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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sports - NFL Draft Review Part 2

This year's draft was very exciting if only because it was unpredictable.  Players fell below their projected draft spots (QB Geno Smith, LB Manti Te'o), no running backs were selected in the 1st Round, and only one quarterback was chosen.  It was the year of Legos, according to Chris Berman; setting up the foundation of your team using the fundamental blocks.  Whatever it was, it was a fun Draft to watch.  Later Rounds were relatively normal, and teams added much needed talent to their rosters.  Let's take a look at the key players selected by each NFL team in the 2013 Draft:

  • Dion Jordan - DE, Oregon - Fast, quick around the edge, a Jason Taylor clone.
  • Jamar Taylor - CB, Boise St. - Strong and fast, could start right away.
  • Sharrif Floyd - DT, Florida - The steal of the draft, a force in the middle of the line.
  • Xavier Rhodes - CB, FSU - A tall, long, physical press corner.
  • Cordarrelle Patterson - WR, Tenn - Physical receiver, like Demaryius Thomas.
New England
  • Jamie Collins - LB, Southern Miss - A fast OLB perfect for the Patriot's 3-4.
  • Aaron Dobson - WR, Marshall - Tall, raw project from a small school.
New Orleans
  • Kenny Vaccaro - S, Texas - Should pair up well with Malcolm Jenkins.
New York Giants
  • Justin Pugh - OT, Syracuse - Not huge, but can play both tackles and both guards.
  • Johnathan Hankins - DT, OSU - A run-stopper, not a pass-rusher.
  • Damontre Moore - DE, A&M - A light DE or a big LB, can be either.
New York Jets
  • Dee Milliner - CB, Alabama - Very fast lock-down corner, OK tackler.
  • Sheldon Richardson - DT, Missouri - Quick for a big guy, not extremely strong.
  • Geno Smith - QB, WVU - Fastest QB in the Draft, plays like Aaron Brooks.
  • D.J. Hayden - CB, Houston - Coming back from a life-threatening heart injury.
  • Menelik Watson - OT, FSU - 6'5" raw physical specimen.
  • Lane Johnson - OT, Oklahoma - 6'6", very athletic and fast.
  • Zach Ertz - TE, Stanford - Quick TE who is a threat to score.
  • Matt Barkley - QB, USC - Knows the pro style, but lacks height and arm strength.
  • Jarvis Jones - LB, Georgia -  Pass-rushing OLB fit for the 3-4.
  • Le'Veon Bell - RB, MSU - Big, bruising back with power.
  • Markus Wheaton - WR, OSU - Only 5'11", but very quick and elusive.
San Diego
  • D.J. Fluker - OT, Alabama - 6'5, 340, a perfect right tackle.
  • Manti Te'o - LB, Notre Dame - Small, but aggressive and vocal.
  • Keenan Allen - WR, California - Long legs & a reliable #1 prospect.
San Francisco
  • Eric Reid - S, LSU - A fast safety with a solid overall build.
  • Cornellius Carradine - DE, FSU - An edge-rusher with injury concerns.
  • Vance McDonald - TE, Rice - Built like a blocker but with catching ability.
  • Marcus Lattimore - RB, SC - An all-pro back with major knee concerns.
  • Christine Michael - RB, A&M - 5'10", with injury and off-field problems.
  • Jordan Hill - DT, PSU - A little small, but agressive and physical.
St. Louis
  • Tavon Austin - WR, WVU - 5'8", fast, quick, a perfect slot receiver.
  • Alec Ogletree - LB, Georgia - Good speed, can tackle RBs or run with TEs.
  • T.J. McDonald - S, USC - Pro-size & style, hits like a missile.
  • Stedman Bailey - WR, WVU - 5'10", good route runner.
Tampa Bay
  • Johnthan Banks - CB, Miss. St. - A thin press-corner with good height and length.
  • Mike Glennon - QB, N.C. State - 6'6", lean, with a very strong arm.
  • Chance Warmack - OG, Alabama - Thick & solid, a great run-blocker.
  • Justin Hunter - WR, Tenn - 6'4", a definite red zone threat.
  • David Amerson - CB, N.C. State - Physical & athletic, could switch to safety.
  • Jordan Reed - TE, Florida - Versatile, much like Aaron Hernandez.

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