The Skinny: Even despite a questionable combine performance, it’s hard to imagine Ayers not going in the first round. The ball-hawking linebacker is rated 27th overall in the Scouts Inc. Top 32 and performed well enough on UCLA’s pro day to likely keep him in the first round. Most mock drafts currently place Ayers anywhere from No. 21 to Kansas City to 32 for the Green Bay Packers.
The Skinny: Despite lofty statistics and a quality pre-draft performance, Moore lacks two things that NFL scouts drool over: size at safety and speed at corner. Many teams have made inquiries into his cornerback abilities, but Moore’s numbers as UCLA’s starting free safety – nation-leading 10 interceptions in 2009, 77 tackles in 2010 – show versatility and range. Moore should end up early-to-mid second round.
The Skinny: One of the big surprises out of the East-West Shrine Game was the performance of Carter, who wowed scouts during the week of practice and might have pushed himself into the draft. Carter started only one his senior year but became a vocal leader and was one perhaps the team’s only defensive linemen last year. Carter was featured on SI.com as a potential draft sleeper, and some have him as high as the fifth round.
The Skinny: Forbath enters the draft hoping to have answered the many questions tossed his way, questions about his range, his kickoff abilities and his durability. Plagued by a nagging groin injury for much of the year, Forbath’s production slipped from his Lou Groza Award-winning 2009 season. But a booming leg and tremendous consistency when healthy – not to mention a tie for the UCLA career field goal record – should put him in the draft.