|Posted by Anthony D. Macari on April 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM|
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M (Scouting Report)
The Chiefs moved quickly to address QB with Alex Smith and to lock up Dwayne Bowe before the league year began. The biggest remaining open question is the contract status of Brandon Albert, who is being shopped to either the Dolphins or Cardinals. Luke Joeckel would move right in to his LT spot if he is traded. Fisher is another OT option, but Joeckel is a perfect fit.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Dion Jordan Oregon
The Jaguars may look at Geno Smith, but may still try to take one more season to try and salvage Gabbert. Even if they decide to go QB, it would be the wise move to wait until the 2nd round and grab a playmaking defender. Jordan is an explosive edge rusher who would fill a huge hole on the Jags defense.
3. Oakland Raiders: Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU (Scouting Report)
In the Raider tradition of Al Davis, the Raiders go with the physical freak with upside potential. There is no more intriguing prospect in this draft than Ansah given his raw natural ability. His tantalizing ability will be too much for the Raiders to resist and the pass up on the safer pick in Fisher.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Scouting Notes)
Coach Chip Kelly may be hoping to be reunited with Dion Jordan as a center piece of his defense, but they will not hesitate to get the card to the podium if Fisher slips to them. Fisher is an extremely athletic big man who will be a perfect fit in Kelly’s ZBS. Look for them to address QB in the 2nd or 3rd round.
5. Detroit Lions: Dee Millner, CB Alabama (Scouting Notes)
The Lions need to bolster their secondary and Millner showed at the combine he has the straight line speed to match his impressive coverage skills. Some teams have Xavier Rhodes on top of their CB board but Lions go with the safer pick of the two.
6. Cleveland Browns: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Flordia
The Browns are quietly building a formidable young team and adding an interior pass rusher to the defense would help them take the next step. The Browns may receive a flood of trade offers for this spot if things fall this way with OT Lane Johnson being the target.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
This would be a dream scenario for the Cardinals who have perhaps the worst o-line in the league. Adding a true franchise LT prospect like Johnson would be a huge upgrade. Teams will definitely try to leap frog the Cardinals to scoop up Johnson. If the Cards do miss out, don’t be surprised to see OG Cooper or Warmack go here.
8. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib QB, Syracuse (Scouting Notes)
Although Nassib is a slight reach here, it is painfully obvious the Bills need to swing for the fences at QB. I believe Nassib will come in and compete with Kevin Kolb day 1 to be the starter but even if he sits and waits for a while eventually he could develop into a franchise QB. Marrone and Hacket will need a QB with a high football IQ to run their complex offense and their familiarity with Nassib will be a huge advantage. His 41 on the wonderlic, tops among the QB prospects, is a clear indication that will be able to quickly learn any playbook. The Bills likely are putting out feelers to move down a few spots to get better value here, but with the Jets having an extra pick from the Revis trade, if the Bills are truly focused on Nassib over Barkley and Smith, they may need to pull the trigger at 8.
However, Nix is a value drafter so the Bills could look to add a much needed piece for their defense. Word is that Pettine is particularly high on adding Dion Jordan, Ziggy Ansah or Safety Kenny Vaccaro to anchor his defense. Vaccaro is the most likely to be there, so it would not be a huge surprise if they went in that direction and hoped to snare QB with their second round pick. However, I believe they have been frustrated in the past few years by that strategy and missed out on prospects they had targeted in the 2nd round. Personally I rate Ryan Nassib at the top of my QB board and have him as a legit top 10 pick. However, Barkley would also be a good fit in Marrone’s West Coast attack, but I question his ability to drive the ball in the winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium. I think Geno Smith will struggle to read NFL defenses and Marrone, having witnessed firsthand some of his worst performances, knows this.