St. Louis Rams - They traded back twice in this first round. They collected a ransom from the Redskins a month ago for the right to draft RGIII and followed it up by trading the sixth pick for an additional second round pick. They now have 7 combined picks in the first two rounds of this draft and the next. They will theoretically add 7 starters in those two years and already have a franchise QB.
They selected Michael Brockers at 14, which gives them a young fearsome defensive line of Quinn, Long, and Langford. The draft also saw first round caliber offensive lineman and wide receivers fall. The Rams can now select the best guard/tackle available, a tight end, and the best two receivers on the board all in one night.
New England Patriots - The Super Bowl runner-up just got drastically better. They moved up to pick 21 to choose 'Cuse's Chandler Jones. They then move up to pick 25 and select Dont'a Hightower of Alabama. Both players are great against the pass from their respective positions, defensive end and linebacker.
It was said that their secondary was the weak link for them defensively, but obviously Belichick believes that the pass rush is more important. Who can blame him for thinking that way? The Giants have beaten them twice with young/questionable secondaries, but monstrous pass rushers. They upgraded two positions with young smart players that will contribute immediately.
Carolina Panthers - The Panthers didn't have to trade to make a splash in the top 10. They selected the best 4-3 linebacker in the draft, Luke Kuechly from Boston College. Their linebacking corps now consist of Thomas Davis, Jon Beason, and Kuechly; which makes them the most versatile group in the league. Davis and Beason are both returning from injury, but if they are healthy the Panthers defense will catch up to the performance of their offense.
Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins picked up a project at pick number 8 with their selection of Ryan Tannehill. Of the 4 QBs taken in the first round he is the only one that couldn't to start day 1. He may turn into Aaron Rodgers, but the more tape I watch of him the more I see J.P. Losman. An athletic QB that didn't make others around him any better in college, but is supposed to help a team who has one play maker offensively.
Seattle Seahawks - They could've made both this list and the Shockers list with their selection of Bruce Irving. They reached for a guy that barely played on 1st and 2nd down in college. I thought Irving was a gem if selected in the late 2nd or early 3rd round. The Seahawks just wasted a first round pick in my opinion and Pete Carroll should have one eye open on future PAC-12 openings.
Cleveland Browns - The Browns moved up one pick to select Trent Richardson, a player that would have been there at pick number 4. They land on the surprising list because I don't believe it set them back in this draft. They yesterday with entered with 13 picks and still possess 9 of those. They left the first round with Trent, QB Brandon Weeden, and enough picks to still bolster their receiving corps .
New York Jets - The Jets shocked the world by passing on Melvin Ingram and selecting Quinton Coples from UNC. Coples is a talented defensive end but he hasn't shown the ability to stand up and rush the passer, which means they've selected the same type of players in two consecutive first rounds. Ingram was said to be the apple of Rex's eye because of his versatility and the fan base had gotten behind him the past few weeks, so that makes this pick even more surprising. Only time will tell if this pays dividends for the Jets, but until then they steal another back page.
Dallas Cowboys - They jumped 8 spots and selected Morris Claiborne, LSU defensive back. This was a shock because they hadn't interviewed or worked out Claiborne prior to the draft. This makes their secondary a tough unit to face next season and sets them up to make a run at the NFC East.