Beat writers in each NFL city make the pick for the team they cover, with Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch making the Rams' selection.
1. INDIANAPOLIS: Andrew Luck • QB • Stanford
Colts are starting over, and Luck has the tough task of replacing a legend.
2. WASHINGTON: Robert Griffin III • QB • Baylor
Lots of pressure on RGIII because Redskins gave up king's ransom for him.
3. MINNESOTA: Matt Kalil • OT • Southern California
Vikings trying to trade down, but if not, they take the best LT in draft.
4. CLEVELAND: Trent Richardson • RB • Alabama
WR is biggest need, but Browns have huge hole in backfield as well.
5. TAMPA BAY: Luke Kuechly • LB • Boston College
Our first curveball. Bucs pass on Claiborne; this looks like reach for LB help.
6. RAMS: Justin Blackmon • WR • Oklahoma State
Barring a trade down, how can the Rams pass on best receiver in draft?
7. JACKSONVILLE: Morris Claiborne • CB • Louisiana State
Have greater need for pass-rushing help, but go with best player available.
8. MIAMI: Fletcher Cox • DT • Mississippi State
Another surprise because most think QB Ryan Tannehill could be picked here.
9. CAROLINA: Quinton Coples • DE • North Carolina
After finishing 28th in total defense in 2011, Panthers seek to boost pass rush.
10. BUFFALO: Stephon Gilmore • CB • South Carolina
Floyd and Barron are considerations; Kuechly's gone; Reiff's a reach here.
11. KANSAS CITY: David DeCastro • OG • Stanford
Not a great area of need, but Chiefs stay true to form and go with safe pick.
12. SEATTLE: Ryan Tannehill • QB • Texas A&M
Team takes QB in 1st round for first time since '93 — even after signing Matt Flynn.
13. ARIZONA: Melvin Ingram • LB/DE • South Carolina
The mini-slide stops here for Ingram, who many thought would be top 10 pick.
14. DALLAS: Mark Barron • S • Alabama
Some think he might go higher, but Cowboys have had eyes on him for a while.
15. PHILADELPHIA: Riley Reiff • OT • Iowa
Insurance in case Demetress Bell isn't the answer replacing Jason Peters.
16. NEW YORK JETS: Chandler Jones • DE • Syracuse
Conventional wisdom says this is high for Jones, but Jets do need pass-rusher.
17. CINCINNATI: Michael Floyd • WR • Notre Dame
Young Bengals offense gets what could be great No. 2 receiver to complement A.J. Green.
18. SAN DIEGO: Shea McClellin • OLB • Boise State
Team's top 3 outside linebackers are all entering final year of their contracts.
19. CHICAGO: Michael Brockers • DT • Louisiana State
After losing two DTs over the offseason, picking Brockers here makes sense.
20. TENNESSEE: Dre Kirkpatrick • CB • Alabama
Poe, Mercilus tempting, but Titans instead take Cortland Finnegan's replacement.
21. CINCINNATI: Courtney Upshaw • LB/DE • Alabama
Upshaw to be Bengals' first 1st-round defender drafted since LB Keith Rivers in '08.
22. CLEVELAND: Kendall Wright • WR • Baylor
After passing on Blackmon at No. 4, Browns rectify that by taking dynamic Wright.
23. DETROIT: Cordy Glenn • G/T • Georgia
Lions haven't picked this low since '93; opt for more protection for QB Stafford.
24. PITTSBURGH: Dontari Poe • DT • Memphis
Rarely do the Steelers pass on a defensive lineman with potential to be outstanding.
25. DENVER: Coby Fleener • TE • Stanford
As Dallas Clark will tell you, Peyton Manning loves throwing to his tight ends.
26. HOUSTON: Whitney Mercilus • LB/DE • Illinois
With Mario Williams now in Buffalo, Mercilus helps right away as big pass rusher.
27. NEW ENGLAND: Dont'a Hightower • LB • Alabama
A versatile, safe, smart pick who's well-schooled by Belichick buddy Nick Saban.
28. GREEN BAY: Peter Konz • C • Wisconsin
Jeff Saturday turns 37 in June, may only be a one-year rental; Konz gets 2012 to learn.
29. BALTIMORE: Mike Adams • OT • Ohio St.
Will push Bryant McKinnie, who has year left on contract, and eventually replace him.
30. SAN FRANCISCO: Amini Silatolu • G • Midwestern State
On an already-stacked roster, this fills only position (RG) without clear-cut starter.
31. NEW ENGLAND: Jerel Worthy • DT • Michigan State
Patriots need some young blood up front, and Worthy has some inside pass-rush skill.
32. NEW YORK GIANTS: Stephen Hill • WR • Georgia Tech
He'll add speedy depth at wideout for the defending Super Bowl champions.