D-line-With so many guys being possible 3-4 converts I thought it would be wise to split them up into each scheme and rank them accordingly. Some players may be ranked in more than one scheme category. Workouts and all star games will sort out what guys teams think can be converted and how quickly. but this is my preliminary estimate. The D-line is the deepest area of the draft this season, with 10-14 players that will probably go in the first 2 rounds on the D-line alone . A lot of guys who can rush the passer from somewhere.
4-3 DT- A deep class with 2 probable top 5 picks and anywhere from 3 to 6 players likely to go in the 1rst round this year. The come in all shapes, sizes , scheme diversity, and many may be able to play 3- 4 end as well. Add that 6 of them are 1rst round talents, and 8 are possible in the first 2 rounds, and it makes this a really good year if you need a DT.
1. Ndamukong Suh- Neb.- Kevin Williams- Minn.
2. Gerald McCoy- Okla.- Tommie Harris- CHI.
3. Brian Price-UCLA- Sedrick Ellis- Southern Cal
4.-tie- Dan Williams -Tenn.- B J Raji- GB
4.-tie- Aurthur Jones--Syracuse- Jay Ratliff -DALL
5.-tie-Jared Odrick- Penn St.- Aaron Smith- PITT
5.-tie- D'Anthony Smith- La. Tech- Darnell Dockett- AZ
3/4 NT- Probably the hardest position to fill on the defensive line.The different types of 3-4 make it possible to have smaller guys at the nose these days, but their just aren't a lot of Albert Haynesworth's , Haloti Ngata's, and Shaun Rogers in the world.
1. Terence Cody- ALA.- Maake Kemoeatu- CAR
2. Brian Price- UCLA- Sedrick Ellis- Southern Cal
3. Dan Williams -Tenn.- B J Raji- GB
4. Ekom Udofia- Stanford- Sione Pouha- JETS
5.-tie- Cam Thomas- NC- Jason Ferguson - MIA
5.-tie- Al Woods - LSU- Johnny Jolly- GB
4-3 DE's-A lot of college DE's are just too small right now to be more than situational pass rushers and must either get bigger or switch to OLB. 2-way 4-3 DE's are getting increasingly harder to find.
1. Derrick Morgan- DE- GA. Tech.-Justin Tuck- NYG
2. Jason Pierre-Paul-DE- S. FLA- Jevon Kearse- TENN
3. Everson Griffen-DE-Southern Cal-Shaun Ellis-NYJ
4. Corey Wootton- DE- Ohio St.- Justin Smith- SF
5. Brandon Graham- DE- Mich.- LaMarr Woodley-PITT
3/4 Ends- Often the smartest players on the D-line. The guys who can hold the point against some double teams, rush the passer, and dominate 1 v 1.
1. Ndamukong Suh-DT- Neb.- Kevin Williams- Minn.
2. Carlos Dunlap-DE-FLA- Julius Peppers- CAR
3. Jared Odrick- DT- Penn St.- Aaron Smith- PITT
4. Everson Griffen-DE-Southern Cal-Shaun Ellis-NYJ
5.-tie- Aurthur Jones-DT -Syracuse- Jay Ratliff -DALL
5.-tie- Corey Wootton- DE-NWestern- Justin Smith- SF
3/4 OLB- Highly athletic, speedy and often undersized college DE's usually make this transition. Need to not only be able to rush the passer, but drop into coverage.
1. Sergio Kindle- Tex.-Clay Mathews- GB
2. Ricky Sapp- Clem.-Jason Taylor- MIA
3. Jason Pierre-Paul- S. FLA- Jevon Kearse- TENN
4.-tie- Thaddeus Gibson- Ohio. St.-Brian Orapko- WASH
4.-tie- Brandon Graham- DE- Mich.- LaMarr Woodley-PITT
5.-tie-O'brien Schofield- WISC.- Derrick Burgess- NE
5.-tie-George Selvie- Kameron Wimbley- CLEV
5.-tie-Jerry Hughes-TCU-Robert Mathis - INDY
CB- One premier player and a lot of talent, but all but Joe Haden have some questions.A lot of possible value in the bottom of the first and top of the 2nd round. Still possibly a deep position this year though.
1. Joe Haden- FLA-Nate Clements- SF
2. Patrick Robinson-FLA. St.- Leodis McKelvin -BUFF
3. Kyle Wilson- Boise St.- Mike Jenkins- DALL
4. Parrish Cox- OKLA St.- Vontae Davis- MIA
4. Devin McCourty- Rutgers- Richard Marshall- CAR
5. Myron Lewis- Vandy- Rashean Mathis - JAX
5. Kareem Jackson- ALA.- Lito Sheppard- JETS
Safety- A very versatile deep class at the top with probably 6-8 guys going off the board in the first 2 rounds. As close to a surefire pro bowler that a draft can have in Berry. Some of these guys can play both safety positions. Some might be able to play corner , and Mays could probably play LB.
1. Eric Berry- Tenn.- Ed Reed- Balt.
2. Earl Thomas- TEX- Brandon Meriweather- NE
3. Taylor Mays- Southern Cal- Sean Taylor- WASH-( deceased)
4. Nate Allen- S. FLA- Tanard Jackson- TB
5. Chad Jones- LSU- Adrian Wilson- AZ
ILB- These guys are generally the QB's of the defense. Leadership, high football IQ's and toughness are necessary. Not usually a high priority in the draft, but here are a couple of possible 1rst rounders this year.Some college Outside LB's listed here becuase I think they could also play inside with some time there.
1. Rolando McClain- ALA- Karlos Dansby- AZ
2. Brandon Spikes- FLA.- James Farrior -Pitt.
3. Navarro Bowman- Penn St.- Ernie Sims- DET
4.-tie- Sean Weatherspoon- Missouri- DJ Williams- DEN
4.-tie- Sean Lee- Penn St.-Jesse Armstead-(ret)
5.-tie-Donald Butler- D'Qwell Jackson- CLEV
5.-tie- Daryl Washington - TCU- Nick Barnett- GB
4-3 OLB- Usually speedy guys that can cover. Some weak side OLB's are like big safeties. Some strong side backers are DE size and need to take on a lot of blocks.
1. Navarro Bowman- Penn St. - Ernie Sims- DET
2. Sergio Kindle- Texas- Clay Mathews- GB
3. Sean Weatherspoon- Missouri - DJ Williams- DEN
4. Sean Lee- Penn St. -Lofa Tatupu- SEA
5.-tie- D'Qwell Jackson- CLEV
5.-tie- Taylor Mays- USC- Sean Taylor- WASH-( deceased)