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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:41 pm    Post subject: CW21's Draft Thread (Top 100 Big Board - Page 47) Reply with quote

Welcome to my fifth installment of such threads this time taking a closer look at the 2013 prospects. As always, I love hearing your feedback, taking your questions, or in general just talking prospects with you guys so let's make it another exciting thread.

Table of Contents
1.) Big Board
2.) Draft Articles
3.) Quarterbacks
4.) Running Backs
5.) Wide Receivers
6.) Tight Ends
7.) Offensive Tackles
8.) Offensve Guards/Centers
9.) 3-4 Defensive Ends/Nose Tackles
10.) 4-3 Defensive Tackles
11.) 4-3 Defensive Ends
12.) 3-4 Outside Linebackers
13.) 4-3 Outside Linebackers
14.) Middle Linebackers
15.) Cornerbacks
16.) Safeties
17.) Special Teams
18.) Mock Drafts



Previous Draft Threads
2012 Draft Thread
2011 Draft Thread
2010 Draft Thread
2009 Draft Thread


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Big Board
Last Update: 4/10/13


-----Top 5-----
None


-----Top 10-----
1.) Star Lotulelei [DT; Utah]
2.) Eric Fisher [OT; Central Michigan]
3.) Sharrif Floyd [DT; Florida]
4.) DeMarcus Milliner [CB; Alabama]
5.) Alec Ogletree [LB; Georgia]
6.) Luke Joeckel [OT; Texas A&M]
7.) Chance Warmack [OG; Alabama]


-----Top 20-----
8.) Ezekial “Ziggy” Ansah [DE/OLB; BYU]
9.) Cornelius “Tank” Carradine [DE; Florida State]
10.) Arthur Brown [LB; Kansas State]
11.) Geno Smith [QB; West Virginia]
12.) Lane Johnson [OT; Oklahoma]
13.) Barkevious Mingo [OLB; LSU]
14.) Dion Jordan [OLB/DE; Oregon]
15.) Jamie Collins [OLB; Southern Miss]
16.) Tyler Eifert [TE; Notre Dame]
17.) Kenny Vaccaro [S; Texas]
18.) Jarvis Jones [OLB; Georgia]
19.) Jonathan Cooper [OG/C; North Carolina]
20.) Sheldon Richardson [DT; Missouri]


-----Late 1st-----
21.) Xavier Rhodes [CB; Florida State]
22.) Jonathan Cyprien [S; FIU]
23.) Cordarelle Patterson [WR; Tennessee]


-----Early 2nd-----
24.) Darius Slay [CB; Mississippi State]
25.) Keenan Allen [WR; California]
26.) Desmond Trufant [CB; Washington]
27.) Markus Wheaton [WR; Oregon State]
28.) Bjoern Werner [DE; Florida State]
29.) Johnathan Banks [FS/CB; Mississippi State]
30.) DJ Swearinger [S; South Carolina]
31.) Datone Jones [DE; UCLA]


-----Mid 2nd-----
32.) Robert Woods [WR; USC]
33.) Justin Hunter [WR; Tennessee]
34.) DeAndre Hopkins [WR; Clemson]
35.) Philip Thomas [S; Fresno State]
36.) Ryan Nassib [QB; Syracuse]
37.) Damontre Moore [DE/OLB; Texas A&M]
38.) Larry Warford [OG; Kentucky]
39.) Justin Pugh [OG; Syracuse]


-----Late 2nd-----
40.) Trevardo Williams [OLB; UConn]
41.) Eddie Lacy [RB; Alabama]
42.) Brandon Williams [DT; Missouri Western State]
43.) Jesse Williams [DT; Alabama]
44.) Jamar Taylor [CB; Boise State]
45.) Tavon Austin [WR; West Virginia]
46.) Kevin Minter [ILB; LSU]
47.) John Jenkins [DT; Georgia]
48.) Kawann Short [DT; Purdue]
49.) Sylvester Williams [DT; North Carolina]
50.) Dallas Thomas [OG/OT; Tennessee]
51.) JJ Wilcox [S; Georgia Southern]
52.) Eric Reid [S; LSU]
53.) Manti Te’o [ILB; Notre Dame]
54.) Matt Barkley [QB; USC]
55.) Giovani Bernard [RB; North Carolina]
56.) Terron Armstead [OT; Arkansas-Pine Bluff]
57.) Jonathan Hankins [DT; Ohio State]


-----Early 3rd-----
58.) Travis Kelce [TE; Cincinnati]
59.) EJ Manuel [QB; Florida State]
60.) Sio Moore [OLB; UConn]
61.) Stedman Bailey [WR; West Virginia]
62.) Menelik Watson [OT; Florida State]
63.) Quinton Patton [WR; Louisiana Tech]


-----Mid 3rd-----
64.) Margus Hunt [DE; SMU]
65.) Alex Okafor [DE; Texas]
66.) Dwayne Gratz [CB; UConn]
67.) David Quessenberry [OG/C; San Jose State]
68.) Barrett Jones [OL; Alabama]
69.) DJ Hayden [CB; Houston]
70.) Gavin Escobar [TE; San Diego State]
71.) Terrance Williams [WR; Baylor]


-----Late 3rd-----
72.) Zac Stacy [RB; Vanderbilt]
73.) Corey Lemonier [OLB/DE; Auburn]
74.) Lavar Edwards [DE; LSU]
75.) Tony Jefferson [S; Oklahoma]
76.) Le’Veon Bell [RB; Michigan State]
77.) Matt Elam [S; Florida]
78.) DJ Fluker [OT/OG; Alabama]
79.) Khaseem Green [OLB; Rutgers]
80.) Johnathan Franklin [RB; UCLA]
81.) Montee Ball [RB; Wisconsin]


-----4th Round-----
82.) Tavarres King [WR; Georgia]
83.) Hugh Thornton [OG/OT; Illinois]
84.) David Bakhtiari [OL; Colorado]
85.) Aaron Dobson [WR; Marshall]
86.) Zack Ertz [TE; Stanford]
87.) Kiko Alonso [ILB; Oregon]
88.) Will Davis [CB; Utah State]
89.) Jelani Jenkins [OLB; Florida]
90.) Mike Glennon [QB; NC State]
91.) Kenny Stills [WR; Oklahoma]
92.) Alvin Bailey [OG; Arkansas]
93.) Kyle Long [OG; Oregon]
94.) Robert Alford [CB; SE Louisiana]
95.) Brian Schwenke [C; California]
96.) Bildi Wreh-Wilson [CB; UConn]
97.) Kevin Riddick [ILB; North Carolina]
98.) Jonathan Bostic [ILB; Florida]
99.) Terry Hawthorne [CB; Illinois]
100.) Travis Frederick [C/OG; Wisconsin]


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Draft Articles
July
Initial QB Thoughts (7/8)
Initial RB Thoughts (7/10)
Initial WR Thoughts (7/11)
Initial TE Thoughts (7/12)
Initial OT Thoughts (7/16)
Initial OG Thoughts (7/19)
Inital OC Thoughts (7/21)
Initial DT Thoughts (7/31)


August
Initial DE Thoughts (8/2)
Initial 4-3 OLB Thoughts (8/3)
Initial 3-4 OLB Thoughts (8/4)
Initial MLB Thoughts (8/5)
Initial CB Thoughts (8/5)
Initial S Thoughts (8/6)


September
Stock Check (Week One) (9/4)

October


November
Updated Skill Positions (11/4)
Updated OL Positions (11/4)

Updated Front Seven (11/20)
Updated Secondary (11/22)

December
Mock Draft v2013.01 (12/28)

January
Updated QB/RB Rankings (1/16)
Updated WR/TE Rankings (1/17)
Senior Bowl Measurement & Weigh-In Winners/Losers (1/22)
Updated OL Rankings (1/25)
Mock Draft v2013.01 (1/25)
Updated DL Rankings (1/26)
Updated LB Rankings (1/29)
Updated DB Rankings (1/30)


February
Updated Big Board (Top 100) (2/1)

March


April


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Quarterbacks
1.) Geno Smith [QB; West Virginia]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
NFL Comparison: Robert Griffin III [QB; Washington Redskins]

Strengths: The first thing you notice when you start watching tape of Geno Smith is that he's tremendously gifted with his physical tools. He's built quite well, and has shown the ability to bounce back from hard hits from defensive players. But he isn't your classic in the pocket passer, he's got the athletic ability to extend the play with his feet buying a little extra time for his receivers to get open. Geno Smith has been extremely productive under Dana Holgerson by completing over 65% of his throws and only throwing 12 interceptions combined over the last two seasons. When you dissect his release, you notice he's got a quick, short motion that snaps the ball out of his arm and to his receiver. He's got more than enough velocity on his throws to make all the throws that a starting quarterback will be asked to make. Displays really good accuracy on the intermediate throws, and throws a pretty good short route passes. While he's got the ability to create something out of nothing with his legs, he does a great job at being a passer first and then running only when the play breaks down.

Weakness: For as productive as he has been under Dana Holgerson, he really hasn't been in a pro-style offense with him as he's often taking snaps out of shotgun. As a result, he'll need to get practice taking snaps under center and that might be a bit of a hurdle that will need to be seen in post-season games. Too often, he'll rely on his pure arm strength rather than proper technique by stepping up into pressure and throwing off his front foot rather than throwing off his backfoot. The system that Holgerson runs has a lot of predetermined routes for the receivers, so the complexity of a different offensive system will likely be a concern. He'll need to impress the talent evaluators in the board room if he wants to contend for the #1 pick. Occasionally gets too locked onto a receiver, and he'll miss an open receiver as a result. Also will occasionally throw into double and triple coverage forcing throws that he probably shouldn't make. Surprisingly, not a real accurate runner when he's flushed from the pocket. Could stand to clean up his deep ball accuracy a bit more.

Overall: Geno Smith has done a great job of putting himself in line to be the #1 overall pick come April despite his team's lack of success in it's inaugural season in the Big XII. Geno Smith possesses the physical tools to play the quarterback position in the NFL, but right now the question remains more of what is between the ears. He'll need good coaching in the NFL, because his technique particularly in regards to his footwork needs changed. He'll make his money in the board room if he can prove that he can understand and articulate a more complex offensive system than what is ran in West Virginia. Geno Smith has moved himself from a Day 2 pick before the season started into what figures to be a top ten pick, and possibly the first overall pick should he continue to impress people. He's below Andrew Luck and RGIII as QB prospects though.


2.) Ryan Nassib [QB; Syracuse]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 227
NFL Comparison: Andy Dalton [QB; Cincinnati Bengals]

Strengths: Looks the part of an NFL quarterback with a well filled out frame. Displays more than enough arm to make all the throws required out of an NFL starting quarterback. Shows a nice display of zip and touch on his passes to make throws. Shows a quick release. For the most part, he's got smooth mechanics. Has shown the ability to extend plays with his legs, and relatively accurate throwing on the run. When scrambling, he keeps his eyes downfield. Steps up in the pocket to make the throws even when defenders are bearing down on him. From all accounts, he's a very smart quarterback with a high football IQ. Really commanded the Orange offense, and knew it forward and backwards. A fiery competitor who has shown the ability to win close games. Shown the ability to bounce back after getting hit by a defender. Very experience as a three year starter for Syracuse. From all accounts, a well respected leader in the Syracuse lockerroom.

Weakness: Very inconsistent in the way he handled pressure. At times, he'd force the issue and end up throwing a bad pass that resulted in interceptions. But there were also times when he'd make the proper throw despite being under pressure. Might trust his arm a bit too much. Production doesn't seem to match the talent, and some of that might be a product of the limited talent around him. Deep ball touch could stand to be cleaned up. Will overlook an open receiver too often. When he doesn't keep his eyes down field, he has some troubles re-adjusting his eyes down the field. Not a threat to tuck it and run despite his ability to prolong plays.

Overall: Ryan Nassib is quietly moving up draft boards around the league, and even up my QB board with his solid play. You're not going to ever get a franchise quarterback in the mold of a Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but a stronger armed Andy Dalton is definitely something that is a very legitimate upside. Probably needs another year or two of seasoning, but I could honestly see a team like Dallas draft him in the second round and have him learn from Tony Romo for a few years before taking over. He's got the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but he'll need some more work on his pocket presence.


3.) Matt Barkley [QB; USC]

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
NFL Comparison: Vinny Testaverde [QB; Retired]

Strengths: Much like most quarterbacks coming out of USC, he's a really well spoken and well developed quarterback that shows the characteristics of a franchise quarterback. He's got decent size at 6'2", but he's built quite well at around 225-230 depending on who you ask. Playing in the pro style that USC runs definitely helps his transition to the NFL when he'll be asked to command the huddle in a much more complicated offense, but this gives him a heads up over the other quarterbacks vying for the top quarterback taken in the draft. He's an almost ideal fit for a West Coast team like the Packers that apply short to intermediate passes to keep the chains moving. His accuracy in the short-to-intermediate game is top notch, and should bode well for his ability to keep the chains moving in the NFL. He seems to have a good feel for pressure in the pocket, even if he doesn't have much pressure applied to him because of his line. He's got extremely clean mechanics and releases the ball near the top of his wind up giving it the most projection. Very much a poster child for clean mechanics for parents at home looking to teach their kids the correct way to throw the ball. With the league paying a much closer attention to character concerns, he's been a model citizen and a great leader for the Trojans.

Weakness: While his arm is strong enough to make all the throws, it's not a great arm and might face some issues in particularly rough weathered games. He throws a nice deep ball, but again it doesn't posses a ton of velocity on it. He hasn't faced much pressure because of the offensive line, but when the pressure gets to him he gets a bit antsy leading him to throw too many balls off of his backfoot leading to the ball sailing. Like most young quarterbacks, has a tendency to hold onto the ball too long but that should correct itself more as he continues to develop as a quarterback. He's never really won a big game at USC, and he's struggled mightily against Washington for whatever reason. Some will heavily criticize him for that, and while I'm not on that wagon yet I'm critical and think that this year is going to be detrimental to him. He's going to make or break his stock this year.

Overall: Matt Barkley has a ton of talent, more than enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but he's going to have to overcome the stigma attached to USC quarterbacks because of the recent flops of Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez. I really struggled coming up with a comparison for Matt Barkley, and I'll probably end up changing it down the road but I think he's got a long career in store for him. I almost compared him to Carson Palmer. I don't think it'll be as a star, but in that sort of second tier of quarterbacks as a really good, but not great quarterback. He's going to bring new life into a franchise that ends up taking him, and he'll become the franchises hope to start a team that can compete for championships. He's taken his lumps and bruises while at USC with the sanctions handed down by NCAA, but that speaks volumes to his character.


4.) E.J. Manuel [QB; Florida State]

Height: 6'4 5/8"
Weight: 237
NFL Comparison: Jason Campbell [QB; Chicago Bears]

Strengths: E.J. definitely looks the part physically of an NFL quarterback. E.J. Manuel comes from a very pro-style offense that implemented a lot of 3 and 5 step drops from under center as well as playing from the shotgun as well. He's got a solid understanding of going through his reads while dropping back from under center. One of his more impressive traits his picture perfect mechanics. He secures the ball with both hands after the snap, and brings it up high enough to keep defenders away from the ball that are trying to force a fumble. He combines that with a strong arm that shows the ability to make all the throws required out of an NFL starting quarterback. For the most part, his short-to-intermediate accuracy is really good. And for as big a quarterback as he is, he's surprisingly mobile as evidenced by the bootlegs and play action. Does a pretty good job of extending plays using his feet as well. Seems to have a good feel of pressure and does a good job stepping up in the pocket.

Weakness: Like most quarterbacks coming out of college, he's been able to get away with mediocre footwork because of sheer talent but he'll need to clean up all the extra movement before he's ready to play in the NFL which can lead to his inaccurate passes. Doesn't do a very good job transferring his weight which again helps explain his accuracy issues particularly down the field. Has a tendency to force the issue rather than getting rid of the ball and fighting to live another down. Despite having some of the bigger hands amongst quarterback, he's had issues with fumbling. His production at Florida State doesn't match the hype he had coming out of college.

Overall: E.J. Manuel is probably the most physically imposing quarterback in this year's class, but the production doesn't match the physical tools or at least not yet. For any team looking to draft him, you're investing in the future not for the immediate production since he's not going to be ready to play his rookie year. Instead, you draft him with the intention of sitting him for the year behind a veteran quarterback and learn the ropes of an NFL offense and work on the finer points of playing quarterback. Personally, I'd much rather invest a mid round pick into E.J. Manuel than have to invest a top ten pick into a guy like Geno Smith with how poor this year's quarterback class is.


5.) Mike Glennon [QB; NC State]

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 232
NFL Comparison: Joe Flacco [QB; Baltimore Ravens]

Strengths: He's a physically imposing quarterback at 6'6", 232 so he can take a few hits and bounce back from them. Fantastic arm strength that can make all the throws required out of NFL quarterbacks. Not afraid to force the ball into tight areas and has the ability to take a bit of speed off of his throws. Able to stretch the field vertically with his arm. Displays a clean delivery and throwing mechanics. Used to working under center in a pro-style offense at NC State. Shows the ability to read defenses, scan and find the open receiver. Shows decent touch on his throws. Had a tendency to force throws due to his below-average receiving cast. Shown great mental toughness. One of the leaders of the Wolfpack locker room. Still possesses a bit of upside. More athletic than he's given credit for, but he's definitely a pure pocket passer. Looks more comfortable under center than in the shotgun.

Weakness: Mechanically, his footwork is an absolute mess. He displays poor footwork and often trips over his own feet when dropping back to pass. Needs to clean it up in order to play in the NFL. Poor pocket presence and doesn't feel pressure very well either. Doesn't displays the poise of an NFL starting QB. Tends to throw too many iffy passes that lead to interceptions. Relies too much on his arm strength and doesn't pay attention to touch which can cause the ball to sail over his receiver. Pretty much a statue in the pocket, doesn't offer anything in terms of scrambling ability. Really struggles throwing while on the run. Questionable leadership skills. Relatively inexperienced.

Overall: Mike Glennon has slowly been rising up draft boards in large part due to his arm strength, but he's a mess mechanically. A QB coach will need to sit and work with him for a few years before he can go in the NFL. Probably a Late Day 2 pick at the earliest, but i think he's more likely go into the earlier portions of Day 3. Some team will draft him with the intention of developing into a starter down the line.


6.) Zac Dysert [QB; Miami (OH)]


7.) Tyler Wilson [QB; Arkansas]

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 218
NFL Comparison: Philip Rivers [QB; San Diego Chargers]

Strengths: Tyler Wilson has a good, but not great body to withstand the hits of an NFL defense. He has displayed the arm strength to make all the throws required out of an NFL starting quarterback. He displays good footwork under duress, and sets up a quick accurate pass. Puts good zip on his passes to keep defenders from getting the easy interception and not afraid to throw the ball into tight windows. Not a real athletic quarterback, but is able to extend plays with his feet. He's displayed good accuracy on the short-to-intermediate passes. His pocket presence was much improved from 2011, due in large part to the porous offensive line that he had in front of him. From all accounts, a strong leader and a high work ethic.

Weakness: You wish he were a couple of inches taller. Has inconsistent arm strength especially when his footworks gets out of whack, will too often throw of his backfoot rather than stepping into the throw. Really needs to clean up his footwork in the NFL, so he doesn't have a whole lot of wasted movement. Deep ball accuracy goes in and out, and is too inconsistent to be a huge deep threat at this point. Doesn't do a great job going through his progression, and too often caught staring at his go-to receiver or first read. Decision making went backwards as a senior.

Overall: Tyler Wilson is being projected all up and down the draft, currently somewhere in either the first or second round. Some team is going to take the risk and think they can correct the mechanical flaws and draft him relatively high hoping that he can become their franchise quarterback. I've recently gotten on the Tyler Wilson-to-the-Chiefs bandwagon. Andy Reid has done a great job with quarterbacks, and the Chiefs have a pair of high school caliber quarterbacks. The Chiefs have to be in the market for a quarterback this offseason as Matt Cassel is likely going to be a cap casualty. Tyler Wilson has a chance to vault himself up to the top quarterback prospect in the draft, and that could put him in a position to go first overall to the Chiefs.


8.) Tyler Bray [QB; Tennessee]
9.) Brad Sorenson [QB; Southern Utah]
10.) Landry Jones [QB; Oklahoma]
11.) Sean Renfree [QB; Duke]
12.) Matt Scott [QB; Arizona]
13.) Colby Cameron [QB; Louisiana Tech]
14.) Ryan Aplin [QB; Arkansas State]
15.) Mike Herman [QB/TE; RPI]
16.) Ryan Griffin [QB; Tulane]
17.) Jordan Rodgers [QB; Vanderbilt]
18.) Nathan Stanley [QB; Southeastern Louisiana]
19.) Casey Brockman [QB; Murray State]
20.) Jeff Tuel [QB; Washington State]


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Running Backs

1.) Eddie Lacy [RB; Alabama]


2.) Giovani Bernard [RB; North Carolina]

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 205
NFL Comparison: Doug Martin [RB; Tampa Bay Buccaneers]

Strengths: Does a very good job running between the tackle with solid fundamentals. Displays good patience letting his blockers getting set up ahead of him before going through the hole. Good vision, but not real great. Bernard shows a low center-of-gravity, and keeps his pad level down well. Appears to have as good ability to run outside the tackle as he does between the tackle, which is a pretty rare trait in backs. Looks to have the ability to add another ten to fifteen pounds to his frame to help his durability. He's got good enough speed to outrun defenders. Much more quick than fast, but he's got fantastic COD skills and shows quite a bit of wiggle. A very gifted receiver out of the backfield as he's the third leading receiver for the Tar Heels. He's been relatively healthy the last two years missing only two games over that time period. From all accounts, he's a hard worker and a good teammate.

Weakness: He doesn't have ideal size for a running back, as he's a bit smallish at 5'10", 205 but with the recent success of smaller backs it bodes well for his future. While he's got good enough speed, it's not great breakaway speed and will have trouble pulling away from better athletes. I've seen him get caught from behind by linebackers. Still need to work on his pass protection as it isn't quite up to snuff where it needs to be in the NFL. Has some minor injury concerns as he tore his ACL in his third practice in college.

Overall: Giovani Bernard, the younger brother of fromer Oregon State running back Yvenson Bernard, figures to be among the top ranked running backs should he declare for the 2013 NFL Draft as expected. He's got the same underrated qualities that Doug Martin had coming out last year from Boise State, and could easily see a rise up into the latter portion the first round with a strong showing in the offseason. I think he's got a nice career ahead for him, even if I don't think he's going to be much of a star. I think he'll be a consistent starter for several years to come.


3.) Zac Stacy [RB; Vanderbilt]
4.) Le'Veon Bell [RB; Michigan State]
5.) Johnathan Franklin [RB; UCLA]
6.) Montee Ball [RB; Wisconsin]
7.) Joseph Randle [RB; Oklahoma State]
8.) Jawan Jamison [RB; Rutgers]
9.) Mike Gillislee [RB; Florida]
10.) Marcus Lattimore [RB; South Carolina] (INJ)
11.) Christine Michael [RB; Texas A&M]
12.) Andre Ellington [RB; Clemson]
13.) Knile Davis [RB; Arkansas]
14.) Stepfan Taylor [RB; Stanford]
15.) Kenjon Barner [RB; Oregon]
16.) Dennis Johnson [RB; Arkansas]
17.) Miguel Maysonet [RB; Stony Brook]
18.) Latavious Murray [RB; UCF]
19.) Theo Riddick [RB; Notre Dame]
20.) Cierre Wood [RB; Notre Dame]


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Wide Receivers
1.) Cordarelle Patterson [WR; Tennessee]


2.) Keenan Allen [WR; California]

Height: 6'2 1/8"
Weight: 206
NFL Comparison: Jordy Nelson [WR; Green Bay Packers]

Strengths: He's got decent size for an NFL receiver at a hair over 6'2", and good build at 206 but appears to have a strong frame overall. He's extremely dangerous with the yards after the catch and will often make a short yard play into a big gain. Athleticism is clearly evident, but it's his ability to make defenders miss in space is where he is at his strongest. Shows good vision after getting the ball. Not afraid to go up and fight for the ball. Shown the willingness to go over the middle to make the difficult catch. Despite having poor play from his quarterback, Allen has great body control and often got turned around to get the ball but never looked like he was out of control. Very athletic, should test in the high 4.4's or low 4.5's when he runs his combine. More of a long strider than overly fast. Pretty good route runner, particularly in his short-to-intermediate routes. Should be pretty good at beating press coverage with his strength. Has shown the ability to run different route trees, and has even had some experience returning kicks.

Weakness: Needs to be more consistent when it comes to catching the ball with his hands, will often let the ball come into his body too much. Has struggled with drops over his career, so might be an issue at the next level. Has struggled staying healthy, and currently has question marks regarding the PCL he hurt this year. Doesn't have great top end speed. Nor does he have elite burst. Really needs to clean up his footwork, can get caught up with too many steps and wasted movement. While he gives good effort in run blocking, he really isn't much of a factor in the run game.

Overall: Although the production doesn't match the hype coming out of college, but this is more of a case where a player projects to be a better professional than a college player. That being said, his skill set fits perfectly in the NFL with his ability to get yards after the catch. He probably won't ever be a great down the field receiver, but in the right scheme he could easily develop into a lower end #1, higher end #2. He'll definitely be of more value to certain teams, particularly one that stresses the YAC.


3.) Markus Wheaton [WR; Oregon State]

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 189
NFL Comparison: Antonio Brown [WR; Pittsburgh Steelers]

Strengths: He's shown the ability to play any of the receiver slots, both on the outside or in the slot. He's got amazing body control and seems to have complete control over his body when in the air. Very good straight-line speed allows him to get past defenders and create separation without proper jam, which he does a great job of using a swim move to get past the cornerback trying to play press coverage. Understands how to beat press coverage, since he went up against it consistently since the Beavers use this with their defensive backs. Very developed in his route running, and does a good job finding holes in zone coverage. Not afraid to sit in those holes and let his quarterback find him. He's got good lateral agility as well. Has a strong stiff arm to get defenders away from him as evidenced by his high bench press numbers. Not afraid to go across the teeth of the defense and make the tough catch. Shows a willingness to help run block.

Weakness: Very slight at under six feet tall and not 200 pounds and doesn't look his body has much more room to add onto his frame. He's a very average blocker, and gets pushed around by more physical defenders. Won't ever be a real physical receiver. He's not overly elusive rather using his long speed to beat defenders. Played in an offense that utilized him in screen plays that were designed to get him the ball in space. Needs to learn to do a better job getting his feet down when catching balls along the sideline. Needs to attack the ball and pluck it out of the air rather than waiting for the ball to come to him. Route running can tend to get a bit sloppy down the field.

Overall: Markus Wheaton really looks the part of an NFL receiver despite his smallish frame. He should hear his name pretty early on draft day but with the recent value of receivers going down he probably won't go off the board until the second day of the draft. I don't think he'll ever develop into a #1 receiver, but a higher end #2 definitely isn't out of the question. Combine that with the fact that he doesn't have a huge amount of upside and it's going to take a certain team that is going to fall in love with him.


4.) Robert Woods [WR; USC]

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 190
NFL Comparison: Greg Jennings [WR; Green Bay Packers]

Strengths: Very quick, was an All-State track star in high school which should lead towards a low 40 yard dash time. Upper body frame is well defined. Despite smallish frame, he's got long arms and big hands to catch the ball. His hands are some of the best in the nation. Very elusive in the open field and good at getting the yards after catch. Not afraid to go over the middle and put his body in harms way in order to make a catch. His leaping ability opens up his catch radius. Very strong route runner with clean, crisp routes. Ran several different routes from several different positions while at USC. Has the ability to beat the receiver deep but more of a possession receiver with his YAC ability. He's shown the ability to beat press coverage by opposing cornerbacks. Understands zone coverage and knows how to find the open spot in zone coverage. Seems to have very good "game awareness." Intense competitor and will be seen being tough on himself after a mistake. Shows a willingness to block in the run game or in the pass game.

Weakness: He's listed at 190 pounds, but he's likely lighter than that and would be well served by adding a bit more weight to his frame to help him handle hits from NFL defensive players. Doesn't always posses great awareness of the sideline on the fades and deep routes. Occasionally will have a lapse in concentration which leads to drops he shouldn't have. Will likely struggle a bit more against bigger, more physical defensive backs in press coverage. Tries to be too creative at times when he's gotten the ball trying to beat the defender. Overall, needs to add more strength to his frame.

Overall: Robert Woods has been on the map since his freshman year, and he's done nothing to change that. He's got a LOT of Greg Jennings similarities and he should have no issues translating to the NFL. He's my top ranked receiver, although he'll face tough competition by Keenan Allen of Cal and Justin Hunter of Tennessee. He'll be asked to shoulder the load immediately in the NFL when he gets picked in the first half of the first round of the upcoming draft.


5.) Justin Hunter [WR; Tennessee]

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
NFL Comparison: Kenny Britt [WR; Tennessee Titans]

Strengths: He's got good size for an NFL receiver at 6'4", 200. For as big as he is, he's quite athletic. He's a long strider and gets to his top speed quickly. Has the ability to stretch the defense vertically. Possesses soft hands and the ability to pluck the ball out of the air. Shows a large catch radius in large part due to his athleticism and jumping ability. One of the best receivers in terms of the fade route. Has shown the ability to create separation from defensive backs. Displays good initial burst. Moves well in short areas. Shown the ability to run different routes and play various wide receiver positions. Still possesses quite a bit in terms of upside.

Weakness: More of an athlete than a football player at this point. His explosiveness still hasn't really returned pre-ACL tear. For as big as he is, he struggles to use his physicality to force separation. Needs to add more weight to his frame, and that could help him against more physical cornerbacks. Needs to prove he can consistently get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage. Has some issues with drops which can bea direct result of a lack of focus. Doesn't have a whole lot of YAC at this point. Will often go backwards trying to create something out of often rather than taking the positive yards. Production doesn't match the potential with only one year of real production.

Overall: Justin Hunter will be as good as he wants to be. If he comes in and works on his craft, he can easily be a top 5 wide receiver in the NFL. Based purely on talent, he's a top 5 talent but because of the rawness and his refusal to get his hands dirty he'll most likely slip into the twenties where a playoff team will look to add him. If you're willing to put work into him, he's got a bunch in terms of upside but he needs work. He'll need time in a S&C room, and probably needs to be put around the right teammates in the rest of the wide receivers on his team. His game lacks polish, but you're drafting based more on what he'll be three years from now than his immediate production.


6.) DeAndre Hopkins [WR; Clemson]
7.) Tavon Austin [WR; West Virginia]
8.) Stedman Bailey [WR; West Virginia]
9.) Quinton Patton [WR; Louisiana Tech]
10.) Terrance Williams [WR; Baylor]
11.) Tavarres King [WR; Georgia]
12.) Aaron Dobson [WR; Marshall]
13.) Kenny Stills [WR; Oklahoma]
14.) Ryan Swope [WR; Texas A&M]
15.) Da'Rick Rogers [WR; Tennessee Tech]
16.) Chris Harper [WR; Kansas State]
17.) Josh Boyce [WR; TCU]
18.) Marquise Goodwin [WR; Texas]
19.) Corey Fuller [WR; Virginia Tech]
20.) Ace Sanders [WR; South Carolina]


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Tight Ends

1.) Tyler Eifert [TE; Notre Dame]

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 251
NFL Comparison: Kyle Rudolph [TE; Notre Dame]

Strengths: He's built extremely well at 6'6", 251 which gives him the strength to catch the ball in traffic as well as in-line blocking. Despite that, he's lined up both in an in-line position as a blocking tight end but has also spent time as a slot receiver in the Fighting Irish's offense. He's got decent speed whose projected to run in the high 4.7 to low 4.8 range, but not going to be a big time play threat. He's shown an ability to beat press coverage, which is a great sign of his ability to get open at the next level. He's quite developed as a route runner and shown the ability to run several different routes while at Notre Dame. His quality is easily his hands which are almost a sure thing to catch any ball that enters anywhere near him. He's going to gobble them up and pick up yardage. While he's not an elite athlete, he does a good job using his body control to get balls that many others wouldn't be able to catch. He's easily one of the best blockers in his class and gives good effort.

Weakness: He's quite average athletically, and doesn't have much big play threat since he's projected to run pretty average. He's not really going to bring much in terms of yards after catch with his average athleticism. He's not in the mold of a Jimmy Graham, but probably more like a Rob Gronkowski. While he's among the best blockers in his class, he could still stand to clean up a bit more in that department to help round out his game where his coaches will probably ask him to in-line block a bit more at the next level.

Overall: I've seen Todd Heap thrown out a bit as a comparison for Eifert, but I think he's a more developed version of Kyle Rudolph and the ties to Notre Dame certainly don't hurt. He's a very well developed tight end, but that lack of apparent upside could end up seeing his stock start to go down around draft time since the league is moving towards the more athletic tight ends. Either way, I think he'll end up being a first round pick come April and be a solid tight end for several years to come for a lucky franchise.


2.) Travis Kelce [TE; Cincinnati]


3.) Gavin Escobar [TE; San Diego State]

Height: 6'5 7/8"
Weight: 254
NFL Comparison: Dennis Pitta [TE; Baltimore Ravens]

Strengths: Gavin Escobar has a big, strong athletic build with long arms. He's shown the ability to line up in a number of spots all over the field. Escobar does a good job of using his hands to catching it instead of letting the ball get to his chest. Shown the ability to pluck the ball out of the air, which tends to stick to his hands and doesn't seem to bobble many balls. Can be used as a vertical threat. Plays much faster than his timed speed indicates. Shows a large catch radius and catches almost anything in it. Stronger and faster than most linebackers, so he should be a pretty good offensive threat. Has been used a lot in motion to get angle blocks. Shows the strong ability to track the ball down the field, and does a good job of getting his head around to locate the ball. Does a good job of locating the soft hole in zone coverage and sits in that hole. Very tough to cover when he's given free release at the line of scrimmage. He's got the frame to be a good blocker at the next level.

Weakness: Not very explosive out of his stance and takes a bit of time before hits his top speed. Technique in terms of blocking is really poor, and ends up lunging at defenders rather than using proper technique. Might even lack the mean streak to really be a good blocker. Also gets too upright when blocking, which kills his ability to use leverage to his advantage. Gets too handsy when blocking which causes him to be incapable of holding a block, and can cause a high number of holding penalties. Really loses his balance when blocking, and is pretty easy to shed when the pass rusher is trying to get by him. Really not the elite athleticism to be a great pass receiver.

Overall: He's got the talent to be an impact receiver at tight end, but his ability to develop as a blocker is probably going to go a long ways to determining how good he ultimately becomes. If he works hard on his craft, there is no doubt that he can become a top 10 TE and become one of the bigger pass catching threats. Personally, I think he finds a nice niche as a #2 TE for a team as a pass receiving threat that makes his money in certain formations. He's a good receiver, but just the questionable holes in his game that probably puts his draft stock late into Day 2, possibly early Day 3 depending on where the run on tight ends start going off the board. After Tyler Eifert, there are a handful of tight ends including Escobar that could compete for that #2 TE slot. Might just come down to what the teams want out of their tight end.


4.) Zack Ertz [TE; Stanford]
5.) Ryan Otten [TE; San Jose State]
6.) Vance McDonald [TE; Rice]
7.) Jordan Reed [TE; Florida]
8.) Levine Toilolo [TE; Stanford]
9.) Michael Williams [TE; Alabama]
10.) Joseph Fauria [TE; UCLA]
11.) Chris Gragg [TE; Arkansas]
12.) Dion Sims [TE; Michigan State]
13.) Justice Cunningham [TE; South Carolina]
14.) Nick Casa [TE; Colorado]
15.) Mychal Rivera [TE; Tennessee]
16.) DC Jefferson [TE; Rutgers]
17.) Jake Stonebruner [TE; Ohio State]
18.) Mike Shanahan [TE; Pittsburgh]
19.) T.J. Knowles [TE; Sacramento State]
20.) Matt Furstenburg [TE; Maryland]


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Offensive Tackles

1.) Eric Fisher [OT; Central Michigan]


2.) Luke Joeckel [OT; Texas A&M]

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 310
NFL Comparison: Michael Roos [OT; Tennessee Titans]

Strengths: Very good size for an NFL left tackle at 6'6", 310 and nice frame. Shows really good ability to mirror pass rusher which bodes well for his future as a left tackle. Quick reacter and one of the first off the line of scrimmage. Very solid kick slide. Strong, powerful kick punch. Quick and athletic. Displays good awareness and a high football IQ. Shows great functional strength. Does a great job getting to the second level and takes good angles to get to the defender. Displays really good footwork. Anchors well in protection. Looks very comfortable in pass protection. Understands defensive line moves, and works well with guard when defensive lines implement twists. A well spoken leader on the Aggies offensive line from all accounts.

Weakness: Very inconsistent in run blocking, and often lets the defender initiate the contact instead of initiating it. Needs to learn to drive the defender when engaged. Gets caught with poor pad level far too often. Doesn't extend very well to keep defenders away from his body. Technique in general could stand to be improved before he can become a top flight offensive tackle. Might struggle against elite pass rushers. Could stand to get stronger to help in the run game. Really lacks the mean streak to get after defenders in the run game. Will occasionally get caught by defenders dipping their shoulder.

Overall: Luke Joeckel has elevated himself to the top offensive tackle in this year's class, and a very likely top 5 selection come April. He looks like a left tackle prospect that teams can pencil in for the next decade. He'll likely hear his name called often, but probably won't get much publicity which is a good thing. He makes up a pair of bookend tackles in College Station and was a big reason why Johnny Manziel found so much success this year. With the departure of Joeckel, Manziel could have a sophomore slump with only Jake Matthews left to block for him.


3.) Lane Johnson [OT; Oklahoma]
4.) Terron Armstead [OT; Arkansas-Pine Bluff]
5.) Menelik Watson [OT; Florida State]
6.) DJ Fluker [OT/OG; Alabama]
7.) David Bakhtiari [OL; Colorado]
8.) Chris Faulk [OT; LSU]
9.) Jordan Mills [OT; Louisiaina Tech]
10.) Xavier Nixon [OT; Florida]
11.) Dallas Thomas [OG/OT; Tennessee]
12.) Reid Fragel [OT; Ohio State]
13.) Oday Aboushi [OT; Virginia]
14.) Ricky Wagner [OT; Wisconsin]
15.) Luke Marquardt [OT; Azusa Pacific]


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Offensive Guards

1.) Chance Warmack [OG; Alabama]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 320
NFL Comparison: Carl Nicks [OG; Tampa Bay Buccaneers]

Strengths: While most would immediately point towards his strength, the portion of his game I'm most impressed with his impressive technique. He's got consistent, sound technique. I'm not sure I've ever seen a prospect with as sound technique as I saw when I was grading out Chance Warmack. Warmack understands and plays with good pad leverage and very rarely is caught with his pad level too high. A smart blocker who attacks the defender properly and very rarely makes mistakes. Like I alluded to earlier, he's as strong as an ox and is hard to push backwards. For as strong as he is, he moves quite well in space. He pulls well and does a great job at getting to the second level. Very light on his feet and does a great job keeping them moving in pass protection. A very smooth athlete. More than enough natural strength.

Weakness: There are very few weaknesses in his game, but like any other athlete going from college to the pros he needs to become stronger. He might be a bit shorter than what is ideal for an NFL guard. He occasionally will struggle with a good bull rush, which was evident in the SEC Title Game against Georgia where John Jenkins managed to push him backwards. Needs to keep his pad level down, for the most part he does a good job but will occasionally get caught with pad level a bit too high.

Overall: You'd be hard pressed to find a player who grades out as highly as Chance Warmack does at his position, yet not given the "value" of an early pick. Unfortunately for Warmack, his position is devalued because of a perceived "lack" of value on the grand scheme of the offense. That being said, Chance Warmack is one of a few elite players at their position in this year's draft along with Jarvis Jones and Star Lotulelei. David DeCastro, a year ago, was a top ranked guard and Chance Warmack is head and shoulders a better prospect than he was. I'm sure teams might have the idea of moving him to left tackle, but he's a guard through and through. I could see him going as high as number five to Detroit but I can't imagine him getting past St. Louis at 16. Overall, Chance is one of the blue chip prospects in this year's draft, but positional value will end up hurting his stock.


2.) Jonathan Cooper [C/OG; North Carolina]
3.) Larry Warford [OG; Kentucky]
4.) Justin Pugh [OG/OT; Syracuse]
5.) Dallas Thomas [OG/OT; Tennessee]
6.) David Quessenberry [OG/C; San Jose State]
7.) Barrett Jones [C/OG; North Carolina]


8.) Hugh Thornton [OG; Illinois]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 320
NFL Comparison: Jeff Allen [OG; Kansas City Chiefs]

Strengths: He's got a nice thick, powerful body with really good arm length for a guard. A natural knee bender who has a strong base. Utilizes his lower body extremely well when anchoring especially against longer defenders. Has powerful, heavy hands that pack a powerful punch. He does a good job of keeping defenders away from his body as well. Shows a lot of strength on the field and can throw defenders around with ease. Possesses good lateral agility and the ability to close on the edge. Does a good job getting to the second level, especially in the run game getting to the spot quickly. Squares up quickly and displays good flexibility. Has a bit of nasty to him. Has experience playing both guard and tackle, could play either offensive guard or even potentially right tackle at the next level.

Weakness: Can get overanxious in pass protection and lunge towards defenders at the snap. Too often he's caught leading with his shoulder and will dip his head when engaging defenders in open space. Really lacks the ideal height and length for an NFL offensive tackle, but could probably play right tackle in the right scheme. Gets too upright when he's dropping back into pass protection and really kills his ability to create leverage. Doesn't do a very good job keeping his feet moving once engaged with a defender, which could leave him susceptible to a power move once engaged.

Overall: Hugh Thornton is finally starting to receive the recognition he deserves, and unfortunately it's coming late in the process. He's not quite on the same level as the top guards in this year's class but he's one of best guards to go in the middle rounds in a while and should have a long, solid career for the next decade. If you need a starting guard and don't want to invest a high pick into a guard, he's the guy you need to target in the middle rounds and getting him in the fourth would be really good value. Could come in and start Day 1 at guard and provide some value to play tackle in a pinch.


9.) Alvin Bailey [OG; Arkansas]
10.) Kyle Long [OG; Oregon]
11.) Brian Winters [OG; Kent State]
12.) Omoregie Uzzi [OG; Georgia Tech]
13.) J.C. Tretter [OG; Cornell]
14.) Sam Brenner [OG; Utah]
15.) Jeff Baca [OG; UCLA]
16.) Travis Frederick [C/OG; Wisconsin]
17.) Mark Jackson [OG; Glenville State]
18.) Travis Bond [OG; North Carolina]
19.) Ryan Jensen [OG; Colorado State-Pueblo]
20.) Earl Watford [OG; James Madison]



Centers

1.) Jonathan Cooper [C/OG; North Carolina]
2.) Barrett Jones [C/OG; Alabama]
3.) Brian Schwenke [C; California]
4.) Travis Frederick [C/OG; Wisconsin]
5.) David Quessenberry [OG/C; San Jose State]
6.) Khaled Holmes [C/OG; USC]
7.) Mario Benavides [C; Louisville]
8.) Graham Pocic [C; Illinois]
9.) Dalton Freeman [C; Clemson]
10.) Braxston Cave [C; Notre Dame]
11.) Joe Madsen [C; West Virginia]
12.) T.J. Johnson [C; South Carolina]
13.) Eric Kush [C; California (Pennsylvania)]
14.) Matt Stankiewitch [C; Penn State]
15.) Skyler Allen [C; Ohio]


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3-4 Defensive Ends

1.) Sharrif Floyd [DT; Florida]
2.) Star Lotulelei [DT; Utah]
3.) Datone Jones [DE; UCLA]
4.) Sylvester Williams [DT; North Carolina]
5.) Sheldon Richardson [DT; Missouri]
6.) Jesse Williams [DT; Alabama]
7.) Margus Hunt [DE; SMU]
8.) Corey Grissom [DT; South Florida]
9.) Joe Vellano [DT; Maryland]
10.) William Gholston [DE; Michigan State]



Nose Tackles

1.) Jesse Williams [DT; Alabama]
2.) Brandon Williams [DT; Missouri Southern]
3.) Johnathan Hankins [DT; Ohio State]
4.) John Jenkins [DT; Georgia]
5.) Larry Black Jr. [DT; Indiana]


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4-3 Defensive Tackles

1.) Star Lotulelei [DT; Utah]
2.) Sharrif Floyd [DT; Florida]


3.) Sheldon Richardson [DT; Missouri]

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 294
NFL Comparison: Henry Melton [DT; Chicago Bears]

Strengths: For as big as Sheldon Richardson is, he's a phenomenal athlete that moves incredibly well. He's got really good size and a great frame. Very fluid athlete and his straight-line speed is going to wow people at the combine. Gets upfield in a hurry and does a good job using his agility to create penetration in the backfield. Very violent hand use aids in his ability to get into the backfield. Has the ability to play both as a 43 UT as well as a 34 DE. Has a very strong motor that always runs hot. Shown chasing down the ball carrier from sideline-to-sideline. Does a good job diagnosing plays and reacting accordingly. Does a good job wrapping up the ball carrier. Has shown the ability to drop back into coverage. Seems to understand leverage and does a good job keeping pad level down. Has the potential to be an impact player on any defense.

Weakness: For as strong as his motor is, he has a tendency to get burned out towards the end of game and his effort gets a bit lackluster, but was much more consistent in 2012. Very passionate player, but needs when to keep his mouth shut and not get too emotional. Could become an issue if he talks too the media too much. Not very stout against the run and willl certainly get pushed around by stronger, more physical offensive lineman. Definitely not one of the stronger defensive lineman in this year's class. Struggles against double teams. Doesn't always doing a great job shedding blocks when lineman become engaged with him. Until this year, didn't have a whole lot of experience playing against top flight offensive lineman.

Overall: Sheldon Richardson is becoming a hot name for the 2013 NFL Draft, and barring a significant hit to his draft stock should hear his name called relatively early come April. He's one of the best interior pass rushers in several years, and the minute he steps on the field will instantly become one of the fastest defensive tackles in the league. There could easily be a situation where he and Star Lotulelei both go inside the Top-5. For as big as he is, he's a phenomenal athlete and moves incredibly well for a man his size.


4.) Brandon Williams [DT; Missouri Southern State]
5.) John Jenkins [DT; Georgia]
6.) Sylvester Williams [DT; North Carolina]
7.) Kawann Short [DT; Purdue]
8.) Johnathan Hankins [DT; Ohio State]
9.) Jesse Williams [DT; Alabama]
10.) Akeem Spence [DT; Illinois]
11.) Cory Grissom [DT; South Florida]
12.) Jordan Hill [DT; Penn State]
13.) Bennie Logan [DT; LSU]
14.) Josh Boyd [DT; Mississippi State]
15.) Montori Hughes [DT; Tennessee-Martin]
16.) Everett Dawkins [DT; Florida State]
17.) Kwame Geathers [DT; Georgia]
18.) TJ Barnes [DT; Georgia Tech]
19.) Gilbert Pena [DT; Ole Miss]
20.) Joe Vellano [DT; Maryland]


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4-3 Defensive Ends

1.) Ezekial Ansah [DE/OLB; BYU]
2.) Cornelius "Tank" Carradine [DE; Florida State]


3.) Dion Jordan [OLB/DE; Oregon]

Height: 6'7"
Weight: 243
NFL Comparison: Manny Lawson [OLB; Cincinnati Bengals]

Strengths: Right away when you see him, he's an impressive physical specimen with a large frame and long arms that still has plenty of growth potential left in him. Very fluid athlete and a ton of natural athleticism. Shows good initial burst and explosion off the snap. Bends well at the hips and able to turn the corner against lineman while maintaining leverage. Shows a wide range of pass rush moves. Very good in pursuit and for as big as he is he's good in coverage as well. For the most part, he's a reliable tackler and wraps up well. Does a really good job using his hands to keep blockers at bay, and then disengages to make the play on the ballcarrier. A willing run defender. Durable. Strong motor. Has positional and schematic versatility.

Weakness: Not very strong, particularly in his lower body where he needs to bulk up more. Can get too high and not play with good pad level when he gets winded. Not real stout against the run, and probably will be corrected with the correct weight room regiment. Probably will struggle against more athletic backs coming out of the backfield. Instincts and awareness aren't quite where you would hope they'd be. Might be a bit of a tweener.

Overall: Dion Jordan will almost certainly be a top twenty pick come April, and with a strong enough combine I think he can vault himself to the top pass rusher in this year's class. He's extremely athletic and he's got quite a bit of development left in him. He's your classic boom or bust pick, and you'll have to have a ton of faith in your coaching staff but you can get a perennial Pro Bowler in him. He's been a bit misused in Eugene, where the coaching staff asked him to drop into coverage more than rushing the passer. I think he's a bit more natural fit in a 34 rush linebacker role, but I think if he can add about twenty more pounds to his frame I think he could be a heck of a 43 end.


4.) Bjoern Werner [DE; Florida State]
5.) Datone Jones [DE; UCLA]
6.) Damontre Moore [DE; Texas A&M]
7.) Margus Hunt [DE; SMU]


8.) Alex Okafor [DE/OLB; Texas]

Height: 6'4"
Weight: 261
NFL Comparison: Ray Edwards [DE; Atlanta Falcons]

Strengths: He's got a nice frame and long arms both as a defensive end with his hand in the ground and standing up as a rush linebacker. Shows a nice first step after the snap. A strong upper body helps him get a good push in pass rush. Closes well on the ball carrier. Does a good job reading the blocking schemes and reacting accordingly. Shown the ability to play in the two point, three point, and four point stances. Has played multiple positions while at Texas. Anchors well against the run. Solid, fundamentally sound tackler. Does a good job using his hands to keep lineman off of him. Does a good job keeping his pad level low. Seems to change directions well. From all accounts, a real leader on the field.

Weakness: Could stand to add a bit more weight to his frame should he stay as a defensive end. Not a real great athlete and will likely struggle against athletic left tackles. Decent bull rush, but not great by any means. Not real diverse in terms of pass rush moves, needs to improve the variety of his moves to keep lineman off balance. Gets engulfed by bigger offensive lineman, and moved out of his lane responsibility. Needs to learn to disengage better. Needs to be more aggressive. Some motor questions about how hard he'll work.

Overall: Alex Okafor has a chance to go late first round due to the premium on pass rushers. I think his ultimate fit is as a 43 end, but I think a team that implements a two-gap system could be interested in him as well. He looks like a natural left defensive end in a right defensive end, but not sure I see the natural athleticism to be a RDE. He'll have to wow some people in the meeting room, since his numbers prior to this year were lackluster. Concerns about his motor could kick him into the second round of the draft.


9.) Lavar Edwards [DE; LSU]
10.) Michael Buchanan [DE/OLB; Illinois]
11.) Sam Montgomery [DE; LSU]
12.) Malliciah Goodman [DE; Clemson]
13.) Corey Lemonier [OLB/DE; Auburn]
14.) John Simon [DE; Ohio State]
15.) Joe Kruger [DE; Utah]
16.) William Gholston [DE; Michigan State]
17.) Devin Taylor [DE; South Carolina]
18.) Brandon Jenkins [DE; Florida State]
19.) David Bass [DE; Missouri Western State]
20.) David King [DE; Oklahoma]


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3-4 Outside Linebackers

1.) Barkevious Mingo [OLB; LSU]


2.) Dion Jordan [DE/OLB; Oregon]

Height: 6'7"
Weight: 243
NFL Comparison: Manny Lawson [OLB; Cincinnati Bengals]

Strengths: Right away when you see him, he's an impressive physical specimen with a large frame and long arms that still has plenty of growth potential left in him. Very fluid athlete and a ton of natural athleticism. Shows good initial burst and explosion off the snap. Bends well at the hips and able to turn the corner against lineman while maintaining leverage. Shows a wide range of pass rush moves. Very good in pursuit and for as big as he is he's good in coverage as well. For the most part, he's a reliable tackler and wraps up well. Does a really good job using his hands to keep blockers at bay, and then disengages to make the play on the ballcarrier. A willing run defender. Durable. Strong motor. Has positional and schematic versatility.

Weakness: Not very strong, particularly in his lower body where he needs to bulk up more. Can get too high and not play with good pad level when he gets winded. Not real stout against the run, and probably will be corrected with the correct weight room regiment. Probably will struggle against more athletic backs coming out of the backfield. Instincts and awareness aren't quite where you would hope they'd be. Might be a bit of a tweener.

Overall: Dion Jordan will almost certainly be a top twenty pick come April, and with a strong enough combine I think he can vault himself to the top pass rusher in this year's class. He's extremely athletic and he's got quite a bit of development left in him. He's your classic boom or bust pick, and you'll have to have a ton of faith in your coaching staff but you can get a perennial Pro Bowler in him. He's been a bit misused in Eugene, where the coaching staff asked him to drop into coverage more than rushing the passer. I think he's a bit more natural fit in a 34 rush linebacker role, but I think if he can add about twenty more pounds to his frame I think he could be a heck of a 43 end.


3.) Jamie Collins [OLB; Southern Miss]


4.) Jarvis Jones [OLB; Georgia]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 241
NFL Comparison: James Harrison [OLB; Pittsburgh Steelers]

Strengths: For as big as he is, he moves really well and is quite athletic. Built well and really good size as a linebacker both in a 3-4 defense as well as a 4-3 defense. Elite first step and initial burst off of the line of scrimmage. Rarely have a motor concern with him, always seem to be running at 100%. An extremely productive college player with 44 TFL and 24 sacks over the last two seasons alone. Displays great power in his bull rush and easily pushes back defenders. Shows an excellent swim move to counter his bull rush. Finishes plays well by chasing down receivers. Displays a sound understanding of leverage and does a good job keeping his pad level low. Wraps up well and doesn't always go for the big hit. Shown the ability to drop into coverage above-averagely. Stout against the run. Could provide big time upside as a pass rusher. Quick feet. Displays pretty good instincts. Pretty flexible in the hips.

Weakness: Could probably put on another ten pounds to help him against more physical offensive lineman. Still needs to develop counter moves to be more effective. Needs to learn to disengage better as he has some trouble shedding blockers. Has a tendency to over pursue plays. Will occasionally lack form and go for the big hit. Has a tendency to get out of control at times. Not an elite athlete but gets by with an elite first step. Not overly long. Has been offside prone. Needs to learn to be more aware particularly when lineman are cut blocking. Has spinal stenosis which was an issue for USC who wouldn't medically clear him. He'll need to be cleared by doctors if teams are going to invest a high pick in him as it was the same injury that caused Marcus McNeil to retire at an early age.

Overall: Jarvis Jones is a top 2 player in this draft with Star, but the medical concerns regarding his spine could drop him from a top ten pick to an UDFA just like that. Medicals are going to be HUGE for him, and that might even be an understatement. Luckily, it only takes one team to clear him and he'll be selected in the first round most likely. He's not quite as athletic as Clay Matthews, but he's a bit more physical than him coming out of USC. He'll come in Day 1 and start for a team. He's capable of playing in a 4-3, but as a 3-4 rush linebacker things will come to him quicker. Some have compared him to Von Miller, but the body types are a bit different.


5.) Trevardo Williams [OLB/DE; UConn]

Height: 6'1"
Weight: 235
NFL Comparison: Bruce Irvin [OLB/DE; Seattle Seahawks]

Strengths: He's got decent size as a rush linebacker in a 34 defense. Trevardo Williams is an explosive athlete with natural rush abilities. Gets off of the LOS quickly after the snap. Displays strong flexibility and the ability to get to a lower pad level than the opposing offensive lineman can block. Shows big time burst. Exhibits exceptional lateral quickness when countering back inside. Might be one of the best pure pass rushers in this year's class. Motor goes 100 MPH consistently. Understands handwork to keep offensive lineman away from his body. Shows a strong understanding of leverage and keeping his pad level down low. Possesses elite straight-line speed as an end, and should more than plus even when he's asked to stand up as a rush linebacker.

Weakness: For as much as he's a natural pass rusher, he's sorely undersized and probably needs at minimum another ten to twenty pounds to hold up in the NFL. Because of his lack of mass, he struggles with the power portion of his game. Really doesn't have much of a bull rush. Still undeveloped as a pass rusher and only occasionally shows a secondary pass rush outside of his speed move. Awareness and instincts aren't quite there as you wish they were, and hopefully they'll improve more as he settles into a position. Really hasn't dropped back into coverage much, which makes it hard to know how well he'll fair in coverage.

Overall: Trevardo Williams is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in this year's draft. There is a ton of inherent risk about drafting a college defensive end and projecting him standing up as a rush linebacker, but even more risk involved with how undeveloped he is. He's been played all over the Huskies defense, as a 43 end, 34 OLB, and 43 OLB but mainly as an end. He projects to stand up at the next level, and I'll be very curious to see where the numbers stand when the dust settles. I'd easily grab him late in the first round for the right team.


6.) Damontre Moore [DE/OLB; Texas A&M]
7.) Corey Lemonier [OLB/DE; Auburn]
8.) Michael Buchanan [DE/OLB; Illinois]
9.) Stansly Maponga [DE/OLB; TCU]
10.) Tank Carradine [DE/OLB; Florida State]
11.) Sean Porter [OLB; Texas A&M]
12.) Quanterus Smith [DE/OLB; Western Kentucky]
13.) Walter Stewart [DE/OLB; Cincinnati]
14.) Dan Giordano [DE/OLB; Cincinnati]
15.) David Bass [DE/OLB; Missouri Western State]
16.) Travis Long [OLB; Washington State]
17.) Travis Johnson [OLB; San Jose State]
18.) John Simon [DE/OLB; Ohio State]
19.) Tourek Williams [DE/OLB; FIU]
20.) Cornelius Washington [OLB; Georgia]


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4-3 Outside Linebackers
1.) Alec Ogletree [LB; Georgia]


2.) Arthur Brown [LB; Kansas State]

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 241
NFL Comparison: NaVorro Bowman [LB; San Francisco 49ers]

Strengths: Arthur Brown's best quality is easily his sideline-to-sideline range, and he's able to fly to get to get the ball carrier. His 4.6 forty yard dash that he posted at the Kansas State pro day is quite evident on the film as he flies around the field. Does a good job of reading and diagnosing plays, and then reacting accordingly. He's got the short area quickness to get to the ball carrier quickly. As a tackler, he's a fundamentally sound tackler and rarely is caught not wrapping up. He's shown plenty of power to keep the ball carrier from going forward and taking him with them. As far as coverage goes, he's one of the best coverage linebackers in the game. He does a good job using his quickness in coverage, and can hold up in man coverage. He combines the great coverage skills with really good ball skills as well. Will contest any ball that comes through the air around him. Despite his smallish size, he packs a punch. Won't shy away from contact. While on paper he seems like he might be limited to a 43 defense, with the way defenses are evolving he could play in a 34 defense with an emphasis in pass defense in a league that is becoming more and more pass-oriented.

Weakness: Given his lack of size, a 34 inside linebacker position might not be his ideal spot. Probably the ideal fit as a 43 WILL linebacker. There are questions about whether he can put and keep on the weight during the course of the season. He's got sufficient size and strength to play in either defense. Needs to continue to improve his upper body strength. He won't ever be known as a thumper either. Can get out muscled by bigger tight ends.

Overall: Arthur Brown will come in as a rookie and compete for Defensive Rookie of the Year with his steady all-around play. He's got the chance to be a real impact player at the next level with his combination of coverage skills and overall athleticism in either defense. I think he's got the ability to create a ton of turnovers, and not be a liability against the run. Some team will likely draft him late in the first round or early second round and play right away as a rookie. He's got identical size and skill set to NaVorro Bowman to be an impact player.


3.) Jarvis Jones [OLB; Georgia]

Height: 6'3"
Weight: 241
NFL Comparison: James Harrison [OLB; Pittsburgh Steelers]

Strengths: For as big as he is, he moves really well and is quite athletic. Built well and really good size as a linebacker both in a 3-4 defense as well as a 4-3 defense. Elite first step and initial burst off of the line of scrimmage. Rarely have a motor concern with him, always seem to be running at 100%. An extremely productive college player with 44 TFL and 24 sacks over the last two seasons alone. Displays great power in his bull rush and easily pushes back defenders. Shows an excellent swim move to counter his bull rush. Finishes plays well by chasing down receivers. Displays a sound understanding of leverage and does a good job keeping his pad level low. Wraps up well and doesn't always go for the big hit. Shown the ability to drop into coverage above-averagely. Stout against the run. Could provide big time upside as a pass rusher. Quick feet. Displays pretty good instincts. Pretty flexible in the hips.

Weakness: Could probably put on another ten pounds to help him against more physical offensive lineman. Still needs to develop counter moves to be more effective. Needs to learn to disengage better as he has some trouble shedding blockers. Has a tendency to over pursue plays. Will occasionally lack form and go for the big hit. Has a tendency to get out of control at times. Not an elite athlete but gets by with an elite first step. Not overly long. Has been offside prone. Needs to learn to be more aware particularly when lineman are cut blocking. Has spinal stenosis which was an issue for USC who wouldn't medically clear him. He'll need to be cleared by doctors if teams are going to invest a high pick in him as it was the same injury that caused Marcus McNeil to retire at an early age.

Overall: Jarvis Jones is a top 2 player in this draft with Star, but the medical concerns regarding his spine could drop him from a top ten pick to an UDFA just like that. Medicals are going to be HUGE for him, and that might even be an understatement. Luckily, it only takes one team to clear him and he'll be selected in the first round most likely. He's not quite as athletic as Clay Matthews, but he's a bit more physical than him coming out of USC. He'll come in Day 1 and start for a team. He's capable of playing in a 4-3, but as a 3-4 rush linebacker things will come to him quicker. Some have compared him to Von Miller, but the body types are a bit different.


4.) Barkevious Mingo [OLB; LSU]
5.) Sio Moore [OLB; UConn]
6.) Khaseem Greene [OLB; Rutgers]
7.) Trevardo Williams [OLB; UConn]
8.) Jelani Jenkins [LB; Florida]
9.) Sean Porter [OLB; Texas A&M]
10.) Zaviar Gooden [OLB; Missouri]
11.) DeVonte Holloman [OLB; South Carolina]
12.) Gerald Hodges [LB; Penn State]
13.) Chase Thomas [OLB; Stanford]
14.) Keith Pough [LB; Howard]
15.) Jake Knott [OLB; Iowa State]
16.) Eric Martin [OLB; Nebraska]
17.) Michael Clay [OLB; Oregon]
18.) Travis Johnson [OLB; San Jose State]
19.) LeRentree McCray [OLB; Florida]
20.) AJ Klein [OLB; Iowa State]


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Inside Linebackers

1.) Alec Ogletree [LB; Georgia]
2.) Arthur Brown [LB; Kansas State]

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 241
NFL Comparison: NaVorro Bowman [LB; San Francisco 49ers]

Strengths: Arthur Brown's best quality is easily his sideline-to-sideline range, and he's able to fly to get to get the ball carrier. His 4.6 forty yard dash that he posted at the Kansas State pro day is quite evident on the film as he flies around the field. Does a good job of reading and diagnosing plays, and then reacting accordingly. He's got the short area quickness to get to the ball carrier quickly. As a tackler, he's a fundamentally sound tackler and rarely is caught not wrapping up. He's shown plenty of power to keep the ball carrier from going forward and taking him with them. As far as coverage goes, he's one of the best coverage linebackers in the game. He does a good job using his quickness in coverage, and can hold up in man coverage. He combines the great coverage skills with really good ball skills as well. Will contest any ball that comes through the air around him. Despite his smallish size, he packs a punch. Won't shy away from contact. While on paper he seems like he might be limited to a 43 defense, with the way defenses are evolving he could play in a 34 defense with an emphasis in pass defense in a league that is becoming more and more pass-oriented.

Weakness: Given his lack of size, a 34 inside linebacker position might not be his ideal spot. Probably the ideal fit as a 43 WILL linebacker. There are questions about whether he can put and keep on the weight during the course of the season. He's got sufficient size and strength to play in either defense. Needs to continue to improve his upper body strength. He won't ever be known as a thumper either. Can get out muscled by bigger tight ends.

Overall: Arthur Brown will come in as a rookie and compete for Defensive Rookie of the Year with his steady all-around play. He's got the chance to be a real impact player at the next level with his combination of coverage skills and overall athleticism in either defense. I think he's got the ability to create a ton of turnovers, and not be a liability against the run. Some team will likely draft him late in the first round or early second round and play right away as a rookie. He's got identical size and skill set to NaVorro Bowman to be an impact player.


3.) Kevin Minter [ILB; LSU]


4.) Manti Te'o [ILB; Notre Dame]

Height: 6'2"
Weight: 255
NFL Comparison: Jerod Mayo [ILB; New England Patriots]

Strengths: He's built quite well for a linebacker with the needed size/strength combination to not get pushed around in the run game. And even with that good size, he doesn't sacrifice the speed needed in the passing game either. He displays great closing speed and gets to the ball carrier in a hurry. Wraps up well and very rarely doesn't finish the tackle. Shows the ability to play in space well, and not a liability in coverage. Sheds blockers well after engaging them finding the ball carrier. Displays a good feel for zone coverage. Because of his size/speed combination, he's scheme versatile as he could play ILB in a 3-4 defense or MLB in a 4-3 defense. Probably could even play some SAM in a 4-3. He's been very durable while at Notre Dame missing very little time. While at Notre Dame, he's been extremely productive. Looks like an every down linebacker to me. Displays a really high football IQ. A very vocal leader for the Irish.

Weakness: Really underdeveloped as a pass rusher without much experience or pass rush moves to speak of. Not really asked to rush the passer in the Irish's scheme. Instincts really aren't where you would hope they were, and definitely not at the level of Luke Kuechley's were last year. Has a tendency to over pursue the ball carrier on counters. Has good, but not great speed. Might struggle against the more athletic tight ends in the league like Jimmy Graham.

Overall: Manti Te'o has gotten a LOT of publicity especially with how well Notre Dame's defense has played this year and it's in large part due to the play of Te'o. He's a great linebacker who is viewed as a relatively "safe" pick. I don't think he'll ever be a superstar linebacker like a Ray Lewis or Patrick Willis, but he's going to be amongst the best inside linebackers in the NFL for several years. He's just a great football player who gets the most out of his physical tools. Don't take that as a blue collar player, but rather that there is limited upside when you're talking about him.


5.) Kiko Alonso [ILB; Oregon]
6.) Kevin Riddick [ILB; North Carolina]
7.) Jonathan Bostic [ILB; Florida]
8.) Nico Johnson [LB; Alabama]
9.) A.J. Klein [LB; Iowa State]
10.) Bruce Taylor [ILB; Virginia Tech]
11.) Vince Williams [ILB; Florida State]
12.) Tom Wort [ILB; Oklahoma]
13.) Steve Beauharnais [ILB; Rutgers]
14.) Kenny Cain [ILB; TCU]
15.) Steve Greer [ILB; Virginia]
16.) Sam Barrington [ILB; South Florida]
17.) Dan Molls [ILB; Toledo]
18.) Jake Johnson [ILB; South Alabama]
19.) Brandon Hepburn [ILB; Florida A&M]
20.) Nick Clancy [ILB; Boston College]


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