Originally Posted by RamziD
These are players that we could be targeting at #14 or with a slight trade down (to around #20) to acquire a mid-round pick. There will undoubtedly be prospects who move up after the combine, but for now I think these are the main guys.
: David DeCastro (Stanford), Cordy Glenn (Georgia)
: Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), Alfonzo Dennard (Nebraska)
: Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), Melvin Ingram (South Carolina)
: Luke Kuechly (Boston College), Dont'a Hightower (Alabama)
: Devon Still (Penn State)
Out of that list, my top choices would be DeCastro, Kirkpatrick, and Ingram (in no particular order).
[View Full Quote]Interestingly, somebody on here (I think it was SDogo, maybe some others as well) mentioned the possibility of moving Bruce Carter to OLB to take advantage of his natural pass-rushing skills. I'm not much of a player evaluator to know how realistic that is, but that certainly opens up the possibility of drafting another tackling machine ala Luke Kuechly to pair with our other tackling machine, Sean Lee... and that could make a pretty dominant pairing.
Those seem like the guys we'll be picking through, but kind of underwhelmed outside of DeCastro. Not a fan of Dennard, Ingram, or Still, and kind of feel Upshaw may be no better than Spencer.
I wonder if Dontari Poe will get some consideration at DE, a la Haloti Ngata, and be on our radar. Maybe Garrett subscribes to George Young's planet theory. What could Ratliff and Ware do if offenses had to dedicate double teams at Poe just from a shear size/strength standpoint.
Could Alabama's Mark Barron be in the picture between 14-20? If Elam's gone, there's a gaping hole.
Demarco Murray and Bruce Carter were kind of outside the box picks. We say WR's is in good shape, but our 4 - 6 are poor. The Packers had Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones, plus Jermichael Finley at TE in 2010. What'd they draft in round 2? Another WR - Randall Cobb. Maybe Michael Floyd? NFL offenses are incorporating more spread elements.