Pre SB Mock
1 Derek Sherrod, OT 6-6 #305 Mississippi State or Gabe Carimi Wis 6-7 #315
Alts - Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri 6-4 #260 or Blaine Gabbert, Missouri 6-5 #240
2 Kenrick Ellis NT 6-5 #340 Hampton - Excellent upper-body build and girth. Has potential to show great strength off the snap to uncoil and uproot blockers. Not just a mammoth run-stopper, he lines up at the one- and three-technique positions to be explosive as a pass rusher. Average NFL first step, but it's quick enough to pressure the pocket when focused on getting to the quarterback. Tackling: Swallows running backs in the hole with great mass and length. Pure size and strength make him an explosive tackler that ballcarriers don't want to feel hit them. Good change-of-direction agility with quick feet
Alts - Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois 6-4 #250 - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas 6-1 #190
2b – 3a Marvin Austin, DT NC 6-3 #310 - Austin took his game to another level as a junior, matching or exceeding previous career-highs in nearly every category, including tackles (42), tackles for loss (six) and sacks (four) on his way to earning second-team All-ACC honors.
Alts - John Moffitt, G/C, Wisconsin 6-4 #314 - Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina 6-2 #235
3 Deunta Williams, FS, North Carolina 6-2 #205 - Good route recognition, as well as at least moderate agility and straight-line speed to close on the ball. Run Support: Good lateral agility to elude blocks. Fights through receiver blocks efficiently and isn't afraid to come up to the line of scrimmage and play with the big boys. Understands his role as the last line of defense and generally does a good job with his pursuit angles. Tackling: Generally a reliable open-field tackler, though it's not always pretty. Consistently breaks down in space to make the secure stop. Wraps his arm around the ballcarrier to bring him to a complete stop
Alts- Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss 6-2 #330 - Colin McCarthy, ISLB, Miami 6-1 #235
4 Clint Boling OG Geo 6-5 #320 - Football smart, durable and very experienced against top competition. Quick feet and can get to the second level and hit a moving target. Technique and hand placement are good. Hands have some power. Can trap, pull and seal effectively. Decent drive blocker. Light on his feet and extends his arms well in pass protection. Excellent Intangibles.
Alts - Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida 6-7 #330 – Curt Porter, OT, Jacksonville State 6-7 #315
5 Antony Gaither CB 5-11 #180 - Florida International -Cornerback Anthony Gaitor is having another stellar season for the Panthers. Gaitor has not only been outstanding in coverage, but he also has a career-best eight tackles for loss, including three sacks. Gaitor opened the season with a three-tackle performance against Rutgers while also picking off a pass late in regulation to keep the Panthers in the game. He was then named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after returning an interception 54 yards for a score, having one sack and forcing a fumble against Texas A&M. Later in the season, Gaitor was again named Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after having eight tackles, one for loss, against Troy and limiting the explosive Jerrel Jernigan to just 32 receiving yards. This is Gaitor's third all-conference nod
Alts - Jarrard Tarrant FS 6 #205 Geo Tech – Greg McElroy QB Ala 6-2 #225
6 Henry Hynoski FB 6-2 #260 Pitt - Whether it is carrying the ball, catching the ball or making a bruising block, Hynoski is a multifaceted and valuable contributor to Pitt's offense … described as a "throwback" by running backs coach David Walker, Hynoski embodies all the classic fullback traits - but with an athletic twist … "Henry is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands," Walker says. "He is so much more than a blocking back." … also a classroom standout who has twice been named to the Big East All-Academic Football Team.
Alts - Richard Lapham, OT, Boston College 6-8 #325 – John Clay RB Wis 6-1 #250
7 Nick Bellore ISLB 6-1 #250 Central Mich - Starter in all 41 games of his career … ranks seventh in CMU history with 382 total tackles … enters senior season 108 tackles shy of CMU career record … leads all returning NCAA Bowl Subdivision players in career tackles … 19 career 10-tackle games … three consecutive 100-tackle season
Alts - Patrick DiMarco FB South Carolina 6-1 #240 - Graig Cooper, RB, Miami 6 #205