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    6.WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt 6'3" 205

    Jordan Matthews Scouting Report

    Routing ~ Phenomenal. Matthews run a vast, sprawling array of Routes, and runs them well. Jerry Rice's Cousin echoes The Great One's persistently diligent Attention to Detail in all the subtleties of Routing, and both his Patience and Work Ethic. Matthews works Routes like a seasoned Veteran and will rapidly earn his QuarterBack's Trust.

    Separation ~ Adept. Matthews isn't especially explosive out'f'is Breaks, but he's sharp enough, and he exhibits tremendous Fluidity in carving out Routes. Watching him on Tape, I often had difficulty distinguishing him before the Snap, despite his Height, because his Core Power and Core Agility is so exceptional that his appearance, when he coils up, is very similar to that of a shorter man. This aids him in producing very impressive Acceleration out'f the Blocks. His best Aspects of Separation, however, are his Field Vision and Instincts for the Open Zone.

    Catching ~ Exceptional. He laid a few Clankers down in previous Years, but Matthews is vastly improved, this Year. He Tracks the Ball exceptionally well, and often exhibits spectacular Vertical Agility. He clearly needs to develop his Capacity to Box Out Defenders at the Catch Point, but he's got huge Hands and immense Potential.

    Navigation ~ Adept. He's racked up pedestrian Yards After Catch Stats at VanDerBilt, but I couldn't help but notice that it is not very often that's put in a position to do so. When he actually gets the Ball with a little bit of Space to work with, his Ricochet is unremarkable, but he demonstrates Fluidity, Power and startling BreakAway Speed!!

    Blocking ~ Outstanding. Consistently gets low and drives his man back. Very impressive, considering his Height.
    http://www.fanaticalyankee.com/6/pos...nfl-draft.html
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    *According to a report in AL.com, Boston College senior running back Andre Williams has withdrawn from the Senior Bowl due to an injury; presumably the same shoulder injury that forced the Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman finalist to leave the second half of the Syracuse game. Also have to wonder whether Williams was 100 percent healed during the Eagles' AdvoCare V100 'Independence' Bowl matchup with Arizona. Only seven of the running back's 26 carries came (early) in the second half and Williams was later spelled by freshmen Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse midway through the fourth quarter. Williams will no doubt have a number of workouts scheduled in the coming weeks, including the NFL's Scouting Combine in February, so he may be sitting out the Senior Bowl to avoid re-aggravating that shoulder injury initially sustained during his 42 carry, 339 yard rushing performance vs. N.C. State.
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    7.RB Andre Williams, Boston College 6'0" 227

    12/26/13 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: RB - Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College: With only 584 rushing yards a year ago, Williams entered 2013 with low expectations and an undrafted grade by most pro teams. But he stepped up in a big way this season and helped his NFL evaluation, proving to be a workhorse with over 2,100 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Williams, who recorded four 250-plus rushing yard performances as a senior, isn't the fastest or most elusive ball-carrier, but he is effective with patience and brute power to deliver hits. He should be one of the top senior backs drafted, probably a borderline top-100 prospect. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/13/13 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: RB Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0 227, Sr., Schnecksville, PA...Williams, who is a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, registered 329 rushing attempts for 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 2,102 rushing yards in 12 games represents the ninth greatest rushing season in the history of college football. He leads the nation in most rushing categories, including yards, attempts, yards per game (175.2), 200-yard games (five) and 250-yard games (four). - Boston College football
    12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB-Andre Williams (UNANIMOUS), Sr., Boston College (39)...Williams, a 6-foot, 227-pound senior, played in all 12 games and recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carriers, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in the country in rushing yards per game (175.2) and broke Boston College's single-season rushing record formerly held by Mike Cloud (1,726; 1998) in 10 games. - Boston College football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=RB
    Williams became the 13th runner in FBS history to top the 2,000-yard mark with a 263-yard effort against Maryland. The performance marked his ninth 100-yard game of the season and the fifth time Williams surpassed 200 rushing yards. Additionally, it was the sixth time Williams logged at least 30-plus rushing attempts in a game, which is uncommon in today's pass-happy collegiate game.

    I've been impressed with his combination of strength, power and explosiveness this season. Measuring 6-foot, 227 pounds, Williams runs through contact at the point of attack while exhibiting surprising balance and body control for a big back. He rarely goes down on initial contact and consistently falls forward at the end of runs.

    Of course, those traits are expected from a big, physical runner, but I've been most impressed by Williams' sneaky quickness and big-play ability. He shows a nifty pitter-pat move in the hole and has a knack for avoiding defenders at the second level. Although he is certainly not a jitterbug on the perimeter, Williams displays enough elusiveness to make defenders miss in space and flashes the burst to run away from the secondary. As a result, he leads the nation in runs of 30-plus yards (17) and averages a hefty 6.5 yards per carry this season.

    Despite the impressive numbers on his resume, the jury is still out on whether Williams will be a fantastic player at the next level. Skeptics will question why he has only one season of significant production despite having 15 career starts heading into the season. Although Williams has led the team in various rushing statistics throughout his tenure, he failed to crack the 1,000-yard mark in any of his previous seasons, and he failed to make a significant impact as the Eagles' lead runner. Therefore, scouts will wonder if he can sustain his success at the next level when the speed, quickness and athleticism of defenders result in smaller holes between the tackles.
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    8.TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa 6'7" 265

    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, Tight End...Fiedorowicz has 26 receptions for 253 yards and a team-high six touchdowns this season, including the overtime game-winner against Northwestern on Oct. 26. - Iowa football
    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa, Tight End...Fiedorowicz has recorded at least one reception in 30 consecutive games, a streak that ranks second among active FBS tight ends; Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins is first with 37 straight games with a catch. Fiedorowicz has 85 catches for 421 yards over the last 30 games, and has caught all 10 career touchdowns during the streak. - Iowa football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=TE
    Overall: C.J., while doubtful to enter the draft this year (underclassmen rarely leave early from Iowa), has played himself into the top-50 overall in this class due to his natural talent in the run and pass block game, along with talent and production growth, the last two seasons. He is in a similar situation to Chris Gragg, where he needs to step up to a heavy and reliable role in an offense that featured key departures. He needs to show he can be a factor in an offense that already caters to the Tight End play. C.J. is in the same mold as the past great NFL Drafted Tight Ends from the University of Iowa, but will project better due to not suffering similar injuries and setbacks
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    9.OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St. 6'3" 340

    12/13/13 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4 340, Sr., Liberty, MS...Last week, Jackson became the first offensive lineman to win the C Spire Conerly Trophy winner while also tabbed as the first Kent Hull Award recipient as top offensive lineman in Mississippi. He has also been instrumental in helping MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 426.2 yards a game, which is on pace to break the single-season record of 422.0 yards per contest, set in 1982. The Bulldogs’ 5,114 total yards are good for second on the program’s single-season chart behind the 2010 squad’s 5,217 yards. - Mississippi State football
    12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State...On Tuesday, the senior guard from Liberty, Miss., was voted first-team All-SEC by the league coaches one day after receiving the same recognition from the Associated Press. Last week, Jackson became the first offensive lineman to win the C Spire Conerly Trophy winner while also tabbed as the first Kent Hull Award recipient as top offensive lineman in Mississippi.

    He has also been instrumental in helping MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 426.2 yards a game, which is on pace to break the single-season record of 422.0 yards per contest, set in 1982. The Bulldogs’ 5,114 total yards are good for second on the program’s single-season chart behind the 2010 squad’s 5,217 yards. - Mississippi State football
    12/10/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: OL - Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State, 6-4, 340, Sr,...The award haul continues for Jackson, who last week received the C Spire Conerly Trophy winner as top player in the state of Mississippi, becoming the first offensive lineman to earn the award. The Liberty, Miss., native was also tabbed as the Kent Hull Award recipient as top offensive lineman in Mississippi.

    On the field, Jackson graded out at 88 percent with three knockdowns against No. 1 Alabama a week after being graded at 89 percent with four knockdowns on the road at No. 11 Texas A&M. Jackson is helping MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 426.2 yards a game, on pace to shatter the single-season record of 422.0 yards per contest, set in 1982. The Bulldogs’ 5,114 total yards are good for second on the program’s single-season chart behind the 2010 squad’s 5,217 yards. - Mississippi State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=og
    Jackson has a few weaknesses as well, though none of them severely limit his play. The most pressing one would seem to be his speed, as he tends to be a bit slow off the ball. This could become a bigger issue once he becomes a pro in an NFL as the defensive linemen there are faster than ever. One seemingly obvious solution to this issue would be for him to cut some weight, which the team who drafts him will most likely ask him to do.

    In addition, Jackson sometimes plays too high, which results in him not gaining ground on run plays or getting pushed back by pass rushers. This would be another reason for him to shed a few pounds, as it may allow him to get some extra knee bend.

    Overall, though, Jackson’s strengths significantly outweigh his weaknesses. He’ll be battling with Baylor‘s Cyril Richardson to be the first guard taken in the draft, and one or both of them could end up going in the first round. If Jackson doesn’t come off the board within the first 32 picks, he’s almost a sure bet to be taken during the second round.
    http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2013/1...-gabe-jackson/
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    10.C Travis Swanson, Arkansas 6'5" 318

    12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas, 6-5, 315, Sr,...Swanson started all 50 games of his career, the first Razorback to start 50 consecutive games and just the second to start 50 in a career. He was elected as a team captain in 2012 and 2013 to become the 11th Razorback to serve consecutive seasons as a captain. Swanson has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will participate in the nation's top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala. - Arkansas football
    12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): C - Travis Swanson, Arkansas...Swanson earned a grade of 80 percent or higher eight times, including 90 percent vs. No. 10 Texas A&M, and registered 74 knockdown blocks in 2013. The Kingwood, Texas, native led an offensive line that blocked as Alex Collins became the 10th true freshman in SEC history to rush for 1,000 yards and as Collins and Jonathan Williams became the second Razorback duo to each reach at least 900 rushing yards in one season. The offensive line, which featured two true freshmen starting the final eight games, also broke the single-season school record by only allowing 8.0 sacks. Arkansas leads the SEC and is tied for second in the NCAA with an average of 0.67 sacks allowed per game. The Razorbacks' average of one sack allowed for every 37.63 pass attempts is the best in the conference and seventh in the nation.

    Swanson started all 50 games of his career, the first Razorback to start 50 consecutive games and just the second to start 50 in a career. He was elected as a team captain in 2012 and 2013 to become the 11th Razorback to serve consecutive seasons as a captain. Swanson has accepted an invitation to the 2014 Senior Bowl and will participate in the nation's top showcase of senior talent for NFL evaluators with a week of practices leading up to the Jan. 25 game in Mobile, Ala. - Arkansas football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...=2014&genpos=C
    Travis Swanson, C, Senior- Swanson is the best prospect that the Razorbacks return on their offense, and he is considered by many as the top Center in the 2014 NFL Draft class. Initially when I watched him I was pretty underwhelmed, and he really seemed to struggle against Texas A&M’s Kirby Ennis, a 6’4”, 300 pound nose guard. He struggled to create push in the run game when blocking defensive linemen 1 on 1 in all the games that I watched which is contrary to what you might think given his listed size of 6’5”, 314 pounds. Still, he had a bad game against Texas A&M and that happens to everyone, it’s why you need to watch more than one game whenever possible. Swanson bounced back strong against Auburn and showed more mobility than I saw versus Texas A&M (almost to the point that I wondered if Swanson was playing through an injury that week) and looked more comfortable combo blocking and reaching linebackers at the second level. That was very encouraging to see, and it was also good to see him flash some ability to pull and make cut blocks. I think he needs work in this area, but there’s ability to work with there. He can generate push when double teaming with one of his guards, but he’s at his best when he can combo block, reach the second level, or seal off a defender without trying to push him off the ball. When he tries to generate push he tends to lean too much and it made him easy to shed for guys like Kirby Ennis of A&M and Isaac Gross of Ole Miss. There were times that Swanson really seemed to struggle with speed and quickness in the run game, and that was particularly evident against Ole Miss when Isaac Gross regularly beat him despite being listed as a 6’1”, 255 pound true freshman defensive tackle. He was much quicker than Swanson and that made it tough for him to initiate contact and keep him out of the backfield. However, despite some of his struggles in the run game I was quite impressed with him in the pass game. It’s evident that he is very smart and he makes very few mental mistakes based on what I was able to see. He isn’t easily fooled by twists, stunts, or late blitzes and seems comfortable making line calls and adjusting blocking schemes. That is good news, because he’s going to have to hold Brandon Allen’s hand a little bit in that regard since he has so little experience starting at quarterback in the SEC. He’s also regarded as a very good leader and that is very encouraging. I thought he showed a pretty solid anchor in pass protection, but I still think he can get stronger and improve it at this point in his career. He’s pretty tough to bull rush though, and a number of the issues I saw with him in the run game weren’t present in the pass game. He’s going to be a good pass protector in the NFL and I think he might be able to plug and play at the center position thanks to that skill set. He has experience snapping under center, in shotgun and the pistol thanks to Arkansas’ offense, and as I mentioned previously he has a lot of experience making line calls. I still want to see him continue to work on his hand placement, particularly in the run game, and there are times in pass pro where he tends to shuffle back in a strange way. He almost seems to be on his heels trying to gain depth after the snap, and it looks like if he was engaged he would really struggle to anchor and recover. He’s shown an ability to do that when I’ve watched him, but that shuffle looked strange to me. Regardless, he still needs work in the running game and I’m not sure he’s ever going to be the mauling run blocker you might expect given his size and weight, but he’s a good pass blocker with a high football IQ who I think has a long NFL career in front of him. At this point I have a 3rd round grade on him, so it will be interesting to see if he can boost his stock beyond that point during his senior season.
    http://tommeltonscouting.wordpress.c...ravis-swanson/
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    11.DT Daniel McCullers, Tennessee 6'6" 351

    System Fit

    McCullers’ best fit is as a traditional nose tackle in the middle of a 3 man front, but he might be too tempting to pass up for some teams running the 4-3 as well. He is a tremendous run clogger that wreaks havoc in the middle of the line and disrupts running plays and protects his linebackers to enable them to run around and make plays. He is a better fit in the 3-4 because his lack of pass rush ability is less of a problem there, but there will be 4-3 teams that look at him as the ideal 2-down run stopper and not care that he is not a great pass rush threat. Some of the teams that would be a great fit for McCullers would include Pittsburgh, Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Green Bay, and San Diego, but again, teams running a 4-3 in on McCullers will certainly outnumber those who are not.

    NFL Comparison

    With the news of McCullers’ height and if he comes in anywhere near that 6’8” height he has been listed, he compares to former Johnathan Henderson, most notably of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Henderson came out at 6’7” but was 335lbs at least when he left college. That number went north as his career progressed which hurt his ability to be the impact player he was initially. He was always an incredibly tough player to move but when he was lighter, he was a monster up front and as good as he was against the run, had 15.5 sacks in his first three years. He was able to compile 29 sacks overall in his 8 year career. It is unlikely that McCullers will pile up big time sack numbers but he could end up having this type of impact where he may get a few sacks per year but his impact is in his ability to create for teammates and shut down the run, which is what Henderson did so well.

    Draft Projection

    Daniel McCullers looks ready to contribute right now and would likely be a top 50 pick if the draft were held today. He is simply overpowering in what he can do in the middle of the line and he has done it against extremely highly rated players who were drafted in the top half of the first round in the NFL Draft, so there is little reason to expect he will not be able to translate to the next level. In addition to simply continuing to work on his game, he should really consider continuing to drop more weight. It helps his motor, stamina, and his balance and he has seen how much of a different the loss of weight has made for him this year; it may only continue to get better and better with less of him to get in the way. The biggest areas to improve for McCullers come down to stamina, his motor and trying to work to play lower and with consistency. McCullers projects as a top 50 pick right now but has the chance to work his draft stock solidly into the first round pick as the best pure nose in the entire draft and the potential is there for him to go as high as the top 15 picks.
    http://withthefirstpick.com/2013/10/...-dt-tennessee/
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    12.DE Trent Murphy, Stanford 6'6" 261

    12/13/13 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Trent Murphy, Stanford, 6-6 261, Sr., Mesa, AZ...Murphy, a fifth-year senior outside linebacker, leads the nation in sacks with 14.0, 1.5 more than any other player. He also ranks sixth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss/game while his 21.5 tackles for loss are third most. Murphy’s 14.0 sacks currently rank tied for fourth on Stanford’s single season list with Kailee Wong (1996) and Riall Johnson (1999).

    Murphy’s total is the most by a Stanford player since 2000 when Johnson tallied 15 sacks. Murphy had two or more sacks in five different games this season and recorded at least one sack in nine of 13 contests. All said and done, the team co-captain has totaled 58 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, one interception returned 30 yards for a touchdown, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick while helping lead the Cardinal to the 100th Rose Bowl Game against Michigan State on Jan. 1. - Stanford football
    12/03/13 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Trent Murphy, Sr., Stanford (2)...Murphy leads the Pac-12 and ranks second nationally in sacks with 13.0 this season. He ranks second in the conference and sixth nationally with 19.5 tackles for loss. Aside from getting into the backfield, Murphy has troubled opposing teams with seven passes defended, seven quarterback hurries, one interception, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. Murphy currently stands in sixth place on Stanford’s career tackle for loss list (48.5). - Stanford football
    11/11/13 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 7. Trent Murphy, Stanford, OLB/DE: The toughest guy on the tough Cardinal D, the 6-6, 260-pound former track star leads Stanford with 9.5 sacks and 13 TFLs this season. Earlier this week, in advance of Stanford's huge test against Oregon this week, Murphy and his rugged upbringing was detailed by SI.com's Stew Mandel in this piece that is worth a look. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=DE
    System Fit

    Trent Murphy can play any number of positions depending on the team that drafts him. The best fit for Murphy appears to be as a 4-3 defensive end and he appears to be able to play on both sides. He plays a significant amount of linebacker and a standup end, but he looks his best when he plays with his hand in the ground. Murphy has the speed and quickness to get outside, but if he can embrace his power, he can be a force at the end spot.

    Murphy could also play as an outside linebacker in the 3-4. He has good range and is athletic enough where he does not look awkward or uncomfortable attacking from the edge. The key with Murphy is getting him to play with a lower pad level and maintain leverage. Too often, he loses his power because he plays so high and gets pushed back by opponents.

    It is also possible that Murphy could end up as a 5-technique end in a 3-4. He has the natural length and potential to add weight without issue. Murphy possesses the athleticism and quickness to be able to rush the passer but the strength to hold against the run. This might be the unlikeliest scenario, but he could do it.

    NFL Comparison

    If he gets picked as a defensive end in a 4-3, Murphy could end up resembling Corey Wootton of the Chicago Bears. Wootton was drafted in the fifth round due largely to an ankle injury he suffered in his final year at college but worked himself into a fine player that could play inside and outside in the Bears front.

    In a 3-4, Murphy could be more like Paul Kruger of the Cleveland Browns. They have similar length and the ability to accelerate, but both came out with some inconsistencies that needed developed.

    Draft Projection

    Trent Murphy has been an incredible productive player at Stanford but he is still an unfinished product as he goes to the NFL. Much of this could be simply because he does so many things and has shown potential and ability in the process. Still, if he could focus on one spot and master it, he could be a terrific player and has the potential to be a better NFL player than the career he had in college. While he can contribute right away, his best football might be some time and development away. Murphy projects as a top 100 pick and it would hardly be surprising to see him go in the top 75 picks because of the ability he has shown, but also with the significant potential he has athletically going forward.
    http://withthefirstpick.com/2013/11/...eolb-stanford/
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    13.SS Craig Loston, LSU 6'1" 209

    12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION: Craig Loston, S, LSU, 6-2, 209, Sr.,...Loston started nine games for the Tigers and registered 51 tackles, two pass breakups and two interceptions. Loston’s interceptions helped seal LSU’s victories against Auburn and Texas A&M. - LSU football
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    So far in my scouting, Craig Loston takes the award for the best ‘head hunter’ in the class of 2014, or anyone else who might be eligible for it. He is a strong safety prospect who has a great build at 6’2″ 205 pounds, and while he’s not as athletic as All-American teammate Eric Reid, he may turn out to be drafted similarly high. Loston is an attacker, but his overall game should improve in time. With Reid roaming the centerfield position for LSU last season, Loston was allowed to play downhill a lot more, and he excels in that area.

    He has unbelievable closing speed, and his fearlessness in his hitting is remarkable. He will occasionally whiff or take a bad angle, but this guy hits like a ton of bricks and has the look of a starting NFL safety. He has a great energy on the field, and seems to really get his teammates fired up. His playmaking is infectious, and under the circumstances last year, he played some great ball. Stepping into a starting role, he finished with 55 tackles, three for a loss, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery. He also took one of his picks to the house.
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    14.FS Terence Brooks, FSU 5'11" 200

    12/26/13 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: S - Terrence Brooks, Sr., Florida State: Brooks lack of dominating statistics led to his being overshadowed at times but NFL scouts are intrigued with the former cornerback's agility, range and willingness to be physical in run support. Voted to the First Team All-ACC unit by coaches (but only second-team by the media), Brooks' toughness and versatility could lead to a second-day selection in the draft despite few outside of Tallahassee realizing his importance to the Seminoles' undefeated season. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S-Terrence Brooks, Sr., Florida State (33)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the ACC Coaches. - Florida State football
    12/04/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): S Terrence Brooks, Florida State, 5-11, 200, Sr., Dunnellon, Fla. (97)...Has been selected Second Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Florida State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=FS
    System Fit

    Brooks is a player who might be best suited to play as a free safety, but he is a developmental option at both free and strong safety. He might have an added appeal for teams who really do not put strict labels on their safeties, because he can do a little bit of everything. Brooks has a ton of upside, but really needs to be refined in his technical ability. He has the ability to develop into a starter and then some and it just depends on how quickly he can learn and apply it.

    Brooks looks like someone who could provide depth at both safety spots and make an instant impact on special teams. The possibility is there he could be a player that comes in and starts as a rookie, making a big impact if he can absorb coaching quickly.

    NFL Comparison

    Brooks’ game might be similar to that of Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers. Mitchell was a shocking pick that caught most by surprise when he was a second round pick by the Oakland Raiders out of Ohio in 2009. Mitchell was mostly an athletic prospect that needed to refine his game and learn it. It took him a while to accomplish that, but he has found himself a home in Carolina as one of their starting safeties. That could be the same type of path Brooks has, though the team that drafts him hopes to get more benefit than Oakland did with Mitchell.

    Draft Projection

    Terrence Brooks has a ton of ability and if he can refine it and harness it all, he can be a terrific safety in the NFL, regardless of whether it is strong or free. He has demonstrated a lot of natural ability in coverage, but really needs to get better as a run defender. Brooks should be able to be good on special teams immediately and has the potential to not just be a starter, but a great player in the NFL. He projects as a day three pick but he could end up going in the top 100 because of his upside and the upside that could have him become a star.
    http://withthefirstpick.com/2013/12/...florida-state/
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    12/21/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Derek Carr has totaled 12,626 passing yards and 111 touchdowns in his Fresno State career. He is having one of his most productive seasons, passing for 4,866 yards and 48 touchdowns. NFL scouts love his strong, accurate arm, field awareness and vision. A drop-back passer, Carr does not have the mobility to keep a strong defensive front like USC honest. He has been sacked 11 times this season. - The Sports Xchange
    12/21/13 - 2014 NFL Draft: Fresno's Derek Carr stalls in Vegas Bowl loss to USC...While Carr teased with some impressive throws, he also misfired several occasions, including on two potential touchdowns. Each were overthrows against man coverage; the first missing a wide-open Burse in the right corner of the end zone one play before hitting him on the slant for the score. Carr also led Adams too far in the second and third quarters. In each case, Adams had broken free with a terrific combo routes. Carr's brilliant senior campaign was the primary reason for Fresno State winning the Mountain West title and earning the Vegas Bowl berth. To earn a spot in the first round, as Dane Brugler and I currently project, however, Carr will need a more impressive performance in Mobile, Ala. in the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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