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NFL Draft Countdown | No.15 Logan Thomas

Overall: #15 2014: #9 Ht: 6050 Wt: 250 40Yd: 4.65 Rd: 1st

Pros: Blessed with a rocket arm and prototypical size, Thomas has scouts salivating over the ceiling his game can grow and the comparisons to Cam Newton have already begun to spread like wildfire. He has all the makings of an ideal quarterback, possessing the arm strength, athleticism and frame to succeed at the next level—many have labeled him a ‘dual-threat.’ Thomas has stepped up his accountability and shown the willingness to lead the team, an area he has made great strides in as a young player.

Cons: While Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance, his performance level has been inconsistent, mostly signs of a young, developing quarterback who still has to make corrections to the flaws in his game. Thomas understands that ne heeds to

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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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NFL Draft Countdown | No.9 Manti Te’o

Pros: A tackling machine, Te’o opted to return for his senior season, where he will once again serve as the leader and glue of the defensive unit. The former five-star recruit coming out of high school in Hawaii, Te’o is one of the few blue-chip recruits who lived up to the billing starting all four years for the Fighting Irish. Te’o moved from outside to inside linebacker in 2010 as Notre Dame switched from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, providing experience in both formations. His sideline-to-sideline coverage is arguably the best of anyone at his position at the college level but he has also proven that he can penetrate the backfield and create chaos

Cons: A great run-stuffer, Te’o needs to improve his coverage dropping back when covering tight ends and receivers out of the backfield. His footwork has been

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.8 David Amerson

Pros: Blessed with great size and athleticism, Amerson is built to cover even the tallest and fastest receivers with his 6’3 height, 4.4-speed and tremendous leaping ability. After starting nine games as a true freshman, Emerson switched from boundary cornerback to field corner prior to his sophomore season. He has gotten bigger and stronger and has learned to spend extra hours in the film room.

Cons: He was burned a few times on the double move early on in his career and can tend to over-anticipate at times due to his aggressiveness. He will need to tame down his willingness to jump the gun in the pros. Due to his long arms, Amerson can sometimes get tangled up off the line of scrimmage when tangling with receivers.

Quote of Note: “He has quick feet and great hands and good instincts. He is

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.7 Sam Montgomery

Pros: One of the Tigers team leaders, Montgomery plays with ferociousness on the field, LSU head coach Les Miles says “He’s very emotional, plays with great passion, and I want him to stay that way.” Montgomery was timed in the 4.4-range coming out of high school and has shown his power coming off the edge while displaying one of the quickest first steps in the nation.

Cons: Has played with both his hand in the dirt and standing up but tends to get stood up against some of the more massive lineman in the SEC. Some scouts feel he is a bit of a ‘tweener,’ as he has the frame to bulk up but might cost him some speed, is he an end or a backer?

Medical Report: He missed the final eight games of 2010 after suffering a season-ending knee injury but seemed to have

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NFL Draft Countdown | No.6 Landry Jones

Pros: A pure pocket-passer, Jones resume includes vast experience, starting 34 consecutive games entering his senior campaign. Has displayed more than capable arm strength throughout his career to make all the throws and operates extremely well off the playaction.

Cons: There has been some talk of shortening up his throwing motion but the biggest knock on Jones is his tendency to fold under pressure once the pocket collapses—he needs to improve his mobility. At times Jones tends to overthrows his receivers. He saw his touchdowns decrease with the emergence of Blake Bell and the “Belldozer” package during 2011.

Quote of Note: “He’s got pretty good command of what we’re doing offensively. He’ll tell you what the offensive line is supposed to do, when protection’s a bust, when you’re supposed to make a different call, he understands those things.”

— Oklahoma Quarterback

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