Let’s review the choices:
Denver, No. 2
Kiper’s pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
My thoughts: Kiper has Carolina taking Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley with the No. 1 pick. If that is the case, the Peterson pick is fine. Even if Champ Bailey is re-signed, Denver could use Peterson. It’d have a terrific pair of cornerbacks.
McShay’s Pick: Fairley
My thoughts: I think this is Denver’s best bet. If he’s available, Denver needs to take him. He is would be the centerpiece of John Fox’s new defense.
My pick: Fairley
San Diego, No. 18
Kiper’s pick: Cameron Jordan, DE, California
My thoughts: He’s a playmaking 3-4 defensive end. That unit could use a spark.
McShay’s Pick: Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
My thoughts: I can see this fit as well. Ayers is a 3-4 linebacker, who could step in and play right away.
My pick: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Kansas City, No. 21
Kiper’s pick: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
My thoughts: It would be the third time in four years that Kansas City goes to the defensive line with its first pick. Paea seems like a guy who will make or break his status as a first-round pick in during his workouts.
McShay’s Pick: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
My thoughts: Smith is a pass rusher who could help this unit. I can see this happening.
My pick: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
Oakland does not have a first-round pick. It traded its pick (No. 17) to New England for defensive tackle Richard Seymour in September 2009. I had the Raiders’ taking Penn State offensive lineman Stefan Wisniewski with the No. 48 pick.