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1) St. Louis Rams – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
By passing on a QB, the Rams have gone for the best player available in Ndamukong "House of Spears" Suh. Suh will be the 3rd 1st-Round defensive lineman on the Rams, who look to improve big-time on a lagging defense. With a line of Chris Long, Adam Cariker, and Suh, LB James Laurenitis will be clean to make a bunch of plays. Suh has the potential to be the next Warren Sapp, and his work ethic is unparalleled.
My only problem with this pick is that the Rams are looking past their need for a franchise QB. Jimmy Clausen is worth a top-3 pick, and will be a very good QB in this league. But, if the Rams think they can get by with Kyle Boller and one of the Eagle's QBs (which they are sure to get), so be it.
2) Detroit Lions – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
A very tough decision here for the Lions. Do they go BPA with Eric Berry, or go for someone just under him on their board that serves a bigger need? McCoy is a playmaker of a DT, a lot like former Texas DT Tommie Harris, and with the horrible run-D of the Lions, he is worth the pick. McCoy and last year's 4th round pick Sammy Lee-Hill give the Lions 2 of the better young DTs in the game. While Berry would have helped tremendously in their secondary, I doubt that the Lions would take him, unless they thought he could play CB (which some teams do- ala Nnamdi Asamugha). A good pick here for the Lions.
3) Tampa Bay Bucaneers – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Amazing value pick for the Bucs, who miss out on the premier DT prospects of this draft. As stated, Berry is a beast. A plain and simple beast. Playing in a Tampa-2, I expect Berry to have a big of a hybrid role as a SS/CB, because his skills in man-to-man and blitzing are not fully utilized as a normal Tampa-2 SS. Next to Tanard Jackson, Berry will give the Bucs an amazing young secondary. Fine pick. An even better consolation prize for not getting Suh/McCoy.
4) Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
A shocker here. With Clausen on the board, this one makes no sense to me. We all know that the Redskins need Offensive Line help, but with a franchise QB who should have gone #1 on the board they take Okung. Well, Mike Shanahan must either a) Have some faith in Jason Campbell. b) LOOOVE Colt Brennan. c) Think he can get a good QB late in this draft. Well, if it's "C", then he is wrong. In a weak QB class, you simply cannot skip over a Franchise QB. In fact, as good ol' Andy Reid once said, you should never skip out on anyone you consider a franchise QB, no matter what your QB situation is (ok...this doesn't count for the Lions or Jets). I don't like this one, but Okung is a great LT, and other than having a QB, you have to protect him.
Minnesota Vikings (from KC) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Big time trade for a big-time player. This is the best move of the draft thus far. Brad Childress keeps in accordance to his friend Andy Reid's policy on franchise QBs, and gave up everything he could when he saw one was available. Minnesota is going to be very good for a long time. Great trade, great value, great pick.
6) Seattle Seahawks - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Seahawks land their own Franchise QB. A little bit of a reach here, but with a new coach/GM/everything, the logical move is to get a good, young Quarterback. Bradford would have gone #1 overall last year, but with his injury-plagued season, finds himself at #6. A great decision maker with the best accuracy I've ever seen, Bradford will be prolific in this league. Good pick.
7) Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, CB, Florida
This was a hard pick, and the Browns had to choose between a bookend RT or a lock-down CB. In the end, Joe Haden was the pick, and I'd say the better one. This is a very weak draft for CBs, and with a ton of RT prospects in the middle rounds, Haden is the best value. With Eric Wright, Haden will be a great DB. In fact, I will venture to say that these two young CBs will each go to the Probowl at some point in their careers. I love this pick.
8) Oakland Raiders - Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The Oakland Raiders surprise everyone by not taking LSU's Trindon Holliday here. In actuality, the pick was between Rolando McClain, DE Derrick Morgan, or one of the big 3 OTs left on the board (Bruce Campbell, Anthony Davis, Bryan Bulaga). McClain has some of the best instincts I've ever seen in a young MLB, and, his presence would kick Kirk Morrison out to SLB, where he is more suited. (Granted, we have no idea if they will retain Morrision or Thomas Howard, who would be the odd man out anyway due to Trevor Scott's emergence at WLB). McClain will have to battle horrible DT play by the Raiders, but maybe he will help end the cycle of putrid run defense in the Black Hole. I'm not so sure about this pick, with a couple of premier OTs on the board, namely Bruce Campbell, who is a physical freak.
9) Buffalo Bills - Anthony Davis, OT, Rugters
The Bills are faced with few options here. Really, it came down to which OT they liked best. The Bills' injuries this year on the OLine were actually ridiculous (seriously, somebody has to check the water), and there was no standout young LT to replace Jason Peters, who was traded to the Eagles. Davis is the most powerful of the Big 3 left, and hence the pick. I like it.
10) Jacksonville Jaguars - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Wow. Shocker here. With Derrick Morgan on the board, my #5 overall prospect, the Jags go with Dez Bryant. Bryant looks to be a very good WR, but one can't help but wonder, with all the young WRs they have (Sims-Walker, Thomas, Underwood, Hughes) and with the horrible output by they young DEs...why go for Bryant? Well, it will help the run game no doubt, but...Morgan is on the board. I don't really like this one.
11) Denver Broncos (from Chicago)- Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Ladies and Gentlemen, your first reach of the draft. Spikes is a late 1st round. But, it should be noted that the Broncos were between a rock and a hard place here. They didn't see Derrick Morgan as a 3-4 DE (understandably), and the best value after him is CJ Spiller...but they took a running back high in the first round last year. Still, with UCLA's Brian Price on the board, it's hard to make this pick. They attempted trading down, but after no fruitful negotiations, the Broncos went with Spikes, who undoubtedly fits their system as a TED ILB. Solid pick, but still a bit of a reach.
12) Philadelphia Eagles trade their 1st, 2nd, 5th for Miami Dolphin's 1st -
Philadelphia Eagles (From MIA) - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
How did Morgan slide this far? The Eagles ponied up their 1st, 2nd, and 5th to move from 24 to 12 to snag this year's best DE. Morgan is already a LDE, and with his ability to set the edge against the run and rush the passer, he and Trent Cole will terrorize opposing QBs for years to come. This value is stupendous. Best pick: value and need-wise, in the draft.
13) San Fransisco 49ers- Bryan Buluga, OT, Iowa
The Niners sure up the porous right side of their line with RT Brian Bulaga. A mauler, Bulaga is a great fit to the Niner quasi-zone blocking scheme. The only other options here would be Earl Thomas, Bruce Campbell, or CJ Spiller, who has yet to here his name.
14) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)- Bryan Price, DT, UCLA
Surprise here. With a franchise LT in Campbell and a super-star RB in Spiller, the Seahawks pick Price. Well, everyone, I like it. Price is the #3 DT in this class, but he is easily a top 12 player. His agility at his size is stunning. Carrol knows a thing or two about stopping the run, and with the stockpile of LBs they have in Seattle, along with NT Brandon Mebane, the Seahawks get another beast of an interior lineman. But still, you gotta protect your injury prone rookie QB, and Bruce Campbell is on the board. I'm a little back and forth on this one, but in the end, this will be a good pick.
15) New Yorks Giants- Earl Thomas, S, Texas
This one took only a few seconds to get to the Commish. The Giant's Safety's are terrible. Other than the injured, young Kenny Philips, the Giant S's were actually hard to watch. A bit of a reach here, but Thomas brings play-making ability to the Big Blue secondary. Good pick.
16) Tennessee Titans- Donavan Warren, CB, Michigan
Oh God...the Titans make a super-reach for a position of need. If there is something I really don't like, it's reaching for a need. But Warren is a fringe 2nd/3rd round prospect. How can you make this one? Carlos Dunlap is on the board. Damien Williams is on the board. Dan Williams is on the board. Everson Griffen. Brandon Graham. Anyone! They should have traded back, way back, if they wanted a corner, and if they did, Trevard Lindley is the best one left on the board. Wow. Just wow.
17) San Fransisco 49ers- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
THIS is what I'm talking about. Wonderful value. Spiller is another top 12 guy, but with the lack of need around the league for a RB, he slides. The Niners are running a spread offense, and Frank Gore isn't exactly suited for it. Spiller gives them the speed and change of direction that is required for such an offensive scheme, and was just handed to them. Great pick.
18) Pittsburgh Steelers- Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
Well, it makes sense. Now, Mt. Cody is a very polarizing prospect, and there is no doubt that the Steelers could use a NT...but I'm not sure on this. With Bruce Campbell miraculously still on the board, or even Mike Iupati or Morgan Burnett, they go with the big man. Well, I see Cody being used much like Casey Hampton, but I wonder if the Steelers realize that most teams see Cody as an early 2nd kinda guy. The pick is a reach, but, unlike the Donovan Warren reach, this one is understandable. These kind of behemoth sized humans are hard to come by, but I still would have tried to trade back first.
So, after one half of the 1st round, who is still on the board?
1. OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
2. DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
3. OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU
4. DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
5. WR Damien Williams, USC
6. WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
7. TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
8. RT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
9. NT Dan Williams, Tennessee
10. DE/OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan
11. DT Jared Odrick, Penn State
12. S/LB Taylor Mays, USC
13. WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
14. RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
15. OT Charles Brown, USC
1. Vikings--Jimmy Clausen
2. Eagles--Derrick Morgan
3. 49ers--CJ Spiller
1. Chiefs only demanding a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the #3 overall.
2. Titans--Donovan Warren
3. Jaguars--Dez Bryant
Most Likely to Hold Out:
WR Dez Bryant, Jaguars
Funniest Phone Call:
MLB Rolando McClain, Raiders
Mocking the rest of the 1st round:
19. Falcons trade to Packers (Allegedly??)- LT Bruce Campbell
20. Texans - NT Dan Williams
21. Bengals - WR Golden Tate
22. Patriots - OLB Jerry Hughes
23. Falcons, via Packers (Allegedly) - DE Carlos Dunlap
24. Dolphins, via Eagles - DE/OLB Sergio Kindle
25. Ravens - WR Damien Williams
26. Cardinals - TE Jermaine Gresham
27. Chargers - RT Trent Williams
28. Cowboys - OT Charles Brown
29. Jets - DT/DE Jared Odrick
30. Saints - OLB Sean Weatherspoon
31. Colts - S/LB Taylor Mays
32. Chiefs, via Vikings - DE/OLB Brandon Graham
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109 total votes