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Monday, March 11, 2013



51. DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia

Where he wins: In wide 7 or 9 technique. Excellent get off with low pad level, gains leverage with strong first contact. Leg drive to keep opposition on skates. Has more athleticism than was shown at 5 technique in 2012.

52. CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State

Where he wins: Adept in off man, press man, and zone coverages. Physical player on the edge, attacks WR blocks and fights off to make a play. Has a good feel for timing with decisive footwork. Has experience in the slot.

53. WR Stedman Bailey, WVU

Where he wins: Effortlessly adjusts to throws, either in the open field or in the end zone, with good body control. Hands catcher who doesn’t lose speed on his turns. Nice vision after the catch to cut off blocks and find the open field.

54. 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.

55. DT Sylvester Williams, UNC

Where he wins: Consistently generates some backfield penetration, one or two steps. Nice hand use to beat the first man, shoulder dip or immediate gap shooting. Best attribute is his disruption from the 3 technique spot.

56. CB Blidi Wreh Wilson, UConn

Where he wins: Turns to locate the football after mirroring on breaks from off coverage. Experience in press coverage from the slot. Closes quickly, either off of back pedal plant or on the edge against the run to force things inside.

57. RB Gio Bernard, UNC

Where he wins: Short, choppy footwork allows for upfield cuts between the tackle or in the open field. Made big plays as a returner. Comfortable as a receiver on angle routes, swings, or screens. Has enough speed to create big runs if given the sideline.

58. LB Sio Moore, UConn

Where he wins: Used from a variety of linebacker spots, including inside, weak side, strong side, and as a down pass rusher. Shows positive play at each due to strength, short hops to work through trash, and a willingness to get physical. Great athleticism only helps.

59. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson

Where he wins: Lean runner who sticks close to his blocks with great acceleration after cutting off their backsides. Despite his narrow base he has some nice balance and isn’t afraid of contact as a runner or in pass protection. Decisive cutter, likely in a zone scheme.

60. LB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina

Where he wins: Prototypical strong side linebacker. Gets up field against the run but remains under control. Extends arms to create separation in order to shed on ball carrier. Plays low and former safety skills show when asked to play in short to intermediate game.

61. RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Where he wins: One cut, decisive runner with great vision to find backside lanes. Doesn’t shy from contact as a pass protector and can make a big play happen if given a seam due to excellent straight-line speed. Upfield cuts make defenders miss at the second level.

62. S Matt Elam, Florida

Where he wins: Makes splash plays when his number is called. Closes on edge runs with force, brings a lot on contact on downhill tackles when the target is lined up. Does his best work near the line of scrimmage, especially on receiver screens.

63. WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee

Where he wins: Lanky, string bean type frame with long arms to pluck the ball in traffic. Fluid mover with some quick twitch ability. Has vertical skills along with crossers over the middle of the field.

64. T Menelik Watson, FSU

Where he wins: Athletic mover when asked to pull out front, chases down someone to block. Obviously has strong hands, which help him recover in case waist bending or lost balance takes place. Consistently looks to extend his arms and gain hand control.

65. CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State (tie)

Where he wins: Disrupts well at the catch point. Undercuts from cover 3, goes for receivers’ hands and forces drops. Doesn’t shy from contact, wraps up low against ball carriers after fighting over the top of blockers. Special teams contributor.

65. T Reid Fragel, Ohio State (tie)

Where he wins: Played right tackle despite a left tackle frame and was not overpowered. Shows nice posture and length to extend, with necessary footwork to make an impact at the second level. Hand placement always seems to be inside to control.

66. S JJ Wilcox, Georgia Southern

Where he wins: Aggressively closes on pass catchers in front of him with strong hits. Same goes for run defending, not afraid to sacrifice himself to take out lead blockers from a strong safety role. Still learning the position.

67. DT Kawann Short, Purdue

Where he wins: Three technique defensive tackle with quick feet to win on counter moves or create penetration off the snap. Flashes determination to win after first contact. Also has experience at end in some fronts, which will help evaluators project him into different schemes.

68. TE Jordan Reed, Florida

Where he wins: Very comfortable mover in space with the ball in his hands. Joker alignment with quick moves to create separation and has the awareness to sit in soft areas. Willing blocker, even inline.

69. CB Leon McFadden, San Diego State

Where he wins: Aggressively closes on the edge on screens or against the run. Hip turn and shuffle with backfield vision. Makes good contact within five yards. Looks comfortable in zone coverage.

70. DB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

Where he wins: Creates turnovers by attacking the football at the catch point and tries to rip it away from ball carriers. Used from a variety of alignments, including slot corner, safety, and linebacker. Excellent special teams player.

71. WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas

Where he wins: Vertical speed is outstanding. Was able to show more skill at the Senior Bowl due to expanded route tree. Created separation with quick movements in and out of his breaks. Jet sweeps are effective.

72. S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia

Where he wins: Center field type safety who tracks the ball well with angles to disrupt the catch point. Shows enough tackling ability to be a reliable last line of defense. Great ball skills and shows a physical side closing downhill versus receivers.

73. CB Sanders Commings, Georgia

Where he wins: A true press corner, sticks in the hip pocket and slows his opposition downfield. Sheds to put himself in position to make a play in the running game and doesn’t mind tackling.

74. OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse

Where he wins: Plays well in tight spaces, with pass rusher close to his frame, which matches up with lack of length. Has a nice tall stance but bends well at the knee to absorb. Flashes moving and blocking in space, so guard projection is possible.

75. LB Zaviar Gooden, Missouri

Where he wins: Downhill tackler from the weakside with good closing speed. Not afraid to engage with his hands on edge run and attempt to shed and make the tackle. Gets good depth on his drops in coverage.

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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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