1. Coby Fleener TE Stanford
6'6" with 37" vertical and great speed will create match-up nightmares all over the field.
Has great hands.
Played in a pro-style offense and is a polished route runner.
Go to guy in the redzone.
Big play threat with 20YPC last season.
In this passing league TEs have become just as valuable as WRs. Last season in the NFL a TE led all receivers in TDs. Fleener has all the tools to become as good as Gronk or Graham.
2. Nate Potter LT Boise State University
6’5-5/8” 303 pounds, 34-5/8” arms and 9-5/8” hands
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 28 1/2
Broad Jump: 08'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.67
3-Cone Drill: 7.49
Great size, with long arms. He moves very well for his size, as evidenced by the agility numbers at the combine, second only to Kalil.
Has great feet that can mirror the opposition, which allows him to stay with his blocks.
A consensus All-American at LT and 3 time first team all conference at LT.
I've read that he only gave up 2.5 sacks in his college career
He anchored one of the best OLines in the last 2 years in college, if not the best. Boise OL was tied for 1st in sacks allowed in 2011, and was ranked 3rd in sacks allowed in 2010.
The knock on him is strength, one year in a NFL weight room will take care of that. He has a big frame, adding 10-15 pounds of muscle should not be a problem.
Pros: Potter is a great pass protector, as he has been blocking for Kellen Moore for some time. His technical skills are solid, and he plays with very good leverage. Very well coached, and knows how to take out speed rushers off of the edge. Very underrated run blocker who can get down the field and make second level plays.
Cons: He is not a power blocker, and is more of a finesse guy who uses smarts rather than physicality, making him a fit for certain teams only. Zone blocker specifically
Potter has become Boise State's second consensus All-American since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision prior to the 1996 season. Offensive tackle Ryan Clady was Boise State's other consensus All-American, earning the recognition following the 2007 season. Potter is the leader of a Boise State offensive line that completed the regular season tied for first-nationally in sacks allowed at 0.67 per game. He has started all 12 games this year in helping the Broncos finish the regular season ranked seventh-nationally in scoring offense (43.25), ninth in total offense (438.08) and 10th in passing offense (310.33).
Started all 13 games for the Broncos at left tackle … named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the second-straight year … one of the leaders of an offensive line that paved the way for the Broncos to finish 2010 ranked second-nationally in total offense (521.31) … the Broncos also ranked sixth in passing offense (321.08), 21st in rushing offense (200.23) and second in scoring offense (45.08) … the Bronco offensive line gave up just 0.62 sacks per game, a mark that ranked third in the country … received the team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award at the season-ending banquet … named to the WAC All-Academic Team.
3. Audie Cole ILB, North Carolina State
Gifted player who can make plays in coverage, against the run, or as a pass rusher.
He finished last season with a very nice line 108 Total Tackles, 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 4 FF and 4 PBU.
Provides excellent versatility, having started at SAM for 2years and then MIKE in his last year in college in his team's 4-3 defense. His great size makes him an ideal fit as a ILB in a 3-4 defense. 14 career sacks in college show that he knows how to bring pressure on the QB.
Has good coverage skills and with his size he can jam the passing lanes. Having played as a SAM he has plenty of experience covering TEs and jamming them at the LOS. He also played quarterback in high school, so he knows what the quarterback is looking for in the passing game.
Possesses solid instincts and he has very good agility for his size (6.96 3 cone and 4.29 short shuttle. That very good agility combined with coverage skills means that he can also play OLB.
In summary, Cole will be a great complement to Cush in the middle of the defense. On passing downs both can cover or bring pressure on the QB, and that is a great asset for any defense. Opposing OLs won't know which one will remain in coverage, and which one will bring the heat, so there is an increased chance that they will get their blocking assignments wrong.
4. Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
He's a big, coordinated receiver who builds speed as he goes and showcases some short area quickness as a route runner.
Quick is a former prep basketball stud, who played only one year of football in high school before signing with Appalachian State and his coordination on the hardwood certainly carries over to the gridiron. He does a nice job off the line setting up defenders, maintaining proper balance, using his long arms to keep himself clean and exhibiting a burst into his route. Gets upright a bit when trying to side step defenders and needs to play lower, but the length and quickness is there. He's also natural going up and extending his arms for the football down the field and is the kind of big target quarterbacks love to throw at.
Most impressively about his game was his overall balance/coordination as a route runner, especially on sharply breaking routes. Quick not only displayed nice coordination for a bigger wide out, but for a wide out without a ton of experience. He exhibits the skill set to sink his hips and cleanly get out of his breaks with a sudden snap to his game.
4. Levy Adcock RT/OG Oklahoma State
Strengths: Levy Adcock is a massive tackle/guard that has incredible strength. He has a powerful base with incredible hand strength. Once he is locked in with his hands he is tough to shake. Impressive short area quickness that allows him to mirror defenders well. Longs arms and extends them well into contact. Impressive run blocker that can create a ton of surge off the ball. Ideal run blocker in a power running scheme. Does an excellent job getting into the second level and seal for a big man. Impressed on tape by an almost 330 pound man cutting defenders in open space. He breaks down well in space and drops his pad level to gain leverage down the field. Impressive conditioning for a big man in OSU’s up-tempo offense.
Weaknesses: He plays a little upright, especially when trying to reach the edge versus speed. Has a tendency to overextend and lose balance when trying to get to edge rushers. He will need to clean up his footwork in pass protection to handle NFL rushers. Didn’t have to hold the point of attack for long in OSU’s as offense as it relied on getting the ball out quickly.
Bottom Line: Levy Adcock has RT written all over him in the NFL. He doesn’t have the feet to play on the left side. At worst, the team selecting him will be getting a starting caliber guard that could play swing tackle. He should be a contributor early on in his career.
5. Ryan Van Bergen 5 technique Michigan
From what I have seen of him he has a non-stop motor, he is relentless and doesn't take plays off. He can bring inside pressure, attacking the middle of the pocket. Has a knack for getting into backfield and disrupting the play. He also knows how to get his hands into the passing lanes, he had 4PBU last season. When the OLs try to push him back, he does a very good job of holding his ground. He already has plenty of experience playing DE in a 3-4 defence, as Michigan ran this type of defense last season. RVB had better production on the field than Jerel Worthy last season playing in the same conference, and Worthy is projected late1st/early 2nd, so I'm happy to take RVB here.
Latest News: 03/16/2012 - Michigan Pro Day: Despite leading Michigan in both tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks last year (5.5), Ryan Van Bergen didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine last month. He bounced between defensive end and defensive tackle over his career as the Wolverines changed schemes and coaches. But regardless of where he lined up on the field, Van Bergen was always moving at full-go and that intensity was on display Thursday during Michigan's Pro Day in Ann Arbor. Van Bergen, who weighed in a 291 pounds, ran a 4.90 40-yard dash and put up 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He suffered a right foot injury in the Sugar Bowl in January and has been feverishly rehabbing to work out for NFL teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
6. Nick Mondek OT/OG Purdue
Ht: 6-5 3/4 | Wt: 304 | Sp: 4.86 | Arm: 33 3/8 | Hand: 9 1/4
225 lb. bench press reps : 30
Notes: Prepped in Illinois and was recruited as a defensive lineman, redshirting in 2007. Appeared in all 12 games in '08 (wore jersey No. 99) and recorded seven tackles without a tackle for loss or sack. Played 11 games in '09, tallying 8-3-2. Did not play against Michigan State (leg). Converted to right tackle and started all 12 games in '10. Started all 12 games at right guard in '11.
Bottom line: Big-framed, well-proportioned, converted defensive tackle and terrific foot athlete — ran the 40-yard dash in the high 4.8s at 300 pounds, including an unheard of 1.59-second 10-yard split, and recorded elite times in the short shuttle (4.55 seconds) and 3-cone drill (7.3 seconds). Has good feet and stature to position, lean and seal. Explosive pulling and leading through the hole. Is relatively raw — has only two seasons at guard under his belt and is not instinctive or anticipatory. Power and violence elements are lacking and he needs to get stronger in order to improve his ability to sustain and finish. Will require patience, but is draftable late based on size and workout numbers and has clear developmental value.
NFL projection: Sixth- to seventh-round pick.
7. Randy Bullock K Texas A&M
Well, a kicker is needed, and the local kid will do just fine.
UDFA Shawn Abuhoff DB/KR/PR
Well, I took 3 OLs because the Texans lost 2 starters, OL depth is very thin, quality FA OLs cost $ which the Texans don't have, so the only option is the draft. I took a LT because Brown is FA next year, and, if he asks too much money or someone overpays for him, his replacement will be ready to go. Even if he signs again, quality depth is needed, because OLine is one of the units most exposed to injuries.