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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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