1 Indianapolis Colts, QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
The Colts have already let the cat out of the bag on this. Colts are drafting Luck to replace Peyton Manning. The only question left is will Luck pan out like Manning did.
2 Washington Redskins, QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
Washington traded up to get a franchise quarterback, only time will tell if Griffin will be that. Given the Redskins recent draft record being draft by Washington is the biggest question.
3 Minnesota Vikings, T, Matt Kalil, USC
Minnesota needs a left tackle, and get the best one in the draft. They could trade out of this pick. A trade that could go well for the Viking given the depth at offensive tackle in this draft. But Kalil would help the Vikings the most of any of the tackles.
4 Cleveland Browns, CB, Morris Claiborne, LSU
I feel the Browns want to trade out of this pick more than anything. But they draft the best player on the board. Claiborne gives the Browns two lock down corners teaming up with Joe Haden. Something the Dawg pound hasn’t seen since the 1980’s.
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB, Trent Richardson, Alabama
The Buccs get the last piece of the revamped offensive. Richardson is an every down back that should help the Buccs make a playoff push.
6 St. Louis Rams, WR, Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Rams trade down and still get the player they wanted. Sam Bradford needs weapons at wide out. Blackmon is a stud that should grow into the team’s number one wide out for the start of the season.
7 Jacksonville Jaguars, DE, Quinton Coples, North Carolina
Jacksonville needs to get more pressure on the quarterback and force more turnovers. Coples size 6-6 284lbs fits the Jaguars mold of big defense lineman.
8 Miami Dolphins, QB, Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Miami needs a lot on offensive quarterback, wide out, guard, and tackle. Miami has passed on drafting quarterback before and could do it again here. I feel if the Dolphins call an auditable it will be for tackle Riley Reiff.
9 Carolina Panthers, DE, Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Ingram replaces Peppers who left via free agency a few years ago. The Panthers will get to the quarterback more but will need help versus the run. But it’s a fair trade off for Ingram.
10 Buffalo Bills, T, Riley Reiff, Iowa
The Bills got much needed help on
the defense in free agency. Go offensive here with Reiff, wide out is a fair chance for the Bills too. But the Bills go with the player that could play left tackle for ten years.
11 Kansas City Chiefs, G, David DeCastro, Stanford
The Chiefs need help on the interior line. DeCastro is a good start to fixing the soft guard pay the Chiefs suffered from last year. This pick also gets the Chiefs run first offense back on track.
12 Seattle Seahawks, DT, Dontari Poe, Memphis
The Seahawks get a player that they can build their defense around. Poe can pressure quarterbacks and tackle running backs. Just what the Seahawks need.
13 Arizona Cardinals, T, Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Arizona finds the tackle needed to protect Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals could go D-line here. But decide that offense is the way to go right now.
14 Dallas Cowboys, CB, Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Dallas needs help in the secondary and get one of the best corners in the draft. Needing to replace Newman and maybe Jenkins after 2013 Gilmore will have a year to learn Rex Ryan’s defense.
15 Philadelphia Eagles, DT, Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
The Eagles love to draft low risk medium reward players. Cox falls in their lap. Cox should help the Eagle defense get tougher. Or give up fewer points. The Eagles would like both.
16 New York Jets, DE/OLB, Chandler Jones, Syracuse
Jones is very good at getting to the quarterback. More sacks and turnovers is what the Jets want. Given all the drama on the offense it will be nice to have the defense squared away.
17 Cincinnati Bengals, WR Michael Floyd, Norte Dame
The Bengals hit gold with AJ Green last year in the 1st round. The Bengals need a second wide out to go with Green. But passing on Floyd would be hard.
18 San Diego Chargers, SS, Mark Barron, Alabama
The Chargers needs a lot. They would be better served going O-line but Barron is too good to pass on. Barron could be one of the best safeties in the league in a few years.
19 Chicago Bears, DT, Michael Brockers, LSU
Chicago is really high on Brockers and is looking to get younger on the defensive side of the ball. Linebacker is another possibility, I rule out wide out with Brandon Marshall in town now.
20 Tennessee Titans, LB, Shea McClellin, Boise State
Versatile linebacker with good speed fits well as an edge rusher. Needs to get bigger at 260 pounds is a little on the small side.
21 Cincinnati Bengals, CB, Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Cincinnati needs help in the secondary and Kirkpatrick falls right to them. The best corner left on the board will help the Bengals pass defense. But again the Bengals pass on a running back.
22 Cleveland Browns, T, Mike Adams, Ohio State
Cleveland fills a bug hole at right tackle with Adams. Adams stock is falling with a failed drug test. But the Browns shouldn’t risk losing Adams by waiting to draft him.
23 Detroit Lions, G/T, Cordy Glenn, Georgia
The Lions go with the best player on their board. Defense is a good bet here as well. But where they need help it’s a stretch for this pick.
24 Pittsburgh Steelers, LB, Luke Kuechly, Boston Collage
Pittsburgh need inside linebacker and gets the best one in the draft. Kuechly has great instincts is fast and a great tackler. All things that the Steelers are in dire need of. Kuechly should be the starter by the end of preseason.
25 Denver Broncos, DT, Devon Still, Penn State
The Broncos refill their defensive tackle position after the loss of Brodrick Bunckley. Still will help keep Denver’s stout run defense going, and is an above average pass rusher.
26 Houston Texans, DE/OLB, Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
This pick makes a deep team at DE/OLB even deeper. But also will keep all the pass rushers fresh. In a pass happy league this is a good thing.
27 New England Patriots, SS, Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
Good smart player that fits the Belichick system. Also fills a need in the secondary for the Pats. New England is the best at finding underrated players and getting the most out of them.
28 Green Bay Packers, DE, Nick Perry, USC
Needing a second pass rusher the Packers get one. Clay Matthews will see less double teams and should get more sacks. This will free up other papers for coverage sore spot for the Pack last year.
29 Baltimore Ravens, LB, Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
The Ravens draft the replacement for Ray Lewis. Big and fast and a two year captain at Alabama there is plenty of nice things to say here.
30 San Francisco 49ers, WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Great speed and size just what the 49ers need. They looked into Mike Wallace in free agency but get the better player here. The only question here is can the 49ers develop a wide out?
31 New England Patriots, LB, Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
A pass rusher with good speed fills a need for the Pats. Needing to improve on defense they fill some holes in this draft.
32 New York Giants, TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
The Giants ended last year with no healthy tight ends. But needing upgrades at the position they get the best play make at tight end.