1. Panthers – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri: It’s hard to pass on the consensus top franchise passer in the draft.
2. Broncos – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: The Broncos need help everywhere on defense, but by resigning Champ Bailey and cutting their defensive tackles, there’s no question that Denver is tipping their hand with this pick.
3. Bills – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Chan Gailey, famous for his love of dual-threat quarterbacks, will undoubtedly be enamored with the charismatic Newton.
4. Bengals – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Arguably the top talent in the draft can replace either Leon Hall or Jonathan Joseph, quality players due for big contracts in the near future.
5. Cardinals – Von Miller, OLB, Texas AM: An amazing athlete with superb production in college that fits a tremendous need in the desert.
6. Browns – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: Cleveland’s offense is starved of talent at the receiver position, and Green is a dynamic playmaker.
7. 49ers – Nick Fairley, DE, Auburn: San Francisco is committed to improving its defensive line, and Fairley is not a reach here.
8. Titans – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: Ever since Albert Haynesworth left, Tennessee has been sorely lacking a disruptive defensive lineman.
9. Cowboys – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: Good value and Jerry Jones fills a tremendous need here.
10. Redskins – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: A rising prospect who is the type of talent that can make Washington’s offense dangerous again.
11. Texans – Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri: Smith intrigues a lot of scouts with his amazing raw athleticism. He will be counted on in Houston’s new 3-4 defense.
12. Vikings – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Bowers is seeing his stock plummet due to injury concerns, but would be an ideal replacement for Ray Edwards.
13. Lions – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: A steady, reliable pass protector is badly needed in Detroit.
14. Rams – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: A very productive college end whose stock is rising after impressive pre-draft workouts.
15. Dolphins – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: It’s a cliche pick for a reason.
16. Jaguars – Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Without any can’t-miss prospects remaining, Jacksonville would be wise to find a challenger/successor for David Garrard.
17. Patriots – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Your typical Bill Belichick defender who is versatile and around the ball.
18. Chargers – Cam Jordan, DE, California: San Diego is rumored to be absolutely in love with the former Golden Bear.
19. Giants – Tyron Smith, OT, USC: An amazing talent who will help the Giants get younger along the offensive line.
20. Buccaneers – Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona: As the Clay Matthews comparisons come flying in, Brooks Reed is seeing his draft stock soar. I see him getting drafted before Adrian Clayborn and Justin Houston.
21. Chiefs – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor: GM Scott Pioli always takes care of the defensive line first in the draft.
22. Colts – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: An athletic tackle to keep Peyton Manning upright.
23. Eagles – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: Philadelphia has to do a much better job of keeping their quarterbacks on their feet. Their downfall in 2010 was their inability to stop the blitz, and the offensive line will be a huge concern this offseason. Carimi can start at either right guard or right tackle from day 1 and has been drawing comparisons to former Eagle great Jon Runyan.
24. Saints – Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: Expect the Saints to bolster their front four with this selection. Justin Houston, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Corey Liuget are also strong possibilities. Clayborn reminds me of Charles Grant.
25. Seahawks – Mike Pouncey, G, Florida: Seattle gets the best player available while filling a big need.
26. Ravens – Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia: Baltimore relies too much on Terrell Suggs to generate a pass rush. They need younger, more athletic rush linebackers on their defense.
27. Falcons – Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple: John Abraham is essentially a one-man-show for Atlanta’s defensive line at this point.
28. Patriots – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland: A high-character player who is certainly the vertical threat New England missed after Randy Moss was traded.
29. Jets – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: Antonio Cromartie will probably not be a Jet in 2011, and Rex Ryan has the opportunity to replace him with a very similar player here.
30. Bears – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State: Chicago needs to do a better job of protecting Jay Cutler, starting with replacing right tackle J’Marcus Webb.
31. Steelers – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: Pittsburgh’s lack of depth in the defensive secondary was exposed on the biggest stage in all of sports. They’ll fix that up ASAP.
32. Packers – Corey Liuget, DE, Illinois: A top twenty talent falls right into Ted Thompson’s lap and Liuget will replace Cullen Jenkins perfectly.