We're just a day away from the 2013 NFL Draft, and there are plenty of unanswered questions. Here are some that people asked me on Tuesday. Have one of your own? Leave it in the comments and I'll answer it before the first rounds starts.
@mockingthedraft Do you believe the bills draft qb, lb, wr or db in rd1 or do they trade back?— Andrew Ralph (@AndrewRRalph119) April 23, 2013
As of this week, I'm on the Ryan Nassib to Buffalo bandwagon and not getting off. Does it look like a good pick? No. But it could be a situation like the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill last year. Get Nassib into a system he already knows, and he's ahead of the rookie curve straight away.
@mockingthedraft I have a weird feeling if the Lions cant trade back at 5 they are taking Tavon Austin am I crazy?— Stefan Spurlock (@LIONSNEWSDAILY) April 23, 2013
This would be crazy. When a team is picking in the top five, it's not smart to take a second player at a position. This would be akin to taking a right tackle or second cornerback this highly. It's only worse because the Lions don't need Austin. With Calvin Johnson, Matt Stafford is fine. Offensive tackle Lane Johnson of Oklahoma or a pass rusher like Ezekiel Ansah of BYU.
@mockingthedraft Will a team trade back into the first round for a QB? If so which team will it trade with?— Scotty Payne (@Skotty_Payne) April 23, 2013
With all the moves made on veteran quarterbacks, it's no longer a sure thing that a team will trade back into the first round for a quarterback – especially if the Bills take Ryan Nassib with the sixth pick. It would be smart for the Jaguars to jump back into the first round and grab Geno Smith. The Packers at No. 26 could be in a prime spot to trade out of the first round. New England could look to move as well to add extra picks.
@mockingthedraft how far do you think the eagles could trade down and star lotulelei would still be on the board?— tyler margolis (@sixerfan1220) April 23, 2013
Just the opposite, actually. If the Eagles really, really want Lotulelei, which they might, they may consider a trade up. The Raiders are hard to predict at third overall, but they direly need a defensive tackle. Lotulelei is the best in the draft and would be the best pick for them.
The issue is simply need. There just aren't a lot of quarterback needs this year. Enough teams have quarterbacks that are just above average enough to warrant picking the position. Forget Smith's stats, though. They're not the proper way to evaluate a player. Besides, if you want to look at stats, Smith had a pretty bad stretch in the middle of the season.
@mockingthedraft what is the talent level/potential difference between Dee Milliner and Xavier Rhodes?— Faraz Majid (@BrownMamba13) April 23, 2013
The potential between the two is negligible. Milliner is the more instinctual of the two. His timing to break on the ball is better. Despite being smaller, he's more physical. Rhodes has the size advantage, so he can challenge at the high point better.