5. Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist, 6-8, 277. His combination of size and athleticism is "freakish," according to one scouting director. Hunt can play in any scheme. He also can play other sports. In fact, he won gold medals in shot put and discus in the 2006 World Junior Championships for his native Estonia. He didn't start playing football until 2009, and he still is learning to play. He has a quick get-off and long arms. He can generate excellent power on bull rushes. Hunt is a very inconsistent player who flashes ability but then disappears. His ability to redirect is not very good. Even if he takes awhile to develop as a defensive end, he should be a valuable special teams player from the start. He blocked 16 kicks in his college career. He has as much potential as almost any player in the draft, but he also is a risk to be a bust.
6. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M, 6-5, 250. He has the size, strength and production to be in the discussion as a first-round pick. Moore can be a defensive end in a 4-3 or an outside linebacker in a 3-4. He has speed off the edge. He has the strength to hold the point, and he has good instincts against the run. He's around the football a lot, and makes hustle plays. Many of Moore's sacks came from inside rushes. Moore did not help himself with NFL teams in the postseason. He did not work out well and he interviewed poorly. One scout said he didn't look like he was in good shape. As a result, he lost some steam.
8. Sam Montgomery, Louisiana State, 6-3 262. He is a power rusher who plays with excellent intensity. Montgomery has a stronger upper body and great punch. He controls offensive linemen with his hands and is good at shedding blocks. It's difficult to run at him. He produced more than his teammate Mingo, but he isn't as athletic or as fast. He is slow to react, and it takes him awhile to change directions. Montgomery has a different personality, but he was well-liked at LSU. Montgomery would fit in any scheme and should be ready to contribute early despite coming out of school with eligibility remaining.
9. William Gholston, Michigan State, 6-6, 281. He is one of the most gifted defensive linemen in the draft, but it doesn't always show up on tape. "He leaves a lot of production on the field," one national scout said. Gholston has an outstanding frame. He can defend the run and rush the passer. He can out-quick blockers, and he can overpower them. Some question how committed and focused he is. Said another front-office man, "If he gets his mind right and wants to really work, he could become one of the steals of the draft." Gholston could have benefited from staying at Michigan State for his senior season. He is the cousin of former
10. Tank Carradine, Florida State, 6-4, 276. Carradine was having a fine season until he tore his ACL in November. He got to the quarterback about as well as any player in the country. He is a tough, hard-charging pass rusher with some straight-line speed. He has a knack as an edge rusher but is a little stiff athletically. "He's real strong and nasty," one area scout said. "He is a bull in a china shop as a rusher." NFL front-office men say Carradine's torn ACL probably will cost him a full round in the draft. He has not been able to work out for teams. He probably will have to start the season on the physically unable to perform list, and he might not even be able to play as a rookie. Carradine was a junior-college transfer and isn't the most experienced. He did not become a starter until last season. Whoever picks him is going to have to be patient.
11. Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 6-4, 255. He has an excellent frame to go with excellent athletic traits. He gets around blockers with speed and hustle. He can jolt blockers and he is an explosive hitter. Lemonier had a down season and then left school early. He helped himself running a 4.56 40-yard dash at the combine. One scout said Lemonier is an upright rusher who does not bend well or turn the corner. He does not always play instinctively. He also is a consideration at outside linebacker for 3-4 teams. He has the potential to develop.
12. Cornelius Washington, Georgia, 6-4, 265. He is a strength and power rusher who looks the part, but he had only a half-sack his senior season. One veteran talent evaluator labeled him an enigma. "He works out well but doesn't have a lot of production," he said. Washington vertical jumped 39 inches, broad jumped 10-8 and ran the 40 in 4.53 seconds at the combine. His instincts are questionable and he has been susceptible to low blocks. Another scout said Washington runs past ball carriers. But he flashes enough ability to intrigue the NFL. "He is an athletic freak kind of guy," the scout said. He may be more of an athlete than a football player. Washington can rush from defensive tackle on nickel downs.
13. Alex Okafor, Texas, 6-5, 264. He is well built for the position, and he has NFL strength. Okafor has a good motor and he uses his hands well. He can come off a block and make a tackle against the run. His speed and burst are average, and his workout was not very impressive. Okafor's consistency was up and down, but he had some great flashes. One front-office man questions if Okafor has the athleticism to drop in coverage as a linebacker in a 3-4. He has played some defensive tackle.
14. Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6-7, 266. With his height, long arms (87-inch wingspan) and speed, Taylor has real potential. He probably isn't quite ready for prime time, however. He has been described as having "little play strength" by one scout. Another said, "The game is not natural to him." He needs to put on weight and learn the nuances of the game. Taylor underachieved in college, and his sack numbers went down every year from the 71/2 he had as a sophomore. Then at the East-West Shrine Game, he "looked like
15. Malliciah Goodman, Clemson, 6-4, 276. He is a powerful, well-built end who can run. Goodman plays with an attitude. His athleticism on tape is average despite an impressive workout. He is slow off the ball and isn't very fast off the edge. Scouts would have liked to have seen him make more plays. He had seven sacks during the regular season, and then put up three against LSU in the
16. Michael Buchanan, Illinois, 6-6, 255. The Homewood-Flossmoor grad fires off the ball exceptionally well but sometimes gets knocked off track too easily. Buchanan changes directions very fluidly. He uses his hands well. He has an unusual body type with a long torso and short legs. As a result, leverage has been an issue. He needs to get stronger. Buchanan comes close to making a lot of plays but just misses. A college scouting director said he thinks Buchanan will be a rotational player in the NFL. After breaking his jaw in a brawl last summer, Buchanan dropped weight and did not have an impressive senior season.
17. John Simon, Ohio State, 6-2, 257. He plays physically and with great energy. Teammates feed off him. Nobody outworks or out-prepares Simon. He has been labeled an overachiever by NFL evaluators. He isn't a dominant player, but he's the type of guy you want on your side. "With the way he plays, it will be hard to keep him off the field," a scout said. "You can't have two or three like him, but you want one like him," he said. He uses excellent technique and knows how to defeat a block. He is not very explosive off the edge, and he can be attacked in coverage. One front-office man said he might be best as a stand-up outside linebacker for a 3-4 team. He compared Simon to Jarrett Johnson of the
18. Trevardo Williams, Connecticut, 6-1, 241. NFL teams wanted to make him a linebacker, but scouts don't believe Williams can do that. Instead, he is likely to be used as a pass-rush specialist. He can put the quarterback on the ground, but he is not built like a pass rusher is supposed to built. He is a little reminiscent of
19. Joe Kruger, Utah, 6-6, 269. He has a good frame to play base end in a 4-3. Kruger plays with good strength and is a smooth athlete with can finish a play. He plays with passion. He is a similar prospect to his brother, former
20. Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky, 6-5, 250. A torn ACL will affect his draft stock, but before the injury he was considered a decent prospect. Smith had a lot of sacks, and he showed up in big games (he had three sacks against Alabama). But he was inconsistent, and most of his production came clumped together. He has some speed off the edge, and he can rush the passer in a variety of ways.
21. Lavar Edwards, Louisiana State, 6-4, 277. He was overshadowed by some of his pass-rushing teammates, but Edwards is a good player in his own right. He has good size and decent athleticism and plays with power. Edwards goes all out but doesn't always finish. "I wish he got to the ball better," one team exec said.
22. Armonty Bryant, East Central Oklahoma, 6-4, 263. This is a small-school player with size, speed and athletic traits. An
23. Nathan Williams, Ohio State, 6-3, 241. He is a high-effort pass rusher who makes hustle plays. Williams plays physically. He should be a solid special teams contributor. He also is a good candidate for 3-4 teams as an outside linebacker but ultimately might be too small for defensive end and too slow for outside linebacker.
24. Tourek Williams, Florida International, 6-3, 260. He has some speed around the edge and he plays hard. He has a good variety of pass rushes, including a nice inside move. One scout said he would like to have seen Williams be more productive against the lower level of competition he faced. He seemed often to be a half-step away from making a big play. Williams sometimes plays too upright.
25. Ty Powell, Harding, 6-2, 249. He is a good athlete who can get on the edge of a blocker and turn the corner. He is explosive, as his 37-inch vertical jump proves. He doesn't have ideal size and might be best in a 3-4 scheme. He was a quarterback and cornerback in high school.
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27. Glenn Foster, Illinois, 6-4, 286. He worked out well at his pro day and sent scouts back to the tape. Now they see him as a player who can stick as the eighth or ninth defensive lineman on a roster. Foster is helped by the fact he can play tackle as well as end. He is a little small to be a starting defensive tackle, and he lacks the top athleticism to be a starting defensive end. He gives good effort.
28. Rufus Johnson, Tarleton State, 6-6, 268. This small-school prospect could develop because of his length and athleticism. Johnson had a decent workout at his pro day now is on the radar of a lot of teams. He was productive against a lesser level of competition.
29. Lerentee McCray, Florida, 6-2, 250. One scout sees McCray as a "tweener" who will have to make it on special teams and as a situational pass rusher. "He is undersized for defensive end, and not athletic enough to be a good 3-4 outside linebacker," he said. McCray has a motor that runs high, and he plays physically and aggressively.
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Stansly Maponga, Texas Christian
Mike Catapano, Princeton
Shane McCardell, Mississippi State
William Campbell, Michigan
David King, Oklahoma
Zach Anderson, Northern Michigan
Gerald Rivers, Mississippi
Sean Progar, Northern Illinois
Wes Horton, USC
Quentin Williams, Northwestern
Kenneth Boatright, Southern Illinois
Craig Roh, Michigan
Walter Stewart, Cincinnati
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