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Josh Norris' Top 50 & QB Ranks

Saturday, September 07, 2013

21. DT Dominique Easley, Florida

WHW: Easley’s success inside compared to when on the edge is a no contest. His quickness to shoot face up gaps causes instant disruption, displaying quick hands to keep separation and a forward momentum. He impacts games when gaining promising positioning.

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22. T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*


WHW: Attacks defender’s shoulder in the running game with strong first contact. A bit top heavy with forward lean in pass protection but feet stay in solid positioning. Initial pass set is quick, would like to see knee bend and strong plant to redirect momentum.

23. WR Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma

WHW: Freakish in his quick twitch movements. Can excel from the slot. Will work in traffic and then will make the most after the catch. Adjust to poor placement quickly and immediately gets upfield. Sets up defenders by slowing down then using burst to create separation. Has long speed as well.

24. DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

WHW: Frequently used as one technique and three technique in a four man front, but best bet might be three or five technique in a three man. Has an anchor despite loss of leverage. Isn’t able to work in space enough, but has good athleticism. Expect him to take another step in development.

25. G Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA*


WHW: Athletic blocker with a thick lower half. Quick and active hands. Needs to keep his feet more. Works easily from one blocker to another against twists and stunts. Finds contact at second level, through hands and presses immediately.

26. DB Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

27. LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU

28. OLB Adrian Hubbard, Alabama*

29. OW De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon*

30. DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*

31. CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

32. CB Marcus Roberson, Florida*

33. OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

34. T Seantrel Henderson, Miami

35. TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

37. DL DeAndre Coleman, Cal

38. DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU

39. T Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M*

40. CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida*

41. LB Telvin Smith, FSU

42. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M*

43. T Cameron Erving, FSU*

44. WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

45. LB Christian Jones, FSU

46. G Cyril Richardson, Baylor

47. FB/H-back Trey Millard, Oklahoma

48. WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State*

49. DT Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State

50. TE Eric Ebron, UNC*

Just missed: Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Oregon State Scott Crichton*, USC DE Morgan Breslin, FSU RB James Wilder, Iowa LB James Morris, USC T Kevin Graf, San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere, Southern Miss DT Khyri Thornton, South Carolina DE Chaz Sutton, FSU RB Devonta Freeman*, Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey*, Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk*, Arizona St OLB Carl Bradford*.

Quarterback Rankings

1. Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater*

2. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota*

3. Miami’s Stephen Morris

WHW: Pocket movement and taking advantage of defensive mistakes. Morris gives his offense second and third opportunities, thanks to his awareness and mobility in the pocket to avoid the pass rush and buy receivers time to separate. The quarterback loves challenging coverages deep and is very effective, so projections to a vertical offense are understandable.

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4. UCLA’s Brett Hundley*

5. Stanford’s Kevin Hogan*

6. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd

WHW: The one word to describe Boyd is intriguing. Here’s why: pocket mobility, an ability to change his throwing platforms, and a willingness to test vertically with success. If he continues to progress at last year’s pace, Boyd can give offensive coordinators a chance to win the numbers advantage. He can play in an up tempo offense and use his feet and arm slots to take advantage of free pass rushers or pressure in general. Many will point to his height as an issue, but the way in which Boyd changes levels tends to negate that disadvantage.

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7. San Jose State’s David Fales

WHW: Fales is a cerebral pocket mover, showing very little attention to bodies moving around him. He can be effective in tight spaces before taking a hit and has the footwork to bounce off of his back foot and create operational space if needed. Placement, touch, timing, and anticipation are all above average qualities. Those four skills can compensate for other deficiencies.

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8. Michigan’s Devin Gardner*

9. UNC’s Bryn Renner

WHW: Renner can handle movement, in terms of defensive action, and react accordingly. This is something that many college passers struggle with. Add on his willingness to give his receiver a chance to win at the catch point when draped in single coverage, and Renner will intrigue offensive coaches.

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10. Cornell’s Jeff Mathews

WHW: Mathews has the arm, namely velocity, to compensate for other deficiencies. His placement isn’t perfect, but the Cornell senior attacks windows and gaps in coverage in the intermediate and downfield sections of the field. He made some real wow throws in every game I watched.

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11. Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel*

12. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller*

13. Georgia’s Aaron Murray

WHW: Murray gets on a roll when first reads are open. That doesn't necessarily limit him to underneath throws since Murray has enough velocity to take advantage of matchups on breaking routes or downfield throws. An offensive coordinator knows what he is getting from Murray in a clean pocket.

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14. Alabama’s A.J. McCarron

WHW: What you see is what you get. McCarron would carry out the orders of his play caller, targeting the necessary first read with touch and precision. He can hit a second read or checkdown thanks to pocket movement, but is limited once moved off his plant foot. Experience from center and in the gun helps.

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15. LSU’s Zach Mettenberger

WHW: When considering his entire junior season, Mettenberger is a rhythm passer, and a fairly good one. His timing and placement when driving off his back foot can be impressive. The velocity is absolutely there to fit passes into tight coverages and he puts downfield throws on a rope. Mettenberger even flashes touch.

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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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