There simply are few franchise-type players teams will be enamored of, yet plenty of depth to make picking up extra picks later on a worthwhile strategy.
The Chiefs already have their QB -- not that it is worth taking one at the top this year -- and a running game. The guy who could be the cornerstone for the entire offense, as well as QB Alex Smith's protector for next few years, plays left tackle.
Unlike KC, the Jags are virtually devoid of talent everywhere. So anyone will be an upgrade. There's talk they could go for Geno Smith at QB. They'd love to trade down, but if not, they'll upgrade the pass rush and defensive athleticism instead.
There's a new regime under Reggie McKenzie, who learned his trade in Green Bay, one of the best drafting clubs of recent years. Like Jacksonville, Oakland could go anywhere with this pick, but is less likely to look to move down.
Coming off a distressing collapse in which they gave up 437 points, the Lions must find a way to close the wide-open door to their end zone. They're fortunate to have several options here, and go for the pass rusher.
After holding their breath that the cornerback they seek will be on the board -- the previous three teams all have a need there -- the Lions can exhale and call the name Dee Milliner.
If they can't trade down, the Cardinals won't have to swallow hard to upgrade their offensive line with a proven winner and another Crimson Tide player.
Every team puts up smoke screens before the draft. And the Bills sure seem to have polluted the air with them because we think they aren't convinced Kevin Kolb or Tarvaris Jackson is more than a backup or fill-in QB.
Having finally dealt Darrelle Revis, the Jets could look at a cornerback here, perhaps FSU's Xavier Rhodes. And, yes, they might have considered Smith. But someone who can get to the quarterback from the outside is a must for Rex Ryan's defense.
The Titans sang a sour song on defense all through 2012, so it's time to fix some of that in Music City. They might look at the offensive line, but their needs are so hefty on D, and there are lots of solid prospects on the board.
Another team starting over after the talent base was erased by ill-advised moves in the last few years. New coach Mike McCoy is offense-minded, and he sees all the holes on the line.
Yet another team needing blocking help. After the Dolphins made so many splashes in free agency, they can afford to fill a void, especially when one of the better offensive linemen still is available.
They didn't miss on Rhodes, but they will consider an offensive playmaker here such as Tavon Austin or DeAndre Hopkins. In the end, the back end on defense will be the target, and this seems too high to take a safety.
The Panthers will be tempted to go back to the big guys. Then they will spot the little guy with the game-breaking skills on kick returns, as a receiver and even perhaps in a version of the wildcat.
The Saints will take about 10 seconds of their allotted time to write down their pick, instantly improving their pass rush with a guy with good feel for getting to the quarterback and plenty of upside.
St. Louis would have liked a shot at Austin -- receiver definitely is a need -- and could go for one here. But with another pick coming up soon where they can get a pass catcher, the Rams opt for the best safety in this draft.
As the Steelers keep insisting they are not a team in transition, one look at the roster says otherwise. Free agency losses hurt them, and they lack the depth they've had in their contending seasons.
They would have loved Vaccaro in their secondary. The Rams spoiled that, and the Cowboys consider bolstering their backfield and offensive line before taking the best man still unclaimed.
As the noise in the theater reaches a crescendo, with chants from blue-shirted Giants fans of "MAN-TI, MAN-TI," the Giants indeed fill their need for an inside linebacker with good instincts, passion and leadership skills.
There won't be as much noise when the Bears step up. There will be the same need for a linebacker, especially with Brian Urlacher gone. They find their man in Athens, Ga., a player who could play inside or outside.
With the Andre Smith free agency situation still cloudy -- do the Bengals really want him back? -- Cincinnati makes a move to put pressure on the veteran. Or to let him walk.
Wisely, the Rams went with Vaccaro at No. 16 and still get the wideout to boost their passing game at this spot.
With two selections in the next three slots, Minnesota is going to help itself on defense both times. First up, yes, the Vikings see plenty of value in that Notre Dame linebacker.
Seeking a pass rusher to replace Dwight Freeney, the Colts look at Damontre Moore of Texas A&M, Datrone Jones of UCLA and Alex Okafor of Texas. Moore is most ready to step in.
More help for the interior defense in a real bargain this late in the first round. Although the Vikes are tempted to go for a wideout, they see excellent value in Richardson.
The Packers never expected to be in this position, choosing between the best RB in this crop, the two best TEs or an effective DT who never stops coming. Does the question become which helps Aaron Rodgers more, a pass catcher or a running back?
Houston has a very obvious need: finding a receiver to complement the superb but aging Andre Johnson. That void has been a major reason the Texans flopped in the playoffs the last two years.
Getting past the Elvis Dumervil error that made him a free agent will be a whole lot easier when the Broncos find a nice replacement -- and a surprise first-rounder who impressed with 4 1-2 sacks in the Alamo Bowl
Predicting anything Bill Belichick will do is impossible. Clearly, the Patriots need help virtually everywhere on defense, although they should be a runaway winner in the AFC East even if they skip all their picks.
After giving lots of thought to Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, Atlanta backs off and turns to a defensive unit damaged in the offseason by cuts and defections. With visions of defending Brees and Newton twice a season, they go for Trufant.
The Niners almost won the Super Bowl, and they are loaded heading into the draft. So much so that they don't have to flinch about grabbing the best guy on their board. No selection for need here.
The 2013 Ravens already don't resemble the team that won the championship. Lewis, Reed, Boldin, Ellerbe, Kruger and Pollard -- all gone. But GM Ozzie Newsome is one of the best talent evaluators around. He'll get this pick right.