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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

26. 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.

27.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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

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 DJ 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.


36. 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.


37. 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 0 or 1 technique.


38. 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.


39. 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.


40. DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

Where he wins: Experience as a rush linebacker and as an end in a four man front. Motor to continue his pass rushing line while flashing separation or to chase down plays from the back side. Generates production when asked to loop inside.

41. WR Robert Woods, USC

Where he wins: Dynamic slot player who is very adept on short to intermediate patterns. Quick feet in and 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.

42. 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.

43.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.

44. 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.

45. 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.

46. 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.

47. 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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

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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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