Houston - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
St. Louis - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Cleveland Browns - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Oakland Raiders - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Minnesota Vikings - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Vikings have selected their latest quarterback of the future, the spread-offense trained Carr - a solid pick in the eyes of some. Sheer surprise in the eyes of many others. BTSC's Draft Committee is happy with this. A few players high on our board are still available, and Carr was not one of them.
We're considering - in no particular order - TE Eric Ebron, LB C.J. Mosley, DL Aaron Donald, CBs Darqueze Dennard and Justin Gilbert, WR Mike Evans and OTs Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan.
We like some better than others, but we couldn't walk away from the 15th pick feeling shorted in any way. Offensive line may not be the highest need now or in the future, but we feel like either Matthews or Lewan could be a starter at or very close to the beginning of their careers, and with Marcus Gilbert's contract up after the season and Mike Adams simply not panning out, we can improve the line to the point where it could be considered not just one of the youngest in the league, but legitimately one of the best. It would also give us the opportunity to pit Kelvin Beachum against Ramon Foster for the starting left guard position, which would make us more flexible and athletic.
Dennard and Gilbert continues to go back and forth, and we just aren't sure if we'd go one way or another right now. Donald is just simply the explosive and powerful football player we need in our front seven, it's just an issue of taking a player who may not be a natural fit in our base defense (although LaMarr Woodley wasn't a natural fit either, and the size difference between the two isn't significant). Ebron has great potential and Mosley could conceivably be our buck linebacker for the next 10 years.
A difficult decision faces the Committee, so steer us in the direction you feel we should go. The Steelers are on the clock Wednesday.