I'm projecting two third rounders for the Chiefs because of the Carr compensation.
1. Geno Smith, QB; WVU
: 6'3", 225 lbs.
- Big arm with excellent ball placement. Prototype size. Superb pocket presence and accuracy. Exceptionally quick release with a high release point. Smart with excellent field vision. Smith has all the tools one looks for in a NFL franchise quarterback. WVU has lost three in a row and has the worst defense in D1 college football, but Geno is still the same guy he's been the past two and a half years as the Mountaineers starting QB.
2. David Amerson, CB; NC State
: 6'2", 195 lbs.
- Many considered Amerson as the top cornerback prospect entering the 2012 season. He had a couple bad games early and has dropped a bit. However, he's still tied for fourth nationally in interceptions and has superb size with excellent ball skills.
3. Phillip Thomas, S; Fresno State
: 6'1", 215 lbs.
- Finished the season as everyone's first team All-American (the only non-BCS conference player on all five official All-American lists)after leading the country in interceptions (8) and interceptions returned for touchdowns (3) to go along with a number of forced fumbles, passes defensed, tackles for loss...you know, the whole enchilada. Not a one year wonder either as he's put up very good numbers his entire career. He'll be overshadowed in the draft by players like Rambo, McDonald, Lester and Reid, but Thomas is the real deal.
3. Shane Skov, ILB; Stanford
: 6'3", 251 lbs.
- Could functionally play any of the linebacking positions in either a 34 or 43. Stanford's leading tackler for two straight years. A former five star prep recruit with a nose for the ball. A blown ACL in 2011 and a DUI arrrest in 2012 as well as MLB position will drop him in the draft. If he's there with this pick, it's would be a nice little coup for the Chiefs.
4. Joe Kruger, DE/DT; Utah
: 6'7", 280 lbs.
- The younger brother of Ravens DE/LB Paul, Joe is a physically bigger version of him. A workout warrior with a nose for the ball and a nasty streak, he'll play through the whistle. Led the Utes in sacks in 2012. Big frame and good athleticism. Anyone wanting SMU's Margus Hunt, this is a more polished, more experienced version that's been well coached and played against top level competition. Plays a lot like current Denver Bronco Derek Wolfe.
5. Brad Sorensen, QB; Southern Utah
: 6'4", 235 lbs.
- Sorensen, a three year starter for the Thunderbirds, is a three time First Team All-Conference selection and holder of every single school passing record but two. He has a cannon for an arm (might be the strongest arm in the entire draft class) coupled with good accuracy and very good pocket awareness along with a natural poise for the position. He'll need to get coached up and become acclimated to the speed of the game after playing in the FCS level, but he's got all the tools to be a very good NFL level prospect.
6. Michael Williams, TE; Alabama
: 6'5", 278 lbs.
- A huge tight end with soft hands. Punishing in the run game. Will be interesting to see where he ends up in the draft. Could go high, but most likely will be available in the later rounds as he doesn't have the speed and versatility to be more than a blocker and red zone threat - but he should excel at both of those chores.
7. Blaize Foltz, OG; TCU
: 6'4", 310 lbs.
- Even though Foltz was hampered by an ankle problem he was still voted 2nd Team All-Big 12. He possesses immense strength (Foltz can bench 580 lbs. and squat 800 lbs.) and can simply dominate the point of attack. Team leader with noted excellent work ethic, the Rose Hill, Kansas native already has his degree. Will participate in the 2013 East-West Shrine Bowl.