The McNabb trade certainly changes Washington’s direction with the No. 4 pick.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
His Pro Day only cemented the fact that the Rams are taking Bradford with the first pick.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Suh is an option, but protecting Matthew Stafford is the smart thing to do. Matt Millen would want Dez Bryant with or without shoes.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Perhaps the best player in the draft goes third. Tampa takes a step in the right direction to restore their defense.
4. Washington Redskins: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
They just added a veteran QB that has a history of injuries. They better protect him.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Chiefs invested heavily in Matt Cassel last year, and brought in Thomas Jones this year. They need help in the trenches for Jamaal Charles and those two investments.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy might be the best player in the draft. He’s a great value at No. 6.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
They added Sheldon Brown at CB to bolster their secondary. They go one step forward by adding the top safety in the draft.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Big. Fast. Fills a need. Al Davis is hard to predict though.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Washington’s trade allows the Bills to get their future QB.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
My guess is that Jacksonville moves down. If not, they take the best CB in the draft. Haden salvaged his stock at his Pro Day.
11. Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
McClain is a great fit in the Bronco’s system. He’s also one of the top defensive players in the draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams will help plug a hole for the aging (and suspended) Jason Ferguson.
13. San Franciso 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The Niners need to improve at RT and Davis should fit the bill. If Haden is still around, he’ll likely be the pick.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
They’ll have to leave him a note to bring his cleats, because Bryant will upgrade their meager receiving corps.
15. New York Giants: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The G-Men thrive on putting pressure on the QB. Morgan gives them another weapon in their arsenal.
16. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Graham to Tennessee still makes sense. They need to get pressure on the likes of Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub.
17. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Nice change-of-pace back to Gore and an upgrade in the return game.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Polamalu’s injury made it obvious that safety is a need for the Steelers.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Jason Paul-Pierre, DE/LB, South Florida
The Falcons desperately need to improve their pass rush, hence Paul-Pierre. Paul-Pierre is raw, but full of talent.
20. Houston Texans: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
The Texans finally find an every down back.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal
Mays joins former USC teammate Rey Maualuga. His style is a match with Cincinnati’s and he fills a need.
22. New England Patriots: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
I’m torn between Gresham and Price. In the end, I think bolstering their defensive front is more of a need.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, Southern Cal
With Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, Kevin Williams, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and possibly Suh slated to get after Aaron Rodgers, the Pack need to strengthen their offensive line. Brown could be groomed into the eventual replacement for Chad Clifton.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
After trading Sheldon Brown, the Eagles suddenly find that they need a cornerback. The Eagles snatch up Kyle Wilson.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
I like Gresham as well, but after acquiring Anquan Boldin giving Flacco offensive weapons isn’t as high a priority—as crazy as that sounds coming from Baltimore. They instead bolster their defensive line with Odrick.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Cardinals have to go defense after the way they were abused in the playoffs. Kindle can help less the blow of Dansby’s departure.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The Cowboys are pretty thin at a glory position. After Miles Austin, there isn’t a lot of talent. Jerry Jones changes that with the Golden one.
28. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
In order to improve their defense, the Chargers need to plug up the middle. Cody is a behemoth that can do just that.
29. New York Jets: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
The Jets had the No. 1 defense last year, and already added CB Antonio Cromartie. What they need is another target for Mark Sanchez so he can avoid the sophomore slump.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
A second first-rounder from Rutgers: awesome. Cedric Griffin could miss a good chunk of the year after tearing his knee in the Saints’ loss. When he does return, he’ll likely be a step slower. A championship-level team can’t have such a glaring hole.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Colts use their first-round pick to add an offensive lineman to keep Peyton Manning off his back.
32. New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen, DE, Southern Cal
The Saints could use another DE to put pressure on opposing QBs.