12. Kyle Van Noy - OLB - BYU - 6'3'' 235lbs
Kyle Van Noy stood out while watching tape on Ezekiel Ansah. He's an active linebacker that has a knack for making plays and getting after the QB. He should be able to bulk up to be a true 3-4 OLB for the Eagles scheme and be a solid playmaker for them. Another option here would be Anthony Barr, but the lack of physicality to Barr's game is going to cause him to drop - despite his production.
2012 Stats: 68 Tackles - 15 TFL - 6 Sacks - 10 QB Hurries - 3 PBU
5. Jake Matthews - OT - Texas A&M - 6'5'' 305lbs
After years of looking, the Cards are finally able to grab a top OT prospect. It's a rare occurrence when need matches BPA, but the top OT position in next year's draft is Jake Matthew's to lose. Jake Matthews has outstanding lateral quickness which, combined with his technique, make him a potential franchise LT at the next level. He did a solid job against LSU's Barkevious Mingo last season and will need to continue that momentum as he slides over from RT to LT this season. Look for Jake Matthews to get a lot of attention from scouts this year as the blindside protector of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.
16. James Hurst - OT - UNC - 6'7'' 305lbs
The Dolphins have done a nice job re-tooling their OL and continue to add talent to this group with James Hurst. Hurst was a pleasant surprise on tape and could very well end up being the first OT drafted. He has great athleticism and natural balance that should help him excel at the next level. The Dolphins currently have Jonathan Martin and Tyson Clabo as their OTs but could certainly use a long term upgrade with a talent like James Hurst.
10. Stephon Tuitt - DE - Notre Dame - 6'6'' 303lbs
The Chiefs pick up quite possibly the best defender on a stacked Notre Dame defense. Stephon Tuitt brings added versatility to a Chiefs D-line as he can line up as a 3-technique or a 5-technique. Andy Reid loves getting his linemen early in the draft and Tuitt is the best one available, on top of that the Chiefs took Erif Fisher first overall last year so they address the D-line this year. Tuitt and Dontari Poe should for a formidable tandem inside for the Chiefs defense.
2012 Stats: 45 Tackles - 11 TFL - 11 Sacks - 9 QB Hurries - 1 FF - 1 PBU
8. De'Anthony Thomas - RB/WR - Oregon - 5'9'' 176lbs
If Tavon Austin can go 8th overall, then De'Anthony Thomas should be able to as well. The Black Mamba is one of the most electric players in College Football and will team up with Cam Newton to provide the Panthers with one of the most exciting offenses in the league. The Panthers have been looking for a WR to take some pressure off of Steve Smith and Thomas is just the guy. With elite speed, agility, patience and a low center of gravity, Thomas is a nightmare in the open field and should help the Panthers spread out and take advantage of opposing defenses.
2012 Stats: 45 Rec - 445 Yards Rec - 5TD - 701 Yards Rush - 11 TD
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3. Jadeveon Clowney - DE/OLB - South Carolina - 6'6'' 272lbs
The Bills are thrilled to have Jadeveon Clowney fall to them at pick #3. With Jadeveon Clowney, Mario Williams, and Manny Lawson the Bills can get creative with their fronts and attack offenses from all sorts of angles. Quite possibly the most hyped prospect to come out in years, Jadeveon Clowney is a freak athlete that has the production to match his talent. Had he been eligible to turn pro last year, he would have been the #1 pick. Look for him to go very early in next year's draft.
2012 Stats: 54 Tackles - 23.5 TFL - 13 Sacks - 5 QB Hurries - 3 FF - 3 PBU
7. Marqise Lee - WR - USC - 6'0'' 195 lbs
Marqise Lee is the best WR prospect since AJ Green and Julio Jones. Ever since coming to USC as a Freshman, Lee has exceeded expectations and been the best WR in a talented group at USC. He does not have great measurables but he has exceptional quickness, body control, and after catch ability. On top of that, Lee has outstanding character and should be a positive influence in a chaotic Jets locker room. He should give Geno Smith and the Jets a #1 threat for many years to come.
2012 Stats: 118 Rec - 1,721 Yards Rec - 14TD
2. Tajh Boyd - QB - Clemson - 6'1'' 225lbs
Despite the Raiders penchant for drafting physical freaks, they too pass on Clowney for a Franchise QB prospect. Tajh Boyd is an exceptional athlete that can beat defenses with his arms or his legs. He fits the mold of the modern day zone-read QB that the NFL is trending towards. Boyd came up big against LSU in last year's Chick-fil-A Bowl and put himself on the map for 2014 - he could even overtake Teddy Bridewater when it's all said and done. If Matt Flynn or Tyler Wilson show any potential next season, then the Raiders can safely select Jadeveon Clowney here.
2012 Stats: 3,896 Pass Yards - 36 TD - 13 INT - 67% - 514 Rush Yards - 10TD
14. Louis Nix III - NT - Notre Dame - 6'3'' 340lbs
The Vikings go back-to-back with first round DT picks and solidify the inside of their D-line for years to come. This pick signifies the end of the Kevin Williams era, but it also is a step towards replacing the Kevin/Pat Williams wall that was so effective for the Vikings. With Sharrif Floyd and Louis Nix III, the Vikings defense should have no problems giving other offensive lines fits. Louis Nix III is being discussed as Notre Dame's best defender and could be a much higher draft pick when it's all said and done - he is an active NT that is a load to move in the running game.
2012 Stats: 50 Tackles - 7.5 TFL - 2 Sacks - 3 QB Hurries - 1 FF - 5 PBU
6. Johnny Manziel - QB - Texas A&M - 6'1'' 200lbs
Johnny Manziel is currently the wildcard of the 2014 draft - he could be a Top 10 pick or could end up being a mid rounder. From a production, competitiveness, and excitement standpoint Johnny Manziel should be a top pick. However, from a physical talent standpoint he might drop. Manziel shows surprising accuracy to go along with great improvisation and some of the best spatial awareness I've ever seen from a runner. He single handidly beat Alabama last year and has the potential to win any game for your team - something the Browns will need as they continue to rebuild.
2012 Stats: 3,706 Pass Yards - 26 TD - 9 INT - 68% - 1,410 Rush Yards - 21TD
15. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins - TE - Washington - 6'6'' 266lbs
The Bucs were rumored to be interested in Tyler Eifert in last year's draft and find themselves in a position to take quite possibly a better TE prospect. At 6'6'' and nearly 270lbs, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins is a matchup problem for defenses and should give the Bucs an upgrade of Luke Stocker. He will provide Josh Freeman with a safety net over the middle in the passing game. His stock has taken a hit with an indefinite suspension due to a DUI, but it looks to be an isolated incident rather than a habit, and his stock should stabilize by the draft.
2012 Stats: 69 Rec - 852 Yards Rec - 7TD
9. Cyrus Kouandjio - OT - Alabama - 6'6'' 310lbs
The Rams picked up Jake Long this past offseason so Kouandjio at this spot isn't exactly a need. However, Kouandjio is too good to pass up here and will give the Rams some insurance at the OT position while he is groomed to eventually replace Long at LT. Some believe Kouandjio could be the #1 OT in this class and a top 5 pick, however he does show some stiffness that you don't see out of Jake Matthews. Nevertheless, Kouandjio is an experienced, battle tested road grader with an impressive physique. He will give the Rams some physicality up front and help solidify their trenches.
1. Teddy Bridgewater - QB - Louisville - 6'3'' 218lbs
If the Jaguars finish last next season, they will face the difficult decision of picking between the top QB prospects and Jadeveon Clowney. If they feel that Teddy Bridgewater is a franchise QB then the pick is a no-brainer. After leading Louisville to a BCS bowl game victory over Florida last season, Teddy Bridgewater is primed to be the next great QB prospect. Not only does he have a strong arm, but he knows how to navigate within the pocket to buy time an extend plays. He also combines leadership, competitiveness and that 'it' factor to make him the #1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
2012 Stats: 3,718 Pass Yards - 27 TD - 8 INT - 69% - 26 Rush Yards - 1TD
4. Bradley Roby - CB - Ohio State - 5'11'' 193lbs
The Titans could go in a few different directions here but opt to go BPA and shore up their secondary. Bradley Roby is an extremely athletic corner with outstanding burst in and out of his breaks. With 17 PBUs last season, he has shown the ball skills needed to excel at the next level. Another option here would be a top QB like Johnny Manziel depending on how the Jake Locker experiment ends up, however the Titans may be a little gun shy when it comes to taking another high-risk, high-reward passer.
2012 Stats: 62 Tackles - 2 TFL - 1 Sack - 2 INT - 17 PBU
11. CJ Mosley - LB - Alabama - 6'2'' 232lbs
Depending on how well Riley Reiff does at LT for the Lions, they may be in the market for a LT like James Hurst or Taylor Lewan. However, their needs at LB trump their need at tackle as the select CJ Mosley. Mosley was named the MVP of a talented Alabama team and could possibly become a 3 time NCAA champion. He excels in coverage and should be an excellent fit for the Lions Cover-2 defense.
2012 Stats: 107 Tackles - 8 TFL - 4 Sacks - 1 FF - 1 INT
13. Taylor Lewan - OT - Michigan - 6'8'' 308lbs
The Chargers need any help they can get along the OL and snag Taylor Lewan with the 13th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Lewan will give the Chargers a pair of bookend tackles for the foreseeable future and should help keep Phillip Rivers upright. Lewan is an athletic tackle who excels at getting to the next level in the run game. He may be more suited to a ZBS but can still add strength to be more of a mauler in the run game. Another option for the Chargers in next years draft would be a trade up for a QB as it has been rumored the Phillip Rivers may be on his way out with another poor season.