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  1. New York Jets: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
    The Jets fell for the fool's gold that is Michael Vick. After he and Geno Smith flop, maybe Tajh Boyd will give New York a spark, but Boyd needs some development with his accuracy and ball placement. The Jets are likely to be in the market for a franchise quarterback next year.

    There is no doubt that Mariota has great physical tools. The 6-foot-4, 211-pound has a strong arm, size and excellent mobility. As a passer, Mariota can do it all, but could use some refinement in his mechanics and footwork. He has been a dominant point-machine since taking over as Oregon's starting quarterback.

    In 2013, Mariota completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, the redshirt sophomore ran for 715 yards with nine touchdowns. While Mariota did a great job of avoiding throwing picks, he had some issues with fumbles. In 2012 as a first-year starter, Mariota completed 69 percent of his passes last year for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions.

  2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Williams, DT/DE, USC
    I've been torn on whether to project an edge rusher or interior disruptor to Jacksonville. The Jaguars need both badly as they don't have a difference-maker at either spot. The interior lineman is harder to find so the Jags go that route.

    Williams played well for USC in 2013. He recorded 74 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and five sacks. The sophomore generated more pass rush than the numbers indicate. Williams was the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2012 after a fabulous debut for the Trojans. He totaled 64 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four passes batted and an interception that season. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has a big-time skill set.

    Pick change; previously Randy Gregory, DE

  3. Cleveland Browns: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
    The Browns can't count on Josh Gordon in the long term. Adding a reliable play-maker is going to be critical for Johnny Manziel.

    Cooper collected 45 receptions for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013, but was dealing with a toe injury that really slowed him down. He had a great freshman season in 2012 and helped Alabama repeat as the National Champion. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder carried the Crimson Tide passing attack. He caught 59 passes for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns for the year. No other Alabama receiver notched 30 receptions or 500 yards through the air.

  4. Cleveland Browns: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
    The Browns were serious about taking Greg Robinson in the 2014 NFL Draft before he went off the board to the Rams. If Mitchell Schwartz doesn't turn it around this year, Cleveland could draft a tackle for the right side to protect Johnny Manziel. Joe Thomas turns 30 this season, so in a few years, the rookie could replace or switch sides with Thomas.

    The Cardinal moved David Yankey inside to guard for 2013 because the coaches believed they had a star left tackle in Peat. Judging by Stanford's 2013 season, their belief looks like the correct one as Peat was rock solid at protecting quarterback Kevin Hogan. Peat also had success in the ground game. He is strong enough to be a downhill run-blocker and also is agile enough to block in a zone scheme. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder has excellent size and athleticism.

    Pick change; previously Todd Gurley, RB

  5. Oakland Raiders: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
    The Raiders grab an edge rusher to pair with Khalil Mack. Antonio Smith, Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley are only short-term stopgap players for Oakland. Randy Gregory or Leonard Williams would be great players to pair with Mack.

    Gregory was a beast for Nebraska in 2013 - his first year on campus. The sophomore had just 10 starts, yet racked up 66 tackles with 19 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, one pass batted and an interception. His freshman season saw Gregory dominate the junior college ranks. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder should get even bigger over time.

    Pick change; previously Leonard Williams, DT

  6. Houston Texans: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
    I think the Texans will have a great defense and a strong running game in 2014, but quarterback play will keep them from being a playoff team. A quarterback prospect like Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston could immediately elevate Houston into being one of the AFC's elite.

    Winston took college football by storm in 2013 as the Heisman Trophy winner. The redshirt freshman demonstrated a quality arm with well-developed passing ability. The 6-foot-4, 228-pounder completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 219 yards with four touchdowns.

    Winston is a rare athlete who showed incredible poise in leading the Seminoles to a National Championship. His field vision and decision-making were extremely impressive for a first-year starter. Winston looks like a rare talent.

  7. Minnesota Vikings: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
    It would be unpopular with the fans, but the Vikings could trade Adrian Peterson to a contender for multiple early-round draft picks to help their rebuilding process. Getting a younger, talented running back like Gurley would be ideal to help take the pressure off Teddy Bridgewater. By the time Bridgewater is postseason ready, Peterson could be done. He turns 30 after the 2014 season.

    Gurley was awesome when healthy in 2013. He averaged six yards per carry for 989 yards and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore also had 30 receptions for 344 yards and five touchdowns. Gurley was phenomenal against South Carolina (30-132) and Clemson (12-154) before getting injured. He missed three games and played well after returning to the lineup.

    Gurley was one of the freshman running backs who burst onto the scene in the SEC during 2012. He had a superb debut to lead the Bulldogs' ground game. Gurley averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 2012 on his way to totaling 1,385 yards with 17 touchdowns. In the SEC Championship, he ran for 122 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns against Alabama's tough defense.

    The 6-foot-1, 232-pound back has surprising speed to go along with size and power.

    Pick change; previously P.J. Williams, CB

  8. Carolina Panthers: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M
    I'm skeptical of Byron Bell at left tackle. I think the Panthers would be better off drafting a first-round blind-side protector for Cam Newton and putting Bell back on the right side.

    Ogbuehi (6-5, 300) had an excellent 2012 season blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. With Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews at the tackle positions, Ogbuehi started inside at guard. He excelled in pass and run blocking.

    Ogbuehi spent 2013 at right tackle with Joeckel in the NFL and Matthews having taken over the left side. Ogbuehi played well as he was a good run-blocker and a dependable pass-protector. Ogbuehi is expected to play left tackle as a senior.

    Pick change; previously Andrus Peat, OT

  9. Dallas Cowboys: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
    The Cowboys need an edge rusher to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence.

    Calhoun is one of the top players on Michigan State's superb defense. In 2013, he had 37 tackles with 14 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. The 6-foot-4, 257-pounder needs to add some weight for the NFL if he's going to remain a defensive end, but he's young and has plenty of time to do it. Calhoun should be even better as a junior in 2014 after a year of playing experience and developing his body in the offseason.

    Pick change; previously Brett Hundley, QB

  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
    The Bucs need a franchise quarterback. Josh McCown is a nice short-term upgrade, but I think Mike Glennon is just an NFL backup.

    The Bruins' coaching staff will help Hundley improve, but he is still somewhat raw, and his decision to return to UCLA for 2014 was a good one. Hundley fits in the mold of athletic quarterbacks with good arms. He has room for improvement, but the 6-foot-3, 227-pounder has a nice skill set. He flashes some accuracy, field vision and decision-making.

    Hundley completed 67 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,071 yards with 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 970 yards (748 net) and 11 scores. Hundley led a furious comeback for a huge road win at Nebraska. In a win over Utah, he showed off his athletic ability when he caught a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and threw for a touchdown. Hundley struggled against Stanford, but he played better against Oregon than his numbers indicated.

    Hundley led UCLA's 2012 revival and helped get his team to the Pac-12 Championship Game. He completed 66 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,740 yards with 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, plus ran for 702 yards (355 net) with nine touchdowns.

    Pick change; previously Cedric Ogbuehi, OT

  11. Philadelphia Eagles: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    Cornerback and safety could be issues for the Eagles this coming season. None of Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams or Nolan Carroll are a true No. 1 corner while Brandon Boykin and Jaylen Watkins are better as nickels. Plus, Nate Allen nor Malcolm Jenkins can be viewed as the long-term answer at safety. Taking the best defensive back available makes sense for Philadelphia.

    I would have Ekpre-Olomu going higher, but I think teams are going to ding him for his height. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is a good cover corner, but if he checks in shorter than his listed measurements, it could hurt him significantly.

    Ekpre-Olomu started the 2013 season strongly before having some struggles against Colorado. He bounced back with a quality game versus Washington. Ekpre-Olomu was phenomenal against Oregon State and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. He showed the movement skills, speed and agility to prevent a small, speedy receiver like Cooks from gaining separation. Ekpre-Olomu had 84 tackles, three interceptions, six passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2013. There is no doubt that he has good instincts.

    Ekpre-Olomu worked his way into a starting role in 2012 and had an impressive season. He totaled 63 tackles with four interceptions, six forced fumbles and 16 passes defensed.

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
    The Chiefs are hoping that Dwayne Bowe bounces back, but they don't have other long-term receivers in the group of Donnie Avery, A.J. Jenkins or Junior Hemingway. Kansas City needs some receivers for Andy Reid's offense.

    Montgomery (6-2, 215) has been a contributor for Stanford since his freshman season. His best year came as a junior in 2013 when he caught 61 passes for 958 yards with 10 touchdowns. Montgomery could have produced more if Kevin Hogan had played more consistently. In 2012, Montgomery totaled 26 catches for 213 yards after recording 24 receptions for 350 yards with two scores as a freshman in 2011. He has some speed to go along with his size. Montgomery also is dangerous kick returner.

    Pick change; previously Stefon Diggs, WR

  13. Miami Dolphins: La'el Collins, OT, LSU
    The Dolphins could play Collins at tackle or guard depending on Brandon Albert staying healthy and the play of projected young starters JaWuan James, Dallas Thomas and Billy Turner. Chances are at least one of those young players will be a bust.

    La'el Collins was very good in 2013 as the left tackle protecting the blind side of Zach Mettenberger. LSU has had a lot of success running behind Collins, too. The 6-foot-5, 321-pounder was an impressive power run-blocker in 2012 and helped the Tigers' stable of backs move the ball. He started 13 games at left guard and was an honorable mention All-SEC selection.

    Collins has some road-grading potential, but needs to continue to improve his pass protection. He made a good decision to return to LSU.

  14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
    The Steelers signed Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey to be short-term solutions. Markus Wheaton did nothing as a rookie, and even if Wheaton has a breakout year, Pittsburgh could use a third receiver to pair with Antonio Brown.

    The speedy Diggs goes under the radar playing at Maryland, but he is one of the most explosive weapons in college football. Diggs recorded 34 receptions for 587 yards (17.3 average) and three touchdowns in 2013. He broke his right fibula in October 2013 and missed the rest of the season. Diggs caught 54 passes for 848 yards and six scores in 2012. The freshman also contributed as a runner and returner with two kick-return touchdowns.

    Pick change; previously Ty Montgomery, WR

  15. New York Giants: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
    The Giants need to get Eli Manning straightened out and re-establish their run game. Thus, the organization continues the rebuilding of its weak offensive line. If New York drafts a left tackle, Will Beatty would move to right tackle and Justin Pugh would slide inside to guard where the team needs some youth.

    Scherff was one of the top tackles in the Big Ten in 2013. Iowa has produced a lot of good NFL prospects on the offensive line, and Scherff is the latest Hawkeye to be an early-round prospect.

    The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder could fit as a power-man or zone blocker. Scherff has the feet and agility to move well as a pass-protector. He is very good in the ground game, too. Scherff's returning school to possibly improve as a senior gives him a much better shot at being a first-round pick.

  16. Detroit Lions: P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State
    The Lions didn't upgrade their terrible secondary this offseason, and that could be their Achilles heel again this coming year. Eventually, Detroit should use a premium pick in the 2015 NFL Draft for a cover corner given the potent passing attacks of the Lions' division.

    Williams (6-0, 190) had an excellent debut as a starter in 2013. He was the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game as he had seven tackles and a critical fourth-quarter interception that helped spark Florida State's comeback win. The first-year starter totaled 35 tackles with seven passes broken up and three interceptions for the season.

    Pick change; previously KeiVarae Russell, CB

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