It’s a toss up right now in regards to who will be the number one pick but it’s likely to be one of two quarterbacks, Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers are doing their homework and we’ll have to wait and see which one of the quarterbacks they grab.
With all of the top offensive tackles; Tyron Smith, Anthony Castonzo, Gabe Carimi, Nate Solder, and Mike Pouncey off the board, the Birds will grab the best player available, Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, at a position that they’re still not sure about and that’s defensive end. They still feel good about Brandon Graham but they can’t be sure. Daniel Te’o Nesheim has a long way to go before he proves he can even play in this league. Ricky Sapp is also a major question mark.
They know they can’t expect much more from veteran defensive end Juqua Parker, who seems to continue to make plays and out play everybody the Birds get to replace him.
Quite a few teams now have Alabama’s Julio Jones as their top wide receiver in the draft. He blew away everybody at this year’s NFL Combine and the momentum he started hasn’t stopped.
Kerrigan is a tremendous football player with great size, speed and pass rushing ability. I would love to see the Birds finally get a defensive who has some size. I’m tired of all the undersized mistakes.
Yes if they make move of drafting Kerrigan, they will still be in position to help themselves at cornerback and on the offensive line later in the draft.
Da’Quan Bowers didn’t test well in his Pro Day and they’re still questions about his surgically-repaired knee, so I see him falling all the way to the New York Jets, who won’t be able to pass him up because of his tremendous potential.
1. Carolina Panthers – Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
2. Denver Broncos – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
3. Buffalo Bills – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
4. Cincinnati Bengals – Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
6. Cleveland Browns – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
7. San Francisco 49ers – Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
8. Tennessee Titans – Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
9. Dallas Cowboys – Tyron Smith, OT, USC
10. Washington Redskins – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
11. Houston Texans – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
12. Minnesota Vikings – Cameron Jordan, DE, California
13. Detroit Lions – Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
14. St. Louis Rams – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
15. Miami Dolphins – Mike Pouncey, C/G, Florida
16. Jacksonville Jaguars – Adrian Clayburn, DE, Iowa
17, New England Patriots – Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
18. San Diego Chargers – Muhammad Wilkerson, NT, Temple
19. New York Giants – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
21. Kansas City Chiefs – Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
22. Indianapolis Colts – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
24. New Orleans Saints – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
25. Seattle Seahawks – Jake Locker, QB, Washington
26. Baltimore Ravens – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
27. Atlanta Falcons – Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
28. New England Patriots – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
29. Chicago Bears – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
30. New York Jets – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
32. Green Bay Packers – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas