1st- Kevin Minter ILB LSU- Fingers crossed that he will be around come 32, but if he is there theres no question he will be a perfect pick. I think most of us are familiar with Minter, he is a very instinctual athlete, great football IQ looks like a leader, a hard hitter and good rushing techniques as well. He has a good motor and is always going after the ball. He would be a perfect fit if for some reason we cant retain Denelle Ellerbe or even playing alongside Ellerbe if we do keep him.
2nd- Jesse Williams DT Alabama- 'Bama alumni...Ozzie approved. Ozzie came out and said we need to get stronger up front and improve the DT position. A wise decision seeing that we allowed RBs to trample our d-line all year long. With Maake Kemoatu likely playing elsewhere in 2013 and Mount Cody's performance in question I like Williams to come in and improve our d-line. Jesse Williams has definite skill at the position, although some will argue that he could be drafted later on in the draft. Jesse Williams is a big bodied run stuffer who can also get after the QB and contribute on passing plays aswell, might have to rotate with Cody at first, but he has a great motor and could become a 3 down NT. He looks like a solid pick.
3rd-Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech- Great hands, he has big 9.5 inch hands which are close to Hakeem Nicks hands which are around 10inches and one of Nick's trademark assets. He has good size/speed ratio, not too big or physical but has the speed to play on the outside although he would benefit more as a slot guy. Runs good routes, and is pretty sure handed which he displayed at the senior bowl. In the case that we dont retain Anquan Boldin, I feel that Patton could oversee his duties. Some may say that he could go in the 2nd but I see guys like Hopkins, Hunter, Woods, Austin and others going in the 2nd making Patton an excellent early/mid 3rd round option.
3rd- Tony Jefferson FS Oklahoma- Not the biggest guy to play FS at 5'11" 205lbs but his skill and leadership qualities overlook that aspect for sure. He plays all over the place and can impact a variety of areas-he can blitz, cover the slot, and isnt afraid to take on bigger targets like TEs or speedy RBs either. He can also make an impact on special teams. Ozzie has a good feeling we will retain Ed Reed, so grabbing a raw safety who has some good skill to work with who can sit and learn behind Ed Reed is the best case scenario, and with a late 3rd you cant really complain.
4th(comp)- Cornellius Carradine DE/OLB Florida State- Played well this year before hurting his knee. ACL surgery will drastically lower his stock. Some would argue prior to the injury he was a 1st-2nd round talent. He is quick and pretty agile for a big guy and makes good use of his hands which helps him get after the QB alot.
5th(comp)- Tyrann Mathieu DB/RS- Definitely a work in progress type player, but a safety of the future and someone to watch out for. I feel like he could contribute on special teams as a rookie, and possibly even on returns when Jacoby cant do them. People argue he is udersized but a lot of DBs are around 5'10" and play at a high level...see our own Lardarius Webb.
6th- Boldin 2.0-Chris Harper WR Kansas State- He followed the same route Boldin did...going into college as a QB then not having the size or throwing power to get the job done. So Harper transfered from Oregon to Kansas State where he made a living as a WR. Boldin is 6'1" 225lbs, Harper is 6'1" 230lbs, both receivers use their physicality to get the ball, although Harper may be slightly quicker than Boldin he will be judged as too slow for the NFL just like Boldin was. However just like Boldin just proved in the Super Bowl, you can run a 4.7 40 time and still make an impact. Obviously Harper is no where near as talented as Boldin is, he definitely has the same style of play and could be a bit of good deja vu for Flacco, if Boldin gets released.
Edited by Purple_ICE 81, 11 February 2013 - 09:07 PM.