Pick 1 – Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford
Notes: The no-brainer. Indianapolis needs a quarterback, Luck is the best I’ve ever seen.
Pick 2 – St. Louis Rams
Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
Notes: The Rams are in a great position to trade back, but no matter where they pick, expect Blackmon to be their selection.
Pick 3 – Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC
Notes: Protecting Christian Ponder becomes the priority of the franchise. Charlie Johnson isn’t getting it done at left tackle.
Pick 4 – Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama
Notes: The Browns don’t need a quarterback, they need weapons for their quarterback to work with. Richardson is an elite-level back.
Pick 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU
Notes: Claiborne has just as much coverage skill as his former teammate Patrick Peterson. He’s an ideal replacement for Ronde Barber.
Pick 6 – Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
Notes: By April Washington will be trading up with St. Louis to make this pick.
Pick 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama
Notes: The Jaguars are in position to draft the best available player outside of quarterback. That happens to be Kirkpatrick, who fills a big need at cornerback.
Pick 8 – Carolina Panthers
Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
Notes: Jeffrey is a big, strong, deep threat to pull coverage off Steve Smith and open up running lanes for Cam Newton.
Pick 9 – Miami Dolphins
Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
Notes: Reiff steps in immediately at right tackle, giving the Dolphins a Top 5 tackle duo to build around.
Pick 10 – Buffalo Bills
Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
Notes: Upshaw has elite talent, and Buffalo needs help rushing the passer. It’s a perfect match.
Pick 11 – Seattle Seahawks
Nick Perry, Defensive End, USC
Notes: A left-end for Pete Carroll’s scheme, Perry will be the speedy pass-rusher this defense has been missing.
Pick 12 – Kansas City Chiefs
David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford
Notes: Drafting DeCastro anchors the Kansas City run game, and keeps Matt Casselhealthy. That’s most important.
Pick 13 – Arizona Cardinals
Jon Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford
Notes: The anti-Levi Brown, Martin is athletic and smart on the field. He looks like a 12-year starter at left tackle.
Pick 14 –
Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback, South Carolina
Notes: Rob Ryan wanted new cornerbacks before the season. If he’s still around, Dallas will get him the upgrade he needs.
Pick 15 – Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
Notes: Floyd would be an immediate replacement for free agent (and malcontent) DeSean Jackson.
Pick 16 – New York Jets
Whitney Mercilus, Outside Linebacker, Illinois
Notes: The answer to Tom Brady is to rush the passer better, and more. Mercilus will help with that.
Pick 17 – Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)
Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami (Florida)
Notes: The Bengals have too much reliance in Cedric Benson. He’s aging, and a question mark off the field. Miller is younger, faster and smarter.
Pick 18 – San Diego Chargers
Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
Notes: The Chargers may need help at left and right tackle. Lucky for them, Glenn can play either one.
Pick 19 – Chicago Bears
Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
Notes: J’Marcus Webb gave up 3.5 sacks on Sunday. Think it’s time to upgrade?
Pick 20 – Tennessee Titans
Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina
Notes: The Titans never replaced Jason Babin at defensive end. Now they do, with one of the draft’s best pass-rushers.
Pick 21 – Denver Broncos
Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State
Notes: The Denver defense has a massive hole in the middle of the line. Still is a massive body to plug that hole.
Pick 22 – New York Giants
Vontaze Burfict, Inside Linebacker, Arizona State
Notes: The Giants lack toughness at linebacker. Vontaze Burfict has elite talent, but lacks control. He’s a great fit with Tom Coughlin.
Pick 23 – Cincinnati Bengals
Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska
Notes: The Bengals need to find a cornerback to complement Leon Hall. Nate Clements and Adam Jones aren’t the answer.
Pick 24 – Houston Texans
Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor
Notes: Houston needs a burner in the slot. Kendall Wright is that and so much more.
Pick 25 – Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons)
Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina
Notes: Able to play inside or outside linebacker, Brown is insurance against D’Qwell Jackson not returning. He’s also an upgrade if Jackson does come back.
Pick 26 – Detroit Lions
Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin
Notes: It’s time to replace Dominic Raiola in the middle of the Detroit offensive line.
Pick 27 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Dontari Poe, Nose Tackle, Memphis
Notes: Replacing the aging Casey Hampton with Poe solidifies the Steeler defensive line for the next decade.
Pick 28 – San Francisco 49ers
Jamell Fleming, Cornerback, Oklahoma
Notes: Carlos Rogers is a free agent, and even if he returns the Niners need help at CB2.
Pick 29 – Baltimore Ravens
Fletcher Cox, Defensive End, Mississippi State
Notes: Cox helps Baltimore with depth and youth as Cory Redding and Haloti Ngata begin to age.
Pick 30 – New England (from New Orleans Saints)
Jared Crick, Defensive End, Nebraska
Notes: Able to play end in the 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3, Crick’s versatility is a big plus for the Patriots.
Pick 31 – New England Patriots
Chandler Jones, Outside Linebacker, Syracuse
Notes: The Patriots are expected to go back to a 3-4 defense in 2012. That will mean adding pass-rushers who can attack the edge.
Pick 32 – Green Bay Packers
Chris Polk, Running Back, Washington
Notes: Ryan Grant will leave in free agency, and James Starks is a No. 2 back. Chris Polk is a freak with great speed, size and hands.