Archive for June, 2012

NFL Draft Countdown | No.14 Robert Woods

Overall: #14 2014: #8 Ht: 6010 Wt: 184 40Yd: 4.45 Rd: 1st

Pros: The former five-star high school recruit blends size, speed and superb hands with the ability to make the acrobatic catch look easy. His route-running ability and sharp cuts is quite impressive for a player coming from the college ranks. Woods also racks up the yard after catch, shows quick burst and acceleration. You will notice the Trojans use Woods all over the field, inside, outside, in the slot, making defenses accountable before the snap to make note of where he’s lined up. Oh yeah, did we mention yet that he also returns kicks too.

Cons: Heavily needs to get stronger in effort to help his durability and avoid the lingering knick knacks—Woods played with a swelled ankle for most of his sophomore season. He will have

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.13 Jake Matthews

Overall: #13 2015: #2 Ht: 6050 Wt: 305 40Yd: 5.15 Rd: 1st

Pros: Hailing from a long line of Matthews family members to enter the NFL, Jake wasted little time making a name for himself with the Aggies, stepping into the starting tackle position midway through his freshman year and was an immediate impact player. He possesses long arms, which allows him to create leverage against opponents in both pass and run situations, plus displays good athleticism.

Cons: He could stand to get a bit stronger—still has room to grow into his frame. A former high school quarterback, Matthews has the smarts and instincts that will only boost his draft value.

Bloodlines: Is the NFL ready for another Matthews? Jake is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and cousins of Clay Matthews

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.12 Marcus Lattimore

Overall: #12 2014: #6 Ht: 6000 Wt: 230 40Yd: 4.55 Rd: 1st

Pros: A big, bruising back, Lattimore can move the chains with his hard-nosed running style—he’s not easy to bring down and combines power and agility. He shows good vision, keeping it between the tackles and pounding the rock while displaying the patience to allow his holes to develop.

Cons: The knock on Lattimore is he doesn’t possess the ability to bust loose for big runs – doesn’t own top-flight speed. He is still working on improving his blocking skills.

Medical Report: After a fabulous freshman season in which he combined for over 1,600 total yards and 19 touchdowns, Lattimore was poised for even a more sensational sophomore campaign before a torn ACL ended his season

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.11 Jackson Jeffcoat

Pros: You might mistake Jeffcoat for a human grenade because he is constantly blowing up opponents’ backfields. Sound familiar? His father Jim was a great pass-rusher for the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills. Their body build is similar, as Jackson has bulked up to 265 and still has the frame to add more size.

Cons: With his father serving as a mentor, Jeffcoat has worked to improve his technique and learn to explode off the snap of the ball. While he has shown improvement in his footwork, that is another area that he constantly works on getting better at. He admits to still learning when to depend on his speed versus utilizing his strength.

Medical Report: After starting all 13 games as sophomore, Jeffcoat needed surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle in his left shoulder and was forced to sit out spring practices.

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.10 Tyler Wilson

 

Pros: Faced with the challenge of stepping up and taking over Bobby Petrino’s pro style offense, Wilson rose to the occasion and picked up right where Ryan Mallett left off in 2011, positioning himself as the next Razorbacks quarterback to emerge a pro prospect. Wilson possesses an extremely strong arm that allows him to zip the ball through tight windows and make throws that not all quarterbacks can make. He also puts nice touch on mid-range and deep ball passes. An accurate passer, Wilson had a streak of 184 passes without an interception.

Cons: A bit of a risk taker with some of his throws, Wilson tends to squeeze the ball into tight windows and has also been known to hang in the pocket sake of completing the pass, which usually results in a big hit. His long release has caught criticism, as he

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