1. Jesse Williams- I love Alabama defenders. Jesse Williams is a likely pick at this point. Not the most flashy player, but fills a need and is a late 1st round pick. This guy won't fill the stat sheet but he will fill the NT position. His ability to take on two offensive linemen in the run game frees up space for our linebackers to run free. He doesn't offer much in the pass rush department, but is able to push the center back and give the qb less room to move.
2. Manti T'eo- T'eo's stock has dropped, considerably. He declined to play in the senior bowl, had a poor BCS Championship performance against REAL competition, and will most likely never be able to become a leader of a team after his scandal. However, assuming we are selecting from the last pick in each round (and definitely are drafting from the last four), he is basically a third round pick.
The media is still leaning towards Teo's side which will change over the coming weeks. He has already been reported to have been dropped a full round and more on many team's draft boards since his high rank came largely from intangibles. Regardless of this, he is still a very productive MLB, a position of need for us. He may never become the leader we imagined him when the year began (and he possibly had the chance of falling), but his scandal may be a dream come true in the production department. In my opinion he is still not as bad as the criminals currently in the NFL.
3. Margus Hunt- This is probably my least probable pick but it's early so I will dream. With the combine yet to come this guy will rise tremendously. At this point he is a 3rd round pick until he shows his athleticism. Three defensive picks in the first is a longshot but drafting a NT MLB and DE will greatly help our defense in the coming years.
One thing I want to mention is my failure to draft an OT. With 2 of the top 3 OT prospects returning to school it became it very hard to make this selection. I originally wanted Eric Fisher in the first but he has now jumped to the top 15 due to lack of talent. There are some guys behind him but they were late first round picks at best when the draft had talent in it, and will most likely play at RT in the NFL.
Edited by dhstandard, 17 January 2013 - 11:09 PM.