By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
It may be five months away, but if you are like me, you are salivating at the idea of Roger Goodell saying these words…
“With the third pick in the NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select.”
And now that players like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, Brett Hundley and Teddy Bridgewater are asserting themselves as solid quarterback possibilities for the Jaguars, although only Bridgewater has made it official that he will come out for the Draft, anticipation around Jacksonville is heightened. Will there be Christmas in May on the First Coast?
Add players like Derek Carr to the mix and the possibility of a David Fales, AJ McCarron, Stephen Morris and Zach Mettenberger and the Jaguars have plenty to choose from because not all these passers will be taken in the first round. Jacksonville may not be the only team in the first 10 selections, but the importance of finding a franchise passer may not be as important for any other team in the NFL going into 2014.
Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland , Oakland, and Minnesota all have issues behind center. And there are other teams like Dallas that could pull the trigger on a player to define their future.
Problem solved. Here is an early look at the top 10 teams in the 2014 NFL and who they will select.
Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Remember when Houston had to choose between Mario Williams and Reggie Bush? That turned out pretty good. Choosing between Bridgewater and Jadeveon Clowney is a pretty good choice to have as well.
St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matthews and Jake Long achor the Rams line for the next few years. That helps keep Sam Bradford healthy and opens running lanes for Zac Stacy.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE/DT, South Carolina
The best defensive player in the college game comes to North Florida. If he can play with emotion on every play and stop getting in trouble with the law, he should be a mainstay for the Jags defense.
Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Here is what I think happens in Cleveland. Manziel is drafted and the team signs Ben Tate in the off season. Team brass said they know how important free agency and the Draft are this year.
Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Raiders need to find a veteran passer before they can draft a rookie. Watkins provides a veteran a talented receiver who can work the sidelines or across the middle and in the end zone.
Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, DE/LB, UCLA
When all is said and done, Barr will be the best defensive player chosen in this draft. He is fluid both on the line or on the outside as a pass rusher. He helps a Falcons defense that took a step back in 2014.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
The Buccaneers must be thrilled to have Lovie Smith on board as their new head coach. And what will the new head coach do in the draft? Take a linebacker, of course.
Minnesota Vikings: Tim Jernigan, DT, FSU
He has not declared yet, but it makes sense to help this defense. I think Jack Del Rio might be a good fit here as head coach. The defensive minded coach takes a guy who can disrupt the middle and stop the run.
Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills got their quarterback last season, have talented running backs and now add another receiver to the offense. I like the job Doug Marrone did this season and figure there is more to come next season.
Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Lions offense is fine. The defense is a concern. Gilbert is one of the best coverage defenders in the country. Stopping opposing receivers in the NFC East would make even Tom Coughlin smile.
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