NFL Draft Round Up Part 4

Number 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney ready to unleash himself on the NFL

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Houston Texans

It would be hard to say you did anything wrong after you draft Jadeveon Clowney with the first over all pick. The Texans ran the clock all the way down on Clowney on draft night, a suggestion that they were listening to offers, perhaps trying to illicit an RG3 sized trade for the Carolina standout. Clowney is such an impressive physical specimen he was the clear No.1 pick but then again the Texans didn’t NEED him. Now they have him and after you pair him with JJ Watt, you can guarantee that Andrew Luck, Jake Locker and Blake Bortles will be suffering some sleepless nights this year. Rick Smith had an exceptional draft beyond the Clowney pick, improving the line with UCLA Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, but perhaps Smiths best move of the day was Trading back into the 3rd round to pick up the sliding Louis Nix III. The Notre Dame Tackle was sliding down the draft but was unlikely to drop much further. The Houston Texans now possess the scariest front 7 in the NFL.


Indianapolis Colts

Ryan Grigson had already made one of the poorer moves of the 2014 Draft when he traded away the Colts first round pick for former Alabama running back Trent Richardson. The Browns ultimately parlayed that pick into the 22nd spot of the first round and they used it on some little known QB out of Texas A&M. The apparent hole in the middle of the Colts line was ignored by Grigson when he took Ohio State Tackle Jack Mewhort; although the questions as to weather Mewhort can play tackle at the professional level might see him move inside. It’s not all bad news, as the Colts did address the need at Wide Receiver, selecting Donte Moncrief of Mississippi in the 3rd round. Moncrief is a big bodied receiver who can add some size to slight receiver corps in the Hosier State.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Some found this draft a bit dull as there were no major moves (outside of Buffalo) or glaringly bad decisions or over reaches in the early going. The only potential candidate for high pick disappointment is, as ever, the Jaguars. Blake Bortles at #3 isn’t a terrible decision but when you consider all the talent on the board when the Jaguars went on the clock, this has all the hall marks of being a disastrous pick. The depth at quarterback in this draft was unlike any other. Granted, no Andrew Lucks, but is Blake Bortles significantly better than Teddy Bridewater (#32) or Derek Carr (#36). There were teams looking to move up for Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack, turn your 3rd pick into a late 1st round and maybe a 3rd round, get your QB and maybe a few linemen to help him out. Bortles went to UCF, and this smells a bit like the Jaguars are trying to persuade a few fans to take the trip up I-95 and improve their horrible attendances. With Justin Blackmon likely to never been seen in Northern Florida again the Jags used their round 2 and 3 picks on wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson of USC and Penn St. respectively. If Bortles fails it won’t be for lack of targets.


Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid and John Dorsey were after the best players they could lay their hands on. The Chiefs in need of offensive Linemen, drafted Dee Ford the defensive end out of Auburn in the 1st Round, Corner Back  Philip Gains out of Rice in the 3rd Round and only went after linemen in Round 6. Ford is a scary pass rusher, of which the Chiefs have a few, and Gains is a raw but physically impressive specimen who could start week one. Alex Smith is being sticky in contract negotiations if reports are to be believed so as insurance Georgia Bulldogs QB Aaron Murray was selected in the 5th round. Andy Reid loves to develop a Quarterback and Murray has all the essentials to develop and will most likely run the scout team for the year. Don’t be surprised to see Murray under centre in the coming years.

Part 5 including Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints