- Thomas showed the ability to be a versatile player for the Cardinals the past few season's and he is a perfect fit for veteran 3-4 defenses in search of a pass rusher in rounds 4-6. He can really exploit 1-on-1 blocking with his speed/motor combination. There were times that he was unblockable off of the edge at Stanford and I wouldn't be surprised to see his former coach Jim Harbaugh take a look at him as a DE/OLB hybrid with one of the Niners many picks.
2. Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
- Otten was a highly productive player at San Jose State the past two seasons. He totaled 47 receptions, 742 yards and 4 TDs this past year and was underutilized in their offense. Otten ran a 4.64 40 yard dash which answers some of the straight line speed questions that he had entering the pre-draft process. Otten would be a highly productive player for teams like the Eagles or Giants that are looking for a young 2nd tight end to groom behind veterans brought in on 1 year deals.
3. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
- Taylor's career at Stanford speaks for itself. Jim Harbaugh's recruits have gone on to make solid pros so far and it's because of their knowledge of the game. Taylor may never be a premier back in the NFL but his vision and short area burst are comparable to Alfred Morris, the gem of the middle round last season. Many playoff teams could use an infusion of youth at the running back position. A reunion with QB Andrew Luck in Indy would be a nice slot for Taylor in the 6th round.
4. Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
- Jamison had horrible numbers in the 40 yard dash at his pro day, often running in the 4.7 range, but the tape doesn't lie. Jamison can run the ball with toughness and quickness. His hands are good out of the backfield and his durability is amazing for a back of his stature. He can be a change of pace back for any team in the NFL and a team that will have him higher on their board than most is the NY Jets. They've seen him many times and they could use not just one, but two backs in this year's draft.
5. Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
- Harper was the most dynamic person on the offense at K-State, yes even more so than Colin Klein. Harper's size/speed combo is what gives him great value. At 6'1" 230 lbs and running in the 4.42 range Harper is formidable for a 3rd receiver on a balanced offense.
6. Joe Kruger, OLB, Utah
- Kruger's motor is like his brothers and his production at Utah this year was a product of pure effort. Kruger may be a spot starter for much of his career but he can easily be a Pro Bowl special teamer in a few years. He can flat out tackle and when presented the opportunity he can really get after the passer.
7. Sanders Comings, CB, Georgia
- Comings is a player that slides into the later rounds because of a domestic violence charge before his senior season. Physically Comings has all the tools to be a NFL corner. At 6'1" comings held his own in the SEC against their plethora of talented receivers and his Hakeem Nicks size hands make him a threat in the Georgia secondary. The Vikings are a team that will draft multiple corners in this years draft and may look his way in the 5-6 round.
8. Jonathon Bostic, ILB, Florida
- Bostic was the top ILB prospect coming out of HS and he just never put everything together at Florida. This past season was his best though and he took the next step as a leader for the Gators Top 10 defense. His size has always been a bit of a hindrance but his play more than made up for that this season. Bostic ran a 4.5 flat 40 yard dash at his pro day which will put him on the radar for Tampa 2 & traditional 4-3 teams. Both the Cowboys and Giants should be making a run at Bostic in the 4-5th round.
9. Khaled Holmes, OC, USC
- Holmes was the #1 center entering the season but like all of USC's prospects he saw a decline because of the lackluster season. Holmes has been penalized because of USC's average running statistics but his chemistry with QB Matt Barkley shouldn't be under stated. Khaled's intelligence is his best quality and he can make the line calls for any offense starting day one.
10. Ray-Ray Armstrong, FS, Faulkner
- Armstrong would have been a 2nd round pick or higher if he wasn't deemed ineligible to play at Miami this past season by the NCAA. Armstrong was all over the field for the Hurricanes in 2011 and was drawing comparisons to previous great Miami safeties. He has prototypical size at 6'3" 215 lbs for a free safety in the NFL. With added emphasis to bulking up Armstrong could be a steal in the 4th round or later. A team like the Ravens or Steelers could plug him into their secondary and grrom him to be their next All-Pro FS.
11. Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
- Faulk makes the list because of his tremendous 2011 season. Faulk would have been the premier run blocking tackle in this draft if it wasn't for a torn ACL last summer. He surprised everyone by declaring for the draft anyway and is now the most intriguing offensive player in this year's draft. He can go as high as the 2nd round but fall as far as the 5th. The Giants should really take a look at him in the 3rd round; he'd be a player that instantly answers their right tackle problems and solidifies their line for the next 5 seasons.