Best Of The Rest: The Best Remaining Draft Prospects

David BartonContributor IApril 23, 2010

With the first round in the books and most the house-hold names off the board, here is a look at some of the best available prospects left. 

Top Five Players Remaining

  1. Sergio Kindle, Texas
  2. Daryl Washington, TCU
  3. Roger Saffold, Indiana
  4. Charles Brown, USC
  5. Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame



  • Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame: Pro ready QB who knows the X's and O's, see's field well, accurate, deft ball handler. Lacks ideal intangibles for position.
  • Colt McCoy, Texas: Intelligent, experienced, accurate, good intangibles, athletic. Lacks ideal size and arm strength, needs to transition to pro offense
  • Mike Kafka, Northwestern: Almost a clone of Colt McCoy, athletic, accurate. Throws a lot of picks, only one-year starter


Running Back

  • Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss: A super-quick, explosive water bug with terrific agility, balance and big play ability. Gives added bonus as a receiver. Only 160 lbs,  not an experienced return-man.
  • Toby Gerhart, Stanford: Strong, instinctive power runner, deceptive speed, quick feet, great work ethic, nose for end zone(44 TD.) Tight hipped, not a great receiver, not creative 
  • Deji Karim, Southern Illinois: Ultra productive (48 TD/6.2 YPC,) Solid compact build, great lateral ability and burst, lacks elite vision and dances too much, faced marginal competition.


Wide Receiver

  • Arrelious Benn, Illinois: Has NFL body, physical, deceptive speed, tough, good hands, makes money over the middle. Not too productive in college (Juice Williams,) lacks elite agility.
  • Golden Tate, Notre Dame: Compact run-after-catch receiver, competitive and versatile play maker, fast/quick, wildcat threat. Inconsistent release, drops too many passes
  • Eric Decker, Minnesota: Very good size, accelerates into routes, good against press and zone, creates after catch, great concentration. Lacks elite speed, is coming off injury.


Tight End

  • Rob Gronkowski, Arizona: Made immediate impact, solid complete tight end, great blocker, hard worker. Injury problems
  • Aaron Hernandez, Florida: Great pass catcher, tracks ball well, breaks tackles well, savvy route runner. One dimensional H-Back, very poor blocker.
  • Dennis Pitta, BYU: Natural soft handed catcher, great ball skills, willing blocker, very productive. Not an explosive athlete, does little after catch.


Offensive Tackle

  • Roger Saffold, Indiana: Can play every position except center, Four year starter, abused Greg Hardy in Shrine game, solid edge protector. Does not play angry, finesse player
  • Charles Brown, USC: Big framed, long armed, locks out defenders, engulfs smaller players. Raw, average body frame, questionable base strength
  • Bruce Campbell, Maryland: Super athletic; ideal size, agility, arm length and strength to protect the left side. Raw, plays with mental lapses, inconsistent, H-W-S prospect, average finisher.


Offensive Guard

  • Vlad Ducasse, UMass: Good size, wide body, could develop into a tackle, highly motivated, great base strength. Heavy-legged, faced marginal competition, struggles with speed rushers.
  • Zane Beadles, Utah: Very smart player who understands angles and positioning. Very agile for size, good initial quickness out of his stance for short-pulling. Short arms, plays with too much finesse.
  • John Jerry, Ole Miss: Massive former tackle, can block an F-350 with his size, elite strength, finishes blocks. Labors to the second level, poor stamina, could use hands better.


Defensive Tackle

  • Brian Price, UCLA: Quick/explosive, agile, splits double teams, strong compact build. Tires easily, tends to play too tall, only suited for 4-3.
  • Cam Thomas, North Carolina: Massive run-stuffer, can anchor a 3-4 as well as a 4-3, country strong. Two down tackle, does not use hands well.
  • Terrence Cody, Alabama: Rare size, 3-4 nose, engulfs blockers, pushes pocket, frees line backers, blocks kicks. Weight varies, has no pass rush moves, questionable work ethic, two down player.


Defensive End

  • Everson Griffin, USC: An enigmatic base end, quick first step, tackles with force, good size. Struggles to convert speed to power, cold motor, freelances too much, questionable mental toughness.
  • Corey Wootton, Northwestern: Great size, giant wingspan, plays run and pass well, Four year starter, smart, hard-working, good balance. Slow off line, not a sack artist, durability questions, might be relegated to 3-4 end.
  • Carlos Dulap, Florida: Rare, long, lean, athletic pass-rusher, fires off line. Does not play up to potential, questionable character, poor technique.


Inside Linebacker

  • Sean Lee, Penn State: Excellent instincts, uses hands well, plays hard, sure tackler. Only average blitzer, lacks elite burst, and tight hipped.
  • Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State: Athletic, speedy, can sink into coverage easily or chase down lateral plays, productive. Instincts are lacking, inconsistent tackler, can be fooled by play action.
  • Brandon Spikes, Florida: High motor thumper, instinctive, vocal leader, secure tackler. Lacks ideal speed, can only play 3-4 inside,


Outside Linebacker

  • Sergio Kindle, Texas: Big strong fast hybrid linebacker with elite pass rush skills, explosive, violent striking hitter. Immature, rough around the edges, fits 3-4 better than 4-3.
  • Daryl Washington, TCU: great athlete, long arms, good coverage skills, times blitzes well, secure tackler, every down player. Needs to bulk up, only a one year starter, can be engulfed by lineman.
  • Donald Butler, Washington: Played inside in college but is best suited as an outside backer in a 4-3, reacts quickly, versatile, respected team captain. Instincts are inconsistent, needs to shed blockers better.



  • Taylor Mays, USC: Chiseled, Freak (H-W-S,) big hitter with even better speed, Intimidating. Takes too much time to read and react, struggles in man to man, struggles in space.
  • Nate Allen, USF: Outstanding athlete, good ball skills, good motor, great coverage skills. Not overly physical, not a face-up tackler, needs to be more aggressive.
  • Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech: Ball hawking safety, 14 INTS in three years, good size, plays run well, has some experience as corner. Not explosive athlete, too easily manipulated by QB, does not play to his size.


Defensive Back

  • Jerome Murphy, USF: Very tough, excellent length, good hips, plays well in any scheme, physical tackler. Plays too undisciplined, short tempered, immature.
  • Walter Thurmond III: Super productive corner, out shined Jairus Bryd/Pat Chung. Thurmond finished with 236 career tackles, 35 passes broken up, 11 interceptions and five touchdowns as a four year starter. Lanky corner with great speed ,instincts, vision and ball skills he excels in run support shedding blockers easily. Needs to bulk up some weighs only 185 lbs. Knee surgery ended 09 season SLEEPER.
  • Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, IUPUI: Elite athleticism but needs coaching and time to adjust to the speed of the game, and fine-tune his technique. Amazing ball skills but only faced marginal competition.

Some other names you might hear are:

Linval Joeseph, DT, ECU: Massive, bigger than Mount Cody

Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois: Quick & Active guard that could switch to center

Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale: 6-7, 300+, Hulk strength

Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinatti: Quick slot receiver, great return man

Ben Tate, RB, Auburn: Solid zone runner, can catch & block

Greg Hardy, DE/OLB, Ole Miss: Boom/Bust player, explosive w/ strong hands

Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina: Ideal 3-4 OLB, power-leverage rusher

Javier Arenas, DB/RET, Alabama: Nickle corner, great return ability

T.J. Ward, SS, Oregon: Physical striking safety, hard worker



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