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Norris' Updated Top 151

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. T Reid Fragel, Ohio State

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.

79. RB Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Where he wins: Plays with a low center of gravity with explosive cuts to get upfield off blocks. Aggressive mentality with vision beyond first contact. North/south runner who has enough speed to sustain and the toughness and quickness to create.

80. S J.J. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. S Earl Wolff, NC State

Where he wins: Physical tackler coming from the free safety position, reads and reacts quickly. Makes plays from the opposite hash, takes solid angles and times contact well. Can play single high, two deep, or run with receivers down the seam.

86. CB B.W. 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.

87. RB Dennis Johnson, Arkansas

Where he wins: Will shine on passing downs. Short choppy steps allow for quick cuts to change defenders’ angles. Comfortable as a receiver in the flats or on angle routes. Low center of gravity helps with broken tackles.

88. S Josh Evans, Florida

Where he wins: Does not mind getting physical despite frequently lining up as Matt Elam’s free safety. Knifes through trash to make tackles rather than waiting as the last line of defense. Does not shy from attacking the catch point or immediately after. Comfortable trailing tight ends from the slot.

89. DT Jordan Hill, Penn State

Where he wins: Quickness off the snap allows for immediate upfield penetration. Necessary to his success but that disruption will be valued. Low pad level and quick hands help create separation and work down the line.

90. 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 whether ball carrier is lined up or on the edge. Weakside linebacker.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

Where he wins: Rarely goes down on first contact. Powerful runner with solid base to work through tackles. One cut runner with some burst. Unafraid to work between the tackles. Covers ground with jump cuts.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. S Shawn Williams, Georgia

Where he wins: In the box strong safety who will pair with a center field, rangy safety. Attacks gaps as a run defender or blitzer, does not shy away from making a statement in the backfield. Tackles well. Does show some range.

100. DT Bennie Logan, LSU

Where he wins: Shows effective lateral quickness to switch gaps with the length to keep separation. Flashes violent hands and use long arms to reach at ball carriers. Good combination of leverage and length for three technique.

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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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