1. Carolina Panthers
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: There's a lot of talk about Luck staying in school, but until Jim Harbaugh signs an extension at Stanford and Luck holds a press conference saying he's returning ... I'm keeping the potential No. 1 prospect in this spot.
2. Denver Broncos
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU: Champ Bailey has not been re-signed, and if he departs Peterson will be expected to fill that gaping hole.
3. Buffalo Bills
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn: Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey would love to turn Newton's raw athleticism and arm strength into a pass-distributing machine from the shotgun.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia: Now that scheduled free agent Terrell Owens is done for the year due to injury, the silky-smooth Green will only look better and better as a complement to Ochocinco.
5. Arizona Cardinals
Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama: Assuming that the Cards sign a veteran such as Mark Bulger or acquire Donovan McNabb, Dareus would be a difference-maker playing all along the Cards' three-man front.
6. San Francisco 49ers
Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas : Quarterback needs of teams in the top 10 --and the likelihood of reduced contracts allowed by a rookie wage scale in the new CBA -- may help the strong-armed Mallett to be picked early.
7. Dallas Cowboys
Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson: Bowers could either anchor a 4-3 defense if the new Cowboys staff moves in that direction, or add weight to be a long-time starting five-technique in the 3-4.
8. Houston Texans
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: Despite picking CB Kareem Jackson in the first round last year, the Texans' awful secondary still needs help.
9. Cleveland Browns
Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri: This exceptional athlete is capable of becoming a star pass rusher in either a 4-3 and 3-4 defense, depending on how the team's coaching situation plays out.
10. Detroit Lions
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.): Tightening up the secondary could make Detroit's defense one to reckon with in 2011.
11. Seattle Seahawks
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn: Bringing in Fairley gives the Seahawks a potentially dominant playmaker in the middle.
12. Tennessee Titans
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida: Boosting the pass defense will help the Titans get back into playoff contention.
13. Washington Redskins
Jake Locker, QB, Washington : Donovan McNabb can't possibly stay in Washington after the way this season has ended. Mike Shanahan might see Locker as another Jay Cutler, but with better athleticism and intangibles -- and will believe he can turn him into an NFL quarterback.
14. Minnesota Vikings
Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina: Unless the Vikings trade up to get a quarterback, or are willing to see where Joe Webb can take them, they'll need to address one of the spots opening up due to free agency. Quinn would be a nice replacement for Ray Edwards if the veteran is not re-signed.
15. New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State: Matt Light is scheduled to be a free agent after the season, so Sherrod could step right in.
16. St. Louis Rams
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama: The Rams have their quarterback in Sam Bradford, workhorse back in Steven Jackson, and starting tackles in Rodger Saffold and Jason Smith. Now they need a playmaking receiver like Jones to bring back an explosive offense reminiscent the "Greatest Show on Turf" glory days.
17. Miami Dolphins
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama: Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both scheduled to be free agents, and the Dolphins rely on the running game as much as any team in the league.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars
Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA: The Jags' secondary is one of the worst in the NFL, so Moore's playmaking ability will be greatly appreciated.
19. San Diego Chargers
Cameron Jordan, DE, California: With Travis Johnson and Jacques Cesaire potential free agents, Jordan's size and strength make him a natural selection.
20. NY Giants
Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College: If Tom Coughlin stays, he may look to another B.C. linemen to give QB Eli Manning more time to throw and the team's running backs more space to run.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa: The Bucs worked on the interior defensive line early in the 2010 draft, so bolstering the team's pass rush on the outside seems a reasonable next step.
22. Indianapolis Colts
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: Adds size and surprising strength to a Colts offensive line needing to better protect Peyton Manning and run-block more effectively.
23. Green Bay Packers
J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: With the talented but injured Cullen Jenkins and the troubled Johnny Jolly potential free agents, Green Bay may decide to keep a prototypical five-technique in-state.
24. Kansas City Chiefs
Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M: GM Scott Pioli re-signed Derrick Johnson, but Tamba Hali is a potential free agent and Mike Vrabel is past his prime.
25. NY Jets
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are both probable free agents, and the one who doesn't return will determine what type of pass-catcher the Jets search out in the draft. Blackmon is a mirror image of Hakeem Nicks, who plays for the other team sharing the New Meadowlands.
26. Philadelphia Eagles
DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas: Andy Reid likes to use his first round picks to build up the offensive and defensive lines. Love fits his size and strength requirements.
27. New Orleans Saints
Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue: The Saints should thank their lucky stars if a player of Kerrigan's ability falls to the late first round.
28. Chicago Bears
Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California: The Bears have protected QB Jay Cutler better in recent weeks, in part because offensive coordinator Mike Martz has finally changed his game plan. Smith's just starting to realize his potential and could help an offensive line with multiple positions of weakness.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State: Each year at least one interior lineman makes his way into the first round. The nephew of Hall of Fame-caliber Oakland Raider lineman Steve has the strength, intelligence and athleticism to be a long-time starter for a team needing to get better up front.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State : The Steelers are aging in their defensive line, so using another late first-round pick to go with Ziggy Hood makes sense.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin: Starting right tackle Tyson Clabo is scheduled to be a free agent, so the Falcons may need to replace him. The tough Outland Trophy winner will easily make the switch to the strong side.
32. New England Patriots
Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (Fla.): Bailey has a chance to be fine 3-4 five-technique with NFL coaching and strength training.