Eastern Michigan DE Jason Jones – Jones has a great frame (6-5, 270) and really long arms. He loves to get into the backfield and cause problems for offenses, posting over 50 tackles-for-loss over the past three years. Jones has a quick first step and was dominant at a lower-level of competition, but it’s unclear how he will perform against the top competition that the NFL will put up against him week after week.
Jones has good speed to get the edge and he pursues well off the edge when plays are run away from him. He also has the versatility to move inside if the need arises. If he can translate his talent into productivity at a higher level, you could be looking at a real steal on day two of the draft.
NFL Comparison –
Minnesota DE Kenechi Udeze
USC CB Terrell Thomas – Big and physical corner who was a stalwart in the pass-happy Pac 10. Has a fluid hip turn and transfers from his backpedal to a full sprint quickly. Thomas is very good against the run and I really like how physical he is as a tackler. You don’t see a lot of corners with his abilities be as physical as he is, but he comes up and fills hard against the run and even played some linebacker for USC in some sets.
Because of his utter lack of disregard for his own body and health, Thomas has had surgery on both shoulders and on his right knee, but he’s come back from all three injuries and performed even better when he returned. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Thomas go in the first round, but he’s no worse than a second round choice at this point. A lot of where he ends up depends on how he runs in his personal workouts.
NFL Comparison –
Green Bay CB Al Harris
USC RB Chauncey Washington – In a backfield loaded with talented backs, the Trojans constantly turned to Washington to carry the ball for the first half of the 2007 season. When some of the younger backs started to make their presence felt, Washington lost carries, but he still managed to lead the team in rushing the past two seasons after missing both the 2004 and 2005 because he was academically ineligible.
Washington isn’t a
dynamic runner who can break the long run, but he’s very physical inside
the tackles and he can catch the ball well out of the backfield. Washington
has never really had to carry the load since he’s been out of high school,
so sharing carries won’t be that big of a deal for him. I think he could
be a solid change-of-pace back, but it looks like he’ll be a late-round
selection or a free agent who will have to find a way to stick on a roster through
special teams play.
NFL Comparison – Arizona RB Marcel Shipp
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