1) Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Same as last time. The Colts are going to get their replacement to Peyton Manning. Luck has everything that a team could want in a franchise quarterback. It almost seems unfair that the Colts get the chance to draft two franchise quarterbacks back to back.
2) Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Remember what we said about Andrew Luck? Pretty much the same things applies Robert Griffin III. He brings great athleticism to the position and can make all the throws needed in the NFL. Washington fans are finally getting a franchise quarterback after waiting for so many years.
3) Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, T, USC
The Vikings picked Christian Ponder last year, and now they have to build around him. They have decent receivers and a great running game, so the biggest issue is keeping Ponder upright. Kalil is a dominate tackle who should be a cornerstone for the Vikings for years to come.
4) Cleveland Browns- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
I know that Hillis is gone, but a talent like Blackmon is just to good for the Browns to pass up. The Browns may have the worst group of receivers in the league. Blackmon is a receiver who plays physical and seems to always make the big catch. The Browns are getting the best receiver they have had since Braylon Edwards. Colt McCoy is going to get another shot. If the team doesn't do well, they will have the chance to draft Matt Barkley next year. Why not have a great receiver for him if McCoy fails? This is a win/win situation.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
The Bucs need help at corner, there is no question about that. I know they just signed Eric Wright, but Ronde Barber is not getting any younger. Claiborne is a phenomenal talent who can shut down half the field. With the signings that the team made during the off-season, this could be a much more dangerous team than people think.
6) St. Louis Rams- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I know that the Rams need weapons for Bradford, but Steven Jackson can't keep taking a beating forever. Richardson is a back who can do everything a team could ask of a running back. There will be some talented receivers available in the second round for the Rams to take. Why not get some future security and a weapon for Bradford in the same pick?
7) Jacksonville Jaguars- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
I had the Jaguars taking Melvin Ingram originally, but the team needs help for Gabbert. Jones-Drew can't be expected to carry the team. Floyd is an elite receiver who can go up and get jump balls and also withstand going over the middle. He has good hands and proved he has the speed to play in the NFL and be a number 1 receiver at the combine.
8) Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Regardless of if Tannehill is worth a first round pick, the Dolphins are once again going to try to find the successor to Dan Marino. Tannehill has climbed up the boards of several teams, but he still has question marks. The Dolphins lost out on Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, and Peyton Manning this year, and they will not let Tannehill fall.
9) Carolina Panthers- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
I orginally had Poe being selected here, but Cox has been flying up draft boards. He will help provide a soild interior prensence for the Panthers as they continue to rebuild the team. They had a good draft last year, and starting of with Cox will go a long way towards having that kind of success a second year in a row.
10) Buffalo Bills- Riley Reiff, T, Iowa
With Bell leaving to join the Eagles, the Bills suddenly have a huge hole at left tackle. Reiff is a consistent and solid lineman who can block well for both the run and the pass. With Floyd off the board, the Bills will shore up their offensive line. Reiff is going to carry on the tradition of the Big 10 producing quality linemen year in and year out.
11) Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, G, Stanford
This team has some good weapons around Matt Cassel and has a great defense. Injuries really hurt this team last year. The Chiefs can grab one of the best guards to come out of college football in a long time in David Decastro. With such a run oriented system, DeCastro can plug and play from day one.
12) Seattle Seahawks- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
This may be one of the best picks of the draft. All that Kuechly has done is silence his critics time and time again. He has great instincts and flys around the field. With the departure of David Hawthorne to the Saints, the Seahawks could really use some help at linebacker
13) Arizona Cardinals- Jonathan Martin, T, Standford
Martin is a great tackle who should help keep whoever is playing quarterback for the Cardinals upright. He is an excellent blocker and can play either left or right tackle. Coupled with Levi Brown, the Cardinals could have a great set of tackles.
14) Dallas Cowboys- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples will give Dallas the help they need at DE. He didn't always play to his fullest over his college career, but his talent is too good for Jerry Jones to pass up. If he steps up to his potential, he could be a nightmare for opposing teams in the NFC East.
15) Philadelphia Eagles- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram is a great player who should bolster the Eagles linebacking corps. He comes from one of the best defenses in college football and wowed at the combine. I expect him to be a big contributor for Philly.
16) New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
The Jets need to generate a better pass rush, that is how their defense works. Upshaw has been up and down on draft boards, but I look for the Jets to take the chance and draft him at 16. If he pans out, he could be a great pickup for a defense that is quickly aging.