Blaine Gabbert’s performance this season will make or break the Jaguars’ year. If they end up at the top of the draft board, Jacksonville brass won’t hesitate to pull the trigger on the top quarterback available. USC’s passers will always have certain question marks, obviously, but 354 yards and four touchdowns versus Hawaii was a pretty good way for Matt Barkley to start his season.
Miami can basically draft the best player available and still fill a need of some sort, but their primary areas of focus will likely be defense and receiving. There are no receivers worthy of the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s proceedings so, as of now, Barkevious Mingo, a fantastic pass rusher (who was admittedly unimpressive in week 1), would probably make for the the best addition.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson, but it’s unlikely that either will be bad enough to justify spending another first round pick on quarterback or running back in 2013. The focus next year will likely be defense and, for now, Star Lotulelei seems to be one of the (if not the) best defensive players heading into the draft.
CB, North Carolina State
Okay, if we’re going by Week 1 showings, David Amerson won’t even be a top 10 selection. Dude was horrid in his first game of the season – there is no getting around that. Still, you can’t just discount everything you know about a player based on one bad game. Amerson entered this season as the consensus best corner in college football and, so long as he bounces back from here on out, he should be able to keep that label.
Let me just start off by saying that this is a really high draft pick for K.C. I don’t actually believe they’ll be drafting here, but I also don’t feel like reconfiguring a readymade draft list just for this squad. The Chiefs are solid from top to bottom, but they need an upgrade at quarterback. Tyler Wilson is the consensus No. 2 best NFL-ready quarterback available (notice: not college football quarterback this season), and he’d probably be an immediate upgrade over Kansas City’s current failed experiment.
DT, Ohio State
Andrew Luck would love some offensive toys, obviously, but Indy will likely focus on defense in the early parts of next year’s draft. Hankins looked good versus Miami (Ohio) this weekend but, you know, it was RedHawks. Not exactly NFL prep work. He’ll be a top 10 pick for sure, it’s just a matter where in the top 10 he lands.
The Rams tried to kind of, sort of address wide receiver in this year’s draft, but it wasn’t and won’t be enough. Regardless of what ultimately happens at quarterback, St. Louis Needs a No. 1. This past weekend versus Hawaii Robert Woods grabbed two touchdowns on six total receptions (albeit all the while still not being the most impressive USC receiver on the field); a few more strong showings and USC’s top receiver my earn himself a top 5 pick.