||Best Case/Worst Case
||Andre Smith, Alabama, OT
||A stout left tackle at 6’4′, 330. He is equally good as a run blocker or in pass protection. Stafford is the popular pick here, but poses a risk that Detroit cannot afford to take. Smith is safe, and will be a force for the next decade.
||B- Walter Jones
W- Leonard Davis
||Michael Oher, Ole Miss, OT
||Orlando Pace is done, but Oher will provide the protection needed for the down field passing attack that St. Louis loves so much. Will enter camp at 6’6′, 320–prototype dimensions.
||Matt Stafford, Georgia, QB
||Filling a desperate need, the Chiefs make a desperate decision in taking the biggest arm of the draft. They have their work cut out for them though, as he needs a lot of work from the neck up. Boom or bust.
||Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, WR
||The slam dunk of the draft. This guy has it all, and Seattle has nothing. Great place to start.
||Aaron Curry, Wake Forrest, OLB
||A one man army! Curry will be a beast pass rusher from jump in Cleveland’s 3-4. Another no brainer for a team that needs a lot of help.
||Jason Smith, Baylor, OT
||Smith’s stock has not yet matured. He is turning a lot of heads quickly, and could end up in the top three. The Bengals need to keep Carson Palmer healthy to have any shot. This player is special, and is not done growing! Huge upside, but needs strength.
||Eugene Monroe, Virginia, OT
||Al Davis will think about taking speedster Jeremy Maclin here, but will get better value with Monroe, who will protect Jamarcus Russell as he learns to read NFL defenses.
||Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State, CB
||The best corner in the draft–period. Jacksonville has to deal with Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson twice a year. With all the value tackles gone, this is the logical choice.
||BJ Raji, Boston College, DT
||With the hiring of Dom Capers as the new DC, Green Bay needs a monster nose tackle to anchor its new 3-4 scheme. Look no further at 330 plus pounds. Raji’s play during Senior Bowl week has made him a virtual top ten lock.
||Mark Sanchez, USC, QB
||Huge upside, but needs some polishing. Sanchez poses excellent value here, but will need to sit for a while as he develops his skills. As we approach the draft, it is becoming less likely that he’ll be at ten.
||Brian Orakpo, Texas, DE
||The best pure DE in the draft with enormous ability, Orakpo may not slide to eleven, but he will not get past the Bills. Buffalo desperately needs a pass rusher, and this guy is explosinve.
||Chris Wells, Ohio State, RB
||Denver hasn’t spent a first round pick on a running back since 1989. The need has never been greater though. There are two that they will have to choose from. Denver doesn’t throw to their backs often, so Wells’ better power makes him their guy.
||Everett Brown, Florida State, DE
||A need pick here. An aging group of ends has caused diminished productivity at that position. The Redskins will be considering the future with this decision.
||Vontae Davis, Illinois, CB
||In a weak draft for DB’s, New Orleans takes the best one still on the board to sure up that porous pass defense.
||Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, WR
||Finally, another threat to take pressure off of Andre Johnson. They are not the same team when he’s hurt, which he often is. This pick could change all that. Huge threat in the return game, as an added bonus.
||Ray Maualuga, USC, ILB
||His potential has no ceiling. He slides to 16 due to character and work ethic concerns. San Diego finally replaces legend Junior Seau with a guy who might be even better.
||James Laurinaitis, Ohio State, ILB
||The Jets need some speed in the middle of that defense. Laurinaitis is the best player available that fits that description. A pick based on up-side. Laurinaitis is not the most physical backer in the world, and will need that to change to be successful.
||Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, DE
||Pure speed and agility! A sack specialist, which the Bears have a great need for. Best player available considering the needs they have.
||Knowshon Moreno, Georgia, RB
||It would be a shocker for Moreno to slide this far, considering his insane skill set. The depth of this draft could make this a reality, though. Tampa would be thrilled.
||Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, G
||First, Detroit selected the best left tackle in the draft. They now have the chance to select the best guard, making that O-line one of the most talented young groups in football.
||Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State, TE
||McNabb needs this for Philly to stay in the hunt. There are no wideouts available at 21 that pose good enough value to pass up the best TE in this draft.
||DJ Moore, Vanderbilt, CB
||Three glaring needs for the Viks: QB, WR, and DB. Moore is the best player available at those positions.
||Brian Cushing, USC, OLB
||A fierce hitter with excellent speed from the edge. The Pats OLB’s aren’t the youngest group in the league. Cushing will fit well in the New England 3-4, and produce some much needed sacks.
||Chase Coffman, Missouri, TE
||Could be considered a “reach”, but Coffman is the best receiving tight end in this draft, and Matt Ryan needs a security blanket on third downs. He will be huge in the red zone.
||William Moore, Missouri, S
||Miami fills a need here rather than taking undersized pass rusher Aaron Maybin. Moore is a big kid and a big hitter, and will improve the secondary immediately.
||Percy Harvin, Florida, WR
||Baltimore has a few options at WR here, but elects to take the biggest big play threat of the bunch. Harvin has abundant speed, and will help out in the return game as well.
||Peria Jerry, Ole Miss, DT
||The Colts have to get stronger at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Best player available on either line.
||Alex Mack, California, C
||The Eagles draft for the future here, but also immediately improves the O-line. Mack is one of the best center prospects ever, and the Eagles can’t resist taking him at 28.
||Kenny Britt, Rutgers, WR
||Britt is 6’4″ and highly athletic. If he runs in the 4.4 area at the combine, he could go higher. Britt will begin filling the void left by Plaxico Burress.
||Derrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland, WR
||Tennesse needs a deep threat receiver to complete their offense. Heyward-Bey is tall and fast, but raw. Boom or bust pick.
||LeSean McCoy, Pittsburg, RB
||In Arizona’s offense, this makes perfect sense. Edge James probably won’t be coming back, leaving a big hole to fill. This becomes a two back system, with McCoy as “Dash”.
||Ebon Britton, Arizona, OT
||Pittsburg is thrilled that Britton has slid to them. Since Roethlisburger won’t get rid of the ball on time, they need guys to protect longer. Could be Phil Loadholt here if Britton goes sooner.