Tuesday, March 11, 2014
In 2013, Boswell went just 14 for 21 (66.7%) in field goal attempts. He has a strong leg with 13 career 50+ yard field goals made with a career long of 57 yards. On kickoffs, Boswell averaged 64.2 yards per and 57 of 79 (72.15%) of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. Boswell is 6'2'' and 185 pounds. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl. Boswell just needs to improve his accuracy but has an NFL leg. He'll probably be a 6th Round draft choice.
2. Cairo Santos, Sr. - Tulane
Santos won the Lou Groza Award given to nation's best kicker in 2012 going 21 for 21 in field goal attempts including 12 for 12 from 40+ yards. He went just 16 for 23 (69.6%) in 2013 however. He's made four career field of 50+ yards with a long of 57 yards. Santos averaged 62.82 yards per kickoff and 47 of 62 (75.81%) went for touchbacks last year. Santos is very small at 5'8'' and 164 pounds. He has a strong leg and has made game winning kicks before. Santos should be a 6th or 7th Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
3. Anthony Fera, Redshirt Sr. - Texas
Fera is 6'2'' and 211 pounds. Fera handled the punts, kickoffs and field goal duties for Texas and Penn State the last few years. He doesn't have the strongest leg but has been accurate throughout his college career. Last season, Fera went 20 for 22 (90.9%) in field goal attempts. He had 19 out of 49 kickoffs (38.78%) go for touchbacks in 2013. Punting the ball, Fera averaged 40.71 yards per punt on 75 punts. He's made just one 50 yard field goal in his career which was exactly 50 yards. Fera could be a 6th or 7th Round pick.
4. Nate Freese, Redshirt Sr. - Boston College
Freese is an incredible 38 for 40 (95%) in field goal attempts the last two seasons combined including a perfect 20 for 20 in 2013. He averaged 64.16 yards per kickoff with 51 of 73 (69.86%) going for a touchback last year. Freese took over punting duties in 2013 and averaged 41.72 yards per punt on 75 punts. He was 3 for 4 in his field goal attempts from 50+ yards with a long of 52 yards. Freese lacks a strong leg and is 5'11'' and 192 pounds. Freese could be drafted in the 7th Round.
5. Zach Hocker, Sr. - Arkansas
Hocker is 6'0'' and 189 pounds. He is Arkansas' all-time career leader in points scored with 354. Last season he converted 13 of 15 (86.7%) field goal attempts. Hocker is 5 for 7 (71.4%) in his career from 50+ yards away with a career long of 54 yards. Hocker averaged 63.22 yards per kickoff and 34 out of 50 (68%) went for a touchback in 2013. Hocker will probably go undrafted.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Clinton-Dix has great size at 6'1'' and 208 pounds. He is very good in coverage and has the range to get to where he needs to be. He can cover in the slot and match-up against big tight ends. Clinton-Dix comes up to support the run and is a good tackler. He takes great angles to the ball and makes big hits from time to time. Clinton-Dix piled up 51 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and broke-up four passes for the Crimson Tide in 2013. He needs to gets stronger and could be more aggressive attacking the run. Clinton-Dix also isn't very explosive. At the NFL Combine, Clinton-Dix showed a smooth backpedal and hip flexibility. He tested with a 4.58 40-yard dash, 33" vertical, 9'11'' broad jump, 7.16 three-cone drill, 4.16 20-yard shuttle and 11 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Clinton-Dix is a good instinctual safety that will make an impact for a team right away and should be a 1st Round pick.
2. Calvin Pryor, Jr. - Louisville
Pryor is a very aggressive safety that gets downhill and lays the wood on opponents. He has pretty good size at 5'11'' and 207 pounds. Pryor had a 4.58 40-yard dash, 34.5" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump and did 18 reps in the bench at the NFL Combine. Pryor was not as fluid as Clinton-Dix was in being able to turn his hips. He has very good closing speed and can be used as a blitzer. Pryor has great ball skills while the ball is in the air and can cover a lot of ground. Makes his presence known and flies to the football supporting the run. Pryor has great awareness in zone coverage but could struggle in man-to-man. He sometimes overruns plays allowing cutbacks and needs to play under more control. Likely to get fined a lot for hits. Last season, Pryor racked up 75 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, four pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Pryor will be a 1st Round draft choice.
3. Deone Bucannon, Sr. - Washington State
Bucannon was a 1st-team All-American and led the PAC-12 conference in tackles from his safety spot last season. He had an impressive combine showing great hands and fluid hips. Bucannon posted a 4.49 forty, 36.5" vertical, 10'5'' broad jump, 6.96 three-cone drill, 4.26 twenty yard shuttle and 19 repetitions on the bench at the combine. Bucannon is a hard hitting safety that quickly gets downhill to support the run. He can take some bad angles and misses tackles he should make. He has great size at 6'1'' and 211 pounds. Bucannon has good instincts and has the speed to cover a wide range. He has the athletic ability to cover tight ends and maybe slot receivers man-to-man. He was a 3-time captain. In 2013, Bucannon registered 114 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and broke-up a pass. Bucannon will probably be a 2nd or 3rd Round selection in the NFL Draft.
4. Terrence Brooks, Sr. - Florida State
Brooks has pretty good size at 5'11'' and 198 pounds. He's an excellent tackler that wraps up with his arms and can also give a vicious blow to opponents. Brooks has flexible hips and changes directions quickly. He has outstanding recognition and ball skills. Very fast for a safety and can cover a wide range of area. Brooks makes plays often in the run game at the line of scrimmage. He can be used on blitzes and times them well. Good special teamer. He had a good week at the Senior Bowl. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Brooks posted a 4.42 40-yard dash, 38" vertical, 9'11'' broad jump, 7.35 three-cone drill and 10 reps in the bench press. He needs to get stronger and maybe put on some weight. Brooks compiled 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, a sack and broke-up five passes last year. Brooks has good upside and will likely be a 3rd Round pick in May.
5. Jimmie Ward, Sr. - Northern Illinois
Ward was a 3-time 1st-team All-MAC safety for the Huskies. He has decent size at 5'11'' and 193 pounds. Ward totaled 95 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, 10 pass break-ups, a forced fumble and returned one of his seven interceptions for a touchdown in 2013. He is a ball hawk that is all over the field making plays against the run and pass. Ward needs to get stronger and will have to adjust to the better competition in the NFL. Ward did nine reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. He showed nice coverage skill at the Senior Bowl. Ward gets a good break on balls in the air and has good overall range. He has the ability to cover guys in the slot and turns and runs with fluidity. Reads and reacts to plays fairly quickly. Ward has the potential to be a very good starting safety and will likely be a 2nd Round draft choice.
6. Lamarcus Joyner, Sr. - Florida State
Joyner played cornerback and safety for Florida State and will likely be a better safety in the NFL. Joyner recorded 69 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, 5.5 sacks and four pass break-ups for the Seminoles last season. Joyner is a very undersized safety at 5'8'' and 184 pounds but plays like he's ten feet tall. At the NFL Combine, Joyner had a 4.55 forty, 37.5" vertical, 10'4'' broad jump, 7.26 three-cone drill, 4.4 20-yard shuttle and did 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. Excellent blitzer and makes plays in the backfield. Joyner is a sound tackler and hits with a punch. He can match-up in the slot and is good in both man and zone coverages. Joyner has return ability and was a solid special teamer. He is an explosive athlete, but isn't exceptionally fast or agile. Joyner is a hard working, versatile player, who should be taken in the 3rd Round.
7. Dion Bailey, Redshirt Jr. - USC
At 6'0'' and 201 pounds, Bailey has really good size. He can handle the physicality of the NFL playing linebacker at USC before switching to safety last season. Bailey posted a 4.66 40-yard dash, 34" vertical, 9'5'' broad jump, 6.97 three-cone drill and 4.15 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine. He didn't look too good in the field drills turning his hips and catching the ball. Last year for the Trojans, Bailey registered 62 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions, six pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a half sack. Bailey is stout against the run and does a nice job in zone coverage passing off his man. He will likely struggle trying to cover receivers in the slot. Bailey wasn't used much in deep coverage and lacks speed to cover a lot of ground. Lacks play recognition and reacts too slowly at times. Bailey has upside and needs more experience at safety. He should be a 3rd or 4th Round pick.
8. Craig Loston, Redshirt Sr. - LSU
Loston has good size at 5'11'' and 217 pounds but with short 30 3/4" arms. He gets downhill fast in the run game and delivers big hits to opponents. Smart player and made the calls for the secondary. Loston has great eye discipline and is reliable in zone coverage. He can cover tight ends in man coverage but doesn't have the speed to keep up with wide receivers. Loston had a really good Senior Bowl week. Pretty fluid at flipping his hips and changing directions. He has special teams experience as a gunner and jammer. At the NFL Combine, Loston had a 4.65 forty, 32.5" vertical, 9'11'' broad jump, 7.15 three-cone drill, 4.35 twenty yard shuttle and 12 repetitions on the bench. Loston piled up 57 tackles, four tackles for loss, three interceptions, a sack and broke-up three passes during the 2013 season. Loston will likely be a 4th Round pick in the draft.
9. Ed Reynolds, Redshirt Jr. - Stanford
Reynolds has good instincts to make plays. He has good size at 6'1'' and 207 pounds but with short 30 3/4" arms. Reynolds had 86 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and four pass break-ups last season. Reynolds posted a 4.57 forty, 32.5" vertical, 9'9'' broad jump and did 15 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the NFL Combine. He struggled flipping his hips and didn't have good footwork during the field drills. Reynolds has good speed and is good playing in a deep zone. He can get a good break on the ball. Reynolds isn't an explosive athlete and needs to get stronger. He could support the run better and sometimes misses tackles. Reynolds doesn't have much experience in man coverage and will likely struggle covering in the slot. He is a good overall football player though, with playmaking ability and will probably be a 4th Round selection in May's NFL Draft.
10. Isaiah Lewis, Sr. - Michigan State
Lewis is a compact safety at 5'10'' and 211 pounds. In 2013, Lewis racked up 58 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions and broke-up eight passes. Lewis is great in zone coverage but is a bit too stiff hipped to cover the slot. He is very aggressive running up to stop the run which makes him susceptible to play-action. Lewis has pretty good speed and shows nice range to make plays on the ball in the passing game. He's an explosive hitter and doesn't shy away from contact. Lewis made the calls for the secondary and was a valuable on special teams. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Lewis had a 4.6 40-yard dash, 36.5" vertical, 10'2'' broad jump, 7.05 three-cone drill, 4.47 20-yard shuttle and 15 reps on the bench. Lewis should be a 4th of 5th Round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Ahmad Dixon, Sr. - Baylor
12. Dezmen Southward, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin
13. Dontae Johnson, Sr. - North Carolina State
14. Marqueston Huff, Sr. - Wyoming
15. Kenny Ladler, Sr. - Vanderbilt
16. Brock Vereen, Sr. - Minnesota
17. Nat Berhe, Redshirt Sr. - San Diego State
18. Tre Boston, Sr. - North Carolina
19. Jonathan Dowling, Redshirt Jr. - Western Kentucky
20. Nickoe Whitley, Redshirt Sr. - Mississippi State
21. Vinnie Sunseri, Jr. - Alabama
22. Alden Darby, Sr. - Arizona State
23. Christian Bryant, Sr. - Ohio State
24. Hakeem Smith, Redshirt Sr. - Louisville
25. Sean Parker, Sr. - Washington
26. Darwin Cook, Redshirt Sr. - West Virginia
27. Ty Zimmerman, Redshirt Sr. - Kansas State
28. Avery Patterson, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon
29. Daniel Sorensen, Redshirt Sr. - BYU
30. Elisha Olabode, Sr. - TCU
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Gilbert is a nice sized cornerback at 6'0'' and 202 pounds with long 33 1/8" arms. He was also a very dangerous return man for the Cowboys throughout his college career. In 2013, Gilbert registered 42 tackles, seven pass break-ups and seven interceptions returning two for touchdowns. As a kickoff returner, he averaged 25.17 yards per return (18 returns) and a touchdown. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Gilbert tested well and looked great in the field drills flipping his hips. He posted a 4.37 40-yard dash, 35.5" vertical, 10'6'' broad jump, 6.92 three-cone drill and did 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Gilbert is fluid in his backpedal and turns his head to play the ball. He's explosive and breaks on the ball great. Gilbert can play off, bump n' run and zone coverage. He could be a lot more physical in the run game shedding blocks and making tackles. Gilbert will be a Top 15 draft choice.
2. Darqueze Dennard, Sr. - Michigan State
Dennard has good size at 5'11'' and 199 pounds but has short 30 1/4" arms. He was the Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back in 2013. Dennard is a lockdown corner that thrived in press coverage but will need to learn how to play off and in zone. He is very physical with receivers and competes for the ball. Dennard has good awareness and instincts of when to turn his head while the ball is in the air. Outstanding in the run game and likes to hit. Dennard compiled 62 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass break-ups, four interceptions and two forced fumbles for the Spartans last season. He has good speed but looked somewhat stiff trying to flip his hips at the NFL Combine. There, Dennard ran a 4.51 forty and did 15 reps on the bench. He also is too grabby and will get flagged a lot in the NFL if he doesn't stop. Dennard will likely be a Top 25 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
3. Bradley Roby, Redshirt Jr. - Ohio State
Roby struggled last season getting torched far too often. A player of his caliber shouldn't struggle trying to cover a former walk-on in Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin. Still, Roby has the potential to be a really good No. 1 corner in the NFL. He has good size at 5'11'' and 194 pounds. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Roby did very well in the field drills. He posted a 4.39 40-yard dash, 38.5" vertical, 10'4'' broad jump, 4.04 20-yard shuttle and 17 reps in the bench. Roby recorded 69 tackles, two tackles for loss, 13 pass break-ups, blocked two kicks and returned one of his three interceptions for a touchdown in 2013. He's a good tackler that comes up to support against the run. Roby is a great blitzer off the edge, has quick feet, flexible hips and drives on the ball. He needs work on his eye discipline and can get outworked against physical receivers. Has been arrested. Roby will be a late 1st or early 2nd Round pick.
4. Kyle Fuller, Sr. - Virginia Tech
Fuller has great size at 6'0'' and 190 pounds but could add some weight. He can change directions quickly has great route recognition. Fuller posted a 4.49 40-yard dash, 38.5" vertical, 10'8'' broad jump, 6.9 three-cone drill, 4.19 20-yard shuttle and did 12 reps in the bench at the NFL Combine. Last season, Fuller racked up 24 tackles, two tackles for loss, 10 pass break-ups, two interceptions, a forced fumble and blocked a kick. Fuller is an explosive athlete that can break on a dime and has enough recovery speed. Will play the run and can cause disruption in the backfield. Fuller has a lot of playing experience with 42 starts at Virginia Tech and was a good special teamer. He needs to get stronger and is susceptible to double moves because he likes to squat on routes. Fuller will be a late 1st or early 2nd Round pick in the NFL Draft.
5. Jason Verrett, Sr. - TCU
Verrett piled up 39 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 14 pass break-ups, one sack, two interceptions and forced a fumble last year for the Horned Frogs. At 5'9'' and 189 pounds, Verrett is undersized but plays much bigger. Verrett looked outstanding in the field drills at the NFL Combine showing great footwork and fluid hips. He had a 4.38 40-yard dash, 39" vertical, 10'8'' broad jump, 6.69 three-cone drill and 4.0 20-yard shuttle. Verrett has excellent change of direction and ball skills. He will be a stud nickle corner inside and could hold his own outside as well. Verrett can blitz off the edge and does his best to support the run. He has limitations and will struggle against the bigger receivers as well as shedding blocks. Verrett is a no nonsense player that should be taken in the 2nd Round.
6. Keith McGill, Redshirt Sr. - Utah
At 6'3'' and 211 pounds with 33 1/4" arms, McGill has fantastic size. McGill had a 4.51 forty, 39" vertical, 10'9'' broad jump, 7.29 three-cone drill and 4.18 twenty yard shuttle at the NFL Scouting Combine. McGill has a smooth backpedal and great hip flexibility for his size. He looked good during Senior Bowl week covering the receivers in the one-on-ones. In press coverage, he is very good and knows when to turn his head and locate the ball. Allows too much space in off-coverage. McGill has versatility and played safety at Cerritos College. He needs to be more physical with receivers and isn't very willing in run support unless he has to make a tackle. In 2013, McGill compiled 37 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and returned an interception for a score. McGill should be a 2nd or 3rd Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
7. Marcus Roberson, Jr. - Florida
Roberson has good size at 6'0'' and 191 pounds but needs to hit the weight room. Roberson was injured for much of last season and ended up with 11 tackles and broke-up three passes. He competes for the ball in the air and rips his arm through receivers' hands to break-up passes. Roberson can blitz off the edge and does an ok job against the run. Roberson can get a good break on the ball and has fluid hips changing directions. He has punt return experience and good vision with the ball in his hands. Roberson lacks top end speed and physicality. Also can get beat on double moves. At the NFL Combine, Roberson posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 37.5" vertical, 10' broad jump, 6.84 three-cone drill, 4.08 20-yard shuttle and eight reps on the bench press. Roberson could become a No. 2 corner and should be a 2nd or 3rd Round draft choice.
8. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Sr. - Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste is a big physical corner at 6'3'' and 218 pounds. He proved he could play corner in the NFL at the Senior Bowl mainly because of his explosiveness to jump routes. Jean-Baptiste looked pretty good in the field drills at the combine but is a little stiff in his hips turning and running. He had a 4.61 40-yard dash, 41.5" vertical, 10'8'' broad jump, 4.33 20-yard shuttle and 13 reps in the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine. Last year, Jean-Baptiste compiled 41 tackles, three tackles for loss, 12 pass break-ups, one sack and four interceptions returning one for a touchdown. Jean-Baptiste would excel in a Cover-2 scheme but could also play off-coverage. He is a great blitzer coming off the edge. Has pretty good awareness and finds the ball in the air well. He doesn't have excellent speed and could get stronger. Jean-Baptiste will probably be a 3rd Round pick in the draft.
9. Jaylen Watkins, Sr. - Florida
Watkins capped off his senior campaign registering 52 tackles, two tackles for loss and broke-up seven passes in 2013. At the NFL Combine, Watkins had a 4.41 forty and did 22 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press. He's a fluid athlete with pretty good size at 5'11'' and 194 pounds. Watkins has good hands and could play outside and inside. He lined up sometimes at safety for the Gators and played on all their special teams units. Watkins had a really great week at the Senior Bowl matching up in the one-on-ones. Watkins has very good ball skills and is a solid tackler. He passes off receivers well in zone and has great instincts. Watkins gets out matched against more physical receivers and has mental lapses at times. Watkins' draft stock is rising and he could end up being a 2nd Round pick in the draft.
10. Pierre Desir, Redshirt Sr. - Lindenwood
Desir is another big cornerback that NFL teams want to have. He has great size at 6'1'' and 198 pounds with long 33" arms. Desir was very productive for Lindenwood compiling 13 interceptions the last two years. Last season, Desir recorded 33 tackles, one tackle for loss, 12 pass break-ups, four interceptions, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. He is an outstanding athlete that turns into a wide receiver when the ball is coming his way. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Desir posted a 4.59 40-yard dash, 35" vertical, 11'1'' broad jump, 6.86 three-cone drill, 4.3 20-yard shuttle and did 11 reps in the bench. Desir has great footwork and good flexibility in his hips for his size. Has good recognition skills and played well against the better competition during East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl weeks. Desir has good upside and will likely be a 3rd Rounder in May.
Best of the Rest
11. Bashaud Breeland, Redshirt Jr. - Clemson
12. Louchiez Purifoy, Jr. - Florida
13. E.J. Gaines, Sr. - Missouri
14. Rashaad Reynolds, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon State
15. Chris Davis, Sr. - Auburn
16. Antone Exum, Redshirt Sr. - Virginia Tech
17. Bennett Jackson, Sr. - Notre Dame
18. Phillip Gaines, Redshirt Sr. - Rice
19. Terrance Mitchell, Redshirt Jr. - Oregon
20. Victor Hampton, Redshirt Jr. - South Carolina
21. Aaron Colvin, Sr. - Oklahoma
22. Andre Hal, Sr. - Vanderbilt
23. Ross Cockrell, Redshirt Sr. - Duke
24. Bene Benwikere, Sr. - San Jose State
25. Nevin Lawson, Sr. - Utah State
26. Ricardo Allen, Sr. - Purdue
27. Walt Aikens, Sr. - Liberty
28. Deion Belue, Sr. - Alabama
29. Carrington Byndom, Sr. - Texas
30. Dexter McDougle, Redshirt Sr. - Maryland
31. Charles Sawyer, Redshirt Sr. - Ole Miss
32. Marcus Williams, Redshirt Sr. - North Dakota State
33. Brandon Dixon, Sr. - Northwest Missouri State
34. Ciante Evans, Sr. - Nebraska
35. Lavelle Westbrooks, Sr. - Georgia Southern
36. Jemea Thomas, Redshirt Sr. - Georgia Tech
37. Kendall James, Sr. - Maine
38. Jabari Price, Sr. - North Carolina
39. Keon Lyn, Sr. - Syracuse
40. Shaquille Richardson, Sr. - Arizona
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Mosley was the Butkus Award winner as the best linebacker in college football last season. At 6'2'' and 234 pounds, he has great size and will be a three-down player in the NFL. In 2013, Mosley piled up 108 tackles, nine tackles for loss, broke-up five passes and forced a fumble. Mosley is very instinctual reading his keys and flying to the football. He plays with a solid base and is a reliable wrap up tackler. Mosley was the leader for Alabama's defense last season making the calls and lining up everyone. Very good coverage ability and is on top of tight ends and running backs step for step. Mosley plays with intensity, is football smart, scheme versatile and can play special teams. He could do a better job with his blitzes and being more creative getting to the QB. At the combine, Mosley had a 35" vertical, 9'10'' broad jump, 7.3 three-cone drill and 4.4 twenty yard shuttle. Mosley should develop into a Pro Bowler and will be a 1st Round pick.
2. Christian Jones, Sr. - Florida State
Jones could play at any linebacker spot in any type of defense. Jones registered 56 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception last year for the Seminoles. He has excellent size at 6'3'' and 240 pounds. Jones had a 4.74 40-yard dash, 33.5" vertical and 9'7'' broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine. He's a sideline-to-sideline defender that plays with physicality. Can take on and shed incoming blocks. In coverage, Jones can run down the seam with tight ends and cover running backs out in the flat. He can get after the passer on blitzes or lining up as a defensive end. Jones needs to react quicker and trust his eyes against the run. Jones is capable of being a three-down player and also has special teams experience. He'll likely be a 3rd Round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
3. Yawin Smallwood, Redshirt Jr. - Connecticut
At 6'2'' and 246 pounds, Smallwood has outstanding size for an inside linebacker. He does a good job in zone or man coverage getting depth and staying with his guy. Smallwood avoids blocks well but needs to get better at taking them on. He plays with good instincts and gets downhill flowing to the ball. Smallwood misses some tackles he should make and is a bit stiff moving laterally. Smallwood racked up 118 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles, nine pass break-ups and took an interception for a touchdown last season. Smallwood had a 36.5" vertical, 9' broad jump and did 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL Combine. Smallwood was a very productive player on a bad team last season and should be a 3rd Round draft choice.
4. Shayne Skov, Redshirt Sr. - Stanford
Skov is a playmaker on defense that makes the hustle plays for his team. Last season for the Cardinal, Skov recorded 109 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and broke-up four passes. He has good size at 6'2'' and 245 pounds but has short 30 5/8" arms. Skov isn't a great athlete but he makes up for it with his play recognition and effort. Takes great angles to the ball carrier and comes up hard to fill a hole. Skov is a very sound tackler and disrupts backfields with timely blitzes. Skov takes on blocks but could get engulfed by lineman once engaged. He has good movement in coverage dropping in zone but could struggle against more athletic tight ends and running backs. Skov has had knee issues and may not be fully recovered from a torn ACL. He is an excellent football player and should be a 3rd or 4th Round pick in the draft.
5. Lamin Barrow, Redshirt Sr. - LSU
Barrow is an athletic linebacker with pretty good size at 6'1'' and 237 pounds. He had a 4.64 40-yard dash, 35" vertical, 10'3'' broad jump, 7.24 three-cone drill, 4.35 20-yard shuttle and 22 reps on the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine. Barrow is a sure tackler that sifts through traffic really good. In 2013, Barrow compiled 91 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two pass break-ups. Wore No. 18 as a senior which is worn by a player that teammates lean on for leadership and who best represents what it means to be a Tiger on and off the field. Barrow is a sideline-to-sideline defender that plays with a good base and sheds oncoming blocks. He's very good in coverage dropping easily in zone and hanging with tight ends and running backs. Barrow doesn't make many impact plays. He will probably be selected around the 4th Round.
6. Preston Brown, Sr. - Louisville
Brown is a big and physical linebacker that stuffs the run at 6'1'' and 251 pounds. Brown racked up 98 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, forced three fumbles, broke-up a pass and returned a fumble for a touchdown in 2013. He has great instincts and flows well to the football. Takes on and sheds blockers filling the hole. Brown is not fast enough to make plays from all over the field. At the NFL Combine, Brown posted a 4.86 forty, 33" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump, 6.98 three-cone drill, 4.26 twenty yard shuttle and 23 repetitions in the bench. He's solid in zone coverage but will likely struggle manning up against NFL tight ends and running backs. Brown times blitzes well and causes disruption in the backfield. He's a hard hitter that should be taken in the 4th or 5th Round of the NFL Draft.
7. Chris Borland, Redshirt Sr. - Wisconsin
At 5'11'' and 248 pounds with 29 1/4" arms, Borland is a very undersized linebacker who is extremely stout against the run. He has an excellent motor and never stops playing hard. Last year, Borland registered 111 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass break-ups, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Borland had a 4.83 40-yard dash, 31" vertical, 9'6'' broad jump, 7.18 three-cone drill, 4.27 20-yard shuttle and 27 reps in the bench at the NFL Combine. He fills the hole quickly and can blitz getting after the passer. Borland has fluid hips and can change directions well. Not a good enough athlete to make plays all over the field in the NFL and will be outmatched against the pass. Borland slips off of tackles and can get eaten up going up against offensive lineman. Borland is an undersized two-down linebacker that should be a 5th Round pick but will likely be taken higher.
8. Jordan Zumwalt, Sr. - UCLA
Zumwalt recorded 91 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and forced a fumble last season for the Bruins. At 6'4'' and 235 pounds, he has great size and can play multiple linebacker positions in the NFL. Zumwalt is a big hitter that runs around all over the field. He isn't very strong at the point of attack and offensive lineman can easily get control on him. Just a decent motor and is sometimes jogging to the football. At the NFL Combine, Zumwalt posted a 4.76 forty, 33" vertical, 9'8'' broad jump, 6.99 three-cone drill and 4.25 twenty yard shuttle. Zumwalt is football smart and made calls for the Bruin defense. He loves to hit and plays with passion. Zumwalt is decent in coverage but was used more as a pass rusher. He's a good overall player and will likely be a 4th or 5th Round selection in the draft.
9. Avery Williamson, Sr. - Kentucky
Williamson is an aggressive player that attacks the line of scrimmage and stuffs running backs. He plays with a good base and takes on blocks but could do a better job at shedding them more consistently. Williamson is a great tackler and reads his keys to find the football. He plays with a high motor and is a leader. Williamson is a good athlete that can drop and cover in space. He can overrun plays sometimes allowing backside cuts. Last season, Williamson piled up 102 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack. At the combine, the 6'1'' and 246 pound Williamson had a 4.66 40-yard dash, 30.5" vertical, 10' broad jump, 7.11 three-cone drill, 4.07 20-yard shuttle and 25 reps in the bench press. He should be picked around the 5th or 6th Round in May's NFL Draft.
10. Max Bullough, Sr. - Michigan State
Bullough made a living in Michigan State's downhill attacking style defense. Bullough was able to compile 76 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass break-ups in 2013 for the Spartans. He has great size at 6'3'' and 249 pounds. Against the run, Bullough does a fantastic job of getting leverage on offensive lineman and shedding them. He is very strong and does his best to make tackles on the outside. Bullough had a 4.78 forty, 31" vertical, 9'4'' broad jump, 7.22 three-cone drill, 4.3 twenty yard shuttle and did 30 reps of 225 pounds in the bench at the NFL Scouting Combine. Bullough is not an explosive athlete, struggles to drop in zone and has limited range to make tackles. His excellent instincts will have to carry him in the NFL since he lacks upside. Bullough should be a 6th Round pick in the NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Andrew Jackson, Sr. - Western Kentucky
12. Jeremiah George, Sr. - Iowa State
13. Glenn Carson, Redshirt Sr. - Penn State
14. DeDe Lattimore, Redshirt Sr. - South Florida
15. James Morris, Sr. - Iowa
16. Stephon Robertson, Redshirt Sr. - James Madison
17. Devin Unga, Redshirt Sr. - BYU
18. Greg Blair, Redshirt Sr. - Cincinnati
19. Roosevelt Nix, Sr. - Kent State
20. Keith Smith, Sr. - San Jose State
21. Chris Young, Sr. - Arizona State
22. Steele Divitto, Sr. - Boston College
23. Nate Dreiling, Redshirt Sr. - Pittsburgh State
24. Caleb Lavey, Sr. - Oklahoma State
25. Marquis Spruill, Sr. - Syracuse
Friday, March 7, 2014
Mack is a freakish athlete at 6'3'' and 251 pounds. He dominated the MAC conference and registered 100 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, broke-up seven passes, forced five fumbles and picked off three passes where he returned two for touchdowns in 2013. Mack ran an unofficial 4.53 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He had a 40" vertical, 10'8'' broad jump, 7.08 three-cone drill, 4.18 twenty yard shuttle and did 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. Mack is explosive off the ball and has an array of pass rush moves to get to quarterbacks. Blows up plays in the backfield. Stacks and sheds blockers great. Mack has excellent awareness and chases down plays from the backside. He can drop and cover tight ends and running backs in the NFL. Mack should be a Top 5 selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
2. Anthony Barr, Sr. - UCLA
Barr is a high upside prospect who played on defense for only two years at UCLA. He has excellent size at 6'5'' and 255 pounds. Barr has outstanding snap reaction and closes in on quarterbacks in a hurry. He tracks down ball carriers from behind and keeps contain in the run game. He does a pretty good job of dropping into coverage. Barr needs to get stronger and will be a liability against the run in the NFL if he doesn't. He can get manhandled when blockers are engaged into his chest. He doesn't have great instincts yet and plays too finesse. More of an athlete than football player. In 2013, Barr racked up 66 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one pass break-up, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He posted a 4.66 forty, 34.5" vertical, 9'11'' broad jump, 6.82 three-cone drill, 4.19 twenty yard shuttle and 15 reps in the bench. Barr is a high risk, high reward prospect that will likely be a Top 15 selection.
3. Ryan Shazier, Jr. - Ohio State
Shazier is a player that makes plays all over the field with his unreal athleticism. Last season for the Buckeyes, Shazier piled up 144 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, broke-up four passes and forced four fumbles. He's a more athletic version of Tampa Bay's OLB Lavonte David. At the NFL Combine, Shazier had a 42" vertical, 10'10'' broad jump, 6.91 three-cone drill, 4.21 twenty yard shuttle and 25 reps in the bench. He ran a low 4.4 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. At 6'1'' and 237 pounds, Shazier is great at avoiding blocks and shoots gaps to cause disruption in the backfield. At some point though, he needs to learn how to take on blocks. Shazier can blitz and get after the passer from anywhere. Outstanding change of direction ability and will be able to cover tight ends and running backs. Shazier could easily be a future All-Pro as a 4-3 outside linebacker and should be a 1st Round pick in May.
4. Dee Ford, Redshirt Sr. - Auburn
After playing defensive end in college, Ford will likely make the switch to an outside linebacker for a 3-4 defense. Ford has good size at 6'2'' and 244 pounds. He had a 4.54 unofficial 40-yard dash, 35.5" vertical, 10'4'' broad jump and did 29 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press during his Pro Day. Ford made money at the Senior Bowl with his ridiculous first step and explosiveness. Ford gives great effort on every single snap and chases down who ever has the ball. Gets underneath offensive lineman rushing the passer and can split double teams. Ford will be new to developing his coverage skills but has the work ethic and ability to do so. He is pretty stout against the run and plays smart. Last season, Ford recorded 29 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and broke-up a pass. He should hear his name called late in the 1st Round.
5. Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr. - Georgia Tech
Attaochu is a non-stop pass rusher and would be a great fit in a 3-4 defense. He has good size at 6'3'' and 252 pounds. He totaled 45 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and forced a fumble for the Yellow Jackets last year. Attaochu already has experience in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker. He has excellent burst off the ball and can beat offensive lineman in a variety of ways going inside or outside. Attaochu sets the edge and keeps contain. Really good motor that chases ball carriers down from the backside. Fluid athlete overall that can drop in coverage. Attaochu could do a better job at going through blockers with power and using his hands. He has good potential and only started playing football in high school. Attaochu should be a 2nd Rounder in the NFL Draft.
6. Marcus Smith, Sr. - Louisville
Smith was the 2013 AAC Defensive Player of the Year after compiling 42 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass break-ups and blocking a kick for Louisville. Smith sets the edge in the run game and is strong at the point of attack. He is explosive off the ball and can cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time. Smith can blitz and be used in stunts. Great size at 6'3'' and 251 pounds with 34" arm length. Smith has some experience dropping in coverage and will only get better. He runs straight upfield on run plays which creates huge running lanes at times. At the NFL Combine, Smith posted a 4.68 forty, 35" vertical, 10'1'' broad jump, 7.48 three-cone drill and 23 repetitions in the bench. Smith should be a 2nd Round draft choice.
7. Kyle Van Noy, Redshirt Sr. - BYU
Van Noy is scheme versatile and could be a 4-3 or 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Van Noy is an attacking linebacker that makes plays in the opponents backfield. He registered 61.5 tackles for loss in his four years with the Cougars. Van Noy has really good size at 6'3'' and 243 pounds but has short 31 5/8" arms. He times blitzes well and gets through gaps quickly causing havoc. Van Noy is very natural in coverage and has great instincts. Gets his hands up to disrupt passing lanes. He has good pass rush ability and gives effort to chase plays down the line. In 2013, Van Noy racked up 67 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four sacks, two interceptions and broke-up seven passes. He had a 4.71 forty, 32.5" vertical, 9'4'' broad jump, 7.22 three-cone drill, 4.2 twenty yard shuttle and 21 reps in the bench press at the NFL Combine. Van Noy will probably be a 2nd Round pick.
8. Jackson Jeffcoat, Sr. - Texas
At 6'3'' and 247 pounds, Jeffcoat has the size along with the athletic ability to be an outstanding 3-4 outside linebacker. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Jeffcoat posted a 4.63 40-yard dash, 36" vertical, 10'3'' broad jump, 6.97 three-cone drill and 18 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. He is a very good pass rusher but needs to get stronger and be more stout against the run. Jeffcoat will also be raw starting out in the NFL in coverage and will have to work at it. He recorded 82 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, four pass break-ups and blocked a kick for Texas last season. A smart player with good instincts but lacks a consistent motor. Jeffcoat is somewhat of a project but could become a very good NFL player and will be a 2nd or 3rd Round draft choice.
9. Telvin Smith, Sr. - Florida State
Smith looks like a safety but plays like a defensive end making big hits all over the place. He is undersized at 6'3'' and 218 pounds. Could use some bulk to his wiry frame. He could struggle taking on blocks in the NFL. Smith has the movement skills of a safety and is fluid in man or zone coverage. He jets into opponents backfields making run stops as well as pressuring the quarterback. Smith has a fantastic motor and plays with an attitude. Plays with great awareness sensing screens, trick plays and blowing them up. For the Seminoles in 2013, Smith piled up 90 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, broke-up four passes, recovered a fumble and intercepted three passes taking two back for touchdowns. At the Combine, Smith had a 4.52 forty, 31.5" vertical and 9'11'' broad jump. Smith should get selected around the 3rd Round in the 2014 NFL Draft.
10. Adrian Hubbard, Redshirt Jr. - Alabama
Hubbard has fantastic size at 6'6'' and 257 pounds. He is very stout against the run taking on and shedding blocks. Hubbard gets leverage on blockers and sets the edge nicely. Good athlete that can drop in coverage and do a decent job but will need to improve. Hubbard doesn't have as much pass rushing ability as he should. In 2013, Hubbard racked up 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three pass break-ups. Hubbard posted a 4.69 40-yard dash, 38.5" vertical and 9'9'' broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine. He needs to work on his hand use and pass rush moves at the next level. Hubbard has really good potential as a starting 3-4 outside linebacker or even a 4-3 defensive end if he puts on weight. Hubbard will likely be a 3rd or 4th Round selection in the NFL Draft.
Best of the Rest
11. Ronald Powell, Redshirt Jr. - Florida
12. Trevor Reilly, Redshirt Sr. - Utah
13. Carl Bradford, Redshirt Jr. - Arizona State
14. Demarcus Lawrence, Redshirt Jr. - Boise State
15. Howard Jones, Redshirt Sr. - Shepherd
16. Morgan Breslin, Sr. - USC
17. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Sr. - Boston College
18. Khairi Fortt, Redshirt Jr. - California
19. Prince Shembo, Sr. - Notre Dame
20. Christian Kirksey, Sr. - Iowa
21. Devon Kennard, Redshirt Sr. - USC
22. Jordan Tripp, Redshirt Sr. - Montana
23. Boseko Lokombo, Redshirt Sr. - Oregon
24. Jonathan Newsome, Redshirt Sr. - Ball State
25. Derrell Johnson, Sr. - East Carolina
26. Tyler Starr, Sr. - South Dakota
27. Kasim Edebali, Sr. - Boston College
28. Jonathan Brown, Sr. - Illinois
29. Denicos Allen, Redshirt Sr. - Michigan State
30. Shaquil Barrett, Sr. - Colorado State
31. Anthony Hitchens, Sr. - Iowa
32. Brad Daly, Sr. - Montana State
33. Marquis Flowers, Sr. - Arizona
34. Jayrone Elliott, Sr. - Toledo
35. Marcus Whitfield, Redshirt Sr. - Maryland
36. Xavius Boyd, Sr. - Western Kentucky
37. Carlos Fields, Redshirt Sr. - Winston-Salem
38. Corey Nelson, Sr. - Oklahoma
39. Jamal Merrell, Redshirt Sr. - Rutgers
40. Spencer Shuey, Redshirt Sr. - Clemson
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