This could be the draft of the offensive tackle, with no fewer than three slated to go in the top 10. Defensive linemen should also go fast and furious in the opening round, which bodes well for both BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah and Utah’s Star Lotulelei. Our first-round projections:
No. 1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel
6-6, 306, OT, Texas A&M » Elite pass protectors at left tackle are never a dime a dozen. In Andy Reid’s passing offense, people like Joeckel are not only needed, they are required. This should be the choice here.
No. 2 Jacksonville Jaguars Dion Jordan
6-6, 248, DE/LB, Oregon » This is one of those elite pass-rush hybrid defensive end/outside linebackers that everyone usually drools over. The Jags need so much that they need the best player available. That fits in this case.
No. 3 Oakland Raiders Ezekiel Ansah
6-5, 274, DE, BYU » One of the fastest risers in NFL Draft history, Ansah is the rare guy who is big enough to be a tackle and fast enough to be an end. He’s a freak, athletically and still new to the game of football.
No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles Geno Smith
6-2, 218, QB, West Virginia » Mike Vick is not the future, neither is Nick Foles. Smith can throw it with power and accuracy. If you reach, reach with a quarterback.
No. 5 Detroit Lions Eric Fisher
6-6, 315, OT, Central Michigan » The Lions have taken some hits to their offensive line. Fisher would fit here nicely.
6. Cleveland Browns Lane Johnson
6-6, 303, OT, Oklahoma » Johnson has been one of the premier tackles in the country for two years. Hey. Landry Jones didn’t stay upright in the pocket for no reason.
No. 7 Arizona Cardinals Sharrif FloydNext Page >
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