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2013 Safety Rankings

April 22, 2013

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Safety

Prototype in the NFL: Eric Berry

Best In Class

Best Frame: Kenny Vaccaro                            Best Leader: Eric Reid

Best Run Stopper: Shawn Williams                Best Long Speed: Shamarko Thomas

Best Ball Skills: Bacarri Rambo                     Best Hitter: Matt Elam

Best Hips: Shamarko Thomas                         Best Instincts: Bacarri Rambo

1. Bacarri Rambo Georgia #18 6’0 ½ 211 Sr.

Comparison: Ed Reed

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Slight PI but in hip pocket of Vance McDonald for PBU on out, Terrance Williams blew right past him on 9 route but ball overthrown-not even close but an unfair matchup, ball thrown late but still had PBU on hitch of Michael Williams, good burst to quick slant vs. cushion by Connor Vernon, in hip pocket of McDonald-again a little contact though. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he had perfect cov and got easy INT on bad decision to throw post-had cov vs. Alec Lemon, poor missed tackle on 0 route by Marquise Goodwin, good ball skills jumping up and nearly deflecting pass on deeper route over him, solid burst to ball from CF spot on 9 route.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

73

1

1

3

2

3

0

2011

55

0

1

0

8

8

1

2010

82

0

5

3

3

3

1

2009

25

0

0

0

5

2

1

Combine: Didn’t work out due to injury

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6004

211

 

4.53

 

34.5

909

4.26

6.94

Notes: Talked shit to WR Da’Rick Rogers of Tennessee via Twitter before the 2010 game. Suspended against Boise St. in 2011. In the 2011 South Carolina game had a nice int undercutting WR Alshon Jeffrey’s route from his centerfielder spot (5:36 1st), recovered onside kick in stride and showed nice speed and instincts in open space for an additional 15 yds-yet taken back b/c he was offside (2:53 2nd), and good pbu from centerfield coverage helping on poorly thrown ball to Jeffrey (8:37 4th). In the 2011 Tennessee game he started the game leading the nation with over 1 int per game (missed Boise St. game), perfect coverage on 15 yd out forcing throw away (9:30 2nd), solid TFL helping clean up quick pitch gone wrong showing speed from safety spot (14:51 3rd). In the 2011 Michigan St. bowl game he had a near INT on post coming out of nowhere for pbu, had a few nice hits in run game, and had a great INT on post again coming out of nowhere to grab it to end the game (1st OT). He’s an absolute ball hawk who is returning for his senior year despite already having a late 1st round grade in my book 1/19/12. Suspended the first 4 games of 2012 due to a 2nd failed drug test in the offseason. Listed as the #41 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Tennessee game he barely missed getting a pick due to QB Tyler Bray’s elite arm strength-inches away, missed diving INT on overthrow. Listed as the #29 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had poor recognition of TE on seam route allowing 14 yd TD-was zone and he didn’t pick him up quickly enough, had FF stripping WR in crowd of defenders, good speed getting 2 yd gain hitting him hard near sideline-looked to have edge and could have been big gain. In the 2012 Alabama game he had perfectly timed hit for PBU on deep out, had perfect cov on 9 route vs. WR Amari Cooper who just outjumped him for 47 yd jump ball, not fast enough to get angle on RB Eddie Lacy for 41 yd TD-looks high 4.5 or low 4.6, bounced off Lacy in open field but pushed him out at least. In the 2012 Nebraska game he had poor angle on RB Rex Burkhead forcing high tackle which allowed YAC, solid cov but allowed +15 yd post for TD, good push knocking WR way back on run block, PF late hit OOBs-really on LB not him, plays CF most of the time, elite ball skills coming from CF spot and catching it on the run at full speed on sideline 9 route-said he was OOBs (1:15 4th). Numerous times I caught him playing it safe almost like he was more scared to get hurt than to play well which disappointed me. Yet his ball skills, instincts, and big hits are very obvious and I still have him as a late 1st rounder 1/10/13. I never thought the rest of the scouting community would be so against him as he’s a blue chip in my eyes but McShay currently has him as his #8 S and Rob Rang has him as a 3rd rounder. 2nd team SEC in 2012.

Overall: Bacarri has been a 1st rounder in my eyes for 2 years now and while everyone else has surprisingly lost interest in him and downgraded him I continue to think he’s an elite safety. As a true free safety that is at his best playing CF he should be more in demand than he is as there are few safety prospects with his combination of height (6’0 ½), weight (211), speed, experience (3 year starter in SEC), and production. His speed and instincts in CF are elite and when asked to come down to support the run he does a more than adequate job as well. Yet his forte is against the pass and his production shows with 16 career INTs including 3 returned for TDs. He lacks the hips and speed to be a great one on one defender against slot receivers but against TEs he’s dominant and will be able to play in a man or zone scheme. As a playmaker he’s been one of the best in the country the past few seasons with 16 INTs, 6 FF, and 3 TDs. He tested positive for marijuana so that possibly is the reason for his drop on draft boards but I suspect it’s more based on his play which confuses me as in every game I’ve watched of his he was noticeable in a good way. He isn’t incredibly strong and doesn’t always throw his body around with abandon but otherwise looks like a Pro Bowl caliber safety and one whom fits the modern NFL where a safety’s skill against the pass is more important than their skill against the run. He’s severely underrated by every analysts I’ve seen but that won’t change my opinion of him. Late 1st round as my # S 4/9/13. 

2. Matt Elam Florida #22 5’9 7/8 208 Jr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

76

2

11

1

5

4

0

2011

78

2

11

2

7

2

0

2010

22

1

1.5

0

1

0

0

Combine: He is ripped with huge biceps but looked more like a RB than a safety due to shortness. Good 40 (4.54) for his weight. Solid in turn and run drill. Average in hip drill and dropped ball. Nice ball skills in hip drill. Great pluck of ball in W drill. Mayock compared him to Donte Whitner which makes a little sense though Elam has much better instincts and ball skills and worse straight line speed. Florida Gatorade POY in HS. Dropped 1 in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5097

208

32.63

4.54

17

35.5

910

 

 

Notes: #9 in ESPN 150 for ’10. Starter in 2011. In the 2011 Tennessee game he diagnosed the play before it was run due to good film study waving players over to the left on the left sweep and avoiding the FB himself to make the tackle for no gain on RB Tauren Poole (8:45 1st), and great low diving catch on ball overthrown by QB allowing him in centerfield to make a play to end the game (1:45 4th). In the 2011 LSU game had a very nice TFL on quick pitch right racing up from safety spot to force punt (12:00 3rd), allowed 22 yd catch by TE DeAngelo Pedersen on 3rd and 19 (8:45 3rd), big hit on RB Spencer Ware in the hole (10:45 4th). In the 2011 Florida St. game he consistently moved up as the nickel CB in +2 WR sets, had a solid pbu not allowing separation but not turning to the ball, had a great TFL on 3rd down running up from safety and hitting RB trying to get the edge. In the 2012 Tennessee game he was beat twice by TE Mychal Rivera on 3rd and long on same drive for big catches-good cov on both, PBU in zone nearly getting INT in middle of field-like MLB, good diving tackle on RB up middle saving TD-was on edge so showed quickness to get there too, beat on 27 yd slant by WR Zach Rogers-too slow to cover slot in NFL, INT on underthrown ball on post as QB hit as he threw. Listed as the #24 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #50 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he read WR screen and raced up for hit and 5 yd TFL-great play. In the 2012 Florida St. game he had INT on jump ball thrown right to him-tough catch though b/c WR played DB well, great speed on PR cov and went for strip-smart playmaker, lit up player in flat when he double caught it-HUGE hit (1:35 4th). 1st team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Louisville game (Sugar Bowl) he had a HUGE hit on WR kneeling down on hitch, raced to edge forcing sweep inside and then leveled RB when he tried to cut back, elite tackle on WR screen racing up and spinning him down viciously (8:57 3rd), big hit 1 play later on RB in hole-knocked helmet off.

Overall: As much as I like Matt Elam I can’t help but admit that he’s a little overrated. At 5’9 7/8 he’s a shorter safety, with 6 career INTs he somehow has received the moniker of a ball hawk-not true at all, and his Combine was just mediocre. What Elam does well is hit people as at 5’10 210 essentially he is built more like a RB than a DB and can really lay the wood. He also has solid ball skills and has good hands but is best position clearly is SS not FS and I question whether he has the elite athleticism to be dominant in the pros. Mayock compared him to Donte Whitner and it makes some sense due to the lack of height and big hits but Donte ran a 4.40 which is far different from Elam’s 4.54. While I like Elam’s tape and think he will be a very good starter I don’t see star potential in him and think he’s a bit overrated. Late 1st who barely stays in the 1st round as my #2 S 4/1/13.

3. Shamarko Thomas Syracuse #21 5’8 7/8 213 Sr.

Comparison: Troy Polamalu mixed with Bob Sanders

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

85

1

3.5

3

0

2

0

2011

67

0

3

0

1

0

0

2010

67

2

3.5

0

3

0

0

2009

41

1

6.5

1

1

0

0

Combine: Didn’t have a full workout due to hamstring tightening up at the end. Elite vertical (40 ½-1st among 60 DBs), broad jump (11’1-3rd), bench (28 reps-1st), and 40 (4.42-1st among S, 6th among the 60 DBs). Spectacular numbers across the board for the most underrated S in this draft class. Fell on his face at end of 40 but still an amazing run (4.42) for a safety! Built like a RB not a S. Solid in hips drill but mediocre ball skills. Tight but so explosive in backpedal and run to sideline drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5087

213

 

4.37

28

40.5

1101

4.26

 

Notes: Looks more like a very muscular CB than an actual safety. Has dyed dreads out of helmet. In the 2012 Connecticut game he played deep in centerfield most of the time and was away from the action, good speed on blitz off edge but was roll out away so couldn’t affect play, strong hit on inside run-lost helmet, very good INT with extended hands on post route cutting under route-great hands (1:15 4th). In the 2012 Louisville game he had good speed on blitz off edge getting QB on scramble all the way across the field-dive tackle, very strong lower hit on QB scrambling forcing 4th and 2-FG. 1st team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 West Virginia game he made tackle on inside run and hurt himself-looked like a concussion or stinger the way he fell, lines up in the slot regularly and appears adept in man coverage, very good speed knocking WR Stedman Bailey OOB after 59 yd run-came from other side of field. He had an early injury and rarely was involved in the passing game, largely due to his elite coverage, yet he still impressed me with his speed and physicality. I didn’t get to watch him enough but hope to see him at the Senior Bowl as I’m very intrigued by him. 3rd round 1/1/13. In the 2012 USC game he lined up out wide vs. Robert Woods and had good cov but then edged him OOBs for borderline PI-not called, elite burst racing up for TFL on bubble screen, shot inside on 4th and 1 giving up body to help make stop-no fear, ducked under OL to force WR wide on end around ruining play-great job getting around blocker, missed a number of tackles as rarely wraps up,

Overall: Shamarko is a few more career INTs, a bit more height, or a more consistent tackler away from being a 1st rounder. Those are my only issues with him as at 5’8 7/8 he will be one of the shorter safeties in football, with only 2 career INTs there is a red flag that he doesn’t have good ball skills, and in a number of games he missed tackles due to not wrapping up. Yet Shamarko brings a lot to a team as he has legit 4.37 speed with his burst being elite on film as well, he has great versatility as he can be effective against the run or the pass, and is a big hitting, feisty safety that I’ve grown to love on film. I fully expect Shamarko to become one of the steals of this draft as he will be a fan favorite with his 100% effort, big hits, and elite speed but he barely misses out on a 1st round grade due to his 3 red flags. Early 2nd round as my #3 S 4/1/13.

4. Eric Reid LSU #1 6’1 ¼ 213 Jr.

Comparison: Less athletic Laron Landry

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

91

0

1

0

7

2

0

2011

76

0

2

2

3

2

0

2010

32

0

1.5

0

1

2

0

Combine: Had a very good 40 for a safety (4.53) and spectacular explosion drills (40.5 vert, 11’2 broad) yet below average quickness drills. Looked tight in 40.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6012

213

33.63

4.53

17

40.5

1102

4.22

6.99

Notes: Ranked #71 in ESPN 2010 HS Class. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. TAMU had a game turning int and +30 yd return setting up an easy TD right before the 1st half ended as he stepped in front of Ryan Swopes 8 yd cross (2:27 2nd). In the 2011 Oregon game had a nice strong take down of LaMichael James after he got the first down with his helmet getting ripped off and him not being too happy about it (14:42 1st), allowed 8 yd curl vs. De’Anthony Thomas (9:40 2nd), and picked up De’Anthony Thomas’ fumble returning it a few yards (8:15 3rd). In the 2011 Mississippi St. game dropped a lucky bounce on a deflected pass (5:09 1st), huge decleating hit on RB Vick Ballard for 8 yds on 3rd and 10 to force a punt (0:40 3rd). His father was a 3x All American hurdler at LSU. In the 2011 Florida game he showed great speed and aggressiveness attacking RB Chris Rainey on outside run for short gain (10:40 1st). In the 2012 Washington game he had a nice, clean hit on WR on sideline, had blatant PI called on TE-just pushed him down and then even argued about it with ref. In the 2012 Auburn game he showed great speed and aggressiveness racing up to get TFL on end around vs. RB Onterrio McCalebb, great hand strength tackling McCalebb with his hand-if missed it was a TD and Auburn wins. Listed as the #30 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #36 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 South Carolina game he had a big hit on RB Marcus Lattimore in the hole, great speed in 1st Q almost taking the head off a scrambling QB, and being noticed on film numerous times-all around LOS, had game changing INT yet wasn’t that impressive as thrown right too him on mix up or high throw-had 30 yd return. In the 2012 Alabama game he was beat on post by WR Amari Cooper for would be 67 yd TD but overthrown-4yds overthrown, big hit of WR Christion Jones at end of reverse fields catch and run, hurt late in 1st half and didn’t return till much later, had diving INT almost on overthrow but trapped ball. In the 2012 Arkansas game he was targeted along with Loston in single cov, had nice hit on RB Knile Davis then stripped him on the way down but called down due to whistle being blown. 1st team SEC and All American in 2012. In the 2012 Clemson game he had strong hit to WR across middle-PF, sure 2 yd tackle of TE on cross, strong hit on RB inside run, missed tackle on 0 route vs. WR DeAndre Hopkins for YAC, big well timed hit for PBU on short hitch, strong hit on outside run along sidelines (about his 5th big hit as he’s everywhere tonight), strong hit on WR across middle, perfect form tackle in space vs. RB with full head of steam-amazing how accurate he is with his hits, beat for 12 yd TD in back of end zone by Hopkins. He’s a SS not a FS and safeties who aren’t great in coverage aren’t usually high on my list but his speed, big hits, and instincts are elite so he has a high grade on my board despite questionable one on one skills and little experience in CF. Top 20 and overtakes Bacarri Rambo as the #1 S 1/21/13.

Overall: Reid is a very good athlete who is a big hitter that is at times a liability in coverage. He’s pure muscle and as such he’s a tight athlete so he’s not the type of safety that will cover a slot receiver or be good in CF. He does have good instincts though and solid enough hands (2 INTs each of the past 3 seasons) so I think his best fit would be as a Cover 2 safety in scheme that plays “halves.” With 4.53 speed he’s very fast and often is a heat seeking missile when the play is in front of him so he’ll be an impact playmaker but is clearly a SS not a FS and a defensive coordinator will have to scheme around his limitations. As such he drops into the early 2nd round area as my #4 S 4/14/13.

5. Jonathan Cyprien Florida International #7 6’0 217 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Beat easily by Kenjon Barner in 1×1 drill, no separation vs. Chris Harper for INC, tackled people 2x today. No rush vs. Johnathan Franklin on pass rush drill, no separation vs. Markus Wheaton but allowed tight catch. Day 4: Couldn’t beat Franklin again in rush drill, blatantly held Aaron Melette to the point it was a joke. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he had nice burst to TE on short out for 1 yd gain tackle, very enthusiastic and looks like a leader, perfect cov from CF spot for PBU on 9 route, great run support racing up from CF spot to lay a big hit on RB-has a noticeable on every play I see of his, solid hit on goal line run.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

93

0

3.5

1

5

4

0

2011

81

1

5.5

0

8

1

1

2010

113

0

3

3

6

1

0

2009

78

0

1.5

2

3

1

0

Combine: Sustained a right hamstring injury and didn’t work out. Double caught in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6000

217

31.75

 

 

38.5

 

 

 

Notes: In the 2011 Marshall game I noticed him as he had an NFL look and showed impressive speed going off edge on inside run but curling quickly back to play and dive tackling RB for a 3 yd gain, great speed crashing on off tackle run getting off RB cut block and making 4 yd TFL-NFL speed and agility (4:53 2nd). In the 2012 Louisville game he had a great INT coming from CF spot to cut in front of WR along sidelines, good hit along sidelines timing it well for PBU, missed tackle in open space on WR, tight cov on WR fade in end zone for INC, HUGE hit on WR across the middle-targets the head though, good tackle in open field-TD if didn’t make it, tight cov on fade again but complete for TD-never turned to ball. Great agility for his size and noticeable speed. Is a vicious hitter and targets the head too much but is an enforcer on D. He looked good in coverage but is clearly a SS not a FS.

Overall: An elite run stopping SS his first 3 seasons Cyprien appeared to improve as a senior as a pass defender and goes into the NFL Draft on the rise. As a 4 year starter with a noticeable burst and a knack for the big hit he’s clearly an NFL caliber player yet in his first few seasons he was only seen making plays against the run. In 2012 though he had 4 INTs (1 more than his first 3 seasons combined) and showed good instincts in the passing game. I was hesitant early on about Jonathan but the more I watch him the more I like him as he’s very agile for his size and has a noticeable burst. He also is an emotional player and looks like a future leader of a defense with his big hits likely to fire up his teammates. I don’t see ballhawk skills in coverage but think he’s more than adequate in this regard and his agility should make him well suited to play man coverage against TEs. Overall he projects as a very good SS that could play FS in a zone scheme, especially “quarters,” but will make his impact mostly in run support and as an enforcer in the secondary. Early 2nd round as my #5 S 4/20/13.

6. Shawn Williams Georgia #36 5’11 7/8 213 Sr.

Comparison: Roy Williams

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Good cov for PBU on out vs. Mychal Rivera, gave curl to Rivera after big bump, tight cov on Rivera who had a step deep but overthrown, surprised me with his cov on Day 1. Day 2: Good cov vs. Rivera on discombobulated route, big hit on 9×7 drill. Had a few good moments in cov in goal line drill-continues to surprise me with his cov skills. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he got start at SS, no help at all on 9 route to CB, great strength shoving away Aaron Dobson on run block.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

98

1

5.5

1

4

0

0

2011

72

0

5

1

5

4

0

2010

34

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Spectacular 40 (4.46) for his size (213 lbs). Looks like Brandon Marshall in the face. Average in turn and run drill. Better the 2nd time in turn and run drill. Below average in out and up drill. Good in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5117

213

30.75

4.46

25

36

1000

4.25

7.01

Notes: In the 2011 South Carolina game had a nice TFL on RB Marcus Lattimore when he run blitzed hard through a hole (9:00 4th). In the 2011 Boise St. game he filled hole hard running right into Doug Martin who lit him up causing Shawn to lose his breath (4:50 1st). In the 2011 LSU game (SEC Championship) he took RB Spencer Ware head on and crumpled from the head to head hit rolling around on the ground awhile after that. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had a PF on hit to the head on WR near the sidelines-bad call, is a big hitting in the box type safety, great diving PBU and almost INT on short pass, very good speed corralling RB on outside run staying with him even on juke-very impressive closing speed. In the 2012 Nebraska game he had blocked punt for safety, beat on play action for +50 yds to TE off just a dump off-blown cov by him, is like a LB out there going after the big shots all the time, strong hit on RB Rex Burkhead yet still dragged for YAC, lowered head for big hit on RB and whiffed allowing long run-very Roy Williams like in his mentality, strong tackle on inside run away from him-closes quickly, big hit in garbage time on blitz off edge on QB-got into it with Taylor Martinez all day. Reminds me of a slightly smaller Thomas Davis.

Overall: A big, physical in the box safety that isn’t my type of player as he’s from a mold of a different era. 15 years ago Williams would be a 1st round pick but the game has changed and his best attributes (big hits, head hunting, run stopping) aren’t in vogue anymore. In only 1 of his 4 collegiate seasons did he intercept a pass showing the lack of playmaking ability that troubles me. Yet as a pure athlete he’s a 1st round caliber talent and at the Senior Bowl he showed off far better lateral quickness and mobility than I expected so he’s gradually moved up on my board. I’m still not a huge fan of his but he will be an asset in the run game, be a physical presence in the secondary, and has elite athleticism that somewhat makes up for his poor instincts and ball skills. Early 3rd round as my #6 S 4/18/13.

7. Earl Wolff North Carolina St. #27 5’11 ¼ 209 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

119

0

4

1

7

2

0

2011

105

0

3

3

3

3

0

2010

95

2

4.5

3

2

1

0

2009

42

0

0.5

0

2

0

0

Combine: Great 40 (4.44) for his size (209 lbs). Very quick but poor technique in turn and run drill. Nice ball skills in out and up drill. Good hands but overall just average in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Dropped 1 in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5112

209

31.5

4.44

 

39

1102

4.07

 

Notes: Had 105 tck, 3 TFL, 3 INT in 2011. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had a nice TFL on RB trying to get it off tackle-hard, direct hit. In the 2012 Miami game he had a great PBU timing it perfectly to jump on WR route across the middle and bat away ball with his left hand. 1st team ACC in 2012. In the 2012 Vanderbilt game he had PBU on TE across the middle-stripped it as coming down with it, very good speed on blitz causing pressure and eventual throw away, perfect cov on 9 route for INC.

Overall: Earl is one of the most underrated safeties in this class as he had a 1st round Combine (his 4.44 40 was 14th among 60 DBs but the 2nd best for a safety, his 11’2 broad was 1st among all the DBs) and has 1st round production. Currently the player with 1st round measurables and production has a mid to late round grade and it’s somewhat understandable as he is a little tight and doesn’t explode on film but still that means he’s a 3rd round caliber player not a 5th-7th. Highly productive strong safety that has good coverage skills and is a playmaker (+300 tackles, 7 FF, 6 INT in career) but doesn’t play as fast as he timed. 3rd round as my #7 S 4/1/13.

8. Phillip Thomas Fresno St. #16 6’0 ½ 208 Sr.

Comparison: Slower Reggie Nelson

Senior Bowl: Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-slightly beat on 9 route vs. Chris Harper. Day 2: No rush initially vs. Ryan Otten but eventually got through in pass rush drill. Day 2: Beat by Denard Robinson but recovered to knock ball out after catch. 11×11-tight cov vs. Chris Harper but allowed tight catch on seam. Day 4: He beat Nick Kasa on inside rush in drill, no separation vs. Harper on 9 route. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at S, he had a very quiet game and I never noticed him.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

84

4

12

4

5

8

3

2011

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2010

64

0

3.5

2

9

3

0

2009

29

0

1.5

0

1

2

1

Combine: Only 24 career starts but had 13 INTs and 6 FF so a playmaker. False start in 40. Below average 40 (4.65) but elite in explosion drills (40.5 vert, 10’2 broad). Struggled in turns but nice ball skills in hips drill. Solid in backpedal and run to sideline drill.   

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6004

208

30.63

4.65

28

40.5

1002

 

 

Notes: Redshirted in 2008. Missed 2011 season due to a broken left leg and dislocated ankle that occurred 3 days before the season in a non-contact drill. Jim Thorpe finalist in 2012. Has dreds coming out of helmet. In the 2012 SMU game he missed tackle in open space on QB Garrett Gilbert in red zone allowing TD, blitzed off edge and snuck around OL block for TFL. In the 2012 Oregon game he was easily blocked in open field by TE allowing +40 yd TD right past him on option run, looked slow against De’Anthony Thomas as had angle but still was run past along sidelines, looked slow again this time trying to contain Marcus Mariota on edge allowing him to easily run by, very unaggressive on tackle near goal line just flailing at ball carrier, missed tackle on Thomas allowing +30 yd TD run right up the middle-demoralizing and he had good position too, has trouble getting off blocks, had perfect position on Thomas on dump off in flat but was just too fast for him allowing 11 yds-he was just toyed with, good hit coming down from S spot against the run-his first good play of the game, unblocked to QB yet just whiffed as he hit him and went right by with his arms not holding on-just so weak for a safety, recovered fumble, unblocked and Mariota didn’t see him for sack and FF. Ended the game well but he was just terrible in the 1st half and often times didn’t look like he belonged on the same field as Thomas as was just so inferior speed wise. 

Overall: Thomas is a very difficult player to grade as I love ballhawks and he truly is one with 13 INTs and 4 TDs in only 3 seasons yet he has some major red flags that make me wonder how he’ll be used in the NFL. Put on the Oregon game and he looks undraftable as his speed compared to Marcus Mariota let alone De’Anthony Thomas is laughable as they literally toyed with him at times and were so much faster than him that they weren’t even paying attention to him but were busy setting up the next defender. This scares me to death as he isn’t a sound tackler to begin with and lacks toughness for a safety yet now you add in his very poor speed (ran a 4.65 40 and plays like it) and you have the worst tackling safety in this draft. I don’t know what scheme will allow him to play despite this huge red flag yet there needs to be some scheme as his talents in pass coverage are as obvious as his deficiencies as a tackler. He has elite instincts and elite hands as many of his INTs last season were diving catches or fingertip grabs where he showed wide receiver like ball skills. The NFL is a passing league now which helps him tremendously as he is a very poor run stopper and lacks the speed to probably play a true CF role yet with his ball skills and instincts he could be a lethal weapon in a Cover 2 scheme and as such I have a 3rd round grade on him despite his atrocious tackling skills and scheme specificity. 3rd round as my #8 S 4/22/13.

9. John Boyett Oregon 5’9 7/8 204 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

2011

108

0.5

3.5

0

6

1

0

2010

78

0

1.5

0

9

5

1

2009

90

0

2

0

5

3

0

Combine: Didn’t work out due to injury.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5097

204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Had an outstanding year in ‘09 as a freshman with 89 tackles and 3 ints. Had a very good year in 2010 with 67 tackles and 5 ints including a pick 6 against Arizona St. In the 2011 LSU game had a nice TFL crashing the box and taking down RB Spencer Ware by the legs (10:22 1st), and a great somersault int on deflected ball off a WR but later ruled correctly that he trapped it (13:50 2nd). He had 7 tackles in the 2011 Arizona St. game and is the leader of the defense calling all of the plays and being a favorite of the coaches. In the 2011 Stanford game he had a great pbu in end zone coming over from centerfield to help on WR (6:30 2nd), he showed a lot of feistiness throughout the game jawing at guys and falling on guys a little after the whistle. In the 2011 UCLA game (Pac-12 Championship) he had great recognition of QB’s eyes coming over to cut off 9 route for easy INT but dropped it (0:04 1st). Either exhausted or knocked out on last play of Rose Bowl as the rest of his team celebrated (17 tackles). In the 2012 Arkansas St. game he had an easy INT on overthrown ball-had +20 yds on return. Listed as the #84 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #91 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. Tore the patellar tendon in both knees and missed all but 1 game in 2012.

Overall: It was a sad ending to one of my favorite players in college football the past few years as a player with as much heart as John Boyett has shouldn’t have his senior season stripped from him like it was. One game into the 2012 season he tore his patellar tendon in both knees and since September 1st he’s been rehabbing for his upcoming NFL career. I’m sure it broke his heart and that’s what I love about Boyett as while his burst to the ball, instincts, and big hits are all impressive his best attribute is his love of the game. He’s a warrior and will be an instant locker room leader even as a rookie due to his non-stop motor and physical style of play. He’ll be an elite special teamer to go along with a very good safety who can both fill against the run (278 tackles in his past 3 complete seasons) and make plays in the passing game (10 career INTs and numerous big hits of WRs going across the middle). I do worry about the possibility of concussions with him due to his small size and extremely aggressive playing style but that will be an issue for an NFL team determining whether or not to give him his 2nd contract not his 1st. Boyett is one of my favorite players and a guy who is very underrated due to missing basically the entire 2012 season due to injury. Late 3rd round as my #9 S 4/1/13.

10. DJ Swearinger South Carolina #36 5’10 ½ 208 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

79

0

3

2

7

2

1

2011

80

0

1.5

1

3

3

0

2010

66

0

2

1

5

1

1

2009

19

0

0

0

1

0

0

Combine: Surprisingly smooth in hips drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5104

208

32.38

4.67

17

37

1004

4.11

6.7

Notes: Played CB in 2009 and then moved to S for the final 3 seasons.

Overall: A big hitting SS who was a leader for one of the top SEC programs the past few seasons. He ran a poor 40 (4.67) and doesn’t show great speed on film but does have good short area quickness and a natural burst that allows him to overcome his below average long speed. He isn’t really a playmaker in the passing game but more of the enforcer type as he’s always looking to lay someone out and has made his share of highlight reel type hits. It will be interesting to see where he goes as his tape is impressive as are his stats and measurables yet there hasn’t been much of a buzz about him during the draft process. In my opinion the best thing about Swearinger is the leadership and toughness he will bring to a team as he stood out in the SEC as an enforcer and that is saying a lot considering the talent of that conference. I like him but don’t love him, his lack of ball skills and pure speed worry me, and think he’s a future starting strong safety for a team but one that will at times be exploited in coverage. Late 3rd round as my #10 S 4/14/13.

11. Kenny Vaccaro Texas #4 6’0 214 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

96

0

3.5

2

5

2

0

2011

71

2

6.5

0

8

2

0

2010

54

0

3

1

7

1

0

2009

18

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Poor 40 (4.63) which is only mitigated a bit by his size (214). He did have a great shuttle (4.06) and a good 3 cone (6.78) for his size. Looked very tight in his 40. Stumbled in turn and run drill and then pulled up lame. Looked slow but decent hips in hips drill. Average in out and up drill falling down and off balanced. Solid in backpedal and run to sideline drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6000

214

32.75

4.63

15

38

1001

4.06

6.78

Notes: Had an off-field incident punching a UT law student during a basketball game. Charged with Class A misdemeanor, assault-bodily injury. The story made him sound like a major punk. In the 2011 Texas Spring Game had a very nice hit on RB crashing the box (8:28 1st). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a blatant PI on WR Ryan Broyles who beat him deep on seam route, perfect coverage vs. Broyles on 9 route for INC on 4th down for TO, great speed and aggressiveness as he was in off coverage yet saw the draw and shot upfield dive tackling RB for 5 yd loss (6:34 4th), great job playing nickel LB and jumping short hitch batting ball down for INC but nearly getting pick 6. In the 2011 Cal game he had a great play blitzing off the edge and hurdling RB pass block to get in QBs face forcing throw away and punt on 3rd and long (11:50 2nd). Listed as the #49 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #87 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he allowed 10 yd curl to WR Kenny Stills, missed TFL in backfield which sprung 95 yd TD run, had no impact in 1st half with his D giving up 36 pts. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he had missed tackle on WR YAC trying for the knock out hit, juked in open space by RB Joseph Randle for a huge gain, great play jumping hitch for INT-good instincts, good cov on wheel route for INC-no separation. In the 2012 Texas Tech game he had a very sure tackle in open field on RB screen. In the 2012 Oregon St. game he had great cov on shallow cross for PBU-very physical, has good speed but is tight, has two full sleeves of tattoos, I love his aggressiveness and motor, strong hit at end of 14 yd TE screen-TE stayed on ground a bit, good job reading cov to dive for PBU on another WR-was covering the inside guy and jumped outside, threw punch at WR blocking him for PF, poor speed allowing 20 yd on 0 route-slow reaction to play in front of him too. His motor, quickness, and leadership intrigue me but he’s such a wild card with his temperament and lacks the speed or discipline I want in a high draft pick. I still think he’s vastly overrated and will be an average starting SS who has to play in the box. 3rd round 1/16/13.

Overall: While Mayock and others have Vaccaro as their #1 S I do not as to me he’s one of the more overrated prospects in this draft that lacks the speed, discipline, or flexibility to be an impact player in the passing game. Vaccaro ran a 4.63 40 which placed him 9th worst among the 60 DBs at the Combine. He followed that up with position drills that showed him to be tight and unbalanced which is exactly what I saw on film as he was great reacting to run plays in front of him but struggled in coverage and often missed tackles in space due to his below average speed. Vaccaro is an ultra aggressive player that will be a huge asset on special teams, will be a team leader, and will be an enforcer on the back end. Yet he lacks discipline on and off the field (numerous on field personal fouls, easily confused in pass coverage in centerfield, off field incidents) and is very much a wildcard. Don’t get me wrong he’ll be a solid starting safety in the NFL but you don’t spend a 1st round pick on an average safety with numerous red flags and that is what Vaccaro is. Kenny is a highly overrated player that lacks the speed, hips, discipline, intelligence, or ball skills to be more than an average strong safety. Late 3rd round as my #11 S who is one of the most overrated players in this draft 4/14/13.

12. Sanders Commings Georgia #19 6’0 1/8 217 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Great jam and PBU on slant vs. Terrance Williams, beat by nice route of Tavarres King on post corner, beat on nice in route of King’s, #4 CB on Day 1.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

51

0

1

0

2

3

0

2011

55

1

4

1

11

1

0

2010

36

0

0.5

0

2

3

0

2009

12

0

0.5

0

1

1

0

Combine: Great 40 (4.41) for his size (6’0 1/8 216). A great burst out of gate on 40. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6001

216

32

 

4.41

 

34.5

909

4.3

7.1

Notes: In the 2011 Tennessee game he missed tackle in space vs. RB Marlin Lane allowing 1st on 3rd and 10 near the sticks (4:24 1st). In the 2011 South Carolina game he got the assignment on Jeffrey instead of teammate Brandon Boykin probably due to his height and weight being more ideal, had a very nice tackle for no gain on WR screen avoiding Jeffrey’s block to make the play (9:21 1st), nice speed on blindside CB blitz hitting and sacking QB Stephen Garcia (6:00 3rd). In the 2012 Tennessee game he had an extended hands INT poor back shoulder throw, great high tackle wrestling WR down by his neck painfully for 1 yd gain-great burst to ball, very nice diving INT at end of game on tipped ball. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had strong tackle on short out forcing 4th down. In the 2012 Alabama game he had a nice PBU on cross forcing punt, elite INT reading QB on back shoulder and adjusting better than WR-in red zone. In the 2012 Nebraska game he jumped out but barely missed INT allowing tight catch.

Overall: Commings is an interesting physical specimen that an NFL team will have to decide what to do with him. While others have him at CB I have him as a FS as at 6’0 216 with elite straight line speed but poor quickness he has a combination of skills best suited for safety. He’s a mixed bag of attributes and they all are easily noticeable as he has great size, strength, straight line speed, and hands (elite hands for a DB as he catches everything in his realm) but also has very poor lateral quickness, is tightly built, and despite elite hands and being thrown at regularly he only had at most 3 INTs in a season. I could see Commings playing CB in a press scheme that accentuated his size but to me his best fit would be at FS where he could allow a defensive coordinator the flexibility to move down to cover a WR or TE when the offense tries to spread a team out. Commings is too talented to drop any lower than the late 3rd round so that is where he settles out despite me not knowing exactly where he will play and not really having anyone in the NFL he readily compares with-two huge red flags. Late 3rd round as a real boom/bust pick as my #12 S 4/18/13.

13. Duke Williams Nevada #20 5’11 203 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Senior Bowl: Day 1: Tight cov vs. Nick Kasa punching ball out in 1×1 drill, beat on 9 route by Aaron Dobson but INC. Day 2: Handled easily by Jack Doyle on pass rush drill, had under move after rush upfield vs. Nick Kasa, tried up and under move again but didn’t work vs. Kyle Juszcyk, solid cov vs. Chris Harper on 9 route. Day 4: Solid cov but still beat by Kenjon Barner on option route, beat badly off LOS by Marquise Goodwin for 9 route TD, no separation for PBU vs. Aaron Mellette’s curl. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he just clobbered his own teammate flying out of control to the ball, huge hit on RB screen-like a rocket to the play, good job holding reverse to only 7 yds-a lot more available w/o his speed, quick to FB out covering it well-very fast.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

105

0

5.5

3

9

1

0

2011

83

0

4.5

0

6

1

0

2010

74

0

4.5

2

4

2

0

2009

29

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Great 40 (4.43) for a safety. Solid 2x in turn and run drill. Very solid in out and up drill, especially for a S. Double catch in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5110

203

 

4.43

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: In the ’10 Fight Hunger Bowl vs. BC had a very nice pbu on a deep ball as he showed very good makeup speed on a deep crossing route (7:24 4th) and later had questionable pass interference on deep ball again showing good coverage (4:30 4th). In the 2011 Southern Miss game he allowed no separation on post for INC, NFL speed playing almost like a safety and crashing the box to hit RB on quick toss for 3 yd loss (10:50 3rd), nice hit at end of 40 yd run leveling RB in open field-RB hurt on the play but clean hit (10:26 4th). In the 2012 Boise St. game he had a huge hit on small slot WR-borderline helmet to helmet. In the 2012 Arizona game he had a big hit on WR seeking YAC, had perfect cov on seam route and showed elite ball skills jumping and snatching the ball in air for INT and +30 yd return-looked like a WR highpointing it (9:20 4th), had tight cov on WR but called for PI on questionable call due to hand being on back of WR, missed ball on onside kick right at him.

Overall: Despite a mediocre Senior Bowl I still like Duke due to his big hits, impressive speed, and game film which showed he had solid ball skills. Those ball skills weren’t on display at the Senior Bowl and with only 4 career INTs he’s hardly a ball hawk but as an undersized SS he should be a solid starter who has the speed to cover a lot of ground and the strength to be an enforcer. He projects as an average starter and has the versatility to fit any scheme as well as possibly play FS in some zone heavy schemes. Early 4th round as my #13 S 4/1/13.

14. Kemal Ischmael Central Florida #18 5’10 3/8 201 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

124

1

5

3

4

3

0

2011

81

0

2.5

1

3

0

0

2010

93

0

1

2

5

2

0

2009

71

0

1

1

1

1

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5103

201

 

4.63

 

 

1003

4.28

 

Notes: 4 year starter. Led team in tackles in 2011. In the 2012 Ohio St. game he had TFL on QB Braxton Miller’s run, great tackle on Miller in open space, coach O’Leary called him one of the best he’s ever had in the secondary. 2012 DPOY in C-USA. In the 2012 Ball St. game he had great technique on 3 yd tackle on run-fast from S spot and a sure tackle, extremely strong hands who latches on to runners and doesn’t let go-loves to launch tackle, ripped ball out at end of run for FF on wrapped up RB-went after it, hit TE on YAC and bounced off him, great PBU on TE ripping it out of his hands, big hit on wrapped up WR on slant, great speed on blitz up middle launching at QB to hit him as he threw for INC. He impressed me again with his hitting ability, coverage skills, and all around playmaking ability. Late 3rd round 12/22/12.

Overall: In the deepest safety class I’ve ever graded Kemal has a good chance to fall through the cracks. Hopefully that won’t occur as he’s been the leader of an underrated Central Florida D the past few seasons and is both a big hitter (not just +200 tackles the past two seasons but 4 FF) and good in coverage with great instincts to overcome his below average speed. He will need to play in a zone scheme and that will hurt his grade as well but in the right system he projects as an above average starter who can do a lot of things well. Early 4th round as my #14 S 4/1/13.

15. Tony Jefferson Oklahoma #1 5’10 ¾ 213 Jr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012

119

0.5

3.5

0

3

2

0

2011

74

4.5

7.5

1

3

4

0

2010

65

2

7

0

7

2

1

Combine: Terrible 40 (4.75) and did no other drills except the bench (16). Good ball skills and solid hips in hip drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5106

213

31.63

4.75

16

 

 

 

 

Notes: #21 in ESPN 150 for ’10. In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. UConn he had a weak sack on a CB blitz where he barely touched the QB (3:32 3rd), and had a great pick 6 on a tipped ball that showed great quickness in getting to it (3:45 4th). Future star 1/14/11. Freshman All American in 2010. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he had a big hit on QB Everett Golson on scramble up middle-FF but called down, great speed racing to edge for no gain tackle despite being 10 yds off LOS at snap, good tackle on TE Tyler Eifert for 1 yd short end zone. In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game he had a very poor play of run support with RB Jeremy Smith going through a big hole right to him with him positioned at the 1 yd line he moved up to hit him and basically got scared going really low and barely hitting a leg to let RB bounce off him into end zone easily-terrible play that makes me question if he will be a liability against the run (8:38 1st), much more aggressive crashing box and flipping Smith over for 12 yds, tackled RB Joseph Randle after 32 yds but it was a shoestring tackle and looked very iffy, great pbu on WR across the middle with strong tackle to cause drop, showed average speed not gaining on RB Jeremy Smith’s 37 yd TD run. In the 2011 Texas game he had PI on shallow cross of WR Jaxon Shipley when he was beat, great coverage on TE Blaine Irby’s seam route getting INT when TE fell as ball was thrown (14:00 2nd), good speed on unblocked blitz for 15 yd sack (3:15 3rd). In the 2011 Florida St. game he had quick tackle on short out vs. TE, rushed passer as DE against LT Andrew Datko, great TFL on WR dump off in flat with just him and the WR and he attacked him aggressively dive tackling him and wrestling him to the ground for loss of 5 yds (14:10 3rd), allowed 10 yd slant vs. WR Jarred Haggins, beat on 20 yd post by Haggins, good CB blitz hitting QB at 3 sec when he threw for INC. Listed as the #98 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #100 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Texas game he showed good speed and great aggressiveness on TFL when QB scrambled to his side, had easy INT on underthrown hail mary at end of half-not impressive, had big hit on WR Mike Davis over the middle on hot route. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he was juked in flat on dump off by RB Joseph Randle for +20 yds, big but legal hit across middle on post, beat badly from slot by WR Josh Stewart for 75 yd TD on post-can’t cover slot in NFL, bad cov in end zone vs. TE-dumb as he was in position, missed tackle vs. Randle in open field-had position though so pretty poor. In the 2012 Texas A&M game (Cotton Bowl) he played spy but dumbly blitzed when he thought QB in trouble allowing 25 yd run.

Overall: Jefferson is a solid player who has put up elite numbers the past 3 seasons but hasn’t always had great tape to go along with it. The three issues I have with Jefferson are a lack of speed (4.75 40 and noticeable on film too), lack of toughness, and too many missed tackles. Despite 119 tackles in 2012 (elite for a safety) it was far too easy to find missed tackles on film. I don’t know if he was asked to do too much or if it again was his lack of speed but it happened too frequently and I expect it to continue in the pros. It also didn’t help that he’s often looked weak in run support and sometimes struggled to bring ball carriers to the ground. His 2012 tape was much better in this regard but it’s still worrisome anytime there are questions about toughness in a player, let alone in a safety that is a defense’ last line of defense. Overall Jefferson projects to be an average starting safety that has the ability to play SS or FS yet lacks the strength and demeanor to be a great SS or the speed to be a great FS. 4th round as my #15 S 4/1/13.

16. Javon Harris Oklahoma #30 5’11 ¼ 199 Sr.

Stats: Big 12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

86

0

2.5

0

5

6

1

2011

47

0

1

2

2

3

0

2010

28

0

1.5

1

1

0

0

2009

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5112

199

 

4.62

15

34

911

4.14

7.08

Notes: In the 2011 Florida St. game he had an easy INT as a safety when ball was overthrown that he returned 60 yds down to the 3 yd line to setup a score and change the game (1:25 2nd), decleating hit on WR going across the middle but he hung on, showed average speed barely stopping WR on short dump off from getting 1st on 2nd and 15, terrible angle on jump ball on 3rd and 28 getting there too late and allowing huge 56 yd TD to tie game, great diving INT on tipped ball to end the game (5:35 4th). In the 2012 Texas game he wasn’t noticed. In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he was beat on 5 yd slant. In the 2012 Texas A&M game (Cotton Bowl) he was dragged +4 yds by WR on hitch, beat on slant vs. WR Mike Evans but ball thrown behind for deflection which he caught for INT in end zone, couldn’t catch up to QB Johnny Manziel in trail position on long TD run, good speed vs. Manziel on cut back forcing him wide for TFL, quick getting to 0 route for TFL-strong and sure tackle, outstanding jumping PBU on 9 route for would be TD (4:38 3rd).

Overall: Javon is a player that flashed at times in 2011 but really took a big step in his development in 2012. With about twice as many tackles, TFL, PBUs, and INTs in 2012 as compared to his previous career highs he became a consistent playmaker for the Sooners and flashed good instincts and NFL athleticism. Unfortunately he only did it for 1 season and his 40 time at his Pro Day was below average (4.62) so he likely will be a late round guy. I have a higher opinion of him than most so he’s a mid round player on my board and one that was a good Pro Day or a more dominant 2011 season away from being as high as a 3rd rounder. His ball skills impressed me the most as with 9 INTs the past 2 seasons he showed impressive instincts and hands. Late 4th round as my #16 S 4/9/13.

17. Micah Hyde Iowa #18 5’11 ¾ 197 Sr.

Comparison: Donnie Fletcher

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

78

0

4

2

14

1

0

2011

72

0

1.5

1

8

3

0

2010

83

0

0

1

7

4

2

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Good in hip drill and great catch highpointing it. Average in W drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5116

197

31.5

 

4.56

12

33

1001

4.2

6.78

Notes: Had 2 ints returned for TDs in ’10 including the game winner against Missouri vs. Blaine Gabbert in the ’10 Insight Bowl. Somewhat top heavy, long legged guy. Is their PR as well. In the 2011 Michigan St. game easily burned for 10 yd TD on a slant route he barely even tried to cover by WR BJ Cunningham-caught on play action (9:18 1st), easily beat on 9 route by Keshawn Martin but had S help for INC, hurdled by RB on edge as he went too low on tackle, blown up by TE on sideline unable to push him out by 1 yd and getting bowled over for 5 yds of YAC, beat on 9 route by Cunningham for 22 yd TD (1:25 2nd), good coverage vs. Cunningham on shallow cross for pbu. Undrafteable 11/17/11. In the 2012 Michigan game he was pretty quiet much of the game as they went away from him most of the day, had a great INT though in 4th Q in zone as he was covering flat then dropped back to make jumping INT on curl behind him (14:19 4th). In the 2012 Nebraska game he had a nice set of cuts for 30 yd PR-tripped on himself on last cut otherwise would have been +40 yds.

Overall: Hyde is the classic “boundaries” corner with great strength and tackling ability that lacks the athleticism to translate his game to the next level. With 3 straight seasons of +70 tackles he’s shown he’s an elite run stopper yet with 4.56 speed and mediocre explosiveness and quickness I doubt he’ll be anything more than a #4 CB during his career. He’s similar to Donnie Fletcher, former teammate Shaun Prater, and Charles Brown who all came out last year and have yet to make any impact in the NFL. Hyde is an even more productive player than either of them though and his punt return skills give him added value so he’s a better version of them but history has shown that this type of CB is rarely successful in the NFL. At nearly 6’0 200 lbs though I think he could move to FS and suddenly his athleticism isn’t so bad and his ball skills actually become above average for the position. I think this would be the best scenario for him as he’s tough, physical, and has good ball skills but lacks the speed or hips to be a quality CB. As such he’s a FS on my board and a pretty solid on if a team is willing to give him time to learn a new position. Early 5th round as my #17 FS 4/14/13.

18. JJ Wilcox Georgia Southern 6’0 213 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Easily beat by good route of Tavarres King on out. Day 2: No separation vs. Russell Shephard on 9 route, way too much contact but in hip pocket of Michael Williams the entire time. Day 3: Good day in goal line drill. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he backed up at S, definitely a SS not a FS, good burst and strong hit at end of run, beat by Jack Doyle but overthrown, good tackle on PR cov.

Combine: Had a 4.57 40 which with his size (213 lbs) puts him as a safety not a CB. Was on offense until his senior season. He just didn’t look fast in his 40. Tight in hips drill. Not smooth at all in out and up drill. Perfect in team catch drill. Short arms.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6000

213

31

4.57

17

35

1004

4.09

7.02

Notes: Phil Savage considered Wilcox the best safety on the South roster at the Senior Bowl. Only played defense for 1 season.

Overall: A tall, athletic safety with good hands (former wideout) and very good lateral quickness JJ Wilcox has moved up draft boards after a solid Senior Bowl was followed by an impressive Combine. With only 1 season of experience at safety he’s raw and will likely need even more time to develop due to the level of competition he’s coming from yet the talent is there for him to develop into a starting SS. He lacks instincts for the position and wasn’t incredibly productive as a senior so I’m not as high on him as others are but he’s an interesting project with starter level talent if given time to develop. Early 5th round as my #18 S 4/18/13.

19. Dwayne Gratz UConn #7 5’11 1/8 201 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: 1×1-good jam on Marquise Goodwin-complete but took forever, poor cov vs. Markus Wheaton’s slant. Day 2: No separation and PBU vs. Aaron Mellette, beat by Alec Lemon deep and fell down, perfectly played Lemon on double move then allowed him inside at last second for catch. Day 4: Beat by Wheaton on quick hitch-solid burst but too much cushion, tight cov for PBU vs. Alec Lemon’s in, tight cov vs. Chris Harper’s curl despite a solid route yet was tough catch, no sep vs. Mellette but allowed adjusted catch deep on underthrow. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he had poor tackle on hitch allowing YAC to Conner Vernon, beat for 12 yd curl vs. Vernon, strong hit of RB in the flat, beat for 5 yd comeback vs. Vernon-being targeted by QB, good press ruining route by Terrance Williams, poor run support allowing +15 yd run to his side.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

53

0

3.5

1

11

3

1

2011

53

0

4.5

1

4

3

0

2010

61

0

2

1

9

2

1

2009

20

0

0

0

4

0

0

Combine: Very good 40 (4.47) for his size (5’11 1/8 201). Wide stance in backpedal and didn’t look good in turn and run drill. Deion liked him in W drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5111

201

32.13

 

4.47

22

38

1005

4.15

6.7

Notes: In the ’10 Fiesta Bowl vs. OU had a nice pick 6 on poorly thrown shallow cross (12:05 2nd), and nice pbu on 3rd and goal vs. short out by Kenney (2:10 2nd). In the 2012 Syracuse game he played a lot of press man island cov, no separation on out for PBU, good PBU in zone cov getting off short out and back to make play on deeper in route. In the 2012 Louisville game he had nice PBU from safety spot coming around late to hit WR as ball came, strong hit on crossing WR for PBU, gave 5 yd comeback, not that strong as hit RB 1 yd shy of first and carried 2 additional yds, solid cov nearly getting PBU but got through on sideline route for a huge gainer, allowed 15 yd slant, small separation on 9 route but overthrown for INC, perfect cov on 9 route for PBU-should have been INT, beat deep on 9 route but overthrown for INC, 10 yd curl, beat deep again on 9 route but again overthrown-doesn’t have great straight line speed, small separation on 9 route but again overthrown for INC, beat on zig zag route for wide open 7 yd TD-nowhere near WR.

Overall: Dwayne is bigger, faster, stronger, and has better hands than his teammate Blidi Wreh-Wilson so why does Dwayne have so much worse of a draft grade than his teammate? The answer is quickness, hips, technique, and the game film as while Dwayne tested as a faster player the tape showed that he wasn’t a 4.47 type player and played much slower than that. Also his quickness and hips leave a lot to be desired as he isn’t nearly as agile as Blidi is and struggles to change direction. Finally Dwayne’s tape shows a player that was picked on regularly as teams stayed away from Blidi and ran their passing attack towards him. This insult was seen also at the Senior Bowl when the opposing team attacked him relentlessly and is why Gratz has so many more PBUs and INTs than Blidi as the offense openly sought him out. I like Dwayne as he’s a big, athletic player with good hands and great experience (3 year starter, played 4 years) yet the way he moves makes me think he’s a FS not a CB and despite his 22 reps on the bench I didn’t see the strength or toughness in the run game I would want to see from a safety. He’s a bit of a tweener player as if you leave him at CB he’ll be a big press CB that needs to play zone but if you move him to FS he might struggle in run support. He could work at either spot but neither is perfect for him so he’ll have to be schemed around. Due to his he’s lower on my board than others but I still like him as a mid round guy and have him as a 5th round as my #19 S 4/21/13.

20. Jahleel Addae Central Michigan #4 5’9 7/8 195 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

89

2

7

0

5

4

0

2011

107

0

4

1

4

4

0

2010

80

1

3.5

1

4

0

0

2009

26

0.5

0.5

1

0

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5097

195

 

 

4.65

10

38.5

1004

4.33

6.97

Notes: 2nd team MAC in 2012. Has some long, wild dreds. In the 2012 Western Kentucky game he showed outstanding speed and aggressiveness always racing to the ball and ready to battle, good hit and attempted strip on TE across the middle, strong tackle on inside run-is only about 200 lbs but is reckless with that weight, had a Polamalu type play avoiding WR blocker and then thrusting himself at another blocker’s lower body so he could go under him and clip the RB for short gain tackle-elite aggressiveness (7:50 4th), good recognition of play covering flat for RB and then racing to middle to hit TE immediately as he caught it-all over the field. He was actually more impressive to me than his more heralded teammate Eric Fisher as Jahleel was a speedy maniac on the field throwing his body everywhere. I could see him being injury prone due to this but he looks like a HUGE sleeper at this point. Late 2nd 12/28/12. In the East-West Shrine game he whiffed on a tackle in space, has noticeable athleticism and made nice diving tackle of Collin Klein downfield, missed another tackle this time on TE’s out-great athleticism and is everywhere but isn’t bringing guys down, good speed taking down the QB at end of a scramble again.

Overall: Addae is a wild menace of a player and while he has great productivity (3 seasons of +80 tackles, 2 seasons of 4 INTs) he’s undersized and ran a poor 40 (4.65) for that size. His explosiveness is apparent on tape though so he’ll be around the action but as an undersized player he at times has trouble bringing down the ball carrier (missed numerous tackles at the East-West Shrine game) and he could be a liability at times in coverage. There is enough about him to draft him as a mid round player but no higher due to his limited speed and size. 5th round as my #20 S 4/21/13.

21. TJ McDonald USC #7 6’2 ½ 219 Sr.

Comparison: Robert Sands

Senior Bowl: 11×11-Diving INT on overthrown seam route, terrible angle on end around allowing yds that weren’t there. Day 2: Couldn’t get around Kenjon Barner in pass rush drill. Day 2: Tight cov vs. Chris Harper but allowed comp. 11×11-no separation vs. Ryan Otten for INC on out. Day 4: Decent cov on Alec Lemon’s out-very very stiff but good speed in straight line. In the 2012 Senior Bowl he started at S, good play covering TE on short out then leaving him to get TFL on scrambling QB, beat deep by Michael Williams for +20 yd TD-terrible as Williams couldn’t separate against anyone all week in practice.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

110

1

6.5

0

3

2

0

2011

67

0

2.5

0

2

3

0

2010

89

1

3

0

4

3

0

2009

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Great numbers all around with a solid 40 (4.59) for his elite size (6’2 ½ 219) and with great explosion drills (’40 vertical, 10’11 broad). Not bad in the quickness drills either with his shuttle and 3 cone both good for a safety. Long legged, not good in turn and run drill. Very stiff, good catch on tough ball in hip drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6024

219

 

4.59

19

40

1011

4.2

6.89

Notes: Ranked #91 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Tall, imposing looking safety that has the NFL look to him. In the 2011 Minnesota game had a big hit on the QB on a designed run (10:09 3rd), grabbed RB from behind at 2 yd line and embarrassingly dragged into the end zone (9:40 3rd), good hit on RB falling down (14:24 4th), looks like he had the coverage on WR on post and if so it was terrible coverage as he wasn’t 5 yards to him (10:35 4th). In the 2011 UCLA game he had good cov on fade for INC, great blitz off edge diving at QB’s legs as he tried to scramble for 4 sec sack. In the 2011 Notre Dame game he looked tall and somewhat stiff in coverage, allowed open 10 yd in vs. TE where he got turned around in his backpedal showing poor technique (14:28 2nd), okay tackle on RB after 10 yd run and showed solid technique but was hardly a big hit. After watching him in 2 games this year (Minnesota, ND) I finally saw what all the buzz was about as he had a great game vs. Stanford with numerous nice hits, though nothing huge, and very solid speed on the outside runs. Had a nice hit jumping over the pile on 3rd and 1 hitting RB in the air though they surprisingly called it a 1st (13:40 2nd), had a huge hit on WR coming over the middle to break up play but it was also dumb as he clearly launched himself, the WR was defenseless, and he aimed for his head so an easy call to give them a 15 yd PF penalty late in the game (2:20 4th). In the 2012 Stanford game he had a great hit on 3rd and 1 popping the FB and hanging on for no gain-called it a 1st down on terrible call, hit QB right after he threw for INC, great pressure getting hand in face to QB forcing INT. Listed as the #89 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. Listed as the #94 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Arizona game he had strong hit on short pass for INC to cause punt but then stupidly pushed on player on ground and jawed with him for PF, showed poor speed on screen having angle along sideline yet still beat and missed diving tackle-bailed out by teammates. In the 2012 Oregon game he showed poor speed allowing RB Kenjon Barner outside for easy TD-had angle and still couldn’t get him. 1st team Pac 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Georgia Tech game he had solid hit on toss play, good speed and great tackle in space.

Overall: TJ is a tall, stiff safety who produces big hits and is good against the run yet is bad in coverage. I’ve seen this style before and whether it’s Robert Sands, Taylor Mays, or George Iloka they never seem to work out in the long run. They are exploited in man coverage and even in zone they can be exploited by double moves and by how long it takes them to get to get from the center of the field to the sidelines on a 9 route. I’m not a fan of the type and while TJ has better quickness than some of the previous ones I still don’t want any part of him. For him to be successful he will need to play in a defense that allows him to play “quarters” and keeps the action in front of him. When going downhill his elite explosiveness and strength work to his advantage yet if the play is behind him or lateral to him he will struggle. He could work in the right scheme but I hate players that you have to hide and TJ is clearly one of those. Early 5th round as my #21 S and one whom I do not like 4/20/13.

22. Robert Lester Alabama #37 6’1 ¼ 220 Sr.

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Looked slow but still faster than Michael Williams on shallow cross, beat easily on 9 route vs. Vance McDonald-right past him, struggled on day 1. Day 2: Blatant blow up by McDonald in route-just ran right over Lester?, perfect cov on double move by Patton yet poor ball skills allowed 9 route TD anyway (couldn’t locate ball). Day 3: Embarrassed by Tavarres King 2 straight times and beat easily the 3rd just not embarrassed-no man cov skills at all. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he backed up at S, slow on outside run allowing Johnathan Franklin to make it to end zone.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

48

1.5

3.5

0

3

4

0

2011

39

0

1.5

1

3

2

0

2010

52

1

1.5

0

4

8

0

2009

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Poor 40 (4.66) but I expected it as it showed on tape. He didn’t do the quickness drills either and I expected them too to be very poor. Very good size (220) but also very poor vertical and broad so overall a big, slow safety with elite ball skills and instincts-a tough evaluation. Very slow looking in both 40’s-slow in 40 and in first 10 yds. Poor in turn and run drill. Way too high and couldn’t get ball in hip drill. 2nd team SEC in 2012.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

6012

220

32

 

4.66

 

33.5

909

 

 

Notes: Was 2nd in the nation in ’10 with 8 ints. Has incredible size for a safety and that combined with starting at arguably the best program in the country, while being coached by Saban (former DB coach who is very hands on with them), and having that kind of production puts him as a potential 1st rounder in my mind 2/17/11. Had a poor Bama spring game missing 3 tackles two of which were on RBs that led to TDs. Enters the 2011 season ranked #44 on my Big Board. In the 2011 Penn St. game he was beat on the first play on a post giving help to Menzie but WR couldn’t catch it (14:50 1st), showed good speed tackling FB quickly on misdirection pass (13:40 1st), ball hit the ground but he nearly had a diving int (12:20 3rd), had a great diving int on the very next play on shallow cross-but again was overturned as it barely hit the ground (12:15 3rd), good hit to help break up underthrown 9 route to WR Derek Moye (3:34 3rd). I was incredibly impressed by Lester in this game and he moves up a ton in my book as he was more physical than last time I saw him and wasn’t just the ballhawk but also a head hunter. In the 2011 Florida game he was beat on 30 yd out by WR Deonte Thompson (8:20 1st). In the 2011 LSU game #2 he had a good break on the ball from cover 2 spot nearly getting INT, solid TFL cleaning up teammates tackle, good blitz up middle nearly getting 3 sec sack but went too fast and flew right past in kill zone. Returning for senior year-a bit of a surprise as he’s an early 2nd rounder in my book and the #2 safety in the draft 1/21/12. Listed as the #33 player on my Top 100 Board going into the 2012 season. In the 2012 Michigan game he had solid cov on WR Jeremy Gallon but could have been completed for +20 if not overthrown. In the 2012 Arkansas game he didn’t look that fast on out to TE-could struggle in man. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he had INT catching it almost like a punt as the WR was jammed and unable to get to area where it was-he fumbled it on return giving it right back. Listed as the #82 player on my Top 100 Board in the middle of the 2012 season. In the 2012 Missouri game he had a good PBU on 9 route-no space, very strong tackle on end around going high around the neck to throw him down. In the 2012 Tennessee game he had good cov vs. WR Cordarrelle Patterson but allowed 14 yd back shoulder throw, took a lick by RB Marlin Lane at end of 9 yd run, very poor play not coming up aggressively on TE Mychal Rivera over the middle missing the tackle and then showing poor speed not being able to catch him from behind, great INT on 25 yd seam route making nice hands catch and dropping to take knee in end zone. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had a big hit on 2nd and goal run filling hole and knocking him back, good INT on bad decision by QB but showed his instincts as he was helping cover the shallow receiver then read QBs eyes and jumped back to pick off pass to deeper TE. In the 2012 Texas A&M game he had good speed getting trailing tackle (sack?) on Manziel scrambling, missed tackle and poor speed on quick out allowing YAC and +10 yds. In the 2012 LSU game he had a big hit on short hitch by WR Jarvis Landry, very good cov on TE getting diving PBU-right by him entire time forcing low throw. 2nd team SEC in 2012. In the 2012 Georgia game he was too slow to get to RB Todd Gurley when he bounced inside run allowing 12 yd run, couldn’t get Gurley down again-9 yds. In the 2012 Notre Dame (BCS Championship) game he allowed 4 yds YAC to TE Tyler Eifert on short out-stripped him after knee down, tight cov on short out for INC, poor tackle basically getting run over by QB Everett Goldson.

Overall: Lester is a difficult grade as he’s very scheme specific. Put him in man coverage against TEs or slot receivers and he will look terrible. Put him in a zone scheme where he can use his elite instincts and ball skills and give him a short area to cover and Lester will look like a ball hawking dynamo. Saban used him perfectly and really hid his numerous flaws so don’t be surprised average college football fan if you see Lester get drafted much later than you anticipate. He’s slow (4.66 and that was a good time for him as he looked 4.7 on film), despite his size he isn’t a big hitter, and he played with a lot of talent during his collegiate career which likely hid some of his problems. Despite elite ball skills and instincts as well as very good production (14 INTs the past 3 seasons) I have my doubts about how well he will transition into the NFL. Late 5th round who HAS TO PLAY ZONE AND BE HIDDEN as my #22 S 4/1/13.

23. Dexter McCoil Tulsa #26 6’4 ½ 218 Sr.

Stats:

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

91

0

1.5

1

9

5

0

2011

84

0

3

0

7

6

1

2010

56

0

1

0

3

6

0

2009

85

0

1.5

0

6

1

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6044

218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes: Had a great ’10 with 6 ints and coupled with his size is an extremely intriguing prospect who I will need to watch on film 02/17/11. In the 2011 BYU game he had 3 INTs with one being called back by a penalty. All were of the reading the QBs eyes and reacting to a poorly thrown ball-aka not great breaks or elite ball skills. In the 2012 Central Florida game he had a big hit on RB in flat for dump off-is a huge guy who maybe could play LB, strong hit on WR over the middle, nearly got deflection for INT and likely pick 6-would have been his 18th career INT, good 1 yd tackle on inside run-very good against the run. 1st team C-USA in 2012. He is every bit a 6’4 player who towers over others in the secondary. In the 2012 Iowa St. game he had a good break for near INT on out that he jumped-ball thrown too high, raced into box expecting run due to TE motion which caused big play as it was actually a wheel route-69 yd TD as he couldn’t catch him, didn’t wrap up QB on scramble for YAC, possibly due to his height he isn’t quick in short areas to adjust to a ball carrier-struggled numerous times in open field to break down and adjust when a cut was made, despite his size he’s better in coverage than against the run, he had a great play on the ball coming across to get INT along the sidelines on late thrown ball and able to keep his feet in bounds (3:59 4th). He struggles in the open space to get ball carriers down, likely due to his height which hurts his short area quickness, but he’s a true ball hawk and has NFL size so I’m intrigued as a later round safety that plays a lot of zone. 6th round 1/1/13.

Overall: While I’m not usually interested in extremely tall safeties due to the historical data showing them underachieving (Taylor Mays, George Iloka, Robert Sands) I have to admit that Dexter McCoil has caught my fancy. Not being invited to the NFL Combine means it’s likely he goes undrafted but a player with 18 career INTs, 3 seasons of +80 tackles, and is 6’4 ½ 218 should get a chance to prove himself in the NFL. Despite his size and tackling numbers his ball skills and instincts are actually what impresses me the most as he’s a true centerfield type free safety who has a long stride that gives him deceiving speed. While his abnormal height actually is a detriment in some ways, causes him to have poor lateral agility, it also makes him a great help to a team in the red zone to defend the bigger TEs in the game like Gronkowski or Graham. I can see him being an effective FS for an NFL team if put in the right system and think he’s very underrated. Late 5th round as my #23 S 4/1/13.

24. Rashard Hall Clemson #31 6’1 3/8 210

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

80

0

2.5

1

3

4

0

2011

86

1

2.5

1

1

2

0

2010

62

0

1

0

2

2

1

2009

55

0

2.5

0

2

6

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6013

210

 

4.68

19

36

1002

4.21

6.87

Notes: In the 2011 North Carolina game had a blitz off the edge going untouched for sack and FF that was returned by teammate for a TD (0:14 3rd). In the 2012 WakeForest game he wasn’t noticed. In the 2012 Boston College he missed an easy tackle in the box allowing a 30 yd TD run, had INT on overthrown ball that went right to him-good return of +15 yds/INT came back on penalty, showed very nice ball skills with a diving attempt at an INT coming just short. In the 2012 LSU game he had sure tackle of WR Odell Beckham when trying to juke in space, strong tackle on inside screen.

Overall: Rashard is another underrated safety as he was a 4 year starter in the ACC and was highly productive with 279 tackles and 14 INTs. He has mediocre speed and will need to play in a zone scheme but if hidden he should continue to be a productive player as he’s a hard hitter, experienced, and very instinctive. He’s another one that might not even be drafted but if given a shot could very well become a capable starter for an NFL team. Early 6th round as my #24 S 4/9/13.

25. Ray Ray Armstrong Miami #26 6’3 216 Sr.

Stats: ACC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

DNP

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

34

0

0.5

0

2

1

0

2010

79

0

4.5

0

3

3

1

2009

21

0

0

0

1

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6030

216

 

4.69

18

34.5

908

4.24

7.20

Notes: #21 in ESPN 150 for ’09. Suspended for the 2011 Maryland game along with 7 others for accepting improper benefits from a booster. Was suspended for the FSU game due to a tweet where he showed he was at dinner with an alumni. This comes after he was suspended for first 4 games due to gifts given by alumni and boosters. In the 2011 Boston College game he had a solid tackle on RB head on after 8 yds, good coverage on corner route giving help to CB, wasn’t on the field for much of the game-might not even be a starter, good hit on RB after 14 yds making sure he didn’t get anymore on 3rd and 17 forcing punt, solid TFL on run play essentially at LB as they were in clock burning mode. Transferred to Faulkner University for 2012 season yet then declared ineligible and has now sat out a full year and will be in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Overall: It’s been a strange career for Ray Ray who after the 2010 season appeared to be 1 season away from being a 1st or 2nd round pick and now 2 years later will be lucky to even hear his name called. After missing the 2012 season due to being declared ineligible by the NCAA he went to the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star event and struggled with rust clearly affecting him. He then followed that up with a mediocre pro day and now looks like an undraftable player who could be taken late by a team willing to give him some time to get his game back in order. No one drafting Armstrong should expect anything from him as a rookie but if given a year to shake the rust off he could be a steal as at one time he was considered one of the best safeties in the nation and at his age there’s no reason to think he couldn’t get back to that level. A late round stash player who could pay huge dividends in year 2 for a team willing to be patient. 6th round as my #25 S 4/1/13.

26. Daimion Stafford Nebraska #3 5’11 5/8 221 Sr.

Stats: Big 10

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

96

1

3.5

2

7

4

0

2011

80

0.5

2.5

1

10

0

0

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combine: A poor 40 (4.69) and a very poor vertical (30.5-2nd worst among 60 DBs). Very poor in hips drill-messed up in turns. Perfect in team catch drill.  

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5115

221

31.13

4.69

21

30.5

903

 

7.06

Notes: In the 2011 Wisconsin game had a dumb pass int on TE that didn’t affect the incompletion but was blatant as he grabbed the jersey (4:45 1st), dove for QB Russell Wilson on scramble but unable to get him, good coverage on WR Nick Toon helping out yet somehow completed, allowed 33 yd TD to WR Jared Abrederris way behind on post play (2:10 2nd), missed tackle of RB Monte Ball in the hole (14:45 3rd), missed tackle on TE allowing +10 yds and 1st on 3rd and long (8:52 3rd), missed tackle on Ball for 5 yd TD when he had him wrapped up (2:37 3rd), looked to be the fastest player on the field chasing on 65 yd TD run by RB as he was on other side of field yet still nearly caught him (12:56 2nd), perfect coverage in back of end zone on poorly thrown ball for pbu vs. WR Corey Brown (13:50 4th). JUCO player his first two seasons. In the 2012 Iowa game he had good PBU on 9 route-helped by wind causing ball to hang, elite one handed INT off deflection-right to him but a bit too far out front so forced to one hand it, good low hit on RB for TFL off the edge. 1st team Big 10 in 2012. In the 2012 Wisconsin game (Big 10 championship) he had big hit in open field on WR Jared Abrederis-flagged for hit to head (very questionable). In the 2012 Georgia game he had good cov from CF spot for INC on post, good tackle downfield getting off WR block, strong tackle in open field on RB Keith Marshall-would have been TD if didn’t make it.

Overall: Stafford is a SS with poor athleticism but good tape. He won’t be anything more than an average starter but I like him despite his poor measurables as he has good instincts and impressive ball skills. He showed a knack for playing CF in 2012 with 4 INTs and 7 PBU to go along with nearly 100 tackles. This versatility is rare and, while his poor Combine could cause him to go undrafted, I like him as a later round SS. Late 6th round as my #26 S 4/14/13.

27. Jarred Holley Pittsburgh #18 5’9 194 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

75

0

1

0

4

2

0

2011

67

2

5

1

3

1

0

2010

54

0

1

1

3

5

0

2009

48

0

0

0

3

3

0

Combine: Not invited

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5090

194

 

 

4.64

12

34.5

904

4.44

7.09

Notes: In the 2011 West Virginia game he made good play vs. RB screen getting to it early and forcing him out after 7 yds, allowed almost a hail mary 8 yd curl but still short of 1st forcing punt, good speed to help try and tackle WR Stedman Bailey on post route but was stiff armed aside allowing the final 15 yds of 64 yd TD. In the 2012 Connecticut game he had a solid tackle in open space in the flat, elite ball skills with diving INT on overthrown ball. Had 5 ints in 2010. 3rd team Big East in 2012. In the 2012 Ole Miss game he was too slow to make play on seam route for 27 yd TD, good cov on post for INC.

Overall: Holley is a player that I’ve seen flash on tape for 4 seasons and had a pretty good little career in the Big East with 11 career INTs to go along with +200 tackles but overall projects as a career backup or at best a below average starter at FS. He lacks size (5’9 194) and speed (4.64) so he’ll have to be in a zone scheme which further limits his value and I just don’t see him as an NFL player. If his productivity and experience weren’t so good he’d be a free agent but due to these factors he gets a late round grade. Early 7th round as my #27 S 4/12/13.

28. Jawanza Starling USC #29 6’0 ¾ 202 Sr.

Stats: Pac-12

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

42

0

1

1

4

3

0

2011

48

0

3.5

0

2

0

0

2010

37

0

0

0

1

1

0

2009

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combine: Average 40, very good in the explosion drills, and below average in the quickness drills. Poor hips and mistimed jump in hips drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6006

202

32

4.64

17

36

1002

4.34

6.68

Notes: In the 2011 Notre Dame game had a fumble on 1 yd line he picked up and returned 99 yds for a TD (0:53 3rd). In the 2012 Stanford game he had a nice INT on tipped ball catching it like in the tip drill. In the 2012 USC game he had easy deflected INT that went right too him-fumbled ball on return, had PBU and good instincts cutting off flagging ball on 9 route but should have been INT. In the 2012 Notre Dame game he was juked for YAC in open space by Theo Reddick, strong hit and tackle (wrapped up) on QB draw-instantly reacted to it. In the 2012 Oregon game he missed tackle near end zone on RB Kenjon Barner allowing TD. In the 2011 UCLA game he was beat on 20 yd out by TE Joseph Fauria for TD, elite PBU on high ball to TE coming from CF spot to volleyball spike it out of his hands.

Overall: Starling rarely impressed me in his time at USC. He was a 3 year starter and ended his career on a good note with a very solid senior season yet rarely made impactful plays and tested only ordinarily at the Combine. He looks like a late round player that will battle to make a roster and at best would develop into an average starter down the road. 7th round as my #28 S 4/9/13.

29. Adrian Bushell Louisville #21 5’9 3/8 186 Sr.

Stats: Big East

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

61

0

1.5

0

13

1

0

2011

50

0

2.5

1

3

1

0

2010

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2009

14

0

0

0

1

1

0

Combine: Perfect in team catch drill. 

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5093

186

32

4.58

17

33

908

4.25

6.92

Notes: Watched him numerous games but never officially scouted him.

Overall: Adrian is an undersized FS with good productivity but poor athleticism that doesn’t project very well to the NFL. You won’t find a lot of free safeties at 186 lbs who run a 4.58 and have a vertical of ’33 but that is what Bushell is. I still have a late round grade on him though as in 2012 he was all over the field with 13 PBUs and showed good instincts. At this point though I doubt he gets drafted and will likely need to win a job as an undrafted free agent. 7th round as my #29 S 4/22/13.

30. Ross Rasner Arkansas #35 5’11 7/8 207 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

92

2.5

8

2

7

3

0

2011

53

2

2

0

3

0

0

2010

28

2

6

0

0

0

0

2009

11

0

0

0

1

0

0

Combine: Not invited

Pro Day:

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

5117

207

 

4.61

21

33.5

1000

4.58

7.21

Notes: In the 2012 Alabama game he had a good hit on RB dump off over middle forcing punt-no YAC and flipped him over. In the 2012 LSU game he had a very strong tackle on PR, good TFL getting to edge on pitch on 4th and 1 for TO-slipped FB JC Copeland’s block, good speed to 0 route from LB spot. In the 2012 Mississippi St. game he had good cov on WR out for INC, allowed 20 yd out vs. WR, outstanding almost INT diving for overthrown pass-great ball skills.

Overall: Despite two enormous red flags with a 4.58 shuttle (would have been worst among the 60 DBs) and 7.21 3 cone (2nd worst) both of which pointed out his LB like quickness I still am giving Rasner a draftable grade. His instincts in the run game and coverage were very noticeable last year as was his burst to the football and toughness. He was consistently one of the best players on a bad team last year and never stopped playing while many of his teammates quit. I liked that about him and think he can carve out a niche as a zone safety with special teams talent. Late 7th round as my #30 S 4/1/13.

31. Zeke Motta Notra Dame 6’2 ¼ 213 Sr.

Stats: Independent

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

77

0

2

0

3

0

0

2011

40

0

0.5

1

2

1

0

2010

50

0

1.5

0

2

1

0

2009

12

0.5

0.5

0

0

0

0

Combine: Had the worst 40 time of any of the 60 DBs (4.83) with only 2 DBs even running a 4.7-aka he was the worst by a mile. He also only had 11 reps which is poor for a SS which he’ll have to be but his “quickness drills” were very good (4.16 shuttle, 6.75 3 cone drill) as were his explosion drills.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6022

213

31.38

4.83

11

35.5

1006

4.16

6.75

Notes: In the 2011 South Florida game he got juked bad in open space by WR Lindsey Lamar (3:35 1st). In the 2012 Oklahoma game he was invisible. In the 2011 Michigan game had an easy INT as QB Denard Robinson threw into triple coverage (6:10 3rd). In the 2012 Michigan St. game he fought through two blockers to make tackle on WR screen-great toughness. In the 2012 Stanford game he had good hit on wrapped up RB-good speed getting there, big hit on RB again as wrapped up by others. In the 2012 Alabama (BCS Championship) game he missed tackle on RB Eddie Lacy in the hole, well timed hit on post for PBU, perfectly timed blitz but missed in kill zone on Lacy for TFL allowing +18 yds on 3rd and 1, barely made diving tackle in space vs. RB TJ Yeldon-saved big gain, well timed hit on cross but still allowed 15 yds on 3rd and 12, beat by WR Amari Cooper on +65 yd TD but overthrown, missed another tackle in hole on Lacy. He had a terrible game missing tackles and allowing Cooper deep multiple times.

Overall: Of all the players Mike Mayock overrated going into the Combine Zeke Motta was clearly his worst as he actually had him rated as his #5 S. That is preposterous as he was just coming off the national championship game vs. Alabama where he looked like an undraftable player and missed countless tackles. He since then followed it up by running a 4.83 which is a slow time for a LB and an atrocious time for a DB (worst of the 60 DBs at the Combine with only 2 DBs even running a 4.7). Motta has great experience (3 seasons as a starter) and good size (6’2 ¼ 213) yet to me he’s barely draftable and not even one of my top 20 safeties let alone the 5th one. Mayock couldn’t be more wrong on this kid. Late 7th round as my #31 S 4/14/13.

 

Free Agent

Steven Campbell Texas A&M Sr. Missed much of ’10 season with injuries and wasn’t in the safety rotation until later in the year but did have a great hit on an Arkansas PR. Supposedly ran a 4.38 40 in ’10 summer camps. In the ’10 Cotton Bowl vs. LSU had a big collision which he got part of vs. QB Russell Shephard (3:55 1st), great coverage on WR DeAngelo Peterson’s post route (12:10 2nd), average coverage on perfectly thrown 41 yd post to Terrence Tolliver (12:10 3rd). In the 2011 SMU game had a nice int on a tipped ball that he returned to the 5 yard line (12:45), and had bad coverage vs. WR Darius Johnson who was wide open and if ball had been thrown better the 26 yd catch might have gone for a TD (0:34 1st). In the 2011 Oklahoma St. game had a hart hit of RB Joseph Randle albeit 20 yds downfield (11:50 1st), perfect coverage as centerfielder on Blackmon 9 route jumping for int and probably would have had it if not for getting undercut by WR (0:55 1st), and a big hit on Blackmon going out of bounds on short gain WR screen (5:12 3rd). Free Agent due to disappearing in 2012 4/9/13.

Vaughn Telemaque Miami #7 Sr. In the 2011 Maryland game had a great diving int to save a TD as he was covering the TE (7:21 1st), good coverage in zone cutting WR off his route (9:54 3rd), good tackle in open space forcing a FG (6:05 3rd), and great diving pbu that was almost an int against a TE again in the end zone (12:35 4th). Free Agent 4/9/13.

Jordan Kovacs Michigan #32 Sr. Former walk on. Looks more like a LB than a S. Was 2nd in the Big 10 in 2010 with 116 tackles. In the 2011 Notre Dame game had a very nice hit on RB Cierre Wood crashing the box (15:00 2nd), very good int dropping back in coverage at snap of ball instead of blitzing and undercutting curl route (11:10 2nd). In the 2011 Michigan St. game he flew by WR Keshawn Martin in the flat allowing 13 yd TD (0:25 3rd). In the 2012 Alabama game he had a very nice TFL on RB Eddie Lacy trying to bounce outside, a favorite of the coaches due to his elite work ethic. Free Agent 4/9/13.

Andrew Taglianetti Pittsburgh 5’11 190 Sr. Had health issues much of ’10. Had a nice blocked punt in the ’10 Compass Bowl setting up an easy TD to end the first half as well as a great hit on Randall Cobb saving a TD on his WR end around (0:59 3rd). Future prospect for sure 1/9/11. In the 2011 West Virginia game he played the gunner on PR, good hustle coming from other side of field to push WR Stedman Bailey as he got into end zone non chalantly-1 sec early could have been FF, good speed getting to sideline to push RB out of bounds coming a long way, recovered FF. In the 2012 Connecticut game he had a big hit on QB while scrambling for FF-they recovered, tight cov on out by slot receiver but made tough catch. Free Agent 4/1/13.

Bradley McDougaldKansas 6’0 ¼ 215 Sr. Ran an incredibly slow 40 (4.74) that looked even slower (it looked 4.9). Tight and stiff in turn and run drill. Perfect in team catch drill. 

Jerrell Young South Florida In the 2011 Notre Dame game he stands up RB Jonas Gray at the one yard line then strips the ball to setup a 99 yard TD fumble return (11:03 1st), missed tackle on RB Cierre Wood losing containment on run allowing another +5 yards (10:12 1st). Free Agent 4/9/13.

 

Camp Invite

Hunter Bates Northwestern #7 Sr. Son of Bill Bates, plays safety, like his dad, for Northwestern. Didn’t look good vs. Texas Tech missing a tackle on 3rd down allowing a 1st, allowing numerous passes against him, etc. He is only a Soph though. Left the game in the 4th Q with a major leg injury (had to be carted off).

Corey Mosley Virginia #7 5’10 210 Sr. Very small kid who looks more CB than safety and doesn’t look 210 lbs. In the 2011 Auburn game he had a strong tackle on RB hitting him hard though awkwardly as he almost jump tackled him in open field, extremely hard tackle throwing WR down to ground near OOB-called for PF (10:45 4th). Camp invite 4/9/13.

Terrence Garvin West Virginia #28 Sr. In the 2011 LSU game bit on play action allowing 52 yd TD to WR Odell Beckham (7:04 2nd). In the 2012 Oklahoma St. game he had a big hit on WR screen right in front of him. 3rd team Big 12 in 2012. In the 2012 Syracuse game he went unblocked off edge for a huge blindside hit on 3 sec sack, got off block to make tackle and strip of RB for TO, blitzed up middle beating TE for 4 sec sack, dropped pick 6 on out, strong TFL on edge when RB tried to go outside. Camp invite 4/9/13.

Keelan Johnson 3rd team Pac-12 in 2012. In the 2012 Navy game he had a big hit on dump off on sidelines-targeted the head and should have been a PF, good speed on trailing tackle getting to RB from across the field. Combine: Above average vertical (36 ½) and broad (10’5) to go with a solid shuttle (4.07). Terrible ball skills in hip drill-misjudged jump by seconds. Dropped 1 in team catch drill. Camp invite 4/9/13.

 

Undraftable

Rontez Miles KentState Sr. Combine: Started at KentState. He looks so thuggish. Solid in turn and run drill. Perfect in team catch drill. He just has the look of trouble and although athletic with great size I don’t want any part of him Undraftable 4/17/13.

Cooper Taylor Richmond #1 Sr. In the East-West Shrine game he was a very tall S (red flag) that had a good week of practice,  is a legit looking 6’4, cumbersome mover. He was solid against the run but he moved too poorly for my tastes as in today’s NFL you can’t move like a LB and play in the secondary. Undraftable 4/21/13.

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