1. Indianapolis Colts, QB, Andrew Luck, Stanford
The top rated QB for the last year the Colts make Luck the top pick in the draft. Despite the buzz that RG3 has been getting this is the right pick for the Colts. With the same skills and Peyotn Manning when he came out in 1998. The Colts won’t have to change the offense much to make this pick workout.
2. Washington Redskins via trade, QB, Robert Griffin III, Baylor
The Redskins make a big move to get RG3. There’s no telling if this will pan out for either. RG3 has great physical skills, but needs time in a pro offense. Washington is just not a good place for young player to develop, let alone a quarterback. But, this a good pick for the ‘Skins for they are going to need a big play quarterback to compete in the NFC East.
3. Minnesota Vikings, T, Matt Kalil, USC
In need of help at tackle the Vikings get the best left tackle in the draft. A road grader in the running game should make Adrian Peterson happy. The quickness to block speed rushers should make Christian Ponder happy or at least upright from the blind side.
4. Cleveland Browns, WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Cleveland should be looking at what it’s in state rival Cincinnati did last year. Take a big play wide out high in the draft. Blackmon has good size and speed. What the Browns need most are his good hands. Having lots of dropped passes last year, Blackmon should make them catches this year. This pick will make Colt McCoy very happy.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB, Trent Richardson, Alabama
Most people think the Bucs will go with Morris Claiborne here. I think that could happen. But the Bucs need an every down back that can pass block along with run the ball. Legarrette Blount only plays when they are ahead, and Blount won’t pass block anything. Making him a role player, Richardson could be another Cadillac Williams.
6. St. Louis Rams Via Trade, DE, Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Jeff Fisher is a defensive coach, and Ingram is explosive pass rusher. With Chris Long on the other side Rams could have 10 plus sack guys for years to come. With the NFL going pass happy tackle Riley Reiff could go here too.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars, CB, Morris Claiborne, LSU
The Jags need play makers period! Well, this defensive stud falls in their lap. I can’t remember the last time if ever the Jaguars had a player this good on D. The Jags could go with a pass rusher here too. The need both, but Claiborne is too good to pass up.
8. Miami Dolphins, T, Riley Reiff, Iowa
The ‘Fins are changing defenses but with a big hole at right tackle here is the fix. This is also a spot you could see the start of reaching for quarterbacks. I think the Dolphins will get Matt Flynn in free agency. So protecting Flynn becomes the most important thing at the start of the draft.
9. Carolina Panthers, DE, Quinton Coples, North Carolina
Coples gets to stay home for the start of his career. The Panthers need to get after the quarterback. Which has been a struggle since Julius Peppers went to Chicago. Coples won’t be as good as Peppers, but it’s a start.
10. Buffalo Bills DE, Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
The Bills love to reach for players. So, with that said, seeing them drafting Kendall Wright from Baylor would be no shock for me. But the Bills do get a lot out of smaller wide outs. See Lee Evans and Stevie Johnson. But they go help on the d line. A good move given that they don’t pressure the QB much. Or create turnovers like other bad NFL teams.
11. Kansas City Chiefs, T, Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Chiefs need help anywhere on the O-line. So a guard could be here too. But, I like a tackle here. This draft is rich in tackles which will push down the guards for later. The Chiefs like running the ball to the edges and right tackle was there worst potion last year. So this is an easy fix.
12. Seattle Seahawks, DT, Dontari Poe, Memphis
With a great combine, Poe’s stock has shot up. Some call Poe another Haloti Ngata, but he could be like Seahawk Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy. Big time pass rusher up the middle, and run stuffer. The ‘hawks sure could use both.
13. Arizona Cardinals, G, David DeCastro, Stanford
It’s a good time to be a Cardinal. Arizona will go offense here to protect their new QB Peyton Manning. If Manning is a not a Cardinal they could go linebacker here. But revamping the offense is a must for coach Ken Whisenhunt is on the hot seat.
14. Dallas Cowboys, CB, Dre Kirkpatrick Alabama
The Cowboys need help at cornerback. They could get that help in free agency. If they do Dallas will go linebacker here. But this fills a bigger need for now. The 3rd horse in this race is O-line. But I don’t see that happening.
15. Philadelphia Eagles, WR, Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
If DeSean Jackson is gone here’s the replacement. Good size at 6’2 something that the Eagles don’t have at wide out. Not as big of a game changer as Jackson, but sometimes you take the tradeoffs. But Michael Vick should like his new bigger target.
16. New York Jets, S, Mark Barron, Alabama
The Jets need a replacement for Jim Leonhard. Barron in the future can be someone who can get the defense line up where they need to be. Much like Leonhard does now. There will be time for Mark to grow into that roll.
17. Cincinnati Bengals, CB, Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
The Bengals need help at corner, so they draft one here. Cincinnati could go wide out here pending who’s here. But with their top corners best years behind them this is a good pick up for the Bengals.
18. San Diego Chargers, G, Cordy Glenn, Georgia
The Chargers need offense line help. Losing up to three starters from last year will turn this into an area of need. Tackle Mike Adams Could go here too. But I think the Chargers could trade up to get some better as well.
19. Chicago Bears, WR, Kendall Wright, Baylor
Jay Cutler needs weapons! The Bears haven’t done much to get him any. Wright is small for the NFL but he should become a playmaker. His combine wasn’t what people were looking for but he should rebound at his pro day. Would be a good thing if the Bears could get Vincent Jackson in free agency too team with Wright.
20. Tennessee Titans, DT, Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
Titans want help with the pass rush, but go for line depth. Being able to stop the run is important. That is why the Titans go with Cox over some other D lineman.
21 Cincinnati Bengals, RB, Lamar Miller, Miami Florida
The Bengals need a running back seeing as Ced Benson won’t be back. This is a bit of a reach but the Bengals can do this because they have two picks in the 1st round. But if the Bengals go WR with the first pick, this one will be for a corner.
22. Cleveland Browns, QB, Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Cleveland gets a QB. Just not the one fans want. But, they get another Texan to play QB behind Colt McCoy. They take a page out of the playbook of the Bengals with the draft a WR and a QB with your top two picks. Then it’s time will tell if the Browns can turn things around like the Bengals last year.
23. Detroit Lions, T, Mike Adams, Ohio State
Lions need help at running back but there’s none here worth the risk. So they go for help on the line. Adams is a good pick as he will be the left tackle keeping Matthew Stafford safe. Defense end could be here as well. But Stafford’s health is more important.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, DT, Michael Brockers, LSU
A bit of a slide for Brockers, But the Steelers get their replacement for Casey Hampton with a run stuffing nose tackle. With a year to learn from Hampton this is a good spot to land.
25. Denver Broncos, TE, Coby Fleener, Stanford
The Broncos need help on offense. With them committing to Tim Tebow an athletic tight end is a good start. But an defense tackle could fit well here too.
26. Houston Texans, WR, Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Needing a 2nd receiver to team with Andre Johnson they find there man. Hill is the best wide out in the draft left. He had a great combine which helps his stock. Hill’s potential could have him as a number one receiver as well.
27. New England Patriots, DT, Devon Still, Penn State
Needing wide outs, the Pats go with their best available player. The Patriots need D line help as well, so Still is a fit here, and it’s a good pick for them.
28. Green Bay Packers, DE Nick Perry, USC
Needing someone not named Matthews to get to the quarterback, Perry is a good pick for the Pack. If they need a center this could change the Packers minds, but the Pack is back with defense.
29. Baltimore Ravens, C, Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Needing to get younger at center the Ravens get the best center in the draft. I’m sure there are plenty of Raven fans that would want a kicker here, but there’s just not one here to make this pick workout.
30. San Francisco 49ers, WR, Rueben Randle, LSU
49ers go all out for a wide receiver. If they don’t draft one here then it’s because they signed Mike Wallace and gave this pick up. Either way this is an upgrade for the 49ers.
31 New England Patriots, LB/DE, Andre Branch, Clemson
This guy fits what the Patriots like. Can play multiple positions good size and is a smart player. At the end of the round he’s a steal.
32. New York Giants, TE, Dwayne Allen, Clemson
The Giants top two tight ends are on the shelf. So this is a no-brainer. Size and speed Allen will be a good fit for the World Champion G Men.