By: Robert Davis | Updated: 10/6
- Bills - Jake Locker, QB, Washington
This debate on the top QB is going to last until draft day, but Locker is a clear cut above here. He still needs work, but he has the things you can’t teach - talent and leadership - to be a star at the next level.
- Lions - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Peterson is the type of shut down corner every team dreams of having. The size, the athleticism, and playmaking ability to match up with any receiver in the NFL.
- Browns - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Quinn has a lot to prove once he gets back on the field, but he has the potential to go here. He would address the need for a top tier pass rusher in the front seven for the Browns, and could be a true force off the edge.
- Panthers - Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
The offense has struggled so far, but there is quite a bit of talent that should develop over the course of the season, allowing Carolina to address the defense. Dareus would plug a major hole on the defensive line, which has taken some big hits recently with player defections.
- Patriots(Raiders) - Cameron Heyward, DL, Ohio St.
A once feared defensive unit has struggled the past few seasons. A lack of a consistent pass rush is the biggest culprit, but help along the line is also up there. Heyward is a great fit as a 3-4 end, and his availability would make it hard for Bill Belichick to pass on.
- Rams - AJ Green, WR, Georgia
Green is part of a cast of top prospects that have been suspended to start the season, but once he gets going, his talent will prove worthy of this selection. The Rams have gotten a QB and a left tackle in the past two drafts, now it’s time to find a go to receiver to complete the offensive overhaul.
- Jaguars - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
There was a lot of talk about the Jags looking for a QB last year, namely Tim Tebow, but they were handuffed with a lack of picks and pressing needs elsewhere. QB may be just as pressing a need as any spot, and if Luck is on the board, do not expect him to last any longer.
- 49ers - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Adding some more talent to the corner position was under consideration last April, so it will definitely be near the top of the list this time around. Amukamara will battle Peterson all year for the right to be the top corner taken off the board.
- Giants - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
This is a bit of a projection pick, but expect to continue to hear more about Solder as the draft gets closer. His athleticism and mobility is exactly what teams crave at the tackle position, and he could be the top tackle taken when all is said and done.
- Broncos - Allen Bailey, DL, Miami
Some more talent up front is a need for every team attempting build a successful 3-4 defense. Bailey has played all over in a 3-4 but has the skills to project to a 3-4 scheme as an end.
- Cardinals - Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
Carter is a guy who could vault up the boards in the post season. While not as big overall as Karlos Dansby, he could project as the same type of versatile playmaker from the linebacker position. A tackle or QB will draw a lot of consideration in the draft, especially if they are drafting higher.
- Redskins - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Jones’ size and playmaking ability would give McNabb the best wide out he has thrown to since Terrell Owens.
- Buccaneers - Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
A tackle will draw a lot of consideration here to help keep Josh Freeman upright, but a top flight corner would be tough to pass on at this point. Jenkins could form an exciting cover duo with Aqib Talib.
- Seahawks - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Pete Carroll came in and shuffled the defensive end position around, but there isn’t one player to truly count on on every snap yet. Clayborn can get after the QB and stop the run, and that all around ability will make him attractive on draft day.
- Chargers - Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pitt
This is based on the assumption that Vincent Jackson will not be in a Charger uniform next season. Baldwin has similar skills to step into the offense and keep that unit at the top of their game.
- Vikings - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The Vikings may have no choice but to take a QB in the first round next season. It’s doubtful that Favre has much left in the tank after the season, and finding a new long term QB will be priority #1 in the off season.
- Cowboys - Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
Moore is a true ball hawk from the free safety position, and is a game changer. He would lock down the position for the next ten years in Dallas.
- Chiefs - Antony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Matt Cassel could use another weapon out wide, but the value may not be there at this spot. Giving him more protection and time to find the weapons he does have is the next best option.
- Eagles - Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Upgrading the interior offensive line will be a priority, but at this spot, it’s a bit early for Rodney Hudson. Corner may draw just as much attention, and Dowling would be a good pick up at this point.
- Titans - Shareece Wright, CB, USC
It’s not often that a starter for USC flies under the radar, but Wright has. After missing most of his first three seasons due to injuries and academic issues, Wright is making up for it right now. Wright has the skills to be an all around playmaker at corner, and is a name to remember come draft day.
- Bengals - Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
Casey is the next great Trojan interior lineman, following in the footsteps of Mike Patterson and Sedrick Ellis. Casey has some similarities to Ellis, who the Bengals were all over in 2008.
- Dolphins - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Brandon Marshall and Devone Bess are very good targets for Chad Henne, but another big body over the middle of the field would do wonders for the passing game. Once in the red zone, Miami would be hard to stop with their running game and targets like Marshall and Rudolph.
- Patriots - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
Ingram isn’t a big time playmaker, but with the weapons in the passing game for the Patriots, they don’t need one. His ability to pick up consistent, tough yardage while bouncing one outside on occasion would be a good fit in the NE offense.
- Texans - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Even though Kareem Jackson was last years top pick, you really cannot have enough cover men in the secondary. Safety is the biggest position of need, but with Rahim Moore gone there may not be a safety worthy of this selection.
- Ravens - Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Sergio Kindle was selected last season, but a freak accident has left his future in doubt. Ayers is simply too good of a talent to pass up at this spot. He brings a lot of versatility to the table and can impact the game in a lot of ways.
- Jets - Marvin Austin, DL, North Carolina
While not the best fit in a 3-4 alignment, Austin does have the tools to play there. His type of impact physical ability is something the Jets will crave, enough that they will over look the questions about his production and work ethic.
- Bears - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi St.
Nabbing a wideout like Michael Floyd would be very tempting here, but the protection for Cutler and help opening up running lanes has to take priority.
- Falcons - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
Kerrigan may not be a true physical specimen, but he wreaks havoc in the opponents backfield. He can get up the field and pressure the quarterback, but also shows the ability to take on blocks and awareness to make plays in the running game.
- Packers - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
The team was unable to add some youth to the corner position last year, but it will be a priority in April. Harris is a part of an extremely deep corner class and the Pack will take advantage of that.
- Colts - Stephen Paea, DT, Arizona St.
The interior defensive line has been a problem for the Colts for years, and they seem to look outside the first round for help. It’s time they use their top pick to fill this hole.
- Saints - DaQuan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Bowers was an elite recruit that is still coming into his own. He’s off to a fast start this year, and if he does reach his potential, he could be long gone come this pick.
- Steelers - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Carimi’s toughness and mean streak would fit very well in Pittsburgh, and give them a rock solid offensive tackle for the next ten years.