Breaking down the first round of the NFL draft

DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — Steps into the massive shoes of Peyton Manning.

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — Now we’ll see if he’s worth what Washington gave up for him.

3. Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — Browns give up three picks to take him.

4. Viking: Matt Kalil, OT, USC — He’ll be cornerstone of their line for years.

5. Jacksonville: Justin Blackmon, WR, Okla St. — Trade up to get a real playmaker.

6. Dallas: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU — Defensive secondary gets huge upgrade.

7. Tampa Bay: Mark Barron, S, Alabama — Can play strong against the run and the pass.

8. Miami: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M — Happy that no one traded up for him.

9. Carolina: Luke Kuelchy, ILB, Boston College — Buffalo Bills fans get gutted with this pick.

10. Buffalo: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina — Size and speed to matchup with next gen WRs

11. Kansas City: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis — The most athletic big man in the draft.

12. Philadelphia: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St. — Never afraid to beef up their lines.

13. Arizona: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame — Looks like keeping Fitzgerald happy was Job. 1.

14. St. Louis: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU — Filled one of their many gaping holes.

15. Seattle: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia — Seahawks go off the board with this pick.

16. New York Jets: Quentin Coples, DE, North Carolina —Rex Ryan better light a fire under him.

17. Cincinnati: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama — Will help clear up some issues in secondary.

18. San Diego: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina — Fell further than most would have imagined.

19. Chicago: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State — He’ll take some pressure off of Julius Peppers.

20. Tennessee: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor — Team in desperate need of another playmaker.

21. New England: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse — The Pats actually trade up for once.

22. Cleveland: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State — Looks like Colt McCoy’s job isn’t so safe after all.

23. Detroit: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa — Can start at RT and move to LT with development.

24. Pittsburgh: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford — Big Ben will get more time to throw now.

25. New England: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama — Pats fans must love the team making big moves up.

26. Houston: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois — He’ll help replace the departed Mario Williams.

27. Cincinnati: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin — Surprisingly taken before Cordy Glenn.

28. Green Bay: Nick Perry, DE, USC — He will take some attention away from Clay Mattthews.

29. Minnesota: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame — Need some help to combat the NFC North’s passing attacks.

30. San Francisco: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois — Has also returned kicks, if that need arises again.

31. Tampa Bay: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State — Will form a nice tandem with LeGarrette Blount.

32. New York Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech — Go off the board for some running back help.


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