1. Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State 6’4’’ 231
Mike Glennon, Josh McCown, and Josh Freeman have all started games for the Buccaneers over the past two seasons. Each struggled with consistency and Tampa Bay finished in the bottom three in completion percentage each year as a result. The Bucs spent their entire 2014 draft on offense, but still have to stabilize the most important piece of the offense. Winston comes in as a NFL-ready prospect in both physical stature and understanding of the game. He is willing to take chances, which could work in his favor here given the size of Tampa Bay’s receivers.
2. Tennessee – Leonard Williams, DT/DE, Southern California 6’5’’ 302
The Titans ranked 31st in run defense last year, and the 38 rushing touchdowns they’ve given up since the start of the 2013 season are 3 more than any other defense has allowed. Jurrell Casey has been their only impact defensive linemen, and he is much better at pass rushing than holding his own at the point of attack. Tennessee has to get stouter up front if they’re going to slow down opponents’ ground game. Williams is a versatile lineman who boasts a ton of strength. He can set the edge on early downs and be an interior pass rusher when the situation dictates.
3. Jacksonville – Vic Beasley, LB/DE, Clemson 6’3’’ 246
Under Gus Bradley, the Jaguars’ pass rush has improved dramatically. In 2012, the year prior to Bradley’s arrival, they had a league-low 20 sacks. That total jumped to 31 sacks in Bradley’s first season, then rose to 45 sacks last year. Bradley hasn’t had a chance to draft a defensive player in the 1st round since he became head coach but that could change as he works to continue to improve the pass rush. Beasley is explosive on the edge and after bulking up may be able to play a LEO/linebacker combo role like Bruce Irvin did in a similar style of defense in Seattle.
4. Oakland – Kevin White, WR, West Virginia 6’3’’ 215
The last time a Raiders player reached 1,000 receiving yards in a season, it was Randy Moss in 2005. Oakland has sorely lacked a true number one target in the passing game for essentially a decade. Andre Holmes led the team in receiving yards last year despite having seven games with 2 receptions or less. The Raiders believe they finally found their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr last year, now they need to provide him with a go to weapon. White’s combination of size, speed and physicality make him an intriguing option to plug in as a primary receiver.
5. Washington – Dante Fowler Jr., DE/LB, Florida 6’3’’ 261
Ryan Kerrigan has 38 career sacks since he was drafted by the Redskins in 2011. That total is 17.5 more than the nearest teammate over that time span Brian Orakpo, and he’s no longer with the team. Washington did spend last year’s top pick on converted outside linebacker Trent Murphy and newcomer Jason Hatcher had moments last season, but as this roster is currently constructed their pass rush is still too dependent on Kerrigan. Fowler would provide another strong pass rush threat to take pressure off of Kerrigan and has plenty of range to play in space.
6. N.Y. Jets – Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama 6’1’’ 211
The trades for Brandon Marshall and Ryan Fitzpatrick along with the hiring of Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator suggest we’ll see a much different offensive approach from the Jets this year. Fitzpatrick has had three years with 3000+ passing yards and 20+ pass TDs, all with Gailey as his coach. Even with Marshall and Eric Decker firmly entrenched as the starters on the outside, there will be plenty of opportunities for a 3rd receiver in this spread offense. Cooper’s quickness, advanced route running, and run after catch ability make him an optimal potential slot receiver.
7. Chicago – Danny Shelton, DT, Washington 6’2’’ 339
During his days in San Francisco, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was accustomed to having a lot of bodies to deploy along the three-man front of his defense. The Bears don’t have much depth along the defensive line due to converting some linemen to outside linebackers and the loss of Stephen Paea in free agency. Shelton would add some bulk up front, while his surprising agility could help replace some of the interior pass rush Paea provided. He does wear down after a high volume of snaps, so Chicago would need to improve its depth to help keep him fresh.
8. Atlanta – Randy Gregory, LB/DE, Nebraska 6’5’’ 235
No Falcons player reached 5 sacks last year, and Kroy Biermann was the only one to reach 3 sacks. 33-year-old Osi Umenyiora pretty much had the worst overall season of his career, yet he still managed to finish 2nd on the team in sacks. The LEO designated pass rusher position is a well-known staple in new head coach Dan Quinn’s defense, but there is no readily apparent candidate to fill it in Atlanta at the moment. Gregory brings more speed and pass rush ability to that position than anyone else on the roster can offer. His lean frame would not be an issue in this role.
9. N.Y. Giants – Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa 6’5’’ 319
There promises to be at least some degree of reshuffling of the Giants’ offensive line prior to next season. Last year’s starting center J.D. Walton is gone, and Weston Richburg will return to his natural center position after a rocky year at guard. John Jerry was brought back, but ideally he would fill more of a utility role off of the bench. The return of Geoff Schwartz from injury should help, but New York still appears to be short up front. Scherff would help improve a unit that particularly struggled in run blocking. He could potentially kick outside if needed.
10. St. Louis – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford 6’7’’ 313
Jake Long had another season cut short by injury last year, and won’t be returning to the Rams. Neither will Scott Wells, who was largely ineffective during his time in St. Louis. Davin Joseph was brought in to be a stop gap solution, but that didn’t go well either. It’s been a work in progress for the Rams to rebuild their offensive line. Peat possesses an intriguing blend of size and mobility and could take over the left tackle spot for St. Louis right away. His presence would allow for Greg Robinson to fill one of the other holes on the right side of the offensive line.
11. Minnesota – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State 6’0’’ 186
Over the last four seasons Aaron Rodgers has a ridiculous 139 to 25 touchdown to interception ratio. During that same span, Matthew Stafford has averaged 4,728 passing yards per season. The Vikings’ corners were fairly solid last year, but with quarterbacks this prolific in their division they can’t have too much help at cornerback. Ideally Captain Munnerlyn would play solely in the slot leaving Minnesota short on outside corners. Waynes is physical and aggressive like coach Mike Zimmer likes, and would be eased in while he learns to adjust to NFL coverage rules.
12. Cleveland – DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville 6’3’’ 209
While it’s not entirely on them and poor to mediocre quarterback play has been a factor, the Browns’ top three receivers (Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, and Andrew Hawkins) have combined for just 21 receiving touchdowns over the last three seasons. Josh Gordon will have served 27 games’ worth of suspensions over the last two years by the time next season ends, and with his future in question Cleveland needs a reliable #1 target in the passing game. Parker has shown the ability to make explosive plays, while his size and leaping ability are useful in the red zone.
13. New Orleans – Alvin “Bud” Dupree, LB/DE, Kentucky 6’4’’ 269
Sean Payton has been quoted as saying he wants to “reduce the amount of points you may need to score to win a game”. The Saints’ offseason moves reflect this train of thought. They’ve added reinforcements on the offensive line (Max Unger) and in the backfield (C.J. Spiller) to emphasize the run game while trading away Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills. While New Orleans has added to the defense, they haven’t yet bolstered their pass rush. Dupree’s high end athleticism allows for him to be comfortable in space while offering more pass rush upside than Parys Haralson.
14. Miami – Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida 6’2’’ 212
Ryan Tannehill ranked 31st out of 33 qualifying quarterbacks in yards per completion last year. Jarvis Landry had a strong rookie season highlighted by his team-high 84 receptions, but his 9.0 yards per catch ranked 88th out of 89 qualified wide receivers. The additions of Kenny Stills (career average of 16.5 yards per catch) and Jordan Cameron (17.7 yards per catch last year) suggest the Dolphins want to add much more big play potential to the passing game. Perriman has tantalizing physical tools and while inconsistent, he has flashed plenty of explosive playmaking ability.
15. San Francisco – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma 6’5’’ 237
Anquan Boldin is coming off of back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons for the first time since 2008-2009, but he will be entering his age 35 season and can’t be the #1 guy forever. Newly signed Torrey Smith is a big-play threat, but doesn’t profile as a full-time #1 target in a passing offense. The 49ers drafted replacements for guys like Frank Gore and Mike Iupati a year early, and may go that route again. Green-Beckham has all of the physical tools to be a top-flight NFL receiver in time. He’s had significant off-the-field troubles, but San Francisco takes plenty of these risks.
16. Houston – Shane Ray, DE/LB, Missouri 6’3’’ 245
J.J. Watt has established himself as the dominant defensive force in the NFL. His 20.5 sacks last year were 3 more than the rest of the team had combined. Jadeveon Clowney was supposed to help ease the load, but had an injury plagued rookie season and is still looking for his first career sack. Clowney has had microfracture knee surgery and is a question mark moving forward. Brooks Reed was also lost in free agency, leaving an open linebacker spot. Ray is a speed rusher who would benefit from Watt’s presence and being an edge rush specialist on passing downs.
17. San Diego – Todd Gurley II, RB, Georgia 6’1’’ 222
Branden Oliver burst onto the NFL scene last year with consecutive 100 yard performances in Week 5 and 6, but his 3.2 yards per carry over the remainder of the season suggests he’s best suited more a complementary back role. The same holds true for Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown is coming off of a very disappointing season. The Chargers could use a boost to a run game that ended last year in the bottom three in rushing yards and TDs. Gurley is coming off of an ACL tear, but has shown the power and explosiveness to be a dominant lead back when healthy.
18. Kansas City – La’el Collins, OT, Louisiana State 6’4’’ 305
Donald Stephenson started last season off on the wrong foot with a four-game suspension. Even after being reinstated, he never regained his starting spot in the lineup despite his spot being filled by journeyman Ryan Harris. This can’t be viewed as a good sign. Jeff Allen was actually the first replacement for Stephenson, but he suffered a season-ending elbow injury and the Chiefs would prefer to keep him inside. Collins excels in pass protection and could immediately start at right tackle. His potential to fill multiple OL spots as needed adds to his high appeal.
19. Cleveland – Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon 6’4’’ 222
Johnny Manziel only has two professional starts and 35 career pass attempts to his credit, so it’s way too early to give up on him for on-field performance. That said, the intangibles and the much maligned off-field activities of Manziel are what put the Browns in the extremely rare position of having to turn the page on such a young prospect. Outside of his magical run in 2013, Josh McCown has 10 more career picks than TD passes, so he’s a short-term answer. Mariota typically makes smart decisions with the football, and comes with no character issues whatsoever.
20. Philadelphia – Nelson Agholor, WR, Southern California 6’0’’ 198
For the second straight year, the Eagles have lost a wide receiver coming off of an 80+ reception and 1,300+ yard season. First it was DeSean Jackson being sent away after the 2013 season and this offseason it was Jeremy Maclin’s turn to move on. New addition Miles Austin is the only Eagles wideout who has ever reached 1,000 yards in a season, and he hasn’t done that since 2010. Agholor does well on intermediate routes, and his run after catch skills are perfect for this uptempo office. He could also fill in at punt returner if Darren Sproles is ever unavailable.
21. Cincinnati – Malcom Brown, DT, Texas 6’2’’ 319
Domata Peko is a coaches’ favorite in Cincinnati, but at times he has been ineffective at holding up at the point of attack. Considering his inconsistency at the nose and his part time role as a goal-line and short yardage fullback, perhaps Peko would benefit from reduced snaps. The Bengals run defense declined some last season, and the 16 rushing TDs they allowed were the most by the team since 2005. Brown is a versatile space-eater who does his best work against the run. His disruptive presence could help Geno Atkins in his quest to get back to pre-injury form.
22. Pittsburgh – Landon Collins, SS, Alabama 6’0’’ 228
Troy Polamalu’s illustrious career in the Steel City looks to be winding down. Polamalu came up short of the 70 tackle mark last season for the fifth time in the last six years, after recording over 70 tackles in four of the previous five years. Polamalu also failed to get a sack or an interception for just the second time in his 12-year career – the first time since 2007 that has happened. The Steelers won’t find another Polamalu, but they need another impact safety. Collins is a forceful hitter like Polamalu, while improving Pittsburgh’s defensive range at the safety position.
23. Detroit – Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State 6’2’’ 293
The defensive line has been prioritized by the Lions in recent years; as the team has spent a 1st round pick on defensive linemen in three of the last five drafts. Two of those defensive linemen selected, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, were lost in free agency leaving a huge void in the middle of Detroit’s defensive front. The Lions like having an inside pass rush, and Haloti Ngata’s 3.5 sacks over the last two years suggest it won’t be coming from him. Bennett is a gap-shooting tackle who would benefit from playing next to a wide-bodied space eater like Ngata.
24. Arizona – Melvin Gordon III, RB, Wisconsin 6’1’’ 215
Andre Ellington’s first season as a lead back did not go well. He finished last year 38th out of 41 qualifying running backs in yards per carry. This was after leading the league in yards per carry as a change of pace back in 2013. Between the lack of production and injuries from last season, it is clear that Ellington is by far more effective as a complementary back, and needs someone else to take the majority of the carries. Gordon proved last season that workload is not an issue for him. His short-area speed allows him to pick up yardage in a hurry when he finds holes.
25. Carolina – Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami (FL) 6’6’’ 329
Two undrafted players, Byron Bell and Nate Chandler, opened up the season as the Panthers’ starters at offensive tackle. To the surprise of no one, both struggled. Even with the retirement of Jordan Gross last year, this was an inexcusable duo to begin the season with. Newcomers Michael Oher and Jonathan Martin have served as human turnstiles over the last two years and both will be on their third team in the last three seasons. Flowers does come with some technical flaws, but he moves surprisingly well for his size and would upgrade a position of major need.
26. Baltimore – Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest 6’0’’ 188
Jimmy Smith, Lardarius Webb, and Asa Jackson all missed time with injuries last year. As they shuffled in and out of the lineup, the lack at depth or cornerback was exposed as ultimately the Ravens were forced to bring Rashaan Melvin off of Miami’s practice squad. Webb and Jackson were question marks even when healthy enough to play, and Melvin was exploited in Baltimore’s playoff loss to New England. Johnson is a fluid athlete who demonstrates sound coverage skills. He has shown playmaking ability and would get plenty of chances playing across from Smith.
27. Dallas – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington 6’0’’ 197
Brandon Carr signed an elite-level contract with the Cowboys back in 2012, but has not performed at an elite level. His 2015 salary could become a point of contention with the team throughout the summer. Morris Claiborne suffered a torn left patellar tendon in September and had a scope on his right knee in January. Both players have tenuous futures in Dallas, leaving Orlando Scandrick as the only sure thing at corner. Peters has proven to be a complete corner when on the field. He’s had off-field issues, but the Cowboys don’t usually shy away from that.
28. Denver – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State 6’5’’ 313
Orlando Franklin and Will Montgomery have both moved on, leaving a couple of holes for the Broncos to fill on their offensive line. Peyton Manning averaged 40.7 pass attempts through Denver’s first ten games of last season and just 31.7 over the last six as the team emphasized the run more. If Denver hopes to continue that trend they have to improve their interior run blocking. Erving proved to be impactful in the run game once he was moved to center. His ability to quickly learn new positions indicates he has the football IQ to play center for the cerebral Manning.
29. Indianapolis – Arik Armstead, DT, Oregon 6’7’’ 292
Behind LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray, the Patriots shone a huge spotlight on a major weakness of the Colts. In the two games against Indianapolis, Blount and Gray racked up 349 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns. The Colts had no answer for the downhill running game of the Patriots, and need to get much stouter up front if they want to fix that glaring issue. They have added Kendall Langford up front, but he was relegated to a reserve role last year. Armstead has a huge frame which is tough to move in the run game and could be the kind of anchor this team needs.
30. Green Bay – Eric Kendricks, LB, California-Los Angeles 6’0’’ 232
A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones entered last season as the starting inside linebackers for the Packers, but both saw decline in their performance last year. Jones’ role was ultimately reduced to primarily special teams and Hawk was taken off the field more frequently as the year went on. Both Hawk and Jones are gone now, and while Clay Matthews played very well at inside linebacker Green Bay would rather not have him there out of necessity. Kendricks has terrific range for a linebacker and his coverage skills would free Matthews to focus on attacking the line of scrimmage.
31. New Orleans – Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut 6’1’’ 199
Over the last few years, the Saints have made a habit of investing heavily in the secondary through free agency and high draft picks. That trend has continued in this offseason with the signings of Brandon Browner and Kyle Wilson, along with the adding more guaranteed money to Keenan Lewis’ contract. With an extra first round pick in this draft, New Orleans can afford to use one to add to the depth of their defensive backfield. Jones has proven that he has world-class athleticism, and that combined with his size and press skills make him a good fit for Rob Ryan.
32. New England – Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State 6’4’’ 336
During the 2012 and 2014 seasons, the Patriots boasted top ten rushing defenses, giving up just a shade under 4 yards per carry each season. In 2013, New England fell to 30th against the run and surrendered 4.5 yards per carry. It’s no accident that the dip in run defense coincided with the year the stalwart Vince Wilfork was limited to four games due to injury. Wilfork is gone after more than a decade of service, leaving a huge void in the middle. Goldman’s calling card is anchoring against the run, and he has the raw girth to clog up the middle like Wilfork did.
33. Tennessee – D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida 6’5’’ 307
Michael Oher was ineffective to say the least last year, and it took no time for the Titans to pull the plug on that experiment. Humphries is a sound pass protector who demonstrates good agility and above average footwork.
34. Tampa Bay – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh 6’5’’ 309
Assuming the Buccaneers draft their franchise quarterback, they need to do a better job up front than what Anthony Collins did last year. Clemmings is inexperienced, but has the athleticism and frame to do well in pass protection.
35. Oakland – Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State 6’5’’ 271
Defensive linemen for the Raiders only combined for a paltry 12 sacks last season – less than 8 individual players had. Smith is a versatile pass rusher who wins more with short-area quickness and length than speed on the edge.
36. Jacksonville – Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State 6’0’’ 221
Denard Robinson is the only current Jaguars RB who averaged 4 yards per carry in 2014, but ultimately wore down. Ajayi has good size and runs with power, and his presence would allow Robinson to shift to a change of pace role.
37. N.Y. Jets – Eli Harold, LB/DE, Virginia 6’3’’ 247
Calvin Pace turns 35 years old next season, and the Jets may want to get younger and more explosive at edge rusher. Harold could use a year of seasoning behind a veteran like Pace, but his speed off the edge can be used right away.
38. Washington – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon 6’6’’ 306
The right tackle position has been unsettled for the Redskins for years, and Trent Williams is in the final year of his rookie deal. Fisher is technically sound enough to start right away and could shift to the left side if Williams leaves.
39. Chicago – Jalen Collins, CB, Louisiana State 6’1’’ 203
The Bears could use another outside corner to come in on nickel situations where Tim Jennings slides to the slot. Collins is a bit raw and inexperienced, but his physical tools make him an intriguing corner to pair with Kyle Fuller.
40. N.Y. Giants – Paul Dawson, LB, Texas Christian 6’0’’ 235
Jon Beason has played in 4 games or less in three of the last four years, and the Giants need more overall linebacker depth. Dawson is always around the ball and his production proves he plays faster than his timed speed indicates.
41. St. Louis – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State 6’2’’ 217
No Rams player has hit 800 receiving yards in the last seven years, and in each of those years a different player has led the team in that category. Strong can help stabilize the position with his size and ability to get to contested balls.
42. Atlanta – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota 6’4’’ 249
Tony Moeaki, Jcaob Tamme, and Levine Toilolo combined for 481 yards in 2014. Kyle Shanahan will want more production than that out of the position. Williams has above average speed and run after catch ability for a tight end.
43. Cleveland – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma 6’5’’ 329
The Browns went from giving up 3.9 yards per carry in 2013 to 4.5 yards per carry last year en route to surrendering a league high 2,265 rushing yards. Phillips can be a dominant force in the run game especially when he’s motivated.
44. New Orleans – Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke 6’3’’ 323
Ben Grubbs was traded away due to salary cap issues, and the Saints need to find a quality replacement for the two-time Pro Bowler. Tomlinson is a good power blocker who along with Max Unger would help boost the run game.
45. Minnesota – Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington 6’0’’ 228
Chad Greenway missed games last year for the first time since 2006, and showed major decline when on the field. Like Anthony Barr last year, Thompson would add excellent speed and versatility to the outside linebacker spot.
46. San Francisco – Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson 6’3’’ 243
The retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland have left the 49ers with a sudden lack of depth at inside linebacker. Anthony has good defensive range which allows him to be the type of three-down LB the Niners like.
47. Miami – Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah 6’1’’ 205
As poorly as Cortland Finnegan played at times last season, his retirement still leaves a void on the outside for the Dolphins. Rowe has great length for a corner and might remind Miami of fellow Ute and ex-Dolphin Sean Smith.
48. San Diego – Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (FL) 5’10’’ 185
Malcom Floyd is the lone true deep threat for the Chargers, and he is entering his age 34 season. Dorsett has more than enough speed to provide an explosive deep threat, and he can fill the vacancy in the slot left by Eddie Royal.
49. Kansas City – Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State 6’4’’ 246
At 32 years old and coming off of an Achilles tear, Derrick Johnson could use more help in the middle of the Chiefs’ defense. McKinney’s imposing physical presence could help improve Kansas City’s 28th ranked rushing defense.
50. Buffalo – Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State 6’3’’ 293
Head coach Rex Ryan’s arrival could mean Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes returning to linebacker necessitating more bodies up front. Cooper is an excellent athlete for his position and could be disruptive as a five-technique end.
51. Houston – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State 6’0’’ 196
DeAndre Hopkins was 12th in the NFL in receiving yards last year in a breakout season, but he’s the only reliable playmaker at the position. Smith is fast and has immense big-play potential due to his ability to track the deep ball.
52. Philadelphia – Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH) 5’11’’ 195
The Eagles’ secondary is undergoing a massive overhaul as Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Nate Allen are all out. Rollins showed tremendous ball skills in his one year of college football, and could fill in at corner or safety.
53. Cincinnati – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, California-Los Angeles 6’3’’ 267
Michael Johnson only has 7.5 sacks over the last two years and may not be enough to salvage the Bengals’ league-worst pass rush. Odighizuwa lacks an array of pass rush moves but has good speed and pursues the QB effectively.
54. Detroit – Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana 5’11’’ 206
Joique Bell has averaged less than 4 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons, and Reggie Bush is no longer around. Coleman would add the home run threat to this backfield and could handle extra carries if necessary.
55. Arizona – Danielle Hunter, LB/DE, Louisiana State 6’5’’ 252
Alex Okafor is coming off of a solid year with 8 sacks, but another fast pass rushing linebacker would be useful. Hunter could be the next in the line of defensive players from LSU drafted by Arizona (Peterson, Mathieu, Minter).
56. Pittsburgh – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State 5’11’’ 193
Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen both had significant struggles last year, and the Steelers have done little to rectify that issue. Darby’s signature attribute is his elite track speed but he can also play with an adequate level of physicality.
57. Carolina – Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan 6’4’’ 232
Cam Newton displayed natural chemistry with the big-bodied Kelvin Benjamin last year and could benefit from another big target. Funchess has good size and would form a WR tandem similar to what the rival Bucs boast.
58. Baltimore – Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn 6’1’’ 212
Joe Flacco finds himself without primary big-play threat Torrey Smith and would love another burner to throw to. Coates is a deep ball specialist whose skill set meshes well with Flacco’s big arm and tendency to throw downfield.
59. Denver – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa 6’5’’ 320
Terrance Knighton anchored the Broncos’ 2nd ranked rush defense last year but his large frame is no longer available for Denver. Davis doesn’t quite have Pot Roast’s wide frame, but is more athletic and can occupy multiple blockers.
60. Dallas – T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama 6’1’’ 226
Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar combined for less than 1,000 rushing yards last year and these Cowboys rely on the run. Yeldon hits cutback lanes hard and has the body type to handle a decent-sized workload.
61. Indianapolis – Ali Marpet, G/C, Hobart (NY) 6’4’’ 307
There is a degree of uncertainty with the Colts’ offensive line, particularly at the unsettled center and right guard positions. Marpet projects as a versatile interior lineman and despite small school pedigree has high-end athleticism.
62. Green Bay – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State 6’0’’ 194
Tramon Williams and Davon House were lured away in free agency and left the Packers suddenly thin at corner. P.J. Williams is an off-field concern but he has enough pure coverage skills to be worth the risk for a CB-needy team.
63. Seattle – A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina 6’3’’ 313
The interior of the Seahawks’ offensive line needs reinforcements after losing James Carpenter and Max Unger. Cann isn’t flashy, just the type of rigid power blocker who makes sense being placed in front of Marshawn Lynch.
64. New England – Damarious Randall, FS/CB, Arizona State 5’11’’ 196
Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner left in free agency after just one year, leaving the Patriots short on CB depth. Randall has the versatility to shift to corner and can contribute on special teams, which will appeal to New England.
65. Tampa Bay – Hau’oli Kikaha, DE/LB, Washington 6’2’’ 253
Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald give the Bucs a nice interior pass rush, but Tampa Bay needs more edge rushing prowess. Kikaha has durability and athleticism concerns, but his production from the outside has been elite.
66. Tennessee – Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon 6’3’’ 297
Brian Schwenke has yet to prove that he can stay healthy, or that he can be particularly effective when on the field. Grasu is a well-rounded center who is comfortable getting off of the line of scrimmage and blocking in space.
67. Jacksonville – Mario Edwards Jr., DE/DT, Florida State 6’3’’ 279
Red Bryant’s release opens up a spot on the Jaguars’ defensive line for an edge-setting in. Edwards could fill that role for Jacksonville, or he could shift inside as an interior rusher if Jared Odrick is kicked out to the left end spot.
68. Oakland – Tre’ Jackson, G, Florida State 6’4’’ 330
Austin Howard will apparently be moved to right tackle next season, leaving a hole at right guard. The Raiders did well drafting a power blocking guard in last year’s third round, and history could be repeated with this Jackson.
69. Washington – Derron Smith, FS, Fresno State 5’11’’ 200
Brandon Meriweather has served as a stop-gap solution at free safety, and Dashon Goldson will most likely do the same. Smith can contribute with slot coverage right away while potentially being a long term answer at deep safety.
70. N.Y. Jets – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska 5’9’’ 205
Chris Johnson was brought in last year to be the Jets’ big play back, but just didn’t have the explosiveness he once had. Abdullah is a dynamic runner and has reliable hands, making him an ideal option as a complementary back.
71. Chicago – Nate Orchard, DE/LB, Utah 6’3’’ 250
Lamarr Houston is slated to occupy an outside linebacker spot, but he would seem to be a much better fit as a run-stopping end. Orchard, unlike Houston, appears to be comfortable playing in space and serving as an edge rusher.
72. St. Louis – John Miller, G, Louisville 6’2’’ 303
As it stands, the Rams currently have unproven players such as Barrett Jones in Tim Barnes atop their offensive line depth chart. Miller would add a power blocking element to the interior of the line and could possibly slide to center.
73. Atlanta – Alex Carter, CB, Stanford 6’0’’ 196
Dan Quinn is known for his preference of bigger cornerbacks, and undersized CBs Robert McClain and Josh Wilson were allowed to walk. Carter has the size and plays with the physical, hands-on coverage style to be a system fit.
74. N.Y. Giants – Cody Prewitt, FS, Mississippi 6’2’’ 208
Antrel Rolle has already signed elsewhere, and Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps are question marks leaving the Giants with zero safety depth. Prewitt has a prototypical NFL safety build with adequate range to play over the top.
75. New Orleans – Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State 5’10’’ 182
Kenny Stills along his big play ability was traded away after leading the team in receiving yards last season. Lockett would bring a home run hitting threat to the team and would also be a potential candidate for punt and kick returns.
76. Minnesota – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M 6’5’’ 306
After releasing Charlie Johnson, the Vikings are in the market for some help at left guard. Ogbuehi is athletic and versatile, with the potential to slide in at guard and transition to the outside if Matt Kalil isn’t the long term answer.
77. Cleveland – Lorenzo Mauldin, LB/DE, Louisville 6’4’’ 259
There aren’t many options for the Browns behind Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo, especially with Jabaal Sheard now gone. Mauldin would give Cleveland a secondary edge rusher and would also bring much welcomed maturity.
78. New Orleans – Clive Walford, TE, Miami (FL) 6’4’’ 251
Josh Hill looks like a promising player, but Jimmy Graham was traded away and Benjamin Watson is 34 years old. Walford is a complete albeit not spectacular player who would be a solid piece in a committee approach at tight end.
79. San Francisco – Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State 5’10’’ 197
The cornerback position is unsettled for the 49ers after both Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox moved on in free agency. Nelson is a sure tackler with a highly competitive demeanor which helps him play bigger than his size.
80. Kansas City – Justin Hardy, WR, East Carolina 5’10’’ 192
It’s going to take more than just Jeremy Maclin to solidify a wide receiver group which didn’t catch a single touchdown last year. Hardy is a precise route runner who can work the intermediate areas Alex Smith likes to go to.
81. Buffalo – Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor 6’3’’ 230
It doesn’t look like E.J. Manuel and his career 187.3 passing yards per game are the future at quarterback for the Bills. Petty would need some time to sit and learn behind Cassel, but would be a reasonable fit for a spread offense.
82. Houston – Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami (FL) 5’11’’ 236
Brian Cushing has missed 22 of 48 games over the last three years, and is recovering from three more surgeries this offseason. Perryman is a physical downhill player who could play alongside with or provide insurance for Cushing.
83. San Diego – Brett Hundley, QB, California-Los Angeles 6’3’’ 226
Philip Rivers’ future with the Chargers beyond 2015 seems to be up in the air, and there is no real contingency plan in place. Hundley would benefit from learning behind a veteran like Rivers, but he has good tools for a patient team.
84. Philadelphia – Jaquiski Tartt, SS, Samford 6’1’’ 221
The Eagles are likely to add multiple bodies to the secondary and that includes finding a new safety to pair with Malcolm Jenkins. Tartt has impressive size for a safety and plays with a nice combination of speed and physicality.
85. Cincinnati – Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State 6’6’’ 338
None of the Bengals’ top three offensive tackles are under contract beyond 2015, and it’s unclear who will and won’t be back. Smith has good raw skills for coaches to work with and is a good fit for Cincinnati’s power scheme.
86. Arizona – D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic 5’10’’ 187
Antonio Cromartie’s departure leaves the Cardinals short on depth at outside corner, and no great complement to Patrick Peterson. Smith plays bigger than his size and proved to scouts he has enough speed to remain outside.
87. Pittsburgh – Davis Tull, LB/DE, Tennessee-Chattanooga 6’2’’ 246
Jason Worilds suddenly retired, James Harrison is entering his age 37 season, and Jarvis Jones just hasn’t shown much in two years. Unlike Jones, Tull is excellent athleticism even for NFL standards to help the Steelers’ pass rush.
88. Detroit – Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson 6’1’’ 304
Even with Haloti Ngata in the mix, the Lions may have to use multiple high picks to try to replace the duo of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. Jarrett lacks ideal size, but still manages to get in opponents’ backfields often.
89. Carolina – Randy “Duke” Johnson, RB, Miami (FL) 5’9’’ 207
Jonathan Stewart has only reached 200 carries in a season once (back in 2009), so running back depth is key behind him. Johnson projects as a change of pace and passing down back who can be the home run threat of this backfield.
90. Baltimore – Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State 6’0’’ 208
Justin Forsett shockingly ran for 1,266 yards last year, more than doubling his previous career high. The Ravens aren’t likely to count on a repeat performance. Langford has good speed and no significant holes in his game.
91. Dallas – Markus Golden, DE, Missouri 6’2’’ 260
Greg Hardy was brought in to help a pass rush that needs to improve from the outside, but his status in 2015 and beyond is clouded. Golden wins with relentless effort and his non-stop motor compensates for his undersized frame.
92. Denver – Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State 6’6’’ 311
Orlando Franklin leaving in free agency could leave the Broncos searching for another lineman with similar versatility. Sambrailo is mobile and a good fit in a zone blocking scheme. He could project to guard or right tackle.
93. Indianapolis – Josh Shaw, CB/FS, Southern California 6’0’’ 201
Dwight Lowery is a journeyman stop-gap solution at safety while Mike Adams, now 34 years old, can’t play forever. Shaw brings good size and range if he transitions to safety, and he can add needed CB depth to the Colts.
94. Green Bay – Jeff Heuerman, TE, Ohio State 6’5’’ 254
Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers are both serviceable options at tight end, but neither has a terribly high ceiling. Heuerman would bring above average speed and athleticism to the position and is also a competent blocker.
95. Seattle – Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland 6’0’’ 195
Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks with 4 receiving touchdowns last year, highlighting the need for play-making pass catchers. Diggs can be the dynamic run after catch receiver and return ace the team wanted Percy Harvin to be.
96. New England – David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa 6’1’’ 224
The losses of Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley leave the Patriots thin at running back behind the mercurial LeGarrette Blount. Johnson would be a great option as a receiving threat and can also handle a solid workload.
97. New England – Chris Conley, WR, Georgia 6’2’’ 213
The Patriots ranked 25th in the league in yards per catch last year with Rob Gronkowski being their closest thing to a deep threat. Conley is a phenomenal athlete whose straight line speed could really open things up for this offense.
98. Kansas City – Henry Anderson, DE, Stanford 6’6’’ 294
Mike DeVito and Jaye Howard are not under contract beyond next year, and the Chiefs may look for a long term partner for Allen Bailey. Anderson brings great length to the defensive line and consistently gives maximum effort.
99. Cincinnati – Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State 5’11’’ 182
Since they lost restricted free agent Andrew Hawkins a year ago, the Bengals haven’t had an ideal fit at slot receiver. Green has the quickness and polished route running to fill that role, and has proven to be a reliable productive target.