2011 NFL Draft Big Board | Top 250 Draft Prospects
With the NFL Draft less than a month away, NFL Soup has been working hard to churn out it’s Top 250 players for April. That’s right. We’re listing the Top 250 players in the NFL Draft, and giving you reports on each of them.
Every NFL team sets up their own personal “Big Board” for drafting purposes. As players are drafted, they scratch a name off of the list, and when it’s time to pick, they generally use the entire time slot to decide amongst two-three individuals before finally making their selection.
So without further ado, NFL Soup presents it’s Top 250 NFL Draft Prospects for 2011!
1. Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU*- 6’0 1/4 219
Peterson is one of the most special players in this draft. At 6’1 220, he’s a big cornerback who could also play free safety in the NFL. He’s excellent against the run, and he’s got an excellent change of direction ability. Peterson also has the hands of a wide receiver, and is an excellent return man. It’s not often that you see a true cornerback that has top five talent, but Peterson is one of them. Peterson will excel in man coverage, but does need to improve his instincts.
2. Marcell Dareus, DE, Alabama*- 6’3 1/8 319
Talk about a dominant big man up front, Marcel Dareus is a prototype 3-4 defensive end at the next level. He already plays the position at Alabama and is an impact player. He eats up blockers, and is very strong, often forcing double teams. He moves well laterally, and is a force against the run. With a lot of teams running a 3-4 in the NFL, Dareus will be coveted heavily.
3. A.J. Green, WR, Georgia*- 6’3 5/8 211
There’s not much you can’t say about A.J. Green. He’s one of the most talented players in the nation, and has great size at 6’4 192 pounds. Green is a speedy wide receiver who runs excellent routes, with excellent control of his body for making easy and tough catches. He can beat even the fastest of cornerbacks, and gets excellent separation. Some maturity issues are a small concern, but if he really wants to be dominant, then he needs to get stronger and get a bit better fighting for the ball. He’s still a the top option at wide receiver.
4. Von Miller, DE, Texas A&M- 6’2 5/8 246
Miller is quite the stud, and while he hasn’t been as amazing as he was in 2009, he’s still a surefire 1st round pick. He already played in a 3-4 defense at TAMU, and his pass rushing ability is fantastic. He’s very athletic, and can make plays all over the field. He’s also very underrated against the run, and I have no doubt that he could play 4-3 outside linebacker as well, but he’d be a better fit in the 3-4.
5. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri*- 6’4 3/8 234
Gabbert is rising on a lot of draft boards, and there’s good reason to. He’s got a pretty strong arm, and is exceptional making passes toward the sidelines. Like Cam Newton, he needs work throwing to the middle of the field, as he isn’t as good at threading the needle, but with improved accuracy, he could be a very good quarterback at the next level. Gabbert also does well making plays with his feet, although he does tend to get happy feet in the pocket. He has an excellent throwing motion and quick release, and is just a year or two from being coaches up to be a top notch quarterback.
6. Cam Newton, QB, Auburn*- 6’5 2548
Cam Newton has come out of nowhere to lead a talented Auburn team to the top of the NCAA rankings. What makes Newton special is his versatility. Newton is a threat in the passing game, and he makes huge plays on the run. Most scrambling quarterbacks tend to struggle throwing the ball, but Newton puts good zip on his passes and has surprisingly nice accuracy. When he sets his feet he’s a threat to make a deep throw down field, but he could work on throwing to the middle of the field.
7. Julio Jones, WR, Alabama*- 6’2 3/4 220
Jones is the biggest competition for A.J. Green in the top spot. What makes Jones so special is his possession ability. He has excellent size at 6’4 220, and he fights corners for the football. He’s tough after the catch and is fast enough to beat receivers down the field. He’s excellent catching the ball in the middle of the field, as well as making tight sideline catches. His biggest flaw is his concentration. He often drops the easier passes and makes the tougher catches. While his college statistics are nothing to write home about, he suffers thanks to a heavy rushing attack by the Crimson Tide, but Jones always comes through when needed.
8. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn*- 6’3 7/8 291
You have to love what Fairley has done in 2010 to solidify his draft status as a first rounder. He is a dominant penetrating defensive tackle with great quickness and first step despite being nearly 300 pounds. Fairley is inexperienced at the NCAA level only starting for one full season in 2010. He has a good motor and doesn’t take plays off. Fairley will most likely be a Top Five pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
9. Cameron Jordan, DE, California- 6’3 7/8 287
Jordan is a guy who could easily be a top 10 pick, as he has loads of potential as a penetrator in the NFL. He’s played defensive tackle and defensive end at Cal, and has excelled doing both. He’s a strong, bull rusher who can rip through even the better offensive lineman to get into the backfield. He moves well laterally, and should be an option to play as a 3-4 defensive end.
10. Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska- 6’0 206
That makes two years in a row that we have a Nebraska defender in the top 10 with a name we can’t pronounce. All jokes aside, Amukamara is one of the most talented players on a tough Nebraska defense. He’s very fluid when changing direction, and gets a great jam off of the line of scrimmage. He’s an excellent wrap up tackler, making him an ideal commodity in run support as well. Amukamara and Patrick Peterson are almost right next to each other in terms of overall talent and upside, and you can’t go wrong with either corner.
11. Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado- 6’2 1/4 211
Smith is one of the most athletic corners in this draft. He’s got ideal size, and is a physical player. He is a stud against the run, making great wrap up tackles, even in the open field. He gets a great jam at the line in press coverage, and plays the ball very well when it’s in the air. He plays a bit stiff at times, and could afford to improve his change of direction. He also has very good play recognition skills.
12. Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson*- 6’4 280
Bowers is one of the most athletic 280+ pound players in the NCAA. He’s strong enough for a bull rush on an offensive tackle, and he’s quick enough to get around the edge. He’s strictly a 4-3 defensive end. I do question his ability to play in space, which is why 3-4 outside linebacker is a bit of a reach. Bowers is very tough against the run, and is one of the best penetrators in the nation. His lingering knee issues keeps him from breaking the Top 5.
13. Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama*- 5’9 1/8 215
What can you say about the 5’11 215 pound junior running back? Ingram is a tough north/south runner with good acceleration. He’s also an effective blocker in third down situations, and is a true every down back in the NFL. He doesn’t run out of bounds and can take the hard hits, throwing the shoulder into opposing defenders and bruising them. He can break a long touchdown at any time and has the hands to catch the ball out of the backfield. Ingram’s initial explosiveness is one of the biggest things that makes him such a special runner.
14. Tyron Smith, T, USC*- 6’5 307
Many people have fallen in love with Smith. While some think he should have returned back to school, one can’t fail to see just how big of upside he has. Smith is a bit undersized, but uses excellent athleticism as well as surprising strength to effectively play his position. Physically, he has more room to grow, and is a bit of a workout warrior. Comparisons of 2010 3rd round pick Bruce Campbell arise, in terms of overall athleticism and potential. He’s excellent in pass protection, and doesn’t get a bad push in the run game. He is quite the project in the NFL, but will benefit most in a zone blocking scheme.
15. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin*- 6’5 3/8 290
Watt is a bullying defensive end who really has made a big impact in the run for the Badgers in 2010. He’s not a bad pass rusher, and does a great job getting his arms in the air to bat balls down. Watt is very strong, and gets a good jump off of the ball. For a big guy, he moves down the line well, but is best in forcing double teams. He’s an ideal 3-4 defensive end prospect at the next level.
16. Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri**- 6’4 1/4 263
Smith has been a force as a pass rusher in Missouri. Smith is very quick, and has a great move to the outside, utilizing his speed to get around the edge and force pressure on the quarterback. He could afford to get stronger, and plays a bit stiff at times. He’s very raw, which is why he should stay in school for another season. He could be a dominant 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level and has plenty of room to grow.
17. Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia*- 6’2 7/8 270
Houston has had a breakout Junior campaign and has been the heart and soul of the Georgia pass rush. Houston looks like he could be a pure pass rusher in a 3-4 defense, but there’s no doubt he can stick to defensive end at the next level. He gets a good push off the ball, often bull rushing his opponent. Houston should go in the Top 20, as he’s very talented, and his stock may not get much higher.
18. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois*- 6’2 1/8 299
Liuget is a strong, bull rushing defensive tackle who gets in the backfield and makes tackles. He’s very underrated, and under-appreciated. He’s a force against the run, and is solid when rushing the passer from the inside. He’s a natural two gap penetrating defensive tackle who has played some end. He lost some weight before 2010 season, and improved athletically. Liuget has an excellent motor, and doesn’t give up on plays, however he tends to lose steam as the game progresses. At times he looks unconditioned, and past weight problems could hurt his draft stock.
19. Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College- 6’7 311
Castonzo is one of the most athletic tackles in the draft. A four year starter, Castonzo has developed into a dominating tackle in pass protection. His athleticism helps him deal with even the quickest of rushers. He lacks push in the run game as his strength is quite average, but that can be improved with an NFL strength and conditioning program. He looks to be one of the top offensive tackles off the board in April.
20. Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State- 6’5 294
The son of the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Cameron is a big bodied run stuffer with some pass rush ability. His best fit at the next level is as a 3-4 defensive end. Like Cam Jordan, he’s played defensive tackle, and end in his career at Ohio State and has been a force in the run game. He moves well in pursuit of the quarterback, doing a great job in contain on the edge. Heyward could be a first round pick, but his stock has slipped as he hasn’t been as dominant in 2010.
21. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue- 6’3 7/8 267
Kerrigan is a pass rushing defensive end who uses his strength and his quickness off of the ball to penetrate the backfield. His athleticism makes him somewhat limited in coverage, which is why his best fit is probably in a 4-3. He plays a lot like former Purdue defender Ray Edwards who is now a stud for the Vikings. He does very well in contain, and gets a good push against the run.
22. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina*- 6’4 265
It’s hard to tell how well Quinn will perform after not playing a down in 2010 thanks to the Player/Agent scandal with North Carolina. However, there is no questioning his physical ability. The 6’5 270 pound defensive end has an excellent motor and ACC offensive lineman have had trouble stopping his speed rush. Quinn is one of the most athletic prospects for 2011, and he could really make some noise in the NFL with a little more strength. He looks to be an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker candidate, especially if he can improve in coverage.
23. Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple*- 6’4 1/8 315
When you think of the term run stuffer, Wilkerson comes right to mind. The big defensive tackle is a tackling machine and doesn’t let much get past him. He’s a solid penetrator that can get to the quarterback, but his strength is what really allows him to get a great push against the interior line. Wilkerson’s best bet is to play in a 3-4 defense where he can utilize his strength and double team ability at the most. He could play both nose tackle and defensive end, most likely, as he’s surprisingly versatile.
24. Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin- 6’7 314
Carimi is a top three offensive tackle on most peoples’ draft boards. But he’s falling a bit on mine. The more I watch him, the more I see that his future may be at right tackle in the NFL. He’s a mauling tackle who paves the way for running backs, and does a great job capping the end, allowing the runner to cut off of his back. He’s not the most athletic tackle and he struggles against speed rushers. He doesn’t do a great job of punching the defender off the snap, and tends to get to close, forcing himself to get his arms behind the defender potentially causing a holding call.
25. Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor- 6’3 1/4 334
How about those Baylor Bears? Taylor lead a solid Baylor defensive line with pure strength. He takes up a lot of space and forces double teams consistently. His ceiling is as a pure 3-4 nose tackle at the next level. He’s kept control of weight issues over the last 1-2 seasons as well, which is exciting to see for NFL scouts.
26. Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fl.)*- 5’9 1/2 191
Harris is another speedy corner who excels in man coverage. He’s not the most physical player, but he can help in run support when needed. Harris has an excellent backpedal and can change direction quickly. Harris has high upside, as he’s somewhat raw, but is very talented and is quite coachable. He could use work in making tackles in the open field, and could improve in reading and reacting.
27. Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa- 6’2 5/8 281
Clayborn is another quick defensive end who really does well shooting down the line making a play on runners going the opposite direction. He’s very stout against the run, and does a great job of slapping the tackle’s hands down and getting a good push against the pass. He moves well laterally, but needs work on wrapping up and finishing plays, often trying to make arm tackles. He could be a good fit playing a five technique at the next level with a little more strength.
28. Nate Solder, T, Colorado- 6’8 1/4 319
Solder is quite the physical specimen. He stands tall at 6’9, and is very strong, getting great push in the run game. His quick feet allow him to stay in front of his opponent in pass protection, and his long arms allow him to punch the defender with ease. The former tight end has started in every game since 2008 since bulking up and moving to left tackle.
29. DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson- 6’0 1/8 217
NFL teams have to be drooling over McDaniel who is one of the most dominant safeties in the nation. He’s very experienced, as he has started since his freshman year at Clemson, and he’s made a big impact in the Tiger secondary. McDaniel is a great wrap up tackler, and reads plays well, often getting to the ball carrier quickly, and getting off blocks. He’s a great zone defender, and is a ball hawk. He can hit you hard, and make you lose the ball. He’s just an overall stud, and should be a first round draft pick. Some questions about character could hurt his stock a touch.
30. Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh- 6’2 7/8 264
Sheard could be the next Kamerion Wimbley, Derrick Harvey, or Tyson Alualu, as guys who come out of nowhere to become first round picks. Sheard is a big, agile defensive end who has the athleticism to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Sheard is solid against the run, and while he lacks a great inside, move, he does well using his hands to get off of the block. He’s a pure pass rusher who has the ability to make a huge impact immediately.
31. Mike Pouncey, G, Florida- 6’5 303
Pouncey is playing center in his senior campaign and is struggling with the transition. Although his blocking hasn’t been terrible, he’s had problems in popping up right after the snap, and it’s led to fumbles for Florida. He’ll switch back to guard in the NFL and be a force in the run game. He gets great leverage and stands up defenders well, keeping them from pushing him back.
32. Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa- 6’3 3/4 283
Ballard is quickly rising up draft boards with his play in 2010. He’s a versatile lineman, playing both defensive tackle, and defensive end. He’s excellent in contain as an end, and just needs to work on his strength to become a great five technique player in a 3-4 defense. Ballard is a penetrator, and moves very well laterally. He could be taken before fellow Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn.
33. Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois*- 5’11 227
LeShoure is a big back in the mold of his predecessor Rashard Mendenhall. He is tough between the tackles, but lacks ideal speed. Regardless, he’s not an easy back to take down, and his stock has increased heavily. He had an excellent bowl game, and carried Illinois to a winning season and a bowl win. He could be a solid work horse at the next level.
34. Brooks Reed, DE/OLB, Arizona- 6’2 1/2 263
Reed is one of the big time workout warriors in the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s very strong, and very fast for a 260 pound defensive end. He has the athleticism to make the transition to the 3-4 as an outside linebacker at the next level, but his strength, and bull rushing pass rush ability makes him ideal for the 4-3. Reed is one of the hardest working athletes in the nation.
35. Marcus Cannon, T/G, TCU- 6’5 358
Cannon is an offensive tackle right now, but his best play could come at guard in the NFL. He is athletic enough to play both guard and tackle positions and has quick feet to guard against even the quickest defenders. He rarely gives up sacks and is a big reason for Andy Dalton’s success. He’s one of the most NFL ready offensive lineman in the draft. Cannon excels in the passing game, and could bolster the run game for many teams.
36. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh*- 6’4 3/8 228
Jon Baldwin is an intimidating wide receiver, at 6’5 230 pounds. Some collegiate tight ends are smaller than him. He has excellent hands and body control, as he’s also a very strong wide receiver. For being such a big wide out, his downfield ability is limited, however, there is huge upside. He’s got solid speed, but needs to learn to better create separation from corner backs. Baldwin’s hands make him a top prospect, still, as he can catch well and runs very well after the catch.
37. Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina- 6’2 241
Carter is one of the most instinctive linebackers in college football. His ability to read and react is incredible, as is his knowledge of the game. He’s very well rounded, and could play all three linebacker positions in a 4-3 scheme. He’s a very quick, sideline to sideline tackler, who does well in wrapping up. Carter could easily be the first linebacker off the board, but he’s restricted to a 4-3 defense.
38. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State- 6’1 1/4 303
Paea is a very athletic defensive tackle who uses his quickness to penetrate the offensive line consistently. He takes up double teams quite often despite not being the biggest tackle, and his strength is exceptional. He’s a pure wrap up tackler who needs to stay healthy in order to prove that he’s as good as advertised.
39. Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA*- 5’11 3/4 202
Moore is an extremely athletic play maker who leads the UCLA defense. Moore has been a three year starter, and broke out even more in his sophomore season when he recorded 10 interceptions. Moore is one of the best zone safeties in the nation. He also has the speed and hips to play in man coverage on a slot receiver, and could probably play corner at the next level. He’s not a very good tackler often not being very aggressive and taking bad angles, however.
40. Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas*- 6’6 3/4 253
Mallett is a big, strong armed quarterback. Mallett stands tall in the pocket and delivers throws all over the field, but really has a knack for finding his receivers deep. He’s greatly improved his accuracy in the middle of the field, and zips the ball on a rope to his receivers. His deep ball accuracy could improve, but in one on one situation’s, he generally doesn’t fail. He’s a risk taker down the field, sometimes a bit too confident in his arm, but that can be improved. He threw for an outstanding 9.0 per attempt in 2009.
41. Aaron Williams, CB, Texas*- 5’11 204
Williams is the ideal zone coverage cornerback and has first round talent. He has a fluid back pedal, and has quick hips. Williams is an above average tackler, often involved in blitz packages as well. Williams could afford to improve in man on coverage, and jam the receivers, but he has the build to excel if that’s what he plays more of in the NFL. He does a good job in play recognition as well.
42. Titus Young, WR, Boise State- 5’11 3/8 174
This wide receiver class is lined with guys who can out run entire defenses. Young is another one of those smaller guys who excels in the return game and was heavily utilized in quick slants and screen passes. He’s excellent after the catch and makes defenders miss in the open field.
43. Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois*- 6’4 250
Wilson started off playing more outside linebacker at Illinois. He injured his neck that cost him all but the first game of the 2009 season, but has become a force switching to middle backer in 2010. Wilson has great size and strength, and knows how to tackle. He could afford to learn to read and react better, and plays soft at times, but his potential is huge. He could be a great 3-4 inside linebacker if a coach can get him to play to the max every play.
44. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Fl.)- 6’1 1/2 209
Hankerson is a lanky receiver who is as sure-handed as they come. Hankerson broke out in 2009, and has followed up with a stellar senior campaign despite mediocre quarterback play. He’s an excellent red zone threat, although he tends to catch the ball with his body moreso than his hands, which is something that NFL coaching will have to fix.
45. Ben Ijalana, T/G, Villanova – 6’3 5/8 317
Ijalana is one of the best interior line prospects in this draft. He’s severely underrated do to playing in the FCS, but he is best known for his ability in the passing game. He has good strength in the run game, and finishes blocks quickly to get to the next level. He’s a fantastic overall guard with great leverage and balance, beating up on even the biggest and strongest defensive tackles in the game.
46. Drake Nevis, DT, LSU- 6’0 5/8 294
Nevis has really come into his own in 2010. He has turned into a dominant penetrating defensive tackle often disrupting the backfield and making a tackle for loss. He’s not easy to block as he is fairly strong. However, his athleticism and lateral ability is what separates him from most of the defensive tackles in the SEC.
47. Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland*- 6’0 7/8 204
Smith has made a name for himself with his speed down the field. He has excellent hands, and gets a good release off of the snap. He’s not the most physical receiver, but he creates separation, and can make big plays all over the field, especially after the catch.
48. Jake Locker, QB, Washington- 6’3 230
This 6’3 230 pound specimen is one of the most talented players in college football. He puts good zip on the ball, really doing well with the short-intermediate routes. He’s improved each season, and with a bit more accuracy he will become an elite NFL quarterback. We want to see Locker set his feet and throw more, however. He has the arm, and he can throw the ball with accuracy, but he’s often throwing on the run, and forcing the ball in some instances. He’s been known to miss wide open receivers, often over thinking the throw, but the upside is as good as anybody else in the draft.
49. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame*- 6’6 1/8 259
It’s tough to question Rudolph’s ability, as he’s one of the most athletic tight ends in all of college football. While he’s not the fastest tight end, he does have solid speed for a guy his size, but his best asset is his hands. He’s very reliable all over the field, and runs routes like a wide receiver. A season ending hamstring injury cut his junior campaign short, but in a weak tight end class, he could still come out and be the first tight end off of the board, despite a plethora of injury issues.
50. Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA*- 6’2 1/2 254
Ayers is one of my favorite prospects in all of college football. He’s so athletic for such a thick player, and he has great instincts at the outside linebacker position. He can rush the passer, keep contain on the outside when lined up at defensive end, and he can cover. He has the versatility to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. If he goes to a 3-4, look for him to be more of a utility linebacker, a la Mike Vrabel.
51. Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State- 6’5 3/8 321
The Mississippi State product is one of the most well rounded tackles in the nation. He’s got quick feet, and gets a good push in the running game. His athleticism allows him to shut down many of the quick pass rushers in the SEC, and he does a good job punching defensive ends and maintaining separation. Sherrod could easily be the a first round pick, although he could afford to bulk up a slight bit and gain strength, but that’s just nitpicking.
52. Rodney Hudson, G/C, Florida State- 6’2 299
Hudson is a great talent and has helped bolster what could be the best left side of the offensive line in college football with Andrew Datko. Despite his lack of weight, which is a big of a concern, he’s got good strength and does well standing up defensive tackles using his leverage to his advantage. Hudson is also solid in pass protection, as few defenders have gotten through him to register a sack. He needs to bulk up a bit and maintain his athleticism. His versatility will only help his draft stock as he can play both guard positions as well as center.
53. Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina- 6’1 5/8 309
To open up the season, Marvin Austin looked like a surefire Top 10 pick. He was dismissed from the UNC football team after being investigated for receiving benefits from NFL Agents. But Austin’s talent just cannot be ignored. He has an excellent blend of size and quickness, as well as strength. Austin can penetrate backfields, but he’s so strong he often requires a double team. Austin is a pure 4-3 tackle that could also move to a five technique at the next level. Character concerns are what may make him slide into the second or even third rounds, but it’s likely that a team takes a chance based on his talent alone.
54. Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina- 6’2 215
Williams is a top notch safety who starred on a North Carolina defense with a ton of talent. Williams has fantastic size for the safety position, and he is a defensive play maker. The term “ballhawk” comes to mind when talking about Williams who seems to be where the ball is. He’s excellent in covering in zone situations, and can hold with his man in man coverage situations. He needs to work on wrapping up, as he’s not the most sure tackler, but he’s got a lot of room to grow.
55. Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State- 6’3 313
You may recognize the last name as he’s from a fantastic football pedigree. Wisniewski has the ability to play guard or center at the next level. He’s not an overly strong player, but he is very smart, and does a great job of being the lower man at the point of attack. He should have no problem bulking up with a bit of room to grow, but he could become a top notch center or guard at the next level.
56. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State- 5’7 1/4 199
Hunter is sneaking up on 2011 draft boards with his exceptional running ability. While he’s on the small side, he has a lot of positives that will make him a coveted running back in April. Hunter is very quick, and shifty, and his best attribute is his patience in letting the blockers set up. He has a fantastic burst off the plant, often cutting off of a block, and excelling up the field quickly, making defenders miss. Hunter’s pass blocking ability can’t be frowned upon either as he has shown a nice ability to stay in and protect on passing downs.
57. Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia- 6’1 3/8 198
Dowling is a physical corner who has put on a show when he’s healthy enough to stay on the field. Durability is somewhat of a concern, but production is not. Dowling is more of a zone cornerback, and will have to face slightly slower receivers in the NFL. He doesn’t have great speed, but he makes up for that with a good football IQ. He isn’t afraid to make a tackle, and is great in run support. He needs to become more fluid when changing direction.
58. Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina- 6’2 235
Sturdivant is one of the most reliable tacklers in the nation. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with athleticism and versatility. Sturdy Sturdivant has the ability to make plays all over the field. Most likely his fit is as an OLB or ILB in a 4-3 defense, but he could bulk up and play as a coverage outside linebacker in a 3-4, but that’s a long shot. Sturdivant hasn’t had trouble with injuries, and is one of the best linebackers in the nation.
59. Ahmad Black, SS, Florida- 5’9 185
Black is an extremely athletic, big hitting strong safety which has excelled with the Gators. He is excellent in reacting to the play, and makes plays against the run on a regular basis. His height is one of the biggest factors keeping him from being a first round talent. The good news is that he will be coveted by many teams despite his height and could still move into the second round. He should fare quite well in the combine as he’s very fast also.
60. Jeron Johnson, CB/S, Boise State- 5’11 195
Johnson has been an underappreciated part of an underrated Boise State defense. While Kellen Moore and the offense gets all the love, Johnson is busy on the defensive side making plays against the run, and keeping receivers from making big plays. Johnson isn’t the biggest defender, but he can hit you hard. He’s a bit of a liability in man coverage, but has excellent overall instincts.
61. Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech**- 5’9 3/8 212
Williams is a surprisingly powerful runner with the speed to break a play outside. He has excellent hands out of the backfield as well. Williams does a nice job hitting the hole and using his vision to gain extra yardage. His speed doesn’t seem to be where is was as a freshman, but he if he can get that back, he could be a steal in the late second or third round.
62. Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State- 5’11 1/4 187
Brown is one of the faster receivers in college football. He’s excellent down the field, and can make plays after the catch. His hands need a little bit of work, but he gets great separation and uses his speed to make defenders miss.
63. Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin- 6’2 7/8 243
Kendricks is another athletic tight end in this draft class who has a lot of experience in Wisconsin. Kendricks has good ability to run after the catch, and has reliable hands. He doesn’t see as many receptions as he’d like as the Badgers aren’t a huge passing team, but he makes plays when his number is called.
64. Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State- 6’0 1/4 230
One of the most physically gifted players in the NCAA, Thomas can do it all. He can run, he can catch, and he can run the ball down your throat. With another great season for the mediocre Kansas State Wildcats, Thomas could solidify himself as a top running back in the entire nation, and potentially end up a 1st round pick. He’s extremely talented, and runs hard. He’s very quick, and slippery, but is also very good between the tackles.
65. Clint Boling, T/G, Georgia- 6’4 1/2 308
Boling is a versatile lineman with solid footwork. He struggles off the snap with his dropstep in pass protection, but uses his hands well. His best bet may be to switch to guard in the NFL. He does a nice job getting underneath his opponents pads, however.
66. Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky*- 5’10 1/4 191
Cobb is a versatile player that Kentucky is going to miss. He ran the ball, and he caught everything that was thrown his way. He’s an electrifying play maker who can line up all over the field and is extremely athletic. Cobb may follow in the footsteps of guys like Brad Smith, Antwan Randle El, etc.
67. Davon House, CB, New Mexico State- 6’0 1/2 200
House is a speedy corner who has excellent size for the position. He’s quick to read and react, and is a ball hawk, but can get over confident in attacking the ball, sometimes giving up a big play. He will excel in zone coverage as a CB2 in the NFL. House isn’t the best tackler, and often gets caught out of position. The upside is there, but while he’s athletic, he relies on it too heavily at times. His lack of great competition is somewhat worrisome.
68. Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor- 6’3 3/8 310
Watkins has been a nice surprise for Baylor fans. Watkins is 27 years old, but he’s still playing like he’s 20. He’s got a very wide upper body and he’s very strong. He is solid in both pass protection as well as getting to the second level in the run game. He’s very strong, and gets good leverage on even the strongest defensive tackles. He has quick feet, and is a very hard worker.
69. Shane Vereen, RB, California*- 5’10 1/4 210
Shane Vereen is almost identical to Jahvid Best in terms of overall ability. He’s an excellent open field runner and is a threat to make a play catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s blessed with exceptional speed, and has a knack for making defenders miss. He needs a bit of work in pass protection, but in a two running back league, he could fill a big role for many teams.
70. Chykie Brown, CB, Texas- 5’11 1/4 190
If you can’t already tell, the Texas secondary has been stacked in the last few years, and actually well before that also. Brown isn’t the most athletic, or physical corner, but he’s smart. He could slide further down boards because he doesn’t excel at any one thing. He’s a mediocre tackler, and solid in zone coverage. His lack of great speed doesn’t make him an ideal candidate to cover man on.
71. D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas- 6’2 1/8 245
If you haven’t noticed, the trend here is athleticism among the tight ends, and it doesn’t stop here. Williams is a better receiving tight end in the middle of the field, and is a surprisingly good deep option. He can also run after the catch, and has been a big reason for Mallett’s success. He could get separation better in the red zone, but he’s an efficient blocker as well.
72. Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State- 6’2 229
I have Ponder a bit lower on my board than many others do. I don’t think Ponder is a bad quarterback at all, but his decision making really makes him a risky quarterback at the next level. Ponder has good sideline accuracy, but he doesn’t have a very strong arm, and doesn’t put much zip on the football. He is great in eluding the pass rush, and making plays on the run, but I want to see better decisions out of the guy. He’s a short-intermediate passer who rarely makes a big play. In 2010, his longest pass play has been just 41 yards. But the upside is there as he’s very coachable, and intelligent.
73. Andy Dalton, QB, TCU- 6’3 220
It’s not often that a TCU quarterback becomes a legit draft option, but Dalton has a lot of upside. While Dalton makes quite a few plays downfield, it’s his accuracy that really stands out. He seems to make the necessary plays late in the game that gives TCU the extra boost. He’s a smart passer and more of a game manager than anything, but he could be a solid option at the next level. He’s highly underrated, and his football IQ is fantastic. He has the intangibles to succeed and appears to be an excellent leader.
74. Jordan Todman, RB, UConn*- 5’8 7/8 203
Todman is a smaller, tough runner between the tackles. He hits hard, and can make plays out of the backfield. His production has been great in a rush heavy UConn offense. He won’t outrun NFL defenses, but his vision, and ability to fight for the extra yards makes him a solid pickup in the second-third rounds.
75. Colin McCarthy, LB, Miami (Fl)- 6’1 238
McCarthy is another one of those quicker, more athletic linebackers in Miami. McCarthy isn’t the best tackler, but he does well in pursuit, and at least helps slow the ball carrier down. He’s better in coverage overall, and could be more of a situational linebacker at the next level. He could afford to bulk up a bit.
76. Curtis Brown, CB, Texas- 5’11 5/8 185
Perhaps the corner with the most potential to move up on draft boards is Brown. He’s an exceptional athlete with great speed, who plays well in zone coverage. He’s a play maker who is a threat to return an interception for a touchdown at anytime. Brown could sneak into the top of the second round, as he may be the corner with the highest ceiling outside Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara.
77. Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma- 6’1 200
Carter may not be the biggest safety, but he sure can hit you. He’s not as fast as NFL teams would like to see, but he’s quick, and makes up for not being the most athletic player with his football IQ. He takes great angles while tackling, and covering, and he covers quite a bit of ground. He needs work wrapping up consistently, and doesn’t play with a lot of aggression.
78. DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma- 5’11 5/8 207
Murray is a fast running back, and he’s a very special player. However, he hasn’t been able to have the success that Oklahoma has wanted after suffering injuries in his freshman and sophomore seasons. Even then, he averaged over 5 yards a carry (6 yards per carry as a redshirt freshman), and got into the end zone quite a bit. Murray is excellent out of the backfield as a receiver and could easily be the best overall running back in this class. His health issues are reminiscent of former Top 10 pick, Adrian Peterson, as he has been known to have nagging injuries.
79. Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina- 5’9 3/8 186
Burney is a great athlete, and was a great corner for the Tar Heels. He missed some time in 2010 thanks to being suspended from the Agent Scandal, and has been a bit rusty. Burney is a solid overall player. He plays well in man coverage, getting a good jam at the line, and has quick feet. He’s a top notch tackler but his height brings up a bit of a concern. He doesn’t have good straight line speed, but he does a nice job changing direction and shutting down the quick slant.
80. Ricardo Lockette, WR, Fort Valley State- 6’2 1/8 211
Lockette is blessed with great size with excellent speed. Not a big-time college performer. Fairly raw and inexperienced. Injury history is a concern.
81. Virgil Green, TE, Nevada- 6’3 3/8 249
Green is one of the most under appreciated tight ends in this NFL Draft. He’s a big, soft handed receiving tight end who uses his athletic skills to his advantage. He’s an excellent red zone tight end, and he runs routes well. He’s good enough to stay in and block, although he could use improvement.
82. Greg Little- North Carolina- 6’3 220
This running back turned receiver still needs a lot of work, as he is very raw. He’s a physical wide receiver that fights for balls thrown his way. He needs to work on looking the ball into his hands.
As a corner, Gilchrist is a bit raw. 2010 marked his first season playing the position, after playing more safety earlier at Clemson. He has good speed, and has a good football IQ. He is a solid tackler, and plays bigger than his size. He could afford to improve in man coverage, and may have to play in a zone scheme at the next level.
84. Cliff Matthews, DE/OLB, South Carolina- 6’3 1/2 257
Matthews is a very quick pass rusher, who uses his hands well to get to the quarterback. He’s got the speed around the edge to beat even the best offensive tackles and makes for a nice 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. He could afford to get a bit stronger and add an inside move when rushing the passer, but he has the athleticism to make the transition and be somewhat effective in coverage as well.
85. Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada- 6’6 230
Kaepernick’s run and shoot ability is fantastic at Nevada. Unfortunately, that’s not the sort of offense that’s run in the NFL often. He makes a lot of plays with his feet, and in the air, as his big frame isn’t easily knocked down. As a drop back passer, Kaepernick has seemed to improve, however. He does a nice job when he has to set his feet, and can make all of the NFL throws with his arm strength. His size is excellent, and he’s a play maker that could make a nice impact in the NFL with more knowledge of the offense, and ability to recognize different coverage packages.
86. Jerrell Jernigan, WR, Troy- 5’8 7/8 185
Troy’s all-purpose receiver can run the ball well, and catch even better. He’s a threat to take it to the house on every touch, but lacks ideal size.
87. Brandon Burton, CB, Utah*- 5’11 5/8 190
Burton is a quick corner who plays above average in both zone and man coverage. He isn’t spectacular in either, but his speed suggests that he could excel more in man. He gets a good jam in press coverage, and is fluid when changing direction. He is a solid wrap up tackler, but doesn’t really sacrifice himself to make a play, and will get pushed back by receivers. He doesn’t play with much aggression.
88. Jerrell Powe, DT, Mississippi*- 6’1 3/4 335
Powe is a very strong defensive tackle that holds the point of attack well. He will end up as a nose tackle in either a 3-4 or 4-3 as he is versatile. He’s surprisingly quick for his size as well, but he uses his hands well and gets a good push off of the ball. He does tend to take plays off at times, and isn’t always reliable to stay on the field for most of the game, but that’s something that a great strength and conditioning coach could fix.
89. John Moffitt, G, Wisconsin- 6’4 319
Moffitt is a big time mauler who punishes opposing defensive tackles. He gets low, and keeps his hands inside getting a big time push, paving the way for the talented backs of Wisconsin. His footwork could use some work in the pass, as he tends to stand straight up in pass protection. Moffitt’s agility allows him to move well laterally on pulls. With the talent in front of him, a first round projection is doubtful as he’s best off at the end of the 2nd round.
90. Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State- 6’2 5/8 209
For what Pettis lacks in top end speed, he makes up in route running and reliable hands. He’s not an easy guy to tackle either, and he does a very nice job using his body to snag passes out of the air.
91. Anthony Gray, DT, Southern Miss 6’0 320
If you haven’t noticed, the trend right now is 3-4 nose tackles, and Gray is another big guy who gets a good push playing the zero and one technique. Gray gets double teamed regularly helping to free up the linebackers to make tackles.
92. Kelvin Sheppard, ILB, LSU- 6’3 245
Sheppard is one of the better tacklers out of all the linebackers in the nation, and he’s the leader of a strong LSU defense. Sheppard has started in games since he was a redshirt freshman, and he has a knack for finding the ball and making a play. He needs work in coverage, and he could afford to bulk up and shed blocks better, but he’s still got a lot of room to grow.
93. Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada- 6’1 3/8 248
Moch is one of the most athletic defensive end/linebackers in the NCAA. He’s very fast, and gets up the field in a hurry as a pass rusher. His size is undesireable as a defensive end, and will most likely be a 3-4 outside linebacker as a pure/situational pass rusher. He could be taken in the mid rounds as a project 4-3 outside linebacker as well purely based on athleticism, but that’s a long shot.
94. Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State- 5’11 3/4 191
Chekwa is a pure athlete. He plays a lot slower than his actual forty time is, but he is solid as a press corner, playing physical, and not being afraid to make a tackle. He’s a liability in zone coverage, and doesn’t have very good change of direction ability.
You’ll see Bailey a bit higher on many other lists, but I question his ability to stop the run. Bailey is a very good pass rusher as a 4-3 defensive end. Despite his size, he lacks the strength to be a true 3-4 defensive end, and should stick to a 4-3 scheme. He’s athletic for a guy his size and gets a good push in the pass game. He could easily move into the first round, but he needs to get a bit stronger at the point of attack and get off of the snap a bit faster.
96. James Carpenter, T, Alabama- 6’4 1/2 321
James Carpenter took over for Andre Smith in 2009, and has done a reasonable job bolstering the run game. Carpenter has above average strength and has good leverage in the passing game but is just average in both aspects.
97. Joseph Barksdale, T, LSU- 6’4 7/8 325
While Barksdale is a solid pass protector, his best feature comes in the run game. He’s excellent in getting to the second level, using his athleticism in space in the running game. It’s hard to really get a feeling for his ability in pass protection with a scrambling quarterback at the helm lately. But he’s a good right tackle prospect with left side potential with enough work. His footwork is a bit sloppy in pass protection.
98. Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson- 6’4 310
You have to love what Jenkins brings to the table. Unfortunately, playing for Clemson and being overshadowed by DaQuan Bowers doesn’t help Jenkins garner a ton of attention. But Jenkins is a force in his own way. He’s a strong defensive tackle that can get in the backfield and break up a play. He’s tall and he’s quick as well. Jenkins and Bowers both command double teams, and Jenkins may be able to move to a 3-4 defensive end at the next level. He could improve his play laterally.
99. Mason Foster, LB, Washington- 6’1 1/4 245
Foster is a very solid tackler who leads a mediocre Washington Huskies defense. He has good sideline to sideline speed, and can read and react. However, he struggles to get physical, and can’t seem to get off of blocks. He’s a big time project in the middle rounds, but has a decent ceiling.
100. Tyler Sash, SS, Iowa*- 6’0 211
Another underclassman likely to stay in school is Sash, who is one of the most underrated safeties in coverage. Despite not being extremely fast or athletic, he is smart and instinctive. He doesn’t get caught staring in the backfield and knows his assignments. He’s a ball hawk, and can make plays after an interception. Sash is also a nice tackler who helps out in run support.
101. Robert Sands, FS, West Virginia*- 6’5 225
When you see Robert Sands in the NFL Combine, be ready to say “Wow”. He’s got very solid athletic ability and has a big frame for a safety. He’s not the fastest player, but he’s a big hitter and punishing tackler. He could use work in actually wrapping up, showing shades of Taylor Mays, and tends to play more of a deep middle position, not often covering man on. His aggression, great attitude and fearlessness make him an exciting target in the 2nd or 3rd round.
102. Mario Harvey, ILB, Marshall- 5’11 249
Harvey is one of my biggest sleeper inside linebackers in this draft. He has had a stellar senior campaign having eight double digit tackle performances. Harvey is a very talented blitzing middle linebacker who is excellent in reading and reacting to the play. He could use a lot of work in coverage, but he sheds blocks well and is quite powerful. His speed is fantastic for a player that’s nearly 250 pounds.
103. Luke Stocker- Tennessee- 6’4 3/4 258
Stocker is a big, physical tight end that can do it all. He’s excellent in the middle of the field, he has the ability to get behind the linebackers and make key catches, and he’s a tough blocker. His lack of overall speed makes him slightly less coveted than some of the other tight ends in the draft class, but he’s a hard working, lunch pail type of player who gives his best effort on every play.
104. Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech- 5’10 192
Carmichael came onto the scene in a hurry at Va Tech. As soon as he started more games in 2008, he made more plays, and forced opponents to stop trying to throw his way. Carmichael is quite fast, and his 40 time at the combine will be impressive. But he’s quite raw in man coverage. He needs to jam his receivers better, and not get caught staring into the backfield. His upside is great, but it will take him a year or two to really get settled in as a No. 2 corner. He reminds me a bit of DeAngelo Hall, another speedster out of Va Tech who was quite raw.
It’s surprising to see a Slippery Rock graduate in here, but Fusco is the real deal. His strength, and impressive ability to mirror defenders will make him a coveted option in the third-fourth rounds. Fusco is experienced, and has a good football IQ. His size is ideal for the position, the only real worry is about the competition he faced.
106. William Rackley, T, Lehigh- 6’3 1/4 309
You have to love the small school guys, and Rackley is a great example of a smart, hard working player coming out of a small college that can make an impact in the NFL. He has a good frame, despite not being extremely tall, but his footwork and overall technique is fantastic, especially in pass protection. There is a lot of upside for Rackley and he’s quite balanced in terms of overall blocking also.
107. Marcus Gilbert, T/G, Florida- 6’6 1/8 330
Gilbert has been forced into playing a bit of left tackle when Xavier Nixon missed some time early in the season. Gilbert’s best quality is in the run game as he gets a good push, and is excellent snapping off of the line. His footwork in pass protection is very questionable and he may have to move to right guard in the NFL if a team doesn’t feel he can handle the tackle spot.
108. Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse- 5’8 5/8 222
Carter is a smaller guy with decent speed. He is good between the tackles and can break tackles and has amazing balance. He catches well out of the backfield, but really lacks the extra gear to break a long run. He has solid, but not exceptional vision, and needs to protect the ball better.
109. Curtis Marsh, CB, Utah State- 6’0 1/2 197
Marsh is a corner who prides himself on his technique. He has solid change of direction, and above average ball skills. He won’t come up with many interceptions, but he’ll get in the way. Has been known to be somewhat of a risk taker.
110. Edmund Gates, WR, Abilene Christian- 5’11 3/4 192
A quick, shifty WCO receiver, Gates is thought to be even more polished than former Abilene grade, Johnny Knox. He has good ability after the run and can make catches all over the field.
111. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State- 5’11 3/8 182
Sanzenbacher has quietly become one of the better stories for the 2011 NFL Draft. A late sub for the Senior Bowl, he made an impact in Mobile, and he also participated well at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine in February. He catches everything, and despite not having great speed, he’s quick off of the line, and runs pristine routes. He will make a great slot receiver at the next level, particularly in a west coast offense.
112. Orlando Franklin, T/G, Miami (Fl.)- 6’5 1/2 316
Franklin played guard in 2008 and 2009, and played it very well. Had he left for the 2010 NFL Draft, he could have been the second or third guard off the board. Unfortunately, he got moved to left tackle and has been exposed, particularly in the passing game. He’s not very athletic, and needs to become more agile if he wants to even think about playing left tackle. Franklin could still be a very good guard in the NFL, but will need to improve his footwork.
113. Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina- 5’10 3/8 203
Harris has been impressive in his workouts during the Senior Bowl, and he is one of the more underrated wide receivers coming out of ECU. He’s very quick, and runs fairly good routes. He needs to work on looking the ball in, but when he gets it in his hands, he’s dangerous in the open field.
114. Steven Friday, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech- 6’4 250
Friday is one of the pass rushers that I think is going to rise the most in this draft. He’s a pure edge rusher with good bull rushing ability, as well as quickness to get to the outside. He’s decent against the run, but should be able to make the transition to 3-4 as well.
115. Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton- 6’4 7/8 346
Ellis is a very strong defensive tackle who dominates at the point of attack. Playing at a smaller school may hurt him in terms of competition, but he has the potential to be a dominant nose tackle at the next level.
116. Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa- 6’4 223
Stanzi has been a blessing for Iowa fans with his smart quarterback play. His arm strength is mediocre at best, but his accuracy and intelligence set him apart from many of the other quarterbacks in his class. He could be an option for a West Coast Offense as a project, and solid backup.
Guy is a very talented tackle who utilizes his strength well in stopping the run. He’s not much of a penetrator, but he holds the point of attack well, and makes his name stuffing the run and getting double teamed. He has five technique written all over him.
118. Ugo Chinasa, DE/OLB, Oklahoma State- 6’4 7/8 264
Chinasa is a rising prospect with excellent size and ability. While his production has never been stunning at Oklahoma State, Chinasa has done a fantastic job overall in rushing the quarterback, and keeping contain to help shut down the run.
119. Sam Acho, DE, Texas- 6’1 5/8 262
Sam Acho (bless you) is a stronger defensive end who can rush the pass rusher effectively. He’s an above average penetrator, often disrupting the backfield. He’s not the quickest defender, and he’s best suited as a 4-3 defensive end due to being a bit stronger, and more effective against the run. Acho is a very solid pass rusher and has a nice inside move getting off of the snap quickly.
120. Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon- 6’0 7/8 190
Maehl is a pure pass catcher who’s a bit undersized. He’s one of the best overall blocking wide receivers, and is an extremely hard worker. He’ll be a gem in the middle rounds in the NFL Draft.
121. Korey Lindsey, CB, Southern Illinois- 6’0 190
What Lindsey lacks in straight line speed, he makes up for with instincts and ball skills. He’s a natural ball hawk, but sometimes gets cocky baiting quarterbacks. He won’t get away with that in the NFL. He needs some work when changing direction, but is a smart player.
122. Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State- 6’0 1/8 242
Jones has been one of my favorite players to follow in the NCAA. He’s an excellent sideline to sideline athlete and does well wrapping up to make the tackle. He could stand to get a bit stronger and shed blocks better, but if he could improve on that, he would be an ideal 3-4 inside linebacker. He’ll most likely stick to the 4-3, however, and make a big impact on a lucky NFL team.
123. Terrance Toliver, WR, LSU- 6’3 1/2 212
Toliver is a fast receiver who still needs some work running routes. He has excellent ability after making the catch and can turn a five yard catch into 25 yards in a hurry. His height makes him a good red zone target, despite his touchdown total not showing it. A former top recruit out of high school, the potential is there.
124. Casey Matthews, ILB, Oregon- 6’2 237
You have to be salivating at anybody that comes from the great Matthews family. Casey is the brother of Clay Matthews Jr. and son of former Browns stud Clay Sr. The pedigree is there, but he isn’t what his brother is or his dad was. Matthews could afford to be a bit more physical, but does excel in coverage. He’s an excellent wrap up tackler often relying on his athleticism to make a play. His play in the BCS National Championship game may rise his stock even more.
125. DeMarcus Love, T, Arkansas- 6’5 3/8 315
Love is more of a dominant run blocker rather than a finesse tackle in pass protection. He’s great in getting to the second level. He has a lot of upside, however, in the passing game if he can adjust his footwork. He’s very agile for his size, and has long arms to punch his defender. He’s better against quicker pass rushers, but he tends to get bullied against powerful bull rushes. He’s very versatile after playing both tackle positions, and even some guard.
126. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC*- 6’0 5/8 300
Casey is one of the best pure pass rushing defensive tackles in the draft and could be drafted higher than round four. However, he’s one dimensional and struggles to stuff the run. Overall, he’s an excellent penetrator who gets off of the snap as quickly as anybody in the nation.
127. Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland- 6’3 247
Wujciak is a great wrap up tackler who doesn’t do a bad job in shedding blocks, and getting into the backfield to make a tackle for loss. His biggest weakness is his lack of pure athleticism. He’s a bit slow, but he’s very smart, and is a lunch pail player, who gives 110% on every play. He has been the leader of the Maryland defense for the last two seasons, especially.
128. Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington*- 6’0 194
Jones really ran all over the FCS competition in 2010. He has solid size, good speed, and acceleration and could be a nice sleeper. Problem is, the FCS competition isn’t very impressive, and he’s still a very raw runner overall.
129. Karl Klug, DE, Iowa- 6’3 275
Klug is a bit sleeper at defensive tackle. He’s a very strong, run stuffing tackle who has the size and strength to make the transition to the 5 technique in a 3-4 defensive scheme playing in a 2 gap system.
130. Jaiquawn Jarrett, FS, Temple- 6’0 198
Jarrett has been a four year starter for a much improved Temple Owls defense. Jarrett has been the undoubted leader of the Owls defense and has used his excellent combination of size and speed to make plays. He’s great in run support, having no problem making a play at the line of scrimmage. He has the speed to cover in man coverage, but needs to work on keeping the opposition in front of him. He has a lot of upside.
131. Darren Evans, RB, Virginia Tech*- 6’0 227
Evans is a bigger back with good speed once he reaches the second tier of the defense. He’s has solid patience and can break a long gain on every touch. He tore his ACL early in 2009 missing the season, allowing Ryan Williams to take over. Evans split time in 2010 with Williams, helping lead Virginia Tech to the Orange Bowl. Evans can be a bruiser at the next level with a bit more strength.
132. Jason Pinkston, T, Pittsburgh- 6’3 3/8 317
Pinkston does a nice job in the running game, and has helped Pittsburgh in the running game over the last two seasons. He’s struggled a bit in pass protection in 2010, but part of that is due to the inexperience of Tito Sunseri who has a knack for holding onto the ball too long. Pinkston isn’t as athletic as you’d like to see, and his height is a small concern. His best fit is at right tackle or left guard in the NFL.
133. Greg Romeus, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh- 6’5 264
Romeus is a top notch pass rush specialist who is talented enough to be a first round pick. Unfortunately, his stock will fall a bit after having two major injuries in 2010, playing in only two games with a back injury, which required surgery, and most recently a torn ACL.
134. Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville- 5’10 5/8 191
Patrick is highly underrated, mostly thanks to playing in such a weak overall conference. But Patrick doesn’t give up much ground to his receivers, thanks to his excellent speed and quick hips. Patrick is a solid tackler as well, and could rise up after a nice combine. He has an excellent mix of size and speed, and can cover well in man coverage.
135. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State- 5’10 195
Bolden has solid size for his position, and is a highly underrated tackler. Bolden has good ball skills, but is somewhat too aggressive at times. He’s a fearless tackler and does well in press coverage, and generally shuts down his receiver on his own island. Bolden could afford to improve his speed, and his 40 time could hurt him. He’s not the most fluid player, but is athletic enough to improve.
136. Shiloh Keo, SS, Idaho- 5’11 219
Keo is a solid all around defender for the Vandals. He doesn’t get much recognition due to the team he plays on, but he’s got a big heart. He plays with excellent aggression, and will hit you hard. He’s not the most athletic player, but he doesn’t do a bad job utilizing his intelligence to excel in zone coverage.
137. Jah Reid, T, Central Florida- 6’7 1/8 327
Reed has shown a nice ability to use his quick feet and raw power to help his team in the run game. He does a great job of sealing the edge, and has good power. He’s only mediocre in pass protection, but he is a hard worker and is very coachable.
138. Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado- 6’0 5/8 204
Colorado has been blessed to have both Brown and Jimmy Smith in their defensive backfield. Brown’s quite the tackler, and isn’t afraid to use his strength to bully receivers in press coverage, and get off of blockers. Brown’s speed isn’t fantastic, and he may be a safety in the NFL.
139. Ian Williams, DT, Notre Dame- 6’1 1/4 319
Williams is a stronger defensive tackle who excels against the run, and moves well laterally. He won’t make a ton of plays on the defensive line, however. He could see time as a nose tackle in a 3-4 if he’s groomed properly as he gets excellent leverage.
140. Dejon Gomes, CB/S, Nebraska- 5’11 1/2 208
Gomes is another sure tackling safety who does an excellent job making plays against those quick Big 12 running backs. Gomes also plays well in man coverage, not having problems lining up on a tight end or slot receiver and keeping with them. He needs to learn to read and react a bit better, but does a great job coming up to the line and making a play against the run.
141. Brandyn Thompson, CB, Boise State- 5’9 1/8 189
Thompson doesn’t get the love that he deserves thanks to the media discussing the talented Boise State offense and how they are robbed by the BCS every week. But Thompson is actually a very solid cover corner, and he has the speed to stick with nearly all receivers. But he’s also an improving tackler.
142. Mario Fannin, RB, Auburn- 5’10 3/8 231
Fanning didn’t have the season he hope with Michael Dyer and Onterrio McCaleb stealing the show, but he’s a tough north/south runner who should get a few tryouts. Fannin was terrific at the 2011 NFL Combine, and saw his stock rise with excellent speed to match his size.
143. Tejay Johnson, SS, TCU- 6’1 212
Johnson led a tough TCU defense in 2010. He’s played both safety positions and has the athleticism to make plays in coverage all over the field. Perhaps his best ability comes in run support. He’s an excellent wrap up tackler who does a nice job reading and reacting.
144. Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati- 6’3 209
Binns could be a lot higher on this list, but inconsistent hands will scare some teams away. Still, his speed and size combination are ideal. He stretches the field very well.
145. Rick Elmore, DE, Arizona- 6’4 1/2 255
Elmore is a pure pass rushing defensive end. Poor athleticism makes a 3-4 outside linebacker position a bad choice, but a situational pass rusher to start his career could do him wonders. High upside.
146. Chris Culliver, CB/S, South Carolina- 6’0 3/8 199
Culliver is a versatile safety who has missed time in 2010 with a shoulder injury. Culliver made the switch to cornerback in his senior year, but has played free safety most of his career. As a safety, he’s excellent in zone coverage and has solid speed to keep up with his opposition. He’s a solid tackler, and can make plays in the backfield.
147. Justin Boren, G, Ohio State- 6’3 309
There’s a lot of upside in this top notch guard who’s experienced two Big Ten schools in their prime. Boren started off at Michigan, and transferred to Ohio State in 2008 despite being successful as a Wolverine. Boren gets a great burst off the snap, quickly punching the opposing defender and finishing the block to move on to the second level. In the passing game he’s above average, as he needs to position his hands better, sometimes getting caught with his arms on the outside of the defender. There is a large amount of upside here.
148. Shareece Wright, CB, USC- 5’10 7/8 185
Wright is very talented, but inexperienced. He suffered through injuries early in his career, and lost his 2009 season due to being ineligible academically. He’s played well in 2010, however, making plays in the run game, and playing well in man coverage. He has great speed and good instincts and has the potential to rise after the combine.
149. Bilal Powell, RB, Louisville- 5’11 207
Powell is one of the more underrated runners in this draft. He has come out of nowhere to be one of the leading NCAA rushers in 2010. He runs hard, keeping his pad level low, and fighting for extra yards. He has above average speed to break long runs, and does a nice job hitting the extra gear in the secondary.
150. Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii- 6’1 1/8 210
Salas has made a name for himself with running great routes, having soft hands and being physical. He doesn’t have great speed, but cuts quickly in and out of his routes. He could rise to a much higher position in the draft.
151. Stanley Havili, FB, USC- 6’1 230
Havili is a stud fullback who can do it all. He’s an efficient pass catcher, he can run the ball, and he’s a punishing blocker, although he’s not the biggest or strongest. He’s suffered through some minor injuries over his career, but could be an excellent addition for a team in the middle of the draft.
152. Brandon Hogan, CB, West Virginia- 5’10 192
Hogan had a stellar 2009 campaign, and came into his senior season with high expectations. Playing more zone coverage at West Virginia, he’s managed to be a stud in getting to the ball and knocking it down. Hogan’s best attribute is his tackling ability. He tackles like an AFC North corner, often relentless. He was cited with a DUI in 2010, which make character a concern.
153. Adrian Moten, LB, Maryland- 6’1 5/8 228
Moten is an athletic linebacker who excels in coverage situations. He’s quick, and plays like a safety at times. He’s a gifted tackler, and has a great football IQ. Look for Moten to rise up draft boards after his combine.
154. Sione Fua, DT, Stanford- 6’1 1/2 308
Fua is another run stuffer who can also get in the backfield and make plays. He plays nose tackle in Stanford’s 3-4 defense right now, and could make the transition at the next level as well.
155. Tom Keiser, OLB, Stanford*- 6’5 247
Keiser is a raw ‘tweener DE/OLB. He can rush the passer with ease at times, but isn’t very fluid in coverage, and may struggle as an every down pass rusher. He’s more one dimensional than some teams may desire, and isn’t extremely athletic, but has pure pass rushing ability.
156. Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College- 6’4 244
Herzlich has been a great story in college football. Before missing time battling (and surviving) caner, he was one of the most dominant outside linebackers in all of college football. Herzlich hasn’t had a bad last season for BC, but he hasn’t been as great as he once was, and it’s clear he’s taken a step back. His potential is still through the roof as he is one of the best wrap up tacklers in the NCAA. He’s a very smart player as well, and has very strong instincts.
157. Lawrence Wilson, OLB, UCONN- 6’0 7/8 229
Wilson is a tackling machine. He’s a bit undersized, but he’s has a good ability to read and react, and make tackles all over the field. He’s a decent pass rusher at times when asked to put his hand on the ground.
158. Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo- 5’10 1/4 194
Thomas is a solid all around corner who is more quick than fast. He will be most helpful in zone coverage, and is above average in run support. He does well in forcing fumbles, but will likely disappoint with interception numbers.
159. Charles Clay, FB/TE, Tulsa- 6’2 7/8 245
Clay is a very special fullback/tight end hybrid who makes a ton of plays in the passing game. He’s almost like a 3rd down receiver. He can stay in and block in pass protection, he can run routes in the slot, and he can make plays on the ground. He’s very athletic, and can make people miss in the open field.
160. Ross Homan, ILB, Ohio State- 6’0 3/4 240
Homan is one of Ohio State’s many undersized, athletic linebackers. While he’s a smart player, and excels in coverage, he’s been somewhat disappointing in fully wrapping up opposing ball carriers. He struggles a bit in pursuit, often taking bad angles, but has no problem playing well sideline to sideline.
161. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State*-5’5 7/8 196
Rodgers is a shifty runner who can make plays out of the backfield. He’s a bit on the small side, but has the speed to take it the distance. Rodgers utilizes his small stature in sneaking through between the tackles and is often hard to spot. His explosiveness gives him the ability to break a long run in the open field, and he makes tacklers miss with his agility when he’s got green in front of him
162. Pernell McPhee, DE, Mississippi State- 6’2 5/8 278
McPhee is a big, strong defensive end who does a great job in run support. He does well in penetration, sometimes forcing a double team. With a bit of bulk, he could be a very stout 3-4 defensive end.
163. Kris O’Dowd, C, USC- 6’5 298
O’Dowd has been a starter for over three seasons in USC’s offensive line. He’s got great leader ship ability, and shows off his talents in pass protection the most. He’s another extremely intelligent center although we feel that he is most likely maxed out in terms of overall ability. He’s great at getting to the next level as well. He will struggle with bigger defensive tackles and nose tackles at the next level as he’s not as strong as we’d like him to be, but he could be an effective center in a zone blocking scheme.
164. Steve Schilling, G, Michigan- 6’4 308
Schilling is a strong offensive guard who holds the point of attack well. He’s not the most athletic player, but he’s smart, and stays square in pass protection. A project left guard and a potential starting right guard at the next level.
165. DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (Fl.)- 6’0 3/4 176
DVD is a fast cornerback who is somewhat undersize. He has fluid change of direction skills, and will be able to stick with the faster NFL receivers. He’s not very physical, and struggles to break down and efficiently make tackles, but his ball skills make up for that.
166. Doug Hogue, OLB, Syracuse- 6’2 1/2 235
Hogue is a coverage linebacker who has excellent instincts. His run/pass recognition skills are above average, and he excels using fundamentals. A bit on the small side, he will need to bulk up another 5-7 pounds in the NFL.
167. Roy Helu Jr., RB, Nebraska- 5’11 1/2 219
Say Helu to this powerful running back who has solid downhill speed. Roy Helu Jr. is a powerful downhill runner who has the speed to break a play into the secondary. He’s had a stellar career consistently breaking big runs. He’s a disciplined runner who can also make an impact in the passing game.
168. Chris L. Rucker, CB, Michigan State- 6’1 195
Rucker is a very underrated corner who is the leader of the Spartan secondary. He’s a fantastic tackler, and plays well in zone coverage. He won’t intercept many passes, but he does a good job of swatting the ball down, and not letting the receiver have a chance at making the play. Some character concerns are present after being arrested for drunk driving in 2010.
169. Schuylar Oordt, TE, Northern Iowa- 6’5 7/8 261
Oordt is a big time pass catching tight end who is very quick for his size. He makes plays down field consistently, and often plays like a wide receiver. His big play ability could make him a higher draft pick.
170. Ronald Johnson, WR, USC- 5’11 1/4 199
Johnson is a smaller receiver who fits best in the slot. He has good speed and is solid after the run. He has pretty good hands and makes catches all over the field. He can take a pass to the end zone on virtually every play as he can out run many of the defenders.
171. Johnny White, RB, North Carolina- 5’9 7/8 209
White is an athletic running back with good agility and strength. He has average vision and can be patient when he wants to be. Somewhat of a workout warrior, White is a dedicated football player.
172. Jeremy Kerley, WR, TCU- 5’10 189
Kerley has been a favorite wide receiver for Andy Dalton over the last two seasons. He works the slot very well, and he’s quick while also having good straight line speed. He has a knack for making the tough catches as well.
173. Darius Morris, T, Temple- 6’4 321
Morris is a pure right tackle, and maybe even right guard at the next level. He has above average strength, but lacks athleticism in pass protection. He has good potential, but really needs to work on his footwork at the next level to become a better threat in the passing game.
174. Brian Rolle, LB, Ohio State- 5’9 1/2 229
Despite being quite undersized, Rolle has still made an impact on a very tough Ohio State defense. He may be the best coverage linebacker in the game. Rolle uses his speed to close in on defenders and make tackles. Rolle isn’t much of a blitz backer, but is still a wrap up tackler who is quite strong for his size.
175. Will Hill, FS, Florida*- 6’1 202
You have to love a player that has a name that rhymes. Hill is one of the most athletic Gator’s to hit the field on Saturday’s, and that’s saying a lot. He’s very fast, and covers a lot of ground, but is still very raw overall. His football IQ is questionable, and he sometimes relies too heavily on his athleticism. Still, Hill finds the ball and makes a play on it in the air, and is an above average tackler.
176. Buster Skrine, CB, Tennessee-Chattanooga- 5’9 1/2 186
Despite his lack of overall height, Skrine is a speedy corner with great quickness as well. He may get bullied against physical receivers, but will have no problems covering speedy slot receivers at the next level.
177. Derrick Locke, RB, Kentucky- 5’8 1/4 188
Locke is a smaller, quicker scat back in the mold of Darren Sproles. He uses his speed to get to the edge and makes defenders miss in the open field. Injury issues will make his stock fall, but when healthy, he’s one of the best.
178. Josh Bynes, ILB, Auburn- 6’2 235
Bynes is an athletic tackling machine. He plays very well in coverage, having no problems dropping back into his middle zone and bumping receivers coming underneath. He needs to be a bit more physical to become great in the NFL, but he has room to grow.
179. Ryan Winterswyk, DE, Boise State- 6’4 1/8 268
Winterswyk has been a crucial part of a successful Boise State defensive line. He is a stronger pass rusher who is best suited to play in a 4-3 as a defensive end. He’s very stout against the run, and is an above average pass rusher.
180. James Brewer, T, Indiana- 6’6 1/4 323
Brewer is a raw offensive tackle which could bolster an NFL team’s running game at the next level. He’s not very athletic, but he has good strength and gets a good push. His pass protection is suspect as he is slow and often plays too stiff. He needs to prove that he can stay healthy.
181. Nate Irving, ILB, N.C. State- 6’1 240
Irving is an absolute tackling machine. He’s had his fair share of double digit tackling games, and has the athletic ability to excel in coverage. He has great fundamentals and plays smart football, and has become an above average pass rusher as a senior.
182. Nick Claytor, T, Georgia Tech- 6’6 285*
Claytor is an athletic tackle who is quite raw, and probably should have stayed in school for another season. He has potential to be a legit starter at the next level, but has many question marks with his footwork and overall technique.
183. Dion Lewis, RB, Pitt- 5’6 5/8 193**
Many are surprised with Lewis’ official declaration to enter the NFL Draft. After having a fantastic true freshman season, he slowed down a bit in 2010, splitting carries with Ray Graham at Pitt. Lewis hits the hole quickly, showing good patience and vision. He’s quick and can turn the corner, and does well catching the ball. But his size is a concern, and he won’t be able to take a beating. While he’s fast, he doesn’t have blazing speed that a smaller guy should have.
184. Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford- 6’1 249
Marecic is my favorite fullback of this class. How many players in the NCAA do you see play two ways? You don’t see it often. Marecic plays inside linebacker on the other side, but most likely will stick to fullback in the NFL. He’s a punishing lead blocker, and he is a great goal line runner, as he churns his legs getting that extra yardage. Marecic helped pave the way for Toby Gerhart in 2009.
185. Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU- 6’3 305
Kirkpatrick is the leader of a TCU offensive line that has excelled offensively for the last few seasons. He’s very good at holding the point of attack, and uses his physical ability to his advantage to control his defender. His footwork in the passing game needs a bit of work, and he tends to stop churning his feet when going up against a stronger defensive tackle. Kirkpatrick still gets good leverage, and stays under the defender.
186. Jermale Hines, FS, Ohio State- 6’1 219
You have to love what Hines brings to the table in terms of run support. Hines plays like an extra linebacker in the Buckeyes defense. While he’s not the greatest coverage athlete, he does a great job not letting anything get behind him. He needs to learn how to read and react better, and not get his eyes caught in the backfield.
187. D’Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona- 6’3 7/8 261
Reed is an experienced defensive end who’s strength allows him to play well against the run. Pass rushing skills are average at best, and he’s not much of a penetrating end, but he does well keeping contain.
188. DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss*- 6’5 5/8 233
Brown has missed time in 2010 with a leg injury, but is a big red zone target who excels getting separation and making big catches down field.
189. Willie Smith, T, East Carolina- 6’5 3/8 310
For a guy with Smith’s size, he’s impressed with his overall athleticism. Smith needs work on his technique and gaining strength. He has quick feet and could be a project left tackle.
190. Saia Falahola, DT, Arizona State- 6’2 310
Falahola has been a consistent surprise for Arizona State. His numbers aren’t flashy, but his ability to use his strength and command double teams is what makes him an excellent candidate for a nose tackle in the 3-4.
191. Kai Forbath, K, UCLA- 6’0 191
Forbath is one of the more impressive kickers to come out of recent drafts. He has great power and accuracy, and has performed well in clutch situations.
192. Tori Gurley, WR, South Carolina- 6’4 1/8 216
Outstanding height with good build. Does not have good speed or great separation. Inexperienced and lacks explosiveness. More of a possession receiver.
193. Kevin Rutland, CB, Missouri- 5’11 5/8 190
Rutland is a more physical cornerback than anything. He’s not fantastic in man coverage, often getting beat thanks to a lack in straight line speed. However, he could excel as a nickelback at the next level. He’s a solid tackler that could rise up if he can improve on his speed.
194. Da’Rel Scott, RB, Maryland- 5’11 211
Scott is a bit on the light side, but he has exceptional speed. He could develop into a nice 3rd down back, and make plays in the passing game. He also has big play potential with his speed and power combination.
195. Niles Paul, WR, Nebraska- 6’0 7/8 224
One of Paul’s greatest attributes is making the tough catches. He brings the ball well into his body, and is a solid route runner. He’s not a game breaker in terms of speed, but he’s a solid possession receiver.
196. Mario Butler, CB, Georgia Tech- 6’0 1/8 182
A smaller corner who can still make the tackle when needed, Butler plays bigger than his size. He doesn’t have very good speed, but has shown promise with his change of direction and low backpedal.
197. Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford- 6’1 1/8 202
Whalen isn’t a guy known for his speed, but his ability to catch the ball in traffic is uncanny. He’s a tougher wide receiver who fights for the ball well, and doesn’t care to run out of bounds. He won’t beat many cornerbacks down the field, but he will catch the ball over most players one on one.
198. Lee Ziemba, T, Auburn- 6’6 317
Ziemba is a pure right tackle at the next level, and will have to be groomed. He plays a bit stiff, but has above average strength, and has a high football IQ.
199. Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma- 6’2 1/4 262
Jeremy Beal was one of the better pass rushers in the nation. He plays a mix of outside linebacker and defensive end at Oklahoma and is a pure speed rusher. He has first round talent, but needs to be stronger for a guy his size, as he’s often been shut down by even a tight end in straight up blocking situations. He is a solid edge rusher that I would like to see develop a better inside move, but he has the ability to play 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level as well as defensive end. He’s got a world of talent, but just doesn’t seem to tap into it, and has disappointed at the Combine and the Senior Bowl.
200. Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh- 6’0 257
We’re still a bit confused why Hynoski came out. He’s quite versatile as a fullback, making plays on the ground, catching passes out of the backfield, and being an excellent lead blocker. But it’s just not often that fullbacks leave early. Hynoski could be drafted in the late rounds, but it’s a bit of a reach.
201. Pat Devlin, QB, Delaware- 6’4 223
If there’s one word to associate the former Penn State transfer with, it’s “accuracy”. Devlin can make all the short-intermediate passes and really only struggles with deep ball accuracy. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he utilizes his accuracy to dink and dunk his way down the field. He’s excellent leading his receivers and allowing them to make plays after the catch and keeps the ball at chest level putting it where only his receiver can catch it. Unfortunately, Devlin’s stock is falling due to a poor combine and Shrine Bowl outing.
202. Cecil Shorts, WR, Mount Union- 5’11 3/4 205
Perhaps the next Pierre Garcon has arrived. Despite coming out of a non-FBS school, Shorts has been very productive. He’s got very good hands and has exceptional route running ability.
Donahue’s accuracy sets him apart from the rest of the punters in this draft. He has great hangtime and can seemingly put the football wherever he wants.
204. Lee Smith, TE, Marshall- 6’5 7/8 266
Smith is a heavily utilized tight end who makes his name in the short-intermediate routes in the middle of the field. He does a nice job capping the end in blocking situations, and gets a good release off of the line.
205. Mike Mohamed, ILB, Cal- 6’3 239
Mohamed is actually quite well rounded. He’s not very athletic, and he’s not the most physical linebacker, but he’s very smart. He’s not great at one particular thing, but he’s solid in coverage, blitzing, and tackling. He has room to improve, and could afford to become a bit stronger. He needs to learn to take better angles.
206.Tray Allen, G, Texas- 6’4 305
Allen is an underachiever who is best slotted to play right guard in the NFL. He gets a good push in the running game, but his very suspect in pass protection. He’s not very athletic and can be slow off the snap at tackle.
207. Markus White, DE/OLB, Florida State- 6’3 1/2 266
White’s a sleeper 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level with good speed and athleticism. He could afford to bulk up a bit and become a bigger run stuffer if he wants to succeed in the 4-3. White is a bit of a raw prospect.
208. Nathan Enderle, QB, Idaho- 6’4 240
When you look at Enderle, you see a strong armed pocket passer. Enderle can make all of the throws with his arm, but has very questionable decision making and accuracy. He will struggle with short/intermediate routes, and needs to work on reading defenses.
209. Lawon Scott, DT, Ole Miss- 6’2 320
The 3-4 nose tackle trend continues yet again with Scott who is dominant against the run. He’s a part of a heavily rotated Ole Miss defensive line who keeps their lineman fresh. He can shut down the run, and holds the point of attack well.
210. Alex Henery, K, Nebraska- 6’2 176
Henery is consistent, and versatile. He took care of punting duties as well for the Cornhuskers, and is a surefire kicker within 40 yards. Doesn’t have the biggest leg, but the accuracy is great.
211. K.J. Wright, ILB, Mississippi State- 6’3 3/8 246
Wright is a big, hard hitting linebacker who sheds blocks well. He’s very physical, and isn’t afraid to get in a big group of people and push the pile. Wright could use work in coverage, and dropping back. He often gets out of position against the pass.
212. Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU- 5’9 5/8 184
SMU continues to put out quick, speedy receivers, and Robinson is a big time home run threat. He needs to work on his route running and looking the ball in.
213. Eddie Jones, DE, Texas- 6’3 260
Jones is a stronger pass rusher who excels more against the run. He’s not the most athletic player, but has good upside as a 4-3 defensive end. He could use some work dropping in coverage, but he won’t be required to do that much in the NFL.
214. Gerald Jones, WR,Tennessee- 6’0 195
Jones has missed some time in 2010, and is a smaller short yardage guy who’s quick in and out of his routes.
215. Adrian Taylor, DT, Oklahoma- 6’3 311
Taylor is an unfortunate story. He’s a very talented player who’s battled through a few big injuries. Taylor is a strong penetrator who makes his presence felt against the run. His inability to stay on the field has cost him a few rounds in the draft, however.
216. Greg Lloyd Jr., ILB, UConn- 6’1 1/8 246
Lloyd Jr. is another linebacker who has a legendary father who played in the NFL. Lloyd has been a key player for UConn, and has played defensive end, outside linebacker and moved to the inside in 2010. Lloyd is a solid tackler who’s very physical and can hit you. He’s a solid blitz linebacker, but he’s very poor in coverage, which could be due to the fact that he’s learning a new position. He’s worth taking a flier on late in the draft.
217. Da’Norris Searcy, SS, North Carolina- 5’10 5/8 223
Searcy is a big reason why the UNC defense hasn’t given up many yards on the ground in recent seasons. He’s a punishing tackler who does well in run support. His stock will fall a bit because he’s not the best in coverage, often getting beat in man coverage, and not having a great football IQ. He’s a very raw prospect to consider in the late rounds.
218. Jai Eugene, CB, LSU- 5’11 190
Eugene is one of the more underrated corners out of LSU. He spent some time playing safety and switched to corner to play across from Patrick Peterson. Eugene’s production in the stat columns won’t impress anybody. What is nice about Eugene is his competitive attitude, and his leadership. He’s quite athletic, and plays well against the run.
219. Jamie Harper*, RB, Clemson- 5’11 3/8 233
Harper is a big bodied bruiser between the tackles. Alliteration aside, he’s a talented player who will be no worse than an excellent short yardage back. He isn’t a big play maker, and doesn’t have great timed speed, but he doesn’t go down easily.
220. Tim Barnes, C, Missouri- 6’4 300
Somewhat of an NFL Combine snub, Barnes is a smart, finesse center with good pass protection skills. Not particularly strong, Barnes can get a decent push in the run game, but does best in recognizing blitzes and using his IQ.
221. Chas Henry, P, Florida- 6’3 3/8 220
Henry has an iron boot and gets great hang time on his punts. One of the more consistent punters of the last few years, and a former #1 punter recruit for Urban Meyer.
222. Chris Carter, OLB, Fresno State- 6’2 1/2 235
Carter has played more defensive end than anything, but I think he projects best as an OLB at the next level. Carter is a mediocre pass rusher, but he’s a good tackler and does a great job in contain. He’ll have to work on his coverage at the next level.
223. Elijah Joseph, ILB, Temple- 6’1 243
Joseph is a solid project to take a gamble on in the later rounds. He needs to learn to wrap up better, often joining in on gang tackles. He usually is where the ball is, however, and does a great job recognizing run and pass.
224. Craig Marshall, DE/OLB, South Florida- 6’4 265
Marshall is a sleeper 3-4 outside linebacker prospect. He gets off of the ball well, but lacks the strength to get off of blockers, often having to use his quickness to get around the corner.
225. Jarrard Tarrant, SS, Georgia Tech*- 6’0 3/8 204
Tarrant is an extremely versatile defensive back who can play all four positions in the secondary. He’s extremely athletic and hunts for the football. He’s solid in run support, and will fair best in zone coverage. He could play either FS or SS at the next level.
226. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech- 6’1 217
Taylor has a strong arm, but lacks decision making and accuracy to succeed at the next level. He has very nice athleticism, and can make plays on the run. He needs to improve his overall knowledge of the game, and learn how to read defenses in order to succeed at the next level. He’s quite the athlete, and some think he’s a poor man’s Michael Vick.
227. Anthony Gaitor, CB, FIU- 5’10 175
Gaitor fits more of a zone scheme than anything, and has adequate speed. His ball skills are impressive, and he could develop into a solid nickel corner eventually.
228. Josh Davis, T/G, Georgia- 6’7 1/8 313
Davis is a versatile lineman who uses his arms well in pass protection. Doesn’t have a mean streak, and can miss assignments in the run game.
229. John Bender, T/G, Nevada- 6’8 325
Bender is a physical player who’s versatile enough to play both guard or tackle. Likely a right tackle project at the next level, Bender can get a good push in the run game.
230.Chase Beeler, C, Stanford- 6’3 290
Beeler transferred from Oklahoma in 2008, and started every game in Toby Gerhart’s Heisman trophy campaign in the 2009 season. Beeler is an excellent run blocker with above average strength. He has been a great asset for Andrew Luck whom has relied on Beeler to make the correct reads and calling out blitzes. Beeler still has room to bulk up a bit.
231. Michael Morgan, OLB, USC- 6’4 235
Morgan is one of the more underrated USC prospects. He’s started for his last two seasons, and, despite being a bit on the lighter side, he’s a solid wrap up tackler with big hitting ability. Morgan needs to bulk up and build strength. He’s solid in coverage, however.
232. Pierre Allen, DE, Nebraska- 6’4 273
Allen’s calling is as a 4-3 weak side defensive end. He’s strong at the point of attack, and can shut down the run. He lacks the speed and athleticism to make the transformation to the 3-4.
233. Ryan Bartholomew, C, Syracuse- 6’1 301
Bartholomew is a smart center who uses his intelligence to his advantage. Isn’t blessed with great overall ability, but has solid upside as a backup at the next level.
234. Mike Blanc, DT, Auburn- 6’4 298
Blanc is a physical tackle who does a nice job of keeping one arm free and shutting down the run. He takes up space well, and could be a great five technique player in a 3-4 defense.
235.Greg McElroy, QB, Alabama- 6’2 220
McElroy is a solid game manager type quarterback who is accurate in the middle of the field, and has above average arm strength. His biggest strength is his football IQ and could make an excellent backup quarterback at the next level.
236. Talmadge Jackson, CB/S, Oregon- 5’10 185
Jackson is an above average cover corners with solid ball skills. He’s not afraid to make a play on a ball carrier, either. He can be a ruthless tackler when he wants to be, but he’s quite inconsistent.
237. Derek Newton, T, Arkansas State- 6’4 7/8 311
Newton is a slightly more athletic tackle with above average footwork. He lacks the strength to keep up with bull rushers, but gets a good dropstep off the snap to mirror quick edge rushers. He could use work in the run game, but is more of a finesse pass blocker.
238. Rudell Crim, CB/S, Arkansas- 6’0 209
Crim has only played two seasons of SEC football after being a junior college transfer. Crim has played safety and corner in his college career, but does struggle in press coverage. He often has to play off of speedy corners thanks to being very stiff and lacking fluidity. He was a solid tackler on a physical Arkansas defense.
239. Jake Laptad, DE, Kansas- 6’4 260
Laptad is a pure pass rusher who is also quite strong against the run. He could make a change to the 3-4, but he’s a better fit as a 4-3 defensive end, keeping contain, and using his strength to penetrate the offensive line.
240. Alston Umuolo, TE, San Diego State- 6’4 250
Umuolo started 2010 off on the Mackey Award list, but has struggled with a hip injury in his senior season. Umuolo is a nice pass catcher over the middle of the field and is fairly athletic, showing good speed, despite a big frame.
241. Zach Hurd, T/G, UConn- 6’6 3/4 316
Hurd’s athleticism is nothing spectacular, but he gets a good enough push in the run game to be a right guard or tackle candidate at the next level. Tight hips, and lack of quick feet will prevent him from being great aginst the pass rush.
242. Colby Whitlock, DT, Texas Tech- 6’2 1/8 302
Whitlock is another quick defensive end who moves well on the defensive line. He’s versatile and can play defensive end as well.
243. C.J. Bailey, CB, Southern Miss- 5’10 195
Bailey has had an off and on career. He’s struggled with nagging injuries at times, and hasn’t seemed to make the impact that his athletic ability suggests he should make. He’s a solid wrap up tackler, and has solid speed to stay with most receivers. He tends to struggle with taller receivers and doesn’t have the vertical that NFL scouts want to see.
244. Cory Grant, DT, TCU- 6’2 308
Grant is another space eating defensive tackle who may play a bit of nose in a 4-3 defense. He could potentially add some weight and move to the 3-4 nose position, but he’ll want to work on getting better leverage.
245. Sealver Siliga, DT, Utah*- 6’1 3/4 305
Siliga is another potential 4-3 nose tackle who can stuff the run with ease at times. He needs to work on his lateral movement and foot speed.
246. Eric Hagg, CB/S, Nebraska- 6’1 209
Hagg is a versatile defensive back who lacks great athleticism, but could help an NFL team out in run support. He may be a solid acquisition for a zone coverage team at the next level.
247. Zack Pianalto, TE, North Carolina- 6’3 1/4 256
Pianalto has been very efficient in the middle of the field for North Carolina. He doesn’t see many red zone looks, but he has deep play ability and can get behind the linebackers and get separation.
248. Cortez Allen, CB, The Citadel- 6’1 1/4 197
Allen isn’t blessed with great speed, but his quickness and size combination is quite fantastic. He’s got a lot of room to grow, being quite raw, but the upside as a run support/man coverage corner is there.
249. Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana*- 6’2 201
Doss isn’t a burner, but he can still get down field and make a play. He has some of the best hands in the NCAA, and he runs crisp routes. His best catches often come in the middle of the field in traffic.
250. Jarriel King, T, South Carolina- 6’5 317
King is a strong offensive tackle who’s likely to put on a bit of weight and move to the right side of the line and potentially play guard. He’s an above average run blocker.