While Winn earned 2011 All-Mountain West Second Team honors, those accolades are a bit deceptive, in that he didn't show major improvement during his college career. Winn really exploded as a sophomore but didn't build on it (at least statistically), so there are question marks about his overall intensity and work ethic. Then again, Winn does have a lot of positive qualities to offer as a pro. He has good size for the NFL D-line and is very quick off the snap, penetrating with a nice first step. Winn also picks up the run well, and can conceivably be used either at tackle or as a big 4-3 end in the NFL. He needs to show more overall to be a pro regular, but Winn may also have some untapped upside. There is risk, but also potential reward.
Don't overlook this tight end prospect. The Oklahoma product (an All-Big 12 nominee last season) stands tall as a pass-catching target and plays much bigger than his size. Has good initial burst off the line, also has great hands and will do what's needed to help his team. He's not much of a blocker along the line (though he has the physical attributes to be one but lacks elite technique) and won't make an impact right away offensively but his progression is very intriguing.
The fact Crick is still one of the top D-line prospects in this draft is testament to his talent, as the highly productive end missed most of 2011 due to knee and pectoral injuries. In 2010 he was one of the nation's most productive defenders, piling up tackles while also producing regular sacks. Those talents earned him a spot on the 2010 AP All-America Second Team and one on the All-Big 12 First Team, and made him one to watch. When healthy, Crick uses his big frame put up an uncommon number of tackles for a defensive end. He has the power to play tackle but is also an excellent pass rusher who can play end. He's a very aggressive player who hits hard and tackles well, and he uses his huge hands well. A lack of great speed is a drawback, however, and Crick will need to bulk up in the NFL (both for the transition and to help with durability). He comes with some risk but Crick is a definite D-line talent.
An outstanding athlete with tremendous skating ability, he can put a ton of pressure on opposing defenses when he jumps up into the play to support the attack. While he displays plenty of offensive acumen, he will need to work on his play in the defensive zone in order to maximize output at the National Hockey League level. To that end, he needs to bulk up and become a lot stronger to better handle bigger NHL forwards. Mobile, talented offensive defenseman with good upside.
Poe's inclusion on the All-Conference USA Second Team in 2011 doesn't say nearly enough about his pro potential. His 44 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press at the Indy Combine were this year's highest total of any player, and just five off the Combine record. He absolutely has the power and bulk already to play regularly at nose tackle in the NFL, yet Poe is also a very nimble athlete who can adjust in space and shut down the run. He should be able to command double-teams at the NFL level right away, and his ability to maul and command the attention of the middle of the line will help him be a potential starter soon. Poe needs a little work on developing more bull-rushing and pocket-collapsing moves, and he still needs time to become a more well-rounded defender; yet, he has everything an NFL team wants in an interior defensive lineman and / or nose tackle.
With defensive guru Romeo Crennel now head coach of the Chiefs, Kansas City should start to really take off as a 3-4 defense. A key to that is an athletic mauler at the nose tackle spot, and Poe should be able to step in right away and be that guy. He simply wowed NFL teams at the Indy Combine and there isn't a stronger, more explosive inside D-lineman available. Poe may take a little while to acclimate to the NFL, but Crennel will help and he should be an anchor for KC for years to come. Nice selection on every level.
Has pretty good size and projects to play at over 200 pounds in the professional ranks. Likes to throw his weight around and also has smart defensive instincts. Can be used in defensive situations. Lacks high-octane offensive ability, so he should be reduced to a bottom-six forward role in the pro ranks. Takes too many shifts off, so he needs to work on his consistency in order to make it. Two-way power forward with some upside.
Don?t let his poor showing at the Combine fool you: This big, strong and very promising wideout enjoyed a solid collegiate career at Rutgers leaving with a Big East record of 210 career catches in only 38 games. He uses his physical attributes very well out of his natural slot position, runs aggressive and various routes and isn?t afraid to make plays in heavy traffic. A natural ball-catching threat who can do some serious damages after the catch with his surprising speed. While he isn?t an elite athlete and needs to prove his consistency at the next level, this hard-working offensive weapon is extremely coachable and is destined for a nice future in the pros.
Thomas didn't wind up with major conference accolades coming out of Buffalo, but he is one of those players who will probably be better as a pro than he was in college. Highly athletic and blessed with above-average speed, Thomas profiles as a classic cover corner. He does a nice job breaking up passes and plays, and has little difficulty staying with his man and battling throughout the route. While not a big-play interception threat, he is a very good defender whose skill level and physique should eventually catch up to his talent level.
Always energetic and active around the ball, Brown garnered All-ACC First Team recognition in 2011. That said, he has elite-level physical tools for the NFL, and may just be starting to reach his potential. Brown's elite speed could make him a standout early on as a pro, and he is also a very aware player with elite overall athletic ability. Brown is constantly finding ways to get to the ball, and is fluid enough to be a regular threat to pick off passes in coverage, with the explosiveness to get to the quarterback for sacks. Above all however, he's a tackling machine with enough all-round size to start soon in the middle of a defense. Brown only needs to answer questions about his overall technique, maturity, and work ethic to keep developing as a top-tier linebacker prospect.
While not recognized on the national stage as much as some of the other top cornerback prospects in this draft, Jenkins was named to the AP ?Little All-America' Second Team, and was also Second Team All-Gulf South. That was after he transferred from Florida, so his dominance in his short time with North Alabama shows he's still a top talent. Highly explosive in the open field, Jenkins is the whole package at cornerback: very fast, physical, fluid, aggressive man-to-man, and will regularly make plays on the ball. Jenkins is also a special teams ace, showing excellent field vision and acceleration on returns, and good tackling ability (which he also uses well against the run). Behavior and off-field issues at Florida are worries for the NFL (and led to his transfer), but in terms of talent and tools, Jenkins is an elite prospect.
An outstanding athlete who played both hockey and baseball in his younger days, he passes the puck with aplomb, works hard at improving his all-round game, can play both center and wing, owns projectable size and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time on offense. The puck just seems to find him. He will need to show greater consistency and fill out in order to maximize output in the pro ranks. Athletic, versatile point producer with upside.
He may have been overshadowed with all the hype surrounding Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin coming into this draft but the former wideout brings some very interesting tools to the table. A very athletic specimen, he has a solid arm, good vision and excellent mobility. His limited experience at the position forces him to improvise plays on occasions and he still needs to work on his consistency and overall technique motion (especially his release) but on the other side, his overall qualities make him an intriguing prospect: he's a playmaker who takes his time in the pocket, has natural instincts and knows how to scramble when the situation asks for it. He may not be as NFL-ready as Luck and Griffin are but he definitely has the tools to succeed at the pro level.
Clearly the 'Phins aren't sold on Matt Moore or David Garrard as their solution behind center, and Tannehill impressed a lot of scouts heading up to the draft. He has a lot of star potential, and while he won't likely play much early on, he should be a longtime NFL starter. Even if Miami weren't moving away from their option / Wildcat offensive set-up, Tannehill is a very mobile QB who can make plays with his arm and his feet (so should be a nice fit no matter what style they play moving forward).
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