Posted Fri Feb 4th by Mr.East
So it begins. In order to not jinx the outcome of the Super Bowl (the refs have that job anyway), I’m going to breaking the draft up into parts, it will be completely finished sometime after the Super Bowl.
- Carolina Panthers
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
- Denver Broncos
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
- Buffalo Bills
DaQuan Bowers, DT, Clemson
- Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
- Arizona Cardinals
Von Miller, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
- Cleveland Browns
Robert Quinn, DE/DT, North Carolina
- San Fransisco 49′ers
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
- Tennessee Titans
Marcell Dareus, DE/DT, Alabama
- Dallas Cowboys
Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
- Washington Redskins
Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
Nick Fairley is close to becoming a lock for the number overall pick, provided that all his skeletons stay in his closet, he doesn’t slack off at the combine, or gets injured in a freak accident. Fairley is no doubt the best DT this draft has to offer, he has had his “Suh” moments this season but he will have to continue to prove to teams that his breakout year was no fluke.
The Denver Broncos are in a mission critical situation, there is zero margin for error. If John Elway, Brian Xanders, and John Fox are smart they will take the best defensive player on the board no matter what position. Right now no one would go to Ikea and buy a section of the Broncos defense from the “As Is” department, every part needs repairs. That being said, a great defense starts with the front seven, which is currently the most glaring vulnerability. However, if (probably when, his franchise tag alone would cost $15,000,000) Champ Bailey leaves for the Ravens or the Falcons in free agency every part of the defense will be in shambles.
Last year my picks were dependent on Josh McDaniels philosophy and worked out pretty well (I didn’t get the right round, but I got the right idea.) This year I’m basing my picks off of the Brian Xanders “I need to keep my job so play it safe” philosophy. John Fox was the safe pick for a head coach, he has had success and experience in turning around a franchise. The front office didn’t even look at any young up and comers for head coaching candidates, they didn’t even glance at Pat Shurmur. Who is to say that they will mortgage the franchise on a player like DaQuan Bowers who has had one good year in a lack-luster conference or Robert Quinn has missed the entire last season?
The Broncos many not take the flashy and risky pick but the Bills sure will. Last year Ralph Wilson Jr. wanted to go out there and get more flashy players to make a difference, so they drafted C.J. Spiller at 9th overall even when they had Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, and it is speculated that they tried to grab Tim Tebow at the end of round one. DaQuan Bowers does make sense here though, his finished his last season with 16 sacks and had great performances in big games like the one against Auburn.
The Bengals are ex-sponging their wide receiver divas and are now left with Jerome Simpson and Jordan Shipley to carry the corps. A.J. Green is an amazing prospect with a bit of a troubled background, this is a classic Bengals pick.
Von Miller has had extremely dominate performances over the past two seasons despite a scheme change going into the last one. The performances didn’t stop then either, Miller shined at the Senior Bowl. The Cardinals may be hurting in a lot of places, but outside linebacker really stands out. Both Joey Porter and Clark Haggans are 34 and coming off sub-par seasons, an upgrade is seriously needed.
Robert Quinn is a monster and good fit for the new 4-3 scheme coming to Cleveland. I would mock Quinn to Denver but he missed his whole entire 2010 season due to NCAA ineligibility and like I said before, Denver’s front office looks to be in sure-fire mode.
San Fransisco is extremely weak at corner even with Nate Clemens who has his on and off moments now that he’s 31 and due over 7 million this season. It will be interesting to see what Jim Harbaugh does, it’s difficult to gauge what a brand spankin new coach will do. Prince Amukamara is a pretty good selection though, he has the height, the size, the skills, and the production to back it all up.
Jason Babin had a great year, but besides that single season he has been inconsistent and a mainly a rotational player. Marcell Dareus has the size to play on any technique in the 4-3 defense. Dareus is a great fit for the tenacious and very talented Titans defensive line.
The Cowboys have to got to start protecting their quarterback. The Cowboy defense has the potential to be very good, their running back situation is more than ideal, and Miles Austin and Jason Witten can hold down the receiving. However, the ball isn’t going anywhere if Tony Romo or whoever is playing can’t stand upright.
Aldon Smith is a freakishly athletic and prolific player should shine at the combine. Dan Synder will have no qualms with taking a flashy player like Smith, and the defense could surely use him.