There are top two players that I would call elite:
These two have ALWAYS been considered top three material.
After that Quinn looks the the 'fringe" player. I wonder how high he would be if he wasn't suspended? He seemed to be a top three player at the beginning of the season.
Then I see these guys as the next level close to elite, but not a sure thing with some minimal questions:
Quinn--Medical and character issues
Bowers--Medical and "motor" concerns, now is dominant
Fairley--One year wonder, now is dominant
Amukamara--Consistently maintained high level of production, no INTs this year
Dareus--Work Ethic, takes off on plays, stamina.
To me, I would love to get Peterson, but it just is not going to happen. If it weren't for the medical issues, I would love Quinn as our new 3-4 pass rushing demon. After reading more on the QBs in Gabbert, Newton and Mallet in the top 10, each has issues and we can grab one in the second.
For me, I believe that Amukamara and Dareus are perfect picks for us at #7, realistically and that's only if Dareus drops.
Given the depth at 3-4 DE and 3-4 WILL, I would say trade down if both Amukamara and Dareus are gone especially if both Newton and Gabbert are there.
Then grab one of the top DE/OLBs in Kerrigan, Von Miller or Ayers. Or, take a 3-4 DE in Clayborn, Heyward or Watt.
We have options to make our D much younger and better. We do need that 3-4 DE that can take on double team and penetrate a la J. Smith. Ice and McD just don't do it well in the base 3-4. In our nickle they are awesome, but we need that driving force like Richard Seymor's history in NE's 3-4. To me Dareus really fits that bill. If not I really like Heyward or Watt.
In order of who I think will be there at #7
If they are gone, trade back. Unless Newton goes off tonight.
Then, he may be the only QB I would want. I just don't like the idea of spending our first rounder on a QB who will sit for two/three years at #7. At #24, OK, but not at #7.
I want an immediate impact starter at that number!
[ Edited by ninertico on Jan 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM ]