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    70.OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada 6'4" 307

    2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OL Joel Bitonio, Sr., Nevada,...Senior tackle Joel Bitonio was named Nevada's Basalite Big Blocker of the Year as he capped his career with an outstanding season for the Union. Bitonio also earned a Striker Award. - Nevada football
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    Name: Joel BitonioBitonio 3
    From: Long Beach, CA
    School: Nevada
    Height: 6’4″
    Weight: 307 pounds
    Arm Length: 33″
    Hand Size: 9 7/8″
    Accolades: 1st Team All-Mountain West, Nevada’s Big Blocker of the Year

    Joel Bitonio is a guy that has gained a lot of momentum on his way towards the NFL Draft. He exceeded many people’s expectation in the 2013 season and had some really strong performances against top teams like Florida State and UCLA, where he took on top prospect Anthony Barr. He carried over his productive season into a strong week of work at the Senior Bowl where he played every position on the line including center. Although Bitonio started at left tackle in 2013 for Nevada, he will most likely be making the transition to guard in the NFL due to his size.
    Strengths
    It always raises my eye when scouts say a player needs to move from tackle to guard in the NFL. There are generally two reasons: 1) the player does not have the athleticism to play tackle or 2) the player does not have the length. I am much more comfortable with the latter and this is the category Joel Bitonio falls into. While he doesn’t look explosive, Bitonio is a smooth athlete with really good footwork. He uses “short, choppy” steps in both the run game and the pass, which is what lineman are taught to do starting in Pop Warner. This allows him to maintain his balance and quickly shift his weight when the defender makes any type of counter move.
    Another thing that is noticeable is that he doesn’t waste steps. A lot of linemen get themselves in trouble with unnecessary steps that will often times get them off balance or out of position. This is something that was highlighted often in 2013 from Brian Winters. Joel Bitonio does not do this, which is key, because it can be an extremely hard habit to break.
    In the run game, Bitonio shows adequate power and aggression. He will finish blocks when he has guys off-balance as seen below. He can be dominant when down blocking inside in Nevada’s Zone Read scheme. (Nevada’s scheme is a little different. It looks like they may be called QB Keeps instead of pure Read plays) He absolutely manhandled UCLA’s defensive Tackle all day.
    Bitonio is solid in run blocking, but his real strength comes in pass protection. This is where his footwork, really comes into play. He is rarely out of position because of it and when he is out of position, he’s still usually able to run the defender past the quarterback. He also shows great patience. He doesn’t lunge at pass rushers which is especially important against 3-4 outside linebackers. It also helps him pass off twisting defensive linemen.
    Weaknesses
    It’s a tale of two halves when it comes to Bitonio’s body. While he has excellent footwork, his upperbody leaves a lot to be desired technically. When I saw that his arm length was 33″ inches, I was surprised they were that long. Watching the tape, it looks like he is playing with 30″ arms. Part of the reason he plays with poor length is that his pad level is often too high. This is the main reason why scouts want him to move to guard.
    So why is arm length that big of a deal? Arm length is an important factor for linemen to win the “hand fight”. In pass rushing, the guy who is able to get his hands on the other guy first can control the other. Bitonio often times lets his defender get their hands on him first. When you watch his tape, you will see him get bent backwards as defenders extend their arms on him. They crazy thing was he still won a lot of blocks when this happened because he never stopped moving his feet. In the NFL, he won’t win these blocks and will need to start run blocking through his hips and not his back. The main reason why he cannot play left tackle in the NFL is because his one glaring weakness is one that NFL defenders will easily be able to exploit.
    Bitonio allows the defender to get his hands inside. This poor technique didn’t hurt him too much in college, but it could be detrimental at the next level.
    Another thing he struggles with is run blocking in space. In the Fresno State game this year, Fresno linemen lined up about a full yard off the line of scrimmage. Bitonio really struggled run blocking with that much space between he and the defender, often times falling on his face before contact.
    Conclusion
    Joel Bitonio is an excellent offensive lineman who can probably step in and start in the NFL from day one. He has a foundation to build on in his footwork and athleticism. With some tweaking to his knee and waist bend which can help him play with more length, he can be a solid starting guard for many years to come.
    Bitonio is currently projected to be a day two selection and has been gaining steam ever since he “stonewalled” Anthony Barr. Because of this a lot of mock drafts have him going in the early to mid second round. In my opinion, I think he will drop lower than that for two main reasons.
    The first is his performance against Anthony Barr is being overblown. Not to take anything away from him, he did play well, but Nevada utilized either an H-Back or Tailback on nearly every play to help against Barr. Having that back there took away Barr’s outside move and made him a one dimensional pass rusher. I don’t think scouts and coaches will be as swayed by this performance as some of the media has been.
    The second is his arm length. He is climbing back up the board because of his longer than expected arm measurement at the Senior Bowl, but as teams continue to watch the tape, they will see a guy who plays much shorter than his measurements would have you believe.
    Because of these reasons, I think he could be on the board for the Jets in the second round with an outside shot of being around for their third round pick. The Jets probably have other needs that they should draft in the second, but if he is there in the third this could be a great value pick.
    http://turnonthejets.com/2014/02/201...-joel-bitonio/
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    71.OT James Hurst, North Carolina 6'5" 296

    12/04/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): T James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 305, Sr., Plainfield, Ind. (118)...Has been selected First Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - North Carolina football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OT

    Name: James Hurst

    School: University of North Carolina

    Class: Senior

    Draft Stock: Falling due to broken leg in Belk Bowl

    Draft Range: Mid-second to Mid-third (could be even lower depending on the status of his leg)

    Strengths:
    The obvious here is Hurst’s size and athletic ability. He is a 6’7” 305 pound monster who can move well for a man of his size and stature. Not to mention, he hails from a school that runs a zone-blocking scheme offense – which is exactly what Miami would like to utilize.
    Secondly, Hurst is a very good run blocker. Offensive linemen love to bash heads with defenders and get rough. Hurst looks like one of those throw-back offensive linemen who just want to beat the hell out of you. Once he makes contact with an assignment he quickly uses his hands to punch and drive.
    James Hurst is a very athletic man for a football player of his size, and he pulls very well for a tackle. North Carolina uses quick screens and dump-offs to get their offensive linemen out in front of their backs/receivers. Hurst is a text-book pulling offensive tackle.
    Lastly, he is solid in pass protection. He’s not phenomenal by any means – we’ll get to that below – but he does possess the skills to become a great offensive tackle in pass pro. He is tall, lanky, and moves well for a big man.

    Weaknesses:
    James Hurst’s leg injury was so gruesome that ESPN was unwilling to show the replay of what happened during the broadcast of the Belk Bowl. We can assume here, his leg injury was fairly significant. His biggest weakness right now is facing this question; how soon will you be healthy? He’s going to hear this question from every team he interviews with leading up to the draft. For his sake, hopefully he’s ready to go by training camp.
    Outside of Hurst’s leg injury, his biggest weakness is his technique and footwork. He’s very slopping in these areas. He rises out of his stance in a funky fashion; he chases rushers instead of mirroring them; he doesn’t use his long-ass arms to his advantage; I could really go on for days. The good news for teams and Hurst is that these are all coachable flaws.
    Hurst is a 6’7” monster and he sure as hell plays like it. Well, not the monster part at times. He needs to play lower. If I was taught anything during my high school football years it’s that the lowest man always wins. Hurst needs to bend better at the hips to sink a bit lower and play with power.
    James Hurst could end up making a NFL team very, very happy that they take a chance on him. That being said, it all depends on the status of his leg injury. If he will not be ready by training camp, he may end up falling quite low (Possibly a third day pick? Dare I say it???).
    Hurst would be an excellent fit in Miami at either tackle position, which is an issue I am having with Hurst. Is he a left tackle? Or is he a right tackle? I think what it all boils down to is whether or not Miami’s new GM can find a true left tackle to protect Ryan Tannehill’s blind-side. If the new GM can indeed find a LT, I would love to see Miami take Hurst in the third round and stick him at right tackle.
    http://phinphanatic.com/2014/01/15/m...t-james-hurst/
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    72.C Jonotthan Harrison, Florida 6'3" 304

    Strengths:
    Size
    - Jonotthan Harrison possesses good size for the center position (6-3, 310). Harrison has a lean, muscular built and could easily add muscle to his frame.
    Athleticism- Harrison is a very good athlete with quick feet and shows good overall movement skills, specifically the ability to change directions.
    Strength/Power/Explosiveness- Plays with good upper body strength and explosion. Shows the ability to deliver a quick, violent blow and is able to lockout and control defenders. Displays good core strength. Has good explosion and is able to uncoil, lift and drive defenders at the point of attack.
    Attitude- Plays with physicality and competes on every play, you can see excitement and emotion when he plays the game. Looks to finish off blocks and pick up blocks down field, which to me is all attitude and “want to.”
    Base/Pad level/Foot work- Consistently plays with an ideal base, never bringing his feet close together which allows him to be effective in the run game and in pass protection. Because of his good base and core strength, Harrison is able to maintain good pad level and plays with good knee bend.
    Hands- Harrison may possess the most violent and heavy hands amongst center’s in the nation. With the combination of his upper body explosion and tight hand carriage, Harrison is a fearless puncher and understands the importance of using his hands to effectively stop the charge of defenders, especially tight-shaded nose tackles.
    Run Blocking- Harrison excels in the zone blocking scheme, showing the proper foot work and technique that allows him to effectively combo block with the guard, securing and getting push on defensive linemen, while keeping his shoulder’s square and coming off on linebackers. Shows explosion at the point of attack, engaging defensive linemen quickly. Effectively able to cut off penetrating defensive linemen when asked to back-block and down-block, for pulling guards. Takes good angles when releasing and climbing to the next level to block linebackers and shows the ability to dip his hips, shoot his hands and latch on defenders at the 2nd level. As I mentioned earlier, Harrison takes a violent approach when he looks to finish off blocks in the run-game.
    Pass Protection- Harrison is able to snap the ball and get in to his pass set quickly, which allows him more space to work against tight shades. Harrison shows the ability to set back and over, establish a post-foot and mirror defenders in 1-on-1 situations. Harrison shows a violent punch and is able to gain hand placement to control defenders. When uncovered, does a good job helping his guards. Noticeably identifies and points out blitzers and/or line stunts.
    Areas of Improvement:
    Lower body Strength- In my opinion, the majority of Jonotthan Harrison’s issues stem from his lack of functional lower body strength. Although Harrison shows explosiveness off the ball at the point of attack, in solo situations, he often struggles to get push on defenders at the point of attack. In pass protection, he gives up too much ground and gets push back by the bull rush, because he is not able to generate force by digging his feet in, dropping his hips and anchoring.
    Sustaining blocks- There are times when Harrison is engaged, both on the line of scrimmage and in space and can not maintain blocks because of two main issues:
    1)Upper body gets too far extended out over his toes with out bringing his hips and his feet.
    2)He lets his feet go dead after engaging defensive linemen or on contact when blocking
    linebackers.
    Both of these factors lead to Harrison falling off of blocks or allows defenders to shed his blocks, which both ultimately results in him ending up on the ground. I would like to see Harrison roll his hips, bring his feet and accelerate feet through contact. Adding functional lower body strength may help this.
    Overall:
    Jonotthan Harrison possesses some tools that make him a very intriguing prospect. His natural athleticism and physical demeanor really distinguishes him as one of the top center prospects in the nation. I truly believe with the proper development of strength and technique, Harrison will be a day 1 NFL starter and has a chance to be special, he is not talked about as much as the other “big name” centers, but in my opinion is one of the top 3 centers in the 2014 NFL draft.
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    73.DT Will Sutton, Arizona St. 6'1" 315

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 64. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State, 6-1, 315, 4.94, 2-3...After missing the 2011 season for academic reasons, Sutton's play the next two years made that off-field issue, well, academic. He earned the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, a back-to-back feat accomplished previously by only Steve Emtman, a No. 1 overall pick in 1992. Sutton Has a compact build that gives him leverage advantage over most NFL offensive linemen. He has a knack of timing the snap and shows an explosive burst to slip through gaps. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    01/25/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State - Sutton's quickness and power helped him record a tackle for loss early in the game, itself, but in weighing in at a soft 315 pounds at under 6-foot-1 did him no favors with scouts. There is no question that the reigning Defensive Player of the Year possesses talent but his commitment towards reaching his full potential could push him deep into the draft's second day.
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=DT

    Analysis
    Strengths:
    Has a short, compact build that gives him a natural leverage advantage over most NFL offensive linemen. Times the snap well, flashing an explosive burst to slip through gaps. Possesses quick feet, balance and lateral agility to avoid cut-blocks. Accelerates very quickly to close on the ballcarrier. Possesses surprisingly strong and active hands to rip free from blocks and to rip away at the ball when he sees it exposed (three forced fumbles in 2012). Experienced at virtually every position along the defensive line. Instinctive defender who locates the ball well and hustles to get involved in the action. Peels away from blocks, spinning to rip away and pursue laterally or downfield, as needed. Good recognition of deception plays, reading and peeling off to blow up screens and draws. Showed his dedication to the program by earning the "Hard Hat" award for his work in the team's offseason strength and conditioning program in 2010 (year he missed due to academics)... Appears to be significantly heavier, stronger than his listed size by ASU (6-1, 267). Good bloodlines. Father, Mickey, played in the NFL for five years as a defensive back and punt returner with the Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers and Buffalo Bills.
    Weaknesses: Obvious size limitations and may prove to be just a rotational defender at the next level. Short arms and can get locked out by the longer arms of offensive linemen. Possesses very good short-area quickness but reaches max speed quickly and appears to have only moderate straight-line speed for the position despite his size. Seems to tire easily. Will make a big play and then disappear for long stretches. Only has one season of sustained success at the FBS level.
    Compares To: Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals -- Having increased his sack production each of his three seasons in the NFL, the 6-1, 300-pound Atkins has given hope to all undersized, quick-footed defensive tackles that they, too, can find a niche in today's pass-happy NFL.
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    74.DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina 6'6" 272

    Analysis
    STRENGTHS:
    Certainly looks the part of a first round pick, boasting broad shoulders, long arms and a trim middle reminiscent of an NBA power forward. Offers good initial quickness off the snap, as well as straight-line speed to close quickly on the ball-carrier. Martin's best attribute is his strength at the point of attack. He gets a strong initial jolt to his opponent, quickly locking out to survey the action and showing the strength to rip himself free and pursue or stay home, as needed. While not particularly fluid, Martin's length and strength aid him as a tackler, as he's able to grab hold of the ball-carrier and throw him to the ground. Possesses the frame to handle moving inside on obvious passing downs, using his burst to split gaps.

    WEAKNESSES: While possessing good initial quickness, he isn't explosive off the ball and is stiff when attempting to turn the corner or when changing directions. This inflexibility allows mobile quarterbacks and other alert ball-carriers to elude Martin in the open field. Does not use his length well to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage, tipping only three passes in 2013 (the same number in 2012)... Broke out with a spectacular senior campaign (including a safety in the Belk Bowl win over Cincinnati) to prompt questions as to where was this consistency throughout his career...

    COMPARES TO: Justin Tuck, New York Giants -The team that selects Martin hopes the UNC standout will show the same dedication towards improvement that Tuck has since earning a third round pick out of Notre Dame in 2005. Tuck has developed into a fine pass rusher for the Giants but his game remains reliant on his length and strength at the point of attack.
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    75.ILB Max Bullough, Michigan St. 6'3" 249

    01/14/14 - Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough hasn’t been heard from since he was suspended just before the Spartans left for California to play in the Rose Bowl last month. In the interim, Bullough did accept an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, and he showed up for practice a bit above his playing weight. Bullough, whose listed weight is 245 pounds, weighed in at 265 pounds, according to Tampa Bay Times reporter Greg Auman. The game is Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Bullough, a two-time captain for the Spartans who was named third-team All-America and first-team All-Big Ten, is projected as a mid-to late-round selection in this spring’s NFL draft. He declined interviews at practice, Auman tweeted. - Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News
    01/08/14 - Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has an opportunity to make a comeback. The East-West Shrine Game announced Wednesday that Bullough has accepted an offer to play in its event Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The senior was suspended on Dec. 26 for violating team rules and the details of what he did were not announced and have not been reported. The two-time captain, third-team All-America and All-Big Ten player did not play in the Rose Bowl, where the Spartans beat Stanford. Kyler Elsworth replaced Bullough and made the victory-sealing tackle on fourth-and-1 near midfield with 1:46 left against the Cardinal. Max Bullough's grandfather, father and two uncles played football at Michigan State. His younger brother, Riley, was a redshirt freshman on the team last season. - AP Sports
    12/26/13 - Michigan State LB Bullough suspended for Rose Bowl...Senior captain Max Bullough, the team's leading tackler, was suspended by Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio for the Rose Bowl. "Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules," coach Dantonio said in a statement issued after midnight Thursday upon landing in Los Angeles. No specifics were available on the cause of the suspension and Dantonio said "no further comment" would be made on the issue. Bullough, a two-time team captain, calls the defensive signals and has been dubbed the quarterback of the defense by coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who took it a step further. "He is a computer on the field," Narduzzi said earlier this month.
    Narduzzi said there are days when Bullough will be the one correcting the coaches, not vice versa. An announcement on adjustments in the defense could come Thursday, when the Spartans are scheduled to have Dantonio and five players -- including Bullough -- available to media at DisneyLand. Bullough is unlikely to attend. Michigan State, the No. 1 defense in the nation, has 41 wins in Bullough's career. - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=ILB

    Max Bullough is an experienced and productive player from the collegiate level whose accolades and honors don't accurately represent him as an NFL prospect. His lack of great physical tools and athleticism will put a lower ceiling on his upside than you'd prefer. He's a quality in-the-box run defender who lacks the skillset to be an asset in coverage. Consistent, reliable, and durable, Bullough has some defining qualities and projects best as an inside linebacker in the 3-4 defender where his lack of range would be covered up; he could project to MIKE or SAM if a 4-3 team drafted him. He looks the part of a two-down run defender and special teams player who could work his way into being a serviceable starter inside, but more likely projects as a backup.
    Pros: Natural eyes for the position; instinctive player who shows the anticipation and awareness that you look for. Locates the ball immediately off the snap, and reads and reacts very quickly to what he sees in front of him. Active defender with the motor and hustle desired from the MIKE position. Always around the football. Sturdy in-the-box defender. Reliable presence in the middle who takes on blockers with the proper shoulder in the hole, fills his hole effectively, and covers his gaps consistently. Typically stays square on contact with good pad level when taking on blocks. Shows that he can scrape over the top and play inside-out. Uses his hands well to attempt to pick his way through traffic. Knock back tackler who uses his big frame and strength to stop the runner's forward momentum in the hole. Good form tackler; stays low and fires through the hips as he wraps the ball carrier up. Has the eyes and awareness to play some zone coverage at the next level; experienced zone coverage defender who has shown the ability to effectively cover the hook-to-curl zone as well as work in pattern coverages. In man coverage he has shown that he can ride a tight end down the seam.
    Cons: Only an average athlete by NFL standards; his lack of great lateral range limits him from being a great sideline-to-sideline defender. Average speed for the position. Must get stronger; isn't as strong as his bigger frame would suggest. Despite his size he still gets swallowed up by offensive linemen and has trouble disengaging through stacking and shedding. Range of motion, turn radius, and lateral quickness are all things that are lacking in his game. Won't offer much as a pass rusher, takes what the offensive line gives him, but doesn't possess any explosive or special traits here. Lack of change of direction, fluidity, and flexibility are going to make it difficult for him to have success in man coverage; will have trouble covering slot receivers and scat backs at the next level in man.
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    76.OLB Telvin Smith, Florida St. 6'3" 218

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 60. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State, 6-3, 218, 4.60, 2...Rangy athlete with loose hips and springs in his legs. Aggressive blitzer with explosive first step and closes quickly with evil intent. Fluid in his cover drops and plays natural in space. Excellent read-and-react instincts to diagnose and attack without hesitation. Light, but physical and won't shy from point of attack contact. Motivated, hard-working leader who needs to add some muscle. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    01/20/14 - 2014 SENIOR BOWL, LINEBACKER: Top player: Telvin Smith, Florida State...Despite being a tick undersized, Smith has the range and speed to cover both sidelines. He will get tied up and lost in a crowd, but when he has the chance to play in space or rush the pocket, few linebackers in this class display his sudden explosive qualities. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/20/14 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN LOSERS: Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State: Smith's speed is certain to get him drafted but teams may have to move him outside or perhaps drop him back to safety with a frame that looks packed out at 218 pounds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/06/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior LB Telvin Smith, like many of his teammates on Florida State's defense, was snubbed for the All-ACC First-Team. The Seminoles had only one selection, DB Lamarcus Joyner, even though Smith leads the Seminoles' third-ranked FBS defense with 75 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses and three interceptions, two that he returned for touchdowns. He had eight tackles, including two for losses, and his third pick of the season last week against Duke, and he helped bottle up the middle of the field, forcing Duke to all but abandon the run. That's important going forward because if Smith can disrupt Auburn's top-ranked rushing attack, it will force the Tigers to pass, something QB Nick Marshall, the team's second-leading rusher, is far less comfortable doing. - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=OLB

    System Fit
    This is a situation where it all comes down to the eye of the beholder. The first thing that jumps out is what he can bring to special teams. His unique combination of size and speed make him a great player for coverage units. Smith could end up playing as a sub package linebacker who can come in and cover tight ends or rush off of the edge initially and be developed in a few different ways depending on the way the team feels. There could be a few teams that believe he can make the move to strong safety and play that role for run downs and move him down to linebacker and have a big nickel defense.
    There are also teams that might just want to bulk him up and play him as a weak side linebacker. He definitely has the speed and instincts to do it, but just needs more size so he does not get overwhelmed against the run.
    Smith also has experience lining up inside as a linebacker but with substantial protection in front of him as well as being fast enough to get outside when needed, so a 3-4 team could like him as a specialist initially and try to bulk him up for that role. Not every 3-4 team requires their inside backers to be huge. The Browns are a good example where Craig Robertson is only 234lbs.
    Smith’s best situation might be to be drafted to a 4-3 team and developed into a weak side backer, but Smith’s athleticism makes it so he could be developed into a few different ways and all of them could end up being a successful.
    NFL Comparison
    Smith’s game might end up similar to that of Wesley Woodyard of the Denver Broncos. Woodyard is undersized, but fast backer in the Broncos linebacker unit now, but it has been a product of a lot of hard work to get there. He was somewhat of a coverage specialist and special teamer in the early part of his career, but has become a standout player in that unit the last year and a half. That could be the same type of path that Smith takes in the NFL, provided he ends up on the right team that makes good use of his abilities.
    Draft Projection
    Smith has a lot of ability and potential, but he is undersized and he is a tweener at this point. Depending on which team he ends up on, he could be moved to a weak side linebacker, inside linebacker or a safety. While he develops to hopefully become a standout at one of those spots, he could be a great special teams player and potential sub package player that can rush the passer or help in coverage. Smith projects as a third day pick but he could still end up making an immediate impact for the team that picks him in a few key areas.
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    77.CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St. 5'11" 195

    02/19/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 8. CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State...After almost jumping to the NFL a year ago, Roby had a forgettable season in 2013 with some poor performances in big games for the Buckeyes. He appeared to be reading his own press clippings and struggled to stay alert in coverage, allowing a number of productive plays for opposing offenses. But Roby's athleticism and physical nature are two areas that keep him in high regard for many NFL scouts and the Combine will be his chance to remind the league why so many previously considered him a first round lock. If he doesn't run his 40-yard dash in the 4.3's and register low numbers in the short shuttle and 3-cone drill, it will be considered a disappointment. Roby's height-weight measurements will also be important. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/05/13 - 2013 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Bradley Roby, Ohio State, Defensive Back...Roby is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and sits third on the team with 63 tackles. The 2012 first-team All-American leads the team with 13 pass break-ups and has blocked a pair of punts. - Ohio State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=CB

    NFL Player Comparison:
    Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns
    While many will view this as a stretch, Roby and Haden actually have a lot of similarities when looking back at Haden in college. Haden was a great athlete coming out of college with the size, speed and strength that defensive coaches drool over. He had all of the physical tools to be an elite corner, and like Roby had no problems attacking against the run.
    The difference between the two in terms of draft stock is that Haden was coming off a strong season at Florida while Roby hasn't delivered on the high expectations many had for him before the season. Roby's struggled with inconsistency this year and at times it has seemed like he was coasting through plays, just waiting for the season to be over so he could declare for the NFL Draft. Roby has plenty of upside like Haden did coming out of Florida and if all goes well, Roby could become a shutdown corner at the next level.
    Draft Outlook:
    Roby entered the year as a potential top-10 selection and was the clear front-runner to be the first cornerback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. Roby's inconsistency this year hurt him and many will point towards him getting torched by Abbrederis as the ultimate example. While there certainly was more bad film of Roby this season there were some bright spots including against Michigan. The physical ability is still there with Roby and he already has elite speed that great cornerbacks have. Even after a down season, Roby is still a first-round pick and has the chance to push his stock even higher with an upcoming bowl game and the Scouting Combine.
    Best Fits:
    As the NFL turns into more of a passing league, cornerbacks gain more value and the need for more top cornerbacks grows for NFL teams. There will be plenty of teams picking in the middle and late end of the first round that need help at cornerback. The Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears will all be looking for help in the secondary.
    The perfect situation for Roby would be a team like the Bears who will face some tough decisions in the offseason with Charles Tillman, Tim Jennings and Zachary Bowman all set to hit the open market. Even if the Bears can bring back Tillman and Jennings, age will be a factor with Tillman turning 33 in February and Jennings turning 30. Roby fits well into the Bears scheme and really could be mentored by two great cornerbacks about the mental aspect of the game and be taught the famous punch move Tillman uses to force so many fumbles.
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    78.S Calvin Pryor, Louisville 5'11" 207

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 28. *Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville, 6-2, 208, 4.57, 1-2...Pryor teamed with Hakeem Smith to create perhaps the best safety tandem in the country for 2013. Pryor was a hard-hitting junior who d compiled 69 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    12/16/13 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Calvin Pryor, Louisville, Jr., 6-2 208, Port St. Joe, Fla./Port St. Joe,...Teamed with Hakeem Smith, Pryor made Louisville's safety tandem arguably among the best in the country. The hard-hitting junior earned his second career conference accolade after compiling 69 tackles, 5.5 which resulted in a loss of yardage, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. In conference play, Pryor ranked 16th in tackles for all positions with 50, or 7.1 per game. - Louisville football
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    STRENGTHS: Prototype body type with good anticipation and explosive closing speed. Reliable open-field tackler and intimidating presence. Lowers his shoulder on impact to create collisions in run support and when protecting the middle of the field in coverage. Good vision and spatial awareness to slip amongst the mass of humanity near the line of scrimmage to locate the ball. Shows no desire for self-preservation when taking on blockers, dropping to take them out at the knees and often is able to take out the ballcarrier. Very good ball skills. Can extend and pluck outside of his frame and shows excellent awareness to get his feet inbounds.
    WEAKNESSES: Almost too physical in an era in which heavy hitters often draw penalty flags. Drops his shoulder into defenders but some of his hits could be interpreted as leading with the crown of his helmet. Wasn't asked to cover slot receivers in Louisville's scheme. A bit stiff when changing direction, allowing some separation by receivers, especially on double-moves.
    COMPARES TO: Antrel Rolle, Giants - Pryor is blessed with an exciting combination of size, explosiveness and ball skills to quickly become one of the most respected defensive backs in the league early in his career.
    Player Overview
    Hakeem Smith and Pryor formed one of the best safety tandems in the country in 2013, compiling 69 tackles, including 5.5 for loss, three interceptions and two forced fumbles, on his way to earning 2013 All-American Athletic Conference first-team honors.
    Has prototypical size and athleticism for the position and is one of the most well-round safeties in the class with explosive downhill reaction to the run, strong awareness in coverage and versatility to hold his own on the outside or in the slot.
    Pryor has elite tools and potential if he can harness his sledgehammer playing style with disciplined intensity.
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    79.*QB Bryn Renner, North Carolina 6'2.5" 228

    QB Bryn Renner's UNC career ended by shoulder injury...North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner may have played his last game in a Tar Heels uniform, with Inside Carolina reporting that the injury will hold the fifth-year senior out for the rest of the 2013 season. Renner took off on a five-yard scramble late in the third quarter and was hit by N.C. State's Monty Nelson as he was sliding to the ground. Renner immediately grabbed his left shoulder and received medical attention from the training staff, but returned to the field briefly in the fourth quarter. The Inside Carolina report cites multiple team sources and Renner's North Carolina teammates began sending out tweets on Tuesday that confirmed he was done for the year.
    With Renner out, redshirt sophomore Marquise Williams likely becomes the full-time quarterback for the Tar Heels offense. Williams started in place of Renner against Virginia Tech, and has been a regular, chance-of-pace presence in the offense in the last three games. Renner finishes his UNC career ranked third in passing yards (8,221), second in passing touchdowns (64), third in completions (668) and becomes the school's new career leader for completion percentage (66.5).
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    Brains. Magnificent. His Capacity to Work His Progressions is utterly phenomenal. He is a legitimate Field General with terrifying cerebral Powers and a lethal Killer Instinct.
    Accuracy. Excellent and improving. Renner is quickly emerging as a Master Craftsman at'is Trade. He's far from a Finished Product, but his Mechanics are awesome, and it shows in'is Accuracy. And his Instincts are jumping ahead, too, as he continues to refine his Timing with Breaking Routes and'is Synergies with'is Receivers in'is 2nd Year with Coach Fedora's System. There's still work to be done, to be sure, but his Timing and'is Vision, and'is ability to Throw His Receivers Open and Lead Them To DayLight are growing by leaps & bounds.
    Poise. Outstanding. Not especially nimble, but spatially instinctive, reliably sensing when to hold steady and when to skitter away. And he's Tough as Nails Under Fire.
    FirePower. Mediocre, right now, but he does flash Arm Strength, and I'm very confident that with time and refinement, he'll boast far more FirePower than most perceive.
    Bryn Renner Prospectus
    One of the most underrated Prospects of the entire Draft: A QuarterBack who'll win The Only Games that Count!!
    Renner's FirePower is ordinary, but I believe that with time and Coaching, it'll become considerably more adept.
    But that would be Gravy, in my Book: It is precisely the Field Generals who command ordinary DownField FirePower but extraordinary Processing Speed, outstanding Pocket Presence & Poise Under Pressure, and, above all, the Will to apply these Skills with deadly, relentless Precision...who end up leading their Teams to Big Game Victories!!
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