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Tuesday, January 15, 2013



51. Colorado OT David Bakhtiari -- Bakhtiari made 33 starts for the Buffaloes, all of them at tackle including 11 on the left side as a senior. At 6-foot-4, 295, he will kick to guard in the pros.

52. Georgia DT Kwame Geathers -- Geathers lacks explosive get-off and struggles to bend to create leverage. A fourth- or fifth-round prospect, Geathers will be a project for the NFL team willing to gamble on his upside. The 22-year-old is listed at a monstrous 6-foot-6, 355.

53. USC CB Nickell Robey -- Robey received a fourth-round-or-later projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board before turning pro, but his on-field performance was better than that grade suggests. While Robey's size (5-foot-8, 165 listed) is an obvious drawback, he is a feisty, competitive corner with ball skills and durability. He picked off Andrew Luck as a sophomore.

54. Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell -- Bell will go down as one of Michigan State's all-time great running backs, but his game translates poorly to the pros. Bell lacks short-area burst and runs with heavy feet at 6-foot-2, 237. He also lacks the ability to make defenders miss.

55. TCU WR Josh Boyce -- Listed at 6-foot, 203, Boyce demonstrates NFL-caliber vertical speed and can run under slightly overthrown passes, having averaged nearly 16 yards per catch in his college career. He'll need to diversify his route tree to carve out a long pro career.

56. Florida State OT Menelik Watson -- A former basketball player from England, Watson could wow evaluators at the Combine with big-time athletic tools. He was listed as large as 6-foot-8, 270 as a power forward-center at Marist University. Watson is already 24, however, and has just 12 games of experience in D-I football. He was the Seminoles' starting right tackle in 2012.

57. Utah DE Joe Kruger -- Ravens defensive end Paul's younger brother, Kruger was a 14-game starter in his Utah career, leading the Utes with six sacks as a junior. At 6-foot-7 and 280 pounds, Kruger profiles as a five-technique end in a 3-4 defense. He projects as a late-round pick.

58. Stanford CB Terrence Brown -- Brown was an honorable mention All-Pac 12 pick as a junior, intercepting one pass in 13 starts. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 178 and is willing in run support.

59. Eastern Washington WR Brandon Kaufman -- Listed at 6-foot-5, 215, Kaufman set an FCS record with 1,850 receiving yards as a junior. Combine tests will be critical for his draft stock. Not an explosive receiver, Kaufman would do well to run a forty time in the mid-4.5s.

60. Texas DT Brandon Moore -- JUCO transfer Moore started 5-of-12 games in his only season as a Longhorn, registering eight tackles for loss and two sacks. He is listed at 6-foot-5, 320 and is very raw. An NFL team may see some untapped potential in this late-round prospect.

61. Arkansas RB Knile Davis -- After a fractured left ankle wiped out his 2011 season, Davis returned in 2012 to manage 377 yards on 112 carries (3.37 YPC). Davis has broken the same ankle twice going back to high school, so passing NFL medicals may be a tall task.

62. LSU OT Chris Faulk -- Faulk was a surprise early entrant after missing all but one game in 2012 due to a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery. At 6-foot-6, 326, Faulk was a projected early-round pick entering the season. He is not expected to participate at February's Combine. Faulk earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2011 as a 13-game starter.

 

63. South Carolina WR Ace Sanders -- A late addition to this list -- Sanders didn't announce his intentions until Tuesday night -- this 5-foot-8, 175-pound slot receiver/return specialist scored 11 all-purpose touchdowns in 2012, nine as a receiver and two on punt returns. Sanders profiles similarly to Dexter McCluster as an undersized gadget-type player with special teams value.

64. LSU RB Spencer Ware -- Seeing the writing on the wall, Ware turned pro to escape a crowded LSU backfield that will return Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard, and Jeremy Hill in 2013. At 5-foot-11, 225, Ware is a hard-charging power back with some value as a short-yardage specialist.

65. Nevada RB Stefphon Jefferson -- Jefferson ranked second in the nation in rushing yards per game (144.9) in 2012, and bolted Nevada after the retirement of longtime coach Chris Ault. Jefferson's ball security and upright running style are concerns for his NFL outlook.

66. LSU RB Michael Ford -- Although Ford looks the part at a muscle-bound 5-foot-10 and 216 pounds, he received a fourth- to sixth-round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board after his role dwindled in LSU's loaded 2012 backfield. Ford is a one-speed runner lacking elite acceleration and lateral movement. He did average 5.83 yards per carry in his college career.

67. Cal CB Steve Williams -- Williams made 28 career starts at Cal and intercepted three passes as a junior, earning honorable mention All-Pac 12 from the conference's coaches. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Williams will hope to be selected on the third day of April's draft.

68. Washington State WR Marquess Wilson -- Wilson is brimming with talent, but he has questions to answer after quitting the Cougars team with three games left in the 2012 season and accusing Mike Leach of abuse. The Pac 12 investigated and found no wrongdoing. Listed at 6-foot-4, 185, Wilson caught 52 balls for 813 yards and five touchdowns in nine games last season.

69. LSU P Brad Wing -- Wing turned pro after Les Miles suspended him for the Chick-fil-A Bowl after failing a drug test for "at least the second time." Perhaps the nation's highest-impact punter in 2011, Wing was less effective in 2012 but remains likely to be drafted in the late rounds.

70. TCU DE Stansly Maponga -- Advised to stay in school by coach Gary Patterson after an injury-plagued, 2.5-sack junior season, Maponga followed his heart and entered the draft, likely against his best interests. He goes 6-foot-2, 265 and was much more effective as a sophomore. Maponga is recovering from post-season foot surgery.

71. Oklahoma LB Tom Wort -- Wort was the Sooners' starting middle linebacker, but came off the field in passing situations, heavily curtailing his playing time versus pass-happy Big 12 offenses. Wort will have to carve out a special teams role in order to have a stable NFL career.

72. Tennessee DT Darrington Sentimore -- Sentimore bounced around three colleges, transferring from Alabama to Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College to Tennessee before turning pro. He started 9-of-12 games in his lone season with the Vols, recording 18 tackles and four sacks. At 6-foot-2, 288, Sentimore is an undersized gap-shooting prospect for 4-3 teams.

73. Hawaii CB Mike Edwards -- Edwards was exposed in coverage by competitive passing teams, but left Hawaii as the school's all-time leader in kickoff return yardage and that could be his niche in the pros. Edwards led the nation in kick return yards as a junior in 2012.

74. Tennessee State RB Trabis Ward -- Tigers coach Rod Reed warned him to stay in school, but Ward cited the short shelf life of running backs when declaring. He rushed 309 times for 1,422 yards (4.60 YPC) and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Ward is unlikely to be drafted.

75. Eastern Washington QB Kyle Padron -- After transferring in from SMU, Padron spent one season at Eastern Washington and shared time under center with freshman Vernon Adams. Padron set SMU passing records in 2010 with 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns, but was benched the following season by June Jones. Padron would probably be lucky to get a camp invite.



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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