|1||Eric Fisher||Central Michigan||OT||22|
Regarded by many as a meaner and nastier blocker than Luke Joeckel, Fisher led the nation in "knockdown blocks" last season with 143, and had 20 "touchdown-producing" blocks.
Farmer: Fisher joins Orlando Pace and Jake Long as the only tackles in the modern era to be chosen first overall. The Chiefs are officially free to trade left tackle Branden Albert.
|2||Luke Joeckel||Texas A&M||OT||21|
Joeckel won the Outland Trophy as college football's best lineman, the first Aggies player to even be nominated for the award. Seen as one of the best technically-sound blockers in college football.
Farmer: For first time, the draft opens with the back-to-back selection of tackles. The Jaguars needed a bookend to right tackle Eugene Monroe.
Jordan was a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He was a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end for the Ducks, finishing his college career with 121 tackles (48 solos) with 14 1/2 sacks for minus-96 yards, 29 stops for losses of 144 yards and four quarterback pressure. He also caused four fumbles and deflected a pair of passes.
Farmer: Dolphins trade up but -- in an upset -- not for an offensive tackle. They deny Philly's Chip Kelly a chance to pick his former Oregon star.
Johnson is regarded by some scouts as the best tackle in this draft. He's certainly athletic, having played quarterback, tight end, safety and defensive end at various times in high school.
Farmer: With left tackle Jason Peters coming off an Achilles injury, the Eagles are building for the future. Tackles have to be fit as triathletes in Kelly's offense.
A native of Ghana, Ansah was an accomplished basketball and soccer player before walking on the BYU team in 2010. He played just two seasons of football and showed incredible promise, ranking among the team leaders in several categories. Over the last nine games of the 2012 season, he was third on the team in tackles (48), second in sacks (4 1/2) and first in tackles for loss (13).
Farmer: Cliff Avril is gone. Kyle Vanden Bosch is gone. The Lions need to be able to bring pressure from the edge, so much they passed on a corner.
Mingo plays the run well but cooled as a pass rusher in college, with eight sacks in 2011 and 4 1/2 in 2012.
Farmer: The Browns must really love Mingo, because they passed on a chance to get the draft's top cornerback, their most glaring area of need.
|7||Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina||OG||23|
Cooper started 48 games for the Tar Heels, becoming only the second guard and fourth offensive lineman in school history to earn first-time All-American honors.
Farmer: New quarterback Carson Palmer won't have to worry as much about a fierce pass rush up the middle with a stout Cooper blocking for him.
|8||Tavon Austin||West Virginia||WR||22|
Austin is an exceptional slot receiver and compares favorably to Percy Harvin. He scored touchdowns all sorts of ways at West Virginia: 29 on receptions, six on runs, six on kickoff returns, and one on a punt return.
Farmer: With Danny Amendola now in New England, the Rams get speedy upgrade in the playmaking slot receiver Austin. Sam Bradford will be pleased.
Widely regarded as the best corner in the draft, Milliner has a lot of miles on him. According to ESPN, he has undergone a total of five surgeries: a right knee scope, a repair of a sports hernia, a procedure for a right tibia stress fracture and one surgery on each shoulder.
Farmer: With Darrelle Revis traded to Tampa Bay, Milliner has some sizable cleats to fill. The Jets would have loved to have Jordan or Mingo.
A unanimous first-team All-American, Warmack is a punishing blocker who delivered 49 "touchdown-resulting" blocks. He doesn't lack for a sense of humor, and said he got his first name from a movie character ... although he's not sure what movie it was.
Farmer: The Titans need a guard to pair with Andy Levitre, and Coach Mike Munchak knows how to pick them. He's in the Hall of Fame, after all.
Fluker is the draft's top right tackle. He put up impressive career numbers as a starter at Alabama, delivering 245 knockdown blocks and paving the way on his side for 34 touchdown runs.
Farmer: Third straight Alabama player taken. Chargers are desperate for O-line help. Philip Rivers has been sacked 79 times in past two seasons.
Hayden suffered a freak injury in practice last fall and nearly died, tearing a vein near his heart while breaking up a pass. After months of recovery, he was cleared to return to football. At the combine, he ran a 4.33-second 40.
Farmer: Raiders have a history of building their defense around their corners, and they now have some solid additions in Hayden and Tracy Porter.
Farmer: The Jets need to be able to pressure the passer. Sheldon Richardson will help on the front end, and Dee Milliner on the back end.
There was no defensive tackle in college football as disruptive on the field as Lotulelei. Many scouts believe he's the best defensive player in the draft. A heart scare at the combine worried some teams, but doctors have cleared him to play and reportedly say it was a temporary condition.
Farmer: Absent the heart scare, Lotulelei might be the best defensive player in the draft. He will pair nicely with the just-signed Dwan Edwards.
Vaccaro, widely regarded as the best safety in the class, is built like a smallish linebacker and has excellent range. He was two-time All-Big 12 selection and appeared in 51 games at Texas, starting 32 at safety. He's the nephew of former NFL corner A.J. Johnson.
Farmer: The Saints had a historically bad defense last season, and Vaccaro is just the type of playmaker they need in the middle of the field.
|16||EJ Manuel||Florida State||QB||23|
Manuel surpassed Charlie Ward (1989-93) to become the most accurate passer in Florida State history. He completed 66.89% of his throws, topping Ward's 62.32%.
Farmer: Turns out Coach Doug Marrone has a wicked curveball. He passed on his college quarterback, Ryan Nassib, to take the mobile Manuel.
Jones suffered an unspecified neck injury during his freshman season at USC and transferred to Georgia after USC doctors wouldn't clear him to return. He has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. At Georgia, he had 28 sacks, tying Jimmy Payne (1978-82) for third in school history.
Farmer: Steelers are almost completely depleted on outside linebackers, and those are the lifeblood of their 3-4 defense. Jones fills huge need.
Reid had 91 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes broken up last season, despite playing with a bruised sternum.
Farmer: The 49ers traded up and instantly grabbed Reid, who will bolster a secondary that lost Dashon Goldson. Lots of teams loved Reid.
Pugh, seen variously as a tackle and guard at the next level, is an extremely aggressive blocker who paved the way for 1,000-yard rushers in three consecutive seasons at Syracuse.
Farmer: Fifth tackle off the board, although some teams project Pugh as a guard. Giants are graying on the offensive line, so good youth infusion.
The son of Hall of Famer Howie Long, and the younger brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long, Kyle is a former Saddleback College player who started his pro sports career as a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Farmer: Despite a pressing need at inside linebacker, the Bears grab Howie Long's son. Good bloodlines, and Long attacks his blocks with a defensive mentality.
|21||Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame||TE||22|
Eifert won the Mackey Award, given to the best tight end in college football. During his career, he caught 140 passes -- a school record for tight ends -- for 1,840 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Farmer: Twice in three years the Bengals use the 21st pick on a tight end. In 2010, it was Jermaine Gresham. Strange, with defensive needs.
The younger brother of NFL player Marcus Trufant, Desmond impressed scouts by running a 4.38 40 at the combine and performing well in various drills. He had a school-record 33 pass deflections at Washington, along with six interceptions.
Farmer: Now the Falcons have a talented cornerback to pair with Asante Samuel. That's key with Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson gone.
Floyd, who only started watching football in 2007 when the Colts beat the Bears in the Super Bowl, led Florida last season with 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage for 52 yards in losses. He also blocked two kicks.
Farmer: Floyd was the big slider of the draft. They have more pressing needs, but few could have predicted big Gator would tumble this far.
|24||Bjoern Werner||Florida State||DE||22|
Born and raised in Berlin, Germany, Werner said he didn't even know about football until he was 15. Soccer was his sport. In his career at Florida State, he had 99 tackles (63 solos), and had 23 1/2 sacks.
Farmer: Dwight Freeney is gone, and the Colts needed a solid pass rusher to pair with Robert Mathis. Many had Werner falling out of first.
|25||Xavier Rhodes||Florida State||CB||22|
A onetime receiver, Rhodes is one of the best corners in this draft class and has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor. Rhodes had eight career interceptions in college.
Farmer: Rhodes is a big corner, and those are in great demand, especially considering what Seattle did with its physical guys there.
Regarded as a dedicated worker, Jones finished his UCLA career with 148 tackles (90 solos) that included 13 1/2 sacks for minus-74 yards, three pressures, a fumble recovery, four forced fumbles, five pass deflections and two blocked kicks.
Farmer: Jones further upgrades a ramped-up Green Bay pass rush. The Packers go USC then UCLA, last year using their top pick on Trojan Nick Perry.
Hopkins broke his school and ACC records last season by scoring on 18 of 82 receptions. His single-season school record of 1,405 yards receiving last year included 837 yards after the catch.
Farmer: The Texans needed a No. 2 receiver to Andre Johnson. Hopkins, their choice all along, will replace Kevin Walter.
|28||Sylvester Williams||North Carolina||DT||24|
Williams started all 45 games during his college career, amassing 184 tackles and 15 1/2 sacks. He also had an interception, a forced fumble and five pass deflections.
Farmer: Williams can collapse the pocket, huge for a front with an aging Kevin Vickerson and an inconsistent Terrance Knighton.
Unpolished, but loaded with potential, Patterson finished second on the team last season with 46 receptions for 778 yards and five touchdowns. He has been compared to Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe.
Farmer: The Vikings gave up a boatload to trade back into the first round, but they got a dangerous receiving threat who takes some of the sting out of losing Percy Harvin.
Ogletree is a former high school safety who is comfortable dropping back into coverage. He's not a great tackler, and there are character concerns. He was suspended for four games in 2012 for a substance-abuse violation and was charged with DUI just before the scouting combine.
Farmer: The Rams rolled the dice on Janoris Jenkins last year, and it worked out. Now, they have a linebacker who can chase those running QBs.
Farmer: The Cowboys needed to upgrade the position over Phil Costa and Ryan Cook, and Frederick is that. Another offensive lineman goes.
Elam, the younger brother of NFL journeyman Abe Elam, is the only top prospect who has not hired an agent. He's a punishing hitter who finished his college career with finished with 176 tackles, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and 19 pass deflections.
Farmer: The Ravens lost Ed Reed, and he'll be very tough to replace. But Elam is a big hitter who makes plays, too. He's good value at this spot.
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