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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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    47.C Weston Richburg, Colorado State 6'4" 298

    Richburg started each of Colorado State's 49 games the past four years. The first three came at guard and two came at tackle, but otherwise he was the anchor in the middle for one of the country's most explosive offenses.

    That experience is easily evident in his game. He's a pure technician in the middle, which has allowed him to handle bigger tackles with relative ease throughout the week.

    Bucky Brooks, a former NFL scout, named Richburg one of his five players who are generating buzz around the league this week. He writes:

    Talking to several scouts this week, I've found plenty of evaluators who view Richburg as the ideal pivot as a pro. Richburg is described as a highly intelligent player with outstanding instincts and awareness. He has a terrific feel for using cut-off angles and body positioning to neutralize defenders at the point of attack. Additionally, Richburg does a great job of minimizing his strength and power deficiencies by effectively using body help from his teammates to reduce available space for defenders.

    Watching Richburg excel in team drills this week, I've been impressed with his understanding of the position and his technical savvy. He has a knack for getting the job done, which will undoubtedly make him a favorite of coaches and scouts in pre-draft meetings.
    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf..._richburg.html
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    *Brick-strong body with nimble feet, Nix came off a solid 2012 season overweight entering 2013 and missed two games with knee tendinitis that should be monitored.
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...7206/louis-nix

    48.DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame 6'3" 326

    12/24/13 - 2013 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Louis Nix III (Sr.) Notre Dame,...Has been selected to the 2013 FBS All-Independent First Team named by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards. - Notre Dame football
    12/07/13 - Notre Dame projected top-15 DT Louis Nix headed to NFL...Aside from the obvious injury concerns as he rehabs his knee surgery, Nix does need to improve in some areas. He needs to develop his counter moves after he's initially stonewalled at the point of attack and hasn't had many answers for the consistent double-teams he saw in South Bend. Nix is a high character kid, but he needs to control his emotions on the field and play consistently focused and level-headed for all four quarters.

    Nix carries his weight so natural for a 340+ pounder, shifting his weight well with the agile footwork to quickly change directions. Add the hustle, competitive drive and love of football and Nix presents an enticing prospect for NFL evaluators and he will receive attention by teams drafting in the top-10. The knee injury does create some concern, but few prospects have his combination of fluid athleticism, natural power and sheer size. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=DT
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    49.DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame 6'6" 312

    01/06/14 - Notre Dame DL Stephon Tuitt declares for draft...One of the key figures in the rise of Notre Dame 's defense under Brian Kelly has confirmed he will enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt told Sports Illustrated Sunday that he will forgo his final season of eligibility in South Bend, joining fellow Irish defensive lineman Louis Nix, who signed with an agent in December. The two juniors were the foundation of an Irish defensive line that led the team to the 2013 BCS Championship Game and a No. 30 ranking in yards allowed per-play in the 2013 season. "I'm ready to take my game to another level," Tuitt told SI. "All I did was work out pros and cons, and that helped me realize I have more pros than cons and I'm ready to go. I'm comfortable and confident and I'm ready to take this step for me."

    A four-star, top-50 recruit in the Class of 2011 from Monroe, Ga., the 6-foot-6, 312-pound Tuitt lived up to the hype and then some, garnering All-American honors after a sophomore season that saw him record 11 sacks and 11 tackles-for-loss, both team highs. Though slowed at times by injury in 2013, Tuitt still led the team in both categories again, posting 7.5 sacks and 9 tackles-for-loss. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
    01/06/14 - Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt is leaving school early and entering the NFL draft. Notre Dame director of football media relations Michael Bertsch said Tuesday that Tuitt has informed coach Brian Kelly of his decision. Tuitt is the second Irish defensive lineman to declare for the NFL draft, joining nose guard Louis Nix III. Both have been projected as some as possible first-round picks by some, although the 6-foot-6, 312-pound Tuitt was projected as a second-round pick by the NFL draft advisory board. Tuitt, from Monroe, Ga., got off to a slow start in 2013 after offseason surgery for a sports hernia, but had 49 tackles and 7.5 sacks and finishes his career with 126 tackles and 21.5 sacks, leaving him tied for third on Notre Dame's sack list. - AP Sports
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2015&genpos=DE

    What he does well
    Tuitt's best trait is his versatility. He lines up both at defensive tackle and defensive end for Notre Dame and plays both positions well. In the NFL, his skill set will fit the 3-technique and 5-technique roles. Tuitt is 6-feet-6-inches tall and just a hair over 300 pounds. He has the strength to hold the point of attack in the running game and the quickness to get inside penetration.

    Tuitt understands how to use leverage in his game and manages to disengage with blockers in the running game to make plays in the backfield. That's where he wins most often. His ability to use his hands to beat blocks as a pass rusher and in the running game.

    Athleticism flashed in Tuitt's game as a sophomore. He shows consistent effort and has the speed to chase down ball carriers. Along with how comfortably he holds his weight, Tuitt demonstrated adequate suddenness in his game.

    What he needs to improve on
    A sports hernia injury will loom large for Tuitt during his junior season. He had surgery to repair the issue over the offseason, but his recovery will be key to his draft standing this season. Will he maintain the same leverage in his game? Will he be as dangerous a pass rusher? Tuitt will have to answer those questions and more in 2013.

    While his injury will be a focus, Tuitt could also improve his anticipation of the snap and clean up some of the hesitancy he showed in his game as a sophomore. His athleticism is there, but Tuitt could show quality get off more consistently than he did a year ago. Once in the backfield, Tuitt would let ball carriers escape too often as well.

    Bottom line
    The jury is still out on Tuitt. The physical tools are all there and he has the production to match. But how will he recover from his injury and how will it affect his game? If he continues to build off the monster season he had in 2012, Tuitt has the making of a cornerstone defensive player that will come off the board early. If he takes a step back, Tuitt may wind up slipping down the board a bit.
    http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-dra...couting-report
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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!!
    Jimmie Ward. Check him out. One of those rare safeties that seems to do everything right. Undersized, but he plays much bigger than he is.
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    50.SS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois 5'11" 191

    01/25/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Helped Themselves: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois - Scouts knew heading into the Senior Bowl that Ward possessed the fluidity and instincts to cover but competition in the MAC is much different than in Mobile. Athletic enough to handle deep coverage, as well as slide down to cover slot receivers, Ward was the Senior Bowl's most impressive pass defender this year. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
    01/22/14 - 2014 Senior Bowl Wednesday: Under-the-radar defenders highlight North practice...Another small but feisty defensive back catching the eye of scouts at the Senior Bowl was Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward. While lacking the frame scouts would prefer at the position, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Ward is an aggressive downhill tackler, who crashed the line of scrimmage in run support and raced down the field as a middle defender on kickoff coverage. Ward was moved all over the field by the Atlanta Falcons' coaching staff, lining up as a single-high safety, dropping down to cover tight ends as a traditional strong safety and splitting out to cover receivers out of the slot. In each case, his vision and burst to the ball consistently put him in position to make big plays.

    One particularly impressive play came while he was backed up as a deep centerfielder. Reading a wide run to the right (his left) from West Virginia running back Charles Sims, Ward exploded towards the line of scrimmage, zipping past would-be blockers to "tackle" the 6-foot, 214-pound back in the open-field. Tackling is strictly forbidden during the all-star game practices, but Ward came in so fast, Sims had no choice but to attempt a jump-cut to his right, losing his balance and falling to the ground on a play in which he appeared to have an wide lane for an easy score. - Rob Rang & Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=SS
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    51.ILB Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky 6'1" 261

    12/21/13 - 2013 ALL-SUN BELT SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): Andrew Jackson (WKU, Sr., LB),...On the second team, linebacker Andrew Jackson earned his second consecutive All-Conference nod while receiver Willie McNeal and offensive lineman Forrest Lamp earned Honorable Mention selections. - Western Kentucky football
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...014&genpos=ILB

    What Jackson does well
    Jackson is best as downhill, attacking linebacker. He accelerates quickly into the hole and meets running backs before they can get to the second level. When he sees an open gap he fills it quickly and closes running lanes. When Jackson is consistent with his low pad level and leverage, he is hard to move and strong at the point of attack. In junk, Jackson uses his hands nicely and bounces around blockers quickly to find the ball. He uses his quickness to fight through blocks at the second level and can beat blockers to their spots. In zone coverage, Jackson flips his hips and gets into his spot drops quickly. Jackson is a physical tackler with good form. He does a good job of fighting his head across the ball carrier, running his hips and feet, delivering a physical pop.

    What Jackson needs to improve
    Jackson struggles from side to side rather than downhill. He often gets sealed off at the second level and can get washed out of the play. He can improve his consistency with his footwork, as his feet often are caught out of his frame, getting knocked over easily. At this point, Jackson is a liability in coverage. He struggles in change of direction with quicker running backs and receivers. Jackson really hasn’t shown much in the pass rush and would like to see more in that category before he could become a true three down linebacker in the NFL.
    http://www.profootballcentral.com/20...tern-kentucky/
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    52.OLB Dee Ford, Auburn 6'2" 238

    There's no denying the most dominant player at the Senior Bowl was Auburn DE/OLB Dee Ford. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound pass rusher was unstoppable off the edge in one-on-one and team drills, displaying explosive first-step quickness and remarkable snap-count anticipation. Ford frequently blew past offensive tackles on straight speed rushes, showing exceptional balance and body control turning the corner on the way to the quarterback. In addition, Ford showed the ability to turn speed into power by using a bull-rush maneuver as a change-up to his speed rush. He complemented those moves with a powerful "butt and jerk" maneuver that showcased his strong hands at the point of attack. Against the run, Ford was surprisingly stout against runs in his direction. He didn't lose significant ground against drive blocks and eventually worked free to get in on the play. On runs to the opposite side, Ford flashed the speed and quickness to run it down from the backside. With Ford's speed, athleticism and instincts creating disruption against the run and pass, there's a growing sense that the Auburn standout could be a difference maker at the next level in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme that features a Leo or Elephant player on the edge.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...at-senior-bowl
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    53.CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida St. 5'8" 195

    2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, FL...Joyner, who is also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Jim Thorpe Award, entered his final game at Doak Campbell Stadium with a team-high five sacks -- a large number considering the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. native plays in the defensive secondary. In fact, no other defensive back in college football has more sacks than Joyner this season. Joyner is also second on the team in tackles with 51 total stops and has 6 1/2 tackles for loss. He also has one interception, three pass breakups, four passes defended, two quarterback hurries and at team-best three forced fumbles.
    http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings...2014&genpos=CB

    Analysis
    STRENGTHS: Despite his smaller frame, Joyner plays like he's 6-2 and 225 pounds, hitting like a truck in run support. He has bounced between safety and cornerback, showing NFL scouts his versatility to help out anywhere in the secondary.

    Aggressive striker who only knows how to play full-speed, showing excellent timing to make plays on the ball. Plays fast with natural acceleration to go from 0 to 60 in a flash, displaying impressive closing burst. Possesses the build of a running back and loves to deliver punishing hits with his violent playing style. He also adds value as a kick returner and looks natural as a ballcarrier.

    Excellent awareness and instincts with quick diagnosis skills as well as the balance, agility and speed to handle coverage duties.

    WEAKNESSES: Though he plays with desirable aggression and intensity, he can be overaggressive at times, biting on fakes and allowing receivers to gain a step. While playing with no fear, does lack ideal size for safety. Where will his ideal position prove to be in the NFL?
    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...amarcus-joyner
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    I was a big fan of Andrew Jackson going into this year. I haven't gotten a chance to watch any of his games yet from this year but if he managed to get better Ill be pretty stoked on him
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