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The Random Draft Musings of D-Jackfan10

What am I doing with this post? The title says it all. Here we go. I plan on coming back to this eventually to see how right or wrong I am on these prospects. Hopefully you guys put out some opinions/predictions so we can see how right or wrong you guys are too. 

 

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The Quarterbacks

When it comes to QB scouting I believe in the rule of 26-27-60. It's not the end all be all, it's more of a guideline, or a suggestion. It is a very accurate predictor of success. You may be asking yourself, what is the rule of 26-27-60? It states that in order for a QB to be successful they must have a wonderlic score of at least 26, must have started 27 games at the college level and have completed at least 60% of their passes. Generally if you're within one point of either benchmark you should be fine (Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger missed one benchmark by one point).

It has correctly predicted the busts of Ryan Leaf, Joey Harrington, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Daunte Culpepper, David Carr, Vince Young and Jamarcus Russell just to name a few.

It has also correctly predicted the successes of many players like Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Eli Manning, Kyle Orton, Kevin Kolb, Matt Ryan and even the emerging Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Now, like I said it isn't the end all be all. Guys like Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre and Josh Freeman are the most notable exceptions to the rule. Michael Vick is also an exception to the rule but I'm going to hold out one more year before I say he is a guy who goes against the rule as Michael Vick has been a terrible QB every year except for last. You'll notice that 3 of the 4 guys mentioned in this paragraph are coached by or have been coached by Andy Reid or Mike Holmgren.

I've come to the conclusion that Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren can make any QB look good. Have you seen the list of QBs these two have worked with? It's basically the who's who of QBs in the past three decades. Combined the two have worked with: Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. That's quite the list is it not? I've come to the conclusion that these two (Reid and Holmgren) are the two who can consistently break the rule. Why? They're great coaches who know how to build offenses, coach QBs and manipulate schemes to fit their QBs better than anyone else in the game.

But anyways, back to the point. The rule is the most accurate predictor of success so let's look at the numbers of some of the QBs in this class.

Name

Wonderlic

Starts

Completion %

Cam Newton

21

14

66%

Blaine Gabbert

43

29

60%

Ryan Mallett

26

29

57%

Jake Locker

21

40

54%

Christian Ponder

35

35

61%

Andy Dalton

29

50

61%

Colin Kaepernick

37

49

58%

Ricky Stanzi

30

32

59%

Greg McElroy

43

27

66%

Based on the rule Cam Newton, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker will fail at the next level.

But those aren't the only reasons.

-Jake Locker has problems with accuracy, pocket presence, pre-determining his targets, staring down receivers and bad pocket awareness.

- Cam Newton is going to have to completely change his game if he ever wants to effectively run an NFL offense. He has no pocket skills. He has accuracy issues. He has mechanics issues. He is coming from an offense that doesn't translate to the NFL AT ALL. His running style doesn't translate to the NFL. He doesn't anticipate. He has accuracy issues. The only thing that is even enticing about Cam Newton is his physical skill set and all too often we've seen guys with great skill sets fail. I would bet anything that Cam Newton busts in spectacular fashion (i.e. on par with Leaf & Russell).

-Ryan Mallett has attitude issues, pocket presence problems, pocket awareness issues, footwork issues, mobility issues and issues with choking on big stages. Not to mention he has been rumored to be into cocaine.

Those three will bust in the NFL and they will bust hard.

Another guy who I think will bust is Blaine Gabbert. As you can see he barely meets the starts requirement and he barely meets the completion percentage requirement. The fact that he only completed 60% of his passes in a spread offense like Missouri's is very sad. Chase Daniel completed 67% on his career and 72% in his last season. The entire spread offense is built around making easy throws into space and Gabbert only completed 60% of his passes. What will he do once he is put in an NFL scheme that requires him to make NFL throws and reads? His inaccuracy will become even more of a problem. Gabbert plays timid and he doesn't make quick decisions. He always gets happy feet and feels phantom pressure. Mechanically he has issues too but those are the least of his worries, he plays scared and that is why he will be a bust. But he is very intelligent off the field and he certainly is very talented.

In my opinion there will be three players in this draft class who become good starters.

1.     Jake Locker

2.     Christian Ponder

3.     Andy Dalton

4.     Ricky Stanzi

I believe that McElroy will make a great back-up for some team too.

This is a very weak QB class but next year's is equally strong with 3 QBs who would be worthy of a #1 pick in just about any other draft. Andrew Luck is going to be great, every metric, rule or guideline out there he will fit by next year, everything out there indicates he will be a great QB. Matt Barkley is just a step below Luck with his skill set and experience in an NFL style offense, he is the best QB prospect to come out of USC since Carson Palmer and that is saying something considering the prospects that have left that school (Leinart, Sanchez, Booty, Cassell). Landry Jones is a great prospect too, he is very talented, he has a good arm, a quick release, fantastic accuracy and the composure of an NFL QB. And this doesn't even include talented players like Kirk Cousins or Tyler Wilson (Mallett's back-up who is going to be a junior next year and he outplayed Mallett when given the opportunity).

I'm pretty set on the idea that Andy Reid should avoid this QB class.

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The Running Backs

When we look back on this draft class I believe that the strength of this class will be the running back class. I believe that there will be 13 players from this draft class who will either be starters at RB or be valuable members of team's backfield. They are (in no particular order):

1.     Mark Ingram RB Alabama- I really like his toughness. He runs with great vision and patience. He is a "see four, get four" guy. Very rarely does he get tackled for a loss, his lateral agility is impressive, he has a great feel for cut back lanes, he has shown in the past that he can make people miss, he will seek out contact, he runs with attitude, very angry runner. He wastes little motion when running, he is very efficient. He is also a good receiver. He should be a starting running back for a long time in the NFL.

2.     Mikel LeShoure RB Illinois- The complete running back. He just looks so smooth on the field, like a Mercedes effortlessly moving across the football field, he doesn't even look like he is trying. Whereas most running backs lumber to get up to speed and look jerky when they make moves in the open field LeShoure just breezes through it. He can make you miss, he can bowl you over. He is built powerfully with a low center of gravity and a strong lower body. The only thing is that he gets too many negative yardage plays because he always tries to go for the big play (not unlike Shady McCoy in that aspect).

3.     Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech - A very similar prospect to Mark Ingram. Ryan Williams probably is slightly less powerful than Mark Ingram and that is pretty much the only difference. Ryan Williams has good vision, he runs angry, he is very efficient, he is elusive in the open field and he has good hands.

4.     Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma St. - Has anyone ever seen Kendall Hunter and Ray Rice in the same room?

5.     Shane Vereen RB Cal - Where the hell are all these small, hard charging running backs coming from? My goodness.

6.     Delone Carter RB Syracuse

7.     Jacquizz Rodgers RB Oregon St.

8.     Bilal Powell RB Louisville

9.     Allen Bradford RB USC

10.  Damien Berry RB Miami

11.  Graig Cooper RB Miami

12.  Darren Evans RB Virginia Tech

13.  Johnny White RB North Carolina

Of these players I think that Mikel LeShoure will be the best player. I really like all of these players and I believe they will all be starters but Leshoure will be the best. Mikel Leshoure is a smooth and natural runner. Leshoure is a complete running back who can make you miss or he can run you over. He is the complete package at RB, the only thing he lacks is great speed. He can come in day 1 and start for your team and do it at a high level.

Watch for the Eagles to go after Kendall Hunter, Shane Vereen, Delone Carter or Jacquizz Rodgers on day 2 of the draft.

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What are the Eagles looking for at receiver?

On the wide receivers I'm just sticking with the Eagles. And for this I bring up Dexter McCluster. Why? Well, good question. Had the Chiefs not taken Dexter McCluster rumor has it that Andy Reid was prepared to pull the trigger and draft him over Nate Allen. Interesting right? They very nearly get Dexter McCluster the same year they sign Chad Hall? Well think of it this way, every play that was designed for Chad Hall was nearly manned by Dexter McCluster. It seems as if Andy has found a package that he wants to run.

So for the Eagles I'm expecting them to target little X factor, gadget type guys who can run the wildcat (which Andy Reid still calls on occasion), play the slot, move to RB and return kicks and punts on special teams. So who might the Eagles be looking at?

DeMarco Murray- I hope that the Eagles don't draft Murray. Not only did he go to my high school's archrival but he is going to bust like hell when he gets to the NFL. He isn't a very good RB. He runs too upright, he is too injury prone and his vision and running instincts are mediocre at best. If he wants to succeed in the NFL he better start learning how to play receiver. He has the build of a receiver, he has the athleticism to succeed on the outside, he displays good feet, good hands and good route running potential. He even played receiver last season when Roy Finch was healthy. The reason I'm including him in this is because he is RB/WR tweener who can contribute on returns which is what Andy seems to be looking for.

Noel Devine- He is a cat quick scat back who can make incredible plays but he doesn't have the bulk to play RB full time. He displays the receiving ability to split out wide and the quickness to create space in and out of his breaks. He can most assuredly return kicks on special teams too. At his pro-day teams had him timed in the high 4.2, low 4.3 range so he is a bit more explosive in terms of speed than McCluster was.

Jerrel Jernigan- Most have Jernigan pegged as a 2nd-3rd round pick. That won't happen. Guaranteed. He is a 4th rounder. He compares very favorably to Dexter McCluster though with his short area quickness and versatility in college.

Jock Sanders- Is a very small guy at just a hair above 5'6" but he is thick at 181 pounds, has experience doing all the things the Eagles tried to do with Chad Hall. He can play in the slot and use his quickness and toughness to get open. He can run routes out of the backfield, he can motion over to RB, he can be a change of pace RB and he can return kicks.

Taiwan Jones- Potential. Keep that word in mind when you think of Jones. He is a bit tall and lanky for a RB at 6' tall and 196 pounds so he might have a future as a receiver. He has the speed, he used to go head to head with Jahvid Best in track meets in high school. At his proday Taiwan Jones tore up the field and ran a 4.29. He has the gift of what everyone in the NFL wants right now, speed. He isn't very polished in any aspect of his game but he was a dynamic running back and he might go in round 2. His natural fluidity, short area quickness and hands have me thinking that with some development he could actually make the move to WR.

Give me a choice of any of these guys and I would probably take Jock Sanders.

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Offensive Tackle Prospects

Nate Solder = BUST!! Wait until the mock draft, I'll tell you why.

The best offensive tackle in this draft is Anthony Castonzo. He will start for at least a decade (barring injury) in the NFL and he will be a top 10 OT. No doubt in my mind.

Gabe Carimi is going to be an above average RT who probably gets overrated because of his draft status and kick ass play style. He'll start for a long time in the NFL but I don't think he'll ever be anything great.

Tyron Smith is an enigma. I have no idea how he ends up. I'm leaning towards bust though.

The second best tackle from this class will be Derek Sherrod who will be a good starting tackle for some team for a long time. He is durable and good in every aspect of the game. His lack of any great aspect of his game is getting him lost in the hype but he is a good player who can do it all.

Oh and the sleeper is Willie Smith from ECU. Smith is very raw, he has only been playing OT for about 3 years now but he flashes dominance at times. There are times where you see a potential all-pro out on the field but he is just so raw that he never does it consistently. He has a good frame (6'5", 310 pounds, 34.5" arms) and he has quick feet, good lateral agility and he displays the ability to be a great run blocker with his natural power and strength.

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Potential Defensive Line Targets

We have to look at the type of players that Jim Washburn likes before we can completely understand what type of players he will be targeting

Defensive Linemen Drafted Under Jim Washburn (all #'s are coming out of college numbers):

Jevon Kearse- 6'5" 262 lbs 4.58 40 yard dash

John Thornton- 6'3" 299 lbs. 5.00 40 yard dash

Byron Frisch- 6'5" 281 lbs. 4.73 40 yard dash

Robaire Smith- 6'4" 275 lbs. 4.88 40 yard dish

Albert Haynesworth- 6'6" 318 lbs. 4.82 40 yard dash

Carlos Hall- 6'4" 259 lbs. 4.67 40 yard dash

Rien Long- 6'6" 309 lbs. 5.08 40 yard dash

Travis Laboy- 6'3" 263 lbs. 4.69 40 yard dash

Antwan Odom- 6'6" 274 lbs. 4.71 40 yard dash

Randy Starks- 6'3" 314 lbs. 5.08 40 yard dash

Bo Schoebel- 6'5" 271 lbs. 4.80 40 yard dash

Jared Clauss- 6'5" 294 lbs. 4.95 40 yard dash

Jesse Mahelona- 6'1" 311 lbs. 5.37 40 yard dash

Antonio Johnson- 6'3" 310 lbs. 5.15 40 yard dash

Jacob Ford- 6'4" 249 lbs. 4.65 40 yard dash

Jason Jones- 6'5" 273 lbs. 4.76 40 yard dash

William Hayes- 6'2" 258 lbs. 4.63 40 yard dash

Sen'Derrick Marks- 6'2" 306 lbs. 5.00 40 yard dash

Derrick Morgan- 6'3" 266 lbs. 4.77 40 yard dash

David Howard- 6'3" 292 lbs. 5.03 40 yard dash

Notable Free Agent Signings:

Juqua Parker- 6'1" 237 lbs. 4.59 40 yard dash

Kyle Vanden-Bosch- 6'4" 270 lbs. 4.76 40 yard dash

Tony Brown- 6'2" 273 lbs. 4.83 4.82 40 yard dash

Jason Babin- 6'3" 250 lbs. 4.62 40 yard dash

Jovan Haye- 6'2" 284 lbs. 4.74 40 yard dash

The average triangle numbers of defensive ends under Jim Washburn are: 6'3.75" 261 lbs. and a 4.68 40 yard dash

The average triangle numbers of defensive tackles under Jim Washburn are: 6'3.5" 296 lbs. and a 4.97 40 yard dash

Defensive End Targets:

 

At DE I do not think the Eagles will be spending a high draft pick after acquiring Brandon Graham, Darryl Tapp and Daniel Te'o-Neshiem last season. So I've been looking for some mid-late round sleeper kind of guys. So with all of that in mind here are some targets in the mid to late rounds:

Chris Carter DE/LB Fresno St.- 6'1" 248 pounds and a 4.58 40 yard dash

-Carter is a cat quick and explosive edge rusher who would fit in Jim Washburn's attacking scheme quite well. He is relentless off the edge, plays at 100 mph all the time and has no qualms with flying upfield and attacking. Because of his size he probably won't ever become a starting DE but he is a guy who can bring the heat off of the edge. He had a 1.59 10 yard split and a 36" vertical jump, clearly showing his explosiveness.

Ricky Elmore DE Arizona- 6'5", 255 pounds and a 4.88 40 yard dash

-If there is one thing Jim Washburn likes it is physicality and toughness, both of which Elmore possesses. He isn't a great athlete but all he does is lay it all out on the field and it shows in his production. Brooks Reed is the guy who is getting all the hype but Elmore was a far superior player at Arizona, notching 22.5 sacks and 24.5 TFL in the past two seasons.  He is physical and violent on the edge, he never gives up and he can defend the run just as well as he can rush the passer. He notched a 1.64 10 yard split (which isn't bad at all) and a 34.5" vertical jump so he has the explosiveness to play at the NFL level too. Elmore could probably add about 10 pounds to his frame too.

Craig Marshall DE USF- 6'4" 279 pounds and a 4.96 40 yard dash

-As you can see, Marshall didn't test well at his pro-day. Part of that had to do with the fact that he was coming off of season ending toe surgery. He came in about 15 pounds over his listed weight at USF and he didn't even come close to what was expected of him. He looked like a very good athlete on the field when he was healthy and he has very good upside and his pro-day numbers didn't do him ANY justice. Prior to his injury he was on pace to have a breakout season with 4 sacks and 8 TFL in 7 games.

Jonathan Freeny DE Rutgers- 6'3" 250 pounds and a 4.72 40 yard dash

-This guy is an odd prospect. His junior year he had 9.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL then in his senior year he had 1 sack and 7 TFL. He definitely has the ability to be a difference maker but for some reason he fell off the map as a senior. He can fly up the field and he is shift off of the edge, he has the makings of a very good situational pass rusher. He had a 1.57 10 yard split (very good) and a 37.5" vertical jump which is also very good. He is also the second cousin of Dwight Freeney.

D'Aundre Reed DE Arizona- 6'4" 261 pounds and a 4.75 40 yard dash

-Potential is what has me interested in Reed. Reed didn't start over Brooks Reed or Ricky Elmore but Tyron Smith called Reed the best player he ever faced. Reed is a good athlete, he is 6'4" and 261 pounds with 33.5" arms and 10.25" hands. He runs a 4.75 40 yard dash with a 1.63 10 yard split while notching a 36" vertical jump, a 10'05" broad jump and 30 reps of 225 pounds. Those are impressive workout numbers. The only thing is that he displays a lack of awareness on the field but he flashes from time to time, maybe with some NFL coaching and some added play time (not being buried behind Elmore and Reed) he can improve and become the impact player he has the potential to be.

Also watch out for Markell Carter out of Central Arkansas and Jamari Lattimore out of Middle Tennessee St. Both players are undersized small school players that are similar to players that Washburn has taken shots on recently. Personally I believe they're worse versions of Bryan Smith but just keep an eye on those two. Carter comes from Central Arkansas, which has produced Jacob Ford and Larry Hart recently. Lattimore comes from Middle Tennessee State, which has produced Erik Walden and Chris McCoy recently.

Oh and Keith Darbut is a mega-sleeper. He went to a D-3 school and he is an INCREDIBLE athlete. He might amount to nothing but he might be a guy a team takes a flier on late ala Andy Studebaker. He is 6'4" and 230 pounds so he definitely has to bulk up but he ran a 4.38 40 yard dash with a 1.46 10 yard split and he notched a 38" vertical jump. He was the defensive player of the year in his conference after he put up 11 sacks and 15 TFL. Watch for him at the back end of the draft, might not be the Eagles but just keep an eye out. Potential through the roof.

And don't sleep on Marc Schiechl out of Colorado School Of Mines. Yeah, not exactly a powerhouse but he set the D-II all time record for sacks in a career with 46 sacks and he is third all time in TFL with 70.5. And he is a pretty good athlete too. He is 6'2" and 252 pounds, runs a 4.65 40 yard dash, has a 1.66 10 yard split, 38 reps of 225 and a 35" vertical jump.

Defensive Tackle Targets

At defensive tackle I think the Eagles are looking for some added size and athleticism based on who they're working out. They've shown interest in Kenrick Ellis and Muhammad Wilkerson leading up to the draft which would suggest they're looking for a big, athletic tackle who can clog the middle and rush the passer. These players would also cost a high draft pick so I think the Eagles appear ready to spend a 2nd or 3rd round draft pick on a DT. I think the reason behind this is because the Eagles have been bullied on the ground the past two seasons in the playoffs.

So... Some potential targets:

Muhammad Wilkerson DL Temple

6'4", 315 pounds, a 4.96 40 yard dash, a 1.73 10 yard split, 29 reps of 225 and a 26" vertical jump.

Kenrick Ellis DT Hampton

6'5", 333 pounds (pro-day), a 5.19 40 yard dash, a 1.84 10 yard split, 26 reps of 225 and a 32" vertical jump.

Marvin Austin DT North Carolina

6'2" 309 pounds, a 4.84 40 yard dash, a 1.64 10 yard split (@ 309 llbs, WOW!), 38 reps of 225 and a 30.5" vertical jump.

Jarvis Jenkins DT Clemson

6'4", 310 pounds, a 4.93 40 yard dash (at pro-day), a 1.78 10 yard split, 21 reps of 225 and a 27" vertical jump.

Terrell McClain DT USF

6'2" 297 pounds, a 4.85 40 yard dash (at pro-day), a 1.67 10 yard split, 29 reps of 225 and a 28" vertical jump.

Those are guys who I think the Eagles will target on Day 2 of the draft (they'll have to move up for Wilkerson).

A guy they could be looking at in the middle of the draft is Cedric Thornton. Cedric is 6'3" and 309 pounds but he doesn't look it, he carries his weight very well. He is quick off the snap, explosive, and has a great motor. He is a raw, toolsy player who has talent and gives great effort. He has the potential to be a tone setter in the middle of the defense, he likes to talk and he won't back down from a challenge. He is an explosive and violent hitter when getting to the QB and he makes his presence known. Watch for him in the middle rounds, he is just the kind of guy that Jim Washburn loves. He is athletic, can move upfield and he is mean.

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Potential Linebacker Targets 

 

At LB I believe that the Eagles should draft versatile, tough, durable guys like Mason Foster or Quan Sturdivant but I think they're going in a different direction. As you all know the NFL is getting more and more pass happy and to compensate that teams are putting more emphasis on being able to run, cover and blitz. Being able to take on power formations is becoming less and less important.

Why do I think the Eagles are headed in this direction? Well the trend over the past few seasons is the linebackers are getting smaller and faster. Jamar Chaney, Keenan Clayton, Akeem Jordan, Moise Fokou, Will Witherspoon and Omar Gaither are all examples of this. The one position the Eagles do seem to be holding out on big guys at is the SLB spot where the Eagles drafted Stewart Bradley (6'4" 255), Chris Gocong (6'2" 263) and Ricky Sapp (6'4", 252) to play. They also acquired Alex Hall (6'5", 250) to man the spot.

So with the Eagles looking for speedier, coverage type players at LB I think the Eagles will target:

Bruce Carter LB North Carolina- He would be a top 20 pick if it wasn't for an ACL injury that has put his rookie season in doubt. He was a very good player at North Carolina and he has athleticism to spare. He has set UNC linebacker records in the power clear (374) and the vertical jump (40.5 inches). The 238-pounder has also been clocked at 4.39 in the 40 and bench-presses 440. He can squat 605 pounds and he has a 40.5" vertical jump.

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Pass defense: Provides a good initial pop to the tight end and has the agility and speed to trail closely when in man coverage. Gains good depth on his drop. Changes directions fluidly and has rare straight-line speed. Reacts aggressively to the movement of the quarterback, showing good route recognition and a burst to close on the ball. Can be beaten with good play-action due to his over-aggression.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Generates good speed off the edge as a stand-up blitzer. Typically relies on his speed to run around the offensive lineman, showing good flexibility and agility in doing so. Gives blockers an explosive pop to disengage from blocks, but has yet to develop a variety of pass rush moves or the hand technique to fight through once they've latched on to him.

Brian Rolle LB Ohio St- A small guy with a ton of heart is what Brian Rolle is. He is tough as nails and he plays his heart out every time he is on the field (enough clichés for you?). He measured in at 5'10" and 229 pounds while recording a 4.53 40 yard dash.

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Good overall athlete with a quick burst. Has good agility. Plays on the balls of his feet and can change direction quickly. Can make plays from sideline-to-sideline. Flips his hips open in coverage to turn and trail. Drops quickly and can get back and cover deep zones. Keeps receivers in front of him and his eyes on the quarterback. Very aggressive in coverage, regularly knocking receivers off their routes. Runs well with tight ends and running backs in man coverage.

Gets into the backfield very quickly when blitzing.

J.T. Thomas LB West Virginia- J.T. Thomas is a guy who actually has good size at 6'1" and 241 pounds. He runs a 4.65 40 yard dash. He is a high character guy who does whatever he can to help his team win. He is a guy who could be a nickel linebacker and play special teams right away and probably eventually compete for a starting spot.

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Has some natural fluidity and smoothness in his hips and possesses above-average straight-line speed. Shows the ability to sidestep blockers and can get upfield in a hurry when asked to rush the passer.

Personally my favorite part of the scouting report is when they described him as having a violent playing style.

Jabara Williams LB Stephen F. Austin- Another smaller, quick guy. Jabara is 6'2" and 228 pounds and he runs a 4.58 40 yard dash and he has a 36.5" vertical jump. He isn't the most polished player in coverage but he has the athleticism to eventually be a very good cover LB in the NFL. And he sure does like to run and hit, he plays with attitude and he is aggressive.

Nate Bussey LB Illinois- He is sort of similar to Keenan Clayton. At the Illinois pro day he measured in at 6'1" and 229 pounds while also running a 4.49 40 yard dash. Bussey is a playmaker at the LB spot who used to play safety. He is a special teams maven and he is a very rangy and athletic WLB. He could even play SS if given the chance. He flies around the field and he has some decent pop when he hits. Most likely a valuable special teams player ala Tracy White.

Jeff Tarpinian LB Iowa- He is a good athlete who could play any of the three LB spots. He has very good instincts too. He has good size. He is athletic. So why haven't you heard of him before? Well probably because he has been overshadowed on the star studded Iowa defense. He didn't get to play significantly until Angerer and Edds left Iowa for the NFL. And he has injury issues in the past. But he has all the tools to become a starter at some point in the NFL.

Mario Harvey LB Marshall- He is an aggressive, energetic and playmaking defender. He is 5'11" and 257 pounds which conjures up images to Joe Mays, but that's wrong because Harvey ran a 4.46 40 yard dash. He isn't the most fluid of athletes but he is serviceable in coverage because of his straight-line speed. Where he is best is moving forward, he throws himself into blockers and stonewalls them. He is also a good blitzer as he notched 14.5 sacks in the past two seasons.

Jeremiah Hunter LB Iowa- Jeremiah Hunter is a prospect with a complete game. He has the speed to survive in space and he can cover running backs and tight ends. He looks like he could become an impact player in coverage at the next level with his athleticism. And he has solid instincts against the run too and he is generally a secure tackler. He isn't much of a blitzer though, he has never recorded a sack.

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The Eagles Need A Press Corner

The Eagles have Asante Samuel. Great player. There is one thing he is terrible at: Press coverage. This limits everything the Eagles can do on defense. The Eagles need a physical press corner. The Eagles don't need another off corner like Asante or Trevard Lindley. The Eagles brought in Johnny Lynn who has a history of running man to man schemes and a history of grabbing bigger, press corners. So who will the Eagles draft?

Jimmy Smith

Brandon Harris (very reminiscent of Sheldon Brown)

Ras-I Dowling

Brandon Burton

Jalil Brown

Curtis Marsh

Richard Sherman

Darrin Walls

Those are the players that the Eagles should target at various points in the draft.

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Potential Safety Targets

The Eagles don't need a ton of help at safety, they've got their future starters in Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman. What they might need is a player to provide depth and be the back-up plan to Kurt Coleman just in case he doesn't work out. Just for a point of reference here is a list of safeties acquired while Mike Zordich has been an Eagle:

Sean Jones: 6'2" 218 lbs. 4.63 40 yard dash (SS)

Macho Harris: 5'11" 198 lbs. 4.68 40 yard dash (FS)

Nate Allen: 6'1" 207 lbs. 4.50 40 yard dash (FS)

Kurt Coleman: 5'10" 192 lbs. 4.55 40 yard dash (FS)

Colt Anderson: 5'9.5" 194 lbs. 4.53 40 yard dash (SS)

Jamar Adams: 6'2" 212 lbs. 4.59 40 yard dash (SS)

Marlin Jackson: 6'1" 198 lbs. 4.52 40 yard dash (FS)

Jamar Wall: 5'10" 204 lbs. 4.52 40 yard dash (FS)

As you can see, there is a little bit of everything so trying to guess what type of player the Eagles might be looking for is a crap shoot. So we're looking towards the mid rounds for safety targets. Personally, these are the guys that I like and think will become good players:

DeAndre McDaniel

Chris Conte

Jaiqwuan Jarrett

Quinton Carter

Mark Legree

DeJon Gomes- No link so it looks like I'm going to have to do this myself. Gomes is a jack of all trades. He played LB, SS and even some nickel corner at Nebraska. He doesn't stick out in any area of the game but he doesn't really appear to be a huge liability in any aspect either. He is physical too and he doesn't hesitate to get in on the action. He should be a good reserve safety and special teams player in the NFL.

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The Final Mock Draft

1 - Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton QB Auburn

-The Panthers need a franchise QB and there is no denying that Cam Newton has the talent to be just that. However, there are big time issues with Cam Newton. His entire game is going to have to change, he can't be a run first QB in the NFL if he wants to run an efficient NFL offense. His mechanics are going to need changing. He is going to have to learn how to read a defense. He is going to have to learn how to do almost everything required of him in a pro-style offense because as mentioned before nothing from his Auburn offense translates to a pro-style offense. Personally I do not like this pick at all and I think this is going to ruin the Ron Rivera era of the Carolina Panthers. Maybe he'll come back and be the defensive coordinator of the Eagles?

2 - Denver Broncos - Marcell Dareus DL Alabama

-The Broncos need some help on the interior of their defensive line. Their defensive line was an issue when Mike Shannahan left and Douche-Face McGee (otherwise known as Josh McDaniels) never addressed it. The guys starting on the interior of the Broncos defensive line probably wouldn't even make most rosters around the league. It's just a collection of misfits and castoffs. The Broncos have Dumervile and Ayers to man the DE spots so John Fox spends his first pick on Marcell Dareus. Dareus is a complete defensive lineman who has flashed dominance in college. He has some durability issues but if he is healthy the Broncos are going to have one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL who is capable of playing UT or NT.

3 - Buffalo Bills -Von Miller LB Texas A&M

-Remember Aaron Maybin? Yeah, well he is completely awful and despite being picked 11th overall pick two years ago he has yet to record a sack in the NFL. It is safe to say the Bills need a pass rusher. Enter Von Miller. Von Miller put up 27.5 sacks and 39 TFL the past two seasons so you know he can get after the pass rusher. His combination of size and speed will make him the next great 3-4 OLB. Miller is 6'2" and 246 pounds but despite that he still ran a 4.42 at the NFL combine (1.57 10 yard split) and notched a 37" vertical jump. He is an aggressive, go get ‘em type athlete who will give offensive tackles in the NFL fits right off the bat.

4 - Cincinnati Bengals - AJ Green WR Georgia

-Oh the Bengals... What would they be like if they had a decent owner? I'm sure Paul Brown is rolling over in his grave because of how terrible an owner his son has become. With no QB worth the #4 pick the Bengals opt to draft AJ Green. With this pick the Bengals have a very good collection of weapons for whoever ends up as the starting QB. They would have Chad Johnson who is probably better served as a #2 receiver these days. They would have Jerome Simpson who really turned it on down the stretch (18 catches, 248 yards, 3 TDs in the last 2 games). Jermaine Gresham, last year's first round pick is only going to get better (and he was already pretty good in his rookie year). And after all those guys the Bengals have a good slot man in the making in Jordan Shipley. Whoever ends up QB-ing this team is going to have a lot of weapons at their disposal if the Bengals end up picking AJ Green.

5- Arizona Cardinals - Patrick Peterson CB LSU

-Ideally the Cardinals would've wanted to pick Von Miller so they could have a pass rushing presence but the Bills took him so the Cardinals just take the BPA and draft Patrick Peterson which also fills a hole. Patrick Peterson gives the Cardinals what could become the best CB combination in the NFL very quickly. Both DRC and Patrick Peterson would be capable of shutting down the opposing #1 receiver.

6 - Cleveland Browns - Julio Jones WR Alabama

-Mike Holmgren has came out and said that he is looking for weapons on offense and he gets one with the #6 overall pick. Julio Jones is a man beast at receiver. He has some issues with drops on occasion (ala T.O.) but he is capable of doing whatever you ask of him on the football field. He can go deep with the best of them. He can go over the middle. He can high point the ball. He is the best run blocking receiver in this draft. And after the catch he runs like a power running back, just bowling over defensive backs. The one issue you might run into with Julio is that he definitely looks like a diva receiver, if you don't get him into the action he seems like he loses interest. I believe that Julio Jones is going to be the best receiver to come from this draft.

7 - San Francisco 49ers - Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska

-The 49ers are going to let Nate Clements go and the rest of the secondary is mediocre too so the 49ers need some help at corner. New coach Jim Harbaugh elects to draft Prince Amukamara, who was a shut down corner at Nebraska. He ran a 4.38 at the combine but that speed doesn't translate to the field. Prince isn't the most fluid corner ever and he can be beaten deep. I've seen Prince beaten up by Justin Blackmon and be beaten badly by Jake Locker and Kearse on Washington. But, he is a polished corner who is ready to start now and he should be a good starter for a long time in San Francisco. He is very reminiscent of Quintin Jammer and I think he will have a similar career.

8 - Tennessee Titans - Nick Fairley DT Auburn

-The Titans are probably the dirtiest team in football, they love to get inside your head and make you lose focus. They also need a dominant presence on the DL. Who fits both of those things? Nick Fairley. Perfect fit.

9 - Dallas Cowboys -Tyron Smith OT USC

-The Cowboys have invested a ton of money into the skill positions but they've neglected the offensive line as of late. This came back to bite them last season big time. They need some young talent on the offensive line to make it so the Cowboys can fully utilize the talent Jerry Jones has amassed at receiver and running back. Tyron Smith is a very athletic tackle who can mirror pass rushers in space. But don't mistake him for a finesse guy, he really tries to get after it in the run game and he displays a willingness to be physical.

10 - Washington Redskins - Cameron Jordan DL Cal

-The Redskins need to get more talent on the defensive line if they want to successfully make the move to a 3-4 defense. Last season the defensive line was terrible in the new scheme. Cameron Jordan is an athletic freak, he measured in at 6'4" and 287 pounds at the combine and despite that he still managed to run a 4.74 40 yard dash (1.64 10 yard split). His times would stand up to most 4-3 defensive ends and some 3-4 outside linebackers. His times are actually almost identical to those of Lamarr Woodley. He could play DE in a 4-3 defense, 3-4 defense, he could play UT and at his pro-day, scouts even had him drop into coverage. Cameron Jordan is a mature, hard working team player that Shanny will love and he fits the scheme the Redskins run. Cameron Jordan is going to be one of the better defensive linemen in the NFL.

11 - Houston Texans - Robert Quinn DE/LB North Carolina

-The Texans are moving to a 3-4 defense and they need some 3-4 linebackers so they draft Robert Quinn who, had he played this past season probably would've went top 3. He has the potential to become one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, he has every tool you could ever want from a pass rusher. Teaming Quinn with Mario Williams is going to give QBs nightmares. And the added pass rush should also help improve the pass defense as well.

12 - Minnesota Vikings - Christian Ponder QB Florida St.

-Is it a reach? Probably but teams always overdraft QBs. Christian Ponder is the most pro-ready QB in this draft and with the weapons that are at his disposal in Minnesota he could become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Christian Ponder has the best pocket presence and pocket awareness in the draft, he knows how to manipulate the pocket. He is probably the most accurate QB in this draft too. He doesn't have a cannon arm but he has enough arm strength to keep defenses honest and still have zip on intermediate to long passes. His mechanics are the smoothest of any QB in this draft, he has a quick release and a tight spiral. He is ready to go. And working with Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin he should have no trouble developing into an upper echelon starting QB. He has a skill set similar to Kevin Kolb, Chad Pennington (when he was good, before he tore up his shoulder) and Matt Hasselbeck.

13 - Detroit Lions -Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College

-The absolute best LT prospect in this draft. He can do it all, he is physical and mean when blocking the run. He has the balance and quickness to protect the blindside of a QB. He is the complete package, he could stand to add more strength to his frame but he is ready to go right now which is good because Matt Stafford needs protection. Matt Stafford has been injured each of the past two seasons and he needs to get playing time this season.

14 - St. Louis Rams - Corey Liuget DT Illinois

-The Rams are rumored to be high on Liuget and you can see why. He has good size at 6'2" and 300 pounds but he carries his weight very well. He has the potential to be a quick and agile penetrator. He has the strength to hold up against the run. He is the total package at DT, he isn't a dominating talent but he could be a guy who clogs the middle and gets 3-5 sacks for a while in the middle of the developing Rams defense.

15 - Miami Dolphins - Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas

-Despite issues regarding just about everything the Dolphins look like they're going to take a chance on Mallett. I don't like him and I think he will bust but there is potential. The guy has incredible arm strength. He can make any throw on the field. The problem is that his accuracy is questionable at best, he has character issues (attitude, poor leader, too demonstrative, drugs?), he doesn't deal with pressure well, he chokes in big situations and he is about as mobile as a statue. He did run a pro-style offense at Arkansas and he did have to make NFL style audibles, adjustments and reads at the line which is a positive. I'm betting he isn't going to amount to much in the NFL though.

16 - Jacksonville Jaguars - Jimmy Smith CB Colorado

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-       RAGE. RAGE. RAGE. RAGE. RAGE.

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That is how is how things would go if the Jaguars made this pick. I REALLY hope Jimmy Smith falls to the Eagles because Jimmy Smith is going to be the best CB from this draft class.

17 - New England Patriots - Nate Solder OT Colorado

-Most people have the Patriots going pass rusher here but I think they're going to go with a pass protector. Why? The offensive line was obliterated by the Jets in the playoffs. They were doubling Jason Taylor. Yeah, you read that correctly, THE PATRIOTS HAD TO DOUBLE JASON TAYLOR. That's when you know things are bad. Matt Light is on a rapid decline and he is no longer a starting caliber player, he is also a free agent. The Patriots need another offensive tackle to protect Tom Brady. To do so they draft Nate Solder a big, raw, athletic tackle with incredible upside. Nate Solder has the potential to be an all-pro but he needs to work on just about everything. He is a waist bender who plays with poor leverage and he doesn't use his hands well at all nor does he possess good footwork. Right now Solder is a piece of clay that needs a lot of molding but the Patriots have already turned one great prospect into a starting tackle (Sebastian Vollmer) so they have faith they can do it again. With Vollmer and Solder as the starting tackles the Patriots probably have the biggest set of starting tackles in the NFL this side of Minnesota.

18 - San Diego Chargers - Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue

-Ryan Kerrigan doesn't seem like a 3-4 OLB but in the Chargers' power 3-4 scheme he fits. Kerrigan is a high motor, relentless player who does nothing but produce when he is put on the field. He is the record holder for most forced fumbles all time in the Big 10. He is a great locker room guy and he should become an integral part of the San Diego defense. I think he would fit better as a 4-3 DE though and I would be willing to bet that he would turn into the best 4-3 DE in this draft. He reminds me a little bit of Justin Tuck with his powerful and relentless style of play.

19 - New York Giants - Mike Pouncey OL Florida

-Last year the Giants were racked with injuries on the interior of their offensive line and they're aging too so the Giants need some young talent in the middle of their offensive line. Mike Pouncey could come in right away and start at either guard position (he has the skill to do so, not saying he'll start over Snee) or they could develop him at center. Pouncey is very similar to his brother, he is a big, strong and athletic interior lineman who is a capable run blocker and pass blocker. He has the athleticism to thrive in a zone blocking scheme and he has the strength and power to thrive in a more powerful scheme. He is the complete package in the middle of the offensive line. Expect him to be making probowls early in his career just like his brother did.

20 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson

-Steal of the draft? Maybe. Bust? Just as likely. The Buccaneers need a defensive end and it just so happens that talented, but injured Da'Quan Bowers falls into their laps. Bowers has a knee injury that forces him to slide in the draft but he has talent. He is a powerful defensive end who had his way with college offensive tackles. He is a great run defender and he did a good job rushing the passer in his last season at Clemson. He could be the next Justin Tuck or he could be the next Victor Abiamiri (talented but stuck on IR every year). I don't think that Bowers is going to amount to much in the NFL but there is no denying he has talent and the Buccaneers need a defensive end.

21 - Kansas City Chiefs - Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin

-The Kansas City Chiefs offensive line is terrible, especially the RT spot.  It was so bad that they would've taken an offensive tackle last year had Eric Berry not been on the board. This year they get their starting RT in Gabe Carimi, he fits what the Cheifs are. The Chiefs are a gritty team that thrive on being physical and that is Gabe Carimi's game. He should be a good starter at RT for years to come for Kansas City.

22 - Indianapolis Colts - Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri

-Peyton Manning is 35, hard to believe isn't it? The best QB of our generation is closing in on retirement. Peyton Manning is the Colts franchise, once he goes things figure to go downhill very fast unless they grab a replacement.


I think I need to explain this one a bit more. Gabbert is going to slide, count on it. He has a bunch of hype because ESPN is blowing him up but he isn't going to go top 5, he simply isn't good enough. ESPN also hyped up Jimmy Clausen, Jevan Snead, Andre Woodson, Briah Brohm and Brady Quinn, all of whom have amounted to nothing. Gabbert is going to slide for reasons I stated much earlier in this post. But that is the best thing for him.  @font-face { font-family: "MS 明朝"; }@font-face { font-family: "MS 明朝"; }@font-face { font-family: "Cambria"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Cambria; }a:link, span.MsoHyperlink { color: blue; text-decoration: underline; }a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed { color: purple; text-decoration: underline; }p.MsoListParagraph, li.MsoListParagraph, div.MsoListParagraph { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Cambria; }p.MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst, li.MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst, div.MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Cambria; }p.MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle, li.MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle, div.MsoListParagraphCxSpMiddle { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Cambria; }p.MsoListParagraphCxSpLast, li.MsoListParagraphCxSpLast, div.MsoListParagraphCxSpLast { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: Cambria; }.MsoChpDefault { font-family: Cambria; }div.WordSection1 { page: WordSection1; }

If he starts right away and is tossed into the fire he will bust, he will bust hard. If he is afforded a couple years on the bench learning behind one of the best QBs ever, he has a much better shot at making it. He has all the tools but he isn’t ready for the NFL. He could become the next Aaron Rodgers if he is allowed to sit behind Peyton Manning for a few years.

 

23 – Philadelphia Eagles - Brandon Harris CB Miami

-The Eagles need a press corner, and they draft Brandon Harris? Yeah. Do you remember that Sheldon Brown character? You know, the one who laid out running backs, was a good press corner and was the most physical corner on the Eagles for years? Yeah, you remember him? Well, turns out he wasn’t even 5’10” he measured in at 5’9” at the combine.

I’ve went over this a billion times with a few of you guys who keep insisting he is a bad player. Brandon Harris is an aggressive, challenging, physical corner who plays much bigger than he is, supports the run aggressively, can play off coverage, can play press and is better in man than zone because of his footwork when breaking on balls in front of him. But, I don’t think you all believe me so for support I turn to Greg Cosell, employee of NFL Films and director and executive producer of the NFL Match-Up show on ESPN.

 

Here is the link where Cosell discusses Brandon Harris.

 

* Primarily played LCB in Miami’s base defense versus PITTSBURGH
* Played in the slot in sub-packages, Scheme versatility, Multiple skill set
* Very good feel for zone coverage concepts based on reading routes
* Excellent quickness, Loose hips, Very fluid and smooth in his movement
* Aggressive and challenging mindset, both in coverage and run support
* Played both RCB + LCB in the base defense and in the slot in sub-packages versus FLORIDA STATE
* Very comfortable playing press man, both mirror and bail technique
* Comfortable playing both outside and in the slot
* Smooth and fluid athlete with loose hips and change of direction
* Played a lot of press man versus VIRGINIA TECH
*
Clearly the physical skill set to be a starting NFL corner
*  Again played in the slot in the nickel sub-packages
*  Utilized at times as a blitzer off the slot, Excellent burst and speed

*  Played both to the field and to the boundary versus VIRGINIA TECH
* Scheme flexibility because of experience outside and in the slot
* Played a lot of man coverage, both outside and in the slot
*  Only negative is height (5’9½“) but confident and competitive playing both man and zone
*  Transitions well to the NFL as a starting corner on the outside, and a slot corner in sub-packages

Expect Brandon Harris to be a good starting corner in the NFL similar to Brandon Flowers and Sheldon Brown.

 

24 – New Orleans Saints - Muhammad Wilkerson DL Temple

-The Saints are losing two defensive tackles to free agency and they’ve long been looking for a compliment to Sedrick Ellis. Now they finally get their guy they can team up with Ellis on the middle of the defensive line and wreak havoc. Wilkerson is a long, athletic defensive tackle who wreaks havoc in opposing backfields. He’s at his best when attacking and moving forward, using his long arms to turn offensive linemen and then his quickness to split gaps with the room he creates.

 

25 – Seattle Seahawks - J.J. Watt DL Wisconsin

-Pete Caroll runs a weird scheme, essentially he plays 3 DTs and uses his SLB as a 3-4 defense would use their SLB. When it utilizes the right players it can be a scheme that can absolutely shut down the run. Last year they had a lot of success with it when they had Red Bryant lining up at the LDE spot but then he got hurt and things went downhill. As you can probably imagine the 6’4” and 326 pound Bryant wasn’t generating much of a pass rush. The Seahawks could use an upgrade at the LDE spot and they grab one in JJ Watt. JJ Watt fits Pete Caroll’s scheme perfectly, he is a big strong end who can anchor against the run, but at the same time he can rush the passer with his surprising quickness and powerful frame.

 

26 – Baltimore Ravens - Cameron Heyward DL Ohio St.

-The Ravens need some youth on their defensive line, Kelly Gregg is 34 and Corey Redding is 30. Terrence Cody is the eventual replacement at NT but they need another young player to challenge and replace Redding (who isn’t all that good to begin with). The Ravens look for mean, high motor, in your face type defenders, it’s how they’ve build their defense, they want the players who are going to deliver the late hit. Heyward is a tough, explosive interior player who is a top notch run defender and he is as tough as they come. He needs to become more consistent as a pass rusher but when he is on he is damn near un-blockable. If Heyward reaches his potential he could be the next Richard Seymour.

 

27 – Atlanta Falcons - Aldon Smith DE Missouri

-The Falcons need another pass rusher, as it is clear now, that Jamaal Anderson is a complete bust (he might become a good 3-4 DE though). John Abraham is getting up their in age and without him the Falcons pass rush is nothing. The Falcons draft Aldon Smith who has a ton of potential. Aldon Smith has the potential to become a game changing pass rusher. He is tall and lanky but he has wiry strength and is better against the run than you might expect a guy like him to be. He played all over the defensive line at Missouri and he even dropped into coverage occasionally. The issues with him are durability, he was a one year wonder, he isn’t an overly gifted athlete and he doesn’t seem to be a guy who can climb back into the pocket once he is pushed by and he isn’t a guy who consistently displays the ability to bend around the edge.

 

28 – New England Patriots – Brooks Reed DE/LB Arizona

-The Patriots are a team that values athleticism highly and they value a good work ethic highly so you know that Brooks Reed is on their radar. Way back in January I told you that he would blow up after the combine and I was right.

 

I’ve seen a few Arizone games and this guy always sticks out, always. Now that can partially be attributed to his long, flowing locks of hair but it can also be attributed to his on field demeanor, the guy plays like a man possessed. The one play that sticks out in my mind was on the last drive in the game against Iowa, Reed sacked Stanzi to put the game on ice. His appearance and demeanor on the field are really reminiscent of Clay Matthews IMO, he probably doesn’t have the same amount of skill but he really does remind me of Clay. This is another guy who just leaves his heart on the field every Saturday. Brooks Reed could probably move to LB but I think he will be just fine at DE too. Reed does a great job with a variety of pass rush moves to run around, through, and over opposing offensive linemen. He is an incredible athlete but for some reason that doesn’t really translate to a real explosive athlete on the field, personally I think its more of a technique issue so its fixable. His athleticism flashes on the field when he is closing in on quarterbacks and he even displays potential in coverage because of his athleticism. Unlike a bunch of other players Reed makes the little plays, guys like Richard Quinn, Aldon Smith and Allen Bailey will go above him but Reed is more fundamentally sound and disciplined than any of those 3 I mentioned.

Oh and here are those freaky workout numbers I hinted at: Reed power-cleans 450, squats more than 600 and ran a 4.62 40-yard dash this spring.

This guy’s stock is going to move way up after the combine if those numbers are accurate, he could sneak into round 2 with his combination of tenacity/athleticism.

I knew he would blow up but I never expected him to go round 1 but it looks like it might happen and Reed should be a good player for the Patriots for years.

 

29 – Chicago Bears - Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi St.

-The Bears offensive line was atrocious last season. The offensive line limited what Mike Martz could do last season and I doubt they want that to happen again. Derek Sherrod is a battle tested SEC veteran who is a good player. He started for 3 seasons out at LT for the Bulldogs and he is a prototype LT with long arms and the longest wingspan of any OT in the draft. He is 6’5” and 320 pounds and he could play RT or LT. If he was just a better run blocker and played with more of an edge he would be a top 15 selection without a doubt. He should be an unheralded starter for the Bears for the better part of a decade.

 

30 – New York Jets - Akeem Ayers LB UCLA

-The Jets don’t really have an impact 3-4 OLB and Rex Ryan really hopes he can develop Akeem Ayers into one. It’s simple really. Akeem has the size to play 3-4 OLB, he has the physical ability to get after the passer,  he was  DE recruit coming out of highschool and with some development he could become a good pass rusher in a 3-4 defense. He is probably better suited to play SLB in a 4-3 defense though.

 

31 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Phil Taylor NT Baylor

-What do all great 3-4 defenses have? A great nose tackle. The Steelers have Casey Hampton but he is going to be 34 next season and he can’t play forever. Phil Taylor is a big run stuffing nose tackle who can anchor the Steelers defense after Casey Hampton moves on (or when he is injured, which isn’t all that uncommon, he has only played 4 complete seasons). Phil Taylor is surprisingly agile and he can push the pocket on passing downs too. This should help keep the Steelers defense in tip top shape for years.

 

32 – Green Bay Packers - Leonard Hankerson WR Miami

-Surprising? Shouldn’t be. Leonard Hankerson is probably going to go in the last part of the first round whether it is to the Falcons, Patriots or Packers. Why do the Packers need him? Donald Driver is 36 and James Jones is a free agent who probably isn’t coming back. Statistically, Hankerson is the best receiver to ever go to the University of Miami which is very, very impressive considering the talented receivers who went to “The U”. He is a big receiver with surprising speed. He has good hands and he runs good routes too. He is a polished receiver who could be the primary target for an NFL offense. He can do everything well, he is a complete receiver. His skill set is very reminiscent of Reggie Wayne’s and just like Reggie he could be a 100 catch guy and consistent 1000 yard guy if given the chance.

 

Eagles Mock Draft With No Trades:

Pick

Player

(1) 23

Brandon Harris CB Miami

(2) 54

Stephen Wisniewski OL Penn St.

(3) 85

Shane Vereen RB California

(4) 104

Chris Conte S California

(4) 120

Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas

(5) 149

Ricky Elmore DE Arizona

(5) 153

Brian Rolle LB Ohio St.

(7) 228

J.T. Thomas LB West Virginia

(7) 236

Darrin Walls CB Notre Dame

(7) 239

Jock Sanders WR/RB West Virginia

 

Eagles Mock Draft With Trades:

 

The Eagles trade their first round pick to the San Diego Chargers for the 50th and 61st picks

 

Pick

Player

(2) 50

Marcus Cannon OL TCU

(2) 54

Ras-I Dowling CB Virginia

(2) 61

Bruce Carter LB North Carolina

(3) 85

Shane Vereen RB California

(4) 104

Curtis Marsh CB Utah St.

(4) 120

Cedric Thornton DT Southern Arkansas

(5) 149

Rick Elmore DE Arizona

(5) 153

Mark Legree S Appalachian St.

(7) 228

Jabara Williams LB Stephen F. Austin

(7) 236

Marc Schiechl  DE Colorado School For Mines

(7) 239

Jock Sanders WR/RB West Virginia

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