The Bengals are at home, talented, healthy, and pissed. The Rams are
poorly-coached, their QB is a stiff who lost his job to Case freakin' Keenum,
their receivers are awful, their O-line is practice squad-quality, and
the only unit on their team that could be considered a strength at this
point (D-line) is banged up and lining up against a stout Cincy O-line.
The only way things could be worse is if...oh, I don't know...one of
their teammates was nearly murdered or something. What makes you think that Rams will rebound in this spot?
Kansas City Chiefs: Latavius Murray, RB, Central Florida
The Chiefs want a big back and have shown interest in Murray. Sources have told me that the team loves him.
Murray's stock has been rising and a lot of teams are intrigued by the big back - 26 teams came to watch his pro day. The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder ran for 1,106 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry. Murray also chipped in 27 receptions for 231 yards and four scores. He put all that production together despite missing three games. Murray could go a lot sooner than expected.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Sanders Commings, CB/S, Georgia
The Jaguars need multiple players for their secondary and have shown a lot of interest in Commings.
Commings (5-11, 216) checked in at the Senior Bowl almost three inches shorter than his previously listed height (6-2). He is strong and built, but didn't stand out in practice. Overall, it was a disappointing week for Commings. He bounced back to a degree at the Combine with a 4.41-second time in the 40-yard dash. Some think that Commings should move to safety in the NFL.
Commings had 51 tackles, three interceptions and two passes broken up in 2012. Two picks came against Tennessee to help the Bulldogs win that game. He had an impressive performance in coverage against the Volunteers' talented receivers. The senior snagged an interception in the end zone in the SEC Championship Game to help take points away from Alabama.
Commings looked to be much improved over his junior season when he had 55 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one sack, 12 passes broken up, one forced fumble and one interception.
Philadelphia Eagles: T.J. McDonald, S, USC
The Eagles could use safety depth and have shown interest in McDonald.
McDonald led the Trojans in 2010 in tackles with 89, also racking up three tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, three interceptions and a blocked punt. He was named an All-Pac-10 Second-Team selection.
McDonald intercepted Arizona quarterback Nick Foles twice in 2011. The junior recorded 67 tackles, an additional pick, two passes broken up and a blocked kick, too.
McDonald had five tackles, two tackles for a loss and a pass broken up versus Hawaii to open 2012. The senior collected 110 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, a blocked kick, two interceptions and three passes broken for the year. He didn't play well against Oregon and had a mixed outing versus UCLA.
The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder has the flexibility to play strong or free safety and would fit in any NFL defense. He has good instincts and is a hard hitter.
Detroit Lions: Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
The Lions could use some depth at wide receiver.
Dobson totaled 679 yards with three touchdowns on 57 receptions in 2012. He had 49 receptions for 668 yards with 12 touchdowns in 2011. Dobson totaled 44 catches for 689 yards and five scores in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder turned in a solid week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
The Seahawks could use some depth at receiver.
Mellette (6-2, 216) ran as expected at the Combine (4.54 seconds), which is a solid time for a bigger, stronger receiver like him. He had a very productive college career and dominated his lower level of competition. The senior caught 97 passes for 1,398 yards with 18 touchdowns in 2012. Unfortunately, the only good opponent he faced was North Carolina and the Tar Heels held him to nine yards on two receptions. Mellette had big production as a junior (113 catches, 1,639 yards, 12 touchdowns) and sophomore (86 catches, 1,100 yards, 12 scores).
Still, Mellette held his own at the Senior Bowl. He used his size and strength to make plays and helped himself with a good overall performance.
Cleveland Browns: Brian Winters, OT/G, Kent State
The Browns could use some help at guard and have shown interest in Winters.
Winters (6-4, 320) had a dominant senior season for Kent State that raised his profile for the NFL. He was All-Conference selection from his sophomore season on. Winters is a solid player who probably will have move inside to guard in the NFL. He struggled with speed-rushers at the Senior Bowl and has short arms. However, Winters could develop into a quality guard.
Arizona Cardinals: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
The Cardinals grab a pass-rusher who could be a steal.
A late-season ACL tear sunk Smith's draft stock even though he recorded 12.5 sacks in 2012. Smith also had 38 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. He returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Florida Atlantic.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder started the year well with a three-sack game against Alabama. He destroyed Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker. Smith's sacks came in bunches this season. He had four games with sacks and eight games without any. The senior notched five sacks against Florida International.
Smith totaled 7.5 sacks, 38 tackles and 11 tackles for a loss in 2011. He had 47 tackles with four sacks as a sophomore in 2010.
Despite the ACL, Smith would be higher in the 2013 NFL Draft if he wasn't so undersized. Smith looks like he will need to move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense if he can't add a significant amount of weight.
Pick change; previously Tony Jefferson, S
New York Jets: Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
The Jets need to upgrade their receiving corps.
Hamilton (6-1, 199) was the No. 1 receiver for quarterback Tyler Wilson in 2012 since Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Greg Childs all moved on to the NFL. Hamilton totaled 90 receptions for 1,335 yards and five touchdowns. The senior had 10 catches for 303 yards and three scores against Rutgers with other big days versus Ole Miss and Texas A&M. He didn't stand out at the Senior Bowl and checked in smaller than advertised.
Hamilton caught 34 passes for 542 yards and four touchdowns in 2011. He made 32 receptions for 630 yards and six scores as a sophomore.
Tennessee Titans: Marc Anthony, CB, California
The Titans add to their secondary depth.
The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Anthony had a mixed Senior Bowl; some moments he flashed and other times he was beaten. Anthony has a skill set that could be developed in the NFL. He totaled five interceptions during his career. Anthony had 12 passes broken up as a junior before recording only three as a senior. He had a disappointing showing at the Combine.
Pick change; previously William Gholston, DE
Buffalo Bills: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
The Bills add another weapon for their new quarterback. They've shown interest in Rogers.
Rogers was booted out of Tennessee just before the 2012 season started for failed drug tests. He transfered to Tennessee Tech and began playing immediately. Rogers recorded 61 receptions for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. He had 18 receptions for 303 yards and two touchdowns against Southeast Missouri State.
Rogers broke out for the Volunteers in 2011, catching 67 passes for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns. The sophomore did that despite his starting quarterback missing time with injuries and many double-teams after teammate Justin Hunter was lost for the year.
Rogers is a quick and physical wide receiver who has a lot of upside. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder is fearless going across the middle. Rogers is extremely tough and routinely makes difficult catches while taking hard hits. Not only does he have strong hands, but his superb body control allows him to make acrobatic catches.
New Orleans Saints: Will Davis, CB, Utah State
The Saints need some depth at cornerback.
The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Davis had an impressive senior season in which he demonstrated special athleticism alongside a rare combination of size and speed. Davis went on a tear in the second half of the year, snatching an interception in five straight games. He displayed excellent ball skills in 2012, recording 17 passes broken up as well. Davis' 22 total passes defensed led the nation. He also had 54 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss.
San Diego Chargers: Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
The Chargers need some depth at tight end.
Sims (6-5, 262) is a big-bodied tight end who is a good run-blocker with some receiving ability. He was the Spartans' leading receiver this season before missing three games in October with an ankle injury. Sims had 36 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.
Pick change; previously Marc Anthony, CB
Miami Dolphins: Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
The Dolphins let Reggie Bush leave Miami. Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller figure to be the lead backs, but Barner could be a nice option to round out Miami's stable of backs.
Barner ripped off big yardage for Oregon all year as its feature back. He had 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns and averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 2012. Barner also snagged 20 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for 321 yards and five touchdowns against USC, but had some struggles against California and Stanford.
Barner had a strong season in 2011 despite splitting carries with LaMichael James and D'Anthony Thomas. Barner ran for 939 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He also can contribute as a punt returner.
Barner is a threat to score on any carry, but he doesn't compile yards after contact. Barner had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and looked better than expected in blitz protection.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
The Bucs have nothing for depth behind Donald Penn and Demar Dotson. An injury to Penn could sink Tampa Bay's season. Offensive line coach Bob Bostad coached Wagner in college.
Wagner is a better pass-blocker than he is a run-blocker. The 6-foot-6, 308-pounder could potentially move to the right side of the offensive line in the NFL, but he looks like he has the light feet and quickness to remain a left tackle. His arm length will be an interesting number.
Wagner is a better athlete than many Wisconsin linemen. He also does a quality job of blocking in the open field on screen passes. The redshirt senior is very skilled at hitting blocks on linebackers and defensive backs. He could be a nice fit for an NFL zone-blocking system.
Wagner looked good in 2012 as a pass-blocker, but he didn't getting much of a push in the ground game. The Badgers' running game was more effective late this season, but Wagner has a decent amount of soft pounds and needs to turn more of that into muscle.
Carolina Panthers: Duke Williams, S, Nevada
The Panthers need more help at safety and have shown interest in Williams.
Williams totaled 107 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, eight passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one interception this year. The 3-year starter had quality seasons in 2011 and 2010. Williams didn't look good at the East-West Shrine, but bounced back with a quality week at the Senior Bowl.
Williams' strength is pass coverage on receivers running downfield - a skill in serious demand in the NFL. He does a superb job of picking up receivers and not allowing separation. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder should add some weight for the NFL, but he looks like a solid pick who could develop into a starter.
St. Louis Rams: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
The Rams need more than one safety.
Jefferson was the Big XII Freshman of the Year in 2010. He started nine games and recorded 65 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions and seven passes broken up.
The athletic and instinctive Jefferson (5-10, 212) played excellent football in 2011. He totaled 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, three passes broken up and a forced fumble.
Jefferson started this year with 10 tackles and a pass broken up against UTEP. He was held out of the majority of the second game with a minor injury, but came back to total 14 tackles against Kansas State. Jefferson also played well against Notre Dame. He didn't have as good of performances versus West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
The junior led Oklahoma in tackles this year. He also broke up three passes and snagged two interceptions. Jefferson was named a First-Team All-Big XII pick and a Second-Team All-American, but his play tailed off late in the season.
Pick change; previously Jordan Hill, DT
Pittsburgh Steelers: Robert Lester, S, Alabama
The Steelers could use some safety depth and Lester is a good scheme fit.
Coming from a complex hybrid 3-4 and 4-3 collegiate defense, Lester should transition well to any NFL defense, especially a 3-4. He was second in the nation in picks in 2010, with eight, and also chipped in 52 tackles with one sack and four passes broken up.
Lester totaled 39 tackles with three passes broken up, one forced fumble, one blocked kick and two interceptions in 2011. He was close to a number of other potential interceptions as well.
Lester's coverage and interceptions weren't as strong in the last two years as they were in 2010, thus his stock position. He played well against LSU in 2011, especially in the regular-season edition. Lester (6-1, 212) collected 42 tackles, one sack, four interceptions and three passes broken up this year. He was playing better, but looked bad versus Texas A&M.
Dallas Cowboys: Marqise Goodwin, WR, Texas
The Cowboys could use some wide receiver depth and have shown interest in Goodwin.
Goodwin (5-9, 183) didn't have a lot of production in college, but he has had an excellent postseason to help his draft stock. At the Combine, Goodwin blazed an amazing 40 time with a tremendous 10-yard split of 1.43 seconds. Those were the fastest times of any receiver. It wasn't that surprising considering Goodwin was a track athlete. He didn't perform as well in the field drills, which mainly illustrated that he still is a work in progress as a wide out. Goodwin needs to work on his hands and route-running.
Goodwin did well at the Senior Bowl and gave cornerbacks problems with his speed all week. He had 26 receptions for 340 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. Goodwin had a 64-yard touchdown run against Oregon State. On the ground, he totaled 140 yards on 13 carries with three scores for the season. Goodwin had more receiving production as a junior with 33 catches for 421 yards and two touchdowns. His sophomore (31-324-1) and freshman (30-279-1) years featured some production.
New York Giants: William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
The Giants could use more help at defensive end.
Gholston was a Second-Team All-Big Ten pick in 2011. He broke into the lineup as a sophomore, totaling 70 tackles with five sacks, one forced fumble and 16 tackles for a loss.
The 6-foot-6, 281-pounder had a phenomenal game against Georgia in the Outback Bowl in 2011, and played well against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. He is very physical at the point of attack.
Gholston didn't take the next step in 2012 and was a huge disappointment. He didn't develop any pass-rushing moves and struggled to pressure the quarterback. Gholston defended the run well, but was a liability as a pass-rusher. He totaled 59 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 10 passes broken up, one forced fumble and 4.5 sacks. His sacks came against weak opponents.
Gholston would be best as a 3-4 defensive end who occupies tackles to stuff the run and help free up outside linebackers.
Pick change; previously Dion Sims, TE
Chicago Bears: Stefphon Jefferson, RB, Nevada
The Bears have been showing a lot of interest in mid-round running backs, including Jefferson.
Jefferson (5-11, 210) took college football by storm in 2012. He finished second in the nation with 1,883 yards while averaging 5.02 yards per carry. Jefferson also caught 22 receptions for 170 yards and a score. His ability to thrive out of the pistol could interest a lot of teams that will be looking to copy the 49ers over the offseason.
Washington Redskins: John Simon, DE/OLB, Ohio State
The Redskins could use some pass-rushing depth behind Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo.
Simon (6-1, 256) looked good this season and put a lot more pressure on the quarterback than even his numbers indicate. He totaled 44 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, one forced fumble and four pass breakups this year.
Simon was quiet in the early going in 2011, but the junior came alive down the stretch. He had 53 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and three passes broken up. Simon collected 41 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks as a sophomore.
The senior is a strong player who has a great motor. While Simon is not a speed-rusher off the end, he is a good run-defender. Simon may be short on athletic ability and speed, but he is a fighter who is very physical with offensive linemen.
Minnesota Vikings: Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
The Vikings grab a cornerback.
Hawthorne had 44 tackles an interception and six passes broken up this season. He was playing a superb game against Wisconsin and receiver Jared Abbrederis before getting knocked out and taken off the field in an ambulance. Hawthorne missed the Michigan game, but returned to play at the end of October. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has good speed and athleticism to go along with his size.
Hawthorne performed better as he progressed through 2011. The first-year starter totaled 60 tackles, eight pass breakups and three interceptions. The junior had a huge outing in the season finale against UCLA with eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, one pass breakup and an interception returned 39 yards for a touchdown.
Hawthorne had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine and showed off nice man-coverage ability. He is a sleeper who could surprise in the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals: Khaled Holmes, C, USC
The Bengals could use a center and like USC products. There is a good offensive correlation from Lane Kiffin's system to Jay Gruden's. The coaches obviously know each other well.
Holmes started at right guard in 2010 prior to becoming the starting center the next year. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder was solid in both protecting Matt Barkley and opening up holes in the run game. Holmes is very athletic and could fit a zone-blocking scheme.
Holmes had a bad game against Syracuse in 2012, in which he allowed a sack and a tackle for a loss, plus fumbled a snap. As if things weren't bad enough, the redshirt senior then left the game with an ankle injury.
Holmes started out against Utah this year getting dominated by Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, but following his early struggles, Holmes received guard help to produce consistent draws versus Lotulelei. Overall, Holmes struggled against Notre Dame and defensive tackle Louis Nix.
San Francisco 49ers: Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
The 49ers can take a luxury pick in Robinson. He would be a weapon in their pistol and read-option plays.
Robinson showed some progress in his route-running and hands at the Combine and his pro day. He also helped his draft stock by turning in a good 40 time at the Combine.
Robinson is moving to wide receiver to have an NFL career. He is just not a quarterback for the next level. Robinson connected on 53 percent of his passes in 2012 for 1,319 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also rushed for seven touchdowns with 1,350 yards (1,266 net) on the ground.
Robinson (5-11, 190) really struggled as a receiver at the Senior Bowl, but also was playing with an injury. He is not a natural catcher and is going to need work in the NFL. Michigan listed Robinson at 6-foot-1, 193-pounds, so it was disappointing to scouts that he checked in significantly shorter. That changed the projection of the kind of receiver Robinson would be.
Seattle Seahawks: Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
The Seahawks have a loaded roster, but it doesn't hurt to build up secondary depth. Simon fits the big corners the team looks to acquire.
The LSU secondary lost four of its top-five players prior to the 2012 season. Simon (6-2, 193) won a starting spot as a replacement for Morris Claiborne and totaled four interceptions with 45 tackles and nine passes broken up. He had two interceptions and 42 tackles as a backup in 2011.
Simon is a big corner who has some physicality to him. He would probably fit best in a zone system in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers: Kwame Geathers, DT, Georgia
The Packers want to add some beef to their defensive line.
Geathers (6-6, 350) is a mountain of man who is difficult to move at the line of scrimmage. He would be a good fit to remain in a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle. For a 4-3, Geathers could play as a nose tackle who occupies blockers and shuts down the inside ground game.
The junior has some speed to go with his power and size, but will need to improve his conditioning in the NFL. He was dominated in the second half of the SEC Championship by Alabama center Barrett Jones.
Geathers was the backup this year to John Jenkins, but they were also on the field at the same time in certain packages. Geathers totaled 40 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack and a blocked kick. He had 14 tackles as a sophomore in 2011. Geathers should've gone back to school for his senior year.
Houston Texans: Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific
The Texans grab some right tackle depth.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pounder has the size, length and frame to develop into a starting right tackle in the NFL. He has surprisingly quick feet and is athletic. His basketball background can be seen in his agility and smooth movement skills. Marquardt is a developmental prospect with big upside.
Pick change; previously Quanterus Smith, DE
Denver Broncos: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
The Broncos could use more help at defensive tackle.
Spence is a quick gap-shooting defensive tackle who can cause disruption at the point of attack. The junior racked up 72 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, one sack and a forced fumble this year. He had a decent 2011 season with 69 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Washington Redskins: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
The Redskins have signed some veterans, but Washington could easily draft more offensive line depth. Aboushi is a good scheme fit.
Aboushi is a left tackle prospect who could have been a second-day pick if he had entered the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder has quick feet and is a mobile tackle. His run blocking looked improved as a senior. Aboushi hurt his draft stock with an underwhelming performance at the Senior Bowl.
Aboushi comes from a school that has produced a lot of offensive tackle talent. Some teams could consider moving him to right tackle.
Atlanta Falcons: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
The Falcons could use multiple corners, plus they've expressed interest in McFadden.
McFadden (5-9, 193) collected 61 tackles, 12 passes broken up and three interceptions this year. The former wide receiver was a good cover corner in college and has the potential to play man coverage in the NFL due to his quickness and flexibility.
McFadden totaled 46 tackles, 15 passes broken up and two picks in 2011. He recorded 55 tackles, 12 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2010.
Cleveland Browns: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
The Browns go with the best player available and add some running back depth.
Oklahoma State had a passing offense with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, but Randle still put together a massive 2011 season. He finished off a number of drives with touchdown runs for the Cowboys. Randle's sophomore statistics: an average of 5.9 yards per carry, 1,216 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. The 6-foot, 204-pounder chipped in with 43 receptions for 266 yards and two scores, too.
Randle picked up the slack for Kendall Hunter and provided a similar speedy and shifty runner. Randle was a 2011 First-Team All-Big XII selection for his breakout sophomore campaign.
The junior averaged 5.2 yards per carry in 2012, collecting 1,417 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 28 receptions for 224 yards. Randle showed nice blocking ability in blitz protection.
Baltimore Ravens: Stansly Maponga, DE/OLB, TCU
Baltimore grabs some pass-rushing depth. With their veterans, the Ravens can take their time with Maponga and let him spend his first year developing.
Maponga totaled a disappointing 26 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012. He really needs to develop some pass-rushing moves. Maponga made a mistake entering the 2013 NFL Draft, but he showed some good strength at the Combine with 30 reps on the bench press.
Maponga played a lot better in 2011. He was a disruptive presence as a pass-rusher with nine sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and 55 tackles. If Maponga returns to his 2011 form, he could be a steal.
Miami Dolphins: Josh Johnson, CB, Purdue
The Dolphins get some secondary depth.
Johnson (5-9, 199) had a slow time in the Combine 40-yard dash, but there is some buzz about him. The senior had 65 tackles with three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 16 passes broken up this year. Johnson has some man-coverage ability and formed a nice tandem with teammate Ricardo Allen. Johnson had 64 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, nine passes broken up, one interception and one forced fumble in 2011.
Green Bay Packers: Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
The Packers grab some linebacker depth.
Hodges (6-2, 235) led Penn State in tackles in 2011 with 106 tackles. He also contributed 10 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. It was his first full season of playing time.
Hodges is a hard-nosed player who has good instincts and a nice physical skill set. The senior played well in 2012 with 109 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one sack, one forced fumble and two interceptions. He was impressive at the East-West Shrine and looks like he has the flexibility to play middle linebacker or any linebacker spot in a 4-3 defense.
Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
The Ravens add some defensive line depth.
Hill totaled 64 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. He is a fast gap-shooter who can pressure the quarterback, but is tough and holds his ground well in run defense. Hill (6-1, 294) used his final game to show NFL teams that he is worthy of a mid-round pick. He dominated Wisconsin to finish off a strong senior season.
Hill totaled 59 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2011 playing next to Devon Still.