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Norris' Updated Top 151

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

126. WR Terrance Williams, Baylor

Where he wins: Does best work as a vertical receiver, getting downfield from the slot and taking top off coverage. Went up and attacked the catch point better in 2012 and has the footwork to work along the sideline when breaking pattern off.

127. OLB Trevardo Williams, UConn

Where he wins: Lines up as a down lineman and two point pass rusher. Times snap and gets upfield with good first few steps. Sure tackler. Could thrive in a wide 9 or 7 alignment. Counter move is quick step inside.

128. OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M

Where he wins: Best role could be a situational pass rusher since he showed bend around the corner in 2011 as a 3-4 outside linebacker. That flexibility paired with a good first step will help on passing downs. Coverage skill progressed in 2012.

129. LB Kevin Reddick, UNC

Where he wins: Appears to be an intelligent player on the field, gets to his assignment and completes it. Knifes through trash to make tackles versus the run. Has some pass rushing ability with a dip around the edge. Adjusts to ball carrier cuts.

130. DL Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

Where he wins: On-field talker and flashes the motor to match it. Has the length many stouter nose tackles do not, uses it to keep separation off the snap and keep interior linemen on skates.

131. G David Bakhtiari, Colorado

Where he wins: Likes to get after it in terms of going after his opponent. Not a patient player but should overextend less when moving to guard. Is strong enough to control once obtaining his latch. Uses armbar to stop inside move.

132. 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.

133. CB Brandon McGee, Miami

Where he wins: Quick feet with straight-line speed to close. Hips in man coverage and trailing speed allow him to stick with receivers at multiple levels of the field. Flashes helping in run support after working off blocks.

134. TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State

Where he wins: Slot receiving tight end who can get to the intermediate levels swiftly, few wasted steps on cuts and breaks. Also lines up inline and runs hard on his routes, adjusts to poor throws by contorting body.

135. TE Nick Kasa, Colorado

Where he wins: Willing to mix it up on first contact. Works to obtain strong grip and inside latch to control his opponents. Underrated straight-line speed to win down the seam.

136. G/C Barrett Jones, Alabama

Where he wins: Obviously an intelligent player. Wide base and rides his opponent’s momentum if it takes them out of the play. Like a utility interior lineman. Takes correct angles and anticipates target.

137. WR Tavarres King, Georgia

Where he wins: Very reliable target, could be a third his entire career. Showed some vertical ability in 2012, tracked over shoulder. Added upper body strength to work through physical coverage and creates sliver of separation.

138. S Duke Williams, Nevada

Where he wins: Has the quickness to close but is also physical on contact. Was effective as a safety and slot corner against receivers. Fills gaps in the running game and breaks down in space.

139. CB Dwayne Gratz, UConn

Where he wins: Has closing ability to attack the catch point. Used good technique in press bail situations. Regularly used as a blitzer and attacks ball carriers. Uses hands and feet to beat blocks on the edge.

140. DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina

Where he wins: Has extreme length and started to use it more effectively during East-West Shrine week. Can plant and run in a straight-line to chase. Covers ground with long strides.

141. CB Daxton Swanson, Sam Houston State

Where he wins: Keeps up with receivers out of their breaks thanks to closing burst. Ball skills are very good and anticipates movements. Comfortable in press bail or off man.

142. WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

Where he wins: Good first step off the line and vertical speed allows him to beat corners down the sideline. Also has the quickness to break off routes and create separation that way. Makes adjustments to off target throws.

143. TE Dion Sims, Michigan State

Where he wins: Excellent frame and has shed weight. Inviting short to intermediate target because of radius. Has soft hands. Could be a great blocker if consistently strong on first contact with persistence to mirror.

144. CB Tharold Simon, LSU

Where he wins: Uses length at the line of scrimmage and when riding receivers downfield from press situations. Arm bars when turning to locate the football. Shows foot quickness to shuffle and mirror off of releases.

145. OL Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech

Where he wins: Has experience at right guard and right tackle. Will be viewed as an upside pick due to lean frame and inconsistent technique. Despite poor footwork, has the grip and athleticism to mirror.

146. S Don Jones, Arkansas State

Where he wins: Versatile new rover type defender. Has experience as an in the box safety, slot corner, and Will linebacker. Closes hard in run defense and works best in coverage when things are in front of him. Flashes riding tight ends down seam.

147. CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers

Where he wins: Physical corner, even to a fault at times. Closes low and wraps up on the edge in space. Flashes winning at the catch point, high pointing when locating the football or reaching up without vision. Best in zone.

148. DL Joe Kruger, Utah

Where he wins: Plays with power and flashes pushing offensive lineman back into the pocket. Also can get upfield when rushing from the edge and press with inside arm. Effort player to flow to the football.

149. RB Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook

Where he wins: Decisive, upfield runner who wants to go north and south. Shows determination and enough speed to pick up what is blocked. Determined style, little wasted movement. Does not go down on first contact.

150. RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford

Where he wins: Tough, thickly built, north and south runner. Improved making people miss at the second level by running through arm tackles and with swerving hips. Much better burst than long speed.

151. WR T.J. Moe, Missouri

Where he wins: Could shine in the slot thanks to quick lateral movements to keep his opposition guessing. Shows extreme toughness to catch passes in traffic. Compact in his frame and footwork.

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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