1. Carolina (Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn)
– The Panthers gave up a first round pick for Everette Brown (DE) in 2009. The presence of Fairley should allow Brown to reach his potential as a pass rusher, while adding a player that Carolina can build their defense around.
2. Denver (Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU)
– Champ Bailey will likely not return and Peterson has the potential to be a younger, bigger, and stronger version. You can’t let a shutdown corner get away without a replacement; a perfect scenario for the Broncos.
3. St. Louis [trade w/ Buffalo] (A.J. Green, WR, Georgia)
–St. Louis has a few needs, but none more than adding a dynamic playmaker for their young quarterback. A.J. Green can stretch the field and demand bracket coverage. The Rams trade their #14 (1st), #47 (2nd), #111 (4th), & 1st rd pick in 2012 (draft value chart).
Buffalo alternate: Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama
4. Cincinnati (Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson)
– With Bowers still on the board this would be an easy choice. Cincinnati ranked in the bottom five in sacks last season and Bowers immediately makes the entire front four more productive.
5. Arizona (Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M)
– I suspect the Cardinals will add a veteran quarterback either through trade or free agency, with their second need being a rush linebacker. I rate a few players higher, but none is more explosive than Von Miller from the snap.
6. Cleveland (Julio Jones, WR, Alabama)
– The Browns will be changing their defensive alignment and need players on both sides of the ball. I think it comes down to Alabama products Marcel Dareus or Julio Jones, with Jones winning out. New head coach Pat Shurmur is an offensive mind and will likely want an immediate weapon on the outside for Colt McCoy.
7. San Francisco (Marcel Dareus, DT/DE, Alabama)
– Quarterback is a need, but Jim Harbaugh has stated he would like to work with Alex Smith. The defense may be in transition and Dareus can be an impact player from either alignment.
8. Tennessee (Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri)
– New head coach Mike Munchak will need a quarterback to build around with Kerry Collins likely gone, as well as Vince Young. Wanting to avoid a quarterback prospect with character concerns, the Titans go with Blaine Gabbert.
9. Dallas (Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska)
– The Cowboys would be thrilled to land a player like Amukamara, and could use him at safety or cornerback. Terrence Newman has been a liability in man coverage, and at 31 years old could soon be leaving. Amukamara would be the best player on the board at this point. Defensive end is also a strong possibility.
10. Washington (Cameron Jordan, DE, California)
– The Redskins will need a quarterback, and may go that route, but they also need to replenish the defensive line with impact talent. Cameron Jordan can hold the edge while making every player around him better.
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