The dust has cleared from the combine and the first wave of free agency, time to see who is going where and why. Let us kknow your comments, objections, youe life story, and your future ambitions, thanks! Enjoy and stay blue!
1. St. Louis (1-15): QB Sam Bradford: QB is a huge need, the Rams are stuck in re-building mode, and the defensive tackle position can be fortified later in the draft. If Bradford’s should checks out, as anticipated, he will be a Ram.
2. Detroit (2-14): DT Ndamukong Suh: Boy do the Lions have options (and needs). Jim Schwartz would love to upgrade the defensive line, Suh or McCoy fit the bill here. I am going with Suh.
3. Tampa Bay (3-13): DT Gerald McCoy: Can you names the Bucs starting defensive tackles? That is why McCoy comes off the board here.
4. Washington (4-12): QB Jimmy Clausen: Shanahan had a great 1st round pick with Ryan Clady, so Okung could be the pick here, but my bet is Shanny can’t resist a young quarterback who comes with a mixed bag of expert opinions, similar to Jake Cutler.
5. Kansas City (4-12): OT Russell Okung: The Chiefs could fall in love with Rolando McClain, but this is probably a bit high (just like last year’s pick out of LSU, Tyson Jackson. The keep Cassell alive campaign starts in 2010 with the addition of Okung.
6. Seattle (5-11): DE Derrick Morgan: Seattle is a wildcard, owning pick 6 and pick 14 in the draft. Before the trade for Charlie Whithurst, Jimmy Clausen might have been the target. Now, I see Seattle going either offensive line (Bryan Buluga) or DE Derrick Morgan, defense prevails, DE Derrick Morgan is the pick.
7. Cleveland (5-11): S Eric Berry: The Browns could look at CB Joe Haden, but with Eric Wright already locking down one corner spot, the Browns select the play-making safety out of Tennessee.
8. Oakland (5-11): OT Bruce Campbell: The Raiders love workout warriors so Pierre-Paul is a possibility, but Campbell showed incredible combine numbers, Al Davis ignores the tape on Campbell and makes another pick based on measurables. Caveat: No one knows what Al Davis might to after the Heyward-Bey pick last year.
9. Buffalo (6-10): OT Trent Williams: The Bills need a stud tackle in the worst way, with both top quarterbacks off the board, Buddy Nix finally pays attention to the tackle position.
10. Jacksonville (7-9): DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Even with the singing of Aaron Kampman, the Jags still need help with their pass rush, they take a flier on this one year wonder whose physical skills impress.
11. Denver (CHI): WR Dez Bryant: Assuming the Broncos find a home for Brandon Marshall, Bryant comes in and immediately fills the “pain in the ass” role left vacant be Marshall.
12. Miami (7-9): DT Dan Williams: Parcells adds a true nose tackle to anchor the Dolphins defense, Williams is a 3 down defender who plays right away.
13. San Francisco (8-8): CB Joe Haden: Haden was projected higher before the combine, he is the most-ready corner-back in the draft and the 49ers are happy he falls to them at no. 13.
14. Seattle (DEN): RB C.J. Spiller: Carroll adds the do-it-all running back/special teams stud from Clemson, Seattle needs play-makers on the offensive side of the ball and Spiller is a play-maker.
15. New York Giants (8-8): LB Rolando McClain: The Giants stay put and add a hammer to their defense, McClain immediately comes and makes an impact in the middle for big blue.
16. Tennessee (8-8): DT Jared Odrick: Tennessee adds the versatile, active defensive tackle in Odrick who can also play on the edge in run situations, Jeff Fisher will be happy to have a high energy guys here.
17. San Francisco (CAR): G Mike Iupati: The 49ers solidify the offensive line by adding Iupati, who dominated at the senior bowl and immediately plays on the inside and may be able to stretch out to right tackle. Mean and nasty, Mike Singletary smiles.
18. Pittsburgh (9-7): DE Brandon Graham: The Steelers may have other needs in the secondary, but Graham is too good to pass up here.
19. Atlanta (9-7): LB Sean Weatherspoon: Atlanta feels pretty good about adding a versatile outside linebacker who plays sideline to sideline to flank Curtis Lofton in the middle.
20. Houston (9-7): RB Ryan Matthews: Houston adds a between the tackle runner in Matthews, who will be a nice complement to an already explosive offense.
21. Cincinnati (10-6): S Earl Thomas: Marvin Lewis adds a ball-hawking safety to his up and coming defense, Thomas could also play corner in a pinch, or if asked to.
22. New England (10-6): TE Jermaine Gresham: The Pats give Brady a legitimate pass catcher at the tight end position, with the loss of Benjamin Watson and Chris Baker, tight end is a need for the Pats.
23. Green Bay (11-5): CB Kyle Wilson: Wilson is rising up draft boards fast, good speed, makes plays on the ball and is versatile. Wilson will learn from the best in Charles Woodson.
24. Philadelphia (11-5): Taylor Mays: The Iggles bolster their secondary with the physical specimen out of USC.
25. Baltimore (9-7): WR Demaryius Thomas: Forget the trade for Anquan Boldin, the Ravens could still use a big deep threat to help Joe Flacco, broken foot or not, Thomas has a ton of raw ability.
26. Arizona (10-6): OT Charles Brown: Brown is a good value pick for the Cards who could also look to bolster the second level of their defense.
27. Dallas (11-5): OT Anthony Davis: Jerry Jones is looking to replace Flozell Adams at some point, Davis is huge, has weight issues, and has issues with penalties, sounds like a fine replacement.
28. San Diego (13-3): DT Mount Cody: Losing Jamal Williams to injury at the beginning of last year killed the Bolts run defense, GM A.J. Smith takes a chance on Cody.
29. New York Jets (9-7): WR Arrelious Benn: Benn is versatile and fast, a nice complement to deep threat Braylon Edwards, who is out to prove he is worth a big money contract.
30. Minnesota (12-4): DT Brian Price: The Williams wall can’t last forever, though Pat Williams might hunt me down for saying so, the Vikes go with true value adding a disruptive DT in Price.
31. Indianapolis (14-2): C/G Maurkice Pouncey: Polian was critical of the offensive line after losing the SuperBowl, Pouncey is versatile and can play center, guard, or even right tackle. Have to protect the franchise.
32. New Orleans (13-3): DE Everson Griffin: The Superbowl champs add a nice DE with huge upside in Griffin, who could see playing time right away.
For the Giants, my current first round wish list is for the first round means coming away with either McClain or Spiller at no. 15 or a trade down a few spots and grabbing Weatherspoon, a DT like Brian Price, or an offensive lineman like Pouncey or Anthony Davis. We’ll see.