For the first time, the NFL has broken the draft into three days, beginning with the first round Thursday. Los Angeles Times NFL writer Sam Farmer takes a look at how Round 1 could unfold:
→1. St. Louis: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma — By releasing Marc Bulger, the Rams have cleared the way to begin the Bradford era. →2. Detroit: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska — Jim Schwartz wants to rebuild the defense he had in Tennessee, and Suh is the Lions’ Albert Haynesworth. →3. Tampa Bay: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma — The Buccaneers have searched for years for a replacement for Warren Sapp. McCoy is a compelling option. →4. Washington: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma — The Redskins need someone to protect Donovan McNabb’s blind side, and Williams fits their system better than Russell Okung. →5. Kansas City: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State — He’d be a great value pick for the Chiefs, who need a left tackle to bump Branden Albert to the right side. A stunner that could happen? Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. →6. Seattle: S Eric Berry, Tennessee — The Seahawks really want a tackle and would love Williams or Okung (in that order), but a playmaking safety doesn’t hurt, either. →7. Cleveland: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame — Clausen is going to go around this point in the draft, whether it’s to the Browns or to a team that trades up to get him. →8. Oakland: G Mike Iupati, Idaho — This is a surprise pick, but massive Iupati could play tackle in the Raiders’ man-blocking scheme. Other possibilities are Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell, South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul and even Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. →9. Buffalo: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa — The Bills are in dire need of a left tackle (that position devastated them last year) but they need a quarterback, too. Would they leapfrog Cleveland for Clausen? →10. Jacksonville: S Earl Thomas, Texas — Safety is a need for the Jaguars, although not their biggest. They’ll also take a hard look at McClain, the middle linebacker from Alabama. →11. Denver: C Maurkice Pouncey, Florida — Too early for a center? Maybe, but this draft is light on elite interior offensive linemen and the Broncos badly need someone to snap the ball. There’s a big vacancy at receiver, too, so watch Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. →12. Miami: LB Sergio Kindle, Texas — The Dolphins filled their need for a receiver with Brandon Marshall, and a pass-rushing outside linebacker would really help. Kindle’s an outstanding one, but there are questions about his knee. →13. San Francisco: OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers — The 49ers sorely need someone who can step right in and secure the starting right tackle job. Davis is that kind of player. →14. Seattle: T Charles Brown, USC — Pete Carroll is reunited with one of his former Trojans. Now, the pressure is on Brown (or Davis, if he’s available) to replace All-Pro Walter Jones. →15. N.Y. Giants: LB Rolando McClain, Alabama — The Giants need a player to replace middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, and McClain is an ideal fit. But will the Chiefs snap him up at No.