#1: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford, to the Colts.
Horseshoes are for good luck.
#2 : QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor, to the Redskins.
His arm looks better than Luck's.
#3: LT Matt Kalil, USC, to the Rams.
Months ago, St. Louis looked set to go after Kalil. Numerous draft-picks later, they still get him. The Vikings trade back to 6th overall and get an early-2nd rounder to help them catch up to the Lions, Bears, and Packers.
#4: RB Trent Richardson, Alabama, to the Browns.
A blue-chip running back. How do you pass up on this?
#5: CB Morris Claiborne, LSU, to the Bucs.
They made some bold moves in free-agency but need to bolster their secondary. The situation is dire.
#6: WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma, to the Vikings.
The Vikings could have used Matt Kalil at LT to protect Ponder's blindside or a CB like Claiborne to bolster their depleted secondary. But they have two early-2nd picks. They also have a chance to pick up a tough WR. Harvin needs surgery and help.
#7: WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, to the Jaguars.
Does the 'Stache pass on a chance for the next Julius Peppers? Yes, because Coples has question marks and the Jags need a game-changing WR. Floyd would give Blaine Gabbert a chance to get the passing-game off the ground.
#8: DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina, to the Dolphins.
Why reach for a QB with little tape? The Phins should not make the mistake the Jets made with Sanchez, and instead add some pass-rush to give Wake some help from the opposite DE/OLB position. Edge pressure is far and away more effective when it's coming from both sides. Their main divisional rivals this season are likely Brady and Fitzpatrick working out of pass-heavy offenses. Ingram also excels against the run which will be perfect for when Sanchez and Tebow are scrambling in the battle for the AFC East. They pass on Coples because it sure looked like he tried his best to play without getting injured for a whole year.
#9: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina, to the Panthers.
They've taken a look at him already. It's him, Brockers, or Cox. They need to upgrade their defensive line on the perimeter and generate some pressure on opposing QBs in a division which includes Matt Ryan and Drew Brees . Say what you will on Coples, but don't expect him to drop from the top-10. Even if Ingram surpassed him as the first DE taken off the board.
#10: T Jonathan Martin, Stanford, to the Bills.
They have a glaring hole at Tackle this off-season. He may be a little bit of a reach but he is a solid player who fills their biggest need at the best value. Remember, Michael Floyd isn't available and they more than fixed their pass-rush problem.
#11: RG David DeCastro, Stanford, to the Chiefs.
It's a post-Shields/Waters world in Kansas City. Add in that big FA-upgrade to Right Tackle in the form of Mr. Winston and the Chiefs offensive line will be ready to give chase to Peyton Manning's line in Denver.
#12: DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, to the Seahawks.
The Seahawks have kept their best beefy-guys on the interior D-Line, and added another big one in Jason Jones. Now they bring in some edge pressure in the form of a DE/OLB.
#13: ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College, to the Cardinals.
Riley Reiff is available, but Kuechly is going to one day be the leader of that angry-bird defensive front-7 sporting the all-important green dot on his helmet.
#14: DT/DE Fletcher Cox, Mississippi, to the Cowboys.
I have him as the safest 1st-round 43DT/34DE. Rob Ryan will love him. They have Brandon Carr to help the secondary and now add a piece to the defensive side of the trenches.
#15: DT/DE Michael Brockers, LSU, to the Eagles.
The Eagles managed to upgrade the ILB in FA and made DeSean Jackson very happy. Now Andy Reid looks for a big tall disruptive kind of guy who came get his hands up in the air on a QB's strong-side. Eagles need depth behind Jenkins/Patterson and Andy Reid likes having guys to fight in the trenches. They'll pray for a LT later who can come in and play while they wait for word on Peters.
#16: RT Riley Reiff, Iowa, to the Jets.
Upshaw, Ingram, and Richardson are gone. The good news is Rex has a shot at Riley "T-Rex" Reiff to plug the biggest weakness of their offensive line. He would also serve as the protector of lefty Tebow's blindside. It's not a sexy move, but Sparano will have to make it clear that it's an necessary move unless a big trade is offered.
#17: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama, to the Bengals.
They have needs in the CB-corps and Kirkpatrick will be ready to play come Cinny's 2012 season opener.
#18: DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois, to the Chargers.
The Chargers have taken some hits to what was a great offensive line but Peyton Manning just joined their division. They have been due for a boost at pass-rush for awhile.
#19: WR Kendall Wright, Baylor, to the Bears.
With Johnny Knox injured, the Bears could really use a second play-maker behind Brandon Marshall. The Bears will pray for the availability of decent OLinemen in round 2.
#20: Devon Still, Penn State, to the Titans.
They lost DT Jason Jones to free-agency and need some talent upfront. Stil is versatile and disruptive. It's him or Peter Konz to shore up the interior of the offensive line, and the Titans decide to go D.
#21: QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M, to the Dolphins.
The Bengals looked over at the other team from Ohio and saw how happy they were that Tannehill was falling to them. Then Cincinnati smited Cleveland, and traded down with the Dolphins for their early-2nd and ealy-3rd picks. The Dolphins make the bold moves to excite their depressed fanbase and Cincinnati insults Cleveland- both sides are thrilled.
#22: T/G Cordy Glenn, Georgia, to the Browns.
If you were the Browns how pissed would you be? You nearly had the QB you thought about taking in the top-5 but decided not to reach for. You nearly had him drop right into your lap in the late-1st. Then you got smacked by your rival and decided to go boring. Richardson at least will be happy to get an upgrade to his run-blockers.
#23: CB Stephen Gilmore, South Carolina, to the Lions.
The Lions D really needs to do two things; put Suh and Fairley out there together side by side at the DT positions and get some talent in their secondary. Stephen Gilmore is a safer prospect than Jenkins and Kirkpatrick and just about as good.
#24: ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama, to the Steelers.
The Steelers pass on the workout-warrior in Dontari Poe and the G in Glenn to go for the future at ILB next to Lawrence Timmons. He's the best player available and fulfills a need. Vastly underrated and very versatile.
#25: DT/DE Dontari Poe, Memphis, to the Broncos.
The workout warrior comes to Denver to try to replace Bunkley. He'll have his work cut out for him.
#26: WR Stephen Hill, Georgia, to the Texans.
I hate this pick. Stephen Hill has great measureables but like Demaryus Thomas(from the same system) Hill hasn't proved he can really outside of an option offense.
#27: C/G Peter Konz, Wisconsin, to the Titans.
The Pats always hear trade offers, but they have GB picking right after them. GB has similar needs at C, DT/DE, and DE/OLB so the Pats think long and hard on what to do. The Pats decide this draft is deep enough at DT/DE and DE/OLB for them to get one of each in the 2nd round, so they dangle Peter Konz out there for anyone who wants to grab him rather than hope GreenBay or the Ravens don't take him. They find the Titans, who just allowed long-time Patriot Dan Koppen to apply for the role of starting-C. Koppen's best days are long gone, and the Titans can't say no to this offer; their 2013 1st rounder, 2012 3rd rounder, and 2012 4th rounder.
#28: DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC, to the Packers.
He fits a big need of their's, adding a play-maker to work off the opposite edge of Clay Matthews. One can chase the ball-carrier into the other. It's either Nick Perry or a DT/DE, and the Packers can probably snag a DT/DE in the 2nd round. If Perry talks again about prefering 4-3, Clay Matthews could always just recommend that they have a talk by a woodshed.
#29: WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, to the Ravens.
If anyone worries about Jeffery being motivated, they can just ask Sugar Ray.
#30: SS Mark Barron, Alabama, to the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones jumps at the chance to save Barron's 1st round prospects, figuring he won't last until the mid-2nd. To jump ahead Jones gives San Fran their mid-range 2nd rounder and 3rd rounder. It's not a bad deal for either side.
#31: DE/OLB Andre Branch, Clemson, to the Patriots.
They were going to dangle Mark Barron like tradebait over people like they did last year with Mark Ingram, in which for the 27th overall the Saints gave up this year's pick(28th overall) and their late-2nd rounder last year. But San Fran jumped them. Then again, maybe New England wouldn't have bothered checking trades if they knew GreenBay was going to go Perry over Branch. That's fine with New England, who locks down the position opposite of Rob Ninkovich by securing Branch here. They still have 6 picks in the next 3 rounds(2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th) to find DTs/DEs and WRs, both of which are deep in this draft. They'll still have room left over for a C and a FS or CB.
#32: The Giants go for Vontaze Burficit. I'm a Pat's fan.