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Tuesday, January 15, 2013



26. Alabama OT D.J. Fluker -- Built like Minnesota's Phil Loadholt at 6-foot-6, 335, Fluker logged 36 starts for the Crimson Tide, all at right tackle. Although he is a mauling run blocker, Fluker doesn't move well enough to man the blind side and is prone to hiccups in pass protection.

27. Auburn DE Corey Lemonier -- Lemonier dipped from 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a sophomore to 5.5 and 5.5, respectively, as a junior. Listed at 6-foot-4, 246, Lemonier has a scheme versatile frame but has questions to answer about his 2012 disappearing act.

28. USC WR Robert Woods -- Woods isn't a vertical playmaker like teammate Marqise Lee, and his skill set translates better as second passing-game option in the pros. Quicker than fast at 6-foot-1, 190, Woods is a savvy route runner who may project best as an NFL slot receiver.

29. Wisconsin C Travis Frederick -- A wide-load center at 6-foot-4, 338, Frederick paved running lanes for Montee Ball and James White as a 31-game starter at Wisconsin, with 13 at left guard and 18 on the pivot. Frederick could end up at any of the three interior positions in the NFL.

30. Tennessee WR Justin Hunter -- Hunter bounced back from a 2011 ACL tear to pace the Vols in receptions (73), yards (1,083), and TDs (9). The tape tells a different tale, as Hunter was drop prone, lost too many 50:50 balls in traffic, and ran poor routes. Still a big-time talent, 6-foot-4, 200-pound Hunter is a star athlete and looks every bit a No. 1 receiver getting off the bus.

31. Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle -- Randle ran with improved power in 2012 and demonstrated an ability to carry the load, rushing 274 times for 1,417 yards (5.17 YPC) and 14 touchdowns. High cut at a lean 6-foot-1, 200, Randle has some DeMarco Murray to his game.

32. Illinois DT Akeem Spence -- Spence is a three-technique prospect at 6-foot-1, 305 with better ability than his college stats indicate. Strong and quick with powerful hands, Spence managed 3.5 sacks in 38 career starts and earned only honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2012.

33. LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu -- College football's premier defensive and special teams playmaker in 2011, Mathieu sat out the 2012 season after being kicked off LSU's football team for repeated off-field incidents, including alleged drug abuse. A probable second-round pick before the character concerns, Mathieu has a lot of image restoration to do during the pre-draft phase.

34. Stanford TE Levine Toilolo -- More of an in-line tight end than teammate Zach Ertz, Toilolo is listed at 6-foot-8, 265. He caught 24 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns as a junior, averaging 16.4 yards a catch. Toilolo will make his NFL impact near the line of scrimmage and on designed shots downfield.

35. Michigan State DE William Gholston -- Cousin to infamous Jets draft bust Vernon, Gholston has an impressive frame and length at 6-foot-7, 278, and projects as a five-technique end in a 3-4. He racked up ten career sacks and 30 tackles for loss in 36 games, starting 24.

36. Rutgers CB Logan Ryan -- Ryan received a second-round grade from the normally conservative NFL Draft Advisory Board and is a candidate to rise up boards in pre-draft workouts. He paced Rutgers in 2012 pass breakups (17) and intercepted four passes. Also a physical and aggressive cover corner, Ryan is well built at 6-foot, 190. He made 26 career starts at Rutgers.

37. Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison -- Jamison left Rutgers two years early as a redshirt sophomore entrant. After opening the 2012 season with five consecutive 100-plus-yard rushing games, Jamison managed just one over the final eight weeks while battling an ankle injury.

38. Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers -- After being kicked out of the University of Tennessee for failed drug tests, former five-star recruit Rogers resurfaced at Tennessee Tech, catching 61 balls for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rogers led the Vols with a 67/1040/9 line the year before. He is an incredibly physical after-catch runner with strong hands and an imposing, 6-foot-3, 206-pound frame. The off-field issues will likely push Rogers into the draft's second day.

39. LSU CB Tharold Simon -- Once billed as the next great LSU cover corner in a line that includes Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, Simon was instead often picked on by opposing passing games in an up-and-down season. Still impressively long (6-foot-3, 193) and gifted, Simon enters the pros as a high-upside project. He led the Tigers with four interceptions in 2012.

40. Florida LB Jelani Jenkins -- Jenkins battled foot, hand, and hamstring injuries during a disappointing 2012 season. Adept in coverage, Jenkins projects as a nickel linebacker in the NFL.

41. LSU DT Bennie Logan -- Another "three-technique" pass-rushing prospect, Logan goes 6-foot-3, 295. He accounted for five sacks and 12 tackles for loss in two years as a starter.

42. San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar -- Escobar succeeded as both an in-line and detached tight end in the Aztecs' pro-style offense. A well-put-together athlete at 6-foot-6, 255, he was highly productive with 93 catches for 1,323 yards and 13 TDs over his final two seasons.

43. South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore -- Lattimore returned from a serious left knee injury in 2012 only to shred three right knee ligaments as a junior. After disappointing on-field play following the initial knee injury, Lattimore may be a candidate to go undrafted, or spend 2013 on injured reserve if selected. Lattimore showed a special combination of power, tackle-breaking ability, and straight-line speed pre-injuries, so it's likely a team will take the third-day plunge.

44. N.C. State CB David Amerson -- Amerson garnered national attention for intercepting 13 passes as a sophomore. Exposed as a limited athlete lacking fluidity and vertical speed in 2012, Amerson's perceived stock plunged as he was often beaten deep. Amerson goes 6-foot-3, 214 and does possess elite ball skills. He'd be an intriguing safety prospect if he tackled better.

45. Oklahoma S Tony Jefferson -- A 5-foot-11, 212-pound free safety, Jefferson led the Sooners in 2012 tackles (119) and intercepted eight passes in his career as a 34-game starter.

46. Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills -- Stills led Oklahoma in 2012 receptions (82), receiving yards (959), and touchdown catches (11), operating primarily as a possession receiver in the Sooners' spread offense. At 6-foot-1, 190, Stills has sure hands and projects as a mid-round pick.

47. Michigan State TE Dion Sims -- Listed at 6-foot-5, 285 by Spartans athletics, Sims appeared in 39 games, starting 13 and finishing with 59 career catches for 707 yards and eight touchdowns. An impact blocker, it's fair to wonder if Sims might be converted to offensive tackle.

48. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray -- Blessed with a big arm, Bray's mechanics and decision making leave much to be desired. He will also be vetted by NFL teams for alleged off-field issues during the pre-draft process. Bray reminds of Ryan Mallett as a 6-foot-6, 215-pound project.

49. Arkansas OG Alvin Bailey -- Listed at 6-foot-5, 312, Bailey logged 38 career starts for the Razorbacks, all of them at guard. He is a power-blocking prospect for NFL teams to study.

50. Notre Dame RB Cierre Wood -- Wood is expected to measure in at around 6-foot, 220 at February's Combine, but he is a slippery finesse back with lateral moves and impressive burst. The Draft Advisory Board pegged Wood as a potential third-round pick before he declared.


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