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    102.OLB Jordan Tripp, Montana 6'3" 234

    “I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I believe that I’m the most versatile linebacker in this draft,” Tripp told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “I believe I can run and cover better than any linebacker in this draft.”
    Tripp, a third generation player at Montana, arrived on campus in 2009 as a 6-foot, 180-pound safety/linebacker hybrid. Since then Tripp went through a rapid growth spurt, which included him gaining three inches in height and packing nearly 60 pounds onto his frame.
    While the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder plans to let his Combine numbers stand at the pro day.
    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/m...s-draft-030514

    01/03/14 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Jordan Tripp, Montana, Sr.,...Tripp will be playing in the 65th Annual Senior Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 25 in Mobile, Alabama. The 6-3 Ĺ, 237-pound senior outside linebacker from Missoula was the Grizzlies' second-leading tackler in 2013 with 100 stops. Named first team All-Big Sky and also an All-America selection the past two straight seasons, Tripp was also Montana's co-captain on defense as a junior and senior. He was chosen UM's Pat Norwood Award winner (Most Inspirational Player), following the 2013 season. Tripp has been a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award (the FCS Defensive Player of the Year) the past two seasons, and was 10th in the balloting both of those years. He is ranked fourth in school history with 336 career tackles. He played in 52 career games and started in 38. - Montana football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=OLB

    Strengths
    Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously.
    Weaknesses
    Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).
    Bottom Line
    A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer.
    http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/...ipp?id=2543735
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    103.CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska 6'2.5" 218

    03/17/14 - Other results from Nebraska's pro day...After a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste improved that number to 4.48 and 4.46 at Thursday's pro day, standing on his impressive Combine numbers in the vertical (41.5-inches) and broad jump (10-foot-7). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's North practice...6. Linenwood CB Pierre Desir and Nebraska CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste are both tall, long defensive backs who have the athleticism to turn and run with receivers downfield. They both did a nice job in press-man to get physical at the line of scrimmage and then ride the receiver through the route, although both got away with a little too much holding. Neither are elite when controlling their start/stop momentum, but neither are allergic to contact either. And with several teams who utilize press-man techniques on defense looking for the next Richard Sherman, both Desir and Jean-Baptiste are players to watch this week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=CB

    Jean-Baptiste is a fifth-year senior and a transfer from Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College. He was a 2008 high school graduate who attended prep school for a year before enrolling at Fort Scott in 2009. Jean-Baptiste redshirted at Fort Scott and then transferred to Nebraska. He started his collegiate career as a wide receiver, but was moved to defensive back. In 2011, Jean-Baptiste functioned mostly as a backup, but did get one start. In 2012, the cornerback got five starts and played in every game, paving the way to become a full-time starter in 2013. This season, Jean-Baptiste finished with 41 total tackles, 12 pass breakups and four interceptions. For his career, he has seven interceptions.
    Jean-Baptiste has excellent size and is listed at 6030 Ė 220. He is a good athlete with good playing speed (4.50 estimate). He has good hip flip flexibility and good foot quickness. Jean-Baptiste shows he can stay low in his pedal and turn without taking extra steps. In the Nebraska scheme, he played mostly press man coverage, but will also play some off and zone. He is best with press man and is an adequate zone player. However, he can struggle some when in off man.
    When in press, Jean-Baptiste shows a good jam, can turn and run with most receivers he faces and is able to keep good positioning. He will occasionally have some trouble with double moves. Most of the time while in press, Jean-Baptiste tracks the ball well and displays adequate hands. When in zone, he tries to keep good positioning and shows fairly good awareness. He does a good job keeping things in front of him. When Nebraska plays off man, Jean-Baptiste can struggle. He plays too loose and doesnít anticipate well. He seems to be back on his heels and often gets beat by moves. When this happens, Jean-Baptiste doesnít have the catch-up speed to recover. On tape I saw him get beat deep a few times because of this. He also struggles with double moves when in off coverage.
    With the natural size that Jean-Baptiste possesses, you would think that he would be a dominant run support player, but heís not. He is not physical or aggressive in support and is just an average tackler. He flashes big-hitter capabilities, but needs to do a better job wrapping up as a tackler. He is used some to blitz and is inconsistent. He is not good a disguising a blitz and his timing can be off.
    Overall, Jean-Baptiste has unusual size for a corner. There will be some teams enamored with that. He needs to go to a club that plays a lot of press man. If that happens, he may become an eventual starter. If he gets drafted by a team that plays a lot of zone and off coverage, I donít see him becoming any better than a fourth corner. He will probably be drafted in the middle or later rounds.
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    104.S Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama 6'0" 210

    01/13/14 - Report: Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri entering NFL Draft...In a surprising move, Alabama junior safety Vinnie Sunseri is reportedly declaring for the NFL Draft...Given where most of them can expect to go off the board, it's usually no surprise when one of Nick Saban's Alabama players declares for the draft a year early. But safety Vinnie Sunseri will reportedly be an expection. ESPN reported Sunday that the 6-foot, 210-pound junior would enter the draft despite missing much of the season with a torn ACL suffered in the Tide's Oct. 19 win over Arkansas. He becomes the fifth Tide player this offseason to leave with a season of eligiblity remaining, joining left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and linebacker Adrian Hubbard -- though Sunseri's departure (which al.com called a "stunner") easily ranks as the most surprising of the five.
    Sunseri finished his seven-game 2013 season with 20 tackles and two interceptions, both of which were returned for interceptions -- including a pivotal pick-six against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Tide's barnburning 49-42 victory. Sunseri is the son of former Alabama assistant and current Florida State defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, and a graduate of Tuscaloosa's Northridge High School. Sal told al.com earlier in January that Vinnie's rehabilitation from his ACL injury was ahead of schedule and that he could have been medically cleared to play in the Tide's Sugar Bowl appearance. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=SS

    STRENGTHS: A virtual coach on the field. Highly instinctive defender who frequently points out formations, alerting teammates to potential play-calls.
    Gritty. Attacks the line of scrimmage in run support, showing no hesitation to throw his body into the pile. Effective special teams player. Physical tackler who wraps his arms and brings his hips upon contact.
    Alert in coverage. Keeps his eyes focused the quarterback and isn't afraid to jump routes. Good ball skills. Extends to pluck and has reliable hands. Compact turning motion with at least fair overall speed for coverage responsibilities.
    WEAKNESSES: Possesses a short, thick frame and isn't a top-notch athlete. Relies upon excellent diagnostic skills rather than fluidity or acceleration to be effective in coverage and can be a liability against speedy receivers, as a result. Comes in too aggressive on some of his tackle attempts, leaving avenues in which quicker ballcarriers can cut back against the grain and leave him stranded.
    Suffered a torn ACL Oct. 19 and must prove his health in pre-draft exams.
    COMPARES TO: Cody Grimm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Grimm's instincts and toughness helped him stick in Tampa for three years before being cut in 2013. Sunseri could have similar struggles sticking with an NFL roster. While scouts will love his mind and heart, the reality is that he does not possess the frame nor the athleticism to stick in most schemes.
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    105.QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville 6'2" 214

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Combine: Bridgewater may throw; Carr waiting until Pro Day...Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hasn't yet decided whether he's going to participate in the athletic testing -- including passing -- at the 2014 Combine. Bridgewater, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated quarterback and No. 3 overall prospect, told Jim Corbett of USA Today that he'll confer with his agent Kennard McGuire and decide whether to throw "when the times comes." Bridgewater could help his stock simply by reassuring scouts of his size. He was officially listed by the Cardinals at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds and is especially slim in his lower half, leading to concerns about whether he'll be able to withstand the punishment of an NFL pass rush.
    Bridgewater showed toughness and durability throughout his three starting seasons at Louisville and completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 9,817 yards and 72 touchdowns against just 24 interceptions over his career. In an era of inflated statistics due to relatively simple spread offenses, Bridgewater's production stands out as he played in a pro-style scheme in which he took a high percentage of snaps from under center and was asked to make adjustments at the line of scrimmage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=QB

    STRENGTHS: Comes from a pro-style offense at Louisville, and was among the nation's leaders in all passing categories when facing blitzes. Naturally steps through his progressions, and keeps his eyes focused downfield with defenders closing in on him. Can manipulate the defense with his eyes.
    Shows very good weight distribution and passing mechanics. Steps into the face of pressure and delivers, showing admirable toughness on each snap to bounce back after big hits.
    Smooth mobility to extend and move the pocket with the quickness to pick up yards with his legs if needed. Impressive accuracy and touch on throws to all levels of the field, and displays good accuracy while on the move.
    Quick and efficient movements in his technique and does an excellent job with fakes, selling and focusing on the details. He is poised and with very good footwork in the pocket. Can keep defenses guessing with a sprinkling of read-option looks.
    Mature and grounded individual who obviously loves football. Sharp-witted and retains information extremely well. Makes it look easy on the field and appears to "get it," elevating the play of those around him.
    WEAKNESSES: Although quick, Bridgewater has a lower than ideal release point with the ball shooting passed his ear. Some durability concerns after all the hits he has taken over his career, specifically to his wrist and ankle. He's mobile enough to extend plays, but isn't a true dual-threat quarterback.
    Room to improve his touch and ball placement on downfield throws. Strong performances in big games including against Florida in the Sugar Bowl following the 2012 season, but played mediocre talent on a weekly basis in the American Athletic Conference.
    COMPARES TO: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks - NFL analysts often say that if Russell Wilson was 3-4 inches taller, he would have been a first round pick. Well, that might hold true with Bridgewater, who is a similar prospect as Wilson (smart, athletic, mature, accurate) except he is taller with more prototypical height for the NFL.
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    106.RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona 5'9" 207

    03/22/14 - 2014 NFL Draft: Week 1 Pro Day takeaways...5. Carey crashing? As the nation's leading rusher over the past two seasons, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey entered the 2014 combine with plenty of hype. Concerns about whether his success was partially due to head coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense were only increased with a disappointing workout in Indianapolis, including a 4.70-second time in the 40-yard dash.
    Carey was unable to significantly improve on his time at his March 6 Pro Day, registering times varying from 4.66-4.69 in the all-important event and electing not to participate in shuttle drills at all. Graded the top back in the class by many (including me) throughout much of the 2013 season, Carey's poor workouts and questions about his decision-making off the field could push him into Day 3 of the draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=RB

    STRENGTHS: Muscled-up athlete with good instincts, light feet, good leg drive and the determination to handle a featured role as a team's primary runner in the NFL. Good recognition of the hole, showing the burst to and through gaps to take advantage when the avenue is clear. Also possesses the vision to recognize cut-back lanes and the jump-cut ability to quickly re-direct. Accelerates smoothly, showing enough speed to break into open field for long-gains. Sets up safeties with subtle shoulder-fakes to make defenders miss while operating at full-speed. Became a much tougher, more determined runner in 2013, taking on would-be tacklers with a full head of steam and driving his legs through contact. Repeatedly lunges forward, spinning as necessary to fight through hits and generate impressive yards after the contact. Recognizes where the sticks are and shows rare determination in fighting to reach the marker. Improved maturity is also evident in his pass protection, where Carey ranks among the best in the class. Good awareness to locate blitzing defenders. Squares his shoulders and delivers a forceful blow or effective cut-block. Possesses soft hands to gather in passes and secures the ball quickly.
    WEAKNESSES: While Carey's determined running is commendable he has to know when to go down, too often exposing himself and the ball to unnecessary hits by lunging forward and too often leaving his feet. Does not possess elite breakaway speed. Success comes in Rich Rodriguez's offense which has led to others enjoying great success that hasn't translated into NFL production... NFL teams will want to do a thorough investigation into Carey's character after several reported run-ins with authorities during his collegiate career. The most well-documented of them was a disorderly conduct and assault charge against his ex-girlfriend (who was pregnant at the time), which ultimately was dropped.
    COMPARES TO: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts - Recurring injuries have robbed Bradshaw (5-10, 215) of a once-promising career and it is important to note that Carey did not miss a game due to injury at Arizona. Further, Carey possesses more lateral agility and "wow" potential than Bradshaw. However, it was the physicality and grit with which he ran in 2013 that have become trademark traits for the former Wildcat. Bradshaw showed plenty of both (as well as reliability on third down) which helped him star as the leading rusher on two separate runs to the Super Bowl by the New York Giants.
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    107.WR Odell Beckham, Louisiana St. 5'11" 198

    02/20/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 27. *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU, 5-11, 193, 4.49, 1-2...Great genetics are obvious for Beckham, whose father was a running back at LSU and mother, the former Heather Van Norman, was a six-time All-American Track and national champion sprinter for the Lady Tigers. Little wonder that Beckham is smooth afoot and an explosive return man. However he lacks truly elite speed and is less than average in height. Last season he caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns and returned punts. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=WR

    STRENGTHS: Smooth athlete with very good acceleration to get up to top speed quickly. Terrific shake and burst out of his cuts to beat press and do something after the catch - dangerous with the ball. Excellent vision with dynamic moves. Good footwork, timing and depth in his routes to create separation and catch the ball well in stride.
    Much improved hands, doing a nice job elevating and extending to snare the ball from the air - large catching radius and tracks well. Ball appears to slow down for him at the catch point, making fluid adjustments with natural body control.
    Speedy and explosive return man on special teams with vision, awareness and toughness to create - two career punt returns for scores. Consistent production all three seasons at LSU with career-highs in 2013.
    WEAKNESSES: Only average height and overall body strength - room to get stronger. Lacks elite speed and can be caught from behind by NFL DBs. Timid at times over the middle.
    Has improved leaps and bounds catching the ball with his hands, but he will still have the occasional drop off his mitts. Missed blocking assignment and needs technique work in this area.
    Room to improve his judgment and consistency fielding punts. Only 12 career receiving scores in 34 career starts.
    COMPARES TO: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars - Beckham and Shorts are both exciting players with the ball in their hands and have shown steady improvements catching the ball over the years.
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    108.TE A.C. Leonard Tennessee St. 6'2" 252

    01/03/14 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: TE AC Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr.,...Leonard was the lone tight end on the Second Team and finished second on the Tigers with 34 receptions and 441 yards for an average of 13 yards per catch. The junior also added five touchdowns, placing him third on the squad. Tennessee State made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 in 2013 and won a playoff game for the first time since 1986. The Tigers were the first OVC team to win a road playoff game since 1986 and the first HBCU to win a postseason contest since 1999. - Tennessee State football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=te

    Strengths
    Releases quickly into routes. Relatively loose athlete with nice balance. Good speed to stretch the seam and separate on crossers. Soft hands -- can extend to catch off his frame. Shakes tacklers and creates yards after the catch. Flashes mismatch and playmaking ability. Lined up all over.
    Weaknesses
    Marginal size, bulk and strength to block in-line. Will be overpowered by NFL defensive ends -- struggles to sustain, lets defenders cross his face and is not a finisher. Could stand to sharpen his route running and field awareness. Swings the ball loosely away from his body and fumbled three times in 2013. Marginal competition. Character, maturity and stability need to be investigated.
    Bottom Line
    A highly touted recruit who began his college career at Florida, Leonard is an athletic, one-dimensional, "move" tight end with good hands and run-after-catch ability. Will have to convince decision-makers of his trustworthiness, and will go as far as his receiving ability takes him.
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    109.OG Brandon Thomas, Clemson 6'3" 317

    01/25/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Helped Themselves: Brandon Thomas, OL, Clemson - The unquestioned top offensive lineman in Mobile this week was Notre Dame's Zach Martin, who starred at left tackle for the Irish but projects better at guard due to his short arms. Thomas didn't earn nearly the media attention but also performed well at tackle despite a frame (6-foot-3 and a 1/2, 314 pounds) that suggests he too will be making the move inside in the NFL. Late in the game, itself, Thomas was playing outside at tackle with Martin asked to move inside to guard. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    12/13/13 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OT-Brandon Thomas, Sr.-R, Clemson (23)...Thomas helped the Clemson offense average over 40 points and 500 yards per game this year. A first-team All-ACC selection last year, Thomas has started 35 consecutive games and has 96 career knockdown blocks. - Clemson football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=OG

    Brandon Thomas is a player that has started at tackle the last two years of his career, before playing left guard prior to that. Because of his below average height, it's become a popular opinion that he'd move inside to guard at the next level. Before I get into where he excels, and where he can improve, below is a chart of his combine measureables, compared to the average guards at the combine.

    Metric Thomas Average OG At the Combine
    Height 6'3 1/4 6'4.07"
    Weight 317 314.52
    Arm Length 34 3/4 33.55"
    Bench Press 35 25.43
    Vertical 29 27.54"
    Broad Jump 98 inches 99.83
    3 Cone Drill 8.13 7.84
    20 yd Short Shuttle 4.83 4.78

    Where He Excels
    Excellent Upper Body Strength/Powerful Hands
    Bends at the Knees, gets wide base in pass pro, also gets set quickly
    Wins with Hand Placement
    Quick Feet/Mover
    The first thing you notice when watching Thomas is how strong he is up top. From when he re-anchors against power rushers, to when he jolts defenders when he gets his hands on them. He has strength in that regard that you can't teach.
    Where He Needs to Be Coached up
    Running his Feet on Contact
    Absorbs contact First Too Much
    Questionable Awareness
    Susceptible to inside Moves
    I noticed this far too often when watching Thomas. He leans, then turns his match-up into an upper strength contest, if you will. Instead of driving his feet on contact. This is why in the run game he's not considered a drive blocker, or a "mauler." This is coach-able, however.

    Another issue I have with Thomas is that for a guy with long arms, too often he didn't initiate contact. Instead he'd absorb the hit. You won't see him get walked back into the quarterback, because of his ability to re-anchor, and then lock out the defender. But I do wonder if a bull rush type pass rusher will give him fits at the next level.
    The last two can be tied together, and it's something I noticed at the Senior Bowl. It seems like when teams run stunts, or twists, or anything that's not normal up front, Thomas wouldn't pick it up quickly. When working to the second level, it also seemed like he would sometimes just forget to get a chip on the first defender because he was so worried about getting to that next level(I will say I give him the benefit of the doubt because Ohio State had a unique blocking scheme.)
    I also noticed a few times he got beat to his inside. It seems like he was so intent on protecting his outside, it left him susceptible to the inside.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see him selected in the last 1st round by the time the draft comes. He's powerful, technically sound for the most part, and is a good fit in today's pass happy NFL. If he can get a coach that can get him to play with better leg drive, this could be a very good player.
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    Dk what's your thoughts on Matt Patchan? I see a lot of late round grades, but every thing I see of him I really like.
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    Being a UF fan, I am very familiar with Patchan. Of the 5yrs. at Florida, he played in a total of 27 games. He started out as a DE at UF and later switched to the OL. In May 2008, he was shot in the left shoulder as a bystander at a park in Brandon. He later injured his left knee in the first of two scooter accidents. He lost enough time to injuries, including a torn pectoral muscle and broken right wrist, for the NCAA to grant him a sixth season of eligibility.

    After his myriad of injuries and getting an extra year of eligibility, he followed Steve Addazio to BC. While at BC, Patchan dabbled a little bit of everywhere this past season — left tackle, right tackle, fullback, tight end, and wide receiver. Not following the Eagles, I assume he had a successful year playing in all 13 games that the Eagles played.

    Coming out of HS, he was a 5 star recruit. With all the injuries, I can reasonably assume that that is why he is not expected to go off the board before the 5th rd. I will say that he is/was a pretty good athlete. It looks like he has put on about 10lbs. at BC. He is going to have to be thoroughly checked out medically, but as a late rd player he is worth a look.

    NFL Combine:
    Height - 6-6
    Weight - 302
    40-Time - 4.97
    Arm Length - 33"
    Hand Size - 9 3/8"
    Bench Press - 22 Reps
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