The NFL draft is going to go on no matter what happens with the labor issues.
And, thankfully, there are no shortage of opinions (this writer included) out there on who will fall where.
There hasn't been a draft quite as perplexing as this one in quite a while, which makes prognostication awfully difficult, but we'll pit our best efforts up against the usual suspects' and wait for the final word to be delivered on April 28.
Most of the experts out there see defense--especially the defensive line--dominating on Day One, a trends the I tend to agree with.
But don't undersell the value of a few of the offensive players out there. The two quarterbacks do have great potential AND athleticism, as do the two top receivers. But, and this is being largely overlooked, there really is a wealth of talent on the offensive line. Any one of those top five offensive tackles could become the cornerstone of a team's line for the next decade.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Patrick Peterson, CB
|17. New England Patiriots: Mike Pouncey, OG
18. San Diego Chagers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Jordan, DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE
8. Tennessee Titans: Tyron Smith, OT
|21. Kansans City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Watt, DE
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward, DE
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB |
10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB
11. Houston Texans: Von Miller, OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jimmy Smith, CB
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Stephen Paea, DT
26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, OLB
28. New England Patriots: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT
30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Jabaal Sheard, DE