1.  Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB- While Newton may turn out to be a bust, he does have huge upside which is needed to bail out this failing franchise. A-
2.  Denver Broncos: Von Miller, LB- Miller is a versatile DE/OLB that will give the Broncos some needed pass rushing ability and star power on a defense in transition. A+
3.  Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT- Dareus will probably be seen at every defensive line position for the Bills as he is versatile enough to play inside and outside. A-
4.  Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR- This may be the Bengals final desperate attempt to appease frustrated QB Carson Palmer but I think it will be too little, too late leaving the Bengals with a talented WR with no QB to get him the ball. C+
5.  Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, CB- Peterson is an elite talent that can be paired with incumbent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to create a formidable duo in the Cards secondary. A+
6.  Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones, WR- Although giving an arm and a leg in a trade is not legal, the Falcons came pretty close as they traded this and next year’s 1st round picks and three other picks to the Browns to select Julio Jones. He better pan out. B
7.  San Francisco 49ers: Aldon Smith, DE- They passed on Prince Amukamara, who is widely said to be a perfect fit, to select Smith.  Apparently they liked his pass-rushing ability but he is undersized and may be a liability in the run game. B-
8.  Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, QB- First big surprise when the Titans passed on Gabbert to select Locker.  Locker’s ability and intangibles are undeniable but his accuracy needs to improve to become a good NFL QB. B
9.  Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, OT- Finally, the Cowboys decided that an offensive line to protect Romo might be important and selecting Smith to pair with left tackle Doug Free is a good step towards that goal. A
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert, QB- Jaguars apparently were so tempted by Gabbert’s semi-fall down the draft that they traded up with the Washington Redskins to select him.  He was rated by most as the second best QB in this draft. B+
11. Houston Texans: J.J. Watt, DE- The Texans are switching to a 3-4 defense and having a sturdy run stuffing defensive end like Watt is vital. A
12. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB- While this pick is definitely a reach, Ponder is considered to be perhaps the most “NFL ready” prospect in the draft and he has weapons around him to compete but will he be able to minimize the mistakes he was prone to in college? C+
13. Detroit Lions: Nick Fairley, DT- Pairing NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Ndamukong Suh with Fairley is a scary DT duo but Lions passed on Amukamara who would fill a gigantic hole at the CB position. B+
14. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, DE- Quinn was suspended for his entire final year in college otherwise he could have easily been a top-5 pick.   B+
15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, OG- Pouncey’s brother, Maurkice, is probably the better player but Mike could still be a very good inside lineman for a decade.  B+
16. Washington Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan, DE- The Redskins were able to trade down, accumulate valuable draft picks and still select an impact player. But will he follow the path of many other Big-10 defensive end busts? B
17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT- Apparently the Matt Light era is over and the rebuilding of an offensive line to protect perhaps the most valuable player in the NFL begins. B+
18. San Diego Chargers: Corey Liuget, NT- Liuget is not the behemoth that many space eating Nose Tackles are in 3-4 schemes but he could potentially bulk up and become the vital run-stuffing NT that the Chargers need. A-
19. NY Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB- This is an absolutely amazing value for the Giants to select a top-10 player at 19 and at a position of need.  Prince is not quite the playmaker that Peterson is but he will be a solid complimentary piece in a great defense. A
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE- Clayborn may be the least talented DE selected in the first round and the Bucs will be relying heavily on Clayborn who may disappoint. C+
21. Cleveland Browns: Phil Taylor, DT- This was a slight reach and Taylor fits more of the 3-4 scheme in my opinion as he won’t be very effective in pass rushing but he will be able to stop the run.  B-
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT- Costanzo is a mammoth and when a team has a chance to add protection for Peyton Manning, it is never a bad idea. A
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Danny Watkins, OT- Watkins is a great story that will be written about ad nauseum but he is an important pick for the Eagles as he will protect Vick’s backside at right tackle. B+
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan, DE- Jordan has the athleticism and strength to become the best DE selected in this draft and the Saints could really use an edge rusher.  A
25. Seattle Seahawks: James Carpenter, OT- Carpenter is the least athletic lineman taking in the draft and while that is not a deal-breaker, it is definitely not a good sign. Carpenter may be a depth offensive line player at best. C
26. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Baldwin, WR- The Chiefs had a desperate need for another option besides Bowe at WR and Baldwin has some of Larry Fitgerald’s skills so this may prove to be a huge win for the Chiefs. B+
27. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, CB- The Ravens’ secondary were exposed at times last year and they were able to grab the second most talented CB in this year’s draft. Smith has character concerns but was able to answer most of them during the combine interviews. A
28. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, RB- I do not understand this pick as Ingram does not fit the Saints spread attack offense. He is not much of a pass catcher and I believe he will only be an average running back in any NFL offense. But we will see what they have in mind for Ingram.  D-
29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT- The Bears obviously need plenty of help on the offensive line and Carimi is a beast but he is a better run blocker than pass blocker which does not necessarily mesh with what the Bears would like to do offensively. B
30. NY Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE- The Jets biggest need by far was a 3-4 DE and there were two DE that were there to fill that need, apparently the Jets liked Wilkerson better which left… B-
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, DE- The Steelers were able to grab Heyward after the Jets selected Wilkerson instead. I think Heyward is the better player. A-
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT- The defending national champions were able to get through last year with an over-performing line but now they upgraded the tackle position by taking Sherrod with the last pick in the first round. A


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