The FP Best Player Available First Round Draft has ended and the consensus panel has selected the following prospects:
1. CB Patrick Peterson* (KR) L.S.U. 6-0 1/4 219 4.34
Early-entry- great mix of size, speed, agility & quickness- best in press or zone coverage, developing in man-to-man- decent c.o.d.- good reads & ball skills- tough vs. the run- exciting return man- 42 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 4 i'cepts, 6 PBU, 1 FF, 16.1 PR (2 TDs), 29.1 KOR, Bednarik, Thorpe awards in '10.
2. DE Da'Quan Bowers* Clemson 6-3 3/8 280 4.67
Early-entry- explosive edge rusher- great quickness- high motor- physical- long arms- strong- can control the run at the POA- instinctive- sure tackler great fit for 4-3 defense- some knee injury concerns- 67 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 26 TFL, 1 FF, 1 interception, 1 PBU, Nagurski & Hendricks awards in 2010.
3. WR A.J. Green* Georgia 6-3 5/8 211 4.49
Early-entry- highly-advanced receiver- good size- exceptional hands and adjustments- precise routes- fine speed- very agile- quick release- unafraid in traffic- runs well after the catch- tight focus- will block- immediate starter- 57 receptions, 14.9 per, 9 TDs, 12.5 PR, out 4 games for jersey sale in '10.
4. DT Marcell Dareus* (DE) Alabama 6-3 1/8 319 4.93
Early-entry- Has the size, speed and versatility to fit any defense- strong- stays low, gets good leverage, sheds well- stops the run at the POA- puts pressure on the passer- quick start, closes fast- good range- tough- does a good job reading the action- 33 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 PBU in 2010.
5. OLB Von Miller Texas A&M 6-2 5/8 246 4.53
Very instinctive- exceptional edge rusher- fast- quick- looks strong- tough vs. run- effective zone cover- hard hitter- high motor- determined worker- very impressive combine workout- 68 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 17.5 TFL, 3 FF,1 i'cept, 6 PBU, Butkus award in '10, 27.5 sacks, 39 TFL, 7 FF in last 2 yrs.
6. DE Robert Quinn* North Carolina 6-4. 265 4.65
Early-entry- racked up 52 tackles, 11 sacks, 19 TFL, 6 FF, 3 PBU in 2009, ineligible in '10 after accepting gifts- fine speed- very quick and explosive- excellent pass rusher- above-average run defender- good balance- solid overall athlete- good motor- might fit at OLB- will need a medical clearance.
7. DT Nick Fairley* Auburn 6-3 7/8 291 4.86
Early-entry- ex-JC- great speed, quickness and burst for a DT- very solid ball instincts- effective as both rusher & run stopper- chases down plays-very aggressive, too much at times- great motor when turned up- reliable tackler- 60 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 24 TFL, 2 FF, 1 i'cept, Lombardi award in '10.
8. CB Prince Amukamara Nebraska 6-0. 206 4.43
Physical with good size & speed- opponents try to avoid his cover area- skilled in both man and zone- solid instincts- agile- good range & ball skills- reliable hands- smooth- closes fast- steps up in run support- hard hitter- sure tackler- durable- 59 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, no i'cepts, 13 PBU in '10.
9. WR Julio Jones* Alabama 6-2 3/4 220 4.39
Early-entry- physical receiver with excellent size and speed- good hands- effective patterns- can get open- improved focus- strong runner after the catch- can return kicks- contributes as blocker- dazzled at combine and did it all with a broken foot- 78 catches, 14.5 per, 7 TDs, 8.8 PR, 25.8 KOR in '10.
10. DE Cameron Jordan California 6-4 1/8 287 4.75
Good reads, quick reactions- high motor- solid defending the run, strong, can control the POA- effective pass rusher- long arms- good moves and burst- versatile- climbing charts after impressive post-season play and combine- 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 3 FF, 4 PBU in '10- father Steve is NFL vet.
11. DE J.J. Watt* Wisconsin 6-5 3/8 290 4.84
Early-entry- power rusher with great size and effective moves- consistent effort- aggressive- instinctive- quick- agile- strong (34 reps)- stops the run at the POA- knocks down passes, forces fumbles, blocks kicks- Lott award, 62 tackles, 7 sacks, 21 TFL, 3 FF, 1 i'cept, 8 PBU, 3 blocked kicks in 2010.
12. T Anthony Castonzo Boston College 6-7. 311 5.21
Shines as pass protector- very tall- long arms- good footwork, balance and mobility- agile- quick first step- sound technique- uses hands well to shed- stays low- gets leverage- reliable college drive blocker but could add some strength- steady improvement- smart- works hard- durable 4-year starter.
13. T Tyron Smith* U.S.C. 6-5. 307 5.05
Early-entry- U.S.C. starter since soph season- solid run blocker- effective pass protector- strong (29 reps)- good feet, mobile- long arms- pretty quick- solid techniques, gets leverage- fiery style- college RT, has the talent and tools to move to LT- has added bulk- very good now, will just get better.
14. QB Blaine Gabbert* Missouri 6-4 3/8 234 4.62
Early-entry- strong arm- smooth release- nice touch- accurate but will force throws at times- very mobile, can run- fine size- tough- smart- determined- played in basic spread offense, has the tools & instincts for conversion to a pro-style offense- 3186 yds, 63.4%, 16 TDs, 9 i'cepts, 232 rush yds in '10.
15. RB Mark Ingram* Alabama 5-9 1/8 215 4.62
Early-entry- strong and powerful with a great eye for daylight- quick burst coming out of cuts- good balance- decent speed- can run over defenders- patient- dependable blocker & receiver- 2009 Heisman winner- slowed by knee injury in 2010, still posted 875 yds, 5.5 per, 21 catches, 14 total TDs.
16. DT Corey Liuget* Illinois 6-2 1/8 298 4.99
Early-entry- aggressive style and a nice feel for the game- strong and quick enough to neutralize most double-teams- can shut down the run- gets good penetration as an inside rusher- good feet and mobility- sure tackler- high effort- must watch weight- 63 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.5 TFL, 3 PBU in 2010.
17. Mike Pouncey (G) Florida 6-5. 303 5.15
Solid all-around blocker, tough at the POA, effective in pass protection, can
pull- good quickness, agility and mobility- sheds rushers well- aggressive
style of play- versatile, can play G or C- some early problems with deep
snaps but improved- twin brother Maurkice was a round-one Steeler pick.
18. Adrian Clayborn Iowa 6-2 5/8 281 4.81
Great quickness- explodes into enemy backfields, 27 TFL over last 2 yrs- nice array of rush moves- good strength and agility- sheds well- fiery style- defends the run aggressively- can block kicks- possible medical questions involving Erb's Palsy- 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 7 TFL, 1 FF, 1 PBU in 2010.
19. Ryan Kerrigan Purdue 6-3 7/8 267 4.71
Production+, 70 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 26 TFL, 5 FF, 1 PBU in '10, 25.5 sacks, 43.5 TFL, 12 FF in last 2 yrs- natural pass rusher with polished techniques- non-stop motor- strong (31 reps)- very quick- explosive burst- heavy hitter, can force the ball loose- effective run defender- impressive in Senior Bowl.
20. Cam Newton* Auburn 6-5. 248 4.59
Early-entry- great mix of size, arm strength & running power- tough to bring down- accurate but untrained in pro-style offense- needs technique polish- off-field questions continue- Heisman, Maxwell, O'Brien and Camp awards, 2854 yds, 66.1%, 30 TDs, 7 i'cepts + 1473 rush yds, 20 rush TDs in 2010.
21. Gabe Carimi Wisconsin 6-7. 314 5.21
4-year starter at LT- smart- intense- physical- very solid run blocker- can sustain well- strong (29 reps)- can protect the QB- long arms- good hand use- has improved footwork- 2010 Outland award- mixed reviews but held his ground against high-rated DEs Clayborn, Kerrigan, Watt and Heyward.
22. Nate Solder Colorado 6-8 1/4 319 4.96
Converted TE, still growing into the job- very tall- long arms- good footwork and mobility- does a good job protecting the passer- efficient use of hands to shed rushers- steadily improving run blocker- should add some strength and bulk to long frame to create more power- smart- hard worker- durable.
23. Aldon Smith** Missouri 6-4 1/4 263 4.75
Early-entry soph- caught attention with 11.5 sacks as frosh in tough Big 12- 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 TFL, 1 FF, 1 intercept, 2 PBU in '10, slowed by leg injury- athletic- good speed and agility- long arms- has an explosive burst- could probably use more bulk to deal with double-teams and handle the run.
24. Muhammad Wilkerson* Temple 6-4 1/8 315 4.96
Early-entry- solid inside penetrator- fine size- good initial quickness- also a steady contributor in run defense- versatile, 4-3 DT, might project to 3-4 DE- 70 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 13 TFL, 2 FF, 3 PBU in '10- All-MAC the last 2 years.
25, Jimmy Smith Colorado 6-2 ¼ 211 4.43
Has the desired size and speed- long arms- covers well, especially in zone or when jamming- good ball skills- improving man coverage, must continue developing consistency- adequate c.o.d.- strong (24 reps)- willing vs. the run- moving up draft charts- 68 tackles, 2.5 TFL, no i'cepts, 5 PBU in '10.
26. Justin Houston* Georgia 6-2 7/8 270 4.65
Early-entry- well-sized- long arms- good strength (30 reps)- gets leverage, sheds well- agile- works through trash to makes plays- tough vs. run- fine burst as rusher- has the tools for zone coverage- aggressive style- needs more consistency- 67 tackles, 10 sacks, 18.5 TFL 1 FF, I i'cept, 2 PBU in '10.
27. Cameron Heyward Ohio St. 6-4 5/8 294 4.90
Instinctive, strong and physical- very sturdy run defender at the POA- has developed well as pass rusher- adding consistency, showed capabilities with strong Sugar Bowl performance- versatile- could fit 3-4 or 4-3 defense- 48 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 13 TFL, 1 i'cept, 1 PBU in '10- father Craig is NFL vet.
28. Akeem Ayers* U.C.L.A. 6-2 1/2 254 4.84
Early-entry- good size- quick- slow 40 at Indy, usually about 4.7- adequate strength- forces the run but could be more physical- blitzes well- can handle zone coverage- average c.o.d.- good range and pursuit- mixed reviews on instincts & focus- 68 tackles, 4 sacks, 10 TFL, 2 FF, 2 i'cepts, 4 PBU in '10.
29. Derek Sherrod Mississippi St. 6-5 3/8 321 5.21
Good size- long arms- big hands- effective technician- shows good power as drive blocker- safeguards the quarterback- does well controlling rushers with hands and arms- agile- good footwork, mobility & balance- instinctive- smart- gives consistent effort- has added some fire- plays a bit tall at times.
30. Phil Taylor Baylor 6-3 ¼ 334 5.14
Aggressive run stuffer- good size & strength (31 reps)- can hold the POA- developing well as pass rusher- trimmed down a bit, gained quickness and stamina- 62 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 TFL, 1 FF, 2 PBU in '10- Penn St. transfer.
31. Jake Locker Washington 6-2 1/2 231 4.59
Tough, intense and athletic- has a strong arm and quick release- can make all the needed throws but tends to force at times and lose accuracy- strong runner with excellent speed- willing worker but did not have the big senior season hoped for- 2265 yds, 55.4%, 17 TDs, 9 i'cepts, 385 rush yds in '10.
32. Danny Watkins (T) Baylor 6-3 3/8 310 5.37
Physical athlete with good mobility & quickness- strong (29 reps)- efficient blocker for both pass and run- college LT, replaced Jason Smith in '09, more suited for guard as pro- overaged but still developing- ex-JUCO- Canadian.
OTHERS WHO RECEIVED VOTES IN ORDER OF FINISH (#33-44):
Stephen Paea, Brandon Harris, Aaron Williams, Jonathan Baldwin, Allen Bailey, Ryan Mallett, Rahim Moore, Brooks Reed, Christian Ponder, Torrey Smith, Christian Ballard and Kyle Rudolph.
All picks were “best player available”.
Player descriptions are from the 2011 Final issue of The Drugstore List.
Worth noting: The #2 selection of Da'Quan Bowers was voted on prior to his mediocre workout in early April. He is probably going to fall several notches but is not likely to fall completely out of round one.
Thank you to those who participated.