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Monday, March 11, 2013



76. DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky

Where he wins: Eats up a lot of ground getting upfield off the snap, shows a nice dip to turn the corner against right tackles and free his path towards QBs. Not a one trick pony, shows willingness to plant outside and work in.

77. S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

Where he wins: Has excellent ball skills as a center fielder with enough skill to take downfield receivers in man coverage. Good angles with some aggression in the running game, even if he doesn’t finish the tackle.

78. TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State

Where he wins: Catches everything away from his body. Fluid mover once in stride, carries momentum and doesn’t slow for catches either on crosses or vertical patterns. Used in an H-back or split receiver role.

79. S Eric Reid, LSU

Where he wins: Outstanding athlete who makes splash plays as a tackle or at the catch point with deflections and interceptions. Shows some real aggression when his number is called and ball carriers are lined up, especially on the edge.

80. WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech

Where he wins: Gets physical in his routes by creating separation, slightly pushes off. Tracks vertical passes well and a determined runner after the catch. Makes grabs in traffic with corners attempting to undercut pattern.

81. CB BW Webb, William & Mary

Where he wins: Plenty of off man coverage in college with nice back pedal, strafe, and hip turn to stick with receivers. Attacks the catch point to disrupt. Does well to keep everything in front of him.

82. WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M

Where he wins: Primarily a slot receiver in college with quick feet to create separation in breaks. Thrives on the broken play due to vertical speed that wasn’t regularly used. Improved hands from 2011 to 2012.

83. OL Brian Winters, Kent State

Where he wins: Rugged, tough blocker that plays with an attitude from the left tackle position. Guard projection is likely in his future. Active hands to gain control with a strong latch. Moves fairly well at the second level, sets up cut block.

84. OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers

Where he wins: Obviously comfortable in space, runs the seam with tight ends or receivers and shows closing speed in every aspect of his game. Shows more aggression when working downhill can ball carrier is lined up or on the edge. Weakside linebacker.

85. LB Chase Thomas, Stanford

Where he wins: A very technical pass rusher in terms of hand use, extension, and shedding ability. Not going to wow with athleticism but understands leverage and lines to keep his opponent off balance. See him as a pass rushing linebacker.

86. S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse

Where he wins: A very aggressive, confident hitter in the open field and when closing on the edge. See him blowing up the middle on inside runs as well. Sniffs out misdirection. Strong safety that lays the hammer on short to intermediate patterns.

87. CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

Where he wins: Quick player who always seems to play on his toes. Fluid in backpedal and hand fights to generate some separation against the run. Very comfortable in zone coverages, rides receiver until he leaves zone, quickly picks up the next with good vision. Also showed admirably in press man coverage, especially when turning to locate the football.

88. LB Ty Powell, Harding

Where he wins: Strong side linebacker in a four man front with some rush capabilities. Strong and determined player on the edge, closes well in space and finishes. Eats up ground but has a strong base to hold the edge.

89. CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville

Where he wins: Lots of press man and mirrors early in routes with good burst to cut in front of receivers. Tight angles off the edge when sent on a blitz, cleans up on hits when downhill. Frequently used as a gunner on the punt team.

90. LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss

Where he wins: Used as a defensive end and pass rushing linebacker, and his outstanding athleticism is immediately evident. Has nice natural length and flashes using it with a combination of inside and outside moves. Flashes of dominance.

91. DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson

Where he wins: Freakish length and can generate consistent separation when it is used. Shows a variety of techniques when rushing from the 5 spot, including push and pull or slap with dip to turn the corner. Strong side defensive end.

92. LB Jon Bostic, Florida

Where he wins: Attacks blockers between the tackles with correct shoulder to force runner inside. Good punch on second level blockers to create some space, most of his time spent at the inside linebacker position. Tested with more athleticism than expected.

94. DE LaVar Edwards, LSU

Where he wins: Lines up at end and tackle with good snap anticipation. Wins with strength on counter moves, switches gaps and drives legs. Works back inside with low pad level and has been used as a two point rusher too.

95. G Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

Where he wins: Lined up at center in 2012 and did his best work as a power blocker to occupy or force interior defensive linemen off their spot. Happy to hand fight and gain control in close quarters.

96. DT Akeem Spence, Illinois

Where he wins: Thick lower body with a good base. Combines it with extension to push pull or rip into gaps. Hand fights to keep his anchor, adjust, and hold ground to shed and make the tackle near the line of scrimmage.

97. CB Will Davis, Utah State


Where he wins: Best in press man coverage. Sticks in hip pocket after the jam. Fights upfield to force ball carriers back inside.

98. NT John Jenkins, Georgia


Where he wins: Runs the line well for someone of his stature. Seen snaps at nose tackle and end in a three man front.

99. DE Margus Hunt, SMU

Where he wins: Excellent special teams player, specifically when blocking kicks. Likely a five technique and has athleticism to chase from the backside. Natural athlete.

100. DE Sam Montgomery, LSU

Where he wins: Shows strength in his hands to create space and run the line. Rolls into contact through hips in the hopes of gaining leverage and putting opposition on skates. Has some burst to split gaps.




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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