Thursday, March 6, 2014
Donald was unstoppable during the 2013 season and has continued to be unstoppable at the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine. He lived in opponents backfields as he racked up 59 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, broke-up three passes and forced four fumbles last year. Donald embarrassed offensive lineman in the one-on-one's at the Senior Bowl. At the Combine, Donald posted a 4.68 forty, 32" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump, 7.11 three-cone drill and did 35 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Donald is quick off the ball and gets great leverage on offensive lineman. He beats blocks in a blink and disrupts run games. High motor and runs to the ball. Explosive player that is being compared to Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins. At 6'1'' and 285 pounds, Donald lacks ideal size and can get controlled by bigger offensive lineman and double teams. Donald will be a 1st Round pick.
2. Louis Nix, Redshirt Jr. - Notre Dame
At 6'2'' and 331 pounds, Nix is a run stuffing nose tackle in the mold of New England Patriots DT Vince Wilfork. In 2013, Nix compiled 27 tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass break-ups in the eight games he played in. Nix commands constant double teams and will overpower most single blocks. He's pretty quick off the snap and gives effort to chase down ball carriers. Nix could be better at shedding blocks and does a poor job of protecting his legs. He lost over 20 pounds going into the Scouting Combine and needs to keep that weight off to stay in football shape. At the Combine, Nix had a 5.42 forty, 25.5" vertical, 8'1'' broad jump and 8.29 three-cone drill. Nix could have a great 10 year career in the NFL if he can stay healthy and will be selected in the bottom half of the 1st Round on May 8th.
3. RaShede Hageman, Redshirt Sr. - Minnesota
Hageman is a versatile player who struggled being consistent at Minnesota. He has outstanding size at 6'6'' and 310 pounds and could be a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end. Hageman has really high upside and could be great in the NFL if he wants to be. He was average during Senior Bowl week. Hageman registered 38 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, broke-up eight passes and blocked two kicks in 2013. He showed his athleticism at the NFL Combine posting a 5.02 forty, 35.5" vertical, 9'6'' broad jump, 7.87 three-cone drill and 32 reps in bench. Hageman dominates and disappears in games, has good get-off, chases down plays and disrupts passing lanes with his length. He could be more powerful and is too finesse. Hageman doesn't beat single blocks enough for what he's capable of. Hageman was an underachiever in college but his raw potential makes him a 1st Round pick in the NFL Draft.
4. Timmy Jernigan, Jr. - Florida State
Jernigan is a complete defensive tackle that can stuff the run and get after the quarterback. He played in a two-gap system at Florida State but also has the athletic ability to play in a one-gap system. Jernigan is a bit undersized at 6'2'' and 299 pounds with short 31 5/8" arms. He was outstanding in 2013 with 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one pass break-up. Jernigan moves very well for his size and plays with a passion for the game. He beats offensive lineman with his initial quickness off the ball and with his hands. Jernigan holds his ground when double teamed and has good awareness of screens and locating the ball. At the NFL Combine, Jernigan had a 5.06 forty, 29.5" vertical, 8'6'' broad jump and 27 reps in the bench press. Jernigan should develop into a really good player and will be a 1st Round draft choice.
5. Stephon Tuitt, Jr. - Notre Dame
Tuitt is very talented and could play at multiple spots in the NFL including 3-4 and 4-3 defensive end as well as defensive tackle. He has excellent size being 6'5'' and 304 pounds with long arms. Last season for the Irish, Tuitt recorded 49 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two pass break-ups, forced a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown. Tuitt moves great for his size and is pretty stout against the run. He can get upfield with good speed to the quarterback. Tuitt is very strong and did 31 reps in the bench at the NFL Combine. He doesn't get off the ball quickly and needs to develop his pass rushing skills/moves. Tuitt sheds blocks pretty consistently and can also split double teams. Tuitt can play in any NFL defensive scheme and should be an early 2nd Round selection at least in the draft.
6. Ego Ferguson, Redshirt Jr. - LSU
Ferguson has good size at 6'3'' and 315 pounds. In 2013, he piled up 58 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, broke-up three passes and blocked a kick. He's a good athlete that did 24 reps in the bench at the NFL Combine. Ferguson is stout at the point of attack but raw with the use of his hands and being able to shed blocks. Struggled against Mississippi State's Gabe Jackson getting turned easily. He doesn't create much disruption in the backfield. Ferguson should have been more dominating for LSU. He is quick off the ball, plays with instincts and gives effort. Can play in a one or two-gap scheme in the NFL. Ferguson has great potential to be a quality starting defensive tackle in the league if coached up and if he continues to work at it. Ferguson will likely be a 2nd or 3rd Round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
7. DaQuan Jones, Sr. - Penn State
Jones registered 56 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Nittany Lions last season. He's a big man at 6'4'' and 322 pounds. Jones is quick off the snap and drives offensive lineman back into the quarterback's face. He uses his hands great and has some developed pass rush skills. Jones can split double teams and crashes down the line to make plays. Has the ability to play in a 3-4 and 4-3 defense. Jones posted a 5.35 forty, 27.5" vertical, 8'5'' broad jump, 7.73 three-cone drill and 25 reps in the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine. Jones needs to stay conditioned and play at his ideal weight. He doesn't have the athletic ability to chase down plays. Jones is a great defensive tackle that improved each season and should be a 3rd Round selection in May's NFL Draft.
8. Dominique Easley, Sr. - Florida
Easley in an undersized but lightning quick defensive tackle at 6'2'' and 288 pounds. Easley unfortunately tore his ACL three games into his senior year. He tore his ACL in the other knee previously before that so he is a risky prospect. As a junior, Easley racked up 26 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, one pass break-up and a fumble recovery. If Easley can regain his explosion, he could be a special one-gap 4-3 defensive tackle. He shoots gaps fast beating blocks and causing havoc in the backfield. Easley has incredible range to make plays all over the field. Plays with leverage and can be stout against double teams. Does a good job stunting and has experience playing as a five-technique. Easley can struggle against the bigger offensive lineman if they're able to get their hands on him. Easley could be a 3rd Round pick depending on his health.
9. Kelcy Quarles, Jr. - South Carolina
At 6'4'' and 297 pounds, Quarles has good size. Playing next to Jadeveon Clowney, Quarles had 39 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and broke-up a pass last year. He has quick feet and can disrupt plays in the backfield in a hurry. Quarles does a good job disengaging blocks when rushing the passer. Plays with an open shoulder where offensive lineman can't get full control on him. He isn't stout against the run and can't handle double teams getting washed down. Quarles lacks instincts and plays too aggressively. He would be very susceptible to wham blocks in the NFL. Loses his cool pretty easily and has thrown a punch(es) at opponents before. At the NFL Combine, had a 5.03 forty, 23.5" vertical, 8'6'' broad jump and 27 reps in the bench. Quarles has upside and should be a 3rd Round selection in the NFL Draft.
10. Anthony Johnson, Jr. - LSU
Nicknamed "The Freak", Johnson has pretty good size at 6'2'' and 308 pounds. Johnson recorded 35 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception and broke-up a pass for the Tigers in the 2013 season. He posted a 5.24 forty, 24.5" vertical, 8'6'' broad jump, 7.93 three-cone drill and 20 reps in the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. Johnson has outstanding reaction to the snap and has enough athletic ability to chase plays down. Has a high motor and shoots gaps well. He stacks and sheds offensive lineman in the run game and on his way to the QB. Johnson has raw ability and isn't even close to doing what he is capable of. He needs to get stronger, develop pass rush moves, be more consistent and be more stout at the point of attack. Johnson will likely be a 3rd or 4th Round draft coice.
Best of the Rest
11. Daniel McCullers, Sr. - Tennessee
12. Caraun Reid, Redshirt Sr. - Princeton
13. Will Sutton, Redshirt Sr. - Arizona State
14. DeAndre Coleman, Redshirt Sr. - California
15. Justin Ellis, Redshirt Sr. - Louisiana Tech
16. Brent Urban, Sr. - Virginia
17. Calvin Barnett, Sr. - Oklahoma State
18. Zack Kerr, Redshirt Sr. - Delaware
19. Bruce Gaston, Sr. - Purdue
20. Jay Bromley, Sr. - Syracuse
21. Shamar Stephen, Redshirt Sr. - Connecticut
22. Ryan Carrethers, Redshirt Sr. - Arkansas State
23. Jeoffrey Pagan, Jr. - Alabama
24. Eathyn Manumaleuna, Redshirt Sr. - BYU
25. Chris Whaley, Redshirt Sr. - Texas
26. Demonte McAllister, Redshirt Sr. - Florida State
27. Garrison Smith, Sr. - Georgia
28. Lawrence Virgil, Sr. - Valdosta State
29. Beau Allen, Sr. - Wisconsin
30. Khyri Thornton, Redshirt Sr. - Southern Miss
31. Kerry Hyder, Redshirt Sr. - Texas Tech
32. Jamie Meder, Sr. - Ashland
33. Ken Bishop, Sr. - Northern Illinois
34. Ricky Havili-Heimuli, Sr. - Oregon
35. Tenny Palepoi, Sr. - Utah
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Clowney is a physical specimen and is the LeBron James of this years NFL Draft. Players of Clowney's natural ability just don't come around very often. At 6'5'' and 266 pounds, Clowney had a 4.53 forty, 37.5" vertical, 10'4'' broad jump, 7.27 three-cone drill and 21 reps of 225 pounds in the bench at the NFL Combine. He will be a Top 5 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft but should be taken No. 1 overall. Last season, Clowney racked up 40 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass break-ups and forced a fumble. Clowney is very quick off the ball and can blow right by offensive tackles. He disrupts the backfield against the run and chases down the line of scrimmage from the backside. Clowney can split double teams and plays with great leverage. He needs to play with a more consistent motor and needs to mature.
2. Kareem Martin, Sr. - North Carolina
Martin had a huge year for the Tar Heels in 2013 on defense. He piled up 82 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, broke-up three passes and forced three fumbles. Martin had an impressive NFL Combine having a 4.72 forty, 35.5" vertical, 10'9'' broad jump, 7.2 three-cone drill and 22 reps in the bench. He has outstanding size at 6'6'' and 272 pounds with long 35" arms. Martin has big upside if he could translate his natural speed and explosiveness onto the field. He could play with more power and effort than he does. Martin can beat double teams and shoots gaps well to disrupt the backfield. Smart player that wraps up when tackling. He could be stronger against the run if he played with better pad level. Martin isn't quick off the ball. Martin has All-Pro potential but needs to work at it and will likely be a 2nd Round pick.
3. Kony Ealy, Redshirt Jr. - Missouri
Ealy has great size at 6'4'' and 273 pounds. Ealy has a pretty similar skill set as former Missouri Tiger Aldon Smith of the 49ers. In 2013, Ealy recorded 42 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, broke-up six passes, forced three fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown. He had a 4.92 forty, 31" vertical, 9'6'' broad jump, 6.83 three-cone drill and 22 reps in the bench at the Scouting Combine. Ealy is quick off the ball and can close in on quarterbacks in a hurry. He plays with a good motor and doesn't give up on plays going away from him. Ealy does stunts real well and gets his hands in the air to bat passes down. Good swim and spin move. He's pretty stout against the run and sheds blocks. Ealy needs to work on his leverage and using his hands better. He has upside and should be a late 1st Round selection.
4. Trent Murphy, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
Murphy is a versatile player that could be a 4-3 defensive end if he puts on weight or a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. He has a big frame at 6'5'' and 250 pounds. Murphy has very fluid hips and good explosion but lacks top end speed. At the NFL Combine, Murphy had a 4.86 forty, 35.5" vertical, 9'10'' broad jump, 6.78 three-cone drill, 4.2 twenty yard shuttle and 19 reps in the bench press. He is a very high motor guy that crashes down the line of scrimmage making tackles from the backside. Murphy sets the edge and gets great leverage on blockers controlling them with his hands. He registered 62 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, six pass break-ups, forced two fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown during the 2013 season. Murphy is a better fit in a 4-3 defense but needs to get stronger. He should be a 2nd Round pick in the NFL Draft.
5. Scott Crichton, Redshirt Jr. - Oregon State
Crichton has a good build at 6'3'' and 273 pounds. He's a relentless defensive end that uses all of his power. Crichton uses his hands getting under and around offensive tackles on his way to the quarterback. Quick off the ball, has a nice swim move and can spin/shed off of blocks. Crichton can get pushed around too much against the run and gets sucked in on reverses losing contain. He lacks explosiveness and has short 32 3/4" arms. Crichton posted 47 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, broke-up three passes, forced three fumbles and recovered a fumble for Oregon State last year. At the NFL Combine, Crichton had a 4.84 forty, 31.5" vertical, 9' broad jump, 7.19 three-cone drill and did 24 reps in the bench press. Good player that can hit hard and rush the QB but lacks upside. Crichton will probably be a 2nd Round pick in May.
6. Chris Smith, Sr. - Arkansas
At 6'1'' and 266 pounds, Smith is a tweener that could be used as a pass rushing specialist in the 4-3 defense and is athletic enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4. He has great burst off the line and can get past offensive lineman in a hurry. Last season, Smith recorded 36 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and broke-up one pass. Smith has a great motor and continually will chase after quarterbacks and makes tackles from the backside. He does a nice job at setting the edge. Gets good extension. Smith needs to develop more pass rush moves and is too easy to block at times. He could be a liability against the run but can shoot the gaps to get some disruption in the backfield. Smith had a 4.71 forty, 37" vertical, 10'1'' broad jump, 7.55 three-cone drill and 28 reps in the bench. He'll probably have his named called in the 3rd Round.
7. James Gayle, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech
Gayle is another tweener who could add weight to his 6'4'' and 259 pound frame and be a solid 4-3 defensive end. Gayle racked up 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, six sacks, forced a fumble and broke-up one pass for the Hokies in 2013. He's has great speed, explosion, and flexibility for his size. Gayle has an unstoppable spin move that he uses to sack quarterbacks but doesn't have anything outside of that. He performed good at the NFL Combine with a 4.7 forty, 37" vertical, 10'2'' broad jump, 7.19 three-cone drill and 26 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench. Gayle can get washed down against the run but also makes tackles all over the field. He can drop in zone but would struggle in coverage if converted into a 3-4 outside linebacker. Gayle has good ability and should be a 4th Round selection in May's NFL Draft.
8. Will Clarke, Redshirt Sr. - West Virginia
Clarke has excellent size at 6'6'' and 271 pounds with 34 5/8" arm length. He could also bulk up and be a 3-4 defensive end. Clarke gets great extension into offensive lineman and can overpower them. He has good snap reaction. Can beat lineman inside against the run and on his way to the passer. Keeps working to the quarterback and gives excellent effort chasing plays from behind. Clarke tends to play too high, doesn't move that well side to side and isn't very explosive. At the NFL Combine, Clarke posted a 4.77 forty, 32" vertical, 9'4'' broad jump, 7.26 three-cone drill and did 22 reps in the bench press. He piled up 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks, three pass break-ups and forced a fumble for the Mountaineers last season. Clarke has potential to be a good player in the NFL and should be a 4th Round draft choice.
9. Ed Stinson, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama
Stinson is a defensive end that made a big impact for Alabama's base 3-4 defense. Last season, Stinson registered 41 tackles, two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass break-up. He's very strong and sets the edge. Very stout against the run and isn't easily moved. Stinson gets into offensive lineman and pushes the pocket generating pressure on quarterbacks. He hustles to the football. Great size at 6'3'' and 287 pounds for a 3-4 defensive end. Stinson is a hard worker that does the little things. Willing to play special teams. He isn't that quick of the ball and doesn't get off blocks or break double teams good enough. Stinson is a team player that will likely be selected around the 5th Round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
10. Larry Webster, Redshirt Sr. - Bloomsburg
Webster is a very high upside prospect with a ton of athletic ability and big frame. He'll be a project in the NFL but that's what coaches are for. To coach him up and turn him into an impact player on Sunday's. At 6'6'' and 252 pounds, he needs to bulk up and get stronger to be a defensive end in the NFL. Webster compiled 49 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and recovered a fumble in 2013. Only played college football for two years. Webster can get to the QB in few steps and does a nice job of pursuing down the line. He is quick off the ball most of the time. Webster needs to develop pass rushing skills and lacks power. He has a basketball background and teams have asked about him possibly switching to tight end. Webster had a 4.58 forty, 36.5" vertical, 10'3'' broad jump and 17 reps in bench. An NFL team should take a flier on him in the 5th or 6th Round.
Best of the Rest
11. George Uko, Redshirt Jr. - USC
12. Aaron Lynch, Redshirt Soph. - South Florida
13. Zach Moore, Redshirt Sr. - Concordia
14. Josh Mauro, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
15. Michael Sam, Redshirt Sr. - Missouri
16. Ben Gardner, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
17. Chaz Sutton, Redshirt Sr. - South Carolina
18. Cassius Marsh, Sr. - UCLA
19. Taylor Hart, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon
20. Ethan Westbrooks, Sr. - West Texas A&M
21. IK Enemkpali, Redshirt Sr. - Louisiana Tech
22. Denico Autry, Sr. - Mississippi State
23. Colton Underwood, Sr. - Illinois State
24. Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Sr. - Colorado
25. Walker May, Redshirt Sr. - Vanderbilt
26. Kenny Anunike, Redshirt Sr. - Duke
27. Ryne Giddins, Redshirt Sr. - South Florida
28. Colby Way, Sr. - Buffalo
29. Jamil Merrell, Redshirt Sr. - Rutgers
30. Jason Ankrah, Redshirt Sr. - Nebraska
31. J.R. Collins, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech
32. Jake Metz, Sr. - Shippensburg
33. Terrence Fede, Redshirt Sr. - Marist
34. Tevin Mims, Sr. - South Florida
35. Kristopher Redding, Redshirt Sr. - Wake Forest
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles QB, Central Florida
The Texans are most likely going to take a quarterback and Bortles could rocket up as their No. 1 QB on the board come May 8th. New head coach Bill O'Brien also doesn't seem like a guy who wants to deal with characters like DE Jadeveon Clowney and QB Johnny Manziel. Bortles fits the mold of a prototypical NFL QB and is being compared to Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger but with more athletic ability.
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
Rams OT Jake Long will be coming back from a torn ACL/MCL in 2014 and OT Rodger Saffold is a free agent this offseason. Robinson is already a dominant run blocker and has all the physical capabilities of being a top notch franchise left tackle for 10+ years.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
Jacksonville struggled last year again rushing the passer and Clowney is a rare talent that actually played very well this past season despite what the numbers said. He'd be a great building block for the Jaguars and head coach Gus Bradley will definitely be able to motivate Clowney.
4. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
Watkins gives Cleveland an excellent No. 2 receiver to start the 2014 season alongside Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon. Watkins is probably a better prospect than all of the quarterbacks in the draft anyway so it's great value. He'll be a Top 10 receiver in the NFL sooner than later.
5. Oakland Raiders - Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Oakland needs a franchise quarterback. QB's Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin both did ok last season but most likely are just not good enough as a starting NFL quarterback. Bridgewater has a lot of tools to be a great NFL QB. He's also probably the best QB in the draft as of right now. But question marks about his lean frame may make him fall a bit in the NFL Draft.
6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
Mack ran a 4.53 forty at his Pro Day so the Falcons won't pass up on him if he's here for them despite how bad their offensive line is. Atlanta's defensive line didn't get much pressure on QB's in 2013. Mack is a freak of nature and has the upside to be better than Broncos OLB Von Miller.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M
Matthews is practically a sure bet to be a great offensive lineman in the NFL. He was stellar blocking for his QB Johnny Manziel in college the last two years at right and left tackle. Matthews also has those NFL bloodlines as his father, Bruce Matthews, was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman in the NFL and one of his cousins happens to be current Packers OLB Clay Matthews.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
The Vikings QB situation was an embarrassment in 2013. Christian Ponder is not a starting quarterback in the NFL. Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel aren't either and likely won't be back. Johnny Manziel will bring some excitement to the Vikings fan base and hopefully be the guy to help get the Vikings back to a Super Bowl and actually win it.
9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans WR, Texas A&M
The Bills don't have a legit No. 1 wide receiver and Evans could be a perfect fit for their offense. Both WR's Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods are No. 2 options at best. Evans is that big, physical WR that teams need and would really help QB E.J. Manuel.
10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma State
The Lions lack a No. 1 cornerback and they have for a long time. The secondary has to be upgraded in order for their talented defensive line to get some more time to get after QB's. Gilbert picked off seven passes for the Cowboys in 2013 and is also a great return man which is an added bonus.
11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr OLB, UCLA
With the Titans switching to a 3-4 defense; they'll need a player of Barr's ability to rush the passer off the edge. Barr is a great athlete and very long. He might not fall to the Titans but they'd be certainly happy if he did. Taylor Lewan could be taken here too if Barr isn't available.
12. New York Giants - Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
LT Will Beatty wasn't good this year and is more suited for the right side. Last years 1st Round pick Justin Pugh could move inside to guard if the Giants decide to take Lewan to protect QB Eli Manning's blindside. Michigan's offensive line was terrible in 2013 but it definitely wasn't Lewan's fault. Lewan would be a much needed addition for the Giants.
13. St. Louis Rams - Hasean Clinton-Dix FS, Alabama
The Rams need someone that can play next to SS T.J. McDonald. Clinton-Dix is probably the best safety in the draft and would be a good addition to the Rams defense that is an arms race in the NFC West division to have the best defense they can.
14. Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald DT, Pittsburgh
Donald ran a 4.68 in the forty at 285 pounds. He has rocketed up the draft boards ever since his stellar week at the Senior Bowl where he dominated everyone. Donald also has those comparing him to Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins. The Bears couldn't stop any running attack last year and Donald will have an impact immediately as Chicago rebuilds their once great defense.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darqueze Dennard CB, Michigan State
Pittsburgh's defense is old and definitely needs more youth. Dennard had a great season for Michigan State in 2013 and could replace Steelers CB Ike Taylor who will be 34 when the 2014 NFL season starts. Dennard is a physical cornerback that will excel in the Steelers defense.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Timmy Jernigan DT, Florida State
The Cowboys defensive line was made up with a lot of guys that no one else wanted last year. Jernigan would bring some stability on the defensive line for the Cowboys and be a disruptive force. Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher is also a soon to be 32 year old free agent who will look to get paid by someone else.
17. Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley ILB, Alabama
Baltimore needs a guy like Mosley on their defense. ILB Daryl Smith is a free agent and the Ravens just released ILB Jameel McClain. Mosley was the leader for Alabama's defense last season and could definitely be the pick if the Ravens aren't able to re-sign Smith.
18. New York Jets - Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina
Both Kellen Winslow and Jeff Cumberland are free agents and Ebron would be an upgrade over both of them. The selection of Ebron would give QB Geno Smith an athletic target to stretch the middle of the field. Geno Smith's weapons were inept for most of last year. Ebron is a poor man's Vernon Davis.
19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin OT, Notre Dame
Miami's offensive line was a complete mess on and off the field in 2013. Both OT Jonathan Martin and OG Richie Incognito will most likely not be back which could be seen as a good thing. Martin started in over 50 games for the Fighting Irish and can also play guard which could be his best position in the NFL due to his short arms.
20. Arizona Cardinals - RaShede Hageman DT/DE, Minnesota
DE Darnell Dockett will be 33 years old and is on the decline. DE Matt Shaughnessy is a free agent. Hageman is very long and put up good numbers at the NFL Combine. Hageman has really good potential and could be great in the NFL if he wants to be. He was average during Senior Bowl week but still should be a 1st Round selection despite being inconsistent at Minnesota.
21. Green Bay Packers - Louis Nix DT, Notre Dame
Nix has lost weight which is good and he would be a replacement for DT B.J. Raji who will probably leave in free agency. Nix is a great player when healthy and could dominate the middle for the Packers defense for years to come.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Calvin Pryor FS, Louisville
Philadelphia needs defensive backs after allowing a ton of yardage through the air in 2013. S Nate Allen is a free agent and S Patrick Chung isn't very good. Pryor is a hard hitting safety that is just as good as Hasean Clinton-Dix in the draft. He'll probably be the one that gets fined the most in today's NFL though.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee WR, USC
Kansas City doesn't have a No. 2 receiver and WR Dwayne Bowe is an average No. 1 wide receiver. Lee is a big time receiver that is tough to get a hold of in open space. QB Alex Smith needs more weapons to throw to besides WR Donnie Avery, Bowe and a screen pass to RB Jamaal Charles.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Kony Ealy DE, Missouri
Ealy has a pretty similar skill set as former Missouri Tiger Aldon Smith who is a special player in the NFL now with the San Francisco 49ers. Ealy would help maintain the Bengals pass rush if they lose DE Michael Johnson as a free agent. Ealy is also a bigger defensive end that the Bengals seem to like.
25. San Diego Chargers - Dee Ford OLB, Auburn
Ford made money at the Senior Bowl with his ridiculous first step and explosiveness. San Diego could use a pass rushing outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense and Ford could develop into a Pro Bowl caliber player. The Chargers had trouble replacing Shaun Phillips last season. Ford wasn't cleared to participate at the NFL Scouting Combine which is something to watch.
26. Cleveland Browns - Derek Carr QB, Fresno State
Rumor has it that Cleveland's guy at quarterback in this years draft is Carr. Carr isn't worth a Top 25 pick but at No. 26 overall, it would make sense. Cleveland needs stability at quarterback desperately and hopefully Carr will be better than his older brother was in the NFL.
27. New Orleans Saints - Jason Verrett CB, TCU
The Saints have already cut CB Jabari Greer this offseason and Verrett had an excellent NFL Scouting Combine and could be a great nickel corner for Rob Ryan's defense. Verrett is a tough, scrappy guy that plays bigger than his 5'9'' height and will give fits to opposing wide receivers in the NFL.
28. Carolina Panthers - Odell Beckham WR, LSU
QB Cam Newton needs weapons on the outside. WR Steve Smith isn't getting any younger and both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn are free agents this offseason. Beckham has great speed and great hands and will make an excellent No. 2 receiver in the NFL.
29. New England Patriots - Kelvin Benjamin WR, Florida State
The Patriots struggled in the redzone without TE Rob Gronkowski last season. They need height at the WR position and a redzone threat as Gronkowski recovers from a torn ACL. At 6'5'' and 240 pounds, Benjamin has the potential to be a true No. 1 WR for the Patriots which none of the Patriots current receivers have the ability to be.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech
CB Tarell Brown is a free agent and CB Carlos Rogers will be 33 years old next season. The 49ers can reload by drafting Fuller who is an explosive athlete with good speed and height. San Francisco needs cornerbacks obviously as they resorted to signing Eric Wright and Nnamdi Asomugha in 2013.
31. Denver Broncos - Xavier Su'a-Filo OG, UCLA
OG Zane Beadles is a free agent and Su'a-Filo would be an upgrade over him. QB Peyton Manning needs his protection in the pocket and Su'a-Filo is an athletic guard that can pass protect and get movement in the run game. The Broncos stuck to the run game in 2013 which makes offensive line added importance.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Cyrus Kouandjio OT, Alabama
Kouandjio's draft stock is up in the air after not performing well at the NFL Combine and failing some team physicals because of his knee. Seattle's offensive line isn't that good and OT Breno Giacomini is a free agent. Kouandjio could be a dominant right tackle in the NFL and would help RB Marshawn Lynch out a lot.
33. Houston Texans - Morgan Moses OT, Virginia
34. Washington Redskins - Stephon Tuitt DE, Notre Dame
35. Cleveland Browns - Bradley Roby CB, Ohio State
36. Oakland Raiders - Scott Crichton DE, Oregon State
37. Atlanta Falcons - Jace Amaro TE, Texas Tech
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Gabe Jackson OG, Mississippi State
40. Minnesota Vikings - Trent Murphy DE, Stanford
41. Buffalo Bills - Ryan Shazier OLB, Ohio State
42. Tennessee Titans - Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee
43. New York Giants - Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE, Washington
44. St. Louis Rams - Allen Robinson WR, Penn State
45. Detroit Lions - Kareem Martin DE, North Carolina
46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dominique Easley DT/DE, Florida
47. Dallas Cowboys - David Yankey OG, Stanford
48. Baltimore Ravens - Marcus Martin OC, USC
49. New York Jets - Davante Adams WR, Fresno State
50. Miami Dolphins - Tre Mason RB, Auburn
51. Chicago Bears - Kyle Van Noy OLB, BYU
52. Arizona Cardinals - Joel Bitonio OT, Nevada
53. Green Bay Packers - Carl Bradford OLB, Arizona State
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Marcus Roberson CB, Florida
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Lamarcus Joyner CB, - Florida State
56. San Francisco 49ers - Jordan Matthews WR, Vanderbilt
57. San Diego Chargers - Jaylen Watkins CB, Florida
58. New Orleans Saints - Jimmie Ward S, Northern Illinois
59. Indianapolis Colts - Weston Richburg OC, Colorado State
60. Carolina Panthers - JaWuan James OT, Tennessee
61. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremiah Attaochu OLB, Georgia Tech
62. New England Patriots - Troy Niklas TE, Norte Dame
63. Denver Broncos - Donte Moncrief WR, Ole Miss
64. Seattle Seahawks - Brandon Thomas OG, Clemson
65. Houston Texans - Trevor Reilly OLB, Utah
66. Washington Redskins - Pierre Desir CB, Lindenwood
67. Oakland Raiders - Terrence Brooks FS, Florida State
68. Atlanta Falcons - Kelcy Quarles DT, South Carolina
69. New York Jets - Marcus Smith OLB, Louisville
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Zach Mettenberger QB, LSU
71. Cleveland Browns - Carlos Hyde RB, Ohio State
72. Minnesota Vikings - Keith McGill CB, Utah
73. Buffalo Bills - Dakota Dozier OG, Furman
74. New York Giants - Telvin Smith OLB, Florida State
75. St. Louis Rams - Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB, Nebraska
76. Detroit Lions - Martavis Bryant WR, Clemson
77. San Francisco 49ers - Deone Bucannon SS, Washington State
78. Dallas Cowboys - Jackson Jeffcoat DE, Texas
79. Baltimore Ravens - Jack Mewhort OT, Ohio State
80. New York Jets - Billy Turner OT/OG, North Dakota State
81. Miami Dolphins - Ego Ferguson DT, LSU
82. Chicago Bears - Ed Reynolds FS, Stanford
83. Cleveland Browns - Yawin Smallwood ILB, Connecticut
84. Arizona Cardinals - Jimmy Garoppolo QB, Eastern Illinois
85. Green Bay Packers - Shayne Skov ILB, Stanford
86. Philadelphia Eagles - Demarcus Lawrence OLB, Boise State
87. Kansas City Chiefs - Bashaud Breeland CB, Clemson
88. Cincinnati Bengals - DaQuan Jones DT, Penn State
89. San Diego Chargers - Paul Richardson WR, Colorado
90. Indianapolis Colts - Chris Smith OLB, Arkansas
91. New Orleans Saints - Travis Swanson OC, Arkansas
92. Carolina Panthers - Louchiez Purifoy CB, Florida
93. New England Patriots - Victor Hampton CB, South Carolina
94. San Francisco 49ers - Christian Jones ILB, Florida State
95. Denver Broncos - Anthony Johnson DT, LSU
96. Minnesota Vikings - Dion Bailey S, USC
Monday, March 3, 2014
2013 was Martin's first season starting at center after starting at guard the previous two seasons. Martin has great size at 6'3'' and 320 pounds with 34" arms. He's is very quick off the ball and gets to the second level to reach linebackers easily. At the second level, he needs to play under more control as he tends to overrun moving targets. Martin gets good movement in the run game and seals off defensive tackles. Held his own against Notre Dame's Louis Nix. Martin gets good extension getting into defenders and plays with a great base in pass pro. He needs to get stronger (23 reps in bench). Martin is versatile, has great upside and will probably be a 2nd or 3rd Round pick in the NFL Draft.
2. Weston Richburg, Redshirt Sr. - Colorado State
Richburg was a dependable center for the Rams and started in all 50 games. At 6'3'' and 298 pounds, Richburg has pretty good size and is a good athlete. He's helped his stock with strong showings at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the Combine, Richburg had a 5.1 forty, did 25 reps of 225 pounds in bench, 25.5" vertical, 8'10'' broad jump and 4.63 twenty yard shuttle. He doesn't get much movement in the run game but drives his legs. Can pull and make blocks downfield on screen plays. Richburg could do better at sustaining blocks. In pass pro, Richburg has great technique with a great base and slides his feet to mirror pass rushers. He made all the calls at the line and could be a 2nd Round draft choice.
3. Travis Swanson, Redshirt Sr. - Arkansas
Swanson has outstanding size at 6'5'' and 312 pounds. He doesn't have the athleticism or strength to be a great center in the NFL. Swanson had a good week at the Senior Bowl and held up in the one-on-one drills. Swanson had a 5.28 forty, 20 reps in the bench press, 26" vertical, 7'11'' broad jump, and 4.65 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is good in pass pro playing with a good anchor. Swanson needs work in the run game. He gets blown back too much and doesn't play with balance being on the ground a lot. Swanson can make blocks at the second level and can pull decently. Swanson started 50 games for the Razorbacks and plays with a mean streak. He should be a 3rd Round pick.
4. Tyler Larsen, Sr. - Utah State
Larsen started 52 games for Utah State and was a three-time 1st-team All-WAC offensive lineman. Good size at 6'4'' and 313 pounds. He's very good in pass protection and takes on incoming blitzers effortlessly. Larsen overextends his arms in the run game which causes him to fall off of blocks. Reason being he has short 31 1/2" arms. Larsen is very strong and did 36 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. He's not a very explosive or fluid athlete though. Larsen posted a 23.5" vertical, 8'6'' broad jump, 8.22 three-cone drill and 4.7 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. He can pull and make blocks at the second level and plays with high effort. Larsen will probably be a 4th or 5th Round selection in May.
5. Bryan Stork, Redshirt Sr. - Florida State
Stork was the Remington Trophy winner as college's best center in 2013. He's got excellent size at 6'4'' and 315 pounds. Stork isn't very powerful or strong but gets good positioning on defenders and seals them off creating running lanes. He is athletic enough to pull and reach blocks at the second level but can overrun his target at times. In pass pro, Stork can struggle against the quicker defensive lineman and allows them to get around him. Has outstanding technique otherwise with his base, footwork and use of hands. Stork also played some at guard and is a smart, hard worker that gives outstanding effort. Stork is a good player with great technique to make up for his average athleticism and should be taken around the 5th Round.
6. Russell Bodine, Redshirt Jr. - North Carolina
Bodine is versatile being able to play center and guard in the NFL. At 6'3'' and 310 pounds, he has pretty good size and had a successful NFL Combine performance. There, he had a 5.18 forty, 42 reps in the bench, 29" vertical, 9'1'' broad jump, and 4.66 twenty yard shuttle. For as much athletic ability and strength as he has, Bodine should be a better player but looks clumsy on tape. He gets good position on defenders walling them off in the run game but doesn't drive his feet. Bodine gets to the second level and can pull with effectiveness. He's late to switch off of blocks and can get beat on quick moves in pass pro. Bodine has decent upside and will improve with better technique. He should be a 5th Round pick.
7. Gabe Ikard, Redshirt Sr. - Oklahoma
Ikard is a very smart center who started 50 games and was a three-time 1st-team All-Big 12 selection. He has outstanding hip flexibility and had a 7.3 second 3-cone drill and 4.37 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ikard has decent size at 6'4'' and 304 pounds. Lacks explosiveness and strength in the run game giving up ground. He can chip block and work up to his guy at the second level great. Ikard has great technique and uses his hands well to turn defenders. Dependable is pass protection sliding his feet to mirror defenders as well as setting a solid anchor. Ikard made the calls and set the protections for the Sooners and will likely be a 6th Round pick.
8. Jonotthan Harrison, Redshirt Sr. - Florida
At 6'3'' and 303 pounds, Harrison has good size. He has a good amount of explosiveness and power to his game but lacks lateral movement. Harrison doesn't get a strong initial punch into defenders which slows him down in getting movement in the run game. Needs to work on driving his legs. Harrison is able to execute blocks at the second level but isn't very effective as a puller. He does a nice job in pass pro playing with a great base and is able to switch off of blocks and handle incoming blitzers. At the NFL Combine, Harrison had a 5.15 forty, 27 reps in bench, 27" vertical, 9'5'' broad jump and 4.86 twenty yard shuttle. He has 6th or 7th Round value in the NFL Draft.
9. James Stone, Redshirt Sr. - Tennessee
Stone gets good movement in the run game driving his legs at 6'4'' and 306 pounds. He often plays too high allowing defenders to get leverage on him. Stone is an above average athlete that lacks strength and doesn't always fight to finish blocks. He's stout in pass protection and mirrors defenders nicely. Stone had a 5.17 forty yard dash, 22 reps in bench, 27.5" vertical, 8'9'' broad jump, 8.16 three-cone drill and 4.63 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. Stone can make blocks on the move and has great body control. Stone is experienced and played some guard. He'll likely be a 7th Round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
10. Corey Linsley, Redshirt Sr. - Ohio State
Linsley is a bit undersized at 6'3'' and 296 pounds with short 32" arms. Very strong athlete that generates push in the running game. He benched 225 pounds 36 times and posted a 27" vertical at the NFL Combine. Linsley drives his legs and pile drives defenders down the line of scrimmage. He does a decent job making blocks at the second level but doesn't have good speed pulling. Linsley has a solid base and uses his hands great in pass pro. He doesn't mirror defenders all that great and will get beat by quicker defensive tackles in the NFL. Linsley has little upside and likely is a 7th Round selection in the NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Zac Kerin, Redshirt Sr. - Toledo
12. Matt Armstrong, Redshirt Sr. - Grand Valley State
13. Matt Paradis, Redshirt Sr. - Boise State
14. Khalil Wilkes, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
15. Dillon Farrell, Redshirt Sr. - New Mexico
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Jackson is a big guy at 6'3'' and 336 pounds. He moves defensive tackles in the run game and seals them off creating huge holes. Decent movement in space and can pull if needed. Jackson gets off the ball and wins battles with his hands and leverage. He has good technique in pass pro mirroring defenders. Strong player that did 30 reps in the bench press and great explosion for his size with a 29" vertical and 9' broad jump. Jackson could improve his run blocking by driving his feet to bury defenders. He's tough and dependable starting all 52 games in his 4-year career. Jackson ran just a 5.51 forty and struggles sometimes to cut off linebackers in the second level. Jackson should be selected in the late-1st or early-2nd Round and could be 2014's Larry Warford.
2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, Redshirt Jr. - UCLA
Su'a-Filo is a very good athletic guard that also has experience playing tackle. At 6'4'' and 307 pounds, Su'a-Filo is good in pass pro with good knee bend and uses his hands getting into opponents chests. He has no troubles pulling, trapping and getting to linebackers at the second level. Su'a-Filo had a 5.04 forty and 4.44 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. He gets good movement in the run game and washes down defenders along the line of scrimmage. Su'a-Filo could have trouble standing his ground against the bigger, stronger defensive tackles in the NFL. He needs to do a better job at switching off of blocks. Su'a-Filo plays with tenacity and should be a 2nd Round draft choice.
3. David Yankey, Redshirt Jr. - Stanford
Yankey has great size at 6'6'' and 315 pounds. He's very versatile and played four of the five spots along the offensive line for Stanford. Yankey does a good job pulling. He uses great technique run blocking and pass blocking. Yankey anchors well in pass pro and mirrors defenders. Yankey isn't a good athlete and had a 5.48 forty. He has average explosiveness and fluidity getting movement in the run game and reaching defenders at the second level. Yankey doesn't have great balance and falls off of blocks sometimes soon after contact. Yankey is a very smart and dependable guard that an NFL team will probably select in the 2nd Round.
4. Brandon Thomas, Redshirt Sr. - Clemson
At 6'3'' and 317 pounds with long 34 3/4" arms, Thomas has good size who will probably make the move inside to guard after playing left tackle in college. He does a great job in pass pro playing with a solid base, good bend, and using his hands. Thomas mirrors defenders well and does a good job of switching off of blocks. He ran a 5.09 forty and benched 225 pounds 35 times at the NFL Combine. Thomas has good feet and is athletic enough to pull and reach the second level. He doesn't get much movement in the run game but has the ability to get better. Thomas had a good Senior Bowl week and will probably be a 3rd or 4th Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
5. Cyril Richardson, Redshirt Sr. - Baylor
Richardson is a good sized guard at 6'5'' and 329 pounds. His stock is falling after a terrible Senior Bowl week and below average testing results at the NFL Scouting Combine. Richardson is great in the run game getting movement and sealing off defenders opening up running lanes. Good puller. He doesn't explode off the snap and doesn't always sustain his blocks. Richardson was abused in the one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl showing a very weak anchor and base. Stands around if no one is in front of him to block in pass pro. Richardson had a 5.36 forty, 25.5" vertical, 7'7'' broad jump and 4.83 twenty yard shuttle at the Combine. Richardson has potential to be good but needs to play with more intensity. He shouldn't be drafted until the 3rd Round.
6. Dakota Dozier, Redshirt Sr. - Furman
Dozier was a very good lineman at the FCS level and showed he could play against the better competition during East-West Shrine week. He played left tackle for Furman but will likely move inside for the NFL. Dozier is 6'4'' and 313 pounds. He plays with a mean streak and gets after it in the run game. In pass pro, Dozier stonewalled opponents with a solid anchor and base. He needs to get better with his hand placement and technique which will be taught in the NFL. Dozier is not a strong (23 reps in bench press), fast (5.42 forty), explosive (24" vertical) or agile (4.89 twenty yard shuttle) athlete. Dozier will be a good project type player for an NFL team to develop and he'll likely be a 3rd Round pick in the draft.
7. Trai Turner, Redshirt Soph. - LSU
Turner is compactly built at 6'3'' and 310 pounds. He can maul defenders in the run game and plays with some nastiness. Turner is a big boy that can move running a 4.93 forty yard dash at the NFL Combine. He's quick off the snap and really latches on driving back defensive lineman. Turner can pull pretty well and gets his hands on defenders at the second level. Turner is solid in pass pro with a very strong base and anchor. He needs to refine his overall technique and is out of control and sloppy at times. Turner probably should have stayed another year at LSU but has the raw ability to be a very good starter in the NFL when he is coached up and gets experience. He has the potential to be drafted around the 4th Round.
8. Chris Watt, Redshirt Sr. - Notre Dame
Watt has pretty good size at 6'3'' and 310 pounds. He had a very solid game in the BCS Championship game against Alabama in 2013 getting movement in the run game and pass protecting well. Watt did 29 reps in the bench press and drives his feet when engaged into a defender. He is pretty athletic and gets to the second level with ease. Watt displays good technique in pass pro sliding his feet, mirroring defenders and getting his hands inside. He can get knocked back too much against the bull rush and slips off his blocks at times. Watt is a competitive hard worker that has good value as a 4th or 5th Round pick for the 2014 NFL Draft.
9. John Urschel, Redshirt Sr. - Penn State
Urschel is a genius that knows everything about math. He's also a pretty darn good football player at 6'3'' and 313 pounds. Urschel was a two-time 1st-team All-Big Ten lineman. He had a very good NFL Combine doing 30 repetitions in the bench, 29" vertical, 8'5'' broad jump and 4.47 twenty yard shuttle. Urschel uses very good technique driving his feet and getting leverage on defenders. He plays under control and can pull, trap and get up field to make blocks. Light on his feet shuffling and mirroring pass rushers. Urschel has outstanding study habits and wants to know all the tendencies of defenses before he goes out and plays them. Urschel is a very bright player with the work ethic to be great and should be a 4th or 5th Round pick.
10. Anthony Steen, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama
Steen is a very strong guy at 6'3'' and 314 pounds. He is solid in pass protection but has extremely short 30 1/2" arms which is a red flag. Steen delivers a strong punch into defenders and has good mobility. He is a high motor lineman that gets to the second level. Steen doesn't get a lot of movement in the run game and struggles to sustain blocks. He gets good extension into defenders despite how short his arms are. Very quick when he pulls or traps. Steen is a great zone blocker and gets good leverage on defenders. Steen does not offer much upside but could be a solid, reliable offensive lineman and will probably be a 5th Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Jon Halapio, Redshirt Sr. - Florida
12. Brandon Linder, Sr. - Miami (Fla.)
13. Spencer Long, Redshirt Sr. - Nebraska
14. Kadeem Edwards, Sr. - Tennessee State
15. Wesley Johnson, Redshirt Sr. - Vanderbilt
16. Andrew Norwell, Sr. - Ohio State
17. Ryan Groy, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin
18. Zach Fulton, Sr. - Tennessee
19. Austin Wentworth, Redshirt Sr. - Fresno State
20. Antwan Lowery, Redshirt Sr. - Rutgers
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Robinson is a massive human being at 6'5'' and 332 pounds who somehow can run a 4.92 forty yard dash. He has long 35" arms and will be a franchise left tackle for an NFL team 10+ years. In the running game, Robinson is dominant, blowing defenders off the ball and washing them down the line opening up holes. He is athletic enough and explosive enough to get to the second level. Robinson is strong in the upper body doing 32 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. In pass pro, he has good balance and knee bend, a strong punch and mirrors defenders well. He needs to do a better job with his hands and be more aware of blitzes outside of him. Robinson's overall technique in pass pro could improve. He's a young player with high upside and will be a Top 10 draft choice.
2. Jake Matthews, Sr. - Texas A&M
Matthews is a technician at everything he does on the offensive line. He's a very versatile offensive lineman at 6'5'' and 308 pounds who could play all five spots along the line. Matthews has great balance, a strong base and uses his hands very well delivering a strong punch in pass pro. Switches off blocks great. In the run game, Matthews is athletic enough to pull and explodes off the line and reaches the second level with ease. His footwork is outstanding and he can flip his hips effortlessly. Matthews is a hard worker with a mean streak and knows what it will take to have a great career in the NFL as his father, Bruce Matthews had a Hall of Fame career in the NFL. He could get stronger in the upper body and isn't overpowering in the run game. Matthews will be a Top 10 pick.
3. Taylor Lewan, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan
Lewan had an outstanding NFL Combine where he had a 4.87 forty, 29 reps in the bench press, 30.5" vertical, 9'9'' broad jump, 7.39 three-cone drill and 4.49 twenty yard shuttle. That performance would have solidified him as a Top 10 selection in the draft usually but the NFL Draft is deep this year. He is very good in pass pro with good bend to him, great hips and quick feet. Lewan has good balance and plays with a nasty streak. He finishes blocks in the run game and can reach the second level easily. Lewan is very good at getting out on screens to make a block and did very well when he was matched up on South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. Lewan has great size at 6'7'' and 309 pounds. He'll be a Top 15 selection.
4. Zack Martin, Redshirt Sr. - Notre Dame
Martin was a fixture for Norte Dame starting all 52 games he played in. At 6'4'' and 308 pounds, Martin has pretty good size and showed he could be a left tackle at the Senior Bowl despite his shorter 32 7/8" arms. In pass pro, Martin mirrors defenders very well and uses very good technique. He's a smart player that recognizes blitzes and could play multiple spots along the offensive line. Martin overextends at times which causes him to lose his balance. He can get decent movement in the run game but isn't very powerful. Martin has good hips and will be able to pull or trap in the NFL. He's athletic and can make blocks at the second level. Martin was a two-time captain at Norte Dame which is a big deal there and will be a 1st Rounder.
5. Cyrus Kouandjio, Jr. - Alabama
Kouandjio is huge at 6'7'' and 322 pounds but isn't very athletic for NFL standards. He disappointed at the NFL Scouting Combine running a 5.59 forty and only 21 reps in the bench press. Clearly though at that size, he has the potential to be something special as a right tackle. Kouandjio has very long 35 5/8" arms that can latch onto defenders and drive them back. He has a good punch in pass pro. He struggles against speed rushers and is pretty stiff moving around. Kouandjio doesn't have great balance and needs to get better all around in pass pro. He's a raw prospect with great upside that just needs better technique. Kouandjio also failed some team physicals because of his knee but should be a 1st Round pick.
6. Morgan Moses, Sr. - Virginia
Moses is 6'6'' and 314 pounds with 35 3/8" arms. He played both right and left tackle for Virginia. He moves good in space, delivers a solid punch to defenders, plays with a good bend and anchors well. Moses is not an explosive player off the snap and has just a 21.5" vertical. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl in pass protection. Moses has a good kick slide and can handle speed rushers. In the running game, Moses drive blocks defenders down the line of scrimmage and does a nice job of finishing. He can play too tall sometimes and doesn't move that well laterally. Moses gets to the second level pretty good. Moses was a 4-year starter and has a chance to go in the 1st Round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
7. Antonio Richardson, Jr. - Tennessee
At 6'6'' and 335 pounds with 35" arms, Richardson could be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL. Very strong upper body and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times at the Scouting Combine. He gets good movement in the run game finishing blocks when he does latch on. Richardson tries to lunge at defenders which puts him completely off balance and totally whiffs on block assignments. Gets beat inside too much and had his struggles against Jadeveon Clowney. In pass pro, Richardson has a strong base and won't get over powered. His technique needs to improve and he could use his hands better. Richardson is a good enough athlete to get to the second level. He has upside and will probably be an early 2nd Round selection.
8. JaWuan James, Sr. - Tennessee
James was a 4-year starter for Tennessee and started all 49 games at right tackle but could be better playing left tackle in the NFL. He has very good footwork and does an excellent job at switching off blocks in pass protection. James has very good size at 6'6'' and 311 pounds with long 35" arms. He gets good hand placement inside pass rushers' chests and shuts them down. James moves fluidly and can get out and block in space at the second level of a defense. He lacks the power and strength to move defenders in the run game which makes him more suited for the left side. James is a good, smart player that should be drafted in the 2nd Round.
9. Joel Bitonio, Redshirt Sr. - Nevada
Bitonio has really helped himself throughout the draft process doing great during Senior Bowl week and at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was a top performer in the forty yard dash (4.97), vertical (32"), broad jump (9'6''), three-cone drill (7.37) and twenty yard shuttle (4.44). Bitonio has pretty good size at 6'4'' and 302 pounds. He could potentially play both tackle and guard spots in the NFL. Plays nasty and finishes his blocks. Bitonio explodes off the ball and gets to the second level with ease. He a very agile athlete who can pull and trap. Did great in the positional drills at the Combine showing his movement skills and being able to flip his hips. Bitonio needs to work on his bend and his hand placement in pass pro. He should be a 2nd or 3rd Round selection in the draft.
10. James Hurst, Sr. - North Carolina
Hurst started out the 2013 season doing an outstanding job on South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. So much so, that Clowney went to the other side of the defense. He was a two-time 1st-team All-ACC pick for the Tar Heels. He could add some weight to his 6'5'' and 296 pound frame. Hurst switches off blocks and plays with good technique in the passing game. Solid run blocker that finishes his assignment on every play. He's a very smart player that prepares well for games. Hurst can struggle sometimes with more powerful rushers and can get caught lunging. Fairly good athlete that can reach the second level. Hurst broke his leg in the bowl game against Cincinnati but should be drafted around the 3rd Round.
Best of the Rest
11. Billy Turner, Sr. - North Dakota State
12. Seantrel Henderson, Sr. - Miami
13. Jack Mewhort, Redshirt Sr. - Ohio State
14. Cameron Fleming, Redshirt Jr. - Stanford
15. Charles Leno, Redshirt Sr. - Boise State
16. Michael Schofield, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan
17. Justin Britt, Redshirt Sr. - Missouri
18. Cornelius Lucas, Redshirt Sr. - Kansas State
19. Matt Patchan, Redshirt Sr. - Boston College
20. Donald Hawkins, Sr. - Texas
21. Kenarious Gates, Sr. - Georgia
22. Danny Kistler, Sr. - Montana
23. Parker Graham, Redshirt Sr. - Oklahoma State
24. Bryce Quigley, Sr. - San Diego State
25. Matt Hall, Sr. - Belhaven
Friday, February 28, 2014
At 6'4'' and 250 pounds, Ebron has pretty good size to go along with great athletic ability. Ebron hauled in 62 passes for 973 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns for the Tar Heels in 2013. He's very much a poor man's version of San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis. Ebron will be a mismatch for defenses. He has great hands and can make some highlight reel catches. Ebron runs great routes and can break tackles. He needs to become a better blocker in-line and on the move taking better angles. He has good speed with a 4.6 forty and is a pretty explosive player with a 32" vertical and 10' broad jump. Ebron will be taken in the 1st Round of the NFL Draft.
2. Jace Amaro, Jr. - Texas Tech
Amaro is a very good sized tight end at 6'5'' and 265 pounds. He was split out wide mostly in Texas Tech's pass happy offense. Amaro moves well and runs nice routes. He's got above average athletic ability with a 4.74 forty, 33" vertical, 9'10'' broad jump and 4.3 twenty yard shuttle at the Scouting Combine. In 2013, Amaro caught 106 passes for 1,352 yards (12.8 yards per catch) and 7 touchdowns. He is strong in the upper body with 28 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press but won't be much of an in-line blocker. Amaro has good hands but isn't very elusive after the catch. Amaro will likely be selected early in the 2nd Round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jr. - Washington
Seferian-Jenkins was the John Mackey Award winner as the nations best tight end in 2013. That season, he brought in 36 passes for 450 yards (12.5 yards per catch) and 8 touchdowns. He is a great redzone threat at 6'5'' and 262 pounds. Seferian-Jenkins has good speed and body control. Has a basketball background and could be a very good all-around tight end if he keeps improving as a blocker. He is tough to bring down and has some elusiveness to him. Seferian-Jenkins has good, reliable hands. He's not an explosive tight end and could refine his route running. Seferian-Jenkins will probably be a 2nd Round draft choice in May's NFL Draft.
4. Troy Niklas, Redshirt Jr. - Notre Dame
Niklas has excellent size at 6'6'' and 270 pounds. He has high upside and only played tight end for two years at Notre Dame starting out there as a DE/OLB. Niklas is one of the better in-line and on the move blockers in this years tight end class. He has pretty good hands but will drop catchable passes. Niklas could be a playmaker in the redzone at the NFL level. Strong body with good athletic ability for his size. Posted a 32" vertical, 9'6'' broad jump, and 4.55 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. Niklas is still learning how to run better routes and use better technique blocking. He's related to the Bruce Matthews clan so that's pretty much a guarantee he'll be a good player. Niklas will likely be a 2nd or 3rd Round selection.
5. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Sr. - Iowa
Fiedorowicz has very good size at 6'5'' and 265 pounds. He uses his body well to box out defenders making a catch. Pretty good athlete who had a 4.76 forty, 31.5" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump and 4.26 twenty yard shuttle. Fiedorowicz has fluid hips and runs precise routes. Very good blocker in the run game but could be more physical. He has very good hands and will make tough catches over the middle. Fiedorowicz isn't an explosive playmaker and struggles to get good separation in the passing game. In 2013, Fiedorowicz made 30 grabs for 299 yards (10.0 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns. He should be a 3rd or 4th Round selection in the draft.
6. Marcel Jensen, Redshirt Sr. - Fresno State
Jensen is a pretty raw prospect with some great physical gifts including his size at 6'6'' and 259 pounds. He's got long 34 7/8" arms to catch passes and has decent 4.85 forty speed. Jensen is very physical in the run game and finishes blocks. He has good body control and can make the tough catch. Jensen caught 26 passes for 353 yards (13.6 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns in 2013. He has pretty stiff hips which hurts him breaking in and out of routes. Jensen can go up and get the ball with a 35" vertical being a mismatch for linebackers and defensive backs. Jensen has very good potential to be a great No. 2 tight at least in the NFL and should be a 4th Round pick.
7. Arthur Lynch, Redshirt Sr. - Georgia
In 2013, Lynch hauled in 30 passes 459 yards (15.3 yards per catch) and 5 touchdowns. He's a pretty good blocker at 6'5'' and 258 pounds but struggles to lock on and sustain them. Decent hands but will have some bad drops. Lynch has good body control in the air. He doesn't run the best routes and is tight hipped. Lynch struggles to get separation and lacks explosiveness. He ran a 4.82 forty which is decent and benched 225 pounds 28 times at the NFL Scouting Combine. Lynch is willing to play special teams and was a tough, smart and competitive player for Georgia. He was a team captain was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2013. Lynch should be a 4th or 5th Round selection in the NFL Draft.
8. Crockett Gillmore, Sr. - Colorado State
Gillmore has huge hands and a big frame at 6'6'' and 260 pounds. He's a good blocker that raised his draft stock at the Senior Bowl as a late add. Gillmore had solid production in 2013 as he registered 47 catches for 577 yards (12.3 yards per catch) and 2 touchdowns. He has good hands to make tough catches and can break tackles in the open field. Gillmore is a physical player and finishes plays whether blocking or running after the catch. He doesn't have great speed (4.89 forty) but is pretty explosive with a 33.5" vertical and 10' broad jump. Gillmore isn't a very fluid athlete and needs work on his routes and getting separation. He has good upside and should be selected around the 5th Round.
9. Colt Lyerla, Jr. - Oregon
Lyerla could be a special weapon for an NFL team if he could lay off the cocaine and stay out of trouble. He's a bit undersized at 6'4'' and 242 pounds but has great athletic ability. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Lyerla had a 4.61 forty, 39" vertical and 10'8'' broad jump. He needs to get stronger and did just 15 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Lyerla quit/was kicked off the team early in the 2013 season. He brought in 25 passes for 392 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns in 2012. Lyerla also carried the ball a few times for the Ducks offense. He's got solid hands, runs good routes and is tough to bring down. Decent blocker. Lyerla is a 5th Round talent that probably won't be drafted.
10. Richard Rodgers, Redshirt Soph. - California
Rodgers has good size at 6'4'' and 257 pounds. He's a pretty decent athlete who had a 4.87 forty, 31.5" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump and 4.47 twenty yards shuttle at the Scouting Combine. He played some wide receiver for California in 2013 at 245 pounds racking up 39 catches for 608 yards (15.6 yards per catch) and one touchdown. He has reliable hands and good body control to make hard catches. Rodgers is a solid blocker on the move and blocks to the whistle. He needs to get stronger and needs to get better at running routes. Rodgers is an unspectacular tight end but does everything pretty well. He should be picked around the 6th Round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Joe Don Duncan, Redshirt Sr. - Dixie State
12. A.C. Leonard, Jr. - Tennessee State
13. Xavier Grimble, Redshirt Jr. - USC
14. Rob Blanchflower, Redshirt Sr. - Massachusetts
15. Jake Murphy, Jr. - Utah
16. Nic Jacobs, Redshirt Jr. - McNeese State
17. Jordan Najvar, Redshirt Sr. - Baylor
18. Reggie Jordan, Redshirt Sr. - Missouri Western
19. Ted Bolser, Redshirt Sr. - Indiana
20. Jacob Pedersen, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Watkins is a top notch wide receiver with pretty good size at 6'1'' and 211 pounds. He's a fast player who ran a 4.43 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine. Watkins can accelerate quickly and runs mad with the ball in his hands. He catches the ball with ease and catches it at the highest point. In 2013, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards (14.5 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. A lot of his yards were after the catch and he gets good separation in his routes. Watkins has added value as a returner. He needs to continue working on his route running and once he does that; he could be a Top 10 NFL wide receiver soon. Watkins has good upside and will be a Top 10 selection in the NFL Draft.
2. Mike Evans, Redshirt Soph. - Texas A&M
Evans is a big bodied wide receiver at 6'5'' and 231 pounds. He used his physicality to beat up on SEC defensive backs the last two seasons. In 2013, Evans racked up 69 catches for 1,394 yards (20.2 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns. He's got very long arms and should be great as a red-zone threat in the NFL. Evans has good leaping ability with a 37" vertical and is very tough to bring down. Good blocker. He regularly makes the tough catch. Evans has good speed at 4.53 in the forty yard dash. He has trouble separating and gets grabby with DB's. Still learning how to run clean, crisp routes. Evans will likely be taken in the top half of the 1st Round.
3. Kelvin Benjamin, Redshirt Soph. - Florida State
At 6'5'' and 240 pounds, Benjamin is a monster sized wide receiver. He's an outstanding red-zone target and isn't afraid to go over the middle. Benjamin is very physical when he's running with the ball and when he's blocking. He has big, strong hands and catches the ball at the highest point. Very good body control in the air. Benjamin's routes need some refining. He's not the fastest (4.61 forty) or explosive (32.5" vertical) receiver. Has concentration drops which can be fixed. Last season, Benjamin brought in 54 passes for 1,011 yards (18.7 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns. Benjamin has high upside and could become a dominant No. 1 receiver in the NFL. He should be a late 1st Round selection in May.
4. Odell Beckham, Jr. - LSU
Beckham has pretty good size for a slot receiver at 5'11'' and 198 pounds. A great athlete who's fast, agile and explosive. He ran a 4.43 forty, 38.5" vertical, 10'2'' broad jump and 3.94 twenty yard shuttle at the Scouting Combine. Beckham has some of the best hands in this years draft. He caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards (19.5 yards per catch) and 8 touchdowns in 2013. Beckham can rack up yards after the catch and is elusive in open space. He was a dangerous kickoff/punt returner and took some returns back for touchdowns. Beckham runs great routes getting separation and comes back to the football. He's not the best blocker. Beckham will be a 1st or 2nd Round pick.
5. Marqise Lee, Jr. - USC
Lee's production fell severely in 2013 due to a knee injury and quarterback play. A year after winning the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nations best receiver with 118 catches. Last season, Lee hauled in 57 receptions for 791 yards (13.9 yards per catch) and 4 touchdowns. He could bulk up his 6'0'' and 192 pound frame more to withstand NFL hits better. Lee is an explosive playmaker with a 38" vertical and 10'7'' broad jump. He runs very precise routes getting good separation and can make people miss in open space. Lee is very quick and agile with decent speed (4.52 forty). He has great hands and is also a very good return man. Lee will likely be a Top 20 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
6. Donte Moncrief, Jr. - Ole Miss
Moncrief has great size at 6'2'' and 221 pounds. He's gifted athletically and ran a 4.4 forty, posted a 39.5" vertical, 11' broad jump and 4.3 twenty yard shuttle at the Combine. Moncrief has good body control and great field awareness. He is a solid and willing blocker. Can get separation just by using his speed and won't get caught from behind. Moncrief needs to get better with his route running and catch the ball with more consistency. He could use his size and be more physical. Moncrief recorded 59 catches for 938 yards (15.9 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns last season. He has the potential to become a playmaking No. 1 wideout in the league and should be a 2nd Round draft choice.
7. Allen Robinson, Jr. - Penn State
Robinson is an explosive and fluid receiver that lacks the top end speed of a No. 1 WR in the NFL. He was highly productive in 2013 with a true freshman quarterback catching 97 balls for 1,432 yards (14.8 yards per catch) and 6 touchdowns. Robinson is pro-ready with outstanding body control, field awareness and balance. He's a precision route runner and catches with his hands cleanly. Robinson can make people miss in space and will break arm tackles. Great size at 6'2'' and 220 pounds. Ran just a 4.6 second forty yard dash but has a 39" vertical, 10'7'' broad jump and 4.0 second twenty yard shuttle at the Scouting Combine. Could be a better blocker. Robinson will be a 2nd Round pick in the NFL Draft.
8. Jordan Matthews, Sr. - Vanderbilt
Matthews was extremely productive at Vanderbilt and ended his career as the SEC's all-time leader in career receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759). Productive just like his relative Jerry Rice. Last season, Matthews caught 112 passes for 1,477 yards (13.2 yards per catch) and 7 touchdowns. At 6'3'' and 212 pounds, Matthews has good size to go along with 4.46 forty speed. He is strong with above average explosiveness. Matthews runs good routes and makes tough contested catches. Tough player that will go over the middle. He struggles to get good separation and isn't very elusive in the open field. Matthews should be a good No. 2 receiver in the NFL but doesn't offer much upside. He'll probably be a 2nd Rounder.
9. Davante Adams, Redshirt Soph. - Fresno State
Adams dominated the terrible defenses that are in the Mountain West Conference the last two seasons. He piled up 131 catches for 1,718 yards (13.1 yards per catch) and 24 touchdowns in 2013. Adams is a pretty good sized player at 6'1'' and 212 pounds who can play the slot. He tracks down the deep ball very well and has great leaping ability (39.5" vertical) to win jump balls in the endzone. Adams has very good hands and could develop into a starter. Very elusive in the open field against bad competition. Caught a lot of quick hitting passes and had some good yardage after the catch. Adams will need some work on his routes and getting off of press coverage but should be a 2nd or 3rd Round selection in May's NFL Draft.
10. Brandin Cooks, Jr. - Oregon State
Cooks is a tiny looking wide receiver at 5'10'' and 189 pounds. He is extremely athletic though and had a 4.33 forty, 36" vertical, 10' broad jump and 3.81 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. Cooks is very quick, agile and could dominate the slot for an NFL team. He can go up and make tough acrobatic receptions. Stops and starts on a dime making defenders miss and can turn short throws into long gains. Cooks was the recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nations best receiver in 2013. He made 128 grabs for 1,730 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and 16 touchdowns for the season. Cooks has reliable hands and runs nice routes. He won't be much of a blocker and should be a 2nd or 3rd Round pick.
Best of the Rest
11. Martavis Bryant, Jr. - Clemson
12. Paul Richardson, Redshirt Jr. - Colorado
13. Devin Street, Redshirt Sr. - Pittsburgh
14. Jeff Janis, Sr. - Saginaw Valley State
15. Brandon Coleman, Redshirt Jr. - Rutgers
16. Bruce Ellington, Redshirt Jr. - South Carolina
17. Jarvis Landry, Jr. - LSU
18. Robert Herron, Sr. - Wyoming
19. Mike Davis, Sr. - Texas
20. TJ Jones, Sr. - Notre Dame
21. Cody Latimer, Jr. - Indiana
22. Josh Huff, Sr. - Oregon
23. Tevin Reese, Redshirt Sr. - Baylor
24. Shaq Evans, Redshirt Sr. - UCLA
25. L'Damian Washington, Redshirt Sr. - Missouri
26. Jared Abbrederis, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin
27. Ryan Grant, Redshirt Sr. - Tulane
28. Michael Campanaro, Redshirt Sr. - Wake Forest
29. Jalen Saunders, Sr. - Oklahoma
30. Matt Hazel, Sr. - Coastal Carolina
31. Kevin Norwood, Redshirt Sr. - Alabama
32. Bennie Fowler, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan State
33. Cody Hoffman, Sr. - BYU
34. Quincy Enunwa, Sr. - Nebraska
35. Marcus Lucas, Sr. - Missouri
36. Kain Colter, Sr. - Northwestern
37. Jeremy Gallon, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan
38. Eric Ward, Redshirt Sr. - Texas Tech
39. Isaiah Burse, Sr. - Fresno State
40. Tracy Moore, Redshirt Sr. - Oklahoma State
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
At 6'1'' and 256 pounds, Prosch led the way for Auburn's almost unstoppable rushing attack in 2013. He's a strong, physical blocker that gets his head on the right side consistently. He isn't much of a running threat but did catch five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown last season. Prosch also can play some special teams and make tackles. He'll probably be a 5th Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft for a team that still uses fullbacks.
2. J.C. Copeland, Sr. - LSU
Copeland is a big bowling ball at 5'11'' and 271 pounds. He's a pretty good athlete for his size but could lose some weight. Copeland did a good job opening up holes for LSU's running backs in their pro-style system. He's a powerful lead blocker but needs to get better technique to latch on and drive defenders onto their backs. In 2013, he rushed for 25 yards on 13 carries (1.9 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. He caught four passes for 31 yards. Copeland will likely be drafted in the 6th Round.
3. Trey Millard, Sr. - Oklahoma
Millard has great size for a fullback at 6'2'' and 247 pounds. He was a 3-time 1st-team All-Big 12 selection for the Sooners. Good athlete that can both carry the ball and catch it out of the backfield for a need. In 2013, Millard rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries (5.7 yards per carry) and a touchdown. He caught 11 passes for 78 yards and another score. He doesn't bring much power into his lead blocks but does have solid technique. Millard tore his ACL last season which hurts his draft stock and he'll likely be a 7th Round pick.
4. Ryan Hewitt, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
Hewitt is a tweener and will be an H-back in the NFL. At 6'4'' and 246 pounds, Hewitt has outstanding size but isn't great at anything and has above average athletic ability. He has really good hands and caught 59 passes for 473 yards and 6 touchdowns during his 4-year career. Hewitt is ok at running the ball. He can block with technique but isn't overpowering. Hewitt played some special teams and is a versatile player that could be a 6th or 7th Round selection for a team that would know how to use him.
5. Chad Abram, Sr. - Florida State
Abram played safety for the Seminoles during his first three years before making the switch to fullback for his senior year. He's a great athlete at 5'11'' and 230 pounds who has great hands bringing in nine passes for 73 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2013. Abram carried the ball seven times for 29 yards. He's still raw and needs to refine his technique run blocking but was solid last year. He was a core special teams player and can make an early impact for NFL teams. Abram could be a 7th Round pick.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Sankey is a very good running back with speed, vision, patience, balance and burst. At 5'9'' and 209 pounds, Sankey rushed for 1,870 yards on 327 carries (5.7 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns in 2013. He also catches the ball out of the backfield and registered 28 receptions for 304 yards and a score. Sankey has good hips with a 4.0 second 20 yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also ran a 4.49 forty yard dash. Sankey is pretty explosive but could be a more physical runner and needs to get better in pass pro like a lot of young running backs need to. Sankey is on his way to becoming a complete running back and can make thing happen on his own. He should be a 2nd Round selection in May.
2. Charles Sims, Redshirt Sr. - West Virginia
Sims is a good sized running back at 6'0'' and 214 pounds. In 2013, Sims carried the ball 208 times for 1,095 yards (5.3 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns. He's got small hands but those hands can catch the ball extremely well as he's caught 203 passes for 2,108 yards and 11 touchdowns during his four years in college. Sims makes people miss with ease and has great cutting ability. He's an explosive player that can get up to top speed quickly and ran a 4.48 forty at the Scouting Combine. Sims can also pass protect pretty well. Only knock really is that he'll be 24 years old during his rookie season. Sims definitely has some Reggie Bush to him though and should be a 2nd or 3rd Round pick.
3. Tre Mason, Jr. - Auburn
Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist by the end of the 2013 season breaking records and tackles along the way. At 5'8'' and 207 pounds, Mason runs with great pad level and plays bigger than he is. Last season he recorded 1,816 yards averaging 5.7 yards per carry and 23 touchdowns. He also has nice hands out of the backfield catching 12 passes in 2013 for 163 yards and a touchdown. Mason has great jump-cut ability and can squeeze through tight spaces. Explosive athlete with a 38.5" vertical and 10'6'' broad jump. Also ran a solid 4.5 forty at the Scouting Combine. Stands his ground in pass pro and has added value as a kick returner. Mason needs to work on ball security with eight fumbles the last two seasons. He should be selected in the 2nd or 3rd Round.
4. Lache Seastrunk, Redshirt Jr. - Baylor
Seastrunk is a very explosive running back that averaged over seven yards a carry during his career at Baylor. He carried the ball 158 times for 1,177 yards (7.4 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns in 2013. Seastrunk runs with low center of gravity and is able to set up defenders and make them look bad. He can break tackles at 5'9'' and 201 pounds. Seastrunk has good vision to see running lanes and is good at keeping his balance. Has good speed running a 4.51 forty and can break long runs. He needs to work on his patience and he wasn't used as a receiving option at Baylor with just nine career catches. Seastrunk will be a 3rd Round option for NFL teams in the draft.
5. Carlos Hyde, Redshirt Sr. - Ohio State
Hyde is a big running back at 6'0'' and 230 pounds. He ran all over the Big Ten Conference in 2013 averaging 7.3 yards per carry for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns. Hyde is a typical Big Ten plodder with more power than speed to his game. Needs to get a full head of steam to be successful at the NFL level. Hyde has average explosiveness to the hole and should be better in goal-line situations than he is. He is a reliable receiver out of the backfield and caught 16 passes for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns. Hyde is also solid in pass pro and can be an every down back. He got stronger as the games went on and can handle 25+ carries a game. Hyde will likely be a 2nd or 3rd Round pick in May's draft.
6. Terrance West, Jr. - Towson
West dominated the FCS in 2013 and helped lead his team to the FCS championship game. He racked up 2,509 yards rushing on 413 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and 41 touchdowns. He's a solid running back physically at 5'9'' and 225 pounds. West holds his own in pass pro and can be an every down back. He caught 26 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown last season. West has very good vision and will be the hammer on defenders trying to stop him. Outstanding cut back ability and has solid speed with a 4.54 forty. West has above average explosion and elusiveness. Needs to get better with ball security. West has proven he can carry a team on his back and will likely be a 4th Round pick.
7. Jeremy Hill, Redshirt Soph. - LSU
Hill is a talented runner with nimble feet for his size at 6'1'' and 233 pounds. In 2013, Hill ran for 1,401 yards on 203 attempts (6.9 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns. He's got solid hands and caught 18 passes for 181 yards. Runs with anger and with a purpose breaking tackles. Hill has good patience before hitting the hole and has good cutting ability. He lacks top end speed and explosiveness. Hill also runs too upright and there are concerns about his character. Hill has the size and ability to be an every down back and will probably be a 3rd or 4th Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
8. Andre Williams, Sr. - Boston College
Williams had some unbelievable games in 2013 for Boston College. He had four games where he ran for at least 263 yards. Williams had 355 carries for 2,177 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns by the end of the season. He's a very powerful runner that can break tackles with a good amount of speed to him at 5'11'' and 230 pounds. Williams is strong is pass protection but wasn't used as a receiving option at all. He isn't very elusive in the open field and doesn't have an arsenal of moves. Despite the big games, there were also games where he was shut down and contained. Williams is a nice between the tackles type back with great explosiveness that is tough to bring down. He should be a 4th or 5th Round pick in the draft.
9. Jerick McKinnon, Sr. - Georgia Southern
At the NFL Scouting Combine, McKinnon showed that he was a freakish athlete. He's raw but the ability is there whether he is going to be an running back or cornerback in the NFL. McKinnon ran a 4.41 forty, had a 40.5" vertical, 11' broad jump, benched 225 pounds 32 times and posted a 4.12 twenty yard shuttle. In 2013, McKinnon ran for 1,050 yards averaging 6.5 yards per carry and 12 touchdowns. He'll need to work on his pass protection and other things in the NFL but at 5'9'' and 209 pounds; an NFL team could have a very good return on investment from him as a 5th Round selection.
10. Ka'Deem Carey, Jr. - Arizona
Carey was a highly productive running back for Arizona the last two seasons. In 2013, he rushed for over 100 yards in each game he played in on his way to 1,885 yards. Carey averaged 5.4 yards per carry and registered 19 touchdowns. He brought in 26 passes for another 173 yards and a touchdown. At 5'9'' and 207 pounds, Carey has decent size but didn't test well at the Scouting Combine. There, he ran a 4.7 forty and was below average in the vertical (32.5"), broad jump (9'7'') and 20 yard shuttle (4.38). Carey runs with determination and gets the most out of his physical tools. He can break arm tackles and is deceivingly shifty. Good vision, can burst through small spaces and gets extra yards by keeping his legs moving. Carey will need to test better at his Pro Day in order to be a Day 2 selection in the draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Storm Johnson, Redshirt Jr. - Central Florida
12. Marion Grice, Sr. - Arizona State
13. De'Anthony Thomas, Jr. - Oregon
14. Isaiah Crowell, Jr. - Alabama State
15. George Atkinson III, Jr. - Notre Dame
16. Dri Archer, Redshirt Sr. - Kent State
17. Damien Williams, Sr. - Oklahoma
18. Devonta Freeman, Jr. - Florida State
19. Tyler Gaffney, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
20. Henry Josey, Redshirt Jr. - Missouri
21. Lorenzo Taliaferro, Sr. - Coastal Carolina
22. James White, Sr. - Wisconsin
23. James Wilder, Jr. - Florida State
24. Rajion Neal, Sr. - Tennessee
25. LaDarius Perkins, Redshirt Sr. - Mississippi State