1. Kansas City Chiefs -- LT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
I prefer Fisher, and think the team could also look at Dion Jordan and Star Lotulelei, but the buzz appears to be around Joeckel. The left tackle had issues against Florida during the season opener, but he has solid technique to mirror edge rushers.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- QB Geno Smith, WVU
I could easily see this being Dion Jordan or a trade down to land Ezekiel Ansah, but with Jason la Canfora’s adamant article that Geno Smith will not make it out of the top three, this pick makes sense. The Jaguars are seemingly the only team with QB issues who failed to address the position during free agency.
3. Arizona Cardinals -- LT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan (trade with Raiders)
The Cardinals can’t afford to wait until pick No. 7, just in case the Eagles, Lions, or another team trade up to target the remaining two tackles. Fisher and Johnson are more proven commodities than many prospects in this class, so they should go off the board early.
4. Philadelphia Eagles -- NT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Because of their free agency spending, the Eagles do not have a critical need to fill, allowing them to go in a variety of directions with this pick. Lotulelei is an excellent nose tackle prospect but is not locked into that position and could help in a variety of ways along the front three.
5. NY Jets -- OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon (trade with Lions)
I could easily see Jordan being a top four pick, but if that is not the case he will not last much longer. The Jets would add more picks in the projected Darrelle Revis trade, and Jordan is worth trading up for. I prefer him at SLB behind a four man front, but the Jets use a variety of sets.
6. Miami Dolphins -- T Lane Johnson, Oklahoma (trade with Browns)
With their free agent additions (and loss of Jake Long in free agency), it makes too much sense for the Dolphins to solidify their left tackle spot. Fans of the team will argue about the multitude of needs, but Jonathan Martin is not the answer at one of the premier positions in the NFL.
7. Oakland Raiders -- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida (trade with Cardinals)
If the Raiders stay at No. 3, Floyd is a very viable option. But a short trade down is a dream scenario. He can be a bit of a positional tweener at times, but Floyd has the tools to win by plowing through blockers or working around them due to athletic feet.
8. San Francisco 49ers -- WR Tavon Austin, WVU (trade with Bills)
The 49ers have the most picks of any team, with 13. Now, they could target a variety of prospects, but Austin is dynamite in the open field. Michael Crabtree frequently lined up in the slot, but Austin would create even more difficult matchups for any opposing defense.
9. Detroit Lions -- DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU (trade with Jets)
I really do think Ansah can succeed in a variety of different sets, but his most immediate impact could be as a rusher from the 9 or 7 alignment. His hands are strong on first contact, and blessed with outstanding closing speed, Ansah could be a pass rushing force on top of his dependable run defense.
10. Tennessee Titans -- G Chance Warmack, Alabama
Yes, the Titans signed Andy Levitre in free agency, but Warmack was the most consistently dominant draft-eligible player during the 2012 season. The positional value will be discussed, but teams might prioritize leaving this draft with a good player.
11. San Diego Chargers -- RT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
The Chargers need offensive line help, whether it is at left tackle, right tackle, or inside. True right tackles are rarely selected this early, but I think the NFL evaluates Fluker as a much better prospect than I do. I only hope they don’t try him on the left side.
12. Cleveland Browns -- CB Dee Milliner, Alabama (trade with Dolphins)
Another dream scenario. I’m not sure if the Browns would be able to recoup their missing second-round pick in this trade, but Milliner is an ideal fit.
13. NY Jets -- TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame (Revis trade)
With their second first-round pick (after a projected trade for Darrelle Revis), the Jets grab the top tight end in this class. Some even go as far to call Eifert the top skill position player, but I won’t go that far.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers -- OLB Cornellius Carradine, FSU (trade with Panthers)
Carradine’s pro day on April 20 is vital, but if teams believe the Seminole pass rusher is on the path to full health, he should be a top 15 selection. There are still some raw elements to his game, but Carradine is strong and explosive on the edge.
15. New Orleans Saints -- OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
The Saints need pass rushers and Mingo’s tools warrant the selection. He isn’t a finished product, but if set loose with his pass rushing line, Mingo has the athleticism and length to wreak havoc in the backfield.
16. St. Louis Rams -- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Vaccaro is more than a typical safety, he matches up very well against a variety of offensive playmakers near the line of scrimmage. Turn on the tape against Tavon Austin or bigger receiving targets, and Vaccaro utilizes a nice blend of quickness and technique to mirror his opposition.