Today I am going to look at my 11 favorite targets for our first round pick. Some are dreams, while others are very realistic.
Number 1: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford - DeCastro is rated as a top 15 prospect and rightfully so. However, if the Cardinals and Cowboys pass on him at 13 and 14, we should make an aggressive move up to 15 to jump the Jets and the Bengals (who would both take him in a heartbeat) and grab DeCastro.
Number 2: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College - Kuechly seems to be solidly cemented as a top 20 pick, however, I could see him falling on draft day. If the Eagles pass him up at 15 (highly unlikely), I see him being available to us unless someone trades up because the teams picking from 16 to 23 don't need a LB. Kuechly is a brilliant player that is always around the ball and I would love to land him.
Number 3: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - While CB is not a big need at all, Kirkpatrick is a stud. He is a top 10 talent but a failed marijuana test could cause him to fall. If he is still available around 18 to 20, we should jump up and nab him as he is an absolute lock-down corner.
Number 4: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina - Jeffery's stock is all over the place. Some have him in the top ten, while others, laughably have him in the 2nd round. If he is there at 24 (I would not like trading up for him) and none of the above three are there, I want the Steelers to take him.
Number 5: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: With Max Starks torn ACL and the fact that the we don't know if Gilbert can play on the left side, LT might have become a need. Even if it is not a huge need, passing on a true LT prospect that is very good would be impossible to do.
Number 5: Peter Konz, OG/OC, Wisconsin - Konz is the second best interior OL prospect in the draft. He is versatile and talented and would be an immediate upgrade to either of our guards.
Number 6: Donta Hightower, LB, Alabama - Hightower is a thumper of an LB built in the mold of a James Farrior. He could spend a year learning from Farrior and then replace him.
Number 7: Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - Sanu is an elite WR prospect that can do it all. He has good size, above average speed, good hands, and is a good route runner. He broke the Big East record for receptions (Larry Fitzgerald held the record) without a viable D-1 FBS starting caliber QB. He will be a stud in the NFL.
Number 8: Mark Barron, S, Alabama - Barron is the top safety prospect in the draft but has a leg injury and won't be able to participate until June-July. However, for us, all he will have to do is play special teams as a rookie so this is fine. Barron projects as a fantastic, play-making safety that can knock a WR out with relative ease.
Only if we can't trade down
Number 9: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia - While some are very high on Glenn, I view him as a borderline first round prospect. However, he would be an upgrade over either of our guards but I would feel a lot better trading down to the 30-34 range to take him.
Number 10: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis - Poe is the best NT in the draft but I don't like him at 24. He is an early 2nd round pick in my opinion and if we could trade down to a team with two second round picks I would love to do that.