1. Detroit Lions (0-16-0) - Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia
Stafford to Detroit seems to be the obvious pick. A quarterback like Stafford paired with Calvin Johnson could really begin to turn things around. Jim Swartz said they need to find a replacement for Bobby Lane, well Stafford went to Lane's high school. That's good enough for me. Stafford has an NFL ready arm. Day one Stafford is probably top 10 in the league in arm strength.
2. St. Louis Rams (2-14-0) - Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest
Many expect to see an OT go off the board. I feel from a value standpoint and safeness of the pick Curry will be the choice. St. Louis has been making and effort to improve their defense, but they still need some linebackers. Curry is versatile and could be plugged in at any linebacker spot for the Rams.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (2-14-0) - Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Well the Chiefs added quarrterback Matt Cassell this off season, why not get another weapon for him. The tandem of Dwayne Bowe and Crabtree could accelerate Cassell's success in KC. I'm sure Brian Orakpo will get some consideration as well as Eugene Monroe. I just feel in the end Crabtree will be the choice.
4. Seattle Seahawks (4-12-0) - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
The Seahawk need an eventual replacement for Walter Jones. Monroe is a logical choice here. The Seahawks could have another 10 plus years anchored by a pro bowl caliber left tackle with Monroe. B.J. Raji could garner some consideration here, but I think the seahawks can find a better fit for their defense at the top of round two.
5. Cleveland Browns (4-12-0) - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
The consensus here seems to be Brian Orakpo. Personally, I expect the Browns to really start questioning weather or not Orakpo is their guy. Draft history suggests a very high bust rate for first round 3-4 OLB's. Given that and the Browns problems drafting in the first round I just don't think they can pull the trigger. Jeremy Maclin would be a much needed weapon.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
The Bengals will have to be somewhat surprised to see Orakpo fall to them. Orakpo is a perfect pick from both a need and value standpoint. The Bengals must get better on defense if they hope to contend in the AFC North. Orakpo could be that much needed consistant pass rusher the Bengals have lacked.
7. Oakland Raiders (5-11-0) - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
All Davis loves 40 times. But since no top 10 worthy picks exactly blazed a trail at the combine he's forced to make the sensible choice here. Adding a LT is one of Oaklands top priorities, and from a value standpoint Smith is a steal. Smith could have a long career anchoring Oaklands line, and the protection he can provide should go a long way in helping the development of former top pick Jamarcus Russell.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11-0) - Rey Maualuga, ILB, Southern California
Rey Maualuga, is there any prospect who has more mixed opinions about him. Maualuga seems to get a lot of unfair critisism. Some of the critisism is valid, he does need coached up in some areas. What many seem to overlook are some of his intangibles that are hard to find in a linebacker prospect. Jack Del Rio, a former USC linebacker singled out Maualuga as somebody who caught his eye when he coached him in this years annual Senior Bowl.
9. Green Bay Packers (6-10-0) - B.J. Raji, NT, Boston College
With the Packers transitioning from a traditional 4-3 defense to a 3-4, I think they would be foolish not to take B.J. Raji here. Raji is the first highly rated true nose tackle prospect in several years, and likely the last for several more to come. With more and more teams switching to a 3-4 the demand for NT's is only going to increase.
10. San Francisco 49ers (7-9-0) - Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California
Risky pick here, but the potential upside of this pick could be too much for the 49ers to pass on. The team is still feeling the affects of drafting Alex Smith number one overall, but I don't see Sanchez and Smith in the same category. Smith seemed like an enormous reach at the time. Sanchez comes from an NFL system coached by people who are familiar with the NFL. Though only a starter in 16 games at USC, the experience Sanchez gained in his four years at USC has to count for something. He's a worker, a leader, and a student of the game.
11. Buffalo Bills (7-9-0) - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
Many consider this a reach, but I don't. Brandon Pettigrew is a throwback tight end and one of the last remaining in a dying breed. With so many teams running a spread style offense it's hard to find an inline NFL type tight end. Pettigrew can block like a tackle, so he help the run game immediatly. His understanding of the passing game and his route running ability allows him to compensate for what he lacks in the speed department.
12. Denver Broncos (8-8-0) - Malcolm Jenkins, FS, Ohio State
Great pick here for the Broncos. They get a kid who could be a corner, might be a safety, but in the meantime adds depth and a solid nickleback to cover the slot. The Broncos have needs at safety and corner, so either way they fill atleast one need here with Jenkins. Jenkins is also a very solid value here. A linebacker like Brian Cushing could garner some consideration.
13. Washington Redskins (8-8-0) - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
Provided the Redskins don't trade this pick away, Michael Oher could be a great fit here. The Redskins need to add some young talent along the offensive line and Oher could be a valuble, versatile kid. The Redskins would have the option to sit Oher for a year to get him acclimated, but much like his freshmen year at Ole' Miss they might not be able to keep him off the field.
14. New Orleans Saints (8-8-0) - Brian Cushing, OLB, Southern California
The Saints sured up a need at cornerback by signing for Bills corner Jabari Greer. Now they can focus on their linebackers. Cushing is a hard working, devoted, versatile kid. He will bring options to how the Saints best utilize his abilites. If the Saints can sure up their defense, NFL teams will have to watch out.
15. Houston Texans (8-8-0) - Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State
The Texans had to be pleasantly surprised with the production they got from Steve Slaton last year. So many would ask, why take a running back here? While Slaton was highly productive last year, the Texans still have a void in their running game from a power running game standpoint. Two back tandems are the trend in this copycat league. Adding another dimention to their offense could be the missing link to having one of the more prolific offenses in the league.
16. San Diego Chargers (8-8-0) - Andre Smith, OG, Alabama
The Chargers struggled to run the ball last year. On the bright side of that they learned they are able to win with the arm of Phillip Rivers. If the Charger can put both the run and the pass together, look out. Many feel Andre Smith is the most talented offensive tackle prospect in this years draft, many of those same people feel he could be even better as a guard. The red flags created by some of the conduct of Smith allows him to fall here to the Chargers. He might be too much of a value to pass on. The left side of their line would consist of left tackle Marcus McNeill and Smith at guard.
17. New York Jets (9-7-0) - Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
The Jets have a lot of pieces in place. They played great last year when they got good quarterback play from Brett Favre. They took a nose dive as Favre play fell off. That tells me the missing link is at quarterback. Freeman probably isn't ready to step in year one and start, but he could in the 2010 season. By passing on him here they set back the position until atleast then, but more likely untill 2011.
18. Chicago Bears (9-7-0) - Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
There's a lot of directions the Bears could go here, and they always seem to be a wild card. Receiver might make the most sense here, but the Bears have always hung their hat on playing defense. With a deep receiver class and lack of true defensive end prospects this pick makes a lot of sense.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7-0) - Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Peria Jerry is simply the best available player that fits a need here. More importantly than that, Jerry is a perfect fit for Tampa Bay's defense. The Buccaneers have made an effort to add solid young talent in the trenches and Jerry could be their next piece. Jerry solidified his stock at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine and really caught the eye of GM's and scouts.
20. Detroit Lions (from DAL) - Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
The Lions need help in so many areas. Cornerback is near the top of the list as far as their needs go. Despite their many needs there aren't many prospects in this range that fit from a value standpoint. The Lions really have struggled to defend the pass and Butler could be a nice addition. It's hard to say which corner the Lions would value the most. Very easily I could see them taking a different corner, Vontae Davis or Alphonso Smith would be the two most likely replacements for the Butler pick.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1) - Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
Brian Westbrook is great, but aging. The Eagles also took a hit from a depth standpoint at RB by losing Correll Buckhalter to free agency. Moreno I see as a bit of a boom or bust prospect, but a very intriguing one with great potential upside. He could step right in and be a much needed new dimension for the Eagles and a nice compliment to Westbrook. The Eagles would also add their future starter once Westbrook is no longer an Eagle.
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6-0) - Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Playmaker, that best describes Percy Harvin. It just so happens that the Vikings are lacking a playmaker at receiver. Harvin can do so many things for a team. The big question will be how to best utilize his abilities. Harvin also doubles as a return man and the would be a much welcomed skill by the Vikings. Harvin is a threat to take the ball to the house anytime he touches it. Defenses would have to respect that and it could take some attention away from Adrian Peterson and help out their young QB.
23. New England Patriots - Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois
Predicting what the Patriots will do in the draft is a pretty difficult thing to do. Davis sort of slips through the cracks a bit because of some character concerns. The Patriots locker room is a perfect place to help him get his head on straight. Physically he's the most gifted corner of the class. Many similarities could be drawn between this pick and the Patriots first round pick of Brandon Meriweather just a few drafts ago. Meriweather has proven to be a wise choice.
24. Atlanta Falcons (11-5-0) - James Laurinaitis, ILB, Ohio State
Big need here for the Falcons. The falcons lost two starting linebackers to free agency this year and will need to find somebody new to plug into the middle. Defensive tackle is a big need as well, but they did make some moves in free agency to help sure up the DL. There's a lot of mixed opinions on Laurinaitis, but many feel he simply has been over-analyzed. If his pro procuction matches his college production he could wind up being a terrific steal for the up and coming Falcons.
25. Miami Dolphins (11-5-0) - Hakeem Nicks WR, North Carolina
The Dolphins have a speed guy in Ted Ginn, and a possesion guy in Davone Bess. With Nicks they could have a fully complimented group of receivers. Many compare Nicks to Anquan Boldin because of his ability after the catch and his physical style of play. There's certainly many other options for the Dolphins here, but Nicks could make the greatest impact early for Miami.
26. Baltimore Ravens (11-5-0) - Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Joe Flacco really shined as a rookie last season despite not being surrounded by the best receivers. Heyward-Bey is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands. He likely will be a little slow to fully develope, but used the right way could be productive in a role early on.
27. Indianapolis Colts (12-4-0) - Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
With Peyton Manning at quarterback, it makes no sense to not surround him with weapons. With Marvin Harrison now gone the Colts have a void at receiver. Britt really seems like the type of receiver that could flourish in the Colts offense with the guidance of Manning.
28. Philadelphia Eagles (from CAR) - William Beatty, OT, Connecticut
Both starting tackles from a year ago are currently free agents for the Eagles. The Eagles lack depth and youth at the position as well. Beatty has shot up draft boards and really seems to have cemented himself somewhere in the first round. There's some other directions the Eagles could go here, but this pick seems the most logical from a need and value standpoint.
29. New York Giants (12-4-0) - Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
Many will question this pick. Donald Brown had a highly productive year for Connecticut. Brown then showed scouts how athletic and physically gifted he is at the combine. With his positive buzz along with the negative buzz LeSean McCoy got, Brown could easily figure into the first round somewhere. The Giants don't have a ton of needs, but have made it clear their priority is going to be to play defense and run the ball. Last season the Giants had a lot of success with a three back tandem, but gone from the tandem is Derrick Ward who signed with the Buccaneers.
30. Tennessee Titans (13-3) - Lawrence Sidbury, OLB/DE, Richmond
The Titans have shown they aren't affraid of small school prospects, and don't shy away from what could be deemed as a reach. The Titans took a hit on the DL when they lost Albert Haynesworth, and already had a need at DE. I expect Jeff Fisher sees a lot of similarities between Sidbury and a young Javon Kerse. Sidbury will need some time to develope.
31. Arizona Cardinals (9-7-0) - LeSean McCoy, RB, Pitt
I'll be shocked if the Cardinals don't take a running back in the first 2 rounds. McCoy could be a steal here because I believe he may be the most talented RB in the class. McCoy hasn't done much to solidify his draft stock to this point, and I'm not sure his pro day will be enough to erase some questions teams will have.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4-0) - Tyson Jackson, DE/DT, Louisiana State
With all the top offensive line prospects off the board, the Steelers get a great value and fill a much under rated need at DE. The Steelers still have two very solid starters in place, but the age and depth along the DL is a concern. The Steelers get this years prototypical stack and shed 5 technique DE. Jackson could step in for Aaron Smith once he moves on and make the transition seemless.
33. Detroit Lions - Eric Wood, C/OG, Louisville
34. Kansas City Chiefs - Clay Mathews, OLB, Southern California
35. St. Louis Rams - Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
36. Cleveland Browns - Aaron Maybin, OLB, Penn State
37. Seattle Seahawks - Fili Moala, DT, Southern California
38. Cincinnati Bengals - Max Unger, C, Oregon
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State
40. Oakland Raiders - Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
41. Green Bay Packers - Everette Brown, OLB, Florida State
42. Buffalo Bills - Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia
43. San Francisco 49ers - Duke Robinson, RT, Oklahoma
44. Miami Dolphins (from WAS) - Sean Smith, CB, Utah
45. New York Giants (from NO) - Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina
46. Houston Texans - Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama
47. New England Patriots (from SD) - Larry English, OLB, Northern Illinois
48. Denver Broncos - Jarron Gilbert DT, San Jose State
49. Chicago Bears - Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
50. Cleveland Browns (from TB) - D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt
51. Dallas Cowboys - Ron Brace, DE, Boston College
52. New York Jets - Asher Allen, CB, Georgia
53. Philadelphia Eagles - Shawn Nelson, TE, Southern Mississippi
54. Minnesota Vikings - Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech
55. Atlanta Falcons - Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri
56. Miami Dolphins - Pat White, WR, West Virginia
57. Baltimore Ravens - Jarius Byrd, CB, Oregon
58. New England Patriots - Jasper Brinkley, ILB, South Carolina
59. Carolina Panthers - Kenny McKinnley, WR, South Carolina
60. New York Giants - Patrick Chung, SS, Oregon
61. Indianapolis Colts - Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
62. Tennessee Titans - Alex Mack, C, California
63. Arizona Cardinals - Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan
64. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cornelius Lewis, OT/OG, Tennessee State
65. Detroit Lions - Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina
66. St. Louis Rams - Xavier Fulton, OT, Illinois
67. Kansas City Chiefs - Conner Barwin, OLB, Cincinnati
68. Seattle Seahawks - Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa
69. Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) - William Moore, SS, Missouri
70. Cincinnati Bengals - Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida
71. Oakland Raiders - Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, Louisiana State
72. Jacksonville Jaguars - Fenuki Tupou, OT, Oregon
73. Green Bay Packers - Captain Munnerlyn, CB, South Carolina
74. San Francisco 49ers - Andy Levitre, OG, Oregon State
75. Buffalo Bills - Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State
76. New York Jets (from NO) - Demetrius Byrd, WR, Louisiana State
77. Houston Texans - Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
78. San Diego Chargers - Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona
79. Denver Broncos - Zach Follett OLB, California
80. Washington Redskins - Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
81. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Nate Davis, QB, Ball State
82. Detroit Lions (from DAL) - Tyronne Green, OG, Auburn
83. Green Bay Packers (from NYJ) - Javon Ringer, RB, Michigan State
84. Chicago Bears - Mike Wallace, WR, Mississippi
85. Philadelphia Eagles - Philadelphia Eagles - Derek Peques, FS, Mississippi State
86. Minnesota Vikings - Herman Johnson, RT, Louisiana State
87. Miami Dolphins - Trevor Canfield, OG, Cincinnati
88. Baltimore Ravens - Antoine Caldwell, C/OG, Alabama
89. New England Patriots - Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina St.
90. Atlanta Falcons - Alex Magee, DT, Purdue
91. New York Giants - Darry Beckwith, ILB/OLB, Louisiana State
92. Indianapolis Colts - Keenan Lewis, CB, Oregon State
93. Carolina Panthers - Kyle Moore, DE, Southern California
94. Tennessee Titans - Terrance Taylor, DT, Michigan
95. Arizona Cardinals - Kraig Urbik, OG, Wisconsin
96. Pittsburgh Steelers - Brandon Hughes, CB, Oregon State