1) San Francisco- QB Aaron Rodgers, Cal
Tough spot for all the teams near the top of the board because there is not a clear cut franchise player available. The 49er's have issues across the board, and would likely prefer to move down, but that seems unlikely. Rodgers can spread the ball all over the field and would be an upgrade over anyone currently on the Niners roster.
2) Miami- RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
Nick Saban has kept his cards close to his chest so far, but unless a trade happens, its looking less likely the Dolphins can simply sign a franchise back. Brown stock is up and he may be the only need player Miami can draft at this spot unless they can come up with a partner to trade down with.
3) Cleveland- WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan
The Browns offense needs a huge boost, and Edwards should give them the speed and playmaking ability on the outside to compliment Kellen Winslow Jr. on the inside. The Browns will also look hard at QB and CB, but I don't believe either of the top corners warrant this high of a pick, plus I don't think Romeo wants to invest his future in a rookie quarterback.
4) Chicago- RB Cedric Benson, Texas
The Bears young defense kept them in games last season and is on the right track. Chicago needs to get more big plays from their offense, but with the signing of Muhammad the focus with this pick maybe to build with the best player possible. Not sure Thomas Jones is a franchise back. Benson might be.
5) Tampa Bay- LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
The Bucs have issues on both sides of the ball, but the defense is still sturdy enough, that you would have to believe they'd go offense with this pick. But that's only if you believe in logic. Another Derrick, Brooks, days may be numbered in Tampa, so finding his replacement should be considered a high priority.
6) Tennessee- WR Mike Williams, USC
The Titans have sunk quicker than their ship namesake. The salary cap has torn this once proud team apart so they have leaks everywhere to patch. Bringing in Williams maybe necessary just too convince Steve McNair to limp back on the field for another season.
7) Minnesota (from Oak)- DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin
The Vikings by trading Moss obviously now lack a number one on the outside, and Travis Taylor is not that. As much as the dream is Mike Williams will fall into their lap, the closer we get to the draft, the less likely that seems to happen. The Vikes addressed their hole at corner with Fred Smoot, so defensive end could be their other option with this pick.
8) Arizona- CB Antrel Rolle, Miami (FL)
Quarterback may have been an option before the Kurt Warner signing but it would appear that Dennis Green wants to try to win now and groom Josh McCown some more from the bench. With a trade for Bills RB Travis Henry again looking very possible the Cards need help at corner. Exit one Cane corner, enter another.
9) Washington- CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
The Redskins offense was one of the worst in football last season, combine that with the fact it doesn't look like Rod Gardner will be back, WR becomes an obvious need. But with the top 2 guys off the board, and Fred Smoot leaving via free agency, acquiring a corner to sit opposite of the rejuvenated Shawn Springs may even be more important.
10) Detroit- DT Travis Johnson, FSU The Lions have a lot of questions to be answered by the players on their current roster, but one glaring need is depth at defensive tackle. Detroit currently only has 3 on the roster and filling that hole is traditionally tough. Detroit will also look at offensive line, defensive end, and linebacker.
11) Dallas- CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn
The Cowboys were plugging guys in from the street at various times last year it seemed. Rogers would give them a little stability opposite of Terrence Newman or a very solid nickelback behind Anthony Henry. DE and OL are also concerns.
12) San Diego (from NYG)- WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina
San Diego came a long way in a year, and are rewarded with two 1st round picks for their efforts. The Chargers made a great trade for Keenan McCardell, but still lack a legit threat on the other side. Reche Caldwell is more in the #3 WR mold once he gets back from injury.
13) Houston- LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
Inconsistent is a good word to describe the Texans. Offensively, David Carr again was a piñata last season, and the running game really had trouble getting kick started some weeks so help along the line and wide receiver are needed. Merriman is a perfect player for the 3-4 defense and Dom Capers is a defensive guy so that may trump all.
14) Carolina- OT Alex Barron, FSU
The Panthers are a very well rounded football team, especially once they get everyone off the injured list next season. Carolina needs help along the offensive line, at tight end, a big wide receiver to replace Muhammad, and at safety.
15) Kansas City- DE Marcus Spears, LSU
The Chief concern for Kansas City is addressing a defense that continually let them down the last two seasons. KC's biggest needs are getting a pass rushing end and a cover corner. While the Chiefs continue to shop for a corner via trade or free agency, I'll assume they go with the end. Spears has the size to shift inside on pass rushing downs which increases his value.
16) New Orleans- QB Alex Smith, Utah
Smith has the talent to go higher but with some teams addressing the signal caller situations look for someone to move up or for Smith to fall to a team like the Saints whose patience may be running thin with their current starter.
17) Cincinnati- S Thomas Davis, Georgia
Marvin Lewis made it public that the Bengals must get better on the defensive side of the ball. There has been some debate recently where Davis projects in the NFL, safety or outside linebacker. Some scouts think Davis is too slow to play safety in the NFL, but in my opinion the guy was never too slow at Georgia. He was all over the field making tackles and wherever he plays, he'll make someone's defense much better.
18) Minnesota- WR Mark Clayton, Oklahoma
The Vikings could look at wide receiver with this pick if they don't draft one with their first pick. Clayton is one of my favorites, a guy who catches everything and then is explosive with the ball in his hands. He will be a nice catch for whoever drafts him.
19) St. Louis- DE Dan Cody, Oklahoma
The Rams defense was exposed for how awful they could be on occasion in their playoff loss at Atlanta. St. Louis received good news about Leonard Little, but the Rams were really hindered with the loss of Grant Wistrom. St. Louis may also look for help in the secondary, and along their offensive line, especially at right tackle.
20) Dallas (from Buffalo)- DE Matt Roth, Iowa
Marcellus Wiley was an absolute bust in free agency so Dallas needs to go back to the drawing board to address their lack of a pass rush. Roth had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl where he showed great skill in getting to the quarterback.
21) Jacksonville- OT Jamaal Brown, Oklahoma
The Jaguars are a nice work in progress. The team will be counting on WR Reggie Williams to really step up and become a threat opposite of Jimmy Smith, but also a reason for the offenses struggles was Byron Leftwich getting hit far too often so help on along the offensive line is needed too. The Jags also desperately need help at defensive end where they were depleted last year, but the acquisition of Reggie Hayward may have minimized its importance.
22) Baltimore- RB Carnell Williams, Auburn
I know it seems unlikely, but the tailback position, much like quarterback, is something most teams have a player in place at so if certain teams don't select them at the top of the board, those positions slide. The Ravens, much like the Jags, struggled on offense at times, but the addition of Derrick Mason is a huge upgrade will make them more patient with young guys like Devard Darling and Clarence Moore. With the Jamal Lewis situation, investing in a Cadillac may be wise. The offensive line could use a little tweaking on the inside, and DT could be another area for the Ravens to address.
23) Seattle- LB Channing Crowder, Florida
The Seahawks have answered a lot of questions this offseason on what their future looks like on offense. But I do know the defense, especially the LB's were riddled with injuries last year, so Crowder would be a big help. The loss of Ken Lucas at corner hurts, but the depth at corner in this draft makes them go linebacker here.
24) Green Bay- OT Khalif Barnes, Washington
Darren Sharper's release makes acquiring a safety important. The Pack also could use help at linebacker and along the offensive line where they could use an injection of youth. Tough call for the Packers, so look for them to go with the best player available which may be someone like Barnes who had an outstanding Senior Bowl.
25) Denver- DE/LB David Pollack, Georgia
Denver has addressed their defensive line, I guess, by bringing in the entire Browns line so the Broncos also may look at WR again, as Rod Smith isn't getting any younger and Darius Watts was very up and down as a rookie. But with the team looking to play a 3-4 defense next season, they need bodies at linebacker possibly more.
26) New York Jets- TE Heath Miller, Virginia
Clearly the Jets top needs are at DE, CB, and TE. The Jets struggled moving the ball and putting points on the board toward the end of the season, so adding a playmaker on that side of the ball, whatever the position, could also be another direction they could head in which is why Miller's value is too much to pass up on.
27) Atlanta- DT Anttaj Hawthorne, Wisconsin
The Falcons defense was light years better last season than the year before, which some credit must go the offense and the rushing attack just allowing the defense time to breathe and putting them ahead on the scoreboard instead of always behind. Ed Jasper retiring leaves a hole at DT, which could be the way Atlanta leans with their 1st round pick. A threat on the outside is needed, but another year for Michael Jenkins to develop could be the answer to that question.
28) San Diego- DE Shaun Cody, USC
The Chargers with their second pick of the first round may look to add some pass rush if they are able to get a receiver with their first pick. Shaun Cody has the size to play DE in a 3-4 front.
29) Indianapolis- LB Daryl Blackstock, Virginia
The Colts, much like the Chiefs, will be looking defense to help out their explosive offense. The Colts need help on the interior of their defensive line and at outside linebacker where they've lost great players Mike Peterson and Marcus Washington is each of the last two seasons. Blackstock would be able to step right in and start for Indy.
30) Pittsburgh- WR Roddy White, UAB
Plaxico is gone. Randle El is solid, but is still much more effective as a #3 WR. The Cedric Wilson signing is underrated, but that leaves Big Ben throwing to t a bunch of smurfs. White has the size and speed to be a nice weapon for Big Ben and the Steelers.
31) Philadelphia- DE Justin Tuck, Notre Dame
The Eagles continue to search for a pass rush from the DE spot. Tuck is non-stop, hard working, and was extremely successful in college despite constant double-teams while playing for the Irish. More depth at LB and along the offensive line will also be looked at.
32) New England- LB Kevin Burnett, Tennessee
What do you get the team that has everything? There is no obvious choice for the Patriots here. New England could use help in the secondary and at wide receiver. The linebackers aren't getting any younger either, and with Ted Bruschi's status in limbo that may influence this pick.
33) San Francisco- CB Marlin Jackson, Michigan
34) Cleveland- LB Odel Thurman, Georgia
35) Philadelphia- WR Reggie Brown, Georgia
36) Tampa Bay- RB Ciatrick Fason, Florida
37) Tennessee- CB Justin Miller, Clemson
38) Oakland- LB Demarcus Ware, Troy State
39) Chicago- DT Luis Castillo, Northwestern
40) New Orleans- DB Brandon Browner, Oregon St.
41) Detroit- WR/HB Matt Jones, Arkansas
42) Dallas- S Ernest Shazor, Michigan
43) NY Giants- DT C.J. Moseley, Missouri
44) Arizona- DT Mike Patterson, USC
45) Carolina- TE Alex Smith, Stanford
46) Kansas City- CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska
47) Houston- WR Vincent Jackson, Northern Colorado
48) Cincinnati- DT Attiyyah Ellison, Missouri
49) Minnesota- S Josh Bullocks, Nebraska
50) St. Louis- CB Cory Webster, LSU
51) Green Bay- LB Kirk Morrison, San Diego St.
52) Jacksonville- CB Darrent Williams, Oklahoma St.
53) Baltimore- OG Elton Brown, Virginia
54) Seattle- QB Jason Campbell, Auburn
55) Buffalo- RB Darren Sproles, Kansas St.
56) Denver- OG Marcus Johnson, Mississippi
57) NY Jets- CB Bryant McFadden, FSU
58) Green Bay- QB Andrew Walter, Arizona St.
59) Atlanta- OT Wesley Britt, Alabama
60) Indianapolis- DT Jonathan Babineaux, Iowa
61) San Diego- LB Barrett Ruud, Nebraska
62) Pittsburgh- LB Michael Boley, Southern Miss
63) Philadelphia- OG/C David Baas, Michigan
64) New England- OT Adam Terry, Syracuse