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2013 Pass Rusher Rankings

April 22, 2013

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Pass Rusher

Prototype in the NFL: DeMarcus Ware

Best In Class

Best Frame: Ezekial Ansah                              Best Quickness: Dion Jordan

Best Run Stopper: Bjoern Werner                   Best Motor: Jarvis Jones

Best Pass Rusher: Jarvis Jones                         Best Mean Streak: Sam Montgomery

Best Burst: Barkevious Mingo                         Best Technician: Alex Okafor

1. Jarvis Jones Georgia #29 6’2 245 Jr.

Comparison: Von Miller

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

85

14.5

24.5

20

7

1

0

2011

70

13.5

19.5

26

2

0

0

2009

13

0

1.5

0

0

0

0

Combine: Didn’t work out at the Combine due to various injuries.

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6020

245

33

 

4.88

20

30.5

903

4.71

7.46

Notes: #59 in ESPN 150 for ’09. An elite LB prospect who still has not chosen between UT, Florida, LSU, Georgia, and USC. Expected to be a star from day 1. Transfer from USC after 2009 season. In the 2011 South Carolina game had a nice hit on RB Marcus Lattimore’s short dump off pass avoiding two blockers (12:14 2nd), good pursuit showing speed on tackle of Lattimore on off tackle run for short gain (11:05 3rd), and a terrible job on blitz going offsides by a full second (2:43 3rd). In the 2011 Boise St. game had a great bull rush vs. LT Nate Potter getting almost to QB after 4 sec, big hit on RB Doug Martin going unblocked to get him at handoff (11:45 3rd). In the 2011 Tennessee game had a great TFL beating TE block to set edge forcing RB to go sideways then tracking him down for -3 yds (9:50 2nd), great trail of bad snap beating everyone to ball but QB and ready if he hadn’t grabbed it on 1st try, great strength shucking TE Mychal Rivera away for TFL (6:53 3rd), offsides, very nice rush vs. LT starting outside then quickly darting inside flushing QB out of pocket (3:17 3rd), nice trail sack on scrambling QB getting him on other side of field after he beat RT on speed rush (0:07 4th). In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he wasn’t very noticeable but showed good speed and hustle late in 3rd down 18 forcing pitch from QB on option then tracking RB down for tackle after 11 yds. In the 2012 Missouri game he had quick rush going unblocked to QB forcing intentional grounding, good speed getting around RT and tracking QB down from behind for FF as he hit him before he threw-reversed for INC, good INT dropping into cov on middle rout then raced +20 yds down to the half yard line (7:42 4th), good speed rush going wide around LT and tracking QB down for sack and FF. He was the star of the game. Listed as the #6 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #4 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he was pancaked by pulling OG, very good instincts backing up to cover RB in flat on rush forcing QB to scramble-very intelligent, good pressure forcing QB Bo Wallace to scramble but juked by him, good TFL getting edge and diving at RB. In the 2012 Alabama game he beat RT DJ Fluker off snap to get edge and got around RB Eddie Lacy as well for sack and FF-TO, went right around Fluker for would be 4 sec sack but QB stepped up-showed good use of hands both times on Fluker, had 6 sec cov sack eventually getting off TE block-not impressive at all. In the 2012 Nebraska game he got quick to edge ruining run play as QB had to tuck it and run otherwise would have been TFL at handoff, facemask on RB, blew past RT for would be sack but held-called, set GA single season sack and TFL record in game (past Pollack in both categories).  

Overall: If Jarvis was 1 inch taller in both his height and arm length and had no medical issues he’d be not only the #1 PR but the #1 player overall on my board for this draft. Unfortunately Jarvis is only 6’2 with only ’33 arms and has had numerous injury issues in his 3 collegiate seasons including the spinal stenosis issue he dealt with in 2009 after getting a stinger as a freshman at USC. There have been no issues with it since then yet the fact that USC’s medical staff recommended he end his football career will obviously be a red flag for a team deciding on whether to use a top pick on him. I doubt Jarvis will have any issues with his spine early in his career yet there is a very good chance his career is cut short due to it, similar to how Marcus McNeill was an All-Pro LT early in his career yet retired early due to his back getting progressively worse. Back and spine issues never go away and I do worry that it will eventually pop back up in Jarvis’ life down the road. Yet even without his medical issues the biggest issue with Jarvis is his size as at 6’2 245 he can’t handle every down duties as a 4-3 DE meaning a team will either use him as a 3-4 OLB or on run downs as a 4-3 OLB and then on pass downs as a 4-3 DE. The second approach is how the Broncos have used Von Miller the past 2 seasons and it’s worked tremendously yet, while I compare Jones to Miller, Jones isn’t as quick or as strong as Miller appeared to be coming out of college and is a slightly less talented version of him. Nonetheless Jarvis is still a top level athlete and his productivity is comparable to only Damontre Moore as in the past two seasons Jarvis has dominated the SEC with 155 tackles, 28 sacks, 44 TFL, and 9 FF. The FF is a huge part of why I’ve moved Jones ahead of Moore in my final rankings as even with his lack of size and medical issues I see a Pro Bowl caliber player in Jones who will collect sacks, be able to drop in coverage, and dislodge the ball from the ballcarrier. I watched Jones the past two seasons and am quite comfortable with him as a Top 10 talent and as my #1 PR in this draft 3/3/13.

2. DaMontre MooreTexas A&M #94 6’4 ½ 250 Jr.

Comparison: Poor man’s DeMarcus Ware

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

85

12.5

21

9

1

0

0

2011

72

8.5

17.5

2

4

0

0

2010

40

5.5

6.5

2

3

1

0

Combine: 34 ¾ arms. 2nd team All-American in 2012. Only had 12 reps! 1.69 10 yd split. Pulled up lame on 2nd 40 attempt. Mayock ripped him regularly saying he wasn’t a Top 10 talent and

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6044

250

34.75

 

4.95

12

35.5

1002

 

 

 

Notes: Freshman All American in ’10. Was a pass rush specialist in ’10 and should replace Von Miller in ’11 as the full time starter. Very tall, lithe player with the frame to gain alot of weight and who has an NFL frame-not body yet. Suspended for the 2011 season opener due to his arrest in the offseason for possession of marijuana. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had a 4 sec sack vs. Adcock going hard outside then quick inside for sack (0;50 1st), dropped in coverage and read screen perfectly hitting RB Joseph Randle very hard immediately upon catching it (0:55 3rd), great trail on backside run actually going so fast that he overran RB forcing him inside to help and TFL (14:55 4th), lined up offsides (11:33 4th), won edge vs. Adcock but was a quick throw (11:25 4th), personal foul on 3rd down giving them another shot at a TD (8:05 4th). In the 2011 Baylor game he had 2.5 sacks, a few TFL, and another sack wiped out by offsides on the DT as he was dominant throughout in the blowout win. Listed as the #59 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Florida game he had 3 sacks and looked incredibly dominant showing very good strength to go along with his elite frame, very good burst, and elite ability in the kill zone. Was out of shape much of 2011 season but dedicated himself and is fit in 2012. In the 2012 Arkansas game he shot through LT inside to get TFL on 3rd and 1, had big hit on QB Tyler Wilson right after he released it for INT-possibly influenced it, very good 1 yd tackle wading through the lines to get him on run away. Listed as the #16 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. Nicknamed “demonstrous.” In the 2012 Alabama game he had a number of hits and tackles in the run game yet overall was pretty quite, he was able to get the edge consistently vs. Fluker yet they doubled him on that side and against Kouandjio he went solo yet rarely got much pressure, did show great leadership leading the huddle going into the 4th Q to rally the troops, had good play on naked bootleg just hitting QB with one arm to knock him down for sack-showed strength too. In the 2012 Louisiana Tech game he had a blocked extra point with a nice push in middle of line-led to 2 points on return, had PI on RB and one play later showed great burst and heart tracking down RB for big hit at end of run-tried to make up for it. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had 4 sec sack on stunt inside getting around LG-just is such a complete player as he ole’d him, great stack and shed of RT for TFL on run at him, elite hustle tracking down WR (great speed) 43 yds downfield for TD saving tackle (9:23 3rd), good stack and shed on RT almost getting no gain tackle-forced cut inside. In the 2012 Auburn game he stood up as a DT and worked around C to get 5 sec hustle sack, only played a half due to blowout. In the 2012 Oklahoma game (Cotton Bowl) he was offsides-got TFL on play at least, pushed RG 4 yds in backfield and disengaged for TFL-elite quickness/power (7:58 2nd), beat RT around edge on speed rush forcing QB to step up then scramble to throw INC. Moore dropped out of Kiper’s Top 25 (Big Board) and not considered a Top 10 talent by Mayock after his disappointing Combine.

Overall: Moore has been ripped enough so it’s time he was defended and as an A&M alumni I’m just the guy to do it. I’ve watched +30 games of his so I’m in a much better position to discuss his NFL upside than Mike “I watched 4 game tapes of each guy” Mayock. While Moore did hurt himself with a surprisingly bad 40 (4.95) and bench (12 reps!) he actually had some good moments at the Combine measuring out 6’4 ½ with nearly ’35 arms (34.75), having a very good vertical (35.5), and a top notch broad jump (10’02). Moore has athleticism he just had a poor 40 and isn’t the strongest player on the field but anyone who has watched game film of his sees the explosion and burst he has off the snap and it’s seen in those “explosion drills” like the vertical and broad jump. Also no one is even mentioning Moore’s elite productivy which I think is a huge part of why he is deserving of a Top 10 grade. Terrell Suggs a decade ago ran a 4.84 40 that cost him a chance to be a top pick yet the Ravens overlooked it due to his elite productivity (24 sacks as a senior). Elvis Dumervil measured in at 5’11 at the Combine and also dropped on draft day despite elite productivity (20 sacks as a senior). Both players overcame poor measurables due to a quick first step and elite productivity which regularly translates from college to the pros and I think Moore will follow in their footsteps. In this draft class only Jarvis Jones is arguably more productive than Moore as Damontre has had back to back seasons with +72 tackles something only Jarvis, Tank Carradine and Jamie Collins (somewhat unfair as played for Southern Miss in C-USA vs. Moore/Jones in SEC) have done even once. Also Moore has been a productive pass rusher each of his 3 seasons earning Freshman All American honors in 2010, 1st team Big 12 in 2011, and 1st team SEC in 2012. I’ve heard Charles Davis state that Moore had a “down year” in 2011 as a LB (his case for Moore being unable to play 3-4 OLB) yet the stats make that claim laughable as his “down year” with 72 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 17.5 TFL is far superior to the best year put in by Dion Jordan, Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, and many other 1st round caliber pass rushers. When I see Moore I see an edge rusher with elite arm length (34.75), above average burst, and a rare knack of working his way free of offensive linemen. The only OT who easily handled Moore in 2012 was future Top 15 pick Cyrus Kouandijio and I suspect only the top NFL LTs will be able to handle Moore in upcoming seasons. Going into the Combine he was the #1 Pass Rusher in this draft and he drops due to his poor measurables yet only by a little. His dominance as a run stopper and pass rusher in the best conference in the nation was obvious to all last season and a poor 40 won’t erase that from my mind. Top 10 player as my #2 PR in this draft 3/2/13.

3. Cornelius “Tank” Carradine Jr. Florida St. #91 6’4 276 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

80

11

13

9

1

0

0

2011

38

5.5

8

1

0

0

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6040

276

34.75

 

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Clemson game had a great sack swim moving LT Phillip Price for 4 sec sack (10:10 4th). In the 2011 Florida game he caught QB on naked rollout that came his way and instead of taking the sack he threw ball in the air for a pick 6 to seal the win (12:23 4th), beat RT on edge and nearly got sack but missed in kill zone. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he had a 3.5 sec sack getting outside shoulder of OL and swim moving around him for quick sack. In the 2012 South Florida game he had sack and FF which was returned by a teammate for a TD (12 yd return). Defensive coordinator who says this guy is a freak athletically. In the 2012 Florida game he went up against LT Xavier Nixon, beat him badly on 2nd play of game for hit and pressure on QB-caused INC despite wide open 9 route for would be TD, great job not biting on zone read fake and staying with QB for TFL, offsides, tore ACL down 10 pts with under 3 minutes left-aka he tore his knee in garbage time. He tore his ACL in the Florida game and could see his draft stock plummet as his rookie season in the NFL is now in doubt. Is very slow off the snap with him often times being the last DL out of his stance, unsure if this is fixable. He has elite agility for a player his size and his best pass rush move is the stutter step or stop and start as he gets to top speed incredibly quickly and is adept at changing directions. Is very good in the kill zone with his lateral quickness and agility again being his best trait.

Overall: Carradine is one of the biggest wild cards in this draft as not only do NFL teams only have 2 seasons of major college tape on him but he tore his ACL near the end of the regular season and might not play a snap as a rookie. He’s currently stating he’s well ahead in his rehab and will do all the Combine drills in April for teams yet agents float that line out there regularly and it almost always is quietly postponed leading up the draft. If he hadn’t been hurt though he isn’t just a 1st rounder but is a possible Top 5 pick as his senior numbers (80 tackles, 11 sacks, 13 TFL) are elite, his frame at 6’5 276 with nearly ’35 arms is elite, and his burst is far superior to teammate Bjoern Werner’s. He has the burst of a high 4.6 or low 4.7 guy which coupled with his frame makes him every bit the physical freak that the FSU coaching staff claims he is. Purely on talent it’s obvious that Tank is the superior player to Werner and as such I have to give him the higher grade despite the torn ACL. A team might get lower returns in year 1 from Tank compared to Werner but in year 2 onward the team will be quite happy having the taller, faster, stronger player on their team. Barely stays in the Top 10 grade despite the injury and is my #3 PR 3/3/13.

4. Ezekiel Ansah BYU #47 6’6 270 Sr.

Comparison: Jason Pierre Paul

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Almost got edge vs. Jordan Mills then pushed him back a bit but reanchored for slight loss (-1.5), again couldn’t get edge vs. Mills and got even less push this time (-3), took awhile to rev him up but had nice spin move inside on Oday Aboushi for win (3), couldn’t get edge and doesn’t seem to have any 2nd moves once he’s stoned initially (-2), he’s raw and is far away from being an impact player. Day 2: Couldn’t get edge then barely moved Mills (-3.5), couldn’t get edge and ended even farther from QB when battling Xavier Nixon (-4), showed his freakish athleticism jumping very high in air and deflecting pass for teammate to get INT, he has skills but not enough to warrant taking this raw of a player in the 1st. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at DE, split RT/TE for instant pressure forcing INC, pushed Rick Wagner back for hand in face of QB causing INC, elite athleticism and aggressiveness dive tackling RB 7 yds downfield from trail off backside, set edge well vs. Wagner for no gain tackle on run at him, batted ball at LOS, got off double team spinning away to get TFL on reverse-freakish with his long arms closing in on ball carrier, beat TE for pressure-would be batted ball but QB held it for sack by teammate, good push on Wagner 2x, good combo rush vs. Wagner flushing QB out of pocket, fell in wash on naked bootleg, great job setting edge vs. Wagner nearly getting inside run tackle too, good speed recovering but bit on naked bootleg, no rush in 4 sec vs. David Quessenberry but kept battling and got cov sack and FF-ball shot 10 yds backwards, jolted Ryan Otten on edge, pushed Pugh back a bit but essentially fell into sack when QB stepped up in pocket. He was the best DL on the South squad and showed why he’s so tempting to GMs. His frame is elite as is his movement skills. He lacks an elite burst yet he already is an elite run stuffer and will collect batted balls at a high rate. Once he learns pass rush moves he could easily become a perennial Pro Bowler yet the risk is there also that he is never heard from again as he has no moves, little experience, and an average burst. A huge risk but one that I’d consider taking. Late 1st 2/19/13.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

62

4.5

13

6

1

1

0

2011

7

0

0

1

0

0

0

2010

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: 1.56 10 yd split. Quick feet in bad drill. Dropped ball in backpedal drill-looked like he’d never caught a ball in his life. Good fluidity but terrible hands in hips drill. 1st among 56 DL in the shuttle showing rare quickness for his size.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6052

271

35.13

 

4.63

21

34.5

910

4.26

7.11

Notes: Ran a 21.9 200 meters. In the 2012 Washington State game he sniffed out screen and hit RB for big TFL right as he caught it (6:34 1st), called for PF face mask when battling OL at DT spot-moves from LB to DE to even DT. In the 2012 Boise St. game he had a big hit on the blocker leading the way for a fake punt blowing up play for loss and TO essentially, had an 11 sec cov sack-good hustle but one of the least impressive sacks I’ve ever seen, very good job avoiding chop block to get batted ball at LOS. Walk on in football, track, soccer, and basketball. In the 2012 San Diego St. game he had INT, lined up at DT much of the game, attempted to soccer slide tackle a RB in trailing position?, pancaked on run play at him (DE spot), pushed well out of play on run play away (DT), solid at POA on run (DT), jumped from DT spot for batted ball at LOS, impressive trailing tackle on run outside getting across the field-great hustle and speed (DE), good quickness shooting through hole for no gain tackle (DT).

Overall: Every year there are a few guys so talented with so many red flags that I call them the dumbass genius picks as in 5 years the GM that chooses them will either be called a genius or a dumbass. Ezekial Ansah is exhibit A when discussing that category as I’ve never seen a more tantalizing combination of attributes and red flags in my scouting history. Ansah had 10 career tackles going into the 2012 season and began the season as a backup yet in my eyes he ends the season deserving of a Top 10 grade. That is pure sacrilege in the scouting community as he’s earned nothing with only about a half dozen starts on his resume and just 3 years removed from being a full time track guy. Yet if a team is interested in Ansah the Top 10 is where they’ll need to snag him as an argument can be made that he has the highest upside of any player in this draft. Ansah reminds me of Jason Pierre Paul as he’s a 6’5 270 lb DE with elite arm length that will be a dominant SDE in a 4-3 that can move inside to DT on passing downs. With ’35 arms he will be one of the best pass swatters in the league and while he lacks the elite burst to complete the package he has elite quickness (1st among 56 DL in the shuttle drill) that will allow him to rack up the tackles. I don’t see him being a dominant sack artist (likely will average 8-12 a year) but he will be dominant against the run, impossible to run outside against, will bat down a ton of balls at the line of scrimmage, and be a complete DE like Pierre-Paul was in 2012 (ironically enough when the media criticized him for his lack of sacks and didn’t understand it was probably his best season yet overall). Ansah will have his growing pains and with his lack of experience or burst he definitely has some risk but in 3 years I expect him to be considered one of the better DEs in the league and his upside is worth rolling the dice on in the Top 10. Top 10 as my #4 PR 4/16/13.

5. Dion Jordan Oregon #96 6’6 ¼ 248 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

44

5

10.5

1

3

0

0

2011

42

7.5

13

1

1

0

0

2010

33

2

5.5

2

0

0

0

2009

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: 1.57 10 yd split. Looked like a safety in hip drill. Elite in bag drill. Impressive and physical in double bag drill. Very good in backpedal drill. Elite hips and good hands in hips drill. Recruited as a WR then moved to TE then finally to DE prior to sophomore year. 1st team Pac 12 in 2011 and 2012.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6062

248

33.88

 

4.6

 

32.5

1002

4.35

7.02

 

Notes: In the 2011 Arizona St. game he had a nice sack and FF near the end of the game blowing past RT on speed rush-injured on the play as he ran into defender coming from other direction (2:00 4th). In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he came off edge untouched for a 3 sec sack where he just leveled the QB who didn’t see him (1:52 2nd). In the 2012 Arizona St. game he had a great jump on snap and showed good body lean for 4 sec sack bending around LT, big hit in open field on scrambling QB, great jump and burst again with would be sack vs. RT but couldn’t wrap QB up-lack of strength as he is very thin, great jump and burst for 3.5 sec sack on RT-outstanding length and gobbles up space so quickly on OTs. He suffered a shoulder injury in the victory over Colorado and missed USC and Cal games. In the 2012 USC game he had a few pressures but overall had a quiet 1st half and then in 3rd Q was hurt and didn’t return. In the 2012 Stanford game he had a strong tackle on run at him (unblocked) throwing RB to the ground, good job stacking edge and staying with RB Stepfan Taylor for TFL-strong hands as he almost got away. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Kansas St. game (Fiesta Bowl) he took pitch back for 2 pt conversion, looked quick in cov-a bit stiff but very athletic, great TFL hitting pulling OG so hard he went back into QB on draw to knock him down-great to see power and not just speed. He overall had a quiet game but it’s not a surprise against the run oriented Wildcats. His frame and burst are elite and there is an argument to be made that he’s the same prospect as Mingo and should be up in the early to mid 1st just like him. Late 1st 1/3/13.

Overall: Jordan has been a huge sleeper in my eyes for awhile now and I felt like I was taking a step out on a limb when in early January I gave him a late 1st round grade. Now Mayock has completed the Combine and the player he gushed the most about was Dion making me feel as if I possibly underrated him. It will be fun to see how Jordan develops over the next few years as at 6’6 ¼ he has the frame to add another 20-30 lbs and be an absolute freak at 6’6 275 with 4.6 speed and great flexibility. That is all projection though and I have the same issue with Jordan’s lack of stats as I do with Mingo’s. Both have yet to have a season with +50 tackles, +10 sacks, or +15 TFL all of which are key benchmarks I use to determine if a prospect dominated their level of competition. Jordan has slightly better stats than Mingo, especially taking into account him missing 2 games in 2012, yet Mingo played in a much tougher conference so essentially it’s a wash. Mingo tested out at the Combine as a better athlete while Jordan appears to be more flexible and agile so overall they essentially are the same prospect. It’s something I said back in early January and it’s something I’ll repeat again as to me they are the same guy: high upside projects who need to gain weight, and both are deserving of a Top 15 grade but carry risks. Top 15 as my #5 PR 3/3/13.

6. Bjoern Werner Florida St. #95 6’3 ¼ 266 Jr.

Comparison: Less explosive Chris Long

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

42

13

18

5

1

0

0

2011

37

7

11

8

1

1

0

2010

20

3.5

6

0

1

0

0

Combine: 1.68 10 yd split. Not impressive looking at all frame wise-no definition. Dominated by Seantrel Henderson in 2012 per Mayock but re-watching the tape he had a sack vs. Henderson and a half sack against a TE in that game. Very impressive in movement drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6032

266

33.25

 

4.83

25

31

903

4.4

7.3

 

Notes: In the 2011 Oklahoma game he stacked and shed RT for 2 yd tackle on RB inside run, good stack and shed of LT Donald Stephenson for no gain tackle on off tackle to his side, elite TFL pushing RT back 3 yds immediately then shedding him and dive tackling RB for as good of a run stopping play as you will see-his strength is far superior to any OU OL (7:08 2nd), showed strength tackling for 1 yd gain RB with just an arm tackle, got pressure again on RT forcing throw away otherwise would have sacked QB-also was block in back by RT that they didn’t call, great jump off snap to blow past Stephenson for 3 sec sack forcing punt (10:33 3rd). In the 2011 Clemson game he showed poor instincts completely getting fooled on read option handoff not even near the ball carrier (8:55 1st), good run support vs. LT Phillip Price pushing him back and making tackle on RB for no gain (1:20 2nd), great hands catching ball on fluke toss by QB as he fell for pick 6 (13:45 3rd), no rush on RT Landon Walker for 2 sec but good push pull move got him around as QB threw ball. In the 2011 Florida game he barely missed QB diving at his ankles as he scrambled away, avoided cut block by LT to stay on feet and bat ball at LOS nearly getting INT on deflection, no movement vs. LT Chaz Green on bull rush. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he had very good speed rush for 4 sec sack-blew past RT, appears to have lost weight and looks quicker than in 2011 (later they said he lost 10 lbs), beat LT forcing blatant hold-was called, blew past RT again for quick sack (3.5 sec), stacked and shed FB for TFL on run at him, he looked more dominant than ever and moves up my board in a big way 9/17/12. Listed as the #52 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #9 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Florida game he wasn’t noticeable but they ran a lot more than threw. In the 2012 Florida game he beat TE inside for almost TFL on inside run, swatted away arm of RT Chaz Green for 4 sec sack on outside rush, crash down for short gain tackle on inside run-great run stuffer and stays home, coaches talk about his great instincts and him being a quick learner, 6 sec cov sack on WR pass-great closing ability as both his sacks he showed great short area quickness and was like a heat seeking missile, pressure on inside rush for-missed in kill zone but QB on the move, great hands catching in the air a fumbled snap, beat Green again this time faking inside then swim moving outside  to get edge for huge hit and 4 sec sack. 1st team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 Northern Illinois game he had strong hit on QB on inside run-great job crashing inside, batted ball at LOS, great quickness jumping on WR screen immediately for no gain-great awareness and quickness (6:52 3rd). ACC DPOY in 2012. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he was quiet due to the running style.

Overall: Werner is a player that has a lot of value as a strong side DE in a 4-3 scheme yet who is constantly expected to be something he isn’t and as such has been disappointing quite a lot of people. He’s been considered a Top 5 pick for a few months now by the media despite the fact that his best comparisons are to players like Chris Long and Greg Ellis who average 8-10 sacks a season for a team. Werner is strong against the run, can handle powerful RTs, and has enough athleticism to generate a consistent pass rush yet a team in the Top 5 seeking 15 sacks a season from their pass rusher should look elsewhere. Bjoern is a high character, high motor player who will be a steady pro and plays a position of value so I consider him worth a Top 15 selection yet until teams get it out of their head that Werner, due to his lack of football experience, has untapped potential ala JPP, they will be sure to disappoint themselves when they realize they drafted an above average starter and not a Pro Bowler. Werner has solid athleticism for a SDE and the frame to add another 10 lbs so I’m still high on the kid and other teams should be as well if they can just re-adjust their expectations. Top 20 grade who projects out as a 10 year starter at SDE and as my #6 PR 3/3/13.

7. Barkevious Mingo LSU #49 6’4 241 Jr.

Comparison: A taller, more well rounded Bruce Irvin

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

38

4.5

8.5

12

1

0

0

2011

46

7

15

11

1

0

0

2010

35

2.5

5.5

4

2

0

0

Combine: Elite 40 time. 1.55 10 yd split. Placed numerous bets with Sam Montgomery during season. Looks very skinny. Very good in hip drill but not quite as fluid as Jordan. While Mayock gushed about Jordan and bashed Mingo all day long Mingo’s 40, 10 yd split, vertical, and broad all bested Jordan and every other DL (not counting Travardo Williams’ vert but he’s really a LB) as it was tops in each category.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6040

241

33.75

 

4.58

 

37

1008

4.39

6.84

 

Notes: Redshirted in 2009. Supposedly runs a 4.5 40. In the 2011 Oregon game had an amazing TFL bursting through the backside to track down LaMichael James as he was unblocked showing elite speed-actually injured LaMichael James on the play stepping hard on his ankle (0:37 2nd), and a great job beating the RB chip block to hit the QB at 3.5 sec to help disrupt the pass (2:33 3rd). In the 2011 Mississippi St. game showed good dexterity slightly avoiding chop block to keep at QB and get 3 sec pressure (9:07 2nd), great job leaping chop blocking RT but play was too quick to get even a pressure (8:15 2nd), and great speed rush for sack and FF that wasn’t recovered (0:40 4th). In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he had batted ball at LOS leaping high in air to get it, had a tackle on PR for no return. In the 2011 Arkansas game he had 2 sacks (one on speed rush and one on inside stunt up the middle) and a big TFL in the red zone again showing his elite burst and closing speed. I have been a huge fan of his from day one yet had to top him out as a 4th rounder as he has elite physical skills but it wasn’t translating into production. Now that he finally is racking up sacks I will be moving him up into the 3rd round area 11/26/11. In the 2011 Alabama game #2 he nearly had a pbu or pick 6 dropping in coverage beautifully and attacking ball on 3 yd out to TE but missed allowing 8 yd catch and run, good inside penetration off RT to hit RB Trent Richardson in backfield for TFL (9:45 2nd), lost contain allowing 20 yd run to Trent right where he should have been, got off TE block to grab RB from behind when going through his hole and slam him to the ground, good set of edge vs. RT DJ Fluker forcing run inside to help for TFL, great set of edge on toss left right at him pushing TE back then shedding to grab RB Eddie Lacy and strongly throw him to ground (2:05 3rd). Future 1st rounder who should improve his productivity the next few years and will absolutely destroy the Combine so whether he even deserves it or not I’d be surprised if he isn’t a 1st rounder when he comes out 3/25/12. Listed as the #14 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Washington game he wasn’t that noticeable yet had batted ball at LOS and almost came down with it for a wild INT. In the 2012 Auburn game he stripped RB on run and grabbed it for 7 yd TD but whistle blew saying RB was already down. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was matched up against RT Jake Matthews much of the day, had a nice batted ball at LOS getting good pressure on RB screen, good spin going inside then flipping outside for would be pressure but ball out, offsides, elite speed going inside and around block yet still almost catching QB Johnny Manziel on rollout to outside, offsides, not fast enough to get Manziel when he scrambled out of pocket barely missing on diving tackle attempt. He was very weak against the run making me question whether he ever can actually be a 3 down DE in a 4-3 scheme. Against the pass he had his moments good and bad as he had 2 offsides and wasn’t consistently winning the edge against Matthews like I expected yet he had his usual flashes of elite athleticism, a few pressures, and a batted ball. Listed as the #6 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had good power rush vs. RT then disengaged forcing QB to scramble. In the 2012 Alabama game he had nice spin move off RT DJ Fluker to get one on one with TE Michael Williams who he easily beat for pressure and arm in QB’s face, good job battling through initial double to get one on one with Fluker and win edge forcing blatant hold, cut by Fluker on WR screen, good spin move to back Fluker up and batted ball at LOS. In the 2012 Arkansas game he had great hustle making a huge crack block on INT return 30 yds downfield, good pressure off edge forcing scramble, horribly stupid penalty launching at QB’s head for PF on 3rd and long-extended drive which netted points, big hit on QB as he scrambled out of pocket to his side-elite closing burst and big hit. In the 2012 Clemson game he had big hit going unblocked for TFL and FF on inside run by WR Sammy Watkins-knocked him out of game with ankle injury, shockingly fast off the snap shooting through unblocked on read option to take down RB and QB for TFL-amazing display of speed and power (3:40 1st), beat RT inside for pressure-elite closing speed (10:55 2nd), nice spin move off RT and then grabbed QB down by his neck for no gain tackle, borderline late hit of QB on scramble-strong hit, missed easy TFL on end around at him. He had an amazing 1st half and non-existent 2nd half which ended early with a stomach ache. I love the kid’s potential as he is one of the most physically gifted players I’ve ever graded at the DE spot but with only 4 sacks in the regular season and with an undersized frame I wonder if the scouting community isn’t overrating him. Top 15 but with numerous red flags (I’d still be shocked if he didn’t go in the Top 8 after he’s done with his Combine performance) 1/21/13.

Overall: Mingo has intrigued me for quite awhile now as he’s easily one of the most physically gifted pass rushers I’ve ever graded. Yet I’ve never fully embraced him as in my scouting notebook I’ve mentioned his lack of productivity for 3 straight years. If he had been able to give me one season of +50 tackles, double digit sacks and +15 TFL it would have cemented a Top 10 grade in my eyes yet he never could and at this point he’s a mid 1st round, extremely high upside project. A team will take a gamble on him somewhere in the 1st round and either look like geniuses (Giants with JPP in 2010) or like idiots (Jaguars with Matt Jones in 2005) and I highly expect it to be one or the other as Mingo won’t likely settle in as an average starter. He’ll either continue to gain weight on his frame and keep his elite athleticism becoming a dominant edge pass rusher or he’ll gain the weight and lose his athleticism or be unable to gain the weight in the first place and be a colossal bust. As it stands now he’s similar to Bruce Irvin of the Seahawks, who had 8 sacks as a rookie in 2012, as a player who can be a pass rush specialist yet it’s important to remember that Irvin ran a 4.41 40 which is dramatically better than Mingo’s 4.58. Mingo’s value comes from the fact that he’s 6’4 and appears to have a body able to add another 15-20 lbs going forward which is unlike Irvin whose 6’3 245 frame appeared to be maxed out in weight already. In the end Mingo is a pick based more on a team’s willingness to gamble and opinion that their weight room coach can add weight to Mingo’s elite frame than it is really about Barkevious’ current game. He’s the ultimate wild card who has 2nd-3rd round value as a pass rush specialist right now but could develop into a Pro Bowler in subsequent seasons and therefore is deserving of a 1st round grade. Top 20 as my #7 PR 3/3/13.

8. Alex Okafor Texas #80 6’5 264 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1- Easily beat Kyle Long on edge (3.5), long win vs. Ricky Wagner after battle (1), battled right through Hugh Thornton (3.5), got edge vs. Eric Fisher but pushed past QB for slight loss (-1.5). 11×11-short gain tackle on inside run. Day 2: No rush vs. Fisher despite battling (-4), went again for no rush-can’t get edge and not strong enough (-4), no edge vs. Wagner but got him off balance allowing inside move (3). 11×11-got pressure vs. David Quessenberry for batted ball in QB’s face, beat Fisher on bull rush (3.5), good initial push vs. Fisher on bull rush yet reanchored for slight loss (-2), slowly pushed Wagner back into QB (2.5), beat Wagner around edge (3), Fisher powerstepped and pancaked him when he tried inside move (-4.5). Didn’t play in game.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

61

12.5

16.5

9

4

0

0

2011

52

6

12.5

13

2

0

0

2010

27

3.5

3.5

7

1

0

0

2009

18

1

2.5

2

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6050

264

33.88

 

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: He has a great frame with height, thickness, long arms, quickness, and big hands as he has just massive paws that really help him in the trenches. Doesn’t have an elite burst though so I question if he will ever be anymore than an average rusher. #149 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Texas Spring Game he speed rushed a RT and dipped his shoulders to get around him for a sack (12:55 4th). In the 2012 Oklahoma game he dropped in zone blitz and ball thrown right at him but he couldn’t make the play allowing catch and run by WR,  looked extremely athletic getting batted ball at LOS-jumped sideways reading QBs eyes, an extremely quiet game outside the 1st Q for him as he either quit, got tired, or didn’t play well. In the 2011 Baylor game he had a good rush showing strength to club RT off balance after speed rush didn’t work and get inside to tackle scrambling QB for 3 yd gain, good run defense getting inside on RT and forcing RB to go outside for very short gain, great job on option reading it well and crashing down for tackle on QB of 1 yd. In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a nice TFL diving tackling RB Domonique Whaley on sweep to his side, good rush just pushing away TE and hitting QB as he threw for INC, did backpedal on zone blitz showing good instincts covering 5 yd dump off in middle of field. In the 2012 Texas Tech game I noticed his lack of burst as he just never had time to get there due to short passing game and his lack of speed, good power rush on RT getting him off balance a bit then bull rushing him into QB for sack and almost FF, stood up and rushed up middle for no rush-not strong enough to be a great bull rusher unless he gets OL off balance, went untouched for hit on QB but only after he threw-hesitant and not that fast. In the 2012 Oregon St. game he got edge on LG who pulled and stripped ball from QB as he went by, got edge and powered past TE for quick 4 sec sack, got edge on RT and fought through hold for very impressive 4.5 sec sack (0:45 2nd), went right past RT who whiffed badly for easy sack (1:50 4th), bull rushed right into QB for 4 sec sack one play later to end game (4th and 14). He had a great game with 4 sacks and a FF but 2 of the 3 plays were against a pulling OG and a TE with the other 3 plays against a bad RT. He still lacks the speed to get the edge against the good OTs and will be nothing more than an average starting DE in a 4-3 yet if he does anything like this at the Senior Bowl practices I’ll have to change my grade. 2nd round 1/16/13.

Overall: Okafor is a player similar to Sam Montgomery in that he lacks the athleticism to gain the edge on good OTs and isn’t strong enough to be a pure power rusher like an Adrian Clayborn or Da’Quan Bowers. He’s a combo player with just enough athleticism to get the edge against some players and enough power to rock a light in the butt OT. In 2012 he had his best season with career highs in tackles, sacks, and forced fumbles and impressed me by measuring in at a legit 6’5 264 with nearly ’34 arms. He’ll never be a guy that gets you 15 sacks in a season but should be an average starter at SDE in a 4-3 and eventually will become a 6’5 280 rock at that position who gets 8-10 sacks a year and is very good against the run. Bjoern Werner is a slightly better athlete and much better with his hands but otherwise is a very similar player to Alex Okafor who has gone from overrated to slightly underrated in my book. Late 1st as my #8 PR 3/3/13.

9. Corey Lemonier Auburn #55 6’3 3/8 255 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

34

5.5

5.5

12

1

0

0

2011

47

9.5

13.5

15

5

0

0

2010

17

2

5

6

1

0

0

Combine: He’s about filled up in his upper body despite only being 255. 1.58 10 yd split! Very impressive in double bag drill. Tight but decent in backpedal drill. Tight but explosive-terrible hands in hips drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6033

255

34.5

 

4.6

27

33

911

4.4

7.14

 

Notes: Ranked #94 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. In the 2011 Alabama game he couldn’t get edge vs. LT Barrett Jones but slipped back inside for sack and FF that rolled into end zone for defensive TD (0:07 1st), PF for late hit out of bounds on Richardson. In the 2012 Auburn game he had a nice rush getting edge and hitting QB for what looked like an easy sack yet dallied in the kill zone and let QB dump it off to RB-his fault not a great tackle break by QB, very good bull rush on LT for pressure forcing dump off, very good bend and flexibility partially avoiding cut block by LT and bouncing up quickly for 4 sec sack (1:20 2nd), nice inside rush for pressure, offsides allowing another 3rd down-turned punt to 1st down. In the 2012 LSU game he missed tackle in open space to RB, elite play getting cut yet still up and wrapping up QB within 4 sec-also FF on play, elite balance (1:06 1st), great speed rush getting 3.5 sec sack despite clear hold after LT got beat (0:59 2nd), good inside rush forcing RB outside for TFL by teammate. Late 1st as he lacks an elite burst but is strong, physical, and productive 9/25/12. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he went up against OTs Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews yet was invisible with no pressures or sacks. After 5 sacks in the first 4 games he only had 0.5 sacks in the final 8 games and was benched for the season finale against Alabama.

Overall: Corey is a player that at first glance looks the part. At 6’3 3/8 255 lbs and with 27 reps on the bench he has the size and strength to be a full time 4-3 DE. With a 4.6 40 and having led the SEC in sacks in 2011 he has the speed to threaten the edge of an OT and be a disruptive pass rusher. Yet, instead of putting it all together in 2012, Corey took a step back and had inferior numbers across the board. Part of that can be explained away by the fact that Auburn was terrible last season and was out of games early yet part of his lack of production can be attributed to a lack of effort and worries me. Corey has two issues to deal with and both are arguably not fixable: lack of bend and lack of effort. He’s very tight in his body and while that largely is due to the girth he’s added to his frame, it still makes it unlikely he ever becomes a dominant 15 sack a season pass rusher. The lack of a motor is a much bigger red flag to me as guys giving limited effort when the season has turned south don’t usually turn a new leaf once they become millionaires. Still though the talent is there and Lemonier plays a value position with enough versatility to be either a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB so someone will take him early on. Whoever does will be betting they can keep him motivated and that Corey is really the 2011 version and not the 2012 version. Early 2nd round with numerous red flags as my #9 PR 3/3/13.

10. Sam Montgomery LSU #99 6’3 ¼ 262 Jr.

Comparison: Adrian Clayborn with less power

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

37

8

13

3

2

0

0

2011

49

9

13.5

1

1

0

0

2010

18

2

6

0

0

0

0

Combine: Admitted to having numerous large wagers with Mingo during season. Not very good in double bag drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6032

262

33.88

 

4.81

 

34.5

906

4.51

7.18

 

Notes: #26 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Oregon game he pushed the LT far back into the backfield and into the RB for a TFL (11:21 3rd), dove for RB De’Anthony Thomas causing game changing fumble (8:17 3rd), and juked LT out of his boots going inside untouched to force throw too short on 3rd and 10 and cause a punt (2:51 3rd). In the 2011 Mississippi St. game had the rare 7 sec sack on hustle play from other side as QB scrambled and stupidly never threw it away (4:45 1st). In the 2011 Florida game had a 5 sec sack on rush where he won outside edge and came back around to QB who was scrambling (9:20 4th). In the 2011 Georgia game (SEC Championship) he pushed LT Cordy Glenn all the way back into QB forcing dump off pass short of 1st for punt. In the 2011 Alabama game #2 he had good push pull vs. LT Barrett Jones for pressure at 4.5 sec, never could get edge vs. Jones and continued attempting inside rushes or bull rushes all with little to no success. Listed as the #58 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Washington game he had a big hit that was a half second away from a sack but otherwise wasn’t noticeable, had a good burst on that play but overall I still wasn’t impressed with his get off and continue to think he’d be best as a 3-4 DE 9/11/12. In the 2012 Auburn game he had an elite play shooting through unblocked and diving for RB to get 7 yd TFL-a guy that big rarely moves that fast (11:10 3rd), meaningless 7 sec cov sack going about as wide around LT as I’ve ever seen done successfully-not impressive at all. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he was matched up against LT Luke Joeckel most of the afternoon, blocked 5 yds out of play on goal line run, good push of Luke into backfield for pressure, batted ball at LOS, blew past Luke forcing scramble, showed lack of burst being in position for 7 sec cov sack yet let QB Johnny Manziel get away-looked like a DT trying to get him. He was dominated all game by Joeckel getting a decent push occasionally yet never winning the edge and never getting pressure. Listed as the #64 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he was invisible. In the 2012 Alabama game he went up against LT Cyrus Kouandijio and never could get the edge showing the lack of burst I worry about, had a great rush slightly getting edge vs. Cyrus then spinning inside and bull rushing for 4 sec sack (0:52 2nd), extremely emotional throughout game-clearly a leader for them. In the 2012 Clemson game he went untouched inside for hit on QB as he threw, beat RT on edge and powered through to circle back around for no gain tackle when QB scrambled, FF on RB on tackle during outside run-avg hit.

Overall: Montgomery is a player I’ve criticized for years as McShay has had him in his Top 10 for much of the past two seasons, currently out of the Top 25, despite mediocre production and a lack of burst that was obvious to me from day 1. He does have a good frame and is very impressive against the run yet to me he looks like a player that will struggle to even get 8 sacks a season at 4-3 DE. He lacks the agility to be a 3-4 OLB and the frame to bulk up to 3-4 DE, something I considered previously but at barely 6’3 he won’t be able to do it, so I think Sam Montgomery has little upside or versatility. He’ll be a SDE in a 4-3, be good against the run, and get a team 4-8 sacks a year. I have him far lower on my board than others so I’m sure he will be drafted before this but to me he’s a below average starting DE and as such is only a late 2nd rounder as my #10 PR 3/3/13.

11. Cornelius Washington Georgia #83 6’4 265 Sr.

Comparison: Taller but much more raw Justin Houston

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Great speed going hard inside for quick win vs. Oday Aboushi who bounced outside too much (3.5), offsides, just destroyed Jordan Mills on bull rush for instant win (5), elite speed/power ratio again this time vs. Xavier Nixon making contact 3 yds into backfield due to speed off edge forcing him back then battled for win-he’s a load (3), he was the #1 DL on Day 1. Day 2: Pushed past QB but still got edge vs. Terron Armstead for slight win (1), false start, went inside and stoned then pancaked and jumped on when falling back to try outside rush (-5), came back to Earth a bit but still intriguing. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he backed up at DE, bull rushed Eric Fisher effectively for pressure, beat up Justin Pugh a bit on run play setting edge and pushing him back a few yards-elite run stuffer, jolted Pugh on bull rush but re-anchored well, beat Pugh on quick inside move for huge hit, sack, and FF then got up and tackled Pugh who recovered and was trying to get yards, barely couldn’t get pressure off Pugh next snap on inside move again, pushed Pugh back for pressure-forced hold, pushed TE 5 yds into backfield messing up run, pushed TE 7 yds back immediately missing sack by ½ second. He continued to impress me with his elite bull rushes that set up his occasional inside move. Going into this week he was a late round guy but purely on this week he’s a 2nd round talent. Right now he’s settling out as an early 4th rounder 2/19/13.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

22

0.5

3

11

0

0

0

2011

17

5

6

18

0

0

0

2010

24

1

3

0

0

0

0

2009

13

4

5

2

0

0

0

Combine: He had arguably the best Combine performance of any person with the fastest 40, 4th in reps, 1st in vertical, and 1st in broad jump among DL-he technically worked as a LB but is a pass rusher. He has a huge scar up his left forearm. Shockingly fast out of his stance on the 40. Average for LB, very good for DL in 4 bag drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6040

265

34

 

4.55

36

39

1008

 

 

 

Notes: Redshirted in 2008. Looks more like a TE than a LB or DE as he is really tall and skinny. Has the frame to add another 15 lbs easily. In the 2011 South Carolina game had a nice batted ball at the LOS (0:52 2nd). Arrested and charged with speeding and DUI in 2011. In the 2012 Alabama game he blocked a FG which Alec Ogletree returned for a TD. He bashed UGA fans on his Facebook page when they criticized Isaiah Crowell’s arrest. He had 29 QB hurries but only 5.5 sacks the past 2 seasons with that discrepancy pointing to poor kill zone skills.

Overall: In a draft where nearly every pass rusher is a huge wildcard for one reason or another Cornelius Washington could be one of the biggest. At the Senior Bowl and at the Combine he looked like a 1st round caliber talent with elite size (6’4 265), length (’34), strength (36 reps), and athleticism (4.55 40, ’39 vertical). Now NFL teams will have to decide whether to focus on his Senior Bowl game tape and Combine measurables or his 4 years of game film in the SEC where he never had a season with more than 24 tackles, 5 sacks, or 6 TFL. If it was solely measurables I would be comfortable with dismissing him but at the Senior Bowl he was one of the only DL to get pressure all week against Eric Fisher and gave numerous OTs trouble with his tremendous speed and power mix. For that reason I am comfortable giving him a much higher grade than I had on him at the end of the season. Early 3rd round as my #11 PR 3/3/13.

12. Devin Taylor South Carolina #98 6’7 266 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

45

3

8.5

3

0

0

0

2011

42

6

8.5

6

0

1

1

2010

46

7.5

13

11

0

1

1

2009

28

2

5.5

2

1

0

0

Combine: Tight but pretty quick in movement drill. He had one of the best Combines of any DL with ’36 arms, a 4.72 40, ’35 vert, 10’8 broad, and a 4.3 shuttle which was probably the most impressive measurement there as it was 2nd among the 54 DL behind only Ziggy Ansah!

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6070

266

36

 

4.72

14

35

1008

4.3

6.89

 

Notes: Led team with 12 TFL and also had 7.5 sacks. Was the star player on the front four that led the SEC with 39 sacks. In the 2011 Clemson game he couldn’t get a rush against RT Landon Walker all game but fell into a sack as the QB tried to scramble and went right to him for a cheap one (8:30 3rd). Is tall but awkwardly built with skinny legs and arms. In the 2011 Vanderbilt game he set the edge perfectly stacking and shedding on edge for TFL (11:56 1st), solid rush going unblocked but missed in kill zone-teammate cleaned up, nearly had sack with RT falling down as he lost edge but then OG came out of nowhere and pancaked him.  In the 2012 Missouri game he was stood up and dropped in coverage nearly getting INT on quick out by WR, good hit on RB in the hole for FF and TO. In the 2012 Tennessee game he got good push inside on TE for no gain on inside run. In the 2012 LSU game he had batted ball at LOS, shoved aside TE getting nice short gain tackle on inside run at him, he barely missed another batted ball-really goes for them and has very long arms. In the 2012 Florida game he had batted ball but somehow still completed, beat RT Chaz Green for 4.5 sec sack-Clowney hit QB first but didn’t wrap up. In the 2012 Michigan game he had batted ball for INC, short gain tackle on draw when he stunted inside-good closing speed, shot inside of RB block for near sack on bootleg-blew too fast. He’s productive, hustles, and is a leader yet his tightness is almost Lurch like and I doubt he’s anything more than a rotation guy. His biggest positive is he can play a little 4-3 DE or DT on pass downs. 6th round 1/17/13. Russ Lande wrote about his poor technique and lack of hand fighting which both could be reasons why he’s not more productive. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at DE, good no gain tackle crashing down line, beat Tanner Hawkinson inside 2x for pressures, got edge very late vs. Hawkinson-had FF stripping ball after DT had QB, great hustle going far upfield on draw yet coming back for tackle 10 yds downfield, stacked and shed Hawkinson on run play at him, elite play being pushed upfield on draw again but reacting quicker this time to it to dive tackle RB and strip FF 5 yds downfield, battled through Hawkinson to get inside for late pressure, showed better speed than Alex Carder on naked bootleg getting run down for no gain-has been the dominant DL in this game, play of the game: he jolted Hawkinson and followed through with pancake then wrapped up QB for 3.5 sec sack. He impressed me and looked too good for this game making me wonder why he wasn’t invited to the Senior Bowl. Late 3rd/early 4th 3/2/13.

Overall: For a player that I’ve watched consistently for 3 straight years Devin sure has changed my opinion of him recently. At the end of the 2012 season I had a 6th round grade on him as I liked his height, arm length, strength, and character yet wasn’t impressed with his flexibility, sack totals, or burst. I actually thought the best thing for him would be to bulk his 6’7 frame up and move him to 3-4 DE, something that still makes sense down the road as a Plan B by the way. Yet he went to the East-West Shrine game and dominated winning MVP for the game, and followed it up with one of the most impressive Combine performances of the year. The most impressive thing to me was the fact that at 6’7 he recorded the 2nd fastest 20 yard shuttle at 4.30! Guys that big shouldn’t be that quick yet Devin has shown that he’s got more than just a big frame but has legit NFL athleticism to boot. That creates a problem for him though as now the question is why did a guy with such amazing physical skills only have 3 sacks despite every team game planning for the DE across from him in Jadeveon Clowney? It’s a very valid question and one I can’t quite figure out. In the end Taylor is another wild card in a DE class full of them and will have extremely varying grades between teams. His size/athleticism measurables are Top 10 quality yet his game film was more 4th-6th round caliber so it will be interesting to see where he goes. Despite his great momentum the past 2 months I can’t stray too far from my initial grade as he still wasn’t very productive as a pass rusher in 2012 and I continue to question whether he has the burst or bend to be a 4-3 DE. In the end I have to lean more toward the tape study than the measurables and therefore he ends as a high upside early 4th rounder as my #12 PR 3/3/13.

13. Brandon Jenkins Florida St. #49 6’2 251 Sr.

Comparison: Quentin Groves

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

2011

41

8

12

5

0

0

0

2010

63

13.5

21.5

4

2

0

0

2009

12

0

3

4

0

0

0

Combine: Average in hip drill. Impressive in backpedal drill but dropped ball. Messed up in drill 2x in hips drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6020

251

33.25

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Had a great ’10 with 13 sacks (2nd in ACC) and 19.5 TFL (3rd) which combined for the 3rd most productive season in school history! In the ’10 Chick Fila Bowl vs South Carolina had a great TFL from the DT position (13:10 1st), was the 2nd man down on a PR (4:30 1st), had a half sack on inside stunt that he then took outside (1:15 1st), and had a great sack on a pure speed rush that ended up not being a sack as it was no gain (5:00 4th). Enters the 2011 season ranked #12 on my Big Board and the #4 defender behind only Coples, Kuehly, and Crick. In the 2011 Clemson game had no rush vs. LT Phillip Price on 4 sec speed rush (2:55 1st), showed great strength and aggressiveness taking on pulling OG block on edge and blowing through it to hit RB for 1 yd gain (13:06 2nd), good quick spin move on LT but didn’t get separation and showed his weak frame by getting tossed to the ground (10:17 2nd), no rush on 3 step drop vs. Price, no rush in 4 sec vs. Price getting stoned (4:36 2nd), got rush after 3 sec on stunt from DT spot vs. Price as he illegally put hands to the face opening inside rush lane to flush QB from pocket (4:04 2nd), finally a big time rush vs. Price as he started outside then bullrushed him forcing him back to QB and causing hold (1:35 2nd), blew past LT Phillip Price for easy 4 sec sack as I think he got tired at end of half (1:00 2nd), beat Price on speed rush after a few sec but ball thrown (13:10 3rd), good spin move again this time getting inside edge vs. Price for near sack as QB barely got away (7:10 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a great jump off snap almost looking like an offsides penalty but was quick throw to other side, great jump off snap getting edge but LT Donald Stephenson did good job riding it just past QB, great jump again on inside run he couldn’t affect but was so good I hade to rewind to verify it wasn’t offsides (1:35 1st), great job reading the TE screen and decleating TE as he caught it (12:10 3rd). In the 2011 Florida game he beat LT Chaz Green on edge but ball thrown quickly, good job holding stout at corner then disengaging from Green to get TFL on off tackle run, double teamed by RB and LT yet spun away and still hit QB just after he threw with QB on the ground for awhile afterwards, won edge vs. Green diving for QB and barely getting pushed too far outside but forced QB to step up in pocket for eventual sack. In the 2011 Notre Dame game he had a solid rush not quite getting edge but showing physicality and getting hand up for near batted ball, solid rush albeit it took awhile as he won the edge vs. LT after battling and would have had 5 sec sack but teammate got 4 sec (2:20 2nd), no rush in 6 sec vs. LT, solid inside rush on stunt going unblocked to QB who fell down for 4 sec sack-hardly a special play though as was more of an OL mix up (4:48 3rd), good rush battling for edge and hitting QB with his arm at 3 sec but pushed just far enough outside that QB ducked inside to avoid him (11:40 4th). Once again I rarely noticed him as ND’s LT handled him pretty easily on nearly every snap. At his size I need to see a great burst and good production yet in 2011 I noticed neither making me further drop him from 2nd to the 3rd round now 12/29/11. Listed as the #78 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Had Lisfranc injury in season opener and is done for the 2012 season.

Overall: Jenkins at one time had a Top 10 grade as he had a burst, production (13.5 sacks, 21.5 TFL in 2010), and the makings of an early round pick. Since then he has gone through a down season in 2011 where I saw an inferior burst and aggressiveness to his previous season and had me downgrade him as a 3rd rounder. He decided to return for his senior season to repair some of the damage done in 2011 and he unfortunately suffered a Lisfranc injury in the season opener. Now it is 2 years removed since Jenkins dominated and he becomes another of the wild cards in this year’s pass rusher class. Despite my grade 2 years ago of him as a Top 5 caliber talent I have trouble considering him even as a 3rd rounder at this point due to the limitations to his game and his new injury. A Lisfranc injury is very difficult to overcome and he may never full regain his previous athletic ability. Not only that but Jenkins had lost favor in my eyes before the injury as he lacked strength and was very much a one trick pony as a pure speed rusher. When his burst declined (still unsure why his burst declined from the 2010 to the 2011 season-added weight, poor conditioning, Lisfranc injury already taking effect?) he became a much easier rusher to defend. At this point Jenkins is both a medical risk and a player who hasn’t played football in almost a year so I have to downgrade him into the 4th round as my #13 PR 3/3/13.

14. Malliciah Goodman Clemson #97 6’3 5/8 276 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: No edge won vs. Lane Johnson and couldn’t move him with power on 2nd effort (-3.5), got push vs. Johnson then tried to get inside and powerstepped into ground (-4). Day 2: Didn’t get edge vs. Xavier Nixon and overextended falling down (-4), couldn’t get edge vs. Jordan Mills yet pushed him well back and disengaged near QB (2.5), pushed Lane back but couldn’t get edge or get that close to QB (-3), battled hard but again overextended and fell during bull rush vs. Lane (-3.5), he still intrigues me but looks more like a 4th-5th than the 2nd-3rd I had him ranked at before. He didn’t play in the game.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

20

7

9.5

3

4

0

0

2011

50

2.5

4.5

8

1

0

0

2010

32

1

3.5

1

3

0

0

2009

26

2

6

1

0

0

0

Combine: 36 3/8 arms! 1.65 10 yd split.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6035

276

36.38

 

4.87

26

31.5

906

 

 

 

Notes: #120 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Florida St. game had a nice run stop pushing RT Zebrie Sanders back then disengaging for tackle on RB for no gain (7:45 1st), very nice play vs. TE on run block blowing through him for TFL (8:16 2nd), good job getting around RB block on blitz then faking a bit for hold call (1:35 3rd). In the 2011 South Carolina game he went unblocked into backfield on off tackle left that was stopped allowing easy TFL for him, seemed very mature pulling his CB off WR and then calming opposing OT down on play. In the 2012 Wake Forest game he took inside rush getting through RT and closing with burst to QB for 4 sec sack. In the 2012 LSU game he beat RT Vadal Alexander on inside move for 4 sec sack (8:20 1st), beat Alexander on edge and showed nice dip actually going too far inside as QB backed up into teammate’s hands, beat him again this time to inside one play later for pressure, beat again one play later this time off edge as he ruined 3 straight plays with his quickness-intentional grounding (4:49 1st), beat Alexander for 1x pressure and an elite sack beating him inside then bowling over RB Spencer Ware and diving for QB in a spectacular play (7:50 4th), batted ball at LOS. He’s always been a high upside project and a game like this reminds you just how good he could be. 5th round 1/21/13.

Overall: Goodman and Buchanan are two players that I have linked as high upside projects who never turned their potential into production. Goodman is a little less athletic than Buchanan yet I like him more as his arm length (’36 3/8) is unheard of and he’s 278 lbs making him a good fit as a strong side defensive end or even possibly as a 3-4 DE if given time to bulk up. He actually has extremely similar measurables to JPP minus the 40 (JPP ran a 4.71 vs. Goodman’s 4.87) as Goodman came within 1 inch of JPP’s vertical and broad while having ’36 3/8 arm length compared to JPP’s 34 ¾. Malliciah is still learning the position yet made strides in 2012 with 7 sacks and 4 FF which were more than his career numbers after his first 3 seasons combined. He will need a year or two of patience by an NFL team yet with his elite measurables I could see him developing into an above average starter as a SDE who gets 6-10 sacks a season, bats down plenty of passes at the line of scrimmage, and is solid against the run. He wouldn’t be flashy but he could develop into a very solid pro. Early 5th round as my #14 PR 3/3/13.

15. Michael Buchanan Illinois #99 6’6 240 Sr.

Comparison: Less athletic Michael Johnson

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1- Stoned by Eric Fisher unable to get even a slight edge (-4.5), avg bull rush vs. Kyle Long with slight win very late (1). 11×1-beat Fisher on edge quickly for pressure. Day 2: Couldn’t get edge vs. Justin Pugh then locked up (-4), same again-not able to get edge and is a one trick pony (-3.5), similar as couldn’t get edge and rode past QB (-3). Day 4: Pushed David Quessenberry back but not far enough for slight loss (-1.5), couldn’t get edge vs. Rick Wagner (-3), pushed David back well but reanchored for VERY slight loss (-1), couldn’t get edge vs. David but nice spin move got him a late win (2). In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he was backup at DE, solid spin off Jordan Mills for release inside, couldn’t get off LOS back to back plays vs. Mills, had whirling moves on Lane Johnson for pressure.The game ended the same way his week of practices did: quietly. He had two nice spin moves yet otherwise was invisible. 6th round as a guy who has talent but was horrible against top level talent 2/13/13.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

57

4.5

7

5

1

1

0

2011

64

7.5

13.5

4

1

0

0

2010

40

2

5.5

2

0

0

0

2009

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

Combine: 1.59 10 yd split! Quick in backpedal drill. One of the best in hips drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6053

255

34

 

4.78

22

33

905

4.44

6.91

 

Notes: I noticed him immediately as he has such a long frame that immediately I became intrigued. In the 2011 Purdue game he showed good speed and recognition of rollout to his way closing quickly to pressure QB, blocked easily by TE showing inferior base, good swim move vs. RT nearly getting 3 sec sack but missing in kill zone as QB stepped up and he flew by (4:47 1st), badly misread zone read, no rush vs. LT Dennis Kelly in 4 sec. In the 2011 Wisconsin game he had no rush in 4 sec vs. LT Ricky Wagner but showed hustle chasing down scrambling QB for diving tackle 8 yds downfield. In the 2012 Arizona St. game he showed leadership early on, had a batted ball, and a few pressures yet overall wasn’t that impactful due to the quick tempo offense and lack of depth behind him (got tired).

Overall: Michael was a player that at one time I had a 3rd round grade on as his height (6’5 3/8), arm length (’34), and burst all painted a picture of a raw player who was on the verge of taking that next step. In 2011 with 64 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 13.5 TFL he appeared poised to break out yet in 2012 he took a step back and followed it up with a very poor Senior Bowl showing. It’s likely that in 2011 he took more advantage of the attention given to 1st rounder Whitney Mercilus than I thought as in 2012 he just looked like a different player. I’m still intrigued with him as a project as he still has the elite combination of size, arm length, and burst yet I know longer expect him to develop into a quality starter like I did a year ago and am quite comfortabl downgrading him so some other franchise drafts and misses on him. A high upside project that I don’t believe will pan. Late 5th round as my #15 PR 3/3/13.

16. Travis Long Washington St. #89 6’4 245 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

61

8.5

12

3

1

1

0

2011

43

4

12

1

1

0

0

2010

51

4

10.5

0

1

0

0

2009

47

2

6.5

2

1

0

0

Combine: Not invited, no Pro Day due to injury

Notes: The team leader and the ultimate tough guy. Tore his labrum in fall camp in 2010 yet didn’t redshirt and ended up playing the entire season. 2nd team Pac 12 in 2011. In the 2012 BYU game he had good rush pushing back RB almost into QB and forcing INC-plays hybrid joker type position as DE/OLB, good push vs. RT Braydon Brown getting him back and disengaging when QB came by to avoid other rusher, split RG/RT but ball out too quick, had very nice 4 sec sack going inside then spinning outside off LT and diving and throwing QB down by his head and shoulders in a vicious kill zone takedown (3:35 3rd), good quickness wrapping up QB on scramble at LOS, set edge beautifully against LT forcing RB back and getting TFL, I am a huge fan of this kid in my first time to see him as he’s tall, strong and never stops rushing. Started 47 consecutive games until a serious knee injury in November 2012 ended his collegiate career. The team won the Apple Cup and handed the trophy to him along the sidelines (was on crutches).

Overall: Travis is like Joe Vellano from Maryland as an overachiever who gives 100% and has just enough talent to make me think he could be a capable NFL player. At 6’4 245 he has the length to add additional weight and be a 4-3 DE, stay the size he is and be a 3-4 OLB, or learn a new position and be a SLB in a 4-3. Any of those should be an option heading into his rookie season as a team will know that they will be getting a high character, high motor player who epitomized consistency and a team first attitude. He had 4 straight seasons of +43 tackles and +6.5 TFL and, while he lacks a great burst off the edge, he should be a good option as either a backup pass rusher or a full time LB. For now I have him as a pass rusher but LB might be his best fit. Either way he’s a guy that you want on your team and I don’t think we’ve heard the last of Travis Long. 6th round as my #16 PR 3/3/13.

17. Emeka Onyenekwu Louisiana Lafayette #45 6’3 ½ 251 Sr.

Stats: Sun Belt

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

42

6.5

14

0

1

1

0

2011

7

1

2.5

1

1

0

0

2010

26

4.5

7.5

0

1

0

0

2009

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6034

251

 

 

4.90

24

32

906

 

 

Notes: In the 2012 East Carolina game he immediately intrigued me with a nice burst and very good quickness getting upfield then racing back for 2 yd tackle when QB scrambled, great jump off snap to get edge but barely pushed past QB, got edge again this time QB dumped screen to RB and he got trailing TFL-just a freak athlete compared to East Carolina’s OL, shows great hustle and never seems to quit, pancaked on double team-team began running right at him and he showed susceptibility. 1st team Sun Belt in 2012.

Overall: Emeka is a small school prospect that really impressed me on tape with his burst and quickness yet who had a poor Pro Day and very possibly will go undrafted due to the NFL putting so much importance on measurables for smaller school players. That would be disappointing as the tape clearly shows a more athletic player than the 4.9 he ran at his Pro Day as his burst jumped off the tape and if he goes undrafted he could be a steal as a free agent. He possibly could play 3-4 OLB but I’d say his best fit is as a weak side DE in a 4-3. 6th round as my #17 PR 4/14/13.

18. Joe Kruger Utah #99 6’6 ¼ 269 Jr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

30

6

8

2

2

1

1

2011

35

3

5

0

1

0

0

2010

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6062

269

34.38

 

4.83

24

34

909

4.46

7.17

Notes: In the 2012 Utah St. game he had good sack pushing LT upfield and ducking inside getting FF on play as well (7:10 3rd), PF after the play as he threw a punch at an OL-kicked out. Combine: Not impressive frame on film but measurables are elite 6’6 with 34 arms. Solid in hip drill. Terrible in double bag drill.

Overall: An athletic specimen with great genes it was surprising to see Joe leave school early as he hadn’t accomplished a heck of a lot. With only 9 sacks and 14 TFL for his CAREER there’s only so much you can get excited about yet at 6’6 270 with ’34 arms he has an NFL frame and very good athleticism to go with it. He looks like a late round project who possibly will be bulked up and moved to a 3-4 DE spot as that to me is his most natural position. 6th round as my #18 PR 4/14/13.

19. Brandon Thurmond Arkansas Pine Bluff Sr. Had 17.5 sacks and 25 TFL in 2012. Won regularly in the 1×1 battles during the week of practice. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at DE-looks like more of a DT, pushed back RJ Dill and slipped inside for pressure, went unblocked on zone read and wrapped up QB for TFL, good push pull move for outside pressure forcing QB to scramble-beat RJ Dill, blew past Mark Jackson for near sack with QB scrambling up middle, great hustle hitting QB at sideline on other side of field at end of play, solid push on stunt inside vs. C then chased down Collin Klein from behind in open field showing good speed-had horse collar tackle but still. He intrigued me as a small school kid who hustles, has good strength, and underrated quickness and athleticism. He definitely doesn’t look NFL caliber and at the end of the day it probably will keep him from getting drafted but I like him as a late rounder. 6th round as my #19 PR 2/20/13.

20. Ty Powell Harding #5 6’2 249 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 2: Beat Robbie Rouse on swim move in pass rush drill-way too easy, beat Kyle Juszcyk on next go, great quickness beating Jack Doyle on initial move yet couldn’t quite exploit it-still won. Day 4: Battled Rick Wagner inside but slight loss (-2). In the 2012 Senior Bowl game he started at SLB, blocked easily by Michael Williams on back side of reverse, blocked by Vance McDonald on inside run, easily covered Williams on short out, blocked well by Mychal Rivera on inside run-struggling to jolt TE or get off blocks, had tight cov but went for juke by Williams allowing +15 yd seam route, pushed around in run game by McDonald. He was blocked easily all game by the TEs and didn’t do anything noticeable except get beat on seam route by the slowest TE in the game. He did have good movement skills and looked athletic.

Combine: 1.59 10 yd split! Impressive in double bag drill-better than Montgomery or Mingo before him making me want to research this guy a bit.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6021

249

 

 

4.60

28

37

1002

4.40

6.98

 

Notes: 2nd team All American in 2012 and 1st team All Golden Gate Conference (DPOY).

Overall: A difficult player to grade due to the level of competition he played at, Ty Powell is an elite athlete who looks like a mid to late round project. His Combine was 1st round caliber but his Senior Bowl was undrafted free agent worthy so the opinions on him will vary widely. Having seen none of his tape, sorry missed all those great Harding games last year, I have little to go on but at the Senior Bowl he looked like an athlete who didn’t know what he was doing. Long term project with elite athleticism. Late 6th round as my #20 PR 3/27/13.

21. Brandon Sharpe Syracuse #91 6’0 3/8 260 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

42

8

17

1

1

0

0

2011

19

0.5

2.5

1

0

0

0

2010

20

3.5

3.5

1

1

0

0

2009

6

4

4

1

1

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6003

260

 

 

4.94

20

29.5

807

4.69

7.50

Notes: In the 2012 Louisville game he went unblocked at QB but juked in kill zone, good stack and shed of RT for TFL on run at him. 2nd team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 West Virginia game he stayed home for near 10 yd loss on end around but missed on WR Tavon Austin, strong power rush of LT into QB as he threw to cause FF-TO, finally got pressure at 7.5 sec to trip QB in end zone for safety.

Overall: Sharpe is a short, stout pass rusher who has a solid burst and had a very productive season in the Big East in 2012, especially from a TFL standpoint with 17. His poor height make me think his best fit might be as a 3-4 OLB or as a 4-3 pass rush specialist and lowers his grade. I see some intriguing things in him though and therefore am giving him a late round grade. 7th round as my #21 PR 3/3/13.

22. Meshak Williams Kansas St. #42 6’1 7/8 247 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

45

10.5

15.5

1

3

0

0

2011

28

7

10

2

1

0

0

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6017

247

 

 

5.04

14

30.5

907

4.59

7.56

Notes: In the 2011 Baylor game had a 4 sec sack vs. LT Cyril Richardson (1:22 2nd). In the 2012 Texas Tech game he timed jump perfectly for batted ball at LOS, went unblocked for sack, big hit, and FF that was returned for long TD-came back partially on illegal block but still TO, great timing on jump for blocked FG. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Oregon game (Fiesta Bowl) he had solid tackle on inside run-looks formidable in uniform, great breakdown in space to get TFL on Mariota when scrambling-not juked, slowly pushed back RT then shed for 5 sec cov sack, is a very impressive run stuffer for an edge rusher and really gets after it on every snap-tireless. He looks like a mid round guy who has some potential but lacks the burst to be anything more than a rotation guy. 5th round 1/3/13. In the 2012 West Virginia he had a little too easy of an arm around move for sack, came half second late to miss on 5 sec sack-teammate got it.

Overall: Meshak is a hard working, undersized pass rusher who had a very good 2012 season that caught my eye. He lacks elite measurables and has only an average burst but was very effective in the Big 12 (17.5 sacks, 25.5 TFL in past 2 seasons) and is a relentless pass rusher. I don’t think he’ll be more than a rotational guy in the NFL but who knows as the profile he has (relentless pass rusher, hard worker, improved each year) is the same profile as guys like James Harrison and Jared Allen. 7th round as my #22 PR 3/3/13.

23. Nathan Williams Ohio St. #43 6’3 241 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

39

2

3.5

4

1

0

0

2011

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

45

4.5

8.5

1

1

1

0

2009

26

3.5

8.0

1

1

0

0

2008

18

2

4

0

0

0

0

Combine: 1.67 10 yd split. Looks and moves like a robot but is an athletic one who bent well in movement drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6030

241

30.63

 

4.88

30

35

905

4.44

6.99

Notes: Looks more like a LB than a DE and would fit well in a 3-4 scheme as OLB. In the ’10 Sugar Bowl vs. Arkansas had a great QB pressure on inside rush beating an OG then barking at Mallett on the ground afterwards (3:23 1st), and noticed his speed again on outside rush vs. Ray Dominguez as he got the edge but ball was out in time (14:53 2nd). His speed and motor were very evident and I will be excited to scout him in another game to determine his value 1/18/11. In the 2012 Michigan he had free hit on QB yet couldn’t bring him down in kill zone for miss of sack off stunt inside, good speed shooting around RT but was 3 step drop. 

Overall: A tightly wound athlete that is extremely strong for his size and has an intensity that I like. He projects as a 3-4 OLB who will be better on run downs than passing downs and will give all out effort. Likely a career backup that will be a favorite of the coaching staff due to his hustle and should be an impressive special teamer. 7th round as my #23 PR 4/14/13.

24. Sean Progar Northern Illinois #95 6’2 254 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

QBH

FF

INT

TD

2012

49

8.5

10.5

3

2

1

0

2011

52

5.5

11

9

1

0

0

2010

38

4

10

6

0

0

0

2009

30

6

8

0

2

0

0

Combine:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Committed to Michigan but was left out when Lloyd Carr left. Redshirted his freshman year and started making plays as a Soph. Looked very good against Fresno St. in the ’10 Humanitarian Bowl with a sack and numerous pressures. In the 2012 Kent St. game he was quiet but has been their best pass rusher this season. 1st team MAC in 2012. In the 2012 Florida St. game he pushed back RB to get pressure and cause INC. He played well at times against a top OL but still lacks the burst I want in a DE. Late round/FA type 1/2/13.

Overall: A highly productive pass rusher from a small conference who lacks the burst I prefer in my pass rushers. He has an NFL frame and was solid enough against an NFL caliber OL in Florida State in their BCS Bowl that I will move him up just above a free agent grade. Late 7th round as my #24 PR 3/3/13.

 

Free Agent

Jessie Joseph UConn #91 Sr. Very tall, long armed athlete who has an NFL body. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn he had a nice hustle play tackling Ryan Broyles from behind on drawn out play (5:47 2nd), tackle for no gain when he beat TE quickly near goal line (2:40 2nd), pressure as he beat LT on speed rush forcing throw away (2:15 2nd), pressure again as he beat LT on speed rush (2:10 2nd). I really noticed him a lot against a quality OU OL and think he is a future star 1/14/11. He had his best season in 2010 (39 tck, 7.5 sack, 12 TFL) yet in his final two seasons was invisible (41 tck, 2 sack, 4 TFL COMBINED). His senior year ended prematurely with a ruptured Achilles tendon and comes after a knee injury ruined his 2011 season. He possibly never recovers but I like him as a buy low candidate. Free Agent 2/5/13.

Stansley Maponga TCU #90 6’2 260 Jr. 2nd team Mountain West in 2010. Never noticed him in the ’10 Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin but did see his frame which was very NFL like though a bit top heavy. In the 2011 Baylor game had a nice pressure on quick stunt inside after the OL lengthened but unable to get RG III down (9:35 3rd). One of only 4 players in top 10 in FF and top 20 in sacks. In the 2011 Louisiana Tech game he had a nice bull rush getting RT nearly to the QB, nice dive tackle of RB going through his hole while occupied by RT, great rush beating RT immediately for 3.5 sec sack if not for QB scramble-still forced punt. 1st team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Virginia game he had nice power rush one arming RT right into QB as he threw-hands to the face but still, beat RT on speed rush hitting QB as he threw for INC on 4th and 6-showed good bend. In the 2012 Michigan St. game he was quiet as he lacked the burst to gain the edge and the strength to be a pure power guy. Once again he looked like a guy with the frame but without the game. Despite the accolades he’s a free agent 1/14/13.

Wes Horton USC #96 6’5 255 Sr. In the 2012 Oregon game he had a big sack and hit on backside beating LT on edge for 4 sec sack, good rush getting edge on LT then pushed him off to get inside for hit at 4 sec-missed wrap up though so teammate (Breslin) got sack. In the 2011 UCLA game he had PF on late hit on QB, blew past C on miscom but missed in kill zone for sack-eventually got it as QB scrambled right back into his arms, had clean shot at QB but again missed in kill zone-very poor in tight space. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he went against LT Zach Martin and couldn’t get edge all night. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he had short gain tackle in space on RB after pitch-avoided cut block too. He had 3 straight seasons of 4-5.5 sacks a year and just lacks the explosiveness to be anything special. Free Agent 2/5/13. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at DE, no rush or ability to set edge vs. Terron Armstead early on, beat Terron inside, barely couldn’t get edge vs. Terron just pushed around QB-even grabbed at him going by, decent spin getting pressure off Nick Speller, barely couldn’t get edge vs. Terron and pancaked when trying to bend, elite initial jab knocking Speller on his butt, swim move got immediate pressure vs. Speller, beat Speller off edge for hard hit and pressure on QB.

Lavar Edwards In the 2011 Mississippi St. game had a great hustle play falling down on a rush yet getting up and jumping to tip ball at LOS (9:40 4th). Senior Bowl: Day 1: Pushed Oday Aboushi back on power but not enough (-2), pushed back Jordan Mills on bull rush-half as impressive as previous rush vs. Mills who had poor technique (2.5), no rush vs. Xavier Nixon-not liking him as has no speed and not nearly enough strength to be a pure power guy (-3), offsides, no edge vs. Lane Johnson (never would get it on him) and mirrored on inside rush on 2nd move (-3.5), he was the worst DL on Day 1. Day 2: Nice inside move on Aboushi for quick win (3.5), Aboushi didn’t pop out as far this time and he couldn’t get edge being malled while pushed outside for big loss (-4), not even close to edge and barely pushed Lane back at all (-4), jolted Lane but did nothing with it for loss (-3), camp invite at best right now. He’s a SDE in a 4-3 and has no versatility, except possibly to be bulked up and moved to DT. He lacks any real burst but has a decent power rush and I could see him being an adequate 2 down SDE for a team. He’s vastly overrated to me as some have him as a 3rd-4th round level talent which I don’t see at all. Free Agent 2/13/13. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at DE, edge rushed from wide 9 vs. Eric Fisher and pancaked by him when he got to the spot as Fisher was just waiting, got Rick Wagner back a bit on bull rush, no rush vs. Wagner on bull rush, no rush vs. Kyle Long (LT), no rush vs. Wagner, jolted Justin Pugh but no real rush, pancaked by Pugh right at beginning of rush, no rush in 4 sec vs. TE, good speed and hustle for tackle after 14 yd WR screen, knocked Long down in pass pro. Was pancaked numerous times, showed no speed or burst to threaten the edge, and was only average as a bull rusher. Free Agent 2/19/13. Combine: 1.64 10 yd split. Free Agent 3/3/13.

Eric Martin Nebraska #46 Sr. In the 2011 Ohio St. game he jumped offside for free play by O. He went back and forth from LB to DE in 2011 and was full time DE in 2012. In the 2012 Iowa game he had a big hit on RB for 3 yd TFL, battled injuries throughout his career, has shockingly long arms for his height-insane looking, good burst off edge to get past LT immediately and get pressure, great bull rush vs. RT getting him into QB and forcing throw away-punt. He looked NFL caliber and I want to see his arm length measurements. In the 2012 Georgia game he beat LT inside for no gain tackle, split LT/LG for big hit on RB again on inside run, good spin move to get edge but not enough speed to do anything with it-LT recovered, read dump off and threw down RB viciously for TFL (2:55 2nd). He impressed me and makes me intrigued with him as a SLB in a 4-3 type system. Late round project 1/10/13. Free Agent

Jared Williams Rice #97 6’2 250 Sr. Undersized guy without the right build as he has the look of a DT not a DE yet in the 2012 UCLA he shot through the line and got a one handed TFL showing good explosion and great strength. Had a 4.5 sec sack getting around LT and showing good bend to cut angle. Free Agent 4/14/13.

Tremayne Scott Ohio #90 6’3 257 Sr. Redshirted. 2nd team MAC in 2011. Had an injury plagued 2012. In the 2012 Louisiana Monroe game he laid the wood twice in 1st Q on QB scrambles, amazing hands not really deflecting but just straight catching a dump off pass to RB from DE spot-snagged it in air like a WR-then fumbled on return (6:10 2nd), is a bit top heavy and is pretty stiff, good burst on naked bootleg to get sack in red zone, considered the leader of the D, very aggressive taking shots at players-rough. Free Agent 4/14/13.

David Gilbert Wisconsin #11 Sr. In the 2011 Oregon St. game had a sack on a play where he ran towards the QB only getting picked up at the last second by the FB but getting around him eventually for the sack-not impressive at all but still a sack (6:23 2nd), beat LT on speed rush forcing a hold to keep them out of FG range (0:13 2nd), good job clubbing FB as QB rolled to his side to force incompletion (5:07 3rd). In the 2012 Stanford game (Rose Bowl) he got edge on speed rush on LT David Yankey (1st team Pac-12) for pressure. Free Agent 4/14/13.

Tourek Williams Florida International #97 6’4 247 Sr. Nicknamed the werewolf. In the 2011 Marshall game he looked a little light with plenty of room on his frame to add weight, good burst off ball to get pressure on QB but was a screen pass, batted ball at LOS with well timed jump, good burst off ball numerous other times. Combine: 1.71 10 yd split. Free Agent 4/14/13.

Willie Bohannon Tennessee 6’2 254 #86 Sr. In the 2011 Florida game he took advantage of a mix up in the blocking assignments to run straight to QB for the sack (14:07 2nd). In the 2012 South Carolina game he hit QB Connor Shaw for sack and FF-TO. Free Agent 4/14/13.

 

 

Camp invite

RJ Washington Oklahoma #91 6’3 248 Sr. In the 2011 Iowa game he had a few very good rushes against stud LT Riley Reiff getting good pressure for a sack that was half him and half the QB running stupidly into him and then a sack that wasn’t his doing at all as QB ran right into him after he had no rush at 4 sec. Still though he technically got 2 sacks against a 1st round caliber LT so not bad 12/31/11. Changed from #91 to #11 for 2012 season. In the 2012 Texas game he had a nice hit on QB David Ash as he threw for INC and punt-bulldozed LG Hopkins to get pressure, big hit on QBas he threw it-inside stunt. After 5 sacks in 2011 he had a down senior year with only 1.5 sacks despite playing in all 13 games. Camp invite 2/5/13.

David Bass Missouri West St. #91 Looks and has a frame like Bruce Irvin. 40.5 career sacks (school record). In the 2012 East-West Shrine game backed up at DE, no rush 2x vs. Tanner Hawkinson, jolted Hawkinson for late pressure, spun multiple times on Kirby Fabien causing him to fall down-too late for pressure. He showed nothing to me which was disappointing as his Combine numbers were very good. Camp invite solely for measurables 3/2/13.

Caleb Schreibeis Montana St. #45 Sr. Won Buchanan Award in 2012. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at DE, no rush vs. Nick Speller, got edge a few times vs. Mark Jackson who had slow feet, pancaked by Jordan Devey on stunt inside, no rush vs. Terron Armstead using speed. He isn’t fast enough to get edge and isn’t big enough to use a power rush. He maybe can move to LB but as a pass rusher, even as an OLB in a 3-4, I just don’t see any appeal. Camp invite as a LB conversion project 2/20/13.

Cameron Meredith Nebraska #34 Sr. Has dreads coming from helmet. In the 2011 Wisconsin game he had solid rush getting up quick from RB chop block for pressure on QB (4:45 1st), good pressure as he went unblocked (8:52 3rd). In the 2011 Ohio St. game he was blocked easily by OT Mike Adams on run play away, no rush in 5 sec vs. Mike Adams (12:50 3rd), run blocked easily by Adams being pushed well away creating a big hole (0:22 3rd). In the 2012 Iowa game he played DT at times in the game, he was very quiet in this game. Camp invite 3/3/13.

Mike Catapano Princeton #77 Ivy League DPOY in 2012. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he started at DE, couldn’t get edge vs. Dann O’Neill who pushed him around QB, pushed back easily on draw play by O’Neill-lacks strength and more a 3-4 OLB, O’Neill had poor footing so his push caused pancake in pass pro-not fast enough to catch Doedge on the run, battled through O’Neill for late pressure from inside, got edge vs. O’Neill on bootleg to that side getting batted ball. He started poorly but eventually showed some flashes and looks like a camp invite due to a decent combination of strength and athleticism though neither wow you. Camp invite 3/2/13.

 

Undraftable

Craig RohMichigan #88 Sr. #47 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Looks more like a DT or DE than a LB. In the ’10 Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi St. he had a very nice tackle for 1 yd on an inside run avoiding Derek Sherrod’s block (7:23 2nd), great QB pressure as he rushed upfield got the RT off balance and then ducked inside for a huge hit as QB threw the ball-NFL play (0:28 2nd). Undraftable 4/14/13.

Scott Vallone Rutgers #94 6’3 275 Sr. 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Virginia Tech game he had great hustle splitting C/RG for late pressure. In the 2012 East-West Shrine game he backed up at DE, no rush vs. Dann O’Neill, pancaked by O’Neill on inside move. He got no rush all game and looks undraftable 3/2/13.

Gary Mason Baylor Sr. In the 2011 Kansas St. game had a big hit on QB for sack yet was a 9 sec coverage sack so was more about the hit and his hustle than anything to do with his rush skills (4:24 2nd), nice shed of TE showing strength on run play away from him (11:10 3rd), batted ball at LOS (10:00 3rd). Undraftable 4/14/13.

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