updated December 16
1.
Andrew Luck
QB
Stanford
Scouting Report - coming soon
It's difficult to imagine the Panthers giving up Jimmy Clausen after just one season. However, it's also difficult to imagine anyone passing on Andrew Luck. Ultimately I think Luck is the guy here, and the Panthers will trade Clausen. They can reasonably expect to receive a 4th-round pick in return, possibly from a team such as the Seahawks who likely won't land a quarterback in this year's 1st round. Luck, meanwhile, will be their starter from day one.
2.
A.J. Green
WR
Georgia
Scouting Report - coming soon
This is a key offseason for the Bengals. They need to decide whether to commit to Carson Palmer for another few seasons, or if it's time to move on. Owning a top-five pick allows them to select his replacement if they chose. Waiting until next year may not be an option - there is no guarantee that another quarterback will be available. However, I believe the franchise is committed to Palmer and is still willing to build around him. If that is the case, taking Green is an easy decision.
3.
Ryan Mallett
QB
Arkansas
Scouting Report - coming soon
Anyone who thinks Tim Tebow is still the quarterback of the future in Denver is lying to themselves. Tebow was Josh McDaniels project, and it's unlikely that their new coach will feel the same way. Kyle Orton is a capable starter, but he isn't someone to build around. Ryan Mallett, Jake Locker and Cam Newton could all be reasonable options here. As of now, I believe Mallett is the most NFL-ready and will be the most highly regarded of the three by most organizations.
4.
Da'Quan Bowers
DE
Clemson
Scouting Report - coming soon
It may go against conventional wisdom to select a defensive lineman two years in a row, but this would be the right decision for the Lions. Bowers and Suh would give the Lions two elite, young linemen who could anchor the defensive for years to come. Cliff Avril has developed into an adequate starter, but Kyle Vanden Bosch has been a disappointment. At this point you have to wonder how much KVB has left in the tank. Bowers reminds me of Julius Peppers - he's just too good to pass up.
5.
Cam Newton
QB
Auburn
Scouting Report - coming soon
If the Bills end up drafting in the 5-10 range, their decision will be a fascinating debate. In this scenario, Cam Newton and Jake Locker are both options. I don't believe Locker will end up coming off the board in the top 10, meaning it's Newton or a different direction. There's no denying Newton's raw ability, but is he ready for the NFL? I think Buffalo is too desperate to pass him up. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been surprisingly effective, but the Bills need someone to build around.
6.
Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Cardinals need a quarterback and a brand new offensive line, but there isn't anyone worth taking in this scenario. They should try to trade down, but if they stay put the safest bet is to take the best available player. In this case, that player is Patrick Peterson - and it isn't close. He is an elite cornerback and would be a great compliment to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. If Peterson is gone, they may consider a linebacker such as Robert Quinn.
7.
Cameron Jordan
DE
California
Scouting Report - coming soon
Aside from the obvious (the offensive line) it is extraordinarily difficult to determine the Cowboys biggest needs. They are very talented, but nearly everyone underachieved this season. One area that could become a need is the defensive line. Marcus Spears is set to become a free agent, and his production probably hasn't warranted a long-term deal. This is a deep class of 3-4 defensive ends. I believe Cameron Jordan is the best of the bunch, but Adrian Clayborn is also a realistic option.
8.
Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska
Scouting Report - coming soon
Aside from Nate Clements, there's not much to like about the 49ers secondary. And even Clements, who is owed $7.25M in 2011, may not be brought back next season. Amukamara and Patrick Peterson should be high on the 49ers wish list, and if they're drafting in the top 10, I believe they will land one of them. They also need a quarterback, but in this scenario only Jake Locker remains on the board. I believe they would pass on Locker and possibly grab someone in the 2nd or 3rd round.
9.
Julio Jones
WR
Alabama
Scouting Report - coming soon
Based on his injury history and his inconsistency, I believe this is a far too early for Julio Jones to come off the board. However, I also believe that the Redskins are desperate for a receiver and may not have any choice. Talent-wise, Jones is the second best receiver in this year's class and the 'Skins need to give Donovan McNabb some weapons with which to work. Jonathan Baldwin and Justin Blackmon may also be options, but I have a hard time envisioning either entering the top 10.
10.
Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn
Scouting Report - coming soon
Jason Jones has emerged as one of the league's top young defensive tackles, but the Titans are still looking for someone to start opposite him on the interior line. Fairley is the top defensive tackle in this year's draft and compares favorably to Ndamukong Suh. Like Suh, he can be a liability against the run, but he is also an elite pass rusher. No one in the college ranks penetrates the interior line like Fairley. He would fit in nicely in Tennessee and give them one of the NFL's better defensive lines.

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