What he brings: Some scouts have said that Jimmy Smith would have rated close to Patrick Peterson, or possibly even higher. I do like the impressive size of Jimmy Smith, and he is a very physical player, but he does not have the ball skills or explosiveness of Peterson. However, I still do see him as a better corner than Prince Amukamara. The Ravens finally have a replacement for Chris McCallister.
What he brings: Torrey, a local prospect from College Park Maryland is an unpolished young receiver, with great deep speed. If Torrey can develop his route running ability, the Ravens will finally have someone to take the ceiling off the top of the defense. Look for Torrey Smith to quickly outshine fellow Terrapin Alum, Darius Heyward-Bey.
What he brings: Michael Oher and Jared Gaither looked to be a promising pair of bookends, but last year was a little disappointing. Gaither was hurt throughout the year with his back and Oher did not seem to play up to the high expectations from his first year. Despite that, Oher certainly is not going anywhere, but Gaither could be. As a free agent, Gaither very likely could be walking once the lockout is lifted. Jah Reid could put himself in position to be a day 1 starter.
What he brings:Doss is a tough physical receiver that will really fit into the mold of the other Ravens receivers, and with an aging Derrick Mason, he will be a welcomed addition. He is not going to scare any Defenses with his speed, but he can move the chains.
He has good size, top-end speed and range on the outside, however, he vastly needs to improve his tackling and natural instincts at this point.
McPhee brings great strength and plays with leverage at the point of attack. However, he is a limited athlete and needs development as a pass-rusher at this point.
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Taylor is an outstanding athlete. The question is whether he can improve enough as a passer to develop into a legitimate NFL quarterback. Tyrod could easily transition to another position, however he has made it clear that he is determined to play Quarterback in the NFL, and appears ready to do the work.
Allen will need some development and coaching as a runner coming from the triple-option scheme at Georgia Tech.
What he brings: AJ Green did not post blazing speed at the combine, but he plays fast and it can be clearly seen on film. Green also appears to posses all the I believe he is an immediate impact to this team. The only thing that will slow down AJ Green, is the Bengals QB situation next year.
What he brings: Dalton does not have all these eye popping measureables, and does not have the cannon arm that is often coveted among QBs. But he is a winner, and when you look at his body of work, he just throws a nice ball. Dalton will be a quick study of the offense, and although it will take him some time, the Bengals have solved their QB concerns for the next 10 years.
What he brings: Moch was the most explosive linebacker in this draft, running a 4.4 range in the 40. He is a raw prospect, but knows how to seal the deal, when hunting the QB. He played OLB in college, but when the Bengals turned the card in, he was listed as a Defensive End. So I think the Bengals have some plans to move him around a bit. I think this allows Maulga to move inside eventually, and Moch to sit at SAM, and come off the edge in nickel situations.
What he brings: Boling played tackle in college but will kick inside to guard in the NFL, where he could be a Day 1 starter because of his awareness and above-average feet for an interior lineman.
There is a bit of disparity between some ratings on Sands as a prospect. It seems his value was from the 3-4 range, all the way down to the 5th where he was selected. It looks like the concerns of his coverage ability helped push him down some.
Whalen is a hard working receiver, but he is not going to create seperation at the next level. If Whalen is able to make the team, he will likely be buried on the depth chart.
Lindsey doesn't have as much upside as some other corners in this class and making the transition to the NFL from Southern Illinois could prove difficult. However, he has enough tools to develop into an effective sub-package corner in time.
He has good feet and lateral movement, but he needs to do a better job setting up his blocks.
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What he brings: With the switch to the 4-3 and the loss of Shaun Rogers, the Browns were desperate to fill the void at DT, so after multiple trades, they positioned themselves to grab one of the top rated DTs in this years class. Typically at 340 lbs you find a defensive tackle that is just going to eat blocks, but Phil Taylor is a rare athlete who does indeed have the "good feet" that is coveted on the Dline. Taylor will do more than just eat up blocks for the Browns. Their Defensive transformation begins with this pick.
What he brings: If it was not for an unfortunate off field incident, this young man could have snuck into the second half of the 1st round. He is big and powerful, but can push the pocket as well as stacking against the run. Sheard will be very solid player on the Browns front four.
What he brings: Greg Little needs to continue to mature, and hopefully the Browns organization has enough leaders in place to help that process along, and keep this kid out of the wrong type of headlines. However as an athlete, this young man has a lot of tools. He has the body of a possesion receiver, with a big frame and possibly the best hands in the draft, and he is a former running back that is great after the catch. He is also faster than you would expect from a receiver with those tools. He does need to learn how to work hard, and run crisp and more disciplined routes. Rounding off out routes in the NFL will result in Defensive Backs dancing in your end zone.
What he a: Jordan Cameron is a big and athletic Tight End, that is another basketball convert. He has the tools to become an elite receiving tight end with development. But this kid needs to learn how to block, and continue to build his strength.
He is a throwback as a FB and he should form a fascinating tandem with Peyton Hillis running behind him. Backup RB Mike Bell is a free agent and Montario Hardesty is coming off a knee injury. This is a group of power backs without a lot of speed, but Marecic should contribute immediately in short-yardage and goal line situations, and also be a terror on special teams.
He had some problems staying healthy in college and he doesn't offer much in run support at this point, but he has the speed and enough agility to develop into an effective sub-package corner for the Browns. Buster Skrine burst onto the radar after running the fastest time at the NFL combine this year, in the sub 4.4 range. Deion Sanders raved about his explosiveness and athleticism.
from NY Giants through Minnesota
He lacks elite height but is a former OT and shows above-average athleticism and lateral quickness. Concerns with him are his lack of work ethic.
Hagg has the athleticism and awareness to develop into a versatile sub-package reserve and potential starter down the road. He should make an immediate impact on special teams early in his career.
What he brings: Iron Head's son is a hard working player that loves the game. He is not an explosive edge rusher, but he will be a great fit as a 5 technique for the Steelers, and eventually be a great replacement for aging Aaron Smith. Heyward plays with power and a nasty disposition, and will fit in nicely. However, don't expect him to start this year, unless injuries hit the team.
What he brings: Gilbert looks like he can be a versatile lineman, that has good enough feet to move up and down the Offensive Line if needed. There are questions about his arm length, but even if he slides inside to G for the Steelers, he can still fill a need. Run blocking is not a strength yet, but can be improved.
What he brings: Brown might not be instinctive enough to beat out McFadden or Taylor for a starting spot, but he easily is gifted enough to get on the field in nickel and dime situations early this year. If Brown decides to be a student of the game, he could turn into a solid starting caliber corner in a few years.
What he brings: Allen is a physical presence on the outside who is not afraid to come up in the run. He is good in the press man, but flipping his hips and running with the faster receivers may make him a liability in coverage.
Chris Carter shows that he can be a force off the edge as he is a fluid athlete with a nose for the ball, but he will need to add some strength to help him at the point of attack. He may also need to add some bulk to help him stack against the run.
Williams has the frame, power and toughness to develop into an adequate reserve but he?ll have to play with better pad level and improve his footwork.
Batch is an average-sized back who doesn?t have great power or speed. He also has had some problems protecting the football and been nicked up a little too much.