1. Russell Okung Ok St – I’m hearing that Washington may take Trent Williams from rival Oklahoma because he better fits their scheme. I think that would be a mistake. I also am hearing that Detroit may take Okung #2 instead of Ndamakong Suh. And I think that would be a mistake too (I think Suh is the best player in the draft). But Okung is the best OT this year and he will be a 10-year starter wherever he ends up.
2. Bryan Bulaga Iowa – He has a thyroid condition that makes some folks nervous. That appears to be under control. He has a “went to the same school as Robert Gallery” condition that makes other people nervous. I have a newsflash for people: Just because a guy went to the same school and played the same position as another guy, does not make them the same. To me, that’s just a lazy way to assess things. Yes Bulaga was handled by Michigan’s Brandon Graham in 2009. Well, Graham’s a good player too. Finally, I’ve heard that Bulaga has short arms. So did Jake Long and Joe Thomas. They turned out just fine. And so will Bulaga.
3. Trent Williams Ok – If not for the freakish Bruce Campbell, Williams may have been the star of the first few days of this year’s combine. Yes, Bulaga struggled mightily with Graham. But didn’t Williams also struggle against lesser opposition in the BYU game? Just sayin’.
4. Rodger Saffold IU – He has flashed athleticism and versatility since the end of the season. I think he was overlooked because he played football at a school known for basketball. Scouts are raving about Saffold’s pass blocking, and since the NFL seems pass happy at the moment, he gets extra points for that in my book.
5. Anthony Davis Rut – Would be higher but has some discipline concerns. I know he has big time talent, but I’m not sure about his heart or his head.
6. Vladimir Ducasse UMass – Small school player who has dramatically improved his stock since the end of ’09 as far as I can tell. I’ve read that he is a dark-horse 1st rounder at this point. I think that’s too high, but he can play tackle or guard, so flexibility is a big thing. He’d be a feel-good story if he could break into that upper echelon.
7. Charles Brown USC – He might go ahead of Ducasse, and maybe he deserves to. I admit that I don’t know much about Brown, but I am sure he should be ahead of the next guy.
8. Bruce Campbell Mary – This year’s combine superstar. When I saw him run I immediately thought “this dude is going #8 to the Raiders.” Maybe that’s too simple, but can you blame me after the DHB pick at #7 last year? Campbell is, by most accounts, maddeningly inconsistent. If his athleticism can translate to good play in the pros, then I have him ranked way too low.
Small school guy: Jared Veldheer Hillsdale – He’s a monster size-wise. His competition has obviously not been strong, but I think that can be remedied by good pro coaching.
Guy who did something unspeakable before college: Tony Washington Abeline-Christian – If you don’t know what I’m referring to, Google him.
Guys with cool names: Ed Wang VT and Selvish Capers WVU – The names may be cool, but the postseason has been rough for these two prospects.<!--EndFragment-->