I've decided to go with the WHite Boy... Luke Kuechly (MLB) from Boston College.
Seattle hasn't resigned David Hawthorn yet... and even if they do, One of these two guys will move to the outside.
So hopefully Seattle can get Hawthorn and Kuechly together.
Instincts that are truly rare
Nose for the ball
Takes good angles
Very advanced ability to shed blocks
Produces good down-and-distance situations
Gets deep in his pass drops
Reads quarterback's eyes well
Surprises with ability to run downfield with pass receivers
Student of the game
Proven leader by example; passion for the game
Durable, experienced starter
Consistent, reliable producer
Lacks great speed
Not a super athlete
Closing speed is not special
Not an experienced blitzer
Could use another 10-12 pounds of bulk
With the 13th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select:
Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford - 6'6/304
The Cardinals biggest need is addressed with this pick. Martin is a good athlete but at this point he needs to add a lot of strength to become an NFL LT. He can step in at RT right away while Levi Brown continues at the LT for a year or two until Martin can step in at LT. Overall I like the pick, I narrowed it down between Martin, Cordy Glenn and Melvin Ingram, but am going with Martin.
Scouting Report (via WalterFootball):
Road-grading run blocker
Excellent run blocking technique
Good hand placement
Rides defenders out of plays
Kicks out well to set up perimeter runs
Mobility to hit blocks on the second level
Can play with a mean streak
Anchors well against bull rushers
Reliable pass protector
Potential to improve his pass protection in the NFL
Has some quickness
Experienced 3-year starter
Needs to work on mirroring pass rushers
Struggles with some speed rushers
Had some false start issues in 2011
Summary: Martin has started 37 of 39 games at left tackle over the past three seasons at Stanford. He has done a very good job of protecting the blind side of superstar quarterback Andrew Luck. Without the quality and reliable protection from Martin, Luck would not have been able to produce as well at the college level. Martin is a consistent blocker who can serve as a protector for a franchise quarterback in the NFL.
Martin struggled with speed rushers during his collegiate career at times, and in the NFL, he is going to need to work on mirroring edge rushers. For that reason, some believe that Martin may be better off at right tackle. Another route to consider would be for Martin to be brought along at right tackle for a year or two before moving over to the left side. He is a good athlete who has quick enough feet to be developed into a strong pass protector on the left side. He just needs more grooming and development. If Martin goes to a team with a good offensive line coach, he could turn into a special player.
While Martin is entering the NFL as a quality pass blocker, his biggest strength is in the ground game. Martin is a pure road-grader as a run blocker, and Stanford has had a ton of success running behind him the past three seasons. The Cardinal powered down the field behind the left side with right guard David DeCastro pulling around to seal holes with Martin. Stanford averaged 213.8 yards on the ground in 2010 and 208 yards per game in 2011. Martin has the power to grab defensive ends and ride them out of the play. He also has the athleticism and quickness to hit blocks on the second level. Martin laid out a lot of linebackers and defensive backs over his collegiate career. Unlike many left tackles who are tap dancers and don't have the power to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage, he is going to be an asset as a run blocker in the NFL.
Player Comparison: Jordan Gross. Gross has been a reliable left tackle since entering the league in 2003. The Panthers selected Gross with the eighth-overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. Gross is not one of the NFL's elite pass protectors, but he is reliable. He also is one of the better run-blocking left tackles in the league. The Panthers have had some potent ground attacks throughout Gross' career. Gross made the Pro Bowl in 2009.
Martin's game is similar to Gross' as far as his run blocking and pass blocking. Like Gross, Martin could go in the same general area of the draft. Martin could be a top-10 pick and should go in the top 20.
With the 16th pick in the NFL Draft, the NY Jets select Whitney Mercilus from Illinois University.
NFL Draft Scout Top Edge Players, OLB/DE: *Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois, 6-4, 261, 1...Mercilus' startling 2011 season sent scouts scrambling to learn more about him, and the news was better than expected. After two mediocre seasons at Illinois, Mercilus used cat-like moves to become an All-American and win the Ted Hendricks Award as the best defensive end in the country. He led the nation with 16 sacks, nine forced fumbles and had 22.5 tackles for a loss. Of all his statistics, forced fumbles is the one that many scouts admire most. "I just have a knack for it," he said. "Throughout the game I was able to watch the quarterback's movements and just see him open up and then I just go in there and just knock it away." Scouts gush a list of positives traits, including quickness, agility, strength, instincts, condition, attitude ... and he is just beginning to mature and could be a great outside linebacker. Reaching for comparisons, they mention names like Simeon Rice, Dwight Freeney, Richard Dent and even the great Reggie White. The U.S.-born son of parents who emigrated from Haiti in the 1980s, Mercilus played mostly soccer until high school. His 2011 season had an inauspicious beginning when he lost the tip of his left index finger last spring in a weight-room accident. Teammates were shocked when he light-heartedly dismissed the injury as only a bother when he played the keyboard or tried to pick up coins. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange/NFLDraftScout.com
Basically i wanted a tackle, but the tackles available IMO were a reach here. Whitney fulfills a need, a pass rusher, and he's athletic and his natural skills lead to pass rushing unlike last year where the Jets got guys who were good college pass rushers but who didn't have the natural ability to repeat those skills at the next level. He also seems like an ok guy, which is a good thing for the Jet locker room. Has a good motor on a defense that is more a great scheming defense and Revis, rather than players with great athleticism. Good fit for Jets IMO.
Read a report that Jeff Fisher really likes Brockers should Blackmon not be available, meaning he could go as high as #6. I've read comparisons to Nick Fairley. Fletcher Cox was higher on my board (he was picked 1 pick ahead to Dallas, ironically he seems kinda like Ratliff) yet Brockers may be a better fit for Philly. Here's why...
Brockers has a massive frame and likely has the ability to fluctuate his weight to play a number of different roles depending on the scheme. Working from the inside, he is very good to work off double teams and demands them consistently. He excels against the run and could shore up the middle of a defense from the second he walks onto a field in camp. He has thick, powerful legs and out-leveraged nearly every linemen he faced in the SEC. Brockers has very long arms that he uses to play extended and work off his block towards the ball. He uses his instincts well from this position to sniff out plays and has the uncanny ability to diagnose screens and draw plays.
Being able to draw double teams would let Cole/Babin/Jenkins run more freely. Also, he's a bigger body to place in a spaced out wide-9 defensive line and can clog up a bigger hole.
The San Diego Chargers select Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama 6'2" 272 lbs
The Chargers get a much needed pass rusher who can come off the edge in their 3-4 defense.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban predicts that Upshaw can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense or "put his hand in the dirt and play defensive end" in the NFL.
Based on his play in college, regardless of where Upshaw lines up he will probably wind up in a quarterback's mug. Used as an edge rusher, sometimes as the Tide's so-called "Jack" linebacker and sometimes as an end, Upshaw thrashes blockers with great hand and arm action and shows ample speed and agility to find his way into the offensive backfield.
He has instincts beyond that of a pure pass rusher, with an uncommon awareness for draws, screens, counters and reverses. Although he was not asked to drop into coverage often at Alabama, he has a fluid athleticism that may allow him to adapt to such a demand.
In Alabama's 49-7 thrashing of Michigan State in last year's Capital One Bowl, Upshaw was voted MVP after a pair of sacks, five tackles (three for a loss) and a forced fumble. Upshaw benched 225 pounds 22 times at the Combine and like several teammates at Alabama's March 7 Pro Day, deferred a full workout until March 29.
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CB Dre Kirkpatrick, from the University of Alabama.
Athletes like Kirkpatrick are able to defy the perception that taller skill players don't have the footwork and agility that shorter players do. Kirkpatrick will thrive initially within a zone scheme, where he can use his burst and length to cover ground and remain active in plays. He is so talented athletically that he could likely be tested early on an island in man coverage and excel, and he possesses the confidence and field presence necessary to take on such a task.
Kirkpatrick has issues that surround all aspects of his prospects and overall value as he enters the draft. He is very thin and some will question his ability to play physically at the next level. Although technically not a tweener, as he has always played and been advertised as a cornerback, his size and athletic ability could encourage a transition to the safety position. It remains to be seen if Kirkpatrick can add weight to compete at that position after three years at Alabama where his physical development was minimal.
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With the 20th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, The Tennessee Titans Select:
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama - 5'10/193
The Titans addressed their biggest need (pass rusher) in Free agency with the signing of Kamerion Wimbley, so here they draft a CB to replace Cortland Finnegan. They could either go with Jenkins or Stephon Gilmore, but I chose Jenkins because he is the better cover corner. Though he has had off field issues, the Titans take a risk and draft him here due to his immense talent and upside.
Great in man-to-man and zone defense
Extremely quick feet and recovery speed
Impressive read-and-react skills
Excellent lateral range and change-of-direction ability
Competitive and aggressive - not afraid to stick his nose in on running plays
Smooth, low backpedal with loose, quick hips in transition
Experienced with 37 starts in 40 appearances
Played through injury
Reportedly owned up to his mistakes in Scouting Combine interviews
Contributes on special teams and is natural with the ball in his hands
A host of off-the-field troubles (two marijuana arrests, one arrest for fighting, a failed drug test) - was kicked off Florida and transferred to North Alabama
Lacks ideal size (5-foot-9 3/4, 193 pounds)
Small hands (8 1/4 inches)
May struggle against the run as he is an inconsistent tackler
Could have problems jamming large wideouts
With the 23rd Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, The Detroit Lions Select:
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina - 6'1/193
The Lions biggest need is CB, and Gilmore is the best available CB here. He has all the tools to become a shut down corner, he just needs polishing. The Lions desperately need to get a great talent in that secondary, and Gilmore could turn into a stud. Lions also need a OT and DE but they will address those needs in later rounds.
Plus size for a CB
Excellent blitzing off the corner
Played mostly zone at South Carolina, but has the strength to jam at LOS effectively
Shows great play recognition
Very fluid, stays with the WR
Intelligent; Doesn’t get outsmarted on routes or play action,reverses, etc
Good ball skills in the air; Solid hands
Added value as a returner
Fights off downfield blockers with ease
Not the fastest, nor does he posses Elite quickness
Technique needs some coaching; Backpedal can be sloppy
Above-average ball skills, but not on the level as Claiborne or Kirkpatrick
His instincst after the WR makes his breaks are lacking at times