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Pre-Combine Top-40

Thursday, February 14, 2013

21. G Larry Warford, Kentucky

Where he wins: A punishing, powerful blocker with a strong grip to control his opponent. Flashes proper posture but can win with brute strength and athleticism for his size when things break down. Projects to a power running team.

22. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

Where he wins: Sets up defenders with technical routes and refuses to lose body position battle at the catch point. Consistently leaves his feet to go up and get targets with strong hands rather than waiting on them. Strong runner with underrated straight-line speed after the catch.

23. DL Datone Jones, UCLA

Where he wins: Shows disruption from defensive end or tackle. Outside, his initial strength on contact puts offensive linemen on skates. Inside, has burst and quickness to win off the snap. Length and pad level (when asked to pass rush) helps.

24. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

Where he wins: Extremely fluid and smooth in his routes. Sets up opposing cornerback with head fakes and cuts. Reliable hands and adjusts body positioning after tracking to come down with difficult catches. Burns opposition vertically when speed isn’t respected.

25. S Johnathan Cyprien, FIU

Where he wins: AN aggressive, physical player with enough mobility, awareness, and range to play the safety spots interchangeably. Sure tackler with aggression to make a play on ball carriers or when blitzing. Experience in the slot.

26. LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia

Where he wins: Former safety has excellent speed in a free lane from the back side. Closes quickly and ferociously, especially on the edge. Can stick with any receiver in coverage and attacks the football when tackling.

27. OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia

Where he wins: Undeniable speed and edge pressure to run around offensive tackles that cannot stop his momentum. Shows a motor to finish plays in the backfield. Flashes heavy hands to generate leverage.

28. DT Jesse Williams, Alabama

Where he wins: Experience at nose tackle and as a five technique end. Strong upper body to absorb and hold an anchor. Shows power in hands to shed or extend and press the pocket from the interior at times.

29. DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

Where he wins: Flashes winning in a variety of ways, specifically with strength to shed, power to drive, or quickness to shoot gaps. Runs the line well for his size and could see snaps all along the defensive line.

30. RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama

Where he wins: Strong lower body runner who always falls forward on contact. Allows blocks to develop but tough to slow down once up to full speed. Underrated passing down back, willing pass protector and adequate receiver.

31. TE Zach Ertz, Stanford

Where he wins: Downfield agility and movement skills to create separation. Sneaky athleticism to generate space against bigger defenders and uses size to beat athletic defensive backs. Shows toughness after the catch.

32. CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State

Where he wins: Adept in press of off coverages. Very good at getting physical at the catch point to disrupt the receiver. Fluid hips and smooth turns with footwork to stick with vertical or breaking receivers. Comes up to set the edge, forcing running back inside.

33. G Jonathan Cooper, UNC

Where he wins: Outstanding pulling or trapping guard. Moves so well in space and an extremely comfortable athlete. Shows good hand strength when getting inside punch. Would excel in an offense that requires mobile guards.

34. ILB Kevin Minter, LSU

Where he wins: Hammer between the tackles. Uses strong hands to jolt second level blockers and stop momentum. Consistently sheds after stacking to make tackles. Tight lines and ability to work through trash helps him reach edge plays.

35. CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State

Where he wins: Played a lot of cover 3 and not afraid to cut off his line and take a chance on underneath targets. His risks tend to pay off. Height and willingness to go up and get it allows him to win at the catch point. Not shy against contact.

36. S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina

Where he wins: Big hitter that can set the tone for a defense. Interchangeable safety in the back half. Showed well at cornerback when asked to play the position, but natural fit at safety. Feisty, downhill player.

37. ILB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Where he wins: Inside thumper when able to get a few steps behind him. Improved in coverage. Vocal leader on the field. Best when attacking runs downhill with correct shoulder.

38. TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

Where he wins: Few prospects go up and get it like him. Strong at the catch point with stick’em hands. Can be split out from a variety of spots but improved run blocking could allow for inline play.

39. T D.J. Fluker, Alabama

Where he wins: Powerful, mauling run blocking right tackle. When his hands get on you in proper positioning, it is over. Long arms and solid build help engulf the opposition. Athletic forward mover for his size.

40. CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana

Where he wins: Competitive player at the line and throughout routes. Fluid hips and movement skills allow him to stick close to his assignment. Aware zone defender as well, with quick change of direction with even faster close.

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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