DraftWatch: Early look at No. 23


As we noted earlier this week, Green Bay will have the No. 23 overall pick in the draft. That’s easy to figure out. Now the hard part: Who might they choose if they remain in that spot?

At this point in the draft season, it’s nearly impossible to tell. But draft evaluation is a year-round business, so there is always a list. Below, I’ve given you two assessments of the players who enter the Senior Bowl ranked in the middle-to-end of the draft’s first round. Remember, in some cases juniors haven’t declared for the draft.

First, here is the 10 players ranked between No. 18 and No. 28 by Scouts, Inc.:

18. USC safety Taylor Mays

19. North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter

20. Florida inside linebacker Brandon Spikes

21. Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap

22. California running back Jahvid Best

23. Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham

24. Maryland offensive tackle Bruce Campbell

25. Florida State cornerback Patrick Robinson

26. Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate

27. Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga

28. Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen

Mel Kiper’s Big Board only includes 25 players, so here are Mel’s Nos. 18-25:

18. Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis

19. Mays

20. Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham

21. Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle

22. Gresham

23. Best

24. Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn

25. Robinson