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1. Andrew Luck – QB Stanford
Previous – Luck
Comments - Still #1 unless someone finds something to push RG3
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams)
Robert Griffin III – QB Baylor
Previous – Griffin
Comments – Unless Luck or Irsay screws it up, RG3 will be selected and linked to Luck from now on
3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kahlil – OT USC
Previous – Kahlil
Comments – There is talk about trading down for a package, but if not, they stay true and pick Kahlil
4. Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson – RB Alabama
Previous – Richardson
Comments – Teams are looking to trade up to get either Richardson or Blackmon ahead of the Browns. If not, Browns get to choose and they stay with Richardson.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne – CB LSU
Previous – Claiborne
Comments – The best suited for the Bucs. Top shut down corner in the draft.
6. St. Louis Rams
Justin Blackmon – WR Oklahoma State
Previous – Blackmon
Comments – The Rams are still hoping on Blackmon falling to them. They will be really happy if he is.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Melvin Ingram – DE South Carolina
Previous – Reiff
Comments – The Jags need some help on defense to take some pressure of the offense, and the best DE goes here to apply pressure.
8. Miami Dolphins
Quinton Coples – DE North Carolina
Comments – He gives the Dolphins what they need for the value. Tannehill is a need, but not the value
9. Carolina Panthers
Michael Brockers – DT LSU
Previous – DeCastro
Comments – The Panthers have been looking for a replacement since Peppers left. This could be it.
10. Buffalo Bills
Michael Floyd – WR Notre Dame
Previous – Upshaw
Comments – The Bills have done a lot on defense, now fill the big need to go alongside Stevie Johnson. Floyd gives them their other side now.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
Fletcher Cox – DT Mississippi State
Previous – Poe
Comments – Poe has bounced up and down and Cox looks like the safer pick here. Don’t be surprised if they go for Kuechly or Tannehill here.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Dontari Poe – DT Memphis
Previous – Kirkpatrick
Comments – With no solid QB here, they go DT and get Poe for a possible steal.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Reilly Reiff – OT Iowa
Previous – Ingram
Comments – The Cardinals have needs on the O-Line and he is the best available a notch below Kahlil.
14. Dallas Cowboys
Dre Kirkpatrick – CB Alabama
Previous – Wright
Comments – I got killed last week by Dallas fans, so I listened and went with the most glaring need - a CB, and a good one in Kirkpatrick. Hope this shuts up the boys in Texas now.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Luke Kuechly – LB Boston College
Comments – This is still the Eagles #1 need, so why change from the best ILB in the draft in a long time?
16. New York Jets
Mike Adams – OT Ohio State
Previous – Zeitler
Comments – The Jets need a tackle opposite Ferguson. The Jets hope to have better luck this time with a OSU player than they did with Vernon Goldston.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)
David DeCastro – OG Stanford
Previous – Miller
Comments – The Bengals are excited if DeCastro falls to them. They have needs at RB, WR and CB, but this is the best available.
18. San Diego Chargers
Dont’a Hightower – LB Alabama
Previous – Adams
Comments – The Chargers get a ILB that fills there need they have been looking for. Preferred Kuechly, but he went too high to go and get.
19. Chicago Bears
Jonathan Martin – OT Stanford
Previous – Floyd
Comments – The Bears need to fill holes and why not open holes with Martin for Forte. The Bears could be active to trade up to get a more glaring need DE, CB or WR, but here it is the best value.
20. Tennessee Titans
Courtney Upshaw – DE Alabama
Previous – Brockers
Comments – Best available DE, a position they are in serious need of. Another ‘Bama defender from the toughest to score on last year.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Stephon Gilmore – CB South Carolina
Previous – Cox
Comments – They debate between Lamar Miller, Kendall Wright or Gilmore. The defense wins.
22. Cleveland Browns
Kendall Wright – WR Baylor
Previous – Hill
Comments – They go WR, but they change from Hill who has not had the reps, while Wright caught over 100 passes last year. They will flip flop on this choice if it presents itself.
23. Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins – CB North Alabama
Previous – Jenkins
Comments – If Jenkins turns the character issues around, he could be the missing piece to a talented Lions team.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kevin Zeitler – OG Wisconsin
Previous – Nix
Comments – Zeitler is solid against both the run and pass. Good footwork and a mean streak, just what the Steelers want.
25. Denver Broncos
Lamar Miller – RB Miami
Previous – Thompson
Comments – Good hands out of the backfield and good off tackle. He could catch 75 passes from Manning this year.
26. Houston Texans
Stephen Hill – WR Georgia Tech
Previous – Perry
Comments – If Hill plays to the level at the combine, he could be as dangerous as Andre Johnson, because of Andre Johnson taking the extra man in coverage. Tough to guard two 6’3” plus WR.
27. New England Patriots
Mark Barron – S Alabama
Previous – Barron
Comments – Best player available for a secondary that needs the help. Possibly move Chung to FS and have Barron play SS.
28. Green Bay Packers
Nick Perry – DE USC
Previous – Hightower
Comments – The Packers need some help at DE and Perry is the best available. McClellin is shooting up the board, not a surprise to see his name in discussion.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Peter Konz – C Wisconsin
Previous – Dennard
Comments – The Ravens need a new anchor on the middle of the line and Konz is the man for the job
30. San Francisco 49ers
Alshon Jeffrey – WR South Carolina
Previous – Gilmore
Comments – The 49ers need another deep threat and if Jeffrey plays to his ability he will open things up for Smith to go deep, like he showed in the Bowl game in a little over 3 quarters.
31. New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes – DT Connecticut
Previous – Mercilus
Comments – Big force inside, along with a solid character teammate. He also has played both end and tackle, which is another plus to Belichick. He likes drafting UCONN players, but hopefully gets better results.
32. New York Giants
David Wilson – RB Virginia Tech
Previous – Fleener
Comments – With Jacobs gone, the Giants need another hard nose back and Wilson fills the bill with durable tough runs. He also can catch the ball out of the backfield and play special teams. An all purpose pick.