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NFL Draft Prospects: Top-32

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  1. RS12

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    1. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville*


    NFL Comparison: Russell Wilson, but three inches taller.


    Where He Wins: Excellent pocket movement. Bounces off his back foot to step up against edge pressure and isn’t afraid to slide laterally when faced with an interior rush. Keeps eyes up to survey coverages and works to multiple reads. Placement and touch are there, but has the velocity to hit vertical routes on the move. Not afraid to give a covered receiver in single coverage a chance to win. Reports have stated he takes care of many checks at the line of scrimmage.


    Where He Fits: He fits any offense. Sustains success from the pocket but also has mobility which isn’t showcased often. Hits every level with placement and timing.


    2014 Draft Projection: No. 1 or 2 pick.



    2. QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon**


    NFL Comparison: A more refined Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada.


    Where He Wins: Does not get enough credit for his success in the pocket. Quick decision maker on short to intermediate routes, which is exactly what up-tempo offenses need. Not afraid to shift off that first read, reset, and fire to another target while inside or outside of the pocket. Placement is improving and obviously has the velocity to hit any throw on a rope. He offers a read option/zone read element as well.


    Where He Fits: Has plenty of experience in an up-tempo offense, but his pocket skills will translate for any team. Creativity will help use his talents in the best way.


    Draft Projection: No. 1 or 2 pick.



    3. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina*


    NFL Comparison: Uses a J.J. Watt like swim move, athleticism might be Julius Peppers-esque.


    Where He Wins: Predominantly lines up at right defensive end in a three-point stance as a five, seven, or nine technique. His explosion off the snap is ridiculous, gaining an instant advantage against his competition. Obviously the swarming wingspan and closing speed is there, and he enjoys finishing hits with force. Has frequently taken the inside line this year, likely due to the shorter distance to the backfield. Loves to utilize an arm over swim and athletic footwork is on displays when avoiding cut blocks. Loops inside with ease. A rare power and speed athlete.


    Where He Fits: Most experience in a four man front, but his talent could be used in any defensive scheme.


    Draft Projection: The first non-QB off the board. Top-5 pick.


    Extended Evaluation



    4. Pass rushing OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA


    NFL Comparison: Athleticism could be similar to Bruce Irvin.


    Where He Wins: The lightning-quick pass rusher is able to gain an advantage on the edge and keep it thanks to his burst off the line, ability to cut off either foot towards the quarterback, and flexibility to bend around the corner. He closes distances quickly, which can be effective from a variety of alignments, and Barr is a punishing finisher.


    Where He Fits: Experience as a stand up rusher next to a three man front. Able to loop inside.


    Draft Projection: Top-5 selection. Has a chance to be drafted over Clowney.


    Extended Evaluation



    5. T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M


    NFL Comparison: Jordan Gross


    Where He Wins: Doesn’t sit back and wait, finds contact through his hands and is an aggressive blocker. Obtains inside hand positioning and adjusts if necessary. Athletic feet to keep proper shoulder alignment, which prevents bending from the waist. Displays ability to bend at the knee to absorb and redirect. Sets up cut blocks and drives through with force. Moving from right to left tackle.


    Where He Fits: Has experience and played at a high level at left or right tackle.


    Draft Projection: The top offensive tackle off the board. Top-10.



    6. LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama


    NFL Comparison: Sean Lee


    Where He Wins: Very little wasted movement. Lines up as inside linebacker behind three and four man fronts. Has so much range, chases down athletic quarterbacks to the edge. Same range is visible in pass coverage. Contacts crossing routes and keeps footwork to sustain and trail. Works over top of blocks with quick steps. Keeps nice vision at the second level by strafing then attacks uphill. Will finish tackles.


    Where He Fits: Has transitioned from a coverage linebacker to the complete package. Scheme versatile at inside linebacker. Could potentially see time on the weakside.


    Draft Projection: Very dependent on how teams react to his injury history. Top-20.

    28. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M**


    NFL Comparison: Tony Romo


    Where He Wins: Wearing down defenses with tempo. A master of broken plays. Stretches teams laterally with his feet. Forces defenses to match up with quick passes followed by elongated plays with little time to rest in between.


    Where He Fits: Has shown development from the pocket, but could thrive in a creative system. Thrives on broken plays. Drops his eye level, but can magically find open space and available passing lanes to connect on ridiculous completions. Will test tight single coverage. Gives his receiver a shot. Can also be a quick decision maker, which is key to Air Raid. Has made more throws outside the numbers and downfield this season. Obviously extremely mobile.


    Draft Projection: Top-10.

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/cfb/44905/325/nfl-draft-prospects-top-32?pg=2
  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Dont let Jerry read number 28.
  3. dart

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    jerry will probably go for 20 or 31
  4. dart

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    I am ready to get QB and trade away our picks for real WINNING QB

    QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon**


    NFL Comparison: A more refined Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada.


    Where He Wins: Does not get enough credit for his success in the pocket. Quick decision maker on short to intermediate routes, which is exactly what up-tempo offenses need. Not afraid to shift off that first read, reset, and fire to another target while inside or outside of the pocket. Placement is improving and obviously has the velocity to hit any throw on a rope. He offers a read option/zone read element as well.


    Where He Fits: Has plenty of experience in an up-tempo offense, but his pocket skills will translate for any team. Creativity will help use his talents in the best way.


    Draft Projection: No. 1 or 2 pick.
  5. CopenhagenCowboy

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    "A more refined Colin Kaepernick"? Give me that.
  6. Tezz

    Tezz Active Member

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    Teams are going to love Mike Evans come draft day

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