NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND

Published: Friday, May. 9, 2014 - 12:19 pm

No.TeamPick, position, collegeComment
1.TexansJadeveon Clowney, DE, South CarolinaCocky? He’s already warned Colts quarterback Andrew Luck he “better have his head on a swivel.”
2.RamsGreg Robinson, OT, AuburnThey get a big man – 6-foot-5, 332 pounds – to help protect quarterback Sam Bradford.
3.JaguarsBlake Bortles, QB, Central FloridaAt 6-5, he might have the best upside among quarterbacks, but, well, it’s still Jacksonville.
4.Bills-aSammy Watkins, WR, ClemsonHe can perform at a very high level, but who will get him the ball? Oh, and bring your thermals.
5.RaidersKhalil Mack, LB, Buffalo Butkus finalist should bolster defense, but can he make the move from small college to the NFL?
6.FalconsJake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Johnny Who? Son of former NFL player Bruce Matthews will help protect quarterback Matt Ryan.
7.BuccaneersMike Evans, WR, Texas A&MJohnny Who? At 6-5, he might be an even better pro than Watkins, but who will be the QB?
8.Browns-bJustin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma StateHe’s the first Cowboys cornerback to go in the first round since 1998, when the 49ers took R.W. McQuarters.
9.Vikings-cAnthony Barr, LB, UCLAAfter switching from running back, he dominated Pac-12; his big hit ended Matt Barkley’s college career.
10.LionsEric Ebron, TE, North CarolinaHe’ll give Matthew Stafford yet another target, plus he’s already met all-time Lions great Barry Sanders.
11.TitansTaylor Lewan, OT, MichiganThough he’s 6-7 and 309 pounds, the third OL picked runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds.
12.GiantsOdell Beckham, WR, LSUThe 49ers reportedly had their eyes on the receiver who could make an impact with Eli Manning.
13.RamsAaron Donald, DT, PittsburghHe joins Robert Quinn and Chris Long on a line that could give the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick fits.
14.BearsKyle Fuller, CB, Virginia TechNFL Network’s Mike Mayock calls him the cornerback most ready for the NFL.
15.SteelersRyan Shazier, LB, Ohio StateDid a team known for great linebackers – Lambert, Ham, et al. – land another one?
16.CowboysZack Martin, OT, Notre DameSome thought ’Boys would take Manziel, but this is the safe pick and fills a more pressing need.
17.RavensC.J. Mosley, LB, AlabamaButkus winner is a three-down player who breaks up passes; will he be a draft steal like Ray Lewis?
18.JetsCalvin Pryor, S, LouisvilleTweet from former Louisville coach Charlie Strong: “One of the toughest and most physical safeties.”
19.DolphinsJa’Wuan James, OT, TennesseeAt 6-6 and 311 pounds, he should fill a pressing need, and he held Clowney without a sack in 2013.
20.Saints-dBrandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State49ers fans would have loved Stockton native teaming with Kaepernick, but Drew Brees will do.
21.PackersHa Ha Clinton-Dix, S, AlabamaHis name sounds like a hidden camera show, but the Packers could get the last laugh.
22.Browns-eJohnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&MDid you see how excited he was after dropping so far? But Browns staff, fans in Cleveland roared approval.
23.ChiefsDee Ford, DE, AuburnAt 6-2 and 252 pounds, he’s undersized for line. His best position in the NFL could be linebacker.
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan StateThe Jim Thorpe winner doesn’t have great speed, but he’s considered a strong and aggressive cover.
25.ChargersJason Verrett, CB, TCUThough just 5-9 and 189 pounds, he held No. 12 pick Odell Beckham to one catch.
26.Eagles-fMarcus Smith, DE, LouisvilleHe had 141/2 sacks as a senior, but he might play only in passing situations to start.
27.Cardinals-gDeone Bucannon, S, Washington StateA four-year starter for the Cougars, he led the Pac-12 in tackles (114) and interceptions (six).
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida StateHe’s a big target at 6-5 and 240 pounds; he scored the winning touchdown in BCS title game vs. Auburn.
29.PatriotsDominique Easley, DT, FloridaHe might have been a top-15 pick if he hadn’t torn both ACLs in college.
30.49ersJimmie Ward, S, Northern IllinoisAt 5-11 and 193 pounds, he’s small for safety; he may be a nickel cornerback, at least to start his career.
31.BroncosBradley Roby, CB, Ohio StateHe slipped because of discipline concerns, including being suspended for last season’s opener.
32.Vikings-hTeddy Bridgewater, QB, LouisvilleHe was atop many mock drafts before his pro day; now he has something to prove in Minnesota.

Key to draft-day trades: a-from Cleveland; b-from Minnesota; c-from Buffalo through Cleveland; d-from Arizona; e-from Philadelphia; f-from Indianapolis through

Cleveland; g-from New Orleans; h-from Seattle

– Tom Couzens, tcouzens@sacbee.com



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