Players I wouldn't mind having in positions most likely to be upgraded, in no particular order. All Quotes are from USA TODAY's NFL Draft 2011 draft magazine.
Jake Locker | 6'3, 226 pounds | Washington Projected: First Round
"Rated as #2 QB
- Strong arm- can make all the throws
- Good Mobility, buys time in the pocket, and throws well on the run
- Tough - plays through injuries
- Leader - plays with heart and moxie
- Played in a pro-style offense and has tremendous upside"
Andy Dalton | 6'3, 215 pounds | TCU Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #7 QB
- Efficient Passer and decision-maker and is an experience four-year starter
- Avoids turnovers - less than 10 interceptions for three straight years
- Mobile - buys time in the pocket and not afraid to run"
Colin Kaepernick | 6'6, 220 pounds | Nevada Projected: Third - Fourth Round
"Rated as the #6 QB
- Great intangibles - confident leaderm charismatic, strong character
- Keeps eyes down-field and throws well on the run
- Strong work ethic - improved every season throughout his career
- Yards per snap increased each season - 9.0 as a senior
- Ideal Height (6-6) with arm strength"
Titus Young | 5'11, 170 pounds | Boise State Projected: Fourth Round
"Rated as the #12 WR
- Rising Stock: Young's Senior Bowl efforts resulted in comparisons to Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson and could help propel him into the early rounds."
- "Young is a big play guy and has flourished in the Broncos offense. He has the ability to make defenders miss once he has the ball in his hands and can turn on the afterburners very quickly. Young sometimes has problems creating immediate separation of the line, but can usually find a soft spot or separate as the route continues. He is also a very emotional receiver who is not afraid to go across the middle. Young is generally ranked as the #4 to #8 WR in this year’s draft." - HogsHeaven.com (Redskins SBNation site) by Parks Smith
Randall Cobb | 5'11, 190 pounds | Kentucky Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the #10 WR
- Versatile - having played QB, WR, and RB
- Dynamic play-maker - displays instant and vision
- Dangerous returner - elusive in the open field
- Consistent production - made an impact versus elite competition"
Vincent Brown | 6'0, 195 pounds | San Diego State Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #5 WR
- One of the most under-rated recievers in the draft
- Big-Play option - averaged 19.6 yards per catch on 69 catches as a senior
- Sure-handed - willing to go over the middle and make the tough catch
- Makes good effort as a blocker (something we always valued in a WR)"
Ben Ijalana | 6'4, 320 pounds | OT/G | Villanova Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #4 Guard
- One of the best small-school prospects in the draft
- High Upside
- Long Arms, drives defenders in the running game
- Shows quick feet in the passing game"
Stefen Wisniewski | 6'3, 302 pounds | Penn State Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #1 Center
- Versatile Guard/Center
- Good footwork, fundamentally sound - a technician
- high football IQ - picks up blitzes
- Experienced - three year starter and has pedigree son of ex player Lion Leo Wisniewski and nephew of former Raider all-pro Steve Wisniewski"
Kristofer O'Dowd | 6'5, 300 pounds | Southern California Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the #2 Center
- Solid run blocker who sustains his blocks
- Quick off the ball and does a nice job getting to the second level
- Smart player capable of making the line calls
- Uses good leverage and anchors well in pass protection"
Da'Quan Bowers | 6'4, 280 pounds | Clemson Projected: First Round
"Rated as the #1 DE
- Prototypical size and strength
- Versatile - can be a 4-3 DE, 3-4 DE, or a 3-4 OLB
- Major disruption to any offense, explosive hitter who can cause numerous fumbles
- Superb run stopping ability
- Exceptional work ethic and leadership"
Ryan Kerrigan | 6'4, 263 pounds | Purdue Projected: First Round
"Rated as the #4 DE
- Tenacious two way defensive end prospect
- Equally adept at stopping the run or rushing the passer
- Tremendous Motor (People draw comparisons to Aaron Kampman in this aspect)
- Knack for forcing fumbles (11 in the past two seasons)
- Hard worker with excellent intangibles, and has shined the past two years, despite commanding double teams on a below-average defense"
Jeremy Beal | 6'3, 261 pounds | Oklahoma Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #9 DE
- Makes plays in the backfield - 8.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss in 2010
- Has nose for the QB - 29 career sacks over 4 seasons
- Experience in playing a 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB in Oklahoma hybrid scheme, has experience dropping into Coverage
- Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year"
Justin Houston | 6'3, 254 pounds | DE/OLB | Georgia Projected: First - Second Round
"Rated as the 3rd OLB
- A downhill attacking LB
- displays power as a pass rusher - strong bull rush
- has a nose for the QB - 11 sacks in 2010 and 7.5 in 09'
- Provides good effort against the run - can make plays down the line"
Bruce Carter | 6'3, 230 pounds | North Carolina Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the 6th OLB
- Athletic weak-side linebacker
- Possesses ideal sideline-to-sideline speed
- Off the the chart numbers - a work ethic champ
- Displays good range in Coverage - can turn and run with backs and tight ends
- Displays a knack for blocking kicks"
Mark Herzlich | 6'4, 248 pounds | Boston College Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the #7 OLB
- A great story - overcame Eqing's Sarcoma (Bone Cancer) to return as a senior
- Versatility - can play inside or strong side
- Excellent coverage awareness - 10 interceptions during his last two seasons
- Leader and team player, displayed overwhelmingly desire, work ethic, toughness, and character as he overcame cancer to return to the field"
Greg Jones | 6'1, 228 pounds | Michigan State Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the #1 MLB
- Tackling machine, (106 tackles in 2010), diagnoses plays quickly and makes plays down the line
- Displays leadership skills - steps up in key situactions
- Underrated pass rusher (9 sacks as a Junior)
- Times blitzes well and is a 4 year starter"
Martez Wilson | 6'4, 250 pounds | Illinois Projected: Second - Third Round
"Rated as the 4th MLB
- Athletic three-down inside linebacker
- Big Hitter and sure tackler - 112 tackles in 2010
- Solid Coverage Awareness
- High Upside - displayed play-making ability with 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four passes broken up, three forced fumbles, and one blocked kick in 2010
- One of the few ILBs with 3-4 size"
Kelvin Sheppard | 6'3, 240 pounds | LSU Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the 5th MLB
- Versatile - experience at inside and outside LB spots (though may project best to weak side)
- Has sideline-to-sideline speed
- Leader of one of the best defenses in the country - makes defensive calls
- Times Blitzes well and makes impact in the back field"
Aaron Williams | 6'1, 195 pounds | Texas Projected: First - Second Round
"Rated as the 3rd CB
- Excels in man coverage - can turn and run with recievers
- Comes out of a Texas program that has a reputation for producing quality NFL Dbs
- Fluid in coverage - good hips and gets in and out of breaks quickly
- Shows good awareness and anticipation in coverage
Jimmy Smith | 6'2, 205 pounds | Colorado Projected: Second Round
"Rated as the 4th CB
- Big Press-coverage corner
- Gets a great jam at the line
- Teams throw away from him - allowed just 11 completions in man coverage during the 09' and 2010 seasons
- Great Size, length, and athleticism
Chimdi Chekwa | 6'1, 188 pounds | Ohio State Projected: Third - Fourth Round
"Rated as the 10th CB
- Strong man-to-man coverage skills
- Tremendous speed, fluid in his drops, closes quickly on the ball
- Solid ball skills - able to play the ball in the air
Korey Lindsey | 5'11, 185 pounds | Southern Illinois Projected: Fifth Round
"Rated the 16th CB
- STARS FROM THE SUBDIVISION - ... Another corner heading toward a mid-round selection is Southern Illonois pickoff artist Korey Lindsey. After he intercepted six passes in back-to-back seasons, quarterbacks gave Lindsey fewer opportunities in 2010, but he still managed to haul in an INT and break up seven passes...
Rahim Moore | 6'1, 195 pounds | UCLA Projected: First- Second Round
"Rated as the #1 FS
- Top Center field-type safety in the draft
- Excellent ball skills - 10 INTs in 09'
- Fluid- excels in zone coverage
- Leader - named captain as a junior
- Strong work ethic and takes care of himself off the field
Quinton Carter | 6'1, 195 pounds | Oklahoma Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the 4th FS
- Big-Hitting safety prospect
- Above-Average ball skills - gets his hands on a lot of footballs
- Has experience at both free safety and strong safety
- Great character - founded community outreach program in his sophomore year
Robert Sands | 6'4, 221 pounds | West Virgnia Projected: Third Round
"Rated as the 6th FS
- Hard-hitting free safety prospect
- Great Size and frame - rare length for a safety
- Has Play-maker potential - 6.5 tackles for loss and five INTs in 09' and 2010, respectively
- Diagnoses plays and is aggressive in run support
Ahmad Black | 5'9, 185 pounds | Florida Projected: Fourth Round
"Rated as the 7th SS
- Excellent coverage skills
- Tackling machine with 107 tackes (72 solo) in 2010
- Instinctive in coverage - 13 INTs and 15 passes broken up in the last three seasons
- Fills hard against the run - 10 tackles for loss in 2010
- Solid in man coverage - could play some nickel: played corner his freshman year