Here's my final stab at the first round. Some offbeat picks here (one in particular) but, hey, why be conventional?
1. Carolina Panthers: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
Most believe that the Panthers will go with a QB with the first overall pick. Maybe they will, but I believe that there are enough question marks associated with each of the top signal callers to prompt Carolina to go in another, much safer, direction.
2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
The Broncos need to fix their defense, and starting with Peterson, who can physically match even the most gifted WRs in the league, is a good place to build from.
3. Buffalo Bills: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Buffalo needs something to excite its fan base. While Newton is a risk, he also could provide a huge payoff if his maturity catches up to his physical talent.
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
I don't know that the Bengals will trade Carson Palmer just yet, but the rumblings have started. This makes Gabbert, who could use a bit of seaoning but has great potential, a great choice.
5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
The Cardinals probably should take a QB, but they have not come to terms with the fact that they are rebuilding, as opposed to being a "one guy away" team. They could also use an OT, but none merit such a high choice. Miller will be expected to be an impact player right away.
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Green is an elite prospect and will be expected to take the role of Colt McCoy's go-to guy right away. They’ll look to bolster the defense in Round 2.
7. San Francisco Niners: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Niners need to upgrade the QB spot and their DBs. As the top two QBs are off the board, Amukamara will be the pick.
8. Tennessee Titans: Nick Fairly, DT, Auburn
The good news: Fairly could make the Titans forget Albert Haynesworth. The bad news: Fairly could cause the Titans to remember Albert Haynesworth.
9. Dallas Cowboys: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
Though the Cowboys need to bolster the OT spot, Jordan is their best value at this point. He will fit in perfectly on their defense.
10. Washington Redskins: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Rams fans everywhere shout “Noooooooo!!!” as the second of two first-round quality WRs comes off the board. The Redskins need a guy like Jones to add some pop to a very bland offense.
11. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
Houston should probably take defensive players with every pick they have. Quinn will be a great bookend for Mario Williams.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Minnesota
Robert Edwards is a free agent, so Bowers makes sense here. But for his knee issues, he is a top 5 prospect, so the risk could yield a big reward.
13. Detroit Lions: Tyron Smith, OT, USC
The Lions are an up and coming team, but have some glaring weaknesses. OT is one of them, and Smith is a very solid prospect.
14. St. Louis Rams: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
Rams fans can dream about Smith and Chris Long terrorizing opposing QBs from their bookend spots. WR will have to wait for a later round or FA.
15. Miami Dolphins: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
Critics will dub this a massive reach. Perhaps, but Miami needs a RB, and if LeShoure produces like he did at Illinois, nobody will mind in a couple of years.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
This is just a good match. Kerrigan has the physical tools and the work ethic to be very successful at a spot that has given the Jaguars trouble in recent years.
17. New England Patriots (from Oakland): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
Watt fits the Patriots very well, both from a scheme standpoint to his experience playing in cold weather.
18. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Antonio Gates will be 31 at the start of next season, and the Chargers really miss him when he’s out of the lineup. Rudolph will ensure continuity at the position.
19. New York Giants: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
Barry Coefield is a FA, and may be too pricey to keep. Liuget will fill in nicely.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
DE is a real need spot for the Bucs and, while the top prospects are gone, Clayborn has very good potential.
21. Kansas City Chiefs: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
Now the run on OTs begins. With their run-oriented offense, the Chiefs can always use OL talent.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Castonzo is not considered an "elite" prospect, but he has the potential to become a solid anchor.
23. Philadelphia Eagles: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
The Eagles need to add talent to their DB corps, and Smith has great talent. If the Eagles are satisfied that Smith’s character won’t be a problem, he’s their guy.
24. New Orleans Saints: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
The Saints are a bit surprised to see Ingram here, and jump on the chance to add a workhorse RB.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Muhammad Wilkerson, DL, Temple
The Hawks will value Wilkerson’s versatility and utilize him both inside and on the edge.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
OLB has been a strength position for the Ravens for years. Houston will ensure that it continues to be.
27. Atlanta Falcons: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
The Falcons need a WR to play opposite Roddy White, who will be tasked with helping manage Baldwin’s ego.
28. New England Patriots: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
Eventually, Logan Mankins will have to be paid or sent packing. Watkins probably won’t fill the OT void, but his presence will make signing Mankins less of a priority.
29. New York Jets: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
With Phil Taylor’s health in question, the Jets will take a chance on the talented, but enigmatic, Austin. Ryan could be the right guy to motivate him.
30. Chicago Bears: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The Bears were able to patch up their OL with smoke and mirrors, but really need more talent.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ras-I Dowling, DB, Virginia
Dowling can play both the CB and FS spot for the Steelers, who continue to add talent to a great defense.
32. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Charles Woodson is not getting any younger, and the Packers have few weaknesses. Harris is a very good value here.