Kansas City Chiefs: David Bakhtiari, OT/C, Colorado
The Chiefs grab a right tackle. Even if they don't trade Brandon Albert, he could be playing elsewhere a year from now.
Bakhtiari (6-4, 295) was a solid player for Colorado, but is an undersized tackle for the NFL. He should've gone back to school for his senior year. Bakhtiari may have to move inside to guard as a pro.
The junior probably thought he accomplished everything he could in college since he was a 3-year starter. Bakhtiari started 33 games and was a 2011 Second-Team All-Pac-12 selection. He could sneak into the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The Jaguars need help all on the inside of their defensive line. Gus Bradley wants a defense built on speed, and Logan would give Jacksonville a fast three-technique defensive tackle.
Like most of LSU's front seven defenders, Logan is an extremely fast player who has special athleticism. He had 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, three passes batted, one forced fumble and two sacks this year. Logan combined with Michael Brockers in 2011 to form a superb interior duo for the Tigers. Logan recorded 57 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one forced fumble that season.
Logan was a backup as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He is very fast and has the makings of a three-technique pass-rusher in the NFL.
Oakland Raiders: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
This is the pick the Raiders got from Detroit in the trade that was mocked in the first round. Oakland needs a receiver and Williams could start quickly.
While teammate Kendall Wright received the majority of the accolades, Williams had a very good 2011 season, catching 59 passes for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns. He recorded 43 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore.
There were questions if Williams could continue to produce this year without Robert Griffin III throwing him passes. Williams answered those questions when he totaled seven receptions for 139 yards in Baylor's season-opening win over SMU.
Williams then set the Big XII single-game receiving record for receptions and yards, against West Virginia, with 17 receptions for 314 yards. The senior totaled 97 receptions for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He led the nation in receiving yards.
The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder has some size with underrated speed that catches cornerbacks by surprise. Williams displayed more deep speed in 2012 than anyone previously expected.
Pick change; previously Travis Frederick, C (DET)
Oakland Raiders: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
The Raiders have to get some defensive end help and Moore could be a steal. Oakland is one of the few teams to have shown interest in him.
Moore was one of the most consistent pass-rushers in college football this season, and was one of the nation's leaders, with 12.5 sacks. Perhaps even more impressive than that, Moore led his team with 85 tackles. He had 21 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, a blocked kick and a forced fumble, too.
Moore played traditional defensive end in 2012 after the change in Texas A&M's coaching staff and the move to the SEC. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder needs to add more weight for the NFL if he is going to stay as a 4-3 defensive end, but he has the frame to do it. Moore had a disappointing Combine, but he rebounded somewhat at Texas A&M's pro day.
Moore played joker outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense prior to this year; the same position Von Miller used to play. Moore totaled 72 tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2011. He had 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 50 tackles as a freshman in 2010.
Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Thomas, G/T, Tennessee
Philadelphia could use more talent on the offensive line. The athletic Thomas is a nice scheme fit who the Eagles have shown interest in.
Thomas was moved to left guard this year after starting 25 straight games at left tackle during his sophomore and junior seasons. He looked excellent in his new position against N.C. State in Tennessee's 2012 opener. The senior had some good battles with Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins, too. Thomas also played well against Florida's and Alabama's talented defensive lines.
The 6-foot-5, 306-pounder is athletic and strong. His body type is a better fit at guard in the NFL, but having the versatility to play tackle at the spur of the moment is great trait that coaches will love.
Thomas had a quality season protecting quarterback Tyler Bray in 2011. The Volunteers allowed just 18 sacks (1.5 per game), the third-lowest total in the SEC.
Pick change; previously Jesse Williams, DT
Cleveland Browns: Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
The new Browns' regime wants more competition for Brandon Weeden. Glennon is a good fit in Norv Turner's offense.
I personally think Glennon is only a second-day pick, despite other pundits. Glennon was abused by Vanderbilt in his final collegiate contest, and that shouldn't scream first-rounder to anybody. No disrespect to the Commodores; they are an improving program that had a good team in 2012. Still, a first-round quarterback shouldn't get taken to the woodshed by Vanderbilt. He was solid at the Senior Bowl, but unspectacular.
NFL teams are in dire need of quarterbacks, so my evaluation of Glennon won't stop clubs from reaching for him. After all, I also thought Mike Wallace should be a first-round pick in 2009, but teams like the Buccaneers didn't agree with that evaluation - oops. Glennon has a skill set and upside, but there is a huge bust potential with him as a first-rounder.
Glennon (6-6, 232) is a big pocket passer with a plus arm and flashes of brilliance. He completed 59 percent of his passes in 2012 for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Glennon played better then the numbers indicate and didn't have a good supporting cast. That being said, he struggled in a number of games.
Glennon took over the reins from Russell Wilson in 2011 and had a productive season. Glennon completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The first-year starter destroyed the weak teams, but had some struggles against the better teams he faced.
Pick change; previously Nick Kasa, TE
Arizona Cardinals: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
The Cardinals land a guard with center ability to improve the blocking in front of Carson Palmer.
Frederick (6-4, 312) had an excellent 2011 season for the Badgers. He was a tremendous run-blocker, paving the way for running back Montee Ball. Frederick, Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were a dynamic interior that was dominant at the point of attack.
Frederick is a road grader akin to Zeitler who can push around defensive linemen. Also like Zeitler, Frederick's weakness comes in pass protection against speed-rushing defensive tackles.
Frederick started slowly in 2012, but played better as the season progressed. Wisconsin moved him to center, but he is a much better fit at guard for the NFL.
Pick change; previously Mike Glennon, QB
Tennessee Titans: David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
The Titans could use a cornerback and Amerson is a nice value pick.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Amerson is physically gifted with size and ball skills. He helped himself with a 4.44-second 40-yard dash at the Combine. Amerson was simply phenomenal in 2011. The sophomore totaled 13 interceptions to lead the nation. He also had 59 tackles with five passes broken up.
Amerson had a rough first week of the 2012 season as he was beaten for a 41-yard touchdown and a 72-yard touchdown by Tennessee's dangerous passing attack. Amerson bounced back in the next three games with a total of three interceptions. He collected 61 tackles, five interceptions and 12 passes broken up this year.
Amerson had an ugly game against Miami at the end of the September as he was beaten for two touchdowns in man coverage. Amerson turned things around with a great performance against Maryland. He was very streaky this season.
Against Clemson, wide out DeAndre Hopkins burned Amerson for a 62-yard touchdown. Hopkins beat Amerson on a double move where the corner looked to jump the underneath route. He allowed some other receptions aside from the touchdown, but also broke up three passes and had nine tackles. The junior returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown against Boston College in the Wolfpack's regular-season finale.
Given Amerson's height, there are questions about his speed along with his ability to flip his hips and run with receivers. The performance versus the Volunteers shined a spotlight on those concerns. Amerson repeatedly bit on double moves this year because he was so aggressive to try for interceptions. The junior is going to have to play more disciplined football in the NFL.
Still, Amerson has an extremely rare skill set. It is obvious that he has tremendous ball skills. When the ball is in the air, Amerson attacks it like a wide out. Quarterbacks seem to really underestimate his size and leaping ability. That allows Amerson to trick passers into sending the ball his direction.
Amerson looks like a natural wide receiver with his hands and body control. He regularly makes acrobatic catches with a unique ability to get in position to snatch passes away. Another elite attribute that Amerson has is great length to limit the ability to get the ball to his receiver. His length makes it difficult for quarterbacks to get the ball by him.
Pick change; previously Bacarri Rambo, S
Buffalo Bills: Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
The Bills could use some help at linebacker and they like Collins.
The fast and physical Collins was a consistent producer for Southern Miss. The senior recorded 92 tackles with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four forced fumbles this season. He totaled 98 tackles, 19.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, eight passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception in 2011.
Collins (6-3, 250) is an interesting prospect who could be a 3-4 outside linebacker as well as a 4-3 linebacker. An injury knocked him out of the Senior Bowl, but he looked great at the Combine.
New York Jets: Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
The Jets need a difference-maker at running back, and Michael has a first-round skill set. New York has shown a ton of interest in him.
Michael had a phenomenal week of practice at the East-West Shrine and probably helped himself more than any other prospect there. The 5-foot-11, 215-pounder showed off an impressive skill set and has starting potential for the NFL. He ran with quickness, power, balance, vision and cutting ability.
The senior totaled 417 yards on 88 carries (4.7 average) and 12 touchdowns in 2012. Most of the Aggies' rushing attempts went to freshman signal-caller Johnny Manziel (201-1,410).
Injuries kept Michael from playing full seasons in both 2011 and 2010. In 2011, before going down with a knee injury, he outshined teammate Cyrus Gray. Michael led Texas A&M in rushing prior to the injury. He averaged six yards per carry with 899 yards and eight touchdowns. Michael was knocked out during the 2010 season, too, breaking his tibia in the eighth game. He had 631 yards rushing with four touchdowns and a five yard per carry average. Michael had 844 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as freshman, averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
The Bucs want to add a tight end with some receiving ability to go with Tom Crabtree and Luke Stocker. Tampa Bay has shown interest in Escobar.
Escobar (6-6, 254) caught 42 passes for 543 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. He had even better production as a sophomore with 51 receptions for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. Escobar looks slow, but he has good size and could develop into a starting tight end.
San Francisco 49ers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The 49ers could use some receiving depth. Patton's aggressive mentality would make him a nice understudy for Anquan Boldin.
Patton (6-0, 202) was in the running as the best wide receiver at the Senior Bowl. He made tough catches all week and showed good hands to go with plus route-running. Patton played really well in 2012, making 104 receptions for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Patton was very productive in 2011, his first season at Louisiana Tech. The junior totaled 79 receptions for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns. Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks said that Patton was the best receiver he played in 2011.
New Orleans Saints: Earl Wolff, S, N.C. State
The Saints could use some safety help.
The 6-foot, 207-pound Wolff was a standout of the East-West Shrine. He made his presence felt throughout the week, including a couple interceptions in one practice. The senior totaled 119 tackles with seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 2012. He had 105 tackles with three forced fumbles and three interceptions in 2011.
Wolff has good instincts and run defense, but could stand to improve his pass coverage in the deep part of the field. He showed some potential with a great 40-yard dash at the Combine.
San Diego Chargers: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
The Chargers need depth at running back. Ryan Mathews was a pick of the previous regime and has been made of glass thus far. San Diego met with him at the Senior Bowl.
Ellington got off to a fast start in 2012, running for 228 yards against Auburn in the opener. He totaled 1,081 yards (5.1 yard average) and nine touchdowns for the season. Ellington also caught 14 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder added weight over last offseason, and as a result has improved his running between the tackles.
The senior was the lead back of a high-powered offense. He averaged 5.3 yards per carry in 2011, totaling 1,178 yards with 11 touchdowns. Ellington also caught 22 passes for 109 yards. He ran for 686 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Ellington is a smaller speed-back who is a big-play threat. He is quick to the hole and can turn the corner on perimeter runs. When Ellington gets in the open field, he is tough to to keep out of the end zone.
Miami Dolphins: Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
The Dolphins grab a tight end who is a good receiver for Ryan Tannehill to work with. Reed fits the offense well.
Reed played well for Florida in 2012 and has some real play-making ability. He led the team with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. The Gators could have gotten more out of Reed, but sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel was inconsistent. Reed had a costly fumble inside the 10-yard line late in the fourth quarter in a close loss to Georgia.
The 6-foot-3, 236-pound Reed, a former quarterback, is still developing at tight end, and he should have returned for his senior season. Reed is a dangerous receiver, but needs to improve his blocking ability to be a three-down player. He caught 28 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns as sophomore in 2011. The redshirt junior has also been tutored by former Gators and current Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Reed caught only six passes for 79 yards and one touchdown in 2010, but that was because Florida had him playing other positions in the majority of his snaps. For instance, he played some spread-option quarterback and completed 26 of 46 passes for 252 yards. Reed also ran for 328 yards and five touchdowns.
Pick change; previously David Amerson, CB
St. Louis Rams: Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
The Rams badly need safety help. They've shown interest in Thomas, and he could be a steal for St. Louis on the second day.
Prior to Thomas' great showing at the Combine, the 5-foot-9, 213-pounder helped his draft stock with a strong week at the East-West Shrine. He was very physical with running backs and receivers downfield. Thomas showed nice hitting ability to go along with an aggressive style of play. The senior totaled 88 tackles with three forced fumbles and two interceptions in 2012.
Thomas had good tackle totals as a freshman, sophomore and junior, but didn't record any interceptions and only five passes broken up over those three seasons. He needs to work on his pass coverage, but has some developmental potential.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Sio Moore, OLB/ILB, Connecticut
The Steelers have needs at inside and outside linebacker. Moore is a great fit as he could play both in Pittsburgh's scheme and help the team's pass rush. The Steelers have shown interest in him.
Moore helped his draft stock by performing well at the East-West Shrine and the Senior Bowl. He showed nice speed, instincts and a physical nature. The senior totaled 72 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and 11 passes broken up this year.
2012 was Moore's third straight quality season for Connecticut. He finished 2011 with 86 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, six passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He had 110 tackles with an interception, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass broken up and two forced fumbles as a sophomore.
Moore (6-1, 245) showed off a serious combination of strength and speed at the Combine. He is a good sleeper linebacker who could develop in the NFL.
Dallas Cowboys: Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Dallas needs receiver depth, and Bailey would be a nice complement to Dez Bryant.
Bailey (5-10, 193) was a dominant force in 2012. He was one of the most productive receivers in the nation and torched defenses with his quickness and route-running. Bailey had 113 receptions for 1,627 yards and 25 touchdowns. He caught 13 passes for 303 yards and five touchdowns against Baylor. The junior went over 200 yards against both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Bailey was a big-play receiver for the Mountaineers and their potent passing attack in 2011, too. The sophomore hauled in 72 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 24 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns as a redshirt freshman.
Bailey is very fast and has enough size to be a speedy slot receiver in the NFL. Former teammate Keith Tandy told WalterFootball.com that Bailey is an excellent route-runner who has great hands.
Pick change; previously David Quessenberry, C
New York Giants: Barrett Jones, C, Alabama
The Giants have to get some young talent for their offensive line. Jones could fill one of their open spots in the long run. He is the kind of player who Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin target.
It would be an understatement to say that Barrett Jones is smart and versatile. He could potentially start at any of the five positions on the offensive line in the NFL. Given his all-purpose ability as an offensive lineman, the Crimson Tide moved him to center for this season.
Jones was excellent at his new position against Michigan, Alabama's first opponent of 2012. The senior looked like he had been playing center for years. Jones continued his strong play versus Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. After a good game against LSU, he had some struggles against Texas A&M and, to a lesser extent, against Mississippi State.
Jones came back to have dominant performances in the SEC Championship versus Georgia and in the National Championship against Notre Dame. He showed his toughness by playing with a serious foot injury.
The 6-foot-4, 306-pounder was a potential early-round left tackle prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide moved him to the blind side in 2011, and the junior excelled. He was named a First-Team All-SEC selection.
In his first major test in 2011, Jones was playing very well against LSU, before an ankle injury in the second half. Early in the game, he was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn't needing, or getting, any help with the Tigers' speed-rushers on the edge.
Jones was solid, not allowing a sack or pressure. The ankle injury seemed to rob him of the power to drive block, but he was a warrior who played through the injury and wasn't a liability while playing hurt. Jones played well in the rematch, doing a good job of winning his blocks. He won the 2011 Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman on offense or defense.
Jones started 14 games at guard in 2009 as a redshirt freshman when Mark Ingram ran his way to a Heisman. Jones stayed at right guard and started 11 games in 2010. He was also named as a First-Team All-SEC selection as sophomore.
Pick change; previously Dallas Thomas, G/T
Miami Dolphins: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
The Dolphins know Swope well and have shown interest in him. Reuniting him with Mike Sherman and Miami's franchise quarterback makes a lot of sense.
Swope was excellent in 2011 as Ryan Tannehill's No. 1 receiver, catching 89 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. Swope is very fast with the speed to create long touchdown catches. He caught 72 passes for 825 yards and four touchdowns in 2010.
Swope had a disappointing start to his senior year, but he heated up down the stretch. Swope really played well against LSU, Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama. He totaled 72 receptions for 913 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a gritty player with underrated speed. He shocked many with a 4.3-second time in the 40-yard dash at the Combine.
Minnesota Vikings: David Quessenberry, C/G, San Jose State
The Vikings could use help on the inside of their offensive line.
Scouts were calling Quessenberry was a fourth- or fifth-rounder entering the Senior Bowl, but after his strong week against good competition, he has risen into the the third- to fourth-round range. Quessenberry got better each practice and was very impressive in the one-on-ones during the Wednesday practice in Mobile.
The 6-foot-5, 294-pounder hides his weight extremely well. He definitely still has the frame to add on another 15-20 pounds, too. Quessenberry also has good numbers for arm length (33 7/8) and hand size (10 1/2) which help make him able to play multiple positions. All of that adds up to a nice athlete to mold into a starting lineman in the NFL.
The 2013 NFL Draft class is weak on the inside of the offensive line, so Quessenberry could easily continue to rise. He has the ability to play guard, center and tackle. Teams love that flexibility to help them on game days. It is probably most likely that he ends up starting at center or guard. Quessenberry has starting potential and really helped himself in Mobile.
Pick change; previously Barrett Jones, C
Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU
The Bengals could use some defensive end depth, especially if they don't reach long-term deals with both Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. They team has shown interest in Montgomery, and Johnson had a bad rap coming out of Georgia Tech in 2009. That's worked out well for Cincinnati.
Montgomery was a leader of the Tigers' fierce defensive line. He racked up 37 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles this season; slightly behind his 2011 totals of 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and one forced fumble. The junior was injured during this year's bowl game against Clemson, but he still played well.
The 6-foot-3, 262-pounder added weight last offseason and that should help him to remain a 4-3 end prospect. He has the frame to continue to get bigger and will add weight as he ages.
That added bulk that Montgomery packed on over last summer looks like it has helped with shedding blocks. He also looks more explosive as he is another year removed from his knee injury. Montgomery was streaky in 2012 and was completely shut down by Luke Joeckel.
Washington Redskins: Philip Thomas, S, Fresno State
The Redskins need more than one safety, and Thomas' ball skills will have a real appeal to defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and general manager Bruce Allen.
Thomas led the nation this year with eight interceptions. Three of his picks came against Colorado; two of which he returned for touchdowns. Thomas also recorded 82 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and four forced fumbles in 2012. He really put himself on the map with his big plays which was almost like making up for lost time.
Thomas (6-0, 210) played well at the Senior Bowl and further helped his draft standing. He took a medical redshirt in 2011 and missed the entire season after breaking a leg and dislocating an ankle three days before the first game. Thomas had 64 tackles and three interceptions in 2010.
Indianapolis Colts: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
The Colts could use more talent for Andrew Luck to work with in the backfield. I've heard that Indianapolis likes Montee Ball. The Colts probably won't land him without figuring out how to get a second-round pick, but Franklin could end up being the better pro.
Franklin (5-10, 205) was awesome as a senior and really helped his draft stock. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry while churning his way to 1,734 yards and 13 touchdowns. Franklin also caught 33 balls for 323 yards and two touchdowns. He has real quickness as a runner and is shifty, but is more physical and tough than one would think.
Fraklin had a huge performance against USC with 171 yards and two scores. He went over 200 yards against both Rice and Nebraska. Franklin showed some real power and toughness in the Pac-12 Championship by running for 194 yards on 19 carries against Stanford and its physical defense. It was a very impressive performance. Franklin ran for 976 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. His sophomore season was more productive with 1,127 yards and eight scores.
At the Senior Bowl, Franklin performed well in blitz protection and showcased nice ability to contribute on third down. He helped himself in Mobile.
Pick change; previously Terrance Williams, WR
Seattle Seahawks: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
The Seahawks signed Brady Quinn, but he's just a journeyman. The mobile Scott could be a good backup to Russell Wilson and provide some continuity to the offense if Wilson gets injured. Seattle has shown a lot of interest in Scott.
Scott (6-2, 213) was previously a backup to Nick Foles, but used the 2012 season to make a statement that he is pro prospect in his own right. Scott showed nice dual-threat ability as a runner and passer this year. The senior completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,620 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also ran for 632 yards (506 net) with six touchdowns.
Scott has some nice developmental talent. He had a quality performance at the East-West Shrine and looks like a nice player to groom as a backup.
Green Bay Packers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Green Bay could use a more size, power and physicality on their defensive line. Williams would provide those and is a good scheme fit.
The 'tattooed monster from down under' has some sheer power and quickness. The Australian didn't start playing football until he was 15 years old. 6-foot-4, 320-pounder played a couple seasons of community college before breaking into the lineup as a junior for Alabama.
Williams tallied 24 tackles, four tackles for a loss and .5 sacks in 2011. He was a starting five-technique defensive end and moved inside to tackle as part of a four-man front in pass-rushing situations.
Williams had one tackle in Alabama's 2012 opener against Michigan and missed the second game with a concussion. He totaled 37 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, two passes broken up and one blocked kick as a senior. Williams' pass rush was a non-factor this year, as he had just one sack.
Pick change; previously Johnathan Franklin, RB
Houston Texans: J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
The Texans grab some safety depth and a player to develop behind Ed Reed.
Wilcox (5-11, 214) is a good athlete who contributed as a runner, receiver and kick returner for Georgia Southern. He finished his career at safety and recorded 88 tackles with three passes broken up and two interceptions as a senior. Some feel that Wilcox has the speed and athleticism of a cornerback. He averaged 24 yards per kick return in college.
A quality performance at the Senior Bowl really helped Wilcox's draft status. He showed the ability to play man coverage and really competed well with the talent from the big schools.
Denver Broncos: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
The Broncos could use depth and competition at running back. The powerful Bell would be a perfect back to help protect Peyton Manning.
Bell (6-1, 235) ran well this year, amassing 1,793 yards rushing (4.7 average) and 12 touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 167 yards. Bell had a massive opener against Boise State to carry the Spartans to a victory. He runs well in zone-blocking plays and has demonstrated superb skills for third down. The junior thrived for Michigan State as both a blocker and a receiver.
Bell ran for 948 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2011. He also caught 35 passes for 267 yards.
The concern with Bell is if he has enough quickness to hit the hole in the NFL. The Big Ten has produced a lot of Ron Dayne types; big backs who aren't fast enough to play at the next level. Bell needs to prove that he has enough speed.
New England Patriots: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
The Patriots have to get some wide receiver talent, and Wheaton fits what they look for at the position. New England has shown interest in him as well.
Wheaton (5-11, 183) put together an excellent senior season with 91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns. He displayed a nice combination of reliable hands and play-making ability. Wheaton recorded 73 receptions for 986 yards and a touchdown in 2011.
Wheaton had a strong week at the Senior Bowl. He showed good route-running ability and the speed to stretch the defense downfield.
Atlanta Falcons: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
The Falcons grab a linebacker. They've shown a lot of interest in Porter.
Porter was one of the top pass-rushers in college football in 2011. The junior had 9.5 sacks, 79 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and one forced fumble. The Aggies changed defensive schemes before the 2012 season, which left him playing traditional 4-3 outside linebacker, rather than the 3-4 outside linebacker position that he used to be at.
Porter was not used as a pass-rusher very often as a result. He recorded 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, an interception and 3.5 sacks for Texas A&M in 2012. Porter played well against Alabama and LSU. He looked more comfortable as a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker as the year progressed.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder should add some bulk before the 2013 NFL Draft since he projects best as a 3-4 outside linebacker.
San Francisco 49ers: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
The 49ers can afford to gamble a pick on Mathieu. San Francisco had the Honey Badger in for a workout.
Mathieu became a trainwreck off the field following the 2011 season and that ruined his draft stock. He was kicked off LSU's football team before the 2012 season and followed that up with a drug arrest. It added to his rap sheet and basically forced Mathieu to enter the draft rather than going back to school in 2013. He would be lucky to to be drafted, and could fall undrafted like Vontaze Burfict did in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Even though Mathieu is undersized (5-9, 175), he plays much bigger than his measurements. Anyone who watched LSU in 2011 noticed that Mathieu is a pure football player with off-the-charts instincts. He led LSU in tackles with 76. Mathieu also had 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two interceptions and nine passes broken up. Additionally, the dynamic defensive back served as a punt returner in 2011, averaging 16 yards per return with two brought back for touchdowns.
Mathieu compiled 57 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, seven passes broken up and two interceptions as a freshman in 2010.
Baltimore Ravens: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Ravens grab come cornerback help.
While Johnthan Banks has received the majority of the attention, Slay had a strong senior season and is a good prospect in his own right. He had five interceptions, 40 tackles and six passes broken up this year. Slay held up well when teams stayed away from Banks, and Slay showed some man-coverage ability. He had 24 tackles, an interception and four passes defensed in 2011.
Slay (6-0, 192) excelled at the Combine. He blazed a fast 40 time (4.36) and looked good in the field drills. Slay's stock has been rising, and some feel he could go ahead of Banks.
Houston Texans: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
The Texans could use another tight end with Owen Daniels slowing down.
McDonald had good showings at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. In Mobile, he used his quickness and route-running to get open and make plays downfield. In Indianapolis, the 6-foot-4, 267-pounder ran well in the 40 and led all of the tight ends on the bench press.
McDonald caught 36 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. His best season came as a junior when he hauled in 43 receptions for 532 yards and five scores. McDonald made 28 catches for 396 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010.
Kansas City Chiefs: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
The Chiefs need some help at inside linebacker, and Kansas City is said to be really into Alonso.
Alonso (6-4, 244) had an impressive senior season, and he needed it. Alonso recorded 81 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, one sack, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles this year. He recorded 46 tackles with two interceptions and two sacks in 2011. Alonso didn't play in his previous three seasons at Oregon.
Tennessee Titans: Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
The Titans get another tight end and WalterFootball.com believes that Tennessee is coveting Kasa.
The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder played defensive end before moving to tight end in 2012. Kasa showed a lot of natural athletic ability as a receiver with 25 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He is strong and fast. Kasa has a lot of potential to develop for the NFL.
I don't dislike the Peppers pick for the Dolphins, but if you think he is a safety and not a LB then it won't happen. Jones and Peppers don't make a great coverage combo. The Dolphins are more likely to roll the dice on Nate Allen for the year, who seems a better compliment to Jones than Peppers, who seems a clone. I don't know so much about the guy, but the Dolphins are more likely to go guard or LB than S and most likely to go CB. Well, they will almost assuredly trade down, but that isa different point.