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

Posted by 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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2012 NBA Lottery Mock Draft 2/16

Posted by on February 16, 2012 – 4:50 pm in: 2012

1 Charlotte Bobcats- Anthony Davis PF/C Kentucky* 6’11 225lbs

Michael Jordan has put together one of the least talented rosters in the NBA, and adding Davis to build around with Walker is the right selection here.

2 New Orleans Hornets- Andre Drummond PF/C UCONN* 6’11 270lbs

Drummond hasn’t lived up to the #1 pick type potential some say he had, but you can’t deny his athleticism that could make him an All Star.

3 Washington Wizards- Harrison Barnes SF UNC** 6’8 225lbs

Vesely will take some time before he contribute and might end up as a PF in the NBA, and a SF like Barnes could really help this team all around.

4 Detroit Pistons- Thomas Robinson PF Kansas*** 6’8 240lbs

Robinson might be the player of the year in college basketball, and has shown he can be a force down low at PF.

5 New Jersey Nets- Jeremy Lamb SG UCONN** 6’5 190lbs

Another wing that can score is needed to hopefully pair with Deron Williams, and Lamb will leave UCONN since they won’t play in the tournament next year.

6 Toronto Raptors- Austin Rivers PG/SG Duke* 6’4 200lbs

Rivers might stay another year at Duke, but I really like his potential in the NBA and would help a team like the Raptors.

7 Sacramento Kings- Perry Jones III SF/PF Baylor** 6’10 230lbs

PJ3 is a great fit as a potential SF and PF for the Kings, and would provide them with some more defense and rebounding.

8 Cleveland Cavilers- Jared Sullinger PF/C Ohio State** 6’10 280lbs

Sullinger stays in state with the Cavs here, and can be the Center of the future for this franchise.

9 Phoenix Suns- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SG/SF Kentucky* 6’6 215lbs

MKG would do great in the Suns offense, and can play some SG and SF right away for them.

10 Milwaukee Bucks- Brad Beal SG Florida* 6’4 205lbs

Another shooter to go with Jennings could be a great addition, and Beal might be the best pure shooter in this draft.

11 Utah Jazz(f/GSW)- Terrence Jones SF/PF Kentucky** 6’9 240lbs

Jones can play right away for the Jazz, and improve the SF and PF play depending on the line-up

12 New Orleans Hornets(f/MIN)- Arnette Moultrie PF Mississippi State*** 6’10 240lbs

Moultrie has shot up the board this season, and can potentially be a starting PF in the future for a team like the Hornets.

13 Houston Rockets(f/NYK)- Tyler Zeller PF/C UNC**** 6’11 245lbs

The Rockets need more young big man talent and Zeller can impact the game very well on defense early on.

14 Memphis Grizzlies- John Henson PF UNC*** 6’10 220lbs

Randolph’s injury has really hurt Memphis, and adding a Henson to be his potential replacement and also contribute as a shot blocker

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Post Super Bowl 2012 Mock Draft 2/7

Posted by on February 7, 2012 – 5:23 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

ROUND 1

1 Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

Luck will be the Colts future QB, but Peyton’s future is still up in the air for now.

2 St. Louis Rams- Matt Kalil OT USC*

Fisher needs to get Bradford some good protection, and Kalil is the best LT prospect since Jake Long.

3*TRADE(2012 2nd and 2013 3rd and 5th)* Washington Redskins(f/MIN)- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

The Redskins give up some picks to try and land a potential star with RG3 here while the Vikings are now loaded for the future drafts.

4 Cleveland Browns- Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Another LSU CB is drafted at 4th overall, and Claiborne could bring potential shutdown type skills to pair with Haden.

5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

Schiano wants to have an elite running attack, and Richardson and Blount could scare weak run defenses like the Panthers, Falcons and Saints.

6 Minnesota Vikings(f/WAS)- Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Minnesota ends up drafting Reiff as well as getting future picks, and Reiff can easily play right away at LT.

7 Jacksonville Jaguars- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

Gabbert needs all the help he can get right now, and Blackmon can easily become the #1 target for him to develop with.

8 Miami Dolphins- Quinton Coples DE UNC

The 4-3 defense rumored to brought in, and Coples can be the impact player at DE and DT opposite Wake.

9 Carolina Panthers- Dontari Poe DT Memphis*

The Panthers defense could use a huge force inside, and Poe’s stock will likely to continue steadily rise into the top 10.

10 Buffalo Bills- Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Even if Buffalo moves to a more of a 4-3 scheme, Upshaw can likely still see time as a DE and OLB depending on the look they want to give.

11 Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Seattle might have been a starting QB away from being in the playoffs, and hope they land a potential steal with Tannehill here.

12 Kansas City Chiefs- Mike Adams OT Ohio State

It’s time for KC to sure up the oline, and Adams can easily start at either LT or RT right away.

13 Arizona Cardinals- David DeCastro OG Stanford*

Arizona also needs to get the oline improved, and DeCastro can be a All-Pro at either LG or RG in the NFL.

14 Dallas Cowboys- Michael Brockers DT LSU**

Jerry Jones will fall in love with Brockers once he lays eyes on him, and Brockers could potentially be a Richard Seymour type player in the 3-4.

15 Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

The Eagles land a tackling machine with Kuechly, who can excel at ILB playing behind a very solid dline.

16 New York Jets- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

The Jets need to give Sanchez an elite target outside at WR with some size, and Floyd can fill the role Plaxico Burress played.

17 Cincinnati Bengals(f/OAK)- Mark Barron DB Alabama

Cincinnati ends up drafting the only Safety worth a top 50 pick with Barron here, and he can play some SS and FS in the NFL.

18 San Diego Chargers- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Protecting Phillip Rivers is a top need heading into the off season, and Martin should be a very good LT if he can develop properly.

19 Chicago Bears- Kendall Wright WR Baylor

Cutler could really use a legit playmaker at WR, and Wright fit’s the type of WR the Bears would draft and will give Cutler a deep threat.

20 Tennessee Titans- Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

I see this a great fit all around for both sides, and Konz can hopefully come in and help CJ1k get back to elite status.

21 Cincinnati Bengals- Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

The Bengals end up adding an impressive pass rusher with Ingram, and hope he and Barron can translate their SEC experience to the NFL.

22 Cleveland Browns(f/ATL)- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

A weapon for whatever QB is needed, and Jeffery can be deadly down the field if he can focus on improving his speed and conditioning.

23 Detroit Lions- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

Detroit isn’t afraid of drafting questionable characters when you look back at the recent drafts, and Kirkpatrick is too much talent for them to pass up.

24 Pittsburgh Steelers- Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*

Pittsburgh lands exactly what they need at ILB with Burfict, who can likely cause havoc with Harrison, Woodley and Timmons.

25 Denver Broncos- Devon Still DT Penn State

The Broncos must sure up the trenches inside on defense, and Still can be an awesome fit and be in the rotation right away.

26 Houston Texans- Alameda Ta’amu NT Washington

A big NT might be all this defense needs to become elite, and Ta’amu can be an impact player on this already great defense.

27 New England Patriots(f/NO)- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

Belichick needs to use his draft picks this year to get some serious talent on defense, and Perry is my predicted steal as a potential elite pass rusher.

28 Green Bay Packers- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Losing Cullen Jenkins hurt this defense a lot, and adding Cox here to be the difference maker as a pass rusher could really improve this defense.

29 Baltimore Ravens- Cordy Glenn OT Georgia

It will be interesting to see who plays LT if Oher and Glenn were to battle it out, but this pick just seems perfect.

30 San Francisco 49ers- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers*

A WR with some size and speed is what Harbaugh will look for this off season, and if he wants to draft one expect Sanu to being headed west once April comes around.

31 New England Patriots- Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

The Patriots defense needs some secondary and I think Jenkins could be worth the risk as a potential Asante Samuel/Ellis Hobbs type CB.

32 New York Giants- Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

The oline played solid against the Patriots, but heading into the future Eli could benefit by add some very good depth with Zeitler here.

ROUND 2

33 St. Louis Rams- Zach Brown OLB UNC
34 Indianapolis Colts- Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall
35 Minnesota Vikings- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
37 Cleveland Browns- Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State
38 Jacksonville Jaguars- Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*
39 Minnesota Vikings(f/WAS)- Dwight Jones WR UNC
40 Carolina Panthers- Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina*
41 Buffalo Bills- Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State
42 Miami Dolphins- Coby Fleener TE Stanford
43 Seattle Seahawks- Bruce Irvin DE/OLB West Virginia
44 Kansas City Chiefs- Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State
45 Dallas Cowboys- Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
46 Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
47 New York Jets- Lamar Miller RB Miami**
48 New England Patriots(f/OAK)- Reuben Randall WR LSU*
49 San Diego Chargers- Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson
50 Chicago Bears- Brandon Washington OG Miami*
51 Philadelphia Eagles(f/ARI)- Markelle Martin DB Oklahoma State
52 Tennessee Titans- Jared Crick DT Nebraska
53 Cincinnati Bengals- Doug Martin RB Boise State
54 Detroit Lions- Kelechi Osemele OT Iowa State
55 Atlanta Falcons- Jonathan Massaquoi DE/OLB Troy*
56 Pittsburgh Steelers- Kendall Reyes DT UCONN
57 Denver Broncos- Dwayne Allen TE Clemson*
58 Houston Texans- Joe Adams WR Arkansas
59 New Orleans Saints- Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*
60 Green Bay Packers- Casey Heyward CB Vanderbilt
61 Baltimore Ravens- David Wilson RB Virginia Tech*
62 San Francisco 49ers- Harrison Smith DB Notre Dame
63 New England Patriots- Mike Martin DT Michigan
64 New York Giants- Lavonte David OLB Nebraska

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Updated Top 100 Big Board 2/2

Posted by on February 2, 2012 – 4:57 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

A more athletic Peyton Manning type of prospect and is undoubtedly a franchise QB prospect.

2 Matt Kalil OT USC*

Possesses the size, strength and athleticism to be a Pro Bowl LT for the next decade.

3 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

The Heisman winner is an elite athlete that has developed into a passer that can run as well.

4 Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

A Workhorse that was the best RB in college football last year while playing in the SEC.

5 Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Claiborne isn’t the athlete PP was last year, but he has shutdown CB type skills already.

6 Quinton Coples DE UNC

Might not be the most flashy DE to come out, but has the size and versatility to play in any defense.

7 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

Blackmon doesn’t have the elite size or speed to be mentioned with the Calvin Johnson type of WR prospects from the previous drafts.

8 Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Reiff’s stock has steadily improved and he can play right away at a high level at either LT or RT.

9 David DeCastro OG Stanford*

Safest pick in the draft IMO, DeCastro will be a All Pro at LG/RG as long as there isn’t a major injury.

10 Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Upshaw has the experience and talent to be a Lamar Woodley at of OLB in a 3-4 defense.

11 Dontari Poe NT Memphis*

Rare combination of size and athleticism, Poe will make a 3-4 team happy.

12 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

His character and durability issues will hurt his stock, but there’s no doubt in my mind Floyd is a top 15 talent.

13 Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

Kuechly isn’t a top notch athlete, but can become an impact player right away at all 3 LB positions.

14 Mark Barron DB Alabama

Another experienced and talented Alabama defender that can play FS and SS in the NFL.

15 Kendall Wright WR Baylor

A shorter Mike Wallace kind of WR, Wright will be a legit deep threat and for a down the field passing team.

16 Mike Adams OT Ohio State

Adams improved his stock a lot at the Senior Bowl, and could be drafted higher than most project.

17 Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

Ingram showed his athleticism and pass rush skills last week in Mobile, and should be a top 20 pick.

18 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

The marijuana arrest will hurt his stock, but I still see a potential shutdown CB in Kirkpatrick.

19 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Martin’s stock has slowly been dropping, and some are even saying a move to OG might be the best move.

20 Michael Brockers DT LSU**

RS Sophomore that has drawn comparisons to Richard Seymour in his prime and has scheme versatility.

21 Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

A Nick Mangold clone, Konz looks to be a future multiple time Pro Bowler in the NFL.

22 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*

Ray Lewis type of potential if a coach can keep his head straight and the right scheme fit. .

23 Zach Brown OLB UNC

Weight will need to be added, but Brown’s sideline to sideline speed and skills will make him a 1st round pick.

24 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

The combine is where Jeffery will show if the weight and speed issues are real or not.

25 Cordy Glenn OT Georgia

Glenn’s performance in Mobile last week showed me he can play OT in the NFL.

26 Devon Still DT Penn State

I’m not as high on Still as some, but with the lack of depth at DT expect him to be drafted in the mid 1st.

27 Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

Another character issue prospect with a lot of talent, but his height will scare some teams away.

28 Alameda Ta’amu NT Washington

Massive underrated NT prospect that will be drafted in the 20’s and is a perfect fit in the 3-4 defense.

29 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

This years potential Aldon Smith type prospect, Perry could be deadly as a stand up pass rusher.

30 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Tannehill will be drafted top 20, but I think there’s a chance he ends up as a Kyle Boller type of NFL player.

31 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

Very solid all around OG prospect that can be a Pro Bowler for a long time if he can bulk up a little.

32 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Young versitile DT prospect that could really help his stock in the combine and workouts in the coming weeks.

33 Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall

Another potential sleeper at pass rusher, Curry really reminds me of a more athletically limited Terrell Suggs.

34 Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers*

Terrific athlete that will need some time to develop into a potential stud at WR.

35 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

His stock is going down, but I think Dennard can still be a starting CB in the NFL.

36 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*

Mercilus has a chance to be drafted in the 1st round, but I’m not buying him as that high of value.

37 Coby Fleener TE Stanford

Fleener has the tools and size to be an impact TE in the NFL, and could thrive with a good QB like Gronkowski is doing.

38 Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*

His motor is inconsistent, but has shown flashes of talent and could be a good 4-3 DT.

39 Bruce Irvin DE/OLB West Virginia

Another talented pass rusher who could get drafted later in the 2nd since there are a lot of pass rushers with similar value.

40 Lamar Miller RB Miami**

Young but quick RB that could get a team excited if he runs in the 4.3’s at the combine

41 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina*

Gilmore had a down year as a Junior, but with better coaching he could end up as a DeAngelo Hall type CB.

42 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State

Sanders didn’t perform well at the Senior Bowl, and needs to bulk up some if he wants any chance of being a late 1st round pick.

43 Dwayne Allen TE Clemson*

Very solid receiving threat at TE, and has the athleticism to be a down the field threat.

44 Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State

He may not look great on paper, but Cole has shown he can be a LB in the NFL with his recent performances.

45 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech*

Wilson is a stronger back than Lamar Miller, and could end up being drafted high if a teams prefers him.

46 Dwight Jones WR UNC

Very good size and athleticism, Jones can be a difference maker as a 2nd round WR.

47 Chase Minnifield CB Virginia

He has the bloodlines of a Pro Bowl CB, and is a safe pick as a starting caliber CB.

48 Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

Thompson looks like a potential NT in the 4-3, and could contribute early in a dline rotation.

49 Reuben Randall WR LSU*

Another tall athletic WR that needs better QB play to really show his true talent as a football player.

50 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State*

Osweiler could end up being a more athletic Joe Flacco QB, and might be the 4th QB taken in the late 1st.

51 Brandon Washington OG Miami*

Washington will need to show a solid performance at the combine and could solidify himself at a 2nd round pick.

52 Andre Branch DE/OLB Clemson

Branch improved each year at Clemson, and might see a big boost in his stock if things go his way at the combine.

53 Markelle Martin DB Oklahoma State

The safety depth is limited this year, and Martin performed well at the Senior Bowl.

54 Jared Crick DT Nebraska

If Crick didn’t get hurt he might have been at top 20 pick, and I can see a 3-4 team fall in love with his talent as a potential 3-4 DE.

55 Joe Adams WR Arkansas

Adams might have helped his stock the most at the Senior Bowl, and has a chance of being a 2nd round pick now.

56 Doug Martin RB Boise State

Another impressive Senior Bowl prospect, Martin might end up being a underrated prospect.

57 Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

Hightower doesn’t offer much in space and in coverage, but could easily excel as a thumper in the 3-4.

58 Kelechi Osemele OT Iowa State

Osemele didn’t look to good at time at the Senior Bowl, and can benefit if he moves to OG at first in the NFL.

59 Jonathan Massaquoi DE/OLB Troy*

Massaquoi is another potential riser as a pass rusher for a 3-4 team, but he will need to put up good combine numbers.

60 Casey Heyward CB Vanderbilt

I’ve liked Heyward for the past few months, and he could be a nice fit for a team that needs help in the secondary.

61 Kendall Reyes DT UCONN

Reyes has been rated around this value as of late, and can play in both a 4-3 and 3-4 defense.

62 LaMichael James RB Oregon*

James will need to run a sub 4.4 at the combine to help his stock, and if he doesn’t he could drop to the 3rd.

63 Harrison Smith DB Notre Dame

Smith’s stock is rising as of late, and Mayock seems to scout the secondary very well in the past drafts.

64 Bobby Wagner ILB Utah State

Wagner impressed many scouts at the Senior Bowl, and could contribute as a special teams ace as well.

65 Juron Criner WR Arizona

Criner excelled with his teammate Foles at the Senior Bowl and looks to be a very solid possession WR.

66 Orson Charles TE Georgia*

Another solid weapon at TE that could play in the slot some too.

67 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State

Johnson is a small school prospect that is starting to create some buzz as April comes closer.

68 Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB Oklahoma**

Lewis didn’t put up major sacks numbers, but he is the type of athlete that could be a pass rushing specialist.

69 Mike Martin DT Michigan

Martin showed his brute strength at the Senior Bowl, and could be a 4-3 NT or a 3-4 DE depending on the team.

70 Lavonte David OLB Nebraska

David will need to add muscle if he ever wants to be a Pro Bowl type LB, and his speed is his biggest strength.

71 Andrew Datko OT Florida State

Datko similarly to Jared Crick got hurt and could have been a 1st round pick if he were able to healthy.

72 Billy Winn DT Boise State

Winn needs to continue to bulk up and can be a very capable defensive player in the NFL.

73 Michael Brewster C Ohio State

Brewster struggled at times last week, but with better coaching Brewster should develop into a very solid Center.

74 Chris Polk RB Washington

He was unimpressive last week in Mobile, and Polk will need a better showing if he wants to see his stock go up.

75 Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M

Fuller’s hands are still inconsistent, but if a coach can get him focused he could be a solid WR in the NFL.

76 Jake Bequette DE/OLB Arkansas

I’ve liked Bequette for some time, and am happy to see his progress at OLB in he ends up going to a 3-4 team.

77 Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse*

Jones will need to put up great combine numbers if he wants to be considered a higher pick.

78 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma

His unfortunate injury this season will make Broyles fall into the 3rd, but if he comes back at near full strength he can still be a slot WR in the NFL.

79 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State

Weeden’s age will scare teams away, but somebody will try to take a flyer with him as a potentially a Matt Cassel type of QB.

80 Chris Givens WR Wake Forest*

Mayock seems to love Givens, but for now I will give him a late 3rd grade.

81 Cam Johnson DE/OLB Virginia

I like what I’ve seen of Cam Johnson, and if he can stay at 100% he can be a good player.

82 Ben Jones C Georgia

Another good Center prospect in this strong class, and Jones has a lot of SEC experience.

83 Shea McClellin DE/OLB Boise State

Versatile players that can potentially play some OLB, DE and ILB in some schemes.

84 Nate Potter OT Boise State

Potter might struggle early in his career in the NFL, but if he get some time to develop he could turn into a starter.

85 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State

Small school OG that has played very well as a Senior and could be a very solid NFL player.

86 Ryan Steed CB Furman

Steed has the talent to start at CB in the NFL, he just need to get the right opportunity.

87 Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma

Experienced OLB for the Sooners, Lewis can play right away for any kind of defense.

88 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State

Quick needs to run well at the combine to boost his stock, but small school WR’s has busted before.

89 Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College

Fletcher is the best athlete, but he can get the job done at CB at times.

90 Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati

Potential sleeper here, Wolfe needs to gain another 10lbs in muscle and could be a Justin Smith type player.

91 Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma State

Adcock looks to be a serviceable OT in the NFL, solid 3rd round pick.

92 Nick Foles QB Arizona

Foles doesn’t have the arm to be a top notch QB, but with proper coaching and play calling he could develop into a starter down the line.

93 Brandon Boykin CB Georgia

Boykin can be serviceable CB for a team, and also help out as a return man as well.

94 Keenan Robinson OLB Texas

Another solid OLB prospect with plenty of experience, Robinson can play special teams potentially too.

95 Josh Chapman NT Alabama

Chapman isn’t near on the same level as Poe and Ta’amu, but Alabama prospects have been turning out well in the NFL.

96 Trevor Guyton DE Cal

Guyton looks to be a potential rotational 3-4 DE early on in his career, very solid all around prospect.

97 George Iloka DB Boise State

Iloka may be limited in some coverage’s, but I like him as a solid SS in the NFL.

98 Brandon Lindsey DE/OLB Pittsburgh

Lindsey looked solid in coverage at the East West game, and was very productive his last 2 years at Pitt.

99 Marvin McNutt WR Iowa

McNutt has enough talent to succeed as a #2 WR, but a strong combine performance could really boost his stock.

100 Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati

Pead showed his speed and ability to score any time the ball is in his possession last week in Mobile.

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Top Defensive Linemen: Part 2

Posted by on May 18, 2011 – 6:15 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

The last decade has given the NFL some superstar type DE’s through the NFL draft. Players like Mario Williams and Julius Peppers are looked at the prototypical DE prospects, but are there any in the upcoming 2012 draft? As of right now I would say no. Sure there are some productive pass rushers from last season, but we will see if anyone will step their game up to an elite level. Here are my top 5 prospects that I think have a chance to become elite DE’s in the NFL

1 Quinton Coples DE UNC– This is the top Senior DE prospect one most everyone’s board. At 6’6 270lbs, Coples has NFL ready size and his play for the Tar Heels shows it. Last season Coples was able to sack the QB 10 times, and having a career 16 sacks while at UNC. He is a diverse player, lining up at DE and sometimes at DT, which is always a plus. He is more of a power rusher compared to a speedy guy, so he will likely play LDE in the NFL, which could hurt his stock. Coples joins the recent success of UNC defensive linemen to have 1st round grades, in fact he isn’t the only one on this list!

2 Devin Taylor DE South Carolina*- Even though Taylor may not be the best DE prospect on his team(that goes to #1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney), Taylor is still a very respectable player. At 6’7 250lbs, he has the height to gain atleast 15-20lbs and still be a freak athlete. Coming off a 7.5 sack season, I expect Taylor to explode onto the scene as one of the best pass rushers in the SEC. Having Clowney play opposite should allow Taylor to see 1 on 1’s, which should result in an increase in sack totals. I can see Taylor as a RDE in a 4-3, but also wouldn’t be surprised to see a 3-4 team draft him to be a stand up pass rusher.

3 Vinny Curry DE Marshall– The only small school prospect on the list, Curry has played some of his top games against schools like Ohio State and West Virginia(4sacks in those 2 games). He put up great stats last year, with 12 sacks after only 3 the year before. At 6’5 245lbs, he will need to gain some weight in the pre-season if he wants to be considered a 4-3 DE prospect. Curry gets to the QB with power and speed moves, and I think if he puts up good numbers like in his junior year, he should be an instant impact type player in the NFL. Right now he looks to be a 3-4 OLB prospect, but if he gets stronger he can be a 4-3 DE in the NFL. continue reading

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Prospects with the most to prove next season before the 2012 draft.

Posted by on May 18, 2011 – 5:29 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

This is a list of a few prospects that have a lot to prove next year before the 2012 NFL Draft.  Most of the players including on this list are seniors and are coming off of poor junior campaigns, a few juniors are also including in the list. With all of these prospects they are going to have to improve their football skills, their effort on the field and their production has to increase greatly if they hope to improve their draft stock or even be drafted at all.

 

Terrelle Pryor SR QB Ohio State: Even if Ohio State did not have all of the off the field issues they have had this summer, people would still be questioning the legitimacy of Terrelle Pryor as a NFL quarterback.  An always gifted athlete, and proven on the field leader, it is still up in the air if he can make the accurate throws necessary in the NFL.  To make matters worse he will not even be able to show his abilities on the field because of the suspensions early in the year.  He has a lot of work to do, and unlike last year with Cam Newton.  Who won the hearts of America, showed great ability to perform in the clutch and made big time NFL throws capturing the Heisman trophy,  Pryor will not get that same opportunity with the suspension.

 

Jack Crawford SR DE Penn State: A big physical and imposing defensive end,  looks tough,  looks the part but last year he really laid an egg. Very unproductive season getting after the quarterback and he did not make as many plays on the football field as he should have.  A big disappointment last year and he will have to make a complete 360 this year if he hopes to be drafted come draft time.

 

Jacory Harris SR QB Miami FL: Quite possibly no player in the country has to improve his performance move off of last year than Jacory Harris. A once considered promising composed young quarterback is now to many a lackadaisical,  unemotional andinaccurate quarterback.   He has this year to turn it around, and what was once interpreted as calm under pressure is clearly not the case because he did not perform that well under pressure last season and his physical frailness is a major issue as well.

 

 

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Big Ten Players to Know for the Draft: Part Two

Posted by on May 18, 2011 – 4:40 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

All of the teams from the Big Ten, from a consensus standpoint, were aligned equally with the conference powerhouses not being one sided.  Like any other college football conference, the first place teams from each division will face each other in a Big Ten Championship which will occur in Indianapolis, home of the NCAA Headquarters.   Let’s take a look at the comparison of teams real quick.
Legends Division– Nebraska- Michigan Michigan State- Minnesota- Iowa- Northwestern

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Big Ten Players to Know for the Draft: Part One

Posted by on May 15, 2011 – 7:33 pm in: NFL Draft

Who’s the new family down the block? Oh, that would be Bo Pelini and his Nebraska Cornhuskers who are beginning their Big Ten stint in 2011 as they continue their search for a BCS National Championship.  With the addition of the former Big 12 contenders, the Big Ten has decided to align their teams in to two divisions, the Legends and the Leaders.  Regardless of how horrible these names are, it’s still a very good aspect to add to a conference that has had a single team be the champion for so many straight years, that due to the fact that Ohio State has been a “Co-Champion” for four of  their six straight Big Ten titles going back to 2005.  Why does the phrase “Co-Champion” even exist?

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Top Defensive Linemen: Part 1

Posted by on May 15, 2011 – 4:24 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

Over the past 2 drafts, there has been a bunch of elite talent on the defensive line. Names like Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Gerald McCoy and Marcell Dareus have been highly regarded as elite DT prospects, but at this point there isn’t one prospect that stands out in the 2012 draft. Here is a list of 5 prospects who I can think have a good chance at becoming elite DT prospects in the upcoming draft.

1 Jared Crick DT Nebraska– Super production prospect from Nebraska, who has still played at a high level, even with Suh gone. Crick has a career 18.5 sacks from his 3 years(2 starting) for the Cornhuskers and actually improved his sack total last year without Suh next to him. At a reported 6’6 290lbs, Crick profiles to be a UT in a 4-3 defense, and a DE in a 3-4 defense, which give him more value to more teams. He still need to keep adding weight and strength for the NFL, but if he keeps his production at the same level as the previous seasons, I find it hard for him not be valued somewhere in the top 10-15 picks.

2 Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State*- Despite having just average stats, Worthy has been able to catch the attention from scouts and is thought of as the top junior DT in college football. Worthy has a quick first step, which allows his 6’3 305lbs body to make an impact for the Spartans defense and helped Michigan State earn a top 15 ranking and a BCS bowl bid. He still needs to refine his technique and improve the use of his hands, but I would not be surprised to see Worthy have a breakout season statistically this year.

3 Marcus Forston DT Miami*- Another underclassmen who has top 10 potential is Marcus Forston from Miami. Forston at 6’3 305lbs has ideal size to play UT in a 4-3 in the NFL. Forston is a disruptive pass rusher who has the ability to blow up pass plays with his quickness. Like Worthy, Forston has yet to put up eye popping stats, but still stood out as a difference maker on tape and has a lot of potential. Forston could follow the path of another former Miami DT Warren Sapp, and become one of the best pass rushing DT’s in football. continue reading

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Miami RB’s- Lamar Miller and Mike James

Posted by on May 13, 2011 – 7:08 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

The University of Miami has a rich history of pumping running backs into the NFL. Since 2001, ten different ‘Canes have lined up in the backfield of NFL teams. Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee and Frank Gore just to name a few. Two current Miami Hurricanes, Lamar Miller and Mike James hope to add their names to the long list.

This coming fall, Lamar Miller will be a redshirt sophomore. Standing at 5-11 and weighing in at 212 pounds,

Lamar Miller

Miller possesses good size for a running back. Lamar’s best attribute is his speed. He is a guy who can take it to the house anytime he gets his hands on the ball. Many speed backs can’t run in between the tackles but that is not the case with Lamar Miller. Miller has great vision and can find the cutback lanes. In that aspect of the game, he reminds many of Clinton Portis. When Miller comes out, he can certainly be a 1st round pick.

Mike James (Junior) is expected to be the teams #2 running back this season. He is a bit bigger than Miller, standing at 5-11 and weighing 222 pounds. Mike is more of a traditional back, being more of a north/south runner. As a freshman in 2009, he took a lot of snaps at FB because of an injury to Patrick Hill. Mike showed versatility by proving to be a capable blocker. He also showed a great ability as a receiver out of the backfield. In 2010, he had a bigger role in the offense, carrying the ball 70 times for 387 yards. Mike showed great ability to break tackles and pick up yards after contact. I’m expecting a nice 2011 season out of Mike James. The NFL is in his future.

Also look out for sophomore RB Storm Johnson. He’s a playmaker with great speed who can score any time he touches the ball. If you don’t know his name now, you will by the end of the 2011 season.

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