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 Posted: Fri Apr 27th, 2012 11:55 pm
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The KC Chiefs select....

Jeff Allen/G/ Illinois


Allen has been a starter for four years on the offensive line for Illinois. With his size and experience playing on both the right and left sides, he will have good value as a backup at the next level. He has decent athletic ability and strength but knows how to keep defenders from beating him. He is likely worth a sixth- or seventh-round pick.



Strengths Allen will make it as a pro because of his versatility. He has shown that he can play four of the five positions on the line (all but center). He tends to wait for defenders to come to him in pass protection, but is able to use his hands to keep them at bay. He has decent footwork in his pass set and when in space pulling. He is also a good mirror/shield blocker. He doesn't power his way upfield very often, but his man rarely gets behind him.

Weaknesses Allen is not a flashy blocker and is slightly slow at times. He is a bit of a 'tweener, excelling at neither the tackle nor guard spots. Opponents might be able to exploit his comparative lack of athleticism.



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The Chicago Bears select........

Alshon Jeffery/WR/ South Carolina

Jeffery enjoyed highly productive sophomore and junior years at South Carolina, where he was a first-team All-America selection and averaged over a touchdown a game. He is an explosive jumper with an impressive frame and has the ability to be an immediate red-zone threat in the NFL. He is a long strider who is methodical in his route running but has just average speed. He relies on technique and variations in his speed.



Strengths Jeffery is a lanky prospect who uses his size well to make plays on the ball downfield. He has a massive pair of hands to go with his long arms and is an elite receiver once the ball is in the air. He has the anticipation and jumping ability to high point the ball over nearly any corner he faces. Off the line of scrimmage, he is non-explosive but uses his hands and a subtle jab step to keep defenders at bay. He can work into his route and get back on top of his defender after beating a jam. He will be a prime candidate for back-shoulder fades in the red zone.

Weaknesses Jeffery is an elite jump-ball prospect, but he does not stand out as fast on tape and is such a long strider that at times he looks to be moving in slow motion. Speed will never be his game, but he needs to become more comfortable in his routes to work the corner and truly gain separation. The development of his route-running skills will be the key to his success. Jeffery was bit uncoordinated early in his career and only began to look comfortable in his body toward the end of his collegiate career.



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Philadelphia Eagles pick...


Mychal Kendricks/LB/California




Kendricks has been a highly productive middle linebacker with a physical presence for the Golden Bears. He has had high tackle production and has been durable in his role. He will bring a physical presence to any defense and grades out as one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the draft, with second-round value. He is physical and capable of playing in a 3-4 scheme if necessary.



Strengths He is a very solid tackler who punishes running backs when he fills the gap on inside runs.



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Seattle Seahawks select....


Bobby Wagner/LB/Utah St.


Wagner is an impressive prospect who is a prototypical NFL middle linebacker in terms of size, tackling ability and instincts. He called all the plays for Utah State's defense. He's had more than 100 tackles each of the past two years. He is a stellar pre-snap defender and properly lines up his teammates. He recognizes the play and diagnoses where to run once the ball is snapped. He is a bit short for the position at just over 6-foot-0, but he is thick and brings power when he meets a running back in the hole. He projects to be a starter at the next level and be selected late in the second round of the draft.



Strengths Wagner can sniff out a play and read the offensive line, which allows him to hit the gap and meet a running back in the hole. He can hit, push back and disengage from linemen. He can deliver a blow to linemen and then get off the block and find the ball. He is stronger than he appears and can toss bigger linemen aside to get to disrupt a play. He has speed to run down the play outside but can be outrun at times by fast running backs. He has a motor that doesn't stop.

Weaknesses Wagner is undersized to play middle linebacker in the NFL. This hasn’t affected him much thus far in his career, as he plays much stronger than he looks, but at the next level he could get overpowered by larger linemen. He hasn't had much production rushing the passer from his spot but posts a good amount of tackles for loss and is in the backfield often.



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The NE Patriots take.........


Tavon Wilson/S/Illinois


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San Diego Chargers select....


Kendall Reyes/DT/Connecticut


Reyes is a big body inside with a decent skill set. He's a good option for a team that needs defensive line depth. Reyes is a powerful mover and a hard worker who should stick at the next level based on size and strength.



Strengths Reyes has a big frame and he uses it well. He has a strong lower body which provides him a good anchor when going up against double teams. He is savvy with his hands to keep offensive lineman off him. Reyes has a motor inside and relies more on his feet and technique to beat guys. Reyes will be a reliable player at the next level who consistently displays high effort and rarely gets completely blocked inside.

Weaknesses Reyes is a good all-around prospect, but doesn't display any jaw-dropping skills that make him attractive at the next level. He plays a bit underweight, and this can show up at times when going against double teams. Reyes will have a tough time getting into the backfield to disrupt or rush the passer at the next level.



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St. Louis Rams select....

Isaiah Pead/RB/Cincinnati

Pead is an electrifying running back who has produced in all areas. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, make a guy miss and turn upfield for a score, or run inside the tackles. He uses his vision and athletic ability to find a hole. There are few question marks about Pead's skill set; some may worry about his play transferring to the next level, as he has shown the tendency to disappear at time. Pead should be one of the first three backs taken in the draft, with second-round value.



Strengths Pead has an initial step comparable to some of the best NFL backs. He hits the hole explosively, which allows him to get upfield and find a seam. He has good vision once he gets through the hole, and displays the lateral agility to make the first defender miss. He can dance around defenders but prefers to cut once and go. His burst, footwork and vision allow him to be a viable pass-catching option out of the backfield.

Weaknesses Pead isn't a willing blocker and barely displays the strength to stall rushers when he does step in. He has limited experience catching passes out of the backfield, and there are questions as to his consistency. He is a bit undersized and hasn't been hit enough times in college to get a feeling of what his durability will be at the next level.



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Green Bay Packers select....


Jerel Worthy/DT/Michigan St.


Worthy is an extremely thick, tightly built defensive tackle who displayed a ton of power throughout his career at Michigan State. He chose to forgo his senior year and looks prepared to be an immediate rotational player on the front of a 4-3 scheme. He is capable of playing the nose if necessary but has the athleticism to be a sub-package 3-technique rusher.



Strengths Worthy is very thick and powerful throughout his upper body and has thigh power that helps him blow back interior linemen off the snap. He has a surprising burst for a player his size and is capable of knifing and slanting the line to get into the backfield almost instantaneously. He is a leverage-savvy player who understands how to win with either his quickness or bull rush.

Weaknesses Worthy gets upright off the snap and really has trouble if he doesn't win with a burst off the snap. He struggles in space and has a difficult time breaking down his weight to fit on a ball carrier. He can get neutralized at times by double teams, not out of a lack of strength or talent, but because of poor effort and a breakdown of technique.



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When the Packers traded up I figured they were going after Worthy. I hated him when he played at MSU, but I think it was a good pick at that spot. Decent value and fills a need.

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Titans select...



Zach Brown/OLB/North Carolina


Brown might be one of the fastest straight-line linebackers to ever enter the NFL draft, making him one the most intriguing prospects of this class. He has shown sprinter-like speed on the field and should rack up tackles in the NFL. Brown projects best as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, though he would likely succeed at any linebacker position. There are many questions about Brown’s game, including whether he can adapt to the NFL after being able to make plays with minimal effort in college. Ultimately, though, he has yet to scratch the surface of his true potential; with his size and speed, he won’t be drafted any later than in the first round.



Strengths Brown finds the ball, reacts and finishes through his tackles. His speed is, without a doubt, his strongest asset and the key to his game. A natural mover, Brown excels at shedding blocks and getting to the ball. He has the footwork and hip mobility to run with any tight end in coverage. There are few running backs, even in the NFL, who can outrun Brown, and few will get open against him in the pass game. He does well in space and can work in the box, with his ability to sniff out runs as a gap defender and make explosive plays at the point of attack. He uses his pure athletic ability and speed to dip and run past linemen and get into the backfield. Brown has the power to run through running backs, whether they're blocking or carrying the ball. He is a productive tackler and rarely falls off once he reaches the ball; he will likely continue this level of production at the NFL.

Weaknesses Despite his talent, there are questions surrounding other aspects of Brown's game and life. He has shown a tendency to disappear for long stretches. He will also need to be reeled in, to ensure he sticks to the playbook and plays to his potential. Brown could stand to put on some weight, but he is otherwise physically ready for the NFL; many of his flaws have to do with his work habits.



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Bengals take....


Devon Still/DT/Penn State


Still is one of the most NFL-ready interior lineman of this year's senior class and arguably one of the most polished and "safe" picks of the draft. He has massive size to clog lanes on the inside and occupy blocks. Still displays good technique to beat double teams and get to the passer, and the power to bowl over would-be blockers to be disruptive in the backfield. He has been a reliable and productive player throughout his time at Penn State. A team that needs to address its run defense and add a player who will occupy and keep linebackers free in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme likely will select Still in the middle of the first round as an immediate starter.



Strengths Still is a strong player who gets off the line quickly for his size and shows the explosion to blow back offensive guards into their own backfield. He excels as a run defender by using his strength to occupy a blocker while he reads the play and reacts, which is ideal for a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He has the ability to use hand technique and footwork to remove himself from blocks and get in the backfield. For a massive nose tackle, he is an above-average pass rusher who can use an array of swim and dip moves to get to the passer.

Weaknesses While Still can rush the passer, it is rare that he actually gets there to record the sack, as his athletic ability is rather average once he is in the open field. He works tremendously in tight quarters but doesn't display that quickness or explosion when free. This is true of his play in pursuit, as well. Once the ball gets past him, he usually is done for the play.



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Detroit Lions select.....

Ryan Broyles/WR/Oklahoma

Broyles is polished and consistent. Though undersized, he knows how to get open and make the catch. He could soon be an NFL starter based on his ball skills and route-running ability alone. His feel for space on the field and knack for understanding defenses boosts his value immensely. Even though he displays premier athletic ability, he certainly doesn't make many plays due to his size. He will have to work out of the slot in the NFL, which he was able to do throughout college. Before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in November, Broyles was a second-round talent.



Strengths Broyles is small but can get off the line of scrimmage well when given a free release, or if he has the chance to use a jab step, and can get upfield quickly. He can make catches across the middle but is most effective in space or when covered man-to-man, showing an uncanny ability to get open. An incredible catcher, he can torque his body in any way necessary to get whatever is thrown near him. He can also occasionally run through an arm tackle. Quick and agile, he can separate from defenders and is great in short-yardage situations. Based on his consistent production in the Big 12, his overall football savvy and his athletic ability, Broyles should be able to smoothly and quickly transition to the NFL.

Weaknesses Broyles is undersized. If cornerbacks get their hands on him at the line, he can struggle to break away and get into his route. He worked with a relatively basic route tree at Oklahoma, and it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to an NFL system. The injury he suffered at the end of the 2011 season may limit his already average straight-line speed, and could raise concerns about his durability.



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Falcons select...........


Peter Kontz/C/Wisconsin

Konz is the premier center in this year's draft, and his selection will likely be solely based off team needs toward the end of the first round. He has a massive frame for the center position but has impressive knee bend, which allows him to play the position effectively. He made all the calls at the line and was the centerpiece of a dominant Wisconsin line loaded with NFL size and talent.



Strengths Konz looks natural sitting in his stance and swiveling his head to make all the line calls, which is impressive given his uncommon height. He is a smooth athlete who has demonstrated the ability to uncoil his hips into defenders and blow them back to create quick holes in the run game. Konz is a smart player who picks up stunts well and uses his strength and anchor to sit and stall any oncoming bull rushers. He works fluidly with his guards when pulling and sealing. He has all the tools to be an elite center for years to come.

Weaknesses Even though Konz has good flexibility, defenders will be able to out-leverage him at the point given his size. He can get stunned by quick bull rushes at the point and has a difficult time resetting his feet afterward. While he is an effective short-area mover he looks limited and rigid when moving in space.



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The Pittsburgh Stillers
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Mike Adams/OT/Ohio State


Adams has flashed talent at left tackle for the Buckeyes, not allowing many sacks when actually on the field. Suspensions for violating team rules and his part in Ohio State's "Tattoo Five" scandal, as well as various injuries, have kept him on the sideline too often during his career. He is not a flashy player, but he can do the job and has the frame for the next level. He will be more of a backup option when he enters the NFL and would struggle if thrown into a starting role. Based off his experience at a big-time school and frame, he should be taken somewhere in the later rounds.



Strengths Adams has a good frame and good enough footwork to not get beat at the college level. He employs a decent pass set to get back and anchor himself against the bull rush, and has the footwork to shuffle and keep his feet chopping when blocking to drive a man downfield in the run game. His big-game experience playing at Ohio State helps his value.

Weaknesses Adams is not a very exciting player and can struggle at times with effort-based issues that don't allow him to get much movement on the line when run-blocking. He is more of a catch-and-react blocker than one who delivers blows, and will need to play with more fire and look to unleash his inner-athleticism to be able to succeed at the next level. Those suspensions and injuries will also eat away at his draft stock.



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The Denver Broncos select


Brock Osweiler/QB/Arizona St.


Osweiler is an intriguing early-entry prospect out of Arizona State. A good athlete for the position, Osweiler was originally signed to play basketball at Gonzaga before opting to play football at ASU. He has the arm strength to be a first-day pick but hasn't shown the consistency that is characteristic of guys who deserve first-round money.



Strengths Osweiler has a very deliberate, quick-twitched setup. He slings the ball naturally, and even though he pats the ball before throwing, his release is so compact and effective he isn't hindered. His shining asset is his arm strength; he can hit nearly any NFL-caliber throw at this point in his career. He is a good leader and looks in control in the huddle and on the field. He has the pocket presence of a first-day pick and doesn't go down easily.

Weaknesses Osweiler had on-the-field judgment issues and isn't reliable to protect the ball from turnovers. It seems as if he starts to get rolling in a game, and the more confidence he builds, the more of a gunslinger mentality he adopts. This severely hinders his play. When under control, early in the game, he is athletic, accurate, and a good game manager. He is likely a developmental prospect who could struggle if forced to play early.



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