Pro Football Weekly evaluated the prospects in this year's draft class and assigned each player a round where he should be picked as well as what part of the round. This is not a mock draft. Different teams are going to have different grades based on their evaluation of the player and where that player fits into its scheme. And there may not be enough prospects worth filling out an entire round of the draft.
Just because there are 32 picks in the first round, it doesn't mean that teams will have 32 players with a first-round grade. There are 12 offensive players below with a first-round grade, according to Pro Football Weekly, and 19 defensive players. That's 31 total players with first-round grades, but 32 picks.
Note that even though there are a number of quarterback-hungry teams, there are only three listed below with a first-round grade. Defensive line is the strength of the first round of this year's draft and that's evident with 13 players who earned a first-round grade. The strength of the offensive line class is in the mid-to-latter part of the first round. If you want a first-round cornerback or linebacker, you better take one quickly.
The first round of the NFL Draft is just hours away. There are players listed below who may not be drafted until Friday. There are players with second-round grades who could be drafted at the end of the first round to make sure teams get their guy.
The Eagles own the No. 23 overall pick. They have not stayed with their original first-round pick in the last four years. Let's see what the Eagles do tonight.
OffenseEarly First RoundQB Cam Newton, Auburn (6-5, 250)
QB Blaine Gabbert, Missouri (6-4, 235)
WR A.J. Green, Georgia (6-4, 210)
WR Julio Jones, Alabama (6-3, 220)
Mid First RoundQB Jake Locker, Washington (6-3, 230)
RB Mark Ingram, Alabama (5-9, 215)
OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (6-7, 310)
OT Tyron Smith, USC (6-5, 305)
OG Mike Pouncey, Florida (6-5, 305)
OT Nate Solder, Colorado (6-8, 320)
Late First RoundOT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin (6-7, 315)
OT Derek Sherrod, Mississippi State (6-5, 320)
OG Danny Watkins, Baylor (6-3, 310)
DefenseEarly First RoundDE Robert Quinn, North Carolina (6-4, 265)
DT Marcell Dareus, Alabama (6-3, 320)
DT Nick Fairley, Auburn (6-4, 290)
LB Von Miller, Texas A&M (6-3, 245)
CB Patrick Peterson, LSU (6-0, 220)
CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska (6-0, 205)
Mid First RoundDE Aldon Smith, Missouri (6-4, 265)
DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin (6-5, 290)
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue (6-4, 265)
DE Cameron Jordan, California (6-4, 285)
CB/S Aaron Williams, Texas (6-0, 205)
Late First RoundDE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa (6-3, 280)
DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson (6-3, 280)
DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple (6-4, 315)
DT Corey Liuget, Illinois (6-2, 300)
DT Phil Taylor, Baylor (6-3, 335)
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State (6-1, 305)
LB Justin Houston, Georgia (6-3, 270)
CB Jimmy Smith, Colorado (6-2, 210)