|The Texans football people likely would
still like to trade out of the #1 pick and they'll likely get some
nibbles right up until draft day. However, owner Bob McNair, a South
Carolina grad, is known to really like Clowney, another south Carolina
alum, so the Texans may need an offer that literally blows them out of
the water to make a move.
St. Louis thru Washington)
|QB Johnny Manziel,
almost a given that the Rams will move the pick if
Clowney were still on the board at this point, but they are still
probably even money to deal down if Houston takes the former USC star.
Detroit, for one, is likely to be interested in moving up from #10 to
get Clemson WR Sammy Watkins, but the Rams may not want to drop that
far down. Meanwhile, Oakland really wants to be relevant again and
there are only two players in this draft with franchise-altering
potential: Clowney and Manziel. Indeed, if one is thinking of moving
back to LA who is going to sell more tickets in one of football's
hardest sells: Blake Bortles, Matt Schaub or Manziel. Enough said. Projected terms:
Oakland gets the 2nd pick in exchange for the 5th and 36th picks this
year and a 2nd and a 5th in 2015.
|OLB Khalil Mack,
|It wouldn't be a stretch
to imagine the Jaguars might actually make some gentle inquiries about
moving up to get Clowney at #2 or even #1; they could also sit tight
take and take either WR Sammy Watkins or LB Mack or a QB; however, like
the Rams the Jags are on record as wanting to trade down and would be
one team that the Lions will likely call about Watkins. Again, like the
Rams the Jags may not be willing to drop quite that far. Meanwhile, the
Falcons have long been thought to want to move up to get Clowney if he
slips past Houston, but if he isn't available OLB Mack, who more than
one team has rated as as good a prospect as Clowney might be a nice
consolation priize for a team that has never been shy about moving up
to get an impact player they coveted. Projected terms: Atlanta gets the 3rd pick
in exchange for the 6th, 37th and 103rd picks.
|WR Sammy Watkins,
|The Browns would
certainly be tempted to take Watkins themselves in he lasted to the 4th
pick, but the Lions appear to really want tomove and may be prepared to
make it worth the Browns while to drop down. Projected terms: Detroit gets the 4th pick
in exchange for the 10th, 45th and 111th picks this year and a 3rd
rounder in 2015.
|| ST. LOUIS
|OT Greg Robinson,
|Nice deal for the Rams if they
can add an extra pick or two
and still get one of the guys they were likely targetting at #2.
|JACKSONVILLE (from Atlanta)
||QB Blake Bortles,
|See above for the Jaguars
|WR Mike Evans,
|The Bucs are likely to
get more than a few nibbles with QB Bridgewater, OT Matthews, OLB Barr
and WR Evans still on the board, although Tampa Bay could use each of
those guys themselves and may very well be tempted even more to sit
tight. On the other hand, the Jets are one of several teams looking to
a true #1 receiver and the 6-5 Evans certainly has the size/speed tools
to be just that. Projected terms:
The Jets get the 7th pick in exchange for the 18th, 49th and 115th
picks as well as 3rd rounder in 2015.
|The Vikings appear to really want to get
one of this year's top three QBs and may have to move up a couple of
spots to guarantee success; if they don't they may have to sweat out
the Bucs pick just ahead of them.
||OT Jake Matthews,
|The Bills would probably prefer that a
receiver like Watkins or Evans was still available when they get on the
clock with the 9th pick, but for a team with a major need at RT,
A&M's Matthews, easily the best player still on the board, would be
a nice consolation prize.
|QB Derek Carr,
|The Browns have been
rumored to really like Carr, and in a perfect world would probably
prefer to try and wangle him with the 26th pick, but its hard to
imagine they want to play chicken with such an important position, so
dropping down to the bottom of the top 10 and snapping him up there
makes sense. However, this is Cleveland!
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
||No one should be surprised if
the Titans took a QB with the 11th pick if one of the top prospects at
the position slips down to the 11th pick; heck no one should be
surprised if the Titans actually made some calls about moving up to get
a QB what with incumbent starter Jake Locker's inconsistent play and
injury history; however, with only 6 picks the Titans don't know have
much ammunition to work with. The Titans would also likely be thrilled
if A&M OT Matthews, the son of long-time former Titans' OG Bruce
Matthews. Failing those scenarios, the Titans would likely be happy to
move down, but its hard to see a legitimate trading partner at this
||NEW YORK GIANTS
||TE Eric Ebron,
|The Giants' fan base is
probably pining for an offensive lineman like Michigan OT Taylor Lewan,
but it says here that the organization seems to be leaning more toward
adding some speed, explosion and big-play ability to revitalize QB Eli
Manning and the team's stagnant offense. In fact, it wouldn't be a
shock if the Giants moved up 2-3 spots in order to guarantee acquiring
Ebron, who has been compared to a young Vernon Davis.
||OLB Anthony Barr,
|The Rams likely have their eye on a
safety like Alabama's Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix with their second opening round
pick, but OLB Barr would be too good a value to pass on, especially
given that it would not be a total surprise if St. Louis took Khalil
Mack if they keep the #2 pick overall.
|OT Zach Martin
|The Dolphins may be
desperate to add an offensive lineman with character and can't count on
Martin getting past Baltimore. Meanwhile, the Bears would have their
pick of a half a dozen very good defensive players so could afford to
move down, although Donald's upside might be tough to pass on. Projected terms: Miami gets the 14th pick
for the 19th and 116th picks this year and a 3rd rounder next year.
||WR Odell Beckham,
|The Steelers desperatley need a #1 target
for Ben Roethlisberger and could even be tempted to explore a trade for
either of WRs Watkins or Evans, although the fast-rising Beckham could
end up being better than both.
|DT Timmie Jernigan,
|Dallas owner, GM Jerry Jones isn't one to
do things by the numbers and it says here no one should be totally
surprised if the Cowboys made a dramatic move to get Tony Romo's
ultimate replacement, especially if someone like Johnny Manziel started
to drop into the latter part of the top ten. The Cowboys have also been
known to trade down and with a bunch of solid DTs still on the board
could make such a move
|Michigan OT Taylor Lewan could also be a factor as he may
slip because of his off-field issues.
|OT Taylor Lewan,
|Given that Donald could very well have been the Bears' pick
at #14 (and Minnesota DT Ra'shede Hageman is still on the board, not to
mention LB CJ Mosley, CB Darqueze Dennard and FSCalvin Pryor among
others its why Chicago could afford to move down.
||OLB Dee Ford,
|The Cardinals are one of several teams
that could literally go in any number of directions, meaning they'd
also likely be willing to move down if the right deal came along,
although there really isn't that one can't miss type guy other teams
would necessarily want. Besides Ford is a rising edge rusher and would
appear to address Arizona's biggest need.
|| SAN FRANCISCO
|WR Marqise Lee,
|The 49ers may want to
jump ahead of teams like Philadelphia and KC to get their choice of
receivers and with 11 picks in hand heading into the draft have the
ammunituion to play with. Projected
terms: The 49ers get the 21st pick inexchange for the 30th and 77nd
|Hard to imagine the Eagles' offense loses
DeSean Jackson and could actually get faster!
|With just 6 picks the Chiefs could opt to
move down if the right offer comes along, but Pryor is pretty close to
the BPA out there.
|HOUSTON (from Cincinnati)
||QB Jimmy Garoppolo,
|There may be just too many
teams looking to move to grab 'the next best QB' including perhaps
Tampa Bay and Tennessee to wait until the start of the second round. Projected terms: Houston gets the 24th pick for the 33rd,
65th and 141st picks
|| SAN DIEGO
Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
|Sometimes good things do come to those
almost too straighforward for the Browns to simply take the best player
||LB Demarcus Lawrence
|Edge rushers wanted which would also
likely have Missouri DE Kony Ealy in the mix.
|| CB Kyle
|If his knee checks out then
Alabama OT Cyrus Louandjio would also make sense here as would FSU WR
Kevin Benjamin and OSU OLB Ryan Shazier.
|QB Zach Mettenberger
|The Patriots haven't done
this for awhile but probably haven't forgotten how! Projected terms: Tampa Bay gets the 29th
pick in exchange for the 38th, 69th and 143rd picks.
(from San Francisco)
|NT Louis Nix
||DE Kony Ealy,
|DT Ra'Shede Hageman