The Draft is under a month away and many questions still have to be answered are the Lions really ready to negotiate with the # 1 overall pick or is that a smoke screen to get the teams interested in the pick to start bidding against there selves? Is Matthew Stafford worthy of the # 1 pick and will the possible draft day trades of Jay cutler, Brady Quinn and receiver Anquain Bolden change the entire landscape of the first round?
Pick # 1 Detroit Lions OT Jason Smith Baylor Sr. 6-5 305
Make no mistake about it the Lions are trying to sell this pick but if they are not able to broker a deal with another team they will take the safest player on the board. In the end the Lions have to go Smith over Stafford, drafting a QB #1 overall is a gamble at best and after years of draft day blunders the Lions are playing catch up and need players who can play day one.
Pick # 2 St. Louis Rams OT Eugene Monroe Virginia Jr. 6-6 315
With Torry Holt gone the Rams have to be intrigued with the idea of adding Michael Crabtree to their offense but wide receiver is a luxury the Rams cannot afford due to the release of long time LT Orlando Pace. New coach Steve Spagnuolo will be preaching strong offensive and defensive line play and will need some beasts like Monroe to become a winner.
Pick # 3 Kansas City Chiefs OLB Aaron Curry Wake Forest Sr. 6-3 247
If Curry falls to the Chiefs, the brass at Arrowhead will be ecstatic. They tried to fix the LB problem via free agency and wound up with Mike Vrabel (35) and Monty Beisel who plays mostly on special teams. The Chiefs need one or two legitimate NFL linebackers to make the switch to the 3-4, Curry is a no brainer if he’s available.
Pick # 4 Seattle Seahawks QB Matthew Stafford Georgia Jr. 6-3 228
The Seahawks could go anywhere with this pick but if Stafford is available they will not be able to pass on him. QB Matt Hasselbeck has battled injury problems and is nearing the end of his career but still has enough in the tank to play a season or two to give Stafford time to develop.
Pick # 5 Cleveland DE/LB Everette Brown Florida State Sr. 6-4 252
Eric Mangini likes to draft defense early in the draft and the Browns have a lot of defensive needs, Brown is the perfect tweener, edge pass rusher for the 3-4 Brian Orakpo is also a option here.
Pick # 6 Cincinnati Bengals DE/LB Brian Orakpo Texas Sr. 6-4 260
The Bengals tried winning with offense and that didn’t work, Marvin Lewis will get back to his roots and start to assemble a defense he can win with. Orakpo will be a nice addition to a defense that lacks talent and star power.
Pick # 7 Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree Texas Tech So. 6-3 214
The Raiders will go into the draft thinking offensive line but if Crabtree falls to the Raiders here Al Davis will roll over in his grave, Raiders offense is all about vertical passing game and the free fall for Crabtree will stop here.
Pick # 8 Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jeremy Maclin Missouri So. 6-1 200
The Jaguars are rumored to be interested in USC QB Mark Sanchez, I just don’t see it they just gave David Garrard a big contract and have not gave him the weapons to succeed with. Maclin could instantly improve Jacksonville’s return game and add a new element to the passing game..
Pick # 9 Green Bay Packers CB Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State Sr. 6-1 201
Al Harris and Charles Woodson are both 12 year veterans and won’t be around much longer. The Packers need to address CB early in the draft and Jenkins is the top rated prospect.
Pick # 10 San Francisco 49ers QB Mark Sanchez USC Jr. 6-3 225
There is no way the 49ers go into training camp with essentially the same QB’s as last year, Mike Singletary knows he needs a different field general and Sanchez makes to much cense not to go here.
Pick # 11 Buffalo Bills OT Andre Smith Alabama Jr. 6-4 330
At one time Smith was rated a top five pick but his stock slid after some off the field issues, the Bills get a real bargain at pick # 11.
Pick # 12 Denver Broncos LB Rey Maualuga USC Sr. 6-2 260
The Broncos kind of control this draft, with all the Jay Cutler rumors the Broncos could do anything from staying put and picking the best overall talent to trading Jay Cutler and ending up with the # 1 pick and presumably Matt Stafford.
Pick # 13 Washington Redskins DE Tyson Jackson LSU
Jason Taylor is gone and the Redskins need pass rushers. This is a little high in the draft for Jackson but he is the best DE on the board at this time.
Pick # 14 New Orleans Saints CB Vontae Davis Illinois Jr. 6-0 204
If the Saints don’t trade up to get Malcolm Jenkins, Davis will be their guy. The Saints have been trying for three seasons to fix the CB problem Davis is a step in the right direction..
Pick # 15 Houston Texan WR Hakeem Nicks North Carolina Jr. 6-2 210
The Texans need a playmaker opposite Andre Johnson, Nicks is big and strong with a real ability to catch the ball in traffic a perfect compliment to Johnson’s speed.
Pick # 16 San Diego Chargers DT B.J. Raji Boston College Sr. 6-1 323
The Chargers are really in a position to be able to draft for depth and Jamal Williams is getting up there in age. Raji will provide quality depth until he is ready to take the position over.
Pick # 17 New York Jets LB Clay Matthews USC Sr. 6-3 240
Rex Ryan will start to put his mark on the Jets defense by bringing in Matthews a tough player with NFL line backing bloodlines.
Pick # 18 Chicago Bears OT Eben Britton Arizona Jr. 6-6 309
John Tait’s retirement means the Bears will be picking O-line in the first round for the second strait season.
Pick # 19 Tampa Bay Bucaneers RB/ WR Percy Harvin Jr. 5-11 195
The Buc’s are in full blown rebuild mode, Harvin will bring a extra dimension to the offense and a little bit of excitement to a fan base that probably wont see a lot of victories next year.
Pick # 20 Detroit Lions QB Josh Freeman Kansas State Jr. 6-6 250
The Lions were afraid of the bust potential picking a QB # 1 overall, picking a QB # 20 becomes a little bit safer for the new Lions Regime.
Pick # 21 Philadelphia Eagles Te Brandon Pettigrew Oklahoma State Sr. 6-6 260
Finally the Eagles listen to McNabb and start to acquire some weapons for him in the passing game.
Pick # 22 Minnesota Vikings WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Maryland Jr. 6-3 206
Since Adrian Peterson has arrived in Minnesota he has been their offense if the Vikings want to take the next step they will need to grab the best pass catcher on the board.
Pick # 23 New England Patriots DE-OLB Larry English Northern Illinois Sr. 6-2 255
English is a fast riser in this years draft and he falls into the perfect situation going to New England.
Pick # 24 Atlanta Falcons OLB Brian Cushing USC Sr. 6-3 255
After some losses on the defensive side of the ball the past couple of seasons the falcons are trying to restock the cupboard.
Pick # 25 Miami Dolphins LB James Laurinaitis Ohio State Sr. 6-3 240
There is a definite type of player Bill Parcells looks for going into a draft, desire, toughness and football IQ and Laurinatis fits that mold perfectly.
Pick # 26 Baltimore Ravens OLB Clint Sintim Virginia Sr. 6-3 256
The Ravens hope they have found their replacement for Bart Scott, meanwhile Sintim ends up in linebacker heaven going to Baltimore.
Pick # 27 Indianapolis Colts RB Beanie wells OSU Jr. 6-1 237
The Colts like to employ a two RB system and Dominick Rhodes was less than impressive last year, Wells is a bargain this late in the first round and it gives Peyton Manning another toy to play with.
Pick # 28 Philadelphia Eagles RB Knowshon Moreno Georgia Jr. 5-11 207
This becomes Christmas in April for McNabb who gets two offensive weapons in the first round.
Pick # 29 New York Giants OT Michael Oher Sr. 6-4 309
The Giants win with their line play and Oher becomes good value at #29 when he could have went much higher in the draft.
Pick # 30 Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt Rutgers Jr. 6-4 215
Whether it’s Kerry Collins or Vince Young at QB the Titans still need to find them some weapons in the passing game.
Pick # 31 Arizona Cardinals DE Robert Ayers Tennessee Sr. 6-3 272
Ayers will be a player who should receive significant playing time with the free agent losses of the Cardinals.
Pick # 32 Pittsburg Steelers DE Michael Johnson Jr. 6-7 250
If Johnson makes it pass the Redskins at 13 he could be available for a while but don’t expect him to fall this far somebody will step up and take him.