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Default Trade Down & Starks Mock

I heard this suggested.... And I'm really debating.

Say right before pick #15, we can trade Max Starks to Arizona for their 2nd.
And Say Jamaal Anderson doesn't fall to #15. Here's what I propose.

Trade down with NO for #27, their 2.27 and 4.27.
Trade Max Starks to Arizona for their 2nd (They take AP at #5, surprisingly this is very possible)

1) Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn

  • Positives: Grubbs demonstrates very good toughness and works until the whistle to finish off blocks. He has a solid hand punch and very good explosion on contact. He is quick to get out in front on pulls and traps and does a nice job of locating second level defenders on the move. He has shown marked improvement sliding his feet, but needs to be conscious of not getting too narrow in his base or high in his stance, as he lacks the loose hips to redirect instantly. His hand punch can shock a lethargic opponent and he does a fine job of picking up stunts and games.
  • Negatives: He will sometimes fall off blocks late when he fails to bend at the knees, but has the body control to recover. ... When he fails to sink his hips, Ben will overextend a bit, but he is quick to recoil and get back on his assignment. ... When he gets too narrow in his stance, he will lose his base at the X's. ... He does have some inconsistency finishing blocks in the past, but Ben shows great pop on contact and is learning to keep his base wider in order to prevent the defender from shedding. ... When he gets too high in his stance, he can be walked back.

2a) Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Purdue
  • Positives: Has a developing frame with good upper body muscle tone, tight waist and hips, good bubble, thick arms and room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Has outstanding straight-line quickness, moving with an explosive burst coming off the edge...Has the quick change of direction agility to work down the line and his speed and range dropping back in pass coverage could see him develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker (best when having a free lane to pressure the pocket rather than bull rushing inside as a down lineman)...Really improved his ball recognition skills in 2006 and is no longer fooled by misdirection...With his better recognition skills, he vastly improved his backside pursuit skills, evident by the 21 third-down stops and five fourth-down tackles he executed in 2006...Has the upper body strength to consistently get leverage coming off the snap...Gets instant penetration as a pass rusher, showing proper hand technique, combined with an array of rip-and-swim moves to explosively close on the quarterback... Shows the hand delivery and punch-out ability coming off the ball, guarding his legs vs. the chop block while maintaining angle to close on the ball...Has his best production when he beats the offensive tackle with his quickness and has the lateral range to slip in-line...Contributes on the move and has the speed needed to chase long distances and make plays along the perimeter...Relentless in his straight-ahead charge to the ball...Has that rare speed to catch plays from behind...Locks out well, delivering a powerful hand swipe to get blockers off-balance...Has improved his anchor vs. the double team (still a work in progress)...His improved hand placement in 2006 saw him no longer struggle vs. face-up blockers...Has the lateral agility to flatten down the line of scrimmage and get outside...Has the athletic agility to fit in space, using his long arms to wrap and secure...Has the functional strength to get a push on the bull rush...Shows the speed and body control to get up field and shows a good feel to work back to the ball...Will play through pain, evident by his 15-tackle performance vs. Notre Dame in 2006 despite playing with a hyper-extended knee.
  • Negatives: Plays with good functional strength, but relies on his speed too much...Lacks the size to gain leverage vs. double teams...When he fails to use his hands to fend off blocks, he gets covered up by offensive tackles defending the run, as he generally will lose containment...Needs to add more lower body strength, as he lacks the leg drive to split or play off the combo blocks...Sometimes gets a little reckless in his pursuit and this results in him getting taken out of the play...When he fails to keep his pads down, he tends to lead with his shoulder before making the hit, rather than extending and securing with his arms...Lacks the ideal size to run over offensive tackles and will get engulfed and struggle to disengage when the opponent gets into his chest...Has good backpedal skills, but is a bit stiff in his hips trying to turn...Lack of size could see him as a better fit for a 3-4 alignment as a linebacker (has the speed to make plays in front of him)...Will play through pain, but missed action in several games with nagging leg cramps in 2006.
  • Compares To: SHAUN PHILLIPS-San Diego...Both players were developed in the Joe Tiller system at Purdue to attack the quarterback with quickness. Both lack the ideal size you look for in a defensive end, but Phillips proved that he was capable of competing in a stand-up position. Spencer was a better prospect than Phillips coming out of college. If used in a similar system, Spencer will have just as much success in the pro ranks that Phillips has shown.

2B) Jason Hill, WR, Washington State
  • Positives: Has an angular frame with smooth muscle tone, developed chest, long arms, good bubble and tapered thighs and calves...Demonstrates superb hand/eye coordination to get to the ball at its high point and the size and body control to time his leaps and contort his body to get to the tough throws in a crowd...Has excellent balance adjusting to downfield passes and knows how to sink his hips and drop his weight to elude after the catch...Shows very good sideline vision, keeping his balance and feet in bounds and is fearless going for the ball in a crowd and very combative with his hands, whether to escape the jam or to lock on to a defender when blocking...Shows very good ball concentration going up for the jump ball and never flinches, even when defenders try to attack his legs...Gets a good initial thrust off the line, using his hands with force to defeat the jam...More quicker than fast, but glides to top acceleration nicely... Uses his size well to slip through tight areas and has enough burst to gobble up the cushion...Does a very good job of adjusting to the coverage and even though he frequently catches in a crowd, he shows the fluid stride to not have to throttle down coming out of his breaks...Runs crisp routes and drops his hips and sinks his weight to separate out of his cuts...Very good settling underneath, making him a nice target in the short area...His balance and good feet let him deal with operating in tight spaces...Does a great job of weaving through a crowd and has the power to leverage defenders to gain separation...Shows very good hip sinking agility and does a good job of getting depth in all of his routes...Uses his hands very effectively to gain separation after the catch, showing the loose hips, head fake and strong leg drive to break the initial tackle...Takes no wasted steps with his acceleration out of transition cuts and does a fine job on come-back routes...Does a good job of looking the ball in over his shoulder and can get open and settle in the soft spot of the zone...Can weave through traffic with the best of them, reminding some of the Bengals' Chad Johnson in that area...Will go for the ball with determination on crossing routes and shows outstanding concentration to get to the ball over the middle...Times his leaps well and will not hesitate to sacrifice his body to get to the ball in a crowd...Has the body control, balance and jumping skills to reach and pluck the ball away from his frame and at the high point...Possesses the ability to play the ball over his shoulder and make body adjustments to track the ball in flight...Attacks with aggression and stays with the play until the finish when blocking in the second level...Is very effective at getting low to chop down linebackers and safeties at their legs in run support...Played on all the special teams (punt return/coverage, kickoff return/coverage) and is also a proficient kick blocker.
  • Negatives: Has only adequate weight room strength, but plays stronger on the field and uses his hands well to escape the jam...Doesn't have that sudden explosion to leave defenders rocking back on their heels, but shows the savvy and hand usage to gain good separation coming off the snap....While he lacks a sudden burst, he stays square in his routes, especially when coming back to the ball, which he had to do often the last two years due to WSU's quarterback issues...Not the type to explode up the field after the catch, leaving defenders grasping at air, but he is a strong runner who powers through the initial tackle and is a load to bring down once he builds up to top acceleration...Needs to improve his overall strength to prevent from being pushed back into the pocket when working in-line though...Has the hand usage to sustain when he is able to lock on, but doesn't have the brute power to drag the defensive linemen down.
  • Compares To: REGGIE WAYNE-Indianapolis-Wayne, Cincinnati's Chad Johnson and Jason don't need to rely on blazing speed to be the dangerous threats they are. They all do it with a physical running strike and loose hips to weave through traffic, making them players that need to be accounted for every second they are on the field.

2C) Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, Hawaii
  • Positives: Has a thick build with broad shoulders, big bubble, thick thighs and calves and a frame that can carry at least another 15 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Has excellent speed for a player his size...Shows the lateral movement to close when working down the line...Physical collision-type tackler who might lack good overall hand usage, but can shock and jolt blockers with his punch...Has that explosive initial burst to surprise a lethargic offensive tackle when coming off the edge...Disruptive in backfield pursuit, as he plays until the whistle...Times his leaps well and has the long arm reach to knock down a fair share of passes at the line of scrimmage...Hustles in pursuit and is a good practice player with a desire to learn...Has the quick feet, good balance and smooth change of direction agility to make plays along the perimeter...His urgency getting to the quarterback shows on film, as you can see him leap over blockers and use his forward body lean, bulk and strength to press the pocket...Pursues the plays with good ease-of-movement and maintains his quickness on the move...Has the functional instincts needed to find the ball in a crowd...Plays at a high pad level at times, but has the strength to hold ground at the point of attack...When he keeps his pads down, he shows proper knee bend in his change of direction to string out running plays...Shows above average quickness off the edge and has developed a feel for knowing when he can out-finesse the slower blockers with his outside swim move...Uses his arms well to get a good inside push and has started to collect an array of counter moves to the inside...Shows quickness in his spin move and is developing a good feel for working on an offensive guard's edge when shooting the inside gaps...Still needs to wrap better, but is a decent collision-type tackler who extends his arms to grab and drag down the ball carrier, showing strength and quickness when closing...Will run down balls from the backside and gives a consistent effort while playing with a high motor...Unlike most big men, he is perfectly capable of redirecting to zero in on a mobile quarterback...Shows a good burst in pursuit and showed good improvement in 2006 anchoring and holding ground vs. the double team (needs to be more active with his hands to split them, though).
  • Negatives: Plays high at times and will struggle vs. the blockers when he fails to keep his hands inside in attempts to disengage...Flashes quickness to come underneath instantly to make the play, but must use his hands better to stave off cut blocks...Powerful athlete, but his strength does not translate to the field, as he will leave his chest exposed and blockers can then lock on and ride him off the ball...Needs to do a better job with his reads, as he does not always locate the ball (still inexperienced)...Good to sniff out the play in front of him, but will bite on play-action and misdirection, struggling to get back into the play when he over-pursues...Can get into the backfield in an instant, but has to show consistency trying to disengage and take better angles to prevent from getting pushed away from the pocket...Needs to work on wrapping up the ball carriers better when working in space...Has the power to win at the point of attack, but relies a lot on finesse moves...Still progressing with his breakdown moves, but has shown good improvement... Has good timed speed, but will sometimes come off the snap with a rolling start...Might be a better fit for tackle in a base defense, but needs to improve his stamina, as he does tire late in games when combating double teams.
  • Compares To: TY WARREN-New England...Alama-Francis has a developing body that might grow into a defensive tackle at the next level. Like Warren, he has the upper body strength to stack and control vs. the inside running game and shows a good burst coming off the edge. With his size and speed, utilizing him like Warren in a 3-4 alignment might be the best fit for this emerging talent. A torn pectoral muscle in the 2007 Hula Bowl will possibly hurt his draft stock, though.

3) Mike Otto, LT, Purdue
  • Positives: Big-boned athlete with broad shoulders, long arms and thick thighs and calves...Has the frame to carry at least another 20-25 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness...Shows quick feet and good hip flexibility, moving well in the open to make the cut blocks at the second level...Displays very good balance, doing a nice job retreating in pass protection...Competitive athlete with a mean streak and looks to finish off his opponent on every play...Garnered academic honors during his career and has no problem taking the play from the board to the field...Has good functional strength and an explosive hand punch that could be even more effective with more bulk and muscle tone...Shows good quickness off the ball to gain advantage, especially when reaching and sealing seven-techs...Seldom beaten off the edge due to his long reach and balance...His quickness is evident when working in space, as he shows good urgency on pulls and traps...Effective generating the foot speed on the backside to scoop and cut off the edge rushers...When he brings his hands up, he shows good weight distribution to put good force behind his punch, consistently shocking the defender with his initial blow...Has the ability to get under the pads and dominate on drive blocks...Flashes the hip movement to make the down blocks, as he moves his feet and swings his hips to wall off and sustain. Plays with good balance, as his base allows him to easily defeat twists and stunts...Has a wide base and knows how to keep his feet under him on the move...Takes good angles, showing ease with cut blocks in the second level...As a drive blocker, he generates enough functional strength to move the pile and can drive back with leverage, despite lacking ideal bulk...Gets a good, consistent push at the point of attack and has enough power to maul when working in-line...Shows above average leg drive and a good pad level on incline blocks and has the hand power to move out level-one defenders...Effective at keeping his shoulders square with base blocks and also blocks with a good flat back...Effective when trying to punch and recoil. He keeps his base wide vs. the hard charge so he can anchor and redirect as needed. He might get a little straight-legged, but his base and anchor help him compensate. His balance and knee bend are effective weapons vs. a strong club move...Can generate above average pop and explosion and has the ability to get under the defender's pads and jolt the opponent with his hand punch...Has the ability to consistently sustain and despite lacking ideal bulk, he sinks his hips and bends his knees properly to move the pile and drive block with good leverage (could be exceptional with added bulk)...Looks fluid with his feet on the move and makes solid contact in the open...Does a good job of smothering linebackers when working in the second level, then moving off that defender to attack another opponent.
  • Negatives: Will need more bulk to anchor in pass protection at the next level, but he has the feet, balance and control to run over the defender...Will sometimes over-set, but he has the knee bend and mirroring skills to quickly recover...Has good bone structure, but needs to dedicate time in the weight room to improve his strength and add needed bulk to his frame...Consistent getting a functional push at the point of attack, but could be dominant if he is able to add another 20 pounds...Gets a little straight-legged at times, but is athletic enough to land and sustain...Shows good awareness reacting to stunts and blitzes, but needs to combo quicker at times.
  • Compares To: MATT LIGHT-New England...Like Light, Otto is a very alert blocker who uses his quickness to mirror and his hand punch to shock and jolt with very good consistency. He will need to add more bulk for the next level, but he has the frame to carry at least 20 more pounds without it affecting his foot speed. He might not dominate and explode through blocks like you'd want from a left tackle, but he is mistake-free and it is rare to see him give up the sack.

4a) Zak DeOssie, ILB/OLB, Brown
  • Positives: Has a big frame with long arms and legs, good chest thickness, good overall muscle tone, well-developed thighs and calves and room on his frame to add at least another 20 pounds of bulk for a potential move to defensive end at the next level...Has excellent timed speed for a player of his size and shows good urgency chasing down the ball...Vocal leader on the field who works hard in the weight room and spends extra hours studying film...Lacks the strength you would expect from a player his size, struggling at times to shed, but can beat his opponent with quickness and active hand placement to slip off blocks...Decent short-area pass defender who keeps his hands inside the frame to jolt and try to reroute tight ends and backs...Move-oriented type of tackler with the sudden burst to give chase from the backside...Has the range to make plays along the sidelines and shows very good lateral agility to flow to the ball...Effective at locating and shutting down the cutback lanes...Uses his hands well to protect from the low blocks...Relentless in pursuit, kicking into second gear to consistently make cross-field tackles...Has the lateral agility to go wide in pursuit and the closing speed to drag down ball carriers at the opposite end of the field...Takes proper angles in attempts to close on the pocket and has the loose hips to change directions quickly...Better edge rusher than when working in-line, as he has the second gear and sudden moves to surprise a lethargic offensive lineman...Shows the same bloodlines as his father, taking over long-snapping chores in 2006...Also is a capable wedge buster on the special team coverage units.
  • Negatives: Tends to out-think himself at times, which leads him to take himself out of position in run support...His over-eagerness to shed blocks will cause him to get locked out and he lacks the upper body strength to prevent from being ridden out by double team action...Lacks a good feel for reading keys and will take false steps (constantly fooled by pump fakes and misdirection)...Lacks a feel for blocking schemes and despite his quickness, he is more of a waist bender, resulting in him losing balance and body control when he tries to recover after out-running the play...Needs to diagnose the in-line blocking schemes better, as he can be caught up in traffic (fails to slip blocks and gets road graded when he doesn't keep his hands active in attempts to protect his body)...Struggles to shed blocks when he gets too tall in his stance, as blockers get good success attacking his chest...Leaves his feet too much when trying to tackle and seems to try to punish the opponent on every play, rather than wrapping and securing...Goes to the ground at times when he plays out of control...Slow to react to the pass, especially when dropping back in the zone (struggles to locate the ball or track the pass in flight)...Very good at generating backside pursuit, but loses sight of the quarterback and fails to seal the deal (better pressuring the pocket than sacking the quarterback)...Has a tough time diagnosing the inside rush lanes, leading to a handful of missed tackles, as he will run right into the lead blocker, but gets steamrolled due to marginal lower body strength to anchor.
  • Compares To: MIKE VRABEL-New England...Like Vrabel, DeOssie can play a variety of positions. He can be utilized as an edge rusher on the line, shift outside to linebacker in a base defense or shift inside in a 3-4 alignment. He has exceptional quickness for a player of his size and is adding value as a long-snapper and wedge buster on special teams. But he has marginal awareness for locating the ball and a poor feel for blocking schemes. His frame looks like he could lift the weight room, but he plays soft and is often absorbed by double teams. He might be better suited for defensive end in the pro ranks, as he appears too stiff in his pass drops to be counted on in man coverage. But, he needs to improve his overall strength and be more alert to blockers to prevent from being road graded.

4B) Antwan Barnes, SLB/SOLB, Florida International
  • Positives: Naturally well-built athlete with well-proportioned upper body muscles, tight waist and hips and thick thighs and ankles...Excels in back-side pursuit, as he has the speed to turn the corner...Redirects sharply to the inside and displays fluid lateral agility, forcing and chasing to make the plays near the sidelines...Efficient using his hands to get a strong push off blockers in pass rushing situations...Able to dip his shoulder to generate a surge off the snap, doing a nice job of bending his knees and leveraging blocks... Gets through traffic quickly and shows good lateral agility, as he is a disruptive penetrator who attacks the outside hard with speed...Avoids low blocks well and has the agility to swing around and open his hips to escape the traffic on the way into the backfield...Has the hip snap in his pass drops to get to the zone with ease...Good at positioning his body and keeps his hands active to try and keep blockers off his frame...Slides well laterally and re-directs quickly in the open, shows fluid change of direction in space...Takes good angles in pursuit and is very effective taking angles or slanting to slip past the lethargic blocker in attempts to pressure the pocket...Can really bang and reroute the tight end in pass coverage...Needs to square up better making tackles, but has the hand strength to lock on and drag down perimeter runners...Has the strength and movement skills to jam and reroute tight ends and backs working in the short area...Plays with good balance working down the line and has the range to chase from the backside with a sudden burst...Despite giving up considerable bulk, he has a feel to get through gaps and knife into the backfield...Has enough strength to push the pocket, but lacks the bulk to stack and control against. double teams...Shows good foot technique accelerating to the ball.
  • Negatives: Needs to add bulk to his frame, as he's still too light to play as an every-down lineman and will be better served moving back to strong-side linebacker at the next level...Has a strong hand punch, but when he swings wildly and gets his hands outside the frame, he gets bounced around when he attempts to stack and shed vs. double teams... More comfortable tackling in space, as he tends to get too high in his stance and narrow his base to effectively wrap and secure working in-line...Needs to play with better control, as his emotions sometimes gets the best of him, resulting in costly penalties...Gets clogged up too much on his inside charge, as his light frame causes blockers to ride him wide...Not the smash-mouth type tackler you'd expect, relying more on angle technique in order to flush out the quarterback (lacks efficient wrap-up technique)...Stopped at times on his inside burst and is more suited to blitz from the outside...Battles a little too high and sometimes stops his feet, rather than driving through when making the tackle...Tends to stay on the ground when leveled, rather than getting up quickly to bounce back into the play...Not as big as one would like and lacks the sudden burst you want from an edge rusher, despite his valid foot speed...Not the most instinctive player, as he is sometimes slow to read the play and can be fooled by play-action (needs to use his lateral range better, as he sometimes runs right into the blocker rather that attempt to avoid).
  • Compares To: ROBERT MATHIS-Indianapolis...Barnes is very effective pushing the pocket and attacking the quarterback coming off the edge. He is a classic ?tweener who lacks the bulk to face up to the bigger blockers with his hand down on the ground. He has experience as a linebacker, but seemed too hesitant making reads while playing there. Some compare him to the 49ers' Roderick Green, but Barnes plays with much better intensity and has better range in his backside pursuit. Right now, despite an impressive Combine, he is just a situational type of player.

4C) Jackie Battle, RB, Houston
  • Positives: Has a well-developed frame with very thick legs, knotted calves, good upper body thickness with room to carry additional bulk, long arms and loose hips...Has had weight problems in the past, but showed renewed dedication to the training room before the 2006 season, evident by his stellar senior performance on the field...More of a north-south runner despite his quickness, but shows good explosion running between the tackles...Has very good strength and balance running through tight areas and shows the power to push the pile and gain valid yardage after the initial tackle due to his forward body lean...Unlike most taller backs, he is capable of sinking his pads and his low center of gravity allows him to consistently break single tackles...Dangerous inside runner with the stutter-step moves to break it open taking the ball up the middle...Durable workhorse with sturdy legs and exceptional upper body power... Reads the holes well and has the balance and ability to lower his shoulders, initiate contact and pump his feet to continue his forward charge...Moves suddenly on the ball's snap and shows no hesitation attacking the line of scrimmage...Runs with good leverage throughout the hole (only taken down six times behind the line of scrimmage on 441 carries) and has the feet to pick and slide through traffic...Shows no indecisiveness taking the ball through even the smallest of creases and is always moving forward rather than trying to dance through the holes...Runs with a short, choppy stride, but has adequate vision to accelerate when running between the tackles...Has the raw strength to break arm tackles, and defenders will have to execute a strong wrap-up technique to bring him down in isolated coverage...There is not much wiggle in his run, but he is an efficient linear runner with one good cut in him...Has quickness to bounce, but is more effective in a straight-line charge rather than taking to the ball to the outside...Does a good job of protecting the ball, as he runs hard and keeps the ball close to his body...Uses his blocks well and has the feet to put on that extra gear in the open...Tough face-up type of blocker who squares up with good strength and active hands to lock on and steer the opponent away from the pocket...Has more than enough strength to power his way up the middle...Has quick feet and efficient head-and-shoulder fakes to elude some second-level defenders...Constantly driving forward with his legs to gain extra yardage after initial contact...Makes sharp inside cuts and has that extra gear to vary his speed through the holes...Strong tackle breaker with the strength to punish opponents when trying to move the pile.
  • Negatives: Not an effective pass catcher, tending to let the ball absorb into his body rather than extend...Takes too many unnecessary hits running along the perimeter, as he tends to get high in his pads when asked to bounce outside (runs with a good pad level inside, but gathers himself for the cutback and lacks creativity when he gets caught in traffic)...More of a one-cut runner, lacking the loose hips to accelerate instantly off the edge...Marginal route runner who struggles to locate the ball over his outside shoulder and will let the ball into his body too often on short patterns...Best when operating as a straight-ahead power runner, as he lacks the vision you need when running in space and into the second level...Has great lower body strength, but needs to add more power to his upper body...Not much wiggle in his run, and even when running full speed it is rare to see him execute a variety of cut moves...Has had an array of minor injuries that bring up some durability issues (needs to play through pain better).
  • Compares To: TRAVIS HENRY-Denver...Battle is a physical one-cut runner with excellent initial quickness. Like Henry, he gets most of his yardage by breaking tackles, and after being stopped just six times for losses on 441 carries it is evident that he is a load to bring down, especially in isolated coverage. He lacks hip snap to be effective bouncing outside and lacks the natural hands to even be marginal as a receiver, but with his athletic ability and work ethic he'll make a nice change-of-pace back while adding value to the short yardage and goal-line units.

5A) Nathan Bennett, OG, Clemson
  • Positives: Has a thick upper body with smooth muscle tone, big bubble, thick thighs and calves...Has outstanding strength in the weight room and a devastating hand punch to shock and jolt (needs to show better consistency and more active hands, though)...Comes off the snap with good explosion to generate some pop, but is a liability on long runs (balance issues cause him to cross his feet)...More effective on short pulls, as he uses his punch to widen the rush lane...Adequate at sealing the three-technique, but must improve his knee bend...Keeps his feet moving upon contact when stationary at the line, swiveling his hips to control and wall off the defender...More effective absorbing the bull rush when he keeps his feet flat-footed...Very aggressive blocker who has the nasty nature needed to combat the physical defenders...Delivers a punishing hand jolt, keeping proper placement to ride his man wide once he locks on to the opponent...Does a good job of waiting for the action to come to him, shocking the opponent with a sudden punch...His leg drive allows him to move the defender out of the gap and works hard to clear out the middle working with the center on the double team...Alert to stunts and blitzes...Displays excellent lock-out ability, but needs to do it with more consistency...Quick to gain leverage in pass protection, as he is effective at sliding and facing up to defenders shooting the gaps.
  • Negatives: Has good frame thickness, but needs to add more bulk and lacks toned muscles (smooth skin)...While he must increase his bulk, he also needs to trim his mid-section, as the added girth causes him to lose balance and lack a strong base on the move...Shows poor hand placement, failing to shoot his hands with much pop on contact (weight room figures fail to translate to the football field...Gets too tall in his stance and is constantly getting cut down at his feet...Leaves his feet too often and runs with his head down moving off the line, failing to locate second-level defenders (also shows marginal knee bend when taking on linebackers at that level)...Has a strong punch, when he lands, but short arms quite a bit and struggles to gain separation...Even with his strong legs, he struggles to anchor vs. the bull rush...Lacks the balance and lateral agility to get out on the edge to handle the speed rushers...Does not always finish his blocks (falls off them)... Good incline blocker, but works better in the short area rather than moving into space... Has good pass protection promise, but can be exposed by the inside charge when he fails to keep his arms active vs. counter moves...Has an aggressive nature, but will get out of control at times (suspended for the 2005 Temple game after getting into a fight the previous week vs. North Carolina State)...Also suspended for the 2005 Florida State game for missing classes...Tends to get a little too high in his stance when protecting vs. the pass, which results in defenders being able to walk him back.
  • Compares To: TONY MOLL-Green Bay...While Bennett boasts great weight room strength, it fails to translate to the football field due to marginal hand placement and technique. He needs to add more bulk to prevent bull rushers from pushing him back into the pocket, but he is an effective pass protector when he sits back and lets the action come to him (will over-extend when he is late off the snap). He looks too top heavy on the move and tends to duck his head in the second level, losing sight of the linebackers. Since he has the ability to play both guard positions, he will get some action in a rotation earlier in his career, but needs to refine his mechanics if he hopes to wrest a starting position.

5B) Xzavie Jackson, DE, Missouri
  • Positives: Developing prospect who hasn't yet played his best football. He shows good overall strength, especially in his upper body. Can hold up against the run, prompting some to consider moving him inside to tackle. Productive sack artist and good pursuit player who always plays hard.
  • Negatives: Lacks top athleticism for the position, the burst off the snap and isn't able to consistently accelerate past the offensive tackle when he gets an initial advantage. Has good strength at the point of attack, but struggles to disengage from blocks. Occasionally asked to drop into coverage, but isn't athletic enough to handle making the transition to linebacker on a full-time basis.

6) Larry Anam, CB, Boston College
  • Started all 12 contests at corner back...finished the regular season second on the team with 62 tackles (40 solo)...had 3.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, including a game-winner as time expired at Florida State...made three tackles (one solo) against Central Michigan...registered seven tackles (one solo) in win over Clemson...recorded eight tackles (three solo) against BYU...had five tackles (one solo) at North Carolina State...recorded five tackles (three solo) and forced one fumble against Maine...had six tackles (three solo) in win over Virginia Tech...registered five stops (two solo) and had game-winning interception in the endzone as time expired against Florida State...made four tackles (three solo) including 1.0 tackle for loss at Wake Forest...had five stops (three solo) including 0.5 tackle for loss against Duke; also made an interception and broke up two passes versus the Blue Devils...made five tackles (four solo) and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in win over Maryland...had five stops (three solo) and broke up one pass at Miami.

7) Matt Toeaina, NT, Oregon
  • Positives: Good burst off the snap to gain a quick advantage. Plays with good functional strength and is a standout in the weight room. Flashes technique and, when using his hands and leverage correctly, he can be effective inside. Considered a team leader and voted captain in 2006. Has seen action at both defensive tackle and defensive end and seems to have the combination of athleticism, size and strength to potentially help at either position in a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment.
  • Negatives: Lacks overall consistency. Flashes quickness, strength, instincts and aggression, but rarely puts them all together. Struggles to make plays consistently and lacks the acceleration and explosiveness to make big plays.



Explanation of Picks:

1) Ben Grubbs, OG, Auburn [/b]

With 3 Guards up for contracts. The prices for even mid-tier Guards are astronomical. If we have to lose Faneca to keep Ben and Troy, this is our only option to get a solid Future LG. Grubbs is everything you want in a Guard and more. Solify the RG spot as a rookie and moves over to LG as a Soph.

2a) Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Purdue

With Porter Gone, Haggans soon to leave, and Harrison Sq. left... We are in desperate need for a Pass Rush. Spencer reminds us of Former Purdue DE Shaun Phillips, but IMO, he's as developed as Phillips already and will make more of an impact early on.

2B) Jason Hill, WR, Washington State

With Wilson costing so much and everything after #2 WR being a jumble, we draft Hill to give us a Monstrous trio of WR's. Washington/Reid Battle for #4 as Wilson is cut for cap room. Hill gives us a Reggie Wayne/Chad Johnson type Receiver that down the road could translate at #1, by that time Reid/Washington will be ready for #3/#4.

2C) Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, Hawaii

I'm not one for drafting solely on potential in day 1. I like more proven products but I can't pass this up with the extra picks. Francis can add about another 20-25 lbs and still play just as fast and explosive. He's being compared to Ty Warren and he's still growing in his body. He can learn behind Aaron Smith and eventually take over on the left side.

3) Mike Otto, LT, Purdue

Again with Comparisons. Otto is a tactician and blue collar workaholic. 3 year starter, most scouts predict he'll be a solid LT at worst. So instead of taking a round 1 risk or a round 7 hope, we take a round 3 solid prospect. With Starks Gone he can contribute early or Colon can start.

4a) Zak DeOssie, ILB/OLB, Brown

He's one of those guys you love having around. He can play 43DE, 34 OLB, 34 ILB. Solid at all, but master of none is fine here, depth at every position almost in the front 7 with one player. He could be our ILB to SLB hybrid player.

4B) Antwan Barnes, SLB/SOLB, Florida International

I imagine him as the mouthy compact version of Joey Porter. A solid Passrusher for FIU that lacks prototypical size. His blazing speed can let him work into OLB and once he gets used to it he could be a very very dangerous player.

4C) Jackie Battle, RB, Houston

I see him as more of a comparison to Michael Turner than Travis Henry, but either way, they're both successful runners that can come in and be a #1 for a short period of time, but contribute very well from a #2 role.

5A) Nathan Bennett, OG, Clemson

With Kemo, Faneca(Gone IMO), and Simmons being up for Contracts, Bennett can challenge Kemo. Simmons isn't a Guard anymore, Colon is a RT for now, Bennett could be a solid, stout RG that can handle the bigger DT's and take some pressure off the center.

5B) Xzavie Jackson, DE, Missouri

Could knock Kirschke off the roster. A likeness to Keisel. Relative Size/speed. Both could spend some minor time at 34OLB, I think Jacksons perfect fit is at 3-4 DE because he's solid against both the rush and the pass, but you won't mistake him for a Pass rushing fiend.

6) Larry Anam, CB, Boston College

Here's my Project. Larry Anam has shown flashes of brilliance in some games. has solid size, ran a sub 4.4, and he has fram to add 10-15 lbs and not lose a step. With some coaching could be a really solid corner.

7) Matt Toeaina, NT, Oregon

Both Casey And Hoke are entering their 7th-8th season, adding a late round guy like Toeaina, who could really play Nt or DE in a 3-4 or 4-3 is just for versatility and for competition. We need to start pushing the vets. No one's job/position is a given anymore.


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