You Are On the Clock!
The draft is upon us. The experts have made their prediction, the GMs have made up their draft boards and the first two picks have been made in most people’s minds. Everyone other than Indy and Washington still has decisions to make, and we think we have a pretty good feel for who will be taken and when tonight. The following picks were made considering there will be no trades, which probably will not be the case, but regardless, we’re confident in our stance. Enjoy the draft and lets hope all our teams fill in their needs, especially the Jets, although they might have too many to take care of…1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This pick has been a forgone conclusion since the end of the season. Indy cut the best player in their franchise history, and they are hoping Luck is the man to replace a legend. All scouts are saying he’s the best QB to come out of college since Peyton himself, but only time will tell. He seems like a good kid who handles himself the right way.
2.Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
The Redskins gave up 3 first round picks and a second round pick to get into position to draft RG3. Based on all scouting reports, this was the correct move to make. Many believe he will have an immediate impact that matches Cam Newton’s of last year, which would be almost impossible. The fact that there has been debate about who the Colts should take with the first tells us everything we need to know about RG3.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Matt Kalil is thought to be the best non-quarterback in the draft and it looks as if the Vikings will pick him with the third pick. Minnesota needs to protect Christian Ponder, as he was put on his ass way too much last year. Also, a stud Offensive lineman will only help Adrian Peterson, the Vikes best offensive weapon.
4.Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Trent Richardson is be far the most explosive RB in the draft. In his career at Alabama he rushed for 3,130 yards and 35 TDs. Cleveland is in need of skill players so Richardson should be their pick at the fourth spot.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Ronde Barber has retired and Aqib Talib might be going to jail, so it looks like Claiborne provided a need the Bucs can’t pass up. Ron Cooper, the LSU secondary coach was hired this offseason to coach Tampa’s defensive backs, so it looks like the fit for Claiborne is perfect
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
St. Louis has a huge need for a receiver, especially if they want Sam Bradford to excel. Bradford has lacked a big play receiver, as Brandon Lloyd has been a total bust in St. Louis. Blackmon is explosive and can do everything you need a WR to do in the NFL.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Cox is thought to be the best pass-rusher in the draft, which is rare from the Tackle position. Jacksonville seems like they are constantly in a rebuilding mode, and defenses are best built from the inside out. We have seen how a dominant DT like Suh can change a franchise, so Cox makes sense in Jacksonville.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins wanted a QB in the worse way, but failed in signing Manning, Matt Flynn and even Alex Smith. Tannehill might be a reach at #8, but the Dolphins are desperate to fill this position and will grab the third best QB in the draft.
9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE/DT, North Carolina
Coples is a local kid, playing his ball at North Carolina. He fills the defensive need that the Panthers have up front, and he would definitely bolster the Carolina pass rush from either the D End or Tackle positions.
10. Buffalo Bills: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
The Bills signed Mario Williams and have obviously stressed improving their defense. Barron is the strongest Safety in the draft, and in a division loaded with TE’s like Rob Gronkoswki, they will take Barron to attempt to compete in the AFC East.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
DeCastro is considered to be the best Guard coming into the NFL in a very long time. After years of protecting Andrew Luck, look for Kansas City to take a flier on David. The Chiefs need to improve their offensive line, especially on the interior. This will help Jamal Charles bounce back and give Matt Cassell some more time to find his big play makers.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Luke Kuechly had a fantastic combine and Seattle has a great need for linebacker help. Kuechly is the best inside LB in the draft, and has all the skills that will cause him to be a mainstay in the middle of Seattle’s defense for years to come.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Cardinals’ offensive line was horrible last year, and they need to do something to help Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald make plays. Reiff might be a reach but they need to upgrade their protection.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Michael Brockers, DE/DT, LSU
Michael Brockers will provide the Dallas defense an interior pressure that will compliment DeMarcus Ware as he plays the end. Rob Ryan’s defense was disappointing last year, and if they could sure up that side of the ball, they would have a much better shot of competing in a strong division. Brockers can pressure the QB from the middle and end spots on the field, something Jerry Jones would love to see from his Boys.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Asante Samuel was just traded to Atlanta, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be a free agent after this season, so the Eagles will have a strong need at the CB position. The Eagles play in a division with dangerous WR’s, and Gilmore looks to be the best prospect at this pick. The Eagles offense is in place, so look for them to bolster the defense with Gilmore.
16. New York Jets: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
There has been debate about whether or not Floyd is the best WR in the draft period. The Jets will be targeting a Wideout, as Santonio Holmes is their only proven starter coming back. The best way for the Jets to cure their QB controversy is to bring in a big play target for Sanchez, and Floyd seems to fit the bill.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Dre Kirkpatrick has many character issues, including drug possession charges that have recently been dropped. However, the Bengals are a team that historically don’t care much about issues such as these. They have a strong need at the CB position as Nate Clements had a rough year and Leon Hall is out with a torn Achilles next season.
18. San Diego Chargers: Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse
The Chargers have a strong need at Linebacker, as they had a very limited pass rush this past year. Many people are high on Jones, as he has been compared to have the raw talent as Jason Pierre-Paul. If the Chargers grab him at #18, and is anything close to JPP, this will be great value.
19. Chicago Bears: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
The Bears are traditionally a defensive team, and Whitney will help bolster their D line. Mercilus showed the ability to rush the QB from the end position, and played his college ball near by Chicago, as a member of Illinois. This looks to be a good fit for the Bears, as they will be in the position to take the best available lineman at #19.
20. Tennessee Titans: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Titans are in the mode to bolster their defensive line. Ingram is a talent who has been overlooked by many scouts coming into the draft. At 6’2, 267 pounds, he can play inside or outside on the line and will help fill the Titan’s need. He is hoping to be the second Gamecock selected in the first round.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
Upshaw is one of the best prospect on the board, so he would be a great value at the 21st pick for the Bengals. He will provide speed on the outside and played well against the run in his days at Alabama. He has been part of a winning program in college, and has the pedigree that the Bengals would love to add to their team.
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor
Kendall Wright is a play maker, and if the Browns could add him and Richardson, they would have a lot of hope moving forward. Wright will also help in the return game, as he was one of the nation’s best while at Baylor. With these weapons in place, Molt McCoy will have a chance to help move Cleveland out of mediocrity in a tough division.
23. Detroit Lions: Cordy Glenn, G/OT, Georgia
Cordy Glenn will be the best player at this pick. The Lions can use help to keep the often injured Stafford healthy, and Glenn will provide this for Detroit. A healthy Stafford is extremely important for Detroit’s rebirth, and this will be their focus.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Hightower has the same Alabama pedigree as Richardson and Upshaw, and we all know how much Pittsburgh loves linebackers. The Steelers have recently cut veteran James Farrior, and have a need at the indie Linebacker position. Look for them to grab a player who played in many big collegiate game against top competition, throw him into a great defense, and watch him proper.
25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
The Broncos have an extremely weak interior to their defensive line, and they will need to bolster in through the draft. Dontari Poe is a 6’5, 350 pound beast. Throw him on a line with Elvis Dummerville and put him in front of Von Miller, and watch the Bronco’s defense begin to dominate, giving Peyton a chance to shine in Denver.
26. Houston Texans: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
The Texan lost Mario Williams to the Bills this offseason, and they now have a strong need to replace him. The Texans seem to like Irvin’s skill set. Look for them to reach for Irvin in the first round, pair him with a great line-backing core that’s already in place in Houston, and watch him make big plays for a team on the rise.
27. New England Patriots: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
Bill Belichick loves versatile players and McClellin fits the bill. New England had a very weak pass rush, which showed up in the biggest moments of last years Super Bowl. Andre Crater and Mark Anderson, though weren’t great players, were formidable Patriots who are no longer with the team. With that said, McClellin looks like a good fit for the always contending Pats.
28. Green Bay Packers: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
The Packers had the worse secondary in the NFL last year, which was exploited by the Giants in the post season. They need to target this need early in the draft, and will look at Harrison Smith for help. Nick Collins was released this past week, furthering their need at Safety and Smith was a solid player for Notre Dame who will make the Packers defense immediately better.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C/G, Wisconsin
Teams with a great Center know how important that position is to fill. The Ravens have been fortunate enough to have Matt Birk for years, but he won’t be playing for too much longer and Konz looks to be a perfect successor. He can also play Guard in the immediate future, and has a ton of value this late in the first round.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
In the biggest game of the year, the 49ers receiving group had 1 catch for 5 yards. They have recently added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, but these are only band-aids to their need. The San Fran defense is championship ready, and the most offensive weapons the 49ers could pick up can only take them to the next level. Hill comes from a college that produced Calvin Johnson and looks like the real deal.
31. New England Patriots: Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
The Patriots need a lot of help on the defensive line, and as a result will look to grab Reyes from Connecticut. They are familiar with Kendall as he played his college ball at a near-by university. However, there is some speculation that the Patriots will trade out of this position, thinking they could still grab Reyes at a later position.
32. New York Giants: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Jerry Reese always seems to find value late in the first round. Jonathan Martin spent his college days blocking for Andrew Luck, giving the QB the time necessary to elevate into the #1 pick. The Giants have all their offensive weapons in place for a run at a repeat, and they know the key to everything is Eli Manning. Martin will help protect their franchise player and will be great value at #32.