Draft is 3 days away - and this year should be especially interesting because we are finally in a position to draft the best player available in a long time. We don't have to force any pick, and can bolster a certain position if that's how the board falls.
Rd. 1 - Devon Still, DE (3-4), Penn State - Justin Smith had a Defensive MVP type season last season, but he is going to be 33 years old this season. McDonald is a damn good end on the other side, but he has had his share of injuries in the past. This is the perfect time to bring in a player who can learn from Smith and then eventually take over. Devon Still can also produce in 2012 by subbing in for Smith and/or McDonald a few times during the game. Not only he is an excellent run stopper, he can consistently collapse pocket in the passing game. It is important for us to continue to add talent to our front 7 if we want to become a truly elite defense year in and year out - like the Steelers and the Ravens.
Rd. 2 - Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State - A big powerful RT who is a better fit inside in NFL. Long arms, excels at run blocking and is good enough pass-blocker to start from day 1. He is a high character guy as well who was the leader of his team in college. Why spend a 1st round pick when you can get exactly what you're looking for in round 2? He moves well for his size. I would absolutely love to get him at the end of Rd. 2.
Rd. 3 - Marvin Jones, WR, California - Many of you know him pretty well since he plays for the local team. I expect him to be an excellent no. 2 WR at the next level. He possess all the skills needed to be a good starting WR at the pro-level.
Rd. 4 - (trade up) - Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State - Big, fast, and explosive - Turbin (if he can stay healthy) can turn out to be a steal at RB position in this year's draft. Yes, I know we have 4 RBs on the roster, but only Gore and Hunter are locked to be on roster come September. He can catch the ball out of the backfield as well and turn on those jets. I really really like Robert Turbin.
Rd. 5 - (traded to move up in 4th to get Turbin)
Rd. 6 - Jacquies Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri - We did pretty well the last time we drafted a DE/OLB from Missouri, so why not take a flier on the guy who played opposite of Aldon Smith? Of course, he is not as gifted or talented as Aldon, but he too hasn't peaked yet and can be turned into an 3rd down pass-rusher. He showed some flashes, so there is some potential with Jacquies.
Rd. 7 - Tashaun Gipson, CB/S, Wyoming - Played CB in college, but might be seen as a FS at the pro-level. No where close to being ready especially if he has to go through the position change, but with good size, speed, and production in college - he does posses some potential. Will contribute on special teams if he makes the roster.