KCCD Contributor: Jon Hake
1. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14) – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia The Chiefs have not won a game with a quarterback they drafted since Todd Blackledge in 1983. It’s time to take a chance at a franchise quarterback. Geno Smith is my top QB prospect in this draft due to his decision making and accuracy. He plays a chess match with the defensive coordinator calling audibles on the line and putting his offensive playmakers in the best position to make big plays.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-14) – Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St The Jaguars have Henne and Gabbert at the QB position and may decide to upgrade their pass rush with the best DE in the draft. Woerner has a high motor and he excels in both pass rushing and against the run. A very intelligent DE that gets consistent pressure on the opposing QB.
3. Oakland Raiders (4-12) – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah The Raiders need to shore up their rushing defense and Lotulelei is a perfect fit in their 4-3 system. Star should help clog up the middle and take pressure off of the rest of the defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (4-12) – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M Jason Peters future is uncertain and Bell didn’t perform well this season. Getting the best LT prospect in the draft to protect your QB of the future would be a great building block towards the future.
5. New York Jets (6-10) (From Detroit) – Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas The Jets see the Browns, Cards, and Bills all in a row and decide to jump them by trading with the Lions. By doing so they are now able to take their pick of Wilson or Barkley. With the failures of Mark Sanchez QB must be addressed and improved. Tyler Wilson is my second QB on the board due to his arm strength and toughness.
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11) – Matt Barkley, QB, USC With new management and coaching coming in the Browns will likely turnover the QB position again. Weeden is older and the new hires will not be tied to his future. Barkley has years of tape to show his strengths and weaknesses. He can run a west coast system in the NFL.
7. Arizona Cardinals (5-11) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M The worst offensive line in the NFL needs to be addressed immediately. The QB play this year was terrible but there aren’t any QB’s remaining that warrant this pick. Matthews is as solid of an offensive lineman as you can draft and should be able to play LT in the NFL.
8. Buffalo Bills (6-10) – Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M The Bills appear to be unable to address their QB position in round one but they can bring in another pass rusher for their defensive line. They had 21 sacks from three position of their defensive line adding another pass rusher opposite Mario Williams could make this unit dangerous.
9. Detroit Lions (4-12) (From NY Jets) – Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama The Lions defense needs to get better production from their defensive backfield. Dee Milliner is the top corner in the draft and should bring a playmaker into the secondary. Milliner is solid value at pick nine as he is the top player remaining on my board.
10. Tennessee Titans (6-10) – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri The Titans defense has holes everywhere that need to be addressed. Richardson is the top defensive player on my board and he has the potential to be a special player on the defensive line. Richardson can play 4-3 DT or slide around to DE on running downs.
11. San Diego Chargers (7-9) – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan The Chargers have to give Rivers more time to make a play. Signing Gaither hasn’t worked out due to his inability to stay on the field. Lewan held his own for most of the day against an elite talent in Clowney. He did get beat and will need to continue maturing in the NFL but he has great potential at LT.
12. Miami Dolphins (7-9) – Keenan Allen, WR, California The Dolphins drafted their QB of the future and they need to find a way to keep Jake Long. Adding a weapon to help out Tannehill is a solid first step. Allen is still the top WR in the class because of his size and the potential mismatches he could cause on the outside.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-9) – Johnathan Banks, CB, Miss St Banks is the counter to the bigger receivers in the league. He has the size and length to cover those new huge number one receivers that are coming out every year. He isn’t as physical as you would like and needs to shore up his coverage but the framework is there to be a lock down corner.
14. Carolina Panthers (7-9) – Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St The Panthers need a big defensive lineman to help in run defense. Hankins is a massive man and he was an important factor to Ohio St’s undefeated season. He could develop more of a mean streak but even without it he can be disruptive.
15. New Orleans Saints (7-9) – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame Te’o is a natural leader and has the attitude you look for in a prospect. The Saints need playmakers on defense and Te’o is just too talented at this point to slide any further.
16. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan The Rams have to find some protection for Sam Bradford. There may be some quality FA LT’s this offseason but drafting a player to develop like Fisher would help Bradford continue to grow into the franchise QB he can be.
Head to page 2 for the 2nd half of the 1st round.