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    65. Braxton Cave C Notre Dame 6'3" 305
    Keep an eye on Cave who will be opening up holes for one of the most underrated running backs in the country, Cierre Wood. Cave is a three year starter and one of the best returning centers in the country, but has played some guard as well. Cave has shown steady improvement over the past two seasons.He is a physical player who shows a mean streak when run blocking. While he has the physical tools to be a very good center, he makes too many mental mistakes right now. Cave has to eliminate some of the break downs and missed blocks, he anchors a very good Notre Dame run game. Like many Notre Dame players, Cave missed the end of last season with a foot injury.
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    66. Jesse Williams DT Alabama 6'4" 320
    University of Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams is a very thick prospect with a well-balanced game. He does not have many glaring weaknesses and can contribute both against the run and pass. Williams is quick in short spaces and really gets after the action. Finds himself in the mix and fights for position until the whistle. Not physically dominant, but he can impose his will on guys if he can get good hand placement. Williams is an average athlete and may not ever grow into anything more than a rotational player. Needs to bring high energy late in games and usually starts far better than he finishes. He'll need to add muscle to his lower half. Strong upper body can overpower defenders with the proper leverage. Must lose baby fat and add more muscle to really push blockers into the backfield.
    Good snap anticipation. Still new to the game of football after growing up in Australia. Decent ceiling as he continues to learn the finer techniques. Very good tackler when someone gets in his zone. Really explodes into the ball-carrier and can punish opponents if he has any forward momentum.
    Williams projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
    http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/p...ospect_id=3423
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    67. Gerald Hodges OLB Penn St. 6'1" 239
    A starter in all 25 games the past two years, Hodges was No. 4 in the Big Ten with 109 tackles. A semifinalist for the 2012 Butkus Award and a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, he led the team with seven pass breakups and was tied for second on the squad with two interceptions. He also ranked third with 8.5 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble and one sack.

    Hodges was an instrumental part of a Nittany Lion defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg. The Nittany Lions also led the Big Ten and were tied for No. 4 in NCAA Red Zone defense (.64) and ranked No. 23 nationally in rushing defense (128.4 ypg). Hodges was selected the New Jersey Division I College Player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey and the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey.
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    68. Kevin Minter ILB LSU 6'1" 245
    Minter has been somewhat of an unsung hero for LSU's defense, not always making the highlight plays that other linebackers have this season, but there is no question that he was the heart of the Tigers' defense unit. Reid is widely regarded as one of the best defensive backs in the draft, and both he and Minter have the potential to be first round selections.


    Alex Brown had this to say about Kevin Minter prior to the LSU's match-up against Clemson this week:

    "Filling hard downhill and initiating contact with the blocker by firing his sudden, powerful hands to snap his opponent backward at the point of attack, Minter works off blockers with outstanding hand usage and shouldering technique. What enables Minter to be so productive and impactful at Mike linebacker is how quickly he reads, reacts, and steps to flow. Rarely ever taking a misstep in his run/pass read, Minter locates and tracks the football exceptionally well for an inside backer. Moreover, Minter isnít just a hard hitting, 2-down run thumper; timing up back-to-back stunts for a sack and tackle for loss, and opening his hips to the sideline and running down throws to the perimeter, Minter showcased 3rd down ability versus the pass as a coverage defender and stunting linebacker. This game-changing backer could very well be an early declarer for the 2013 draft and top round draft choice."
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    69. Jordan Poyer CB OSU 5'11" 190
    Poyer is a charismatic individual. He hosted his own segment on the local news and was one of the leaders of the Beavers' defense this season. Poyer's energy on the field is evident and he found ways to make an impact every Saturday. A three-year starter at Oregon State, Poyer was also drafted by the Florida Marlins out of high school.
    Pros:
    Jordan Poyer's best trait is his quickness in short areas. He has a smooth back pedal and can change directions on a dime. Poyer often appears to be even quicker than he is because of how quickly he diagnoses plays and recognizes what the quarterback and receiver are trying to do. He always understands his assignment and made very few mistakes in the games I watched. Poyer isn't often responsible for a big play in the passing game or even very many catches.
    Poyer's quickness translates well to the return game, where he excelled at Oregon State. Once again, Poyer's vision and feet come in handy in this area. He finds holes in the coverage and can get through them in a hurry.
    NFL scouts will also like what Poyer brings to the table with his toughness and competitiveness. Even in areas that aren't particular strong aspects of his game (press coverage, run defense), Poyer shows a willingness to be physical and get his hands dirty to make plays. In addition, he has solid ball skills and leaping ability to break up plays down the field.
    Poyer's best fit may be as a slot cornerback, because he won't have any trouble reading plays. He also has the short area quickness to lineup against shifty slot wide receivers.
    Cons:
    NFL teams will be concerned about Poyer's straight line speed. He struggles a bit in press coverage because his doesn't have a ton of strength and can struggle to turn and run with some of the faster receivers he matches up against. Poyer will have to be ready for the scouting combine and his pro day, because how he times out in the 40-yard dash could be an indicator of where his stock ends up.
    Without big-time speed, Poyer may not have the upside of a shutdown boundary cornerback in the NFL. That will limit his ceiling a bit on draft day, but as mentioned above, NFL teams go three deep with starting cornerbacks these days. The nickel cornerback is a starter for a lot of teams, so Poyer will have value on day two of the NFL Draft.
    Conclusion:
    Poyer isn't an elite cornerback prospect, but he possesses a lot of traits that will make him a valuable player in the eyes of many NFL scouts. He fits the mold of what a team wants in a secondary player. he's quick, he's tough and he is smart.
    Pro Comparison: Brice McCain, Houston Texas
    The trait that stands out in both McCain and Poyer is the quickness inside to match up against slot receivers. Like most comparisons, it is not perfect, though. McCain has better deep speed, but Poyer is a much smarter player.
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    70. Phillip Thomas SS Fresno St. 6'1" 210
    PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Phillip Thomas, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award that went to Mississippi State's Johnthan Bank, tallied eight interceptions, which tops the nation. That number is also the most achieved by a Fresno State player in 27 years.He returned three interceptions for touchdowns, had nine total takeaways, forced four fumbles and led Fresno State with 82 tackles, including 12 for loss. He will face a quarterback in SMU's Garrett Gilbert who has thrown for almost more interceptions (13) than touchdowns (14). Thomas is the 10th player from Fresno State to be selected as a defensive player of the year, the most recent Chris Carter in 2010.

    2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: Safety - Phillip Thomas, senior, 6-1, 215, Fresno State...Thomas led the nation in interceptions this season with eight, which set a new Mountain West single-season record and was the most by a Bulldog in 27 years. He also tied for the national lead with nine total take-aways, three interceptions returned for touchdowns and tied for seventh nationally with four forced fumbles. - Fresno State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2013&genpos=FS
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    71. D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 5'11" 210
    FS D.J. Swearinger has not only proven to be the heart and soul of the South Carolina defense, but is the squad's most versatile performer. He played a key part in the Gamecocks' pass defense against two of the most proficient passing attacks in the country Clemson and Arkansas. He played some cornerback in both games. He played press man against both team's top receivers for part of each game, including Tigers standout Sammy Watkins. When he moved back to free safety, his task was to guard against deep passes.
    2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season.
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    72. Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse 6'2" 223
    Overview
    Only two quarterbacks from Syracuse have been drafted since 1945, but with a consistent senior season, Nassib will be the third (and first since Donovan McNabb in 1999). Entering his third year as the starting quarterback for the Orange offense, he will contend for most of the school's career passing records in 2012.
    Nassib flew under the radar as a two-star high school recruit out of Pennsylvania, redshirting in 2008 and serving as the back-up behind Ex-basketball player Greg Paulus in 2009. He inherited the starting quarterback duties in 2010 as a sophomore, throwing for 2,334 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
    Nassib had his best season last year as a junior, finishing with 2,685 passing yards, 62.4 completion percentage and a TD-INT ratio of 22-9.
    Analysis
    Nassib has good-enough arm strength to make throws at all levels of the field with the mechanics and beautiful ball fakes that scouts love to see. Nassib tends to make poor reads under pressure and force throws, but is a smart player and does a nice job using his eyes to hold defenders and work through his progressions. He isn't a statue in the pocket and is very accurate throwing on the run, flashing impressive toughness for the position. Nassib is a gamer with a live arm and the potential to rise up draft boards with a consistent senior year, ranking as one of the more underrated players for the 2013 NFL Draft.


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    73. D.J. Harper RB Boise St. 5'9" 205
    Strengths
    Speed back who hits the jets when in the open field. When he presses the line, shows quick feet to cut into space and then quickly accelerate. Has some thickness to his frame, not a slight runner like many fast backs. Runs with good lean inside, ends up falling forward and can get through arm tackles. Flashes balance to keep running after a spin move in the open field. Willing to lower shoulder into defensive back to finish runs instead of stepping out of bounds. Shows good hands in limited chances as a receiver, threat to leave behind linebackers on wheel routes and make moves to free himself of coverage in the flat or over the middle. Plays some Wildcat QB in the red zone.
    Weaknesses Tore left ACL twice, must check out medically. Generally a perimeter runner, lacks the power as an interior force. Keeps the ball in his inside hand at times instead of switching it away traffic. Not always as decisive as youíd like finding his hole behind the line, also loses his balance trying to make moves in the open field at times instead of taking what he can get. Can slow down blitzers with cut blocks (and does the same on lead blocks when needed) but doesnít stand up to rushers often enough in pass pro, lacks anchor when he does.
    NFL Comparison Cedric Peerman
    Bottom Line
    Harper played well in his first two years with the Broncos, but then tore his left ACL in the third game of both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Even in a reserve role behind 2012 first-round pick Doug Martin as a junior, Harper had career-best numbers (557 rushing yards, nine TD) while showing coaches, teammates and NFL scouts he still possesses an open-field burst and more toughness than expected for a supposed ďspeed back.Ē Adequate Combine medical exams, allow teams to take a chance on his potential despite his knee issues.
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    74. Markus Wheaton WR Oregon St. 6'0" 182
    While Wheaton isnít one of the big name WR in the 2013 NFL Draft, he is one of the biggest play-makers. He has outstanding speed and uses it to stretch the field vertically. He has shown a very good ability to track the ball and make adjustments while itís in the air. The Beavers tried to get the ball into Wheatonís hands as much as possible, using him on sweeps, reverses and screens. I see a similar type usage in the NFL.Wheaton does need to get stronger and clean up his route running, especially at the top of his routes. He has natural speed that is tough to find and the ability to separate from the defender. In terms of draft stock I think itís likely that Wheaton is a day two pick based on his speed and predictability. He has developed nicely while at Oregon State, exhibiting improvement each year, at the very least he will provide a team with a vertical threat with reliable hands at the next level.
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