NFL Draft: Round One Review
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — As expected, the Rams take their new franchise quarterback. It’s always a gamble nowadays taking a quarterback #1 overall, so you better be sure you have the right guy. The Rams got a tremendous athlete who has great character. It is their most needed position, so he is the right pick. Being a Rams fan, I am happy. Anything is better than Marc Bulger.
2. Detroit Lions – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska – The Lions get the player at the top of most expert and team’s draft boards. The guy threw opponents around like rag dolls in college. A beast of a player, and a great addition to a struggling organization.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs – DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma – They wanted Suh, and end up getting McCoy – quite the consolation prize. Extremely talented, a sharp guy, and full of heart – as seen by the huge hug he gave Roger Goodell.
4. Washington Redskins – OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma – I would have taken Russell Okung.
5. K.C. Chiefs – S Eric Berry, Tennessee – An absolute playmaker. I saw him play several times during the college season, and he is everywhere on the field. Could be the next Ed Reed. Gotta love that comparison.
6. Seattle Seahawks – OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State – They get arguably the best offensive tackle in the draft. He is also the heir apparent to Walter Jones. Great pick… which makes me sick.
7. Cleveland Browns – CB Joe Haden, Florida – The Gators produce ridiculous athletes, but I don’t like taking corners this high in the draft. It’s risky.
8. Oakland Raiders – LB Rolando McClain, Alabama – You never know who Al Davis will take. Some say this was a reach, but I love the pick. He simply makes tackles, and just anchored the Crimson Tide defense to a national championship.
9. Buffalo Bills – RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson – A very interesting selection for a team that is already set at the running back position. Spiller is the biggest playmaker and probably the most talented in the draft. Marshawn Lynch must be on his way out of town via a trade. Otherwise, this pick does not make any sense.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Tyson Alualu, Cal – As James Earl Jones once said, “Who the HELL are you?”
11. San Francisco 49ers – OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers – Traded up to get him. This guy looks badass!
12. San Diego Chargers – RB Ryan Matthews, Fresno State – Made a big move up the board to land their replacement to L.T. I have seen him play once, and he looked good, but nothing too special.
13. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Brandon Graham, Michigan – The guy looks insane on tape. Plus, he single handedly won me $100 when I took Michigan +10 vs. Ohio State back in November. So naturally, I love the pick.
14. Seattle Seahawk – S Earl Thomas, Texas – Another good pick from my favorite team… I just threw up.
15. New York Giants – DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida – He is one of the most freakishly athletic guys in the draft. I’m a little skeptical about a guy though that only played one year of DI ball.
16. Tennessee Titans – DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech – Don’t know much about him, but is certainly a great value pick at #16.
17. San Francisco 49ers – OG Mike Iupati, Idaho – This guy is an absolute giant. A nice Hawaiian off the field. A nasty interior lineman on the field.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida — He certainly had an interesting family scene when shown after he was picked. Not to mention, he has a twin brother who is just as big. Scary.
19. Atlanta Falcons – LB Sean Weatherspoon, Mizzou – Made a lot of plays for the Tigers. A true leader with an incredible personality. He does tend to disappear sometimes though, so consistency is an issue.
20. Houston Texans – CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama – Another piece of the national championship defense. A good pick for a team that desperately needed a corner after the departure of Dunta Robinson.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – The fourth Sooner taken in the first round, and a new weapon for Carson Palmer. He has off-the-charts athletic ability. An Antonio Gates type player with Pro-Bowls in his future. Their fans just have to be happy they didn’t select someone from prison.
22. Denver Broncos – WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech – Was not expected to be the first wide out taken, but Dez Bryant’s character issues allowed him to be. Will be a great fit in Denver for a team that is lacking at the position after the Brandon Marshall trade.
23. Green Bay Packers – OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa – An offensive tackle from the state of Iowa is always a great thing in my book. With a daily diet of corn and beer, they are born to protect QB’S. For fun: I like the Pack to win the NFC next year.
24. Dallas Cowboys – WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State – Jerry Jones moves up a few spots to land a game breaker. His suspension last season was just silly and his supposed character issues were all blown out of proportion. A guy with this amount of talent should have never fallen this low. Steal of the first round.
25. Denver Broncos – QB Tim Tebow, Florida – A true leader, competitor, and champion. But, what the #$*% was this about??? Most confusing move of the first round. But hey, at least they have GOD on their side.
26. Arizona Cardinals – DT Dan Williams, Tennessee – A very boring pick for me, but Arizona has a lot to replace after a depleting offseason.
27. New England Patriots – CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – The Patriots need major secondary help and got some here.
28. Miami Dolphins – DT Jared Odrick, Penn State – Hard worker and comes from a Joe Paterno defense. If he’s good enough for The Big Tuna, he’s good enough for me.
29. New York Jets – CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State – #1 Revis, Cromartie, Wilson….Someone is going to be upset with their lack of PT. #2 Who knew Boise State played defense?
30. Detroit Lions – RB Jahvid Best, Cal – I’m a big fan of this choice here. The Lions are slowly building a solid, young core group of players.
31. Peyton Manning Colts – LB/DE Jerry Hughes, TCU – A linebacker/defensive end with running back speed. Another great Indy pickup.
32. New Orlean Saints – CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State – The Super Bowl champs get some secondary help for the second year in a row.
- Is it me or does Mel Kiper have one of the best slick jobs of all-time?
- Those Coors Light commercials made me extremely thirsty.
- Gruden didn’t realize he was on-air when he said “dumbass” to Kiper. I’m sure there was a lot more where that came from.
- Jimmy Clausen was not taken. I can’t say that was a major surprise, but one team will land a great value pick in the second round.
- It’s hard to believe a specimen like USC’s Taylor Mays stays on the board after round one. Wow.
- What a great moment when the Make-A-Wish kid read the Steelers pick. That was awesome.
- I can’t wait for the 2nd round!