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.
|Buffalo||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Jacksonville||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|San Diego||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Jets||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|New Orleans||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Carolina||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Detroit||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Oakland||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Arizona||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|St. Louis||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/28/14 7:30 PM|
|San Diego St||16|
|Illinois||12/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Rutgers||12/26/14 3:30 PM|
|NC State||12/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/27/14 12:00 PM|
|Duke||12/27/14 1:10 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Miami-Florida||12/27/14 2:30 PM|
|Boston College||12/27/14 3:30 PM|
|(25) Nebraska||12/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|Notre Dame||12/30/14 2:00 PM|
|(13) Georgia||12/30/14 5:45 PM|
|Maryland||12/30/14 9:00 PM|
|(9) Ole Miss||12/31/14 11:30 AM|
|(21) Boise State||12/31/14 3:00 PM|
|(8) Miss State||12/31/14 7:00 PM|
|(10) Georgia Tech|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon|