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1. Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – T – Texas A&M

Compares To: Duane Brown; Brown struggled early in his career in pass protection, however ultimately developed into the top rated offensive tackle in football. Joeckel will minimize those early struggles playing on the right side of the line.

Joeckel has solid upside and provides flexibility in the long-term for the Chiefs. Immediately he becomes the starter at right tackle for an offense that should start to turn some heads. If Joeckel shows the ability to play on the left side, within a year the Chiefs could part ways with Brandon Albert after one year at the Franchise Tag. Joeckel could slide to the left side and open up 10m in salary cap flexibility in a year. Eric Fisher is gaining momentum and truth be told, may be the better left tackle prospect at this point. However, Joeckel is stronger at the point of attack, and the Andy Reid trend is to value strength across the line.

Kansas City immediately becomes a player in the AFC West with a strong running game and improved quarterback play. Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Anthony Fasano and a healthy Jamal Charles behind an offensive line that highlights two of the better tackles and young guard tandem in the league, should translate into enough for Andy Reid to move the ball.
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By Brett Slama – @brettslama

Pick  Team – Player – Position: School / Comparison

1 Kansas City – Luke Joeckel – T: TEXAS A&M / Duane Brown – Great footwork. Hand punches and posts defenders when extending long arms, may not have immediate drive blocking strength, but is technically sound enough to wall and slide. Is the top player on the board and should start on opening day

Kansas City can look at this one of two ways. Either re-sign Brandon Albert as an $8m / year guard and have one of the best young offensive lines in the league to build around…Or a logically transition into a 3 year rebuilding project where they can find a QB in the second round or free agency

2 Jacksonville – Bjoern Werner – DE: FLORIDA STATE / Ryan Kerrigan – Woerner is a high cut athlete who plays too tall but has NFL ready strength at the point, but needs to learn to use his hands more. Has a nose for the ball and while he is knew to football, he has remarkable footwork.

Jags need to rebuild their roster. Bradley knows the defensive line dictates the tempo at which a defensive unit can play. Woerner fills a need outside and as the team moves back to a 4-3 system, Woerner gives a high motor edge rusher to open up linebackers to play downhill more.

3 Oakland – Jarvis Jones – OLB: GEORGIA / Von Miller – Jones is not only the most talented defender in this draft, he may be the top edge rushing linebacker to come out in a long-time. Has a high motor, long arms, hits with power, plays with leverage and quick feet. Has a leaner midsection, but will need to watch his weight if he is going to play in coverage. 28 sacks the past two seasons playing in the SEC

As always with the Raiders, who the f knows…However if you look at the new defensive coordinator coming in from Stanford, I would imagine a physical OLB capable of playing with his hand in the dirt in a nickel rush situation fits that scheme to a T and they don’t have anyone on the roster that fills that role after missing on players. (more…)

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By B. Slama

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ANDREW LUCK

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STANFORD

PICK HAS BEEN MADE FOR WEEKS. COLTS LUCK OUT AS THEY WILL HAVE ANOTHER FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK TO LEAD THE REBUILDING FRANCHISE. LIKELY MEANS A LOT OF OTHER PLAYERS (GARCON, WAYNE, SATURDAY, ET AL.) WILL LIKELY FIND BETTER SITUATION$ ELSEWHERE AND WILL FORCE A TOTAL REBUILD JOB ON THE NEW FRONT OFFICE. THE COLTS ARE FAR FROM CONTENDING, BUT THE FOUNDATION IS POURED IN THIS PICK.

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ROBERT GRIFFIN III

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BAYLOR

STL REC: 6, 38, 2013 #1, 2014 #1 – UNBELIEVABLE RANSOM PAID TO GET THIS PICK…NO MYSTERY TO THE PICK. RG3 IS A MOBILE PLAYMAKER WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE READY RIGHT AWAY. SHANNAHAN IS KNOWN FOR QUARTERBACK DEVELOPMENT, BUT HE ALSO WAS AT HIS BEST WHEN HE HAD A DOMINANT RUNNING GAME IN ADDITION TO CAPABLE QB PLAY

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RYAN KALIL

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USC

KALIL IS A TEN YEAR STARTER AT LEFT TACKLE THAT WILL ALLOW PONDER TO THROW FROM THE POCKET MORE AND STAY HEALTHY. HE WILL OPEN RUNNING LANES AND ALLOW CHARLIE JOHNSON TO SLIDE INSIDE TO GUARD OR BE AN ATHLETIC RIGHT TACKLE WHICH UPGRADES THE OFFENSIVE LINE IN TWO POSITIONS. TALENTED YOUNG TEAM THAT COULD SURPRISE WITH A HEALTHY PETERSON (more…)

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By the Lion

1 Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford

At this point, there are still so many unknowns around Manning.  Will his neck heal?  What kind of QB will he be when he returns?  How much longer will he be able to play after an injury this devastating and late in his career?  With the new rookie salary cap, the Colts can select and stockpile an elite talent at the position for discounted rates and allow Luck, a very intelligent QB in his own right, to learn behind arguably the greatest QB (and certainly the most cerebral) of all time.  I think this becomes a no brainer for the Colts whether they hang onto Manning or not. (more…)

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By The Lion

1 Panthers Nick Fairley Auburn DE/DT

Nick Fairley has certainly seen his stock rise over the course of the last couple performances.  The reason is because he’s been utterly dominant and nearly unblockable.  While he has a reputation for being a bit of a dirty player, it matters not to a Panther team in need of some core rebuilding.  Fairley can work in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, the latter of which I’m assuming new Head Coach Ron Rivera will employ.  Rivera is a defensive guy and will see the need for a monster inside.  A.J. Green could be tempting, but without a legit Franchise QB, he’d be a luxury pick here.

2 Broncos Patrick Peterson LSU CB

The Broncos spent a lot of Draft picks last season on Offensive weapons, attempting to rebuild with a QB, WR, and OT.  This year, the focus has to be more on the Defensive side of the ball, which struggled greatly.  Getting their elite edge rusher in Dumervil back will help the pass defense, but adding an elite CB prospect in Peterson to matchup with Champ Bailey, still one of the top 5 CB’s in the game today, will do even more.  If Tebow develops like I think he will, the Broncos appear to me, like a team that could see a resurgence in 2011.  They really need to try and deal Orton for a 2nd Round pick if possible and just move forward with Tebow.

3 Bills A.J. Green Georgia WR

The Bills passing Offense was the worst in the NFL last year, which is more of a testament to the talent, or lack thereof, that they have around QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.  The team seems content to go into next season with Fitzpatrick as the man, so the least they can do is give him a potential instant impact guy like Green (I say that with a grain of salt considering the boom or bust nature of many top 10 WR’s).  Green has the size, speed, hands, and overall ability to turn those numbers around from Day 1 and with a pair of talented veteran WR’s that can stretch the field, he should have plenty of opportunity to gel with Fitz.

4 Bengals Da’Quan Bowers Clemson DE

With the dramatic improvement in Carlos Dunlap and the stellar, nearly double digit sack season that came with it, the Bengals appear to have struck some gold.  With Bowers, Cincinnati gets another elite DE prospect to provide major issues for opposing blocking schemes, a guy you can move around the field, and the bottom line is that he’s the last of what I feel are the truly elite talents in this class.  Perhaps a bit of a luxury pick, but an impact guy that the Bengals cannot afford to pass on in terms of elite pass rushing ability. (more…)

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