Final 2013 Draft thoughts
*At some point during the draft research process, I got it in my head that LSU ILB Kevin Minter wouldn't hear his name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday. Others in mock draft land disagree, often slotting the All-American to the Ravens at 32.No doubt there is an obvious fit, though the same could be said with those at safety (Matt Elam, Jonathan Cyprien), tackle (Menelik Watson) or wide receiver (Justin Hunter, DeAndre Hopkins). In Ozzie Newsome we trust and history suggests the Ravens GM will not be burdened with filling a specific need if he's not feeling it. Now, if the first pick is made based on what might be available at the end of round two, inside linebacker it is.
*As for the Redskins at 51, obviously a defensive back has been the primary focus by speculators. Seeing as the Redskins have arguably the worst safety tandem in the league, taking a talent like South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger in the second works. Go instead with a linebacker or offensive lineman or tight end, cool, enjoy. Those are also need spots and there is no salary cap space available to fill them adequately, which is why for this draft sticking with a pure "best player available approach" should not apply. As for wide receiver, several interesting options could be around like Louisiana Tech's Quinton Patton and USC's Robert Woods. However, if I ranked positions where I'd allocate overall assets into (salary, draft picks), wide receiver would rank low on that list. Washington gave Pierre Garcon plenty of coin last year and invested in Josh Morgan. Santana Moss is still around, as is former third-round selection Leonard Hankerson. Add to that group, sure, but it just doesn't need to be with a high selection. Having a stud QB like Robert Griffin III means not having to surround him with a bevy of Pro Bowl targets, but rather letting his talents turn randoms into somethings.
*Because there is nothing worse than at the last second changing what turns out to be a correct answer into one that receives the red pen mark of death, here's hoping the Eagles do not select Lotulelei, the Giants avoid Werner, the Texans pass on Hopkins, the Dolphins skip Fluker and the Rams don't end up with Austin.