It's that special time of the year, the one we look so forward to, even during the regular season. Here's a couple of my favorite prospects per position, hopefully when they get selected you can say that you've at least heard of them. Below i put a couple things i like or know about a prospect and where they are projected to go. Enjoy.
Brandon Weeden - Late 1st - Mid 2nd
Has the NFL-caliber arm to make all the throws needed. He's also pretty polished and can start immediently, and probably should because he's 29. Impressed me with his intangibles during Gruden's Camp.
Trent Richardson - Top 10
I think he's the best non-premium position player and will be a good pro. Seems capable of being the starting RB for most teams. Has everything you look for in a RB. A relatively "safe" pick for somebody.
LaMicheal James - Late 2nd - 4th
Personally, my favorite RB due to his style of play. Oregon is known for speed and speed kills. James is not going to be a #1 RB because he probably wouldn't handle the same type of carnage MJD does. I see him as an offensive playmaker similar to Darren Sproles.
Robert Turbin - 3rd - 4th round
If MJD has thick thighs, Turbin has just as thick arms. I can imagine his stiff arm being very effective. Also reminds me of Greg Jones. Not a speed-demon but could be a good blocker and bruiser. has a small durability issue.
Ronnie Hillman - 4th - 5th round
Speedy, little dart on the field. He's an utility RB and could be a nice playmaker as he is very elusive.
Alshon Jeffery - 2nd Round - Early 3rd
I laugh at the people who always complain about Jeffery's size. It is more than adequate and the man can use all 6'3 FT of it. Had a great year before this year, had a very bad QB situaction. Separation seems to be the fun word to describe WRs who are not overly quick. A WR does not always need separation if they have good ball skills and can outmaneuver DBs. Calvin Johnson. for example, does not always burn through secondaries (though he can), he can just pluck it out of double or triple coverage. My favorite WR.
Stephen Hill - Top 15 - Early 2nd
Has good size and speed combination which is what mainly draws people to him. Like former Georgia Tech recievers, he was underutilized as GT runs a triple-option offense. He needs coaching and refinement, and is a feast or famine prospect but with Jerry Sullivan as our WR coach, I have confidence.
A.J. Jenkins - 2nd Round
The hometown kid, Jenkins is a blue-chip prospect who needs some tweaks in his route running and fundamentals but has a lot of natural talent that can make Jenkins a pretty good WR down the road.
Devon Wylie - 3rd - 5th Round
First came to my attention at the Scouting Combine, Wylie impressed me with how he performed in drills. Immediently, people have started the Wes Welker comparisons. I think Devon Wylie can play a similar game. Wylie is a fantastic Kick and Punt returner and has versatility in the slot. Comes out of a pro-offense. Fast.
Danny Coale - 5th - Later rounds
I have a soft spot for versatility in all forms. Whether it's a Guard who can play center and both guard spots or a Corner who can play CB or FS, it is always a big plus. Coale is a clutch, good-hands reciever who also can fill in as a Punter! I just love that. Willing to do the dirty work in blocking and is a hard worker.
Dwayne Allen - Late 1st - 2nd Round
Most versatile TE in the draft. Allen is a decent blocker and a pretty good pass-catcher. Has good size and good speed. The most complete TE in the draft, may be selected in the very end of the 1st or in the first half of the 2nd.
Ladarius Green - 2nd - 3rd Round
The Small-school prospect with plenty of potential. Plays like a WR at the TE position. Still raw but could be a weapon. My favorite TE.
Drake Dunsmore - 4th - 6th Round
Has had to deal with injuries throughout college. Does not drop the wide open pass, (looking at Marcedes here), and was the go to guy on third downs for Northwestern. Does okay with blocking.
Jeff Adams 5th - Later Round
Long-range developmental OT from the Ivy League. Good in pass protection and getting out into the second level for running plays.
Tony Bergstorm - 5th - Later Round
25 year old. Consistency and good fundamentals along with technique is where Bergstorm gets his chance at RT. If that doesn't work, he can go inside to the guard position.
Matt McCants - 5th - Later Round
Inexperience as he is relatively new at football with only a year of high school football under his belt. Needs some coaching and development but could be a good player later on.
David Decastro - top 15
The star of interior lineman, Decastro was chosen to be the model for most drills. Similar to Richardson, Decastro is a top 10 talent who plays a lesser-position. Has everything you'd like in a guard and pulls out of counter plays especially well. Considered to have a good chance at being a pro-bowl caliber Guard. Rumors have it that he may also be capable of playing center. ive heard RT as well but that is most likely a stretch. My favorite interior lineman.
Lucas Nix - 4th - 5th Round
Has the skills needed for guard and is versatile enough to potentially play RT too.
Joe Looney - 6th - 7th Round
Very experienced guard and leader of Wake Forest's O-Line. Has some trouble with pass rushing DTs who are exceptional explosive.
Garth Gerhart - 4th - 6th Round
Sibling of RB Toby Gerhart, he has the same tenacity and blunt force but at center. Longer than normal arms. Called blocking assignments for Arizona's O-Line. Should be a capable Center in the NFL.
Jason Slowey - 6th - 7th Round
Formerly a basketball and track athlete. Played LT in college at Western Oregon. Very long arms and has my favorite attribute, versatility, at LT. Has good skill set for center.
Vinny Curry - Late 1st - Mid 2nd
My joint-favorite DE this year. Vinny is extremely explosive and has been described as "a Tazmanian Devil". Disruptive in the run or pass. One of my hopes for our second round pick(s).
Whitney Mercilus - Mid 1st to early 2nd
Very well known due to his name, he is my other favorite DE. Personally, I believe he has potential to be a great DE and can pass the QB well. May rotate out of obvious running downs for someone for suited for the run. A one year wonder, mercilus has some risk but is one of the best pure pass rushers this year, which is a quality increasingly in demand.
Chandler Jones - Anywhere from top 15 to early 2nd
Sky-rocketing in the last month leading to the Draft. Some think he may be Gene Smith's next "alualu-move" and take him earlier than anyone would expect at 7. In that aspect, i think you could make a case for and against him. He has what you're looking for but doesn't always use those skills at the same time and needs coaching. However he could refine a little into a very good DE.
Brett Roy - 5th - 6th Round
Versatilite in that he's played all along the Defensive Line. According to Mel Kiper, who does good research on prospect (just not great analysis), Roy was a scrawny 205 lbs safety who eventually became the 280 lb DE that he is now. Has a lot of intensity for the position. Also was a quality TE prospect. Could provide depth as a FB/TE hybrid (VERSATILITY BAABY!)
Akiem Hicks - 3rd - 4th Round
Relies on his physical prowress and not on technique, Hicks has a very long armspan yet still benched 26 times. Went out of LSU due to being declared ineligible, he went to play in Canada. If he had stayed at LSU, he would be getting Day 1 looks. However, he may slide a little and present a steal for someone Day 2.
Mychal Kendricks - 2nd - 3rd Round
Played both inside and outside LB. Has 4.4 speed and can catch up to RBs. I believe he could be an asset on passing downs. Not afraid to hit someone hard. A little under-sized at 5-11
Audie Cole - 4th - 5th Round
Played both inside and outside LB. A very reliable LB who can be expected to be there at the right time and place. Good depth for a team.
Courtney Upshaw - 1st Round
He reminds me of a tank on the field, full of force and exceedingly good. Really strong and can play 3-4 LB or potentially a tweener 4-3 DE.
Shea McClellin - Late 1st - Early 2nd
Plays every snap and doesnt take plays off. Outstanding pass rusher who played many roles on Boise State's Defense. Consistently produced good stats.
Morris Claiborne - Top 10
I believe he's the best CB in the draft and he's very known to us Jaguar fans. Should be able to be a shutdown corner who can compete with the best the NFL has to offer. A solid draft selection for the team that gets him.
Dwight Bentley - 2nd - 3rd Round
Had an awesome game against Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden. Has all the cover skills and needed recovery speed to be a starting corner. Only flaw is that he is 5'10 181 lbs so he's not ideal sized. And he comes from Lousiana-Lafayette, which doesn't play the very best schools.
Josh Norman - 2nd - 3rd Round
Has the ability to snag passes like a wide reciever, so he should be good for a lot of interceptions in his career which what makes DBs paid bi money. Impressed people at the East-West shrine game and had a good offseason. Could become a starting CB. Small school prospect at Coastal Carolina.
Harrison Smith - Late 1st - Early 2nd
My favorite safety. Was a captain for Notre Dame and a leader of the team. Has good size and can go from sideline to sideline in coverage. Just as good as Barron in my opinion and will make for a good SS.
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