Let's make this short and sweet. Nothing but quickie blurbs for each pick.
1. Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn - The Panthers don't believe in Clausen enough to commit to him. Newton has monster upside, but equally huge downside. Not a fan of the pick, but I'm not the Panthers' GM.
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama - Dareus is the start of a new defense: a big, athletic DT that can both rush the passer and stop the run. Denver hopes he'll be their Ndamukong Suh, though I think there's a better chance he'll be their Gerald McCoy or Tyson Alualu.
3. Buffalo Bills: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M - The Bills desperately need a pass-rusher. Miller is a very, very good pass-rusher. Perfect fit, but Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't the answer and Gabbert is on the board. Not sure this is a smart pick for them.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: A. J. Green, WR, Georgia - The Bengals have plenty of needs, including quarterback. Passing on Gabbert is a gamble move that probably isn't a good idea. Green is a very, very good player though.
5. Washington Redskins (from Arizona): Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri - Elated to see Gabbert still on the board, Washington trades up and snags him immediately.
6. Houston Texans (from Cleveland): Patrick Peterson, DB, LSU - The Texans feel that Peterson is the guy that can improve their below-average secondary. The price isn't exhorbitant, so they pay it and move up five spots.
7. San Francisco 49ers: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska - The 49ers stay put despite trade offers and select Amukamara, their favorite defensive player left on the board.
9. Dallas Cowboys: J. J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin - Dallas takes a DE to plug in on their three-man front in the hopes that he can help generate a pass-rush from the inside. Watt is a perfect fit in Dallas' 3-4 defense.
10. Arizona Cardinals (from Washington): Robert Quinn, LB/DE, North Carolina - The Cardinals kind of like Gabbert, but I get the feeling they're not enamored with him. They move down with Washington and are still able to get Quinn, a player they targeted at 5.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington - With the run on quarterbacks having begun, the Vikings take Locker and hope to turn him into their quarterback of the future. I don't believe they're sold on any of their present quarterbacks.
13. Detroit Lions: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri - The Lions take a pass-rusher at 13, and it's the athletic Smith. Smith can learn from Kyle Vanden Bosch and help create havoc on the potent Lions defensive line.
14. St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois - The Rams, having seen Julio Jones come off the board several picks earlier, try to move down but can't find a taker. They stay put and select Liuget, a solid DT that can start from day one.
15. Miami Dolphins: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida - The Dolphins try to move down with this pick but can't find a taker. They take a safe player, but the top-rated interior lineman in the draft.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada - The upside was too much to ignore. Kaepernick is more ready than some people think, and would get to learn for a year behind David Garrard before being expected to be "the guy". Half the Jaguars fans protest because they like Ponder better, but Gene Smith is not a Jaguars fan; he's the Jaguars' GM.
17. New England Patriots: Cameron Jordan, DE, California - Too much value to pass up. The Patriots get a great value here.
18. San Diego Chargers: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple - Upset that the Patriots snagged Watt, the Chargers take the next-best DE on their board.
19. New York Giants: Tyron Smith, OT, USC - Too much value to pass up here.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson - Bowers' fall stops here. The Bucs don't care about the injury risk; the upside is too high, and they desperately need pass-rushers.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor - The Chiefs' improving defense has one major need: nose tackle. Taylor can literally plug that hole for them.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado - The Eagles bolster their secondary by adding a corner with great skills and questionable character. Huge boom or bust pick.
24. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue - The Saints help their pass-rush by grabbing the Purdue defensive end at 24.
25. Buffalo Bills (from: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State - The Bills can't wait any longer and trade back into the first round to select the guy they feel will become their quarterback of the future.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa - The Falcons bolster their pass rush by grabbing Clayborn, one of the few pass-rushers remaining.
28. Tennessee Titans (from New England): Andy Dalton, QB, TCU - Tennessee impatiently moves up for Dalton, who they hope turns out to be a better fit in Nashville than Vince Young. Classic New England move trading out of this pick.
29. Chicago Bears: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado - Chicago can't pass up Solder's upside. I personally think he'll be a bust, but Mike Tice may be able to help work some magic with Solder.
30. New York Jets: Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona - The Jets grab Reed in the hopes that he can help them generate a better pass-rush. Reed seems like Rex Ryan's type of player.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State - Sherrod at 31 is just too much value for the Steelers to pass up. Sherrod can play either tackle spot and helps the Steelers keep Ben Roethlisberger off the ground.