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    80.RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern 5'9" 209

    2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 3. Mike Mamula might be the most famous workout warrior in combine history. Scouts are left to wonder who among this year's class could someday join him in infamy. One player who certain to have scouts returning to the film room was Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon, a former option quarterback and running back who may have turned in the best all-around workout of any player tested at this year's combine. The 5-9, 209-pounder showed off blazing speed (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash), explosiveness (40.5" vertical) and power (32 reps of 225 pounds). Perhaps best of all, he showed quickness and balance in the change-of-direction tests, running the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds and the short-shuttle in 4.12 seconds. - The Sports Xchange
    12/05/13 - Two Georgia Southern Eagles, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks have officially been invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl. The prestigious football game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and serves as a showcase of talent for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts as well as representatives from other professional football leagues. Both McKinnon and Westbrooks, members of the South team, will participate in the week of practice sessions and workouts leading up to the game in Mobile. "The Senior Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for Jerick and Lavelle to represent our program and Georgia Southern University and be coached by NFL staffs," said Coach Jeff Monken. "We are obviously excited for them and wish them all the luck in the world as they embark on their professional careers."
    McKinnon, with back-to-back seasons with 1,000-yard rushing totals, finished third all-time on Georgia Southern's career rushing list with 3,899 yards and tied for sixth with 42 career rushing touchdowns. From Marietta, Ga., McKinnon played three different positions in the backfield for the Eagles in his senior season and recorded six games of 100 or more yards of rushing in 2013. - Georgia Southern football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=RB

    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS:
    Looks the part of an NFL running back. Sports a powerful, well-built frame that provides clear evidence of time spent in the weight-room. Fluid athlete who changes directions easily and accelerates smoothly. Comfortable with the ball in his hands. Lowers his shoulders upon contact and runs with forward lean. Good vision. Reads blocks and shows impressive initial burst out of his cuts to separate. Physical and cognizant blocker. Showed his commitment to the team with his willingness to play whatever role asked.
    WEAKNESSES: Very raw as he possesses virtually no experience as a traditional running back. Took most his carries as a read-option quarterback or after taking the pitch to the outside, therefore his ability to run between the tackles is a projection. Impressed in his toughness as a running quarterback but this role is a far cry from what will expected of him when running inside and when in pass protection (where he was not surprisingly inconsistent at the Senior Bowl). Accelerates smoothly but tops out quickly and defenders are able to catch up. Very little experience as a receiver in this run-heavy offense. Caught a total of three passes in 2013 (for 23 yards).
    COMPARES TO: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints - Ingram hasn't been able to wrench away the starting role in New Orleans since earning a first round pick in 2011 but his powerful, downhill running style adds a degree of toughness to an offensive that is otherwise largely finesse. McKinnon is, of course, nowhere near as pro-ready as Ingram was when leaving Alabama but he offers a similar frame and running style and could also emerge as a valuable contributor once given time to adjust to his new role.
    Player Overview
    A year ago, the Senior Bowl provided versatile Georgia Southern athlete J.J. Wilcox an opportunity to prove to scouts that he could handle the transition to safety and the Dallas Cowboys thought enough of his game to select the former Eagle receiver and slotback in the third round.
    Like his former teammate, McKinnon was used in a variety of roles at GSU, starring at quarterback, slotback, fullback, defensive back and kick returner over his career. Used primarily as an option quarterback for the Eagles, he rushed for 3,899 yards and 42 touchdowns over his collegiate career and fared well against FBS competition, including running for 109 yards and two touchdowns against Georgia in 2012 and another 125 yards and the game-winning touchdown as a slotback to shock Florida last year.
    Numerous players have successfully changed positions in the NFL and McKinnon appears to possess the frame, toughness and work ethic to handle the move. He is a fluid, well-built athlete who - like his former teammate - could earn a surprisingly high grade on draft weekend due to his upside.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...erick-mckinnon
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    81.WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson 6'4" 211

    02/19/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 9. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson...For most, Sammy Watkins is the top wide receiver prospect this class has to offer, but he's not the only junior pass-catcher from Clemson who will hear his name called on draft weekend. Bryant more than doubled his career production as a junior with 42 catches for 828 yards and seven scores, showing more consistency catching the ball. Listed at 6-4 and 200 pounds, he is a terrific athlete with the speed/size combination to create mismatches at all levels of the field. Similar to Stephen Hill a few years back, Bryant could launch himself into the top-40 discussion with impressive agility numbers, including a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/05/14 - Martavis Bryant told the Post and Courier Sunday he is entering the NFL Draft. In a text message, Bryant wrote "I have decided to enter the draft, it's best for me and my family." Bryant caught 42 balls for 828 yards and seven touchdowns his junior year. He spent most the year off the radar of mock drafts and professional projections, but he elevated his stock with outstanding performances at North Carolina State (6 rec, 73 yards, 2 TD), against Georgia Tech (5 rec, 176 yards, TD) and Friday in the 40-35 Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State (3 rec, 28 yards, two red-zone TDs), all games in primetime under the lights.
    The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Bryant averaged 19.7 yards a catch in a more consistent role, ranking ninth in the country. That followed his sophomore campaign when his 30.5 yards per catch led all receivers nationally with 10 catches. Bryant joins fellow receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who were each reported last Saturday night to be moving on to the NFL, as Clemson defections. - Aaron Brenner, The Post and Courier
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=WR

    Overview
    2013: Honorable mention All-ACC pick after playing in 13 games and making 11 starts. Lost playing time after making a throat slashing gesture. 2012: Played in 10 games, but did not make a start. Was suspended for the bowl game due to academic issues. 2011: Played in all 14 games and made two starts. High School: Played with Doug Williams Jr. as his quarterback.
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    Strengths

    Excellent body length with a long, rangy frame. Very good straight-line, separation speed. Can drop his hips surprisingly well for as tall as he is and is fairly shifty after the catch. Good red-zone target -- effective making back-shoulder catches. Flashes the ability to climb the ladder and highpoint the ball. Has return experience.
    Weaknesses
    Inconsistent hands -- tends to double-clutch the ball and makes too many easy drops. Is not a polished route runner -- is stiff in and out of his breaks. Lacks toughness desired to work the middle of the field. Must prove that he is willing to work to assimilate a playbook and learn the finer points of the game.
    Bottom Line
    A lean, long-limbed, rangy, outside-the-numbers, big-play receiver, Bryant declared for the draft early with underclassmen nipping at his playing time late in the season. Will require additional seasoning to make a mark in the pro game. A better tester than football player at this stage of his development.
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    Dunno who wrote that Bryant piece on NFL.com (Nawrocki maybe?) but I disagree with the criticism of his hands and of his toughness. Martavis has terrific hands and is maybe the best blocking WR in the draft with a great aggressive attitude for his lean frame.

    I do agree he's very raw as a route runner. But this kid is a stud in the making.
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    82.TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia 6'5" 258

    01/01/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Georgia TE Arthur Lynch has put together a strong senior season for the Bulldogs with 24 catches for 390 yards. Lynch also is tied with Todd Gurley and Rantavious Wooten for the team high in TD catches with five. Expect starting QB Hutson Mason to look to Lynch as a safety valve over the middle early and often during the Gator Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
    12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM: TE - Arthur Lynch, Georgia, 6-5, 254, Sr,...Lynch has been a key component of the SEC's No. 2-ranked passing offense this season. The Dartmouth, Mass., native has 390 receiving yards on 24 receptions and is tied for the team lead with five touchdown catches this season. - Georgia football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=TE

    Pros: Owns the tools to offer a complete package as a prospect, where he has value as a receiver as well as in the run game where he has the size to develop into a capable blocker. Typically is a reliable receiver who catches the ball naturally with soft hands. Extends away from his frame to pluck the ball out of the air. Shows the ability to use his big frame to box out the defender in contested situations to come down with difficult catches. Displays natural body control to adjust his body to the ball while it's in the air; is capable of extending vertically to compete and win jump ball situations. Does a nice job of settling down into the soft spots in zone coverage to provide his quarterback with an open target to throw to. At his best in the short-to-intermediate range. Can operate both as an in-line (Y) tight end as well as standing up in the slot as a move tight end (F). Above average athlete with enough speed to challenge the seam. Glides down the field as he builds up to his top speed. Understands how to seal or kick out the defender in order to open up a hole in the run game. Usually keeps his shoulders square on contact with the defender. It's not pretty but he executes his assignments as a run blocker.
    Cons: Short arms for the position. Must get stronger both in the upper and lower body. The additional strength will aid him in beating the jam at the line of scrimmage from the linebacker when he isn't able to release freely. Lacks the speed, acceleration, and quick movement skills needed to consistently create separation from defenders at the next level. Slow moving when asked to redirect in space, and owns a limited route tree due to his lack of great physical attributes. Did have some questionable drops in some games as a senior. Is not a physically powerful player in the run game and will need to develop more leg drive, as well as a stronger grip to engage, lock on, and steer the defender out of the play. Would like to see him develop into a finisher as a blocker by churning his legs through contact. Can get pushed around by stronger ends in the run game when he gets his shoulders turned. Delivers a good initial jolt at the point, but does not drive through or sustain well enough to be considered anything more than an average blocker. Has trouble reaching/crossing the face of the defender on runs away or when asked to reach block. Still very raw from a technique standpoint; needs to play with better pad level and leverage on a more consistent basis. Does not use his large frame to his advantage enough.
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    83.OG Dakota Dozier, Furman 6'3.5" 313

    2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Dakota Dozier, Furman, Sr.,...Dozier was the recipient of the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award this fall and was a unanimous three-time all-league selection during his career in balloting by league coaches and media. The West Columbia, S.C., product played in 45 games and earned 44 starts during his Paladin tenure, logging 2,741 plays. He helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushers at Furman (2011-13) and served as a team captain as a senior, contributing significantly to the Paladins' late season surge. - Furman football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OG

    Dakota Dozier Scouting Report
    Power. Tremendous. Exceptional Core Power, and adept at deploying it. Former Wrestling Champion.
    Agility. Phenomenal. Furman is converting from Offensive Tackle, and it shows: His Lateral Velocity is outstanding. Furthermore, his Fluidity and his Acceleration to the Second Level or to the Flank is Top Shelf, as well.
    Mechanics. Raw, but he exhibits tremendous natural Mechanics, indicative of that Wresting Resume.
    Intangibles. Proficient. Great Motor. Plus: he plays the Cello. That, alone, makes him awesome, in my Book.

    Dakota Dozier Prospectus
    Dakota Dozier's going to need some Training with his Mechanics, but that's nitpicking: This guy brings a sensational combination of Power, Agility, and the well-developed Combat Tactics Instincts of a Champion Wrestler.
    There's really not much else to say: He's at least currently projected to sell at an enormous Discount, because of his College, but that's a laugh. Eric Fisher was from Central Michigan, and he went #1 just last Year.
    And for my money, Offensive Guard is actually more crucial than Offensive Tackle, come January.
    And Dakota Dozier has a strong chance of becoming a dominant one.

    Beast ~ Sleeper!!
    Consensus Market Value
    3rd/4th Round

    Yankee Market Value
    1st Round
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    84.OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio St. 6'6" 309

    01/22/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday...Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort looked strong during drills for the third straight practice on Wednesday, making it a chore for rushers to line up across from him. The former Buckeye blocker lined up primarily at right tackle and did an excellent job sinking his lower body at the point of attack to anchor, dig his cleats in the ground and be a stubborn lineman to move from his spot. Mewhort utilizes every inch of his tall, stout frame (6-foot-6, 306 pounds) and large winspan (80 1/4") to engulf and control rushers. Based off tape and his performance in Mobile this week, Mewhort looks every bit the part of a future starting right tackle in the NFL. - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/13/13 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL Jack Mewhort, Ohio State, 6-6 308, Sr., Toledo, OH...Mewhort, a first-team all-Big Ten Conference tackle and called by coach Urban Meyer as one of the best players on the most prolific offense in school history, was the foundation of an offensive line that paved the way for Ohio State to shatter a plethora of school records this season. Mewhort participated in 742 plays this season and graded out at 89 percent. A team captain, he has started 38 consecutive games for the Buckeyes and has played in 48 consecutive games. Has two arrests, including one last May for public urination and for evading the police. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange- Ohio State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OT

    STRENGTHS: Excellent size, strength and technique to quietly star up front for the Buckeyes. Latches onto opponents and easily controls them, showing off the long arms, strong hands and subtle combination of lateral agility and balance to handle pass-blocking duties at tackle in the NFL.
    Plays higher than scouts would like but shows surprisingly flexibility and core strength to absorb bull rushers at this level. Generates movement at the point of attack as a drive blocker and will bury his opponent when he senses the defender losing balance.
    Versatile. Has played each of the four exterior positions along the offensive line, logging starts at left tackle (27), right guard (eight) and left guard (three) over his career. Durable. Started the final 39 consecutive games of his career for the Buckeyes and played in 49 straight. Voted a captain by teammates and lauded for his leadership by head coach Urban Meyer.
    WEAKNESSES: Doesn't possess elite athleticism and therefore projects best at right tackle in the NFL. Relies on his length and strength, rather than top-notch quickness and agility to contain speed rushers and is susceptible to stutter-steps back to the inside.
    Plays high, negating his power in the running game at times and leaving himself vulnerable to the more powerful bull rushes he'll face in the NFL. A bit of a dancing bear when blocking in space, showing just average change of direction skills. Arrested once for public urination and for evading police.
    COMPARES TO: David Stewart, Titans: While lacking elite athleticism, Mewhort's size, strength and toughness project well to right tackle, like the Titans' blue-collar veteran.
    Player Overview
    Mewhort arrived at Ohio State in 2009 as an all-Toledo City League player who participated in the Under Armour All-American game.
    He is a versatile offensive line prospect who started multiple games for the Buckeyes at left tackle, right guard and right guard. He concluded his career with 39 consecutive starts and playing in 49 straight games overall.
    Mewhort looked strong during drills at the Senior Bowl, making it a chore for rushers to line up across from him. The former Buckeye blocker lined up primarily at right tackle and did an excellent job sinking his lower body at the point of attack to anchor, dig his cleats in the ground and be a stubborn lineman to move from his spot.
    Mewhort utilizes every inch of his tall, stout frame (6-6, 306 pounds) and large wingspan (80 1/4 inches) to engulf and control rushers. Based off tape and his performance in Mobile, Mewhort looks every bit the part of a future starting right tackle in the NFL.
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    85.C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma 6'3.5" 304

    01/18/14 - PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES AT THE SHRINE GAME: 9. C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (6-3, 298, 5.17, #64)...As expect, Ikard struggled with power at times this week, especially when lined up across from DT Justin Ellis. But he also showed his strengths: flexibility to mirror and the quickness and smarts to quickly get into correct position and win with angles. Ikard won't be a fit for every offense, but will be a good fit in a mobile, zone-blocking system and will have a chance to further help himself at the Senior Bowl. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/13/14 - 2014 SHRINE GAME: TOP-10 PROSPECTS TO WATCH: 8. C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (6-3, 298, 5.17, #64)...A very athletic lineman, Ikard has a quick first step and easily gets into position with the flexibility to mirror in space and take care of business at the second level. His lack of power shows up when he doesn't win with angles or leverage, but his smooth body control and overall mobility will give him a chance in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...=2014&genpos=C

    I would be shocked if Ikard made a Lane Johnson like jump to the top ten, but Sooners coaches seem to think that a similar (but surely less meteoric) rise through the process is possible. Ikard is big enough for the center position and has great mobility to play in a zone blocking scheme. Iím a fan of pulling the center in the run game and Ikard would be an ideal candidate to do that while also handling bigger defenders with his strength.
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    86.DT Dominique Easley, Florida 6'2" 290

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 54. Dominique Easley, DT, Florida, 6-2, 285, 4.93, 2...If health weren't a concern, Easley might be discussed as a potential top-10 pick, according the NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. But after two ACL tears, both on non-contact plays, durability is a major red flag. He came back from a left ACL in 2011, then blew out his right ACL last September. A healthy Easley has exceptional get-off quickness, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    02/19/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: 10 prospects with the most to gain/lose: 3. DT Dominique Easley, Florida...If health wasn't a concern, Easley would be talked about as a potential top-10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. But after two ACL tears, both on non-contact plays, the long-term durability is a red flag that could knock him into the third day on draft weekend. Easley has exceptional get-off quickness to be in the backfield before the center sets up shop, constantly playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. But after the doctors and trainers are done poking and prodding, their medical report on Easley will likely be the determining factor in his draft projection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=DT

    STRENGTHS: Easley proved a quick-healer after a torn ACL in 2010, by coming back to start 11 games in 2012 and showed versatility, lining up at defensive end. Easley's tackle numbers dropped overall (26) but he finished with more big plays (8.5 for loss, team-leading four sacks), including 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage in the Sugar Bowl loss. Easley's explosiveness off the ball has been among the best in the conference. He also has quick, active hands to slap away blockers and is able to hold up well against the run at this level due to good core strength.
    WEAKNESSES: At under 290 pounds, Easley may be considered undersized to be an every-down interior DL at the next level. As with any player who has suffered an ACL tear, there may be questions about durability and long-term health.
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    87.DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise St. 6'2.5" 251

    Boise State DE Lawrence opts for NFL Draft...Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence decided to forgo his senior season at Boise State and enter the 2014 NFL Draft, according to an ESPN report on Friday. Lawrence, who led the Mountain West Conference this season with 20 1/2 tackles for loss, is ranked the 12th-best prospect at his position by NFLDraftScout.com and projected as a third- or fourth-round pick. Lawrence finished the 2013 season with 72 tackles (39 solos), 10 1/2 sacks and three forced fumbles. The Broncos' season ended on Christmas Eve with a 38-23 loss to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=DE

    STRENGTHS: Possesses broad shoulders, long arms and a lanky frame, overall, which appears capable of adding another 10 pounds of muscle. Highly versatile defender asked to play a variety of roles with the Broncos.
    Shows good (not great) initial quickness off the snap to penetrate off the edge or between gaps. Quick, active hands. Varied pass rush technique, including an over-arm swim, rip, club and even an occasional spin move.
    Surprisingly strong at the point of attack. Plays with good leverage and anchors well, slipping off blocks effectively to make tackles near the line of scrimmage. Good effort laterally and downfield in pursuit.
    Rarely asked to drop into coverage but appears to possess the quickness, fluidity and awareness to potentially convert to outside linebacker.
    WEAKNESSES: While quick, does not appear to have the preferred straight-line speed for linebacker and does not possess the bulk normally associated with defensive linemen, making him a potential 'tweener in the eyes of some teams. Struggles to break free once blockers grab hold of his chest plate.
    Only average balance. Too often gets tripped up and knocked to the ground. Moved around a lot in Boise's scheme, presenting him with advantageous matchups.
    COMPARES TO: Jason Babin, Jacksonville Jaguars - Like Babin, Lawrence projects nicely as a LEO defensive end due to his burst, length, tenacity and surprising strength. Impressive collegiate production is mitigated by the level of competition faced, as well as size limitations.
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