Here's a quick recap of picks 11 through 15 in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
|1||11||Tennessee Titans||Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan|
|1||12||New York Giants||Odell Beckham, Jr.||WR||LSU|
|1||14||Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
|1||15||Ryan Shazier||OLB||Ohio State|
My general thoughts:
Titans - I'm actually very surprised by this pick. The pick doesn't make sense to me because Tennessee seems set on most of their line. Lewan is a great offensive lineman but makes some poor life decisions. Also, he's over aggressive on the field, which can be a problem in terms of penalties. Tennessee is certainly strengthening their offensive line. I guess they have more faith in Bjeorn Werner developing than most Colts fans do. Oh, and there's that Clowney kid too.
Giants - I've been high on Backham the entire draft process. I'm a bit surprised in this pick though. It seemed like Aaron Donald would have been a better selection. This also seems to be a slap in the face to the development of Reuben Randle, who was supposed to step in for new Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. I understand the pick, but don't really like it.
Rams - Wow. Another surprise pick in my mind with the quality of the defensive linemen currently on the Rams roster. This pick is even more puzzling to me knowing Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor still available and the huge hole St. Louis has on the back end of their defense. Donald is a great, high intensity player who gets tremendous interior pressure, right in the face of the quarterback. Donald will maximize his initial quickness in St. Louis, especially with defenses focusing on the ends.
Chicago - I figured the Bears would go safety here with Clinton-Dix and Pryor on the board. However, corner was also a huge need for the Bears and Fuller is a great, versatile corner. He's rangy and can play both zone and man coverage. He's also a willing tackler who plays hard and hits hard too.
Steelers - This pick makes a ton of sense. Dick LeBeau has always ran a more blitz oriented and aggressive defensive team. Shazier will help them keep that MO. I think Shazier was undervalued throughout the draft process up until this past week. He's fast and makes plays all over the field. He's a great tackler and fits perfectly in Pittsburgh's aggressive defense.