Any shockers? Probably not, but check out my thoughts on what Cleveland might do, and remember..... you heard it here first!
I don't care how the Colts choose to handle the Peyton Manning situation, this is the biggest no-brainer since.....1998? Maybe, but even then there were a lot of GM's who thought Ryan Leaf had a bigger upside. There is some similar buzz around Robert Griffin III right now, but it's not nearly as loud. Luck is the pick and will start from Day 1.
2) ST. LOUIS RAMS -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
This pick could be more valuable as a trade chip, but if they stand pat the Rams will finally grab a LT capable of holding down the position for a decade.
3) MINNESOTA VIKINGS -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
The Vikings need all they help they can get covering the elite receivers in their division. Claiborne is an instant upgrade.
4) CLEVELAND BROWNS -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
I know I'm in the minority, but I don't think Griffin is the ideal fit here. Mike Holmgren took a QB with a similar skill set in Seneca Wallace and virtually neutered him in Seattle, conditioning him to stay in the pocket and never use his talented legs. Ryan Tannehill is more in the mold of Matt Hasselbeck, ran a West Coast offense at Texas A&M, and might make more sense. I could see the Browns trading down, but because I'm not projecting trades, I'll go with the consensus pick here and probably the guy who would be the target of any other club trading up to #4.
5) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
There are needs on defense, but the Bucs have to get Josh Freeman an elite talent at WR. Blackmon fills that need.
6) WASHINGTON REDSKINS -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
At some point, Mike Shanahan is going to have to mold a young QB in D.C. I don't get all the Tannehill detractors. Looks like a quality starter to me.
7) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Questions about the consistency of his motor, but no questioning his upside. Shining at Senior Bowl practices.
8) CAROLINA PANTHERS -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
WR is a need but no one projects this high, unless Blackmon slides. DeCastro will protect Cam Newton and blow holes open for him and his talented backs.
9) MIAMI DOLPHINS -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I'm projecting Miami to land Matt Flynn, so the QB need is filled. Richardson is an elite talent, and the perfect compliment to Reggie Bush. Instantly, the Dolphins take a quantum leap forward on offense.
10) BUFFALO BILLS -- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Shorter than ideal for a DE, but intense, versatile, and gets to the passer.
Every down LB fills a need for the Hawks rising young defense. Plays the run well and can really get after the quarterback.
12) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -- Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
The Chiefs go OL again, but this time find a legitimate LT. Brandon Albert moves to RT or inside.
13) ARIZONA CARDINALS -- Reily Reiff, OT, Iowa
14) DALLAS COWBOYS -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
If anyone is going to be willing to look past Kirkpatricks recent legal issues, it could be Jerry Jones. Best player on the board and he fills a need.
15) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Best MLB in the draft fills a gaping hole for the Eagles.
16) N.Y. JETS -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
If the Jets are going to stick with Mark Sanchez, they have to give him some weapons. Floyd has good size and can separate.
17) CINCINNATI BENGALS -- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Bengals rising defense needs help in their back 7. The former Florida Gator is showing off his pure cover skills in Mobile this week.
18) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Bob Sanders had nothing left. Barron is the best safety in the draft and along with Eric Weddle will anchor the Bolts back end for years to come.
19) CHICAGO BEARS -- Kendal Wright, WR, Baylor
Jay Cutler needs weapons. Check!
20) TENNESSEE TITANS -- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Young, with tons of upside. Should develop into a disruptive force.
21) CINCINNATI BENGALS -- Nick Perry, DE, USC
Marvin Lewis is putting the finishing touches on a dynamic young defense. Perry can really rush the passer.
22) ATLANTA FALCONS -- Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
That's FIVE Crimson Tide players in the Top 22.
23) DETROIT LIONS -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Finally, the Lions address their secondary.
24) PITTSBURGH STEELERS -- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Excellent value here, and the Steelers need to get younger up front.
25) DENVER BRONCOS -- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
With Decker and Thomas on the outside, Tebow can use a dynamic TE like Fleener to provide a safety valve, but Fleener can stretch the field also. Gronkowsi-like upside.
A worthy compliment to Andre Johnson.
27) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -- Fletcher Cox, DE, Mississippi State
Here we go, Bill Belichick reshapes the defense, and he gets multiple picks to get it done.
28) GREEN BAY PACKERS -- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Tough, local, and fills a need.
29) BALTIMORE RAVENS -- Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Great fit in the Ravens 3-4. Speed to burn from the edge.
30) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS -- Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
A bit raw, but immediately upgrades the 49ers receiving corps.
31) NY GIANTS -- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Reunited with his college teammate Prince Amukamara.
32) NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -- Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall