Predicting a draft pick is near impossible to do. Especially at number 32 when your front office is notorious for moving around or going with the best player available on their draft board. We've been mocking defensive tackles, ends, linebackers, and even guard/centers. But I'm willing to go out and put a few guys' names out there that my surprise us a little bit. JUMP!
Starting with defense. While we could use a player at pretty much any defensive position, our deepest spot is probably cornerback. So my first sleeper pick is...
- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State- With Malcolm Jenkins the likely successor to the Darren Sharper throne, that 3rd corner spot is going to be mighty empty. Both of our starting corners have a bit of an injury history, but there's little doubting that they're arguably the best starting tandem in the league. Wilson could step right in and there would be little to no drop off in pass protection. He also dabbles in punt returns and could act as Reggie Bush insurance in that area.
Now for offense! Yes, offense. Payton and Loomis are not gun shy when it comes to BPA, even if it means taking a WR even if their defense sucked the season before (see Robert Meachem pick, 2007 Draft). So I will start with a WR.
- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State- Bryant's stock has been everywhere leading up to the draft, but frankly I think he's got top-10 talent and is one of the most impressive receivers to come out in recent years. While receiver is probably the deepest position on this team, I think the offense could be even BETTER, yes, better, than it has ever been. Colston has somewhat regressed from his first two stellar seasons, partly due to injury, and has gone through some drop issues. Bryant could come in and be a game breaker from as soon as game 1, but he's going to have to absolutely show he's legit by being a man in this league.
- Mike Iupati or Maurkice Pouncey, OG/OC- These guys are absolute marvels with their size and versatility. They could solidify any offensive line for the next 10 years and are widely considered top-20 picks, but if they should fall to us, I wouldn't doubt us picking them.
- Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State- Matthews is probably the best every-down running back in this draft. Everything he does is so natural that it's scary. He reminds me of Donald Brown last year, but he's also got an essence of power to his game, which is an aspect the Saints like in their backs. They've shown that they aren't afraid to take RBs even with some on the roster, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them pull the trigger if Matthews should slip to them.
- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma- His stock has been mainly in the 20-25 range, but I've seen some speculation that he could slip to round 2. Tight end is a need on this team, and Gresham is the best in this draft. Shockey has been somewhat of a disappointment with injuries and not the production we were expecting, but his blocking skills have fallen off a bit, too. Gresham, when healthy, has the game breaking ability that terrifies safeties and linebackers that have to cover him. With talent like his, I see him as our possible Number 1 sleeper in this year's first round.
Well that's pretty much all I've got, so it remains to be seen what will happen. I've also got a few OT picks ready in case Jammal Brown heads out, so there could be some updates. Feel free to state your opinions! WHO DAT!?