Mutombo - Seattle, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta, Green Bay
Justin! - Minnesota, Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, New Orleans
Joel - New York (G), Buffalo, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, Oakland
Jeremy - Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis,
SKOHR - Philadelphia, Arizona, Washington, Baltimore, New England, New York (J)
Assuming the Browns stay put, they will take the best player in this draft, Patrick Peterson, with the 6th overall pick. Knowing Mike Holmgren well, he will look to trade backwards a few picks in order to gain a few extra later round picks, while still trying to pick the best player available for their biggest need, which is probably a defensive end who can pressure the QB (something they have lacked/wanted since Courtney Brown). However, if they cannot find a trade partner, they will take Peterson. Peterson offers Cleveland the ability to start right away and be a dominant defensive back. Some have questioned his ability to be a true cover corner the way Darrelle Revis is, but Peterson is a play maker and will try to prove those that question him wrong. Yes, this will be the second consecutive draft where the Browns have taken a Cornerback in the 1st as they took Joe Haden last year. But having two great defensive backs will allow for more exotic blitzing schemes and Cleveland can focus on taking a defensive end/linebacker that would focus on the pass rush in the 2nd round. Peterson is too talented to pass up at this pick.
>>, San Francisco 49ers
Pick #7, Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska<<
The 49ers had a pretty rough season in 2010. They were the trendy pick to win the NFC West and they ended up starting 0-5 before ultimately scrapping together six wins and costing Samurai Mike Singletary his head coaching job. They have a new coach in Harbaugh and a ton of holes to fill. There is an absolutely glaring hole at QB after the ineptitude displayed by Alex Smith and Troy Smith, and I don't believe even the most dedicated of Fresno State alumni living in the Bay Area is calling for David Carr to take the reins. Despite all the play on tape, however, it sounds like Harbaugh is trying to bring Alex Smith back into the fold for one last go-around. With so many holes to fill on this team and with both Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert off the board, the 49ers are going to look to take best player available and catch one of the top QBs falling into the 2nd round instead, and will take their much-needed shutdown corner.
Amukamara was the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was team captain of the "Blackshirts." He has good size at 6'0 and 206 pounds, ran a 4.43 forty, is tremendous in run support, and has great awareness in both man and zone coverage. He could be the top in his position in this draft with Peterson. Amukamara had zero interceptions last year, but that is because opposing offenses only dared to throw his way 52 times, completing only 35% (18) of those attempts.
San Francisco could certainly make a play at some other dynamic athletes like Quinn from UNC, Fairley from Auburn, and other rush end guys that will litter the first round. This just seemed like too early a spot to grab a QB that might not work out, and I see this team picking up a stop-gap QB in free agency rather than finding one in the first round of the draft. As I said before, there may still be guys like Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, and Christian Ponder waiting to be picked up in the second round, and San Fran would be foolish to let a stud in a need position pass them by.
>>, Tennessee Titans
Pick #8, Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn<<
I was very tempted to go a different direction with this pick. Although there are no questions on Fairley’s talent, there are a ton of questions on his motor and passion on every play. He has been known to take plays off and turn it on when he wants. Although he was able to get away with it in college the pros is a whole different animal. One play can mean the difference between a 1-yard gain and an 80-yard TD. People are also concerned that Fairley might have just been a one-year wonder on a very good team. Yes the concerns are great with Fairley but the upside out weighs them all. This guy could be the next Warren Sapp, another guy that a lot of people wrote off because of character concerns and we all know how that turned out. The Titans have stated that they intend to get big, faster, and stronger up the middle and that is exactly what Fairley brings. Talent trumps everything on this one and the Titans find Fairley too hard to pass up.