Here's a quick recap of picks 21 through 25 in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
|1||21||Green Bay Packers||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama|
|1||22||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M|
|1||24||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State|
My general thoughts:
Packers - I'm a huge fan of this pick and am very surprised Clinton-Dix fell this far. He's a quality coverage safety and can cover the back end of the field. Last season he regressed but if he can return to his old form, he could be a great safety for Green Bay. He was the leader of the Alabama secondary and will transition well into the NFL.
Browns - FINALLY! Johnny Football finally gets drafted by the Browns. In an unrelated story, Browns fans will be disappointed again when Johnny Football flops. Actually, with such a great offensive line, Manziel has the pieces in place to succeed. He will have protection similar to what he had at A&M but with a better guy under center. If nothing else, the Browns finally have a face for their franchise.
Trade Details: Eagles receive 26 and 86
Chiefs - At first, this is a head scratcher because I figured they'd go with Marqise Lee or another wide receiver. However, after their pass rushers went down in the playoffs last year, Kansas City was done for. Ford is an excellent pass rusher. He has great speed and bend in turning the corner. He does a great job getting under tackles with speed and getting quick pressure on the quarterback. I thought they'd go wide receiver here, but Ford makes sense.
Bengals - Finally a pick that makes sense. Dennard is a great player for Marvin Lewis's defense. He's a physical guy who can turn and run with most wide receivers. The Bengals biggest need was arguably the corner position. Dennard doesn't take many bad steps and has the ball skills to intercept missed throws. I'm not surprised he fell, but he should have been selected higher.
Chargers - The Chargers desperately needed a corner and they got a great one in Verrett. He was a solid player at TCU and played well against top wide receivers. He's a former wide receiver who can make plays on the ball. He can play in a variety of coverages and continues to improve. San Diego fans may have wanted them to go with Nix since they don't have a true NT on the roster and the corner position is much deeper. However, they should still be happy with Verrett,