Dallas will be picking in the 20s. And - after 4 sub par seasons - they've moved Mo Claiborne to the other side of the field (where he is a natural fit) and he is only jussssssssst starting to play up to his potential. That said. they'll probably go defense in the first round. So. Look for a CB or LB here. (TBD by Jaylon Smith's recovery.)
New England Patriots: Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State
Fits the Patriots mold perfectly as an offensive lineman with his instincts, football IQ, versatility, athleticism and character.
Buffalo Bills: Tyron Smith, T, USC
The Bills need to select a left tackle to protect their franchise quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The Bengals can get a quarterback on the cheap in Round 2, and they could care less about Mallett's character concerns.
Denver Broncos: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Broncos have Demaryius Thomas, but he's far from a polished receiver and Floyd will make an immediate impact.
Cleveland Browns: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
The Browns need to surround Colt McCoy with weapons if he's going to pan out.
Arizona Cardinals: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Rudolph has durability problems, but he's too talented to pass up on at this point for a team that needs a tight end.
Tennessee Titans: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Corner is one of the top needs for the Titans, and while Williams can be inconsistent he has a great skill set and would
be a good player in Tennessee.
Dallas Cowboys: Mike Pouncey, G, Florida
The Cowboys need to get younger on the offensive line and Pouncey's an underrated prospect. He struggled at center, but his best position is guard. He has the potential to go in the top 25 of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Washington Redskins: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Leshoure is a big back and tough to bring down. The Redskins need to move on from Clinton Portis.
Houston Texans: Stephen Paea, NT, Oregon State
Paea has good weight room strength and a nice motor, but he doesn't get much penetration and he has short arms.
Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
Leslie Frazier commented on drafting a quarterback early. Christian Ponder might be worth the gamble here.
Detroit Lions: Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
Will the Lions finally come around in admitting they need to upgrade at offensive tackle, or will they continue to not put pieces around Matt Stafford to protect him?
San Francisco 49ers: Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
Taylor has a high upside and the 49ers are drafting on value here - not need.
Denver Broncos: Cam Heyward, DE, Ohio State
I don't care about Heyward's performance in the Sugar Bowl - his big game is exactly why I dislike him as a prospect. He's too wildly
inconsistent. One big game with Heyward means nothing, and that's why he is going in the second round.
St. Louis Rams: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
The Rams will focus on building their defense, and it all starts up front.
Oakland Raiders: Quan Sturdivant, OLB, North Carolina
Sturdivant is an inside linebacker at North Carolina, but he is more of a weakside linebacker in the NFL. He doesn't have very good size and he struggles to stack and shed. The Raiders have a hole here next to Rolando McClain.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcus Cannon, G, TCU
Cannon is a talented player who is a mauling run blocker. He's big, and as long as his character checks out he could be in play here
for the Jaguars.
San Diego Chargers: Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
Carimi fills a big need for the Chargers at right tackle, and I'm not sold on his draft stock rising in the last month.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Nate Irving, ILB, N.C. State
The Bucs' second biggest need next to defensive end (besides another defensive end) is inside linebacker. Barrett Ruud is likely
as good as gone, and the Bucs want a thumper in the middle of their defense.
New York Giants: Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Defensive tackle is a big need in New York, and Casey can be a disruptive force. He is the interior pass rusher they lack.
Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Williams had a disappointing season, but there's no doubt in my mind he's a first-round talent.
Indianapolis Colts: Greg Jones, OLB, Michigan State
Jones fits the mold of what the Colts like in their Tampa-2 defense, and he's an absolute steal at this point in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Smith fills a need at corner for the Eagles and fits their scheme which stresses a lot of man coverage.
Kansas City Chiefs: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
Patrick's stock is on the rise, and he is a good value here in the second round.
Green Bay Packers: Mason Foster, LB, Washington
Foster would play inside linebacker in the Packers 3-4 defense. I'm a big fan of his - I love his tenacity and competitive fire.
New York Jets: Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
The Jets need to be looking for rush linebackers in the 2011 NFL Draft. They need guys that can make plays.
Baltimore Ravens: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
Wilson has a high upside, but he is coming off an ACL tear in 2009. Talent-wise, he's the best inside linebacker elligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.
New Orleans Saints: Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State
Carter is an underrated prospect out of Fresno State. He's a physical specimen who plays up to his abilities.
Chicago Bears: Ben Ijalana, G, Villanova
Ijalana would bring a lot of talent to the Bears' offensive line. They need to do a better job of protecting Cutler and creating running lanes.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
I still like Dowling, but his stock seems to be falling lately and he ends up in the Steelers' lap here.
Atlanta Falcons: Sam Acho, DE, Texas
The Falcons could improve their defensive end rotation, and Acho has a little upside. I like his athleticism and burst.
New England Patriots: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
The Patriots can never have enough cornerbacks on their roster, and Brown is a very talented prospect.