For those who missed it, on Tuesday I touched upon a trio of offensive early entries. Basically, I wouldn't touch Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead until the seventh round, but I do like Central Michigan WR Antonio Brown and am intrigued by Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas if he can catch the ball more consistently.
Now, let's take a look at the defensive side of the ball:
S Chad Jones (LSU)
My first question is: Does he even want to play football? Jones also played baseball for the Tigers and could be led astray if he is drafted by an MLB club.
That aside, I'm down on the first-year starter as an NFL safety. He's a very good athlete with excellent size but is an inconsistent tackler, shows average speed against the run and playing center field and poor instincts in zone coverage, and loses one-on-one battles in the open field.
S Major Wright (Florida)
Really flashed in last year's BCS championship game with a near decapitation of Sooners WR Manny Johnson, but that level of physicality is really an aberration for Wright. He's more the backdoor tackler than a face-up kind of guy and can get run through by bigger backs. Wright does play with attitude, however, and shows enough range to compete as a starter in a cover-2 scheme.
CB Joe Haden (Florida)
Haden is going in the first round — no question. The guy is a tremendous quick-twitch athlete with excellent top-end speed, change of direction and body control. Physically, Haden is everything you want in a man corner.
He's not without his flaws though. Haden single-handedly cost the Gators their only loss in 2008 (vs. Ole Miss), due to his horrific open-field tackling and game-changing mistakes in zone coverage. Haden really needs to show that he can grasp zone concepts and that he possesses the football intelligence to avoid being a liability on the field.