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1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, Quarterback, Alabama – The only logical choice for the Panthers, who weren’t going anywhere with Jimmy Clausen under center. Look at the other quarterbacks in this division, they had to make this pick.
2. Denver Broncos: Von Miller, Linebacker, Texas A&M – Denver desperately needed help on defense. Miller arguably provides the most instant impact on defense of anybody on the board. It looks like Tim Tebow will get a shot to be the guy for the Broncos.
3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, Defensive Tackle, Alabama – Buffalo decides to go defense instead of addressing their quarterback position. I still wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade up into late in the first round to attempt to add a quarterback. How long can the Ryan Fitzpatrick era go on? I’d be more worried about the Dareus pick if we didn’t have that Nick Mangold guy.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: AJ Green, Wide Receiver, Georgia – All the talent without all the drama of Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens. I wonder if this will help convince Carson Palmer to stick around?
5. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Peterson, Corner, LSU – Some help for selfish Kerry Rhodes in the secondary. Peterson should be a star…probably not an Island…but a star.
6. TRADE – Atlanta Falcons: Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, Alabama – The Falcons offered up a ton to grab some support for Matt Ryan and Roddy White. Their offense is going to be a handful for a long time with White and Jones on the outside. Cleveland got a nice haul in this deal, gaining a 1st and 4th rounder next year.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Aldon Smith, Defensive End, Missouri – No quarterback for the 49ers. I think Jim Harbaugh is hoping for 3-13 so he can draft Andrew Luck next season. Smith will provide an instant boost to a 49ers defense that is pretty good already.
8. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker, Quarterback, Washington – A bit of a surprise here. Clearly the Titans got tired of Vince Young’s antics, Kerry Collins’ age and Rusty Smith’s awfulness.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Tyron Smith, Offensive Tackle, USC – A smart pick for the Cowboys who need to improve their protection so Tony Romo can make it through a whole season.
10. TRADE – Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, Missouri – A bold move by the Jaguars who finally realized they were never going to get where they wanted in the AFC South with the inconsistent David Garrard under center.
11. Houston Texans: JJ Watt, Defensive End, Wisconsin – Houston probably should have thought about improving their secondary because the last time I checked things like this were happening:
12. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Florida State – Very surprised to see Ponder go this high but the Vikings clearly knew they weren’t going anywhere with Tavaris Jackson under center. The bottom line is that Ponder was a reach and they could have traded back for him. You never want to hear comparisons to Chad Pennington on draft day and I loved that guy.
13. Detroit Lions: Nick Fairley, Defensive Tackle, Auburn – The Lions are building something serious on defense right now, with Ndamukong Suh up front along with Fairley, who shouldn’t have fell this far.
14. St. Louis Rams: Robert Quinn, Defensive End, North Carolina – A good pick for an improving St. Louis defense, who are disappointed they couldn’t get their hands on one of the big time receivers.
15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, Center, Florida – The Dolphins improve their offensive line instead of looking to add Mark Ingram. Not a bad move by the ‘Fins who are hoping to get their version of Nick Mangold…without the hair.
16. Washington Redskins: Ryan Kerrigan, Defensive End, Purdue – A solid, safe pick for the Redskins who will improve a defense that has some quality pieces on it.
17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, Offensive Tackle, Colorado – Clearly New England got tired of seeing things like this —
18. San Diego Chargers: Corey Liuget, Defensive Tackle, Illinois – Wouldn’t have minded seeing the Jets get Liuget, regardless he is a good, versatile player who will improve the Chargers front seven.
19. New York Giants: Prince Amukamara, Corner, Nebraska – Clearly the Giants have some Revis Island envy…can’t say I blame them. A good value pick who will improve their defense.
20. Tampa Bay Bucs: Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Iowa – Good value for the Bucs here, who needed to boost their defensive line. Happy to see that Muhammad WIlkerson is still on the board.
21. TRADE Cleveland Browns: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor – Arguably the most popular player linked with the Jets during the months of mock drafts goes to the Browns. Surprised he went before Wilkerson, who becomes the favorite for the Jets along with Akeem Ayers.
22. Indiannapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Boston College – Peyton Manning is thrilled Castonzo fell this far to the Colts who get a steal with the 22nd pick.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Danny Watkins, Guard, Baylor – Might have been a bit of a reach here with some of the talent still on the board but the Eagles are never shy about improving their offensive or defensive front. The guy is already 26 years old though.
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Jordan, Defensive End, California – Fell a little further than expected but the Saints certainly needed the help up front after their pathetic display against the Seahawks in the playoffs last year.
25. Seattle Seahawks: James Carpenter, Offensive Guard, Alabama – Um…who? Surprised they didn’t opt for Andy Dalton. How can they be that confident in Matt Hasselbeck or Charlie Whitehurst?
26. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Baldwin, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh – Anybody who watched the Chiefs playoff game last year knows how bad they needed help at wide receiver, Baldwin might have been a slight reach but he addressed a major need and has a great combination of size and athleticism.
27. Baltimore Ravens: Jimmy Smith, Corner, Colorado – Not a surprise pick. Smith has character issues but is a top ten talent who will be a great fit on the Ravens defense.
28. TRADE – New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, Running Back, Alabama – Ingram is a hard downhill runner who Sean Payton will get the most out of. There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding both Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas so a good move for New Orleans.
29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, Offensive Tackle, Wisconsin – I think we can all agree the Bears badly needed to improve their offensive line.
30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, Defensive Tackle, Temple – Much more to come…
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward, Defensive End, Ohio State – Another defensive lineman. Heyward is a polished player who should contribute right away.
32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State – Can’t argue with the champs.
No, Da’Quan Bowers in round one? Wow.