Just adding my two cents on this issue.
I don't think you can overhype LenDale White. Remember, that this was the first year when both were at USC that Reggie Bush actually outplayed White. White has been the fulcrum (besides Leinart) of that offense for the past two years, and only this year did Bush surpass him. IMO, White and Bush are just like Ronnie Brown and Cadillac, but better players and like those two should have an immediate impact for some team in the NFL. Right now, most are saying Houston and Green Bay are likely to wind up with both players. Both teams (assuming they both have the offenses to use both adequately) will get two excellent players.
Yes, Lawson is this year's Ware. He'll get a chance to shine in next weekend's Senior Bowl, and if he has a good week of practice, I'm sure he'll be considered a 1st round pick as a OLB. And may be like Ware, who was considered a late 1st round pick for much of the post-Senior Bowl months, but wound up being the #11 pick. Lawson I could see going #12 to Cleveland, because they are looking for a guy like him at OLB.
Minter's biggest drawback is his lack of INTs on the college level. He only picked off 2 passes. He may be a good player, but a lot of teams will look at him as a "steady" corner rather than a playmaker. His size/speed numbers are good, but this is an odd draft since there are a bunch of big corners available on the first day, which hurt Minter in that he won't stand out like he would in a "normal" CB class.
Most sources indicate that Bunkley is moving up. Ngata is only going to fall in the draft, much like Jimmy Kennedy, Vince Wilfork, Marcus Stroud, and Shaun Rogers did in their draft years. When you're as big as Ngata is (330?), there is no way you can be in shape. Not to mention he hurt his knee in his bowl game, so he'll likely only be in worse shape. Bunkley is a quick interior pass rusher. And although teams still tend to fall in love with the 320-pounders that can run a 4.85 40, many teams are now looking at the classic one-gap DTs more now in the draft. Patterson, Cody, and Babineaux were the #3, #4, and #5 DTs selected last year. You might even lump Luis Castillo (#2) in that group. Outstanding years from Tommie Harris, Rod Coleman, and Kevin Williams in recent years has put an emphasis back on the Wayne Maritn/John Randle type DTs rather than the huge guys. I'm not saying Bunkley is going to be picked first among DTs, but I'd say he's the consensus #2, and his stock should only go up.
About Alex Smith, and the QB situation. Anybody that has looked at recent drafts (2002 and beyond), will notice that teams are putting more emphasis on QBs in ROund 1. Since Vick in 2001, a QB has gone #1 in each draft. But among them, most scouts would probably say only Eli Manning was a true bonafide franchise QB. Palmer wasn't as universally prized in 2003 as he is now. Carr and Smith were the best of a mediocre group of QBs who were just "good enough" to be considered franchise guys. Between 1997-2001, there were 10 QBs taken in Round 1 (avg. of 2 per year). Between 2002-2004, there were 11 (avg. of nearly 4 per year). Teams are putting higher grades on QBs now for a variety of reasons, but a lot of it I think has to do with some notion that teams need to be developing a franchise QB and with the success of Dilfer in 2000, teams no longer have quite the same standards of how good a QB has to be to lead you to ultimate victory. I mean conventional wisdom (as it has developed since 2002) says that the Texans must draft a QB with the #1 pick because they are getting a new coach. And new coaches draft new franchise QBs (see Jason Campbell and Patrick Ramsey).
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.