Supplemental Declarer Jackson Signs with Dallas

Toby Jackson, one of the players who declared for the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft that occurred in mid-July, became the first of the six declarers to sign with an NFL team.

The defensive end, who declared for the supplemental draft following an academic dismissal from the University of Central Florida, was ineligible to play in 2012. Jackson played in nine games in 2011, including two starts, totaling three tackles and a blocked punt. Dallas will likely utilize Jackson as depth at both end and tackle in their new 4-3 defensive scheme, as both Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff are expected to be out until the preseason at the earliest.

No other supplemental declarer has received interest from teams at this point, although representatives of multiple NFL teams were in attendance for ex-Southern Alabama defensive back Damond Smith’s pro day just days prior to the draft on July 11.


Training Camp Complications

There is a reason why the phrase “on paper” is used so commonly in sports: not only does a well constructed team sometimes under or over perform, but often unforeseeable events can wreak havoc on the best laid plans.

With the beginning of training camp for NFL teams across the country this week, so has the onslaught of training camp injuries that plague each and every team. Additionally, this rash of personnel complications is only compounded upon by the further analysis of past injuries to determine whether players should suit up as camps begin — with Percy Harvin’s labrum tear perhaps the most prominent example. Seattle will surely decide whether Harvin will have season-ending surgery prior to letting the recently acquired speedster dress for camp.

Another west coast team received bad news on the very first day of training camp, as Chargers linebacker Jonas Mouton (2011 2nd-round pick) tore his right anterior cruciate ligament and will end his third professional season with only five snaps played after also missing the entirety of the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. Mouton’s injury is especially worrying for the Bolts due to a torn left ACL suffered by 2012 first-rounder Melvin Ingram during organized team activities back in May. San Diego’s defense will have to scramble to make up for the lack of depth following the loss of both Mouton and Ingram.

Arizona also received very bad news this week in the form of the premature retirement of sixth-round pick wide receiver Ryan Swope due to concerns around multiple concussions during his collegiate career. Swope, a Texas A&M alumnus, amazed scouts with under 4.40 times on the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The Cardinals drafted Swope with the knowledge he had suffered four documented concussions during his time as an Aggie, and a fifth concussion during OTAs convinced Swope thathe was better off taking a break for the time being. Arizona still holds the rights to Swope should he make the decision to return in the future.

Meanwhile over on the east coast the Patriots are struggling to find a replacement for last year’s dominant duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez now that the former is likely to miss some time to start the season and legal issues have led to the release of the latter. Now, it seems that former Giants tight end Jake Ballard may be less of a complement for New England’s offense because of a very slow recovery from reconstructive and microfracture surgeries that kept Ballard out for the whole of the 2012 season. Undrafted rookie Zach Sudfield could very well end up as the starting tight end come week 01 against Buffalo should Gronkowski’s recovery from multiple back surgeries delay his start of the season.

Baltimore joins New England as a team in search of tight end help following injury to Dennis Pitta, whose breakout season in 2012 (61 receptions, 669 yards and 7 touchdowns) played a big part in Baltimore’s championship run. Originally the dislocated hip that will likely land Pitta on the injured reserve was thought to be a more minor injury, but recent reports have Pitta’s chances of playing this season at very slim to none. Baltimore headed into camp with more of a two tight end system after the trade of Anquan Boldin in the offseason, with Pitta and Ed Dickson the main benefactors of the offensive adjustments. However, Pitta’s loss will make Baltimore rethink their offensive scheme as Dickson’s receiving abilities are remarkably inferior to those of Pitta and with the lack of receivers on the roster the Ravens may consider relying on a rushing attack consisting of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.

Offensive issues have escalated elsewhere in the east, as new Eagles coach Chip Kelly must now worry about what receiver to pair with DeSean Jackson in addition to what quarterback is going to lead the offense. Philadelphia will have to scramble to replace the contributions of Jeremy Maclin after the fifth-year wideout tore his right ACL on Saturday. Although the likeliest replacement on the roster is fourth year on-and-off contributor Riley Cooper, although Kelly could look towards a veteran the likes of Brandon Lloyd or Laurent Robinson as a replacement as a possession receiver opposite the playmaking Jackson.

Both the Jets and Redskins will also be looking for help on special teams with injuries to cornerback Aaron Berry (New York) and Keenan Robinson (Washington). Berry’s tenure in Detroit was derailed by off-the-field issues that led to his release in 2012 following two seasons as depth in the Lions’ backfield. With the departure of Darrelle Revis via trade, Berry was one prospect for increased playing time and was thought to be a threat to Kyle Wilson’s projected starting spot opposite Antonio Cromartie. For Washington, Robinson did very little after a fourth-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft due to a torn right pectoral muscle in November. Robinson was expected to compete for playing time with Lorenzo Alexander signing elsewhere in free-agency, but a torn left pectoral means he’ll miss the entirety of the 2013 season.

Expect injuries only to increase as camps continue and players are put through more contact drills. Injuries are a sad reality in the NFL, and one part of succeeding as a team is recognizing and utilizing individual players who can most make up for the losses suffered during the grueling seven month season.


Bucky Brooks on the Mannings’ Camp

Hundreds of high school football players made the trip to Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana for a special event this past weekend: the 18th annual Manning Passing Academy.

While the camp features players and coaches at several levels of the professional and collegiate levels as camp counselors, it’s the after hours activities that interest scouts and NFL coaches, when the collegiate participants get to show off their abilities in the offseason. Among the analysts in attendance were Mike Mayock and Bucky Brooks. Both NFL.com’s quarterbacks guru (Mayock) and the former player/scout (Brooks) made some interesting observations about the participating quarterbacks.

One of the biggest stories of the weekend was the departure of Johnny Manziel from the Mannings’ camp due to a reported illness, while others cited that Manziel had been sent home due to a bit too much partying. Labeled as “just the latest saga in the summer of Johnny Football” by ESPN anchor Rece Davis, Manziel’s publicity seems to be in full-blown media mania mode following many off-the-field stories stemming from his activities at Texas A&M and unprecedented reception of the Heisman Award as a freshman in December.

Regardless of the media’s coverage of Manziel’s off-the-field antics, the sophomore phenom still receives a good deal of attention due to his playmaking style of quarterbacking o”n the field. Brooks’ thoughts regarding Manziel revolve around the prediction that Manziel’s pre-draft evaluation by scouts and coaches — will the ‘sandlot’ quarterback draw reviews closer to Tim Tebow or Russell Wilson? Brooks tends to believe the Manziel’s mental approach is more suited to comparisons to the latter of the two — especially if he continues to develop as a proficient pocket passer.

While Johnny Football indeed favors improvisation and an ability to make plays via scrambling outside of the pocket, it became clear to Brooks during the interview process that Manziel understands the necessity of learning the pocket passer approach. The same approach is what has made perhaps the other most-discussed college quarterback famous at Alabama: A.J. McCarron.

Katherine Webb, McCarron’s girlfriend and celebrity personality, may have gotten more camera time in the past six months of the collegiate offseason, but McCarron is clearly in for a media-filled senior season as the ever-constant scrutiny of professional talent evaluators as his draft chances hang in the balance. Alabama’s pro-style offense has led scouts to label McCarron as one of the more pro-ready quarterbacks for the 2014 NFL Draft class.

McCarron can do it all — he has everything a scout looks for in a prospect — but the question is whether he can make the jump to an even more competitive level of play. Brooks came away impressed with McCarron’s “team-first” mentality and surprising aspirations to mirror Brett Favre’s “gunslinger’s mentality” as an expression of McCarron’s belief that he can be a playmaker at the professional level.

Each draft class features a player who receives the label of being the most physically talented quarterback of the group. Brooks believes that this label is most appropriately given to Miami junior Stephen Morris, whose impressive arm strength and pinpoint accuracy impressed scouts at the Manning camp. Other than passing abilities that include polished senses of touch and ball placement, Brooks came away with an impression that Morris’ anticipation and timing could make him a top quarterback in an impressive field of 2014 passers.

Brooks named several other passers in attendance as possible sleeper candidates for next May, including the likes of Devin Gardner (Michigan), Bryn Renner (North Carolina) and James Franklin (Missouri). Both Gardner and Franklin displayed impressive athleticism in combination with passing ability that could make either player appeal to professional scouts in the way Denard Robinson did this offseason. Renner’s claim to fame (according to Brooks) is an under-utilization of his passing talents in the Tar Heels “dink and dunk” offense that could lead to a late round ‘steal’ selection in May’s draft.

Mayock came away with similar impressions from the same collegiate passers as Brooks, with his most polished honors going to Renner and McCarron (although Mayock emphasized McCarron’s less-than excellent arm strength). Morris was mentioned in Mayock’s report as having been “developed well over the past couple years” due to notable mechanics, tight throws and impressive accuracy. In addition to Gardner, Mayock cited Florida passer Jeff Driskel as a raw quarterback prospect with passing ability and plus athleticism to keep an eye on as he starts his junior season.

The 2014 NFL Draft class of quarterbacks is shaping up to be a group to watch this season.


Friday Football: The Supplemental Draft

Unless you’re an avid football fan, you probably missed last night’s excitement around the NFL — or rather, the lack thereof.

Last night marked the 37th year of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft, where teams can acquire players who did not enter the NFL Draft due to extenuating circumstances, such as academic ineligibility or late filing for the draft itself. If a team selects a player in the current year’s supplemental draft, then they would forfeit the corresponding pick for the following year’s draft.

In it’s history, some notable players have been selected by teams — including the likes of Bernie Kosar (’85), Brian Bosworth (’87), and Ahmad Brooks (’06) to name a few. To select these players, teams must put in a bid corresponding to a pick in the following year’s draft, and the team with the highest bid is awarded the player. For example, the Cleveland Browns selected receiver Josh Gordon (Baylor) with a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, and thus forfeited the seventh pick in the second-round this April.

The most recent selections (in the past five years) in the supplemental draft are as follows: Gordon, Terrelle Pryor (Raiders, 2011), Josh Brent (Cowboys, 2010), Harvey Unga (Bears, 2010) and Jeremy Jarmon (Redskins, 2009). Since 2000, the supplemental draft has passed without a selection only five times (2000, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2013).

So why were there no selections made last night? Simply put, no NFL teams decided that there was a deserving player in the pool of six eligible individuals.

Name College Pos.
James Boyd UNLV DE
Nate Holloway UNLV DT
Toby Jackson Central Fl. DE
DeWayne Peace Houston WR
O.J. Ross Purdue WR
Damond Smith So. Alabama DB

That’s not to say of these six players there isn’t a chance that they’ll latch on with a team in camp — in fact both Ross and Peace have received attention from teams in anticipation of both the draft in April and last night’s uneventful draft. At least several of the aforementioned players would have drawn interest as undrafted free-agents if not for the rule barring players who failed to file for the draft in April signing with teams.

Both Ross and Peace have been judged as talented receivers, yet problems with academic ineligibility and concerns about maturity from coaches at both the collegiate and professional levels will be a potential road block to success in the NFL. With the draft over and all six players now regarded as free-agents, expect several teams to take fliers on most, if not all, of the six.

There are several receiver needy teams that will likely be bringing in Ross and Peace for tryouts in the near future, foremost of which are the offensively-challenged New York Jets. Boyd, Holloway and Jackson could appeal to teams that have hybrid schemes or are looking for personnel to fill out holes in a new defensive scheme, like the Saints or Cowboys. The Lions, Colts, Saints and Dolphins had personnel in attendance for Damond Smith’s workout earlier this week, where the South Alabama dropout showcased exceptional athleticism that could attract any of the four teams to add a player to their defensive backfields.

I’ll be sure to provide updates on each player as developments arise in camps across the country.


Abbreviated Friday: Ravens Rookie Juszczyk Shaping Into Offensive Role Player

Today’s column is a bit late and abbreviated due to some home improvement (resurfacing driveways isn’t a 5-minute task).

The selection of Kyle Juszczyk in the fourth-round was a bit of a surprise back in April, as the Ravens already had talented fullback Vonta Leach on the roster — coming off of his third consecutive All-Pro and Pro Bowl season nonetheless.

Leach, who was set to enter the final year of a three-year, $11 million contract signed prior to the 2011 season. However, Leach’s talents are largely limited to lead blocking for a run-oriented offense, yet the 31-year-old is still one of the best run blockers in the game. However, the replacement of former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron with ex-Colts head coach Jim Caldwell in a highly publicized move mid-season cast doubt on the utilization of Leach — and therefore also his worth to the team.

Within a couple weeks of Juszczyk’s selection, Leach was released by the Ravens. In Juszczyk, Baltimore had found a capable lead blocker who offered more than Leach in the way of versatility — having played both tight end and fullback for Harvard, Juszczyk had already proved himself as a capable blocker and pass catcher out of the backfield. Naturally, this means that Caldwell can utilize Juszczyk in various roles and in various formations to fool defenses.

It seems the Ravens are already revealing a bit of their hand, as the Akron Beacon Journal has reported that Juszczyk has been lining up as a lead blocker, H-back, tight end and even out of the slot as a pure receiver in camp. In an offense that lost Anquan Boldin and added little in the way of receivers, Juszczyk could be in for a decently-sized load in the way of 20-30 receptions.

With recent developments, it’s all-but certain that Juszczyk will not only make the active roster as a rookie, but quite possible that the 22-year-old could be in for a surprise impact in his first professional season.


Re-Capping the Baltimore Ravens Draft

Baltimore has had a particularly tumultuous offseason following their miraculous playoff run and ultimately winning the Super Bowl.

The Ravens lost several veteran starters to free-agency, trades and retirement in the previous months, including Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Bernard Pollard and Anquan Boldin — all of which played integral parts in Baltimore’s playoff run. However, the Ravens did manage to acquire ex-Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil following the Faxgate incident that led to Dumervil’s release in March.

This draft class is especially important because there are several holes to fill in the reigning Super Bowl champions’ roster if they’re going to attempt a repeat this season.

Let’s jump right into the Ravens’ draft class.

Round 1, Pick 32 – Florida S Matt Elam

Junior 5’10” 208 lbs 4.43 40-yard 17 bench reps

NFL Comparison: Charles Godfrey

The addition of Michael Huff lessens the impact of the departures of both Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard a bit, as Huff’s athleticism outmatched both that of the aging Reed and hard-hitting Pollard. The addition of Elam gives Baltimore two athletic safeties whose versatility offers the Ravens a plug-and-play option in the defensive backfield.

Like Huff, Elam has a skill set amenable to playing either safety or covering the slot. An instinctual player, the Florida Gators product drew comparisons to Troy Polamalu from draftniks due to his athleticism. Elam is also known for being an instinctual player who reads plays and follows the quarterback’s eyes well.

Elam has a few kinks to work out in his technique if he’s going to excel at the professional level, foremost being tackling technique. Evaluation of game tape shows Elam’s poor technique on open field tackles — a necessity for safeties in the NFL. Additionally, Elam will see NFL coaches attempt to capitalize on his lack of size to make big plays deep. It’s important for Elam to work on deep coverage to make up for his limitations on size and vertical ability.

Round 2, Pick 24 (56) – Kansas St. ILB Arthur Brown

Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 241 lbs 4.68 40-yard

NFL Comparison: Curtis Lofton

Brown was lauded as a potential first-round talent by scouts for good reason — he can do just about every asked of a middle linebacker in the NFL. In the Ravens’ system, Brown has the possibility of becoming a tackling machine in the likes of Arizona’s Daryl Washington.

Brown has a hard-hitting demeanor and is billed as a turnover machine while earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors after a 100 tackle campaign. This tackling ability looks to translate well to the professional level, as Brown exhibits both solid technique in the box and when moving laterally to bring down runners.

There may be a bit of an adjustment period for Brown after playing in Kansas State’s 4-3 defensive scheme, but his skill set and versatility should make for a capable starter as a rookie opposite Jameel McClain in Baltimore’s stock 3-4 set. It is notable that Baltimore signed former Jaguars stalwart Daryl Smith to man the interior as well, so it should be interesting to see how the trio of Smith, Brown and McClain share snaps.

Round 3, Pick 32 (94) – Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams

Redshirt Senior 6’1″ 335 lbs 5.32 40-yard 38 bench reps

NFL Comparison: Antonio Garay

Brandon Williams created a buzz at the NFL Combine as a familiar prospect to last year Chiefs first-rounder Dontari Poe following a 38 bench rep performance. Williams is a big body to learn behind Haloti Ngata and Chris Canty in his rookie season, which will allow for the small-school prospect some time to adjust to the professional level.

Williams is Missouri Southern’s all-time sack leader (27) and offers a pass-rush from the interior in combination with his abilities as a nose tackle.

The selection of Williams is an interesting move by Baltimore, as it makes for a warning for former second-rounder Terrence Cody.

Round 4, Pick 32 (129) – Ohio St. DE John Simon

Senior 6’2″ 257 lbs 4.66 40-yard

NFL Comparison: Allen Bailey

Simon’s build is more amenable to a defensive end or pass-rushing linebacker than any other position, and while listed as an end in the draft Baltimore has made it clear that Simon will make the transition to outside ‘backer in his rookie season.

With plus athleticism and a highly lauded on-field motor, Simon has drawn comparisons to James Harrison. Simon will need to learn to rush from a standing position, which is easier said than done, if he’s going to make an impact for Baltimore in the future. He is an interesting prospect for the developmental reasons, but Simon will likely only see the field on special teams as a rookie behind Baltimore’s talented pass-rushing duo of Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs.

Round 4, Pick 33 (130) – Harvard FB Kyle Juszczyk

Senior 6’1″ 248 lbs 4.72 40-yard

NFL Comparison: Garrett Mills

Garrett Mills, like Juszczyk, was an H-back type player drafted in the fourth-round back in 2006 after playing mostly as a tight end at Tulsa. Like Mills, Juszczyk has so far tried to prove himself as a fullback as well as a blocking tight end by doing workouts for teams from the backfield prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.

Juszczyk is already a very stout blocker and the release of Vonta Leach by the Ravens has opened up a starting shot for the rookie in camp. Don’t expect many passes his way, but nonetheless Juszczyk could make an impact in his rookie campaign as a lead blocker and special teams player.

Round 5, Pick 35 (168) – Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner

Redshirt Senior 6’6″ 308 lbs 5.15 40-yard 20 bench reps

NFL Comparison: Nate Solder

The Solder comparison is one that I will admit is overused in the NFL, but it has become the benchmark comparison when looking at tackles whose strength limitations may result in problems standing up to competition at the professional level. As such, it is important for Wagner to work on adding bulk to his frame and getting his lifting in if he’s ever going to make a starter at tackle for the Ravens.

With that said, Wagner is a hard worker who made the Wisconsin roster after walking on and earning every bit of his playing time. Heading into the draft, there were some concerns about a knee injury, but since then the problem has cleared up and Wagner is practicing for the Ravens. There is potential here for a starting quality player, but Wagner’s athleticism makes it possible for the rookie to contribute immediately as a swing tackle in certain packages.

Round 6, Pick 32 (200) – Notre Dame DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Redshirt Senior 6’4″ 298 lbs 4.95 40-yard

NFL Comparison: Jerel Worthy

Lewis-Moore has the typical build for an interior pass-rusher, or alternatively, an athletic 3-4 defensive end. That’s exactly what the Ravens expect to get out of the Notre Dame product — just not this season. Due to a torn ACL in the BCS title game versus Alabama, it’s very likely that Lewis-Moore will open the season on the PUP list and ultimately hit the injured reserve with no experience on-field as a rookie.

Mike Mayock, of NFL.com and NFL Network, claimed that Lewis-Moore was a steal for the Ravens due to his explosive edge-rushing abilities in combination with a stout run-stopping ability in a 3-4 defense like that which Baltimore employs. It will be interesting to see if Lewis-Moore loses some of that explosiveness once he’s fully recovered, but any way you look at it the Ravens got a quality pick in the sixth-round here.

Round 6, Pick 35 (203) – Colorado St.-Pueblo OT Ryan Jensen

Senior 6’4″ 317 lbs 5.23 40-yard 30 bench reps

Jensen is another of the so-called ‘guard-tackle tweener’ players that are found in every draft class. Like the Giants first-round selection, Justin Pugh, it’s likely that Jensen will be slotted in at guard at the professional level after playing his college career at tackle.

As a rookie, Jensen will compete for a backup spot along Baltimore’s questionable depth at line. The future will tell if Jensen has a future as anything more than a mere depth player in the NFL.

Round 7, Pick 32 (238) – Elon WR Aaron Mellette

Redshirt Senior 6’3″ 217 lbs 4.45 40-yard 9 bench reps

If you haven’t heard of Elon University before, that’s because it’s a Division I FCS school with a relatively small football program. Mellette made his mark on at the level with 304 catches, 4,254 yards and 44 touchdowns in his four seasons, and offers the Ravens a less-known player with some polish that could contribute at the professional level.

With an opening in the receiver depth chart, Mellette could make a move to start in camp this summer given he learns the offense quickly. There are some concerns that Mellette’s lack of strength could be an issue when dealing with press coverage, so he would do well to put on some muscle before the season starts if he’s going to make an impact in his rookie campaign.

Round 7, Pick 41 (247) – California CB Marc Anthony

Redshirt Senior 6’0″ 196 lbs 4.59 40-yard 12 bench reps

Anthony is on the strong side for a corner, with some smarts for anticipating routes and displayed above-average tackling technique for a corner in his time at California. A lack of speed may be an issue for Anthony in a man coverage system, but the ability to press is evident and he’ll need to pick up a professional defensive system if he’s going to succeed in the NFL. A longshot to contribute anywhere other than special teams as a rookie, Anthony may yet have a future as a corner in the league.

FINAL DRAFT GRADE: B-

Baltimore’s squad experienced a good amount of turnover this offseason, with veteran departures and other acquisitions that will shake up the defense and introduce new faces to Ravens fans. This isn’t to say the team will be worse off in 2013 than in their Super Bowl run, but there are still a few question marks that were left unaddressed. Most notably, the Ravens failed to bring in a receiver to challenge Torrey Smith or Jacoby Jones as a starter — something that is sorely needed following the trade of Anquan Boldin.

The Ravens picked up several solid acquisitions via the draft, including the likes of Matt Elam and Arthur Brown, while also picking up several future potential starters in Brandon Williams, John Simon and Kapron Lewis-Moore, but overall the selections outside of the first two rounds will be a non-factor for at least this season and possibly several years to come — something that’s expected of a few players in each draft class, but not the majority of picks.

With that the Ravens segment is finished. Next up on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills.

As always, head on over to the Team-By-Team Selections page for previous sections, or click on the links below to find a certain team.


Prematurely Preparing for the 2014 NFL Draft

Barely into June, and it has become apparent that not only are fans and analysts alike looking forward to the regular season, but also to next year’s NFL Draft.

As such, many well-known names have launched their own big boards for next season. Although very early in the scouting process — for neither the NFL nor NCAA seasons have begun — it is nonetheless interesting to see where each college player is ranked and where NFL team’s perceived priorities lay.

In addition to a sampling of the big boards published by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and Scouts Inc. analyst Todd McShay, mock drafts by CBS analysts Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have been added to the Mock Drafts Comparison page.

Mel Kiper’s Big Board

  1. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
  2. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
  3. USC WR Marqise Lee
  4. Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio
  5. UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
  6. Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
  7. Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III
  8. Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
  9. Ohio St. CB Bradley Roby
  10. Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy
  11. Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson
  12. Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard
  13. Notre Dame DE Stephon Tuitt
  14. Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
  15. Florida St. DT Timmy Jernigan
  16. Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
  17. Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
  18. Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
  19. Florida St. OT Cameron Erving
  20. South Florida DE Aaron Lynch
  21. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
  22. LSU DT Anthony Johnson
  23. BYU OLB Kyle Van Noy
  24. Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
  25. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel

Todd McShay’s Big Board

  1. South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
  2. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
  3. Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio
  4. USC WR Marqise Lee
  5. UCLA LB Anthony Barr
  6. Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
  7. Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III
  8. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
  9. Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
  10. Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard
  11. Ohio St. CB Bradley Roby
  12. Alabama LB C.J. Mosley
  13. Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
  14. Florida St. DT Timmy Jernigan
  15. Alabama QB AJ McCarron
  16. Tennessee OT Antonio Richardson
  17. Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu
  18. Notre Dame DT Stephon Tuitt
  19. Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy
  20. Georgia Tech OLB Jeremiah Attaochu
  21. Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
  22. LSU DT Anthony Johnson
  23. Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers
  24. Alabama S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix
  25. TCU CB Jason Verrett

Brock Huard’s Top 10 Quarterbacks

  1. Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville
  2. Tajh Boyd – Clemson
  3. Aaron Murray – Georgia
  4. Marcus Mariota – Oregon
  5. Braxton Miller – Ohio State
  6. AJ McCarron – Alabama
  7. Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M
  8. Stephen Morris – Miami
  9. Logan Thomas – Virginia Tech
  10. Derek Carr – Fresno State