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1. Panthers- Marcell Dareus, Alabama, Defensive Tackle

                         Cam Newton isn't #1 pick worthy, despite leading Auburn to a National Championship victory and winning the Heisman.  The Panthers have Jimmy Clauson who they just drafted last year and should give him a year or two yet to develop.  Plus Marcell Dareus reminds me a lot of Ndamukong Suh, he is so dominant on the Defensive Line that I just don't see them passing him up.

2. Broncos- Von Miller, Texas A&M, Linebacker

                         An outstanding fast linebacker that is always in on tackles, the Broncos need someone like him-he's fast, strong, aggressive, and smart, and to me the second best defensive player in this draft behind Patrick Peterson of LSU.

3. Bills- Cam Newton, Auburn, Quarterback

                          The best quarterback in this year's and draft and is also a dual threat.  He tore up SEC defenses with ease on his way to a National Championship and Heisman trophy.  The Bills need a quarterback more than just about anybody and with both Marcell Dareus and Von Miller taken already this is an easy decision for them.

4. Bengals- Blaine Gabbert, Missouri, Quarterback

                           With Carson Palmer threatening to retire rather than play for the Bengals ever again they are in desperate need for a quarterback.  Blaine Gabbert has an outstanding arm and could start from day one if Carson does indeed not come back.

5. Cardinals- Texans (trade)- Patrick Peterson, LSU, Defensive Back

                          The Cardinals need a quarterback, but since Blaine and Cam are both gone I see them trading back and acquiring a few extra picks and setting themselves up to take a quarterback with their next pick.  The Texans make this move so that they can take whom I consider the best overall defensive player in the draft.  He can shut down wide receivers; the Texans really need him to replace Dunta Robinson they lost a year ago to the Falcons.

6. Browns- A.J. Green, Georgia, Wide Receiver

                           A.J. Green is one of the best players in this draft.  He will add another dimension to this offense with Peyton Hillis' run game.  The Browns need someone for Colt McCoy to throw to and with A.J. still available they will be take him without a doubt.

7. 49ers- Prince Amukamara, Nebraska, Defensive Back

                         The 49ers need a quarterback, but Blaine and Cam are already gone and its too early to take Jake Locker or Andy Dalton.  They can take one in the second round and improve their defense with Prince Amukamara.  It'll be too hard for them to pass on someone like Prince, so the quarterback situation can wait until the second round.

8. Titans- Nick Fairley, Auburn, Defensive Tackle

                        They still haven't found a tackle to replace Albert Haynesworth up to this point, but with Nick Fairley available they might.  He played great all season long which led to him being named the Defensive MVP in the National Championship.  The Titans need a DT so Fairley will be theirs.

9. Cowboys- Tyron Smith, USC, Offensive Tackle

                       The Cowboys need to improve their offensive line, with Tyron they will get a big offensive tackle that will help protect Tony Romo.  Tyron is capable of playing right tackle in the NFL right away and maybe eventually left tackle. 

10. Redskins- Robert Quinn, UNC, Defensive End

                       They could go quarterback here, but I think they'll choose to take Robert Quinn to play on the other end of the defensive line with Brian Orakpo.  Quinn will improve their defense and cause headaches for their opponent's offensive tackles.

11. Texans Cardinals (trade)- Jake Locker, Washington, Quarterback

                       After trading back and adding more picks to their arsenal they will take a quarterback.  Jake Locker could've been the #1 pick in the draft last year but decided to go back to Washington for his senior season.  He will be a solid pro who will love being able to throw to Larry Fitzgerald.

12. Vikings- Andy Dalton, TCU, Quarterback

                      Brett Favre officially retired (for now) and Tavaris Jackson is a free agent, and  Joe Webb played well in a few games last year, but there's no guarantee that he'll play like that again this time for a whole season.  Andy Dalton is a winner, the Vikings want to win again like the year before last and Andy can help them do that.

13. Lions- Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson, Defensive End

                      Originally everyone considered him the #1 pick right after the end of the season.  But with his knee injury his stock has dropped some.  He can play, he's fast and strong and reminds me of Julius Peppers in some ways.  The Lions could use someone like that.

14. Rams- Julio Jones, Alabama, Wide Receiver

                       The Rams need someone tall and good for Sam Bradford to throw to.  Julio Jones is just that for them.  I think he is the better receiver between him and A.J. Green, but other teams value A.J. more so Julio will fall to the Rams at #14 in  what I think is a steal.

15. Dolphins- Mark Ingram, Alabama, Running Back

                       Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both free agents as of now, the Dolphins will need to replace them because at least one of them most likely won't come back.  He won the Heisman trophy his Sophomore year and saw his production slip a little this year with the knee injury and with his back-up Trent Richardson excelling.  He'll be a good pro who can power it up the middle.

16. Jaguars- Aldon Smith, Missouri, Defensive End/Linebacker

                       Aldon Smith is a good pass rusher and can play in the 3-4.  He will fit in good with the Jaguars relatively young defense.  With him on their team they could possibly try and make a push against the upper AFC South Teams.

17. Patriots- Mike Pouncey, Florida, Center/Offensive Guard

                       The Patriots' line is getting older and Mike Pouncey would be a good pick up.  The Patriots also seem to like to draft Urban Meyer Florida guys and turn them into great young pros.  They can make Mike just as good as his twin Maurkice.

18. Chargers- Cameron Heyward, Ohio State, Defensive Lineman

                      He had a great career at Ohio State; he can play defensive tackle or defensive end in the 3-4.  He knows how to stop the run and rush the quarterback, I feel like he may end up being one of the best defensive lineman in this draft once his career is over.

19. Giants- Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, Offensive Tackle

                    The Giants used to have the best line in the NFL, they never missed a start together for the longest time.  But now they are aging and getting injured.  Anthony Castonzo will help solidify their offensive line and start to make it a little younger.  Offensive Line Coach Pat Flaherty will turn Anthony into a pro bowl player one day.

20. Buccaneers- J.J. Watt, Wisconsin, Defensive End

                   Another great Big Ten defensive end, the Buccaneers are a young team that surprised many people this year.  J.J. Watt will add to this youthful team and improve their defense with their pass rush and potentially put them into the Playoffs this year.

21. Chiefs- Nate Solder, Colorado, Offensive Tackle

                  The Chiefs need to upgrade their offensive line some and Nate Solder out of Colorado certainly could do that.  The Chiefs are another young team that surprised some people, they have been built through the draft the Patriot way thanks to Scott Pioli and Nate is just the next piece of the puzzle to moving the Chiefs closer to a Super Bowl.

22. Colts- Corey Liuget, Illinois, Defensive Tackle

                They could take Gabe Carimi here to upgrade their offensive line, but I think they will decide to upgrade their defensive line instead and bring in Corey Liuget.  They always seem to need to upgrade their defense every year and I think in the first round they'll go DT.

23. Eagles- Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin, Offensive Tackle

                 The Eagles have a Super Bowl Caliber team, they just have to plug up a few of the holes to make them a true contender.  One of their weaknesses is the right tackle position where Winston Justice started out the season playing well there but then got injured and never regained his old form.  There is a open competition for that important right tackle position to protect Michael Vick's blind side between Justice and King Dunlap, I think the Eagles will expand that competition and bring in Gabe Carimi who is said to be the next Joe Thomas who was the 3rd pick of the first round a few years ago and is now a pro bowler.  Gabe could win that starting spot and fill that hole.

24. Saints- Cameron Jordan, Cal, Defensive End

                 Might have slipped a little in this draft, he is a good end who will help the Saints in trying to fend off the Falcons and the Buccaneers in their very competitive division.  Should fit in well with the rest of their defense in hopes of returning to another Super Bowl.

25. Seahawks- Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue, Defensive End

                 The 3rd Big Ten defensive lineman taken so far in a loaded defensive line draft.  He has been able to get by some of the best college football lines and get to the quarterback.  The Seahawks need someone like him, they could use a quarterback too, but I think they will take care of that a little later.

26. Ravens- Jimmy Smith, Colorado, Defensive Back

                The Ravens always have one of the best if not the best defense in the NFL.  Their defense is getting older, especially in their secondary.  Jimmy Smith falls to them at #26 and they will take him to get younger and to learn from some of the best in the game so one day he'll be the veteran on the best defense.

27. Falcons- Adrian Clayborn, Iowa, Defensive End

                The 4th Big Ten Defensive Lineman taken now, and possibly even the best.  He didn't have a great year last year so his stock dropped some and the Falcons take him to play with Jon Abraham on this team that for the most part is young and a possible Super Bowl contender.

28. Patriots Seahawks (trade)- Ryan Mallet, Arkansas, Quarterback

                The Patriots trade away this pick to do what they do best--stockpile draft picks.  The Seahawks do this so that they can get their quarterback of the future in Ryan Mallet the tall and cannon armed quarterback.  The 5th quarterback taken of the 1st round, I think he'll end up being better than Blaine Gabbert and Andy Dalton.

29. Bears- Danny Watkins, Baylor, Offensive Guard

                 The Bears offensive line is terrible.  They will look to Danny Watkins to protect Jay Cutler and try to keep him off of his back and healthy.  He is the best available offensive lineman at pick #29 in the draft

30. Jets- Marvin Austin, UNC, Defensive Tackle

                 Despite not playing in his senior season due to being suspended for taking illegal benefits, he is still 1st round worthy.  I think he has actually improved from having off this year, it gave him the chance to work on getting in better shape and getting stronger.  Rex Ryan is the best defensive oriented coach in the NFL currently; he used to coach Defensive Tackles in Baltimore before he became the Defensive Coordinator and now the head coach of the Jets.  He'll make Marvin Austin into an animal and help the Jets make a push for a ring.

31. Steelers Titans (trade)- Christian Ponder, Florida State, Quarterback

                  The Steelers don't have any major needs so they decide to trade back and get more picks later on.  The Titans move up here to find their new quarterback to replace Vince Young.  Christian Ponder is very smart and would be a good fit for the Titans and their new coach Mike Munchak.

32. Packers- Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple, Defensive Lineman

                   The last pick of the 1st round is the 13th defensive lineman taken.  The Packers know how to draft and have a great team that isn't going anywhere anytime soon and Muhammad Wilkerson will just add some speed to their defensive line when in the 3-4.

Round 1 is April 28th at 7:30pm on ESPN and NFL Network

 

April 26, 2011  02:11 AM ET

The Vikings will stretch for Locker before Dalton, although I don't think they take either.

 
April 27, 2011  02:08 PM ET

Jerry Angelo is licking his chops too....... Trade down.

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