PICKING THE FIRST ROUND
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05/08/2014 8:33 AM
DE Jadeveon Clowney,
Concerns about Clowney’s work ethic are overblown; just limit his snaps and make sure he has central A/C at all times.
2. ST. LOUIS
OT Greg Robinson,
The Rams must ask themselves: Protect quarterback Sam Bradford or replace him? They go with the easier move.
WR Sammy Watkins,
Prolific wideout heads to Jacksonville, which with Tennessee and Tampa Bay forms the Bermuda Triangle of the NFL. So long, Sammy.
LB Khalil Mack,
Browns feel Brian Hoyer is a better option at QB than a man nicknamed “Johnny Football.” That’s why they are the Browns.
OT Jake Matthews,
Raiders coach – blanking on his name – takes Matthews to protect quarterback – blanking on his name.
OT Taylor Lewan,
Quarterback Matt Ryan is nicknamed “Ice” not for coolness under pressure but for his postgame routine.
7. TAMPA BAY
QB Johnny Manziel,
Calm, level-headed, defensive-minded Lovie Smith gets the ultimate hot-headed quarterback. What could go wrong?
QB Blake Bortles,
Advice to Bortles, who is from Florida and played collegiately in Orlando: Invest signing bonus in Gore-tex.
WR Mike Evans,
Advice to Evans, who is from Galveston, Texas: Find Bortles, borrow Gore-tex.
DT Aaron Donald,
With Ndamukong Suh entering the last year of his contract and looking for big money, Donald could become the new Suh.
OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
The Titans needs an edge rusher; Barr had double-digit sacks the last two years.
12. N.Y. GIANTS
OT Zack Martin,
Senior Bowl standout will help anchor an aging and rickety offensive line.
13. ST. LOUIS
CB Justin Gilbert,
Worst secondary in the NFC West? It may belong to the 49ers.
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix,
His name sounds like a hidden camera show.
CB Darqueze Dennard,
Kyle Fuller or Dennard to Steelers? Flip a coin (and make sure it plays nickel).
DT Timmy Jernigan,
Jernigan reportedly failed a drug test at the combine; will it turn Cowboys off?
WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
Like last year, the 49ers move up 13 spots to take an LSU player, this time a receiver who can stretch defenses.
18. N.Y. JETS
WR Brandin Cooks,
Speedy Stockton native should flourish in the Big Apple, adding zest to a Jets passing offense that finished 31st in 2013.
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
The Dolphins certainly could use an OT or two – hard to remember why they’re so light there – but run defense finished 24th last year.
S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
It’s not quite the Legion of Boom, but Arizona is building an impressive defense and secondary of its own.
21. GREEN BAY
TE Eric Ebron,
Jermichael Finley still is recovering from a scary neck injury; Ebron is the top tight end in the draft.
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Many see the Eagles taking a receiver after DeSean Jackson’s departure, but they finished last in pass defense last year.
23. KANSAS CITY
WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
Any team with A.J. Jenkins at receiver has question marks at the position.
CB Bradley Roby,
Roby recently was cited after being found impaired in a parked car. Bengals excitedly put his name in a sealed envelope marked, “Do not open until draft day.”
25. SAN DIEGO
CB Jason Verrett, TCU
If he was 10 pounds heavier and 2 inches taller, Verrett would be the first cornerback selected.
QB Derek Carr,
Browns reportedly are considering Teddy Bridgewater, but they need a QB who can throw passes that cut through Lake Erie’s wind.
27. NEW ORLEANS
WR Marqise Lee, USC
Lee wins the lottery for rookie receivers – getting to play in a dome, on artificial turf and with Drew Brees.
OT Joel Bitonio, Nevada
Panthers decide to fill wide receiver need in second round; trade with Miami is possible here, too.
29. NEW ENGLAND
DT Stephon Tuitt,
The Patriots need to dunk their DL – where four key players are 30 or older – into a Fountain of Youth.
OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
Fun fact: Edgar Allan Poe and Moses both attended Virginia. Not-so-fun facts: Poe dropped out after one semester, wrote “The Raven,” died in Baltimore.
DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
Counterintuitively, John Elway tends to go with defensive players Ealy, and often.
OT Ja’wuan James,
The Seahawks have done a great job finding talent late in the draft but not on the offensive line.
About This BlogMatt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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