1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
New face of the franchise.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
They traded three first-round picks and a second rounder to move up four spots. Shanahan gets his man.
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. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Peyton Hillis left town for KC. Richardson is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Blessed with height, length and elite ball skills, Claiborne helps shore up a young secondary.
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
They got a major haul for the No. 2 pick and still get their top target with the sixth pick.
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: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
They might have to move up a few spots, but the Dolphins can’t afford to pass on another franchise QB.
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: Riley Reiff, T, Iowa
Demetrius Bell priced himself out of Buffalo. Despite short arms for the position, Reiff is pro-ready and a technician.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
Scott Pioli is a New England guy and perhaps no team other than the Eagles likes drafting linemen early. DeCastro is an elite guard who will make multiple All-Pro teams.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
Ingram is tailor-made for Pete Carroll’s elephant position. He can be the successor to Chris Clemons as a hybrid pass rusher.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Pair him with the speedy Daryl Washington and let him become the leader of this emerging defense.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
This is simply a case of best player available. Coples is a stud…when he wants to be.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford
Fletcher Cox could be an option, but after Jason Peters suffered an Achilles injury, Martin is the guy.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Jets will have their pick of the available pass rushers, but I think Upshaw is more suited to the Jets scheme. He’s tough, powerful and excellent at setting the edge.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Marvin Lewis loves defense, and Gilmore’s size, speed and physicality would shore up the other side of the field as long as Leon Hall returns from injury.
18. San Diego Chargers: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
Larry English failed to be the pass rusher the Chargers envisioned when they took him at 16 in 2009. Mercilus is athletic and led the nation with 16 sacks last year.
19. Chicago Bears: Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
The Bears have to shore up their offensive line. Glenn can play either guard or right tackle and brings size and strength.
20. Tennessee Titans: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Tennessee has some decent interior linemen in Jurrell Casey and Karl Klug, but none of them are the athlete that Cox is. After losing Jason Jones, Cox can become the next great interior pass rusher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
A.J. Green is already a top-10 receiver. Stephen Hill would be a fantastic fit across from him as he can stretch the field and be legitimate deep threat.
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Adding an explosive playmaker like Wright would be a decent consolation prize for the Browns, who swung and missed on the bigger Baylor star in RG III.
23. Detroit Lions: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Lions have a great defensive line, but a pretty poor secondary. Barron is brings size and a winning pedigree that should be right up Jim Schwartz’s alley.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
He has the ability to line up at any linebacker spot, and has the experience and pedigree that should make him a great fit in the Steelers 3-4 defense.
25. Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Brockers beefs up the interior defense for the Broncos.
26. Houston Texans: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
Brooks Reed is a nice player, but Perry is substantially more talented. Putting them in a rotation opposite Connor Barwin will be deadly.
27. New England Patriots: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron at 27 would be a gift to the Pats. His size, versatility and leadership skills would be highly valued in this secondary.
28. Green Bay Packers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The Packers have the luxury of taking the best player on the board. Still was once pegged as a possible top-10 pick, but he didn’t have a great combine and isn’t a premier interior rusher. He could play five-technique for Green Bay.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
With Matt Birk contemplating retirement and Ben Grubbs possibly departing as a free agent, Baltimore needs to improve the interior of its offensive line. Konz is a no-nonsense type of player who fits the Ravens profile.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Jim Harbaugh knows Fleener better than anyone in this draft. His size and speed could make him a deadly combination playing with Vernon Davis.
31. New England Patriots: Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
I have a feeling the Pats will trade this pick considering the players remaining are fringe first-rounders. However, if they keep it, they will look to bolster their defensive front with Reyes, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder who has great strength. He best projects as a defensive end in a 3-4.
32. New York Giants: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
If his head is on right, Adams can be a starting-caliber offensive tackle in this league.no comments