I know its early, but the college season is almost over and in light of some big names declaring i figured i would put my 1st one out. I will include some players I think will be coming out early but have not declared.
Order will be in where the teams are at right now.
1. Cleveland- Ndamukong Suh- I dont think they go QB, Quinn has looked decent since taking the job back, and has had 2 really good games against the Lions and Chargers. Suh really vaulted himself into everybody's living rooms with his play in the Big 12 Championship. Hes not a huge guy like Dorsey and Raji, and has alot more talent than both of those, so the bust factor is a lot lower.
2. Tampa Bay- Taylor Mays- No QB again obviously Freeman has looked ok, besides yesterdays 5 INT game, but rookies are gonna make mistakes. Mays deserves to go here, he's a very big (6'3) S, that reportedly runs a sub 4.4 40 time. Talent like that doesnt come around too often. And with an ex Defensive Backs coach Raheem Morris at the helm, this has to be the pick.
3. St. Louis- Jake Locker- He may not end up being the best QB from this class but he will be good. Spending this year under Sarkisian learning a pro-stlye offense really helped him. Hes got a great arm, and with some talent around him can be a Pro Bowl caliber player.
4. Detroit- Russell Okung- It figures to be him or Williams as the first OL off the board. 1A and 1B in my mind. Stafford has proved he can make the throws, now they just need to find another lineman to give him some more time back there. I see Schwartz building on defense in the later rounds.
5. Washington- Jimmy Claussen- While i dont think this would be the smart pick, i think it is the Dan Snyder pick. Claussen is the flashy egotistical QB in this class. That just has Dan Snyder written all over it. I think they are done with Campbell. We've seen this time and again with him, he shows promise toward the end of each year but never puts it all together. This pick is the worst thing they can do, they should address OL needs, but i dont think they will.
6. Kansas City- Trent Williams- Well so far the Matt Cassel era has been awful. KC's defense isnt terrible they can play. But they need some OL help. Remember when their OL was one of the best in the game? All those guys got old and they didnt do anything to replace them. Start now.
7. Oakland- Eric Berry- I dont think Al Davis is ready to give up on his man crush just yet. He will fire Cable and find a coach that will coddle to his every need. Eric Berry is an extremely talented player. And is the right pick, hopefully it wont be wasted in the black hole of a franchise called the Raiders.
8. Buffalo- Sam Bradford- 3 QBs in 8 picks? Probably wont happen, but everybody is high on these guys, and alot of these teams really need QBs. That is this teams only glaring need besides maybe DL and OL. The defense has played well, and Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch have been serviceable. I dont think Bradford will do anything of significance in the NFL but this very well could be the pick.
9. San Francisco (From Carolina)- Sergio Kindle- Hes not high on people's boards right now, but come combine time, he will establish himself as the #1 DE prospect. He's extremely athletic, and fast. San Fran really has no pass rush, Singletary is a defensive coach, the pick makes sense.
10. Denver (From Chicago)- Joe Haden- Gerald McCoy is still there, but i dont think he would fit the 3-4 scheme. Hes not a big DT, hes more of a finesse player. He wont work in the 3-4. So McDaniels goes and grabs an elite CB to play along side Bailey. Haden will be a Pro Bowl CB in the future.
11. Seattle- Gerald McCoy- Maybe they have other needs, but at this point McCoy is way too much of an elite DT to pass up. He will fit right in. Imagine a Tommie Harris caliber player, hopefully without the injuries. McCoy will stand out as a rookie, and give the Seahawks a pass rush they just dont have right now.
12. New York Jets- Terrence Cody- You have to assume that Kris Jenkins is pretty much done. 2 devastating knee injuries in the last 4 seasons, at his age how much longer can he go. So enter another huge body in Mt. Cody. He will have the Jenkins like impact. Hes just a huge force in the middle.
13. San Francisco- Bryan Bulaga- After Williams and Okung the talent level at this position drops some. This isnt an elite OL class. But Bulaga will be solid, maybe not an All-Pro player, but good enough. They need some OL help.
14. Houston- C.J. Spiller- I dont think he will last this long. So look for them to trade up, but no team above them has a glaring need for RB. I think Slaton as good as he was last year is not an every down back. Maybe Spiller isnt either, but I think he can be. He will add an element to their return game as well that they really dont have.
15. Tennessee- Dez Bryant- Way too low for him right? Well look at most of the other teams, they really dont need a WR. Kenny Britt has been very good lately, but you cant have Nate Washington as your 2nd WR. He had a nice dropped TD pass yesterday. Bryant has imense talent, with VY finally coming around in the passing game, they will get him new weapons.
16. Miami- Brandon Spikes- Another guy that will probably go higer, but again sometimes its about what a team needs. Crowder in my opinion hasnt established himself as an elite MLB, therefore he can move outside, and make way for Spikes. Hes got all the tools, and will enter a good atmosphere in Miami. He should flourish.
17. Jacksonville- Tim Tebow- I know i will catch flack for this and i agree he will be nothing as a QB in the NFL. But the Jags need to sell tickets, their owner already said he will draft Tebow, im pretty sure he has the final say? The pick doesnt make sense on the football field, becasue he shouldnt see any snaps at all, but hey maybe he proves everybody wrong.
18. Falcons- Jermaine Gresham- At this point in the draft there are no OL i would take over Gresham. I think TG only has maybe 2 years left. Gresham has huge talent. Give him a year or 2 splititng time with Gonzalez to teach him some things, and he will be a stud.
19. Steelers- Greg Hardy- Is it just me or do their DE's not really do much. I know you have Woodley and Harrison on the edge rushing, but still your DEs should have an impact. Hardy is very good, and this is a little late for him, and he could flourish in the Steel City.
20. Baltimore- Arrellious Benn- I know i probably spelled his first name wrong, but does it matter? Mason contemplated retirement, might do it again. Benn has huge upside, if you haven't seen him play, I live in Illinois, this kid's the real deal. Why 20? Well theres not many teams that are really looking for a WR at the top of the draft, but he will be a starter right away and give Flacco a deep threat.
21. Giants- Dan Williams- Playing that year in Kiffin's defense will boost his stock. The Giants need to rush the passer better. Never though i would say that so soon after 07-08 season. Their DTs just arent getting the job done, insert some new blood.
22. Packers- Brandon Graham- The Aaron Kampman move to OLB did not work, and now hes down with an ACL. Maybe they keep him there or set him back down, Graham can stand up no problem. Hes an elite pass rusher, and should fit well in Capers' system.
23. Eagles- Jerry Hughes- Their most obvious need is LB. They have had a revolving door there all season with all the injuries. Hughes comes from a good LB school TCU and has the skill set to be a solid LB in the NFL.
24. Seattle (From Denver)- Colt McCoy- Maybe he slips to the 2nd round, a big need they have here is WR, but there are still alot of solid ones out there. McCoy is the most polished QB in this class. He may never be a HOF but hes a small risk, he will put up good numbers. Hasselbeck can't stay on the field, and is aging. They can't hand over the reigns to Seneca Wallace can they?
25. New England- Sean Witherspoon- It's clear they need help on defense, they cant really stop anybody. Witherspoon may be a bit undersized, but it doesnt matter he makes up for it with his skills and knowledge at the position, perfect fit for the Pats.
26. Arizona- Charles Brown- They are solid everywhere, with no elite CBs on the board, they improve the OL, and give Warner some more protection if he decides to come back. Or get more protection for Leinart, because as we've seen hes going to need it.
27. Dallas- Brandon Lafell- Ok im sorry im still not sold on Miles Austin, and if him and Williams have a bad game the Cowboys suffer. Lafell has real #1 WR talent, and should be alot more consistent than anybody they have. Hes a big target too at 6'3.
28. Cincinnati- Ralondo McClain- Maybe a little low for him, hes a huge talent that Cincy cant pass up. Maulaluga has been solid, but the other LBs are iffy, im not saying their bad, but drafting McClain ensures that the defense's production shouldn't slip next year.
29. San Diego- George Selvie- His stock will rise come time for the combine, hes a freak athletically. San Diego is another suprise team that hasnt been able to rush the passer with consistency this year. Put some more talent on the line like Selvie next year and that will change.
30. Minnesota- Trevard Lindley- Antoine Winfield has been hurt all year, and they really are not too deep at the position. Lindley has talent, he just needs to learn the game a little more.
31. New Orleans- Sean Lee- Another Penn St. LB. Cant really go too wrong there. The defense has been getting shredded lately, but that may have something to do with Jabari Greer missing the last few games.
32. Indianapolis- Earl Thomas- He should go alot higher than this and probably will come the draft. But boy would the Colts love to see him fall. Hes got huge talent, and hopefully will stay on the field unlike their All-Pro S Bob Sanders.
There are problems with this right now i know, but again this is just a prelim. Just kind of trying to feel out the field. Might possibly do a round 2 later.