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Some teams are looking at San Diego State's Gavin Escobar as high as the second round because he's a massive receiving tight end with good hands and ball skills. Just up I-5 at UCLA, they could find a very similar talent in Joseph Fauria who could be available four or five rounds later.

What makes Fauria one of the biggest possible steals of Day 3?

 

Strengths

Fauria towers over any defender who is trying to cover him. He is a fluid athlete with good hands and concentration, and he has surprising strength for a tall receiver. He is a trump card in the red zone who teams will struggle to stop because he is very good at high pointing the ball and making catches in tight coverage.  

Fauria is also quicker in his routes and a more effective blocker than his body type would lead you to believe.

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Shamarko Thomas

Pittsburgh Steelers

Fourth Round, 111th Pick

Shamarko Thomas is a throwback who should have been a linebacker in the 1950's NFL. He loves to fly around the field and hit, but his disregard for the health of himself and others might not play well in the modern NFL.

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Kevin Reddick was a coveted recruit for North Carolina who ended up being a four-year starter. He made his biggest impact as a senior after a junior season that was pockmarked by injury issues. Reddick's versatility makes him a unique talent, coming from a defense that has been a pipeline to the NFL in recent years. Where does Reddick fit in the pros?

 

 

Strengths

 

Reddick is a multifaceted talent with middle linebacker and pass rushing proficiency. He almost never leaves the field and looks equally comfortable whether he's in the opponent's backfield or dropping into coverage. Reddick is a finisher when he has a quarterback in his sights and he is very good at knifing through gaps and disrupting running plays.

 

 

Weaknesses


You won't see Reddick take on a blocker very often. He prefers to run around blocks and is often results in his being out of position when the play comes his way. Reddick is somewhat tentative in his movements and will bite on fakes or otherwise overreact to developments in the play. He's not physical and not difficult to knock off of his path when he is defending the run. In general, Reddick's play lacks edge and urgency. He has trouble sticking to receivers, and his instincts on reads often let him down, taking him away from the action.

 

 

Tools


Reddick has average size at 6'1", 243 pounds. His 4.72 40 is also adequate, but not a plus. He looks even slower on film. Reddick isn't a quick-twitch player, but he occasionally flashes explosive change-of-direction skills. He does have a closing burst, especially as a pass-rusher.

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Denard Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Fifth Round: 135th Pick

Denard Robinson was the toast of the college football world in 2010, winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award. 2011 was good, but not great, and injuries in 2012 moved him from the quarterback position to a "weapon" role like the one he will be asked to play in the NFL. Will Robinson rediscover success in the NFL, or will be another one of the many star college quarterbacks who couldn't hack it when they weren't under center in the pros?

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Terron Armstead

New Orleans Saints

Third Round: 75th Pick

Running a 4.71 at 6'5", 306 lbs. is one way to get the NFL's attention, but Terron Armstead shows a lot more than rare foot speed on film. This big offensive tackle from a small school hung well with his big school peers at the combine and Senior Bowl, and he has the rare athleticism and and proportions that the NFL looks for in a left tackle. How early will Armstead put Pine Bluff on the NFL map?

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Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts have turned Division III powerhouse Mt. Union into "Wide Receiver U." as far as the NFL is concerned. This year's submission to the draft from the program is a speedy wide receiver whose game is bigger than his frame. Will he continue the new tradition of Purple Raider wideouts playing on Sundays?

 

Strengths

Jasper Collins is a tough receiver with good hands. He can create separation with acceleration that eats up the cushion his speed buys him. Collins is comfortable going up for the ball or fighting for position when the ball is in the air. Collins is dangerous after the catch with an aggressive mindset, quick moves and strong running. He is also good at adjusting to the ball in flight and staying inbounds near the sidelines with body control. Collins can also serve as a punt returner, with the ability to score in the role.

 

Weaknesses

Collins' frame is borderline too small to hang as an outside receiver in the NFL. He doesn't always separate and sometimes cornerbacks can easily stick to him. Collins will unnecessarily jump for receptions he could make in stride.

 

Tools

He was a combine snub despite an invite and solid week at the East West Shrine Game, so Collins' pro day was his chance to show off his 4.47 speed. His 34" vertical downplays his sudden ups to get high targets over the middle. Collins has good feet and quickness, as illustrated by his 4.07 short shuttle and 6.85 three-cone times.

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AJ Klein

Carolina Panthers

Fifth Round: 148th Pick

AJ Klein's ability to lead and make big plays is unquestioned. He even tested out well at the combine and pro day, but his film tells the story of a player who might not have the athleticism to start in the NFL. Wisconsin overlooked this native son, and instead Klein went on to be a star for Iowa State. Will a pro team benefit from the tendency to underrate this playmaker?

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Vince Williams

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sixth Round: 206th Pick

As soon as the NFL Scouting Combine invites are announced, debates begin over the biggest snub and which of them will be the first non-combine player drafted. Florida State linebacker Vince Williams was curiously good enough to get a spot at the Senior Bowl but not at the combine. Did the NFL make a mistake, or are the flaws in Williams' game big enough to justify his omission?

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Brad Sorensen

San Diego Chargers

Seventh Round: 221st Pick

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Aaron Mellette

Baltimore Ravens

Seventh Round: 238th Pick

Last year, a small-school wide receiver with a big frame surprised some as the first pick of the second day of the draft. This year's top small-school pass-catcher, Elon's Aaron Mellette, won't be taken as high as St. Louis Ram Brian Quick, but he has shown enough to get a draftable grade.