Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Chris Steuber's Q&A session

I've just participated in a live Q&A with Chris Steuber from Scout.com and he had some interesting things to say. For full analysis on the session, click here.

I asked Chris specifically who he thought Seattle would target with the fourth overall pick.

"I think the Seahawks could draft the best player available. They could use help at wide receiver, which makes you think Michael Crabtree. They could look towards the future and select a quarterback (Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez) with Matt Hasselbeck getting older. They could draft one of the top defenders on the board (Aaron Curry or Malcolm Jenkins) or draft one of the four premier OTs. In the end, I'd say Crabtree is the pick." -- Chris Steuber

On Kenny Britt (WR, Rutgers)

"Britt is an interesting player, because he has great size and can stretch the field. A big thing for Britt will be his 40-time at the Scouting Combine. If he's able to run a mid-4.4, he could elevate his stock into the end of the first round. But if he runs a 4.5, he's a solid second round pick. He reminds me a lot of Limas Sweed. A tall receiver with good hands and size, and has the ability to make an acrobatic reception. I think he will become a solid No. 2 receiver in the NFL." -- Chris Steuber

On who Aaron Curry (LB, Wake Forest) compares to in the NFL

"The first time I saw Aaron Curry play, I thought I was watching Derrick Brooks. He's such a tremendous force on defense. He's a game changer; a guy who can impact the game from a physical standpoint, but also play with finesse and turn defense into offense. I think he will be a top-five pick and a team like Cleveland or Kansas City will be happy to have him." -- Chris Steuber

On why he ranks Mark Sanchez ahead of Matt Stafford

"Sanchez, to me, is the best QB in this draft. I understand why everyone thinks Matthew Stafford is the best QB, because of his arm strength. But he's a turnover machine who tries to fit balls into the tightest windows. If he does that at the next level, those windows will get smaller and he will turn the ball over more often. Although Sanchez has only started one year, he's much better with the ball and has a great understanding of an offense. He has a very good arm, excellent touch and has good mobility. I see more upside with Sanchez, because I think Stafford is already a finished product." -- Chris Steuber

On Percy Harvin (WR, Florida)

"The fact that he gets banged up and he's small is a concern for teams. He's very talented and has game breaking ability, but his size may hurt him. I'm sure he will run well at the Combine and improve his stock. I think he goes anywhere from No. 15 - 22." -- Chris Steuber

On San Francisco's draft plans

"If Stafford or Sanchez is available, I think it will be tough for the Niners to pass one of them up. If both QBs are off the board, Baylor OT Jason Smith, Alabama OT Andre Smith or USC LB Rey Maualuga are possibilities." -- Chris Steuber

On Jeremy Maclin

"Durability is a concern with Maclin. He's another receiver that's been banged up during his career. He does so many things on the field that injuries will occur. But he's a flat out stud and will have a major impact in the NFL." -- Chris Steuber

On Kansas City's draft plans

"I think the Chiefs could draft the best defender (Aaron Curry or Everette Brown) or an OT. I know the Chiefs are very high on Virginia OT Eugene Monroe. Monroe and Branden Albert were teammates at Virginia together and they wouldn't mind pairing the two, especially if they make a deal for Matt Cassel." -- Chris Steuber

On which rookie could have a similar immediate impact as Matt Ryan

"I'd have to say Knowshon Moreno. With teams using two running backs in their offense these days, a rookie like Moreno, who has great skills, will see a lot of playing time right away." --Chris Steuber

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