Monthly Archives: April 2013

2014 Rankings NOW UP!

The prize of the 2014 NFL Draft? South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

The prize of the 2014 NFL Draft? South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.

Is it way too early?  Of course it is.  But the NFL Draft world never sleeps, and neither do we here at TDR!  That being the case, our TDR Top 50 and Top 5 By Position have now been updated for the 2014 NFL Draft!

Check out the rankings and give us YOUR take!  Follow us on Twitter (@NFLDraftReport) and let us know your thoughts on who the best players who for next year’s NFL Draft!

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Round-By-Round: Best Steals

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

The best value pick in each round of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to TDR:

1st Round: DT Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota (#23 overall)

Projected by many to go #3 overall to the Raiders, Floyd experienced a surprising fall all the way into the 20s.  The Vikings pounced on the versatile big man at the 23rd pick, filling one of their top needs with a player who shouldn’t have made it out of the Top 10.

2nd Round: LB Arthur Brown, Baltimore (#56 overall)

Brown was graded by most to be a 1st-round lock, with his versatility to play inside or outside in a 4-3, as well as inside in a 3-4.  His athleticism and play-making ability were enough to make the Ravens trade up with Seattle to select him at the 56th overall pick.  He’ll provide a solid replacement for Ray Lewis.

3rd Round: WR Keenan Allen, San Diego (#76 overall)

Allen was projected to go in the late-1st by most, even with his struggles with a nagging PCL injury that kept him from working out at the Combine.  Allen ran disappointing times in the 40 at his Pro Day but still wasn’t at 100%.  Teams must have been scared off, leaving the all-time leading receiver in Cal history still on the board for the Chargers, who should find him to be a valuable replacement for Vincent Jackson, who was sorely missed last season.

Alabama DT Jesse Williams

Alabama DT Jesse Williams

4th Round: RB Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay (#125 overall)

This was a close one thanks to other great values like C Barrett Jones (#113, St. Louis) and DE Alex Okafor (#103, Arizona), but Franklin still be available in the 4th round was simply insane.  He was the #2 back on our board in the entire draft, and will team up with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy to give the Packers a terrifying 1-2 punch in the backfield to go with Aaron Rodgers’ potent passing attack.

5th Round: DT Jesse Williams, Seattle (#137 overall)

Williams would’ve been a steal at the top of the 3rd round…or the 4th round.  But when the Seahawks saw him still on the board early in the 5th, they simply couldn’t help themselves, trading up with the Lions to snag a massive force for he interior of their defensive line who was mocked by most to go at the top of Round 2, at worst.

6th Round: RB Andre Ellington, Arizona (#187 overall)

Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer

Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer

The order in which the running backs were chosen in this draft still baffles me.  While Ellington is definitely leaner than you’d want him to be, he’s still a home-run threat who is as dangerous as any back in this class when he gets to the edge or has any shred of open space. The Cardinals finding him still on the board in the 6th round was one of the best overall value picks in this draft.

7th Round: Jordan Poyer, Philadelphia (#218 overall)

There were plenty of solid value picks in the final round this year (DT Everett Dawkins/LB Michael Mauti – Minnesota, QB Zac Dysert – Denver, S Zeke Motta – Atlanta, CB Marc Anthony – Baltimore, DE Michael Buchanan – New England), but this one was by far the most unbelievable.  Poyer was the #33 player overall on our board and I’m still completely dumbfounded as to why he was available in the 7th round.  Taking the most instinctive corner in the entire draft this late was pure robbery by Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

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2nd/3rd Round “Reset” Mock Draft NOW UP!

When will Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o finally here his name called?

When will Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o finally hear his name called?

The 1st round is in the books, but there are plenty of solid prospects available heading into tonight’s 2nd & 3rd Rounds of the NFL Draft.  In our “reset” mock draft, TDR’s Luke Easterling gives his take on how things could go tonight!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@NFLDraftReport) and give us your thoughts!

Also, don’t forget to tune in to 98.7 The Fan (Tampa) to hear Luke break down the draft LIVE tonight with Justin Pawlowski (@CommishOnline)!  Listen LIVE at 987TheFan.com!

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FINAL 1ST ROUND MOCK NOW UP!

Is Geno Smith the first QB off the board in our latest mock draft?  Find out now!

Is Geno Smith the first QB off the board in our latest mock draft? Find out now!

Our final 1st Round mock draft is now up!  There are some big changes from our previous mocks, so make sure to check it out and give us your take!

Also, don’t forget to check back on Friday for our “reset” mock, where we forecast the 2nd and 3rd rounds!

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NFL Draft Round-Table Tomorrow Morning on Tampa’s 98.7 The Fan!

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Tune in to Tampa’s 98.7 The Fan from 9am-noon (EST) tomorrow morning to hear TDR’s Luke Easterling talk NFL Draft with The Fan’s resident Draft expert Justin Pawlowski, The Tampa Tribune’s Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings and Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds!

Listen LIVE at 987TheFan.com!

Also, if you happen to be in the Tampa area and looking for THE premier NFL Draft Party in town, join Justin, Luke, and a slew of other NFL Draft crazies for the 98.7 The Fan Draft Party at Ferg’s Sports Bar & Grill (1320 Central Ave.,  St Petersburg, FL, 33705)!  Coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and will continue on Friday for the 2nd and 3rd rounds!

Be sure to follow on Twitter @NFLDraftReport, @987TheFan, @CommishOnline (Justin Pawlowski), @RoyCummingsTBO, and @PewterReport!

TDR’s All-Sleeper Team

TCU WR Josh Boyce

TCU WR Josh Boyce

We all love to dig deep into the NFL Draft class every year and find those players that we believe to be flying under the radar, waiting to explode in the NFL once they’re give a chance.  We here at TDR are no different, so here is the 2013 TDR All-Sleeper Team:

OFFENSE

QB: Jordan Rodgers, Vanderbilt

RB: Jordan Roberts, Charleston

WR: Josh Boyce, TCU

TE: Joseph Fauria, UCLA

OT: Oday Aboushi, Virginia

OG: Alvin Bailey, Arkansas

Howard LB Keith Pough

Howard LB Keith Pough

C: Khaled Holmes, USC

DEFENSE

DE: Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky

DT: Akeem Spence, Illinois

ILB: A.J. Klein, Iowa State

OLB: Keith Pough, Howard

CB: Leon McFadden, San Diego State

S: Cooper Taylor, Richmond

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OVER/UNDER: DEFENSIVE END

“Over/Under” is a glance at a pair of players at each position; one who TDR believes in overrated, and one who we believe is underrated. 

Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore

Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore

OVER: Damontre Moore, Texas A&M

At one point this off-season, Moore was in the conversation for the best overall player available in this draft.  Even though his stock has cooled quite a bit sense then (most projections have him in the late-first range now), I see bust written all over him and wouldn’t spend a premium pick on him.

At first glance, Moore is exactly what teams are looking for at the position, especially in a 4-3 scheme.  He’s got the perfect frame, and he has those flashes of brilliance that make you think he can really be a dominant pass rusher.  But a closer look at the tape reveals a terribly inconsistent player who doesn’t seem to go 100% on every snap and is the recipient of plenty of coverage sacks.

Moore has moments where he is so disruptive it’s scary, but other moments when he seems to be just standing around waiting for something to happen.  He tends to want to get his hands up and bat down a pass too early instead of trying to gain ground against the tackle in the pass rush first.  Against the run, it’s a similar story.  One play, he’ll blow up the ball-carrier in the backfield, and the next he’ll get completely blown up himself.

Again, Moore has the tools to be an impact player.  But the apparent lack of 100% effort and inconsistent play make me worried that he won’t be able to translate successfully to the next level, where every NFL opponent will require his best effort.  If he’s still available in the 2nd Round, I don’t blame a team for taking a chance, but earlier than that, the risk is too much for me.

WKU DE Quanterus Smith

WKU DE Quanterus Smith

UNDER: Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky

Smith carries some of the obvious caveats when it comes to pass rushers with solid production.  He sports an extremely lean frame (6-5, 250) and did his damage in a lesser conference, but if you look closely at the tape, you’ll see a player who has all the physical tools and intangibles that can make for a dangerous threat to the QB.

Smith is a high-motor guy with an explosive first step who uses his hands effectively when disengaging and beating his opponent.  His initial quickness off the snap allows him to make just as much of an impact against the run, consistently disrupting ball-carriers in the backfield.  His read/react time is solid, and he spent plenty of time at both DE spots.  He’s best suited with his hand in the dirt in the 4-3, but could possibly fit as a 3-4 edge rusher if he can develop his coverage skills a bit further.

Smith had double-digit tackles-for-loss in three of his four seasons with the Hilltoppers, including 18.5 last season (12.5 sacks).  He’ll definitely need to add some bulk to be effective against NFL tackles, but the extra poundage should also improve his base and leverage against the run.  For a player who is projected in the middle rounds at this point, Smith will have the chance to make an immediate impact as a situational player until he fills out and can become an every down presence.

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NOW UP: TDR Spotlight – Charleston RB Jordan Roberts

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In the latest TDR Spotlight, small-school stud Jordan Roberts talks with TDR’s Luke Easterling about his dominance through high school and Division 2 college football, his experience representing the USA in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico, and whether he’d prefer to be drafted or have his pick of teams as an undrafted free agent.

Have a listen and give us your thoughts!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thedraftreport/charleston_rb_jordan_roberts

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NOW UP: TDR Spotlight – UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin

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With just a week remaining before the Draft, UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin joined Luke Easterling for the latest TDR Spotlight!  Franklin chats about the pre-draft process, breaking the UCLA all-time rushing record, and what NFL teams he rooted for as a kid.

Check out the interview and post your thoughts!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thedraftreport/tdr_spotlightucla_rb_johnathan_frankli

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NOW UP: TDR Spotlight – NC State CB David Amerson

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Last week, North Carolina State CB David Amerson joined Luke Easterling for the latest TDR Spotlight!  Amerson talks about whether or not NFL teams are projecting him at safety or corner, the toughest receivers he’s ever faced, and how important it was for him to run a fast 40 at the Combine.

Check out the interview and post your thoughts!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/thedraftreport/tdr_spotlight_nc_state_cb_david_amerson

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