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2012 Senior Bowl: South Roster Breakdown

Dan HopeContributor IIIJanuary 25, 2012

2012 Senior Bowl: South Roster Breakdown

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    Senior Bowl week has begun. The most important part of the week comes between Tuesday and Thursday with practices featuring a variety of drills, including one-on-one exercises, where scouts will do the bulk of their evaluations.  

    The Senior Bowl features many of the top prospects in the 2012 NFL draft, and in two separate slideshows I am breaking down the North and South rosters with reports and grades for each player heading into the week. Following the week, I will recap with updated evaluations of players whose stock has improved or been damaged as a result.

    The South roster is the considerably more talented of the two rosters at the Senior Bowl, with multiple first-round values heading into the week, opposed to none on the North roster. The entire roster is broken down through the slides.

Quarterbacks

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    Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State

    6’4’’, 219 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Nick Foles, Arizona

    6’5’’, 244 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Ryan Lindley, San Diego State

    6’4’’, 229 pounds

    Grade: Round 6

    At 28-years-old, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden is atypically old for an NFL Draft prospect. That said, Weeden is a talented quarterback who has been tremendously productive.

    While Weeden played in a quarterback-friendly passing system at Oklahoma State, Weeden has a strong arm, and has shown his ability to make downfield throws consistently. As a senior, Weeden ranked second nationally in passing yards, fifth in completion percentage and ninth in passing efficiency.

    Weeden’s age hurts his value, but he is a talented player who should still have plenty of good years of football ahead of him. For teams looking for a solid backup, or a quarterback ready to step in as a starter (although he is not quite a franchise quarterback), he is a good fourth-round value, and has a good chance to go on Day 2 with a good week at the Senior Bowl.

    The other two South quarterbacks, Arizona’s Nick Foles and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley, are both tall, prototypical quarterbacks with strong arms and high upside. However, both have been plagued by inconsistency in their collegiate careers.

    Foles is a true pocket passer who has starting potential, but has never quite developed into a big-play threat. That leaves him as a likely Day Three draft selection, but of any quarterback at the Senior Bowl, Foles has the most to gain. With impressive tools, Foles could easily work his way up into Day Two of the draft with a strong showing in Mobile, Ala.

    Going into his senior season, Ryan Lindley was my top sleeper at the quarterback position for the 2012 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, Lindley struggled mightily in his senior season, completing only 53 percent of his passes. Lindley is a big quarterback with a great arm and big-play ability, but may not be accurate enough to make NFL-quality throws. His upside makes him worth a Day Three selection as a developmental project, but he is very much in need of a big Senior Bowl week.

Running Backs

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    Vick Ballard, Mississippi State

    5’10’’, 217 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Terrence Ganaway, Baylor

    6’, 241 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Chris Rainey, Florida

    5’8’’, 174 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech

    6’1’’, 215 pounds

    Grade: Round 7 or Undrafted

    Chad Diehl, Clemson

    6’2’’, 257 pounds

    Grade: Round 7 or Undrafted

    The South roster lacks star power at the running back position, but they have a handful of intriguing backs.

    The most intriguing prospect at the position on the South squad is Florida’s Chris Rainey. Rainey has tremendous sprinter speed, but he is more sprinter than football player. Rainey has also had some serious legal problems: he was arrested for stalking in September 2010.

    That said, Rainey should be one of the fastest players at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he has the ability to play wide receiver as well as running back. Rainey does not have the body of work to be a high draft pick, but if he performs well throughout the week in Mobile, he can really boost his stock. With his speed and receiving ability, a team should draft Rainey on Day 3 and find ways for him to contribute.

    The rest of the South’s running backs are bigger power backs. Mississippi State’s Vick Ballard is a powerful between-the-tackles runner, but also possesses deceptive speed. He has been consistently productive in the toughest conference for running backs in the nation, the SEC, which goes a long way for his draft stock.

    Baylor’s Terrence Ganaway is a big running back who had a big senior season. Ganaway is a good between-the-tackles runner, and has shown his ability to make explosive plays in the open field. Ganaway’s stock has been on the rise this season, and it can rise even further with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.

    Louisiana Tech’s Lennon Creer was a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster, coming off of a strong showing at the Shrine Game, where he was the offensive MVP on gameday. Creer’s chances of being drafted improved a great deal at the Shrine Game, but is smart to take advantage of the opportunity for double duty at the Senior Bowl, where he could solidly propel himself into the late rounds of the draft with another strong week.

    Clemson’s Chad Diehl is the best lead blocking fullback in the nation. However, Diehl has not contributed at all in the rushing or receiving areas for the Tigers, and given the decreasing popularity of the fullback position, a team would be hard-pressed to draft a fullback whose only asset is blocking.

Wide Receivers

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    Dwight Jones, North Carolina

    6’3’’, 226 pounds

    Grade: Round 3

    Juron Criner, Arizona

    6’2’’, 220 pounds

    Grade: Round 3 or 4

    Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

    6’4’’, 217 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Joe Adams, Arkansas

    5’11”, 174 pounds

    Grade: Round 4 or 5

    Patrick Edwards, Houston

    5’9’’, 168 pounds

    Grade: Round 6 or 7

    Marquis Maze, Alabama

    5’8’’, 184 pounds

    Grade: Round 7

    The South roster features two very different trios of receivers. The three best receivers on the squad are also big, strong wideouts, each at least 6’2’’ and 217 pounds. The next three receivers are all diminutive but quick, none taller than 5’11’’ or weighing more than 184 pounds.

    The most complete wide receiver of the South squad is North Carolina’s Dwight Jones. Jones’s best assets are his size, strength and hands, but he is also a very good athlete.

    Jones was very productive in his senior season, and he has the skills to be a productive starting wideout at the next level. He should be drafted somewhere on Day Two, and his performance at the Senior Bowl will play a part in determining how early he ends up being chosen.

    Arizona’s Juron Criner is also a very strong receiver. Criner has great hands and is a very effective route runner. Criner’s athleticism is questionable, but he has been productive in the Pac-12 over the past three seasons. His ability to use his strength to make plays should make him attractive toward the end of Day Two of the draft.

    Texas A&M’s Jeff Fuller had first-round potential coming into the year, but had a very disappointing senior season. Fuller’s size and strength are also his greatest assets, but he is not special athletically, and his productivity was inconsistent as a senior.

    Fuller currently stands as a fourth-round value, but if he can play up to his ability at the Senior Bowl, he has a very good chance of working his way back up into Day Two.

    The most explosive player at the position on the South squad is Arkansas’s Joe Adams. Adams has tremendous speed, and may be the best punt returner in the entire draft class. Adams is not a great wideout, but his big-play speed and quickness should enable him to stick as a fourth receiver and return specialist, making him worth a fourth- or fifth-round draft selection.

    As Case Keenum’s top target at Houston, Patrick Edwards was tremendously productive in his senior season, ranking second nationally in receiving yardage. Edwards is a terrific route runner with great hands and good quickness, but he lacks size and does not have great long speed. Therefore, Edwards is a late-rounds prospect even with all of his productivity, but he has an opportunity to help his stock at the Senior Bowl.

    Finally there is Marquis Maze, who was the leading receiver from this year’s national champion, Alabama. However, that does not make Maze a great prospect. He is only 5’8’’, and does not have great athleticism, which really limits him as a prospect. He has good hands, is a very good route runner and has been productive in the SEC, but he will not be selected until the late rounds.

Tight Ends

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    Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

    6’6’’, 237 pounds

    Grade: Round 4 or 5

    DeAngelo Peterson, LSU

    6’3’’, 230 pounds

    Grade: Round 7

    Brad Smelley (Fullback), Alabama

    6’2’’, 233 pounds

    Grade: Undrafted

    Louisiana-Lafayette is not known for an NFL pedigree, but they feature two very solid draft prospects at the Senior Bowl, the first of which is Ladarius Green, the top tight end on the South roster.

    Green is a very talented receiving threat with a tremendous combination of size, speed and verticality. Green is not yet much of a blocker, but his ability as an inside downfield receiver make him an attractive prospect.

    Going up against the top talent in the nation, Green has a real opportunity to upgrade his stock with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl, and potentially even make a move toward a Day Two selection.

    Both tight ends from the 2012 BCS National Championship Game are playing in this game. LSU’s DeAngelo Peterson is a good athlete who has shown some very good flashes over the past few seasons, but never became a major player in the Tigers offense. He has the upside that makes him worth a late draft pick, but he needs a good showing in Mobile.

    Alabama’s Brad Smelley is an H-back who was a productive player for the Crimson Tide, but does not have a game that will translate well to the next level. He is unlikely to be drafted.

Offensive Tackles

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    Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

    6’6’’, 308 pounds

    Grade: Round 3 or 4

    Matt McCants, UAB

    6’6’’, 309 pounds

    Grade: Round 3 or 4

    James Brown, Troy

    6’4’’, 307 pounds

    Grade: Round 6 or 7

    Jeff Allen, Illinois

    6’4’’, 306 pounds

    Grade: Round 7

    The South group of offensive tackles consists of four offensive tackles who are raw but have upside.

    Two potential Day Two draft selections among the group are Florida State’s Zebrie Sanders and UAB’s Matt McCants. Following a season-ending injury to Andrew Datko, Sanders took over as the Seminoles’ left tackle, and had a very good season. Sanders is drawing second-round grades from many, although he is more of a third-round value at this point. That said, Sanders can really help his stock with a big week in Mobile.

    McCants is a big left tackle who has been All-Conference USA each of the past two seasons, and will solidify himself as a third-round draft choice with a strong week at the Senior Bowl.

    Troy’s James Brown and Illinois’s Jeff Allen are likely to line up at a variety of positions this week, as neither will be an NFL left tackle, and will have to show their ability to play right tackle and/or guard. Both are currently late-rounds draft picks, but could work their way up the board with good showings in Mobile.

Guards

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    Cordy Glenn, Georgia

    6’6’’, 346 pounds

    Grade: Round 2

    Will Blackwell, LSU

    6’4’’, 314 pounds

    Grade: Round 5 or 6

    The interior line unit of the South roster is SEC-heavy, led by two Georgia prospects. The star guard prospect of the South squad is Cordy Glenn.

    Glenn is a versatile offensive lineman who played left tackle in his senior season as Georgia’s best lineman, but will move back inside to guard at the next level. Glenn is an absolutely massive man, weighing in as the largest man in Mobile at 346 pounds. Glenn also has the second-longest arms at 35.125 inches, and the second-longest wingspan at 84.625 inches.

    Glenn has been a dominant player everywhere he has lined up for the Bulldogs, and as a left guard in the NFL, he should do very well. He stands as a second-round prospect.

    In LSU’s run to the championship, Will Blackwell was one of the stars up front on the offensive line. Blackwell was a solid player who had a tough time standing out on a tremendous team, but if he can emerge as a standout in Mobile, his draft stock could rise considerably.

Centers

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    Ben Jones, Georgia

    6’3’’, 304 pounds

    Grade: Round 3

    William Vlachos, Alabama

    6’, 308 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Philip Blake, Baylor

    6’2’’, 312 pounds

    Grade: Round 6 or 7

    The second Georgia Bulldog who will lead the South interior line is center Ben Jones. Jones has been the Bulldogs’ starting center ever since he was a freshman, and has been a dominant interior presence in the SEC. Jones may not dominate at the next level, but he has what it takes to be a solid NFL center, and could make a push for the second round with a strong week in Mobile.

    At only 6'0" tall, Alabama’s William Vlachos is short for an NFL center, but he has had a terrific career with the Crimson Tide. Vlachos was named the first-team ALL-SEC center this year over the aforementioned Jones, and has truly been a leader of one of the most dominant offensive lines in college football over the past few seasons. Vlachos’s lack of height hurts him as a prospect, but he is a solid fifth-round draft value.

    Baylor’s Philip Blake is also a decent prospect who can solidify his stock as a late-round prospect with a strong performance in Mobile.

Defensive Ends

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    Quinton Coples, North Carolina

    6’6’’, 281 pounds

    Grade: Round 1

    Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

    6’2’’, 276 pounds

    Grade: Round 1

    Jake Bequette, Arkansas

    6’5’’, 264 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Malik Jackson, Tennessee

    6’5’’, 270 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Jaye Howard, Florida

    6’3’’, 292 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    Many of the headliners of the 2012 Senior Bowl play on the South defense, and that all starts at the defensive end. North Carolina’s Quinton Coples and South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram are both solid first-round draft picks.

    In recent years, North Carolina has become a factory for talent in the defensive front seven, and the star of the Tar Heels’ crop this year is Coples. With a tremendous combination of size and athleticism, Coples has the potential to be a star defensive end in any defensive scheme.

    Coples has actually played mostly defensive tackle over the past two seasons for North Carolina, but has done well in every position at which he has been used. He is a very good rush end who is also strong against the run.

    Coples is a better prospect than former teammate Robert Quinn was for the 2011 NFL Draft, and Quinn was selected 14th overall, so that is certainly saying something. Coples will look to solidify himself as the best defensive end in this year’s draft class in Mobile.

    While Coples came into his senior season projected as a first-round pick, Melvin Ingram was a breakout star. Like Coples, Ingram is versatile. Ingram rounds up to 6’2’’, which is short for an NFL defensive end, but he is strong and powerful at the line of scrimmage. That said, Ingram is a terrific athlete for his size, and projects well to playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

    Ingram is an interesting projection, but he is a tremendous impact player on the defensive line, and whichever team drafts him should be able to find a role for him that allows him to be a big playmaker for their defense.

    In addition to Ingram, the South roster features three more intriguing defensive end prospects.

    Arkansas’s Jake Bequette had a disappointing senior season, but has a great frame and combination of size and athleticism. He projects well as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and will be selected somewhere on Day Three, depending on how well he performs at the Senior Bowl.

    Tennessee’s Malik Jackson is a project, but a very talented project with size, athleticism and pass-rushing ability. Meanwhile, Florida’s Jaye Howard is a collegiate defensive tackle whose best fit at the next level is as a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. Neither player was dominant in the SEC, but their potential and upside makes them worth fifth-round draft choices.

Defensive Tackles

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    Brandon Thompson, Clemson

    6’2’’, 311 pounds

    Grade: Round 2

    Kheeston Randall, Texas

    6’5’’, 297 pounds

    Grade: Round 3 or 4

    Tony Jerod-Eddie, Texas A&M

    6’4’’, 303 pounds

    Grade: Round 7

    Tydreke Powell, North Carolina

    6’2’’, 297 pounds

    Grade: Round 7

    Clemson has been another factory for defensive line talent in recent seasons, and that has not changed this season. Brandon Thompson leads the South group at the position.

    Thompson is a very powerful run stopper, and has a tremendously explosive burst for a man of his size. Thompson is terrific at penetrating gaps and forcing plays to happen. Thompson is not quite consistent enough of a playmaker to be a first-round draft pick, but should solidify himself as a second-round pick with a strong Senior Bowl week.

    Another very intriguing prospect at the position is Texas’s Kheeston Randall. Randall’s play has never quite lived up to his potential, but he is a playmaker at the line of scrimmage, an explosive athlete for his size.

    Randall is a very good gap penetrator who may be best suited to play defensive end in a 3-4 defense, but first needs to prove himself with a big week at the Senior Bowl. If he can do so, he should be able to solidify himself as a Day Two draft selection, but will fall to Day Three if he cannot.

    Texas A&M’s Tony Jerod-Eddie and North Carolina’s Tydreke Powell were not stars in college, but made enough impact to be recognized by the Senior Bowl, and have the measurables to translate to players at the next level. Both are fringe draft picks who need big showings in Mobile to solidify being selected.

Outside Linebackers

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    Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

    6’2’’, 273 pounds

    Grade: Top 10

    Zach Brown, North Carolina

    6’1’’, 236 pounds

    Grade: Round 2

    Emmanuel Acho, Texas

    6’1’’, 235 pounds

    Grade: Round 3

    Sean Spence, Miami

    5’11’’, 228 pounds

    Grade: Round 3

    Nigel Bradham, Florida State

    6’2’’, 237 pounds

    Grade: Round 3 or 4

    Keenan Robinson, Texas

    6’3’’, 240 pounds

    Grade: Round 4 or 5

    There are six true linebackers on the South roster. Three of them—Miami’s Sean Spence, Florida State’s Nigel Bradham, and Texas’s Keenan Robinson—primarily played middle linebacker in college, but all project as 4-3 outside linebackers or 3-4 inside linebackers at the next level. Therefore, all six linebackers are ranked as outside linebackers.

    Alabama had the best defense in the nation this past season, which led them to a national championship. While the defense was full of stars, including three other potential first-round draft picks this year (cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, inside linebacker Don’ta Hightower, strong safety Mark Barron), Courtney Upshaw was the best player on the Alabama defense.

    Upshaw has been one of the most underrated players in the nation over the past few seasons, but with a tremendous performance in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, he is finally starting to garner the respect he deserves.

    Upshaw has tremendous versatility: he has played defensive end, outside linebacker, and inside linebacker on the Alabama defense. His best NFL fit is as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but he could play any linebacker position at the next level.

    At 273 pounds but also a fantastic athlete, Upshaw has tremendous measurables. Upshaw is a natural playmaker: he is a skilled pass rusher, a sound tackler, very instinctive and he shines brightest in big games. With the latter in mind, expect Upshaw to perform big at the Senior Bowl. If he does so, he deserves to be a top-10 draft pick.

    Another outside linebacker with huge upside is North Carolina’s Zach Brown. Brown is somewhat of a raw talent, but he has still been one of the big playmakers on the Tar Heels defense.

    What makes Brown so intriguing is his tremendous athleticism, combined with very good size for a 4-3 outside linebacker. Brown’s big move is likely to occur at the NFL Scouting Combine, but if he wants to work his way up into the first round, he must get the ball rolling in Mobile.

    Texas had two very productive senior linebackers this season in Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson, and both of them are representing the Longhorns in the Senior Bowl.

    Acho is a natural playmaking outside linebacker. He is very instinctive, a good athlete, and a likely Day Two selection.

    Robinson is not the quite the natural playmaker that Acho is, but e has very good size and is a very sound tackler. Robinson will be making a push of his own to be selected on Day Two in Mobile.

    At only 5’11’’, Miami linebacker Sean Spence’s lack of height really hurts his draft stock. That said, Spence is a big playmaker who should still be a third-round selection even after disappointing measurements at the weigh-in.

    Playing for Miami’s big rival, Nigel Bradham has also been a very productive collegiate linebacker. He is not a great athlete and is somewhat inconsistent, but has the ability to be a solid outside linebacker at the next level, and could also be a Day Two selection with a strong Senior Bowl week.

Cornerbacks

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    Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

    5’10’’, 191 pounds

    Grade: Round 2 or 3

    Brandon Boykin, Georgia

    5’9’’, 183 pounds

    Grade: Round 2 or 3

    Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt

    5’11’’, 188 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Ryan Steed, Furman

    5’10’’, 190 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette

    5’10’’, 176 pounds

    Grade: Round 4 or 5

    DeQuan Menzie, Alabama

    5’11’’, 195 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    If draft grades were based solely on on-field talent, then North Alabama’s Janoris Jenkins would be the fourth player on the South defense with a first-round grade. Unfortunately, there are reasons why Jenkins, a former Florida standout cornerback, ended up at North Alabama for his senior season, and those reasons damage his draft value.

    Jenkins has been arrested three times since 2009, which resulted in his dismissal from the Florida football team, forcing him to transfer to the FCS. Jenkins’s character concerns should keep teams away from him in the first round, which is unfortunate, because Jenkins is tremendously talented.

    Janoris Jenkins started for Florida from his freshman through junior seasons, and established himself as an elite cover cornerback. Prior to his run-ins with the law, Jenkins appeared set to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Joe Haden, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, as a top-10 drafted cornerback.

    Now Jenkins has some serious questions to answer. The toughest questions he must face will come in the meeting rooms, as he attempts to prove that his character will not be a red flag. That said, if Jenkins can prove on the field that he remains an elite cornerback, he should not fall past the second round.

    One of the most interesting players to watch in Mobile will be Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin. Not only was Boykin one of the best cornerbacks in the nation over the past few seasons, he also led the Bulldogs as a senior in all-purpose yardage.

    Boykin is small, but he is a tremendous athlete who is not only a very good cover corner, but has also made a big impact offensively and as a return specialist.

    Boykin is likely a nickel cornerback in the NFL, but his stock is boosted by his ability to return kicks and punts as well at the next level. Boykin will also be looking to state his case for a second-round draft choice at the Senior Bowl.

    Two more SEC cornerbacks on the South roster, Vanderbilt’s Casey Hayward and Alabama’s DeQuan Menzie, are likely Day Three picks.

    Two interesting prospects to watch, as they step up from smaller schools to competing against some of the best players the 2012 NFL draft class has to offer, are Furman’s Ryan Steed and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Dwight Bentley.

    Steed has been a stud at the FCS level, and if he can prove himself amongst tough competition, he has a chance to move his way up into the second day of the draft. Bentley is a very thin player who will likely need to bulk up to go up against NFL receivers, but he is an athletic, talented cover cornerback who could be a fourth-round draft choice with a strong Senior Bowl week.

Strong Safeties

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    Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

    6’1’’, 203 pounds

    Grade: Round 4

    Antonio Allen, South Carolina

    6’1’’, 202 pounds

    Grade: Round 4 or 5

    Brandon Taylor, LSU

    5’11’’, 202 pounds

    Grade: Round 5

    There are three safeties on the South roster, all best suited to play strong safety at the next level.

    Oklahoma State’s Markelle Martin and South Carolina’s Antonio Allen both have high upside, given their impressive combinations of size and athleticism.

    Martin needs to improve as a cover safety, but he is a tremendous athlete and a hard hitter. Martin is raw, but could end up as a Day Two selection with a strong showing in Mobile.

    On a Gamecocks defense loaded with playmakers, Antonio Allen’s impact was often overshadowed, but he was South Carolina’s leading tackler as a senior.

    Like Martin, Allen must become more consistent in coverage, but he is very good in run support, and has the athletic potential to really develop as a cover safety. Allen currently rates as an early Day Three selection, but also has the potential to sneak into Day Two with a strong Senior Bowl week.

    LSU’s Brandon Taylor was one of the stalwarts of the nation’s best secondary this past season, but his lack of height at only 5’11” hurts him as an NFL prospect. Taylor is a disciplined safety who is a very good tackler and also solid in coverage, but unspectacular measurables leave him unlikely to move above Round 5.

Specialists

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    Drew Butler, Punter, Georgia

    6’1’’, 199 pounds

    Grade: Round 7 or Undrafted

    Randy Bullock, Kicker, Texas A&M

    5’9’’, 207 pounds

    Grade: Round 7 or Undrafted

    Josh Harris, Long Snapper, Auburn

    6’1’’, 250 pounds

    Grade: Round 7 or Undrafted

    The South roster has a talented group of specialists, each player ranking among the top three at their position in the 2012 NFL draft class.

    Georgia punter Drew Butler’s punting has tapered off over the past two seasons, following an excellent sophomore season in which he won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best punter. The fact remains that if he can regain that form, he can really boom the ball, and he should at least get a training camp invite.

    Texas A&M’s Randy Bullock won his award in his senior season, winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best kicker. Bullock does not have a huge leg, but he has been a very consistent and reliable kicker in his collegiate career. For teams with placekicking issues, Bullock should get a close look this week.

    Finally, Auburn’s Josh Harris is the best long snapper in the nation. While he remains a long-shot to be drafted, there has been a higher frequency of long snappers being selected in the draft in recent years, which gives him a chance to end up as a late-rounds selection if he impresses a team in need of a long snapper at Senior Bowl week.

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