@An insulted NE fan I like his pick of McCaffrey to the Pats as well. And the Pats should beat Pittsburgh in the AFC title game if they're healthy and if that game is at New England. Brady always destroys their defense.
Houston Texans: Matt Hazel, WR, Coastal Carolina
The Texans could use a slot receiver.
Of all the players at the East-West Shrine, Hazel probably helped himself the most. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder really impressed scouts, and they compared Hazel to Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts in his ability to make plays. Hazel definitely helped himself with his week. He's a bigger receiver, but he showed nice quickness and route-running.
Hazel recorded 70 receptions for 990 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. He ran well enough at the Combine to receive some second-day consideration.
Washington Redskins: Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
Washington signed some veterans, but the Redskins could use some young defensive line depth.
To start 2013, Gardner was playing excellent football as he had 19 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked punt. The fifth-year senior was phenomenal against Arizona State, but tore a pectoral muscle, and that knocked him out for the remainder of the regular season. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder is a strong and smart defender.
Gardner had an impressive 2012 season with 49 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, five passes batted and a huge forced fumble (against Notre Dame). He recorded 35 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2011.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA
The Bucs could use some more help with their edge rush.
In 2013, Marsh picked up 55 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss and six sacks. He really came on late in the season. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has nice combination of power and quickness.
Marsh put together an impressive 2012 season. He collected 40 tackles, eight sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss, two passes batted and two forced fumbles. Marsh was red hot in the middle of the year with 5.5 sacks in a four-game stretch. He is quick and does a good job of collapsing the pocket.
Marsh had a solid sophomore season with 22 tackles, four tackles for a loss and two sacks. He received playing time as a freshman and made 23 tackles.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU
The Jaguars can't depend on Justin Blackmon, so adding multiple receivers is necessary.
Hoffman recorded 57 receptions for 894 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. The senior hurt his draft stock by landing a one-game suspension.
Hoffman was one of the most productive receivers in the nation in 2012, despite inconsistent quarterback play. He caught 100 passes for 1,248 yards with 11 touchdowns. Hoffman had some huge games against weak competition. The junior was held in check by Boise State and cornerback Jamar Taylor for only three catches for 21 yards. Hoffman delivered solid production in 2011 with 61 receptions for 943 yards and 10 touchdowns. He hauled in 42 catches for 527 yards and four scores as a freshman.
Hoffman (6-4, 223) is a big receiver who uses his size well. He is a serious weapon in the red zone as he runs good routes and has excellent hands. However, the big question about Hoffman is if he has enough speed to get separation from NFL defensive backs.
Cleveland Browns: Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt
The Browns grab a safety to backup Donte Whitner.
The quick and physical Ladler (6-0, 205) flies around the football field and is always around the ball. He totaled 91 tackles, five forced fumbles with five interceptions and four passes broken up in 2013.
Ladler led Vanderbilt in tackles in 2012 with 90. He also had two interceptions, forced fumble, a pass breakup, sack and 3.5 tackles for a loss. Ladler recorded 53 tackles, three passes broken up, an interception and a tackle for a loss in 2011.
Seattle Seahawks: Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame
The Seahawks continue to build up the right side of their line.
Watt was very respectable for the Fighting Irish. He had a good performance against Arizona State's Will Sutton. Watt's run blocking is ahead of his pass protection for the NFL, but he is worth developing as a third-day pick.
Atlanta Falcons: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
The Falcons could target more offensive line help. They want to get bigger and more physical up front. Henderson already has a developed relationship with Atlanta offensive line coach Mike Tice, who would be a good mentor to get the most out of the talented Henderson.
The 6-foot-6, 331-pound Henderson has athletic talent, but injuries limited his early years in college. He started nine games at right tackle as a true freshman in 2010. His sophomore season was virtually lost to a back injury. Henderson's career also included a concussion, a car accident and getting in the dog house a few times with the Miami coaching staff.
The senior flashed at times as a run-blocker in 2013, but he also had some missed blocks and incurred another suspension. Henderson is a former No. 1 recruit in the nation, but his collegiate career was a big disappointment. Henderson has the body and athletic ability of a first-rounder, so his upside is immense as a developmental pick.
Minnesota Vikings: Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU
The Vikings grab some linebacker depth, and Barrow has generated interest from them.
Barrow totaled 91 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss and two passes defended in 2013. He wasn't impressive against Alabama, but played better against Texas A&M and Iowa. Barrow didn't get a lot of acclaim, but he played well at the Senior Bowl and was impressive in practice. As a junior, Barrow totaled 104 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, five passes broken up and one forced fumble.
Buffalo Bills: Anthony Steen, G, Alabama
The Bills signed Chris Williams, but that won't prevent them from getting more help for the inside of their line. The busted first-rounder Williams can't supply a lot of confidence.
Overall, Steen (6-3, 314) played well as a senior. His run blocking was better than his pass protection, but he has shown improvement there. Steen was excellent against LSU at neutralizing Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson.
Some labeled Steen as the weak link on Alabama's star-studded 2012 offensive line, but he was a quality blocker for the Crimson Tide. Steen wasn't as powerful as his teammates, yet he did a very good job of opening up holes in the ground game. Steen received a lot of help in pass protection from center Barrett Jones.
In the SEC Championship, Alabama had a lot of success running behind Steen in the second half of the game. He started nine games in 2011 while dealing with injuries. Steen has good fundamentals and could rise up the rankings.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tre Boston, S/CB, North Carolina
The Jaguars continue to build up their secondary.
Boston (6-0, 204) amassed 94 tackles, five interceptions and eight passes broken up in 2013. He had some good moments against South Carolina and followed that up with an interception against Middle Tennessee State. The senior had a mixed performance against Miami.
Boston was a solid player for the Tar Heels the past few seasons. He racked up 70 tackles, three interceptions, two passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2011. Boston improved as a junior with four interceptions, six passes batted and 86 tackles. His ability to play corner and safety could make him very intriguing for NFL teams.
Tennessee Titans: Adrian Hubbard, OLB/ILB, Alabama
The Titans could use some young pass-rushing depth to develop behind their veterans.
Hubbard was solid, but unspectacular, for Alabama in 2013. The junior had 33 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and two passes broken up for the year. He was better in the previous season. Hubbard totaled 41 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and a pass batted as a sophomore. He has some length and edge-rush ability, but will be a developmental project.
New York Giants: Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
The Giants could use more talent at linebacker, and sources have told WalterFootball.com that the team likes Zumwalt.
Zumwalt (6-4, 230) played well for the Bruins in 2013. He helped himself and was a tough defender in the tackle box. Zumwalt played extremely well against Virginia Tech in bowl season with 10 tackles an interception. He finished the year with a total of 93 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
St. Louis Rams: Kapri Bibbs, RB, Colorado State
The Rams grab a running back to back up Zac Stacy.
Bibbs (5-9, 212) had an excellent season for Colorado State in which he showed good speed and some strength. Bibbs averaged 6.2 yards per carry for 1,741 yards with 31 touchdowns on the ground. He only had eight receptions for 59 yards. The Chicago product is still somewhat raw as he only played the 2013 season of major college football. Before Colorado State, Bibbs played two seasons of junior college football.
New York Jets: Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State
The Jets continue to weaponize their offense. Archer could serve as a running back and receiver.
Archer (5-8, 175) is a small speed receiver who broke out in 2012. He ran for 1,429 yards on only 159 carries for an average of nine yards per carry. The sophomore also caught 39 passes for 561 yards. He totaled 20 touchdowns (16 rushing, four receiving). Archer contributed 246 yards rushing (4.2 average) and 16 receptions for 75 yards (four total touchdowns) in 2011.
In 2013, Archer recorded 68 carries for 527 yards and six touchdowns. As a receiver, he hauled in 25 passes for 327 yards and four scores. Archer was phenomenal at the Combine. For the NFL, he would probably be best as a slot receiver and part-time running back.
Miami Dolphins: Trai Turner, G, LSU
The Dolphins grab some interior offensive line help. They've shown interest in Turner.
Turner (6-3, 310) was one of the many underclassmen who entered the draft before they should have. Turner had a good redshirt sophomore season in 2013 as the starter at right guard. He is a strong run-blocker, and the Tigers had a lot of success running Jeremy Hill behind him. Turner will need to improve his pass protection for the NFL. As a freshman, he had seven starts.
At the Combine, Turner opened some eyes with a great workout. He ran fast and looked good in the field work.
Chicago Bears: George Uko, DT, USC
The Bears grab another tackle to help bolster their run defense and pass rush. I realize this is their third defensive tackle, but Chicago really has nothing at the position.
Uko played well in 2013. He totaled 36 tackles with seven tackles for a loss and five sacks. Uko broke into the starting lineup in 2012 and totaled 31 tackles, nine tackles for a loss and five sacks. The 6-foot-3, 284-pounder needs to add weight for the NFL, and thus should have returned for his senior year. Instead, he entered the 2014 NFL Draft. Uko is quick and has developed some pass-rushing moves.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
The Steelers could use some pass-rushing depth.
In 2013, Jeffcoat had 79 tackles, 13 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, three passes batted, two forced fumbles and an interception. He played well against Kansas State (2 sacks), Oklahoma State (8 tackles) and Oklahoma (2 sacks). Jeffcoat recorded 54 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and three passes broken up in 2011. He notched 25 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup in just six games in 2012. That season ended early because of a pectoral injury that required corrective surgery.
Jeffcoat (6-3, 247) doesn't have the size to play defensive end in the NFL without gaining a lot of weight. He could move to 3-4 outside linebacker, but sources said they don't feel that Jeffcoat has the athleticism to fit well in that role. He will be a work in progress no matter what system he's drafted into. Jeffcoat also needs more strength for run defense. He has great bloodlines as his father, Jim, had a long NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys (1983-94) and Buffalo Bills (1995-1997).
Dallas Cowboys: Will Clarke, DE/DT, West Virginia
The Cowboys continue to build up their defensive line and have shown interest in Clarke.
Clarke was a sleeper prospect who helped himself with a strong postseason at the East-West Shrine and, to a lesser extent, at the Senior Bowl. In the former, Clarke was disruptive throughout the week, and he showed that in the East-West Shrine Game itself. In 2013, Clarke had six sacks, 49 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, three passes batted and one forced fumble. As a junior, he totaled only 26 tackles with 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Jon Halapio, G, Florida
Even after their free agent additions, the Jaguars could still use more talent for the inside of their offensive line. They coached Halapio at the Senior Bowl.
Florida had big hopes for a great 2013 season from Halapio, but he missed the first two games with an injury. Halapio (6-5, 320) played well after returning to the lineup. He held his own against LSU. Halapio played through a ton of injuries. He had some good moments at the Senior Bowl, but wasn't always consistent. If Halapio can stay healthy, he could be nice value in the mid-rounds.
Arizona Cardinals: Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College
The Cardinals continue to add talent to their line.
Patchan is a good athlete, but he had a ton of injuries in college. That's reason why he spent six years in school. Patchan started out at Florida and was a star recruit out of high school by then Gators coach Urban Meyer. The other offensive line stars in that high school group included Tyron Smith (Cowboys), Matt Kalil (Vikings) and Mike Adams (Steelers). Unfortunately, Patchan's career didn't go smoothly. He was constantly hurt at Florida. When Patchan did play, he was very inconsistent and never performed up to his athletic potential.
At Florida, Patchan had a torn ACL, a broken wrist and a pectoral injury. He also was shot during a drive-by shooting in Tampa and had two scooter accidents in Gainesville. Patchan transferred to Boston College for his senior season to be reunited with former Gators offensive line coach Steve Addazio. In 2013, Patchan started at left tackle and played well.
Green Bay Packers: Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley State
Green Bay goes best player available and continues to improve its receiving corps.
At the Senior Bowl, Janis was solid, but unimpressive. He was one of the top receivers in the nation in Division II over the past few seasons. In 2013, Janis totaled 83 receptions for 1,572 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 219-pounder has good size and speed (4.42 40-yard dash) for the NFL.
Pick change; previously Loucheiz Purifoy, CB
Philadelphia Eagles: Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin
The Eagles grab some offensive line depth.
Southward (6-0, 211) finished 2013 with 40 tackles, five passes broken up and an interception. He played well late in the season and at the Senior Bowl to help his draft stock. Southward was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection in 2012. He totaled 69 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, two interceptions and five passes broken up that season.
Pick change; previously Charles Leno, G
Kansas City Chiefs: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt
The Chiefs had to be disappointed with the play of Dunta Robinson. Kansas City could consider drafting another defensive back even earlier.
Hal had an impressive debut for 2013 against Ole Miss. He had very good coverage on wide receiver Donte Moncrief and caused a number of incompletions. The rest of Hal's senior year was a series of quality outings. He totaled 49 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions and 15 passes broken up in 2013.
The 6-foot, 186-pounder was considered to be one of the top cornerbacks in the SEC over the past two years. Hal registered 48 tackles, 14 passes broken up and two interceptions in 2012. He had 21 tackles and an interception as a sophomore. Vanderbilt has been producing good defensive back talent in recent years, so Hal has been groomed well for the NFL.
Cincinnati Bengals: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Gio Bernard is not a bell-cow back, and the Bengals could use a better backup running back than the "law firm".
After playing well for the Houston Cougars, Sims transferred to West Virginia before the 2013 season. The 5-foot-11, 214-pounder played well there with an average of 5.3 yards per carry for 1,095 yards with 11 touchdowns. As a receiver, he took 45 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Sims had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and did well in pass blocking. He was impressive at the Combine.
Sims averaged six yards per carry in 2012 for the Cougars while rushing for 851 yards with 11 touchdowns on 142 carries. He also caught 37 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns. Sims ran for 821 yards and nine touchdowns in 2011 and 698 yards with nine scores as a freshman.
San Diego Chargers: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
The Chargers grab another cornerback with potential.
Purifoy has displayed some man-coverage skills to be a good cornerback. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder has a nice combination of size and speed to be a potential man corner in the NFL. He is also extremely physical and plays with a swagger.
Purifoy started off the 2013 season on a suspension for team rules violations. He debuted against Miami in Week 2 and was strong in pass coverage. Purifoy also blocked a punt, but he did have some bad missed tackles in run defense. Against Arkansas, Purifoy was an animal with a strip-sack and an interception returned 42 yards for a touchdown. He had a sack for a safety against Georgia. Purifoy started out well against Florida State with an interception and a pass breakup before he was dominated by Kelvin Benjamin for multiple long completions and touchdowns. The season ended on a very ugly note for Purifoy.
In 2013, Purifoy recorded 24 tackles, two interceptions and seven passes defended. He had a mixed performance against LSU's dangerous passing attack. His coverage was generally sound, but he had a costly missed tackle. Purifoy picked up two tackles against Missouri and recovered a fumble on special teams.
2012 was Purifoy's breakout season, and he recorded 51 tackles, five passes broken up and three forced fumbles. The Gators' defensive scheme largely left Purifoy on an island in man coverage, yet he maintained good defense. The sophomore was also excellent on special teams. Purifoy was a backup corner and special teams contributor in 2011. The freshman chipped in 27 tackles and a forced fumbles, too.
Pick change; previously Morgan Breslin, OLB
Indianapolis Colts: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
The Colts continue could use more talent and depth at safety.
Reynolds has a nice skill set and good instincts to make impact plays. The 6-foot-1, 207-pounder started 2013 in impressive fashion with 12 tackles and an interception against San Jose State. He ended the year with a total of 87 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up. Reynolds had a bad outing against Arizona State as he was beaten for two touchdowns and ejected from the game for targeting. Reynolds' final season was disappointing compared to how he played a year earlier.
Reynolds was one of the top safeties in college football in 2012. The junior recorded six interceptions with five passes broken up and 37 tackles. It was his first season as a starter.
New Orleans Saints: Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson
The Saints could use some offensive line depth and an option if Terron Armstead doesn't step up in 2014.
Thomas (6-3, 317) did a quality job as the blind-side protector for Tajh Boyd in 2013. As a pass-blocker, Thomas showed some quick feet and nice athleticism. He is pretty good athlete who could be a nice fit in a zone-blocking scheme. His long-term home in the NFL could be at guard.
Thomas was a 3-year starter for Clemson after breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011. He had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and did well in the pass-protection one-on-ones. Thomas tore his ACL while doing a private workout for the Saints.
Carolina Panthers: Charles Leno, G/OT, Boise State
The Panthers could use some more talent on the offensive line.
Leno was a solid blocker for Boise State. He has nice athleticism and agility. Leno could use more punch at the point of attack for the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder would be a better fit at guard. He played left tackle for the Broncos.
Pick change; previously Dezmen Southward, S
New Orleans Saints: Bryan Stork, C, Florida State
The Saints grab more offensive line depth. They need a starting center and a backup. New Orleans has shown interest in Stork as well.
Stork was coached extremely well at Florida State. He spent the past two seasons as an excellent run-blocker and steadily improved his pass protection. The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder also had starting experience at guard during his collegiate career. Stork was solid for the Seminoles in 2013, but suffered a concussion against Maryland. That is worth monitoring as it could prove to have a big impact on his draft stock.
Pick change; previously DeAndre Coleman, DT
San Francisco 49ers: Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
The 49ers are always looking for running back depth and have shown interest in Storm Johnson.
Johnson (6-0, 209) was a productive back who combined with quarterback Blake Bortles to lead Central Florida to a one-loss 2013 season. Johnson averaged 5.3 yards per carry over the year for 1,139 yards with 14 touchdowns. He had 30 receptions for 260 yards and three scores, too. As a sophomore in 2012, Johnson was a backup with 507 yards and four scores.
The junior has a nice skill set with some strength, quickness and receiving ability. A big knock on Johnson is fumbles as he put the ball on the ground a lot in 2013. It looks like a big issue that is hurting him with teams.
Denver Broncos: Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming
The Broncos add another young quarterback option. They like Smith a lot.
After three excellent seasons, Smith decided to skip his senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. The junior completed 63 percent of his passes in 2013 for 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran for 573 yards and four touchdowns. Smith (6-3, 206) has some size, athleticism and a quality arm. In 2012, he completed 62 percent of his throws for 2,832 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. During his freshman season, Smith completed 61 percent for 2,622 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Seattle Seahawks: Lorenzo Taliaferra, RB, Coastal Carolina
The Seahawks showed a lot of interest in Taliaferra at the Senior Bowl. He could help fortify their depth.
There were a lot of scouts who were impressed with Taliaferro (6-0, 229) at the Senior Bowl. He showed some blocking potential in the blitz-protection drills and also ran the ball well in practice.
Taliaferra rewrote Coastal Carolina's record books when averaged 6.3 yards per carry for 1,729 yards with 27 touchdowns as a senior. He also had 23 receptions for 153 yards and two scores. Taliaferra didn't play much as a junior after coming over from junior college. A lot of teams are intrigued with Taliaferra given his size, power and quickness.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
The Steelers could use some versatile depth on the offensive line.
Britt produced a quality senior season playing left tackle after suffering an ACL tear in 2012. He held his own against Jadeveon Clowney while performing well against Tennessee. Overall, Britt played well against Texas A&M, but was beaten for a sack. He had some struggles against Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl and a mixed performance at the East-West Shrine.
Britt played six games at right tackle and three at left tackle in 2012. He started all 13 games at left tackle the year before after Elvis Fisher was lost to a knee injury.
New York Giants: Richard Rodgers, TE, California
The Giants grab some tight end depth.
The 6-foot-4, 257-pound Rodgers has some athletic and receiving ability for a big tight end. He had 39 receptions for 608 yards with a touchdown in 2013. Rodgers made 20 catches for 288 yards and a score in 2012. With a loaded 2014 tight end class, the junior should have returned for his senior year, but he entered the 2014 NFL Draft.
Baltimore Ravens: DeAndre Coleman, DT, California
The Ravens could use some defensive line depth after losing Arthur Jones.
Coleman recorded 40 tackles with nine tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks in 2013. California had a rough 2012 season, but he still played solid football. The junior totaled 48 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one pass breakup. He recorded 19 tackles with six tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2011.
At the Senior Bowl, Coleman had a quality week of practice. He has size and power with some quickness. Coleman (6-5, 314) could fit as a 3-4 defensive end, nose tackle or a 4-3 defensive tackle in the NFL.
Pick change; previously Bryan Stork, C
Green Bay Packers: Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
The Packers could use some defensive line depth. B.J. Raji only signed a 1-year deal.
Pagan had 34 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2013. He played well against LSU with a sack coming in that game. Pagan should have returned for his senior year. He looks like a five-technique in a 3-4 defense. As a sophomore, he totaled 23 tackles, four tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks as a rotational player.