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    156.S Dion Bailey, Southern California 6'0" 201

    12/23/13 - Dion Bailey declared his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL Draft on Monday, becoming the first of several NFL-ready USC juniors to announce their plans for next season. Bailey was a three-year starter for the Trojans defense, alternating between outside linebacker and safety. The redshirt junior mostly played safety under defensive coordinator Clancy Pedergast in 2013, leading the team in interceptions (5) while recording 61 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Bailey was named to the All-Pac-12 second team by the league's coaches earlier this month.
    According to the school, Bailey -- a policy, planning and development major -- has already earned his degree. NFL scouts are expecting announcements from several notable draft-eligible USC players in the coming weeks, including wide receiver Marqise Lee, cornerback Josh Shaw, linebacker Hayes Pullard, defensive end George Uko and center Marcus Martin. The Trojans finished the 2013 season with a 10-4 record after the 45-20 win against Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. It was only the second 10-win season since 2008 and first USC bowl win since 2009. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=FS

    STRENGTHS: Lanky, athletic hybrid defender with extensive starting experience at outside linebacker and safety. Very good diagnosis skills. Reads the action quickly and is rarely out of position. Experience in the box shows as he is comfortable in traffic, showing very good awareness and vision to weave through the trash to get to the ball. Unselfish defender. Frequently takes out the legs of oncoming blockers, leaving teammates to make the easy tackle and occasionally wiping out the blockers and the ballcarrier, by himself. Quick, short backpedal and good fluidity in his hips to change directions. Accelerates smoothly and has good speed, overall. Good body control and hands for the interception (11 over his career). Durable. Missed one game due to injury in three seasons as a starter.
    WEAKNESSES: Size limitations will force Bailey to convert to a more traditional safety role in the NFL, a position he only started one season while with the Trojans (2013). Relies more on instincts and technique than physicality. Falls off too many tackles as he attempts to grab and pull ballcarriers to the ground rather than consistently driving through them. Missed spring of 2013 while recuperating from shoulder surgery following the 2012 season.
    COMPARES TO: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers - It remains to be seen if Bailey can handle the transition to the NFL as well as the Chargers' All-Pro safety, but like Weddle at Utah, Bailey's instincts, fluidity and penchant for big plays made him a consistent and versatile difference-maker at the collegiate level.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...40/dion-bailey
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    157.QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson 6'1" 222

    01/25/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson - Despite media reports to the contrary, Boyd's inaccuracy throughout the week of practice and game itself has his stock slipping. He possesses plenty of arm strength but was erratic, spraying the ball over the field. An ugly interception early in the Senior Bowl set the tone for a disappointing performance from the North Team's offense, as a whole. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/03/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tajh Boyd dictates Clemson's success, much as does Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. After a sub-par performance in a regular-season ending loss at South Carolina, Boyd would like nothing more than to cap his record-setting career with a strong showing on a national stage. The Orange Bowl will present that opportunity, and a youthful Buckeye secondary that ranks 102nd nationally in pass defense may help him capitalize. - The Sports Xchange
    12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB-Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)...This is the third consecutive year Boyd has made first or second-team All-ACC. He is the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times. So far this year Boyd has completed 252-373 passes for 3473 yards and 29 touchdowns.
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=QB

    STRENGTHS: Possesses a compact build that makes him potentially better suited to handling big hits than taller, lankier passers. Efficient set-up and despite a slight wind-up the ball jumps out of his hand. Very good velocity overall, especially on in-breaking routes at the intermediate and deep level. Shows good touch to loft passes over the heads of linebackers and under safeties over the middle. Good ball placement. Generally hits his receivers in stride or leads them away from the defender. Quick feet, showing good footwork to step into his throws and escape pressure when needed. Good poise in and outside of the pocket. Is willing to step up in the pocket to avoid outside pressure and generally keeps his eyes downfield. Creative passer, who can flick the ball (Brett Favre-style) to get rid of it as he's being pressured. Talented runner. More elusive than his frame would indicate, showing lateral agility and surprising burst. Powerful runner who isn't afraid to lower his shoulder for needed yardage. Keeps his legs driving through contact. Very tough. Reportedly lost 20 pounds in preparation for the 2012 season. Had been characterized as a team leader in the past but improved in this regard in 2012, demonstrating a more even-keel demeanor throughout games.
    WEAKNESSES: Shorter than ideal. Most of his passes are relatively easy throws; i.e. screens, in-cutting routes across the middle, etc. Rarely asked to drive the ball from the opposite hash across the field. Has a bit of a wind-up. Takes the vast majority of his snaps out of the shotgun. Surrounded by playmaking receivers who can turn his short passes into long gains.Drops his eyes and looks to run too early rather than exhausting his passing options. Needs to improve upon his accuracy on the move.
    COMPARES TO: Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks -- Like Wilson, Boyd will have to fight through the stereotype of short quarterbacks to earn his chance in the NFL. But he possesses the other athletic traits needed and showed improved decision-making and leadership traits in 2012. --Rob Rang
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...4348/tajh-boyd
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    158.RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor 5'9" 201

    01/06/14 - Baylor's Lache Seastrunk to enter NFL Draft...The most talented players in college football continue to flock to the NFL. The latest player to do so is Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, who announced on Monday that he was leaving Waco to enter the NFL Draft. "Playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine, and I'm fully prepared to take the next step toward realizing that goal," said Seastrunk in a statement. "I'm excited for the opportunity to compete in the NFL draft process. I look forward to giving teams every ounce of energy I've got and proving to them that I'm a good person, a relentless competitor, and a great player, too."

    Seastrunk had a big year for Baylor in 2013, finishing the season with 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns even though he missed two games and most of a third with an injury. Seastrunk, a five-star recruit out of high school, originally signed to play with Oregon before transferring to Baylor in 2011. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com
    12/12/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, 5-10, 210, Jr., Temple, Texas,...Seastrunk became the first BU player to run for two 1,000-yard seasons as he led the league in rushing yards per game (106.0) and ranked second in rushing touchdowns (11). - Baylor football
    12/12/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, Jr., Temple, Texas/Temple/Oregon...Despite missing two games due to injury, Seastrunk became the first Baylor player to have two 1,000 yard rushing seasons as he has totaled 1,060 through 10 games in 2013. The junior also is second in the Big 12 with 11 rushing scores and his 106.0 rushing yards per game is tops in the conference. - Baylor football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=RB

    Strengths
    Quick-footed and nifty with very good competitive speed to pull away in the open field. Deceptively fast. Keeps his feet churning on contact and can elude the first tackler and power through arm tackles. Runs low to the ground with good lower-body strength. Weaves through traffic and has a knack for hitting cutback lanes. Very good run balance to stop and start. Had the best vertical jump (41 1/2 inches) and broad jump (11-2) of any back at the combine.
    Weaknesses
    Does not run big or keep his shoulders squared to the line. Will press and try to do too much -- can improve patience and do a better job of letting his blocks develop. Very limited career receiving production. Played in an offense that featured big running lanes and helped inflate his production. Can be tracked down from behind. Beats to the tune of his own drum and can be susceptible to hanger-ons.
    Draft Projection
    Rounds 4-5
    Bottom Line
    Good-sized, productive, zone runner with enough physical traits to warrant consideration as a complementary back. Benefited from an offense featuring a lot of fly sweeps and lateral runs that have not translated well to the NFL game. Overall character will require closer evaluation and can determime draft status.
    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/profil...unk?id=2543559
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    159.WR Dri Archer, Kent St. 5'8" 173

    04/29/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: Dri Archer, Kent State, 5-08, 173, 4.26...Archer is instant danger who can get to the end zone as fast as anybody who has ever played the game. Anybody. Really. He has the fastest time ever clocked in 40 yards at an Indianapolis combine -- 4.16 seconds, although his announced time was 4.26 seconds. He was used in college as a running back, wide receiver and as a returner who scored four touchdowns on kickoffs and would have scored more but teams kicked away from him.

    An injury marred senior season (ankle)lends credence to concerns about his slight frame and durability. Frankly: Yes, Archer is small and probably fragile. But he's bigger and faster than Trindon Holliday (5-5, 170, Broncos in 2013) and you can't hurt what you can't catch. OK, go ahead and say it -- right now Al Davis is trying to communicate with son Mark to draft this kid. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 7. While Muema elected not to participate, Kent State's Dri Archer certainly did, recording the 40-yard dash in a staggering 4.26 seconds. Archer came up short of the combine record, but left no debate as to who the fastest running back is at the 2014 Scouting Combine, posting a 4.26-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. The former Kent St. speedster was a full 0.15 faster than Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon.

    While the NFL credits Chris Johnson with the combine record with a 4.24 clocking in 2008, NFLDraftScout.com records list Trindon Holliday (2010) and Marquise Goodwin (2013) with 4.21 times. Archer's 4.26 ranks in a tie for seventh-fastest since 2000. Everyone knew Archer was fast. The bigger question entering the combine was the straight-line speed of some of the elite running backs in this class. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back entering the week, turned in a highly disappointing 4.70 time that could certainly affect his draft stock. - The Sports Xchange
    12/15/13 - 2013 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM: Kickoff Return Specialist - Dri Archer, Kent State...Archer also joined elite company, earning all-conference honors at two different positions for the second straight season. Earning third team honors this season at both wide receiver and kick returner, he owns the rare distinction of claiming All-MAC accolades at three different positions. In 2012, Archer was a first team member at both kick returner and running back. Despite missing the better part of four games this season, he led the Flashes with 11 total touchdowns and 982 all-purpose yards. - Kent State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=WR

    Strengths
    Outstanding burst, acceleration and top-end speed to take the corner and create big plays. Can fly by MAC competition with top gear. Very good agility, balance, vision and creativity. Weaves through a crowd and can find daylight. Soft-handed and plucks the ball with ease. Extremely strong pound-for-pound. Very good career all-purpose yardage. Good versatility -- contributes as a runner, slot receiver and return man. Four career kickoff-return TDs (and was kicked away from).
    Weaknesses
    Very short and rail thin with no strength or running power. Not a tackle-breaker and goes down easy on contact. Limited inside runner. Can be knocked off routes easily and struggles catching on contact. Not a nuanced route runner. Very marginal, underpowered blocker. Could stand to do a better job securing the ball in traffic. Is not ideally built to withstand a full NFL season.
    Bottom Line
    Explosive playmaker lacking requisite size for the pro game. Was slowed by an ankle injury early and did not return to junior form until late in senior season. Can make an immediate impact in the return game and add value as a multipurpose threat. Long-term durability is greatest concern given tiny frame.
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    Another draft season comes to an end. Here is to hoping that with a new GM, we can leave the stupidity of the former predecessors behind us. But this is the Dolphins franchise and something has been amiss since Danny tore his Achilles.
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