1. Carolina - QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
Ultimately I think Ron Rivera & Co. are going to look at other teams like the Rams and Falcons, and be too tempted to think they can turn around their fortunes with a new QB to go with Clausen for another year. Gabbert is a better long-term prospect than Clausen, but I'm not sure he's going to pay the immediate dividends. But he has a big arm and the upside to be a factor in a suddenly QB-stacked NFC South.
2. Denver - DT Nick Fairley, Auburn
With the hiring of John Fox and their move to a 4-3 scheme, the Broncos are going to need to find ways to generate a pass rush. Dumervil should provide that on the outside, but they lack any viable options on the inside since they have base 3-4 personnel. Fairiley is a disruptive, dynamic interior player that would be a welcome addition to one of the league's weakest defenses in 2010.
3. Buffalo - DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
The Bills have proved without a doubt that they believe in the best player available drafting philosophy with their selection of C.J. Spiller last year. Bowers likely fits into that mold. The Bills defense was atrocious last year, and while they could certainly use help up front and at quarterback, they have enough faith in those positions with current personnel to think they could be willing to wait until the 2nd and 3rd rounds to address those spots. Bowers has the potential to play either DE or OLB in a 3-4 scheme because of his size and athletic potential.
4. Cincinnati - WR A.J. Green, Georgia
The emergence of Carlos Dunlap late in the season means that their need for a pass rusher is not as high. And with Bowers off the board, wide receiver becomes the obvious pick. Both starters are likely gone and they are going to need a playmaker and go-to weapon for Carson Palmer on the outside. Green is a Randy Moss-clone and that alone makes him a nice fit in Cincinnati.
5. Arizona - OT Tyron Smith, USC
I think the Cardinals are going to address the main thrust of their quarterback position with a veteran addition in the off-season, which frees them up to address other needy spots with their top pick. Getting whoever is throwing the ball some more time is one of those needs. Smith has the potential to play either side of the line which gives him value playing opposite Levi Brown.
6. Cleveland - WR Julio Jones, Alabama
The Browns need playmakers on the outside, and Jones gives them that. He has the size, speed combo to be one of the premier go-to options in the league and should be a nice security blanket for Colt McCoy going forward.
7. San Francisco - QB Jake Locker, Washington
With head man Jim Harbaugh now in charge, the 49ers certainly will be looking at acquiring a franchise-caliber passer. Harbaugh's familiarity with Locker from the Pac-10 days makes him a good fit based on who is available.
8. Tennessee - QB Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
With their decision to give up on Vince Young, the Titans will be in the market for another quarterback to develop. Mallett is the big-armed passer that they will like that fits in their offense similarly to Kerry Collins. His ability to throw the ball down the field will mesh well with their receivers like with Kenny Britt.
9. Dallas - CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
A premier corner such as Peterson falls to the Cowboys. Peterson gives them a big body that has the speed and ability to match up with the premier receivers in the NFC, as well as another explosive option to use on special teams. Jerry Jones loves athletes, and Peterson is about as good as they come.
10. Washington - DE Marcell Dareus, Alabama
Dareus will be expected to be the player that Haynesworth was so unwilling to be. He can excel as a pass rusher in a 3-4 scheme at defensive end and help improve a weak defense up front.
11. Houston - CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
The Texans probably will use free agency to address their needs at this position, but another draft pick wouldn't hurt as they are in a division that features Peyton Manning and all the help they can get in the secondary makes a ton of sense. Amukamara is a good press corner that is a similar prospect to Nnamdi Asomugha.
12. Minnesota - DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina
Assuming the Vikings can address their QB concerns with a veteran, then that leaves them free to pass up on a player like Cam Newton and take a needed pass rusher like Quinn to replace Ray Edwards opposite Allen and continue the strong defensive line play that the Vikings have featured in recent years.
13. Detroit - CB Brandon Harris, Miami
The Lions need help in their secondary, especially at the cornerback position as they continue to add pieces on that side of the ball.
14. St. Louis - RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
The Rams drafted Steven Jackson when Marshall Faulk had one more year left in the tank. The same could be said about Jackson now, so adding a player like Ingram and grooming him for a year should pay similar dividends over the next 5+ years.
15. Miami - S Rahim Moore, UCLA
A player like Cam Newton may have looked very attractive to them a year or so ago, but the failure of Pat White likely has them leery. So instead they address another trouble spot by taking Moore, a ball-hawking free safety that they've wanted for a while now.
16. Jacksonville - QB Cam Newton, Auburn
Despite a strong year from Garrard, the value of taking a talent like Newton and then grooming him for at least a year or two is too much. He'll have the opportunity to sit and learn from a player like Garrard, whocame into the league with a similar skillset.
17. New England (from Oakland) - OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
The Patriots have to upgrade their defense, and adding a pass rusher of Miller's caliber should go a long way to hlep in those areas.
18. San Diego - DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
The Chargers could use some more beef up front, and Watt has the size, high motor, and potential to be an impact run defender as a 3-4 defensive end.
19. N.Y. Giants - OLB Martez Wilson, Illinois
Wilson is a versatile, athletic linebacker that is reminiscent of Karlos Dansby, a player they were reportedly interested in last off-season. Wilson can play inside or outside in the Giants scheme, although their immediate need is probably outside since Clint Sintim has been a bust.
20. Tampa Bay - DE Aldon Smith, Missouri
A clear weakness for the Bucs is their lack of pass rush. Smith is a high-upside, super athletic pass rusher that had the potential to be a Top 10 pick had he stayed in a school a few more years.
21. Seattle - CB Aaron Williams, Texas
While the Seahawks have a lot of issues that need to be dealt with, their pass defense is one of those areas that could use major improvement as far as matchups go. Williams is a good fit because of his ability to play inside and outside, as well as having teh size and speed to match up with any receiver the Seahawks may see in the future.
22. Kansas City - WR Torrey Smith, Maryland
While they got a ton of production from Dwayne Bowe this year, their need for another explosive threat on the outside is too glaring to pass up on a player like Smith at this point. Smith has good size, speed, and can stretch the defense in a manner similar to Roddy White.
23. Indianapolis - OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State
The Colts neglected their O-line last off-season. They probably can't afford to do that again this year.
24. Philadelphia - OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
Ayers is a superb athlete that has the versatility to play the run, pass, and rush the passer, everything the Eagles rare looking for on the outside.
25. New Orleans - DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
The Saints need to get better on defense, and a lot of that improvement can be made if they get better pass rushers up front. Kerrigan fits in very well for them at left end.
26. Chicago - OT Nate Solder, Colorado
Solder needs some work, but he has the potential to play either side of the line in the pros, and should be a major step in the right direction for the Bears offense.
27. N.Y. Jets - OLB Justin Houston, Georgia
The Jets need to find better ways to generate a pass rush, and Houston is a good fit for that.
28. Baltimore - WR Jon Baldwin, Pittsburgh
The Ravens need more explosive weapons on offense, and Baldwin is a big receiver with vertical speed that can help add a big play element to their game.
29. Pittsburgh - OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
Questions abound on whether Carimi can play left tackle in the pros, but his size and physicality as a run blocker make him a good fit in Pittsburgh.
30. Atlanta - DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
The Falcons need to generate a pass rush was apparent in their playoff loss to the Packers. Clayborn had a down senior year, but has shown enough in previous years to think he has a chance to be a top NFL player.
31. Green Bay - DE Cameron Jordan, California
Jordan is a good fit to help the Packers up front at DE, as he should be able to make a smooth transition from Cal's 3-4 scheme to the pros.
32. New England - DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
Their need to find a suitable replacement for Richard Seymour up front makes Heyward a good choice who has similar size, strength, and motor.
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