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1. Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford
QB, Georgia
Stafford has Jay Cutler-type physical skills. However, the Lions will take their time and start the season with Daunte Culpepper.


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2. St. Louis Rams

Jason Smith
OT, Baylor
Jason Smith becomes the top offensive tackle because of Andre Smith's dubious actions at the combine. Jason Smith is a former tight end who lit up the combine, amassing 33 repetitions on the bench and showing great footwork during the drills.


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3. Kansas City Chiefs

Michael Crabtree
WR, Texas Tech
With the success of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin under him in Arizona, new Chiefs coach Todd Haley won't be able to pass on Crabtree if the team believes he will recover from the stress fracture in his foot.


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4. Seattle Seahawks

B.J. Raji
DT, Boston College
The Seahawks are in need of an Albert Haynesworth-type of defensive tackle to take some of the pressure off Patrick Kerney.


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5. Cleveland Browns

Aaron Curry
LB, Wake Forest
Curry is just what the doctor ordered for a defense that's desperate to pressure opponents' quarterbacks.


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6. Cincinnati Bengals

Eugene Monroe
OT, Virginia
Taking Monroe is a necessity, no matter what the Bengals do with their existing linemen. They likely will part ways with Levi Jones if they re-sign Stacy Andrews.


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7. Oakland Raiders

Jeremy Maclin
WR, Missouri
I hope I'm wrong with this pick because the Raiders need an offensive tackle.


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8. Jacksonville Jaguars

Andre Smith
OT, Alabama
Khalif Barnes is a free agent, and Smith is the perfect fit to bolster the Jaguars' run-first philosophy featuring Maurice Jones-Drew.


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9. Green Bay Packers

Brian Orakpo
DE/LB, Texas
The Pack is making the switch to the 3-4 defense. Aaron Kampman is moving to the Elephant position, but Orakpo would provide flexibility to allow Kampman to play defensive end in addition to rush outside linebacker.


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10. San Francisco 49ers

Everette Brown
DE, Florida State
Mike Singletary's priorities are offensive tackle and defensive end. Should one of the top three offensive linemen (Smith, Smith or Monroe) fall to this position, the Niners will select one of them to replace Jonas Jennings.


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11. Buffalo Bills

Aaron Maybin
LB, Penn State
Penn State's pass-rush maven has the best first step of all this year's defenders.


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12. Denver Broncos

Brian Cushing
LB, USC
New Broncos defensive coordinator Mike Nolan would love to have Maybin fall to him because of his freakish pass-rush abilities. Cushing is a different style of player, but he's a Nolan-type player.


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13. Washington Redskins

Rey Maualuga
LB, USC
The Redskins said goodbye to Marcus Washington. Despite his slow 40-yard dash at the combine (unofficially a 4.83, with an injury during or right after his run), Maualuga would be a good fit.


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14. New Orleans Saints

Vontae Davis
CB, Illinois
This is an obvious pick if you saw the Saints play defense last season. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see Michael Oher fall off the board here if Jon Stinchcomb doesn't return to New Orleans.


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15. Houston Texans

Michael Johnson
DE, Georgia Tech
The Texans need a complement to Mario Williams. The biggest acquisition this offseason might be defensive line coach Bill Kolar, who will get the most out of the inconsistent Johnson.


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16. San Diego Chargers

Knowshon Moreno
RB, Georgia
The Chargers have telegraphed their first punch with the apparent rift that has developed between LaDainian Tomlinson and general manager A.J. Smith. I still don't understand how it started, but nonetheless, San Diego must find the successor to L.T., and that should be Moreno.


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17. New York Jets

Alphonso Smith
CB, Wake Forest
Rex Ryan's "organized chaos" defense puts tremendous pressure on the cornerbacks, who will be called upon to play man-to-man. Smith reminds me of Samari Rolle, whom Ryan coached in Baltimore.


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18. Chicago Bears

Mark Sanchez
QB, USC
The Bears will be forced, by default, to take Sanchez, who in some scouts' books is better than Stafford. Sanchez will slide but not because he lacks talent.


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19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Freeman
QB, Kansas State
As Sanchez begins to fall, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Buccaneers make a move up to get to him. But if they don't, they likely will take Freeman.


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20. Detroit Lions

(from Dallas Cowboys)

Peria Jerry
DT, Mississippi
Lions GM Martin Mayhew has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to thank for this pick. Mayhew owes this pick to his best player on defense (Ernie Sims), and if Jerry is available, this is the kind of penetrator that new coach Jim Schwartz will need.


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21. Philadelphia Eagles


Chris "Beanie" Wells
RB, Georgia
Eagles coach Andy Reid needs a thumper back to spell Brian Westbrook.


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22. Minnesota Vikings


Percy Harvin
WR, Florida
Harvin might be the most dangerous player in the draft and the biggest unknown commodity because he played running back and receiver in college.


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23. New England Patriots


Darius Butler
CB, Connecticut
This is one of those "best guy left on the board" scenarios, as the Patriots have depth on both sides of the ball. One thing we do know is that the player must have a high football IQ, and that's why Butler makes sense here if he's available. Patience is growing thin with Laurence Maroney, so Wells also would be a nice fit.


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24. Atlanta Falcons


D.J. Moore
CB, Vanderbilt
Like the Patriots, the Falcons -- who plucked GM Thomas Dimitroff from New England -- probably will pull the best player off the board, but in the end, they might lean toward grabbing a cornerback. This could be the fifth cornerback taken in the first round.


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25. Miami Dolphins


Hakeem Nicks
WR, North Carolina
This is a true coin toss. Depending on his 40 time, Nicks could be the guy, but Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey also could go here.


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26. Baltimore Ravens


James Laurinaitis
LB, Ohio State
Speed issues have dropped a top-10 football player into the bottom of the first round.


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27. Indianapolis Colts


Fili Moala
DT, USC
Colts GM Bill Polian is in desperate need of a power pig in a division where every team likes to run the football. Moala is a space eater who will allow the Colts' linebackers to go sideline to sideline. I also wouldn't be surprised to see WR Brian Robiskie go here with the loss of Marvin Harrison.


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28. Philadelphia Eagles

(from Carolina Panthers)

Michael Oher
OT, Mississippi
Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan are unrestricted free agents and, more importantly, they are both old.


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29. New York Giants

Tyson Jackson
DE, LSU
Jackson can play defensive end or three-technique. The Giants' defense wore down late in the season after the retirement of Michael Strahan and the season-ending injury to Osi Umenyiora. Umenyiora will return and leave Mathias Kiwanuka in limbo, and that's where he should stay (i.e. he should be a hybrid player whom the Giants allow to play both LB and DE).


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30. Tennessee Titans

Robert Ayers
DE, Tennessee
With Albert Haynesworth gone, the reins will be turned over to Jason Jones. But it will be important to replace the explosion of Haynesworth with an explosive player at defensive tackle or end.


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31. Arizona Cardinals

Donald Brown
RB, Connecticut
With Edgerrin James' imminent departure, Iowa's Shonn Greene also could be an option.


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32. Pittsburgh Steelers

Eben Britton
OT, Arizona
This is another coin toss with William Beatty. The Steelers pulled the miracle of miracles because they won the championship with arguably the worst offensive line of all the Super Bowl title teams. To show you what I know, they franchised Max Starks. Ideally, the Steelers will kick Willie Colon in at guard because he has a nasty streak I like.


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