How he fits : He has the best skill set in the draft. But will he play that way each week? This is a 3-4 Romeo Crennel defense with a lot of two-gap looks and less penetrating than a one-gap Wade Phillips scheme. That is not Clowney's forte. However, he will play outside linebacker in the base package, and we will see a lot more four-man fronts and sub packages. The Texans will get their best from pass-rushers on the field in passing situations. He has lined up all over the defensive line (à la J.J. Watt) and he could even line up next to Watt at left outside linebacker -- wow! Crennel will adjust and make this work.
How he fits : This is a nice marriage between drafting the best player on the board who also fills a big need. He is an excellent athlete and natural left tackle who will upgrade an offensive line that has not been consistent in pass protection in front of a quarterback who is not overly mobile. This offense will show a lot of no-huddle with three- and five-step drops, and it is mostly a man-blocking offensive line, which suits Robinson perfectly. With left tackle Jake Long coming off a knee injury, Robinson is insurance. With right tackle Joe Barksdale playing better than expected, look for Robinson to line up at left guard to give the Rams an elite left side. He could easily move to left or right tackle if necessary.
How he fits : This is a team with multiple needs, but it has no chance unless it has a quarterback to build around. Bortles will be that guy. Without a legitimate run game and a so-so offensive line, he will be under a lot of pressure. With marginal pass protection and poor blitz pickup, we will see a lot of slants and quick crossing routes with safe passes designed for yards after catch. Bortles will use screen and draw plays and would excel in play-action if the Jaguars can develop a decent run game. This offense likes to attack the middle of the defense, and the coaches are looking for more creativity in the play calling. Bortles is smart and competitive and has some Big Ben similarities. This will be his team.
How he fits : This was the 28th-ranked pass offense a year ago, and veteran receiver Stevie Johnson is the only player the Bills were able to count on. Watkins gives the Bills the big-play capability they have been missing and a vertical presence. We will see creative personnel groupings with a high volume of no-huddle and shotgun plays. They likely will move Watkins all over the formation, with a lot of crossing routes and even some bubble screens designed for yards after the catch. With quarterback EJ Manuel still a bit of an unknown because of injury, these guys should grow together, and their ability to let the coaches install the total playbook will be important.
How he fits : This is a 4-3 defense with some unique fronts, and the Raiders can easily go to a 3-4 look, as they are constantly trying to confuse offenses. They have a defense with too many aging players who are not game-changers; Mack could alter that. Their linebackers made a lot of tackles last season, but too many were at the second level. Mack is excellent versus the run, at the point of attack and on a defense that is forced to blitz a lot to create pressure. He can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 look and can be productive as a defensive end when they go to a sub-package from a man front. But his most underrated quality might be his ability to play pass defense (à la Clay Matthews), and that makes him a safe pick and complete player.
How he fits : He is versatile offensive lineman with four years of experience, and we know about his great family bloodlines. He is a complete player, and the Falcons can play him at a left tackle and move starter Sam Baker to right tackle. Or they can simply play Matthews at right tackle, as he has played both positions. Matt Ryan was sacked 44 times in 2013, and this is a pass-heavy offense that requires good pass protection up front. The Falcons are making the transition from a man-blocking to zone-blocking scheme. They want their offensive line to block in space and be effective in the screen game, and Matthews can do that. But as a unit, they are not great athletes, so we might see more man blocking than we anticipated. With a tough, new offensive line coach, Mike Tice, Matthews will give them some physicality that has been missing.
How he fits : He will team with Vincent Jackson to give new quarterback Josh McCown elite receivers much like he had in Chicago with Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall -- big targets who will win jump balls. New coordinator Jeff Tedford is very creative, and we will see a sophisticated scheme with spread sets and a lot of sight adjustments by the quarterback and wide receivers. Evans will work in the middle of the field, and he has a knack for adjusting his routes when his quarterback is in trouble. He might be asked to line up all over the formation in this offense, something he has not done in the past. But he will bring a needed toughness to this passing game. This is a division that doesn't have a lot of elite corners, so he should be able to produce immediately.
How he fits : Joe Haden is an elite corner, but he gets little help from the rest of this group. Gilbert gives Cleveland two solid corners, and coach Mike Pettine can now blitz more to create more pressure, as both of these guys can play on an island and play the press technique. This is a smart defense that asks its players to play a variety of roles, and we will even see a 4-2-5 scheme as its base package at times. Gilbert needs to improve versus the run, but his biggest contribution to this unit will be in coverage. He gives the front seven a lot of flexibility in rush schemes on a defense that is close to being really good.
How he fits : This is a need pick on a defense that really gets little production from its linebackers. The Vikings need to figure out how to manufacture a better pass rush to protect a pass defense that was 31st in coverage a year ago. He can play strongside or weakside linebacker in this 4-3 scheme, and although his physicality is in question, he should be a solid space player in this defense. He could be at his best in sub packages, in which he could rush off the edge, although there is a chance they could give him some snaps at defensive end despite his lack of size and physicality.
How he fits : This was not a real need, with Brandon Pettigrew and Joseph Fauria already on the roster, but the Lions love pass-catching tight ends. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi comes from New Orleans and knows how to get big production out of the position. We will see multiple packages with motion, flexes, seven-step drops and go-routes between the hashes. Ebron must be able to flourish in their sight-adjustment package and be on the same page with quarterback Matthew Stafford. He will line up wide and flex a lot using some of the same skills we see from Jimmy Graham. This is an offense with a wealth of receiving weapons.
How he fits : This looks a lot like value pick because it doesn't seem like a great need with left tackle Michael Roos and right tackle Michael Oher on board. This is a versatile offense that will ask the line to play man and zone, and it must be better in pass protection. But the Titans will shorten the passing game to get the ball out more quickly to help the guys up front. Lewan can play in both blocking schemes and is excellent in space, which will helps versus speed-rushers. Even though both starting tackles appear to be set, Roos is near the end of his career and Oher does not play with consistency, so there is room for Lewan to step in and compete. He will at least give them three good offensive tackles. and they want more toughness out of this unit.
How he fits : This is a need pick, and it gives Eli Manning and Victor Cruz a new toy to play with. The Giants' receiving corps must be better at sight adjust and must cut down on drops (which can be a small concern for Beckham). He has been in a pro-style college pass offense, and his speed should add up to new vertical routes and open things up for Cruz on crossing routes underneath. Beckham should also be terrific after the catch. New coordinator Ben McAdoo will take more deep shots than you might think, and that is where Beckham will excel. Don't be surprised if he has good production on bubble screens, and Beckham can also help out in the return game.
How he fits : This was a value pick because the Rams' defensive line is already terrific and this does not look like a real need. They have two elite defensive tackles in Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford, who are part of a defense that recorded 53 sacks a year ago. New coordinator Gregg Williams loves to attack with loops and stunts, and he really values quickness and penetration -- and that is the name of Donald's game. He has outstanding interior pass-rush skills and gives this defensive line versatility in its four-man front. This pick makes the Rams' defensive line the best in the NFL.
How he fits : The good news is that both starting corners, Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, are back. Both guys are in their 30s, and while they are still good players, this defense needs an infusion of youth and athletic ability. The Bears want to get away from playing as many zone coverages as they have in the past, and Fuller gives them a chance to play more man looks. They have terrible safety play, and that could mean more sub packages with multiple corners, and he gives them that flexibility. However, with a poor pass rush, these defensive backs are on an island with their coverages. Fuller gives the Bears some versatility and insurance for future.
How he fits : He has played both inside and outside in college, but in this 3-4 defense, he will likely line up at inside linebacker next to Lawrence Timmons and replace Vince Williams. Shazier is a guy who is versatile enough to stay on the field every down and can cover in man and zone looks. This is a defense with a lot of age, and his athletic ability will be appreciated. With a defensive line that tries to eat up blocks, it frees him up to get to the ball without having to be overly physical.
How he fits : This had to be a value pick, because Dallas' defense has tremendous needs on all three levels, although the offensive line can always use an upgrade -- especially at both guard spots. Offensive line coach Bill Callahan loves to develop players, and this guy is an experienced player who could line up at all five spots. The Cowboys' O-line is a man-blocking unit that wants to be more physical inside to help out the run game, and Martin gives it that. He is safe pick who should start as a rookie, but there must not have been a defensive player the Cowboys really liked here.
How he fits : We finally have the heir apparent to inside linebacker Ray Lewis, and general manager Ozzie Newsome is an Alabama guy who knows Mosley well. Mosley will start inside in the Ravens' 3-4 defense but does have some experience at weak-side outside linebacker. The Ravens will change up their looks -- 4-3, 4-6 dollar (two DLs, three LBs, six DBs) -- and Mosley can do it all. This is a smart defense that expects players to adapt to their schemes, and he has played disciplined football at a high level. He will step in immediately as a starter on an improving defense.
How he fits : We know Rex Ryan is a defensive-oriented coach who loves to draft defensive backs, and this is a real need for a defense that is excellent up front but struggles in the back end. The Jets want to create more turnovers and big plays. They want to play a lot of tight man schemes, but that does not always suit their current personnel and can limit their willingness to blitz. Pryor is very physical and should eliminate some of the big plays they gave up in the passing game a year ago. They will play some 4-2-5 looks as their base package, and Pryor can sit in the middle of the field and add toughness to this unit.
How he fits : James might be a little bit of a reach in the first round, but Miami's offensive line was terrible in 2013, and the team had no choice but to go in this direction after giving up 58 sacks a year ago. We will see more zone-blocking concepts with stretch plays, misdirection with draw plays and screens. These are all things that James can do well. He will likely start at right tackle but could slide inside to guard. Remember that center Mike Pouncey is the only returning starter. James is not a power player, but his feet and athletic ability should fit well in this scheme.
How he fits : It is never a shock to see the Saints upgrade in the passing game, but they do have needs at wide receiver. Marques Colston is starting to age, and Kenny Stills is the other starter at WR. Depth is not there for an offense that uses a lot of spread/multi-wide receiver sets. Cooks gives them a guy who can stretch the field with big vertical plays and yards after the catch. He could also be very effective on bubble screens. He's not a big guy, but he plays with discipline, and Drew Brees will love his precise routes and ability to sight adjust and read on the move. Cooks could see some snaps out of the backfield to give him the Darren Sproles-type short pass plays.
How he fits : The Packers did not get a single interception from the safety position a year ago and they lack playmakers and depth inside on the back end of this defense. Clinton-Dix is the ultimate center fielder and a guy who can run this secondary. They don't get great pass-rush pressure, and that exposes their defensive backs in coverage and forces them to play sub packages 60 percent of the time to match up versus spread offenses. They seem to have a lot of busted coverages and miscommunication that lead to big plays, but those are things Clinton-Dix should help fix. This guy is always around the football, and he will likely team with strong safety Morgan Burnett to give Green Bay much better inside play.
How he fits : Manziel is a pick who will energize the Browns' fan base, and they were able to get him in a desirable part of the round. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan knows how to coach a mobile quarterback because he did so with RG III in Washington, and Manziel has similar qualities. We will see bootlegs, rollouts and a lot of West Coast principles. Manziel will work out of the shotgun with creative personnel groupings and spread looks. Keep in mind that Manziel has big hands, which should serve him well when the Cleveland weather deteriorates.
How he fits : A defensive end and outside linebacker in college, Ford will be an edge pass-rusher in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense, which faltered badly at the end of last season. Because the Chiefs have two excellent OLBs in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, this looks like a value pick rather than a pressing need. Because he lacks size and is limited in coverage, Ford will be used primarily in K.C.'s outside rush rotation.
How he fits : This is a solid need pick for a secondary that has played well but is starting to show some age. The Bengals want to play aggressive man schemes, and Dennard is excellent in press techniques and is a solid turn-and-run cover guy. They will blitz and put Dennard on an island; they will also use him on blitzes off the edge.
How he fits : The secondary was the Chargers' Achilles' heel in 2013. As a result, the Chargers were forced to play simpler coverages with fewer blitzes and were hesitant to put their corners on an island. Verrett is a solid turn-and-run cover guy who should help San Diego reduce the big plays it allowed last season. This was the perfect marriage of a value pick filling a need, and Verrett will give this pass defense much-needed versatility.
How he fits : Smith is a nice fit in what's a unique Eagles defensive scheme. It looks like a 3-4 front pre-snap, but they will eventually bring one OLB up to the line of scrimmage to make it look like a 4-3 under. Smith is a hybrid guy who has played DE and OLB. In this defense, he will be asked to primarily rush off the edge. He's also adept at dropping into coverage.
How he fits : The Cardinals want a physical guy to team inside with FS Tyrann Mathieu, and they might have found him in Bucannon. A prototype strong safety, Bucannon is physical and can play in the box and stop the run. The biggest weakness of this defense a year ago was covering tight ends, and Bucannon is really an underrated cover guy for being so physical. He is the perfect fit for this very good defense.
How he fits : This was a glaring need for an offense that is devoid of playmakers in the passing game. Benjamin is a giant wide receiver who will attack the seams -- something the Panthers have not had -- but he's inconsistent. Carolina's passing game is fairly simple without a lot of sight adjustments, and that allows the receivers to run fairly simple routes. Benjamin should be a good jump-ball target and red zone option for QB Cam Newton.
How he fits : Both starting DTs, Vince Wilfork and Tommie Kelly, are coming off significant injuries and both are aging, so the Patriots needed to get younger at the position and add insurance. Easley is an explosive one-gap penetrator who can play DE or DT. However, he's had knee problems in the past, so he might be a bit of a risk at a position for which New England doesn't need a "mistake" pick.
How he fits : After losing Donte Whitner to free agency, San Francisco has bolstered the depth at safety with the signing of Antoine Bethea from Indianapolis and taking Ward in the first round. With Bethea filling the strong safety role and 2013 first-round pick Eric Reid at free safety, Ward's versatility and ability to hold up in man coverage and defending the run will be appealing as a slot defender in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's heavy Cover 2 scheme.
How he fits : Denver signed Aqib Talib away from New England, but Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie have both signed elsewhere. Tony Carter is more of sub-package corner who contributes on special teams than a starter, and Chris Harris partially tore an ACL in the Broncos' playoff win over San Diego. As a result, the Broncos needed a corner capable of pushing for the starting job opposite Talib, and Roby is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's scheme. He has the fluidity, burst, top-end speed and confidence to blanket receivers one-on-one, as well as the awareness and tackling ability to hold when Del Rio goes zone.
How he fits : 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder hasn't panned out, and the Vikings declined his fifth-year option. The short-lived Josh Freeman experiment didn't work out either, and he's signed with the Giants. Matt Cassell is an adequate stopgap, but he isn't the long-term answer. As well as general manager Rick Spielman has drafted overall, it's a quarterback-driven league, and the bottom line is he missed on Ponder. Bridgewater's average arm strength is a concern when it comes playing in the NFC North, but he was the top-ranked quarterback on our board at one point and he's a cerebral quarterback capable of mastering offensive coordinator Norv Turner's offense. There's also a lot to like about Spielman's aggressiveness trading up into the first round to ensure that Houston didn't take Bridgewater with the 33rd overall pick.