Top 10 draft classes

dshirley@macon.comMay 11, 2014 

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers needed to get younger on defense, and they spent five of their picks on that side of the ball, including Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier and Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt. They also landed a deep threat for Ben Roethlisberger in Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant later than he was projected.

2. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers don't have many holes, but they strengthened their secondary with four picks there, including first-rounder Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois. They also added depth with running back Carlos Hyde (Ohio State), center Marcus Martin (USC) and offensive lineman Brandon Thomas (Clemson).

3. St. Louis Rams: The Rams got a starter for 10 years on their offensive line in Auburn's Greg Robinson and a really talented defensive lineman in Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald with their two first-round picks.

4. Houston Texans: The Texans had a solid draft, although Tom Savage can't be their answer to their quarterback problems, right? That said, they made the right decision by drafting the class' best player -- South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney -- with the first pick.

5. Oakland Raiders: The Raiders aren't typically known for wise draft decisions, but they were smart throughout the three days. Khalil Mack from Buffalo was a terrific pick at No. 5, while Fresno State's Derek Carr could end up being the team's starter at quarterback for years to come.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars: This draft will hinge on Central Florida's Blake Bortles at quarterback, but the Jaguars got him some help at wide receiver in USC's Marqise Lee and Penn State's Allen Robinson.

7. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals started strong by taking former Twiggs County standout Darqueze Dennard at cornerback, and they drafted Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in the fifth round.

8: Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles found some defensive help in linebacker Marcus Smith (Louisville) in the first round and then went offense in the next two rounds with receivers Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) and Josh Huff (Oregon).

9. Baltimore Ravens: Like the Steelers, the Ravens needed to get younger on defense, and they did just that with linebacker C.J. Mosley (Alabama) and defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks from Florida State.

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs needed a lot of help on offense, so they focused on offense for all of their picks, including wide receiver Mike Evans (Texas A&M), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) and running back Charles Sims (West Virginia).

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