Ok folks...its now time to start adding the element of TRADES to Grad's pigskin potential prognostication!
TRADE: Michael Floyd having slipped because of character concerns and still being available at #25, the Indianapolis Colts needing a stud WR to go with their stud QB, the Colts trade their 2nd Round Pick (#34 overall) their 4th Round Pick (#97 overall) and their 5th Round Pick (#136) to the Denver Broncos for Denver's first round selection (using the point system Denver's pick is worth 720 while the Colts' picks are worth 560, 112 and 38).
Round 2 - Pick #34
Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Yes...Broncos Fanatics...we still got Still...but now in 2nd...and now with more picks!!! Ultimately, Still is still a phenomenal Defensive Tackle. He's the most pro-ready. He's the post polished. He's going to DEMAND double teams (as seen in the picture above). The NFL Combine website gave Still a rating of 89 while they only gave Cox a 77 and Worthy a 79.5. Why? Because unlike other players who you "project" to be able to produce...Still has already proven it. He'll start camp as a starting Defensive Tackle for whomever drafts him. Elway pulls off the trade that gives him the DT they want...but also for the right value.
ANOTHER TRADE: Denver sees that David Wilson is still available at #41 and Trades it's 2nd Round Pick (#57) and its 3rd Round Pick (#89) to Buffalo for its 2nd Rounder.
Round 2 - Pick #41 (from the Bills)
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
There is no debate as to who is the #1 RB in this year's class. There is a LOT of debate as to who is #2. For my money, its Wilson. He's simply electrifying. He's a former track star...has break away speed (4.49 40yrd dash). He has shown he can catch out of the backfield. More importantly Fox has shown he'll draft RBs early (DeShaun Foster #34 in 2002, Eric Shelton, #54 in 2005, Deangelo Williams, #27 in 2006, Jonathan Stewart, #13 in 2008). Manning has always had a go-to RB. He had Faulk and then Addai. He needs a work horse back there...and Wilson is such a work horse.
Round 4- Pick #97 (via the Colts)
Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
There is no question in my mind that Wolfe will end up being one of the steals in this year's draft. The question is, who is going to be the thief? I think it'll be Denver...and with Still and Wolfe anchoring our D-Line ...we're going to have a whole heck-of-a-lot-a fun in the Mile High City. I think we could use a guy who had 19.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks in 2011.
Round 4 - Pick #110 (via NYJets)
Tank Carder, ILB, TCU
I'm sticking with the Tank with this selection. I love his story...I love his mean streak...I love how he tackles. He was the 2 time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year...he's a leader...he's an animal! He'd be a great pick up in the 4th and add a lot of our run defense.
Round 4 - Pick #122
Demario Davis, OLB, Arkansas State
Davis is a talent. However, he's never had the opportunity to play against premier opponents. He's 6'2" and 235lbs...running a 4.61 40yard dash and benching 225lbs 32 times. That combination of strength and speed could make him a steal...or could make him a bust given his small school background. At pick #122, he's worth the gamble and could work into a starting roll as a Will LB depending on what happens with our suspensions.
Round 5 - Pick #136 (via Colts)
David Molk, C/G, Michigan
I gotta say that I still love Molk. He's a work out fiend. He benched 225lbs 41 times! He's cocky. He's mean. He's smart. Gotta love that in an O-Lineman! He gives us much needed depth and I'll bet dollars to doughnuts that he'll beat out Walton for the starting job by year 2.
Round 5 - Pick #139 (via Rams)
Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
McNutt is a large physical receiver. He's 6'3" and 216lbs. However, he still posted descent speed (4.54 40rd dash). The knock on him is that he's dropped some easy catches and doesn't have great acceleration. Playing for a paycheck may be just the motivation he needs to catch the ball.
Round 6 - Pick #190 (via NYJets)
Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
Ya gotta love the Coyotes right? Compton is 6'5" and 314lbs. Playing for South Dakota didnt match him up against the best in defensive tackles...but he does have the size and surprising speed (5.11 in the 40yrd dash). 20 reps of 225lbs isnt too shabby either. Worth a flyer in the 6th for OL depth.