With the combine finished, it's time to draw up the mock drafts and project the first round of the draft.
This of course will be subject to change over the next two months, but here's my first version with a projected trade between Cleveland and St. Louis.
I have the Patriots taking Alabama safety Mark Barron at 27 and Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes at 31.
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Now, with the first pick in the 2012 draft, the Indianapolis Colts select...
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
New regime, new quarterback. While I tend to think Luck is a little overrated, he’s a can’t-miss prospect with no discernable weaknesses.
2. Cleveland Browns (trade with St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Browns have the ammo to move up and must do so to get their franchise savior. RG III is incredibly talented and is an incredibly intelligent, mature leader.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The Vikings took Christian Ponder, an injury-prone quarterback, in round one last year. Kalil can step in from day one and keep him upright and will be a future All-Pro.
4. St. Louis Rams (via Cleveland): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Rams still get their man and get valuable draft picks. Blackmon doesn’t have the measurable of Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but has the production and work ethic to become a top receiver.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
While he isn’t the athlete that Patrick Peterson was, Claiborne is a better all-around cover man. The Bucs have invested heavily in their front-seven, but need guys in the secondary to provide coverage.
6. Washington Redskins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Redskins settle for another athletic quarterback with major upside after striking out on RG III. Tannehill seems tailor-made for Shanahan’s offense.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Blaine Gabbert isn’t very good, but then again did you see who he was throwing to? Floyd ran better than expected, had a productive career and has the size necessary to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level.
8. Miami Dolphins: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
I don’t get why Miami is shifting to a 4-3 when the defense was the team’s strength. But adding a big, athletic defensive end like Coples to play opposite Cameron Wake would be a huge get. He’s a top-five talent with a questionable motor.
9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Maybe we’ve all fallen victim of the moment, but there just aren’t many 350-pound human beings who can move like Poe. The Panthers have the league’s worst set of defensive tackles, so Poe would be a major upgrade and would free up the Panthers strong set of linebackers.
10. Buffalo Bills: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
With a dominant combine performance, Ingram moves ahead of Courtney Upshaw as the first hybrid player off the board. Buffalo has a great set of defensive tackles, but needs someone to threaten the corner.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Scott Pioli is a New England guy and perhaps no team other than the Eagles likes drafting linemen early. Reiff comes from an established program and can play either tackle position.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Nick Perry, DE, USC
Perry blew up the combine and moves into the top half of the first round. Pete Carroll is obviously familiar with USC and Seattle could use more pass rushers.
13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The Cardinals offensive is abysmal. DeCastro is one of the best guard prospects of the past decade and would be an immediate starter and future Pro Bowler.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Dallas desperately needs to improve its secondary and Kirkpatrick is clearly the second-best corner behind Claiborne. His size and aggression will give Rob Ryan a versatile chess piece.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Eagles almost never draft linebackers early, but now is the time. Kuechly proved he has the athleticism to be successful at the next level and his production and character is unquestionable.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Due to a lackluster postseason, Upshaw slides a bit to Gang Green. He’s not a speed rusher, but he is powerful and would benefit from playing for a defensive-minded coach like Rex Ryan.