1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Enough has been said about this guy already and if you have watched him play you know he’s going to be amazing in the NFL. If you had the chance to watch the Fiesta bowl of Stanford vs Oklahoma State you were given a glimpse of the greatness. He has the hype of being the greatest quarterback prospect to ever come along, and anything less than a multiple Superbowl winning Hall of Fame career won’t live up to the expectations. To put it plainly, the Colts ditched (Stem Cell neck) Peyton Manning for this phenom.
2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Never in my many years of following College and NFL football have I seen two quarterbacks this good in the same draft. RG3 is the absolute perfect fit for Washington. Not only as a franchise quarterback the city has been dying for over the decades, but as a Sports Icon who will carry a burden of pressure only few individuals could possibly handle. “Pressure creates diamonds” RG3’s pro day workout gear read, and he will find no greater pressure to succeed than in Washington DC. Put aside the mans athleticism aside for one minute and look at his intangibles and character. RG3 possesses the leadership you want in a franchise quarterback, and he will make everyone else around him want to play better, similar in the way Tim Tebow did for Denver last season. The 39th pick in 2012 as well as 1st rounders in 2013, and 2014 was an incredible price to pay, but the Washington Redskins made it known that when you love someone great enough, you’re willing to give up anything to get them.
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, OT, USC: The best offensive line prospect to come along since Jake Long, this premier pass protector will be taken very early by the Vikes. After selecting Christian Ponder last year in the first round the Vikings will need to surround him with talent. While Justin Blackmon and Morris Claiborne are also great talents that fill needs, the value of an elite left tackle will cause big Matt rise to the top.
4. (Trade) Cincinnati Bengals- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: I love running backs, and even though I am not an Alabama fan in any way shape or form, I absolutely love to watch Trent Richardson run the ball. Another “I’ve never seen this before” type of talent, but seriously I’ve never seen a running back with his kind of athleticism, vision, agility and power. We’re talking Adrian Peterson level talent here and the Bengals have the ammo to move up. After realizing the blue chip talent of an AJ Green at wide receiver last year the Bengals are infatuated with the idea of a guy like Richardson who could make the same impact at the running back spot. The Browns are able to trade down and sit in a spot of the draft where they can bolster their team needs at deep positions of value.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: One of the best pure cover corners I have ever seen in college, my best comparison would be Champ Bailey. The Bucs just so happen to be in great need of a corner and they luck out when Claiborne falls to them.
6. St Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: A game breaking wide receiver with the confidence and competitiveness you only find in the great ones. He plays the position with passion and seeks to dominate his competition. Sam Bradford is going to be very pleased with this pick as he will now have his go-to guy. The Rams sacrifice losing out on Matt Kalil but the drop down was more than worth it as the Redskins supplied the Rams with the flexibility to move around and stock up as they please in the next few drafts.
7. (Trade) Kansas City Chiefs- Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis: Beastly is the first word that comes to mind when talking about Poe. Did you see him at the combine? His freakish size (6-4 350 lbs) speed (4.9 40) and strength (44 reps of 225 pounds) will cause the Chiefs to make the move up. Kansas city is salivating at the chance to plug in the final monstrous piece of their defensive puzzle and Dontari seems like the perfect 350 pound fit.
8. Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: This makes too much sense not to happen. With Tannehill’s old head coach from Texas A&M Mike Sherman now being the Offensive coordinator for Miami you would think they would make the move. Tannehill is an interesting prospect as he has a lot of upside and raw athletic talent, but he definitely needs time to learn for a year or two. Matt Moore will be a decent enough starter in the meantime until Ryan is ready to take the reigns.
9. Carolina Panthers- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Sort of a nice local pickup for the Panthers who haven’t been able to replace the other former beast defensive end from UNC Julius Peppers. Coples has great size and athleticism, he projects well to the NFL but everyone’s big complaint is his lack of production in college. This is a big cause for concern but the Panthers need to make this pick. The value of the top rated DE at the 9 spot is worth it.
10. Buffalo Bills- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa: The Bills made a huge splash by signing Mario Williams this offseason and what better way to continue it than to add a dynamic athlete like Reiff to bolster the other side of the line. Reiff allows the Bills let go of Demetrius Bell and gives Fitzpatrick the protection he’s going to need.
11. (Trade)Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: The Jags trade down and get the guy they have been coveting. Floyd had tremendous production at Notre Dame and aside from some character issues, is a top level wideout. Blaine Gabbert needs all the help he can get and after a rough rookie season a playmaker like Floyd will help him out big time.
12. Seattle Seahawks-Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Seattle lucks out and gets Ingram who is the best pass rusher available. Ingram is a high motor warrior that will constantly run down NFC west quarterbacks for years to come.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College: While the Cards need some O-line help they end up going with a machine of a middle linebacker. Luke is an instinctive thunderbolt and will be asked to lead the Cards D from day 1. The production he had in college was gross and his combine performance locks him up as the best linebacker prospect.
14. Dallas Cowboys- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: The Cowboys have already splurged on corner this offseason by signing Brandon Carr and this will allow them to focus on their shaky offensive line. Getting DeCastro here would be a “hole in one” for the Cowboys as he projects to be one of the best guard prospects to enter the NFL in quite some time.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Andy Reid loves him some linemen and Fletcher Cox is the best one available here. Cox is a solid pick at this point and gives the Eagles a very deep defensive line.
16. New York Jets- Mark Barron, S, Alabama: Rex Ryan painstakingly goes back and forth on whether or not he wants more of a pass rush or if he wants somebody to replace Eric Smith. The need to upgrade over Smith is too great and the Jets pull the trigger on the dynamic Barron from Bama.
17. (Trade) New England Patriots- Nick Perry, OLB, USC: The Pats make a move up and Cleveland trades down yet again. The guy the Patriots have been coveting is speed rusher Nick Perry. While Courtney Upshaw was still available I think that Belichick prefers more speed over balance and snags the edge rusher before the Chargers can.
18. San Diego Chargers- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: The Bolts go after a relentless edge rusher with a great run stuffing ability. He has a non stop motor and will constantly be pushing tackles and collapsing the pocket.
19. Chicago Bears- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: After the Bears traded for Brandon Marshall they best give Cutler the best possible protection to get the ball to him. Martin still on the board makes the Bears happy as can be.
20. Tennessee Titans- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: The Titans are tempted to go after a DE like Whitney Mercilus or CB’s Janoris Jenkins and Dre Kirkpatrick but the massive potential of Michael Brockers is too much to pass up. They have had trouble replacing Albert Haynesworth and now they hope they found their guy.
21. Cleveland Browns- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: Cleveland finally gets to pick and they start by filling a huge need at right tackle and do it by taking one of the best tackles in the draft. This pick provides McCoy with some much needed help on the right side.
22. Cleveland Browns- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: With back to back picks the Browns are also able to snag RG3’s main target at Baylor. Wright possesses awesome quickness, great hands, and 4.4-4.5 straight line speed. He had great production at Baylor and projects to be a #1 wide receiver.
23. Detroit Lions- Dre Kirckpatrick, CB, Alabama: The Lions are thrilled as they feel they were able to secure a top talent all the way at 23. While Kirkpatrick has the size and speed perfect for a lockdown corner he also comes with some off the field issues that will concern many teams. The Lions roll the dice and hope Dre is the guy they have been looking for.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama: The Steelers have a need at inside linebacker and Hightower just so happens to have experience playing in a 3-4 at Alabama. The man will be a great fit for the Steelers and should play great being surrounded by such a talented defense.
25. Denver Broncos- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: The big boy from East Lansing fills a great need for the Broncos and is a great fit. Worthy is inconsistent but when motivated plays like a top 10 talent.
26. Houston Texans- Steven Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: After a great combine where Hill showed off elite size and speed he managed to solidify himself as the fourth best rated wide receiver in this draft. Even though his production wasn’t great due to a running offense at Georgia Tech his upside is worth gambling on here.
27. (trade)Cleveland Browns- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia: The Browns solidify the right side of their line and give Colt McCoy the best chance possible to prove that he can be the guy still.
28. Green Bay Packers- Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois: After much deliberating between a corner or a pass rusher the Pack settle with the edge rusher. Mercilus should be able to convert well into his new role as an outside linebacker and will wreak havoc on the other side of Clay Matthews.
29. Baltimore Ravens- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: This appears to be a no brainer as the Ravens need interior line help badly and Konz is the right guy for the job.
30. San Francisco 49ers- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: A pick that makes sense for a team that already has a stacked defense. The addition of another dynamic TE to Vernon Davis makes the 49ers receiving core tremendous. Whoever is playing QB for this team whether it be Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick will be sitting pretty.
31. New England Patriots- Devon Still, DT, Penn State: After moving up and grabbing Nick Perry the Pats continue to improve their front seven by adding Devon Still who is a great value at this point in the draft.
32. New York Giants- Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina: This is a steal of a pick and Alshon may go higher if he runs well at his pro day. Eli will have a trio of dominant wide receivers.