Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Jaguars have shown a lot of interest in Smith, and he could easily beat out Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne for the starting job. It wouldn't be surprising if Jacksonville trades back into the first round to land him.
Smith completed 71 percent of his passes in 2012 for 4,201 yards, 42 touchdowns and six interceptions. He started the season on fire, but was shut down by Kansas State and Texas Tech. The senior played better in November, but he finished the year in unimpressive fashion against Syracuse.
Smith had an excellent 2011 season for the Mountaineers. The junior completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards with 31 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 180 yards and two scores. The West Virginia signal-caller played his heart out against LSU's talented defense with 463 yards passing.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has a good skill set. He has plus intelligence and field vision. Smith does a nice job of working through his progressions and looking off safeties. Smith has some natural accuracy with good arm strength to make all the throws. He can fire fastballs into tight windows and has phenomenal ball placement to hit receivers in stride.
Smith's plus mobility allows him to pick up first downs with his feet and bail out his offensive line. He will need to improve his footwork for the NFL. Smith needs to become more uniform with good feet to get in rhythm.
San Francisco 49ers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The 49ers need to replace Delanie Walker. Jim Harbaugh knows Ertz well and San Francisco has shown interest in him.
Ertz (6-5, 249) had a strong senior season, leading the Cardinal with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns. His production would have been better if there had been more consistency from his quarterbacks. Ertz improved his blocking this year and is becoming a well-rounded tight end. He backed up Coby Fleener in 2011, but still hauled in 27 receptions for 346 yards and four touchdowns.
Philadelphia Eagles: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
The Eagles need a long-term starter for Chip Kelly. Michael Vick is only a 1-year proposition. Kelly recruited Manuel out of high school and said he always wanted to coach him.
Manuel completed 68 percent of his passes in 2012 for 3,397 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The senior also had four rushing touchdowns with 516 yards (310 net) on the ground. Manuel only went against two good teams this year. He had a massive night against Clemson and its weak defense, but he had a meltdown performance against Florida with three interceptions, a fumble and a costly sack. Manuel helped himself at the Senior Bowl.
The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder was the backup to Christian Ponder in 2008-2010. Manuel went down with an injury against Oklahoma in 2011 and missed the next game against Clemson, too. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,817 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions that season. Manuel also ran for 411 yards and four touchdowns.
Manuel has tons of physical tools with huge upside, but needs to develop his pocket passing and field vision.
Detroit Lions: Bjoern Werner, OLB/DE, Florida State
Obviously, the Lions need defensive line help, and they've shown interest in Werner. Landing a Fisher and Werner could be a great tandem for the team's first two picks.
I had written for months before the 2012 season kicked off that Werner was primed for a massive year. Then he put on a display in the first game, collecting four sacks. The Seminoles lost pass-rushing end Brandon Jenkins for the season to a foot injury in the same contest, but Werner was still too much for offensive linemen as he produced a huge year.
For instance, Werner had 3.5 sacks against Florida in a losing effort and was one of the few Florida State defenders who stood out. He collected 42 tackles, 13 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, eight passes batted and a forced fumble in 2012.
The Seminoles rushed Werner as a standup linebacker as well as a defensive end with his hand on the ground. Therefore, he should have the ability to play 3-4 outside linebacker as well as 4-3 defensive end in the NFL.
Werner, only a sophomore at the time, outplayed Jenkins from time to time in 2011. The Berlin, Germany product is a strong physical presence who plays with a mean streak. Werner (6-3, 266) broke out with some dominating games and seven sacks in 2011. He also had 37 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble and eight pass breakups. Werner had 3.5 sacks as a true freshman in 2010.
The junior dropped a lot of weight during the 2011-2012 offseason, going from the 270s to the 250s. He has amazing instincts for a player who had such a late start in football.
Pick change; previously Alex Okafor, DE
Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Sources told me that the Bengals were all-in on Lacy. It makes perfect sense because they need a difference-maker at running back. He fits the offense well. Cincinnati also likes Alabama products.
Lacy is in the mold of recent Alabama running backs. Nick Saban's ball-carriers have all had a combination of size, quickness and power. Lacy (6-0, 220) is more like Mark Ingram rather than Trent Richardson. However, Lacy has more elusiveness than Ingram as Lacy has a nice spin move that he regularly used to break away from defenders.
Following his dominant performance versus Notre Dame in National Championship Game (20-140), Lacy's 2012 totals reached 1,322 yards (6.5 average) and 17 touchdowns on only 204 carries. He was the power runner for the Crimson Tide, but lost carries to standout freshman T.J. Yeldon. Lacy caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns, too. He had a massive performance against Georgia (20-181) in the SEC Championship.
Lacy was the backup in 2011 to star back Richardson. However, when the sophomore received carries, he made the most of them running for 631 yards on 84 carries with seven touchdowns.
Pick change; previously Arthur Brown, OLB
Arizona Cardinals: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
The Cardinals cut their two safety starters from last year and Yeremiah Bell is just a stopgap replacement. There are a lot of teams that like Swearinger.
Swearinger was a solid contributor for South Carolina in 2012. He had 79 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and seven passes broken up. Swearinger started 13 games as a junior and could've produced more if it hadn't been for a nagging foot injury. He totaled 80 tackles with three interceptions.
Swearinger has a nice combination of speed and instincts. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is a striker. He is one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Pick change; previously Larry Warford, G
New York Jets: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Jets land their competition and replacement for Mark Sanchez. They've shown interest in Barkley. New York needs immediate competition and Barkley is the prospect most capable of playing right away.
Barkley's offensive line was a miserable failure in 2012 as the loss of Matt Kalil hurt all year. Barkley didn't play as well this season, but you can still make the argument that he is the most NFL-ready quarterback and the safest quarterback prospect. The senior completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His year ended in mid-November following a shoulder injury against UCLA.
There is no doubt that Barkley is more experienced than most signal-callers entering the NFL Draft. He laid claim to USC's starting quarterback position as a freshman and completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also threw 14 interceptions. In the Trojans' 12 games in 2010, the 6-foot-2, 220 pounder improved his production by completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Barkley had his best season in 2011. The junior put together many prolific passing games, including throwing for six touchdown passes against UCLA and Colorado. The signal-caller also led USC to a signature road-win over Oregon. He completed 69 percent of his passes in 2011 for 3,528 yards with 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
Barkley comes from a pro-style offense and has good intangibles. He has mastered the West Coast offense and is ready for the NFL.
Tennessee Titans: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Titans need a cornerback more than a defensive end, but Okafor is a nice value for Tennessee.
The 6-foot-4, 261-pound Okafor was one of the top defensive ends in the Big XII in 2011. He was a First-Team All-Big XII selection for his efforts. Okafor totaled 58 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three passes batted and two forced fumbles. He had 2.5 sacks as a sophomore backup in 2010.
Okafor put together 61 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a pass batted this year. He made two huge sack-fumbles against Geno Smith to produce a touchdown and a change of possession inside the Mountaineers' 15-yard line. Okafor also blocked a kick in that outing. He was a monster against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl with eight tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Okafor has some speed to go along with his strength.
Pick change; previously D.J. Hayden, CB
Buffalo Bills: Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Bills grab a receiver to work with Ryan Nassib. Woods has a lot of buzz around him right now and some feel he could sneak into the first round.
Woods (6-1, 180) was a dominant force as a sophomore, becoming Matt Barkley's primary weapon. Woods totaled 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns on 111 receptions in 2011. He had a record-setting game to open the year with 17 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota. Woods then broke his own record, against Arizona, with 14 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
The junior was a big disappointment this season. Woods didn't look nearly as explosive as he was in 2011 and seemed to be far short of his top-end speed due to an injured ankle. As a result, Woods wasn't getting separation and breaking off long gains like he did as a sophomore. Ergo, USC transitioned to Marqise Lee as its No. 1 receiver.
Woods had 76 receptions for 846 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012, but a lot of that came against Colorado (8-132, four touchdowns). That was his only 100-yard game of the year.
Miami Dolphins: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Miami grabs a potential left tackle who is a good scheme fit.
Pugh was solid for Syracuse at protecting Ryan Nassib's blind side. Pugh wasn't flawless but, generally, did a quality job protecting his signal-caller. The 6-foot-4, 301-pounder needs to add weight and strength for the next level.
Pugh checked in shorter than expected at the Senior Bowl and has very short arms (31 1/2). He also struggled in the one-on-ones on the edge; a move to guard seems very possible.
Pugh was a 2011 All-Big East First-Team selection for the Orange. He has a lot of experience as a 3-year starter.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Bucs have used a lot of early-round picks on the defensive line in recent years but at least half of them didn't pan out. The team needs a nose tackle to pair with Gerald McCoy. Hankins is a great scheme fit as a two-gap defensive tackle.
Hankins is a massive tackle who takes up a lot of space and blockers at the point of attack. The 6-foot-4, 317-pounder had a strong 2011 season. The sophomore was a fabulous run-defender at the point of attack and totaled 67 tackles. Hankins also collected 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks. He had 16 tackles and a sack as a freshman backup.
The junior racked up 55 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a sack this year. Hankins was a dominant force against California in Week 3, totaling 10 tackles and a sack while making plays all over the field. He added 10 more stops against UAB and helped shut down Michigan State's ground game. His play cooled off after a dominant September.
Hankins has a real burst off the snap and put a lot more pressure on the quarterback than his numbers indicate. Ohio State used him all over the line including as a three-technique, a two-gap nose tackle, a zero-technique and a defensive end. Hankins was extremely disruptive no matter where the Buckeyes lined him up. He has some upside.
Carolina Panthers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Panthers need to find defensive tackle help and Short is a great value pick. He will upgrade their pass rush and could form a nice trio with Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy. Carolina has shown interest in Short.
Short had an impressive start to his senior year. He was excellent in Week 2 against Notre Dame, beating center Braxston Cave and guard Mike Golic, Jr. for sacks and also picking up a forced fumble that he didn't get credit for. Short totaled 43 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, four passes broken up, four blocked kicks and a forced fumble this season.
Short amassed 54 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2011. He was quiet in the early going, but really played well in the second half of the year.
Short benefited greatly from Ryan Kerrigan in his first two seasons. Short recorded six sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss next to Kerrigan in 2010. Short also had 41 tackles with two blocked kicks.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder is strong and athletic. Purdue does an excellent job of producing quality NFL defensive linemen, and he appears to be the next in line.
San Diego Chargers: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
San Diego missed out on the first-round tackles, but land a sleeper prospect who could end up protecting Philip Rivers' blind side.
Armstead lit up the stopwatch at the Combine with a 40-yard dash of 4.71 seconds. The 6-foot-5, 306-pounder previously had a good showing at the East-West Shrine and held his own as an injury replacement at the Senior Bowl. Armstead played left tackle as a senior and was elsewhere on the offensive line before that. He could play guard or tackle in the NFL. Some coaches are interested in seeing how Armstead would perform at tight end. He has a ton of athletic ability to develop.
St. Louis Rams: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
The Rams land a guard to bolster their offensive line. They've shown interest in Warford. St. Louis could draft Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack in the first round if one slips to its pick at No. 16.
Warford is a beast and, in my opinion, will be the biggest steal, of the 2013 NFL Draft. Warford (6-3, 333) is powerful road grader of a run-blocker. He uses his strength to push around defensive linemen and blast open running lanes. Warford was named a Second-Team All-SEC performer in 2011 - his second straight season. He did a very good job of opening up holes for running back Derrick Locke in 2010.
Warford is also a good pass-blocker. He is strong at the point of attack and owns surprising athleticism to hit blocks on the second level. The senior has underrated speed and quickness for his size. Warford did a fabulous job of blocking Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in pass protection and the ground game this year.
Pick change; previously Eddie Lacy, RB
Dallas Cowboys: Eric Reid, S, LSU
The Cowboys need safety help and have shown a lot of interest in Reid. Monte Kiffin lands a perfect scheme fit, and Reid could be his John Lynch type in Dallas.
Reid (6-2, 208) has good size and is a hard hitter. The LSU secondary was filled with NFL talent in 2011, and Reid was integral member alongside Tyrann Mathieu, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Taylor. Reid totaled 65 tackles with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up as a sophomore.
The junior started this year with a mixed outing against North Texas. He had seven tackles, an interception and a pass broken up, but also was burned for two touchdowns. Reid needs to improve his pass-coverage skills. He looked bad defending the run against Florida, and as a result, his stock has slid.
Reid had a bounce-back performance, to a degree, against South Carolina, nabbing an interception, but he also was late in coverage for a big pass to the 1-yard line. Reid totaled 91 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2012.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
The Steelers need a starting running back and have shown interest in Ball. I think he is vastly overrated, but scouts have told me that he will probably go in the second round - if not sooner.
Ball ran for 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, averaging 6.3 yards per carry. He also caught 24 passes for 306 yards and six scores. Ball's 39 total touchdowns made for one of the most prolific season totals in college football history, putting him next to Barry Sanders in the record books. The Badgers back ran for 996 yards and 18 touchdowns as part of a running back-by-committee approach as a sophomore in 2010.
Wisconsin struggled early in 2012, but Ball heated up against a weak Big Ten conference. The senior ended up with 1,830 yards (5.1 yard average) and 22 touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 10 passes for 72 yards.
Ball runs with excellent vision, balance and pad level. However, he is not a burner and lacks quickness. It isn't surprising that his production declined this season as teams were selling out to stop him. Ball's supporting cast was greatly reduced as well. The Badgers lost center Peter Konz, guard Kevin Zeitler, their offensive line coach, their offensive coordinator, quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Nick Toon following 2011.
New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he wants better linebacker play next year. The team checked out Greene as his pro day and he's a great scheme fit.
Greene totaled 136 tackles, 6 sacks, six forced fumbles, five passes batted, two interceptions and 12 tackles for a loss this year. The 6-foot, 236-pounder will have to move to outside linebacker in the NFL. The senior has good quickness, straight-line speed, instincts and physicality. Greene started his career at safety and looks like he has three-down ability for the NFL.
Greene amassed 141 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2011.
Chicago Bears: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Bears find their future middle linebacker. Chicago could have a nice linebacking corps with Minter, D.J. Williams and Lance Briggs.
Minter (6-0, 246) was phenomenal in 2012. The junior was the most consistent player on the Tigers' defense, and that is saying something considering all the NFL talent on LSU's stop unit. Minter totaled 130 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four sacks, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception. He recorded 61 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 2011.
There is no doubt that Minter is an excellent run-defender. He attacks the line of scrimmage and is very tough about taking on blocks from offensive linemen. Additionally, Minter sheds blocks and is an excellent tackler. He covers a lot of ground with the speed to make tackles on stretch runs to the perimeter. Minter is very fast and explosive. He could be a sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker for a 4-3 NFL defense.
As for pass coverage, Minter is still improving. He gets good depth in his drops and shows the potential to play some man coverage. Minter can pick up backs out of the backfield and run with them. He is going to need to work on his ability to cover receiving tight ends in the passing-obsessed NFL. Minter certainly has the speed, but will need to work on his technique in running with them downfield. He is a good blitzer who can contribute to the pass rush, too.
Minter is fast and physical. He hits with authority and was a real difference-maker for the Tigers.
Washington Redskins: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Redskins will look to upgrade their defensive backfield with corners and safeties in the 2013 NFL Draft. Washington would be fortunate to land Banks.
Banks was a solid player for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is already experienced and battle-tested. He played a lot as a freshman in 2009 with 33 tackles and four interceptions, including two pick-sixes against Tim Tebow.
Banks totaled 54 tackles and three interceptions as a sophomore. He had 71 tackles, five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken up in 2011.
The senior recorded 63 tackles, two tackles for a loss, four interceptions, a forced fumble and seven passes broken up this year. He averaged 8.8 yards per punt return, too.
Banks had a huge game against the Volunteers with six tackles, a pass breakup and a forced fumble. That turnover was a huge fourth-quarter play. Banks first disengaged from Justin Hunter's block on a perimeter run before hitting the running back. As they were going to the ground, Banks was able to reach his hand into the back's chest to rip the ball out. Banks fell on top of the ball to get possession for his offense.
Mississippi State was up 27-24 before the fumble, and it set up the Bulldogs at the Tennessee 30-yard line. They scored a touchdown to lock down their win over the Volunteers.
Banks played with an injured knee after that, and it impacted his performance. He had his worst game of the season against Alabama. Banks was part of two coverage breakdowns for scores. On the first, he was beaten on a go route by Kenny Bell for a 57-yard touchdown. On the second, Banks was in zone and thought he had linebacker help to the inside, but nobody was there and the tight end came wide open for an easy touchdown toss. The senior then had a underwhelming followup against Texas A&M.
Minnesota Vikings: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Vikings have a big hole at middle linebacker and it looks like they are after Te'o. Minnesota also likes Notre Dame products. Te'o's former Fighting Irish teammates could help him make the transition in the locker room.
Te'o had a string of excellent performances in 2012 that vaulted him into Heisman consideration. He played a superb game against Michigan State and power back Le'Veon Bell in Week 3. Te'o picked up 12 tackles and was all over the field against the run and the pass. He made eight tackles and two interceptions against Michigan, plus forced another interception by hitting Denard Robinson as he threw.
Even though Te'o had an ugly game against Alabama in the National Championship, the senior's season was phenomenal. He totaled 113 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, four passes broken up and seven interceptions. Te'o has the instincts and intelligence to adapt quickly to the NFL. He is fast enough to play the middle or Sam linebacker in a 4-3 defense, and should have the bulk to function on the inside of a 3-4 defense.
Manti Te'o was a tackling machine for the Fighting Irish in 2010, making 133 tackles. The sophomore also recorded 9.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Te'o recorded 128 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2011. He led Notre Dame in sacks and tackles.
Cincinnati Bengals: Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
The Bengals are taking a more optimistic tone regarding re-signing Andre Smith. If they bring Smith back, they don't have to draft a right tackle. That would allow Cincinnati to take an outside linebacker. James Harrison is just a stopgap player.
Brown (6-1, 240) is a very good athlete who could use more size for the NFL. If the senior is unable to add weight, he should move to outside linebacker.
Brown recorded 101 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and one interception in 2011, his first at Kansas State. He collected 100 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, two interceptions and a sack this year.
Brown started out his college career at Miami. He was a backup for two seasons before sitting out 2010 when he transferred to Kansas State. Brown has upside and improved in his second year as a starter. He played middle linebacker for the Wildcats, but as noted above, if he wants to stay there at the next level, he'll have to add some weight.
Pick change; previously Giovani Bernard, RB
Miami Dolphins: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
The Dolphins need cornerback help and Alford makes sense as a potential zone corner.
Alford (5-9, 186) displayed some ball skills in college with 10 interceptions and 20 passes broken up over the past few seasons. He was put to the test at the Senior Bowl and played extremely well. Alford did well in man coverage, zone coverage and on special teams. He could be a nice nickel corner in the NFL, and his strong performance in Mobile should help him to be a mid-round pick. Alford followed that up with a good day at the Combine.
Green Bay Packers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The Packers get a back who would be a perfect fit in their offense. Bernard could bring a LeSean McCoy element to Green Bay. He could be a steal. I think Bernard's the best back in the 2013 NFL Draft and scouts have told me that they agree.
Bernard (5-10, 205) burst onto the scene in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, racking up 1,324 yards and 13 touchdowns (5.24 average). He showed fantastic receiving ability, too, snagging 45 receptions for 362 yards and one touchdown. Bernard carried the Tar Heels' offense, and he was consistently good.
Bernard is extremely quick and able to break runs for big gains. Additionally, he is hard to tackle in the open field since he has the shiftiness to dodge tacklers.
The redshirt sophomore missed two games this year with an injury. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry on his way to 1,228 yards and 12 touchdowns. Bernard also made 47 receptions for 490 yards and five scores. He averaged 16.4 yards per punt return and even scored on one return.
Pick change; previously John Jenkins, DT
Seattle Seahawks: Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
The Seahawks could use help on the offensive line, and Long could fill their void at right tackle. He would end up going against his brother, the Rams' Chris Long, twice per year.
Long only played one season at Oregon, but was impressive for the Ducks nonetheless. He used his quickness and athleticism to help lead a dominant offensive line. Long has a good mix of strength and athleticism. He could develop into a starting NFL tackle or guard.
Long left the Senior Bowl early because of an illness, but he looked good prior to his departure. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder has some real upside for the NFL. The son of Howie Long and brother of Chris Long, Kyle Long obviously has great bloodlines for the NFL.
Houston Texans: Jonathan Bostic, ILB, Florida
The Texans need a complement for Brian Cushing since their defense was really weak in the middle after he went down. They badly need to fortify the middle of the defense.
Scouts have told WalterFootball.com that Bostic should go on the second day because he is big, strong and fast. They also said Bostic is a physical defender who should fit well on the inside of a 3-4.
Bostic totaled 68 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and three sacks in 2012. He flashed some for the Gators and was a core player in their tough defense. Bostic had 94 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble in 2011. He recorded 57 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and three interceptions as a sophomore.
Bostic (6-1, 245) helped himself by performing well at the Combine.
Denver Broncos: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
The Broncos could use a young cornerback.
The big Huskies corner Wreh-Wilson (6-0, 192) had a solid week at the Senior Bowl. However, he could be best for an NFL zone system.
Wreh-Wilson had 46 tackles with one interception and nine passes broken up in 2012. He recorded 37 tackles with seven passes batted and two interceptions in 2011. His best production came as a sophomore when he totaled four interceptions with 57 tackles and five passes broken up.
New England Patriots: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
The Patriots could use help at defensive end, and Hunt will upgrade their pass rush. He fits their defense nicely.
Hunt is a physical freak who needs more development, but he has tremendous potential. The Karksi-Nuia, Estonia product is a raw player who really came on strong at the end of his junior season. Hunt recorded all three of his sacks for 2011 against Pittsburgh in the bowl game. He had 28 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss in 2011, too. Hunt totaled 5.5 sacks through his freshman and sophomore seasons.
The senior started out poorly this year with a bad game against Baylor. He played better after that, including strong showings against Texas A&M, TCU, Houston and Southern Miss. The 6-foot-8, 277-pounder picked up 31 tackles, eight sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, two forced fumbles, two passes batted and three blocked kicks in 2012.
Hunt used his height to be a dangerous weapon on special teams. He blocked seven kicks as a freshman, three as a sophomore and four as a junior. All told, Hunt finished his collegiate career with 17 blocked kicks. He may be best in the NFL as a five-technique defensive end in a 3-4 defense.
Atlanta Falcons: Corey Lemonier, OLB/DE, Auburn
The Falcons land a nice fit to help bolster their pass rush. They have expressed interest in Lemonier and hosted him on a pre-draft visit. He is a nice scheme fit.
Lemonier totaled 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in 2012. He played with an ankle injury for a lot of the year. Lemonier (6-4, 246) needs to continue to fill out his frame and add strength for the NFL. He was shut down by Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.
Lemonier broke out as a sophomore in 2011 with 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He is a speed-rusher who is a superb athlete and rushes with nice leverage.
San Francisco 49ers: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The 49ers need a young nose tackle and have shown interest in Jenkins.
Jenkins is a massive load at the line of scrimmage. The senior is a natural fit as a zero-technique nose tackle for an NFL 3-4 defense. It helps that he played that position for Georgia.
The junior-college product Jenkins (6-3, 359) showed off massive size with some surprising athleticism in his debut for the Bulldogs in 2011. The junior had 28 tackles, six tackles for a loss and three sacks. Jenkins totaled 50 tackles, one blocked kick, one pass batted, two tackles for a loss and one sack this season. The sack came against Alabama guard Chance Warmack.
Jenkins was one of the most dominant players at the Senior Bowl. He was tremendous as a run-stuffer and a pocket destroyer as a pass-rusher. None of the centers could block him when he lined up over their head. Not only did Jenkins show great power, but he also was explosive firing off the ball with closing speed. Jenkins really helped himself in Mobile.
Pick change; previously D.J. Swearinger, S
Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Ravens land a wide receiver who is a perfect replacement for Anquan Boldin.
Allen's stock has fallen because of a slow 40 time at his pro day and rumors of a positive drug test. Many feel he will slip to the second round. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Allen looks like he could have the talent to be a special wide out. He caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman in 2010. Allen put together a huge 2011 season, racking up 98 receptions for 1,343 yards and six scores. To go along with ideal size, he has the speed to make big plays downfield.
The junior totaled 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns this year. He also returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown. Weak quarterback play from his brother, Zach Maynard, hurt his opportunities.
Allen uses his size and strength to run routes in the short to intermediate part of the field, but has no hesitation running crossing routes and is very adept at picking up yards after the catch. Allen is an aggressive play-maker who attacks the football in the air. He is sure-handed and already well-developed.
While Allen doesn't have good timed speed, he is faster than many defensive backs expect and is very physical with defenders. Allen looks like a great fit for an NFL West Coast offense. He could be an X (split end) or Z (flanker) receiver who works in all levels of the defense.
I really don't understand why you keep bashing the 49ers contracts. You have to overpay for guys when you have one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Beyond that, they have nearly $70 mill in cap space even after free agency, so what's the big deal if they overspend?