Verge, I hope this isn't too much, but I would love to hear your views on Austin, Vaccaro, Rhodes, Hayden and Patterson.
Austin - I think he is incredibly fast, can straight dominate at the WR spot, and honestly is someone we really have not seen at the position before. (Kind of like Cam in that way) Though if I had to compare him to someone it would be an odd hybrid of Percy Harvin and Wes Welker. His acceleration once he touches the ball is insane and is legitimately the fastest player I have seen on tape. I would love the pick even if he is a slot receiver/gadget player.
Vaccaro - I love Vaccaro a lot in our division, his big frame and quickness along with smooth hips allows him to cover Graham, Gonzales, Clark, etc, and his ability to get off the blocks and shoot into a hole makes him awesome in run support and that makes him a nice fit in our D. He is also a very solid open field tackler and he is big and fast enough to not get destroyed on the deep ball and is very aggressive in the pass game with 14 pass break ups over the past two years. He is obviously not perfect, he needs to improve on his back pedal, he needs to improve on vision, and he needs to improve his leverage. I believe he could be a key piece, and my money right now is on him winning DROTY
Hayden - I think he is the best pick available, he has super quick feet, he can jam a receiver at the line very easily, he closes incredibly fast, and he is a very solid tackler. I guarantee he will be a pro bowler/all pro within two years. He does not really even have a downside to his game, just the face he is only 5'11". I have serious doubts he will even drop to us.
I like Patterson a lot as well, reminds me of a young Donald Driver or Demaryius Thomas. He is a bit of a project but will be able to straight dominate if he develops properly.
That we will take Tavon Austin if he is available, and if he is not Kenny Vacarro is a very good bet.
As some of you know my source tends to be very reliable and I generally only make one of these every year around draft time. Last year I was told that we were deciding between Coples and Kuechly, and that Bruce Irvin would go in the first.
Also some things he has told me:
DJ Hayden will go in the top 15
EJ Manuel will go in the first round
Matt Elam should be the second safety off the board
Keenan Allen will not go in the first, Justin Hunter should go ahead of him
The Panthers are looking at Arthur Brown/Quinton Patton/Robert Alfrod/Eric Reid/Kawaan Short in the 2nd
Eddie Lacey probably won't drop to the 2nd
I personally think they also have to be targeting Jon Banks, Wreh Wilson, and Pugh out of Syracuse
Just throwing some things out there for you guys.
So basically what I am seeing
Austin > Vaccaro > Milliner > Fluker > Hayden > Warmack > Cooper > Jamar Taylor > Hopkins
Obviously Joeckel, Johnson, and Fisher are on there somewhere, but it is pretty much guaranteed they will be gone.