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This mock does not include any possible trades. It is pick for pick as the picks are set right now. I hope you enoy.

First Round:


1. Chiefs – Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M, 6’6 312lbs – JR –5.15est. He is a very solid all-around LT prospect with very good to special athleticism, quick feet, and good size - although I do like Eric Fisher a little better overall. Luke lacks a great hand punch and needs to add strength too, but he has the vision, instincts, athleticism, and the eyes to play LT for years to come. He should come in and start right away at one of the tackle spots and be a mainstay for years. He’ll need a bit of a learning curve to gain strength, but he has the tools and is a natural knee bender. The Chiefs have options but building that O-line should be a priority and I think they are leaning towards Joeckel over Fisher.


2. Jaguars - Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon, 6’6 249lbs – rSR – 4.57 (3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE). He has amazing quickness, athleticism, and the bend to beat tackles around the corner with his pure speed, but he can also counter with an inside rush or spin move – he is coordinated and can link moves together. His sack totals weren’t high, but his tackles for losses were. He is also more than quick and flexible enough to flatten out down the line to make plays on inside runs and can cover better than many safeties. He is very willing to stick his shoulder into a lead blocker’s body to free up other defenders too and isn’t afraid of contact. The Jags get their needed pass rusher. They do think heavily about Milliner and trading down too, but if they stay here, Jordan is the obvious pick. They will not take Geno Smith at #2.


3. Raiders - Sharrif Floyd, DT/DL, Florida, 6’3 305lbs – JR – 4.93. He is a disruptive force in the middle who can be dominant at times. The Raiders really need to trade down and add extra picks if possible, but if they stay here it’ll be between Floyd and Milliner. Either would be ideal, but Floyd makes a little more sense because he is so effective at several line spots. Floyd had 46 tackles in 2012 - he posted 13 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He has played DE and DT in college and has the potential to be a very disruptive interior threat for years to come. He is strong, quick, and very athletic. He is ready to play right now and can be the building block that Oakland needs. I would not be surprised to see Milliner drafted here or to see a trade down.


4. Eagles - Eric Fisher, OT, Cent. Michigan, 6’7 309lbs – SR –5.25est. All things being equal, Fisher is a better athlete and prospect than Joeckel is, but the iggles aren’t complaint about him falling to them. I actually rank Fisher as the best overall prospect in the draft. Fisher is a smooth athlete who can move in any direction and do a very good job breaking down in space in order to handle speed rushers while also showing the eye discipline and quickness to mirror defenders. His powerful hand punch and coordinated feet illustrate his rare athleticism. He can play either tackle spot. The iggles need to strengthen their offensive lone desperately, but if they could trade down a couple spots, pick up extra picks, and take a CB, they’d be happy with that too. They need a QB too but will not take Geno Smith here.


5. Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, 6’0 201lbs – JR – 4.39. No team in the league is in bigger need of solid CB help than Detroit, and they get the best of the bunch here. Dee is a special athlete in a big CB body. He has excellent hand/eye coordination and body coordination and can really twist and contort his frame to make plays. He has very loose and smooth hips and can drop his butt and turn in the blink of an eye. He uses his arms and hands to knock down a lot of passes and has excellent awareness in coverage. He can read and react super-quick and gets his head turned in order to quickly find the ball. He doesn’t have great hands for the catch though and will drop easy INTs at times. The Lions will heavily consider Lane Johnson here too.


6. Browns - Barkevious Mingo, OLB/DE, LSU, 6’4 245lbs – rJR – 4.55. I think the brownies are heavily considering Geno Smith, but they have bigger priorities. Mingo reminds me of Demarcus Ware and that type of player should not be passed up. He is an explosive outside pass rusher who has an incredible first step off the snap and can turn the corner and make a lot of plays – he is pretty equally rated to Dion Jordan to me and may be a better pass rusher overall. He uses his hands well and can really attack edges and has the speed to chase fast RBs down – he also has loose hips and is surprisingly effective in coverage. He is a disruptive force, at times, who has a variety of rush moves and is a gifted athlete in a big body. I could easily see him as one of the best pass rushers in the league, but he’s a great all-around player. He’ll be Cleveland’s rush LB and will instantly make this defense better.


7. Cardinals - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma, 6’6 302lbs – SR – 4.72. Although a lot of people are suggesting Geno Smith here, their priority is elsewhere too. They are in desperate need of tackle help. Lane might turn into the best tackle in the draft in a couple years because of his limitless upside. I love his mean streak and attitude. He has the quickness, agility, athleticism, and eyes to play LT for many years. He’s a natural knee bender who has a heckava hand punch and natural strength. He needs to get stronger overall and keep learning the position, but he has a good base and the body to add weight and strength. Arians wants to protect Drew Stanton or Carson Palmer and give whichever one a legitimate chance to excel, and Lane is the first step in that process.


8. Bills – Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, 6’3 222lbs – SR – 4.59. The months of reckless rhetoric comes to an end when the Bills take their man – even if they trade up a couple spots to get him. He is easily the most explosive and dominating QB in this class – the Bills might even trade up a couple spots to get him. He can set his feet and take over a game with his arm at any given time and is much more football smart than some give him credit for. He has a beautiful over the top release and possesses a quick delivery to get the ball down the field. The ball shoots out of his hand and has more than enough velocity to cut through that Buffalo weather. He has improved his accuracy greatly during his career and has learned to place the ball very well at any point on the field – there isn’t a throw he can’t make and he generally hits receivers in stride and allows them to make extra yards. He is a future star and Buffalo needs him.


9. Jets - Ziggy Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU, 6’5 272lbs – SR – 4.63 (4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB). They should take Jarvis Jones, but they are attracted to Ziggy’s athletic numbers. He’s a true boom or bust. He is the definition of raw and any team who takes him in the 1st round must be really willing to allow him 2 or 3 years to even learn the game and to get better, but he could provide intensity and quickness on selected downs – needs serious coaching. He’ll be used exclusively as a pass rusher to start off. I personally wouldn’t touch him in the 1st round, but he’s climbing up charts and I can see the jets sicking him on QBs ‘til he learns more about being a true player. I could also see him getting 8 to 10 sacks a season as he learns. Many times, though, he will be a liability on the field as a rookie.


10. Titans - Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama, 6’2 319lbs – SR – 5.45. He may be the best overall player in the draft (I have him rated #2) and he fills a huge need here. He is the epitome of power. He possesses a very strong hand punch to knock oncoming defenders back and extends his arms excellently to keep defenders at bay in pass protection. He can anchor against bull rushes, but he is also mobile enough to effectively trap and pull very well. Although he isn’t fast, he is quick and well-coordinated. He has a nasty attitude on the field and keeps his hands and feet moving when drive-blocking. He rolls his hips through contact and looks to pancake his man whenever possible. He has the tools to become one of the best O-lineman in the league very quickly. Both Jake Locker and Chris Johnson will be very happy.


11. Chargers - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington, 6’0 192lbs – SR – 4.38. The bolts really need to trade up and grab one of the top-3 tackles or trade down, but if they stay pat, Trufant is the ideal pick. The covet a LT but unless they trade out of this spot, they must go in a different direction. Their CB play last year was beyond bad, and with Derek Cox and Trufant, their CB group could go from weakness to strength in one off-season. Trufant has very good foot quickness and the athleticism and the speed to mirror receivers on the outside on double moves up the sideline or on quick out routes. He has very loose hips and can turn on a dime (he’s more naturally athletic than his brother, Marcus). He is very capable of playing either outside or in the slot because he can drop his butt and turn very quickly. He has speed to run any receiver, and he has excellent awareness and ball skills.


12. Dolphins - Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St., 6’1 209lbs – JR – 4.42. Sean Smith was a big, lanky, and athletic CB too and is being replaced by a very similar player. The phins addressed their WR needs via free agency, but must replace Sean Smith on defense. Rhodes is a press CB who likes to have a hand on his opponent at all times and can run step for step with anyone. He is aggressive and disruptive. He loves to get a jam at the line and stays balanced without overextending. He makes quick twitch cuts and is an impressive athlete with a big body – he’s also an effective blitzer. He plays the ball well and is very confident. He has good awareness and generally plays smart. He makes a lot of plays on the ball.


13. Bucs - Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St., 6’3 267lbs – JR – 4.78 (4-3 DE). The Bucs desperately try to jump up and grab one of the top-3 CBs. However, with Werner, they get a legitimate pass rusher and all-out hustle guy. He is a natural 4-3 DE and is very well coordinated – he can link several moves together while keeping his feet moving forward. He is a very flexible athlete with the natural knee bend who can also dip and contort his body to get under or around blocks. He has excellent snap anticipation and fires out of his stance to attack the ball, and he keeps his body low and his hands extended. He plays smart. He finds the ball well and uses active hands to rip past tackles after initial contact. He has a great hand punch and can bull his man towards the quarterback with excellent leverage. He has great awareness.


14. Panthers - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah, 6’3 312lbs – SR – 5.31. I have him rated as one of my top 5 players in the draft, but his medical scared causes him to fall a bit. It’s jump for joy time in Charlotte when they see Star still on the board. He is a powerful and agile DT who is versatile enough to play any interior defensive line positions across many types of fronts –including NT. He is super quick off the snap and will attack gaps or use great leverage and balance to control and stand up O-lineman. He can engulf blockers and allow LBers to fill gaps, or shoot gaps and make tackles for loss. He gets under his man’s pads and powers his legs to push him backwards. H e has thick arms to eat up ball carriers. Had it not been for a heart scare, he would go higher. The panthers are star-struck.


15. Saints - Datone Jones, DE, UCLA, 6’4 284lbs – rSR – 4.79 (3-4 or 4-3 DE). The Saints want to trade down to get extra picks, but if they stay pat, Jones is an ideal prospect to play DE in their new 3-4 defense. He is a very versatile guy who can fit in an odd or even front and has the power to hold the edge and attack up field. He shoots off the line with low pad level and is often able to knock offensive linemen around with a quick hand punch and power. He has strong and active hands to disengage quickly and shows excellent awareness – he gets in on a lot of plays. If he cannot disengage, he keeps his arms extended and shows great leverage and feet. He always keeps his body leaning forward and has the quickness to chase down RBs in the flats. He keeps his feet moving while wrapping up and has surprising agility to break down and make tackles in space and to contain when given that assignment. He has a big frame and can get bigger. Gives chase to ball carriers outside the box. He is the perfect complement to Cam Jordan and Akiem Hicks.


16. Rams - Tavon Austin, WR/RM, West Virginia, 5’9 179lbs – SR –4.34. Austin instantly becomes the open field threat the Rams have needed. He’s a slot receiver who has rare-elite acceleration with the ball in his hands. He runs like he was shot out of a canon and is more elusive than almost anyone. He is super football smart and understands how the game moves while he’s playing – he can out run angles but isn’t afraid of contact. He takes advantage of available lanes to explode for big gains. In the open field, there are few that even come close to being an equal – he shows excellent vision both as a runner out of the backfield, as a returner, and as a receiver – and he’s stronger than his body size would make most think. He is a mixture of Randall Cobb and Percy Harvin. He’s almost unstoppable when he’s on – he can take over a game in several ways, and he loves to play the game – he wants to be the best and is willing to work for it.


17. Steelers – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia, 6’2 245lbs – rJR – 4.75 to 4.85. The Steelers celebrate that Jones fell to them. Despite his timed speed, he is an extremely disruptive and gifted pass rusher. He plays very fast and tape doesn’t lie. He is a perfect fit for this defense and will become a feared pass rusher around the league quickly. He has a very good first step to pressure tackles’ up-field shoulder and also has closing speed to finish the deal in space. He has the short-area quickness to keep contain outside and crash down on inside runs, and he has excellent instincts. He is a strong tackler with excellent length and upper-body strength to wrap up ball carriers and gets under the pads of tackles, keeps his feet moving in order to maintain leverage whether holding the edge or bulling his man backwards. At times, he is truly unblockable. He is relentless and can take over a game.


18. Cowboys - Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina, 6’2 315lbs – rSR – 5.10. This should be a simple pick because he is exactly who and what the pokes want and need. The pokes are in dire need of interior O-lineman at this spot and Cooper fills the bill and then some. He is very tough to beat in pass protection due to his awesome foot quickness, his natural bend, and his powerful arm extension while mirroring. He has excellent mobility and is excellent at adjusting quickly to moving targets on the second level. He gets physical and nasty in the trenches and is well built. He shoots out of his stance to reach linebackers in the run game or to jump inside of tackles to seal off a rushing lane. He has good hand strength and can really shock defenders with his punch. He plays with a nasty attitude and is very athletic.


19. Giants - Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St., 6’4 273lbs – SR – 4.75 (4-3 DE). He has a lanky frame with long arms and plenty of room to add muscle and strength – he has the frame to get up to 285lbs. Injuries and inexperience are the biggest concerns for him. The Giants’ pass rush is non-existent and Tank will become an excellent bookend to JPP. He is really only a one year starter who had a major knee injury at the end of 2012 and hasn’t been able to work out yet. He has very good snap anticipation and initial quickness to threaten off the edge and has the punch and arm extension to bull tackles backwards. He can also flatten down the line as a pass rusher and has the flexibility to bend the edge as a pass rusher and get skinny and slip through creases on the inside. He has a good punch and extension, but he plays too high and loses leverage. He is a high effort guy who can close on quarterbacks and running backs coming to his side and chase from the back side. He is very football fast and strong.


20. Bears - Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame, 6’2 242lbs – SR – 4.72. He will help make this front 7 that much stronger and will become a leader in the locker room. He fits well in Chicago. He has a very thick, but athletic build, and he generates a lot of power with his legs. He is a downhill tackler who recognizes plays and closes quickly – he has rare ball awareness skills. He can really hit and is capable of thumping the ball-carrier and wrapping up to secure the stop. He is very aware as a run-stopper between the tackles and finds the ball quickly. He Stops momentum on contact and can really drive ball-carriers back. He takes on blocks and has good feet and awareness in traffic. He is very smart and aware and has solid lateral agility to stretch plays to either sideline, and he can cover running backs in the flat. He has very good instincts when dropping into zone and enough quickness to make plays in the box. Despite the scandal, he’s a solid to very good football player.


21. Bengals - Arthur Brown, LB, K-STATE, 6’0 239lbs – rSR – 4.58. He can play any LB spot and is extremely instinctual and athletic – and that fills a huge void for the Bengals. He transferred from Miami to K-State and become an All-American. He makes plays and is a team leader who pushes his teammates to be better. He is an instinctive player who finds the football and plays bigger than his size indicates – and is a pretty big hitter. He is a strong tackler who wraps up and rarely misses. He also has the lower body power to stop backs' momentum when head-up and brings power into his stops when attacking ball-carriers in space. He uses his hands very well and keeps his feet moving through contact. He attacks blockers in the hole and does not shy from contact and can push blockers back. He uses his hands to keep pulling guards at a distance but can also dip under their shoulders to avoid them. He is very good in coverage.


22. Rams - Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas, 6’0 218lbs – SR – 4.55. He instantly makes this defense better and has great range. He is a ball-hawking playmaker who loves to play the game and has the lateral agility and ball skills to be very, very good. He has very good straight-line speed, lateral agility, balance, and hip flexibility. He drops his butt and loses very little quickness or speed in his cuts. He is quick enough to mirror slot WRs in underneath coverage. He can really jump and plays with athleticism. He can eat up space from the FS spot and makes a lot of plays. His athleticism and his coverage ability are pushed forward by his vision and instincts. He quickly locates the ball and demonstrates an understanding of route-progression and rarely gets caught out of position. He can even line up over the slot receiver in press and show very solid coverage skills. He can direct defenses and has excellent smarts and awareness.


23. Vikings - Jessie Williams, NT, Alabama, 6’4 326lbs – SR – 4.84 (NT). They desperately need a DT next to Kevin Williams and someone to eat blocks, and they grab this powerful interior D-lineman to strengthen their defense. He is a mainly a single-gap nose tackle with a very good motor and great power who is also a solid two-gap player who keeps his eyes in the backfield to find the ball. He plays with excellent leverage and gets under the pads of his man to hold the line or push him into the backfield. He has awesome lower body power and balance. He has enough quickness and power off the snap to knock his blocker back and grab backs heading outside or coming through the middle and is very active. He uses his quick hands to swipe away lunging blockers and to penetrate into the backfield. He still has some rawness to his game and has unlimited upside.


24. Colts - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri, 6’3 298lbs – rJR – 4.88. The Colts desperately need line help on their defense and jump for joy when they see Richardson fall to them. He is a bit of an enigma – he has great tools, quickness, and athleticism, but isn’t as productive or disruptive as I would like. I want to see him get in on and make more tackles and plays. His ball recognition skills are just average. He lacks the great bulk and power to be consistent inside in a 4-3 front. However, he is able to twist and swim inside and chase plays to the sideline with his great quickness and lateral movement skills. That agility, combined with his length, makes him a strong tackler in close quarters. He has a great motor and okay awareness. Richardson’s first step off the snap, especially when lined up over the ball, is quite impressive; he gets into the backfield in a heartbeat, beating reach-blocks and will work his way through double-teams. He can play several spots across their 4 man line, and he has the natural ability to be very disruptive.


25. Vikings - Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St., 5’11 195lbs – rSR – 4.40. Jamer is an under the radar guy who should be talked about more. The Vikings are in desperate need of playmakers in their secondary, and they grab the best pure CB left on the board. He is rated just a notch below the top-3 CBs. Taylor is a cat-quick very experienced CB who can play press or off coverage and has great reaction skills. He has shot up boards because he has great awareness and instincts and makes a lot of plays. He has excellent awareness and ball skills, and he drives quickly and is very athletic – he can jump through the roof. He has a quick, tight back pedal and very fluid hips to turn and run with any receiver. He can mirror just about anyone. He has very good ball skills and timing and makes a lot of plays. He has good hands and quick feet, and he can high point and track passes like a receiver.


26. Packers - Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame, 6’6 254lbs – rJR – 4.62. The pack needs more weapons on offense after the loss of Greg Jennings. Tyler is a gifted all-around TE who has excellent upside. His quickness and hands make him special. He loves contact and is very tough in a crowd – he is strong but can get stronger. He has the physical demeanor to come down with the ball in tight spaces. He wants the ball and will fight for it and knows how to naturally block out DBs. He has a powerful, athletic frame and can really twist and contort his body like a good WR to make tough catches. With his size, frame, athleticism, and quickness, he can line up with his hand in the dirt and be a solid in-line blocker, line up in the wing and lead on blocks or break into the flats, or line up outside and run past DBs. He threatens the seam with his long strides off the snap. He has very loose hips and good wiggle and is surprisingly hard to cover.


27. Texans - Keenan Allen, WR, Cal, 6’2 208lbs –JR– 4.65 5 months after knee surgery which he tweeaked again in Feb. He plays very fast - outruns defenders, and remember that Jerry Rice ran a 4.70 40. To me, he is most solid WR prospect in the draft because he combines rare athleticism, smoothness, and fluidity together on the field to go along with an amazing set of hands – he catches everything. He has TE type strength in his hands and can outfight most DBs for the ball. Not only is he a reliable No. 1 receiver prospect, he has excellent explosion, athleticism and hands – and he makes a lot of plays. He has very quick feet off the line and runs precise slants, crossers, speed outs and vertical routes. His ability to be precise in his routes pushes him up. He can run every route and has a 2nd gear to gain separation on up routes. He has solid knowledge and experience running routes in a system where he was required to be exact. He blocks out DBs naturally and is extremely physical. He has a lot of wiggle, despite his bigger size, in and out of his cuts, and he can really gain separation from being so detailed with his routes – all helped by his rare short area acceleration. He is a QBs best friend with his reliability. I could easily see him becoming one of the best WRs in the league in short order.


28. Broncos - Jonathan Cyprien, SS/FS, Florida International, 6’0 218lbs –SR – 4.56. The Broncos desperately need help at safety and Cyprien is the best of the bunch – he can play both safety spots and has great physicality. He has the speed and athleticism to cover a lot of ground as a deep safety in the back half and also line up against slot receivers inside on underneath coverage. He has loose hips and can cut, drop and turn quickly. He closes on stretch runs and quick throws to outside receivers even when playing well back from the line and makes a lot of plays. He attacks the ball in the air, and he isn’t afraid to move forward and strike ball-carriers in traffic. He is a very secure tackler and he brings some nasty attitude with him.


29. Patriots - Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RM, Tennessee, 6’2 215lbs – JR –4.38. The Pats long for another weapon to add to their arsenal after losing Welker and Lloyd. Although Patterson is extremely raw, he has a ton of possible upside and potential. He easily gets separation on vertical routes when given a free release and has rare explosion. He has very few wasted steps on his cuts, and he shows his athleticism by being very smooth into and out of his breaks – although he runs very sloppy routes. He is naturally able to find the soft areas in zone coverage between corners and safeties. He has okay awareness and generally gets in good spots. He doesn’t wall off defenders well, but he has the tools to learn. He has some serious football smarts and is getting better. He is very good running slants and has a quick head fake out that allows for inside release. He can really explode and has a 2nd and 3rd gear. However, his return abilities and his ability to get the ball in space that make him special. He’s extremely raw, but has the tools to be great.


30. Falcons - Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia, 6’3 243lbs – rJR – 4.62. The dirty birds are thin at LB and need someone to pair with Sean Weatherspoon. He truly has excellent speed for the position and can turn on the jets to chase plays down from behind. He came to UGA as a safety and he still has the coverage and ball skills to drop and make a lot of plays. He beats blocks with hand quickness and plays the position like a safety with the frame of a linebacker. He makes a lot of plays and can really hit and is constantly trying to strip the ball. He is at his best when closing in on the edge and is excellent in pursuit. At times, he looks possessed and like nothing will stop him. He sticks to running backs out of the backfield in coverage and has enough closing speed to be more than just reliable in coverage. His off the field issues are the only thing keeping him out of the top-15.


31. 49ers - Matt Elam, FS/SS, Florida, 5’10 206lbs –JR – 4.51. He can play either safety spot or even line up as a CB against a slot receiver. He is extremely instinctive, active, and has good to great ball awareness. He breaks down well when approaching ball-carriers in space and has the quick feet and agility to make the stop. His lateral movement skills are awesome. He has great range and natural instincts. He’s quick enough to stay with tight ends and some receivers in man coverage – he has often lined up as the slot CB. He has nice ball skills to extend away from his frame to make the moderate-to-difficult interception, and he loves to hit and make big tackles. He sticks his nose in against the run when making that read, and fills a hole. He is a bit short and doesn’t high point naturally. He miss-jumps and masses on too many balls. But he plays nasty and mean and will knock people out – he loves to play and will give everything he has.


32. Ravens - DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson, 6’1 214 – JR – 4.50. The Ravens look to replace Anquan Bolden with a very similar type player. He is a natural – smooth WR with the basic instincts to be special – he really attacks the ball in the air and has great hands. He makes wild, crazy catches because he has glue like hands. He has excellent height and length for an outside receiver and also has very good lower-body strength. He has the quicks to play the slot as well. He is hard to tackle and will fight for yards after contact – he is a scrapper who plays with an attitude. He has explosion off the line of scrimmage and in his cuts and plucks the ball out of the air. Despite playing in a Spread, he is a solid route-runner who is often used in the short, intermediate, and deep game because his loose hips allow him to gain separation with small shifts and stutter-steps. He is a game breaker with special open field movement skills, but he’s also a very consistent as a short to intermediate receiver whom his QB can trust.
 
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33. Jaguars – Matt Barkley, QB, USC, 6’2 234lbs – SR – 4.83. After bypassing Geno Smith in the 1st round, they bring in the most pro ready QB available to compete with Blaine Gabbert. Barkley has a lot of Matt Shaub in him.


34. 49ers - Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio St., 6’3 323lbs – JR – 5.25. They need a NT to plug the middle of their 3-4 defense to eat blocks and take up pressure and Hankins is perfectly suited to start there on day one.


35. Eagles - E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida St., 6’4 236lbs – rSR – 4.64. Chip Kelly Wants to bring in a young QB to learn his offense. Manuel is technique raw, but has excellent athleticism and a pretty good arm.


36. Lions - Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse, 6’5 308lbs – rJR – 5.15est. This experienced LT can play any line spot and is very athletic and quick on his feet. He has the ability to start at LT on day one and has upside.


37. Bengals - Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina, 5’8 208lbs – JR – 4.49. He is extremely explosive with his first step and can really shoot through gaps, but he has balance – in fact, amazing balance is the name if his game.


38. Cardinals - Eric Reid, FS, LSU, 6’2 214lbs – JR – 4.49. They get the FS they’ve been craving. He is a big hitter who has exceptional instincts and playmaking ability. He can play either safety spot.


39. Jets - Robert Woods, WR, USC, 6’1 199lbs – JR – 4.45. He has been a highly productive receiver who excels on any route due to good foot quickness and shifty hips. He is a gifted athlete and a natural hands catcher


40. Titans - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St., 6’2 189lbs – SR – 4.51. This Jim Thorpe Award winner has the height, length, athleticism, and competitive nature that could make him a starter immediately.


41. Bills - Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky, 6’3 335lbs – SR – 5.55. He has very quick feet for his size and keeps them moving in pass protection to mirror his man and can adjust quickly to ride defenders out of the play.


42. Dolphins - D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama, 6’5 340lbs – rJR – 5.40est. He should allow Jon Martin to slide over to LT as he takes over the RT spot. He is a massive mauler whom should start on day one.


43. Bucs - Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St., 6’0 186lbs – SR – 4.49. He is a lean, athletic, and quick press CB who has excellent instincts and ball awareness skills. He can truly be glue-like in tight press coverage.


44. Panthers - Menelik Watson, OT, Florida, 6’5 319lbs – JR – 5.25est. He is extremely athletic but also extremely raw. He should stary at RT ‘til he gains experience. He has great tools but needs refinement.


45. Chargers - Terron Armstead, OT, UAPB, 6’5 308lbs – SR – 4.75. The Chargers grab their future starting LT. He is a little raw, but he is a special athlete and has a lot of experience at the 1-AA level.


46. Rams - Sio Moore, UCONN, 6’1 244lbs–rSR – 4.78est. He is an extremely active and disruptive LB who has amazing instincts and ball awareness skills. He should step right in a start for the Rams at SAM.


47. Cowboys - Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno St., 6’1 209lbs – rSR – 4.53. He’s an excellent athlete with good agility and terrific closing speed. He has very good anticipation of the ball, awareness, and ball-skills.


48. Steelers – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford, 6’5 252lbs – rJR – 4.68. He is a super smooth athlete who has the route quickness to create separation and sneaky speed to get behind the defense. He is a very solid blocker too.


49. Giants - Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech, 6’5 322lbs– SR – 5.30. He can play either tackle spot and has very natural feet and instincts. He has natural power and moves very well for his size.


50. Bears - Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina, 6’3 313lbs – SR – 4.98. He has a naturally large and thick build and has a very quick first step and a lethal swim move to attack and slip past interior linemen.


51. Redskins – Robert Alford, CB, SE Louisiana, 5’10 184lbs – rSR –4.40. He is a super-fast former track guy who has turned into a very good press CB. He is instinctual and has excellent ball skills.


52. Vikings – Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee, 6’5 312lbs – rSR – 5.05. He played both tackle and guard in college and play both at the next level, but he isn’t a real LT prospect. He has good feet and natural power.


53. Bengals - Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama, 6’5 308lbs – rSR – 5.10est. This four year starter won almost every award an O-lineman can win. He’s started at RG, LG, LT, and Center throughout his career.


54. Dolphins - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas, 6’5 264lbs – SR – 4.78 (4-3 DE). He can line up opposite Cameron Wake and provide some needed pass rush. He’s a better overall DE than some drafted ahead of him.


55. Packers - Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan St., 6’1 230lbs – JR – 4.55. If he pans out like I think he will, he will be one of the best RBs in the league and make packer-land happy. He is a 3 down back who should help immediately.


56. Seahawks – Kyle Long, OL, Oregon, 6’6 312lbs – SR – 4.93. He is very raw football-wise, but he is a gifted athlete who can play pretty much any line spot. He is a future starter somewhere and could be great.


57. Texans - Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU, 6’1 247lbs – rJR – 4.66. He naturally sees where the ball is going. He has a good burst and the agility to slip blocks. He’s a one year starter who’s extremely disruptive and instinctive.


58. Broncos - Kawann Short, DT, Purdue, 6’3 302lbs – rSR – 5.05. He is a very powerful and very quick inside force who can play several D-line spots and be extremely disruptive. He was a dominant player on a bad team.


59. Patriots - Margus Hunt, DE, SMU, 6’8 278lbs – rSR – 4.60 (4-3 or 3-4 DE).He is a very tall, thick and athletic End who can play all across their D-line and be disruptive. He uses his length well to keep blockers off his body.


60. Falcons – Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M, 6’5 257lbs – JR – 4.82 (4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB). He had 21 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks last season. He has an explosive first step and plays much faster than he times.


61. 49ers - Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UCONN, 6’1 196lbs – rSR – 4.44. He is a 4 year starter with very, very good numbers, athleticism and awareness. He isn’t awesome anywhere, but he’s very good everywhere.


62. Ravens – Duke Williams, FS/CB, Nevada, 6’0 199lbs – SR – 4.41. He is a 3 and a half year starter at FS who’s played a lot of slot CB too. He is an athletic freak with great range and a ton of upside. He has good awareness.



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63. Chiefs - Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon, 6’3 240lbs – rSR – 4.72. He is an instinctive missile at MIKE who reads and reacts quickly and has solid power and quickness. He plays sideline to sideline and makes a lot of plays.


64. Jaguars - Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi St., 6’0 192lbs – SR – 4.39. They need a CB who can make plays and isn’t afraid of contact and Slay is the perfect fit. He’s perfect for their press.


65. Lions - Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech, 6’0 204lbs – rSR –4.48. This guy is the epitome of a natural receiver – he is smooth and athletic. He has very good acceleration off the line and gets to full speed in two steps.


66. Raiders - Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina, 6’7 270lbs – rSR – 4.65 (4-3 DE). He is a 100% guy who holds the edge against the run and keeps his head up. He plays smart and has good pass rushing awareness and instincts.


67. Eagles - Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern, 6’2 339lbs – rSR – 5.25 (NT). He is a massive NT who has tree trunks for legs. He has great leverage and amazing strength to eat blocks and control gaps.


68. Browns - David Amerson, CB, NC State, 6’1 204lbs – JR – 4.45. He is an extremely gifted CB who has great athletic and press coverage skills, but he is highly inconsistent from one game to another.


69. Cardinals - Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss, 6’4 249lbs – SR – 4.58. He is a gifted athlete with explosion and burst. He can run with WRs, RBs, and TEs, and has the ability to become a deadly pass rusher.


70. Titans - Vance McDonald, TE, Rice, 6’4 263lbs – rSR – 4.61. He was used more as a big WR and wing back in college, but has the mass, strength, and athleticism to become a special all-around TE.


71. Bills - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor, 6’2 209lbs – rSR –4.49. He’s a tall red zone target who can go up and get the ball in the air at its highest point. He eats up space quickly and has very good initial quickness.


72. Jets - Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama, 5’11 234lbs –rJR – 4.53. The JETS finally get the power running back they’ve been needing for 3 years. He is pretty quick and has solid wiggle. He should start for them on day one.


73. Bucs - Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St., 6’6 256lbs – rJR –4.71. He’s a natural pass-catcher with excellent hand-eye coordination and body control for a man of his size. He can leap and contort in the air to adjust to the ball.


74. 49ers - Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers, 6’1 240lbs – rSR – 4.60. He is an active OLB who is equally good rushing the passer and dropping off into coverage. He has good athleticism and excellent awareness.


75. Saints - David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St., 6’5 306lbs – rSR – 5.05. He is a 3 year starter at LT who has very good overall athleticism and excellent feet. He can play any line spot including starting at LT.


76. Chargers - Brian Winters, OL, Kent St., 6’4 319lbs – SR – 5.18 (could play RT). He can play pretty much any line spot and is an experienced, athletic 4 year starter with great natural power, strong hands, and good feet.


77. Dolphins - Will Davis, CB, Utah St., 6’0 184lbs – SR – 4.47. He is still raw, but he has awesome physical tools and is becoming a defensive playmaker at CB. He is a gifted athlete and can run and jump with anyone.


78. Rams - Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin, 5’11 212lbs – SR – 4.50. Ball is a patient runner that can run the ball inside and outside, and has an improved open-field game and can gain some yards on his own through natural skills.


79. Steelers - Zac Dysert, QB, Miami of OH, 6’3 229lbs – rSR – 4.70. He has a solid base and sets his feet quickly. He has very active feet and moves wonderfully in the pocket. He throws accurate passes to all levels of the field.


80. Cowboys - Reid Fragel, OL, Ohio St., 6’8 309lbs – SR – 5.12. This athletic former TE attacks ends in pass protection and rides them around the pocket and has great lateral movement and quick steps to cut off the edge.


81. Giants - Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn St., 6’1 241lbs – SR – 4.65. He’s a former safety who has now become one of the better SAM backers in the draft. He has great athletic tools and great instincts.


82. Dolphins - Bennie Logan, DT, LSU, 6’2 310lbs – rJR – 5.05. He has the power, quickness and strength to be a good run stuffing DT who could learn to become an okay to good pass rusher too. He has all of the tools.


83. Vikings - Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida, 6’1 247lbs – SR – 4.58. He is a vicious, athletic striker who loves to hit and tackle. He is quick and has good lateral agility, but only okay to good play recognition and ball awareness.


84. Bengals - Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia, 6’1 212lbs – rSR – 4.55. He is an intuitive FS who has excellent coverage awareness and instincts. He also has very good acceleration and space-eating, football speed.


85. Redskins - David Bakhtiari, OL, Colorado, 6’4 300lbs – rJR – 5.00. He has long arms and a thick lower half and good core flexibility which is well suited to anchoring against bull rushers. Good initial quickness and feet.


86. Colts - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA, 5’10 204lbs – rSR – 4.48. He is a good athlete and a very good player who can stay on the field for all 3 downs as a runner and receiver although he lacks any real WOW qualities.


87. Seahawks - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati, 6’5 258lbs – rSR – 4.64. He is athletic and has great strength and the ability to stretch the field vertically. As a run blocker, he has good power and will move defenders off the ball.


88. Packers - Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin, 6’4 312lbs – rJR – 5.50. He has very good technique and doesn't make many mental mistakes. He’s a fighter who has very good foot quickness and agility for his size.


89. Texans - Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin, 6’4 322lbs – SR – 5.10. He’s a monster of a man who is also athletic. He can eat blocks and engulf lineman, but is also pretty quick and instinctive too.


90. Broncos - John Simon, DE, Ohio St., 6’2 260lbs – SR – 4.67. He closes quickly and plays with excellent pursuit – he’s very disruptive. He has great instincts and is a solid athlete who gives everything he has.


91. Patriots - Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers, 5’11 192lbs – rJR – 4.50. He is a quick and super athletic CB who can jump through the roof. He breaks down and drops his butt and can mirror WRs smoothly.


92. Falcons - Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi St., 6’3 312lbs – SR – 4.98 (NT). He is a quick, aggressive guy who can eat blocks and engulf blockers and shoot gaps. He has very good recognition and pursuit skills.


93. 49ers - Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee, 6’4 200lbs – JR – 4.42. His special height, rare speed, and explosive leaping ability make him a major vertical threat able to take the top off of any defense. Not great hands.


94. Ravens - Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina, 6’2 244lbs – SR – 4.68. He is a gifted LB who can move from sideline to sideline and chase and pursue with the best of them. He takes too many plays off though.


95. Texans - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse, 6’2 224lbs – rSR – 4.80. He is a 3 year starter who really came on as a senior. I love how this guy works and sees the field – he can take over a game at times and is very football smart.


96. Chiefs - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas, 6’2 219lbs – rSR – 4.85. He makes passes few players can make and he plays with heart and passion. He is a gun-shooter who just loves to play the game and plays it all-out on every play.


97. Titans - Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU, 6’3 262lbs – rJR – 4.72 (4-3 DE). He is a highly competitive pass rusher who has burst and athleticism when he is on. He collapses the pocket and quickly pursues to the edge.
 
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1 – 15. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA, 6’4 284lbs – rSR – 4.79 (3-4 or 4-3 DE). He has a very good motor, and he hustles down or across the field until the play is completed, even if initially blocked. He’s a fighter and scrapper. He had 62 overall tackles in 2012 and 19 tackles for loss – he also had 6.5 sacks. He is athletic and changes direction in space well. Also, he’s a secure wrap-up tackler who will pursue and chase to make tackles. He knows how to use his arms to keep linemen and fullbacks off of him when moving forward. He stays balanced and upright at most times on stretch plays and takes good angles – also shows good short area quickness and ball awareness. At times, he can bounce off a block using his punch and attack the ball-carrier. He has quick, violent hands to in traffic. He plays smart and aware and stays at home on option plays until last possible moment. He is a very versatile guy who can fit in an odd or even front, but is an ideal 3-4 DE. He has an explosive initial burst off the snap to penetrate inside gaps. When in motion, he uses his hands beautifully to attack and tear free from blocks. He has learned to use a variety of pass rush techniques and has the coordination to link them together. Even when he doesn’t make the tackle, he is quite disruptive. His numbers don’t tell the whole story – he eats up a lot of blocks to allow other players to make tackles. He also has enough power to simply bull over many offensive linemen into the backfield. When the ball is snapped, he shoots off the line with low pad level and is often able to knock offensive linemen around with a quick hand punch and power. He has excellent ball awareness and quick reaction skills. He locates the ball quickly and has natural quickness and power. He can flatten out down the line with very good lateral movement skills and get in on a lot of plays. In traffic, he keeps his arms extended and shows great leverage and awareness. He has excellent natural power and can eat blocks while sealing the edge. He is extremely effective in the running game because of his instincts and awareness and athleticism. He keeps his feet moving while wrapping up and has surprising agility to break down and make tackles in space or to eat up blocks so others can make the tackle. He has a ton of athletic upside. Datone had a great week at the Senior Bowl after making 2012 a breakout year in LA. He is just scratching the surface of his potential. He has the body to add ten more pounds of muscle. He plays smart and is very aggressive – he’s a hustle guy who plays to the whistle. His forward lean will, at times, cause him to get off-balance though, and savvy veterans will sometimes rip him down to get him to the ground. He needs to be more consistent with his leverage and his playing height. He will get stalemated at times and he needs to be more consistent in disengaging. He too often allows blockers to get into his chest and is inconsistent getting his hands up in the passing lanes. He lacks great explosiveness off the edge as a pure pass rusher and great bulk to handle double-team blocking inside consistently. He is the perfect complement to play opposite Cam Jordan and next to Akiem Hicks.

Datone Jones vs Stanford (PAC 12 CG) (2012) - YouTube
Datone Jones vs USC (2012) - YouTube
Datone Jones 2013 NFL Draft ProspectWatch - YouTube


3 – 75. David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St., 6’5 306lbs – rSR – 5.05. He is a 3 year starter at LT who has very good to excellent athleticism. Throughout his career, he has gone one on one against some of the best pass rushers in the Pac-12 and Mountain West and has done extremely well. He has good overall strength to get into the defender's jersey and walk him off the line. He catches and locks onto pass rushers using his size and long arms, rarely getting ripped off initially. He also uses his length and footwork to prevent speed rushers from getting his outside shoulder. He can mirror pass rushers and is very quick with his hands. He has a solid initial punch that knocks smaller ends off their path. He has quick enough feet to get inside the shoulder of his man on runs away from his side and enough power to control their angle. He picks up inside blitzes well and is solid getting to linebackers when he can line them up. He is quick off the snap and keeps his head up. He plays hard and with low pad level and flashes a mean streak on the field. He will knock down defenders and work hard to get them to the ground. He is a hustle guy who is also solidly athletic. He has quicker feet than many of the tackles in this draft, and he has a natural knee bend and good awareness. He can go step for step with most pass rushers in protection. He can mirror ends while leveraging a strong punch and ride edge rushers around the pocket. He fights hard and works to get better. He will also chase down defenders to hit when his QB moves out of the pocket. He plays under control and over his feet and shows very good agility and quickness in his pass set – he is rarely caught out of position. He is pretty athletic and can keep his arms extended while smoothly sliding his feet. He moves extremely well to the second level and is always looking to hit someone. He is popular with QBs and RBs because he is always looking to make their lives easier. In short-yardage situations, he is able to drive off the snap and play with leverage and balance. He’ll also hustle downfield after plays, taking out defenders standing around and cleaning up piles when necessary. He is a little more natural in the run game than he is in the pass game purely because of his very good natural lower body strength. He needs to get stronger in the upper body and learn to extend his arms more consistently. However, because he played in a pass-happy offense, he must learn to explode from his stance in short-yardage situations more and really use his hands and strike the defender more consistently. He shows great vision and solid strength to anchor and dominate in both run blocking and pass protection, but he will lean in at times and allow rushers to get into his body. He will lose the leverage battle at times and get pushed into the quarterback by stronger, bigger pro defensive ends unless he uses his hands more effectively. He out-quicks a lot of guys but gets bull-rushed too often because of his arm extension inconsistencies. He has the physical and mental tools to play LT in the NFL and can switch to other spots if needed. He is smart and it shows on tape, but he is also relentless and that’s his dominate characteristic. He came into college between 240 and 250 pounds, and he doesn’t have the frame to get much bigger (310 to 312 will be his absolute max). Despite his natural lower body power, he doesn’t have very muscular or thick calves. He can get stronger in that area too. He has the ability to play any line spot except Center, but he is a natural left tackle prospect.

David Quessenberry vs BYU 2012 - YouTube
David Quessenberry (OT San Jose State) Senior Bowl - YouTube



4 – 109. Matt Scott, Arizona, 6’2 214lbs – rSR –4.67. In 2012, he completed 301 of 499 passes (60.3 percent) for 3,620 and 27 TDs to just 5 INTs. Despite getting a lot of playing time and a couple starts as a running threat prior to 2012, he is only a one year starter in a wide open spread offense (although, prior to 2012, he played a lot in a pro-style offense). He is a gamer with a lot of heart and surprising talent. He has a natural and beautiful over the top delivery and is very accurate. Although he is not a traditional running threat, he is a creative, alert scrambler who can buy some time escaping the rush to complete the pass. He plays smart in chaotic situations. He keeps his eyes downfield despite heavy pressure and is very accurate – even on the move. Although he played in a more pro-style offense in high school and earlier on in college, he acclimated quickly to the new spread offense in 2012. He was a big time recruit coming out of high school who was forced to sit behind Nick Foles for 2 years. He has experience as a drop-back passer in a pro-style and as a shotgun spread passer. He goes through his reads (although they were limited in his 2012 offense) and scans the field efficiently. He makes quick decisions and has a pretty quick release. He keeps his head up and is definitely a passer first. He gets good depth on his drop back and has a solidly quick set up and delivery. He throws a very pretty and catchable pass and tends to lead his receivers nicely. He has very good short to medium-range accuracy – he can make most every throw with solid velocity. He also has the touch to place the ball between defenders and can vary his throws. He places passes where only his receivers can and get them and makes very, very few dumb passes (only 5 INTs in 2012). He is also extremely competitive and will fight for every yard as a scrambler (he needs to learn to protect his body better. He stands tall in the pocket and is decisive on his first read. His arm strength is natural and good, and he can stick passes into tight windows over the middle and throw a solid deep out (sometimes his deep passes wobble and lose accuracy). He will step up in the pocket when needed and is athletic enough to escape quickly when feeling pressure. He is very accurate throwing on the run to both the left and the right and generally gets his feet in good position to make the throw. He squares his shoulders and the ball comes out of his hand quickly. He is elusive and agile enough to sidestep oncoming defenders and has the straight-line speed to burst into the open for big gains. He’s not a very big guy overall and he looks smaller on tape than his listed size. He also takes off out of the pocket too much. He needs more reps, and he gets impatient and panics at times. He overthrows underneath routes on occasion and needs to slow his velocity down and show more touch on fades. He thinks his arm is stronger than it really is and he throws into traffic at times – not a lot though. Sometimes, he fails to step into throws or open his hips when throwing to his left and this results in a lot of his passes hitting the dirt. He locks onto his 1st receiver too often and loses track of the rest of the field. Good DBs can key on his eyes and make plays. However, he has a ton of upside and is a gutty, athletic, accurate QB who will make a lot of QB coaches covet him.

Matt Scott - QB - Arizona - YouTube
Matt Scott vs Stanford (2012) - YouTube
Matt Scott vs USC (2012) - YouTube



5 – 144. Cody Davis, FS/SS, Texas Tech, 6’2 208lbs – rSR – 4.43. He is an extremely underrated player who has started at FS for 4 years in a major conference and has been an All Big-12 selection all four years. He is often referred to as a SS because some idiotic website listed him as one, but he has started at FS for four years. He does come up to the line in blitz packages at times, and he could probably line up at SS if needed, but he’s a natural FS prospect. In 2012, he had 101 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 10 pass break ups, and 3 INTs. He had 49 starts at FS in his career. He is very quick, active and instinctive while in coverage, and he is constantly in on the action. He recorded 362 career tackles while at Texas Tech, and had 4 interceptions. He is a rangy player with the frame to add an additional 10 pounds of mass. He is very quick to come up in run support and is willing to take on blocks to get to the action. He is a very reliable tackler in the open field who flashes hitting ability. Runners generally stop in place when he hits them. He uses both arms consistently when tackling. He is a wrap-up tackler who looks to punch or rip the ball out to create a turnover, and he makes a lot of plays. He is instinctive in deep coverage and can cover a lot of ground quickly. He reads the quarterback's eyes and gets a good break on the ball due to his feel for the game and instincts. He is a gym-rat who studies film and is very football smart and school smart – he’s an Academic All-American. He competes for the ball in the air and can time his leap to catch it at its highest point – he had a 41.5 inch vertical leap. He has good vision and elusiveness with the ball in his hands – he had one 88 yard INT for a touchdown. He’s very much of a cerebral player who lines up the Tech defensive backfield and was voted team captain as a junior and senior. He is an aggressive defender who attacks in run support and is a very reliable open-field tackler. He is a heavy hitter who can separate the ball-carrier from the ball. He has rarely lined up in any type of press coverage, but shows that he can flip his hips and run with just about anyone in space. He has very good balance and a low backpedal – he transitions quickly out of breaks and always keeps his head up. He also has excellent leaping ability and is able to battle for the ball at its highest point. He lights up receivers coming over the middle and running backs in the flat. His speed is very evident when coming up from the deep half to make tackles in the flat. He plays faster than most on tape. He flies up from the deep backfield on blitzes and levels unsuspecting quarterbacks and ball-carriers coming into the hole. He has the range to cross the field after reading the quarterback's eyes and to make plays. He has good, not great, hands for the interception and has the speed to make yardage on the return. He can change directions quickly and maintain his balance. He usually sees the play in front of him, but he has rarely lined up at the line and been asked to press. He gets sucked in on play-action at times and allows plays to get past him. He is an aggressive and solid hitter, but he’s not the physical force who puts the fear of God into receivers over the middle. Bigger and stronger backs can run through his tackles, especially when he leaves his feet. He has dropped several passes throughout his career and sometimes fails to make the more difficult interception where he needs to go low or extend from his frame to bring in the ball. He must prove himself able to get off blocks when playing around the line of scrimmage. He is a very scrappy, instinctual, and athletic FS who could end up going much higher than originally expected.

Cody Davis Texas Tech #16 Senior Highlight Cutup 2012 - YouTube
Cody Davis Texas Tech Pro Day 2013 - YouTube
Cody Davis Texas Tech Sophomore Highlights 2010 - YouTube



6 – 183. Nathan Williams, OLB/ILB, Ohio St., 6’3 245lbs – rSR – 4.73. He rotated between DE and OLB in College and had a major knee injury in 2011 that he is still really coming back from. Williams was poised for a big senior season in 2011 after a team-high 4.5 sacks as a junior in 2010. However, he went down with a left knee injury in the 2011 opener that eventually required surgery – ending his season. Because of the injury, he earned a medical redshirt for one final year of eligibility and worked his way back onto the field ahead of schedule and in time for the 2012 season opener. Overall, he’s a well-built athlete whose dedication in the weight-room is obvious in his physique. He looks like he was sculpted. He is a very reliable open-field tackler who plays with awareness and instincts. He sees the ball and moves to it quickly. He is a versatile defender who has the tools to be a natural pass rusher off the edge – look at his 2010 tape and you’ll see a little more burst than he showed in 2012. He has very good quickness up-field and has the balance and burst to redirect his rush – at times he can really flatten out and make himself skinny as he attacks the pocket. He has okay to good initial hand punch to pop the blocker and disengage. At times, he really uses his arms to gain leverage and can drive the O-lineman back. He always gives good effort and has solid speed in pursuit. He’s an instinctive defender who played well in space as a traditional linebacker at times – he has experience dropping into coverage and has the quickness to cover RBs and TEs in the flats and up the seams. He is very tough and will play through pain. He has very good upper body power and challenges the lateral movement of tackles whether playing with his hand down or standing up (and on the left or right side). He can attack the edges and beat ball carriers to the sideline. He can accelerate to the quarterback and has a good swim move. He’s very good at containing on bootlegs and misdirection plays. He’s very football smart who obviously spends a lot of time in the weight room and film room. He has enough quicks to chases down backs even if they get an advantage on stop-start moves in the backfield. Also, he keeps his eyes in the backfield and uses strong hands to get off blocks to make plays in the hole. He’s very consistent and is well built and strong. He spins off blocks to grab backs going through the line and can chase down scrambling quarterbacks. He plays strong against athletic tight ends over the middle, and he can generally drop his butt and turn or cut pretty quickly. He will be an excellent special teams player who will do anything to make the play. He too often prefers to run around blocks rather than taking them on, and he loses position when doing so. While he improved as the year went on, he remains a work in progress in his ability to disengage from blocks. He gets engulfed too often by good tackles and he only shows a couple of pass rush moves. 80% of the time he tries to out-quick them or to bull them. He has a solid swim move but doesn’t link it together very well. Although he has good short area quickness, fast TEs can beat him down the seams or to the deep out. His left knee must check out medically after having microfracture and athroscopic surgery in 2011. A lack of bulk allows bigger O-linemen to control Williams’ rushes and control him on the edge. He absolutely must learn to use his long arms more consistently. He will be a rush 3-4 LB in the NFL, but he must work on his flexibility and show he can get and stay lower and have more leverage in the running game. Doesn't always take the best angles, and his over-aggressive nature can be used against him at times. Also, he must sense cut blocks more quickly and use his hands to defeat them. In 2012, especially early on, he seemed a bit tentative and protective of that knee. He is now two years removed from surgery and has a lot of upside. In his 2010 tape and a couple of his late 2012 tapes, he shows a lot of quickness, burst, and explosion. If his knee if fully healthy and he is able to dedicate himself to OLB with good coaching, he could end up be a quality edge player and a possible starter.

Nathan Williams vs Penn State (2012) - YouTube
Ohio State DE Nathan Williams vs. Indiana (1st Half) - YouTube
Nathan Williams vs Michigan State (2012) - YouTube
 

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5. Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama, 6’0 201lbs – JR – 4.39. No team in the league is in bigger need of solid CB help than Philly...

I think you mean Lions here.

Anyway, thanks for the hard work. There's a lot to consider.
 

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If the draft fell as you have it, I think the Saints would take Austin or Patterson. And I like Datone Jones a lot, but I do not think he would be the BPA given the other players available.
 
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Im guessing you see Lacy's medical concerns dropping him all the way to round 3?

In terms of Lacy, it was a mixture of things. He had one amazing game, but a lot of his tape is just good. He has injury concerns and has never carried the load for a team.

Here's my overall analysis of him:

Eddie Lacy, Alabama, 5’11 234lbs – rJR – 4.53. He rushed 204 times for 1,322 yards (a 6.5 average) and a whopping 17 TDs. He also added 22 receptions and 2 TDs as a receiver. He showed off all the qualities that make him such an enticing back in the National Championship Game. He has a naturally powerful base, decent gap acceleration, good to very good hands out of the backfield, and surprising elusiveness. His overall foot quickness is what surprises me most when watching his film – he has the feet of a much smaller, niftier back. He is a gifted athlete in a pretty big body. Despite his talent, Lacy always played in a 2 man rushing attack and was never asked to carry the load, so he didn’t get beaten down despite playing in a run first offense. He should have a lot of miles left on him. Lacy has only recorded 355 career collegiate carries (what some backs carry in a single season). Eddie has a good to very good overall skill set in terms of run instincts and awareness and knows how to run around or over a would-be-tackler. He sees lanes and holes quickly and attacks them. He’ll churn out tough yards and be as efficient as you could ask on the edge from a big back. I like his run instincts – he’ll attack the body at times, but has enough niftiness and wiggle to elude defenders too. Before the Championship game, I had him ranked high, but that one game really pushed him up in my charts. Is he a one game wonder? He had lingering injuries throughout the year and didn’t look as special throughout the season – he seemed less quick and more tentative in most of his runs. I wanted to see more aggression throughout the season, but instead he seemed a touch slower and less athletic than he did against Notre Dame. At times he looked heavy footed and somewhat slowish – fullback-like. However, if a team can capture his true talents, he’ll be special. He may not break off as many long runs in the league as he did in college, but his subtle agility and elusiveness combined with his natural power will be enough to consistently move the sticks if he stays motivated and injury free. He fights for yards and will power through defenders at the line. He plays smart and makes himself small in gaps. He has a 2nd gear to shoot through gaps and past LBers. He should start in the league if he keeps his head right and he stays healthy. He plays smart and he is a lot more athletic than I originally thought; however, he lacks the true explosion, awesome power, and experience to truly push him into the 1st round–more than likely. He gets tripped up too easily at times and runs high –negating his natural power. He is a solid receiver out of the backfield with good hands, but he lacks any real wow in his outside movement skills but is a chain-mover. I rate him right now as a solid pick anywhere from 35 to 60, but he too could slightly move up if a team falls in love with his championship game tape.
 
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If the draft fell as you have it, I think the Saints would take Austin or Patterson. And I like Datone Jones a lot, but I do not think he would be the BPA given the other players available.

Austin, maybe - Patterson, heck no.

If BPA was the sole consideration, I might tend to agree with you about Austin. But BPA is never the sole consideration. BPA and at least somewhat of a team need is the usual flow. Datone Jones is ranked in my top 20 - so he fits the BPA mold. He is a rugged 3-4 DE who can start and play extensively immediately, so he fits a need too.

I think Jarvis Jones is a possibility too, but an outside one, imo. Austin would be a great weapon, but not help the defense that SP proclaims to want to focus on.

Personally, I wouldn't touch Patterson 'til the 3rd round.
 

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Austin, maybe - Patterson, heck no.

If BPA was the sole consideration, I might tend to agree with you about Austin. But BPA is never the sole consideration. BPA and at least somewhat of a team need is the usual flow. Datone Jones is ranked in my top 20 - so he fits the BPA mold. He is a rugged 3-4 DE who can start and play extensively immediately, so he fits a beed too.

I think Jarvis Jones is a possibility too, but an outside one, imo. Austin would be a great weapon, but not help the defense that SP proclaims to want to focus on.

Personally, I wouldn't touch Patterson 'til the 3rd round.

Your top 20, you do realize, is not [necessarily] the Saints top 20. That is, unless you're Mickey Loomis. By the way, WR is a team need.
 
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Your top 20, you do realize, is not [necessarily] the Saints top 20, that is, unless you're Mickey Loomis. By the way, WR is a team need.

I'm in a good mood, so I'll be nice. WR is a slight team need at best that would, could, or should be addressed in the later rounds. Drafting Tavon Austin, whom I love, would be great for the offense and return game, but doesn't fit how I believe the Saints are appraoching this draft - nor does it make this team better right away. You do realize that this is my mock draft??? Hmmm.

However, despite your back handed (being nice) sarcasm, Datone Jones is also rated in the top 20 to top 25 of most draft services as well. Since I am not Micky, I can only use conjecture and an educated hypothesis - the same as other draft experts and educated draft prognosticators. I have watched many of his tapes and I do know the Saints pretty well, so the prediction is more than fair and justifiable.

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If this were the Saints draft I'd probably have to be put on some kind of suicide watch. No offense, but I hate it.
 

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So we wouldn't take Jones at 15? Interesting.
 

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rather have jarvis Jones, Okafor, or carridine in the 1st than Datone jones
 

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Austin, maybe - Patterson, heck no.

If BPA was the sole consideration, I might tend to agree with you about Austin. But BPA is never the sole consideration. BPA and at least somewhat of a team need is the usual flow. Datone Jones is ranked in my top 20 - so he fits the BPA mold. He is a rugged 3-4 DE who can start and play extensively immediately, so he fits a need too.

I think Jarvis Jones is a possibility too, but an outside one, imo. Austin would be a great weapon, but not help the defense that SP proclaims to want to focus on.

Personally, I wouldn't touch Patterson 'til the 3rd round.

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If this were the Saints draft I'd probably have to be put on some kind of suicide watch. No offense, but I hate it.

Not sure about suicide watch, but I would guess most Saints fans would be extremely underwhelmed.

We don't obviously have to agree with you draftfreak, but I think we ALL should give you your props for the hard work you put into this.

I think the Saints would draft Justin Hunter if he were still around in round 3, like you have it playing out.
 

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Sheldon at 24? I'd be stunned and PO'd if we passed on him.
 

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