Inside draft's war room debates
Here are four more questions to ponder on the day before the NFL draft. For previous war room debates,
Yes. The tight end position is not considered to be deep with "complete" tight ends, but there are several prospects garnering consideration at the end of the first round, mainly
Davis is familar with the scheme after spending four years playing under former NFL coach Pete Carroll at USC. Davis has the skills (hands and route running) necessary to be an impact starter as a rookie. Keller, on the other hand, is viewed by most teams as a "H-Back" candidate. He's the fastest and most athletic of the tight end class, leading teams to believe that he has the ability to create mismatches in space as a No. 2 tight end.
The two-time All SEC defender has been the most dominant defensive player in the country the past two seasons, and his addition to the lineup would greatly improve a defense that finished ranked 20th against the run. Additionally, former first rounder
Mayo is not regarded as simply a workout warrior by scouts. He is a tackling machine who possesses the instincts and awareness to become a force at middle or weak-side linebacker. That makes him an attractive option for a team looking for a combo-type linebacker. Look for him to come off the board in the middle of the first round.
When he is motivated and revved up, he dominates games off the edge and is capable of putting up multiple sack performances against elite competition (three sacks against Michigan and four sacks in the Wisconsin games). But Gholston's uninspired play against the Buckeye's weaker opponents causes scouts to question which player will show up on Sundays.
As one of the most physically gifted players in the draft, Gholston should dominate inferior opponents off the edge, and his long stretches of inactivity in those games raise red flags about his desire, determination and focus. Ultimately, Gholston's tantalizing physical abilities will entice a team to pull the trigger in the top 10, but he is the biggest "boom or bust" prospect due to the looming questions about his passion, motivation and effort.