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PostSubject: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:57 pm

Who are some players to watch, scouting reports, and guys the Chiefs should target this time of the year?


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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:03 pm

Top-5 Prospects:

Matt Barkley, QB, USC. Previous Rank: 1
9/12/12: Barkley completed 23-of-30 passes for 187 yards, six touchdowns and an interception against Syracuse. He got away with a couple mistakes, but, overall, was highly efficient. The senior has completed 68 percent of his passes through two games for 559 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

8/9/12: Barkley proved himself to be a safe prospect during the 2011 season. He laid claim to the Trojans' starting quarterback position as a freshman and completed 59.9 percent of his passes for 2,735 yards and 15 touchdowns, but also threw 14 interceptions. In 12 games in 2010, the 6-foot-2, 220 pounder improved his production by completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,791 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Barkley had many prolific passing games as a junior last year, including throwing for six touchdown passes against UCLA and Colorado. He also led USC to a signature road win over Oregon. Barkley completed 69 percent of his passes in 2011 for 3,528 yards with 39 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

The Trojans have tons of talent around Barkley with the top receiver in the nation in Robert Woods along with another good receiver in Marqise Lee, plus some talent at tight end. USC also has a good backfield with Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal. Barkley should be in store for a massive season.

The senior signal-caller's improved decision making is exactly the kind of progress NFL scouts will be pleased to see, plus he comes from a pro-style offense and has good intangibles. Barkley has mastered the West Coast offense and is well-prepared for the NFL.

Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah. Previous Rank: 2
9/12/12: Lotulelei had four tackles with a sack and a forced fumble against Utah State. He was more disruptive than the numbers indicate. The senior has seven tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack and a forced fumble on the season. In-state rival BYU is next up for the Utes.

8/9/12: The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Lotulelei was a First-Team All-Pac-12 pick in 2011 and won the Morris Trophy as the conference's top defensive lineman as voted on by the starting offensive linemen. He recorded 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Lotulelei was a backup for most of the 2010 season, but the sophomore still had 21 tackles with 2.5 tackles for a loss. He is still developing and has tons of potential.

Lotulelei is powerful, extremely quick and very disruptive at the point of attack. Sometimes the big tackle can resemble Ndamukong Suh with the way he has the sheer strength to grab guards and toss them aside.

Lotulelei explodes off the snap to quickly gain leverage on the guard. He could fit in any NFL scheme, but could be a prototypical tackle for a 4-3 defense.

Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia. Previous Rank: 5
9/12/12: Jones was an animal against Missouri and stepped up with huge plays to help lead the Bulldogs to a win. He had nine tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, a pass batted and an interception returned 21 yards to the goal line. The turnovers Jones created came late in the game and sealed the win for Georgia.

The junior has 17 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, two passes broken up and one interception so far this season. He is playing lights-out football right now.

8/9/12: Jones was one of the best pass-rushers in college football in 2011, tying for the second-most sacks in the nation, 13.5. He also had 70 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles.

Jones' speed and pass-rushing skills make him extremely disruptive. He has an excellent burst off the edge. His burst takes tackles by surprise and sets them up for him to burn around the corner or dodge back to the inside. As for Jones' pass-rushing moves. He has a good swim move, and his agility to weave around blockers is superb.

Jones has a non-stop motor and does well chasing down backs in run defense. He needs to improve his ability to defend runs coming straight at him.

The USC transfer has fit well in the Georgia defense and looks like an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. The 6-foot-3, 241-pounder should be able to add some bulk to hold up on the edge in the NFL.

Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU. Previous Rank: 3
9/12/12: Mingo had two tackles and a pass batted against Washington, but he was constantly rushing into the backfield and pressuring quarterback Keith Price. The Huskies sent a lot of double-teams Mingo's direction. LSU takes on Idaho before starting its SEC opponents.

8/9/12: Mingo (6-5, 240) had a breakout 2011 season. He showed blinding speed and was a disruptive force. Mingo totaled 46 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and one forced fumble. He had 35 tackles with 5.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and six pass breakups in 2010.

Mingo has some serious explosion. He is lightning fast off the edge and looks like he could be a pass-rushing demon at the next level. If Mingo can fill out his frame more, he will be a high draft pick.


Sam Montgomery, DE/OLB, LSU. Previous Rank: 8
9/12/12: Montgomery saw his first action of the season when LSU took on Washington and promising young quarterback Keith Price. The added bulk that Montgomery packed on looks like it is helping immediately with shedding blocks. He also looks more explosive another year removed from the knee injury that knocked him out two years ago. Montgomery had four tackles and a sack against the Huskies, but was more disruptive than the numbers indicate.

8/9/12: Montgomery is one of the leaders of the Tigers’ fierce defensive line. He totaled 49 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss, nine sacks and one forced fumble last season. Montgomery had 18 tackles with six tackles for a loss and two sacks as a freshman in five starts. He missed the majority of the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has added weight from last year. Montgomery has the frame to get bigger and should add weight as he ages. He also needs to develop a repertoire of pass-rushing moves, and his get-off could use some work. Now that Montgomery is another year removed from his knee injury, he could easily be quicker off the snap.



Top-10 Prospects:

Robert Woods, WR, USC. Previous Rank: 4
9/12/12: Woods had a great outing against Syracuse. He caught 10 passes for 94 yards and two touchdowns. Woods also ran the ball once for 76 yards and returned a punt 31 yards. All of that, and the junior isn't even playing at 100 percent. His ankle injury seems to be robbing him of explosion and top speed.

8/9/12: Woods (6-1, 180) was a dominant force as a sophomore, becoming Matt Barkley's primary weapon. Woods totaled 1,292 yards on 111 receptions with 15 touchdowns in 2011. He had a record-setting game to open the season with 17 receptions for 177 yards and three touchdowns against Minnesota. Woods then broke his own record, against Arizona, with 14 receptions for 255 yards and two touchdowns.

When Barkley decided to return for his senior season, Woods had to be ecstatic since they should continue to produce massive numbers in 2012. Another good year will keep Woods' draft stock strong, as long as he can stay healthy. Woods has been slowed down longer than anticipated this year after offseason ankle surgery. The ankle problems date back to the spring of 2011, so it is worth keeping an eye on for NFL scouts.

Tyler Bray,
QB, Tennessee. Previous Rank: 10
9/12/12: Bray had a great start to the season with a huge game against North Carolina State. The junior targeted and abused the nation's top cornerback, David Amerson, with two long touchdown passes. Bray was 27-of-41 for 333 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolfpack. He dominated Georgia State in Week 2, going 18-of-20 for 310 yards and four touchdowns. The junior has a massive game for the success of his season this week versus Florida.

Bray completed 59 percent of his passes in 2011, totaling for 1,983 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. The sophomore had a hand/thumb injury that caused him to miss five games and hurt him down the stretch. Bray completed 55.8 percent of his passes as a freshman for 1,849 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder has all the physical tools to be a high first-round pick and a franchise quarterback. Off the field, Bray has had some minor run-ins that illustrate some maturity concerns, but his physical skill set is so unique, those issues will quickly be overlooked.

Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas. Previous Rank: 9
9/12/12: Arkansas lost Wilson to a head injury last week and things got even more disastrous as the Razorbacks lost to Louisiana-Monroe in an upset of epic proportions. Wilson was 11-of-20 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one interception prior to the injury. He's completed 30-of-47 for 563 yards, five touchdowns and one pick so far this season. Arkansas plays Alabama this week, and the Razorbacks need Wilson to be competitive .

8/9/12: Wilson completed 63 percent of his passes last season for 3,638 yards with 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has good field vision, a strong arm and accuracy. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder played better as the year progressed.

Wilson played a little bit in 2010 as a backup to Ryan Mallett. Wilson completed 34-of-51 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

The 2012 season figures to be a challenging year for Wilson even though he has gotten good preparation for the pro game from Bobby Petrino. The Razorbacks' program is in turmoil due to Petrino being fired. To make things even harder, Wilson lost a bunch of good receivers to the NFL.

Barrett Jones, T/G/C, Alabama. Previous Rank: 6
9/12/12: Jones had an excellent debut at center in the season opener against Michigan. He looked so natural, one would think he has played the position for years. Jones was superb in the ground game opening up holes and hitting combo blocks. He was rock solid in pass protection, too. Jones played well against Western Kentucky, but wasn't as dominant as he was against the Wolverines.

Alabama's offensive tackles are having problems in pass protection, so don't be surprised if there are rumblings about moving Jones back to left tackle.

8/9/12: Jones is very smart and versatile. Given his flexibility as an offensive lineman, Alabama is moving him to center for the 2012 season. The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder has already proven to be a legitimate first-round left tackle prospect for the NFL.

The Crimson Tide moved Jones to the blind side as a tackle last year, and the junior excelled. He was chosen as a First-Team All-SEC selection.

In his first major test of 2011, Jones was playing very well against LSU before an ankle injury in the second half, and he was constantly was getting the best of Sam Montgomery. Early in the game, Jones was doing a phenomenal job of run blocking for Trent Richardson, and Alabama had a lot of success running behind Jones. He also wasn't needing or getting any help with the Tigers' speed-rushers of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.

Jones was solid, not allowing a sack or pressure. The ankle injury seemed to rob him of the power to drive block, but he was a warrior who played through the injury and wasn't a liability while playing hurt.

Jones played well in the rematch, and he did a good job of winning his blocks. Jones won the 2011 Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman on offense or defense.

Jones started 14 games in 2009 as a redshirt freshman when Mark Ingram ran his way to a Heisman. Jones stayed at right guard and started 11 games in 2010. He was also named as a First-Team All-SEC selection as sophomore.

Keenan Allen, WR, California. Previous Rank: 7
9/12/12: Allen helped push his team to a 50-31 win over Southern Utah. He caught five passes for 69 yards with a touchdown. Allen made the most of his own error on special teams when he muffed the punt. The junior picked up the ball and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. He totaled three returns for 94 yards.

Allen has 11 receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown so far in 2012. He's averaging 22 yards per punt return.

8/9/12: The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Allen looks like he could have the talent to be a big-time receiver. Allen caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as freshman in 2010. He put together a huge 2011 season, racking up 98 receptions for 1,343 yards and six scores.

Allen is quick, has excellent body control and is physical. Right now, he looks like a well-rounded wide out. Allen uses his size and strength to run routes in the short to intermediate part of the field. He also has no hesitation running crossing routes and is very adept at picking up yards after the catch. Allen is an aggressive playmaker who attacks the football in the air. He is sure-handed and well-developed entering his junior season.

Allen has the speed to run downfield and beat defenses over the top. He has a second gear and the explosion to break off big gains. Allen is faster than many defensive backs expect, and he is physical with defenders.



Top-15 Prospects:

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State. Previous Rank: 11
9/12/12: Hankins has five tackles and .5 tackles for a loss this season.

8/9/12: Hankins is a massive tackle who takes up a lot of space and blockers at the point of attack. The 6-foot-4, 317-pounder had a strong 2011 season as a sophomore. He was a fabulous run defender at that point of attack and totaled 67 tackles. Hankins also had 11 tackles for a loss and three sacks. He had 16 tackles with a sack as a freshman.

The heavy defensive tackle isn't just a big-bodied run stuffer. Hankins has serious quickness that he uses to fire into his gap and disrupt plays. Hankins' quickness catches many offensive linemen by surprise. Even though he only had three sacks last year, he was a better pass-rusher than the numbers indicate. Hankins got good penetration into the pocket to hurry quarterbacks and take away space for them to step up towards the line of scrimmage.

NFL coaches are going to love Hankins' versatility. He has lined up all over the defensive line for the Buckeyes. Hankins has played as a three-technique, on the outside shoulder of the guard; a two-gap defensive tackle technique; a defensive end; and a zero-technique - as a nose tackle above the center. Thus, he could fit as in a 4-3 as a defensive tackle, or in a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle or defensive end.

Hankins has a lot of upside and could be in for a big 2012 season.

Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Previous Rank: 12
9/12/12: Werner is halfway to a double-digit sack season in only two games. He totaled four sacks in a dominating performance against Murray State to get 2012 started. Werner added another tackle for a loss and a forced fumble, too. He had another sack in a shortened blowout of Savannah State.

Werner has seven tackles, five sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. He gets an ACC warmup against Wake Forest this week before taking on Clemson.

8/9/12: Werner could be primed for a massive 2012 season. He outplayed teammate Brandon Jenkins at times in 2011. The Berlin, Germany product is a strong physical presence who plays with a mean streak.

Werner (6-4, 273) broke out with some dominating games and seven sacks last year. He also had 37 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble and eight pass breakups. Werner had 3.5 sacks as a true freshman in 2010. He is extremely physical and has a great motor.

David Amerson, CB, N.C. State. Previous Rank: 13
9/12/12: Amerson had a rough first week of the season as he was beaten for a 41-yard touchdown and a 72-yard touchdown by Tennessee's dangerous passing attack. Amerson recovered from those two early mistakes and played better for the rest of the game. He bounced back against Connecticut with a tackle, a pass broken up and an interception. Amerson will have the opportunity to shut down some elite receivers when N.C. State takes on Clemson in mid-November.

8/9/12: The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Amerson has a special skill set with size, speed and ball skills. He was simply phenomenal last season. Amerson totaled 13 interceptions to lead the nation. He also had 59 tackles with five passes broken up. Another elite attribute is that Amerson has great length to limit the ability to get the ball to his receiver. Teams will definitely make an effort to avoid him this season.

It is obvious to everybody that Amerson has tremendous ball skills. When the ball is in the air, he attacks it like a wide receiver. Quarterbacks seem to really underestimate his size and leaping ability. That allows Amerson to trick passers into sending the ball his direction. The corner looks like a natural wide receiver with his hands and body control. He rountinely makes acrobatic catches with a unique ability to get in position to snatch passes away.

After Amerson snatches the ball away, he is dangerous with the ball in his hands. Amerson zooms up the field with nice cutting ability to make tacklers miss. It really looks like a big wide receiver running with the ball. He even finishes his returns well.

Amerson doesn't shy away from getting physical. He can hit hard and contribute well in run defense.


Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State. Previous Rank: 14
9/12/12: Rhodes started his junior season in top form with five tackles, an interception and two passes broken up against Murray State. He won't see a real challenge until Florida State takes on Clemson on Sept. 22.

8/9/12: Xavier Rhodes (6-2, 215) has a special skill set. He is big, fast and agile; all while having good hands. Rhodes started 14 games and was the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He recorded 58 tackles with four interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

Rhodes displays natural shutdown skills. He played well against Oklahoma receiver Ryan Broyles in 2011 and was fabulous at covering up Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd. Rhodes pretty much shut down Floyd in the season finale.

Rhodes totaled 43 tackles with an interception and four passes broken up last year. Teams stayed away from him and attacked the Seminoles’ other corners.

Kawann Short, DT, Purdue. Previous Rank: 21
9/12/12: Short had an impressive start to his senior season with a sack and two blocked kicks. The senior was excellent in Week 2 versus Notre Dame. He beat center Braxston Cave and guard Mike Golic, Jr. for a sacks and also had a forced fumble that he didn't get credit for. Short has totaled five tackles, three sacks and two blocked kicks through two games.

8/9/12: Short totaled 54 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2011. He was quiet in the early going, but really played well in the the second half of the season. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder is a quick gap-shooting tackle who looks like a natural three-technique defensive tackle for a 4-3 defense.

Short benefited greatly from Ryan Kerrigan in his first two years. Short recorded six sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss next to Kerrigan in 2010. Short also had 41 tackles with two blocked kicks.

The senior is strong and athletic. Purdue does an excellent job of producing quality NFL defensive linemen, and Short appears to be the next in line.




Top-20 Prospects:

Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas. Previous Rank: 15
9/12/12: Jeffcoat had a big game against New Mexico with five tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack, one pass batted and one forced fumble. He will take on Ole Miss before a huge game against Oklahoma State in Week 4.

8/9/12: Jeffcoat (6-5, 250) was a Second-Team All-Big XII selection as a sophomore last season. He had 54 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and three passes broken up. Almost all of Jeffcoat's tackles for a loss and all of his sacks came in the second half of the season when he went on a tear. Jeffcoat was a backup as a freshman, but he had 13 tackles, three tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and one pass broken up.

Jeffcoat is fast and athletic. He should only get better as he gains experience and strength. Texas used Jeffcoat all over the defense in 2011, and that showed his versatility, but he lost some pass-rushing opportunities as a result. Jeffcoat has good bloodlines. His father, Jim Jeffcoat, had a long NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills.

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. Previous Rank: 17
9/12/12: Matthews saw a nice test from some of the young Gator pass-rushers and did well. He was excellent in run blocking. It was a strong start to the season for Matthews.

8/9/12: Jake Matthews is the son of Bruce Matthews, so the bloodlines are there for a standout NFL offensive lineman. Jake Matthews is both a superb pass-protector and a physical run-blocker. The 6-foot-5, 295-pounder is a natural edge-protector. He is very quick in his drops and has well-developed technique.

The Aggies have a good left tackle in junior Luke Joeckel, but Matthews would probably be a left tackle if he played at almost any other school in the nation. Matthews looks like he has the skill set with the length, quickness and athleticism to play left tackle in college and the NFL.

Matthews was excellent at right tackle in 2011 for the Aggies. He is a very intelligent blocker and has a devastating cut block that will cause zone-blocking teams to fall in love with him. Matthews run-blocking is further along than his pass protection, but he has plenty of upside to be a lock-down pass-protector as soon as this season.

Matthews will get tested as a junior with the more dangerous speed-rushers of the SEC. He will face challenging pass-rushers when Texas A&M plays LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Florida.

DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Alabama. Previous Rank: 19
9/12/12: Milliner didn't play against Western Kentucky. He was dominant against the Wolverines in Week 1. The junior is still third in the nation in passes broken up with four due to his effort versus Michigan. Milliner also returned an interception 35 yards and had five tackles. His one mistake came when he lost his footing and fell down in man coverage. That allowed his receiver to get wide open for a score.

Milliner recorded 27 tackles with nine passes broken up last year as the nickelback, and led Alabama's defense with three interceptions.

Milliner (6-1, 182) has the skill set to be a man-coverage corner. He is fast enough to turn and run with receivers, but also has the size to defend big receivers. Milliner has great length and quarterbacks struggle to get passes by him.

Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. Previous Rank: 18
9/12/12: oeckel was superb in the first half against the Gators. He had some rough moments in the second half in pass protection and was beaten for a sack. The junior was close to giving up a few other sacks as well. It was a mildly disappointing performance.

Joeckel broke into the starting lineup at left tackle in 2010. After some early struggles, the freshman quickly got accustomed to the Big XII and finished his debut season strong. He did a very good job of protecting the blind side of quarterback Ryan Tannehill as the junior signal-caller became a starting quarterback for the first time in his collegiate career.

Joeckel had an excellent 2011 season. He did a superb job in pass protection for Tannehill. Joeckel gave up some pressures against some of the elite pass-rushers he faced, but overall, he did very well for a sophomore and rarely allowed his quarterback to get hit.

Joeckel has the ability to be a shutdown pass-protector. He is very quick and agile. Joeckel has the light feet and the speed to get deep in his drops to prevent speed-rushers from turning the corner. He has some good ability in the ground game, but needs to be more consistent.

Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma. Previous Rank: 22
9/12/12: Jefferson started the year strong with 10 tackles and a pass broken up against UTEP. He then had one tackle against Florida A&M. Oklahoma has a bye week before a big game against Kansas State.

8/9/12: Jefferson was the Big XII Freshman of the Year in 2010. He started nine games and recorded 65 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions and seven passes broken up.

The athletic and instinctive Jefferson (5-10, 199) played excellent football last season. He totaled 74 tackles with 7.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, three passes broken up and a forced fumble.



Top-25 Prospects:

Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State. Previous Rank: 24
9/12/12: Banks had an excellent game against Auburn with two interceptions. They came in the second quarter and helped Mississippi State pull away from Tigers in a nice win for the Bulldogs program.

8/9/12: Banks has been a solid player for the Bulldogs. Entering his senior year, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is already experienced and battle tested. He played a lot as a freshman in 2009, making 33 tackles and four interceptions, including two pick-sixs against Tim Tebow.

Banks totaled 54 tackles with three interceptions as a sophomore. He totaled 71 tackles with five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken up in 2011.

It wouldn't be surprising if Banks' numbers decline as a senior since teams will probably avoid throwing at him.

Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina. Previous Rank: 23
9/12/12: Lattimore fumbled his first carry of the year, but after that he played very well in his first game back since his knee injury. The junior ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries against Vanderbilt. Lattimore ran for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in a blowout win over East Carolina last week.

8/9/12: Lattimore missed the end of the 2011 season after he tore some of his knee ligaments. Regardless, Lattimore is a special player, and if he can regain his pre-injury form, should be a first-round pick. The 6-foot-1, 232-pounder mixes big size with good speed.

Lattimore was one of the nation’s rushing leaders through seven games last year. The sophomore ran for 818 yards on 163 carries (5.02 average) with 10 touchdowns in his shortened season.

Lattimore is a powerful workhorse back who rocked college football as a freshman. He ran for 1,197 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry with 17 touchdowns in 2010.


D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama. Previous Rank: 20
9/12/12: It was an ugly performance for Fluker against Western Kentucky. He was beat for two sacks and gave up some other pressures. Fluker allowed some pass pressure against Michigan, but didn't get beaten for a sack. As usual, he did well as a run-blocker in both games. Fluker has to improve his pass protection or he may have to move to guard in the NFL. The LSU game will be a huge determining factor.

8/9/12: Fluker (6-6, 335) has been an excellent tackle for Alabama. He is a nasty run-blocker and quality pass-protector. There is no reason to think that Fluker won't have another dominant season in 2012 to prove that he is worthy of being a high pick in first round.

Fluker has been the Crimson Tide's right tackle the past few seasons. Some believe that he can move to left tackle in the NFL.

That being said, Fluker has length and athleticism, but it is unclear if his feet are quick enough to play left tackle at the next level. He definitely can stay at right tackle, and could also move inside to guard if necessary.


Chance Warmack, G, Alabama. Previous Rank: 26
9/12/12: Alabama has had a lot of success running behind Warmack in the first two games of the season. He has been a force at opening up holes for running backs. Warmack had some issues in pass protection against Western Kentucky and was beaten for a sack.

8/9/12: Chance Warmack (6-3, 320) enters his senior season having started two seasons at guard for the Crimson Tide. He is a powerful road grader who did an excellent job of opening up holes for the Alabama running game in 2011. The senior could see his stock rise over the 2012 season.

Warmack played better in the rematch against LSU than he did in the regular season contest last year. As long as Warmack stays healthy, he should be a high second-day pick if not move into the first round like Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler did last April.

Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame. Previous Rank: 25
9/12/12: Te'o had six tackles and an interception in the Irish's blowout win over Navy. He had 10 tackles last week against Purdue. Te'o will have a big test this week when he takes on Michigan State and power runner Le'Veon Bell.

8/9/12: Te'o was a tackling machine for the Fighting Irish as sophomore in 2010, making 133 tackles. He also recorded 9.5 tackles for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble. Te'o recorded 128 tackles with 13.5 tackles for a loss and five sacks in 2011. He led Notre Dame in sacks and tackles.

Te'o has the size (6-2, 255) and speed to adapt quickly to the NFL. He is fast enough to play the middle in a 4-3 defense, with the bulk to function on the inside of a 3-4 defense.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:04 pm

Round 1-2 Prospects:

Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
Eric Reid, S, LSU
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Da'Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech
Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
T.J. McDonald, S, USC
Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina
Jonathan Cooper, OT, North Carolina
Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois
William Gholston, DE, Michigan State






Round 2 Prospects:

Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Robert Lester, S, Alabama
Matt Elam, S, Florida
Alex Hurst, OT, LSU
Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Giovanni Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
John Simon, DE, Ohio State
Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Aaron Donald, DE, Pittsburgh
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
Khaled Holmes, C, USC
Michael Dyer, RB, Arkansas State++
Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU++
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Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Jelani Jenkins, OLB, Florida
Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:19 pm

Scouting report from the Iowa, Iowa State game last Saturday.
http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2012/09/2013-nfl-draft-scouting-notes-iowa-vs-iowa-state.html

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#47 LB AJ Klein
-Lining up as inside linebacker.
-Flows to the ball, rarely taking a false step in the run game.
-Bends around edge, chases down RB from behind.
-Beaten badly by TE Fiedorowicz, broke out while TE broke in, couldn’t even start to recover.
-Picks his way through the trash, solid tackling fundamentals.
-Immediate burst to the ball, slips by center and makes the stop.
-Reads counter action and comes up and fills the gap.
-Overpursues a bit, gives up the cut back.
-Good chuck on the fullback, takes him to the ground.
-Gets his hand in and disrupts possible touchdown catch.

Overview: Klein was his usual self, making plays in coverage as well as against the run. He doesn’t have quite the athleticism as Knott, but he makes up for it with his technique and instincts.

#20 LB Jake Knott
-Seeing time at both inside and outside linebacker.
-Outruns block from guard, bends and able to clog up the play for a loss.
-Drops into zone, reads the route well and forces a throwaway.
-Great speed, covers “speedy” wide receiver on crossing route, incredible burst to the ball.
-Nice depth on the zone drop, gets a tip on the ball.
-Runs around seal, comes down the line and wraps up for the tackle.
-Sets a hard edge, sticks a strong arm in there and assists on the tackle for loss.
-Poor angle to the sideline, barely able to push RB out of bounds.
-Strings the play out to the sideline.

-Incredible athleticism, huge leap, tip and comes down with the game-winning interception.

Overview: Knott continued to show his above-average athleticism and instincts, especially in the game-clinching interception. I’ve watched Knott a lot over the last few years and I come away more impressed each time I watch him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Knott picked on day two of the 2013 NFL Draft.

#94 DT Jake McDonough
-Lining up as 1-tech defensive tackle.
-Very active hands, keeping himself clean on the interior.
-Shows some decent quickness off the ball.
-Outworked by Ferentz, lost his position and angled out of the play.
-Good pad level, blows Ferentz back into his running back, tackles RB with one arm.
-Doubled, got a bit off balance and taken to the ground.
-Bull rushes Ferentz into the backfield, assists on tackle with free arm.
-Gets his hands up in the air and tips the pass – came on twist stunt.
-Another tipped ball, decent athleticism to get that high – long arms.
-Pushes Ferentz back into the backfield on goal line, blows up the play.
-Huge initial punch on left guard, resets the line of scrimmage a yard backwards.
-Nice rip move, flushes QB out of the pocket.

Overview: McDonough destroyed Iowa center James Ferentz for the majority of the night, swatting down balls and disrupting plays in the backfield. He has the ability to be a good rotational lineman at the next level.


#2 QB Steele Jantz
-A lot of shotgun sets, rarely under center.
-Tough player, takes a lot of hits on QB draws.
-Locks on to his receiver, good touch on pivot route.
-Sees single coverage, lofts up deep bomb, picks up pass interference.
-Delivers accurate ball underneath, found the open receiver quickly.
-Catchable ball, but a little off throwing on the run to his right.
-Taking his audibles from the sideline.
-Reads the field from his left to the right, finds open WR and hits him in the end zone.
-Elusiveness on the QB run, tough to bring down one on one.
-Nice ball on dig route, put the ball on the money.
-Good velocity on deep corner.
-Rolls to his left, good decision tucking it and getting a couple of yards.
-Shows off a big arm, overthrows WR by a couple yards on streak.
-Floats the ball across the middle, nearly picked off – ball thrown behind WR.
-Balls out on time, WR turns and catches on curl.
-Doesn’t see safety cutting off the route, stared down his receiver, intercepted.
-Indecisive on option, leads to a fumble.
-Wild throw on third down, high and wide.
-Escapes the pocket, makes a big 20-yard first down scrambling.
-Misses LB underneath in coverage – bad red zone interception.
-Fails to see wide open WR, chose to safely take the sack instead.

Overview: Jantz showed his toughness and ability to make a play out of nothing, but other than screens and a few wide open throws, he was bottled up after the first 20 minutes. His late interception should have cost ISU the game, but Jake Knott bailed him out. The jury is still out whether Jantz is a legitimate NFL quarterback, or just a possible backup – I’d lean to the latter.

I would really love to see us get Jake Knott to lineup with Hali, DJ, and Houston. Klien would be an upgrade over Belcher too. McDonough possible DE depth, and I'm really interested in how Steele Jantz progresses over the year.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:39 pm

Tyler Bray must be a beanpole at 6'6 and 210.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:23 pm

Yeah thats another reason why I like Wilson more than Bray.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:27 pm

I'm guessing that Bray can still add some mass to his body.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:31 pm

I would hope so. about 30lbs worth
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:53 am

Bray is more of a pocket passer while Wilson can both stand in the pocket and scramble out. I think Wilson would be a better fit for this offense than Bray..but im not gonna bitch if either are taken.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:49 pm

Is Arkansas trying to protect Wilsons draft stock by not releasing info on his head injury?
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 6:54 pm

With this season now over for KC time to be looking at QBs. I've seen 2 different mocks with us drafting QB. One has us taking Wilson and the other has us taking Thomas. But those mocks had us drafting in the teens and not top 5 like we will be. Might wind up in a position to trade back and still get a franchise guy. The other mock I saw had us taking ILB. think his name was Teao.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:53 pm

Who the fuck cares? They will probably take a bust pick anyway...The last good 1st round pick we made was Berry and even he looks like shit this year...Poe is not making any kind of impact and Matt Cassel can't get the ball to Baldwin, whatsoever..

We ignore the obvious problem, and its a game breaker at the QB position...Fuck I hate Matt Cassel...Now I know how the Fins' fans felt during the Jay Fedler days..Holy fuck...
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:01 pm

A bust? You forget we have Pioli? Pioli only gets future HOFers. Pioli is god.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:27 pm

KCJay wrote:
Who the fuck cares? They will probably take a bust pick anyway...The last good 1st round pick we made was Berry and even he looks like shit this year...Poe is not making any kind of impact and Matt Cassel can't get the ball to Baldwin, whatsoever..

We ignore the obvious problem, and its a game breaker at the QB position...Fuck I hate Matt Cassel...Now I know how the Fins' fans felt during the Jay Fedler days..Holy fuck...

Berry hasnt been bad. A majority of the problems weve had has been away from Berry, and a TON of blown coverages by both Derrick Johnson and Belcher

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:05 pm

Derrick Johnson looks real bad this year.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:52 pm

Touchdown Bowe wrote:
KCJay wrote:
Who the fuck cares? They will probably take a bust pick anyway...The last good 1st round pick we made was Berry and even he looks like shit this year...Poe is not making any kind of impact and Matt Cassel can't get the ball to Baldwin, whatsoever..

We ignore the obvious problem, and its a game breaker at the QB position...Fuck I hate Matt Cassel...Now I know how the Fins' fans felt during the Jay Fedler days..Holy fuck...

Berry hasnt been bad. A majority of the problems weve had has been away from Berry, and a TON of blown coverages by both Derrick Johnson and Belcher

The entire defense as a whole has been crap...There is no bright spots on this FB team, right now...We have given up 68 points and 8 TDs in 2 fucking games...Unacceptable...
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:09 pm

I really don't get how the defense went from being so good to end last year to so bad this year? Does DJ playing hurt make that big of a difference? Does Crennel having too much responsibility hurt us that much?

We wouldn't be the first team to start off slow, hopefully thats the case.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:29 pm

The sad thing is we might be one of the 3 worst teams in the league this year but there isnt a QB the caliber of the 2 that went 1-2 this year in next years draft. It might be deeper overall but nothing close to Luck or RG3.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 1:52 pm

Steele Jantz.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 2:47 pm

I'd even be happy drafting him 1 overall at this point. things are that bad in KC. we are the laughing stock of the league right now and it's not about to get better any time soon. I wish we were playing a 2-0 NO team instead of 0-2. It's gonna get ugly fast.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:23 pm

Jantz could go anywhere in the draft depending on the season. Even if he goes undrafted, I would park him on the practice squad for a few years. He's pretty raw, but he has what it takes to be a very good quarterback.
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:45 pm

So does Ricky Stanzi.. LOL

but all jokes aside, I think the Chiefs need to take a QB with thier first pick this year just to show the fans that they are at least TRYING to make things better.

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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:58 pm

A QB that wil rise by seasons end will be EJ Manuel
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:31 am

I hope you guys are joking about Jantz! HAHAHA holy fuck!!
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PostSubject: Re: NFL Draft Watch Thread   Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:57 pm

Walter draft has us picking #8, and selecting Geno Smith.

I still don't think we draft that high though, or that he goes that low.

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