2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Bengals
The Fighting Irish have another great tight end prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft. Tyler Eifert is a big target with great hands. He's been a highly-productive receiver in his career.
Eifert has above-average athleticism for the position. He's not particularly fast or quick, but does well to find creases in zone coverage. He'll catch anything in his area, although his aforementioned lack of speed doesn't offer much after the catch.
When in-line blocking, he shows a good jump off the line and can hang some bigger defensive ends. He does well to push out the edge, forcing pass-rushers to take ineffective wide angles. When run blocking, he really gets after defenders and isn't afraid to scrap. Eifert gets his hands inside very well and blocks with heavy hands. He blocks very well in open space. Better receiver than blocker at this stage.
When running downfield, he can go up and get the ball with his long arms and big hands. He can line up out wide, but will need to be more crisp in his route running to gain separation. He can definitely make big catches over the shoulders.
Eifert looks to be athletic enough to be a first round pick, but his all-around game will get him close... [Read More
Coming off a torn ACL injury in 2010, University of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard has put together two great seasons back-to-back to take the presumptive lead as the best prospect at this position heading into the evaluation period of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Bernard has been an All-ACC performer since taking a redshirt after that aforementioned ACL injury. He was electric in 2012 with 1,228 rushing yards on just 184 carries, good for a 6.7 ypc average and 12 TDs. He also added 47 receptions for 490 yards and five TDs. He finished second in the nation in punt return average (16.4 ypr) and added another two PR TDs. Point here is of course that not only is Bernard multi-faceted, he produces with the ball in his hands in every way possible on offense.
The keys to his game are his elusiveness, quick acceleration, one-cut ability, with just enough power in his lower half to battle through and break tackles. Running backs may be a dime a dozen in today's NFL, but Bernard breaks that home run threat each and every time he touches the ball. His ability to run, catch, and return only heightens his value.
A powerful runner with great burst and vision, Bernard projects as a... [Read More
When considering raw athleticism and size, SMU Mustangs defensive lineman Margus Hunt may have the highest potential in the 2013 draft class. Hunt is a huge prospect with limited football experience that should hear his named called in the first two days of the draft.
Hunt was born in Estonia and will be 26 years old at the start of next season. He has only been playing football since his freshman year in 2009 and has a decorated background in track and field (shot put and discus).
Lots of hype entering senior year and struggled at times with defenses really keying on him. Needs to get better against the run by staying low with his pad level. Can be driven off the ball. When pass-rushing, he does a great job of hitting the gaps by contorting his body through tight spaces. Will regularly get into the backfield although he is not a strong finisher when given an opportunity to bring down the ball-carrier.
Elite talent at blocking kicks with his huge wingspan and height. Tremendous speed for a player his size (4.7 40-yard dash). At his best when he focus his pursuit downhill, extend his arms to take on blockers and disrupt the backfield.
Hunt projects as a second round pic... [Read More
University of Georgia strong safety Shawn Williams could prove to be a rookie starter once entering the NFL given his contributes in run support and coverage range.
Williams is very aggressive in his style of play and looks to be at his best when running downhill towards the football. Ran very well at the NFL Combine, posting a 4.46 40-yard dash. Took on a vocal leadership role with the Bulldogs defense. Some measurables are below-average, such wingspan and hand size. Will likely struggle against bigger, more physical tight ends. Possesses enough speed to not get beat deep while also sticking with slot receiver man to man. Can easily come down and cover quicker players out of the slot or backfield.
Very good pursuit angles. Tackles with good, clean technique. Diagnoses plays a step ahead of his teammates. Will rarely come down with interceptions. Adequate burst and closing speed. Keeps the play in front of him and seems to time his pass breakups on deep routes just at the right moment. Strong, well-built. Near-maxed out frame.... [Read More
Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Sean Porter was a highly productive player in his collegiate career and displayed a knack for providing run support and could also develop into a three-down contributor early in his career.
Porter does a lot of little things very well, which don't show up in the box score directly. Takes great angles and is rarely more than a half step late, which allows him to stay on assignment and occupy running lanes. Decent take-on abilities allow him to blitz with better than average effectiveness. Not a natural pass rusher yet, though. Plants and drives toward the ball-carrier, working through crowds to make the tackle. Closes and hits with a snap. Doesn't leave his feet much, but it does happen on occasion. Not a true 3-4 OLB. Flexes well on the outside and can shape the corner. Coverage ability is still in development. Long arms allow him to challenge passing lanes. A bit thin through the middle and could afford to add another 15 pounds of muscle.
Short zone coverage is solid. Needs to keep his head on a swivel. Not physical, yet fluid enough to handle more athletic tight ends in man coverage. Played in 40 straight games at A&M.... [Read More
Kansas Jayhawks offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson could have ended up a tight end, yet grew out to move to the offensive line. A bit undersized, he has room on his frame to grow and is a developmental prospect with good movement skills.
Has grown into his body over his collegiate career. Excellent foot quickness, takes choppy steps. Moves laterally well in pass protection and is ahead of the curve as a zone-blocker. Good vision and awareness when identifying the free man in blitzes and twists. Enough length to extend arms and deflect pass rushers off the edge. Strength is an immediate issue. Lets defenders into his frame when run blocking. Can lose balance too easily. Must always have good pad level to hold up and anchor. Loses too much ground. Technique lacks sinking hips and quality knee bend.... [Read More
University of Nebraska Huskers running back Rex Burkhead has legit athleticism which he put on display at the NFL Combine. Should be a great value selection in the later rounds. Great change of direction. Lacks ideal power and must improve his lower half strength. Excellent lateral movements. Should be able to contribute on third down with good hands and a willingness to block. Pass protection needs improvement. Hard runner. Balance seems average at best. Must churn legs and fall forward more consistently. High character player, fan favorite.... [Read More
Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Cobi Hamilton has ideal height to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Getting separation will be the key to his development.
Hamilton has a long frame and adequate speed. Played in a pro-style offense at Arkansas. Average route runner with raw potential. Must learn to chop feet in and out of breaks and explode when changing direction. Shields his body well when securing the ball. Great catching radius and can manipulate body control to put himself in position. Legit threat to score on fade routes in the red zone.
Needs improvement getting off the line. Can be jammed with limited resistance. Great with the ball in his hands and quickly transitions up the field. Long arms and can get up for 50/50 balls. Hands are average and will secure ball in his chest too often. Once he learns to reliably catch the ball with his fingers first, he can be a very good possession receiver.
In a watered down class for receivers, Hamilton projects as a sixth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Reid Fragel is a very tall prospect with raw talent and athleticism. Developmental, project player. Limited experience, formerly played tight end. Put himself on the map at the Combine. Must add more bulk. Shows a good tenacity and mauler's attitude. Can get swallowed up by bigger defenders. Lacks the strength to anchor the line. Highly aggressive play style leads to bouts of inconsistent play. Footwork is lacking. Too often plants his feet and can get pushed off-balance. High ceiling, long-term potential, will take time.... [Read More
South Carolina Gamecocks center T.J. Johnson has excellent size and bulk for the position. Good awareness of assignments, can be a leader of his line. Finishes hard and to the whistle. Moves up to the second level well. Anchor is inconsistent and will struggle with good interior defenders. Great at feeling out when his teammates need help and holds together the pocket well. Can be beat with speed and must learn how to counter when initial hand placement doesn't give immediate advantage. Could use more bulk and will need to fill out over time.... [Read More