1. Seattle Seahawks – Andrew Luck QB Stanford
- A darn near perfect QB prospect who fits the Seattle offense and will right the ship in Seattle. Luck would be working with Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Zach Miller, John Carlson, Golden Tate and Marshawn Lynch, that is a great situation for him. I’m not saying he’ll be a sure thing but he is reminiscent of modern Tom Brady with his accuracy, intelligence and fiery competitive spirit.
2. Kansas City Chiefs- Matt Barkley QB USC
-Illusions. The Illusion of the 2010 Chief’s is waning. Charlie Weis is a QB genius, he tricked us into thinking Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen were good QB prospects. Now he tricked us into thinking Cassell is a good QB. Now he is working his tricks on John Brantley. The Chiefs are going to need to move on from Cassell fast if they don’t want to fall behind. Barkely is a guy who in normal drafts (where there isn’t a guy like Luck) would go first. He is very clearly a guy who can win games for a franchise. Physically he isn’t a freak but he has a good arm, he is capable of extending plays and roll out and make plays on the move. He has put the USC program on his back as of late and he is carrying them and I see no reason to think he can’t do the same in the NFL. Mentally he is top notch as well, he is just as talented as Andrew Luck he just isn’t as polished or sound fundamentally.
3. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
-A third QB? All three of the teams at the top clearly need a QB. The Colts need to prepare for life after Manning. Tannehill is a great athlete who can extend plays with his legs. He has a good arm. He is accurate. He is smart. He makes good decisions. He wins games. He is a leader and a team player. And he is just a natural football player that the Colts are going to be very happy they drafted when Manning’s time is up. He has a very Aaron Rodgers like skill set. And he is a team player who has moved around the offense when the coaches asked him to. He has also proven to be very coachable the fact he has been a widely successful QB and WR speaks to that. He has top notch intangibles.
4. Cleveland Browns – Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St.
- The Browns need a dynamic threat on the outside and they get the guy who looks like the second coming of Andre Johnson. Justin Blackmon is everything you want physically. He has the short area quickness to separate underneath. He has the size and strength to run every route on the route tree. He has great hands and will make crazy catches with his combination of hands, ball skills and body control. Blackmon is very nearly the ideal WR prospect and he should be a great #1 target. Justin Blackmon can do it all on the football field.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Trent Richardson RB Alabama
--The Bengals need to rack up talent and they start by adding the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. Richardson is an athletic freak with no holes in his game. He is built low to the ground and thick through his chest and legs. He has breakaway speed. He has incredible balance and strength. He runs behind his pads. And he is a good blocker and receiver as well. Richardson will take over for the mediocre Cedric Benson who is aging and can’t stay out of trouble off the field.
6. Carolina Panthers – Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
-The Panthers have one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL for a number of reasons. For starters the lack talent on the back half of their defense and the blitz heavy, zone blitz scheme puts a lot of strain on corners. Dre is a long and athletic corner prospect (6’3" with 4.4 speed) that the Panthers are going to be very happy to take. He is physical and aggressive in press coverage, he is a willing hitter and he looks like a guy who as he develops could shut down his man. His skill set is special. One could argue that Kirkpatrick is a better ‘true corner’ prospect than Patrick Peterson. In 16 games starting for Alabama he has 3 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 12 passes defended. And in the past two years that Crimson Tide have been top 13 in pass defense (13 in 2010, 5th in 2011) and top 3 in scoring defense.
7. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC
- The Vikings once proud offensive line is in a sad state right now. Matt Kalil is somewhere between Jake Long and Gabe Carimi as a prospect. He doesn’t have great foot speed but his length, intelligence and grit all help him overcome that. He has done a very good job manning the LT spot for USC and even kept Tyron Smith on the right side of the line. Kalil is sort of a rough and tumble guy, he is aggressive, tough and intelligent and that is something the Vikings haven’t had in a long time. He isn’t a stand out run blocker but he should improve with NFL coaching and strength training. He has the pedigree, bloodlines and experience to be drafted highly and start early.
8. Miami Dolphins- Robert Griffin QB Baylor
-The Miami Dolphins franchise needs a game changer, they need a draw, someone who will bring people to the stadium and be the face of the franchise. Robert Griffin can be that guy. To put it simply, Griffin is a dynamic talent who has gone against some of the best secondaries and done well. In 2010 and 2011 his numbers look like this: 4125 yards, 8.2 YPA, 30 TDs, 8 INTs, a completion percentage of 68%, 751 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns. Robert Griffin has a dynamic skill set. His footwork and accuracy in the pocket looks MUCH better this year. His arm strength is very good. He has great speed for a player at any spot. If you need to see him just work a defense watch what he does to TCU, he just drops deep pass after deep pass right in the bucket. He has a little bit of a low release point which is a concern but you just can’t teach the kind of stuff Griffin can do. He can create throwing lanes and he can throw at all kinds of angles. He is the best QB/Athlete prospect since Michael Vick.
9. Denver Broncos- Lamar Miller RB Miami
- John Fox loves running backs, look no further than him spending first round picks on DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. He isn’t afraid to pull the trigger on running backs early. Miller is a dynamo at the RB spot. Lamar Miller is the only guy who can challenge Trent Richardson. Miller has a combination of size, speed, power and explosiveness that might be unmatched in the NFL today. He is 5’10", 215 pounds and he has 4.3 speed. He can get extra yards after contact or he can make you miss in space. He looks really natural out there, everything he does is so smooth that it’s beautiful to watch. He really can do it all. The one glaring hole in his game is his blocking but other than that, you couldn’t build a RB much more impressive than Miller. He is a weapon in the passing game because of his ability in open space and ability to run over defensive backs. And he is a weapon on special teams too.
10. San Francisco 49ers- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
-Michael Crabtree is a bust at this point, he has attitude problems, productivity problems and a recurring foot problem. The 49ers absolutely need to get a WR on the outside. Michael Floyd has displayed the ability to take over games and be a dominant #1 receiver. He has a great frame at 6’3" and 220 pounds. He has good enough speed to threaten defenses vertically. He has good hands. He has received pro-style coaching from Charlie Weis. He is a good and experienced route runner who is capable of running all the routes in the route tree. He is powerful and physical throughout his routes and after the catch. He displays the ability to consistently separate from defenders on all levels of the field and make plays even when covered. Michael Floyd can be a great receiver in the NFL if he stays at his current weight and avoids alcohol off the field. He is a perfect fit for the West Coast Offense too.
11. St. Louis Rams- Alshon Jeffrey WR South Carolina
-If the Rams want to insure Bradford doesn’t flop they need to surround him with weapons. Guys like Danny Amendola, Greg Salas and Austin Pettis are complimentary guys who aren’t go to #1 receivers. Jeffery is a HUGE receiver with great hands, strength and power after the catch. He certainly displays the ability to be a dominant #1 receiver. But he doesn’t have great speed and he doesn’t look like he gives his all on every play. Plus he has had weight issues and work ethic issues off the field. I can’t help but think of Mike Williams when I think of Alshon Jeffery. If he can stay motivated Jeffery could be an all pro caliber receiver that makes his bread running slants over the middle but if he doesn’t… Well, look at what Mike Williams was before he reunited with Pete Carroll. I really want to see Jeffery run sharper routes and play hard all the time. To me he is boom or bust.
12. Jacksonville Jaguars- Devin Taylor DE South Carolina-
-The Jaguars desperately need a threat off the edge so they bring in Devin Taylor. Taylor is a rangy athlete with an incredible frame and he plays with a ton of hustle. He needs to get stronger but his potential to be a game changing pass rusher is great. His burst off the line of scrimmage, quickness and ability to turn the corner combined with his frame make him a top prospect. And he is a sneaky good run defender too, he isn’t a guy who will blow up a run play but he has wire-y strength and he is pretty good at the point of attack. He should start racking up the sacks soon for the Game Cocks.
13. Oakland Raiders- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
-The Raiders are known for taking players for their measurables but on the line they don’t really do that as much. They like tough guys. Reiff is an elite tackle prospect with good range, lateral quickness and feet with superior technique and fundamentals. He should be a stalwart for the Raiders on the left side of the line for years. With Reiff, Wisniewski and Veldheer the Raiders would have a nice offensive line core.
14. Arizona Cardinals – Morris Claiborne CB LSU
-The Cardinals’ pass defense is very, very bad. Patrick Peterson is proving what I saw from him at LSU, he is overrated. Patrick Peterson is a transcendent athlete but he struggles with the mental part of the game. But that is beside the point because he isn’t going anywhere. The Cardinals need an upgrade on the other side of the field at the very least. So they bring in Morris Claiborne who thus far has played like the best corner in the nation. He has completely shut down his side of the field. He is a great athlete at 5’11", 185 pounds with 4.3 speed and he displays special fluidity and ball skills. Morris looks like a special player so far, he looks like the best player on an extremely talented LSU defense.
15. New York Giants- Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona St.
-Super talented, very undisciplined. That is what I would say if you asked me to describe Burfict in four words. And the Giants sure do love talented but undisciplined players. For as much as Coughlin is recognized as a disciplinarian he sure does field some undisciplined football players. Eli is erratic and streaky. Brandon Jacobs is a maniac who has a big attitude problem. Ahmad Bradshaw has fumble problems. Mario Manningham is talented but he doesn’t play with precision and it’s the same thing with Nicks to a much lesser degree. Defensive players on the Giants constantly lose contain. The Giants were the 9th most penalized team last year and they turned the ball over more than any other team. Burfict is going to fit right in. Burfict is a HUGE linebacker with superior athleticism and hitting ability but he is reckless and out of control. He could be a great player if he plays up to his talent level. Also his motor appears to be an issue.
16. Tennessee Titans- David DeCastro OG Stanford
-Is this a pretty pick? No. But the Titans need to make their team better. They need an upgrade along the interior of the line to give Jake Locker a clean pocket in the future and get the running game going. Right now fielding LeRoy Harris and Jake Scott isn’t doing the Titans any favors. David DeCastro is a special guard prospect. He consistently generates movement as an in line blocker. He is incredible when asked to pull. He can get to the second level. He is big, strong, mean, quick, powerful and athletic. He is a fit in every scheme you need which only increases his value. The Titans have pieces at the skill positions (Locker, Johnson, Britt), now they need to add some big uglies.
17. Buffalo Bills- Quinton Coples DL North Carolina
-The Bills need a pass rusher so they bring in Coples in this mock. The Bills like to vary their defensive front, they play with a 3 man front and they play with a 4 man front throughout the game which only makes Coples a better fit for the Bills. Coples could play a number of spots in the NFL and he is a versatile guy, he could play 4-3 LE, he could play 4-3 DT or he could be a 3-4 DE because of his size, length and ability to anchor against the run. He has an incredible frame, his strength and bulk for a 4-3 end are almost unheard of. He has very powerful hands and he uses them to disengage from his blocker and work towards the QB. And when he gets to the QB he does damage, he has a bit of ‘Suh’ to his game in that he definitely makes his presence felt when he gets there. But his lack of quickness makes people wonder how well he will perform against NFL caliber offensive tackles and on run plays he makes very little effort in pursuit. Coples might not even be drafted this high because he looks like a guy who is going to bomb at the combine and teams might be scared off by similarities to Jamaal Anderson.
18. Washington Redskins- Geno Smith QB West Virginia
-Rex Grossman is not the long term QB in Washington. When Shanny drafted Jay Cutler in Denver Jake Plummer was 32 and Rex Grossman will be 32 by the start of the 2012 season. Shanahan loves to get QBs who can move around on roll outs and sling the ball around. Geno Smith can very clearly do that. If you’re looking for a rising QB prospect, Geno Smith is that guy. If he plays well against LSU on Saturday you’re going to be bombarded with Geno Smith hype. Geno Smith is a guy with great mobility and the ability to make people miss in space. When throwing the ball he displays solid throwing mechanics, he will step up in the pocket, he can throw very well on the move and the zip and accuracy on his passes is impressive. He is a very patient passer, sometimes almost to a fault ala Ben Roethlisberger. He will hold the ball and go through all his progressions and try to make a play.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
-The Buccaneers run defense up the middle has been subpar so far. Brian Price and Roy Miller have both been pretty disappointing for the Bucs. They need a run stuffer to compliment the attacking Gerald McCoy. It just so happens that Brandon Thompson remains on the board when the Bucs are on the clock. Thompson appears to be the best DT prospect in the draft this year. Thompson is a stout, thickly built player who plays with great leverage. He looks like a guy who you can start from Day 1 and help you against the run. He is a quick and strong defensive tackle who is a run stopper and displays potential against the pass with his quick first step and athleticism. The combination of McCoy and Thompson could be the new Williams wall in the future.
20. Dallas Cowboys- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
- The Cowboys need all kinds of help at the corner spot. Mike Jenkins looks like 2009 was an aberration. Terrence Newman is older, injured and was regressing rapidly prior before he injured himself. And Scandrick is only a mediocre nickel corner. They need reinforcements so they draft Alfonzo Dennard. He is a hyper aggressive corner back who is extremely physical and athletic. Even while playing across from Prince Amukamara it was Dennard who looked like the superior player. If he was 2 inches taller he would be taken much earlier, he can do whatever you ask of him on the field.
21. San Diego Chargers- Vinny Curry LB/DE Marshall
-The Chargers always draft a little weird and seem to go against the grain so instead of drafting the widely recognized guys from big schools they draft Vinny Curry from Marshall. Curry has an NFL ready frame as he looks every bit of his listed 6’3" and 265 pounds. When asked to fly upfield and get to the QB he looks very, very impressive. His ability to get off the line is Dwight Freeney like. He plays with good leverage and he plays with good leg drive too. He translates his speed to power very well as one of his best moves is his bull rush, he could use some coaching with his pass rush moves. Overall Vinny Curry looks like a future impact player as a pass rusher.
22. Detroit Lions- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
-The Lions may not have given up a sack yet but that doesn’t mean that Jeff Backus is playing particularly well. Backus has been letting up pressure and we all know that Stafford is always a risk for injury when that pressure turns into hits. The Lions are rolling with Stafford at QB and they need to step up their protection for him. Martin is a superior talent at the offensive tackle spot but he doesn’t always play that way. As a pass protector Martin displays a skillset that will lead to him starting for years in the NFL. He has quick feet that allow him to get to the corner and get to his man, he plays with excellent leverage, he is very flexible and he is very well coached. In the run game he flashes but is inconsistent. One has to wonder about Martin’s desire, he looks passive and that is really what puts Reiff and Kalil above him.
23. Chicago Bears- Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M
-The Bears don’t have a typical number one receiver. Jeff Fuller is a guy is a mortal lock to be a #1 receiver at the next level. When you’re looking for a go to receiver, you’re looking for a guy who you can toss the ball to (even when covered) and you know they will nearly always make a play on the ball. Jeff Fuller is exactly that. He is a big, hulking target at about 6’4" and 215 pounds, he has a wide catching radius, big hands and can make highlight catches away from his frame. His size coupled with his athleticism and coordination always gives him a chance in jump ball situations. But he isn’t just a big guy, he gets up to speed quickly and threatens corners with the ability to go deep. Fuller is also a man after catch with his combination of size and speed. He runs good routes too, which is a product of the coaching he has received. He is coached by former NFL coach and Mike Holmgren disciple who runs a pro style system down at Texas A&M which will help ease the transition for Fuller as he goes to the next level. He is also the son of former NFL safety for the 49ers Jeff Fuller.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
-This must just kill Chase’s dad Frank on the inside. Frank Minnifield was a 9 year starter, pro-bowler and all-pro for the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers have aged on the back half of their defense and they desperately need a guy who can defend the boundary now and in the future. The Steelers nab Minnifield in hopes that he can be that guy. Minnifield is a guy that Dick LeBeau is going to love, he plays with a no frills mentality and he really doesn’t make it about himself. He has good size at about 6’ and 190 pounds. He has superior ball skills and body control. He shows fluidity when asked to turn and run in man coverage. He shows awareness and grit in zone coverage. He is just a football player that fits in perfectly with that tough and gritty defense. He is also a playmaker with 10 interceptions on his career thus far.
25. Cleveland Browns- Zach Brown LB North Carolina
-The Cleveland Browns have ditched the 3-4 defense and they’re transitioning to the 4-3 defense. Their linebackers are still better suited for the 4-3 defense so they need to improve their linebackers. Zach Brown is one of the most active and multi-faceted playmakers in college. He doesn’t take on the blocks as well as you would normally want from a linebacker and he isn’t very physical but his athletic gifts and playmaking ability make him a first round prospect. At 6’2" and 230 pounds with 4.3 speed his athleticism at linebacker is unmatched. So far this year Brown has 19.5 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 1 pass defended and 1 forced fumbles. Brown has loads of potential and could be a dynamic linebacker.
26. Baltimore Ravens- Tank Carder LB TCU
-The Ravens need a guy to learn from Ray Lewis and eventually take over to quarterback the defense. To do that you need a special kind of player and I think that Tank Carder is up to the task. You need an intelligent player, Tank Carder is that. You need a guy who leaves his heart on the field every game, Tank does that. You need a fundamentally sound guy who doesn’t make stupid mistakes, Tank does that. You need a guy who can take on blocks, Tank can do that. You need a guy who can make plays in coverage, Tank can do that. Tank can do it all and he can do it well. He is a fundamentally sound player who is also an attacker that is explosive. And when you think of the ideal disposition you want a linebacker to play with, Tank has that. He is completely and totally underrated.
27. Philadelphia Eagles- Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama
-The Eagles desperately need to add a linebacker they can win with against the run. Well, meet Hightower, the 6’4", 255 pound linebacker who packs a monstrous punch. You’ll hear pundits say that Hightower can’t play the pass but he hasn’t proved to be a liability for Alabama in that aspect so far this year and it looks like he is back to what he was pre-ACL tear this year. His frame is just incredible for a linebacker and he is great at taking on blocks. He will knock your block off, he is a difference making blitzer and his strength and power is probably better than any linebacker in this years draft class. He is just a man, he is a rough and tumble linebacker who will hit you in the mouth over and over again. The Eagles don’t need him to be a great cover guy, they need a guy to come in and take control of the middle of the field. They’ve got guys they can put in for passing situations like Brian Rolle, Keenan Clayton, Jamar Chaney and Casey Matthews. They need a guy who can put in work on first and second down and in short yardage situations.
28. Houston Texans- Alameda T’Amu NT Washington
-Shaun Cody isn’t just going to cut it when you’re playing against the big boys in the playoffs, that’s just a fact. He is a massive, massive man at 6’3" and about 335 pounds and it isn’t sloppy. He is obviously a force against the run, you would be hard pressed to find a play where he was driven off the point of attack. He is a guy who demands a double team if you’re going to run up the middle. And while no one is going to confuse him for Ndamukong Suh anytime soon he is quick for a guy his size and looks like he won’t be completely useless in pass rushing situations. The Texans are building themselves a nice defense over there in Houston with pieces all over the place.
29. New England Patriots- Stephon Gilmore CB/S South Carolina
-The Patriots secondary is bad. The group they’re fielding is actually second worst against the pass through two games and its clear they need to stock up on defensive backs. Pretty much every defensive back isn’t playing very well so far this year. The Patriots draft Stephon Gilmore in hopes that he can be a guy who will help right the ship. Physically they do not come any better than Stephon Gilmore, he is the ideal corner in terms of size, build and length. His upside alone will get him drafted this high. But his on the field play isn’t as impressive as his frame and athleticism is off of it. He gets beat on the outside way more often than you would expect, he doesn’t have great ball skills, he lacks deep trail speed and he just loses his guy at times. The positives on Gilmore are obviously his upside, his athleticism, his experience, his intelligence, his physical style of play, his tackling and his versatility. He’ll fit in well for New England as he is a highly intelligent team player who is a good person and hard worker off the field. He might eventually move to safety where he can keep plays in front of him and because he is such a good, physical tackler.
30. New York Jets- Andrew Datko OT Florida St.
-The Jets are starting some scrub named Wade Hunter at RT this year and he is playing exactly as you would expect him to, horribly. The Jets offensive line has fallen off with the departures of Moore and Woody so they need to make some additions to get it back to where it was. Andrew Datko is an ideal RT candidate for the NFL, he is now about 6’6" and 315 pounds, he is tough, he is gritty and he lacks the foot speed to stay on the left side and be a great offensive tackle. Andrew Datko is highly experienced and highly intelligent, he actually makes the line calls for Florida St from his LT spot. The one flaw with the idea of him playing RT is that he doesn’t really have the anchor to stand up to a guy like, Justin Tuck. When I watched him I thought he used his hands very well and he did a good job positioning himself. And in the run game I saw a guy who is vastly underrated, I saw him move guys around, I saw him get to the second level and do damage and I saw a guy who plays through the whistle. He looks like a long time starter in the NFL and someone who will fit right in on the workman style line the Jets like to have.
31. Green Bay Packers- Billy Winn DT Boise St.
-Cullen Jenkins re-do. Seriously, he has the same build and their skill sets are incredibly similar. Hell, Winn and Jenkins even have a similar haircut. Turn on the Georgia tape and watch him just dominate the interior of a line that was supposed to be the best in the SEC. And then go and look at what South Carolina did against the same line. Billy Winn is a starting caliber athlete who can stuff the run by getting upfield, disrupting the play and making plays up and down the line. And he is a guy who is a more than capable pass rusher who can win one on one battles with his combination of burst off the snap, motor, quickness, leverage, ability to work through blocks and disengage. In Winn’s career at Boise St he has 13.5 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss which are good numbers for a college defensive tackle. He should be an instant player for the Packers.
32. New England Patriots- Peter Konz C Wisconsin
-The Patriots switch from a high flying spread offense to a possession, west coast offense has been seamless but it can still be a little better. The interior of the Patriots line is mediocre. This is a team that if they added just one more interior lineman could punch you in the mouth anytime they wanted with their running game. They’re 4 deep at running back, they’ve got two of the Gronkowskis at TE (good run blockers), they’ve got behemoths at the tackle spots in Vollmer and Potter and they’ve got Logan Mankins. Could you imagine if they added Peter Konz? Just like David DeCastro he does everything really well and is a fit in every blocking scheme. The Patriots running game would be impossible to stop.
33. Seattle Seahawks – Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M
-Gray isn’t the dynamic forces that Richardson and Miller are but he is just solid in every aspect of the game and he is remarkably consistent. He is built thick and low to the ground, has great patience, balance, vision and change of direction ability. He reminds me of Ray Rice coming out of Rutgers. He improves the terrible Seahawks run game.
34. Kansas City Chiefs – Chris Polk RB Washington
-Jamaal Charles is coming off an ACL injury, Thomas Jones is aging and Dexter McCluster is not a feature back. The Chiefs are a running team, that is their identity so they grab Chris Polk to pair with Charles and McCluster. Polk is a big back who runs with power and strength. He isn’t a big play guy but he wears down defenses, he very rarely takes losses, he has great vision and he is tough to bring down. He is a guy who can be a workhorse back in the NFL for a team.
35. Indianapolis Colts – Jerel Worthy DT Michigan St.
-Worthy just isn’t the prospect he is hyped up to be but he is an athletic player with a high ceiling so he still goes relatively high and the Colts are a great fit for him.
36. Cleveland Browns – David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
-Peyton Hillis wears down too easily so the Browns get a guy who can compliment him and carry the load when Hillis can’t. Wilson is a dynamic runner whose only drawback is his desire to bounce everything outside. He could eventually be better than Hillis, he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
37. Cincinnati Bengals – Michael Brewster OL Ohio St.
-The Bengals line needs help so they snatch the versatile Brewster who projects to either center or guard. He is very experienced, tough, intelligent and fundamentally sound. He can step in on day 1 and take a starting spot.
38. Carolina Panthers – Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
-When you’ve got DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Goodson and you still can’t run the ball you’ve got a problem. Cordy Glenn comes in to try and help solve that problem. Glenn is a massive, massive man who has shown that he has the size, strength and athleticism to win in the run game. Poor man’s Shawn Andrews.
39. Minnesota Vikings- Dwight Jones WR North Carolina
-When the Vikings lost Sidney Rice they lose the one guy who could take the top off a defense on their roster. They need a dynamic guy on the outside to compliment Harvin in the slot and keep teams from loading up against AD. Jones is a big receiver who makes all kinds of plays downfield with his size, speed and vertical explosion. He is actually pretty comparable to Sidney Rice.
40. Miami Dolphins- Bruce Irvin DE/LB West Virginia
-More pass rushers never hurt anyone. What’s the harm in grabbing Irvin as Wake’s eventual replacement? Having Wake, Misi and Irvin would give the Dolphins an explosive pass rush that could bring the heat all game. Irvin is a little thin and he doesn’t really have moves but he redirects with ease, is quick off the edge and is clearly very athletic. He is a natural pass rusher. Other big issues with Irvin are his run defense and his intelligence.
41. Denver Broncos- Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
-But what about Tebow?! Well, the Broncos would play Brady Quinn over Tebow so… But what about Orton?! The Broncos were ready to ship him out for the right price. Its clear that the Broncos aren’t satisfied with their QB situation. Landry Jones has potential and he is a high character guy but he has big holes in his game. He has an arm that is okay but he doesn’t have an arm where he can gun balls on you and compensate for late reads. His accuracy is spotty, he is no where near Sam Bradford’s accuracy. And he doesn’t handle pressure at all, he loses his composure when under pressure, throws off his back foot and makes bad decisions. He looks like a guy who won’t make the transition to the NFL very well at all but his stock and demand for QBs will keep him this high for now.
42. San Francisco 49ers- Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
-Janoris Jenkins would normally be a top 15 pick but off the field problems push this elite talent down the board. Jim Harbaugh needs to get playmakers on defense and he needs to improve his corners so he kills two birds with one stone on this one. He is quick, he is fluid, he is instinctive and he has ball skills that are unparalleled in this draft. He was the best corner in the SEC last year. His ability to click and close on the ball is scary good. He is like Asante Samuel on the field.
43. St. Louis Rams- Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
-Ben Leber can be upgraded and Travis Lewis is certainly just that. Travis Lewis has displayed the ability to take over games in the past. He is experienced, athletic and intelligent. Some have called him a coach on the field. He isn’t a big hitter and he isn’t an impact blitzer but he is a solid tackler with great instincts, good athleticism and he is great in coverage.
44. Jacksonville Jaguars- Juron Criner WR Arizona
-If the Jaguars want to insure that Gabbert doesn’t flop they need to get him some weapons on the outside. Juron Criner is a guy with a ton of ability. He has great speed for a guy of his size and he is always a threat when you give him the ball.
45. New England Patriots- Brandon Jenkins DE Florida St.
-The Patriots need a pass rusher to help their pass defense. Brandon Jenkins is a good athlete for the DE spot, he is quick off the line and displays fluidity in his movements. BUT he doesn’t use his hands well, he doesn’t get off blocks, he is useless in run defense and his motor is questionable as he doesn’t work through contact and he doesn’t make much of an effort in pursuit. But he has the ability to get after the passer and that is at a premium in the NFL.
46. Philadelphia Eagles – Emmanuel Acho LB Texas
-The Eagles need to upgrade their linebackers unlike any team I think I’ve ever seen. Seriously, the Eagles linebackers are THAT bad. In order to help, the Eagles add Emmanuel Acho who has been nothing but solid in his career for Texas. He isn’t a particularly dynamic guy but he is solid in every aspect of the game and he isn’t afraid to stick his nose in on every play and play rough. He is a fluid and flexible, he isn’t an explosive guy but he is definitely smooth. He can handle tight ends in coverage and in the run game he can win for you. He takes on blocks very well, he can shed blocks, hold up at the POA and he is an extremely solid tackler. That is exactly what the Eagles need, a solid and steady player who can excel in the run game. And Acho is versatile too, he has played inside and outside. In his career he has 126 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles.
47. New York Giants- Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
-The Giants need a target who will work the middle and be a reliable target for Eli Manning. But when you’re looking at tight ends for the Giants you also need players who can block. Allen can do that. He is big and strong enough to win as an in line run blocker. And he is athletic enough and quick enough to be a threat over the middle. He is an old school tight end that fits what the Giants do very well.
48. Tennessee Titans- Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
-The Titans have their explosive big play guy in Kenny Britt, now they just need a steady #2 to finish off their receiving core. Ryan Broyles is a guy who runs great routes, has very good hands and he can create after the catch. The only things that pushes his stock down his frame and lack of long speed. If you look at him it isn’t hard to think he could be the next Marvin Harrison or Greg Jennings. He isn’t a guy who is going to light up the combine but he is just a good football player.
49. Buffalo Bills- Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M
-The Bills need to add some corners, their corners are sub par. The entire defense is improving but they need to keep the corners on pace with the rest of the defense. Judie is a guy who is athletic, quick and fluid with good ball skills. He is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. And he has good ball skills. The only thing that keeps him down this far is his size, lack of physicality and issues with balance.
50. Washington Redskins- LaMichael James RB Oregon
-"The Redskins don’t take running backs higly" – Everyone Oh really? Because Shanny drafted Clinton Portis and Tatum Bell in the second round. If you’ve got a dynamic skill set Shanny will pull the trigger on you. LaMichael James is vastly overrated but there is no denying he is a dynamic player. He doesn’t generate many yards after contact and he isn’t all that good running up the middle. He struggles against top competition, just look at his numbers against Auburn and LSU. But he has breakaway speed and the ability to create in space. He won’t ever be a #1 running back but he’ll be a good change of pace guy who can make dynamic plays in the running game, passing game and on returns.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Robert Lester S Alabama
-Robert Lester this late is a big time steal, he is just always around the ball. He is a dynamic playmaker from his safety spot who is intelligent, instinctual and is willing to get his nose dirty. Ever since Tanard Jackson got into trouble the Bucs haven’t had a dynamic presence at the safety spot like Lester. He plays at an extremely high level against the best competition week in and week out. He is better than Raheem Moore out of UCLA last year. Since the 2010 season he has 8 interceptions and 6 pass deflections.
52. Dallas Cowboys- Devon Still DT Penn St.
-Turns out that the ‘bullies’ aren’t bullies at all. The Cowboys need a dynamic presence along their defensive line and Devon Still is just that. His skill set is that of a guy you would expect to draft in round 1. He has everything you want physically from a DE. He has length. He has strength. He has quickness off the line and a good closing burst. He shows good flexibility. He can bend and explode into blockers. He can really fit any scheme you need him to. But questions about his stamina and commitment to the game are pertinent. He is a boom or bust player and Jerry Jones has never been shy about taking those types of players.
53. San Diego Chargers- Josh Chapman NT Alabama
-Chapman is the ideal NT prospect, he is built low to the ground, he is big and bulky, he has long arms to keep blockers off of him and he is capable of completely disrupting plays if left single blocked. The Chargers’ run defense has struggled this year so the Chargers bring in Chapman to help shore up the run defense.
54. Detroit Lions- Cliff Harris CB Oregon
-The Lions have a clear need for a corner back and Cliff Harris can be a dynamic playmaker at the corner spot. Cliff Harris is very aggressive in coverage, he is rangy, fluid and he constantly makes plays on the ball. And once he gets the ball he is a threat to take it all the way and he is one of the best punt returners in the nation. But he is so aggressive that he gets beat in coverage from time to time and his frame is very frail. He isn’t a willing run supporter and his physicality is seriously in question. But he should fit in well with the Lions defense. The Lions’ defensive line creating pressure should force ill advised throws that Cliff Harris is more than capable of capitalizing on.
55. Chicago Bears- Sean Spence LB Miami
-Lance Briggs has issues with his contract and he isn’t get any younger and neither is Brian Urlacher. The Bears need to find the next generation linebacker. If Sean Spence was bigger he would be considered the best LB in this class. He is a great athlete at the LB spot with sideline-to-sideline range. He plays violently. And his quickness allows him to be an impact player in coverage. Sean Spence should be a great player in the Bears’ Tampa 2 scheme.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers- Coby Fleener TE Stanford
-Heath Miller is not actually good. He is a mediocre blocker who isn’t a weapon in the passing game. The Steelers are moving towards a more vertical passing game with Wallace, Sanders and Brown so they need a guy who can make plays underneath to compliment them. Fleener is that guy. Fleener is athletic enough to split out wide and beat corners. He has great size, length and hands which enable him to make tough grabs away from his frame and above defensive backs. He has the speed to threaten defenses down the seam and the quickness to separate on underneath stuff. And he has the size and frame to eventually develop into a good blocker as he gets stronger. Fleener could be an impact guy for the Steelers down the road, like a bigger Dallas Clark.
57. Atlanta Falcons- Lucas Nix OG Pittsburgh
-The Falcons have issues in the middle of their line with center and right guard combination. The departure of Harvey Dahl has left them with a hole in the middle of their line so they grab Lucas Nix to fill the hole. Lucas Nix is a top notch guard prospect this year. He isn’t as technically sound as DeCastro but he is a massive man who has flashed the ability to create movement in the run game. He is athletic enough to get into space. He is good enough laterally to stand up in pass protection. And he finishes all his plays with a real mean streak. He’ll fit in with the Falcons well.
58. Baltimore Ravens- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
-Boldin is getting older, Lee Evans is a non-factor, Torrey Smith is progressing slowly and the best young WR on the team might be Tandon Doss. The Ravens still need to find a playmaker and Ozzie Smith isn’t the kind of guy who will wait on a player to come along, he has back-up plans on his back-up plans. Sanu has displayed dynamic ability to take over games in various ways. He is extremely similar to Hakeem Nicks.
59. Philadelphia Eagles- Nate Potter OT Boise St.
-The Eagles’ offensive line is playing much better than expected but it could be even better if they moved Todd Herremans back to left guard where he was a top 10 guard in the NFL. Todd has allowed pressure off the right side of the line so they bring in a young tackle to add to the young core the Eagles are building. Nate Potter fits the new blocking scheme perfectly. Nate Potter is technically sound. He has good length, range off the edge and lateral quickness. He is very experienced. He is good blocking on the move and he isn’t a drive blocker, he is more of a positioning style blocker. The big hole in Potter’s game is his strength and slender build but that can be improved. The new scheme calls for players to pass block aggressively and pop defensive ends instead of stepping back and waiting. And the run game isn’t a man scheme anymore, now they block zones, they pull into space and when they do block in tight areas they do it with positioning and fundamentals rather than just trying to drive people off the line.
60. Houston Texans- Mark Barron S Alabama
-Glover Quinn can be upgraded. Mark Barron is a hulking run stopping safety who is underrated in pass support. In the run game he takes some snaps at linebacker for the Crimson Tide in the dime package. He is strong taking on blockers for a safety. He recognizes things quickly and flies to the ball. And he will make you hear foot steps, he can hit you very well. But I think people undervalue his range. No one is ever going to confuse him with Ed Reed but he can play as a deep half safety. He can get to the sideline and make plays on the ball. He honestly reminds me of Adrian Wilson, an aggressive run supporter who is a big strong and explosive (hitting, vertical) athlete who isn’t a complete liability in coverage.
61. New Orleans Saints- Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
-Off the charts intelligence and instincts but he is weak taking on blockers. He reminds me too much of Casey Matthews to give him a high grade. I think that Kuechly is going to struggle to match up with NFL running game talent. He is undersized and not very strong. He might even have to move to OLB. But there is no denying his production, the guy just has a nose for the ball and the Saints defense is in no position to turn down a guy who can potentially be a Lofa Tatupu type player. Kuechly might eventually move to weak side linebacker for the Saints.
62. New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw LB Alabama
-After what is likely to be a poor combine showing Upshaw is going to slide. He just isn’t the type of guy who is going to shine in postseason workouts. People are going to be concerned that he is too small and not quick enough to play with his hand in the dirt and people are going to be concerned that he isn’t fluid enough and athletic enough to play linebacker where he’ll have to drop into coverage. But Upshaw is just a load to deal with and Rex Ryan is going to be thrilled to get him. Upshaw is just a freight train, he is thick and bulky and he can hit like a truck. He is aggressive and disruptive when going up field. And he is strong in run support. Upshaw is a rough and physical football player that Rex Ryan could move all around his front 7 and help improve the Jets’ pass rush.
63. Green Bay Packers- Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
-The Packers’ pass defense has seriously regressed this year. Charles Woodson is still a great player but he isn’t getting younger. Tramon Williams is injured and he might be a one year wonder. And Sam Shields isn’t playing as well as they did. Brandon Boykin is a nice little player. He is super athletic and really fluid in coverage, he can match receivers on the outside because of his freak athleticism. He is a bit small though. And he is a physical player who will hit you. With Boykin you need to get his hands on the ball too, he is a dynamic athlete with his hands on the ball who has a knack for the big play.
64. New England Patriots- Jared Crick DL Nebraska
-The Patriots play a 3-4, 4-3 hybrid defense where they alternate fronts so they need to nab guys who can fit both schemes. Crick can play inside and outside. He will struggle in NFL run defense because of his slender build and poor leverage but as a pass rusher I don’t really see how different he is from Quinton Coples. Crick is quick and explosive when working towards the passer and when he gets there he will light people up. He uses his hands and he looks like a guy you could play as a 4-3 LE, a 3-4 DE and a 4-3 UT.