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.
|Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez||0||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: J. Masterson||6|
|Arizona - LP: W. Miley||1||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: R. Nolasco||2|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. Chapman||2||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||3|
|Houston - LP: L. Harrell||0||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||1|
|Los Angeles - LP: K. Jansen||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: L. Avilan||5|
|Tampa Bay - WP: M. Moore||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman||1|
|Boston - WP: J. Lackey||5||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hernandez||1|
|Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: J. Gast||4|
|NY Mets - WP: S. Rice||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: K. Fujikawa||3|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Peavy||2||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Vargas||6|
|Kansas City - LP: K. Herrera||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: J. Blevins||4|
|Washington - LP: D. Haren||4||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: A. Cashner||13|
|San Francisco - LP: B. Zito||0||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: J. Nicasio||5|
|Detroit - LP: J. Ortega||8||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: R. Ross||11|
|Red Bull New York||1|
|Sporting Kansas City||1||FINAL|
|Real Salt Lake||4||FINAL|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|