1. St Louis Rams: Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
This will be the great debate during the offseason, until the draft happens in April, will the Rams take Clausen or Suh. Clausen is my favorite to be taken by the Rams due to the fact that the Rams need a upgrade at QB over Marc Bulger. Bulger is a good QB, but he can't stay healthy, and that's something this offense lacks, consistency. The offense has some weapons in Stephen Jackson at RB, and Donnie Avery at WR. There isn't a legitimate threat at an skill postion for them to take with this pick, but Clausen would be a good building block to start rebuilding this offense upon. Suh would also be a good pick, but I don't know if the Rams take Suh after taking Chris Long last year, but their two starting DT's only had 60 tackles and 1 sack, that's downright terrible, and Suh could add to those numbers easily his rookie season, but I see the Rams focusing on offense not defense first.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
The Detroit Lions will be drooling at the mouth when their pick comes around this year if the Rams take Clausen because they can draft Suh. Suh would be a great player for the Lions to rebuild the defense around, they have some great young players in Louis Delmas, Jordan Dizon, Cliff Avril, and Ernie Sims. They have decent LB corps, but need some defensive linemen that can tie up the offensive line and let the LB's do their job, and make some plays. Suh could easily tie up to linemen each play and even get pressure on the QB something that the Lions could use more of. The Lions would be so happy if Suh falls past St.Louis and they can grab him.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
The Buccaneers are no stranger to the the saying "Defense wins championships", as that's what carried them in the Super Bowl winning season in 2002 season. They were carried by the means of Derrik Brooks, Simeon Rice, Greg Spires, Warren Sapp,, and Sheldon Quarles. This franchise knows in order to win games it starts on defense, and McCoy would be an instant upgrade on the defensive line. McCoy is not Suh, but can hold his own, putting up 31 tackles (14.5 for a loss), 5 sacks, two passes broken up, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovered. McCoy can do it all, and would be a welcome upgrade to start upgrading this defense.
4. Washington Redskins: Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Whether your a Jason Campbell fan or not, he has to go, this team needs consistency with the QB position, and this has become Mike Shanahan's team, so he'll start to give this team a makeover, starting at QB. Bradford should have come out last year, but instead he decided to stay in school and try to win a national championship, instead he now leaves with a injured shoulder. His draft stock will still be high, but the fact that he didn't play in Oklahoma's bowl game, and not playing in the Senior Bowl, might make some teams weary, but the Redskins need something, and they'll gamble on Bradford.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma St
When you have a QB that you've invested tons of money into, and your hopes and dreams of the franchise you need people that are able to protect him. That's what Matt Cassell is to the Chiefs, their hope and savior, I think that's one reason that the Chiefs brought Charlie Weiss in, was to teach a offense similar to New England's. Cassell had a good year in New England filling in for Tom Brady, then Scott Pioli brought him in to revive this Chiefs team. The Patriots are one thing and the Chiefs are another, they must start at the bottom up and rebuild this franchise. They had some good picks recently in Brandon Albert, Dwayne Bowe, and Jammal Charles, but the offensive line needs help protecting the investment at QB, so he can throw the ball to either Bowe or Chris Chambers who still has something in the tank. Also Jammal Charles looks like a decent RB, and some openings for him to run through would open up the passing game.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry S, Tennesese
This pick is partly BAP and partly the fact that there's not a QB worthy of going this high. Matt Hasselbeck isn't getting any younger and can't preform quite as well anymore, and he has the targets to throw to. Anyways Seattle is going to go for BAP, and that happens to be Eric Berry. He's considered the best safety in the draft which is good for the Seahawks considering that Deon Grant is getting older and the whole secondary could use an upgrade.
7. Cleveland Browns: Rondo McClain LB, Alabama
I don't know if you have watched McClain's last two games, but if he can play like that in the NFL, he could be next Ray Lewis/Patrick Willis. Against Florida, he shut Tim Tebow down, and kept Tebow from doing anything, and against Texas while his stats weren't amazing, he still was around the ball every play. Cleveland needs everything on this team, except for LT where Joe Thomas has planted himself. Maybe RB is OK with Jerrome Harrison, and I don't think that this team is willing to give up on Brady Quinn just yet considering what they spent to draft him. One thing though that this team needs is some defensive play makers and the addition of McClain would be an excellent one for sure.
8. Oakland Raiders: Derrik Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
Greg Ellis and Richard Seymour were nothing more than fill in players for at the most one more season on this Raiders defense. Their both too old to be playing anymore, Seymour is 31 by the beginning of the season and Ellis will be 36. Seymour might play one or two more seasons, but Ellis is got to go. Al Davis will finally make a decent draft choice here picking up Derrik Morgan, who's considered the best DE int he draft. Now just because he's considered the best DE in the draft, doesn't mean he's not coming with doubts. Many scouts are questioning his motor and his ability against quality opponents, which might raise some questions in the NFL, but his natural size 6'4 275 is dreamy and Al Davis will over look some of Morgan's question marks and fall in love with his size and potential.
9. Buffalo Bills: Bryan Bulaga OT, Iowa
Trading Jason Peters might have been a terrible move by Buffalo because after he left, the whole season started falling apart for them. Ryan Fitzpatrick got benched for Brian Brohm, a lot of injuries hit this team including Leodis McKelvin, Kawika Mitchell, Eric Wood, and Jarius Bird. Some positives did happen including Jarius Bird having a great season, 45 tackles 9 INTS, and 11 passes deflected, Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch could be a great two back system for Buffalo if provided linemen who can open holes for them. That's why Buffalo must take an OT with this pick, they have two very good RB's, but need people who can open holes for them to run the ball and protect the QB, so that the can distribute the ball to their receivers.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma St
Ultimately I would love to see Jacksonville trade this pick down with someone who wants to jump up and take Mike Iupati later in the draft and pick up some more draft picks in the 2nd or 3rd round, but as it stands I think Jacksonville takes Dez Bryant. He's just a beast period able to run routes, beat corners out, and make insane catches, the problem being that he played only 3 games last season due to a suspension, and there are some character issues that Gene Smith will evaluate, but overall would be a upgrade for the Jaguar's WR corps with Torry Holt possibly leaving.
11. Denver Broncos: Joe Hadden CB, Florida
Champ Bailey is a premier corner in the NFL, people are scared to look his way when throwing the ball, but he's getting older. The problem that affects all people, age, now that's not to say that he doesn't have at least a few more good seasons in him, but it's time to start planning for that. The Broncos drafted Alphonso Smith last year out of Alabama, but when someone like Joe Hadden is still on the table you have to grab them. People might argue that they should take a WR with this pick due the fact there's speculation that the Broncos might trade Brandon Marshall, but with Dez Bryant off of the table, I don't see them taking a WR this high in the draft that's worth their money.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams DT, Tennessee
There's now talk that Jason Ferguson might retire and that would leave the Dolphins in a hard spot, Paul Soliai is a good backup but not the big body that the Dolphins need in the middle to start on defense. That body would be Dan Williams, he's looked good during Senior Bowl all week and moving his stock up to take over as the top rated NT in the draft because everyone's afraid of Terrence Cody's weight. Cody will be a good NT, if he can keep his weight in check and he hasn't proven himself to receive incentive pay to keep the weight off like Kris Jenkins did with the Jets. Williams will be a huge plug in the middle for the Dolphins defense.
13. San Fransisco 49er's: Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers
Davis is known for his ability to maul people and open lanes for the running game, and that's what Mike Singletary likes to do with the 49er's run the ball with Frank Gore. Also he's not a bad pass blocker which would help boost Alex Smith's confidence if he's not getting ruched from the pocket every play. The main offensive game plan for the 49er's is to run the ball first though, and the more holes yo can open for Gore, the more likely you are to win the game.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Campbell OT, Maryland
The Seahawks need some youth injected into their OT's due to the fact that Walter Jones knees are like jello and Sean Locklear can't stay healthy enough for a season. Campbell is a very athletic offensive lineman that will inject some youth into this offensive line and hopefully be the start of something new for the Seahawks and Pete Carroll. Seattle has the tools in the backfield to win games in Justin Forsett, who shows he's a good RB, but needs an offensive line that can block and open holes that he can run through.
15. NY Giants: Earl Thomas S, Texas
This Giants defense looked down right scary last season for the first 5 games then it all fell apart to the hands of New Orleans, losing their next 4 straight games. One reason this team fell apart, more importantly the defense fell apart was the injuries in the secondary. The injury to Kenny Philips made this defense seem lost, then injuries that plagued Aaron Ross didn't help anything. Now insert Earl Thomas who could play corner or safety, who had a lights out season for University of Texas, 134 tackles 5 FF, and 10 INTS. That's insane, he's a ballhawk and wants the ball and the Giants would love to have a guy like him roaming the defensive backfield.
16. San Fransisco 49er's: Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State
From everything I've heard, Wilson has looked amazing working out and really boosted his stock for the draft. Just because he's from a lesser known school doens't mean that he isn't as good as guys that are from big schools. He's an athletic guy too, which means that he could return kicks and/or punts giving Josh Morgan or Brandon Jones a break due to the fact that one of them will be a starting WR. The 49er's payed Nate Clements big money a couple of years ago to be a shut down corner, which he hasn't really shown, but having a good corner on the other side might aid him in becoming the player the 49er's payed for.
17. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
With Kyle Vanden Bosh more than likely gone, the Titans must find a way to create some pass rush especially considering they play in a pass heavy division. Graham is a great all around DE that had a great Senior Bowl and showed that he might be a good mid to late round first round pick. He was named the MVP of the game, and showed scouts that he's a complete end, in a very slim pickings of DEs this year. Tennessee will be looking for someone to replace Vanden Bosh and with other DE's in the draft having questions being asked of them Carlos Dunlap (Off the field problems), Everson Griffen (pass rush specialist) and Greg Hardy (not 100% all the time), Graham solidified his spot in the first round.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrance Cody DT, Alambama
Cassey Hampton is getting old and it's taking it's toll on him, he is slowing down, not to say that you would expect a 6'1 325 man to run a 4.4 forty, but some youth would be nice for the Steelers in the middle. Also the fact that Hampton is a restricted free agent, but it seems the the Steelers will slap the franchise tag on him. Now enter Terrance Cody, the mountain of a man from Alabama who is 6'5 370, but said that he wants to get down to 345 before playing. Pittsburgh knows about how to keep big men's weight in check ie Casey Hampton, so I could see this fit very well. Give Cody a year to learn under Hampton, so that he can learn from one of the best NT's in the league, then let him earn his spot in the staring rotation next year when Hampton's a free agent.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Robinson CB, Florida St
We all saw how bad the Falcons could great burned when their secondary wasn't healthy, let alone that their two starting corners ended up on the injured reserve, Brian Williams and Chris Houston. Houston is a promising young guy who can hold his own in the secondary, but Brian Williams has always been under observation whether he should play corner or safety. He's a good run supporter for the run defense, but the passing game, he can become a liability. Patrick Robinson had a good week at the Senior Bowl, and his regular season numbers aren't shabby, 110 tackles, 7 INTS, and 3 FF. This would be an upgrade for the Falcons and they could concider moving Brian Williams to safety since Mike Smith had the chance to coach him while they were both on Jacksonville.
20. Houston Texans: Taylor Mays S, USC
I see the Texans taking a gamble on Mays and hoping that it pans out for them. They've taken chances recently in the draft by taking Mario Williams before Reggie Bush (which turned out great) and taking Amobi Okoye (which their waiting to see if he'll become the player they drafted him to be). Mays is a high risk high reward kind of guy, he has his moments where he looks down right terrible on the field, and there's moments where the light seems to click in this head, so it will be interesting to see if Frank Bush, their defense coordinator will be able to change Mays around and make him the player everyone thinks he could be.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate WR, Notre Dame
The Bengals need someone who can complement Ochocinco, and they know this. That role used to be Chris Henry's till he passed away, and Laveranues Coles is not the answer to being a number 2 option in this offense partly because he's not getting any younger. Now enter, Golden Tate, Tate quickly made himself known as Jimmy Clausen's favorite target, with 93 receptions for 1496 yards receiving and 15 TDs. He's pretty fast something that the Bengals would also love to have, someone to stretch the field so that it could open up the shorter routes for Ochocinco and the running game.
22. New England Patriots: Sergio Kindle DE/OLB, Texas
The Patriots love these types of guys, the hybrid type that can put a hand down and be a speed end or stand up and be a OLB. Kindle can play that position for the Patriots playing up to his potential the last two years at Texas, 101 tackles, 16 sacks, and a FF. Look at these types of guys around the league, Terrell Suggs, Brian Orakpo, and what the Patriots were hoping to get when they signed Adalius Thomas, but that failed. Also the Patriots are starting to have an influx of new and old on the defense, and Kindle would be a great place to start bringing in some more youth.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown OT, USC
The Packers in order to win more games must keep Aaron Rodgers on his feet, he just got knocked down, and pressured too much last season. It's partly due to the fact that Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were backed up most of the season, and the Packers some games had to make a patchwork offensive line. Some youth is a must at OT in order for the Packers to challenge in a defensive strong NFC North division.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Spikes LB, Florida
Oh how the Eagles will be drooling to the fact that Brandon Spikes fell this far to them in the draft. Their need for LBs is great due to the fact that injuries hit them hard and they were forced to play Jeremiah Trotter in the middle which didn't help their chances against Dallas. The injuries early in the season to Stewart Bradley and Omar Gaither didn't help this young Eagles defense, but adding Spikes to the mixwon't hurt at all.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Damian Williams WR, USC
Once again it's time for that same question in Baltimore, will Derrik Mason come back for another season to save the Raven's WR corps. The answer is simple, it doesn't matter, the Raven's must draft a WR in the first round to give Mason and Joe Flacco some help. I guess I could excuse them if they were the Detroit Lions and drafting a WR every year, but they haven't drafted any of note since Mark Clayton in the first round in 05, they have drafted two others, Demetrius Williams in the 4th round of 06 and Justin Harper in 08, it's time for some new blood in the organization.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon LB, Missouri
Already having Bertrand Berry retired and the prospect of losing Karlos Dansby and Chike Okeafor to free agency, the Arizona Cardinals need help at LB badly. Sean Weatherspoon helped his draft stock greatly with his great week at the Senior Bowl, registering this last season 103 tackles, 4 sacks, and 1 INT. He would be a great influx of youth into a sudden position of need for the Cardinals and could learn from a very good LB in Clark Haggans.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati G, Idaho
Iupati is turning out to be one of the best guard prospects in the draft in a long time, but now is being considered to change positions to offensive tackle. At 6'5 330, I can't really blame people about thinking about making him change positions, but from reports about at Senior Bowl week it's gonna a project in the making if he is switched. One thought since Flozell Adams needs to go is to move Leonard Davis to LT and make Iupati the staring RG, just a thought.
28. San Diego Chargers: C.J Spiller RB, Clemson
I think that LaDainian Tomlinson has played his last snap for the Chargers, and Darren Sproles is too small to be a every down back, so the Chargers will snatch up Spiller who will be a great compliment back just like he was in Clemson with Ray Rice. Sproles is a good back, but lacks the bulk to be a every down back and Spiller has some injury issues, so together they'll fit nicely. Also with the fact that the only two good NTs were a;ready taken, the Chargers will have to find a answer for the problem with Jamal Williams somewhere else.
29. NY Jets: Demaryius Thomas WR, Georgia Tech
Thomas has good size at 6'3 230 and put up some good numbers considering he was playing on a option heavy offense that featured Jotahan Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt, but yet Thomas had 46 receptions for 1154 yards and 8 TDs. The Jets need receiver badly, they can't always rely on the running game, and Braylon Edwards didn't turn out like they had hoped, being on top of the fact that their WR corps is slim pickings as it is already. Thomas could come in and give the Jets a big physical target that they hoped to get when they traded for Edwards. Also Edwards is a restricted free agent, so he might might not be with the team next season, so more reason to draft a WR.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Donovan Warren CB, Michigan
The Vikings are in trouble in their defensive secondary. Antoine Winfield looked terrible in coverage when trying to recover from his injuries late in the season, and Cedric Griffin suffered a torn ACL in the game against the Saints, so it be seen if he can bounce back to 100% by the beginning of next season. Finally came into his own this junior year at Michigan with 66 tackles and 4 INTs, one for a TD. The Vikings are going to need secondary help if they want to stay om top of a tough NFC next season.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
With Charlie Johnson being a free agent and Tony Ugoh unable to return to his rookie form, the Colts will look to the draft for help on the left side to protect Peyton's precious rear. Williams has great feet making him a good pass protector, but could use some work on his run blocking abilities, but Indy loves to throw the ball first and think about the run second, so that's something that can be addressed in due time.
32. New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen DE, USC
Griffin is a little raw still in his playing, he's already a good pass rusher, but could use some work on run stuffing, but that will come with due time. Will Smith is a unrestricted free agent this off season, and look for some teams to offer some bug contracts to him for his services, so New Orleans might need to fill that right side of the defensive line, so they'll look to the draft to fill it, after kicking Peyton Manning's ass in the Super Bowl!