2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Bills
Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel has ideal NFL height and size. The leader of the Seminoles the past two seasons, he has an inconsistent style of play that will require a lot of refinement in the NFL.
Arm strength doesn't quite match up to his size. Long release will need to be shortened. Telegraphs passes by tapping at the football. Needs to set his feet and step into throws to get adequate zip on football. Mobility is above-average and keeps his eyes upfield when flushed from the pocket. Doesn't rely on feet to extend plays as often as one might expect considering his agility in tight spaces and solid burst in the open field.
Accuracy is up and down. Short arms deep passes at times and must continue to work at not placing throws. Footwork needs to be cleaned up. Throws off-balance when uncomfortable in the pocket. A beat late on some passes will get him in trouble. Works through progressions reasonably well, but needs to be more decisive in his throws.
Manuel projects as a third round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Southern Cal wide receiver Robert Woods is a speedy, explosive athlete that can separate from defenders and make big plays downfield.
Woods' best attribute is his playmaking ability. He has very good speed and can get behind defenders. Despite his average height, he is very quick in tight spaces and can turn a short pass into a long gain with his sudden change of direction skills. When route running, he blows past corners off the line and is average with getting in and out of his breaks. Quick feet and has that "next gear" when given a straight line. Still has room to improve as a route runner.
Catches the ball well away from his body in most cases, but does battle with drops from time to time. Due to his lack of size, Woods usually relies on trying to get to the ball using quickness rather than strength. He can track a deep pass and flashes elite jumping ability.
Not very good in run support and shows a better willingness to block. Shows more attitude with the ball in his hands, so there is tenacity in him to learn how to take on defenders in sealing the edge.
Woods is a second round prospect and has plenty of competition to maintain that standing in the 2013 NFL Dr... [Read More
Oregon Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso could either play inside or outside depending upon the team and defensive scheme. He is a well-built prospect with above-average athleticism that emerged late in his collegiate career.
Alonso shows natural instincts against the run and can close on the football quickly. At his best when he can run downhill, occupy a gap and pursue a ball-carrier in the hole. Wraps up well at the point of contact and can hit hard without sacrificing his balance. Can shed blockers on occasion and extends his arms well to not get swallowed up in the crowd. Had a couple of small injuries in his career and will likely need to play through these scrapes more often due to his aggressive style of play. Skipped the Senior Bowl in order to allow a wrist injury to heal. Charged with a DUI in 2010.
Showed good anticipation when in zone coverage and flowed naturally with the quarterback's eyes when peeking in the backfield. Versatile defender who lined up in a couple different spots on the field. Limited experience as a blitzer. Can also hold his own in man coverage and his noticeable athleticism gives him a good foundation to build upon.
Alonso projects as a second... [Read More
Texas Longhorns cornerback Marquise Goodwin possesses elite speed and with that, comes great long-term potential. Even if he requires a "redshirt" year in the NFL, he should be able to contribute immediately as a kick or punt returner.
Goodwin runs pretty good routes for such a raw specimen. Sells and stems routes. Hands are hit and miss. Will sometimes secure the catch away from his body with his hands, then focus will falter and he'll cradle the ball into his chest on the next pass. Very undersized and slight frame. Won't be able to break tackles or first contact. Press coverage can really negate his impact. Must continue to improve his release off the line and use his hands to separate.
Good tenacity when blocking and plays high energy every play. Much better when put in motion since he will get a free release. Vision is lacking and needs to show better patience when identifying running lanes. Protects the ball well when going to the ground or expecting contact. Inconsistent ability to locate the football. Leaping ability average at best. Lacks frame to go up and get the football against most corners. Will rely on speed throughout his career.
Goodwin projects as a third... [Read More
University of Nevada Wolf Pack safety Duke Williams will likely provide depth once entering the NFL and potentially be groomed into a solid starter in due time. Showed flashes of serious talent and must be more consistent.
Williams is a downhill player that can quickly close on the ball-carrier. At his best eight or more yards away from the line of scrimmage. Chases down hard every play. Can cover the slot man and lay the hits on backs in the flats. Sprinter background shows on the field. Runs cleanly. Shows a great willingness to be physical. Must continue to improve his ability to read the play-action. Beat by double moves too frequently. Has the speed to recover but did give up big plays. Smooth backpedal and wastes little motion in his lower half. Above-average hands and can make some acrobatic catches. Focus is fleeting though and will drop catchable balls. Athleticism helped him and will provide him a good starting point in the NFL.
Undersized, but can stick with bigger receivers. Will struggle on 50/50 balls. Vulnerable in the red zone. Not big enough to contribute as a fourth linebacker. Multiple off-field legal issues.... [Read More
Clemson Tigers defensive back Jonathan Meeks is a prep player with limited experience. He should provide depth and is player who will likely require a redshirt year to grow into the expectations of the NFL. Above-average athleticism. Raw football techniques. Good tackler in the open field and can cover a lot of ground quickly. Will have to perform well in special teams to remain on a roster. Range against the run should help him secure a roster spot. Lots of production over 24 starts in college.... [Read More
Florida State Seminoles kicker Dustin Hopkins is certainly worth a draft pick. The NCAA's FBS all-time leader in points scored by a kicker (459) finished his career with tons of school and national records. Surprising athleticism shown at the Combine with a 4.74 40-yard dash, 33.5 inch vertical and 116 inch broad jump. Kicked 137 touchbacks in his last three seasons. Consistent kicking motion. High trajectory. Good range. Comfortably made kicks upwards of 55 yards. Four-second hangtime on kickoffs.... [Read More
Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Chris Gragg still needs to overcome a knee injury that prematurely ended his senior season, but a promising Combine performance has reinforced the notion he can contribute in the NFL. Slow acceleration, yet has above-average straight-line speed for the position. Good leaping ability and explosive in his lower half. Above-average hands. Durability concerns will likely push him towards the end of the draft. More of a big receiver build than a true tight end. Will need grooming as a blocker as his flexibility and bend is very underdeveloped. More of a H-back who will have to line up in multiple places on the field.... [Read More