1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
I think Robert Griffin is ultimately the better player, but Andrew Luck is the right pick. He’s an elite QB prospect with absolutely no bust potential and incredible scheme diversity.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Griffin is the top player on my board and the second best prospect I’ve ever scouted. He has potential to be the best player in the league, but it comes with risk; he has some bust potential with his less than stellar injury history.
3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson
The Browns traded up for Trent Richardson and gave up relatively little considering they were bidding against the Buccaneers. Trent Richardson is a little over rated in my eyes, but I feel like Cleveland made the move they were most comfortable with.
5. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
I think Morris Claiborne is the slightly superior player, but Matt Kalil is obviously value in this range. The fact that they milked a few extra picks out of the Browns is gravy.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
I am a lot higher on Justin Blackmon than everyone else. The Jaguars gave up very little to move in front of St. Louis to take Blackmon right out of their hands.
6. Dallas Cowboys: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
A slick move by Dallas to move up to take Morris Claiborne is ultimately questionable. At some point, I find this investment in a #2 Corner questionable. However, in a weak Corner draft, they did what they had to do.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
I know there is great interest in Mark Barron, but taking him seventh overall is reaching in my opinion. They get some bonus points for moving backward once, but that won’t save them completely. He’s not a Sean Taylor-type.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Ryan Tannehill is the right pick for a rebuilding team. He’s not great value here, but he has great upside and will become a starter earlier than some people expect.
9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
The Carolina Panthers are moving him to the Weakside, so they’re losing some value with Kuechly. However, he’s still fantastic in coverage with elite range on the outside.
10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Bills stood their ground and got their guy. I can’t knock them too much, but I thought they needed to go Offense. Regardless, Gilmore is solid value here.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Dontari Poe is a project Nose Tackle that shouldn’t have been taken at any point in the first round.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Eagles moved up to twelve to nab Fletcher Cox, who represents incredible value at this point. The Eagles don’t have a great need at Defensive Tackle, but he should be a productive player in their rotation.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Michael Floyd isn’t a value pick here, but without a second round pick, the Cardinals couldn’t wait around and hope to find someone they’re comfortable with.
14. St. Louis Rams: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The St. Louis Rams traded out of the second pick, and then out of the sixth pick. While stockpiling picks in the second round, the Rams managed to find an immediate contributor at Defensive Tackle.
15. Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Irvin, DE/LB, West Virginia
Bruce Irvin was only the second biggest reach in the first round, so there’s that…. He has great talent as a rusher, but he has bust written all over him. His off-the-field issues are plentiful.
16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DL/RLB, North Carolina
Quinton Coples is the third best player on my board and will be a Mario Williams-like player in the league. He could play as the Five-Technique End or he could play Rush Linebacker. He won’t be able to drop into coverage, but he’ll be a dynamic rushing presence wherever Rex Ryan lines him up at.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
If they were going to get a Corner, they had to do it here. I don’t think Dre Kirkpatrick is good value here, but he’s the last first round Corner.
18. San Diego Chargers: Melvin Ingram, RLB, South Carolina
I have questions about how Melvin Ingram is going to translate to the Rush Linebacker role. Most of his sacks last year came from 3rd down plays on the inside; but he won’t get that luxury playing Rush Linebacker.
19. Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
I like Shea McClellin, but he’s being over-drafted at 19. He’s a much better fit as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker, but he’ll be a solid 10 sack guy as a Defensive End moving forward.
20. Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
5’10 Wide Receivers rarely go in the first round, but Kendall Wright is a special talent. I had him in my mock to the Titans for two months, but switched it at the last second. Boy do I look silly now…
21. New England Patriots: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
I like Chandler Jones as much as anyone, but the idea he’s the best Defensive player in the draft is ridiculous. When he uses his arms properly, he’s unblockable. However, he’s still too slow to get to the Quarterback on most plays. His best use will be in a couple of years as a Five-Technique End collapsing the pocket.
22. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
Everyone knocked this pick, but it was the right one. In a quest to build your team into a winner, you need to find a Quarterback. Obviously, the Browns feel six years of Brandon Weeden is what they need. I don’t disagree.
23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Detroit Lions waited in their slot and ended up with a starting Offensive Tackle. Reiff could potentially play either Left or Right Tackle as a rookie, but he’ll eventually play Left Tackle for the Lions.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The best first round pick belongs to the Steelers. David DeCastro is as close to elite as they come, and he fell all the way to 24.
25. New England Patriots: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Moving up for Dont’a Hightower was a bad move in my opinion. He would have been on the board at 31. This is the Patriot’s third Inside Linebacker.
26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, RLB, Illinois
The Houston Texans came into the draft wanting a Wide Receiver and a Rush Linebacker. They found great value with Whitney Mercilus here.
27. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Kevin Zeitler will probably be a good player in the NFL, but for now on he’ll forever be known as the guy the Bengals chose over David DeCastro. I don’t think he’s close to DeCastro.
28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, RLB, USC
Another great pick by the Packers. I had Nick Perry to the Packers in my final mock (The one that was more accurate than Todd McShay’s or Mel Kiper’s.)
29. Minnesota Vikings: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
Moving up for Harrison Smith was not necessary. He would have been on the board at the top of the second round. I like Harrison Smith as a player, but the Vikings have to be punished for wasting a draft pick to move up here.
30. San Francisco 49ers: AJ Jenkins, WR, Illinois
AJ Jenkins doesn’t make any sense. Not only are the 49ers loaded at Receiver already, but Jenkins’ wasn’t very impressive at Illinois. On top of that, his skills do not fit in well with Alex Smith. Maybe this is looking forward to the Colin Kaepernick era; I sure hope so.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Moving up for Doug Martin was the best trade up of the first round. The next two picks had teams looking for a back, so the Buccaneers had to move up for the Muscle Hamster if they wanted to land him.
32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
The New York Giants really reached for David Wilson here. His ability to make plays out of the backfield will be utlized, but they probably could have gotten a similar contributor on Day 2.