2014 NFL Draft do-over: Texans take Derek Carr at No. 1

It's December, and the Oakland Raiders are preparing for a meaningful game. How long has it been since you could say that?

The Raiders (5-6) have a statement home game against the Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) on Sunday, and it's what they did in the 2014 NFL Draft that has them in this position. Here's a re-do of last year's draft, one that dramatically changed things for Oakland with the additions of QB Derek Carr, LB Khalil Mack and OL Gabe Jackson -- players I believe would all be top-15 picks today.

1. HOUSTON TEXANS

Pick:Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE

Do-over:Derek Carr, Fresno State, QB

Comment: Rumors have it the Texans didn't even consider Derek Carr because things didn't work out with his brother, David, years earlier. This time around, the Texans don't even blink.

2. ST. LOUIS RAMS

Pick:Greg Robinson, Auburn, OT

Do-over:Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB

Comment: It's easy to put one of the talented wide receivers from this class here, but Mack has the potential to be one of the premier defensive talents in football. You don't pass on those guys.

3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Pick:Blake Bortles, Central Florida, QB

Do-over: Same

Comment: We could try to get cute here, but the Jaguars desperately needed a quarterback and they are seeing growth from Bortles.

4. BUFFALO BILLS

Pick:Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR

Do-over:Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU, WR

Comment: The Bills traded up because they knew they needed a special playmaker. While they could go with Teddy Bridgewater here, we'll stick with the playmaker, but make it Beckham this time around.

5. OAKLAND RAIDERS

Pick:Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB

Do-over:Mike Evans, Texas A&M, WR

Comment: Would Al Davis love this pick or what?! Before there was Amari Cooper there was -- nobody, really. Evans has the size and vertical talent that teams love. He's also a touchdown-maker.

6. ATLANTA FALCONS

Pick:Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT

Do-over:Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DT

Comment: The Falcons went offensive line with this selection originally, but Donald is easily the most disruptive defensive lineman from this draft and has been much more productive and consistent than any of the offensive tackles from this draft.

7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Pick:Mike Evans, Texas A&M, WR

Do-over:Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, QB

Comment: If we go back and re-draft, then there is no Jameis Winston on the team yet. Bridgewater has shown growth and promise and the Bucs would be smart to take him here in a re-draft.

8. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Pick:Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, CB

Do-over:Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR

Comment: Irony time. The last time around, Cleveland traded out of the fourth spot rather than taking the talented Watkins. This time around, we'll stick Watkins with them in the eighth slot.

9. MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Pick:Anthony Barr, UCLA, OLB

Do-over: Same

Comment: While I would personally take Zack Martin with this selection, something tells me that Mike Zimmer and the Vikings' brass are OK with the defensive diversity that Barr offers them.

10. DETROIT LIONS

Pick:Eric Ebron, North Carolina, TE

Do-over:Zack Martin, Notre Dame, OL

Comment: It's never a bad idea to bolster the offensive line with Pro Bowl talent, so Martin is the pick.

11. TENNESSEE TITANS

Pick:Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT

Do-over:Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, DE

Comment: Lewan has been shaky at tackle and the Titans can't seem to figure their running game out. I know he has had to battle through injuries, but Clowney has flashed enough for the Titans to add him in as a boom-or-bust talent.

12. NEW YORK GIANTS

Pick:Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, WR

Do-over:Greg Robinson, Auburn, OT

Comment: While he still has work to do, Robinson has shown some improvement. He's the type of physical right tackle prospect that would have allowed the 2014 Giants to move Justin Pugh inside.

13. ST. LOUIS RAMS

Pick:Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh, DT

Do-over:Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, WR

Comment: With Khalil Mack in the fold with the second overall pick, the Rams get to address their WR need with a touchdown maker who is extremely difficult to cover down the field. I know he has a torn ACL right now, but his ability and the Rams' need are a perfect match in 2014.

14. CHICAGO BEARS

Pick:Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, CB

Do-over:C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB

Comment: The Bears could go in several different directions in this spot, but they need solid, reliable and productive talent, and that is what Mosley gives them.

15. PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pick:Ryan Shazier, Ohio State, LB

Do-over:Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, G

Comment: The Steelers have been willing to draft along the offensive line over the last few years in an attempt to get their trenches where they want them. Jackson is a mauler who can open holes and step right into the left guard spot.

16. DALLAS COWBOYS

Pick:Zack Martin, Notre Dame, OL

Do-over:Aaron Lynch, OLB, South Florida

Comment: Lynch is a pass-rush specialist with an edge that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli should be able to mold.

17. BALTIMORE RAVENS

Pick:C.J. Mosley, Alabama, LB

Do-over:Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, OT

Comment: Former offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was on this staff for this selection and I'm quite certain that he loved the athletic Aggie tackle who could have fit right into the zone scheme.

18. NEW YORK JETS

Pick:Calvin Pryor, Louisville, S

Do-over:Devonta Freeman, Florida State, RB

Comment: The Jets were in need of a playmaker in 2014 and Freeman has proven himself to be extremely dangerous on the ground and out of the backfield.

19. MIAMI DOLPHINS

Pick:Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee, OT

Do-over:Joel Bitonio, Nevada, OT

Comment: While I think he was better last season than he has been in 2015, Bitonio is a perfect scheme fit for the Dolphins in 2014 (and now) and would have addressed a need.

20. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Pick:Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, WR

Do-over: Same

Comment: I would say the Saints have been very happy with Cooks up to this point, so why change a thing with this selection?

21. GREEN BAY PACKERS

Pick:Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama, S

Do-over: Same

Comment: Solid, not special, but the Packers sit tight.



22. CLEVELAND BROWNS

Pick:Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, QB

Do-over:Bradley Roby, Ohio State, CB

Comment: There were some concerns about Roby's character headed into the 2014 draft, but he hasn't been a problem thus far. He's proven to be a talented cornerback who would have made a great pairing with Joe Haden.

23. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Pick:Dee Ford, Auburn, DE

Do-over:Jarvis Landry, LSU, WR

Comment: The Chiefs needed a wide receiver in 2014 and Landry has shown that his lack of impressive timed speed is irrelevant compared to his play speed and outstanding competitiveness. Landry would be a great fit with Andy Reid.

24. CINCINNATI BENGALS

Pick:Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, CB

Do-over:Jeremy Hill, LSU, RB

Comment: The Bengals wanted a banger to go with Giovani Bernard, but took Hill in the second round. In this scenario, they pass on the cornerback and grab their man a round earlier.

25. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Pick:Jason Verrett, TCU, CB

Do-over:Martavis Bryant, Clemson, WR

Comment: Things aren't always going to be easy when you are dealing with Bryant, but his size, speed and ability to hit the big play are undeniable. Great complement for Keenan Allen.

26. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Pick:Marcus Smith, Louisville, LB

Do-over:Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, WR

Comment: Matthews has been solid in Philadelphia, although he could use a little better quarterback play. Why not take him here?

27. ARIZONA CARDINALS

Pick:Deone Bucannon, Washington State, S

Do-over:Taylor Lewan, Michigan, OT

Comment: Lewan has had some struggles in protection, but the Cardinals really needed a tackle before the 2014 season and Lewan has the potential to develop into a more consistent starter at either tackle spot in the future.

28. CAROLINA PANTHERS

Pick:Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, WR

Do-over:Carlos Hyde, Ohio State, RB

Comment: Hyde has had some injury issues and has had to run behind a shaky offensive line, but we've seen flashes of what he's capable of. Hyde's youth and power would be a great complement to what Cam Newton brings to the table.

29. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Pick:Dominique Easley, Florida, DT

Do-over:Eric Ebron, North Carolina, TE

Comment: We all know that predicting a Bill Belichick draft pick is fruitless, but we also know that he loves an athletic, two-tight-end set, and Ebron gives Brady another matchup toy to play with.

30. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Pick:Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois, S

Do-over:Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee, OT

Comment: Even before he retired, the play from Anthony Davis wasn't matching up with the paycheck -- especially in pass protection. James would be a nice prospect to groom for that right tackle spot.

31. DENVER BRONCOS

Pick:Bradley Roby, Ohio State, CB

Do-over:Jason Verrett, TCU, CB

Comment: The Broncos added a third cornerback with ball skills and starting potential. We'll give them the same type of player here with Verrett.

32. MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Pick:Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville, QB

Do-over:Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, QB

Comment: If we are to adhere to all of the draft slots that took place in that draft, the Vikings would be trading up for a reason and that reason would be to pick a quarterback. Based on potential, I think it's reasonable that Garoppolo could sneak into this "trade-up" spot for a team looking for a quarterback.

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