1) St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
In the coming months, there will be a lot of debate about whether or not the Rams take a QB with this pick. The more I think about it, the more it looks as if the Rams won’t take a QB simply because Ndamukong Suh is a far superior player than Claussen.
Most people think the Lions will draft Gerald McCoy with this pick, but I tend to disagree, although McCoy is certainly a possibility here. The fact is the Lions defense requires a bigger, run stuffing type defensive tackle rather than a smaller, pass rushing type, like McCoy. In later rounds, guys like Aurthur Jones, and Cam Thomas look to be better fits to their scheme.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
I think Tampa will take whoever Detroit doesn’t. In this case, I think it will be McCoy. If McCoy isn’t available, then it will be Berry; however, make no mistake, the Buc’s need a dominant DT as bad as any other position.
I think this is a pretty obvious pick. You have franchise that likes star power, and isn’t exactly sold on their current QB. Draft-wise, this is a match made in heaven.
5) Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
This is a hard pick. The Chiefs took Brandon Albert just two years ago, and I’m not sure if they have completely given up on him just yet. However, the fact is that the right tackle position is also a position of need, and Albert could very well slide over there, and let Okung, who is more than capable of a blocker to play LT. I think if Ronaldo McClain shows a strong Combine, he could very well be the pick here too, although that would a bit of a reach.
6) Seattle Seahawks: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
7) Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Raiders have been in a serious need of an offensive tackle for better half of the decade, and Davis has all of the tools required to fill that void. Defensively, the Raiders are pretty talented, although they could use a safety or a defensive end if Richard Seymour isn’t signed or franchised. I could also see Taylor Mays or Derrick Morgan being the pick here.
The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense next year, and could really use a pass rushing threat like Kindle playing OLB. The other obvious needs are quarterback, and offensive tackle, but no QB or OT is worth the pick.
I think he is going be a beast in the NFL. He has all of the attributes you look for in an ILB, including the leadership.
The Jaguars took two DEs in rounds one and two in the 2008 Draft. Unfortunately, they have done next to nothing at the pro level. Derrick Morgan is the best pass rusher in the draft, and I think the Jaguars would be dumb to pass on him if he is available at 11. Of course, there is that outside shot of Tim Tebow being drafted here.
12) Miami Dolphins: Jason Pierre Paul, DE, South Florida
13) San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, S, USC
14) Seattle Seahawks (from DEN): Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Williams is another player who is still kind of raw, but has great potential. The Seahawks took their franchise quarterback at 6, and they could very well take their franchise left tackle with this pick. The good thing is that Williams can sit behind Walter Jones for one more season and learn before having to play.
15) New York Gaints: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
16) Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
I think the Titans will be estatic if they get Graham with this pick. His stock has skyrocketed after the dominance at the Senior Bowl (and rightfully so). Brandon Graham would vastly improve the Titans edge pass rush, and would be a nice upgrade over either Vanden Bosch, or Javon Kearse.
17) San Francisco 49ers: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Joe Staley is the future of the 49ers at left tackle, but same can’t be said for Adam Snydery, although he is a solid tackle. Brian Bulaga doesn’t have the tools required to be an elite left tackle at the pros, but should be pro-bowl caliber right tackle for a long time.
18) Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
Ben Roethlisberger has been beat up during his career at Pittsburgh, some of it is his own fault, but some of it can be blamed on the offensive line. The fact is, the Steelers line hasn’t been the same since Alan Faneca left town, and Mike Iupati finally gives the Steelers the chance to replace him.
19) Atlanta Falcons: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
20) Houston Texans: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
They need linebackers, whether it is inside or outside. Other than Jerrod Mayo, the patriots really don’t have another starting caliber LB on the team anymore. In many ways, Spikes is just as good of a prospect as McClain, just a tad bit slower.
23) Green Bay Packers: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Simply put: Packer o-line is aging, injury prone, and needs new talent, no
24) Philadelphia Eagles: Javaid Best, RB, California
With the release of Brian Westbrook, the Eagles should be looking to draft another back this year. They don’t have many needs on their team, so I could see them spending this pick on a running back. Best is the type of running back Philadelphia likes: small, fast. He’s not much of a pass catcher, but that is a skill that can be taught.
25) Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The Ravens really haven’t had a deep threat receiver this decade, or a great receiver for that matter. Golden Tate is exactly what this offense needs: explosive playmaker that can stretch the field for a young QB like Flacco.
26) Arizona Cardinals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
28) San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
I think the Chargers found out this season that Darrin Sprioles isn’t a long term answer at the RB position, and LaDanian Tomlinson is no longer on the team. That leaves a big hole at the RB position to be filled. Jonathan Dwyer is one of the few complete backs in the draft, and could start for the Chargers immediately.
29) New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
30) Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
They have bigger needs, like a new LT, but that can’t be replaced at this pick, so they should look to address their second biggest need: outside linebackers.
The Saints could potentially lose both of their starting safeties this offseason with Darren Sharper and Roman Harper both hitting the market. They should very well have to replace one or other, if not, then they still need a replacement for the aging sharper. Physically, Chad Jones matches up with any safety in this draft, and the fact that he is a home-state product shouldn’t hurt either.