Houston Texans: Andrew Jackson, ILB, Western Kentucky
The Texans could use a run-stuffing inside linebacker to go with Brian Cushing.
Jackson (6-1, 254) was one of the most physical players in college football as he constantly laid the wood on linemen and ball-carriers. Jackson is a thumper of a linebacker. He has good instincts and some quickness, but his pass coverage is going to be the big issue that makes him a two-down linebacker.
In 2013, Jackson recorded 95 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and two passes broken up. He totaled 122 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and four forced fumbles the year before. Jackson recorded 109 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 2011.
Washington Redskins: Christian Kirksey, OLB/ILB, Iowa
Washington needs to add some competitors to find a replacement for London Fletcher.
Kirksey had a solid career at Iowa and was part of an excellent linebacking corps for the Hawkeyes. He had 110 tackles with a sack, two forced fumbles, three passes broken up and an interception as a sophomore in 2011. Kirksey followed that up with 95 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble and two interceptions in his junior campaign. As a senior, he had 86 tackles with one forced fumble and one interception.
Kirksey (6-2, 233) had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl. He was fast, physical and tough. Kirksey did well in the pass-coverage and blitzing one-on-ones. He really helped himself in Mobile, but was unable to work out during the Combine.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Crocket Gilmore, TE, Colorado State
The Jaguars may move on from Marcedes Lewis before long, so it makes sense to add some tight end depth.
Gilmore (6-6, 260) was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, but he made up for lost time by impressing in practice and the actual game. Gilmore is a good blocker who flashed some receiving ability. He caught 43 passes for 533 yards and two scores in 2013 and 19 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns the year before. In his first two seasons, Gilmore spent time at defensive end and tight end.
Cleveland Browns: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn
The Browns could draft multiple cornerbacks.
Davis became part of college football history with his 109-yard field goal return for a touchdown to knock off undefeated Alabama and send Auburn to the SEC Championship. On the other hand, Florida State had success throwing against him in the National Championship. Davis later struggled at the Senior Bowl as he was all over receivers. If Davis doesn't change that, he'll be flagged often in the NFL. Davis totaled 74 tackles with 15 passes broken up and zero interceptions in 2013. He averaged 20 yards per punt return.
Houston Texans: Wes Johnson, OT, Vanderbilt
The Texans get some offensive line competition with a player who can play inside and outside.
Johnson (6-5, 290) is an undersized, but versatile, offensive lineman. He played well in 2013, including a good performance against South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Johnson started at center, guard and tackle in his career and played left tackle in 2013. He would be better off in the NFL playing on the inside.
Atlanta Falcons: Spencer Long, G, Nebraska
The Falcons grab some offensive line talent.
Long (6-5, 320) played well for Nebraska in 2013 before going down with a torn ACL. He could be a steal in the 2014 NFL Draft, as he was a potential top-100 selection before the injury. The senior didn't work out at the Combine. Long was solid for Nebraska in 2012 with improved pass protection. He was a tough run-blocker who had a lot of success opening up holes in the ground game. The former walk-on was an All-Big Ten performer in a breakout sophomore season in 2011.
Chicago Bears: Stephen Morris, QB, Miami
The Bears grab a backup quarterback.
Morris (6-1, 208) took over as Miami's starting quarterback in 2012 and had a quality debut. The junior completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,345 yards with 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He flashed some nice throwing ability with a quality arm.
Morris completed 61 percent of his passes in 2013 for 2,868 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. At the Senior Bowl, he didn't impress.
Pick change; previously Jonathan Brown, OLB
Minnesota Vikings: Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State
The Vikings double up at quarterback. Christian Ponder could get cut before the season.
The other quarterback prospects at the East-West Shrine were more high profile, but Wenning (6-3, 218) showed that he had a better skill set than most of them. He has a strong arm and fired some fastballs into tight windows. Wenning isn't a dual-threat quarterback, but he threw the ball with great velocity. In 2013, Wenning completed 64 percent of his passes for 4,148 yards with 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Gallon, WR, Michigan
The Bucs grab another receiving weapon.
Gallon was a massive play-maker for Michigan in 2013. He had 184 yards against Notre Dame and 369 yards on 14 receptions against Indiana. The senior recorded 89 receptions for 1,373 yards and nine touchdowns for the year. Gallon would be ranked higher if he weren't so undersized. For the NFL, Gallon could compete as a slot receiver to stretch a defense vertically. He had a solid Combine.
In 2012, Gallon recorded 49 receptions for 829 yards with four touchdowns. He had 31 catches for 453 yards and three scores as a sophomore.
Tennessee Titans: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern
The Titans add a speed back to go with their power workhorse from this mock draft, Jeremy Hill.
McKinnon played quarterback in college, but will move to running back in the NFL. He ran for 1,050 yards as a senior with 12 touchdowns in 2013. McKinnon had 125 yards on nine attempts against Florida to help lead Georgia Southern to a legendary upset.
McKinnon was tremendous at the Combine. He led the running backs in the bench press with 32 reps while also flying in the Combine. McKinnon was second among the running backs to only Kent State's Dri Archer in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.41 seconds. He tied Archer for the fastest 10-yard split at 1.46 seconds.
New York Giants: Hakeem Smith, S, Louisville
The Giants could use some depth at safety with Will Hill's never-ending off-the-field issues.
Smith notched a total of 45 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions in 2013. He had another solid season for Louisville in 2012. The junior recorded 73 tackles, seven passes broken up and a forced fumble, but zero interceptions. Smith was a First-Team All-Big East selection in 2011. The sophomore had a big impact for Louisville's defense, totaling 84 tackles with nine passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception.
St. Louis Rams: Xavier Grimble, TE, USC
The Rams grab a tight end to back up Jared Cook. Lance Kendricks has been a bust.
An ankle injury held back Grimble in his final collegiate season. In 2013, he dragged down 25 receptions for 271 yards with two scores. Grimble made his presence felt with a solid 2012 season. He hauled in 29 receptions for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Grimble (6-4, 257) showcased some impressive, natural receiving ability. Beyond that, he has quickness and athleticism. Grimble should improve his blocking ability, but he could have starting potential for the NFL.
Detroit Lions: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
The Lions could use some running back depth considering the injury history for Reggie Bush.
Gaffney was a backup in 2009-2011 before getting his opportunity to be the starter in 2013. With Stepfan Taylor in the NFL, Gaffney was the featured back for the Cardinal. Gaffney carried Stanford's running-based offense behind a superb offensive line. He ran for 1,709 yards on 330 carries for the second-best single-season total in Stanford history. Gaffney ran for 21 touchdowns. Through the air, he caught 15 passes for 86 yards and a score.
Gaffney is a tough, physical runner who picks up yards after contact. He has some quickness to him, but isn't a speed back.
Miami Dolphins: Ron Powell, OLB, Florida
The Dolphins add some linebacker depth. They could especially use it if they trade Dion Jordan.
Powell (6-3, 237) started the 2013 season well after missing 2012 with an ACL injury. He notched 26 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and four sacks for the year, but his collegiate career fell far short of expectations.
Powell was the No. 1 recruit in the nation in 2010, but recorded just 25 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack as a freshman. Late in 2011, it looked like the light bulb had finally turned on for Powell, who showed some of the excellent speed and play-making ability off the edge that had made him so coveted. He recorded four sacks in the final six games and was consistently pressuring the quarterback. Powell finished his second season with 32 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, six sacks and a forced fumble.
Chicago Bears: De'Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
The Bears grab another offensive weapon and a replacement for Devin Hester.
Thomas recorded only 96 carries for 594 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013 along with 22 receptions for 246 yards and a score. After an ankle injury, the junior was fazed out of the offense despite beingperhaps the fastest player in college football.
Thomas ran for 701 yards (7.6 average) and 11 touchdowns in 2012. The sophomore also caught 45 passes for 455 yards and five scores. Thomas averaged 24 yards per kick return and 17 yards per punt return on special teams, too. He took back both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown.
Though Thomas only received 55 carries in 2011, he averaged 10.8 yards per carry and totaled 595 yards with seven touchdowns. Thomas was also used as a wide receiver. He hauled in 46 passes for 605 yards and nine touchdowns. The true freshman also got in on kick returns, averaging 27 yards per return and taking two back for touchdowns.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky
The Steelers grab some running back depth.
Andrews was extremely productive for Western Kentucky during the past two seasons. The senior averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2013 for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. The previous season, he ran for 1,684 yards with 11 touchdowns (5.5 average). Andrews also showed that he has receiving ability with 41 catches for 478 yards in 2013 and 37 receptions for 432 yards and three touchdowns the year before.
Andrews had some ball-security issues in college. He was solid at the Senior Bowl, but disappointed at the Combine.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tevin Reese, WR, Baylor
Andy Reid gets more depth at receiver.
Reese was well on his way to 2013 being his best season of a good collegiate career before having to undergo wrist surgery. Across his first seven games this year, he caught 33 passes for 824 yards with eight touchdowns.
Reese was the secondary receiver to Terrance Williams in 2012, but Reese still caught 53 passes for 957 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2011, he was the third receiver behind Williams and Kendall Wright. With Robert Griffin III at quarterback, Reese caught 51 passes for 877 yards and seven scores. He had 45 receptions for 401 yards as a freshman.
Pick change; previously Stephen Morris, QB
Baltimore Ravens: Max Bullough, ILB, Michigan State
Baltimore gets some depth at inside linebacker, and sources have said that the Ravens love Bullough.
Bullough (6-3, 249) recorded 76 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two passes broken up in 2013. He was a big presence and leader for one of the best defenses in the nation.
Bullough is a good run-stuffer, but he will need to improve his pass coverage for the NFL. He was selected by the coaches as a First-Team All-Big Ten linebacker in 2012 after totaling 111 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble. Bullough was a Second-Team All-Big Ten pick for his 2011 season. He led the Spartans with 89 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks.
New York Jets: Trevor Reilly, DE, Utah
The Jets grab some pass-rushing depth.
Reilly (6-5, 255) played linebacker and defensive end for Utah. For the NFL, he could play either position, but would need to add more weight for defensive end. The senior recorded 100 tackles with 8.5 sacks, 16 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble this season.
Reilly notched 69 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four passes batted and three forced fumbles in 2012. In 2011, he picked up 47 tackles, five sacks and four forced fumbles.
Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Brown, OLB/ILB, Illinois
Some feel the Cardinals could draft a linebacker early. They could use some depth given Daryl Washington's status.
Brown (6-0, 238) was a big-time play-maker for Illinois in 2011. The sophomore was impossible to ignore when watching the Illini. Brown recorded 108 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, six sacks, four passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception. He showed a special combination of speed and instincts.
Brown had a disappointing 2012 season with 59 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass batted and one forced fumble. In 2013, Brown largely looked like the 2011 version of himself. The senior amassed 119 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four passes batted, an interception, a forced fumble and four sacks.
Pick change; previously Tevin Reese, WR
Green Bay Packers: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame
The Packers grab a project who could develop into a contributing edge rusher. They've shown interest in Shembo.
Shembo totaled 48 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2013. He had a big game against Arizona State with three sacks, but wasn't consistent this season. Shembo had a decent performanes at the East-West Shrine and the Combine. He totaled 51 tackles with 10.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks.
New England Patriots: Mike Davis, WR, Texas
The Patriots grab some wide receiver depth.
In 2013, Davis (6-0, 197) played well for Texas with 51 receptions for 727 yards and eight touchdowns. He could have produced more in his Longhorns career if they had had better quarterback play. As a junior, Davis recorded 57 receptions for 939 yards and seven scores. He put up some production as a sophomore (45-609) and freshman (47-478).
Cincinnati Bengals: Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State
The Bengals grab some safety depth with Zimmerman, who they have shown interest in.
In 2013, Zimmerman totaled 75 tackles with three interceptions and four passes broken up. He was an impact-making player over all three of his seasons at Kansas State. Zimmerman started 12 games in 2010 as a freshman and totaled 74 tackles, four tackles for a loss, three interceptions and three passes broken up. He recorded 58 tackles with five passes broken up and two interceptions in 2011. 2012 was Zimmerman's best season as he snagged five interceptions to go along with 50 tackles and two passes defensed.
Zimmerman isn't the biggest or fastest safety, but he has good instincts and is intelligent.
Kansas City Chiefs: Khairi Fortt, ILB, California
The Chiefs grab an inside linebacker for depth.
In 2013, Fortt had 64 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss, .5 sacks, zero passes broken up and zero interceptions. He would probably fit best as an inside linebacker in a 3-4. Fortt had a quality performance at the Combine.
San Diego Chargers: Morgan Breslin, DE/OLB, USC
The Chargers could use some pass-rushing help. They've shown interest in Breslin.
The junior college product Breslin had a breakout year for USC in 2012, his first season on campus. He totaled 62 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, four passes batted and a forced fumble. Breslin missed the 2013 opener against Hawaii with a foot injury and later missed another game before a season-ending injury in late October. He racked up 4.5 sacks, eight tackles for a loss and 15 tackles in his abbreviated year.
The biggest issue keeping Breslin (6-2, 250) out of the first round is his size. He is a tweener defensive end/outside linebacker.
Pick change; previously Jeff Janis, WR
New Orleans Saints: Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
The Saints are one of the few teams that uses a fullback, so it makes sense for New Orleans to draft the best fullback to come into the NFL in many years.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Millard is an outstanding lead blocker and is very powerful at the point of attack. He can create holes with hits on linebackers. Millard was a tremendous blocker in college and showed the ability to contribute to double-teams against Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.
Millard can also make an impact as a short-yardage runner and is phenomenal receiver out of the backfield. He played well in 2013, but his season ended with a torn ACL against Texas Tech. Prior to that injury, sources said that Millard would be a second-day pick.
Millard performed well as a lead blocker in 2012 and was an under-utilized weapon as a ball-carrier. He recorded 33 carries for 198 yards and 30 receptions for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
Indianapolis Colts: Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
The Colts add a young backup quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck won't play forever.
Renner (6-3, 228) is a smart quarterback who is a good game-manager. The senior completed 66 percent of his passes in 2013 for 1,765 yards with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Renner completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,356 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2012. He is a pocket passer who has a decent arm and is generally a good decision-maker.
Renner had a quality debut in 2011. The first-year starter completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,086 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Renner took too many sacks (26) that season, but was better as a junior and senior.
Carolina Panthers: Kareem Edwards, G/OT, Tennessee State
The Panthers grab more offensive line competition.
Edwards (6-4, 313) competed at the Senior Bowl. He flashed some ability, but also had some struggles against the better competition. Edwards had a good collegiate career at Tennessee State and looks like he could have the athleticism to play at the next level. Edwards could be better off moving inside to center.
Pick change; previously Ricardo Allen, CB
Jacksonville Jaguars: David Fales, QB, San Jose State
The Jaguars need multiple quarterbacks and coached Fales at the Senior Bowl.
Fales started out his collegiate career at Nevada in 2009. Things didn't work out there, so he transfered to community college. Fales excelled at the lower level before enrolling at San Jose State and becoming the starter in 2012. He completed 72.5 percent of his passes for 4,193 yards with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Fales completed 64 percent of his passes in 2013 for 4,189 yards with 33 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Fales doesn't possess a strong arm, and his completion percentage was inflated by a short, quick-passing offense. While he isn't a dual-threat quarterback, he has some mobility to move in the pocket.
New England Patriots: Michael Schofield, OT/G, Michigan
The Patriots could use talent and competition on the offensive line.
Schofield was a solid right tackle for Michigan in 2013 and improved his play over previous seasons. Schofield started at right tackle and left guard during his college career. Right tackle looks like his most natural fit. Entering the next level, Schofield's run blocking is ahead of his pass protection. He had some problems with speed rushers at the Senior Bowl.
Denver Broncos: Michael Sam, OLB, Missouri
Denver grabs some pass-rushing depth.
Sam was a breakout performer for the Tigers in 2013 with 11.5 sacks. He also notched 48 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and two passes broken up. Sam returned a fumble for a touchdown in Missouri's upset win over Georgia. He dominated with three-sack games against Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Florida. The senior was shut down by Tennessee's tough offensive line.
In 2012, Sam recorded 22 tackles with 4.5 sacks, seven tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles. He had 1.5 sacks as sophomore and 3.5 sacks as a freshman. For the NFL, Sam would probably fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Seattle Seahawks: Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
The Seahawks could use some more depth on the defensive line after losing some veterans in free agency.
Wisconsin got a good senior season out of Allen as he was a tough run-defender at the point of attack. Allen had 20 tackles with two tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. He could be a nose tackle in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense in the NFL. Allen (6-3, 325) broke into the starting lineup as a junior and was a solid run-stuffer for the Badgers. He recorded 37 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and two passes defended.
New York Jets: Alden Darby, S, Arizona State
The Jets pick up a safety to develop.
Darby collected 72 tackles, four interceptions and nine passes broken up in 2013. He saw his first significant action as a sophomore in 2011 and totaled 51 tackles with three passes broken up and three interceptions. Darby improved his play in 2012, notching 80 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, four passes broken up and three interceptions.
New York Jets: Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue
The Jets get some more corner help.
In 2013, Allen recorded 50 tackles, six interceptions, three passes broken up and four tackles for a loss. He is a nice sleeper corner to be a special teams player and could potentially develop into a nickel. Allen was a starter for the Boilermakers from his true freshman season in 2010 on, when he totaled 83 tackles with three interceptions. Allen had nearly identical production as a sophomore with 81 tackles and three interceptions. The junior totaled 45 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up in 2012.
Pick change; previously Kareem Edwards, G
Houston Texans: Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor
The Texans could use a receiving tight end.
Najvar (6-6, 256) used the East-West Shrine to get on the radar of scouts as he had only 10 receptions for 85 yards as a senior. Still, Baylor's offense not featuring tight ends is a lot to overcome. Najvar had 15 catches for 146 yards and two scores in 2012. He started his collegiate career at Stanford before transferring to Baylor.
Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Pierre-Louis, ILB, Boston College
The Bengals add more linebacker depth. James Harrison was cut, and Rey Maualuga is in the final year of his deal.
In 2013, Pierre-Louis ended up with 108 tackles, six sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, one interception and a pass broken up. He was impressive at the Combine. Pierre-Louis had 85 tackles, two sacks and three passes broken up in 2012. He was a true-freshman starter in 2010 and recorded an impressive debut, collecting 93 tackles. The sophomore had 74 tackles in 2011.
New York Jets: Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
The Jets snag even more safety depth.
Vereen is a tough safety who is a good run-defender. He was an All-Big Ten selection by the coaches after his senior season. In 2013, Vereen assembled 59 tackles with six passes broken up and one interception. Vereen (6-0, 199) split time between corner and safety in his final season. As a junior, he had 64 tackles with nine passes broken up and two interceptions. Vereen projects to free safety in the NFL with some potential to defend slot receivers.
St. Louis Rams: Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
The Rams add some competition at receiver.
Street (6-3, 198) maintained a strong level of play throughout the 2013 season with 51 receptions for 854 yards and seven touchdowns. He played well against Florida State in the season opener.
Street was a solid contributor for Pittsburgh the past few seasons. He was second on the team in yards in 2012 and led the Panthers in receptions with 73. The junior totaled 975 yards and five touchdowns. Street recorded 53 catches for 754 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. He had 25 catches for 318 yards and two touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jemea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech
The Steelers add another cornerback.
Thomas (5-9, 192) had a decent performance at the Combine after a senior season in which he was a solid corner for the Yellow Jackets. Thomas had 88 tackles with eight passes broken up and two interceptions. He was a 3-year contributor for Georgia Tech with four interceptions in 2012 and three the year before that. For the NFL, Thomas projects as a slot corner.
The pick of J. Allen by the 49ers is just not going to happen. The Niners need a nose tackle, not another first round 3-4 DE. With their cap space they are more likely to make a play for Dontari Poe, and use the # 2 pick for a QB. I hate to suggest that they will trade back, because that is difficult to do. The Niners are in such a sad state that they could upgrade at virtually any position with multiple picks in the first and second rounds.