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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:36 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:39 pm
 

The CBs...

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1.     Kyle Wilson Boise St – I first noticed Wilson in 2008, but I really got tuned in to him during the current offseason.  This guy has premiere cover skills and he has shown that against WRs from bigger schools during his regular season career and the ’09 All-Star game season.  While his Jr. year looked better in many ways, His offseason showings have alleviated many of the concerns people had about him.  I have also heard that he has caught the eyes of several NFL scouts recently, causing some teams to rank him above the more hyped, number two corner on my list.  I agree with those scouts, and I’m about to tell you why.

2.     Joe Haden Fla – I like Haden.  He’s a great athlete.  He was a high school QB with his path blocked by a guy named Tebow.  So he moved to CB to fill a Florida need.  Considering his relative inexperience, he’s done well.  But my concern stems from the footage I’ve seen of him allowing too many catches in front of him.  He was initially pegged as a top 10 selection until a slow 40 at the Combine caused his stock to drop.  I think Haden would have been best served to return for his Sr. season.  But I understand that uncertainty about the NFL labor situation probably drove his decision to leave early.  That being said, I think being picked in the 15-20 range, will allow him to develop without the heavy scrutiny associated with a higher pick.  If he goes higher than that, people may be disappointed.

3.     Patrick Robinson FSU – People are all over the map about this guy.  He’s been somewhat inconsistent given his natural ability.  But I think Robinson has the skill set to rise to the challenge.  I won’t be shocked if he is a late first round pick.

4.     Kareem Jackson Ala – A fast riser of late.  He has pretty good size for a CB, but I’m not wowed by the footage I’ve seen.  Jackson though, has experience lining up against some pretty good competition in the SEC.  He could start out as a nickel guy for an experienced team.  I could see Philly or Baltimore jumping on him in round one.

5.     Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Ind (Pa.) – I put him here because he ran a blazing 40 time at his pro day.  He also has skills as a return man.  It seems that occasionally a small school guy like Owusu-Ansah emerges as a steal, so I’m betting on that.  Plus, I am somewhat underwhelmed with what lies beneath him on this list.

6.     Perrish Cox Ok St – He was suspended for his bowl game.  He was banned from his pro day.  He didn’t impress with his Combine 40 time.  But Cox would be ranked much higher if not for some recent transgressions.  Plus, he has been a dynamic return man; a skill that may sway some teams in and of itself.  Some guys can overcome off-the-field issues and I just have a hunch that Cox may be a guy whose play overshadows his questionable attitude.

7.     Chris Cook Va – A big CB with good 40 times.  I think his value has increased because some teams may view him as a safety at the next level.

8.     Alterraun Verner UCLA – Ultra-productive at the outset of 2009, but he fell off as the season progressed.  He had a great pro day though, and that should raise his stock in the eyes of some teams.

9.     Devin McCourty Rut – I’m not sure why so many people are so high on this guy.  He made very few picks and the only thing that stands out to me is the number of tackles he made.  Don’t you want your CBs to make plays on the ball rather than making tackles?  To me, he let the man he was covering have too big of a cushion in too many instances.

10.  Amari Spievey Iowa – What’s that?  I’m letting my Big Ten bias show?  Well maybe so.  But I haven’t seen enough of USF’s Jerome Murphy or WF’s Brandon Ghee to rank them ahead of the Hawkeye.  So sue me.

Guys who could have been #10 on my list: Murphy and Ghee.

Guy who is a sweet kick returner but a so-so at best CB: Javier Arenas Ala.

And this guy went to USC and had a good pro day: Kevin Thomas – Don’t sleep on this guy.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:32 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:35 pm
 

The ILBs...

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1.     Rolando McClain Ala – Honestly, he’s the only guy I can see thriving at ILB no matter what team takes him.  There were questions about his speed after he didn’t run at the Combine.  Then he showed up in the 4.6 range at his pro day.  He’s plenty fast and plenty productive in my book.  Some team in the top 15 will be very happy with McClain.

2.     Sean Lee PSU – I think he will be the first PSU LB drafted thanks to Bowman’s issues away from the field.  Lee has decent size for the position even if a 3-4 team takes him.  He had a knee injury in 2008, which may worry some teams but he appears to be adequately recovered from that.

3.     Jamar Chaney Miss St – He has good size and speed.  He ‘s helped himself with a good offseason.

4.     Pat Angerer Iowa – He’s on the small side but he’s aggressive and tough.  I saw a lot of Iowa, so maybe I have some of their guys ranked too high, but I don’t think so.  He will at least help immediately on special teams.  In fact, I think he could thrive in that role.

5.     Donald Butler Wash – This is another guy whose helped himself with a great offseason.  I wish I had seen more of him in game action, but unfortunately I started this project a little too late to see many Pac 10 games that weren’t on national TV.

6.     Brandon Spikes Fla – I felt that I had to include him on this list because he seemed to make a lot of plays in college.  But when I looked back, he seemed to be at his best as a So.  Maybe his shockingly surprising lack of speed caught up with him and he was living off of his reputation.

Guy from Troy: Boris Lee Troy – I learned during the course of my football watching and research that Troy had LBs named Boris Lee and Bear Woods.  That just sounded cool to me.

Guy who looked good at the East-West Shrine game: Reggie Carter UCLA – may have improved his stock based on that week alone.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:24 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:29 pm
 

The DTs...

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1.     Ndamukong Suh Neb – This is a no-brainer to me.  During 2009, he was hands down the best player in college football.  He absolutely took over the Big 12 Championship Game.  Didn’t he have 4.5 sacks in that game?  Jason Pierre-Paul had only 2 more than that in his major college career!  If St. Louis is stuck picking #1, they may want to reconsider The thought of a risky pick like Bradford, and take the safe bet.  Especially considering that the guy Suh terrorized in that Big 12 game, Colt McCoy, might be there when the Rams pick early Friday evening.

2.     Gerald McCoy Okl – 4-3 or 3-4 teams would love him (he can line up at end in a 3-4 presumably).  I’ve heard he’s a better pass rusher than Suh, but the stats certainly don’t show that.  To me, McCoy is the obvious #2 on this list.

3.     Jared Odrick PSU – A fast riser right now because he can project to a 3-4 DE.  He may go as high as #7 to the Browns if they see him as this year’s Tyson Jackson.  I see him more as a late 1st round pick.  That would mean that a better team would be taking him and he’d have an easier road to success.

4.     Dan Williams Tenn – He didn’t stand out to me but because 3-4 teams put a premium on his size as a potential run-stopping NT, he could go as high as the top ten.

5.     Lamaar Houston Tex – In the National Championship game he looked so quick.  He was perhaps the best defensive player in that game on that day.  I could see him moving between DE and DT depending on what team takes him.  He has more value to a 3-4 team in my mind.

6.     Tyson Alualu Cal – Yet another guy who could be moved to DE in a 3-4.  He seems to be gaining significant momentum as the dawn of the draft approaches

7.     Terrence Cody Ala – A mammoth on the D-line.  But he is a very fat guy.  He may only be good for 20 plays a game.  Maybe even fewer than that.  But he has made a conscious effort to lose weight this offseason, and some 3-4 team will take him in the early to mid 2nd round at the latest.

8.     Cam Thomas UNC – He’s a big dude who can play NT in the 3-4.  I feel like a broken record when talking about these DT prospects.

9.     Brian Price UCLA – His conditioning has come into question because of a poor pro day.  He was projected in the 1st round early on but he is slip-sliding on the boards.

10. Mike Neal Pur – He was stellar at the East-West Shrine game and that has improved his standing.  He could be used at DE by 3-4 teams.

Guy who would be higher if not for injuries:  Arthur Jones Syr

Guys who will be picked higher than originally thought because they are big: Linval Joseph ECU and Torell Troup UCF – I don’t know much more about either guy to make a fair assessment.

Two Georgia guys: Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens UGA – They are on the small side so it may be hard for them to find a place in today’s NFL.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:22 pm
 

The interior O-line...

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The OGs…

 

1.     Mike Iupati Idaho – So athletic that there has been talk not ony of moving him to OT, but also to DT.  I see him staying put on the O-line.  He has played against lesser foes than other prospects, but he’s been dominant since the 2009 season came to a close.

2.     John Jerry Ole Miss – His brother was a first rounder last year.  Jerry’s size could also lead to a move to OT.  His versatility and offseason performances have improved his stock and he is now considered by many to be a 2nd round prospect.

3.     Mitch Petrus Ark – He’s athletic, as he has moved from FB to the line.  He’s got super-human strength as well.  But he has to overcome a torn pectoral.  I think he has time to make that a non-factor before the 2010 season begins.

4.     John Asamoah Ill – Yet another guy with injury issues.  But he appears healthy now.  He should be a prospect on the rise.  I don’t think guard is a strong suit of this draft, so that will help a guy like Asamoah.

5.     Mike Johnson Ala – Good enough to start for the national champs.  That and his experience at tackle should make him a Friday pick.

Guy who has a lot of tattoos and a Mohawk: Brandon Cater Texas Tech – I’ve heard that some folks don’t like his attitude.  Plus, he played in the wacky TTU spread.  He could have a rude awakening in the pros.

Guys who will be moved from tackle: Chris Scott Tenn and Zane Beadles Utah – They struggled in the offseason against tough outside pass rushers.

 

The OCs…

 

1.     Maurkice Pouncey Fla – Really, this list is just “the OC” as Pouncey is the only guy I have watched closely at all.  For you offensive line nuts, I apologize.  Yes, I realize that O-line is as important as any positions on the field, but it is hard to grade centers without access to real game film.  Pouncey is clearly talented though and he stands out more than other interior linemen.  He can play guard too if you need him to.  He will go higher than most people think on Thursday night.

 

Guy who went to my Alma Mater: Jim Cordle OSU – I don’t see him getting drafted.  I just wanted to give him a shout out.

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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:05 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:14 pm
 

The TEs...

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1.     Aaron Hernandez Fla – I kind of see this guy as a Dallas Clark-type.  Clark is a better blocker, of course, but Hernandez can stretch the field.  Trust me, he made Tebow look like a better QB than he was.  Most people I’ve seen think Hernandez is no better than the 3rd TE available.  But he didn’t have a torn ACL or a season-ending back injury as far as I know.  Plus, he actually played football in real games in 2009.  In my mind, that counts.  Big time.

2.     Jermaine Gresham Okl – He would be number one on this list if not for the torn ACL that wiped out his 2009.  I’ve had a torn ACL, and (while I’m no pro athlete) that is about the worst injury outside of a torn Achilles’ tendon that a football player can have.  At the very least, I believe that this injury will limit Gresham’s longevity.  At most, it will stunt a once promising prospect’s growth.

3.     Jimmy Graham Mia (Fl) – Call me a sucker but I think there is something to this “former basketballer becomes TE” thing.  Plus, the U has a history of producing talented TEs. Jimmy doesn’t have the numbers, but he has the athleticism.  I put him here at #3 on a hunch.  Let’s see if I’m onto something.

4.     Anthony McCoy USC – I’m curious to see if the positive test for Mary Jane hurts his stock.  I don’t think it will, based on recent draft history.  Talent trumps the dabbling in the sticky-icky-icky.  But he’ll already be in the substance abuse program. So only certain bold teams will include him on the board come draft weekend.

5.     Dennis Pitta BYU – He isn’t fast but he can catch and he can block.  I wasn’t initially high on Pitta, but I am skeptical of a TE class that many “experts” think is topped by two guys who missed all of 2009.  I think that moves the very solid Pitta up on the list of available TEs.

6.     Rob Gronkowski Ari – This guy might be #1 on some lists.  But he hurt his freaking BACK!!  While lifting weights!  Everything revolves around the back and he has had back surgery!  And football players need to be able to lift weights.  I see Gronkowski as one of the biggest risks in the draft.  That’s why he’s #6.  He’s got loads of talent, but some guys can’t withstand the punishment of pro football.

7.     Dorin Dickerson Pitt – He’s an athletic freak who played all over the place in college.  I see him as a poor man’s Hernandez.  He has a lot to prove as far as blocking is concerned but he can be an immediate weapon in the passing game.  If the right team drafts him, he could have an impact in 2010.  If not, he could end up on the practice squad. 

8.     Ed Dickson Ore – I should probably have him at least above Dickerson.  But Dickerson’s workouts were so damned good.  Honestly, Dickson likely fits in with more teams’ schemes.  But I’ll stick with my gut.

9.     Clay Harbor Mizz St – This is a small-school guy with a good workout season under his belt.  Teams will like his versatility as a TE/H-back, but he will have to adjust to a much higher level of competition.

10. Andrew Quarless PSU – A lot of talent, and attitude to match.  He has off-the-field question marks surrounding him after suspensions at Penn State.  Plus, he has “GODS GIFT” tattooed on the backs of his arms.  Yes, in block letters, with no apostrophe.  That fact almost made me drop him out of the top 10.  But he’s also got pretty good hands and speed. 

Workout warrior: Jameson Konz Kent – Played a little FB, a little LB, a little TE…he’ll find a role.  Plus, doesn’t at least one guy from Kent make it every year?

Guy whose name I like: Tony Moeaki Iowa – Injuries were a problem in college.

Guy who could move to FB: Garrett Graham Wisc – FB/TE tweener.

Another guy I’ve seen on the rise lately: Mickey Shuler PSU – The other Penn State TE.  He has enjoyed a good offseason.

And another guy for no good reason: Colin Peek Ala – All I can say is that during the BCS Championship Game, Brent Musberger called him a “dandy” TE.  Good enough for me.

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