2010 NFL Draft: Fire & Ice Report: Kareem Rising, Spikes Tumbling

Chris MaierCorrespondent IApril 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Brandon Spikes #51 of the Florida Gators celebrates after a play against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The combine is in the rear view mirror and the pro days are beginning to wind down, providing an opportunity to take a look at which players stocks are On Fire and On Ice with just three weeks until draft day.  Two weeks ago, we looked at the offensive players, this week we shift the focus to the defensive side of the ball.

On Fire:

DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina - Remarkably athletic for a 6'4", 328 pounder.  Ran sub 5.09 in the 40 and put up 39 reps at the combine.  Has the versatility to play nose tackle or left defensive tackle in a 4-3.  Has moved himself into day two consideration. 

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida - Burst onto the scene as a senior stealing the spotlight from teammate George Selvie.  His "Freak"-ish athleticism was the talk of the combine.  Was seen as high as No. 3 overall in a few mocks around the combine and is currently slated to go off the board somewhere between eighth (Oakland) and 16th (Tennessee).

OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri - Coming off of a poor senior season, Weatherspoon reestablished himself as the No. 1 4-3 outside linebacker in the draft with a strong Senior Bowl week and excellent combine workout.  Could be a top 20 pick with Atlanta a strong possibility.

ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa - Showed better than expected speed and athleticism at the combine to go along with good instincts, coverage skills, and tackling ability.  In a weak year for linebackers Angerer will challenge for a day two selection.

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CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama - No cornerback has boosted their stock more than Jackson.  Answered questions about his speed at the combine by running a sub-4.5 in the 40.  Good combination of size, athleticism,  and instincts.  He is now getting some first round buzz.

S Nate Allen, South Florida - Is not a big name player coming out of South Florida but his combination of athleticism and coverage skills has put him solidly into second round.

On Ice:

DT Brian Price, UCLA - Looked sluggish and out of shape at the combine and pro day.  His tape is mostly good and he has a reputation as a gamer but you want to see players step up for these job interviews.

DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi - Injuries and a poor work ethic could cause the one time top 20 consideration to fall to day three.  He looked heavy and had a very disappointing combine workout.

OLB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas - Productive college linebacker whose lack of athleticism was exposed at the combine.  Lacks the speed and change of direction for the weakside and the size for the strong side.  His instincts and effort will get him drafted but not until day three.

ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida - You hate to put too much stock in a 40 time but 5.0-5.1 is defensive tackle speed, not linebacker speed.  Also, did not look athletic in the drills at the combine.  Has great instincts but the range concerns are very real.  Former Gator playmaking LB Brandon Siler fell to round seven a few years back due to similar concerns.

CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State - Has the physical tools but he has failed to shine in the Senior Bowl and Combine workouts where his sloppy footwork and instincts were exposed.  He needed excellent workouts to overcome a disappointing senior season but has possibly slid into round three.

S Reshad Jones, Georgia - He looks the part but has failed to standout in a deep safety class.  He does not change directions well enough and his coverage skills look average at best.   May be a strong safety only which drops his stock.

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