CB, Oregon State
The Lions would love to patch up their secondary here. Jordan Poyer doesn’t have the speed or size you want to see in a pro cornerback, but his performance this season has been off the charts. Given the lack of quality players at the position available on this go-round, he makes a lot of sense here.
OT, Central Michigan
The Cardinals' offensive line is historically bad. There is no question about what direction they’re going in here. Eric Fisher won’t solve all of this team’s problems, but he’s a good start.
The Colts would love to give Andrew Luck some more options to play with here, but for now Reggie Wayne will have to suffice. The defense needs improvement, and C.J. Mosley would bring the speed boost that this unit desperately requires. Plus, he has a nose for the ball – perfect for a team that has shown a certain propensity for falling asleep against quality running backs.
Pretty big slide, right? There just isn’t much in the way of quality skill position offense in this draft. Barkley's team, admittedly, wasn’t as good as advertised this year – but neither was he. If the Cowboys miss the postseason this year they’re going to look towards life after Tony Romo, and Barkley would be an ideal pick-up at this point in the draft.
Regardless of whether they stick with Russell Wilson or opt for their well-compensated back-up, this squad desperately needs a quality wide receiver. Hyped USC receivers have nifty recent history of not working out in the pros, but Woods will aim to buck the trend. (Although, keep an eye on this pick. Pete Carroll has shown a certain affinity for passing on USC players. It’s almost as if he knows how overrated they are.)
The Dolphins could go in one of several directions here, but wide receiver makes a lot of sense. There is a debate to be had about whether Justin Hunter is actually better than Woods or not, but we’ll wait until a.) the season ends and b.) the combine to make a definitive ruling.
Jarvis Jones has stolen most of the Georgia-related defensive headlines this year, but Johnathan Jenkins has quietly put together a very nice campaign, too. This is an obvious need position for Minnesota, and Jenkins would for a perfect fit – stylistically and in terms of value at this point in the draft.
This defense is at its best when it has a really talented safety to roam around and scare opposing offenses. With injuries hampering the Steelers are right now, they need an infusion of youth on this side of the ball. Eric Reid is a very under-the-radar prospect, but he is also exactly the type of player Pittsburgh has picked in years past.