McCoy, Suh are top two prospects in this draft


 

Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford may ultimately wind up as the No. 1 overall pick, but defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma) and Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska) are the two best prospects in this year’s class.

McCoy is outstanding at disrupting the opponent’s passing attack, while Suh is an incredible all-around talent.

Rounding out my top five prospects in this draft are Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant at No. 3, Bradford at No. 4 and Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung at No. 5.

Take a look at the entire top 20 list.

Mike Mayock

Which defensive ends equipped to move to linebacker?


 

With so many teams playing the 3-4 defense these days, college defensive ends are often being asked to run some outside linebacker drills at their pro days.

Players such as Pittsburgh’s LaMarr Woodley and Washington’s Brian Orakpo have successfully made the transition in recent years. There are several candidates for such a move this year.

The prospect with the best chance to pull it off might be Texas’ Sergio Kindle.

Kindle’s the ideal conversion guy. About 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, he’s more athletic than his old (Texas) teammate Orakpo.

Mike Mayock

Temple’s prospects unknown to fans, not scouts

LB Alex Joseph (left) was one of five Temple prospects to work out during the school's pro day on March 18. (Paul Vernon / Associated Press)

I love pro days where the kids aren’t household names, and their dreams of extending their football careers hang in the balance. There were 17 NFL teams at Temple on March 18, and it’s a testament to head coach Al Golden and his rejuvenated program.

Temple alum Terrance Knighton went in the third round to the Jaguars last year and had an excellent rookie season. This year, the Owls went to a bowl game for the first time in 30 years.

Every kid worked out like his football future was at stake, and the effort was phenomenal. There were 31 kids working out, representing several colleges and universities.

Here is a look at the notable prospects:

ILB Alex Joseph (235 pounds) ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash, with a 33-inch vertical jump and an impressive 6.69-second three-cone drill.

TE Steve Maneri is a tough kid with average speed (4.84 seconds in the 40) and measureables.

DT Andre Neblett (6-foot, 295) caught my eye at the Texas vs. The Nation college football all-star game. He is very quick with a good motor and ran a 5-second 40 with a 30-inch vertical jump.

DB Dominique Harris has good size for a safety, and ran 4.54 in the 40, while posting a 31-inch vertical jump, and an impressive 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump.

OT Devin Tyler (6-8 1/2 308) is a developmental tackle. He did 34 repetitions at 225 pounds with 33 3/4-inch arms.

Joseph and Harris have the size, speed and toughness to make a team based purely on special teams. Maneri could be a third tight end and special teams contributor. Neblett is quick enough and tough enough to earn snaps at the three technique in a four-man front. Tyler needs practice squad time to develop.

Seven players from Villanova’s Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) national championship team also participated at Temple’s pro day.

S Ross Ventrone (198 pounds), Browns DB Ray Ventrone‘s younger brother, had a great day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 6.77-second three-cone drill and did 22 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. These numbers would have placed him among the most athletic safeties at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Here are a look at Villanova’s other notable prospects:

WR Brandyn Harvey (6-foot-3, 201 pounds) had a 39-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump and ran the 40 in 4.60 seconds. He also displayed exceptional hands.

OL Jonathan Bugli (6-5, 311) did 29 bench press reps, with an impressive 31-inch vertical jump. He is a tough kid, who worked out well in position drills.

QB Antwon Young (6-3) is a developmental quarterback. He is very raw, but has a big arm with good athleticism.

DE/OLB Tim Kukucka (6-3, 245 pounds) had a 37-inch vertical jump before pulling his hamstring.

LB Osayi Osunde (6-1, 236) had a 34-inch vertical jump and did 26 bench press reps. A tight quad hampered him in position drills.

DL Phil Matusz (6-2, 319) had 31 bench press repetitions.

It was a beautiful 64 degrees outside Temple’s great facility, and drills were run on FieldTurf. These kids competed their tails off and don’t be surprised if several of the above mentioned players end up fulfilling their dream of playing in the NFL.

Mayock: Tebow not lone star in Gainesville


 

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock spent the day in Gainesville on Wednesday at Florida’s pro day. He filed his thoughts with NFL.com, and believe it or not, Tim Tebow wasn’t the only player who showcased his skills. Here are his impressions of the Florida prospects who worked out:

» Interior OL Maurkice Pouncey did positional drills only. Looked great. Very solid late first-round pick. Immediate starter who won’t be overwhelmed.

» DE Carlos Dunlap had an exceptional combine. At 6-foot-5 3/4 and 277 pounds, he ran a 4.69-second 40 and a 1.64-second 10-yard split. At Florida’s pro day, most scouts expected he would do positional drills only due to the strength of his measurables at the combine. To our surprise, he ran again, and I had him at 4.59 and 4.69. Great numbers for a DE that size. I give him a ton of credit for working out again and showcasing his athleticism. His problem is he has a lot of average tape. I don’t see him going in the first round due to his lack of consistency.

» Joe Haden ran 4.45 and 4.41 and had a very strong positional workout. He’s a first-round talent and should be the first cornerback off the board.

» TE Aaron Hernandez ran 4.58 and 4.63. He did 30 reps at 225 and ran good routes and caught the ball like a wide receiver. He lacks in-line blocking ability and has some off-the-field issues.

» Brandon Spikes ran 5.03 and 5.10, extremely slow times for an NFL linebacker. His tape is good but those times will significantly hurt his draft stock.

» Tim Tebow made more progress than I expected between the Senior Bowl and his pro day. His delivery is more compact and his footwork is much tighter. Still, he’s a project, but don’t bet against this kid.

» Riley Cooper stood on his 40 from the combine (4.55) and did positional work with Tebow. He has great size (6-3 3/8, 222) and is an extremely athletic kid that tracks the football and makes the hard catch look easy. One of the best blocking wide receivers in the draft also has a history on special teams as a jammer and gunner. Has to eliminate the “easy” drop.

» WR Brandon James and DE Jermaine Cunningham couldn’t work out because of injuries.

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