I stole the order from Montell again, kept some picks the same, but made sure to fix my OT errors. I don't have Cam Newton here, which is odd for me because I'm absolutely in love with the kid, but like Tebow it will take a coach to absolutely fall in love with him to be a first round draft pick.
1. Carolina: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: I think Luck is clearly the pick at 1 after the Orange Bowl. Some of his throws were amazing. Now, I'm not sure if Carolina will be the one to take him, but there's no denying they're holding one of the best picks in NFL draft history
2. Denver: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: I see a lot of Patrick Peterson at this pick, but the more quotes I see from Champ the more I think he stays. Peterson's a great CB prospect, but CB is really deep in this draft, and Denver could snag a CB (like a Burton or a Jimmy Smith) with one of their 2 2nd's (could be 3 if the Orton trade goes to plan). Plus, if you watch a Denver game you can see the biggest problem they have is their DL, and why not address it with your top pick? Guy can play 3-4 and 4-3, so that's a plus.
3. Buffalo: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Pass rush could really help the under achieving secondary. At 280, could be very good in run support in the 4-3 as well. Peterson could go here, but I think they could really use a great DE like Bowers over a CB.
4. Cincinatti: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: Cincy has overlooked much worse character concerns. Pass rush needs a boost, and this gives them one.
5. Arizona: Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas: I'm not buying into Todd McShay saying that Mallet was exposed. His WR's were dropping balls all day, and that final screen call was the worst playcall I've seen all year. Arizona has shown they don't mind having immobile QB's, as long as they can get the ball all over the field, and Mallet can do that.
6. Cleveland: A.J. Green, WR, UGA: Colt McCoy can use a WR
7. San Fransico: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Big drop for the kid, but if Denver and Buff go DL, this is possible. Huge steal for SF. If you think a Peterson drop is impossible, look back to Crabtree, no one though he'd leave the top 5.
8. Tennessee: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: QB is the need here if they lose Young, but I have trouble seeing Fisher not getting the boot, and Young getting it. Young has shown flashes while Fisher has shown he is consistently mediocre, I'd take the QB's side on this one. Plus, with all the sacks they had and passing yards they let up, they need to improve their secondary.
9. Dallas: Marcell Dareus, DE, Bama: I bet the Cowboys wouldnt be happy if they saw the 2 best CB prospects go before them like this. Marcell though is a great 3-4 DE who has played in the system.
10. Washington: Jake Locker, QB, Washington: To me, he seems like a Shanny wet dream in terms of QB. I have a feeling that this will be the guy Shanny targets, like he did Cutler in 06. Will it be at #10? I don't know, but I have a strong feeling Locker will be a Redskin.
11. Houston: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon St: I was thinking CB here, but a 1 tech could help Okoye. Probably a bit of a reach, so Houston could trade back for him.
12. Minnesota: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Mizzou: I don't like Gabbert as a prospect, but as we see with QB's they usually get drafted a bit early. He's my pick as the bust of this draft if he goes in the first, especially this high. One of those guys where coaches will fall in love with his tangibles, but I don't see enough of the intangibles to like him.
13. Detroit: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida: Lions fans have been clamoring for a LB, but 13 is an awkward spot for LB's, especially this year. They could possibly trade back and snag one, but I'm in the line of thinking you can find a good LB in the mid rounds, while CB isn't that easy. I say they go CB here and then LB in the 2nd/3rd.
14. St. Louis: WR, Julio Jones: I think everyone knows STL will likely go WR in the first round, it just depends on which one is there when they draft.
15. Miami: Mark Ingram, RB, Bama: If Brown and Williams go, which I hear is likely, they have to go Ingram. I think the Dolphins would be best served losing Brown and Williams, as it will help them move away from one of the most overrated gimmicks in football. Might be early for Ingram, and if the Phins feel like that too I think they could trade down from here.
16. Jacksonville: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: I had it here last week, and I'm gonna keep it here.
17. New England (via Oakland): Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss St.: I was thinking DL here, but with the uncertainty of Matt Light and Logan Mankins, it would behoove the Pats to draft some insurance for the OL.
18. San Diego: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal: Cam goes to I guess what is his town's pro team. Jordan gives a boost in run stopping and pass rushing from the DE spot opposite of Castillo.
19. New York Giants: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: I had the extreme displeasure of having to watch this team collapse and no one knowing who the culprit was. If you didn't think it was this secondary's fault, mainly Terrell Thomas with some of Webster , then your kidding yourself. They really need a CB in the worst way, IMO. If you don't agree with me, pop in the GB tape, that was one of the worst performances by a CB tandem I have ever seen.
20. Tampa Bay: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: had him here last time, and I really like him here. The more I watch him the more I like him as an edge rusher.
21. Seattle: Justin Blackmon, WR, OK St: I know Williams has stepped up, but c'mon he's got the speed of a TE out there. Blackmon will be a good compliment to Williams, and help Whitehurst if he is the QB of the future.
22. KC: Jonathon Baldwin, WR, Pitt: KC likely goes WR here to help Cassel and Bowe.
23. Indianapolis: Anthony Costanzo, OT, BC: He's personally my favorite OT. He's the best pass blocking OT in the draft, and why not go to the team that passes most?
24. Philly: Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma: I don't really like this LB corps, and one of my best friends who is an Eagles fan agrees. The performance of the DL has done well to mask this weakness, but the Eagles can't count on that forever. LB is usually a pick Reid drafts later but I can't see them going their usual DL here, and I think the first round is too early for Marcus Cannon.
25. Green Bay: DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas: I felt he had a good bowl game, as there was pressure from everywhere on Mallet except on his blindside. I feel he can do this in GB. I like Bulaga, but I don't see him as a full time LT, but I can see Love doing it.
26. New Orleans: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M: NO runs a kinda 3-4/4-3 scheme, and I like that system for Von Miller. Immediatley improves the pass rush, and can help get this D to it's 09 form.
27. New York Jets: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami: Ellis hasn't been a bad DE in this scheme, and Devito has been alright, but an improvement here could be used. I like Bailey in this system, especially if he puts on 5-10 pounds.
28. Baltimore: Stefen Wiscnieski, C/G, Penn St.: I'm not too sure this is a glaring need, but Birk is getting old, and the O has under achieved despite having great talent at skill positions. Stefen can play any of the 3 interior OL positions, which helps his draft stock even more.
29. Chicago: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: A lot of scouts are high on this guy, but I have yet to see a game of his to say the same. Still though, many scouts have Solder as their top OT, so snagging him at the end of the first could be a nice step in protecting Cutler.
30. Pittsburgh: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St: I know they just drafted Ziggy Hood, but both Aaron Smith and Kiesel are getting up there in age, so getting replacements for both could be very beneficial.
31. Atlanta: Michael Flloyd, WR, ND: I've been hearing ATL could use another big time WR next to Roddy, and one of my favorite WR's in the draft provides that. This kid had a very good year especially considering the QB's he had throwing to him, which were Crist who couldnt hit the broadside of a barn and Tommy Reese who throws 15-20 passes a game.
32. New England: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: I like this kids potential, but my feeling is that I have never seen 100% effort from this kid. If anyone can bring that out of this kid, its BB who needs to improve his pass rush badly.