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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.
193. PK Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State 6-0, 198
Positives: After coming up with a strong, accurate senior season, he appears ready to be a clutch kicker from Day One. … As consistent as they come. Not a lot of wasted motion. … Great from inside 50 yards.
Negatives: Not enough of a deep leg. He’s not going to hit any bombs. … Not a kickoff guy. He needs to show he can blast it a bit. … Had a mediocre junior year.
194. OG Justin Boren, Ohio State 6-3, 318
Positives: Has the attitude of a blasting run blocker. Goes full tilt all the time and wants to bury people. … Extremely strong. He won’t get moved around and he’ll do the pushing. … Great leverage. Has the body to get underneath defenders and control the play.
Negatives: No athleticism. He has to work only in a phone booth. … Quit Michigan and went to Ohio State partly because he didn’t like the workouts or what was needed to handle the offense. He’s not built for an up-tempo attack. … Struggled through a knee problem last year.
195. TE Charlie Gantt, Michigan State 6-4, 252
Positives: Great size. He’s a tough-hitting 250-pounder who’s great for the ground game. … A smart player, he runs precise routes and doesn’t miss assignments. … Great hands. He sucks in everything that comes his way.
Negatives: Not a great athlete. He’s not going to scare anyone moving down the field and as a receiver. … Not fluid. He isn’t quite as smooth as most of the tight ends in the draft and will be used more as a pounder. … He has to be a far better route runner. It’ll take more coaching to turn him into a solid starter.
196. WR DeAndre Brown, Southern Miss 6-5, 240
Positives: HUGE. Built like a tight end but with better athleticism and quickness. … Tough and isn’t afraid to go across the middle. He doesn’t have any deep speed, but he still manages to get behind the secondary. … Moves like a much smaller player. The all-around skills are there.
Negatives: Not fast. He’s not a blazer of any kind and isn’t going to be able to get by an NFL defensive back without pushing his way past. … Not nearly the same player he was after a brutal leg injury. Lost his wheels. … Needs to work at wanting to be better. He’ll need a fire lit under him.
197. C Chase Beeler, Stanford 6-2, 276
Positives: A zone-blocking, finesse-offense technician who was a strong run blocker at the collegiate level. … Always working, always moving, and always coming up with the key block. … Never misses a line call and doesn’t’ make mistakes. Very smart, he can be the leader of a line.
Negatives: Way too small. He doesn’t have much room to get any bigger. … Not quick enough to be an elite center. He doesn’t have the athleticism to necessarily make up for his size. … Saw time at guard, but forget it. If he doesn’t rock at center, he’s out of the league in a hurry.
198. P Chas Henry, Florida 6-3, 220
Positives: A four-year starter for the Gators who got better and better as his career went on. … Big leg. He can air it out and he has a way of getting a good roll at the right time. … Gets right of the ball in a hurry.
Negatives: Was helped by being on Florida team loaded with good athletes on the special teams. … Not a kickoff specialist. Just a punter. … Wasn’t under a lot of pressure. Got time to get the ball off.
199. OG Will Rackley, Lehigh 6-3, 306
Positives: Extremely quick for his size. Moves well and shouldn’t have a problem pulling. … Great for the ground game. A tough run blocker who flattened defenders on a regular basis. … Will do what it takes to be better. He’ll battle to become a starter. Dominated the East-West practices.
Negatives: Got by on his physical skills at Lehigh and needs NFL polish and technique work. … Will have to go from being a killer left tackle to an inside blaster. It could take a little while. … Not really built to be a guard and might have to be in a zone blocking scheme.
200. DT Sione Fua, Stanford 6-2, 308
Positives: Tough against the run. He’s not going to miss any stops. … The type of player who hangs around a team for a long time as a key backup. He can fill in anywhere on the inside when needed. … Good upside. He still needs work, but he might be scratching the surface on what he can become.
Negatives: Not necessarily a space-eater. He has good size, but he’s not going to suck up the run on the nose. … Not athletic. He’s not going to do much to be a pass rusher. … He’s not a finisher. He doesn’t have the instinct to kill the quarterback.
201. DE Greg Romeus, Pitt 6-5, 264
Positives: Has the length and the frame to be a true defensive end and can put on more weight. … A pure pass rusher who can shove a lineman aside or get around him. He has a variety of ways to get to a quarterback. … There’s a good payoff if given time. If he’s allowed to develop and learn, he could be special.
Negatives: He has to prove he can get back to being the player he was after missing all but two games with injuries. He has a back problem, but an injured knee if the biggest problem. … He has the raw tools, but there’s nothing special about his athleticism. Not a speed rusher. … Needs technique work.
202. OG David Arkin, Missouri State 6-4, 296
Positives: A tough run blocker for his size. Plows over defenders. … A leader. He was the anchor and star of the line and he played and acted like it. … Can move to right tackle if absolutely necessary. Decent quickness.
Negatives: Not all that big to be a guard. He’s tall, but he’s not bulky. … Not quick enough to be a regular pass protector against any NFL speed pass rusher. … Wasn’t great in offseason workouts. Was okay, not elite.
203. PK Kai Forbath, UCLA 5-11, 191
Positives: All but carried UCLA’s offense in 2009 hiting 28-of-31 field goals. … Has enough of a leg to be used from beyond 50, and he’s all but automatic inside the 50. … A four-year veteran who isn’t going to be fazed.
Negatives: Took a shocking step back last year. He was fine, but he wasn’t nearly as good as he was as a junior. … Not really a kickoff specialist. He might not take up two roster spots.
204. OG/OT Jarriel King, South Carolina 6-5, 310
Positives: A big blocker with the body to sit on the outside and keep pass rushers at arm’s length all game long. … He’s just scratching the surface. He has room to fill out his frame and he’s still refining his game. There could be a huge payoff. … A strong athlete. Moves extremely well and can be versatile enough to try out at left tackle or move to guard.
Negatives: The former defensive tackle often blocks like one. He needs a lot of work. … Major character concerns. Struggled way too much to stay out of trouble. .. Gets too sloppy and got by on his raw skills way too much. Will anyone be patient enough?
205. DT Adrian Taylor, Oklahoma 6-3, 334
Positives: It’s all there from a size standpoint. He has a huge frame and takes up a ton of space. … Big-time upside. It might take a little while, but if he can stay healthy he could be a phenomenal value pick. He’s smart and will work to be a player. … Can work on the nose. He’s better than his stats and can be an anchor.
Negatives: Mega-injury issues. He missed time the last two years with big problems including an Achilles injury in 2010. … Not a pass rusher. He doesn’t have the quickness after his leg problems. …Struggles against strong blockers who can get under his pads. Leverage is an issue.
206. C Alex Linnenkohl, Oregon State 6-2, 301
Positives: Always pushing forward. No one ever seems to get a good push on him. … Busts his tail and will do whatever is needed to get stronger and better. … Runs surprisingly well, but he’s mostly a mauler who owns the phone booth.
Negatives: Not a great athlete and doesn’t move all that well. He needs to be going forward and he needs to be in a power ground game. … Doesn’t really look the part. He’s not going to win any beauty contests with his body-type. … Doesn’t bury his man. Limited in what he can do, but he could be a marginal starting center.
207. OG/OT Bryant Browning, Ohio State 6-4, 319
Positives: Very big and very versatile. He just as much of a right tackle prospect as he is as a guard. … Has the look and the tools. He can move inside or out without a problem. … Works at it. He’ll do whatever the coaches tell him to do and will pay the price to be better.
Negatives: He was a good blocker, but not a special one in college. He didn’t quite matchup to his skills. … Not quick. He needs to battle in short spaces and isn’t going to handle a speed rusher. … A better football player than a prospect. He’ll be good, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do.
208. ILB Alex Wujciak, Maryland 6-3, 250
Positives: A pure football player. Throw out the measureables and throw out the numbers. He’ll see the play and he’ll make it. … Goes 100 miles per hour on every play and hits like a ton of bricks. He eats up everyone’s running play. … Good enough and strong enough to be a physical presence against a power running team.
Negatives: Not an athlete and will have to come off the field on third downs. Doesn’t have the feet. … Forget about him in pass coverage. He might have the instincts, but he’s not going to hang with
anyone who runs a precise route. … He’s not for everyone. He’s a pure inside linebacker who needs to be in the right system.
209. ILB Elijah Joseph, Temple 6-1, 243
Positives: A rock. He’s built like a tough inside defender and he looks the part. … Very strong and very secure. When he gets to a ball-carrier, the play is made. He doesn’t miss a tackle. … Brings the battle to the offense. He’s an high-energy player who’s always working.
Negatives: Not the greatest of athletes and doesn’t go sideline-to-sidline. He’s a middle linebacker only. … Doesn’t stop and start in a heartbeat. There’s nothing sudden about how he plays. … He doesn’t do much of anything against the pass. His only worth is as a run stopper on the inside.
210. P Ryan Donahue, Iowa 6-2, 195
Positives: Big, big leg who came up with some big-time bomb throughout his career. … A four-year starter who has been through it all. He got more consistent as his career went on and he’s ready to go now. … Played in Iowa. Used to dealing with wind.
Negatives: Not the most accurate of kickers. He’s fine, but he’s more of a pure bomber. … Takes a while to get the ball off. Needs an extra step.
211. CB/FS Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson 5-10, 195
Positives: Extremely strong. He’s tough enough and strong enough to eventually be a safety, even at his size. … An elite tackler. Made a whopping 107 stops as a junior and 66 last year. Very willing and very productive against the run. … Good energy and good fire. Always fired up and doesn’t take plays off.
Negatives: Not fast. He’s not a blazer to be a corner and will make most of his plays in run support. … Lacks the raw size to be a thumper of a safety. He’s a bit lean and not bulky at all. … One pick in 53 career games.
212. DE Ricky Elmore, Arizona 6-5, 255
Positives: Able to move to get into space and he’s good at getting to the ball carrier. Fights through the trash and doesn’t stay blocked. … A surperior pass rusher who knows how to get to the quarterback. He’s a great finisher. … A veteran. He was fantastic for three years and produced at a consistently high level over the last few seasons.
Negatives: Won’t get any bigger. He’s as large as he’s going to get and he’s not going to be a strong defensive end and won’t be an outside linebacker. … Not athletic enough. He gets to plays on want-to instead of on skill. … Not going to be NFL strong against the run. He’s not all that physical.
213. OG/C Tim Barnes, Missouri 6-3, 297
Positives: An extremely productive center who managed to control the Tiger line for several years. A smart veteran. … Versatile. He’ll get his shot at center, even though he’ll likely end up at guard. … If he’s in a zone-blocking scheme, he could shine and be a star. He’ll work at it and will be at his best when on the move.
Negatives: Not big. He’s not going to push anyone around and has to be able to wall off defenders. … Quicker than strong. He’ll get held up and won’t dominate at the next level. … A hard worker more than a top player. He’s a try-hard type with limited upside.
214. ILB Josh Bynes, Auburn 6-1, 239
Positives: An experienced veteran who saw it all and did it all as the leader of the Tiger defense. He has the energy and the smarts to almost always be in the right spot. … Huge hitter. An intimidating force who blows up ball carriers. A highlight reel blaster. … While he’s not all that big, he doesn’t get moved around. A rock against the run.
Negatives: Next-level stiff. He doesn’t move and he’s not nearly agile enough to do more than have things funneled to him on the inside. … Not fast. Even when he gets a straight line shot, it takes him too long to get there. … A big hitter, but not a consistent one. He’ll bounce off the play a bit too often.
215. DE Pierre Allen, Nebraska 6-4, 273
Positives: A versatile lineman who can be an end in any scheme and any system. He’s a good tackler and a good producer. … A decent pass rusher with good length. Tough to throw over. … A good athlete for his size. Moves well enough to hope for production with a little bit of a push.
Negatives: Was good, but wasn’t a special college player. He was consistent, but he didn’t dominate. … Not strong enough to be a dominant 3-4 end, and not quick enough to be a good 4-3 pass rusher. … Didn’t always crank out numbers. He put up decent numbers over the last three years, but he was inconsistent.
216. SS Jeron Johnson, Boise State 5-10, 212
Positives: A good athlete who can move well for a strong safety. … A rock. Built for the position with good thickness. He’s a tough tackler who doesn’t miss a stop. … A veteran. He started 44 games for Boise State and made 325 stops.
Negatives: Not all that huge. A bit short and squatty. … Athletic, but not necessarily smooth. Could struggle in coverage and isn’t going to be a free safety. … Needs to be in a box. He’s not going to provide too much help and isn’t going to make a slew of big plays when the ball is in the air.
217. TE Daniel Hardy, Idaho 6-4, 249
Positives: A natural receiver, he has great hands and has the ability to make the big play. He stretches the field. … Always works and is always pushing. He has the makeup and the want-to to get better. … Catches the ball like a wideout and he could be a dangerous H-back and deep threat.
Negatives: Not big and bulky. He’s not going to be a regular blocker and will be used only as a receiver. … Needs a lot of work on becoming a solid route runner. Needs time and work, and he might not get it as a late round pick. … Marginal overall production. He was good and averaged over 17 yards per catch, but he only caught one touchdown pass in eight games last year and has just 12 starts.
218. DE Ryan Winterswyk, Boise State 6-4, 268
Positives: A fighter who has made himself into a force. He’s very smart, very tough, and very productive. Maximizes his talents. … A good character, coachable player who everyone will want to have around the defense. He can be a part of a rotation and always bring the intensity and effort. … Big. He has decent size for a 4-3 end.
Negatives: Not an athlete. He’s not quick, he’s not fast, and he’s not going to fly off the ball. … Not strong enough to hold up on a regular basis against the better run blockers. … It’s all on drive and want-to. There’s a limit on what he can do and he’s not going against San Jose State and Utah State anymore.
219. SS DeJon Gomes, Nebraska 5-11, 208
Positives: A willing and able all-around defender who’ll play special teams, work at any position in the secondary, and will do whatever is needed. Coachable. … A good tackler. He handles himself well when it gets physical. … Strong in run support and doesn’t miss too many stops. Makes a ton of big plays.
Negatives: Not a great athlete. Not fluid at all and doesn’t turn without laboring. … A good ball-hawker in the loaded Nebraska secondary, but a lot of the plays happened to come his way. … A bit of a tweener. He’s a linebacker in a safety’s body.
220. FS Tejay Johnson, TCU 6-0, 212
Positives: A good leader for a fantastic defense. He was in control of one of the nation’s best secondaries over the last few years. … Lots of experience. He’s ready to roll out of the box and could become a whale of a nickel or dime back. … Moves just well enough. Not an elite athlete, but he’s good enough.
Negatives: Not a pure tackler. He doesn’t use his size well enough and he doesn’t form hit. … Decent against the run and he’s a willing hitter, but he’s not an NFL playmaker in run support. … Will whiff too much against the run, and he’s just decent against the pass. He’s not a starter any time soon and needs to be a playmaker as a key backup.
221. ILB Derrell Smith, Syracuse 6-0. 243
Positives: A big hitter who brings the boom. He hustles to the ball and makes an impact when he gets there. … Smart. He sniffs out everything and reacts in a blink. He doesn’t make too many major mistakes and is always in the right spot. … Decent all-around size and quickness. He has a little bit of range.
Negatives: Not a flier. He’ll make things happen because he’ll figure it out, but that doesn’t mean he has the quicks to get to the ball until the ball carrier is down the field. … Still learning. He’s a former running back and worked in several other spots. He’s still learning the subtle nuances of playing inside. … Doesn’t cut on a dime. He lumbers a bit to change direction.
222. DE Ugo Chinasa, Oklahoma State 6-5, 264
Positives: A tall, athletic pass rusher who has a bit of room to put on a bit more good weight. He could be 265 without an issue. … Zips well from side to side and shuffles his feet. He doesn’t stay still for long. … Good in pursuit. Great at seeing the play develop and coming up with the play.
Negatives: A tweener who doesn’t have the quickness to be an outside linebacker. A 5-techique end who needs stronger players around him. .. Not an elite pass rusher and didn’t come up with enough sacks. A good college player, but not a great one. … No power or functional strength. He doesn’t do much when he gets blocked.
223. SS David Sims, Iowa State 5-9, 200
Positives: A great tackler who’s always around the ball. A statistical machine against the run. … Decent straight-line speed. He’s great when he gets a bead on a ball carrier and is great at coming up with the right play at the right time. … Very strong. He’s like a linebacker playing safety and he packs a wallop.
Negatives: A mediocre pass defender. Considering his skills, he doesn’t have a feel for the passing game. … Stocky and thick, and he tends to move like it. A pure strong safety. … A bit small and will try to hit bigger than he really is.
224. DE Markus White, Florida State 6-4, 266
Positives: A good leader. He took on a bigger role as his career went on. … A great motor. He’s always working and he’s always bringing positive energy. He made several plays just by outhustling everyone else. … A good tackler. Not just a pass rusher, but he has the speed to get in the backfield in a hurry.
Negatives: Seizure problems. He has them under control, but they have been an issue for years. … More of an effort guy than a pure athlete. He’s a tireless worker. … A good player with almost no bust potential, but he’s not going to be a star. Has a low, hard ceiling.
225. FS Mark LeGree, Appalachian State 5-11, 210
Positives: A superior ball-hawk. Intercepted everything that came his way, and a lot that didn’t. Phenomenal ball skills. … Quick. Good enough speed to get by and is great in a straight line way. … Strong enough to be used as a strong safety. He’s functionally and physically strong.
Negatives: Lacks elite athleticism. He was able to produce at the lower level and he was physical, but he doesn’t quite have NFL level skills. … Not explosive. Doesn’t cut and drive all that well and the picks that came in college won’t be there at the next level. … Not necessarily a strong safety. A big hitter, but he might have a short shelf life if he’s asked to play close to the line.
226. RB Johnny White, North Carolina, 5-10, 200
Positives: Very quick and very tough. Isn’t afraid to pound the ball and never shies away from contact. … Nice hands. Could find a role as more of a receiver than a runner. … Will do what’s needed. Might make a team on pure want-to.
Negatives: Sort of a wiry build that looks more like a wide receiver. … Doesn’t have great speed and doesn’t have an elite burst. … Is willing to run with power, but isn’t very good at it.
227. TE Schuylar Oordt, Northern Iowa 6-6, 261
Positives: Very big. He has a tall frame and he carries his weight extremely well. He has worked to get bigger, and it has showed. … Moves well. He’s a pure wide receiver who has turned into a tight end. He made himself into a prospect. … Nice hands. He’ll be a reliable short to midrange target.
Negatives: Not strong enough. He might have gotten bigger, but he doesn’t have functional strength to be a top blocker. … He’s not going to be much of a deep threat. His job will be to grow into a possession role and a possible go-to guy on first downs. … Produced at the lower level. He has to prove he can do it against top competition.
228. C/OG Jason Kelce, Cincinnati 6-3, 284
Positives: In the right system, he could be terrific as either a center or guard. He can do everything in the interior. … Great on the move. Runs extremely well and can get out and make the key downfield block. … The ultimate worker. A former walk-on inside linebacker who turned himself into an offensive lineman.
Negatives: Very, very light with no room to bulk up. If he’s not in a zone-blocking scheme, he’s nothing more than a backup. … He’s not going to pop anyone. He’s not a mauler in any way.
229. OLB Doug Hogue, Syracuse 6-2, 235
Positives: A former running back who moves like it. He quickly learned how to be a tackler at a high level and showed that he might be just scratching the surface. … Zips into the backfield. When asked to be a pass rusher, he makes things happen and is a disruptive force. … A leader and very coachable. A high-character player who everyone will want to have on the roster. He’ll work to get better.
Negatives: Still learning. He’s hardly a finished product and might need a few years before he gets all the sublte nuances. … Not a big body and doesn’t have too much room to get bigger. He’ll purely be an outside linebacker and won’t ever have the bulk to hold up inside. … Gets shoved around. He needs to play in space and he can’t get locked on.
230. WR Ronald Johnson, USC 5-11, 186
Positives: Fluid. He has no problems getting in and out of his breaks and finding the openings. … Can stick on a roster as a returner. He might not be a special returner, but he’s good enough to get a shot. … Terrific hands. Won’t put anything on the ground.
Negatives: Doesn’t have great tools. Isn’t all that big and isn’t all that fast. … Will get pushed around. Isn’t physical enough and won’t be able to block anyone. … If he doesn’t show anything as a returner, he could have problems making a roster. He needs to stand out right away as an inside target.
231. QB Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M, 6-5, 250
Positives: A decent flier in the late rounds or as a free agent because of his size and his arm. He has the raw tools that might not have been developed enough at Texas A&M. … Has the gun to push it deep and the touch to connect consistently on the short to midrange throws. … Moves extremely well for his size. Can be a bit of a runner if needed. … Strong character. Took his demotion last year with as much class as could be asked for.
Negatives: The yards didn’t translate into wins. He lacked the ability to take his team to another level on a consistent basis. … Needs technical work. The potential is there, but he needs a few years of coaching to get the mechanics right. … Long, loping delivery that takes four days to fire.
232. FB Shaun Chapas, Georgia, 6-2, 236
Positives: A good athlete who can get out on the edge and make a big block, and he could be a nice receiver with a little bit of time. … A good special teamer who can fill a variety of roles. … A willing blocker who doesn’t make mistakes and is always going full tilt.
Negatives: A nice blocker, but not a blaster. He’s not going to open up any huge holes. … Not really a goal line back. He’s not a runner with any sort of NFL ball-carrying ability. … A finesse fullback who won’t be for everyone.
233. OLB Mark Herzlich, Boston College (ILB) 6-4, 244
Positives: Before his battle with cancer, he was considered a top ten pick and was listed as the No. 1 overall prospect going into the 2009 season. … Extremely strong character and will work to do whatever it takes. He’s a smart, instinctive player who does everything right. … The possibility is there that once he’s a few years removed from his fight that he gets his old skills back.
Negatives: To be way too harsh and way too cold, he’s just not nearly the same player. If he was being evaluated just on his current skills and the cancer fight wasn’t a part of the equation, he’d be undraftable. … Plays with a rod in his leg and doesn’t have the same burst. It’s not even close. … He could be a solid producer and won’t miss a stop when things come his way, but he’s way too slow to be a special player again.
234. WR Ryan Whalen, Stanford 6-1, 204
Positives: Tremendous hands. Makes every play close to him and makes many difficult grabs look easy. … Great toughness on the inside. Never afraid to take a hit on the tough catch. … Terrific for the running game and special teams. He’ll do all the little things to be a factor.
Negatives: No speed. He’ll never get past an NFL defensive back who’s trying. … Doesn’t do anything with the ball in his hands. He’ll make the catch, and then that’s it. … If he doesn’t produce on special teams, he’s not going to make it. He’s not a good enough pure receiver to make a difference as anything but a No. 4.
235. QB Taylor Potts, Texas Tech, 6-4, 220
Positives: Has the size and the passing skills from a pure passing attack. Has the best NFL skills of the new wave of Texas Tech quarterbacks. … When he gets time, he throws extremely well. … Does the subtle things well. Is great at looking off the safety and is terrific at quickly going through his progressions.
Negatives: He doesn’t have a great deep arm and needs to be in the right system. Like all Texas Tech quarterbacks, he needs to learn how to work under center. … Not the prettiest of passers. He has the basic skills, but it’s not like his throws have a tight zip on a regular basis. … Not mobile and takes shots. Suffered a big-time concussion and will get popped without a terrific line in front of him.
236. SS Nate Williams, Washington 6-0, 211
Positives: A fantastic tackler. Seemed to get in on every play and stopped plays cold helping out in run support. … A big hitter for his size. An intimidating force who can come up with the highlight reel pop. … A hard worker who battles. He’ll fight to try to make a team and will do whatever is needed to stick.
Negatives: Doesn’t move all that well. Extremely slow straightline speed. … Lacks the strength needed to be a regular big-hitter against the run. He’ll get washed away in the trash way too often. … A great college player whose skills don’t translate well to the pros.
237. SS Da'Norris Searcy, North Carolina 5-11, 223
Positives: A decent hitter who brings the lumber when he gets to the ball. … A willing special teamer who can be used as a returner. Will do anything asked of him. … Has a nice feel for the game. Appears to always be around the ball.
Negatives: Marginal production. Played a lot of football but didn’t make a ton of tackles. … Not all that athletic. He doesn’t move as well as he should defensively for a guy who can return kicks. … The type of guy who’s a tough cut and is the last one to either make a roster or the last guy to bring in the playbook. He’ll have to stand out right away to stick in a camp.
238. QB Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin, 6-2, 215
Positives: Great leader. Excellent character and a solid personality without being too demonstrative. … Accurate, especially on third downs. Was one of the nation’s most efficient passers. … Fearless. Great at standing tough in the face of a pass rush and delivering. The feet don’t move no matter who’s bearing down on him.
Negatives: Decent arm, but not an elite one. Great at delivering the tough throw, but not the deep one. … Benefitted by working behind a brick wall. The Wisconsin O line gave him ten days. … Not NFL big. Needs to throw around his linemen.
239. WR Darvin Adams, Auburn 6-3, 185
Positives: Excellent size and uses it well. Extremely tough and will take a shot. … Turned into a dangerous deep threat over the last two years, and it wasn’t just because of Cam Newton last season. Averaged more than 17 yards per catch over his career. … Will fight for the ball and will outmuscle most defensive backs for it.
Negatives: Not fast and not quick. He doesn’t have the extra gear and made most of his big plays as a function of being in the right offense. He was always open. … Mediocre hands. Put way too many on the ground. … Needs to be surrounded by a ton of talent. Will never be a key target and will always be a complementary receiver.
240. QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 215
Positives: Very mobile. Not just a runner, but he can make pass plays by extending things with his feet. … A veteran who went through the wars and grew into a better passer after starting out his career as purely a runner who happened to throw. … A nice, accurate arm that can deliver the ball crisply.
Negatives: Not big enough. He’s not a good enough NFL thrower to make up for his lack of size. … Not a dangerous enough runner to make up for the shortcomings. … Purely a backup at the moment, but he has decent upside to potentially become a decent starter.
241. DE/OLB Bruce Miller, UCF 6-1, 254
Positives: An extremely productive pass rusher who made himself into a terror. One of the better sack artists in the nation over the last few years. … High-character leader. He’s not going to need any motivation and he’s not going to need any pushing. … Could be a defensive end in the right system. He can be used as a pass rushing specialist.
Negatives: Not an athlete. He’s a straight-line finisher who makes too many plays on want-to. … Too small to be an NFL defensive end and not fast or quick enough to be a difference-making outside linebacker. … No measurables. Too short, too slow, too soft, but he’ll still be a hard cut because of effort.
242. CB Devon Torrence, Ohio State 6-0, 199
Post-Combine Skinny: It was a rough enough workout to make anyone who wants him think about putting him at safety or in nickel and dime packages. He’s known for being a tackler, and the 4.63 40 might all but end his career as a corner.
Positives: A good tackler who can get physical. He has good size and good upside. … Moves well. Quicker than fast, he’s better in short range and sniffs out plays in a hurry. … Decent ball skills. Still developing and could just be scratching the surface.
Negatives: Still needs a lot of work. The instincts aren’t quite there as he’s still learning on the fly. He’s a former receiver. … Needs to be in the right system and used in the right way. He doesn’t have the speed to be anyone’s lockdown corner.
243. FS Eric Hagg, Nebraska 6-1, 209
Positives: Big. He’s athletic enough to be a corner or a free safety and he has the size to be a factor who pushes people around. … Moves well. Covers like a corner and could be a killer of a Cover-2 safety. … Makes tackles. He’s not a hitter, but he doesn’t miss a stop.
Negatives: Doesn’t always play up to his size. He’s not going to intimiadate anyone with his pop. … Made a ton of plays last year when people were staying away from Prince Amukamara, but was able to get picked on. … A bit mearsured. Good in a scheme, but doesn’t freelance to make things happen.
244. CB Curtis Marsh, Utah State 6-0, 192
Post-Combine Skinny: Looked the part. He’s a former running back who showed the same quickness and speed a defensive back needs. He ran a slowish 4.52, but everything else was there.
Positives: Extremely quick. Moves easily and cuts on a dime. … Fast. He stays with every speed receiver without much of a problem and has just enough size to hang out with the bigger targets. … Has grown into a ball hawk. Has a nose for breaking up passes.
Negatives: A former running back who’s still learning how to play the position. … Fast, but not a blazer. He doesn’t have elite deep speed. … Just okay in run support. A good tackler, but he’s not going to beat anyone up.
245. DE/OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona 6-2, 263
Positives: Has good size and toughness for an outside linebacker. He’ll be a strong run stopper once he learns the nuances of the position. He’ll work to do what’s needed. … A player. He’s going to to always fight and always do whatever he has to. … Made himself into a solid pass rusher. He has good straight-line functional speed.
Negatives: Not an athlete. He’s not going to cut well enough to be used as a pass defender. … He’s not going to be big enough to ever be a defensive end. His frame can’t support more weight. … Doesn’t do any one thing at a high level. He’ll mainly be a special teamer until he gets a chance, but he’ll have a fight on his hands to make a team.
246. CB DeMarcus Van Dayke 6-1, 176
Post-Combine Skinny: The king of the 40, the Miami corner ripped off a 4.28 and flew through all the drills. However, he’s still a beanpole despite a beefed up 176 pounds. The 40 time will make everyone do their homework to wonder why he was so average for the Canes.
Positives: Fast, fast, fast, fast, fast. Elite top-end speed and won’t get beaten by any NFL receiver deep. … Moves extremely well. Cuts and changes direction without a problem and gets into his speed well. … Could be used in a variety of ways just to get his speed on the field.
Negatives: Way undersized. Tall and thin. Not built to make an NFL tackle. … Couldn’t stay on the field in a starting job. Only a spot starter on a team that could’ve used more help in the secondary. … Raw. He has uncoachable speed, but he needs to become more of a football player.
247. TE Cameron Graham, Louisville 6-3, 244
Post-Combine Skinny: SLOWWWWW. The 5.11 40 was a nightmare and was the slowed among the tight ends by far. His game is about being a receiver, and he didn’t show off any athleticism with a lousy 8’7” in the broad jump and a mere 31” vertical. The 23 reps on the bench will help, but the slow shuttle wasn’t a plus.
Positives: He blocks well for his size and is great at springing the running game. He’s willing to do what’s needed. … A sure-handed receiver who eats everything up on short passes. … A fighter. He does whatever he needs to.
Negatives: Not a good enough athlete for his size. He’s not a big body and he doesn’t have the wheels to make up for it. … Suffered a slew of bumps and bruises and is always banged up. … Still working and is hardly a finished product. He only had one good year, and it was hardly anything special.
248. OLB Brian Rolle, Ohio State 5-10, 229
Positives: A playmaker. He can get into the backfield without a problem and he’s good in run support. … Flies around and gets in on every play he can. He gets to the ball efficiently and quickly. … A fighter. He’s a baller who plays bigger than his size.
Negatives: Small. Just over 5’9” and under 230, he can’t be on an NFL field for long stretches of time. … Not the surest of tacklers. He’s better in help rather than making big hits against physical backs. … Too slow to be a strong safety and doesn’t have the raw bulk to work on the inside. He might end up making a team as a special teamer.
249. QB Ryan Colburn, Fresno State, 6-3, 220
Positives: Good size and a solid arm. Throws a nice deep ball. … Accurate enough to get by. He has just enough touch and just enough skills to potentially start. … A veteran who has seen plenty of time and isn’t going to be surprised by much. … A strong leader.
Negatives: An average college player. Not nearly consistent enough in the big games and didn’t exactly dominate the WAC. … Not much of a runner. He moved well in college and gained positive yards, but he’s not going to scare anyone with his feet. Now consistent and had a few disasters. Completed 6-of-23 passes for 76 yards and two picks against Boise State in 2010. …
250. TE Jordan Cameron, USC 6-5, 254
Positives: The athleticism is without question. The former basketball player has the speed and hops to develop into a good target. … Stronger than he appears. He’s not afraid to block. … Has a lot of room to get bigger. Should be different once he hits an NFL weight room.
Negatives: 16 career catches and just one start. He’s an athlete; not a football player. … He’s got a lot to learn. He’s a willing all-around player, but he needs a lot of time to develop. A lot. … Forget about him blocking anyone for a power running game. He’s purely a receiver.