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Senior (Bowl) Superlatives

January 30, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Tallest Player: DE Margus Hunt-

-Measuring at over 6'8" Hunt took the prize here.

Shortest Player: RB Robbie Rouse-

-Coming in at 5'5" 7/8 Rouse was the shortest player on the field, which at times helped him as it appeared defenders couldn't find him.

Heaviest Player: DT John Jenkins-

-Jenkins weighed in at 359 lbs, but actually carries it pretty well. It is easy to see why 3-4 teams would love to have him as their NT

Lightest Player: WR Marquise Goodwin

-Goodwin came in at 179 lbs, which is a little light for a receiver. Good news is he didn't struggle too much versus the press.

First Player Selected: OT Eric Fisher-

-Fisher all but solidified a top 10 spot with his great week. A couple guys could challenge him, but he could be off the board even in the top 5 in some draft scenarios.

Last Player Selected: (not counting UDFA's): P Jeff Locke

-It's tough finding a player who will go late, but still probably be drafted, Jeff Locke could fit the bill. Ryan Allen will go higher, but plenty of teams could take a look at a punter in the 7th round, particularly one who handles kick-offs as well.

Most Likely to Succeed (in Year one): OT Eric Fisher, DT John Jenkins, RB Stephan Taylor, DL Datone Jones

-These are the four players who should make the highest impact right off the bat, I think all four should play at least significant roles as rookies and prove themselves to be very effective.

Highest Upside: QB E.J. Manuel, DL Margus Hunt, OT Kyle Long, DE Ezekial Ansah

-These are the four players who could be elite stars down the line if it all comes together for them. Hunt, Long and Ansah are pretty new to the game at the upper levels, while Manuel just needs some developmental time.

Best Deep Ball: QB Mike Glennon

-Glennon edges out Landry Jones here due to accuracy, as Glennon showed the strongest arm consistently throughout the week.

Worst Deep Ball: QB Ryan Nassib

-Nassib just couldn't air it out at the same level as some of the other quarterbacks. That doesn't mean he can't succeed, but it means he needs to be in the right system.

Fastest Runner (RB/WR/DB): WR Marquise Goodwin

-As a former track star this is no surprise, but Goodwin can just fly down the field. I will say some corners were highly impressive with running with him, but Goodwin is my favorite for top 40 time at the combine.

Slowest Runner (RB/WR/DB): WR Chris Harper

This is tougher to judge, but Harper is more of a possession receiver and may even be better as a movement TE with some extra weight. He just didn't have the burst that the other receivers, running backs and DB's had.

Best Late Round Value Picks (Offense): WR Conner Vernon, TE Michael Williams, OL Garrett Gilkey, OL Terron Armstead, TE Nick Kasa

-All of these guys should go in the 5th-7th rounds yet should quickly be able to impact a team. Some of them have higher ceilings, but the key here is a low bust factor and an ability to contribute even if it is as a 2nd stringer.

Best Late Round Value Picks (Defense): S J.J. Wilcox, DL Cornelius Washington, LB Ty Powell, S Duke Williams, DT Montori Hughes

Similar to the offensive guys, you should find these guys on the board in the 5th-7th rounds and they should find a way to contribute early.

Players who had the best all-around week (practice and game)

Best Quarterback: Mike Glennon

Best Running back: Stepfan Taylor

Best Tight End: Michael Williams

Best Wide Receiver:  WR Quinton Patton

Best Offensive Tackle: Eric Fisher

Best Interior Offensive lineman: Larry Warford

Best Defensive End: tie Ezekial Ansah and Alex Okafor

Best Defensive Tackle: tie Montori Huges and Kawann Short

Best Inside Linebacker: Kevin Reddick

Best Outside Linebacker: Sean Porter

Best Cornerback: tie Jordan Poyer and Desmond Trufant

Best Safety: T.J. McDonald

Best Punter: Ryan Allen

Best Kicker: Dustin Hopkins

Senior Bowl South Team Practice Report – Day 3 Led by WR Terrance Williams

January 25, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

South Team Practice Report from Wednesday. North Team Practice Report here!

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

-Jones didn't help himself again with a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there. Too many times when you saw a poor throw he was the culprit.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. I thought he rebounded nicely from a poor Tuesday practice and his potential is very apparent. You will need to have some patience with him, but you could find a good quarterback if you handle him correctly..

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Conner Vernon, Duke:

Early on Vernon had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps, not getting off a jam and double catching a ball, but overall it was another really solid day for Vernon, who has made the most of this opportunity.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton made a number of highlight reel catches and is challenging Williams for the best receiver on this squad.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:    

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Terrance Williams running routes at South practice.

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well. He just battles thoughout and is great watching him due to his technique and anchor.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level. He did show better awareness than you'd expect for a guy who has such little football experience.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads. Watching him face off with Larry Warford is one of the best match-ups you will see.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't match-up well with tight ends, and really didn't excel in any one area. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall below average day.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing. It's getting to be groundhogs day with Rambo as each day he starts off well and then all but disappears.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

Wilcox has gotten better each day, he's not fully there yet, but he's doing better in 1-on-1's and team drills. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had one of the better performances today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

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Senior Bowl Practice Report: Day One South Team Led by Tyler Wilson

January 22, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

Here is a look at the South team's first practice today, including what players helped their stock and who struggled in the early going. The South team is coached by the Detroit Lions staff headed by Coach Jim Schwartz. Players were hit helmets and shells so full contract wasn't allowed. Here is the North team practice report

Quarterbacks:

Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

Is Landry Jones stock falling?

-Jones didn't help himself earlier in the day at the weigh-in, coming under 6'4" and not having any outstanding measurable, and then had a poor overall performance in practice. He struggled with his footwork coming from under center and didn't look too comfortable throwing intermediate or longer routes. He has a nice deep ball, but it was rarely on target. He was much more precise on shorter quick passes, but got uncomfortable quick when his first or second read weren't there.

E.J. Manuel, FSU:

-Manuel had a really strong day overall, he showed good mobility in the pocket to buy time and still deliver a strike on the move. His footwork wasn't perfect, but it wasn't bad and allowed him to throw a number of strong accurate throws down the field. A couple times in 7-on-7's and team drills he made some poor decisions or was inaccurate with his throw, but he had a very good practice overall. He's still a work in progress, but the potential is very much there for him to have an impact at the next level.

Tyler Wilson, Arkansas:

Wilson probably had the best day of any of the signal callers. He did throw a bad interception late during team drills, but that was really his only blemish of the day. He showed good poise and awareness in the pocket and displayed a strong accurate arm on a number of throws down field. Overall he did a really good job of placing the ball in the strike zone of his receiver and away from defenders. Wilson definitely opened some eyes with this practice and if he keeps it up this week could move up some draft boards.

Running backs:

Stephan Taylor, Stanford:

Taylor had some concerns about speed coming into the draft process, but showed good burst today, both in rushing and receiving. He might not be the fastest running back, but it didn't appear to be a liability for him either. He showed good vision finding his hole and finding it quickly. I really liked his decisiveness, which is an underrated trait for the next level. Taylor was also really impressive catching the ball as well, he was good in space and ran crisp routes getting separation from the defender.

Andre Ellington, Clemson:

He had an up and down day, but he did show  nice speed and quickness. Also made some really nice plays in space. He had a couple poor plays where he slipped when he tried to make a cut or ran into the pile instead of hitting the hole, but overall it was solid.

Tight End:

Vance McDonald, Rice:

McDonald is an underrated tight end, but had a really strong day that could start pushing him up draft boards. He did everything well today. He ran good solid routes getting separation from both safeties and linebackers. He caught everything that he got his hands on and displayed nice speed. He also did well as a blocker in team drills, showing nice two-way ability.

Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams isn't the fastest tight end you will every see, but that doesn't mean you can ignore him in the passing game. Linebackers struggled all day to cover him as he used his big frame to shield them from the ball, and displayed nice strong hands. Williams really excelled in the blocking game though as he was essentially a 6th offensive linemen out there. He swallowed up both defensive ends and linebackers with ease.

Wide Receiver:

Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Early on Swope had a strong practice showing nice quickness and getting in and out of his breaks. Latter in 1-on-1's and 7-on-7's he struggled on a couple reps dropping two easy catches, one time really drawing the ire of the coaching staff. He also struggled to get any deep separation, and looked most comfortable on quicker routes.

Quinton Patton, LA Tech:

Patton had a really strong day, he was very fluid and showed nice short area quickness. He also showed nice awareness and strong hands. Patton did struggle on some deeper routes as he wasn't able to separate,  and got out muscled a couple of times. He will need to show that he can be more physical, and it will be something to watch going forward.

Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Had by far the best practice of any receiver. Only guy who was consistently able to get behind the coverage and gain separation throughout the practice. He made a number of highly acrobatic catches and tracked the ball well on long passes. Williams looks to be the whole package and will definitely be someone to watch going forward.

Offensive Line:

Larry Warford, Kentucky:

Warford had the best all-around day by any offensive lineman, he was quick off the ball and showed a good anchor, rarely letting anyone push him back or control the point of attack. He also showed surprising quickness for his size and handled speed well.

Dallas Thomas, Tennessee:

Thomas played both guard and tackle in practice and handled his own at both positions. He didn't have the best anchor and didn't finish guys off, but he showed quick feet and re-routed a number of defenders keeping the pocket generally clean. A couple times he did get beat, but overall it was a pretty solid practice.

Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Really thought he had a great all-around practice, he lined up at both tackle spots and really showed quick feet and a nice sound base. He anchored well and didn't allow much penetration. He wasn't as good versus the run, but it was by no means a bad showing.

OT Oday Aboushi, OL Garrrett Gilkey and OL Xavier Nixon all looked solid or better as well.

Defensive Line:

Ezekial Ansah, BYU:

Up-and-down practice, looked very quick in individual drills and and 1-on-1's, but struggled some in team drills he didn't win as many battles as you'd hope. Showed some natural bust and edge ability, but needs to get more wins with that talent level.

John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was a monster in middle, nearly impossible to block 1-on-1, and  disrupting a number of plays with his penetration. He plays with excellent leverage, and despite his size he's very quick off the ball getting into defender's pads.

Malliciah Goodman, Clemson:

Goodman was very impressive today, got off the line quick and was perhaps the 2nd toughest defensive lineman to block after Jenkins. He showed a good ability to rush the quarterback and nice recognition against the run.

Defensive Backs:

Sanders Commings, Georgia:

Commings is thought to be more of a corner, but after today's practice he may be viewed more of a free safety prospect. He was not fluid in flipping his hips, and really struggled when asked to run with receivers. He did some nice things when he played off in a zone and the play was in front of him, but other than that it was not a strong day.

Robert Lester, Alabama:

Lester looked good early on in practice in both individual and 1-on-1 drills, but disappeared or struggled later. He didn't struggle particularly in any one area, but he didn't show dominance either. He was pretty inconsistent in the team drills, with one rep showing nice recognition and back peddle and then the next rep missing his assignment. Overall solid day, but not spectacular.

Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo looked flawless in the individual position drills setting the bench mark everyone else was compared to, but he all but disappeared once he started going up against receivers/tight ends. He still made a play or two, but overall he was late recognizing a number of passes, and took bad angles to the ball. Given how he started and his overall hype it was a poor overall showing.

J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern:

It quickly became apparent that Wilcox has just one year at safety under his belt. While he flashes big play ability he looked simply lost out there at times. He really struggled in the positional drills, especially with his ability to flip his hips and his back peddle. While there is some legitimate promise there, he's very much a developmental prospect.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State:

McFadden had the best all-around showing today among defensive backs. He was very fluid in the drills, displaying good speed and quickness. He really excelled when faced with receivers. He showed physicality and great reaction time, and was constantly the toughest draw for a particular receiver.

 

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Senior Bowl Weigh-In Results: South Team

January 21, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

South Team: (note: a Height of 6033 equals 6'3" 3/8)

OL Oday Aboushi, UVA: Ht: 6052 Wt: 310 Hand: 10.48 Arm: 32.78

DB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana: Ht: 5097 Wt: 186 Hand: 9.38 Arm: 31.38

P Ryan Allen, LA Tech: Ht: 6013 Wt: 231 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 31.75

DL/LB Ziggy Ansah, BYU Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: 10 Arm: 34.62

DB Marc Anthony, Cal: Ht: 5113 Wt: 191 Hand: 9 Arm: 31.5

FB Tommy Bohanon, Wake Forrest: Ht: 6005 Wt: 247 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 29.75

LB Jamie Collins, S. Missouri: Ht: 6033 Wt: 245 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 33.37

DB Sanders Commings, Georgia: Ht: 5117 Wt: 223 Hand: 8.25 Arm: 31.12

DL Everett Dawkins, FSU: Ht: 6021 Wt: 288 Hand: 10.37 Arm: 32.25

DL Lavar Edwards, LSU: Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: DNP Arm: DNP

RB Andre Ellington, Clemson: Ht: 5094 Wt: 197 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 30.62

OL D.J. Fluker, Alabama: Ht: 6047 Wt: 355 Hand: 10.25 Arm: 36.37

OL Dalton Freeman, Clemson: Ht: 6042 Wt: 286 Hand: 9.87 Arm: 31

OL Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State: Ht: 6057 Wt: 314 Hand:10.37 Arm: 31.75

RB Mike Gillislee, Florida: Ht: 5112 Wt: 207 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.75

LB Zavier Gooden, Missouri: Ht: 6014 Wt: 233 Hand: 10 Arm: 31

DL Malliciah Goodman, Clemson: Ht: 6035 Wt: 272 Hand: 10.87 Arm: 35.87

DL Cody Grissom, South Florida: Ht: 6013 Wt: 313 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 32.5

WR Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas: Ht: 6016 Wt: 199 Hand: 8.62 Arm: 32.25

K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State: DNP

DL Montari Hughes, Tenn Martin: Ht: DNP Wt: DNP Hand: 10.12 Arm: 31.62

DL John Jenkins, Georgia: Ht: 6037 Wt: 359 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 33.12

LB Nico Johnson, Alabama: Ht: 6017 Wt: 249 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 32.87

OL Lane Johnson, Oklahoma: Ht: 6062 Wt: 302 Hand: 9.75 Arm: 35

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma: Ht: 6035 Wt: 221 Hand: 9 Arm: 32.12

WR Tavarres King, Georgia: Ht: 6002 Wt: 192 Hand: 9.37 Arm: 32.37

DB Robert Lester, Alabama: Ht: 6012 Wt: 212 Hand: 9.75 Arm: 31.25

TE Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn: Ht: 6031 Wt: 255 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 33

QB E.J. Manuel, FSU: Ht: 6043 Wt: 237 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 35

RB Onterio McCalebb, Auburn: Ht: 5101 Wt:164 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.12

TE Vance McDonald, Rice: Ht: 6041 Wt: 262 Hand: 10 Arm: 34.5

DB Leon McFadden, San Diego State: Ht: 5096 Wt: 193 Hand: 8.62 Arm: 31.25

OL Xavier Nixon, Florida: Ht: 6054 Wt: 311 Hand: 10.5 Arm: 33.75

WR Quinton Patton, LA Tech: Ht: 6000 Wt: 202 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 32.25

LB Sean Porter, Texas A&M: Ht: 6013 Wt: 231 Hand: 9.37 Arm: 31.87

DB Baccari Rambo, Georgia: Ht: 6004 Wt: 215 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 30.5

TE Mychal Rivera, Tennessee: Ht: 6032 Wt: 237 Hand: 10.25 Arm: 32.12

OL Brian Schwenke, Cal: Ht: 6030 Wt: 307 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 30.87

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: Ht: 6002 Wt: 204 Hand: 8.12 Arm: 30.37

RB Stephan Taylor, Stanford: Ht: 5090 Wt: 216 Hand: 8.37 Arm: 29.62

LB Chase Thomas, Stanford: Ht: 6031 Wt: 241 Hand: 9.5 Arm: 31.37

OL Dallas Thomas, Tennessee: Ht: 6052 Wt: 308 Hand: 10.37 Arm: 32

LS Carson TInker, Alabama: Ht: 6001 Wt: 231

OL J.C. Tretter, Cornell: Ht: 6035 Wt: 302 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 32.25

WR Conner Vernon, Duke: Ht: 6002 Wt. 193 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 29.75

OL Larry Warford, Kentucky: Ht: 6032 Wt: 333 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 31.87

DL Corneilus Washington, Georgia: Ht: 6040 Wt: 264 Hand: 9.25 Arm: 33.87

DB B.W. Webb, William and Mary: Ht: 5102 Wt: 183 Hand: 9.62 Arm: 30.12

DB J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern: Ht: 5113 Wt: 214 Hand: 8.87 Arm: 30.5

TE Michael Williams, Alabama: Ht: 6056 Wt: 269 Hand: 10.12 Arm: 32.75

DB Shawn Williams, Georgia: Ht: 5117 Wt: 211 Hand: 8.25 Arm: 30

WR Terrence Williams, Baylor: Ht: 6017 Wt: 201 Hand: 8.75 Arm: 30.62

LB Vince Williams, FSU: Ht: 6004 Wt:247 Hand: 9.12 Arm: 31.5

 

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South Roster Preview – Terrance Williams and John Jenkins Headline the South Roster

January 20, 2013 in 2013 Senior Bowl

I've already previewed the North Roster for the Senior Bowl. Now here are the players to watch on the South Roster during Senior Bowl week:

QB EJ Manuel, Florida State University:

Manuel is a 2-year starter with the Seminoles, and has developed into a quality starting quarterback. He's got good size, a big arm and great speed, but has been inconsistent against some big opponents. Overall, he displays good accuracy, but it remains to be seen if he can throw into the tighter windows at the next level. With the success of the read option in the NFL this past year, Manuel could be a hot commodity given his speed. He still needs a little development time, but given his upside, expect him to go in the late 2nd or early 3rd round.

QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma:

Jones took over for former 1st overall pick Sam Bradford at Oklahoma and was expected to have a similar career path. Through the start of his sophomore season, Jones looked to be a potential high 1st round pick. He's regressed these past two years, and questions have sprung up about his downfield accuracy, decision making and mobility. He played in a spread system in Oklahoma, and has struggled when asked to make reads and progressions. Jones needs to have a strong week in Mobile if he wants to overcome these concerns with his game. He remains a big, strong-armed quarterback that could go anywhere in the 3rd – 4th round range.

WR Terrance Williams, Baylor:

Williams is a big play receiver with great long speed. He led the NCAA in yards per catch this past season, and was still able to produce without Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright on offense. Right now he's still more of a deep threat, and needs to show he can run more of the entire route tree. He has high upside and should go off the board in the early 2nd round.

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M:

Swope had a starting role for the Aggies these past 2 years and has been an integral part of their passing attack. He profiles as a slot receiver, and shows good quickness in the short area. He doesn't have great long speed, but should still be attractive to teams given the greater use of the slot receiver. He should go off the board in a late 3rd to early 4th round.

TE Michael Williams, Alabama:

Williams was essentially a 6th offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide. He's a big, strong, physical tight end who is a devastating blocker and can be a match-up problem for smaller defensive backs and linebackers. He lacks great speed, which will keep him from being drafted high, but a smart team who emphasizes the running game will get excellent value in the 5th round or later from Williams.

OT DJ Fluker, Alabama:

Fluker is a rare, highly-touted offensive lineman, in that he profiles almost exclusively as a right tackle. Fluker though was among the best right tackles in college and easily make the transition to the next level. He's a devastating run blocker, who still holds up well against the pass rush. He has a good anchor, and is the type of lineman when he gets his hands on you, he finishes the play. He should go off the board in the high 2nd round.

OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma:

Johnson was Landry Jones blindside protector this past season and quickly made a name for himself in the Big 12. He shows good footwork and is quick enough to get to the edge. He helped keep Jones to be one of the least sacked quarterbacks in college football, despite the fact that Oklahoma is pass-first team and Jones has questionable mobility. He's trending upward, and could go in the top 20 picks of the 1st round.

DT John Jenkins, Georgia:

Jenkins was the star of the Georgia Bulldogs defensive line this year, playing primarily the nose tackle position. He forced constant double-teams that allowed the rest of the Georgia defense to make plays. Despite all the attention he was getting from offensive lineman, Jenkins still got a high level of penetration and made plays in the backfield. Jenkins fits in either a 4-3 or 3-4, but would have his highest value as a nose tackle on a 3-man line. Jenkins should be drafted in the top 25 picks.

S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia:

Rambo was the playmaker of the Georgia secondary and double digit interceptions over the last two years combined. He's a rangey free safety with good size and excellent speed. The biggest question mark that he faces is his ability against the run. Rambo does excel in coverage, which should keep him as one of the top safeties drafted this year. Expect him to go in the late 2nd or high 3rd round.

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Archived Mock Draft: Rd 1 Steve 12/10

December 17, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft: Rd 1 Steve 12/10

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1. Kansas City Chiefs – QB Geno Smith, WVU

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

3. Oakland Raiders – LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

4. Carolina Panthers – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

5. Philadelphia Eagles – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

6. Arizona Cardinals- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

7. Detroit Lions – CB Dee Millner, Alabama

8.Tennessee Titans – S Eric Reid, LSU

9. Cleveland Browns – DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

10. Buffalo Bills – WR Keenan Allen, Cal

11. San Diego Chargers – OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

12. Miami Dolphins – WR Robert Woods, USC

13. New Orleans Saints – DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

14. New York Jets – QB Matt Barkley, USC

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT John Jenkins, Georgia

16. St. Louis Rams – OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Defensive Tackle Rankings

December 11, 2012 in Defensive Player Rankings

Defensive Tackle Rankings | 2013 NFL Draft Updated:  April 12

1. Sharrif Floyd, Florida     

2. Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

3. Star Lotulelei, Utah

4. Kawaan Short, Purdue

5. Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

6. Jesse Williams, Alabama

7. John Jenkins, Georgia

8. Sylvester Williams, UNC

9. Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

10. Akeem Spence, Illinois

11. Bennie Logan, LSU

12. Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

13. Jordan Hill, Penn State

14. Kwame Geathers, Georgia

15. Everett Dawkins, FSU

16. Josh Boyd, Mississippi State

17. Cory Grissom, South Florida

18. Gilbert Pena, Mississippi

19. T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech

20. Anthony McCloud, FSU

21. Joe Vellano, Maryland

22. Jared Smith, New Hampshire

23. William Campbell, Michigan

24. A.J. Francis, Maryland

26. Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech

27. Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame

28. Abry Jones, Georgia

 

Talented position group from top to bottom, with elite prospects up top and a number of high upside guys in the middle of this group. Later in the draft, good quality depth can be found as well. Will probably make one of biggest early impacts of any position in this draft (as a whole).

 

 

Archived Mock Draft (Willy): 12/7 Round 1

December 7, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft (Willy): 12/7 Round 1

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1. Kansas City – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

-A quarterback may be tempting, but Lotulelei, is the best player in this class. Regardless of the direction of the Chiefs next year, he will fit that defense, and give Kansas City a high impact defender to build around.

2. Jacksonville- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

-The Jaguars inability to get to the quarterback hurts them week-in-week-out and has to be Jacksonville's number 1 priority this off-season. Jones is a special talent and has the upside to completely take over a game.

3. Oakland- OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

-The Raiders will be tempted by a quarterback, but a top notch pass rusher makes the most sense here. There are a couple good options, but I think they will go with Mingo here.

4. Philadelphia- QB Geno Smith, WVU

-The Eagles need to begin the rebuilding process and a great way to do that would be with Geno Smith. Smith is a smart senior, who knows how to spread the ball around and can make all the throws. He's not a perfect prospect, and needs the right system, but he can have a major impact at the next level.

5. Carolina- DT Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State

-The Panthers interior line is a major weakness and something Carolina should fix this offseason. Hankins has star potential, and would be a very welcome addition to this defense. There may be some consideration for an offensive tackle here, but I think defense wins out there.

6. San Diego- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

-The Chargers LT experiment with Jared Gaither failed, leaving them with a massive hole on an already weakened line. Adding the top offensive tackle in the draft is exactly what the Chargers need to do.

7. Cleveland- LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

-The Browns have a strong defense, but adding Manti Te'o would be a huge coup for them. He's a great leader and would be a wonderful piece to build around in Cleveland. He can also play strongside linebacker allowing him and Jackson to play together.

8. Tennessee- DT John Jenkins, Georgia

-The Titans are weak at the point of attack and could use a star tackle. Jenkins has that potential and looks to be a dominating run stuffer.

9. Arizona- QB Matt Barkley, USC

-The Cards need to spend all their resources on fixing their QB and OL issues. Though some linemen could be tempting, it is likely they will grab Barkley if he's still on the board.

10. Detroit- CB Dee Millner, Alabama

-Lions secondary is awful and Millner is the top corner, making this one of the quickest selections to the podium come April.

11. Buffalo-DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

-Mario Williams should be back in full form next year, but it would be great if the Bills could add another top notch edge rusher to balance him out. Moore has had a great year this season, and can be the dominating pass rusher teams are looking for.

12. New Orleans- DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

-The Saints aren't generating a pass rush this year, if they have a shot at Werner they have to grab him (or any other top pass rusher).

13. Miami- WR Keenan Allen, Cal

-Brian Hartline is solid, but the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill need a dynamic playmaker, and that could be Keenan Allen.

14. New York Jets- OLB Sam Montgomery, LSU

-This pick will depend on who the new coach is, but a guy like Montgomery works well in both an odd and even man front.

15. St. Louis- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

-Jeff Fisher needs to invest in offensive linemen, so why not the son of one of your All pro talents from your Houston/Tennessee days.

16. St. Louis – from Washington- OG Chase Warmack, Alabama

-The Rams offensive line is their biggest weakness so why not double down with this excellent value pick. That would turn the Rams biggest weakness to one of their top strengths.

Archived Mock Draft: Picks 1-16, 12/03

December 3, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft: Picks 1-16, 12/03/2012

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1. Jacksonville- LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

-The Jaguars need to get more pressure on the quarterback, and while they have needs elsewhere, adding a pass rusher here makes a lot of sense. Jones should be an automatic double digit sack machine, something that is sorely needed for the Jags.

2. Kansas City Chiefs- QB Geno Smith, WVU

-Geno Smith isn't as good as some quarterbacks who have gone top 5 in recent years, but he's actually still pretty advanced. The Chiefs have a pretty set offense (assuming Bowe comes back) and are just missing that guy behind center. Smith should do well in a Kansas City offense that is more fun oriented, and could help Kansas City get back to contention.

3. Carolina- DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

-The Panthers luck into probably the best player in this entire draft class and one that also fills their biggest need. Lotulelei would be a major improvement inside for the Panthers and could really turn this defense into a top unit.

4. Oakland- LB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

-The Raiders pass rush needs to improve next season if they want to be able to consistently stop the pass. Adding a disruptor like Mingo is key, for the Raiders plan to get after the quarterback..

5. Philadelphia- LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

-This is probably too early to draft a quarterback, and I don't know if the team would take either an offensive lineman or defensive linemen here. I think though they would be quite happy to add a defensive leader and star like Manti Te'o. Though Philly's linebackers are improving, adding a guy like Te'o would be huge.

6. Cleveland-DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

-The Browns need to get after the quarterback with greater consistency, so adding a top pass rusher like Moore would be a smart play. Cleveland has some offensive needs, but I think this high in the draft you go with impact.

7.  San Diego- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

-Not many positives can come from the Chargers season, but landing the top offensive tackle to protect Phillip Rivers blind side would help. Rivers has regressed these last couple of years as the line has broken down, but is still one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league when you give him time. San Deigo has to make that a priority this offseason.

8. Arizona- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

The Cardinals have to invest heavily in rebuilding their offensive line and that starts by landing a franchise LT. Lewan can be that guy for the Cardinals and help protect  who ever is under center next year.

9. Detroit- CB Dee Millner, Alabama

-The Lions secondary is still their weakest link and should be the focus of their offseason. Millner has number 1 corner ability, and really nice size, giving the Lions a lot of potential here.

10. Tennessee- S Eric Reid, LSU

-The Titans safeties have been a bit of a problem this year, and Tennessee could opt to take the top safety in the draft with Reid. They could be intrigued by some offensive linemen or defensive linemen as well, but Reid is a great pick.

11. Buffalo- WR Keenan Allen, Cal

-Quarterback could be tempting, but it could be hard for Buffalo to pass up on the top receiver in the draft. Adding Allen to Stevie Johnson and C.J. Spiller, would give the Bills a great offensive weapon core for their new quarterback to work with.

12. New York Jets- QB Matt Barkley, USC

-Mark Sanchez has become untenable in New York, and Tim Tebow is not the answer at quarterback. The Jets may want to avoid the draft route after the Sanchez failure, but they might not have much of a choice. It's the cheapest way to add a starting caliber quarterback, and New York doesn't figure to be in a strong salary cap position due to some poor contracts. Matt Barkley has fallen down the prospect radar, and in many ways this is a reach pick, but New York is a team that could make a play on him.

13. New Orleans-DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

-The Saints clearly need some help on defense, and that starts up front. Yes their secondary has gotten torched some, but much of that has to do with allowing too much time in the pocket for the opposing quarterback. Werner gives them that edge rusher, and hopefully difference maker.

14. Miami- WR Robert Woods, USC

-Robert Woods may be one of the more underrated players coming out this year. He's fallen down draft boards for not being "fast", but that simply isn't true. He might not be a burner, but Woods can get plenty of separation, and has very impressive hands. He'd be a great weapon for Ryan Tannehill to grow with.

15. St. Louis (via Wash.)- DT John Jenkins, Georgia

-The Rams reshaped their defensive tackles this past year, but could look to add another piece here with Jenkins. With defensive tackle being a rotational position, you need to be at least three deep, and Jenkins gives St. Louis another big body in the middle. It's not the Rams biggest need, but it's great value here.

16. St. Louis- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

-Jeff Fisher found a lot of success relying on Bruce Matthews as his top offensive linemen in Houston/Tennessee, and could turn to his son to help build up the St. Louis Rams. Matthews projects as a LT in the NFL and should be a welcome sight for Sam Bradford.

Archived Mock Draft, Round 1, 11/30

November 30, 2012 in Mock Drafts

Archived Mock Draft, Round 1, 11/30/2012

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1. Kansas City – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah

-A quarterback may be tempting, but Lotulelei, is the best player in this class. Regardless of the direction of the Chiefs next year, he will fit that defense, and give Kansas City a high impact defender to build around.

2. Jacksonville- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

-The Jaguars inability to get to the quarterback hurts them week-in-week-out and has to be Jacksonville's number 1 priority this offseason. Jones is a special talent and has the upside to completely take over a game.

3. Oakland- OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU

-The Raiders will be tempted by a quarterback, but a top notch pass rusher makes the most sense here. There are a couple good options, but I think they will go with Mingo here.

4. Cleveland- LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

-The Browns have a strong defense, but adding Manti Te'o would be a huge coup for them. He's a great leader and would be a wonderful piece to build around in Cleveland. He can also play strongside linebacker allowing him and Jackson to play together.

5. Philadelphia- QB Geno Smith, WVU

-The Eagles need to begin the rebuilding process and a great way to do that would be with Geno Smith. Smith is a smart senior, who knows how to spread the ball around and can make all the throws. He's not a perfect prospect, and needs the right system, but he can have a major impact at the next level.

6. Carolina- DT Jonathan Hankins, Ohio State

-The Panthers interior line is a major weakness and something Carolina should fix this offseason. Hankins has star potential, and would be a very welcome addition to this defense. There may be some consideration for an offensive tackle here, but I think defense wins out there.

7. Buffalo-DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

-Mario Williams should be back in full form next year, but it would be great if the Bills could add another top notch edge rusher to balance him out. Moore has had a great year this season, and can be the dominating pass rusher teams are looking for.

8. San Diego- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

-The Chargers LT experiment with Jared Gaither failed, leaving them with a massive hole on an already weakened line. Adding the top offensive tackle in the draft is exactly what the Chargers need to do.

9. New York Jets- OLB Sam Montgomery, LSU

-This pick will depend on who the new coach is, but a guy like Montgomery works well in both an odd and even man front.

10. Tennessee- DT John Jenkins, Georgia

-The Titans are weak at the point of attack and could use a star tackle. Jenkins has that potential and looks to be a dominating run stuffer.

11. Arizona- QB Matt Barkley, USC

-The Cards need to spend all their resources on fixing their QB and OL issues. Though some linemen could be tempting, it is likely they will grab Barkley if he's still on the board.

12. Detroit- CB Dee Millner, Alabama

-Lions secondary is awful and Millner is the top corner, making this one of the quickest selections to the podium come April.

13. St. Louis- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

-Jeff Fisher needs to invest in offensive linemen, so why not the son of one of your All pro talents from your Houston/Tennessee days.

14. Miami- WR Keenan Allen, Cal

-Brian Hartline is solid, but the Dolphins and Ryan Tannehill need a dynamic play-maker, and that could be Keenan Allen.

15. St. Louis – from Washington- OG Chase Warmack, Alabama

-The Rams offensive line is their biggest weakness so why not double down with this excellent value pick. That would turn the Rams biggest weakness to one of their top strengths.

16. New Orleans- DE Bjoern Werner, FSU

-The Saints aren't generating a pass rush this year, if they have a shot at Werner they have to grab him (or any other top pass rusher).