1) Penn State WR Derrick Williams - Good slot receiver candidate in the right system. Above-average speed and can make plays. Not a good return man though...unsure hands when receiving the punt. Second day selection at this point.
2) Oregon RB Jeremiah Johnson - I've seen this kid for six years (I saw him as a junior and senior in high school as well) and this kid was overshadowed by Jonathan Stewart but in a lot of people's minds...he was the better runner. He's tough and he cuts on a dime. A little too small to be an every-down back, but could end up having the same impact that Steve Slaton had for Houston this season.
3) Sam Houston State QB Rhett Bomar - I met him the spring before his senior season of high school. His problems have always been between the ears...not with his physical abilities. He got into some eligibility troubles at Oklahoma when he took a "job" from an Oklahoma booster and had to leave. Finished well at Sam Houston State. Good candidate for a backup job with the right team.
4) Boston College DT B.J. Raji - Had a good week of practices in Mobile after a solid career with the Eagles. I never thought Raji lived up to the hype like I expected, but he's a player that has all the skills necessary to be an outstanding run stuffer at the next level who can get penetration and cause problems in the running game. The issue? He's got short arms and is a below-average pass-rusher. With his quick first step and size, he'd be ideal at #24 and a lot of different mocks have him being selected by the Falcons there.
5) Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew - Once you see this guy walk on the field and how smooth of an athlete he is, he just makes you drool thinking about his potential. He was never considered a great blocker, but reports out of Mobile are that he's been absolutely dominant as both a pass or run blocker. The problem is...he probably won't fall to where the Falcons are selecting (I have him going to Washington at 13 right now) so if they want him they'll need to move up. He's the total package though. Reminds me a lot of Damiel Graham who was a late first-rounder back in 2002.
1) USC LB Brian Cushing - I've gotten to see him play a ton over the past four years and he's everything you could want in a player. He plays a lot like Arizona Cardinals LB Karlos Dansby. He runs really well and is physical at the point. He's got good speed for a man his size (6-3, 250) and he's smart. He's had a couple of minor injuries over the years, but he's a quality player and will probably be available late in the first round.
2) Mississippi DT Peria Jerry - I love watching this kid play ball. Tough interior defensive lineman who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He brings it on every down and he works really hard. He struggles against bigger OL because he doesn't have a lot of size, but he counters that with a quick first step giving him the advantage. He is another one who could be available late in the first round.
3) Notre Dame S David Bruton - I saw him at a camp when he was a junior in high school and he was the best athlete on the field that day. Bruton hasn't developed like I thought he would (I thought he'd be a first rounder), but he's probably an early second day selection at this point. I really like his size (6-2, 218) and his speed. He needs to work on his coverage technique but he has the skills necessary to be considered a steal down the road.
4) USC DT Fili Moala - Some were saying he had the potential to be a top five pick after last year's draft, but those proved to be premature. Moala has the size and athleticism to be great, but he just wasn't very productive this past season and he seemed to plateau in his development. He stuff the run with the best of them, but he is a non-factor on passing downs. Rarely will a DT who can only do one thing be selected in the first round. I see Moala falling into the late second round...and he'd have some serious value at that point.
5) Mississippi State S/CB Derek Pegues - He reminds me a lot of a guy I've watched the past five seasons up in Seattle by the name of Jordan Babineaux. They are about the same size and both can play either corner or safety. He'd probably be a good fit in a cover-two scheme as a cornerback, but he's got the diagnosing skills necessary to be a good centerfielder.
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