1.Carolina Panthers – AJ Green. This option at first only seemed likely if they are able to trade down some spots. Now I see this pick instantly makes the whole offense better, no matter who is throwing the ball. The threat of losing Steve Smith, only pushes the WR position to a high priority. Having no 2nd round pick makes the Panthers take a long look at Cam Newton, simply because the WR and DL positions are deep in this draft, but they take a safe 10+ year starter. Jimmy Clausen gets one more chance.
2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus. People want to give Von Miller or Patrick Peterson here, but John Fox gets production out of serviceable DBS, and likes to sure up the front 7. With Elvis Dumerviel back, they get the pass rush of the edge back, now they need pressure from up the middle. Dareus helps give them this.
3. Buffalo Bills – Cam Newton. The Bills benefit from the Panthers wanting to take a safer route. They grab Netwon and allow him to sit and learn under Fitzpatrick and Chan Gailey. Coach Gailey’s success with mobile, athletic QBs along with the pressure to not start right away also help Cam in his progression into a NFL QB.
4. Cincinatti Bengals – Blaine Gabbert. People seem to forget, without Carson Palmer, the Bengals have 1 of the worst QB roster situations. Neither Jordan Palmer or Dan LeFlevor are looked at in the organization as becoming starters. The Bengals also are able to either wait out Palmers retirement threats, or trade him when the price is right.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller. The Cards luck out and get the pass rusher they were seeking. They didn’t want Gabbert to fall here because they actually like to try to develop John Skelton, so no matter what they were bringing in a vet. (more…)