’14 NFL Draft: Risers-Sliders Week 12

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Hroniss Grasu/C/Oregon: Grasu stepped into the starting line-up as a red-shirt freshman and has since improved his game every season. The junior lacks great size but beats opponents with smart, fundamentally sound football. Considering the offense employed by the Ducks, Grasu does a tremendous job thinking on his feet and destroying opponents at the line of scrimmage or on the second level. The center position in next year’s draft is weak at the top and Grasu could be the first blocker on the pivot selected if he enters the event.

    Zach Kerin/C/Toledo: Kerin, a three year starter at center for Toledo, could well be one of the most underrated blockers in the nation. Consider this; the Toledo offensive line has given up just four sacks this season, put up 20 or more points in 8 of 9 games (including 23 against Missouri), and is equally adept in the running and passing game. Kerin does not do it by himself yet his play and leadership in the middle of the field are largely responsible for the Rockets offensive success. He has nice length (6-feet, 5-inches), growth potential and the ability to line up in multiple blocking schemes. Kerin has the makings of a center who slips through the cracks of the draft then goes on to a long starting career in the NFL.

    Charles Leno/OL/Boise State: Boise State has a history of placing talented offensive lineman into the NFL and Leno is the blocker scouts have pegged to be the next in line. The college left tackle brings a large degree of athleticism to his game, skillfully blocking in motion as well as protecting his quarterback’s blind side. He lacks classic size and strength, and a move to guard at the next level is likely. Underrated in almost all areas, Leno is a legitimate middle round choice with starting potential in the NFL.

    Joel Bitonio/OL/Nevada: Bitonio is another fast rising offensive line prospect from the Mountain West Conference and another college left tackle that could be pushed into guard. The Nevada senior is also athletic, explosive and very effective blocking in motion. Sized a little better than his Boise State counterpart, Bitonio would be a nice fit for a zone blocking system in the NFL and could sneak into the draft’s top 120 selections.

    Jacob Pederson/TE/Wisconsin: Lost in the focus of Wisconsin’s potent running game has been the play of Pederson.

  2. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Kerin sounds interesting.

    I only want Linemen with high upsides even if they are raw technique wise. I like guys that have the potential to get big. I've had enough try hard guys like Costa, Kowalski and Bernadeau.

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