By Mike Tanier, Dan Pompei and Russ Lande

Neither sleet nor snow, nor the fact that the draft is still three months away, can stop the Sports on Earth team from delivering our first mock draft of the offseason. And if Russ Lande, Dan Pompei and Mike Tanier cannot even agree on the top five picks, you know it's early.

The Texans may be looking for a quarterback, but which one? Other teams are seeking a quarterback in the first round, but there aren't enough arms to go around. Do teams like the Vikings, Bucs and Titans dig deep into the quarterback pool when there is such tempting talent -- defenders like Dee Ford and Khalil Mack, playmakers like Mike Evans and Eric Ebron -- at other positions? And who will the Browns take with their two first-round picks … and, for that matter, who will be doing the picking?

The late selections offer just as many mysteries. Bill Belichick is the master wheeler-dealer of the first round's final dozen picks, but with a surprisingly needy roster, he may have to stay put and take the best player available. The 49ers and Seahawks are so good that it may be hard to get better, but chances are they will find a way. And if you feel certain that you know what the Eagles and Chip Kelly are thinking, it is probably a sign that you don't know much about Chip Kelly.

Free agency does not start for nearly a month. The combine is still a week away. Heck, franchise tag slapping season has barely started, and Ray Farmer is probably still resetting all the passwords on Joe Banner's computer. So it's early, but not too early to speculate. From Johnny Football and Jadeveon Clowney to Ra'Shede Hageman and Ha Ha Wintry-Mix -- oops, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix -- here are three different looks at how the first round will shape up.

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Houston Texans

Mike

Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville QB
The Johnny Manziel/Blake Bortles talk in Houston is part wishful thinking by the Texas media and part smokescreen to get the Jaguars or Browns to pony up some picks for a trade. Bill O'Brien is a control-and-discipline oriented coach, and he will be leery of turning his fledgling offense into Johnny Football's Scrambling Circus. And Bortles is a neon sign reading "give us two first-rounders and we're willing to settle." Unless someone wows them with a multi-pick package, the Texans will give O'Brien a quarterback with Aaron Rodgers' skillset to kick-start the new Texans era.

Dan

Teddy Bridgewater
Louisville QB
New coach Bill O'Brien wants his version of Tom Brady. Bridgewater may be the closest thing in this draft in terms of makeup.

Russ

Blake Bortles Central Florida QB With new sheriff Bill O'Brien in town, the Texans are not going to be content trotting out Matt Schaub or Case Keenum at quarterback. Although I believe Johnny Manziel is a more creative player and can salvage plays better than Bortles, he does not have the combination of size, strength in the pocket, arm strength and athleticism that Bortles brings to the table. O'Brien had success coaching Tom Brady and Christian Hackenberg, so it seems he prefers a true pocket passer.
     
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St. Louis Rams

Mike

Greg Robinson
Auburn OT
Jake Long on the left side. Mauling Robinson, with the potential to be an even more powerful version of Jon Runyan, on the right side. Add "offensive line" to the list of categories where the Rams have assembled a playoff-caliber unit. This is what happens when a not-that-bad team gets a crack at a premium draft pick. (Yes, the Redskins are kicking themselves.) If the Rams all grow up at once, everyone will have to be worried, including the Seahawks.

Dan

Greg Robinson
Auburn OT
They might be tempted by Sammy Watkins, but you can't go wrong with a dominant left tackle.

Russ

Jake Matthews Texas A&M OT Rodger Saffold is a free agent and Jake Long may not be ready for training camp after surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered on Dec. 22 against Tampa Bay, so drafting Matthews makes too much sense. He is a technically sound blocker who will be able to start at right tackle immediately, or left tackle if Long is not ready. With both Long and Matthews, the Rams would have two frontline starting tackles to give Sam Bradford the protection he needs.
     
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Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike

Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M QB
With this selection, national interest in watching a Jaguars game increases roughly 9,000 percent. More important, the Jaguars offense gains instant identity and a huge pure talent upgrade.

Dan

Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE
They really need a quarterback, but there are a lot of things they really need, so Dave Caldwell will go with the highest-rated player.

Russ

Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB After swinging and missing on Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars show their willingness to gamble again by drafting another quarterback in the top 10. Although Bridgewater is a little thinner than ideal, he has a quick release, strong arm and shows the poise to make big plays in key situations. While the Jaguars are not a good team, Bridgewater's passing ability should immediately upgrade their offense and help Justin Blackmon become the star he's capable of being.
     
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Cleveland Browns

Mike

Sammy Watkins
Clemson WR
Left out of the Manziel-Bridgewater sweepstakes and unwilling to claim Bortles as a consolation prize, the Browns shift gears to give Mike Pettine and Kyle Shanahan the best young receiving corps in the NFL (Watkins, Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron) and throw their support behind Brian Hoyer for the 2014 season. Hoyer's support within the organization evaporated very recently, but Shanahan can whip up game plans that make the Mike Lombardi pet project look pretty darn good as he rolls out and launches bombs to Watkins and Gordon. Plus, Bill Belichick likes Hoyer, and since he seems to be calling the shots in two organizations these days ...

Dan

Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M QB
Drafting a new owner is against the rules, but Manziel can own Cleveland if he plays like he did at A&M.

Russ

Derek Carr Fresno State QB It seems nearly everyone believes the Browns will select Manziel, but with the new power structure in place, I believe they will lean toward a more traditional, conservative choice in Carr. He possesses the quickest release in the draft, a plus arm and really shined throwing the ball all over the field during Senior Bowl week. If he becomes more confident standing strong in the pocket, Carr has all the physical tools to be a top passer in the NFL.
     
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Oakland Raiders

Mike

Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE
The Raiders haven't had a defender record 10 or more sacks since 2006. Clowney may not be a 10-sack performer, but he is a key ingredient toward developing one, a matchup nightmare who will tie opposing blocking schemes in knots and still get pressure on the quarterback. Assuming he's healthy and motivated (two assumptions the Raiders should never make, but anyway), he's a difference maker the Raiders have lacked for years.

Dan

Sammy Watkins
Clemson WR
A quarterback is a possibility, too. The Raiders have a lot of needs, but even in a new era they still love fast playmakers.

Russ

Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M QB
 
If Al Davis were still alive, I believe he would have traded up to secure Manziel, but in this case the Raiders end up getting him without having to make a move. Although he is not a traditional quarterback, his ability to create something when plays break down and make great throws down the field would certainly add a dimension the Raiders' offense has lacked recently.
     
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Atlanta Falcons

Mike

Darqueze Dennard Michigan State CB The Falcons would love Robinson to fall here, and they will also consider Jake Matthews or a pass rusher. But the makeover of their secondary is underway (Asante Samuel has already been sent packing), and Dennard gives the Falcons a talented, technically sound cornerback they can pair with Desmond Trufant for the next half decade. The Falcons are the one team in the top eight with zero interest in a quarterback, which could make them active traders if a Manziel or Bridgewater slips out of the top five.

Dan

Jake Matthews
Texas A&M OT
They could be tempted by one of the pass rushers, but Matthews is a good value and he fills a need

Russ

Anthony Barr
UCLA DE
Atlanta desperately needs to upgrade its pass rush and likely will have to make a decision between Jadeveon Clowney and Barr. However, considering the Falcons took linebacker Brandon Spikes and tight end Aaron Hernandez off their draft board due to character questions, I think they will lean toward Barr with too high a pick to risk. Barr has rare explosive quickness and speed to threaten the corner. That, combined with his outstanding character, work ethic and desire to improve, makes me believe he has what it takes to improve and become a top pass rusher.  
     
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike

Jake Matthews
Texas A&M OT
Left tackle Donald Penn turns 31 in April and has a high cap number. Matthews is a technically smooth pass blockerwho could push for playing time immediately. Some other mocks will put a quarterback here, but I am unconvinced Bortles or David Carr represents a significant upgrade over Mike Glennon, and I think Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford feel the same way.

Dan

Anthony Barr
UCLA DB
Khalil Mack very well could shoot past Barr, but Barr may be a better scheme fit for Lovie Smith's new defense.

Russ

Jadeveon Clowney
South Carolina DE
When Lovie Smith was the head coach in Chicago, the Bears signed unrestricted free-agent Julius Peppers to a huge contract; Clowney reminds me a ton of Peppers. He has the length, thick build, excellent strength and uncommon athleticism for a big man. If he can be motivated to play hard and be aggressive on every snap, he has the talent to be a Hall of Fame defender. Current defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers have been disappointments, and the Buccaneers need to upgrade their pass rush.
     
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Minnesota Vikings

Mike

Derek Carr
Fresno State QB
Carr represents a clear upgrade over the Christian Ponder/Matt Cassel/Josh Freeman three-headed pea shooter. Carr has the big arm the Vikings have lacked for years, so he can stretch the defense for Adrian Peterson. He inherits a pocket-passer friendly system in Minnesota: Peterson keeps the defense as honest as a country parson, the Greg Jennings/Cordarelle Patterson/Kyle Rudolph receiving corps challenges the secondary on multiple levels and, for all his shortcomings, offensive coordinator Norv Turner nurtures young players and instills fundamentals.

Dan

Khalil Mack
Buffalo LB
Blake Bortles or another QB may fit, but the Vikings can't pass up playmakers. They will take a potential impact player like Mack.

Russ

Khalil Mack
Buffalo DE

Veteran defensive end Jared Allen is a free agent, as is fellow defensive end Everson Griffen, so the Vikings need to address their pass rush. Although he played in the MAC, against Ohio State Mack proved he can dominate the best opponents and should step right in and start at defensive end for the Vikings. In addition to being a top pass rusher, Mack brings versatility to lineup as a linebacker in different alignments.

     
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Buffalo Bills

Mike

Eric Ebron
North Carolina TE
The Bills already have several pieces of what could become the NFL's fastest offense in place. Ebron gives them a long, lean seam-stretcher in the middle of the field. Send Ebron, Steve Johnson and Marquise Goodwin on vertical routes, and not only will EJ Manuel have plenty of bomb targets, but every C.J. Spiller draw play becomes a frolic through the open countryside.

Dan

Taylor Lewan
Michigan OT
If they want to develop EJ Manuel, they have to start by getting him some protection.

Russ

Greg Robinson Auburn OT If young quarterback EJ Manuel is going to develop, he needs better protection. Robinson gives the Bills a good right tackle in 2014. With Cordy Glenn developing into a top left tackle, Robinson could give the Bills a pair of bookend offensive tackles to protect Manuel for the next decade. Not many massive offensive tackles move as easily on their feet as Robinson. Combine that with his strength to dominate and torque defenders off their feet, and he has all the tools to be a frontline player.
     
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Detroit Lions

Mike

Justin Gilbert
Oklahoma State CB
New defensive coordinator Teryl Austin is a former secondary coach who developed Cary Williams, Corey Graham and others for the Super Bowl Ravens two years ago. He knows the best way to upgrade the Lions defense is to get better at cornerback. Second-year defender Darius Slay will be his first project; Gilbert, a Williams type with great size and tools but a lot to learn, can be his second.

Dan

C.J. Mosley
Alabama LB
He could be really good playing behind that defensive front. Might the Lions be tempted by Mike Evans?

Russ

Sammy Watkins
Clemson WR
The Lions have made it clear that for their team to succeed, quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to become a more consistent passer. Giving him another premier receiver works into that plan. Watkins explodes to full speed in a flash, has the strength and running style to break tackles and the elite speed to out-run angles and take plays the distance. Combined with his ability to catch any pass thrown his way, Watkins would give the Lions two game-changing receivers.
     
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Tennessee Titans

Mike

Blake Bortles
Central Florida QB
For the record, I don't think much of Bortles as a prospect. But I also think Ken Whisenhunt has awful taste in quarterbacks. So this selection makes perfect sense.

Dan

Blake Bortles
Central Florida QB
A tackle such as Cyrus Kouandjio also could be logical, but the Titans likely will be looking for a quarterback to take over from Jake Locker.

Russ

Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State CB Alterraun Verner is a free agent and is not expected to return, so Tennessee reaches out and selects Gilbert who has been an impact corner at Oklahoma State. It is hard to find athletic cornerbacks who are willing to play physical and hit, which is why Gilbert is so highly sought after and will fit in well in the Titans' defense. 
     
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New York Giants

Mike

Marqise Lee
USC WR
It's hard to get excited about a new Packers-flavored Ben McAdoo offense when looking at old Giants-flavored Kevin Gilbride receivers. (Except for Victor Cruz, of course.) Lee gives McAdoo a traditional all-purpose receiver to replace free-agent Hakeem Nicks, allowing Cruz to continue doing his best work from the slot. Give Rueben Randle another year to develop and add another receiver, a few tight ends and a healthy running back or two, and the Giants offense will look pretty sharp!

Dan

Darqueze Dennard
Michigan State CB
There still is some question as to whether Dennard or Justin Gilbert will be the first corner taken. Either could fit here.

Russ

Eric Ebron North Carolina TE

Victor Cruz has already established himself as a star while youngsters Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan showed a lot of potential in 2013, but quarterback Eli Manning still struggled with consistency. Adding a tall tight end who can stretch the field down the seam, make tough catches and is a legit big-play weapon after the catch would give Manning the middle-of-the-field presence he desperately needs. If they get Ebron, do not be surprised to see Manning have the best season of his career in 2014. 

     
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St. Louis Rams

Mike

Khalil Mack
Buffalo LB
Mack will probably be gone before this spot; someone will trade up if the early teams are too quarterback-hungry to grab him. Mack is also not a natural fit in Jeff Fisher's scheme, though he is enough of a traditional outside linebacker (as opposed to 3-4 pass rusher) to make it work, and Fisher would be happy to accommodate a player of his talent. If Mack joins the Rams defense, they will record 60 sacks, and the Rams might even finish .500.

Dan

Mike Evans
Texas A&M WR
If they took Watkins with the second pick, they could go OT here. Marqise Lee also is a possibility.

Russ

Mike Evans Texas A&M WR Sam Bradford has to step up and prove he is the Rams' quarterback of the future in 2014 and Evans would make that much easier. Although Evans does not show the elite playing speed to get deep separation against fast cornerbacks, his size, strength, hands and use of his body to shield defenders gives him the tools to be an impact receiver. With no established receivers on St. Louis' roster, Evans could really help some of its young receivers by becoming the primary focus of the passing attack.
     
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Chicago Bears

Mike

Aaron Donald
Pittsburgh DT
After allowing 2,583 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns, the Bears need a dose of toughness and intensity in the middle of the defensive line. Some talent won't hurt, either. Donald has all three. He lacks size for a traditional run stuffer, but girth is easier to come by in later rounds. Donald's mix of power, pass rush ability and intensity is much harder to find.

Dan

Louis Nix
Notre Dame DT
Some think Timmy Jernigan would be a better scheme fit, but Nix is versatile enough to play in any scheme.

Russ

Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota DT Franchise defensive tackle Henry Melton, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left ACL, is a free agent, so the Bears need to address their defensive line struggles. Hageman has the size/length combination that is hard to find in such an athletic defensive lineman. He has the quickness to penetrate gaps and disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage and the strength to jolt and drive blockers upright and backward. Even if Melton returns,Hageman is worth selecting here, as the combination of Melton and Hageman would give the Bears a dominating interior defensive line.
     
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Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Alabama S
Clinton-Dix replaces Ryan Clark, gets on-the-job training from Troy Polamalu and lowers the average age of Steelers starting defensive backs to 43.5.

Dan

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Alabama S
They probably would like for Nix to fall to them. If he doesn't, the Steelers could get a successor to Troy Polamalu in the secondary.

Russ

Zack Martin Notre Dame OT

The Steelers offensive line has been an issue for a number of years, leading to massive offensive struggles. Martin is a thickly built offensive tackle with the footwork and overall technique to excel blocking on the edge. While it will surprise many that we have him being drafted before Cyrus Kouandjio and Taylor Lewan, the reality is Martin is a smoother, more consistent player

     
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Baltimore Ravens

Mike

Taylor Lewan
Michgan OT
The transition to a Gary Kubiak-style, zone-blocking offense begins with Lewan, an exceptionally quick tackle with the lateral mobility to lead lots and lots of stretch runs.

Dan

Eric Ebron
North Carolina TE
They will look hard at the wide receivers and could go that route. But Ebron might help Joe Flacco as much as any wide receiver.

Russ

Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama OT

The Ravens are expected to try and re-sign offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and will lose Michael Oher in free agency, so the chance to add Kouandjio at right tackle makes too much sense. The Ravens offensive line struggled with consistency throughout 2013 and Kouandjio brings athleticism and strength that would work well in their new offensive system. 

     
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Dallas Cowboys

Mike

David Yankey
Stanford OG
Their inability to find a pair of decent guards -- the easiest position on the field to adequately fill -- was one of the funniest elements of last season's Cowboys comic opera. Yankey is the best guard in the draft class and arrives ready to play, but for the second year in a row, the Cowboys will reach to acquire a very good player at a position where pretty good plays are available on Day 3.

Dan

Timmy Jernigan
Florida State DT
An edge rusher or safety also would fit, but the Cowboys need some help on defense.

Russ

C.J. Mosley 
Alabama LB
While the Cowboys would like to draft an edge pass rusher for their 4-3 defense, there is not an elite one left on board, so they grab the versatile Mosley who will step in and star next to Sean Lee in 2014. While not a premier athlete, Mosley is a good athlete with great instincts who is consistently around the ball making plays. 
     
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New York Jets

Mike

Kelvin Benjamin
Florida State WR
The Jets need to re-conceptualize their receiving corps. Raw but huge and very toolsy, Benjamin has both big-play potential and the skills to be a possession workhorse. He appears to be a good bad-ball vacuum cleaner, which will help in New York. 

Dan

Marqise Lee
USC WR
This is a good value pick for the jets, and Lee also would fill a big hole. Justin Gilbert also makes sense.

Russ

Marqise Lee USC WR If not for struggling with injuries during the 2013 season, Lee may well have been a top-five pick in the draft, so the Jets get great value. Lee is a dynamic receiver who can change games with the ball in his hands and I believe he will help Geno Smith's development.
     
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Miami Dolphins

Mike

Zack Martin
Notre Dame OT
This physically and mentally tough lineman will probably start his career at right tackle but can play anywhere but center. The Dolphins need about three of him, which is why about 95 percent of the mock drafts I peeked at (after finishing this one!) had Martin going in this slot.

Dan

Zack Martin
Notre Dame OT
He is what the Dolphins need, both in terms of what he could bring them physically and intangibly. It almost makes too much sense that they'll pick him.

Russ

Taylor Lewan Michigan OT It looks like Jonathan Martin will not be back in 2014 and Bryant McKinnie is nearing the end of a long career, so Lewan is a perfect fit for the Dolphins. If McKinnie plays at a high level this season, Lewan can start at right tackle while adjusting to the NFL and then could take over at left tackle when McKinnie calls it a career.
     
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Arizona Cardinals

Mike

Dee Ford
Auburn DE/LB
The Cardinals suffered numerous injuries among their pass rushers last year, and Todd Bowles can never have too many of them. Putting Ford and Tyrann Mathieu on the same field will be like releasing a zoo's entire small predator exhibit into a playground.

Dan

Cyrus Kouandjio
Alabama OT
This should bring a smile to Carson Palmer. Given Kouandjio's ability and potential, he could be a great pick at No. 20.

Russ

Jace Amaro Texas Tech TE Carson Palmer is not getting any younger, and with receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, the Cardinals have the outside weapons, but Jace Amaro would add another dimension to their offense. With an elite defense, adding another offensive weapon should give the Cardinals the firepower to compete with the Seahawks and 49ers.
     
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Green Bay Packers

Mike

Anthony Barr
UCLA LB
Barr is a great fit here, but like Bell, he probably won't last this long. Rex Ryan, for example, could see him sitting there at 18 and say "screw the offense." If Barr does linger, the Packers get a perfect bookend to Clay Matthews: a Mike Vrabel-type of all-purpose outside linebacker who can rush the passer or drop into coverage to take opportunities away from quarterbacks on the run.

Dan

Stephon Tuitt
Notre Dame DE
They really need a tight end and a safety, but Tuitt might be a smarter choice here. Ted Thompson does not like to reach to fill a hole.

Russ

Timmy Jernigan
Florida State DT
With B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett free agents and the Packers' defense struggling with consistency in 2013, it is clear there will be changes on their defensive line. Jernigan is not the huge man the Packers are used to, but he has the explosiveness, speed and power that could really add playmaking ability to their defense.
     
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Philadelphia Eagles

Mike

Mike Evans
Texas A&M WR
A replacement for Riley Cooper, who is likely to depart as a free agent. Evans is Cooper-like: tall, fluid, able to stretch for the ball and a little temperamental. He's raw, but he will win matchups against exhausted, confused defenders on Chip Kelly's non-stop elliptical runner. The Eagles have a greater need at safety, but Kelly grooves to his own beat.

Dan

Justin Gilbert
Oklahoma State CB
The Eagles also could go for a wide receiver, as there still may be some good ones on the board. They really need help on defense, though.

Russ

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Alabama S
The back-end of the Eagles defense was not up to par in 2013 and while Clinton-Dix is not an elite prospect, he is a long, versatile safety who will help them in coverage. He has the instincts, quickness and speed to get out to the sideline to help with over-the-top coverage and can cover tight ends in man coverage. He will need to become a more consistent open-field tackler in the NFL.
     
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Kansas City Chiefs

Mike

Ra'Shede Hageman,  Minnesota DT The Chiefs need a receiver, but if Evans and Benjamin have left the board, they will not reach down to the next tier. Andy Reid never needs an excuse to draft linemen, and Hageman will be a nasty disruptor next to Dontari Poe as Bob Sutton deploys his array of blitz-happy 2-3-6 personnel packages.

Dan

Odell Beckham Jr.
LSU WR
Don't be surprised to see him shoot up the charts after his workouts. He could be a nice complement to Dwayne Bowe.

Russ

Odell Beckham Jr.
LSU WR

With no established receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs need to find another offensive weapon and Beckham fills the hole. With great hands, Beckham consistently shows the ability to make spectacular catches seem routine and is a special runner in the open field after the catch and as a returner. He could really open up the Chiefs offense with the creative Andy Reid overseeing their passing attack.

     
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Cincinnati Bengals

Mike

Kyle Van Noy
BYU LB
The Bengals are the first team on the clock that can legitimately play the "best available athlete" game, unless you count the Raiders, who need 10 or 15 of the best available athletes. They signed James Harrison and drafted Marques Hunt last year in a search for a blitz linebacker/third-and-long end to put their pass rush over the top. Harrison is old, Hunt is an extended-range project and defensive end Michael Johnson is a free agent. Van Noy can provide instant impact as a package player, soften the blow of Johnson's potential loss and ease into Harrison's role.

Dan

Bradley Roby
Ohio State CB
If the top two corners are taken, the Bengals could look in their own backyard and find a fit.

Russ

Chris Smith
Arkansas DE
One of the few teams without glaring holes, the Bengals will likely lose defensive end Michael Johnson in free agency, so finding a pass rusher to replace him will be a priority. Looking at the defensive ends on the Bengals' roster, nearly all of them are 260+ pounds, which is why I believe Smith, who shined at the Senior Bowl, will get the nod over Dee Ford here. 
     
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San Diego Chargers

Mike

Jason Verrett
TCU CB
The Chargers allowed 4,387 passing yards last year and a 66.4 opponent's completion percentage. They need cornerbacks, plural. Verrett is a little overvalued in this slot but a need pick. He is NFL game ready, relatively solid in man or zone coverage and has some big-play capability, which the Chargers secondary really needs.

Dan

Jace Amaro
Texas Tech TE
The Chargers could use some help on defense, but it might be tough to pass up a potential successor to Antonio Gates.

Russ

Kyle Van Noy BYU OLB The Chargers shocked many by making the playoffs with defense that lacked a consistent pass rush. In the coming season, Melvin Ingram will be a force, and drafting Van Noy to play outside linebacker opposite him should give the Chargers two explosive edge pass rushers to start the season.
     
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Cleveland Browns

Mike

Zach Mettenberger LSU QB Time for a Browns-outsmart-themselves pick. Mettenberger is an exceptional developmental project, and the Browns can extend Hoyer's internship while Mettenberger recovers from an ACL injury. The Browns then enter 2015 with a top prospect completely versed in their offense and a journeyman who has either proven worthy of another year in the mentor program or can be cheaply jettisoned. Of course, the Browns will have a new coach and general manager by then, and the newcomers will probably be eager to start a Matt Cassel/Braxton Miller controversy. This whole scenario is rendered moot if the Bengals decide Mettenberger is the perfect solution to the Andy Dalton dilemma.

Dan

Brandin Cooks
Oregon State WR
The Browns were overly reliant on Josh Gordon last year, and their offense could take off if it had more balance.

Russ

David Yankey Stanford OG With center Alex Mack expected to be tough to retain, the Browns' interior offensive line needs to be addressed. Having started at left tackle and guard throughout his college career, Yankey has the athleticism, smarts and technique to start at any interior offensive line position and should start at either guard or center in 2014.
     
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New Orleans Saints

Mike

C.J. Mosley
Alabama LB
Not a need pick, but a great value. Mosely starts his career as a package replacement for David Hawthorne, giving Rob Ryan a missile at inside linebacker who he can deploy as a gap penetrator. Curtis Lofton is due a $4 million roster bonus in 2015, and the Saints have to be cap conscious, so a Cadillac contingency plan makes sense. The Saints also need to get much younger on offense, but they will not reach if talented fits like Ebron and Benjamin are gone.

Dan

Antonio Richardson
Tennessee OT
The need is obvious. The only question is if the Saints like the massive Richardson enough to take him this high.

Russ

Dee Ford
Auburn OLB
The Saints defense made strides during the 2013 season as it adjusted to the new 34 scheme, but it needs to generate more outside pressure. Ford was an impact pass rusher throughout his career at Auburn and had a dominant week at the Senior Bowl, which showed he can be an immediately productive pass rusher from the outside linebacker alignment in their defensive scheme.
     
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Carolina Panthers

Mike

Calvin Pryor
Louisville S
He is an active all-purpose safety with great ball skills, some blitz capability and pretty good instincts for a junior. The Panthers have talent to burn on the first two levels of their defense but need a serious upgrade on the third. If the Eagles grab Pryor, and Clinton-Dix is long gone, the Panthers will shift into best-available mode.

Dan

Calvin Pryor
Louisville S
The Panthers really need a young wide receiver, but they can get that later. Pryor could make a great defense greater.

Russ

Allen Robinson
Penn State WR
Receiver Steve Smith has been an incredible player for the Panthers for a long time, but he is near the end of a great career and the Panthers need another receiver. Robinson is a big, well-built receiver with excellent hands who constantly makes big runs after the catch. I think he can help Smith give Newton more big-play offensive weapons.
     
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New England Patriots

Mike

Louis Nix
Notre Dame DT
An heir apparent to Vince Wilfork, Nix can start his career in a deep defensive tackle rotation while developing his technique and conditioning. A knee injury may scare off teams that have a more immediate need in the middle.

Dan

Allen Robinson
Penn State WR
Many suspect they will select a tight end, which they really could use. But there may not be one worth the 29th pick.

Russ

Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame DE The Patriots' defensive line has fallen off over the years as their three former first-round picks, Richard Seymour, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork, have moved on and gotten older. Tuitt has the height, length, bulk and solid athleticism to be a versatile defensive lineman in the Patriots' multi-front defensive scheme. 
     
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San Francisco 49ers

Mike

Morgan Moses
Virginia OT
The 49ers do not draft for current needs, because THE 49ERS DO NOT HAVE CURRENT NEEDS. Actually, wide receiver depth would be nice. And free agency is going to reshape their secondary. But no matter: The 49ers have a bench full of developmental youngsters to sort through at their need positions, allowing them to speculate for talent instead of filling holes. Moses showed a fine mix of athleticism and technique at the Senior Bowl, and while he is not the pile-driving prototype of a 49ers lineman, his quickness and pass protection potential make him a high-upside, long-term investment. With so few needs, the 49ers have the flexibility to trade up if they have a hankering for Clinton-Dix or some other immediate contributor.

Dan

Kelvin Benjamin
Florida State WR
The 49ers also could go for help up front on defense. Benjamin gives them something they don't have, however.

Russ

Darqueze Dennard
Michigan State CB
Veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers is 32 , while Chris Culliver is the only other quality cornerback on the roster, and he is not elite. Dennard is a smooth and fluid athlete with great ball skills and has the size, strength and willingness to play physical and hit, which fits the 49ers defensive scheme perfectly.
     
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Kony Ealy
Missouri DE
While other late-round teams can speculate, the Broncos are in one-player-away mode and must find an immediate upgrade. Combine Ealy with Von Miller, and the Broncos have a pass rush tandem that can take pressure off their offense and smooth the path for one last Super Bowl run.

Dan

Kony Ealy
Missouri DE
Lot of ways the Broncos could go, including OL, WR or CB. But you can't go wrong helping the front seven.

Russ

Bashaud Breeland Clemson CB Champ Bailey is no longer an elite cornerback and may not return to team if he does not take a big pay cut, Chris Harris is recovering from a torn ACL and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent, so the Broncos secondary is in flux. Breeland is a very athletic cornerback who enjoys playing physical and really steps out and shines in tight man coverage. He would be a good addition to their secondary and could contribute right away. He has the talent to be a top coverage man in time.
     
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Seattle Seahawks

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins
 
Washington TE
More a gargantuan receiver than a prototypical tight end, Seferian-Jenkins provides one more matchup headache for an offense full of them. Worried about the Beast Mode power run, the read option, the Percy Harvin screen and two wide receivers sprinting deep? Here's a side dish of 6-foot-6, 280-pound tight end who can run and catch. Enjoy. See you next February.

Dan

Davante Adams
Fresno State WR
Doug Baldwin says their current receivers aren't very good, so here's one to add to the mix.

Russ

Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington TE When the 2014 season begins, the Seahawks should have Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice healthy giving them dangerous outside weapons. Adding Seferian-Jenkins would give them a tight end who can make impact plays as a receiver, and his run blocking is an added bonus. He would give Russell Wilson a big target over the middle.