Live 2014 NFL Draft analysis: First round

Ted Bartlett evaluates draft-eligible prospects in his spare time, among a number of activities he pursues, including managing an accounting team, golf, studying for the CPA exam, insulting various religious figures in writing, and generally, staying ahead of more than a few curves. During the 2012 NFL Draft, he wiped the passion off of Jeff Legwold's face by nailing the Derek Wolfe pick, when Jeff had never even heard of him. Ted also focuses on the NFL's business and legal environment, offensive and defensive schemes, going off on unrelated tangents, and all 32 teams in the NFL. Follow along as he offers his instant analysis of tonight's NFL Draft.

# Team Player Pos School
1 Houston Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
Well, I guess this isn't a surprise. Clowney can be dominant if somebody will coach him hard, and especially if his teammates hold him accountable. He's joining J.J. Watt's team, so that actually has a decent chance of happening.
2 St. Louis Greg Robinson T Auburn
This is also a "to form" pick. Robinson is an enormous talent, and he'll be one of the best run-blocking LTs right away. The protection ability should improve, once he learns how to do it - the talent is absolutely there.
3 Jacksonville Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
I'm only a little surprised by this pick. The Jags did a good job of keeping this quiet, and getting their guy. Just about every mocker had this wrong, pegging the Jags for defense, and they kept it low-key. I like Manziel a little better for their moribund, boring organization due to his star power, but you can't hate on them for preferring the more prototypical guy. Nice job for the Browns getting an extra #1 next year. They got good value.
4 Buffalo (via CLE) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
The Bills got a massively talented playmaker. They didn't have much outside, and now they're a threat. It's going to serve to open up the whole rest of the field for them.
5 Oakland Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
The Raiders get a guy who is a big-play defender. He's not Von Miller, and he doesn't have that kind of quickness, but he can dominate with power. Nice pick for Oakland.
6 Atlanta Jake Matthews T Texas A&M
Not an overwhelming athlete, but a good technician. I think he'd be a great RT, and he'll probably be a top 10-12 LT.
7 Tampa Bay Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
I think Evans is a good player, but he is a weird fit for Tampa, since they have the same guy in Vincent Jackson already. He'll help the Bucs, I'm sure, but I think a few others could have helped more.
8 Cleveland (via MIN) Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
He has awesome physical ability, from size to length to speed. I don't think he's that great of a player yet. If he maximizes his ability, he and Joe Haden can be really tough together.
9 Minnesota (via CLE via BUF) Anthony Barr LB UCLA
I think he's kind of a one-trick pony, as a speed rusher, and I had him in the second round of the RAMD. To me, there are quite a few better players available.
10 Detroit Eric Ebron TE Detroit
You'd have to say that this is a BPA pick for the Lions. I don't view him as filling a particular need for them. He will be able to dictate zone coverage by lining up on the same side as Calvin Johnson, though.
11 Tennessee Taylor Lewan T Michigan
This is great value for the Titans. He's a fantastic athlete, and was a very good player at Michigan. The Titans must see the same slippage in Michael Roos that I do.​​
12 Giants Odell Beckham WR LSU
The Giants needed to get more dangerous outside, and Beckham helps them do that. He's extremely explosive with the ball, and he's not much less dynamic than Sammy Watkins. Nice pick for the Giants.
13 St. Louis Aaron Donald DT Pitt
This is a nice pick for the Rams, because Donald is going to fit really nicely next to Michael Brockers. Donald is an outstanding penetrator, and he can take the Rams to a new defensive level in 2014.
14 Chicago Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
I think Kyle Fuller is the best football player among the CBs in this class, and he fits the Bears' scheme really well. They play a lot of Cover 2, and he has a nice skill set for it. They need to improve their defense, and this is a good start.
15 Pittsburgh Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
This is an unusual LB for the Steelers, but he's obviously one of my favorite players in this class. I wonder to what extent it might signal a gradual scheme change for the Steelers. He can probably play inside on the weakside for them.
16 Dallas Zack Martin G Notre Dame
This is a good player for the Cowboys, and it's another BPA job. I don't know if they could afford to ignore their defensive needs though. This is a terrible defense.
17 Baltimore C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
Ozzie loves the Alabama guys, and he just seriously hollowed out the ILB class, which is shallow. Mosley has questionable medical, but he's a good player.
18 Jets Calvin Pryor S Louisville
It depends if you like a thumper (Pryor) or a centerfielder (Clinton-Dix) as to which is the better safety. They're both good, but the Jets needed offense and still do.
19 Miami Ja'Wuan James T Tennessee
It doesn't surprise me that James got into Round 1, but I was surprised he went ahead of Morgan Moses and Joel Bitinio. The Dolphins badly needed help at RT.
20 New Orleans (via ARI) Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
The Saints did a great job trading up to get a potential game breaker. Cooks is a lot like DeSean Jackson, minus the asshole tendencies.
21 Green Bay Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama
This makes a lot of sense for Green Bay. Their defense has never been the same since Nick Collins retired. Clinton-Dix is a good player.
22 Cleveland (via PHI) Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
You have to hand it to Cleveland for working the board. Manziel has the kind of star power that Cleveland needs, and I think he'll benefit from Kyle Shanahan. I suspect Kyle led the charge for this pick because it seemed like Mike Pettine preferred Derek Carr.
23 Kansas City Dee Ford DE Auburn
Very interesting pick. Kind of along the Seattle idea of never having too many pass rushers. Personally, I think they needed weapons at WR, but Ford is a good player.
24 Cincinnati Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
This makes a lot of schematic sense, and Dennard is an excellent value here. The Bengals are old at CB, other than Dre Kirkpatrick.
25 San Diego Jason Verrett CB TCU
Well, here comes the run on corners. Verrett is small but has excellent coverage ability. He's not locking up Demaryius Thomas, but he can compete with Emmanuel Sanders.
26 Philadelphia (via CLE) Marcus Smith LB Louisville
Well, here's a surprise. I had the Broncos taking him 95th in the RAMD. Smith is a really interesting guy, and could develop into a good pass rusher in a class that's short on them.
27 Arizona (via NO) Deone Bucannon S Washington State
This is a good safety prospect, and I really like the fit for Arizona. He and the Honey Badger together make for a really interesting back end.
28 Carolina Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
I'm not a fan of Benjamin, as I've said a few times. He's a power forward, but he runs poorly, and isn't much of a route technician. Meh.
29 New England Dominique Easley DT Florida
This is a great pick, and I'm not surprised he went in Round 1 after having him 30th in the RAMD. Easley can dominate as a one-gapper if his knees are okay. Hats off to the Patriots.
30 San Francisco Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois
Ward is the fourth safety in a five safety class. Scarcity pushed a mid-second-rounder into the first round. I don't love the value at all.
31 Denver Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
This makes sense. Roby has big-time size, speed, length, and athleticism. He didn't have a great season, and his recent arrest probably hurt him. He has as much potential as Gilbert, and I'd rather have a potential guy at 31 than 8.
32 Minnesota (via SEA) Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
Bridgewater is a really nice value for Minnesota. The reasons he fell had nothing to do with football. I think he'll start by midseason.

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