2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Panthers
Utah's Star Lotulelei is a dominating run stuffer with the potential to anchor a defensive line for years to come. In a draft class that may include as many as six defensive tackles that could go in the first round, the aptly named star is Lotulelei.
As you might expect of a 6'4", 320 lb player, Lotulelei is very impressive against the run. He can occupy double teams, move the pile, and disengage to take on the ball carrier. Great use of his upper body and hands to gain leverage to push blockers around. Playing with a low pad level is inconsistent because of his height and will require coaching.
Early in his career, he will need to improve his pass rushing techniques. This should come easy to him because he moves well laterally in congested areas. Point being, this may be a coaching issue and not a deficiency. What makes him a special prospect is his aforementioned size and motor. Few players of his stature play to the whistle reliably every play. He flashes a mean streak and definitely looks to wear down his opponents. May begin his career as a two-down player or in a heavy rotation.
Although he fits as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense, he could play in a 4-3 as well. Many ... [Read More
Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short has been a productive and disruptive prospect who has the potential to impress scouts and push for first round consideration in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Short is at his best playing for penetration into the backfield. When he can explode through the line and split blockers, he's a very aggressive presence in the trenches. He has good size and strength and seems to use his hands well to initiate contact. Short is pretty athletic for a tackle, but he isn't a nose tackle. If consistent double teams come, he can disappear.
In order to progress as a player, he needs to stay lower in his pads and use better leverage when really taking on guys one on one. Possibly due to his above average athleticism, he plays small by trying to shoot gaps rather than occupy running lanes. He also needs to get his hands up when in the face of the quarterback.
Short has great potential, but he's still a bit raw and lacks that brute force to attack guys right between their numbers. Short projects as a late first to early second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Iowa State inside linebacker A.J. Klein is an undersized prospect who was highly productive in his collegiate career. Racked up 345 tackles in his three seasons as a starter. Defensive leader. Great diagnoses of plays. Did his homework and played a step faster than his teammates. Disengages well from blockers and has the upper body strength to take them on successfully. Excellent play recognition. Speed is adequate. Not very flexible in coverage. Consistent tackler. Will not routinely catch plays on the back side.... [Read More
University of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner must establish himself as a complete back in order to raise his draft profile. Despite near-elite speed and agility, he is still a bit undersized and may be better suited to be a change-of-pace option.
Barner has very good speed and can hit a second-gear to break away from defenders. If he finds the edge of the defense, he can turn it upfield for serious gains. Makes defenders miss in the open field with jukes and head movement. Lacks power and has a thin core and lower body. Doesn't break tackles often. Relies heavily on staying elusive and an athleticism that really pops on tape.
Should have no problems as a receiver out of the backfield. Runs clean routes and can pluck the ball around his frame. Quickly transitions to gain yards after the catch. Ineffective in short-yardage and must learn to churn legs in a pile. Accelerates very well and can explode when given a clear running lane. Durability isn't a major concern, but missed a few games throughout career. Below-average patience to follow blockers.
Barner projects as a fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More