Just a sunday offering while I wait for the game to start. These are based on CBS rankings which I'm sure will change drastically after the Combine. Also, I assume Free will be retained, as much as that sucks but we have a lot of needs. Hopefully Parnell can surpass him on the depth chart or better guard play can help him improve this season.
DT Henry Melton. With Ratliff's injury history and the importance of the 3 technique in the Tampa 2 scheme, this is a smart move. With Marinelli's influence this will be our one offseason splash signing. Immediate upgrade to the defensive line and gives us the ability to release Ratliff next offseason.
OG Brandon Moore. Played under Callahan for a few years. Coming off an excellent season, has started 165 consecutive games. Only concern is age because he'll be 33 before the season starts, but he has the ability to come in and be an immediate starter.
1) S Kenny Vaccaro. Number 1 safety on our board, and a position that needs a premium player. Johnson/Church compete for starting SS, Church can also backup Carter at Will if it's warranted.
Possessing the prototype combination of size and athleticism to man the free or strong safety position in the NFL, Vaccaro strongly considered leaving Texas for the NFL after last season. Based on feedback I've received from league sources, Vaccaro likely would have earned a second-round selection had he left early and will compete for a spot amongst the top 32 this year.
2) C/G Barrett Jones. We need talent on the interior line. Can't trust Costa and Ryan Cook anymore.
Jones is typically characterized as a try-hard player who gets by with excellent fundamentals, and it is true that he uses his hands and feet very well to consistently defeat his opponent. However, while he isn't likely to cause anyone to compare his raw athleticism to former first round offensive tackles Tyron Smith (Dallas Cowboys, No. 9, 2011) or Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers, No. 28, 2007), Jones is smooth and efficient when easing back at the snap in pass protection or getting to the second level. He latches on and keeps his feet moving on contact, rarely allowing his opponent to make the play even if he's relatively close to the ballcarrier.
3) DT Kwame Geathers. 355 pounds, a mountain of a man, and a classic 1-technique to anchor the interior. He's also an underclassmen
The massive 6-6, 355-pound Geathers played in all 14 games in 2012, finishing with 40 tackles, including five for losses and a sack.
4) RB Le'Veon Bell. With Felix likely to be released and the demise of our running game as soon as Demarco sprains an ankle, RB should be considered and Bell is a big, productive prospect that has the potential to carry the load.
Listed at 6-2 and 237 pounds, Bell is a powerfully-built runner who has the ability to break tackles with pad level, strength and quickness. He lacks ideal speed and gets himself in trouble when attempting to go east-west, but he has NFL potential as a complimentary back in the right offense.
Bell currently ranks as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 11 running back, projecting as an early third-day pick. He led the Big Ten in rushing this past season with 1,793 yards (63 yards ahead of Montee Ball) on 382 carries (4.7 average) and 12 touchdowns. Bell also added 32 catches for 167 yards and a score.
5) WR Marquise Goodwin. Have to admit, I don't know much about this prospect but he's fast. I've wanted a PR that can cause mismatches on the field at WR due to his speed. Looks like he might be the guy.
6) DE Quanterus Smith.Taking a flyer late on a DE coming off ACL surgery. Had a 3 sack game against Alabama. Is productive
Smith is tied for the third in the nation with 12.5 sacks. He also has 38 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. The senior returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic.