Carolina (1-12)- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
To the dismay of Panther fandom, Andrew Luck decides not to enter the draft citing unresolved CBA issues and graduating from Stanford. So, the Panthers basically have to choose between AJ Green and Pat Peterson. They go with Peterson. Although Green is the best wideout prospect since Calvin Johnson, the Panthers have too much young promise at the position, not to mention Steve Smith. And although the defensive line is in need of upgrades, the Panthers go with a Cornerback. Starter Richard Marshall won’t be back next year and Chris Gamble has had injuries and played poorly the past year. So, with the trouble at Cornerback, the Panthers select the Deion Sanders-esque Patrick Peterson.
Cincinnati (2-11)- Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
So Andrew Luck doesn’t come out, and this pick is too high to pick a QB such as Mallett or Locker. Cincy decides to wait on a QB, and one of their biggest need is on the defensive line, as their luck picking DE’s has been poor. Michael Johnson hasn’t amounted to anything, and Robert Geathers has seen better years. Bowers will team up with the up and coming Carlos Dunlap to form a good tandem. Therefore, Cincy elects to pick the Bronko Nagurski winning Bowers, hoping he’s the next Mario Williams.
Denver (3-10)- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC
QB? No, Tebow looks like the future in Denver. The offense looks pretty set, however the Defense needs some help. Quinn will help the 2nd worst run defense as an OLB.
Detroit (3-10)- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Cornerback is a glaring need in Detroit. And the Lions couldn’t be happier to land the 2nd best corner in college football. With Ndamukong Suh up front and Amukamara in the secondary, this Lion’s defense is going to have some serious bite!
Buffalo (3-10)- AJ Green, WR, UGA
After Ryan Fitzpatrick’s productive year, Buffalo scoffs at the thought of taking a quarterback. Steve Johnson isn’t bad, and they do have Lee Evans, however the Bills just can’t resist AJ Green just like they couldn’t resist CJ Spiller last year!
Arizona (4-9)- Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
It’s pretty obvious that Skelton and Hall aren’t the answer at QB in Arizona. Mallet is the perfect candidate for them. Big, tall, has a cannon for an arm, and comes from Bobby Petrino’s high flying offense.
Dallas (4-9)- Marcell Dareus, DT, Bama
No need to upgrade offense, Dallas replaces Chris Canty one year late.
San Francisco (5-8)- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
New coach, new QB. Alex Smith is an incredibly volatile QB, one week he perfroms well, the next week he’s terrible. While Troy Smith was great at Ohio St, he isn’t the answer. San Fran needs someone to build around, and Jake Locker will usher in the new era.
Tennessee (5-8)- Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
SURPRISE! Kiper and McShay are in shock! Most expected Crick to go in the 2nd, however just like Tyson Alualu last year, Crick goes earlier than expected. Actually, if you look at his production, it’s not such a surprise. With or without Ndamukong Suh at his side, he’s produced around 70 tackles and 10 sacks a year. He goes ahead of Fairley because of consistency because Fairley is afterall, a one-year wonder.
Washington (5-8)- Julio Jones, WR, Bama
Shanahan needs to get someone for McNabb to throw to and Jones is a perfect fit for this offense!
Houston (5-8)- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Houston is thrilled to have Fairley fall this far, and with their need for a disruptive interior lineman, Fairley is an easy choice.
Minnesota (5-8)- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
No, Newton won’t go in the top 10, but it is likely that someone will reach for him in the 1st. Some team desperate for a QB…a team like Minnesota. The Vikes can’t rely on Favre to be back next year, or even to be back to his Pro Bowl form. Learning from their mistake of not picking Jimmy Clausen last year, they go with Newton. Hey, if Tim Tebow went in the 1st round, Cam’s got a shot!
Cleveland (5-8)- Michael Floyd, WR, ND
Colt McCoy is the QB of the future in Cleveland, and he needs someone to throw to. Mohammad Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie are decent, however this offense needs a dominant #1 like Floyd to rise out of being one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL.
New England - from Oakland (6-7)- Mark Ingram, RB, Bama
While it is very possible that NE does a lot of wheeling and dealing during draft weekend, they can’t pass up Ingram. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been an adequate fill in, however Ingram would instantly upgrade this offense, and potentially make it unstoppable. With Seattle, Miami, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and New Orleans possibly coveting Ingram, New England almost HAS to draft him.
Seattle (6-7)- Allen Bailey, DT/DE, Miami
They’ve got no one on the interior, and the alligator wrestling, country strong Bailey will beef it up.
San Diego (7-6)- Joseph Barksdale, OT/G, LSU
The Chargers have had difficulty running the ball this year, typically one of their strong suits. They need to get back to that. Barksdale is surprisingly the 1st lineman taken in a weaker class.
Indianapolis (7-6)- Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss State
You can have the best QB in the game, but if you can’t protect him from the other team, then he’s not going to be as good as he could be. So, Indy springs for a lineman.
Miami (7-6)- Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU
OG Richie Incognito walks from the fins as a free agent. The fins have had trouble running anyway, so they draft a massive guard.
Tampa Bay (8-5)- Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Last year they beefed up the interior with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price, and now they’ve got to tackle the ends. Kerrigan is a strong DE with great production, and Tampa is excited to welcome him to the Gulf Coast.
Green Bay (8-5)- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Beside Charles Woodson, the Packers are going to have another shutdown corner.
St. Louis* (6-7)- Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt
Getting a young QB a young WR to grow with has been a tried and true formula. The Rams get Bradford a target, a very tall and athletic one.
Jacksonville* (8-5)- Deunta Williams, S, UNC
The Jags have to face Payton Manning and Matt Schaub twice a year, and they need an upgrade at Safety.
Kansas City* (8-5)- Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Mike Vrabel is old and needs to be replaced. Ayers is one of the best outside backers in the draft.
Chicago* (9-4)- Anthony Castonzo, OT, BC
Doesn’t need much explanation here, because Cutler has seen a lot of grass up close this year.
New York Giants* (9-4)- Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
The Giants get the dominant LB they’ve needed in the super-athletic Carter.
New York Jets* (9-4)- Cameron Jordan, DT, Cal
Jets choose to upgrade their 3-4 D-line with a 3-4 lineman from Cal.
Baltimore* (9-4)- Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
Although the Raven D is fearsome, their corners aren’t!
New Orleans* (10-3)- Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Facing Turner the Burner and Carolina’s Double Trouble twice a year, the Saints need to upgrade their D-Line.
Philadelphia* (9-4)- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Carimi upgrades the weakness of the line, King Dunlap.
Pittsburgh* (10-3)- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
The Pouncey Bros reunite in Pittsburgh.
Atlanta* (11-2)- Kyle Rudolph, TE, ND
Tony Gonzalez retires, and the Falcons draft Rudolph because they need a playmaker to take his place.
New England* (11-2)- Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Penn State
With lots of issues on the O-Line the Pats take the versatile Wisniewski.