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Houston Texans: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
The Texans could use a big nose tackle for their 3-4.
The mammoth McCullers (6-7, 352) was a disruptive presence for Tennessee at the line of scrimmage in 2012. He had a good game against Florida with three tackles and a tackle for a loss. McCullers also had some pass pressure versus the Gators. He totaled 39 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, a pass broken up, a forced fumble and a blocked kick for the year.
The senior notched 33 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss, one pass batted and .5 sacks in 2013. After a quiet start, he played better in conference games with strong performances against Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.
McCullers is still raw, but could turn into something special. He started out his college career at Georgia Military College. McCullers had 37 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and two sacks there in 2011. He recorded 27 tackles, four tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in 2010.
Washington Redskins: Chris Smith, DE/OLB, Arkansas
The Redskins have been showing a lot of interest in edge rushers. You can never have enough of them.
In 2013, Smith recorded 36 tackles with 11.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks. He had three sacks against Southern Miss. Smith didn't stand out against South Carolina, Florida or Alabama. However, he played better against Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Smith (6-1, 266) showed his edge-rush ability at the Senior Bowl, but he should move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense for the NFL.
Smith fell under the radar in 2012 because Arkansas had a nightmare season, but the junior played well. Smith totaled 52 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, four passes batted and one forced fumble. He put a lot of pressure on the quarterback. In 2011, Smith had 31 tackles with 3.5 sacks.
Atlanta Falcons: Terrance West, RB, Towson
The Falcons could use a back to groom as a replacement for Steven Jackson in a year or two. They've shown lots of interest in West.
West (5-9, 225) had a massive 2013 with 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns. That season broke records in the Subdivision (Division I-AA). Towson totaled 86 touchdowns and 4,584 yards.
In 2011, West ran for 1,294 yards with an average of 6.7 yards per carry. As a sophomore, he ran for 1,046 yards with an average of 5.4 yards per carry. In those two seasons, West had only 10 receptions.
New York Jets: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Austin Howard signed with Oakland, so the Jets add a young right tackle possibility.
Mewhort (6-6, 309) struggled in the season opener trying to block Buffalo's Khalil Mack, but played better after that with the exception of some challenges with Michigan State and Clemson. For the NFL, Mewhort's run blocking is better than his pass protection.
Mewhort took over from Mike Adams as the left tackle for Ohio State in 2012 and had a quality season. Mewhort did a nice job of protecting Braxton Miller and opening up holes in the ground game. Mewhort has nice power and length, but could be a better fit as a right tackle in the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
The Jaguars need a lot of help at corner, and Aikens was a favorite of theirs at the Senior Bowl.
Aikens stood out at the Senior Bowl and showed some man-coverage skills. Teams that like big cornerbacks will be intrigued with the 6-foot-0, 205-pounder. At Liberty, he had seven interceptions and 15 passes broken up across four seasons.
Cleveland Browns: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
The Browns could use a corner to pair with Joe Haden.
The brother of Clemson star receiver Sammy Watkins, Jaylen Watkins (5-11, 194) was the Gators' nickelback, but he would have been a starter on most teams. The senior also was a good special teams player. Watkins has some size, speed and athletic ability, but needs to be more consistent in his coverage. He showed that at the Senior Bowl when he had a very strong week playing man-to-man in the one-on-ones. Watkins followed it up with a superb Combine performance.
NFL sources have said they like Watkins and would like to land him in the mid-rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2013, he had 52 tackles with seven passes broken up. Watkins totaled 39 tackles with eight passes broken up, three interceptions in 2012. He notched 34 tackles and five passes broken up as a backup in 2011.
Oakland Raiders: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
The Raiders signed some short-term veterans for their secondary, but could still use young talent to go with D.J. Hayden. Oakland has shown interest in Mitchell.
Mitchell (5-11, 192) was a 3-year contributor for Oregon. In 2011, he had two interceptions with 10 passes broken up. Mitchell recorded 40 tackles and zero interceptions in 2012. This year was his best season. The junior totaled 59 tackles with seven passes broken up and five interceptions in 2013. Mitchell has a skill set to develop.
Minnesota Vikings: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
The Vikings grab some depth at receiver.
Like all skill players from Oregon, Huff has the speed to burn defenses and rip off yards in chunks. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder isn't a big receiver, but he is very sudden. Huff looks like he could be a dangerous weapon as a slot receiver.
Huff recorded 62 receptions in 2013 for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns. He caught 32 passes for 493 yards and seven scores the year before, and made 31 receptions for 430 yards and two touchdowns in 2011. Huff would have had more career production playing for other schools, but Oregon featured its running backs throughout his time with the Ducks.
Buffalo Bills: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville
The Bills could use a run-stuffing inside linebacker to pair with Kiko Alonso. Buffalo has displayed some interest in Brown.
Brown (6-1, 251) was a productive linebacker for Louisville the past three seasons. He broke into the lineup as a sophomore with 84 tackles. Brown improved that total to 109 as a junior and finished with 98 tackles as a senior. In 2013, he also had five sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
St. Louis Rams: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
The Rams grab some depth behind Sam Bradford.
McCarron (6-3, 220) benefitted from an elite offensive line and running game throughout his time as a starter. He only had to make a handful of throws per game in order to contribute to wins for Alabama, even against good opponents. McCarron lacks a strong arm and mobility. He's a game-manager type who looks better suited to being a backup.
In 2013, McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,063 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He didn't play well against Virginia Tech or Ole Miss, but tore up a weak Texas A&M secondary. McCarron closed out his career by struggling against Oklahoma.
McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with 30 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2012. The junior had great looks to throw the ball because of Alabama's running game and star-studded offensive line. He connected on 67 percent of his passes for 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2011.
The Crimson Tide didn't let McCarron throw the ball that much. He had only 314 attempts in 2012 for an average of 22 per game. Teddy Bridgewater (419), Johnny Manziel (434), Tajh Boyd (427), David Fales (451) and Logan Thomas (429) all received a lot more experience throwing against pass coverage and pass rushes.
Detroit Lions: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
The Lions could use some depth at tackle. They probably can't re-sign both Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to long-term contracts.
Quarles played well for South Carolina in 2013. He assembled 39 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. The junior recorded sacks in seven different games.
The 6-foot-4, 297-pound Quarles has some quickness and could use more strength for the NFL. He benefitted from all the blocking attention teams sent to Jadeveon Clowney. Quarles had a solid sophomore season in 2012, totaling 38 tackles, eight tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. He totaled 28 tackles in 2011.
Tennessee Titans: Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
The Titans could use some secondary depth after losing Alterraun Verner.
Sunseri recorded 20 tackles, a tackle for a loss, four passes broken up and two interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2013. A knee injury in late October ended his season. While being a good run-defender, Sunseri still needs to work on his pass coverage and ability to play in the deep part of the field. In 2012, he had 52 tackles (34 solo) and six tackles for a loss.
New York Giants: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
The Giants grab some running back depth. It isn't a bad idea with David Wilson's injury.
Carey was suspended for the first game of 2013, but was red hot after returning to the lineup. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns. Carey also caught 26 passes for 173 yards and a score. He recorded 132 yards on 30 carries against Washington and scored four touchdowns against Colorado. The junior exceeded 100 yards rushing in every game in 2013 - excluding that week he was suspended.
Carey took college football by storm in 2012 as he led the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards and an average of 6.4 yards per carry. The sophomore scored 23 touchdowns on the ground. Carey also hauled in 36 receptions for 303 yards and a score. He ran for 425 yards and six touchdowns with 15 receptions for 203 yards and two scores in 2011 as a freshman backup.
The 5-foot-10, 196-pounder is a slasher who has nice quickness and a burst to get into the second level. While Carey isn't a big back, he has some physicality to him and can pick up yards after contact. Carey had a number of big runs in 2012 after breaking a tackle in the first 10 yards. He isn't a burner back, so defensive backs can catch him from behind. If Carey can add 10-20 pounds while maintaining his speed, it could help him to be an every-down player.
Pick change; previously Caruan Reid, DT
Jacksonville Jaguars: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
The Jaguars need a starting center after losing out on Alex Mack.
Swanson helped pave the way for Arkansas freshman Alex Collins to run for over 300 yards in 2013's first two games against weak opponents. Swanson had a tough October schedule, but played well against Florida and South Carolina.
Swanson started every game of his collegiate career; he was a standout blocker during that time. The junior was a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Swanson did an admirable job in pass protection as the Razorbacks fielded a 3,000-yard passer for three of his four seasons. He has also did well in run blocking, especially in 2010 when running back Knile Davis was healthy.
New York Jets: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
The Jets add a speed receiver.
Herron (5-9, 193) isn't the biggest of receivers, yet he had a solid career for Wyoming. His best season came as a senior with 72 receptions for 937 yards and nine touchdowns. In 2012, Herron had 31 catches for 657 yards and eight scores. He helped himself at the Senior Bowl and ran a fast 40 at the Combine.
Miami Dolphins: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
The Dolphins bring in a tight end who will help them run the ball. Fiedorowicz makes sense as a tandem with Charles Clay.
Fiedorowicz (6-5, 262) snagged 30 receptions for 299 yards and six touchdowns in 2013. Iowa had a down 2012 season, but Fiedorowicz was one of the bright spots. He hauled in 45 receptions for 433 yards and a touchdown. Fiedorowicz did a solid job as a blocker for the Hawkeyes, and he has more speed and athleticism than one would think. Fiedorowicz had 16 catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.
Chicago Bears: Caruan Reid, DT, Princeton
The Bears get another interior defensive lineman.
Reid (6-2, 301) was impressive enough in his time at Princeton to land a spot in the Senior Bowl. He recorded 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for a loss in 2013, and he really played well in Mobile. Reid showed the speed to beat interior lineman and some power. It was a good week that really helped his draft stock.
Reid broke out in 2011 with eight sacks, 68 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, three blocked kicks and three passes broken up. He had 40 tackles with 9.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass broken up in 2012.
Pick change; previously Aaron Murray, QB
Pittsburgh Steelers: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
The Steelers have shown a lot of interest in speed receivers, and Ellington is one of those players the team has hosted on a visit. Pittsburgh missed Mike Wallace in 2013 and had other veterans leave this offseason, so the Steelers taking two wide outs seems feasible.
The speedster Ellington (5-9, 197) decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft after starting on both South Carolina's football and basketball teams. For the NFL, he projects as a slot receiver. Ellington is short, but he has developed his frame to take the hits. The junior had 49 receptions for 775 yards with eight touchdowns in 2013. In 2012, Ellington collected 40 catches for 600 yards and seven scores.
Dallas Cowboys: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
Dallas could be moving on from Doug Free in a year and also could use young talent at guard. Turner makes a lot of sense for the Cowboys, and they've been showing interest in him.
Turner (6-5, 315) received a ton of awards over his four seasons at North Dakota State. He was a 4-year starter and dominated his level of competition. Turner was put to the test at the Senior Bowl and illustrated that he's a work in progress. Turner has a nice skill set with athletic upside. To aide his development, he could be better off starting out at guard in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals: James Hurst, OT, North Carolina
The Cardinals get a potential right tackle.
Hurst (6-5, 296) answered doubters with a solid performance against Jadeveon Clowney in the 2013 season opener. Hurst won his share of one-on-ones and kept Clowney from getting to the quarterback. However, Hurst could use more power for moving defenders at the point of attack. He was generally solid against Georgia Tech and defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, but did allow a sack to him. Overall, Hurst does well against speed rushers, though he doesn't project to make a big impact as a run-blocker in the NFL.
Hurst had a quality 2012 season for Giovani Bernard and in pass protection for Bryn Renner. It was Hurst's third-straight good season for the Tar Heels, and the junior could have warranted early-round consideration if he had entered the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hurst was a freshman sensation in 2010. He started 12 games at left tackle and graded out at a high level. Hurst stayed in the lineup as a sophomore and had a good season blocking for Bernard.
Green Bay Packers: Tyler Larsen, C, Utah State
Having lost Evan Dietrich-Smith, the Packers grab some depth for their offensive line.
After a quality week at the Senior Bowl, Larsen is the favorite to be fourth center drafted - after Marcus Martin, Travis Swanson and Weston Richburg. Larsen played well for Utah State in 2013 and was a strong run-blocker. He was the Aggies' starter at center for the past three seasons and was a First-Team All-WAC selection as a sophomore and junior. Larsen tied for the team lead with an 86 percent overall grade in 2012. Utah State actually evaluated him as carrying out the correct assignment on 97 percent of his snaps with four games at 100 percent.
Larsen has some power to his game and could be a nice fit in a man-blocking system. He missed the 2009 season with a knee injury.
Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
The Eagles could use more talent for the defensive line and have shown interest in Hart. Obviously, Chip Kelly knows him well.
The 6-foot-6, 281-pound Hart has some speed to go along with excellent size. He is a versatile athlete who could play 3-4 or 4-3 defensive end in the NFL. In 2013, the senior had 75 tackles, six tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks. Hart turned in an excellent game against Oregon State to close out the regular season. He notched eight sacks, 36 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, three passes broken up and one forced fumble in 2012.
Cincinnati Bengals: Ed Stinson, DE/DT, Alabama
The Bengals grab some defensive line depth after losing Michael Johnson in free agency.
In 2013, Stinson had 42 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He played better and was more disruptive than the numbers indicate. Stinson totaled 30 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks in 2012.
The 6-foot-3, 287-pounder has deceptive quickness to go along with good strength at the point of attack. He is a physical player who can play defensive end, tackle and 3-4 defensive end.
Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
The Chiefs have shown a lot of interest in Murray and Andy Reid likes to collect quarterbacks.
The 6-foot, 207-pounder has a quality arm and is a pocket passer. Murray completed 65 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,075 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. On the ground, he rushed for seven touchdowns with 186 yards (155 net). Murray completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 3,893 yards with 36 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2012. In college, he dominated weak opponents and had some meltdown games against good teams.
Pick change; previously Brent Urban, DE/DT
San Diego Chargers: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
The Chargers could use more help at cornerback.
Gaines (5-10, 190) played well for Missouri in 2013 with 68 tackles with five interceptions and three passes defended. Late in the regular season, he came up with some huge games. Gaines held Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans to only four catches for eight yards and had a fumble return for a touchdown in the SEC Championship game.
The senior has a nice mix of coverage ability and ball skills. Gaines totaled 74 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. The season before, he was an All-Big XII selection with 69 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, 16 passes broken up and two interceptions.
Pick change; previously Shaq Evans, WR
New Orleans Saints: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
The Saints grab a corner, and they've shown interest in Desir.
Desir did his job at the Senior Bowl and was able to hang with the higher level of competition. It started a week earlier at the East-West Shrine where his quality performance landed him a spot in Mobile. At Division II Lindenwood, Desir amassed 25 interceptions. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has good size but will need some developmental time.
Cleveland Browns: Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut
The Browns grab more defensive line depth.
Stephen didn't do a lot in his first three seasons at Connecticut, but as a senior, he was much improved. Stephen recorded 60 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss and three sacks in 2013. At the Senior Bowl, he flashed occasionally and was a physical defender at the point of attack. Stephen could play on the edge in a 3-4 defense.
Carolina Panthers: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
The Panthers grab a cornerback to replace Captain Munneryln.
Reynolds is a gritty cornerback who has the instincts to make some big plays. He recorded 61 tackles with six interceptions, four passes broken up, a sack, two fumble returns for scores and two forced fumbles in 2013. The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder is a better fit as a slot corner in the NFL. In 2012, Reynolds had 75 tackles with 13 passes broken up, three interceptions and a forced fumble playing across from Jordan Poyer.
San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
The 49ers could draft multiple cornerbacks and have shown interest in Colvin. They drafted Marcus Lattimore after his knee injury, so I don't think that will back them off a good value like Colvin.
The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Colvin could have been a second-day pick, but he blew out his knee at the Senior Bowl. Colvin racked up 55 tackles with five tackles for a loss, one sack, one interception and three passes broken up in 2013. He also caused an interception against Notre Dame with a deflected pass. Teams avoided throwing his direction and picked on Zach Sanchez.
Colvin was very good for Oklahoma in 2012. He was a quality cover corner and showcased some ball skills. Colvin totaled 61 tackles with 11 passes broken up and four interceptions. The junior had his share of wins and held his own against West Virginia's speedy receivers.
New England Patriots: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
The Patriots could lose Ryan Mallett next offseason, so they grab a developmental backup. Because of concerns about injuries and drug usage, Mettenberger has fallen in my final mock.
Mettenberger (6-5, 224) has big size, a strong arm and some athletic ability. He massively improved his game under the direction of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The senior's accuracy, decision-making, field vision and fundamentals were exceptionally better year over year. He completed 65 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
On the road at Georgia, Mettenberger had a great performance to almost lead LSU to a victory. The Tigers' defense failed him in the 44-41 loss to the Bulldogs. He had a rough game against Ole Miss in an upset loss.
Mettenberger completed 59 percent of his throws in 2012 for 2,609 yards with 12 scores and seven interceptions. He has definitely improved since 2012, despite LSU's loss to Alabama this season.
Pick change; previously E.J. Gaines, CB
Denver Broncos: Dakota Dozier, G/OT, Furman
The Broncos add some more offensive line depth.
Every year it seems there are some Division II or small-school offensive linemen who rise up draft boards. Players like Carolina's Amini Silatolu and San Francisco's Mike Iupati ended up being second- and first-round picks respectively, and this year's version of a small-school riser is Dozier. He isn't viewed as highly as those two were coming out of college, but there are some who believe that Dozier could end up being a second-day pick.
At the East-West Shrine, Dozier showed some power to open up holes in the ground game and some athleticism to be a pass-blocker in the NFL. Dozier played offensive tackle in college, but his home in the NFL could be at guard. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder has a body type that fits well on the inside. He could fit in a man-power or zone scheme.
Seattle Seahawks: Brent Urban, DE/DT Virginia
The Seahawks could use more depth on the defensive line after losing some veterans in free agency.
Urban totaled 40 tackles with 12.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and nine passes batted in 2013. He stood out with a good game against Miami. The senior has some quickness to the ball with the strength to shed blocks. As a junior, he recorded 20 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound Canadian has some upside to develop and could be a good fit as a 3-4 defensive end. Urban occasionally flashed at the Senior Bowl.
Pick change; previously Jaylen Watkins, CB
Detroit Lions: Shaq Evans, WR, UCLA
The Lions grab some wide receiver competition.
Evans was under-utilized by Brett Hundley in 2013 as Hundley didn't play consistently enough for Evans. Evans had 47 receptions for 709 yards and nine touchdowns. He had a solid week at the Senior Bowl.
Evans broke out in 2012 with 60 receptions for 877 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot, 210-pounder plays quicker and bigger than one would expect. He's been well groomed for the NFL by Bruins wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, a former NFL wide out and receivers coach with multiple teams.
Pick change; previously Antone Exum, CB/S
Baltimore Ravens: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
It wouldn't hurt the Ravens to add some competition for Tyrod Taylor.
In 2013, Boyd completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,851 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 634 yards (400 net) and 10 touchdowns on the ground. At the Senior Bowl, Boyd struggled and gave further evidence that he needs to improve his accuracy. Boyd didn't help himself by struggling against Florida State and South Carolina last fall either. In each game, he had a couple of interceptions and a fumble. However, the senior had a number of great games and finished the season well against Ohio State.
Boyd was one of the best quarterbacks in college football in 2012. The junior completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,896 yards, 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also ran for 769 yards (514 net) with 10 touchdowns on the ground. Boyd finished the season by leading an impressive fourth-quarter comeback win over a good LSU defense. He made some tremendous throws to move the ball for points.
Boyd completed 59.7 percent of his passes for 3,828 yards with 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2011. The sophomore also ran for 462 yards (218 net) and five touchdowns.
Boyd is not an elite runner, but he has good mobility and can also live as a pocket passer. Boyd also has a good arm and throws an excellent deep ball, but accuracy and ball placement remain weaknesses for him to improve upon. He is smart about taking what a defense is giving him and spreading the ball around to use all of his play-makers.
Houston Texans: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
The Texans grab another running back to pair with Arian Foster and Andre Brown. Williams offers a physical runner for first and second down.
In 2013, Williams averaged 6.1 yards per carry for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns. At the Combine, it was clear why he had zero receptions in 2013. Williams lumbered with poor route-running and dropped passes. He was a backup running back during his first three seasons. He ran for 584 yards in 2012, 517 yards in 2011 and 461 yards in 2010.
Detroit Lions: Larry Webster, DE, Bloomsburg
The Lions grab another edge rusher and have shown lots of interest in Webster.
Webster was a prolific pass-rusher for Bloomsburg. He had 13.5 and 12.5 sacks the past two seasons with three forced fumbles and an interception. Webster totaled 88 tackles in that time. The 6-foot-6, 252-pounder has good length and showed some serious speed with a 40-yard dash of 4.58 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. That 40 time was only .05 seconds slower than Jadeveon Clowney. Webster has the frame to add weight and be a base end in a 4-3 defense. He could be a small-school steal.
New York Jets: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
The Jets add some linebacker competition.
Smallwood (6-2, 246) was a consistent force for Connecticut over the past three seasons. He ended up as one of the nation's better inside linebackers in 2013 and recorded 111 tackles. Smallwood also totaled 7.5 tackles for a loss, eight passes broken up, two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. Against Michigan, he almost led an upset win with 13 tackles, one sack, another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.
Smallwood racked up 120 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2012. As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he became the starter at middle linebacker and recorded 94 tackles.
Baltimore Ravens: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
The Ravens go best player available and grab some cornerback depth.
Hampton (5-9, 197) is a physical defender who displayed some cover skills with South Carolina. He broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2012 and totaled 40 tackles, six passes broken up and an interception. As a junior, Hampton totaled 39 tackles with one pass broken up and zero interceptions. He shouldn't have entered the 2014 NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons: Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana
The Falcons could bolster their linebacking corps and have been interested in Tripp.
Tripp (6-3, 234) has had a strong postseason with quality performances at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. The senior had 100 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three interceptions and two passes broken up. In 2012, he recorded 95 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss. Tripp lost the 2011 season to injury, but had 99 tackles in his first year as a starter in 2010. Tripp has some quickness and strength.
New England Patriots: Antone Exum, S/CB, Virginia Tech
The Patriots are always looking for some safety and cornerback depth.
Exum (6-0, 213) split time at corner and safety during his collegiate career. He had a strong 2012 season playing cornerback and was a Second-Team All-ACC selection. The junior led the team with five interceptions while also recording 16 passes broken up, two forced fumbles and 48 tackles. In 2011, he played safety for the Hokies and recorded 89 tackles with 10 passes batted, one interception and two forced fumbles.
Exum is a versatile player who could be used as hybrid safety/corner in the NFL. His 2013 season had a delayed start as he recovered from an ACL injury. Exum started playing again rather later in the year and had three tackles before injuring an ankle. That caused him to miss more time.