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    2010 NFL Draft – Post Combine Rankings

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    Why the big move up for Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford in my rankings? It’s because I am starting to see the total package after revisiting film and watching him weigh in (6’4 ¼ 236) & answer questions about his injured shoulder. It appears the shoulder is at 85% right now, he’s throwing over 100 passes in his sessions and it’s holding up great; by the time camp starts or contact starts (in August) Bradford will be 100% and ready. He has the look of a player that could bring wins to a franchise and is my current favorite for the #1 Overall Pick to St. Louis. Like Bradford, Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen didn’t work out in Indy and will wait to throw at his Pro Day. I’m uncertain if NFL teams think of Clausen as a Top 5 guy and it looks more likely he’ll be in that 6-10 range on draft day. The story is the same for Texas’ Colt McCoy (who weighed in at only 6’1 1/8) and we’ll have to wait until his Pro Day as well. Though he also didn’t throw in Indy, Florida’s Tim Tebow did the athletic tests and had great success posting QB highs in the vertical (38.5”), the short shuttle (4.17), the long shuttle (11.27), and posted an incredible 6.66 3-Cone time. Before I jump to any conclusions about Tebow’s draft stock I’m going to have to check out this new motion and how he throws at his Pro Day.

    On the field no Quarterback really stood out though West Virginia’s Jarrett Brown posted a great 40 time (4.54) and Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour was able to show his athleticism at 6’3 ¼ 230. Nothing I saw would change my opinions that John Skelton, Jevan Snead, and Levi Brown are anything more than mid-round picks at best. Zac Robinson and Tony Pike were also unspectacular in Indianapolis as were late-undrafted options Mike Kafka and Sean Canfield. It should be interesting to follow the QB Pro Days as Tennessee’s Jonathan Crompton, Appalachian State’s Armanti Edwards, and Eastern Washington’s Matt Nichols will be working out then. Nothing much is settled (or strong) in this class except for the top where Bradford & Clausen may have franchise potential.

    1. Sam Bradford – Oklahoma – Top 5 pick*
    2. Jimmy Clausen – Notre Dame – Top 10 pick*
    3. Tim Tebow - Florida - Early 2nd-Early 3rd
    4. Colt McCoy - Texas - Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
    5. Dan LeFevour – Central Michigan – Late 3rd-Early 5th
    6. Jarrett Brown – West Virginia – Mid 3rd-Early 5th
    7. John Skelton – Fordham – Early 4th-Late 5th
    8. Jevan Snead – Mississippi – Early 5th-6th Round
    9. Mike Kafka - Northwestern - Late 4th-6th Round
    10. Levi Brown – Troy – 6th-7th Round
    11. Zac Robinson – Oklahoma State – 6th-7th Round
    12. Tony Pike – Cincinnati – Late 4th-7th Round
    13. Jonathan Crompton – Tennessee – 6th-7th Round
    14. Armanti Edwards – Appalachain State – 6th Round-UDFA
    15. Matt Nichols – Eastern Washington – 7th Round-UDFA
    16. Sean Canfield – Oregon State – UDFA
    17. Daryll Clark – Penn State – UDFA
    18. Rusty Smith – Florida Atlantic - UDFA
    19. Tim Hiller – Western Michigan – UDFA
    20. Max Hall – BYU – UDFA

    Running Backs

    The 2010 NFL Combine came and went for the Running Backs with few changes at the top. Clemson’s C.J. Spiller measured in at only 196 pounds and didn’t do a full workout, but he did run the 40 with a time of 4.37. California’s Jahvid Best, another sub-200 back (199) ran the fastest 40 at the position (4.35) and should receive consideration toward the end of the first despite concussion concerns. Fresno State’s Ryan Matthews is a player moving up the boards and turned in a great workout in Indy with a 4.45 40 at 5’11 5/8 218. Matthews is largely thought to be the class’ most complete back, showing a little bit of everything under coach Pat Hill; it appears he could go as early as the First Round though I have more of a Mid-Second grade on him. Auburn’s Ben Tate was perhaps the position’s greatest standout at the Combine and took momentum from a strong Senior season & week at the Senior Bowl. If given a good situation Tate could be a surprise to some as he does have a second gear (4.43), explosiveness (40.5” vert & 10’4 broad), quickness, & fluidity all at 220. There is a chance that a team in the Mid-Late 2nd is intrigued by feature back potential and as evidenced all season there might be some hope there; at worst he should be a serviceable back in a north-south offense.

    Two guys at opposite ends of the spectrum are Stanford’s Toby Gerhart and Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer. Gerhart had a great weekend at the Combine showing great physique at 6’0 1/8 231 and he really tested well with a 38” vert, a 9’10 broad, and impressive times in the short shuttle (4.25) and 3-Cone (6.94). Ultimately, if you came in with questions about his speed & ability to break the big run, you’re still going to have those concerns at the end of the day; but, Gerhart had a great workout and draw interest as early as the Mid 2nd though I have him graded right in the Early 3rd as a prospect. Dwyer managed to look out of shape and really lacked speed & explosiveness; he failed to stand out in any way and could be looking at a fall to the Mid 3rd, perhaps even the 4th Round unless he improves greatly at his Pro Day. Mississippi’s Dexter McCluster was very quick & fluid as expected though his slow 4.58 40 will alarm some. Tennessee’s Montario Hardesty (5’11 ¾ 225) & Buffalo’s James Starks (6’2 1/8 218) are two big backs that will come off the boards in the middle rounds and each possess enough explosiveness and athleticism to capture good roles on teams. Hardesty ran a 4.49 and posted RB highs in the vertical (41”) and broad jump (10’4) as well as good times in every timed test.

    Out of the rest of the backs there really weren’t any standouts. Oklahoma State’s Keith Toston is a guy I like on film a lot and had a real good week at the Shrine game; however, he looked slow and slightly out of shape at only 213. Among other mid-late round options that failed to really make a great impression were Oregon’s LeGarrette Blount, Miami’s Javarris James, and USC’s Stafon Johnson. Two small school guys, Wayne State’s Joique Bell and North Dakota State’s Pat Paschall, couldn’t crack the 4.65 barrier in the 40 but turned in good overall workouts & each posted a good performance in the quickness & explosion tests. Fresno State’s Lonyae Miller is the last guy that I would say helped his cause at the Combine after he led the backs in bench reps (26) at 5’11 ¼ 221 with 4.53 speed and a solid performance in position drills & explosiveness tests. Paschall & Miller are likely late-undrafted options while Bell may garner a bit more attention after a good week in Mobile earlier.

    1. C.J. Spiller – Clemson – Top 20
    2. Jahvid Best – California – Late 1st-Early 2nd*
    3. Ryan Matthews – Fresno State – Late 1st-Late 2nd*
    4. Anthony Dixon – Mississippi State – Late 2nd-Early 4th
    5. Ben Tate – Auburn – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
    6. Toby Gerhart – Stanford – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd
    7. Montario Hardesty - Tennessee - Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
    8. Jonathan Dwyer – Georgia Tech – Early 3rd-Early 4th*
    9. Dexter McCluster – Mississippi – Early 3rd-Early 4th (WR)
    10. James Starks – Buffalo – Early 4th-Early 5th
    11. Joe McKnight – USC – Mid 4th-Early 5th*
    12. Keith Toston – Oklahoma State – 5th Round
    13. LeGarrette Blount – Oregon – Late 4th-Early 6th
    14. Javarris James – Miami – Mid 5th-6th Round
    15. Joique Bell – Wayne State – Late 5th-6th Round
    16. Stafon Johnson – USC - 6th-7th Round
    17. Lonyae Miller – Fresno State – 7th Round-UDFA
    18. Pat Paschall – North Dakota State – 7th Round-UDFA
    19. Charles Scott – LSU – 7th Round-UDFA
    20. Curtis Steele – Memphis - UDFA


    As expected there wasn’t a lot of noise from the Fullbacks at the Combine as only three received invitations. Virginia’s Rashawn Jackson didn’t participate in the bench but proved to be a fairly explosive athlete at 6’1 239 (9’7 broad) & turned in a fine workout after a pretty good week earlier at the Senior Bowl. In a weak class, Jackson is the best option for an all-purpose starting FB; however, it’s not likely he’s taken before the 5th Round. Another back in attendance in Mobile was Kentucky’s John Conner who is more of the bruising run-blocking type. He had a good showing here as well testing surprisingly well and he should be a lock to be drafted in the late rounds to a FB needy power-running team. The final fullback present in Indy was BYU’s Manese Tonga. Though he didn’t necessarily stand out in his workouts, Tonga had a good college career, comes from a good FB pedigree in BYU, and should tempt a team in the late rounds (likely the 7th). We didn’t get to see Rutgers’ Jack Corcoran or Utah’s Matt Asiata work out but each have a chance to get drafted because of the weakness at the position & lack of depth.

    1. Rashawn Jackson – Virginia – Mid 5th-Early 6th
    2. John Conner – Kentucky – Late 5th-Late 6th
    3. Manese Tonga – BYU – 6th-7th Round
    4. Jack Corcoran – Rutgers – 7th Round-UDFA
    5. Matt Asiata – Utah – UDFA (RB)

    Wide Receivers

    The receivers were one of the least impressive groups in Indianapolis, though there is a star talent that has yet to workout in Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. He weighed in at the Combine 6’2 225 and didn’t participate due to a hamstring injury. Some maturity issues have been raised recently, but Bryant is still a Top 10 pick and a Top 5 value. Notre Dame’s Golden Tate surprised many by running a 4.42 but didn’t have an impressive build at 5’10 ¼ 199. A player that may have slipped a bit & hurt himself in interviews is Illinois” Arrelious Benn. He didn’t make the most of his Combine by running in the early-mid 4.5 range and didn’t stand out in drills. A few players that are expected to be drafted in the Early-Mid 2nd Round range, USC’s Damien Williams, Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard, and LSU’s Brandon LaFell, failed to improve their stock although they likely didn’t hurt it much either. LaFell, after rejecting the Senior Bowl weighed in with small 8 ¾” hands which is a big reason his hands are seen as somewhat inconsistent.

    The Citadel’s Andre Roberts and Clemson’s Jacoby Ford both ranked among the standouts in the WR group & carried momentum heading into the event after good performances in Mobile. Roberts looked crisp & athletic at 5’10 7/8 195 and impressed showing good speed (4.46), explosiveness, and quickness in tests/drills. Ford, on the other hand, was the Combine’s fastest player clocked at 4.28. Both players will likely receive a lot of interest in the 3rd Round come April. A couple players I had higher expectations for coming into the weekend were Texas’ Jordan Shipley and Florida’s Riley Cooper. In particular, I though Cooper would run faster than a low 4.5 and likewise I didn’t think Shipley would be in the 4.6 area. Each will have to impress at their Pro Days to cement Third Round grades; I would expect Cooper will be down from 222 (in Indy) to around 215 by that time. Kansas’ Dezmon Briscoe is a guy that really may have hurt himself putting up only 9 reps in the bench press and running a low-mid 4.6 40. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the productive underclassman Jayhawk fall to the draft’s later rounds.

    One player that has helped his cause since the end of the season is Michigan State’s Blair White who at 6’2 ¼ 207 timed right around 4.5 and really excelled in the quickness & change of direction drills. Pittsburgh’s Dorin Dickerson was a college Tight End but at only 6’1 3/8 226 running a 4.40 and showing off an explosive 43.5” vertical & 10’4 broad jump. On the field, however his athleticism doesn’t translate and he has struggles with route-running & changing direction. Syracuse’s Mike Williams disappointed with mid 4.6 speed and had terrible interviews, refusing to take responsibility for his checkered past. Louisville’s Scott Long had perhaps the best workout of any receiver and you can bet film will be re-visited though he wasn’t very productive in college. Joining Bryant in not working out due to injury were Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas, Minnesota’s Eric Decker, and Missouri’s Danario Alexander. A couple MAC guys that I like, Bowling Green’s Freddie Barnes and Buffalo’s Naaman Roosevelt weren’t invited. The feeling that most evaluators are getting from this class is that it’s not a very strong one but offers one potential star talent.

    1. Dez Bryant – Oklahoma State – Top 10 pick*
    2. Golden Tate – Notre Dame – Late 1st-Early 2nd*
    3. Demaryius Thomas – Georgia Tech – Late 1st-Mid 2nd*
    4. Damian Williams – USC – Early-Mid 2nd*
    5. Mardy Gilyard – Cincinnati – Second Round
    6. Arrelious Benn - Illinois - Second Round*
    7. Brandon LaFell – LSU – Early-Mid 2nd
    8. Eric Decker – Minnesota – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    9. Andre Roberts – The Citadel – Third Round
    10. Jacoby Ford – Clemson – Late 2nd-Late 3rd
    11. Jordan Shipley – Texas – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    12. Jeremy Williams – Tulane – Late 3rd-Mid 4th
    13. Riley Cooper – Florida – Late 3rd-Late 4th
    14. Carlton Mitchell – South Florida – Late 3rd-Early 5th*
    15. Dezmon Briscoe – Kansas – Late 4th-7th Round*
    16. Blair White – Michigan State – Late 4th-Mid 5th
    17. Danario Alexander – Missouri – Mid 5th-7th Round
    18. Dorin Dickerson – Pittsburgh – Early 5th-Mid 6th (TE/H-B)
    19. Freddie Barnes – Bowling Green – Late 5th-7th Round
    20. Mike Williams – Syracuse – 6th Round-UDFA
    21. Antonio Brown – Central Michigan – 6th-7th Round*
    22. Naaman Roosevelt – Buffalo – 6th Round-UDFA
    23. Joe Webb – UAB – Mid 5th-7th Round
    24. Taylor Price – Ohio – Early 5th-6th Round
    25. Scott Long – Louisville – Late 5th-7th Round

    Tight Ends

    The Tight End position was a fairly boring group in Indianapolis with my #2 and 3 ranked players (Gronkowski, Hernandez) choosing not to run the 40 or go through drills. The consensus top prospect, Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham, did a full workout and looked as most expected. He’s not a burner, but he’s a big down-field target with long arms, excellent hands, body control, and should be destined for a spot in the first round. USC’s Anthony McCoy was a disappointment in Indy where he had a chance to cement his name in the Second Round. At the Combine he showed suspect hands & concentration and he failed to run a good 40 time which could stunt the momentum he gained in Mobile. Another Pac-10 guy, Oregon’s Ed Dickson, continues to impress this post-season. Dickson looked good physically at 6’4 ¼ 249 was smooth & quick in position drills and his 4.67 40-Yard Dash helps his cause as a receiving TE prospect.

    Jimmy Graham for Miami (Fl.) on the other hand impressed as expected with the best combination of size and athleticism in the Tight End group. At 6’6 ¼ 260 with long 35” arms and big hands Graham was able to run a 4.56, post a 38.5” vert, and stand out in most of the quickness and explosion tests/drills. There were a couple guys at the Combine, BYU’s Dennis Pitta and Missouri State’s Clay Harbor, that will make teams very happy in the mid-rounds, early on Day Three. A very productive college player, Pitta impressed with his speed (4.63), strength (27 Reps), and posted the top times among Tight Ends in the short shuttle (4.17), the 3-Cone (6.72), and the long shuttle; however, due to his age and lack of experience and ability as a blocker. Harbor may get looks at Half-Back but is muscularly built and turned in a great overall workout standing out in position drills. He ran a good 40 time at 4.69, turned in a 40” Vert, a 10”0 broad jump and was one of the big winners of the group. Unfortunately we didn’t get too much more out of the Tight End group as Michael Hoomanawanui (Illinois) and Colin Peek (Alabama) joined Gronkowki & Hernandez in sitting out the workouts while a guy I like Eastern Washington’s Nathan Overbay wasn’t invited.

    1. Jermaine Gresham – Oklahoma – Top 25 pick
    2. Rob Gronkowski – Arizona – Early-Mid 2nd*
    3. Aaron Hernandez – Florida – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd (H-B)
    4. Ed Dickson – Oregon – Mid 3rd-Early 4th
    5. Anthony McCoy - USC - Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
    6. Jimmy Graham – Miami (Fl.) – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    7. Garrett Graham – Wisconsin – Mid 4th-Early 5th (H-B)
    8. Michael Hoomanawanui – Illinois – Late 4th-Mid 5th
    9. Colin Peek – Alabama – Early 4th-Mid 5th
    10. Dennis Pitta – BYU – Mid 4th-Late 5th
    11. Tony Moeaki - Iowa - Early 4th-Late 5th (H-B)
    12. Clay Harbor – Missouri State – Early 5th-Early 6th (H-B)
    13. Andrew Quarless – Penn State – Early 5th-Early 6th
    14. Nathan Overbay – Eastern Washington – Mid 5th-7th Round
    15. Nate Byham – Pittsburgh – 7th Round-UDFA

    Offensive Tackles

    Heading into the weekend the thinking was that anything could happen in Indy and there were definitely a select feviw that were supposed to stand out. He didn’t do a full workout but Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung really looked impressive at 6’5 ¼ 307 with extremely long 36” arms and showed tremendous power with 38 reps of 225, most among Offensive Tackle. Despite showing immaturity during interviews and posting disappointing numbers in the 40 yard dash and bench press (21 reps) Rutgers’ Anthony Davis should still have enough on film to be a Top 15 pick. A guy that may have revived his stock is Oklahoma’s Trent Williams who impressed everyone running a 4.88 40-Yard Dash and showed explosiveness with a 34.5” vert and 9’5 broad jump, incredible for a 315 pound Offensive Lineman. Most evaluators see Williams as a right tackle, but with 34 ½” arms and a good workout in Indy he could have intrigued OL coaches and put his name back in contention for a Top 15-20 pick. There was some hype coming out of Iowa that Bryan Bulaga may run in the 4.9-5.0 range, though there was no evidence to support that in Indy. Due to a heavy demand for his position, Bulaga may have a shot at the Top 10, though on film he looks a bit inconsistent in his technique.

    Maryland’s Bruce Campbell was this year’s workout warrior at OT standing 6’6 3/8 with extremely long 36 ¼” arms, power (32 reps), and athleticism running an incredible 4.85 40. It’s unknown how high he may go as on film he’s never looked like a first round pick, but it’s thought the premium on his position could push Campbell as high as the Top 15, many feel that he could slip on draft day though further than the media expects. Charles Brown from USC didn’t workout but impressed me at 6’5 3/8 303 with 35 ¼” arms; his potential at Left Tackle could get him looks early on in the 2nd, though on film he looks more like a 3rd Rounder who needs work on his aggressiveness. Two small school Tackles really stood out in Indy, Abilene Christian’s Tony Washington and Hillsdale’s Jared Veldheer, they both have a shot to go as high as the 3rd and you better believe OL coaches are working hard looking for film on these guys. Marshall Newhouse from TCU looks like he could play Guard or Right Tackle and may be a good mid-round option as an athletic, thick lineman.

    Well-respected & decorated seniors such as Iowa’s Kyle Calloway, WVU’s Selvish Capers, and LSU’s Ciron Black failed to do anything to stand out at the Combine and all could be late round picks that lack key NFL attributes: Calloway (feet/athleticism), Black (explosiveness/feet), and Capers (strength/temperament). I was disappointed that Rutgers’ Kevin Haslam and Stanford’s Chris Marinelli weren’t invited as they are both solid players on film & look like they have potential as late round options for a team in need of some versatile OL depth. Miami’s Jason Fox joined USC’s Brown in not working out and I’m not sure what he’ll be capable of doing at his Pro Day due to knee surgery near the end of the 2009 season. This class has some top prospects, some raw talent & upside, and is deep with good college players.

    1. Russell Okung – Oklahoma State – Top 10 pick
    2. Anthony Davis – Rutgers – Top 20 pick*
    3. Trent Williams – Oklahoma – Top 20 pick (OG)
    4. Bryan Bulaga – Iowa – Top 20 pick*
    5. Bruce Campbell – Maryland – Top 10-Early 2nd*
    6. Charles Brown – USC – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
    7. Jared Veldheer – Hillsdale – Mid 3rd-Late 4th
    8. Jason Fox – Miami (Fl.) – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
    9. Tony Washington – Abilene Christian – Late 3rd-Early 5th
    10. Marshall Newhouse – TCU – Mid 4th-Mid 5th (OG)
    11. Selvish Capers – West Virginia – Late 4th-Early 6th
    12. Kyle Calloway – Iowa – Mid 5th-6th Round (OG)
    13. Kevin Haslam – Rutgers – 6th-7th Round
    14. Ciron Black – LSU – 6th Round-UDFA (OG)
    15. Chris Marinelli – Stanford – 7th Round-UDFA
    16. Thomas Welch – Vanderbilt – 7th Round-UDFA
    17. Ed Wang – Virginia Tech – 7th Round-UDFA
    18. Adam Ulatoski – Texas – UDFA
    19. Kurtis Gregory – Missouri – UDFA (OG)
    20. Sam Young – Notre Dame – UDFA

    Offensive Guards

    There was little done at the NFL Combine to change to complexion of this years draft class. Idaho’s Mike Iupati is still the top dog possessing dominating game film, he’s enormous, he’s powerful, and he brings exactly the type of mean streak you want from a guy in the trenches. A player moving up the boards quietly is Indiana’s Roger Saffold who played Tackle in college and established himself as a very powerful, athletic, versatile player in East-West Shrine practices. Saffold came to the Combine at 316 and showed top explosiveness (9’5 Broad Jump) and ability to change direction on the move (7.42 3-Cone.) A guy that got hyped early on in the process, Vladimir Ducasse from Massachusetts showed a long, massive body and impressed with his bench total (29) though his technique is raw and he’ll need to play Guard in the NFL. Mississippi’s John Jerry is yet another converted Tackle that made himself some money. After dropping 20 pounds in the last year, Jerry appeared explosive, athletic, and powerful at the Combine and has a shot to come off the board in the Second Round.

    Alabama’s Mike Johnson, perhaps the nation’s top lineman a year ago, weighed in at a sturdy 312 but didn’t do a full workout and lacks arm length and foot quickness. Arizona State’s Shawn Lauvao and Tennessee’s Chris Scott are two mid-round options that offer value at Offensive Tackle (their college position.) Lauvao was able to impress, putting up the bar 33 times, and recorded the top short shuttle time for a lineman at 4.51. Scott failed to stand out, only put up 19 reps at 319 pounds and ran over a 5.4, a definite disappointment for a guy who looked like a worthy project at the Senior Bowl and Shrine Game. Arkansas’ Mitch Petrus shocked the Combine by putting up 45 Reps, a spectacular number. Colorado State’s Shelley Smith (5.11) and James Madison’s Dorian Brooks (5.16) were two of the more impressive athletes at Guard and each looked good in positional drills. Texas Tech’s Brandon Carter was a huge disappointment on the bench (21) and may lack the feet to play OG or RT in the NFL. Illinois” Jon Asamoah was unable to workout in Indianapolis.

    1. Mike Iupati – Idaho – Top 32 pick
    2. Roger Saffold – Indiana – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd (OT)
    3. Vladimir Ducasse – Massachusetts – Late 2nd-Early 3rd (OT)
    4. John Jerry – Mississippi – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
    5. Mike Johnson – Alabama – Late 3rd-Mid 4th
    6. Jon Asamoah – Illinois – Late 3rd-Late 4th
    7. Shawn Lauvao – Arizona State – Late 4th-Mid 5th
    8. Chris Scott – Tennessee – Late 4th-Early 6th (OT)
    9. Mitch Petrus – Arkansas – Early 5th-Early 6th
    10. Shelley Smith – Colorado State – Late 5th-6th Round
    11. Zane Beadles – Utah – Late 5th-7th Round (OT)
    12. Dorian Brooks – James Madison – 6th-7th Round
    13. Chris DeGeare – Wake Forest – 6th Round-UDFA
    14. Sergio Render – Virginia Tech – 7th Round-UDFA
    15. Brandon Carter – Texas Tech – UDFA (OT)


    Obviously there was not a ton of attention and buzz surrounding the Centers in this class and it’s apparent that this draft is much weaker at the top and far more thin than the 2009 class. The best of the bunch, Florida’s Maurkice Pouncey, failed to stand out during his workout and didn’t impress as much athletically as I thought he might. He’ll do a more complete workout in Gainesville and should wind up in the Second Round based on his impressive film and versatility as an interior lineman. A well-decorated player in the ACC, Boston College’s Matt Tennant had a good workout showing the best quickness in a phone booth & speed though he’s not likely to be picked until the 4th Round. The next best at the position is Baylor’s J.D. Walton who has a good powerful build at 6-2 5/8 300, he put up 34 Reps of 225, and he showed some explosiveness with an 8’5 Broad Jump. Overall it was a good workout for Walton who will likely be drafted second or third among Centers. Notre Dame’s Eric Olsen followed up a good Senior Bowl with an impressive showing this week with good size (6’3 7/8 306) and plenty of power (35 reps). Jeff Byers of USC is a bit older than your average Senior, but has enough experience, versatility, and strength (33 reps) to warrant interest in the late rounds.

    1. Maurkice Pouncey – Florida – Second Round* (OG)
    2. Matt Tennant – Boston College – Late 3rd-Late 4th
    3. J.D. Walton – Baylor – Early 4th-Early 5th
    4. Eric Olsen – Notre Dame – Early 5th-Mid 6th (OG)
    5. Jeff Byers – USC – 6th Round-UDFA (OG)

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    Defensive Ends

    It was an interesting week for some of the names at the top of my DE rankings. Though more likely to fall in the 17-22 range, Michigan’s Brandon Graham is my top rated player at the position. After turning in a great week in Mobile, Graham established himself with power (30 reps), speed (4.72 40) and he did it all at an increased weight at 268; 3-4 Teams will look at him as a linebacker though I think he’ll find success in the NFL no matter what position. South Florida’s Jason Pierre-Paul may not have measured/tested as the freak many expected, but he still raised his stock in Indy showing off his height/length, some explosiveness, and good physique. His body could hold up to fifteen more pounds comfortably and teams will likely consider JPP as high as the Top 10 (Oakland, Jacksonville). I was not impressed with Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan who has an unspectacular build and looks as if he could add big time muscle mass. Originally thought of as a Top 15 pick, Morgan may have to wait until the Mid-Late First to hear his name called. USC’s Everson Griffen turned out to be the workout warrior of the group, posting 32 reps on the bench and a 4.66 40-yard dash at 273 pounds. Griffen has a lot of room to grow as a player and will get attention form 3-4 and 4-3 teams; expect to see him off the board in the Mid-Late First Round.

    We have another case of polar opposites in super-productive, undersized (6’1 ¾ 255) Jerry Hughes from TCU and enormous (6’5 ¾ 277) underachiever Carlos Dunlap from Florida. To everyone’s surprise it was Hughes that really showed up at the Combine, impressing with a 4.69 40 and an impressive first step (1.53 10 yd split). With 33” arms and good quickness/acceleration it’s thought the TCU tweener could have officially put his name in the First Round conversation. Dunlap’s a guy that I wouldn’t take in the First, a guy who never put it all together on the field, and a guy who really didn’t help his cause with interviews where he failed to show a passion or IQ for the game. Physically he has a lot of mass in his torso & thighs and was fairly explosive in tests & drills, but he has very thin arms and will have a huge adjustment to the league mentally. The middle-of-the-pack ends such as Arkansas State’s Alex Carrington and Mississippi’s Greg Hardy worked out yet failed to really impress. Hardy, in particular, struggled with a poor showing on the bench (21 reps) then a slow 40 time (4.9e); he’s shown nothing to revive his stock (which was in the 1st at a time) and he appears destined to be an early pick on Day Three.

    I’m glad Washington’s Daniel Te’o Nesheim continues to build his stock and show NFL teams he’s more than just a productive college player. He turned in a good week at the Shrine game and here Nesheim weighed in at 6’3 ½ 264 (33 ¾” arms) and managed to turn in a great total on the bench (29), the 40, and in most quickness/explosiveness tests. Another player that flashed physical ability wasn’t quite as productive in college and that’s South Carolina’s Clifton Geathers. He had that ‘wow’ factor in weigh-ins at 6’7 ½ 299 with unbelievable 37 ¾” arms; expect him to draw attention in the late rounds as a potential 5-Tech prospect for 3-4 teams. Unfortuntately the Combine came and went without full workouts from Northwestern’s Corey Wootton, Florida’s Jermaine Cunningham, and Alabama’s Brandon Deadrick among others.

    1. Brandon Graham – Michigan – Top 25 pick (OLB)
    2. Jason Pierre-Paul – South Florida – Top 10 pick*
    3. Derrick Morgan – Georgia Tech – Top 20 pick*
    4. Everson Griffen – USC – Top 25 pick* (OLB)
    5. Jerry Hughes – TCU – Late 1st-Mid 2nd (OLB)
    6. Carlos Dunlap – Florida – Late 1st-Mid 2nd*
    7. Alex Carrington – Arkansas State – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd (3-4 DE)
    8. Corey Wootton – Northwestern – Late 2nd-Late 3rd (3-4 DE)
    9. Greg Hardy – Mississippi – Mid 3rd-Early 5th (OLB)
    10. Jermaine Cunningham – Florida – Late 3rd-Late 4th
    11. Brandon Deadrick – Alabama – Mid 4th-Mid 5th (DT/3-4 DE)
    12. Daniel Te’o Nesheim – Washington – Late 4th-Mid 6th
    13. Austen Lane – Murray State – Late 4th-Mid 5th
    14. Lindsey Witten – Connecticut – Mid 5th-Early 7th
    15. George Selvie – South Florida – Mid 5th-7th Round (OLB)
    16. Clifton Geathers – South Carolina – 6th-7th Round* (3-4 DE)
    17. Jeff Fitzgerald – Kansas State – 6th-7th Round
    18. Hall Davis – Louisiana Lafayette – 6th-7th Round
    19. C.J. Wilson – East Carolina – 6th Round-UDFA (3-4 DE)
    20. Willie Young – North Carolina State – 6th Round-UDFA

    Defensive Tackles

    Let me preface by saying I haven’t seen quite a battle at the top of my board like this and of course it’s never been at the same position that I’m debating between two prospects. I have Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy ahead of Ndamukong Suh on this, my latest board, not because of anything either player did (or didn’t do) in Indianapolis. During the weekend I saw a lot of both players, but even after Suh turned in the slightly better workout I started to get the feeling that McCoy was the more coveted player among NFL teams. It makes sense to me, as the former Sooner brings a clean injury history, experience in a variety of roles & positions, greater quickness upfield, and is extremely personable with a very likeable personality. Suh, on the other hand, is a bit more soft spoken and isn’t likely to be a havoc-wreaking pass-rusher, nor is he likely to hold the role of a two gap run stuffer. His personality is likeable & on the field you have to love his temperament, but he’s a man of few words and isn’t going to wow you in interviews. In Indy he showed a massive body with huge broad shoulders, thick thighs, and showed everything physically that he needed to. I just think McCoy’s explosiveness & potential as a penetrating 4-3 UT fits more along the NFL trends of increased passing and I think his personality is going to help him build relationships with those top teams. Ultimately this one comes down to what you need on your team, it’s truly a 1A & 1B situation and both players are locked into Top 3 spots.

    Aside from the main events, there were a number of other quality Tackles in attendance including UCLA’s Brian Price who might have the potential to be a Top 15-20 pick. Price had one of the thickest upper bodies in attendance, flashed his power (34 reps), and also showed impressive feet & some athleticism. Tennessee’s Dan Williams may not have anything to raise his stock but he came in stout at 6’2 327, he moved well, and he did nothing that would cause you to believe a team won’t take him in the first round (most likely to play Nose Tackle in a 3-4). Well it was nice to see Alabama’s Terrance “Mount” Cody down sixteen pounds from the Senior Bowl to 354. Cody likely raised his stock after coming to the Senior Bowl noticeably over-weight, he has stated that he’d like to lose eight more pounds and play at that weight; the sky is the limit if a team gets interested in Cody as I could see him anywhere from the 11-28 range at this moment. The guy that may have helped himself most is Texas’ Lamarr Houston who just seems to be doing everything right from a strong senior season, to a strong championship game, then to a great week in Mobile. Houston looked fit and muscular at 6’2 ¾ 305 and flashed 4.8-4.9 speed, good agility in drills, and put up 30 reps on the bench press. Jared Odrick from Penn State is likely to attract a lot of attention from 3-4 teams looking for a 5-Tech. After a good Senior Bowl, Odrick turned in a good workout but didn’t particularly stand out; I could see him falling to the Second Round as of right now though I think he’ll garner interest from teams like New England and New York in the first.

    Georgia’s Geno Atkins impressed with a muscular physique at 293, good explosiveness, and great power (34 reps). Don’t be surprised if you start hearing about Central Florida’s Torrell Troup in coming months as he’ll be a guy that could start to surge up boards after a good week at the Shrine game and an impressive Combine that included 34 bench reps at 6’2 ¾ 314 with 34” arms. Linval Joseph from East Carolina is another C-USA guy that had a great week in Indy putting up 39 reps at an enormous 6’4 ½ 328 with 34 ½” arms; Nose Tackle will be a possibility as Joseph will start moving up into the Day Two discussion. Another DT that impressed was Atkins’ teammate Jeff Owens who put up a group-leading 44 reps in the bench press. Al Woods from LSU had vines for arms (36”) and enormous hands (11”) to go along with the top vertical for DTs at 37”. Syracuse’s Arthur Jones and Louisiana Tech’s D’Anthony Smith were among those that didn’t work out due to injury.

    1. Gerald McCoy – Oklahoma – Top 3 pick*
    2. Ndamukong Suh – Nebraska – Top 3 pick
    3. Brian Price – UCLA – Top 25 pick*
    4. Dan Williams – Tennessee – Top 25 pick (NT)
    5. Terrance Cody – Alabama – Mid 1st-Early 2nd (NT)
    6. Lamarr Houston – Texas – Second Round
    7. Jared Odrick – Penn State – Second Round (3-4 DE)
    8. Tyson Alualu - California - Late 2nd-Early 4th (3-4 DE)
    9. Geno Atkins – Georgia – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
    10. Arthur Jones – Syracuse – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd (3-4 DE)
    11. Cam Thomas – North Carolina – Late 2nd-Late 3rd (NT)
    12. Torrell Troup – Central Florida – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th
    13. Linval Joseph – East Carolina – Mid 3rd-Mid 4th* (NT)
    14. Jeff Owens – Georgia – Mid 4th-Late 5th (NT)
    15. D’Anthony Smith – Louisiana Tech – Early 4th-Mid 5th
    16. Al Woods – LSU – 6th-7th Round (3-4 DE)
    17. Mike Neal – Purdue – Mid 5th-7th Round
    18. Earl Mitchell – Arizona – 6th Round-UDFA (NT)
    19. Aleric Mullins – North Carolina – 7th Round-UDFA (NT)
    20. Doug Worthington – Ohio State – 7th Round-UDFA (3-4 DE)

    Outside Linebackers

    Luckily we got to see a lot Outside Linebackers as the position got full participation from the top eleven on my board here. A guy that really impressed me was Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri. I’ve been a fan of Spoon’s but I didn’t expect that he was going to turn in such a strong workout at 6’1 ¼ 239; in addition to showing good hips and lateral ability, he showed power (34 reps), speed (4.68), and explosiveness (40” vert). We may have to wait until Texas’ Pro Day to see Sergio Kindle live up to his workout hype, but the 6’2 7/8 250 pound backer showed good feet and tremendous upper body power. A lot of people came away very impressed by Penn State’s Navorro Bowman in Indy as he showed good hips, nimble feet, and looked agile at 242, ten pounds more than I had anticipated. We did get to see TCU’s Daryl Washington do a full workout which had its ups and downs. Washington is very lean, with a thin lower body and little muscle mass in his arms but he has quick feet, very fluid hips, good speed, and great ball skills for a Linebacker.

    South Carolina’s Eric Norwood looks good on film, weighed in at a bulky 6’0 7/8 245, and looked more smooth and athletic than most imagined. I’m not sure how high Florida State’s Dekoda Watson could go after the workout he had, one that included a 4.56 40, a 40” vertical, and ran his short shuttle in 4.11. At 6’1 3/8 240 Watson’s not the biggest guy, but he weighed in bigger than I thought he would and has a very high draft ceiling. A pair of underclassmen converted Defensive Ends Ohio State’s Thaddeus Gibson and Virginia Tech’s Jason Worilds were among the standouts. Gibson showed plenty of athleticism in drills & testing and he wowed scouts with 32 Bench Reps. Worilds, the thicker of the two, timed at 4.72 and proved to be an explosive athlete that will get mostly looks at Outside LB in 3-4 schemes. Clemson’s Ricky Sapp profiles as a 3-4 Outside Linebacker but must add bulk to his frame to play at the NFL level. Though Sapp proved to be fluid and agile, he didn’t show the explosiveness that would have warranted early Round consideration. James Madison’s Arthur Moats is a converted end moving up my board as an explosive (4.66) athlete with a good pass rushing pedigree in FCS ball. Moats only measures 6’0 ¼ 246 but has 33 3/4 “ arms, speed off the edge, and should start to get consideration in the Mid-Rounds.

    After injuring his ACL at the Senior Bowl, Wisconsin’s O’Brien Schofield skipped the bench press and 40 yard dash but he did do some position drills. Schofield weighed in at only 221 pounds, 21 less than the East-West Shrine game just a month ago. Georgia’s Rennie Curran was rumored in the 4.5-4.6 range but could only manage a low 4.7 and at only 5’10 5/8 that’d going to push him down a bit to the Mid Rounds. Clemson’s Kavell Conner and Oregon State’s Keaton Kristick both had good showings’ in Indy, displaying good athleticism and speed (4.63 for Conner.) Oklahoma’s Keenan Clayton really looked athletic running a 4.66 and offering the Linebackers’ top vertical jump at 41.5”. UCLA’s Kyle Bosworth has a shot at getting drafted and looked very quick & fluid with good feet and hips. Tennessee’s Rico McCoy was not invited to the NFL Combine surprisingly, so we’ll see what he’s got on his Pro Day.

    1. Sean Weatherspoon – Missouri – Top 20 pick (ILB)
    2. Sergio Kindle – Texas – Top 25 pick*
    3. Navorro Bowman – Penn State – Early 2nd-Early 3rd*
    4. Daryl Washington - TCU - Second Round (ILB)
    5. Thaddeus Gibson - Ohio State - Early 2nd-Early 3rd*
    6. Koa Misi – Utah – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd
    7. Eric Norwood – South Carolina – Early 3rd-Mid 4th
    8. Jason Worilds – Virginia Tech – Late 2nd-Late 3rd*
    9. Dekoda Watson – Florida State – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
    10. Ricky Sapp – Clemson – Second Round
    11. A.J. Edds – Iowa – Late 3rd-Late 4th
    12. Arthur Moats – James Madison – Late 4th-Early 6th
    13. Rennie Curran - Georgia - Mid 4th-Mid 5th
    14. O’Brien Schofield – Wisconsin – Mid 4th-Late 5th
    15. Kavell Conner – Clemson – Early 5th-6th Round
    16. Keaton Kristick – Oregon State – 6th-7th Round
    17. Justin Cole – San Jose State – 6th-7th Round
    18. Keenan Clayton – Oklahoma – 6th-7th Round
    19. Rico McCoy – Tennessee – 6th Round-UDFA
    20. Cameron Sheffield – Troy – 7th Round-UDFA

    Inside Linebackers

    The 2010 NFL Combine wasn’t particularly exciting for the Inside Linebackers as Alabama’s Rolando McClain chose not to participate, Brandon Spikes didn’t run the 40-Yard Dash, and we didn’t get to see a full workout from Donald Butler. At his pro day McClain will have to run well and show good hips to be drafted in the Top 12 in April, but still looks destined to be drafted in the first 18 picks. Though he didn’t do a full workout, Florida’s Brandon Spikes participated in the position drills. He has a very thick, filled out frame and shows the ability to play the ball in the air but it’s obvious he’s not quite as fast, nimble, or explosive as a typical top Linebacker prospect. Washington’s Donald Butler also didn’t do a full workout but wowed evaluators with a thick, muscular body at 6’1 245 and showed power & endurance putting up 35 reps of 225.

    Linebacker “U” has yet another versatile, blue-collar prospect this year in Sean Lee. Overall Lee had a very good workout showing surprising agility and explosiveness; his stock will also get a boost due to the fact that he could bring value on the Weakside, Inside, and Special Teams. Mississippi State’s Jamar Chaney had one of the most impressive workouts for Inside Backers. Chaney has a compact, strong buikd at 6’0 ¾ 242 with long arms, great speed (4.54), explosiveness (39” vert), and power with 26 reps at 225. Pat Angerer from Iowa disappointed me a bit with his low 4.7 as I expected the undersized (6’0 ¼ 235), productive backer closer to a mid-late 4.5 time. Though Boston College’s Mike McLaughlin lacks height (6’0 ¼) and timed speed he had some impressive numbers in Indy putting up 29 reps, a 38.5” vertical, a 4.11 short shuttle, and the best 3-Cone time among LBs at 6.85. Though his film is pretty good, Miami’s Daryl Sharpton was unable to stand out at the Combine and his stock will likely drop after measuring in at 5’11 3/8 with a 4.8 40.

    1. Rolando McClain – Alabama – Top 20 pick*
    3. Brandon Spikes – Florida – Early 2nd-Early 3rd
    3. Donald Butler – Washington – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    4. Sean Lee – Penn State – Mid 3rd-Early 4th (OLB)
    5. Jamar Chaney – Mississippi State – Late 3rd-Mid 4th
    6. Roddrick Muckelroy – Texas – Late 4th-Mid 5th (OLB)
    7. Pat Angerer – Iowa – Early 5th-7th Round
    8. Mike McLaughlin – Boston College – 6th-7th Round
    9. Daryl Sharpton – Miami (Fl.) – 6th Round-UDFA (OLB)
    10. Nathan Triplett - Minnesota - 7th Round-UDFA


    Some would agree that the Combine workouts, especially the positional drills, are particularly important for Defensive Backs. This year was no different and at many times it was easy to identify the cream of the crop. Florida’s Joe Haden entered Indianapolis a Top 10 prospect, though after posting a 4.57 (unofficial 40) it looks like he is more destined to between 11-15. Ultimately Haden’s 40 time isn’t too big a deal as he had a good workout showed great feet, burst, and change of direction skills (hips). Kyle Wilson from Boise State didn’t workout but looked the part measuring in at 5’11 194 and turning in 25 reps of 225, he may be cementing himself as the #2 Corner. Turning in some of the best workouts were Devin McCourty of Rutgers and Kareem Jackson of Alabama. McCourty showed to be particularly athletic and flew through almost every drill displaying his hips, great fluidity, speed, and surprising ball skills; he should prove to be one of the big winners at Cornerback and could be considered in late Round One. Kareem Jackson likely will have his name called in the Second, he isn’t the biggest of guys (only 5’10 ½ with 30” arms), but he had a real solid Combine workout. Jackson kept his feet moving, looked good moving his hips, has a strong build, and did a good job adjusting to & catching balls away from his body.

    Though he’s not a burner and he certainly wasn’t perfect in his positional drills Michigan’s Donovan Warren should still draw consideration in the Second. Warren looked a bit high-hipped at times but showed great feet and ball skills, looking very natural breaking on the ball. Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks was one of the group’s most fluid athletes and Patrick Robinson had the best ball skills & looked smooth. One guy building some momentum through the Senior Bowl and Combine is Virginia’s Chris Cook. At 6’2 212 with a 4.46 Official 40 and an incredible 11’0 broad jump it’s looking like Cook’s one of the more physically gifted corners in this class that brings value as a Free Safety. Wake Forest’s Brandon Ghee and Indiana’s (Pa.) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah looked more fluid in drills and both turned in sub 4.5 times of their own in Mobile. UCLA’s Alterraun Verner is a guy I liked in college but even I was impressed by his ability to change direction, the quickness of his backpedal & feet, and looked good playing the ball.

    Amari Spievey from Iowa is a guy I really expected more out of and his lackluster performance pushes him down the board. Spievey struggled in positional drills changing direction, played high-hipped, and just doesn’t look to have quite the foot quickness of some others in his group. Clemson’s Crezdon Butler (5’11 ¾ 191) and Fresno State’s A.J. Jefferson (6’0 1/8 193) profile as tall, athletic corners with upside at the next level and both showed fluidity & nimble feet as well as the ability to attack the ball in the air. Two more guys that shined in the Defensive Back positional drills were Purdue’s David Pender and Kansas State’s Josh Moore who each lack bulk but are fluid & very quick. Productive Kentucky corner Trevard Lindley really struggled to show straight-line speed and fluid hips though he’s got good feet and some of the best ball skills in the class. Alabama’s Javier Arenas and Oregon’s Walter Thurmond joined Wilson among those that didn’t work out.

    1. Joe Haden – Florida – Top 15 pick*
    2. Kyle Wilson – Boise State – Late 1st-Early 2nd
    3. Devin McCourty – Rutgers – Late 1st-Early 2nd
    4. Perrish Cox – Oklahoma State – Late 1st-Mid 2nd
    5. Kareem Jackson – Alabama – Second Round*
    6. Donovan Warren – Michigan – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd*
    7. Dominique Franks – Oklahoma – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd*
    8. Patrick Robinson – Florida State – Mid-Late 2nd
    9. Chris Cook – Virginia – Late 2nd-Late 3rd (FS)
    10. Brandon Ghee – Wake Forest – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    11. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – Indiana (Pa.) – Early 3rd-Mid 4th
    12. Jerome Murphy – South Florida – Fourth Round
    13. Alterraun Verner – UCLA – Late 4th-Late 5th
    14. Amari Spievey – Iowa – Early 4th-Early 5th*
    15. Javier Arenas – Alabama – Late 4th-Early 6th
    16. Crezdon Butler – Clemson – Early 5th-6th Round
    17. A.J. Jefferson – Fresno State – Late 4th-6th Round
    18. David Pender – Purdue – 5th-7th Round
    19. Josh Moore – Kansas State – 6th-7th Round
    20. Syd’Quan Thompson – California – 5th-7th Round
    21. Trevard Lindley – Kentucky – 6th Round-UDFA
    22. Walter Thurmond III – Oregon – 7th Round-UDFA
    23. Myron Lewis – Vanderbilt – 7th Round-UDFA
    24. Chris Chancellor – Clemson – 7th Round-UDFA
    25. Kevin Thomas – USC – 7th Round-UDFA


    As I said with the corners, positional drills at the Combine are particularly telling for Safeties whether they are in-the-box thumpers or rangy free safeties. Tennessee’s Eric Berry weighed in bigger than anyone expected (5’11 5/8 211) and still managed to clock under 4.5 in the 40 and turned in a 43” vertical. In the positional drills Berry continued to look the part, showing the feet, hips, explosiveness, and ball skills of an elite Free Safety or Cornerback prospect. Texas’ Earl Thomas is another CB/FS tweener that came to the Combine bulked up (208) and he looked good in his positional drills showing the hips & feet we all expected, though he surprisingly had occasional trouble catching the ball. Taylor Mays from USC was the talk of the Combine after he turned in an unofficial 4.24 at 6’3 1/8 230. Mays showed legitimate 4.3 speed, explosiveness, and plenty of power though if he wants to play Safety in the NFL he’s going to have to sink his hips when changing direction and refine/quicken his backpedal. There has been some talk of the Top 10 for Mays, and some Late-1st talk, but I expected to see him off the board in the 10-20 range.

    Nebraska’s Larry Asante doesn’t bring quite the bulk you’d expect at 6’0 212, but he’s surprising fluid, nimble, and looked great flipping his hips & playing the ball in position drills. Chad Jones out of LSU was one disappointment among the Safeties. Jones looked great adjusting to the ball and catching away from his body but he showed very average feet, hips, and displayed little speed or explosiveness in drills. A solid performance was turned in by Kansas’ Darrell Stuckey who looked great mechanically with a quick backpedal, impressive hips, and looked good playing the ball in the air. Florida’s Major Wright opened some eyes with a 4.48 40 but did nothing further to stand out in drills. Another underclassman, Reshad Jones of Georgia, impressed with a good, strong build, he had 24 reps of 225, and he did a nice job tracking & catching the ball in drills though he doesn’t bring a ton of speed, explosiveness, or natural athleticism. Florida State’s Myron Rolle brings a strong academic pedigree, a force against the run on the field, and good technique however he definitely appeared a bit slow in his backpedal, in a straight-line, and lacks closing/recovery speed for an NFL Safety.

    A guy that surprised me a bit with his quickness and bulk was Virginia Tech’s Kam Chancellor. Somewhat of a OLB/SS tweener , Chancellor is capable of staying low and has quick feet but he lacks the range and ball skills of an NFL Safety. Ohio State’s Kurt Coleman is undersized (5’10 ¼ 192) with a small frame and average straight-line speed but he had some of the best positional drills with great feet, terrific explosiveness, and showed the ability to attack & catch the ball. Jonathan Amaya from Nevada really impressed with his speed, explosiveness, and fluidity at 6’0 ¾ 203 and looks like a guy that may have value at Cornerback. I’m not sure where Notre Dame’s Kyle McCarthy will fit in NFL schemes with below average speed, but smooth feet and ball skills. Georgia Tech’s Morgan Burnett, South Florida’s Nate Allen, and USC’s Josh Pinkard are a few that didn’t work out in Indy while Maryland’s Terrell Skinner wasn’t invited.

    1. Eric Berry – Tennessee – Top 10 pick* (CB)
    2. Earl Thomas – Texas – Top 25 pick*
    3. Taylor Mays – USC – Top 20 pick (OLB)
    4. Larry Asante – Nebraska – Mid 2nd-Early 3rd
    5. Morgan Burnett – Georgia Tech – Late 2nd-Mid 3rd*
    6. Chad Jones – LSU – Mid 2nd-Mid 3rd*
    7. Darrell Stuckey – Kansas – Mid 3rd-Early 4th
    8. Nate Allen – South Florida – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    9. Major Wright – Florida – Late 2nd-Early 4th
    10. Reshad Jones – Georgia – Early 3rd-Early 4th
    11. T.J. Ward – Oregon – Early 5th-6th Round
    12. Terrell Skinner – Maryland – Early 5th-6th Round (CB)
    13. Myron Rolle – Florida State – 5th-6th Round
    14. Kam Chancellor – Virginia Tech – Early 5th-6th Round (OLB)
    15. Kurt Coleman – Ohio State – 6th-7th Round
    16. Barry Church – Toledo – 6th Round-UDFA
    17. Jonathan Amaya – Nevada – 6th Round-UDFA
    18. Kyle McCarthy – Notre Dame – 7th Round-UDFA
    19. Kendrick Lewis – Mississippi – 7th Round-UDFA
    20. Josh Pinkard – USC – 7th Round-UDFA

    1. Zoltan Mesko – Punter - Michigan
    2. Leigh Tiffin – Kicker – Alabama
    3. Trindon Holliday – Return Specialist – LSU
    4. Aaron Pettrey – Kicker – Ohio State
    5. Matt Dodge – Punter – East Carolina

    - Top 200 – Post-Combine -

    1. Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma*
    2. Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska
    3. Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma*
    4. Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State*
    5. Eric Berry – S – Tennessee*
    6. Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State
    7. Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame*
    8. Brandon Graham – DE/LB – Michigan
    9. Anthony Davis - OT - Rutgers*
    10. Joe Haden – CB – Florida*
    11. Sean Weatherspoon – OLB – Missouri
    12. C.J. Spiller - RB - Clemson
    13. Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida*
    14. Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
    15. Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma
    16. Rolando McClain – ILB – Alabama*
    17. Brian Price – DT – UCLA*
    18. Earl Thomas – S – Texas*
    19. Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa*
    20. Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech*
    21. Taylor Mays – S – USC
    22. Dan Williams – NT – Tennessee
    23. Everson Griffen – DE/OLB – USC*
    24. Terrance Cody – NT – Alabama*
    25. Sergio Kindle - OLB - Texas
    26. Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame*
    27. Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State
    28. Jahvid Best – RB – California*
    29. Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho
    30. Demaryius Thomas - WR - Georgia Tech*
    31. Jerry Hughes – DE/OLB – TCU
    32. Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers
    33. Perrish Cox – CB – Oklahoma State
    34. Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona*
    35. Damian Williams – WR – USC*
    36. Lamarr Houston – DT – Texas
    37. Maurkice Pouncey – C/OG – Florida*
    38. Jared Odrick – DT/DE – Penn State
    39. Navorro Bowman – OLB – Penn State*
    40. Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama*
    41. Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati
    42. Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois*
    43. Brandon LaFell – WR – LSU
    44. Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida*
    45. Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno State*
    46. Daryl Washington – LB – TCU
    47. Roger Saffold - OG/OT - Indiana
    48. Brandon Spikes – ILB – Florida
    49. Donovan Warren – CB – Michigan*
    50. Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma*

    51. Thaddeus Gibson - OLB - Ohio State*
    52. Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland*
    53. Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
    54. Aaron Hernandez – TE/H-B – Florida*
    55. Charles Brown – OT – USC
    56. Larry Asante – S – Nebraska
    57. Koa Misi – OLB – Utah
    58. Anthony Dixon – RB – Mississippi State
    59. Alex Carrington – DE – Arkansas State
    60. Vladimir Ducasse – OG/OT – Massachusetts
    61. John Jerry - OG - Mississippi
    62. Ben Tate - RB - Auburn
    63. Tyson Alualu - DT/DE - California
    64. Geno Atkins - DT - Georgia
    65. Morgan Burnett – S – Georgia Tech*
    66. Arthur Jones – DT – Syracuse
    67. Chris Cook – CB/S – Virginia
    68. Toby Gerhart – RB – Stanford
    69. Eric Norwood – OLB – South Carolina
    70. Chad Jones – S – LSU*
    71. Tim Tebow - QB - Florida
    72. Montario Hardesty - RB - Tennessee
    73. Jason Worilds – OLB – Virginia Tech*
    74. Darrell Stuckey – S - Kansas
    75. Dekoda Watson – OLB – Florida State
    76. Cam Thomas – NT – North Carolina
    77. Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest
    78. Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech*
    79. Andre Roberts – WR – The Citadel
    80. Nate Allen – S – South Florida
    81. Ed Dickson – TE – Oregon
    82. Donald Butler – ILB – Washington
    83. Colt McCoy - QB - Texas
    84. Torrell Troup – DT – Central Florida
    85. Sean Lee – LB – Penn State
    86. Anthony McCoy - TE - USC
    87. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – CB – Indiana (Pa.)
    88. Corey Wootton – DE – Northwestern
    89. Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami (Fl.)
    90. Ricky Sapp - OLB - Clemson
    91. Dexter McCluster - RB/WR - Mississippi
    92. Major Wright – S – Florida*
    93. Jacoby Ford – WR - Clemson
    94. Reshad Jones – S – Georgia*
    95. Linval Joseph – DT/NT – East Carolina*
    96. Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
    97. Mike Johnson – OG - Alabama
    98. Jared Veldheer – OT – Hillsdale
    99. Jason Fox – OT – Miami (Fl.)
    100. Jeremy Williams – WR - Tulane

    101. A.J. Edds – OLB – Iowa
    102. Greg Hardy – DE – Mississippi
    103. Jon Asamoah – OG – Illinois
    104. Riley Cooper – WR – Florida
    105. Tony Washington - OT - Abilene Christian
    106. Matt Tennant – C – Boston College
    107. Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan
    108. Jermaine Cunningham – DE – Florida
    109. Jamar Chaney – ILB – Mississippi State
    110. Garrett Graham – TE/H-B – Wisconsin
    111. Carlton Mitchell – WR – South Florida*
    112. Jerome Murphy – CB – South Florida
    113. Marshall Newhouse – OG/OT – TCU
    114. James Starks – RB – Buffalo
    115. Jeff Owens – DT/NT - Georgia
    116. Jarrett Brown – QB – West Virginia
    117. Michael Hoomanawanui – TE – Illinois
    118. D’Anthony Smith – DT – Louisiana Tech
    119. Colin Peek – TE - Alabama
    120. J.D. Walton – C – Baylor
    121. Brandon Deadrick – DE/DT - Alabama
    122. Alterraun Verner – CB – UCLA
    123. Arthur Moats – OLB – James Madison
    124. Rennie Curran – OLB – Georgia
    125. John Skelton – QB – Fordham
    126. Amari Spievey – CB – Iowa*
    127. Daniel Te’o Nesheim – DE – Washington
    128. Dennis Pitta – TE - BYU
    129. O’Brien Schofield – OLB – Wisconsin
    130. Joe McKnight – RB – USC*
    131. Tony Moeaki – TE/H-B – Iowa
    132. Shawn Lauvao – OG – Arizona State
    133. Keith Toston – RB – Oklahoma State
    134. Chris Scott – OG/OT – Tennessee
    135. Clay Harbor – TE/H-B – Missouri State
    136. Javier Arenas – CB – Alabama
    137. Austen Lane – DE – Murray State
    138. Mitch Petrus – OG – Arkansas
    139. LeGarrette Blount – RB – Oregon
    140. Roddrick Muckelroy – LB - Texas
    141. Jevan Snead – QB – Mississippi*
    142. Selvish Capers – OT – West Virginia
    143. Dezmon Briscoe – WR – Kansas*
    144. Andrew Quarless – TE – Penn State
    145. T.J. Ward – S – Oregon
    146. Eric Olsen – C/OG – Notre Dame
    147. Terrell Skinner – S/CB – Maryland
    148. Mike Kafka - QB - Northwestern
    149. Blair White – WR – Michigan State
    150. Nathan Overbay – TE – Eastern Washington

    151. Lindsey Witten – DE/OLB – Connecticut
    152. Javarris James – RB – Miami (Fl.)
    153. Kavell Conner – OLB – Clemson
    154. Crezdon Butler – CB – Clemson
    155. Myron Rolle – S – Florida State
    156. A.J. Jefferson – CB – Fresno State
    157. Zoltan Mesko – P – Michigan
    158. Kyle Calloway – OT/OG - Iowa
    159. George Selvie – DE/OLB – South Florida
    160. Rashawn Jackson – FB – Virginia
    161. David Pender – CB - Purdue
    162. Kam Chancellor – S/LB – Virginia Tech
    163. Pat Angerer – ILB – Iowa
    164. Levi Brown – QB - Troy
    165. Shelley Smith – OG – Colorado State
    166. Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri
    167. Joique Bell – RB – Wayne State
    168. Zane Beadles – OG/OT – Utah
    169. Dorin Dickerson – WR/H-B - Pittsburgh
    170. Kurt Coleman – S – Ohio State
    171. Zac Robinson – QB – Oklahoma State
    172. Al Woods – DT – LSU
    173. Freddie Barnes – WR – Bowling Green
    174. Tony Pike – QB – Cincinnati
    175. Mike Neal – DT - Purdue
    176. John Conner – FB – Kentucky
    177. Josh Moore – CB – Kansas State
    178. Dorian Brooks – OG – James Madison
    179. Kevin Haslam – OT – Rutgers
    180. Mike Williams – WR - Syracuse
    181. Stafon Johnson – RB – USC
    182. Antonio Brown – WR – Central Michigan
    183. Clifton Geathers – DE –South Carolina
    184. Jonathan Crompton – QB - Tennessee
    185. Syd'Quan Thompson - CB - California
    186. Keaton Kristick – OLB – Oregon State
    187. Justin Cole – OLB – San Jose State
    188. Jeff Fitzgerald – DE – Kansas State
    189. Ciron Black – OT/OG – LSU
    180. Chris DeGeare – OG – Wake Forest
    191. Naaman Roosevelt – WR – Buffalo
    192. Trevard Lindley – CB - Kentucky
    193. Hall Davis – DE – Louisiana-Lafayette
    194. Joe Webb – WR – UAB
    195. C.J. Wilson – DE – East Carolina
    196. Lonyae Miller – RB – Fresno State
    197. Earl Mitchell – DT/NT – Arizona
    198. Walter Thurmond III – CB – Oregon
    199. Barry Church – S – Toledo
    200. Taylor Price – WR – Ohio
    201. Armanti Edwards – QB/WR – Appalachian State

    Last edited by ThePudge; 03-14-2010, 01:16 PM.

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  • #2
    pudge is a champ


    Originally posted by JordanTaber's rocket surgery now, folks.


    • #3
      Extremely good information there, very comprehensive assessment of it all. I see the runningbacks differently, I would swap Dixon and Hardesty, but great job overall. Best poster on this site right now by far.

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      • #4
        Once again, great job Pudge!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ElectricEye View Post
          Extremely good information there, very comprehensive assessment of it all. I see the runningbacks differently, I would swap Dixon and Hardesty, but great job overall. Best poster on this site right now by far.
          It's hard to really explain my infatuation with Dixon, he's just a guy I've always really liked as a back. Though he likely will be drafted in the Third or later I think he'll be an effective pro back with the potential to carry the load in a couple years.

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          • #6
            Love how you show your work, Pudge!!!

            Even when I don't agree on a few players, somehow you manage to convince me to give certain prospects a 2nd look.

            Rep party at Pudge's house!!!


            • #7
              Nice work! Interested to know why you have Mike Neal so low.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by thetedginnshow View Post
                Nice work! Interested to know why you have Mike Neal so low.
                I see guys like Neal year in and year out. He's a blue-collar player, a tough guy, but one that doesn't do anything particularly special. He's not a gap holder, not is he a penetrator so I think he's kind of caught in that backup DT image for scouts. I like him enough to draft him, but I wouldn't go looking at him before the Mid 5th. He really proved himself a draft-worthy prospect at the Senior Bowl, Shrine Game, and Combine. I like him, I just don't think NFL coaches/scouts will have any big plans for him.

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                • #9
                  I might not agree with all your rankings, but that definitely made me all warm in the pants.
                  The whole world loves neophyte athletic tight end Jimmy Graham from Miami with the 95th pick. "Best pick in the draft,'' one AFC coach told me. "Give him time, and in that offense, he'll be better than [Jeremy] Shockey by the start of next year.''

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ThePudge View Post
                    I see guys like Neal year in and year out. He's a blue-collar player, a tough guy, but one that doesn't do anything particularly special. He's not a gap holder, not is he a penetrator so I think he's kind of caught in that backup DT image for scouts. I like him enough to draft him, but I wouldn't go looking at him before the Mid 5th. He really proved himself a draft-worthy prospect at the Senior Bowl, Shrine Game, and Combine. I like him, I just don't think NFL coaches/scouts will have any big plans for him.
                    I see. Of course, I wasn't really talking about the draft consideration (though I do think he'll go higher than where you project), and more so about where you have him ranked. There just seems to me to be at least five DTs you have above him that I don't particularly think are on his level.

                    Everything else I don't disagree with too much, but that was just something that stuck out to me. I guess we'll see in the future!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Flyboy View Post
                      I might not agree with all your rankings, but that definitely made me all warm in the pants.
                      The way I see it all 32 teams will have a different draft board and disagreements are what make the draft unpredictable year to year. That said, I embrace different opinions. If there's anything you need a bit of reasoning on just let me know.

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                      • #12
                        Big props again to The Pudge for his comprehensive overview.

                        I know it's underwhelming & ho-hum to write about those for whom we have no stats b/c they didnt work out, but that fact alone needed to be pointed out as it was noted by the NFL scouts.


                        • #13
                          I don't agree it all, but man that's a lot of work + from me no doubt!


                          • #14
                            one guy I'm really surprised you didn't mention in your write-up that you still have rated pretty high is Chad Jones of LSU. You seemed to let combine workouts affect a few of the players pretty positively or negatively yet he's one of the guys that really bombed the combine and you don't have him sliding down. From what I saw, he didn't look great in drills and had only 9 reps in the weight room to go along with a slower-than-expected 40. In addition, I've been hearing that in interviews, he didn't sound too committed to football and that baseball was still an option for him. He is still one of the best athletes in this draft but I have a hard time believing he'll come off the board in the 2nd anymore.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Grizzlegom View Post
                              one guy I'm really surprised you didn't mention in your write-up that you still have rated pretty high is Chad Jones of LSU. You seemed to let combine workouts affect a few of the players pretty positively or negatively yet he's one of the guys that really bombed the combine and you don't have him sliding down. From what I saw, he didn't look great in drills and had only 9 reps in the weight room to go along with a slower-than-expected 40. In addition, I've been hearing that in interviews, he didn't sound too committed to football and that baseball was still an option for him. He is still one of the best athletes in this draft but I have a hard time believing he'll come off the board in the 2nd anymore.
                              "Chad Jones out of LSU was one disappointment among the Safeties. Jones looked great adjusting to the ball and catching away from his body but he showed very average feet, hips, and displayed little speed or explosiveness in drills." - I agree he dropped the ball at the Combine. I wouldn't draft him in the 2nd either and I lowered him to an Early 3rd value on my board (69). Whoever comes out of this draft with Jones better have a great DB coach and some time.

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