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    54.QB David Fales, San Jose St. 6'3" 220

    Here’s how Fales stacks up right now in terms of what NFL teams will look at:

    Arm Strength: Fales has adequate but not ideal arm strength to be an NFL Quarterback. He underthrows some deep receivers and some of his out routes are undercut for pass breakups because he just doesn’t have a cannon. His arm reminds me a lot of Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton or Texans QB Matt Schaub, both of whom are serviceable QBs but don’t set the world on fire with their arm strength. In the NFL Fales may be able to strengthen his arm a bit, but it’s highly unlikely he’ll ever have a great arm. Grade: 7.75 out of 10

    Accuracy: Fales’ accuracy is his best attribute as a QB. He led the country in completion percentage in 2012 and throws accurately to his left and to his right. On short and intermediate routes almost all incompletions are due to arm strength deficiencies or drops, because Fales simply doesn’t miss easy targets. His deep ball is pretty accurate as well. Grade: 9.25 out of 10

    Vision/Decision Making: Fales is a fun QB to watch because he has a nice feel for the pocket and is a gunslinger despite his arm limitations. He has quick feet and is able to escape pressure, and isn’t afraid to squeeze the ball into a tight window or take a shot downfield. His aggressiveness is a bit of a curse too, however, since it leads to some ill-advised throws and a few interceptions. While Fales’ arm strength is reminiscent of Dalton or Schaub, those guys are more cautious passers. I liken Fales’ gutsiness to Matthew Stafford or Phillip Rivers, guys who will take chances that lead to higher risk/reward plays. Grade: 8 out of 10.

    Size: At 6’3” tall, Fales has good height to translate into an NFL QB, assuming of course that he is listed correctly at that measurement. NFL teams will probably ask him to add 5-10 pounds to bulk up and be more durable, but on the whole Fales has very little to worry about as far as his size his concerned for the next level. Grade: 8.25 out of 10.

    Mobility/Speed: Fales isn’t a running QB but he doesn have some wiggle in his step. His feet are always moving in the pocket and he is able to sidestep some pass rushers and prolong plays. He has Matt Ryan type Mobility where he isn’t taking off and running with the ball often but he is also a tough QB to sack because of his quickness. Grade: 7.5 out of 10

    Ball Security: Fales had 3 fumbles and 9 interceptions in 2012, a pretty solid number considering how often he drops back to pass. He needs to work on not patting the ball so much in the pocket with his hands, as it’s bad for ball security and can prolong his quick release. Happy feet are good inside the pocket, but happy hands are nothing but trouble. As mentioned earlier Fales isn’t afraid to take risks but he isn’t a turnover machine either. Grade: 7.25 out of 10

    Intangibles/Leadership: Fales will be red flagged by some NFL teams because he has been at 3 colleges in 5 years and that will make them question his commitment level. He also needs to prove himself to be a leader as a Senior this season for SJSU. Guys with similar arms with good intangibles (Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder) typically are drafted high whereas questionable intangibles will make it harder for NFL teams to overlook the arm limitations. Grade: TBD

    Final Thoughts: Fales is a QB I can’t wait to watch in 2013. On tape, he reminds me of a more aggressive Matt Schaub or a poor man’s Matt Ryan. At this juncture I see him as a second or third round prospect at QB, and he’s similar in grade to where Matt Barkley wound up before the 2013 draft.
    http://standingosports.com/main/2013...b-david-fales/
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    55.RB Terrence West, Towson St. 5'11" 223

    Junior running back Terrance West of Towson University will apply for early entry into the 2014 National Football League draft and will pass up his senior season with the Tigers. A three-time All-America running back, West was a consensus All-America first team selection in 2013 when he led all college football players with 2,509 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Honored as the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Walter Payton Award, he led the Tigers to the NCAA FCS championship game. With a record of 13-3, the Tigers were national runners-up.

    With 2,509 rushing yards, he shattered the NCAA FCS single season record of 2,326 yards set by Jamaal Branch of Colgate in 2003. He also broke the NCAA FCS record with 42 touchdowns, eclipsing the record of 39 set by Omar Cuff of Delaware in 2007. In his three-year career at Towson, West ran for 4,849 yards on 802 carries with 84 touchdowns. His 84 career rushing touchdowns tied the NCAA FCS record set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern from 1998 to 2001.

    West, who also caught two touchdown passes in his career, ended his career with 86 total touchdowns scored. He ranks third on the NCAA FCS all-time list of touchdown scorers. Brian Westbrook of Villanova holds the record with 89 touchdowns while Peterson is second with 87 touchdowns. The Tigers’ career rushing leader decided to apply for early entry for the NFL draft shortly after the Tigers’ appearance in the NCAA FCS championship game against North Dakota State on Saturday in Frisco, Texas. - Towson football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=RB

    Towson running back Terrance West is an exciting prospect. His numbers are just hilarious. He’s a junior with 86 career touchdowns. He broke FCS records in single season rushing touchdowns (41) and yards (2509). He had 354 yards and 5 touchdowns against what was the FCS’s 2nd ranked team in Eastern Illinois. His career at Towson was incredible, and he could make an impact at the NFL level.

    West’s stats sound great in theory but there is a problem. Running backs are like cars; when you want one, you’d like the year it was made, it’s horsepower, it’s fuel efficiency (stamina), crash test safety rating (can it take a hit without getting injured?), it’s maximum speed (let’s assume there are no speed limits), and the odometer. Running backs are unique in the last respect; they age quickly so it’s essential that there aren’t too many miles on it when you buy it. West has a ton of carries under his belt thus far (802, including 413 in 2013), and the fact that he turns 23 in 2 weeks doesn’t help. He’ll be past his prime. He has decent measurables, standing 5’11, 223lbs, and running a 4.59 40 yard dash, according to NFLDraftScout.com. The 4.59 40 seems mediocre, but he looks faster on film. Admittedly, I have a history of overestimating the speed of FCS prospects, struggling to tell the difference between a guy who is fast or just faster than his teammates and opponents. Still, West seems to get the outside seemingly with ease, which is promising.

    West has very good vision. He can find holes with ease and burst through them. He does an excellent job of following his blocks and he is a patient, deliberate runner. He makes pretty wise cutbacks, and he really sets up his blocks as an outside runner. He could be a little more deceptive with his eyes, though.

    West is a good inside runner. He has very good core strength and is never taken down by arm tackles, in an Eddie Lacy kind of way. He doesn’t go down unless his opponent raps up, which really helps him through the middle. He also instinctively and efficiently uses a pseudo jump cut to get through holes in the middle, turning his body sideways so he can fit between small and make arm tackles much more difficult. That’s what makes him so effective at avoiding arm tackles; it’s hard to make an arm tackle against a ball carrier at that sort of angle, when he is perpendicular to you. He’s really tough to tackle in traffic, which makes him quite valuable, and impossible to stop near the goal line. He doesn’t accelerate quickly, but he has good long speed for his size.

    West is a solid outside runner. He doesn’t look like the fastest guy, but he really does get the outside with impressive frequency and has solid balance along the sideline. His balance in general is terrific, and I was just amazed by some of the jump cuts he made in heavy snow against Eastern Illinois. He really knows how to follow the blocks of pulling lineman and break tackles. His excellent balance and strength makes tackling him very difficult for corners, and he has excellent stamina. His short area speed is fairly average, but his long speed is very good.

    Towson doesn’t pass much, plus West takes on such a heavy workload as a runner that they often sub him out on third down, but West seems adequate on pass plays. He has decent hands and runs acceptable routes, and he has adequate strength as a run blocker but has almost no experience with any kind of pass protection scheme. His strength means most of his potential on pass plays lies in his blocking, but the pass blocking schemes he has been exposed to thus far at Towson are extremely basic and must be taken with a grain of salt. Pass protection is something he will need to learn in the NFL and will likely keep him glued to the bench on third downs until he gets a little practice.

    Ultimately, I like West. His shiftiness through the hole and ability to weave through traffic will go a long way in the NFL, and should make him a solid goal line back at the worst.

    NFL Comparison: Knowshon Moreno, except he enters the NFL much more raw in the passing game.

    Grade: 77 (worthy of an early third round pick)

    Projection: 70 (will be a late third to early fourth round pick)
    http://nflmocks.com/2014/01/15/terra...outing-report/
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    51.ILB Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky 6'1" 261

    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=ILB

    http://www.profootballcentral.com/20...tern-kentucky/
    You have one of my sleepers
    2014 Mock Draft

    1. Zack Martin - OT/OG - Notre Dame
    2. Chris Borland - ILB - Wisconsin
    3. C.J. Fiedeorowicz - TE - Iowa
    4. Trai Turner - OG - LSU
    5. Brandon Thomas - OT/OG - Clemson
    6. Storm Johnson - RB - South Florida
    7. Calvin Barnett - DT - Oklahoma State



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    56.WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St. 6'5" 235

    Positives

    Big, athletic body
    Positions himself well to make tough catches
    Nearly impossible to take down once he gets into the open field
    Long arms allow him to stretch for balls that most receivers wouldn’t get to
    With only three years each of high school and college experience, still has the ability to improve significantly

    Negatives

    Doesn’t fully use his size to his advantage when getting off the line; needs to be more physical when he is battling defensive backs to get open
    Lackadaisical, sluggish running style
    Effort seems inconsistent; looks like he’s jogging through some routes
    Catching skills need to be improved
    Over-aged; two years less developed than players who are a year or two younger than him

    2013 Performance

    Benjamin had a very good 2013 season for a Florida State team that will be appearing in the BCS National Championship game early next month. While he didn’t do a whole lot to separate himself from the pack in a Seminole passing attack that was ranked ninth in the nation, he was still productive, catching 50 balls for 957 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    2014 Draft Projection: Second Round
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    57.TE Xavier Grimble, USC 6'5" 250

    Xavier Grimble*, TE, USC – RAP (70.6)

    Player Comparison – Dwayne Allen

    Grimble is a very solid all around Tight End. Coming out of the USC Pro Style system, he is well set up to have a decent NFL career. He is a good blocker, hard worker and very competitive individual.

    In the pass game he moves well, but he isn’t one of the vertical Tight Ends that have come out recently. I compared him to Colts TE Dwayne Allen and is really similar in most areas, however Allen had significantly more production at Clemson.

    Grimble’s targets will probably be one of the more significant factors in his evaluation. A year ago, with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee out there, Grimble’s numbers were very ordinary.

    With Woods gone, Grimble may get targeted more, but the next player on our list may take away some of those potential targets.
    http://nexteranfl.com/2013/05/2014-n...eason-preview/
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    *Alabama senior offensive guard Anthony Steen underwent shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum after the regular season ended.

    58.OG Anthony Steen, Alabama 6'3" 310

    12/16/13 - Report: Alabama G Steen undergoes surgery...Alabama senior offensive guard Anthony Steen underwent shoulder surgery for a partially torn labrum after the regular season ended, CBSSports.com reported Monday. The Crimson Tide will likely be without their All-SEC guard for the Sugar Bowl against Oklahoma on Jan. 2. Steen (6-2, 310) is one of the top guard prospects available for the 2014 NFL draft. He is ranked as the No. 5 offensive guard by NFLDraftScout.com and No. 72 overall, and is projected to go in the second or third round.

    Steen is a three-year starter at right guard for the Crimson Tide. He was named second-team All-SEC by a vote of the league's coaches. It remains unclear whether the surgery will interfere with his opportunities to perform for scouts at the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, or at the NFL Scouting Combine about a month later in Indianapolis, according to CBSSports.com - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OG

    Analysis
    STRENGTHS: Possesses a thick, compact frame ideal for winning leverage battles in the trenches. Surprisingly quick, both when asked to slide laterally in pass protection, as well as when coming off the line downhill in second-level pursuit.

    Fundamentally and technically solid in pass protection exhibiting patience to sit, punch and slide with good pad. Maximizes arm extension without over-extending despite lacking ideal length. Keeps his head on a swivel and displays good awareness, and has the poise and vision to pick-up multiple rushers in a given area, without panicking or abandoning his post.

    Sustains blocks to the whistle and possesses enough power to drive bigger defenders into the ground. Adequate bend in his lower half allows him to get under his opponent and absorb the bull-rush without losing significant ground. Stronger than his size would indicate. Quick to pull and get out in front of the run, and does a good job of positioning his feet to seal the edge.

    WEAKNESSES: Doesn't have as great an impact blocking downfield as he does within the box, appearing at times indecisive and late to recognize defenders approaching from an angle other than head-on. Despite having a strong anchor against the bull rush, Steen is susceptible to being beat with a swim or swat as he struggles to anchor once the duel goes lateral.

    Lack of height and length may lead some teams to classify him as a center.

    COMPARES TO: J.R. Sweezy, Guard, Seattle Seahawks - Sweezy is a bit longer and more athletic than Steen, but one might project Steen to a similar type of NFL career as a tough, durable grinder who plays bigger and more powerful than his size would indicate, and is solid enough in both facets of the game to become a starter at the next level.
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    59.OT Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, Tennessee 6'6" 325

    Antonio Richardson – Tackle

    “Tiny” Richardson is a third year junior and a two-year starter at left tackle for Tennessee. He has excellent size, being listed at 6’6 – 325, and has very long arms. He has good quickness and play speed for an offensive lineman to go along with good overall athleticism. He shows bend, quick feet, and good change of direction.

    As good an athlete Richardson is, he doesn’t always play with that top athleticism. I have seen too many plays where Tiny shows good bend and keeps his back straight, so I know he can do it. Still, while he flashes very good initial quickness, there are plays where he is the last player off the ball. He also can have a tendency in the run game to play tall and over extend (bend at the waist). He can get away with it at the college level because he is so big and powerful. That won’t be the case in the NFL. He can do it. It’s more a case of concentrating on his technique. Still, when he takes good angles into blocks, he shows some explosiveness on contact, keeps his feet moving, and is able to generate movement.

    In pass protection, he shows the ability to set quickly. He has good hand use to go along with a strong punch. With his lateral agility, he is able to cut off wide speed. He anchors well at this level, but again, he can have a tendency to get tall on some plays. He doesn’t always anticipate a counter move. There are plays where his opponent starts outside, only to plant and come back across Richardson’s face. Physically, he can easily recover to stop this type of move, but at times, is late to react to it. Still, with his size and long arms, he can at least knock the rusher off his angle. Even though Richardson can get tall, he still shows very good ability to anchor. You don’t see him give ground to pass rushers.

    Overall, Richardson has some faults, but most are correctable with coaching. He has the natural traits to be a very good left tackle in the NFL. At this time, I have him fifth on my tackle list and he can very easily go in the first round.
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    60.OC Marcus Martin, USC 6'3" 325

    Marcus Martin Prospectus

    Marcus Martin was an unexpected burst of sunshine in an otherwise depressing Center Market!!

    As I mentioned in my Travis Swanson Scouting Report, earlier today, I have come to believe that Centers taller than 6030 ought to give serious consideration to playing another Position, because I believe that Centers taller than that are progressively susceptible both to a Leverage Disadvantage against their Foes and to long term Health issues from Years of exposure to it. I believe that Swanson should be converted to Guard.

    Marcus Martin, on the other hand, is the perfect Height to play Center.

    I'd look to add another 5 to 10 pounds of Beef to'm, but he already commands an awesome fusion of substantial Core Power and tremendous Fluidity and Lateral Agility. It is horrifyingly rare to find a Top Shelf Prospect at Offensive Center, presumably because of the universal lack of appreciation of a Center's potentially dynamic Impact on'is Team's Fortunes. And it's rarer, still, to find one who possesses both the Power and the Agility to compete with the Monsters that play Defensive Tackle these days...and Martin fills the bill perfectly.

    It's pretty funny, though: There've been a few mentions, but this guy is still flying miles Under The Radar.

    Beast ~ SuperSleeper!!
    Perceived Market Value
    5th/6th Round!!

    Yankee Market Value
    1st Round!!
    http://www.fanaticalyankee.com/6/pos...nfl-draft.html
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    I think Davante Adams will sneak into the first round. He could even go ahead of Derek Carr depending on how the run of QBs shakes out. Freakish ball skills, a YAC terror, and pretty good size at 6'2" 215. I'm guessing his 40 ends up in the 4.5 range.

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    61.WR Davante Adams, Fresno St. 6'2" 212

    Fresno State WR Davante Adams declaring for NFL draft...Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams is declaring for the NFL draft, according to a source. He plans to improve on his third-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board. CBS Sports reported Tuesday that Adams -- the nation's leader in receptions (131), receiving yards (1,718) and receiving touchdowns (24) -- was expected to leave school after his redshirt sophomore seasons. Adams is leaving school the same time as his senior quarterback, Derek Carr, who led an offense in which Adams thrived with 233 catches and more than 3,000 yards since 2012. - Jeremy Fowler, CBSSports.com
    12/21/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Davante Adams will provide a strong challenge for USC's improving pass defense. He has 122 catches for 1,645 yards and 23 touchdowns. He averages 13.5 yards per catch. He was not to blame for Fresno State's upset loss to San Jose State. Adams had 13 receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Adams' matchup with USC cornerback Josh Shaw, a former Florida standout, is worth the price of admission. - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2016&genpos=WR

    Adams (6-foot-2, 216 pounds) shows great body control (as demonstrated on his adjustment to a back-shoulder throw for a touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl last Saturday) and uses his strength well as a blocker and receiver on screen passes. However, he ran a fairly limited route tree in the Fresno State spread offense and there are questions about his speed.

    NFL Media draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah compares Adams to San Diego Chargers rookie Keenan Allen, who dropped in the draft over similar concerns about his 40-yard dash. Adams could be in the second tier of what is expected to be a strong crop of wide receivers, should the likes of Sammy Watkins of Clemson, Marqise Lee of USC and Mike Evans of Texas A&M declare for the draft as expected.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...nter-nfl-draft
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