OT, Texas A&M
St. Louis is going to need to upgrade the o-line. The quarterback, receiving and running back situations will need to figure themselves out in due time, too, but all of those problems are easier fix than shoddy protection. Luke Joeckel is the best at his position in this year’s draft and he’ll make for a great fit on the Rams.
Jake Locker’s satisfaction with the offense and overall success will be very dependent on Chris Johnson but, even if Johnson returns to his old production levels, he can’t compensate for how awful the receiving situation is in Tennessee right now. Even though Cal didn’t look especially great this past weekend versus Nevada, Keenan Allen still looked like a stud. He’ll be a welcome addition the Titans’ offense.
It’s tempting to add another quarterback to the equation just for kicks but, seeing as Tyler Bray hasn’t proven himself worthy of a top 10 pick just yet, I won’t go that route (yet). If they don’t go quarterback, Arizona brass will opt for an o-line upgrade. Chris Faulk isn’t an ideal pick for obvious reasons, however, by the time the Cardinals get up to bat, he may be the best line player available. (They’ll probably just go quarterback, though. Particularly if they’re picking this high.)
The Raiders would probably love to add a quality quarterback here, but there are more pressing needs on defense. LSU’s defense will be as ferocious as they come this season so there are questions regarding how much of Sam Montgomery we’ll see (he didn’t even start Week 1), but it’s hard to imagine that last year’s production was a fluke. This is definitely a pick to keep an eye on, though. Montgomery might end up getting swapped out for another end at some point.
There are varying opinions on how Carolina will look this season but, either way, it’s probably a safe guess that they’ll try to give Cam Newton some weapons this summer. (Particularly after last year’s draft.) Justin Hunter had a mediocre first game in which he was largely outshined by Cordarrelle Patterson, but Hunter figures to have the better season when it’s all said and done.
The Bucs can go in several different directions here, but defense would probably be the smartest play. Unlike some of his teammates, Jarvis Jones didn’t disappoint this weekend. Regardless of what his team does, so long as Jones continues to perform, he could potentially go a lot higher than this when the big day finally comes.
Cincinnati is in good position to make some noise this year. Regardless of whether they do or don't, though, it’s unlikely that they’ll feel confident enough in their right tackle spot next summer to pass on D.J. Fluker. Sure, it was just Michigan – but Fluker and his boys looked strong on Saturday night.
Seattle needs a quality wide receiver for Russell Wilson (or, if the year doesn’t go according to plan, Matt Flynn) to throw to, but there isn't going to be much proven skill available at this point in the draft. That means if the Seahawks want to fill their biggest need, they’ll have to take a risk. Cordarrelle Patterson was amazing this weekend versus North Carolina State against a very quality corner in David Amerson. This admittedly a pretty hasty rush to judgment but, man, he was really impressive in Week 1.