A little good a little bad last night in sports. The Bad: Had the Over 7 in the Cubs/Indians game and wouldn't you know it, Arietta for the first time in about a month, pitches his tail off and Cleveland could hardly score. Final score 5 to 1 Cubs...Argg. The Good: I get back on track with my second teaser play this early NBA season and get the win. Teaser record now 1 - 1. Congrats to winners and back later with some plays for tonight.
Jonathan Cooper, G/C, North Carolina
Height: 6-2. Weight: 311. Arm: 33.08. 40 Time: 5.07. Projected Round (2013): Top-16 Pick. 4/23/13: There has been a lot of buzz about Cooper, and it looks very possible that he could go ahead of Warmack. Cooper's ability to play center gives him some versatility that Warmack isn't projected to have. The preference between the two could depend a lot on blocking scheme, but scouts have told WalterFootball.com that they believe that Cooper will go in the top half of the first round.
Cooper showed up at the Combine heavier and stronger than expected and put on a clinic. He was one of the leaders on the bench press with 35 reps and was phenomenal in the field work. Cooper had lightning fast feet and with superior agility. It was a great performance to solidify his stock in the top 20.
Cooper hit a great cut block in space during the first game of his senior season to spring Giovani Bernard for a long touchdown run against Elon. That was a common refrain as Cooper did an excellent job of run blocking for Bernard in 2012. Cooper played well against Virginia Tech among others and Bernard had a great season. Cooper was rock solid in pass protection all year. He is also fast at pulling and getting to the second level.
Cooper is extremely quick and athletic, so moving to center shouldn't be a problem, and it could make him more attractive to NFL talent evaluators. He turned down a chance to play in the Senior Bowl.
8/24/12: Jonathan Cooper was a Second-Team All-ACC selection for the 2010 season. He did a good job as a run-blocker and pass-blocker. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder was an excellent blocker for running back Giovanni Bernard in the 2011 season. Bernard had a tremendous freshman season with 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Cooper is a good athlete who also is strong at the point of attack. He could use more bulk if enters a power man-blocking scheme in the NFL. Cooper looks like he would fit best in zone-blocking scheme at the moment. Don't be surprised if he attempts to move to center, or there is, at least, talk about it.
Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
Height: 6-2. Weight: 317. Arm: 34.8. 40 Time: 5.49. Projected Round (2013): Top-20 Pick. 4/23/13: While Warmack underwhelmed at the Combine, he looked good at his pro day. Warmack put together a dominant 2012 season. He was dominant against Michigan in Alabama's first game of 2012. The senior blasted open running holes and did well in pass protection.
Warmack was very impressive versus Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. Like center Barrett Jones, Warmack struggled somewhat against Mississippi State. He had a strong game though versus LSU's standout defensive tackles.
Warmack had a tough test with Georgia's massive defensive tackle John Jenkins in the SEC Championship game. Jenkins beat Warmack for a sack and some other good plays in the first half. Warmack turned in a big second half as the Crimson Tide rolled over the Bulldogs. He followed that up by dominating at the National Championship against Notre Dame. Warmack turned down a chance to play in the Senior Bowl.
There is no doubt that Warmack has the ability to start immediately in the NFL. He is a road grader in the ground game who is extremely reliable as a pass-protector. Some project him to go in the top 10 and think he is the best guard prospect to enter the draft in a long time. Others feel he could slide past the midway point of the first round.
8/24/12: Chance Warmack enters his senior season having started two seasons at guard for the Crimson Tide. He is a powerful road grader who did an excellent job of opening up holes for the Alabama running game in 2011. The senior could see his stock rise over the 2012 season.
Warmack played better in the rematch against LSU than he did in the regular season contest last year. As long as Warmack stays healthy, he should be a high second-day pick if not sneak into the first round like Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler did last April.
Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse
Height: 6-4. Weight: 301. Arm: 31 1/2. Hand: 10. Projected 40 Time: 5.05. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: Some media pundits and draft analysts are hire on Pugh, believing he could go late in the first round. Pugh did a good job of protecting quarterback Ryan Nassib in 2012. Pugh clearly needs to add weight and strength for the next level.
Similar to Nassib, Pugh's Senior Bowl wasn't a complete debacle, but it definitely didn't help his stock. Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson stood out, but Pugh was very disappointing in comparison. It all started at the weigh-in when he checked in at 6-foot-4, 301-pounds. That is very undersized for an NFL offensive tackle. It was known that Pugh was on the lighter side entering Mobile, but he was a few inches shorter than expected and has very short arms (31 1/2). Pugh also struggled in the one-on-ones on the edge. He also had some issues at guard with bull rushes, too.
Pugh had a solid career protecting Nassib's blind side, but for the NFL, he looks like he probably should be a guard in a zone-blocking system. That, along with him not looking like a starting tackle, hurts the number of teams that could consider Pugh. His disappointing weak and undersized status make him look more like a mid-round pick rather than the top-32 selection some have suggested.
8/23/12: Pugh was a 2011 All-Big East First-Team selection for Syracuse as the blind-side protector for quarterback Ryan Nassib. It was Pugh's second straight year as a starter, and he contributed to Antwon Bailey eclipsing 1,000 yards on the ground. Pugh is a sleeper prospect worth keeping an eye on.
Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Height: 6-3. Weight: 332. Arm: 31 78. Hand: 9 5/8. 40 Time: 5.58. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: In a normal year, Warford would be the top guard of the class and a late first-round pick. However with rare prospects like Cooper and Warmack, it looks like Warford will last into the second day.
Kentucky was terrible in 2012, but Warford was excellent. He opened up holes in the ground game and performed well in pass protection. Warford is a better athlete and quicker than one would think. He had an impressive senior season.
Warford battled well against Florida and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd. Warford played even better against Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, shutting down the latter's pass rush. The plays that the Missouri standout had success on only came when he went against other offensive linemen.
Warford was an underrated prospect, but that may have changed after he looked phenomenal at the Senior Bowl. Warford was one of the few offensive linemen who could block Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins. Warford won his one-on-one reps and did extremely well in the team scrimmage. It wouldn't be surprising if he turns into an excellent guard in the NFL and causes a lot of teams to regret not using a first-round pick on him.
8/24/12: Larry Warford was named a Second-Team All-SEC performer in 2011 for the second straight season. He did a very good job of opening up holes for running back Derrick Locke in 2010.
Warford is also a good pass-blocker. He is strong at the point of attack and can push defensive linemen around. The senior has underrated speed and quickness for his size. Warford, Warmack and Bailey are all very comparable prospects who should turn into solid starters at guard in the NFL.
Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
Height: 6-6. Weight: 313. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 10 7/8. 40 Time: 4.94. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 4/23/13: Long tried for, and was denied, another year of eligibility, so he entered the 2013 NFL Draft class. The athletic blocker used to be a defensive lineman like his Hall of Fame father, Howie Long, and Pro Bowl brother, Chris Long.
Kyle Long was excellent at opening running lanes for Kenjon Barner and protecting his quarterback in 2012. Long is very strong and extremely fast. His speed and athleticism was on firmly on display at the Combine. He only played one season at Oregon, so he could use more development in the NFL.
It wouldn't be surprising if Long rises up draft boards in the months to come. His great bloodlines will help him to get selected earlier and overcome some off-the-field problems. Long started out his career on Florida State's baseball team before getting in trouble and leaving the school. He went through junior college on his way to Oregon.
Terron Armstead, OT/G, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310. Arm: 33 5/8. Hand: 9 7/8. 40 Time: 4.71. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: Many teams like Armstead, and he is one of the better tackle prospects for the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft. Armstead played tackle for Arkansas Pine-Bluff, but some teams may move him to guard in the NFL. He performed well in postseason All-Star games in January, which has helped his draft stock. Armstead is a good athlete for his size who also is a track champion. He is a nice developmental prospect.
Armstead put on a show at the Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in a blistering time of 4.71 seconds. That was the fastest of any offensive lineman. He also did well on the bench press (31 reps) and in the field drills.
Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
Height: 6-5. Weight: 306. Arm: 33.18. Hand: 10 3/8. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: Thomas has gone under the radar and could fall into the third round. The Volunteers moved him to left guard for 2012 and that looks like his best position for the NFL given his body type. He was excellent in the first game versus N.C. State in run blocking and in pass protection.
Thomas continued that in SEC play. His pass protection for Tyler Bray was strong while being an effective blocker on the ground. Thomas played well against Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi State. He had some good battles against Georgia and massive defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Thomas could use another 10-15 pounds of bulk for the next level to move linemen in the ground game. He has the frame to add the weight, and he looks like an early starter in the NFL.
8/23/12: Thomas is an extremely experienced left tackle who should enter the NFL having been as battle-tested as a tackle can be coming into left tackle. He had a quality 2011 season protecting the quarterback. Tennessee allowed just 18 sacks (1.5 per game) the third lowest total in the SEC. Thomas needs to become more consistent, but if he has a strong season protecting quarterback Tyler Bray, he could move into first-round consideration.
Travis Frederick*, C/G, Wisconsin
Height: 6-4. Weight: 312. Arm: 33.08. 40 Time: 5.58. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: The consensus opinion has Frederick as the top center in the 2013 NFL Draft. He could easily be the first one selected, but that would probably only be to a team that runs a man-blocking scheme. A zone-blocking scheme would probably prefer David Quessenberry or Brian Schwenke.
Frederick moved to center in 2012. The senior wasn't as dominant there as he was at guard in 2011. The Badgers were struggling to run the ball early this season, but heated up going against weak Big Ten competition. Frederick struggled against Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill and didn't do well against Stanford.
For the NFL, Frederick needs to get better in his pass protection and ability to block speed-rushers. He had a disappointing Combine as he ran slowly, did poorly in the field drills and had a low total on the bench press (21 reps).
8/24/12: Frederick had an excellent 2011 season for the Badgers. He was a tremendous run-blocker, paving the way for running back Montee Ball. Frederick, Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler were a dynamic interior that was dominant at the point of attack. Frederick is a road-grading guard like Zeitler who can push around defensive linemen. Also like Zeitler, his weakness comes in pass protection with speed-rushing defensive tackles.
Frederick won't have Konz and Zeitler this year, but Wisconsin's offensive system continuously churns out powerful offensive linemen. Frederick should have another good season in 2012 as a run-blocker for Ball.
Frederick will battle two potential first-round picks in Purdue's Kawann Short and Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins. Illinois' Akeem Spence should provide another formidable opponent. If plays well against that trio, Frederick will stand a good shot of being a first-rounder in 2013 or 2014.
David Quessenberry, C/G, San Jose State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 294. Arm: 33 7/8. Hand: 10 1/2. 40 Time: 5.08. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 4/23/13: Sources have told WalterFootball.com that Quessenberry had a climb as a prospect because teams love his versatility. They said he could go late in the second round.
Quessenberry was a productive 3-year starter for San Jose State who earned multiple All-Conference selections. A strong Senior Bowl really helped him. Quessenberry got better each practice and was very impressive in the final day's one-on-ones. He followed that up with a good performance at the Combine. Quessenberry turned in a fast 40-yard dash, did well in the field drills and was solid on the bench press (25 reps).
Quessenberry hides his weight extremely well. He definitely has the the frame to add on another 15-20 pounds. Quessenberry also good numbers for arm length and hand size that will help his ability to play multiple positions. All of that adds up to a nice athlete to mold into a starting lineman in the NFL.
The 2013 draft class is weak on the inside of the offensive line, so Quessenberry could easily rise higher. He has the ability to play guard, center and tackle. Teams love that flexibility to help them on game days. It is probably most likely that he ends up starting at center or guard. Quessenberry has starting potential and really helped himself in Mobile.
Barrett Jones, C/G/T, Alabama
Height: 6-4. Weight: 306. Arm: 34.18. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 4/23/13: Jones' best position for the NFL is probably center, but he also has the ability to play guard after being a standout at guard as a freshman and sophomore. Having played left tackle as a junior and center as senior, Jones is the rare lineman who can play any position on the offensive line.
Jones finished his collegiate career with an excellent performance against Notre Dame in the National Championship. He won the vast majority of his reps against the Irish's tough interior defensive linemen. A foot injury kept him out of the Senior Bowl, but Jones told WalterFootball.com that he expects to be ready to compete in the offseason program.
After playing well against LSU, Jones had a lot of problems against Texas A&M. He was beaten repeatedly by an undersized, speedy defensive tackle. Jones made up for it in the SEC Championship against Georgia. He had a few rough plays in the first half before having a phenomenal second half. Jones dominated nose tackle Kwame Geathers as Alabama's run game ran wild over the Bulldogs. Jones also had success against massive nose tackle John Jenkins.
Jones had a harder time with Mississippi State compared to other teams he faced this season. Heavy defensive tackle Dewayne Cherrington was a challenge for Jones and guard Chance Warmack. Jones had a good game overall, but wasn't as overwhelming as he was in other games.
Jones played well against Missouri. He opened up holes for Eddie Lacy to have a huge day and was excellent in pass protection. When going against talented defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, Jones had success. The senior also had a superb outing against Arkansas. He dominated the Razorbacks on the ground and in pass blocking.
Jones had an excellent debut at center in the 2012 season opener against Michigan. He looked so natural, one would think he has played the position for years. Jones was superb in the ground game opening up holes and hitting combo blocks. He was rock solid in pass protection, too. The intelligent senior was great at making the line calls to set protections and blocking schemes.
8/24/12: Jones had a tremendous season at left tackle last year and it has really elevated his draft stock. In his biggest test of 2011, Tbe junior faced his biggest test of facing LSU in the regular season. He played very well before sustaining an ankle injury in the second half. Early in the evening, Jones was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn't getting - or needing - any help with LSU's speed-rushers on the edge, and Jones was rock solid not allowing a sack or pressure. He had another good game in the National Championship
Jones only moved to left tackle in 2011 after playing guard the previous two years. His transisition was flawless. He did a fabulous job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and was equally good in pass protection. Jones is an intelligent player who has the physical tools to be effective.
Interestingly, Alabama has moved the senior to center for 2012. He is extremely smart and versatile. It will be interesting to see where Jones plays in the NFL, but he definitely could play guard.
Jones started 14 games at guard in 2009 as a redshirt freshman and Ingram ran his way to a Heisman. Jones stayed at right guard and started 11 games there in 2010. He was named as a First-Team All-SEC selection last season.
Alvin Bailey*, OT/G, Arkansas
Height: 6-3. Weight: 312. Arm: 34.68. 40 Time: 4.95. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 4/23/13: Bailey played well for the Razorbacks even though they had a disappointing 2012 season. He did a good job as a run- and pass-blocker, but wasn't as dominant as he was in 2011. That was the case for a lot of Arkansas' talented pro prospects as 2012 was a disaster of a year for the program. Rather than go back to school for another coaching change, Bailey declared for the 2013 NFL Draft. He has starting potential early in his NFL career if he lands with a good offensive line coach.
Bailey was impressive at the Combine. He had one of the fastest 40 times for any guard, put up a decent total on the bench press (27 reps) and performed well in the field work.
8/24/12: Alvin Bailey enters his junior season coming off a two good years in 2010 and 2011. He has started at guard and did a good job in blocking for running back Knile Davis and quarterback Ryan Mallett in 2010. Davis ran for over 1,000 yards, and Mallett threw for more than 3,000 yards with Bailey blocking up front. He was an SEC All-Freshman selection.
Bailey was a strong pass-protector as a sophomore for quarterback Tyler Wilson in 2011 and was a Second-Team All-SEC pick. Bailey is a strong guard who already is a good run-blocker. He should only get better as he gains experience and has a high ceiling for the NFL.
Brian Winters, OT/G, Kent State
Height: 6-4. Weight: 320. Arm: 32. Hand: 9 1/2. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/23/13: Winters had a dominant senior season for Kent State which raised his profile for the NFL. He was an All-Conference selection from his sophomore season on. The Senior Bowl was sort of neutral for Winters as he didn't help or hurt himself significantly. However, Winters checked in three inches shorter than his listed height and almost 20 pounds heavier. The lack of height and length could push him inside to guard in the NFL.
Winters compounded his issues with a bad Combine. He had the worst showing on the bench press (9 reps) of any lineman who participated. Winters looks like a guard in the NFL.
Garrett Gilkey, G, Chadron State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 314. Arm: 31 3/4. Hand: 10 3/8. 40 Time: 5.33. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Gilkey already has an NFL body, and he held his own at the Senior Bowl against the better competition. Gilkey played left tackle in college, but will have to move inside in the NFL. He was a 3-year starter at left tackle for Chadron State and collected a lot of conference awards.
Jeff Baca, G, UCLA
Height: 6-3. Weight: 302. Arm: 34 1/4. Hand: 9 3/4. 40 Time: 5.03. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Baca (6-3, 302) bounced around from guard and tackle for the Bruins during his collegiate career. As a freshman, he started at left guard. Baca had some off-the-field academic issues that caused him to be ineligible for the 2010 season. He had a broken ankle in spring practice in 2011, but only missed one game and was a starter at right and left tackle during his junior year. The senior was back at guard for 2012, also making one start at tackle.
Baca should play on the inside at guard in the NFL, but also learn how to play center.
Earl Watford, G, James Madison
Height: 6-3. Weight: 300. Arm: 34. Hand: 10. 40 Time: 5.06. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 4/23/13: Watford was a standout in college allowing less than a handful of sacks and having success as a run-blocker. He has some athleticism and could be groomed at center. Watford was impressive at the Combine with speed and agility. He has some nice developmental potential.
Hugh Thornton, G, Illinois
Height: 6-3. Weight: 320. Arm: 33 5/8. Hand: 9 7/8. 40 Time: 5.11. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 4/23/13: Thornton struggled in the one-on-ones in Mobile. His pass protection is going to need a lot of development for the NFL. Thornton is a good athlete, but he really had a hard time with speed-rushers.
Thornton was impressive at the Senior Bowl weigh-in as he is extremely well-built and is not a fat offensive lineman. Thornton was a starter at guard for Illinois for three straight seasons. His run blocking is much better than his pass protection.
J.C. Tretter, G, Cornell
Height: 6-3. Weight: 302. Arm: 32 1/4. Hand: 10 1/8. 40 Time: 5.09. Projected Round (2013): 5-6. 4/23/13: Tretter broke his nose at the Senior Bowl, and a number of teams were disappointed as they wanted to get a good look at him against better competition. Tretter was an All-Ivy League selection at left tackle for the 2012 season. All of his 20 starts were at left tackle in college, but he'll have to move to guard or center in the NFL.
Blaize Foltz, G, TCU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.23. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 4/23/13: Foltz blocked well for TCU. He did his part to keep a clean pocket and open up running lanes.
Foltz also performed well at the East-West Shrine and earned the praise of scouts. They like how Foltz already has NFL size with some ability as a pass-protector and a run-blocker. He could be a good value pick on the third day. Foltz did not receive a Combine invitation.
8/24/12: Foltz, a first-year starter, was a First-Team All-Mountain West pick in 2011. He played right guard and was very consistent for the Horned Frogs. TCU averaged 208.6 yards per game on the ground with over 440 yards per game in total offense. The line also allowed on average only one sack per game.
Foltz should stay at guard as a senior. He could be a sleeper pick who is nice value early on the third day of the draft.
Omoregie Uzzi, G, Georgia Tech
Height: 6-3. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.25. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 4/23/13: Uzzi played well against Virginia Tech in the opening game of 2012 and then did well against Virginia, Florida State and USC. He has excellent mobility and would be a perfect fit for a zone-blocking system. Some teams in the NFL will want to move him to center, which could be a good fit. Uzzi did not go to the Combine.
8/24/12: Uzzi is an undersized, but athletic, guard who has been an All-ACC performer for the Yellow Jackets. He is very mobile and has no problem hitting blocks on the second level of the defense.
Uzzi is a perfect fit in the Georgia Tech option running attack. As a result, he should go to a zone-blocking team in the NFL that requires linemen to be mobile in order to create a moving wall. Uzzi probably does not have the bulk or strength to function in a power man-blocking scheme. Perhaps he could move to center.
Braden Hansen, C/G, BYU
Height: 6-6. Weight: 310. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Hansen had a quality season playing center, but didn't stand out when taking on Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. Hansen hurt his groin and missed the end of a close loss to Notre Dame. The offense really missed him. The injury also caused him to be out the next game.
Hansen finished the year well with a strong bowl performance. He did not participate in the East-West Shrine, Senior Bowl or Combine.
8/24/12: Hansen was an instant starter as a freshman, and has started every game at guard the past three seasons. He was named an All-MWC honorable mention as a sophomore.
BYU has had a strong running game, and Hansen has opened a lot of holes for the Cougars. He's also been a reliable pass-blocker. Hansen is a well-rounded guard, but is not overwhelming at the line of scrimmage.
James Wilson, G, Florida
Height: 6-3. Weight: 315. Projected 40 Time: 5.07. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 4/23/13: Wilson had a respectable season blocking for running back Mike Gillislee. Wilson played well against LSU's defensive tackles, but had some struggles against Georgia. He was excellent versus Florida State and powered open holes up the middle for Gillislee. Wilson is a sleeper prospect who could surprise.
8/24/12: Wilson has primarily been a backup, but he could get back into the starting lineup as a senior. Wilson was one of the top recruits in the nation in 2007. The redshirt senior did not play in 10 games in 2010 due to a knee injury and was granted a medical redshirt early in 2012.
Wilson is a versatile offensive lineman who was around by the Gators� staff as injuries hit the line hard in 2009 and 2010. He is a natural guard who is athletic. Wilson's draft status could be higher if he had been able to avoid further injuries.
Chris Jacobson, G, Pittsburgh
Height: 6-3. Weight: 290. Projected 40 Time: 5.36. Projected Round (2013): FA. 4/23/13: Jacobson had a horrible game with penalties against Cincinnati. He needs to add strength for the NFL. The redshirt senior played better in other outings and helped open up holes for Ray Graham. Jacobson had a surprisingly good game against Notre Dame and its tough defensive front.
8/24/12: The senior captain Jacobson went down with a knee injury against Iowa in September 2011 and was done for the year. He had surgery to repair his knee and received a medical redshirt.
Jacobson made the move from center to guard, and started all 13 games at left guard in 2010. He needs to have a strong season and put on some weight for the NFL. Jacobson has good mobility and technique, so he might be best in a zone-blocking scheme at the NFL level.