I wanted to take a look at how the top 10 may shake out in the 2012 draft. I kept the first scenerio without trades, but in the second I mocked a trade for the #1 overall spot.
I do believe the Colts are going to trade that top pick, but I'm not sure which team will take the jump up. I think the Dolphins, Redskins, Broncos and Chiefs are all teams who could make the move, but I feel the Colts will also put too much value on that pick, thus scaring some teams away. If the Colts are smart(which I believe they are), they can fall back 3-4 spots, and still get a nice package from a QB desperate team.
Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford - As much as I hate to say it, if no trade is worked out(which would be stupid on the Colts part not to work one out), they will sit at #1 and take the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning. The dynasty will continue all over again, and all it will have cost them is one year in the basement. Unreal!
Vikings - Matt Kalil OT USC - This is a vey easy pick for the Vikings. They need to protect Christian Ponder if they want to have any success in the future. Ponder already has the best RB in the NFL, and he has some weapons at WR as well. Once this line gets wipped into shape, the pieces will be in place for a title run.
Rams - Justin Blackmon WR Ok. St - Another very easy pick for the Rams. Bradford needs weapons at WR, and there is none better in the draft than Blackmon.
Redskins - Matt Barkley QB USC - The chips fall perfectly for the Redskins, who have their pick between Jones and Barkley. Barkley has lit it up this season, and has taken the next step as a QB, and a leader. He's an excellent pick to run this offense.
Jags - Alshon Jeffery WR SCAR - The Jags need weapons for Gabbert. They would have loved to get their hands on Blackmon, but they settle for the next best WR, who is a matchup nightmare. The combination of Jeffery and TE Lewis should keep defensive coordinators up late at night.
Dolphins - Landry Jones QB Oklahoma - The Dolphins stay put and get their guy.
Cardinals - Jonathan Martin OT Stanford - Who ever the QB is in Arizona, is going to need better protection if they hope to return to the playoffs anytime soon. Martin is an athletic OT, who protected the blind side of the nations top QB for 3 years.
Chiefs - Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama - The Chiefs secondary took a huge loss in 2011 when Eric Berry went down. The safety should return healthy in 2012, and adding Kirkpatrick to the secondary should bolster the unit as a whole.
Browns - Trent Richardson RB Alabama - The Browns need weapons on offense, and Richardson is just that. He has power, speed and durability, and will provide a boost to a pedestrian RB corps.
Alternative top 10(with trades):
Colts(Trade - With Redskins) - Redskins Andrew Luck QB Stanford - Mike Shanahan saw his guy, and did what it took to put him in Burgundy and Gold. The Redskins now have a centerpiece of their offense, and a leader and face of the franchise to build around for the next decade. All is well in D.C.
Vikings - Matt Kalil OT USC
Rams - Justin Blackmon WR Ok. St.
Colts(from Redskins) - Morris Clayborne CB LSU - The Colts aging defense couldn't stop anyone in 2011. Clayborne becomes an immediate impact player at a position of need. If need be, than can address the teams future at the QB position in 2013 with one of the two 1st round picks they will have.
Panthers - Quinton Coples DE N.C.
Jags - Alshon Jeffery WR SCAR
Dolphins - Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
Cardinals - Matt Barkley QB USC
Chiefs - Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Browns - Trent Richardson RB Alabama