1. Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This pick has been known for a long time. Luck is the best quarterback to enter the league in a decade or more. He’ll accelerate the rebuilding process in Indy.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams)—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
This is another pick that has been known for a while. The Redskins didn’t give up a massive amount to move up this far to take anything other than a franchise quarterback. Griffin will instill a winning culture in Washington.
3. Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Kalil is easily the best tackle in the draft, and will likely be in Pro Bowl contention as a rookie. He’s a smart move for a franchise that has a plethora of holes. He’ll protect the blindside of Minnesota quarterbacks for over a decade.
4. Cleveland Browns—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Browns still believe Colt McCoy can be a franchise quarterback if he has elite talent around him. Taking the best running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson is a nice place to start.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Best player available here for the Rams, and fills a need with Ronde Barber on the wrong side of 30 and Aqib Talib running into trouble with the law. Claiborne has the potential to be a top-10 corner in the league.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Rams need a legitimate receiving threat for franchise quarterback Sam Bradford. Taking the best receiver in the draft would be a smart move here. Floyd is a nice combo of Dwayne Bowe and Brandon Marshall.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
Blackmon is the second best receiver in a top-heavy class. Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert struggled mightily last season without a true receiving threat. Blackmon makes Gabbert’s development much easier.
8. Miami Dolphins—Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins failed multiple times this offseason to land a franchise quarterback. They won’t fail here. Tannehill is raw but has the potential to be a solid NFL quarterback down the road.
9. Carolina Panthers—Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
The Panthers need a defensive tackle that excels in all areas of the game and find one here in Cox. He can do it all, and he automatically upgrades the entire defensive unit.
10. Buffalo Bills—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Reiff is the second best tackle on the board and fits a need for the Bills nicely. Tackle was a weak point on the offense last year and Reiff provides an instant upgrade.
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Brockers is a freak athlete that will fit in nicely with the Chiefs' defense. He needs some time to develop, but it’s a smart pick for a team without a lot of glaring holes.
12. Seattle Seahawks—Nick Perry, DE, USC
It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks passing on such a talented player that fits such a crucial need. Pass-rush from the end position is a need, and Chris Clemons is aging fast.
13. Arizona Cardinals—Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina
Ingram’s slide ends here, and the Cardinals get a massive steal. Ingram fits a big need and is easily the best all-around outside linebacker in the draft.
14. Dallas Cowboys—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Cowboys aren’t quite done revamping the offensive line yet. Here they grab the best guard in the draft, and one of the best to come out in recent memory. He’ll be a mainstay on the offensive line for years.
15. Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Eagles had the worst linebacker unit in the NFL last season. It just so happens that the best inside linebacker in the draft falls to them here. Passing on Kuechly would be a horrible decision.
16. New York Jets—Quinton Coples, OLB, North Carolina
The Jets struggled to effectively rush the passer last season. Coples’ free-fall ends here, thanks to Rex Ryan. He upgrades the group significantly.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)—Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
The Bengals need a better pass-rusher across from Carlos Dunlap. Upshaw is a talent that can play multiple positions and provide a spark to an already elite unit.
18. San Diego Chargers—Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Chargers need to realize that Quentin Jammer is aging fast and now would be a good time to replace him. Gilmore is the best corner left and fills a big need defensively.
19. Chicago Bears—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The Bears need another receiving threat across from the newly acquired Brandon Marshall. Wright plays much bigger than he is and will benefit greatly from playing across from Marshall.
20. Tennessee Titans—Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
The Titans’ interior offensive line is an absolute mess and signing a washed up Steve Hutchinson doesn’t fix things. Glenn is an immediate upgrade that will open up massive running lanes for Chris Johnson.
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Bengals need to take a corner high to look toward the future as Leon Hall and Jason Allen are the only corners under contract after next season. Kirkpatrick can play both corner and safety, so Marvin Lewis will love him.
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons)—Jonathan Marin, OT, Stanford
Cleveland has to do a better job of protecting Colt McCoy before they simply start over at the position. The right tackle spot gave up seven sacks last year. That won’t happen again with Martin starting there.
23. Detroit Lions—Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Strong safety was an absolute joke for the Lions last year. Barron is falling because of injuries, but he won’t get past the Lions here. He’s a huge upgrade to an average secondary.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers—Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
The Steelers need to find a replacement for Casey Hampton, and Poe is a natural fit. Poe is a freak athlete that should excel in the Steelers’ defense.
25. Denver Broncos—Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.
The Broncos need to replace Brodrick Bunkley’s presence quickly, and Worthy is a good way to do that. He’s efficient against the run and has the ability to get to the quarterback.
26. Houston Texans—Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The Texans are going to take a receiver here and the best one left on the board is Hill. Hill is a freak that will give the Texans yet another impressive piece to their already dominant offense.
27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints)—Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
The Patriots have a plethora of needs on the defensive side of the ball and Mercilus is a good way to start. He’s a versatile pass-rusher that will add a spark to the mediocre unit.
28. Green Bay Packers—Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St.
Green Bay needs a solid pass-rushing presence opposite of Clay Matthews, who had a down year last season. McClellin changes the dynamic of the entire defense by being able to generate an effective rush as well.
29. Baltimore Ravens—Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
The Ravens have hinted they would like to find Ray Lewis’s successor here. Hightower is a good candidate for the job and will have time to learn from the Hall-of-Famer.
30. San Francisco 49ers—Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
The 49ers need to upgrade the right guard spot, and Zeitler is a great option here. He’ll start from day one and give the receivers more time to get open downfield.
31. New England Patriots—Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, Connecticut
New England needs to find talented youth at the defensive end position to fill out their 3-4 scheme. Reyes has all the traits the Pats are looking for, and he seems like the obvious pick here.
32. New York Giants—Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
With the Giants losing their starting tight ends to injury, it’s without a question the reigning champs will address the position in the draft. Here the champs get the best tight end in the draft.