Authored by Jeff Risdon - 18th February, 2009 - 1:27 am
A decent overall class with three top-shelf prospects and a whole host of 2nd-4th round guys with quality potential, this class is notable for being chock-full of players who are one attribute (be it size, speed, instincts, attitude) away from having very high NFL ceilings. Some will overcome those deficiencies with coaching and experience, some will fade to Ahmad Carroll or Ashton Youboty land and be lucky to see a 2nd NFL contract higher than the vet minimum.
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1. Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State. 6?0?, 194 pounds, 4.40 40
Positives: Great size and he understands how to use it. Great hips and shoulders, very fluid athletically. Breaks out of his backpedal under control and with strong burst and balance. Outstanding mirror skills, and he has the speed to run step for step with any WR. Very adept at jamming and steering the pattern. Great in run support, solid tackler with some thump. Has very good hands and timing to make plays on the ball. Has played some free safety and looked dominant there as well. Very confident in his ability. Has rare closing speed and tremendous instincts. Is the closest thing to a lockdown corner at the NCAA level in at least the last 5 drafts.
Negatives: Got away with gambling for the big play a lot in college. Will whiff on some open field tackles, lowers his head too quickly. For such a physical corner he doesn?t shed blocks well. Can run upright. When giving an initial big cushion, Jenkins can be slow to get going. Not a great leaper and doesn?t always challenge for high throws, more apt to try and deliver a big hit to knock it free. Will try and bait the QB too often; strong-armed QBs had some success throwing over the top on him.
NFL Comparison: Chris McAllister in his prime
Forecast: As good of a CB prospect as any since Champ Bailey, Jenkins has all the physical tools to become a perennial Pro Bowler. Will be the first CB off the board, perhaps the first defender taken. Surefire top 10 pick, could go as high as #2 overall.
2. Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest. 5?8.5?, 193 pounds, 4.46 40
Positives: Tremendous ball skills and closing speed. Natural playmaker who has earned the nickname ?Prime?. Very quick feet. Very fluid athlete. Consistently makes the correct route reads and anticipates routes well. Does an outstanding job staying hip-on-hip with receivers. Good fundamental tackler. Likes to hit and try and strip the ball. Very rarely fooled by play action or double moves. Has positive experience playing on an island. Good jumper with great timing. Gets off blockers well and really fights in traffic to get himself free. Has the requisite abundance of confidence and short memory that all top-notch corners possess. Played some slot WR and has some return ability. Really stood out in drills at the Senior Bowl as the best CB there by a wide margin.
Negatives: Short. Not real physically strong and has maxed out his frame. Bigger receivers can take his best lick and not go down. Not a blitzer. Can be overpowered by physically strong receivers. Will exit his backpedal flat-footed at times. Had some issues making decisions when multiple receivers flooded his area.
NFL Comparison: Dre Bly with more discipline. Frequent readers will note I am a big Dre Bly fan.
Forecast: His lack of height limits his ceiling, and he?s not physical for a small guy like Antoine Winfield. But his natural coverage ability is exceptional and Smith has consistently locked down some pretty talented WRs. 1st rounder, probably in the middle third of the round.
3. D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt. 5?10?, 182 pounds, 4.48 40
Positives: Very instinctive in coverage. Exudes a high football IQ. Strong technique with his hips and shoulders, understands the intricate mechanics of the position. Good closing speed, has great burst once he locates the ball. Good jumper, highpoints the ball and shows great timing in making a play on it. Solid in run support, keeps his head up and shoulders square on tackles. Has shown he can run step for step with several future NFL WRs (Massaquoi, Murphy, Byrd, Julio Jones). Brings added value as a kick return man and has starting potential there too. Has played some zone coverage and thrived in it. Played some WR and looked surprisingly good at it.
Negatives: Lacks ideal height and strength. Doesn?t have the physique of most of the guys listed here. Can get caught staring into the backfield too long. Doesn?t always close hard on run plays, prefers to be the 2nd guy in and finish the job. More physical receivers were able to get separation on Moore, particularly across the middle. Needs to shorten his memory; when beaten on a play he is hard on himself and it has impacted subsequent plays (see: Georgia and Kentucky games).
NFL Comparison: Terrance Newman or Leodis McKelvin
Forecast: Moore is the best pound-for-inch cover man in this draft and could quickly emerge as a legit #1 cover corner. His floor is real high even if others have higher ceilings, making him a ?safe? pick in the second half of the 1st round.
4. Vontae Davis, Illinois. 6?0?, 208 pounds, 4.40 40
Positives: Big, strong and athletic. Has amazing speed for such a big corner. Explosive burst. Has a more football-functional physique than his brother Vernon. Great closing speed and has the top-end speed and footwork to run with any WR. Very good at steering the receiver on longer routes, understands how to apply subtle downfield contact and not draw a flag. Plus hands, can make the difficult catch for the INT. Played inspired when facing future NFL WRs like Derrick Williams and Brian Robiskie, showed the ability to lock them down. Can be a strong tackler who fills well against the run, will fight through blockers. Big hitter who does a good job keeping his head up and shoulders square. Has an NFL pedigree with brother Vernon (TE 49ers).
Negatives: Inconsistent. Normally has fluid feet and hips, but on film he shows tendencies to take poor steps and tightness in his hips and shoulders. Doesn?t exit his backpedal under control at times. Will bite on play action and double moves more than most. Doesn?t seem to have a real good concept of route recognition or anticipation of routes and/or plays. Will get caught looking in the backfield too long. Stands up straight when tackling at times, which costs him leverage and the ability to react to a cut (see: Michigan game). Played down to lesser competition. Is the same player now he was two years ago, as if he?s reached peak development. Some scouts project him to be a better NFL safety than corner, a la Antrell Rolle.
Forecast: His amazing athletic prowess will get him drafted in the top 40 picks, more than likely in the 15-25 range. Legit concerns about his room for growth and issues with a lot of the subtleties of the position make him a boom/bust prospect. I believe he can be the best CB in this draft outside of Jenkins, but I can also see him being the next Jimmy Williams (the VT product).
5. Coye Francies, San Jose State. 6?0.5?, 177 pounds, 4.36 40
Positives: Real speedster with good height for the position. Shows fluidity in his hips and shoulders when on the move, exits his backpedal under control and ready to burst. Has a good feel for route recognition and doesn?t bite on fakes. Good at jumping short inside routes, reads the QB very well. Very sound tackler who filled in at safety and looked like a force against the run at that position. Can make the acrobatic INT. Very good on returns, both off picks and on PR/KR duty. Really stood out during Senior Bowl workouts for his man coverage skills and closing burst. Also showed leadership ability and a willingness to be coached in Mobile.
Negatives: A JUCO transfer forced out of Oregon State after a weapons charge (later dropped), he carries personal baggage. The scouts I?ve talked to unanimously tell me he?s matured and developed into a mentally stronger young man, but teams are wary of guys busted for carrying an unlicensed loaded gun. Thin-framed and light for his height, though there is some room for added functional bulk. Really needs to improve lower-body strength; his legs look like Keon Clark?s. His tumultuous school-hopping resulted in not getting much experience or consistent coaching. Not very good with his hands in fighting for position or jamming, holds too much.
NFL Comparison: Bryant McFadden with better speed
Forecast: His past indiscretions and slight build hurt his draft stock to some extent, but Francies has loads of potential as a playmaking corner who plays the run well. Perfect for a blitz-happy team like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, Francies figures to be drafted in the 25-40 overall range.
6. Asher Allen, Georgia. 5?10?, 198 pounds, 4.50 40
Positives: Experienced big-game CB who played very well against legit NFL competition. Good hips, which breeds his great agility. Real fluid and efficient in his movements. Has decent natural instincts. Between his good speed and technique, receivers never get behind him. Tremendous ball skills, a real playmaker with the ball in the air. Will fight receivers to the ground for the ball. Strong tackler in run support, really drives his shoulders into the hips. Excels at coming off his man to close on screens and underneath routes. Tough physically and mentally; played most of 2008 with a broken hand and went through long stretches where no balls came his way, but his effort and effectiveness never waned. Has potential for growth, both physically and developmentally. Has dynamic potential as a return man
Negatives: Lacks ideal height and isn?t a great jumper. His top-end speed is not up to par with the faster third of WRs. Drops a lot of INTs, though I cut him some slack with the broken hand. Not very good at shedding blockers, can be engulfed by WRs with good blocking technique. Many scouts would have liked him to get more experience and refinement with another year in college, to work on things like using his hands, exiting his backpedal more cleanly, and to fill out his frame.
NFL Comparison: Tracy Porter
Forecast: Had he stayed in college another year, Allen would likely have topped most CB draft boards in 2010. The potential is there and he has fulfilled a lot of it already, but it might take him a year or two of NFL coaching and learning before it really clicks. Upwardly mobile 2nd-3rd rounder.
7. Darius Butler, UConn. 5?10?, 178 pounds, 4.50 40
Positives: Very fluid athlete with exceptional quickness. Shows good natural instincts in coverage and a high football IQ. Locates the ball well and shows good timing in making a play on the ball. Very intense competitor who plays with confidence and purpose. Has good enough hands that he played some WR. Does a good job avoiding blocks and sifting through traffic. Not afraid of coming up in run support. Respected in the locker room and by his coaches for his competitive spirit and leadership. 4-year starter in a BCS program. Looked strong in coverage during Senior Bowl week.
Negatives: Undersized and slight framed. Really lacking in physical strength; if the ball carrier gets his shoulders squared, Butler just bounces right off him (see Rutgers and Pitt games in 07). Doesn?t have elite top-end speed, more quick than fast. Will gamble and rely on his great athleticism to recover with mixed results. Can be overly cocky on the field. Has some durability and injury concerns after missing time with a knee injury.
NFL Comparison: Dunta Robinson
Forecast: If he were 2? taller and 20 pounds heavier, Butler just might be the 1st CB taken--his skills are that good. But his slight build and durability concerns hurt his value enough that he will likely fall to the 30-50 overall range. I?m more concerned than most about his durability.
8. Jairus Byrd, Oregon. 6?0?, 208 pounds, 4.5 40
Positives: Has all the physical attributes that teams desire--size, speed, strength, quickness. Early entrant but he started for 3 seasons at a top-level program, so he has experience. Real knack for finding the ball and making plays. Smart and instinctive in coverage. Shows good cognizance of routes and aggressively goes after the ball. Sound tackler with some pop. Solid citizen who leads by example. Has some PR ability. Gets off blocks well and finishes his tackles.
Negatives: Has adequate speed but doesn?t always run at full speed; only hits his top gear while running with his head down. Quicker receivers had success getting separation. Had several instances where he went through the receiver to get the ball and got away with it, which won?t fly in the NFL. Can get caught flat-footed on play action and pump fakes, needs more consistent footwork.
NFL Comparison: Charles Tillman
Forecast: Best suited as a Cover-2 corner, Byrd could develop into a very strong starter. His 40 time at the Combine is crucial; if he looks smooth in running a sub 4.5 with good initial splits, Byrd could sneak into the second half of the 2nd round. If he can?t crack 4.5 and looks choppy, he might fall to the 4th.
9. Sean Smith, Utah. 6?3?, 210 pounds, 4.54 40
Positives: Tremendous size and strength for the position. A former WR, has very impressive ball skills. His receiving background gives him a good feel for route recognition and what the receiver is trying to do. Strong tackler, hits like a safety as expected for his size. Good closing speed. Has the requisite confidence and short memory. Employs a physical style that can really disrupt routes, great at jamming. Does a fine job blowing up screens and sniffing out misdirection plays (ask Michigan and Alabama).
Negatives: Runs stiff. High cut despite having a good overall physique. Has adequate speed but it?s very straight-linish. Needs to work on his footwork and learn to take shorter, quicker steps; can be real slow to change direction and often grabs onto the receiver to compensate. Easier to block than he should be for a guy often having a distinct size advantage. Will bite on double moves and freezes on pump fakes.
NFL Comparison: Anthony Henry
Forecast: Tantalizing size and playmaking skills are tempered by limited positional athleticism and technique. Much like Anthony Henry, probably best served as an NFL safety who moves to short-side CB in nickel packages (someone clue in Wade Phillips to that fact!). His upside and size will get him drafted in the 2nd round but we might never see it.
10. Mike Mickens, Cincinnati. 5?11?, 176 pounds, 4.43 40
Positives: Very athletic, confident cover man with good natural instincts. Fluid in movement, with textbook footwork in his backpedal and in changing direction. Loose hips. Good short-area quickness. Adept playmaker who aggressively locates and attacks the ball. Can climb the ladder to highpoint the ball. Exceptional closing speed, has great explosiveness and recovery speed. Uses his hands well in press coverage. Has the attitude of a top cover man. Worked real hard to rehab a tweaked knee to play in the Orange Bowl and played very well.
Negatives: Needs to add physical strength, both upper and lower body. More physical and taller receivers can overpower him and get separation. Poor tackler who dives at feet and knees and lacks the strength to wrap. Really struggles to shed blocks. Tends to try to intercept every pass thrown his way, which has lead to big plays the other way. Will peek into the backfield too long. Had a very poor start to 2008 before rounding into form, so consistency might be an issue. Overconfident in his own ability, one of those guys who can always find a finger to point when many times it should be pointed at himself. His knee injury bears further scrutiny as he left Senior Bowl week practices early after missing time during the season.
NFL Comparison: Leigh Bodden in his Cleveland days
Forecast: His knack for the big play and strong innate man cover skills are top notch, but concerns over his lack of bulk and discipline in coverage are legit flags. High risk/reward pick in the 55-75 overall range.
11. Woodny Turenne, Louisville. 5?11?, 200 pounds, 4.42 40
Summary: Has good size and plays with a disciplined, physical style that defies the oxymoron of that statement. Real fluid athletically with great hips and solid footwork. Good enough speed to stay on the hip of any receiver. Real good short-area quickness, changes directions in a snap and stays balanced. Natural ballhawk, though his hands aren?t great (4 of his 5 INTs last year he double-caught, and he dropped at least 5 others). Decent and willing tackler. Does not always locate the ball well on longer routes, when he cannot peak into the backfield. Not a good jumper. Will bite on fakes. A little too easy to block. Broke his collarbone and missed time, and he lacks experience playing against the big boys (he?s a JUCO transfer). Tended to play well when the rest of his team was doing the same, but his effort and intensity waned when the team was going to lose.
Forecast: His natural coverage instincts and solid measurables are worthy of drafting in the 50-75 overall range. He might slide due to injury and intensity concerns.
12. Cary Harris, USC. 5?11?, 198 pounds, 4.58 40
Summary: Veteran starter on one of the best collegiate defenses in history. Confident and technically sound, good football IQ. Does a good job steering his mark with strong shoulder positioning and good hand placement. Has adequate strength and size. Fundamentally sound tackler for the most part, though he lacks pop. Good at locating the ball and will fight for it. Went against a dynamic offense in practice for three years. Lacks elite top-end speed and doesn?t change directions with fluidity or burst. Can be stiff exiting his backpedal. Had two safeties behind him who played very deep and let him focus on the shorter routes. Lacks great hands.
Forecast: Much like former teammate Terrell Thomas, Harris is a high-floor, low-ceiling cover man who is NFL-ready to play nickel back or man the short side in a zone. 3rd-4th rounder and his ?safe? pick rep might nudge him a little higher.
13. Captain Munnerlyn, South Carolina. 5?9?, 185 pounds, 4.36 40
Summary: Hyper-aggressive, physical press coverage CB. Excels at disrupting routes and timing, very good at using his hands and positioning his shoulders to steer the WR. Very good tackler with thump who quickly comes up in run support. Great closing speed and has good timing on playing the ball. Very quick out of his backpedal and cuts, though his backpedal is cockeyed. Good in the locker room and has some PR/KR ability. Short and short-armed. Not very instinctive in coverage; if he?s not pressing he?s a major detriment in coverage. Clutches and grabs whenever a receiver gets a step on him. Consistently tries for the big play when the smart play is to allow the catch and make the tackle. Will really have to work on not holding and using better footwork at the next level.
Forecast: He makes up for his lack of height with toughness and intensity, but Munnerlyn needs some NFL coaching on hand placement and technique. Added value in the return game will get him drafted in the 3rd-4th round. Could be a good one if paired with a reliable safety.
14. Brandon Underwood, Cincinnati. 6?1?, 192 pounds, 4.41 40
Summary: Ohio State transfer with a great physical package of size, speed, and quickness. Very good closing speed. Fluid hips and explodes from his backpedal with balance. Has thrived on special teams. Plays a bit upright at times. Lacks natural coverage instincts and can be slow to read routes and pick up plays. Flopped between CB and FS and never really looked comfortable. Needs to improve tackling form. Not very physical and could really use 10 pounds of functional bulk.
Forecast: If he bulks up a little and learns how to watch film and apply lessons to the field, Underwood is a major diamond in the rough. If not, his special teams acumen and versatility give him a high enough floor to stick. 4th-5th rounder.
15. Londen Fryar, Western Michigan. 5?10?, 187 pounds, 4.55 40
Summary: The son of Irving Fryar, Londen is a technically sound scrapper with good instincts and work ethic. Good tackler who plays bigger than his size. Physical in man coverage, likes to jam and press. Good at redirecting WR and fighting for the ball. Undersized and lacks top end speed. Gambles too much, though some of that is a function of how the Broncos asked him to play. Has an alarming propensity to lose track of his man if WRs are bunched or run crossing routes. Did not inherit his father?s hands.
Forecast: Fryar projects best as a nickel CB playing in the slot. His heritage and strong football IQ make up for his lack of ideal measurable and will get him drafted in the 4th-5th round.
16. Lydell Sargent, Penn State. 5?9?, 181 pounds, 4.52 40
Summary: Athletic playmaker with major consistency issues. At times Sargent looked like an elite NFL prospect (Ohio State and Michigan games), but in other games (Northwestern, Michigan State) he looked very methodical and disinterested. Has great hands and can highpoint the ball with good timing. Not afraid to stick his nose in the box in run support, solid tackler. Doesn?t have the great closing burst or acceleration of most CBs. Undersized. Will take false steps. Gives up position too easily, lets the WR dictate the action too often.
Forecast: Best suited for a zone coverage team with an intense coaching philosophy, Sargent is a boom/bust prospect who looks to come off the board in the 3rd-4th rounds.
17. Kevin Barnes, Maryland. 6?0?, 188 pounds, 4.58 40
Summary: Very physical cover man with good size. Real good strength for the position. Big-time hitter who generally wraps well on tackles. Locates the ball well and closes with a purpose. Has good long speed but struggles with short-area quickness and lacks great burst out of his cuts. Often gave a huge cushion and turned his back to run rather than backpedaling. Needs to work on his hands when jamming. Suffered a broken shoulder blade that ended his season, and that injury could be devastating for a corner with his style. Has limited experience.
Forecast: His awful shoulder injury killed his upward momentum, but before the injury Barnes was often playing like a 2nd or 3rd rounder. If he checks out medically and performs well in quickness drills, he could get back to that status. Otherwise Barnes is a high risk/reward 4th-5th rounder. Fits best with a Cover 2 base scheme like the Colts or Bucs, a la the similarly built Marlin Jackson.
18. Keenan Lewis, Oregon State. 6?0.5?, 198 pounds, 4.55 40
Summary: Smart, instinctive cover man and leader with good size. Physical jammer who excels in press man coverage. Experienced starter with good savvy and strong character. Decent ball skills, fights for position well. Not real fast or exceptionally quick. Tight-hipped and long-striding, very challenged by quickness and receivers with sudden speed. Very hit and miss in run support; when he uses good form he?s quite good but his technique is inconsistent.
Forecast: Has first-rate skills and character but his limited speed and quickness are real flags. Could thrive in the right system. His Combine will determine his draft round: if he posts strong times in the 40 and shuttles, he?s a top of the 4th rounder. If not, 6th-7th round.
19. Sherrod Martin, Troy. 6?1?, 197 pounds, 4.46 40
Summary: Big and strong for his size, with very good speed and burst. Very rangy, is used to coming off his man quickly and helping his fellow mates. Good hips, looks very fluid athletically. Plays the correct shoulder of the receiver well, uses his size and length nicely when the ball is in the air. Played gunner on special teams units and played it well. Not real instinctive in coverage, looked robotic and slow to react at times. At the Senior Bowl he struggled with smaller, quicker wideouts but looked very natural in zone coverage. Missed a season due to shoulder injuries, and his tackling sometimes looks like he?s protecting them.
Forecast: Has the size and athleticism teams covet, and has shown a coachable attitude and desire to improve that teams like. A good 3rd-4th round sleeper who comes from a college noted for producing defenders that blossom in the NFL.
20. Victor ?Macho? Harris, Virginia Tech. 5?11?, 188 pounds, 4.65 40
Summary: Confident, vocal leader who employs a very physical style. Closes on the ball quickly. Very good in run support and a big hitter. Stock is plummeting after looking woefully slow and underathletic during Senior Bowl week. He went into that week with lots of questions about his ability to run with receivers and use proper technique, and he failed miserably on both counts. Holds way too much, a PI machine. Lacks the speed of faster TEs, let alone WRs. Has value for Cover-2 teams, but those are going the way of the barefoot kicker. Probably better as a strong safety and special teamer, where he has long excelled.
Forecast: If he cracks 4.6 in the 40, he probably salvages a 5th round pick for a Tampa 2 or Cover 2 base defense. If not, 6th-7th rounder who will have to transition to safety.
Mark Parson, Ohio University: he?s clearly brilliant for his choice in colleges (I?m a proud Bobcat myself!), and Parson is an aggressive ballhawk with a great fight/size of dog ratio. Sadly the dog is pretty small (5?8?, 180) and not super fast (in the 4.55 range). A slower Captain Munnerlyn without all the holding, Parson is my early pick for Mr. Irrelevant, the last player taken in the draft.
Deangelo Smith, Cincinnati: projects much better as an NFL safety, where his range and pop are better served and his iffy footwork and tight hips are mitigated. 4th rounder at safety.
Morgan Trent, Michigan: smart, tough, physical press corner with good size. Great in run support, does well in short-area coverage. Lacks speed and agile quickness, though he looked lither in Mobile than he did at UM. Teams could do a lot worse in finding a high-floor, low-ceiling backup CB. 6th round.
Domonique Johnson, Jackson State: real big, fast transfer from Missouri with outstanding measurable but looked very over his head during Senior Bowl week. I went to Mobile genuinely hoping to discover a real gem but I saw nothing that says ?NFL corner? other than his athletic prowess. His lack of instincts and tentative play aren?t going to go away, and he?s not a strong enough or reliable enough tackler to convert to safety. Don?t get too excited when he wows at the Combine. Will be overdrafted in the 4th-5th round.
Joe Burnett, Central Florida: undersized speedster with a good nose for the ball. Brings as much to the table as a return man (where he has major potential) as he does at corner, but has enough raw coverage skills to stick as a slot/nickel back. 4th-5th round.
Jahi Word-Daniels, Georgia Tech: stock fell because of a hamstring injury that wiped out a lot of his senior year. Has great measurables, but he plays very upright and is not a fluid athlete. Widely perceived as ?soft?, and he will have to fight hard to change that perception. If cover skills alone were rated, he?s in the top 10 here, but there?s a lot more to playing corner in the NFL than just coverage. 4th round.
Ryan Palmer, Texas: undersized talent with durability issues. Often plays like he?s trying to not get hurt, even though he often played with minor injuries. Impressed with his cover skills and physicality during East-West Shrine week, and at times during his Longhorn career looked like a much better prospect. Could be a good find if he plays with consistent intensity and shows more toughness, though he?ll always be a liability against the run. 5th-6th round.
Donald Washington, Ohio State: Washington is an interesting case. Always a capable #2 corner at Ohio State, he was faced with the prospect of losing his starting job to a couple of highly-touted recruits. Since he already graduated, he gave up his final year of eligibility and entered the draft. He never stood out amongst a talented OSU defense, but he?s a solid all-around corner who could fit nicely as a #4 CB and special teamer, esp. for a predominantly zone cover team. 6th rounder.
Wopamo Osaisai, Stanford: a champion NCAA sprinter trying to play football, with mixed results. His speed will tempt some team in the 6th round.
Christopher Owens, San Jose State: has seen perhaps more balls than any draft-worthy CB playing opposite Francies and current Jet Peanut Lowery the last two years. A fighter with good speed and decent instincts, Owens gives max effort but lacks the size and strength to handle bigger or more physical WRs. Reminds me of Ricky Manning Jr., who had a couple of real nice seasons as a nickel back before fizzling. 3rd-5th round depending on how teams feel about his ceiling.
Ellis Lankster, West Virginia: CB/FS tweener who doesn?t do anything particularly well or poorly either. Not real big or fast but upwardly mobile; showed athletic improvement as the year progressed during his brief stint at WVU. Brings value on special teams. 5th-6th round.
Bruce Johnson, Miami FL: sprinter with an aggressive attitude, Johnson does not lack for confidence or speed. Has an odd technique--he lines up tight but doesn?t backpedal, choosing to run stride for stride. It works great on deeper routes but he was burned a lot on shorter, quicker routes and had problems getting thru traffic. Short and offers little resistance against the run. 7th rounder.
And because I know you love them, two small-college sleepers:
Derek Cox, William & Mary: tall, quicker-than-fast scrapper who is great in run support, though he needs to attack the weight room and add ~15 functional pounds. Decent man coverage skills and very opportunistic with the ball in the air. Excelled as a return man and might get drafted in the 7th round because of it.
William Middleton, Furman: I only saw 1.5 games of him, but Middleton absolutely dominated the field with his physical style, great speed, and intense vocal leadership--as if Ray Lewis was playing corner. If he can make the jump in level of competition, he could be the next Cortland Finnegan...or he might not make it through his first training camp. More info needed, but keep an eye on what team brings him to camp.