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I am live blogging the first round of the NFL Draft. I will update this post continually as the picks are selected.
The Lions were able to get a deal done with
With Pace moving on from the Rams, the Rams needed to get their Left Tackle secure. I think this is a perfect pick for the Rams. They have their LT of the next 10 years. Many think they should have picked QB Sanchez, but I think was their best option at this pick.
Jackson is a great 3-4 DE and the Chiefs are changing to the 3-4 this year. I expected for them to pick Curry, the best player on the board.
The Seahawks get a steal with Curry at four. In my opinion, he is the best prospect in the draft. He will be a name that the AFC West teams will fear for many years to come.
The Jets send their 1st and second round picks and three players to the Browns
The Jets needed a QB and Sanchez is their guy. I have a lot of questions about Sanchez. He is a system QB from
Smith is a huge tackle with a lot of talent. There are questions about his decision making and about the combine issues. He can play very well but there are plenty of questions about how he will be as a person off the field and if he will get in trouble.
This is a reach pick but what do we expect from the Raiders. Crabtree and Maclin were available. Why not trade down for Bey if you wanted Bey to be your guy. This makes no sense at all.
This is a solid pick for the Jags.
Raji is a huge Defensive Tackle and will be a great fit in the 3-4 in
It is crazy that Crabtree slid all the way down to 10. Crabtree is great receiving prospect. I think he is the second best NFL prospect on the board. The 49ers were handed a gift.
The Bills picked a pass rusher that they badly needed in Maybin. This should add some pop to their D-Line. This is a good pick for the Bills.
This is quite a pick. The Broncos have not drafted a top level Runningback in numerous years. He is a fast back and will be an interesting player for them. They had a lot of other needs like linebacker that I thought would be a better pick. I don’t even have
This is a great pick for the Redskins. Orakpo fell right into their laps. I thought he would have been gone long before this pick. This will make the Redskins much more nasty on defense.
14. New Orleans- Malcolm Jenkins, DB,
Jenkins is a great fit with the Saints. The Saints need a lot of help at Corner and Safety. He should be a defensive playmaker for the Saints. I love this pick for the Saints.
A perfect fit for a team that is in desperate need for a playmaker at outside linebacker. They also need major help at safety but they should be able to address it in the second round.
16. San Diego- Larry English, OLB,
This is bit of a surprise for me. English is a good outside linebacker and pass rusher. This should help the Chargers and he may be a good compliment to Merriman. It is not a bad pick but was not what I expected at sixteen.
Is there a team that needed a top level QB more than
Ayers has a ton of potential. He was only a one year starter and is not a master sac artist. He brings intensity and was great at tackling and making plays. This pick should instantly help their defense.
What a steal for the Eagles. Maclin should not have made it out of the top 12. The Eagles trade up and get a difference maker at receiver. He should a wonderful compliment to DeShawn Jackson. McNabb will not have the ability to complain about not having a WR.
The Lions just picked up
Mack can play either Center or Guard. He is a really good lineman. I would have rather had one of the top OT which are left like Oher. Yes they actually made their pick this time.
This is an interesting pick for the Vikings. Harvin has a lot of questions around his behaviors and off field life. The Vikings just cleaned house of their character issue players which makes this pick strange. He had a positive test for pot at the combine. He has a ton of talent and Harvin was a stud in for the Gators.
23. New England – Traded to
What a great story Oher is personally. He also is a heck of a OT. Flacco must be loving this pick. Oher will be protecting Flacco for a long time to come.
Jerry is a top notch defensive tackle. He will bring intensity and toughness to that defense. The Falcons are only getting better.
This pick is all about the Packers’ switch to the 3-4 defense. They need playmakers in their linebacking group. Matthews is a good player who should help them with this transition. A very good pick for the Packers.
This is a strange pick. The Colts have a bunch of needs on the Defensive side. They have Addai and Hart so what is this pick about.
28. Buffalo (f/CAR via PHI) –Eric Wood, C,
Wood is one of the best Centers in the draft. This should help the offensive line for the Bills. They had a bunch of needs and Center was not the pick I would have made but it is a good pick for them.
The Titans have needed a top level WR for years. They are hoping that Britt can be this guy. He is a big and physical WR that catch the ball over the middle.
This is a steal for the Cardinals at 31. Wells was the best RB in the draft in my opinion. He is quick through the line and has a noise for the endzone. The Cards were dead last in running the ball last year during the season. This is a great pick for them.
Hood was a stud for Mizzou up front. This is a great pick for the Steelers. They could have ILB Rey Maualuga instead but Hood is a good pick. The Steelers will be a little younger on the Defensive Line.
That is the end of the first round. Thanks for joining me for my thoughts on the first round selections.
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