With the first round of the draft completed, here are my initial grades for each of the first 32 picks. In addition, I’ve included the updated team needs for each team. This should provide a good indication of where the teams are likely to go in next couple of days.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
You can’t give anything less than an A to Indy. Taking the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning to replace Peyton Manning.
Remaining Needs: WR, G/C, NT, CB, TE, LB
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
The Redskins deserve an A for recognizing that there are only two franchise QBs in this draft and going after the last one.
Remaining Needs: RT, CB, S, ILB, G/C
3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson RB, Alabama
This would have been an A if they hadn’t traded up. Giving up 4th, 5th, and 7th round picks to move up one spot is just bad business. Even if a team was trying to jump them for Richardson, they lost too much to justify it. That said, Richardson is a great fit and should be productive for the Browns.
Remaining Needs: WR, RT, QB, DB
Well since the Steelers lost, my draft coverage will begin now and I will start it off with the Steelers needs for the draft this year. Expect 1 to 2 posts per day four to five days a week all the way through the draft.
Number 1 Need: Offensive Guard
Our guard play was awful all year and it will be tough to win without good guard play. Whether it was Kemoatu, Legursky, Foster, or Essex they all played pretty poorly and an upgrade is needed, possibly two. With our higher draft position I think we might get a chance at the #1 Guard in the draft, David DeCastro and if we do, we should take him. I feel like we will address the guard spot somewhere in rounds 1 to 3 and then again in rounds 5 to 7.
After the jump see needs #2 through 7