|03-01-2013, 07:11 AM||#27|
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Chris Harris Jr
With the 26th pick of the OM 2013 mock draft the Green Bay Packers select:
Kenny Dwayne Vaccaro
S, Texas Longhorns
Overview: Kenny Vaccaro epitomizes today’s NFL safety. With NFL defenses relying so much on the versatility of interchangeable pieces there’s no greater example than the safety position. Kenny Vaccaro is a true interchangeable prospect with the ability to play traditional strong or free safety roles and can cover the slot in sub packages. It’s this versatility that should have his name called on day one of the draft. Vaccaro was a guy that I wasn’t high on coming into the 2012 season but he impressed in several performances, making me a believer. Most impressive was his ability to neutralize Tavon Austin of West Virginia.
Man Coverage: The separation point between Vaccaro and other top safeties is his ability to cover the slot. Vaccaro can put the straps on the best of what was offered in the slot. His ability to press with strength and redirection skills are rare for a safety prospect. His hands are fantastic as he strikes first and directly to the chest plate. After release, Vaccaro redirects and runs with the receiver with better than average speed at the position. He gets downgraded for perceived lack of speed but watch the WVU game when he tracks down Tavon Austin from behind. I don’t see many examples of him not being able to run vertically with faster receivers. Shows excellent ball/spatial awareness. Not a great playmaker in coverage with average to below average ball skills.
Zone Coverage: Staying in school for his senior season really paid off. Vaccaro’s instincts as a pattern reader were much improved. I saw a significant improvement from the 2011 tape to the 2012 tape in zone coverage. He showed he was as adept as covering the deep half/third than the underneath stuff. In 2011, I saw an average centerfield that was susceptible to getting exposed in deep half/third coverage. 2012 he looked much more comfortable with his back to the ball. He’s quick-twitch enough to break on the ball but needs to improve as a playmaker and turn breakups into interceptions.
Run Support: Vaccaro is an enforcer that is an effective force at the line of scrimmage. He excelled as a blitzer and blowing up run plays in the backfield when Texas played him on the line of scrimmage. His aggression as a tackler is sometimes over the top and could draw flags and fines at the next level. I wasn’t impressed with Vaccaro’s ability in the open field to secure tackles. He took poor angles causing him to have to chase the play.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: Ideal size to the play the position at the next level. There shouldn’t be any concerns with his size at the Combine. He’s quicker than fast but has more than adequate straight line speed. His change of direction and burst are above average at the position. Shows solid natural strength with the ability to manhandle smaller receivers and tie up bigger receivers.
Bottom Line: Kenny Vaccaro is the draft’s top safety. He’s going to build some buzz as a top 15 pick and it’s worthy buzz. With teams looking for versatility he’s the definition of what a team will look for in a safety prospect with the ability to play in the box and cover the backend. Vaccaro could be the prototype for the future of the safety position as teams strive for interchangeable pieces to match offenses.
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|03-01-2013, 07:41 PM||#28|
Join Date: Aug 2005
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Houston Texans select DE Datone jones of UCLA.
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|03-01-2013, 07:48 PM||#29|
With the 28th pick in the 2013 OrangeMane Mock Draft
The Denver Broncos Select
Kawann Short DT
6'3 299 lbs.
34 3/4" Arm Length
9 3/4" Hands
For the second straight season, Purdue players voted Short one of their team captains. Though not all NFL scouts believe wearing a “C” should mean something in terms of player evaluation, it’s a fact that can’t be ignored when adding it to his obvious combination of size and athleticism. Short considered entering the NFL draft after a strong junior campaign, but the NFL draft advisory committee gave him feedback stating he would be no worse than a third-round pick. He improved on his consistency as a senior while playing inside and outside in a multiple-front Boilermakers' defense. Look for Short to land in the top 50 overall picks as a starter for 3-4 or 4-3 teams at the next level.
As a redshirt freshman, Short started all 12 games and received Freshman All-American honors after making 48 tackles, four for loss, and two interceptions during the year. The league’s media gave him honorable mention notice for his sophomore year efforts, as he finished in the top five in the conference in tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (six). Short again started every game (making it 37 straight) in 2011, garnering second-team All-Big Ten accolades from coaches and media with his 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also blocked two kicks for the second straight season. He displayed the toughness to fight through an ankle injury in his senior season, accumulating 47 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, and 6 sacks on his way to earning second-team All-America honors, as well as making first-team All-Big Ten.
Potential starter with NFL size and length who can be as good as he wants to be. Plays every position on the interior line for the Boilermakers. Very crafty and slippery through double teams. Good upper body strength to rip off his man and make plays in the run game, as well as arm-over leaning linemen to pressure the passer. Good hand-eye coordination to swipe at blockers’ hands and keep them off his body. Experience two-gaping, moving his man or spinning off to either side to stop ball carriers getting past the line. Shows a good burst to the ball when he sees it directly in front of the backfield. Tough for ball carriers to shed because of his long arms and strong hands. Capable of pushing his man into the backfield with his thick arms and strong lower body. Feels a feigned block on screen plays. Drops into short coverage in the middle of the field on fire zones and holds his own in short areas.
Purdue’s two-time team captain earned All-Big Ten recognition in 2011 (17 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks) using his NFL size and surprising athleticism, the same attributes making Short a potential starter in 4-3 or 3-4 systems at the next level if he controls his weight and improves his consistency. He is a good athlete for his size, but needs to get stronger and get in better shape. He’s had a productive and decorated career at Purdue, and is a big body with quickness, and figures to go in the top 60 picks of the draft.
Kawann will be able to help solidify an aging group of Defensive Tackles currently on the Broncos, he will provide interior pass rush that will only strengthen the number 1 pass rushing defense in 2012 as well as solid run play.
|03-01-2013, 08:06 PM||#31|
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Vikings select Terrence Williams WR Baylor
This past April, Kendall Wright became the first receiver from Baylor to be drafted in the first round. And although he is a different style of wideout than Wright, Williams could become the second Baylor receiver drafted in the opening round next April.
He finished second on the team in receiving last season with career-bests in every receiving category, finishing third in the Big 12 with 11 touchdowns grabs.
Williams was a little-known high school recruit out of Dallas, but received a scholarship offer from Baylor and redshirted in 2008.
After serving as a reserve in 2009, he started 10 games in 2010 as a sophomore with 43 catches for 484 yards and four scores. Williams set career-highs in 2011 as a junior with 59 receptions for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. He won't have to play in Wright's shadow anymore, but he also loses his Heisman-winning quarterback and will be catching passes from senior Nick Florence in 2012.
Strengths: Gliding athlete with smooth acceleration and long-striding speed. Good body control and balance for his size with smooth transitions and movements. Tracks the ball well downfield and can gain a step with an extra gear to be a legitimate vertical threat. Good focus and reach. Not a burner but catches the ball in stride and has the flexibility to make tough catches.
Strong plant foot in his routes to gain inside position and immediately looks upfield after the catch. Works back to the pocket and has good field awareness, finding open zones and showing the quarterback his numbers. Good effort blocking on the outside and can drive defenders out of the play. Shows some leadership qualities on the field and the sideline.
Weaknesses: Average route runner and needs continued improvement after a limited route tree at Baylor. Stiff ankles and has more build-up speed, lacking quick-twitch start/stop explosion. Didn't see a lot of press coverage in college and at times was able to just run past defensive backs untouched.
Needs to eliminate the mental errors and stay focused with his share of drops. Questionable toughness and doesn't always fight for every yard with a disappointing effort after interceptions, needing to show better effort for all four quarters. A tad too finesse at times and won't break a lot of tackles. Known to chirp at times about not getting the ball, will he be a distraction?
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|03-02-2013, 07:30 PM||#34|
Join Date: Jan 2005
With the 33rd pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:
Cornellius Carradine, DE, FSU.
Carradine flashes explosion off the snap to challenge the lateral agility of right tackles, and can swipe them away with strong hands to slingshot into the pocket. He also plays with the leverage of a shorter player, brings a strong initial punch to bull lesser tackles off the ball, and simply shoves tight ends away like ragdolls in the run game. There’s certainly no issue with his motor, as he will hustle to the sideline if the play can be made.
Though Carradine shows most all of the physical attributes teams covet in a defensive end, his lack of experience is a negative. And if he isn’t on the field for any extended period of time in 2012, it might be tough for scouts to give him a starter’s grade because they don’t know what his level of stamina against better competition.
On most other defenses, Carradine would have started as a first-year junior college transfer, but Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins limited his snaps in 2011. Still, he flashed real athleticism and strength and was able to take the starting right defensive end spot by the horns when Jenkins was sidelined for the season. Carradine appeared to be headed for a first-round selection, but a torn ACL will limit his work prior to April's draft. The talent is certainly there, however.
|03-02-2013, 07:49 PM||#35|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
With the 34th pick in the OM Draft, the St. Louis Rams select:
Jamar Taylor, FS, Boise State
5’11”, 192, 4.39, Bench: 22
If you're smart, you will draft Jamar quickly in this draft. He is an excellent corner and just might be a better safety because of his intelligence, instincts, speed, and tackling skills. Either way, regardless of the position, you can put him on the field right away and he will impact. Receivers are not going to get very many "run after the catch" yards on this kid. When Jamar makes a tackle on a running back trying to sweep to his side, he anticipates the play, bursts into the backfield and drops that player on his back with a perfect form tackle. Jamar's defensive teammates feed off that like a pride of lions feeding off a fresh kill. It lifts the whole defense to another level. It would not surprise me if teams agree with me and feel that Jamar might impact more at the safety position than corner because he does like the play in front of him and he's physical, which nicely suits the safety position. For me, I just draft him and worry about his position later. His intelligence, athletic talent and leadership skills would be too much for me to pass on. Jamar is the type of player the Patriots might draft because of his tackling skills and football intelligence -- which explains why they continue to be one of the better teams in the league. That and Tom Brady. (Huddle Report)
Comment: I would love to see this player on the Broncos. Everything he has, he got through hard work. He’s a team leader, an inspiration to his teammates, and an on-field coach. In fact, he wants to coach when his playing days are over. He will make a good CB in the NFL, but I think he would make a great free safety and field captain for any secondary. Jamar is one of those guys who is going to be first in the weight room in the morning and last out of the film room at night. IMO, he’s the best all-around DB in the draft.
Pick made at 8:49 Mountain Time.
Arkie and the Iggles are on the clock.
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|03-02-2013, 08:15 PM||#37|
The OM's #1 Draft Pick
Join Date: Feb 2006
With the 36th and 37th Picks, the Cincinatti Bengals proudly select:
DeAndre Hopkins, WR -- Clemson
John Cyprien, S -- Florida International
Write up to follow.
Pick was made at 10:15 CST.
Arizona and Rev are up.
|03-03-2013, 08:18 AM||#38|
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damontree moore / texas a&m pick #47
STRENGTHS: Possesses a lean, lanky build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Flashes a quick first step off the snap. Has long, strong arms and uses his hands well to defeat blocks.
Generates impressive speed off the edge, including a late burst to close. Good flexibility to dip under the tackle's reach and has the long arms to keep his opponent from grabbing a hold of him.
Lines up in a variety of spots and is capable of beating defenders with his quickness, as well as bull rush and a complimentary spin move that he'll use to slip inside or outside. Improving strength as a run defender. Generally does a nice job of sealing off the edge to keep his containment responsibilities.
Locates the ball well and pursues with passion. Closes on the ballcarrier quickly and shows good strength for the drag-down tackle. Rips away at the ball when he can, showing the ability to force fumbles (8 over three seasons). Developing use of hands to get into passing windows and when rushing kickers, blocking two kicks in 2012.
Showed surprising awareness, lateral agility and straight-line speed when asked to drop back into coverage.
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent get-off at the snap and does not appear to have elite explosiveness, overall. Remains a work in progress in terms of getting his hands up as a pass defender, posting only two pass breakups in 2012.
Has a tendency to allow his pad level to get too high when in run support and can be knocked back off the ball because of it. Makes a disproportionate number of his tackles five yards downfield due to his hustle and isn't the consistently dominant defender his statistics might indicate.
COMPARES TO: John Abraham, DE, Atlanta Falcons -- Like the Falcons' perennial Pro Bowler, Moore has the potential to rank among the league's top pass rushers whether as a classic 4-3 defensive end or as a stand-up pass rusher out of the 3-4.
First-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and Ted Hendricks Award finalist. Second-team All-American by AP.
Aggies' leader in tackles (80), sacks (12.5), tackles for loss (20.0), QB hurries (8) and blocked kicks (2). Third defensive lineman to lead the Aggies in tackles since 1970, and the first to do it since All-America defensive end Sam Adams in 1993.
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|03-03-2013, 08:39 AM||#39|
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Chris Harris Jr
With the 40th pick of the 2013 Orange Mane Mock draft the Green Bay Packers select:
Manti Malietau Louis Te'o LB Notre Dame
Overview: Manti Te’o is the emotional leader for one of the top defenses in the country. A well rounded athlete with the ability to play in any system. All 32 teams will be considering Te’o as he’s capable of playing inside in the 3-4 or any spot in the 4-3. Te’o excels behind the line of scrimmage and is a true three down linebacker. His ability to play downhill with excellent read and react skills should find his name called in the top 20 picks of April’s draft. I would hold off on all the talk that Te’o could be the top pick or even in the top five. Te’o isn’t an elite athlete in the mold of Patrick Willis, he wins with instincts, technique, and leadership. He lacks the pure athleticism to warrant consideration in the top five as many have suggested. His sweet spot is in the teens to twenties.
Pass Rush: Te’o is an effective pass rusher from his ILB spot in Notre Dame’s defense. Because of his effectiveness in rushing the passer many teams may consider moving Te’o to the strongside linebacker spot to optimize his ability to get after the QB. While Te’o lacks great long speed he has the burst to beat OL to the punch.
Run Defense: Te’o diagnoses run plays as well as anyone in this draft and in recent drafts. His instincts in the run game rival those of last year’s No. 9 overall pick Luke Kuechly. Te’o has a unique ability to use his hands to ward off lineman. He does this as well as anyone I’ve scouted. As stated earlier, Te’o is a straight-line downhill player that is capable of making a ton of plays in the opponents backfield. The only issue with Te’o in the run game is that he doesn’t change directions well and is susceptible to getting beat on misdirections. He’s a tight hipped, straight line athlete that doesn’t quite have the lateral agility to adjust quickly enough against misdirection.
Pass Coverage: At 255 pounds you would expect Te’o to struggle in pass coverage. As I described, he’s tight hipped and not a quick twitch athlete. It doesn’t show up in pass coverage. Te’o is excellent at covering backs out of the backfield and tight ends down the seam. He has a nose for the football and is capable of making plays in pass coverage. His instincts in the pass game are unrivaled in this year’s linebacker crop. Te’o gets to his drop zone quickly and reads the quarterback well. This is an underrated aspect of his game and will open the eyes of a lot of teams come April.
Instincts/Read and React: Te’o is an experienced linebacker and it shows up in his read and react skills. Te’o diagnoses the flow of the play and offensive lineman really well and usually is beating them to the spot. His instincts are that of an elite linebacker.
Tackling: Te’o isn’t the bone crushing tackler that most expect from someone his size. That said, he’s not going to miss many tackles. His does have a frustrating tendency to get dead legs on contact which led to others having to clean up tackles. Overall, he’s a solid tackler but an area that could be enough concern to keep him out of the top 10 of the draft.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: If you were going to draw up the physical prototype for an inside linebacker it would be Manti Te’o. At 6-foot-2, 255 pounds he has perfect size for the position. He displays great functional strength in his play as evidenced by his ability to take on and shed blockers. Te’o isn’t going to blow up the Combine. He’s a solid athlete but not in the elite category for the position. While he lacks long speed, he has the ability to make plays outside the hashes. He takes great angles to the ball which will make up for his lack of speed.
Intangibles: Te’o has intangibles in spades. He’s the emotional leader of his team and is capable of willing a defense to a big play. This may be what sets Te’o apart from Arthur Brown from me. While both are the clear leaders of their units, Te’o takes it to the next level. He has that ability to motivate others and brings their play up another level because they don’t want to let him down. It’s Ray Lewis-esque. Te’o is a selfless linebacker as evidenced by his willingness to play assignment football. Guys with Te’o skillsets often look to make the big, splash play. Te’o will take on the lead blocker and force the action outside to his teammates. He’s as technically sound as I’ve scouting in that regards.
Bottom Line: When you get to the level that Manti Te’o is at you get scrutinized more than others. It seems like nitpicking but if a team is looking at taking an ILB in the top five of the draft, there can’t be holes in his game. There are no doubts that Te’o is a great player. For me, I don’t see him warranting a top five pick or top ten pick for that matter. If he falls beyond the fifteenth pick, he becomes a solid value. Te’o is the definition of safe pick. The term ‘safe pick’ has taken on a negative connotation when it really is a complement. I said the same thing about Luke Kuechly last year and he’s amongst the league leaders in tackles as a rookie. Te’o is going to be a solid linebacker in the NFL that is capable of leading a defense.
|03-03-2013, 09:09 AM||#40|
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Join Date: Dec 2002
With the 41st selection in the 2013 Orangemane Mock Draft
The New England Patriots select
Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina
Wide body nose tackle with an unexpected bit of quickness off the snap. Has girth through the middle that makes him tough to move when he looks to anchor. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and locates the ball well (and will sniff out the occasional screen). Uses strong hands and upper body to rip past and push aside lesser linemen. Good flexibility and balance, showing the ability to bend and roll his hips through contact off the ball and keep a wide base to anchor against base blocks and doubles. Violent tackler, will throw ball carriers to the ground. Has enough short-area quickness to charge through the A-gap off the snap. Spins off blocks when moving forward to threaten hesitating quarterbacks or get a hand on running backs in the backfield. Can two-gap, moves to either side of his man to corral backs coming between the tackles. Shows good leverage, pad level, and hand quickness to split double teams. When fresh, he will chase a bit more than most players his size against the run as well as give a second effort if his initial pass rush move fails.
Lacks closing speed to get a lot of sacks or make plays outside the box. Overly reliant on the swim move. Does not bull linemen backwards very often, won’t out-quick NFL guards. Flashes quickness off the snap, but gets stuck on blocks too often when tired, and loses ability to get to the ball even if able to disengage. Can get low and create a pile on the goal line, but gets pushed back when playing high in other short-yardage situations. Doesn’t have the athleticism to stop his momentum. Will run himself too far upfield and miss sacks and tackles when he can’t stop himself and break down. Turns 24 during the 2012 season.
Williams quit the game after high school, but missed it enough to try again as a junior college enrollee. He should project as a starting NFL nose tackle, even if he is rotated out regularly against more pass-heavy offenses. Uses his hustle to chase ball carriers (20.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks in two years starting) and strong anchor to hold the line. He has good quickness in relation to his size, but is overly reliant on this athleticism at the moment. Plays both three-technique and one-technique for North Carolina, and it's likely he’s been coached/asked to be more of a penetrator than he will be in the NFL. For a player with his size and strength, you'd like to see him use it more. When he decides to get his pads low and anchor against base blocks and double teams, he can be impossible to move. Opposing teams made it a concern to try and run him upfield, or use his active motor in backside pursuit against him (running away from him to get him to chase and wear out).
Pick made at 12-10pm ET, Miami (phibacka31/SouthStndJunkie) are OTC
|03-03-2013, 11:27 AM||#41|
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With the 42nd pick in the 2013 Orangemane NFL Mock Draft the Miami Dolphins Proudly Select...
Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
Wheaton might not be biggest receiver in the 2013 draft class, but he towers above the last two playmakers coming out of Corvallis –- Jacquizz and James Rodgers, who averaged about 5-foot-6, 190 pounds at their respective combines. His athleticism certainly matches up with the Rodgers brothers, as well, because not only was Wheaton a solid high school football talent among the best players coming out of Arizona in 2008, but he also won 400- and 800-meter races at junior national track meets before also performing well in state high school meets.
His speed and athleticism translated onto the field as a true freshman, as he was used on fly sweeps (11 rushes for 79 yards and a score) and as a reserve receiver (8-89). Wheaton led the Beavers in receiving in 2010, starting eight of 12 games played with James Rodgers on the sideline (55-675, four TD) and was again used regularly on sweeps (27-220, two TD), finishing the year with a 10-catch, 137-yard effort against rival Oregon (where his cousin, Kenny, played in the mid-1990s) in the Civil War. He earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors while starting all 12 games as a junior, again leading the team in receiving (73-986, TD) and contributing as a runner (25-190).
STRENGTHS His quickness is blatant and dangerous. Whether taking off from the slot or outside, his feet are literally a step ahead of his defender on everything from speed outs, crossers, to jerk routes. Displays the flexibility to grab throws behind him or over his shoulder when running deep. He’ll also extend away from his body to bring in high or wide throws, and will stutter on the sideline to ensure he makes the catch in-bounds. Possesses some thickness to his frame, and is willing to lower his shoulder to get the extra yard – often diving under defenders to get as many as possible. Wheaton also dabbled in track while at OSU, reminding scouts of his elite speed.
NFL COMPARISON Antonio Brown
BOTTOM LINE In 2012, Wheaton became the Beavers' all-time leader in receptions. Wheaton used his track speed to break off long runs from short routes and get behind defenders for big plays. Wheaton isn't solely limited to the slot, and he will likely find himself as a first or second round selection due to his ability to test defenses horizontally and vertically.
Pick was made at 1:27pm Central Time
Tampa Bay and Traveler are now on the clock!
|03-03-2013, 12:49 PM||#42|
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Atlanta, GA
With the 43rd pick in the 2013 OM NFL Draft......the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select:
ERIC REID, FS, LSU, 6'-1", 213 lbs, 4.53
Strengths: Possesses the prototypical frame for the position, boasting wide shoulders, long arms and a tapered frame. Reid is a fantastic downhill athlete with quick read-and-react ability to attack the play with steam spurting from his ears. He might be the explosive hitter from the safety position in the 2013 draft, closing with the speed and physicality of a linebacker rather than a defensive back.
Possesses the size and athleticism combination teams are desperate to find to counter the hybrid receiver/tight ends taking over the seams. Doesn't possess top flexibility but accelerates surprisingly well for his length and has good straight-line speed, overall. Physical with receivers downfield and plays 50-50 balls well, using his size and strength to his advantage.
Weaknesses: Reid's biggest strength is also his greatest weakness. He plays with nonstop aggressiveness and intensity, but he doesn't always control that hostility in a smart way on the football field. He throws his body around and might be the most violent striker in the SEC, but if Reid doesn't learn how to play smarter and harness his fierce playing style then he'll have a tough time making a living in the NFL.
He is a bit stiff in coverage and can be beaten by quicker slot receivers. Has been protected by some awfully talented cornerbacks throughout his career and wasn't the playmaker in 2012 he had been the past two seasons with Claiborne and Mathieu no longer on the roster.
Compares To: LaRon Landry, FS, New York Jets -- Reid signed with LSU patterning his game after the former Tigers' standout and it shows in his physique and bone-jarring hits. Of concern to scouts is the fact that Reid, like Landry, is a bit stiff and not as fast on the field in deep coverage as he may test during workouts.
Pick made at 4:12 pm EST
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|03-03-2013, 01:01 PM||#43|
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Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: South Carolina
Despite a talented (and highly expensive) stable of RBs, Carolina struggled to run the football last season. They need to improve in the trenches. With that in mind, with the 44th pick in 2013 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select....
Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Strengths: Big-bodied guard prospect with lower-body girth. Quick feet for his size, keeps them moving in pass protection to mirror his man and can adjust quickly to ride defenders penetrating gaps out of the play. Also plays with knee bend and has arm length to maintain distance from his man, will reset and punch with one or two hands throughout the play. Capable of getting off tackle block to pick up delayed blitzer. Flashes quickness to trap and get around the tackle to lead run plays. Gets down quickly to cut block and take out linebackers in the hole on traps. Hustles downfield to help out ballcarriers when needed. Plays with some attitude, brings some pop to his punch when helping his tackle against a pass rusher.
Weaknesses: As one might imagine for someone of his size, Warford is not tremendously explosive out of his stance. He also struggles to react quickly enough to defenders who are simply diving at his legs. For this reason, running directly behind him on short yardage situations is not as successful as one might expect given his size. It's also possible that quicker defensive lineman in the NFL with active hands could give him problems due to this deficiency.
NFL Comparison: Marshal Yanda
Bottom Line: Warford translated his power as a drive-blocker, unexpected foot quickness and downfield hustle into a fantastic, decorated college career –- and should win his share of battles against NFL linemen when able to get his thick body moving quickly off the snap. That size, strength, and those surprising nimble feet should help him nab a draft slot in the top half of the draft and step into a starting lineup at the next level immediately.
Pick was made at 4:15 PM EST. San Diego (JCMElway) is on the clock.
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|03-03-2013, 07:21 PM||#44|
Kicked. Screamed. Won.
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Abu Dhabi
With the 45th pick, JCMElway and the San Diego Chargers select:
Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Alabama.
+ Excellent Balance
+ Punishing runner with good power
+ Ideal Size, 6’0” 220
+ Surprisingly nimble and elusive
- Unrefined pass protector
- Limited experience as a receiver
- Inconsistent decision-making
- Lacks breakaway speed
If you could draw up the perfect NFL running back, he would probably look very similar to Eddie Lacy. Listed at 6’0" and 220 pounds, Lacy is powerfully built with a thick lower body and strong upper body. More so than perhaps any back in this class, he is built to withstand the punishment of a long NFL season.
Eddie Lacy may not have been blessed with tremendous straight-line speed, but he accelerates well for his size. Additionally, he possesses surprisingly nimble feet. That combination of burst and agility make him more than just a battering ram in the eyes of NFL decision makers.
Strong intangibles may be less essential for a running back prospect than quarterback, but it is still imperative to bring the right type of people into your locker room.
Eddie Lacy has a bit of a goofy personality, but the fun-loving Crimson Tide back shows no alarming signs of immaturity or lack of discipline. He also appears to be well coached with a fairly high football IQ.
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|03-03-2013, 07:28 PM||#45|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
With pick 46 in the OM Draft, the Rams are happy to find still on the board:
Robert Woods, WR, USC
6’0”, 201, 4.51 Forty
Strengths: Savvy hands-catcher and does a nice job making plays in stride. Polished and crafty route runner and does a nice job changing speeds in his patterns to keep defenders off balance.
Sharp in-and-out of his breaks with strong plant-and-go quickness. Not naturally explosive but accelerates quickly with very good body control and balance. Fast hands with very good hand/eye coordination and drops are rare with him. Fluid frame and smooth hips to adjust and make tough catches. Can climb the ladder and snatch the ball out of the air.
A lot of screens and asked to create on his own with good vision with the ball in his hands. Deceiving strength to come down with contested grabs with the toughness and fearless attitude to fight for every yard and go over the middle. Unselfish player and gives good effort as a blocker.
Always looking to get better and improve, known as a strong practice player and hard worker. Good production the past three seasons, leaving college with 252 career receptions and experience as a kickoff and punt returner.
Weaknesses: Not an elite size/speed/strength athlete and has some stiffness in his ankles. Lacks track-like speed and won't be able to win with his wheels alone. Limited bulk and muscle tone and can be out-muscled in his routes.
Needs to stay controlled in his routes and has the bad habit of extending his arms downfield and will be flagged for pushing off. Gets himself in trouble when trying to retreat or go backwards, either as a receiver or return man. Overzealous blocker and needs to improve his technique. Had concussion symptoms vs. Utah in 2012 and battled several ankle issues over his career. (CBS Sports)
Pick made at 8:25 Mountain Time
Cowboys are OTC.
|03-03-2013, 10:19 PM||#46|
With the 47th pick in the draft the Dallas Cowboys select Travis Frederick, C/OG, Wisconsin.
Travis Frederick 6' 4" 335
The Dallas Cowboys need to strengthen the interior of their offensive line in order to be able to use the offensive weapons that are at their disposal. The sky is the limit for Travis Frederick. He can play both Guard and Center. With the Cowboys just resigning Costa, it is yet to be seen where they both will land. But they should improve the interior of that line no doubt.
POSITIVES: Top-notch football IQ and overall intelligence to recognize what the defense is doing and adjust the offensive line accordingly. Has bulked up and added bulk to his frame, carrying his weight well for a 335-plus pounder. Mobile enough to get to the second level and block in space. Thick upper body with the base strength to anchor off the snap and hold his ground.
Works hard with his technique and doesn't make many mistakes. Fights with a finishing attitude and understands different scenarios, keeping his head on a swivel. Better foot quickness and agility for a blocker with his size.
Comes from a program known for producing NFL-quality offensive linemen and has starting experience at both guard and center. High character individual and very coachable.
NEGATIVES: Lacks elite athleticism and has some stiffness in his hips. Needs to keep his weight in check to stay mobile. Susceptible to explosive interior linemen off the snap and needs to set up quicker to gain position and block off-balance.
Pick made at 11:22 Mountain Time
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|03-04-2013, 04:44 AM||#47|
Kicked. Screamed. Won.
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Abu Dhabi
With the 18th selection in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL draft (#48 overall), the Pittsburgh Steelers select:
Barrett Jones, OT/OG/OC, Alabama
Hmmm.... how do I love Barrett Jones? Let me count the ways:
1) 4-year, 49 game starter for Alabama
2) Height of 6'04", weighs in at 306 pounds, and has 34" arms.
3) Started 25 games at right guard, 14 at Center, at 10 at Left Tackle.
4) Won 3 national championships while playing at three different positions.
5) 3-time All-SEC player (again, at three different positions)
6) Unanimous All-American in 2011 at Left Tackle
7) Winner of the Outland Trophy in 2011 at Left Tackle
8) Unanimous All-American in 2012 at Center
9) Winner of the Remington Trophy in 2012 at Center
10) Winner of the 2011 Jacobs Trophy for the best lineman in the SEC
11) Winner of the 2012 William V. Campbell Award, a.k.a. "The Academic Heisman"
12) Graduated in 3 years with a bachelor's degree in accounting, with a perfect 4.0 GPA
13) Subsequently graduated with a Master's degree in accounting in 2012, while still playing for the Tide.
14) Compared by coach Nick Saban to Hall-of-Fame lineman Bruce Matthews.
Pittsburgh's rationale for the pick
Jones was the best Center, Guard, and Tackle remaining on our board, and will easily play 10 years in the NFL. We'll start him out at one of the guard spots (opposite David DeCastro), but he definitely has the size, length, and smarts to play left tackle in the NFL, so he'll get a chance out there eventually if he shows that he has the footspeed to do so.
Pick made at:
4:45 a.m. Abu Dhabi
7:45 a.m. New York
6:45 a.m. Dallas
5:45 a.m. Denver
4:45 a.m. Los Angeles
3:45 a.m. Anchorage
The New York Giants and BroncoMan4Ever are now on the clock....
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|03-04-2013, 10:06 AM||#48|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Mar 2006
With the 49th pick in the draft, the New York Giants select Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Minter was phenomenal in 2012. The junior was the most consistent player on the Tigers' defense, and that is saying something considering all the NFL talent LSU had on its stop unit. Minter totaled 130 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four sacks, five passes broken up, a forced fumble and an interception. He recorded 61 tackles with sack and forced fumble in 2011.
Minter is fast and hits with authority. He was a real difference-maker for the Tigers. Minter is a good form-tackler with plus instincts. He never hesitates to get physical.
Cerebral defender. Shows very good anticipatory skills to project where the ball is going, demonstrating the burst and agility to beat offensive linemen to the ball. Shows good effort to slip blocks, demonstrating a quick swim move and hand-slap to shake free, as well as a spin move.
Aggressive and shows little regard for his own body, jumping into the pile. Isn't often a textbook hitter but consistently gets his man to the ground in the open field, showing good upper body strength for the drag down tackle. Uses his hands well to strip away at the ball as he is making the tackle.
Times the snap well as a blitzer and closes quickly. Reads the quarterback's eyes nicely when in pass coverage and has a feel for what is happening around him. Enough lateral agility and speed to cover backs. Passionate player with a high-revving motor.
pick made at 11:07 am MST
Chicago Bears and Sodak Bronco are now on the clock
|03-04-2013, 11:52 AM||#49|
Lace em' up and lets go!!
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South Dakota
The Chicago Bears select: Johnthan Banks - CB Miss St.
Strengths: Good length and tall frame for the position. Natural flexibility and agile footwork to quickly redirect, driving fast and physical on plays. Always seems to know where the ball is, quickly locating and aggressively goes after it. Good discipline to read routes and stay glued to receivers.
Very good ballskills to snatch the ball out of the air and is ballhawk in the secondary with a school-record 16 career interceptions. Comfortable and confident in coverage, using his eyes to bait throws. Opportunistic player and always looking for the game-changing play, never afraid to take chances.
Aggressive and tough against the run and works hard to shed. Lacks ideal bulk but doesn't shy from big hits and easy to love his physical nature and competitiveness. Fiery demeanor and not afraid to get on teammates for mistakes. Known as a vocal team leader with strong football character, work ethic and ambition.
Weaknesses: Lean and lanky body type. Starts too upright at times and can get lazy with his technique. Gets caught with his eyes in the backfield and can lose sight of his man. Opens hips too early and needs to stay balanced in his backpedal.
Tends to overpursue in run support and needs to tight his angles to play under control and finish tackles. Often hits too high and needs to consistently use his long arms to wrap. Can get hung up on blocks and has looked worn down late in games, not playing with a full tank. Nagging left knee injury in 2012, but not a serious issue.