brown. He played everywhere on the defensive front at Texas where he collected 165 tackles, 29 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He has good lateral quickness and agility. Brown gets off the ball well and plays with excellent leverage and balance. He’s strong and wide and shows a good burst when locating the ball. Brown had a terrific year with Charlie Strong and really elevated his draft status. Brown will fit right into the New England scheme.

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