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Norris' Updated Top 151

Tuesday, April 16, 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. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. 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.

57. 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.

58. G Kyle Long, Oregon

Where he wins: Shows natural aggression from left tackle or guard. Obviously an 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. 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.

62. 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.

63. 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.

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State

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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

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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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