9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
The Panthers tend to be wowed by guys who have a big combine. With that said they need a big guy on the defensive front to stop the run and that can get pressure on the quarterback. Dontari Poe separated himself from the field at the combine and would be a perfect fit for the Panthers.
Defensive tackle used to be considered a big risk in the first round, but that is starting to change. Recently defensive tackles have been more likely to succeed than defensive ends.
Carolina is definitely going defense with this pick and I think it comes down to DT Dontari Poe, LB Luke Kuechly, or DE Quinton Couples
10. Buffalo Bills: Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford Buffalo went into the offseason with its biggest need being defensive end. After spending nearly 150 million dollars on 2 players, they have solved that problem. Left tackle has been a big need and they are in a position to address it.
Buffalo will flirt with Michael Floyd and Courtney Upshaw, but in the end the will realize they need to protect Fitzpatrick if they have any shot at becoming a contender.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The Chiefs will try and trade down, which is possible with Michael Floyd still on the board. They need a defensive tackle, but this is a little early to take Fletcher Cox. DeCastro is probably the safest pick in the draft. It’s a little early to take an inside lineman, but considering who is left on the board it’s the best fit.
The Chiefs were plagued by injuries and a difficult schedule. It’s hard to believe, but if they would have made a field goal at the end of regulation against Oakland in week 16 then they would have made the playoffs.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
This really is a dream scenario for the Seahawks. They watched Aldon Smith tear it up for the 49ers last year and are really wanting to add a defensive end for this upcoming season.
They could use offensive line help, but with the top guys are off the board they will focus on pass rusher. This could be either Ingram or Couples, but Couple takes too many plays off for a team that needs all the help they can get.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Arizona was at its best when they had both Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin on the field. It also helped to have Kurt Warner at the helm. They missed out on Manning so it is up to Kolb to improve on last year’s performance.
If you are going to pay a guy big money you need to get him talent in order to help him succeed. Floyd is a big target who will create matchup nightmares lined up opposite of Larry Fitzgerald.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Cowboys would have loved if DeCastro would have fallen to them, but interior line was addressed in free agency. In fact I don’t think there is a chance they take anyone on the offensive side of the ball in the first round.
The Cowboys have had a good free agency run, now it’s time for them to hit in the draft. The team has solved most of its needs so don’t be surprised if they try to trade back. Since I’m not predicting any trades defensive line will be the way to go. They need to find someone who can take over opposite of DeMarcus Ware, and Couples has top 8 potential. The Cowboys have taken the best player available the last couple of years so it’s works out great that the best guy left is in a need position.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Something tells me the Eagles won’t pick 15th, they could move up, they could move down, it’s what they do. Again, since I’m not predicting trades so Andy Reid will take a DT to help shore up the defensive front.
Defensive tackle is pretty deep this draft and some might be wondering why not the in state DT in Devon Still. Devon was great, until he was up against good lines, he struggled versus Wisconsin and Ohio State. He didn’t improve himself at the combine either, which will move up guys in front of him at the position.
It’s not a huge need, but the biggest issue this last year for the Eagles was linebacker, something that they improved on by acquiring DeMeco Ryans from the Texans. If Ryans wasn’t added to the team this pick would be Kuechly without a doubt.
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Jets missed the playoffs this last year because their defense wasn’t able to carry them as in years past. Upshaw might be forced to move to defensive end because of his size, but that won’t shy off Rex Ryan who will find a way to utilize him.
With Santonio Holmes firing away at every quarterback on the roster and who knows what Plaxico is going to do this could be a chance to get a WR. It’s not like any good free agents are going to want to come in to catch passes from Sanchez or Tebow.
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