I'm not going to guess how free agency is going to play out; however, I do think Clements will refuse to restructure and walk.
I wanted to throw this together before the Senior Bowl because I think a few of these guys are going to really going to help themselves there. I reallize it's defense-heavy, but that's alright.
Also, I think Harbaugh is going to go with a veteran (McNabb is my best guess, but I wouldn't rule out Carr ) and pass on the widely mentioned prospects in order to draft and mold his mobile QB...
1. Marcel Dareus, DE Alabama: Sopoaga has played well, but he's unable to apply pressure on the QB. Dareus can do it all. For a 300lber, he has rare athleticism. He can collapse the pocket, beat his man with his speed, and set the edge against the run.
2. Brandon Burton, CB Utah: He's smooth, well coached and has great speed. He's flying under the radar, but could slide into the first after workouts.
If we bite on Peterson or Prince, we could look at Allen Bailey DE/DT Miami. He's an athletic big man that can get after the QB.
3. Jerrell Powe, NT Ole Miss: At 6-2 320lbs, he's very stout against the run and gets a nice push up the middle. He's a leader in the locker room and a talented replacement for Franklin.
4. Steven Friday, DE/OLB Virginia Tech: He was stuck behind Worilds on the depth chart, but has turned a lot of heads this year. In a starting role, Friday was a pleasant surprise, posting 66 tackles and 8.5 sacks.
Another option here would be Cliff Matthews, DE/OLB South Carolina: He's another solid pass rusher, with good size who should excel in the 3-4.
4b. Leonard Hankerson, WR Miami: He's a highly touted player, but is a bit of an underachiever. He has the talent to be a 1st rounder, but he needs to work on being more consistant. This was a solid senior season for him and if he continues to progress, he'll be a steal for whoever selects him. He has average speed and might not time well, which might keep him out of the earlier rounds. A strong Senior Bowl could lock him into the 2nd round though.
5. Tyrod Taylor, QB Virginia Tech: Personally, I like what Taylor brings to the table and I think he's a much better passer than people give him credit for. While it's not a popular choice, I expect Harbaugh to surprise us on draft day.
"I definitely think he has more than a shot (to play in the NFL)," said Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh, who played quarterback in the NFL for 15 years and was an NFL assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders from 2002-03. "(He’s) a really accurate thrower who can throw from the pocket, he can throw from out of the pocket and has great eye discipline when he’s out of the pocket, keeping his eyes downfield and making plays on you."
6. Cedric Thornton, DT/DE Southern Arkansas: At 6-4 295lbs, he's a small-school star who'll be tested at the Senior Bowl. It'll be interesting to see how he performs. His size and athleticism will turn some heads.
6b. Zach Hurd, RG/OT UConn: A massive man at 6-7 325lbs. He's been a big part of the Huskies run game. A natural RG in an OT's body. He's regarded as a smart and disciplined player and he has the versatility to play along the line. He'll need to prove that he can handle the shorter, more talented DTs in the NFL.
7. Vai Taua, RB/FB Nevada: A compact and productive runner that will need to find his niche in the NFL. He's projected to play more of a H-back role and would be a nice weapon in Harbaugh's diverse offense.
[ Edited by strickac on Jan 23, 2011 at 6:08 PM ]