Former Houston Texans and Washington Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly talked with KJR-AM's Mitch Levy about the upcoming draft and offered his thoughts on some the top players projected to go early in the first round.
Here's some tidbits from the interview.
Casserly predicted Detroit would take Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, and said if he were in Detroit he would also lean that direction.
"They need a quarterback desperately," he said. "They've got some semblance of an offense if they get a quarterback there, and I know they have other needs, too. But this guy has all of the physical skills to play in the league. I think the guy's smart enough. I think the guy's tough enough."
Casserly said USC quarterback Mark Sanchez would benefit from playing in West Coast system because of his marginal arm strength. He also said he liked Stafford more than Sanchez.
However, overall Casserly said he's not thrilled with the quarterback class.
"Weak may be a compliment to be honest with you," Casserly said about this year's crop. "When I think of the Mannings, the (Phillip) Rivers and the (Ben) Roethlisberger coming out, these two guys, they're not in that discussion."
Casserly also offered these thoughts on Crabtree.
"I watched four games on him, and I like him," he said. "I think he's a top ten pick, and I think he's a top ten pick on any draft."
"He doesn't have the big speed, but I think his speed will be functional enough," Casserly went on. "And he's got enough quickness where he can work to beat the press, so I like the guy."
On Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry, Casserly said he's the best linebacker he's seen come out in the last 10 years.
Casserly went on to say he believes Curry's best fit is at strong-side, outside linebacker, and that he could be a Pro Bowler playing in that role.
On Jason Smith and Eugene Monroe left tackle debate, Casserly had this to say.
"I think they're probably the best left tackles of this class," he said. "I think both of them will play in the league. I think they will both be pretty good pass blockers.
"They're not even in the same ballpark as Walter Jones coming out college. I think both need a lot of work in the running game, which a lot of tackles need that work, but they're not even in the same ballpark as Walter Jones coming out of college.
"But again, all you can do is pick the players in this draft. Walter Jones is not in this draft. But I think if Seattle were to take them I think they would have a solid left tackle that can pass block. They're just not going to have the next Walter Jones."
As far as late first round, early second round guys, Casserly likes Connecticut running back Donald Brown and centers Eric Wood from Louisville and Max Unger from Oregon.
Listen to the entire interview in this audio link.