Pro Football Weekly tracks the action from the college season through NFL draft weekend.
By Matt Feminis
- DT Ndamukong Suh, Lions (No. 2 overall): In fairness, Suh is a one size-fits-all player; if a 300-pounder with brute strength doesn't "fit" in your system, you should reconsider your system. But Suh combined with the additions of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams give the Lions' defensive front instant credibility and brings Jim Schwartz that much closer to the type of defense he wants in the Motor City.
- DT Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers (No. 3): The Warren Sapp comparisons are inevitable, which is probably unfair to the young man, but the Bucs do not want to rely on blitzing to pressure the quarterback and McCoy has the penetrating ability to be one of the most disruptive interior forces in the league. He will be allowed the freedom to get upfield off the snap and will be expected to harass Drew Brees and Matt Ryan for years to come.
- DE Brandon Graham, Eagles (No. 13): With so much impressive tape followed up by an impressive Senior Bowl week, Graham's stock skyrocketed despite his lacking ideal measurables. Andy Reid, no stranger to Draft Day trades, moved up to grab Graham with visions of him and Trent Cole heating up the edges relentlessly. Graham lands in a spot where he's positioned to succeed - he will not be asked to be a savior and in defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's blitz-happy pressure schemes, he will be freed up to do what he does best: make plays behind the line of scrimmage.
- OG Mike Iupati, 49ers (No. 17): If there was any doubt about head coach Mike Singletary's intentions for his team, look no further than their selections today. After tabbing Rutgers' OT Anthony Davis at No. 13, the Niners pounced on Iupati, the top-rated guard in the draft. The 49ers are progressively becoming a more physical football team and Iupati, a mauler, will come to embody that style in the coming years.
- C Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers (No. 18): Figures to be a seemless fit. The Steelers have needed to address the offensive line for years now and Pouncey ranks amongst the safest choices in this year's class. He's impressive - excellent size, natural bend and a mean streak to boot. After dominating in the SEC, should be able to play right away and have a Dermonti Dawson-like run anchoring the Steelers offensive line.
- OT Bryan Bulaga, Packers (No. 23): The visible relief on Bulaga's face when he got the call from Green Bay was probably matched by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who spent way too much time picking himself off the turf last year. And while Bulaga probably slid further than he was anticipating, he winds up in an ideal landing spot. After growing up in the Midwest and honing his craft under renown offensive line molder Kirk Ferentz at Iowa, he remains in Big Ten country and will make his living in the NFC North. His athletic ability, sound technique and nasty playing temperament will endear himself in Green Bay.
- Dez Bryant, Cowboys (No. 24): Jerry Jones intended to make a splash and he did just that, jumping at the chance to grab the top receiver talent in the draft when he slid. It's not the first time the Cowboys have gambled on a physically gifted player with character questions, but this is a risk worth taking. To get a talent the caliber of Bryant, whose competitiveness, leaping ability and strong hands are exceptional, that late in the first round could be a godsend for Tony Romo, who now has Jason Witten, a strong running game, an emerging Miles Austin and potential superstar in Bryant at his disposal.
- Jared Odrick, Dolphins (No. 28): Not surprisingly, the Dolphins went defensive line in Round One and had to be pleased to see Odrick still on the board at No. 28. He possesses ideal length and is an athletic upgrade at the five-technique.
- Kyle Wilson, Jets (No. 29): It's hard not to respect how the Jets have gone about their business since head coach Rex Ryan put his stamp on the team. The league's fifth-ranked run defense a year ago, they've bolstered their pass defense by acquiring a pair of running mates for All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis. After trading for Antonio Cromartie, the Jets nabbed Wilson, which should improve the team's security blanket behind Ryan's creative blitz schemes. For Wilson, he will not have to be thrown to the wolves and can be worked in gradually.