1. St. Louis - Sam Bradford - QB
With their last 3 first round picks going to their lines they look for their QB of the future. Bradford’s impressive performance at his pro day shows he has a chance to be something special.
2. Detriot - Ndamukong Suh - DT
They ‘ve illustrated their commitment to revamping their defensive line with the additions of Corey Williams and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Suh edges out Gerald McCoy with his performance at the combine and will slot in with them to create a formidable unit.
3. Tampa Bay - Gerald McCoy - DT
The Bucs line was woeful, they generated no pressure on passing plays and were dreadful against the run. McCoy can start straight away and will instantly make them better.
4. Washington – Russel Okung - OT
I had them taking Jimmy Clausen here but the McNabb trade puts that prediction to rest. Okung is the best LT prospect in the draft; his addition will instantly help a unit that allowed 46 sacks last season, and 81 over the past 2 years.
5. Kansas City – Eric Berry - S
With the top tackle Okung off the board they look to add a much needed playmaker to their defence. Berry is a ball hawk who will drastically improve a unit that had only 15 interceptions a year ago.
6. Seattle – Trent Williams - OT
The acquisition of Charlie Whitehurst via a trade with the Chargers means they have their QB of the future; they now need to focus on keeping him up right. Williams will follow in the footsteps of Walter Jones and give Seattle another franchise LT.
7. Cleveland – Jimmy Clausen - QB
Jake Delhomme is not the answer at QB for the Browns and with Berry off the board there is no one worth taking over Clausen. Holmgren snaps him up and makes the Notre dame standout his QB of the future.
8. Oakland – Bruce Campbell - OT
Al Davis’s fetish for physically gifted players wins on the day and they reach for another raw player in the first. Campbell, who some scouts have as a second round pick, was a monster at the Combine and although he is raw his rare combination of size, speed and strength give him a huge ceiling.
9. Buffalo – Bryan Bulaga - OT
With Clausen gone the Bills need to find a tackle who can protect their next QB. Bulaga can step in from day one and will be the anchor of their line for the next decade.
10. Jacksonville – Earl Thomas - S
They addressed their need for a pass rush by adding Aaron Kampman via free agency so now they look to improve their secondary. Thomas’s presence should help Reggie Nelson return to form and help the team improve on the 15 interceptions they registered last year.
11. Denver – Dez Bryant - WR
In an attempt to cleanse the team of Brandon Marshall they take the best receiver in the draft. He has the all the tools to be a star wideout and will mean they don’t lose step when they ship Marshall out of town.
12. Miami – Dan Williams - DT
They need a nose tackle as 35-year-old Jason Ferguson who is not the long term answer. Dan Williams is the best NT in the draft, he is strong and has a good initial burst he will be the anchor of their line for years.
13. San Francisco – Joe Haden - CB
They need to find a partner for Nate Clements. Haden is the best corner in the draft and they can’t believe he is still on the board. He will be a huge upgrade for their secondary and will drastically improve their pass defence.
14. Seattle – Derick Morgan - DE
Seattle are in rebuild mode so must start in the trenches. They’ve already addressed the O-Line with Trent Williams and will now look to add pass rusher Derrick Morgan.
15. Giants – Rolando McLain - LB
The middle linebacker spot for the Giants has been in limbo since the departure of Antonio Pierce. McLain can step in right away and be a force in the middle.
16. Tennessee – Jason Pierre-Paul - DE
With the loss of Kyle Vanden-Bosch and Javon Kearse not getting any younger a pass rusher is a big need. Pierre-Paul has the physical tools to excel.
17. San Francisco – C.J. Spiller - RB
This is a “best player available” pick. The combo of Gore and Spiller would provide the 49ers with a very formidable backfield duo. Spiller’s will also be a big addition to the return game.
18. Pittsburgh – Mike Iupati - OG
The need help at guard and Inpati is the best available. He is a tough nasty mauler who will fit in very well with the Steelers.
19. Atlanta – Everson Griffen - DE
The Falcons were twenty sixth in the league with a only 28 sacks last season. Griffen’s combination of speed and size will give them a big boost in this area.
20. Houston – Ryan Mathews - RB
Steve Slaton was a non-factor last season. Mathews will pair up with Slaton and give the Texans a run game to go along with their passing game thus elevating pressure from Mat Schub and Andre Johnson.
21. Cincinnatti – Taylor Mays - S
They need help at safety. Mays is a physical beast who paired with the corner duo of Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph will give them one of the best secondary’s in the league.
22. New England – Jared Odrick – DT/DE
The loss of Richard Seymour hurt them more than they’d like to admit. Odrick will be an ideal fit at end in their 3-4 defence.
23. Green Bay – Kyle Wilson - CB
Al Harris and Charles Woodson are no spring chickens they need to look for their replacements.
24. Philadelphia – Devin McCourty - CB
The Loss of Sheldon brown makes them thin at corner. Asante Samuel will occupy one slot but newly acquired Marlin Jackson is poised to move to safety. McCourty is a great zone corner and tackler with 4.3 speed, he will fit well in the Eagles Secondary.
25. Baltimore – Kareem Jackson - CB
They need to inject some youth into their aging secondary. Jackson will provide some stability to the corner position that has not been set since the duo of Chris McAlister and Samarie Rolle.
26. Arizona – Sergio Kindle - OLB
The addition of Kindle will give them with a formidable pass rusher off the edge, something their 3-4 defence has been missing.
27. Dallas – Anthony Davis - OT
The release of Flozell Adams solidifies this pick. The Cowboys need a franchise calibre tackle to protect Romo’s blind side and some scouts are saying that Davis may end up being the best tackle of this class.
28. San Diego – Terrence Cody - NT
The run on CB’s have left the chargers without, Cody is a solid pick though and is the ideal replacement for recently departed Jammal Williams.
29. New York Jets – Golden Tate - WR
They need to get Sanchez some more targets. Tate lines up on the other side of Braylon Edwards and provides them with a good WR duo.
30. Minnesota – Maurkice Pouncey - C
They lost Matt Birk a year ago and find his replacement with Pouncey.
31. Indianapolis – Jerry Hughes – DE
He will be the successor to Mathis and Freeney and continue the Colts pass rushing dominance.
32. New Orleans – Sean Weatherspoon - OLB
Weatherspoon is the best 4-3 OLB in the draft and is the ideal replacement for recently departed Scott Fujita.