9. Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Castonzo, OT BC
Tyron Smith, OT from USC, has been the popular projection here for a while. My sense is Jerry Jones will go another route, instead taking an NFL ready guy who can step in from day one at right tackle.
10. Washington Redskins - Blaine Gabbert, QB Missouri
Mike Shanahan thanks his lucky stars as the Missouri QB falls all the way to No. 10. Donovan McNabb isn't the answer, nor is Rex Grossman (obviously). Gabbert was the projected No. 1 overall pick for much of the offseason and offers great value here.
11. Houston Texans - Prince Amukamara, CB Nebraska
Colorado CB Jimmy Smith may be the most talented d-back in the draft, but character concerns make him too much of a risk here. Prince has a great work ethic and solid technique. He'll be a day one starter for the Texans' beleaguered secondary.
12. Minnesota Vikings - Tyron Smith, OT USC
If Locker had fallen to this spot, the Vikings probably would've nabbed him. They'll also give Ryan Mallett a good long look, but opt instead to draft the best OT in the class. He may need a few years to develop, but Smith has the potential to be a multi-year Pro Bowl selection.
13. Detroit Lions - Jimmy Smith, CB Colorado
Though reports came out this morning that Smith failed three drug tests, his talent is too much to pass up at this point. He'll offer an immediate upgrade to a shoddy defensive backfield.
14. St. Louis Rams - Nick Fairley, DT Auburn
The fall for Fairley stops at No. 14. The Rams have drafted a slew of defensive linemen over the last few years with varying results, but Fairley is too much of a talent for the Rams to not grab here. Another blue chip talent in the first round for the second straight year.
15. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Mallett, QB Arkansas
Though the Dolphins would have you believe otherwise, the team knows Chad Henne isn't their guy. And oh, by the way, the 'Phins have a pretty good history with big, immobile QBs with drug concerns and huge arms.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - Ryan Kerrigan, DE Purdue
The Jags select another DE in the first round, this time the ultra-hard working Ryan Kerrigan. While he's not an exceptional athlete, he has a very high floor and should contribute early.
17. New England Patriots - Cam Jordan, DE Cal
Jordan had a monster Senior Bowl and proved he's one of the elite DEs in a class filled with them. He's an ideal 3-4 defensive end and offers a great replacement for Richard Seymour, the player the Pats gave up to receive this pick.