- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Rhodes has the size to get physical with the NFL’s growing stable of big wide receivers.
His abilities as a press corner also fit nicely with Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano’s scheme, and he’s become a popular pick in mock drafts.
The biggest question is whether the draft’s second-ranked cornerback will remain on the board long enough to get to the Colts.
- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA: The former Bruin could be the rare 3-4 defensive end who can be effective rushing the passer.
Draftniks love his quick surge and ability to collapse the pocket. And he’s powerful enough also to hold up against the run.
He lacks the name appeal of some of the skill position players that also could be on the board, but Jones is a solid pick that fills a need.
- Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal: Scouts who flocked to the Trojans’ pro day to get a look at quarterback Matt Barkley seemed to come away more impressed by Woods.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder has the versatility to play outside as well as in the slot, and he has the college production (210 catches, 3,218 yards, 41 touchdowns) Grigson tends to value.
Add in soft hands and potential in the return game, and there’s the makings of a late first-rounder.
- Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: Vick Ballard proved to be a steal as a fifth-rounder in 2012, but the draft’s top-rated running back might be hard to pass on.
Lacy ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns for the national champs a year ago, and some have compared his power running style to Seattle star Marshawn Lynch.
Others believe his production was the result of the Crimson Tide’s NFL-caliber offensive line and that he’ll struggle at the next level.