San Diego Chargers: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Antonio Gates has had injury issues the last few years, so Allen adds a nice alternative and eventual replacement for a wonderful career by Gates.
Chicago Bears: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
It almost sounds sacrilegious to say that Brian Urlacher has seen his better years, but unless he finds the Fountain of Youth he is going to keep getting older and more banged up. Kendricks would be a good player for him to mentor.
Philadelphia (from Arizona): Bobbie Massie, T, Mississippi
Original Pick: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami
I thought the Eagles would go with a WR her to offset Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but the Eagles need to replace Jason Peters who tore his Achilles heel .
Tennessee Titans: Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
The Titans have the luxury of picking the receiver that best fits their system. The Titans will waste no time in turning in the card for a steady and reliable receiver in Randle.
Cincinnati Bengals: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
With the loss of Andre Caldwell and the impending legal issues of the human gymnast Jerome Simpson, this could be a likely area to go WR. With Hill not being selected by the Vikings earlier, he drops. It's basically a Bengals front office decision as to who they prefer, but WR at this spot seems very likely.
Detroit Lions: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
This might be a bit of a reach, but the Lions need help on the outside at the second level. Irvin’s got speed, but will need to work on overall game knowledge.
Atlanta Falcons: Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
The Falcons defensive backfield needs upgrading, and at this point the Falcons go for BPA.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
Constant motor, relentless, tenacious, Steeler constructed; enough said.
Denver Broncos: Mitchell Schwartz, T, California
Original Pick: Bobbie Massie, T, Mississippi
Massie is gone at this point, I think, so the Broncos look west to California.
The Broncos will want to assure Peyton that they have his back, no pun intended. Schwartz is a solid pass blocker but will need to work on the run blocking.
Houston Texans: Zebrie Sanders, T, Florida State
The Texans need some help along the line, specifically at tackle. Sanders would be better served inside, as he seems to struggle with speed rushers, but he could develop at RT.
Mitchell Schwartz, T, California
The Texans have some uncertainty along the right side, and Schwartz is a solid pass blocker but will need to work on the run blocking. Look for Texans to look at TE in the coming rounds
Green Bay: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
The Packers defense needs an upgrade on the back end. With the selection of Upshaw in Round 1, the retooling continues. This could also be Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech as well, it's a coin toss.
Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Brooks, G, Miami (Ohio)
A lot of people do not know that much about Brandon Brooks because he plays in the MAC. Brooks is huge at 6’6” and 345 pounds, but his weight could become an issue. However, the Ravens were able to motivate Bryant McKinnie, so they should be able to work with Brooks.
The Ravens' line is aging and needs help now, especially with the departure of Grubbs, who saw the Ravens' Super Bowl window closing.
San Francisco 49ers: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
The 49ers were very impressive on defense last year, and they will upgrade their back end with Dennard.
New England Patriots: Best Player Available (BPA)
Original Pick: Marvin Jones, WR, California
For the most part, trying to figure out the workings of Bill Belichick is like trying to figure out Kim Kardashian's contribution to society. So I say BPA here, but it could be a linemen on either side of the ball.
New York Giants: Tank Carder, MLB, TCU
The Giants' MLB position was a weakness last year, mostly due to injury, but they still need to upgrade this area, and Carder has been impressive in workouts and in his game film.
Final Note: Brandon Weeden, and a host of others are not in here and you may be wondering why. If NFL teams get shark frenzy then Weeden, and maybe Brock Osweiler go somewhere late first and second round, but hopefully greater heads will prevail and these guys will go where they are most likely and scouted to go.
I know there are players that you will take exception with, and you will undoubtedly say, “What about so and so,” and “No way he drops this far.” That’s cool, just know that trying to evaluate and place matching talent with team needs is a tall task, and sometimes guys will get passed over. Thanks for checking out my predictions.
Well, there you have it. Your constructive views and comments are always welcome.