2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Chiefs
This massive prospect out of Conference USA could challenge to be the nose tackle taken in the 2012 NFL Draft. Poe is an absolute force in the middle, occupying multiple blockers and holding his ground to limit running room. He is explosive off the line for his size and can collapse the pocket in on the quarterback.
Poe will need to work on his conditioning if he wants to contribute on every down. With that in mind, Poe can power through double teams at times. He's strong enough in his upper body to grab hold of backs and bring them down with one arm. NFL scouts are going to want to see him develop more pass rush moves to split double teams and attack different gaps.
Poe's quick feet give him good burst in tight spaces. Finds the running lane and breaks down quickly to slow down the ball-carrier. He's rarely beaten off the line and uses his long arms to initiate contact and leverage.
After an excellent combine, there is talk that Poe could be taken in the first half of the first round. That's a bit optimistic, but he's certainly solidified his place as a top defensive tackle prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Jeff Allen is a thick offensive line prospect who has the talent to play at a few spots along the line. He played left and right tackle in college and will likely move inside once he enters the NFL.
Allen could afford to slim down and add more muscle mass to his upper body. That said, he's still a pretty good athlete for a man of his size and girth. He has good feet and decent length. When at the point of attack, he lunges a bit (which he'll need to work on, especially if an injury occurs to a teammate and he's asked to step in at tackle).
He's a better pass blocker and does well attacking as an in-line blocker. When engaged, he needs to learn to keep his knees bent and not lose leverage. Allen has a nice reaction time, gets off at the snap cleanly and quickly. He doesn't play out of control and could develop into a starter at guard. He can identify defenders who stunt and can quickly find his man when pulling in or out.
Allen's positional versatility and elite pass protection should carry him earlier in the draft.... [Read More
Donald Stephenson is a quickly rising offensive tackle prospect that went from middle round sleeper to a potential Day 2 draft pick.
Stephenson has nice physical tools with prototypical size and speed. He can seal the edge in pass protection and can take away pure pass rushers looking to bend the corner. Not a powerful drive blocker in run support. He needs to add some bulk to his lower half to anchor.
Potential character issues since he was suspended for the 2009 season for academics. He eventually earned his way back into the starting lineup the last two seasons.
Like most middle round prospects, Stephenson needs to clean up some technique problems. He will lunge and get his momentum leaning forward. This opens up problems against spin moves, slap and swim moves, or other quick lateral moves. By staying more upright with a good knee bend, he can move in any direction quickly and effectively.
With a good physical skill set and a frame that can add more strength with little trouble, Stephenson can contribute at either left or right tackle depending upon how quickly he can bulk up.... [Read More
Devon Wylie is an undersized wide receiver prospect with elite speed and reliable hands out of Fresno State.
Look for Wylie to latch onto a team as a slot receiver who can mix it up as a weapon all over the field. Wylie can catch a bubble screen and take it to the house. He needs work as a route runner. If he puts in the time to be more precise and explosive when making his breaks, his speed will only help him even more.
Wylie has big hands for his size and can make catches away from his body. His small frame does limit his range but he does have a nice vertical leap. He also has the suddenness, particularly when getting off the line to gain separation quickly.
Wylie was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round. He will likely compete to become a slot receiver since the Chiefs already have three big-bodied receivers in Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. Expect the Chiefs to create some interesting sub packages using Wylie, Dexter McCluster and Jamaal Charles.... [Read More
Menzie played two years at Copiah-Lincoln (MS) Community College before Alabama signed him as a JUCO transfer. The cornerback started seven games as a junior for the Crimson Tide, making 33 tackles (five for loss) to go along with two sacks. As a senior in 2011, Menzie moved into a full-time starter role at corner opposite likely first-round selection Dre Kirkpatrick. Menzie finished fifth on the team with 41 tackles (four for loss), recorded 1.5 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery, and he led Alabama with 11 pass breakups and 12 passes defensed.
The Columbus, GA native has good size at 5'11'' and 198 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.6s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.52 from that distance. Menzie is not afraid to get physical with wide receivers at the line of scrimmage and he has the strength to throw them off their intended routes. He is also an asset in run support and can make his way into the backfield when necessary. The problem is simply that Menzie does not have elite size or speed, so it is hard to envision him being a star at the next level. He can get beat deep down the field and struggles with straight-line speed to make up ground... [Read More
Running back prospect Cyrus Gray makes the most of his small stature by using his low center of gravity and thick frame to patiently blast through the hole into daylight. He possesses a solid all-around game from pass protection to working between the tackles.
Strong for his size and durable, Gray can handle a lot of carries. He works well through traffic, pushing for more yardage with forward momentum. Gray has an above-average ability to make the first man miss, but not particularly elusive at the second-level. He should be a good fit in zone-blocking schemes since he does show good patience in being able to wait for his blocks, putting one foot down and quickly engaging upfield. Not a burner, but has solid speed and quickness. He will need to improve his ability to run out of single back formations.
Can make all the runs on the perimeter as well as between the tackles. Gray maintains a good pad level and knows when to get scrappy for tough yards. He's ahead of the curve as a pass protector, one of the benefits of staying in school though his senior year.
Gray projects as a fourth round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Hemingway is a tenacious wide receiver prospect that needs to work on the finer details of football, whether it is route running or other fundamental issues. As a route runner, he runs hard, yet cannot stay crisp in his route. He has little to no explosion moving in and out of his cuts, which doesn't allow him to separate. Hemingway can beat defensive backs over the top with good speed.
Missed handful of games throughout his career and was granted a medical redshirt in 2008, which may signal red flags for coaches.
Hemingway has the size and strength to attack downfield. He elevates well and has enough body control to make the big play. Since Michigan hasn't played with a pro-style offense, Hemingway has limited experience running refined routes. The inverse of that issue is that he has a lot of work on blocking downfield and sealing the edge.
Ultimately, Hemingway is the type of player who will be drafted on Day 3, but has the potential to develop into a legitimate No. 2 receiver after what will amount to a "redshirt" rookie season.... [Read More