The position rankings have all been compiled. What remains are four rounds of NFL draft selections based on need, availability, and talent.
With the NFL Draft starting on Thursday, April 22nd, here is how I see the first four rounds of the draft playing out.
Any opinions or questions are welcomed in the comment section.
1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
If you have the first overall selection and you need a franchise quarterback, there's only one option. It's difficult to justify committing that type of money for any other position besides QB.
2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Lions need a defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh is the best defensive tackle in the draft. It's that simple.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs need immediate help on their defensive line, specifically, defensive tackle. Gerald McCoy will enter week one as the best player on their defensive line and quite possibly the best player on their entire defense.
4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
With Mike Shanahan in town, the Redskins will rely heavily on zone blocking schemes in the running game. Okung is athletic enough to get down field and strong enough to block in a man-to-man scheme.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bryan Bulaga's arm length is considered borderline to play left tackle in the NFL. With Branden Albert still on track to become the Chiefs starting left tackle, Bulaga will be a perfect fit at right tackle.
6. Seattle Seahwaks - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Seahawks offensive line coach, Alex Gibbs, is known for his zone-blocking schemes. Trent Williams athleticism makes him a perfect fit to play tackle in Gibbs' scheme.
7. Cleveland Browns - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry's potential team depends on how all the picks shake-out ahead of him. He goes no higher than fourth and no lower than seventh.
The Browns need help at nearly every position, picking Berry seventh overall would be addressing one of their needs, while taking the best player available.
8. Oakland Raiders - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Al Davis is never one to shy away from picking the best athlete on the board, regardless of the risk. With Pierre-Paul, he would fill in a need at both outside linebacker and defensive end.
9. Buffalo Bills - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Given the run on offensive tackles, the Bills are forced to look elsewhere. Dan Williams is the much needed game changer on the defensive line.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Jaguars drafted Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in 2008, unfortunately, neither of them lived up to potential. For this reason, the Jags might be a little trigger shy to go after another defensive end, but their league low of 14 sacks in 2009 will be enough incentive.
11. Denver Broncos - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Broncos have several needs and cornerback isn't the top priority, but the Broncos shouldn't pass on Haden. Alphonso Smith has been a disappointment and Champ Bailey isn't getting any younger.
Haden is a shutdown corner, who will benefit from the Broncos pass rush.
12. Miami Dolphins - Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Dolphins have three confirmed starters in their secondary (Sean Smith, Yeremiah Bell, Vontae Davis), with one glaring hole at safety. Earl Thomas gives them a home run threat at the position, and rounds out a very young and talented secondary.
13. San Fransisco 49ers - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Niners will try to employ a three-back system, with Glen Coffee, Frank Gore and Spiller. In my opinion, this will be a best case scenario for Spiller's success in the NFL. San Fransisco ranked last in PR yardage and near the bottom in KR as well; with Spiller, they could rank at the top in 2010.
14. Seattle Seahawks - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Matt Hasselbeck's career as a starter could be over, and Charlie Whitehurst is an experiment at this point. Clausen would be a prudent pick for the team with the most uncertainty at QB in the NFL.
15. New York Giants - Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The Giants recently released Antonio Pierce, without having an obvious replacement on their current roster. If the Giants pass on McClain, there's a chance than Sean Lee won't be available by pick 46, leaving the Giants in a desperate situation for starting MLB.
16. Tennessee Titans - Everson Griffen, DE, USC
This could be a reach at 16th overall, but with that said, if anyone can manage "problem defensive linemen" it would be Jeff Fisher. If he can harness that talent, Kyle Van Den Bosch will be a distant memory.
17. San Fransisco 49ers - Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
San Fransisco needs an offensive tackle, but given the talent pool remaining, the Niners will likely save that selection for the second round. Sergio Kindle fills another major need, the pass rush.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
If the Steelers pass on Dez Bryant, they will be without a number one receiver for the foreseeable future. The 2011 draft class won't produce a talent like Dez Bryant and the free agent window for receiver has already closed.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Even with the acquisition of Dunta Robinson, the Falcons are still in need of more depth at corner. Playing the Saints twice a season, the Falcons need the best cover corners available, with Robinson and Wilson, they go from a push over in 2009 to a force in 2010.
20. Houston Texans - Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
One thing kept Houston out of the playoffs last season, their run game. The blame fell primarily on the running backs, but their line didn't hold up their end of the bargain either. Maurkice Pouncey can play guard or center and will give the Texans' line a boost in toughness and talent.
21. Cincinatti Bengals - Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
I'm not 100 percent confident the Bengals will take him off the board, simply because Marvin Lewis isn't the biggest proponent of tight ends in the pass game. That said, he'll likely be the best player available at the 21st pick and may be too good to pass up.
22. New England Patriots - Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
Richard Seymour has left a massive hole in the Patriots defensive line. It's no secret that the Patriots have their sights set on this dynamic defensive tackle.
Given the layout of the first 21 picks, there's a strong likelihood that Odrick will fall right on the Patriot's doorstep.
23. Green Bay Packers - Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
With Al Harris' season in doubt, the Packers need another cover corner. If they don't select a corner in the first two rounds, Charles Woodson might need to cover the slot and the outside WRs.
24. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
To best make use of a player like Brandon Graham, his future team will need to line him up in different positions and allow him to attack the QB from different angles. The Eagles, who are still using most of Jim Johnson's blitzing schemes, would make the best use of Brandon Graham's unique talents.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
With Samari Rolle retired, Ladarius Webb coming off an ACL injury, and Ed Reed contemplating retirement, the Ravens will be looking for depth in the secondary.
McCourty fits the mold of a Baltimore Raven—savvy enough not to make mistakes, reckless enough to intimidate the offense.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Sean Weatherspoon, OLB/ILB, Missouri
With the loss of Karlos Dansby, Sean Weatherspoon is probably the next best thing. He could transition from inside to outside linebacker and the Cardinals could move him around as freely as they see fit. More importantly, this is the type of guy you draft to be the future leader of your defense.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
With a talented group of offensive linemen available, teams at the top of the board won't risk drafting a problematic player. If the Cowboys could land a talent like Davis at 27, they'd have no option but to draft him.
28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Improving upon their 31st ranked rushing attack is priority number one. Mathews gives the Chargers an every down back, while Darren Sproles can continue to contribute like he has been.
29. New York Jets - Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
The Jets have addressed a lot of their needs through free agency, giving them some flexibility in what they're able to do in the draft.
With Kris Jenkins still recovering from an ACL injury, they have an opportunity to draft a future nose tackle who could be invaluable in the red zone.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
With Pat Williams nearing the end of his contract— and possibly his career—the Vikings will be in the market for a defensive tackle. Pat Williams has big shoes to fill, but with the support from the rest of the front seven, Brian Price could be a nice fit in Minnesota.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
The Colts have very few holes, on either side of the ball. In drafting Iupati, the Colts draft the best player available, while also improving their run-blocking abilities.
32. New Orleans Saints - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Comparing Colt McCoy to Drew Brees is borderline ridiculous, as the only similarity is their height. This has absolutely nothing to do with it.
The Saints will draft a QB 32nd overall, because they need a QB. Colt McCoy would be a viable insurance plan, should something happen to Drew Brees.
33. St. Louis Rams - Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
In drafting Sam Bradford, the receiving corps of Donnie Avery and Laurent Robinson just aren't going to cut it. With Thomas, the Rams would gain a big target with play making ability. Thomas has shown an ability to get open and catch less than ideal passes, something which he may have to get used to in his rookie season.
34. Detroit Lions - Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Someone will take a chance on this kid and they'll probably take it early. If he's on the board for pick 34, the Lions will take him, and he will likely be the best corner on their roster to open up training camp.
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Bucs currently rely on undrafted Donald Penn to protect their blind side. If Charles Brown is available at 35, the Bucs should invest in the longevity of their franchise quarterback.
36. Kansas City Chiefs - Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
The Chiefs ranked 31st against the run last season and not only is their defense not getting anymore talented, they're not getting any younger either.
With Mike Vrabel in the twilight of his career, this could be the perfect time to introduce a player like Washington.
37. Philadelphia Eagles - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
I have the Eagles drafting Brandon Graham at 22, but he'll likely transition from DE to OLB with regularity. Based on Dunlap's tape, he likely won't be a full-time starter from day one. Splitting snaps between Dunlap and Graham could create numerous matchup problems for their opposition.
38. Cleveland Browns - Jahvid Best, RB, California
There is a laundry list of teams who will look at Best between the end of the first round and early second. I could see Best going to San Diego, New York, Minnesota, New Orleans, Detroit and a handful of other teams.
The only thing keeping him off those rosters would be greater need at other positions. If the Browns allow him to pass them by, they deserve everything they get.
39. Oakland Raiders - Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah
With his recent draft disappointments, I have faith that Al Davis will have a new outlook on the 2010 draft. This pick is a small compromise for Davis. He fills a position which he thought was a glaring weakness in 2010, while still selecting a player that will likely help the team.
40. San Diego Chargers - Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
With Vincent Jackson facing a possible suspension for his DUI charge in February, Benn could have an immediate impact on their return game, and potentially be called upon to play flanker for Malcolm Floyd in one of the best passing games in football.
41. Buffalo Bills - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The Bills need help everywhere, but with Terrell Owens leaving town, they will need a legitimate second option at WR. James Hardy still has some potential, but his career up until now has been a serious disappointment.
The Bills will be cautious not to make the same mistakes. I'm not certain that Tate makes sense for their team, but he will be the best WR available when their pick rolls around.
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morgan Burnett, FS, Georgia Tech
Tampa has three picks inside the first 42 of the draft, all three of which could be paramount to their success in the coming years. Morgan Burnett was unable to workout at the Combine because of a hamstring injury.
At the Georgia Tech pro day, he posted the highest recorded numbers in the broad jump (11'8") and short shuttle (3.92sec), demonstrating tremendous explosiveness.
43. Denver Broncos - Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami: The Broncos are in serious need of options in their passing game. Tony Scheffler is on his way out of town, Brandon Marshall has already left. Jimmy Graham could be the next Antonio Gates, the Broncos can't afford to leave him on the board.
44. New England Patriots - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
Rob Gronkowski is the best combination tight end in the 2010 draft. Primarily, Gronkowski is a receiver, but his blocking skills are NFL ready.
45. Denver Broncos - Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois
Some would consider this a reach for Asamoah, I'm sure the Broncos won't. With Cutler and Marshall leaving town, the Broncos will be more dependent on the running game. Interior linemen is a major area of need, if the Broncos pass on Asamoah, there's a considerable drop in talent for the later prospects.
46. New York Giants - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Teams looking for immediate help in pass protection will likely pass on Campbell. The Giants have the security of two starting tackles, but they're lacking in depth. They could groom Campbell to eventually take over from the declining Kareem MacKenzie.
47. New England Patriots - Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
The Pats biggest need going into 2010 is a pass rusher, and with Jerry Hughes they could be selecting the best pass rushing DE/OLB on the board.
Usually Belichick has success in the draft because of his savvy, but this time around it's just dumb luck that a talent like Hughes could fall into his lap.
48. Carolina Panthers - Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
Ricky Sapp is eerily similar to another big time ACC recruit, Julius Peppers. Pep was bigger(6'7" 283lbs), and far more experienced, but if Ricky Sapp can maximize his potential, there is a real possibility that he could recover some of the skill that was lost in the 2010 offseason.
49. San Fransisco 49ers - Nate Allen, FS, South Florida
Nate Allen is a leader on defense, who has tremendous instincts and awareness as a defensive back. Allen can hit like a linebacker and cover like a corner.
50. Kansas City Chiefs - Anthony McCoy, TE, USC
With the acquisition of Thomas Jones, the Chiefs will shift to a run-oriented offense in 2010. With the addition of McCoy, the Chiefs get the run-blocking support they'll require, with a much needed threat in the passing game.
51. Houston Texans - Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
With the addition of Houston, the Texans add a situational pass rusher and a future starter at defensive tackle. The front seven for the Texans becomes one of the youngest and most dangerous in the AFC.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dexter McCluster, WR, Ole Miss
The Steelers are in search of a dynamic back as a change of pace from Rashad Mendenhall. The Steelers are looking for help on special teams, including kickoff and punt returns.
If Mike Wallace takes over for Santonio Holmes, the Steelers will be in need of a slot receivers. Dexter McCluster could simultaneously fill all three roles.
53. New England Patriots - Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
The Pats just gave big money to Leigh Bodden, but they're still in need of secondary depth. Last year, they grabbed SS Patrick Chung in the second round, I see them sticking to the same script this season.
54. Cincinnati Benglas - Taylor Mays, FS, USC
Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph have the man-to-man coverage abilities to give Cincinnati some flexibility at safety. Taylor Mays doesn't have the instincts or the ability to play man coverage in the NFL, but he could be a major asset against the run and in blitz packages.
55. Philadelphia Eagles - Chad Jones, SS, LSU
Marlin Jackson and Macho Harris have free safety all but locked up. Strong safety, on the other hand, will be a wide open competition this off season. If the Eagles believe that Jones can handle the coverages in the NFL, he would be a perfect fit for their blitz heavy offense.
56. Green Bay Packers - Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
With the loss of Aaron Kampmann, Corey Wootton appears to be the next best replacement available in the 2010 draft. The Packers have addressed their linebacker issues in recent years, in 2010, they'll address the rest of their front seven.
57. Baltimore Ravens - Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
Alex Carrington has all the nastiness necessary to be a Raven. The Ravens need another athlete in their pass rush. This sounds like a match made in heaven.
58. Arizona Cardinals - Tyson Alualu, DE/DT, California
Defensive line isn't a particular area of need for the Cardinals, but they won't be able to pass on Alualu's work ethic and motor. Versatile enough to play defensive end, defensive tackle, or even as a situational pass rusher from outside linebacker.
59. Dallas Cowboys - Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State
The Cowboys are one of the few teams in the league that have a decent measure of depth at almost every position. They have a glaring hole at LT and will need some secondary help, but most of 2009's starters will be starting in 2010.
The Cowboys are in a position where they can start building their future, while still getting production from their veterans. Sean Lee will wait in the wings for an aging Keith Brooking.
60. Seattle Seahawks - Damian Williams, WR, USC
Damian Williams is Pete Carroll's guy, he was in high school, he was in college, and he will be in the NFL. Carroll wants to bolster the Seahawks receiving corps, with Williams in the mix with Houshmanzadeh and Branch, he might have what it takes to have success through the air.
61. New York Jets - Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
Even with Shonn Greene and Leon Washington on their roster, the Jets don't have security at running back. Hardesty's elusiveness and creativity would give them a change of pace.
62. Minnesota Vikings - Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Although he's bigger than Chester Taylor, Gerhart could play a similar role behind Adrian Peterson. He'll need some work on his receiving skills, but he should be able to pick up pass blocking in a hurry.
As a third down back, the questions regarding his durability wouldn't be as much of a concern.
63. Indianapolis Colts - Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
Peyton Manning was subject to a revolving door of left tackles last season, the Indianapolis coaching staff were never pleased with Tony Ugoh or Charlie Johnson. The addition of Saffold likely won't play a role in 2010, but in the future, he could be given the assignment of protecting the franchise.
64. New Orleans Saints - Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
In Remi Ayodele and Sedrick Ellis, the Saints have two starting defensive tackles. However, with the potential departure of Anthony Hargrove, the Saints will be in need of some depth on their defensive line. With Joseph, the Saints get the depth they need, while also acquiring a tremendous prospect.
65. St. Louis Rams - Vladimir Ducasse, OT, UMass
Building their offense, one position at a time.
66. Detroit Lions - Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
Decker and Calvin Johnson could make for a great pairing.
67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida
A vertical threat with 4.4 speed.
68. Kansas City Chiefs - Myron Lewis, FS, Vanderbilt
Lewis is soaring up the draft board, the Chiefs can't afford to let him pass.
69. Oakland Raiders - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The Raiders need a leader and a quarterback. Problem Solved.
70. Philadelphia Eagles - Novarro Bowman, OLB, Penn State
Bowman could start from day one, great value in the third round.
71. Cleveland Browns - Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina
With Shaun Rogers in doubt, Cam Thomas could start from the onset.
72. Buffalo Bills - John Jerry, OT/OG, Ole Miss
Capable of playing both tackle and guard, the Bills could use both.
73. Miami Dolphins - Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Ricky Williams is expiring, Ronnie Brown is in hot water.
74. Jacksonville Jaguars - Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
14 sacks in 2009; that will change with Eric Norwood.
75. Chicago Bears - Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
2010 is a big season for Cutler, he'll need more option at receiver.
76. New York Giants - Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama
The Giants could use a slot corner and a punt returner.
77. Tennessee Titans - Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU
The Titans need a receiving threat, Dennis Pitta could have the best hands of any player remaining.
78. Carolina Panthers - Al Woods, DT, LSU
A big tackle who will impact their run defense.
79. San Fransisco 49ers - Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California
Thompson is a physical corner, who is slightly size deficient but a top-shelf slot corner.
80. Denver Broncos - Donald Butler, ILB, Washington
Might be a reach for Butler, but middle linebackers are a hot commodity.
81. Houston Texans - Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
A tremendous athlete and potential replacement for Dunta Robinson.
82. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
As a junior, Franks will need some time to develop.
83. Atlanta Falcons - Larry Asante, SS, Nebraska
A big physical safety who'll need to work on coverage skills.
84. Cincinnati Bengals - Austen Lane, DE, Murray State
A situational pass rusher who could move to DT if he gains some muscle.
85. Cleveland Browns - Jason Worilds, OLB, Va. Tech
Could be a key member of their future front seven.
86. Green Bay Packers - Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
Sneaky speed and sneaky size.
87. Philadelphia Eagles - Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
A major project, with a major upside.
88. Arizona Cardinals - Major Wright, SS, Florida: With Sean Morey gone, Major Wright will have an instant impact on special teams.
89. Arizona Cardinals - Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh
A dynamic athlete who could eventually play halfback.
90. Dallas Cowboys - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana (PA)
A threat in the return game, and depth at secondary.
91. San Diego Chargers - Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
At one time a potential first rounder, Jones' fall from grace could land him directly in San Diego's lap.
92. Cleveland Browns - Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
A powerful linemen, who could transition to end in the NFL.
93. Minnesota Vikings - Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati
Once the Brett Favre experiment is over, the Vikings will need a Plan B, now that they've let Tavaris and Sage die on the vine.
94. Indianapolis Colts - Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
The Colts aren't known for having athletes in the secondary, this might be a good place to start.
95. New Orleans Saints - Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
The Saints have a major need at linebacker, they'll take a shot with Spikes.
96. Cincinnati Bengals - Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida
Another case of Cincinnati taking the best player on the board.
97. Tennessee Titans - Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
Murphy's character has come into question, but the Titans are in need of talent at corner.
98. Atlanta Falcons - Brandon Lang, DE, Troy
Drawing obvious comparisons to DeMarcus Ware, Lang has the quickness and power to rush the passer in the NFL.
99. St. Louis Rams - Reshad Jones, SS, Georgia
100. Detroit Lions - Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
101. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida
102. Kansas City Chiefs - Darrell Stuckey, SS, Kansas
103. Washington Redskins - Kam Chancellor, FS, Va. Tech
104. Seattle Seahawks - Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
105. Cleveland Browns - Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
106. Oakland Raiders - Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia
107. Buffalo Bills - Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio St.
108. Jacksonville Jaguars - Walter Thurmond, CB, Oregon
109. Chicago Bears - Ed Wang, OT, Va. Tech
110. Miami Dolphins - Dekoda Watson, OLB, Florida St.
111. Tennessee Titans - Gregy Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
112. Carolina Panthers - Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
113. San Fransisco 49ers - John Skelton, QB, Fordham
114. Denver Broncos - Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
115. New York Giants - Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, DE/OLB, Washington
116. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
117. Atlanta Falcons - Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
118. Houston Texans - Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi St.
119. New England Patriots - James Starks, RB, Buffalo
120. Cincinatti Bengals - T.J. Ward, FS, Oregon
121. Philadelphia Eagles - Jarrett Brown, QB, West Virginia
122. Green Bay Packer - Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, Fresno St.
123. Arizona Cardinals - Roddrick Muckelroy, OLB, Texas
124. New York Jets - Mitch Petrus, OG, Arkansas
125. Dallas Cowboys - Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
126. San Diego Chargers - Clay Harbor, FB, Missouri St.
127. Seattle Seahawks - Joe McKnight, RB, USC
128. Minnesota Vikings - Kevin Thomas, CB, USC
129. Indianapolis Colts - Jonathan Crompton, QB, Tennessee
130. New Orleans Saints - O'Brien Schofield, OLB, Wisconsin
131. Cincinnati Bengals - Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati