1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Do I really need to explain?
2. St. Louis Rams- Matt Kalil, OT, USC It’s a lock. Rams need to protect Bradford.
I’m projecting here that, after St. Louis almost guaranteed pick of Kalil, the Minnesota Vikings’ phone will be ringing off of the hook from teams desiring to get Griffin, since Cleveland would likely take him. Miami trades up, giving their 2012 1st and 2nd and 2013 2nd pick.
Miami does this because the new coach is going to want a QB to develop and be the face of the franchise for the next decade. Matt Moore has good games, but also terrible ones. He has some Tony Romo in him, but he, like Romo isn’t a Super Bowl caliber QB. Miami thus needs to look for a QB.
Personally, I’m not crazy about Griffin. But there is no doubting he’ll go top 10. And with the dearth of top tier QBs, there will be a lot of teams clamoring over him. He’s not the next Cam Newton. But he could be the next Michael Vick.
4. Cleveland Browns- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Although Cleveland would have LOVED to have Griffin, they don’t panic. After what Cincinnati did last year, they are going to have to follow their model. Who knows, maybe they’ll go after Matt Flynn as an answer to the QB position.
No top tier QB is available, so they take the best player they can. They haven’t had a true #1 WR in a long time. Greg Little looks promising as a #2, but they need a #1. Blackmon stays in orange and white.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU The mocking community has been mocking a CB early to the Bucs for the last few years. At this position, it just makes sense again this year. No way they pass on Claiborne.
6. Washington Redskins- Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma A reach? Sure. But the ‘Skins MUST get a QB. They tried the Rex experiment, and we know how that worked out. Christian Ponder was viewed as a reach last year as well.
To be perfectly fair though, although Jeffery’s hype is down this year, the talent is still there. And he is a top ten talent. Jags need a threat on offense. And so they gamble here…
8. Carolina Panthers- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB/S, Alabama The Panthers could go a multitude of ways here. Riley Reiff is an attractive option here, Quinton Coples is still available, and Devon Still and Michael Floyd would fill needs. But they desperately need a CB. And Dre Kirkpatrick is just way too talented to pass up. So, they take him, to shutdown WRs opposite the renewed Chris Gamble. And hey, if that doesn’t work, then they’ll just use him at S.
9. Minnesota Vikings (Projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa Stud LT to protect Ponder. Great value.
11. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford Pencil this guy in as a starter, the Chiefs desperately need some OL help.
12. Seattle Seahawks- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC I’m just going to say it, the Seahawks are screwed for the future. They should’ve taken a QB early in one of the past drafts. But they decided to be boneheads. Now, there isn’t an elite QB available. So, they’ll just have to settle for Coples, who’ll replace Red Bryant, who just isn’t getting anything done opposite Clemons.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford Easy decision. Levi Brown has been terrible, one of the worst in the NFL.
14. Dallas Cowboys- Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn St. Besides their secondary, they need to upgrade their D-line.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College The Eagles have ignored their LB corps long enough. Kuechly is a fine prospect, and should bring some much needed punch in the middle of their D.
16. New York Jets- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame Floyd is a prospect Jet fans have been salivating over. As you know, their D is sturdy, their O just needs some retooling.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders)- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Five years ago, Richardson would have never lasted this long. However, RBs are a dime a dozen today. Cincinnati however could use one, and Richardson could nicely complement the Dalton/Green connection.
18. San Diego Chargers- Courtney Upshaw,OLB, Alabama Chargers still have yet to find that menacing OLB. Their starters are less than fearsome.
19. Chicago Bears- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin They’ve got to protect Cutler. Poor kid is a practice dummy for defensive lineman.
20. Tennessee Titans- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia Nearly all teams seem to need O-line help of some form.
21. Denver Broncos- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska Corners are getting old.
22. New York Giants- Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina Don’t know what it is, but the NYG seem to love players from UNC.
23. Houston Texans- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor Right now, Wright’s stock is soaring, and he could be a first rounder. Houston desperately needs a talented WR anyway, so they’ll reach for him even if he isn’t a good value.
24. Detroit Lions- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina Lions go BPA, and once again make their D-line even scarier. No need to mettle on offense, it looks set, especially with the return of Leshoure.
25. Cincinnati Bengals- Mark Barron, S, Alabama Loading up on talent from talent rich Alabama
27. Pittsburgh Steelers- Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington Need a big fatty for the future.
28. San Francisco 49ers- Brandon Jenkins, OLB, FSU Could use a pass rusher next to Willis.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Vontaze Burfict, ILB, ASU Ray Lewis’ successor.
30. Green Bay Packers- Nick Perry, OLB, USC Now they have 2 USC ‘elephant’ LBs to attack the QB.
31. New England Patriots (From New Orleans)- Vinny Curry, OLB, MarshallWho are we kidding? NE will wheel and deal one of these picks. However, I’ll have them taking an OLB here, cause they’ve always been needing a good one.
32. New England Patriots- Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma St. A little early for him, however Patriots badly need S help, and Martin will be a godsend. They are nearly last in the league against the pass despite having excellent corners.
33. Indianapolis Colts- Jayron Hosley, CB, VT 34. St. Louis Rams- Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis 35. Minnesota Vikings- Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia 36. Cleveland Browns – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford 37. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska 38. Washington Redskins- Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson 39. Jacksonville Jaguars- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama Community College for Reformed Felons 40. Carolina Panthers- Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson 41. Minnesota (From projected trade with Miami Dolphins)- Dwight Jones, WR, UNC 42. Buffalo Bills- Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia 43. Kansas City Chiefs- Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama 44. Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M45. Philadelphia Eagles (From Arizona Cardinals)- Jerel Worthy, DT, MSU. 46. Dallas Cowboys- Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa St. 47. Philadelphia Eagles- Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma 48. New York Jets- Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin 49. New England Patriots (From Oakland Raiders)- Fletcher Cox, DE/DT, Miss St. 50. San Diego Chargers- Zebrie Sanders, OT, FSU 51. Chicago Bears- Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami 52. Tennessee Titans- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas 53. Denver Broncos- Lamar Miller, RB, Miami 54. New York Giants- Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama 55. Houston Texans- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina 56. Detroit Lions- Mike Brewster, C, Ohio St. 57. Cincinnati Bengals- Ryan Broyles, WR, Arkansas 58. Atlanta Falcons- Ben Jones, C, Georgia 59. Pittsburgh Steelers- Andrew Datko, OT, FSU 60. San Francisco 49ers- Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa 61. Baltimore Ravens- Jonathan Banks, CB, Miss St. 62. Green Bay Packers- Trumaine Johnson, CB/S, Montana 63. New Orleans Saints- Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
64. New England Patriots- Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma