By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
1. Jacksonville Jaguars:
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
If the Jaguars are picking first in the draft, it will be because Blaine Gabbert has all but failed as the Jaguars’ starter. It will certainly be interesting to see who winds up being the top passer this year, but Thomas has Cam Newton-like physical traits that could push him up to number one.
2. Cleveland Browns
Robert Woods, WR, USC
No matter what happens to the Browns in 2012, they are not going to give up on their first-round quarterback after just one season. They could, however, use an overhaul to their receiving corps, and Woods is the best receiver in this year’s class.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Adding a top-notch pass rusher to a defensive line that already has two studs in Jared Allen and Kevin Williams will bring them back to their old days as one of the best defensive lines in the game.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
With Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis on the wrong side of 30 and being forced to learn a new position, bringing in a versatile, young pass rusher will set the Colts up for the future, which is clearly the focus of a new regime.
5. Miami Dolphins
Eric Reed, S, LSU
This may seem a tad early for Reid at this point, but he has enormous upside that could let him skyrocket up draft boards with a strong season. Miami has been in need of talent at safety for quite some time.
6. St. Louis Rams
Star Lotulelei , DT, Utah
This would mark the second year in a row in which the Rams take a defensive tackle in the first round, but if there is a team that needs to do so, its the Rams.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Barkley, QB, USC
While the Cardinals have been burned on former USC quarterbacks in the recent past, they can feel much better about taking Barkley this early. While there are some questions about how effective he would be without his great supporting cast at USC, he is still arguably the pure passer in the draft.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
David Amerson, CB, NC State
With Rhonde Barber making a move to safety, it is finally time to draft his long-term replacement.
9. Oakland Raiders
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
Now that the Raiders are expected to use more 3-4 looks, they need another version of Kamerion Wimbley to be their primary pass-rusher. Jones has the versatility to play either 4-3 end or standing up as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.
10. Washington Redskins
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Just about every spot on the Redskins’ offensive line could use an upgrade, with the exception of Trent Williams. They could use all of the protection they can get for their prized young quarterback.
11. Tennessee Titans
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
The Titans were so desperate for defensive end help last year that they moved Jason Jones to the outside on select plays. With Derrick Morgan on one side, the Titans will be set at the end position.
12. San Diego Chargers
Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
Robert Meachem is a good player, but he is not the same vertical threat that Vincent Jackson was. A trio of Allen, Meachem, and Fwoud give the Chargers all of the weapons Phillip Rivers could ever want.
13. Seattle Seahawks
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Assuming the Matt Flynn is the one-hit wonder that I suspect he is, the Seahawks will be right back in the quarterback market a year from now. Wilson has a lot of upside as a passer and could potentially be the first quarterback taken.
14. Buffalo Bills
Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame
The Bills have used a lot of resources on their defensive line and secondary, but their linebackers are pretty average. Manti is a pure middle linebacker that could have been a first-rounder if he came out o college last year.
15. Atlanta Falcons
Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
Michael Turner’s days as a dynamic runner are running out. Lattimore has top-five talent, so being able to land him at this point in the draft should make the Falcons estatic.
16. Kansas City Chiefs
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Outside of quarterback, the Chiefs have arguably the best roster in the NFL. Jones’ stock faded as the season went along, but he could recover with a strong senior season. With Matt Cassel already in place, Jones will have time to develop and not be forced to start right away.