updated Jan. 31
Prince Amukamara
Scouting Report - coming soon
2010 1st-round pick Kareem Jackson did absolutely nothing to indicate that he's capable of being a starter in this league. Maybe he'll turn it around now that he has a year under his belt, but the Texans still have serious concerns in their secondary. When your secondary is as bad as the Texans and your best cornerback is Glover Quin, addressing the same position two years in a row isn't such a bad idea. Amukamara is big, physical corner who should start immediately in Houston.
Corey Luiget
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Vikings need a quarterback, but will they take a chance on Mallett, Newton or Locker? I think Leslie Frazier and staff will chose to either stick with Tarvaris Jackson or bring in a veteran. Cornerback is also a need, but with Peterson and Amukamara gone, there may not be anyone worth the 12th pick. Their next option is to fill the very large hole left in the middle of their defensive line by the likely departure of Pat Williams. Luiget should impress at the combine and quickly rise up draft boards.
Von Miller
Texas A&M
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Lions are building one of the league's top up-and-coming defensive front sevens and Miller could be one of the final pieces to the puzzle. The went through four different starting strong-side linebackers in 2010 and that is clearly one of their top needs entering this offseason. Miller looks like a prototypical strong-side linebacker and could be a great addition in Detroit, giving an immediate boost to their pass rush. A pass-rushing defensive end is another possible option here.
Akeem Ayers
Scouting Report - coming soon
David Vobora has shown flashes of ability but the Rams haven't shown much confidence in him. He was only inserted into the starting lineup after Na'il Diggs season-ending injury. If they aren't committed to Vobora, then strong-side linebacker is one of the Rams top needs this offseason. Ayers and Von Miller are neck-in-neck in the battle to be first true 4-3 linebacker off the board. Receiver is also a need, but they won't reach if Green and Jones aren't available.
Cam Newton
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is starting to get involved and that's never good news for a franchise. Specifically Ross has stated that he wants his offense to be "aggressive" and "creative" and we all know that won't be happening with Chad Henne or Chad Pennington under center. If Ross remains involved, it's only a matter of time before he takes a page from Al Davis and Bud Adams and forces the Dolphins to select Newton. I think it would be a terrible decision, but it's a realistic scenario.
Ryan Kerrigan
Scouting Report - coming soon
Only the Denver Broncos had fewer sacks than the Jaguars this past season. Their inability to pressure the quarterback was a significant factor in their inability to get over the hump and into the playoffs. Take their Week 12 game against the Colts as an example: the Jags pressured Manning just 8 times, while Garrard felt pressure on 15 plays. Ryan Kerrigan is one of the top pass rushers in this year's class and would be a major upgrade over Jeremy Mincey.
Adrian Clayborn
Scouting Report - coming soon
[pick from Raiders] The Patriots top priority this offseason is to upgrade the defensive front seven. Linebacker is probably more of a need than defensive end, but there isn't much value there at this point in the draft. They would be better off targeting one of the many quality 3-4 defensive ends. J.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward and Clayborn are all very realistic possibilities and I believe all three would be great fits for Belichick's defense.
Torrey Smith
Scouting Report - coming soon
Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Jackson are both free agents and it will be difficult for the Chargers to keep both. They owe it to Philip Rivers to bring in another weapon. Torrey Smith emerged as an elite deep threat this past season at Maryland and has all the tools necessary to be a future star. Landing in San Diego with a veteran quarterback would be a perfect fit for Smith, who has the ability to stretch the field immediately at the next level.
Tyron Smith
Scouting Report - coming soon
If Ahmad Bradshaw signs elsewhere, this pick will be a running back. But until that time I have to assume the Giants will focus elsewhere. David Diehl has always been playing out of position at left tackle but he looked worse than ever this season. In fact, he ranked as the 7th-worst left tackle (min. 10 starts) according to ProFootballFocus.com. This isn't a deep class for offensive linemen, and Tyron Smith may be the only future left tackle. He's raw, but definitely has potential.
Gabe Carimi
Scouting Report - coming soon
The Bucs right tackles - James Lee and Jeremy Trueblood - were two of the most inconsistent linemen in the game this season. The Bucs have a young quarterback that they need to protect, and an upgrade on the right side of the line is needed. Carimi won't be hyped up much this offseason because he isn't a great athlete, but he is an ideal right tackle. He's well-rounded and should improve the Bucs pass protection as well as their running game.


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