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Norris' Best Available: Day 2

Friday, May 9, 2014

16. WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

NFL Comparison: Braylon Edwards

Where He Wins: Big, fast in a straight-line, can create separation at the catch point and has extremely reliable hands. Can win against man along the sideline and has body control to haul in catches. Willing run blocker.

Where He Fits: Perimeter receiver who could do his best vertically early against corners who struggle to obtain vision or adjust.

17. CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson

NFL Comparison: Sam Shields

Where He Wins: Very adept at finding the football and attacking the catch point. Worked in off and press coverage. Good at mirroring receivers movements, handles stems and seems to understand alignment tells. A very aggressive corner who competes with the ball in the air and is usually in position to do so.

Where He Fits: Does not seem to be scheme specific. Has also spent time as boundary and field corner.


18. G Trai Turner, LSU

NFL Comparison: Larry Warford


Where He Wins: Extremely physical. Goes hunting for defenders when uncovered. Is very good at pulling and trapping. Athletic for his size. Strong upper half, which tends to lead to waist bending, but signs of progress were there. Wants to block until the whistle, even downfield.


Where He Fits: It is in the realm of possibility Turner becomes the top guard form this class. He can run "power" in pulling/trapping scheme or push head up defender.

19. DL Kony Ealy, Missouri

NFL Comparison: Michael Bennett

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.

20. 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.

21. C Weston Richburg, Colorado State

NFL Comparison: Nick Hardwick

Where He Wins: More of an occupier than road grader. Can get to the second level and seal lanes. Active in pass protection. Was asked to make pre-snap reads and checks.

Where He Fits: Anchor the middle of a team's offensive line. Doubt he can play guard.

22. 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.

23. Off LOS LB 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.

24. T Morgan Moses, Virginia

25. RB Devonta Freeman, FSU

26. OL Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

27. WR Bruce Ellington, South Carolina


28. WR Jarvis Landry, LSU


29. DT Caraun Reid, Princeton

30. TE CJ Fiedorowicz, Iowa


31. CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon

32. CB Phillip Gaines, Rice

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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