It’s that time of year where Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay debate over prospects and their upside. There is one upside of this draft season – I get to introduce a new voice to the blog. Tyler will be providing some NFL coverage here on Ball Hog’s Blog from this point forward. Being another business student with sports interest, Tyler will provide a voice for the front office, fans, and play the role of your typical Monday morning quarterback. I’m going to pass it off to him for his thoughts on teams possible first-round selections.
Hello everyone. I am going to make this as quick and as painless as possible, just like JaMarcus Russels career. Hopefully it becomes as profitable, anyways here are picks 1-5 with the rest of the first round to follow.
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
With the glaring need of QB already taken care of via trade by Andy Reid’s new regime in acquiring Alex Smith from the 49ers, the Chiefs will likely open the draft with a player not playing the quarterback position for the first time since Jake Long was selected by the Dolphins with the 1st pick in 2008. With Branden Albert likely on his way out-of-town, unless the Chiefs can find a trading partner for this pick, the offensive tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M seems like the best/safest pick for the Chiefs.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Jacksonville recently took a quarterback in the first round of 2011’s NFL draft in Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. The Missouri product is still only 23 years old and facing his third offensive coordinator in as many years. He seems to be looking forward to the challenge of winning the starting job. The Jags have a plethora of needs and are building from the ground up with new GM Dave Caldwell and first year coach and former defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks Gus Bradley. With all this said the Jags will likely take the best player on their board and get a guy who could instantly upgrade their pass rush in DE/OLB Dion Jordan.
3. Oakland Raiders
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Oakland had a glaring QB need, but they just traded for journeyman Matt Flynn who will be given every opportunity to start. They could address the CB position here but they also desperately need help rushing the passer. I was torn between Dee Milliner and Ziggy Ansah, but I give the nod to Ansah here because he has tremendous upside and we all know that the Raiders have a soft spot for unproven players early in the draft.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
With Michael Vick likely only in town for 1 more year, the QB position has to be addressed in either this year’s or next year’s draft. I think Chip Kelley would love a guy like Geno Smith to run his offense and could give the West Virginia product a year to sit and learn while Vick run’s Kelley’s offense. Geno Smith could end up starting for Philadelphia if things go south with Vick.
5. Detroit Lions
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
A case could definitely be made for Alabama’s Dee Milliner here, but with the free agent signing of Reggie Bush the line needs help. I give the nod to one of the draft’s blue chip players. Eric Fisher would bring solidarity to this offensive line after the retirement of OT Jeff Backus, and is an outstanding pass blocker. This seems like a dream scenario for the Lions, who must protect their stud QB Matthew Stafford in order for the greatest show on turf to take.