SEVEN TACKLES went in the first round of 2008, and this year's draft shapes up as another big one for the big guys up front: Tackles could go one-two for the first time in NFL history. Here's a look at how round 1 could play out on April 25.
Jason Smith, T, Baylor
QB Matt Stafford could be the choice if he has a great Pro Day; otherwise the selection could come down to who is the easiest to sign among tackles Smith and Eugene Monroe and linebacker Aaron Curry.
Eugene Monroe, T, Virginia
Monroe is more polished than the tenacious Smith—but he has less upside.
Aaron Curry, LB, Wake
Forest Curry wowed everyone at the combine and might be the surest thing in the draft.
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
Although Seattle signed veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Crabtree would be the long-term answer at wideout.
Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
Desperate for an edge rusher, Cleveland has set up a private workout with Orakpo before his March 25 Pro Day.
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College
Cincinnati was 21st against the run and has to get stouter up the middle.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
Oakland needs weapons on the perimeter, and Maclin is an excellent run-after-the-catch threat.
Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
His 4.52 40 at the combine didn't wow scouts, but his highlight reel does.
Everette Brown, DE-LB, Florida State
The Pack needs an edge rusher for its new 3--4; Brown had 13½ sacks in '08.