The NFL off-season will officially begin next weekend with the NFL scouting combine, but before workout warriors with freakish measurements and 40 times start changing teams perceptions, and before free agency COMPLETELY changes how the draft shapes up, take a look at how I see the full first round shaping up as well as a few short comments on each pick.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
Luck to the Colts is a foregone conclusion.
2. St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
Rams can trade down as far as the #6 spot and still get Blackmon.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT USC
Protecting Christian Ponder's blindside for years.
4. Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
May need to move up to get RG3, because somebody will.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
Best RB in the draft will upgrade the running game.
6. Washington Redskins – Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
Could trade up for RG3, otherwise the 'Skins need secondary help.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
Best pass rusher in the draft has size and speed to play 3-4 or 4-3 DE.
8. Carolina Panthers – Michael Brockers, DT LSU
Brockers is shooting up everyone's draft boards, Panthers need D-line help.
9. Miami Dolphins – Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
Dolphins could reach for a quarterback at this spot, bu they need pass rush help.
10. Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, ILB/OLB Alabama
Bills' linebacking corps is weak and Upshaw can play sideline to sideline.
11. Kansas City Chiefs – Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
Chiefs need an upgrade at the tackle spot.
12.Seattle Seahawks – Luke Kuechly, ILB Boston College
Seahawks could take a QB here, Kuechly improves the weakest part of the Seattle D.
13.Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
Whoever the quarterback is next year, Martin should be solid on the left side.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Janorris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
Cowboys secondary is atrocious, Jenkins is the most athletic corner in this class.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Devon Still, DT Penn State
Still should help out a terrible run defense in Philly.
16.New York Jets – Cordy Glenn, G/T Georgia
Jets need a guard or right tackle, Glenn can play both positions.
17.Cincinnati Bengals – David DeCastro, G Stanford
Bengals get a bargain at this spot, most teams above this pick have bigger needs than at guard.
18. San Diego Chargers – Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
Vincent Jackson might leave as a free agent, Floyd would be a good replacement.
19. Chicago Bears – Mike Adams, OT Ohio State
Bears crumbled after Cutler went down, Adams should be able to protect Cutler's blindside and help keep him upright.
20. Tennessee Titans – Chandler Jones, DE Syracuse
Athletic DE upgrades one of the worst spots on the Titans, Tennessee could go receiver here as well.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama
Another steal for the Bengals, Kirkpatrick has talent to be #1 guy at corner.
22. Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
Browns' take RG3 early and get his favorite target to upgrade the receiving corps.
23. Detroit Lions – Mark Barron, S Alabama
Barron could be as good as Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed, improving an already impressive defense.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
Steelers have bigger needs, but Poe could be the heir to Casey Hampton at nose tackle in the 3-4.
25. Denver Broncos – Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
Sorry Tebow lovers, but Elway wants a different QB, somebody will probably trade up to take Tannehill before this pick though.
26. Houston Texans – Brandon Thompson, DT Clemson
DT was the weakest position on a great Houston defense.
27. New England Patriots – Nick Perry, DE/OLB USC
Perry can play OLB in the 3-4 or DE in a 4-3, coach Belechick will love that versatility.
28. Green Bay Packers – Harrison Smith, S Notre Dame
Green Bay's secondary gave up a ton of yards last year, Smith will help shore it up.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Peter Konz, C Wisconsin
Konz might play guard until Matt Birk retires, then the center spot is his.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Rueben Randle, WR LSU
Randle was good at LSU with bad QB play, 49er QB Alex Smith gets a more solid weapon.
31. New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, DT Michigan State
Patriots' hybrid D needs someone to play alongside Vince Wilfork at DT.
32. New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE Stanford
Giants might need a TE after two went down in the Super Bowl, Fleener is a durable, solid pass catcher.
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