1) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

This is a no brainer. One of the best, if not the best, QB prospects to come out in the last decade. Luck is a once in a lifetime prospect that cannot be passed up.
 
2) Washington Redskins (from STL): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Freak athlete who has the character and football IQ to match. There is a genuine argument around the league about who is a better prospect, RG3 or Luck.
 
3) Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC


Like Luck, Kalil is a once in a decade OT that can man the left side for 10-15 years. This is an obvious need for a team that struggled all year with protecting their QB’s blind side. Barring a surprise trade Minnesota takes a great player that can come in and start on day one.
 
4) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Richardson is the best RB in the draft and would take a lot of pressure off of Colt McCoy. Blackmon is a possibility but Richardson gives the Brown’s the RB they thought they were getting when they acquired Peyton Hillis.

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The Bucs are hoping for Richardson here but they get the best corner in the draft. Claiborne will team up with new guy Eric Wright and the ancient Ronde Barber to give Tampa Bay a very solid group of corners.

6) St Louis Rams (From WAS): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Jeff Fisher likes defense but Sam Bradford needs more help. Fisher goes outside of his comfort zone and pulls the trigger on the best receiver in the draft.

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Jacksonville gets the second best OT in the draft. Reiff will help to solidify a line that has to watch out for second year QB Blaine Gabbert. Reiff will also open up lanes for one the league’s best RB’s MJD.

8) Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami

This is a prime example of over drafting based on a prospects upside. Tannehill only has 19 starts at the QB position but his athletic ability allowed him to get away with a lot. Miami is going through withdrawal from not being able to land Payton Manning so they gamble and go with Tannehill.

9) Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Carolina gets the combine wonder boy and also fills an area of need. Is Poe going to be the next Nagta? No. Can he be a solid contributor? Yes. Either way the Panthers won’t pass on a giant that can move very well.

10) Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Coples will pair up with Mario Williams to create a scary pass rush. That’s something the Bills haven’t had since the days of Bruce Smith. The resigning of Steve Johnson along with Chan Gailey’s offensive ingenuity frees up Buffalos choices and allows them to grab a potential beast. 

11) Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Luechly, ILB, Boston College


Romeo Crennel gets a great ILB with instincts and athletic ability. Kuechly will team up with Derik Johnson and Tambi Hali to give the Chiefs a great group of athletic LB’s. Crennel hasn’t had a group of starters like this since the days he coached defense for the Patriots.

12) Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

It’s difficult to predict were the Seahawks go with this pick, they could take Decastro and finally replace the long departed Steve Huchtinson but I think they go defense. Ingram can play with his hand on the ground or he can line up at OLB. He also has a knack for the big play, something Seattle hasn’t had for a while.
 
13) Arizona Cardinals: Courtney Upshaw, DE/LB, Alabama

Ken Whisenhunt knows the importance of having a good pass rush in his aggressive defensive scheme. Upshaw can provide a steady presence in the opposition’s backfield. 
 
14) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

Barron provides an immediate upgrade to the cowboys secondary. He gives the cowboys a safety that they haven’t had since Darron Woodson was helping them win Super Bowls.

15) Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

I would have went defensive line here because the Eagles obviously need some more help with their front seven but with the offseason injury to starting left tackle Jason Peters Philadelphia needs to find his replacement. Ried’s pass happy offense requires a book-end left tackle that can pass protect. Adams is a bit raw but his physical talent is unquestioned. Even with the recent signing of Demetrius Bell it is still plausible that the team takes some depth for their line. 

16) New York Jets: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

The Jets get a great compliment to Santonio Holmes and give Sanchez another option downfield. Forget about resigning Plaxico or brining back Braylon Edwards. The Jets get younger and better at WR.

17) Cincinnati (From Oak): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford


Marvin Jones gets the best OG prospect in a decade who will watch out for his young QB. DeCastro would go earlier if not for the position he plays at. The Bengals get a steal.

18) San Diego Chargers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

San Diego gets a great value pick. Brockers gives them more flexibility along their defensive line. There is a chance that A.J. Smith gets another weapon for Philip Rivers but he usually plays it smart and takes the best player available.

19) Chicago Bears: Cordy Glenn, OG/T, Georgia

Mike Tice is ecstatic to get the massive Glenn. He can team up with former first round picks Gabe Carimi and Chris Williams to help Chicago finally shore up their long troubled offensive line.

20) Tennessee Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Kirkpatrick will be more than capable of filling the hole left by Cortland Finnegan’s departure. Mike Munchek will be happy to have Kirkpatrick in the secondary knowing that he has to face Andre Johnson twice a year.

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama

The Bengals need to get younger at CB. Jenkins is the second best cover corner in the draft behind Claiborne but his off field issues will scare a lot of other teams away. Marvin Jones has never shied away from troubled players. The Bengals get a potential steal with Jenkins.

22) Cleveland Browns (from ATL): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Mike Holmgren has to love the fact that he not only gets the best running back in the draft in Trent Richardson but he also is getting one of the top playmakers in Wright. If the Browns can get any kind of regularity at the quarterback position they could have a potentially potent offense this season.

23) Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Gilmore’s stock has taken a rise at the right time. He has a great combination of size and speed and with the secondary losing Eric Wright to the Bucs, this pick makes a lot of sense.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

Hightower is a perfect fit for Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense. He is a big inside linebacker that can move. The Steelers draft another talented linebacker in the first round to continue their history of excellence at the position.

25) Denver Broncos: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State


John Fox gets a great defensive lineman in Cox. He can play a number of roles along the Bronco’s line and provide an inside rush that Denver has lacked the last few years.

26) Houston Texans: Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

The Texans surprised a lot of people by releasing RT Eric Winston. They can make up for the loss by picking Martin. He is a solid if not spectacular lineman who would be welcomed with open arms by injury prone quarterback Matt Schuab.

27) New England Patriots (From NO): Chandler Jones, DE/LB, Syracuse


Jones has huge upside as a pass rusher but is a bit stiff in his hips when he tries to transition to the OLB. If anybody can find a place for this lanky pass rusher its Belichick.

28) Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE/LB, USC

Perry has a good closing burst when coming off the edge and can play as a DE in the 4-3 or an OLB in the 3-4 defense. Dom Capers will find a spot for Perry and he should take some blockers away from Clay Mathews.

29) Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Ozzie Newsome grabs an extremely raw but very athletic wide receiver. Hill can stretch the field and give Joe Flacco the deep threat he has lacked since his arrival in Baltimore. The Ravens defense isn’t getting any younger but they can’t afford to ignore their offensive needs.

30) San Francisco 49ers: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

Teaming Miller up with Frank Gore would make the 49er’s already potent running game that much better. Miller has Chris Johnson type explosiveness and quickness. He may be a bit of a reach at this point but he will definitely not be there when San Francisco gets to pick again.

31) New England Patriots: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

Bill Belichick is thrilled to get Smith at the end of the first round. He can immediately start for the patriots and help to improve the worst secondary in the league last year.

32) New York Giants: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

Lavonte David is a hard working solid linebacker that immediately upgrades the Giant defense. Tom Coughlin will love this high character overachiever on his team.


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