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NFL Draft: Potential Risers and Fallers Pre Combine 2/20

Posted by James Rowe on February 20, 2012 – 4:39 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

Offense:

1 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State* NFL Comparison: Athletic Joe Flacco (Ravens)

Coming into the 2012 draft Osweiler wasn’t regarded as a potential high pick, but as the combine is approaching some are saying he could rise into 1st round discussions. At a legit 6’8 240lbs, Osweiler is pretty nimble on his feet and has nice accuracy putting up 63% completion rating last year. QB’s always get over drafted, and don’t be surprised to see Osweiler maybe get drafted in the same area Joe Flacco did if he has a good combine.

2 Mike Adams OT Ohio State NFL Comparison: Jared Gaither (Ravens, Chargers)

Adams was thought of as more of a 2nd/3rd round pick before the season, but after a good Senior Bowl Adams stock could be in the top 20. Adams looks to be a potential starting LT in the NFL, maybe playing right away at either LT or RT. Adams has the experience you look for, as well as size and athleticism to maybe be a Pro Bowl type player in his prime.

3 Kendall Wright WR Baylor NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace (Steelers)

Wright along with RG3 became a superstar in College Football in 2011, and now both are poised to be early 1st round picks this April. Wright is a deep threat that can really be a factor down the field for a strong armed QB. If Wright can run a sub 4.35 40 at the combine next week, expect him to be the 2nd WR drafted behind Justin Blackmon.

4 Lamar Miller RB Miami** NFL Comparison: Chris Johnson(Titans) 2011 Verison

Miller has become a favorite of mine as of late, and I think he might have potential late 1st round stock. Miller will need a big performance at the combine, and running a sub 4.4 40 could really improve his stock. Trent Richardson is the obvious #1 RB in the draft, but after him Miller will have to fight against names like David Wilson, LaMichael James and Doug Martin.

Defense:

1 Michael Brockers DT LSU** NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour (Patriots, Raiders)

Brockers made a great decision coming out early into this weak DT class, and now might be poised to be a top 15 pick once April comes around. Brockers has great size at 6’6 310lbs, and on tape has reminded me some of a young Richard Seymour type prospect. Brockers didn’t put up great sack numbers, but was a dominant force inside on a LSU defense that was loaded with talent.

2 Zach Brown OLB UNC NFL Comparison: Navorro Bowman (49ers)

Brown is another prospect I’ve taken a liking to, and with the combine coming up I expect others to do so as well. Brown has been rumored to potentially run a 4.4 40 time, which would be excellent for a LB with his size. At 6’2, 237lbs, Brown is a very solid all around OLB that could be a top 25 pick.

3 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC* NFL Comparison: Trent Cole (Eagles)

Perry is an athletic pass rusher that NFL teams will be looking for in this pass happy league. At 6’3 250lbs, Perry has 3-4 OLB type size and I expect a team to be satisfied with his talents with a top 25 pick. Perry should have a good showing at the combine, and might be the 3rd pass rusher drafted behind Coples and Upshaw.

4 Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse* NFL Comparison: Aldon Smith (49ers)

Jones is an relatively unknown prospect that could shock some people with his workouts in the coming weeks. Jones is the brother of UFC star Jon “Bones” Jones, and might end up being a rising prospect on many boards soon. Jones was hurt for some of the season in 2011, but he did produce in his limited time and could remind some of Aldon Smith from last years draft.

Potential Fallers

Offense:

1 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M NFL Comparison: Jay Cutler (Bears, Broncos)

Tannehill has a broken foot that will keep him off the field next week at the combine, and this might hurt his stock. His interviews will be crucial for him to keep his stock in the 1st round, but with F/A’s like Matt Flynn, and now potentially Peyton Manning hitting the market Tannehill’s stock could be in trouble. Also factor in Osweiler and other QB’s could rise as well.

2 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina* NFL Comparison: Mike Williams (Seahawks, Lions)

Jeffery’s weight and speed have been questioned after a disappointing 2011 season, and the combine will be a huge factor in where he goes come April. Jeffery didn’t have good QB play, but still needs to show the star potential scouts see in glimpses on film. If he can run in the 4.5’s and be under 235lbs, he should be a 1st round pick.

3 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State NFL Comparison: Charles Brown (Saints)

Sanders didn’t perform well at all at the Senior Bowl, and could see a big drop in his stock if he doesn’t improve. Weight and muscle must be added for Sanders to handle the NFL pass rushers, and he might need time to bulk up before he see’s the field. If Sanders can show he can add weight and still move around at the combine, he might see his stock go up again.

Defense:

1 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*NFL Comparison: Jimmy Smith (Ravens)Kirkpatrick’s arrest has hurt his stock, and now might be valued in the 14-25 range. Not producing any INT’s in 2011 also might make some question his playmaking skills, but I do still like his size and speed to match up with NFL WR’s. Dallas might be a good landing spot for Kirkpatrick if he runs well at the combine.

2 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*: Ray Lewis (Ravens) (Lite)

Burfict’s character and attitude on the field have scared some scouts, and right now I’m not seeing the top 15 value that was once said about him. Burfict needs to learn how to control his emotions, and if he does I can truly see him being a force at ILB in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme.

3 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska NFL Comparison: Kyle Wilson (Jets)

Dennard is not near the prospect Prince Amukamara was last year, and after a poor performance at the Senior Bowl I don’t see him being a 1st round pick. Dennard only has average size and speed, and was exposed by the NFL caliber WR talent at the Senior Bowl. Dennard will still be a 2nd/3rd round pick, but he won’t ever be a #1 CB in the NFL.

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