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.