After the NFL revealed the final order of the NFL draft yesterday, I thought it would be a perfect time to give you my prediction of what the first round of this year's draft will look like.
Pick No. 1 - St. Louis Rams select DT Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)
I believe the Rams go with the 6'4", 300 lb. defensive tackle here to help solidify their defensive line.
The Rams could also choose Gerald McCoy here, but I think it would be foolish for the Rams to pass on this Heisman candidate, given his one extra year of experience he has over McCoy.
Pick No. 2 - Detroit Lions select DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)
Detroit was very inconsistent defending the run last year and barely got pressure on the QB, so I'm looking for the Lions to take McCoy to try and give their defensive line an added boost for the 2010-2011 season.
Pick No. 3 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers select CB Joe Haden (Florida)
Tampa Bay is a team with many needs but one of their biggest needs can be filled by drafting a very impressive Joe Haden.
Tampa Bay will draft the hometown Haden in order to add a physical presence to the Tampa Bay secondary and deal with the aging Ronde Barber.
Pick No. 4 - Washington Redskins select OT Russel Okung (Oklahoma State)
At pick No. 4 I expect the Redskins to try and help replace and aging offensive line by drafting an Okung. I like Okung a lot because of his abilities to be an effective pass protector and run blocker.
With this pick, the Redskins will help improve the play of both Clinton Portis and Jason Campbell which could help get rid of their offensive woes from last year.
Pick No. 5 - Kansas City Chiefs select OT Anthony Davis (Rutgers)
Kansas City is in desperate need on an offensive lineman this year and with no potential suitors in the free agency market this year, I expect the Chiefs to fill their need with Anthony Davis.
Davis has excellent size and all the right stuff to help protect Matt Cassel next year. Even though it has been said that he might slip in the draft due to poor conditioning, I think that KC looks past that because of the potential Davis has.
Pick No. 6 - Seattle Seahawks select QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)
Having been passed on by Washington, I think the Seahawks will be extremely happy to draft Clausen at pick No. 6.
Clausen in my opinion is the safest choice at QB in this year's draft. New head coach Pete Carroll will take Clausen because he has seen the skills and potential that Clausen has and he needs someone to eventually replace the injury prone 35-year old Matt Hasselbeck.
Pick No. 7 - Cleveland Browns select S Eric Berry (Tennessee)
Cleveland will be looking to solidify their secondary, and Eric Berry will be their man. Berry is a great playmaker who is great in coverage but also a great physical player.
Even though Cleveland has a glaring problem on offense, I think it will be too tough to pass on a player of Berry's caliber.
Pick No. 8 - Oakland Raiders select OT Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)
Oh Al Davis, I wish I knew what you think when you are drafting players.
Oakland's pick here is somewhat of a question mark to me, so I'm just going to go with what I know and predict that Oakland decides to start fixing their offensive line by drafting Bulaga.
Bulaga is a great well rounded player who will fit right in to the Raiders offensive line (if only he could teach JaMarcus Russell how to play QB).
Pick No. 9 - Buffalo Bills select QB Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)
Buffalo is in desperate need of a QB and could also use this pick to fix their offensive line, but at pick No. 9 the Bills will take Bradford. The Bills would love to have Jimmy Clausen, but do not want to have to give up picks to move up in the draft.
Bradford will be the Bills next best alternative and will improve their offense as long as he stays healthy. Bradford has a lot of talent but his health is one issue that may keep some teams away from him.
Pick No. 10 - Jacksonville Jaguars select DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Many people think Jacksonville will try to attract more fans by drafting QB Time Tebow from Florida, but I think that would be a waste of a top 10 pick as there as numerous questions surrounding Tebow's snaps from under center and his slow release.
Jacksonville will still attract some fans by drafting Pierre-Paul, but the Jags seem to be interested more in a DE than in a huge question mark aka Tim Tebow.
Pick No. 11 - Denver Broncos select ILB Rolando McClain (Alabama)
If Brandon Marshall is dealt, I think Denver drafts Dez Bryant, but I don't think that's going to happen, so the Broncos will take McClain at pick 11.
McClain is a great player who could easily transition into the Broncos defensive system. McClain will be a safe pick here and should make an immediate impact on the Broncos defense.
Keep a lookout for my next set of picks which should be up by 2/27...