1. Derrick Morgan GT – In this age of 3-4 defenses he is not valued as high as he would have been in years past. But he can seriously get to the QB. I think it would be a huge mistake for a 3-4 team to take him and try him at OLB, but it wouldn’t shock me if that happened. Morgan is the perfect fit for a 4-3 team that needs a dominant pass rusher though.
2. Brandon Graham Mich – Some have projected him at OLB in a 3-4. I think he’s be best suited for a 4-3. Yeah, he’s undersized for that scheme, but so was Dwight Freeney. Graham has experience at end in the 4-3, so I say leave him there. And if the right team takes him they won’t be sorry.
3. Everson Griffen USC – There are questions about his dedication and he seemed to disappear when his team needed him. But he ran in the 4.6 range and he is a big dude. In the right 4-3 or hybrid scheme he could thrive. He’d fit in best with a team that has a veteran locker room with guys who won’t let Griffen slack off. New England anyone?
4. Jason Pierre-Paul USF – He is the best D-lineman in the draft when it comes to doing back flips. Check it out on youtube if you don’t know what I’m talking about. But this guy scares the hell out of me. He bounced around a couple of JuCos before landing at USF. He started half a year. He had 6.5 sacks, which isn’t exactly Earth-shattering. He’s a huge risk. I wouldn’t take him in the 1st round. But some team will…maybe in the top half.
5. Alex Carrington Ark St – I put him this high because 1) He’s had a great offseason and 2) He has the size to play end in either a 4-3 or a 3-4. There is a new premium on guys like this and Carrington will likely get his named called relatively early because of that fact.
6. Carlos Dunlap Fla – If size and 40 times were the only thing a guy was judged on, Dunlap would go in the top 5. But teams will shy away in the Goodell age because not only did Dunlap get a DUI before the 2009 SEC Championship game, but because he also was neutralized by blockers at times. That should not have happened to a guy that big and that fast.
7. Corey Wootton NWU – Another guy who’d fit in as 3-4 end. He has injury concerns but he appears to at least be recovering as the Draft looms.
Guys who might be 3-4 LBs: Jermaine Cunningham Fla and George Selvie USF – Cunningham will go way ahead of Selvie because Selvie has run some slllloooowww times in the 40. But did anyone see Selvie in 2007. Man, I thought he’d have been a sure-fire 1st rounder back then. Now, I’m not positive he’ll be drafted.
Guys best suited for the 3-4 DE spot: Brandon Deaderick Ala, Clifton Geathers Scar, CJ Wilson ECU – I don’t know much about any of these guys except that they are big and some teams can use them. Or at least, some teams will think they can use them.<!--EndFragment-->