NFL Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis

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For the first time since 1968, the NFL draft began with a pair of offensive linemen, and it didn't stop there.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars filled big needs with big men Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel, premium left tackles who are expected to have Pro Bowl futures with teams in need of an offensive boost.
Three tackles went in the top four picks, matching a similar run in '68.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan -- His length, power and impressive athleticism caught the eye of scouts at the Senior Bowl, and he was just as good in interviews and workouts in the months that followed. A better athlete than Texas A&M junior Luke Joeckel and the ideal fit in Andy Reid's West Coast offensive system.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M -- The first pick from GM David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley is the a needed anchor on the left side. Joeckel's upside is arguably higher than Fisher's, but he needs time to develop physically and should be a longtime starter.

3. Miami Dolphins (from OAK): DE Dion Jordan, Oregon -- The Dolphins continued their aggressive offseason. Fast and light, Jordan is a pass-rush specialist to pair with Cameron Wake in a new-look defense.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma -- He can line up on either side of the line, and his combination of length (35-inch arms), hand strength and movement skills indicates he'll adjust quickly to a no-huddle offense not unlike the Sooners' system.

5. Detroit Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah, BYU -- Expectations were defensive end would be the pick with two starters to replace (Kyle Vanden Bosch, Cliff Avril), but Ansah (6-5, 271) is a boom-or-bust pick with sky-scraping potential but minimal experience. Coach Jim Schwartz and his staff worked with Ansah for six days at the Senior Bowl and have been highly complimentary in the months since that event.

6. Cleveland Browns: OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU -- Runs a 4.53 40, and closes on the quarterback in a blink. Mingo needs NFL coaching and technique to hit his ceiling, but the ability is obvious.

7. Arizona Cardinals: OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina -- A feisty finisher at guard or center with 47 career blocks, brings needed stability to an offensive line that struggled in all areas in 2012.

8. St. Louis Rams (from BUF): WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia -- Austin is arguably the best playmaker in the draft, scoring as a receiver, runner and returner for the Mountaineers. But his size (5-8, 172) will call durability into question.

9. New York Jets: CB Dee Milliner, Alabama -- If he stays healthy -- Milliner has had five surgeries -- Milliner can be an instant impact cover man. He excelled for former secondary coach and 3-4 maven Nick Saban at Alabama and won't back down from the "Revis Replacement" labels.

10. Tennessee Titans: OG Chance Warmack, Alabama -- Former NFL offensive lineman Mike Munchak was thrilled to find the mauling interior blocker available at this spot, and Chris Johnson likely flashed his golden smile, too.

11. San Diego Chargers: OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama -- A tank in football pads, Fluker has weighed as much as 360 pounds and can overwhelm defensive linemen with his mass and size.

12. Oakland Raiders (from MIA): CB D.J. Hayden, Houston -- Has coverage skills to excel, easy to root for after surviving a blood vessel injury doctors called "95 percent fatal."

13. New York Jets (from TB): DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri -- Agile, penetrating defensive tackle with just one year of starting experience and strong production.

14. Carolina Panthers: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah -- Arguably the top run-stuffer in the draft, Lotulelei should dramatically upgrade the Panthers' putrid defense.

14. Carolina Panthers: DT Star Lotulelei, Utah -- Arguably the top run-stuffer in the draft, Lotulelei should dramatically upgrade the Panthers' putrid defense.

15. New Orleans Saints: FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas -- Versatile centerfielder who will carry great pressure immediately patrolling the middle of the defense behind Rob Ryan's blitz-heavy scheme.

16. Buffalo Bills (from STL): QB EJ Manuel, Florida State -- Manuel won four bowl games and ran a read-option style offense. He's intelligent and accurate. At 6-5, 237, he comes with the NFL body but needs a year as a backup before he gives up the clipboard.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia -- Compiled 28 sacks in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs, but the one-time medical reject at USC has spinal stenosis and some teams weren't willing to gamble on his NFL greatness.

18. San Francisco 49ers (from DAL): S Eric Reid, LSU -- Losing Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency forced the 49ers to address their already questionable secondary. Reid is in the same mold -- fast and ferocious as a tackler.

19. New York Giants: OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse -- One of the better athletes in the draft, he can play any position on the line, a need area for the Giants' aging front.

20. Chicago Bears: OL Kyle Long, Oregon -- The first major shocker in the first round, Long is untested against elite talent and his age and checkered past were bigger concerns. Has tackle potential, but like last year's first-rounder Shea McClellin, might need a year or two to develop.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame -- The top tight end in the draft, gives the Bengals another likely rookie difference-maker following AJ Green and Andy Dalton. All of a sudden, coverage rolled to blanket Green might get hit where it hurts.

22. Atlanta Falcons (from STL): CB Desmond Trufant, Washington -- The third Trufant Brother to enter the NFL as a defensive back, none is more smooth athletically than Trufant. Atlanta will bank on him as a first-year starter after Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes relocated in the offseason.

23. Minnesota Vikings: DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida -- A three-technique who can learn behind a similar player, former first-round pick 33-year-old Kevin Williams.

24. Indianapolis Colts: DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State: German-native and high school exchange student was a quick study. He's an all-effort type, not dominant but capable of developing into a Paul Kruger type. Coach Chuck Pagano coached Kruger in Baltimore.

25. Minnesota Vikings (from SEA): CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State: With Manti Te'o on the board and a plethora of wide receivers, the Vikings stay with the defensive theme, getting a big cover corner with the draft pick acquired in the Percy Harvin swap with the Seahawks.

26. Green Bay Packers: DE Datone Jones, UCLA: A five-technique defensive end who can play the run and pass effectively, should improve the Packers at a position of need. Had 19.5 tackles for loss in 2012.

27. Houston Texans: WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson -- A swift route-runner with sticky hands, finally gives Andre Johnson a wingman to challenge weak-side cornerbacks.

28. Denver Broncos: DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina -- A strong, quick line-crashing interior defensive lineman who'll challenge opponents on all three downs.

29. New England Patriots:

30. St. Louis Rams (from ATL):

31. Dallas Cowboys (from SF):

32. Baltimore Ravens:

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