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Posted on: April 21, 2010 11:41 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:42 pm
 

The Safeties...

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1.     Earl Thomas Tex – I think that Thomas is closer to being “the next Ed Reed” than the next guy on this list.  He had 8 INTs last year and forced 5 fumbles in the last 2 seasons.  Some say he’s too thin, but he weighed over 200 lbs at the combine.  He blazed a 40 in the 4.3 range at his pro day and that was only a shade faster that what he ran in Indy.  Plus, Thomas seems like a willing tackler to me.  He’s very young and he will keep getting better.  One of my absolute favorite guys in this draft.

2.     Eric Berry Ten – Berry’s another ballhawk.  He looks the part of a high 1st round pick.  But I am concerned with his tackling.  He tends to launch himself at his opponents instead of actually wrapping them up.  That won’t fly in the NFL.  He will improve on this, but I think Thomas is ahead of him at this point.

3.     Nate Allen USF – I’ve only seen a few games in which Allen has played, but he is seemingly getting a lot of attention from scouts.  I never claimed I knew more than they did.  So I think Allen will be a 2nd rounder.

4.     Morgan Burnett GT – Another fast riser.  Could he go in the first round based on his size and his speed?  Maybe.  But I still see him as a mid 2nd rounder.  But he’s better than the more hyped Taylor Mays.

5.     Major Wright Fla – So highly touted out of high school.  Another guy who might have gone higher a year from now if he had gone back to college in 2010.

6.     Myron Lewis Van – He’s projected as a safety because he was a bit slow for CB.  He has great size and was a 3-year starter in a tough conference.  I think he’s underrated.

7.     Taylor Mays USC – I think some team may buy into him as a 1st round pick.  But his poor coverage skills and his bulky size have knocked him down in my book.  He’ll be great running in a straight line chasing the guy who just toasted him on a deep ball though, because he does have blazing straight-line speed for a big man.  That may have been harsh.

Guy who will make a good major league baseball left-handed pitcher: Chad Jones LSU – I’m kind of kidding.  I think there is a role for Jones.  He has impressive size and he had one of the best punt return TDs I’ve ever seen during a game in 2009.  He is a terrific baseball player too.

Guy whom some teams might have rated in the same class (or higher) than Mays: Kam Chancellor VT – He had a nice week at the East-West Shrine game.  He has good speed and LB size.  Speaking of his size, he may actually be moved to LB by some teams.

Another guy who may be moved to LB: Barry Church Tol – One of my sleeper guys.  He’s versatile.

OSU guy: Kurt Coleman OSU – I think he will go in the late 4th or 5th and he will make a team.  He’s a tough kid.

Rhodes Scholar guy: Myron Rolle FSU – another 4th or 5th round guy who will find a roster spot.  Obviously he’s a smart guy, but he also has been away from the game for an entire year.

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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 11:20 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 5:24 pm
 

The DEs...

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1.     Derrick Morgan GT – In this age of 3-4 defenses he is not valued as high as he would have been in years past.  But he can seriously get to the QB.  I think it would be a huge mistake for a 3-4 team to take him and try him at OLB, but it wouldn’t shock me if that happened.  Morgan is the perfect fit for a 4-3 team that needs a dominant pass rusher though.

2.     Brandon Graham Mich – Some have projected him at OLB in a 3-4.  I think he’s be best suited for a 4-3.  Yeah, he’s undersized for that scheme, but so was Dwight Freeney.  Graham has experience at end in the 4-3, so I say leave him there.  And if the right team takes him they won’t be sorry.

3.     Everson Griffen USC – There are questions about his dedication and he seemed to disappear when his team needed him.  But he ran in the 4.6 range and he is a big dude.  In the right 4-3 or hybrid scheme he could thrive.  He’d fit in best with a team that has a veteran locker room with guys who won’t let Griffen slack off.  New England anyone?

4.     Jason Pierre-Paul USF – He is the best D-lineman in the draft when it comes to doing back flips.  Check it out on youtube if you don’t know what I’m talking about.  But this guy scares the hell out of me.  He bounced around a couple of JuCos before landing at USF.  He started half a year.  He had 6.5 sacks, which isn’t exactly Earth-shattering.  He’s a huge risk.  I wouldn’t take him in the 1st round.  But some team will…maybe in the top half.

5.     Alex Carrington Ark St – I put him this high because 1) He’s had a great offseason and 2) He has the size to play end in either a 4-3 or a 3-4.  There is a new premium on guys like this and Carrington will likely get his named called relatively early because of that fact.

6.     Carlos Dunlap Fla – If size and 40 times were the only thing a guy was judged on, Dunlap would go in the top 5.  But teams will shy away in the Goodell age because not only did Dunlap get a DUI before the 2009 SEC Championship game, but because he also was neutralized by blockers at times.  That should not have happened to a guy that big and that fast.

7.     Corey Wootton NWU – Another guy who’d fit in as 3-4 end.  He has injury concerns but he appears to at least be recovering as the Draft looms.

Guys who might be 3-4 LBs: Jermaine Cunningham Fla and George Selvie USF – Cunningham will go way ahead of Selvie because Selvie has run some slllloooowww times in the 40.  But did anyone see Selvie in 2007.  Man, I thought he’d have been a sure-fire 1st rounder back then.  Now, I’m not positive he’ll be drafted.

Guys best suited for the 3-4 DE spot: Brandon Deaderick Ala, Clifton Geathers Scar, CJ Wilson ECU – I don’t know much about any of these guys except that they are big and some teams can use them.  Or at least, some teams will think they can use them.

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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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Posted on: April 21, 2010 10:53 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2010 4:52 pm
 

The QBs...

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1.     Jimmy Clausen  ND – This is controversial to be sure.  Call me crazy, but I’m over the spiky-haired, high-school-championship-ring-showi
ng presser Clausen had preceding his commitment to Notre Dame.   Jimmy C had a 68% completion percentage as a junior.  He was a 3-year starter.  And he played in a system that required him to take some snaps from center (wonder of wonders).  I think he’s the only QB this year that can start immediately.  Some question his attitude and maybe he is cocky.  But I saw him taking notes at John Gruden’s ESPN QB camp.  He wants to get rid of that perception that he’s arrogant.  This kid has it in him and I think some teams know it.  They just won’t admit it.  Clausen won’t experience an Aaron Rodgers or Brady Quinn type free-fall this draft.  Call it a hunch, but I like the guy.

2.     Sam Bradford Okl – Even if this guy hadn’t injured his throwing arm twice in 2009, I’d have my doubts.  He played in a spread.  Sooner QBs haven’t exactly had a shining success rate.  He seemed unsure when under heavy pressure.  He just doesn’t seem to have that fire, that “it” that an NFL starter should have.  I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because so many scouts have him ranked so high, and because no other QB really stands out physically or mentally to me.  But if I were on St. Louie’s draft team, I’d be pushing for them to take Clausen.  Bradford seems like a boom or bust pick to me.  Good luck Sam.  And good luck to whoever takes him.

3.     Colt McCoy Tex – He’s got the winning percentage.  He’s got the completion percentage.  I’m not too concerned with his height.  But he seems too nice.  NFL players need that edge.  QBs need to be leaders of men.  Can Colt be an NFL starter?  Yes, I think he can.  But I don’t think it will be this year or next.  It’s going to take some time for him to establish himself as more than a humble kid with question marks about his toughness and size.  I really question that last throw against Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship game.  Seriously, what was he thinking?  He has a lot to learn.  But not as much as the rest on this list.  McCoy is the last of the 3 guys I think has a chance to be a decent starter within the next few seasons.

4.     Dan LeFevour Central Mich – At first, I loved this guy.  Like Tebow, but a righty, so better (more on that later).  But his competition was less than stellar.  And questions have emerged about arm strength.  I still like him and I think he can overcome his limitations, but how long will that take?  To me, the specter of Charlie Frye looms: a MAC QB with good numbers against…well, MAC teams.  LeFevour has a long way to go.

5.     Jonathan Crompton Tenn – Crompton has come on strong.  I think the facts that he improved the last half of the 2009 season under pro-style coach Lane Kiffen and he shined in workouts helped his stock.  Crompton is hit-or-miss (aren’t they all?).  I personally think he has high upside.  He has shown the ability to improve.  A patient team will nurture him.  An impatient team will ruin him.

6.     Zac Robinson Okl St – This guy is the most underrated so far.  He has the arm.  He has the ability.  Give him some time and he will be a top-notch backup at the least.  I see this guy as a surprise gem down the road.

7.     Tony Pike Cin – I can’t get into this guy.  He’s a system QB.  He’s kind of thin.  He’s had injuries.  Can he be a solid backup for a good team?  Sure.  Is he worth a pick before round 4?  No.

8.     Levi Brown Troy – I don’t have much to go on but a gutsy bowl game duel against LeFevour.  But Levi stepped up with something on the line.  I just have a feeling he can succeed long term in the right situation.  He’d be a good developmental pick for a team with 2 established QBs.   How many of those teams exist?

9.     Tim Tebow Fla – The thing I hate most about Tebow isn’t the goody-goody image.  I certainly don’t hate his college success.  I hate that he’s left-handed.  Few teams are equipped with the personnel to develop a lefty.  How many teams have a premiere right tackle?  Seriously?  This guy is not Steve Young, or Boomer Esiason.  He might not even be Matt Leinart.  Plus, I think that Tebow is too focused on correcting his throwing motion.  He looked like a robot on his pro day.  I appreciate his work ethic but jeesh.  Did anyone else think it was odd that while questions abound about his ability to take a snap from center, he did not have a center snapping to him at the pro day?  Why didn’t he have a center?  Was that his call or the teams at the workout?  I was absolutely dumbfounded by that.  If you have a 6th rounder to throw away, use it on Timmy T.  Otherwise…

10.  John Skelton Fur – Did I mention this QB class was weak?  Skelton has the size and the laser…rocket arm.  But whom has he played against?  Some people seem to think he’s like Joe Flacco.  Some people also seem to think Modern Family is a funny show.  I’m just not sold.

 

 

Guys I like more than other people: Clausen, LeFeVour, Robinson

Guy who made the biggest mistake coming out early: Jevan Snead Ole Miss.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  I don’t even know if he will be drafted.  He probably will, but it will be late.

Guy I like as a late pick but it makes little sense because he only started one full year and had 19 career TDs and 20 INTs: Mike Kafka NWU.

Guy who maybe should have replaced Skelton at #10 on my list: Armanti Edwards.  But alas, closed-minded NFL people look at his short stature and athletic ability and see a guy they can move to WR.

Just for kicks: Dominic Randolph Holy Cross.  Why not?  Aside from the top 3 on this list, he may have as good a shot as any.

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