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NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks was back to break down the latest on the NFL Draft with NFL Nation during his weekly live chat on Thursday, March 17. For more, follow Bucky on Twitter @buckybrooks.

  • NFL.com,

    NFL.com,

    Hi everyone, Bucky is on his way and will be with us in a minute.
  • Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    What's up, NFL Nation?! Sorry for the late start. We just shot a few cool videos for Scout's Take that you should find pretty interesting. I know that you guys have a lot of good draft questions, so let's get right to the chat...
  • Bex, Buccs fan, Aberdeen, Scotland

    2:24 PM ET

    Hey Bucky! Loving your articles on the draft, always insightful! I don't think that this years O-line class is as strong as recent years, but a lot of mocks have at least 5 going in the first round. How many do you think are genuinely first round talent and are this many going to go in round 1 due to need rather than being elite? Thanks!
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bex, This year's draft class is pretty intriguing along the offensive line. There are a few prospects with outstanding athleticism and potential, but they will need some time to develop into elite level players. Nate Solder and Tyron Smith are first ones that come to mind, but Derrick Sherrod is another that could blossom as a pro. In regards to the number of guys that will come off the board in the first round, I think that 4 OTs will carry first round grades, and Mike Pouncey will be the other offensive line pick in Round 1.
  • Kenneth, Ocala, FL.

    2:28 PM ET

    I saw your latest mock draft, and saw that you see the Eagles taking Jimmy Smith 23rd overall. Do you think it's more likely to draft Smith, or go after Nmadi Asomugha once free agency eventually starts?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Kenneth, I'm sure the Eagles will explore every avenue for adding talent to their roster, so Nmadi Asomugha will certainly get a long look by the team. However, his price tag is pretty hefty, and the Eagles could be better served to spread that money around to a few other positions. If they opt to add Jimmy Smith or another young corner, they can develop a young core of secondary members that can grow together in the future.
  • Kevin Rowell, Ellerbe N.C.

    2:31 PM ET

    Bucky, could you please tell me why my questions never get answered by any of you? "On this live chat!" Why?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Kevin, Why don't you ask a question and see if it gets answered?
  • adam, sweden

    2:32 PM ET

    are the panthers really going to pick cam newton?+ what is the chance of thme picking a Guy like AJ Green and try to get a Qb in FA??
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Adam, I think the Panthers are considering A.J. Green and a few others besides Cam Newton, but the team needs a quarterback to have any chance of competing in the NFC South. If Ron Rivera and his staff believe that Newton has the potential to blossom into a franchise QB, then they have to pull the trigger regardless of his inexperience. Also, the free agent class of QBs isn't great, and any good quarterback would likely be retained by their previous team based on the lack of quality QBs in the league.
  • adam, NY

    2:36 PM ET

    i read an article the other day comparing Von Miller to Gholston/Maybin. is this a very unfair assesment cuz i watched Miller and he is a 3yr star to me, whereas Maybin/Gholston were 1yr wonders and workout warriors?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Adam, I don't think Miller compares to Maybin and Gholston in any way. Both of those guys only had production for one season, and I believe they were came out early. Miller has a long history of production, and game experience should help him make a smooth transition into the league. I would expect him to become a star as an edge rusher in our league.
  • Brian, Detroit

    2:38 PM ET

    With no standout left tackle, do you see the Lions drafting Mark Ingram? GM Mayhew has said that they need more production from the 2 and 3 WR, Ingram could allow Best to split out and play in space more. Any thoughts?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Brian, I believe the Lions could definitely need an offensive tackle at No. 13. Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo and Tyron Smith are all worthy of consideration at that pick, and any of those players would help the Lions considerably along the line. With respect to Ingram, he is a good, solid running back with excellent skills, but he will not upgrade the Lions'offense more than a good left tackle.
  • Petey , Rea

    2:44 PM ET

    Hey Bucky, who do you have rated as your 3rd best corner and why?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Petey, Jimmy Smith is the third-best corner in this year's draft in my opinion. He has excellent size and athleticism, and is a natural press corner on the edge. His instincts, awareness and aggressiveness stand out on tape, and he could end up as the best corner in the draft when we look back at this year's draft class in a few seasons.
  • James Snook, Toronto, On

    2:45 PM ET

    The colts have the 22nd pick. Do you think they will take an offensive linemen or go defense?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    James, The Colts should upgrade the talent along their offensive line. They struggled protecting the Peyton Manning at times, and they must make sure that he has a clean pocket for their offense to thrive. I would expect them to use multiple picks in this draft to solidify their offensive line at OT and OG.
  • Justin Stone,

    2:49 PM ET

    hey bucky if the panthers adress a need other then dt do you think itl be worth trading into the 2nd roud to get a marvin austin ofcoarse barring we dont give up to much? thanx for the help man!!!
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Justin, Marvin Austin would be a good pick for the Panthers because he has big-time potential and fits a glaring need for the defense. If they can find a way to get back into the top half of the 2nd round, I think that Pantehrs would be wise to pick up Austin, if he is still available.
  • Paul, San Diego

    2:52 PM ET

    It it realistic according to your contacts that Patrick Peterson falls to #t for the 49ers ??? If not what are you hearing would be a realistic 2nd option in your opinion ??? Thanks
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Paul, It's not out of the realm of possibility that Peterson falls to the seventh pick. Most teams would opt to add a QB or a defensive linemen at the top of the draft because good ones are so hard to find. Even though Peterson has exceptional talent, you have to weigh his overall impact potential against the potential of one of the top defensive tackle/ends in the draft. A coach once told me that the defensive line affects the secondary more than the secondary can affect defensive line, so always pick a dominant big player over a dominant skill player in most drafts. Another option for the 49ers could be a pass rusher. Robert Quinn might be their guy if Peterson isn't there.
  • Steve-O, Bay Area

    2:57 PM ET

    Bucky, if Ryan Mallett falls to the middle of the 2nd round, do the Raiders have to jump on him? I'm really not sold on J-Camp.
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Steve-O, I would be shocked if Mallett falls deep into the 2nd, but the Raiders should take him if he is available when they pick. He is a big-time talent with a pro-ready game, and I expect him to have a very successful career in the league. Look for Cincinnati to make a strong push for him if he falls into the 2nd.
  • shawn, kcmo

    2:59 PM ET

    hey bucky whats been up? Who will be the best choice for the Chiefs at pick 21? We need a solid WR and o-line guy, so who will we pick up?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Shawn, I think the Chiefs will go O-Line or pass rusher at No.21. They need a center or right tackle to solidify their line. Mike Pouncey would take care of their center situation, and Tyron Smith, Gabe Carimi and Nate Solder could also shore up the right side of their line.
  • Paco, L.A.

    3:02 PM ET

    Bucky, I saw several Mizzou games. Gabbert was a good player, but he did not stand out at all. He didn't seem special. Now he's supposed to be a top ten pick? What am I missing? And why is his playing in the spread offense not seen as a detriment like it is with Cam Newton?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Paco, Good question. I wrote about it in my latest piece. In short, Gabbert is a pure pocket passer with outstanding physical tools. He can make all of the throws from the pocket, but his accuracy declines sharply on deeper throws. He does appear to get a hall pass on being a spread quarterback, but the league is using more empty formation, which mirrors the offensive system that he directed at Mizzou. I don't believe he is a slam dunk at the position, but he talent makes him intriguing enough to consider in the top half of the first round.
  • Rammel Ceri, ATL, Georgia

    3:07 PM ET

    If you are Bill Belichick and you have to select between Ryan Kerrigan and Cameron Heyward, which one you pick ?
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Rammel, I would pick Ryan Kerrigan over Cameron Heyward. He has outstanding rush skills, and his penchant for creating negative plays gives him the nod in my opinion. Heyward will be a solid pro, as well, but I love Kerrigan's motor and relentlessness off the edge.
  • Zach Scruggs, Trenton, TN

    3:09 PM ET

    Hey Bucky i have a question, the Titans need both a DT and a QB, which do you believe they need more? Without a QB, defenses will just stack 8 guys in the box to stop CJ2K and without a big DT, offenses will just run up the middle on us.
    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Zach, That's tough, but they will attempt to grab a good player at each position. In looking at the draft, this year's defensive line class has good talent at the top of the board, so you they might grab the DT or DE in the 1st round, and come back to nab a QB in the second. The grades will merit where they attack either position, but based on my estimates look for a defensive linemen unless Newton or Gabbert falls into their laps.
  • Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

    Guys, I'm all out of time, but I appreciate you taking the time to send in questions. I would love to answer your questions in a mailbag column later in the week, so feel free to send to me via twitter @buckybrooks or on the official NFL Facebook page. I hope that you have a great weekend.

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