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NFL Draft: Norris' Top 100

Thursday, March 13, 2014


46. DL Kony Ealy, Missouri


NFL Comparison: Jason Jones


Where He Wins: Majority of sacks came on a bull rush. Understands getting his hands up to deflect if path to QB is blocked. Has good movement skills to take advantage of space or gaps in offensive line. Think he will win most consistently as an interior rusher in sub-packages rather than sticking on the outside.


Where He Fits: Plenty have mentioned that Ealy could stand up next to a three man front. I prefer him as an edge rusher who works inside, but stronger punch and leg drive could help with edge push.


Draft Projection: His 3-cone time meeting the threshold is throwing me off a bit and is the main reason I think he’ll be successful. Top-40 pick, but could go top-20.


47. T Jack Mewhort, Ohio State


NFL Comparison: Zach Strief


Where He Wins: Easy to like when he locks out, extends and controls with a strong grip. Attempts to consistently find contact through hands, which helps him mirror. Has strong inside arm bar to prevent tighter lines. Has plenty of arm length and uses it.


Where He Fits: Could see him on the left or the right side.


Draft Projection: Second-round pick. Outside shot of top-32.


48. WR Jarvis Landry, LSU


NFL Comparison: Andre Roberts


Where He Wins: Very strong hands in contested situations. Outstanding body control to come down with adjusted catches. Made a large portion of his catches between 6-10 yards, 30 percent. Will get physical with DBs and does not have to actually be open to be open. Finds soft areas in coverage very well.


Where He Fits: Likely best as a slot receiver. Not really the quick twitch type, but can be very productive.


Draft Projection: Could get Andre Ellington’d because of 4.77 forty. Has plenty of talent, but that run and NFL’s reaction could land him in the third or fourth.


49. Edge player Scott Crichton, Oregon State


NFL Comparison: Some Charles Johnson in his style of play.


Where He Wins: Power rusher who wins through his blocker. Deliver a strong punch with extension to keep them off balance and on skates. Can shed after generating depth. Powerful finisher and strong run defender thanks to his ability to shed. Obtains backfield vision well.


Where He Fits: Does not bend well, so straight-line assignments and responsibilities will be best.


Draft Projection: Possible end of the first-rounder. Second-round is more likely.


50. Edge player Aaron Lynch, USF


NFL Comparison: Michael Johnson


Where He Wins: Two different players in college. Has a beefed up end in an odd front, he used strength to keep opposition off balance and create upfield penetration. As a smaller player on the edge of an even front, he displayed burst and quick hands. Loved to take the inside move.


Where He Fits: Career can be taken two ways: back to bigger down lineman, as a freshman, or stick with an edge rushing role, possible as a stand up rusher. Needs to learn to use his hands better on the outside.


Draft Projection: I have no clue. A safe bet would be third day pick. Fit will be critical.


51. DT Caraun Reid, Princeton


NFL Comparison: Clinton McDonald


Where He Wins: Frequently double teamed this season, but did well to hold up at the point of attack with a lower base and hand use. Does very well to lift his opponent’s extended hands and make the most of that created separation. His forward momentum is tough to anchor against.  


Where He Fits: Has lined up in a variety of alignments in multiple fronts, including the 1, 3, and 5 tech.


Draft Projection: Third-round pick.


52. OT Billy Turner, North Dakota State


NFL Comparison: Alex Boone


Where He Wins: Functional strength. Bad technique and bad posture, but he makes it work with a strong latch and an ability to control defenders close to his body. A good athlete with movement skills for his size. A real mauler on the field.


Where He Fits: Could play tackle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if his offensive line coach gets fed up with technique issues and moves him to guard.


Draft Projection: Could see him selected in the second-round due to “upside.” Top 75 for sure.


53. CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon


NFL Comparison: Corey Graham


Where He Wins: Best at attacking the shorter routes. Outside of allowing a few receivers to run by him, he is very consistent beyond 10 yards. Good at mirroring routes before flipping his hips and turning with receivers.


Where He Fits: Fairly even mix of press and off coverage. In fact, he played strictly press man more often than many other corners in this class.


Draft Projection: Third-round selection would not surprise me.


54. RB Devonta Freeman, FSU


NFL Comparison: Ben Tate


Where He Wins: The most decisive runner in this class. Puts his foot in the ground and gets up field immediately. Vision is there. Flashes of breaking first contact. Plenty of experience in pass protection and is an adequate receiver.


Where He Fits: Best in a heavy zone scheme, but should not be limited to that. Pass protection ability should allow him to play early.


Draft Projection: Should be a top three running back selected, although it is kind of a “flavor” position.


55. DB Lamarcus Joyner, FSU


NFL Comparison: Aaron Williams


Where He Wins: Was not targeted very often as a corner, but also had a high burn rate when he was thrown at in man coverage (around 55 percent). That is high for a corner but good for a safety. Did not allow a single catch over 20 yards as a corner in 2013.


Where He Fits: I prefer him as a safety who might be able to walk down in sub packages.


Draft Projection: Second- or third-round, depending if a team selects him as a safety.


56. Off LOS LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College


NFL Comparison: Danny Trevathan


Where He Wins: Closing speed is outstanding. Can locate and chase down with ease. Fairly sound in coverage at the position as well. Plays bigger than size. Does not mind knifing through gaps for tackles for loss.


Where He Fits: Likely as a weakside linebacker and nickel backer.


Draft Projection: Third- or fourth-round.


57. Edge player Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State


NFL Comparison: Olivier Vernon


Where He Wins: Has very good length and flashes hand use. On-field movement skills are much better than tested times. Flashes some bend as well to turn the corner. Powerful finisher. Quick moves to beat extended tackles inside.


Where He Fits: Could see him down in an even front or standing up next to a three man line.


Draft Projection: Depends on if suspension checks out. First-round is possible.


58. Edge player Kyle Van Noy, BYU


NFL Comparison: Koa Misi


Where He Wins: One of the more consistent players in this class. You know what you are going to get. Knows how to use his hands to take advantage. Knows how to shed to make tackles inside or out.


Where He Fits: Strong side linebacker, possibly on the line of scrimmage.


Draft Projection: Third-round.


59. OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada


NFL Comparison: Riley Reiff


Where He Wins: Very athletic lower half. More of an occupier than power blocker, but it works for him. Bends at the knees and ankles to absorb momentum and redirect it. That compensates for lack of upper body strength.


Where He Fits: Could see him as a guard or tackle, but I prefer him at the former. Rushers with a head of steam tend to get under his pads and generate initial push.


Draft Projection: Second-round.


60. OG Gabe Jackson, Miss State


NFL Comparison: Rob Sims


Where He Wins: Not the mauler some make him out to be, but he has a strong latch and can put defenders on their back if they get off balance. Fairly flexible and can absorb momentum thanks to his size.


Where He Fits: Either guard spot.


Draft Projection: Second- or third-round.


61. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

62. RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State

63. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

64. WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina

65. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson

66. WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

67. WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

68. OG Jon Halapio, Florida

69. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

70. QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

71. QB Brett Smith, Wyoming

72. OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

73. TE CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa

74. C Marcus Martin, USC

75. CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood

76. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech

77. DT Daquan Jones, Penn State

78. CB Victor Hampton, South Carolina

79. Edge player Kareem Martin, UNC

80. CB Phillip Gaines, Rice

81. Edge player Carl Bradford, Arizona State

82. CB EJ Gaines, Missouri

83. Off LOS LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

84. S Terrence Brooks, FSU

85. OT Charles Leno Jr., Boise State

86. RB Charles Sims, West Virginia

87. OT Seantrel Henderson, Miami

88. RB Tre Mason, Auburn

89. TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon

90. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

91. OG Trai Turner, LSU

92. OG Dakota Dozier, Furman

93. OG David Yankey, Stanford

94. DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

95. Off LOS LB Christian Kirksey, Iowa

96. TE Richard Rodgers, Cal

97. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State

98. DT Zach Kerr, Delaware

99. Edge player Chris Smith, Arkansas

100. CB Keith McGill, Utah



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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