2012 Senior Bowl: Ranking Every Prospect Who Will Be Attending

Vincent FrankCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2012

2012 Senior Bowl: Ranking Every Prospect Who Will Be Attending

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    The majority of the players I have going in the first round of my most recent mock draft are underclassmen. This has been a trend when it comes to the NFL Draft over the course of the last decade.

    However, this doesn't mean that seniors don't see their names called in the first round, or that the Senior Bowl is their first opportunity to show scouts that they belong going early in the draft.

    Today, I am going to rank each player who has been confirmed to be attending the Senior Bowl. Sure, these numbers are likely to increase to the triple digits. At that time, I will update this list.

67. Johnnie Troutman, G, Penn State

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    Played extremely well at Penn State but projects to be nothing more than a reserve offensive lineman at the next level. He isn't quick off the ball and can get beaten by speed rushers. 

    Look for whatever team that drafts him to look at moving him inside. 

    Projected seventh-round pick or rookie free agent. 


66. Chris Rainey, RB, Florida

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    Chris Rainey's versatility will get him drafted in the late rounds. He can be a good receiver out of the backfield and has lined up outside occasionally. Additionally, Rainey can be utilized on special teams. 

    He is extremely small for a running back and has a lot of baggage in terms of character. 

    Projected seventh-round pick. 


65. Chad Diehl, FB, Clemson

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    Diehl reminds me of Bruce Miller, who the San Francisco 49ers stole in the seventh round last season. He has a mean streak that compares to no other fullback in the draft and is extremely solid between the hashes as a lead blocker. 

    The NFL going away from the fullback position will disable his ability to go in the middle rounds. 

    Projected seventh-round pick. 


64. Kheeston Randall, DL, Texas

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    Kheeston Randall has seen his draft stock drop a great deal due to a lackluster senior season. That said, he can play in the 3-4 and 4-3 scheme and is extremely strong up the middle. 

    A team that is looking for a rotational player and depth along the 3-4 will take a chance on Randall's upside. 

    Projected seventh-round pick. 


63. Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas

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    Look for Bequette's stock to rise as the postseason events continue. He is extremely consistent in what he does. The Arkansas standout has the ability to line up with his hands down in a nickel situation and play outside linebacker in other situations.

    He will need to add a little more strength in order to be considered a mid-round pick, but keep his name in the back of your head. 

    Projected seventh-round pick


62. Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada

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    At 6'2", Matthews actually plays much taller than this build indicates. He has some amazing hops, recognizes the ball in the air and makes the play. 

    He is a good blocker, which translates well to special teams as well. 

    Unpolished route-runner, drops some easy catches and not a great athlete other than leaping ability. 

    Projected seventh-round pick. 


61. Philip Blake, C, Baylor

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    A huge player that just plays that way. Blake did a great job opening up lanes for Terrance Ganaway and protecting Robert Griffin III up the middle at Baylor. 

    He doesn't have the necessary athletic ability to be a starting center on most teams, the majority of which look for the smaller type at center. 

    That said, he does translate well as a mauling guard if the center position doesn't work out. Either way, a late-round pick.

    Projected sixth- or seventh-round pick. 


60. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

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    Kellen Moore doesn't translate as a starting quarterback to the next level because of his arm and lack of size. He cannot make every throw on the field, struggles against coverage up top and doesn't have the necessary tools. 

    That said, he is a winner and will get a shot at the next level. Moore will be a system quarterback in the NFL, with the west coast offense being his best fit. 

    Could surprise a lot of people. 

    Projected sixth- or seventh-round pick. 


59. Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State

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    Ballard reminds me a great deal of another Mississippi State running back, Anthony Dixon, who the 49ers grabbed in the sixth round a couple years ago. He is an extremely hard-nosed runner, who takes the ball up the get with the best of them.

    Lacks the necessary speed and agility to be considered a really good pro prospect, but will be good on special teams. 

    Translates as a short-yardage back, nothing more at the next level. 

    Projected sixth-round pick. 


58. Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas

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    One of the few natural 4-3 linebackers in this draft, Robinson has seen his draft stock take a hit this season due to questions about inconsistency. 

    Very good coverage linebacker that does a great job blitzing from the middle and even from the edge at times. Extremely athletic with a knack for getting to the ball. 

    Not a playmaker and doesn't make much of a difference on defense because of this. 

    Projected sixth-round pick. 


57. Jack Crawford, DL, Penn State

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    Crawford has the ability to consistently penetrate the offensive backfield. He has pretty good athleticism and break off the ball from the end position. 

    Issues will continue to arise in regards to his weight as he will continually need to add some more to that frame. Can be taken out of the game by larger offensive tackles and has struggled going up against fullbacks. 

    Projected fifth- or sixth-round pick. 


56. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor

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    The former backfield mate of Robert Griffin III has ideal size for a running back at the next level. He runs extremely low to the ground, which makes it hard for opposing defenders to bring him to the ground. 

    Doesn't have great speed, isn't a receiving threat, struggles with blocking and isn't athletic enough to have a lot of success at the next level. 

    Projected fifth- or sixth-round pick. 

55. Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin

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    At 5'10", Russell Wilson isn't your prototypical quarterback prospect. In fact, he is about three or four inches shorter than the ideal height. Make no mistake about it, this will cost him when it comes to draft positioning. 

    That said, you shouldn't write him off. Just look at the performance of Drew Brees or Jeff Garcia earlier. 

    Wilson has an incredibly strong arm, throws well between the numbers and is as accurate as they come. In short, besides height he has the look of a NFL quarterback. 

    Projected fifth- or sixth-round pick. 


54. Jaye Howard, DL, Florida

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    He has a solid burst off the line and uses strength as well as leverage to beat opposing offensive linemen at the point of contact. Pushes the pile into the offensive backfield and can get penetration between the gaps if not double-teamed. 

    Needs to get stronger in the legs and lower portion of the body. Has consistency issues and hasn't proven to be an every-down player. 

    Projected fifth- or sixth-round pick, 


53. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

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    Joe Adams will not awe scouts with his athletic ability. He isn't the fastest receiver in the draft and doesn't make crazy catches. 

    That said, he does change direction in a split second and gets receivers turned around on the outside Very good receiver after the catch. 

    Extremely raw, needs to get better in running routes. 

    Projected fifth- or sixth-round pick. 


52. Mike Martin, DL, Michigan

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    Mike Martin will not get into the offensive backfield because he lacks the necessary burst to beat other players at the line. What he will do is use his leverage at the point of contact to keep the line from moving. He will also take up double-teams, which opens up lanes for speed rushers in the 3-4. 

    Because of his height (6'2") and other factors, the combine and Senior Bowl could actually hurt his draft stock. That said, those things don't measure production. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


51. Audie Cole, LB, North Carolina State

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    Cole reminds me a great deal of Casey Matthews last season. At nearly 6'5", Cole has ideal linebacker size. He does fit both the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes, but isn't too great in coverage and lacks the necessary pass-rush move to get into the offensive backfield. 

    Will be a special teams player initially, but has the opportunity to break the starting defensive lineup sooner rather than later. 

    Could be a real steal.

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


50. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

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    Age jokes aside, Brandon Weeden is really good at playing the quarterback position. He can make any throw on the football field, reads defenses extremely well and does put loft on the ball when need be. 

    In short, Weeden is an elite quarterback prospect, but will not be drafted as such because of his age. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


49. Dan Herron, RB, Ohio State

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    Doesn't possess top-end speed that many scouts drool over, but is an effective runner between the tackles. One of the few mid-round picks that does translate as an every-down back at the next level. 

    His ceiling isn't incredibly high and he doesn't do one thing great. Rather, Herron does almost everything good. 

    Suspension could turn some teams off. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 

48. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International

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    Size will be an issue for Hilton at the next level. He stands at 5'10", and that is being generous. What you will get from him is electricity in the return game, solid route-running skills and the ability to make plays down the field. 

    He also possesses really good hands. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


47. George Iloka, S, Boise State

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    May be a project at the next level, but he has the athletic ability and size to be a really good strong safety in the NFL. 

    Any team that drafts him will have to utilize these skills in special teams before inserting him on defense. Extremely raw, not great in coverage and gets turned around a lot. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


46. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

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    Here is a player that has an opportunity to impress scouts during Senior Bowl week. He is extremely quick through the hole—somewhat of a poor man's Trent Richardson. 

    His speed will make a lot of scouts take a long look earlier than they should. Pead is not going to be an every-down back at the next level because he is a horrible blocker and doesn't have the frame to hold up 25-30 times a game. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


45. Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston

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    Playing in Houston's pass-happy offense surely enhanced Patrick Edwards' statistics over the course of his career, so you really cannot look at those when thinking how he translates to the next level. 

    He does run great routes, has fluid movement on the outside and possesses great hands. Yards after the catch is also something that I recognized early on in watching video.

    Best translates into the slot at the next level, but won't be able to hold up against bump-and-run coverage. 

    Projected fifth-round pick. 


44. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

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    As far as small-school receivers go, Brian Quick is going to make a major impression this offseason: starting with the Senior Bowl. 

    At 6'4", he has the size to be a great outside threat at the next level, but what surprises me more in watching tapes is his soft hands. 

    He uses this solid frame to fend receivers off the ball and make plays in mid-air. Playing at Appalachian State may have magnified this, but I love what I saw from Quick. 

    Expect his stock to rise a great deal this offseason. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


43. Matt McCants, OT, Alabama Birmingham

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    Elite size and build to play offensive tackle at the next level (6'7", 295) but struggles against speed rushers on the outside because of issues with technique. 

    His long arms and build will make scouts look at him earlier than his production would indicate. Still, it is hard to ignore McCants build and high ceiling. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


42. Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State

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    Another Boise State defensive linemen that I am high on (see Billy Winn later). He is extremely explosive at the point of contact and can get around the edge against most tackles. 

    Really causes major issues for offensive backfields. 

    Projects more as a rotational player than a starter at the next level. My comparison would be a poor man's Justin Smith. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


41. Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M

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    Boy, has Jeff Fuller's stock dropped a great deal during his senior season with the Aggies. He was extremely inconsistent in 2011, dropping way too many passes. 

    He does possess pro-ready route-running skills and is really physical at the line, which means opposing defenders have a hard time in bump/run against him. 

    Fuller's size will make him a valuable commodity in the mid rounds and his stock could raise significantly with a strong performance this postseason. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


40. Ladarius Green TE, Louisiana-Lafayette

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    Ladarius Green is a huge sleeper in my books. He is a great downfield threat and is as physical of a tight end that you will find. Catches the ball with his hands, instead of letting it hit his body: something a lot of NFL tight ends need to learn. 

    Not a good blocker. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


39. DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State

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    Posey is a player that will shoot up the draft board as the offseason progresses and could find himself in the early second round. 

    His 4.47 speed might surprise people, but Posey runs much faster than you would expect on his routes. He does possess great hands and is a solid route-runner already. 

    Being suspended for the first 10 games of the 2010 season not only hurt his draft stock, but it raised numerous character concerns. Right now I cannot give him more than a mid-round grade, but expect that to change. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


38. James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada

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    Great size for an inside linebacker and has the awareness to play strong up the middle at the next level. Johnson is extremely fast from point A to point B as well. 

    Not incredibly good at shedding blocks and tends to struggle against larger opposing player. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


37. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

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    Casey Hayward has been a playmaker for Vanderbilt over his career. He just seems to come up with plays on a consistent basis. He plays physically at the line, has shutdown elite competition and does really well in man coverage. 

    Once again, height has to be considered an issue (5'11") and he does get turned around at times downfield because of stiff hip movement. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


36. Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State

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    Possesses a strong arm, but isn't anywhere near accurate enough to jump up the draft boards. In fact, Lindley wasn't originally invited to the Senior Bowl until Ryan Tannehill went down with a leg injury last week. 

    He does have the mechanics down. Is extremely good in the pocket, recognizes coverage schemes and has a quick release. Those three things will keep him in the mid rounds. 

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


35. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M

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    Gray runs incredibly low to the ground, which makes him hard to bring down on initial contact. He is much better in between the tackles than you would expect and has great vision, especially cutting past the line. 

    He will not be a featured back at the next level because he is too one-dimensional in the backfield. Not a great blocker and has what some would call "hands of steel."

    Projected fourth- or fifth-round pick. 


34. Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri

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    Up until Orson Charles announced he was turning pro yesterday, I had Michael Egnew as the second-rated tight end in the draft. 

    Egnew will be a matchup disaster for opposing defenses in the NFL. He is a great red-zone threat, has soft hands and is built like a Hummer. 

    Run-blocking is an issue and needs to be worked on in order for the Missouri product to rise in the draft. 

    Projected fourth-round pick. 


33. Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State

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    One of the things that I noticed this season in regards to Leonard Johnson is that he is extremely physical for a corner. He jams receivers at the line, keeps them off their routes and has great initial instincts. 

    A pure cover corner, he will not help out much in the run game. Johnson also doesn't have elite size or build. 

    Projected fourth-round pick. 


32. William Vlachos, C, Alabama

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    One of five "elite" center prospects to be invited to the Senior Bowl, William Vlachos might be the most pro-ready at this point. 

    He opened up enormous holes for Trent Richardson this season and has the ability to blow up opposing defensive players at point of contact. 

    There are issues in regards to technique and ability to pull away from his slotted position on sweeps or roll-outs. Not as athletic as other centers rated ahead of him

    Projected fourth-round pick. 


31. Sean Spence, LB, Miami (F)

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    At a time when Miami Hurricane players are bolting immediately after becoming eligible for the draft, it is refreshing to see Sean Spence play it all out when he could have been a relatively high pick last season. 

    He has really good speed and is instinctive at snap. He penetrates the line extremely well and can shed blockers. 

    At 6'0", there are concerns in regards to size. 

    Projected fourth-round pick. 


30. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

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    Doug Martin has been one of the most productive all-around running backs in the nation over the last few seasons. He is a good receiver out of the backfield and has really solid vision when running between the tackles. 

    Speed could be an issue and he doesn't break a whole lot of tackles at the next level. May not translate as a starter in the NFL, which will hurt his stock. 

    Projected fourth-round pick. 


29. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

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    One of the most interesting prospects in the draft, Kirk Cousins does have the look of someone that can surprise a lot of people, including myself. 

    While Cousins isn't good outside of the pocket, he is extremely accurate when the offensive line holds up in protection. 

    Mechanics are going to need to be fixed. 

    Projected third- or fourth-round pick. 


28. Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State

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    Was the play-caller for Florida State this past season and continued to be their most consistent tackler. He does a great job recognizing offensive schemes and reads screens well, as evidenced by a few different games this season. 

    Doesn't translate to the 3-4 defense, which could hurt his stock. Strictly a 3-4 inside linebacker that needs to do a better job in coverage. 

    Projected third-round pick. 


27. Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State

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    Whoever acquires the services of Mike Brewster is going to be extremely happy with him as a center for the next decade. 

    He takes control of the calls at the line, recognizes defensive schemes and enhances the ability of the offense to plan accordingly. Extremely strong initial burst up the middle and throws defenders off their gap quick. 

    Picking up blitzes is one thing that I saw him have issues with in watching tape. 

    Projected third-round pick. 


26. Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina

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    Playing in the SEC will really help Allen's ability to transfer his game to the next level. You are looking at someone that plays really well in the box and is surprisingly good in coverage. 

    He does play with stiff hips at times and can be neutralized by good blocking tight ends. Not the best in over-the-top coverage either. 

    Projected third-round pick. 

25. Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn

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    Really strong player on the outside and has the ability to neutralize bull rushers. Mosley's upper-body strength is really good at this point and he is solid in run-blocking. 

    He will have some issues in regards to speed rushers unless he fixes some issues in regards to technique.

    Projected third-round pick. 

24. Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin

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    Really good season protecting Russell Wilson and opening up holes for Montee Ball in 2011. He was simply dominating at times against upper-echelon defenses in the Big Ten. I fully expect to give him a second-round grade after watching Senior Bowl practices and getting a look at him in person. 

    You will not see any issues in regards to footwork or technique when it comes to Kevin Zeitler, he is as polished as they come in regards to that. 

    His inability to gain leverage at times could worry some scouts. 

    Projected third-round pick. 

23. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State

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    If you have not had a chance to watch Bobby Wagner play, I suggest you take a look at this video.  
    He is a prototypical inside linebacker who tackles with the best of them. His height (6'1") might be an issue, but Wagner reminds me a great deal of London Fletcher.

    You can expect to see his draft stock creep up during Senior Bowl practices, the NFL Combine and Utah State's Pro Day.

    Projected third-round pick. 

22. Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia

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    With exceptional athleticism, Bruce Irvin translates well as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He already has multiple pro-ready pass-rush moves. 

    He will not be able to play with hands down in certain situations, which may force some teams to look at him as a 4-3 inside backer. 

    Projected third-round pick. 


21. Ben Jones, C, Georgia

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    Ben Jones is just another solid center prospect in a great draft at that position. He has a quick initial step after snapping the ball, can pull extremely well and has a strong upper body. 

    Has been called for more holding penalties than you would like up the middle, which makes some worry about natural instincts. 

    Projected second- or third-round pick. 


20. LaVonte David, LB, Nebraska

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    David translates to the inside in 4-3 schemes and would be a really nice second-round selection. One of the fastest inside linebackers that you will see come along, David also sheds blocks extremely well. 

    While he does shed blockers well on the open field, David does seem to get lost between the hashes and is unable to break off opposing players without an open field. 

    This will cause some concern, as will his size. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


19. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

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    Nick Foles may now be the third-best quarterback prospect in this draft by default. With so many teams looking for a signal-caller, he could be reached upon in the early second round. 

    He can make every throw on the field because of a strong arm and is surprisingly accurate down the field. Foles will need to be able to make progressions better at the next level, but that is to be expected from such a young player. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


18. Billy Winn, DL, Boise State

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    Billy Winn is one of my biggest sleepers in this draft class. His long arms enable him to fend off offensive linemen and equates extremely well to the outside at the next level. Additionally, Winn has a great first burst and recognizes scheme off the snap. 

    He will need to improve leverage at the next level, however.

    Projected second-round pick. 


17. David Molk, C, Michigan

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    David Molk is the second-best center prospect in the draft and considering many teams will look to upgrade at that position in a solid draft, his stock rises a great deal. 

    He is extremely strong at the point of contact and can open up lanes up the middle. The one issue you will see is that Molk doesn't appear athletic enough to pull, which limits his ability at the next level to an extent. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


16. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

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    An amazing senior season from Boykin has elevated his stock from a mid-round to an early-round pick. He played exceptionally well for Georgia in 2011. 

    Can be a shutdown corner at the next level depending on defensive scheme. He will not be able to jam receivers at the line and needs to play off in order to succeed, which leads me to believe he translates better in the slot. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


15. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington

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    A true net tackle in the form of Casey Hampton, Ta'amu is a giant of a man up the middle and can achor a 3-4 line for the next decade. 

    Despite being so big, Ta'amu is surprisingly athletic and can pull away from potential blockers to make a stop up the gut. 

    There is a worry about durability and ability to play a majority of downs on defense. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


14. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

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    Along with Andrew Datko, he helped anchor one of the most surprising offensive line units in college football over the last couple of seasons. 

    One thing that will not be a major issue for Sanders early in his career is footwork. He gets to the outside extremely fast and moves his feet good. 

    Will need to add more strength at the next level. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


13. Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State

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    One of the best things about Osemele's game is the fact that he is extremely versatile. The Iowa State offensive tackle has the ability to move inside if need be. 

    Footwork might be a concern at the next level, but he is extremely physical and surprisingly fleet of foot along the offensive line. A strong showing this offseason could push him up to the late first round to a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


12. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

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    Vinny Curry is listed as a defensive end, but he translates much better to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He can play with hands down in obvious passing situation and has the ability to drop back into coverage. 

    There is a possibility that you could see an Aldon Smith type of rise as April nears. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


11. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

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    Andre Branch is a straight 4-3 defensive end, which could hurt his stock a little bit. He is really good against the run and has the ability to cause major issues in the offensive backfield. 

    The one thing that I worry about in regards to Branch is the fact that he can be neutralized by stronger offensive tackles and isn't as consistent as you would like. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


10. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama

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    Strictly a 3-4 net tackle, Josh Chapman anchored one of the best front seven rush defenses we have seen in a long time. 

    He has the ability to take on double-teams, which opens up lanes for outside pass-rushers.

    The primary issue that some might have is his durability. Chapman needs to show he can be a three-down player in order to sneak into the first round. 

    Projected second-round pick. 


9. Chris Polk, RB, Washington

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    Chris Polk breaks a ton of tackles and can get downfield in the heartbeat. He is a great runner up the gut and has above-average vision for a running back that was recruited to play wide receiver. 

    Polk will have to become a better receiver out of the backfield and show he can block in order to be considered a first-round lock. 

    Projected first- or second-round pick. 

8. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

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    Kendall Wright projects to be more of a complementary guy at the next level, which wont help his draft stock. The Baylor receiver may also be a product of the play of Robert Griffin III this season. 

    That said, he has great hands and already runs fluid routes.  

    Projected first- or second-round pick. 


7.. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

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    While his suspension may hurt his draft stock somewhat, Mike Adams has all the physical tools to be a really solid offensive lineman in the NFL. 

    He is a dominant run-blocker, but tends to struggle against speed rushers on the outside. 

    Projected first- or second-round pick. 


6. Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

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    Cordy Glenn is the second-best interior line prospect in the draft. Being a four-year starter at Georgia will help his draft stock as well. 

    Much better in the run game than in pass protection, which will lead him to play solely at guard in the NFL. 

    Projected first- or second-round pick. 



5. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

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    Brandon Thompson has seen his stock drop a little bit over the last couple of months, but he still has first-round value in my book. The Clemson defensive tackle can add the necessary weight to be a 4-3 defensive tackle and could even transition outside in a 3-4 scheme. 

    Look for a myriad of teams late in the first round to take a long look at him. 

    Projected first-round pick. 


4. Melvin Ingram, DL/LB, South Carolina

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    Melvin Ingram is too short to play defensive end and doesn't have the frame to play defensive tackle in the 4-3. This works out perfectly for a 3-4 team looking for a speed-rushing outside linebacker. 

    He has a great first step and has the ability to drop back into coverage. The second-best 3-4 outside linebacker in the draft. 

    Projected first-round pick. 


3. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

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    Before Alfonzo Dennard struggled against Alshon Jeffery a couple weeks ago, I had him jumping up the board as the second corner taken. One game doesn't change my opinion of Dennard, but it does show that he has much more to fix than I initially thought. 

    Watching video of the Nebraska corner has led me to one conclusion: He is a ball hawk that can read the quarterback, which is a rarity for such a young player.

    That said, he may struggle on the outside early by being overaggressive and giving up big plays. 

    Projected first-round pick. 


2. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama

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    Courtney Upshaw is the best 3-4 outside linebacker in the draft and it really isn't that close. He has a great initial move and gets to the outside extremely fast. 

    While Upshaw's best position is on the outside in the 3-4 scheme, his versatility enables 4-3 teams to look at him inside. 

    You are looking at a player that should come in immediately and be able to record double-digit sacks. Think of Aldon Smith and Von Miller this season.

    Projected top-20 pick. 


1. Devon Still, DL, Penn State

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    I might be a littler higher on Devon Still than other people, but I really love the way he plays along the interior of the line. The former Penn State star can take on double teams in a 3-4, which enables speed rushers to have a free shot to the offensive backfield. 

    The one issue with Still is that many people have concluded that he doesn't have an incredibly high ceiling and I see that to an extent. A team that gets Still will get themselves an extremely solid player that will contribute immediately. 

    Projected top-10 pick.