Even though Jim Irsay has actually complimented just about every quarterback in this draft except Luck, we all know what this pick is going to be. RGIII is as talented a player as you will come across in these sort of things, but a franchise that has been built on Peyton Manning’s sweat only knows one type of passer: the prototypical, classic version of the NFL quarterback.
The Redskins are probably more excited about selecting RGIII than they would have been selecting Luck. Whether you think he’s the most promising talent available in this draft or not, his it-factor is undeniable. He’s the perfect face for a franchise that’s been known far more for its embarrassing losing ways and incompetent leadership at the top than anything they have actually been able to accomplish on the field. Management gave up a lot to get its man, but franchise quarterbacks, if they perform, are worth far more than anything that the Redskins may have sacrificed.
Kalil is the best non-passing prospect available in this draft, and it’s a virtual certainty that Minnesota takes him here. Even though the Vikings could easily also improve themselves by picking up Morris Claiborne, the organization’s commitment to developing Christian Ponder into one of the better quarterbacks in the league will stop them from getting overly-creative at this position.
We previously had the Browns taking Blackmon here, but Richardson at this spot just makes too much sense. Richardson is the fourth best player available in this draft, and he’d slide in perfectly into a Cleveland offense without anything even remotely resembling a playmaker. While a wide receiver for Colt McCoy would obviously be ideal, Richardson is actually a very underrated receiving threat who can open up the offense and take a lot of pressure off the passing game with his breakout rushing abilities.
On the surface it doesn’t appear as though cornerback is a huge need for the Bucs, but when you factor in Aqib Talib’s possible jail time and Ronde Barber being older than the NFL itself, suddenly the secondary situation becomes a little more questionable. Claiborne is undoubtedly the best cornerback available in this draft (he’s a monster physically and has a nose for the ball), so it’s safe to presume that not even a leaked Wonderlic score will be able to bring this kid down.
WR, Oklahoma State
In the end, the Rams will get the guy they wanted all along. Back when they were desperately looking to trade down from the No. 2 pick, St. Louis management made it no secret that it coveted a wide receiver to pair up with Sam Bradford. Well, like they gameplanned it, the Rams will end up with their spoils from the Redskins trade and the talented Oklahoma star they had been hoping to nab from the get go. Expect to see these guys on the “winners” side of things when Winners and Losers lists get posted on draft night.
DE, North Carolina
We previously had Jacksonville addressing the O-line here, but shoring up the pass rush would probably be the smarter move. Coples is a classic high risk, high reward talent. He has ridiculous physical attributes (6-6, 285-pound beast) and enough character question marks to make you rip your hair out. If this guy plays to expectations, he could quickly become one of the fiercest pass rushers in the league. If he doesn’t, he can join Derrick Harvey in the Jaguars Hall of Shame.