With the biggest domino in free agency falling, we now have a pretty good idea about how teams’ draft boards have been shaken up. Here’s how the first round could look now, before individual player workouts get under way. The NFL draft begins Thursday, April 26.
1. Indianapolis Colts — Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Peyton Manning’s departure means the Luck era is about to begin.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) — Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
They traded a lot to move up and get a franchise QB — they’ll get one.
3. Minnesota Vikings — Matt Kalil, OT, USC
This pick feels fairly obvious. The Vikes desperately need some pass protection.
4. Cleveland Browns — Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
An elite skill player on offence is one of the things really holding back the Browns.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Already plugged some huge holes in free agency. Richardson could light it up from Day One.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Miss out on an offensive playmaker, but there a lot of holes to fill.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Keeping Mincey helps their pass rush. Now to address other side of the line.
8. Miami Dolphins — Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Missed out on top two QB targets. Could turn to David Garrard while Tannehill develops.
9. Carolina Panthers — Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The best pass rusher is from the UNC. Seems like a pretty good match.
10. Buffalo Bills — Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Defensive secondary was repeatedly shown up late in the season.
11. Kansas City Chiefs — Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Adding a big body in the middle will help free up Tamba Hali.
12. Seattle Seahawks — Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Got Matt Flynn, now they have to protect him to see if he’s for real.
13. Arizona Cardinals — Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Played as both linebacker and DE in college — two positions that Cards need help at.
14. Dallas Cowboys — David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Let Kyle Kosier go, so need a replacement at guard. DeCastro is the best in the draft.
15. Philadelphia Eagles — Luke Kuelchy, MLB, Boston College
Their linebacking corps is crying out for a new leader in the middle.
16. New York Jets — Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Signed LaRon Landry, but only to a one-year deal. Barron is the best in the draft.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) — Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
They’ve never had problems taking on character-issue guys before.
18. San Diego Chargers — Courtney Upshaw, DE-OLB, Alabama
Working to rebuild their defensive line, Upshaw will be a huge piece for them.
19. Chicago Bears —Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
They got their play-making receiver, now just need time to pass the ball.
20. Tennessee Titans — Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Lost Cortland Finnegan in free agency, but could take a defensive lineman.
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Still, DT, Penn State
With two picks in the previous five, look for Cincy to trade up.
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) — Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Need a huge man in the middle to help stuff the run.
23. Detroit Lions – Cordy Glenn, OG-OT, Georgia
Could use some help on the line, or in defensive secondary.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Need some young depth on both sides of the line.
25. Denver Broncos – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State.
Have more needs than you’d think for a playoff team.
26. Houston Texans – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Need someone to take the pressure off of Andre Johnson.
27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) — Donta Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Their linebacking corps is pretty thin. Hightower would start immediately.
28. Green Bay Packers — Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Lost Scott Wells to the Rams in free agency and will need a competent replacement.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
Looking to replace Ben Grubbs, who left for New Orleans.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Randy Moss is not going to be the same player he was after a year off.
31. New England Patriots – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Lack of depth in the secondary was painfully clear late in season.
32. New York Giants – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Both tight ends tore their ACLs in the Super Bowl, so this is a need.