Chargers No. 11 pick - OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama)
Another pick, another big boy off the board. The Chargers offensive line is hurting badly and losing Louis Vasquez in free agency was a big blow. The selection of Fluker is safe and adds some stability for Philip Rivers and the run game. Fluker should come in and immediately be a starter.
This is the third Alabama prospect (in a row) that has been drafted. Fluker has started 36 games for the Crimson Tide.
Raiders No. 12 pick (from MIA) - CB D.J. Hayden (Houston)
A lot of Colts fans were hoping for D.J. Hayden to fall to No. 24, but the Raiders weren't about to let that happen. More importantly than our desires as Colts fans is the amazing life story of Hayden, who was near death after internal bleeding. Hayden will move into a rebuilding mess in Oakland, but there's no reason to believe he can't be a factor in the Raiders eventual rise.
Jets No. 13 pick - DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)
An All-SEC second-team selection, Richardson led all interior defensive linemen in the conference with 75 tackles and 10.5 for a loss. Richardson was a bit of a late bloomer, coming on strong in the SEC in 2012.
Teams were concerned by his lack of consistency, but his big 2012 and incredibly strong performance against an NFL line in Alabama were enough for the Jets to justify selecting him.
Panthers No. 14 pick - DT Star Lotulelei (Utah)
Lotulelei (try spelling that ten times) showed his athleticism and versatility by playing both defensive end and nose tackle in Utah. He's the perfect fit for a 3-4 defense, as he can play inside or outside. Lotulelei will be a major force for the Panthers when paired up with Dwan Edwards.
Saints No. 15 pick - SS Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)
With Rob Ryan installed as the new defensive coordinator in New Orleans, the Saints are looking to totally forget about the embarrassing defensive display from 2012. Kenny Vaccaro is a big step towards making this transition and he should fit perfectly with Ryan's aggressive 3-4 approach.
Vaccaro is a versatile player that can play nickel back, like he did in college, or run with slot receivers, step for step. He's exceptional in man coverage and should benefit, as TJ Ward did, when Ryan was the coordinator in Cleveland.
|#||Round 1 - Team||Player||Pos.||School|
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|3||Miami Dolphins (from OAK)||Dion Jordan||DE||Oregon|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Lane Johnson||OT||Alabama|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ziggy Ansah||DE||BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Barkevious Mingo||DE||LSU|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathon Cooper||OG||North Carolina|
|8||St. Louis Rams (from BUF)||Tavon Austin||WR||WVU|
|9||New York Jets||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama|
|11||San Diego Chargers||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama|
|12||Oakland Raiders (from MIA)||D.J. Hayden||CB||Houston|
|13||New York Jets (from TB)||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Kenny Vaccaro||SS||Texas|
|16||Buffalo Bills (from STL)|
|19||New York Giants|
|22||St. Louis Rams (from WAS)|
|25||Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)|
|26||Green Bay Packers|
|29||New England Patriots|
|31||San Francisco 49ers|