Milliner has a lot of questions, but he is by far the best corner prospect in this draft. I could see a team trade up to get him knowing that they might not have a chance to get anyone close to as good.
2) Xavier Rhodes, FSU
Rhodes is a solid overall prospect that will make whichever team gets him quite happy.
3) Desmond Trufant, Washington
Trufant seems like he has been playing for the last 10 years at Washington, and he has been good for most of them.
Before the BCS Championship game Te'o was going in the 8-20 range. So after one bad game and one controversy he fell to the 25-40 range? It does happen, but any team that dropped him that far because of a 40-time never wanted him in the first place. Te'o has always had the intangibles on his record to counter the lack of athleticism.
2) Alec Ogletree, Georgia
And the teams that want a solid & athletic linebacker in the middle will go with Ogletree.
Jordan has the potential to be a stud. He is an athletic freak with Aldon Smith potential, and he has experience to back it up.
2) Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Every fan wants Jones on their team because they have seen what he does on the field. Unfortunately he might fall some because of what he is off the field. Take the good and the bad and he is the classic pick that falls to a team like the Steelers, Giants, or Patriots.
Floyd is the best tackle in the draft class, but it is almost at a default. Star Lotulelei is going to be limited to some teams in the 4-3, and none of the other guys are even close. For other guys on the list check out the 3-4 defensive ends
1) Star Lotulelei, Utah
2) Jonathan Jenkins, Georgia
If Lotulelei goes in the top-5, then don't be shocked if he is a 1st round pick to a playoff team that doesn't want to risk him falling. He is a mauling monster of ... Continue reading...
This might be a shock to some, but I really like Justin Hunter. He can read routes, he has blazing speed and he is tall. He also can block too which is something that every read option team will like. I think he get's too much hate for his ACL injury a few years ago, but he did just fine last year and gained more confidence as the year went on. Think Kenny Britt with few issues.
I'm not as low on Lacy as others are, but I don't think that he will have the gamechanging abilities that warrant a 1st round pick. I think that he is the safest bet at running back, but I also think that there are other guys worth drafting high.
2) Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
I really like Bell in this draft. He had good success in an offense that featured (pretty much) only him. I am also a sucker for my own RB formula the DM SCORE which has Bell as a high-poten... Continue reading...
In a draft with very little talent Geno Smith is the best QB. He is a developmental guy, but whichever team get's him will likely have the option to give him time to develop.
2) E.J. Manuel, Florida State
I will talk about Matt Barkley next, but I think that Manuel's potential puts him up very high. Yes he is entering a league that is great for athletic QB's, but I think that he has some potential to be a starting QB in the league as a pocket passer.
Kirkpatrick in my opinion plays more like a safety, and it actually wouldn't surprise me to see a team that is ok at corner but needs safety (maybe Eagles, Cards, Bengals, Titans) take him to start at safety in the short run.
2) Mark Barron, Alabama
Barron is the best pure safety in the class and should be able to solidify his top-25 status with a good combine.
3) George Iloka, Boise State Iloka has been a fierce player for Boise State the last few y... Continue reading...
Claiborne has cemented himself as the top defensive back in the draft after a very good season. I don't think that he is worth a top-5 pick, but a team needing a corner will be happy with him. The one thing I do wonder is whether his success has been in part because of having Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu on his team his whole career.
2) Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Dre Kirkpatrick is good, but I don't think he is anywhere close to a top-10 pick in val... Continue reading...
**UPDATED 1/27** 1) Luke Kuechly, Boston College I absolutely love it when players become complete studs on poor teams. Kuechly was one of the few very bright spots on the Boston College team for years. 2) Vontaze Burflict, Arizona State
Burflict has been a stud for a while now, but there is no question that his mean streak is sometimes too mean. Burflict is going to have some major doubters at the next level, and refs will be more prone to flag him like they did in college if he isn't careful... Continue reading...
Mercilus is the guy with the most upside at the position which is why he gets the slimmest of nods over Upshaw.
1B) Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
If I had to draft a rush linebacker with the 8th pick in the draft I would be stressed out of mind trying to pick between Upshaw and Mercilus. Upshaw is the slightly safer pick, but I wouldn't hesitate to take him in a heart beat because he is a game changer.
Lewis is not elite in any category, but he is very good in just about all of them. Lewis has also been dominating so long in college that it is easy for analysts to nit pick and overvalue his minor flaws. But the common 4-3 OLB position has lost a lot of value, and the guys that don't make mistakes are going to succeed.
2) Zach Brown, North Carolina
Zach Brown is good, but I'm not convinced that he is as good as many say. You can learn about my distrust ... Continue reading...
Brockers has the possibility to go in the top-10 because of a solid motor and a good ability to make the right play. He isn't a pass rushing stud, but as a 3-4 end he will help the rush linebacker get to the QB. 2) Devon Still, Penn State
Still is a fierce leader that will do all that he can for his team. He does have some pass rushing potential, but his strength will make some 3-4 teams drool.
Still is a slight default here, but he also has earned the right to be taken in the top-20. He is a strong and powerful pass rusher with a disciplined tackle for stuffing the holes.
2) Michael Brockers, LSU
When it is all said and done Brockers could end up a top-5 pick. He is an electrifying player that can't get run through, but I am concerned that he is not the pass rusher that he could be. He might end up a DT in some schemes, but he is a bit more ... Continue reading...