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NFL Draft: Norris' Top 200

Wednesday, May 07, 2014


Keeping the draft in mind, I wanted to post these rankings, even without full explanations for each prospect, before any more time passed. I will be adding evaluations each day, so continue to check back for updates.


With comparisons, note that a player listed does not mean a complete mirror image. It could be referring to certain traits, roles, or progression in relation to a specific point in a career.


61. CB Phillip Gaines, Rice


62. OL 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.


63. 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.


64. DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU


NFL Comparison: Barry Cofield


Where He Wins: Can be very disruptive when gaining the momentum and balance advantage from the 1/0. Drives interior OL back and has quick feet to make a play in the backfield once creating the operable space. Much better when working upfield. Loves to utilize a pull and swim motion.


Where He Fits: I do not like Jernigan’s game from the 3 technique and/or when he is asked to work around blockers rather than through them. Run defense is hit or miss. I would rather he become an upfield disruptor close to the center.


Draft Projection: Could be the first defensive tackle off the board.


65. 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.


66. TE Colt Lyerla, Oregon


67. G 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.


68. 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.



69. RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State


70. RB Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State


71. WR Martavis Bryant, Clemson


72. WR Davante Adams, Fresno State


73. QB David Fales, San Jose State


74. QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU


75. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois


76. S Deone Bucannon, Washington State


77. CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood


78. DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech


79. WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt


80. G Dakota Dozier, Furman


81. T Charles Leno Jr., Boise State


82. Off LOS LB Christian Kirksey, Iowa


83. C/G Marcus Martin, USC


84. DT Daquan Jones, Penn State


85. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State


86. WR Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss


87. DL Kareem Martin, UNC


88. DT Zach Kerr, Delaware


89. DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Miss


90. G Jon Halapio, Florida


91. DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame


92. Edge player Carl Bradford, Arizona State


93. Off LOS LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin


94. CB EJ Gaines, Missouri


95. RB Charles Sims, West Virginia


96. RB Tre Mason, Auburn


97. CB Keith McGill, Utah


98. WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan


99. WR Kevin Norwood, Alabama


100. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech


101. QB Brett Smith, Wyoming


102. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia


103. RB Jeremy Hill, LSU


104. TE Arthur Lynch, Georgia


105. TE Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State


106. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska


107. TE Richard Rodgers, Cal


108. WR Paul Richardson, Colorado


109. DL Taylor Hart, Oregon


110. G David Yankey, Stanford


111. OL Seantrel Henderson, Miami


112. Edge player Trent Murphy, Stanford


113. CB Victor Hampton, South Carolina


114. Edge player Chris Smith, Arkansas


115. T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee


116. T Jawuan James, Tennessee


117. RB Terrance West, Towson


118. RB Storm Johnson, UCF


119. T Kevin Pamphile, Purdue


120. OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, McGill


121. CB Shaq Richardson, Arizona


122. CB Walt Aikens, Liberty


123. CB Demetri Goodson, Baylor


124. Off LOS LB Jordan Tripp, Montana


125. Off LOS LB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA


126. DB Avery Patterson, Oregon


127. Edge player Christian Jones, FSU


128. S Brock Vereen, Minnesota


129. DB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech


130. DT Chris Whaley, Texas


131. WR Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina


132. WR Robert Herron, Wyoming


133. WR Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin


134. WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest


135. WR Geraldo Boldewijn, Boise State


136. WR Shaq Evans, UCLA


137. WR Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma


138. WR Josh Huff, Oregon


139. Edge player Trevor Reilly, Utah


140. CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida


141. Edge player Ronald Powell, Florida


142. Off LOS LB Avery Williamson, Kentucky


143. RB James White, Wisconsin


144. RB Bishop Sankey, Washington


145. OW De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon


146. S Dion Bailey, USC


147. OL Garrett Scott, Marshall


148. CB Marcus Roberson, Florida


149. S Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama


150. DL Brent Urban, Virginia


151. WR TJ Jones, Notre Dame


152. T Cameron Fleming, Stanford


153. TE Jake Murphy, Utah


154. RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona


155. OW Dri Archer, Kent State


156. G Cyril Richardson, Baylor


157. C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma


158. OL Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt


159. S Dez Southward, Wisconsin


160. RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor


161. G Spencer Long, Nebraska


162. CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State


163. CB Kendall James, Maine

 

164. CB Dontae Johnson, NC State

 

165. DL Kerry Wynn, Richmond

 

166. DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse

 

167. Off LOS LB Yawin Smallwood, UConn

 

168. G Chris Watt, Notre Dame

 

169. Off LOS LB Khairi Fortt, Cal

 

170. T Justin Britt, Missouri

 

171. Edge rusher Will Clarke, West Virginia

 

172. T Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

 

173. RB Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern

 

174. S Ahmdad Dixon, Baylor

 

175. TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State

 

176. TE Gator Hoskins, Marshall

 

177. TE Justin Jones, ECU

 

178. CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt


179. TE Blake Annen, Cincinnati


180. OL Donald Hawkins, Texas


181. OL Trey Hopkins, Texas


182. C Corey Linsley, Ohio State


183. Off LOS LB Marquis Flowers, Arizona


184. Off LOS LB DeDe Lattimore, USF


185. QB Tom Savage, Pitt


186. QB Keith Wenning, Ball State


187. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama


188. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson


189. QB Bryn Renner, UNC


190. S Daniel Sorensen, BYU


191. S Sean Parker, Washington


192. S Alden Darby, Arizona State


193. DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina


194. DT Bruce Gaston, Purdue


195. FB Trey Millard, Oklahoma


196. DT Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State


197. Off LOS LB Howard Jones, Shepherd


198. DT Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State


199. RB Andre Williams, Boston College


200. WR Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska




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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