1) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck/QB/Stanford– Easy one here. Luck would have been the first pick of the 2011 draft had he entered the process.
2) Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III/QB/Baylor- The Skins gave up a boatload for the quarterback that should lead them over the next decade.
3) Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil/T/USC- The Vikings will work to move this pick until the clock runs out- and then some based on past history. If they can’t work a deal to trade down Kalil is the best fit considering the need and selection of Ponder in round one last year.
4) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson/RB/Alabama- Mike Holmgren had great success with another back from Alabama, Shaun Alexander, when he was with the Seahawks. Tom Heckert now taps the Tide for their next great ball carrier.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne/CB/LSU-The Bucs are another top ten team with desires to trade down.
6) St Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox/DL/Mississippi State- We’ve liked this spot for Cox since the start of March as Jeff Fisher is a defensive coach who values his linemen.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon/WR/Oklahoma State- The Jaguars will look to trade down at all costs. If they can’t move the pick, Blackmon is a good fit in a variety of ways.
8) Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill/QB/Texas A&M- I really don’t want to put Tannehill in this spot as he doesn’t deserve to be the eight pick of the draft. The Dolphins front office is under enormous pressure and I’ve heard from sources their hopes are Tannehill is gone before they are on the clock. I don’t envy them. If Tannehill is not drafted in the eight slot he could tumble into the 20’s.
9) Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples/DL/North Carolina- Carolina covets Fletcher Cox and will look to trade down if he’s not available. If the teams gets Coples to hit on all cylinders he’s great value in this slot.
10) Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly/LB/Boston College- I’d really like to plug an offensive tackle in this spot but don’t see one worthy at this point. The Bills built their Super Bowl teams with dominant defensive talent and Kuechly’s the most dominant run stuffer in this draft.
11) Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers/DL/LSU-:Surprise, surprise. Most have Dontari Poe at this slot but history dictated this pick. Romeo Crennel has always valued the powerful space eaters and gap occupiers up front going back to his days with the Giants. And Scott Pioli has never been afraid to reach for defensive linemen.
12) Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram/DE/South Carolina- Seattle would like to trade down and grab Dont’a Hightower or another defensive end. Quinton Coples is a definite possibility if he’s still available.
13) Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff/OT/Iowa- Reiff is slightly underrated in our opinion and fits a crying need for the Cardinals.
14) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron/S/Alabama- Dallas gets their man.
15) Philadelphia Eagles: Stephen Gilmore/CB/South Carolina- Trading away Asante Samuel means the cornerback position is now in play for the Eagles. Gilmore is great value at this spot.
16) New York Jets: Cordy Glenn/OL/Georgia- The Jets desperately want out of the 16th slot. In the end they will try to trade up for Melvin Ingram or move down for Shea McLellin or Amini Silatolu. If they can’t move the pick latest word is they’ve shown interest in a right tackle/offensive guard combo. Glenn fits the bill.
17) Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro/OL/Stanford- Protecting Andy Dalton and improving the run blocking is a must for the Bengals.
18) San Diego Chargers: Dre’ Kirkpatrick/CB/Alabama- Kirkpatrick’s teammate Courtney Upshaw is tempting at this spot, but the defensive back it too good a value to pass up.
19) Chicago Bears: Dontari Poe/DT/Memphis- They want Brockers and would consider Mercilus yet Poe is good value and a solid fit for the Bears.
20) Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus/DE/Illinois- With the cornerbacks off the board the Titans look for a top pass rusher. Mercilus will be a nice addition to go along with Kamerion Wimbley who they signed in free agency and an upgrade over Derrick Morgan.
21) Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw/DE/Alabama- Receiver is a big need for the Bengals but this is a draft full of wide outs and the word we continue to hear is Marvin Lewis loves Upshaw.
22) Cleveland Browns: Michael Floyd/WR/Notre Dame- We reported yesterday the Browns are looking Trent Richardson then best available receiver.
23) Detroit Lions: Jonathan Martin/T/Stanford- With all the cornerbacks off the board the Lions look for offensive line insurance.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower/LB/Alabama- Pittsburgh could also go offensive guard here and choose Amini Silatolu or Kevin Zeitler.
25) Denver Broncos: Kendall Reyes/DT/UConn- It could also be Jerel Worthy in this slot.
26) Houston Texans: Coby Fleener/TE/Stanford- Receiver is a need but they will be able to get one in the later rounds. Offensive tackle is a possibility.
27) New England Patriots: Shea McLellin/LB/Boise State- Conventional wisdom is the Patriots want a pass rusher but we’ve heard all along they want a more complete 3-4 linebacker with coverage ability.
28) Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry/LB/USC- This is a good fit for team and player. Perry can rush the passer and learn the linebacker position from former Trojan, Clay Matthews.
29 Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz/OL/Wisconsin- The Ravens covet Shea McLellin but would also be happy with Konz.
30) San Francisco 49ers: Amini Silatolu/G/Midwestern State– We reported on Tuesday the 49ers were targeting Silatolu as he is evidently the favorite of general manager Trent Baalke.
31) New England Patriots: Casey Hayward/CB/Vanderbilt: Harrison Smith would be a consideration here as would one of the remaining pass rushing linebackers. Though we grade Hayward as a second round choice we feel he’s incredibly underrated and the off the field issues with many of the second tier corners could push the Vandy product into the first frame.
32) New York Giants: Bobbie Massie/T/Mississippi- They would prefer Fleener. Doug Martin is also a consideration here but the need to protect the franchise (Eli Manning) makes this the smart choice. We’ve heard for two months they’ve had an interest in Massie.