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Updated Positional Rankings 2012 NFL Draft 3/20

Posted by on March 20, 2012 – 4:58 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

QB

1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

3 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

4 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State

5 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State*

6 Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State

7 Nick Foles QB Arizona

8 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin

9 BJ Coleman QB Chattanooga

10 Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State

RB

1 Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

2 Lamar Miller RB Miami**

3 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech*

4 Doug Martin RB Boise State

5 LaMichael James Oregon*

6 Chris Polk RB Washington*

7 Bernard Pierce RB Temple

8 Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State**

9 Robert Turbin RB Utah State

10 Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati

WR

1 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

2 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

3 Kendall Wright WR Baylor

4 Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech*

5 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

6 Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers*

7 Rueben Randle WR LSU*

8 Joe Adams WR Arkansas

9 Tommy Streeter WR Miami*

10 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State

TE

1 Coby Fleener TE Stanford

2 Orson Charles TE Georgia*

3 Dwayne Allen TE Clemson*

4 Ladarius Green TE Louisiana-Lafayette

5 Michael Egnew TE Missouri

6 Rhett Ellison TE USC

7 Deangelo Peterson TE LSU

8 David Paulson TE Oregon

9 James Hanna TE Oklahoma

10 Emil Igwenagu TE Massachusetts

OT

1 Matt Kalil OT USC*

2 Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

3 Mike Adams OT Ohio State

4 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

5 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State

6 Kelechi Osemele OT Iowa State

7 Bobby Massie OT Ole Miss*

8 Andrew Datko OT Florida State

9 Nate Potter OT Boise State

10 Jeff Allen OT Illinois

OG
1 David DeCastro OG Stanford*

2 Cordy Glenn OG Georgia

3 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

4 Brandon Washington OG Miami*

5 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State

6 James Brown OG Troy

7 Brandon Brooks OG Miami(OH)

8 Ryan Miller OG Colorado

9 Senio Kelemete OG Washington

10 Adam Gettis OG Iowa

C

1 Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

2 Ben Jones C Georgia

3 Phillip Blake C Baylor

4 Michael Brewster C Ohio State

5 David Molk C Michigan

DE

1 Quinton Coples DE UNC

2 Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

3 Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama 

4 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

5 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*

6 Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson

7 Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall

8 Cam Johnson DE/OLB Virginia

9 Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB Oklahoma*

10 Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse*

DT

1 Dontari Poe DT/NT Memphis*

2 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

3 Michael Brockers DT LSU**

4 Devon Still DT Penn State

5 Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*

6 Kendall Reyes DT UCONN

7 Alameda Ta’amu DT/NT Washington

8 Brandon Thompson DT/NT Clemson

9 Jared Crick DT Nebraska

10 Billy Winn DT Boise State

OLB

1 Zach Brown OLB UNC

2 Lavonte David OLB Nebraska

3 Audie Cole OLB North Carolina State

4 Keenan Robinson OLB Texas

5 Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma

6 Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia

7 Sean Spence OLB Miami

8 Terrell Manning OLB North Carolina State*

9 Brandon Lindsey OLB Pittsburgh

10 Josh Kaddu OLB Oregon

ILB

1 Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

2 Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

3 Bobby Wagner ILB Utah State

4 Mychal Kendricks ILB Cal

5 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*

6 Tank Carder ILB TCU

7 James Michael-Johnson ILB Nevada

8 Emmanuel Acho ILB Texas

9 Jerry Franklin ILB Arkansas

10 Najee Goode ILB West Virginia

CB

1 Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

2 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

3 Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

4 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina*

5 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana

6 Josh Robinson Central Florida*

7 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

8 Brandon Boykin CB Georgia

9 Casey Heyward CB Vanderbilt

10 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State

DB

1 Mark Barron FS/SS Alabama

2 Harrison Smith FS/SS Notre Dame

3 Markelle Martin FS Oklahoma State

4 Trenton Robinson FS Michigan State

5 George Iloka SS Boise State

6 Brandon Taylor FS/SS LSU

7 Antonio Allen SS South Carolina

8 Phillip Thomas FS Syracuse*

9 Janzen Jackson FS McNeese State

10 Aaron Henry FS/SS Wisconsin

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New 2012 NFL Mock Draft 3/12

Posted by on March 12, 2012 – 4:40 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

It’s all but official, Robert Griffin III will be a Redskin

1 Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

With Peyton Manning officially gone, Luck is now the 100% guaranteed 1st overall pick to the Colts and likely will get a deal done after his pro day.

2 Washington Redskins(f/STL)- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

The Redskins moved up to get RG3 on Friday, and Shanahan will now need to build this team without 1st round picks in the future.

3 Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC*

Kalil is the real deal franchise LT type prospect, and will give Minnesota a very good building piece to protect Ponder.

4 Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

Mike Holmgren drafted Alabama RB Shaun Alexander in the 1st round while at Seattle, and Richardson could be a similar player for the Browns.

5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Schiano used to be a DB coach and since the Bucs have a glaring need at CB, Claiborne should be a lock here as a potential shutdown type CB to replace Ronde Barber.

6 St. Louis Rams(f/WAS)- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

St. Louis gained a ton of picks to build the team in the future, and start it off by giving Bradford a #1 WR with Blackmon here.

7 Jacksonville Jaguars- Quinton Coples DE UNC

The Jaguars could go in many directions with this pick, but if they stay DE should be the pick and Coples is the versatile type player they need on defense.

8 Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

I think Peyton will go to Arizona so it will be between Flynn and Tannehill for Miami, and Mike Sharman will reassure Philbin that Tannehill will be a better player down the line than Flynn.

9 Carolina Panthers- Dontari Poe DT/NT Memphis*

Ron Rivera will love bring in Poe to play in his defense, and Poe will thrive likely playing all dline positions in the 4-3 scheme.

10 Buffalo Bills- Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Buffalo has already said a pass rusher at DE is their #1 need, and I think they go with another Alabama prospect in Upshaw.

11 Kansas City Chiefs- Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Pioli has stated the oline will be addressed this off season, and if they go through the draft Reiff could appeal as a potential starter right away at LT/RT.

12 Seattle Seahawks- Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

Pete Carrol loves his stud LB’s, and if he doesn’t resign Hawthorne Kuechly could easily become the pick.

13 Arizona Cardinals- David DeCastro OG Stanford*

If Peyton comes in expect Arizona to either draft oline or defense, and if they go oline DeCastro could be a great fit as a potential All Pro OG in his prime and can play right away.

14 Dallas Cowboys- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

The Cowboys really need secondary help, and I think Kirkpatrick by far has the most potential of any CB left after Claiborne.

15 Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Missing out on Kuechly hurts, but Philly could go with a potential stud DT with Cox here to sure up the inside of the defense.

16 New York Jets- Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

I think the Jets could try and move up for Poe, but if they stay here expect a pass rusher like Ingram to be drafted to give Rex Ryan’s defense more pressure on the QB.

17 Cincinnati Bengals(f/OAK)- Cordy Glenn OT/OG Georgia

Carl Nicks could be signed, but if they want to draft a olinemen the Bengals will likely target Glenn who has the size and play they like.

18 San Diego Chargers- Michael Brockers DT LSU**

Releasing Castillo makes DE a need once again for the Chargers, and Brockers seems like a logical fit.

19 Chicago Bears- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

A WR will be brought in for Cutler, and if one is draft Floyd could be a great fit as a big target to go with the smaller WR’s already on the roster.

20 Tennessee Titans- Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*

Mercilus stock is on the rise after a strong combine, and the Titans could use a rotational DE like him to improve the defense.

21 Cincinnati Bengals- Mark Barron FS/SS Alabama

The Bengals won’t use both 1st’s on offense, and with Safety the top need Barron could be the best pick to replace Crocker.

22 Cleveland Browns(f/ATL)- Kendall Wright WR Baylor

WR is a big need for who ever the QB is for Cleveland, and Wright has already gotten attention from the Browns as a potential down the field threat for them.

23 Detroit Lions- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Stafford can win a Super Bowl in Detroit if he stays healthy, and they could go with Martin here to possibly play LT for a long time.

24 Pittsburgh Steelers- Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

Timmons is the only ILB left that can make a difference, and Hightower just seems like a Steelers type defensive player that can lay some big hits.

25 Denver Broncos- Devin Still DT Penn State
Denver’s top need has to be DT, and Still was arguably the best DT in College Football in 2011.

26 Houston Texans- Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech*

The Texans will get another receiving threat across from Andre Johnson, and Hill has really been on the rise after an elite combine workout.

27 New England Patriots(f/NO)- Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

Jenkins seems like a great fit as a Asante Samuel/Ellis Hobbs type CB in Belichick’s defense, and they should straighten him up.

28 Green Bay Packers- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

Huge steal for the Packers getting another stud USC pass rusher in Perry, and they likely will see a huge jump in better defensive play.

29 Baltimore Ravens- Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

I think Baltimore finds another starting caliber LT in F/A, and draft Konz here to sure up the interior oline.

30 San Francisco 49ers- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

The 49ers need a big WR and if they don’t sign Vincent Jackson, Jeffery can be possible pick as a late 1st.

31 New England Patriots- Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson

Branch has the size and skills to play to the Patriots defense, and can be a very good fit right away to give them improved pass rush from the outside.

32 New York Giants- Mike Adams OT Ohio State

Eli is a top 5 QB in the NFL, and if the Giants want to keep him healthy upgrading at either LT/RT with Adams here could make a ton of sense.

 Round 2

33 St. Louis Rams- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*

34 Indianapolis Colts- Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

35 Minnesota Vikings- Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina*

36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers*

37 Cleveland Browns- Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall

38 Jacksonville Jaguars- Rueben Randle WR LSU*

39 St. Louis Rams(f/WAS)- Lamar Miller RB Miami**

40 Carolina Panthers- Zach Brown OLB UNC

41 Buffalo Bills- Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State

42 Miami Dolphins- Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse*

43 Seattle Seahawks- Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State

44 Kansas City Chiefs- Alameda Ta’amu DT/NT Washington

45 Dallas Cowboys- Brandon Washington OG Miami*

46 Philadelphia Eagles- Lavonte David OLB Nebraska

47 New York Jets- David Wilson RB Virginia Tech*

48 New England Patriots(f/OAK)- Kendall Reyes DT UCONN

49 San Diego Chargers- Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB Oklahoma*

50 Chicago Bears- Coby Fleener TE Stanford

51 Philadelphia Eagles(f/ARI)- Harrison Smith FS/SS Notre Dame

52 Tennessee Titans- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

53 Cincinnati Bengals- Doug Martin RB Boise State


54 Detroit Lions- Trumaine Johnson CB Montana

55 Atlanta Falcons- Jonathan Massaquoi DE/OLB Troy*

56 Pittsburgh Steelers- Brandon Boykin CB Georgia

57 Denver Broncos- LaMichael James RB Oregon*

58 Houston Texans- Shea McClellin DE/OLB Boise State

59 New Orleans Saints- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

60 Green Bay Packers- Josh Robinson CB Central Florida*

61 Baltimore Ravens- Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State

62 San Francisco 49ers- Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State

63 New England Patriots- Ben Jones C Georgia

64 New York Giants- Orson Charles TE Georgia*

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New Top 32 Big Board 3/7

Posted by on March 7, 2012 – 4:19 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

 

Boston College LB Luke Kuechly is rising draft boards after a great Combine performance

1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

Luck is the lock to be the #1 pick with Peyton gone, and Luck will likely have to fill his shoes early in his career.

2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

RG3 was the star of the combine this year, locking himself in as the #2 pick in the draft to whatever team trades up for the talent QB.

3 Matt Kalil OT USC*

Kalil displayed outstanding athleticism for a 300lb athlete, and is basically a lock to go to Minnesota at 3 if they don’t trade down.

4 Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Claiborne looked great in drills and ran a solid 40, and will be the 1st defensive player to be drafted.

5 Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

Richardson has the possibility to fall in this draft, but I’d say he’s the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson/Darren McFadden.

6 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

Blackmon doesn’t have elite size or speed, but is a reliable receiver that will give you consistent production with a good QB.

7 David DeCastro OG Stanford*


DeCastro is a rare OG prospect that looks like he will be a multiple time All Pro selection for whatever team drafts him.

8 Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

Kuechly is the complete package at LB backing up his incredible film with an awesome workout at the combine.

9 Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Reiff isn’t a prospect most will fall in love with, but his is a tough blocker that can start from day 1 at either LT or RT in the NFL.

10 Dontari Poe DT/NT Memphis*

Poe is an extremely gifted athlete for his size, and can play multiple positions in a diverse defense scheme.

11 Quinton Coples DE UNC

Coples was an underachiever at UNC, but you have to love his size and athleticism that will translate very well to the NFL.

12 Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

Ingram is a dynamic pass rusher that can come at the QB from all angles, and should make a 3-4 team very happy early in the draft.

13 Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Upshaw is looking more like a DE as the draft process has went on, and 3-4 teams could be scared away from him.

14 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

Floyd ran great at the combine, and really reminds me of a Hakeem Nicks type WR that could produce right away.

15 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Cox is a very talented DT prospect that looks like a high potential pass rusher inside, and is a riser after the combine.

16 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

Kirkpatrick’s stock has went down some after his arrest, but his potential shutdown CB skills will entice a team to draft him early.

17 Kendall Wright WR Baylor

Wright ran a poor 40 time, but it’s obvious on film this kid can fly down the field with pads on and stretch the defense.

18 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

Perry is a very athletic pass rusher, that can likely play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 depending on what team drafts him.

19 Michael Brockers DT LSU**

Brockers is a massive project, but if he doesn’t bust he will give you a stud on your dline that can help the run and pass defense.

20 Cordy Glenn OT/OG Georgia

Glenn has seen his stock go up more and more since the Senior Bowl, and can play right away at likely all the positions on the oline except Center.

21 Lamar Miller RB Miami**

Miller is a 1 cut RB with homerun speed, and will likely need time before he turns into a Pro Bowl RB.

22 Mark Barron FS/SS Alabama

Barron likely won’t test extremely well at his pro day, but on the field Barron is by far the top Safety in this draft.

23 Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

Jenkins doesn’t have the size you usually look for in a 1st round CB, but his skills and production have to impress you despite his off the field issues.

24 Mike Adams OT Ohio State

Adams is a huge OT with tons of experience, and likely will get a starting job as a rookie in the NFL.

25 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*

Mercilus is a 1 year wonder that has the potential to be a surprise pick very early in the draft.

26 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M


Tannehill will be the 3rd QB off the board, but his draft spot is dependent on where Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn sign.

27 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Martin struggled at times with bull rushers, but if he can continue to get bigger and stronger he could be a very good starter during his career.

28 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

Jeffery’s stock remains stagnant as a late 1st round prospect after not running at the combine, and his pro day could determine where he gets drafted.

29 Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

Konz is a very talent Center with awesome size, and teams would love to draft him if the value/need is right.

30 Devin Still DT Penn State

Still was probably the best DT in college football last year, and can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes.

31 Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

Hightower is another 1st round caliber Alabama prospect, and looks to be a very good thumper at ILB.

32 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

Zeitler is a NFL ready OG, that has also said he is willing to move inside to Center if a team thinks he can play there.

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Best Fit: Robert Griffin III 3/1

Posted by on March 1, 2012 – 5:40 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

RG3 Had an Outstanding Combine, and is Now a Lock to go #2 Overall

Being drafted to a good fit is always a high priority for NFL prospects, especially for QB’s. This years most intriguing prospect in my mind has to Robert Griffin III from Baylor, but where he ends up could really effect his career. Right now RG3 is a lock to go 2nd in the draft and many teams will try to trade up with St. Louis which will cause a some buzz once draft day is here. In this article I will discuss what teams would fit RG3’s talent the best, and where he is most likely to go this April.

Best Fits:

1 Washington Redskins

RG3 is exactly the type of rookie QB that could turn into a star in D.C. in Shanahan’s offense and could remind some of a younger Mike Vick. The Redskins offense is still developing, but the QB play was the main problem last year for this team. The defense has improved and is generating pressure in the 3-4 scheme, and should continue to improve with more talent added through the draft and F/A. The running game is consistent which will help RG3, and I could even see a Tim Tebow type of offense be implemented in a shotgun formation similar to Baylor’s offense. RG3 could turn the Redskins into a contender if he stays healthy throughout his career, and will be able to use his running skills to roll out in this offense. Washington will have to give up some picks to get RG3 though, I think if they want to move up they would trade 2012 1st and 2nd, and 2013 1st and 4th.

Likelihood of drafting RG3: 40%

2 Seattle Seahawks

In my opinion, the Seahawks were a decent QB away from easily being a wildcard team in 2011, and if Carrol likes RG3 enough he could give up the picks needed to get his QB. This Seattle team is built to win now, and RG3 could excel in this offense with Lynch behind him at RB. The defense is only average, but if they can add the right fit’s in their attacking defense this team could contend with the 49ers for the division title. RG3 will take a lot of picks to get though if the Seahawks want to move up with St. Louis, it would take this years whole draft and maybe even more to get a trade done though. Also it should be mentioned the Seahawks didn’t talk to the star QB at the combine.

Likelihood of drafting RG3: 5%

3 Cleveland Browns

The Browns have made it clear QB is their top need, and if they want RG3 they must move up to get him. McCoy has not gotten the job done in his first 2 years, and can be replaced with RG3 if they trade up to 2 and likely get a RB/WR/DE at 22. RG3 fits this West Coast offense team as well, and can play well if Holmgren can get the right talent around him. The Browns as an organization have not done a good enough job to put a good football team on the field, but RG3 is the type of prospect that can turn a franchise around if he can win early similarly to what Peyton Manning did with the Colts. Cleveland will have to give up a future 1st round pick which could make them think twice about moving up.

Likelihood of drafting RG3: 45%

4 Miami Dolphins

With Joe Philbin now the Head Coach in Miami, I think he will bring in Matt Flynn to run the same offense that was in Green Bay. Flynn won’t get franchised by the Packers, and the Dolphins have to be the most attractive destination for him. RG3 could still possibly end up as a Dolphin if Flynn doesn’t want to be in Miami though. Moving up from 9 will be tough for the Dolphins since they have many other needs to address, I think they would offer this years 1st and next years 1st  along with more picks/players to try and move up for RG3. RG3 would love it in Miami, but the Browns/Redskins are more likely spots where he could be drafted when compared to the Dolphins.

Likelihood of drafting RG3: 10%

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Post NFL Combine 2012 Mock Draft 2/28

Posted by on February 28, 2012 – 6:39 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

It’s all but offical, Luck and RG3 will go #1 and 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft

Round 1

1 Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

Luck looked terrific on the field at the combine, and showed not only is he a great QB prospect, but is also a very good athlete.

2 Washington Redskins(f/STL)- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

RG3 lived up to the hype last weekend, and will be picked here at #2, and I think the Redskins will give up a 2012 1st, 2nd and 2013 1st and 4th to get RG3 in D.C.

3 Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC*

This offense is in need of a franchise LT to open holes for AP when he comes back and protect Ponder, and Kalil is the best LT prospect since Jake Long in 2008.

4 Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

The Browns won’t pull the trigger to get RG3, and will instead replace Hillis with Richardson who fit’s the physical style of player needed at RB in the AFC North.

5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Schiano is a former DB assistant that would love to bring in Claiborne to replace Ronde Barber and team up with Aqib Talib to slow down the great pass offenses in the NFC South.

6 St. Louis Rams(f/WAS)- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

The Rams end up with Blackmon here to give Bradford a legit #1 target, and Blackmon should be a Hakeem Nicks type NFL player.

7 Jacksonville Jaguars- Quinton Coples DE UNC

With Blackmon and Claiborne gone, the Jags might try to trade down or go with Coples to finally give them a Pro Bowl type talent at DE.

8 Carolina Panthers- Dontari Poe DT/NT Memphis*

Poe looked amazing on the field at the combine and after bringing in your franchise player on offense with Cam Newton, Poe could be built around on defense.

9 Miami Dolphins- Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Joe Philbin will bring in a QB(Matt Flynn?) this off season, and with Jake Long suffering a pretty serious injury last year Reiff could be drafted to play right away at either LT/RT.

10 Buffalo Bills- Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

The Bills have said a pass rushing DE is their top need, and Upshaw looks to be more a 4-3 DE now after the combine and could pair with former ‘Bama player Marcel Dareus.

11 Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro OG Stanford*

Kansas City has also made it public of their top needs, and helping the oline is at the top so DeCastro here to be an All Pro type LG/RG in the NFL should be the pick.

12 Seattle Seahawks- Michael Brockers DT LSU**

Pete Carrol needs a QB but Tannehill is a reach IMO, so adding a very high potential DT like Brockers could be the next option for the team to do.

13 Arizona Cardinals- Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

If Peyton is brought in expect Arizona to try and draft impact players, and Ingram can be a dynamic pass rusher from all over for this defense.

14 Dallas Cowboys- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

Jerry Jones knows the secondary is a mess right now in Dallas, and Kirkpatrick ran a 4.4 40 at 6’2 which will make him a possible pick for the Cowboys.

15 Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

Kuechly looked great at the combine and is easily the top true LB in the draft, and would fit perfectly with the Eagles need for a LB to improve this poor defense.

16 New York Jets- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

Plaxico Burress didn’t workout for the Jets, and Floyd has awesome size, body control and enough speed to be a potential Pro Bowler to help Sanchez progress.

17 Cincinnati Bengals(f/OAK)- Cordy Glenn OT/OG Georgia

Help at Guard is needed in Cincinnati, and Glenn can easily play right away for this young team and even move outside if needed in the future.

18 San Diego Chargers- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

Perry looked fantastic moving around at the combine, and the Chargers could really use a pass rusher to get this defense back to par.

19 Chicago Bears- Kendall Wright WR Baylor
Jay Cutler needs a legit WR to throw to down the field, and Wright fit’s the need perfectly after his stock dropped after a bad 40 time.

20 Tennessee Titans- Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois*

Mercilus is a hard prospect to get a feel for since he’s a 1 year wonder, but would help the Titans DE rotation a lot if he doesn’t bust.

21 Cincinnati Bengals- Lamar Miller RB Miami**

Benson’s future is still unknown with the Bengals, but I think it is obvious they will draft a RB early so Miller could make sense since he would bring homerun speed to this offense.

22 Cleveland Browns(f/ATL)- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

The Browns settle with Tannehill to compete with McCoy at QB, and will likely look to add a WR in F/A.

23 Detroit Lions- Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

Jenkins fit’s the questionable character’s the Lions have drafted recently, and also fit’s a big need for them at CB.

24 Pittsburgh Steelers- Mike Adams OT Ohio State

The Steelers must protect Big Ben better if they want to keep being contenders for the future, and adding Adams to finally solidify the LT/RT position will help in that effort.

25 Denver Broncos- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Cox is a rising prospects that is great value for Denver here, and would be great in this attacking defense.

26 Houston Texans- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

Other than Andre Johnson and Arian Foster the Texans don’t have any real receiving playmakers, and Jeffery could maybe put this team over the top.

27 New England Patriots(f/NO)- Mark Barron FS/SS Alabama

Belichick adds a versatile DB in Barron to help the pass defense, and give them more talent overall on defense as well.

28 Green Bay Packers- Devin Still DT Penn State

Losing Cullen Jenkins hurt the Green Bay defense, and Still could fit Cullen’s position as a pass rushing DT.

29 Baltimore Ravens- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Michael Oher looks to be a RT now and with Bryant McKinnie being easy to replace, Martin could be brought in to play right at LT.

30 San Francisco 49ers- Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

The 49ers really need a true starter at RG to improve the oline play, and Zeitler is a run blocking RG that will really make them happy.

31 New England Patriots- Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

The Patriots can’t pass on a potential multiple time Pro Bowler at Center with Konz, and he might be the final piece to their youth movement on the oline.

32 New York Giants- Zach Brown OLB UNC

I love the Giants attacking defense, and adding a sideline to sideline LB like Brown to potentially help the pass and run defense could be a good pick.

Round 2

33 St. Louis Rams- David Wilson RB Virginia Tech*

34 Indianapolis Colts- Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall

35 Minnesota Vikings- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*

36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers*

37 Cleveland Browns- Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson

38 Jacksonville Jaguars- Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina*

39 St. Louis Rams(f/WAS)- Kendall Reyes DT UCONN

40 Carolina Panthers- Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

41 Buffalo Bills- Coby Fleener TE Stanford

42 Miami Dolphins- Bruce Irvin OLB West Virginia

43 Seattle Seahawks- Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State

44 Kansas City Chiefs- Alameda Ta’amu DT/NT Washington

45 Dallas Cowboys- Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State

46 Philadelphia Eagles- Orson Charles TE Georgia*

47 New York Jets- Doug Martin RB Boise State

48 New England Patriots(f/NO)- Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB Oklahoma*

49 San Diego Chargers- Rueben Randle WR LSU*

50 Chicago Bears- Trumaine Johnson CB Montana

51 Philadelphia Eagles(f/ARI)- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

52 Tennessee Titans- Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech*

53 Cincinnati Bengals- Markelle Martin FS/CB Oklahoma State

54 Detroit Lions- Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*

55 Atlanta Falcons- Jonathan Massaquoi DE/OLB Troy*

56 Pittsburgh Steelers- Jared Crick DT Nebraska

57 Denver Broncos- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

58 Houston Texans- Harrison Smith FS/SS Notre Dame

59 New Orleans Saints- Brandon Washington OG Miami*

60 Green Bay Packers- LaMichael James RB Oregon*

61 Baltimore Ravens- Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State

62 San Francisco 49ers- Chase Minnifield CB Virginia

63 New England Patriots- Billy Winn DT Boise State

64 New York Giants- Kelechi Osemele OT/OG Iowa State

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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 4 2/26 Part 1

Posted by on February 26, 2012 – 5:57 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

 

Luck and RG3 Shine During QB, RB and WR Workouts

2 of the top 2012 NFL Draft prospects QB Andrew Luck from Stanford and Robert Griffin III from Baylor both had outstanding workouts today at the combine, and showed they are without a doubt the top 2 prospects in this draft. Luck is known for being a very smart and accurate passer, but is also an underrated athlete at QB running a 4.67 40. RG3 had a great day today at the combine, and might have solidified himself at the #2 pick behind Luck. RG3 ran a 4.41 40, which is Mike Vick like speed and should look great at his Pro Day in March.

Possible late 1st round QB prospects Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M and Brock Osweiler from Arizona State did not participate in any combine drills, and stocks are up in the air until their Pro Days. Kirk Cousins from Michigan State and Russell Wilson from Wisconsin are 2 Big Ten QB’s that threw very well at the combine. Cousins stock has been on the rise, and could be in the 3rd round range. Wilson is very short, but has very solid athleticism running a 4.55 4o0 and could develop into a solid NFL QB down the line.

The drafts top RB Trent Richardson also didn’t participate in any drills today, but should see his stock around the top 5 if he can bounce back from his knee injury. Lamar Miller from Miami is a possible late 1st round pick, and ran a 4.38 40 which was near the top for all RB 4o times. David Wilson from Viginia Tech had a very good 40 time running a 4.40 flat and also a 41in vertical which was the top for any RB prospect.

Possible 3rd round picks LaMichael James from Orgeon, Doug Martin from Boise State and Chris Polk from Washington all had very good performances today. James ran a 4.37 40 showing his blazing NFL type speed, Martin looked NFL ready running a 4.47 40 and should see a good amount of carries early in his career, and Polk ran a surprising 4.46 40 at 215lbs which might save his stock from dropping after a weak Senior Bowl week.

Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon did not run the 40 today, but looked very solid in the drills and should remain a very high 1st round pick. WR Michael Floyd from Notre Dame might have rised into the top 15 and the possible 2nd WR off the board after a 4.47 40 and looked smooth in the receiving drills. Baylor WR Kendall Wright had a very disappointing day running a 4.61 40, which is much slower than expected. He might fall into the 20′s once April comes around if he doesn’t run a better 40 at his Pro Day.

Alshon Jeffery WR from South Carolina did not run a 40, which is disappointing as well since I’m sure many teams wanted to see how he ran at 216lbs. Stephon Hill from Georgia Tech ran the fastest time for a WR running a 4.36 40 at 6’4 215lbs and could see his stock rise into the day 2 discussion now. Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers and Rueben Randle from LSU both had bad 40 times, Sanu running a 4.67 and Randle a 4.55. Both will not be 1st round picks, but I could see Sanu going in early in the 2nd to be with former Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano.

Stanford WR Chris Owusu and Miami WR Travis Benjamin also ran 4.36 40 which tied for the fastest 40 time for a WR, and both will likely be day 3 picks though with Owusu’s injury concerns and Benjamin’s small size. Top Senior Bowl performers Joe Adams  from Arkansas and Juron Criner from Arizona ran slow 40′s, Adams with a 4.55 and Criner with a 4.68 40. I think both of those prospects will be 3rd/4th round pick.

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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 3 2/25 Part 2

Posted by on February 25, 2012 – 6:59 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

Defensive Front 7 Preview and Weigh In’s

The 2012 NFL Draft has 2 Defensive front 7 prospects in my top 10, DT Michael Brockers from LSU and DE Quinton Coples from UNC. Brockers checked in at an impressive 6’5 322lbs, and is by far my top DT prospect at this time. Coples has great size at 6’6 284lbs, and should be able to impact the pass and run defense.

SEC pass rushers Courtney Upshaw from Alabama and Melvin Ingram from South Carolina are the top DE/OLB prospects, and should be top 15 picks. Upshaw has NFL ready size at 6’2 272lbs and should transition to the NFL easily in a 3-4 defense. Ingram is a tad shorter than Upshaw at 6’1 261lbs, and it will be interesting to see how these 2 prospects move around in the drills and 40 yard dash.

The top NT prospect Dontari Poe from Memphis and Alameda Ta’amu from Washington both showed up at the combine at 345lbs+, and will likely both be 1st round picks. Another potential 1st round DT is Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State, and he checked in at 6’4 298lbs. He could have a Corey Luiget type rise in he performs well in the drills, and he is a top 20 prospect right now for me.

Nick Perry from USC and Zach Brown from UNC are 2 OLB prospects that are poised to have outstanding workouts on Monday. Perry’s best fit in the NFL is as a 3-4 OLB, and he showed up today at 6’3 271lbs. Brown has the potential to run a 4.4 40, and fits as a WLB in a 4-3 defense at 6’1 244lbs.

The top ILB prospects Luke Kuechly  from Boston College and Vontaze Burfict  from Arizona State both should have a lot of eyes on them if they participate in the drills. Kuechly at 6’3 243lbs has been projected to go in the top 15 for most the season, while Burfict at 6’1 248lbs has seen his stock go down as the draft process has moved on.

A few day 2 Defensive front 7 prospects I like are DE/OLB Chandler Jones from Syracuse, ILB Audie Cole from North Carolina State and Kendall Reyes from UCONN. Jones at 6’5 266lbs stock will really be determined by his workouts and 40 time, and could even see a jump into the late 1st round. Cole is a very solid LB prospect that can likely play all 3 LB spots in a 4-3 defense, and should perform well in the workouts with the other LB prospects. Reyes stock has steadily gone up into the 2nd round now, and at 6’4 299lbs he should be able to play DT in a 4-3 or DE in a 3-4 in the NFL.

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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 3 2/25 Part 1

Posted by on February 25, 2012 – 6:12 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

USC OT Matt Kalil Leads Day 3 of the Combine with an Impressive Workout

OL & TE Workouts

Today on day 3 of the NFL Combine the OL and TE, USC OT Matt Kalil ran an unoffiicial impressive 4.99 40 time and looked great in the oline drills and put up 30 225lbs bench press reps. Kalil is poised to go in the top 3 of this draft, and will recieve an elite grade from me once my final grades are completed.

After Kalil, Stanford OG David DeCastro and Iowa OT Riley Reiff are the next top Offensive linemen. DeCastro ran a 5.43 40 which is just average, but excelled in position drills and also benched 34 reps. Reiff put up 23 reps which is just average, and looked solid in the drills and ran a 5.23 40. DeCastro looked like the elite OG prospect we all thought he was, and Reiff to me looked only average and sloppy.

Big OT prospects Mike Adams from Ohio State and Cordy Glenn from Georgia both had solid workouts today and look like 1st round picks. Glenn ran an impressive 5.15 40 at 345lbs, and looked okay on the field in some drills. Adams ran a 5.40 4o which isn’t too good, but looked better on the field in position drills and might be a top 20 pick while Glenn will be more in the 20-32 area.

Top Center prospect Peter Konz did not run, but put up 33 bench press reps and should see his stock somewhere in the 1st round once April comes around. Michael Brewster  from Ohio State ran a very solid 5.35 40 for a Center, but looked sloppy in drills and is a mid round prospect now. Late 1st round prospect Jonathan Martin  from Stanford did not participate in the bench press or drills because he was sick, and might be the 5th best OT behind Kalil, Reiff, Adams and Glenn. The fastest 40 time for a Offensive linemen came from Adam Gettis from Iowa, who will likely end up as a 6th round pick.

My top rated TE prospect Coby Fleener did not run at the combine because of an ankle injury, but benched 27 reps which tied with Clemson TE Dwayne Allen with the 2nd most for a TE. Allen only ran a 4.89 40 which is very disappointing, and might be a 3rd round prospect if he can’t run better at his pro day. Orson Charles from Georgia didn’t particpate today in the 40 and struggled in some drills as well, but put up the most bench press reps out of any TE with 35 and should have a lot of teams attention at his Pro Day in March.

Ladarius Green from Louisiana-Laffayette ran the 2nd best 4o time with a 4.53 40, and looks like a potential Aaron Hernandez type of pass catcher in the NFL. James Hanna from Oklahoma ran the fastest 40 with a 4.49 40, and might have helped his stock enough to get drafted. Michael Egnew from Missouri has looked very solid running a 4.62 40 and looking good in the drills, he will make a team very happy if he gets drafted in the 4th or 5th round.

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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 2 2/24

Posted by on February 24, 2012 – 4:17 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

 

QB, RB and WR Preview and Weigh In’s

Top rated QB prospect Andrew Luck  from Stanford is looking like the #1 prospect at the combine today, checking in at 6’4 234lbs. Luck has NFL ready size and is easily my top prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Before the combine Baylor QB Robert Griffin III repeatedly stated he was 6’2, and today we found out he is telling the truth. RG3 is 6’2 3/8in 223lbs and now is a lock to go in the top 4 of the draft. Both Luck and RG3 won’t throw at the combine, which is understandable since I doubt both don’t have much to gain throwing to WR’s they have never worked with before.

Aside from the top 2 QB prospects, this QB class is still wide open and we could see some risers soon. Prospects like Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill  and Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler both have 1st round potential if they can impress scouts this weekend. Tannehill showed up to the combine at 6’4 221lbs, but won’t throw due to a foot injury so his stock is really up in the air at this point. Osweiler checked in a shade under 6’7 242lbs and I think he has the most to gain out of any QB at the combine if he can impress at the drills.

A few potential risers at QB that could be 2nd-4th round picks that I like are Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins and Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden. Cousins doesn’t have great size only being a shade under 6’3 214lbs, but is a good decision maker and probably was the best in game QB at the Senior Bowl. Weeden may be older than half the players in the NFL, but I also think he could be a day 2 pick after coming in at 6’4 221lbs.

The drafts top rated RB Trent Richardson from Alabama won’t participate at the combine due to a recent knee injury, but will be fine for his workout in March most likely. Richardson’s stock seems to be top 5, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him fall similarly to Adrian Peterson did. A sleeper to pick Richardson is the Jaguars at 7. My next rated RB Miami’s Lamar Miller checked in at the combine at 5’11 212lbs. If Miller can run a sub 4.4 40, expect him to be a 1st round pick and the 2nd RB off the board. Virginia Tech RB David Wilson and Boise State RB Doug Martin are possible late 1st round to mid 2nd round prospects that I’ve taken a liking to. Wilson at 5’10 206lbs runs very hard for his size but his fumble issues will give teams some concern. Martin is the top Senior RB at 5’9 223lbs and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him put up starting RB type stats early in his career.

Oregon RB LaMichael James and Washington RB Chris Polk are 2 RB’s that likely will go somewhere in the 3rd round. James is a highly touted prospect from the Oregon offense and came into the combine at 5’8 194lbs, which could hurt his stock if he doesn’t run a good 40 time. Polk is a much bigger back at 5’11 215lbs, and can be a powerback in a 2 RB offense in the NFL. Isaiah Pead from Cincinnati is a possible 4th round steal coming in at 5’10 197lbs, and should run a good 40 to improve his already rising stock after a strong Senior Bowl showing. My favorite late round RB is San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman. Hillman will most likely be a 4th-6th round pick, and is an underrated RB that will surprise people if he gets a chance in the right offense.

Finally the WR’s checked in as well, and star WR prospect Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State is the headline name for the WR class. Blackmon showed up leaner than expected at 6’1 207lbs, and won’t run until his Pro Day early in March. After Blackmon Baylor WR Kendall Wright and Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd are battling for the #2 WR spots in my rankings. Wright is speedy WR in the mold of Mike Wallace or Steve Smith, and has just enough size to go in the top 15 at 5’10 196lbs. Floyd is a much more physical WR at 6’3 220lbs, and could be a Hakeem Nicks type WR in the NFL if he doesn’t get in any more trouble off the field.

Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina cleared up his weight issue rumors, checking in at 6’3 216lbs. Jeffery will still need to run in the 4.5′s to keep his stock in the 1st. Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu and LSU WR  Rueben Randle  are both possible 2nd round picks. Sanu is 6’2 211lbs, and will need good coaching to develop himself into a stud WR. Randle never had great QB play, and he could use his great size at 6’3 210lbs to help a pass offense in the NFL. A mid round WR prospect I like is T.Y. Hilton from Florida International. He is a very quick WR at 5’10 183lbs, and could contribute at a return man as well and will go in the 3rd-5th range. A good late round WR from another small school is Western Michigan WR Jordan White. White doesn’t have great size just being 6’0 208lbs, but uses his body and stregnth to catch some amazing passes from the QB. White will be a 5th or 6th round pick in all likelihood, but I could see him making some clutch catches as a rookie if he gets drafted by a good team.

Other Noteable Prospect Weigh In’s:

QB Nick Foles Arizona 6’5 243lbs Stock: Steady Late 3rd Round

QB Russell Wilson Wisconsin 5’10 204lbs Stock: Improving 5th Round

RB Bernard Piere Temple 6’0 218lbs Stock: Steady 4th Round

RB Dan Herron Ohio State 5’10 213lbs Stock: Declining 6th Round

WR Joe Adams Arkansas 5’11 179lbs Stock: Improving 2nd Round

WR Juron Criner Arizona 6’3 224lbs Stock: Improving 3rd Round

WR Ryan Broyles 5’10 192lbs Stock: Declining 4th Round

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NFL Combine 2012 Recap: Day 1 2/23

Posted by on February 23, 2012 – 6:32 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

 

OL and TE Preview and Weigh In’s

USC OT Matt Kalil headlines the group today here day 1 at the combine, and he did not disappoint coming in at 6’6 306lbs, with 34 1/2in arm span. Kalil should workout fine, and in my mind is a lock to go in the top 3 picks in the draft. Stanford OG David DeCastro is my next rated offensive linemen, and he showed up today at 6’4 316lbs and 32 3/8in arm span. DeCastro should go in the top 15 in April, and expect him to be an All-Pro player for a good amount of his career. Iowa OT Riley Reiff has gotten top 10 buzz as of late, and he backed that up showing up 6’5 313lbs with 33 1/4 arm span. Reiff can play LT and RT in the NFL, and I think teams like the Dolphins, Chiefs and Cardinals could all be good landing spots for him in the 1st round. Ohio State OT Mike Adams was impressive today at the weigh in’s, coming in at 6’7 323lbs and 34in arm span. Adams stock has also been on the rise as of late, and if Reiff goes in the top 10 expect Adams to potentially hear his name called in the 12-18 area.

Stanford OT Jonathan Martin has seen his stock go down, but that could change since he did come in heavier than expected at 6’5 312lbs with 34in arm span. I still think Martin could move inside early in his career, but if he can get stronger he should be able to handle pass rushers at OT in his prime. Wisconsin C Peter Konz has been a favorite of mine as of late, and he checked in at 6’5 314lbs with 34in arm span. Konz has outstanding size for Center, and I think he might be the next Nick Mangold type prospect. My sleeper offensive linemen in this draft is Florida State OT Andrew Datko. Datko was thought of as a possible 1st round pick early on in the draft proccess, but was injured and has seen his stock drop into the 3rd round range. Datko has great size at 6’6 315lbs and 33 7/8in arm span, and could be a possibe mid round starter if he ends up in the right situation.

Stanford TE Coby Fleener and Clemson TE Dwayne Allen headline this year’s TE class, and both are aiming their sights on maybe being a late 1st round/early 2nd round pick once the workouts are completed. Fleener comes in at 6’6 247lbs and I’m sure a team will try to make him into the next Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham type TE prospect in their offense. Allen is a tad shorter at 6’3 255lbs, but I think he has just as much potential as Fleener in the NFL and reminds me of how Antonio Gates has played the past 2 seasons. Another TE prospect that has chance to go day 2 of the draft is Georgia TE Orson Charles. Charles has average size TE at 6’2 251lbs, but is able to use his speed to get open against LB’s . He needs to improve his run blocking though, and I think that will cause him to likely to be a 3rd round pick.

Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green is my favorite small school TE, and he reported at the combine listed at 6’6 238lbs. Green is a terrific athlete and I could see him be drafted anywhere from the 3rd-5th round. Another mid round TE prospect I like is USC TE Rhett Ellison. Ellison didn’t put up good numbers while at USC, but is known for being an athlectic player that needs to be coached up. Ellison could go from 4th -6th round, and could develop into a starter down the line.

Other Notable Prospect Weigh In’s:

OT Cordy Glenn Georgia 6’5 345lbs 35 3/4in Stock: Rising 1st Round

OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin 6’3 314lbs 32 3/4in Stock: Steady Late 1st Round

OG Brandon Washington Miami 6’3 320lbs 33in Stock: Steady 2nd Round

OT Zebrie Sanders Florida State 6’6 320lbs 35in Stock: Declining 2nd Round

C Ben Jones Georgia 6’2 303lbs 32 1/2 in Stock: Rising 3rd Round

C Michael Brewster Ohio State 6’2 312lbs 31 1/2in Stock: Declining 4th Round

TE Michael Egnew Missouri 6’5 252lbs Stock: Steady 4th Round

TE DeAngelo Peterson LSU 6’3 243lbs Stock: Declining 6th Round

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