PLAYERS WHO WILL HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN MANY DRAFTED HIGHER THAN THEM IN THE NFL DRAFT
posted: 5/4/14

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POS PLAYER COLLEGE SHORT COMMENT
QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois Very quick release; will be ideal in a West Coast Offense.  I would take him in round one.
QB Aaron Murray Georgia Short, but smart, accurate and a winner.  He could be this draft's Russell Wilson.
QB Zach Mettenberger LSU Big kid with a big arm. Late talk of him being only a big arm is either misdirect or sour grapes.
QB Jeff Mathews Cornell Good size, good arm, developmental prospect.  I liked what I saw at the East West Shrine Game.
QB Keith Wenning Ball State Has the look of at least being a quality back-up; but he could be more.
RB Tre Mason Auburn Has the best chance in this draft class to be both a team's workhorse back and top playmaker.
RB Terrence West Towson Size, strength, and enough speed to break off big runs.  He could be a steal.
RB Jeremy Hill LSU Excellent receiver for a big back makes him a more rounded player than many of the other big backs in the draft.
RB Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern One of the best athletes in the draft; this ex-QB should become a big-play running back.
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro Coastal Carolina Strong runner with quick feet, he could just be the "Alfred Morris" or "Zac Stacy" of this draft.
RB David Fluellen Toledo A tough kid who will, at worst, be a good short-yardage, goal-line runner at the next level.
RB Tim Cornett UNLV Excellent speed, good athlete, kick returner and good college production make him a good day three pick.
RB Henry Josey Missouri Smallish back coming off an injury, ran a 4.39 at the Combine.  He could be a good change-of-pace back.
RB/WR Dri Archer Kent State The fastest player in the draft can return kicks, play the slot, and be an effective gadget player.
WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State When all is said and done; he could be the most dangerous offensive weapon in the entire draft.
WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt With all the underclassman, Matthews is getting a bit lost in the WR crowd; but is worth a late round one pick.
WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina This playmaker doesn't have the size of many of the WRs rated more highly; but he will out-produce many of them.
WR Allen Robinson Penn State Excellent athlete with good height, quickness, and hands; he showed enough speed with a 4.47 forty at his Pro Day.
WR Paul Richardson Colorado Speed, speed and more speed.  Richardson will carve out a nice NFL role for himself.
WR Robert Herron Wyoming One of my favorite sleepers in the draft; he killed it during Senior Bowl week.
WR Michael Campanaro Wake Forest A sneaky good prospect who should develop into a very good slot receiver.
WR Matt Hazel Coastal Carolina A second player on my list from that football powerhouse Coastal Carolina; he does everything well.
WR Jeremy Gallon Michigan Undersized; but a very good football player.  I think he'll overcome his short stature.
WR Damian Copeland Louisville A six-year college player, Copeland has the skill set to be a slot receiver; he is extremely slippery.
WR Tevin Reese Baylor Reese is undersized, but is a terrific athlete who is a playmaker. 
TE A. C. Leonard Tennessee State Many problems off the field; but as gifted athletically as any tight end in this draft class.
TE C. J. Fiedorowicz Iowa A two-way tight end who will be a contributor in the NFL.
TE Crockett Gillmore Colorado State Too slow, not a great athlete, but he just gets it done on the field; a reliable receiver with excellent hands.
TE Blake Annen Cincinnati The fastest tight end in this draft class; he is big on potential, but short on production due to lack of use.
TE/DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg Former basketball player is a very good athlete and could be either a tight end or defensive end.
OT Taylor Lewan Michigan Should be mentioned in the same breath as Greg Robinson.
OT JaJuan James Tennessee Better on the field than he is working out; he will be a solid NFL right tackle.
OT Billy Turner South Dakota State Athletic, small school prospect with a big upside.
OT Matt Pachen Boston College Has too much of an intriguing set of skills and accomplishments to be getting so little pub.
OG/T Joel Bitonio Nevada Quick feet may make him a better guard than tackle in the NFL; although he'll be tried at tackle first.
OG/T Michael Schofield Michigan Looked very good Senior Bowl Week; can play tackle or guard.
OG Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA I wouldn't blink if he came off the board in the middle of round one.
OG David Yankey Stanford So, his workout wasn't what was expected; he's still a very good football player.
OG Trai Turner LSU Faster and more athletic than initially thought, he will grow into a solid starting guard.
OC Weston Richburg Colorado State The best center in the draft will see many drafted ahead of him who will contribute less to their NFL teams.
OC Corey Linsley Ohio State Fast, quick, strong and very athletic for his size, he is an intriguing prospect.
OC Bryan Stork Florida State Another of those better on the field than working out; he will be a late round steal.
DT Aaron Donald Pittsburgh In my mind, right there with Mack as second best defensive player in the draft.
DT RaShede Hageman Minnesota At times this kid is unstoppable; he could be a beast in the NFL.
DT DaQuan Jones Penn State A big run-stuffer who will look better on the field than in the boxscore.
DT Daniel McCullers Tennessee You can't coach 6'6.6", 352 pounds.  He'll be a tough to move off the ball.
DT/E Caraun Reid Princeton A nose tackle in college (but undersized for the NFL), he has the athleticism to play end in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3.
DE Kareem Martin North Carolina Good size, good measureables, good 2013 production; Martin isn't getting the buzz he deserves.
DE Will Clarke West Virginia Has the frame and game to grow into a 3-4 end.
DE Zach Moore Concordia Dominated against his competition and has the tools to excel at the next level.
DE/O Dee Ford Auburn In my mind (and maybe only mind); he's a top ten pick.
DE/O Marcus Smith Louisville The best of the second tier pass rushers; he will be a double-digit sacker in the NFL.
DE/O Demarcus Lawrence Boise State One of the better pass rushers who will be available after the middle of round one.
DE/O Jackson Jeffcoat Texas Quick and fast; he needs a little more strength but has a very intriguing upside. 
DE/O James Gayle Virginia Tech A bit unrefined, but has the tools to develop into a good pass rusher.
DE/O Howard Jones Shepherd Raw, but talented, a good pass-rushing developmental prospect.
OLB Ryan Shazier Ohio State Fantasy football alert - Shazier will be a great IDP; he'll get lots and lots of tackles and some sacks.
OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU May be the best 4-3 SAM linebacker in the draft.
OLB Jordan Tripp Montana A undervalued WILL linebacker, he is quick and strong.
OLB Telvin Smith Florida State Undersized, but a football playing machine.  He could move to strong safety.
OLB Christian Kirksey Iowa Instinctive with better measureables than initially thought, he should be a mid-round find.
OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis Boston College Productive college player, has as good a basket of skills (strength, speed, athleticism, quickness) as any in this draft.
ILB Chris Borland Wisconsin Good enough to go late in round one, he'll probably go on day two.
ILB Shane Skov Stanford A tough but speed-deficient football-playing-machine who will fit nicely inside in a 3-4 defense.
ILB Avery Williamson Kentucky One of the more underrated players in this draft; production + measureables + size = success.
ILB Lamin Barrow LSU A good football player who will help whatever team drafts him.
ILB Brock Coyle Montana Strength, speed and quickness make Coyle an intriguing prospect.
ILB Brandon Denmark Florida A&M The type of small school prospect worth drafting late and developing.
CB Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State He's on this list because there seems to be some wavering amongst draft analysts.  There shouldn't be.
CB Jason Verrett TCU If he was taller he'd be the #1 corner in the draft.  As is, he is my #2.
CB Phillip Gaines Rice Injury history has kept his name off top five lists of corners; however, he has mad skills.
CB Keith McGill Utah The next in the line of tall corners; he has measureables in line with the normal-sized corners.
CB Pierre Decir Lindenwood Good sized, small school corner with good potential.  He played well against the comp in post-season All Star games.
CB Nevin Lawson Utah State One of the best nickel corners in the draft.
CB Ross Cockrell Duke One of my favorite sleepers in the draft; he will be a long time plus starter in NFL.
CB Dontae Johnson North Carolina State Excellent mix of size, speed and athleticism; some team will grab him as a developmental prospect.
CB Bennett Jackson  Notre Dame Overlooked prospect who played well outside and he has the quickness to succeed inside as well.
CB Dashaun Phillips Tarleton State Small school alert; as good measureables as any corner in the draft.
SS Deone Bucannon Washington State Should be in the conversation with Clinton-Dix and Pryor as the best safety in the draft.  Yes I said (wrote) it.
SS Daniel Sorensen BYU Box safety with unbelievable quickness and change-of-direction skills.
SS/FS Brock Vereen Minnesota An underrated prospect who will out-perform where he is drafted.
SS/FS Dezman Southward Wisconsin Tremendous athlete with excellent speed who will be a special teams demon while being developed.
FS Terrence Brooks Florida State Excellent range and speed and has corner experience.
FS Marquestion Huff Wyoming Extremely active player with a nose for the ball.  He'll eventually start in the NFL. 
FS/SS Lonnie Ballentine Memphis A relatively unknown prospect who is generating some buzz leading up to the draft, he has size and speed.
FS/SS Daytawion Lowe Oklahoma State A good athlete, Lowe was a free safety, but his measureables indicate he could be much better at strong safety.
FS/CB Robert Nelson Arizona State A talented but undersized free safety; Nelson has the quickness to play slot corner in the NFL.
FS/WR Jeremy Deering Rutgers A very good athlete, defensive back Deering has good enough hands to transition to wide receiver at the next level.

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