1. Detroit – Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
The Lions have a deal in place to make the strong armed signal caller from Georgia the highest paid draft pick in NFL history. Stafford can make all the NFL throws but is a true “boom or bust” pick.
2. St. Louis – Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
Chris Mortensen is reporting that this is also a done deal. Smith would be a solid replacement for future Hall of Fame Tackle Orlando Pace.
3. Kansas City – Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Jackson is a bit of a reach with the third pick but Scott Pioli sees a young Richard Seymour. Jackson is a perfect five technique end in a 3-4 scheme and is a perfect example of the motto “Right Player-Right System”.
4. Seattle – Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
This is a perfect scenario for Seattle the best player in the entire draft falls into their lap. Adding Curry to a linebacking corps that already includes Lofa Tatupu and LeRoy Hill immediately makes it one of the best in the NFL.
5. Cleveland – Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
The Browns take the best pass rusher in the draft with the fifth selection. Orakpo give Cleveland an immediate impact player who can help a team that has struggled to get to the Quarterback.
6. Cincinnati – Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
Come on Cincinnati do the right thing with this pick and protect your franchise Quarterback. The Bengals were ranked 30th in pass offense and 29th in rushing offense while allowing 52 sacks in 2008.
7. Oakland – Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
OK I am going out on a major limb here and predicting Al Davis to do the right thing in the NFL draft. I think Michael Crabtree is an Andre Johnson type talent who could make the Raiders offense very scary if Jamarcus Russell develops in his third year.
8. Washington (From Jacksonville) – Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
The Redskins and their owner Daniel Snyder trade up to get the best Quarterback in the draft in my estimation. The only problem is the Skins’ already have Jason Campbell at the position and a plethora of needs at other positions including Defensive End and Offensive Tackle. Washington would probably have to give up a third and a fifth round pick to move up to this spot.
9. Green Bay – B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
B.J. Raji is head and shoulders above all other D-Tackles in the draft and he will be a perfect fit in Green Bay’s new 3-4 scheme. At 334 pounds Raji will be a huge space eater and help shore up a pathetic Packers run defense.
10. San Francisco – Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State
Is this a guy Mike Singeltary an win with? Absolutely I think Maybin could become the most prolific pass rusher in this draft and is a player whom I absolutely love.
11. Buffalo – Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
After trading Jason Peters to Philadelphia Buffalo has a huge hole on their O-Line and the Bills will fill it with Andre Smith. Although he has handled every part of the draft process horribly Smith is the most talent tackle in the Draft.
12. Denver – Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC
New Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan is implementing a 3-4 defense in Denver and the Broncos need an upgrade in the middle. Maualuga would be a good fit for a defense that couldn’t stop anyone last season.
13. Jacksonville (From Washington) – Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
After missing on previous first round pick Matt Jones and Reggie Williams Jacksonville may be tentative to select another Wide Receiver in the first round but Maclin’s versatility maybe to much to pass up on. Maclin will be dominant in the return game immediately as he develops into a more complete receiver.
14. New Orleans – Malcolm Jenkins, CB/S, Ohio State
Jenkins was projected as a possible top 5 pick going into his senior season with the Buckeyes but a horrible 40 time at the combine and agility concerns have dropped him to the middle of the first round. I think New Orleans should give him a shot at corner but Jenkins could be a Pro Bowl Safety if he doesn’t work out on the outside.
15. Houston Texans – Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee
Adding Ayers to a D-Line that already includes Amobi Okoye and Mario Williams could be a scary proposition for other AFC South teams. Having Mario Williams lining up opposite Ayers could help make him a premier pass rusher at the next level.
16. San Diego – Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss
Perhaps the most talented team in the NFL, the Chargers have very few holes on their roster but could use an upgrade at Right Tackle. Oher is a wonderful story and could be dominant moving to the right side.
17. New York Jets – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland
Josh Freeman is a possibility for the Jets but with the loss of Laveranues Coles to the Bengals need a playmaker on the outside. If the Redskins trade up and select Mark Sanchez as I have predicted the Jets may be a soft landing spot for Jason Campbell.
18. Denver (From Chicago) – Brian Cushing, LB, USC
Denver takes their second Linebacker from USC with Brian Cushing. Cushing is a tough, highly skilled player with a high football IQ who will fit well in Nolan’s 3-4 scheme.
19. Tampa Bay – Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State
Freeman is a bit of a reach at 19 but has the most upside of any signal caller in the draft. Freeman will go here because the drop off at Quarterback after him is so drastic.
20. Detroit – Eben Britton, OT, Arizona
The Lions go the route that took Atlanta to the playoffs last year by taking their Quarterback in the top 3 and then protect him with their second first round pick.
21. Philadelphia – Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia
Andy Reid gets the best all around back in the draft in Moreno who would be an excellent compliment to Mr. Versatility Brian Westbrook. This pick could also be part of a package that brings a veteran Wide Receiver to Philly.
22. Minnesota – Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
With Adrian Peterson seeing eight and nine ma front on a weekly basis Minnesota needs a playmaking receiver on the outside. Kenny Britt could become the best receiver in this draft not named Crabtree.
23. New England – Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB, Ohio State
The Patriots take the best player available with Beanie Wells a big, fast, brusing runnin back from Ohio State. They drafted Laurence Maroney with the 21st pick in the 2006 but Draft but he hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
24. Atlanta – Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
I would have had Brandon Pettigrew in this spot if they hadn’t traded for Tony Gonzalez earlier in the week. I think the Falcons take the third Linebacker out of USC in the first round and a player who could take the spot formerly filled by Keith Brookings.
25. Miami – Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
With the loss of Cornerback Andre Goodman to free agency I think Bill Parcells replaces him with the most complete corner in the draft. Butler is a freakish athlete with fluid hips and tremendous ball skills.
26. Baltimore – Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
With the high “bust rate” of Wide Receivers chosen in the 20’s and Ozzie’s mantra of best player available I think they go with Pettigrew. Pettigrew is the best Tight End in the draft by far and would bring a great package of size, speed, and an ability to block to Baltimore. This pick could potentially signify the end of the Todd Heap era in Baltimore after a season where he was used more as a blocker than receiver. Another option that is very popular is seeing this pick package to bring in Anquan Boldin to the Ravens but I don’t see how he fits in under the cap.
27. Indianapolis – Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss
The Colts have nothing in the middle of their –Line and Perry would be a welcome upgrade at the position. Other options here could be a Wide Receiver to replace Marvin Harrison or possibly a running back if one of the top two fall to this spot.
28. Buffalo (From Philadelphia) – Everette Brown, DE, Florida State
Buffalo received this pick from the Eagles for Offensive Tackle Jason Peters. The Bills could possibly take Brown at eleven but to see him here at 28 would be a dream scenario.
29. New York Giants – Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC
I believe the Giants are still major players for Wide Receivers Braylon Edwards and Anquan Boldin. If the price for these players is too great I think Nicks would be a nice fit for a receiving corps that needs a big, playmaking receiver.
30. Tennessee – Percy Harvin, WR, Florida
Harvin has top 10 skills but he has a lot of question marks in terms of discipline and durability. Harvin would be a welcome playmaker for a team that is in desperate need of one and a potential steal at the end of the first round.
31. Arizona – Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
Arizona made it to the Super Bowl with an aging Edggerin James and an ineffective Tim Hightower. Brown is a great talent who could bring a lot to an already scary offense in Arizona.
32. Pittsburg – Vonte Davis, CB, Illinois
Surprise another highly talented player falls into the Steelers lap at the end of the first round. Vernon’s little brother would bring a lot of baggage but is a supreme talent.