2013 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Rams
West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is an undersized, elusive threat who figures to work the slot at the next level given his explosive short-area quickness and ability to turn a routine screen pass into a game-breaking touchdown.
Every offense in the NFL is looking for their own Percy Harvin or Randall Cobb. That comparison is lofty, but there are similarities down to their special teams contributions in college. Austin has "it."
Although his hands aren't perfect, this can be coached up because the problem is often that he is so quick to turn and run that he will sometimes forget to bring the ball with him. That said, once the ball is in his hands, he can accelerate at an elite level. Austin is a good route-runner and does a great job finding openings in zone. In man-to-man coverage, he is very difficult to cover and defenses will likely need to keep a safety over top of him.
The key here is that he shows up at the NFL combine. Front offices are going to want to see these elite measurables in the 40-yard dash and broad jump. It's easy to put up numbers in the Mountaineers' offense. Austin's extra gear and ability to find daylight should appeal to all teams though. L... [Read More
University of Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree has flown up draft boards after a sensational junior season which saw him lead a Bulldogs defense to a 11-2 record heading into the 2013 Capital One Bowl.
Ogletree possesses a long frame and great speed for an inside linebacker. He should have no troubles playing on all three downs as he excels both in coverage and of course, against the run. Can cover the whole field, sideline to sideline. A very special athlete who should contribute as a rookie.
This true junior may even have a future as an edge pass-rusher and should be able to line-up almost anywhere. Shows a great bend taking on blockers on a speed rush and has enough strength to shed blockers. Really sets his body well when making tackles and explodes through his lower half on contact. Sometimes can be too erratic or over-aggressive on the field. His emotions can run hot and leave him off assignment. Certainly not a hot head though, but does have off-the-field character concerns.
Ogletree should really standout amongst his peers during the evaluation period and will test very well. Look for him to go somewhere in the middle of the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. A rec... [Read More
T.J. McDonald, following in his father's footsteps as an All-American safety at USC, is one of the top safety prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. That family pedigree shows up on the field in an athlete with a very high football IQ.
While many free safeties in today's NFL are a touch undersized, with the new breed of high-flying passing games, safeties need to get bigger to take away tight ends and take away the deep ball. McDonald fits in that role at 6'2" and a frame that could still add at least another 10 pounds of mass.
McDonald really plays well in man-to-man coverage whether he's shadowing a tight end or lined up at or near the line against a slot receiver. His fluid hips and long frame will help him break up a great number of pass plays in his area. McDonald is above-average great against the run, but plays intelligently with instincts in his assignment. He has the frame to hold up when coming down into the box and looks like a slightly undersized linebacker.
His all-around game should carry him to be in the mix in the early rounds. McDonald projects as a fourth round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey is a slightly undersized receiver that can stretch the field vertically. One of the most productive receivers in the Mountaineers' spread offense the last three seasons.
Bailey has above-average hands and adjusts well to the ball, especially on long pass plays. He tracks the football well and can quickly transition upfield after making the reception. Lacks ideal height and strength and will need to use his lateral agility to beat press coverage. Not a big target and does not have a big catching radius. Not a great leaper.
Solid route-runner with just below elite explosiveness in and out of his breaks. After the catch, he has some YAC potential and isn't as easy to bring down as his size indicates. Highly productive, but can disappear if not involved early. Caught 39 TD passes in his collegiate career. Some off-field concerns will need to be addressed after he was caught stealing OTC cold medication in early 2012.
Bailey projects as a late third to fourth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive center Barrett Jones is one of the most highly-regarded and well-decorated interior linemen to enter the NFL in many years. He had a stellar career with 'Bama, winning the 2012 Rimington Trophy (best center) and the 2011 Outland Trophy (best interior lineman) amongst many other awards and three national championships. For all that Jones accomplished at the collegiate level, he may not even be the top center in this draft class.
Jones is very mentally tough. Great decision maker in setting up the blocks. A natural talent at picking up blitzes and holding his ground. Very rarely misses an assignment and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
Better run blocker than pass protector. Gets off the line quickly and uses his hands well to initiate contact. Hard-worker. Uses good pad leverage and gets low in his stance to drive his opponent. Plays to the whistle. Good balance. Limited athleticism and can struggle against well-rounded players who can use both speed and power moves. Will need work as a zone blocker.
Jones projects as a second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Miami Hurricanes cornerback Brandon McGee is a speedy prospect with developing cover skills. Great ability to break on routes. Possesses adequate recovery speed. Good body control when making adjustments to the football. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Average tackling. Wraps and clenches legs together. Doesn't break down well in open space. Above-average route and pass anticipation. Pretty good discipline on double moves. Excellent foot speed. Looks very good in press-man. Should be able to play in nickel and dime immediately.... [Read More
Vanderbilt Commodores running back Zac Stacy has been a highly productive prospect throughout his collegiate career. Hard-working player with team attitude. Excellent vision. Naturally elusive without sacrificing north and south movement. Nice jump cut. Runs hard and doesn't go down without a fight. Effort runner after contact. Top-end speed is average. Can be chased down from behind. Hits the hole hard. Good frame and bulk, can handle punishment. Decent receiver skills and average hands. Still developing in pass protection.... [Read More