Finally we have now gone through what we know we need and what players we have already seen now it’s finally time to start putting together the draft board. We’ll start with the top 10 picks since we pick #10 overall. This will be a board of who and why we are placing each player in what positions. The idea is that how matter how the draft falls on Thursday night we will end up with one of these ten players.
No questions about who the top QB and top player in this draft is. He’s the consensus first pick overall and Indianapolis announced it as such on Thursday.
The consensus #2 player in this draft is also a QB which fits a need for us but isn’t going to make it down to us. The Redskins had previously dealt up for the right to take RGIII and that will occur right after Luck goes #1.
Kalil is a guy who has somewhat shaky stock right now. For months people have been assuming Kalil is a lock in Minnesota to protect Ponder’s blind side but now they are giving out signals that they may pass on him. If they choose to do so, he’s a player to watch for a potential situation to move up and snag a stud LT.
We had Claiborne in for a visit, but it was more about doing our due diligence than it was about thinking he’d be there at 10. He’s a lockdown CB with tremendous skills and athleticism. He’s one of the players Minnesota is considering at 3 and we know Tampa also likes him at 5.
The WR from Oklahoma State has seen more than his fair share of controversy this draft season as his stock has gone from unquestioned #1 WR to possibly not even being a top 10 draft pick. Blackmon is the first player on this board with a realistic shot to actually be there at the 10th pick.
The Bills infatuation with Gilmore has been well documented in recent weeks. They saw Gilmore play three times this year and also had him in for a visit. The Bills need a potential shut down guy on the outside and they very well may see Gilmore as that fit however there appears to be heavy interest from a team like Jacksonville at 7.
It took us a while of going back and forth with this to decide which CB to rank first in Kirkpatrick and Gilmore. We think Kirkpartick is the better overall CB but Gilmore has the athleticism to maybe become a better CB. We like Kirkpatrick more but think that the Bills favor Gilmore. Not really a poor choice here between the two.
In our mind the pick is going to be between the two CB’s listed above but if for some reason neither is available or something happens over the next week, the pick could circle back around the Michael Floyd who the Bills saw live once and met with privately in a non-official visit.
This may come as a surprise to many people to see Coples ranked this high but the Bills love UNC players and they saw Coples four times this year and plenty last year. They were at his Pro Day and brought in four UNC Tarheels last offseason which is a testament to their thoughts on that program and the quality of player they produce.
Unlike ourselves the Bills seem to see Glenn as a OT in the NFL and they seem to like him a great deal being both at his Pro Day and bringing him in for a visit. If they pick him at 10 you have to assume he’s being groomed for the left side.
Tomorrow we’ll release our board with rankings 11-41 which will detail any potential players who may be worth moving back into the 1st Round for along with who we think we’ll be targeting with our 2nd Round pick.