2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Packers
UCLA defensive end Datone Jones is a well-built prospect with NFL-ready size and strength. He was a versatile piece to the Bruins' defensive front and could feasibly play either defensive end spot and occasionally kick inside as well.
Great length, uses his hands well to establish first contact against blockers. Already has flashed the potential to use multiple pass rush moves while also being stout enough to bull his way into the backfield. Lacking in straight line speed, but shows an above-average burst off the line. Really took off in his senior year and is only now reaching his full potential.
Not a natural bender who can turn the edge in his pass rush, but also lacks the strength and size to play defensive tackle full-time. Will need to likely bulk up and maintain his athleticism to find his true position. This "tweener" status may prevent him from a becoming a first round pick. Shows a+ awareness when in pursuit and takes good angles to the football.
Jones projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy came on strong in the 2013 BCS National Championship victory over Notre Dame and has ridden that momentum into consideration as one of the 2013 NFL Draft's top RB prospects.
Following Alabama's recent tradition of putting backs into the NFL, Lacy is a power back with surprising burst in tight spaces. He has good height and is a tough back to tackle. Quick, choppy feet when running through the line. An upright runner who will need to bring his pad level down to avoid big hits. Not a lot of wear and tear on his body due to split backfields throughout his college career, but did suffer some minor injuries (including a turf toe surgery in 2011).
Lacy has a nice blend of power and quickness. Must learn to play with high intensity more consistently. Adequate straight line speed. Average in pass protection reads. Did not run many routes as a pass-catcher. Not afraid of contact and won't always rely on lateral movements. A north-south runner.
He projects as a late-first to second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
University of Colorado offensive tackle David Bakhtiari opted to forgo his senior season and looks to be one of the top offensive tackle prospects in this draft class.
Bakhtiari has good length and a noticeable wingspan. Passes the eyeball test with formidable core strength that runs through his lower half. Just under ideal height and weight and will need to add more girth. Some teams may see him as more of a guard or a possible utility flex option who can play multiple spots.
Reliably quick off the snap. Uses his length very well to latch onto defenders. Once he has his hands on a player, he drives from his legs and through his upper body in order to create running lanes. Not that great in open space and struggles to pull. Needs to finish blocks and shut down opponents to the whistle. Gets after guys at the second level and certainly loves contact. Tested well at the combine and displayed some above-average athleticism with a 5.02 40-yard dash.
Bakhtiari projects as a third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Cornell University offensive guard J.C. Tretter is a mid-round prospect with above-average toughness and excellent awareness.
Improvements in his hand placement, arm extension and first punch would really take him to another level. Good jump off the line and does an adequate job with initiating contact. Strong when latched on. Agility is sufficient, but struggles with redirection. Recovery movements are lacking and will get washed on if beat early. Quick into the second level. Misses the occasional stunt or twist. Sometimes too aggressive, will miss a block in open space. Mauler's attitude, looks to bury his opponent often.... [Read More
Running back Johnathan Franklin carried UCLA to a resurgent 2012 season. A good runner with above-average speed, he should compete for a split-role early as a rookie.
Franklin is a balanced runner with few glaring weaknesses. A bit high-cut and needs to add more strength to his lower half. Won't regularly break tackles, yet runs with a nice pad level and will improve after hitting a NFL weight room. Ran very well at the combine with a 4.49 40-yard dash. Hits the creases hard with a one-cut and go running style. Gets north-south reliably. Moderate fumbling issues despite carrying the ball high and tight.
Adequate lateral movement. Not a guy to try to juke a defender out of his shoes. Looks to evade and find angles. Average patience when allowing blockers to establish a running lane. Could be a workhorse and had no issues with injuries. Big improvement from junior to senior year. At his best as a cut-back runner. Enough power up top to shed arm tackles without losing balance.
Franklin projects as a second to third round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback Micah Hyde is a versatile defensive back prospect who could fit many roles in the NFL. Will likely get a shot at either corner or free safety. At his best in zone coverages. Sufficient recovery speed. Tight hips and ankles. Willing tackler. Gets downhill fast against the run. Should also find a role on special teams. A depth and developmental player. Good take-on skills for a player of his size. Straight-line speed doesn't show up well on tape. Productive player with 78 tackles, 14 pass deflections, one INT and a forced fumble last season.... [Read More
Mississippi State defensive tackle Josh Boyd is a stout run defender who can provide immediate depth in a 3-4 defense or at DT in a 4-3. NFL-ready size and strength. Drives blockers back with very good upper body strength. Pass rush is still a work in progress. Likely limited to first and second down only. Keeps a low pad level. Small bursts of quickness. Average length. May not be a three-technique. Will need to work his way up a depth chart. Still has room on his frame to add more girth and lower body strength. Adequate jump off the line.... [Read More
University of Maryland wide receiver Kevin Dorsey lacked the consistent quarterback play to put up gaudy numbers, but may turn out to be a diamond in the rough. Performed well at his Pro Day with a 4.48 40-yard dash time. Can become a vertical threat outside. Raw route running and must learn to be more deliberate in his breaks. Good body control and hand strength to secure difficult catches. Above-average leaping ability. A developmental prospect who will take a redshirt year. A size and speed project that may be a late-round flier.... [Read More
South Florida linebacker Sam Barrington is an undersized, thickly built player who moves well considering his stature. Good production in senior season (80 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups.) Height allows good leverage and pad level. Takes on blocks well. Looks to bring hard punch to blockers. Sometimes too focused on knocking heads rather than making a play. Faster than timed speed. A bit lumbered in his movements but moves well in the open field. A developmental 3-4 OLB. Effective tackler. Breaks down well and wraps the legs up. Coverage skills are a work in progress. Lacks the height to really challenge tight ends vertically.... [Read More