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2011 NFL Draft - The CFN Top 250 (5th Round)
Wisconsin RB John Clay
Wisconsin RB John Clay
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Posted Mar 3, 2011


After the Combine, CFN's Top 250 Draft Prospects for 2011. Here are the players with fifth round talent.

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What happens when you combine the real, live, on-field production of the college careers of all the top NFL prospects with raw workout numbers and practices? The CFN Top 250 players for the 2011 NFL Draft. Please note, this isn't a prediction or a projection of where the prospects will go. Instead, it's a ranking based on apparent talent, safety, risk, and the potential to be a bona fide NFL starter. These are the best 250 prospects regardless of position.

129. WR Jeremy Kerley, TCU 5-9, 188
Positives: Great value as a returner and a No. 3 receiver. He could be deadly as a third option in the right system, and he’s a game-breaker with the ball in his hands. … Zips. Great when he gets the ball on the move, and he can also start and stop on a dime. … Stronger than he looks. Doesn’t get pushed around.
Negatives: Wasn’t exactly a superstar receiver at a non-BCS level. Ten of his 12 touchdown catches came last season. … Small. Very, very small. He’s a little target who might only be a slot target. … Not an elite speedster. He’s quick as a hiccup, but his straight-line is just above-average for his size.

130. WR Greg Salas, Hawaii 6-1, 206
Positives: Ultra-productive as the go-to target in the Hawaii system. Caught a whopping 225 passes for well over 3,500 yards in the last two years. … Big. Is a strong, tough target who made a lot of plays by fighting for the ball. … Surprisingly creative with the ball in his hands. Not fast, but he uses his quickness well.
Negatives: Not fast. He’s not going to be a deep threat of any sort and will only play in the slot. … Got knocked around a lot. Plenty of tread on the tires with all the catches he made, and he got beaten up. … Numbers inflated by playing for Hawaii.

131. RB Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech 5-11, 223
Positives: Phenomenal power when he gets a head of steam. Packs a wallop to finish off runs. … Strong and big. He’s a tall back with the size and toughness to handle a workload. …. Tough as nails. He’ll stay in a lineup through bumps and bruises.
Negatives: Not fast. He looked faster than he is because of the Georgia Tech offense. … At almost six feet tall and with his upright style, he’s going to get blasted. … Needs to prove he can be a regular receiver. He caught 25 passes at Louisville, but he didn’t do much for the passing game at Tech.

132. ILB Nick Bellore, Central Michigan 6-1, 245
Positives: A phenomenally productive player. Started all 52 games in his CMU career and made 472 tackles. He was tough, durable, and managed to get on every play. … Moves better than he gets credit for. He doesn’t waste a step and he gets around blockers well. … Doesn’t miss a tackle. A pure middle linebacker who stops running games cold.
Negatives: Not all that huge. Short, a bit squatty, and had to work to add weight. He’s not getting any bigger. … Not a pass rusher and came up with a lot of his tackles well past the line. More of a run tackler than a run stuffer. … Not all that athletic. Has decent speed and quickness, but he’ll have to be flanked by speedsters.

133. C Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU 6-2, 301
Positives: Won the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center. Very strong, very sound. Doesn’t make mistakes. … Held his own against top competition. Was great against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl and was tremendous in the win over Baylor. … Looked strong in post-season workouts. Had no problems in the Senior Bowl practices.
Negatives: Doesn’t do much on the move. He’s only a center and he can’t get out and do much. … Not a blaster of a blocker. He gets the job done, but he isn’t going to bury anyone. … Not big. He’s not a huge blocker.

134. ILB Mike Mohamed, California 6-3, 239
Positives: A playmaker. He made a ton of tackles for the Bears and he was a pure football player. He has a passion for the position and he’ll make things happen whenever he gets a chance. … Great instincts and leadership ability. He’s the type of player that good things happen for. … Athletic enough. Doesn’t necessarily look the part, but he moves well.
Negatives: Rangy. He’s not built for the inside and he’s not sudden enough to be a steady outside defender. … Not all that strong and should be eliminated instantly by any NFL blocker. … Okay in pass coverage, but not elite. He’s not going to stay with any pro running back for more than a few steps.

135. RB John Clay, Wisconsin 6-1, 250
Positives: Packs a wallop. A true power back who could be Brandon Jacobs-like in his ability to take the heart out of a run defense. … Surprising breakaway ability for his size and lack of speed. Great at fighting his way to get into the open field. … Terrific around the goal line. Could have a long career as a touchdown specialist.
Negatives: Can’t stay healthy. Ankle and knee problems kept him reaching his potential. … Way, way too heavy. The 250 he’s listed at will balloon up the second the workouts are over. Played throughout 2010 with a major spare tire. … Unreliable. He can’t be counted on for a full 16 game season and will always be on the injury report.

136. WR Austin Pettis, Boise State 6-2, 205
Positives: Ultra productive and got better as his career went on with 39 touchdowns and 24 in his last two seasons. … Nice size and good hands. Sucks in every pass that comes his way and is good at getting physical. … Makes plays. Adjusts to the ball extremely well and makes the quarterback look good. Could be a great, reliable possession receiver.
Negatives: Way, way too slow. He’s slow for a tight end much less a wide receiver. … Will strictly be an inside target. Won’t beat anyone deep and there won’t be any yards after the catch. … Needs to get stronger to have a bigger role. He’ll hit, but he’s thin and won’t beat anyone up.

137. RB Dion Lewis, Pitt, 5-8, 195
Positives: When he was on, there were few more productive backs in America. He exploded as a freshman and was great when he got his chances last year. … Very, very quick. A darting back who doesn’t get knocked around. … Tough to see. A smallish back who gets lost behind his linemen, and then bursts into the open.
Negatives: He’s not LeSean McCoy. … Not fast enough to be an NFL home run hitter and not big enough to be an inside runner. … Not necessarily a third down back, even though he’s a decent receiver. … Forget about any sort of power. He’s way, way too small to be anything more than a part of a rotation.

138. CB Brandon Hogan, West Virginia 5-10, 192
Positives: Very, very quick. Moves and cuts on a dime and can hang with the speed targets without a problem. … Has the right attitude to be a No. 1 corner. The raw skills are there and he knows it. … Great hands. He’s still scratching the surface and could be a whale of a value pick.
Negatives: Seemed to take last year off in run support. He was a far more physical player earlier in his career. … Off-the-field concerns and lots of homework will have to be done on his character. … Not quite physical enough to be able to hang one-on-one with the bigger NFL targets.

139. ILB Greg Lloyd, Connecticut 6-1, 246
Positives: Made a ton of plays when he was healthy. He was a great leader on a strong defensive team. … Bulky without having a problem with the weight. He’s a bit squatty, but he carries himself well. … Can be eventually used as a pass rusher. He’s not his dad (the other Greg Lloyd) but he has the instincts to be a disruptive force if given a little bit of time.
Negatives: Still trying to get healthy. He wasn’t the same playing after a major knee injury two years ago. He still needs to prove he can be as rangy. … Not all that fluid and won’t work on the outside. He doesn’t have enough quicks to be a pure middle linebacker without help around him. … Makes plays that come to him but he has to do more to get to the ball.

140. OT/OG Marcus Gilbert, Florida 6-6, 329
Positives: Can play any position but center. He has the size to move inside to guard without a problem, and he has just enough athleticism to see time at left tackle. … Strong. It’s over once he gets control of a defender. … A good fighter. He plays with a mean streak.
Negatives: Right tackle only. Anyone drafting him thinking there’s a chance he’ll develop into a left tackle will be extremely disappointed. … A good athlete, but not a great one. A speedy, creative pass rusher shouldn’t have a problem. … Could use more of a motor. He’s great 90% of the time, but he doesn’t seem to want to win every single snap.

141. OLB/DE Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma 6-3, 268
Positives: Extremely productive pass rusher. He was consistently fantastic over the last three years and was always disruptive. … Always working. Doesn’t take a play off and he managed to make plenty of big plays just by trying harder than everyone else. … A good guy. He’s very coachable, very personable, and is the type of player every team wants to have.
Negatives: Not the greatest of athletes. He’ll have to make things happen on want-to and he isn’t going to fly all over the field. … He could be a one-trick pony. He could be an effort pass rusher and not necessarily a top-shelf run defender. … Needs to be on a defense with plenty of athletes on the front seven and needs to be kept free. He needs plays to come his way if he’s not being used as a rush linebacker.

142. CB Johnny Patrick, Louisville 5-11, 191
Positives: Grew into a ball hawker who came up with a terrific senior season. Became more of a pickoff artist while still being strong against the run. … Moves well on the field. Has no problems staying with the faster receivers. … Not a finesse player in any way. He doesn’t shy away from contact.
Negatives: Not fast. He might be fluid, but the straight-line speed isn’t there. … Not strong enough to be moved to safety right away. He might have a future in nickel and dime packages. … Not known for being a top-character guy. Will have to be coached up.

143. DT Cedric Thornton, Southern Arkansas 6-3, 309
Positives: Obliterated mediocre competition. He came up with a phenomenal junior season with 80 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 23.5 tackles for loss. … Moves like a much smaller player. He zips into the backfield and cuts well. … Doesn’t miss a tackle. When he gets his hands on someone, it’s over.
Negatives: Needs a ton of work. A TON. Got by on being far more physically talented than anyone else. … Looked the part during Senior Bowl week, but he was also exposed for desperately needing more technique help. … Won’t work much on the inside. He’s likely going to be a 3-4 end or a 5-technique defender. Forget about him on the nose.

144. OLB Lawrence Wilson, Connecticut 6-1, 229
Positives: Very quick and makes the play when he has a lane to the play. He doesn’t miss and he stops plays before they get down the field. … Hits with anger. A guided missile who has ball carriers’ heads on a swivel. … Ultra productive. Made over 100 stops in three of his four seasons and started 52 games.
Negatives: Way, WAY too small. He’s build like a short safety. … Gets beaten up a bit and washed up in the trash. He needs to be clean to make a play. … Is only a weakside defender and he has to be in space. He’s can’t get blocked.

145. OG/OT Zach Hurd, Connecticut 6-7, 324
Positives: Very tall, very lean for his weight. He carries it well. … Buries defenders as a run blocker. Was the one the Husky offense ran behind for the hard yards. … Tough as nails. Doesn’t have a problem playing through the bumps and bruises.
Negatives: A tackle who might be tried out at right tackle, but he’ll work at guard. He’s not built like a guard, though. … Not all that athletic. He might be big, but he’s lumbering. … He’ll struggle to get leverage. His height might be a negative as an NFL run blocker.

146. FS Will Hill, Florida 6-1, 202
Positives: The skills are there. He’s big, he’s fast, and he has the raw tools. If someone wants to be patient and work with him, he’ll be a great vale pick. … Smooth. He’s not going to explode, but he moves well and can work in any scheme. … Good in coverage. He’ll provide a ton of help.
Negatives: Character, character, character. Too confident for his own good. Has three kids. … Way too inconsistent on the field. He’s all over the place sometimes and isn’t always in the right position. … Had a good career for the Gators, but he wasn’t the dominant force he should’ve been. He started just 15 times in three years.

147. RB Stevan Ridley, LSU 5-11, 230
Positives: A terrific power runner who produced at a high level against top competition last year. … A workhorse who’s always moving forward. He always brings the lumber. … Physical enough to be a blocker, an inside runner, and a strong back to take time off the clock.
Negatives: No speed. He’s never, ever going to hit a home run at the next level. … No wiggle. He’ll run well when the blocking is solid, but he won’t make anything happen on his own. … Not a NFL receiver in any way.

148. FB/LB Owen Marecic, Stanford, 6-1, 244
Positives: Part fullback, part linebacker, all football player, he’s going to be a fan favorite. … A goal line possibility. He scored seven times on just 23 carries. … Tough as nails and a phenomenal, willing blocker.
Negatives: Forget about being a ball-carrier. He’ll never get the ball outside of the goal line. … Has to prove he can be a receiver and can be used in a variety of ways. … It’ll be tempting to use him as a linebacker, but he’s an average defensive prospect.

149. OG/C Andrew Jackson, Fresno State 6-5, 302
Positives: A nice-looking blocker. He’s big, but doesn’t have a ton of excess bulk. … Just versatile enough to get a shot at center, even though he’s a guard at the next level. … Is the type of player you want for your line. He’ll work hard and he’ll do the little things to be better.
Negatives: Not athletic enough to move outside, and he might not be seen as an elite guard when it comes to quickness. … Hurt. An ankle problem kept him out of most of last year and struggled through a back problem a few seasons ago. … Didn’t look the part in offseason workouts. Got beaten way too much in East-West drills.

150. SS Shiloh Keo, Idaho 5-11, 219
Positives: A baller. He won’t measure well and he won’t be fast, but he’s a pure football player who does everything well on the field. … A great tackler. A good hitter who doesn’t miss a stop. … Has seen it all over the last five years. He played in 54 games and is more than experienced and more than ready to go.
Negatives: Not an athlete. The straight line speed isn’t there. … He’s not going to do much in the NFL in coverage. He’ll be more of a run defender and will be like a smallish linebacker. … Needs to be surrounded by good athletes. He isn’t going to cover anyone one-on-one.

151. RB Jamie Harper, Clemson 6-0, 230
Positives: A big, strong, powerful back with terrific upside. He could be just scratching the surface. … Quicker than his size might make him look. He’s surprisingly good at getting into a hole with a nice burst. … A willing player who’ll do anything needed.
Negatives: Needs to show he can handle a full-time workload. Sort of a late-blooming prospect. … Not quite powerful enough for a player of his size and strength. He should be more of a blaster than he is. … He might need the right offense. He’s not necessarily a workhorse back and might need to be in a zone scheme.

152. CB Kendric Burney, North Carolina 5-9, 186
Post-Combine Skinny: A complete and utter disaster with a brutal 4.72 40. It was by far the slowed among the corners, and measuring under 5-10 didn’t help. Someone will have to love the tape more than the workouts.
Positives: A very effective tackler who made a ton of plays over the last four years. Not afraid to do the dirty work and is strong at coming up to help out against the run. Tough. … Smart and instinctive. He has a knack for being around the ball and making the play. He has nice hands and great ball skills. … Quicker than fast. Moves well and cuts smoothly.
Negatives: Slow. SLOWWWWWW. Will take ten minutes to get through the 40. … A better football player than an athlete. He’ll have a limited upside because of his lack of raw skills and his smallish size. … Was abused in the Senior Bowl by Miami’s Leonard Hankerson. Was picked on for a reason.

153. RB Derrick Locke, Kentucky, 5-8, 186
Positives: Ultra-quick and one of the faster backs in the draft. A true blazer who could be a dangerous receiver and a devastating change-of-pace runner. … Productive when healthy. He was one of the best all-around offensive players in the SEC when he was able to get on the field. … Nice hands. Could be a whale of a third down back.
Negatives: Way too banged up. He took a beating and suffered several major injuries with concerns about his knees. … No power whatsoever. He’s not going to break any NFL tackles. … Forget about him being a blocker.

154. OLB Ross Homan, Ohio State 6-1, 240
Positives: Very strong, very tough. A typical Ohio State linebacker who might not be the right height and weight, but he has all the other measurables and he makes all the plays. … Locks up his tackles. He doesn’t miss when he gets a shot at a play and he’s physical when he as to be. … Doesn’t take a wasted step. He gets to the ball efficiently and in a hurry.
Negatives: Small. He bulked up to get to his Combine weight of 240, but that’s it. He’s not getting any bigger and will play at under 230. … He’s not going to get into the backfield. He’s not going to be a blitzing pass rusher from the outside. … Doesn’t cut on a dime. He gets from Point A to Point B in a hurry, but he doesn’t change direction to be a factor as a pass defender.

155. CB Chris Rucker, Michigan State 6-1, 195
Positives: Likes the challenge and will take on any receiver. Wants to battle against the best and has the attitude of a No. 1 corner. … Big and physical. He likes to jam receivers and he uses his strength and tougnhness well. … Doesn’t miss stops. Could end up being a safety or a strong nickel and dime defender.
Negatives: Lacks the raw deep speed. If he misses the jam or he’s not battling a faster receiver, it’s over. … Inconsistent. He tends to give up a few too many key plays. Thinks he’s better than he is. … Doesn’t have the make-up quickness and will allow catches. He makes the tackle, but he gives up the play.

156. SS Jermale Hines, Ohio State 6-1, 219
Positives: A big, big hitter. Tough as they comes and he tackles with a punch. … Moves well to get to the ball. He takes great angles and is efficient in the way he gets to the ball. … Just athletic enough to be used as a free safety if desperately needed. He’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of ways.
Negatives: Goes for the highlight reel hit way too often and misses a slew of easy ones. … Not great against the pass. Doesn’t seem to have a feel when the ball is in the air. … Can get erased by blockers. Gets shoved around way too easily.

157. CB Shareece Wright, USC 5-11, 185
Positives: Turned into a great tackler. Came up with a surprisingly strong senior year making 73 stops and became the player everyone was hoping he’d be out of high school. … Great speed. Not a top-shelf burner, but he’s fast. … Physical. He’ll push around receivers and will jam without a problem.
Negatives: Injury issues. He missed most of 2008 with a broken neck and missed almost all of 2009 with academic problems. A one-year wonder. … Not enough elite physical skills to overcome the red flags. He’s not all that smooth.

158. CB Buster Skrine, UT Chattanooga 5-9, 186
Positives: Fast. FAST. Extreme speed with the raw athletic ability to use in a variety of ways. … Smooth as glass. Cuts on a dime and effortlessly flies around. Fluid. … Could become a whale of a return man. Could be a gamechanger.
Negatives: Really, really raw. An athlete more than a football player and needs technique work. … Not big. He doesn’t look the part. Very lean and short. … Not physical. He won’t push anyone around. Strictly a speed corner.

159. OLB Scott Lutrus, Connecticut 6-2, 241
Positives: Excellent size. Can play inside or out and could end up working in the middle if needed. He handles himself well in any spot. … A solid pass defender. Not elite, but he stays with receivers well enough to stay on the field for all three downs. … Gets to the ball efficiently. A pure, smart football player who doesn’t screw up.
Negatives: Stingers. He has a history of shoulder problems and has been a bit limited over the last few seasons. … While he’s a good football player, it’s not like he does anything special. There’s nothing that stands out at a high level. … Doesn’t cut well. He’s not going to be used as a pass rusher.

160. RB Evan Royster, Penn State 6-0, 218
Positives: Even though he’s the Penn State all-time leading rusher, there’s a chance he could be scratching the surface. He didn’t get great blocking over the course of his long career. … A good inside runner who’ll do whatever is needed. He wants to be great. … Nice size with room to get bigger and stronger. He could end up being more of a powerful back with time in an NFL weight room.
Negatives: Not a productive enough goal line runner for his size. He only ran for 29 touchdowns on 686 career carries. … Nothing special about his game. He’s not nearly powerful enough for a player of his size. … Slow. There won’t be any breakaway runs and there isn’t much wiggle in his game.