Andrew Luck -- The Colts are desperate for defensive players to fill Chuck Pagano's 3-4 scheme, but they didn't care when they found Stanford tight end Coby Fleener sitting there with the second pick in the second round. And they went all honey badger and grabbed Dwayne Allen with the first pick in the third round. Plus, they followed it up by grabbing wideout T.Y. Hilton, who doesn't just have a cool name, but a sick return game and killer speed.
Baltimore Ravens -- The Ravens general manager didn't make a selection on Thursday, but Ozzie Newsome did just fine with his three picks on Friday, stealing Courtney Upshaw with the Ravens first pick, grabbing Kelechi Osemele who will provide fantastic depth on the offensive line and then picking up a replacement for Ricky Williams in Temple's Bernard Pierce. It's a great depth haul for a team that will contend once again.
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Cincinnati Bengals -- What is this world we're living in that the Bengals are crushing it? I don't know, but they're destroying things with the draft the last few years. They filled up two big areas of need on day one and then somehow Friday was even better for them, as they grabbed Brandon Thompson, Mohamed Sanu and Devon Still, all guys who fell further than they should have. Plus there's the bonus of them actually drafting Sanu when he got pranked Thursday.
Pittsburgh Steelers -- Initially I had Mike Adams penciled as a major loser in this draft because of how quickly he dropped, but he was saved by the Steelers, who simply saw too much value in the guy to continue ignoring the red-colored bunting that decorates his personnel file. Adams is a bit of a concern in that regard, but if he pans out, the Steelers took another step towards rebuilding their offensive line.
Minnesota Vikings -- The Vikings passed on several opportunities to pick up a cornerback on the first day of the draft, going with Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith. But then they nabbed a guy on the second day who they could've potentially taken in the first round in Josh Robinson out of Central Florida. Robinson's a burner (his 4.33 40 time was the fastest at the combine) with good cover skills who will help one of the worst secondaries from 2011.
Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jacksonville got aggressive on the first day of the draft, jumped up in the draft and snagged Justin Blackmon. Then they stole Andre Branch early in the second round, setting themselves up for a potentially dominant draft ... and then they took a punter in the third round. Jaguars fans should all buy Bryan Anger jerseys, if only to show their emotions in written form on their backs.
Jay Cutler -- Yeah, yeah, yeah. People will say he won because the Bears got him another weapon. But Cutler doesn't need another weapon, especially when that weapon is Alshon Jeffrey, who's too similar to Brandon Marshall to be worth the selection, especially when it's increasingly tough for Cutler to make throws when he's laying on his back because the offensive line can't protect for him.
Lamar Miller -- Running backs are devalued these days, but they're not supposed to be devalued to the point that Miller, who's got a ton of potential, is suddenly one of the biggest free-fallers, falling all the way to Saturday.
Peyton Manning -- So Luck has more pull in Indy than Manning does in Denver? The Broncos grabbed Ronnie Hillman in the third round and he's a running back that fits with the kind of game Manning plays. But how do you feel if you're Peyton and they also drafted the guy who's going to take over for you with a second-round pick? I like the Brock Osweiler selection but can't imagine that Peyton does.
Bill Belichick -- I know the Patriots needed a guy for the secondary and they got one in Tavon Wilson, but it's not like Belichick killed the second day of the draft. And he got swindled by Ted Thompson, who gave up two late-round picks and still managed to jump 30 spots. Never one to question the hoodie, but I'm not sure why he didn't just stick with two second-round picks instead.