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Old 03-31-2014, 09:35 AM   #101
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The Houston Texans select RB Lache Seastrunk from Baylor University.

Adds great depth to the Texans RB corp with this fast and shifty RB. Displayed at the combine he can catch balls and runs good routes. Has ton of playmaking abilities and will likely be a top 100 player in this draft.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:26 PM   #102
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With the 102nd pick in the 2014 NFL Mock Draft the San Francisco 49ers proudly select: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

I am excited to get Latimer here as I believe that he will go in the 3rd round. He showed off amazing speed at his size as well as a great vertical. I wanted to get 2 wrs in the mock for the 49ers as I believe they need two to compliment/take over for Boldin/crabtree. I wanted to trade back and wait to try and get him ate 4th, but I really don't want to miss on getting him. He's getting a lot of buzz and has a couple of workouts with teams, including the 49ers!

One receiver already connected to Seattle is Indiana wideout Cody Latimer, with the Baltimore Sun reporting that he has a workout scheduled with the club. Apart from the bench press ó where he led his position group with 23 reps of 225 pounds ó Latimer wasnít able to participate in Februaryís NFL scouting combine due to a broken bone in his foot. But the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hoosier was able to put together an eye-opening performance at Indianaís Pro Day on Wednesday, clocking a 4.44-second 40-yard dash and 39-inch vertical leap.
: Possesses thick, athletic-looking frame and an impressive speed/agility combination that enable him to separate consistently as a route-runner, and extend plays after the catch both in space and on contact. Flashes soft hands and good coordination when asked to extend and pluck the ball off his frame, and positions his body nicely when adjusting to balls thrown off stride.
Flashes the physicality and initial quickness to develop into a receiver who could beat press coverage at the next level, and is a willing blocker in the running game with room to improve his technique there.

Those measurables ó plus a productive three-year career in Bloomington where he caught 135 passes for 2,042 yards and 17 touchdowns ó have him climbing up draft boards.

Pick was made at 2:25 pm Central Time Zone
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:13 PM   #103
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The Atlanta Falcons select:

Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
5-9 / 207 LBS.

2013: 1885 yards, 19 TDs, 173 rec yards, 1 TD
2012: 1929 yards, 23 TDs, 303 rec yards, 1 TD

BOTTOM LINE Highly productive, hard-charging slasher who runs more competitively than he does powerfully and picks up yardage in chunks. Has some first-round traits and is one of the most instinctive runners in this year's draft class, though his stock could be affected by off-the-field troubles.

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Old 03-31-2014, 06:20 PM   #104
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The Houston Texans select Daniel McCulers NT from Tennessee University.

McCulers is nicknamed "mount McCullers" or "shade tree" due to his massive size. He didn't put up stats at Tennessee but interior lineman in the ultra competitive SEC had a helluva time moving this giant. He's taken conditioning seriously and looked good at the senior bowl. Just a massive DL and would pair well with JJ Watts on the same line.
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Jacksonville Jaguars select:

Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

STRENGTHS: Powerful downhill runner who finishes his runs. Lowers his shoulder, keeps his legs churning and spins off of contact, often gaining extra yardage after the initial hit.

Decisive runner. Attacks holes and gets downhill in a hurry. Efficient and fluid in his cuts, showing the ability to burst through the designed hole or skip laterally to attack another. Deceptive speed, including the ability to run away from defenders to create chunk plays. Impressive leaping ability to hurdle would-be tacklers.

Effective receiver out of the backfield with long arms, soft hands and good hand-eye coordination to track down short passes. Natural receiver who looks comfortable in the passing game, collecting and securing the ball in one easy, fluid motion.

WEAKNESSES: While obviously talented, Hill comes with plenty of red-flags, on and off the field. Has been used as part of a rotation throughout his career and ran behind one of the nation's best offensive lines. Runs higher than preferred, too often exposing his chest (and the ball) to the defender and simply attempting to run through them. Holds the ball with only one hand, often even when fighting through contact.

Doesn't possess ideal balance, too often stumbling or diving for what he can when a defender gets a hand on his lower leg. Inconsistent commitment as a pass blocker. Too often offers a lazy shoulder in pass protection, allowing defenders to slip past him.

Pleaded guilty on battery charges for an April, 2013 incident in which he was recorded on video assaulting a man outside of a bar. This charge came while he was on probation for December 2010 incident in which he engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl in the Redemptorist High School locker room.

COMPARES TO: LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots - Considering their size, punishing downhill running style and, unfortunately, character red flags, Blount is an easy comparison for Hill. Hill is a better athlete than Blount and boasts superior vision, lateral agility and speed, which could lead him to earning much more of a featured role in the NFL than the time-share Blount has played in most of his NFL career. With commitment, Hill could be the second coming of Steven Jackson

pick made @ 9:37pm mtn time

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Old 03-31-2014, 09:04 PM   #106
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The New Orleans Saints, via PM, select:

Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

Notre Dame's Zach Martin was the most consistent offensive lineman at the Senior Bowl but the one defender who consistently gave him trouble was Clarke, who was able to get into the veteran left tackle's chest due to the reach advantage provided by his 33 3/8" arms.
Due to his length, strength and work ethic proponents of the 3-4 and 4-3, alike find Clarke highly intriguing. In either case, his trim waistline makes him best suited to remaining outside at defensive end.

Saints lost Will Smith and Kenyon Coleman to injury last year. They need a DE.

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Baltimore Ravens select:

Will Sutton DL ASU
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Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech

6'1 1/2 342 5.02 40 25 lifts 28" vertical leap

STRENGTHS: Large, wide body and carries his weight well. Long arms for his frame and extends well, using his active hands to work off blocks. Has really improved in this area, bullying with heavy hands. Explosive off the ball and a quick thinker, reacting well to what the blockers want to do. Attacks with pure momentum, not afraid to use a spin move, making it tough for blockers to latch on.

Load to handle. Good pocket vision and awareness to track and crash down on the ball or chase the ballcarrier outside. Anchors well at the point of attack and has a stout build. Nice job getting his paw up to swat the ball out of the air. Nonstop motor and ferocious demeanor.

Try-hard type who gets the most out of his ability. Versatile experience, lining up at various inside positions in college.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to stay balanced and controlled and play with better gap integrity. Needs to improve his pad level and show better lower body bend to keep his belt low and play with more consistent leverage. A lot of bull rushes and needs to show more variance in his rushes and broaden his repertoire of arm moves.

Room to improve his ability vs. double-teams and do a better job as a two-gapping player. Has some sloppy weight on his frame and his conditioning needs to be monitored. Very pedestrian production in college and was a party of a heavy defensive line rotation to keep him fresh.

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An under-the-radar high school recruit, Ellis redshirted in 2009 and barely saw the field in 2010 before becoming a sophomore starter in 2011.

He took a step back in 2012, but had his best year as a senior with 48 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, earning All-CUSA Honorable Mention honors. Ellis is a wide-bodied rusher and uses his ball quickness and snap anticipation to surge past blockers before they can set up, making him a tough guy to square up and slow down.

He looks like a zero-technique who should be a man-eating run stuffer, but is more of an upfield penetrator who is a handful to control as a pass rusher. Ellis is scheme-versatile to play a two-gapping NT role or as a 3-technique who wins with initial burst.

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Old 04-01-2014, 10:15 AM   #109
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With their fourth round pick, the Los Angeles Rams select…

Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

5”10”, 189, 40: 4.51, Bench: 20 (), Vertical: 37.5, Broad: 123.5, 3 Cone: 6.72, 20 yd. Shuttle: 4 mf seconds!

STRENGTHS: Very good football-playing instincts. Good eyes, anticipation and awareness. Extremely athletic. Transitions easily with loose hips and clean footwork. Quick, agile and light on his feet. Aggressively fills vs. the run. Solid tackler. Plays with discipline. Good leaping ability. Has a special-teams temperament and excels as a gunner. Extremely smart and football smart. Outstanding personal and football character. Highly respected, team leader. Very durable, experienced, three-year starter.

WEAKNESSES: Thinly built and lacks ideal strength. Can be knocked back in a pile and could stand to strike with more pop and explosion. Recovery speed is only average.

BOTTOM LINE: Good functional football player who capped his college career with a game-changing MVP performance in the Hawaii Bowl, where he returned two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. Has starter-quality physical traits and the positional skill to contribute readily in the pros. An underrated clingy cover man with a natural feel for the game.

Some scouts question his height for the position. They need to check his vertical and broad jump. Dumbasses. "Lacks ideal strength?" He benched 20! WTF? I wants this guy for the Broncos!

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We are rolling!

Jcm just text me their pick is: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Tennessee and mr peepers is now on the clock
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:07 PM   #112
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With the 113th overall pick the Houston Texans select Quarterback AJ McCarron from Alabama University.

Great value in the 4th round, AJ will compete for a starting position for the Texans as he is a good fit for this pro style offense. He brings good leadership abilities, is a smart QB that makes good progressions when playing against SEC defenses. O'Brien will be happy to work with McCarron.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars select:

Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

6-6 / 311 lbs

STRENGTHS: Surprisingly quick off the snap, showing the ability to slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers he has faced in the SEC. Plays on the balls of his feet but with his knees bent and his butt down, putting him good position to shuffle laterally as well as anchor against a quality bull-rush. Surprisingly light feet also stand out while run-blocking, as does his competitive spirit.

Powerful at the point of attack and can drive defenders off the ball. Not shy about peeling off of them to target would-be tacklers at the second level, as well. A plug and play candidate, James looks like a solid bet to crack the first 100 picks of the 2014 draft.

WEAKNESSES: Like most blockers with his frame, James occasionally struggles with pad level. When he drops his head, he can be beaten with a swim move over the top. This occurs most often while run blocking.

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It is difficult to be overshadowed at 6-6, 324-pounds but given the high profile talent in Knoxville, James qualifies. The veteran of 37 consecutive starts at right tackle for the Vols entering the 2013 season, James is more fundamentally sound than talented junior left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and yet offers a similar package of size and athleticism.


Started in all 49 games played, setting a Tennessee record for career starts for an offensive lineman. 2013: Started all 12 games at right tackle. 2012: Started all 12 games at right tackle. 2011: Started all 12 games at right tackle. 2010: Started all 13 games at right tackle and was named to the Freshman All-SEC team.


Strengths Outstanding size, girth and overall body mass. Good hand placement. Can steer and control blockers once he gets his hands on them. Very patient pass protector. Matches up very well vs. size and power (see Alabama). Battle-tested, experienced four-year starter in the SEC. Outstanding personal and football character. Very smart, mature and highly respected.

Weaknesses Raw footwork. Has a lot of heaviness in body and can improve sustain. Lumbers to the second level and struggles to cut off and adjust to moving targets. Does not roll off the ball with power and generate strength or movement in the run game.

Draft Projection Rounds 2-3

Bottom Line Big, strong, heavy pass protector with good balance, anchor strength and hand use to handle power and speed. Does not affect the run game the same way and almost appears more destined for the left side in the pros. Has instant-starter potential.

pick made @ 8:38pm mtn time.

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Old 04-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #114
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With the 115th pick in OM Mock Draft™, the Buffalo Bills take:

Chris Smith DE Arkansas

Undersized pass rushing DE... Fictitious Bills GM fictitiously says, Pretty much maybe the next Elvis Dumervil. Dumervil was taken in the 4th as well so there ya geaux.

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Miami selects OT Cameron Fleming from Stanford. 6'5" 325lbs, Miami see's him playing RT at the next level. Selection made at 11:22 EST, 9:22 MST, 8:22 PST
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A write up on the Detroit Lions selection:

Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Height: 6-1. Weight: 195.
40 Time: 4.50.
Projected Round (2014): 2-4.
3/29/14: Abbrederis was excellent in 2013. He produced despite spotty quarterback play and the Badgers' inclination to run the ball. There were a lot of plays that Abbrederis was wide open for long touchdowns, but passes weren't delivered due to subpar quarterback play. For the year, Abbrederis made 78 catches for 1,081 yards with seven touchdowns. He torched Bradley Roby and Ohio State for 10 receptions, 207 yards and a touchdown.

Abbrederis is a phenomenal route-runner and is in the running as the best route-runner in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl and did well in the Combine.

2014 SENIOR BOWL, WIDE RECEIVER: Arrow pointing up: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin...A former walk-on, Abbrederis is a balanced athlete with gliding speed and short-area quickness to create separation in coverage. Although he's not the biggest or fastest, he is a savvy route runner and reliable hands-catcher who projects as a dependable NFL target. - Dane Brugler,

"Mocking The Draft - 112

CBS Sports - 98

Draft Countdown - 109

Draft Tek - 80

This guy just knows how to get open. He can be a slot receiver as well as a deep threat but most of his money will be made as a chain-moving intermediate route running specialist. He's certainly a worthwhile pickup because he absolutely has the ability to maybe become a No. 1 type receiver.

Considering the height/weight/speed/production receivers in this draft, it's very possible for Abbrederis to fall all the way to the late-third or even fourth round. If he indeed is sitting there in the fourth, he's a perfect candidate to pick up as he is more or less a perfect fit for any offense. You just don't find college wide receivers THIS good at running routes, so Abbrederis certainly is one of a kind"


As you are well aware, this wide receiver class is among the deepest we have seen. A few names at the top promise to be stars in the NFL, but the real secret in this class is the depth and talent in the middle rounds at wide receiver. Among those is the former Badger Jared Abbrederis.

College: Wisconsin
Ht: 6007 (nearly 6'1)
Wt: 189 pounds


Hands: In Mobile, Abbrederis was one of the few players to have just a few drops. He may have dropped one or two passes in three days of practice, which consisted of roughly 30 opportunities per practice. It shows on tape as well, not many times do you see him drop a pass, which is huge for him at the next level on third downs.

Route running: Everyone has heard the term " he is a crisp route runner". But Abbrederis is in that category without a doubt. Here is an example of him running a smash route to the outside. (

Coming back to the ball: One of the things I look for in a wide receiver is the ability to come back to the ball. In Mobile, Abbrederis did that almost every time he needed to. Why is this important? If a receiver comes out out his route and stops, it gives defensive backs an extra half second to get to the ball. If the wideout comes back and gets the ball, it shields the defensive back from the ball, and gives the wide receiver more room to catch the ball.


Abbrederis lacks elite speed, and for his size that will turn a lot of people off. He measured in at under six feet one inch, despite that some thought he was going to be over that mark. Also, at 189 pounds, he'll need to protect himself a bit more than the next guy, which could potentially leave yards on the field. No glaring weaknesses that will prevent him from being a good NFL wide-out.

Draft Outlook

In any other receiver class, Abbrederis would be chosen in the top 75. That is still a possibility, but he will likely fall because of the depth at wide receiver. Someone will get a good player late in the third round.

Best Fits

Abbrederis would best fit in a system who can move him around. The Broncos are the first team that comes to mind, as he could replace Eric Decker for a lot cheaper than re-signing the current Bronco. Other fits would be in Philadelphia, Kansas City or New England.
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With the 118th pick in the 2014 Orange Mane Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers over-reach for another position of need by selecting:

Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 191 lbs.
Arm: 29.88"
Hand: 9"
40-yard dash: 4.56
225 lb. bench: 10
Vertical jump: 36.5
Broad jump: 10' 02"
3-cone drill: 7.28
Short shuttle: 4.32

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Plays smart and has a good feel for the game -- eyes, anticipation and awarenesss. Plays with discipline and takes a consistent approach. Good route recognition. Lines up in the slot and is quick and agile enough to handle dynamic receivers. Sorts through route combinations and maintains positioning. Good leaping ability -- competes for the ball in the air. Has jammer experience on special teams.

Has small hands, short arms and a thin frame, especially in the lower body. Limited press strength to match up against bigger receivers. Often plays to the boundary. Has some tightness in his hips that shows re-directing -- allows separation at the break point. Does not step up and take on blocks and overall game lacks physicality.

Good-sized, smart, ballhawking zone corner who plays fast and could bring immediate value as a nickel back and contribute on special teams.

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Cornerback is probably Pittsburgh's #1 position of need going into the draft -- if Gilbert is there for them at #15, that will almost definitely be their selection. Failing that, they'll probably try to pick up at least one cornerback in rounds 2-4.
Cockrell is 48-game starter and a two-time all-ACC selection. He also impressed at the East-West Shrine game, the combine, and at his recent pro day. Most media outlets have him projected at a 5th rounder, but most media outlets are wrong.

Pick made at:
10:30 a.m. Abu Dhabi
2:30 a.m. New York
1:30 a.m. Chicago
12:30 a.m. Denver
11:30 p.m. Los Angeles
10:30 p.m. Anchorage

The Dallas Cowboys and Nickstixx are now on the clock.

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With the 119th pick in the OM draft, the Dallas Cowboys select:
Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

STRENGTHS: Impressive athlete with very natural body control and burst in his route cuts, controlling his momentum very well as a ballcarrier to create after the catch. Fluid with springs in his legs. Balanced with good body strength to stay upright through contact, deceiving power to overwhelm defensive backs.
Smooth downfield adjustments to snare throws away from his body. Looks to catch everything with his hands and does a nice job catching the ball in stride. Tough and shifty after the catch and looks to finish with the ball, fighting for the finish line. Courageous over the middle and determined with the ball in his hands.

Physical and hard-working blocker. Versatile with experience lining up in the backfield and as a return man. Motivated and plays with energy. Consistently improved his production each season in college, setting single-season Oregon records for receiving yards (1,140) and touchdowns (12) as a senior.

WEAKNESSES: Only average height and looks near maxed out physically. Too many dropped passes and examples of lost focus, taking his eyes off the ball or worrying about defenders around him. Makes tough catches, but drops too many easy ones.

Late to locate and adjust at times, and his tracking ability seems to be hit or miss. Needs to stay alert and disciplined with more than a few holding or personal foul penalties on his resume.

COMPARES TO: Andre Roberts, WR, Arizona Cardinals - While Roberts struggled with some inconsistency early in his career, he showed steady progression and has taken a similar path that Huff might be looking at.

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With the 120th pick the Arizona Cardinals Select:

Antone Exum, DB Viginia Tech

Versatility: Coaches love a player who can play in multiple roles and help out the defense in a variety of ways and thatís exactly what Exum brings to the table. Exum played safety for two year before making the transition to cornerback, and has looked very good in both spots. While he doesnít have outstanding coverage skills he does a very nice job keeping his man in front of him, and getting to the ball quickly. He also has shown that he can quickly make the transition back to strong safety in the NFL, a position that would increase the amount of interested teams that find him a fit for their defensive scheme. He does a nice job both against the run and pass, making him an all-around stopper on defense and very attractive for NFL coaches.

Physicality: Iíve always said it, itís easier to teach a player to be less physical and control his aggressiveness than it is to making a softer player more physical. That is something you wonít have to worry about with Exum, he loves to make contact and shows off his aggressiveness in coverage and when stopping the run. Early on tape you see Exum running downhill and attacking the ball carrier. He will shoot down at full speed and give his entire body up in order to stop the play. You donít often get to see Exum play press coverage at the line playing for Virginia Tech but even in off man coverage you see how much he relishes the contact. He keeps his man in front of him as he tracks the quarterback and as soon as the quarterback commits, Exum uses his speed to break towards the ball and attack the wide receiver to break up the play. He loves using his size and strength to jam the wide receiver and try to force him out of the play, but he will need to be careful in the NFL limiting the contact after five yards. His physical style of play is perfect for multiple teams in the NFL and will be coveted by many teams for it.

Durability: When Exum arrives at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, one of the biggest tests he will face isnít on the field but in front of team doctors and medical staff. After tearing his ACL and right meniscus during a pickup basketball game in January, Exum returned to the field but is now dealing with a nagging left ankle injury. He has only played in three games this season, and will face plenty of questions about his durability during the combine. While the knee has appeared fine this season, itís harder to see how much progress he has made with limited action in 2013. Before the injuries Exum was potentially looking like a second-round pick but injuries and missed opportunities have severely cut into his draft value.

Tackling: If Exum wants to take the next step as a cornerback prospect and eventually become a starter in the NFL. Obviously Exum is physical and he loves to deliver big hits, his technique needs a lot of work. Too often Exumís aggressiveness comes back to bite him, he will come flying in at full speed but whiff on the ball carrier because he is coming at a bad angle and trying to deliver the big hit. Despite his size advantage, he is too focused on delivering the hit that will knock the ball loose, instead of just wrapping up and taking down the running back. He needs to learn to ease up with his aggressiveness and instead of flying in like a missile, patiently moving in and squaring up the ball carrier. Exum needs to spend time with coaches working on his technique otherwise he will make some nice plays in the NFL, but will often get burnt when he over pursues and his man slips past him for the big play.

The Cardinals continue with ANOTHER BOOM OR BUST guy who might not even contribute in year 1......but the potential pairing of Exum and Mathieu is just too enticing to pass up.

Srphoenix, Green Bay is up!
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With the 121st pick the Green Bay Packers select:

Aaron Murray, QB Georgia

STRENGTHS: As one might expect given his playing time, Murray does many of the little things well. He has a quick set-up and delivery. He throws a tight spiral and is creative in the pocket, showing the ability to slide and re-set, as well as deliver passes from a variety of arm slots. He throws deep passes with velocity and good trajectory and can attack down the seam with excellent touch, as well. He's starred in a pro-style offense for four seasons against elite competition and showed the mettle under fire as a senior to handle the leadership duties expected of a franchise field general.

WEAKNESSES: While there are plenty of positives to note when discussing Murray, one obvious concern is his lack of preferred size. The success of Drew Brees and Russell Wilson proves that shorter quarterbacks can be successful in the NFL. The greatest concern with short quarterbacks is their ability to see beyond the behemoths at the line of scrimmage and too many of Murray's passes over his career have been knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Durability is also an added concern with smaller quarterbacks. Brees and Wilson each also possess stouter frames than Murray. He's also coming off of the torn ACL, which obviously will require medical clearance at the Combine.

COMPARES TO: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals - Just as Dalton did in guiding TCU to a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Murray answered critics of his poise with several impressive wins as a senior. Only an inch shorter than the 6-2, 220-pound Dalton and possessing at least as much arm talent, Murray could emerge as a quality starter in the NFL but might need talent around him to take his team to the promised land.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:29 PM   #123
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Detroit Lions select Caraun Reid DT, Princeton.


This article goes into further detail about Reid's personal history, but I'll try to summarize some of the key points that encompass his interesting background. Reid was born in the Bronx to a pastor father and minister mother.

He did not begin playing football until high school, when he began as a freshman at Mount St. Michael Academy. By his senior year, there were several Ivy League schools inquiring about his services.

Reid chose Princeton and has really immersed himself in a variety of school activities. He's part of an a cappella group on campus (and has an incredible voice) and is also on the executive board of the school's Christian Faith in Action group.

When he pulled out of school for a semester to preserve his eligibility, Reid took a job as a student aide at Princeton Day School's Lower School. Clearly, he's an interesting, intelligent, and well-rounded person.

But on top of all that, Reid is a football player. And a pretty darn good one.

Good enough that, despite playing against relatively weak competition at one of the world's most rigorous academic institutions, he became the second Princeton player ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl and is considered a potential mid-round pick in May's draft.

Why is Reid being considered an NFL prospect? Let's take a look at what makes this defensive tackle so special on the field.


One of the big perks of playing in the Senior Bowl is the weigh-in and measurement process. Even though this happens again at the combine, the Senior Bowl events can give players some time to adjust themselves and try to cover their weaknesses while using their strengths that show up on the scale and/or ruler.

Just a few days ago, we got a look at how big Reid actually is. He measured in at 6'2 1/8", 301 pounds and apparently looked really stout and well-built for a 300-plus pound guy.

He also had 32 5/8" long arms, which is more than adequate, especially for a guy who is only about 6'2".

This is exactly the kind of frame that teams would have been hoping to see, and while it doesn't sway his draft stock dramatically, it certainly gave him another check mark on scouts' reports.

Reid utilizes this frame to be destructive in defending both the pass and run.

Run Stopping

Reid is a force up the middle. He isn't big enough and does not play like a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, but relies a little more on finesse, hand technique and sheer determination.

There's a lot of promise in Reid's ability to stuff the run despite him not being an enormous, immovable hole-filler like many NFL defensive tackles are.

Reid consistently shows the ability to diagnose a play and figure out his best point of attack. From that point, he uses great leverage and violent hands to win position and make the stop.

One flaw is that he at times can be slow off the snap and therefore doesn't get any push into the backfield. This is a correctable issue, however, and is not prevalent enough to be an extreme concern.

Reid's ability to stuff the middle is particularly impressive because of his lack of bulk.

On this play, he drives the guard into the middle of the field, keeping his eyes in the backfield, and then sheds the blocker right as he meets the running back.

Reid is strong enough to be able to absorb that contact and then hold his ground to help make the tackle, which isn't surprising given the impressive physique he showed at the Senior Bowl weigh-in.

He isn't overly consistent against the run, however, and we have to keep in mind that these offensive linemen he's facing are a lot smaller (and just not as good) as the guys in the NFL. But he still seems to have a lot of the fundamentals and abilities that teams look for in a defensive tackle.

So while he isn't perfect against the run, he's certainly adequate. But Reid's biggest asset is really his ability to rush the quarterback.

Pass Rush

Reid thrives when he's given the green light to get into the backfield and disrupt the passer. He's an absolute terror who utilizes a number of different moves to beat his blockers.

This talent has helped him be a three-time All-Ivy League selection and rack up 20.5 sacks over his collegiate career. There are a number of ways Reid makes an impact in the passing game.

On some plays, Reid is able to just get a great jump off the snap, use his strong lower body and bull rush. This works especially well when he lines up against a tackle.

While he does have the capability to use a traditional bull rush, where he gets underneath his blocker, stays low and churns his legs to drive the blocker backwards, Reid is also explosive enough to use a unique type of punch that helps him create separation.

On this play, Reid literally just shoves the tackle backwards and then showcases his athleticism (more on that later) to get after the quarterback.

His tenacity, along with his natural physical ability, is impressive. He also seems to have good awareness and knows when to employ certain moves and how to be as disruptive as possible.

His most effective move might be a type of rip to the inside, when he turns his outside shoulder in and bends through the inside of the offensive lineman.

These two plays show this move, one that Reid should try to develop and use even more in the NFL.

When he executes it correctly, he has the quickness, hands and strength to get in and take a direct route to the quarterback. It's especially effective when he sees a hole and can catch the offensive lineman a bit off balance, which happens in that first play.

There are other plays, like this one below, that showcase Reid's explosiveness out of his stance, as well as his determination to get to the quarterback.

Reid gets going in a hurry, literally just bounces the running back off him and then closes in on the quarterback before the poor guy even knows what happened.

It's plays like these that will make NFL teams really intrigued. That's the type of quickness and athleticism that cannot be taught.


I don't think Reid gets enough credit for his ability to simply make plays. He isn't huge, doesn't have elite quickness or strength yet is able to sniff out opportunities and make the most of them.

Some of that ability comes from good awareness and an even better motor. Plays like this show Reid's relentless pursuit of the ball.

Reid starts off in pass-rush mode, diagnoses the screen, changes direction, sheds a blocker and then makes a great tackle on the running back.

This combination of awareness, perseverance and quickness is on display throughout the game. This play is similar to the previous pass-rushing snap in which he gets a big push on the ball, but this one is even more impressive.

Not only does he drive the blocker (a guard this time) backwards with one big push, but then in the same motion gets his legs churning at the right angle to pursue the quarterback.

While it's not a necessarily useful statistic on its own, seven blocked kicks shows Reid's explosiveness and ability to penetrate. More than just being a high number, it shows that Reid has some raw strength and the ability to use leverage to get near the holder quickly and get his hands up to block the kick.

Watch both of these two kicks (on successive plays) and marvel at Reid's sheer determination and power.

While Reid's tape is impressive overall, perhaps no three consecutive plays encompasses his upside as a prospect as thoroughly as these three do.

In this game against Brown in 2012, Reid was an absolute animal and wreaked havoc on the offense all game. These three plays show three different facets of Reid's game and offer a good synopsis of what he can do.

On the first play, Reid uses flat-out quickness to get around the left tackle and hurry the quarterback.

On the second play, Reid uses a variation of that punch, bull-rush move I mentioned earlier and then turns it up a gear and pursues the quarterback to make the play.

On the final one, Reid hurries the quarterback again, this time using great hand technique and then maintaining leverage while driving the lineman backwards into his own quarterback.

Reid is undoubtedly a fine prospect, but where will he end up? That's a difficult question to answer, and the next few months will better determine teams who might be interested in him.


Reid is versatile enough to play either defensive end in a 3-4 or as a defensive tackle in a 4-3. I think he's better suited as a 3-4 DE, however, and that's where he did most of his damage in college.

NFL teams will be enamored by Reid's pedigree. His Princeton degree and well-rounded, humble background will make him a hit at interviews. But it won't necessarily boost his stock as much as it will just prevent him from falling, which can happen to players with off-the-field issues.

Teams will also like his physique, and he has apparently played well at the Senior Bowl. He will also have to be impressive at the combine, because although "tape don't lie," people will definitely question the competition Reid faced in the Ivy League.

In the end, I think there's definitely a little risk in taking Reid because of his lack of experience against top college players. But he seems like the kind of person and player who will work hard and do whatever it takes to develop into an NFL defensive lineman.

Reid will never be an elite difference-maker, but if a team is patient with him he could become a regular starter. Unless he has a really bad combine (which I don't anticipate), I think he'll be a fringe top-100 prospect and deserves a fourth-round grade.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:34 PM   #124
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With the 124th pick in the 2014 Orangemane NFL mock draft, The Miami Dolphins select Craig Loston, SS LSU. 6' 5/8" 215 lbs SS.

Watched a lot of this guy last year and he has tons of potential. Here is a small write up I found on him:

"STRENGTHS: Loston is in many ways a similar prospect as 2013 first-round draft pick and former LSU safety, Eric Reid. While perhaps not quite as athletic as Reid, Loston possesses a similar well-built frame, good instincts for the position and is a fearless hitter. Loston attacks downhill, showing rare acceleration and explosion as an open-field hitter."
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With the 125th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor.

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