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A few surprises in Round One. Dion Jordan and E.J. Manuel were the two biggest reaches, but there were also some great value grabs with Sharrif Floyd falling to 23, and Cordarrelle Patterson dropping all the way to 29, where the Vikings traded up to nab him.
Minnesota was the clear winner of the 1st round, grabbing Floyd at 23, Xavier Rhodes (CB) at 25 and Patterson at 29. All three will likely be day-1 starters at their positions, and Floyd and Patterson have future star potential.
Now, for day 2...
1 *Keenan Allen WR California Jr 6'3' 210
Allen has been dropping on some boards, but at last glance, the tape hasn't changed on him. He's big, fluid, quick and can line up at any of the WR spots and present mismatches. The ACL sprain from the '12 season limited his workout ability, and although he ran a 4.71 at his Pro Day, he plays much faster than that on tape. His body control and hands are "plus", and he'll extend plays both with his physicality and his agility.
He could very well drop into the 2nd round, but wind up being the most productive WR in the class when all is said and done.
2 Jamar Taylor CB Boise State Sr 5'11 195
Taylor possesses a strong combination of quickness, speed, and physicality. He can play off and bait you with his impressive closing burst, or he can come up and disrupt you with a strong jam at the line. He plays the ball well in the air and explodes out of his backpedal when asked to plant and drive.
Breaks down and redirects effectively in space, and exhibits fluidity and change of direction suddenness to cover routes underneath. Taylor is the total package. His limited time in press coverage has some scouts questioning if he can play consistently on the outside at the next level, but watching him take on bigger blockers with aggression and effective use of leverage, I think he should hold his own just fine out there.
3 Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State Sr 6'4' 265
Carradine suffered an ACL tear before the Seminoles' final regular season game, ending a season that saw him garner 11 sacks and 80 total tackles - an eye-popping number of tackels for a defensive end. On tape, Carradine is probably the most polished edge rusher in the group when considering his explosive get-off, great use of length and hands, impressive flexibility and strong closing burst.
He flashes a strong swim move to the outside shoulder of the tackle, a decent spin back to the inside, and good use of flexibility and leverage to generate a strong bull-rush. Plain and simple, before the ACL tear, Carradine was the best 3-point rusher in the draft. Pre-Draft workouts will be the teller as to how the injury has effective his explosiveness and agility, so expect his draft position to be tied pretty tighlty to how well he tests.
4 Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame Sr 6'2' 242
Despite the off-field drama and Alabama game criticism surrounding Te'o, he's still the top inside LB prospect in the draft. He exhibits strong diagnostics, anticipation and awareness against the run, and although he lacks the athleticism to drop back and hang with slot receivers, he makes up for it with good instincts. He's a natural leader as well, which is what you need at the position.
He may never be a Pro Bowler, but he's certainly capable of being a long-term impact starter who could be near the top of the league in tackles year after year.
5 *Robert Woods WR Southern California Jr 6'1' 190
Woods has been up and down on a lot of boards, but to me he's remained right there in the late-1st round/mid-2nd round pick range. He's fluid as a route runner, boasts more-than-capable hands to make the tough, off-body catch, and exhibits a large catch radius that could make him a primary target at the next level. He's not the elite burner, but has sneaky speed and displays good acceleration to separate vertically, and can shift in the open field to make defenders miss and extend plays.
He'll need to become more physical against press, and needs to be more consistent at securing the ball before turning up field.
6 Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State Sr 6'1' 185
Banks has slipped on some boards but not mine. He might have the best size/athleticism combination in the group, and exhibits versatility to contribute in several ways, including as a returner. Banks primarily played off-man at Miss. State, but possesses the length and plays with aggression that should translate well to lining up in more press at the next level.
He's explosive when asked to plant and drive back to the play, and attacks the football in the air. He's solid against the run, although he will struggle from time to time, to break free of blocks down field. He'll also lock onto opposing QBs and lose track of his receiver. He's extremely flexible and agile for his length and can redirect in space without bogging down. Could turn out to be a real gem in the mid-late 2nd round.
7 Kevin Minter ILB LSU Sr 6'0 246
While Minter doesn’t possess eye-popping measurables or athleticism, he’s instinctive, tough and possesses a motor that rivals anyone in the class. Minter is not “elite” in any one area, but there are no glaring weaknesses to speak of. He's not the "thumper" that a lot of scouts would like to see in the middle, but he's a fundamentally strong tackler, diagnoses the run well, and comes down hill rapidly to finish in the hole. He's fluid enough in coverage, and anticipates routes, when sitting in zone.
8 Khaseem Greene OLB Rutgers rSr 6'1' 236
Thick, powerful frame with long arms and good muscular definition. Explosive tackler with a knack for stripping the football. Physical and at times devastating hitter who closes quickly on plays in front of him. Doesn't have the elite first step, but accelerates extremely well. Fluid drop in zone, but tends to react late to passes. Appears to be more effective up on the line of scrimmage vs. the run and on delayed blitzes. Strong awareness against the run. Good balance and use of leverage as well as hands and arm length to stay clean at the 2nd level. Quick hands to disengage. Closes on target and wraps up well.
Drives his target backward, and is emphatic in the way that he tackles. Played a large amount of zone coverage at Rutgers, and exhibited good awareness and ability to locate ball in man coverage situations. Doesn't appear to be a burner. Susceptible to look-offs, and will at times be out of position on the outside. Looks to be effective as an inside 'backer, considering that's primarily where he played at Rutgers. Good special teams player. Always around the ball. A converted safety with a history of picking the ball off. Need to see better awareness against the pass. 2011 Big East Defensive Player of the year and posted 125 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and a whopping 6 forced fumbles in 2012.
9 Sanders Commings CB Georgia Sr 6'0 208
Scouts have varying opinions on Commings, but considering Seattle's press-heavy scheme, there may not be a better fit for the ‘Hawks defensive backfield in this draft, outside of the first round. The former Georgia Bulldog is as disruptive as any corner in the class when asked to come up and jam receivers at the line, and exhibits fluid hips when flipping from a backpedal to go vertical. He also displays strong recognition and anticipation to keep stride-for-stride on underneath routes, and puts his long arms to good use in extending to break up the pass, or when shedding downfield blockers against the run.
He's not a "stop-on-a-dime" athlete with a whole lot of suddenness to his game, so he has struggled from time to time in situations where he's been asked to play off, or come back to the ball once he has committed vertically. Ultimately, Commings is a very good press corner who plays with the level of physicality that Seattle loves, can defend the run, and may be able to contribute on the inside as well considering how quickly he can get his hips around and move across the field without losing a step. As for where Commings best fits, he'd be an immediate competitor for the 3rd outside CB role (behind Sherman/Browner), and has the skill-set to compete for an eventual take-over of Brandon Browner's current starting spot.
10 *Da'Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech Jr 6'3' 206
Had Rogers remained at Tennessee, he may be a top-20 consideration this year. He's big, agile, has strong hands, plays a physical brand of ball, and is fluid as a route-runner. Personal issues and inconsistencies have plagued him in his career, but there's no denying the upside, and I don't see him slipping past the 3rd round.
11 *Menelik Watson OT Florida State Jr 6'5' 320
Long, wide body with prototypical length, flexibility and athleticism. Comes off the line and gets set quickly with a wide base and ideal bend. Does a good job of creating early contact and jarring his opponent with an explosive punch. Exhibits a fluid, balanced kick-slide enabling him to reach the edge with time to spare, and moves well laterally to ward off counter-moves. Possesses raw upper body strength to rag-doll his opponent when he's able to establish inside hand position.
Exhibits some "nasty" at the point of attack as a run blocker, with a knack for twisting and and bending his opponent to get him to the ground. Strong burst off the snap when asked to get down field and pick up defenders at the 2nd level. Flexibility and athleticism to break down and redirect in space with suddenness.
Will get over-eager off the snap as a pass-protector and reach from his waste causing him to double over. Allows rusher into his frame too often by collapsing his arms and bending at the waste. Needs to continue "punching" when a rusher counters back inside, rather than dropping his hands and relying solely on his feet to wall-off the defender. Is not decisive when targeting in open space or at the 2nd level as a run blocker and will often miss opportunities by reacting to late.
Doesn't anticipate defender movement in space very well, and will whiff completely at times when attempting to take out a converging linebacker or safety. Sometimes will simply stop and look around while the play is still going, as if he doesn't know where to be.
12 Arthur Brown OLB Kansas State rSr 6'1' 228
Smaller, compact linebacker with athletic, muscular frame. Fluid backpedal and good awareness in zone. Closing speed to meet the receiver at the ball and/or runner at the line. Quickness is plus with ability to stop and start fluidly. Takes on bigger blockers with good lower flexibility and hand work to disengage. Flies to the football and times his first step well when stepping up to plug the hole.
Good awareness and vision against the run and takes good angles to the sidelines. Patient to allow the run to develop, sitting in his gap and rarely over-running. Disciplined in zone, picking up coverages and routes early in the play. Turns his back to the QB too early at times and bails out of underneath territory too soon. Brown is an instinctive run defender with the toughness and physicality to play inside, and the athleticism and coverage ability to play in space on the outside. A first-round talent who probably falls to the 2nd round.
13 Matt Barkley QB Southern California Sr 6'2' 230
Barkley may lack the big arm, but throughout his career at USC, he has displayed solid fundamentals, good feet, more than adequate accuracy, and an intangible leadership quality that should translate well to the next level. He's an underrated athlete, and he has shown that he's capable of performing at a high level in critical moments. Would be ideal in a timing-based, rhythm offense that relies on short, quick passes and play action. My top-rated QB in the class.
14 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama rJr 5'11' 231
Lacy possesses a strong combination of power and agility that enable him to extend plays both in running through tackles and in making defenders miss in the open field. The only real knocks on Lacy are his lack of pull-away straight-line speed, and a series of foot injuries that have led some scouts to believe he may be chronically injury-prone. He possesses strong initial burst to the hole, keeps his pads down and churns his legs through contact, but he also possesses good vision and will hit the cutback lane rather than running guys over just for the sake of running them over. A smart, tough runner who could be a featured back soon at the next level.
15 Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati rSr 6'5 255
Kelce is still learning the position, but exhibits traits that suggest he could be an elite TE at the next level. His natural strength is apparent when asked to block as he seemingly has his way at times with DEs or OLBs coming off the edge, and he was often called upon to block out of the backfield at Cincinnati.
As a route runner, he's still a bit stiff and tends to round off, but he possesses enough flexibility to become better here with coaching and more time. He's a natural hands catcher who resorts to chest-trapping more out of habit than necessity, and he's a load to bring down after the catch. Probably the most versatile of TEs available in that you can keep him on the line to block for 3 downs if necessary, but he also possesses enough straight line speed to routinely threaten the seam and make plays down the field in the passing game.
16 Montee Ball RB Wisconsin Sr 5'11' 215
The most disciplined runner in the class, and possesses perhaps the best vision to spot and exploit seams. Great balance and impressive toughness, willing to take on contact and maintains footing and acceleration through glancing impact. Strong initial burst which translates into power on contact at the second level. The biggest concern with Ball is the durability, considering his physical running style and smaller stature when compared to most "power" oriented 'backs. If he can utilize his elusiveness better in avoiding contact where he doesn't need to initiate it, these concerns could be quelled, and he could be a legit multi-year 1000+-yard threat at the next level.
17 Larry Warford OG Kentucky Sr 6'3' 333
Warford is an intriguing package of size, power and speed. He's tenacious on contact, exhibiting the raw power to drive any defender of any size, out of the play completely. He's quick off the line and gets out in front of the run play rapidly while maintaining awareness of his surroundings. Does a good job of bending and snapping into his target and can be devastating on contact. Moving laterally, he lacks some fluidity and can be beat by quick, sudden rushers who change direction rapidly, but as long as he keeps his hands on them, he's usually fine.
18 Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State Sr 5'11' 183
Wheaton is one of my favorite WRs in the class and one who I feel is underrated. He's fast, quick, runs good routes and can stretch the field from any of the WR spots. He's surprisingly strong in his upper half and exhibits nice aggression versus press, to separate early and explode. He doesn't always come back to the ball like he should, and tends to chest-trap when squared up with his QB, but there's no denying the big-play potential he'll bring an offense from day one.
19 *Zach Ertz TE Stanford rJr 6'6' 252
Ertz is one of the better "move" TE options in this years class, due mostly to his quick first step and short-area burst to separate out of cuts. He's not a dynamic blocker and needs to get stronger in his lower half if he's going to be relied upon to support a rushing attack. He's fluid in space and does a good job of tracking and attacking the ball in the air, and will stretch the middle of the field with impressive 2nd-level acceleration. He drops too many easy passes due mostly to turning his head before securing the ball, but he's clearly one of the better TEs in the class at getting open, and then extending plays after the catch.
20 *Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Jr 6'4' 200
Hunter has been a bit of an underachiever in that he poses one of the most unique blends of size and athleticism in the class, but has struggled to consistently finish plays. He can run routes, he can separate and he can pull away after the catch. He simply blows too many opportunities with drops and concentration lapses, and many would say that his '12 season was a disappointment. That said, with some polish, Hunter has Pro Bowl-caliber ability and could end up a steal for a team in the 2nd or 3rd round if he's able to put it all together.
21 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International Sr 6'0 217
Long, athletic-looking, muscular frame. Cyprien possesses top-20 physical talent, but just hasn't learned to put it all together yet. He's aggressive and explosive coming downhill, loves to lay the big hit, and exhibits good instincts against the run. He may have the best ball skills of any safety in the class, and displays a strong first step to close on plays in front of him. In coverage, he's susceptible to fakes and struggles to recover when a play gets behind him, and his lateral range is questionable. Another tough, physical safety who could immediately upgrade a run defense. Big-time hitter who does a good job of arriving at the receiver when the ball does, and separating the two.
22 *Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M Jr 6'4' 250
Not incredibly flexible, and like Werner, possesses only an average first step. Is exceptional against the run, exhibiting strong awareness, anticipation and timing to disengage and close on his target. Relentless competitor who will get the coverage sack due to not giving up on the play. Will chase QB without letting up. Doesn't use his hands enough, and relies more on the bull rush than anything. Struggles to bend at the edge and doesn't break down in space or move laterally with any fluidity. Instincts and effort will make him a strong all-around contributor, but to be a big-time rush threat, he'll need to use his hands better. Intelligence, consistency and effort put Moore in my top 3 here.
23 Geno Smith QB West Virginia Sr 6'3' 220
Smith may be the best athlete of the bunch, but his mechanics as a thrower concern me. Inconsistent arm angles and footwork have impacted his ability to be routinely accurate, and as a result, we saw massive volatility in his '12 performance. He'll need significant technical work if he's ever going to be a top-echelon starting QB in the NFL.
24 Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse rSr 6'2' 223
Nassib possesses good arm strength, accuracy, above-average athleticism and big-time toughness in the pocket. His biggest weakness is his inability to process information quickly when he's under pressure in the pocket, and often times will make a poor throw when the heat is on. He does a good job of buying time with his feet, and displays solid accuracy on the run. Many scouts have Nassib as the top QB on the board, but his struggles under pressure have kept him out of that spot for me. If he can become more decisive and poised in the pocket, he could very well end up being the top performer in the class.
25 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State Jr 6'6 255
Escobar presents a huge, rangy target who comes off the line with strong burst, and exhibits fluidity and flexibility to be a really good route-runner, and pose mismatches to linebackers and even slot corners with use of his long frame. He's a natural hands-catcher who times his extension and leap to hi-point the ball, and displays extremely soft hands and good coordination to secure off-target throws. Despite a slower 40-time, he puts sneaky speed on tape and is able to get separation down the seam.
26 *Giovani Bernard RB North Carolina rSo 5'10' 205
Bernard is similar to Montee Ball in that he runs tougher and bigger than he is, and exhibits a similar "low-to-the-ground", compact running style. Unfortunately for Bernard though, durability concerns are greater with him, as he missed significant time across several games in '12 due to shoulder and leg injuries, and has already torn an ACL (2010). There's a lot to like with Bernard, but he has to convince scouts that he can be relied upon to stay healthy.
27 Vance McDonald TE Rice Sr 6'4 267
McDonald is an intriguing prospect in that he lined up primarily at WR in school. He's quick off the line, fluid as a route runner and utilizes freakishly long arms and soft hands to reel in some tough catches. His straight-line speed is impressive for his weight (around 270lbs), and he'll consistently threaten the seam with an impressive 2nd gear. Being that he didn't spend a lot of time on the line at Rice, he didn't do a whole lot of blocking, and when he did block, struggled to sustain and control his opponent. His versatility as a receiver is what gets him into the 2nd or 3rd round, despite the fact that he may never be an every-down TE.
28 Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee rSr 6'5' 308
Thomas is an athletic lineman with impressive flexibility and natural hand power. He played both OG and OT at Tennessee, and displayed both quickness to the second level as a run blocker, and desirable power and use of leverage to move opponents off the block. He's a bit heavy-footed when asked to move laterally, but he anchors well against the bull rush, so I see a guy whose best fit is at guard, with a secondary option being right tackle.
29 Corey Lemonier DE Auburn Jr 6'4 255
Lemonier possesses an explosive first step, and "plus" straight-line speed coming off the edge. Does a good job of dipping the shoulder and getting into his blocker's frame to establish leverage when turning the corner. Exhibits impressive natural power to set the edge and generate surprisingly effective bull rush, when he's able to get his arms extended and maintain low pad levels.
He tends to let defenders into his frame too easily though, and as a result, is often stood up and pushed off the line quickly, rendering him ineffective. Is not very instinctive against the run, and will often over-pursue when he's able to fire the gap and get into the backfield early. Is a bit tight in the hips and struggles to stop and start in space, or correct laterally when he does over-pursue or when trying to mirror a cutback.
Possesses only marginal flexibility when asked to turn the corner, so he relies heavily on his get off, and hands to establish leverage at the edge. Despite some limitations, Lemonier appears electric coming off the line at times, and certainly has the look of a guy who could give opposing QBs and tackles fits, from either side of the line.
30 Brian Winters OG Kent State Sr 6'4 320
Winters could very well end up being a top-3 guard in this draft when all is said and done. Plays with more "nasty" than anyone else in the class, and is surprisingly agile for his size. He's powerful on contact and appeared absolutely dominant at times, while at Kent State. In addition to his natural power and toughness, Winters exhibits sound technique with a wide base and good hand placement, and keeps his feet moving on contact. Played LT at Kent State, but looks like a much better fit inside at the next level.
31 Robert Alford CB Southeastern Louisiana rSr 5'10' 186
Despite his smaller stature, Alford looks to be one of the more skilled press corners in this years class. He exhibits long Arms and explosive pop on contact, and possesses fluidity and quickness to both transition vertically from a backpedal As well as mirror receivers Underneath with the agility to redirect rapidly. He's extremely aware in zone, and does a good job of reading the quarterback and putting himself in position to make plays on the football. The biggest question will be level of competition, but Allford clearly understands the game, And routinely displays good fundamentals and sound technique that suggest he could be a versatile, impact performer at the next level.
32 Shamarko Thomas S Syracuse Sr 5'9 213
Thomas is one of my favorite safeties in the draft. He's a dynamic and explosive downhill tackler who can really disrupt the run, both plugging holes up the middle, and flying to the sideline to cut off the outside run. He's fluid in coverage and often times came up to cover the slot, one-on-one while at Syracuse. Loves the big hit and displays good read-and-react diagnostics to meet the ball at the receiver and break up the play.
He'll bite on the fake at times and is susceptible to letting one get behind him occasionally, but he's fast and agile enough to stay with receivers vertically and exhibits some natural ability in press-coverage when asked to come up and jam. May be the most versatile safety outside of the first round. Like with any smaller safety (5'9) who plays as physical as Thomas does, there will be concerns about his ability to physically hold up long term, at the next level.
33 Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech rSr 6'1'2000 202
Patton has a lot of very strong traits, though none you would consider "elite." Where he's best is after the catch. He's shifty and explosive in a short area and will make defenders miss in the open field. He does a good job of using his size and long arms to release versus press coverage, and exhibits flexible hips to sink and break suddenly as a route-runner.
Despite his sub-4.5 40 time, Patton doesn't consistently pull away at the 2nd level and is susceptible to being slowed by bumps and contact down field. He plucks the ball nicely off his body and does a good job of securing it before turning up field. If he can learn to put his speed to better use vertically, he'll have the potential to be a No. 1 or No. 2 at the next level, but as of now, Patton looks like an immediate slot/3rd option who can sit down in space and extend plays after the catch.
34 Dion Sims TE Michigan State Jr 6'5' 285
Sims is a natural athlete with impressive speed and agility for his size. He can run all the routes, and catches the ball with his hands routinely. Despite his size, he seems to lack durability and toughness, having suffered several injuries over the course of his career. he's not a dynamic blocker, and has struggled with weight issues as well. Some teams probably have Sims off their board until at least the 4th round, due to some of these concerns, but he's as athletic as any TE in the group and could be a prolific receiver at the next level.
35 Sio Moore OLB UConn Sr 6'1 245
Impressive natural strength and power for his size. Possesses strong closing burst. Ideal length. A threat to rush off the edge, and exhibits some natural pass-rush ability - dips the shoulder and can flatten at the edge. Impressive in man-coverage situations, displaying good route anticipation and ability to mirror tight ends. Only average laterally. Can shed bigger lineman, at times making it look easy, but stays on blocks too long and needs to be more aggressive with his hands.
Tracks the runner well through traffic and takes good angles to the outside. Versatile - can play up on the line over the tight end, can cover down field, and can drop into zone. A bit heavy-footed so he doesn't move laterally or change direction with a lot of suddenness. Long limbed and deceptively fast. Lack of "plus" lateral fluidity in space, but diagnoses early and has the speed to get home.
36 *Montori Hughes DT Tennessee-Martin Sr 6'4' 328
Long, well-distributed frame with balanced upper and lower halves. Flashes quick hands with a rapid arm-over swim. Good balance to stay afoot through gaps and when sandwiched between blockers, exhibits strong effort to finish penetration. Good run awareness and timing to disengage on his target. An effective wrap-up tackler who plays with a high level of physicality on contact.
Fluid and agile when asked to change direction in space. Exhibits quick hands that transition nicely to power on contact, when swatting or clubbing. Gets upright far too often and is stood up regularly when he isn't able to work in space. There are many character questions with Hughes in the wake of several suspensions and an ultimate dismissal at Tennessee. Best suited as a 5-technique where initial space will allow him to generate low leverage and first-step burst to either penetrate or set the edge with a strong bull-rush. A high-2nd round talent who will probably fall due character concerns.
37 Andre Ellington RB Clemson rSr 5'10' 197
Possibly the most naturally explosive athlete in this year's RB class. Changes direction on a dime and possesses unreal burst from stops and cuts. Fluid and shifty when asked to cut back, and displays really good vision to anticipate defender movement, and set up cuts. Despite possessing strong initial burst, lacks a 2nd gear to pull away at the next level. Is a willing blocker, but his slight frame leaves him susceptible to being overpowered on contact. A good receiver out of the backfield who looks the ball in and secures it well before turning up field. May not have the durability to be an every-down back at the next level.
38 Kawann Short DT Purdue rSr 6'3' 308
Flashes some impressive hand work to swat, rip and swim around his opponent. Deceptively quick. Lacks explosive first step but can get up to speed rapidly. Appears to be a bit stiff in space, and looks to be at his best in a straight line. Good balance and agility laterally when crashing. Good vision and ability to adjust to backfield movement. Diagnoses the run early. Isn't the most naturally explosive or powerful athlete of the crop, but knows how to use his quickness and hands, to free himself up.
Anchors well enough to hold the point against the run, but is really at his best getting upfield. Good pad levels and use of hands, with quickness and timing to disengage and close. Lacks raw power to get a consistent bull-rush and should rely more on the quickness element of his game to be effective at the next level. Short will need to quell concerns that many have about his motor, as he'll take the occasional play off, and appears to tire easily. He's not the natural athlete that some of the other top-half DTs are, but his production (7 sacks in '12) and tape indicate that he has what it takes to be a disruptive force at the next level. I have a mid-2nd round grade on Short.
39 Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State rSr 6'2 341
Thick, powerful frame with impressive quickness for his size. Gets off the snap with a strong initial burst. Maintains low pad levels on contact and exhibits good flexibility in his lower half to get under his opponent and establish leverage. Flashes a quick spin move and good balance when changing direction. Displays quick hands when chopping or swimming, and exhibits upper body strength to throw or swat his opponent.
Isn't a guy with a ton of closing burst, and seems to bog down after his first step. He's not a guy who will consistently generate a strong bull rush due to lack of plus power in his lower half, but good flexibility and leverage allow him to hold position. Williams looks like a rotational interior DT at the next level whose first step and natural strength could give a team solid depth both against the run and the pass.
40 Jesse Williams DT Alabama Sr 6'3 320
Anchors well, and exhibits raw natural power on contact to compensate for inconsistent lower-half bend. High motor athlete who fights relentlessly to the whistle. A bit stiff in the hips, and lacks natural agility to cover significant ground laterally. Good backfield vision and awareness.
Not the athlete of the other three, but superior natural power and ability to establish leverage consistently put him in position to make plays against the run. Primarily a run-stopper, who lacks explosive first step and quickness to consistently get up field, but good closing burst straight-ahead when in the clear. Doesn't break down extremely well in space and struggles to change direction once he gets going one way. Won't blow by anyone off the snap, but could be one of the league's best run-stuffing tackles considering what he's shown in terms of being able to utilize his brute strength to generate a bull rush.
Of course, probably what you're wondering:
20 Best Seattle Fits:
1 *Keenan Allen WR California Jr 6'3' 210
2 Jamar Taylor CB Boise State Sr 5'11 195
3 Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State Sr 6'4' 265
4 *Robert Woods WR Southern California Jr 6'1' 190
5 Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State Sr 6'1' 185
6 Sanders Commings CB Georgia Sr 6'0 208
7 *Da'Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech Jr 6'3' 206
8 *Menelik Watson OT Florida State Jr 6'5' 320
9 Larry Warford OG Kentucky Sr 6'3' 333
10 *Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Jr 6'4' 200
11 Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International Sr 6'0 217
12 Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State Jr 6'6 255
13 Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee rSr 6'5' 308
13 Brian Winters OG Kent State Sr 6'4 320
14 Robert Alford CB Southeastern Louisiana rSr 5'10' 186
15 Shamarko Thomas S Syracuse Sr 5'9 213
16 Sio Moore OLB UConn Sr 6'1 245
17 *Montori Hughes DT Tennessee-Martin Sr 6'4' 328
18 Kawann Short DT Purdue rSr 6'3' 308
19 Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State rSr 6'2 341
20 Jesse Williams DT Alabama Sr 6'3 320