@Jags I didn't say Tackle was a big need but I wouldn't mind seeing one or two later as depth moves. But BPA is always the key to making a winning team is getting the best players available not position needs. I think by the end of the season it will Garrett Allen and Peppers as my top 3 talents so to pass up on Allen would be atrocious. The Jags fail to get to the QB and that's why i would pick Allen over Peppers but would still gladly take Peppers if Allen wasn't there. Btw just a curious move but I would also love to see the Jags switch to a 3-4 if they land Allen and choose to go in a different direction at HC
Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
The Jaguars need to add talent to their weak secondary and have shown interest in Gratz.
Gratz (5-11, 201) was one of the Combine's most impressive cornerbacks. He had a good 40 time, did well in the field drills and showed some power in the bench press. Gratz has really helped himself since the end of the season. He was solid at the Senior Bowl and clearly is a hard worker who puts in the preparation time.
Gratz totaled 53 tackles, 11 passes broken up, three interceptions and a forced fumble in 2012. He is a solid cover corner who also plays the run well. Gratz had three interceptions and 53 tackles in 2011.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
Kansas City could use an understudy to Alex Smith, and WalterFootball.com has heard the Chiefs like Wilson.
Wilson had his best collegiate season in 2011 under former head coach Bobby Petrino. The junior completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,638 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He improved as the season progressed and received good preparation for the pro game. Wilson played a little bit in 2010 as a backup to Ryan Mallett. Wilson completed 34-of-51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions that season.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pounder has good field vision, a strong arm and accuracy. 2012 was a challenging year for the signal-caller. The program was in turmoil with Bobby Petrino being fired and leaving a mess in his wake. To make things harder, Wilson lost some good receivers in Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs to the 2012 NFL Draft.
Wilson suffered a concussion against Louisiana-Monroe in Week 2 this season, which played a huge role in Arkansas going down in that historic upset. Unfortunately, the redshirt senior was held out against Alabama. That would have been a great game to gauge his readiness against an elite defense. He completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this year. The Razorbacks did not qualify for a bowl game.
Oakland Raiders: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The Raiders have to get corner help and are fortunate to land Poyer.
Poyer was an impact player for Oregon State the past few seasons on defense and special teams. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder collected 57 tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes broken up in 2011. He also averaged 22.7 yards per kick return and 14.1 yards per punt return.
Poyer had 34 tackles, two interceptions and four passes broken up as a sophomore in 2010. He averaged 27 yards per kick return and 9.5 yards per punt return.
Poyer steadily improved his coverage as a cornerback, and his draft stock has risen on the strength of this season. He had a big game against Wisconsin with three tackles, a sack, forced fumble and pass broken up. The senior hauled in three interceptions versus Washington State.
Poyer recorded 50 tackles, two sacks, seven passes broken up and seven interceptions in 2012. He is a good athlete with upside. Poyer played some baseball for the Beavers before deciding to focus on football.
Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB , Illinois
The Eagles could use another edge-rusher for their 3-4 defense.
Buchanan opened 2012 with a dominant performance against Western Michigan. He had an interception, a pass batted, a sack, a tackle for a loss and a bunch of pressures on the quarterback. Buchanan was a big disappointment after that. He totaled 57 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, five passes batted, an interception and a forced fumble this year. Buchanan flashed at times at the Senior Bowl.
The 6-foot-5, 252-pounder had a strong junior season. Buchanan recorded 64 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2011. He had 40 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks as a sophomore.
Buchanan needs to add some weight and power to his game, but he is a very good athlete with speed. The senior had his jaw broken in an altercation last offseason. That will cause some teams to do some vetting of his off-the-field activities.
Pick change; previously Brandon McGee, CB
Minnesota Vikings: Shawn Williams, S, Georgia
The Vikings need another safety and Williams is a nice scheme fit.
Williams chalked up a solid 2012 season, ending up with 98 tackles, the second-largest amount on the Bulldogs. He also picked up four passes broken up, a forced fumble and 5.5 tackles for a loss. Williams was a solid defender on the back end for Georgia.
The 5-foot-11, 211-pounder is a tough, physical safety who also has some quickness and ball skills. Williams broke into the starting lineup as a junior in 2011. He led the team with 72 tackles while also recording four interceptions, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and six passes broken up.
Arizona Cardinals: Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
The Cardinals have to get some stability at running back since Ryan Williams has been injury prone as has Rashard Mendenhall. The latter only signed a 1-year deal anyway.
The Combine helped put Davis back on the map. The 5-foot-10, 227-pounder ran a blistering 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds with a superb 10-yard split of 1.49 seconds. He also did well on the bench press (31). The only negative was small hands (8.58 inches) that helped explain his fumbling problems.
Davis was rusty in his return this season and didn't have the same power or explosiveness. He averaged 3.4 yards per carry on his way to just 377 total yards and two touchdowns. Davis also had 11 receptions for 157 yards and one touchdown. He had three fumbles against Texas A&M, and ball-security issues plagued him all year.
The junior flashed his old ability at times, but he was generally running tentatively and indecisively. Davis should've returned for his senior season to be a workhorse for Brett Bielema, but he entered the 2013 NFL Draft.
Davis injured his ankle in August of 2011 and missed the season. It wasn't the first ankle injury for him as he broke the same ankle during his senior season of high school. Davis averaged 6.5 yards per carry and totaled 1,322 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Razorbacks in 2010. He was one of the best backs in the SEC that year.
Cleveland Browns: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
The Browns could use receiver help and and seem to want Stills.
Stills started 2012 off hot and then cooled off before playing better late in the season. The junior had 82 receptions for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder was the Sooners' No. 1 receiver in 2012 since Ryan Broyles moved on to the NFL. Stills plays bigger than his listed size and has good speed.
Stills recorded 61 receptions for 849 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011. In his first game of the year, against Florida State, he made some huge catches for Oklahoma's road win. The sophomore caught seven passes for 125 yards and one touchdown against the Seminoles.
Stills started as a true freshman and made 61 receptions for 786 yards and one touchdown.
Buffalo Bills: Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
The Bills could use a receiving talent at tight end to go with Scott Chandler.
Otten (6-6, 245) was a productive player for San Jose State. He hauled in 47 receptions for 742 yards and four touchdowns as a senior. Otten had a strong junior season with 52 receptions for 739 yards and five touchdowns.
Otten impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl with his play on the field and his determination. Sources told WalterFootball.com that Otten was among the group of players who got sick in Mobile. Even though he couldn't keep food down, he toughed it out and practiced all week. Oregon tackle Kyle Long pulled out of the Senior Bowl because of the same sickness.
Pick change; previously Jordan Reed, TE
New York Jets: Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
The Jets grab a talented tackle who could turn into a mid-round steal and their long-term right tackle.
Williams (6-7, 315) broke into the starting lineup at right tackle in 2011. The junior had an excellent season as a lead run-blocker for running back Giovani Bernard. The redshirt freshman ran for 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns; Williams was one of his best blockers.
The senior continued to improve in 2012. Williams was doing an excellent job of run blocking for Bernard before being knocked out for the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Williams looks like a second-day pick who has the ability to be a starting right tackle in the NFL.
Tennessee Titans: Brian Schwenke, C, California
The Titans add another interior offensive lineman who they've shown interest in.
Schwenke (6-3, 314) performed well at the Senior Bowl and really helped his draft stock. He showed the ability to play in a power man-blocking scheme as well as a zone-blocking scheme. Schwenke is quick and athletic. He does a good job of moving to blocks and executing double-teams.
In college, Schwenke started 36 games on the inside of the offensive line with 16 starts at left guard, 12 at center and eight at right guard. His would fit best in the NFL as a center, but he could be a starter at guard. Schwenke was a First-Team All-Pac-12 pick in 2012 by the league's coaches.
Carolina Panthers: Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
The Panthers need to land some upgrades at tackle. Faulk has a lot of potential, so this could be a nice value pick for Carolina.
Faulk had an excellent sophomore season at tackle for LSU in 2011. The 6-foot-6, 325-pounder was a good pass-blocker and a road grader of a run-blocker. He has a lot of athletic ability and the potential to be a special player. Faulk had good preparation for the NFL by going up against Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery in practice.
A knee injury knocked Faulk out for the vast majority of the 2012 season. He should have returned to LSU for next year, but he decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
New Orleans Saints: Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
The Saints grab another player for their 3-4 set. Thomas may turn into a mid-round steal and could help New Orleans at inside or outside linebacker.
Thomas (6-3, 241) is a perfect fit for an NFL 3-4. He totaled 70 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss in 2010. While missing teammate Shayne Skov, Thomas led Stanford's defense in 2011. He racked up 52 tackles with 17.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.
The redshirt senior notched 71 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, one interception and 7.5 sacks this year. One sack came at a critical time to help seal the Cardinal's upset win over the USC Trojans. He played really well against Notre Dame, California and UCLA - both times.
Though Thomas has the flexibility to play inside linebacker as well, he thrives blitzing off the edge and combines good physical skills with intelligence. Thomas has a knack for causing turnovers.
San Diego Chargers: Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
The Chargers could use more help at nose tackle.
Williams (6-1, 341) was a consistent pass-rusher over the last three seasons. He totaled 25.5 sacks over that time. Williams had 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles this year. He recorded eight sacks and 35 tackles in 2011. Williams had nine sacks and 17 tackles for a loss as a sophomore. He helped himself by performing well at the Senior Bowl.
Miami Dolphins: Brandon McGee, CB, Miami
The Dolphins could use more than one cornerback.
The 5-foot-11, 193-pound McGee has a nice combination of size and speed. He has talent, but is inconsistent. McGee had a good week at the East-West Shrine to help his draft stock and continued that with a good performance at the Combine. He recorded 54 tackles, two interceptions four tackles for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups this season.
McGee broke into the starting lineup in 2011, making 38 tackles, one interception and two passes broken up.
Pick change; previously Ryan Otten, TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
The Bucs need more than one corner, and Greg Schiano coached Ryan at Rutgers.
Ryan was the best player on the Scarlet Knights' defense this year and a big part of the team's success. He had a clutch interception against Cincinnati in Rutgers' 10-3 victory.
Ryan was a very good cover corner this season. He had tight coverage and utilized his excellent ball skills to prevent completions. Ryan collected four interceptions, 17 passes broken up, 94 tackles and five tackles for a loss. He tied for second in the nation with 21 total passes defended.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder has the combination of size and speed that many teams look for in a man-cover corner. Ryan probably will be, at worst, a second-day pick. Many years there have been cornerbacks who have had a late rise into first-round consideration, and the junior is a candidate to continue the trend.
Ryan recorded 67 tackles with 14 passes defended, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2011.
St. Louis Rams: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
The Rams could use a running back and have shown interest in Gillislee.
Gillislee was tremendous for Florida in 2012. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry while amassing 1,152 yards and 10 touchdowns. The senior made huge plays to lead the Gators to wins over Tennessee, Texas A&M, LSU and Florida State. His impact was bigger than his numbers indicate as Florida suffered from unsteady quarterback play. Gillislee had a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and broke off some long runs.
Gillislee (5-11, 209) has third-down ability and is an excellent blocker in blitz protection. He spent his first three seasons as a backup to Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, so Gillislee will enter the NFL with fresh legs rather than a lot of wear-and-tear.
Pick change; previously Alvin Bailey, G
Dallas Cowboys: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
The Cowboys need to some depth at running back, and seem in to Taylor.
Taylor had a superb 2012 in which he averaged 4.8 yards carry on his way to 1,530 total yards on the ground. He also put up 13 rushing touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. Stanford upset USC and Oregon this year, and Taylor was the workhorse who carried the Cardinal to victory. He played great against both teams, gaining 153 yards on the Trojans and 161 yards on the Ducks.
Taylor (5-9, 216) could be one of college football's more underrated players. Quarterback Andrew Luck, guard David DeCastro and tackle Jonathan Martin received more attention, but Taylor was a critical player to Stanford's success. The underappreciated back averaged 5.5 yards per carry while running for 1,330 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011. He also caught 25 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Taylor had his first 1,000-yard season as a sophomore, racking up 1,137 yards on the ground (5.1 average) and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 266 yards and a score.
Taylor has a nice mix of quickness and strength. He has surprising speed in the open field and can take carries the distance or run through defenders. Taylor has three-down-back ability as well.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
The Steelers could use a better backup quarterback and checked out Bray at his pro day.
Bray had a bunch of uneven games this season. He was repeatedly hurt by dropped passes, but also had some shaky decision-making. Some games, Bray was dominant with jaw-dropping throws, and other times, he looked completely lost. The junior completed 59 percent of his passes this year for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Bray connected on 59 percent of his passes in 2011, totaling 1,983 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. The sophomore had a hand/thumb injury that caused him to miss five games and hurt him down the stretch. Bray completed 55.8 percent of his passes as a freshman for 1,849 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
The 6-foot-6, 232-pounder possesses a great physical skill set with a cannon for an arm, good size and pocket presence. He needs to improve his footwork to help him become a more accurate quarterback. If Bray gets good, stable coaching in the NFL, he could develop into something special.
New York Giants: Alvin Bailey, G, Arkansas
The Giants add more talent for their offensive line.
Even though Bailey (6-3, 312) left school early, he is still very experienced and battle-tested. Bailey started for the Razorbacks for three consecutive seasons. He had some impressive games blocking for quarterback Ryan Mallett, quarterback Tyler Wilson and running back Knile Davis. Bailey is a good athlete for his size and should have the flexibility to play a man-blocking scheme or a zone scheme in the NFL.
Pick change; previously Michael Buchanan, OLB
Chicago Bears: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
The Bears could use some offensive line help and have shown interest in Mills.
The 6-foot-5, 318-pound Mills was a 2-year starter who helped pave the way for a good rushing offense. He also did well as a pass-protector. Mills really helped himself with a strong Senior Bowl. He did a good job of fighting off both speed-rushers and powerful linemen. Mills didn't win all of his reps, but he held his own. Mills also displayed a real mean streak. He blocked through the whistle and was ready to mix it up. Mills could be sleeper who turns into a player in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The Bengals could use another backup quarterback. Jones could be a nice developmental pick and Cincinnati checked him out at his pro day.
Jones has the size (6-4, 229) and arm that NFL teams look for. The senior completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,989 yards, 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2012. He had an ugly performance against Kansas State. Jones committed a few turnovers that led to key scores to let the Wildcats upset the Sooners at home. He bounced back with big games against Texas, West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
Jones destroyed Texas and Kansas State in 2011, but had bad games against Baylor and Oklahoma State. He completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,463 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. The losses against the Bears and the Cowboys brought into question whether or not Jones possesses the 'it' factor to push his team to a win.
Jones started 10 games as a freshman and 14 games in 2010. He made big strides as a sophomore, completing 65 percent of his passes for 4,718 yards with 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Washington Redskins: Josh Evans, S, Florida
The Redskins grab another safety and have shown interest in Evans.
Evans was solid for Florida in 2012 and led the team in tackles with 83. He also totaled three passes broken up, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions. Evans was a good run-defender and did well in pass coverage. He had 51 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one pass breakup and one interception in 2011.
The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Evans was one of the top safeties at the East-West Shrine and consistently made his presence felt. He held his own at the Combine.
Minnesota Vikings: Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
The Vikings need some young defensive end talent with Jared Allen aging.
Kruger (6-6, 269) had a quality junior season with 30 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception, a blocked kick and a pass broken up. He definitely benefited from playing next to Star Lotulelei. Kruger had three sacks as a sophomore in 2011.
Indianapolis Colts: Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia
The Colts could use a young pass-rusher.
Scouts love the potential of Washington (6-4, 264). They see his strong frame and explosiveness. He has been a linebacker and defensive end, but in the NFL, he should play end. Washington recorded just 22 tackles, three tackles for a loss and .5 sacks in 2012. In 2011 and 2009, he totaled five sacks and four sacks respectively. His highest tackle total was 24 in 2010. Washington put together an excellent Combine performance.
Green Bay Packers: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
The Packers lost Tom Crabtree in free agency and could use more depth at tight end. Green Bay has shown interest in Kelce.
Kelce had a productive career at Cincinnati. The senior caught 45 passes for 722 yards with eight touchdowns in 2012. It was his best season as he had only 13 receptions for 150 yards in 2011 as a junior. Kelce (6-5, 255) is a well-rounded tight end. He had to pull out of the Senior Bowl because of an injury.
Seattle Seahawks: Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin
Seattle could use a competitor at defensive tackle.
If it weren't for off-the-field problems, Hughes (6-4, 329) could be a second-day pick. He has talent, size and speed. Hughes was kicked off of Tennessee's team after the 2011 season and ended up at Tennessee-Martin, an FCS school. He picked up 42 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks and a pass broken up there in 2012. Hughes had a strong Senior Bowl performance and really helped himself. He also had a solid performance at the Combine.
Hughes had a mixed season for the Volunteers in 2011 with 28 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, and one forced fumble, which he recovered. The junior recorded most of his stats (10 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, his sack and his fumble) against Eastern Illinois, a team that went 2-9 in 2011.
Hughes recorded 17 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in 2010. The sophomore had some academic violations that caused him to be suspended for the season finale against Kentucky.
Houston Texans: Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
The Texans need two inside linebackers with a starter and another rotational back.
Jenkins (6-0, 243) is an extremely fast linebacker who has added a lot of bulk over the last year. The redshirt junior missed a lot of his final season with a broken thumb and leg injuries. He only totaled 29 tackles with five tackles for a loss, two sacks, one interception and he returned a blocked punt 29 yards for a touchdown.
Jenkins should have stayed in school in 2013 to get better and bigger before entering the NFL. That being said, he is just scratching the surface of his potential. Jenkins' sideline-to-sideline speed is undeniable; he just needs to become more consistent.
Jenkins had 75 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two sacks, one forced fumble, one interception and six passes broken up in 2011. He earned a starting spot as a redshirt freshman the year before. The speedy linebacker recorded 76 tackles in his debut season, which led the Gators front-seven defenders.
Pick change; previously Xavier Nixon, OT
Denver Broncos: B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
The Broncos could use cornerback help with Champ Bailey aging. Plus, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signed only a 1-year deal.
Webb (5-10, 184) was a team leader since his freshman season in 2009. He was the conference Rookie of the Year and a Second-Team All-Conference selection as he recorded eight interceptions in his debut season. Webb was an all-conference pick in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The senior had 46 tackles with eight passes broken up and a forced fumble this year. He averaged 11.2 yards on punt returns as well, even taking one for a touchdown.
Webb will need to add weight for the NFL, but he has nice developmental potential. Webb held his own against the better competition at the Senior Bowl and showed some man-coverage ability. He was solid at the Combine, too. Those performances help him to be a potential mid-round pick.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trevardo Williams, OLB, Connecticut
The Bucs could use help at linebacker. Williams could help their weak pass rush.
Williams did well in 2012, but was held in check by Rutgers. He put together 42 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble this year.
Williams (6-2, 233) came out of nowhere to be one of the most prolific pass-rushers in college football in 2011. He racked up 12.5 sacks, 15 tackles for a loss, 43 tackles and two forced fumbles. However, almost a third of his sacks came in a four-sack game against Rutgers.
Pick change; previously Jelani Jenkins, OLB
Atlanta Falcons: Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
The Falcons grab more defensive line help and have shown interest in Goodman.
Goodman produced 20 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles in 2012. He flashed some nice pass-rushing ability at times, but was a weak run-defender. The senior wasn't consistent enough, but he has some potential to develop. Goodman had three sacks in a backup role as a junior and sophomore. The 6-foot-4, 276-pound had a mixed week at the Senior Bowl, but he still could be a situational pass-rusher in the NFL.
San Francisco 49ers: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
The 49ers need a safety and Rambo is a good fit.
Rambo was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season because of a positive drug test. It was't the first time he was suspended by Georgia. The senior recorded 73 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, two passes broken up and three interceptions during his 10 games this year. He had a monster performance against Georgia Tech and played well against Florida.
Rambo had an excellent 2011 season and was one of the nation's leaders in interceptions with seven picks. The junior also managed 52 tackles and seven passes broken up. He amassed 72 tackles, five tackles for a loss, three interceptions and three forced fumbles as a sophomore.
The 6-foot, 215-pounder is a physical player with good instincts.
Pick change; previously Trevardo Williams, OLB
Baltimore Ravens: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
The Ravens land some secondary depth.
Harper (6-0, 228) is a physical receiver who uses his strength to make plays. His speed could be an issue in the NFL, so he may not get consistent separation. The senior caught 58 receptions for 857 yards and three touchdowns this year. Harper caught 40 passes for 547 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He had some good moments and bad moments at the Senior Bowl. His 40 time from the Combine didn't help or hurt him.
Baltimore Ravens: Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers
The Ravens pick up some linebacker depth with a nice sleeper prospect they've shown interest in.
Beauharnais (6-0, 240) was a 3-year starter and a solid producer for Rutgers. He was overshadowed by Khaseem Greene, but Beauharnais was a very good college player in his own right. The senior totaled 82 tackles with a sack and an interception in 2012. He performed well at the Senior Bowl.
Beauharnais had his best season in 2011 as he recorded 77 tackles with five sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble and 16 tackles for a loss. He totaled 79 tackles with six tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2010.
San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
San Francisco has a good stable of backs, so the team can stash Lattimore on injured reserve in 2013. He could compete for playing time in 2014 and be a potential long-term replacement for Frank Gore.
Lattimore's 2012 season came to a gruesome end after suffering a nasty knee injury against Tennessee; his knee was dislocated and multiple ligaments were torn. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry with 662 yards and 11 touchdowns for the year. Lattimore also had 26 receptions for 173 yards as well. He was gradually regaining his speed and explosiveness coming off a 2011 ACL injury.
Lattimore ran for 818 yards on 163 carries (5.02 average) with 10 touchdowns in his shortened 2011 season. He also caught 19 passes for 182 yards and one touchdown.
Lattimore (5-11, 221) is a powerful workhorse back who took college football by storm as a freshman. He ran for 1,197 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns in 2010. Lattimore also hauled in 29 receptions for 412 yards and one touchdown. For that effort, he was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
Detroit Lions: Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
The Lions need more than one defensive end and took a look at Taylor during the Combine.
Taylor was underwhelming in 2012. Jadeveon Clowney commanded constant double-teams, yet Taylor didn't take advantage of the one-on-ones. He's a decent run-defender, but is not able to generate sacks.
The senior picked up 45 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, six passes batted and three sacks in 2012. He is frustrating because he clearly has the skill set to produce more. Taylor can cause disruption, but struggles to finish plays. He would probably be best adding weight and playing 3-4 defensive end in the NFL.
Taylor was excellent at the East-West Shrine and showed his athletic potential. He followed that up with a good day at the Combine, but his game tape will hurt his momentum. Taylor had six sacks with 42 tackles as a junior in 2011. He recorded 7.5 sacks with 46 tackles in 2010.
Atlanta Falcons: Xavier Nixon, OT, Florida
The Falcons could use some offensive line depth.
Nixon (6-5, 311) had a mixed senior season as a pass-protector. His performance against Texas A&M was solid, and he dominated LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery in perhaps his best game of the season. Nixon also battled versus South Carolina with some good and bad moments against Jadeveon Clowney.
On the flip side, Nixon played against Georgia with a leg injury. It left him was slow and hobbling around the field. Jarvis Jones took advantage of that and destroyed him to the tune of 3.5 sacks.
Nixon was excellent against Florida State to close out the regular season. He completely owned defensive end Tank Carradine, keeping him out of the backfield and on roller skates in the ground game. Nixon was opening up huge running lanes as he rode Carradine around the field.
Overall, Nixon had a quality 2012 season. The senior showed good improvement from his previous years and became a more well-rounded blocker. He is a candidate to move inside to guard in the NFL.
Nixon is quick, athletic, strong, and plays with good technique. He started out the 2011 season well with good performances in the first four games of the year, but after that, he had some major struggles in conference play, especially against Alabama and LSU. Nixon would do well blocking either team's edge-rushers before a few lapses would spoil his game. He is a good athlete with some upside.