Although the Texans had their issues at QB, they were not sold on top prospect Blake Bortles, so they decided to draft the player rated No. 1 overall. Checking in at the NFL Combine at 6-foot-5 and 266 pounds, Clowney possessed ideal size for the position and paired it with a 4.53 40-yard dash. He also had the college production to back it up with 24 sacks in 36 career games. Since entering the NFL, injuries have prevented Clowney from reaching his full potential. Although he has flashed at times when on the field, Clowney has missed 14 games and underwent microfracture knee surgery last offseason. If you're the Texans, you can imagine what a WR corps that included both DeAndre Hopkins and Beckham Jr. could do for your offense. Even Brian Hoyer might look like an All-Pro.
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Greg Robinson, St. Louis Rams
Drawing early comparisons to Hall of Famer Walter Jones for his frame and run-blocking potential, the Rams were excited to select Robinson at No. 2 overall. Coming from a run-heavy scheme at Auburn, there were concerns about Robinson's transition to left tackle at the NFL level. After starting at left guard during the first eight weeks of his rookie season, Robinson shifted to left tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, he has struggled mightily in pass protection. PFF charts him with allowing 10 sacks, 16 QB hits and 25 QB hurries in his 22 games there. Kenny Britt leads the Rams WR corps with just 480 yards and one touchdown on 28 receptions through 14 games this season. Beckham would open up the passing game and running lanes for dyanmic rookie RB Todd Gurley.
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Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars surprised most draft pundits when they selected Bortles after staying mostly quiet on the QB through the entire pre-draft process. After struggling during his rookie season, Bortles has turned it on in his sophomore season. Only Tom Brady and Carson Palmer have more touchdown passes through Week 14. He still struggles with turnovers -- 17 total this season -- but Bortles looks on his way to becoming a franchise QB. With receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns emerging as two of the NFL's best young receivers, the Jaguars might be the only team in the 2014 NFL Draft that doesn't fully regret passing on Beckham.
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Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
The Cleveland Browns originally had the No. 4 overall choice, but traded it for more picks. After finishing with the NFL's 28th-best passing offense, the Bills acquired the pick and selected the player believed to be the draft's best receiver. Watkins has been dynamic and dominant at times, but he doesn't attract the same defensive attenton or possess as much game-breaking ability as Beckham. Despite playing one more career game than Beckham, Watkins has 72 fewer receptions, 927 fewer receiving yards and 11 fewer touchdowns.
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Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders
A fast riser on draft boards during the pre-draft process, the knock on Mack was that he played college football in the MAC and needed to refine his pass-rushing skills. As a rookie, Mack was a dominant run defender. Although he generated a lot of QB pressures, he was only able to convert them into four sacks. In his second season, Mack is finishing -- he leads the NFL with 14 sacks through Week 14. It's fair to wonder if Beckham could have made a bigger impact for the Raiders in the win column, but it's a certainty that selecting him would have changed how the roster was assembled. Would the Raiders have passed on bargain free-agent WR Michael Crabtree this past offseason or first-round WR Amari Cooper this past draft? The Raiders join the Jaguars as one of two teams who can live with skipping over Beckham.
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Jake Matthews, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons desperately needed a left tackle, so they went with Matthews. With NFL pedigree, excellent size and a strong college resume, Matthews was deemed to be one of the safest picks in the draft. Matthews has started every game in his career but one, and is a much-improved player in year two. However, he is not a dominant left tackle in pass protection or run-blocking. With the Falcons struggling to move the ball through the air with an injured and old WR corps outside of Julio Jones, one can only wonder how dynamic this offense would be with both Jones and Beckham. All of that talk about Matt Ryan's regression could be wiped away.
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Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In what could end up going down as one of the top WR draft classes in the last decade -- any decade? -- Evans rose up draft boards after an incredible final collegiate season with Johnny Manziel. Evans went on a little run of his own during his rookie season, finishing with 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns, but he hasn't been able to repeat that success in 2015. Evans has struggled with dropped passes (13) so far during his sophomore campaign, and only rookie Amari Cooper has more drops around the league.
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Justin Gilbert, Cleveland Browns
Only the Browns could have two chances to select Beckham and pass twice. After trading back, the Browns used their top-10 pick to bolster their pass defense. Gilbert rose up draft boards late, but there were concerns about his ability to play press-man coverage and toughness. Through his first two seasons, Gilbert is shaping up as arguably the biggest bust in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has dealt with off-field issues in addition to his inability to crack the starting lineup. Gilbert has started one game this season and three in his career. With Josh Gordon suspended, the Browns wish they could have either opportunity back to provide Johnny Manziel, or whoever will end up as their QB, the best young weapon in the NFL.
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Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings
After playing outside linebacker in UCLA's 3-4 base scheme, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer deemed Barr the type of talent that can fit in any scheme -- even his 4-3 base defense. Barr displayed a rare ability to bend the edge as a pass rusher, and under Zimmer's tutelage, he has evolved into an excellent run defender. Barr plays the strongside linebacker spot in Zimmer's defense, and is one of the NFL's best young defenders. However, the Vikings have been able to generate a pass rush in many different ways in 2015. They have not been able to generate a passing game consistently in almost any way. Beckham's precise route running would be a perfect match for QB Teddy Bridgewater's strengths. Minnesota's Achilles' heel has been its passing game, and Beckham would have solved that.
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Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
The Lions wanted an offensive weapon who could dominate in the middle of the field after signing Golden Tate earlier that offseason to pair with Calvin Johnson. They passed on Beckham to select tight end Eric Ebron -- the rising prospect who caught everyone's attention at the NFL Combine with a 4.60 40-yard dash at 250 pounds. Ebron has struggled with drops and consistency throughout his first two seasons. Meanwhile, both Beckham and Tate have excellent in limited snaps in the slot. If the Lions had thought outside the box and selected Beckham, these two could have combined with Johnson to make up the NFL's most elite three-wide receiver personnel package.
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Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans
Lewan entered the draft without the ideal length to play left tackle, but an unmistakable mean streak that appealed to the Titans. Lewan has emerged as a leader and one of the NFL's better left tackles. However, the Titans are desperately lacking a consistent weapon for rookie QB Marcus Mariota to rely on. Beckham's ad-lib ability and explosiveness would be a perfect fit for Mariota.
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