Josh Norris

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Monday, January 06, 2014


BCS Championship: Auburn vs. Florida State, 8:30 on ESPN



Auburn


Malzahn’s running game


- Ross Fulton wrote a piece discussing Malzahn the Marionette


Redshirt sophomore T Greg Robinson


- A massive, mauling blocker on the edge. Robinson has generated plenty of buzz and will likely be the No. 2 tackle on many boards’. A good portion of Robinson’s blocks are double teams when crashing down and getting to the next level. He is dominant in these situations, but his responsibility will be to pass protect and block on an island in the NFL. He is a great athlete, but spotlighting these situations and focusing on posture, flexibility, and hand control will be important.


Senior DE Dee Ford


- Ford is an edge rusher that wins with speed and leverage. He is not the most powerful player but can convert speed to power when getting underneath his opposition’s pads. Ford gave one of my favorite prospects, Texas A&M RT Cedric Ogbuehi, plenty of difficulties with hand use. The senior could have a sub package passing role in the mold of Mario Addison in the NFL early on.


Florida State


Redshirt freshman QB Jameis Winston


- Contributor Ross Fulton discussed why Jameis Winston is succeeding in ways that EJ Manuel could not.


Redshirt sophomore WR Kelvin Benjamin


- Huge frame and length to win at the catch point in contested situations. Very good body control to slow down, time catch, and contort frame to haul in a catch.  Long strides allow him to get downfield. Unafraid to work across the middle on deep posts. Able to make adjustments with the ball in the air that other receivers can’t. Displays strength after the catch. Can dominate in the red zone, on vertical passes, and with strength on slants. Mainly an outside receiver.


Redshirt junior WR Rashad Greene


- Yards after catch receiver who Matt Waldman sees some Desean Jackson in. Frequently targeted in the short to intermediate levels of the field, and Winston knows to put it to him in stride.


Senior LB Telvin Smith


- Smith did not earn a starting role until this season, but he is a rangy linebacker that displays a physical style when lining up ball carriers. He overruns some plays and can get walled off, but Smith is the type of third- or fourth-round pick that can contribute. He will likely be a top-50 player for me.


Senior DE/LB Christian Jones


- Jones projects as a strong side linebacker or LEO end in the NFL. He wins on the edge as a pass rusher, something he wasn’t asked to do very much until this season. I wonder what his responsibility and role will be against a run heavy offense in Malzahn.


Senior DB Lamarcus Joyner


- Joyner is awesome. The versatile defensive back has played safety and linebacker and will make a home in nickel situations in the NFL. Some pro teams have started using three safeties in nickel sets rather than three corners, and Joyner can fit that role. I do not want to say he is Tyrann Mathieu, but I would feel very comfortable selecting Joyner on the second day, despite his lack of ideal size.


Junior RB Devonta Freeman


- When he declares, Freeman has an argument for being this class’ top prospect at the position. His game reminds me of Ahmad Bradshaw due to a violent and aggressive running style, pass protection ability, and strong cuts.




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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