NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
This is the first in a weekly installment where I will take all the random NFL Draft musings that are in my head and put them onto paper. Things you may find here are my thoughts on draft rumors, expectations, film break down, news, and just totally random facts.
My 15 Thoughts of the Week:
1) I wouldn’t be surprised if Baylor WR Kendall Wright ends up being the #2 WR off the board and being selected as high as the top 10. I can’t see him passing Justin Blackmon for the top WR spot, he will keep getting closer to him as the draft process moves on. With Blackmon is likely to go off the board somewhere in the top six in my opinion. That leaves the WR needy Jacksonville Jaguars who sit there at #7 with a decision to make. Do they go with a WR and if so which one. I think Wright will be in the discussion there.
2) Alabama S Mark Barron is expected to miss at least the next four to six weeks while recovering from double hernia surgery. I doubt this will do much to hurt his stock. The safety position in this year’s draft is so weak that Barron is the only safety to even garner consideration for the first round. With so many teams needy of an impact safety, Barron will still get consideration at the end of round one. For a player that has four years of game film in the SEC on him, the combine wasn’t likely to change Barron’s stock a whole lot.
3) IF I am the Cleveland Browns I do everything in my power to make sure I leave the first round with Baylor QB Robert Griffin and one of the elite WRs. Browns fans desperately need something to get excited about. Getting a face of the franchise player like Robert Griffin III and adding speedy play-makers around him can change the entire organization in one draft.
4) People ask me all the time who I consider the “safest pick” in this draft to be. That’s easy for me, it’s Stanford OG David DeCastro. DeCastro, as Mike Mayock would say, is a “plug and play” OG. Plug him in there day one and he will be a pro bowl starter for the next 10 years. It isn’t sexy to take an OG high in round one, but if you can solidify one position on your roster for the next decade with pro bowl talent you have to take the chance. DeCastro could be the first player drafted as an OG to break the top 10 of the draft since New Orleans took Chris Naeole at pick ten in the 1997 draft.
5) This could end up being the first time since 2006 that a DT isn’t selected in the first ten picks of the draft. That, however, means nothing this year as it’s one of the deepest DT classes in recent memory. Even though none may be top ten worthy, Devon Still, Michael Brockers, Fletcher Cox, Jerel Worthy, Dontari Poe and Brandon Thompson all will get strong consideration for the first round. Teams will be able to find depth along the DL deep into the draft, something that doesn’t come around ever year.