So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
@Walter I don't see how you think Fitz is "fine" there, given the fact you pointed out Palmer's diminishing arm strength and generally not liking older players. I get he's produced with awful QBs and they're not running him deep anymore, but even so, the point you made about AP apply even more to Fitz. Bad pick
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Height: 6-7. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2013): 1-2. 1/30/13: Jordan notched 44 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles and five sacks this season. His pass-rush opportunities were hurt because the Ducks often dropped him back into pass coverage. Jordan plays well in space and would definitely fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
8/27/12: Jordan is a raw prospect who has some upside. He was a tight end early in his college career before switching to defensive end in 2010. Jordan had 33 tackles and 5.5 tackles for a loss as a sophomore. Jordan made real strides last year and produced a lot more with 42 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. The junior was a First-Team All-Pac-12 selection.
Jordan needs to fill out his frame to hold up on the edge in the NFL. If the senior continues to improve his production this season, he could move up higher on the second day of the draft.
Kyle Long, OT/G, Oregon
Height: 6-6. Weight: 311. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 10 7/8. Projected 40 Time: 5.20. Projected Round (2013): 2-4. 2/9/13: Long was denied another year of eligibility, so he will be in the 2013 NFL Draft class. The athletic blocker used to be a defensive lineman like his Hall of Fame father, Howie Long, and Pro Bowl brother, Chris Long.
Kyle Long was excellent at opening running lanes for Kenjon Barner and protecting his quarterback in 2012. Long only played one season at Oregon, so he could use more development in the NFL.
It wouldn't be surprising if Long rises up draft boards in the months to come. His great bloodlines will help him to get selected earlier.
Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Height: 6-4. Weight: 244. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 1/30/13: Alonso had an impressive senior season, which he definitely needed. He recorded 81 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, one sack, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles. Alonso finised 2011 with 46 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks. He didn't play in his previous three seasons at Oregon.
Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
Height: 5-9. Weight: 188. Arm: 29 5/8. Hand: 9 1/4. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): 4-5. 2/16/13: 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. 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.
The speed back 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.
8/16/12: Like all Oregon running backs, Barner has the speed to break off big runs. He 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 has returned punts (10.1 average) and kicks (22.5 average) in his collegiate career, too.
Barner could be a third-down back in the NFL who also contributes on special teams. He needs to clear up ball-security issues.
Michael Clay, OLB, Oregon
Height: 5-11. Weight: 222. Projected 40 Time: 4.64. Projected Round (2012): 5-7. 1/30/13: Clay led Oregon in tackles this year with 101. He also has 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and a forced fumble. Clay had an even bigger impact in 2011 with 102 tackles, two interceptions, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
Clay is extremely undersized for linebacker. He may have to lose some weight and move to safety in the NFL, unless he can add another 10-15 pounds.
Jackson Rice, P, Oregon
Height: 6-3. Weight: 218. Projected Round (2011): FA. 2/9/13: Rice averaged 40 yards per punt in 2012, but he was usually aiming for shorter punts to down the ball inside the 20-yard line.
9/3/12: Rice had a strong 2011 season, averaging 45.9 yards per punt with a long of 61. He downed 17 inside in the 20-yard line. Rice improved from 2010 when he averaged 42.3 yards per punt. His average was 40.5 yards per punt in 2009. Rice needs to continue that trend to get drafted.