We all know Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are going one and two. Lets take a look at what could happen the rest of the first round.
1 – IND: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Luck is a smart, humble and hardworking player with no off field issues. Makes good decisions and throws. Good athlete and can make plays with his feet if he needs to. NFL ready arm should make a good first impact year 1.
2 – WAS: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor An elite athlete with a cannon arm. Makes excellent throws all over the field. Has some weapons in D.C. and should make this offense better day 1. Smart on and off field with no troubles.
3 – MIN: Matt Kalil, OT, USC Good size with room to grow. Brother Ryan is the starting center for the Panthers. Matt is a 2 year starter. Athletic player, good pass and rush blocker. Fills a serious need.
4 – CLE: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Browns get the immediate impact player here. Workhorse back with not a ton of miles on him. Can catch out of the backfield. solid pure muscle frame at 5’11 225lbs. Not the fastest back, but fast enough. Tough to bring down. Will run you over. Great vision behind the line of scrimmage..
5 – TB: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU Good size corner at 6’0. Battle tested against the best in college. Can return kicks. Could work on his athleticism but it’s not an issue. Should lock down receivers in a few years. Helps a very poor secondary.
6 – STL: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Blackmon has good not great size at 6’1′. Solid build. Doesn’t have blazing speed. Competitive and physical receiver. Goes up and gets the ball in the air. Solid route runner. red zone threat with 40 TD’s in 35 games.
7 – JAX: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State Cox is a high motor, A+ effort player. He is Strong with good size. Always chases the play down if it moves away from him. He might be a better end. Doesn’t stand up well against double teams. Reminds me of Houston’s J.J. Watt.
8 – MIA: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M Big athletic QB. 6’4′ 220lbs. started career as a WR. only 1 full season as starting QB. Needs a lot of polishing. He’s going to have to sit and learn more. Not the most accurate thrower. Leader who ran a pro-style offense. Would be best suited for a team who wont need him to come right in and play.
9 – CAR: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame Big strong player who runs well. A go up and get it type receiver. Turns a 5-10 yard catch into a big play. Very tough run blocker. 3 alcohol incidents will have to be addressed. In my opinion the best WR in this class. Should be Cam Newton’s favorite receiver in the future. Defense needs a lot, could go that way.
10 – BUF: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa Started 37 games over 3 seasons at Iowa. big frame at 6’6′ 300lbs with room to grow. Will start at left tackle.
11 – KC: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College A tackling machine. (532 in 3 seasons) Team leader, he was elected captain 2 years in a row. Tackling abilities are strong. Isn’t a game changing hitter. Great instincts to fill holes. Good athleticism.
12 – SEA: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford DeCastro is a mean physical blocker. He will crush you on pulls. If he misses the first guy, he will make up for it at the next level. Better athlete than given credit for. Decastro will be mentioned with the elite names at guard sooner than later. can’t miss prospect. Great in pass protection
13 – ARI: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia A monstrous guard/tackle prospect. 6’5′ 345lbs who is a good athlete. Dominant at the senior bowl. Has played well at multiple positions on the line
14 – DAL: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama Barron is a big physical safety with good coverage skills. Had an injury that needed surgery and is fine now. Standout on a top defense.
15 – PHI: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina Gilmore has good size at 6’1′ and is a versatile player. Excellent tackler in run coverage, had 181 in 3 seasons. Looks like Asante Samuel will be gone soon.
16 – NYJ: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina Only 6’1′ which is not the ideal for an OLB in a 3-4. Could be moved around in Rex Ryan’s scheme for inside to outside. 2 years in a row of great production. 19.5 career sacks. Has pass coverage experience also. Did’t stand out at the senior bowl.
17 – CIN: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor Wright has good speed and a knack for making big plays down field. Wright gives the Browns a complement to last year’s first pick AJ Green.
18 – SD: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois One year producer. had 16 sacks last season. just two the years before. Forced 9 fumbles as well. Offensive tackle is also a need.
19 – CHI: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina Coples could go higher if a team really thinks they can utilize his versitility. He has experience at D-Tackle and D-end. Very productive when he’s fully focused. Better Junior year at tackle than as a senior at end. Very athletic.
20 – TEN: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama Kirkpatrick has excellent size at 6’2′. Great zone corner. Comes with some character flaws. Fills a need with Courtland Finnegan off the saint Louis. Kirkpatrick has a bust factor.
21 – CIN: Courtney Upshaw, ILB, Alabama Upshaw is a tough physical player. He was one of the leaders on the Alabama defense. Needs to get stronger. Teams will have to figure out where they want him to line up. At 6’2′ he doesn’t have the length to line-up on the line every play. Needs to get stronger.
22 – CLE: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU Brockers is a raw talent who is still growing into his body at 6’6′ 300lbs. Will upgrade the rush defense next season. Has elite potential. Comes out as a redshirt sophomore. QB Brandon Weeden could land in this spot or Browns could look to trade back.
23 – DET: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford Detroit needs to find a tackle. A right tackle for now and a left for the future. Martin has the size at 6’6” and 300lbs. Solid run blocker. Will need to get better in pass protection.
24 – PIT: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis Combine star. His athletic ability far outshines his on field production. Poe didn’t dominate against middle of the road competition. A team will be intrigued by his athletic skills. he could go even higher than this. has size to play nose in the 3-4. Could even play end.
25 – DEN: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State Denver was terrible against the run in 2011. Worthey is a very good run stuffer. He has good size at 6’3′ 306lbs. Worthey isn’t a pass rushing force but he can push the pocket.
26 – HOU: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech Tall speedy wide out that needs some work on his route running. He’s ready to go deep and score now. Comes from an offense that didn’t throw much. Averaged 29.0 yards per catch.
27 – NE: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama Hightower can play a versitle role for the Patriots. He can play inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment and with his hand down rushing the passer with a 4 man front. Hightower also has average cover skills that will get better in time. Reminds me of a more athletic Brandon Spikes. Comes from a top notch program and defense. two time captain and team leader.
28 – GB: Nick Perry, DE, USC Perry would play a rush linebacker role for the Packers. He’s Fast and strong. He will help the Packers free up Clay mathews.
29 – BAL: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin Konz mostly played center in college. he would play guard becuase the Ravens brought back Matt Birk. But Birk is on the back 9. Konz would step it when Birk retires.
30 – SF: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford Fleener can play a veriety of roles. He can line up tight with his hand down or in the slot. Good size and speed. Fleener is also a decent blocker.
31 – NE: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama Jenkins has elite cover skills. He can play man or zone coverage. Comes with character concerns. Top 10 talent. Starter as a true freshman on national championship Florida team. Chose to play at North Alabama instead of entering the suplemental draft last summer. He didn’t want it to look like he was running from his problems.
32 – NYG: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State Martin has good size and speed. Excellent receiver out of the backfield. Can run between the tackles or bounce outside. Martin scored 43 rushing TD’s in 3 seasons. One of which he played some cornerback for Boise due to injuries. Team player, doesn’t come with off field issues