Thursday's first-round selections:
• There is no questioning his athletic ability, but can he continue his meteoric college success in the NFL?
• With a unique blend of power and speed, he could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher for a team that needs one.
• At 319 pounds, Dareus is big enough to plug the middle in the 3-4 defense but can rush the passer, too.
• Green fills a need for a team that likely needs to replace Ochocinco and T.O. Also, will this persuade Carson Palmer to return?
• The 49ers see Smith as a strong-side outside linebacker who'll join a unit led by All-Pro Patrick Willis.
• Cowboys want to better protect Tony Romo, and Smith is their answer. He'll have to switch from right to left tackle.
• Certainly a move for the future, because the Jaguars have David Garrard at QB. Jags gave up a second-round pick to move up.
• No one will question Watt's effort, and he joins a defense that ranked last against the pass and 30th overall last season.
• The Vikings definitely drafted for need. Did Tennessee taking Jake Locker force their hands into this move?
• Some teams had character concerns, but Fairley and Ndamukong Suh give the Lions a formidable pair.
• Standout pass rusher's draft stock fell because of brain tumor in high school and an NCAA suspension in 2010.
• Considered the best corner in the draft and brings big-time return skills, too. Tackling may be a weakness.
• A consistent performer for the Boilermakers, he likely will be used as an outside linebacker.
• With plenty of picks available, Patriots could afford to address their basic need up front.
• Brings an inside pass-rushing presence and is versatile enough to play several positions along the line.
• Was expected to go earlier, but should provide Giants with an immediate impact for depth in the secondary.
• Browns traded up to get this 6-3, 334-pounder to plug the middle. His draft stock improved at the Senior Bowl.
• With issues on the offensive line, Colts make a logical selection to protect Peyton Manning's blind side.
• The 26-year-old British Columbia native came to football late, but his Senior Bowl showing turned heads.
• The Saints can expect the son of ex-Vikings tight end Steve Jordan to mirror his college play: consistent.
• The clock ran out on Baltimore, so the Chiefs moved up to select the 6-6 Baldwin.
• The strong cover corner slipped after reportedly having a positive marajuana test while at Colorado.
• The Bears allowed a league-high 56 sacks last year. Adding a 6-7, 314-pound Outland Trophy winner should help.
• The Jets shied away from Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers and took the Temple pass rusher instead.
• The Steelers address their aging defensive line by selecting the son of the late Craig "Ironhead'' Heyward.
• The Packers picked what might be the long-term replacement for left tackle Chad Clifton.
• At 6-4 and 321 pounds, Carpenter has an NFL frame. Seahawks might have reached with this pick.
• The Titans certainly wanted a quarterback who'll produce less off-the-field drama than Vince Young, so Locker is their pick. Locker was considered a top-five talent had he entered the 2010 draft, but his college stats are a concern. He never completed 60 percent of his passes in a season, and all the Huskies had to show for his four years was one Holiday Bowl trip.
• At 220 pounds, Jones brings the power of a tight end to his sprinter's speed. He'll make a nice tandem with Falcons receiver Roddy White. However, Atlanta better hope Jones cuts down on dropped passes. The price to move up from No. 27 to No. 6 was high; the Falcons gave up their second- and fourth-round picks this year and their first and fourth in 2012.
• Twin brother of standout Steelers center Maurkice should anchor the middle for the Dolphins.
• The Saints traded a 2012 first-round pick and a 2011 second-rounder to New England for the chance to choose the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. The move addresses a major need for a team that ranked 28th in the league with an average of 94.9 yards rushing per game. Ingram will try to rebound from a 2010 season limited by a knee injury.
• Had a stellar junior season with 11 sacks, but his play tailed off as a senior, when his sack total fell to four.
|Cincinnati - A. Simon||1:20 PM|
|Chicago Cubs - J. Samardzija|
|St. Louis - M. Wacha||6:05 PM|
|Washington - G. Gonzalez|
|Milwaukee - K. Lohse||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - C. Morton|
|Toronto - D. Hutchison||6:05 PM|
|Cleveland - J. Masterson|
|LA Angels - J. Weaver||6:08 PM|
|Detroit - D. Smyly|
|Atlanta - A. Harang||6:10 PM|
|NY Mets - J. Niese|
|Baltimore - C. Tillman||6:10 PM|
|Boston - J. Lackey|
|NY Yankees - H. Kuroda||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - E. Bedard|
|Seattle - C. Young||6:10 PM|
|Miami - N. Eovaldi|
|Chicago WSox - F. Paulino||7:05 PM|
|Texas - M. Perez|
|Minnesota - R. Nolasco||7:10 PM|
|Kansas City - J. Vargas|
|Philadelphia - J. Pettibone||7:40 PM|
|Colorado - T. Chatwood|
|Houston - J. Cosart||9:05 PM|
|Oakland - S. Gray|
|San Francisco - M. Cain||9:10 PM|
|San Diego - T. Ross|
|Arizona - W. Miley||9:10 PM|
|Los Angeles - Z. Greinke|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|