Expect defense to rule first round

With the majority of the pro days in the rear-view mirror, things are starting to shake out a little bit as far as the first round of the draft is concerned.

We’ve said all along that this is a defensive draft, especially early on. So out of the 32 picks in the first round, I think you’re only going to see between 12-14 offensive players taken, which means you’re going to get 18-20 defensive players picked.

The offensive players who I think are first-round locks are Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen at quarterback; C.J. Spiller at running back; Jermaine Gresham at tight end; either Maurkice Pouncey or Mike Iupati as interior offensive linemen; Russell Okung, Trent Williams, Bryan Bulaga, Anthony Davis and either Bruce Campbell or Charlie Brown, perhaps both, at tackle. And I would say Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas at wide receiver.

You add that up and you get 12-13 players, 14 max, with some bubble guys: Jahvid Best and Ryan Mathews at running back, Rob Gronkowski the tight end, depending on how he checks out medically. At the wide receiver position, there’s a whole lot more questions than answers, and quite frankly, I like the second-round receivers better than I do the ones in the first.

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