Round 1 (3): QB Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M)
I would prefer Bridgewater, but even if he’s gone I think we still go QB at 3rd overall. Manziel proved his agility at the combine with an excellent 6.75 s 3 cone time, and in his pro day he exhibited above average deep ball accuracy, surprisingly better than both Bridge and Bortles. His footwork also turned out to be a non-issue. If he can learn to avoid hits by sliding at the end of his runs and throw the ball away when nothing is there rather than forcing heroics, I can see him having a successful career in the NFL.
His improv-style play is sure to cause a few mistakes, but he would make us a more dangerous team and exciting as hell to watch. What better way to welcome Manziel than with the largest LED HD display in the world?
Round 2 (39): oWR Allen Robinson (Penn State)
Big bodied receiver that gives us options for our future receiver corps. Let’s say Blackmon is reinstated, but has to sit out the entire 2014 season. If Robinson is successful and Shorts continues to have nagging injuries and drop problems, we are free to let Shorts become a free agent. If Robinson has a shaky start, we can keep Shorts around for insurance. Hell, we can even keep all 3 or them. A trio of Blackmon, Robinson, and Shorts could give us one of the best receiving corps in the league. Plus, if Blackmon is ever suspended again and kicked out of the league, we would already have our replacement.
Round 3 (70): C Weston Richburg (Colorado State)
This should be a popular pick. I’m not buying that he goes in the second round; I still think Marcus Martin will be the first center off the board. Richburg is more athletic than powerful, which is a good fit for the ZBS.
Round 4 (105): SAM Adrian Hubbard (Alabama)
Hubbard is a lanky, solid all-around linebacker with the strength to shed blocks and excel in the running game, and also the quick feet necessary to drop back in coverage.
Round 4 (114), from Baltimore: FS Ed Reynolds (Stanford)
This one is for JPQ. But really, with Winston Guy better suited to back up Cyp and Josh Evans not exactly panning out, we could use some FS competition. Reynolds has coverage skills but more importantly is a hard hitter; he could help us establish our own "boom" culture.
Round 5 (144): LEO Prince Shembo (Notre Dame)
He has all the qualities needed for a LEO, I think we could get a lot of value here in the fifth, along with Ryan Davis he gives us some hope for the future pass rush as our top two LEO candidates, Clemons and Babin, are both over 32.
Round 5 (150), from Detroit: 1tDT Justin Ellis (Louisiana Tech)
It remains to be seen if Roy Miller’s unimpressive 2013 campaign was due to injury or if this was just an excuse.
Round 5 (159), from Baltimore: TE Crockett Gilmore (Colorado State)
Round 6 (179): OG Chris Watt (Notre Dame)
Round 6 (205), from San Francisco: OG Russell Bodine (North Carolina)
Round 7 (222): OT Matt Patchan (Boston College)
QB1 Johnny Manziel / QB2 Chad Henne*
FB Bradie Ewing /Will Ta’ufo’uo
oWR Allen Robinson, Cecil Shorts III
sWR Ace Sanders, Mike Brown
LT Luke Joeckel / OT2 Cameron Bradfield
LG Chris Watt, Russell Bodine
C Weston Richburg / C2 Patrick Lewis
RG Zane Beadles / OG2 Mike Brewster
RT Austin Pasztor / Matt Patchan
5tDE Red Bryant / 5tDE2 Tyson Alualu
3tDT Sen’Derrick Marks* / 3tDT2 Ziggy Hood
1tDT Roy Miller, Justin Ellis
SAM Dakota Watson, Adrian Hubbard
MIKE Paul Poz
WILL Geno Hayes, Russell Allen
CB Alan Ball, Dwayne Gratz
nCB Will Blackmon*, Mike Harris
FS Ed Reynolds / FS2 Josh Evans, Chris Prosinski
SS Jonathon Cyprien / SS2 Winston Guy