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Monday, March 11, 2013

26. WR Keenan Allen, Cal

Where he wins: Reliability in his ability to create separation and hands at the catch point. Breaks and cuts are crisp and exaggerated, consistently opening up space. Can make an impact at every level of the field.

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State

Where he wins: Consistently took the top off coverages with excellent straight-line playing speed. Don’t overlook his ability to break off rights and his acceleration to take a short route to the house. Does very well to sustain the separation he created off the line or in routes, but frequently underthrown.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. WR Robert Woods, USC

Where he wins: Dynamic slot player who is very adept on short to intermediate patterns. Quick feet in an out of breaks with good body control to adjust to targets. Plays with low pad level in his routes to minimize target area for contact at the line.

35. CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

Where he wins: Quick feet to stay in close range of receivers in their breaks. Keeps a safe distance from his assignment which will help to not draw downfield contact penalties in the NFL.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. T Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Where he wins: Extremely fluid mover when asked to work in space, lead block, and hit second level targets. Athletic feet to mirror laterally, bend at the knee, anchor and redirect. Showed same kind of skill against top competition as he did versus FCS.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. DE Alex Okafor, Texas

Where he wins: Uncommon kind of pass rusher in that he does his best work with hand use, extension, and shedding ability. Lines up in two and three point stances. Not afraid to plant off of his outside foot and work inside, or keep his opposition on skates. Reaches to make a play on the QB in the pocket.

43. 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.

44. DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn

Where he wins: Low pad level off the line of scrimmage with a nice pop on first contact. Carries that same low pad level on initial engagement and can eat up a good amount of ground with long strides. Frequently lines up in a wide alignment.

45. 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.

46. NT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

Where he wins: Leverage to get under opposition’s pads and drive legs to keep them on skates. Strong first contact to create some instant penetration. At best when lining up at 0 or 1 tech, fire hydrant in the middle of the line versus the running game.

47. T/G Dallas Thomas, Tennessee

Where he wins: Has experience and high level play at both left tackle and left guard. Great knee bend and posture to stay balanced. Strong grip to sustain his block against pass rushers that fire gaps. Consistently uses hands to punch on first contact.

48. TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

Where he wins: Projects well as an inline tight end due to skillful blocking and size but has experience as an H-back and slot option. Shields the ball from closing defenders and flashes nice agility for his size, especially when asked to get downfield.

49. TE Vance McDonald, Rice

Where he wins: Slot receiver with excellent blocking in space. Good anticipation, hits second level targets, sustains and drive blocks the opposition. Solid movement skills for size and long arms to make catches away from his body.

50. G Kyle Long, Oregon

Where he wins: Shows natural aggression from left tackle or guard. Obviously and athletic player for his size, moves laterally quite well. Uses opposition’s momentum against them, rides shoulder to drive out of play in running game.

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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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