1. Colts (2-14): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. The Colts would be better off re-signing Wayne, bringing back Manning and drafting Blackmon. While that may sacrifice their long-term goals a smidge, they will have to be drafting this high again over the next several years to have any shot at a wideout of Blackmon’s ability. Wayne will only come back if Manning does.
2. Redskins (6-10), trade with Rams: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Washington fans have waited since Joe Theismann for a franchise QB. Here he is. The RGIII era begins. The Redskins haven’t had a QB land in the top 10 in QB rating (at least 10 starts) since Brad Johnson finished 5th with 90.0 in 1999. Johnson and head coach Norv Turner were replaced during the next season.
3. Vikings (3-13): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. His instincts, frame, physicality and shiftiness will make any team that doesn’t draft him kick themselves. What you are hoping for with Matt Kalil, is that you can fill the other spots on the offensive line with enough talent to keep Ponder clean and open holes for Adrian Peterson. With Blackmon, your chief concern becomes getting the ball in his hands, and taking advantage of the match-ups he creates for Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph.
4. Browns (4-12) Matt Kalil, T, USC. The Browns will be stocked at talent at the end of draft and free agency, which will immediately put Pat Shurmur on the hot seat in a division with the teams ranked 1st, 3rd and 9th in points allowed (the Browns were 5th).
5. Buccaneers (4-12) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. They will need defensive line help in draft and free agency.
6. Rams (2-14) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Michael Floyd, A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin (Miami), Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) and Jordan White (Western Michigan) are all examples of the many WR’s whose college numbers were possibly affected by less-than-stellar QB play.
7. Jaguars (5-11): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech. They gotta get a playmaker.
8. Dolphins (6-10): Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. Many believe this guy just needs the right coaching to propel him to living up to his Haloti Ngata-level potential.
9. Panthers (6-10): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. The Panthers have been 20th and 25th in sacks since Julius Peppers left, why not call on another tall UNC DE to reverse course?
10. Bills (6-10): Riley Reiff, T, Iowa. At full strength (Fred Jackson, Donald Jones), the Bills weapons are nice and their line blocked them to a 4.9 yards-per-rush average. The 23 sacks allowed is average, but Fitzpatrick attempted 56 rushes. Claiborne is a mega possibility here – so is Melvin Ingram -, but Reiff is BPA.
11. Chiefs (7-9): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. The Chiefs probably feel like Jamaal Charles is best in tandem. This would establish their identity as a run-first team that wins with their defense and Trent would likely be BPA here.
12. Seahawks (7-9): David DeCastro, G, Stanford. Pete Carroll’s purge of the PAC-12 continues.
13. Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina. Sam Acho had a decent 7 sacks in his 15-game rookie season, but team run tackling has to improve.
14. Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. As Jenkins is one of the 4 best players in this draft, the Cowboys fill a need and get an incredible value here.
15. Eagles: Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford. Don’t rule out Ryan Tannehill here.
16. Jets: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. The Jets probably aren’t completely pleased with their Lone Star State WR pick-up from last year’s draft, but this is definitely a smart pick for a team hoping to get more explosive and score more points.
17. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. CB is a position where depth is important, and they’ll likely see Kirkpatrick as an upgrade over Pacman Jones.
18. Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Hopefully, he can fulfill on the promise Shawne Merriman showed when he entered the NFL.
19. Bears: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU. Bears fans will not complain about this pick. They still need probably two more WR’s.
20. Titans: Devon Still, DT, Penn State. A Penn State alum, Munchak, wants to get more hefty up front. They had a meager 28 sacks and gave up at least 152 yards rushing in 6 games last campaign.
21. Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami. Chris Rainey from Florida has shot up draft boards after a thorough, precise, impressive combine. That said, Lamar Miller has much more tangible contributions, especially for someone replacing Cedric Benson.
22. Browns Mark Barron, S, Alabama. They already got a good secondary, with Joe Haden and Dimitri Patterson – and should be taking a look at wide receivers and quarterbacks in the first two rounds.
23. Lions Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. They really need secondary help but Kuechly is a top 10 talent.
24. Steelers Fletcher Cox, DT, Ole Miss. LSU’s Michael Brockers and MSU’s Jerel Worthy are both worthy (pun intended) of consideration here.
25. Broncos: Mike Adams, T, Ohio State. If Tannehill is still on the board, don’t rule him out. 1st round QB’s aren’t costing an arm and a leg anymore.
26. Texans: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State. The Texans may look to WR as Andre’s been getting hurt and no one is stretching the field like he does, or they may look to OLB to replace departing Mario Williams.
27. Patriots: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State. The Patriots want strong-willed, versatile players but have finally started getting game-breakers. This dude fits all three descriptions.
28. Packers: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. This is basically best player available, and a savvy pick up with the high cost of upgrading corner in free agency. RB’s David Wilson and Lamar Miller will be on their radar, too.
29. Ravens: Pete Konz, C, Wisconsin. Matt Birk may be coming back, but he is past his prime and the Ravens must look toward the future with Smith/Dickson/Rice/Pitta.
30. 49ers Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson. The team will flirt with taking another player from Clemson (DT Brandon Thompson), Zach Brown, WR Mohamed Sanu and even WR Alshon Jeffrey, but this is BPA and creates more cool match-ups.
31. Patriots (12-4): Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame. A smart player with better coverage skills and tackling than they have on their roster.
32. Giants (9-7): Nick Perry, DE, USC. Osi Umenyiora is likely leaving and the team can fill some of the holes in their secondary with players coming back healthy.
Top 5 Best Available: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, Alabama LB Don’ta Hightower, Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu, LSU DT Michael Brockers, Arizona QB Nick Foles
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