With 13 days left until the NFL Draft beings, it's time to bombard this site with Draft fanposts. I love this time of year. It's the only point where everytime feels like a winner as we all think the guys we draft are going to be great. We have one of the best Draft teams in the league and we rarely draft based solely on need. So I think it's fitting that we address some of the players that we may draft so we react more sanely instead of name calling Big Red and cursing out " The worst ****ing front office in the league". I think there is a very good chance we will draft a player that isn't a RT or CB and instead draft a player that our staff believes can be great. Top 5 Shockers after the jump
5. Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame- By far the best tight end in terms of both blocking ability and his pass catching skills as well. Great size for a tight end at 6'6 265, but actually runs like some of the undersized tight ends we see. His 40 time was in the 4.7 range which will scare most teams in the first round and early second round from drafting him but Zach Miller of the Raiders ran in the 4.8 range and has delivered like a first round player and was still taken in the top 40 in 2007. Brent Celek is still our guy at tight end but having two solid tight ends in a pass happy west coach offense does make a lot of sense. We also have a decent #2 guy in Clay Harbor but nothing about him excites me and I don't think he will ever become a good blocking tight end or a serious threat on offense. I know the chances of us taking a tight end, especially one not projected to go in the first round is very low, but this isn't a realistic prediction type fanpost. This is a think outside the box type post, where we know Reid and co. never take the guy that everyone wants like a Jeff Otah or Eric Berry or Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly.
4. Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois- Why would a pass happy coach who rarely runs the ball at least 20 times(only in blowouts) draft a star caliber runningback when you already have one? Because Andy knows you can't win a Superbowl without a running game or you can't win consistenlty win scoring in the red zone is next to impossible. I really like LeShoure's game, very tough runner built for running between the tackles. Reminds me a lot of Thomas Jones. More than just a big bulldoozing inside runner, he is very solid in blitz pickup and is a underrated reciever who uses his physicality to his advantage. This is probably more wishful thinking than anything but imagine our offense with another solid back that can actually get the tough yards we havn't been able to get since Duce.
3. Marvin Austin DT UNC- Very underrated prospect who could of been a top 10 pick had it not been for his year long suspension. More of a fit in Washburn's D-line scheme than a Muhammed Wilkerson or a Cory Liuget. Austin ran a solid 40 time 4.82, which rivals most of the defensive ends projected in the first round. He has great explosion for a 312 pound lineman, good strength and is a surpringly good tackler in the open field. The biggest issues are his personality. He has been accused of being a me-first type of player, however that won't matter as much when his job will be to attack the quarterback and disrupt the backfield. Maybe a bit of a reach to take Austin in the first, but he certainley has the talent to warrent a top 30 pick.
2. Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue- Absolutley love this kid, best defensive end prospect in my opinion. Some scouts have called him an effort player, which is ridiculous. Kerrigan ran the second fastest 40 time at the combine, second only to Robert Quinn(4.67, 4.62). Proved how dominate he can at Purdue, racking up 33 career sacks and 14 forced fumbles despite being double and triple teamed his entire career. High quality character, recieved Academic All-American honors and was the team capain. Teammates said his work ethic in the weight and film rooms were "off the charts". Could start the season as a rotation guy with the likes of Tapp and Hunt and eventually take Trent Cole's job and play opposite Brandon Graham to form an elite pass rushing duo. It seems highly unlikely that we would trade up to take another defensive end two years in a row. However, we saw how bad our defense struggles without any pass rush, and when we have to send an extra guy or two to create a pass rush our secondary usually gets burned.
1. Jake Locker QB Washington- Pete Carroll said about Locker when they were both in the PAC-10 "That's the best Quarterback we've every played againist" and he also said could be the best Runningback in the PAC-10. Pretty high praise for a coach who coached againist Aaron Rogers. Locker has the highest ceiling of any player in the draft, but he needs a lot of development. Sitting behind Vick and Kafka for a couple of years while he learns the offense and newonces of the game. He has already meet with the coaches and scouts and could be a real possibility especially if we are able to trade Kevin Kolb before the draft.
Special note for Cam Newton fans(basically just Wild_Eagle- I didn't include Cam because he is being projected as a top 10 pick and possible #1 overall so it wouldn't make sense to include him. Also, he's a friggin' bum.