Wow! This is the first time I have ever tried two rounds and it is extremely difficult! What do you think?
1. Panthers – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn – I don’t like this pick. I wouldn’t make this pick. But from everything I hear from people in places to hear things…this is the way the Panthers are leaning. Mobile QBs are not top flight, NFL QBs. But no one can deny Newton’s athleticism.
2. Broncos – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama – This shouldn’t be much of a question for the Broncos. They should be set at DE with Dumerville and Ayers. Darius can anchor the middle for years to come.
3. Bills – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M – The Bills need help EVERYWHERE. Miller looks to be one of the most NFL-ready players and can step in to provide needed help for the Bills.
4. Bengals – A. J. Green, WR, Georgia – I don’t see the Bengals going with a QB in the first. I think they are hoping Palmer is bluffing and will come back. Green may contribute to Palmer coming back, but don’t be surprised to see the Bengals pick up a QB early in this draft.
5. Cardinals – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri – The Cardinals should have their eyes on two players, Miller and Gabbert. Miller is gone, so Gabbert is the obvious choice. They need a QB and he is the best one in this class.
6. Browns – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina – This was previously Da’Quan Bowers, but with the knee injury and the lackluster pro-day, his stock has taken a hit. I think the Browns might be tempted to take Julio Jones, but they are switching to the 4-3 and the 4-3 is built on the defensive end. The Browns need serious help all over the DLine.
7. 49ers – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU – How does (arguably) the best player in this draft drop to seven? It happens and the 49ers aren’t complaining because they need him!
9. Cowboys – Tyron Smith, OT, USC – This is becoming a popular pick and it makes sense for Jerry Jones. They need help on the OLine. They might go with Amukamara, but I believe they need safeties in the Big D, not more CBs (yet).
10. Redskins – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama – The Redskins need a lot of help, but this is a good value spot to pick Jones. Moss doesn’t have too much left in the tank and Jones can be the #1WR in Washington for a long time.
11. Texans – J. J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin – This is a tough spot for the Texans. And to be honest, I would not be surprised to see them trade back if the draft plays out like this. The top two OLB prospects are gone. Of course, they could go with Amukamara, but do they really want another young CB as they are trying to switch to the 3-4? Since it is almost impossible to predict trades, I would argue that Watt makes the most sense here. And he would be a good pick! This would give the Texans a stout 3-4 DLine and maybe they can get their pass rusher in the second.
12. Vikings – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson – Outside of the top ten, Bower’s risk is more manageable. If he turns out to only be serviceable, at least the Vikings have another DE who can get to the QB. Trade possibility: If (and it’s a big “if”) a new CBA is in place, the Vikings are a team I expect to make a play for Kevin Kolb.
13. Lions – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska – And the Lions are able to add another needed piece to their improving team. They need a CB so this is a dream for Lions’ fans.
14. Rams – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois – With dreams of Julio Jones vanishing, the Rams go to building a team that its head coach will love – allow the front four to destroy the OLine and rattle the best QBs in the league (see Giants-Patriots superbowl).
15. Dolphins – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama – This seems to be a given, but maybe it shouldn’t be. Maybe Brown just had a down year. And yes, Ricky Williams is 33, but not in RB years. He may have some tread left on the tires. They could go with Akeem Ayers. If I’m Miami, I’m trading back.
16. Jaguars – Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri – Some have Smith going a lot earlier, so the Jags get a needed player at a value price.
17. Patriots – Cameron Jordan, DE, California – The Patriots have a lot of holes in their front 7. Fortunately, they have 6 picks in the first three rounds. Clayborn, Ayers, Heyward, Castonzo, or Pouncey could go here. What a luxury!
18. Chargers – Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple – What does this team need? They lead in offensive and defensive stats and a great motivational speaker isn’t worth taking this early. The weakest play from this team came from the DE spot. Wilkerson is rising quickly and could probably play NT in a pinch.
19. Giants – Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida – Oline seems to be the consistent thought with the Giants. If Ingram was still on the board, he might be the pick. What I have been reading over the past week is that this team is high on Pouncey. They need youth all over the line and Pouncey looks to be versatile.
20. Bucs – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue – They have their DTs, now they need their DEs. Kerrigan is probably the best rushing DE on the board. CB Jimmy Smith is also an option here.
21. Chiefs – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA – This team has spent a lot on their DLine so look for them to go another direction this year. Their LBs are getting old; Ayers fixes that problem. Justin Houstin is an option here, or they could grab a solid NT prospect in Phil Taylor.
22. Colts – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College – This is probably more wishful thinking but if Castonzo drops to Indy and they pass, fans will be calling for Polian’s head!!!
23. Eagles – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin – Carimi could come in on day one and start at RT – exactly what the Eagles need up front. Jimmy Smith is an alternative pick.
24. Saints – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa – The Saints pass rush was sorry last year and they ended up blitzing an awful lot. Williams is aggressive anyway, but by selecting Clayborn, they might be able to get the pressure Williams is looking for while dropping 7 guys into coverage.
25. Seahawks – Is Locker a reach? Sure. Can you blame the Seahawks? Nope! The second tier of QBs are decent QBs and they may all be gone before the Seahawks pick again.
26. Ravens – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado – The Ravens need youth all over their defense. I don’t like the 5-techs or the LBs that are left for the Ravens so they get a player at another position that could use an upgrade.
27. Falcons – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado – The Falcons have a few needs but nothing is just screaming at them. They had a good OLine last year, but it may not stay together if and when there is free agency. This is more of a luxury pick. Brooks Reed or Justin Houston could be a possibility.
28. Patriots – Danny Watkins, G, Baylor – Again, the possibilities are endless. Stephen Neal just retired and the line is aging. Watkins presents the Patriots with a starting guard from day one. They could grab an OT – Solder or Sherrod.
29. Bears – Derek Sherrod, OT, Miss St. – The Bears have three main holes to fill: OT, WR, and DT. There are good options for all three right here. But keeping Cutler alive should be their #1 priority.
30. Jets – Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor – The Jets need a quality pass rushing LB, but Kris Jenkins can’t stay healthy and Taylor presents good value at a position of need. This should be an easy pick. Unless Rex needs more CBs.
31. Steelers – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas – Getting beat in the Superbowl by the pass will leave a bad taste in your mouth. Brandon Harris may be the better corner, but Williams seems to fit the Steeler mold better.
32. Packers – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State – If Jenkins leaves, then this turns from a luxury pick to a need pick. But I think Heyward is the pick either way. He could do a lot of things in Caper’s defense.
33. Patriots – Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia – The Patriots did not get a lot of sacks last year, Houston can be the one to fix that.
34. Bills – Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU – Of course the Bills need as much help on D as they can, but let’s not forget about their offense. Their OLine kinda sucks! Cannon could come in and start from week 1.
35. Bengals – Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas – Of course, they would love to lure Palmer back. If they do, then Mallett makes the best backup in the league and trade bait in a couple of years. If Palmer truly is done, the Mallett is the best QB on the board and maybe the most NFL-ready QB.
36. Broncos – Kyle Rudolf, TE, Notre Dame – Good teams have good TEs. The Broncos need someone in the middle of the field.
37. Browns – Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky – McCoy needs some weapons and Cobb should be a good one.
38. Cardinals – Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona – He wouldn’t have to go far! What a break for the Cardinals – they can fill their two biggest needs in the first two rounds with quality guys!
39. Titans – Christian Ponder, QB, FSU – You can’t argue with picking a QB at this spot. The question is who is higher on the Titans’ board, Ponder or Dalton?
40. Cowboys – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami – While I still think safety is a bigger need, Harris presents the better value and they still need CB help.
41. Redskins – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU – Surely they planning on trading McNabb and we all know they aren’t going anywhere with Grossman. They need a QB and Dalton is the best one on the board.
42. Texans – Rahim Moore, S, UCLA – Uh oh! The Texans keep missing out on the OLBs. But this is a good pick at a position of need. Although, they may have to move up to get into the next group of OLBs with their third pick!
43. Vikings – Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova – They need a QB, but Kaepernick might not be worth this pick. Ijalana is a good pick at a spot the Vikings are wanting to upgrade.
44. Lions – Martez Wilson, MLB, Illinois – This is one of the more pressing needs for the Lions. Wilson is the top MLB in this draft (IMO) and the Lions are happy to get him here.
45. 49ers – Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina – The 49ers could end the run on QBs and select Kapernick, but I think they are going to fix their D this year and see what Alex Smith can do – one more change under a good head coach for QBs. Carter gives them some more pass rush.
46. Broncos – Mason Foster, LB, Washington – If the current OLBs switch to DEs in the new 4-3, then OLB becomes a need.
47. Rams – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami – They missed on Jones in the first round, but they get a nice consolation prize in the second plus they did get a pretty good DT in the first.
48. Raiders – Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State – With their first pick, the Raiders could do anything!!! Which Al Davis will show up on draft day? 2010 Al Davis? If so, this is the pick. But if pre-2010 Al shows up…which CB had the fastest 40?
49. Jaguars – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland – Rahim Moore would have been nice here. Anything that takes a defender out of the box is good for MJD and the Jags. Smith could easily stretch the field and give this offense a bit more fire power.
50. Chargers – Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburg – Aren’t all of the Chargers’ WRs free agents. Baldwin could be a great addition to this WR corps (or what’s left of it).
51. Bucs – Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia – If Talib is going to miss some time, then this becomes a big need.
52. Giants – Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinoi – Everyone has the Giants going with a RB early in this draft. If LeShoure falls to the Giants in round 2, this is an easy pick!
53. Colts – Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson – I would not be surprised to see Polian grab Titus Young here. However, DT is a major issue EVERY year. Jenkins could be the 1-tech we so desperately yearn for. Or maybe the Colts go OLine back-to-back and grab Rodney Hudson.
54. Eagles – Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville – They need a CB. It’s either Patrick, Burton, or Brown.
55. Chiefs – Titus Young, WR, Boise State – Cassell needs more weapons and Young is the best WR on the board.
56. Saints – DJ Williams, TE, Arkansas – With the departure of Shockey, DJ Williams could walk onto a pass happy team and be very happy.
57. Seahwaks – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas – The Seahawks still have a lot of holes. With the long term solution at QB taken care of in the first, the Seahawks can play BPA at their need positions.
58. Ravens – Christian Ballard, DE, Iowa – This is a huge pick for the Ravens. This is probably a better pick than their first round pick.
59. Falcons – Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana – Doss is exactly what the Falcons need – a serious threat opposite White.
60. Patriots – Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech – The Patriots have a rotating door at RB. Woodhead is not a fulltime RB. Williams could fill what many have said is a major need.
61. Chargers – Sam Acho, OLB, Texas – 3-4 defenses always need linebackers. But maybe they go with Luke Stocker. He is a TE who could learn from one of the best in the business.
62. Bears – Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina – They got their OT, now they need a DT and a WR. You could argue that Austin is the BPA AND he fills a need so this is an easy pick.
63. Steelers – Rodney Hudson, G, FSU – Some have the Steelers picking an OT or a G in the first, so this is a great pick for the reigning AFC champs.
64. Packers – Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada – The Pack needs someone opposite of Matthews to rush the passer. This pick could be an offensive linemen or maybe a WR.