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    Potential Risers:

    Offense:
    1 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State* NFL Comparison: Athletic Joe Flacco (Ravens)

    Coming into the 2012 draft Osweiler wasn’t regarded as a potential high pick, but as the combine is approaching some are saying he could rise into 1st round discussions. At a legit 6’8 240lbs, Osweiler is pretty nimble on his feet and has nice accuracy putting up 63% completion rating last year. QB’s always get over drafted, and don’t be surprised to see Osweiler maybe get drafted in the same area Joe Flacco did if he has a good combine.

    2 Mike Adams OT Ohio State NFL Comparison: Jared Gaither (Ravens, Chargers)

    Adams was thought of as more of a 2nd/3rd round pick before the season, but after a good Senior Bowl Adams stock could be in the top 20. Adams looks to be a potential starting LT in the NFL, maybe playing right away at either LT or RT. Adams has the experience you look for, as well as size and athleticism to maybe be a Pro Bowl type player in his prime.

    3 Kendall Wright WR Baylor NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace (Steelers)

    Wright along with RG3 became a superstar in College Football in 2011, and now both are poised to be early 1st round picks this April. Wright is a deep threat that can really be a factor down the field for a strong armed QB. If Wright can run a sub 4.35 40 at the combine next week, expect him to be the 2nd WR drafted behind Justin Blackmon.

    4 Lamar Miller RB Miami** NFL Comparison: Chris Johnson(Titans) 2011 Verison

    Miller has become a favorite of mine as of late, and I think he might have potential late 1st round stock. Miller will need a big performance at the combine, and running a sub 4.4 40 could really improve his stock. Trent Richardson is the obvious #1 RB in the draft, but after him Miller will have to fight against names like David Wilson, LaMichael James and Doug Martin.

    Defense:
    1 Michael Brockers DT LSU** NFL Comparison: Richard Seymour (Patriots, Raiders)

    Brockers made a great decision coming out early into this weak DT class, and now might be poised to be a top 15 pick once April comes around. Brockers has great size at 6’6 310lbs, and on tape has reminded me some of a young Richard Seymour type prospect. Brockers didn’t put up great sack numbers, but was a dominant force inside on a LSU defense that was loaded with talent.

    2 Zach Brown OLB UNC NFL Comparison: Navorro Bowman (49ers)

    Brown is another prospect I’ve taken a liking to, and with the combine coming up I expect others to do so as well. Brown has been rumored to potentially run a 4.4 40 time, which would be excellent for a LB with his size. At 6’2, 237lbs, Brown is a very solid all around OLB that could be a top 25 pick.

    3 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC* NFL Comparison: Trent Cole (Eagles)

    Perry is an athletic pass rusher that NFL teams will be looking for in this pass happy league. At 6’3 250lbs, Perry has 3-4 OLB type size and I expect a team to be satisfied with his talents with a top 25 pick. Perry should have a good showing at the combine, and might be the 3rd pass rusher drafted behind Coples and Upshaw.

    4 Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse* NFL Comparison: Aldon Smith (49ers)

    Jones is an relatively unknown prospect that could shock some people with his workouts in the coming weeks. Jones is the brother of UFC star Jon “Bones” Jones, and might end up being a rising prospect on many boards soon. Jones was hurt for some of the season in 2011, but he did produce in his limited time and could remind some of Aldon Smith from last years draft.

    Potential Fallers:

    Offense:
    1 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M NFL Comparison: Jay Cutler (Bears, Broncos)

    Tannehill has a broken foot that will keep him off the field next week at the combine, and this might hurt his stock. His interviews will be crucial for him to keep his stock in the 1st round, but with F/A’s like Matt Flynn, and now potentially Peyton Manning hitting the market Tannehill’s stock could be in trouble. Also factor in Osweiler and other QB’s could rise as well.

    2 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina* NFL Comparison: Mike Williams (Seahawks, Lions)
    Jeffery’s weight and speed have been questioned after a disappointing 2011 season, and the combine will be a huge factor in where he goes come April. Jeffery didn’t have good QB play, but still needs to show the star potential scouts see in glimpses on film. If he can run in the 4.5’s and be under 235lbs, he should be a 1st round pick.

    3 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State NFL Comparison: Charles Brown (Saints)

    Sanders didn’t perform well at all at the Senior Bowl, and could see a big drop in his stock if he doesn’t improve. Weight and muscle must be added for Sanders to handle the NFL pass rushers, and he might need time to bulk up before he see’s the field. If Sanders can show he can add weight and still move around at the combine, he might see his stock go up again.

    Defense:
    1 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*NFL Comparison: Jimmy Smith (Ravens)

    Kirkpatrick’s arrest has hurt his stock, and now might be valued in the 14-25 range. Not producing any INT’s in 2011 also might make some question his playmaking skills, but I do still like his size and speed to match up with NFL WR’s. Dallas might be a good landing spot for Kirkpatrick if he runs well at the combine.

    2 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State*: Ray Lewis (Ravens) (Lite)

    Burfict’s character and attitude on the field have scared some scouts, and right now I’m not seeing the top 15 value that was once said about him. Burfict needs to learn how to control his emotions, and if he does I can truly see him being a force at ILB in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme.

    3 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska NFL Comparison: Kyle Wilson (Jets)

    Dennard is not near the prospect Prince Amukamara was last year, and after a poor performance at the Senior Bowl I don’t see him being a 1st round pick. Dennard only has average size and speed, and was exposed by the NFL caliber WR talent at the Senior Bowl. Dennard will still be a 2nd/3rd round pick, but he won’t ever be a #1 CB in the NFL.
    Last edited by RaiderNation; 02-20-2012, 05:19 PM.


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  • #2
    Good work.

    Speaking of fallers, I have no idea why people rate Michael Brewster (C), OSU so highly.

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    • #3
      This is absolutely spot on. All of these guys will go higher or lower than they are apparently going to go.

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      • #4
        I don't understand why Lamar Miller gets no hype. If he's there for the Jets, I think they take him. The guy is a stud back.
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        • #5
          Right now the only thing Burfict can do is help his stock. He already damaged it enough this past year. he's a 3rd rounder right now.

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          • #6
            Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is "hearing" that South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery is down to 217-220 pounds and intends to run in the 4.5s at the Combine.
            The 217-220 range would be ideal for Jeffery, and running in the 4.5s could save him from the draft-day plunge projected by some after rumors surfaced that he weighed 249 and was running 4.88 as of January. "We'll see," allows Wilson. Jeffery is the most polarizing wide receiver in the 2012 draft class.
            Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter
            Feb 19 - 5:15 PM
            Interesting.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by gpngc View Post
              Interesting.
              If that happens Jeffery will be a top 10 pick. No doubt.

              No one could then question his work ethic or determination to be a great player and no one would be able to question his ability to to create separation. This would be ideal for Alshon.

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              • #8
                Wel **** everyone knew he'd get in shape for the combine. The concern I have is will he stay in shape.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by holt_bruce81 View Post
                  Wel **** everyone knew he'd get in shape for the combine. The concern I have is will he stay in shape.
                  Teams will try but probably fail lol.

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                  • #10
                    Well just because he lost weight (if true) doesn't mean he's all of the sudden going to be able to get separation...

                    I still think 2nd round but what helps him is that so many teams need WRs down in the 20s...
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JoeJoeBrown View Post
                      Good work.

                      Speaking of fallers, I have no idea why people rate Michael Brewster (C), OSU so highly.
                      I agree, his stock has been on the decline as of late especially after his Senior Bowl performance. More of a 3-5 round prospect.

                      Originally posted by gpngc View Post
                      I don't understand why Lamar Miller gets no hype. If he's there for the Jets, I think they take him. The guy is a stud back.
                      Miller will get the buzz he deserves after the combine, I see a 4.3 40 coming from him and likely will be one of the fastest RB's in Indianapolis.

                      Originally posted by holt_bruce81 View Post
                      Right now the only thing Burfict can do is help his stock. He already damaged it enough this past year. he's a 3rd rounder right now.
                      I still think he goes in the late 1st/early 2nd, 3rd would be awesome value


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                      • #12
                        Only comparison I don't like is Zach Brown to Navarro Bowman

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RaiderNation View Post


                          Miller will get the buzz he deserves after the combine, I see a 4.3 40 coming from him and likely will be one of the fastest RB's in Indianapolis.

                          I think Im more excited to see how he does in the cone drills

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JoeJoeBrown View Post
                            Good work.

                            Speaking of fallers, I have no idea why people rate Michael Brewster (C), OSU so highly.
                            He was getting hyped by Ohio State fans on other boards saying things like he would be better than Nick Mangold. I kind of still like him but not in the 1st round.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mightytitan9 View Post
                              Only comparison I don't like is Zach Brown to Navarro Bowman
                              Couldn't find another I was comfortable with. It just shows how special of a prospect Brown could be, I like his chances of being a multiple time Pro Bowler if he lands in the right scheme.


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