Top available: Jason Campbell (Chicago), Chase Daniel (New Orleans), Drew Stanton (Indianapolis), Tyler Thigpen (Buffalo).
Comment: Good luck to any teams hoping to find a starter in this group. But these guys and others will find a job as reserves.
Chiefs situation: The trade for Alex Smith can be completed this week, but the backup situation is muddled. Matt Cassel is on his way out, the Chiefs have shown no interest in re-signing Brady Quinn and that leaves only Ricky Stanzi and Alex Tanney. That leaves the addition of a veteran backup as a possibility.
“There’s a pretty darn good chance that he comes back,” the person said. ”He’s been chasing that Super Bowl for a long time. If I was a betting man, I’d say he’d be on the side of trying to come back.”
Gonzalez, 37, said repeatedly in 2012 that he was “95%” sure he would retire after his 16th NFL season. He raised those odds to “97%” after the Falcons won their divisional-round playoff game against Seattle, the first postseason win of Gonzalez’s career. Gonzalez said the percentages of retiring would have increased to 99% had the Falcons advanced to the Super Bowl instead of losing to San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.
Here’s a look at this week’s top 32 picks:
1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan: I had two coaches tell me Fisher was their top tackle, and a reliable source tell me that Fisher over Luke Joeckel for the top spot. No one knows for sure and either man would be a solid pick.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M: The Jaguars could take a defensive lineman in this spot, but I’ll bet the offensive tackles will have higher grades on the draft board. A solid player with a 12-year career.
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: The Raiders should move down in the draft and acquire more picks but it will be hard to find a partner. Without a second-round pick they simply will not satisfy all their needs in the draft. Floyd is an athletic, explosive defensive lineman and Richard Seymour is gone.