Now that it's getting closer to the playoffs, I'm going to start leaving that out. Less work for me.
1. Carolina Panthers select Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Here's an interesting stat for you
Jimmy Clausen's first 9 games - 101-200 (50.5%), 1056 yards, 1 TD, 6 INTs Brady Quinn's first 9 games - 107-205 (52.2%), 1071 yards, 6 TDs, 7 INTs
Now, short of a 4 TD performance in his 9th game against the Lions, Quinn would have 2 TDs to 7 INTs. Those are eerily similar numbers. And Clausen is heading on an eerily similar path.
2. Cincinnati Bengals select Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
A lot of problems need dealt with. But the Bengals have no pass rush. This season, only twice have they given up less than 20 points (Carolina and Baltimore). They have great CBs in Hall and Joseph, but when QBs have all day to throw, the receivers are much more likely to get open. Bowers can provide a pass rush to pressure the QBs into bad throws.
3. Buffalo Bills select Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Is Ryan Fitzpatrick the long term answer? We don't know. He is only 28 and he hasn't done this before, but I think they have other issues to address. This defensive heavy draft helps them address some of those. They gave up 100 yards and 3 TDs to AP on Sunday. Dareus would help stop that
4. Detroit Lions select Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
With images of Alphonso Smith getting burned repeatedly against the Patriots still dancing in their heads, the Lions need help in that secondary. Buffalo could take Peterson here, but they do have a relatively young secondary. The Lions rebuilding would take a huge step with Peterson
5. Arizona Cardinals select Jake Locker, QB, Washington
The QBs in Arizona suck, to say the least. Locker is apparently still the 2nd best pro prospect in the draft. The Cardinals will take whatever the best QB available is, for certain. Easy pick here
6. Denver Broncos select Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
WIth a new regime starting in Denver, it's likely they'll look to anchor both lines. If Dareus is there, they may take him, but they've given up 33 sacks this year. They have a solid RB in Moreno. They have a solid QB in Orton and Lloyd is an up and coming receiver. Protecting them is key
7. San Francisco 49ers select Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
At the request of OM, I went back and looked. Their secondary is pretty awful. Peterson definitely won't fall to 7, but Amukamara will be there and he's a great CB in his own right. Mallet might be a possibility here, but Smith has been impressive enough in my opinion to warrant him getting another season.
8. Dallas Cowboys select Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
One thing the Cowboys are missing are a pass rushing linemen. Ware provides that among the linebackers, but they need someone who can hit the QB without blitzing. If Amukamara is there, I think they will take him. If not, they'll address the defensive line
9. Tennessee Titans select Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas
It's a sure thing that they'll take a QB. It's just a matter of who. Mallet's stock is rising and Locker's seems to be falling. It'll likely depend on who has the better pro day. Regardless, there should be only one QB left here worth taking in the first round the Titans will take him.
10. Cleveland Browns select A.J. Green
If you need reasoning, read previous draft blogs.