1. Carolina: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: This is the time of year when the top pick begins to become clearer for us fans. From what I've heard and read, it seems like its going to be Newton. I think this is a smart choice if your going QB. I don't see Gabbert's upside too much higher then Clausen's, so to draft a similar QB #1 is kinda stupid. Might as well shoot for the stars with this pick.
2. Denver: Marcell Dareus, DT, Bama: DT has to be the pick here, they pretty much have no one. Concerning the recent "interest" in QB, I don't see Denver pulling the trigger early. Its obvious this isn't a short term rebuilding process, but still, the D has so many holes and there are so many talented players on that side of the ball you'd have to be stupid to pass that for any of these developmental QB's.
3. Buffalo: Von Miller, LB, A&M: should immediatley help the pass rush and fill the glaring hole at OLB. I think it'll take a couple years, but Miller could be the best all around 3-4 OLB down the road.
4. Cincy: AJ Green, WR, UGA: With the likely departure of Ocho and TO, bringing in a dynamic young WR may help lure Palmer back to the fold.
5. Arizona: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Mizzou: I doubt Whisenhunt is on the hotseat, but he needs a QB if he wants to right the ship in Zona.
6. Cleveland: DaQaun Bowers, DE, Clemson: WR is their biggest need, and DE is very deep, but the potential Bowers has may be too tempting to pass up. I'm not his biggest fan, but at this spot, hard to pass him up with a need at DE.
7. SF: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: With the top 2 QB's gone, this is a pretty logical pick.
8. Tennessee: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: with Auburn's former DL coach, I think this pick will go down if Fairley falls here.
9. Dallas: Tyron Smith, OT, USC: I've been saying this since JJ came out saying he wanted OL: JJ wants an OT, he'll get one.
10. Washington: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC: fits the bill for the OLB spot opposite Orakpo.
11. Houston: Aldon Smith, DE, Mizzou: Moving to the 3-4, they really need an OLB rusher. I don't think Smith will be a beast day one but I think in a couple years he could be a double digit sack guy.
12. Minnesota: Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas: His stock has been taking a tumble, but on draft day, when the Vikings realize how little they have at QB and pop in the tape of this kid, they'll be severley tempted to pull the trigger here.
13. Detroit: Prince Amukamra, CB, Nebraska: CB may not be their biggest need, but it is up there and Prince is a top 10 talent.
14. STL: Julio Jones, WR, Bama: The Rams brass goes nuts and their rep rushes up to the commish with this pick, and what I really like is Jones and PP in the same division, I hope that happens, that'll be fun to watch.
15. Miami: Mark Ingram, RB, Bama: There have been rumblings he could fall out of the first, but if the Phins can't trade down I don't think they can pass on Ingram.
16. Jacksonville: Cam Jordan, DE, Cal: I love this kid, in both a 4-3 and 3-4. I don't know if he'll be a guy where we consider him a premier rusher, but he is relentless and holds his own very well against the run.
17. New England (from Oakland): JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Just missed on Jordan, who I think is a better DE for the 3-4 then Watt, but this high motor player is not a bad consolation prize.
18. SD: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA: I'm not too high on the guy, and I make it known, but experts are drooling over him.
19. NYG: Mike Pouncey, C, Florida: It says CENTER Rorschach
20. Tampa Bay: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: This year's Brandon Graham, but I like this one better. Not the flashiest rusher but he will get to the QB, which is the name of the game.
21. Kansas City: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: Who many thought was just a RT, many are starting to believe in him as a possible LT as well, which is a plus considering Haley is not so concrete on keeping Albert at LT.
22. Indy: Anthony Costanzo, OT, BC: I have Costanzo over Solder because I feel he is more pro ready then the latter. Whereas I'm not so sure of Solder being the guy who you can plug in day one and forget about him I see Costanzo as that (pass pro wise at least)
23. Philly: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: I'd be surprised if there was 3 OT's in a row, but they all have good value in their respective spots.
24. New Orleans: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: If this kid gets on the right track, he'll be a beast. Boom or bust pick but at 24 well worth it.
25. Seattle: Jake Locker, QB, Washington: This one kinda makes sense to me. I think Seattle will resign Hasselbeck to a 2 year deal while Locker learns.
26. Baltimore: Muhammed Wilkerson, DE, Tample: A lot of people are drooling over the potential this kid has. With the vets Balty has on D, I think Wilkerson can be brought into the fold at the right time.
27. Atlanta: Justin Houston, DE, UGA: This kids rising fast, but with so many other great DE's in this draft, its possible Atlanta snags Houston here.
28. New England: Derrek Sherrod, OT, Miss St.: Very good prospect who is getting no love. Perfect Belicheck pick where everyone who drafted OT before them kicks themselves for passing this guy.
29. Chicago: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon St.: With Harris gone, DT may be as big of a need as OT, and with no OT's of good value here Chicago goes DT and hopes for OT in the 2nd.
30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor: I like the kid, but he is getting way too much love. He was a mid to late 2nd rounder before this offseason, and now there's rumblings in the early 20's? I don't buy it, and I think it may be a bit of a reach here but because he's an NT it's well worth it.
31. Pittsburgh: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: Great value here and I think the character concerns are overblown.
32. Green Bay: Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio St.: I know the Packers really like Neal Smith, but the value may be too much to pass up.
Round 2, explanations cease
33. New England: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
34. Buffalo: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
35. Cincy: Christian Ponder, QB, FSU
36. Denver: Cory Liuget, DT, Illinois
37. Cleveland: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt
38. Arizona: Stephen Wiscinieswki (?) OG/C, PSU
39. Tennessee: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
40. Dallas: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
41. Washington: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
42. Houston: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
43. Minnesota: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
44. Detroit: Mason Foster, LB, Washington
45. San Fransisco: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
46. Denver: Mikell LeShoure, RB, Illinois
47. St. Louis: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pitt
48. Oakland: Davon House, CB, New Mexico
49. Jacksonville: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
50. San Diego: Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa
51. Tampa Bay: Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
52. NYG: Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami
53. Indy: Rodney Hudson, G/C, FSU
54. Philly: Marvin Austin, DT, UNC
55. KC: Kendrick Ellis, NT, Hampton
56. New Orleans: Ryan Williams, RB, VaTech
57. Seattle: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
58. Baltimore: Benjamin Iljana, OT/G, Villanova
59. Atlanta: Titus Young, WR, BSU
60. New England: Will Rackley, OT/G, Lehigh
61. San Diego: Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
62. Chicago: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
63. Pittsburgh: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami
64. Green Bay: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky