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Day 3 Live Blog (Completed, no further updates)

April 27, 2013

254. Colts: Justice Cunningham-Mr. Irrelevant is given to the last player chosen in the NFL Draft. This year it’s a pretty good one as Cunningham has a value of +113 on my board as he regularly showed good strength and athleticism on film. He didn’t have great production at South Carolina but he showed NFL athleticism and I think this pick makes a lot of sense for a team’s #3 TE and possibly as a future #2 TE after a year or two of development.

243. Falcons: Kemal Ischmael-At one time I had a late 2nd round grade on him as he’s a whirling dervish that is elite in run support. Eventually he settled out as the #124 overall player on my board and much lower due to mediocre speed but at #243 he’s a steal and don’t be surprised if he becomes a key special teamer and their backup SS.

236. Bears: Marquess Wilson-He was #82 overall on my board yet goes #236 for the second highest value of the draft (+154) behind only Bacarri Rambo. Wilson has attitude and not only quit on the team in 2012 but attempted to sue them for harassment. Not a terribly smart decision to make months before the biggest job interview of your life but I’m giving him a bit of a break for a few reason. 1) Mike Leach is a dick. He’s been one at Tech, he’s been one to ESPN, and numerous players at Washington State agreed with parts of Wilson’s lawsuit. 2) He’s incredibly talented. His body control, hands, and ball skills are all elite. He isn’t fast but projects as a top level #2 possession receiver ala Mike Williams for the Bucs who also by the way had major off the field issues in his final season at Syracuse. 3) He had no serious issues pre-Leach. If he was a trouble maker before Leach’s entry then this would be different but in my opinion this was a situation where Washington State saw the confrontation between Wilson and Leach and decided that in 2012 they would suck no matter what and in 2013 Leach would still be there and Wilson wouldn’t so they might as well back Leach. If you can get past his attitude issues in 2012 then this is an absolute steal here as I downgraded Wilson to #82 due to his issues which I didn’t deem serious. If they had never happened he’s likely a late 1st/early 2nd and this becomes an even bigger steal. A high upside roll of the dice with only one problem that I see: Wilson will be mentored by Brandon Marshall. That scares me just thinking about it.

230. Colts: Kerwynn Williams-He was the #2 remaining RB left on my board (Cierre Wood was #1) and had a much higher draft grade than Vick Ballard when he came out last year. Why do I mention Ballard? Because he and Donald Brown (free agent after this season) are his only competition. He’s a sleeper for sure as he’s fast, had an elite yards per carry average (6.7 in 2011 and 6.9 in 2012), and despite his poor size (5’9 184) he showed great toughness and strength as a workhorse back for them last year (1,512 yds rushing and 697 yds receiving). Great pick this late.

218. Eagles: Jordan Poyer-The Eagles have had one of the 5 best draft in my opinion and continue it in the 7th round with Jordan Poyer. I personally wasn’t as high on him as others were (#85 on Mayock’s board, #117 on mine) yet the kid was a 1st team All American and looked like he belonged at the Senior Bowl so this is a shock to see him drop this far. He’s a strong, physical CB with poor speed and quickness that projects as a cover 2 CB, FS, or slot CB. He isn’t a great athlete but when his physical skills allow him to make a play it gets made as he has good instincts, ball skills, and hands. I wasn’t that high on him but come on he’s at least one of the Top 150 prospects so to get him here is a steal. Crap!

211. Lions: Michael Williams-I ranked him the #210 player overall and he went #211 so it’s not a steal by any means but considering 6 of the past 10 draft picks have been players I’ve never heard of (it happens every year in the 6th and 7th rounds) makes Williams a welcome addition. He’s a future #3 TE on a roster with low upside as he isn’t that athletic but he could be a 10 year pro due to one thing: his blocking ability. Every team needs a quality in line blocking TE and with so many guys nowadays used to splitting out wide as matchup problems it’s created a real opportunity for old school guys like Williams. He played for Nick Saban so he’s well coached and he has good dependable hands so he can be a solid 5 yd hitch outlet type receiver but his main value will be as a blocker. Solid pick this late.

192. Colts: John Boyett-Back to back picks see one of my favorite safeties in this draft come off the board. While Rambo is a FS with elite ball skills Boyett is an undersized SS with the biggest heart in this draft. He is an all out effort type player that really can be called a warrior on the field. In the Rose Bowl two years ago he made so many tackles (17 if I remember correctly) that on the final play of the game he didn’t move after making the tackle. I never could get a verified story so it’s either he passed out due to exhaustion or he got a concussion. Either way it was evident that he had given his team his all and it wasn’t the first time nor will it be the last. Expect an elite special teamer and a possible starting SS down the road. A steal that gets a +91 on my value chart.

191. Redskins: Bacarri Rambo-An absolute steal at this point. On my value chart I gave it a +165 which is far and away the best value of any pick in this draft. Now no one agreed with me that Rambo was a Top 5 safety in this draft, let alone the #1 safety that I ranked him as, so history will determine if this is a player I just got wrong or if this is a steal by the Redskins and I got it right. Even if I overrated him a bit it’s still a great pick at this juncture as the kid had 16 career INTS and was a multi year starter in the SEC. All I can think of for why he dropped this far is he was suspended for a positive drug test early this season and he might have failed quite a few of them. It must be off the field as on the field he was smart, instinctive, a sure tackler, and fast. He also went to the Senior Bowl and blanketed the tight ends there with Rambo getting an interception in the game to cap off his career. He’s a true ballhawk and this IS my favorite pick of this NFL Draft. Crap!

188. Bears: Cornelius Washington-The #3 remaining player on my board (Bacarri Rambo and Matt Scott were the top two) and a potentially great pick. Washington is a beast with his size/speed ratio and was dominant at the Senior Bowl. The reason he dropped though was because he was just a guy for Georgia and had very VERY limited production for them. Is he just a measurables guy or is he a guy that was late to develop and is only now emerging. He has 1st round talent which is why even with his lack of production I gave him a late 2nd round grade so he’s a spectacular value as a roll of the dice type pick right here.

187. Cardinals: Andre Ellington-I wasn’t nearly as high on this kid as some were, Mayock had him as the #75 guy on his board, but in the 6th round this makes sense. He was #228 on my board but had a 6th round grade and with the RB board decimated at this point I could definitely make the argument that he was the #1 guy remaining. Another solid pick by the Cardinals that are having a sneakily good draft.

So just to recap the column on the left is Jerry’s picks and the column on the right are my picks of the same position at the same spot. We both agreed on Joseph Randle and little else.

Travis Frederick                   Barrett Jones

Gavin Escobar                     Vance McDonald

Terrance Williams               Keenan Allen

JJ Wilcox                               Baccari Rambo

BW Webb                             Steve Williams

Joseph Randle                      Joseph Randle

Devonte Holloman             Kevin Reddick

185. Cowboys: Devonte Holloman-This is another good pick, 3 in a row for the Cowboys on Day 3 of the draft, as I had him at #191 Overall but might have underrated him a bit. He was one of three or four guys that I thought I maybe underrated (JC Tretter, Reid Fragel, and a few others were on that list) and almost changed my grade on. He’s a hard hitting, versatile LB that played some safety at times for the Gamecocks and was all over the field. A good pick especially for their new 4-3 scheme which asks their linebackers to cover a lot of ground which is his specialty. I by the way would have gone with LB Kevin Reddick from North Carolina but Holloman makes sense here. A solid pick, Go Cowboys!

Devonte Holloman South Carolina #21 6’1 3/8 243 Sr.

Stats: SEC

Year

Tackles

Sack

TFL

FF

PBU

INT

TD

2012

55

2

8

2

4

3

0

2011

51

0

4

0

4

1

0

2010

69

0

2

1

3

2

0

2009

30

0

1

0

2

1

0

Combine: Good hands and quickness in backpedal drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3Cone

6013

243

32.5

4.76

15

33

905

4.26

7.3

Notes: #19 in ESPN 150 for ’09. In the 2011 Georgia game he showed good speed on a pursuit play from the backside catching RB Isaiah Crowell on draw play that would have been a first down if not for his great pursuit (3:42 1st). In the 2011 Clemson game he had very good coverage on post route vs. WR DeAndre Hopkins (6:05 4th). In the 2012 Tennessee game he showed drastically inferior speed to TE Mychal Rivera allowing +25 yd gain-looked completely unable to cover him. In the 2012 LSU game he had deflected pass in coverage reading QBs eyes. In the 2012 Florida game he had blitz up middle for easy sack. In the 2012 Michigan game he had tackle and FF in open space vs. scrambling QB-great strip, nice tackle on screen getting off WR block, blitzed off edge avoiding FB block to dive tackle RB for TFL-all over the field in 1st half. He’s all over the field yet his draft grade is difficult as he has S size but played LB all year essentially. His 40 will be huge for his grade. 5th round as of now but he could go much higher or lower depending on measurables 1/19/13.

Overall: Devonte is a unique player as he played a combination of WLB and SS and did it at +240 lbs. That versatility is rare and while I don’t foresee him playing SS in the pros I do think he could play any of the LB positions in a 4-3 and even play ILB in a 3-4 if necessary. His best positions will be either WLB or SLB in a 4-3 though as he will be a very good cover LB and be capable of handling a RB or TE in man coverage. In the end Holloman is a mid round LB with great versatility but without great athleticism and projects as an OLB in a 4-3 that will excel in coverage. 5th round as my #18 LB 4/14/13.

177. Bills: Dustin Hopkins-Okay it’s the last time I mention a punter or kicker I promise but Hopkins is my #1 kicker (surprisingly taken 2nd behind my #3 kicker Caleb Sturgis) who has elite leg strength and accuracy. Hopkins was a 3rd round value on my board and the best kicker to come out in a few drafts so the Bills got themselves a quality 4 year starter at a cheap rate due to the rookie wage scale.

176. Texans: David Quessenberry-A player I was hoping Dallas could get late as he can play OG or RT and had a great Senior Bowl. He’s versatile, strong, and quick so David will fit right in with the Texans and don’t be surprised if they keep him outside and have him compete at RT as he’s more athletic than people give him credit for. A great value pick coming in with a +92.

174. Cardinals: Ryan Swope-While the 49ers are having one of the best drafts this year the Cardinals and Rams aren’t too far behind. Swope at #174 is a flat out steal. I’ll just say it: If Swope was black he would have been drafted in the 3rd round. He’s fast (sub 4.4 40 at the Combine), is sure handed, had some of his best games against the top level competition in the SEC (Alabama comes to mind), is tough, and is a former RB with great yards after the catch skills. At 6’0 200 he’s a legit outside receiver with deep threat but has the versatility to play in the slot if needed. He was rated higher by me than Stedman Bailey, Markus Wheaton, or Josh Boyce who all went well ahead of him. Another chip on the shoulder for Swope. Great pick.

165. Lions: Sam Martin-Okay I get it I shouldn’t talk about punters. I know half my readers have their eyes glazing over already but it will be quick I promise. The top 2 punters in this draft by everyone I read were Ryan Allen and Jeff Locke. Locke has already gone, I had Allen #1 and Locke #2 but most had them reversed, yet somehow the Lions decide to take Sam Martin. Ryan Allen is the two time defending Ray Guy Award winner as the nation’s best punter. He was 1st in the nation in punt average at 48.04 which is the 2nd highest punt average the past 6 years by any punter. Sam Martin averaged 40.9 per punt and noticeably struggled at times this season. Yes it’s just a punter but wow this isn’t even a good punter and with Ryan Allen still on the board it’s an embarrassingly bad pick.

158. Seahawks: Luke Willson-I know Russell Wilson gives Seattle carte blanche for a year or two but really? I scouted Rice, a lot, why do you ask? Because my #3 TE (who was on the board when the Cowboys took my #4 TE in Gavin Escobar) played TE for Rice. I never noticed this kid partially because he wasn’t a starter and possibly because he didn’t make plays. The kid caught nine passes all season as a backup for Rice. It annoys me enough when backups from ALABAMA get drafted but backups from Rice now do too? This seems like a gigantic reach as I wonder if anyone other than Seattle would have even given him a camp tryout let alone drafted him. Terrible pick from a team that can’t be criticized by the mass media so I’ll do it for them. By the way in the first 142 picks there were only 3 players taken that I didn’t have on my Top 500 list. In the past 16 picks there have been 5 players so it’s clearly getting to that stage where each team has a hole or two left to fill and is taking sleepers, Combine freaks, and other project types that vary board to board.

151. Cowboys: Joseph Randle-So it wasn’t just a rumor it was the truth. Randle is a great value here (+73, easily the best value of any of the Cowboys picks to this point) and makes a lot of sense. Now I pointed this out earlier in my RB series that Randle isn’t the best complement to Murray but is a great backup to Murray in other words they have the same strengths (speed, receiver out of the backfield, elusive) and the same weaknesses (not powerful, not a great inside runner). At this point though you take him without a thought as it’s incredible value. Here is my post about Randle in my draft preview series about possible fits for the Cowboys:

Joseph Randle

Positives: A fast, athletic running back that would fit perfectly into a time share backfield. He’s dangerous in space and has very good hands so he fits a passing offense perfectly

Negatives: Murray has good hands and is good in space as well so they don’t really complement each other but more get in the way of each other. Randle is terrible as a short yardage runner and I see him being a career time share back and not a 3 down type.

Fit for the Cowboys: If the Cowboys want a player that can pick up right where Murray left off when he inevitably gets injured next year then Randle is their guy. If they want a guy that can fill in some of Murray’s holes and be a great one two punch with Murray then Randle couldn’t be a worse fit. I personally like him but don’t think he makes great sense unless the Cowboys could add another RB to their roster that is a bruiser type. Peyton Hillis is currently a free agent and he would complement both backs to a tee so that would be the type of move needed if they went for the pairing of Randle and Murray as Murray’s flaws are even more pronounced on Randle.

And here is the full profile of Randle (by the way he was the #1 RB available on my board as well so for once the Cowboys and I draft the same player. Not to sound cocky but that’s usually a good thing as the guys the past two years we’ve agreed on Dez Bryant and Morris Claiborne have worked out pretty well).

Joseph Randle Oklahoma St. 6’0 204 Jr.

Comparison: Laurence Maroney

Stats: Big 12

Year

Yards

Avg

TD

Rec

Yards

TD

Fum

2013

2012

1417

5.2

14

28

224

0

2011

1216

5.9

24

43

266

2

2010

453

5.6

2

37

427

1

Combine: Surprisingly poor 40 (4.63) as he looked 4.4 on tape. Lost 6 fumbles in last two seasons. Tripped in high leg then cut drill. Below average in 3 bag cut drill. Not ready and skipped in mini gauntlet drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

1 yr %

6000

204

8.75

4.63

35

1003

Notes: Had a very nice freshman year with spot duty behind Kendall Hunter in ’10 (450 2 TD 5.6 ypc). In the 2011 Arizona game had a nice 1 yd TD as he jumped over the pile (11:30 1st), showed very good hands and fluidity as a receiver beating a DE to the corner, grabbing the ball in stride, and getting a 1st down (4:40 1st), has WR like soft hands and was used that way lined up wide and catching a quick hitch that he turned upfield for 12 yds (1:35 1st), good strength on 5 yd TD run hitting a LB at the goal line and staying on his feet for a rather easy run (13:30 2nd), great cut on defender making him fall down on draw play that netted him 23 yds (5:37 3rd), good inside run with defender bouncing off him and getting another 2 yds showing toughness (5:15 3rd), and showed his great receiving skills as he ran a seam route and was wide open yet also showed his lack of great speed as he easily was caught by defenders still getting a 63 yards though (13:00 4th). In the 2011 Texas A&M game he had a 20 yd run showing very good speed and quickness (11:50 1st), chop block (5:30 1st), good job extending ball out as he got tackled on 3rd and 2 for 1st (13:30 3rd), good juke of Terrence Frederick in open space reception getting 8 yds (4:44 3rd). In the 2011 Oklahoma game he had a 32 yd run through a huge hole showing good speed and almost going the whole way but safety had the angle, showed his good quickness and vision avoiding and juking defenders to get 26 yds up the middle where most would get 5-10, good hands and looked smooth catching ball out of backfield and taking it 20 yds, easy 15 yd run through huge hole, nice speed and vision cutting upfield on 30 yd run-did have a huge initial hole though.  In the 2012 West Virginia game he had great burst for 14 yds, back to back runs hitting someone and going back not forward-could struggle in short yardage, dropped easy dump off in flat, impressed with his burst every time, hit S hard in hole for YAC and sending him to sideline, good patience and avoided 2 defenders in the hole getting more yards than what was blocked. In the 2012 Oklahoma game he had nice cut on 6 yd run, strong leap into end zone taking the hit and keeping ball, juked S Tony Jefferson in flat for +20 yds on dump off, dropped slant in tight cov-would be TD, juked Jefferson in open field at end of +30 yd run for YAC, leapt a defender on inside run. In the 2012 Texas game he had a nice juke of S Kenny Vaccaro in open space then broke a tackle for 69 yd TD-great speed shown too, good speed on 27 yd run through huge hole, broke two tackles on inside run showing underrated power. With Weeden and Blackmon in the NFL they’ve gone to more of a running attack and he has been the workhorse with Jeremy Smith rarely being seen. His numbers could be huge this year and he could elevate his stock dramatically as he still has great speed and quickness 10/14/12. 1st team Big 12 in 2012.

Overall: Joseph at 6’0 204 is a tall, undersized runner who has a great burst and often almost looks like he’s gliding on the field. He timed a disappointing 4.63 in the 40 but looks much faster than that on film and is very difficult to bring down in the open field. Unfortunately he isn’t a great inside runner as he doesn’t run with good pad level and rarely gets yards after contact in close quarters. My biggest complaint of his is that if he can’t juke a defender it’s basically over as he rarely breaks tackles and runs somewhat soft. Arguably the best attribute of Randle’s though is his hands as he has soft hands that easily catch the ball and he has experience in the passing game with 108 receptions the past 3 years. He won’t be a good inside runner or short yardage back but otherwise he has it all with good vision, good speed (not 4.4 but he plays 4.5ish), can make defenders miss, and has no history of injuries. Randle looks like a future above average starting RB albeit one who might need to be paired with a smash mouther runner to add the toughness that Randle lacks. Early 3rd round as my #6 RB 3/23/13.

With the Cowboys on the clock in a few picks I thought I’d update my best available since it’s been decimated the past 1 1/2 rounds.

S Baccari Rambo #26 (only 1st rounder left on my board)

QB Tyler Bray #37

QB Matt Scott #55

LB Kevin Reddick #63

DE Cornelius Washington #69

LB Chase Thomas #72

RB Joseph Randle #78 (If they don’t take him at #151 then the rumor of them liking him was just that, a rumor)

WR Marquess Wilson #82

WR Ryan Swope #83

OT David Quessenberry #84

K Dustin Hopkins #85

145. Chargers: Steve Williams-My#1 CB remaining on the board just went and I think it’s a steal for the Chargers. Steve is undersized but lightning fast (ran a high 4.2 or low 4.3 at the Combine depending on who you ask) and was a dominant CB at Cal. He is the last CB off the board that I think has a chance to develop into a starter in the NFL with all the CBs from here on out projecting as slot  and nickel cornerbacks due lack of speed or poor hips. This pick nets the Chargers a value of +69 and is one of the best picks in the last dozen or so.

144. Saints: Kenny Stills-I wasn’t as high on Kenny as some were BUT he fits this offense perfectly. Stills has just enough size and height to stay outside and is a legit 4.4 speed guy so he’ll be another solid wideout that will allow the Saints to spread a defense out. They have Marquess Colston but other than that what they like to do is have 3 or 4 solid wideouts and just pick on the weak link of a defense. Stills projects to me as a #3 or #4 WR who could maybe be a decent #2 down the road. I’m not a huge fan of the kid but he goes to a perfect team for him so if he can make it anywhere in the NFL it will be here and gives Stills his best shot at becoming a productive receiver.

Johnny Manziel on when he will go pro, “I think coach Whitfield and a bunch of guys they’ll know when the time is right for me so we’ll see.” Interesting he said coach Whitfield and not coach Sumlin. He has hitched his star to the QB coach that has helped everyone from Tim Tebow to Cam Newton to Tom Brady and everything from his smirk to his answer makes me think he’s gone at the end of the year. Ladies and gentleman the Top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft Johnny Manziel!

136. Eagles: Earl Wolff-He was the #2 safety left on my board (Baccari Rambo still hasn’t gone and will be a steal somewhere in the next 30-60 picks) as he was a fast, big hitting athlete with elite production. I was surprised how little respect he got in this draft process as he had +100 tackles (productive) and ran a 4.4 40 (athletic). He should start for them and is another good Eagles pick this year. Crap!

131. 49ers: Marcus Lattimore-Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: The 49ers made a great pick. Lattimore isn’t nearly as high on my board as others but even on my board this is value (+11). Some had a late 2nd/early 3rd round grade on him and thought that in 5 years he’d look like a tremendous steal so the upside is there for this pick and the fit is perfect. Gore will be 30 years old when the season begins and while the 49ers have two talented backs behind him (LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter) they are of the smaller variety and the 49ers needed to add a future power back to their roster. The ideal scenario would be to start Lattimore on the PUP list (missed the first 6 games of the season) and if his recovery is sufficient by game 7 that he can play in 2013 then great he’ll beat out Antony Dixon as the #4 RB and if he isn’t recovered (I doubt he will be) then you IR him in 2013 and bring him back in 2014 to compete. A good value (some will say great value) and a perfect fit.

127. 49ers: Quinton Patton-Another pick by the 49ers becomes another steal for the 49ers. They are having a great draft and it continues on Day 4 with Patton. He was the #1 WR still available and #8 player overall which nets them a “value” of +51 picks as I had a 3rd round grade on him. It’s interesting as some argued he was a late 1st/early 2nd talent so in my write up I said he was overrated as he doesn’t have great speed or size. At #127 though the script is flipped on me as now he’s underrated and should not have lasted this long. I thought his quickness, route running, and hands made him an ideal fit for the Patriots so it’s interesting that they passed on him not once but twice when they chose Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce as wideouts. The 49ers added a talented young WR to one of the few positions of need for them. Great value + need area = great pick.

126. Bucs: William Gholston-Great pick as at one time he was universally regarded as a 1st rounder yet a down 2012 and the acknowledgement by scouts that he lacked any real burst and was questionable going forward as a 4-3 DE prospect really hurt him. I had him as a 3-4 DE with an elite frame as the kid is 6’7 and could hold 290 with very little fat on him if he wanted to be bulked up. I question his motor, his instincts, and his burst yet even with all of those issues I gave him a 2nd round grade as my #57 prospect so this is a steal here.

125. Packers: Johnathan Franklin-Well all you fantasy drafters out there better pay attention. Franklin is a very talented back and fits the Packers pass happy offense better than Eddie Lacy does so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Franklin not Lacy becomes the starting tailback in 2013. Either way the Packers drafted a starter and a quality backup at a position where they’ve for years scrimped at and I think both picks are steals.

121. Colts: Khaled Holmes-Well when the 4th round began only 1 center had gone but 22 picks later 4 centers have gone. While most analysts had some combination of Schwenke, Frederick, and Barrett Jones as their top 3 centers I actually liked Holmes as my #2 center. He has incredibly long arms, has great strength, and really has a knack for helping out his guards as he has great awareness. He is a poor athlete but with his ’34 arms I think he’ll be able to overcome this and I think the Colts might have drafted themselves their starting center in 2014 with this pick.

114. Cowboys: BW Webb-While most won’t know who this kid is let me just say this is a good pick. For the Cowboys and the way they’ve drafted I’ll definitely take good. The top CB on my board was Steve Williams from Cal (#11 CB) but not much higher in grade than Webb who was my #13 CB (#2 still available) so I really like this pick both value wise and fit wise. Webb is an incredibly quick, feisty CB that just lacks the pure speed to be a starter. As such he projects as a slot CB and will battle it out with Orlando Scandrick for that role. Hopefully by the end of the year they are happy enough with this kid that they can cut Scandrick and his terrible contract next offseason. Good job Cowboys!

BW Webb William and Mary 5’10 ¼ 184 Sr.

Comparison: Dwight Bentley

Senior Bowl: Day 1: Perfect cov on post vs. Terrance Williams for PBU, tight cov on 9 route vs. Tavarres King for INC, beat by Terrance on deep in (hold too), #1 CB on Day 1. Day 2: Solid cov vs. Connor Vernon on double move for INC, good jam of Williams but then beat deep-has 4.5 type speed. Day 3: Continued his strong play in the goal line drill. In the 2013 Senior Bowl he backed up at CB, missed tackle on Denard Robinson on 0 route for YAC, 30 yd PR showing good speed and quickness.

Combine: Had one of the most underrated Combines at any position with the best shuttle (3.84-1st among 60 DBs), best vertical (40 ½), and 3rd best broad (11’00). Average 40 though (4.51). Solid in turn and run drill. Even better the 2nd time. Good in hips drill. Good but not explosive in out and up drill. Very quick with nice burst in backpedal and run to sideline drill. Perfect in team catch drill.

HGT

WGT

Arms

Hands

40

Reps

Vert

Broad

Shuttle

3 Cone

5102

184

30.25

4.51

14

40.5

1100

3.84

6.82

Notes: 1st team All Conference each of past 3 seasons and ends with 9 conference awards to his name including 2012 Special Teams POY as a punt returner.

Overall: With the proliferation of slot receivers and spread out offenses BW Webb is a great case test to determine just how important a slot CB is to an NFL team. With only mediocre height (5’10 ¼), below average weight (184), and below average deep speed (4.51) he likely will never be a starting outside CB but with elite explosion and quickness (1st in vertical jump and shuttle among 60 DBs) he has all the makings of an outstanding slot CB. I love the kid as he has a chip on his shoulder to go with incredibly quick feet and very good ball skills yet I do question just how high I can rank the kid considering he projects as a career #3 CB. With the slot being a specialty position all it’s own now in the NFL I consider it paramount for teams to have a CB with the quickness to play the spot so he’s higher on my board than most have him. 3rd round as my #13 CB who has the makings of a great slot CB 4/20/13.

113. Rams: Barrett Jones-Great value as the kid was my #1 center. No he isn’t a great athlete and yes he had Lisfranc surgery so he might not be ready for the start of training camp but the kid is intelligent, has elite versatility (won the Outland Trophy in 2011 as the best OT in the nation and the Remington Award in 2012 as the best C in the nation), and will be a “glue guy” that plays for 10 seasons in the NFL. Great pick.

111. Steelers: Shamarko Thomas-Shamarko was the #3 safety on my board and had an early 2nd grade yet goes in the 4th after at least 7 safeties have already been taken. This is a steal AND fits a need as Polamalu is slowing down and Clark has a year or two left at most. One of the 3 best picks in the 4th round.

110. Giants: Ryan Nassib-I wasn’t as high on Nassib as others were but here it’s probably universally regarded as a steal. Nassib is an extremely smart, experienced player with limited upside. Greg Cosell and Jon Gruden both had him as their #1 QB in this entire draft so to get him in the 4th is a great pick. CRAP!

107. Titans: Brian Schwenke-Finally 76 picks later the #2 center is drafted after the first one was taken by Dallas. Now for anyone who wants to defend the Frederick pick keep in mind that the BIGGEST fan of Frederick wouldn’t say he was dramatically better than the #2 center whether you think that’s Barrett Jones or Schwenke. It all just adds up to Frederick being a huge reach. Yes still pissed.

By the way when I talked about why Eric Fisher was overrated and not worth the first overall pick I specifically mentioned how his “amazing Senior Bowl” is deserving of criticism due to none of the top pass rushers being there. Okafor was the top pass rusher there and it’s not surprising that he’s the first off the board. Yet it wasn’t until the 4th round so keep in mind that while Fisher did dominate at the Senior Bowl he did it against 4th rounder Okafor and still undrafted guys like Malliciah Goodman, Michael Buchanan, and others. The DE spot this year at the Senior Bowl was very weak yet no one has mentioned that while praising his Senior Bowl. It’s an interesting argument and is one of the many reasons I went Joeckel over Fisher as Joeckel shut down 3rd round picks Sam Montgomery and Corey Lemonier as well as practiced against 3rd round pick Damontre Moore. He also shut down Top 10 pick Barkevious Mingo and other SEC standouts. Back to your previously scheduled broadcast…

103. Cardinals: Alex Okafor-Last year the Cardinals had the best draft per my value chart (comparing my rankings vs. where they were drafted at) and they are well on their way to doing it again with Okafor being the #2 available player on my board (Baccari Rambo is 1st). One thing though is to me he is 100% a 4-3 DE yet he will now have to convert as a 3-4 OLB which I don’t like at all. Great value but a poor fit in my eyes.

102. Patriots: Josh Boyce-This is a much better pick of a WR. He wasn’t in my Top 3 available (the ones mentioned just below) but Boyce lit up the Combine and has the physicality to be a good possession receiver. It’s interesting to note that two of the Patriots first few picks were “Combine” guys with Jamie Collins being the #1 LB per Combine measurables and Boyce being the #1 WR. Maybe it’s a different drafting philosophy in New England after so many bad picks as I don’t remember them focusing on measurables this much. Solid value here and fills a need.

101. Jaguars: Ace Sanders-I hate this pick. When word came out that 5’8 Sanders left school early many thought it was a terrible decision and he might go undrafted. Apparently they, and I, were wrong but I don’t see how you can take his guy over wideouts like Quinton Patton, Marquess Wilson, or Ryan Swopes. All of those three are bigger than Sanders who might be nothing more than a punt returner at the next level and two of the three are also faster than Sanders. Very big reach (-128 value per my chart).

98. Eagles: Matt Barkley-He was the highest rated player left on my board (#10), an absurd value at this point(went 88 picks lower than my ranking), and I think it will be looked at as a great selection down the road. I always thought Barkley was unfairly criticized as the kid can play and while he lacks the howitzer or read option element that most teams look for now in QBs he is accurate, experienced (4 year starter in HS and 4 year starter in college), put up good to great numbers the past 3 seasons, and was the #1 QB in this draft in my opinion. He’s a superior version of Andy Dalton. That’s the way I graded him out and I think in 5 years he’ll be the 15-20th best starting QB in the NFL. Don’t be surprised if the Eagles trade one of their 3 QBs before the season begins though.

Scratch that they traded out.

98. Jaguars: I loved the Jaguars first two picks (Luke Joeckel, Johnathan Cyprien) but hated their 3rd pick (Dwayne Gratz) so it will be interesting to see how their Day 3 goes.

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