Last one for me before draft day.
1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford - QB - Oklahoma
I don't necessarily agree with their choice, but this appears to be a done deal. The Rams get their QB for the future.
2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh - DT - Nebraska
The best player in the draft goes to the Lions who have needs all over the place.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy - DT - Oklahoma
Another easy pick where the best available player also fits a need.
4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung - OT - Oklahoma State
With a quarterback in place, offensive tackle is the obvious priority for the Redskins and they have the liberty to take the best available player in Okung.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Rolando McClain - LB - Alabama
I'm sticking to my guns with this pick. Scott Pioli is looking for players that fit his 3-4 defense well and that's why they reached for Tyson Jackson last year. They fill another spot on their defense with another reach although this one isn't as bad.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
Eric Berry is the popular pick for many here, but with any team trying to rebuild you start on the lines. Williams can come in and start at RT from day one and possibly develop into a solid LT.
7. Cleveland Browns - Eric Berry - S - Tennessee
Jimmy Clausen or not, I can't see any way the Browns pass on Berry if he's on the board. The Cleveland secondary needs a makeover and Berry is a great place to start.
8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell - OT - Maryland
Instead of throwing out some cliche Al Davis joke, I'll just direct you to the Raiders SBN site, Silver and Black Pride, where they ran two polls. One asking who the Raiders should draft which was divided, and another asking who they will draft which gave Bruce Campbell as the predominant answer. With Trent Williams off the board, it wouldn't surprise me.
TRADE (San Francisco trades picks #13 and #17 in exchange for Buffalo's #9 and a 2011 1st)
9. San Francisco 49ers (from Buffalo) - Jimmy Clausen - QB - Notre Dame
With the belief that the Jaguars will take Clausen with their 10th pick, the 49ers trade up to get their QB of the future. I know they've said they're confident in Alex Smith, but I don't believe that for a second. The Bills don't want to draft a QB with small hands so they trade down to get a certain guy later.
TRADE (Philadelphia trades picks #24, #55 and #137 in exchange for Jacksonville's #10)
10. Philadelphia Eagles (from Jacksonville) - Earl Thomas - S - Texas
Both teams come away happy with this trade. The Jaguars give the Eagles a discount and lose the trade according to the value chart, but that's because if they don't offer a discount the Eagles can just trade with the Broncos. The Eagles get the starting quality safety they want.
TRADE (Pittsburgh trades picks #18 and #52 in exchange for Denver's #11 and #114)
11. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Chicago) - Dan Williams - DT - Tennessee
The Steelers need a nose tackle for the future and can't risk hoping Williams falls to 18th. Denver doesn't recoup any more picks from the trade, but they do turn a 4th rounder into a 2nd with this trade.
12. Miami Dolphins - C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson
The Dolphins come away the loser in this scenario as they don't get either Earl Thomas or Dan Williams and lose out on the opportunity to trade down. Instead they take the best available player and free themselves up to trade away Ronnie Brown.
13. Buffalo Bills (from San Francisco) - Brian Bulaga - OT - Iowa
Well how about that. A guy that they were targetting with the 9th pick falls to 13th and the Bills get a left tackle for the future.
14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) - Taylor Mays - S - USC
Now personally I think this is a huge mistake, but I'll let Field Gulls's John Morgan explain the reasoning behind it. He made the pick with the 6th overall, I made it at 14th.
TRADE (Houston trades picks #20 and #81 in exchange for New York's #15 and #147)
With the departure of fan favorite Dunta Robinson, the Texans need to find a starting corner for the future. The more Joe Haden drops, the more feasible a trade to go and get the consensus best corner in the draft becomes. At 15, the price is worth it.
16. Tennessee Titans - Derrick Morgan - DE - Georgia Tech
The decision here was between the consistent, proven player that is Derrick Morgan or the super-athletic, raw and underdeveloped Jason Pierre-Paul. The Titans go with the All-American.
17. Buffalo Bills (from San Francisco) - Tim Tebow - QB - Florida
The Bills, who coincidently are another team with problems with ticket sales, pull the trigger on a player that they plan to make the face of their franchise. They breathe a sigh of relief too, because they don't have to make the decision to take him with the 9th overall pick.
18. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) - Maurkice Pouncey - C - Florida
The Broncos get their guy at 7 slots lower than their fans suggest they take him. Whether they trade down or not, I think Pouncey is their guy in this draft.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Sean Weatherspoon - LB - Missouri
The Falcons don't have too many needs to address and take the best defensive player available for their 4-3 defense.
20. New York Giants (from Houston) - Jason Pierre-Paul - DE - South Florida
Like him or not, JPP should probably be off the board by now and the Giants are getting a great value taking him at 20th. Defensive line is priority #1 for the Giants and Pierre-Paul could develop into a Pro Bowler for their defense.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Dez Bryant - WR - Oklahoma State
Character issues? Well it's not like anyone in Cincinnati cares. They need a new offensive threat and Bryant is definitely that.
22. New England Patriots - Jared Odrick - DE - Penn State
If he's available at 22, I can't imagine the Patriots passing on him. He'll fit perfectly in the 3-4 at DE and can bring some youth to a defensive line that desperately needs it.
23. Green Bay Packers - Brandon Graham - OLB - Michigan
The Packers get great value for Graham at 23. He'll fit into their 3-4 system well just as long as he makes the adjustment to standing up.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Philadelphia) - Kyle Wilson - CB - Boise State
The BAP here at 24th and the Jaguars get great value. Wilson and Cox team up as the Jaguar cornerbacks of the future.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Devin McCourty - CB - Rutgers
The Ravens really wanted to take Wilson, but couldn't find a way to get in front of the Jaguars without paying too much. Anyway, the Ravens get a CB that could turn out to be just as good in McCourty.
TRADE (Kansas City trades picks #36 and #68 in exchange for Arizona's #26 and #123)
26. Kansas City Chiefs (from Arizona) - Terrence Cody - DT - Alabama
The Chiefs make a move to go and get the best true nose tackle left in the draft. They can't risk allowing the Cardinals or Chargers to take him. With Cody and McClain, the Chiefs continue to add young pieces to the front 7 of their 3-4.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Mike Iupati - G - Idaho
The Cowboys love mammoth lineman and get another one in Iupati.
28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Mathews - RB - Fresno State
The Chargers have two goals in this draft. A) find a running back and B) find a nose tackle. They can place a checkmark next to A after picking Mathews.
29. New York Jets - Sergio Kindle - LB - Texas
Rex Ryan loves to collect pass rushers and in Kindle they might have the player that can replace the disappointment that has been Vernon Gholston.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Kareem Jackson - CB - Alabama
The Vikings need to get young on the defensive side of the ball and Kareem Jackson provides their first piece to the puzzle.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Charles Brown - OT - USC
Stampede Blue rejoices as their favorite player makes it to 31. Anthony Davis is a higher rated prospect for most people, but Brown fits better as an athletic pass blocker for the speedy Colts.
32. New Orleans Saints - Brian Price - DT - UCLA
I considered him with the Jaguars' 24th pick and the Saints are fortunate to get a player like Price at #32.
33. St. Louis Rams - Jermaine Gresham - TE - Oklahoma
34. Detroit Lions - Jahvid Best - RB - California
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Demaryius Thomas - WR - Georgia Tech
36. Arizona Cardinals (from Kansas City) - Daryl Washington - LB - TCU
37. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington) - Carlos Dunlap - DE - Florida
38. Cleveland Browns - Colt McCoy - QB - Texas
39. Oakland Raiders - Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers
40. New England Patriots (from Seattle) - Jerry Hughes - LB - TCU
41. Buffalo Bills - Everson Griffen - DE - USC
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago) - Patrick Robinson - CB - Florida State
43. Denver Broncos (from Miami) - Arrelious Benn - WR - Illinois
44. San Diego Chargers (from Jacksonville) - Torrell Troup - DT - Central Florida
45. Denver Broncos - Alterraun Verner - CB - UCLA
46. New York Giants - Eric Norwood - LB - South Carolina
47. New England Patriots (from Tennessee) - Rob Gronkowski - TE - Arizona
48. Carolina Panthers - Damian Williams - WR - USC
49. San Francisco 49ers - Roger Saffold - OT - Indiana
50. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta) - Chad Jones - S - LSU
51. Houston Texans - Jonathan Dwyer - RB - Georgia Tech
52. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) - Sean Lee - LB - Penn State
53. New England Patriots - Ricky Sapp - LB - Clemson
54. Cincinnati Bengals - Nate Allen - S - South Florida
55. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Philadelphia) - Vladimir Ducasse - G - Massachusetts
56. Green Bay Packers - Jared Veldheer - OT - Hillsdale
57. Baltimore Ravens - Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - CB - IUPUI
58. Arizona Cardinals - Tony Washington - OT - Abilene Christian
59. Dallas Cowboys - Morgan Burnett - S - Georgia Tech
60. Seattle Seahawks (from San Diego) - Jon Asamoah - G - Illinois
61. New York Jets - Alex Carrington - DE - Arkansas State
62. Minnesota Vikings - Dexter McCluster - RB - Mississippi
63. Indianapolis Colts - Arthur Jones - DT - Syracuse
64. New Orleans Saints - Toby Gerhart - RB - Stanford