1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Not even going to explain the first two picks
2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
The Vikings have a few ways they can go but with a gaping hole at left tackle Kalil seems like the logical choice. In order for Ponder to grow as a quarterback he needs the time to make throws before he turns into David Carr and is on his back the whole game.
4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I think this pick is between Richardson and Blackmon but Richardson is probably the better overall player even though taking a running back in the top 5 can be dangerous because of their life span. Nonetheless, Richardson is a tremendous talent and is very durable as well; he will give the Browns a great presence in the ground game and is an underrated pass catcher as well.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
With Aqib Talib’s legal troubles and the age of Ronde Barber the Bucs definitely need a corner and Claiborne is talented enough to be a top 5 pick so this seems logical. Claiborne is a good fit for the cover 2 as well because he likes playing off the receivers and reading the quarterback.
6. St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
If I was a Rams fan and Blackmon is sitting here on the board there is no way you can pass on him in my opinion. They need to bring in a talented receiver who can be the #1 guy so Bradford can get a chance to develop.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
This pick was extremely difficult to try and predict because after Blackmon there is a drop off in talent. The Jaguars need another receiver but I don’t think they will go for Floyd this early. The Jags don’t really have a great need at defensive tackle but in this scenario
8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins are looking pretty good on the defensive side of the ball but on offense they really need a receiver and a quarterback. Quarterback is obviously a more important position in the NFL which is why I think they reach and take a chance on Tannehill.
9. Carolina Panthers – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Panthers have big needs at defensive tackle and cornerback when I look at them. With Cox gone in this scenario I could see them taking a corner. It seems that Gilmore’s stock is rising and to me he is definitely the 2nd best corner in the draft behind Claiborne.
10. Buffalo Bills – Riley Reiff – OT, Iowa
The Bills are another tough spot for me because they could go for Floyd to get another receiver to pair with Stevie Johnson but after Reiff there is a big drop off for tackles and the Bills really need a left tackle so I’ll go with Reiff.
11. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
The Chiefs could go a couple different ways as well but Kuechly is a safe pick and they could pair him up with Derrick Johnson in the middle of the defense to solidify the position.
12. Seattle Seahawks – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Seahawks need another pass rusher to go along with Chris Clemons so if Ingram falls to this spot I can see them taking him.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Cardinals need to find another receiving threat to take some of the pressure off Fitzgerald. The Cardinals just don’t have much at receiver besides Fitzgerald. Doucet is a nice player but is better off in the slot.
14. Dallas Cowboys – David Decastro, G, Stanford
The Cowboys could use some help at guard and continue to revamp their offensive line after taking Tyron Smith last year. I don’t know if a Decastro will go this high because he’s a guard but he is also a very safe pick at a position of need.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Eagles have some solid safeties on their roster but if Barron falls to them at this point I think they would have to take a long look at Barron. He would be an upgrade for the Eagles and bring a physical presence to the safety position that the eagles need.
16. New York Jets – Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
The Jets simply need to upgrade their pass rush and at this point I think Upshaw is the best fit in their 3-4 scheme.
17. Cincinnati Bengals – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Bengals never minded taking someone with some character concerns and I don’t think Coples will fall much further than this given he is a top 10 talent.
18. San Diego Chargers – Shea Mcclellin, OLB, Boise St.
The Chargers need a rush linebacker in for their 3-4 scheme even though it might be a little high for him. Other rush linebacker possibilities could be Nick Perry or Whitney Mercilus.
19. Chicago Bears – Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
The Bears need someone to pair alongside Julius Peppers and Jones is definitely a 4-3 defensive end in my opinion.
20. Tennessee Titans – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
I don’t see Brockers falling much further than this given his upside and the Titans could use another defensive tackle.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Bengals have a need at corner with Joseph leaving last year and Leon Hall injured. I know they signed Terrence Newman and Adam Jones but I don’t think they inspire much confidence at this point.
22. Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
If the Browns pass on Blackmon at the 4th spot then they still have a huge need at receiver and Kendall Wright would give McCoy a much needed weapon on offense.
23. Detroit Lions – Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
I know the Lions need a corner but if Kirkpatrick is gone then they might have to look elsewhere. They still need help on the offensive line and Glenn gives them flexibility to play guard or tackle.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Donta Hightower, LB, Alabama
I wanted to put Hightower higher because he is a really good player but it was hard to find a fit for him. I don’t see him falling past this point in the draft.
25. Denver Broncos – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Poe is an interesting guy with a lot of mixed opinions on him but he shouldn’t fall past this point given the need the Broncos have at defensive tackle.
26. Houston Texans – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Texans could definitely use a receiver but Stephen Hill has a lot of question marks coming out of the Georgia Tech system. The Texans are banged up on the line at Martin would help out.
27. New England Patriots – Nick Perry, LB, USC
The Patriots could really use a pass rusher here and Perry could fit in as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
28. Green Bay Packers – Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois
The Packers also need a pass rusher alongside Clay Mathews and Mercilus had a great year at Illinois leading the nation in sacks. The question is whether he is a one year wonder.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Aminu Silatolu, G, Midwestern State
The Ravens are getting pretty thin on the interior of their offensive line.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Peter Konz, G, Wisconsin
The Niners could also use some help on the interior of their line and Konz could play guard or center.
31. New England Patriots – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
Harrison Smith could sneak into the first round to a team like the Patriots who could use another safety.
32. New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
The Giants really need a tight end with Jake Ballard tearing his ACL and Fleener is probably the best pass catching tight end in this draft.