5. Tampa Bay – (Previous pick – Maurice Claiborne) Trent Richardson. It appears as though the Buccaneers think Eric Wright is the solution to their cornerback issue. We understand that their defensive scheme doesn’t require top notch cornerbacks, but Wright is awful.
6. St. Louis – (Previous pick – Riley Reiff) Maurice Claiborne. Tampa Bay’s puzzling faith in Wright means Claiborne or Blackmon falls to the Rams, so they still get an elite player as well as add a No. 2 and two future No. 1’s. Best move of the offseason.
8. Miami – (Previous pick – Quentin Coples)
Ryan Tannehill. He is a perfect fit for the Dolphins’ offense and would explain why they low-balled Matt Flynn in free agency. We do not believe he is worth this pick, but given the recent trends with quarterback in the NFL some team is going to reach for the project.
9. Carolina – (Previous pick – Dontari Poe) Quentin Colpes. Miami’s reach means a stud defensive end is available for the Panthers. He has significant work ethic issues, but the Panthers locker room would be a good environment to get the most out of him. From a physical standpoint he looks everything like former Panthers stud Julius Peppers.
10. Buffalo – (Previous pick – Courtney Upshaw) Riley Reiff. Pass rush is no longer a slam dunk with the signings of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. We think it is still a possibility as the Bills have been just that bad against the pass and Anderson is limited against the run, but until Demetrius Bell is re-signed we think they go offensive tackle with this pick.
11. Kansas City – (Previous pick – Jonathan Martin) Dontari Poe. The Chiefs badly needed to address the tackle position, but they decided to do it in free agency with former Texan Eric Winston, so Jonathan Martin is no longer an option for the Chiefs. Scott Pioli comes from the mindset that a strong defensive line is paramount to success and he just hired a defensive head coach. We still believe he is a reach, but Poe is hands down the best defensive tackle prospect in this class.
12. Seattle –
Nick Perry. A putrid pass rush needs to be addressed, and Perry presents the most upside. A trade down is also a very likely scenario as offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and offensive guard David DeCastro both still remain on the board and they are likely going in the next two picks. Between the questionable scouting reports on Upshaw and the USC pipeline, we could see the Seahawks target him draft day.
13. Arizona – (Previous pick – David DeCastro) Jonathan Martin. The Cardinals could take either Stanford offensive lineman as their offensive line is a mess, but Martin plays the premium position which also happens to be Arizona’s bigger hole. Even though DeCastro is a better player the Cardinals go with Martin.
15. Philadelphia – (Previous pick –
Luke Kuechly) Dre Kirkpatrick. We cautioned before that coach Andy Reid hates drafting linebackers early, he reminded you with the trade for DeMeco Ryans. Defensive tackle is their biggest need, but there are none worth this pick so the Eagles target another premium position with this pick. Who would have thought cornerback would be a consideration with their cornerback corps before 2011? In the end, the Eagles clearly aren’t sold on Asante Samuel long term and his expected replacement (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) is a bum.
16. New York Jets – (Previous pick –
Trent Richardson) Michael Floyd. This could be the team to trade up to No. 12 to get Martin. They can’t possibly believe Wayne Hunter can still play right tackle, can they? Until wide receiver is addressed in free agency we assume they will go this direction in the draft … even though Tim Tebow (the thorn in the side of wide receivers everywhere) is now their backup.