2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Chiefs
Ford is a prototypical pass-rushing defensive end who can bend the edge with speed and an explosive burst off the line. He has a chance to hear his name called on Day 1, but this largely depends on if he garners any interest from 3-4 teams who feel he could transition to OLB.
Has a natural athleticism and put that on display at the Senior Bowl with two sacks. Practiced really well and boosted his draft stock. Unable to work out at the Combine due to undisclosed medical reasons.
Long arms and good musculature on his frame. Bends well off the edge without compromising his speed. Can quickly adjust to a quarterback sliding and evading in the pocket. Adequate skills against the run. Lacks the girth to anchor and can be pushed off his mark. Must work on using hands to better initiate contact and dictate against stronger, heavier offensive tackles. Good feel at flowing to the football and weaving through traffic.
Tweener DE/OLB. Undersized as a 4-3 DE and may eventually transfer to 3-4 OLB. Decent in the open field. Limited experience at OLB. High energy player and good motor. Tackling is average. Relies on speed to initiate collisions and technique will sometimes suffer. Must ... [Read More
Gaines is a tall cornerback with good length and very good speed. Set a school record at Rice for most passes defended in a career with 45.
Very clean and smooth footwork. Plenty of experience in both man and zone coverages. Ran really well at the combine. Willing to scrap when in press man coverage. Elite ability to get his hands on the ball for INTs or pass break-ups. Times his jumps very well and can contort his body to disrupt the reception. Average run support. Tough enough but lack the ability to cleanly wrap up. Needs to add more strength.
Flips hips quickly when in transition. Above-average quickness in short areas. Good feel for receivers when in zone. Could be a little quicker breaking out of his back-pedal.
Gaines projects as a late second to third round option in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Don't be fooled by Thomas' 4.5 40-yard dash time. Timed speed and game speed are two different animals. The game film already out there more than cements Thomas' talents as a breakaway speedster. The problem remains of how to get him the football and how to properly make the most of his athleticism.
Thomas has a track background and sprinter speed. Elite change of direction. Elite foot quickness. Excellent lateral agility. Doesn't juke much. Prefers to make one move and run. Foot planted in the dirt and goes. Above-average vision and cutback runner. A bit too thin to play a traditional running back role. Offense will have to create packages for him to play in specifically and slowly work him into other parts of the offense.
Too often hears footsteps. Short arms passes over the middle. Will avoid tackles and slide under them. Relies too much on athleticism and will need to improve work ethic. Excellent returner. A lighter Percy Harvin. Will need to bulk up from head to toe. Pass protection nearly non-existent. All the little things that coaches will give him a hard time about (ball security, pass protection, fear of contact, etc.) are going to push him down the draft. But as ... [Read More