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    Cleveland and San Fransico agree to trade.

    S.F. receives Cleveland's 1st round pick # 26 (700 points) and 3rd round pick #71 (235 points) in exchange for S.F. two 2nd round picks #56 (340 points), and # 61 (292 points) and 3rd round picks #77 (205 points) and #94 (124 points)
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    With the 17th overall pick in this year's draft, The New England Patriots* Select:

    TE- Eric Ebron Univ. of North Carolina Tarholes.







    STRENGTHS: Smooth, gliding athlete with easy acceleration to speed past defenders in coverage and finish. Agile feet and dangerous after the catch to create with quick cuts to make defenders miss. Quick release off the LOS with route fluidity and natural flexibility. Smooth adjustments to pluck the ball with his hands away from his body - large catching radius. Physical when he wants as a blocker with strong initial power at the point of attack. Very good toughness and plays unintimidated and confident. Good football awareness and plays alert. Versatile experience lining up in-line, but mostly in the slot - also plays on special teams coverage. Still far from his ceiling.

    WEAKNESSES:
    Still developing his body with room to add bulk and get stronger. Still learning how to use his size to his advantage. Needs to show more authority in his routes and is too easily redirected - needs to be more physical in this area to match up in tight spaces. Needs to be more aggressive and strong at the catch point, especially in contested situations. Has his share of focus drops and needs to be more consistent finishing catches. Good length, but won't overwhelm defenders in the run game. Blocking technique needs developing - somewhat untested as an in-line blocker. Room to refine and sharpen his routes. Right shoulder injury in 2013.

    COMPARES TO: Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers - Freaky athletic specimens, both Ebron and Davis move like wide receivers, but have the size and length of tight ends to create mismatches in coverage.--Dane Brugler (1/7/14)


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    With the 18th pick of the 2014 NFL draft, the New Jersey J-E-T-S select:

    Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU)





    Rexy gets sexy with a WR who is good in space. Rex wants to give Geno Smith every opportunity to succeed. Beckham can be a dangerous weapon that Smith can use for those quick passes that will give his young QB confidence.



    STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES

    STRENGTHS: Smooth athlete with very good acceleration to get up to top speed quickly. Terrific shake and burst out of his cuts to beat press and do something after the catch - dangerous with the ball. Excellent vision with dynamic moves. Good footwork, timing and depth in his routes to create separation and catch the ball well in stride. Much improved hands, doing a nice job elevating and extending to snare the ball from the air - large catching radius and tracks well. Ball appears to slow down for him at the catch point, making fluid adjustments with natural body control. Speedy and explosive return man on special teams with vision, awareness and toughness to create - two career punt returns for scores. Consistent production all three seasons at LSU with career-highs in 2013.WEAKNESSES: Only average height and overall body strength - room to get stronger. Lacks elite speed and can be caught from behind by NFL DBs. Timid at times over the middle. Has improved leaps and bounds catching the ball with his hands, but he will still have the occasional drop off his mitts. Missed blocking assignment and needs technique work in this area. Room to improve his judgment and consistency fielding punts. Only 12 career receiving scores in 34 career starts.COMPARES TO: Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars - Beckham and Shorts are both exciting players with the ball in their hands and have shown steady improvements catching the ball over the years.--Dane Brugler (1/7/14)PLAYER OVERVIEW

    Odell Beckham, Jr. followed in his father's footsteps in playing for the Tigers - Odell Beckham, Sr. was a running back for LSU from 1989-92, playing in 28 games.The family's athletics bloodlines are strong as Beckham, Jr.'s mother was an All-American track runner for LSU from 1991-93, helping lead the Lady tigers to five national championships.The athleticism and speed clearly passed down to Beckham, Jr., who was a big-play receiving and rushing threat at Isidore Newman high school in New Orleans while also playing cornerback.A four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, there was little doubt Beckham would matriculate to Baton Route for his college ball. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors after posting 41 catches for 475 yards and two touchdowns in 2011, playing in all 14 games including nine starts.The following season, Beckham started 12 of 13 games and led the Tigers with 43 catches and 713 yards. He also returned 35 punts for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns.Beckham was a first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches and named the 2013 Paul Hornung Award winner as the FBS' most versatile player after shattering the Tigers' single-season record for all-purpose yardage as a junior. Beckham, Jr. racked up 2,222 all-purpose yards, breaking Domanick Davis' previous mark of 2,120 set in 2002.His abilities as a return man will certainly help his draft stock. He displays "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration," according to NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Rob Rang.

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    The Miami Dolphins biggest need by far is o-line, especially after the Incognito-Martin fiasco from last season. The top 3 tackles are off the board, but there is still a first round OL prospect who is uber-versatile (has potential to start at any of the 5 positions along the line) and seems to have very strong character traits that the team is looking for as they try to move forward from the bullying scandal. After trading away former 2nd round pick Jonathan Martin from Stanford for a late round selection, it seems odd that the first thing they would do is bring in another o-lineman named Martin from another school renowned for its academic reputation, but the name thing is simply a coincidence. Zack Martin is a tough guy in addition to being smart, hardworking, and a respected leader among his college teammates, so he's not the type of guy who would put up with being bullied.



    The Miami Dolphins select:

    Notre Dame OL Zack Martin

    Height 6'4", Weight 308 lbs., 32 7/8" Arm Length, 9 1/2" Hands



    Overview

    Won a pair of state championships at Indianapolis Bishop Chatard. Redshirted in 2009. Started all 13 games in '10, including 11 at left tackle and two at right tackle. Started all 39 games at LT 2011-13. Two-time captain's 52 career games are the most in school history. Did not run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine (tight hamstring).

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Engages quickly. Flexible and light on his feet. Can work his hips and maneuver. Good blocking posture -- bends his knees, sits in his stance and can shuffle, slide and mirror. Good hand placement (can pop and recoil). Seals running lanes. Can combo block and fit on linebackers. Athletic to pull and trap. Passes off stunts and is alert to blitzers. Started every game of his career. Played well against Alabama in the BCS Championship and was MVP of the Pinstripe Bowl. Sparkling intangibles. Highly respected, hardworking leader who does all the right things.

    Weaknesses

    Lacks ideal length to stay outside in the pros -- relatively small wingspan. Not a pure road grader who rolls off flat-backed and buries defenders. Could be stressed by bigger, more powerful defensive tackles. Can improve balance and sustain on the second level. Does not have experience at guard. Could stand to bulk up in preparation for a move inside.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1

    Bottom Line

    Athletic, smart, competitive, dependable college left tackle whose length dictates a move inside, where he has plug-and-play ability in a zone-blocking scheme. One of the cleanest prospects in this year's draft.

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    The Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles knocks out head coach Bruce Arians and delivers the Cardinals pick:


    C.J. Mosley- Alabama


    Alabama’s C.J. Mosley (32) made first team All-American. (AP photo by Jeff Roberson)





    STRENGTHS: Mosley does a nice job using his length and lower body fluidity to keep himself clean through a crowd and finishes at the ball, wrapping and driving through his target. He is very smart and keeps his eyes on the ball to track and attack and rarely makes mental mistakes, which is a result of his high football IQ and preparation skills. WEAKNESSES: Isn't always fundamentally consistent as a tackler, at times opting to throw himself at his target or drop his head on contact. Missed time in 2011 with a dislocated elbow. COMPARES TO: Lavonte David, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Like David, Mosley's combination of toughness, elite instincts and superb athleticism offer the versatility of lining up inside or out, and have enabled him to be one of the nation's top all-around linebackers. --Ron RangPLAYER OVERVIEW

    The leader of the Crimson Tide's suffocating defense, Mosley is highly thought of among the scouting community and could end up as a top 10 pick in May. Mosley is as well-rounded and disciplined a linebacker as this draft class has to offer. His 107 tackles in 2012 were the second-highest total by an Alabama linebacker in the past 25 years (DeMeco Ryans had 126 in 2003) and 48 more than the next Tide defender last season (fellow inside linebacker Trey DePriest). Mosley also recorded eight tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions.Tough and athletic, with the keenest instincts of any linebacker I've scouted since Lofa Tatupu, Mosley is constantly around the ball and is often making big plays as a result. (11/14/13)

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    The Packers are upset. They wanted Mosley. Gone. They wanted Clinton-Dix or Pryor. Gone. Gone. They wanted Ebron. Gone. What now? No OL prospects worth taking at this point. They could take one the top wideouts on the board after losing Greg Jennings and James Jones in back to back offseasons, but they still have Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb to start, and they are expecting quality contributions from Jarrett Boykin as well, so we may be able to hold off until day two to address that. A corner like Kyle Fuller is a possibility, but they just re-signed Sam Shields. A NT like Louis Nix is a possibility, but they just re-signed B.J. Raji. They had their hearts set on Mosley and were this close to getting him, so perhaps they could go for another LB prospect here instead, who is actually more athletic than Mosley. Hmmm....



    The Green Bay Packers select:

    Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier

    Height 6'1", Weight 237 lbs., 32 3/8" Arm Length, 10" Hands




    Overview

    Prepped in Florida. Originally committed to play for Urban Meyer at Florida, but Meyer resigned. Shazier then signed to play for Jim Tressel at Ohio State, but Tressel resigned five months later. Wound up playing for Luke Fickell for a season, then reunited with Meyer his final two seasons in Columbus. Played all 13 games in 2011, starting the final two at weakside linebacker, and recorded 57 tackles, five for loss and three sacks with two forced tackles and a blocked kick. Started all 12 games played at WLB in '12, registering 115-17-5 with 11 pass breakups, an interception touchdown and three forced fumbles. Was a Butkus Award finalist in '13 after he led the Big Ten in tackles and tackles for loss -- started all 13 games at WLB and racked up 134-22.5-6 with four pass breakups and four forced fumbles. Team captain joined James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson as Buckeye linebackers to lead the team in tackles two consecutive seasons. Did not run or work out at the NFL Scouting Combine (left hamstring).

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Highly productive, disruptive playmaker vs. the run and pass. Shoots gaps and plays behind the line of scrimmage (compiled 39.5 TFL the last two seasons). Agile to slip blocks. Quick, strong hands to shed. Knifes gaps and flows very well laterally. Striking tackler -- uncoils on contact. Excellent speed and range -- opens up his stride in space and really covers ground. Bends naturally. Changes direction and accelerates with ease. Explosive first step as a pass rusher -- shows the ability to dip, bend and run the arc low to the ground. Ample athleticism and flexibility to mark backs and tight ends. Led all players at the combine with a 42-inch vertical jump and blazed a sub-4.4 40 time at his pro day. Four-down utility. Arrow is pointing up.

    Weaknesses

    Lacks ideal size and bulk. Still developing eyes and instincts -- will diagnose and trigger more quickly down the road. Gets caught in traffic or engulfed by larger blockers when he hesitates to step downhill. Prone to overaggressiveness -- occasionally overruns plays or loses cutback contain. Could stand to improve his eyes, awareness, anticipation and reactions as a zone defender. Took some time to acclimate before making an impact.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1

    Bottom Line

    The Big Ten's leading tackler, Shazier flies around the field and his unique athletic ability stands out. Offers a tremendous combination of speed, tackling and coverage skills to become a playmaker as a run-and-hit 4-3 Will or perhaps a 3-4 weakside 'backer if protected by a block-occupying nose tackle. Value is increased by the fact that he will not have to come off the field.

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    Philly's pick was PM'ed to me this evening.



    The Eagles select TCU CB Jason Verrett.

    Height 5'9", Weight 189 lbs., 30 5/8" Arm Length, 9 1/4" Hands





    Overview


    Last name is pronounced "VER-rett." Played defensive back and running back as a California prep. Attended Santa Rosa (Calif.) JC, where he grayshirted in 2009 while learning to play defensive back. Returned to the field for the '10 season, playing in seven games and missing three contests with a hamstring injury and was ranked the sixth-best junior college DB. Transferred to TCU in '11 and played in all 13 games (10 starts), logging 58 tackles, four pass breakups and one interception with 1.5 tackles for loss. Had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during '12 spring practice. Led the Big 12 in interceptions in the fall after posting 63-16-6 with five tackles for loss and a blocked field goal in 13 starts. Suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee against Texas but played in final two games before having surgery in January '13. Named co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after logging 39-14-2 with 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble in 11 starts. Played most of the season with a torn labrum originally injured in the third game against Texas Tech and re-injured in November. Had the shoulder surgically repaired in March.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Quick, twitchy and explosive popping out of his pedal. Good eyes, anticipation and footwork. Very feisty and athletic. Outstanding instincts. Superb reactive quickness and recovery speed. Very good ball skills -- consistently makes plays on the ball. Very willing in run support and plays bigger than his size. Athleticism was on display at the combine -- 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds), 3-cone drill (6.69), short shuttle (4.00) vertical jump (39 inches) and broad jump (10 feet, 8 inches) ranked among the best of the cornerbacks.

    Weaknesses

    Does not look the part -- is short and short-armed with a small, thin-waisted, thin-boned body. Durability is an issue -- struggles to stay healthy and is not built to endure the physical toll of the NFL, particularly as a starter. Low-dive tackler (misses some). Can be overwhelmed by bigger blockers and struggles to shed blocks. Average play strength. Had a bout with lost confidence as a younger player when he nearly quit after being embarrassed by Robert Griffin III and a high-powered Baylor offense.

    Draft Projection

    Round 2

    Bottom Line

    A tough, scrappy, undersized nickel back with potential to ascend to a No. 2 CB if he can stay in one piece. Is not the physical prototype for the position, but compensates with outstanding athleticism, blazing speed and a tenacious temperament. Is a terrific football player who boasts toughness and competitiveness reminiscent of Cortland Finnegan's.
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    Andy Reid selects a wideout with similar size, speed, and production as his former player Desean Jackson, but without the diva attitude, and at a much less expensive price tag.



    The Kansas City Chiefs select Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks.

    Height 5'10", Weight 189 lbs., 30 3/4" Arm Length, 9 5/8" Hands



    Overview

    2013: Biletnikoff Award winner (as nation's top receiver), first-team All-American selection and first-team All-Pac-12 pick. Set single-season Pac-12 records with 1,730 receiving yards and 128 receptions. Led FBS in receiving yards and finished second in FBS in receptions. 2012: Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick. Had five 100-yard receiving games. 2011: Played in all 12 games, starting in three. Started first game of season, becoming first true freshman to start season opener at OSU since Roddy Tompkins in 1996. Misc.: Nicknamed "Sonic Boom". Step-brother, Maurice Washington, was in Oakland Raiders training camp.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Light on his feet with terrific balance. Sinks his hips with ease and pops out of breaks to separate. Tracks and adjusts. Quick hands. Good concentration, body control and boundary awareness. Can turn a short throw into a long gain. Shows elusiveness, creativity and vision after the catch. Unafraid to play in the tall trees. Highly productive -- totaled 195 receptions for 2,881 yards (15.4-yard average) and 21 TDs in last two seasons. Confident and competitive. Has been exceptionally durable dating back to high school. Team captain. Will be a 21-year-old rookie.

    Weaknesses


    Size is just adequate -- is small-framed and lacks ideal length and bulk. Vulnerable to the jam and reroute. Relatively small catch radius. Has small hands and double-catches some throws. Lacks elite, blazing speed to run by NFL corners and safeties. Will struggle to play "above the rim" at the next level. Was not an impactful punt returner. Limited run strength. Poor blocker.

    Bottom Line

    Short, speedy, nifty-footed receiver who was unaffected by the departure of Steelers 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton, establishing himself as a playmaker in his own right by leading the nation with 133 yards per contest as a junior. Projects as a useful slot receiver with run-after-catch ability and some utility as an outside receiver.
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    Cincinnati selects Ohio State CB Bradley Roby

    Height 5'11", Weight 194 lbs., 31 1/2" Arm Length, 10 1/4" Hands





    Overview

    Played receiver and defensive back as a Georgia prep. Redshirted in 2010 before starting all 13 games at cornerback in '11, recording 47 tackles, six pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three interceptions with 3.5 tackles for loss. Tied the OSU school record for pass breakups after posting 63-17-2 with two tackles for loss, one sack and a blocked kick in 11 starts in '12. Missed the UAB game with a shoulder injury. Was the only defensive player in the country to score three different ways -- recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone vs. Miami, blocked a punt in the end zone against Indiana and returned an interception 41 yards against Nebraska. Was arrested in July '13 after an altercation with a bouncer in a Bloomington, Ind. bar. Was originally charged with a Class A misdemeanor battery which was lowered to Class B disorderly conduct and was ultimately dismissed after video evidence was discovered. Was still suspended for the '13 season opener vs. Buffalo by coach Urban Meyer. Started 11 of 12 games played and logged 70-13-3 with two tackles for loss. Scored touchdowns on a blocked punt against Northwestern and a 63-yard interception return vs. Illinois. Did not play in the Orange Bowl against Clemson with a bone bruise in his knee.

    Analysis


    Strengths

    Good size. Has thin ankles and large hands. Quick-twitch athlete with prototypical speed. Can mirror off the line and shadow slot receivers. Has 38 1/2-inch vertical. Terrific balance. Loose-hipped, quick-footed and agile (4.04-second three-cone drill). Smooth transition and change of direction. Flips his hips and has ample speed to carry receivers downfield. Plants and drives in a blink. Quick-handed to play the pocket. Excellent ball production. Shows recovery speed. Physical and aggressive. Feisty, willing tackler -- does not hesitate to sacrifice his body. Displays good zone awareness and has experience in off-man. Dangerous as a blitzer and kick-block rusher. Worked as a gunner.

    Weaknesses

    Inconsistent performance as a junior. Can be boxed out by tall receivers and outmuscled for "50-50" balls. Could stand to improve jam strength in order to hem/re-route receivers bigger receivers. Gets wired to blocks. Durability could be an issue given his physical playing style. Could stand to iron out his pedal. Gets caught peeking — lets receivers behind him and is vulnerable to double moves. Misses some 1-on-1 tackles in space. Character should be looked into.

    Draft Projection

    Round 1

    Bottom Line


    Urgent, confident, competitive athlete with an intriguing combination of speed, suddenness, ball skills and tackling ability. Has broad appeal given his scheme versatility, and should be able to contribute readily as nickel slot defender and special-teams contributor. Has a ceiling as a No. 2.
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    The San Diego Chargers select Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller

    Height 6'0", Weight 190 lbs., 32 7/8" Arm Length, 9 3/8" Hands



    Overview

    Is part of a quartet of Fuller brothers to play for Virginia Tech. His oldest brother, Vincent, lettered for the Hokies from 2001-2004 and played parts of seven years in the NFL with Tennessee and Detroit. Was teammates with brother Corey (who is now with the Lions) in 2012. Played alongside his youngest brother Kendall in the Tech secondary in 2013. His cousin Damien Russell started the family tradition when he played for the Hokies from 1988-1991. In high school, the Baltimore native missed most of his senior year with a finger injury. Arrived in 2010 and saw action in 12 games as a true freshman, starting six games (two at boundary corner, one at field corner, three at the whip linebacker position). Recorded 32 tackles, six pass breakups and no interceptions with four tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Made all 14 starts in 2011 (seven at CB, seven at the nickelback/whip) and had 65 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions with a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone against Appalachian State. Started all 13 games at cornerback in 2012 and had 52 tackles, five pass breakups and two sacks with three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Was limited to nine games (eight starts) in 2013 with a sports hernia, undergoing surgery in late November (Dr. William Meyers). Missed four games with the injury. Had 24 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions with two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and his first career blocked punt. Team captain.

    Analysis

    Strengths

    Good size and balance. Plays faster than he times thanks to keen instincts, anticipation and route recognition. Zone aware with good eyes, ball reactions and hands to intercept. Outstanding leaping ability. Willing run supporter. Has special-teams experience, including as a gunner and jammer. Tough and durable -- logged 42 career starts. Team captain who understands what it means to be a pro. Was a 21-year-old senior.

    Weaknesses

    Could stand to get stronger -- managed just 12 benchpress reps at the Combine. Man-cover limitations. Lacks twitch for the position. Has a choppy pedal and some tightness in transition. Gives up separation at the break point. Average production on the ball. Shows some stiffness when required to break down and tackle in space. Slips off some tackles. Squats on routes and is susceptible to double moves.

    Draft Projection

    Rounds 1-2

    Bottom Line

    Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.
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