1st Round: Alex Okafor, OLB. Texas.
Reasoning: I had a lot of trouble picking someone here, but I just couldn't ignore Okafor. A run-stuffer and pass rusher who can get it done.
Need? An OLB would be huge because we're lacking in that position. We can't rely on just Upshaw and Suggs should Kruger leave.
2nd round: Aaron Dobson, WR. Marshall.
Reasoning: Dobson is a 6'2" WR that hasn't been mentioned much from the group that contains many smaller, shifty standout receivers. But unlike them, Dobson doesn't live off YAC from screens and short throws. Dobson fits our scheme better: he's experienced at catching the ball down the field and can make one-handed grabs in traffic. Most importantly, he'll be able to beat man/press coverage.
Need? We have a surplus of decent WRs, but no one with the size and catch-in-traffic ability of Dobson. He'd be a great fit with Joe's accuracy and deep ball. Should Boldin leave, we will have a need for a real starting WR alongside Torrey.
3rd round: Tony Jefferson, FS. Oaklahoma.
Reasoning: Jefferson is undersized for a typical free safety but the production is there. He can change directions quickly and make plays all over the field. Makes plays in the backfield consistently and can be used as a blitzer.
Need? With Ed's impending leave (whenever it may be), a FS of the future is definitely a need.
4th round : Quanterus Smith, DE/OLB. Western Kentucky.
Reasoning: A pass rusher with an array of moves. 12.5 sacks in 10 games before an ACL injury. Needs work but the obvious production is there. Great hand use and can beat tackles who over-pursue by swimming inside.
Need? Even a repeat at this position is needed. A situational 3rd down passer is always welcome.
5th round: Adrian Bushell, CB. Louisville.
Reasoning: He's a physical corner with blitzing capability. On top of that, he's a special teams weapon as a returner and a gunner. He's even has success blocking punts. Bushell has good ball skills and can break up passes well. His smaller size is what hurts his stock most (5'11", 185). Also some minor character questions.
Need? We don't really need a cornerback, but his special teams uses makes him valuable even if he won't be a starting corner. And with Cary Williams likely departing at a high-injury position, depth at corner counts.
5th round (comp): Chris Gragg, TE. Arkansas.
Reasoning: The only comp pick I'm bothering to select. A tight end who is physically gifted and fights for extra yards. He is usually a very good catcher. Not a great blocker but experienced given his college offense. Stands out in the passing game. Reminds me of Ed Dickson. Gragg is great in space, which he got in college because of a deep threat passing game.
Need? Not as a starter, but tight ends are useful enough to have 3 good ones on the roster, and multiple TE sets will be key to defenses who try to stop our deep game and Ray Rice simultaneously.
6th round: Steve Beauharnais, ILB. Rutgers.
Reasoning: A very good run stopping ILB who isn't very big or naturally gifted.
Need? What we need is both ILB depth and an ILB who can cover. Beauharnais would help the situation at ILB
Need? A good run-stopping ILB for depth couldn't hurt. Anyone here will probably need to play special teams first.
7th round: Manase Foketi, OT. West Texas A&M.
Reasoning: A transfer from division I, Manase physically dominated at the division II level. He has some rawness, as any late rounder would, but the talent and power is there. Injuries last year helped drop him.
Need? We could use depth at OT as well as a future starting LOT, but there just aren't many worthwhile prospects from #32 on. Foketi could be like Harewood - somewhat of a project with NFL starting capability.
Edited by hawkprey, 11 February 2013 - 01:17 AM.