Justin Blackmon has had a rough ride to the NFL, with two arrests on his record — one during his time at Oklahoma State, and another shortly after his selection fifth-overall in 2012 by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
It seems he’s in a bit more trouble less than a year after the last incident.
Jaguars former first-round pick WR Justin Blackmon is being suspended four games by the NFL, per league sources. More on NFL Live now.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2013
There is yet no news as to why Blackmon has been suspended, but it is clear that the previous DUIs are not connected to today’s announcement.
Thankfully for Jacksonville, the run-ins with the law allowed the Jaguars to build in clauses to Blackmon’s contract that would effectively allow the team to release the troubled receiver by eliminating any guaranteed money. It’s unclear whether Jacksonville will take this out or treat the situation similarly to Tampa Bay corner Eric Wright, who’s contract was recently restructured for similar reasons.
Blackmon released this statement to the press:
“I’ve made a mistake and I have no excuse. I am truly sorry and disappointed in myself for putting the Jaguars in this situation, and I look forward to putting this behind me and maturing and growing as a person. I will have a productive training camp and pre-season with my team, and during the suspension I will work hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to help the Jaguars when I return. I have chosen to be accountable for my poor decision, and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, the front office and Jaguars fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”
The suspension is a big blow for Jacksonville, as they’re currently sticking with over-matched 2011 first-round pick Blaine Gabbert under center heading into the 2013 season.
I simply do not see Gabbert succeeding (or even improving on the previous two seasons’ performances) with only Cecil Shorts as a starting wide out and Mohamed Massaquoi slotting in as Blackmon’s replacement. Jacksonville’s offense is one to stay away from for fantasy purposes.
The Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts completed an interesting trade early on Monday, with Indy sending former first-round pass-rusher Jerry Hughes to Buffalo in return for inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
Hughes, the 31st-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, was asked by the Colts to make the conversion to 4-3 defensive end after playing his collegiate years at outside ‘backer for Texas Christian. Behind Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, Hughes failed to crack the lineup as even a rotational player in his first two years with Indy (totaling only 12 tackles and one sack).
Heading into 2012, new coach Chuck Pagano made it clear that Indy would change their defensive scheme to 3-4, and hopes for recouping value from Hughes’ first-round selection grew with a return to his original scheme — and although his numbers increased to 41 tackles and four sacks in 2012, he was still viewed as a disappointment.
Meanwhile, Sheppard saw extensive playing time at middle linebacker following a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Sheppard produced well on paper in his time with Buffalo, as he racked up a combined 150 tackles and two sacks, but was regarded as having more to offer and played sparingly despite recording starts in all 16 games in 2012.
The trade of Sheppard could be an indication that Buffalo plans to move forward with recent second-round pick Kiko Alonso as the starter at middle linebacker, although recent reports have linked the Bills to ex-Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby — who was released in March, only two years into the second-largest middle linebacker contract in NFL history (behind Patrick Willis). Dansby registered 101 tackles as a 16-game starter for Miami last year.
Ideally, Sheppard will compete for starting duties at inside ‘backer opposite injury-prone tackling machine Pat Angerer in Indianapolis. Other inside ‘backers on the roster include Jerell Freeman (145 tackles, 2 sacks, one pick and a forced fumble in 2012) and Kavell Connor (54 tackles and one sack in 2012).
Even with the loss of Dwight Freeney in free-agency, the Colts signed free-agent Erik Walden to start opposite Robert Mathis at outside pass-rusher. Instead of keeping Hughes as depth, Indy gained a potential starter in Sheppard who may still develop into a better player — and at the same time serves as insurance should Angerer go down with injury once again.
Meanwhile, Hughes will be asked to play either a pass-rushing role from end for Buffalo or serve as a standing rusher on early downs. For the Bills this is more of a last-ditch effort to get return for Sheppard’s selection, as he had fallen from favor and new coach Doug Marrone’s staff was willing to look elsewhere for a starter.
This trade has the potential to be a big move for both teams, specifically for Indy, but at the same time there is a legitimate chance neither player makes an impact for their new teams — especially if they can’t crack the starting lineup.
Since our coverage was ended a bit prematurely towards the end of the fifth-round, I’m back to finish up each prospect’s quick analysis.
151st pick – Cowboys select Oklahoma St. RB Joseph Randle
Junior 6’0″ 204 lbs 4.59 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Fred Jackson
Randle doesn’t have top-tier speed, but he’s very quick and runs hard. Accelerates well out of the backfield, but still needs to develop vision as a runner.
152nd pick – Giants select Richmond S Taylor Cooper
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 228 lbs 4.55 40-yard 23 bench reps
A player with a reputation for being a quick learner, Cooper displays good instincts and hard-hitting ability to make up for a lack of elite speed. Plays aggressively and physically.
Has a history of injuries and a medical scare in 2010 has worried scouts.
153rd pick – Falcons select TCU DE Stansly Maponga
Redshirt Junior 6’2″ 256 lbs 4.84 40-yard 30 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Dwight Freeney
Already a good pass-rusher with an excellent spin move, Maponga explodes off the snap.
Likely to play end for Atlanta, but needs to prove he’s more consistent to get playing time.
154th pick – Redskins select Florida St. RB Chris Thompson
Senior 5’7″ 192 lbs 4.42 40-yard 21 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Darren Sproles
Size is a clear issue, but coaches love Thompson’s resiliency — having suffered a major back injury as a junior at Florida State.
Likely will serve as a change of pace and receiving back for Washington.
155th pick – Vikings select UCLA P Jeff Locke
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 209 lbs
A lefty punter who can likely contribute on kickoffs as well, Locke is the first punter or kicker to go in the 2013 NFL Draft.
156th pick – Bengals select Kansas OT Tanner Hawkinson
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 298 lbs 5.06 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Steve Maneri
Hawkinson played tight end in high school, and it shows in his athleticism as a tackle. Started 48 straight games for Kansas.
May be more ideal to move back to tight end in the NFL due to strength concerns, like Maneri has done with the Chiefs.
157th pick – 49ers select Alabama DE Quinton Dial
Senior 6’6″ 318 lbs 5.29 40-yard
Touted as a scheme-versatile lineman, Dial is a non-stop attacker who plays aggressively every down.
Very agile for his size, but needs to learn technique to succeed at the NFL-level.
158th pick – Seahawks select Rice TE Luke Willson
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 251 lbs 4.51 40-yard 23 bench reps
159th pick – Packers select Iowa CB Micah Hyde
Senior 6’0″ 197 lbs 4.52 40-yard 12 bench reps
Played both safety and corner at Iowa, and will likely be treated as a tweener by Green Bay. Has a public intoxication arrest on his record.
160th pick – Rams select Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy
Senior 5’9″ 216 lbs 4.53 40-yard 27 bench reps
Experienced special teams player. Stacy is a good interior runner who falls forward, but won’t be much of a help in the passing game either as a blocker or receiver.
161st pick – Broncos select Georgia WR Tavarres King
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 189 lbs 4.40 40-yard 11 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Emmanuel Sanders
Regarded by some as a developmental starter, King has speed and a fluidity to his movement to beat corners deep and excels at beating press coverage.
Inconsistent hands and a lean frame will lead to little playing time as a rookie.
162nd pick – Redskins select Florida St. DE Brandon Jenkins
Senior 6’3″ 251 lbs 5.08 40-yard 18 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Robert Mathis
Jenkins explodes off the edge, but is criticized for having played more as a linebacker than end. Long arms give Jenkins leverage on blockers, but a lack of bulk will be an issue in defending against the run.
163rd pick – Bears select Louisiana Tech OT Jordan Mills
Senior 6’5″ 316 lbs 5.30 40-yard 20 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Ray Willis
Mills played both tackle and guard in college, and may be asked to be a super reserve player. Plays more a strength game than finesse — unlikely to see time on the left side of the line.
164th pick – Dolphins select Florida RB Mike Gillislee
Senior 5’11” 208 lbs 4.48 40-yard 15 bench reps
A good receiver, Gillislee isn’t afraid to block for quarterbacks. Plays much slighter than his build and shies away from contact.
Has the speed to break away, but doesn’t break tackles and needs to learn to hit the hole.
165th pick – Lions select Appalachian State P Sam Martin
166th pick – Dolphins select Florida K Caleb Sturgis
167th pick – Packers select Mississippi St. DE Josh Boyd
Senior 6’3″ 310 lbs 5.14 40-yard 32 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Sen’Derrick Marks
Plays a bit too weak for tackle in a 4-3, but should make a rotational run-stopping end for Green Bay.
168th pick – Ravens select Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner
Redshirt Senior 6’6″ 308 lbs 5.15 40-yard 20 bench reps
A tough player who performed with a knee injury in 2012, Wagner was a walk-on at Wisconsin who earned his playing time. Should make for good depth and could develop as a starting right tackle.
169th pick – Jaguars select Florida S Josh Evans
Senior 6’1″ 207 lbs 4.54 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Reshad Jones
Evans reads plays well, attacking the ball carrier when he senses a run play. He is aggressive on jump balls, but often allows receivers to catch the ball rather than risk blowing an attempt at an interception.
170th pick – Chiefs select California (PA) C Eric Kush
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 304 lbs
Kush was projected undrafted.
171st pick – Lions select Virginia Tech WR Corey Fuller
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 204 lbs 4.32 40-yard 12 bench reps
Very fast and a hard worker, Fuller is a developmental receiver.
172nd pick – Raiders select Colorado TE Nick Kasa
Senior 6’6″ 269 lbs 4.71 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Kevin Boss
Already a competent blocker, with size and speed on his side — a potential playmaker with some work.
173rd pick – Broncos select Virginia Tech OT Vinston Painter
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 306 lbs 4.90 40-yard 32 bench reps
174th pick – Cardinals select Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 205 lbs 4.28 40-yard 16 bench reps
Shows remarkable awareness for a young receiver and has great possession skills.
175th pick – Browns select Notre Dame S Jamoris Slaughter
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 195 lbs 4.57 40-yard
Good athlete with a presence in both the run and pass games. Has durability concerns.
176th pick – Texans select San Jose St. OT David Quessenberry
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 302 lbs 5.06 40-yard 25 bench reps
Another former tight end, Quessenberry is both athletic and muscular for his size — he has developmental upside as either a tackle or guard.
177th pick – Bills select Florida St. K Dustin Hopkins
178th pick – Jets select Michigan OG William Campbell
Senior 6’4″ 311 lbs
179th pick – Chargers select Florida International DE Tourek Williams
Senior 6’3″ 260 lbs 4.74 40-yard 25 bench reps
180th pick – 49ers select Florida St. OLB Nick Moody
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 236 lbs 4.70 40-yard 17 bench reps
181st pick – Raiders select Central Florida RB Latavius Murray
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 223 lbs 4.39 40-yard
Murray has an incredible track record with holding onto the ball, with only one fumble in 453 rushing attempts.
182nd pick – Panthers select Oregon RB Kenjon Barner
Redshirt Senior 5’9″ 196 lbs 4.39 40-yard 20 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Joe McKnight
Experienced with returners and a capable pass-catcher. Has struggled with fumbles.
183rd pick – Saints select Tarleton St. DE Rufus Johnson
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 272 lbs
184th pick – Raiders select Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 242 lbs 4.78 40-yard 17 bench reps
Rivera is known for making near-impossible catches and displays both good route-running and solid hands. Very poor blocker at this point.
185th pick – Cowboys select South Carolina OLB DeVonte Holloman
Senior 6’2″ 243 lbs 4.71 40-yard 15 bench reps
He’s very instinctual, yet Holloman often lacks the physical ability to make plays on his reads.
186th pick – Steelers select Oklahoma WR Justin Brown
Senior 6’3″ 207 lbs
187th pick – Cardinals select Clemson RB Andre Ellington
Redshirt Senior 5’9″ 199 lbs 4.54 40-yard
Ellington frustrates attackers with quick cuts and an ability to stop and start, but needs to learn to let his linemen do more work and set up blocks.
188th pick – Bears select Georgia OLB Cornelius Washington
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 265 lbs 4.53 40-yard 36 bench reps
Flexible player, who can serve both as 4-3 end and pass-rushing lienbacker. Has some off-the-field concerns.
189th pick – Buccaneers select Miami RB Mike James
Senior 5’11” 223 lbs 4.50 40-yard 28 bench reps
More of a plodder than a true runner, James saw time both as a pass-catching fullback and lead blocker in his time at Miami.
190th pick – Bengals select Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead
Senior 5’10” 214 lbs 4.65 40-yard 21 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Peyton Hillis
Burkhead runs hard and is built sturdy. While he may not have quite the size of Hillis or the experience at fullback, Burkhead has the ability to mirror Hillis’ impact as a tough runner.
191st pick – Redskins select Georgia S Bacarri Rambo
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 211 lbs 4.57 40-yard 17 bench reps
Rambo is an aggressive tackler who reads the offense well and makes plays at both safety positions.
He has had off-the-field issues, including suspensions due to failed drug tests in 2012.
192nd pick – Colts select Oregon S John Boyett
Redshirt Senior 5’10” 204 lbs 4.64 40-yard 27 bench reps
Short stature may limit Boyett’s impact in the NFL. Possesses good ball skills and can read teh quarterback, but injury concerns are a problem.
193rd pick – Packers select Illinois St. LB Nate Palmer
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 248 lbs 4.73 40-yard
194th pick – Seahawks select LSU RB Spencer Ware
Junior 5’10” 228 lbs 4.63 40-yard
195th pick – Texans select Jacksonville St. WR Alan Bonner
Senior 5’10” 193 lbs 4.50 40-yard 14 bench reps
196th pick – Vikings select UCLA OG Jeff Baca
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 302 lbs 4.98 40-yard
While Baca handles bull-rushers well, he has difficulty dealing with finesse rushers. Ideally a guard at the professional level.
197th pick – Bengals select Arkansas WR Cobi Hamilton
Senior 6’2″ 212 lbs 4.50 40-yard 11 bench reps
Fluid receiver who can gain yardage after the catch. Will get in trouble with fumbling when trying to gain yards and has a history of concussion problems.
198th pick – Texans select Bowling Green DT Chris Jones
Senior 6’2″ 302 lbs 5.25 40-yard 30 bench reps
199th pick – Lions select Notre Dame RB Theo Riddick
Senior 5’10” 201 lbs 4.68 40-yard
200th pick – Ravens select Notre Dame DE Kapron Lewis-Moore
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 298 lbs 4.95 40-yard
Athletic for his size and plays hard, Lewis-Moore has a history of injuries (including a torn ACL in the BCS Title Game earlier this year).
201st pick – Texans select Connecticut TE Ryan Griffin
Redshirt Senior 6’6″ 261 lbs 4.90 40-yard
202nd pick – Titans select Nevada CB Khalid Wooten
Redshirt Senior 5’11” 210 lbs 4.43 40-yard 17 bench reps
203rd pick – Ravens select Colorado St.-Pueblo OT Ryan Jensen
Senior 6’4″ 317 lbs 5.23 40-yard 30 bench reps
204th pick – Chiefs select Kansas St. FB Braden Wilson
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 251 lbs 4.78 40-yard 22 bench reps
205th pick – Raiders select Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 308 lbs
206th pick – Steelers select Florida St. LB Vince Williams
7th Round (notable picks are detailed)
207th pick – Chiefs select Princeton DE Mike Catapano
208th pick – Jaguars select New Mexico St. CB Jeremy Harris
209th pick – Raiders select San Diego St. WR Brice Butler
210th pick – Jaguars select Appalachian St. CB Demetrius McCray
211th pick – Lions select Alabama TE Michael Williams
Redshirt Senior 6’10” 278 lbs 5.20 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Jake Ballard
An exceptional blocker, Williams may develop into a pass-catcher with the proper coaching.
212th pick – Eagles select Utah DE Joe Kruger
Junior 6’6″ 269 lbs 4.81 40-yard 24 bench reps
Brother of Cleveland ‘backer Paul Kruger, Joe plays with intensity and has a great work ethic. Versatile, could play 4-3 end or 3-4 end if coached properly.
213th pick – Vikings select Penn State LB Michael Mauti
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 243 lbs 4.83 40-yard 28 bench reps
Mauti plays instinctually and reads offenses in a way to make up for less than great athletic ability. Durability is questionable.
214th pick – Vikings select North Carolina OG Travis Bond
215th pick – Jets select Wake Forest FB Tommy Bohanon
216th pick – Packers select Grand Valley St. WR Charles Johnson
217th pick – Browns select East Central DE Armonty Bryant
218th pick – Eagles select Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer
Senior 6’0″ 191 lbs 4.50 40-yard 8 bench reps
Good sized corner who has the ability to take on taller receivers in coverage. Poyer is a willing run defender who has experience with special teams and has played both man and zone coverage.
219th pick – Cardinals select Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson
220nd pick – Seahawks select Vanderbilt OG Ryan Seymour
221st pick – Chargers select Southern Utah QB Brad Sorenson
222nd pick – Bills select Arkansas TE Chris Gragg
223rd pick – Steelers select Samford DT Nick Williams
224th pick – Packers select Maryland WR Kevin Dorsey
225th pick – Giants select Ohio OG Eric Herman
226th pick – Patriots select Illinois DE Michael Buchanan
Senior 6’6″ 255 lbs 4.71 40-yard 22 bench reps
Buchanan is a versatile player that will fit well within New England’s hybrid defense. With the ability to use his body to get a jump on blockers, Buchanan should be able to get leverage both as a stand-up rusher or with his hand in the dirt.
227th pick – Browns select Chadron St. OT Garrett Gilkey
228th pick – Redskins select Rutgers RB Jawan Jamison
Redshirt Sophomore 5’8″ 203 lbs 4.62 40-yard 20 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Ray Rice
Jamison is an elusive runner capable of getting yardage between the tackles and is a capable pass-catcher. Undersized, but runs hard and makes tacklers miss.
229th pick – Vikings select Florida St. DT Everett Dawkins
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 292 lbs 5.01 40-yard 23 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Greg Scruggs
Dawkins is athletic for his size and utilizes both a bull-rush and swim move. Although he may not make for a great run-stuffer, Dawkins should be able to create an interior pass-rush as a rotational lineman for Minnesota.
230th pick – Colts select Utah St. RB Kerwynn Williams
231st pick – Seahawks select Harding DE Ty Powell
232nd pick – Packers select South Florida LB Sam Barrington
233rd pick – Raiders select Missouri Western DE David Bass
234th pick – Broncos select Miami (Ohio) QB Zac Dysert
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 231 lbs 4.83 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Josh McCown
Judged by many to be a mid-round pick, Denver took Dysert late as another option to last-year pick Brock Osweiler. Can throw on the move and is a good athlete, but needs to learn to take snaps under-center rather than only in shotgun — with teaching could be a starter in the future.
235th pick – Patriots select Rutgers LB Steve Beauharnais
236th pick – Bears select Washington St. WR Marquess Wilson
Junior 6’3″ 194 lbs 4.45 40-yard 7 bench reps
Wilson can burn corners with deceptive speed, who uses placement and vertical ability to beat corners on jump balls.
237th pick – 49ers select South Florida QB B.J. Daniels
238th pick – Ravens select Elon WR Aaron Mellette
239th pick – Eagles select Oklahoma DE David King
240th pick – Bengals select Ohio St. OT Reid Fragel
Senior 6’8″ 308 lbs 5.09 40-yard 33 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Brandon Mosley
Like Mosley, Fragel is a former tight end. He has ideal size and is athletic for his frame, while not sacrificing strength — however his footwork and technique need to improve if he’s going to make it as a tackle.
241st pick – Seahawks select New Hampshire DT Jared Smith
242nd pick – Seahawks select NE Oklahoma St. OT Michael Bowie
243rd pick – Falcons select Central Florida DB Kemal Ishmael
244th pick – Falcons select Notre Dame S Zeke Motta
Senior 6’2″ 213 lbs 4.75 40-yard 11 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Craig Dahl
Motta is already a proficient run-defending safety with a good back-pedal that will serve him well in combating poor straight-line speed. Should make a good special teams player if not a starter.
245th pick – Lions select Florida A&M LB Brandon Hepburn
246th pick – 49ers select Iowa St. OT Carter Bykowski
247th pick – Ravens select California CB Marc Anthony
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 196 lbs 4.59 40-yard 12 bench reps
Anthony has good size for the position and long arms that aid in winning jump balls against receivers. Anticipates routes and makes hard tackles — proven by his production over three years as a starter.
Does tend to get caught up trying to jar the ball out instead of taking runners down and has issues biting on fakes and double moves from receivers.
248th pick – Titans select Nebraska S Daimion Stafford
249th pick – Falcons select Duke QB Sean Renfree
250th pick – Dolphins select Arkansas St. S Don Jones
251st pick – Bengals select South Carolina C T.J. Johnson
252nd pick – 49ers select Rutgers CB Marcus Cooper
253rd pick – Giants select Massachusetts RB Michael Cox
254th pick – Colts select South Carolina TE Justice Cunningham
And with that, we’ve covered every pick! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for team-by-team breakdowns of how each team fared in the draft.
2:56 pm – Logging off of the blog for a while. I’ll be sure to get more info up later tonight for every pick.
2:56 pm – 154th pick – Redskins select Florida State RB Chris Thompson
2:54 pm – 153rd pick – Falcons select TCU DE Stansly Maponga
2:50 pm – 152nd pick – Giants select Richmond S Taylor Cooper
2:49 pm – 151st pick – Cowboys select Oklahoma St. RB Joseph Randle
2:47 pm – 150th pick – Steelers select Illinois CB Terry Hawthorne
Senior 6’0″ 195 lbs 4.31 40-yard 13 bench reps
Hawthorne has injury concerns and is a developmental player with excellent speed.
2:45 pm – 149th pick – Rams select Miami CB Brandon McGee
Senior 5’11” 193 lbs 4.37 40-yard 14 bench reps
McGee plays with physicality and shows awareness and play recognition uncommon for his age. Inconsistent tackler and draws too many penalties downfield.
2:43 pm – 148th pick – Panthers select Iowa State LB A.J. Klein
Senior 6’1″ 250 lbs 4.66 40-yard 20 bench reps
NFL Comparison: James Laurinaitis
Like Laurinaitis, Klein isn’t the best athlete, but his football know-how makes him a valuable addition.
2:41 pm – 147th pick – Buccaneers select Buffalo DE Steven Means
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 260 lbs
2:36 pm – 146th pick – Broncos select Western Kentucky DE Quanterus Smith
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 250 lbs 4.74 40-yard
Nicknamed “Q”, he’s another tweener for Denver’s roster. The departure of Dumervil could mean Smith gets some playing time in 2013. Torn ACL late in 2012 is a concern.
2:34 pm – 145th pick – Chargers select California CB Steve Williams
Redshirt Junior 5’9″ 181 lbs 4.34 40-yard 12 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Jabari Greer
The size limitations are obvious, but he’s got skill. Needs to get better at catching the ball rather than simply knocking it down. Poor tackler, could have problems getting on the field as a slot corner.
2:32 pm – 144th pick – Saints select Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills
Junior 6’1″ 194 lbs 4.32 40-yard 16 bench reps
Plays like a veteran, with good route-running and instincts. Straight line speed doesn’t translate to the field, but he still is quick on the field. Has several off-the-field run-ins with police.
2:27 pm – 143rd pick – Bills select Clemson S Jonathan Meeks
Senior 6’1″ 210 lbs
2:25 pm – 142nd pick – Titans select LSU DE Lavar Edwards
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 277 lbs 4.75 40-yard
Edwards is unique in that he can play 3-4 end and still drop into coverage. He has a good motor and had to earn his playing time at LSU. Played both outside and inside in college, and will likely do so for the Titans as well.
2:21 pm – 141st pick – Jets select Virginia OT Oday Aboushi
Senior 6’6″ 308 lbs 5.45 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Breno Giacomini
Aboushi won’t play left tackle at the professional level, and may be relegated to guard in the NFL. Like Giacomini, many are still saying he must move inside as he’s too slow and not particularly strong.
2:17 pm – 140th pick – Cardinals select Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor
Senior 5’9″214 lbs 4.70 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Not an explosive player, but holds on to the ball and will fit into a one-cut system. Overall a tough runner who will be valuable as a rotational back.
2:14 pm – 139th pick – Colts select Tennessee-Martin DT Montori Hughes
Senior 6’4″ 329 lbs 5.13 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Red Bryant
A weight-room warrior, Hughes can play nose tackle or end in Indy’s 3-4 scheme. Can do a bit of everything, with big hands to swat passes, burst off the line and is extremely competitive on the field.
2:14 pm – Colts have acquired the 139th pick from the Browns
2:09 pm – 138th pick – Seahawks select LSU CB Tharold Simon
Junior 6’2″ 202 lbs 4.51 40-yard 9 bench reps
Simon is big, physical and makes tackles. While he excels at reading the quarterback, he’s not a great athlete for a corner, and that could present a problem moving forward.
2:06 pm – 137th pick – Seahawks select Alabama DT Jesse Williams
Senior 6’4″ 323 lbs 4.94 40-yard 30 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Vince Wilfork
Fell due to injury concerns after a first-round projection. Will play nose tackle in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme as a run-stuffer, but has no pass-rush ability as of yet.
2:05 pm – Seattle has acquired the 137th pick from Detroit
2:03 p.m. – 136th pick – Eagles select North Carolina St. S Earl Wolff
Redshirt 5’11” 209 lbs 4.40 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Deon Grant
Wolff is athletic, but instinctual and a solid run-stuffer. May not light it up in coverage, but could make a career out of reading quarterbacks and stopping the run.
2:00 p.m. – 135th pick – Jaguars select Michigan WR Denard Robinson
Senior 5’11” 199 lbs 4.34 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Antwan Randle-El
Like Randle-El (who played quarterback at Indiana), Robinson will have to convert to receiver after playing under center for Michigan. He can line up at many positions, and runs well with the ball while being able to catch. Extremely raw route-runner.
1:58 p.m – 134th pick – Chiefs select Georgia CB Sanders Commings
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 216 lbs 4.41 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Tanard Jackson
Although he’s athletic and can excel as a man-press corner, he’s a tweener that will likely be tried out at both positions for Kansas City.
1:53 p.m. – 133rd pick – Falcons select Stanford TE Levine Toilolo
Redshirt Junior 6’8″ 260 lbs 4.79 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Scott Chandler
Toilolo has great size and is strong for a tight end, with decent quickness. Vertical ability is a plus.
1:49 p.m. – 132nd pick – Lions select South Carolina DE Devin Taylor
Redshirt Senior 6’7″ 266 lbs 4.65 40-yard 14 bench reps
Tall for an end and athletic to boot. Can set the edge as an end and has very good chase abilities. Won’t produce much of a pass-rush.
1:46 p.m. – 131st pick – 49ers select South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore
Junior 5’11” 221 lbs 4.62 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Willis McGahee
Lattimore would be the top running back in this year’s class if not for injuries. Like McGahee, he has burst to the hole and runs tough with confidence. He isn’t a fast back, and he won’t go outside well, but he can catch and block as a viable third-down back.
1:43 p.m. – 130th pick – Ravens select Harvard TE Kyle Juszczyk
Senior 6’1″ 248 lbs 4.72 40-yard
Juszczyk is the first fullback off of the board, because unlike the other tight ends that have gone that people refer to as H-backs, the Harvard product is a true lead blocker.
1:41 p.m – 129th pick – Ravens select Ohio State DE John Simon
Senior 6’2″ 257 lbs 4.66 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Allen Bailey
Another 3-4 pass-rusher, Simon will likely play a hybrid role for Baltimore, as he’s not quite big enough to play 3-4 end, but he’s strong enough to do so, while he can offer a pass-rush as a 3-4 rusher.
1:37 p.m. – 128th pick – 49ers select Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton
Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 204 lbs 4.48 40-yard 8 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Nate Washington
Deceptively athletic and overall complete receiver, but needs to get better consistency with hands.
1:34 p.m. – 127th pick – Falcons select Clemson DE Malliciah Goodman
Senior 6’4″ 276 lbs 4.78 40-yard 26 bench reps
Big hands and long arms give Goodman an advantage in leverage and swatting passes. Doesn’t vary pass-rush moves and needs to develop a more consistent motor.
1:31 p.m. – 126th pick – Buccaneers select Michigan State DE William Gholston
Junior 6’6″ 281 lbs 4.93 40-yard 23 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Derek Wolfe
Athletic for his size and can still attack with strength. Could play both tackle or end in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 front.
1:27 p.m. – 125th pick – Packers select UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
Redshirt Senior 5’10” 205 lbs 4.46 40-yard 18 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Darren Sproles
He’s quick and can catch the ball. Regarded as a playmaker, but is too small to play the true running back position. Has problems with fumbles, but will likely steal carries and catches from fellow rookie Eddie Lacy.
1:25 p.m. – Green Bay has acquired the 125th pick from Denver
1:23 p.m. – 124th pick – Texans select Connecticut DE Trevardo Williams
Senior 6’1″ 241 lbs 4.57 40-yard 30 bench reps
A pass-rusher better suited for 3-4 than 4-3, it will be interesting to see Williams rush with his hand in the dirt — and he’ll likely be a poor run defender as an undersized end. Likely will be used in sub packages as a rookie.
1:19 p.m. – 123rd pick – Seahawks select Kansas State WR Chris Harper
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 229 lbs 4.50 40-yard 20 bench reps
Plays big and strong, but isn’t fast and doesn’t show explosiveness.
1:17 p.m. – 122nd pick – Packers select Cornell OT J.C. Tretter
Senior 6’4″ 307 lbs 5.03 40-yard 29 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Herb Taylor
Like Taylor, there’s a good chance Tretter will be moved inside by the Packers — as he’s a true tweener when it comes to NFL linemen.
Tretter is a developmental player that may end up on the practice squad.
1:14 p.m. – 121st pick – Colts select USC C Khaled Holmes
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 302 lbs 5.30 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Peter Konz
May have to play guard instead of center in the NFL due to lack of power in his blocking style.
1:11 p.m. – 120th pick – Vikings select Penn State LB Gerald Hodges
Senior 6’1″ 243 lbs 4.70 40-yard 22 bench reps
Undersized tackler, who won’t get any bigger. Delivers big hits but gets swallowed up by blockers and won’t be a plus in coverage.
1:09 p.m. – 119th pick – Redskins select Fresno State S Phillip Thomas
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 208 lbs 4.57 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Michael Griffin
He’s got size and athleticism on his side, but gambles on plays — something that will burn him on play action and fakes.
1:04 p.m. – 118th pick – Bengals select Texas A&M LB Sean Porter
Senior 6’1″ 229 lbs 4.69 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Nick Barnett
At his best when chasing down runners, Porter is a down field tackler with great pursuit skills.
1:03 p.m. – 117th pick – Bears select Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 241 lbs 4.67 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparisons: Ernie Sims
Undersized, but athletic and quick. Could be good, but size limitations are a concern.
1:01 p.m. – 116th pick – Cardinals select James Madison OG Earl Watford
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 300 lbs 5.05 40-yard 24 bench reps
Athletic zone blocking guard who may develop into a starter over time.
12:58 p.m. – 115th pick – Steelers select Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 225 lbs 5.03 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Trent Edwards
Jones was at one time a top prospect, but over the past season he fell from favor. Draws comparisons from Edwards due to tendency to check down often.
12:55 p.m. – 114th pick – Cowboys select William & Mary CB B.W. Webb
Redshirt Senior 5’10” 184 lbs 4.46 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Isaiah Trufant
Likely will be relegated to special teams due to size, but could play nickel if tackling technique improves.
12:53 p.m. – 113th pick – Rams select Alabama OG Barrett Jones
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 306 lbs 5.43 40-yard
Flexible, played center at Alabama but projects as a guard.
12:52 p.m. – 112nd pick – Raiders select Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 215 lbs 4.93 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Philip Rivers
The definition of a gunslinger, Wilson has arm strength and flashes big play ability — but gets in trouble due to forcing passes.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Wilson immediately as a rookie in Oakland.
12:48 p.m. – 111th pick – Pittsburgh select Syracuse S Shamarko Thomas
Senior 5’9″ 213 lbs 4.37 40-yard 28 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Bob Sanders
He’s fast, he hits big, and he’s in on every play. Like Sanders, Thomas is undersized and has durability concerns as a result. Needs to develop as a defender still, as he often bites on fakes and loses track of the ball at times.
12:44 p.m. – 110th pick – Giants select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 227 lbs 4.95 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Kellen Clemens
A high-pick prospect, Nassib is a steal in the fourth round. Above-average arm and accuracy, but needs to work on moving his feet and stop from throwing off front foot.
12:43 p.m. – The New York Giants have acquired the 110th pick from the Cardinals
12:41 p.m. – 109th pick – Packers select Colorado OT David Bakhtiari
Redshirt Junior 6’4″ 299 lbs 5.02 40-yard 28 bench reps
NFL Comparison: John Greco
Doesn’t handle pass-rushers well, and likely will bump inside to guard at the NFL-level as a result of size and skill set.
12:38 p.m. – 108th pick – Panthers select Valdosta State G Edmund Kugbila
Senior 6’4″ 317 lbs 5.21 40-yard 23 bench reps
12:37 p.m. – 107th pick – Titans select California C Brian Schwenke
Senior 6’3″ 314 lbs 4.94 40-yard 31 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Max Unger
Versatile interior lineman. Squat build and plays aggressively.
12:33 p.m. – 106th pick – Dolphins select Missouri State TE Dion Sims
Redshirt Junior 6’5″ 262 lbs 4.68 40-yard 22 bench reps
Great combination of size, speed and agility makes for mismatches and yards after the catch. Major injury question marks and has a 2010 felony arrest on his record.
12:29 p.m. – 105th pick – Bills select Nevada S Duke Williams
Senior 5’11” 203 lbs 4.48 40-yard 13 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Jeron Johnson
Like Johnson, Williams went to a small school and didn’t get much hype as a result. Very athletic and shows great coverage abilities on the field for a safety. Isn’t very instinctual and has durability questions. Won’t come up with many picks due to poor hands.
12:26 p.m. – 104th pick – Dolphins select Florida LB Jelani Jenkins
Redshirt Junior 6’1″ 243 lbs 4.67 40-yard 27 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Geno Hayes
Athletic and a big hitter, Jenkins can do just about anything. Needs to develop awareness for the ball and shows inconsistent effort on the field.
12:23 p.m. – 103rd pick – Cardinals select Texas OLB Alex Okafor
Senior 6’5″ 264 lbs 4.92 40-yard 21 bench reps
NFL comparison: Ray Edwards
Okafor isn’t a quick pass-rusher, he’s one who makes plays through power moves. Has body size to play both 3-4 end or outside ‘backer for Arizona.
12:20 p.m. – 102nd pick – Patriots select TCU WR Josh Boyce
Redshirt Junior 5’11” 206 lbs 4.34 40-yard 22 bench reps
Boyce is strong and plays big as a receiver regardless of 5’11” stature with good hands. Does have focus problems that lead to drops at time.
12:17 pm. – 101st pick – Jaguars select South Carolina WR Ace Sanders
Junior 5’7″ 173 lbs 4.53 40-yard 7 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Roscoe Parrish
He’s more of a returner than a receiver.
12:14 p.m. – 100th pick – Buccaneers select Illinois DT Akeem Spence
Redshirt Junior 6’1″ 307 lbs 5.09 40-yard 37 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Stephen Paea
He’s strong and should make for a good run defender immediately, but technique is an issue and it’s not known whether he’ll develop as a pass-rusher.
12:12 p.m. – Tampa Bay has acquired the 100th pick from Oakland, moving up in the fourth-round and acquiring Oakland’s sixth-round pick.
12:10 p.m. – 99th pick – Chiefs select Alabama LB Nico Johnson
Alabama Senior 6’2″ 248 lbs 4.76 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Bart Scott
Good size for middle linebacker. Big hitter, but struggles in coverage and has poor tackling technique.
12:06 p.m. – 98th pick – Eagles select USC QB Matt Barkley
Senior 6’3″ 227 lbs 4.93 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Matt Hasselbeck
This is a very interesting pick, as Nick Foles is already on the roster behind Michael Vick. Barkley doesn’t have a strong arm, but he played in a pro-style offense at USC — but the Trojans track record for NFL quarterbacks in recent seasons isn’t too promising.
12:00 p.m. – Philadelphia has acquired the first-pick of the fourth round (no. 98) from the Jaguars
11:58 p.m. – We’re ready to go! The Jaguars are first on the clock in a few minutes.
The 2013 NFL Draft resumes at 12:00 p.m., with rounds three to seven, and NFL Draft Reports will be there to cover it!
Tune in for analysis on every pick from multiple sources.
10:32 p.m. – And with that, the third-round is over! Check back in tomorrow for coverage of the fourth- through seventh-rounds!
10:28 p.m. – 97th pick – Titans select Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 234 lbs 4.46 40-yard 27 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Zach Brown
Gooden is a Will ‘backer in a 4-3 scheme, who is quick to the ball and makes big hits. He currently has poor instincts and awareness on the field, but with some work could make for an impact player. Does need to put some weight on and needs to learn how to cover at the professional level.
10:36 p.m. – 96th pick – Chiefs select Arkansas RB Knile Davis
Redshirt Junior 6’0″ 227 lbs 4.35 40-yard 31 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Darren McFadden
He has injury concerns with a poor season in 2012 and missing all of his true junior season in 2011. There is upside here, but it’s questionable how he’ll perform in the NFL.
10:23 p.m. – 95th pick – Texans select LSU DE Sam Montgomery
Redshirt Junior 6’3″ 262 lbs 4.78 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Lawrence Jackson
Montgomery was a solid first- or second-round pick on tape, but apparently many teams removed him from their boards after interviews.
Could play both 4-3 end or 3-4 end due to run-stuffing ability and ability to push the pocket, but character concerns and motor issues on the field present a problem.
10:18 p.m. – 94th pick – Ravens select Missouri Southern State DT Brandon Williams
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 335 lbs 5.32 40-yard 38 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Antonio Garay
He has experience with every defensive line position, and would be ideal for Baltimore’s 3-4 defense at either end or nose tackle.
There are concerns about having too much weight above the belt and too thin in the legs, but projects as a rotational run-stuffer as a rookie.
10:14 p.m. – 93rd pick – Dolphins select CB Will Davis
Senior 5’11” 186 lbs 4.43 40-yard 16 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Richard Marshall
The Dolphins acquired the 93rd pick from Green Bay to trade up for Davis, who was projected in later rounds.
He’s athletic an has good man coverage skills, but lacks physicality in battling receivers or attacking runners.
10: 09 p.m. – 92nd pick – Rams select West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey
Redshirt Junior 5’10” 193 lbs 4.46 40-yard 11 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Golden Tate
He’s athletic and a good pass-catcher, but appears bored playing special teams and has little experience as a returner. There are major personality concerns here, even if he has no off-the-field issues.
10:08 p.m. – 91st pick – Patriots select Rutgers S Duron Harmon
Senior 6’0″ 196 lbs 4.55 40-yard
He can attack the run and seems to know where receivers are going before they cut. Was projected as an undrafted by many.
10:02 p.m. – 90th pick – Broncos select South Florida CB Kayvon Webster
Senior 5’11” 195 lbs 4.34 40-yard 14 bench reps
He’s got speed, quickness and displays agility in his play style, but was projected much later than the third-round.
9:59 p.m. – 89th pick – Texans select North Carolina OT Brennan Williams
Senior 6’6″ 318 lbs 5.32 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Winston Justice
He has height and athleticism on his side, but Williams is a prospect right now.
He’ll stay on the bench until he learns more of offensive schemes and develops better blocking technique.
9:57 p.m. – 88th pick – 49ers selected Auburn DE Cory Lemonier
Junior 6’4″ 255 lbs 4.56 40-yard 27 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Adrian Clayborn
Lemonier plays with a combination of speed and strength that makes for a pass-rusher who can stuff the run as well.
9:53 p.m. – The Jets have acquired running back Chris Ivory from the Saints for their 4th round pick.
9:53 p.m. – San Francisco has traded for the 88th pick.
9:52 p.m. – 87th pick – Seahawks select Penn State DT Jordan Hill
Senior 6’1″ 303 lbs 5.17 40-yard 28 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Trevor Laws
Hill is an undersized interior lineman better suited to a rotational role.
9:49 p.m. – 86th pick – Colts select Illinois OG Hugh Thornton
Senior 6’3″ 320 lbs 5.09 40-yard 27 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Sean Locklear
He doesn’t have ideal size for tackle, but plays hard and is athletic enough to make up for it at times. It’s unclear what position he’ll play for the Colts.
9:47 p.m. – 85th pick – Redskins select Florida TE Jordan Reed
Redshirt Junior 6’3″ 236 lbs 4.70 40-yard 16 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Aaron Hernandez
He’s flexible and will play multiple spots for Washington. He needs to improve as a blocker and add weight to his frame to reduce inconsistency.
9:45 p.m. – 84th pick – Bengals select Georgia S Shawn Williams
Senior 6’0″ 213 lbs 4.42 40-yard 25 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Bernard Pollard
He had a low round grade form many people, so it’s odd to see Williams go so high (especially when looking to upgrade on Taylor Mays at safety). He’s a big hitter and more of a run defender than a coverage safety.
9:41 p.m. – 83rd pick – Patriots select Rutgers CB Logan Ryan
Redshirt Junior 5’11” 191 lbs 4.53 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Kyle Wilson
He has some speed and plays physically, but gets beat too often and gets too many contact penalties on receivers.
9:39 p.m. – 82nd pick – Saints select Georgia DT John Jenkins
Senior 6’4″ 346 lbs 5.23 40-yard 30 bench reps
NFL Comparison: B.J. Raji
The Saints pulled off a trade here to get Jenkins, who will play nose tackle for New Orleans in their new 3-4 scheme.
9:36 p.m. – 81st pick – Giants select Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore
Junior 6’5″ 250 lbs 4.84 40-yard 12 bench reps
NFL Comparison: John Abraham
Moore only fell this far due to injury concerns and motor concerns, but he was originally a first-round projected pass-rusher with a ton of plusses to his play style.
Does need to become more consistent and get off the snap better in the NFL.
9:34 p.m. – 80th pick – Cowboys select Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox
Senior 6’0″ 213 lbs 4.51 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Atari Bigby
He can be a center-fielder safety in the NFL, but run defending will be a problem as he simply cannot shed blocks.
9:33 p.m. – 79th pick – Steelers select Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton
Senior 5’11” 189 lbs 4.40 40-yard 20 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Bernard Berrian
Wheaton is a big play guy, but like Berrian can be a hit or miss receiver at times.
9:32 p.m. – 78th pick – Bills select Texas WR Marquise Goodwin
Senior 5’9″ 183 lbs 4.21 40-yard 13 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Steve Smith
He’s extremely fast and explodes off the line. Needs work on route-running and may take some time to make an impact.
9:30 p.m. – 77th pick – Dolphins select Tennessee OT Dallas Thomas
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 306 lbs 5.08 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Marshall Newhouse
Thomas can play both tackle or guard, and the Dolphins could ask him to play either in their rebuilding offensive line.
9:27 p.m. – 76th pick – Chargers select California WR Keenan Allen
Junior 6’2″ 206 lbs 4.58 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Reggie Wayne
Allen is very polished and many expected him to go either in the late first-round or early second-round. Injury concerns and poor 40-yard dash times are what made him fall down boards.
He could very well develop into a legitimate no. 1 receiver, although he’ll likely never blaze past corners and have to beat coverage with quick cuts and defined route-running.
9:24 p.m. – 75th pick – Saints select Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead
Senior 6’5″ 306 lbs 4.65 40-yard 31 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley
Armstead has the fastest 40 time of any NFL offensive lineman, an indication of his athleticism. He’s a project pick who could develop into a blindside blocker with time.
9:16 p.m. – 74th pick – Cowboys select Baylor WR Terrance Williams
Redshirt Senior 6’2″ 208 lbs 4.52 40-yard 11 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Torrey Smith
Williams is a deep threat from his first step on an NFL field. He’s got good height for a receiver and can win jump balls with both his vertical and physicality — not to mention a tendency to get good placement between the ball and the receiver with quick cuts prior to jumping.
He won’t burn off the line, but he’s a great addition for down field targets for Dallas.
9:12 p.m. – 73rd pick – Buccaneers select North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon
Redshirt Senior 6’7″ 225 lbs 4.94 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Derek Anderson
There are questions here, but he’s compared to Anderson due to an amazing arm that can bomb the ball downfield.
He’s not especially experienced as a starter and Tampa Bay already has a starter in Josh Freeman, so Glennon’s use in TB should prove to be interesting.
9:10 p.m. – 72nd pick – Jets select Kent State OT Brian Winters
Senior 6’4″ 320 lbs 5.25 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Adam Snyder
He can play guard or tackle, and there are question marks at both for the Jets. He’s got size more for guard but he can likely be taught to play tackle better than incumbent starter Austin Howard.
9:04 p.m. – 71st pick – Rams select USC S T.J. McDonald
Senior 6’3″ 219 lbs 4.54 40-yard 19 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Kam Chancellor
The Rams continue to add to the defense, getting Ogletree to play ‘backer and now McDonald to play safety.
9:03 p.m. – 70th pick – Titans select Connecticut CB Blidi-Wreh Wilson
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 195 lbs 4.45 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Corey Webster
Wilson is strictly a zone corner, and Tennessee would be wise to keep him from playing any man coverage.
9:00 p.m. – 69th pick – Cardinals select LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu
Junior 5’9″ 186 lbs 4.46 40-yard 4 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Antoine Winfield
Mathieu is a slot corner, through and through. He can make plays on the ball and cover from the slot while playing with both aggressiveness and physicality.
The hope is Arizona has the support system with former teammate Patrick Peterson to keep Mathieu in check off-the-field.
8:57 p.m. – 68th pick – Browns select San Diego State CB Leon McFadden
Senior 5’10” 193 lbs 4.50 40-yard 10 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Buster Skrine
McFadden is small, and not especially fast to make up for it. He’ll have to play slot in the NFL, and while he’s a good run-stopper from the defensive backfield, but he’s not physical enough to cover tight ends and is easily out-jumped by many receivers.
8:52 p.m. – 67th pick – Eagles select LSU DT Bennie Logan
Redshirt Junior 6’2″ 309 lbs 5.08 40-yard 30 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Brodrick Bunkley
Logan has the ability to be an immediate starter in the NFL as a run-stuffer, but if he learns to use more finesse rather than simply bull-rushing, he could use his burst off the line to establish himself as an interior pass-rusher as well.
8:50 p.m. – 66th pick – Raiders select Connecticut LB Sio Moore
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 245 lbs 4.62 40-yard 29 bench reps
NFL Comparison: D.J. Williams
Moore is versatile and talented. There’s no reason he should be available in the third-round.
He’s a good pickup for the hybrid Raiders defense.
8:46 p.m. – 65th pick – Lions select Kentucky OG Larry Warford
Senior 6’3″ 332 lbs 5.56 40-yard 28 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Uche Nwaneri
Warford is a squat, big player who’s a mauler in the run game. He has some problems with finesse lineman and needs to lose some fat and put on some muscle.
8:44 p.m. – 64th pick – Jaguars select Connecticut CB Dwayne Gratz
Redshirt Senior 5’11” 201 lbs 4.44 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Chris Harris
Gratz could likely end up being a slot corner, as he’s quick and can cover more physical tight ends if required. He’s also good attacking runners, but needs to get more football know-how and give up less big plays.
8:42 p.m. – 63rd pick – Chiefs select Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce
Redshirt Senior 6’5″ 255 lbs 4.64 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Brandon Pettigrew
Kelce has some off-the-field issues that scares scouts, but he’s a versatile H-back who can block, catch and line up at multiple positions both on the line and in the backfield.
8:38 p.m. – With that, the 2nd-round is complete. On to the third!
8:37 p.m. – 62nd pick – Seahawks select Texas A&M RB Christine Michael
Senior 5’10” 220 lbs 4.43 40-yard 27 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Peyton Hillis
He’s one of the strongest runners you’ll find with 27 reps in the bench press, and is extremely talented.
Michael keeps his pad level low and falls forward, while hitting the hole quickly makes for a good combination for getting extra yards.
8:33 p.m. – 61st pick – Packers select Alabama RB Eddie Lacy
Redshirt Junior 5’11” 231 lbs 4.64 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Michael Bush
Lacy is an interesting prospect because there are questions about whether his production was more a result of his talent or the talent of the Alabama offensive line.
Lacy is an every down back who can do everything (including protecting Aaron Rodgers). Rumors that Green Bay would go for Lacy in the first-round have sure made Packers fans happy with a second-round selection.
8:28 p.m. – 60th pick – Falcons select SE Louisiana CB Robert Alford
Redshirt Senior 5’10” 188 lbs 4.34 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Alphonso Smith
While comparisons to Smith are often unflattering, Alford draws these comparisons because he’s an undersized corner who’s vertical lets him play like a much taller player in coverage.
He’s a ‘diamond in the rough’-type player, but will make an impact for Atlanta after losing Brent Grimes in free-agency.
8:26 p.m. – 59th pick – Patriots select Marshall WR Aaron Dobson
Senior 6’3″ 210 lbs 4.43 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Pierre Garcon
Like Garcon, Dobson will likely be known in the NFL for his playmaking, gravity defying catches made while playing receiver at Marshall.
Dobson is a great replacement for Brandon Lloyd.
8:20 p.m. – 58th pick – Broncos select Wisonsin RB Montee Ball
Senior 5’11” 214 lbs 4.59 40-yard 15 bench reps
NFL Comparison: LeSean McCoy
Ball is an electrifying back that can do everything as a runner, pass catcher and personal protector.
There are injury concerns, as he was used extensively in college and high school, but Denver needs an all-around solid runner with one-dimensional players like Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman on the roster who cannot pass protect.
8:16 p.m. – 57th pick – Texans select South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger
Senior 5’11” 208 lbs 4.63 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Louis Delmas
Swearinger is a monster on the field, who plays faster than his 40 time indicates.
He makes big hits (to the point that he may have to pull back to avoid penalties in the NFL) and plays well in the box as a run defender.
Houston will have to be aware that Swearinger cannot cover the slot and is more suited to strong safety roles.
8:11 p.m. – 56th pick – Ravens select Kansas State LB Arthur Brown
Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 241 lbs 4.68 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Curtis Lofton
Brown is by far the best coverage linebacker other than Alec Ogletree in the 2013 draft class, but he can do much more than that.
He’s a great tackler and plays bigger than his billing with an ability to cause turnovers. He can keep up with tight ends and makes the sideline-to-sideline tackles that coaches expect out of tackling machines.
8:09 p.m. – 55th pick – 49ers select Rice TE Vance McDonald
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 267 lbs 4.60 40-yard 31 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Tony Scheffler
He can make the catches and he’s got size on his side — but the question marks are about durability and blocking ability.
8:02 p.m. – 54th pick – Dolphins select Boise State CB Jamar Taylor
Redshirt Senior 5’11” 192 lbs 4.37 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Ronde Barber
Taylor has done well at the collegiate level, having started three years at Boise St. and showing a knowledge of passing routes.
He’s strong for his size and has speed to play at the professional level. There are concerns that, having played at Boise St., he hasn’t seen elite collegiate talent (in similar fashion to Kyle Wilson several years ago).
8:01 p.m. – 53rd pick – Bengals select SMU DE Margus Hunt
Redshirt Senior 6’8″ 277 lbs 4.53 40-yard 38 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Corey Wootton
Hunt is a monster, having done shot put and discus in his native Estonia. There are some injury concerns and he’s relatively inexperienced, but Hunt has a ton of potential and has contributed on special teams — having quite the prowess at blocking kicks.
Hunt is quite possibly the ‘athletic freak’ of this year’s draft class.
7:57 p.m. – Cincinnati has reportedly re-signed right tackle Andre Smith to a 3-year, $18 million contract prior to 53rd pick.
7:56 p.m. – 52nd pick – Patriots select Southern Mississippi OLB Jamie Collins
Senior 6’4″ 250 lbs 4.59 40-yard 19 bench reps
NFL Comparison: K.J. Wright
Collins has size, speed, and quickness on his side as an athletic project pick for New England. Will need to improve tackling technique and focus on every play to succeed at the professional level.
7:51 p.m. – 51st pick – Redskins select North Carolina State CB David Amerson
Junior 6’1″ 205 lbs 4.35 40-yard 15 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Cassius Vaughn
Originally regarded as a first-round pick heading into the 2012 season, Amerson fell on boards to a mid-round pick before lighting up the combine.
Amerson has the ability to be a true no. 1 corner, but showed inconsistency in college and was caught out of position at times. He has an eye for the ball and could fit in a man-press scheme, so it will be interesting to see how Washington utilizes the NC State product.
7:50 p.m. – 50th pick – Bears select Florida ILB Jon Bostic
Senior 6’1″ 245 lbs 4.59 40-yard 22 bench reps
NFL Comparison: David Hawthorne
Bostic is a great pick for Chicago after letting future Hall of Fame inside ‘backer Brian Urlacher walk this offseason. Bostic may start immediately, letting D.J. Williams move over to his better position at Will linebacker.
7:45 p.m. – 49th pick – Giants select Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins
Junior 6’3″ 320 lbs 5.28 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Brandon Mebane
Hankins had a better sophomore year than this past season at Ohio St., but he’s got the skills to play both a big run-stuffer and get to the quarterback as a disrupting force on the interior line.
7:42 p.m. – 48th pick – Steelers select Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell
Junior 6’2″ 230 lbs 4.56 40-yard 24 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Michael Bush
Bell is both big and quick, with hands of a receiver. He’ll step in immediately as a starter in Pittsburgh.
7:40 p.m. – 47th pick – Cowboys select San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar
Redshirt Junior 6’6″ 254 lbs 4.78 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Scott Chandler
He won’t amaze with speed on the field, but Escobar has solid hands and can block as well. He’ll be given time to develop behind Jason Witten.
7:35 p.m. – 46th pick – Bills select Oregon LB Kiko Alonso
Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 238 lbs 4.75 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Daryl Washington
He’s an all-around impact player, but has only started one year at Oregon as a senior. Additionally, he’s had some off-the-field concerns, but altogether will be a big force for Buffalo on the interior of the linebacker corps.
7:34 p.m. – 45th pick – Cardinals select LSU LB Kevin Minter
Redshirt Junior 6’0″ 246 lbs 4.70 40-yard 25 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Joe Mays
Minter is a bit undersized, but has excellent instincts as a run defender and in zone coverage.
He’ll make plays as a big hitter rather than in coverage, but is exactly what Arizona needs opposite Daryl Washington in their 3-4 scheme (and while Washington serves his suspension for PEDs).
7:32 p.m. – 44th pick – Panthers select Purdue DT Kawann Short
Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 299 lbs 5.09 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Terrance Knighton
Short was electric at Purdue, but had problems with wearing out during games and needs to develop more of a motor.
Like Knighton, he has the ability to be an impact both as a run-stuffer and pass-rusher, but needs to develop a bit and develop a sense of keeping in the game.
7:27 p.m. – The Dolphins have traded slot receiver Davone Bess to the Cleveland Browns
7:26 p.m. – 43rd pick – Buccaneers select Mississippi State Johnthan Banks
Senior 6’2″ 185 lbs 4.59 40-yard 10 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Richard Marshall
Banks is an interesting pick after the re-signing of Eric Wright and addition of Darrelle Revis. However, Wright has many off-the-field problems and has a fully non-guaranteed contract.
He’s not a blazer, but has good ball skills and could unseat Wright in his rookie season.
7:22 p.m. – 42nd pick – Raiders select Florida State OT Menelik Watson
Junior 6’5″ 310 lbs 5.25 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Michael Oher
Everybody knows the Oher story, now we’ve got Watson — an English ex-basketball player at Marist College who played only one year of football at FSU.
He’s a mauler with potential, who can play right tackle immediately and may eventually make for a blindside blocker.
7:18 p.m. – 41st pick – Bills select USC WR Robert Woods
Junior 6’1″ 201 lbs 4.42 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Donald Driver
Woods won’t blaze past corners, but he’s extremely polished for a true Junior coming out of Southern California.
The Bills will pair Woods with Stevie Johnson as receivers for 2013 first-round pick EJ Manuel.
7:16 p.m. – 40th pick – 49ers select Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine
Senior 6’4″ 276 lbs 4.90 40-yard 28 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Robert Ayers
Carradine may not be fast, but he’s quick off the snap and he’s strong for a 4-3 end.
It should be interesting to see Carradine make the conversion from 4-3 end to 3-4 linebacker in the NFL with San Francisco.
An interesting pick for the pass-rushing perspective, but Carradine should be a good edge-setting in the run game.
7:07 p.m. – 39th pick – Jets select West Virginia QB Geno Smith
Senior 6’3″ 218 lbs 4.56 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Alex Smith
Geno may have wheels uncharacteristic of Alex Smith, but he’s more focused on being a pocket passer than a mobile quarterback.
Smith has NFL-level accuracy, but he’s got to be more consistent to succeed with the Jets. Ball security is a problem, and there’s debate that he can’t start immediately.
Smith is a steal outside of the first-round.
7:02 p.m. – 38th pick – Chargers select Notre Dame ILB Manti Te’o
Senior 6’1″ 241 lbs 4.78 40-yard
NFL Comparison: A.J. Hawk
Te’o has a great college film reel, but he’s also limited athletically and will not play in coverage outside of zone.
Some projected him to be a first-round pick, but Te’o falls to the second here. Te’o could develop into an every down ‘backer, but it’s more likely he’ll be limited to early down snaps and come off the field in clear passing situations.
7:00 p.m. – Chargers have acquired the 38th pick from the Arizona Cardinals
6:59 p.m. – 37th pick – Bengals select North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard
Redshirt Sophomore 5’9″ 202 lbs 4.50 40-yard 19 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Trent Richardson
Bernard is a workhorse back, similar to Richardson but with less pop.
6:55 p.m. – 36th pick – Lions select Mississippi State CB Darius Slay
Senior 6’0″ 192 lbs 4.31 40-yard 14 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Tracy Porter
Likely to play in sub-packages as a rookie, Slay has the potential to play both inside or outside as a corner.
While not very physical, he can play off of receivers and has the both the quickness and awareness to make plays.
There are injury concerns and a lack of starting experience, not to mention he’s likely going to do little in the run game, but there is upside here.
6:49 p.m. – 35th pick – Eagles select Stanford TE Zach Ertz
Redshirt Junior 6’5″ 249 lbs 4.68 40-yard 24 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Coby Fleener
There’s a reason I’m comparing back-to-back years’ Stanford tight end graduates — because they’re very similar players.
Like Fleener, Ertz isn’t much of a blocker and isn’t particularly athletic for a tight end. While some scouts have compared Ertz to Jason Witten, I don’t see the same amount of upside from the one-dimensional Stanford product.
Barring injury to Brent Celek, there isn’t much chance Ertz will get on the field in 2013.
6:43 p.m. – 34th pick – Titans select Tennessee WR Justin Hunter
Junior 6’4″ 196 lbs 4.36 40-yard
NFL Comparison: A.J. Green
Hunter is both fast and tall — a combination coaches and quarterbacks love. He can play every receiver spot and has the potential to be a star.
He’s still a bit of a prospect, as he needs to put on weight and has inconsistent hands. Even with great vertical Hunter needs to get much better on jump balls with defensive backs.
Hunter’s selection means that Jake Locker will have both Kenny Britt and Hunter to throw to — if he doesn’t succeed this year it’s likely Tennessee will move on from Locker.
6:39 p.m. – Titans have acquired 34th pick from 49ers in return for 40th, 216th (7th round) and 2014 3rd round picks.
6:37 p.m. – 33rd pick – Jaguars select Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien
Senior 6’0″ 217 lbs 4.64 40-yard
NFL Comparison: Morgan Burnett
Cyprien is athletic and plays smart on the field. I’ve cited him as a combination of Troy Polamalu in athletic ability and Ed Reed in his football know-how and ability to track the quarterback.
There are concerns about his straight line speed and tackling technique — which he will need to improve if he’ll be a part of the run defense in Jacksonville.
6:36 p.m. – The first pick of the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft is about to be announced.
6:35 p.m. – Reports are that Branden Albert trade to Miami is at an impasse and may not happen at all. Chiefs could stand with first-round tackle Eric Fisher at the right side and Albert at the blind side.
Miami would need to get a tackle to make up for need.
6:25 p.m. – Stay Tuned in to NFL Draft Reports for every pick as they happen! Draft time is 6:30 p.m.
Measurables: 5’10” 208 lbs 32 5/8″ arm length
NFL Combine: 4.43 40-yard 17 bench reps
NFL Comparison: Charles Godfrey
Elam is athletic, instinctual and can play both safety positions. The number one rip on his abilities at the NFL-level are a lack of size at 5’10” and a poor vertical when going for jump balls with both receivers and safeties.
He can cover the slot, he can tackle, and he can drop deep to cover the deep ball — each of which are talents demanded of NFL coaches in today’s football playing style. Elam even draws Troy Polamalu comparisons due to his athleticism, but he’ll need to clean up his tackling technique (specifically on open-field situations) if he’s going to be an impact player at the professional level.