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    39.OLB Kyle Van Noy, B.Y.U. 6'3" 245

    01/22/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday: OLBs Attaochu, Van Noy step up to pressure...Van Noy is a much more polished defender than Attaochu. He could have entered last year's draft and earned a top 64 selection. Some questioned his decision to return. In doing so, however, he's proven that his playmaking ways are a reflection of his terrific instincts and efficient athleticism rather than a reflection on the Cougars' level of competition.

    The 6-foot-3, 244-pound Van Noy doesn't wow you with his frame or his straight-line speed but he ranks among the country's most pro-ready defenders because he does the little things so well. Van Noy shows excellent play recognition, takes on blockers with the correct shoulder (allowing him to slide off would-be blockers and into ball-carriers easily) and is equally effective slipping into coverage or sliding past offensive linemen on his way towards a tackle behind the line of scrimmage. He's subtle rather than physical, which draws complaints from some scouts but is deadly effective. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...10. Of the linebackers, I was most impressed with BYU's Kyle Van Noy, who frequently is lauded for his ability at the line of scrimmage but showed off his fluidity and instincts in coverage by closing quickly to bat away multliple passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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    40.CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida 6'0" 190

    12/11/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: CB - Loucheiz Purifoy (Tie), Florida, 6-0, 190, Jr,...Purifoy was a constant playmaker for the Florida defense. He totaled just 24 tackles, but his impact was felt in many other ways. He had two interceptions, one which was returned for a touchdown, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, a blocked punt and two sacks on the season. - Florida football
    12/01/13 - Florida CB Purifoy to enter draft...Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy told ESPN Saturday that he will enter the NFL draft with one year of eligibility remaining. The two-year starter is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He has also played wide receiver and on special teams as a kick returner, and on kick coverage and blocking kicks. Purifoy had an interception and returned two kickoffs for 45 yards in Saturday's loss against Florida State. - The Sports Xchange
    12/01/13 - SEC's Loucheiz Purifoy and Victor Hampton beef up draft CB class...Purifoy is a physical tackler vs. the run and won't back down, but he needs to do a better job breaking down on the move to finish after contact. He is a talented athlete, but needs a lot of technique work to survive as an outside cornerback in the NFL, tending to freelance too much with an undisciplined, wild style. Purifoy was used all over the Florida secondary this season, seeing time at both inside and outside cornerback, as well as, safety. He also saw playing time on offense, practicing at wide receiver and starting the Tennessee game in the offensive backfield as a running back.

    There are questions regarding his best position at the next level because at this point in his development, he's more of an athlete than fundamentally sound cornerback. But he is a gifted player with intriguing skills, showing that vs. Arkansas on a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown. Purifoy does have a good amount of experience on special teams coverage too, blocking a punt against Miami earlier in the season.

    Purifoy has some off-the-field concerns that will need to be investigated by NFL teams. The junior was suspended for the 2013 season opener for a violation of team rules and he was also cited this past February for marijuana possession, although that charge was later dropped. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
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    41.QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois 6'2" 222

    01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's South practice...2. Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo continued the positive momentum he'd gained from the East-West Shrine Game with an impressive initial practice. While he does not possess Carr's howitzer, Garoppolo has a very quick set-up and release and frequently threw led his receivers away from defenders, showing better ball-placement than Carr on several of his throws. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/21/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl Tuesday...While Carr is the top quarterback on the South roster, Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been the next-most-impressive at the position and, in my opinion, is the second-best quarterback in Mobile. He doesn't have elite arm strength, but his velocity is good enough and it has been noticeably better than the arm strength of San Jose State QB David Fales, the other quarterback on the South team. Garoppolo started to build some momentum in St. Petersburg last week at the East-West Shrine Game and it's continuing here at the Senior Bowl. He projects as a solid second day draft choice and a future starter in a year or two in the NFL. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=QB

    Between social media and YouTube, there are many ways for the small schools to get one of their players noticed. In the case of Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the school didn’t need either of those tools to get the word out on their star player. Garoppolo’s play did all the talking. It’s only early October, and just about every team in the NFL has seen him this year in practice or a game. He has been a starter since midway through his freshman year and has re-written the quarterback record book at Eastern. He hasn’t just done it against the lower level of comp FCS schools. Just about every time he has played a Division I school he has put up big numbers. This season versus San Diego State and Northern Illinois he completed a total of 65 of 95 passes for 911 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Through five games this year, he has completed 151 of 231 passes for 2053 yards, 23 TDs and five interceptions. That is a season's worth of production for a lot of quarterbacks. In his college career he has passed for over 10,000 yards and 88 touchdowns. By the end of this season, I have no doubt he will surpass 12,500 yards in passing and 105 TDs.

    Coming out of high school, Garoppolo was not highly recruited. His offers were from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, and Montana State. Big Ten schools Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue all looked at him but did not offer. I’m sure they regret that decision as none of those schools have a quarterback with Garoppolo’s talent.
    Garoppolo has good size at about 6’3-220. He is a good athlete with quick feet and better than average play speed (4.77). He plays mostly from a spread or pistol formation but will line up under center at times. When under center, he can set up quickly. He has the quick feet and athleticism to move around in the pocket and keep plays alive. He shows a good feel for pass rushers and can step up or roll to keep plays alive and get the throw off. He holds the ball high and has very good delivery quickness. When he makes a decision, the ball is out of his hands instantly. I have seen improvement from 2012 to 2013 in his decision making and accuracy. On tapes from 2012, I felt his accuracy and ball placement were just above average. This year his completion percentage is up, and his ball placement is even better. He will still force a throw at times, but with only 5 interceptions in 231 throws, he is keeping his mistakes to a minimum. He is showing much more patience in the pocket this year. He does a good job seeing the field and going through a progression.

    Garoppolo does not have a cannon for an arm. He has good arm strength and can easily throw the ball 50+ yards but by no means can he drill the ball. He doesn’t have John Elway or Brett Favre arm strength, it’s more like Sam Bradford or Aaron Rodgers when they came out of college. His arm will improve when he gets into an NFL strength program and he is doing exercises conducive to improving his arm strength. My one concern is he doesn’t throw a consistently tight ball. While he shows he can drive the ball, I have also seen a number of throws where the ball flutters. It will be interesting to see what his hand measurement is when he attends an all-star game or the combine. Quarterbacks with small hands can sometimes have a problem spinning the ball consistently.

    Garoppolo can make all the throws needed to play in the NFL. He has good pocket presence and awareness. His decision making improves every year as he gains experience. He is a play maker who comes up big when it is needed. His leadership on the field is obvious.

    At this point, I’m not ready to say he is a potential first round pick. He is talented and will go early but I don’t think I would take him in the first. He still has at least seven games to play this season and then the FCS playoffs. How well he plays the rest of the season and in an all-star game will determine his final value. Jimmy has a lot of upside. He will be a guy who goes through a number of interviews. Before the process is over, he will be looked at as much if not more than any other player in the draft.
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    42.RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford 6'1" 221

    01/01/14 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney has carried the load for the Cardinal, gaining 1,618 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns while averaging 124.5 yards a game. A senior, Gaffney was a spectator when Stanford played in the Rose Bowl last season as he took a year off from football to play professional baseball. But behind one of the more physical lines in the country, he has had an outstanding senior season, capping things off with 133 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's victory over Arizona State in the Pac-12 championship game. - The Sports Xchange
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=RB

    Tyler Gaffney – Running Back

    Gaffney originally enrolled at Stanford in 2009 and played as a backup and rotational player for three years. Being a draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB, he left after the 2009 season to play professional baseball. Though he had a very good baseball season, playing Class A minor league ball, he found he missed football and re-enrolled at Stanford in the spring of 2013. That was a good decision for the Cardinal. Gaffney has been a vital piece of the Stanford offense this season.

    Gaffney has excellent running back size. He is listed at 6’1 – 225. He is a good athlete, and while he is no burner, he is strong, explosive, and is an excellent between-the-tackles-type runner. He doesn’t have great top end speed, I would estimate his speed at 4.63, but he is quick and has a burst. Stanford plays in a pro-style offense, and Gaffney is often lined up as a single back behind the QB. He has good initial quickness to go along with very good vision and instincts. He is a very good decision maker who can pick and slide to the opening and burst. He runs low, with power, and has outstanding balance to consistently get yards after contact. To date he has run for 1296 yards and a 5.2 per carry average. He has also run for 16 touchdowns. The best stat is that he only has been hit for a loss a total of 8 yards this season. He is best as an inside runner but is effective outside also. In the pass game, Gaffney shows good hands and gets production as a screen and check-down receiver. After the catch, he is quick to turn up field and get positive yards. He is not overly elusive, but he can make a quick cut to make the first man miss. As a pass blocker, he is alert and does a good job picking up blitzers. He can face up and anchor against pass rushers.

    Gaffney will never be a home run hitter because he lacks the top speed, but in the NFL, he will be very similar to the way he is in college. He will be effective as an inside runner, short yardage receiver, and pass blocker. Guys with those traits have a way of playing a lot on Sunday. I don’t see him getting drafted in the premium rounds (first and second), but he could very easily be picked in the third or fourth. I have no doubt that he will be a productive rotational back in the NFL.
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    43.WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw St. 6'2" 212(i am really intrigued about this guy. I think he would be a great pick up in the latter rds.)

    01/02/14 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS LITTLE ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: WR Jeff Janis, senior, 6-3, 218, Saginaw Valley State,...Janis was named to the AP Little All-America First Team this afternoon (Dec. 19), marking his third all-american honor of 2013. He was recently named to the American Football Coaches' Association Coaches' All-America Team and the Daktronics All-America First Team for the second time. The AP Little All-America Team honors players from Division II, III and NAIA institutions. Janis has accepted an invitation to play in the Reese's Senior Bowl, which will take place on January 25, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. - Saginaw Valley State football
    01/01/14 - 2013 AFCA DIVISION II COACHES’ ALL-AMERICA TEAM: WR Jeff Janis, Sr., Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.),...Janis followed a 2012 All-American campaign with one equally as impressive in 2013. The 6-3, 218 pounder capped-off his SVSU career with 83 catches for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns, adding a pair of rushing TD's. He led the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in every major receiving category aside from yards-per-catch, where he was second with a mark of 18.9. He was named the GLIAC "Offensive Back of the Year" for the second-consecutive time and was selected to the Daktronics, Inc. All-Super Region Four First Team. Janis finished his career owning two of the three best seasons regarding receiving yards (league games only) in the history of the GLIAC. He tied the league's single season record with 1,492 yards this season and his 1,468 yard output in 2012 ranks third all-time. He sits second in GLIAC career receiving net yards with a total of 3,879 in league games. - Saginaw Valley State football
    12/09/13 - 2013 GLIAC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Jeff Janis (Sr, WR, Tawas, Mich./Tawas Area, SVSU)...Janis earned his second-consecutive GLIAC “Offensive Back of the Year” award after posting another monster season for the Cardinals. The senior wideout hauled-in 78 catches for 1,541 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 140.1 yards per game. Janis was the only GLIAC wide receiver to break the 1,000 yard mark and average over 100 yards per contest.

    The 2012 All-American selection tied the GLIAC single season record for receiving yards this season with 1,492 in conference games only. He ranks second in career yards with 3,879 in conference games, spanning from 2010-13. Janis broke his own GLIAC and SVSU record with 331 yards receiving in the team’s 47-34 win over Hillsdale earlier this year. In that game, he tied a school record with four TD catches as well. - Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football
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    (Andre Williams) Amazing that he is graded by a lot of experts as a rd3 or later guy. He is a beast as long as he can get his feet moving.
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    March 1 - Huskies TE has foot surgery; may be out past draft … Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, one of the top 4-5 prospects at the position for the 2014 draft, underwent surgery yesterday to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot that doctors discovered during medical testing at last week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis. Given that the expected recovery time is estimated at 8 weeks, it is unlikely Seferein-Jenkins will be able to participate in Washington's pro day on April 2nd, however, there is a chance that Seferein-Jenkins could be able to work out for pro teams at a private workout in the 2-3 weeks before the draft. The good news for Seferein-Jenkins is that because he opted to have the surgery now, he should be 100% when training camps open in late July.
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    *Red flag: Jenkins has a DUI arrest in 2013 - read more:http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/...anJenkins.html



    44.TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington 6'6" 266

    Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end this season and was given a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to the Seattle Times.

    Seferian-Jenkins entered the 2013 season already holding the Washington career record for tight ends with 110 catches, 1,390 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He was suspended after being charged with a DUI on March 9, but returned for the second game of the season and went on to catch 36 passes for 450 yards and eight touchdowns, including a 16-yarder from Price on Friday night.

    "I've done everything I can at the University of Washington. ... I know I'm ready for the NFL," he said, per the Times. "I need to take care of my mom and making sure she's financially OK. She's done so much for me, it's the least thing I can do."

    In analyzing Seferian-Jenkins, NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang compares Seferian-Jenkins to the Jacksonville Jaguars' Mercedes-Lewis: "Like the former UCLA Bruins' star, Seferian-Jenkins unique size and hands made him almost impossible to cover in college, especially in the red zone. Less than elite speed and fluidity, however, makes Seferian-Jenkins more of a traditional security blanket over the middle rather than the Jimmy Graham-like seam threat so en vogue in today's NFL."
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/n...nkey-undecided
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    45.OG David Yankey, Stanford 6'5" 312

    Overview
    The Cardinal are known for their smash-mouth offensive line, and Yankey is widely considered one of the top pulling guards in the country.

    Yankey replaced Jonathan Martin at left tackle in 2012 - allowing just one sack - before kicking back inside as a junior, and projects best as a guard in the NFL, where scouts feel his lateral agility, balance and toughness are best suited. He was a unanimous All-American and named First Team All-Pac-12 by the league's coaches in 2013.

    As a unit, the Stanford offensive line committed just three holding penalties during the 2013 season and Yankey helped pave the way for running back Tyler Gaffney to rush for 1,709 yards.

    Yankey was particularly impressive during Stanford's victory over Oregon, putting his own athleticism on display in the run game against the Ducks' fast and talented defense.

    "The decision was not easy," Yankey said in announcing he would enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I have loved my time at Stanford and am a proud member of Nerd Nation. I am humbled at the prospect of joining a long list of Stanford alumni currently playing in the NFL."

    The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Yankey will be coveted by NFL teams seeking mobile guards who can pull, square up targets on the move and knock defenders on their heels.
    Analysis
    STRENGTHS: Brings an athletic and mobile element to help open holes for the run game. Active puller with very good body control to square up his target on the move with an excellent initial surge to jolt and knock his target on his heels. Yankey has natural lower body explosion with coordinated footwork to work in tight spaces or also hold up in space, doing a nice job at the second level.
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    46.OT Greg Robinson, Auburn 6'5" 320

    Greg Robinson presents with the prototype physical makeup for the offensive tackle position…He possesses long arms, broad shoulders and a thick, muscular base that generates natural power…He’s not a fat 320lbs; Robinson carries his weight well, he’s a natural 320…Robinson is a plus athlete, displaying total control over his massive frame…Creates a burst off the football, consistently jolting the defender backward upon contact…Able to get to the second level and complete his assignment in space; a coordinated athlete who can breakdown and finish a block in space…Just as effective as a step and seal player as a mauling finisher; he’s well-rounded and will be able to play in any scheme…Does a good job sustaining his blocks through contact; wants to punish the defender…In pass pro, Robinson possesses plus length that allows him to recover against quicker pass rushers…Shows the ability to maintain even weight distribution throughout his kick-slide…Displays a flexible stance; naturally sits into his stance and is able to keep his back straight…Strong enough to anchor vs. the bull rush…Robinson displays passion and desire; he wants to win on every play.

    At times, Robinson overextends, or lunges, toward the defender; when he does, he loses…Must get quicker with his initial step in the kick-slide; was a bit vulnerable versus quick defensive ends…Hand placement needs more coaching, as he tends to rely on size/length/strength advantage on collegiate level.

    On the next level, Greg Robinson projects as a starting quality offensive tackle for the next decade. He possesses the perfect blend of size, strength and athletic ability as well as a good foundation of technique to build on. While not the perfect pass protector at this point in his career, he clearly has the tools to be coached up and become one of the top-tier tackles in the NFL. Robinson will come into the NFL and immediately enhance his team’s running game, as he was one of the key factors behind the success that Tre Mason (RB, Auburn) enjoyed. Robinson will likely begin his career as a right tackle, with a switch to the left side coming as early as year two. And regardless of where his longterm position is on the offensive line, one thing is for sure: Greg Robinson is going to start, and succeed, in the NFL for a long, long time.
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    WHATEVER this team does in the draft and free agency, i want to see someone FINALLY replace that VASTLY OVERRATED CHRIS CLEMMONS!!

    the guy is one of the worst coverage safetys i have ever seen. long ball, he is lost and just about always beat.

    in the endzone? he gives it up, always late getting there.

    yeah, i know, fans love him; they also loved rob konrad and ronnie brown, two of the most over rated dolphins EVER!!! anyone ever seen clemmons praised outside of finz world? rival players? coaches? sports media? NO, you havnt, because he isnt anything but just another guy. look at teams like the seahawks [who will win sunday], their LOADED with quality d-backs, including EARL THOMAS who should be wearing a finz uniform. THANKS IRELAND!! in this day of the pass happy nfl, you cant have enough true cover backs and ballhawks.

    out two biggest needs are O-LINE and SECONDARY! we have one good cb in grimes and a half a safety in jones [half meaning were still waiting to see if he will progress or if he is done and this is what we get, which isnt good enough]. our cb situation is DIRE as we have grimes and nothing else unless we bring back patterson who was on his way to a pro bowl spot before the injury. a CORNER and SAFETY early in the draft are a MUST!!
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