Last week, I looked at what the NFL draft would look like if every eligible underclassman made himself available for the NFL draft this year.
This article will look at what the draft would look like if none of the underclassmen were able to declare for the draft. The landscape would become very different, especially for teams looking at a quarterback.
With both Gerald McCoy and Sam Bradford being forced to go back to school this becomes a no-brainer. Suh should probably go No. 1 overall anyway, but this would assure the pick.
With McCoy gone, the Lions look to the other side of the ball and address the O-line with Okung. Okung was a top three talent no matter who came out but becomes the undeniable No. 2 in this scenario.
Without any junior entries into the draft, Williams becomes the best defensive lineman not named Ndamukong Suh. The Bucs need to rebuild their D-line from scratch so this pick would make the most sense for them.
The Redskins need to replace Chris Samuels and Trent Williams is the best one on the board. There were some concerns about Williams athleticism but his combine workout impressed scouts.
The Chief need help on the line and although he struggled a little bit at the senior bowl, team are still high on Iupati because of his natural talents and great footwork.
The trade for Charlie Whitehurst gives the Seahawks the ability to wait in taking a QB and to go get the best playmaker in the draft. He will be able to contribute in the return game in addition to being the starting running back.
Without Bradford or Clausen on the board the Browns will reach at No. 7 and take the best QB in the draft. He is the athletic type of QB that Mike Holmgren will be looking for.
My desire to put Taylor Mays here was almost more that I could take but the Raiders staff's comments all point to upgrading the offensive and defensive lines. Odrick becomes the best 4-3 defensive lineman left.
Without Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen, teams that need a QB will be desperate to get a QB and they will reach for one. Jim Kelley really likes Tebow and would have a great influence if all the other top QBs were gone.
The Jaguars need secondary help and Mays becomes the obvious pick here. He is big, strong, and fast. With the right coaching he could be a very good safety in the league.
OLB is not the Broncos highest priority in the draft but there is no value for the other positions they need (ILB, OG, or WR) at this pick. Although OLB is not their greatest need, Graham is talented enough to start right away for them at the position.
The Dolphins need a replacement for Jason Taylor when he leaves and could use and upgrade at the other OLB spot as well.
There is no value here at OT or KR so the 49ers take the best DT left on the board. He fits into the 3-4 system and they 49ers current DT, Aubrayo Franklin will be a FA next year.
Seattle gets a OT that already knows the system that Pete Carroll is going to put in. He needs to bulk up a little for the pro game but should have instant success under his former head coach.
Without Rolando McClain in this draft the ILB pool becomes very thin and the Giants need to address the position. Washington is the best senior ILB.
The Titans have deficiencies in both the secondary and on the defensive line so here they take the best CB on the board.
A value pick here more than a need pick. The 49ers still could use some help in the pass rush and Hughes had 11 sacks this year and 15 the year before that.
The Steelers have great safety play when they are all healthy but they need some more support against the passing game at the CB spot. McCourty is not only a good cornerback but can contribute in multiple facets of the special teams game.
The Falcons picked up Mike Peterson last year to help with their linebacking corps but he is nearing the end of his career and will need to be replaced. Kindle will be able to contribute immediately and will be a long-term replacement for Peterson.
Robinson had a great sophomore year at Florida State, picking off six passes, but he has not had the same success since. He had athleticism and has only fallen down draft boards because of the emergence of Devin McCourty and Kyle Wilson. The Texans need to replace Dunta Robinson here.
With all of the top TEs being juniors, the Bengals look for a DE to put across from Antwan Odom. Wootton had 10 sacks in 2008 before injuring his ACL.
Sapp has great skills but has never been able to realize his potential. With the right coaching in New England he could significantly to the pass rush.
The Packers need an outside linebacker to play opposite last years first rounder, Clay Matthews. Misi would normally be a second rounder but is very talented and without the junior class would find his way into the first.
The Eagles would have loved to grab a linebacker here but all of the best ones are off of the board. Ducasse can come in immediately and play guard for the Eagles and should be able to convert to tackle.
The Ravens make this move in preparation for the departure of Jared Gaither in FA. They can play him at guard this year and then when Gaither leaves they can move Michael Oher to LT and have Saffold play RT.
His 40 time will make him take a fall in the draft but it is hard to ignore the game film. Without underclassmen this draft is weak on talent and Spikes will sneak back into the first, mostly because the Cardinals need ILB help.
The Cowboys need to start getting younger all across their O-line and getting John Jerry will be a good start. He has good size (350 lbs) and is likely to play guard in the NFL but played some RT at Ole Miss and could fill in at tackle.
Thomas has the size to be a 3-4 nose tackle and the Chargers need a replacement for Jamal Williams.
The Jets give Mark Sanchez another big target here. He is also a good blocker which Rex Ryan will love to have to help out in the running game.
Minnesota needs to add a few pieces to solidify what was nearly a Super Bowl team last year and one is a CB. Ghee has the speed and size to succeed but had been inconsistent at times.
Asamoah is a little bit small at 305 pounds but the Colts have done very well with smaller quicker players in the past. The Colts lost Ryan Lijia to the Chiefs and he started all 16 games for them last year.
The Saints need a replacement for Scott Fujita and they get Bowman here. Bowman has recorded 33.5 tackles for losses and seven sacks over the last two years.