- Posted: 1:22 PM, April 9, 2012
AP1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford – Andrew Luck will be the first name called in Radio City Music Hall, you can bank on that. Luck, considered to be the best quarterback prospect to come out of college since Peyton Manning, completed over 71 percent of his passes in his senior season at Stanford in addition to throwing 37 touchdown passes. While Robert Griffin III turned in jaw-dropping combine numbers, Luck was not far behind Cam Newton’s combine numbers a year ago. Luck’s 4.67 40-yard dash time was about one-tenth slower than Newton, but he bested the Panthers’ QB with a 36-inch vertical leap and 124-inch broad jump. Luck has the athleticism and passing skills to be the Colts’ franchise QB for a very long time.
AP2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor – Washington is praying it was right about Robert Griffin III, considering how much it gave up to move from No.6 overall to No.2 overall. Griffin III’s 4.41 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical leap were both the best among quarterbacks at the combine, but the most impressive number about Griffin III was his height, which was a major concern for teams looking at the Heisman Trophy winner. Griffin III has all of the physical abilities to succeed at the next level and will be a nightmare for defenses to plan for. If Cam Newton proved anything last season, it is that athletic quarterbacks can succeed early in their careers in the NFL.
Getty Images3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil – OT – USC – Minnesota is going to need to protect Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson, and Matt Kalil is a perfect fit for the Vikings at No.3. Minnesota has a few other holes to fill, mainly in the secondary and in the receiving game, but if Ponder is on his back consistently and Peterson (provided he returns from injury) cannot run the ball behind an effective offensive line, it is in trouble.
AP4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama - Cleveland needs a lot of help in this draft, especially at the running back position with the departure of Peyton Hillis. During his pro day last month, Richardson dispelled fears about his knee, running in the low 4.4 range and making perfect cuts, which literally floored Cleveland’s running back coach Gary Brown. Richardson would step in immediately and be a significant upgrade to Cleveland’s offense and could relieve some of the pressure that rests on Colt McCoy’s shoulders.
AP5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU – With Aqib Talib’s future with the Buccaneers in doubt due to an upcoming felony trial and Ronde Barber entering his fifteenth season, cornerback is a glaring need for the team. After addressing many of its other needs via free agency, Tampa Bay will need to strengthen its secondary. Claiborne is widely regarded as the best defensive back in this year’s draft and despite his relative small size (5’11 188 lbs) and abysmal Wonderlic score (4 out of 50) Tampa Bay will not be able to pass on the LSU cornerback.