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NFL Draft 2010:

NFC East   AFC East  
C- C
C- C+
B C+
D D-
NFC West   AFC West  
A B-
NFC North   AFC North  
C C+
C B+
C- C
NFC South   AFC South  
C+ B-
C B+
D+ B-
A C-

My 2010 Draft All-Can't Miss Team:                                                      My 2010 Draft All-Favorite Longshot Team (7th round or UDFA):


 Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, Dallas Cowboys            

 Terrell Hudgins, Elon, Dallas Cowboys
WR  Jordan Shipley, Texas, Cincinnati Bengals  Stephen Williams, Toledo, Arizona Cardinals
WR  Damian Williams, USC, Tennessee Titans  Scott Long, Louisville, San Francisco 49ers
TE  Dennis Pitta, Brigham Young, Baltimore Ravens  Nathan Overbay, Eastern Washington, Denver Broncos
TE  Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma, Cincinnati Bengals  Scott Sicko, New Hampshire, Dallas Cowboys
OT  Trent Williams, Oklahoma, Washington Redskins  Andrew Tyshovnytsky, Fordham, Pittsburgh Steelers
OT  Charles Brown, USC, New Orleans Saints  Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT  Russell Okung, Oklahoma State, Seattle Seahawks  Andy Leavine, Florida International, Miami Dolphins
OG  Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State, Cleveland Browns  Nick McDonald, Grand Valley State, Green Bay Packers
OG  Mitch Petrus, Arkansas, New York Giants  Dorian Brooks, James Madison, Pittsburgh Steelers
OG  Mike Iupati, Idaho, San Francisco 49ers  Tyler Eastman, Maine, Kansas City Chiefs
OL  Bruce Campbell, Marlyand, Oakland Raiders  Casey Bender, South Dakota State, Cleveland Browns
C  J.D. Walton, Baylor, Denver Broncos  Kyle Mutcher, Weber State, Buffalo Bills
C  Maurkice Pouncey, Florida, Pittsburgh Steelers  Jeff Hansen, Montana State, San Diego Chargers
FB  John Conner, Kentucky, New York Jets  Chris Zardas, Umass, Philadelphia Eagles
FB  Rashawn Jackson, Virginia, Carolina Panthers  DeMaundray Woolridge, Idaho, St. Louis Rams
RB  Toby Gerhart, Stanford, Minnesota Vikings  Pat Paschall, North Dakota State, New England Patriots
RB  C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Buffalo Bills  Joique Bell, Wayne State, Buffalo Bills
RB  Ben Tate, Auburn, Houston Texans  Tony Nelson, UMass, Washington Redskins
QB  Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, St. Louis Rams  Trevor Harris, Edinboro, Jacksonville Jaguars
QB  Dan Lefevour, Central Michigan, Chicago Bears  Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington, Dallas Cowboys
P  Matt Dodge, East Carolina, New York Giants  Tom Mante, Yale, Chicago Bears
K  Leigh Tiffin, Alabama, Cleveland Browns  Garrett Lindholm, Tarleton State, Atlanta Falcons
RET  Marc Mariani, Montana, Tennessee Titans  Sam Shields, Miami (FL), Green Bay Packers
DE  Austen Lane, Murray State, Jacksonville Jaguars  Drew Berube, Hillsdale College, Green Bay Packers
DE  Brandon Graham, Michigan, Philadelphia Eagles  Brandon Lang, Troy, San Diego Chargers
DL  Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech, Tennessee Titans  James Ruffin, Northern Iowa, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DL  Lamarr Houston, Texas, Oakland Raiders  Ricardo Mathews, Cincinnati, Indianapolis Colts
DT  Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, Detroit Lions  Aleric Mullins, North Carolina, Green Bay Packers
DT  Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Andre Neblett, Temple, Carolina Panthers
LB-DE  Jerry Hughes, TCU, Indianapolis Colts  Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin, Green Bay Packers
OLB  Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, Atlanta Falcons  Freddie Harris, Central Oklahoma, St. Louis Rams
OLB  Eric Norwood, South Carolina, Carolina Panthers  Dane Fletcher, Montana State, New England Patriots
LB  Navorro Bowman, Penn State, San Francisco 49ers  Brashton Satele, Hawaii, Oakland Raiders
ILB  Donald Butler, Washington, San Diego Chargers  Mike Johnson, North Alabama, Kansas City Chiefs
ILB  Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas, Cincinnati Bengals  Jacob Lewko, Penn, Tennessee Titans
CB  Devin McCourty, Rutgers, New England Patriots  Patrick Stoudamire, W. Illinois, San Francisco 49ers
CB  Kyle Wilson, Boise State, New York Jets  Prince Miller, Georgia, Baltimore Ravens
CB  Kevin Thomas, USC, Indianapolis Colts  A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State, Arizona Cardinals
CB-S  Major Wright, Florida, Chicago Bears  Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, UTEP, Pittsburgh Steelers
S  Earl Thomas, Texas, Seattle Seahawks  Jeromy Miles, UMass, Cincinnati Bengals
S  Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, Green Bay Packers  Quentin Scott, Northern Iowa, Chicago Bears
S  Eric Berry, Tennessee, Kansas City Chiefs  Andrew Sendejo, Rice, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fourteen Players who deserved a shot, but I couldn't find if they were given  a chance:

 Myles Burnsides, SW Missouri St.  5-10  194  4.56  7.14  (2-time Little All-Am, 16 career int.)  OLB Buddy Wood, Cent. Washington  6-3  219  4.77  7.02
 OG Terran Hillesland, Montana  6-6.5  320  5.28  7.77  QB Derrick Fourroux, McNeese State  6-1 203  4.79  7.25
 QB Nick Graziano, Arkansas Tech  6-1 222  4.72  7.29  OLB Sam Scott, West Chester State  6-3  223  4.81  7.00       
 S Charles Graves, Delaware  6-0  195  4.48  6.99  OG-C Chris Fisher, UL-Lafayette  6-2.5  292  5.12  7.64
 DT LeRon Boykin, NC Wesleyan  6-2  297  4.98  7.60  RB Joseph Turner, TCU  6-0  223  4.66  7.28
 S Van Eskridge, East Carolina  6-0  194  4.66  7.12  K Alex Steigerwald, Toledo  5-11 182 (83% car FG, 4 yr kicker)
 RB Brandon West, Western Michigan  5-9.5  189  4.62  7.03 [div 1 records: kick ret yds (3,118); all-purp yds (7,764)]  RB Trevyn Smith, Weber State  5-9 210  4.71  6.95  (4-time All Big Sky, over 6400 all purpose yds, also 113 receptions)



Dallas Cowboys: C-

Team Needs:


OT: (average) Sam Young, big, tall, and athletic for his size, but not ready to step into a starting role.  Tepper is a more traditional Cowboys' tackle, big, wide, and a little ornery.  However, his lack of quick feet led many to suggest his best position might be guard.  Barker is a project, similar to Young in body type, but with some off-field issues.


S: (good) Owusu-Ansah is a corner who rarely saw anyone at his college level to challenge his natural ability and speed.  The Cowboys are projecting him at safety, but that will take some time and coaching.  Church is a linebacker size athlete with amazing closing speed who may be a steal as an FA.  McCray lost his appeal for another year of eligibility at LSU.  A lot of ability but injuries forced a lack of opportunity to develop it.


WR: (excellent) Bryant was the best talent at the position in the draft.  Hudgens was a small college phenom with near TE size who set FBS or FCS records for career receptions, 100-yd games, and receiving yards, and games with touchdowns.  Tucker fought through injuries at Cal with a reputation for giving up his body for every catch.


K: (fail) With Folk signing with the Jets, the 'boys have no replacement yet?


OG: (poor) Teofilo is a gritty FA, but probably not an NFL talent.  Tepper might be able to move in here.


ILB: (average) Aside from the injury concerns, Lee was considered the best ILB talent available.  Some insurance or options would have been helpful.


Other: CBs Wall, a solid 6th rounder, and Bryan McCann, C-USA career leader in intercepts were excellent selections for depth.  QB Nichols was a small school 45 game starter who led his team to perennial tournament appearances.  Miller is considered almost a clone, a bit less shifty, but equally fast, of his Fresno teammate Mathews.  TE Sicko would have been drafted if he had played for a bigger program.  He is big, fast, caught a conference career record number of passes in 49 college games.







1 24 Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State  Can't Miss
2 55 Sean Lee ILB Penn State
4 126 Akwasi Owusu-Ansah FS Indiana (Pa.)  Reach
6 179 Sam Young OT Notre Dame Stretch
6 196 Jamar Wall CB Texas Tech value
7 234 Sean Lissemore DT William & Mary

Legitimate FAs:

CB Bryan McCann, SMU+

QB Matt Nichols, Eastern Washington+


S Barry Church, Toledo+


S Danny McCray, LSU+

WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon++

OT Will Barker, Virginia


OG Chet Teofilo, Cal

RB Lonyae Miller, Fresno State+

FB Chris Gronkowski, Arizona

OT Mike Tepper, Cal

WR Verran Tucker, Cal

TE Scott Sicko, New Hampshire++



New York Giants: C-


ILB: (great) Dillard was a good 4th round pick.  Hard-nosed, if not overly athletic, he gets to a lot of tackles, probably needs to improve his zone drops.  Campbell is a former DE who is not fat enough to play OLB, but might be able to learn ILB in time.  Micah Johnson may have the most experience of the bunch as a prototypical MLB, but he is heavy, slow of foot, and makes up a lot with desire.  Tracy is big, smart and steady enough to play in the middle as well.


DT: (good) Joseph is huge, very strong, and quite nimble for a big man.  He will not run anyone down, but can stuff the A gaps.  Collins is a much smaller, more active DT who made a lot of tackles, but often has to sneak around or get a jump on blockers. 


DE: (average) Many draft boards had Pierre-Paul falling, so the Giants may have stretched to make a 15th overall pick.  Okpokowuruk put up some great numbers on his pro day, but he is slight, lacks bulk, and hasn't showed the wherewithal to dominate.


OT: (fail) Richardson has the size to play it, but no one near the ability especially coming off serious injury.  Petrus is strong and tough enough, but doesn't have the build, feet, or size. 


S: (good) Jones has the size of an OLB, but plays weak with good closing speed to get to bad passes.  Gets by on natural ability which will fade quickly without work ethic and coachability.  Greco is a former QB with size, speed, and smarts, even played some receiver and wildcat on offense.


CB: (fail) FA Leon Wright is tiny, but strong, fast, and very agile with leaping ability. 


Other: RB Andre Dixon is an athletic back with less than breakaway speed, but finishes runs and fights for yards, even if he doesn't have best moves.  QB Skinner broke school and ACC records at Wake while QB Randolph threw for close to 13,000 at Holy Cross.  Ballard is very big and a reasonably athletic and was as close to a standout at TE as anyone can get at the Ohio State.  Felix and Richmond are both multiple year starters and O-line generals with over 80 games between them.  Dodge was considered one of the top two punters available.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 15 Jason Pierre-Paul DE South Florida Stretch
2 46 Linval Joseph DT East Carolina
3 76 Chad Jones SS LSU reach
4 115 Phillip Dillard ILB Nebraska can't miss
5 147 Mitch Petrus OG Arkansas Value
6 184 Adrian Tracy OLB William & Mary
7 221 Matt Dodge P East Carolina


QB Riley Skinner, Wake Forest

QB Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross

DE Ayanga Okpokowuruk, Duke

DT Nate Collins, Virginia

ILB Lee Campbell, Minnesota

S Michael Greco, UCF

CB Leon Wright, Duke

TE Jake Ballard, Ohio State

OG Dace Richardson, Iowa (Tryout)

RB Andre Dixon, UConn (Tryout)

C Robby Felix, UTEP (Tryout)

C Nick Richmond, Delaware State (Tryout)

ILB Micah Johnson, Kentucky (Tryout)


Philadelphia Eagles: B


S: (good) Allen may have been a small stretch as an early 2nd round.  He has good size and speed who may have the best closing speed in the draft, but isn't an intuitive or agile player.  Coleman is a more consistent player with less size, but similar tools.  He may be a genuine steal in the 7th.


CB: (good) Lindley is a slight player with below average strength and aggressiveness, but reacts quickly, closes on balls, and has great leaping ability.  Pender and Morris are almost identical players to Lindley.  Morris is a bit more willing to mix it up, but overall they are in the Deion Sanders school of cover well, tackle only when necessary.


DE: (great) Graham might be the best pure defensive player in the draft.  No one understands better and has the skills to disrupt an offense.  Sapp in an all-out pass rushing talent.  He may not be big enough to play DE on an every down basis and may take a long time to work into an OLB.


OT: (poor) Howard is a too-tall, small school plodder.  Duncan showed some flashes during the season at tackle, but also impressed in all-star games at OG.  McCuller played both OG and OT and his effort was enough in college to persevere above his meager abilities.


ILB: (average) Depending on who was doing the evaluating, Chaney was either the greatest steal of the draft or was taken too early in the 7th.  Without a doubt, he has the physical aspects for the position.  He the fastest among top 20 ILBs, had the best vertical, and close to the best cone drill.  If he can learn the system, he should be a force.  Some insurance here would have seemed prudent.


RB: (poor) Scott may be a really talented FB or a disappointing RB.  Zardas is a similar back with good ball carrying skills and decent blocking acumen.  Clay Harbor may also be a FB project.  Flemming was a small college star who is contemplating his future too much.


Other:  DT Jeff Owens was a very nice late round pick, very strong, quick off the snap, built for leverage if not sacks.  DT Alexander out of LSU is bigger and looks like a better athlete, but the measurables are lacking.  QB Kafka has some intriguing upside with athleticism and nerve but was a bit of a reach who would surely have been on the board in the 6th or 7th or even FA.  QB Elliott is a true sleeper who may be in the perfect place to be impressive while continuing to improve.  WR Cooper is an enigma who has the size of a TO and unfortunately the inconsistent half-hearted work ethic of Randy Moss.  Jurovich from San Jose State is the direct opposite gifted with neither size nor blazing speed, he appears to out work DBs.  Simonds is a very big, athletic receiver with excellent feet, but has trouble snaring off target throws.

Rd   Pick Player Pos College
1 13 Brandon Graham DE Michigan Can't Miss
2 37 Nate Allen FS South Florida
3 86 Daniel Te'o-Nesheim DE Washington Stretch
4 105 Trevard Lindley CB Kentucky
4 121 Keenan Clayton OLB Oklahoma
4 122 Mike Kafka QB Northwestern reach
4 125 Clay Harbor TE Missouri State
5 134 Ricky Sapp DE Clemson Reach
5 159 Riley Cooper WR Florida
6 200 Charles Scott RB LSU
7 220 Jamar Chaney ILB Mississippi State Steal -- VALUE
7 243 Jeff Owens DT Georgia value
7 244 Kurt Coleman FS Ohio State VALUE


DT Charles Alexander, LSU

WR Kevin Jurovich, San Jose State+

FB Chris Zardas, UMass++

OT Austin Howard, Northern Iowa

WR Pat Simonds, Colgate

QB Joey Elliott, Purdue+

CB David Pender, Purdue

CB Josh Morris, Weber St.

OT Zipp Duncan, Kentucky

OG-T Jeraill McCuller, North Carolina State

RB Keithlon Flemming, West Texas A&M



Washington Redskins: D


OT: (excellent) Williams and Okung were very similar in stature with Okung possessing a more refined skill set, but Williams is more purely athletic.  Barring injury, both will be Pro Bowl bookends or alternates for years to come.  Capers was in the next echelon of OTs, nearly as big and almost as athletic.  He could be a steal in the 7th.


DE: (fail) Besides trading for Adam Carriker, the Redskins recently signed Greg Peterson. OLB Riley is less a pass rusher and more a solid weakside tackler.


S: (poor): No one drafted.  UDFAs McNally has limited natural talent but was Stanford's field general.  Russell was demoted to 2nd string at the Ohio State.


OG: (poor) Moving Williams to OG would be a waste.  Capers might be able to do it.  Erik Cook was a wide, slow center who might try OG.


RB: (poor) Morris was a short yardage red zone TE who will attempt to transition to FB.  UDFA  Tony Nelson of UMass has deceptive speed in the open field, but may not have the moves to get him there.  Williams had collarbone and ankle injuries which haven't healed.  He had some talent early in his college career but now may be better suited to FB as well.


QB: (fail) UDFA Clark is athletic and smart but will not be a QB in Shanahan's system.  Rex Grossman and an oft-injured Colt Brennan don't seem like much of an answer if McNabb goes down.


Other: WR Austin was taken primarily as a return man.  TE Paulsen has the size and some athleticism which were used on occasion in clutch situations by UCLA.  DT Slocum is more famous for an infamous facebook personality survey while at Michigan than for his performance on the field.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 4 Trent Williams OT Oklahoma Can't Miss
4 103 Perry Riley OLB LSU value
6 174 Dennis Morris FB Louisiana Tech REACH
7 219 Terrence Austin WR UCLA
7 229 Erik Cook C New Mexico stretch
7 231 Selvish Capers OT West Virginia steal-VALUE


TE Logan Paulsen, UCLA+

S Anderson Russell, Ohio State

DT Marques Slocum, Eastern Arizona (trnsfr fr Michigan)

FB Keiland Williams, LSU

QB Daryll Clark, Penn State

RB Tony Nelson UMass_++

S Bo McNally, Stanford



Chicago Bears: C


S: (excellent) Wright is a good hitter who isn't as agile or quick as some other prospects, but he is football smart and always around the ball.  UDFA Quentin Scott was a small school monster back who tackled like an LB at 6-3 224, but could cover deep with under 4.5 speed.  He must learn to play disciplined, assignment defenses.  Woodall is another big safety with slow reactions but good closing speed to make up the difference, but must gain more anticipation.


WR: (average) None drafted, but Barnes set a Div. 1 season record with 155 receptions.  Mathews got lost a little in the shuffle at Michigan, but has very good hands and runs good routes. 


OT: (good) Webb is a large, gifted small school player with better than average football instincts who uses his size well, but doesn't have the talent to be special.  UDFA Horn is similar to Webb, but makes up for slightly less athleticism with a more grizzly demeanor. 


CB: (average) Moore is a big, fast athlete who must show he can apply his natural abilities to his job.  He's not exactly a gym rat or workout fiend.  UDFA Brown is like Moore only with more willingness to mix it up, but with a little less agility and smoothness. 


ILB: (poor) None drafted, Matt Mayberry has good speed and is strong for his relatively small frame (6-0.5 235)  He made a lot of tackles and can rush the passer.  UDFA Munoz is not much bigger than a safety, but is a sure tackler and an intuitive play reader.


OG: (fail) None drafted?  However, they did cover an aging Olin Kreutz by auditioning a couple bad tempered centers cut from the same mold: Tim Walter and Austen Steichen.


Other: If DE Wootton returns to close to his previous promise, he'll be a great 4th round pick.  QB LeFevour is a winner.  All numbers and measurables aside, he does what it takes to win games, 38 of them in college.  Though not known as a runner, he is the only player in Div. 1 history to throw for more than 12,000 yards and rush for 2,500.  RB Jake Sharp is a stocky, strong back with exceptional speed and agility, could be a 3rd specialist bigger and faster than Wolfe, younger than Taylor.  P Mante is an intriguing long punter who also got 17 inside the 20. P Cullen can also kickoff.  TE Carey has great hands and also played some OLB.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
3 75 Major Wright SS Florida can't miss
4 109 Corey Wootton DE Northwestern stretch
5 141 Joshua Moore CB Kansas State
6 181 Dan LeFevour+++ QB Central Michigan steal -- Value
7 218 J'Marcus Webb OT West Texas A&M reach

WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green

WR Greg Mathews, Michigan

S Quentin Scott, Northern Iowa++


P Desi Cullen, UConn

ILB Matt Mayberry, Indiana


OLB Damaso Munoz, Rutgers

CB Cornelius Brown, UTEP

OT Levi Horn, Montana+

C Tim Walter, Colorado State


C Austin Steichen, Northern Iowa+

RB Jake Sharp, Kansas

TE Craig Carey, Cincinnati

S Justin Woodall, Alabama

P Tom Mante, Yale



Detroit Lions: C


CB: (average) Some scouts projected Spievey as a safety.  He's short and stiff with only decent speed.  He will be overmatched in the NFL.  UDFA Berry is small and slight, but was twice All-Big East. 


OT: (good) Fox is tall, but not that strong.  His toughness has been called into question.  UDFA Hicks is about the same size and stronger if a bit less naturally gifted, but he played in a record 47 games at UConn.


DT: (excellent) Suh is one of the best defensive talents to come along in years.  He is a game plan changer.  UDFA Calloway is a small school version of Suh, a little heftier and not quite as fast, but a lot of tackles, a lot of game changing of his own. 


S: (fail) None drafted, but Phillips was the 4th tackler on Miami (FLa).


RB: (good) Best, if he stays healthy, is as talented as anyone in the league, but it's a big "if."  UDFA Clapp is a FB who can carry, catch, and block well.  Higdon is more of a return man.


QB: (fail) Stafford, as tough as he showed he was, is coming off a multiple injury season. Who's the back up?  Shaun Hill was dubbed a veteran backup, but without Singletary's insistence, he'd never have seen the field.  Drew Stanton?


Other: DE Young is a decent all-around player who needs some bulk and strength to play in the NFL.  UDFA OLB Stamper was the Gators leading tackler, but doesn't have an abundance of athletic ability. Jacobs is another Saginaw Valley star who was a monster man at 227, but may be too small for OLB, but he made nearly 400 tackles.  WR Moore had a late pro day where he proved himself the strongest receiver in the draft at just 200 lbs. and also one of the best cone and jumps.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 2 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska Can't Miss
1 30 Jahvid Best RB California
3 66 Amari Spievey CB Iowa Stretch
4 128 Jason Fox OT Miami (Fla.)
7 213 Willie Young DE North Carolina State Reach
7 255 Tim Toone WR Weber State


OLB Ryan Stamper, Florida


OLB John Jacobs, Saginaw Valley++

CB Aaron Berry, Pitt

S Randy Phillips, Miami

WR Mike Moore, Georgia+

DT Rob Calloway, Saginaw Valley+

FB Matt Clapp, Oklahoma+

OT Mike Hicks, UConn+

RB Aaron Higdon, Charleston (Tryout)



Green Bay Packers: B


S: (great) Burnett is a very good 3rd round pick.  He has good size and makes up for a lack of top end speed with his anticipation.  He's a solid and willing tackler with a developed sense of the game which makes him a good resource on the field.    UDFA Vaughn was a smaller, but similar player who had some big games at UConn.


CB: (poor) None drafted, but former wide out Sam Shields converted to CB to get playing time at Miami (FL) and did well including some valuable work as an exciting return man. 


OT: (great) Bulaga has the size and past awards, but the more he worked out and the more scouts watched film, he had dropped out of the 1st round on the majority of boards, but the Packers didn't believe he'd drop that far.  He could be a good plugger who ends up at OG.  Newhouse could be the special player who also may be better suited as a run-blocking OG.  UDFA Joe Thomas (not that Joe Thomas) was an OT at Pittsburgh, but was projected as a guard by most scouts.  He's as fast as Bulaga, but not quite as big or quick.  He may be a little more agile.  He was a 4-year starter and with some more bulk, he might be an NFL OT.  McDonald isn't quite as big as Bulaga, but is stronger, faster and more athletic.  He did a lot of pass blocking in college as did Eastern Illinois' Chris Campbell who is big, slow, and not strong, but has quick feet.  The wild card in the mix which really helps solidify the Packers acquisitions is Mike Aquayo, a two-time All C-USA OT who made 37 starts at LT in his career.


OLB: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Tim Knicky is a 6-4 247 4-time All conference DE who runs under 4.70 and may be exactly what the Pack needs if he can make the transition.  Besides being an almost carbon copy of Knicky (4 years All-Conference DE at 6-4 250), the intriguing thing about Central Michigan's Frank Zombo is how he impressed scouts at his pro day by showing his skills as a TE.  He was an all-state WR who ran a 4.71 at 250+.  Alex Joseph is fast enough, but doesn't have the size, height, or agility to play 3-4 OLB.  Gunn is also fast, but is a "missile to the ball" ILB sort.


RB: (good) If Starks shoulder is healed, he is a steal in the 6th.  He is big, fast back with some nice moves.  UDFA Porter is a solid back who must show his skills work up several levels.  Harrison is a wiry, slight back with a penchant for either a long run or a loss.  Rome is a big back who missed a lot of his senior year with the flu.


C: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Houser came on all season and impressed in the run up to the draft.  He is strong, explosive, and technically sound.  He may surprise.


Other: DT Neal is a powerlifter who may some day turn that into excellence on the field.  He was certainly the biggest reach of the draft in the 2nd round.  DT Mullins is a Gilbert Brown-type, wide, very strong (35 reps) with speed and quickness.  Most boards had this guy ahead of Neal.  DE Wilson is another gym guy who pumped up 225 32 times.  Although built like a DT, he runs well and had 40 consecutive starts in college at DE.  UDFA Russell was a draftable guy with incredible agility and strength if not blazing straight ahead speed.  DE Berube has great feet, tremendous closing speed which helped him lead in sacks and TFLs.    WR Glen Fox is a tall, gazelle-like receiver who runs good routes and was able to get deep at least at South Dakota State's level of competition.  QB Noah Shepard is a very athletic passer who was Great West Co-Offensive Player of the Year.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 23 Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa
2 56 Mike Neal DT Purdue Reach
3 71 Morgan Burnett FS Georgia Tech can't miss
5 154 Andrew Quarless TE Penn State Stretch
5 169 Marshall Newhouse OG TCU Value
6 193 James Starks RB Buffalo value
7 230 C.J. Wilson DE East Carolina


RB Quinn Porter, Stillman

OT Nick McDonald, Grand Valley State+

OLB-TE Frank Zombo, Central Michigan+

CB-KR Sam Shields, Miami

DE John Russell, Wake Forest+


DE Drew Berube, Hillsdale College++


DT Aleric Mullins, North Carolina++

OLB Tim Knicky, Stephen F. Austin++

OT Chris Campbell, Eastern Illinois


OT-G Joe Thomas, Pittsburgh+


OT Mike Aguayo, UTEP

ILB Alex Joseph, Temple

QB Noah Shepard, South Dakota+

S Robert Vaughn, UConn

FB Bobby Rome, North Carolina

RB Tory Harrison, Southern Miss

C Robb Houser, Pittsburgh+

ILB Adam Gunn, Pittsburgh


WR Glen Fox, South Dakota State



Minnesota Vikings: C-


CB: (average) Cook was considered a talented player, big and fast, but who may not have been tested by fire or NFL pulling guards.  He has the tools, but must show them for this to be a good pick.  UDFA Williams was very good at tiny Ferris State, and he has nowhere near the size or ability of Cook.  (The Vikings did sign journeyman Lito Sheppard to shore up the position.)


OG: (average) Degeare is a big, strong OL who was granted an extra year of eligibility.  It looks like he took advantage of the meal plan.  He played primarily OT and must learn OG.  UDFA Austin fell almost off most draft boards after his measurables and film got around.  He's very strong, but quite slow and not that big or agile.  He might be able to convert to C.  Hernandez played center for UC-Davis which means he pass blocked a lot, but may not have the bulk for OG.


QB: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Perriloux was once the top HS recruit in the country who proved difficult to coach at LSU and finished up a Jacksonville State.  He still has raw talent to be harnessed.  Archer was a steady game manager who led his team to an NCAA semi-final tournament game.


DT: (fail) None drafted, but they are looking at Randy Earl, an excellent small college player who might be better suited for DE.


S: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Skinner is a big guy with speed but not much agility or strength. 


ILB: (good) Triplett has some talent and size but is nagged by a neck and shoulder problem.  D'Imperio may be the scoop here as a 7th rounder.  He is big, strong, and so athletic many teams were projecting him as an FB.


Other: RB Toby Gerhart should be a good compliment to Peterson when he gets his usual nicks and fumblitis.  DE Griffen is a good pass rusher who can also play the run.  WR Joe Webb is a QB w who spent the entire spring perfecting his receiving talents to the point he may have been a top ten prospect at that position.  At 6-3 223, he may be the best all-around athlete in this draft.  UDFA Tindal is close to Webb in physical skills with a little less weight and didn't face div. 1 players at Newberry.  WR Ray Small may be too small.  TE Shuler has good blood lines, but hasn't shown much yet.  OT Noethlich is a talented 6-6 with good body control and long arms from a small school known for its passing game.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
2 34 Chris Cook CB Virginia
2 51 Toby Gerhart RB Stanford can't miss
4 100 Everson Griffen DE USC
5 161 Chris DeGeare OG Wake Forest
5 167 Nathan Triplett ILB Minnesota stretch
6 199 Joe Webb WR Alabama-Birmingham
7 214 Mickey Shuler TE Penn State Reach
7 237 Ryan D'Imperio ILB Rutgers value


OT Bill Noethlich, SW Minnesota State+

QB Ryan Perriloux, Jacksonville State

QB RJ Archer, William and Mary

S Terrell Skinner, Maryland

WR Kelton Tindal, Newberry+

C Tommy Hernandez, UC-Davis

WR Ray Small, Ohio State

CB Angelo Williams, Ferris State

OG Thomas Austin, Clemson


DT-DE Randy Earl, Minnesota State--Mankato+



Atlanta Falcons: C+


WR: (great) Meier is a big workhorse receiver who gets off the line and out of his breaks well.  He also has a deceptive gear which helps him get behind DBs trying to jump his patterns.  He averaged 100 catches a season.  UDFA Harvey is a bit taller and more angular, but with a similar skill set, has good first step with deceptive speed to get deep.  However, he was inconsistent and sometimes disappeared in games.  Ryan Wolfe set the Mountain West record for career receptions in 2009.  Even fighting through injuries, he played in 47 games and was All-Mountain West three times.


OLB: (great) Weatherspoon was considered one or two on all boards.  He wasn't as big as Kindle, but is faster, stronger, and has much agility along with great leaping ability.  UDFA Johnson is not as fast, but is stronger with better pass rushing skills.  Stephens is a former DE who will be a pass rushing specialist at most.  Woods is a tackling machine, but at 6-0 is probably better suited to the middle.


OG: (good) Mike Johnson gets the most out of his slow, unathletic build.  He is football smart with a motor which overcomes a lot.  He may have been a small stretch in the 3rd.  Hawley was projected by many as an OG, but he is as strong and athletic as any center in the draft.  He's quick, agile and explosive.  He moves well when he gets to the second level.  He's too feisty for his own good sometimes and lets NTs get him off his game.


TE: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Peek was a pre-season All-American, but never seemed to progress.  He has the size, blocks, but has inconsistent hands.  Palmer has more speed, but is slow off the line, slow to react and not quite as big or agile. 


QB: (fail)  Looks like Chris Redman or John Parker Wilson are quality back ups?


DE: (fail) None drafted.


Other: DT Peters was a big reach in the 2nd.  He's a grinder, but lacks strength and athleticism aside from decent speed for his size.  CB Franks is a good football player, but he also fell down boards as the pre-draft comparisons were made.  He isn't big, agile or strong and has limited leaping ability.  UDFA Daniels is a small school athlete with some skills, but may not be enough at the NFL level.  S Schillinger is a solid, all-around, all-out player, a ballhawk and field general.  He has good speed and good agility for a downhill safety who likes to play in the box.  K Lindholm made a 64 yd FG and posted an 83% FG his senior season.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 19 Sean Weatherspoon OLB Missouri Can't Miss
3 83 Corey Peters DT Kentucky Reach
3 98 Mike Johnson OG Alabama stretch
4 117 Joe Hawley C-OG UNLV
5 135 Dominique Franks CB Oklahoma
5 165 Kerry Meier WR Kansas steal -- Value
6 171 Shann Schillinger FS Montana


CB Dominique Daniels, Nicholls State

WR Brandyn Harvey, Villanova

TE Colin Peek, Alabama

K Garrett Lindholm, Tarleton State++

ILB Bear Woods, Troy+

WR Ryan Wolfe, UNLV+

TE Michael Palmer, Clemson


OLBWeston Johnson, Wyoming

OLB Emmanuel Stephens, Ole Miss


Carolina Panthers: C

WR: (good) LaFell is a very nice 3rd round pick.  Many gurus had him as a top five or ten wide out.  He's tall with good agility and body control if not all out speed.  He can be a big play guy, but is willing to pile up the short route catches.  Edwards, the only two-time Payton Award winner, is obviously a project, may be a "slash" type, but was certainly taken early.  He's very athletic, but also quite small and will have much to absorb.  Gettis is a big, fast receiver who has trouble getting off the line and often traps the ball against his chest instead of catching it in his hands.  UDFA Young was taken primarily for his return skills.


S: (poor) None drafted but UDFA Matt O'Hanlon posted good measurables except for straight ahead speed.  He's a solid tackler, always seems to be in position, and has good leaps.  McClain was a CB in college but has the mentality and willingness to hit of a safety.  He may have been drafted for his returns.


DE: (poor) Hardy is not that fast or strong, but has enough agility to make tackles in the open field.  He has been injury prone. 


QB: (great) Clausen will be a steal or a bust.  Not many people had him falling to the 48th player taken.  Add Tony Pike in the 6th and the Panthers got some great value to succeed or support Matt Moore.


OG: (average) None drafted but UDFA Noah Franklin is a three-year starter who is very strong, smart, and is known for his character.  Gregory is an big, unathletic player with some decent speed upfield; has decent strength and football IQ. 


TE: (fail)  None drafted, but UDFA Andrew George was a second TE at BYU who was overshadowed by Dennis Pitta.


Other: OLB Norwood has decent speed and an excellent first step to pursuit.  He is an excellent all-around player and was a good 4th round choice, but was it a need?  UDFA Ware was a former safety who moved up with size and strength to OLB, gets to a lot of tackles.  CB Jordan Pugh has excellent reaction which makes up for his slight lack of agility.  He's not tall, but has very good leaping ability.  Stanford also has good reacts but with even more speed.  He is quite small though and needs coaching on his footwork.  McClain is also short, but very strong and physical, but doesn't always have the skills to back it up.  DT Neblett was a stalwart who helped Temple improve defensively earning him All-MAC 1st team.  He's a short bull of a player, a little slow off the snap, but has a motor and a determination which wore down opposing centers. RB Porter was an inconsistent two year starter who had some big games.  FB Jackson was considered by most to be the best pure FB in the draft.  K Aaron Pettrey has a big leg, but there were concerns about his injury.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
2 48 Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame Value
3 78 Brandon LaFell WR LSU
3 89 Armanti Edwards WR Appalachian State Reach
4 124 Eric Norwood OLB South Carolina can't miss
6 175 Greg Hardy DE Mississippi
6 198 David Gettis WR Baylor Stretch
6 202 Jordan Pugh CB Texas A&M
6 204 Tony Pike QB Cincinnati
7 223 R.J. Stanford CB Utah
7 249 Robert McClain CB Connecticut


RB Daniel Porter, Louisiana Tech

OG Noah Franklin, Oklahoma St.+

OLB Sean Ware, New Hampshire+

OG Kurtis Gregory, Missouri

FB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia+

TE Andrew George, BYU

S Matt O'Hanlon, Nebraska

DT Andre Neblett, Temple

K Aaron Pettrey, Ohio State

WR Oliver Young, South Carolina State



New Orleans Saints: D+


OLB: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Beauchamp finished up at UNLV with school record for tackles in 48 college games.  He's big and strong, but doesn't have great speed or agility.  He uses anticipation and a nose for the ball.


DT: (good) Woods was a very nice value in the 4th.  He's got great feet, better than average speed, and has the agility to beat offensive linemen.  His one knock is his lack of strength and power so he rarely dominates opponents physically.  UDFA Udofia is squat, very strong, and gets to tackles.  He has a history of nicks, but fought through to play 39 games.  Ross is another strong tackle with more quickness off the snap.  He moves well, but doesn't have much pursuit.


OG: (average) None drafted, but Tennant is projected as an OG.  He is a bit small, but very smart, moves well if not overly powerful.  He has had elbow injuries.  UDFA Carter was a borderline draftable player, but his piercings, hair and face painting, and over-the-top behavior scared many teams.  Charles Brown seems to be a prototypical OT, but could possibly grow into the role.


S: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Coleman was once considered a high pick, but his lack of speed, strength, and other measurables lowered his pre-draft evaluation.  He was voted Defensive MVP by his teammates.  Hamilton lost his NCAA bid for a sixth season.  Even amid the serious injuries, he managed over 200 tackles.  His desire in unquestioned, but his body may hold him back.


ILB: (fail) A lot of scouts thought DE Brandon Sharpe had the makings of good ILB.  He's too small and a bit slow for DE, but very aggressive and instinctive about attacking the play.


QB: (average) Canfield was a definite riser on draft boards.  His overall athletic ability and good film got noticed.  His arm is still considered suspect, but he has time improve if Brees doesn't fall victim to the Madden game jinx.  UDFA McKenna has a cannon arm, but bad footwork causes him often to be wild.


Other: CB Robinson was a top five corner, but he isn't big and doesn't have great reactions.  Also, with Jabari Greer, Tracy Porter, Malcolm Jenkins, Randall Gay and Glenn Sharpe, do the Saints need to draft a CB at no. 1?  Just in case a first rounder wasn't enough, UDFA Young runs a sub-par 4.4.  Priest was All-Mountain West, but is small and has a foot issue.  Welch from tiny Kentucky State is a headhunter, but is super aggressive and defends every ball in the air or already in receiver hands.  TE Graham is a former basketball star, much more athletic than Gates of San Diego, but much in need of coaching and experience.  UDFA DE Galette was considered one of the best small college sleepers on most draft boards. He's not big, but doesn't have quite enough speed to play OLB.  He's very agile and surprisingly strong.  He needs coaching on technique.  WR Chris Bell is a big target with good speed and excellent hands, but stiff hips and not much open field speed.  LS Gresham is considered by most scouts as the best available in this draft.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 32 Patrick Robinson CB Florida State
2 64 Charles Brown OT USC can't miss
3 95 Jimmy Graham TE Miami (Fla.) reach
4 123 Al Woods DT LSU value
5 158 Matt Tennant C Boston College stretch
7 239 Sean Canfield QB Oregon State


LS Clint Gresham, TCU

S Harry Coleman, LSU+

S Ryan Hamilton, Vanderbilt

OLB Jason Beauchamp, UNLV


DE-ILB Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech+

OG Brandon Carter, Texas Tech

DE Junior Galette, Stillman

DT Ekom Udofia, Stanford

CB Marcell Young, Jackson State+

DT Jay Ross, East Carolina

QB AJ McKenna, Albany State

CB Rafael Priest, TCU

CB Sirjo Welch, Kentucky State+


WR Chris Bell, Norfolk State


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: A


DT: (excellent) McCoy and Price represent two out of top five DTs in the draft.  Though Suh may have been clearly the best, McCoy rivaled him for the designation.  Price is stranger than both of them and was named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.


DE: (excellent) Lorig is former TE with speed and agility, has to work to maintain his 280.  He has a history of being nicked up.  UDFA Gilbeaux was a terror at Delaware, disrupting both running and passing games.  Ruffin of Northern Iowa is bigger, faster and stronger than Gilbeaux and was AP FCS ALL-American and twice All-MISSOURI VALLEY.  UDFA George Johnson would have graded out higher if he hadn't been recuperating from an injured back.  Even so he turned in a 6.99 cone drill and has the agility to get off the edge.  He does have some trouble when teams run at him, but at 6-5 has room for more beef.


WR: (great) Benn was the next receiving talent behind Bryant on must boards.  He is big and has good, if not sprinter, speed.  He is seen by some as somewhat inconsistent in his demeanor and effort.  Williams is similar to Benn in size, demeanor, and possible psycho problems.  He is not quite as talented or athletic and didn't face the competition Benn did.  UDFA Preston Parker is another problem case who transferred from Florida State to North Alabama where he settled down to a nice career.  Salem is a skinny ghost of a receiver who drove secondaries crazy despite his lack of speed or strength.  He had several double figure catch games and was All-Missouri Valley.  Lovett is a small college return legend.


CB: (fail) None drafted but Lewis is projected to try his skill at corner.  That will negate his premium skill which is stopping the run.


S: (good) Grimm played a monster LB at Va Tech, but has the football IQ and talent to settle in at safety.  UDFA Sendejo is an LB-sized safety who made 318 career tackles despite missing games.  He has very good speed and enough reaction to use it when he over commits.  A broken ankle sidetracked the end of his senior season and pre-draft workouts. Otherwise, he may have been drafted.  Lewis and UDFA Rogan offer insurance.


OLB: (great) Athletically, Watson was top ten at the position, but his lack of size, football instincts and reactions were in question.  He was the fastest, best all-around athlete in the class.  UFDA Rico McCoy was just the opposite, a smallish, slow, seemingly unathletic ILB who made 350 tackles in his career, a guy who's total immersion in the game was enough to make him productive.  He reminds a lot of Jon Beason, same detractions, same awesome results.  Reeves is another tackling machine, but much bigger and more likely an inside backer.


Other: Drafting a punter is always suspect, but Bowden wasn't even considered the best one available.  However, they did get what many believe was the best kicker in the draft by getting UDFA Hunter Lawrence, a touchback king, who also hit 92% of his FGs.  QB Jevan Snead was considered draftable by many scouts, a tough pocket passer with a gunslinger mentality who is a better runner than expected.  OT Hardman started 46 games and was named AP FCS 1st ALL-American.  OG Render was effective despite very little natural ability, a bit of strength and sense of angles, but no agility in open field.  OG Okeafor from Florida A&M showed bursts of speed and explosiveness, but does not have great agility.  TE Mastrud is big, but not that strong or agile, but he was All-Big 12 and was team captain appearing in 48 div. 1 games.  RB Darius Marshall is small, slow, but tough and shifty.  He had some good games, but was suspended for part of this last season.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 3 Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma Can't Miss
2 35 Brian Price DT UCLA
2 39 Arrelious Benn WR Illinois
3 67 Myron Lewis S Vanderbilt reach
4 101 Mike Williams WR Syracuse Stretch
6 172 Brent Bowden P Virginia Tech Reach
7 210 Cody Grimm SS Virginia Tech
7 217 Dekoda Watson OLB Florida State value
7 253 Erik Lorig DE Stanford


K Hunter Lawrence, Texas++

DE Brandon Gilbeaux, Delaware+

QB Jevan Snead, Ole Miss+

OLB-ILB Rico McCoy, Tennessee++

OG Sergio Render, Virginia Tech

WR Preston Parker, North Alabama+


WR Eyad Salem, Illinois State

OT Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky+

TE Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State+

DE James Ruffin, Northern Iowa


DE George Johnson, Rutgers+

S Dennis Rogan, Tennessee

RB Darius Marshall, Marshall

ILB Ryan Reeves, Wayne State+


OG Rob Okeafor, Florida A& M+


WR-KR C.J. Lovett, Fort Hays State


S Andrew Sendejo, Rice++



Arizona Cardinals: C


QB: (great) Skelton moved up a lot of charts, but slipped on others.  He appears to be good at times, but can be rattled.  He's big, with a big, but sometimes erratic arm and moves really well for a guy 243 lbs.  Max Hall is about the opposite, barely 6-0 with a brawler's scrappiness and calm countenance in the toughest situations.  No big arm but a lot of intermediate accuracy.  This should be a great battle to see who gets to replace Leinert when he melts down again.


CB: (average) Calvin is small, weak, and totally stiff and unagile, a project and a reach in the 6th.  UDFA Green is even smaller, but does have some closing speed.  Jefferson made a big impression leading up to the draft with his numbers (44 vert and 4.00 shuttle), but didn't have much on-field to show for it.  There is a lot of talent there, but returning kicks may be where he starts out.


OT: (average)  None drafted, but UDFA Knips is a tall, rangy tackle with long arms who is also quite strong and solid when he has his base under him.  He could use some muscular bulk.  Tyler is even taller and stronger, but needs coaching and experience.


ILB: (average) Washington is a smaller, stocky OLB who made a lot of tackles and may be best suited for ILB.


OLB: (average) If Schofield heals and returns to anywhere near his production at Wisconsin, his pick in the 4th round won't seem like such a stretch. 


C: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Moosman played OG and C, is very strong, if a bit light.  He can block in several different offensive sets because of his experience at Michigan.


Other: DT Williams was a big stretch up at the 26th pick.  He's not big, strong, or quick.  He does have a motor, but it runs out of gas often.  WR Roberts was a draft sleeper darling.  He's a little short and not a natural pass catcher, but does have foot speed.  UFDA WR Stewart is another small school ace, a shade bigger and faster, but is even more herky-jerky, doesn't get his head around, but hauled in a lot of passes.  He was an '09 AFCA All-American and the all-time receiver at Southern.  WR Williams is a tall workhorse receiver who averaged 75 catches a season for Toledo.  He has excellent moves for a guy nearly 6-5.  TE Dray fought through lower leg injuries to continue to be productive.  He is a good blocker with the agility and understanding to get himself open.  UDFA RB Alphonso Smith is one of the fastest backs in the draft with a sub 4.4 40 who also has good hands to catch passes deep and strength to break tackles.  His knock is his lack of nifty feet to get him into the open.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 26 Dan Williams NT Tennessee Big Reach
2 47 Daryl Washington ILB TCU can't miss
3 88 Andre Roberts WR The Citadel
4 130 O'Brien Schofield OLB Wisconsin stretch
5 155 John Skelton QB Fordham
6 201 Jorrick Calvin CB Troy Reach
7 233 Jim Dray TE Stanford value


OG David Moosman, Michigan

QB Max Hall, BYU+

RB Alphonso Smith, Kentucky+

WR Stephen Williams, Toledo++

OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State+


CB AJ Jefferson, Fresno State+

OT Devin Tyler, Temple

WR Juamorris Stewart, WR, Southern

CB Marshay Green, Ole Miss


St. Louis Rams: A


QB: (great) When you have the no 1 pick, you should take the best player you need.  The Rams got that done.  UDFA Lewis had the same coach as the Manning brothers and is a smart willing learner who can get better as he supports Sam.


WR: (good) Gilyard is a big play receiver who doesn't realize he's in a marginal body, not big or fast, but can go up or lay out for catches.  UDFA McRae played for his new position coach when he was head coach at Mississippi State.  He is a big, tall receiver still recovering somewhat from a broken leg.  He is consistently productive when he plays.


OLB: (great) None drafted, but UDFA Cardia Jackson, 240 lbs. with good speed, made over 100 tackles last season and finished up 3rd all-time in NCAA career stops (381) and was Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-Sun Belt in 2009.  Freddie Harris is another small college hopeful who is fast with great reactions and closing speed.  Simoni Lawrence is not big or fast, but is explosive and has a 40 inch vert.  He's an intense competitor who could help out.  Josh Hull is most likely destined for ILB.  He was Penn State's leading tackler two year's running despite not getting the press of Lee or Bowman.


TE: (average) Hoomanawanui fell off most draft boards because of a lack of measurables and attitude.  He was a reach in the 5th.  Onobun is another intriguing ex-basketballer who has a couple years of TE under his belt in a pass-oriented offense.  He has height (6-6), speed, leaps, and even a desire to play special teams.


OT: (great) No player ascended the charts as far or as steadily from the beginning to the draft as Roger Saffold.  He improved his play all season and then showed strength, agility, and explosiveness at the combine.  He's a smart, dedicated player who will probably get better.  UDFA Trautwein is a converted TE who carries 300 on a 6-6 frame and looks lithe.  Even though he was All-SEC, scouts concerns are that he relies too much on quickness and finesse, may have trouble with NFL DL.  Richter is a similar body type to Trautwein, but with some obvious tendencies to mix it up.  Hebert is more of an OG, but he has played some tackle.  He was captain and All C-USA twice.


DE: (great) Hall Davis was very good pick in the 5th.  He was a top ten DE on most boards.  He was likely available because of the concerns over his competition at UL-L.  He's a total package, strong and agile, fast enough to pressure QBs, but tackles well enough to shut down the run.  Selvie is not quite as big or fast, but was impressive in bursts at South Florida.  Sims is 6-6 but only 245 soaking wet.  He might be a better fit at OLB.  He rushes the passer, destroys screens, and deflects passes.  He's an impact player who was AP and AFCA Div II All-American.


Other: CB Murphy is extremely agile with good leaps and decent speed.  He was probably taken a little early in the 3rd, but may be a solid corner.  UDFA Johnson was a second and third stringer in college.  It's more than likely he would have been available after the draft, but when you have extra picks, it's hard not to burn them on favored projects.  UDFA S Darian Stewart was a top 20 safety who many thought would be drafted, a stocky hitter who overcomes lack of agility with fierce competiveness.  RB UDFA Toston got more of the offense when Bryant was forced off the team.  He has good hands, good instincts, and is tough, but not gifted.  Henderson is a very similar runner in size and style to Toston.  He rushed for a 1000 yds in consecutive seasons to help N. Arizona remain a contender.  UDFA FB Woolridge is a bowling ball who can actually really carry the ball as well as block, has awesome leverage, really gets under defenders.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 1 Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma can't miss
2 33 Rodger Saffold OT Indiana
3 65 Jerome Murphy CB South Florida
4 99 Mardy Gilyard WR Cincinnati
5 132 Michael Hoomanawanui TE Illinois Reach
5 149 Hall Davis DE Louisiana-Lafayette Value
6 170 Fendi Onobun TE Houston
6 189 Eugene Sims DE West Texas A&M stretch
7 211 Marquis Johnson CB Alabama REACH
7 226 George Selvie DE South Florida
7 254 Josh Hull ILB Penn State VALUE


QB Thaddeus Lewis, Duke


FB DeMaundray Woolridge  Idaho++

OLB Cardia Jackson, Louisiana-Monroe++

RB Keith Toston, Oklahoma State

WR Brandon McRae, Mississippi State+

OLB Simoni Lawrence, Minnesota

RB Alex Henderson, Northern Arizona

S Darian Stewart, South Carolina+

OT Phil Trautwein, Florida


OLB Freddie Harris, Central Oklahoma+++

OT Casey Richter, McNeese State


OG-T Ryan Hebert, So. Miss



San Francisco 49ers: B


CB: (great) Adams is a shorter corner with quick reactions if not great agility or foot speed.  He was 2-time ALL-MEAC.  UDFA Brock is the first Belhaven player to sign an NFL contract.  He's built much like Adams, but has a little more of a ballhawk in him.  Stoudamire is a bit bigger than the other two, a little faster and very agile, consistently hard to throw on, doesn't have the leaps to intercept a lot, of defends well.  He was 3-times All-Missouri Valley.  He was originally recruited as a basketball point guard.


S: (good) Mays was perhaps the most freakishly gifted player physically in the draft.  It's just not natural for a 230 lbs dude to run sub 4.4 40, sub 7.00 in the cones, and leap 41 inches.  Now, if he could just translate that into Superman on the playing field.  The fact he was still available at the 49th pick causes some concern.  UDFA Maragos is the opposite case, a player with few natural physical attributes to recommend him except for his uncanny ability to make plays on the field.


OLB: (excellent) Bowman is a rock.  Even with his blockiness, he has decent speed and closes very fast.  He comes from linebacker U. so he has the basics.  UDFA Kristick is a little slow to react, but has good foot speed, decent agility, and great closing speed to tackles.  He lead the team in tackles and was All Pac-10.  Only drawback are the occasional stinger which plagued him from hitting so hard.  Balogun was a budding star at Oklahoma, but has been out of football for a year.  He has worked hard to get back and has much of the same upside going for him.  He is fast enough and talented to play inside or outside.


QB: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Jarrett Brown is the most physically gifted of all the div. 1 QBs.  At 6-3 and 224, he runs a legitimate 4.50 and has a slingshot arm.  The drawback is lack of experience and coaching time.  


DT: (fail) ???


OT: (average) Davis rated anywhere from top 5 to out of the top 20 on draft boards.  He appears to be somewhat overrated for a guy who is slow, lacks power, has suspect feet, and is not that strong or explosive.


Other: OG Iupati can also play OT.  He is big, strong, and passionate about winning the battle at the line of scrimmage.  He still has much to refine in technique and must keep his weight under control.  RB Dixon is more likely a pounding FB.  He's slow, unagile, and already goes 235.  TE Byham is fast and very agile for a 268 pounder.  He's very offensive-minded who is willing to block and would be a perfect second TE or red zone weapon.  WR Williams may yet choose to play baseball for the White Sox.  At 5-10 and under 190, he is most likely at best a back up return man to Ted Ginn.  UDFA Scott Long is a steal as a free agent.  He's incredibly agile for a big target (6-2 216).  He's strong and quite fast with a 41.5 vertical.  He also ran a 6.45 cone drill which means he can close on any type of throw.  He was recovering from ACL surgery in 2009, but still caught 53 passes.   WR Hodge also has deceptive closing speed which gets him the occasional long ball, but overall, he's mostly a sloppy, weak, unagile, slow off the ball plodder who has no hops.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 11 Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
1 17 Mike Iupati OG Idaho stretch
2 49 Taylor Mays FS USC
3 91 Navorro Bowman OLB Penn State can't miss
6 173 Anthony Dixon RB Mississippi State
6 182 Nate Byham TE Pittsburgh value
6 206 Kyle Williams WR Arizona State REACH
7 224 Phillip Adams CB South Carolina State Reach

WR Shay Hodge, Ole Miss


WR Scott Long, Louisville++

S Chris Maragos, Wisconsin

CB Patrick Stoudamire, W. Illinois+++

QB Jarrett Brown, West Virginia +

OLB-ILB Mike Balogun, Oklahoma

CB Tramaine Brock, Belhaven

OLB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State+



Seattle Seahawks: B


OT: (excellent) Okung is as good as I have seen in my years reviewing the draft.  His combination of size, balance, body position, and understanding in pass blocking is wonderful.  He needs work on run blocking only regarding a better understanding of point of attack.  UDFA Burkhart is a mauler who needs much better footwork and leverage, but has good agility and enough speed to get to the second level. Victor James was a QB at New Mexico, but he was more of an athlete there as well.  He has great agility and closing speed to go with his straight ahead foot speed.


WR: (good) Tate may not be the archetype, more of a former running back, but he's a playmaker in a well-rounded package, fast, strong, agile, even if he is not the top end on any of them.  He can the ball and run with it.  He'll benefit from a crash course in route and technique work.  Konz is a TE-FB who may be too angular and speedy for those spots.  At 6-4 and 230, with 4.45 speed and a 45 inch vertical, he'll be hard to defense no matter where he lines up.


QB: (fail) ??? When was the last time Hasselback completed a season without an injury?


S: (great) It wasn't that hard for new coach Carroll to pass on Mays with Thomas available.  His lack of height and total athletic package notwithstanding, he has a sixth sense about where the play is going as if he'd been in the other team's huddle.  He will need to learn to play in schemes, but he will still be a resource in the field.  He was twice All-Big 12.  Chancellor is a Mays clone without the freakish physicality.  He may not be quite fast enough, but he hits like an extra LB.  UDFA Harris was hurt often, but has just about as many impressive measurables as his safety mate Mays.  At 204lbs, he benched 225 35 times and had a great shuttle and cone combo.  Brindley didn't face the same competition while at Utah State, but he sometimes had to do more with less.


OG: (average) None drafted, but former USC center Jeff Byers played both in six injuries interrupted college seasons.  Martinez from Colorado State also has played both which would give the 'hawks about six guys in camp who do double duty: Unger, Spencer, Vallos, and new acquisition Hamilton.


TE: (good) McCoy, another USC player the coach is familiar with, really moved up draft boards during pre-draft.  His size, speed, and power along with good hops and intelligence represented a player who may have underused.  UDFA Devenny lacks size for blocking, he does have deep speed and awesome agility.


Other: CB Thurmond was a reach in the 4th.  He's a shortish, unaggressive player who has had some serious injuries.  Possibly Carroll remembered him being tough when he was healthy.  DE Wilson made his name in the all-star games.  He's not big, fast or powerful.  He is a good tackler.  OLB Davis is a big, weakside ace who reacts quickly, closes well, and can also defend the pass.   UDFA Reggie Carter has reputation of hitting anything that moves, sometimes even his own teammates who get in the way of his tackles.  ILB Pawelek is a lunch pail sort who may make the team on grit and special teams alone.  UDFA Granger is a solid, strong DT who has been injury prone.  His foot is a concern.



Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 6 Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State Can't Miss
1 14 Earl Thomas FS Texas
2 60 Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
4 111 Walter Thurmond CB Oregon REACH
4 127 E.J. Wilson DE North Carolina BIG REACH
5 133 Kam Chancellor SS Virginia Tech stretch
6 185 Anthony McCoy TE USC value
7 236 Dexter Davis OLB Arizona State
7 245 Jameson Konz WR Kent State


DT DeMarcus Granger, Oklahoma

OG-C Jeff Byers, USC

OT Kyle Burkhart, Southern Miss

S Will Harris, USC+

ILB Joe Pawelek, Baylor+

S James Brindley, Utah State

OLB Reggie Carter, UCLA+

TE Patrick Devenny, Colorado

OG-C Adrian Martinez, Colorado State

WR-QB Victor James, New Mexico



Buffalo Bills: C

WR: (average) Easley is a big, strong, less than fluid receiver with very good speed who may have some promise, but was taken way too early.  UDFA Naaman Roosevelt  is not fast or big, but very agile who finds the ball even though his routes and cuts are not great.  He is still nursing a knee.  Donald Jones is bigger and faster, but is nowhere near as agile.  He has good hands and uses his body well to shield defenders.  He was '09 All-Missouri Valley.  Nelson is a tall receiver who never lived up to expectations at Florida.

QB: (average) Brown moved up charts right near the draft as teams made final decisions on what was available.  He moves well for a guy who reminds many of Dante Culpepper.  He has rarely in his life taken snaps under center?


OT: (good) Wang was not in the top echelon of tackles, but he was a top ten or at worst top 15 in a very deep draft.  He is a quality value pick in the fifth round.  He is a total package, not the fastest, most agile or strongest, but has some talent in all areas.  He lacks power and may not be nimble enough to block downfield even though he might be able to get there.  Much was made of him being the first full-blooded Chinese player in the NFL.  Calloway is a big, slow overachiever who is not terribly strong or explosive.  He will have to work very hard to make the team.  He's beaten the odds before.


RB: (great) Spiller was the best available and should fit the Chan Gailey's offense.  UDFA Bell may not have the speed to make him exceptional, but he rushed for close to 7,000 yards in his college career.  He's a solid runner, but doesn't break many tackles relying on exceptional feet and instant high gear in the open.  He won the Harlon Hill in '09 and was an AP, AFCA Div II All-American, ALL-GLIAC and '09 Player of Year.


S: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Brett Johnson put up some great measurables (sub 4.4, 42.5 vert, 6.77 cone) at his pro day.  He worked his way into the starting lineup and got some experience, but needs more work to make his numbers shine on the field. 


TE: (fail)??? There wasn't anyone in the draft better than signing journeyman Michael Matthews?


Other: DT Torrell Troup is a stocky bull, very strong and quick with decent agility.  he has some speed to get into the backfield.  DE Carrington was a Senior Bowl stud, big, strong quick if not all out fast.  He could surprise.  UDFA Coleman is caught in the tweener dilemma, not fast enough for OLB, not big enough for DE, but he plays much faster than his times.  UDFA CB Stephan Virgil is too light and probably too slow, but he does have good feet and technique.  UDFA C Kyle Mutcher is fast, explosive, and decently agile.  He could use some bulk and some work on power.  He was named AP, AFCA, CAMP FCS All-American and was twice All-Big Sky.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 9 C.J. Spiller RB Clemson can't miss
2 41 Torell Troup DT Central Florida
3 72 Alex Carrington DE Arkansas State value
4 107 Marcus Easley WR Connecticut Stretch
5 140 Ed Wang OT Virginia Tech Value
6 178 Arthur Moats OLB James Madison
6 192 Danny Batten OLB South Dakota State
7 209 Levi Brown QB Troy
7 216 Kyle Calloway OT Iowa


WR Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo

WR Donald Jones, Youngstown State

RB Joique Bell, Wayne State+

CB Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech

S Brett Johnson, California+

DE/OLB Antonio Coleman, Auburn

WR David Nelson, Florida

C Kyle Mutcher, Weber State+++



Miami Dolphins: C+


OLB: (great) Misi is a big, powerful stand up DE with great feet, leaping ability, and closing speed.  If he can learn OLB, he may soon remind many of Shawn Merriman.  A.J. Edds is nearly as big, but is more accustomed to the position, a bit faster and nearly as agile.  McCoy is another from the same mold, a little closer to Misi as he was a college DE as well.  He is the biggest of the three and nearly as fast and as agile.  He might be big enough to play some with his hand on down.


S: (good) Reshad Jones is big and very strong with good if not great speed, but fast reactions.  He needs work on taking better angles and improving his closing time.  UFDA CB Weaver was a senior captain and made a specialty of playing slot and nickel corner.  He's big enough and athletic enough to back up safety.  Amaya is fast enough, but is a little stiff.  He does have good closing speed and has been used to return kicks.


DT: (great) Odrick would have been the best DT in any draft which did not include Suh and McCoy.  The Fins are projecting him as a possible DE, but at 300 lbs., his phenom quickness does not translate to foot speed.  His agility, fundamentals, and strength make him unblockable inside.  He was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.  UFDA Ivey is a tall, wide, and powerful with pretty good feet and an unpleasant club move.  If his foot injury is healed, he might be a keeper.  Oghobaase was listed as a mid-round on many draft boards, but his lack of athleticism scared most away.  He does have enough talent to take a look.


OG: (good) John Jerry is a large lineman who moves his girth well, but not for long.  He's very strong and powerful so his switch from OT to OG seems reasonable.  In the end, he was a puzzle for teams to decide to draft him higher as a guard or lower as an OT.  UDFA Leavine is another long-time OT who is seen as an NFL OG.  He is not as big or strong as Jerry, but is much more athletic.


RB: (fail) None drafted, ??? Brown's coming off serious injury and unhappy about the restricted tag.  Williams announcing his retirement.  These weren't red flags?


ILB: (fail) Spitler is a very athletic special teams and second stringer at a big football school.  Does that translate to an NFL draft pick?

Other: CB Carroll is a fine corner with quick reactions, agility, and closing speed.  His senior season was marred by a broken leg.    CB Wallace had some disciplinary issues at Penn State, but has some speed and potential.  UFDA WR Marlon Moore is a slight, but speedy, super agile player who might be able to also return kicks.  He may have a nagging ankle issue.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 28 Jared Odrick DT Penn State value
2 40 Koa Misi OLB Utah
3 73 John Jerry OG Mississippi
4 119 A.J. Edds OLB Iowa can't miss
5 145 Nolan Carroll CB Maryland
5 163 Reshad Jones SS Georgia
7 212 Chris McCoy OLB Middle Tennessee stretch
7 252 Austin Spitler ILB Ohio State Reach


DT Travis Ivey, Maryland

CB-S Ross Weaver, Michigan State

DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke

S Jonathan Amaya, Nevada

OG Andy Leavine, Florida International++

WR Marlon Moore, WR, Fresno State



New England Patriots: C+


TE: (great) Gronkowski was considered a rising star in 2008, but missed most of 2009 with a back injury.  He is a speciman to behold at nearly 6-7 and 260 lbs. and nearly as athletic as the smaller TEs in the draft.  If his back doesn't become a chronic problem, he should fulfill the promise.  Hernandez has a wide out's mentality, and is almost fast and agile enough to pull it off.  He'll have to learn to block either way.


OLB: (average) None drafted, but the Pats may be planning to turn Cunningham into a LB, but he's too big and slow.  UDFA Dane Fletcher is a former DE who is only 6-1 245 and has the speed (4.54) and agility (6.98 cone) to make the transition.  He is very strong and has quick reactions.  He was AP and CAMP FCS 1st Team All-American.  He should be exceptional.


OG: (fail) Larson gets pushed around a bit as a center.  It's not likely his lack of nimbleness and explosiveness would be better at OG.  Welch is a tall tackle without much bulk who also doesn't seem to have the skill set.


QB: (poor) Robinson is a stretch even at a 7th round pick.


WR: (great) Price is a medium-sized receiver with some speed and good moves, a tad stiff, but with good closing speed for intermediate long balls.  He's very good off the line and has some leaping ability.  He must learn to protect the ball and not fight it.  He was taken way too early, but fits the Welker-Edelman mold.  UDFA Anderson is a tall target who is quick off with decent downfield speed.  He set the NCAA record by catching a pass in 52 consecutive games. 


S: (good) None drafted, but getting a top ten guy like Sergio Brown as an UDFA is very opportune.  Size, speed, reactions, and, above all, toughness, he's the real deal.  Ventrone is a stocky hitter in the mode of Bob Sanders.  He's only 5-8 and 200, not quite as big as Sanders, but he helped Villanova win the 2009 FCS championship.


Other: CB McCourty was a top five corner.  He should be a good back up.  ILB Spikes would have been available much later.  P Mesko may have been the only punter worth using a draft pick on.  DT Weston is tall and wide, but not agile or explosive.  He has decent foot speed and the Pats are considering a try at DE.  UDFA Love is another strong, squat bull with a little quickness, but has been bothered by a bad foot.  UDFA RB Paschall is a tough running small college star who makes up for a lack of speed with awesome agility and openfield burst.  He has also shown good hands.  He was AP, CAMP, and AFCA FCS All-American in 2009.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 27 Devin McCourty CB Rutgers can't miss
2 42 Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona value
2 53 Jermaine Cunningham DE Florida
2 62 Brandon Spikes ILB Florida REACH
3 90 Taylor Price WR Ohio stretch
4 113 Aaron Hernandez TE Florida
5 150 Zoltan Mesko P Michigan
6 205 Ted Larsen C North Carolina State
7 208 Thomas Welch OT Vanderbilt
7 247 Brandon Deaderick DE Alabama
7 248 Kade Weston DT Georgia
7 250 Zac Robinson QB Oklahoma State stretch


RB Pat Paschall, North Dakota State++

OLB Dane Fletcher, Montana State+++

WR Bryan Anderson, WR, Central Michigan+

S Sergio Brown, Notre Dame

S Ross Ventrone, S, Villanova+

DT Kyle Love, Mississippi State


New York Jets: D-

OT: (average) Ducasse is much better suited to OG where he still might be overmatched in the NFL.  UDFA Buckman is big and slow, but has good body control and a determined motor. 


OLB: (fail) None drafted. None signed?


S: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Ezeff is a strong, agile hitter with excellent closing speed. He started every season, but was bitten by the injury bug often.   


DT: (fail) ???


DE: (fail) None drafted, but UDFA Basped is a prospect, a bit too small, slow, and not particularly agile, but with a mean streak and some determination.


CB: (great) Wilson was the top CB on most draftboards.  He is fast, strong and very agile, can tackle and challenge receivers.  He makes up for his lack of height with very good leaping ability.  He may be one of the most complete corners to come along in years.  UDFA Warren left Michigan early, then did not get drafted.  The Jets hope they have a forgotten gem.  Brian Jackson from Oklahoma is another CB who could have benefitted from more college time.  He is strong and tough, but slow to react and must learn to use his amazing closing speed to adjust.


Other: RB McKnight was more celebrated coming out of high school, but he still has the potential.  FB Conner was taken way too early, but he is one of the faster FBs and can block as well as carry and catch the football.  UDFA C Charlie Tanner can also play OG.  He isn't the most gifted, but may be one of the most determined.  UDFA WR Damon McDaniel is a former high school star who transferred from Florida State to Hampton.  He has a little of his best friend Percy Harvin in him.  UDFA TE Cumberland is very fast and very fast off the line, has some down the middle speed, but needs more bulk to play in the NFL.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 29 Kyle Wilson CB Boise State Value - Can't Miss
2 61 Vladimir Ducasse OG-T Massachusetts Reach
4 112 Joe McKnight RB USC
5 139 John Conner FB Kentucky stretch


CB Donovan Warren, Michigan

C-OG Charlie Tanner, Texas

DE Kevin Basped, Nevada

TE Jeff Cumberland, Illinois

OT Keith Buckman, North Dakota State

CB Brian Jackson, Oklahoma

S Marcus Ezeff, S, California

WR Damon McDaniel, Hampton



Baltimore Ravens: C+


DT: (average) Cody can be impressive when he wants.  Maybe he didn't want at the combine.  A few scouts are still waiting for him to finish the cone drill.  He must also be careful he doesn't eat himself out of the league.  Jones is not fast to begin with and he's not nearly as big as Cody, but he had just as much trouble finishing anything at the combine.  Both legs are hurt and he's been fighting a pectoral injury since 2007. 


OG: (good) Harewood will do better at OG.  He's a mountain (6-6 347) who can move like a linebacker, but may not be quick enough to play OT in the NFL.  He is fleet of foot enough to get to the second and third levels.  Until coming to the U.S. to become an engineer, he was a West Indies rugby, cricket, soccer, and volleyball player.  In 2009, he was the SIAC Most Valuable Player.


DE: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Fletcher had the talent to be drafted.  He's 6-5, quick off the ball, and can rush the passer.  Probably doesn't have the speed or agility to play OLB.  McClellan was a small, but solid all-around DE in college who could rush the passer and play the run.  At 247, he'll play OLB.


CB: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Miller is too short, but is so talented, tenacious, and tough, he doesn't let it bother him.  He's also quite strong with good instincts. 


TE: (great) With Pitta and Dickson, they got 2 of the top 5 TEs in the draft.  Pitta is a strong, good blocker who can use either strength or agility to get off the line.  He has excellent route skills and down the middle speed.  Dickson is even bigger and considered an equally talented athlete if not quite the blocker.


QB: (fail)  John Beck and Troy Smith must be fine in case Flacco goes down?


Other: OLB Kindle is a one-man wrecking crew who can rush off the edge, cut the sweep, and plug the off tackle.  He's extremely difficult to block.  WR David Reed is a medium target, quick off the line, fights for every pass and has a second gear for getting behind DBs.  Reed caught a lot of passes and, at times, was unstoppable.  He is a great value in the 5th.  He can even return kicks.  UDFA RB Steele is an intriguing prospect from Memphis which is becoming running back U.  Just under 200, he is a slashing back with wild cuts, sometimes out of control, but he gets every drop out of his 4.55 reservoir.  The Ravens are giving two of the best long snappers a try in Cox from Tennessee and McLaughlin from BC.  The latter has a bonus of being a legitimate LB (29 reps and a 6.85 cone).

Rd Pick Player Pos College
2 43 Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
2 57 Terrence Cody NT Alabama Stretch
3 70 Ed Dickson TE Oregon
4 114 Dennis Pitta TE Brigham Young can't miss
5 156 David Reed WR Utah value
5 157 Arthur Jones DT Syracuse Reach
6 194 Ramon Harewood OG Morehouse (Ga.)


DE John Fletcher, Wyoming

OLB Albert McClellan, Marshall

Curtis Steele, RB, Memphis+

LS-LB Mike McLaughlin, Boston College++

LS Morgan Cox, Tennessee

CB Prince Miller, Georgia++



Cincinnati Bengals: B+


WR: (good) Shipley is a tough, talented, reliable possession receiver, averaged over 100 catches a season.  An absolute steal in the 3rd.  Briscoe was high on boards early because of high visibility throughout his career.  However, it was a deep draft for receivers and he doesn't match up.  He's slow with average agility and no leaps.  Although fairly big, he doesn't use his body to his best advantage.


TE: (great) Gresham was best all-around talent at the position.  If he can be motivated, he'll make an impact.  UDFA Cottam is tall and surprisingly agile.  He needs to get off the line better.  He seems to have recovered from a back injury. 


S: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Miles is a big, solid small school star with good speed, excellent reflexes, and amazing closing speed.  He was AP and Camp FCS 1st tm All-American and multiple time All-CAA. 


OG: (poor) Hudson is a former Minnesota Gopher OT who transferred to Eastern Illinois.  He was overshadowed there by Chris Campbell.  The Bengals hope to make him an OG.  He was a monumental reach in the 5th round.  They may be hoping to the same with UDFA Mitchell out of Oklahoma State.  Stephens is even less athletic and may be suited to center.


DE: (good) Dunlap continues to improve from an ACL.  He's big enough  to play a traditional DE.  If he bounces back fully, he will be well worth a 2nd round pick.  UDFA Alem is a good football player who needs some bulk to play the spot because even with decent straight ahead foot speed, he's nowhere near agile enough to compete as an OLB.


DT: (good) Atkins was a very good pick in the 4th.  He's very strong, quick off the snap, agile and explosive.  He's got unexpected speed to get some sacks and run down backs.  He'll need more bulk to take on double teams.


Other: CB Ghee was probably impossible to pass up when a proven player with a sub 4.4  and a 6.75 cone is still available late in the 3rd.  LB Muckelroy can play inside or out.  He'll be a monster no matter where they line him up.  UDFA Rey was a definite riser in the pre-draft season.  This can sometimes be a red flag, but this guy seems to have the goods on the field as well.  He'll need to step up his game and respond to coaching.  UDFA RB Mikell Simpson has overcome numerous injuries to continue to be productive.  He will not give up on the game as he always averages right around 100 yards every game he plays. RB Coker is a stocky back with lesser agility, but blazing speed.  He was dismissed after numerous suspensions from Tennessee and finished up at Hampton where he was ALL-MEAC.  FB Tronzo is a fireplug at 5'11" but has very quick feet and good hands.  He may be a find.  QB Cundiff led Ashland deep into the div. II tournament.  He played 35 games and completed over 70 % of his passes.  LS Windt is considered a top 5 at the specialty.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 21 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
2 54 Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
3 84 Jordan Shipley WR Texas Value
3 96 Brandon Ghee CB Wake Forest
4 120 Geno Atkins DT Georgia value
4 131 Roddrick Muckelroy OLB Texas can't miss
5 152 Otis Hudson OG Eastern Illinois Big Reach
6 191 Dezmon Briscoe WR Kansas stretch
7 228 Reggie Stephens OG Iowa State Reach


LS Mike Windt, Cincinnati

TE Jeff Cottam, Tennessee

RB Mikell Simpson, Virginia+

S Jeromy Miles, UMass+++

ILB Vincent Rey, Duke+

FB Joe Tronzo, Louisville++

DE Rahim Alem, LSU

OT-G Andrew Mitchell, Oklahoma State

QB Bill Cundiff, Ashland+


RB LaMarcus Coker, Hampton+



Cleveland Browns: B


CB: (great) Haden was taken a little early.  He's not a big guy and plays smaller.  He can be aggressive so is not entirely in the Deion Sanders vein.  He will have trouble with bigger receivers and may end up being a slot corner.  UDFA Hannah is even smaller than Haden, but plays much bigger.  At only 180, he was seemingly in on every defensive play, pass breakup or tackle over the last three seasons.  He was three times All-SIAC and 2009 CO–DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR.  Chancellor of Clemson is almost identical in size and play to Hannah, if anything a little smaller and more agile.  Brad Jones of Cincinnati is huge in comparison at 190.  He put up some great measurables on his pro day.  He isn't a speedburner but has very good hands, a major vertical and some serious agility.  At 200, Burney is the fastest of the lot and the most agile.  He is strong enough to play safety.


QB: (good) McCoy was a good value in the 3rd round.  At worst, he should be an adequate leader.  At best, he will bring the influence he had at Texas. 


S: (good) Ward may have been a stretch in the 2nd, but he's has an all-around skill set aside from being a bit short.  He's strong if not overly aggressive.  He should be a good one down the line.  Asante is a hard-nosed hitter with great instincts who overcomes a little slowness with knowledge and anticipation.  He also has good hands and a very good vertical leap for a barely six footer.  He was a great value in the 5th.  UDFA Burney may end being a better safety than corner.


WR: (average) Mitchell is a big, strong wide out with good hands, but needs better route running skills and much better footwork and agility.


OG: (good) The way Asamoah dropped on many boards, Shawn Lauvao was arguably the most athletic OG prospect in the entire draft.  He scrambled all the time at OT and just doesn't have the body for it.  He should be an excellent OG.  He is strong and quite agile with decent foot speed for cutting off linebackers and safeties.  He'll need to be more explosive.  UDFA Bender was a small stalwart at OT, but he too will be asked to convert to OG. He's even more athletic than Lauvao if not quite as strong.


DE: (poor) Geathers is huge, nearly 6-8, but wasn't really a draftable prospect.  UDFA Walker, just over 250, is just about fast enough to be an OLB.  He was 2009 PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year and a Little All-American.


Other: If RB Hardesty return to form after multiple knee injuries, a 2nd round pick will not be suspect at all.  He was very hard to bring down and had some speed for sideline. UDFA ILB Dempsey had streak of double digit tackle games.  K Tiffin has a big leg and hit 5/6 over 50 in his career.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 7 Joe Haden CB Florida
2 38 T.J. Ward FS Oregon stretch
2 59 Montario Hardesty RB Tennessee
3 85 Colt McCoy QB Texas value
3 92 Shawn Lauvao OG Arizona State Value
5 160 Larry Asante SS Nebraska can't miss
6 177 Carlton Mitchell WR South Florida
6 186 Clifton Geathers DE South Carolina Reach


CB Justin Hannah, Tuskegee+

OG-T Casey Bender, South Dakota State++

ILB Jon Dempsey, Louisville+

CB Chris Chancellor, Clemson

DE Willie Walker, California (PA)

CB Brad Jones, Cincinnati (Tryout)

K Leigh Tiffin, Alabama++

CB-S Ben Burney, Colorado


Pittsburgh Steelers: C


OT: (poor) Scott has played C-OG-OT, but the accepted premise was he would be a better NFL OG.  He's big but not that strong, does not have great feet or speed.  He's the opposite of agile, but he's a gamer.  Whether that'll be enough in the NFL?  UDFA Jolly is another large guy, taller (6-6) who is not all that athletic, but does have decent speed and agility to get out on rushing ends. 


S: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith finished up his career with 300 tackles, an astounding number for a safety.  He is so aggressive he does sometimes lose coverage.  He has exceptional reaction and acceleration.  If he can gain some discipline, he could become a player in the Polumalu mold.  Thornton is a ballhawk who got his picks even when he was being shifted back and forth between CB and S over his career.  He's not a burner, but is very agile.


DT: (average) Worthington was worth a chance with a 7th round pick.  He's big enough to play inside, but fast enough to be a DE.  His college career was sidetracked by injuries, but he got on the field enough to have some impact.  He's an excellent athlete for his size and should just keep better he can avoid the injuries.  UDFA Thompson played 49 college games.  He is quick off the snap and gets into the backfield a lot, makes tackles, but has no pursuit. Taylor is such a good athlete at DT, the Steelers are thinking of converting him to FB.


QB: (fail) No worries about big Ben?  Even if his head gets right, his body takes a beating every year.  Batch is aging and getting hurt.  Dennis Dixon then?  Byron "all I need is one good leg" Leftwich?


RB: (poor) Dwyer is a stocky pounder who lack agility, but does have a burst in the open field.  he can be hard to bring down, but doesn't break a lot of tackles.  Scouts were split on this guy's worth, and he fell to the 6th.


OLB: (excellent) Worilds is viewed as another Lamar Woodley, but he isn't as fast or as big.  He does react well and closes with authority.  Gibson was a college DE, and even though he had a good day at the combine, he worked on his OLB skills leading up his pro day, he improved so much that he may be the best of the lot.  Sylvester is much smaller and not quite as fast or agile.  He's a straight ahead attacker who will have to learn coverages as will Worilds.  UDFA Witten is another the Steelers might try to force into the Woodley mold, but despite good speed for his size does not have the agility.


Other: With Hartwig aging and no established back up, the Steelers invested in the future.  The consensus among scouts was that Pouncey was the best this year despite his overall mediocre athleticism.  He does use his hands well and has football smarts.  UDFA Brooks played all O-Line positions in college but was projected by many as an OG.  He's has great awareness and experience which make him a good center prospect.  WR Sanders went from off the radar to a pre-draft focus with his 4.4 40, 39 inch vert, and 6.64 cone.  He has sure hands and quietly took in 285 career catches.  There were concerns about his size which probably accounted for him being available in the 3rd.  Antonio Brown is almost an exact replica of Sanders, perhaps a bit shorter, not as fast or freakishly agile.  He had three seasons of 90+ from Lefevour at Central Michigan.  CB Butler is a solid, all-around corner who should have gone in the 2nd or 3rd so couldn't be passed on in the 5th.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 18 Maurkice Pouncey C-OG Florida can't miss
2 52 Jason Worilds OLB Virginia Tech
3 82 Emmanuel Sanders WR SMU value
4 116 Thaddeus Gibson OLB Ohio State steal-Value
5 151 Chris Scott OT Tennessee
5 164 Crezdon Butler CB Clemson
5 166 Steven Sylvester OLB Utah Reach
6 188 Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech
6 195 Antonio Brown WR Central Michigan
7 242 Doug Worthington DT Ohio State


S Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith, UTEP++


DT Cordarrow Thompson, Virginia Tech

Kyle Jolly, OT, North Carolina

OG-C Dorian Brooks, James Madison+

S-CB Justin Thornton, Kansas+

DE-OLB Lindsey Witten, Connecticut

DT-FB Demetrius Taylor, Virginia Tech



Houston Texans: B-


CB: (good) Jackson was one of those corners who splits the scouts.  Many believed he looked a lot better because of the Tide's excellent defense.  He doesn't hang his hat on one element of his game, not speed, not agility, not size.  He's doesn't have quick reflexes or a lot of strength.  He seems averse to tackling.  In short, a stretch as a no. 1.  McManus had a bad pre-draft fighting a pectoral injury and a leg problem.  His work on the field had him down the list anyway.  UDFA Singfield is a good, if not great cover corner, but also needs to be willing to mix it up more.


QB: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Sheehan was a gunner at Bowling Green who always has had a low interception percentage.  He's been a starter for three seasons.  Has a good arm, but does not seem to create.


OT: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Ulatoski is a gritty Lombardi candidate whose slow and unagile.  Some have questioned his desire.  Pemberton is a big, tall player with decent speed and good agility, but not much strength or explosive power.  No player fell farther faster by going to the combine than Jason Watkins when it turned out he was not a good test taker of any kind.  Even his Wunderlick was obtuse.  Maneri is a 6-7 265 tight end who was like an extra OT at Temple, but was also a huge target in the red zone.  He is apparently willing to try his hand at OT.


ILB: (average) Sharpton is quite short, not fast, but has good quickness and closes really well.  A good 4th round value who should make the team on special teams if not the starting lineup. 


RB: (great)  If anything Tate may be underrated.  He carries 220 with no sway and has run a sub 4.4.  He's very strong, with good hands and vertical leap over 40.  He's got quick feet, follows his blockers well and is very shifty.  He's got a crazy legs style which leads to his major drawback, a tendency to run with shoulders high.  UDFA Corcoran isn't the biggest FB in the draft at just over 230, but he was the most athletic.  Greenhouse is a former LB looking to play FB.  He's got some speed and strength, but will have a learning curve.


WR: (average) None drafted, but TE Dickerson will move his game to the slot.  At 226, he'd be a liability on the line.  He ran in the 4.4s with a vertical of 43.5.  He should have no trouble playing flanking out.  UDFA Polk is a safety who played a few years of receiver his first seasons at Indiana and ran some routes at his pro day.


Other: DT Mitchell was a top ten at the position, a solid, very fast athlete who has decent strength and is quick off the snap.  He's agile for his size and can get into the backfield.  UDFA Malcolm Sheppard is not big or nearly as athletic or fast as Mitchell, but he was a wizard of sacks and TFLs at Arkansas.  DE Unrein is another guy with adequate speed who was surprisingly effective at pass rushing.  TE Graham was a top ten at the position.  He would be a great Badger bookend if the Texans decide to sign Daniels.  OG Shelley Smith, another top ten player, was a good value in the 6th.  He has good speed and strength.  He's not that big, but is agile enough to get good body position.  UDFA S Aaron Webster is an excellent tackler with quick reactions and ballhawk skills.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 20 Kareem Jackson CB Alabama stretch
2 58 Ben Tate RB Auburn can't miss
3 81 Earl Mitchell DT Arizona
4 102 Darryl Sharpton ILB Miami (Fla.)
4 118 Garrett Graham TE Wisconsin
5 144 Sherrick McManis CB Northwestern Reach
6 187 Shelley Smith OG Colorado State value
6 197 Trindon Holliday RS LSU
7 227 Dorin Dickerson TE-WR Pittsburgh


S-WR Nick Polk, WR, Indiana

S Aaron Webster, Cincinnati

FB-LB  Isiaih Greenhouse, NW St.

FB Jack Corcoran, Rutgers

QB Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green

DE Mitch Unrein, Wyoming

OT Adam Ulatoski, Texas

OT-TE Steve Maneri, Temple

OT Cole Pemberton, Colorado State

CB Pierre Singfield, Arizona St.

DT Malcolm Sheppard, Arkansas

OT Jason Watkins, Florida



Indianapolis Colts: B+


OT: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Linkenbach is a big, tall tackle with good speed and quickness out of his stance.  He's not strong, but has long active arms.  He needs work on leverage.  Tyshovnytsky is a tireless worker.  He is fast and reasonably agile.  He is explosive and has good power.  He is very strong and was awarded the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year


DT: (average) Mathews was the fastest most athletic tackle in the draft.  He is surprisingly strong, but still incredibly quick off the snap.  Some scout considered him too small at 290, but  a move to DE would negate all his inside positives. 


CB: (good) Thomas was certainly one of the top ten corners.  He has quick reactions and the agility to respond.  He closes well to defend passes.  He's strong and willing to tackle.  Fisher was taken way too early.  UDFA Turner is not big, but has some speed and a 41 inch vert.  He's strong for his size, but is a little stiff and unagile.  Brandon King has some great anticipation, but is often out of position forcing him correct.


ILB: (great) Angerer is not that big, but is aggressive making 248 tackles in a little over two seasons.  He has quick feet and closes with purpose.  He needs work on drops and coverages.  UDFA Vuna Tuihalamaka is even smaller than Angerer, but makes just about as many tackles.  He has improved with every season of experience, and that may continue in the NFL.  Hogue is of similar build, but not quite as fast, but definitely stronger with much better feet.  He was 2-time ALL-C-USA and finished with 276 car tackles.


OLB: (good) Hughes is a tweener who will most likely end up as a pass rushing linebacker.  Some scouts projected Conner as an inside backer, but he has the speed to play OLB.  He has good reflexes, but is not the most agile.  He made 268 tackles so he gets to the ball.  See above: Tuihalamaka has the speed to play here as well.


K: (average) None drafted, but Swenson was considered a top five kicker in this draft.


Other: OG McClendon was a reach in the 4th.  He's got some speed and a lot of strength and power, but is not quick or explosive.  He does have the agility and could improve with skills work at OG.  TE Eldridge was a center and guard.  He was like having a sixth linemen when he moved to TE.  He won't be filling the same role as Dallas Clark.  A neck fracture is of some major concern.  UDFA WR Blair White had his ups and downs in college ball, but he's got good size, tremendous agility, and deceptive deep speed.  He could be a good complement to an already stocked receiving corps.  UDFA RB Javarris James never lived up to his hype at Miami (FL).  Most scouts obviously didn't see him achieving it in the pros.  QB Hiller was a 4 yr starter, but has a slow delivery and lacks both arm strength and accuracy. S Caldwell is a bulldog of heavy hitter with the speed and 39 in vert to patch his mistakes of aggression.  Newton impressed at his pro day, but although he is also a good tackler, he is often out of position and blowing assignments.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 31 Jerry Hughes OLB TCU
2 63 Pat Angerer MLB Iowa
3 94 Kevin Thomas CB USC can't miss
4 129 Jacques McClendon OG Tennessee stretch
5 162 Brody Eldridge TE Oklahoma Big Reach
7 238 Ricardo Mathews DT Cincinnati value
7 240 Kavell Conner OLB Clemson
7 246 Ray Fisher CB Indiana Reach


K Brett Swenson, Michigan State

WR Blair White, Michigan State

CB Thad Turner, Ohio

RB Javarris James, Miami

QB Tim Hiller, Western Michigan

S Mike Newton, Buffalo

OT Jeff Linkenbach, Cincinnati

S David Caldwell, William & Mary++

CB Brandon King, Purdue

ILB Vuna Tuihalamaka, Arizona+

ILB Cory Hogue, Central Florida+


OT Andrew Tyshovnytsky, Fordham++


Jacksonville Jaguars: B-

DT: (great) Alualu was the biggest, most surprising reach in the draft, but it sure took care of Jags most pressing need. Taking Smith next solidified the spot.  He's an extraordinarily athletic DT whose best work may be in the backfield.  His problem is getting there.  He needs to get off the snap better and work on body position and hand techniques.  UDFA Quaye is a small college overachiever with a wealth of desire and a motor to go with it.


QB: (average) None drafted, but UDFA Harris was the QB on the all-sleeper team before the draft.  He's big, fast, did 24 reps with 225, has a 36 vert and 7.1 cone.  All measurements aside, he amassed just under 13,000 total yards in college career including 647 in his final playoff game.


OG: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Jason Onyebuagu is a bull on running plays.  He'll need pass blocking work if he makes it all.  Estes played 41 games, primarily at center, but many scouts thought he could be a quality OG.  He's got quickness, agility, and strength, and the O-line knowledge of a center.


RB: (good) Many scouts questioned the level of the opposition against which Karim competed.  They couldn't question his 4.43 40 or his 42 inch vertical. He's a strong runner who can slash if not cut effectively.  He has good hands and can get open.  He was an 2009 All-American and All-Gateway.  UDFA Cooley is a Georgia Tech transfer who has good size and a lot of running left to do.  FB Stallings is a 5-10 250 juggernaut with nimble feet who can block like a ram and is actually quite nifty with the ball himself.


DE: (average) Lane is a big rangy end with good feet and closing speed to the QB.  He could be a little stronger.  He had an impressive Senior Bowl, even scoring a TD on a fumble recovery.


ILB: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Cutrera came on late in his career, has developed some great instincts and understanding of defensive ball to help him overcome an overall lack of agility and strength. 


Other: OLB Hart is a stocky DE with incredible speed who will try to move to OLB.  He has the reflexes and the agility as well as an extra gear to run down TEs and RBs as well as QBs.  He was 2009 Southland Co-Defensive Player Of the Year.  UDFA Bosworth is not quite as big or fast, but has better feet and agility.  He has the best closing speed among all LBs in this draft.  Taking CB McGee, a guy way down all draft boards with a draft pick is a reach which may rival the Alualu pick.  UDFA CB Chris Hawkins would have been a more reasonable pick.  He's only 187 lbs., but is strong and tough with good foot speed and ball skills.  He's a tad stiff in his hips, but has good closing speed.  Josh Gordy is not big, but reacts in a flash, has excellent hands and breaks up a lot of passes.  S Whitehead is only 184, but has speed and instincts.  He was twice ALL-MEAC and 2009 AP and Camp All-American.  WR McGaha was another guy who made his case in pre-draft workouts.  He is fast off the line, strong, and agile with a 40 inch vert.  He has the closing speed to get to balls and had lasik surgery which he claims helps him see and catch the ball even better. TE Caussin is big, blocks well, and can get down the middle. P Malone and P Brandtner are two of the top ten punters in the country.  One of them will be the new Jag punter.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 10 Tyson Alualu DT California Reach
3 74 D'Anthony Smith DT Louisiana Tech stretch
5 143 Larry Hart OLB Central Arkansas value
5 153 Austen Lane DE Murray State can't miss
6 180 Deji Karim RB Southern Illinois
6 203 Scotty McGee CB James Madison Big Reach

P Robert Malone, Fresno State+

FB Ben Stallings, Lambuth+

DT Kommonya Quaye, South Dakota+

OLB Kyle Bosworth, UCLA

CB Chris Hawkins, LSU

CB Josh Gordy, Central Michigan+

WR Chris McGaha, Arizona State+

QB Trevor Harris, Edinboro+++

TE Mike Caussin, James Madison+

S Terrell Whitehead, Norfolk St.+

C-OG John Estes, Hawaii+


ILB Jacob Cutrera, LSU

RB A.J. Cooley, Shorter College

OLB Aaron Morgan, ULM (Tryout?)

OG Jason Onyebuagu, Northern Illinois (Tryout)

P Mike Brandtner, Iowa State



Tennessee Titans: C-


CB: (average) Verner was top ten corner so the Titans got a deal with him in the 4th.  His agility is amazing.  He has one of the fastest closing times in the draft.  His ballhawk and ball defender skills are excellent.  His knock is his size and his lack of strength.  Robert Johnson is a free safety, but he has even better agility and closing speed than Verner and could play corner if needed.  He's a former high jumper whose 6-2 203.  Rolle is too big and slow, but should be a good, Rhodes scholar smart SS.


C: (good) With the loss of Mawae, the Titans draft...no one!  UDFA Kevin Matthews is cut from the Mawae cloth, a quick, agile, strong player who makes him for any other deficiencies with a battler's attitude.  Alfred is faster, just as quick, but not as strong or powerful, may not work as well to cut off second level, but has a wealth of experience at the position.


ILB: (poor) None drafted, but Lewko is a smart, tough, downhill tackler who is a little small at 233 but was leading tackler in nation.


QB: (fail) An aging Collins, an erratic and injury Vince Young, and ? Rusty Smith from Florida Atlantic?


DT: (poor) Howard is not that big, fairly fast and agile, has some strength, but that might not translate out of the Ivy League into the NFL.  He does have a quick first step, but it may be to the exit.  There were a lot of better DTs available


DE: (good) Morgan was taken early, but he is a legitimate DE with good speed off the edge and agility at 266 to take down runners.  His knock is his strength and worry he may not be physical enough. 


Other: OLB Curran is a short, unagile, somewhat slow backer who is a quintessential overachiever, but he would have been available in the 4th or 5th round.  WR Williams was considered something of a stretch in the 2nd.  He has all the tools, but is injury prone and has not turned his natural abilities into impressive results. WR Mariani was another on the all-sleeper team before the draft.  He's fast, agile, and jumps well.  He's only 190, but is a very well-schooled downfield blocker. He was an '09 AP and Camp FCS All-American and is the all-time school receiving and all purpose yards record holder, which means he also returns kicks.  UDFA WR Sewell is a good-sized receiver with blazing speed and a 41 inch vert.  He was twice All-Ivy.  He gets off the line fast and has the agility to get open short, deep, and intermediate.  RB Johnson is a feelgood story considering less than a year before he had his throat crushed under a barbell.  RB Blount is another story having been suspended for most of the season because of punching an opposing player after the first game.  He's big and agile if not that fast.  He uses his size at top speed and has an open field burst.  TE Pfalher is a tall, slender loper who blocks well enough, but is also a clutch receiver.  OG Howell is very strong, a bit slow, but with enough agility to get to linebackers.  OG Malecki is not fast, but very quick.  He has decent agility, but needs bulk.  He was ALL-Big East in 2009.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 16 Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech can't miss
3 77 Damian Williams WR USC
3 97 Rennie Curran OLB Georgia stretch
4 104 Alterraun Verner CB UCLA value
5 148 Robert Johnson FS Utah
6 176 Rusty Smith QB Florida Atlantic Reach
6 207 Myron Rolle SS Florida State value
7 222 Marc Mariani WR Montana  
7 241 David Howard DT Brown

RB Stafon Johnson, USC

C Kevin Matthews, Texas A&M+

OG Nick Howell, USC+

WR Bobby Sewell, Brown++

TE Steven Pfahler, Montana+

RB LeGarrette Blount, Oregon+

OG John Malecki, Pitt+


C Kenny Alfred, Washington State


ILB Jacob Lewko, Penn++



Denver Broncos: C


OG: (poor) Beadles was a very good, but smallish OT whose skills may not translate into an exceptional OG.


C: (great) Except for his lack of size, many believed that Walton was the best all-around center in the draft, his combination of fundamentals, quickness, and football smarts.  Despite a lack of outward strength, he is a master of leverage and is never manhandled.  He surprised some by being named the AP All-American center.  In contrast, Olsen is a very strong, tough center who uses his strength to try to move D-linemen.  He has a little trouble with quicker DTs.  However, he has some good speed to deeper levels.


WR: (great) Thomas is a big, strong receiver with decent speed and an extra gear, but he rarely had to run routes other than get open or get deep.  He is a project and it would seem like hubris to use a 1st pick on a guy who will be productive early only if someone does a fantastic job coaching.  Conversely, Decker's only question mark is whether he's healed from a serious injury.  He's big (6-3 217), strong, runs precise routes, and has great hands.  He has deceptive speed, but will take what the defense gives him, over and over again.  If his body lets him stay on the field, he will move the chains.  UDFA Arnett is a slight, fluid receiver who has exceptional hands.  He has a 40 inch vertical and good closing speed for the long ball.  He catches the impossible passes, but also concentrates on the easy receptions.  He impressed scouts at the East-West game.


S: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA McCarthy is a good all-around player, strength, tackling, agility, closing speed, decent size at 205.  He was a bit overshadowed by his safety mate Sergio Brown at Notre Dame


QB: (average) Was Tebow really taken that early.  Most scouts felt he'd fall between 30-45 so 25 with a second first round was just the Broncos getting their shot at turning the big man into a productive NFL player.  However with as many QBs available in this draft, the Broncos could have tried a few more just in case.


DT: (poor) None drafted, but the Broncos outbid other clubs for Wisconsin's Jeff Stehle who is a tall (6-6) 300 pounder who has been well-coached and makes up for his lack of speed and agility with technique and desire.


Other: CB Cox is a slow, weak, overall unathletic player who makes up for shortcomings with cockiness and a bad attitude.  Hubris again as the Broncos think they can turn him around?  The selection of Thompson less than 100 picks later suggests this is the sort of player they are looking for.  Thompson is small, slow, weak, and injury prone.  He does have a fast cone drill (6.73) which must account for the self-importance.  OLB Kirlew is a DE who will be asked to convert to OLB.  He's a smart student athlete, but this may be a learning process beyond his physical ability.   UDFA Alexander was a part-time starter ant Clemson, but he earned a reputation as an all-out player, especially when tackling.  RB Chris Brown was a guy with a lot of talent, but he was a disappointment at Oklahoma, but many scouts feel he could be a freebie.  Baker is a stocky guy with lesser agility who might end being a fullback.  He chose to pass up an unusual 6th year granted by the NCAA because of all his injuries.  TE Overbay is a mountain of an end with excellent speed for a 270 pounder.  He's strong, agile, and has the closing speed to get open. He's a good blocker with great hands, the quintessential TE.  OT Marinelli is a very tall, wiry tackle with good speed, but not much lateral agility or strength.


Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 22 Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech Reach
1 25 Tim Tebow QB Florida
2 45 Zane Beadles OG Utah Stretch
3 80 J.D. Walton C Baylor can't miss
3 87 Eric Decker WR Minnesota
5 137 Perrish Cox CB Oklahoma State
6 183 Eric Olsen C Notre Dame Value
7 225 Syd'Quan Thompson CB California
7 232 Jammie Kirlew OLB Indiana stretch


TE Nathan Overbay, Eastern Washington+++

DT Jeff Stehle, Wisconsin

OT Chris Marinelli, OT, Stanford

RB Chris Brown, Oklahoma

WR Alric Arnett, West Virginia++

RB Toney Baker, NC State

S Kyle McCarthy, Notre Dame++

OLB Kevin Alexander, Clemson


Kansas City Chiefs: C


WR: (good) McCluster will be a slot/slash receiver at most.  UDFA Horne is a good-sized receiver with very good speed.  He is a good, steady all-around package of strength, leaps, and agility, might need to be a little more aggressive against bump coverage.  He runs solid patterns and has some closing speed to get deep. He adjusts to the ball and catches it in a crowd.


OG: (good) Asamoah was considered the early leader as best OG available, but dropped near the end when other more talented players emerged.  He is still a very good value in the 3rd.  He's got speed and explosiveness, but plays high and may still be bothered by a shoulder.  UDFA Jeanpierre played some DT when needed, but is an OG prospect.  He is a very savvy inside player, uses his hands well, body position and decent agility.  He needs more size to be more powerful. OT Eastman impressed in all-star bowls.  He is a big, wide guy who may be more suited to guard.  He can block and understands body position along with arms.


DT: (poor) None drafted, but Jeanpierre can play here. (see above)  Garrett Brown is an excitable overachiever who needs a bit more strength to pull off being an effective NT.  Fitzgerald has played some DT, but is too tall and angular, much better coming off the edge.


TE: (good) Moeaki was a bit of a stretch in the 3rd, but is a interesting choice of a more traditional TE.  A fast receiver, but big enough to do some solid blocking.  He is very agile so can run most any pattern including the speed to get down the middle.  He runs well with the ball.


ILB: (average) None drafted, but Mike Johnson is big, very fast, and nasty.  He was D2 All-American and AP Little All-American as well as the recipient of the Ron Lenz National Defensive Player of the Year.  He finished a career of 49 games with 365 tackles.


CB: (fail) Arenas was a reach at no. 2.  He's under 5-9 and always hurt. 


Other: S Berry is certainly one of the top athletes in the draft.  He could step in right away, for certain in nickel and dome packages. Lewis is slow and lacks agility, but he does react well and has some closing speed.  He probably would have been available after the draft.  OLB Sheffield is a small, slow DE with some pass rushing skill who the Chiefs want to play OLB.  It might work, but using a 5th round pick for such an experiment is odd.  UDFA QB Stull was a popular dark horse pick by a lot of scouts because of his coaching and experience in pro sets.  He may still be bothered by thumb injury.  K Signor is a big guy who averaged more touchbacks than returns.  He averaged over a FG per game.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 5 Eric Berry FS Tennessee Can't Miss
2 36 Dexter McCluster WR Mississippi Stretch
2 50 Javier Arenas CB Alabama REACH
3 68 Jon Asamoah OG Illinois value
3 93 Tony Moeaki TE Iowa
5 136 Kendrick Lewis FS Mississippi stretch
5 142 Cameron Sheffield OLB Troy Big Reach


WR Jeremy Horne, UMass+

K Austin Signor, Eastern Illinois

ILB Mike Johnson, North Alabama+++

QB Billy Stull, Pittsburgh

OG-T Tyler Eastman, Maine++

OG-DT Lemuel Jeanpierre, South Carolina

DT Garrett Brown, Minnesota


DT-E Jeffrey Fitzgerald  Kansas State++



Oakland Raiders: D


OG: (average) The Raiders drafted Campbell to play OG.  He is athletic enough to pull it off.  He is a project at either spot.  UDFA Parsons is a solid player, a little slow off, but with good speed.  He will never be an all-pro, but could definitely have a career. 


DE: (poor) None drafted, but UDFA Daniels is a good medium sized end, a little short, but fairly fast.  He's very strong and has a closing gear to pressure QBs and run down the sweep.  He might be a big OLB, but will have trouble with drops.  DT Houston is very fast and agile with quick feet for 305, but not likely to fill this need.


OT: (average) Veldheer is way too tall, but may learn some leverage to go with his decent feet and awesome wing span.  He may be a good tackle in the future for somebody.  UDFA Heard is 6-6 and 345 and would sometimes play OT and DT when needed.  He seems more suited to defense, but has skills on both sides.


QB: (fail) Jason Campbell wasn't the answer in Washington, will a change of coasts make any difference?


RB-FB: (good) None drafted, but Andre Anderson was compared to another Tulane alum, Matt Forte, but he was sidelined with a freakish dislocated, broken shoulder in 2008.  He struggled through an off year in 2009, but still gained over 1000 yards.  Like Forte, he also catches the ball well.  FB Chane Moline was a tailback down the depth chart until the starting FB got hurt.  Then he became the #1 FB.  He was 230 lbs., big for a halfback, but on light side for a FB, but he has great leverage and is obviously close to the fastest FBs in the draft.  He catches the ball well and has no trouble picking up blitzes.  FB Tonga is one of the slower FBs in the draft, but has decent agility for a boulder.  Although he's not that strong, he leads block with body positions and explosiveness.


WR: (poor) The Raiders choose receivers based on 40 time alone.  Jacoby Ford is tiny, but was clocked under 4.30 and had an impressive Senior Bowl.  However, aside from speed, he is not all that agile for a jitterbug type and has only two speeds, fast and stopped. 


Other: ILB McClain was taken way too early and was clearly a petty move intended to put Kirk Morrison in his place.  ILB Goethel is similar to McClain, big, not real fast, but closes well, sometimes seems lost in space.  UDFA ILB Satele is most likely the best of this bunch. He is a steal as an FA.  He lost an appeal for a 6th season of eligibility so wasn't included in a lot of the pre-draft activities.  He's not quite as big as the other two, but faster, stronger, and with more agility and better reactions.  CB McFadden was a very good value pick in the 5th.  Another very fast player with decent agility, he reacts well and is an excellent cover man.  He is willing to tackle, but needs work on technique and wrapping up.  CB Ware is also a small, speed guy, but with a hitter's streak.  S Brown is a former small LB with safety speed.  The steep learning curve and a lack of fluid hips or quick feet will hold this guy back.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 8 Rolando McClain ILB Alabama stretch
2 44 Lamarr Houston DT Texas can't miss
3 69 Jared Veldheer OT Hillsdale (Mich.)
4 106 Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
4 108 Jacoby Ford WR Clemson Reach
5 138 Walter McFadden CB Auburn value
6 190 Travis Goethel ILB Arizona State
7 215 Jeremy Ware CB Michigan State
7 251 Stevie Brown SS Michigan Big Reach

FB Manase Tonga, BYU+

ILB Brashton Satele, Hawaii+++

DT/OT Kellen Heard, Memphis

DE Alex Daniels, Cincinnati

OG Alex Parsons, USC

RB Andre Anderson, Tulane+

FB Chane Moline, UCLA+



San Diego Chargers: B-

RB: (good) No one questioned that Mathews would be one of the first RBs taken, but as early as 12th overall was not in the discussion.  He's got good size and speed, and great hands, but lacks agility, often misses holes, and carries the ball low and away from his body.  He runs with his shoulders high and doesn't break many tackles.  UDFA McNeal is small, not very fast or strong and is even less agile than Mathews.  He's may be steady if unspectacular 3rd down back.  FB Jackson is a 6-1 245 pro style lead blocker with some decent speed and ball carrying ability.

DT: (good) Cam Thomas is a large, broad tackle who is very strong and near impossible to move.  He has very good feet for a man his size.  His height helps him get into a good stance, but not quick getting out of it.  He is surprisingly good pass rusher.  The concern is that his weight remain under control, but he looks like a steal in the 5th. 

OT: (fail) None drafted, but UDFA Jeffries is a 320 pounder with some potential, but he has battled Achilles flare up with a concern for a rupture an imminent possibility.

DE: (average) None drafted, but Brandon Lang is a legitimate sized DE (270) with good speed (not near good enough for OLB) and enough agility and quickness to get off the edge.  He has a high intensity motor and disposition.  If not an every down player, he should be a great specialist. 

ILB: (good) Donald Butler was certainly a top five ILB.  Getting him with a 3rd pick is a big time coup.  He's big (245), fast, and a very strong tackler.  He is a little stiff in the hips, but has tremendous closing speed.  A pesky ankle injury and his need for improvement on his drops are minor concerns.  UDFA Kion Wilson is not as big or fast and no where near as agile, but he made a lot of tackles and was named ALL-BIG EAST.

WR: (good) None drafted, but UDFA Ajirotutu moved up boards when he stood out at the East-West game.  He's a big target (6-4 204) with good speed and agility for his size.  He can go up for the ball and fights for it in a crowd.  WR Jeremy Williams was considered a middle round draft choice.  He's medium-sized with good, but not great speed, but has the agility and closing speed to get deep.  He needs to work on getting off the line better, but he has good hands and can dominate secondaries when he gets hot.  WR Ernest Smith is another tall, slender receiver with a lot of physical ability.  He was a former QB so he knows what's expected of him and how to get open. WR Jordyn Jackson is small and the former RB lacks blazing speed, but he has great moves to get open and his calling card is his blocking.

Other: S Stuckey is a fast, solid safety with ballhawk skills and great hops.  He's got good reactions and is a very good tackler.  He was coming off an All Big 12 senior campaign, but a pulled hamstring derailed his pre-draft push so went in the 4th.  QB Crompton was a speculation pick.  He was moving up some draft boards, but most scouts believe he would still take a lot of work.  TE Epps showed his toughness by fighting through a knee injury and doing everything to contribute.  He doesn't great speed or agility, but has enough each to allow his desire a chance.  He uses his big body well to block and to shield defenders while catching passes.  He would be a good double TE set guy.  UDFA Farr was a former Miami (FL) prized recruit who never panned out, but at 6-5 255 and a lot of athleticism, he might yet be a gem.  He learned to block well at Memphis. OG-C Jeff Hansen was an awesome OG at Montana State, super quick and agile, with decent strength and power.  He was 2009 AP and CAMP FCS All-American as well as twice All Big Sky.  He will probably be able to switch to C.  UDFA Duge was also an OG, but played some center and tackle at Fort Hays State.  He's a similar player, but needs to add another 20 pounds.  P Cort Johnson graduated in 2008 and has two off-seasons to perfect his punting.  He will kick for some pro team before he's done.

Rd Pick Player Pos College
1 12 Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State
3 79 Donald Butler ILB Washington can't miss
4 110 Darrell Stuckey SS Kansas
5 146 Cam Thomas NT North Carolina Value
5 168 Jonathan Crompton QB Tennessee Reach
7 235 Dedrick Epps TE Miami (Fla.) stretch


WR Seyi Ajirotutu, WR, Fresno State


WR Ernest Smith, Baylor

TE Dajleon Farr, Memphis

OG-C Jeff Hansen, Montana State++

FB Cory Jackson, Maryland+

WR Jordyn Jackson, Eastern Oregon

OT Justin Jeffries, Kentucky

P Cort Johnson, West Texas A&M

DE Brandon Lang, Troy State

RB Shawnbrey McNeal, SMU

WR Jeremy Williams, Tulane+

ILB Kion Wilson, South Florida

OG Mase Duge, Fort Hays State (Tryout)