Big Board 101-125

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May 122012

100 Once in a decade prospect 
95-99 Elite talent 
90-95 Solid top 10 pick 
85-90 Solid first round pick 
80-85 Late 1st-early 2nd 
75-80 Solid 2nd round pick 
70-75 Solid 3rd round pick 
65-70 3rd-4th round pick 
60-65 4th-5th round pick 
55-60 5th round pick 
50-55 6th round pick 
45-50 7th round pick 
40-45 Undrafted, invite to training camp 
30-40 Career practice squader 
20-30 No NFL future 
0-20 No football future 


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101. OLB AJ Edds (Iowa) 70

A big thumping linebacker at 6-4 240, but he can also do some nice finesse things as he had 5 picks this year and looked very comfortable dropping back into coverage when needed, especially for a man of his size. His production, though, was subpar with only 210 tackles in his last 3 years so he’ll be a 3rd or 4th round pick as a strong side linebacker.

102. C Erik Olsen (Notre Dame) 70

Notre Dame’s offensive line was horrible this year, but its not Olsen’s fault. He only gave up one sack all year. He’s a versatile interior lineman with the intelligence and technique to play center in the NFL and displayed good chemistry with Jimmy Clausen this year.

103. CB Jerome Murphy (South Florida) 70

A good corner with good size, and long arms, who plays vertically, but his cover skills need some work and he doesn’t have good recovery speed.

104. C/G Maurkice Pouncey (Florida) 69

By far the most versatile guard on here, he has the ability to play both guard positions, and center, which he played last year. He could also play right tackle and he has great athletic upside, though he didn’t quite tap into all of that in his time at Florida.

105. WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech) 69

Played in a weird offense and doesn’t have great speed, but a 25.1 YPC is nothing to overlook. He’s got good size at 6-3 229, but he’ll have trouble getting separation at the next level. He’s like a running back in the open field and he has good size. He may have a future as a goal line receiver and he’s also a strong run blocker. He did hurt his foot and was unable to work out at the combine and may not have a chance to workout for teams before the draft, which hurts, but he should be good to go for team workouts.

106. QB Colt McCoy (Texas) 69

2/26/10: McCoy measured in at 6-1 at his weigh in. Might as well add that to the list of reasons why he won’t work out in the NFL, no experience in a pro style offense, a weak arm, and now a small frame.

A proven winner with a very weak arm by NFL standards. He’ll fit a spread style offense in the NFL well and to his luck, more and more teams are switching to the spread in the NFL, but he’s still not a good fit for a good majority of the NFL scheme despite his amazing accomplishments in college.

107. RB Montario Hardesty (Tennessee) 68              

2/28/10: Hardesty is a favorite sleeper of mine. He could be that mid round running back who takes over a starting job in the NFL. He has good hands as a pass catcher and as a pass blocker and a good combination of size and speed. He has all the things you look for in a feature back. He just needs to put them together. On a day of slow 40s, a 4.49 at 6-0 225 is great. He also led all running backs in broad jump, 10 feet 4 inches, and vertical leap, 41 inches and had 21 reps of 225 pounds.

One of my favorite running back sleepers, a good size, speed combination, and very good hands, both in pass catching and pass blocking. He has everything he needs to be a factor right away and a 3rd down back at the very least. I see him having the upside as a future starting running back.

108. NT Linval Joseph (East Carolina) 68           

4/9/10: Joseph was smart enough not to lose very much weight, dropping only to a very fit 319. He still has the size to play nose tackle. However, he was still able to drop his already impressive 5.09 to 4.93. He proved himself to be one of the most agile big men in the country last year and is now clearly my #4 nose tackle. That could sneak him into round 2. 

3/1/10: 40s don’t mean a ton to nose tackles, but a 5.09 at 328 with 39 reps on the bench will get you noticed as a very strong athlete.

Showed very good mobility for a 320 pound tackle with 60 tackles and 2 sacks last year and also showed this speed at the combine. He is your standard mid round nose tackle and he could go as early as the 3rd because of the need for nose tackles in the NFL and his size.

109. OT Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale) 68          

2/27/10: Did not disappoint athletically running a 5.09 40, for what it matters since he’s an offensive tackle. He is one of the more intriguing small school kids and has really shown his athleticism and skills in workouts and drills this week.

One of the most athletic tackles in this draft class, with a 5.09 40 at 6-8 310. He didn’t have a high level of competition playing for Division II Hillsdale, but he was the most dominant left tackle in all of Division II from the moment he stepped on the field and he never missed a start from week 1 of his freshman year. He’s a very intriguing prospect with good upside. He looked good at the combine and is drawing a few premature comparisons to Jared Gaither.

110. MLB/OLB Joe Pawelek (Baylor) 68

Check out these stats, in his 4 years at Baylor, Pawelek has 423 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, and 9 picks. He will fit in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 scheme at the next level, but his timed speed will hurt his draft stock.

111. CB Rafael Priest (TCU) 67

4/9/10: Didn’t run because of his foot injury. He’s still a favorite sleeper of mine, but I was expecting his foot to be healed by now.

He did an excellent job as a shutdown #1 corner for TCU. He played in 11 games and had 6 pass deflections, but only had 18 tackles. There are two ways you could possibly explain how he played that many games and had that few tackles, one, he let every receiver he guarded go for a touchdown, or two, quarterbacks rarely completed passes on him. Two is the most logical answer and it is the correct one. He didn’t have the toughest competition, but he shutdown everyone he faced. There are some concerns, how will he adjust to more athletic NFL corners, especially since Priest’s athleticism doesn’t jump off the page. He’s also small and not good against the run, but you can definitely see the upside here. He reminds me a lot of Quincy Butler, a former TCU cornerback, now of the St. Louis Rams. In his first season in the NFL, after bouncing around practice squads for years, Butler was a very good shutdown corner for the Rams this year, though in limited playing time, as opposing quarterbacks went 11 for 25 for 145 yards and a touchdown against him this year.

112. G Jon Asamoah (Illinois) 67

The best pure zone guard in this draft class, and he has the versatility to play both guard slots. He moves well for his size, but isn’t overpowering. He could run the fastest 40 of all guard prospects which means he could be a Raider next year.




113. QB Bill Stull (Pittsburgh) 66

He’s a statistical one year wonder, with a 65% completion percentage, a 8.2 YPA, and 21 touchdowns to 8 picks this year, all out of a pro style offense. If he can continue what he showed this year in the pros, and not what he did last year when he struggled badly, he could be a legit NFL signal caller.

114. WR Andre Roberts (Citadel) 66         

1/27/10: Another small school kid showing that he can play with the big boys, he may only be 5-11 180, but he’s showing excellent hustle and discipline (going to Citadel a military academy esque school will do that for yoy), but also amazing route running abilities. He doesn’t have elite NFL athleticism, but he’s looking like a mini Wes Welker this week.

A small school receiver who held his own against the big school kids at the Senior Bowl. He’s got very solid hands and, at the very least, he’ll be a solid slot guy. He’s drawing premature comparisons to Wes Welker because of his hands and his ability to contribute as a kick returner.

115. DE/RLB Austin Lane (Murray State) 66

1/27/10: First he showed up looking great at his weigh in, weighing in at 265 pounds at 6-6, adding a necessary 8-10 pounds to his frame, and to back that up, he’s looked great ob the field in practice showing that this small school kid can hang with the big boys. He has the athleticism to play rush linebacker in addition to defensive end.

The level of competition is an issue for him, but he certainly looks the part of an NFL pass rusher. He has a good refined repertoire of passing moves, but he lacks elite size and doesn’t have very fluid hips. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not he projects as a rush linebacker at the next level because he’s a little small for the trenches in the NFL.  

116. MLB Micah Johnson (Kentucky) 66              

3/1/10: He hurt his knee late last season, but chose to run the 40, which appears to be a mistake after he ran a 4.99. He can make that up with his Pro Day, but questions about the health of that knee are going to be there, which hurts him a lot because he’s a mid round prospect and, as a mid round prospect, you’re one flaw away from going in the 6th or 7th or even undrafted. For what it’s worth, 31 reps on the bench press showed his strength and what kind of player he can be when healthy.

He could have gone in the 2nd round, because of his size, 6-2 258, experience in a 3-4 at Kentucky, and the fact that he was coming off of an amazing season for a 3-4 middle linebacker with 105 tackles and a sack, but then he got hurt in his bowl game and may miss both the combine and his pro day. How teams view his injured knee could determine if he gets drafted in the 2nd or 3rd round or the 4thor 5th. He’s a prototypical 3-4 middle linebacker, but his agility and timed speed aren’t good, projected 4.74-4.78 40, so I’m not sure what other positions he’ll be able to play or if he’ll fit a 4-3 at all.

117. RLB/DE Willie Young (NC State) 66

He had eight sacks this season and has good long arms and athleticism, but at his size, 250 pounds, he’s probably only a nickel rusher in 4-3 systems, so he’ll have to try to convert to rush linebacker and I’m not yet convinced he can. He’s poor against the run, even for his size and his 40 time (4.68-4.72) isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water. 

118. TE Andrew Quarless (Penn State) 66

He is a former #1 recruit for Penn State and has amazing athleticism and great measurables, 6-5 260 high 4.6 40, so he has the potential to be a 1st round pick tight end. However, his career at Penn State was not exactly ideal, in fact quite the opposite. Arrests, probation, suspension, you name it, he had issues with it. He finally stayed out of trouble and on the field for one season, his senior season, and was able to put together a decent season with 41 catches for 536 yards and 3 touchdowns, but it may have been a case of too little too late. He’s looking at the 5th round range, but I think he’s a 4th round prospect because of his upside if he continues to improve his game and stay out of trouble.

119.WR Jacoby Ford (Clemson) 65             

2/28/10: Ford currently holds the record for fastest 40 time at the 2010 combine by running a blazing 4.28. He didn’t produce much on the field last year, but speed thrills. He should be a solid slot receiver, who can help on special teams, at the next level.

A speed demon with a 4.28 40, but I have a few concerns about his abilities to be an elite receiver at the next level. He doesn’t run great route or have great hands or do anything that receivers are supposed to do very well, except, of course run. He would be a 6th round prospect if he ran a 4.4 so I have some concerns about him being ranked 3 rounds higher just because he was .12 seconds faster than 4.4

120. CB/S Chris Cook (Virginia) 65              

3/2/10: He has free safety size, but he’s looked like a natural corner in this draft preseason, impressing as a big corner in the Senior Bowl and during Senior Bowl practices. A 4.43 40 surprised me a ton at 6-2 212 and is just the cherry on top for a guy who is quietly moving himself up very quickly. He could be a 3rd rounder.

1/30/10: I was confused about why he was invited to this game, but he proved me wrong making some nice plays and being a very tough physical cover guy. He’s still a tweener, not fluid enough to play cornerback, but not quite big enough at 6-1 210 to be a free safety, but I can see him getting drafted in the late rounds.

He’s a bit of a tweener as a free safety and a cornerback, too small for safety, not fluid enough to play safety, but he has good upside at two positions.

121. G Mitch Petrus (Arkansas) 65               

2/25/10: He benched 225 pounds 45 times. That doesn’t equate to football success necessarily, but it certainly helps. 

He’s been suspended before for academic reasons, but he’s also the same monster blocker that was getting National hype as a sophomore blocking for Felix Jones and Darren McFadden. If scouts can look past his character issues and his weaknesses against the pass, he’ll be drafted in the 4th round as a right guard.

122. MLB/OLB Jamar Chaney (Mississippi State) 64                 

3/1/10: He’s got 3-4 middle linebacker size at 242 pounds, but after running a 4.51, he’s also got 4-3 outside linebacker speed. He can really play anywhere as a linebacker in either scheme, 3-4 middle, 4-3 middle, and 4-3 outside. He also had a 39 inch vertical and a 26 reps on the bench, putting together one of the most impressive athletic displays of the day.

A very fundamentally sound linebacker who can play anywhere in a 4-3, as well as in the middle in a 3-4. He also looked extremely athletic at his Combine. He should, at the very least, be a good depth linebacker with versatility.

123. WR Dorin Dickerson (Pittsburgh) 64

2/27/10: The biggest question Dickerson has to answer is what is his position. He can produce on the field, but he’s played everything from fullback to linebacker to tight end (where he was an All-American) to wide receiver. After measuring in at 226 pounds he proved too small for the first 3 positions, but after running a 4.40 40 with 34 inch arms and benching 225 pounds 24 times, I think he could be a fairly decent wide receiver in the NFL. A 4.40 40 at 6-1 226 with that kind of strength makes him a very interesting wide receiver option for teams in the mid to late rounds.

1/26/10: Does he have a position? He played both tight end and fullback in college, but he doesn’t appear to be anywhere near big enough to play either of those at the NFL level which is a shame because of his production. His 40 time will have to be wide receiver esque for him to get drafted.

He played linebacker, full back, tight end, and wide receiver at Pittsburgh, making the All-American team as a tight end last year. However, at 6-1 226, he doesn’t have the size to play either of the first 3 positions so he would have to be a wide receiver or just a special teamer who doesn’t have a true position. However, at the combine, he ran a 4.40 showing true wide receiver speed. He has good size. He’s a good run blocker. I have some concerns about how he’ll transition full time to wide receiver, but he did run pro style routes as a tight end for Pittsburgh.

124. OT Roger Saffold (Indiana) 64

He showed great athleticism as a left tackle at the combine and was one of the better athletic tackles at Indiana for the last 3 years. In left tackle class that is weak in the 2nd-3rd round range, he could go as early as the 2nd round.

125. S Major Wright (Florida) 64

He’s an amazing athlete, as is everyone at Florida, but the on the field production didn’t match up with that. He has upside, but right now he’s not much more than that.

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