Cam Newton QB Auburn This is going to be their pick. Now Panthers fans need to realize that even though this might not be the smartest and is definetly not the safetest it needs to be the pick. The Panthers will never compete for a division title unless they get a franchise QB and Cam Newton certainly has the potential to be that. The argument for Gabbert is that he is much safer but he has a much lower ceiling so he in my mind doesn't deserve consideration for this pick. I believe that it is worse if the Panthers don't pick Newton and he turns into a star than it is if they pick him and he busts so that is enough for them to pick Cam Newton.
Marcell Dareus DT Alabama The Broncos have many holes but the most glaring one is that on the defensive line so why not pick the best lineman available. The Broncos can also go with Patrick Peterson but it would be in their best interest to go with the DL. I don't see Von Miller being a possibility here because he would be playing out of position and think of it as what the Seahawks had in 2009, would they pick Aaron Curry over B.J. Raji? The broncos will realize that Dareus fills an important need for them so he will end up being the pick.
Von Miller OLB Texas A&M I think the Bills would love to have Dareus fall to them but I don't think he will so they will choose another pass rusher in Von Miller. I think that this is reaching a little for Von MIller who is a great pass-rusher but I don't think he can play good enough in coverage to warrant this spot. He does fill a big need for Buffalo because they lack a true pass-rusher from the outside. I don't think they will consider Gabbert here because I don't think they like him enough to pick him over a defensive playmaker they need.
A.J. Green WR Georgia With the departure of T.O. and the soon to be departure of Chad Ochocinco this puts a big need at the WR position. Now Carson Palmer says he wants to be traded or he will retire but no matter who would be at QB would struggle unless there is an upgrade at the receiver position. A.J. Green is a fantastic receiver who even though he missed four games this year still scored 9 TD's. If Palmer comes back next year expect for him to play a lot better with Green, Shipley, and Gresham catching balls from him. Gabbert could be the pick but without a big time receiver no QB can play well.
Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri I think the Cardinals need to come out of this draft with a QB and during the lockout they cannot make any trades so drafting one is probably what they are going to do. I'm not a big Gabbert fan because while i do believe he will be a QB I don't see the potential greatness that will lead to playoff wins. The other option is the luxury pick in Patrick Peterson who I believe is the best player in the draft. I don't see them making that pick because if you like a QB you must take him because relying on a later round QB is not a smart choice.
Robert Quinn DE North Carolina This is a great fit for the Browns because like the Bills they lack an elite pass rusher. Even though he didn't play lsat year at 20 years old he has the potential for greatness and that is too much for the Browns to say no too. Another option is WR Julio Jones who would give them a go to WR wich they lack but the only problem with Jones is that he was very inconsistent so this might to high for Jones.
Patrick Peterson CB LSU With no QB available who is worth this selection the 49ers get the luxury of picking the best player in the draft in Peterson. This is a bit of a fall for Peterson but most teams don't get to use a pick on someone like Peterson because they have more pressing needs which is good luck for the 49ers. I don't believe anyone will trade up to this spot so if Peterson falls to them don't expect hthe 49ers to wait to long to hand in their draft card.
Nick Fairley DT Auburn The Titans really need to replace Haynesworth and Fairley gives them the interior pass rusher their DL has been missing. The Titans also need a QB but I believe they will use a veteran QB and look for a QB later in the draft or through free agency. Fairley dominated the the SEC last season and even thoughit was only for one year I believe he has the talent to be a great NFL pass rusher.
Tyron Smith OT USC The Cowboys need to do a better job of protecting Tony Romo and Smith can help them with that. Now there is no consensus top tackle and I don't even think Smith deserves to go this high but he has the potential to eventually beome a pro bowl LT and that will cause him to be the pick. The Cowboys can also use a CB which is why Amukamara needs to be considered but I think they need an OT more than a CB.
Julio Jones WR Alabama The Redskins once they release McNabb will be looking for a new franchise QB. I think Shanahan has some faith in Grossman so I don't think they will reach for a Jake Locker here. This means they should move to their next need which is at WR where there is knowone who puts fear into opposing teams defensive coordinators. Jones would be a great fit here because he can immediatley step in and play and help out whoever plays at QB for them next year.
J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin The Texans are in need of a DE because while switching to the 3-4 it moves Mario Williams to OLB so they need a new DE. The Texans may also go CB in Amukamara but I think they will pick another pass rusher. Watt has the perfect size and strength to play DE in a 3-4 so he will fills a need that the Texans must address.
Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson Now this is a considerable fall for Bowers who was once thought to be a top 5 lock has had injuries that have caused his fall so now it is hard to gauge his new draft stock. The Vikings will lose Pat Williams to retirement and possibly Ray Edwards in free agency so picking someone to play opposite of Jarde Allen would be smart. Bowers when healthy has the potential to be a dominate outside rusher that would make the Vikings DL scary.
Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska Now I need to admit I'm biased as a Lions fan but this would be a reasonable pick for them. The Lions top need is at CB and even though this a little far for Amukamara I think that this could concievably happen. With so many teams with other needs than at CB Amukamara could fall to the Lions. If he is there they will waste no time in picking him because he fills their need at CB, is the BPA, and has no potential character concerns.
Aldon Smith DE Missouri The Rams really surprised everyone this year by their play this year and I expect Bradford to take the next step if they can give him some elite weapons. The Rams would love for Julio Jones to fall to them but I think if they really want him they will need to trade up for him. Aldon Smith is a great pass rusher and played most of this season ith an injury which shows he's tough. Smith would be a great addition to a young and improving DL.
Mark Ingram RB Alabama The Dolphins are tough to figure out because while I'm not a believer in Chad Henne it seems that they will give him another chance to prove himself. The Dolphins need a RB because they will probably get rid of both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. They may also use this pick on a Defensive Lineman but I think they need a RB to help Chad Henne develop.
Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue The Jaguars could use another DE to pair with Aaron Kampman and Kerrigan fills that need. The Jaguars don't always go BPA as in the case last year with Alualu but they know what their doing. I think the Jaguars would love for Aldon Smith to fall to them but I think they will "settle" for Kerrigan.
New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Cameron Jordan DE California Jordan is a perfect fit for a 3-4 DE and that is exactly what he will be playing in New England. Now the Pats got this pick by trading Richard Seymour so why not get a player to try and replace what Seymour brought to the table which is pass rush. The Pats could also use a deep threat WR but I don't think they would trade up for either Green or Jones so I give them another DE to help with the pass rush.
Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA The Chargers are extremely talented which makes them tough to figure out because other than another WR they don't have any glaring needs. With the departure of their D-Coordinator Rivera it changes their defense completely so I just gave them the BPA on defense which is Ayers. He can play OLB in a 3-4 so this would be a nice fit staying close to home in San Diego.
Nate Solder OT Colorado The Giants have no glaring needs because in most of the games they lost they were self inflicting wounds mostly Eli throwing picks. Solder could immediatley start at RT for the Giants and help give Bradshaw and Jacobs room to run and give Eli more time to throw so he can avoid those costly INT's.
Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa The Bucs are hard to figure out because I think they played a lot better than their talent seems to indicate. I think Josh Freeman is playing a lot better now but I still have questions about his accuracy against the better defenses. Anyways the Bucs only had 26 sacks this year so DE is a very big need. With Gerald McCoy and Brian Price playing well up the middle adding a good DE would only make this young defense better.
Phil Taylor NT Baylor The Chiefs look to be on the way up based on their surprising division title. With a young and improving defense the best thing to do is to add another Defensive Lineman and what the Chiefs could really use is a pure NT which they get in Taylor.
Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College The Colts seem to be on the decline based on how they played this year. Their OL problems couldn't be solved by Peyton this season. Castonzo is one of the top OL in a very weak OL class so the Colts must grab him while they can. If the Colts can solve their OL problem they might have one or two more seasons of competiting for a super bowl.
Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin The Eagles played very well this season under Michael Vick but still have some problems. First off with Vick playing he scrambles a lot which requires the OL to hold their blocks for longer so adding more OL is the biggest need. The Eagles could also use another DT to pair with Mike Patterson but an OT is much more important because this team isn't going anywhere without Vick.
Corey Liuget DT Illinois The Saints didn't played on well on offense this year which is surprising based on the personnel they had but the only thing that comes to my mind is that big Marshawn Lynch run at the end of the Wild Card round. Now that is not the only reason why I think they need a DT but it needs to be looked at along with some OT's because Stichcomb and Bushrod were abused at times this season.
Mike Pouncey OG Florida This is an auckward spot for Seattle because they need a QB but I don't think they would pick one here. I also think they could use a defensive lineman but I think they would go with Pouncey because this is great value at pick 25. Pouncey can eventually become a pro bowl guard just like his brother who is now a pro bowl Center.
Jimmy Smith CB Colorado Now Smith may end up going a lot higher than this but as of now he has not earned it in my mind. The biggest question I have with him was when Georgia came into Colorado why wasn't he guarding him? It's not like Jalil Brown was getting the job done who gave up 2 TD's including that amazing one in the endzone. Now Smith played well against other teams but I would make him a lot higher if he could shut down A.J. Green. His off the field problems could also lead to his potential fall.
Torrey Smith WR Maryland The Falcons could really use a down field threat because Roddy White is more of a slot type receiver and not a burner. The Falcons played well in the regular season but ended up struggling against the Packers because when the Packers took Roddy White away from Matt Ryan, he struggled. The Falcons could also look at RT if Tyson Clabo ends up leaving but as of now he is on the team so I give them a receiver.
Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State The Pats really need a receiver but yet again one doesn't fall to them so they keep adding players on their DL. I could also some them getting an OLB but I think that Heyward would be too good for them to pass up on this late in the draft. Putting Watt with Heyward next to Vince Wilfork would solidify the Pats new look DL.
Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple Tommie Harris has not been himself the past couple of seasons because of injuries so it would behoove the Bears to find his replacement while they can. The Bears also really need some OT and WR's but none seem to be worth the pick right here. Wilkerson would look great on the championship caliber defense the Bears already have. I don't think Wilkerson is worth a top 20 pick as some have said but this is good value for him at 29.
Rahim Moore FS UCLA When Jim Leonhard got hurt last season it devestated the Jets. They need to add depth to the position which is exactly what Moore brings. He should be a great fit in an already great secondary.
Brandon Harris CB Miami The Steelers really need another CB too put next to Ike Taylor because the Packers now exposed how to beat the Steelers. The Steelers will always be great against the run so attacking them with the pass is the way to go. Harris would make their secondary a lot better and if Ben can stay out of trouble expect them to be contending for another super bowl next season.
Brooks Reed OLB Arizona The Packers really are picking for BPA because when they are healthy they are the best team in the league. The Packers should look for another pass rusher to pair next to Clay Matthews. Reed should be a great fit and seems like he can move from DE to OLB.
Tell me what you think of my picks and if you don't like them why and who you would want for your team.