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Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by cowboyjoe, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/04/24/watchlist/index.html

    Brandon Hardin, DB, Oregon State -- Hardin missed all of his senior season after having preseason surgery on his broken left shoulder last summer, but he did get healthy in time to play in the East-West Shrine Game and start to mount a comeback. He has generated some solid buzz this spring and reportedly was scheduled to visit as many as 15 NFL teams, making notable trips to safety-needy teams such as Chicago and Baltimore. A cornerback at OSU, Hardin projects to free safety, where his 6-2, 216-pound frame is needed in matchups against taller receivers and the ever-burgeoning crop of big, fast tight ends. Hardin ran a sizzling 4.36 at his pro day, and his jumping ability (10'4'' broad, 35.5 vertical) also earned the league's notice. As the draft nears, the third or fourth round is starting to look like a distinct possibility, especially given the dearth of talent at safety in this year's draft.

    • Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion College -- Players from a Division III program like obscure Albion College in Albion, Mich., have to be special to get noticed by NFL scouts, but prospects who can run and jump like Greenwood almost always get discovered at some point. Taking part in a pro day workout at the University of Michigan in March, Greenwood ripped off a 4.34 in his 40, then posted a vertical of 43 inches and a broad jump of 11'2''. At 6-1, 193, Greenwood also has NFL size for a cornerback, with long arms, well-honed press-coverage skills, and strong change of direction ability. All he really lacks is pedigree, having attended three colleges, jumping from Northwood University in Michigan, to Eastern Michigan, to Albion in a relatively short span of time. Look for Greenwood's name to be called in the earlier rounds on Saturday, with some scouts likening his frame and game to Antonio Cromartie.

    • Jeff Adams, OT, Columbia -- The NFL doesn't make a habit of finding its offensive linemen in the Ivy League, even though Ravens center Matt Birk has proved to be a rare exception to that trend. But Adams isn't your typical Ivy Leaguer. The Lions standout has been a three-time All-Ivy first-team pick at offensive left tackle, and was a third-team All-America pick by the Associated Press in 2011. It's easy to understand why the NFL might be interested when you check out his measurables. Adams is 6-6, 308 pounds, with a ridiculous 81.5 inch wingspan and massive hands. He ran a solid 5.17, isn't a stiff when it comes to his athleticism, and has the kind of frame NFL coaches can always work with and wait on as he matures. Adams actually impressed scouts at two different pro days, Columbia's and Northwestern's, and the Jets are thought to be a team considering him in the draft's sixth or seventh rounds.

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  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Watch for this guy later rounds.
  3. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    You could probably get Spencer production for a fraction of the price middle rounds here.
  4. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I thought the same thing. He's got range, and we've got placeholders as starters if we need him to develop.

    *sigh*.

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