Friday, April 27, 2012

The Best Prospects Still Available

Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin — He earned the 2011 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, covering the slot in coach Georgia's pro-style scheme and scoring touchdowns both on offense and special teams. Boykin's stock took a hit when he fractured a leg bone in the Senior Bowl game, but he is very good prospect and he covers like Antoine Winfield on defense.

Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David — The only knock against him in his size.  Limited to playing the weakside in a 4-3, but nonetheless, he was a tackling machine (285 career tackles) with great athleticism and football IQ.

Stanford tight end Coby Fleener — Andrew Luck’s college go-to guy could be reunited with this year’s top pick if Indianapolis tabs Fleener to replace Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark at No. 34.  6-foot-6, 250-pound humans don’t often run in the 4.4s, but Fleener can and he will be a coveted prospect early on day two.

Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn — Glenn moves incredibly well for 6-foot-6, 345-pound behemoth. A 50-game starter and 2011 first-team All-SEC pick, Glenn could join Randle on St. Louis’ radar at No. 33.

Wisconsin guard/center Peter Konz — Konz had too many medical and strength questions for a team to deem him worthy of a first-day selection, but plenty of late first-round teams were high on him and Konz figures to be snatched up pretty quickly on Friday.

California linebacker Mychal Kendricks
— If Kendricks were two inches taller, he likely would have been a top-20 pick. But at 5-11, he slid out of the first round despite being the draft's most versatile inside linebacker. He shows speed when chasing down plays in pursuit, is productive in coverage and sets himself apart from other linebackers with his pass-rush ability.

Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin
— Martin is a bit on the soft side for a right tackle, and he’s not quite athletic enough to dominate on the left. He played in a pro-style offensive system at Stanford, and should have no trouble finding a home in the early to middle portion of round two.

LSU receiver Rueben Randle
— Randle's production was limited in LSU’s run-first, passing-unfriendly offense, but he has prototype size at 6-foot-3, 212, and ran in the 4.3s at his Pro Day. He is is a game breaker, averaging nearly 17 yards per career reception.

Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes
— Reyes has the versatility to become a productive starting defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense or an end in a 3-4 scheme. He uses his hands well against blockers and is a smooth athlete.

Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu —
Teams are concerned about Silatolu’s intelligence and ability to transition from low-level tackle to NFL guard, but he plays the game like 49ers guard Mike Iupati, and figures to be a high pick on Friday.

Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still —
Still is a dominant defender when he’s on his game, but NFL scouts have openly questioned his motor, and early-career medical flags may have added to teams’ concerns.

Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw —
Upshaw paced the NCAA’s best defense last season in sacks, tackles for a loss, quarterback hurries, and forced fumbles. While he is a bit of a ‘tweener, Upshaw has a place in the league as an edge-setting run defender on early downs who will rush relentlessly at end in the nickel.

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