I figured I'd be easy on the eyes this time and keep my descriptions abbreviated. Saves me time too, so it's win-win for all of us. The draft seems mightily unpredictable at this point, with so many swirling speculations, but things will simmer down around draft time, after all the Pro Days and whatnot are completed. Let's cut to the chase and get to the draft -- here's how I believe (at this point) how things will shake out later this coming April.
1. Carolina - QB Cam Newton, Auburn
2. Denver - DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
3. Buffalo - CB Patrick Peterson, LSU
4. Cincinnati - QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
5. Arizona - OLB Von Miller, Texas A&M
6. Cleveland - DL Nick Fairley, Auburn
7. San Francisco - Robert Quinn-DE/OLB-North Carolina, 6-4 265 4.70 - 49ers finally address the pass rush.
8. Tennessee Titans - DL Marcel Dareus, Alabama
9. Dallas Cowboys - CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
10. Washington Redskins - WR A.J. Green, Georgia
11. Houston Texans - DE Cameron Jordan, Cal
12. Minnesota Vikings - QB Ryan Mallet, Arkansas
13. Detroit Lions - OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
14. St. Louis Rams - WR Julio Jones, Alabama
15. Miami Dolphins - RB Mark Ingram, Alabama
16. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
17. New England Patriots - DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin
18. San Diego Chargers - DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State
19. New York Giants - CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
21. Kansas City Chiefs - OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
22. Indianapolis Colts - DT Stephen Paea, Oregon St. +
23. Philadelphia Eagles - OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
24. New Orleans Saints - OT Nate Solder, Colorado
25. Seattle Seahawks - CB Aaron Williams, Texas
26. Baltimore Ravens - OLB Justin Houston, Georgia
27. Atlanta Falcons - TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
28. New England Patriots - OL Mike Pouncey, Florida
29. Chicago Bears - DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
30. New York Jets - NT Phil Taylor, Baylor
31. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi St.
32. Green Bay Packers - RB Mikel LeShoure, Illinois
2nd round: Davon House-CB-New Mexico State, 6-0 200 4.50 - Borderline 1st round talent whose only real knock was his level of competition.
3rd round: Andy Dalton-QB-TCU, 6-2 215 4.82 - Leader, and a consistent winner with all the tools of a potential long-time starting QB, but not the imposing physical figure like Newton, Locker, Mallet, Gabbert, or Kaepernick.
4th round: Greg Romeus-DE-Pittsburgh, 6-4 264 4.79 - Yes, the injuries hurt him. But once healed, he'd prove to be a steal. We've been looking for a man to rush on the opposite end in passing situations because Smith can't do it alone, so I believe we could take Romeus if he's here.
4th round(2): Sione Fua-NT-Stanford, 6-2 308 5.28 - Not terribly athletic, but knows how to play with leverage and has the strength to man the NT position despite being somewhat undersized compared to most 3-4 NTs.
5th round: DeAndre Brown-WR-Southern Miss, 6-6 233 4.59 - Monstrous receiver and tremendous red-zone threat. Had a spectacular freshman year, but didn't replicate the numbers -- this is due largely to the broken leg he suffered in their bowl game that year. The kid could be a major steal, and having watched him play it's clear he's a skilled player who can contribute at the NFL level.
6th round: Noel Divine-RB-West Virginia, 5-8 179 4.34 - Speedy change of pace back we need. Value is volatile right now -- could go much higher purely based on his speed/elusiveness characteristics, but teams are concerned about his durability. Sproles, while similar in speed, is thicker than Divine is and he only went in the 4th, meaning Noel could fall to the 5th or lower.
6th round(2): Justin Boren-OG/OC-Ohio State, 6-3 309 5.40 - Potential developmental center prospect, and at worst provides guard depth.
7th round: Chris Neild-DL-West Virginia, 6-2 319 5.12 - High motor player who provides DL depth.
7th round(2): Alex Wujciak-ILB-Maryland, 6-3 250 4.79 - Special Teams/ILB depth.