1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
Team needs: QB/RT/OLB/ILB/RB/LG
This pick will come down to Jadeveon Clowney or Blake Bortles, with a sliver of chance that the Texans will trade out of this pick the likely partner of which would be the Falcons. But unless the Falcons offer an RGIII-like deal the Texans will take Clowney here. They should still be able to get a good QB prospect at 33 and have even been rumored to possibly be waiting until the third round for a QB.
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
Team needs: OT/S/LG/WR/DT/#3CB/SLB
The Rams would like to auction off the second overall pick but if the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney it's unlikely that they will drum up enough interest, although the Falcons are rumored to be very interested in Khalil Mack in addition to Clowney. If the Rams make this pick it will be Khalil Mack, Sammy Watkins, or Greg Robinson. They are rumored to like Robinson most of all and he would fill their biggest need to protect the brittle Sam Bradford.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo
Team needs: QB/RB/RT/LB/LG/OC
As long as he's available Khalil Mack will have a slight edge over Sammy Watkins. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely and Watkins would be a great replacement but Mack would be the perfect fit as the Leo in Gus Bradley's defense. If the Jags get a good enough offer from the Lions or Bills, who are rumored to be looking to trade up, the Jags will most likely accept and trade back while targeting Anthony Barr or Mike Evans.
4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
Team needs: QB/ILB/RG/FS/#2CB/#2WR
After months of rumors stating that the Browns prefer Derek Carr to Manziel it now sounds as though that all may have been an elaborate smokescreen. "Johnny football" would be a good fit for new OC Kyle Shanahan's offense and he could breath life into a franchise that has been a doormat in the NFL. Otherwise they'll take Sammy Watkins if he's available or be looking to upgrade at right tackle, moving Mitchell Schwartz to RG. The Browns have shown interest in Jake Matthews.
5. TRADE - Detroit Lions (via Oakland Raiders) - Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Team needs: CB/FS/OC/SLB/WR
The Lions are reportedly in love with Sammy Watkins and will seriously consider trading up for him. Otherwise HC Jim Caldwell mentioned that they are also looking to add an edge-rushing OLB prospect for DC Teryl Austin's defense and rumors are that they have been heavily scouting Anthony Barr. It will likely cost Detroit their second round pick to move up.
6. TRADE - Buffalo Bills (via Atlanta Falcons) - Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M
Team needs: OG/FS/TE/RT/WR/WLB
The Bills are looking to trade up, most likely for Texas A&M products Jake Matthews or Mike Evans with Sammy Watkins out of reach. If they stay at 9 they will likely choose between Taylor Lewan or Eric Ebron. Regardless of where they are drafting the pick will be used to build the offense around E.J. Manuel. Trading up three spots will likely cost the Bills their third round pick.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
Team needs: TE/SLB/DT/OG/QB/WR
The Bucs seem like they will either take Mike Evans here or trade down and draft Derek Carr. Currently Vincent Jackson is the only reliable WR even before they traded Mike Williams to the Bills. They are also said to be wanting to upgrade at OT and would take Greg Robinson if he were available and could still take Jake Matthews. Derek Carr would be a great fit as OC Jeff Tedford was older brother David Carr's OC in college.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Blake Bortles QB, Central Florida
Team needs: QB/DE/SLB/LG/SS
It sounds like the Vikings will take Blake Bortles, possibly trading up for him, or wait until the second round and target Zach Mettenberger. Otherwise it looks like they will be looking for a pass-rushing OLB like Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr.
9. Traded Pick - Atlanta Falcons (via Buffalo Bills) - Anthony Barr DE/OLB, UCLA
Team needs: DE/OT/OG/RB/LB/TE
The Falcons are the wild card that could make things very interesting. They are looking to trade up for Jadeveon Clowney or possibly Khalil Mack. Rams GM Les Snead and Jags GM David Caldwell both worked under Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff in Atlanta so there is a deal to be done if the Falcons are interested. If the Texans pick Clowney the Falcons will most likely sit with fingers crossed they can make a deal for Mack. They could also be looking to trade back to get better value for Anthony Barr. If they stay at six the likely pick will be Jake Matthews.
10. Traded Pick - Oakland Raiders (via Detroit Lions) - Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M
Team needs: QB/LT/RB/WR/DE/DT/LG/S/CB
Much like in 2013 the Raiders will most likely trade back to acquire more picks to fill out the many holes on their roster. By trading back three picks, and picking up a third rounder in the process, the Raiders can still get either Mike Evans, Aaron Donald, or Taylor Lewan. The Raiders are rumored to Like Lewan more than Robinson or Matthews, and also prefer to wait until later to draft a QB. They lost Jared Veldheer in free agency and will go into the season with Donald Penn and an untested Menelik Watson at the starting OT's. They also need a number one WR. All of the defensive linemen signed in free agency are on two-year deals.
11. Tennessee Titans - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State
Team needs: QB/OLB/S/CB/OT/RB
The Titans went the free agency route to find players for Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense. Akeem Ayers, Derrick Morgan, and Shaun Phillips will presumably all play OLB while Zach Brown and Wesley Woodyard will play ILB. On offense they cut David Stewart and replaced him with Michael Oher but they may let Michael Roos walk in free agency next offseason so OT will be a future need. Perhaps their biggest need is to replace Alterraun Verner.
12. New York Giants - Zach Martin OG/OT, Notre Dame
Team needs: OT/LB/DE/DT/S/OC/TE
The Giants have a tendency of drafting pass-rushers who are big, athletic freaks and after having lost Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck in free agency they will most likely replace them with either Kony Ealy or Ra'Shede Hageman. The Giants are rumored to be in love with Zach Martin, and will consider taking him at 12 even if Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan were available, but will try to trade back if they can.
13. TRADE - Miami Dolphins (via St. Louis Rams) - Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
Team needs: RT/OG/DT/TE/CB
Miami's offensive line is a mess. They signed Brandon Albert to play LT but Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito are gone but they could stand to upgrade RT and both OG spots. As soon as the Giants take Zach Martin the Dolphins will go into panic mode. Taylor Lewan could have been picked by the Rams here and would not have made it by the Steelers, Cowboys, or Ravens. This would cost Miami their third round pick, otherwise they would most likely trade back from 19 and target JuWuan James.
14. Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald DT, Pittsburgh
Team needs: DT/CB/S/SLB/DE/OC
GM Phil Emery mentioned getting younger on defense through the draft so Chicago should be drafting the highest rated defensive player. They lost Henry Melton in free agency and probably would have drafted a DT early even if they had re-signed him. They also need depth at DE after moving Shea McClellin to SLB. And Charles Tillman is 33 years old and only re-signed to a one-year deal. Their biggest need defensively is at safety. Aaron Donald is rumored to be the player they covet most while backup options would be HCD or Kyle Fuller.
15. TRADE - San Francisco 49ers (via Pittsburgh Steelers) - Odell Beckham Jr. WR, LSU
Team needs: CB/WR/OC/DE
San Francisco is a prime candidate for a trade up because they currently have six picks in the first three rounds and eleven picks overall . They should be able to pull this off by swapping first round picks and adding picks 56 and 94. S.F. doesn't have any pressing needs but they do need to upgrade at CB after cutting Carlos Rogers and losing Tarell Brown. They also need a long-term option to replace 33 year old Anquan Boldin. Given all of Aldon Smith's legal issues the 49ers could also be looking for a replacement for him as well. Much like in 2013 the 49ers find themselves trading up in the first round for an LSU product. Beckham is a superb route runner and returner would would compliment Anquan Boldin in the passing game and provide insurance in the future if they cannot re-sign Michael Crabtree to a long-term deal.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy DE, Missouri
Team needs: DT/DE/SS/OG/RT/SLB
Dallas needs to upgrade their defense. They could draft C.J. Mosley or Ryan Shazier as an upgrade over Bruce Carter or Ernie Sims but their biggest issues are at DE where Anthony Spencer is a free agent and Demarcus Ware was cut, and at DT. They signed Henry Melton but that could be end up a one-year deal of he can't come back from injury. This pick should be the highest rated defensive lineman.
17. Baltimore Ravens - Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina
Team needs: RT/TE/FS/OC/DE/WR
The Ravens are likely to be targeting a pass-catcher and a RT early in the draft, and at some point they'll address FS as well. They are rumored to be very interested in Eric Ebron, who would give 120 million dollar man Joe Flacco another weapon to play with and would give the Ravens the dual-TE threat they envisioned when they drafted Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson in 2010. Other likely targets would be Zach Martin and Calvin Pryor, who they seem to like more than Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix.
18. New York Jets - Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
Team needs: WR/TE/S/OG/CB/RB
The Jets need weapons for Geno Smith and should be targeting the highest rated TE or WR. They cut Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill has been a total bust. Rex Ryan must do everything in his power so that Geno succeeds at QB. The Jets have shown a lot of interest in Marqise Lee, Odell Beckham, Kelvin Benjamin, Brandin Cooks, as well as Eric Ebron. If they decide to go with a defensive player it should be Bradley Roby or Calvin Pryor.
19. Traded Pick - St. Louis Rams (via Miami Dolphins) - Bradley Roby CB, Ohio State
Team needs: OT/S/LG/WR/DT/CB/SLB
The Rams will be open for business when it comes to trading picks. They didn't do it at two but could take advantage of a desperate team like the Dolphins and should be able to pick up a third round pick for moving back.HCD will get some consideration but Jeff Fisher values CB's over safeties, and is rumored to like Bradley Roby over Darqueze Dennard.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech
Team needs: QB/OLB/ILB/RB/S
Arizona finally upgraded at LT with the Jared Veldheer signing. Defensively they need to upgrade their outside linebackers. John Abraham has played very well but he'll be 36 years old next season. They also lost Karlos Dansby in free agency and will have to replace 36 year old free agent Yeremiah Bell, who has hinted about retirement. They have shown interest in Ryan Shazier and Kyle Fuller. If they trade back the likely pick would be Ra'Shede Hageman.
21. Green Bay Packers - Ryan Shazier LB, Ohio State
Team needs: ILB/S/OC/TE
Offensively the Packers will need a replacement for TE Jermichael Finley and OC Evan Dietrich-Smith and Ted Thompson is never afraid to stock up on linemen. This pick will most likely be used to bolster the defense, particularly the middle at ILB and S. Ted Thompson has mentioned wanting to get faster on defense and the Packers have shown a lot of interest in Ryan Shazier. They could also draft Ra'Shede Hageman as a long-term replacement for B.J. Raji.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Cody Latimer WR, Indiana
Team needs: OLB/CB/S/WR
The Eagles pick should be devoted to the defense, either at outside linebacker or cornerback. Outside of Brandon Boykin, who's best in the nickel, they they still need a CB after signing Nolan Carroll. They'll also be looking to draft Kony Ealy or possibly even Dee Ford here. Offensively the Eagles released DeSean Jackson and now are in the market for a number one WR. The Eagles are looking for a big-bodied, fast WR and have shown interest in Cody Latimer, or they should take their highest rated CB, which is rumored to be Kyle Fuller, in which case they would target Martavis Bryant in the second round.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Xavier Su'a-Filo OG, UCLA
Team needs: RT/OG/WR/DE/ILB
Andy Reid likes drafting linemen, wide receivers, and cornerbacks early. He took Eric Fisher number one overall last year but he has struggled and Brandon Albert will be a free agent so they could be looking to take another OT in the first round. They also lost both starting OG's in free agency. The Chiefs could take a TE or a WR given Dwayne Bowe's struggles. And defensively they need to replace Tyson Jackson and Dunta Robinson. Pick 23 is too early for any of the top OG's but it's such a big need that K.C. should trade back and draft Xavier Su'a-Filo.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State
Team needs: CB/LT/RDE/OC/DT
The Bengals will need a new LT or LG, depending on where they play Andrew Whitworth after losing Anthony Collins in free agency. They also cut Kyle Cook and will need a new OC. Defensively the Bengals could have a lot of issues at cornerback. Leon Hall will be coming back from a second Achilles tear while Dre Kirkpatrick has had an up but mostly down career so far while Terrence Newman and Adam Jones are only getting older. At DT Geno Atkins will be coming back from a torn ACL while Domata Peko is starting to show his age while entering the final year of his contract. AT DE they lost Michael Johnson and Margus Hunt hasn't shown he can develop int anything more than a situational pass-rusher to this point.
25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett CB, TCU
Team needs: CB/LOLB/NT/OG/TE/#2WR
The Chargers hit on D.J. Fluker but still need more upgrades on the offensive line and they simply have to do something about their defense. They need to upgrade the pass-rush especially if Melvin Ingram takes some time to come back from injury. Their secondary is an even greater issue. Their first two picks should be devoted to CB and edge-rusher with an outside chance that they draft someone like Cody Latimer as an upgrade at #2 WR.
26. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State
Team needs: QB/ILB/RG/FS/#2CB/#2WR
Cleveland could go in a number of directions with this pick after having already drafted their QB of the future. It's likely that the Browns will use this pick to draft a WR to compliment Josh Gordon, an upgrade over Buster Skrine, or a RT so that they can move Mitchell Schwartz to RG. If he were available Ryan Shazier would be an upgrade over Craig Robertson.
27. New Orleans Saints - Marqise Lee WR, USC
Team needs: CB/OLB/ILB/OC/WR
Rob Ryan has done wonders transforming the Saints defense this past season but more needs to be done to continue the upward trend. Victor Butler is coming back from a torn ACL and David Hawthorne has been a bust signing so far and the Saints have shown interest in Dee Ford. Offensively they lost OC Brian De La Puente and they cut Lance Moore and could take a WR here. They shown a lot of interest in Dee Ford and Ryan Shazier. At CB the Saints cut Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson has been a bust and they have shown interest in Bradley Roby.
28. Carolina Panthers - Morgan Moses OT, Virginia
Team needs: OT/WR/CB/S/WLB/RG
Left tackle Jordan Gross retired and no one on the roster is capable of filling his shoes. They cut Steve Smith and also need to replace Brandon LaFell. Defensively they have a lot of issues in the secondary. Ron Rivera stated that his number one priority is finding a WR who can step up. If none of the top tier WR's are still available the Panthers will take Morgan Moses or Joel Bitonio to replace Jordan Gross.
29. TRADE - Atlanta Falcons (via New England Patriots) - Ha'Sean "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix FS, Alabama
Team needs: DE/OT/OG/RB/LB/TE
The Falcons are expected to made a move up in the draft, instead of getting Clowney at the top of the first round they can catch a falling prospect here to fill the void at safety after they cut Thomas DeCoud. They brought in HCD for an interview. This move should cost the Falcons their fourth round pick.
30. Traded Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers (via San Fransisco 49ers) - Stephon Tuitt DE/DT, Notre Dame
Team needs: CB/DE/WR/OT/OLB
Before we get into analysis of the possible pick lets briefly look at the Steelers recent draft history under GM Kevin Colbert who has been with the team since 2000. Colbert has alternated between offense and defense every year except for 2005 when he picked Health Miller sandwiched between Roethlisberger in 2004 and Santonio Holmes in 2006. They've trade up twice, for Holmes and Troy Polamalu, and have traded back only once when they drafted Casey Hampton in 2001. And not just in Colbert's time but the Steelers have never traded out of the first round since the AFL/NFL merger.
So what if anything does any of that mean? Well it could mean nothing just as easily as it could give us a definitive pattern of where the Steelers will be targeting. Since they drafted Jarvis Jones last year it could mean that the Steelers will take an offensive player this go around. It also could mean that it's unlikely the Steelers would trade out of the fifteenth pick, either up or down. There's a lot more that will go into deciding this pick of course. Pittsburgh's recent trend of success with taking speedy, mid-round WR's could mean it's unlikely to be a pass-catcher even though there are rumors that the front office has told Big Ben that he's finally going to get the tall WR he's coveted for so long. They've also shown a tendency for drafting tall, lanky, athletic CB's in the middle rounds as well a la Cortez Allen, Keenan Lewis, Ike Taylor, etc.
Now lets look at needs. Offensively they let Emanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery walk in free agency while signing Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey to short-term deals, and have second year man Marcus Wheaton so they should draft a WR at some point but it's no longer a dire need that has to be addressed in the early rounds. They've got a lot of free agents behind Le'Veon Bell, they signed LaGarrette Blount, and may take a late round flyer on a back-up. The offensive line has been an issue for years but with Mike Munchak in the fold he may be given time to work with the likes of Kelvin Beachum, Mike Adams, and Marcus Gilbert although Munchak is rumored to be smitten with Taylor Lewan.
Defensively there are a lot of issues upfront. Ziggy Hood and Al Woods are gone and Brett Keisel probably won't be back. They signed Cam Thomas but he would be better in a reserve role. They'll also need depth at OLB after releasing LaMarr Woodley. After signing Mike Mitchell the biggest issue is at CB. They were able to re-sign Ike Taylor to a more team friendly one-year deal but still need to find his eventual replacement.
Even though it seems unlikely the Steelers are in a prime position for a trade back. In any other year they would sit tight and take the best player available who fits any kind of need, be it immediate or in a year from now, but given Kevin Colbert's comments about this being the deepest draft he's seen in 30 years plus the Steelers lack of a third round pick it just makes sense for them to trade back. But a trade back will obviously depend on who is available when the Steelers are on the clock.
Should the Steelers opt to trade back the most likely partners are the 49ers and Browns as both have multiple picks in the second and/or third rounds. Normally it would be rare for two division rivals to trade with one another but the precedent was set when they Steelers traded with the Browns in 2013 for the right to draft Shamarko Thomas.
Based on the Steelers needs, plus who they've shown interest in so far, the Steelers should stay put at 15 and draft someone from the pool of Justin Gilbert, Mike Evans, Eric Ebron, Odell Beckham jr, or Taylor Lewan. Otherwise the value simply isn't there and the Steelers best option would be to trade back and target Darqueze Denard, Bradley Roby, Kyle Fuller, Jason Verrett, Louis Nix, Ra'Shede Hageman, or Stephon Tuitt. The Steelers could still stay at 15 and draft Kyle Fuller or Darqueze Dennard because if they trade back it's unlikely that either would be available later on.
Since the Steelers are rarely that active on the trade front during the draft this will probably never happen but after picking up 2nd and 3rd round picks from the 49ers the Steelers run the risk of missing out on all of the top available CB's if they stay at 30. The Chiefs are looking to trade back to get better value for an OG while the Steelers will definitely need to get in front of the Bengals, Chargers, and Saints who are all looking for CB help. The Steelers could sacrifice the third round pick gained from the 49ers to move back up for a CB.
Kyle Fuller is the best fit for the Steelers from a schematic standpoint and could be chosen by them at 15. He's tall, lanky, with an aggressive style who thrives in zone coverage. Injuries are a concern as is his lack of recovery speed.
Should the Steelers elect to stay here at 30 it's likely they could miss out on Dennard, Fuller, and Roby and possibly Jason Verrett as well.
Were he only two inches taller Jason Verrett would likely be the first CB taken. He's tiny and feisty, very similar to Cortland Finnegan. Showing elite quickness and short-area burst Verrett is skilled in undercutting WR's. Has the potential to be an elite CB in the NFL despite his diminutive stature. May still get abused by the Calvin Johnson's of the world but what CB doesn't?
Will all of the available CB's who have a first round grade no longer available the Steelers focus will likely shift to the defense line. They could take an OLB, they've shown interest in Demarcus Lawrence and Scott Crichton, but teams do not typically draft the same position in the first round in back-to-back years even if it is still a need.
With the players available this pick will come down to Ra'Shede Hageman or Stephon Tuitt because as of right now the one hole on the starting roster is at defensive end. Would the Steelers take the high risk/reward that comes with Hageman or the steady production of Tuitt? While Hageman's flash may be intoxicating the Steelers have shown more often than not that they will go the safe route.
Tuitt is practically tailor-made to play DE in a 3-4 defense. CBS Sports says it best, "Highly athletic frame despite massive size. Impressive combination of length, power and surprising quickness... possessing the size of most interior linemen while maintaining the quickness to provide a rush off the edge." The downside is that his junior season didn't come close to matching his previous season. Following hernia surgery Tuitt came into the season in terrible shape and it affected him the entire season. That could also come as a blessing in disguise because prior to his junior season Tuitt was projected to go in the top15-20 so to get him at 30 could be a steal.
31. Denver Broncos - C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama
Team needs: CB/ILB/LG
Denver managed to fill a lot needs in free agency. Left guard is the Broncos only need on offense so this pick will likely be used on defense. They signed Aqib Talib but still need another staring CB. ILB was a big issue before losing Wesley Woodyard. Mosley falls because of injury concerns and the talent of others but is considered a steal here. They are also interested in Ra'Shede Hageman.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Joel Bitonio OG/OT, Nevada
Team needs: RT/OG/LDE/TE/WR
Offensively Seattle needs to upgrade both OG spots and replace RT Breno Giacomini. They also lost Golden Tate in free agency and cut Sidney Rice. Defensively they lost Walter Thurmond and Brandon Browner at CB as well as Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, and Clinton McDonald on the defensive line. They did manage to re-sign Michael Bennett but will have to deal with Cliff Avril's free agency next offseason. This pick should be Seattle's highest rated WR, offensive lineman, or defensive lineman.
33. Houston Texans - Ra'Shede Hageman DT/DE, Minnesota
The Texans need a replacement for Antonio Smith. They interviewed Hageman at the Senior Bowl.
34. Washington Redskins - Demarcus Lawrence DE/OLB, Boise State
Team needs: CB/ILB/WR/RG/RT
Washington's secondary is it's biggest issue. They've got a couple of young safeties and a CB that need to make the leap in their second years but CB Josh Wilson is a free agent. At ILB they re-signed Perry Riley but Daryl Sharpton is hardly as replacement for London Fletcher. On offense they need to upgrade at RG and need more weapons for RG3. Morgan Moses would be the preferred choice to eventually replace Tyler Polumbus. They have also shown interest in Demarcus Lawrence who would be insurance in case they cannot get a long-term deal done with Brian Orakpo.
35. Cleveland Browns - Carlos Hyde RB, Ohio State
Cleveland is rumored to be interested in local product Carlos Hyde and could use him as a one-two punch with newly signed but injury-plagued Ben Tate.
36. Oakland Raiders - Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
All of Oakland's D-linemen are on two-year deals.
37. Traded Pick - New England Patriots (via Atlanta Falcons) - Louis "Irish Chocolate" Nix lll NT, Notre Dame
Team needs: TE/DT/S/OC/RG
New England has to do something about the tight end position. It's such an important cog in their offense and with Aaron Hernandez rotting in prison and Gronk's injury history they should be spending an early pick on one. It's worth noting that the Patriots interviewed four of the top TE prospects at the combine. Even though they re-signed Vince Wilfork to a new three-year deal the Patriots gave him very little in guaranteed money and the 32 year old is coming off of a torn Achilles so he may only see the first year of that new deal.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Martavis Bryant WR, Clemson
T.B. could take Mike Evans in the first to replace Mike Williams. They brought in Bryant for an interview.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Jacksonville has a lot of interest in Bridgewater and getting him here could be the steal of the draft.
40. Minnesota Vikings - Kareem Martin DE, North Carolina
The Vikings lost Jared Allen and are rumored to be very interested in Kareem Martin.
41. Buffalo Bills - Troy Niklas TE, Notre Dame
Scott Chandler was re-signed to a minimal two-year deal. They brought in Niklas for an interview.
42. Tennessee Titans - Jeremy Hill RB, LSU
The Titans released Chris Johnson. They brought in Hill for an interview.
43. New York Giants - Jace Amaro TE, Texas Tech
Brandon Myers signed with the Bucs. They interviewed Amaro at the combine.
44. St. Louis Rams - Kelvin Benjamin WR, Florida State
Brian Quick has been a bust. They brought in Benjamin for an interview.
45. Traded Pick - Oakland Raiders (via Detroit Lions) - JuWuan James OT, Tennessee
Oakland will go into the season with Donald Penn as their starting LT.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Allen Robinson WR, Penn State
The Steelers can finally give Big Ben his big-bodied WR.
Allen Robinson, who is surely to be a fan favorite, is a tough, physical WR who can highpoint the ball when needed, but will need to work on not catching in his chest. He is also a very willing blocker. He's fast for his size but not exactly fast in general. Was a sure shot to be available here but a 4.47 40 at his pro day might take him out of reach.
While not a local talent the Steelers easily take Donte Moncrief instead of Robinson. Publicly they have shown more interest in the big-bodied WR from Mike Wallace's alma mater.
47. Dallas Cowboys - Dominique Easley DE/DT, Florida
Easley is a good fit for Rod Marinelli's defense. They interviewed him at the combine.
48. Baltimore Ravens - Jimmie Ward S, Northern Illinois
The Ravens need a safety to pair with Matt Elam. They brought in Ward for an interview.
49. New York Jets - Keith McGill CB, Utah
The Jets will take a CB in the first or second round. They brought in McGill for an interview.
50. Miami Dolphins - Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Washington
Dustin Keller is a free agent with a knee injury. They brought in ASJ for an interview.
51. Chicago Bears - Deone Bucannon SS, Washington State
Chicago has major issues at S. They brought in Bucannon for an interview.
52. Arizona Cardinals - Tre Mason RB, Auburn
Jon Dwyer only signed a one-year deal. They interviewed Mason at the combine.
53. Green Bay Packers - Trent Murphy DE/OLB, Stanford
G.B.needs depth at OLB. They have shown interest in Trent Murphy.
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Dee Ford DE/OLB, Auburn
Philly may trade Brandon Graham at some point and cut Trent Cole next offseason. They have shown interest in Ford.
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Cameron Flemming OT, Stanford
Anthony Collins signed with Tampa Bay. The Bengals have shown a lot of interest in Flemming.
56. Traded Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers (via San Fransisco 49ers from Kansas City Chiefs) - Phillip Gaines CB, Rice
This is part of the likely compensation for the first round trade.The Steelers likely target in the first round would've been a CB but none were available. Here they draft a CB whose star is not only on the rise but also fits the mold of the type of CB the Steelers generally prefer.
A fast and fluid athlete who blazed a 4.38 40 at the NFL combine, Phillip Gaines has a 6-foot-0 193 pounds lanky frame and even comes from a non-powerhouse school. He is known of his solid work ethic but will definitely need to get stronger and refine his tackling technique which currently consists of lowering his head and lunging. A great fit in zone coverage but not the best hands for interceptions. He did run the second fastest 3-cone drill at the combine which is a great measurement of a players agility.
At this pick it could really be a tossup between Gaines and Scott Crichton. From a prospect standpoint Crichton may be slightly higher rated but Gaines fills a bigger immediate need and both have been interviewed twice by the Steelers.
57. San Diego Chargers - Jeremiah Attaochu DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
S.D. need to upgrade across from Melvin Ingram. They have shown a lot of interest in Attaochu.
58. New Orleans Saints - Marcus Martin OC, USC
Brian De La Puente signed with Chicago. The Saints have shown a lot of interest in Martin.
59. Indianapolis Colts - Marcus Smith DE/OLB, Louisville
Team needs: CB/S/WR/RB/ILB/RG/DE/OLB
The Colts biggest issues are in the secondary. They managed to re-sign Vontae Davis but need another CB and could use upgrades at both safety spots. They also need depth at OLB given Robert Mathis' age and 2013 first round pick Bjoern Werner's ineffectiveness as a rookie. Offensively they need to improve protection for Andrew Luck and could use some long-term options at WR as Reggie Wayne will be 36 years old this season and Hakeem Nicks was only signed to a one-year deal. The Colts have shown considerable interest in Marcus Smith, interviewing him three times.
60. Carolina Panthers - Donte Moncrief WR, Ole Miss
The Panthers could double-dip at WR like they did with DT last year. They have shown a lot of interest in Moncrief.
61. San Fransisco 49ers - Bashaud Breeland CB, Clemson
The 49ers need to replace Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. They brought in Breeland for an interview.
62. New England Patriots - Weston Richburg OG/OC, Colorado State
The Patriots only re-signed Ryan Wendell to a two-year deal. They interviewed Richburg at his pro day.
63. Denver Broncos - Scott Crichton DE, Oregon State
DeMarcus Ware is not a long-term option. They brought in Crichton for an interview.
64. Seattle Seahawks - Davante Adams WR, Fresno State
Golden Tate signed with the Lions. They brought in Adams for an interview.
65. Houston Texans - Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Eastern Illinois
The Texans are said to be waiting until the third round to draft a QB.
66. Washington Redskins - Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee
Washington's run defense is awful. They interviewed Ellis at the East-West Shrine game.
67. Oakland Raiders - Zach Mettenberger QB, LSU
Oakland needs a long-term option at QB and they have shown a lot of interest in Mettenberger.
68. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Van Noy LB, BYU
The scheme versatile Van Noy can play inside or outside. They brought him in for an interview.
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Trai Turner OG, LSU
T.B. released Davin Joseph and may do the same with Carl Nicks. They interviewed Turner at his pro day.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Walt Aikens CB, Liberty
Gus Bradley likes CB's with size. They brought in Aikens for an interview.
71. Cleveland Browns - Carl Bradford LB, Arizona State
D'Qwell Jackson was cut and Karlos Dansby is 32 years old already.
72. Minnesota Vikings - Chris Smith DE/OLB, Arkansas
Minnesota is looking for a pass-rushing OLB. They have shown a lot of interest in Chris Smith.
73. Traded Pick - Atlanta Falcons (via Buffalo Bills) - Terrance West RB, Towson
Steven Jackson is not a long-term option at RB. They have shown a lot of interest in West.
74. New York Giants - Bishop Sankey RB, Washington
David Wilson may miss the season recovering from a neck injury.
75. St. Louis Rams - Will Sutton DT, Arizona State
Kendall Langford's days are numbered. They brought in Sutton for an interview.
76. Detroit Lions - Terrence Brooks S, Florida State
Detroit cut Louis Delmas and they interviewed Brooks at the combine.
77. San Fransisco 49ers (via Tennessee Titans) - Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB, Nebraska
S.F. could double-dip at CB. They interviewed SJB at the Senior Bowl.
78. Dallas Cowboys - Gabe Jackson OG, Mississippi State
Dallas needs to upgrade at OG. They brought in Jackson for an interview.
79. Baltimore Ravens - Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama
Baltimore will likely spend an early round pick on a RT.
80. New York Jets - Jordan Matthews WR, Vanderbilt
The Jets have shown a lot of interest in Matthews.
81. Traded Pick - St. Louis Rams (via Miami Dolphins) - Tom Savage QB, Pittsburgh
The Rams need a QB to develop behind the brittle Sam Bradford. They brought in Savage for an interview.
82. Chicago Bears - Jaylen Watkins CB, Florida
Chicago needs to get younger at CB. They have shown interest in Watkins.
83. Cleveland Browns (via Pittsburgh Steelers) - Jack Mewhort OT, Ohio State
Cleveland may move Mitchell Schwartz to RG. They interviewed Mewhort at the Senior Bowl.
84. Arizona Cardinals - Bruce Ellington WR, South Carolina
Bruce Arians gets his Mike Wallace. They brought in Ellington for an interview.
85. Green Bay Packers - DaQuan Jones NT/DE, Penn State Deone
B.J. Raji is only re-signed to a one-year deal.
86. Philadelphia Eagles - Dontae Johnson CB, North Carolina State
Philly could double-dip at CB. They have shown a lot of interest in Johnson.
87. Kansas City Chiefs - Chris Borland ILB, Wisconsin
K.C. still needs to replace the tragic Javon Belcher. They interviewed Borland at the combine.
88. Cincinnati Bengals - Ego Ferguson DT, LSU
Geno Atkins is coming back from a torn ACL and Domata Peko is entering the final year of his contract.
89. San Diego Chargers - Dakota Dozier OG/OT, Furman
Chad Rinehart has injury issues and Jeromy Clary needs to be replaced. They interviewed Dozier at the Shrine game.
90. Indianapolis Colts - Lamarcus Joyner CB/S, Florida State
Indy needs a starting CB opposite of Vontae Davis.
91. New Orleans Saints - Pierre Desir CB, Lindenwood
The Saints need to replace Jabari Greer. They brought in Desir for an interview.
92. Carolina Panthers - Jarvis Landry WR, LSU
Carolina should double-dip at WR. They interviewed Landry at his pro day.
93. New England Patriots - C.J. Fiedorowicz TE, Iowa
N.E. needs a dependable back-up to Gronk. They have shown a lot of interest in Fiedorowicz.
94. Traded Pick - Pittsburgh Steelers (via San Fransisco 49ers) - Dion Bailey S/LB, USC
This is part of the likely compensation for the first round trade. In this day and age in the NFL teams need to have a third quality safety. For the Steelers they may need a long-term replacement for Ryan Clark if Mike Mitchell doesn't pan out. It's also worth noting that Mitchell's bonus money is front-loaded so the Steelers can cut him after two years without taking a substantial cap hit. The Steelers have interviewed several safeties, including Dion Bailey, despite having signed Mike Mitchell to a five-year contract on the first day of free agency.
Bailey is very smart, fluid defender. He has great recognition skills. In a weaker draft he would have been a second round pick. The main reason he falls is because he only has one year of playing safety, having started his career at LB. He's far too undersized to play LB in the NFL, measuring 6-foot-0 and 201 pounds, but has average size for an NFL safety. His versatility as a LB would only make him more attractive to the Steelers as he could be the rangy nickel defender that the Steelers envisioned when they drafted Sean Spence.
95. Denver Broncos - Cyril Richardson OG/OT, Baylor
Denver lost Zane Beadles and may need a starter if Orlando Franklin or Chris Clark don't workout at their new positions.
96. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle Seahawks) - Brock Vereen S, Minnesota
Minnesota finally gets a safety to pair with Harrison Smith. They brought in Vereen for an interview.
97. Pittsburgh Steelers Compensatory pick - Jackson Jeffcoat DE/OLB, Texas
The Steelers depth at OLB has rarely been this low. Behind Jason Worilds, who has yet to sign a long-term deal, and unproven 2013 first round pick Jarvis Jones the cupboard is pretty bare. The top backup would be Chris Carter who has zero career sacks and is entering the final year of his rookie contract so don't be surprised if the Steelers use a couple picks on undersized DE's they can convert to OLB.
Jackson Jeffcoat is the classic tweener that the Steelers have normally targeted to play OLB in their 3-4 defense. An undersized DE, he has a solid frame that can add more muscle once he gets into a strength-and-conditioning program. He's got the bloodlines, his father Jim Jeffcoat was a first round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 1983 and enjoyed a 15-year career at DE, and the high upside that make him worthy of a third round pick. The gamble will be his health as he battled injuries for most of his career, missing most of the 2012 season with a torn pectoral.
98. Green Bay Packers Compensatory pick - Jared Abbrederis WR, Wisconsin
James Jones signed with the Raiders.
99. Baltimore Ravens Compensatory pick - Andre Williams RB, Boston College
Ray Rice may be in decline and Bernard Piece had a down year. They have shown interest in Williams.
100. San Fransisco 49ers Compensatory pick - Charles Sims RB, West Virginia
Frank Gore is 30 years old, Anthony Dixon is gone, and Marcus Lattimore has a lot of knee issues. They interviewed Sims at the Senior Bowl.
101. Houston Texans - David Yankey OG/OT, Stanford
Houston has issues at LG and RT.
102. Washington Redskins - Justin Ellis NT, Louisiana Tech
Washington's run defense was terrible last season. They interviewed Ellis at the Shrine game.
103. New England Patriots (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dri Archer RB/WR, Kent State
This is the likely compensation for there first round trade. New England is always in the market for more weapons for Brady. They brought in Archer for an interview.
104. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Paul Richardson WR, Colorado
The Jets could spend multiple picks on WR's. They brought in Richardson for an interview.
105. Jacksonville Jaguars - Travis Swanson OC, Arkansas
Brad Meester retired.
106. Cleveland Browns - Nevin Lawson CB, Utah State
Cleveland could use some competition for Buster Skrine and they brought in Lawson for an interview.
107. Oakland Raiders - Terrence Mitchell CB, Oregon
Oakland needs a long-term option to pair with D.J. Hayden. They brought in Mitchell for an interview.
108. Minnesota Vikings - Devonta Freeman RB, Florida State
The Vikings need to replace Toby Gerhart. They brought in Freeman for an interview.
109. Buffalo Bills - Preston Brown ILB, Louisville
Keith Rivers and Brandon Spikes are not long-term options at LB. They brought in Brown for an interview.
110. St. Louis Rams - Billy Turner OG/OT, North Dakota State
Depending on Where they play Roger Saffold the Rams will still have a hole on the line. They brought in Turner for an interview.
111. Detroit Lions - Anthony Johnson DT, LSU
Detroit declined the pick up the 5th year option for Nick Fairley.
112. Tennessee Titans - Brandon Coleman WR, Rutgers
Tennessee lost Kenny Britt and Damian Williams.
113. New York Giants - Christian Jones LB, Florida State
The Giants finally invest in their LB corps.
114. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Baltimore Ravens) - Caraun Reid DT, Princeton
Gus Bradley continues to re-tool the defense.
115. New York Jets - Rashaad Reynolds CB, Oregon State
Dimitri Patterson was only signed to a one-year deal. They interviewed Reynolds at the Shrine game.
116. Miami Dolphins - Robert Herron WR, Wyoming
Mike Wallace was a disappointment. They brought in Herron for an interview.
117. Chicago Bears - Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OT, Canada
Jordan Mills struggled as a rookie. They brought in LDT for an interview.
118. Pittsburgh Steelers - Lache Seastrunk RB, Baylor
Even after the Steelers signed LeGarrette Blount to form "LeBackfield" with Le'Veon Bell they seem to be intent on drafting a RB at some point. They brought in Seastrunk for an interview and he should be drafted somewhere in the third or fourth rounds.
While running a disappointing 40 at the combine, he did manage to improve with a 4.46 at his pro day, Lache Seastrunk was excellent in the receiving drills and has the looks to be the perfect long-term compliment to Le'Veon Bell going forward. He has drawn comparisons to LeSean McCoy with his start/stop ability and change of direction skills. The negatives are a Mendenhall-like tendency to dance around looking for the perfect crease instead of lowering his shoulder and getting what he can.
119. Dallas Cowboys - Will Clarke DE, West Virginia
Anthony Spencer and Jeremy Mincey are signed to short-term deals. They brought in Clarke for an interview.
120. Arizona Cardinals - Antone Exum CB/S, Virginia Tech
Yeremiah Bell is a free agent hinting at retirement.
121. Green Bay Packers - Dez Southward S, Wisconsin
G.B. needs a safety to pair with Morgan Burnett.
122. Philadelphia Eagles - Christian Kirksey LB, Iowa
DeMeco Ryans isn't a good fit for the 3-4 scheme. They brought in Kirksey for an interview.
123. Cincinnati Bengals - Aaron Murray QB, Georgia
The Bengals need competition for Andy Dalton, have shown interest in Murray, and have a history of drafting players from UGA.
124. Kansas City Chiefs - E.J. Gaines CB, Missouri
K.C. cut Dunta Robinson. They interviewed Gaines at the combine.
125. San Diego Chargers - Marqueston Huff FS, Wyoming
S.D. could use an upgrade over Marcus Gilchrist. They interviewed Huff at his pro day.
126. New Orleans Saints - Ka'Deem Carey RB, Arizona
N.O. traded Darren Sproles to the Eagles.
127. Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - Craig Loston S, LSU
Tashaun Gipson needs to be replaced.
128. Carolina Panthers - Telvin Smith S/LB, Florida State
Carolina has needs at WLB and S. They have shown a lot of interest in Smith.
129. San Fransisco 49ers - Brent Urban DE, Virginia
Justin Smith will be 35 years old this season.
130. New England Patriots - A.J. McCarron QB, Alabama
N.E. is expected to draft a QB at some point because they expect to lose Ryan Mallett in free agency next offseason. They brought in McCarron for an interview.
131. Denver Broncos - Devin Street WR, Pittsburgh
Another weapon for Manning. They interviewed Street at the combine.
132. Seattle Seahawks - Kelcy Quarles DT, South Carolina
Seattle lost Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald.
133. Detroit Lions Comp Pick - Marcus Roberson CB, Florida
The Lions have issues at CB. They interviewed Roberson at the combine.
134. Baltimore Ravens Comp Pick - Taylor Hart DE, Oregon
The Ravens need to replace Arthur Jones.
135. Houston Texans Comp Pick - Ahmad Dixon S, Baylor
Chris Clemons and Kendrick Lewis are on short-term deals.
136. Detroit Lions Comp Pick - Gabe Ikard OC/OG, Oklahoma
Detroit needs a long-term replacement for Dominic Raiola. They interviewed Ikard at the combine.
137. New York Jets Comp Pick - Ed Reynolds FS, Stanford
The Jets have major issues at S.
138. Baltimore Ravens Comp Pick - Khairi Fortt LB, California
Daryl Smith is 32 years old. They brought in Fortt for an interview.
139. Atlanta Falcons Comp Pick - Shaquelle Evans WR, UCLA
Atlanta cut Thomas DeCoud. They interviewed Reynolds at his pro day.
140. New England Patriots Comp Pick - Jordan Tripp LB, Montana
N.E. like scheme-versatile defensive players. They brought in Tripp for an interview.
141. Houston Texans - Shane Skov ILB, Stanford
Houston wanted to draft Arthur Brown last year.
142. Washington Redskins - Charles Leno OG/OT, Boise State
The Redskins need to upgrade at both OG spots and they have shown a lot of interest in Leno.
143. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Lamin Barrow ILB, LSU
Mason Foster is not suited for ILB and they have shown interest in Barrow.
144. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kenny Ladler S, Vanderbilt
Josh Evans was terrible in his rookie season.
145. Cleveland Browns - Jon Halapio OG, Florida
The Browns need an upgrades at both OG spots. They interviewed Halapio at his pro day.
146. Seattle Seahawks (via Oakland Raiders) - Jordan Zumwalt ILB, UCLA
Seattle won't be able to re-sign a lot of their defensive players. They brought in Zumwalt for an interview.
147. Atlanta Falcons - Arthur Lynch TE, Georgia
Tony Gonzalez retired. They interviewed Lynch at his pro day.
148. Minnesota Vikings - Kendall James CB, Maine
They could use a better third CB than Derek Cox.
149. Buffalo Bills - Jerick McKinnon RB, Georgia Southern
Buffalo has shown a lot of interests in RB's, including McKinnon.
150. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Detroit Lions) - Brock Coyle ILB, Montana
The Jags need depth at LB.
151. Tennessee Titans - Daniel McCullers NT, Tennessee
Tennessee will need depth for their new 3-4 defense.
152. New York Giants - Kevin Norwood WR, Alabama
The Giants lost Hakeem Nicks. They interviewed Norwood at his pro day.
153. St. Louis Rams - George Uko DT, USC
More D-line depth.
154. New York Jets - Josh Mauro DE, Stanford
The Jets have never been shy about drafting defensive linemen.
155. Miami Dolphins - Shaquille Richardson CB, Arizona
Miami signed Cortland Finnegan for depth. They brought in Richardson for an interview.
156. Chicago Bears - James White RB, Wisconsin
Michael Bush was cut and they are rumored to have interest in James White.
157. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ross Cockrell CB, Duke
The Steelers will most likely come out of this draft with two CB's. They have shown considerable interest in Cockrell, interviewing him at the Shrine game, his pro day, and bringing him in for a pre-draft visit.
Ross Cockrell is the classic Steelers mid-round CB prospect. Much like Phillip Gaines he has a tall, lanky 6-foot frame and 4.4 speed and excels in zone coverage. One quality that is not so Steelers-like is his tackling. Unfortunately also like Gaines, Cockrell has a tendency to lunge instead of making a solid wrap-up tackle but that is something that can be worked on.
158. Dallas Cowboys - Josh Huff WR, Oregon
Dallas cut Miles Austin. They brought in Huff for an interview.
159. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Baltimore Ravens) - Storm Johnson RB, Central Florida
Jacksonville needs depth behind Toby Gerhart.
160. Arizona Cardinals - Logan Thomas QB, Virginia Tech
Arizona needs a long-term successor for Carson Palmer. They interviewed Thomas at his pro day.
161. Green Bay Packers - Crockett Gilmore TE, Colorado State
Jermichael Finley is a free agent.
162. Philadelphia Eagles - Khyri Thorton DT, Southern Miss
Philly needs defensive line depth. They interviewed Thorton at his pro day.
163. Kansas City Chiefs - Justin Britt OT, Missouri
K.C. has a lot of free agent offensive linemen.
164. Cincinnati Bengals - James Gayle DE, Virginia Tech
Cincy lost Michael Johnson in free agency.
165. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Grant WR, Tulane
S.D. could upgrade at #2WR. They interviewed Grant at the Senior Bowl.
166. Indianapolis Colts - Anthony Steen OG, Alabama
Indy has issues at OG.
167. New Orleans Saints - Deandre Coleman DE, California
The Saints need DE depth.
168. Carolina Panthers - Trevor Reilly DE/OLB, Utah
Greg Hardy signed a one-year deal. They have shown interest in Reilly.
169. New Orleans Saints (via Philadelphia Eagles from N.E. Patriots) - Brandon Thomas OG/OT, Clemson
The Saints lack interior O-line depth.They interviewed Thomas at his pro day.
170. San Fransisco 49ers - Aaron Colvin CB, Oklahoma
The 49ers have a habit of stashing injured players on their roster. They brought in Colvin for an interview.
171. Denver Broncos - Kapri Bibbs RB, Colorado State
Denver needs depth after losing Knowshon Moreno. They interviewed Bibbs at the combine.
172. Seattle Seahawks - Cassius Marsh DE, UCLA
Cliff Avril will be a free agent next offseason and they interviewed Marsh at his pro day.
173. Pittsburgh Steelers Compensatory pick - Wesley Johnson OT/OC, Vanderbilt
The Steelers can always use offensive line depth. They met with Wesley Johnson at the combine. At Vanderbilt Johnson primarily played left tackle but has spent time at guard and center as well, the latter of which is where he'll likely end up at the next level. He is very quick and smooth athletically but has a slight frame that will be difficult to add weight to. His versatility and durability, with 51 starts in the SEC, make him a solid late round pick who could backup every offensive line position while his athleticism would make him a good fit for Munchak's zone blocking scheme. In time he has the foundation to potentially become a solid starter at OC or OG in a zone blocking scheme.
174. New York Giants Comp Pick - Ethan Westbrooks DE, West Texas A&M
High-upside, character risk similar to Damontre Moore. The Giants brought him in for an interview.
175. Baltimore Ravens Comp Pick - Mike Davis WR, Texas
Steve Smith is 34 years old. They have interviewed Davis twice.
176. Green Bay Packers Comp Pick - David Fales QB, San Jose State
Mike McCarthy said he wanted to drafted a QB so that they wouldn't have to struggle if Aaron Rodgers got hurt again. They brought in Fales for an interview.
177. Houston Texans - Chaz Sutton DE/OLB, South Carolina
Why not get both South Carolina DE's? They have interviewed Sutton twice.
178. Washington Redskins - Tre Boston S, North Carolina
Brandon Meriweather and Ryan Clark are short-term solutions. They brought in Boston for an interview.
179. Jacksonville Jaguars - Connor Shaw QB, South Carolina
The Jags need a long-term backup at QB. They have shown a lot of interest in Shaw.
180. Cleveland Browns - Devon Kennard LB, USC
Karlos Dansby is already 32 years old. They interviewed Kennard at the Shrine game.
181. Houston Texans (via Oakland Raiders) - Jon Krause WR, Vanderbilt
An upgrade at slot WR. They interviewed Krause at this pro day.
182. Atlanta Falcons - Seantrel Henderson OT, Miami
Atlanta offensive line coach Mike Tice has shown a lot of interest in Henderson.
183. Chicago Bears (via Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Kevin Pierre-Louis OLB, Boston College
The Bears have a lot of issues at LB.
184. Minnesota Vikings - Chris Watt OG, Notre Dame
Minnesota needs to upgrade at OG. GM Rick Spielman has a preference for Notre Dame players.
185. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Buffalo Bills) - Larry Webster DE/TE, Bloomsburg
T.B. brought in Webster for an interview and they could develop him at TE or DE.
186. Tennessee Titans - A.C. Leonard TE, Tennessee State
The Titans have shown interest in Leonard.
187. New York Giants - De'Anthony Thomas WR/RB, Oregon
The Giants interviewed Thomas at the combine.
188. St. Louis Rams - Andre Hal CB, Vanderbilt
The Rams lack depth at CB. They interviewed Hall at the Shrine game.
189. Detroit Lions - Cody Hoffman WR, BYU
The Lions have shown a lot of interest in Cody Hoffman.
190. Miami Dolphins - Michael Schofield OT, Michigan
Miami's O-line is a mess and they have shown interest in Schofield.
191. Chicago Bears - Jordan Lynch QB, Northern Illinois
The Bears want to bring in a QB to groom behind Cutler. They have shown interest in Lynch.
192. Pittsburgh Steelers - Ryan Carrethers NT, Arkansas State
In the modern NFL game a classic two-down, space-eating nose tackle like Carrethers may be a dying breed but is still a necessary evil in a base 3-4 defense nonetheless. To his credit he has a more solid, muscularly built frame than most 330+ pounds nose tackles but he still doesn't have the requisite speed to be on the field for third-and-long situations.
193. Kansas City Chiefs (via Dallas Cowboys) - Lonnie Ballentine S, Memphis
Kendrick Lewis signed with the Texans. They brought in Ballentine for an interview.
194. Baltimore Ravens - Ted Larsen OC/OG, Utah State
Baltimore needs an upgrade at OC. The Ravens interviewed Larsen at the Senior Bowl and he is the brother of Ravens DT Cody Larsen.
195. New York Jets - John Brown WR, Pittsburg State
The Jets could easily double-dip at WR. They have interviewed Brown twice.
196. Arizona Cardinals - Howard Jones LB, Shepard
The Cards have issues at OLB and ILB. They brought in Shepard for an interview.
197. Green Bay Packers - Prince Shembo OLB, Notre Dame
DeMarcus Ware is a short-term fix for depth. They brought in Shembo for an interview.
198. New England Patriots (via Philadelphia Eagles) - Chris Davis CB, Auburn
Darrelle Revis is essentially signed to a one-year deal. They interviewed Davis at his pro day.
199. Cincinnati Bengals - Ty Zimmerman S, Kansas State
Cincy has issues at SS. They brought in Zimmerman for an interview.
200. Kansas City Chiefs - Colton Underwood DE/OLB, Illinois State
K.C. needs depth at OLB. They brought in Underwood for an interview.
201. San Diego Chargers - Ben Gardner DE, Stanford
S.D. need D-line depth. They brought in Gardner for an interview.
202. New Orleans Saints - Adrian Hubbard OLB, Alabama
Victor Butler is coming back from an ACL tear. They interviewed Hubbard at his pro day.
203. Indianapolis Colts - Marcel Jensen TE, Fresno State
Indy has shown interest in several TE's, including Jensen.
204. Carolina Panthers - Tajh Boyd QB, Clemson
The Panthers need a long-term backup for Cam Newton. They have shown a lot of interest in Boyd.
205. Jacksonville Jaguars (via San Fransisco 49ers) - Charles Sawyer CB, Ole Miss
The Jags need depth at CB. they interviewed Sawyer at his pro day.
206. New England Patriots - Jalen Saunders WR, Oklahoma
N.E. has issues at WR. They brought in Saunders for an interview.
207. Denver Broncos - Shamar Stephen DT, Connecticut
Denver interviewed Stephen at the Senior Bowl.
208. Seattle Seahawks - Lorenzo Taliaferra RB, Coastal Carolina
Seattle may have to cut Marshawn Lynch at some point to pay for future free agents.
209. New York Jets Comp Pick - Vinnie Sunseri S, Alabama
The Jets have issues at S.
210. New York Jets Comp Pick - Michael Sam DE/OLB, Missouri
The Jets need an eventual replacement for Calvin Pace. They have shown interest in Sam.
211. Houston Texans Comp Pick - Blake Annen TE, Cincinnati
The Texans cut Owen Daniels. They brought Annen for an interview.
212. Cincinnati Bengals Comp Pick - Brian Stork OC, Florida State
Cincy cut Kyle Cook.
213. New York Jets Comp Pick - Ed Stinson DE, Alabama
Defensive line depth.
214. St. Louis Rams Comp Pick - Kevin Graf OT, USC
The Rams have O-line issues. They interviewed Graf at the Shrine game.
215. Pittsburgh Steelers Comp Pick - Max Bullough ILB, Michigan State
The Steelers could come out of this draft with two linebackers just as easily as they could take two CB's. SteelersDepot reports that the Steelers are high on Max Bullough despite only interviewing him at the combine.
Bullough is often described as "old-school", "blue-collar", and the"lunch pail" type of player. What he is, is a smart, instinctive two-down thumper that can diagnose plays and excel against the run. He doesn't have the speed or athleticism to be an every down starter in the NFL but he will be quality backup and special teams player. Yes it sounds a like like 2013 sixth round pick Vince Williams but you can never have enough high character, smart players on the roster.
216. Houston Texans - Demetri Goodson CB, Baylor
Houston needs an upgrade at nickel CB. They interviewed Goodson at the combine.
217. Washington Redskins - Quandon Christian LB, Clemson
London Fletcher retired. Washington has shown a lot of interest in Christian.
218. Cleveland Browns - Trey Hopkins OG, Texas
Cleveland has issues at OG. They brought in Hopkins for an interview.
219. Oakland Raiders - Morgan Breslin DE/OLB, USC
More long-term defensive help. They brought in Breslin for an interview.
220. Atlanta Falcons - Zach Kerr DT, Delaware
Corey Peters and Peria Jerry are signed to one-year deals. They interviewed Kerr at his pro day.
221. Tamp Bay Buccaneers - Kevin Pamphile OT, Purdue
T.B. has issues at OG and could upgrade at RT. They brought in Pamphile for an interview.
222. Jacksonville Jaguars - Ken Bishop DT, Northern Illinois
Jacksonville continues to rebuild their D-line. They brought in Bishop for an interview.
223. Minnesota Vikings - Luke Bowanko OC/OG, Virginia
Minnesota could use some O-line depth. They brought in Bowanko for an interview.
224. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Linder OG, Miami
Buffalo has issues at OG.
225. New York Giants - Tyler Starr LB, South Dakota
The Giants always have issues at LB. They interviewed Starr at the Shrine game.
226. St. Louis Rams - Isaiah Crowell RB, Alabama State
The Rams need depth at RB.
227. Detroit Lions - Nate Freese K, Boston College
David Akers is a 39 year old free agent. They brought in Freese for an interview.
228. Tennessee Titans - Garrett Gilbert QB, SMU
This may be Jake Locker's final chance. They brought in Gilbert for an interview.
229. Dallas Cowboys (via Chicago Bears) - Davon Coleman DT, Arizona State
The Cowboys need defensive linemen. They brought in Coleman for an interview.
230. Pittsburgh Steelers - Rob Branchflower TE, UMass
The Steelers lost their jack-of-all-trades when David Johnson signed with the Chargers. Much like Johnson, Rob Branchflower would provide solid, versatile depth as a TE/FB/H-back.
231. Dallas Cowboys - Brandon Dixon CB, Northwest Missouri State
Morris Claiborne has been somewhat disappointing. They brought in Dixon for an interview.
232. Indianapolis Colts (via Baltimore Ravens) - Josh Walker OG, Middle Tennessee State
Indy needs better protection for Andrew Luck. They brought in Walker for an interview.
233. New York Jets - Matt Feiler OT, Bloomsburg
The Jets lost Austin Howard and they interviewed Feiler at the Shrine game.
234. Baltimore Ravens (via Miami Dolphins) - Dexter McDougle CB, Maryland
Baltimore lost Corey Graham in free agency. They brought in McDougle for an interview.
235. Oakland Raiders (via Arizona Cardinals) - Willie Gibson WR, Cumberland
Oakland has shown interest in Willie Gibson.
236. Green Bay Packers - Jimmy Staten DT, Middle Tennessee State
More D-line depth. They interviewed Staten at his pro day.
237. Philadelphia Eagles - Ronald Powell OLB, Florida
Brandon Graham and Trent Cole may be gone next offseason. They have shown a lot of interest in Powell.
238. Dallas Cowboys (via Kansas City Chiefs) - J.C. Copeland RB/FB, LSU
Dallas could use an upgrade at FB and they interviewed Copeland at his pro day.
239. Cincinnati Bengals - Garrett Scott OT/OG, Marshall
Cincy could use some depth behind Clint Boling. They brought in Scott for an interview.
240. San Diego Chargers - Cornelius Lucas OT, Kansas State
S.D. lacks depth on the O-line. They interviewed Lucas at his pro day.
241. San Fransisco 49ers (via Indianapolis Colts) - Xavier Boyd LB, Western Kentucky
S.F. needs depth at LB. They interviewed Boyd at the Shrine game.
242. San Fransisco 49ers (via New Orleans Saints) - Demonte McAllister DT/DE, Florida State
S.F. need depth on the D-line. They interviewed McAllister at the Shrine game.
243. San Fransisco 49ers (via Carolina Panthers) - Albert Wilson WR, Georgia State
Mario Manningham signed with the Giants. They brought in Wilson for an interview.
244. New England Patriots - D.J. Coles WR, Virginia Tech
New England has issues at WR and they've interviewed Coles twice.
245. San Fransisco 49ers - Gator Hoskins TE/FB, Marshall
S.F. interviewed Hoskins at the Senior Bowl.
246. Denver Broncos - William Poehls OG, Montana
They lost Zane Beadles and brought in Poehls for an interview.
247. Oakland Raider (via Seattle Seahawks) - Keon Lyn CB, Syracuse
Oakland has issue everywhere on defense.
248. Dallas Cowboys Comp Pick - Casey Pachall QB, TCU
Dallas needs a QB to groom behind Tony Romo. They brought in Pachall for an interview.
249. St. Louis Rams Comp Pick - Xavier Grimble TE, USC
The Rams could use some depth at TE.
250. St. Louis Rams Comp Pick - Maurice Alexander S, Utah State
The Rams have issues at S. They interviewed Alexander.
251. Dallas Cowboys Comp Pick - Jerrod Black DT, Southeast Louisiana State
This should be a D-line heavy draft for the Cowboys. They brought in Black for an interview.
252. Cincinnati Bengals Comp Pick - Terrence Fede DE, Marist
Cincy needs depth after losing Michael Johnson. They brought in Fede for an interview.
253. Atlanta Falcons Comp Pick - Najja Johnson CB, Buffalo
Atlanta needs CB depth. They brought in Johnson for an interview.
254. Dallas Cowboys Comp Pick - Kaycee Ike OC/OG, UAB
Dallas has OG issues and have shown interest in Ike.
255. Atlanta Falcons Comp Pick - Spencer Long OG, Nebraska
The Falcons need OG depth. They brought in Long for an interview.
256. Houston Texans Comp Pick - Tyler Gaffney RB, Standford
The Texans lost Ben Tate in free agency.
Top Undrafted Rookie Free Agents:
Loucheiz Purifoy CB, Florida
- How do you make a terrible draft season worse, get busted with marijuana and bath salts then agree to snitch on your friends to avoid arrest .
James Hurst OG/OT, North Carolina
- Likely would have been a fourth round pick but a broken fibula in his final bowl game could keep him out of the 2014 season.
Ricardo Allen CB, Purdue
- A poor man's Cortland Finnegan without speed.
Matt Patchan OT, Boston College
- Solid athlete who never put it all together. Also an injury magnet that includes a torn ACL, torn pectoral, broken wrist, two scooter accidents, and has been shot in a drive-by shooting.
Andrew Jackson ILB, Western Kentucky
- Two-down thumper, slower version of Brandon Spikes.
Jeremy Gallon WR, Michigan
- 5-foot-8, 185 pounds frame too small to withstand the rigors of the NFL.
Jonathan Brown LB, Illinois
- Once thought of as a future early pick, doesn't have the speed or instincts in coverage. Likely backup/ST player.
Yawin Smallwood ILB, Connecticut
- underdeveloped physically, lacks technique.
Aaron Lynch DE, South Florida
- Once thought to be a future first round pick, this quickly fell apart after transferring from Notre Dame. Questions about his desire and dedication have plagued him.
URFA's that will interest the Steelers:
Beau Allen NT, Wisconsin
- Big, stout, developmental lineman who needs to play more consistent.
Kaleb Ramsey DE/DT, Boston College
- Uniontown PA native, very athletic. Major injury issues, will be a 25 year old rookie.
Jemea Thomas CB, Georgia Tech
- Small frame, projects as a slot CB, backup S. Has punt-return capabilities.
Quincy Enunwa WR, Nebraska
- Tough, physical, ran a 4.45 40 at the combine but doesn't play that fast. Projects as a slot-possession WR and special teams standout.