First Round Quick Analysis
Quick thoughts and analysis on all 32 picks. After the Draft I will publish my draft grades, although we know grading shouldn't be done for a few years.
1. Carolina Panthers (2-14): Cam Newton
- Carolina gets their franchise QB but at a very high price (50 mill guaranteed) and with risk. Cam Newton is going to a better than average team whose strong running game could really with lethal with his skill set.
2. Denver Broncos (4-12): Von Miller
- Denver wisely diversifies on defense adding Miller to go along with Dumervil and Bailey. Miller is an every down player who is a fierce pass-rusher.
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12): Marcel Dareus
- Buffalo needs help up front on both sides of the ball and Dareus fits the 3-4.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12): AJ Green
- Bengals draft the explosive WR from UGA. Now who stays?
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11): Patrick Peterson
- Peterson and DRC form a lethal young tandem at CB. Improves much maligned defense.
6. Atlanta Falcons (13-3): Julio Jones
- Jones will free up White and run game. Huge move for ATL who had to give up their 1st, 2nd, 4th, and next year’s 1st & 4th. Offense in need of more explosive plays. Gonzalez took a step back last season.
7. San Francisco 49ers (6-10): Aldon Smith
- Could end up being a lethal edge rusher but not a finished product yet.
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10): Jake Locker
- Titans weren’t shy about getting their man, and they get a true gamer in Locker.
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10): Tyron Smith
- Somehow Jerry swallowed his ego and filled a major need.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8): Blaine Gabbert
- As predicted went QB. Good value.
11. Houston Texans (6-10): JJ Watt
- Necessary building-block to new 3-4 defense.
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10): Christian Ponder
- Had to get a QB, may have reached a little similar to Brandon Graham last year.
13. Detroit Lions (6-10): Nick Fairley
- Unbelievable that other teams let this happen. The New Williams Wall.
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9): Robert Quinn
- Best pass rushing DE falls to up and coming Rams who now have great front 7.
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9): Mike Pouncey
- Fills major need in the interior of the OL, stays in FL.
16. Washington Redskins (6-10): Ryan Kerrigan
- Love him, not at OLB. Typical Redskins.
17. New England Patriots (from OAK 8-8): Nate Solder
- Developmental LT who Belichick should turn into long-term starter.
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Corey Liuget
- 3-4 DE who is needed to strengthen pass rush
19. New York Giants (10-6): Prince Amukamara
- Drafted with the idea to slow down Maclin and Jackson
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6): Adrian Clayborn
- Fills major need at DE. Plays run and pass well.
21.Cleveland Browns (4-12): Phil Taylor
- Browns add the anchor that Shaun Rodgers couldn’t be.
22. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Anthony Castonzo
- Colts need to protect Peyton who is 36 this season.
23. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Danny Watkins
- Solid not spectacular pick by the Eagles. Starts from day one, sign through prime, and nasty mug who is a Philly guy.
24. New Orleans Saints (11-5): Cameron Jordan
- First of two “steals” for the Saints. Jordan’s ability to play in different positions should match up well with Sedrick Ellis
25. Seattle Seahawks (7-9): James Carpenter
- Carpenter never missed a game which is welcome news for Seahawks fans. Should help run game.
26. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6): Jonathan Baldwin
- KC gets their WR to start opposite of Bowe. Haley is great at developing WRs.
27. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Jimmy Smith
- They get their big corner and can monitor him.
28. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram
- Remarkable he went 28th because he is a top 15 talent and should be a monster running inside behind those huge all-pro guards.
29. Chicago Bears (11-5): Gabe Carimi
- Tice’s son played with Carimi at Wisconsin, lucky he fell in their lap.
30. New York Jets (11-5): Muhammad Wilkerson
- Jets get a versatile DE who will help their pass rush.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Cameron Heyward
- Typical Steelers to quietly draft one of the most solid players in the draft.
32. Green Bay Packers (10-6): Derek Sherrod
- Huge LT who moves his feet well and should protect Aaron Rodgers for years to come at LT.
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