Here are my projections for Thursday night's first-round of the NFL draft in New York City. Give me your thoughts via live chat at noon on Monday at www.mercurynews.com/sports:

1. Chiefs: OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M). Alex Smith's new team will come with a new blindside protector.

2. Jaguars: DE Dion Jordan (Oregon ). New coach Gus Bradley needs this versatile weapon to counter quarterbacks, like Colin Kaepernick on Oct. 27 in London.

3. Raiders: OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan). If the Raiders truly want to mimic the 49ers' rebuilding, they'll fortify the line, and Fisher's alma mater is the same as 49ers left tackle Joe Staley's.

4. Eagles: CB Dee Milliner (Alabama). Replacing Nnamdi Asomugha and Antonio Rodgers-Cromartie trumps the needs of coach Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.

5. Lions: OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma). Getting Calvin Johnson the ball remains the Lions' pricey plan, and Johnson will afford Matthew Stafford more time to pass.

6. Browns: G Chance Warmack (Alabama). This beast again will open running lanes for former Crimson Tide teammate Trent Richardson.

7. Cardinals: DE Ziggy Ansah (BYU). When you need to stop the NFC West's mad-cap offenses, you need a defensive stalwart like Ansah.

8. Bills: WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia). This electric but diminutive receiver is a reach to complement Stevie Johnson, assuming Kevin Kolb can pass to them.


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9. Jets: OLB Barkevious Mingo (LSU). Can't you just see the New York tabloids hyping up every practice Mingo chases scout-team quarterback Tim Tebow?

10. Titans: DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida). Predicted by many as the Raiders' choice at No. 3, Floyd falls into the Titans' proverbial lap.

11. Chargers: DT Star Lotulelei (Utah). Tom Telesco's debut pick as general manager is this Utah stud, whose stock slipped with medical concerns.

12. Dolphins: CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State). Drafting this Florida native will take the sting off losing a Super Bowl-host bid to the Bay Area next month.

13. Jets: G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina). The Jets acquired this pick from the Buccaneers for Darrelle Revis, and Cooper's task is to prevent more Mark Sanchez follies.

14. Panthers: CB Desmond Trufant (Washington). Chris Gamble's replacement is a younger brother of Marcus Trufant, who got drafted 10 years ago by Seattle.

15. Saints: S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas). Unable to sway Nnamdi Asomugha from joining the 49ers, the Saints' secondary is upgraded with the draft's top safety.

16. Rams: RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama). Filling Steve Jackson's shoes is a mighty task in the defensive-dominant NFC West.

17. Steelers: OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia). The Steelers allowed the league's fewest yards last season but need restocking at outside linebacker.

18. Cowboys: DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri). New coordinator Rod Marinelli will get a perfect piece for the move to a 4-3 defense.

19. Giants: OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama). For a team that lost its final four road games last seasons, they could use a new tackle familiar with big-time pressure.

20. Bears: LB Manti T'eo (Notre Dame). Brian Urlacher's ghost will haunt T'eo more than any imaginary girlfriend scandal.

21. Bengals: OLB Alec Ogletree (Georgia). Neither Ogletree's off-field concerns nor James Harrison's possible arrival can scare off the Bengals.

22. Rams: FS Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International). The Rams felt a need to improve here, as explained last month by their former safety (and new 49er) Craig Dahl.

23. Vikings: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee). Percy Harvin's trade to Seattle created a play-making void that Patterson can fill.

24. Colts: DT Datone Jones (UCLA). This pass rusher is a must-get as the Colts move on from the Dwight Freeney era.

25. Vikings: DT Jesse Williams (Alabama). Can he emerge into a Pro Bowl defensive tackle the way Pat Williams and Kevin Williams did with the Vikings?

26. Packers: S Matt Elam (Florida). Charles Woodson's successor must be caught up to speed fast for the season opener in San Francisco.

27. Texans: WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson). After 18 touchdown catches as a third-year starter, Hopkins looks capable of complementing Andre Johnson.

28. Broncos: DE Bjorn Werner (Florida State). The fax, er, facts are that Werner is a solid replacement on the line for Elvis Dumervil.

29. Patriots: WR Keenan Allen (Cal). His speed should open things up inside for Tom Brady to find Danny Amendola and their elite tight ends.

30. Falcons: TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame). They've found the eventual replacement for Tony Gonzalez, who's put off his retirement.

31. 49ers: DL Margus Hunt (Southern Methodist). Trading up seemed likely, but at 31, they add size, speed and strength to their defensive line, and wait for tight end Zach Ertz at No. 34.

32. Ravens: LB Kevin Minter (LSU). The Super Bowl champs pick had to plug the middle of a defense that will at least miss Ray Lewis' leadership.

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