1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Clowney is too gifted and has too much potential to be a dominant pass rusher opposite J.J. Watt to pass up for either a quarterback or Khalil Mack.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo. Jacksonville gets a potential difference-maker for a defense that was one of the league’s five worst last season.
4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Cleveland could get its quarterback here, perhaps Johnny Manziel. Or the Browns instead could go with the draft’s top wideout and look to address their need for a quarterback with their pick later in the opening round.
5. Oakland Raiders: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M. Another quarterback-needy team passes up the QBs, this time in favor of upgrading the offensive line.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan. Atlanta makes it three offensive tackles taken in the top six choices.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Will he be successful as an NFL quarterback? There’s no way to know for certain. But the chances are that in a quarterback-driven league, someone will use an early pick on him to find out. (More: Sally Jenkins on Manziel)
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. Three years after taking Christian Ponder 12th overall, the Vikings select their next potential quarterback of the future.
9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. Buffalo gets the draft’s top tight end.
10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Gilbert breaks into the top 10 and becomes the first cornerback taken.
11. Tennessee Titans: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Evans should follow Watkins off the board as the second receiver taken and could end up in the top 10. He could go seventh to Tampa if the Buccaneers don’t opt for a quarterback.
12. New York Giants: Zack Martin, T, Notre Dame. The Giants take a step toward rebuilding their offensive line.
13. St. Louis Rams: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. St. Louis bolsters its defense with the second of its two first-rounders.
14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Donald is an option for any team picking late in the top 10 or soon thereafter.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA. Dallas gets a pass-rushing linebacker after parting ways with DeMarcus Ware.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. This probably would be a bargain for the Ravens if Dennard falls to them at 17th.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. If Bortles and Manziel indeed are taken relatively early, some quarterback-needy teams could be looking to trade up into the second half of the opening round for Carr and Teddy Bridgewater.
21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. Green Bay solidifies its defense with a sure tackler.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. Philadelphia adds wide receiver help with DeSean Jackson gone.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Kansas City makes it four cornerbacks chosen in the top 23 selections.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. He and Pryor are the two safeties who could go in the opening round.
26. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. The Browns get their quarterback here after passing up Manziel at fourth overall.
29. New England Patriots: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame. New England toughens its run defense.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. San Francisco adds to its defensive front in a bid to keep pace with the Seahawks.
31. Denver Broncos: Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California. Denver adds a wide receiver after losing Eric Decker to the Jets in free agency.
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