After the combine, there were definitely some players who rose up draft boards. At the same time, a few others slipped with underwhelming performances. The top 10 isn't set in stone at all, as there is no consensus top player. However, here's my best shot at how I think the draft will unfold.
1. Carolina Panthers – Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
There really is no consensus top pick in the draft. This very well could be Fairely or Bowers, but with a new regime there is often a new quarterback. Newton has incredible physical tools and his play last year proved he has immense ability. If the Panthers feel his character concerns are not an issue, he has to be the pick.
2. Denver Broncos – Nick Fairely, DT, Auburn
Despite weighing in an inch shorter and seven pounds lighter than his college listing, Fairely still put up some solid numbers at the combine. However, it was his play last year against SEC opponents that make him a top prospect. While Dareus is making a push to be the top defensive tackle off the board, Fairely provides a better pass rush, which would go well with Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil.
3. Buffalo Bills – Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
The Bills have not been able to stop the run for years. Dareus is an absolute beast at 6-foot-3, 319 pounds with 4.9 speed. He is an explosive athlete who knows how to take on double teams and is a very good run stopper. While it isn’t as flashy a pick as Blaine Gabbert or Patrick Peterson, he would fit right in next to Kyle Williams to give the Bills a terrific pair of interior linemen.
4. Cincinnati Bengals – A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
This pick all depends on what happens with Carson Palmer. If he’s somehow released or traded, Blaine Gabbert will be the pick. But what better way to entice Palmer to stay then to take the top receiver in the draft? Green may not have tested as well at the combine as Julio Jones, but he has far superior hands, route running and big-play ability.
5. Arizona Cardinals – Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
Since the end of the season, Miller has only boosted his draft stock. He may in fact be one of the top-3 prospects in this draft, but his best fit is as an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Miller has tremendous speed, quickness and agility and should be a pass-rushing force from day one. The Cardinals have the worst pair of starting outside linebackers in the league, so Miller would be an immediate upgrade.