2013 NFL Draft: New Projections after Free Agency’s First Waves

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NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Updated 3/27

The 2013 NFL Draft is officially less than a month away, and more than two weeks into NFL free agency, the pace of signings has slowed down considerably even though they are still some very significant veteran players available on the market.

The complexion of the draft’s picture, however, has continued to change as the draft becomes closer into sight. Notably, a fantastic pro day for Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, and a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Kansas City Chiefs are seeking a trade for left tackle Branden Albert, make it appear as though the No. 1 pick debate is back to where it was a few weeks ago: between Lotulelei and Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Whether the Chiefs will find a trade suitor for Albert, or whether they are actually interested in trading him at all, remains uncertain. But while it could be a smokescreen, Albert expressed to USA Today that he wants a long-term commitment, and there is no indication that the Chiefs plan to make that commitment to him.

As a result, Joeckel has re-emerged as the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick. He is the top prospect in the 2013 draft class, and has the footwork, technique, length and power to be one of the NFL’s best left tackles for many years to come.

While the Chiefs could certainly use defensive line help, Joeckel is a safer choice than any of the top defensive linemen, and drafting him allows the Chiefs to explore all options with Albert, including a trade or moving Albert to right tackle or inside to guard for the 2013 season.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The Jacksonville Jaguars sent a full contingent of general manager David Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, director of player personnel Terry McDonough and vice president of technology and football analytics Tony Khan to West Virginia’s pro day, according to the Jaguars’ official Twitter account.

Considering that came just days into the start of NFL free agency, it would be hard to believe the Jaguars don’t have legitimate interest in drafting WVU quarterback Geno Smith at the No. 2 overall pick.

The best value choice for the Jaguars would be Star Lotulelei, who could be the disruptive force they lack at defensive tackle and a long-term cog for Bradley’s defense in Jacksonville. Quarterbacks, however, are consistently valued first and foremost, and if the Jaguars believe that Smith is the best quarterback for their franchise going forward, they will select him.

Caldwell previously said at the NFL Scouting Combine that the quarterback competition would be “wide-open” (per NFL.com), but as Blaine Gabbert has failed to prove himself as a worthy NFL starter in two seasons, that won’t preclude them from drafting a quarterback as early as the No. 2 overall pick.

3. Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Oakland Raiders have made a number of free-agent additions to their defensive front seven, but improving their pass-rush still persists as one of their most pressing needs. The Raiders would be smart to select the draft class’ best all-around defensive end, Bjoern Werner.

Werner may not be the athletic freak that Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah is, but he is a much more well-rounded and polished football player. If the Raiders want to draft a player who can come in and immediately bolster their pass-rush while also being a three-down contributor who can make plays against the run, Werner is the right man for the selection.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Star Lotulelei, DT/DE, Utah

The Philadelphia Eagles drafted a very promising defensive lineman in Fletcher Cox with their first-round pick in last year’s draft, but they do not have much talent outside of him on their defensive line as they convert to a 3-4 defensive scheme. The Eagles could solve that problem quickly by drafting Utah’s Star Lotulelei.

Lotulelei’s stock had been falling after he was sent home early from the NFL Scouting Combine due to a heart issue. He is not out in the clear yet, but seemed to rule out it being a serious condition by participating fully in Utah’s pro day. Additionally, he boosted his stock back up by not only working out in his pro day, but completing an excellent workout, highlighted by 38 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Lotulelei projects to be a Haloti Ngata-type player in a 3-4 defensive scheme at the next level. He has the explosive quickness to be a terrific starting 5-technique defensive end, while he also has the size and power to kick inside to nose tackle. His versatility and ability to impact every play from the interior line makes him well worth a top-five pick if he checks out medically.

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Detroit Lions are going to have a new pair of starting offensive tackles next season. Longtime left tackle Jeff Backus retired, while right tackle Gosder Cherilus signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Drafting one of those offensive tackles with the No. 5 overall pick would be a very smart move for the Lions, and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher is among the draft’s top talents.

Drafting Fisher would be the second consecutive first-round offensive tackle selected by the Lions, as they selected Iowa’s Riley Reiff with the No. 23 overall pick last season. Whether Reiff projects as the team’s long-term left tackle, however, is very much in question.

Fisher is a very good left tackle prospect who projects to be among the league’s top pass protectors for many years to come. By selecting Fisher, the Lions can keep Reiff at right tackle or inside at guard, while upgrading with a player who can come in immediately and lead the effort to keep Matt Stafford’s backside clean.

TRADE: The Miami Dolphins trade the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections in the 2013 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 6 and No. 139 overall selections.

6. Miami Dolphins (from Cleveland Browns): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

With two picks in both the second and third rounds, the Miami Dolphins have the ammunition to trade up from the No. 12 overall pick, while the Cleveland Browns will likely be looking to trade down given that they do not have a second round pick.

For the Dolphins, who need an offensive tackle to replace Jake Long, trading up for the opportunity to select the third of the top offensive tackle trio in the draft class would be a smart move, while the Browns can pick up the second-round pick they covet.

Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is a high-upside prospect with prototypical length and athleticism for the left tackle position. He is not as polished of a player as either Joeckel or Fisher, but has the potential given his footwork, measurables and strength to be an elite player at his position.

If the Dolphins were to stay put at No. 12, Johnson would likely go off the board to the Arizona  Cardinals at No. 7 or if not, almost certainly to the San Diego Chargers at No. 11. With so much ammunition to work with in the early rounds, trading up to add Johnson would be a smart move that would pair Johnson and Jonathan Martin as one of the league’s most promising young offensive tackle duos.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon

Considering the dire situations that the Arizona Cardinals have on their offensive line and at quarterback, it would seem the Cardinals would almost certainly address one of those positions with the No. 7 overall pick. But with the top three offensive tackles off the board, they could instead turn to the defensive side of the ball and address another need for a pass-rushing outside linebacker.

Oregon’s Dion Jordan is a boom-or-bust player, but projected to be an early selection based on his freakish athleticism and massive upside. An explosive athlete, he needs to become a more skilled pass-rusher, but could develop into the premier pass-rushing threat that the Cardinals lack at outside linebacker.

The Cardinals will likely draft a quarterback at some point, but having signed both Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer to contracts in free agency, they seem to be angling away from drafting a signal-caller at No. 7. One of two guards, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper or Alabama’s Chance Warmack, would also be a great choice here, but it is extremely rare for guards to be top-10 overall selections.

TFY Draft Insider’s Tony Pauline tweeted that the Cardinals hosted Jordan on an official visit, which indicates their interest in him. Offense may seem like the best route for the Cardinals’ first-round pick, but adding a defensive playmaker wouldn’t be a bad move either.

8. Buffalo Bills: Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Following the release of incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, it is quite clear that the Buffalo Bills will be targeting a quarterback very early in the 2013 NFL draft.

USC’s Matt Barkley is one of the draft’s top quarterback prospects, and likely to be the second one selected after Geno Smith. If the Bills feel confident that Barkley can be a franchise quarterback ready to step in and lead their offense to increased success, expect them to take the opportunity to select him should he be available at the No. 8 overall pick.

Other quarterbacks could be in play here as well, if the Bills believe Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib or Florida State’s E.J. Manuel to be a franchise quarterback rather than Barkley. If the Bills decide to wait and draft one of those players in Round 2, Alabama guard Chance Warmack or LSU defensive end/linebacker Barkevious Mingo could be possibilities.

9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The New York Jets apparently coveted Bruce Irvin in last year’s draft, according to The Sports Xchange’s Len Pasquarelli, before Irvin went one pick earlier than their pick to the Seattle Seahawks. Now one year later, with the Jets desperately seeking a pass-rushing outside linebacker and their new general manager being John Idzik, who was with the Seahawks last year, they could get an even better version of Irvin in LSU’s Barkevious Mingo.

Like Irvin, Mingo is undersized and weak as a point-of-attack run defender, but is a terrific candidate to make a conversion from defensive end to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Like Irvin, Mingo is a gifted pass-rusher whose production dipped in his final collegiate season, but is an exceptional athlete with the potential to be an explosive sack machine.

10. Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

The Tennessee Titans have a decent pair of starting defensive ends in Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, but lack a big-impact player at the position. With a number of free-agent signings at other positions that have addressed some of the team’s greater needs, the Titans seem to be angling themselves toward making a run at one of the draft’s premier pass-rushing prospects.

Of all the top defensive ends in the 2013 draft class, none has seemed to rise more over the course of the season than BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah has a very raw game that lacks solid technique, but he is a boom-or-bust prospect who flashes the athleticism and skill set to develop into a star.

Taking Ansah in the top 10 picks is a big risk, but it is appearing more and more likely he will be selected in that range of the draft, and the Tennessee Titans are a potential fit.

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The San Diego Chargers’ greatest need is to revamp their offensive line, a need that has become even greater with the loss of guard Louis Vasquez to the Denver Broncos. With the top left tackles off the board, the Chargers should turn their sights to selecting one of the draft’s top two guards, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper or Alabama’s Chance Warmack.

Either is good value outside of the top 10 and both are fantastic prospects, but while Warmack has been hyped more, Cooper could end up being drafted ahead of him. Cooper has rare athleticism for a guard, but is also strong and powerful as a run blocker

A guard is not a sexy first-round pick, but Cooper would be an immediate upgrade on the interior offensive line with All-Pro potential. The Chargers need to rebuild their offensive line, and Cooper would be a great start.

12. Cleveland Browns (from Miami Dolphins): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

The Cleveland Browns have been active in addressing their need at cornerback this offseason, signing cornerbacks Chris Owens and Kevin Barnes and continuing to pursue free-agent cornerback Brent Grimes. Even so, Alabama’s Dee Milliner is likely to be their top target if they are unable to sign Grimes.

Having traded down, Milliner would be terrific value outside the top 10, and give the Browns an outstanding pair of cornerbacks with Milliner across from Joe Haden. The Browns are bringing in Milliner for an official visit, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot.

Milliner is a long, athletic and physical cornerback who plays the ball well and has great coverage instincts. If the Browns miss out on Grimes, Milliner would be a great consolation choice in Round 1, especially if they first trade down.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

There is a lot of value on the board in this scenario at defensive tackle. The Buccaneers should take advantage of that value and add a top prospect to form a dynamic defensive tackle tandem with Gerald McCoy.

The best fit among them would be Alabama’s Jesse Williams. Williams, a big nose tackle with great quickness for his size, can be exactly the player they need to occupy blockers and free up McCoy and the Buccaneers’ linebackers to make more plays in the middle of the defense, while Williams is also a disruptive force on his own part.

Adding a true nose tackle like Williams next to a dynamic interior penetrator in McCoy could really form a presence in the heart of the Buccaneers’ defensive front.

14. Carolina Panthers: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

The Carolina Panthers are another team who should take advantage of the value on the board at defensive tackle. Florida’s Sharrif Floyd is a rising prospect who can greatly help the Panthers’ interior run presence, but is also an explosive penetrator who can improve their interior pass-rush.

Floyd is great value at the No. 14 overall pick, and can directly improve the Panthers at what is currently the weakest position on their roster. A terrific athlete who also has very good strength and fills well against the run, he can be an upgrade at the 3-technique defensive tackle spot.

15. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri

The draft process will be important to the New Orleans Saints in rebuilding their defensive personnel to fit the 3-4 scheme. One of their biggest remaining needs is for a 5-technique defensive end to play opposite Cameron Jordan.

An explosive athlete and interior pass-rusher, Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson is a great candidate to make the conversion to the 5-technique position at the next level. He is great value at the end of the top 15, and can immediately be an impact player on the Saints’ defensive front with his ability to shoot interior gaps, make plays in the backfield and draw double-teams.

16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The St. Louis Rams have a pressing need at safety, with no legitimate starting options whatsoever following the release of Quintin Mikell and departure of Craig Dahl. The Rams would be smart to use one of their two first-round picks on securing a safety, and the most likely choice is Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is an aggressive, hard-hitting safety who is effective in coverage, can play either safety spot and also line up in slot coverage. He is a versatile defender who can add another playmaker to the Rams’ secondary, and be a big upgrade in both pass coverage and run support at safety.

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27 Responses to “2013 NFL Draft: New Projections after Free Agency’s First Waves”

  1. Mark says:

    I think Miami would grab Milliner instead of Lane Johnson. If they thought Milliner would be there at 12 why trade?

  2. J H TARBORO says:

    According to the NFL network the (49er, Bengals, Patriots, and Miami) are briging in Tavon Austin for a workout, why should we do that, if we can’t or have no chance to get him? He’s a personal favorite.

    • acm says:

      just doing their due diligence – obviously he is a player they are interested in and should he somehow fall to the Pats, they want to know if he indeed would be worth a 1st round pick.

      I can see the Pats move up to maybe 26 (Packers) if they really, really like Austin and he miraculously falls there … and that way they would also prevent Denver and Houston from taking him. For that to happen, however, you’d need at least 5-6 teams that would be interested in Austin to pass on him. To make matters worse, two such team – the Rams and the Vikings have 2 picks in the 1st, well before 29 or even 26.

      I just hope the 49ers don’t decide to trade up for him as they have a whole lot of picks they can’t use anyway. Wouldn’t be shocked if they used 3-4 and even 5 of those picks to move up 10-12 spots should Austin made it past Miami and St Louis (their 1st pick in the 1st round).

      • J H TARBORO says:

        ACM You of all people know how i feel about this one, i would be sick if the 49ers got him! when he we get him here for a workout, we shouldn’t let him leave. lol

      • J H TARBORO says:

        thanks for the glimmer hope, acm i appreciate you. thanks !

        • acm says:

          lol, you are welcome, JHT 🙂

          I know you like Austin a lot and I share those sentiments but would be best for your overall health to just forget about him.

          My biggest hope regarding this guy is that he goes to an average team as that way at least he won’t be strengthening a contender and a direct Patriots rival.

          The Rams or Minny still look like the most likely destinations for this guy and I am fine with that.

          How ’bout that glimmer of hope now? 🙂

  3. steve earle says:

    This would be a very good draft for the Patriots though I do think it is a little optomistic to thing Rhodes, Trufant, and Banks will be all an option at 29. Still I can find little to complain about the selections otherwise as it covers all three of the most critical needs with good prospects.

    Russell Easterbrooks lists several very good players who could be options if BB trades back as Russell and others believe he will. I would add Alex Okafor to that list if I were Russell.

    There is still a chance that Mallett could be the subject of some trade talks the closer we get to draft day. I would not expect any deal to be made there until the draft is underway how ever. If that should come about I’d expect no more then a couple mid round choices this year but given the depth of talent it could mean another couple of talented prospects.

    • cc says:

      A dull murmur coming from Cleveland, bit nothing solid….as long as we get “better” than the equivalent 3rd rounder + “anything” more than that was spent on em’…I send Mallet anywhere!
      & I’d squeeze anything else I could in the deal, such as J. Cunningham, B. Deaderick or another.

      Just getting this 3rd rounder back for Mallet is just the extra draft ammo that we need in order to add some 3rd round listed like maybe a Da’Rick Rogers WR. Kwame Geathers DT/NT. Travis Frederick C/G or a Justin Pugh G/ROT.

      Which means either one of the first slated 3 picks will be just that much better!

      Trade Mallet+….check!

      Then use a next year pick and toss the two this year seventh rounders in too make it that much better for “MORE SERIOUS IMPACT PLAYERS NOW”…..check!

      *****that gives the Patriots “5” 2013 Draft Picks!

      • steve earle says:

        I like your positive attitude about some kind of trade for Mallett, cc. I’m now more open to a trade for something like a 3rd and a 5th then I was a few weeks ago. The more research I do the deeper the draft talent pool looks. BB says he would want a 1st or 2nd but I’d be surprised if that happened. Most likely though I think Bill will keep him around for at least this year. Just my gut feeling.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Steve E. Mallett trade might still be on the table, Tampa made a run at Cassell and they aren’t sure about Josh Freeman, that wasn’t their guy, and BB and Greg Schiano are friends.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        The Patriots should be shopping Mallett hard right now!

        • steve earle says:

          From what I’ve heard Bill is “listening” to any offers but want’s at least a 2nd rd pick for Mallett. Not sure that’s very realistic. Looks like Clev is off the short list now so it may be as you say that TBay might be the last chance. QB’s are being shuffled all around right now so the dust is hard to see through. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mallett still with us this year but who knows?

  4. kdog says:

    Interesting Mock.

    I feel more and more that LBs who can run, like Minter and Arthur Brown, will shoot up the board. So I agree with you there.

    Personally I don’t think Banks is a good value at 29, though. Short at 59? Yes. But Banks belongs in a group o 2nd-3rd round CBs.

  5. Thrilloreilly says:

    Not a fan of this draft, Patriots are lacking at DT/WR/CB

    WR corps is lacking big time and they should trade back for more picks

    Id ideally like to see them draft a WR early second and third and also double dip at CB in 2nd and 4th. Utilize a 3rd on DT position.

    • cc says:

      I’ll take this draft & be good. You say your not a fan…yet you state the biggest 3 needs and they are all met within the third round ( using 3rd with the Steelers or in Draft).
      Round 1 pick.
      (top tier pick at Corner; a massive need, “now” & “1st thing next year”).
      Round 2 pick.
      A decent piece VS re-treads/UFA/and later slim pickings to go next to Big Vince- A Glaring need.

      Round 3.
      & AWide Out either way, using less than what was used on…..Taylor Price
      Bethall Johnson
      Brandon Tate
      OR the Chad Jackson 2006 debacle instead of Gregg Jennings.

      * As far as the thinking of still being low on another Wide Out? Just use a next year pick ( Either 1st, 2nd or 3rd rounder), & use it for the best Wide Out for TB12 “Anywhere” in between our #91 and UP.

    • cc says:

      You say your not a fan of the mock – bu it address ALL 3 of your stated lacking needs. DT. CB. & WR!

      + you specify WR is lacking big time(as in more than the otherpositions), yet double dip on CB’s not at the Wide Out?

      Id do this draft as is and be good with it:
      *But id specifically insert a next year pick/use it this year & specifically target
      & add Robert Woods (WR) – USC!

      Top Teir wide receiver talant. + I make sure hes not playing for an AFC Division Rival like Buffalo knowing Matt Barkley is a round earlier target for them as well. No need to give any synergy to Buffalo.

  6. patsfan says:

    Would be happy with Banks and Short in the first 2 rounds but would much rather Da’Rick Rogers than Bailey. I think the Pats need to get bigger at WR and drafting another 5 10 guy just doesnt cut it.

    This is kind of off topic but anyone have any thoughts around Jake Bequette and what he will do this year? He put up really good #s in college and I am hoping for a 2nd year jump in his play time/development.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I like Bequette more as a DE/LB than just DE. I know he has worked hard in the weight room. I see him getting more time this year.

    • steve earle says:

      Been thinking about this. They say bigest jump is between 1st and 2nd year so there is some hope but we saw so little of Bequette last season how do we judge where he may be this season?

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Interesting Mock draft ! Of course it is easy to look at players who were not taken by the Patriots, and then make your picks. I feel BB will target players he would like to draft, who the Patriots have a good chance to get.
    My draft board for the Patriots, has guys I think fit with the Patriots/BB type players/system. These are the 16 players I have narrow my draft board down to, knowing the Patriots only have 5 picks.

    OG/C Barrett Jones CB Jordan Poyer WR Markus Wheaton
    OG/T Brian Winters CB Logan Ryan WR Terrance Williams
    DT Jesse Williams CB Micah Hyde WR Mark Harrison
    DT Brandon Williams CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

    DE/LB Cornelius Washington RB Derrick Washington
    DE/LB John Simon LB DaVonte Holloman
    DE Cornellius Carradine

    Now these player’s except of a couple of guys , will be in the first three rounds. Barrett Jones, and Cornellius Carradine would most likely be on the PUP list for half the coming season, which may offer roster flexiblity, for the Patriots. Cornellius Washington, played out of position (DE) at Georgia, and will be a developing player at LB over the coming season. I feel the same about John Simon, as a developing player at LB. DaVonte Holloman has better size, for a cover LB at 6’2″ 246, and played S and LB at South Carolina, giving him good cover skills.
    Jesse Williams will most likely be gone when the Patriots pick.
    If BB trades back, many of these players will be available, and of course many more on the draft board. I feel three of these guys will be on the Patriot team next year.

    • Russell Easterbrooks says:

      I have watched tape on each of these players, studied interviews, and watched two in person. There are many other great players, but you just can’t have them all. Last year I had 3 Patriot player’s ,draft picks correct. The year before just two, so its very hard to narrow the players down to THE picks. BB is very interesting when it comes to, study some of the things he looks for in players, intangables/flexibility are important.

    • kdog says:

      I like your list, Russell. I’ve become convinced they will look for a 3-4 OLB who can run a bit. Washington and Simon are intriguing middle-round targets.

      I also love Jesse Williams, but think he’ll be gone. If he dropped I’d be all over him, though. They could do so much with him and Vince on the field together, and long term he would replace Vince.

    • acm says:

      that’s a pretty good board with all logical/likely options … not surprisingly I think so considering many of these players are on my board too 🙂

      Probably the main diff is that I fully expect the Pats to make some trades, with trading out of the first round being the most obvious one, and as a result I have more players left on the board for the 7-8 picks I think BB lines up this April.

      Actually, the only player up there I think that has to be taken at 29 is Jesse Williams (if he falls there at all that is). other than that, all the rest are likely to fall into the 2nd, imo.

      Only player you have up there I can’t see as a likely BB pick would be Terrance Williams. He has the deep threat speed, not blazing fast but good enough, and tracks and catches the ball well but is too one-dimensional in his route-running (not unlike Mike Wallace) and that makes him an unlikely fit in the Pats O, imo.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        OK, I feel Jesse Williams will be gone by #29, but some have him in the 2nd round (unlikely). I believe DT Brandon Williams is the guy they want, and maybe Barrett Jones. Trading the #29th pick looks likely to me, But?? I also think Micah Hyde, is a tackling machine, and high on BB want list, along with Williams.
        I’m feeling less and less likely that we draft a WR until the 3d or later.
        Tampa is my projected trade partner for the #29th pick, given thier want list. They may have interest in Mallett as well.
        When I set my Patriot draft picks (5) I will asume there will be more picks, and list guys for all of my 5 picks from rounds 2-4.

        • steve earle says:

          I like your general assessement here and agree Jesse Williams will be gone by 29. I’ve come around to the idea BB may trade out of the 1st. I would like either Brandon Williams or Alex Okafor in the second ( both if it lined up just right).
          Question, where do you see the kid from Mar’ld, Vellano, going and would Bill be looking at him somewhere?

        • Russell Easterbrooks says:

          Not sure about DT Vallano , just not enough picks. I feel DT Brandon Williams, is a targeted player by BB. I like Vallano, more as a DE than DT in the NFL.

        • steve earle says:

          Agree completely with your assessement of Vellano at DE in pro’s. Watching him on tape reminds me of Tedy Bruschi. The guy is always around the action making plays. I know, just not enough picks for us this year, but if Bill trade down as you think that could gain us 1 or 2 more and in the now more unlikely prospect of a Mallett deal another 1 or 2 Bill might have something to work with. This would be a best case scenario of course so I’ll not hold my breath.

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