I’m hoping to update this more or less live. A lot depends on the happiness of the baby.
1. Indianapolis Colts
I said: QB Andrew Luck.
They took: QB Andrew Luck. This is the least shocking development since the tide came in.
2. Washington Redskins
I said: QB Robert Griffin III.
They took: QB Robert Griffin III. This is the least shocking development since the Colts took Luck.
Minnesota Vikings — traded to Cleveland Browns
Minnesota must have told Cleveland about another team offering to take the #3 spot to steal the Browns’ desired pick.
I said: should take WR Justin Blackmon, will take RB Trent Richardson.
They took: RB Trent Richardson. I will talk to anyone who is willing to listen about why a running back should not be taken this high anymore.
Cleveland Browns — traded to Minnesota Vikings
I said: OT Matt Kalil.
They took: OT Matt Kalil. I think this is a very good pick, even if it’s not the most splashy selection available. Good job, Minnesota.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers — traded to Jacksonville Jaguars
I’m not sure exactly why they needed this trade, but whatever.
I said: WR Justin Blackmon.
They took: WR Justin Blackmon. I’m starting to feel like I’m pretty good at this! That means it’s going to start getting wonky.
St. Louis Rams — traded to Dallas Cowboys
There had been a whole lot of talk about teams wanting to trade down. I’m surprised how many have traded up.
I said: DT Fletcher Cox… but I thought it would be at #14.
They took: CB Morris Claiborne. Good move, I think.
Jacksonville Jaguars — traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I said: CB Morris Claiborne, but he’s gone now, thanks to Dallas.
They took: SS Mark Barron. Because if Aqib Talib showed them anything, it’s that character is apparently irrelevant.
8. Miami Dolphins
I said: should take DE Melvin Ingram or DE Quinton Coples, will take QB Ryan Tannehill.
They took: QB Ryan Tannehill. Presented with no further comment.
9. Carolina Panthers
I said: should take DT Fletcher Cox, will take DT Dontari Poe.
They took: ILB Luke Keuchly. Solid player, just not where I thought they’d go.
10. Buffalo Bills
I said: ILB Luke Keuchly — but he’s not available.
They took: CB Stephon Gilmore. Much higher than I thought he’d be taken.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
I said: OG David DeCastro.
They took: DT Dontari Poe. Well, I did say if he was available, it made sense to take him here. I’m not counting it as a win for me, but pretty smart for KC.
Seattle Seahawks — traded to Philadelphia Eagles
I said: OLB Zach Brown… but no way they traded up to get him; he would have been there at 15. I did say they should trade up for DT Fletcher Cox.
They took: DT Fletcher Cox! I am a genius.
13. Arizona Cardinals
I said: should take WR Michael Floyd, will take OT Jonathan Martin.
They took: WR Michael Floyd. Well, I’ll be. I can’t wait to watch Fitz & Floyd on the field at the same time!
Dallas Cowboys — traded to St. Louis Rams
I said: should take WR Justin Blackmon (gone), will take OT Riley Reiff (at 6).
They took: DT Michael Brockers. I don’t like this pick, personally. I don’t think Brockers warrants a top-half first-round selection.
Philadelphia Eagles — traded to Seattle Seahawks
I said: DE Melvin Ingram.
They took: DE/OLB Bruce Irvin. I don’t even have this guy as a first rounder. There must have been plenty of people who thought more of him than I did, considering the cameras were ready and fired up onto him.
16. New York Jets
I said: should pick OLB Whitney Mercilus, will pick SS Mark Barron (gone).
They took: DE Quinton Coples. I think is a pretty decent pick. They need a good rusher.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
I said: OG Cordy Glenn.
They took: CB Dre Kirkpatrick. Good player, but I still think they should have gone Glenn.
18. San Diego Chargers
I said: should take OLB Whitney Mercilus, will pick RB David Wilson.
They took: DE Melvin Ingram. I didn’t think Ingram would be available; I like this pick, actually.
19. Chicago Bears
I said: DE Quinton Coples (gone).
They took: DE Shea McClellin. With Coples gone, it’s one of the best options left to fill this need.
20. Tennessee Titans
I said: should take CB Janoris Jenkins, will take CB Dre Kirkpatrick (gone).
They took: WR Kendall Wright. Ehh. I like Wright, but I’m not sure this is what the Titans need most right here.
Cincinnati Bengals — traded to New England Patriots
The Pats traded up?
I said: should take DE Kendall Reyes, will take DE Michael Brockers.
They took: DE Chandler Jones. Yeah, I thought there was a possibility Jones would move up the chart, but I wasn’t convinced he was worth it. If Belichick thinks he is, I don’t know that I could argue.
22. Cleveland Browns
I said: should take WR Stephen Hill, will take DE Whitney Mercilus.
They took: QB Brandon Weeden. Not stunned, though I wish I were. Weeden shouldn’t be a first-rounder. He just shouldn’t.
23. Detroit Lions
I said: CB Janoris Jenkins.
They took: OT Riley Reiff. Frankly, I didn’t think he’d be here anywhere near this low. I don’t have a problem with this selection.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
I said: ILB Dont’a Hightower.
They took: OG David DeCastro. I had this guy gone at 11, so again, I don’t have a problem with this selection.
Denver Broncos — traded to New England Patriots.
The Pats traded up again?? What planet am I on?
I said: CB Stephon Gilmore.
They took: ILB Dont’a Hightower. I don’t like the Pats getting a player like this. Dang it.
26. Houston Texans
I said: WR Stephen Hill.
They took: ILB Whitney Mercilus. I’m really astonished they didn’t take a wideout here. I mean, I like Mercilus, but really? With this need?
New England Patriots — traded to Cincinnati Bengals
I said: WR Michael Floyd.
They took: OG Kevin Zeitler. I once again am surprised that WRs are slipping here.
28. Green Bay Packers
I said: should take DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, will take SS Harrison Smith.
They took: DE Nick Perry. I’m not convinced about Perry, but I wasn’t convinced about Harrison Smith either.
Baltimore Ravens — traded to Minnesota Vikings
I said: nothing. I didn’t go beyond Round One in my planning.
They took: FS Harrison Smith… who I had as a strong safety instead of a free safety. Eh. They need help everywhere.
30. San Francisco 49ers
I said: OG Kevin Zeitler, but he’s gone.
They took: WR A.J. Jenkins. What? Seriously? A wideout? And this one?
New England Patriots — traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I said: nothing, didn’t go past Round One.
They took: RB Doug Martin. No opinion at this time.
32. New York Giants
I said: should take TE Coby Fleener, will take OT Mike Adams.
They took: RB David Wilson. They definitely need a RB. I’m a little surprised it’s Wilson, but not terribly.
All in all, fun — and I was more correct than I anticipated, actually.
And now back to real life.