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Norris' Updated Top 151

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


101. 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.


102. 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.


103. WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall


Where he wins: Put together one heck of a highlight reel. Has the leaping ability, frame, and straight-line speed to elevate over defenders. Tracks catches over his shoulder. Will churn through contact after catch.


104. WR Chris Harper, Kansas State


Where he wins: Strength at the catch point to consistently catch contested targets. Same strength shows off the line of scrimmage, beating press corners. Will also win on crosses by shielding and catching away from his body.


105. OL David Quessenberry, San Jose State


Where he wins: A true utility offensive lineman. Flashes the mean streak as an interior lineman and the balance and lower body flexibility to keep up with edge rushers. Strong punch, leverage, and momentum only help his cause.


106. 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.


107. NT John Jenkins, Georgia


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


108. FB/H-back Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard


Where he wins: Used in an H-back at school and showed plenty of comfort as a receiver in the slot or out wide. Adjusts to overthrown targets. A very willing blocker during Senior Bowl week. Will be versatile and stick because of it.


109. DT Nicholas Williams, Samford


Where he wins: Great athlete for the three technique position. When pinning ears back to penetrate he can make a home in the backfield, showing nice strength and burst. Chases runs away and stays on his feet.


110. 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.


111. 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.


112. C Brian Schwenke, Cal


Where he wins: Zone blocker with a mean streak. Attacks his opposition rather than waiting. Extremely quick off the snap, fast hands to locate his target. Low pad level helps with leverage.


113. DE John Simon, Ohio State


Where he wins: His motor never stops, chases down from the backside and uses leverage and strength to win on counter moves. Would not put him in anything that requires coverage, rather as an edge rusher who can spin inside or as a sub package interior rusher.


114. LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon


Where he wins: Straight-line thumper who can make his presence felt closing on the edge ferociously or against lead blockers. Unafraid to throw his body around. High effort player who likely fits as a weak or strong side linebacker.


115. 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.


116. LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State


Where he wins: Former safety who projects to the weak side due to quickness. Flashes downhill chase down speed and is mobile enough to stick with tight ends and backs in coverage.


117. DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois


Where he wins: Showed plenty of talent in 2011. Nice first step to get an advantage off the snap. Can run the arc and create separation with hand use to make a play on the quarterback. Uses a swat and spin move.


118. OLB Lerentee McCray, Florida


Where he wins: Versatility in terms of alignment. Wins as an edge rusher with his hand in the dirt by dipping outside or quick step in. Uses hands to work through blocks. Also not afraid to make first contact through chest and press.


119. WR Ace Sanders, South Carolina


Where he wins: His entire game is based on quick first and second steps. Can making closing defenders miss in his two yard radius. Breaks down his opponents on screens, anticipates cuts. Same goes for returns despite lack of great straight-line speed.


120. RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina


Where he wins: One cut, zone runner pre-injury. Showed toughness to finish off runs and always looked to go north and south.


121. RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State


Where he wins: Very agile at the second level for a big back. Has lower body power but shows lighter feet for his size. Strong cuts and sets up defender. Flashes variety of ways to break tackles, namely the strength to stiff arm or thickness to run through contact. Good hands.


122. CB David Amerson, NC State


Where he wins: Excellent ball skills, especially on jumping routes from an underneath zone. High points. Has the length to project to physical man coverage. Confident player when attacking downhill with aggression.


123. LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida


Where he wins: Outstanding coverage linebacker. Fluid hips. Can run with backs or tight ends in man or zone. Sideline to sideline athlete. Run and chase from the backside. Projects to the weakside.


124. RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin


Where he wins: Made the most of space given to him by excellent blocking. Improved vision in 2012, making things happen on his own. Shows a lot of patience with cuts off blocks. Willing to pass protect.


125. RB Mike Gillislee, Florida


Where he wins: Front or strong side runner. Follows his lead blocker well, cutting off pulling guard or fullback. Sticks his foot in the ground and gets upfield. Little wasted movement. Willing pass protector.



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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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