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    99. Jordan Rogers QB Vanderbilt 6'1" 220

    Jordan Rodgers is an intriguing late-round quarterback prospect. He put up over 2,500 passing yards and a three-to-one TD/INT ratio for Vanderbilt last season, despite not having much talent around him. Let's take a quick look at what he has to offer heading into the combine and NFL Draft season.
    Positives
    Athleticism: Rodgers has the ability to get to the outside and make plays with his feet. It remains to be seen how he will run at the combine, but the Vandy prospect definitely has what it takes in this aspect of the game.
    Arm Strength: For an undersized prospect, Rodgers can throw darts down the field. He is solid on intermediate routes and possesses the ability to make every throw on the football field. One aspect of his game that I like a lot on tape is that he can actually make these throws on his back foot.
    Pedigree: It might sound a bit out of left field, but Rodgers his helped by the fact that he is the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers. Needless to say, he learned a lot from his older brother. It is kinda like having a quarterback coach at a young age.
    Progressions: Rodgers does not struggle going to his second or third read. He will not stair down a wide receiver. This is something that a lot of young quarterbacks tend to struggle with.
    Weaknesses
    Mechanics:
    Rodgers is beyond bad in this aspect. He struggles in the pocket and throws the ball flat footed on a consistent basis. It seems that he struggles finding a consistent rhythm when passing the ball. His footwork and release are below average, which causes inaccuracy on the intermediate routes.
    Size: At 6'1", Rodgers isn't your prototypical quarterback. Unlike an undersized Russell Wilson from the '12 draft, he tends to struggle seeing over the offensive line and finding throwing lines in the pocket. Most effective outside the hashes.
    Field Vision/Pocket Awareness: While Rodgers will not lock into a wide receiver, he tends to struggle understanding where to throw the ball, finding solid windows and recognizing the defensive scheme. These are three things that will worry scouts in Indianapolis at the combine. This also leads to terrible decision making.
    Bottom Line
    Rodgers will be worth a look in the mid-to-late rounds. Teams that are looking for value instead of reaching for top quarterbacks in a mediocre class will look at him. Moreover, teams who have solid starters might view Rodgers as a solid project guy moving forward. He doesn't translate as a starter in the NFL.

    *Sorry, only tape I could find was from 2011

    http://edraft.com/nfl/news/2013-nfl-...outing-report/
    "It happens all the time," Taylor said. "It's not an exact science and personnel guys aren't the end-all, be-all. " Jason Taylor,2011
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    100. Christine Michael RB TAMU 5'11" 220
    Overview
    Michael exploded onto the Big 12 as a true freshman, earning the coaches' Freshman of the Year award for leading the Aggies with 844 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns despite starting only four games.
    Michael rotated with Cyrus Gray as the Aggies' starting running back in 2010 and was leading the team with 631 yards and four scores over the first eight games when he was lost for the remainder of the season after suffering a broken right leg against Texas Tech.
    In 2011, he once again demonstrated his talents, rushing for a career-high 899 yards and eight scores in the first nine games (including six starts) before tearing the ACL in his left knee against Oklahoma.
    Michael entered the 2012 season rated by some talent evaluators as the top senior running back in the country, but was nothing more than a reserve as a senior after landing in head coach Kevin Sumlin's doghouse due to some attitude issues. However, he did remain productive as the goal-line back with 12 rushing touchdowns.
    When healthy, Michael has shown many of the attributes scouts are looking for in a headlining back. He still has talent, and could warrant a second-day selection with his upside.
    Analysis
    STRENGTHS: He's quick to the hole, shows excellent vision for the cutback, possesses good acceleration and enough lateral agility to elude defenders. Sees would-be tacklers coming and breaks a lot of tackles with a nice spin move, as well as a strong stiff-arm. No stranger to the weight room, Michael runs low to the ground with good pad level and lateral agility to make strong cuts.
    WEAKNESSES: History of injuries. Did not excel in pass protection during Shrine Game practices. Attitude and coachability questions.


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    101. Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech 6'0" 202
    STRENGTHS: Possesses an athletic build with long arms. Quick accelerator who gobbles up the cushion. Shows good quickness, strength and competitiveness versus press coverage. Sets up the defender with a variety of releases, alternating his gait to keep his opponent off-balance. Consistently catches the ball with his hands, away from his body.
    Experience as a punt returner is obvious once he gets the ball in his hands in the open field. Shows good vision to set up blocks and good shake to elude defenders one on one. May not possess elite breakaway speed but has the burst to turn a short pass into a long gain. Tracks the ball very well over his shoulder, showing excellent body control to keep his feet in bounds while securing the pass. Alert, competitive downfield blocker.
    WEAKNESSES: Does not appear to possess elite breakaway speed. Struggles to gain separation on deep passes and while a very good route-runner, doesn't possess true explosiveness out of his breaks. Isn't afraid to mix it up with defenders as he runs his routes and will push-off on occasion to help gain separation, drawing the rare offensive pass interference flag (Texas A&M).
    Possesses generally reliable hands but will drop an occasional pass, especially when defenders are battling with him. Must get stronger and improve his concentration to make the tough grabs with defenders ripping away at his arms as the ball arrives. Can make defenders miss but doesn't show much strength to run through arm tackles.
    COMPARES TO: Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans -- Scouts had questions about Washington's readiness for the NFL when he left Tiffin, but like Patton he has used his savvy and deceptive athleticism to develop as a quality NFL starter.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...quinton-patton
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    102. Nick Kasa TE Colorado 6'6" 271
    STRENGTHS: Thick, broad-shouldered athlete who physically looks the part. Possesses surprising straight-line speed and good mobility and balance, overall. Physical, competitive run-blocker. Strong hands to turn and seal defenders from the ball-carrier and has an idea of what his opponent is trying to accomplish based on his previous experience playing on the defensive line.
    Developing pass-catcher who routinely finished practices during his senior season catching 100 passes from the JUGS machine. Has the size/speed combination to be an effective special teams performer early in his career. Possesses clear untapped potential and could be an ascending player and matchup headache for defenses at tight end.
    WEAKNESSES: Raw. Lacks awareness as a route-runner and too often fights the ball as pass-catcher. Plays a bit tight and bulky. Faster than he is quick and needs to show greater flexibility and explosiveness to generate separation. Has struggled with various bumps and bruises throughout his career, though none of the injuries caused him to miss considerable time, raising concerns about his toughness. Was knocked out of the Arizona game (2012) with concussion-like symptoms.
    COMPARES TO: Kevin Boss, TE, New York Giants -- Like Boss (who hailed from Western Oregon), Kasa is a potential diamond in the rough who, with a little polishing, has the size and speed to develop into a potential NFL starter.
    *No meaningful tape avilable
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...4303/nick-kasa
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    103. Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma 6'7" 303
    Strengths
    Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnsonís feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.
    Weaknesses
    Lack of experience on the offensive line is a concern, so putting another strong season on tape will be a boon to his draft stock. Height will always be an issue when trying to get leverage against veteran pro defensive linemen, must continue to add strength throughout his frame to control and anchor.
    NFL Comparison
    Riley Reiff
    Bottom Line
    Johnson was a high school quarterback and a backup at his junior college at that position for one season before moving to tight end, defensive end and then finally right tackle during his first three seasons with the Sooners. He finally got his shot on the left side in 2012 and was as reliable as ever. Scouts saw the potential in Johnson grow throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to his athleticism, strength, and solid technique despite his lack of experience. Expect his name to be mentioned frequently throughout the process.


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    104. Larry Warford OG Kentucky 6'3" 333

    Strengths
    Big-bodied guard prospect with lower-body girth. Quick feet for his size, keeps them moving in pass protection to mirror his man and can adjust quickly to ride defenders penetrating gaps out of the play. Also plays with knee bend and has arm length to maintain distance from his man, will reset and punch with one or two hands throughout the play. Capable of getting off tackle block to pick up delayed blitzer. Flashes quickness to trap and get around the tackle to lead run plays. Gets down quickly to cut block and take out linebackers in the hole on traps. Hustles downfield to help out ballcarriers when needed. Plays with some attitude, brings some pop to his punch when helping his tackle against a pass rusher.
    Weaknesses
    As one might imagine for someone of his size, Warford is not tremendously explosive out of his stance. He also struggles to react quickly enough to defenders who are simply diving at his legs. For this reason, running directly behind him on short yardage situations is not as successful as one might expect given his size. It's also possible that quicker defensive lineman in the NFL with active hands could give him problems due to this deficiency.
    NFL Comparison
    Marshal Yanda
    Bottom Line
    Warford translated his power as a drive-blocker, unexpected foot quickness and downfield hustle into a fantastic, decorated college career Ė- and should win his share of battles against NFL linemen when able to get his thick body moving quickly off the snap. That size, strength, and those surprising nimble feet should help him nab a draft slot in the top half of the draft and step into a starting lineup at the next level immediately.

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    Does that mean that you want me to profile a WR? I am doing these in a rotational order and I will not come back around to WRs until I go through the defense. If you have a specific one that you would like to have info on I can do that immediately. If not, I would refer back to the front page and the WR category. I have a number listed and the page on which the info is on.
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    105. Travis Frederick C Wisconsin 6'4" 338
    POSITIVES: Top-notch football IQ and overall intelligence to recognize what the defense is doing and adjust the offensive line accordingly. Has bulked up and added bulk to his frame, carrying his weight well for a 335-plus pounder. Mobile enough to get to the second level and block in space. Thick upper body with the base strength to anchor off the snap and hold his ground. Works hard with his technique and doesn't make many mistakes. Fights with a finishing attitude and understands different scenarios, keeping his head on a swivel. Better foot quickness and agility for a blocker with his size.
    Comes from a program known for producing NFL-quality offensive linemen and has starting experience at both guard and center. High character individual and very coachable.
    NEGATIVES: Lacks elite athleticism and has some stiffness in his hips. Needs to keep his weight in check to stay mobile. Susceptible to explosive interior linemen off the snap and needs to set up quicker to gain position and block off-balance.

    COMPARES TO: John Moffitt, OL, Seattle Seahawks - Like Moffitt, Frederick lined up at both guard and center over his Wisconsin career, flashing the same sound technique and powerful base.


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    106. Alex Okafor DE Texas 6'5" 261
    STRENGTHS: Displays strong hand play, chopping away at his opponents' attempts to get their hands on his chest or using an effective arm-over swim move to slip by them. High-revving motor. Arrived at the Senior Bowl leaner. Good overall athlete. Most impressive attribute is his power. Okafor can knock opponents onto their heels on his way to the quarterback and also sets the edge nicely as a run defender. Okafor's ability to make plays against the run and pass makes him arguably the most well-rounded senior defensive end in the country.
    WEAKNESSES: Has the body of a classic RDE speed rusher but the game better suited to playing the left side as a run-defender. Lacks quick-twitch burst and isn't a speed rusher, as indicated by the fact that Texas initially lined him up at defensive tackle. Slightly stiff upper body demonstrated by his struggles in changing directions, making him a better candidate to remain as a defensive end rather than dropping back into coverage, as he was occasionally also asked to do at Texas. Came in lighter than expected at the Senior Bowl at 261 pounds. Was arrested in May 2012 for "failure to obey," though the charges were later dropped.
    COMPARES TO: Ray Edwards, DE, ex-Atlanta Falcons -- A team expecting Okafor to become a lightning-quick speed edge rusher will be disappointed. However, his strength, length and high effort could make him a fine addition as a left defensive end capable of holding up against the run and proving a solid supplemental pass rusher.

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