The draft is officially right around the corner. We are less than two weeks away now, and the clock has started for the Detroit Lions. Although this is not a very deep class, like the past classes, there is talent aplenty.
Following is a list of who I feel the top five picks in the draft are, based on how their NFL career will likely go.
1. Michael Crabtree: This pick is obvious. He's the best receiver coming out of college since Larry Fitzgerald, and while I'm not comparing him to Fitz because that's a long shot, Crabtree has some big-time play. He's fast—although we never got to know how fast because of his injury—and strong, agile, and runs crisp routes. He can pretty much play in any system and has the size to be a premier receiver in the NFL.
2. Aaron Curry: Big, fast, athletic, smart, etc. He's the total package, and he put on a clinic at the Combine. He is everything that's advertised and I think he could play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. He's very smart for an outside backer, and he reminds me of Ernie Sims, only taller. He'll be a great fit for any team.
3. Matt Stafford: There are a lot of questions about Stafford. Can he run an NFL offense? Can he be a franchise quarterback? Only time will tell, but he has potential written all over him. A strong arm, experience in an NFL-type offense and he's smart. He's got great instincts that make him a hot prospect.
4. Brian Cushing: Unbelievable talent. His potential is through the roof, he's so versatile. He can play all three linebacker positions and even be a down lineman in a 3-4 scheme. He has big-play ability and there are no black marks on his resume. He's spotless, a great prospect, and a great person to have on any team.
5. Jason Smith: This may seem crazy, but the guy is solid. I can't imagine how great he feels knowing that he had to listen to all the Andre Smith and Michael Oher talk, because this guy is a far better prospect. He's athletic, a converted tight end. He can be the anchor to any offensive line for many years to come, and although this isn't a sexy pick, just look at the turn around that Jake Long was responsible for in Miami. A franchise left tackle is never a bad pick.