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    16.RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St. 6'0" 235

    Hyde was accused of assaulting a woman, and he was suspended from all team activities immediately. It had been initially reported that the starting back was kicked off the team, but the Buckeyes took a wait-and-see approach.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...hats-up-to-you

    12/03/13 - 2013 BIG TEN AMECHE-DAYNE RUNNING BACK OF THE YEAR: Carlos Hyde, Ohio State...Hyde was named the Big Ten's Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year. The senior from Naples, Fla., leads the Big Ten in rushing with 143.3 yards per game along with 14 touchdowns, including 156.1 yards per game in Big Ten play. Hyde, who has rushed for 589 yards and seven touchdowns in the last three contests, also was named first-team all-conference by both the coaches and the media.

    With 1,290 yards, he became the first running back for an Urban Meyer-coached team to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He rushed for at least 100 yards in each of the last seven games, including two 200-yard performances. - Ohio State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=RB
    Carlos Hyde Scouting Report

    Power ~ Awesome. Hyde is a Battering, Bruising Beast.

    Acceleration ~ Excellent.

    Agility ~ Outstanding. I have to keep reminding myself that he weighs 230 or so. He JitterBugs, Cuts, Slashes, and Ricochets like a man 30 Pounds lighter. His Fluidity is sweet, and'is Ricochet out'f'is Breaks is outstanding.

    Processing Speed ~ Tremendous. Such things are always inferred, of course ~ I'm not a Mind Reader!! ~ but the way that Mister Hyde consistently hits his Cuts exhibits tremendous Field Vision: He Sees What Will Be.

    Blocking ~ Heh. You know, he kinda sucks at Blocking, and I saw several spectacular Misses...Yet I have to say: He commands exceptional Potential in that Aspect of the Game. Hyde is possessed of phenomenal Core Power and an utterly ferocious Temperament. He is a Savage, and with the right Coaching, could become extraordinary.

    Receiving ~ He's developing into a potentially very effective Outlet Receiver, this Year.

    Carlos Hyde Prospectus
    Beastocity Alert!!

    Excessive Beastocity @ the 2:45 Mark of Ohio State's Battle with the Iowa HawkEyes!!

    I'm concerned about Carlos Hyde's Stone Fingers and Psychotic Blocking ~ I'm reading Praise on both from others, so maybe they're privy to more Tape than I ~ but he took an enormous leap Forward, this Year, and has become an explosive, dangerous Threat...and I think that with Coaching he's going to become a phenomenal Blocker.

    And I'm exaggerating about the Stone Fingers: He is raw and inconsistent, but has flashed considerably improved Hands as a Receiver, this Year, and projects to become a solid Outlet Receiver, I believe.

    Carlos Hyde, it seems to me, is a Rarity: A Power Runner with exceptional Agility.

    He is a constant threat to blast right through the Heart of a Defense on every single Play...And yet a legitimate Threat to Flip Hips and Surge into The Open. The combination can be destructive.

    Add in his relentless Ferocity and raw Capacity as a Blocker, and his burgeoning Capacity as a Receiver, and I would say that Mister Hyde's presence on the Field gives his Team equally attractive options in either the Passing or the Running Game. That makes him a very dangerous 3 Down Back...and a formidable Adversary.

    Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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    3rd-4th Round

    Yankee Market Value

    2nd Round
    http://www.fanaticalyankee.com/6/pos...nfl-draft.html
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    Don't sleep on Bryan Stork 6'4" 300lbs. Hes a OC but hes played dang near every position on the OL.
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    17. C Bryan Stork, Florida St. 6'4" 300

    12/12/13 - 2013 RIMINGTON TROPHY WINNER (TOP CENTER) : Florida State redshirt senior center Bryan Stork captured the 2013 Rimington Trophy given to the nation's most outstanding center on Thursday at the ESPNU Red Carpet Show preceding the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show. Stork becomes the 14th winner of the trophy, which is presented by the Boomer Esiason Foundation in honor of College Football Hall of Famer and former Nebraska All-America center Dave Rimington. The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-America center pick from the Walter Camp, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America All-America teams.

    A fifth-year player from Vero Beach, Fla., Stork is the veteran leader (39 career starts) of the nation's top offense. This season the No. 1-ranked and undefeated Seminoles (13-0) set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (6,882 yards) and points (689), while averaging 53.0 points per game - second in the country. FSU leads the nation with 90 touchdowns and is just 28 points away from setting the national record for points in a season. With the Stork-led Seminole offensive line paving the way, FSU ranks first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense per game (529.4) and has three wide receivers and a running back on pace for 1,000-yard seasons. - Florida State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...=2014&genpos=C
    System Fit

    Stork is best suited to play in a scheme that allows him to take advantage of his range and athleticism, but he can play in any scheme that needs someone to snap the ball. For all of his range and athletic ability, he does a terrific job working his gap in both pass protection and run blocking. Stork should only get stronger with time as well which will make him more potent as time passes. There is little if anything that suggests Stork is not a plug and play center that can come in and man the position from the day he is drafted. It is possible he could be picked to play guard, but it is hard to believe that the team who would want a center would allow him to last long enough where a team picked him to play guard and provide depth at center.

    NFL Comparison

    Stork’s game is similar to of J.D. Walton of the Denver Broncos. When Walton came out of Baylor, he had that same type of range and athletic ability. Stork is more ready to contribute out of the gate than Walton, but both have a terrific understanding of the position. Walton’s fit in Denver has been fantastic and it remains to be seen if Stork will be drafted into that type of scheme, but he has the ability to be a center for a team over the next decade.

    Draft Projection

    Bryan Stork has a ton of qualities that will make attractive to the NFL. He has a great deal of athletic ability, understands the position and technique and brings a ton of experience. As good as he has been for the Seminoles, he appears as though he could get stronger and continue to improve in the NFL. He needs to hammer out the details when it comes to his balance that will occasionally have him on the ground as well as his angles hitting opponents in space. Stork projects as a top 50 pick and should be a plug and play center for whichever team ultimately picks him.
    http://withthefirstpick.com/2013/12/...florida-state/
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    18.WR Cody Hoffman, Brigham Young 6'4" 205

    12/24/13 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT TEAM HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): BYU WR Cody Hoffman (Sr.),...Has been selected to the 2013 FBS All-Independent Team (Honorable Mention), named by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. - BYU football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=WR
    Hands: Matthews has good hands and can make some spectacular catches, but he also drops a few balls here and there. Most of his drops come on plays over the middle, and in Hoffman’s defense, the QB play at BYU hasn’t been spectacular. Still, for a player with his catch radius, he needs to haul in everything. Grade: 8.5 out of 10

    Route Running: Hoffman runs some nice routes and has a good double move on an inside-outside route he likes to run in short yardage situations. Unfortunately, he isn’t an elite athlete and sometimes struggles to separate against man coverage downfield. Grade: 8 out of 10

    Speed: Hoffman has average speed in long distances and really isn’t a burner. He can beat single coverage as a deep threat with his size, but he’s not going to blow past a lot of NFL CBs. Grade: 7.5 out of 10

    Quickness/Agility: Hoffman isn’t all that agile and there are times where he looks a little clunky to me on tape. His best fakes as a route runner are head fakes, not something he can do with his athletic ability. He isn’t terrible but I don’t think he’s as quick as he is fast. 7.25 out of 10

    Size: Grade: Hoffman has great size and can physically dominate small D-backs. It’s his biggest asset and his best attribute. 9.25 out of 10

    Jumping: We won’t know how well Hoffman stacks up in terms of a vertical leap until the combine, but he is a good player in the air and can make catches at a high point with his size and hops. Grade: TBD

    Catch in Traffic: This is Hoffman’s best skill to translate to the NFL. He is great at going over defenders and out-muscling them to the ball. In 1-on-1 coverage he’s an easy target for a jump ball. The one area in this regard that I’d like to see improve is Hoffman’s ability to make plays over the middle of the field by using his body to shield off defenders. He’s a good natural receiver in traffic but needs to hone his technique and body control to reach his full potential. Grade: 9 out of 10

    After Catch Ability: Grade: Hoffman has the potential to be more dangerous after the catch with his size, but he isn’t as tough to tackle as a 215 pounder should be. He doesn’t break many tackles and he isn’t going to hurt a defense with his speed with the ball in his hands. Strictly a downfield receiver at this point. Grade: 7 out of 10

    Blocking: Blocking is one are Hoffman has a lot of room for growth. He’s an okay blocker right now, but with more effort and emphasis he could be a real asset to an offense as a blocker. Grade: 7.75 out of 10

    Intangibles: There aren’t many red flags around Hoffman. He might get hurt a little by not playing very high level competition at BYU, but I won’t downgrade him because that’s not really his fault and BYU plays a somewhat decent schedule (see beating Texas last Saturday). The one area I’d like to see more effort is in his blocking, as his size should allow him to be a better blocker than he is. That comes down to grit and want. Grade: 9.25 out of 10

    Final Thoughts: Hoffman is a solid receiver and I admire his production at the college level, but I don’t think he’s a good enough athlete to ever be a starting WR in the NFL at this point. His size and ability to play in a confined space will make him a solid rotational piece and redzone threat. Right now I have a late 3rd round grade on Hoffman and with his injury concerns and lack of quality competition, I think his best chance to improve his stock will be his workout numbers.
    http://standingosports.com/main/2013...-cody-hoffman/
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    19. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina 6'4" 245

    Overview
    With multiple tight end formations becoming all of the rage in today's NFL, oversized, athletic pass-catchers have never been more valued.

    "I'm proud of what he's accomplished and how he's represented North Carolina," said Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora upon Ebron announcing on Nov. 25 that he was leaving for the 2014 NFL Draft despite having a year of eligibility remaining. "We're sad to see him go but excited for his future."

    Ebron leads all ACC tight ends in catches (50) and receiving yards (774) this season, which are also career-bests and tops on the Tar Heels. He set a new school single game record with 199 yards receiving and eight catches against Miami earlier this season, a game that put him on the national radar.

    Ebron needs polish but he boasts the tools to warrant first round consideration. (11/25/13)

    Analysis
    Strengths: Athletic enough to be split outside and use his size to post-up against smaller cornerbacks, Ebron is a true mismatch. His size, strength and aggression also make him an effective blocker at the point of attack. The 6-4, 245-pound tight end has fluid body control and agile feet to make acrobatic catches before shrugging off and accelerating past defenders with the speed to finish. Ebron has shown the ability to make impressive catches on the outside, down the seam and even the one-hand variety.

    Weaknesses: Suffers some drops due to a loss of focus. Still a work in progress as a blocker.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...396/eric-ebron
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    20.OG Ryan Groy, Wisconsin 6'5" 320

    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Ryan Groy, Wisconsin, Guard...Has been selected All-Big Ten First Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Big Ten head football coaches. - Wisconsin football
    09/17/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 3 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: OG Ryan Groy, Wisconsin...The Badgers are known for producing talented offensive line prospects and senior left guard Ryan Groy is expected by many to be the next early round NFL draft pick out of Wisconsin. But against Arizona State, he labored most of the night and struggled to keep up with the Sun Devils quick, penetrating interior linemen.

    Groy has limited mobility and flexibility and his stiff hips and rigid body control tends to show up often, especially in space. He struggles to stay balanced through contact and is often falling forward with his eyes staring at the ground, awkwardly trying to stay under control. Groy's best quality might be his natural size and girth to occupy space and slow down rushers, but at this point, it's tough to say he'll be a top-100 type like several of his predecessors in Madison. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OT
    Ryan Groy, OT/OG, Senior

    Groy is a player I was initially worried about sliding outside to tackle, but I think he will be able to hold up alright there as a senior. It’s tough to project how the 6’5”, 318 pounder will do on the blind side since I’ve never seen him play there, but he has enough lateral agility, good enough length and a strong enough anchor for me to think he can handle it.

    Originally I viewed him as only a guard, but after watching him and taking notes I think he might have a shot at playing tackle at the next level. That is all obviously projection, and I’m certainly not sold on him as a NFL left tackle, but he is carrying a day 2 grade from me into the season without a doubt.

    I’m excited to see what he can do, because as a guard he showed pretty good hand placement, a good anchor, and was smooth getting to the second level. He doesn’t strike me as a mauler in the run game, and is at his best when he can double team a defender, seal him off, cut him, or combo block and get to the second level.

    He’s not a great puller, but he looked solid when asked to do it. I think he’s going to be a good ZBS fit at the next level, and could potentially be a very good right tackle in a scheme that uses a lot of those concepts. I can’t wait to see what he can do outside at tackle this year.
    http://draftfalcons.com/tag/ryan-groy/
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    21.OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan 6'8" 308

    What he does well

    For a player listed at 6-foot-8, Lewan has nice athleticism and range of movement. He can get out to the edge and upfield on bubble screens and handle defenders in space. On one play against Illinois, Lewan was 10 yards ahead of the line of scrimmage before the pass was even thrown. Lewan's block on a defensive back helped break the play for a big touchdown.
    As a left tackle, Lewan has an impressive frame and build. Who knows how he'll actually measure in at the combine, but he is a tall, thick frame with long arms. He's not a slow, plodding big-bellied offensive lineman. Fatigue should never be an issue for Lewan.
    Lewan's play in the run game is a major reason why he's so highly regarded. He's a natural knee bender and maintains a good power base. He specializes in driving defenders into the ground and routinely finishes plays off. Lewan seems to knows how to use his size to his advantage. He can engulf defenders at the line of scrimmage and take them completely out of the play with his strength.

    What he needs to improve on

    One of the things that Lewan has struggled with for his entire college career is picking up blitzes to the inside. Lewan can be slow moving to his right and double moves give him problems. It would be nice to see Lewan develop a better counter to secondary moves to the inside.
    While Lewan keeps his hands active, he too often lets defenders inside his pads. This negates his natural strength and defenders can push him around. This was really noticeable on a first quarter play against Notre Dame last season. Prince Shembo, a smaller end for Notre Dame, got under and inside Lewan and pushed him back to get pressure inside.
    Beating fast defensive ends to the corner is one area where Lewan has been inconsistent. Ohio State's Adolphus Washington used speed to bend around Lewan and get at the quarterback. When Lewan doesn't win with his first move, he doesn't have the foot quickness to make up for it.
    Although you can argue that holding happens on every play, Lewan seems to get away with it a lot. He got caught holding a few times against Jadeveon Clowney and was even seen pulling the All-American's hair. While he's gotten away with it in college, it's something NFL referees might notice more.
    Obviously this isn't something he can work on, but it's worth noting that Lewan has had minor nagging injuries throughout his Michigan career. A shoulder injury against Ohio State in 2012 knocked him out of part of the game.

    Bottom line
    It's no coincidence that Lewan wears No. 77 for Michigan. It's not a number randomly handed out. It's held for top-level left tackles and was previously worn by players like Jake Long and Jon Jansen. Lewan wears it because he has the look of a future top 10 pick in the draft.
    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-dra...couting-report

    Do not know if he is a top10 pick, but obviously a very good player.

    The flags: Off and on field conduct

    What we know: In August 2013, a website published a story about rape allegations against kicker, Brandon Gibbons from 2009. Lewan became involved when, according to a police report from 2009, Lewan told a friend of the woman in the story that she had better not press charges or, "I’m going to rape her because [Gibbons] didn’t."

    Lewan was not arrested, but was formally warned by police.
    Read more:http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...lor-Lewan.html
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    22.DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota 6'6" 311

    How Hageman Must Improve His Game

    As a redshirt junior last season, Hageman still looked like an athlete learning to play on the defensive line. While his explosiveness, movement skills and length translate to making plays, he must become a much more technically sound player to be consistently productive at the next level.
    Most importantly, Hageman needs to become better at using his hands to defeat blocks.
    Hageman does not have a strong array of pass-rushing moves. He has a solid rip move which he can use to beat blockers around their outside shoulders, but he does not go to that move consistently and has not demonstrated any other strong rush moves with regularity.
    Part of Hageman’s problem is that he is not efficient with his hand play, but also part of the problem is that he simply is not active enough with them. He has not demonstrated that he can fight through blocks with his hands to disengage.
    While Hageman can make plays when he explodes by a blocker at the snap, he lacks the counter moves to break free when blockers lock on to him. While he is strong, he has not developed the raw power to reverse the direction of blockers when they initially engages him. This allows blockers to drive him off the line as a run defender and neutralize him as a pass-rusher.
    As a result of his shortcomings with technique and use of hands, Hageman often ends up in compromising positions. He gets driven off of the line of scrimmage more than he should. He also gets turned away from plays by blockers.
    For an athlete of his caliber, Hageman also has surprisingly subpar balance. He ends up on the ground much more often than he should, whether it be getting knocked down by a cut block, getting knocked over by a blocker’s power or simply tripping over a body on the ground.
    Hageman is a solid tackler who does a good job of reaching out for ball-carriers and wrapping them up both at the line of scrimmage and in space.
    He is somewhat inconsistent, however, with his tackling form. He does not always commit to tackles he is in position to make.

    Projecting Hageman’s Fit and Draft Stock

    Hageman’s overall combination of measurables gives him the versatility to play multiple positions on a defensive line.
    He has lined up mostly as a 1-technique defensive tackle (between the center and guard, as demonstrated in the screenshot below) at Minnesota, but he also has experience as a 3-technique defensive tackle and even on the edge as a defensive end.
    Hageman projects most naturally to a 4-3 defensive scheme, in which he has the potential to play both defensive tackle positions. His athleticism may make him best suited to play the 3-technique position, though he has to become better with his hands to consistently penetrate gaps at the next level. As a 1-technique nose tackle, Hageman would have to be more stout in holding his ground as a point-of-attack run-stopper at the line of scrimmage.
    He is an interior defensive lineman who is not going to make his living in the NFL as an edge rusher, but having the versatility to kick out to the edge situationally increases his value.
    With the length to command blocks and the lateral agility to move with a run out toward the sideline, Hageman has demonstrated the ability to set the edge effectively at the defensive-end spot. He also has some edge-rushing ability, as he demonstrated in the following play versus Texas Tech

    Hageman exploded off the snap and generated momentum into the right tackle, giving him a strong push to knock him over. He then pressured the quarterback enough to force him to take off and run out of the pocket.
    Given his ability to make plays at least situationally as a defensive end, he should also draw intrigue as a 5-technique defensive end from teams running 3-4 defensive schemes. He must develop as an interior pass-rusher and better hold his ground at the line of scrimmage, but his measurables and skills could actually marry together well in that position if he can successfully become a two-gap player.
    Altogether, Hageman’s ideal measurables, explosiveness off the snap and schematic versatility are going to draw the intrigue of many NFL teams.
    Hageman played like a mid-round pick as a junior, but he is a project who could develop into a much better player than he is now. NFL coaches will likely salivate at the opportunity to work with Hageman’s natural advantages and mold him into the player he has the upside to be.
    The good news for Hageman’s draft stock, of course, is that he has another year to develop his game at the collegiate level.
    He currently stands as a Day 2 draft pick on potential, but if he demonstrates significant improvement and technical development in his senior season, his athletic potential is likely to vault him into the first round of the 2014 draft.
    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...ashede-hageman
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    23.DE Ed Stinson, Alabama 6'4" 292
    12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Ed Stinson, Alabama...Has been selected Second Team All-SEC for the 2013 college football season by the SEC Coaches. - Alabama football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=DE

    STRENGTHS:

    • Bulky player who has added forty pounds during his time at Alabama.
    • Experienced at all four defensive line positions, primarily LE, UT.
    • Has an excellent anchor and is capable of holding his ground vs. the run.
    • Heavy-handed player who can knock linemen off-balance with punch.
    • Effective bull rusher who can drive offensive linemen into the backfield.
    • Impressive motor, especially as an edge rusher in passing situations.
    • Active hand use, particularly when attempting to create pressure vs. pass.
    • Range and athletic ability are surprising for a player with his build.
    • Versatility even extends to short coverage drops on zone blitzes.

    WEAKNESSES:

    • May not necessarily have a true position for conventional 4-3 defenses.
    • Part of a defensive line rotation and comes off the field fairly often.
    • Holds his ground vs. the run but takes slightly too long to shed blocks.
    • Can create pressure but can’t always seal the deal vs. elusive passers.
    • Production isn’t eye-popping, aside from impressive junior campaign.

    SUMMARY:

    Intriguing, well-rounded defensive lineman who could fit in either an even or odd front, lining up at defensive end and sliding inside on passing downs for 4-3 teams or playing the five-technique position in a 3-4, particularly in a two-gapping scheme. Significantly more athletic than expected given his frame, but also possesses plenty of power and bulk. RD 2
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    24.ILB Chris Borland, Wisconsin 5'11" 246

    01/01/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Chris Borland should get plenty of chances to make a difference. As the leader and heart and soul of the defense, Borland wraps up a stellar career against South Carolina. Borland has dealt with hamstring issues this season, but enters the bowl game with a clean bill of health. Borland was recently named the Big Ten Conference's Linebacker of the Year, then learned he was also named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year after finishing with 102 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss. - The Sports Xchange
    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Chris Borland, Wisconsin, Linebacker...For his career, Borland ranks sixth all-time at Wisconsin -- and second among active FBS players – with 410 total tackles. His 50.0 career tackles for loss rank 10th among active players and fourth in UW history. - Wisconsin football
    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): Chris Borland (UNANIMOUS), Wisconsin, Linebacker...Borland, finished the regular season in a tie for fifth in the Big Ten, averaging 9.27 tackles per game. His 102 total stops were the fifth-most of any Big Ten player despite the fact that he missed an entire game -- and the majority of another -- due to injury. Borland was one of just two unanimous first-team selections by the coaches, along with Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard at defensive back. - Wisconsin football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=ILB

    Overview
    A two-star linebacker out of Kettering, Ohio, he saw immediate action at Wisconsin as a true freshman and is well on his way to being one of the most productive defenders in program history, currently with 309 career tackles. Borland already holds the Wisconsin career record for forced fumbles (13) and has made an impact behind the line of scrimmage (41.5 tackles for loss).

    The highly instinctive, physical (and productive) Borland certainly looks like a candidate for this year's Rang's Gang, which highlights a group of prospects who may not possess the ideal size or athleticism, but are terrific football players.

    His lack of NFL size and arm length will be tough to overlook for scouts, but he is a heady player who doesn't make many mistakes and has the productive resume that should get him drafted sometime on the draft's third day.
    Analysis
    Strengths: Heady, passionate player. Consistently diagnoses action correctly, attacking seams to make plays near the line of scrimmage and showing better than advertised speed and change of direction while dropping into coverage. He is a no-nonsense LB, showing impressive pop and determination to get to the ball. Borland is disciplined in space and is rarely fooled, showing good body positioning and timing in coverage.

    Weaknesses: Despite stellar production, Borland's pedestrian size and athleticism hurt, but there is some validity to the Zach Thomas comparisons. He lacks elite speed and range to consistently play sideline-to-sideline, but effort and motor aren't questions - his body and mind are always at full-go. Lack of length shows near the line of scrimmage.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p.../chris-borland
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