updated Jan. 31
Nate Solder
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Chiefs will be looking to upgrade the offensive line this offseason, specifically at right tackle. Ryan O'Callaghan missed most of the season with a groin injury and is now a free agent. Additionally, Branden Albert continues to look like a bust at left tackle. The Chiefs could add a player like Solder here and ease him into the NFL by playing him at right tackle before eventually moving him to the left side to replace Albert. Derek Sherrod is also an option.
Derek Sherrod
Mississippi State
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Colts offensive line needs some major work and I would be stunned if they did not draft a tackle in one of the first two rounds. This isn't a deep class, so they may even move up in an attempt to guarantee they land one of the top tackles. President Bill Polian may have tipped his hand last month when he stated his regret for not draft Rodger Saffold in the 1st round last year. Sherrod may be better suited for right tackle, but the Colts would give him a shot on the left side.
Jimmy Smith
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Eagles top priority is linebacker, specifically a replacement on the weak side for Ernie Sims who is a free agent. However, there isn't anyone on the board here worth considering. They should turn their attention to the best available defensive player. Jimmy Smith has flown under the radar this season, a direct result of playing for Colorado, but he'll start to generate some hype at the combine. His size/speed combination is impressive for a cornerback.
Mikel LeShoure
It's a shame Illinois wasn't better this season, because a lot of people missed out on some impressive performance by LeShoure. He is built like a true feature back, with the size and strength to be a workhorse at the next level. I think by the time the combine is over he will have overtaken Mark Ingram as the consensus No. 1 running back in this year's class. He comes with some off-field concerns, but I think the Saints are in position to take a risk on someone like that in the late 1st round.
Cameron Heyward
Ohio State
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Seahawks need a quarterback of the future, but I don't think Pete Carroll will rush to find Matt Hasselbeck's replacement. Unless he falls in love with Locker or Mallett, I don't expect him to draft either just because it would fill a need. Cameron Heyward is a much safer pick and could play either tackle or end in Seattle's 4-3 scheme. Another possibility is a big receiver, such as Jonathan Baldwin, to team up with Mike Williams on the outside.
Titus Young
Boise State
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Ravens tried to surround Joe Flacco with veteran receivers this season, but their veteran trio failed to live up to expectations. What they missed was a smaller, faster receiver to stretch the field and make plays after the catch. Titus Young didn't get the respect he deserved at Boise State, but he may be the most dangerous receiver in this year's draft class the ball in his hands. He compares favorably to the Vikings' Percy Harvin.
Brandon Harris
Miami FL
Scouting Report - coming soon
If you watched Aaron Rodgers pick apart the Falcons secondary in the playoffs, then you understand this pick. The Packers receivers - who really aren't an elite group - had their way with the Falcons cornerbacks. The offseason acquisition of Dunta Robinson last year was a step in the right direction, but they overpaid for a cornerback that seems to only play his best when he's in the mood. Brent Grimes is a serviceable starter, but is a free agent and can easily be replaced.
Justin Houston
Scouting Report - coming soon
For a 14-2 team the Patriots sure have a lot of holes. Defensive end, outside linebacker and receiver are all needs that could be addressed in the 1st round. Wes Welker is still a perfect receiver for their system, but there's no denying the fact that it was Randy Moss that made their offense a truly elite unit. Tom Brady is at his best when he has a big receiver who can also stretch the field. Baldwin is raw, but has the ability to play the role.
Anthony Castonzo
Boston College
Scouting Report - coming soon
You can't expect to win with Frank Omiyale and J'Marcus Webb as your starting tackles - which makes the Bears 2010 season that much more impressive. Omiyale and Webb allowed a combined 23 sacks and committed 17 penalties this year, both of which are an unacceptably high number. Anthony Castonzo and Gabe Carimi are both possibilities here. Both played left tackle in college, but may be better suited for the right side in the NFL.
Phil Taylor
Scouting Report - coming soon
Kris Jenkins can't stay healthy. Sione Pouha has been a nice fill-in, but isn't the dominant nose tackle that Rex Ryan's defense needs. Phil Taylor is coming off a dominant Senior Bowl performance and now looks like a 1st-round pick. He is easily the best nose tackle in this year's draft class and would be a perfect fit in New York. Depending on what happens with free agents Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, receiver could also become a 1st-round need.
Mark Ingram
Scouting Report - coming soon
Ryan Grant is a decent running back when healthy and James Starks is having a nice run over the past few weeks, but neither is a true feature back. I'm not as excited about Ingram as most, but someone will definitely give him an opportunity to start at the next level. Allowing Ingram to share carries with Grant and/or Starks could give the Packers one of the more impressive rushing attacks in the league - which is far more than you can say about their performance this year.
Ben Ijalana
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Steelers offensive line is a mess. They used four different starters at guard this season, and all four received negative grades from ProFootballFocus. Ijalana, Mike Pouncey and Marcus Cannon could all be options for the Steelers here and any one of the three should be able to start from day one. Cornerback is also a pressing need, but it has been for years and the Steelers simply don't put a priority on addressing that need early in the draft.


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