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Old 04-13-2012   #21
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I'm going to trade out of the 2nd round for a 3rd and 4th.

1) Jerel Worthy

I really like Worthy and think he would be special in this defense. It would also allow Mitchell to play at the DE position some and give us more flexibility on the D-line. Worthy is a beast of a penetrator and with him, Watts and

He didn't do himself any favors with a mediocre performance at a Combine filled with talented defensive tackles.

But in games, where it counts, Worthy is the definition of the word load. He demands immediate and constant attention by blockers or he can ruin an offense, and pretty much did exactly that as he earned All-American honors last season.

Worthy anchored a Spartans defense that led the Big Ten in rushing defense (100.5 yards per game), total defense (277.4 ypg) and sacks (45). Worthy explodes off the line at the snap and quickly uses his strong hands and unusual overall power to maintain an advantage. Little wonder he had at least one tackle for a loss in nine of 14 games last season.

He said his decision to enter the draft as an underclassman was partly because his father suffered a stroke in 2010 and he wants to offer financial support for the family.

3) Bruce Irvin

Character issues. Red Flags. Idiotic Behavior.

Still, I just can't pass him up. The Texans probably will and maybe should, but I think if you add him to the rotation with Reed And Barwin you are set at OLB for a few years at least. Dude is extremely explosive off the edge.

Read and react: Has natural instincts for defense despite his lack of experience, though he is obviously still learning. Finds the ball regularly and has the change of direction ability to get to it.

Run defense: Gives some effort to chase down running backs. Miscast as a hand-down player and played mostly in passing situations, but has some fair strength for his size and does not break down easily against the run. At linebacker, he should have no problems getting off tight end blocks to contain against the run.

Pass defense: Limited experience dropping into coverage, as he was primarily used as a pass rush specialist. Has change-of-direction skills and hustle to track down ball carriers in the open field, but will need to learn how to handle coverage responsibilities.

Tackling: Strong wrap tackler who can dislodge the ball with power and goes for the strip if his target is holding the ball low or loose. Brings down quarterbacks much bigger than he is. Very good motor and regularly chases down plays from behind. Used on special-teams coverage units because of his tenacity and speed.

Pass Rush/Blitz: Best attribute. Extreme quickness off the edge, has flexibility to turn the corner. Shows toughness to get under the pads of tackles to bull them, club them upfield to get the inside lane, or fight through blocks for secondary rush when passer steps up. Keeps feet moving after initial contact. Jumps inside as a counter to typical rush, but needs to show a larger variety of moves. Gets pressures on inside stunts and was too explosive for college guards to handle.

Intangibles: Tough player who gets up from being planted and comes hard on the next play. Comes from rough background and almost threw away his talent but earned GED, walked onto junior-college team and continues to work hard towards his goal of playing in the NFL.

3) Ladarius Green

I know a lot of people like Fleener, and I do too. But I like Ladarius as well, but mostly for his receiving. I think he would be a good option lining up in the slot and could be used in more of a receiving role than a blocking role.

Positives: Tremendous body control and concentration to pull the ball down in traffic. Closely covered on many receptions but had few drops. Good body control, focus and large 10-inch mitts. Has quick feet and lateral agility to uncover over the middle. Reliable jump-ball target with 82-inch wingspan. Effort blocker with good work and practice habits.

Negatives: Overwhelmed by stronger defenders at the point. Long arms don't get up and extended quickly enough as a blocker. Average second-level blocker who should erase defensive backs. Big fish in a small pond.

4) Tommy Streeter

Streeter is quite raw and is currently winning off natural ability. He usually wins contested catches and has deceptive downfield speed during his routes and after the catch. However, Streeter has been quite limited in creating separation and the routes that he succeeds with.

He may not look like the typical slot receiver, but that is where Streeter is most successful. When facing off coverage or after moving in motion, Streeter can certainly win down the seam or in soft zones on intermediate routes. He is an instant red-zone target that can begin his career as an NFL team's fourth wide receiver and developmental project

I like Streeter a lot and have liked him for a while. I think if he gets good coaching and dedicates himself in the NFL he can be a beast. I really think he has that much talent. And with another hurricane on the roster in AJ, he has the perfect role model to look up to and develop. He wouldn't have to to a whole lot right away and could afford to learn.

4) Ron Brooks, CB/Gunner

Played in 13 games and made three starts … One of LSU's most experienced players having played in every game since 2008 (52 games) … A top reserve in the secondary who often played in LSU's nickel and dime packages … Made two interceptions this season and returned both for touchdowns … Has three career INTs and has returned all three for TDs … Set a career high with six tackles and also added one sack and a fumble recovery against Arkansas … Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a stellar game at Ole Miss where he returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown, recorded a sack, forced a fumble that he recovered and finished with four tackles … Tied his career high with 2.0 tackles for a loss, including one sack, and he added one PBU and one QB hurry as well against Western Kentucky … Made his second career start at cornerback against Auburn and made a huge impact with a 28-yard interception for a touchdown as well as four tackles, 0.5 TFLs, one forced fumble, one PBU and one QB hurry … Set a career high with three pass breakups versus Kentucky … Started his first career game at West Virginia … Serves as a gunner on punt coverage after downing several punts inside the 20 last year.

Maybe a WTF pick to some, but I think he is worth the pick. Good player to have in that he accepts his role and does it to the best of his ability. He would make a decent back-up in the slot for McCain and he is an exceptional special teams player. I think he would add tremendous value to our kick coverage units. Would be a great gunner for us. Very good tackler with good athleticism.

4) Chris Rainey, RB/Slot/Returner

An extremely versatile athlete capable of making an impact as a running back, receiver or special teams standout, Rainey emerged during his senior season to be the first Florida running back since Emmitt Smith to lead the Gators in both rushing yards (861) and receptions (31). He followed that up with an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl in which his playmaking skills were largely put to the test at wide receiver, though his only touch during the game, itself, came on a five yard run.

A highly touted prep prospect, Rainey saw action immediately for the Gators but was sidelined after four games with a shoulder injury and eventually redshirted in 2008. He saw action in 48 more games over his Florida career, starting 19 contests. The all-purpose star left Florida having rushed for 2,464 yards (ninth all-time for the Gators) and caught 69 passes for 795 yards, scoring 19 touchdowns over his career.

At his size, Rainey certainly isn't a workhorse candidate at the next level. Some, in fact, see his greatest potential lining up as a slot receiver in a similar role to what Percy Harvin (himself a former Florida Gator) has with the Minnesota Vikings. If utilized as a back, Rainey's soft hands and playmaking ability could intrigue teams, especially considering the impact undersized multi-purpose backs like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush and even Dexter McCluster saw for their respective clubs in 2011.

The 3rd running back to complete the trio. Tate and Foster will get most of the carries, but Rainey would be an awesome addition. Very fast, can catch and he can run in between the tackles. He also adds value as a returner.

5) Janzen Jackson

Jackson's talent is undeniable. While built more like a cornerback than a safety, he has the vision, range, hitting ability and ball skills team want at free safety in today's pass-heavy NFL. Ultimately, the question isn't where he'd fit in an NFL defensive backfield but whether his serious off-field issues will keep him from getting a chance to do so.

POSITIVES: Lean, athletic build with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Legitimate NFL-caliber athlete. Possesses good straight-line speed, fluid hips to turn and run and explosiveness out of his breaks. Good vision and anticipation as a free safety. Reads the quarterback's eyes and gets an excellent break on the ball. Is a considerably bigger hitter than his slight frame would lead you to believe. Closes quickly and generates an explosive collision on impact that can separate the football …

NEGATIVES: Possesses a slim build more conducive to cornerback than safety … A bit high cut … Physicality he shows as a hitter will wear on his own body too, especially considering his slight stature for the position … Lowers his shoulder for the big hit rather than wrapping up securely. Significant character red flags. Was arrested, along with two other Tennessee players for taking part in an armed robbery of a convenience store November 11, 2009 in Knoxville. Was ultimately released when prosecutors determined that he did not know the crime was being committed … Reportedly had multiple other run-ins with authorities at Tennessee for off-field concerns, including for substance abuse. Left the program to deal with "personal issues" in the spring of 2011. Was welcomed back to the team in July only to get dismissed from the team August 24 by head coach Derek Dooley …
Would be the closest thing to a true FS on our roster. I like Jackson more than I like Keo. He has good upside and some feel that he can play some corner. I like him as a safety for us though and I think he upgrades the back end. I think he would make the roster and challenge Demps and Nolan for back up pt. I don't think you can ask for a lot more out of a fifth round pick. Great value here if available.


6) Randy Bullock

Record-setting senior season resulted in Bullock winning the 2011 Lou Groza Award and consensus All-America honors … needs a single point to match A&M's 84-year old record for season scoring (128 by Joel Hunt in 1927) … completed the regular season with an NCAA -best 2.08 field goals per game … connected on 25-of-28 fields and 52-54 extra points, both school records … his school record streak of 122 successful extra points from 2009-11 was snapped in the season-opener. He goes into the bowl game with a streak of 50 PAT s … made 12 straight FGs in a seven-game span at midseason, and connected on a career-high four FGs in two games … may have clinched the Groza Award with a four-FG game in finale against Texas, which included a career-long 52-yarder and a 49-yarder … petroleum engineering major was named second-team Academic All-Big 12.

Very good kicker that should be making field goals for us for a long time.

7) Chad Diehl

He's what I call a head banger. I really love this guys game. Not the greates with the ball in his hands, but he loves running into the hole and blowing fools up. Very solidly built.

Diehl is a classic sledgehammer fullback. He handles any blocking assignment he's handed from blitz pickup to straight-ahead drive blocking, and he almost always gets the job done with authority. Diehl also played on punt and kick coverages, kickoff returns, and won Clemson's Hustle and Dedication awards. He's a high-effort player and delivers high-impact blocks but won't likely carve a niche in an NFL offense beyond blowing open running lanes and giving up his body in short-yardage on occasion. The need for such role players has thinned, but many teams will be eager to acquire his services in the middle of the draft's third day.
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