Draft Debate Points: Offensive line and Wide receivers
I have watched just enough tape to be dangerous on this year's draft. Take what I say with the understanding that I have not watched more than a single game on any one of these players, but I have seen some extensive cut-ups from various games on each of these guys. Enough with the disclaimers, here goes.
1) At offensive tackle I thought there was Matt Kalil and Riley Reiff and then a big gap to the rest of the tackles. David DeCastro was a good looking guard, but there really weren't other offensive linemen that looked ready to play right now in the NFL. I also did not see any gap between Kalil and Reiff. Much of the tape I watched I found myself thinking that Reiff was the better player. Reiff has an edge to him and plays nasty. He anchors v. the bull rush better and didn't get beat on inside moves as much as Kalil. Kalil is a top pick, but I'm not sure he is a top 5 talent in this draft.
2) Of the receivers, Kendall Wright has the most polish. He knows how to play receiver better than any of the other guys. The issue is does he have any upside? Probably not much.
Justin Blackmon doesn't look like he is a sub-4.5 guy on tape, but he has incredible hands and the toughness after the catch of Anquan Bolden. My concern is can he scare anybody deep?
My pick would be Michael Floyd. I know my son plays for Notre Dame, but Floyd is a better down field route runner and plays faster than Blackmon. I really cannot give Blackmon the edge over Floyd the way that everybody else seems to do.
The most interesting guy is Stephen Hill. He is very raw. He comes off the ball like he is jogging in the park. If he came off the ball like that when he ran the 40 it would have been a 4.7 instead of 4.3. But he is a 6'4" monster with great speed and every flaw I saw could be easily corrected. Any of those 4 guys would be welcome on my team. First round depth at WR is legitimate in this draft.
More to come tomorrow.