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Draft Tracker: 1st Round

2014 NFL DRAFT

Thu, May 08, 2014

First Round 

PICK TEAM PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1. HOUSTON  JADEVEON CLOWNEY  DE  SOUTH CAROLINA
SAVAGE: Texans putting full faith in coaches Romeo Crennel, Mike Vrabel and Bill Kollar (a recent addition to the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame) to maximize Clowney's potential. They will push Clowney harder than he has ever worked in his life on the football field.
2. ST. LOUIS (from Washington)  GREG ROBINSON  OT  AUBURN
SAVAGE: Texted a St. Louis Rams staffer earlier today and said, 'Keep it simple.' They did. Robinson is a legit wide body that will compete well in the NFL West.
3. JACKSONVILLE  BLAKE BORTLES  QB  CENTRAL FLORIDA
SAVAGE: First shocker of the draft. Chad Henne will be the bridge to Bortles, potentially as early as mid-year 2014.
4. BUFFALO (trade with Cleveland)  SAMMY WATKINS  WR  CLEMSON
SAVAGE: Bills just pushed the chips to the middle of the table for 2014. Short shelf life now for E.J. Manuel and organization in Orchard Park.
5. OAKLAND  KHALIL MACK LB   BUFFALO
SAVAGE: Arguably the best prospect in draft. Provides productive playmaker and pass rush for Raiders. 
6. ATLANTA  JAKE MATTHEWS  OT  TEXAS A&M
SAVAGE: Falcons sits and gets best pass protection OT in draft and helps their most valuable asset, Matt Ryan.
7. TAMPA BAY  MIKE EVANS WR  TEXAS A&M
SAVAGE: Bucs take freak athlete who may have biggest upside potential of any prospect in this draft. Had two years of eligibility left.
8. CLEVELAND (trade with Minnesota)  JUSTIN GILBERT  CB  OKLAHOMA ST.
SAVAGE: Best athlete at the corner position should pair up nicely with Joe Haden. 
9. MINNESOTA  ANTHONY BARR  LB/DE  UCLA
SAVAGE: Vikes slide back to take versatile OLB/DE, only two years of defensive football.
10.  DETROIT  ERIC EBRON  TE  NORTH CAROLINA
SAVAGE: Got engaged on top of the Empire State Building at noon then went top-10 to the Lions. 
11.  TENNESSEE  TAYLOR LEWAN  OT  MICHIGAN
SAVAGE: Immediate replacement for David Stewart, who retired in offseason.
12.  NEW YORK GIANTS  ODELL BECKHAM  WR  LSU
SAVAGE: Natural wide receiver who forms a nice trio with Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle for Eli Manning.
13. ST. LOUIS  AARON DONALD  DT  PITTSBURGH
SAVAGE: First Reese's Senior Bowler off the board. Will form potent combo with Michael Brockers on inside. That defensive line (with Chris Long and Robert Quinn) is legit.
14.  CHICAGO BEARS  KYLE FULLER CB  VIRGINIA TECH
SAVAGE: Announced his arrival vs Alabama in opener of '13 and resulted in first round selection.
15. PITTSBURGH   RYAN SHAZIER LB  OHIO STATE
SAVAGE: Adds youthful speed inside for aging Steelers' defense.
16. DALLAS  ZACK MARTIN OG/OT  NOTRE DAME
SAVAGE: Started 53 consecutive games at Notre Dame. Could play all five positions on the offensive line - very versatile. Was dominant at Senior Bowl. Can argue Martin and Aaron Donald are the two most secure choices of the first round. Teams know exactly what they are getting.
17. BALTIMORE  C.J. MOSLEY  LB   ALABAMA
SAVAGE: C.J. plays like a Raven, excellent fit. Only question is long-term durability. He was Alabama's best player last two years.
18. NEW YORK JETS  CALVIN PRYOR LOUISVILLE
SAVAGE: Physical tone setter should become a force in Rex Ryan's defense.
19. MIAMI  JU'WUAN JAMES OT  TENNESSEE
SAVAGE: Third Senior Bowler off the board, really moved up in the days before the draft. Another versatile offensive lineman with experience at OG/OT. Thankful his knee tweak at Reese's Senior Bowl did not hurt draft stock.
20. NEW ORLEANS (trade with Arizona)  BRANDIN COOKS WR  OREGON STATE
SAVAGE: Saints move up for dynamic playmaker. Should flourish in Sean Payton's system.
21. GREEN BAY HA HA CLINTON-DIX  S ALABAMA
SAVAGE: Pack fills biggest hole on depth chart with talented center fielder.
22. CLEVELAND (trade with Philadelphia)  JOHNNY MANZIEL QB  CLEVELAND
SAVAGE: The 'real' Draft Day just beat the Draft Day movie with this drama! History repeats itself at No. 22. Quinn, Weeden, now Johnny Cleveland!
23. KANSAS CITY  DEE FORD DE  AUBURN
SAVAGE: Fourth Reese's Senior Bowl player to hear his name called. Was MVP of the game with two sacks. Was almost untouched during Tue/Wed practices.
24. CINCINNATI DARQUEZE DENNARD CB  MICHIGAN STATE
SAVAGE: Bengals take shot on another No. 1 corner. Has physical style and will tackle.
25. SAN DIEGO  JASON VERRETT CB  TCU 
SAVAGE: Nickel corner who should be useful as a rookie in AFC West, A.K.A., Manning, Schaub and Alex Smith.
26. PHILADELPHIA (trade with CLE)  MARCUS SMITH OLB  LOUISVILLE
SAVAGE: Prior to Reese's Senior Bowl, touted Smith as potential first round pick and lo and behold he goes to the Eagles at No.26. Ideal for 3-4. Had a lot of scouts tell me he would go before Teddy Bridgewater in the draft.
27. ARIZONA (trade with New Orleans)  DEONE BUCCANNON   S WASHINGTON STATE
SAVAGE: Feel good for Deone. He is a great young man who is humble in spirit and a presence on the field. He'll be Cardinals' version of Kam Chancellor, as an enforcer between the hashmarks.
28.  CAROLINA  KELVIN BENJAMIN WR    FLORIDA STATE
SAVAGE: Super-sized wide receiver with raw skills. Might be a year away from making major impact.
29. NEW ENGLAND  DOMINIQUE EASLEY  DT  FLORIDA
SAVAGE: Key will be if former Gator can recover from two ACL injuries, has quickness and a motor.
30. SAN FRANCISCO  JIMMIE WARD NORTHERN ILLINOIS

SAVAGE: Seventh and final first round seledtion for the Reese's Senior Bowl. Will be versatile piece in back-end of Niners'seondary. Capable of playing FS, SS, CB and nickel. Mobile, AL, continues to be a football factory. Joins C.J. Mosley as first rounders from the Port City.

31. DENVER  BRADLEY ROBY CB  OHIO STATE
SAVAGE: Gifted corner who needs better eye control and discipline. Has skills.
32. MINNESOTA (trade with Seattle) TEDDY BRIDGEWATER  QB LOUISVILLE
SAVAGE: May be the most pro-ready QB in draft. Question will be how much growth is left.
ORANGE: DENOTES SENIOR BOWL PLAYER