Tag Archive: 2013 NFL Draft

These prospects aren’t necessarily my top ranked guys or players that are going to go in the first round, but they are guys that I am 100% sold on and would fight for if I was in a NFL Draft War Room. Enjoy.


Geno Smith, West Virginia
Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

Honorable mentions: Ryan Nassib, Syracuse, Ryan Griffin, Tulane

Analysis: I have been fairly outspoken about not being a fan of this quarterback class. That’s not to say there won’t be solid starters that come out of this class, there will, but I’m not comfortable tying my reputation to many of these quarterbacks and even the guys that I like have flaws. Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson have been my top 2 guys for months and that’s not going to change. I think Wilson is going to be a very good value if he’s there on day 2 and whoever gets him is going to get a very good, tough leader who may not be a pro bowler but is a guy you can win with. Geno Smith has been completely overanalyzed by this point, but I don’t think he’s a “franchise” guy, but definitely has pro bowl upside. That’s worth a 1st round pick to me. He’s the #14 player on my overall big board. As for Nassib, he’s been my #3 QB for a long time as well and while his NFL success will be tied more to a good scheme fit than I think Smith and Wilson will I think that he’s going to be a quality starter as well. This is particularly true if he goes to a team with an entrenched veteran QB who can show him the ropes and give him time to develop. Like most of the QB’s in this class I don’t think he is ready to jump in and run the show from the start. And finally there is Ryan Griffin from Tulane who I wish I could have seen more of, but everything I saw of him was very intriguing. He’s going to be an early day 3 pick in my opinion and I really like his developmental upside. Should be a good #2 at least, potentially a solid starter. I’d roll the dice on him in round 4 or 5.


Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
Dennis Johnson, Arkansas
Benny Cunningham, Middle Tennessee State

Honorable mention: Montee Ball, Wisconsin

Analysis: Franklin is my #2 running back in this class, Bernard is my #3, and Johnson is my #5. Franklin and Bernard have both been discussed an awful lot, I think they are both quality backs and will be effective NFL starters. Dennis Johnson is one player that I am far higher on than most, and I think he is going to shock a lot of people at the next level. When I watch him I see a young Michael Turner who can contribute on special teams as an effective kick returner. He’s a complete back and he is my early pick for the steal of the draft. Benny Cunningham is a late addition to this post, but I am extremely intrigued by him. He just ran a 4.51 at his pro day months after a season ending knee injury and if he comes back 100% I think he is going to be a steal on day 3. He absolutely has starter running back upside and if he gets his chance I think he will surprise people. Last but not least I couldn’t leave Montee Ball off this list. I’ve watched him live too many times at Camp Randall Stadium and despite his heavy college workload I think he is being underrated. He’s a quality back and he can likely be had in the 3rd or 4th round.


Keenan Allen, California
Robert Woods, USC
DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Conner Vernon, Duke

Analysis: Allen has been my #1 WR since October and I haven’t wavered on that despite his knee injury, testing positive for marijuana at the combine or not being able to perform fully at Cal’s pro day. Maybe that makes me stubborn, but I’ve been watching him since he was a freshman and I’ve been convinced for three years that he has #1 WR upside at the next level, so why should I change my mind now? The tape screams NFL #1 to me, so that’s what I’m trusting. Robert Woods was initially my 1a to Keenan Allen but his injuries concerned me a bit and he dropped down on my rankings, but he is at worst a terrific #2 in the NFL and is back at #2 in my rankings. I wish I could hear more about his ankle to see if he was going to be 100% at the next level, but he’s a 1st round pick in my opinion and will be a very effective NFL receiver. Hopkins has been my #2 for a while but thanks to some possible character concerns I’ve dropped him down to #4, but I am still a big fan on tape. He should be a 1st round pick in my opinion, but if he drops to the 2nd round some team could get a nice value with him. And finally Conner Vernon is the last player I’ll “bang the table” for at the wide receiver position. In a class absolutely stacked with talent I wanted to add a late round guy who I think is worth fighting for. He may not be the biggest or the fastest, but Vernon just always seems to be open and he has very good hands. He’s not going to be a pro bowler, but he’s going to have a 10+ year NFL career in my opinion. Look for him on Day 3.


Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Justice Cunningham, South Carolina

Analysis: Eifert may feel like a cop out, but he’s been my #1 TE for months now and he’s in my top 10 on my big board (#9) so I’m very confident he is going to be an impact tight end at the next level. Cunningham may seem a bit out of left field, but from the first time I noticed him I just had a gut feeling that he was being completely slept on and I still feel that way. He may not be a stud at the next level, but I’m not sure I’ve even seen anyone project him to get drafted. In a deep, talented tight end class I really think he could surprise and make a roster.


Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
DJ Fluker (RT/OG), Alabama
Reid Fragel, Ohio State

Analysis: I’ve been a big fan of Fisher since before the Senior Bowl and he was awfully impressive there and I feel confident saying I was one of the first people to say he was on Joeckel’s level (if not better) back in January. Others have since come to a similar conclusion, and while I have Joeckel rated above Fisher on my big board (#2 and #3 respectively) I am convinced Fisher has pro bowl potential at tackle and is worth a high draft pick. Fluker is an interesting prospect and while I think he would underwhelm in pass protection at right tackle I think he is so effective in the run game that he is worth banging the table for if you are a power running team. Not only that, but if he doesn’t pan out at right tackle you can just slide him inside to guard and enjoy pro bowl caliber play for the next 10 years. Reid Fragel is the last tackle I am a really big fan of. He is a developmental guy who needs some technique work and could stand to get stronger, but I think he has the upside to play left tackle and getting a guy like that in rounds 3-5 is something I and many NFL teams will always be interested in. I think he’s going to have a better NFL career than many expect.


Chance Warmack, Alabama
Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Larry Warford, Kentucky
Hugh Thornton, Illinois

Analysis: Warmack and Cooper go without saying, they are studs and should be quality starters as rookies. Warford is a player some have cooled on, but I really like him as a quality starter at guard and I think he could start as a rookie. He’s short, squatty and not particularly mobile but he’s going to have a long, effective NFL career if you ask me. And finally there is Hugh Thornton, he’s had to overcome a lot of adversity in his life and some teams are reportedly concerned about the anger he has inside of him, but he screams effective NFL starter at guard and call me crazy, but I love the nastiness he plays with. There are some great stories in this NFL Draft, but it’s tough to think of a guy who’s had tougher luck than Thornton. I’m a fan of him on the field, but I’m honestly rooting for him more as a person than I am as a football player.


Barrett Jones, Alabama

Analysis: This is not my favorite crop of centers, and I’ve been pretty outspoken about Khaled Holmes being a mid-round pick (I gave him a 4th round grade in June) and while Barrett Jones may not be an elite center prospect I think he is too smart and too sound from a technique standpoint to not have a long NFL career as a starting center. He’s not going to dominate at the point of attack, but he’s as tough as they come and he’s going to be the leader of whatever offensive line he gets drafted to.


Bjoern Werner, Florida State
Tank Carradine, Florida State
Datone Jones, UCLA
Corey Lemonier, Auburn
William Gholston, Michigan State
David Bass, Missouri Western State
Stansly Maponga, TCU

Analysis: Werner, Carradine and Jones are pretty self explanatory. I think Werner has 10+ sack upside and he’s a top 10 player to me, as is Carradine. Jones may not have that same pass rush upside but I think he can be a very versatile player in the NFL, not to mention he is virtually unblockable 1 on 1 when he slides into DT in pass rush situations. Lemonier is a player some don’t like, but I think he has a ton of upside as a pass rusher. He needs some technique work but he’s a guy I think you roll the dice on, coach up and the dividend could be a stud right end if he commits and works hard. Gholston is a player that some don’t like, but I have a feeling that he could surprise some people. Part of that bad rep comes from simply having the same last name as Vernon Gholston, but he has all the size and athleticism you could want and I don’t think he was coached particularly hard at Michigan State because he was such a big time recruit for them. With some NFL coaching and guidance I think he could surprise a lot of people, so I’m definitely willing to bang the table for him. David Bass impressed me a lot at the East-West Shrine Game and I think he has starter upside at defensive end, so on Day 3 he is definitely worth a draft pick to me. And finally Stansly Maponga presents some upside on Day 3 as well. He doesn’t have the height you want, but I think he definitely presents value as a rotational pass rusher and could go earlier than some have him projected.


Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Jesse Williams, Alabama

Analysis: This is a deep crop of defensive tackles, but I am very high on both of these guys. Richardson has been my #1 DT for a long time and I think he’s going to be an absolute impact player whether he’s in a 4-3 or a 3-4 as a DE. As for Williams I think he is the rarely seen 3 down nose tackle that can be effective versus the run and the pass in a 4-3 scheme. He’s worth a 1st round pick and I think he’s going to have a long, effective NFL career.


Sean Porter, Texas A&M
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
Brandon Magee, Arizona State

Analysis: This may seem like a random group of outside linebackers, but I have been a fan of Porter for two years now and he is a poor-man’s Von Miller to me. He won’t be the dominant player Von is, but I think he can be effective if allowed to rush the passer in a similar capacity. I may be alone in that thinking though. Khaseem Greene is a guy that I think is going to be a good leader and an effective OLB in a 4-3, likely on the weak side. And Magee is a late round sleeper that I think is going to outperform everyone’s expectations for him.


Arthur Brown, Kansas State
Kiko Alonso, Oregon

Analysis: Arthur Brown is my favorite 4-3 linebacker in this class and I personally think he is a definite first round draft pick and can play inside or outside in that scheme. Alonso may not be for everyone, but I love the way he plays and I think he is going to be good whether he’s inside in a 3-4 or outside in a 4-3.


Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
Nickell Robey, USC
Nigel Malone, Kansas State

Analysis: Jamar Taylor and Johnthan Banks are traditionally ranked pretty high by most analysts, at least those that I interact with, and I really think Taylor is worth a 1st round pick. Banks may not have had the workouts that he needed to go in round 1, but he has good ball skills as well as the size and length that is becoming more and more popular to match up with bigger wide receivers. Poyer has been a favorite of mine for years, really since he housed an interception on Matt Barkley when Barkley was a sophomore. He’s a top 40 player on my board and I think he’s going to be a good corner in the NFL. Robey and Malone are two other players I think I am a lot higher on than most. Robey is a top 100 player in my book despite his obvious lack of size. He’s an absolute playmaker and I think you can never have too many of those at corner. Malone is undersized and doesn’t have elite athleticism, but he’s going to stick on a NFL roster, likely as a nickel or dime guy, and make plays on the ball when he’s on the field. I’ll take guys who can play the ball like Malone on my roster any day, especially late in the draft.


Kenny Vacarro, Texas
Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
DJ Swearinger, South Carolina
Bacarri Rambo, Georgia
Duke Williams, Nevada

Analysis: Vacarro is at the top of plenty of safety rankings and I think he’s going to be a very good safety at the next level, and I feel the same about Cyprien. I was really impressed with what I saw from him when I watched him on tape and live. Swearinger was a popular name for a while but has cooled lately, but I’m still a big fan of his. If he’s there in the 3rd round I’d jump all over him. Rambo has some questions surrounding him but he strikes me as an absolute ballhawk and those aren’t as easy to find at the safety position as it may seem. I’d also jump all over him in round 3. And finally Duke Williams, a guy I’ve been rooting for since I saw him LAY someone out in a bowl game a couple years ago, should go sometime on Day 3 and I think he has legitimate starter upside.

1-      Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

2-      Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

3-      Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

4-      Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

5-      Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State

6-      Arthur Brown, MLB, Kansas State

7-      Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

8-      Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

9-      Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

10-   Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

11-   Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

12-   Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

13-   Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

14-   Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

15-   Keenan Allen, WR, California

16-   Robert Woods, WR, USC

17-   Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

18-   Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

19-   Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

20-   Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas

21-   DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

22-   Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU

23-   Deandre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

24-   Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

25-   Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

26-   Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

27-   Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

28-   Eric Reid, S, LSU

29-   Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

30-   Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

31-   Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

32-   Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

33-   DJ Hayden, CB, Houston

34-   Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State

35-   Shariff Floyd, DT, Florida

36-   Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

37-   Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame

38-   Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

39-   Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

40-   Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

41-   Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

42-   Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

43-   Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

44-   Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

45-   Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

46-   Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

47-   Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse

48-   Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M

49-   Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

50-   Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

51-   Kevin Minter, MLB, LSU

52-   Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

53-   Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

54-   Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

55-   Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

56-   Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss

57-   Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

58-   Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

59-   Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech

60-   Kyle Long, OG, Oregon

61-   Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky

62-   Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

63-   Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

64-   Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

65-   Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia

66-   Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State

67-   Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut

68-   DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina

69-   Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)

70-   Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State

71-   Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

72-   Kiko Alonso, MLB, Oregon

73-   Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

74-   Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

75-   Jordan Reed, TE, Florida

76-   Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State

77-   Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M

78-   Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas

79-   Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois

80-   Brian Schwenke, C, California

81-   Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

82-   Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut

83-   Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers

84-   David Amerson, CB, NC State

85-   Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State

86-   Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

87-   John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

88-   Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

89-   Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

90-   Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

91-   EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

92-   Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

93-   Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida

94-   DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina

95-   Nickell Robey, CB, USC

96-   Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

97-   Matt Elam, S, Florida

98-   Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M

99-   Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

100- David Bakhtiari, OG, Colorado

**Disclaimer** If a player is not in my rankings it likely means I didn’t have time to watch him. Enjoy.


1-      Geno Smith, WVU

2-      Tyler Wilson, Arkansas

3-      Ryan Nassib, Syracuse

4-      Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)

5-      EJ Manuel, Florida State

6-      Matt Barkley, Southern Cal

7-      Mike Glennon, NC State

8-      Tyler Bray, Tennessee

9-      Landry Jones, Oklahoma

10-   Ryan Griffin, Tulane

11-   Matt Scott, Arizona

12-   Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah

13-   Sean Renfree, Duke

14-   Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech

15-   Jeff Tuel, Washington State

16-   Nick Florence, Baylor

17-   Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

18-   Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State

19-   Matt Brown, Illinois State

20-   Nathan Stanley, Southeastern Louisiana

21-   Mike Hermann, RPI

22-   Kyle Essington, Stony Brook

23-   Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan

24-   Alex Carder, Western Michigan

25-   James Vandenberg, Iowa

26-   Tino Sunseri, Pittsburgh

27-   Seth Doege, Texas Tech

28-   Matt McGloin, Penn State

29-   Collin Klein, Kansas State

30-   Kyle Padron, SMU

31-   Casey Brochman, Murray State

Running Backs:

  1. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
  2. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
  3. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
  4. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
  5. Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas
  6. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
  7. Christine Michael, Texas A&M
  8. Andre Ellington, Clemson
  9. Benny Cunningham, Middle Tennessee State
  10. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
  11. Mike Gillislee, Florida
  12. Kenjon Barner, Oregon
  13. Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt
  14. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers
  15. Cierre Wood, Notre Dame
  16. George Winn, Cincinnati
  17. Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
  18. Michael Ford, LSU
  19. Rex Burkhead, Nebraska
  20. Kerwynn Williams, Utah State
  21. Mike James, Miami
  22. Chris Thompson, Florida State
  23. Spencer Ware, LSU
  24. Knile Davis, Arkansas
  25. Theo Riddick, Notre Dame
  26. Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
  27. Ontario McCalebb, Auburn
  28. Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
  29. Curtis McNeal, USC
  30. Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

Wide Receivers:

1-      Keenan Allen, California

2-      Robert Woods, USC

3-      Tavon Austin, West Virginia

4-      Deandre Hopkins, Clemson

5-      Cordarelle Patterson, Tennessee

6-      Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

7-      Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

8-      Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

9-      Terrance Williams, Baylor

10-   Justin Hunter, Tennessee

11-   Da’Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech

12-   Chris Harper, Kansas State

13-   Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

14-   Cobi Hamilton, Arkansas

15-   Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

16-   Marquise Goodwin, Texas

17-   Tavarres King, Georgia

18-   Ace Sanders, South Carolina

19-   Aaron Dobson, Marshall

20-   Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M

21-   Conner Vernon, Duke

22-   Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech

23-   Denard Robinson, Michigan

24-   Josh Boyce, TCU

25-   Zach Rogers, Tennessee

26-   Aaron Mellette, Elon

27-   Jasper Collins, Mount Union

28-   Rodney Smith, Florida State

29-   Quentin Sims, Tennessee Martin

30-   TJ Moe, Missouri

31-   Erik Highsmith, North Carolina

32-   Emory Blake, Auburn

33-   Justin Brown, Oklahoma

34-   Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State

35-   Alec Lemon, Syracuse

36-   Marcus Davis, Virginia Tech

37-   Marquess Wilson, Washington State

38-   Keenan Davis, Iowa

39-   Brandon Kaufman, Eastern Washington

40-   MarQueis Gray, Minnesota

Tight Ends:

1-      Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

2-      Zach Ertz, Stanford

3-      Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

4-      Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

5-      Jordan Reed, Florida

6-      Vance McDonald, Rice

7-      Levine Toilolo, Stanford

8-      Ryan Otten, San Jose State

9-      Nick Kasa, Colordao

10-   Dion Sims, Michigan State

11-   Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

12-   Joseph Fauria, UCLA

13-   Mychal Rivera, Tennessee

14-   Chris Gragg, Arkansas

15-   Justice Cunningham, South Carolina

16-   Phillip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn

17-   Michael Williams, Alabama

Offensive Tackles:

1-      Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

2-      Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

3-      DJ Fluker, Alabama

4-      Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

5-      Menelik Watson, Florida State

6-      Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

7-      Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

8-      Brennan Williams, North Carolina

9-      Reid Fragel, Ohio State

10-   Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech

11-   Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

12-   Oday Aboushi, Virginia

13-   Jordan Mills, Louisiana Tech

14-   Xavier Nixon, Florida

15-   Chris Faulk, LSU

Offensive Guards:

1-      Chance Warmack, Alabama

2-      Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

3-      Larry Warford, Kentucky

4-      Justin Pugh, Syracuse

5-      Kyle Long, Oregon

6-      Hugh Thornton, Illinois

7-      David Bakhtiari, Colorado

8-      Brian Winters, Kent State

9-      David Quessenberry, San Jose State

10-   Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

11-   Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State

12-   J.C. Tretter, Cornell

13-   Earl Watford, James Madison

14-   Jeff Baca, UCLA


1-      Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

2-      Brian Schwenke, California

3-      Barrett Jones, Alabama

4-      Khaled Holmes, USC

5-      Dalton Freeman, Clemson

6-      TJ Johnson, South Carolina

Defensive Ends:

1-      Bjoern Werner, Florida State

2-      Tank Carradine, Florida State

3-      Ezekiel Ansah, BYU

4-      Datone Jones, UCLA

5-      Corey Lemonier, Auburn

6-      Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

7-      Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky

8-      Alex Okafor, Texas

9-      Margus Hunt, SMU

10-   Cornelius Washington, Georgia

11-   William Gholston, Michigan State

12-   Michael Buchanan, Illinois

13-   Sam Montgomery, LSU

14-   Malliciah Goodman, Clemson

15-   David Bass, Missouri Western State

16-   Brandon Jenkins, Florida State

17-   Armonty Bryant, East Central

18-   Tourek Williams, FIU

19-   Lavar Edwards, LSU

20-   Devin Taylor, South Carolina

21-   Mike Catapano, Princeton

22-   Stansly Maponga, TCU

23-   Joe Kruger, Utah

24-   Wes Horton, USC

25-   Meshak Williams, Kansas State

Defensive Tackles:

1-      Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

2-      Star Lotulelei, Utah

3-      Jesse Williams, Alabama

4-      Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

5-      Shariff Floyd, Florida

6-      Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

7-      Kawann Short, Purdue

8-      Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

9-      John Jenkins, Georgia

10-   Bennie Logan, LSU

11-   Akeem Spence, Illinois

12-   Jordan Hill, Penn State

13-   Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

14-   Cory Grissom, South Florida

15-   Josh Boyd, Mississippi State

16-   TJ Barnes, Georgia Tech

17-   Chris Jones, Bowling Green

18-   Everett Dawkins, Florida State

19-   Will Pericak, Colorado

20-   Anthony McCloud, Florida State

Outside Linebacker:

1-      Barkevious Mingo, LSU

2-      Dion Jordan, Oregon

3-      Jarvis Jones, Georgia

4-      Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

5-      Alec Ogletree, Georgia

6-      Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

7-      Sio Moore, Connecticut

8-      Jelani Jenkins, Florida

9-      DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

10-   Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

11-   Sean Porter, Texas A&M

12-   Chase Thomas, Stanford

13-   Trevardo Williams, Connecticut

14-   Ty Powell, Harding

15-   Brandon Magee, Arizona State

16-   John Simon, Ohio State

17-   Gerald Hodges, Penn State

18-   Jake Knott, Iowa State

19-   Lerentee McCray, Florida

20-   Michael Mauti, Penn State

Inside Linebacker:

1-      Arthur Brown, Kansas State

2-      Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

3-      Kevin Minter, LSU

4-      Kiko Alonso, Oregon

5-      Kevin Reddick, North Carolina

6-      Jon Bostic, Florida

7-      AJ Klein, Iowa State

8-      Nico Johnson, Alabama

9-      Keith Pough, Howard

10-   Vince Williams, Florida State


1-      Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

2-      Dee Milliner, Alabama

3-      Jamar Taylor, Boise State

4-      DJ Hayden, Houston

5-      Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

6-      Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

7-      Desmond Trufant, Washington

8-      Darius Slay, Mississippi State

9-      Dwayne Gratz, Connecticut

10-   Logan Ryan, Rutgers

11-   David Amerson, NC State

12-   Leon McFadden, San Diego State

13-   Nickell Robey, USC

14-   Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut

15-   Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

16-   Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana

17-   BW Webb, William & Mary

18-   Will Davis, Utah State

19-   Brandon Mcgee, Miami

20-   Dax Swanson, Sam Houston State

21-   Sanders Commings, Georgia

22-   Terry Hawthorne, Illinois

23-   Nigel Malone, Kansas State

24-   Steve Williams, California

25-   Aaron Hester, UCLA

26-   Tharold Simon, LSU

27-   Johnny Adams, Michigan State

28-   Josh Johnson, Purdue

29-   Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech

30-   Mike Edwards, Hawaii

31-   Micah Hyde, Iowa



1-      Kenny Vacarro, Texas

2-      Jonathan Cyprien, FIU

3-      Eric Reid, LSU

4-      DJ Swearinger, South Carolina

5-      Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

6-      Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

7-      Matt Elam, Florida

8-      TJ McDonald, USC

9-      Shawn Williams, Georgia

10-   Josh Evans, Florida

11-   Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

12-   Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

13-   JJ Wilcox, Georgia Southern

14-   Duke Williams, Nevada

15-   Earl Wolfe, NC State

16-   John Boyett, Oregon

17-   Cooper Taylor, Richmond

18-   Robert Lester, Alabama

19-   Damion Stafford, Nebraska

20-   Zeke Motta, Notre Dame

21-   Brandan Bishop, NC State

22-   Rashard Hall, Clemson

23-   Jordan Kovacs, Michigan

24-   Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami

25-   Jawanza Starling, USC

1. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
4. Philadelphia Eagles- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
5. Detroit Lions- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
7. Arizona Cardinals- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills- Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
10. Tennessee Titans- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
11. San Diego Chargers- Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
12. Miami Dolphins- Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
13. New York Jets (F/ TB)-  Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
14. Carolina Panthers- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints- Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas
16. St. Louis Rams- Deandre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
18. Dallas Cowboys- Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
19. New York Giants- Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears- Arthur Brown, MLB, Kansas State
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Eric Reid, S, LSU
22. St. Louis Rams (F/ WAS)- Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
23. Minnesota Vikings- Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
24. Indianapolis Colts- Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
25. Minnesota Vikings (F/ SEA)- Manti Te’o, MLB, Notre Dame
26. Green Bay Packers- Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
27. Houston Texans- Robert Woods, WR, USC
28. Denver Broncos- Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
29. New England Patriots- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
30. Atlanta Falcons- Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
31. San Francisco 49ers- Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
32. Baltimore Ravens- Keenan Allen, WR, California

Size: Ellington is weighed in at 5’9”, 199 pounds at the combine and weighed 194 pounds at his pro day. He lacks the size and bulk to be an every down back at the next level in my opinion as he looks skinny on film. To be drafted on the second day he will have to compensate for his lack of size with speed and quickness.

Speed: I expected this to be elite, but I was actually relatively disappointed. He ran slow at the combine, but he ran a 4.52 despite perhaps not being 100% at his pro day. I think he has sub 4.5 speed, but I don’t think he is a 4.4 flat guy when I watch him. He has good speed, but it is not elite speed and that hurts given that I think he has to compensate for his lack of size with terrific playmaking ability.

Quickness: Ellington has quality quickness and it’s obvious pretty quickly after you start watching him. He can make defenders miss in the open field, he hits the hole quickly once he sees it, and he has impressive change of direction quickness and burst.

Inside Running: I don’t think this is where Ellington is going to make the majority of his money at the next level, but he is a solid between the tackles runner. Because of his lack of lower body strength and overall bulk he doesn’t gain a lot of yardage after contact and doesn’t run through a lot of arm tackles (though he does drive his legs, he just doesn’t have the strength to consistently gain a lot of tough yards). He doesn’t seem to run as patiently between the tackles as he does on outside runs, but he doesn’t try to bounce runs outside when they aren’t there.

Outside Running: This was Ellington’s strength at Clemson in my opinion. He’s a faster back even though I don’t see sub 4.45 speed when I watch him, and his quickness certainly benefits him running outside. He is much more patient on outside runs as he allows his blocks to set up and seems to have good vision on outside runs and utilizes his blockers well in open space. While he may not have great lower body strength he does demonstrate impressive balance.

Receiving: Ellington may not have ever caught more than 22 passes in a year (22 as a junior, 14 as a senior) but I think he will be a quality receiver at the next level. He adjusts to less than accurate passes well, can catch the ball with his hands away from his chest, and his quickness will be beneficial on check-downs and swing passes out of the backfield. He’s not elite in this area, and I haven’t seen him make tough catches in traffic, but I think he’s good enough to contribute early on in this area.

Blocking: Ellington gives solid effort as a blocker but his lack of bulk and overall technique hold him back. I’ve seen him drop his head when he is picking up blitzers or occasionally blocking on a run play and that is a big no-no as a blocker. Additionally, his lack of strength and size make it hard to match up well with bigger, stronger defenders which is why despite stepping up and engaging them he struggles to sustain his blocks. With coaching and strength training he could be average or perhaps even solid in this area, but I don’t think he will ever be a great blocker.

Vision: I think Ellington has good vision when running outside, but I was not as impressed with his inside vision and that coupled with his lack of lower body strength and bulk makes me question how good he will be when given carries between  the tackles. He doesn’t have poor vision inside, but there are times he seems to drop his eyes and he runs into the backs of his lineman sometimes.

Ball Security: I haven’t seen Ellington carry the ball with poor technique when I’ve watched him as he frequently keeps the ball high and tight, not allowing the ball to flail away from his body. However, he did fumble a couple times in the games I watched of him despite seemingly correct technique. They could just be perfect punches from the defender, or perhaps he just needs to get stronger. Either way, I don’t have serious concerns about Ellington’s ball security.

Overall: Ellington isn’t a feature back in my opinion but I think he has the speed and quickness to be an effective change of pace back. I don’t think he’s going to be the electrifying player that CJ Spiller has proven to be when given touches in Buffalo, but I think he can be effective. His timed 40 yard dashes gave me a little pause, but after I revisited his games I realized that while he may not have elite speed like many might have proclaimed prior to the combine or his pro day, I think he has good speed. If he had been 100% healthy at his pro day I think he would have ran a sub 4.5 time, perhaps in the 4.46-4.48 range. Regardless, he looks fast to me when I watch him, just not as fast as many might have claimed earlier this year. His quickness is evident as well, and while he doesn’t have much power to speak of if he can improve his lower body strength he would be able to generate more tough yardage. As it stands he pumps his legs like you would want when he is being tackled, he just doesn’t generate much push. He is a reliable pass catcher out of the backfield, and with coaching and strength training he could be a solid pass blocker. He’s not going to be an electric home-run threat in my opinion, but I think he can be a pretty good change of pace back. I have a 3rd round grade on him.

Projection: 3rd round. I think he will likely end up in this range, but I’d be kind of surprised if he made it to the 4th round.

Size: Taylor has the kind of size I really like in a running back. He’s short, but he’s compact and strong. He is 5’9”, 216 pounds and he has the lower body strength necessary for running through tackles and gaining tough yardage. He definitely has the size to be a feature back in the NFL.

Speed: This is definitely one of the weakest aspects of Taylor’s game. His lack of great straight line speed is more than evident when you watch him play, and his fastest time at his pro day was a 4.64 40 yard dash. That’s definitely not going to break any land-speed records, and it shows up when he gets into the open field and even when he is running in shorter distances. This definitely limits Taylor’s upside which is unfortunate because he is a well rounded back despite his lack of straight line speed.

Quickness: Taylor may not be a burner, but he definitely has quality quickness for his size. He is actually surprisingly shifty in the open field and made more defenders miss thanks to his shiftiness than I anticipated despite having seen him play for the last three years without taking notes on him. He definitely has enough burst to hit the hole though and to me that means he can be a productive back at the next level. You can get away with lacking elite speed, but lacking quickness is tough to overcome.

Inside Running: This is where Taylor is going to provide NFL teams value. He’s a between the tackles runner and that’s not going to change at the next level. He runs with good patience as well as good pad level which makes him tough to tackle initially. He has good acceleration and very impressive lower body strength so he generates tough yardage after contact and runs through arm tackles easily. Once he finds a seam he hits it consistently and typically doesn’t dance much behind the line of scrimmage (though on rare occasions I have seen him do this). I haven’t seen him try to bounce runs outside much, and he is reliable in short yardage situations.

Outside Running: Taylor leaves plenty to be desired as an outside runner. First and foremost he lacks the straight line speed to threaten the edge against faster defenders. That means he is largely forced to look for cut-back lanes and doesn’t often gain considerable yardage unless the defense vastly overpursues. He runs patiently outside as well, but running him outside just isn’t playing to his strengths as a running back. That won’t change at the next level either.

Receiving: Taylor is a very reliable receiver. In the last three years he has never caught less than 25 passes (last year as a junior) and this year he hauled in a career best 41 balls for 287 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s not going to be a home-run threat out of the backfield, but he catches the ball well on check-downs and he has the quickness and power to gain some yardage after making the reception. He won’t be a game-changer in this phase of the game, but he will be an effective receiver in the NFL.

Blocking: Taylor isn’t great in this area, but he is definitely good. He usually picks up the right guy and thanks to his power and strength he can pick up bigger defenders and slow them down. He steps up to engage defenders “among the trees” and consistently  showed that he is an effective cut-blocker in pass protection.

Vision: Taylor’s vision actually isn’t quite as good as I expected it to be when I started watching him based on my preconceptions from watching him live or while scouting other Stanford players last year. His vision is good, but there are times when he seems a bit slow to see the hole or just doesn’t seem to see it at all (those instances are rare, however). His vision is good on both inside and outside runs and he uses his blockers effectively in the open field, but obviously he isn’t at his best when running outside.

Ball Security: I was surprised by this, but I actually have some questions about Taylor’s ball security. He fumbled a couple times in the games I watched but he generally runs with the ball high and tight and even covered it with two hands at times in the face of contact. I was surprised he fumbled especially since there were rarely instances where he let the ball get away from his body. I don’t have serious concerns about his ball security, but it was strange to see him fumble at all much less multiple times.

Overall: Taylor isn’t a flashy back but he is a guy that I definitely like. NFL teams aren’t going to be blown away by him because of his lack of great straight line speed and he doesn’t have an abundance of upside left. What you see at Stanford is what you’re going to get- a back who is quicker than fast with impressive power, reliable hands, good vision and trustworthy pass protection. He’s well rounded, but not explosive or dynamic. That means he is going to be a Day 3 pick, but I think he still offers plenty of value in round 4 and that’s where I have him graded. I like him plenty, but because he lacks upside I just can’t give him a round 3 grade. Taylor has gotten a lot of carries and touches at Stanford, but I don’t have concerns about him being a workhorse at the next level and he will likely be a rotational back initially anyway. On top of that he has proven to be durable, so as a well-rounded back I think he will be ready to contribute immediately even as a Day 3 selection.

Projection: Round 4-5. He could go even later than this due to the depth of this running back class, but I like him and think he warrants consideration in this range. He may not be a stud in the NFL, but I have no doubt that he can be an effective back from the get-go even if he doesn’t go day 2.

Size: Gillislee has solid running back size, but he looks slim despite weighing 208 pounds. I think he could pretty easily put on some weight, and at 5’11” he has the frame to do so.

Speed: In my opinion Gillislee has good enough speed to be a NFL running back. It may not have shown in his combine workout when he ran a 4.55 40 yard dash but when I watched him I thought he had about 4.5 speed. I didn’t think he looked like a blazer when I saw him, but he looked like he was adequate in this area. However, I’m not sure he has the speed to consistently get the corner at the next level, though I believe he will be able to gain chunks of yardage despite lacking elite speed.

Quickness: This is one of Gillislee’s strengths. He is quick and it is evident almost immediately when you watch him. He has more than enough burst to hit the hole, possesses enough shiftiness to make defenders miss in the open field, and changes directions well. He isn’t elite in this area, but he is certainly impressive.

Inside Running: Gillislee is solid in this area, but not spectacular. He is relatively tall and is not a thick runner, but he has good leg drive and can run through arm tackles. He consistently fights hard for extra yardage by running with good pad level and churning his legs upon contact, fighting until he is on the ground.

Outside Running: This was one of Gillislee’s strengths at Florida in my opinion, but I’m not sure he has the speed to replicate the same success at the next level. He showed good patience, found cut-back lanes well, and used his blockers well when he found himself in open space.

Receiving: I believe Gillislee is a good receiver out of the backfield even though he only has 23 career receptions (16 of which came as a senior). He seemed to catch the ball naturally out of the backfield when he was targeted and adjusted to poorly thrown passes well. Based off of the limited sample size we have, I think Gillislee will be a reliable pass catcher at the next level.

Blocking: Gillislee’s lack of bulk is evident as a pass blocker, but he puts forth quality effort and is surprisingly effective despite not having ideal size or bulk for pass protection.

Vision: I was not overly impressed with Gillislee’s vision, though I thought he showed better vision and patience on outside runs than he did when running between the tackles. I thought he was slow to see running lanes inside and occasionally would run into his offensive linemen while he was looking for a hole. He runs patiently when running outside and I thought he was effective when doing so, the only question is whether he will be able to get the edge as consistently in the NFL as he could in the SEC.

Ball Security: When I watched Gillislee I saw him carry the ball high and tight with appropriate points of pressure and he rarely, if ever, lets the ball get too far away from his body where it would be easier for defenders to knock it free. I don’t think I saw him fumble in any of the games I watched of him as a senior.

Overall: Gillislee looks like a solid but not spectacular back to me. I don’t see elite speed from him, but he does have quality quickness and good enough vision to be a contributing back at the next level. I am honestly not certain he’s going to be a front-line feature back because while he does a number of things adequately, I don’t think he does a lot of things exceedingly well. He has adequate speed, good quickness, projects to be a good receiver, and is a better than expected pass blocker despite his lack of bulk. There were just times I questioned his straight line speed when I watched him, and seeing him run a 4.55 didn’t exactly ease those concerns. To me he strikes me as a solid NFL Draft prospect, not a great one.

Projection: 4th round. Perhaps he will go on day 2, but I personally think that he’s more of a Day 3 complementary back based on what I’ve seen.

Size: DJ Fluker has all of the size you could ask for in an offensive lineman. He weighed in at just under 6’5” and 355 pounds at the Senior Bowl. On top of that he has 10 ¼ inch hands and 36 3/8 inch arms, and that arm length aids him very well both as a run blocker and a pass protector. When you draw up the ideal mauling offensive lineman it’s hard to think of a better prototype than Fluker.

Athleticism: This isn’t one of Fluker’s strong suits, but he’s not a lead footed player either. He has some lateral agility to attempt to take away the speed rush, he can get to the second level and occupy linebackers, and while he doesn’t look natural in space he isn’t a liability there either. No one will mistake Fluker for Luke Joeckel or Jonathan Cooper, but he’s not a bad athlete given his size and bulk.

Pass Protection: This is the question mark for Fluker: How good will he be in pass protection at right tackle at the next level? I haven’t seen any indication he could consider a switch to the left side, and while I believe he will get a shot at right tackle he could need to move inside to guard at some point. I say this because he struggles with speed off the edge (see game versus Western Kentucky and Quanterus Smith this year) and isn’t a quick twitch athlete that recovers quickly. He doesn’t mirror well either in my estimation, and quicker defensive ends who can slap his hands away to keep him from locking on can have a lot of success against him. He doesn’t replace his hands very well when they are slapped away either, so unless he locks onto you initially there’s a good chance he’s going to be out of position at some point in pass protection. However, when he does get out of his stance and get his hands on the defender the play is usually over for that pass rusher. His massive arms really help in this area and he makes it hard (if not impossible) for defenders to get their hands into his chest and bull rush him. Considering that and his impressive lower body strength he’s tough to get off balance and bull rush, and honestly I don’t think I saw that in any of the games I watched of him. If Fluker is going to get moved inside to guard it’s going to be because he struggles in this aspect of his game, and this was made more obvious by the help Alabama attempted to give him at times with Eddie Lacy chipping or doubling his man in pass protection. He’s going to be an average pass blocker at right tackle, but that’s not why you are drafting him.

Run Blocking: If Fluker is high on your draft board this part of his game is why. He’s an absolute mauler in the run game and is one of the best run blocking offensive linemen in the entire class. He uses his length well, he has great strength to generate push off the line of scrimmage and rarely, if ever, loses ground on a run play. He is dominant in this area and generates very impressive movement off the ball as a man blocker, can reach linebackers at the second level, is absolutely lethal when down-blocking on defensive tackles, and has enough quickness to get in position and wall off defenders when asked. He doesn’t move very well when asked to pull or block in space on screens, but when asked to block one on one he is dominant enough to pancake his man regularly. He is going to be a very good run blocker whether he is outside at right tackle or inside at guard.

Overall: Fluker is an interesting prospect. He’s not very difficult to figure out- he has fantastic size, strength, length and is a dominant run blocker that leaves something to be desired in pass protection. I think he will get a shot outside at tackle, but if that doesn’t work out he will slide inside to guard. Either way he is going to be a very powerful guard that is either average (at tackle) or potentially above average (at guard) in pass protection. He’s going to struggle against great athletes that can keep him from engaging them with his heavy, powerful hands. Once he gets his hands on you he can control and take you out of the play in both phases of the game, but he struggles against speed and quickness in pass protection. That will be his problem no matter where he plays on the offensive line, but his length should keep shorter, squatty defensive tackles from getting into his pads and getting him off balance at guard. I have a late-1st, early 2nd round grade on him because even if he can’t stick outside he can be a pro-bowl caliber guard at the next level.

Projection: Late 1st-Early 2nd. For once my grade and my projection are the same. I expect Fluker to have a chance of going late round 1 to a team that values dominant run blocking in a man blocking scheme. He isn’t a good fit for a zone blocking scheme which means that if he doesn’t go late round 1 he could slip into the beginning of round 2. I expect he will be gone in the first 40-45 selections though.

Size: Jamison measured in at 5’7” ¾ at his pro day which is obviously short, but he tipped the scales at 207 pounds. Jamison is a great example of a player that is “short not small” because while he is just under 5’8” he weighs more than 200 pounds and it shows in his game. He may not be a game-breaker at the next level, but he can carry the load if asked to despite his shorter stature.

Speed: This is Jamison’s Achilles heel. He ran a 4.72 40 at his pro day and that is very slow for a NFL running back. You can see that he isn’t a burner when you watch him, but it was still disappointing to see him time that slow. He’s not going to win a lot of foot-races at the next level, but I still think he can be effective.

Quickness: This is one of Jamison’s strengths, he’s much quicker than he is fast and he has surprising shiftiness for a guy who packs so much punch as a runner. He is quick in and out of his cuts, changes directions well, and can make defenders miss in the open field at times. The quickness that Jamison has makes me believe that while he doesn’t have great straight line speed he can still get to and through the hole in the NFL.

Inside Running: Jamison’s between the tackles running is what is going to make him appealing to NFL teams. As I mentioned above he compensates for his lack of speed with impressive quickness and that is obvious when he runs between the tackles. He’s effective in short yardage and seems to know when he just has to get what he can. His strength and leg drive are both obvious when he’s running between the tackles as he runs through arm tackles with ease and keeps pumping his legs which helps him gain additional, tough yardage. On top of that his balance impressed me. He’s not going to rip off huge gains at the next level, but he can wear you down if you give him the carries.

Outside Running: This is one area where Jamison’s lack of speed really hurts him. He was able to get the edge at times when I watched him, but it often involved great blocking by his linemen or his tight end. At the next level he just isn’t going to be able to outrun defenders to the edge, and despite doing a good job of finding cut-back lanes running to the outside just isn’t playing to his skill set.

Receiving: Jamison is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He can make catches with his hands, and occasionally has made some catches in traffic. He is even used on downfield routes at times and he seems to track the ball well. I have no doubt that Jamison can contribute as a receiver early on in his NFL career.

Blocking: Jamison is a solid pass blocker but he could use some work. There are plenty of instances where he waits for the defender to reach him instead of stepping up and engaging him. His lack of elite size hurts him here, but he is strong enough to at least challenge bigger defenders. I haven’t seen him utilize a cut-block in pass protection at all, but that is something he could be taught in the NFL if he hasn’t been taught that yet. I don’t think he will ever be a great blocker, but I don’t think he will be a liability either.

Vision: I was impressed with Jamison’s vision. He didn’t dance too much in the backfield nor did he hesitate when running inside which was good to see. He still ran patiently and let his blocks set up, but seemed to run decisively once he found the hole. I don’t think Jamison will get a lot of outside carries, but he seemed to have a good feel for how to use his blockers to set defenders up on outside runs or in open space.

Ball Security: I don’t have many concerns about ball security with Jamison. He seemed to carry the ball high and tight and despite consistently fighting for extra yardage he never fumbled in the games I watched of him. He seems to protect the ball well and I wouldn’t anticipate problems with fumbles in the NFL.

Overall: Jamison doesn’t have a boatload of upside because of his lack of explosiveness and because he doesn’t have a lot of growing or developing to do outside of improving as a pass blocker. He is what he is, and that is a back who runs in the 4.7s in the 40 yard dash and is just under 5’8”. Those aren’t great measureables, but I do think he still warrants day 3 consideration and I think he will surprise some teams thanks to his quickness, vision and ability as a receiver. If he lands in the right situation he could be a good back-up right from day 1, and I think that if running back isn’t a big need but your team could use some depth at that position Jamison makes a lot of sense in the 4th-5th round range. He could even slip to round 6 because of the depth of this class. But I think he will be an effective NFL back, he just may never be a featured starter because of his lack of straight line speed.

Projection: 5th round. I have a 4th-5th round grade on him because despite his lack of straight line speed I like his game. I think he will be an effective back-up as a rookie.

Size: Barner is 5’9”, 196 pounds and while that is a pretty respectable weight given his height I still think he could stand to get stronger in his lower body. He certainly looked like he had more lower body strength and better balance as a senior, so I’m wondering if he could continue to get stronger. I’m not sure he can be a feature back at this size given his playing style, but he projects as a quality complementary back right now.

Speed: This is one of Barner’s strengths. He is very fast and while he timed at 4.52 at the NFL combine he ran a 4.39 at his pro day and looks like a 4.45 guy (if not a little faster) when I watch him. He isn’t going to be the fastest man in the NFL, but he is certainly fast enough to rip off big chunks of yardage and get to the edge at the next level.

Quickness: Barner is very quick, and it’s obvious right away when you start watching him. He can make defenders miss in the open field due to his shiftiness, he hits the hole quickly and accelerates very fast. His quickness is very impressive and it’s one of my favorite parts about his game.

Inside Running: Barner isn’t going to be a great inside runner in the NFL in my opinion, but if he was drafted into a zone scheme he would be better than if he was in a man blocking scheme. He has a lot of experience on zone runs thanks to the scheme he played in at Oregon. As a junior I thought his legs went dead on contact too much and that he didn’t have very good balance, but both of those issues seemed to be less severe as a senior. His balance was better and he seemed to pump his legs a little better once contact was initiated. He also showed that he could run through arm tackles and bounce off defenders who went for shoulder stingers without going down and that was good to see. He’s never going to be a power back, but if he got stronger and continued to work on his leg drive I think he could get more yardage after initial contact.

Outside Running: This is where Barner shines. He has the speed to get the edge, the quickness to stop and start on a dime, and he is very comfortable running patiently and then planting his foot and exploding through the hole. He is very good running outside and that should continue at the next level.

Receiving: Barner may not have been a frequent target in Oregon’s passing game (50 receptions in the last 3 years, including 20 as a senior) but he showed soft hands and I think he will be an effective check down and screen player in the NFL. He should be ready to contribute as a receiver immediately.

Blocking: This is one of Barner’s biggest Achilles heels. His lack of great size and strength limits him as a blocker and on top of that he was very rarely asked to block at Oregon. He lacks the skill set and the experience to be a good pass blocker early in his career so he is going to need some time to get coached up in this area. Depending on the team that drafts him that could keep him off the field early.

Vision: Barner has good vision on outside runs and in open space, but I was less impressed by his vision on inside runs. When the hole was obvious he would hit it immediately, but when looking for cut-back lanes he often hesitated, stopped his feet and danced in the backfield before finding somewhere to run. I think that will be a problem in the NFL and while it didn’t happen on every inside run it definitely happened enough that it concerned me.

Ball Security: I have some questions about Barner’s ball security in the NFL as well. He didn’t fumble a lot when I watched him, but he didn’t seem to protect the ball when contact was coming and there were times that he let the ball get away from his frame when he was attempting to elude defenders or fight for more yardage. He has to be careful about that, but this is definitely coachable.

Overall: Barner is an intriguing player but he’s definitely not my favorite back in this class. He’s got the speed, quickness, hands and outside vision that you want, but he lacks power right now even though he was better in this regard as a senior. He just doesn’t strike me as a “tough” player and that cooled me on him a bit. He’s never going to have great power and he’s not going to be that type of back, but his relative lack of leg drive concerns me. Combine that with his inconsistent inside vision and I’m not sure he’s going to be much more than a change of pace back that gets carries to the outside, zone runs, screens and check downs in the NFL. If he was a tougher player I might be convinced that he could get stronger and become a more complete runner, but right now I don’t think that’s the case. He’s worth a pick in the 4th-5th round range, but he’s not going to be a feature back in the NFL in my opinon.

Projection: 4th-5th round. I think he will end up being a day 3 pick, likely before the middle of the 5th round. He’s got enough big play speed that a team looking for a complementary guy will grab him in this range.