Here’s a look at what SHOULD happen in the upcoming April draft.
1. St. Louis Rams: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
2. Detroit Lions: Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
While an offensive tackle to protect Matt Stafford might make more sense, this draft will definitely please any remaining Lions fans.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs: Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
The Bucs would love for this pass-rushing DT, who they reportedly have rated higher than Suh, to fall in their laps.
4. Washington Redskins: Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen
New coach, new QB. While Clausen is the most NFL-ready QB in the draft, I question how much room he has to improve.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung
They’ve invested a lot of money in Matt Cassel—they might as well protect him.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Tennessee FS Eric Berry
Welcome to Seattle, Pete Carroll—here is the draft’s most talented player.
7. Cleveland Browns: Florida CB Joe Haden
Who cares if he ran a little bit slow in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine? He is the top CB in the draft. A strong Florida Pro Day puts him back up at No. 7.
8. Oakland Raiders: Maryland OT Bruce Campbell
Can Al Davis really be this dumb? Yes. He takes another “workout warrior” from Maryland.
9. Buffalo Bills: Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga
Not even Peyton Manning would be able to perform in front of this O-line—offensive tackle is a necessity. They also need defensive help as they try to make the switch to the 3-4 defense.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant
They need an offensive playmaker, and after their risky signing of DE Aaron Kampman to fix their horrible pass rush, they can afford to take Bryant.
11. Denver Broncos: Georgia Tech OLB Derrick Morgan
Adding another pass rusher opposite Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil will strengthen this powerful defensive unit.
12. Miami Dolphins: Texas FS Earl Thomas
This is a bit early for Thomas, but after Miami refused to overpay for FS Antrel Rolle, they need a playmaker at safety. They get a very versatile option here in Thomas, who can either play CB or FS.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
Selecting Davis will allow QB Alex Smith to stay standing long enough to hit promising young targets Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Clemson RB C.J. Spiller
Seattle’s backfield is absolutely horrendous, and Spiller is the top RB in the 2010 draft class. Carroll is hoping all draft picks will be this easy.
15. New York Giants: Alabama LB Rolando McClain
He is NY’s ideal pick and will immediately make an impact in the middle. With McClain and Rolle in the mix, look for a revamped 2010 New York Giants.
16. Tennessee Titans: South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul
JP-P drops a bit here, and with Kyle Vanden Bosch off to Detroit, the Titans are happy to scoop up this athletic freak.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Texas OLB Sergio Kindle
This guy showed his stuff in the BCS National Championship game; now he will try to ignite a stagnant 49ers pass rush.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Idaho OG Mike Iupati
The Steelers would gladly scoop up this year’s top interior lineman, who will immediately push for a starting job.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Missouri OLB Sean Weatherspoon
He’s a high-character guy, which the NEW Atlanta Falcons value, and would provide them with a much needed defensive playmaker.
20. Houston Texans: Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
They reach a bit here for Wilson, but they must make up for the loss of free agent CB Dunta Robinson.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Michigan OLB/DE Brandon Graham
Graham would provide this abysmal defensive line with a pass rusher able to consistently get to the quarterback.
22. New England Patriots: Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham
Despite not playing last year due to injury, Gresham emerged as the top tight end prospect in the draft. Benjamin Watson’s departure makes this pick a necessity.
23. Green Bay Packers: Oklahoma OT Trent Williams
Even with the re-signings of Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, the Packers need to address their offensive line problems. Williams is able to develop under the two veteran tackles.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: USC DE Everson Griffen
The Eagles could really use another DE to work opposite Trent Cole. LB Brandon Spikes is also an option here after the departure of Will Witherspoon.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Tennessee DT Dan Williams
The Ravens' acquisition of Anquan Boldin has a great effect on the defense as well, as they are now free to acquire defensive-line depth.
26. Arizona Cardinals: USC OT Charles Brown
Whether they have Derek Anderson or Nick Lachey’s wingman Matt Leinart under center, they need somebody to block. Outside linebacker is another option, but the signing of Joey Porter alleviates that immediate need.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Florida OG/C Maurkice Pouncey
Dallas finally put it all together last year, winning their first playoff game under Wade Phillips, and now has the luxury of acquiring a high-quality super-sub in Pouncey.
28. San Diego Chargers: Alabama NT Terrence Cody
The man they call “Mt. Cody” has been criticized for his weight, but he has the potential to devour an inside running game. The departure of DT Jamal Williams makes Cody the priority over a new RB.
29. New York Jets: Notre Dame WR Golden Tate
This may be a bit of a reach, but Rex Ryan is feeling sassy after weight loss surgery and gives Mark Sanchez a new offensive weapon to play with.
30. Minnesota Vikings: UCLA DT Brian Price
The Vikes are fairly set on both sides of the ball and are able to take Price as insurance to the Williams wall plugging the middle of their D-line.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Florida State CB Patrick Robinson
After losing CBs Marlin Jackson and Tim Jennings to free agency, the Colts reach a little bit to take Robinson.
32. New Orleans Saints: Florida DE Carlos Dunlap
After letting Charles Grant go, the Super Bowl Champs will take a risk on Dunlap, who’s talented enough to make an immediate impact.
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