1. Detroit Lions — Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia*
6-3 | 237 lbs. | Junior
Tampa Bay, FL
Nothing is expected to change here barring any unforeseen decision to sign a prospect player before the draft (see: Reggie Bush/Mario Williams). The Lions should not expect to turn things around as quick as the Miami Dolphins did this season. However, a Matthew Stafford-Calvin Johnson combination should give fans some optimism. A new identity is needed for the team that struggled so much in 2008. Stafford has the best arm in the draft, hands down. He could make any throw on the next level, and to be honest, he probably should have been slotted at the top spot a couple weeks ago. There is an option out there that would allow the Lions to select an offensive tackle here and then a quarterback at No. 20. However, that’s a bit too risky for a team that desperately needs a franchise quarterback.
2. St. Louis Rams — Eugene Monroe, OLT, Virginia
6-5 | 310 lbs. | Senior
Jake Long was probably going to become a member of the St. Louis Rams at the 2008 draft, had the Dolphins not snatch him up with the first overall pick. Furthermore, with that being said, the team has done little to improve at either tackle position. Recently, I’ve become a little concerned about Andre Smith’s ability to play the pass. Eugene Monroe is an overall more rounded offensive lineman and should fit nicely along the Rams’ offensive line. Assuming the Rams go offensive tackle, Monroe is clearly the more polished and experienced offensive tackle.
3. Kansas City Chiefs — Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech*
6-3 | 214 lbs. | Sophomore (RS) sbobet.top
Tyler Thigpen has actually performed well in his first season as a starter, an interesting twist of fate for a team that last year held Brodie Croyle as their future quarterback. Additionally, the cost of signing a quarterback like Mark Sanchez here would be overwhelming. Instead, Michael Crabtree gives the team a viable option to pair with Dwayne Bowe for the future. Crabtree, with his combination of size, speed, and productivity, is clearly the best wide receiver in this draft class. The signing of former Cardinals OC Todd Haley solidifies Crabtree as the third pick. After all, Haley knows what it’s like to have a two stud wide receivers on offense. Kansas City will hope that Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree will turn into the AFC version of Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.
4. Seattle Seahawks — Andre Smith, OT, Alabama*
6-4 | 341 lbs. | Junior
This pick changes due to the franchise tag assigned to LeRoy Hill. Seattle would be extremely disappointed to see Michael Crabtree get snatched up before they get the opportunity to pick. Crabtree would be the obviously selection at this selection. However, offensive tackle is still a pressing need for the Seahawks. Walter Jones is not getting any younger, and the Seahawks would like to get back to running the football. Andre Smith provides the Seahawks with a mauler of an offensive tackle. Additionally, Smith would be able to play the right tackle position while Walter Jones plays out his remaining years with the Seahawks.
5. Cleveland Browns — Aaron Curry, OLB/ILB, Wake Forest
6-3 | 247 lbs. | Senior
Here is a dream scenario for the Cleveland Browns. Aaron Curry has the ability to play any linebacker position in Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Curry has all the tools to be a productive linebacker at the next level. Good size, and unbelievable athleticism allowed him to establish himself as the best defensive player in this draft class. Furthermore, Curry gives the team a franchise player to build around the rest of the defense. Malcolm Jenkins is an option here, but there’s no question the Browns would go with Curry over Jenkins at this point.