By: Justin Pawlowski

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew LuckQB – Stanford 6’4” – 234 lbs – 4.67

Comments:  Luck has been considered the top player in this year’s draft since last year.  The Colts got rid of Peyton Manning for one reason, and that was because they knew they were drafting Andrew Luck.

2. Washington Redskins* – Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor 6’2” – 223 lbs – 4.41

Comments:  The Redskins have mortgaged a lot to be in position to draft Robert Griffin III.  I think the Redskins are a team with many issues, but if you have a special quarterback, you always have a chance to win.  RG3 is special.

3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil – OT – USC 6’6′ – 306 lbs – 4.99

Comments:  Let the smokescreens begin.  The Vikings have tried to float rumors out that they might like Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon, but the odds favor them taking a franchise left tackle that could anchor their offensive line for years.  The Vikings do have needs at OT, CB, WR, so all of those players could be considered, but protecting Christian Ponder should be most important with the horrific offensive line the Vikings already possess.  The Vikings also hold the drafts most valuable pick right now, so don’t be surprised to see them field offers from teams looking to trade in front of the Browns for Ryan Tannehill.

4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama 5’9” – 228 lbs – 4.47

Comments:  After considering Ryan Tannehill, the Browns play the safe route and bring in a feature running back that could ignite their offense.  Peyton Hillis was a back that carried the Browns offense at times, but he has left for the Chiefs, and the Browns other backs are very mediocre.  Trent Richardson would fit perfectly in the AFC North and give the Browns a desperate spark on offense.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU 5’11” – 188 lbs – 4.39

Comments:  The Buccaneers have been very vocal about how they feel about Trent Richardson, but their decision could be easily made for them.  One has to wonder if the Bucs’ loud praise of Richardson is a smokescreen for another player they truly want.  The Buccaneers have already signed Eric Wright and Ronde Barber to new contracts, and Aqib Talib could still be returning to the team after his trial in late June, but Mark Dominik has always told me that you can never have enough quality cornerbacks.  If that is the case, then Claiborne shouldn’t be a tough choice.  Claiborne is superb in coverage, but I’m not certain he is as physical as the Buccaneers like their corners to be.  In a division with Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan, having a shut down corner like Claiborne becomes even more valuable.

6. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)* – Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma St. 6’0” – 207 lbs – 4.46

Comments:  It’s no secret that the Rams would like to add a weapon for Sam Bradford.  The concern that the Rams should have is if the Jaguars got desperate and contacted the Buccaneers to move right in front of the Rams to select Blackmon.  Blackmon lacks elite height and speed, but his film and physical presence are impressive.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame 6’3” – 220 lbs – 4.47

Comments:  The Jaguars have been linked to many defensive linemen with this pick, and while that might happen, I think they need more than Laurent Robinson to provide a spark on offense.  Mike Mularky is an offensive mind and Shahid Khan would certainly like his team to be more entertaining.  Floyd has dealt with some off-the-field troubles, but those seem to be behind him.  Floyd has very good size and speed.  His playmaking ability will be very attractive to a team like the Jaguars that does not make big plays on offense.

8. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M 6’4” – 221 lbs – 4.60

Comments:  This seems like a no-brainer.  If Tannehill is available here, the Dolphins should immediately turn in the card and reunite Tannehill with Mike Sherman.

9. Carolina Panthers – Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina 6’6” – 284 lbs – 4.78

Comments:  I thought about some of the top defensive tackles for this pick, but Coples blend of size and speed is very intriguing.  Remember, last year the Panthers were considering Daquan Bowers with the 1st overall pick before his knee issues dropped him down.  Coples is similar to Bowers without any knee isssues to worry about.  Coples ability to play left defensive end or tackle would fit right in with the Panthers defense.

10. Buffalo Bills – Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa 6’6” – 313 lbs – 5.23

Comments:  Now that the Bills have addressed their pass rush in free agency, it’s time to protect their quarterback.  With Demetrius Bell likely gone in free agency, it makes sense to draft Reiff here as the team’s new left tackle.

11. Kansas City Chiefs – Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis 6’3” – 346 lbs – 4.98

Comments:  Poe is an enigma.  He was outstanding at the combine and has every measurable that a team would want in a nose tackle.  Unfortunately, his film did not really match his measurables.  With that said, there will be a team that takes a shot on him.  The Chiefs have a need for a nose tackle to take up multiple blockers with Kelly Gregg now gone.

12. Seattle Seahawks – Luke Kuechly – MLB – Boston College 6’3” – 242 lbs – 4.58

Comments:  Kuechly is in a tough position.  If he isn’t drafted by the Seahawks, he could see a slide.  Fortunately for Kuechly, the Seahawks do not have many linebackers on their roster.  Even if the Seahawks bring David Hawthorne back, Hawthorne could move over to outside linebacker and Kuechly could man the middle.

13. Arizona Cardinals – David Decastro – OG – Stanford 6’5” – 316 lbs – 5.43

Comments:  The Cardinals have long overlooked their offensive line.  With Russ Grimm in Arizona, it would make a lot of sense to draft one of the draft’s best players.  Decastro has been compared to Steve Hutchinson and many believe he’ll become an All-Pro and have a long and successful career.

14. Dallas Cowboys – Michael Brockers – DT – LSU 6’5” – 322 lbs – 5.15

Comments:  Any team that drafts Michael Brockers is drafting him for his potential than what he has done in college.  Brockers enters as a redshirt sophomore, so he lacks experience.  Brockers elite size will be a great fit in the Cowboys 3-4 defense.

15. Philadelphia Eagles – Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi St. 6’4” – 298 lbs – 4.78

Comments: Cox could be moving up come draft day.  He possesses a great blend of size and speed, along with the ability to get penetration.  Cox’s pass rushing ability would be a welcomed addition to the Eagles defense.

16. New York Jets – Melvin Ingram – DE – South Carolina 6’1” – 264 lbs – 4.79

Comments:  Ingram should be very attractive to teams that run a 3-4 defense.  I think his best fit is at outside rush linebacker in the mold of James Harrison.  The Jets need a boost of youth in their linebacker corps.

17. Cincinnati Bengals – Courtney Upshaw – DE/OLB – Alabama 6’1” – 272 lbs – 4.81

Comments:  The Bengals might have bigger needs, but Upshaw’s talent is too good to pass up.  Marvin Lewis and the Bengals love these type of defensive players.  After going offense early last year, look for the Bengals to jump on Upshaw if he’s available.  Upshaw is also much more valuable as an end in a 4-3 defense than as an outside linebacker.

18. San Diego Chargers – Cordy Glenn – OG – Georgia 6’6” – 345 lbs – 5.15

Comments:  The Chargers have many needs, but when they were at their best, they had a great offensive line to lean on.  With Marcus McNeil gone in free agency and Kris Dielman retiring, the Chargers need to start building back their offensive line.  Glenn has the ability to play guard or right tackle in the NFL.

19. Chicago Bears – Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama 6’2” – 186 lbs – 4.51

Comments:  I have the Bears taking Dre Kirkpatrick here because Kirkpatrick is the best tackling corner in the draft and would fit better in Lovie Smith’s “Tampa 2″ defense.

20. Tennessee Titans – Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina 6’0” – 190 lbs – 4.40

Comments:  With the loss of Cortland Finnegan in free agency, the Titans have a need at corner.  They have been rumored to be interested in trading for Asante Samuel, so the need is there and they know it.  Gilmore has shot up boards and is considered by many to be the 2nd best corner in this draft.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor 5’10” – 196 lbs – 4.41

Comments:  After drafting an elite receiver in AJ Green last year, the Bengals have the opportunity to add a legitimate deep threat opposite of him.  Wright could be dangerous in the Bengals “west-coast” offense with his ability to get deep and how dangerous he is in the open field.

22. Cleveland Browns (via ATL) – Stephen Hill – WR – Georgia Tech 6’4” – 215 lbs – 4.36

Comments:  With the size and speed that Hill has, he is considered a freak athlete, but lacks great film.  Playing at Georgia Tech, he was only asked to run seem routes.  Much like Demaryius Thomas a couple years ago, Hill will be drafted for raw ability and potential.  The Browns need a legitimate threat at receiver to pair with Trent Richardson.

23. Detroit Lions – Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford 6’5” – 312 lbs – DNP

Comments:  The Lions have ignored their offensive line for long enough.  Despite them resigning the ancient Jeff Backus to a 2-year deal, it’s time the Lions look to getting Matthew Stafford the protection he needs.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Amini Silotulo – OG – Midwestern St. 6’4” – 311 lbs – 5.43

Comments:  The Steelers can’t afford to keep neglecting their offensive line.  Silatolu has seen his stock continue to go up.  Many teams are intrigued by him, but it just takes just one team to love him enough to draft him.  Silatolu fits the Steelers mentality on offense and would be great next to Maurkice Pouncey in building back the Steelers offensive line.  Dont’a Hightower is also a possibility here.

25. Denver Broncos – Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan St. 6’2” – 308 lbs – 5.08

Comments: The Broncos have had mediocre defensive tackles for a while, so an upgrade is needed.  Worthy did not live up to his hype in 2011, but still has raw talent.

26. Houston Texans – Dont’a Hightower – MLB – Alabama 6’2” – 265 lbs – 4.68

Comments:  The Texans have been linked to drafting a receiver for a while, which might happen, but they also traded away one of their top middle linebackers leaving a vacancy on defense.  While DeMeco Ryans wasn’t an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense, Hightower is.  Hightower has the ability to play anywhere on a defense.

27. New England Patriots (via NO) – Mark Barron – S – Alabama 6’1” – 213 lbs – 4.55

Comments:  The Patriots pass defense was awful in 2011, but I’m not ready to point all fingers at their corners.  The Patriots need help at safety.  Mark Barron is the draft’s top safety and would bring a big boost to the Patriots secondary.

28. Green Bay Packers – Nick Perry – DE/OLB – USC 6’3” – 271 lbs – 4.64

Comments:  The Packers struggled in pass defense last year, but the Packers bigger need is rushing opposing quarterbacks.  Nick Perry has freakish abilities about him and would be very attractive opposite of Clay Matthews.

29. Baltimore Ravens – Peter Konz – OC – Wisconsin 6’5” – 315 lbs – DNP

Comments:  With Matt Birk in his 14th season and 36 years old, the Ravens need to look to keeping their offensive line in tact.  Konz can come in and play guard to begin his career while learning from Birk.  With the loss of Ben Grubbs, there is a spot open for Konz to start at guard.

30. San Francisco 49ers – Coby Fleener – TE – Stanford 6’6” – 247 lbs – 4.46

Comments:  Fleener is becoming the popular pick for the 49ers.  Sure, the 49ers already have Vernon Davis, but Jim Harbaugh likes 2-tight end sets and knows Fleener well from Stanford.  Fleener’s stock is sky-rocketing right now after he ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at his pro day.

31. New England Patriots – Whitney Mercilus – DE – Illinois 6’4” – 261 lbs – 4.68

Comments:  Mercilus has the label of one-year-wonder on him, but the Patriots are desperate for a pass rush.  Mercilus has natural athletic ability and could help the Patriots in replacing the departed Mark Anderson and Andre Carter.

32. New York Giants – David Wilson – RB – Virginia Tech 5’10” – 206 lbs – 4.40

Comments:  Typically, the Giants take the best player available and do not draft for need.  However, Wilson is an extremely talented back and fits a major need for the Giants.  If Wilson could control his fumbling issue, he has the ability to be special.  Wilson has enough size and power to run between the tackles, but blazing speed to break long runs as well.

Round 2

33. St Louis Rams – Devon Still DT – Penn St. 6’5” – 303 lbs – 5.08

Comments:  Still would be a good fit to take the role of Albert Haynesworth in Jeff Fisher’s new defense with the Rams.

34. Indianapolis Colts – Rueben Randle WR – LSU 6’3” – 210 lbs – 4.42

Comments:  It was a surprise that Reggie Wayne resigned with the Colts, but they still need a speed replacement for the departed Pierre Garcon.

35. Minnesota Vikings – Muhamed Sanu WR – Rutgers 6’1” – 211 lbs – 4.44

Comments:  Sanu can be a solid possession type receiver opposite of Percy Harvin.

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mychal Kendricks MLB – Cal 5’11” – 239 lbs – 4.47

Comments:  Toss a coin between Kendricks and Lavonte David for this pick.  I go with Kendricks because I still feel Mason Foster might be better at outside linebacker, which was his original position.

37. Cleveland Browns – Brandon Weedon QB – Oklahoma St. 6’4” – 221 lbs – 4.95

Comments:  After getting weapons for their quarterback in the 1st round, the Browns get a quarterback in round 2.  At 28, Weedon is mature enough to compete and start as a rookie.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Janoris Jenkins CB – North Alabama 5’10” – 193 lbs – 4.46

Comments:  Character issues are a major concern with Jenkins, but his skills as a cornerback are not flawed.

39. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)* – Mike Adams OT – Ohio St. 6’7” – 323 lbs – 5.40

Comments:  Jason Smith has been a colossal disappointment.  Adams could start at right or left tackle for the revamped Rams.

40. Carolina Panthers – Zach Brown OLB – North Carolina 6’1” – 244 lbs – 4.50

Comments:  The Panthers stay close to home with their 2nd pick as well.  Brown is as athletic or fast as any linebacker in this draft, but lacks toughness.

41. Buffalo Bills – Alshon Jeffrey WR – South Carolina 6’3” – 216 lbs – 4.46

Comments:  After locking up Stevie Johnson this off-season, the Bills need a big target to place opposite of him.

42. Miami Dolphins – Vinny Curry DE – Marshall 6’3” – 266 lbs – 4.64

Comments:  Curry was the MAC defensive player of the year and brings great pass rush ability opposite Cameron Wake.

43. Seattle Seahawks – Andre Branch DE – Clemson 6’4” – 259 lbs – 4.70

Comments:  Branch is a big time pass rusher that would be a good complement to Chris Clemmons on the other side.

44. Kansas City Chiefs – Bobby Wagner LB – Utah St. 6’1” – 232 lbs – 4.45

Comments:  The linebacker position next to Derrick Johnson needs to be addressed.  Wagner is physical and fast.

45. Dallas Cowboys – Kevin Zeitler OG – Wisconsin 6’4” – 314 lbs – 5.39

Comments:  The Cowboys continue to build up their offensive line.  Zeitler comes from a smash-mouth mentality.

46. Philadephia Eagles – Harrison Smith S – Notre Dame 6’2” – 213 lbs – 4.57

Comments:  After missing out on Laron Landry, the Eagles are still looking for safety help.

47. New York Jets – Doug Martin RB – Boise St. 5’9” – 223 lbs – 4.55

Comments:  This Martin will draw comparisons to Curtis Martin.  Doug Martin would be a great addition to the Jets with his power, hands, and blocking ability.

48. New England Patriots – Chandler Jones DE – Syracuse 6’5” – 266 lbs – 4.87

Comments:  The Patriots continue to upgrade their front seven with pass rushers.  Jones has the reputation of being mean on the field and could bring some nice leadership to the Patriots defense.

49. San Diego Chargers – Lamar Miller RB – Miami 5’11” – 212 lbs – 4.40

Comments:  The Chargers missed Darren Sproles last year.  Miller is an electric running back who could play the role that Sproles played.

50. Chicago Bears –Shea McClellen DE – Boise St. 6’3” – 260 lbs – 4.61

Comments:  The Bears are always looking for players that can rush the passer.

51. Philadelphia Eagles –  Lavonte David OLB – Nebraska 6’0” – 233 lbs – 4.65

Comments:  Despite a lack of size, David has fantastic instincts, which might be most important for the position he plays.

52. Tennessee Titans – Kendall Reyes DT – Uconn 6’4” – 299 lbs – 4.95

Comments:  Jason Jones has left for Seattle, so Reyes could fit that role at defensive tackle well.

53. Cincinnati Bengals – Josh Robinson CB – UCF 5’10” – 199 lbs – 4.33

Comments:  Robinson was one of the fastest players at the combine and has been one of the fastest risers since.

54. Detroit Lions – Alfonzo Dennard CB – Nebraska 5’10” – 204 lbs – 4.55

Comments:  Dennard has a lot of high quality experience and could start immediately with Eric Wright leaving for the Bucs.

55. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Brooks OG – Miami (OH) 6’5” – 343 lbs – 4.98

Comments:  The Falcons don’t have a lot of pressing needs, but sooner or later they need to build their offensive line.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alameda Ta’amu DT – Washington 6’2” – 348 lbs – 5.37

Comments:  The Steelers need to find an eventual replacement for Casey Hampton.

57. Denver Broncos – Brock Osweiler QB – Arizona St. 6’7” – 242 lbs – 4.97

Comments:  It’s hard for me to think the Broncos are sold on Caleb Hanie as Peyton Manning’s backup.  Osweiler could be groomed by one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time before having to replace him.

58. Houston Texans – Brian Quick WR – Appalachian St. 6’3” – 220 lbs – 4.55

Comments:  Quick’s size is more impressive than his movement.  The Texans hope that he’ll be a proper complement to Andre Johnson.

59. New Orleans Saints – FORFEITED PICK

60. Green Bay Packers – Trumaine Johnson CB/S – Montana 6’2” – 204 lbs – 4.61

Comments:  Trumaine Johnson is drawing comparisons to Charles Woodson for his ability to play corner or safety.

61. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB – Oklahoma 6’2” – 253 lbs – 4.68

Comments:  Ronnell Lewis would be a nice pure pass rusher for the Ravens to add to their defense.

62. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Crick DE – Nebraska 6’4” – 279 lbs – 4.99

Comments:  Crick is a good fit at end in a 3-4 defense.

63. New England Patriots – Brandon Boykin CB – Georgia 5’9” – 182 lbs – DNP

Comments:  With Devin McCourty and Ras-I Dowling, the Patriots aren’t desperate for a starting corner, but Boykin would bring good depth.

64. New York Giants – Kelechi Osemele OG – Iowa St. 6’5” – 313 lbs – 5.36

Comments:  Osemele would have an opportunity to start at right tackle with Kareem McKenzie likely gone.


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