The following first round is not a prediction of how I believe each respective team will maneuver or who they will ultimately pick, but a revealing of how I, personally, would navigate the draft If I were the GM of each and every team. As all of you know, every draft is very unique in respect to how fluid it is. There are always players who, for one or more reasons, find themselves drafted higher or lower than they were expected to. Because I like taking risks, don't be surprised at how unique and bodacious this draft is. To all my Panther dudes and dudettes out there, relax, and enjoy the madness.
1. Indianapolis Colts: QB Robert Griffin III
He's the best QB in the draft. Simple and plain.
2. St. Louis Rams: OT Matt Kalil
Bradford needs protection long enough to see if he is a legitimate starting NFL QB, and this pick is a good start.
3. Seattle Seahawks: QB Andrew Luck **Trade** Vikings receive this year's 1st(12) and 3rd + next year's 1st.
Carroll couldn't resist moving up to get his former nemesis, especially after he was unexpectedly passed over.
4. Cleveland Browns: WR Justin Blackmon
Will McCoy get a chance to throw the football to the best WR in the draft? I don't think so. Can you say Matt Flynn?
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Morris Claiborne
An aging secondary gets a major boost from this pick. As Panther fans, we can only hope he doesn't pan out.
6: Washington Redskins: QB Ryan Tannehill
Shannahan gets a QB after all.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jonathan Martin
Gabbert gets a vote of confidence and some much needed help on the offensive line with this pick.
8. Miami Dolphins: WR Alshon Jeffrey
The Dolphins give our former QB another big WR to pair with Marshall, completing a formidable tandem.
9. Carolina Panthers: DT Michael Brockers
A late season improved DT rotation + a returning Edwards + Brockers = a D-line with swag. Count me in.
10. Buffalo Bills: DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw
The Bills add a difference maker of their own.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Riley Reiff
The Chiefs get a much needed immediate upgrade with this pick.
12. Minnesota Vikings: CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick is just what the doctor ordered for the Vikings, who get a much needed improvement at CB.
13. Arizona Cardinals: DT Devon Still
The Cardinals seek to improve their 21st ranked rush defense with this pick.
14. Dallas Cowboys: DE/DT Quinton Coples
The Cowboys take a risk by drafting Coples, but they see a man who could be a dominant force for years to come.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: ILB Luke Kuechley
This guy is a tackling machine. 'Nough said.
16. New York Jets: RB Trent Richardson
It's hard to believe that the Jets had the 22nd ranked rush offense last season. Help is on the way with this pick.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: OG David DeCastro
Can't blame the Bengals for picking one of best Guards to come out in a decade.
18. San Diego Chargers: DE Melvin Ingram
This fast riser will bring the motor, work ethic, and production this defense sorely needs.
19. Chicago Bears: WR Kendall Wright
This addition to the Bears much-maligned receiving corps will give Cutler something to smile about. Maybe.
20. Tennessee Titans: OG Cordy Glenn
We might see more flashing gold smiles this upcoming year after the Titans take this road-grading run-blocker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: C Peter Konz
Konz + DeCastro = a mini overhaul of the Bengals offensive line gives Dalton a couple of new best friends.
22. Cleveland Browns: OLB Zach Brown
The Browns go ahead and complete a solid first round. This gives them the best WR and OLB in the draft. Not bad.
23. Detroit Lions: CB Alphonzo Dennard
The Lions look to improve their secondary with this pick.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Dont'a Hightower
The Steelers are desperate to infuse some talented, young players on the defense. This is a good start.
25. Denver Broncos: DT Jerel Worthy
Foxy gets some help for his 22nd ranked rush defense.
26. Green Bay Packers: DE/OLB Nick Perry
Matthews gets a former fellow USC player to team up with to wreak havoc on opposing QBs.
27. Houston Texans: WR Michael Floyd
Schaub and Johnson may have a new friend if Floyd plays well enough for Johnson to get more one on ones.
28. San Francisco 49ers: Mohamed Sanu
Alex Smith gets an underrated, sure-handed WR to throw the ball to.
29. Baltimore Ravens: ILB Vontaze Burfict
Ray Lewis: Meet your clone and eventual replacement.
30. New England Patriots: DT Dontari Poe
Vince Wilfork: Age is only a number, and his number is up.
31. New England Patriots: SS Mark Barron
Barron is a smarter and better player than Merriweather, who the Patriots cut early last year.
32. New York Giants: TE Dwayne Allen
The Giants continue to add weapons on offense by drafting a TE who is equally skilled when blocking or receiving.