NFL Mock Draft, Round 1

It’s draft day as we give our predictions to what each team will do tonight in round one in New York.  Follow us on Twitter at the hash tag #DSBDraft for our insights into the draft as it happens and feel free to ask us questions or comment as well.

And now, for the picks:

Indianapolis Colts # 1  

R: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

C: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

R: Colts have already said they will select Luck as the successor to Peyton Manning as the number one pick in this draft.

C: The Colts have made it clear they are starting over at QB and Luck is the lucky man.

Washington Redskins #2

R: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

C: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

R: The Redskins traded a bounty of picks to move up in the draft to get one of the prized quarterbacks, and with the Colts taking Luck RG3 falls right into their laps.

C: The Redskins have had their eye on Griffin for some time now, no surprise here.

Minnesota Vikings #3

R: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

C: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

R: This pick is where the draft really begins this year.   The Vikings are working the phone lines trying to move down and acquire more picks, but if they are unsuccessful I think they take the big tackle out of USC to protect QB Christian Ponder’s blind side.

C: The Vikings are in need of a few positions but OT is important for them moving forward.

Cleveland Browns #4

R: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

C: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

R: The Browns need weapons around quarterback Colt McCoy, or whoever is under center next season, and Richardson was made to play in Cleveland.  He will be very good in the cold weather and will be a force on the ground that should help Cleveland solidify the running game.

C: The Browns should pick Richardson who is a beast, but will probably pick WR Justin Blackmon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers #5

R: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

C: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

R: The Bucs were hoping to get Richardson to fall to them at this pick, but will take the best corner available in Claiborne.  With Ronde Barber getting older and Aqib Talib in all sorts of legal troubles the Buccaneers defense gets a guy who can start now if needed.

C: The Buccaneers are hoping for Richardson, but I’m sure they would love to have Blackmon as well.

St. Louis Rams #6

R: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

C: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

R: St. Louis was hoping that Kalil would fall here, but instead get a solid receiver for quarterback Sam Bradford.  If the Vikings were to trade out and Kalil does fall this far, expect to see the Rams run to the podium to take him, but with the way things have gone so far I see them taking Plan B in Blackmon.

C: The Rams can take anyone they want but if they are smart will choose defensively here.

Jacksonville Jaguars #7

R: Quinton Coples, DE UNC

C: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

R: The Jags need a receiver but what they really want is to move down and out of this spot.  They are telling anyone who will listen that the Dolphins want Tannehill and if any other team wants him they have to trade up to get him.  If the Jags can’t get out of this spot I think they take Coples to shore up the D-line with his natural talent, but it will be up to the coaches to develop him more.

C: The Jaguars can also take the best available player here and no one would complain.

Miami Dolphins #8

R: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

C: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

R: Tannehill would be a perfect fit in Miami with his former college coach as the offensive coordinator and a head coach who is willing to wait and groom a quarterback during his time as the offensive coordinator in Green Bay.  Tannehill is an athlete, but has only played 16 games as a collegiate quarterback so he will need some time to develop.  I think he will fail if he is put in with expectations in his first few seasons.

C: The Dolphins have not picked a QB in the first round since Dan Marino. That will change tonight.

Carolina Panthers #9

R: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

C: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

R: Carolina is set on offense with Cam Newton and Steve Smith, but the defense needs shoring up and it starts with Cox.  He is a space eater that can clog up the running game while also being able to get after the quarterback.  He isn’t the athlete that Suh is for the Lions, but could be just as effective in drawing double teams to free other pass rushers up.

C: The Panthers just need to take the best defensive player left on the board.

Buffalo Bills #10

R: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

C: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

R: Buffalo has a decent pass defense, but was in the bottom of the league in rush defense.  With a developing Marcell Dareus, last years number one pick at defensive tackle, the addition of tackling-machine Kuechly will continue to improve that part of the defense.

C: The Bills could use a player maker like Floyd to put on the other side of Stevie Johnson.

Kansas City Chiefs #11

R: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

C: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

R: The Chiefs need a space clogger on the defensive line and Brockers can be that.  He has good size and motor and would fit nicely on the defensive line for the Chiefs to allow the elite pass rushers they have to do their jobs.

C: The Chiefs have some older offensive linemen so this pick wouldn’t surprise be at all.

Seattle Seahawks #12

R: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB South Carolina

C: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

R: Ingram would be a some-what risky pick as the Seahawks need both a defensive end and linebacker, but Ingram could fill either hole for them with his skill set.  The problem is he doesn’t have the height for a DE or the fluid motion of a OLB.  But he is quick enough to hopefully outwork those issues against bigger, stronger offensive linemen.

C: The Seahawks, like a lot of teams need to pick the best defensive player on the board in this spot.

Arizona Cardinals #13

R: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

C: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

R: A typical Iowa product is the big, mean tackle Reiff, who could start immediately in Arizona to protect Kevin Kolb’s blind side.  The only real knock on him is his arms are a bit shorter than most offensive tackles which would allow defenders to get deeper before contact, but was able to hold off Vernon Gholston of MSU who is one of the bigger and faster DE’s in college football.

C: Cardinals need to protect their QB more than they did last season and this is the first step.

Dallas Cowboys #14

R: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

C: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

R: Dream come true for the Cowboys if Barron falls to them at 14.  They were said to be higher on him than anyone else in the draft and would not let him slip past them no matter who else was left on the board.  Barron has a mean streak and would fit nicely in the backfield for the Cowboys as the next Roy Williams anchoring that defense.

C: The Cowboys really need some help in the secondary and this would be a solid pick for Jerry Jones.

Philadelphia Eagles #15

R: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

C: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

R: Philadelphia was also high on Barron so they may try to move ahead of the Cowboys to take him, but if they stay at 15 I think they take the linebacker out of Boise.  He’s a big guy with good speed and would fit in well on the Eagles front seven.

C: The Eagles can take anyone on defense but Brockers would be a good fit for them here.

New York Jets #16

R: Michael Floyd. WR, Notre Dame

C: Melvin Ingram, OLB, South Carolina

R: The urge to give the Jets a backup quarterback here was pretty high seeing as they don’t have one now that they traded Drew Stanton, but I digress.  Floyd will fill the hole left by Plaxico leaving but Floyd comes with some baggage of his own.  Was suspended during all of spring practice as a senior and has had multiple arrests involving alcohol, but was said to have ‘matured’ in his final year, time will tell.

C: Ingram I believe can learn a lot from the other linebackers in Rex Ryan’s system.

Cincinnati Bengals #17

R: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

C: Dre Kilpatrick, CB, Alabama

R: Gilmore is the best corner left in the draft and will fill the hole left by Jonathon Joseph leaving last season in free agency.  He should start as a rookie for the Bengals and will help improve an underrated pass defense.

San Diego Chargers #18

R: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

R: The Chargers need offensive line help and it will come in the form of 6’5″ 316 pound DeCastro.  He was one of the best players on a stacked Stanford team last season and helped keep number one pick Andrew Luck off his backside and now will do the same for Philip Rivers.

C: The Bengals need to address needs and CB is for sure one of them.

Chicago Bears #19

R: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

C: Cordy Glenn, OT, Gerogia

R: Poe was a workout warrior at the Combine and will fit in nicely on the Bears defense.  He is known to not give his all on every play, but with leaders like Urlacher, Briggs and Peppers I don’t think that will be an issue for very long.

C: The Bears really need to get better and younger on the offensive line to protect Jay Cutler better.

Tennessee Titans #20

R: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

C: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

R: Dre Kirkpatrick would be an interesting prospect for the Titans, but when a guy like Jones falls to a team in need of defensive line help, you take him. Has a lot of raw talent and needs some development, but he was still a very effective player at Syracuse.  If he reaches his potential he could be the best lineman in the draft.

C: The Titans were somewhat of a surprise last year; they need to take best player on the board in this spot.

Cincinnati Bengals #21

R: Cordy Glenn, G Georgia

C: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

R: The Bengals would be able fill two big holes in the first round by getting Gilmore and Glenn.  Was looked at as a tackle prospect, but wasn’t as good in open spaces so was shifted to guard.  Big strong guy that could start for the Bengals day one.

C: The Bengals need to give Andy Dalton a young wide receiver and Wright I think is the right man for the job.

Cleveland Browns #22

R: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

C: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

R: First Richardson, then Wright shows that the Browns know they need help on the offensive side of the ball.  Wright is a speedy, sure-handed receiver but is a bit undersized.  Should be a great pick up for the Browns as a slot receiver at least as a rookie.

C: The Browns also need to have a player maker receiver for QB Colt McCoy.

Detroit Lions #23

R: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

C: Courtney Upshaw DE, Alabama

R: This is another dream scenario, at least for me, if Kirkpatrick falls to the Lions at 23.  They need a cornerback badly and not having to move up for one would be a real plus.  If Kirkpatrick is gone I say move down and get more picks, but this would be the best they could hope for.

C: The Lions have a few other needs that they could take instead here but I think Upshaw is has the most potential of the players remaining.

Pittsburgh Steelers #24

R: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

C: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

R: The Steelers always seem to look defense in the later parts of the first round and this pick should be no different.  Worthy is a good player who also has issues giving his all on every play, but with the leaders the Steelers have on defense this should be something that is worked out quickly.

C: The Steelers have been rumored to pick Hightower for a while now. I think they make it happen.

Denver Broncos #25

R: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

C: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

R: Knowshon Moreno isn’t the answer for Denver and with the signing of Peyton Manning this team is all about improving the offensive weapons around him.  Martin is the second best back in the draft and can do it all, catch passes, pick up blitzes and of course carry the ball.  Will be a good fit next to Manning and will have a chance to learn a lot from him as well.

C: The Broncos should take Worthy and the off-season will be even better for them. I think it is the steal of the first round (Bold Prediction).

Houston Texans #26

R: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

C: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

R: The Texans are still searching for a receiver to put across from Andre Johnson and Hill might be the guy.  He is a big receiver capable of turning any catch into a big play.  Hill has had some issues with drops and inconsistency, but he did play in a run first (second and third) offense so we will see if that could be a part of what held his stats back.

C: The Texans have a need for TE so no surprise that they take one with this pick.

New England Patriots #27

R: Cortney Upshaw, OLB/DE, Alabama

C: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

R: Bill Belichick loves versatility in his players and will love the guy he gets at 27.  Upshaw can play either the DE or OLB position and will be a force in the pass rush.  Still needs to develop his coverage skills if he wants to play every down, but he is a guy you can tell to pin his ears back and go get the ball carrier.

C: The Patriots always seem to make a quality pick with their late first round selection

Green Bay Packers #28

R: Nick Perry, OLB, USC

C: Nick Perry, DE, USC

R: Perry is a guy who can line up across from Clay Matthews and just go get the quarterback.  Has a motor to go after the play even if it is on the other side and will continue to attack.  Will be a good fit as an outside linebacker in the rotation the Packers throw at opponents.

C: The Packers need help on D, although I would hate for the local kid from Detroit to go to the Packers.

Baltimore Ravens #29

R: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

C: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

R: Will be another player who can fit right in with an experienced, yet aging defense.  David has the natural skills to take down the ball carrier, but getting to learn from Ray Lewis he will further develop his ability to diagnose the play and anticipate what the offense is going to do.  Could start from day one or be a solid rotation player like Perry.

C: The Ravens are looking to reload on the defensive front line.

San Fransisco 49ers #30

R: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

C: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State

R: The Niners need offensive line help and Zeitler is the better of the run protectors remaining that could go in the first round.  He could use some time to develop, but could play his rookie season if called upon but would greatly develop if given the time to learn and watch.

C: The 49ers have a history of picking quality offensive linemen in the draft.

New England Patriots #31

R: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

C: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame

R: A big safety who has the knowledge of a linebacker as he played nine games there in 2009.  Not great speed, but his ability to recognize the play will make up for that and his instincts will allow him to be in the right place at the right time.  Another good fit in New England.

C: The second pick for the Patriots is a toss-up at this point in the draft.

New York Giants #32

R: Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

C: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

R: The Super Bowl Champs need an offensive tackle and Martin is able to slip to them at the end of the first round.  Good at all things as a OT, but great at nothing I think, but he could be a starter day one for the Giants if needed.

C: The Super Bowl champs could look to add even more depth to an already talented front four.

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